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Michael Gene Landreth

November 20, 1986 - November 17, 2017

Michael Gene Landreth, 30, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather: Johnny Ennis Smith; maternal grandfather: Barry Landreth Sr. Michael is survived by paternal grandmother: Lou Jane Smith of Garland; maternal grandmother: Kathleen Sasser Landreth; father: Michael Smith and wife Fran of Garland; mother: Judy Kay Landreth; son:...
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Bradley Lynn Sessoms

February 5, 1973 - November 17, 2017

Bradley Lynn Sessoms, 44, of Clarkton passed away Friday, November 17, 2017. He is survived by his father: Marshall Sessoms of Clarkton; mother: Rachel Sessoms of Bladenboro; grandmother: Hazel Guyton; one son: Cameron Sessoms of White Lake; step daughter: Adriana Smith; two brothers: Christopher Sessoms and wife Autumn of Whiteville and Chris Sessoms of Goldsboro; six sisters: Michelle Pinck of...
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Clarice Lewis Butler

August 4, 1931 - November 14, 2017

Clarice Lewis Butler, 86, of Dublin passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Alfonzo and Eva Lewis, husband Vance Butler Jr., three brothers: Norval, Ennis and Tom Lewis, two sisters: Martha Fayak and Mary Lou Carroll, granddaughter Amanda Norris and one son-in-law Billy Harrelson. Clarice is survived by six daughters: Linda Harrelson of Clarkton; Teresa...
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Rebecca June Casey Warren

April 9, 1946 - November 13, 2017

Rebecca June Casey Warren, 71, of White Lake passed away Monday, November 13, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Skinny and Nannie Casey and two brothers: Pete and Snap Casey. Rebecca is survived by her husband Bobby Warren of the home, two sons: Ray Reason of Elizabethtown; Lee Reason and wife Kimberly of Elizabethtown; one sister Ruby Ellis of Jefferson, NC; six grandchildren:...
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Robert "Bobby" Lewis Absher

December 19, 1929 - November 11, 2017

Robert Lewis (Bobby) Absher, 87, of Elizabethtown, NC passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Mr. Absher was born and lived his entire life in Elizabethtown, but for his time serving in the US Navy. The five great passions of his life were his faith, his family, East Bladen football, Little League baseball and John Wayne movies. Preceding him in death were his wife, Sylvia Carter...
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Helen Gore Inman

December 30, 1929 - November 10, 2017

Helen Gore Inman was born in Whiteville, NC December 30, 1929, the second child of Howard and Edna Marlowe Gore. She was predeceased by her parents and three siblings, Irene G. Brisson and husband, Houston, Richard M. Gore and Michael P. Gore. She is survived by her husband, James Rudolph Inman. Children: Nancy Inman Newby of Charlotte, NC, James Wayne Inman and wife Debbie of Charlotte, NC,...
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Mary Lee Hickman Simmons

October 19, 1924 - November 10, 2017

Mary Lee Hickman Simmons of Bladenboro passed away on Friday, November 10th, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents Waitus Hickman Sr. and Artie Brisson Hickman, also by brothers Wade Hickman and Roger Hickman and sisters Doris Sherrill, Virginia Sawyer and Josephine Carlisle. Her husband, Lawson P. Simmons Sr. and son Lawson P. Simmons Jr. (Pete), also preceded her in death. Mrs....
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Connie Nance Adams

December 4, 1946 - November 9, 2017

Connie Nance Adams, 70, of 9438 NC Hwy 242 South, Bladenboro, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Florida. The funeral service will be Friday, November 17, 2017 at 1:00pm at Richardson Baptist Church in Bladenboro by Reverend Anthony Rich. Burial will follow in Singletary's Cemetery Sand Hills. Mrs. Adams was retired from Farm Bureau Insurance following a lengthy career in bookkeeping,...
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Larry Edwin Guyton

September 28, 1952 - November 4, 2017

Larry Edwin Guyton, 65, of Bladenboro, passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017. He was preceded in death by his father: Golsby Guyton; brother: Dale Guyton and an infant sister. Larry is survived by his mother: Shirley Singletary Guyton of Bladenboro; step-father: Thurston Sellers; three daughters: Shea Doucette and husband Rob of Molino, FL, Renee Preston and husband Wayne of Pensacola, FL,...
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James Radcliffe Melvin

December 6, 1942 - October 31, 2017

James Melvin was born in Whiteville, N.C. on Dec 6, 1942. He is predeceased by his parents Percy Melvin and Eunice Melvin. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Becky Melvin; sons Jason Melvin and his wife Lara and two daughters Sadie Jaymes and Austin Grace of Baltimore, MD, and Chet Melvin and his wife Fran of Raleigh, NC; and his sister in law JoAnn Camp and her husband Sam, of Belmont, NC...
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Mary Margie Lewis

December 5, 1940 - October 28, 2017

Margie Lowe Lewis, 76, of Bladenboro, passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: L.C. and Ruth Lowe Thompson and her nephew Brent Anderson. Margie was a loving wife, mother, nana, sister and aunt. She was a member of New Center Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband: Livingston Lewis of the home; daughter: Pamela D. Lewis of the home; son:...
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Mary Audrey Adams

August 30, 1934 - October 26, 2017

Mary Audrey Adams, age 83 of Elizabethtown, passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2017, after several years of declining health. Ms. Adams was preceded in death by her parents William Wyatt Adams and Ruth Johnson Adams, as well as her brothers Adrian Adams and Roy Adams. She was born and raised on her family's farm outside of Elizabethtown, and was a lifelong member of Wesley's Chapel United...
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Rebecca Catherine Clark-Lashlee

