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Robert Taylor

September 19, 1942 - August 19, 2016

Robert Taylor, 73, of Lumberton, passed away Friday, August 19, 2016. Mr. Taylor was an accountant with S. Preston Douglas and Alpha Cellulose where he retired. He is preceded in death by his parents, Wade and Mary Taylor; two brothers, Clio and Edwin Taylor; sister, Margaret Taylor; nephews, DC "Junior" Taylor Jr. and Wade "Archie" Taylor III. Survivors include: brother, Wade A. Taylor Jr of...
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Jeanette Burney Bridgers

April 6, 1929 - August 19, 2016

Jeanette Burney Bridgers, 87, of Elizabethtown passed away Friday, August 19, 2016. Mrs. Bridgers was born in Bladen County to Claude and Lucy Burney. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lauder Bridgers; infant daughter, Beverly Hope Bridgers; daughter-in-law, Doris Bridgers; two sisters, Carolyn Clark and Alice Butler; brother, Charles Burney. She is survived by three sons,...
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Annie Pearl Turner McLean

April 26, 1941 - August 15, 2016

Annie Pearl Turner McLean, age 75 of Bladenboro, died Monday, August 15, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband, Henry Clyde McLean and a sister, Gladys Baxley. She is survived by two sons, Timmy McLean of Beverly Hills, FL and Ronnie McLean (Angela) of Bladenboro; a daughter, Kay Conner (Glenn) of Bladenboro; a sister Lula Mae Mishue; 5 grandchildren, Kevin Conner (Miranda), Brandon...
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Dolores "Beck" Winstead

March 25, 1928 - August 14, 2016

Dolores "Beck" McGraw Winstead, 88 of White Lake passed away peacefully Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Elizabethtown Nursing & Rehab Center. Beck was born on March 25, 1928 to the late Albert Paul and Rhea Coffey Beck. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard E. McGraw, Sr. and son, Richard "Ricky" E. McGraw, Jr., two brothers, Dr. Charles H. Beck of Fayetteville, NC and Paul Lynn Beck...
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Deborah Lynn Morris

June 18, 1960 - August 13, 2016

Deborah "Debbie" Lynn Byrd Morris, 56, of Bladenboro, passed away Saturday, August 13, 2016. Debbie was a registered nurse at Bladen County Hospital for 32 years. She loved being a nurse and loved her work family, they were special to her. Debbie dedicated her life to serving the community and helping others. Debbie was a one of a kind person and will truly be missed by all who knew and...
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Karen Mylynda Jordan-Hair

January 31, 1969 - August 12, 2016

Karen Mylynda Jordan-Hair of Bladenboro passed away Friday, August 12, 2016. She was born on January 31, 1969 in Lumberton, N.C. Karen spent her early life in Bladenboro, moving to Elizabethtown where she was a homemaker and raised her two children. She moved back to Bladenboro four years ago before her grand-son was born. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, and mother. Karen is preceded in...
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Charles Stallings Massey

January 30, 1947 - August 11, 2016

Charles Stallings Massey, of Baytree Lakes, passed into his heavenly home on Thursday August 11,2016 after a valiant battle with cancer. His Christian faith and devotion to his family supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace. Charles was born on January 30, 1947 in Johnston County to the late Charlie Wilbur and Elsie Stallings Massey. He graduated from Smithfield High...
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Andrew Jasper Bunnell, Jr.

December 11, 1948 - August 10, 2016

Andrew Jasper Bunnell Jr., 67, of Bladenboro passed away Thursday, August 10, 2016. He is survived by his wife Joyce Bunnell, one son Steven Bunnell and wife Christy, one sister Annie B. Dicks and two grandchildren: Andrew Bunnell III and Fallon Bunnell, all of Bladenboro. Arrangements will be announced at a later date.
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Sharon Larue Sweeney Ingle

October 9, 1951 - August 10, 2016

Sharon Sweeney Ingle, 64, of St. Pauls passed away August 10, 2016. She is survived by two daughters: Elise Webster and spouse Valerie of Sanford and Audra Harris and spouse Jason of St. Pauls; and three grandchildren: Rachele Prevatt, Michael Prevatt II, and Morgan Harris. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the home of Jason and Audra Harris on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 2 p.m. In...
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Doris Ann Taylor

October 6, 1945 - August 8, 2016

Doris Ann Taylor, age 70, of Bladenboro passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016 at her home. Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Taylor and her parents, Haywood and Pearlie Brisson Allen. She is survived by three sons, Eddie Taylor and fiancée Renee of Bladenboro, Randy Taylor and wife Fabiola of Bladenboro and Ricky Taylor of Bladenboro; one daughter, Amanda Taylor of Canton,...
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Nathan Coby Deaver

August 10, 1991 - August 6, 2016

Nathan Coby Deaver, 24, of Bladenboro passed away Saturday, August 6. 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents Danny and Jackie Deaver. Survivors include one brother Daniel Deaver and wife Dina of Evergreen; one sister Ranea Deaver of Evergreen; one neice Mallory Paige Hamilton and one nephew Jacobi Deaver. The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 4-6 pm at Bladen...
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Joseph "Joe" Evander Russ

October 18, 1987 - August 6, 2016

Joseph Evander Russ, 28, of Bladenboro passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016. He was a mechanic at Hester Tire in Bladenboro, loved working on trucks, and fishing with his children. Survivors include: father, Joe Russ of the home; mother, Cynthia Jones of Alabama; son, Daniel Russ of Elizabethtown; daughter, Riley Russ of Bladenboro; brother, David Russ of Charlotte; sister, JoAnn Russ of Alabama...
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Patricia Lanier "Sis" Jackson

