Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Welcome to Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home. Linda and Harvey Gaskins and the staff of Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home are dedicated to personalized service with individual attention given to every family. We have a deep commitment to meet the unique and diverse needs of all of our families.

Our staff of highly trained and experienced professionals consistently demonstrates the genuine care and concern that has become our hallmark. We provide the families of Bladen and the surrounding counties with quality professional funeral services at very affordable prices.


Our Obituaries

Geraldine Bryan Bungert

December 6, 1948 - November 21, 2014

Geraldine Bryan Bungert, age 65 of Bladenboro, died Friday, November 21, 2014 at home. She is preceded in death by her parents, Wade and Jodie Dowless Bryan; a brother, Herman Bryan and a sister, Gladys Dean Bryan. She is survived by her husband, John Bungert (John's Upholstery) of the home; a son, John Edward Bungert Jr. and wife Marissa of Bladenboro; daughter, Jennifer "Strawberry" Bright...
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Austin Thomas Absher

October 30, 2014 - November 19, 2014

Austin Thomas Absher, infant son of Robert Thomas Absher and Heather Lukes Absher of Wake Forest, died Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Duke University Medical Center. Austin is preceded in death by his paternal great grandparents, Hugh McLean Porter and Ruth Scruggs Porter of Elizabethtown; maternal great grandparents, Chester Joseph Krutul of Chicago, IL, Therese Blanch Matecki of Chicago, IL...
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William Wade Allen

August 11, 1955 - November 19, 2014

William Wade Allen, age 59 of Bladenboro, died Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at home. He is preceded in death by his father, William Earl Allen. A Memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Allen Cemetery on Marsh Rd. William is survived by his mother, Golda H. Byrd of Raeford; three brothers, Jimmy Allen of Raeford, Kenneth Allen of Houston TX; and Ernest...
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Stella Dowless Burns

May 19, 1925 - November 11, 2014

Stella Dowless Burns, age 89 of Elizabethtown, died Tuesday, November 11, 2014. She is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Myrtle Hester Dowless; husband , Alfred Burns; a daughter, Elsie Fay Burns; five brothers and five sisters. She is survived by her sons, Alfred Burns of Georgia and Arnold Burns of West End; daughters, Juanita Clark of Durham, Josephine Davis of Bladenboro, and...
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Alice Williams Davenport

June 12, 1939 - November 8, 2014

Alice Williams Davenport, age 75 of Elizabethtown, died Saturday, November 8, 2014 at home. She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Margaret Fletcher Williams and a sister, Peggy Chavers. She is survived by her husband, John L. Davenport, Jr. of the home; a brother-in-law, Bill Chavers of Mt. Holly; a niece, Kim Billings of Mt. Holly, and a nephew, Jerry Chavers. A Memorial...
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Harrell Laverne Smith, Jr.

September 8, 1959 - November 6, 2014

Harrell Laverne Smith, Jr., age 55 of Elizabethtown, died Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Cape Fear Valley Hospital. He is preceded in death by his father, Harrell Laverne Smith, Sr. He is survived by his mother, Ethelyne Dickens of Ammon; wife, Angela Bryan Smith of the home; sons, Harrell Laverne Smith, III of Asheboro and Courtney Ross Smith of Ammon; a daughter, Rose Ann Smith of Dublin; a...
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James Geiger Jr.

November 1, 2014

James Alvin Geiger Jr, 67 of Clarkton passed away on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at his home. He was born on February 13, 1947 to the late James Alvin Geiger Sr. and Elise Barwick Geiger. The family will receive friends on Monday, November 3, 2014 at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home from 6:00 until 8:00 pm. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at Mt. Zion United Methodist...
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Ian Joseph Smith

April 21, 2014 - October 27, 2014

Ian Joseph Smith, 6 mos. old, of Clarkton, NC passed away October 27, 2014. He is survived by his parents, Andy and Alicia Smith, two sisters Abby and Hannah Smith, all of the home; Maternal grandparents, Charles and Alice Waugh of Summerfield, NC, Paternal grandparents Carl and Elizabeth Smith of Rockaway, NJ, two great grandmothers Gertrude Taigel, of Inverness, FL and Irene Smith of Well...
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Rebecca Ezzell Norvell

October 4, 1983 - October 23, 2014

Rebecca Ann Ezzell Norvell, age 30 of Clarkton, died Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice House in Wilmington. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Frances and Darol Ellington and a sister, Jennifer Rose Ezzell. She is survived by her paternal grandparents David and Annie Ruth Ezzell of Clarkton, her parents, Bobby Dale and Brenda Roberts Ezzell of the home; two sons,...
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William Jasper Lewis

March 22, 1940 - October 21, 2014

William Jasper Lewis, age 74, of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Mr. Lewis was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Louise Wooten Lewis and one half brother, Robert Lewis. He is survived by his wife, Janice Long Lewis of the home, a son, Lee Lewis of Bladenboro, two daughters, Stacie Bryan and husband Adam of Bladenboro, and Angie Hardee and husband Terry of Lumberton,...
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Daisy Norris

June 28, 1945 - October 19, 2014

Daisy Norris, age 69 of Tar Heel, died Sunday, October 19, 2014 at home. She is preceded in death by her mother, Lucille Butler; husband, Terry Norris and a brother, Samuel Butler. She is survived by her father, Horace Butler; a son, Terry "Rocky" Norris, Jr. of the home; a daughter Rebecca Smith of Roseboro; sisters Lynda Brisson of Dublin and Wanda Lewis of Clarkton; five grandchildren,...
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Mattie "Sheppy" Edwards

