Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home & Cremation Services

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

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


Our Obituaries

Karen Stanley Hendricks

September 19, 1958 - July 21, 2017

Karen Elizabeth Hendricks, 58, of Whiteville, passed away Friday, July 21, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Felix and Annie Ruth Hardgraves and one brother: Ted Hardgraves. Karen is survived by her husband: Jim Hendricks of the home; two sons: Stephen Stanley and wife Amanda of Whiteville; Michael Stanley and wife Angela of Lake Waccamaw; one daughter: Kristina Stanley Savage and...
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Larry Hilton Britt

September 25, 1945 - July 20, 2017

Larry Britt, 71, of Tar Heel passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Durham, NC. He was born September 25, 1945 in Lumberton, NC and grew up in Dublin. Larry was a graduate of Elizabethtown High School and UNC Pembroke. He was a school teacher for twelve years and an independent insurance agent for 30 years. An avid hunter and fisherman, he also enjoyed carpentry, repair projects and cooking with...
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Fred "Freddie" Wilson Brisson, Jr.

March 30, 1957 - July 15, 2017

Fred "Freddie" Wilson Brisson, Jr., 60, of Dublin, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017. He was preceded in death by his father: Fred Brisson, Sr. and wife: Susan Hughes Brisson. Freddie is survived by his mother: Harriet King of Elizabethtown; daughter: Hanna Guyton and husband Daniel of Dublin; three sons: Garrett Brisson and wife Kelly of Dublin, Kyle Brisson of Elizabethtown, Jamie Brisson...
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Ella Glen Ellis

July 15, 2017

Ella Glen Ellis, 70, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: John and Ruby Ellis; two sisters: Mary Ellis Bryan and Lela Ellis Compton. Ella is survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Ella was always grateful and happy with her little smile and every visit was greatly appreciated. She always cared for...
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Lillie Snead Smith Guyton

August 22, 1932 - July 12, 2017

Lillie Snead Smith Guyton, 84, of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband Hoyt Guyton and two sons: Sidney and Delton Guyton. Lillie is survived by one son Andy Guyton and wife Pattie of Fairmont, one daughter Kathy Singletary of Lumberton, two brothers, two sisters, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The family will receive...
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Betty Pait White

September 28, 1935 - July 6, 2017

Betty Pait White, 81, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Thursday, July 6, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Isaac and Lou Ellen Pait; husband: Windell White. Betty is survived by daughter: Genny Meinhardt of Elizabethtown; two grandchildren: Jennifer M. Smith (Keaton) and Stephanie Meinhardt. The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 2:00-2:45pm at Bladen...
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Rozella Taylor Rountree

April 18, 1925 - July 4, 2017

Rozella Taylor Rountree, 92, of Bladenboro passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Emory and Lessie Taylor; husband: William Dewitt Rountree; great-grandson: Jude Mills. Rozella is survived by three daughters: Peggy Allen Thompson of Bladenboro, Iva Rountree Miller of Shallotte, Donna Rountree Melvin of White Oak; son: Walter Dewitt Rountree of St. Pauls;...
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Donald Rudolph Coley

May 2, 1930 - July 2, 2017

Donald Rudolph Coley, 87, of Elizabethtown passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents: George and Della Coley; daughter: Patricia C. Smith; sister: Marie Stroud and two brothers. Donald is survived by his wife: Mary H. Coley; daughter: Jean C. Knutson (Bob) of Morganton; two sons: Donald L. Coley of the Virgin Islands, John R. Coley (Kim) of Goldsboro; six...
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Clara Elizabeth Johnson

June 26, 2017

Clara Elizabeth Johnson, 80, of Bladenboro passed away June 26, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Lowell and Evelyn Maynard and husband Rundel Johnson. Clara is survived by one son Rundel Johnson and wife Melissa of Bladenboro, two daughters Barbara Valle of Mass. and Lynn Ison and husband Dempsey of Kinston; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. The family will receive...
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Inez Pait Smith

