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Akra Merritt Jr.

February 5, 2016

Akra "Pedo" Merritt Jr. 70 of Bladenboro passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016. He was born on September 11, 1945 to the late Akra Merritt Sr. and Alma Russ Merritt. He is preceded in death by his parents. Graveside services will be held on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 11:00 am at Meares Cemetery with Rev. Danny Lewis officiating. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Merritt of the home;...
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Martha Bryan Kinlaw

May 7, 1938 - February 3, 2016

Martha Bryan Kinlaw, age 77, passed away February 3, 2016 in Florence, S.C. She was born in Bladenboro, N.C. to Sheppie and Edna May Bryan who also preceded her in death. She was a graduate of Florence Technical College. She worked at Bruce Hospital in Florence, S.C. until moving back to Bladenboro and working at Bladen County Hospital until her retirement. She was a member of Center Road...
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Donald Cameron Neill

March 4, 1935 - February 1, 2016

Donald Cameron Neill, 80, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Wiley Lee Neill and Lizzie Warwick Neill; and his wife, Josephine H. Neill. He is survived by his son, Ricky Neill of Elizabethtown; daughter, Kimberly Goins and husband Calvin of Elizabethtown; brother, Ralph Neill; sister, Rachel Gregson; four grandchildren and six...
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Harold Hubert Hester

April 13, 1949 - January 28, 2016

Harold Hubert Hester, 66, of Bladenboro passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dewey Hubert Hester, Jr. and Mary Dowless Hester. He is survived by his spouse, Teresa P. Hester of the home; son, Brian H. Hester and wife Melissa of Bladenboro; daughter, Diana Nobles and husband Adam of Elizabethtown; brothers, Tony Hester and wife Gail, Jeff Hester and...
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James Drew Humphries

December 7, 1949 - January 24, 2016

James Drew Humphries, 66, of New Bern, NC passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2016. He is survived by his son, Jeremy Humphries of Elizabethtown; brother, Michael Humphries of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; sisters, Roumelle H. Jones of Navarre, FL, Bunny Britt of Hope Mills, NC; and two grandchildren. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at White's Creek Cemetery, Clarkton, NC at...
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Martha Bridger Shipman

November 19, 1932 - January 19, 2016

Martha Bridger Shipman, 83, of Columbia, SC (Formerly of Bladenboro) passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. She was born on November 19, 1932 in Bladen County to the late Livingston A. and Evelyn Freeman Bridger. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William David Shipman, Jr. and a brother, Herbert L. Bridger. She graduated from Bladenboro High School in 1950, St Mary's...
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Patsy Atkins Saunders

February 17, 1935 - January 18, 2016

Patsy Ruth Atkins Saunders, 80, of Council passed away on Monday, January 18, 2016 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Whiteville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Conrod Gordon and Annie Mae Ayers Atkins, her husband, Matthew Clark Saunders, Sr., one son, Matthew Clark Saunders, Jr. and brother, John T. Atkins. She is survived by one son, Wayne Saunders and wife Lynn of Elizabethtown; one...
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Albert Harden Taylor

January 15, 1942 - January 12, 2016

Albert Harden Taylor, 73, of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dempsey Harden Taylor and Evelyn Taylor; and two infant brothers. He is survived by his spouse, Doris Ann Taylor of the home; sons, Ricky Taylor of Bladenboro, Eddie Taylor and fiance Renee Britt of Bladenboro, and Randy Taylor and wife Fabiola Taylor of Bladenboro; daughter,...
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Darlene Ward Kelly

October 17, 1939 - January 12, 2016

Darlene Ward Kelly, 76, of Bladenboro passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Alice Ward; brothers, Wilton, Stanley, and Stewart Ward; sisters, Esther Edwards and Velma Pait; and a grandson, John Kelly. She is survived by her husband of sixty years, Broadus Kelly, Jr. of the home; sons, Johnny Kelly and wife Becky of Bladenboro and Michael...
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Elizabeth Bostic Robbins

September 2, 1916 - January 5, 2016

Elizabeth "Lib" Bostic Robbins, 99, of Elizabethtown passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur A. Robbins, Jr., a grandson, Ted Dowless; two sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her son, Arthur "Chicky" Robbins, III and wife Janice of Elizabethtown; daughter, Libby Dowless and husband Layton of Whiteville; five grandchildren,...
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Edward McRae Bryan

July 29, 1950 - January 4, 2016

Edward McRae Bryan, 65, of Holden Beach, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2016. He is is preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Calista Hester Bryan. He is survived by his spouse, Linda S. Bryan of the home; three sons, Edward McRae Bryan, II and wife Sandy of Elizabethtown, Ashley McRae Bryan and fiance Carla Holmes of Ocean Isle, and Corey Michael Bryan of Lumberton; one sister, Sharon...
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Luvinia Coleman Dent

February 18, 1932 - January 4, 2016

Luvinia "Lukie" Coleman Dent, 83, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, Kelly and Martha Coleman; her husband, Buddy Dent; two brothers, Lambert and Sambo Coleman; and one sister, Esther Guyton. She is survived by her son, Billy Dent and wife Karen of Bladenboro; daughter, Gail Dent Hester and husband Tony of Bladenboro; five grandchildren, Tesla...
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Curtis Wayne Sessoms

December 23, 1929 - January 2, 2016

Curtis Wayne Sessoms, age 86, of Elizabethtown, died Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Bladen County Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Wesley Sessoms and Edna Brisson Sessoms; an infant daughter, Linda; 3 brothers, Edward, Floyd, and L.A. Sessoms; and 2 sisters, Esther Shaw and Tillie Britt. He worked for 41 years with the NC Forestry Service. He is survived by his wife,...
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Kenny Lee Wilson

