IN MEMORIAM

If you would like to honor a resident of our community who has passed away in the previous six months email [email protected]



SAMUEL SILLAMAN, SR.

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The Laurel Thicket community extends its condolences to the family of Sam Sillaman who passed away on January 28, 2021. Sam and his wife Gannie, now deceased, moved to Laurel Thicket III in 1988. Sam was a very loving and giving person that would help anyone he could, expecting nothing in return. Sam enjoyed his friends in the Carolina Trace community where he volunteered with the Macho Men’s Gardening Club. He was a volunteer electrician for Habitat for Humanity of Lee County, Meals on Wheels in Sanford, and drove for Highway to Healing. He was also a proud supporter of the American Red Cross to which he donated many gallons of blood over his lifetime. His interests included golfing, fishing, bowling and was an avid Cribbage player. Sam will be missed by his many friends in Laurel Thicket and Carolina Trace. A tentative graveside service is planned for Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Buffalo Cemetery in Sanford. Covid-19 guidelines will be followed, and face coverings will be required for those in attendance. Memorial contributions in memory of Sam may be made to: St. Luke UMC, c/o Roofing Campaign, Sanford Meals on Wheels, or to Lee County Habitat for Humanity.

Send your stories, thoughts, memories or one of your favorite photos of Sam to [email protected]. Be sure to include a short caption or description for photos.

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Sam enjoying Oktoberfest Sam was a frequent
attendee at the monthly
POA dinners
Sam with his good friend Sandy at the 2017 Block Party

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LISA COOK BARRETT

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The Laurel Thicket community extends its condolences to the family of Lisa Barrett
who passed away on August 16, 2020. Surviving relatives include her mother, Ann Baker Cook; her husband John David Barrett; daughters, Jennifer Anne Daw and Eric of Sanford, and Mary Beth Bender and Louie of Sanford; sisters, Ginger Keith and Tony of Cameron and Carrie Hall and Michael of Sanford; grandchildren, Eric Daw, Jr., Joshua Daw, Lisa Daw, John Daw, Debbie Daw, Billy Daw, Elizabeth Bender-Barrett, and Sarah Bender. Lisa was born in Lee County, on January 1, 1965, to Ann Baker Cook and the late Joe Bill Cook.  She worked as an Office Manager for a fast food company.  

Send your stories, thoughts, memories or one of your favorite photos of Lisa to [email protected]. Be sure to include a short caption or description for photos.