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Alvin Johnson

Nov 07, 1966 - Nov 23, 2023

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Burlington, NC

On the 23rd day of November at Alamance Regional Hospital, Alvin Lamar Johnson passed away surrounded by his sisters at the age of 57. He was born November 7, 1966 to Helen Winstead Johnson and the late Aubrey C. Johnson in Alamance County. Alvin learned a work ethic young in life--farming the fields in the McCray Community and later to go on to work in the manufacturing industry. He enjoyed watching wrestling, basketball and football talking junk even when his teams were losing. He used whateve...Read More

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Marilyn F. Spletzer

Died : Feb 01, 2024

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Burlington, NC

Marilyn F. Spletzer, 89, of Burlington, N.C., died Saturday after an illness. She was the widow of Rev. Carl R. Spletzer, who died May 16, 1990.Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Immanuel Lutheran Church, 238 Reese St., Scranton. Friends will be received Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.Rite of committal and interment will be conducted at Evergreen Cemetery, Bell Mountain, Dickson City.

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Lawrence Alan Dettman

Nov 08, 1929 - Feb 22, 2024

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Burlington, NC

Larry Dettman of Twin Lakes Community in Burlington, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 22, 2024. He was 94 years old. Lawrence Alan Dettman was born on November 8, 1929, in Greece, New York. He was the fifth of six children of Warren and Mildred Dettman. He attended Oberlin College in Ohio, where he played football and received his BA in economics in 1951. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a communications specialist based in Livorno, Italy. Following his military service he returned to the U.S. and married Mary Anne Kalm of Chicago, Illinois, whom he met while both were attending Oberlin College. Larry made his career as an accountant, working for various divisions of General Mills in Minnesota, Ohio and Michigan. In 1979 he took the position of controller for GKN which brought the Dettmans to Sanford, North Carolina. After retirement, Larry and Mary Anne took up residence at Twin Lakes Community in 1998. While not trained as a musician, Larry enjoyed singing and participating in music. He was a member of a local men’s chorus, the Macedonia Lutheran Church Choir, and regularly shared his love of singing at Chapel services at Moneta Springs Memory Care. Community service was always an important part of the Dettmans’ lives. In the 1990s they were active in the Lutheran Family Services program assisting refugees from Viet Nam to settle in the Sanford area. After settling at Twin Lakes, Larry became deeply involved in the community, serving as a resident board member from 2001-2003 and acting as treasurer for the Twin Lakes Auxiliary. For fourteen years he and Mary Anne organized the annual Crop Walk held at Twin Lakes for worldwide hunger relief. They attended Macedonia Evangelical Lutheran Church where Larry was a member of the choir, and Mary Anne was organist for many years. Larry was preceded in death by Mary Anne, his wife of sixty years, in 2018. Larry is survived by his children David (Kim) of Tucson, Beth (John) of Minneapolis, and Steve (Lizzy) of Portland, Oregon, and five grandchildren, Benjamin, Minda, Noah, Hannah and Ari. A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Friday, March 1, 2024 at the May-Foley Chapel at Twin Lakes Community, with Pastor John Weinbach and Chaplain Patrick Cardwell presiding. Rich and Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory in Burlington is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, , or Doctors Without Borders, To to the family or in memory of Lawrence Alan Dettman, please

