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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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Wilma King Bedsole

February 15, 1951 - April 7, 2017

Wilma King Bedsole, 66, of Elizabethtown went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 7, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Lester and Rannie King; two brothers and two sisters. Wilma is survived by two brothers: Murray Charles King Sr, William Eugene King; three sisters: Ruthie Byrd, Paula King Zimberg, Rachel King Russ; sister-niece: Janet Jones Benson; two step-sons: Patrick...
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James "Dalton" Coleman

October 12, 1948 - April 7, 2017

James "Dalton" Coleman, 68, of Clarkton went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 7, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Luna T. Coleman, Uncle David "Son" and Lillie Gray Coleman, and one infant brother. Dalton is survived by his wife Sue Coleman of Clarkton, son Sonny Coleman of Clarkton, one sister Betty Jean Callihan of Tennessee and several nieces and nephews. ...
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William Amous Thorpe, Jr.

January 14, 1936 - April 7, 2017

William Amous Thorp Jr., 81, of Whiteville, NC passed away Friday, April 7, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents Willie Amous Thorp Sr. and Annie Adams, and two children: Butch Thorp and Charlette Thorp. William is survived by two brothers: Linrod Patterson of Whiteville; Jerome Patterson of Rodchester, NY; one sister Geraldine Rouse of Whiteville, several grandchildren and several nieces...
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Michael "Red" Merritt

September 2, 1961 - April 6, 2017

Michael "Red" Merritt, 55, of Elizabethtown passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents: Akra and Alma Merritt; brother: Akra Merritt Jr. Michael is survived by son: Augustus Merritt of Mt. Airy, NC; daughter: Crystal Lynn Wineburg of Charleston, SC; brother: Graham Alden Merritt of Elizabethtown; sister: Linda Gail Merritt of Elizabethtown. The family will...
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Hartsville B Hardison

December 9, 1935 - April 6, 2017

Hartsville B. Hardison, 81, of Clarkton passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017. He was preceded in death by wife: Georgianna Hardison and grandson: Michael Daniel Hardison. Hartsville is survived by son: Junior Hardison (Marie) of Clarkton; daughter: Joan Cross (John) of Texas; brother: James "Gab" Hardison of High Point; grandson: Dustin Blake Hardison. The family will receive friends on...
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Sharon Dale Davis Autry

August 20, 1952 - April 1, 2017

Sharon Dale Davis Autry, 64, of Elizabethtown passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Onnie Davis and Dayniece Russ Davis and two sisters: Gloria Dean Tatum and Diane Davis. Sharon is survived by one brother Kevin Davis. The family will have a private family service at Old Field Cemetery in Bladenboro at a later date.
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Hazel Virginia Williamson

February 23, 1922 - March 28, 2017

Hazel Virginia Williamson, 95, of Lumberton went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: W.C. and Lelia Richardson; sisters: Jeanette Fowler, Estelle Grooms; brothers: Irvin, Gene, and Junior Richardson. She is survived by sons: Kenneth Williamson of Lumberton, Paul Williamson and wife Lyn of Winterhaven, Florida; daughter-in-law: Beverly...
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Billy Gene Johnson

March 27, 2017

Billy Gene Johnson, 55, of Bladenboro passed away Monday, March 27, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, William H. and Grace Taylor Johnson and one son Willis Gene Johnson. Surviving is son Christopher Shane Johnson of Greenwood, SC, granddaughter Nevaeh Johnson of Bladenboro; five brothers Haroldean Johnson and wife Janice of Bladenboro, Mickey Joe Johnson and wife Christie of CA,...
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Jo Ann Dove Baldwin

March 5, 1940 - March 27, 2017

Jo Ann Dove Baldwin, 77, entered into eternal rest on March 27, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Gaston Dove and Ila Hester Dove, beloved son Joseph Mark Baldwin and a sister, Hazel Dove Russ. Surviving are her husband John Kelly Baldwin and sons John Allan Baldwin and wife Dawn of Bladenboro, Tim Baldwin and wife Kellie of Sanford, NC, sisters Lola Dove Johnson and husband Lynn of...
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Frances Raynor Gonda

