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Dennis Walter Meshaw

August 23, 1956 - February 20, 2017

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

May 9, 1963 - February 20, 2017

Susan McDonald Hood, 53, of Clarkton passed away Monday, February 20, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Henry and Sadie McDonald; infant sister: Reba Kay. Susan is survived by husband: Johnny Hardin; son: Danny Faison Hood Jr. of Clarkton; three daughters: Maria Hood McSwain and husband Colin of White Lake, Kayla Hood Branch and husband J.R. of Lumberton, Danielle Hood Reinhart...
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Charles Montgomery Hicks, MD

August 4, 1936 - February 16, 2017

Charles Montgomery Hicks, MD, passed from this world peacefully at home Thursday, February 16, 2017 after an extended illness. Charles was born August 4, 1936, to Eugene Clifton Jr. and Josie Wright Hicks of Wilmington. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Eugene Clifton Hicks, III, of Charlotte. Charles is survived by his wife Donna Evans Hicks of Clarkton; daughters,...
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Kenneth Herbert Seiter

August 30, 1929 - February 16, 2017

Kenneth Herbert Seiter, 87, of Bladenboro passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017. He is survived by his spouse: Kathleen Seiter of the home; five sons: Danny Monk of Missouri, George Monk of Elizabethtown, Chuck Monk and Billy Seiter both of Missouri, Gary Seiter of South Carolina; two daughters: Brenda Briar of Missouri, Roma Jean Childress; three stepsons: Franklin M. Yarbrough Jr. of South...
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Mary Anne Davis

August 12, 1950 - February 12, 2017

Mary Anne Davis, 66, of Bladenboro passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Lawrence Brady and Mary Jan Wright and one brother Dennis Wright. Mary is survived by her brother Lonnie Wright of Bladenboro and four sisters: Eva W. Edwards, Jeanette Vaughn, both of Bladeboro, Ann Galant of Charlotte, and Ina Lee of New Bern. The family will hold a memorial...
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Brandon Wayne Owen

December 18, 1990 - February 11, 2017

Brandon Wayne Owen, 26, of White Oak passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Doyle Owen Sr. and maternal grandfather Charles Norris Sr. Brandon is survived by his parents Doyle "Tater" and Joyce Owen of the home, paternal grandmother Doretha Mattison of White Oak, maternal grandmothers Gladys Younger of White Oak and Julia Norris of KY,...
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Pearlie Mae Bridgers

March 26, 1922 - February 10, 2017

Pearlie Mae Bridgers, 94, of Riegelwood passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Johnathan and Lola Helms; four brothers: McKinely, Claude, Roy, Paul; two sisters: Ettra and Ruth. She is survived by daughter: Lola Bridgers Meggs and husband Bobby of Riegelwood; three sons: David Bridgers and wife Veda of Brunswick, Alfred Bridgers and wife Jeri of...
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Danny Leroyce Hedgepeth

February 28, 1959 - February 10, 2017

Danny Leroyce Hedgepeth, 57, of White Lake passed away Friday, February 10, 2017. He is preceded in death by his father Tony Hedgepeth, stepmother Sadie and son DJ Baughman. Danny is survived by his step father Delmar Howd of Cary, mother Alma Fay Howd of White Lake, daughter Melissa Maltese and husband Drew of Michigan, stepson Justin Burney of White Oak, brother Daniel Howd of White Lake and...
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Frances Burney Clark

July 28, 1928 - February 8, 2017

Frances Burney Clark passed peacefully on February 8th at the age of 88. Frances is survived by her two sons: James R. Clark, Jr. (Mount Pleasant, SC), Curtis Clark and wife Sarah (Chapel Hill, NC), and Daughter-in-law Linda Pomeroy Clark (Clarkton, NC); her three grandchildren: Jimmy and wife Terrie (Loveland, OH), Rebecca and husband Matt (Winston-Salem, NC) and Brandon and wife Lauren (Winter...
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Daniel Walters

October 20, 1970 - February 5, 2017

Daniel C. Walters, 46, of Clarkton passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017. Daniel was born on October 20, 1970 to Bob Walters and the late Doris F. Walters. He is preceded in death by his mother. Survivors include his wife Angelina Walters of the home; father Bob Walters of Wilmington, sons: Shadow Walters, River Walters, and Tristan Walters, all of the home; step-son Rocky Helms of Winston...
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Docia Mae Dowless Savoie

August 31, 1941 - January 31, 2017

Docia Mae Dowless Savoie, 75, of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017. She is survived by son Ernest David Welborn of California, daughters: Blanche Russell of Texas and Cher Meyers of LA, brother James Dowless of New Mexico, sisters: Betty Lou Hall of Texas and Evelyn Cunningham of Bladenboro and eight grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Friday,...
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Joe Marcus McLaughlin

March 10, 1958 - January 30, 2017

Joe Marcus McLaughlin, 58, of Clarkton passed away Monday, January 30, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents Angus and Ann McLaughlin and step-dad Sing Singletary. Survivors include several cousins, including Kathy Powell who unselfishly stepped into to help him after his mother's death. Joe, at the age of 15, was in a car accident that left him a paraplegic. His mother cared for him...
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William "Roger" Jessup

December 10, 1946 - January 29, 2017

William "Roger" Jessup, 70, of Elizabethtown passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur F. and Pauline Jessup and three brothers. Survivors include one son, Ethan Jessup and wife Sharon of Elizabethtown; two sisters: Cynthia Journigan and Pat Caulder, both of Henderson and two grandchildren: Dawson Jessup and MaKayla Jessup. A graveside service will be...
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Virginia Dare Tatum