December 4, 1954 - August 4, 2016

Patricia Lanier "Sis" Jackson, 61, of Elizabethtown passed away Thursday, August 4, 2016 at Cape Fear Valley Hospital. She is preceded in death by her father Eddie Lanier, mother Pauline Lanier, sister Janice Lanier and four brothers: Kenny Lanier, John Lanier, Ronald Lanier, and David Lanier. Survivors include her husband David Jackson of the home, son George Denning Jackson II of the home,...
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Mozelle Allen Henry

March 18, 1929 - August 4, 2016

Mozelle Allen Henry, 87, of Bladenboro passed away Thursday, August 4, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Mary Allen, husband, John Henry, grandson Ron Allen, four brothers: Clifton Allen, Roger Allen, Leon Allen and Bennard Allen, and two sisters: Geneva Allen and Allene Allen Lyles. Survivors include her son Phillip Allen and wife Alice of Tar Heel; two step children,...
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Kenneth "Kenny" Wayne Beard

October 28, 1969 - August 1, 2016

Kenneth Wayne Beard, 46, of Elizabethtown passed away Monday, August 1, 2016. He is preceded in death by his father Jerry M. Beard, stepfather Russell Ashworth, grandparents: Madison and Margaret Beard, Eugene and Della Thompson, great grandparents Joel and Frances Elkins and a special aunt Brenda Crosby McKibben. Survivors include his mother Nancy Beard Ashworth of Hilton Head Island, SC;...
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Clara Mae McLamb McKeithan

March 28, 1935 - July 31, 2016

Clara Mae McLamb McKeithan, 81, of Bladenboro entered into rest Sunday, July 31, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband Lonnie McKeithan and three brothers: Curtis, Clyde and David McLamb. Survivors include three daughters: Terry Sawyer (Jerry), Jill Allen (Joe), and Lisa Brisson (Mitchell) all of Bladenboro; five grandchildren: Dwayne Cheshire (Haley), Nicole Kinlaw (Mike) all of...
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David Skidmore Ivey

August 30, 1938 - July 30, 2016

David Skidmore Ivey, 77, of Elizabethtown, NC departed this life on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Elizabethtown Healthcare after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by: his parents, Darius and Minnie Bordeaux Ivey; an infant sister; a brother, Alfred Ivey; a brother-in-law, David Smith; and a great niece, Araya. David is survived by: his brother, Jerry Ivey (Sue) of...
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John Eldridge Thomas

August 18, 1929 - July 28, 2016

John Eldridge Thomas, 86, of Bladenboro entered into eternal rest on Thursday, July 28, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents John M. and Hattie Thomas. Survivors include his wife Mary W. Thomas of the home, two sons: Steve Thomas of Whiteville and Mark Thomas (Allison) of Eustis, FL; two daughters: Sheila Kelley of Elizabethtown and Chris Doeppe (Joe) of Newport News, VA; ten...
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Larue Davis Todd

May 12, 1929 - July 27, 2016

Larue Davis Todd, 87, of Bladenboro entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents Robert and Mary Davis, her husband Furney Todd, son Robert Meares, infant sister Barbara Davis, sister Clara Thompson, and three brothers: Terue Davis, Dewey Davis and Byron Davis. Survivors include two sons: Ronald Meares of Whiteville and Rev. Elvin Meares and wife...
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Don Robert Carter

September 9, 1958 - July 26, 2016

Don Robert Carter, 57, of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016. He is preceded in death by his father Harvey Carter, his mother Thelma T. Wiederspahn, brother Horace Carter and sister Irene Adams. Survivors include sister Carol Sykes (Earl) of Bladenboro, brother Steve Carter (Rosemarie) of SC; sister Louise McRoberts (Danny) of Bladenboro and sister-in-law Gayle Carter of GA. The family...
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Hurley Ray Russ

December 13, 1945 - July 21, 2016

Hurley Ray Russ, 70, of Bladenboro passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016. Survivors include: daughter, Marie Russ (Robert Laws) of Boonville, NC; three brothers, Lewis Russ of Cedar Creek, Walter Russ of Dublin, Larry Russ of Dublin; five sisters, Lois Guyton of Elizabethtown, Muriel Priest of Clarkton, Edna Lou Russ of Dublin, Mildred Priest of Elizabethtown, and Alice Smith of Lumberton. The...
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Patrick "Pat" T. Brisson

January 17, 1939 - July 19, 2016

Patrick "Pat" T. Brisson, 77, of Dublin passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents Curtis W. and Palma Brisson, one brother Mickey Brisson, mother-in-law Lucille Butler and brother and sister-in-law Terry and Daisy Norris. Survivors include his wife Lynda Gray Brisson of the home, one son David Brisson (Emily Gray) of Dublin; three daughters: Scarlett Brisson of...
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Dawn Carmelle Johnson

June 10, 1968 - July 18, 2016

Dawn Carmelle Johnson, 48, of Elizabethtown, passed away Monday, July 18, 2016. She is preceded in death by sister, Michelle Schrank. Survivors include: father, Thomas and Judy Carlino; mother, Diana Berry; stepfather, Jerry Berry; spouse, John Johnson of the home; father and mother in-law, Jerry and Sandra Johnson; daughters, Heather Gage and Faith Johnson; sisters, Elneta Pait, Roxanne Caulk. ...
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Jeffrey Brian Chadwick

January 24, 1976 - July 17, 2016

Jeffrey Brian Chadwick, 40, of Bladenboro passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016. He is survived by his parents Dennis and Debbie Chadwick, one daughter Alyssa Chai Chadwick, one brother Matthew Chadwick (Karrye), one sister Holly Chadwick, two nephews Landon and Corben and three nieces: Rylee, Hayden and Nora Blake, all of Bladenboro. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Tuesday, July 19,...
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Mark "Randy" Priest

July 16, 2016

Mark "Randy" Priest, 57 of Tar Heel passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2016. He is preceded in death by his father, Gladwin Lee Priest Sr., mother Beatrice Singletary Priest Savage, step father, Gerald Savage; and sister, Marie Lee Pait. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Tar Heel Baptist Church, with services to follow at 2:00pm with Rev. Devon Varnam...
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Sylvia Taylor Mintz Kennedy

July 15, 2016

Sylvia Kennedy, 69 of Elizabethtown passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016 at Cape Fear Valley. She is survived by her daughter, Marty Gurganus and one grandchild. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Wells Fargo in c/o of Marty Gurganus.
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David Dewitt Howell, Sr.

