Deaths for Feb. 2, 2013

Feb. 01, 2013 @ 06:21 PM

Derek Layman
Derek Eugene Layman, 35, died on January 31, 2013.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 3, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel.  A traditional fireman’s funeral will be held on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at Christ Covenant Church with burial to follow at Forest Lawn East Cemetery.
Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Lugene Rowell
Mrs. Lugene Philemon Rowell, age 85 passed away Thursday January 31, 2013 in the Jesse Helms Nursing Center in Monroe, NC.
She was born January 25, 1928 in Union County, NC, the daughter of the late Mr. Millard Daniel Philemon and the late Mrs. Fronia Mary Lou Benton Philemon. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband: Raymond Franklin Rowell; three sisters: Calla Tucker, Ailene Mullis, and Blondell Purser.
Mrs. Rowell is survived by three sons: Michael Ray Rowell and wife Yvonne, Dennis Lane Rowell and wife Pam, and Timothy Franklin Rowell; three grandchildren: Joan Johnson and husband Jason, Brandon Clark Rowell, Ashley Michelle Rowell; three great grandchildren: Garrett Carson Mitcham and wife Destiny, Madison Brooke Johnson, and Hunter Brice Johnson; two great great grandchildren: Andrea Carson Mitcham, and Riley Lynn Mitcham; three sisters: Bernice Kimbrell and husband Will, Brenda Philemon, and Linda Wyant and husband Ben; two brothers: James Heath Philemon and Daniel Rodgell Philemon.
The family will receive friends and relatives for visitation Sunday February 3, 2013 from 1:30 PM until 2:45 PM at McEwen Funeral Home in Monroe.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Mrs. Rowell will be 3:00 PM Sunday February 3, 2013 in the McEwen Colonial Chapel with burial to follow in the Friendly Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorials be made to The Jesse Helms Nursing center Activities Department, 1411 Dove Street, Monroe, NC 28110 or to the Friendly Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Mrs. Kay Gibson, 4418 Zack Road, Monroe, NC 28110.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.
McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service of Monroe is serving the family of Mrs. Rowell.
Richard Simpson
Richard Leslie Simpson, 62, stepped into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 31, 2013.
 Richard was born on January 20, 1951 and lived a life of service in the New Salem community. His generosity and kindness was felt by all who knew him and he will be remembered as a man of integrity who met needs of others by living the admonition of Christ, “Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these my brothers, you have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)
Richard was a major presence in the agriculture industry of Union County and North Carolina.  He was president of Simpson’s Eggs, a fourth-generation family-owned business founded by his grandfather in 1925.  He served in multiple agriculture-related and civic organizations: past president of the American Egg Board and current executive board member, president of the North Carolina Egg Association, the United Egg Producers Board, a member of the Union County Agriculture Advisory Board and current vice-president of Union Power Cooperative, as well as being on the board of directors for BB&T.
Richard was a committed Christian.  He served as past chairman of the board of deacons at Benton’s Cross Roads Baptist Church.  Richard was the first to volunteer services for any job--from driving the church bus to rolling up his sleeves for the church barbeque.
To know Richard Simpson was to know a man who loved people.  He greeted everyone with a warm handshake, a smile and a twinkle in his blue eyes.  He encouraged people with his positive outlook and his abiding faith.
Richard’s greatest joy was always found in his family.  He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Anita Brooks Simpson; his children, Lindsay Simpson Dorr and husband, Paul of Missouri, Kelly Simpson Simmons and husband Jake, and Alex Richard Simpson and wife, Krissy, both of Monroe.  He is also survived by his parents, Leroy and Nell Gaddy Simpson; and brother, Bruce and wife Kathy and their children, Emily, Ryan and Julia.  Richard’s true joy was found in his four grandchildren, Derek and Olivia Simmons and Caden and Blakely Simpson.  A fifth grandchild is expected in July.  In the love for his family one finds the legacy of Richard Simpson.
Gordon Funeral Service and Crematory will be meeting the needs of the family. Visitation will be at Gordon Funeral Service, 1904 Lancaster Avenue, Monroe NC  28112 on Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM.  The service to celebrate Richard’s life will be Sunday, February 4, 2013 at Wingate University’s Austin Auditorium at 2:00 PM.  Burial will follow in Benton’s Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family appreciates the outpouring of sympathy and love received during this time and asks that donations in Richard’s memory be made commiserate with his life.  Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, 500-B Spratt St., Charlotte, NC  28206 and Monroe H.E.L.P. Crisis Pregnancy Center, 1700 Secrest Short Cut Rd., Monroe, NC  28110 held a special place in Richard’s heart.
Online condolences may be made at

Donna Smith
Donna Dean Oliver Smith of Myrtle Beach died Jan. 24, 2013.
Services will be held on the beach in the spring.
McMillan-Small Funeral Home handled arrangements.