March 2, 1959 - October 25, 2017

Rebecca Catherine Clark-Lashlee, 58, of Clarkton passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Luther and Tysor Clark. Rebecca is survived by her husband John "Happy" Lashlee of the home, two sons: John Lashlee IV of Mountain View, CA and Luke Lashlee of the home; one sister Mary Marshall Clark of New York; numerous cousins and four dogs who she adored. The...
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Shirley Bryan Bordeaux

March 29, 1941 - October 22, 2017

Shirley Bryan Bordeaux, 76, of Bladenboro passed away Sunday, October 22, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Wade and Jody Bryan, son Alex Dale Bordeaux, two sisters Gladystine Bryan and Geraldine Bungert and one brother Herman Bryan. Shirley is survived by one son Kenneth Godwin and wife Jennie of Bladenboro; two brothers: Randy Bryan of Bladenboro; Ronnie Bryan and wife Rosvil of...
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Furnie Deaver

January 28, 1946 - October 21, 2017

Furnie Deaver, 71, of Bladenboro passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents John and Pearl Deaver, two sisters: Jeanette Deaver and Martha Stubbs and one brother John Deaver. Furnie is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Ann Deaver, of the home, two daughters: Annette Nance and Amelia Storms and husband Johnathan, two brothers: JT Deaver and wife Patricia...
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Frank E Allen

May 21, 1926 - October 19, 2017

Frank E. Allen, 91, of Bladenboro went home to be with the Lord on October 19, 2017. He was born on May 21st, 1926 on the sandy banks of the Black Swamp in deep rural Bladen County, Southeastern North Carolina. Frank loved and served his Lord, his family, his neighbors and his church. Everyone who knew him would say four things about him: He was a good man, a devout Christian, a hard worker, and...
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Edgar Rufus Heustess, Jr.

September 17, 1928 - October 19, 2017

After a brief illness, Edgar Rufus Heustess, Jr. is now at home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rufus was born on September 17, 1928 to Edgar and Jeanette Heustess, who have preceded him in death. On May 27, 1950, he married the love of his life, Eleanor Hooks Heustess, who survives. He is also survived by his children: Teresa Gillian (John), Cindy Creech (Nelson), Rhonda Baldwin (John...
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Nancy Joe White

November 16, 1937 - October 17, 2017

Nancy Joe White, 79, of Clarkton passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Burnice and Lelah Miller, son Scott White, sister Ann Fisher and two infant siblings. Nancy is survived by two sons: Mike White of Clarkton and Kennie White and wife Lynn of Whiteville, daughter Jackie White of Clarkton; two brothers: Dick Miller and wife Phyllis of Clarkton and William...
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Gary Douglas Pait

October 13, 2017

Gary Douglas Pait, age 67, of Little River, SC, formerly of Bladenboro, NC, passed away Friday, October 13, 2017 at his home. He is predeceased by his first wife, Nancy G. Pait, and parents James and Christine Pait. He is survived by his wife, DeLane McQuinn of the home; one daughter Juli Pait Feight (Edward) of Live Oak; two sisters, Kay Skinner (Ronnie) and Cheryl Smith (Joe). Four...
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Martha Jewell Baxley Inman

October 13, 2017

Martha Jewell Baxley Inman, 82, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband: Paul Inman and three brothers, Wallace, Gray Lois and Eulace Baxley . Martha is survived by two sons: Mike Inman of Fuquay-Varina (Deborah), Ken Inman of the home; one sister: Ann Monk of Florida and one grandchild: Heather Inman Sewell (Garrett). Martha was a...
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Helen Christine Sparkman

June 3, 1929 - October 7, 2017

Helen Christine Sparkman, 88, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2017. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Colon L. Sparkman. Christine is survived by daughter: Sherry Hester (Norgie) of Elizabethtown; son: Edward "Eddie" Sparkman of Elizabethtown; five grandchildren: Ray Sparkman, Christie Nye, Scott Hinson (Nicole), Beverly Hardee (Jim), Karen Pope (Michael);...
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Lydia Ann Graham Moore

March 26, 1936 - October 6, 2017

Lydia Ann Graham Moore was born on March 26th, 1936 in the St. James Community, Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina. The oldest daughter of Dawson and Annie Louise Graham. Lydia graduated from Lake Waccamaw High School in May of 1954. She met and married Attaberry Moore (Pos) in 1957 and in this union they had four children. John Allen Moore (Sheri)-Charlotte, NC, Aaron Attaberry Moore (Dorothy...
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Murray Rudolph Santee

December 13, 1928 - October 2, 2017

Murray Rudolph Santee, 88, Army Veteran of Bladenboro passed away Monday, October 2, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents Wesley and Della Santee, siblings: Gertrude Packer, Cornelia Edwards, Gerline Cook, Juanita Edmund and Randolph Santee. Mr. Murray is survived by his wife Elsie Irene Santee of the home, sister Othella Heflin of Bladenboro, children: Sherry Leggett of Fairmont, Pam...
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Brenda Haire Gooden

July 1, 1944 - September 27, 2017

Brenda Lee Haire Gooden, 73, of Elizabethtown went home to be with the Lord on September 27, 2017. She is preceded in death by her father James Lewis Haire, her mother Evelyn Haire King and brother James Lewis Haire Jr. Brenda leaves to cherish her memory, husband Kent Gooden of the home, daughter Kimberlee Gooden White and husband De of Elizabethtown, sister Faye Fenegan and husband Willard of...
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Maliyah Navaeh Parker