October 25, 1954 - December 31, 2015

Kenny Lee Wilson, age 61, of Tar Heel passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, McKinnis and Rosa Bordeaux Wilson. He was born in Bladen County on October 25, 1954. Kenny worked at DuPont for many years as an Industrial Maintenance Mechanic. He is survived by two sons, Steve McDuffie of Parkton and Kenny Lee Wilson, Jr. of Elizabethtown; one...
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Nancy Katherine Blackburn Beard

April 12, 1943 - December 30, 2015

Nancy Katherine Blackburn Beard, 72, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Eugenia Blackburn; her husband, Vernon Beard; grandson, Jason Tatum; and several sisters and a brother. She is survived by her son, Vernon Beard of Elizabethtown; daughters, Kathy Baker and husband Stewart of Elizabethtown, and Brenda Tatum and husband Charles of...
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Ralph David Casey

July 27, 1943 - December 29, 2015

Ralph "Pete" David Casey, 72, of White Lake (formerly of Williamsburg, VA) passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Nannie Casey and one brother, Snap Casey. He is survived by his spouse, Margie Casey of White Lake; son, Michael Casey of Williamsburg; step-son, Wayne Parnell; sisters, Becky Warren and husband Bobby of Elizabethtown, and Ruby...
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Dennis Mike Edge

September 5, 1950 - December 29, 2015

Dennis Mike Edge, age 65, of White Oak passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at his home. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis H. and Dot Edge, and a brother, Harvey Edge. He survived by his wife, Ginny Edge of the home; one son, Brent Edge and wife Jenifer of Fayetteville, one daughter, Laura Edge of White Oak; four grandchildren, Evan, Wyatt, Blair and Conway. A memorial...
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Eugenia A. Cross

May 3, 1920 - December 29, 2015

Eugenia A. Cross, age 95, of Elizabethtown passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2015. She is predeceased in death by her husband, Samuel Preston Cross; parents, Rufus Tilden Allen and Ella Clark Allen; brothers, Clark and twin brother Radford Allen; sisters, Grace A. Straughan, Doris A. Hayes, and Calista A. Maxwell. She is survived by a son, Dr. Samuel Ray Cross and wife Denise; a daughter,...
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Finley Smith Bryan

May 19, 1927 - December 28, 2015

Finley Smith Bryan - ELIZABETHTOWN Finley was born May 19, 1927 in the Center Road Community to Docia and Eddie Bryan. At two, he survived polio and then spent the next 86 years making sure he never missed an opportunity for an interesting experience, particularly if it involved a vehicle moving at speed. At his beloved Bladenboro High School (Class of '44) he played trumpet in the marching...
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Mildred Elizabeth Kelly McGuinness

December 25, 2015

Mrs. Mildred Elizabeth Kelly McGuinness passed away on Christmas day at the Angel House of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice after an extended illness at age 91. Mrs. McGuinness was born on March 5, 1924 in Elizbethtown to James Omer and Cora Morgan Kelly. Mrs. McGuinness enjoyed her entire life in Elizabethtown except for two years in Boston, Massachusetts. Mrs. McGuinness...
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William H Rouse

April 13, 1934 - December 24, 2015

William "Bill" H. Rouse, age 81 of Elizabethtown, died Thursday, December 24, 2015 at Bladen County Hospital. He was born on April 13, 1934 in Goldsboro, NC. Bill was a resident of Elizabethtown Nursing Center. He is survived by special friends, Rev. Charlie Tatum and church family of PFWB Church of Clarkton; and Mr. Joe Cashwell Family. A Graveside Service will be held on Sunday, December...
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David Elbert Willis

April 3, 1954 - December 24, 2015

David Elbert Willis, 61, of Tar Heel passed away Thursday, December 24, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Edna Willis; and a brother, Ronnie Willis. He is survived by his brother, Danny Willis of Tar Heel; sister, Ginger W. Harper and husband Jim of Southport and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 27, 2015 from 2:00 p.m....
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William Truman Harrelson

April 23, 1945 - December 23, 2015

William Truman Harrelson, 70, of Clarkton passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Deborah K. Harrelson of the home; son, Markus Warwick and wife Adrianna of Cary; daughter, Tonya Shaw and husband Rick of Bladenboro; brothers, Joe Harrelson of Julian, Ben Harrelson of Whiteville, and Frank Harrelson of Clarkton and three grandchildren. The family will receive...
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Jimmy Dale Walters

December 22, 2015

Jimmy Dale Walters, 59, of Clarkton passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Ida Walters. He is survived by his wife, Gennel Walters of Clarkton; mother, Mattie Parham of Lumberton; sons, James West and wife Mary of Cerro Gordo, and Kenneth Walters and wife Donna of Chadbourn; brothers, Joe Simmons and Ray Simmons of Buffaloe, NY, and Bill...
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Jimmy Edwards

November 25, 1942 - December 20, 2015

Jimmy Edwards, 73, of Bladenboro passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2015. He is preceded in death by his wife, Sue Davis Edwards and his two sons, Chris "Bulldog" Edwards and Jared Miles Eldred Edwards. He is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Edwards Hamilton and husband Jonas of Bladenboro and Joanna Edwards Parker and husband Keith of Bladenboro; brothers, Reverend Freddie Edwards and wife...
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Estelle Cain Rich