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Ronald Carter

Jul 05, 1953 - Feb 24, 2024

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Burlington, NC

“Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them…” On February 24, 2024, the music stopped in within our beloved Ronald Carter. Born July 5, 1953 in Naylor, Georgia, Carter had a vibrant and dedicated career in the musical industry especially the genera of Jazz. He dedicated himself for over 45 years to the inspiration of music students in high schools, performing Arts schools and Universities across North and South America. Carter received his BA from Bethune-Cookman University; and his M.A. from The University of Illinois. Ronald Carter, former director of the world-renowned Northern Illinois University (NIU) Jazz Ensemble and former Director of Jazz Studies, continues to inspire music students in high schools, performing arts schools and universities across North and South America. As an educator, Carter has presented workshops as guest conductor, artist, clinician, or adjudicator at Michigan State University, Georgia State University, Western Illinois University, University of Northern Colorado, Iowa State University, University of Kansas, Southern Illinois University, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, Northern Illinois University, Hampton University, Loyola University, Coe College, Augustana College, VanderCook College of Music, and Georgia State College, and Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. He has performed, conducted and presented clinics at regional, national, and international conferences, and directed all-state jazz bands in Illinois, Indiana, Rhode Island, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Kentucky, Vermont, Arizona, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington, Oregon and Massachusetts, Louisiana, and Alabama. Carter conducted the Florida State University Tri-State All-Star Jazz Band in 2017. Carter who worked 18 years in the East St. Louis School District as the former director of the Lincoln Senior High School Jazz Band, also performed professionally in the St. Louis metropolitan area as a freelance musician on saxophone, clarinet, flute, and as a vocalist. He co-directed the group Infiniti and performed with the legendary George Hudson Orchestra. Carter has also performed professionally with Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, The Jimmy Dorsey Band, Wallace Roney, The Temptations, The Dells, Oliver Lake, Hamiett Bluiett, Leon Thomas, Art Davis, Fareed Haque, Joseph Bowie, Frank Mantooth, Terell Stafford, Orbert Davis, Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker, and many others. An abbreviated list of his honors and awards includes Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Educators Hall of Fame, The Woody Herman Music Award (Birch Creek Music Center), The 1991 Milken National Distinguished Educator Award, Southern Illinois University Excellence in Teaching Award, and the St. Louis American Newspaper’s Excellence in Teaching Award and Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees Professorship. Recently accepted appointment as Felton J. Capel Distinguished Professor of Performing and Fine Arts UNC – Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC. Carter’s projects include former International Consultant for the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York; former Lead Artist for the Jazz At Lincoln Center Band Director’s Academy; publisher for Alfred Publications “Swingin’ On The Bars”, and co-author of GIA Music Publications “Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz – Book I & II as well as a contributing author to the Beginning Jazz Ensemble Textbook. He professed a hope in Jesus Christ and was a Deacon, Musician and member of Elon First Baptist Church. The melody of Ronald Carter will forever syncopate throughout the lives of: his devoted wife, Reverend Linda Carter of Burlington, North Carolina; four children: Antwan Jamar Kelly, Christopher Lee Brown-Carter (Lakeesha Brown-Carter) of Meridianville, Alabama, Bryan Alvin Carter, New York, New York and Demetria Ronada Carter Watson (Timothy Watson) of Pittsboro, North Carolina; his mother, Arletha Williams Carter of Naylor, Georgia; four grandchildren: Antwan Kelly Jr., Akeno Kelly, Christopher Brown-Carter Jr. and Nicholas Brown-Carter; five siblings: Don Carter, Jr. (Mabel Carter) of Huntsville, Alabama, Terry Carter (Minnie Carter) of Naylor, Georgia, Doris Carter Benjamin (Bobby Benjamin) of Tampa, Florida, Gary Carter of Fort Worth, Texas and Lawrence Carter of Washington, District of Columbia and sister-in-law: Yolanda Carter of Albany, Georgia. Memories of Ronald’s melody will be cherished by his host of nieces and nephews, relatives, students and colleagues across the entire world. In his passing, Ronald now joins his father, Don Carter, Sr., beloved son Jeremy Brennan Carter, brother James Carter and in-laws: Alvis Davis and Marian Davis. To to the family or in memory of Ronald Carter, please

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Jimmie L. Brown

May 09, 1940 - Feb 23, 2024

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Burlington, NC

Burlington- Jimmie “Jim” L. Brown, 83, passed away Friday, February 23, 2024. Services entrusted to Triad Cremation & Funeral Service.

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Gloria Ann Dupree Jones-Gould

Oct 14, 1948 - Feb 22, 2024

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Burlington, NC

Ms. Gloria Ann Dupree Jones-Gould 75, of Burlington, NC transitioned on February 22, 2024, at Cone Health Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington, NC. Gloria was born to William Dupree and Ethel Monroe Dupree on October 14, 1948, in Alamance County. She loved the Lord Jesus Christ and was a dedicated member of Disciples of Christ Fellowship Church in Wilmington, DE. During her time with the ministry, she worked as a member of the Missionary Board and faithfully attended church services which she loved to do. Nothing brought joy to her life like spending time with her family. Gloria leaves to cherish her loving memories her children, Charles Dupree (Stephaine), Tyrone Dupree, Ronald Williams Dupree Jr., Cortney Ayers (Brian), Leroy Johnson (Lebogang), Clyrese Minor (Keith); brother, Frank Wright; sister, Sarah Collins; seventeen grandchildren, three great grandchildren, on great great-grandchild, along with a host nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents William and Ethel Dupree. To to the family or in memory of Gloria Ann (Dupree) Jones-Gould, please