June 4, 1944 - July 15, 2016

David Dewitt Howell Sr., 72, of Clarkton, passed away Friday, July 15, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Rufus and Rossie Howell; brother, Dewitt Howell; sisters, Anna Caulder, Edith Jackson, Alma Lee Parker. Survivors include: spouse, Janie Cashwell, sons, David Dewitt Howell Jr and wife Stacy of Bladenboro, Steven Jake Cashwell of Elizabethtown; brothers, Richard Howell and wife...
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Jamie Leigh Dunn-owens

August 8, 1978 - July 9, 2016

Jamie Leigh Dunn-owens, 37, of Bladenboro, NC, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016. Survivors include: father, Howard Dunn of Bladenboro; mother, Norma Davis Dunn of Bladenboro; spouse, Adam Owens of Graceville, Florida; daughters, Haleigh and Emmaleigh Dunn of the home, Ryleigh Owens of the home; brother, Sean Dunn of Westville, Florida; sister, Tanya Villalobos Hazen of Florida. Family will...
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Lela Dayneice Davis

February 18, 1930 - July 6, 2016

Lela Dayneice Davis, 86, of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents Byron and Lela Russ, husband Onnie Davis, two daughters Dianne Davis and Gloria Tatum, and one brother J. B. Russ. Survivors include son Kevin Davis of Fort Lauderdale, FL; daughter Sharon Autry of Elizabethtown; sister Louise Davis of Elizabethtown; two grandchildren: Deanne Hayes...
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Bobby Strickland

August 12, 1929 - July 2, 2016

Bobby Strickland, 86, of Bladenboro passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016. He is preceded in death by mother, Jessie S. Hester; wife, Carol Cain Strickland; son, Larry R. Strickland; brother, James "Billy" Hester. Survivors include: daughter, Jenel Strickland-Cain and husband Kim Cain of Bladenboro; grandchildren, Jody Strickland of Clayton, NC; Natalie Strickland of Tega-Kay, SC; Nathan Strickland...
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James "Jim" Charles Harden

February 18, 1947 - June 30, 2016

James Charles Harden "Jim", 69, formerly of Bladenboro passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2016 in Reno, Nevada. He is preceded in death by his parents, Azzie and Margaret Harden. Survivors include his daughter Amanda Harden McComb and husband Aaron McComb, two grandchildren: Brady and Ava McComb all of Reno, NV; one brother Joe Harden and wife Patricia of Wilmington, NC; one neice Cheryl Harden...
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George David Pait

May 4, 1938 - June 29, 2016

George David Pait, 78 of Bladenboro, NC, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. George was born on May 4, 1938, in Bladenboro, NC. He grew up in the Bladenboro/Clarkton area and graduated from Clarkton High School in 1956. He was an electrician by trade. He enjoyed helping others and many people in his community were blessed by his handyman skills. George was a Christian who accepted Christ as...
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Linda Kay Durden

October 8, 1965 - June 28, 2016

Linda Kay Osborne Durden, 50, of Elizabethtown passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2016. She is survived by one daughter, Nicole Durden and fiancé Thomas Fisher of the home, one sister, Sandra Morman and husband Calvin of Fayetteville and one niece Carina Walker also of Fayetteville. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 3 pm at Whites Creek Baptist Church in Clarkton, NC...
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Christine Blackwell Canady

September 30, 1940 - June 24, 2016

Christine Blackwell Canady, 75, of Elizabethtown passed away Friday, June 24, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Canady, her parents Vernon and Sadie Blackwell, two sisters Mary Ward and Virginia Phillips, one daughter Tammy Canady, son-in-law Kevin Corcelius, mother- in- law Agnes Canady, and one grandson-in-law Wesley Long. Survivors include: one son Herbert Edward Canady Jr...
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Susan Joy Luna

May 5, 1961 - June 24, 2016

Susan Joy Britt Luna, 55, of Bladenboro passed away Friday, June 24, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents Harris and Gladine Britt, a sister Annabelle Britt, paternal grandparents Lonnie and Letha Britt, and maternal grandparents Dewey and Isabella Long. Survivors include her husband Daniel Luna of the home, one brother Lindy Britt and wife Denise of Wilmington, and several aunts and...
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Charles Leroy (Pete) Gunter

October 24, 1938 - June 21, 2016

Charles Leroy (Pete) Gunter, 77, U.S. Air Force Veteran of Clarkton passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Callie Gunter. Survivors include his wife Alice Gunter of the home, two sons: Charles D. Gunter and wife Janet of Oklahoma and Tim Gunter and wife Sandra of S.C.; two brothers: Jerry Gunter and wife Norma of S.C. and Billy Gunter and wife Faye...
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Patricia Ann Coley-Smith