October 11, 1930 - December 19, 2015

Estelle Cain Rich, 85, of Bladenboro passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Teed and Bertha Cain; husband, John Julius Rich; two children, Geneva Creech and Brenda Creech; and one grandson, John Callihan. She is survived by her sons, Bruce Rich and wife Brenda of Clarkton; Steve Rich and wife Nancy of Aiken, SC; and Ted Rich and wife Sandra of...
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Priscilla Louise Sanders

June 20, 1928 - December 14, 2015

Priscilla Louise Sanders, 87, of Council passed away Monday, December 14, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Percy and Manola Nickles; husband, Haulice James Sanders; two sons, Charles and John Sanders; and eleven siblings. She is survived by her daughters, Lorilee Parks and husband John of Council, and Janice Strickland and husband Mike of Clarkton; brother Paul Nickles of Carthage...
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Louise Farah Joseph

July 22, 1931 - December 14, 2015

Louise Farah Joseph, 84, of Elizabethtown passed away Monday, December 14, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Habby and Nellie Farah; brother, Fred Farah; and sisters, Elizabeth Cannon and Margaret Deraney. She is survived by her brother, Tommy Farah and wife Vicki of McDonough, GA; and several nieces and nephews. Louise worked in retail for the majority of her adult life. The...
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Virginia Joyner Crawley

June 21, 1932 - December 11, 2015

Virginia Joyner Crawley was born in Sussex County, Virginia on June 21 1932. She passed away December 11, 2015 after a long period of declining health. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 45 years, William "Bill" Louis Crawley. In addition to being dedicated to her family, she was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Bladenboro serving as Sunday School teacher and choir...
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Thomas Carlyle Grimes

January 19, 1942 - December 1, 2015

Thomas Carlyle Grimes, 73, of Tar Heel passed away, Tuesday, December 1, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dexton and Annie Grimes; son, Tommy Grimes; and brother, Sammy Grimes. He is survived by his spouse, Cecile Hunt Grimes; daughter, Sebrina Harris of Tar Heel; sisters, Edna Atkinson and husband Fred of Clarkton, Carolyn Moree and husband Mickey of Taylorsville, Louise Tedder...
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Catherine Mary McLaney

May 7, 1956 - November 28, 2015

Catherine McLaney, 59, of Whiteville passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2015. She was employed by Bladen Community College as a Central Service Technician and was in the United States Air Force. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm at...
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Wanda Sue Hales

March 3, 1956 - November 25, 2015

Wanda Sue Hales, 59, of Elizabethtown passed away, Wednesday, November 25, 2015. She is survived by her brothers, Donald Hales of Elizabethtown, Billy Ray Hales of Laurinburg, and Roger Dale Hales of Siler City. The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on Sunday, November...
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Willa Mae Singletary

November 25, 2015

Willa Mae Ward Singletary, 86, of Bladenboro passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. She is preceded in death by her husband, Bob Singletary and son-in-law Wilbur Hester. The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 11:00 until 11:45 am at Butters Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 12:00 pm with Rev. Tom Martin officiating. Burial will follow in...
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Mary Lee Simmons

November 28, 1946 - November 24, 2015

Mary Lee Simmons, 68, of Kelly passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. Mary was born in Bladen County on November 28, 1946. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Lee and Lizzie Smith Taylor, one brother, Henry Taylor and one sister, Clara Robinson. She is survived by two sons, James Simmons and wife Kelly of Elizabethtown and George Simmons of Kelly and companion, Angela Barnes;...
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Jimmy Nathan Taylor

December 23, 1935 - November 24, 2015

Jimmy Nathan Taylor, 79, of Elizabethtown passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, Miller and Lucille Taylor; brother, Oren Taylor; and daughters, Janice Teresa and Cynthia Faye Taylor. He is survived by his wife, Janice Smith Taylor; sons, Greg Taylor and wife Pam of Elizabethtown, Jonathan Taylor and wife Sharon of Roxboro, Stephen Taylor and wife Lisa...
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Eloise Packer Dent

May 6, 1937 - November 23, 2015

Eloise Packer Dent, 78, of Clarkton passed away on Monday, November 23, 2015. She is preceded is death by her parents, Johnny and Ada Packer and three brothers, Levy Packer, Roy Lee Packer, and Odell Packer. She is survived by her spouse, James Earl Dent; sisters, Thelma Taylor of Lumberton and Cornelia Hester and husband Billy of Clarkton and several nephews and nieces. The family will...
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Elsie Horne Todd

February 14, 1951 - November 21, 2015

Elsie Horne Todd, 64, of Clarkton went to her Heavenly home on Saturday, November 21, 2015. She was born on February 14. 1951. She was the daughter of the late Ed Daniel and Ava Horne of Clarkton. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, James Ellis Horne and Homer Daniel Horne, and one sister, RosaLee Horne Watts. She is survived by her husband, George Terry Todd; two...
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Chappelle Brisson

September 10, 1939 - November 21, 2015

Chappelle Brisson, 76 of Bladenboro, passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2015. Chappelle was born on September 10, 1939 to the late Caudie H. Brisson and Eva Taylor Brisson. He served in the National Guard. The family will receive friends on Monday, November 23, from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 24, at 2:00 pm at...
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Clarence Felton Campbell

November 23, 1937 - November 20, 2015

Clarence Felton Campbell, 77, passed away on Friday, November 20, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, Julian and Nellie Campbell and brothers, James and Jerry Campbell. He is survived by his wife, Fay Campbell; son, Stuart Campbell and wife Wendy of Clarkton; daughter, Angela C. Bean and husband Rand of New Hampshire; sisters, Nina Ruth Dixon of Salisbury, Elizabeth McDonald of...
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Janice Dew Bryan

