Retired newspaper publisher Ramon Yarborough dies at age 90


Ramon Yarborough, retired publisher of The Fayetteville Observer and Fayetteville Publishing Co., died early Monday.

He was 90.

Mr. Yarborough died at his Fayetteville home.

“It is a sad day,” said nephew Charles Broadwell, who succeeded his uncle as publisher. “But he lived an incredible life. We are sad, but just to have lived the life he did.”

Mr. Yarborough also played the lead role in establishing The Fayetteville Times, a morning newspaper that was launched on July 2, 1973. Fayetteville Publishing’s afternoon newspaper, The Fayetteville Observer, is the oldest newspaper in the state.

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