Serving Denton, NC & Surrounding Communities




 Lee “C. L.” Buie, Jr.
Mr. Cearn Lee “C. L.” Buie, Jr., age 74, a resident of Sexton Rd., Denton passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Randolph Hospital.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 pm Thursday, April 13 at Denton Wesleyan Church conducted by Rev. Charlie Collins. Interment followed at Mountain View Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Buie was born November 3, 1942 in Stanly County to Cearn Lee Buie, Sr. and Pauline Earnhardt Buie Loflin. C. L. was a graduate of Denton High School class of 1961, and a member of the Woodmen of the World, and Denton Wesleyan Church.  He worked in car sales for many years and later as Owner/Peddler of L&N Furniture. In addition to his parents, C. L. was preceded in death by brothers, Donnie and Edward “Bud” Buie; sisters, Bonnie and Mary Evelyn Buie and Joyce Weaver.

Surviving are daughters, Nan Maddox of Fort Walton Beach, FL and Leigh Buie of Greensboro; brother, Johnny Loflin of New York; sisters, Doris Trogdon of Asheboro, Brenda Lomax of Denton; three grandchildren, Krystal, Shawn, and Dax; and two great-grandchildren, Brady “Buckaroo” and Camille.

The family received friends at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton and other times at the residence on Sexton Rd.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Denton Wesleyan Church 16345 HWY 109 South, Denton, NC 27239.

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Leora Fine
Leora Cook Fine, 100, of NC Hwy 49, Denton, died Tuesday, April 12, 2017 at Mountain Vista Health Park.  A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Alleghany United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Gould & Rev. Derald Smith officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 PM Friday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton.

Born in Davidson County on June 30, 1916, she was the daughter of William Robert and Jennie Lee Coggin Cook.  She was a homemaker, a true farmers wife, a faithful and very active lifetime member of Alleghany UMC, serving as Sunday School Teacher, Treasurer  and served willingly in many capacities of the church.  She was a member of the WMU, Young At Heart Club, Home Extension Club and was a volunteer at Mountain Vista for over 35 years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Laughton A. Fine in 1975, her son, Lowell Fine in 1975, brother, Hubert Ree Cook, 3 sisters, Hallie Fine, Sybil Berry and Violet Clark.  She had great love for her entire family and was a positive influence to everyone she met.  She was loved by her nieces and nephews, who called her “auntie”.

She is survived by her daughter in law, Saundra Fine of New London; three grandchildren, Melanie Loflin (Clayton) of Denton, Andy Fine (Missy) of New London, and Beth Saville (Bobby) of New London; six great-grandchildren, Jenny and Will Loflin, Cary and Christopher Fine, and Alex and Andrew Saville; great-great-grandchild, Aubree Fine; sister-in-law, Doris Cook and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Alleghany United Methodist Church, c/o David Fine, 1840 Alleghany Church Rd., Denton, NC  27239.

Briggs Funeral Home of Denton is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at

Frances Harrison

Mrs. Frances Smith Harrison, age 92, formerly of Loftin Road, Denton, NC died Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Lexington.

A funeral service was held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 15 at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church on Loftin Road, Denton conducted by Rev. Richard Gould and Rev. Scott Davis.  Burial followed in the Church Cemetery.

The family received friends on Saturday at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church from 2:00 until 4:00 prior to the service.

 Mrs. Harrison was born September 26, 1924 in Davidson County to William Early Smith and Oleta Younts Smith.  She had been employed with Thornton Hosiery Mill and was a homemaker. She was an active member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church where she taught the Youth Sunday School Class for many years.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years Herlie Alton Harrison, sisters Willie Mae Smith Harrison and Edna Smith Fritts and a granddaughter Susan Elaine (Suzy) Harrison.

 She is survived by sons, Tony Herlie Harrison and wife Debbie of Lexington and Ronnie Smith Harrison and wife Virginia of Denton; daughters, Frances Carol Jarrell and husband Clyde and Shirley Mae Tysinger and husband Vernon all of Lexington; 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren; and a brother, William (Bill) Smith and wife Rose Mary of Columbia, SC.

 Frances devoted her life serving family and friends.  She was a beautiful lady inside and out.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially her family.

 Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Carol Glover, PO Box 1273, Lexington, NC 27293.
 Briggs Funeral Home is serving the Harrison Family.

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Shirley Ann Harrison
Shirley Ann McKinney Harrison, 78 a resident of Thomasville, passed away on April 12, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family and her beloved dog Frankie.
A funeral service was held on Saturday April 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM in The Love of God Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Orman officiating. Interment followed the service at Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorials bedirected to Love of God Baptist Church Heritage Christian School Fund, 5606 S. NC Hwy 109 Thomasville, NC 27360 or Davidson County Meals on Wheels for Pets, 555 B West Center Street Ext., Lexington, NC 27295. Online condolences can be made to the family at

Louise Hartley

Mrs. Louise Newsom Hartley, age 87 of Newsom Lane, Denton, NC died Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Mountain Vista Health Park.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 19 at Summerville Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Mike Motley.  Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.

