Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home & Cremation Services

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

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


Our Obituaries

Leon Todd

June 15, 1942 - July 23, 2014

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

July 19, 2014

David Lee, of White Lake Born: March 22, 1943 Death: July 19, 2014 Dave was a relentless and staunch advocate for the protection and conservation of natural resources. You may honor his life and memory by learning about your local conservation needs and being an activist in the conservation community. Dave was all about the power of the individual to make a difference. Just remember that...
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Louis "Butch" Hill Jr.

July 19, 2014

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

April 4, 1961 - July 18, 2014

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

October 10, 1930 - July 15, 2014

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

July 12, 2014

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

July 11, 2014

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

March 3, 1943 - July 10, 2014

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

September 13, 1937 - July 8, 2014

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

June 21, 1962 - July 7, 2014

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

September 7, 1943 - July 7, 2014

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

August 29, 1995 - July 3, 2014

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

December 3, 1928 - July 3, 2014

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

September 22, 1951 - July 2, 2014

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

January 10, 1943 - June 30, 2014

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

August 27, 1969 - June 29, 2014

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

November 2, 1929 - June 26, 2014

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

April 30, 1939 - June 25, 2014

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

August 20, 1962 - June 23, 2014

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

July 16, 1948 - June 22, 2014

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

September 28, 1938 - June 19, 2014

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

February 6, 1953 - June 19, 2014

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

March 18, 1947 - June 18, 2014

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

September 22, 1935 - June 18, 2014

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

June 3, 1916 - June 18, 2014

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

December 16, 1919 - June 12, 2014

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

June 1, 1929 - June 9, 2014

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

January 2, 1944 - June 5, 2014

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

July 5, 1954 - June 2, 2014

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

March 27, 1945 - June 1, 2014

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

October 31, 1984 - May 31, 2014

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

May 15, 1931 - May 31, 2014

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

May 30, 2014 - May 30, 2014

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

July 31, 1940 - May 29, 2014

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

October 30, 1935 - May 28, 2014

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

August 12, 1925 - May 28, 2014

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

June 8, 1930 - May 26, 2014

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

August 3, 1931 - May 26, 2014

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

July 11, 1925 - May 23, 2014

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

September 13, 1953 - May 23, 2014

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

February 14, 1951 - May 17, 2014

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

May 13, 2014

Lillian Callihan Blackman, 76, of Florida formerly of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Lillian was born on October 8, 1937 to the late Gray and Lillie Bell Tedder Callihan; she is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Curtis Blackman and three sisters, Eloise and Lillie Mae Callihan and Alice Callihan Russ. She is survived by three sons: Jerry Blackman of Pembroke Pines, FL;...
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Sylvia Dawn Taylor

September 1, 1954 - May 10, 2014

Sylvia "Dawn" Taylor received the gift of life on September 1, 1954 and the gift of eternal life on May 10, 2014. She was born in Elizabethtown, North Carolina and Educated in the Bladen County School System. She was a member of the first graduating class of East Bladen High School in 1972. Dawn is survived by her brother Reid Shaw Taylor and his wife Rebecca of Waynesville, NC. She was...
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Dorothy Kelly Foss

May 13, 1926 - May 9, 2014

Dorothy Kelly Foss, 87, of Elizabethtown passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014 at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Foss, her parents, Wilbur and Bonnie Huggins Kelly, one sister, Kathleen Kelly Debose and one aunt, Faye Elmore. Dorothy is survived by her son, Michael Foss and wife Karrine of Elizabethtown; one daughter, Yvonne Smith and husband Ray of Winterville, NC;...
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Edward R. Russ

May 9, 2014

Edward Russ, 69 of Maysville formally of Bladenboro, passed away on May 9, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents; Thomas Clyde Jr. and Grace Evelyn Russ; brother, Thomas Clyde Russ III. and his son, Eddie Russ. The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 11, 2014 from 3:00 until 3:45 at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 4:00pm. Burial will follow in...
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Willie Harold "Honky Tonk" Hester