August 5, 1942 - November 20, 2015

Janice Dew Bryan, age 73, went to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, November 20, 2015. She was a most treasured and beloved wife, mother and sister. She was dearly loved by all of her family, grandchildren and many friends and was a ray of sunshine in all of our lives. She is survived by her husband, Bobby Joe Bryan, Sr. of the home; daughter, Kim Wilson of Shallotte;...
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Huston Mindle Adams

August 17, 1942 - November 15, 2015

Huston Mindle Adams, 73, of Bladenboro passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at his home. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Isabell Adams; brother, Thomas Adams; sisters, Kathleen Edwards, Priscilla (Tid) Stewart and Jacquelyn (Jackie) Savage. He is survived by his brothers, Charles Adams, Bobby Adams, and Tullen Adams all of Bladenboro; sisters, Jo-Ann Long and Linda Carroll...
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Linda Faye Hood

March 3, 1946 - November 14, 2015

Linda Faye Hood, age 69, of Elizabethtown passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anson and Mary McLamb Phillips, and one sister, Patricia Prevatte. She is survived by one son, Anthony Mitchell of Grand Prairie, Texas; one daughter, Joyce Gautier and husband Leroy of Hope Mills; six grandchildren, Bud...
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Mary Pait Kinlaw

April 28, 1944 - November 12, 2015

Mary Pait Kinlaw, 71, of Bladenboro, passed away Thursday, November 12, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Millard and Beulah Pait; son, Keith Kinlaw; brothers, Delbert Pait, Charles Pait, Rayeford Pait, and Joe Pait; and sister, Betty Pait Davis. She is survived by her daughters, Thelma Robeson and husband Kevin; and Sheila Kinlaw and significant other, Mike Baxley; step-daughter,...
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Raymond Labelle

November 11, 2015

Raymond Labelle, 88 of Bladenboro passed away on November 11, 2015. He was a veteran of the US Marines. The family will be holding a memorial service at a later date.
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Angus Anthony Begley

November 19, 1930 - November 10, 2015

Angus Anthony Begley, 84, passed away on November 10, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hargis and Bertha Begley; his wife, Lois Gail Thomas Begley; and brother, Brutus Begley. He is survived by his brother, Marcus Begley of Richmond, Ohio, and his sister, Christine Brummett of Sunset Beach. Begley died while in hospice care in Georgetown, South Carolina; he had formerly...
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Broadus Fred Hester

June 20, 1926 - November 9, 2015

Broadus Fred Hester, 89, of Bladenboro passed away Monday, November 9, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frederick Gordan Hester and Mary Davis Hester; his wife, Mary Thelma Hester; and brother, Ewen Hester. He is survived by his son, Broadus Hester, Jr. of Bladenboro; brothers, Kendrick Hester of Bladenboro and Ernest Hester and wife Ettaree of Bladenboro; and sister, Hilda Coleman...
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Lonnie McKeithan

March 17, 1932 - November 7, 2015

Lonnie McKeithan, 83, of Bladenboro passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Mr. McKeithan was born on March 17, 1932 to the late Grover and Lucille Ward McKeithan. He was an Army Veteran. The family will receive friends on Monday, November 9, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at New Light Pentecostal Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 10, at 11:00 am at...
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Lenwood Johnson

November 6, 2015

Lenwood Johnson, 69, of Elizabethtown passed away on Friday, November 6, 2015. He is survived by his brothers, Graford and Ernest Johnson. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at 923 Scrub Oak Road, Elizabethtown, NC with the Rev. Jim Woodruff officiating.
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Beulah Inez Campbell

January 9, 1928 - October 31, 2015

Beulah Inez Campbell, 87, of Elizabethtown passed away Saturday, October 31, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Alexander and Mary Campbell. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Lorena Caulk Meadows

October 31, 2015

Lorena "Dean" Caulk Meadows, 84 of Bladenboro passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2015. She was born on June 18, 1931 to the late Lonnie and Mary Watts Caulk. Mrs. Meadows is preceded in death by her parents; husband Charlie Meadows; son, Jeffery Meadows and a granddaughter, Sherry Thompson Stewart. The family will receive friends on Monday, November 2, 2015 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm at...
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Connie Pait Jeffries

November 28, 1945 - October 30, 2015

Connie Faye Pait Jeffries, 69, of Bladenboro passed away on Friday, October 30, 2015 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Whiteville, NC. She was preceded in death by her father, D. G. Pait, husband, Raymond Jeffries, brother, Kenneth Pait and a daughter, Amanda Wright. Connie is survived by her mother, Pauline Pait of Bladenboro; three sons, Joey Todd of Bladenboro, Rick Todd of Holden Beach, NC and...
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Peggy J. Jessup

February 3, 1940 - October 28, 2015

Peggy J. Jessup, 75, of Charlotte, NC died peacefully at her home on October 28, 2015, after a courageous battle with Lymphoma which began in 1983. Peggy was born February 3, 1940 in Elizabethtown, NC, the daughter of the late Jasper C. and Bessie L. Jessup. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her bother in law Robert C. MacDuffee M.D. She is survived by her sister, Ann...
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Sudie Farrar Isley

March 30, 1932 - October 28, 2015

Sudie Farrar Isley, 83, of Elizabethtown (formerly of Reidsville, NC) passed away on October 28, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Elbert and Gladys Farrar; husband, Jimmy Isley; mother, Frances Farrar Griffin; and sister, Ann Martin. She is survived by her sons, Jim Isley of Reidsville, Keith Isley and wife Melanie of Goldston, and Randy Isley of Reidsville; sisters, Arlene Newnam...
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James Don Skinner, Sr.