May 1, 1958 - June 21, 2016

Patricia Ann Coley-Smith, 58, of Elizabethtown passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016. She is survived by her parents, Donald R. and Mary H. Coley of the home, two sons: Brendell Smith (Amber) of Wilmington and Daine Smith (Charlotte) of Clarkton; one daughter Nicole Smith of Wilmington; two brothers: Don Coley of the Virgin Islands and John Coley of Goldsboro; one sister Jean Knutson of Morganton...
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Jack Dewey Callihan

November 17, 1936 - June 17, 2016

Jack Dewey Callihan, 79, of Clarkton, passed away Friday, June 17, 2016. He is preceded in death by daughter, Lori Callihan Hamilton, four sisters: Maude Hughes, Isabelle Long, Martha Ann Anderson, Miley Williams; five brothers: Ander Callihan, John Tom Callihan, Craven Callihan, Roy Callihan, and Johnny Callihan. Survivors include: wife, Addie Lee Bowen Callihan of the home; son, Alan Callihan...
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Alfred Truman Ivey

May 16, 1945 - June 12, 2016

Alfred Truman Ivey, 71, Army Veteran of Madison, NC formerly of Elizabethtown passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Darius and Minnie Ivey, an infant sister, and a great granddaughter, Araya. Survivors include his wife, Judy R. Ivey of the home, two daughters: Sharon (Reice) of Siler City and Crystal (David) of Elizabethtown; two brothers: Jerry Ivey (Sue) of...
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Deborah Venters Evans

November 2, 1955 - June 7, 2016

Debbie Venters Evans, 60, of Elizabethtown passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, whom she loved and cared for, Lewis and Lyda Venters Sr. She is survived by her husband Mitch Evans of the home, two sons: Rev. Patrick Murphy and wife Brittany of Burlington and Troy Murphy of Kill Devil Hills; and one brother Lewis A. Venters Jr. and wife Robin of Wilmington. ...
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Mary Allen Dowless

May 4, 1958 - June 6, 2016

Mary Lois Allen Dowless, 58 passed away Monday June 6, 2016. She is preceded in death by her father, Carl Allen Sr. Survivors include her mother Mary E. Allen, two sons Dewayne Dowless and Carlton Dowless and wife Rebecca, one brother Carl Allen Jr and wife Ann and one grandchild, Alanna Dowless, all of Bladenboro. The family will receive friends from 1-2 pm on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at Hickory...
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Carl Anderson Pait

September 22, 1960 - June 5, 2016

Carl Anderson Pait, age 55 of Denver, Colorado (formerly of Bladenboro) passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2016. He is the son of Hubb and Irene Pait of Bladenboro. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm at Galeed Baptist Church in Bladenboro with Rev. Warren Hill officiating.
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Leisha Ann Dishmon

December 31, 1962 - June 4, 2016

Leisha Ann Dishmon, 53 of Elizabethtown (formerly of West Virginia) passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2016. She was an Air Force veteran Leisha is survived by her two daughters, Stephanie Garner of Elizabethtown and Cheyenne Pendry of Elizabethtown; two brothers, Paul Dishmon and Mark Dishmon; two sisters, Lori Pack and Rhonda Hudgins, and one grandson, Cruz Lee Garner. A celebration of...
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Erika C. Stahl

April 24, 1924 - June 1, 2016

Erika C. Stahl, (Nee Kraetzer) age 92 of Elizabethtown passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Adele Lorenz Kraetzer, a brother, Ralph and a granddaughter, Tracy L. Seme. Mrs. Stahl was born April 24, 1924 in Wuppertal, Germany. She was the daughter of the late William and Adele Lorenz Kraetzer. Erika came to the United States in 1930 and...
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Rosemary Bostic Allen

July 30, 1950 - May 31, 2016

Rosemary Blake Bostic Allen, 65, of Elizabethtown, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Duke University Hospital surrounded by her family. She is predeceased by her father, Henry Hawes Bostic, Sr. and brother, Joe Houghtaling Bostic. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Charles Davis Allen, Jr. of Elizabethtown; mother, Rosa Houghtaling Bostic of Elizabethtown; son, Dr. Charles...
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Mary Christine Smith

October 28, 1930 - May 27, 2016

Mary Christine Gibson Smith, 85, of Bladenboro passed away Friday, May 27, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Alma Gibson; husband, Leo Smith; son, Willis Smith; sister, Mattie Jane Feltwell; brothers, W.L., Jack, and Buddy Gibson; two grandchildren, Evelyn and Christel. Survivors include: son, Ricky Smith and wife Vickie of Bladenboro; two daughters, Patricia Todd of...
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Wanda Faye Baysdon

November 21, 1951 - May 26, 2016

Wanda Faye Baysdon, 64, of Clarkton passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016. She is survived by one son Tracy Atkins of Clarkton and two brothers: Frankie Guill and wife Patricia of Dublin and W.G. "Pete" Guill of Lake Waccamaw. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 11 am at the Liberty Worship Center in Clarkton officiated by Rev. Richard Priest. In lieu of flowers, memorials...
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Billy Richard Creech

September 6, 1937 - May 22, 2016

Billy R. Creech, 78 of Clarkton passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016. He was born on September 6, 1937 to the late Willie and Addie Eason Creech. He is preceded in death by his wife, Faye Creech; his parents, and a sister, Betty Martin. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home from 6:00 until 8:00. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday...
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John Joseph Barszcz

April 6, 1978 - May 21, 2016

John Joseph Barszcz, 38, of Bladenboro passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016. He is survived by his father Donald Hill and wife Dee of Bladenboro, mother Janet Parsons of Keystone Heights, FL, his wife Wendy Barszcz of the home, daughter Katie Ezzell of Bladenboro, step-daughter Riley Starnes of Lumberton, one brother Dwayne Hill of Jacksonville, FL and two sisters: Terri Hill of Middleburg, FL and...
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Gregory Lynn Hurst