November 23, 1943 - May 8, 2014

Willie Harold "Honky Tonk" Hester, 70, of Bladenboro passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014 at New Hanover Regional Hospital. The family will receive friends from 2:00-2:45 pm on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with a funeral service following at 3:00 pm. Burial will follow at Bladen Memorial Gardens. The family will greet friends at other times at the home of...
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Wayne Dewitt Kennedy

May 7, 2014

The Rev. Dr. Wayne Dewitt Kennedy was born in Edgemore, SC September 29, 1928 and died in Jacksonville, Florida on May 7, 2014. He was predeceased by his wife, Nan Frink Kennedy and will be buried beside her in Galeed Cemetery in Bladenboro, NC. He is survived by a Daughter, Karen Kennedy Heistand, her husband Robert and their two children Heather and Christopher, and by his son Ross Allan...
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Bennie Claxton Britt

March 19, 1933 - May 6, 2014

Bennie Claxton Britt, 81, of Dublin passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Scottish Pines Rehabilitation Center in Laurinburg, NC. He was born in Bladen County on March 19, 1933 to the late Roger and Eunice Benson Britt. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After returning home, he worked in farming and land surveying at the ASC office in Elizabethtown and also did Contract...
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Roslyn Clark McCall Phillips

December 31, 1950 - May 6, 2014

Roslyn Clark McCall Phillips, 63, of Lisbon passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Edna Wilson McCall, one brother Herman Wilson, and one special brother-in-law, Doyle Smith. Survivors include two daughters, Joy Dowless of the home and Michelle Knight and husband Chris of Swansea, SC; three sisters: Naamah (June) Walker and husband Billy of...
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Robert Vance Williamson

April 3, 1952 - April 30, 2014

Robert Vance Williamson, 62, of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014. He was preceded in death by his mother Ida Allen Williamson. Mr. Williamson is survived by his wife Betty Williamson of the home and his father H. B. Williamson of Dublin. Graveside services will be held Friday, May 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm at Hursey Cemetery in Tar Heel with Dr. Mack Roberts officiating. In lieu of...
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Brian Stuart Ward

October 11, 1974 - April 28, 2014

Brian Stuart Ward, 39, of Tar Heel passed away on Monday, April 28, 2014 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville. Brian was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Stanley and Eva Lee Ward; maternal grandparents, John and Allie Mae Burney. He is survived by his parents, Donald Ward and Jeanette Ward, one daughter, Summer Rose; one brother, Jimmy Mack Ward of Tar Heel; one...
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Kathleen Dowless Wilkins

November 9, 1942 - April 28, 2014

Kathleen Dowless Wilkins, 71, of Bladenboro passed away Monday, April 28, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Emery Williams and Mazie Dial, two daughters, Wendy Wilkins and Cindy Strickland, one brother Jimmy Berrett and two grandchildren Lisa Strickland and Kristy Yarborough. Survivors include her husband Kenneth Wilkins of the home, son Kennie Wilkins and wife Jennifer of Bladenboro...
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Sylvia Callahan

January 8, 1925 - April 25, 2014

Sylvia Marie Callahan, age 89, of Bladenboro, died Friday, April 25, 2014. She is survived by her sons, Joe Callahan and Bobby Callahan and wife Judy of Bladenboro; a daughter, Ann Long of Bladenboro; and one sister, Mary Katherine Williams of Florida; four grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Monday, April 28, 2014 from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. at Bethel...
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Ruth Porter

April 25, 2014

Ruth Scruggs Porter, 93, of Elizabethtown, NC passed away on Friday, April 25, 2014. She spent her last few years in Hartsville, SC in long-term care due to declining health. Mrs. Porter is best known for her 40 years of teaching primarily the fourth grade in Bladen County Schools. Teaching was one of her greatest joys, and she touched the lives of over a thousand Bladen County children. ...
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Alton Scott Lancaster, Jr.