December 2, 1941 - October 16, 2014

Mattie Shepherd Russ Edwards, of Bladenboro, died on October 16, 2014. Sheppy was born on December 2, 1941, in Elizabethtown, NC, and was the oldest child of William Love Russ and Gladys Worthington Blackburn Russ. She grew up in Elizabethtown, and was renowned among her classmates for her basketball skills as a high school athlete. She married and moved with her young family from...
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Earl Bryant

June 3, 1935 - October 15, 2014

Earl Bryant, age 79 of Elizabethtown, died Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Bladen County Hospital. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mack and Mattie Dowless Bryant, his wife, Clarice Bryant, two step-sons and a step-daughter. He is survived by a step-son and step-daughter; two brothers, four sisters, several grandchildren; and a special caregiver, Annie Ward. Graveside services will be...
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Mary Wilkins

October 11, 2014

Mary Beard Wilkins, age 83 of Dublin, passed away on Saturday, October 11, 2014. She is preceded in death by her husband Horace Wilkins; sisters, Alma Britt, Lilly Clark, Pauline Slaughter, Becky Davis and a brother, Walter Beard. Mrs. Wilkins is survived by her two sons, Ronald Williamson and wife, Cathy of Supply and Bobby Williamson and wife Vicky of Dublin; her sister, Emma Lee Brisson of...
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Wayne Gillis, Sr.

August 3, 1953 - October 7, 2014

Wayne Gillis Sr., age 61, of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, October 7, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Juanita Gillis. Survivors include his wife, Melissa J. Gillis of the home, four sons: Robert Gillis Jr. of GA, C. David Gillis of GA, David W. Gillis of the home, and Lukas Gillis of the home, a daughter, Lillie Gillis of the home, two brothers, Andrew Gillis of GA...
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Carlton Lee Tatum Sr.

October 31, 1936 - October 7, 2014

Carlton Lee Tatum, Sr., age 77, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents Marion Bernice and Mary Johnson Tatum. Mr.Tatum was an Army Veteran. Mr. Tatum is survived by his wife, Betty Tatum of the home; son, Bo Tatum and wife Genia of Elizabethtown; daughter, Cindy Tatum of Elizabethtown; two grandchildren, Branden Tatum and Allie Wright. ...
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Raymond Seldon Pait, Jr.

March 28, 1940 - October 6, 2014

Raymond Seldon Pait, Jr., age 74 of Bladenboro, died Monday, October 6, 2014 at home. He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Mary Alice Glover Pait; wife, Billie "Shan" Bezzette Pait; brothers, Bennie Ray Pait, and George Richard Pait, and infant sister, Mary Joyce Pait . He is survived by five sisters, Christine Doris Carroll of Bladenboro, Joan Glover Franklin of Coos Bay, OR,...
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Bobby Glenn Callahan Sr.

September 1, 1950 - October 4, 2014

Bobby Glenn Callahan Sr. 64 of Bladenboro passed away on Saturday October 4, 2014. Bobby was born on September 1, 1950 to the late Lonnie Callahan and Sylvia Hyatt Callahan. Bobby is survived by his wife Judy H. Callahan of the home; his son, Bobby "Cornshuck" Callahan of Bladenboro; his daughter, Anna Bailey of Fayetteville; sister, Ann Long of Bladenboro; brother Joe Callahan of Bladenboro;...
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Bobby Dale Babson

November 17, 1971 - October 1, 2014

Bobby Dale Babson, 42, of Stuart, FL (formerly of Elizabethtown) passed away on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. He was born in Bladen County on November 17, 1971. He is survived by his parents, Billy M. and Vella Rose Thompson Babson of Elizabethtown; two brothers, Billy Wade Babson and wife Jennie of Lake Wylie, SC and Tim Babson and wife Rhiannon of Ranson WV; nieces, Bronte, Kenna, Shelby...
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Theron David Hursey II

September 26, 1924 - September 30, 2014

Theron David Hursey II, 90, of Dublin, NC passed away on Tuesday, September 30,2014. He was born in Cumberland County on September 26, 1924, son of the late T. D. Hursey and Ruby K. Hursey. He was preceded in death by his wife Wilma Carroll Hursey of 68 years, one brother, Floyd C Hursey and one granddaughter Roberta Lauren Hursey. He is survived by one sister Mavis Hursey Singletary: one...
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Carmen Todd Hackworth

August 29, 1968 - September 29, 2014

Carmen Suzette Todd Hackworth, age 46 of Ladson, SC, died Monday, September 29, 2014. Carmen was a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister. Her energetic and bubbly personality made her a joy to be around. She enjoyed life and people. Among her accomplishments was the 1985 Miss America Teen Congeniality Title. Carmen wanted to acknowledge the special people that made her life worth...
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Ann Carol Thorpe

December 11, 1943 - September 28, 2014

Ann Carol Thorpe, 70, of Clarkton passed away on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at her home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon Johnson Thorpe and Pauline Smith Thorpe, a granddaughter, Alex Tatum and one brother, Buddy Thorpe. Ann is survived by three sons, Mike Tatum of Wilmington, Chris Tatum and wife Dana of Elizabethtown and Greg Tatum and wife Melissa of Elizabethtown; one...
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Henry Paul McQueen, Jr.