February 26, 1930 - June 26, 2017

Inez Pait Smith, 87, of Kelly passed away Monday, June 26, 2017. She is survived by four sons: James Smith of Jacksonville, FL; Danny Smith, Kenneth Smith, both of Elizabethtown; and Ricky Smith of Kelly; ten grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 3-4 pm on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. A private memorial service...
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Gwenda Leigh Dowless Smith

December 2, 1964 - June 23, 2017

Gwenda Leigh Dowless Smith, 52, of Bladenboro passed away Friday, June 23, 2017. She was preceded in death by her mother: Bettie Dowless. Gwenda is survived by her father: Cletus Dowless of Bladenboro, her husband: Ernest Smith of the home, three daughters: Carrie Gibson (husband Bennett), Ashley Callahan (husband Christian), and Amanda Simmons (husband Jonathan), all of Bladenboro and two...
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Judith "Faye" Hill Register

September 29, 1945 - June 21, 2017

Judith "Faye" Hill Register, 71, was called into Glory on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Faye was a beloved, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was married to LeRoy Register for 54 wonderful years and was a loving mother to Jerry Register (wife Djuana) and Jenny McLamb (husband Michael). Faye was blessed with three grandchildren, Caroline Register and Jesse and Bonnie McLamb. Faye was...
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Miriam Hite Mitchell Clark

April 8, 1932 - June 18, 2017

Miriam Hite Mitchell Clark, 85, was called home to heaven on Sunday, June 18, 2017. She was the loving wife of David Kemp Clark of Elizabethtown, NC, for sixty-six years and the mother of David Kemp Clark, Jr. (wife Vicki), Mary Kay Clark (husband David Lee), Cindy Clark Carroll (husband Clifton) and Hope Clark Campbell (husband Brian). She dearly loved her granddaughters Christian, Claire, Cybil...
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Julius David Clemmons

August 4, 1941 - June 17, 2017

Julius David Clemmons, 75, of Lumberton, formerly of Bladenboro, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents: Lloyd and Ada Hester; wife: Doris Ward Clemmons. David is survived by brother: TR Clemmons of Bladenboro; sister: Vergie Parks of Bladenboro; many nieces and nephews. David was a trustworthy person who helped people around Bladenboro with cutting their...
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Janet Dean Pridgen Corbett

March 4, 1943 - June 12, 2017

Jesus called Janet Dean Pridgen Corbett, 74, of Kelly, to her heavenly home on Monday, June 12, 2017. She was known throughout the Kelly community and Greenfield Campground in West Jefferson, NC as a kind, loving, compassionate, and Godly woman. She was preceded in death by her parents Philip and Eva Pridgen of Kelly. Janet is survived by her husband of 56 years, Archie Ray Corbett of the home...
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James Milton Heustess

October 27, 1942 - June 10, 2017

James Milton Heustess, 74, of Clarkton, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents: Edgar and Jeanette Heustess; brother: John Heustess; sister: Charlotte Savage. James was a devoted husband, daddy and papa who loved his family, farming, hunting, and fishing. James is survived by his wife: Barbara Heustess of the home; three daughters: Tammy H. Campbell ...
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Joseph "JT" Thomas Higgs

January 23, 2016 - June 8, 2017

Joseph "JT" Thomas Higgs, 17 months, of Elizabethtown gained his angel wings on June 8, 2017. He is survived by his parents Jacobe Higgs and Kelsey Cox of the home, Paternal grandparents Joseph and Nancy Higgs of Elizabethtown, great paternal grandmothers Maryann Haymaker of VA and Sally Rebyak of PA, uncle Joshua Higgs of Wilmington; maternal grandparents Robin and Candy Cox of Bladenboro,...
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Dewey Livingston Roberts, Sr.

February 4, 1929 - June 5, 2017

Livingston passed away on June 5, 2017, on the Roberts family farm where he was born on February 4, 1929. After growing up on his father's farm and a short stint in the army, Livingston graduated from the National School of Commerce in Charlotte. He began work as a land surveyor and then worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for over 30 years. He served as the chairman of the NC ASCS...
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Samuel "Sammy" Wayne Johnson, Jr.

