Local Obits 9-12

First Posted: 9/12/2012

Barbara Fletcher Dunn Jackson

Richmond, Va.

Barbara Fletcher Dunn Jackson died unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.

She was predeceased by her parents, Charles Henry and Ruby Council Dunn. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Lloyd Franklin Jackson Jr.; three children, Frank (Amy), Susan Jackson Cooke (Dick), and Tommy (Jackie); nine grandchildren, Alison, Ruby, Lindsay, Cole, John Henry, Erin, Fletcher, Cooper and Lincoln; her brother-in-law, Richard Jackson (Betty); nephew, Alan Jackson (Nicole); her beloved sister, Sadye Dunn Doxie (Mel); and numerous cousins.

A native of Bladenboro, N.C., she was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Women’s College) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Mrs. Jackson served her community as a social worker in North Carolina and South Carolina and was a writer and editor for the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Richmond. She devoted herself to her family and to numerous volunteer opportunities, especially at River Road Church, Baptist, where she was a longtime member. She served as a deacon, children’s Sunday School teacher, chair of the Missions Committee, member of the Board of Administration and chair of the History Committee. Her love for music was expressed through her 42 years as a member of the Chancel Choir. She also developed an interest in photography and frequently was the unofficial photographer for church events.

She was an early member of the Virginia Baptist Women in Ministry, serving in several leadership positions, including editor of the organization’s newsletter, Synergy. She was also past editor of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia newsletter. Most recently, she edited and designed numerous books and publications for the Virginia Baptist Historical Society, including a book she finished shortly before her death.

Barbara Jackson loved her family, friends, church, garden, books, Topsail Beach, music, photography, travel and Jeopardy.

Visitation will occur from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening, Sept. 12, at Bliley’s Funeral Home, 8510 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, Va. Following a private interment, a celebration of her life and ministry will take place in the sanctuary of River Road Church, Baptist, 8000 River Road, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at 2 p.m. followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to River Road Church, Baptist or to the Virginia Baptist Historical Society, P. O. Box 34, University of Richmond, Virginia, 23173.

Paid obituary

Patricia Milesko

Elizabethtown, Ky.

Patricia Milesko, 68, entered into heaven to be with her heavenly father and her beloved husband on Aug. 18, 2012. She was a homemaker all her life and raised six beautiful children.

Patricia loved being outdoors, digging in the first, planting flowers and gardening. It was her passion. There is nothing she couldn’t grow and anyone who knew her, knew she definitely had a green thumb.

She loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren while shopping and being with her friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Milesko; her mother and father, Newton and Vilena Sampson; four brothers, Grady Cole Sampson, Stenson Sampson, Ervin Sampson and King David Sampson; and a sister, Betty Mancini.

She is survived by her children, Mike Milesko and his wife Kim, Liz Milesko and her husband Dennis, David Milesko and his wife Jennifer, Joseph A. Milesko II and his wife Erica, Jonathan Milesko and his wife Tori, and Kerri Milesko; her siblings Hank Sampson of Lumberton, James Sampson of Wagram, Mark Sampson of Mississippi, Minnie Frances Holmes of Uita, Mich., Monnie Gray of Fayetteville, Ancidale McDowell of Hope Mills and Lillian Grashan of Medford, Ore.; her grandchildren Steven, Sarah, Nicole, Josh, Jesiica, Vadel, Malcom, Brooke, Sydney and Joey, III; and her great-grandchildren, Kylie and Sophia and her special friends Miss Pat, Maxine, Mary and Diane.

The funeral was held Aug. 22 at Brown Funeral Home, with a burial following at the St. John Cemetery.

Visitation was from 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at the funeral home.

Paid obituary

Rev. Richard Simmons

Pembroke

Rev. Richard B. Simmons, 91, was born on March 26, 1921, to the late Julius Barton Simmons and Ella Dafford Simmons. He died Sept. 9, 2012, at his residence.

The funeral will be conducted at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Cornerstone Freewill Mission Church, the Revs. Jack Murray, James Bullard and Glenn Vann officiating. Interment will follow in Oxendine Cemetery on Joseph H. Road in Pembroke with full military honors rendered by Robeson County Honor Guard.

Teh Rev. Simmons was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Simmons Dowless; five brothers; and six sisters.

Surviving are his wife, Magdalene Oxendine Simmons of the home; five daughters, Gloria Norris of Raleigh, Lillie Simmons of Charleston, S.C., Sandra Simmons of Holly Springs, and Rachel Ann Simmons and Eunice Marie Simmons, both of Pembroke; two grandsons, Chad Dowless of Holly Springs and Richard Shane Simmons of Pembroke; a great-granddaughter, Paisley Tutlerow of St. Pauls, Minn.; a sister, Elouise Simmons Brewington of Clinton; and a host of nephews, nieces, and friends.

The family would like to express a special thanks to Inez Rice.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. today before the service.

Arrangements by Revels Funeral Home in Pembroke.

Paid obituary

Kenneth Locklear

St. Pauls

Kenneth Ray Locklear, 58, of 3305 N.C 20, died Sept. 7, 2012, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.

The funeral will be 3 p.m. Thursday at St. Anna Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery. Burial will follow in St. Anna Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Kenny Caulder of Shannon and Matthew Caulder of St. Pauls; a daughter, Sashawnne Faye Caulder of Shannon; a brother, Parnell Locklear of Red Springs; four sisters, Shirley Qutiernes of Parkton, Donnie Brooks of Red Springs, Pasty Locklear of Red Springs and Betty Ann Carter of Virginia; and five grandchildren.

The visitation will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Funeral Home.