April 27, 1954 - April 25, 2014

Alton Scott Lancaster Jr., 59, of Clarkton passed away Friday, April 25, 2014. He is survived by his wife Patricia H. Lancaster of the home, one son Jay Alexander Lancaster of the home, two daughters: Nadia Kathryn Lancaster of North Dakota and Leanne Alexandria Lancaster of the home, one sister Loretta Willoughby of Greenville, and three grandchildren: Brooklyn Lancaster-Bonner, Addison...
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Herbert "Mr. Tommy" Hester

September 19, 1946 - April 24, 2014

Herbert Thomas "Mr. Tommy" Hester, 67, of Elizabethtown passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014. He was preceded in death by his son Matthew Hester, his parents Robert and Mary Hester and his brother Robert James Hester II. Survivors include his wife Cindy B. Hester of the home, one son Robert Thomas Hester, and one grandson Cole Hester, both of Elizabethtown. Mr. Tommy was an avid fisherman,...
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Deloris Bordeaux Brisson

October 13, 1947 - April 20, 2014

Deloris Bordeaux Brisson, 66, of Dublin passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton. She was married to the love of her life Nelson Brisson for 50 years. She taught in the elementary school system for many years and loved teaching. She loved working in her yard. She loved her family and friends dearly, and she will be missed by all who knew her. ...
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Jerryll Brady Dean

October 29, 1941 - April 16, 2014

Jerryll Brady White Dean, 72, of Fayetteville passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014. She is survived by three daughters: Bonnie Roles and husband Randy of Georgia, Terri Dodd and husband Dan of Fayetteville, and Anna Gandara and husband Ruben of Hope Mills, one sister Archie Tyndall and brother in law Larry Tyndall of Clarkton, five grandchildren: Daniel Nehemiah Dodd, Lindsey Katherine Ruth...
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Gregory Wayne Little

March 19, 1970 - April 14, 2014

Gregory Wayne Little, 44, of Fayetteville passed away Monday, April 14, 2014. The family will receive friends from 2:00-2:45 pm Friday, April 18, 2014 at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown followed by a Memorial service at 3:00pm at the funeral home.
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Diane Hester McDonald

December 3, 1956 - April 12, 2014

Diane Hester McDonald, age 57, of Clarkton, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bobby Ray Hester and Jessie Mae Lewis Hester. She is survived by her husband, Arthur "Buster" McDonald; a son, Henry 'Andy" McDonald and wife Lynn; a brother, Jimmy Howell and wife Loretta; three sisters, Barbara Jean Hester, Brenda Council and husband Charlie, Tammy...
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Harvey Layton Bedsole

February 22, 1931 - April 12, 2014

Harvey Layton Bedsole, 83, of White Lake passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014. He was an Army veteran. Harvey was a great asset to the Woodmen of the World and he served as State Manager and a Board member. He also was a member of Elizabethtown Baptist Church, and he also taught Biology and Chemistry at Elizabethtown High School. Harvey was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney A. and...
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Hilda Garner Bryan

October 9, 1932 - April 10, 2014

Hilda Garner Bryan, 81, of Dublin entered into eternal rest on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center in Whiteville, NC. She enjoyed spending time with her family and the great grandchildren brought new life to her in her older age. She is preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie and Cecil Garner, brother Royal Garner and her son Carl Bryan. She leaves behind her beloved...
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Myrle G. "Mac" McFarland

October 30, 1938 - April 4, 2014

Myrle G. "Mac" McFarland of Red Springs passed away Friday, April 4, at age 75. He was born in High Point NC on October 30, 1938 to John A. and Annie Evans McFarland. He served in the Army during the Vietnam era and was stationed in California. After discharge, he entered the management training program at Security First National Bank. He spent 30 years working in banking as a manager and...
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Larry James Britt

October 4, 1945 - April 2, 2014

Larry James Britt, 68, Navy Veteran of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents Robert James and Emma Britt and his wife Katie Hilburn Britt. Mr. Britt is survived by his son Michael Britt and wife Lynn of Bladenboro, a sister, Barbara Gooden and husband Bobby of Bladenboro, two grandchildren, Tristan Britt and Brandon Williams, and his loving...
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Charles Lee Allen, Jr.

