James Miller Whittaker, 74

James Miller “Jimmie” Whittaker, of Wake Forest, died Dec. 10, 2014. He was born in Allentown, Pa., April 4, 1940. He was the oldest son of Frank and Leona Whittaker and was blessed with a sister, Bonnie, and a brother, Billie. Jimmie attended Parkland High School and Princeton...

William B. Ladd

William Burt Ladd went to be with the Lord Dec. 15, 2014. He was born and raised in Garner. He is the son of the late Lillian Mae Penney and the late Robert Early Ladd. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Glinda Dreisbach. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec....

Mark Randall Paige, 60

Mark Randall Paige, 60, died Dec. 5, 2014, after a six-year, hard-fought battle with ALS. Mark is survived by his beloved wife, Mynn Paige, and sons, Spencer Paige and Philip Paige. He was preceded in death by his mother, Anita E. Paige; father, Richard G. Paige; and...

Carolyn Jane Smith, 60

Carolyn Jane “CJ” Smith, 60, of Franklinton, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, after a challenging year with metastasized breast cancer. Born in Halifax County, daughter of the late Mack Ray and Martha Jane Flora Smith, Carolyn was a beloved wife, loving stepmother, sister, aunt and...

Estelle Horton Young, 87

Mattie Estelle Horton Young, 87, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at the Louisburg Nursing Center. She was born in Franklin County, the daughter of the late Martha Hill Horton and John Bennett Horton, and was retired from Schrader Bellows Manufacturing in Wake Forest. Funeral...

Peter Alan Schmidt, 63

Peter Alan Schmidt, 63, of Wake Forest, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at WakeMed. He was born in San Diego, Calif., to the late Woodrow James Schmidt and Martha Jane Casebeer. Mr. Schmidt was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Utah Army National Guard, and was a longtime employe...

Mildred Wilder Martin, 85

4, 2014, at Louisburg Nursing Center. She was born in Franklin County Nov. 1, 1929, to the late Julian E. and Lillie Stroud Wilder. Mrs. Martin was a member of Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church. She is survived by three daughters, Kathy Lee Mullard and husband, Fred, of Crystal Lake,...

Don Gilford Abshire, 80

Don Gilford “Paw-Paw” Abshire, 80, of Roanoke Rapids, passed away Nov. 27, 2014, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Don was born Sept. 20, 1934, in Whitesville, W.Va., the son of the late Curtis Ronald Abshire and Liza Garnet Richards Abshire. A U.S. military veteran, he was...

Patricia M. Wilkes, 53

Patricia M. “Patty” Wilkes, 53, of Franklinton, passed away peacefully at her home Nov. 27, 2014, after a long illness. Patty is survived by her beloved husband, Ward Wilkes; father, Phillip Moore (stepmother, Betty); sister, Dianne Reed (husband, George, and family);...

Lavern Griffin Stott, 82

Lavern Griffin Stott, 82, of Franklinton, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. She was born July 29, 1932, in Franklin County, to the late H. Clemmon and Athaleah Griffin. She worked for the state of North Carolina with the Department of Transportation for more than 30 years, retiring...

Billy Neal Perry Jr., 54

Billy Neal Perry Jr., 54, of Wake Forest, was peacefully ushered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Wednesday, Nov. 19, while surrounded by his beloved family. Neal was born Feb. 18, 1960, in Wake County, to Mr. and Mrs. Billy Neal Perry Sr. He was a 1979...

Cynthia Jean Gage, 48

Cynthia Jean Gage, 48, of Wake Forest, passed away Sunday Nov. 2, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was born in West Covina, Calif., the daughter of Nancy Gage and the late John Donald Gage. Cindy was an accomplished jeweler in the San Francisco area for more than 25 years....