November 11, 1932 - January 27, 2017

Virginia Dare Tatum, 84, of Tar Heel passed away Friday, January 27, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Dillon and Kate Horne, husband William A. Tatum Sr., brothers: Tom and Autheo Horne, infant brother and sister, 9 year old brother Bobby Lee Horne, and son David Tatum Sr. Left to cherish her memory are sons: William A. "Bill" Tatum Jr. of Tar Heel; and Kenny Tatum Sr. and wife Robin...
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Emmitt Matthew Wright

January 25, 2017 - January 25, 2017

Emmitt Matthew Wright, infant, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017. He is survived by his parents: Will and Kandace Thompson Wright of the home; two brothers: Raylan Jack Wright and Justin Anthony VanValkenburg Jr. of the home; sister: Leilani Grace Wright of the home; paternal grandparents: Julie and Paul Buie of St. Pauls; paternal grandfather: Bill Wright of Florida; maternal grandparents:...
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Alma Pait Kelly

March 21, 1923 - January 25, 2017

Mrs. Alma P. Kelly passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at age 94 while residing at Lumberton Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lumberton, NC. She was the daughter of David James and Mary Bell Pait of Bladenboro, NC. She and her husband, George Washington Kelly, Jr. of 58 years before his passing were blessed with four (4) surviving children: Judith Anne Jones (Jerry) of Counce, TN,...
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Robert Pait

November 8, 1946 - January 24, 2017

Robert Pait, 70, Army Veteran of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Mr. Pait is preceded in death by his parents, Fred Chalmers and Evelyn Spivey Pait; wife, Judy Pait and sister, Mamie Pait. He is survived by two sons: Rodney Pait and wife Selina of Bladenboro and Glenn Allen Johnson of White Oak; two daughters: Sharon Burney and husband Keith of Bladenboro and Lisa McLean of...
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Charlie Orville Mabe

April 30, 1941 - January 24, 2017

Early Tuesday morning on January 24, 2017, Charlie Orville Mabe departed his earthly home with a smile on his face. He is preceded in death by his parents James and Lula Mabe, two brothers: Roy and Ransom Mabe, three sisters: Gladys Crowder, Nancy Bailey, Cora Roberts and one daughter Sharon Oakley. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Robbie Bordeaux Mabe of the home, three sons: Gerry Mabe...
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Sinia Faye Dowless

October 21, 1935 - January 23, 2017

On the morning of January 23, 2017, Sinia Faye Dowless, 81, of Bladenboro passed with peace and grace in her home. She is preceded in death by her parents: Kendall and Hester Owens and five brothers: Ralph, Buford, Bethel, Donald, and Sam. Left to cherish her memory is her husband Leon Dowless of the home; two daughters: Linda Evers of Bladenboro and son-in-law Steve Evers and Robyn Wilson and...
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Gene Arnold Hall

July 31, 1941 - January 21, 2017

Gene Arnold Hall, 75, of Elizabethtown, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Eveleene Hall. Gene is survived by two sons: James and Brian Hall, both of Florida; daughter: Dianna Zeh of Washington; two sisters: Joyce Thomas and Mary Castle, both of the home; two nephews: Albert and Douglas Thomas of Elizabethtown and seven grandchildren. ...
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Mary Smith

January 19, 2017

Mary Allen Smith, 86, of Elizabethtown, widow of Robert Dexter Smith Jr. died on 19 January 2017 at Beacon Place Hospice Facility in Greensboro. Mary was born 16 October 1930 in Columbus County to Jacob Allen Johnson and his wife Inez Roberts Johnson both of whom precede her in death. She is also preceded in death by brothers, David Earl Johnson and Tylon C. "Jerry" Johnson. Mary is survived by...
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Pamela Jean Britt

August 2, 1962 - January 17, 2017

Pamela Jean Lewis Britt, 54, of Elizabethtown passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband Mitchell Britt of the home, parents Darrell and Barbara Lewis of Cedar Falls, IA; son Michael Britt and wife Christy of Durham, daughter Victoria Jean Britt of the home and one sister Cheryl Dent of Phoenix, AZ. The family will receive friends from 6:30-8:30 pm...
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Selma Elis Seraphim

October 14, 1922 - January 15, 2017

Selma Elis Seraphim, 94, of Elizabethtown, entered into eternal rest Sunday, January 15, 2017. Selma came to this country September 2, 1969. She was preceded in death by her parents: Elias and Saydee Saroufin; her sisters were Mary Baddour, Wardy Saroufin and Adma-Mary; her brothers: Abraham Saroufin, Eli Saroufin, Saroufin Saroufin; brother-in-law, S.B. Baddour; sister-in-law: Nellie Farrah and...
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Carl Stewart McCulloch

March 4, 1924 - January 13, 2017

Carl Stewart McCulloch, 92, of Elizabethtown died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, January 13, 2017. Carl was born in Bladen County on March 4, 1924, the son of David Calvin McCulloch and Mary Elizabeth Dunham McCulloch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Mildred Priest McCulloch, his brothers David Alexander McCulloch and James Thomas McCulloch. He is...
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Marjorie Riddle Garner

November 4, 1927 - January 13, 2017

Marjorie Riddle Garner, 89, of Dublin passed away Friday, January 13, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Timon Nicholas and Beulah Pattishall Riddle; husband: Dallas Elwood Garner; three brothers and two sisters. She is survived by son: Woody Garner of Dublin; two daughters: Eve Garner Rogers and husband Charles of Dublin, Marjorie Marie Garner Fisher of Morehead City, NC; four...
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John Floyd Raynor