January 1, 1954 - April 1, 2014

Charles Lee Allen Jr., 60, of Ocean Isle Beach, formerly of Bladenboro, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father Charles L. Allen Sr. His survivors include his mother Peggy McCulloch Allen of Bladenboro, two sons: Lee Allen and Mary F. Newcomb of Asheville and David Allen and Tabitha Berry of Cornelius, two sisters: Cathy Gunter of Raleigh and Carolyn Mack and...
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Waldon Eugene "Gene" Cain

April 3, 1946 - March 31, 2014

Waldon "Gene" Eugene Cain, age 67, of Elizabethtown passed away on Monday, March 31, 2014 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. He was born in Robeson County on April 3, 1946 to the late Luther Waldon and Pauline Simmons Cain. Gene is survived by his wife, Judy Clark Cain of the home; one daughter, Shannon Cain-Stocks and husband Aaron of Pireway, NC; one brother, Charles...
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Mary Martha Hunsaker

March 10, 1917 - March 28, 2014

Ms. Mary M. Hunsaker, 97, of 203 Glenwood Dr., Elizabethtown passed away Friday, March 28, 2014. A Graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in Bladen Memorial Gardens in Elizabethtown, followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 am at Elizabethtown Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Carroll officiating. The family will receive friends after the services at the church. Ms....
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Anne Davis Smith

November 7, 1942 - March 26, 2014

Anne Davis Smith of Elizabethtown, NC died at home on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, surrounded by her family. Anne was born in Bladenboro, NC on November 7, 1942, the daughter of James Franklin Davis and Connie Price Davis. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Joline Davis Dixon of Burlington, NC. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Bill C. Smith; son Ashley...
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Carolyn Burney Clark

August 9, 1940 - March 25, 2014

Carolyn B. Clark, 73, of Lisbon, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014. She is survived by her husband Richard T. Clark of the home, two sons Kenneth Clark and wife BJ of Lisbon and Keith Clark and wife Jean of Elizabethtown, five brothers: Earl Burney of Kelly, Leon Burney of Greenville, Geet Burney of Whiteville, Charles Burney of Leland, and Buddy Burney of Clarkton; one sister Jeanette Bridger...
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William Neal Singletary, Jr.

June 29, 1943 - March 25, 2014

William Neal Singletary Jr., 70, of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014. William was born on June 29, 1943 to the late William Neal Sr. and Katherine Clark Singletary. He is survived by his wife, Janet S. Singletary of the home.; his daughter, Belinda. The family will receive friends at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home from 1:00 -1:45 pm Wednesday, March 26, 2014 followed by a...
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Dava Ann Jones Owen

August 22, 1938 - March 24, 2014

Dava Ann Jones Owen, 75, of White Lake was called home by her Lord on March 24, 2014 after complications due to Alzheimer's disease and a fractured hip. Dava Ann was born in Kentucky in 1938. She was blessed to travel and live with her family in Arizona, Chicago and Massachusetts. During her time living in Chicago, Dava Ann became a lifelong fan of the Cubs or as she called them "The Cubbies...
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Maurice Alexander Brisson

March 24, 2014

Maurice Alexander Brisson, "Boney", 88, of Tar Heel passed away Monday, March 24, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Alvin W. and Vandelia Brisson, his wife Betty Ray Devane Brisson, six brothers: Curtis, Vernon, Comer, Shelton, Truman "Red", and Virgil "Fuzzy", and one sister Evelyn "Sis". He is survived by one son Maurice Ray Brisson and wife Janice of Tar Heel, one sister Audrey...
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Annie L. Atkinson

July 26, 1930 - March 21, 2014

Ms. Annie L. Atkinson, 83, of Bladenboro passed away Friday, March 21, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Dudley and Dicie Carroll, her husband James Albert Atkinson,one son Randy Albert Atkinson, two brothers Grady and Wilbur Carroll, two sisters: Pearline Cruz and Eva Mae Guyton. Ms. Atkinson is survived by two sons: James Allen and wife Vickie of St. Pauls and Larry Atkinson of...
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Stephen Floyd Walker