September 26, 2017 - September 26, 2017

Maliyah Navaeh Parker, infant of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2017. She is survived by her mother Briana Parker of Bladenboro; maternal grandparents: Kevin Parker of Lumberton and Becky Parker of Bladenboro; great grandfather William Parker of Elizabethtown and great grandmother Norma Barton of Lumberton. A graveside service will be held at 4 pm on Wednesday, October 4th in...
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Diane Hause

January 13, 1952 - September 26, 2017

Diane Hause, born January 13, 1952 in Forest Hills, Long Island, NY passed from this life on September 26, 2017. Diane, a well-known and respected artist and art professor received a BFA from UNC-Wilmington and her MFA from the University of California, SB. She left NC in 1979 but moved back in 2010 and built her working art space on 240 acres in Ivanhoe, NC. Diane hosted many exhibits of her own...
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Emma Jean Neighbors Shackelford

September 15, 1932 - September 25, 2017

Emma Jean Neighbors Shackelford, 85, of Elizabethtown passed away Monday, September 25, 2017. She is survived by one son Thomas Shackleford and wife Krista, brother Larry Neighbors of Raleigh, two sisters: Carolyn Hodges of Pennsylvania and Elaine Register of Virginia and two grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 10- 11 am on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Bladen Gaskins Funeral...
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Evelyn Devane Simmons

April 11, 1943 - September 23, 2017

Evelyn Devane Simmons, 74, of White Oak passed away Saturday, September 23, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Sidney and Nellie Devane, her husband Lloyd W. Simmons, and one sister Louise Huggins. Evelyn is survived by her two daughters: Vickie Seifert and husband John of Florence, SC and Joanna Simmons of White Oak; and three brothers: James Devane of Leland; Bobby Devane of White...
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Horace Winfred Butler

May 1, 1921 - September 22, 2017

Horace Winfred Butler, 96, of Elizabethtown passed away Friday, September 22, 2017.He is preceded in death by his wife, Lucille B. Butler, son James Winfred Butler, daughter Daisy Norris and two sons-in-law: Terry Norris and Pat Brisson. Horace is survived by two daughters Lynda Gray Brisson of Dublin and Wanda Lewis and husband Johnnie of Clarkton; nine grandchildren: Marchelle Butler, Michelle...
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Willa Carol Butler Smith

February 18, 1954 - September 21, 2017

Willa Carol Butler Smith, 63, of Elizabethtown passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Robert and Willie Butler and sister Charita Britt. Carol leaves to cherish her memory: her loving husband Harold Smith of the home, son David Smith of the home, two daughters: Andrea Smith also of the home, Alysa Vandalen of Hampstead, one sister Mary Helen Foy of...
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Wanda Pearl Ray

February 17, 1945 - September 20, 2017

Wanda Pearl Smith Ray was the seventh daughter of sixteen children. Born February 17, 1945 to the late George Lawton Smith and Thelma Pauline Smith went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ. Known as "Nana" to all who loved her, she is survived by husband of 54 years Cecil Addison Ray; three daughters: Rhonda Roberts and husband Mark of Cary, NC, Pamela Duke of Cary, NC and Carla Ray Grimes of...
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Sandy Denise Register Stephens

October 9, 1963 - September 17, 2017

Sandy Harrelson Stephens went home to be with Jesus on the evening of September 17, 2017 in her home near Bladenboro. Sandy had a bachelor's degree in Psychology and an associates in General Education. Sandy was a passionate and loving mother of her two children, Justin Andrew Merritt, 30, and Olivia Katarina Register, 23. Throughout her life she tried to help others with their burdens and...
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Stephen David Squires

November 1, 1955 - September 12, 2017

Stephen David Squires (11-1-1955 – 9-12-2017) "A Christian man who knew he was never alone." He believed in reverently loving GOD with all his heart, mind and spirit, and loving others as you love yourself. He boasted of nothing but his Lord Jesus. A dutiful warrior in ministry, he lovingly served his family, local community and abroad with orphans and churches in the Ukraine. He accepted...
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Dorothy Flowers "Dot" Elliott

August 30, 1923 - September 10, 2017

Dorothy Flowers "Dot" Elliott, 94, died peacefully on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at the Methodist Manor of Florence. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Carvers Creek United Methodist Church with burial following in the church cemetery, directed by Waters-Powell Funeral Home of Florence. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday,...
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Paul Arthur Ramsden

February 25, 1946 - September 6, 2017

Paul Arthur Ramsden, 71, Army Veteran of Elizabethtown passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017. He is survived by his wife Ethel H. Ramsden of the home, son Dustin Ramsden and wife Heather of White Lake, daughter Jean Holt and husband Raymond of PA; brother George Ramsden of PA; sister Gloria Ann Curtis of PA; and three grandchildren: Shawn Smith, Donte Ramsden, and Aaron Ramsden. The...
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Kathleen B. Priest

November 28, 1931 - September 5, 2017

Kathleen B. Priest, 85, of Clarkton passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Notley and Helen Barrett, brothers: William, Jack, Earl, and Perrie Barrett and one sister Maude Miller. Kathleen is survived by her husband Ned Priest of the home, son Steven Priest and wife Jane of Missouri; daughter Linda Foster and husband Ray of Clarkton; sister Audrey Sampson...
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Mary Carlton Taylor

March 4, 1954 - September 5, 2017

Mary Carlton Taylor, 63, of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Lessie Carlton, brothers: Lonnie, Carlton, Kenny Carlton, Harold Glen Carlton, Raymond Jeffrey Carlton, and Edisel Franklin Carlton and sisters: Joyce Lucille Carlton and Joyce Maxime Johnson. Mary is survived by her husband Billy Ray Taylor of the home, children:...
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Emily Jane Bryan