April 9, 1927 - January 9, 2017

John Floyd Raynor, 89, of Elizabethtown passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 to join his beloved Jewel Parker Raynor, who passed away in 1993. He was an inspiration and role model to his family, friends and the boys he led as director of Royal Rangers for more than 25 years. He was a devoted member of Dublin Pentecostal Freewill Baptist Church for 42 years. Mr. Raynor worked as an electrician all...
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Ethelyne (Elaine) Smith Dickens

June 30, 1934 - January 7, 2017

Ethelyne (Elaine) Tyler Smith Dickens, 82, of Elizabethtown passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017. She is preceded in death by husbands Laverne Smith and Robert Dickens, son: Harrell Laverne Smith Jr., sister Dorothy Dent, brothers Buddy Tyler and L.C Tyler, great grandson Kyle Ray Joyner and step-son Johnny Dickens. Elaine is survived by one son Timmy Smith (Kim) of Holden Beach; step-son...
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Allen Barker Davis

August 11, 1940 - January 4, 2017

Allen Barker Davis, 76, of Elizabethtown passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He is preceded in death by his wife Melba Bryan Davis and brother Hurbert Davis. Survived by his wife Judy B. Davis of the home, son Allen Dale Davis and wife Twyla of Bladenboro; daughter Freda Hales and husband Phillip of Bladenboro; step children: Cynthia Coleman of Tabor...
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Lisley Yandle Allen

March 20, 1926 - January 4, 2017

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC – Lisley Yandle Allen, 90, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Bladen County Hospital with her children by her side. She is predeceased by her parents R. C. Yandle and Frances McKeithan Yandle; her husband, Charles Davis Allen, Sr; and daughter-in-law, Rosemary Bostic Allen. She is survived by her son, Dr. Charles Davis Allen, Jr. and daughter, Nancy Allen...
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Bruce Edward Smith

September 5, 1943 - January 3, 2017

Bruce Edward Smith,73, Airforce veteran of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Tucker and husband Stephen of MA.; his son, John Smith and wife Carla of NH. Six grandchildren, Olivia and Owen; Hannah, Christofer, Hailee, and Matthew.
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Bobby Joe Bryan, Sr.

June 17, 1940 - January 2, 2017

Mr. Bobby Joe Bryan, Sr., 76, of White Oak passed away in Lower Cape Fear Hospice of Wilmington on Monday, January 2, 2017. He was a lifelong resident of White Oak and was employed with the Bladen County school bus garage for 31 years, of the last 13 of those years he served as director. Mr. Bryan had served 13 years in the Army National Guard. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather...
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Teresa Russ Thomas

October 4, 1963 - December 30, 2016

Teresa Russ Thomas, 53, of White Lake passed away Friday, December 30, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents: Matthew and Inez Russ Jr. Teresa is survived by son: J.T. Thomas of Wilmington, daughter: Tera Thomas of White Lake; brother: Tony Russ of White Lake; sister: Sheila Atkins (Bruce) of Lisbon and granddaughter: Mattie Richardson. The family will receive friends on...
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William Edward Hester , Jr.

February 16, 1945 - December 27, 2016

William Edward Hester Jr., 71, veteran of Lumberton passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Gertie Hester, brother Ronnie Hester, and granddaughter Trinity. Survivors include his wife Linda Baker Hester of the home, children: William Edward Hester III and wife April of NC; Valissa Anne Hester Lowery and husband Adrian; Jeff Breuster and wife...
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Margie Tatum Evans

June 1, 1930 - December 22, 2016

Margie Tatum Evans, age 86 of White Oak, died Thursday, December 22, 2016 at home. She is preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Aleen Tatum; brothers-in-law, Roscoe Sessoms, Robert Dunn and Howard Chason. She is survived by her sons, Tony Evans (Carla) and Richard "Ricky" Evans (Jan); sisters, Lib Sessoms, Ann Dunn, Shirley Chason, and Judy Bradshaw (Ed); and brother, Vern Tatum (Linda...
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Rosa Houghtaling Bostic

November 29, 1920 - December 21, 2016

Dorothy Rosa Houghtaling Bostic, 96, widow of Henry Hawes Bostic, died December 21, 2016 at the Elizabethtown Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Elizabethtown. The daughter of the late Herbert Blake and the late Dinah Baskett Houghtaling of Henderson, NC, she had made her home in Elizabethtown since the end of World War II. A service to celebrate the life of Dorothy Rosa Houghtaling Bostic,...
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Arbuties Freeman

September 17, 1939 - December 21, 2016

Arbuties Freeman, age 77 of Bladenboro, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Lumberton Rehabilitation Center. She is survived by a sister, Christine Freeman; nephews, Bud, Buster and Danny Freeman. The family will receive friends at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. on Friday, December 23, 2016. Her service will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel . Burial...
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Kayla Gray Mote

January 3, 1996 - December 20, 2016

Kayla Gray Mote, 20, of Elizabethtown passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016. She is preceded in death by her father Buddy Mote and brother Clint Mote. Kayla is survived by her mother Janet Mote of the home. The family will receive friends from 1-2 pm on Monday, December 26, 2016 at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown followed by a funeral service at 2 pm with Rev. Bill Tatum...
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Elliott Douglas Willoughby

May 13, 1932 - December 20, 2016

Elliott Douglas Willoughby, 84, Army Veteran of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016. He is preceded in death by his wife Josie Kinlaw Willoughby, granddaughter Renee Smith Priest, infant son James Roger Willoughby, parents Paul and Lucy Willoughby, brothers: Paul "Pug" Willoughby Jr., W.C. Willoughby, Jimmy Willoughby and sisters: Emma W. Stanley, Carol W. Blackman, and Berlyne W....
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David Earl Rutland