October 14, 1914 - October 28, 2015

Reverend James Don Skinner, Sr., 101, of Elizabethtown passed away October 28, 2015. He is preceded in death by his wife, Josie Bellwood Skinner and his son, Rev. James Don Skinner, Jr. He is survived by his son, Gerald Skinner and wife JoAnn of Jacksonville; and daughter, Gayle Brown and husband Gene of Elizabethtown; and seven grandchildren, Reggie Skinner, Gene Brown and wife Cynthia,...
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Betty Lou Hedgepth Frink

July 19, 1931 - October 26, 2015

Betty Lou Hedgepth Frink, 84, of Bladenboro passed away Monday, October 26, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Gaston and Ella Mae Hedgepth; her husband, James M. Frink, Jr.; son, Gary Frink; brother, Bill Hedgepth; and her sister, Mary Davis. Mrs. Frink was a loving wife, mother and homemaker. She loved to cook and sew. She was well known for her baking. She is survived by her...
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Geraldine Ms. Geri Anderson

October 11, 1934 - October 26, 2015

Geraldine "Ms. Geri" Anderson, 81, of Bladenboro passed away Monday, October 26, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Dayton and Margaret Pait; her husband, Leo "Sug" Anderson; two grandsons, David Inman and Brent Anderson; sister, Mary Richardson; and several step-brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son, Johnny Anderson of Bladenboro; daughters, Debbie Anderson of Bladenboro...
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Hilda Bowen Hester

September 13, 1927 - October 24, 2015

Hilda Bowen Hester, 88, of Bladenboro (Resident of Wesley Pines in Lumberton past seven years) passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Katie Bowen; husband, Warren Hester; daughter, Brenda Hester Parnell; and sisters, Merle Perkins and Van Hooks. She is survived by her son, Gene Hester and wife Ann of Cedar Creek; daughters, Lee Anne Bryan...
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Lena Gray Perry Peckman

December 1, 1928 - October 22, 2015

On October 22, 2015, Lena Gray Perry Peckman transitioned from this life into her glorious one prepared by our Heavenly Father. Her four daughters, Sue Kennedy (John) of Elizabethtown, Donna Curtis (Don) of Ooltewah, TN, Kathryn Shaw (Buddy) of Elizabethtown and Sarah Jordan (Richard) of Gastonia, NC remain to celebrate her homegoing. She is also survived by seven loving grandchildren, David...
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James Ronald McKeithan

November 28, 1953 - October 19, 2015

James Ronald "Ronnie" McKeithan, 61, passed away Monday, October 20, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Albert McKeithan and Doris Odom McKeithan and a sister, Peggy Carroll Cain. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth McKeithan of the home and three brothers, Dean Ward of Ocean Isle, Jimmy Ward of Ocean Isle and Eddie Ward of Ocean Isle. A graveside service will be held...
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John Robert Cole

April 11, 1937 - October 19, 2015

John Robert Cole, age 78, of Elizabethtown passed away on Monday, October 19, 2015. John was born on April 11, 1937 to the late John Grover and Ethel Pauline Shaw Cole. He is survived by his wife, Bettye Carter Cole of the home; three sons, Darryl Cole of Fayetteville, step-sons, Jonathan Parker of Elizabethtown and James Parker of Zebulon; one brother, Julian Cole of Gainesville, VA; ...
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Jean Mildred Lewis Hovaldt

January 6, 1951 - October 19, 2015

Jean Mildred Lewis Hovaldt, 64, of Bladenboro passed away Monday, October 19, 2015. She is predeceased by her father, Robert Lewis. She is survived by her husband, Durk Hovaldt of the home; son, Ray Tedder; mother, Mildred Lewis; five brothers, Jimmy Lewis, Ray Fuquay, Billy Casey, Charlie Carter, and Jerry Hinnant and one grandchild. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 24,...
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Barbara Bordeaux Rice

October 12, 1938 - October 19, 2015

Barbara Jean Bordeaux Rice died peacefully on Monday, October 19, 2015 at the age of 77. Born to Jim Bordeaux and Nellie Collum Bordeaux, she was one of five children. She was preceded in death by a brother, Julius Thomas Bordeaux (Tommy); her parents Jim and Nellie Bordeaux; her husband, A. Elwood Rice; son, Dewitt Rice; brothers, Jimmy Dale Bordeaux and Lewis Dan Bordeaux. Barbara is...
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Stephen Kelly O'Quinn

August 24, 1971 - October 18, 2015

Stephen Kelly O'Quinn of White Oak, NC, formerly of the Fayetteville, Hope Mills area passed away October 18, 2015. Stephen was pre-deceased by his mother, Brenda Suggs O'Quinn and his grandfather, Andrus N . O'Quinn. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his father, Barry O'Quinn; brother, Joseph Patrick O'Quinn; grandmother, Martha T. O'Quinn; niece, Hannah Rose O'Quinn and many aunts,...
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Myrtle Dowless Croom

April 10, 1932 - October 16, 2015

Myrtle Dowless Croom, age 83 of Bladenboro, died Friday, October 16, 2015 at New Hanover Regional Memorial Hospital in Wilmington. She is preceded in death by her parents, Harry Lee Dowless and Myrtle Hester Dowless; husbands, James Albert Kinlaw and George Franklin Croom; son, Arnold Ray Kinlaw; daughters, Lois Ann Kinlaw and Miriam Hope Kinlaw Suggs; grandson, Arnold Dan Kinlaw; great grandson...
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Ruben Lee Harrelson, Sr.