August 11, 1940 - September 3, 2017

Emily Jane Bryan, 77, of Bladenboro, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 3, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Fred and Ida Smith; husband: Melvin Bryan; four brothers: Fred Smith Jr., David Smith, Lundgran Smith, and Mencer Smith. Emily is survived by two sons: Eric Bryan of Ivanhoe (Lisa), Greg Bryan of Greenville, SC (Patti); daughter: Sharon Gagnon of Fayetteville (Mark...
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Mary Elizabeth Shipman

June 30, 1930 - September 2, 2017

Mary Elizabeth Shipman, 87 of Bladenboro passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: James and Mary Lola McIntyre; husband: J.N. Shipman; daughter: Lola Lisa Rebecca Shipman; and brother: James Madison "Jim Mac" McIntyre Jr. Mrs. Shipman was an educator for 30 plus year, she taught in Robeson and Bladen County. Mary is survived by two sons: John "Matt"...
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Wallace Canupp, Jr.

August 15, 1956 - August 30, 2017

Wallace Canupp Jr., 61, of Lumberton passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, Wallace Reed and Minnie Lee Canupp and two brothers Jessie Canupp and Steve Edwards. Wallace is survived by his three sisters: Patsy Meadows of Lumberton; Ella Faye Kinlaw of Bladenboro and Debbie Ann Blackwell of Cerro Gordo. The Family will receive friends Saturday, September 2,...
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Carolyn Ann Tatum Hall

March 3, 1945 - August 29, 2017

Carolyn Ann Tatum Hall, 72, of Elizabethtown passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Dorothy Tatum and four brothers: Donald "Snooter" Tatum, Albert Tatum, Paul Tatum and Vaden "Coot" Tatum. Carolyn is survived by her husband Harold Hall of the home, son Ricky Hall and wife Donna of Kelly, three daughters: Linda Norris and husband Steve of...
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Betty Jane Long Flower

November 11, 1936 - August 28, 2017

Our Mom, Betty Long Flower, 80 of Florida, formerly of Tar Heel, passed away on Monday, August 28, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Mae Long; her husband, Robert "Bob" Flower; daughter, Debbie Jones and son-in-law, Rick Packer. She was courageous to the end. Her final wishes were simple. She wanted to die with dignity like her mother. Betty wanted her children with her,...
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Jill Strickland Collins

August 9, 1953 - August 26, 2017

Jill Strickland Collins, 64, of Council, passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Dennis and Lucille Strickland and son: Jamie Collins. Jill is survived by her husband: Randall Collins; two sons: Chad Collins of Bluefield, David Donaldson of Rock Hill, NC; daughter: Tiffany Collins Pait and husband Grant; two brothers: Dennis Gordon Strickland II and...
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William Butler

November 9, 1925 - August 24, 2017

William Albert Butler, 91 of Bladenboro, passed away in the early hours of Thursday, August 24, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents: Thurman Allen and Myrtle Hilburn Butler, daughters Joyce and Lois Butler; sister Ruby Carter, brothers: Franklin Butler, Wilton Butler, and Livingston Butler. William is survived by his wife of 70 years Louise Pait Butler of the home; his two sons:...
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Mitchell Jackson

April 26, 1942 - August 22, 2017

Mitchell Jackson, 75, Army Veteran of Bladenboro went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. He is survived by his wife Gertrude Pait Jackson of the home, three sons: Mitchell Dwayne Jackson and wife Emily; Chalmers Ray Jackson and wife Karen, all of Bladenboro and Robert Earl Jackson of the home; one sister Dorothea Williamson of Wilmington and four grandchildren: Ethan Johnson,...
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Joyce Christine Lamb

June 25, 1938 - August 19, 2017

Christine, age 79, died on Saturday August 19, 2017 in her Clarkton NC home. She was born in Bladen County, June 25, 1938 to Carl and Mayo(Grimsley) Thompson and was the second of nine children. She was a 1956 graduate of Clarkton School. After which she worked at Standard Drug Company in Kinston NC before moving to Florida. As a manager at AT&T she mentored and inspired those who worked with...
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Sheila McLean

August 15, 2017

Sheila Elaine Priest McLean, 48 of Clarkton passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 4:00pm at Open Door Ministries with Rev. Randy Andrews officiating. The family will receive friends after the service. She is survived by her two sons, Tyler Yehl and Hunter McLean; daughter, Sabrina McLean all of the home; step-son, Jeremy McLean...
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Mary Helen Inman

May 9, 1945 - August 14, 2017

Mary Helen Priest Inman, 72, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Monday, August 14, 2017. Mary was born on May 9, 1945 to the late Eugene and Ava Gray Sessoms Priest. She is survived by brother: Addison Priest, Jr. of Tar Heel (Vivian); sister: Shirley Hancock of Concord; nephew: David Hancock; four nieces: Deb McNeill, Deneen White, Emily Brisson, and Stephanie Hardin. The family will receive...
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David Lee "Bill" Herring

May 6, 1946 - August 11, 2017

David Lee "Bill" Herring, 71, of Tar Heel, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 11, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. David was preceded in death by his parents: Lacy and Dorothy Herring and his only child: Rodney Key. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Diane Herring of the home; one sister: Mickey Sherman (Bob) of Fayetteville; one brother: Bob O'Brien (Ginny) of Dunn; three...
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Archie Albert Dove

August 16, 1930 - August 8, 2017

Archie Albert Dove, 86, of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017. He is survived by his wife Bonnie Dove of the home; son Barry L. Dove and wife Susan of Virginia; daughter Joy Yvette Addington and husband Shannon of Bladenboro; one sister Vada Storms of Bladenboro; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 3-4 pm on Friday, August 11, 2017 at...
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Robert Curtis Hester