February 29, 1940 - December 17, 2016

Rev. David Earl Rutland, 76, of White Oak, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Born February 29, 1940 in Charleston, SC to the late David S. and Bertha Hughes Rutland-Jones. He was also preceded in death brother: Heyward Rutland; sister: Emma Rutland; daughter-in-law: Wanda S. Smith Rutland. He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 58 years, Brenda Lee Rutland of White Oak,...
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Sheila Runeil English

July 23, 1977 - December 14, 2016

Sheila Runeil English, 39, of West White Oak passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2016. She is survived by her parents Dan and Elizabeth English of the home, daughter Marybeth Runeil English of the home, two brothers: Dan Junior English Jr. of White Oak, Clinton Ray English of Elizabethtown and one sister Cynthia Bowman of Asheboro. The family will receive friends from 2-4 pm on Sunday, December...
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Leroy Thompson

March 5, 1939 - December 13, 2016

Leroy Thompson, 77, of Clarkton passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016. He is survived by his wife Glenys Thompson, four sons: William Thompson and wife Kimberly of Elizabethtown, NC; Kenneth Thompson and wife Kathy of Manning, SC; John D. Thompson and wife Sally Kay of Lumberton, NC; and Steven Thompson of Columbia, SC; three stepdaughters: Patti Yandle, Vickie Billups and husband Barry Billups,...
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Helen Eugenia Womble McSwain

November 5, 1916 - December 12, 2016

Helen Womble McSwain, 100, of White Lake passed away Monday, December 12, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents Bernice and Ethel Womble, husband Fulton McSwain and brother Jack Womble. Survivors include son Fulton Fredrick McSwain Jr. and wife Gloria of Elizabethtown, daughter Joanne Knox and husband Dick of Chapel Hill, brother Harry Womble and wife Betty of White Lake, five...
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Sandra Louise Sturgill

August 21, 1938 - December 10, 2016

Sandra Louise Dudley Sturgill, 78, of Elizabethtown passed away Saturday, December 10, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Ida Mae Dudley and husband, Wiley Ray Sturgill. Sandra is survived by a son: Wiley Ray Sturgill II; two daughters: Regina Dawn Sturgill-Murrieta, Denisea Louise Van DeBogart; two step-daughters: Carolyn Morrison, Mairea Bryant; nine grandchildren:...
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Teckla "Tillie" Tedder

March 3, 1929 - December 10, 2016

Teckla "Tillie" Wisdom Tedder, 87, of Elizabethtown passed away Saturday, December 10, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents: William and Teckla Wisdom, husband: Max Tedder; sons: Roger and Kenneth Tedder; daughter: Geraldine Criscoe. Survivors include: two sons: William Tedder (Louise) of Elizabethtown, Thomas Tedder (Betty) of Tar Heel; three daughters: Carol Hardin (Buckwheat) of...
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James Russell Walters

December 8, 1943 - December 9, 2016

James Russell Walters, 73, of Bladenboro, passed away Friday, December 9, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Hattie Walters; brother, Frank Bryant. Mr. Walters is survived by his wife, Julia Pait Walters; son: Glenn Walters and wife Regina of Bladenboro; daughter: Suanne W. Housand and husband Darrell of Bladenboro; brother: George D. Walters "Duck" and wife Jane of...
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Walter Don Augustine

January 11, 1941 - December 8, 2016

Walter Don Augustine 76, of Elizabethtown passed away Thursday, December 8, 2016. He is survived by his wife Mary Augustine of the home, son Walter Lee Augustine of Virginia, brother Fred Augustine of Atlanta, GA; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 2-4 pm on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. In lieu of...
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Mildred Priest McCulloch

February 7, 1922 - December 5, 2016

Mildred Priest McCulloch, 94, of Elizabethtown died peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, December 5th, 2016. Mildred was born in Bladen County on February 7, 1922, the daughter of the late Lee G. Priest (former sheriff of Bladen County) and Clara McCall Priest. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers Russell Priest, Sr., Bill Priest, Kenneth "Chick" Priest,...
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Jane Sanderlin Morgan

September 26, 1923 - December 3, 2016

Jane Sanderlin Morgan, 93, of Council entered into rest on Saturday, December 3, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents Hobson and Helen Sanderlin and one son Duke Morgan. Jane is survived by son Hobson Morgan and wife Joy of Wilmington, sister Nancy Collier of Whiteville, three grandchildren: Hunter, Brian, and Owen and three great grandchildren: Carrie, Luke, and Owen Bradley. Jane...
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Danny Eugene Meshaw

February 22, 1958 - December 3, 2016

Danny Eugene Meshaw, 58, of Jacksonville passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016. He is preceded in death by his father Henry Barney Meshaw and one sister Debra Kay McCall. Danny is survived by one son Donald Eugene Meshaw, one daughter Delana Nicole Meshaw, mother Sylvia B. Meshaw, all of Elizabethtown, brothers: Kenny Meshaw and wife Charlene of Wallace; Dennis Walter Meshaw and wife Sarah of...
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Annie Gertrude Tatum

June 3, 1926 - December 3, 2016

Annie Gertrude Tatum, 90, of Elizabethtown went to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 3, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents Eddie and Lida Bordeaux; husbands: Harvey Tatum, Craven Norris, Ladell Tatum; sisters: Carolyn Bordeaux, Selma Blanton, Janet Spearman; brothers: Nathan Bordeaux, Leo Bordeaux and granddaughter, Pam Bryan. She is survived by four daughters: Bonnie Bryan ...
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Richard Lee Taylor