November 6, 1977 - May 21, 2016

Gregory Lynn Hurst, 38, of Kinston formerly of Bladenboro passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Curtis and Judy Pait, paternal grandparents, William and Letha Hurst and mother, Catherine Pait Hurst. Survivors include his father, Jimmy Hurst of Kinston, one daughter Alexis Paiton Hurst of Bladenboro, one brother Wayne Hurst and wife Michelle of...
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Rachel Strickland Hester

January 18, 1934 - May 18, 2016

Rachel Strickland Hester, 82, of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband Graham Thomas Hester, three sons: Charles Hester, Herschel Hester, and Joey Hester and three grandchildren: Rickey Davis, Charlene Campbell, and Dewayne Hester. Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Gail Strickland and husband Sammy, son Dennis Hester and wife Melody, seven...
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Verna White Bowman

April 1, 1931 - May 13, 2016

Verna White Bowman, 85, of Elizabethtown passed away Friday, May 13, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Ethel White, husband of 56 years D.G. Bowman, sisters: Jean White, Christine Page, and Beulah Kinlaw and two brothers: Henry and JC White. Survivors include two daughters Cynthia Earle and husband Steven of Asheville and Beth Bowman of Raleigh; three brothers: Emery White,...
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Dewey Hubert Butler

June 7, 1937 - May 10, 2016

Dewey Hubert Butler, 78, of White Oak passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents: Hubert and Christine Butler and two sons, Jerry W. Butler and Michael D. Butler. Survivors include one daughter, Christine Friend of White Oak; two sisters: Magaline Mussante of Washington, DC; and Sally Prevatte of Maryland; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The family...
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Kendall Khari Hester

May 10, 2016

Kendall Khari Hester, 21, of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016. He is survived by his mother Teresa Hurtt of Fayetteville,one son, Jayce Hester (mother, Jalisa Spencer); grandparents: Dewey and Ethel Hester of the home, one sister, Kyra Hurtt of Virginia; Uncle Maurice Hester and children: Montel Hester, Monika Hester, Maurice Hester II, Maurissa Hester, Alyssa Hester and Ariauna...
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Bobby English

May 9, 2016

Bobby Lathan English, 79, of Bladenboro, passed away Monday, May 9, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents Edward and Katie English. Survivors include: wife, Helma English of the home; two daughters, Belynda English Evans and husband Greg of Raleigh, Elaine English Innes and husband Tom of Raleigh; two brothers, Julian English of Bladenboro, David English of Kenansville, NC; four...
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Linda Ann Woods

February 8, 1943 - May 6, 2016

Linda Ann Woods, 73, of Riegelwood, passed away Friday, May 6, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, Thelbert and Edna Maultsby, and husband, Harry S. Woods. Survivors include: son, Furney Romaro Woods and wife Lisa of Delco; daughter and caregiver, Loraine Woods-Atkinson and husband Reggie of Riegelwood, sisters: Shelby Hobbs of Riegelwood and Margaret Bordeaux of Leland. Grandchild:...
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Margo Ann Stevenson

March 6, 1940 - May 5, 2016

Margo Ann Stevenson, 76, of Bladenboro, originally from Milwaukee WI, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016. She is preceded in death by her father, Peter Koclanes and son, Craig Allen Stevenson. Survivors include: mother, Betsy Koclanes of Madison, WI; daughter, Catherine Williams of Bladenboro, two brothers, Phil Koclanes and wife Kathleen of Madison, WI, Robert Koclanes of Deerfield, WI; sisters,...
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Theo Franklin Sullivan

January 20, 1937 - May 5, 2016

Frank Sullivan, 79, of Simpsonville, SC went home to be with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Thursday, May 5, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Arlene R. Sullivan of the home, son David Sullivan of Simpsonville, SC; three daughters: Debbie Sullivan of Simpsonville, SC; Lynda Sullivan of Daniel Island, SC; and Katie Culpepper and husband Rev. Ryan Culpepper of Ripley, TN; one...
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Mitchell Matt Hester

June 18, 1946 - May 3, 2016

Mitchell Hester, 69, of Elizabethtown passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Matt and Olive Hester. Survivors include: wife, Melba Grey Hester of the home; son, Matt Hester and wife Sharon of Bladenboro; stepson, Gene Burney and wife Rhonda of Ellijay, GA; sister, Mona Dean Clark of Elizabethtown; adopted family, James and Brenda Hales of Elizabethtown;...
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Deborah Harrelson

November 7, 1956 - May 3, 2016

Deborah Jean Harrelson, 59, of Clarkton passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Sallie King, husband, Truman Harrelson, two sisters, Irene and Mary Ann. Survivors include: son, Markus Warwick and wife Adrianna of Raleigh; daughter, Tonya Shaw and husband Rick of Bladenboro; brother, Rodney King of Clarkton; sister, Brenda Strickland of Clarkton; three...
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Mary Opal B Butler

March 7, 1925 - May 2, 2016

Mary Opal Baldwin Butler, 91, of Dublin passed away Monday, May 2, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jettie Butler and brother, Carlton Baldwin. Survivors include: Douglas Butler and wife Babs of Elizabethtown, daughter, Kay Davis of Dublin, two grandchildren, Meredith Davis of Raleigh and Devin Butler of Wilmington. Family will receive friends Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Dublin First...
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Janet Gaynell Robinson

February 9, 1965 - April 29, 2016

Janet Bowman Robinson, 51, of White Oak passed away Friday, April 29, 2016. She is survived by two daughters: Summer Miranda of White Oak and Amalia Botello of Elizabethtown and four grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 1:00-1:45 pm on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at White Oak Baptist Church in White Oak, NC followed by a funeral service at 2 pm officiated by Rev. Danny Lewis. Burial...
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Rita Williams Jones

April 12, 1949 - April 28, 2016

Rita Williams Jones, 67, of White Oak passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Inez Langley and husband Sam Williams. Survivors include: husband Randy Jones of the home, daughters: Samantha Jones and husband Chris of San Antonio Texas; Ginger Barber and husband Bill of Myrtle Beach, SC; Crystal Wil-Dey of White Oak; Stepchildren: Tara Land and...
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Jack Thomas Thompson, Sr.