August 13, 1939 - August 8, 2017

Robert Curtis Hester, 77, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents: Craven and Geraldine Hester. Robert is survived by his wife: Mary Juanita Hester of the home; his three daughters: Connie Blosser of Fayetteville, Sandra Boahn of Linden, NC, Libby Hester of Hope Mills; three sisters: Phyllis Guyton, Jeanne Kirby, and Tissie Mainess, all of...
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Elizabeth "Lib" Kinlaw Dove Bordeaux

October 9, 1937 - August 6, 2017

Elizabeth "Lib" Kinlaw Dove Bordeaux, 79, of Elizabethtown passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Lona Kinlaw, son Tony Dove, sisters: Jane Smith, Josie Willoughby, brother Guy Kinlaw and great niece Renee Smith Priest. Lib is survived by her husband Kent Bordeaux of the home; son Tommy Dove of Elizabethtown, daughter Sherry Dowless and husband...
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Dorothy Butler Nance

December 20, 1924 - August 6, 2017

Dorothy Carleen Butler Nance, 92, of Bladenboro, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, August 6, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Arthur and Vady Butler and husband: W.C. Nance. Dorothy is survived by her daughter: Linda N. Gaskins of Clarkton; two sons: Jimmy Nance (Patricia) of Longs, SC and Billy Nance of Bladenboro; two sisters: Mary Lou Edwards of Bladenboro, Joyce Russ ...
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Karen Rhea Mellon Smith

August 8, 1947 - July 31, 2017

Karen Rhea Mellon Smith, 69, of Bladenboro passed away Monday, July 31, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Bruce and Mildred Mellon and son in law Jeffrey Britt. Karen is survived by daughter Cynthia Britt of the home, one brother Author Mellon of California and two grandchildren: Chandler Bryan and Autumn Britt. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Tuesday, August 1, 2017...
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Walter "Bobby" Smoak, Sr.

May 5, 1926 - July 29, 2017

Walter H. "Bobby" Smoak, 91, of Bladenboro, passed away at his home Saturday, July 29, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents: Edgar L. and Alice Mason Smoak; one brother: Edgar Leroy Smoak, Jr. Bobby is survived by his wife: Margie McLaughlin Smoak of the home; one son: Walter H. (Bobo) Smoak Jr. and wife, Paulette of Elizabethtown; one daughter: Bobbie Ann Smoak Todd and husband, Donnie...
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Ralph E Walters , Jr.

January 6, 1930 - July 27, 2017

Ralph E. Walters Jr., 87, of Elizabethtown passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents Ralph E. Walters Sr. and Zelma Hardin Walters, one brother Gilbert Walters and one granddaughter Tina Marie Bass. Ralph is survived by his wife Nancy Swinson Walters of the home; son Jack Walters of Utah; three daughters: Penny Mahaffey and husband Richard of Mt. Airy, NC; Joyce...
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Ralph Ray Barnes

March 1, 1950 - July 25, 2017

Ralph R. Barnes, 67, of Garland went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, Wilbert W. and Effie Barnes, sister Mildred Jones, and two brothers: Jake Barnes and Wayne "Bo" Barnes Sr. Ralph is survived by his wife of 45 years, Patricia Barnes of the home; one daughter Meredith Barnes Cain and husband John Robert Cain, granddaughter Edyn Faith...
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Karen Stanley Hendricks

September 19, 1958 - July 21, 2017

Karen Elizabeth Hendricks, 58, of Whiteville, passed away Friday, July 21, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Felix and Annie Ruth Hardgraves and one brother: Ted Hardgraves. Karen is survived by her husband: Jim Hendricks of the home; two sons: Stephen Stanley and wife Amanda of Whiteville; Michael Stanley and wife Angela of Lake Waccamaw; one daughter: Kristina Stanley Savage and...
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Larry Hilton Britt

September 25, 1945 - July 20, 2017

Larry Britt, 71, of Tar Heel passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Durham, NC. He was born September 25, 1945 in Lumberton, NC and grew up in Dublin. Larry was a graduate of Elizabethtown High School and UNC Pembroke. He was a school teacher for twelve years and an independent insurance agent for 30 years. An avid hunter and fisherman, he also enjoyed carpentry, repair projects and cooking with...
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Fred "Freddie" Wilson Brisson, Jr.

March 30, 1957 - July 15, 2017

Fred "Freddie" Wilson Brisson, Jr., 60, of Dublin, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017. He was preceded in death by his father: Fred Brisson, Sr. and wife: Susan Hughes Brisson. Freddie is survived by his mother: Harriet King of Elizabethtown; daughter: Hanna Guyton and husband Daniel of Dublin; three sons: Garrett Brisson and wife Kelly of Dublin, Kyle Brisson of Elizabethtown, Jamie Brisson...
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Ella Glen Ellis

July 15, 2017

Ella Glen Ellis, 70, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: John and Ruby Ellis; two sisters: Mary Ellis Bryan and Lela Ellis Compton. Ella is survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Ella was always grateful and happy with her little smile and every visit was greatly appreciated. She always cared for...
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Lillie Snead Smith Guyton

August 22, 1932 - July 12, 2017

Lillie Snead Smith Guyton, 84, of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband Hoyt Guyton and two sons: Sidney and Delton Guyton. Lillie is survived by one son Andy Guyton and wife Pattie of Fairmont, one daughter Kathy Singletary of Lumberton, two brothers, two sisters, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The family will receive...
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Betty Pait White

September 28, 1935 - July 6, 2017

Betty Pait White, 81, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Thursday, July 6, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Isaac and Lou Ellen Pait; husband: Windell White. Betty is survived by daughter: Genny Meinhardt of Elizabethtown; two grandchildren: Jennifer M. Smith (Keaton) and Stephanie Meinhardt. The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 2:00-2:45pm at Bladen...
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Rozella Taylor Rountree