December 20, 1956 - March 20, 2014

Stephen Floyd Walker, 57, of Fayetteville, formerly of Elizabethtown, passed away this week in his home. He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Walker, his loving wife Susan Ipock Walker, and one sister, Roxanne Walker. Mr. Walker is survived by his mother, Dallas Walker, three sisters: Bonnell Walker, Pam Tatum and husband Edward, and Deborah Guyton and husband Ron, all of...
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Roberta Lauren Hursey

May 25, 1979 - March 20, 2014

Lauren Hursey, 34, of Dublin passed away March 20, 2014 in Texas. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Ralph and Bertie Lewis and paternal grandmother Wilma Hursey. Lauren is survived by one son Braxton Kinlaw of Lumberton, one daughter Brylan Kinlaw of Lumberton, her grandfather David Hursey, father David Hursey III and wife Jackie of Dublin; her mother Roberta Matthews and...
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Paula Kay Cain

August 18, 1958 - March 18, 2014

Paula Kay Cain, 55, of Supply, formerly of Elizabethtown, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014. She is survived by her husband Pedro Morales, two sons, Roy Allen Jones II of Fayetteville and Jason Nathan Jones of Supply, one sister Ida Mae Jackson, and two grandchildren: Hailie Lynn Jones and Van David Jones. Memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Alyssia Rileigh Thompson

March 16, 2014

Miss Alyssia Rileigh Thompson, 10 of Bladenboro passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at her home. Alyssia was born on July 23, 2003. She is survived by her father & mother, Anthony and Rose Thompson of the home; her mother, Jennifer Thompson of S.C; brother, Aaron Thompson of the home; sister, Amelia Thompson of the home; brothers, Isaac and Nathan Meadows; paternal grandparents, Ronald and...
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Wilbur Floyd Hester

November 13, 1945 - March 14, 2014

Wilbur Floyd Hester, 68, of Bladenboro passed away on Friday, March 14, 2014 at Southeastern Hospice House in Lumberton. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Haynes and Eva Johnson Hester. Wilbur is survived by his loving spouse of 36 years, Denise S. Hester of the home; one son, William Bradley Hester and wife Chryssi of Rockhill, SC; one daughter, Mollie H. Smith and husband Audie...
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Barbara Futrell

August 15, 1939 - March 13, 2014

Barbara Ann Padgett Futrell, 74, of Elizabethtown passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014. She is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Ella Padgett, her husband Jackie Futrell, and one sister Faye Kelly. Ms. Futrell is survived by two sons: Stanley Futrell and wife Becky of Fayetteville and Jeffrey Futrell and wife Janna of Elizabethtown; one daughter Donna Bagley and husband Mark of Hope...
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Floyd Gregory Sessoms

March 8, 2014

Rev. Floyd Gregory Sessoms, 90, of Elizabethtown passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Wilson, NC. He was born on May 18 , 1923 to the late John Wesley and Edna Brisson Sessoms. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rowena Sessoms. Mr. Sessoms was a veteran of the US Army. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 11, at Dublin Pentecostal Freewill Baptist Church at 1:00 pm with...
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Roselind Pait Britt

April 20, 1956 - March 4, 2014

Roselind Pait Britt, 57, of Elizabethtown passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. She is preceded in death by her father, H. B. Pait Jr. and her mother, Myrtle Britt Pait. Ms. Britt is survived by her devoted husband, Rev. Robert H. Britt, of the home; three sons: Robert Daniel Britt and wife Casandra of Chesapeake, Va; Jeremy Columbus Britt and...
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Carleen Buffkin Edwards

December 12, 1931 - March 2, 2014

Carleen Buffkin Edwards, 82, of Bladenboro passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Edwards and her parents, Lee and Annie Scott Buffkin. She is survived by two sons, Danny Earl Edwards and Mitchell Edwards; two daughters, Hazel Collins and Betty Sessoms; one sister, Betty Barberio; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A graveside...
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Dwaine Lee Wilkes