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Barbara Nicholson Reynolds

Died : Feb 24, 2024

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Burlington, NC

Barbara Nicholson Reynolds, 93, of Burlington passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 24, 2024. A native of Brooklyn, NY, she was the loving wife of 71 years to Francis Charles Reynolds, who survives and the daughter of James Herbert Nicholson and Virginia Blackwell Nicholson, both deceased. Barbara worked as an insurance executive for many years and then as a Church Administrator. She was a member of St. Paul’s Community Church. In 1961 she joined St John’s UCC where she taught Sunday school for many years and was a member of the Women’s Guild. Barbara was a very active and healthy lady, for years she enjoyed getting together with her “9 Holers” friends for a round of golf at Quarry Hills Country Club, attempting to rollerblade and playing basketball with her grandchildren, and going on “adventure” walks with the children. In addition to her husband of their home, she is survived by a son, Pete Reynolds, of Burlington; daughter, Pam Reynolds Bradsher and her husband Chris of Yanceyville; three grandchildren, Cliff Reynolds and his wife Kristie, Andy Reynolds and his wife Annie and Belen Selassie; and four great- grandchildren, Orion Reynolds, Ben Reynolds, Charleigh Jo Reynolds, Titus Reynolds. She was excitedly anticipating great grandchild number five this June. She was preceded in death by her brother, James “Jimmy” Nicholson. A cryptside service will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 1:00 pm in the Mausoleum at Alamance Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s Community Church, 609 Trial Three, Burlington, NC 27215. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Barbara Nicholson Reynolds, please visit our

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Susan "Sue" Bear Willson

Oct 06, 1942 - Feb 24, 2024

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Burlington, NC

Susan "Sue" Bear Willson Susan "Sue" (Bear) Willson, 81, passed away on February 24, 2024, in Burlington, North Carolina. She was born on October 6, 1942, in Columbus, Ohio, to Lawrence K. Bear, Sr. and Mary E. Bear (nee Bakes). Sue was a dynamic woman who touched the lives of many. If we all get at least one gift from God, Sue's gift was the gift of encouragement. This was no more evident in her life than when she counseled parents and students with learning disabilities. She was their champion in so many ways, providing resources, meeting with parents, and guiding them on a path to success for their child. The strokes that eventually claimed her body and silenced Sue were five in all. During her seven year journey one of her greatest loves was attending Stroke Camp each year. To show you her indomitable spirit, check this link to her first Stroke Camp in 2018 where she began to speak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gLlRECfR9Q Sue graduated from the University of Michigan School of Nursing in 1964. She began her nursing career at Boston Children's Hospital, the Jimmy Fund Clinic, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She then worked at the Royal and Ancient St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London, England, before returning to the United States. In Ohio, she briefly worked at University Hospital at The Ohio State University before marrying Bob Willson. Sue continued her nursing career at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, a pediatrician's office in Cincinnati, and as a visiting school nurse in the Lakota School System in West Chester, Ohio. After retiring from active nursing she continued what she termed her "chicken soup practice" in the neighborhood. Nurses will know what this means. Sue was a passionate gardener and her green thumb was well-known. Many have transplanted her famous hostas in their own gardens. She also enjoyed exercise, walking, hiking, biking and spending time outdoors. Raised in the North Broadway United Methodist Church in Columbus, Sue and Bob accepted Christ as their personal savior while attending Clovernook Christian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sue is survived by her brother, Daniel C. Bear of Westerville, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Christen Bear of Dubai, Matthew Bear of Westerville, Ohio, Michael Bear of Lawrence, Kansas, Benjamin Bear of Columbus, Ohio; sister-in-law, Candy Bear of Dublin, Ohio; children, Anna M. Hinson (Dean Hinson) of Seagrove, NC, and James R. Willson (Annie Lovell) of Lexington, North Carolina; grandsons, Tyler J. Willson, Jeremy D. Willson of Jacksonville, Florida, and Lucas D. Willson of Lexington, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence K. Bear, Sr., mother, Mary E. Bear (nee Bakes), brother, Lawrence K. Bear, Jr., and infant daughter, Rachel Susan Willson, aged 14 days. Sue's memorial service will be held on February 28, 2024, at 1:00 PM in the May-Foley Chapel at Twin Lakes Community, Coble Creek Healthcare, 3802 Wade Coble Drive, Burlington, NC 27215. A time of visiting with the family will follow the service. Additionally, a celebration of life will be held on March 9, 2024, at 1:00 PM in the chapel at Christ's Church at Mason, 5165 Western Row Road in Mason, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, Sue's family kindly requests that donations be made to one of the following organizations: Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp in Peoria, Illinois (www.strokecamp.org), Hospice Care of Alamance County, AuthoraCare Collective in Burlington, NC (www.authoracare.org), or the University of Michigan, School of Nursing, Undergraduate Scholarship Fund (www.nursing.umich.edu/giving). The compassionate staff at Rich and Thompson Funeral Home in Burlington, NC, is assisting the family during this difficult time. Please share your memories and condolences with the family at www.richandthompson.com. To to the family or in memory of Susan "Sue" (Bear) Willson, please