April 18, 1925 - July 4, 2017

Rozella Taylor Rountree, 92, of Bladenboro passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Emory and Lessie Taylor; husband: William Dewitt Rountree; great-grandson: Jude Mills. Rozella is survived by three daughters: Peggy Allen Thompson of Bladenboro, Iva Rountree Miller of Shallotte, Donna Rountree Melvin of White Oak; son: Walter Dewitt Rountree of St. Pauls;...
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Donald Rudolph Coley

May 2, 1930 - July 2, 2017

Donald Rudolph Coley, 87, of Elizabethtown passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents: George and Della Coley; daughter: Patricia C. Smith; sister: Marie Stroud and two brothers. Donald is survived by his wife: Mary H. Coley; daughter: Jean C. Knutson (Bob) of Morganton; two sons: Donald L. Coley of the Virgin Islands, John R. Coley (Kim) of Goldsboro; six...
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Clara Elizabeth Johnson

June 26, 2017

Clara Elizabeth Johnson, 80, of Bladenboro passed away June 26, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Lowell and Evelyn Maynard and husband Rundel Johnson. Clara is survived by one son Rundel Johnson and wife Melissa of Bladenboro, two daughters Barbara Valle of Mass. and Lynn Ison and husband Dempsey of Kinston; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. The family will receive...
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Inez Pait Smith

February 26, 1930 - June 26, 2017

Inez Pait Smith, 87, of Kelly passed away Monday, June 26, 2017. She is survived by four sons: James Smith of Jacksonville, FL; Danny Smith, Kenneth Smith, both of Elizabethtown; and Ricky Smith of Kelly; ten grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 3-4 pm on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. A private memorial service...
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Gwenda Leigh Dowless Smith

December 2, 1964 - June 23, 2017

Gwenda Leigh Dowless Smith, 52, of Bladenboro passed away Friday, June 23, 2017. She was preceded in death by her mother: Bettie Dowless. Gwenda is survived by her father: Cletus Dowless of Bladenboro, her husband: Ernest Smith of the home, three daughters: Carrie Gibson (husband Bennett), Ashley Callahan (husband Christian), and Amanda Simmons (husband Jonathan), all of Bladenboro and two...
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Judith "Faye" Hill Register

September 29, 1945 - June 21, 2017

Judith "Faye" Hill Register, 71, was called into Glory on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Faye was a beloved, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was married to LeRoy Register for 54 wonderful years and was a loving mother to Jerry Register (wife Djuana) and Jenny McLamb (husband Michael). Faye was blessed with three grandchildren, Caroline Register and Jesse and Bonnie McLamb. Faye was...
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Miriam Hite Mitchell Clark

April 8, 1932 - June 18, 2017

Miriam Hite Mitchell Clark, 85, was called home to heaven on Sunday, June 18, 2017. She was the loving wife of David Kemp Clark of Elizabethtown, NC, for sixty-six years and the mother of David Kemp Clark, Jr. (wife Vicki), Mary Kay Clark (husband David Lee), Cindy Clark Carroll (husband Clifton) and Hope Clark Campbell (husband Brian). She dearly loved her granddaughters Christian, Claire, Cybil...
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Julius David Clemmons

August 4, 1941 - June 17, 2017

Julius David Clemmons, 75, of Lumberton, formerly of Bladenboro, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents: Lloyd and Ada Hester; wife: Doris Ward Clemmons. David is survived by brother: TR Clemmons of Bladenboro; sister: Vergie Parks of Bladenboro; many nieces and nephews. David was a trustworthy person who helped people around Bladenboro with cutting their...
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Janet Dean Pridgen Corbett

March 4, 1943 - June 12, 2017

Jesus called Janet Dean Pridgen Corbett, 74, of Kelly, to her heavenly home on Monday, June 12, 2017. She was known throughout the Kelly community and Greenfield Campground in West Jefferson, NC as a kind, loving, compassionate, and Godly woman. She was preceded in death by her parents Philip and Eva Pridgen of Kelly. Janet is survived by her husband of 56 years, Archie Ray Corbett of the home...
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James Milton Heustess

October 27, 1942 - June 10, 2017

James Milton Heustess, 74, of Clarkton, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents: Edgar and Jeanette Heustess; brother: John Heustess; sister: Charlotte Savage. James was a devoted husband, daddy and papa who loved his family, farming, hunting, and fishing. James is survived by his wife: Barbara Heustess of the home; three daughters: Tammy H. Campbell ...
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Joseph "JT" Thomas Higgs

January 23, 2016 - June 8, 2017

Joseph "JT" Thomas Higgs, 17 months, of Elizabethtown gained his angel wings on June 8, 2017. He is survived by his parents Jacobe Higgs and Kelsey Cox of the home, Paternal grandparents Joseph and Nancy Higgs of Elizabethtown, great paternal grandmothers Maryann Haymaker of VA and Sally Rebyak of PA, uncle Joshua Higgs of Wilmington; maternal grandparents Robin and Candy Cox of Bladenboro,...
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Dewey Livingston Roberts, Sr.

February 4, 1929 - June 5, 2017

Livingston passed away on June 5, 2017, on the Roberts family farm where he was born on February 4, 1929. After growing up on his father's farm and a short stint in the army, Livingston graduated from the National School of Commerce in Charlotte. He began work as a land surveyor and then worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for over 30 years. He served as the chairman of the NC ASCS...
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Samuel "Sammy" Wayne Johnson, Jr.