March 23, 1938 - September 27, 2014

Henry Paul McQueen, Jr., age 76 of Bladenboro, died Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center in Wilmington. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry Paul McQueen, Sr. and Wyomah McQueen. He is survived by his wife of 54 years (on September 27, 1960), Sarah Ellis McQueen of the home; two daughters, Paula McQueen Fatica and husband John of Spring Hope and Barbara...
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William "Tommy" Thomas Haire

June 3, 1953 - September 26, 2014

William "Tommy" Thomas Haire, age 61 of Elizabethtown, died Friday, September 26, 2014 at home. He is preceded in death by his parents, Link and Louise Haire; and a sister, Barbara Jean Hopkins. He is survived by his wife, Maureen Haire of the home; a son, Todd Haire of Bladenboro; a brother Larry Haire of Fayetteville; two sisters, Cathy Todd and Phyllis Braswell both of Stedman; three...
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Charley Thomas Lassiter

February 24, 1955 - September 24, 2014

Charley Thomas Lassiter, age 59 of Bladenboro, died Wednesday, September 24, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wiley Lassiter, Sr. and Annie Johnson Lassiter, and one brother, John Lassiter. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Smith Lassiter, of the home, one brother, Wiley Lassiter, Jr. and wife Rita of Elizabethtown, four sisters: Anna Belle Thompson and husband Morris of...
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Gladys Marie Hall Cain

January 13, 1958 - September 21, 2014

Gladys Marie Hall Cain, 56 of Bladenboro passed away Sunday, September 21, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Sara Hall and one brother, Clarence Thomas Hall. Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Ronnie Cain of the home, one son, Jeffery Cain and wife Naomi of Fair Bluff, one daughter Lisa Baker and husband Terry Baker II of Elizabethtown, one sister Judy...
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Patricia McKeithan Cromartie

January 21, 1950 - September 10, 2014

Patricia McKeithan Cromartie, age 64, formerly of Clarkton, passed away September 10, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dougald and Aileen M. McKeithan and a sister, Phyllis McKeithan. Survivors include her husband, Steve Cromartie and son Jon Cromartie, both of the home. A graveside service will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at 11 am at Clarkton Presbyterian Cemetery.
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Sheila Lashley Davis

December 22, 1954 - September 9, 2014

Sheila Lashley Davis, 59, of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014. She is survived by her two daughters, Heather Barnett and husband Jeriamy of Louisiana and Kristen Davis and husband Jeremy of Wilmington, one brother Ray Lashley of Fayetteville, three grandchildren: Gavin Davis, Peyton Wood, and Karen Harkins and two great grandchildren. No services will be held.
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Karyn Patricia Reaves

December 20, 1959 - September 7, 2014

Karyn Patricia Reaves, 54 of Clarkton passed away Sunday, September 7, 2014. She is survived by her husband Michael Reaves of the home, her daughter, Monica Britt of Clarkton, mother, Sharon Horton of St. Cloud, Florida, father, Rubart Wells and step-mother Hilda Wells of Branford, Florida, two brothers, Randy Wells and Ron Wells, two sisters, Saundra Hutchinson and Deidra Duffell, two nephews...
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Otis Inman Wells

November 23, 1943 - September 7, 2014

Otis Inman Wells, age 70, formerly of Clarkton, died Sunday, September 7, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Katie Wells, and brothers James and infant Vernon. He is survived by a son Odie Wells of Florida; daughters, Jeannie Powers and husband Tommy of Bladenboro and Tonya Wells; brothers, Ernest Jr., Leman and Rubart Wells of Florida, and Hurshel Wells of Clarkton;...
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Simon Sanchez Trejo

October 28, 1938 - September 5, 2014

Simon Sanchez Trejo, age 75 of Garland, died Friday, September 5, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Esperanza Garcia Ortiz; sons, Cosme Sanchez, Salbador Sanchez, Anacieto Sanchez, Primitivo Sanchez; daughters, Lorena Sanchez, Aida Sanchez, Maribel Sanchez; brothers, Nicolas Sanchez and Jesus Martinez; sisters, Benita Sanchez and Alejandra Martinez; 20 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. ...
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Ruby C Beck

November 11, 1943 - September 4, 2014

Ruby C. Beck, a Navy Veteran, age 70 of Tar Heel, passed away Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Bladen County Hospital. She is survived by her mother, Beulah L. Morgan of South Mount, her loving husband of 50 years, Rev. Jerry Beck of the home, two sons, Roy Beck and Chuck Beck and wife Alena, all of Tar Heel, two brothers, Harold Morgan of South Port and Bobby Morgan of Lexington, one sister,...
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Roy Hewitt Evers

August 3, 1921 - September 1, 2014

Roy Hewitt Evers, age 93 of Bladenboro, died Monday, September 1, 2014 at Southeastern Regional Medical Center. He is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Mae Sellers Evers; sisters, Hattie Bryan, Jettie Batton, and Dovie Evers; and a brother, Floyd Evers. He is survived by two sons, Billy Evers and wife, Wanda of Bladenboro and Steven H. Evers and wife, Mickey of Bladenboro; one daughter,...
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Vernon Lee Thompson

June 6, 1934 - August 31, 2014

Vernon Lee Thompson, age 80 of Bladenboro, died Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Autumn Care of Fayetteville. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Jetta Thompson; four brothers, Wade, Junior, Shad, and William. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Guyton Thompson; two sons, Chris Thompson and wife Donna of Fort Mill, SC and Clifton Thompson of Bladenboro; two daughters,...
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John Burl Hudson

February 18, 1957 - August 29, 2014

Services: The family of John Hudson will receive friends Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10 am at Elizabethtown Baptist Church 1800 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown NC, 28337. Bill Pait will be officiating the Memorial Service which will follow at 11 am. John Burl Hudson (57) of Southern Pines, beloved son of William Burl Hudson, adored husband of Fiona Smith Hudson, and most recent music...
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Rhonda Gay Elkins

July 16, 1960 - August 29, 2014

Mrs. Rhonda Gay Elkins, 54, of Clarkton passed away on Friday, August 29, 2014. Rhonda was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Kaitlyn Elkins, and father-in-law, William A. Elkins. She is survived by her husband, Allyn Elkins of the home; her parents, UV and Lucille Cartrette Sellers of Whiteville; her daughter, Stephanie Alford and husband Steve of Leland; her mother-in-law, Eunice...
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Ernest Craven Johnson, Sr.