April 13, 1944 - November 28, 2016

Richard Lee Taylor, 72, of Bladenboro passed away Monday, November 28, 2016. Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by his parents: Homer and Rosa Taylor; wife, Margaret Taylor; and sister, Margie Baxley. Survivors include: brother, Billy Rae Taylor and wife Mary; sisters: Rosa Lee McLean, Frances Bailey and husband James, Patricia Campbell, Velma Davis and husband Mac, Annette Hendrix. Several...
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Annie Laurie Hyatt

December 24, 1929 - November 27, 2016

Annie Laurie Hyatt, 86, of Clarkton, NC passed away November 27, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents: Charlie and Lela Duncan; stepfather, Joe Dunn; husband, James Robert Hyatt; son, James Charles Hyatt; brothers: Floyd Duncan, Robert Duncan, and George Duncan. Mrs. Hyatt is survived be her daughters: Judy Collum and husband James "JT" of Cleveland, GA, Lucy Boswell and husband...
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Margaret Elizabeth Taylor

March 5, 1947 - November 25, 2016

Margaret Elizabeth Taylor, 69, of Bladenboro passed away Friday, November 25, 2016. Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her parents: Charlie and Ethel Tyson; sister, Faye Robeson; brothers: J.L. Tyson and Barney Tyson. Survivors include: sister, Nora Lee Hinson of Shallotte; brothers: William Tyson of Bladenboro, Junior Tyson of Whiteville, and many nieces and nephews. Margaret loved her...
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John Edward Reher

March 4, 1926 - November 24, 2016

John Edward Reher, 90, Army and Marine Veteran of Elizabethtown passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents Bernard and Catherine Reher, wife Dorothy Reher, three brothers: Eugene Reher, Robert Reher, and Bernard Reher, two sons Burney and Eddie Reher, and one grandchild Teresa. John is survived by one son Mike Reher, one daughter Wanda Sue Reher, both of...
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Howard Stanley Storms

March 27, 1931 - November 24, 2016

Howard Stanley Storms, 85, of Bladenboro passed away Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016 after a valiant battle with multiple myeloma. Born in Bladen County on March 27, 1931, he was the son of the late Woodie and Laura Dell Storms. He retired from the North Carolina Highway Patrol Garage in Elizabethtown after 32 years of service. Preceding Mr. Storms in death was his beloved wife of 61...
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Phyllis Whaley Meggitt

March 10, 1950 - November 23, 2016

Phyllis Whaley Meggitt, 66, of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2016. She is survived by her husband Harry Meggitt of the home, two sisters: Wanda Johnson of Harrells and Linda Barrett of Apex. The family will receive friends from 5-5:30 pm on Monday, November 28, 2016 at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown followed by a funeral service at 6 pm officiated by Rev. Walter...
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Doris Elizabeth Richardson McLean

October 25, 1942 - November 21, 2016

Doris Elizabeth Richardson McLean, 74, of Lumberton passed away Monday, November 21, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents Hubert and Agnes Richardson and her husband William Bruce McLean Sr. Elizabeth is survived by one son William Bruce "Buddy" McLean Jr. and wife Teresa of Bladenboro, one daughter Deborah McLean Cannon of Lumberton, two brothers: Wayne Richardson of Lumberton and David...
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Jo Ann Long

July 8, 1934 - November 21, 2016

Jo Ann Long, 82, of Bladenboro passed away Monday, November 21, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband Rev. Currie Long. Jo Ann is survived by two sons: Currie R. Long Jr. and wife Susan and Murrie Long and wife Betty; two daughters: Patricia Hester and husband Al and Retta Wilkins and husband Jerry, three brothers: Charles Adams, Bobby Adams, and Tullen Adams, one sister Linda Carroll,...
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David Ludlum

September 1, 1927 - November 15, 2016

David Ludlum, 89, of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents Chancey and Mary Lee Ludlum. David is survived by his wife Mildred Ludlum of the home, four sons: CA Ludlum, David Earl Ludlum and wife Kay, all of Bladenboro; James Daniel "Danny" Ludlum of Elizabethtown and Steve Ludlum of Bladenboro; one daughter Mary Frances Adams, also of...
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Marilyn Smith Lassiter

May 9, 1947 - November 11, 2016

Marilyn Smith Lassiter, 69, passed away with her loved ones by her side, on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at her nieces' home in Whiteville, NC. She was born May 9, 1947, in Bladenboro, NC. The daughter of late Fred Smith Jr. and Beulah Edwards Smith. In 1965 Marilyn graduated from Bladenboro High School. She later attended Bladen Community College, where she was elected President of the Student...
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Agnes Butler Ellis

March 18, 1950 - November 9, 2016

Agnes Butler Ellis, 66, of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at her home. She is preceded in death by her husband Bobby Franklin Ellis, infant daughter Amanda Lee Ellis, parents Charlie and Mae Butler, brothers: Eugene and Henry Charles (P.D.) Butler and four sisters: Elizabeth (Libby) Rankin, Phyllis Norris, Devola Perry and Eunice Russ. Survivors include two daughters Loretta...
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Robert "Bobby" Ray Matthews

December 13, 1950 - November 2, 2016

Robert "Bobby" Ray Matthews, 65, of Elizabethtown passed away peacefully Thursday, November 2, 2016 at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville. He is preceded in death by his parents, Beauford and Ledus Matthews, two sisters: Lois Matthews and Dorothy Culbreth and one brother Larry Matthews. Survivors include: two nieces Brenda C. Harris and husband Tim Harris of Clinton, Anita M. Halcomb and...
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H.B. Williamson

February 15, 1926 - November 2, 2016

H.B. Williamson, 90, of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016. He is survived by his wife Frances G. Williamson and step-daughter Frankie Ogden both of the home. The family will receive friends from 2-2:30 pm on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Bladenboro followed by a funeral service at 3 pm officiated by Rev. Bruce Miller. Burial will follow the...
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Kirby Lee Butler