May 23, 1986 - June 3, 2017

Samuel "Sammy" Wayne Johnson Jr., 31, of Bladenboro passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017. He is survived by two sons: Dallin Johnson and Brayden Johnson of Dublin; parents Samuel Wayne Johnson Sr. and Rose Johnson of Bladenboro; one sister Crystal Baxley and husband Robert of El Paso, TX; one brother Matthew Johnson of Myrtle Beach, SC and two nephews: Elijah and Josiah Baxley of El Paso, TX. ...
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Rudolph "Rudy" Masters

November 8, 1962 - May 31, 2017

Rudolph "Rudy" Masters, 54, of Seattle, WA formerly of Bladenboro passed away May 31, 2017. He is preceded in death by his father Rudolph Masters and one brother Jimmy Masters. Rudy is survived by his mother, Helen Masters Edwards of Bladenboro, two daughters: Stephanie Luke and husband Jon of Puyallup, Seattle and Amanda Davis and husband Blake of Bladenboro and two grandchildren: Mackenzie...
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Annie Carroll Taylor

November 29, 1935 - May 27, 2017

Annie Edwards Taylor, 81, of Sanford, passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2017. She was preceded in death by parents: Samuel and Mittie Edwards; husband: Graham S. Taylor; brother: Sidney Edwards. Annie is survived by two daughters: Vicki Grigston (Robert) of Sanford, Penny Merritt of Durham; grandchildren: Jeff Grigston (Angela Bordbar), April Lemons (Brandon), Andy Grigston (Michelle); great...
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Katherine Diane Smith

August 19, 1951 - May 23, 2017

Katherine Diane Smith, 65, of Lumberton, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Ernest and Dorothy Smith; daughter: Tammy Hunt; granddaughter: Krystal Hunt; brothers: Sherman Smith and Ronald "Buck" Smith. Katherine is survived by grandson: James Anthony Hunt; two sisters: Judy Ezzell of Rockingham, Wanda Smith of Garland; several nieces and nephews. ...
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William Allen Call

May 14, 1946 - May 17, 2017

William Allen Call, 71, Retired Army Veteran of White Oak passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 17, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents Michael Call and Arretta Stuefen and one son Jeffrey Call. Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Susan M. Call of the home, son Jason Call of White Oak, three daughters: Debra S. Erickson of Washington; Kimberly D. Jones of Ayden and Angela L....
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Annie Lucille Brown

December 2, 1933 - May 12, 2017

Annie Lucille Butler Brown, 83, of Dublin passed away Friday, May 12, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Vance Sr. and Berta Butler, the love of her life, husband Vernon Brown, son Bobby Brown, two half-brothers: Clarence and Kirby Butler, two half-sisters: Mary Etta Britt and Willie Downing, one sister Bonnie Britt, three brothers Vance Jr., Buddy and Wadis Butler and two infant...
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Richard "Tommy" Cox

May 11, 2017

Richard Thomas "Tommy" Cox II, 63, of Clarkton passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017. He is preceded in death by his father Richard Thomas Cox Sr. Tommy is survived by his mother Florence G. Cox, of Clarkton; one brother David Cox and wife Dolores of Winston Salem; one sister Maria Edwards and husband Dale of Clarkton; one nephew Bryce Cox and one niece Ava Cox. Tommy was a simple, practical man...
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Ernest Richard Hester

November 30, 1929 - May 2, 2017

Ernest Richard Hester of Bladenboro passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ettaree Taylor Hester; one brother, Kendrick Hester; one sister, Hilda Hester Coleman (Vollie); one sister-in-law, Vonda Hester; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Fred Gordon and Mary Edith Hester, brothers Ewen...
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Gladys Lee Canady Benton

May 18, 1926 - May 1, 2017

Jesus called Gladys Canady Benton, 90, by name on May 1, 2017 and the gates of Heaven swung open and she walked the streets of gold to at last come face to face with the one who unselfishly gave His son so that she could have eternal life. Mrs. Benton was born to Lee and Estus Grice Canady on May 18, 1926. She was preceded in death by her son, Dale Benton, and husband John (JT) Benton. She was...
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Brenda "Gail" Hester Strickland

October 12, 1950 - April 30, 2017

Brenda "Gail" Hester Strickland, 66, of Bladenboro passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Graham and Rachel Hester; son: Ricky Davis; daughter: Charlene Campbell; brothers: Charles Hester, Kenneth Hester, and Joey Hester. Brenda is survived by brother: Dennis Hester of Bladenboro, one grandchild, and one great grandchild. The family will receive...
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Dorothy "Dot" Gibson Pervine

December 3, 1927 - April 30, 2017

Dorothy (Dot) Gibson Pervine, 89, of Elizabethtown went to be with the Lord on April 30, 2017. Dorothy was a life-long resident of Bladen County and was born to George and Lela Gibson on December 3, 1927 in Clarkton, NC. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Fred Pervine; sons: Allen Ray and George Russell Pervine; brothers: Duke and Orborn Gibson; sisters: Mary Gibson Thompson and...
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Carlene Grace Burney

June 8, 1943 - April 29, 2017

Carlene Grace Severine Burney, 73, of Bladenboro passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Jessie and Viola Severine; husband: Clifford Jerry Burney; son: Charles Kenneth Burney. Carlene is survived by three sons: Ray Burney, Sandy Burney and wife Amy, Keith Burney and wife Carla, all of Bladenboro; daughter: Linda Phillips and husband Mark of Wilson;...
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Mamie Pruitt Little