May 23, 1986 - June 3, 2017

Samuel "Sammy" Wayne Johnson Jr., 31, of Bladenboro passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017. He is survived by two sons: Dallin Johnson and Brayden Johnson of Dublin; parents Samuel Wayne Johnson Sr. and Rose Johnson of Bladenboro; one sister Crystal Baxley and husband Robert of El Paso, TX; one brother Matthew Johnson of Myrtle Beach, SC and two nephews: Elijah and Josiah Baxley of El Paso, TX. ...
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Rudolph "Rudy" Masters

November 8, 1962 - May 31, 2017

Rudolph "Rudy" Masters, 54, of Seattle, WA formerly of Bladenboro passed away May 31, 2017. He is preceded in death by his father Rudolph Masters and one brother Jimmy Masters. Rudy is survived by his mother, Helen Masters Edwards of Bladenboro, two daughters: Stephanie Luke and husband Jon of Puyallup, Seattle and Amanda Davis and husband Blake of Bladenboro and two grandchildren: Mackenzie...
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Annie Carroll Taylor

November 29, 1935 - May 27, 2017

Annie Edwards Taylor, 81, of Sanford, passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2017. She was preceded in death by parents: Samuel and Mittie Edwards; husband: Graham S. Taylor; brother: Sidney Edwards. Annie is survived by two daughters: Vicki Grigston (Robert) of Sanford, Penny Merritt of Durham; grandchildren: Jeff Grigston (Angela Bordbar), April Lemons (Brandon), Andy Grigston (Michelle); great...
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Katherine Diane Smith

August 19, 1951 - May 23, 2017

Katherine Diane Smith, 65, of Lumberton, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Ernest and Dorothy Smith; daughter: Tammy Hunt; granddaughter: Krystal Hunt; brothers: Sherman Smith and Ronald "Buck" Smith. Katherine is survived by grandson: James Anthony Hunt; two sisters: Judy Ezzell of Rockingham, Wanda Smith of Garland; several nieces and nephews. ...
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William Allen Call

May 14, 1946 - May 17, 2017

William Allen Call, 71, Retired Army Veteran of White Oak passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 17, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents Michael Call and Arretta Stuefen and one son Jeffrey Call. Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Susan M. Call of the home, son Jason Call of White Oak, three daughters: Debra S. Erickson of Washington; Kimberly D. Jones of Ayden and Angela L....
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Annie Lucille Brown

December 2, 1933 - May 12, 2017

Annie Lucille Butler Brown, 83, of Dublin passed away Friday, May 12, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Vance Sr. and Berta Butler, the love of her life, husband Vernon Brown, son Bobby Brown, two half-brothers: Clarence and Kirby Butler, two half-sisters: Mary Etta Britt and Willie Downing, one sister Bonnie Britt, three brothers Vance Jr., Buddy and Wadis Butler and two infant...
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Richard "Tommy" Cox

May 11, 2017

Richard Thomas "Tommy" Cox II, 63, of Clarkton passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017. He is preceded in death by his father Richard Thomas Cox Sr. Tommy is survived by his mother Florence G. Cox, of Clarkton; one brother David Cox and wife Dolores of Winston Salem; one sister Maria Edwards and husband Dale of Clarkton; one nephew Bryce Cox and one niece Ava Cox. Tommy was a simple, practical man...
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Ernest Richard Hester

November 30, 1929 - May 2, 2017

Ernest Richard Hester of Bladenboro passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ettaree Taylor Hester; one brother, Kendrick Hester; one sister, Hilda Hester Coleman (Vollie); one sister-in-law, Vonda Hester; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Fred Gordon and Mary Edith Hester, brothers Ewen...
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Gladys Lee Canady Benton