September 21, 1947 - April 27, 2016

Jack Thomas Thompson, 69, of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at his home. He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Mayo Thompson, three sisters, Carleen Heath, Georgia Howard, and Annette Hardison. Survivors include: wife, Dianne Batten Thompson of the home, one son, Jack Thompson Jr (Rebecca) of Bladenboro, two daughters, Vanessa Fields (Michael) of Bladenboro, Renee...
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Lucille Rich Thompson

October 6, 1937 - April 27, 2016

Lucille Rich Thompson, 78, of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016. She is preceded in death by husband, Robert Thompson, four sisters, Eloise Babson, Betty Hewitt, Judy Tatum, and Elaine Parson. Survivors include: one daughter, Martha McPherson and husband Michael of Bladenboro, one brother, Dennis Rich of Bladenboro, three sisters, Jo Ann Kinlaw, Carolyn Gause, and Margorie...
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Ada Dove Pait

August 23, 1926 - April 25, 2016

Ada Dove Pait, 90, of Bladenboro passed away Monday, April 25, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband Azzie James Pait, parents Charlie and Virtie Dove, sisters: Stella Pait, Madee Watts, Leola Connor, Leona Hester, Alberta Poole and Ethel Butler and three brothers: Gaston Dove, Charlie Dove Jr. and Frank Dove. Survivors include one daughter Elizabeth Lowery of Tar Heel, one brother Albert...
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Dorothy Elizabeth Culbreth

December 21, 1945 - April 18, 2016

Dorothy Matthews Culbreth, 70, of Elizabethtown passed away peacefully Monday, April 18, 2016 at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville. Her husband Donald Culbreth was at her side as was her daughter Brenda C. Harris. She is preceded in death by her parents, Beauford and Ledus Matthews, one sister, Lois Matthews, and one brother Larry Matthews. Survivors include her loving husband of 52...
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Eloise Gooden Edwards

July 9, 1929 - April 17, 2016

Eloise Gooden Edwards, 87, of Bladenboro passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Katie Brisson, husbands J.L. Gooden and Cecil Edwards, three sons: Ricky Lupo, Mark Gooden, and Robin Gooden, one brother, Craven Brisson, and two sisters: Bonnie Monroe and Clarine Packer.Survivors include two sons: Mike Lupo and wife Margo of Atlanta, GA, Randy Gooden...
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Joy Elizabeth Barbour

January 21, 1960 - April 15, 2016

Joy Elizabeth Barbour, 56, of White Oak passed away Friday, April 15, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Joyce Bruton and one brother, Robert Allen Bruton. Survivors include her husband Ray Barbour of the home, two sons: Brandon Barbour and wife Rebecca of Raleigh, and Tommy Barbour and wife Carolyn of White Oak, one daughter Donna Wanamaker and husband Wayne of...
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Ruth Hayes

September 22, 1934 - April 15, 2016

Ruth Hayes, 81, of Bladenboro, passed away Friday, April 15, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Eunice Grainger, husband, Floyd Hayes, and one sister, Patsy Grainger Thompson. Survivors include: three sons, Lloyd Hayes of Bladenboro, Rev. Walter Hayes and wife Peggy of Dublin, Gregory Hayes and wife Tammy of Bladenboro, one daughter, Judy Callahan of Abbottsburg, four...
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Dale Guyton

November 29, 1953 - April 15, 2016

Dale Allen Guyton, 62, of Bladenboro passed away Friday, April 15, 2016. Survivors include: stepfather, Thurston Sellers of Bladenboro, mother, Shirley Sellers of Bladenboro, two sons, Gregory and Chad Guyton both of Ocean Isle, two brothers, Larry and Dennis Guyton both of Bladenboro, and two grandchildren. Family will receive friends Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 3-3:45pm at Pleasant Grove...
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Barbara Ann Hart

May 9, 1937 - April 15, 2016

Barbara Ann Hart, 78, of White Oak, went to be with the Lord Friday, April 15, 2016. She is preceded in death by husband, Frank Hart and daughter Karla Cover. Survivors include: one son, Leland Hart and wife Marcia of Wilmington, three daughters, Barbara Tatum of White Oak, Lisa Levkulich of Charleston, SC, Patty Smith and husband Chip of White Oak, four sisters, Mable Baer of York, Pennsylvania,...
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Sallie Brewer Hester

June 3, 1948 - April 13, 2016

Sallie Brewer Hester, 67, of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, Grady and Mandy Brewer and one brother Bobby Brewer. Survivors include son, Robert "Buddy" Hodge of Elizabethtown, two daughters: Shirley Ann Bailey of Elizabethtown and Wanda Gail Bryan of Dublin; three brothers: Bradley Brewer of Lumberton, Lloyd Brewer of Lumber Bridge, Grady...
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George Langley

July 24, 1922 - April 10, 2016

George William Langley, 93, of Bladenboro, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, April 10, 2016. He is preceded in death by his wife, Monnie Langley. Survivors include: two sons, William Langley and wife Sherry of Supply, Michael Langley of North Myrtle Beach, one daughter, Georgia L. Moore and husband Bob of Lumberton, one brother, John Langley of Rockingham, four grandchildren and three great...
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Warren Dowless