October 5, 1931 - August 24, 2014

Ernest Craven Johnson, Sr. age 82 of Ivanhoe, died Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington. He was a US Navy Veteran. He is survived by his wife Minnie "Mickey" Johnson of the home; two sons, Ernie Johnson and wife Beth and Joe Johnson and wife Stephanie all of Ivanhoe; one brother, Walter Johnson of Jacksonville; and three grandchildren, Jon Eric, Jason and Jared...
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Dewey Pait

May 14, 1941 - August 20, 2014

Dewey Pait, age 73 of Hope Mills, died Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Cape Fear Hospital. Mr. Pait is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Lou Pait, his wife, Jackie Pait, 7 brothers: Ben, Newton, Levi, J.C., Marvin, Wildon and Phillip Pait, and two sisters, Mamie and Esther. He is survived by his sons, Terry Pait of Atlanta, Gary Pait of Fayetteville and Larry Pait and wife Sherri of...
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Esther B Inman

August 19, 1923 - August 20, 2014

Esther B. Inman, age 91 of Elizabethtown died Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Bladen County Hospital. She is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Britt and Alta Johnson Britt, her husband of 65 years, Jesse Inman, one son, Jerry Wayne Inman, two brothers, Rudolph Britt and Terry Britt, one sister, Hilda B. Simmons, and one grandson, Clay Inman. Ms. Esther is survived by two sons, Joe Inman and...
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William Mack Kersey

January 6, 1945 - August 18, 2014

William Mack Kersey, age 69 of Clarkton, died Monday, August 18, 2014 at home. He is preceded in death by his parents James and Rachel Kersey; a sister, Linda Kersey; and a brother, Calvin Kersey. He is survived by his wife, Erlene Elkins of the home; two sons, Randy Kersey and wife Lisa of Elizabethtown and Jeff Hilburn of Whiteville; two daughters, Susan Hilburn of Whiteville and Hanna Watts...
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Byron Davis

October 19, 1935 - August 16, 2014

Byron Davis, 78 of Bladenboro passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at home. Byron was the owner and operator of Quality Pools of Elizabethtown that he began in 1968 and is still run by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mary Davis, one son, Byron Craig Davis, two brothers: Dewey Davis and Terue Davis,and two sisters Clara Thompson and infant Barbara Davis. Survivors...
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Mark Allen Gooden

November 14, 1960 - August 14, 2014

Mark Allen Gooden, 53, of Elizabethtown passed away on August 14, 2014. He is preceded in death by his father, J.L. Gooden and three brothers: Ricky Lupo, Robin Gooden and Jerry Gooden. Mr. Gooden is survived by his mother Eloise Brisson Edwards, two sons, Corey Gooden and fiance Heather Smith of Edenton and Ethan Thompson of Bladenboro, one daughter, Amelia Gooden of Bladenboro,...
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James Lawrence Leach, Sr.

October 6, 1956 - August 14, 2014

James Lawrence Leach, Sr., age 57 of White Lake, died Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Bladen County Hospital. He is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Sheryl Leach. He is survived by a son, James Leach, Jr. and wife Lori; three daughters, Crystal Alexander and husband Robert, Kimanne Reynolds and Victoria Jimenez; 9 brothers, 11 grandchildren, Charlotte, Chelsea, Heather, Jessica, Britney...
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Peggy Darnell Hughes

August 20, 1935 - August 11, 2014

Services - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 visitation from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. at Tar Heel Baptist Church, service at 4:00 with burial following at the church cemetery
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Myers Broughton Hickman

February 24, 1935 - August 9, 2014

Myers Broughton Hickman, 79, of Supply, NC passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at State Employees Credit Union Hospice House in Bolivia, NC. Mr. Hickman was a veteran of the US Air Force. Myers served forty-six (46) years as Driver's License Examiner, testing most of the people of Bladen, Robeson and Columbus County. He was preceded in death by a son, Wayne Hickman, his father, Sam Hickman...
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Ransom Hayes

November 23, 1937 - August 8, 2014

Ransom Hayes, 76, of Elizabethtown passed away on Friday, August 08, 2014 at home. He was an Army veteran. Mr. Ransom retired from the NC Department of Corrections after 32 years of service. He was an active and dedicated member of the Elizabethtown Church of God for many years. He served as Clerk of the church and later became the pastor for over ten years. He loved his family and church...
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Shelbia Hester Norris

March 13, 1942 - August 6, 2014

Shelbia Jayne Hester Norris, age 72 of Elizabethtown, died Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Lake Point Assisted Living in Lake Waccamaw. She is preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Clara Taylor Hester; her husband, Tommy Norris; and a brother, Glenford Ray Hester. She is survived by a son, Mitchell Norris and fiance Susan Pate of Elizabethtown; three daughters, Michelle Hurst and...
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Linda Blackmon Willoughby

August 30, 1949 - August 6, 2014

Linda Blackmon Willoughby, age 64 of Bladenboro, died Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Highland Acres in Lumberton. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Ray Willoughby; brothers, Bill and Curtis Blackmon; and sisters, Betty Anderson, Ester Edwards, and Alice Blackmon. She is survived by her brothers, Johnny Blackmon and wife Brenda, Bennie Blackmon, Sammy Blackmon and wife Sandy; sister,...
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Larry 'Bo" McKeithan

August 4, 2014

Larry "Bo" McKeithan, 65 of Bladenboro entered into eternal rest on Monday, August 4, 2014. He was born on May 26, 1949 in New Hanover County. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Elizabeth Atkins McKeithan; and his in-laws, Curtis and Mildred Hilburn. Bo is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Patricia "Trigger " 'McKeithan of the home; his daughter, Wendi Allen and husband...
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Billy Eugene Ellington