May 18, 1926 - May 1, 2017

Jesus called Gladys Canady Benton, 90, by name on May 1, 2017 and the gates of Heaven swung open and she walked the streets of gold to at last come face to face with the one who unselfishly gave His son so that she could have eternal life. Mrs. Benton was born to Lee and Estus Grice Canady on May 18, 1926. She was preceded in death by her son, Dale Benton, and husband John (JT) Benton. She was...
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Brenda "Gail" Hester Strickland

October 12, 1950 - April 30, 2017

Brenda "Gail" Hester Strickland, 66, of Bladenboro passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Graham and Rachel Hester; son: Ricky Davis; daughter: Charlene Campbell; brothers: Charles Hester, Kenneth Hester, and Joey Hester. Brenda is survived by brother: Dennis Hester of Bladenboro, one grandchild, and one great grandchild. The family will receive...
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Dorothy "Dot" Gibson Pervine

December 3, 1927 - April 30, 2017

Dorothy (Dot) Gibson Pervine, 89, of Elizabethtown went to be with the Lord on April 30, 2017. Dorothy was a life-long resident of Bladen County and was born to George and Lela Gibson on December 3, 1927 in Clarkton, NC. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Fred Pervine; sons: Allen Ray and George Russell Pervine; brothers: Duke and Orborn Gibson; sisters: Mary Gibson Thompson and...
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Carlene Grace Burney

June 8, 1943 - April 29, 2017

Carlene Grace Severine Burney, 73, of Bladenboro passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Jessie and Viola Severine; husband: Clifford Jerry Burney; son: Charles Kenneth Burney. Carlene is survived by three sons: Ray Burney, Sandy Burney and wife Amy, Keith Burney and wife Carla, all of Bladenboro; daughter: Linda Phillips and husband Mark of Wilson;...
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Mamie Pruitt Little

January 17, 1924 - April 28, 2017

Mamie Elizabeth Pruitt Little, 93, of Clarkton passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017. She was preceded in death by husband: Charles Vincent Little. Mamie is survived by son: Billy Little of Clarkton; two grandchildren: Tiffany Pait, Alinette Priest; four great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 3-5 pm at Bladen-Gaskins...
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Obie Wright

August 26, 1937 - April 27, 2017

Obie Marion Wright, 79 of Bladenboro passed away on April 27, 2017. Obie was born on August 26, 1937, to the late Mennon and Mary Edwards Wright. Obie was retired from the United States Air Forces. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister: Phenie Watterson. Mr. Wright is survived by his wife, Janice Wright of the home, two sons, Timothy and Tommy Wright both of Bladenboro; two brothers,...
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Callie Beatrice Langdon Bilbee

January 7, 1927 - April 27, 2017

Callie Beatrice Langdon Bilbee, 90, of White Oak, NC; daughter of Cornelius Edward Langdon and Gertie Olein Williams Langdon passed away quietly at Angel House Hospice Center in Whiteville, NC on Thursday, April 27, 2017 with her loved ones by her side, into the arms of her Lord. Callie, also known as Bea, was preceded in death by her beloved husband Benjamin Watson Bilbee, 3 brothers, James,...
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Margaret Evans Pigford

June 10, 1926 - April 25, 2017

Margaret Evans McKeithan Pigford, passed on to Heaven after a long illness on April 25, 2017 just shy of her 91st birthday. She is preceded in death by her brothers Charles and Riley Evans and sister Betsy Dorton. Margaret, a native of Bladen County, was one of ten children born to J.Clyde Evans and Fannie Kelly Evans. When their mother died at a young age, Margaret became a "surrogate" mother...
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John Edmond Cain

October 25, 1946 - April 24, 2017

John Edmond Cain, 70, of Elizabethtown passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents Porter and Sallie Cain and one son John Michael Cain. John is survived by his wife of 50 years Linda Lambert Cain, two sons: Christopher Cain and wife Heather B. Cain and Jason Cain, all of Elizabethtown, one grandchild Summer Cain and one "grand-cat" Diesel. John was a loving,...
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Ruth Edith Craft Belding