January 17, 1924 - April 28, 2017

Mamie Elizabeth Pruitt Little, 93, of Clarkton passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017. She was preceded in death by husband: Charles Vincent Little. Mamie is survived by son: Billy Little of Clarkton; two grandchildren: Tiffany Pait, Alinette Priest; four great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 3-5 pm at Bladen-Gaskins...
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Obie Wright

August 26, 1937 - April 27, 2017

Obie Marion Wright, 79 of Bladenboro passed away on April 27, 2017. Obie was born on August 26, 1937, to the late Mennon and Mary Edwards Wright. Obie was retired from the United States Air Forces. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister: Phenie Watterson. Mr. Wright is survived by his wife, Janice Wright of the home, two sons, Timothy and Tommy Wright both of Bladenboro; two brothers,...
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Callie Beatrice Langdon Bilbee

January 7, 1927 - April 27, 2017

Callie Beatrice Langdon Bilbee, 90, of White Oak, NC; daughter of Cornelius Edward Langdon and Gertie Olein Williams Langdon passed away quietly at Angel House Hospice Center in Whiteville, NC on Thursday, April 27, 2017 with her loved ones by her side, into the arms of her Lord. Callie, also known as Bea, was preceded in death by her beloved husband Benjamin Watson Bilbee, 3 brothers, James,...
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Margaret Evans Pigford

June 10, 1926 - April 25, 2017

Margaret Evans McKeithan Pigford, passed on to Heaven after a long illness on April 25, 2017 just shy of her 91st birthday. She is preceded in death by her brothers Charles and Riley Evans and sister Betsy Dorton. Margaret, a native of Bladen County, was one of ten children born to J.Clyde Evans and Fannie Kelly Evans. When their mother died at a young age, Margaret became a "surrogate" mother...
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John Edmond Cain

October 25, 1946 - April 24, 2017

John Edmond Cain, 70, of Elizabethtown passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents Porter and Sallie Cain and one son John Michael Cain. John is survived by his wife of 50 years Linda Lambert Cain, two sons: Christopher Cain and wife Heather B. Cain and Jason Cain, all of Elizabethtown, one grandchild Summer Cain and one "grand-cat" Diesel. John was a loving,...
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Ruth Edith Craft Belding

March 15, 1919 - April 22, 2017

Ruth Edith Craft Belding, 98, of White Oak passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Mercy Craft, one daughter Anne Brown and several brothers and sisters. Survivors include three daughters: Judith Caulkins of White Oak, Marilyn Rea of Illinois and Joan Thomas of Colorado; 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. ...
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Robert "Bob" Floyd Stanfield

January 11, 1948 - April 22, 2017

Robert "Bob" Floyd Stanfield, 69, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents: James and Bertha Stanfield. Bob is survived by wife: Judy Sasser Stanfield; sons: Scott Stanfield and wife Devon of Fuquay Varina, Robert Stanfield and wife Brenda of Kernersville; daughter: Jennifer Puckett and husband Edward of Augusta, Georgia; brothers: Mike...
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Brenda Kaye Adcox Griffith

February 5, 1950 - April 17, 2017

Brenda Kaye Adcox Griffith, 67, of Whiteville passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: John and Margaret Adcox; brother: Johhny Adcox; son: Michael Paul Brown and spouse: Robert Gabby Griffith. Brenda is survived by her sister: Linda Green and husband Terry of Whiteville; step-children: Marcee Smith and Baron Griffith; granddaughter: Jozee Michelle Gabrella...
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Phillip Roger Roof, Sr.

December 13, 1947 - April 17, 2017

Phillip "Roger" Roof Sr., 69, passed away at his home Monday morning, April 17th in White Lake after a four year battle with cancer. He was born December 13, 1947 in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was a volunteer firefighter at Fire District 14 for twenty years and retired from Guilford County Schools. He is survived by his wife of fifty years Brenda Rouse Roof and his three sons: Phil Roof and...
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Houston Edwin Cain

May 14, 1945 - April 14, 2017

Houston Edwin Cain, 71, of Virginia, formerly of Bladenboro, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents: Edwin and Myrtle Cain and brother: Charles Cain. Houston is survived by his wife: Rachel Cain; son: Bradley Cain of Suffolk, VA; daughter: Robin Horne and husband Kevin of Yorktown, VA; two grandchildren: Hannah and Harrison Horne. The family will receive...
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Lori Ann Conner

October 21, 1961 - April 11, 2017

Lori Ann Conner, 55, of Bladenboro passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. She was preceded in death by her father: Roy Lee Conner, Sr.; mother: Kitten Conner; brother: Darryl "Cowman" Conner. Lori Ann is survived by three brothers: Roy Lee Conner, Jr. of Whiteville, Glenn Conner (Kay) of Bladenboro; Morris Conner of Bladenboro; sister: Faye Hester of the home; nephews: Kevin (Miranda) Conner,...
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Danny Horace Strickland

October 24, 1958 - April 8, 2017

Danny Horace Strickland died April 8, 2017 at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville, NC. He was born in Robeson County on October 24, 1958 to the late Horace Strickland and the late Yetta Strickland Watson. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: David Michael "Mike" Strickland. Mr Strickland is survived by one son: Danny "Boo" Strickland, Jr.; two granddaughters: Taylor...
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Eva Wright Edwards

June 9, 1943 - April 7, 2017

Eva Wright Edwards, 73, of Bladenboro passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017. She was preceded in death by parents: Lawrence and Mary Jane Wright; husband: Jimmie A. Edwards; son: Christopher Ashley Edwards; sister: Mary Ann Wright Davis; brother: Dennis Wright. Eva is survived by two sons: Michael Jay Edwards and fiancé Diane Maxwell of Stedman, Gary Scott Edwards of Bladenboro; daughter: Pamela...
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