ConAgra victims laid to rest

GARNER Barbara Spears, Rachel Pulley and Lewis Watson lost their lives on Tuesday.

They were working the ConAgra factory in Garner when a natural gas explosion ripped through the plant.

Funeral services were held for both Spears and Pulley on Sunday afternoon.

Pulley was laid to rest at the Springfield Baptist Church in Raleigh around 2 p.m.

The 67-year-old mother of seven worked at the Slim Jim plant for 16 years.

"If you want a word of comfort, she was there for you," co-worker George Williams said. "You might go in to work, you might have a heartache or something might jump off wrong and you could always go to her and she'll give you a word of comfort."

Pulley's obituary states she was married to her late husband for 34 years and was an advocate of higher education.

Her pastor said she lived her life for Christ.

"She was a wonderful, wonderful mother to the church," Oakey Grove Missionary Baptist Church Rev. Ellis Cozart said. "She taught our children Sunday school and she was involved in many ministries in the church."

Cozart also offered a word of comfort to the hundreds of mourners before they headed to Pulley's burial site in Clayton.

"When all of our lives become full with whatever the expectations are that God wants each of us to do, then he takes us home," he said.

Emotions also ran high in Harnett County at 43-year-old Barbra Spears' funeral.

Her service took place at the Cape Fear Conference A Headquarters Facility in Erwin.

Spears had worked at the ConAgra plant since 1995. She grew up in Harnett County and was a wife and big sister.

Those close to her say her personality made her shine.

"I'll miss her," family friend Carolyn Talley said. "When you love people, it speaks for itself."

The third victim, 33-year-old Lewis Watson, will be laid to rest on Monday.

His funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Johnston Community College in Smithfield.

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