March 15, 1919 - April 22, 2017

Ruth Edith Craft Belding, 98, of White Oak passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Mercy Craft, one daughter Anne Brown and several brothers and sisters. Survivors include three daughters: Judith Caulkins of White Oak, Marilyn Rea of Illinois and Joan Thomas of Colorado; 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. ...
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Robert "Bob" Floyd Stanfield

January 11, 1948 - April 22, 2017

Robert "Bob" Floyd Stanfield, 69, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents: James and Bertha Stanfield. Bob is survived by wife: Judy Sasser Stanfield; sons: Scott Stanfield and wife Devon of Fuquay Varina, Robert Stanfield and wife Brenda of Kernersville; daughter: Jennifer Puckett and husband Edward of Augusta, Georgia; brothers: Mike...
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Brenda Kaye Adcox Griffith

February 5, 1950 - April 17, 2017

Brenda Kaye Adcox Griffith, 67, of Whiteville passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: John and Margaret Adcox; brother: Johhny Adcox; son: Michael Paul Brown and spouse: Robert Gabby Griffith. Brenda is survived by her sister: Linda Green and husband Terry of Whiteville; step-children: Marcee Smith and Baron Griffith; granddaughter: Jozee Michelle Gabrella...
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Phillip Roger Roof, Sr.

December 13, 1947 - April 17, 2017

Phillip "Roger" Roof Sr., 69, passed away at his home Monday morning, April 17th in White Lake after a four year battle with cancer. He was born December 13, 1947 in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was a volunteer firefighter at Fire District 14 for twenty years and retired from Guilford County Schools. He is survived by his wife of fifty years Brenda Rouse Roof and his three sons: Phil Roof and...
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Houston Edwin Cain

May 14, 1945 - April 14, 2017

Houston Edwin Cain, 71, of Virginia, formerly of Bladenboro, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents: Edwin and Myrtle Cain and brother: Charles Cain. Houston is survived by his wife: Rachel Cain; son: Bradley Cain of Suffolk, VA; daughter: Robin Horne and husband Kevin of Yorktown, VA; two grandchildren: Hannah and Harrison Horne. The family will receive...
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Lori Ann Conner

October 21, 1961 - April 11, 2017

Lori Ann Conner, 55, of Bladenboro passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. She was preceded in death by her father: Roy Lee Conner, Sr.; mother: Kitten Conner; brother: Darryl "Cowman" Conner. Lori Ann is survived by three brothers: Roy Lee Conner, Jr. of Whiteville, Glenn Conner (Kay) of Bladenboro; Morris Conner of Bladenboro; sister: Faye Hester of the home; nephews: Kevin (Miranda) Conner,...
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Danny Horace Strickland

October 24, 1958 - April 8, 2017

Danny Horace Strickland died April 8, 2017 at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville, NC. He was born in Robeson County on October 24, 1958 to the late Horace Strickland and the late Yetta Strickland Watson. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: David Michael "Mike" Strickland. Mr Strickland is survived by one son: Danny "Boo" Strickland, Jr.; two granddaughters: Taylor...
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Eva Wright Edwards

June 9, 1943 - April 7, 2017

Eva Wright Edwards, 73, of Bladenboro passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017. She was preceded in death by parents: Lawrence and Mary Jane Wright; husband: Jimmie A. Edwards; son: Christopher Ashley Edwards; sister: Mary Ann Wright Davis; brother: Dennis Wright. Eva is survived by two sons: Michael Jay Edwards and fiancé Diane Maxwell of Stedman, Gary Scott Edwards of Bladenboro; daughter: Pamela...
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Wilma King Bedsole

February 15, 1951 - April 7, 2017

Wilma King Bedsole, 66, of Elizabethtown went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 7, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Lester and Rannie King; two brothers and two sisters. Wilma is survived by two brothers: Murray Charles King Sr, William Eugene King; three sisters: Ruthie Byrd, Paula King Zimberg, Rachel King Russ; sister-niece: Janet Jones Benson; two step-sons: Patrick...
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James "Dalton" Coleman

October 12, 1948 - April 7, 2017

James "Dalton" Coleman, 68, of Clarkton went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 7, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Luna T. Coleman, Uncle David "Son" and Lillie Gray Coleman, and one infant brother. Dalton is survived by his wife Sue Coleman of Clarkton, son Sonny Coleman of Clarkton, one sister Betty Jean Callihan of Tennessee and several nieces and nephews. ...
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William Amous Thorpe, Jr.