August 31, 1947 - August 2, 2014

Billy Eugene Ellington, age 66, of White Lake passed away on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Libby Stafford, and his parents, Guy and Lucille Patterson Ellington. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Ellington of the home; his children, Billy Ellington, Jr., Michael and Billy Stapleton, Melissa Brackin and ...
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Sophia Taylor Bordeaux

March 20, 1935 - August 2, 2014

Sophia Taylor Bordeaux, age 79 of Bladenboro, died Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton. She is preceded in death by her parents, Gaston and Ida Belle Taylor; husband, Rob Bordeaux; four brothers, Malvin, Larson, Douglas, and Lewis Taylor and one sister, Lorena Cormier. She is survived by daughters, Melissa Bordeaux of the home, Patricia Brisson and...
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Charles Anthony Coleman

August 3, 1969 - August 2, 2014

Charles A. Coleman, age 44 of Elizabethtown, died Saturday, August 2, 2014 at his home. He is preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Coleman. He is survived by his father, Ronald Coleman and stepmother Shirley of Chadbourn; sister, Beatrice Simpson and husband Albert of Elizabethtown; uncles, aunts, cousins, lots of good friends and his three beloved fur kitties. The family will receive...
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Ruth Shaw Ezzell

November 29, 1928 - August 1, 2014

Ruth Shaw Ezzell, age 86 of Clarkton, died at home on Friday, August 1, 2014. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ruffin and Lucy Blackburn Shaw; husband, Leonard Ezzell; brother, George Shaw; two sisters, Irene Lewis and Rachel Russ; and a step-son, Dewey Ezzell. She is survived by a special friend, T.R. Clemmons; step-son, Robert Edwards and wife Francis of Clarkton; a special caretaker...
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J. Maxine Brown

August 1, 2014

Janice Maxine Brown, age 71 of Dublin, died Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the SECU Hospice House in Smithfield. She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter Preston and Nora Babson McNeill; and a very special loved one, Oren Miller Taylor. She is survived by two children, Tracy Brown Kneisler of New Mexico and Ronnie Christopher Brown of White Oak; and two grandchildren, Evan Doss Brown and...
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Dorothy Butler Allen

September 8, 1928 - July 29, 2014

Dorothy Butler Allen, age 85 of Tar Heel, died on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at home. She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter Livius and Ella Dowless Butler; seven brothers, Harvey, Velton, Norman, Emory, Charlie, Jettie, and Morris Butler. She is survived by her husband of sixty-five years, Charles Jefferson Allen; two daughters, Cindy Allen Sanderson and husband William of Fayetteville...
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Mamie Willoughby Tedder

July 19, 1926 - July 23, 2014

Mamie Willoughby Tedder, 88, of Charlotte, NC died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC.Tedder She was born on July 19, 1926 in Bladen County, NC. She was the daughter of the late Jim "J.R." and Maggie Cain Willoughby. Mamie enjoyed many outdoor activities including surf fishing, cook outs, fish fry's and many other activities with her friends &...
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Shirley Anne Perrey

July 23, 2014

Shirley Anne Perrey, 73 of Clarkton passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Mrs. Perrey was born on November 8, 1940 to the late Archie and Annie Mae Blackburn Stubbs. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Eugene Perrey. A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11:00 am at Clarkton Cemetery.
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Winnie Sue Russ

July 23, 2014

Winnie Sue Russ, 72, of Wilmington formerly of Elizabethtown passed away on July 23, 2014. She was born on May 6, 1942 to the late Ezra and Leitha Evers Russ. She is preceded in death by her parents and several brothers and sisters. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 3:00pm at Brisson Cemetery, with Rev. Ellen Bullard officiating. Mrs. Russ is survived by her...
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Daphne Butler

September 5, 1916 - July 23, 2014

Daphne Butler, age 97 of Elizabethtown, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at home. She is preceded in death by parents, Mallie Herbert and Loyie Hammonds Holt; husband, Charles Vernon Butler; two children, Tommy and Mike Butler; two sisters, Grace Salyer and Betty Jane Robertson; four brothers, Eldridge, Herbert, Wetzel, and Warren Holt. She is survived by a son, Pat Butler of Elizabethtown; a...
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Leon Todd

June 15, 1942 - July 23, 2014

Leon Todd, age 72 of Bladenboro, died at home Wednesday, July 23, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Gracie Smith Todd; wife, Elva Dean; three brothers, Memory, Weldon, and Charleston Todd. He is survived by three sons, Joey Todd of Bladenboro, Rick Todd of Holden Beach and Mark Todd of Wilmington; a daughter, Paula Edwards of Bladenboro; two sisters, Elizabeth Bordeaux...
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David Stephen Lee

July 19, 2014

David Stephen Lee March 22, 1943 – July 19, 2014 David Stephen Lee grew up in Baltimore and Towson, Maryland. He spent his formative summers in Florida and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from schools in Delaware and Florida. His entire life was spent learning about the natural world, investigating various aspects of the biology of plants, invertebrates and vertebrates, and...
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Louis "Butch" Hill Jr.