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Iris Ray Ward

Aug 24, 1937 - Feb 24, 2024

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Burlington, NC

Iris Ray Ward, 86, of Graham, NC passed away at AuthoraCare Hospice Home on Saturday, February 24, 2024. A native of Alamance County, she was the daughter of Robert Henry Ray and his wife Christine Pendergraph Ray (the woman who raised Iris), and mother Blanche Testerman Ray, all deceased. She was a devoted mother and a wonderful grandmother. Iris was a retired Deputy from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Haw River. Survivors include a daughter, Sharon K. Galan; two sons, Tony Michael Ward and wife Mary Ann, and Gary Len Ward; seven grandchildren, Nicole Blakely, Senior Chief Steven Fearnside, Jamie Ward, Brandon Fearnside, Jennifer Shirkman, Lindsey Ward, and Jessie Ward; nine great grandchildren; sister, Peggy Wright and husband Donald; and brother, Robert Steven Ray and wife Teresa. She was lifelong friend of Carolyn Owens. Iris was preceded in death by two brothers, Ernest and James Ray. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Febuary 27, 2024 from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. at Rich & Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory in Graham and at other times at the home of her son, Tony Ward, 3141 Mattie Florence Dr., Graham, NC 27253. The funeral service will be conducted at the Rich & Thompson Chapel in Graham on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. by Rev. Don Pegg. Burial will follow at Graham Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to AuthoraCare Hospice, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.

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Edith Elizabeth Payne Conklin

Jul 29, 1928 - Feb 23, 2024

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Burlington, NC

Edith Elizabeth Payne Conklin, 95, passed away peacefully in her home on February 23, 2024. She was born on July 29, 1928 to Marcelia Ingle Payne and William Ollie Payne, both deceased. Edith was a 1947 graduate of Burlington High School. As a young woman she began her lifelong career with Wachovia Bank & Trust as a personal banker and branch manager which continued until her retirement. After retirement, she returned to Wachovia to serve in the role of Regional Auditor for several years. Edith was an active member of several civic organizations through the years, including Jaycettes, Business & Professional Women’s Club and Altrusa Club. She was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her four children, Carol Francine Conklin, Phyllis Marie Conklin, Michael Lloyd Conklin (Mike and Angela) and Rebecca Conklin Wagoner (Becky and Avery); five grandchildren, Brandon Conklin (Katie), Gretchen Conklin Trinidad (Alvaro), Jordan Conklin (Jenny), Ingle Wagoner and Ian Wagoner; and eleven great grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Raymond Eugene Payne (Shannon) and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in death by her brothers, William Ralph Payne (Faye), Richard Calvin Payne (Bernice) and James Franklin Payne (Dawn). The family would like to thank the staff of AuthoraCare Hospice for their tender loving care during our mother’s failing health. There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 2:00pm at First Presbyterian Church, Burlington with a reception to follow at the church for the family to receive friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to AuthoraCare Hospice, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215 or to one of the many ministries of First Presbyterian Church, 508 West Davis Street, Burlington, NC 27215. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Edith Elizabeth Payne Conklin, please visit our

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Dominic Tyvon Love

Dec 13, 1987 - Feb 16, 2024

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Burlington, NC

Dominic Tyvon Love was born to Rickey and Mabel Love on the glorious day of December 13, 1987. He was called to his eternal place of rest on February 16, 2024. Dominic enjoyed riding dirt bikes. He also enjoyed cooking and enjoyed cooking for others. He loved watching sports games on T.V., often cheering on his Philadelphia Eagles. Dominic also enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews, often going to their basketball and football games. Dominic has left to cherish his memory his Father Rickey Love and mother Mabel Richmond-Love both of the home; three daughters: Melina, Mackenzie, and Madelyn Smith; two brothers: Ricky Arnez Love Jr. of the home and Edward Lamont Richmond (Anne) of Mebane, one sister Monique Richmond of the home, paternal grandmother Rosa Mae Love; seven nieces: Alexius, Ry'leigh, Tationna, Azariyah, Akiyah, Ayanna, and Peighton; seven nephews: A'lvontae, Alexander, A'marion, Alijah, Caden, Zaelyn, and Ataveon, five aunts, eight uncles, two great aunts, two great uncles, two great great aunts and host of other family and friends.

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