November 20, 1941 - October 28, 2016

Kirby Lee Butler, 74, of Dublin passed away Friday, October 28, 2016. Mr. Butler is preceded in death by his parents, Kirby and Leona Butler. Survivors include: wife, Carolyn Butler of the home; son, Jeffrey Butler of Wilmington; three daughters: Jennifer Goodspeed of Lumberton, Elaine Regan of West Palm Beach, FL, Leanne Butler of the home; brother, Clifton Butler of Elizabethtown; eight...
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Onlee Smith Tatum

December 6, 1941 - October 24, 2016

Onlee Smith Tatum, 74, of Elizabethtown passed away Monday, October 24, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents William and Ruth Smith, three brothers: Eddis Smith, Forris Smith and Russell (R.C.) Smith and one sister Doris Smith. Onlee is survived by her five children: Lisa Turner of Nebraska, Denise Murray and husband Terry of Kenly; Donna Shores of Roxboro; Allan Tatum and fiancé Kelly...
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Roger Dale Hales

May 8, 1951 - October 22, 2016

Roger Dale Hales, 65, of Elizabethtown passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016. He is survived by his wife Suzanne Hales of the home, one son Johnathan Hales of Siler City and one brother Billy Hales of Laurinburg. Graveside service will be held Thursday, October 27th at Davis Cemetery at 2 pm in Elizabethtown. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the funeral fund of Roger Hales, c/o...
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Iver "Sonny" Thompson , Jr.

September 2, 1935 - October 22, 2016

Iver Lafayette Thompson Jr., 81, of Clarkton passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Iver and Mary Elizabeth Thompson Sr. Survivors include: wife, Mary Lou D. Thompson of the home; two sons, Gregory Thompson and wife Karen of Winnabow, Billy Thompson and wife Kim of Clarkton; two daughters, Melinda Bender and husband Jack of Pollocksville, NC, Donna Shaw...
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Shirley Ann Arrington

September 3, 1934 - October 21, 2016

Shirley Ann Arrington, 82, of Elizabethtown passed away Friday, October 21, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Lela Shiver; husband, Henry Hubert Arrington; and son, William Terry Arrington. Survivors include: daughter in law, Billie Arrington; three nephews, Jerry Wayne Solomon, Bobby Solomon, and E.J. Shiver of Florida; niece, Teresa Solomon of Alaska; three...
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Delbert Russ

April 18, 1940 - October 21, 2016

Delbert Russ, 76, of Bladenboro passed away Friday, October 21, 2016. Mr. Russ was born April 18, 1940 in Bladen County. He is preceded in death by his parents, Webb and Mary Russ; two sisters: Beulah R. Hales, Pauline R. Hewett; two brothers: Webb Russ Jr. and Paul Russ. He is survived by a brother, T.S. Russ of Whiteville, NC and his dear brother-in-law Rev. Paul V. Hewett of Bladenboro whom...
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Catherine Johnson Suggs

January 11, 1921 - October 20, 2016

Catherine Johnson Suggs,95, of Bladenboro passed away Thursday, October 20,2016. She is preceded in death by her parents Benjamin and Mary Ann Johnson, husband Carl Suggs, three brothers: Bennie, Charles and Murray Johnson and three sisters: Rose Vaught, Evelyn Butler and Mary Lois White. Catherine is survived by two sons: Donald Suggs and wife Marianne and Mike Suggs and wife Karen, five...
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David Ray McNeill

January 23, 1936 - October 20, 2016

David Ray McNeill, 80, of Clarkton passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016. He is preceded in death by his wife Glenda Thompson McNeill, two sons: Ronnie McNeill and Hector McNeill, one daughter Kim McNeill, step-daughter Cindy Turbeville Pridgen and his mother Margaret McNeill Wood. David is survived by one son Cliff McNeill and his wife Melissa of Elizabethtown; two sisters: Margaret Ann Brown...
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Nadine Hill Dowless

March 23, 1929 - October 18, 2016

Nadine Hill Dowless, 87, of Elizabethtown passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at her home in the care of Liberty Hospice. Born March 23, 1929 in Bladen County, Nadine was the daughter of the late AJ and Kinnie Hill. She is preceded in death by her parents and numerous brothers and sisters. Nadine is survived by her daughters: Diane Sullivan (Thomas) of Elizabethtown and Cindy Blanks of White...
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Ethel Lee Guyton

March 30, 1926 - October 18, 2016

Ethel Lee Guyton, 90, of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents Henry and Georgia Dove Bryan, her husbands Dewitt Dowless and Lacy Guyton, seven brothers: Grad Bryan, Ray Bryan, Walter Bryan, Ippie Bryan, Marvin Bryan, Willie Bryan, Rev. Allen Bryan and Livie Bryan and two sisters: Vera Britt and Mittie Storms. Ethel is survived by four sons:...
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James Carvin Singletary, Jr.