The family received friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday at Briggs Funeral Home and other times will be at the residence on Newsom Lane.

Mrs. Hartley was born March 1, 1930 in Davidson County to Lonnie Newsom and Glay Owen Newsom.  She was a member of Summerville Baptist Church and a retired Supervisor with Laguna Sports Wear.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Kail Hartley, a granddaughter Danielle Marie Yates, a brother Donald Newsom and sisters, Nellie Daniel, Dot Carrick, Essie Mae Parker and Josephine Woodle.

She is survived by her husband Bryce Hartley; a daughter Gay Yates and husband Bill of Denton; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Hartley of Salisbury; grandchildren Chrissy Morris and husband Eric, Dana Yates, Candace Yates, Hunter Yates Brandon Hartley and wife Sonni and 6 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mountain Vista Health Park. PO Box 1547, Denton, NC

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Willia Mae (Lamb) Ratliff
Mrs. Willia Mae Earnhardt (Lamb) Ratliff age 55, a resident of Big Jack Rd., Thomasville and formerly of Badin passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 18 at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel conducted by Rev. Steve Phillippi. Interment followed at Uwharrie United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Ratliff was born September 11, 1961 in Davidson County to Roy Earnhardt and Kathleen Turner Earnhardt. She had worked for Lamb’s Auto Sales and most recently she was employed by KFC. She attended Freedom Outreach Ministries. In addition to her parents Willia was preceded in death by brothers, Ray Earnhardt, Pete Hurley, Howard Hurley, and Richard Earnhardt, and by a daughter, Amanda L. Lamb.

Surviving, husband, Gary Dean Ratliff, Jr. of the home; son, Jason Lamb of Denton; daughter, Teresa Lamb of Denton; 4 grandchildren; brothers, Roy Lee Earnhardt of New London and Robert Earnhardt of Salisbury; sisters, Alice Morris of New London, Ruby Passmore of New London, and Rachel Mabe of Star.
The family received friends on Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton and other times at the home of Ruby Passmore on Blaine Rd., New London.

 Online condolences may be made at

 Church Events:

Alleghany UMC Community Supper
Alleghany UMC will host its community supper in the church fellowship hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 5 to 6:30pm. Please join us for food and fellowship.

The church is located at 2039 Alleghany Church Rd., Denton, NC.
The Pentecostals of Denton to celebrate 5 year Anniversary
The Pentecostals Of Denton’s five year anniversary service will be Friday night, April 28th at 7:30 pm. Rev David Elms, senior pastor of the First Church in Charlotte will be the guest speaker. Come celebrate with us!
International Mission Study
On Saturday, April 29 at the Church Fellowship Hall 4518 Shiptontown Rd, Denton, NC

from 1:00 pm – 3:30pm. Lunch served at 1:00 pm and program by Linda Riffe to follow.  Linda was a missionary at Black Forest Academy in Kandem, Germany.
All Women (and men too if you’d like) welcome and encouraged to attend! There will be food, door prizes and information about the missions in Germany. Collecting canned foods and nonperishable food items for Upper Room Food Ministry. Please RSVP to Irene Mimlitsch at  336 250 5999 or Wanda Grimes at 336-250-0544
Central UMC News
On Saturday, April 22 – The Central UMC United Methodist Men will sponsor a Barbeque Supper from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Fellowship Hut – dine in or take out.

BBQ pork plates with all the trimmings will be available for $10.00 per plate. There will also be a wide selection of homemade desserts. Tickets can be purchased from the Central United Methodist men, members of Central UMC or at the door. The Thomasville Bluegrass Band will perform.
Denton Wesleyan Events
The Denton Wesleyan Church outdoor group meets Sunday, May 7 at 4 p.m. at the Pavilion. Join us for outdoor fun for the whole family. Food, bible study and a lesson in hunting/fishing/all things outdoors are at every meeting.

On Monday nights at 7 p.m., join FitCLUB. Learn about eating healthy and exercising with various workouts for every fitness level. The class is lead by a certified BeachBody coach.
The Sounds of Grace at Siloam United Methodist Church

On Sunday, April 30 at 10:30 a.m. The Sounds of Grace will be at Siloam UMC located at 2380 East NC Hwy 47 in Denton.

The Sounds of Grace are southern gospel group from Grace Baptist Church in Winston Salem. Admission is free. A love offering will be taken. Lunch will be provided following the service. Come out and join us!
Poor Man Supper hosted by the Ladies W.M.U.
The Ladies W.M.U. of Lick Creek Baptist Church will be hosting a Poor Man’s supper on Saturday April 22 from 5:00 p.m. – 8;00 p.m. at the church fellow ship building.

On the menu are pinto beans, stewed potatoes, slaw, stewed cabbage, and dessert, drink. Meal is by donation only and will help fund our Community Missions.
Lick Creek Baptist Church is located off Lick Creek Church Rd.