March 23, 1924 - April 9, 2016

Warren Dowless, 92, of Bladenboro went home to be with his Lord Saturday, April 9, 2016. Mr. Dowless was born on March 23, 1924 to Nealey Dowless and Alda Davis Dowless. On January 3rd, 1943 he married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Evers. They were married for 73 years. Mr. Dowless proudly and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II with the Navy Underwater...
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Thelma Irene Goins

October 15, 1945 - April 8, 2016

Thelma Irene Goins, 70, of Elizabethtown passed away Friday, April 08, 2016 at her home. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Marjorie Malpass, brother, Bobby Malpass and sister, Edna Faye Green. Survivors include: husband, Harold Goins of Teachey, NC, two sons, Jim Goins and Harold Goins Jr. both of Elizabethtown, three daughters, Dolores Townsend and husband Ray of Elizabethtown,...
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Maria Lennon Hester

October 31, 1984 - April 4, 2016

Maria Lennon Hester, 31, of Bladenboro passed away Monday, April 4, 2016. She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Mary and Joseph L. Lennon Sr., her maternal grandparents, Billy and Marie Gibbs Hartis, and an infant sister, Jennifer M. Lennon. Survivors include her husband, Ronald C. Hester of the home, son Cayden Hester of the home, parents, Joseph Jr. and Ann Lennon of...
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Franziska Katharina Coleman

November 25, 1926 - April 3, 2016

Franziska Katharina Eidenschink Coleman, 89, of Carvers Creek passed away Sunday, April 3, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, Josef and Maria Eidenschink and her husband Howard Coleman. Survivors include: son, Curtis Coleman of Carvers Creek, three daughters: Patricia Soles, Elizabeth Coleman, both of Carvers Creek and Bernice Cranford and husband Tim of Fort Mill, SC, two...
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Martha Dickens Sauvinet

October 20, 1930 - April 2, 2016

Martha Dickens Sauvinet, age 85 of Elizabethtown, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 2, 2016. She was a devoted Christian, mother, and wife. She loved visiting nursing homes where she loved singing and talking about her Savior. She worked several jobs, but the most important to her was being a homemaker. She was a graduate of White Oak School. She is preceded in death...
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Richard Douglas Thompson

February 5, 1930 - March 31, 2016

R. Douglas Thompson, 86, of Clarkton, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He is preceded in death by his parents, Preston and Maizie Thompson, two brothers, David and Derwood Thompson, and one sister, Gayle Suggs. Survivors include: wife, Betty Sue Thompson of the home, two sons, "Ritchie" Thompson and wife Lisa of...
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Donald Lee Hales

April 11, 1948 - March 30, 2016

Donald Lee Hales, 67, retired Army Veteran of Elizabethtown passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2016. He is survived by one son, Daryl Hales and wife Melissa of Lexington, SC; two brothers, Billy Hales and wife Debby of Laurinburg and Roger Hales of Siler City, four grandchildren: Angela Hales, Jasmine Strehl, Bella Strehl, and Elizabeth Hales. Mr. Hales graduated from Elizabethtown High School in...
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Maude Callihan Hughes

April 2, 1928 - March 29, 2016

Maude Callihan Hughes, 87, of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, Aquil and Fannie Callihan, her husband, Clyde Hughes, one son Willard Hughes, and two grandsons: Alex and Bryan Hughes. Survivors include two sons: Dennis A. Hughes of Virginia and Donnie Anderson of High Pointe, two daughters: Wilma Mills and Patricia Carroll of Bladenboro, two...
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Amos "Sonny" Dewey Herring

August 25, 1945 - March 24, 2016

Amos "Sonny" Dewey Herring, age 70, of Elizabethtown, formerly of Rutherfordton, NC passed away March 24, 2016. Mr. Herring is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Dorothy Herring, and one daughter, Vickie L. Jones. He is survived by his wife, Betty Herring of the home, son Robert D. Herring, two daughters, Cathy M. Silvers and Sandra K. Herring, three sisters: Pauline Givens, Alice F....
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Donald Wesley Long

June 4, 1976 - March 22, 2016

Donald Wesley Long, 39, of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2016. He is preceded in death by a brother, Eric Long and a sister, Sarah Long. Survivors include his wife, Crystal Long of the home, parents, Donald and Sherry Long of Bladenboro, one sister, Tonya Long, In-laws Hugh and Diana Cook, brother-in-law, Jonathan Cook and wife Ashton, Sister in law, Jennifer Long and husband Roman,...
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James Rodney McMillian

December 30, 1955 - March 22, 2016

James Rodney McMillian, age 60, of Elizabethtown passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Mr. McMillian is preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmy McMillian and Stanley McMillian and one sister, Teresa Smith. He is survived by his wife, Mary McMillian of the home, parents, Fannie and Rudell McMillian, children: Bristle Edge, Crystal McMillian, Candi Jacobs, Travis Pittman, and Justin Pittman, 12...
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Samantha Carroll Beyer

September 6, 1977 - March 21, 2016

Bobbie Samantha Carroll-Beyer, 38, of Elizabethtown passed away Monday, March 21, 2016. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Dorothy Hatcher, N.B. and Eunice Carroll, and one brother, Ricky Carroll. Survivors include her husband, Donnie Beyer, two children, Maggie and Noah Beyer all of the home, parents, Bobby and Daphne Carroll of Tar Heel, sister, Nancy Messer Smith and husband...
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Sarah Robbins Clark

April 22, 1920 - March 16, 2016

Sarah (Addie) Robbins Clark of Virginia Beach, formerly of Lisbon, NC, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2016. She was 95 years old. Addie grew up in Montgomery, Alabama and Lisbon, NC. She married Gethro Clark, also from Lisbon, in 1940 and spent time in Montgomery, Alabama and in Raleigh, NC before moving to Virginia to live with her son and his family in 2009. She enjoyed cooking Sunday...
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Connie Clark Hyatt