July 19, 2014

Louis "Butch" Eugene Hill Jr. 50, of Bladenboro passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Butch was born on July 22, 1963 to the late Louis Eugene Hill Sr. and Patricia Gray Hill. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 25, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at First Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church with Dr. Bert...
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Linda Sue Deaver Walters

April 4, 1961 - July 18, 2014

Linda Sue Deaver Walters, age 53 of Bladenboro, died Friday, July 18, 214 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She is preceded in death by her father "Pig" Deaver. She is survived by her mother, Ann Pittman of Butters and step-father, Mard "June" Pittman of Butters; husband Tony Benton of the home; a daughter, Trudy McMillan of Harrells; a brother, Jacky Deaver and wife Norma Jean of...
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James Russell Grimes

October 10, 1930 - July 15, 2014

James Russell Grimes, 83, of Elizabethtown passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Mr. Grimes was preceded in death by his wife Annie Laurie Gooden Grimes, and two children, Jim Grimes and Susan Vess. He is survived by one daughter, Becky Grimes of Elizabethtown and one grandchild, Doug Grimes and wife Melissa of Charlotte, NC. A private burial in a family cemetery will take place Thursday, July 17...
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James Edward Lewis

July 12, 2014

James Edward Lewis, 78, of Elizabethtown, passed away on July 12, 2014. Mr. Lewis was a veteran of the US Navy A Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11:00pm at Elizabethtown City Cemetery. In case of rain the service will be moved to Elizabethtown Pentecostal Holiness Church, 901 S. Popular St., Elizabethtown. Mr. Lewis is survived by his brother, Glynn Lewis...
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Helen Marie Brisson Barnes

July 11, 2014

Helen Marie Brisson Barnes, 93 of Tar Heel passed away on July 11, 2014 at Carolina Inn Assisted Living. Helen was born on November 9, 1920 in St. Pauls, NC, to the late William Travis and Alma Starling Brisson. A long standing member of Tar Heel Baptist Church and an active member of the Senior Adult Sunday School Class as long as her health allowed. She had unrelenting faith, loved family...
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William David Singletary

March 3, 1943 - July 10, 2014

William D. Singletary,71, of Bladenboro passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014. Mr. Singletary was preceded in death by his parents, Webb Knox Singletary Jr. and Ruby Bryan Singletary. He is survived by one daughter, Shelly Kay Scott of Kansas, seven brothers: Newell Singletary, Melvin Singletary, Samuel Singletary, Tommy Singletary, W.K. Singletary of Dublin, Isaac Singletary and Victor...
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Jane Guyton Britt

September 13, 1937 - July 8, 2014

Jane Guyton Britt, 76 of Elizabethtown passed away July 8, 2014. Jane was predeceased by her parents Emmett and Geneva Carroll Guyton and a brother David Guyton. She is survived by two sons Michael Brisson of Halifax and Mark Brisson of New York, three brothers Bobby Guyton of Elizabethtown, Dural Guyton of Leland, Donald Guyton of North Myrtle Beach,a sister-in-law Dorla Guyton of Morehead...
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Edward Lee Light

June 21, 1962 - July 7, 2014

Edward Lee Light, 52, of Clarkton passed away Monday, July 7, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Lee and Gloria Light. Survivors include his wife, Terry Light of the home, one sister Terri Floyd and husband Windel of Denton and one nephew, Junior. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. In lieu of...
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Wayne Onn Watts

September 7, 1943 - July 7, 2014

Wayne Onn Watts, 70, of Clarkton formerly of Elizabethtown passed away Monday, July 7, 2014. Mr. Watts was born to the late Wilson and Gray Watts on September 7, 1943. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Winston and A.P. Watts and one sister, Joan Brown. Survivors include his wife Sherry E. Watts of the home, one daughter Wendy McQueen and husband Dan of Elizabethtown, two brothers Mike...
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Joshua Devante Howard

August 29, 1995 - July 3, 2014

EPOF Joshua Devante Howard, 18, of Newport News, Va. was a gift from God on August 29, 1995 born to his parents Amanda Bell-White of Elizabethtown, N.C. and Ernest Howard of Cincinatti, OH and was very loved by all his family. He passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014. Joshua brought joy to the lives of his grandparents, Paul Layton and the late Cynthia Layton of Council, NC in whose home he was...
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Albert Junior Vause

December 3, 1928 - July 3, 2014

Albert Junior Vause, 85, of Council passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014. He was born December 3, 1928 to the late Hanes and Ledie Vause. Mr. Albert was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah McRee Vause and several brothers and sisters. He is survived by one son Wilton Vause of Council, four daughters: Sarah Atkins of Clarkton, Betty Gurganious of Watha, Mary Vause of Cary, and Joyce Ellis of...
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Andrew S. Gatica

September 22, 1951 - July 2, 2014

Andrew S. Gatica, age 62, of Elizabethtown passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville. He was born on September 22, 1951 in Austin, Texas to the late Johnny G. Gatica, Sr. and Frances Samilpa Gatica. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Johnny Gatica. He is survived by two sons, John Anthony Gatica and Paul Jake Gatica both of...
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Howard Roy Elkins

January 10, 1943 - June 30, 2014

Howard Roy Elkins, 71, of Clarkton passed away Monday, June 30, 2014. He is survived by his wife Judy Elkins of the home, two brothers, Ed Elkins (Angela) of Washington, DC and Tom Elkins (Anne Marie) of Raleigh, one sister Diane Lambeth (Dr. Bill Lambeth) of Raleigh and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 12:45 pm Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Clarkton Baptist...
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Gabriele Oliver

August 27, 1969 - June 29, 2014

Gabriele Oliver, 44, of Bladenboro passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014. She was preceded in death by her father, Detler Reichert. Left to cherish her memory is her mother Christa Reichert of Germany, her husband Stewart Oliver of the home, two sons, Jeremy Oliver and Jonathan Oliver, one daughter, Michelle Oliver all of Bladenboro, two brothers, Michael Reichert and Andy Reichert, and one sister...
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Curtis Benton