May 7, 1941 - October 15, 2016

James Carvin Singletary Jr., 75, of Bladenboro passed away Saturday, October 15, 2016. Mr. Singletary is preceded in death by his parents, James and Gertrude Singletary; brother, Bennett Singletary. Survivors include: wife, Alice B. Singletary; son, Clayton Harrelson and wife Vicky of Whiteville; two brothers, Robert "Bobby" Singletary and wife Wanda, Ronald Singletary and wife Wanda, all of...
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Janice Gooden Sessoms

January 2, 1945 - October 14, 2016

Janice Gooden Sessoms, 71, of Elizabethtown passed away Friday, October 14, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, George "Elmer" and Francis Gooden; brother, Lawrence Gooden. Survivors include: son, Roy "Trey" Sessoms of Elizabethtown; daughter, Susan Castro of Sanford; three grandchildren, Spencer Hawkins (Katelyn), Beverly Smith, Austin Arp, and one great-grandchild, Emory Hawkins. A...
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Clarence Grady Moore

October 20, 1948 - October 9, 2016

Clarence Grady Moore, 67, of Pembroke passed away Sunday, October 9, 2016. Mr. Moore is preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Ella Mae Moore. Survivors include: one sister, Gail Moore of Dillon, South Carolina. A memorial will be held at a later date.
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Donald Dean Jackson

August 28, 1940 - October 9, 2016

Donald Dean Jackson, 76, of Bladenboro passed away Sunday, October 9, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents John and Sallie Jackson and three brothers: Little Paul Jackson, R.D. Jackson, and Lacy Jackson. Donald is survived by his two sons: Gary Jackson and wife Norma and Gene Jackson and Penny, all of Bladenboro; four sisters: Ann Pittman, Patsy Hester, both of Bladenboro; Brenda Burney...
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Johnny Arlin Lewis

July 10, 1953 - October 9, 2016

Johnny Arlin Lewis passed away on October 9, 2016. He was the owner and operator of Lewis Commercial Refrigeration. Johnny is preceded in death by his parents, John Preston and Edith Flowers Lewis; a son, Jerry Mitchell Lewis; special cousins Joyce Davis (Steve) of Ocean Isle Beach; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Marshall Cain. He is survived by his wife, Jan Roberts Lewis of Bladenboro; his...
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Rosalyn Hedgpeth Smith

May 22, 1940 - October 7, 2016

Rosalyn Hedgpeth Smith, beloved wife, grandmother, sister, and friend, died on Friday, October 7, 2016 after a long, courageous fight with Alzheimer's disease. Rose was born on May 22, 1940, the daughter of Edith and Roy Hedgpeth (deceased) of Bladenboro, NC. Rose grew up with six brothers and sisters in a very happy family. In 1977, she met and married Dr. Robert L. Smith. They were...
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Larry Ted "Cornbread" Jernigan

July 21, 1943 - October 4, 2016

Larry Ted Jernigan "Cornbread", 73, of Elizabethtown passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents Noah and Mary Jernigan and one infant brother Harry Ned. Larry was survived by his wife Lucille Jernigan of the home, two daughters: Teressa Jenigan-Byrd and Roger Byrd of Rockingham and Tammy Jackson and husband Johnnie of White Lake; two brothers: Bobby Jernigan and...
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Patsy Lane Braddy

November 4, 1934 - October 4, 2016

Patsy Lane Braddy, 81, of Council passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Amanda Jane Purcell, husband James Clark Braddy, one sister Betty Jane Pearce, and one brother Benjamin Douglas Purcell. Patsy is survived by one daughter Ruby B. Stephens and husband Wallace, two grandchildren: Wesley Stephens, his wife Bethany and Edward Stephens, his wife...
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William "Calvin" Sasser

August 31, 1932 - October 4, 2016

William "Calvin" Sasser of Elizabethtown entered into eternal rest on Tuesday morning at his home in Elizabethtown surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Retha Sasser and one sister, Betty Mae Sasser. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty T. Sasser of the home. His children, William Michael Sasser and wife Anne of Elizabethtown and Jean Sasser Clark...
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Mack "Max" Burney

May 21, 1944 - October 3, 2016

Mack "Max" Burney, of Lexington, GA, formerly of Bladenboro, passed away Monday, October 3, 2016. Max is preceded in death by his parents, Webb and Isabelle Burney and two brothers: Lonnie and Wright Burney.He is survived by his wife, Lenora Burney of the home, one son Dale Burney and wife Patti of Jefferson, GA; daughter Samantha Ledford and husband John Jr. of Athens, GA; brother Grady Burney...
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Becky Jane Tatum

May 18, 1948 - September 26, 2016

Becky Jane Tatum, 68, of Elizabethtown passed away Monday, September 26, 2016.She is preceded in death by her parents Danny and Ola Mae Everette, husband Marion Burnice Tatum, and one son Dennis Tatum. Ms. Becky is survived by one son Terry Tatum of Oklahoma; four daughters: Patricia Merritt and husband Gary of Harrels; Jackie Parks and husband Paul of Bladenboro; Lori Tatum of Elizabethtown and...
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Bobby "Lee" Sessoms II

November 20, 1971 - September 24, 2016

Bobby " Lee" Sessoms II, 44, of Clarkton passed away Saturday, September 24, 2016. He is survived by his parents Bobby and Dorothy Sessoms of Clarkton; four sons: James Todd Harrelson of Clarkton, Adam Lee Sessoms of the home, Bobby Lee Sessoms III and Douglas Sessoms, both of Bladenboro; four daughters: Holly Harrelson of Bladenboro, Bobbi Lynn Sessoms and Kimberlee Sessoms, both of the home,...
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Harold Bordeaux

June 23, 1947 - September 24, 2016

Clifton Harold Bordeaux, 69, Army Veteran of Elizabethtown passed away Saturday, September 24, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents Tillet and Julia Bordeaux. Mr. Bordeaux is survived by his wife Florene H. Bordeaux of the home, son Eric Bordeaux and wife Vicky of Smithfield, VA; daughter Tiffany Cox and husband Charles of Lumberton, NC; two stepsons: James Howell of Fort Mills, SC; and...
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Bobby Garland Peterson