January 14, 1936 - April 7, 2017

William Amous Thorp Jr., 81, of Whiteville, NC passed away Friday, April 7, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents Willie Amous Thorp Sr. and Annie Adams, and two children: Butch Thorp and Charlette Thorp. William is survived by two brothers: Linrod Patterson of Whiteville; Jerome Patterson of Rodchester, NY; one sister Geraldine Rouse of Whiteville, several grandchildren and several nieces...
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Michael "Red" Merritt

September 2, 1961 - April 6, 2017

Michael "Red" Merritt, 55, of Elizabethtown passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents: Akra and Alma Merritt; brother: Akra Merritt Jr. Michael is survived by son: Augustus Merritt of Mt. Airy, NC; daughter: Crystal Lynn Wineburg of Charleston, SC; brother: Graham Alden Merritt of Elizabethtown; sister: Linda Gail Merritt of Elizabethtown. The family will...
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Hartsville B Hardison

December 9, 1935 - April 6, 2017

Hartsville B. Hardison, 81, of Clarkton passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017. He was preceded in death by wife: Georgianna Hardison and grandson: Michael Daniel Hardison. Hartsville is survived by son: Junior Hardison (Marie) of Clarkton; daughter: Joan Cross (John) of Texas; brother: James "Gab" Hardison of High Point; grandson: Dustin Blake Hardison. The family will receive friends on...
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Sharon Dale Davis Autry

August 20, 1952 - April 1, 2017

Sharon Dale Davis Autry, 64, of Elizabethtown passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Onnie Davis and Dayniece Russ Davis and two sisters: Gloria Dean Tatum and Diane Davis. Sharon is survived by one brother Kevin Davis. The family will have a private family service at Old Field Cemetery in Bladenboro at a later date.
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Hazel Virginia Williamson

February 23, 1922 - March 28, 2017

Hazel Virginia Williamson, 95, of Lumberton went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: W.C. and Lelia Richardson; sisters: Jeanette Fowler, Estelle Grooms; brothers: Irvin, Gene, and Junior Richardson. She is survived by sons: Kenneth Williamson of Lumberton, Paul Williamson and wife Lyn of Winterhaven, Florida; daughter-in-law: Beverly...
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Billy Gene Johnson

March 27, 2017

Billy Gene Johnson, 55, of Bladenboro passed away Monday, March 27, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, William H. and Grace Taylor Johnson and one son Willis Gene Johnson. Surviving is son Christopher Shane Johnson of Greenwood, SC, granddaughter Nevaeh Johnson of Bladenboro; five brothers Haroldean Johnson and wife Janice of Bladenboro, Mickey Joe Johnson and wife Christie of CA,...
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Jo Ann Dove Baldwin

March 5, 1940 - March 27, 2017

Jo Ann Dove Baldwin, 77, entered into eternal rest on March 27, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Gaston Dove and Ila Hester Dove, beloved son Joseph Mark Baldwin and a sister, Hazel Dove Russ. Surviving are her husband John Kelly Baldwin and sons John Allan Baldwin and wife Dawn of Bladenboro, Tim Baldwin and wife Kellie of Sanford, NC, sisters Lola Dove Johnson and husband Lynn of...
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Frances Raynor Gonda

January 9, 1945 - March 26, 2017

Frances Raynor Gonda, 72, of Bladenboro went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 26, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Floyd Wellington and Mary Eliza Raynor, her husband Thomas M. Gonda Sr., three brothers: Frank, David, and John Raynor and two sisters, Margie Wright and Eunice Smith. Left to cherish her memory are two sons, Thomas M. Gonda Jr. and wife Robyn of Huntersville,...
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Dorothy Lucile Faircloth