November 2, 1929 - June 26, 2014

Curtis Benton, 84, veteran of Bladenboro passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mack and Mattie Benton, his wife, Mabel Davis Benton, one brother, Lester, two sisters, Lib and Louise, and one granddaughter, Camelia Joy Graham. Mr. Curtis is survived by two sons Tim Benton (Pam) and Craig Benton of Bladenboro, three daughters: Sue Jordan Graham of Ocean Isle...
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Harry Lee Bullard

April 30, 1939 - June 25, 2014

Harry Lee Bullard of Clarkton, NC was born April 30, 1939 to the late Thomas Todd and Elizabeth Bullard. He passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at the hospital in Chapel Hill, NC. Mr. Bullard was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Hilda Gray Bullard, one brother, Frederick L. Bullard and one sister Terry Ann Soles. He is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Rabon and husband Steve and...
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Randy Lee Parker

August 20, 1962 - June 23, 2014

Randy Lee Parker, 51, of Elizabethtown passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014 at his home. He was preceded in death by his father Cecil Parker.Survivors include his mother, Gwendolyn Dixon Brown and husband Harry Lee Brown; two daughters, Kayla Parker and Maranda Rogers and husband Travis, all of Bladenboro; four brothers, Kenny Parker of SC, Gary Parker, Ronald Parker and Johnny Parker all of...
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Terry Michael Gibson

July 16, 1948 - June 22, 2014

Terry Michael Gibson, 65, of Bladenboro passed away on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at his home. Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Jimmie Daniel Gibson; one son, Michael Gibson; two brothers, Garen and Darrell Gibson, and one granddaughter, Savannah Spaulding. He is survived by one daughter, Beckie Spaulding and husband Ben of Clarkton; one brother, Paul Gibson of Bladenboro;...
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Peggy Jean Dove Nance

September 28, 1938 - June 19, 2014

Peggy Jean Dove Nance, 75, of Bladenboro passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014. She was born on September 28, 1938 in Bladen County to the late Ellery and Gladys Trogdon Dove. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Witt Nance; a son, Dewey Nance and one sister, Christine Nance. Peggy is survived by four sons, Sidney Nance of Bladenboro, Rev. Mitchell Nance of Bladenboro, Kenneth...
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Thomas "Bo" Alambis

February 6, 1953 - June 19, 2014

Thomas "Bo" Alan Alambis Jr. of Clarkton passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Bo is survived by his wife, Linda Bass Alambis of the home; three daughters, McGee Deaver and husband John-Paul of Lumberton; Molly Jones of Clarkton and husband Levy; Mindy Ransom of Clarkton and husband Travis; one son, Bo Alambis and wife Corey of Bladenboro; two sisters, Kallie Kissell of Pireway, NC and Stella...
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Robert Tatum

March 18, 1947 - June 18, 2014

Robert Tatum, 67, of Elizabethtown passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014. He was born March 18, 1947 to the late Taylor Grove Tatum Sr. and Mary Jane Flowers Tatum. Mr. Tatum is survived by his wife Delena H. Tatum of the home, children, Brian Tatum and Lisa Norris both of Elizabethtown, three brothers: Taylor "TJ" Tatum Jr. of Wilmington, Lloyd Tatum of Elizabethtown and Charlie Tatum of...
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Wilford Harry Hardin

September 22, 1935 - June 18, 2014

Wilford Harry Hardin of Elizabethtown, a Robeson County native, died peacefully, with his wife and children by his side, at Southeastern Hospice House on June 18, 2014 at the age of 78 following an extended illness. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Faye McCall Hardin, a daughter, Renee Hardin Summerlin and husband, Robin; a son, Wilford (Wilt) Hardin, Jr. and wife, Tracy; three...
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Ida Belle Davis Parker

June 3, 1916 - June 18, 2014

Ida Belle Davis Parker, 98, of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Sam "Nick" Parker and her daughter, Janice Paulette Parker. Survivors include two granddaughters, Janet Dominguez of Bladenboro and Ann Marie of White Lake, seven great grandchildren: Charles Sasser Jr., Kevin Sasser, Jacob Sasser, Nicholas Gibson, Calob Walters, Trey McDuffie,...
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Harry Lane Walter, Sr.

December 16, 1919 - June 12, 2014

Harry Lane Walter Sr. of Lumberton formally of Bladenboro passed away peacefully, Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the age of 94. He was born on December 16, 1919 in Rock Hill, S.C., moving to Bladenboro at an early age. In 1949 Harry Lane founded Walane Gas Company, now operated by his son Lane. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Bladenboro, serving as a Deacon and Treasurer of...
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Melba Margelet Campbell Willoughby

June 1, 1929 - June 9, 2014

Margelet Campbell Willoughby, 85, of Elizabethtown passed away Monday, June 9, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Harrison and Mildred Campbell. Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Willoughby of the home, one brother, Layton Campbell of Charlotte, two nephews, John Layton Campbell II and Harry Douglas Campbell and wife Diana, one great nephew, Harrison Douglas Campbell and...
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John Alexander Gooden, Jr.