January 9, 1945 - March 26, 2017

Frances Raynor Gonda, 72, of Bladenboro went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 26, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Floyd Wellington and Mary Eliza Raynor, her husband Thomas M. Gonda Sr., three brothers: Frank, David, and John Raynor and two sisters, Margie Wright and Eunice Smith. Left to cherish her memory are two sons, Thomas M. Gonda Jr. and wife Robyn of Huntersville,...
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Dorothy Lucile Faircloth

August 5, 1922 - March 24, 2017

Dorothy Lucile Faircloth, 94, of White Oak passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Oscar J. and Carrah Lee Faircloth; brothers: Gordon Faircloth, James Edward "Bud" Faircloth, Ernest Faircloth; sister: Letha Simmons. Dorothy is survived by several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 27, 2017 from 2-2:50 pm in Live Oak...
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Katie Rose Edwards Lambert

November 24, 1935 - March 23, 2017

Katie Rose Edwards Lambert, 81, of Bladenboro passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017. She is survived by her husband Willis James Lambert Jr. of the home, two sons: Lacy James Edwards of the home and Delbert Edwards of Lumberton, one daughter-in-law Debbie Edwards, one sister Annie Nance of Bladenboro three grandchildren: James Edwards, Kayse Edwards, and Derek Edwards, one great grandchild,...
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Gregory P. Strickland

November 8, 1959 - March 23, 2017

Gregory Preston Strickland, 57, of White Lake, NC passed away Thursday. March 23, 2017. He is preceded in death by his grandparents and his father, Harvey G. Strickland. Gregory is survived by his mother, Ramona M. Strickland, wife Carol Chandler Strickland, two sons Chandler Strickland and Matthew Strickland and one sister Teresa Strickland Hardee and husband Daryl, all of White Lake. Gregory...
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Gladys Dowless Pharr

May 8, 1921 - March 23, 2017

Gladys Dowless Pharr, 95, of Tar Heel, NC went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 23, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Nealey and Alta Dowless, her husband White C. Pharr Sr. and two brothers: Warren and Gurney Dowless. Gladys leaves to cherish her memory one son White "Bo" C Pharr Jr. and wife Amy of Tar Heel; two daughters: Julia Freeman and husband Garry of Dublin and...
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Lelmer Clyde Bryan

December 16, 1922 - March 22, 2017

Lelmer Clyde Bryan, 94, WWII Navy Veteran of Dublin passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017. He is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Hilda Garner, one son Carl Bryan, six brothers and two sisters. He leaves to cherish his memory, one daughter Freda White and husband Dale of Elizabethtown; one sister Stenza Lambert of Hendersonville, five brothers: Rev. Levie Bryan and Houston Bryan, both of...
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Judith Ann Merritt

January 21, 1944 - March 21, 2017

Judith Ann Merritt, 73, of Evergreen passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie and Letha Pittman and one infant brother.Judith is survived by her husband Adrian Merritt Sr., two sons: Adrian Merritt Jr. of Evergreen and Donald Merritt of Pembroke, one daughter Sherry Merritt of Evergreen, two sisters: Lois Pittman Thompson and Martha Long and husband...
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Crystal Abbott Coffman

May 23, 1986 - March 19, 2017

Mrs. Crystal Abbott Coffman of Tar Heel, N.C., was born in Lumberton, North Carolina on May 23, 1986 and passed away on March 19, 2017 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Mr. Robert Stone, maternal great-grandfather, Mr. Boyd Stone, maternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Bessie Anderson, paternal great-grandparents, Mr. Woodrow & Mrs....
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Kenneth Wayne Davis

September 18, 1964 - March 17, 2017

Kenneth Wayne Davis, 52, of Bladenboro passed away Friday, March 17, 2017. He is preceded in death by his father Byron Davis and one brother Craig Davis. Kenneth is survived by his mother Linda C. Davis of Bladenboro, his wife Jamie R. Davis of the home, son Tony Davis of Bladenboro, daughter Donna Franson and husband Steven of Michigan, his beloved dog Bocephus, three brothers: R. Keith Davis of...
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Richard Wayne Gooden

August 27, 1949 - March 15, 2017

Richard Wayne Gooden, 67, Air Force Veteran of Dublin went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Gooden of the home, son Joseph Gooden and girlfriend Lynn Britt of the home, Goddaughter Shelby Garner, sister-in-law JoAnn Raynor and husband Ed, two sisters: Kathy Gates of Greensboro and Jane Minard of Clarkton, six nieces and two nephews. The...
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Grace Camille Burney