August 5, 1922 - March 24, 2017

Dorothy Lucile Faircloth, 94, of White Oak passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents: Oscar J. and Carrah Lee Faircloth; brothers: Gordon Faircloth, James Edward "Bud" Faircloth, Ernest Faircloth; sister: Letha Simmons. Dorothy is survived by several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 27, 2017 from 2-2:50 pm in Live Oak...
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Katie Rose Edwards Lambert

November 24, 1935 - March 23, 2017

Katie Rose Edwards Lambert, 81, of Bladenboro passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017. She is survived by her husband Willis James Lambert Jr. of the home, two sons: Lacy James Edwards of the home and Delbert Edwards of Lumberton, one daughter-in-law Debbie Edwards, one sister Annie Nance of Bladenboro three grandchildren: James Edwards, Kayse Edwards, and Derek Edwards, one great grandchild,...
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Gregory P. Strickland

November 8, 1959 - March 23, 2017

Gregory Preston Strickland, 57, of White Lake, NC passed away Thursday. March 23, 2017. He is preceded in death by his grandparents and his father, Harvey G. Strickland. Gregory is survived by his mother, Ramona M. Strickland, wife Carol Chandler Strickland, two sons Chandler Strickland and Matthew Strickland and one sister Teresa Strickland Hardee and husband Daryl, all of White Lake. Gregory...
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Gladys Dowless Pharr

May 8, 1921 - March 23, 2017

Gladys Dowless Pharr, 95, of Tar Heel, NC went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 23, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents Nealey and Alta Dowless, her husband White C. Pharr Sr. and two brothers: Warren and Gurney Dowless. Gladys leaves to cherish her memory one son White "Bo" C Pharr Jr. and wife Amy of Tar Heel; two daughters: Julia Freeman and husband Garry of Dublin and...
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Lelmer Clyde Bryan

December 16, 1922 - March 22, 2017

Lelmer Clyde Bryan, 94, WWII Navy Veteran of Dublin passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017. He is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Hilda Garner, one son Carl Bryan, six brothers and two sisters. He leaves to cherish his memory, one daughter Freda White and husband Dale of Elizabethtown; one sister Stenza Lambert of Hendersonville, five brothers: Rev. Levie Bryan and Houston Bryan, both of...
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Judith Ann Merritt

January 21, 1944 - March 21, 2017

Judith Ann Merritt, 73, of Evergreen passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie and Letha Pittman and one infant brother.Judith is survived by her husband Adrian Merritt Sr., two sons: Adrian Merritt Jr. of Evergreen and Donald Merritt of Pembroke, one daughter Sherry Merritt of Evergreen, two sisters: Lois Pittman Thompson and Martha Long and husband...
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Crystal Abbott Coffman

May 23, 1986 - March 19, 2017

Mrs. Crystal Abbott Coffman of Tar Heel, N.C., was born in Lumberton, North Carolina on May 23, 1986 and passed away on March 19, 2017 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Mr. Robert Stone, maternal great-grandfather, Mr. Boyd Stone, maternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Bessie Anderson, paternal great-grandparents, Mr. Woodrow & Mrs....
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Kenneth Wayne Davis

September 18, 1964 - March 17, 2017

Kenneth Wayne Davis, 52, of Bladenboro passed away Friday, March 17, 2017. He is preceded in death by his father Byron Davis and one brother Craig Davis. Kenneth is survived by his mother Linda C. Davis of Bladenboro, his wife Jamie R. Davis of the home, son Tony Davis of Bladenboro, daughter Donna Franson and husband Steven of Michigan, his beloved dog Bocephus, three brothers: R. Keith Davis of...
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Richard Wayne Gooden