December 25, 1955 - September 23, 2016

Bobby Garland Peterson, 60, of Bladenboro passed away Friday, September 23, 2016. Mr. Peterson is preceded in death by his parents, Jettie and Kathleen Peterson. Survivors include: wife, Anna L. Peterson; sons, Cameron Keith Peterson and Robert Blaine Peterson, all of Bladenboro; two brothers, Charles Ray Peterson and wife Susan of Bladenboro, Tony Peterson and wife Judy of Shallotte; sister,...
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Sammie Joseph Davis

July 18, 1945 - September 22, 2016

Sammie Joseph Davis, 71, of Elizabethtown passed away Thursday, September 22, 2016. He is preceded in death by his wife Betty Pait Davis, his parents Fred and Carrie Davis, three brothers; Paul Davis, Jimmy and Oren Taylor, sister Sarah Davis and foster parents Miller and Lucille Taylor.Survivors include two sons; Darrin Davis and wife Barbara of Raeford and Brad Davis and wife Brandi of Raleigh;...
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James Edwin Pait

October 24, 1951 - September 22, 2016

James Edwin Pait, 64, of Evergreen passed away Thursday, September 22, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents James and Almira Pait. Survivors include three sisters: Janice P. Coker of Evergreen, Joyce Ann Brim of Wilmington, and Mary Ellen Durden of Cameron. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 1:30 pm at Singletary Cemetery in Bladenboro with Danny Williams...
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Tammy Jo Polston Mills

October 21, 1961 - September 20, 2016

Tammy Jo Polston Mills, 54, of Kelly passed away September 20, 2016. She is survived by her father Richard Polston of Kelly, husband Mike Mills of the home, two daughters: Crystal Martinez and husband Jose and Chasity Cannady and husband Timmy, all of Kelly; two sisters: Kim Elmore and Pamela Polston, both of S.C. and four grandchildren: Tyler Cannady, Ethan Cannady, Skyler Cannady and Amerial...
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Donald Ray Russ

May 18, 1955 - September 18, 2016

Donald Ray Russ, 61, Navy veteran of Bladenboro passed away Sunday, September 18, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents Henry Jr. and Eunice Russ, and three brothers: Dennis Russ, Darryl Russ, and Danny Russ. Suvivors include two sons: Donald Monroe Russ and Henry Neal Russ, both of West Virginia, one daughter April Marie Keoughan of Texas, two brothers: Dean and Dwayne Russ and one sister...
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Evelyn Merle Clark Fowler

May 21, 1935 - September 11, 2016

Evelyn Merle Clark Fowler, 81, of Council passed away Sunday, September 11, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband Loyed Fowler and her parents Grethro Gaston and Drucilla Pait Savage Clark. She is survived by two sons: Dale Fowler of Elizabethtown and Darryl Fowler and wife Tammy M. of Clarkton, two daughters: Dianne Beavers and husband Kenneth of the home and Donna Greene and husband...
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David Lennon Butler, Jr.

November 19, 1937 - September 11, 2016

David Lennon Butler, Jr.78 of Elizabethtown, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, David L. Butler Sr. and Annie Miller Butler. Mr. Butler was known for his work in the Mission Field, both local and in the state. He served with Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Appalachian Service Project and was President of Wesley Chapel United Methodist...
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Maurice Kevin O'Sullivan

June 14, 1953 - September 4, 2016

Maurice Kevin O'Sullivan, 63, of Elizabethtown passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, M.J. and Edna Brown O'Sullivan, one brother Dennis O'Sullivan, and one sister Patricia Pye. Survivors are his wife, Sally D. O'Sullivan of the home, step-children: Eric Britt of Benson and Rob Britt of California, one brother Bob O'Sullivan and wife Rose of Fayetteville...
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Tillman "Music Man" Edwards

January 29, 1926 - August 30, 2016

Tillman Edwards, 90, of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2016. He is preceded in death by two brothers: Vardell Edwards and Wannis Lee Edwards, one sister Sarah Carson, one daughter Gwenda and two sons: Mike and Terry. Survivors include his wife, Helen M. Edwards of the home, one son Greg Edwards of Wisconsin, three daughters: Diane Edwards Bricco of Wisconsin, Peggy, and Cathy, several...
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Alyssa Lizeidy Mandujano

September 9, 2009 - August 27, 2016

Alyssa Lizeidy Mandujano, 6, of Bladenboro passed away Saturday, August 27, 2016. She is preceded in death by her mother Liz Mandujan and her grandfather Feliz Robellar. Survivors include her grandmother Maria Rebollaro, father Erasto Mandujano, brother Josue Mandujano, and sister Jinely Mandujano all of the home. The family will receive friends on Friday, September 2, 2016 from 6-8 pm at Bladen...
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Liz Esbeidy Mandujano

February 2, 1986 - August 27, 2016

Liz Esbeidy Mandujano, 30, of Bladenboro passed away Saturday, August 27, 2016. She is preceded in death by her father Feliz Robellar and her daughter Alyssa Mandujano. Survivors include her mother Maria Robellar, husband Erasto Mandujano, son Josue Mandujano, daughter Jinely Mandujano, all of the home; brother Feliz Rebollar Hernandez and three sisters: Zuhey Padilla, Jasmine Rebollar and Erika...
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Robert "Bob" Allen Gooden

April 18, 1941 - August 26, 2016

Robert "Bob" Allen Gooden, 75, of Clarkton, passed away Friday, August 26, 2016 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center in Whiteville, NC. Mr. Gooden was born April 18, 1941 to the late Robert Leroy and Gertrude Barfield Gooden in Clarkton, and attended Clarkton Presbyterian Church. Survivors include: aunt, Helen Barfield Heustess; several cousins; many friends and his caretakers. Bob's...
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Robert Taylor

September 19, 1942 - August 19, 2016

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

April 6, 1929 - August 19, 2016

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