August 8, 1944 - March 1, 2014

Dwaine Lee Wilkes, age 69 of Asheboro died Saturday, March 1, 2014 at his home. Mr. Wilkes was born August 8, 1944 in Lumberton, NC the son of Leon and Sadie Taylor Wilkes. Mr. Wilkes was a native of Bladen County and was an Air Force Veteran during the Vietnam War. Dwaine was a Structural Design Engineer employed with Flour/Daniel in Greenville, SC prior to his retirement with 20 years of...
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Mary Audry Bryan

February 27, 1932 - February 25, 2014

Mary Audry Bryan, 81, of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Ruby Ellis. Ms. Bryan is survived by her son Ray Bryan of Bladenboro, three daughters: Dorothy Pait and husband David of Bladenboro, Cindy Outlaw of Wilmington, and Sue Moore of Bladenboro, two sisters, Lela Compton of Burlington and Ella Glenn Ellis of Elizabethtown, four...
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Christopher James Edwards

March 22, 1990 - February 24, 2014

Christopher James Edwards, 23, of Bladenboro passed away Monday, February 24, 2014. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers David McLamb and George Duggan and grandparents Thurman and Betty Jean Edwards. He is survived by his parents Robert and Jerri Lynn Duggan of Bladenboro, his father Randy Edwards of Elizabethtown, two brothers Daniel and Joseph Duggan of Willard, his maternal...
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Wayne McRae Evers

July 7, 1950 - February 24, 2014

Wayne McRae "Lazy Man" Evers, 64, of Dublin passed away peacefully at the home he shared with his cousin, Ernest Evers on Monday, February 24, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. He was born July 7, 1950 on Center Road in Bladenboro. Wayne is preceded in death by his father, Herbert Evers and survived by his mother; Virginia Rose Evers Deans of Bladenboro, two daughters; Jessica Evers Pait...
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Lisa Kinlaw Newman

February 22, 2014

Lisa Kinlaw Newman, 51 of Dublin passed away on February 22, 2014. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home from 6:00 until 8:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 2:00pm at Dublin Baptist Church with Rev. Cameron McGill officiating. Burial will follow in Bladen Memorial Gardens. Lisa is survived by...
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Hiram Kendrick Hester

February 22, 2014

Hiram Kendrick Hester, 61, of Bladenboro passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, February 22, 2014. He was the middle of three sons born to Kendrick and Esther Bowen Hester. He was predeceased by his mother. Hiram was retired from the U.S. Army with 20 years of distinguished service. He and Micha, his wife, owned Axicor, Inc. for ten years. Since its inception, he was a...
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Oliver Max Horne

September 29, 1931 - February 21, 2014

Oliver Max Horne, 82 of Clarkton, NC passed away 2:42 AM, Friday morning, February 21, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents Simon and Thelma Horne and a sister Sarah Horne. Max was a native of Columbus County, NC, the oldest son of Simon and Thelma Horne born September 29, 1931 and raised on the family farm in the Oakdale Community. He graduated from Evergreen High School in 1950 and...
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Gladys Faye Carroll

May 16, 1940 - February 20, 2014

Gladys Faye Carroll, 73, of Bladenboro passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Neil and Margaret McLaughlin, her husband Grady Cole Carroll, two brothers: Robert and Neil McLaughlin, and one sister Bonnie McLaughlin. Ms. Carroll is survived by three sons: Marshall R. Carroll of Florence,SC, Timothy K. Carroll of Tar Heel, and Christopher C. Carroll of...
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Norman Johnstone Regan

November 27, 1921 - February 19, 2014

Norman Johnstone Regan, 92 of Clarkton passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents, Daniel & Margaret Johnston Regan Sr.; his wife, Kathryn Regan; daughter, Dianne McAulay; sisters, Nell Bern; Mamie Goodman, Ada Hammond, Jean Gibson; and his brother, D.A. Regan Jr. A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 12:00 noon at Clarkton...
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Louis Dan Bordeaux, Sr.