January 2, 1944 - June 5, 2014

John Alexander "Alex" Gooden Jr., 70, lifelong resident and businessman of Elizabethtown, NC; passed peacefully on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his wife and family. He was a dedicated, loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor. He was born January 2, 1944 to the late John Alexander "Lexie" and Verniece Register Gooden. Alex is survived by his wife of 42 years...
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Elizabeth "Beth" Britt

July 5, 1954 - June 2, 2014

Elizabeth "Beth" Harrelson Britt, 59, of Lumberton passed away on Monday, June 2, 2014. Beth is preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Clara Spivey Harrelson, four sisters, Rudene Ward, Josephine Blackwell, Mary Fipps and Debra Huggins, and one brother, William Reynolds. She is survived by her husband, Donald Wayne Britt, Sr. of the home; one son, William Ransom and fiancée Stephanie...
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Bobbie Ann Singletary Lewis

March 27, 1945 - June 1, 2014

Bobbie Singletary Lewis, 69, of Whiteville passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2014. She is preceded in death by her parents, Kermit and Odessa Harris Singletary. Bobbie is survived by her husband, Jerry Lewis of the home; one daughter, Deanna Shuman of Whiteville, and one granddaughter, Kelsey Shuman. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Bladen...
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Samuel Anthony Lewis

October 31, 1984 - May 31, 2014

Samuel Anthony Lewis, 29, of Elizabethtown was born on October 31, 1984 to Darnell and Bernice Lewis of Bladenboro. Samuel was a 2004 graduate of West Bladen High School and was employed by Smithfield Packing Company in Tar Heel, NC. He died tragically on Saturday, May 31, 2014 and is preceded in death by his grandparents, Fern Lewis, Jr. and Nancy Lewis; Elias Hester, Jr. and Mary Hester. ...
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Joyce Tippett Frady

May 15, 1931 - May 31, 2014

Joyce Tippett "Nana" Frady, age 83, of Elizabethtown, died Saturday, May 31, 2014.She was born in Zebulon, NC on May 15, 1931 She is preceded in death by her parents, John Carson and Annie Ruth Bragg Tippett and a brother, Johnny. She loved life and her family above all. Every moment of her life was dedicated to her grandchildren and their many activities. She always made everyone feel special...
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Abbigail Rose Blackwell

May 30, 2014 - May 30, 2014

Abbigail Rose Blackwell, infant daughter of Joseph Blackwell and Erica Thompson of Evergreen, died Friday, May 30, 2014 at Southeaster Regional Medical Center in Lumberton. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her maternal grandparents, Eric and Tammy Thompson of Evergreen; great grandparents Virginia and Joe Muse of Evergreen and Libby Taylor of Lumberton; paternal grandparents, Timmy...
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James "Jim" Henry Allen

July 31, 1940 - May 29, 2014

James Henry Allen, 73, of Tar Heel passed away Thursday, May 29, 2014. He is survived by one sister Betsy Rich of Elizabethtown, one nephew Allen Rich and wife Regenia Rich and one great nephew Jordan Rich, all of Longs, SC. The family will receive friends Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 12-12:45pm at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home followed by a funeral service at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow the...
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Jimmie Ashley Edwards

October 30, 1935 - May 28, 2014

Jimmie Ashley Edwards, 78, of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014. He was preceded in death by his son Christopher Edwards, and two brothers, Billy C. Edwards and Thomas P. Edwards. Survivors include his wife Eva Edwards of the home, two sons Michael Edwards of Stedman and Gary Edwards of Bladenboro, one daughter Pamela Lucas of Roseboro, one sister Eunice Brogden of Bladenboro,...
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Miriam Singletary Hales Bryan

August 12, 1925 - May 28, 2014

Miriam Singletary Hales Bryan, 88, of Elizabethtown passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014. She is survived by two sons, Michael Hales and wife Jan of Greensboro and Stephen Hales of Elizabethtown, one step-daughter Jenny Herring, one brother, Talmage Singletary and wife Clementine of Dublin, and one sister Edna Burnette of Rocky Mount. Graveside services will be held in the McMillan Cemetery in...
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Agnes Maxine Davis Hester

June 8, 1930 - May 26, 2014

Agnes Maxine Davis Hester, 83, of Bladenboro passed away Monday, May 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Isaac and Attie Davis, her husbands William Babson and Hubert Hester, one infant daughter and seven brothers: Edwin Dove,Terry Davis Sr., Stewart Davis, Milton Davis, Onley Davis, Bennie Davis, and Jerry Davis. Survivors include two sons: Donald Babson and wife Hilda of...
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Dorothy Rose Bridgers Batten

August 3, 1931 - May 26, 2014

Dorothy Rose Bridgers Batten, 82, of Clarkton passed away Monday, May 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph "Joe" W. and Celia Bridgers, her husband Richard Elmore Batten, one daughter Angela "Angie" B. Hodges, two sisters: Edith and Madee Bridgers, and three brothers, Sonny, Franklin and A.D. Bridgers. Survivors include one son, SFC Richard J. Batten (USA Retired) of...
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Alene McKeithan

July 11, 1925 - May 23, 2014

Alene McKeithan of Clarkton passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014. Mrs. McKeithan is preceded in death by her parents; Ed and Estelle Merritt; husband, Dougald McKeithan; daughter, Phyllis McKeithan; sister, Virginia Ward; and brother, Fred Merritt. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 10:30 am Clarkton Cemetery. Mrs. McKeithan is survived by daughter; Patricia...
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Worth "Junior" Singletary, Jr.

September 13, 1953 - May 23, 2014

Worth "Junior" Singletary, Jr. 60, of Bladenboro passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014. Junior was born on September 13, 1953 in Robeson County to the late Worth and Eva Mae Caulder Singletary he was their 2nd child. Mr. Worth "Junior" Singletary, Jr. grew up in Bladenboro. He loved his family dearly and he adopted an additional family when he became a resident seven years ago at Poplar...
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Jimmy "Pee Wee" Musselwhite

February 14, 1951 - May 17, 2014

Jimmy "Pee Wee" Musselwhite, 63, of Bladenboro passed away on Saturday, May 17, 2014. He is preceded in death by a son, Joseph M. Ransom, two brothers, Bill and Kenny Rogers and two nephews, Cory and Bryan Rogers. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Marjorie Musselwhite of the home; his parents, K. C. and Dorothy Musselwhite Rogers; two sons, Joseph Faulk and wife Beverly of Lumberton and Jesse...
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