August 27, 1949 - March 15, 2017

Richard Wayne Gooden, 67, Air Force Veteran of Dublin went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Gooden of the home, son Joseph Gooden and girlfriend Lynn Britt of the home, Goddaughter Shelby Garner, sister-in-law JoAnn Raynor and husband Ed, two sisters: Kathy Gates of Greensboro and Jane Minard of Clarkton, six nieces and two nephews. The...
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Grace Camille Burney

August 31, 1956 - March 12, 2017

Grace Camille Burney, 60, of Whiteville passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017. She is preceded in death by one son, John Olan Burr. Grace is survived by her parents Gethro and Grace Burney of Whiteville, four sons: Matthew Allen Burney, Marshall Van Griffin, both of Whiteville, Mallory Dan Griffin and wife Kathy of Indiana and Jeremy David Griffin, also of Whiteville, one daughter, Nancy Grace...
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Wilson Ray Allen

November 26, 1942 - March 10, 2017

Wilson Ray Allen, 74, of Elizabethtown passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents: Wilson and Louise Allen and brother: Robert C. Allen. Ray is survived by his wife of 48 years, Virginia Hilburn Allen; daughter: Tracy Allen Hardin and husband Wilt Hardin; son: David Ray Allen and wife Tiffany Tatum Allen; six grandchildren: Natalie Rae Hardin, Ashley Nicole...
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Dorothy Louise Barnes

September 19, 1940 - March 8, 2017

Dorothy (Louise) Barnes, 76, of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017. She is survived by three sons: Gene Autry and wife Ju of Smithfield, Paul Autry and wife Amber of Winston Salem, and Tony Autry of Smithfield, one daughter Rose Marie Evans and husband Steve of Kannapolis, eleven grandchildren: Joshua and wife Ali, Nathaniel, Andrew and wife Tania, Jonathan and wife Brittany, Tavis,...
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Dewey Marvin Hester

June 9, 1958 - March 1, 2017

Dewey Marvin Hester, 58, of Castle Hayne formerly of Bladenboro passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017. He is preceded in death by his father David E. Hester Jr., mother Melba Ann Hood Watson and sister, Rose Mary Hester Thompson. Dewey is survived by his step-father Vernon Watson of Castle Hayne, brother David E. Hester III of Bladenboro, three sisters: Natosha and Ada Watson of Castle Hayne and...
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John Franklin Burney

January 31, 1914 - March 1, 2017

John Franklin Burney, 103 years young, peacefully departed to be with the Lord, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Mr. Burney, born January 31, 1914 in White Oak, married the late Mabel Bryan Burney, February 23, 1935. He was a charter member of the White Oak Ruritan Club and was recently recognized with the Ruritan National Community Service Award for 65 years of service. Mr. Burney was a faithful...
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Bertha Gaynelle Bordeaux

August 23, 1927 - February 26, 2017

Bertha Bordeaux passed away peacefully February 26, 2017 at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by husband James (Jack) Bordeaux, daughter Gaynelle, sons Earl, Larry, Donald and Phillip Bordeaux, and granddaughter Candace Bordeaux. Survived by daughters Carolyn Bordeaux, Jackie Harrison and Iris Jackson (John Jackson). Grandchildren, Sandra and Gary Britt, Crystal Meehan, Brandon Harrison...
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Helen Heustess

September 23, 1929 - February 24, 2017

Helen Barfield Heustess, 87, youngest child of the late Alice and Tracy Barfield, died peacefully in her sleep early Friday morning, February 24, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband and best friend of fifty plus years, Mallory Heustess, and five siblings. She worked hard all of her life and enjoyed her friends and family. In her later years, she was a fixture at the Columbus County...
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David Horace Little

October 12, 1936 - February 23, 2017

David Horace Little, 80, US Air Force Veteran of Siler City, formerly of Clarkton, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017. David is survived by his wife Peggy Little of the home, two sons: David H. Little Jr. and wife Martha of Wake Forest, Carl Little and fiance Ollivette of Fayetteville, daughter Nancy Kennedy and husband Brantly of Sophia, NC; step-daughters: Regina Price and husband David of...
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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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