September 27, 1947 - October 15, 2015

Ruben Lee Harrelson, 68, of Elizabethtown, went to be with his loved ones Thursday morning, October 15, 2015 at his home with his wife by his side "just as he wanted". Ruben was the son of the late Grover Harrelson and Ora Lee Harrelson of Clarkton, NC. He is also preceded in death by his stepson, Channing; one infant great-grandchild; brother, David and an infant brother; and sisters Holly...
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Peggy Jean Britt Harrelson

May 21, 1939 - October 13, 2015

Peggy Jean Britt Harrelson, 76, of Bladenboro, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph & Lela Britt of Clarkton; husband, Boyd H. Harrelson, Sr. of Bladenboro; brother, Robert Britt of Bladenboro; and sisters, Josephine Britt of Wilmington and Doris Guyton of Bladenboro. She is survived by her son Boyd H. (Pete) Harrelson, Jr. and wife Amy of...
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Barbara Jean Carson

September 12, 1931 - October 10, 2015

Barbara Jean Carson, 84, of Clarkton (formerly of Newburgh, NY) passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Aaron and Lillian Parant Baylous, two sisters, Shirley and Juanita and by two husbands, Van Conner, Jr. and Robert Carson. She was past president and life member of the Good-Will Fire Dept. Women's Auxiliary in Newburgh, NY. Barbara is survived...
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Johnny Richard Bennett

July 2, 1941 - October 3, 2015

Johnny Richard Bennett, age 74, of Bladenboro passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2015. He was born on July 2, 1941 to Margaret and Johnnie Bennett. He graduated from Bladenboro High School in 1959. He was a lifelong resident of Bladenboro, NC except for the four years he served in the US Navy. Richard married the love of his life, Della Sandra Woodard on September 5th 1964. Though they...
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Bobby Edward Dennis

February 2, 1937 - September 27, 2015

Bobby Edward Dennis, 78, of Clarkton, passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2015. He is predeceased by his parents, Alexander Alvin Dennis and Flossie Gardner Dennis and brother, Joe Lee Dennis. He is survived by his wife, Eunice Daniels Dennis; sons Steve Dennis and wife Linda of Clarkton and Greg Dennis of Clarkton; grandchildren, Matthew Dennis, Shane Dennis, Brandon Dennis and wife Melissa,...
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Brandon Ray Dove

August 2, 1943 - September 26, 2015

Brandon Ray Dove 72, of Dublin, passed away Saturday, September 26, 2015. He is survived by his mother, Thelma Dove Kay; wife, Judy Dove; brothers, Glenn Dove and Franklin Dove; sisters, Edwina McLamb, Marcia Matheson, and step-sister, Betsy Anders; and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. until 2...
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Gloria Dean Tatum

January 22, 1954 - September 26, 2015

Gloria Dean Tatum, 61, of Bladenboro passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2015. She was preceded in death by her father, Onnie Moore Davis and one sister, Diane Davis. She is survived by her husband, David Glenn Tatum of the home; one son, Bradley Glenn Tatum and wife Sheila; one daughter, Deanna Rochelle Hayes and husband Jeffrey; her mother, Dayniece Davis; one brother, Kevin Davis and a...
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Winnie Straughan

December 15, 1917 - September 24, 2015

On Thursday, September 24th, Winnie Straughan, 97, passed away at home in the loving circle of her family and found peace in heaven. Born to Joseph and Maria Simpson on December 15, 1917, she was the 3rd child of 6 children (Louise, Olive, Edith, Joe and Marie), married Weldon Straughan in 1936 and moved to Elizabethtown NC. She raised children, ran the "office" for their Tile and Plastering...
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Henry Clyde McLean

October 12, 1937 - September 22, 2015

Henry Clyde McLean, 77, of Bladenboro passed away at home on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Ruby Hughes McLean; brothers, Robert McLean and Barden McLean; and a sister, Myrtle Lee Baxley. He is survived by his wife Pearl McLean of the home; sons, Timmy McLean of Beverly Hills, FL and Ronnie McLean and wife Angela of Bladenboro, NC; daughter, Kay...
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Gene Hubell Stallings

October 6, 1937 - September 21, 2015

Gene Hubell Stallings, 77, of Bladenboro passed away Monday, September 21, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert E. Lee Stallings and Bertie Barnes Stallings; his first wife and mother of his children, Earlene Stallings; sister, Daphene and brother, Fred. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Stallings of the home; sons, Gene Jr. Stallings and wife Luanne of Camden, S.C. and Jody...
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Robert Cleveland Dickens

April 20, 1929 - September 17, 2015

Robert Cleveland Dickens, 86, of Elizabethtown passed away Thursday, September 17, 2015 at his home. He is preceded in death by two sons, John Dickens and Harrell Smith. He is survived by his wife Elaine Dickens of the home; sons, Robert C. Dickens, Jr., and Timmy Smith; daughters, Louise Rivenbark, Betty Pait, Robin Harrell, Tammy Landreth, and Wanda Thornton; brother, J.W. (John) Dickens;...
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Louise Weesie Sessoms

April 16, 1929 - September 11, 2015

. Louise "Wessie" Sessoms, age 86, of Bladenboro passed away on Friday, September 11, 2015 at Woodhaven in Lumberton. She was born on April 16, 1929 to the late David J. and Addie Kimrey Butler. She was preceded in death by husband, June Sessoms, one sister, Virginia Dove and a grandson, Billy Ray Brisson. She is survived by one son, Tony Sessoms and wife Tabitha of Bladenboro; one daughter,...
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William Billy Harrelson

