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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 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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Samuel "Sammy" Kyle Phillips

February 20, 2016

Samuel " Sammy" Phillips, 67, of Council passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Eldridge Kyle and Mary Evelyn Phillips; and his son, Anthony Kyle Phillips. He was retired from the National Guard and DuPont. The family will receive friends on Monday, February 22, 2016 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home. Graveside services will...
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Charles Thomas Shaw

February 2, 1961 - February 18, 2016

Charles Thomas Shaw, 55, of Bladenboro passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Shaw and Vivian Gibson Packer. He is survived by his son, Charles Shaw, Jr.; a brother, Billy Ray Shaw; and two sisters, Tammy Shaw of Virginia and Vickie Cashwell of Whiteville. The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. until 2...
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Maggie Burney Grimes

October 8, 1916 - February 15, 2016

Maggie Burney Grimes, 99, of Tar Heel, passed away on Monday, February 15, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, Colon and Flowers Burney; her husband, Ralph Grimes; four brothers, Archey, Paul, Earl, and Jerry Burney; and one sister, Ruby B. Priest. She is survived by her son, Jack Grimes and wife Annette of Tar Heel; daughter, Ann Grimes Brisson and husband Billy of Raleigh; five...
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Eunice Butler Russ

June 4, 1933 - February 12, 2016

Eunice Butler Russ, 82, of Bladenboro passed away February 12, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Mae Butler; her husband, Henry Neal Russ; sons, Danny, Dennis, and Darrell Russ; and a grandchild, Dominic Russ. She is survived by her sons, Donald Russ of Richardson, Dean Russ of the home, and Dwayne Russ of White Oak; a daughter, Debby Russ of West Virginia; brother,...
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Anease Britt Speight

September 18, 1927 - February 11, 2016

Anease Britt Speight, 88, of Bladenboro, passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Clara Britt; her husband, Barnice Speight; and two sisters, Juanita Tyler and Pearline Carroll. She is survived by her son, Thomas G. Speight and wife Connie of Bladenboro; daughters, Lorraine Childers and husband Tex of Bladenboro; Marie S. Norton and husband...
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Akra Merritt Jr.

February 5, 2016

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

May 7, 1938 - February 3, 2016

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

March 4, 1935 - February 1, 2016

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

April 13, 1949 - January 28, 2016

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

December 7, 1949 - January 24, 2016

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

November 19, 1932 - January 19, 2016

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

February 17, 1935 - January 18, 2016

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

January 15, 1942 - January 12, 2016

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

October 17, 1939 - January 12, 2016

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

September 2, 1916 - January 5, 2016

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

July 29, 1950 - January 4, 2016

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

February 18, 1932 - January 4, 2016

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

December 23, 1929 - January 2, 2016

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

October 25, 1954 - December 31, 2015

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

April 12, 1943 - December 30, 2015

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

July 27, 1943 - December 29, 2015

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

September 5, 1950 - December 29, 2015

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

May 3, 1920 - December 29, 2015

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

May 19, 1927 - December 28, 2015

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

December 25, 2015

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

April 13, 1934 - December 24, 2015

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

April 3, 1954 - December 24, 2015

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

April 23, 1945 - December 23, 2015

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

December 22, 2015

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

November 25, 1942 - December 20, 2015

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

October 11, 1930 - December 19, 2015

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

June 20, 1928 - December 14, 2015

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

July 22, 1931 - December 14, 2015

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

June 21, 1932 - December 11, 2015

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

January 19, 1942 - December 1, 2015

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

May 7, 1956 - November 28, 2015

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

March 3, 1956 - November 25, 2015

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

November 25, 2015

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

November 28, 1946 - November 24, 2015

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

December 23, 1935 - November 24, 2015

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

May 6, 1937 - November 23, 2015

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

February 14, 1951 - November 21, 2015

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

September 10, 1939 - November 21, 2015

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

November 23, 1937 - November 20, 2015

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

August 5, 1942 - November 20, 2015

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

August 17, 1942 - November 15, 2015

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

March 3, 1946 - November 14, 2015

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

April 28, 1944 - November 12, 2015

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

November 11, 2015

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

November 19, 1930 - November 10, 2015

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

June 20, 1926 - November 9, 2015

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

March 17, 1932 - November 7, 2015

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

November 6, 2015

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

January 9, 1928 - October 31, 2015

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

October 31, 2015

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

November 28, 1945 - October 30, 2015

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

February 3, 1940 - October 28, 2015

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

March 30, 1932 - October 28, 2015

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

October 14, 1914 - October 28, 2015

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

July 19, 1931 - October 26, 2015

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

October 11, 1934 - October 26, 2015

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

September 13, 1927 - October 24, 2015

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