July 29, 1949 - March 16, 2016

Connie C. Hyatt of Abbottsburg passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. She is preceded in death by her father, Belton E. Clark; mother, Thelma Perry Clark and beloved "furbaby" Packy. Mrs. Hyatt is survived by her husband, Willie(Bill) Ray Hyatt of the home; son, Bill Laverne Hyatt and wife Peaches; grandson, Aaron Hyatt of Abbottsburg, NC. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara...
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Thomas Blalock

March 11, 2016

Thomas E. Blalock, 66 of White Oak passed away on Friday, March 11, 2016 He is preceded in death by his parents; Raymond Lee and Jean Elliott Koon; son Jonathon Elliott Blalock and his brother; Sammy Blalock. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 15, at 11:00 am at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife; Ellen Blalock of the home; his daughter; Shannon...
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Eunice Cecily Brogdon

April 14, 1931 - March 10, 2016

Eunice Cecily Edwards Brogdon, 84, of Bladenboro passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2016. She is survived by her spouse, Charles Brogdon of the home; daughter, Kim Walters (B.J.) of Bladenboro; two grandchildren, Daniel B. Miller (Tracy) of Bladenboro and Matthew A. Miller (Whitney) of Clarkton; and two great-grandchildren, Shane Miller and Elizabeth Miller. The family will receive friends on...
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Dennis Alan Dagenhart

April 11, 1946 - March 6, 2016

Dennis Alan Dagenhart, 69, of Elizabethtown passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016 after a brief illness. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Frances Dagenhart; and his brother, Clyde Dagenhart, Jr. He is survived by his spouse, Virginia B. Dagenhart of the home; a sister, Donna Dagenhart of Eden; two nieces and one nephew; and one great-niece. Dennis had a passion for music. He...
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Sylvia Anne Absher

November 15, 1932 - March 5, 2016

Sylvia Carter Absher, 83, of Elizabethtown, NC passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Mrs. Absher was well known in the community as first, the secretary at Elizabethtown Primary School and later, as secretary to the president of Bladen Community College. Throughout her life, she enjoyed her role as a homemaker, wife and mother. Dishing up delicious food to whomever walked past her kitchen...
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Herbert Harris Hanna

July 27, 1924 - March 4, 2016

Herbert Harris Hanna, 91, of Elizabethtown passed away on Friday, March 4, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Barney McKoy Hanna and Annie Haselden Hanna. He is survived by his spouse, Dorothy Hanna of the home; daughter, Elizabeth Hanna Sasser (Alan) of Elizabethtown; and two grandchildren, Erin Grace Sasser and Ryan Harris Sasser. Herbert served in the Army/Airforce, as well as...
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Roger Reaves McKellar

July 14, 1950 - March 3, 2016

Roger Reaves McKellar, 65, of Council passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016. He is preceded in death by his father, William Evans McKellar and nephew, Michael Hayes Ward. He is survived by his wife, Katherine Harris McKellar; son, Matthew David McKellar and special friend, Angie Register Meiggs; son, Jason Evans McKellar; daughter, Viola Elizabeth McKellar Fletcher and husband, Robert Fletcher;...
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Bennett Knox Singletary

November 23, 1938 - March 2, 2016

Bennett Knox Singletary, 77, of Bladenboro passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, James C. Singletary and Gertrude Singletary; and his wife, Betty M. Singletary. He is survived by his daughter, Cindy B. Collier and husband Dennis of Selma; brothers, James Singletary, Jr. and wife Alice of Bladenboro, Ronald Singletary and wife Wanda of Bladenboro; ...
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James Hayes Gooden

July 13, 1938 - March 1, 2016

James (Jimmy) Hayes Gooden, 77, Kansas City, Missouri (formerly of Elizabethtown) passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. He was a command sergeant major (retired) with the U.S. Army. He was the son of the late Alden and Ruth Gooden of Elizabethtown. He is survived by his wife, Claudia Gooden; three daughters, two sisters, Mary Gooden Ward of Clarkton and Frances Adams of Elizabethtown and...
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Miller (Pete) Edwards

April 1, 1938 - March 1, 2016

Miller (Pete) Edwards, 77, of Bladenboro passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Tammy Renee Austin

October 27, 1971 - February 26, 2016

Tammy Renee Austin, went home to be with the Lord on February 26, 2016. Born on October 27, 1971 in Greenwood, MS, she was the mother of Matthew Austin and daughter of Deborah Busam of Calhoun City, MS and the late William Busam. She was a homemaker and very dedicated mother. She also enjoyed watching movies and participating in family events. Tammy always enjoyed keeping in touch with her...
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James McCrae Hester

June 2, 1946 - February 22, 2016

James McCrae Hester, 69, of Bladenboro passed away Monday, February 22, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Edna H. Hester of the home; daughter, Jennifer H. Wilkins of Bladenboro; two brothers, Douglas Hester and Linwood Hester; two sisters, Norma Shelton and Betty Arkon; two grandchildren, Jesse Wilkins and Victoria (Cory) Sullivan; and three great-grandchildren, Brookelynn Wilkins, Lake'n...
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Essie Nye Gardner

May 4, 1923 - February 20, 2016

Essie Raye Gardner, 92, of Clarkton passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband, Zeb Vance Gardner. She is survived by her daughter, JoAnn Gardner Phillips of Whiteville; one grandchild, Sonya Stevens Roberts of Clarkton; two step-grandchildren, Dianna Butler of Chadbourn and Shannon Vinson of Virginia; eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great...
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