March 5, 1945 - September 10, 2015

William "Billy" Lee Harrelson, 70, of Elizabethtown, passed away Thursday, September 10, 2015 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He is preceded in death by his parents George W. Harrelson and Vernell Lennon Harrelson, Brother, Lennie Harrelson and a Sister, Hilda H. Pope. He is survived by his wife, Linda Butler Harrelson of the Home; sons, Shane and wife Angela Harrelson of Elizabethtown...
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Jimmy Calvin (J.C.) Britt

January 17, 1935 - September 10, 2015

Jimmy (J.C.) Britt, 80, of Bladenboro, died Thursday, September 10, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Mabel of the home; a son, James of Hope Mills; five sisters; one brother and many nieces and nephews. The family will have a visitation on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. at Center Road Baptist Church, Bladenboro, NC. Funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Center...
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Rachel Lewis Porter

May 20, 1942 - September 8, 2015

Rachel Lewis Porter, 73, of Bladenboro, passed away at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton on September 8, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Louise Lewis; her husband, Lawson Porter; a brother, William Lewis, and a half brother, Robert Lewis. She is survived by two sister-in-laws, Janice Lewis of Bladenboro and Billigene Lewis; nephew, Lee Lewis; nieces,...
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Beulah Lee Kinlaw

December 10, 1928 - September 7, 2015

Beulah Lee Kinlaw, 86, of Bladenboro, passed away Monday, September 7, 2015 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center in Whiteville. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Ethel White; husband, Leo Kinlaw; granddaughter, Marianne Kinlaw; two brothers, John C. White, II, and Henry White; two sisters, Christine W. Page and Jean White. She is survived by her sons, Rev. Jerry David...
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Charlie Howard Cash

January 31, 1939 - September 6, 2015

Charlie Howard Cash, 76, of Bladenboro passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville. He was born in Bladen County on January 31, 1939 to the late Charlie N. and Lizzie Mae Welty Cash. He was an Army veteran. Charlie is survived by his wife, Mattie Johnson Cash of the home; one daughter, Jenny Wanzy of Fayetteville; four grandchildren, Samantha...
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Clyde Weldon Coates, Jr.

June 27, 1930 - September 5, 2015

Reverend Clyde Weldon Coates, Jr. age 85 of Clarkton, died Saturday, September 5, 2015 at New Hanover Medical Center. He is preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Clyde Weldon Coates, Sr. and Ada Carter Coates; grandson, Christopher Wayne Coates; step-mother, Eula Parker Coates; brother, Danny Cleveland Coates and sister, Ruby McCormick. He is survived by his wife, Bessie Hyatt Coates; children...
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Terry Keith Tolar

May 18, 1951 - September 4, 2015

Terry Keith Tolar, 64, of Elizabethtown, passed away peacefully at his home on September 4, 2015. Terry is preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Sudie Tolar, and his son's mother, Debbie Bowers Tolar. He is survived by his wife, Beth Absher Tolar; a son, Keith Hall Tolar and his companion, Chelsea Carroll; and two granddaughters, Mollie Grace Tolar and Mia Reese Thompson, all of...
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Wanice Harold Hewett

December 27, 1936 - September 2, 2015

Reverend Wanice Harold Hewett, 78, of Elizabethtown, passed away at Bladen County Hospital on September 2, 2015. He is survived by a son, Allen Hewitt (Colleen) of Ashland, KY; daughters, Wanda Triplette (Keith) of Stanley, NC and Lynne Hewett-Benton of Fayetteville, NC; a brother, Rev. Vernon Hewett of Bladenboro; and sister-in-law Carol Lee Hewett of Leland; five grandchildren, Robert Grimwood...
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Adrian Paul Savage

January 22, 1938 - September 1, 2015

Adrian Paul Savage, 77, of Lisbon passed away at home on September 1, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, Neil and Macy Savage; wife, Jackie Adams Savage; three brothers, Julian, Gerald and Adolph; and three sisters, Lila, Lillian, and Mary. He is survived by his sons; Lynn Savage and wife Connie of Elizabethtown, and Paul Savage of Clarkton; five grandchildren, Chris Savage and wife...
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Mattie Adell Hunt

August 30, 1938 - August 28, 2015

Mattie Adell "Dale" Hunt, age 76 of Elizabethtown passed away on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Bladen County Hospital. She was born on August 30, 1938 in Duplin County to the late Benjamin and Mattie Catherine Batchelor Raynor. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Leland Raynor, Rudolph Raynor and Edward Raynor, one sister, Ozell Rackley, and life long partner for 30 years, McRae McMillan....
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Barbara Collum Hester

September 4, 1941 - August 23, 2015

Barbara Collum Hester, age 73 of Elizabethtown, died Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Southeastern Hospice House in Lumberton. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley and Evelyn Bordeaux Collum; a son, Billy Lee Hester; brother, David Earl Collum; and sister, Pauline Collum Autry. She is survived by two sons, Kenny Hester and wife Dena of Elizabethtown and Dan Hester and wife Marcia of...
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Fred Venoy Wright

December 3, 1941 - August 21, 2015

Fred Venoy Wright, age 73 of Bladenboro, died Friday, August 21, 2015 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Edna Miller Wright; a daughter, Deborah Ferrell; and two brothers, Tommy and David Wright. He is survived by his wife, Joanne Fox Wright of the home; son, Richard Ferrell; daughter, Teresa Ferrell Hester and husband Anthony; two...
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Scott Barnett