October 24, 1946 - February 16, 2014

Louis Dan Bordeaux, Sr., 67, Air Force Veteran of Elizabethtown passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at Durham VA Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Nellie Collier Bordeaux, two brothers, Jimmy Dale and Tommy Bordeaux. He is survived by his wife, Kathy M. Bordeaux of the home; one son, Danny Bordeaux of Huntsville, AL; one daughter, Melissa Boyer of Phoenix City, AL;...
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Grace Edwards Evers

April 2, 1932 - February 14, 2014

Grace Edwards Evers, 81, of Bladenboro passed away on Friday, February 14, 2014 at her home. Ms. Evers was preceded in death by her husband, D. J. Evers, her parents, Andrew and Addie Russ Edwards, one grandson, Eddy Dowless, III, four brothers, C. F. Edwards, Ed Edwards, Jake Edwards and her twin brother, Grady Edwards, five sisters, Myrtle Ray, Leta Hughes, Neta Blizzard, Vera Westbrook and...
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Inez Smith

June 6, 1928 - February 12, 2014

Inez Smith, 84, of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents George and Annie Hinson Beck, her husband D.L. Smith, son Jerry Smith, her brothers and sisters, and one son-in-law, Warren Pendleton. Ms. Inez is survived by two daughters; Brenda Yarbrough and husband Dewey of Bladenboro and Bonnie Pendleton of Ocean Isle; three grandchildren,...
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Larry Boyd Utterback

February 10, 2014

Larry Boyd Utterback, 73 of Bladenboro passed away on February 10, 2014. The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 10:30 until 11:30 am at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church with a Memorial Service at 12:00 pm with Rev. Dusty Sprouse officiating. Mr. Utterback is survived by his wife, Penny Sue Utterback of the home; two sons, Mike Utterback & wife Barbara...
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Linda Faye Ludlum

July 9, 1949 - February 10, 2014

Linda Faye Ludlum, 64, of Bladenboro passed away Monday, February 10, 2014. Due to the weather and power outages the visitation and funeral has been changed to: Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm Sunday at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home and the funeral will be held Monday, February 17, 2014 at Peace Baptist Church at 3 pm with Rev. Buddy Cain and Rev. Kay Meismer officiating with burial following...
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Barbara Jean Hilburn Collins

August 10, 1945 - February 7, 2014

Barbara Jean Hilburn Collins, 68, of Bladenboro passed away on Friday, February 7, 2014 at her home. She was born in Bladen County on August 10, 1945 to Paul and Montie Pait Hilburn. She was preceded in death by her mother, Montie Pait Dowless, her husband, Johnny Collins, one sister, Nancy Hilburn Pait, and one brother, Ronnie Hilburn. She is survived by two sons, Guy Childress and wife...
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Harold Dean Ingram, Sr.

August 1, 1930 - February 6, 2014

Harold Dean Ingram Sr., 83, of Clarkton passed away Thursday, February 6, 2014. Mr. Ingram was preceded in death by his parents, Furman and Etta Ingram; three brothers, Frank, Bernard, and Carroll Ingram and a sister, Christine Ingram. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Ingram of the home; a son, Harold Ingram Jr. and Jessica of Charlotte; three daughters, Anne Bell and husband Bob of Mt....
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Kenneth Earl Johnson, Sr.

September 21, 1954 - February 5, 2014

Kenneth Earl Johnson, 59, of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2014. He is survived by one son Kenneth Johnson Jr., two daughters: Kimberly Gadson and Kendra Johnson, all of Elizabethtown, three brothers: Bobby Johnson, Robert Johnson, and Bernard Jenkins, four sisters: Alma Tucker, Mildred Lewis, Karen Johnson, and Myra Kornagay and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be...
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Lillie Gray McNeill Hearn

September 17, 1922 - February 4, 2014

Lillie Gray McNeill Hearn, 91, of Elizabethtown formerly of Clarkton passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2014. She was preceded in death by her three husbands: Jo Mitchell Smith, David R. Coleman, and Walden Hearn. Ms. Hearn also known as "Aunt Gray" is survived by two nieces Lou Scott of Ft. Walton Beach, FL and Margaret Ann Brown of Dover, Delaware; one nephew, David McNeill and two cousins John...
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