August 31, 1956 - March 12, 2017

Grace Camille Burney, 60, of Whiteville passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017. She is preceded in death by one son, John Olan Burr. Grace is survived by her parents Gethro and Grace Burney of Whiteville, four sons: Matthew Allen Burney, Marshall Van Griffin, both of Whiteville, Mallory Dan Griffin and wife Kathy of Indiana and Jeremy David Griffin, also of Whiteville, one daughter, Nancy Grace...
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Wilson Ray Allen

November 26, 1942 - March 10, 2017

Wilson Ray Allen, 74, of Elizabethtown passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents: Wilson and Louise Allen and brother: Robert C. Allen. Ray is survived by his wife of 48 years, Virginia Hilburn Allen; daughter: Tracy Allen Hardin and husband Wilt Hardin; son: David Ray Allen and wife Tiffany Tatum Allen; six grandchildren: Natalie Rae Hardin, Ashley Nicole...
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Dorothy Louise Barnes

September 19, 1940 - March 8, 2017

Dorothy (Louise) Barnes, 76, of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017. She is survived by three sons: Gene Autry and wife Ju of Smithfield, Paul Autry and wife Amber of Winston Salem, and Tony Autry of Smithfield, one daughter Rose Marie Evans and husband Steve of Kannapolis, eleven grandchildren: Joshua and wife Ali, Nathaniel, Andrew and wife Tania, Jonathan and wife Brittany, Tavis,...
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Dewey Marvin Hester

June 9, 1958 - March 1, 2017

Dewey Marvin Hester, 58, of Castle Hayne formerly of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017. He is preceded in death by his father David E. Hester Jr., mother Melba Ann Hood Watson and sister, Rose Mary Hester Thompson. Dewey is survived by his step-father Vernon Watson of Castle Hayne, brother David E. Hester III of Bladenboro, three sisters: Natosha and Ada Watson of Castle Hayne and...
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John Franklin Burney

January 31, 1914 - March 1, 2017

John Franklin Burney, 103 years young, peacefully departed to be with the Lord, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Mr. Burney, born January 31, 1914 in White Oak, married the late Mabel Bryan Burney, February 23, 1935. He was a charter member of the White Oak Ruritan Club and was recently recognized with the Ruritan National Community Service Award for 65 years of service. Mr. Burney was a faithful...
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Bertha Gaynelle Bordeaux

August 23, 1927 - February 26, 2017

Bertha Bordeaux passed away peacefully February 26, 2017 at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by husband James (Jack) Bordeaux, daughter Gaynelle, sons Earl, Larry, Donald and Phillip Bordeaux, and granddaughter Candace Bordeaux. Survived by daughters Carolyn Bordeaux, Jackie Harrison and Iris Jackson (John Jackson). Grandchildren, Sandra and Gary Britt, Crystal Meehan, Brandon Harrison...
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Helen Heustess

September 23, 1929 - February 24, 2017

Helen Barfield Heustess, 87, youngest child of the late Alice and Tracy Barfield, died peacefully in her sleep early Friday morning, February 24, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband and best friend of fifty plus years, Mallory Heustess, and five siblings. She worked hard all of her life and enjoyed her friends and family. In her later years, she was a fixture at the Columbus County...
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David Horace Little

October 12, 1936 - February 23, 2017

David Horace Little, 80, US Air Force Veteran of Siler City, formerly of Clarkton, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017. David is survived by his wife Peggy Little of the home, two sons: David H. Little Jr. and wife Martha of Wake Forest, Carl Little and fiance Ollivette of Fayetteville, daughter Nancy Kennedy and husband Brantly of Sophia, NC; step-daughters: Regina Price and husband David of...
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Dennis Walter Meshaw

August 23, 1956 - February 20, 2017

Dennis Walter Meshaw, 60, of Elizabethtown passed away Monday February 20, 2017 with his family by his side. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 and a half years, Sarah McLaughlin Meshaw of the home, his beloved dog Eve, children: Amanda Fuller and husband Chris of Smithfield, NC; Amy Munn and husband Robert of Ammon, NC; Brittany Meshaw and fiancé Joey Heverly of Chesapeake, VA; Dennis (DJ)...
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