May 24, 1961 - August 19, 2015

Scott Barnett, 54, of Bladenboro passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Babson Barnett of the home; mother, Charlotte Goble of Kentucky; daughters, Crystal Meads (Clint) of Kentucky, Patty Sue Davis (Jamie) of Bladenboro, Diana Barnett of Bladenboro, April Burce (Jesse) of Ohio, Julie Barnett of the home; son, Michael Barnett of the home; step-son,...
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Judy Davis Atkins

February 18, 1961 - August 19, 2015

Judy Davis Atkins, 54, of Elizabethtown passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. She is survived by her two sons, Bruce Atkins, Jr. and Brooks Atkins of Lisbon; brother, Ricky Davis of Tarheel; sister, Debbie; and one grandchild, Kaylie Atkins. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 21, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held...
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Calista Hester Bryan

August 15, 2015

Calista Hester Bryan, of Clarkton passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2015. She is preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Bryan. She is survived by her son, McRae Bryan and wife Linda of Holden Beach; daughter, Sharon Chadwick and husband Gary of Wilmington; brother, Joseph Frank Hester, Jr. of Odenten, Maryland; five grandchildren, McRae Bryan II, Ashley McRae Bryan, Corey Bryan, Bryan...
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Sylvia Nell Horton

August 7, 1941 - August 15, 2015

Sylvia Nell Horton, 74, of Bladenboro Passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at her home. She was born in Bladen County on August 7, 1941 to the late Horace Cade and Evelyn Juanita Bledsoe Hester. Sylvia is survived by her husband, Rudy Horton of the home; one son, Stacy Dowless, Jr. and wife Sheralyn of Selma, one step-son, Harry Horton of Tampa, FL; one step-daughter, Kim Horton of Ohio;...
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Marion Dennis Tatum

August 13, 2015

Marion Dennis Tatum, age 55, of Harrells passed away Wednesday, August 13, 2015. He is preceded in death by his father, Marion B. Tatum, Jr. He is survived by his spouse, Frances Tatum of the home; daughter, Connie Carr and husband Michael of Clarkton; sisters, Patricia Merritt of Harrells and Jackie Parks of Bladenboro; and two grandchildren, Jacob and A.J. Carr. A private service will be held...
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Eugene "Gene" Gordon Carroll

August 3, 2015

Eugene "Gene" Gordon Carroll, 53, of Bladenboro passed away on Monday, August 3, 2015. He is preceded in death by his father, Hubert Carroll and grandson, Zackery Blaze Priest. He is survived by his spouse, Dianne Carroll of the home; mother, Janice D. Carroll of Bladenboro; sons, Alex Priest (Keisha Hunt) and Jeff Priest (Tiffany Calcutt); brother, Jeff Carroll (Rose Martin) all of ...
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Arnold "Toby" Dew, Sr.

August 28, 1940 - August 1, 2015

Arnold "Toby" Dew, Sr., 74, of Dublin passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at home. He was born in Bladen County on August 28, 1940 to the late Ernest and Letha Smith Dew. Toby is survived by his wife, Margie Evers Dew of the home; three sons, Arnold Dew, Jr. and Anthony Dew both of Live Oak and Ricky L. Tyson and his wife Sharon of Charlotte; three daughters, Kathie Hill of the home, Donna...
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Homer Lynn Ward

May 28, 1947 - August 1, 2015

Homer Lynn Ward, age 68 of Bladenboro passed away on Saturday, August 01, 2015 at Shoreland Health Care and Retirement Center in Whiteville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Vera Thompson Ward. He is survived by his first cousins, Betty and Douglas Thompson, Broadus and Darlene Kelly, George and Hazel Davis; second cousin and care giver, Sherry Britt; Aunt, Julia Woodburn...
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James William Fisher

September 20, 1928 - July 28, 2015

Elizabethtown, NC – Mr. James William Fisher ("Bill") entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the age of 86. Mr. Fisher was born on September 20, 1928, the second youngest of seven, to George Walton Fisher and Marion Smith Fisher. Born and raised in Elizabethtown, Mr. Fisher graduated from Elizabethtown High School in 1945, followed by Wake Forest University where he...
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G. Travis Dowless

December 3, 1983 - July 28, 2015

G. Travis Dowless, 31, of Bladenboro passed away on Tuesday, July 28,2015. Travis is predeceased by his grandfathers: Dewitt Dowless and Villa Nance. He is survived by his parents, Grady and Janice Dowless of Bladenboro; maternal grandmother Helen Nance and paternal grandmother Ethel Lee Dowless Guyton; brothers, Keith Dowless and wife Laura of Bladenboro, Greg Dowless and wife Beth of...
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Mary Tysor Clark

March 27, 1921 - July 27, 2015

Mrs. Mary Tysor Johnson Clark of Clarkton, North Carolina died peacefully on July 27, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina after a brief illness. "Miss Tysor," as she was widely known, was a feared and beloved English teacher in Clarkton High School for forty-three years, and continued to work as a librarian for four additional years in the Clarkton School Media Center she helped create through a...
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David Wesley Ezzell

October 22, 1931 - July 25, 2015

David Wesley Ezzell, age 83 of Clarkton passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Cape Fear/Bladen County Hospital. He is survived by his spouse Annie Ruth Ezzell of the home; sons, Wayne Ezzell of Tabor City, Bobby Ezzell of Clarkton, and Jeffrey Ezzell of Bladenboro; a daughter, Joyce Livingston of FL.; sisters, Lillie Bell Hyatt of Bladenboro and Nancy Gore of Whiteville; seven grandchildren...
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