Obituaries, October 2018


Jesus Saves!May our Lord's blessings of love be upon you and those who love you, May Jesus and His peace abide with you, may His essence illuminate your heart and comfort you in this loss now and forever.
To be "absent from the body" is to be "present with Our Lord" (2 Cor. 5:8). This is the clearest of truths in the mind of Paul, and one of the most comforting assurances for the child of God. Death for us is not an exit out of life it is an entry into the Lord's presence. He having substance and qualities way above all other loves. A new life step into  the person who is Divine Love





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Inmans Funeral Home, Tabor City

imageTroy Worth Harrelson, age 67, died Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in Premier Living and Rehab Center, Lake Waccamaw, NC.  Born June 18, 1951 in Green Sea, SC, he was the son of the late Troy Worth Harrelson, Sr. and Ruby Lee Johnson Harrelson Stroud. He is survived by one son, Bobby Lee Barfield of Conway, SC; two brothers, Billy Wayne Harrelson, Tony Harrelson.


Michelle Chandler WardMichelle Chandler Ward, age 23, of Longwood, NC, died Sunday, October 28, 2018 in an automobile accident.  Born June 20, 1995 in Brunswick County, NC, she was the daughter of Lloyd Archie “Rocky” Ward and Tammy Lynn McLellan Ward of Longwood, NC. In addition to her parents, she is survived by three sisters, Rebecca Lauren Ward, Crystal Jane Marie Ward, April Danielle Ward.


Patsy Ann BuffkinPatsy Ann Buffkin, age 78, of Tabor City, NC, died Sunday, October 28, 2018 in her home.  Born November 7, 1939 in Columbus County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Roston Lee Watts and Maydee Long Watts. She is survived by two daughters, Lori Hinson and husband Mike of Whiteville, NC, Michele Buffkin Hill and husband James


Jeffrey Duncan obituaryJeffrey Mansfield Duncan, age 58, of Tabor City, NC, died Thursday, October 25, 2018 in Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC.  Born October 1, 1960 in Charlotte, NC, he was the son of the late Willis Delano Duncan and Barbara Stocks Duncan of Tabor City, NC. He was a graduate of Tabor City High School and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Luke Jacob LanierLuke Jacob Lanier, age 25, died Wednesday, October 24, 2018, in MUSC Hospital in Charleston, SC.  Born March3, 1993 in Conway, SC, he was the son of Timothy Wayne Lanier and Phyllis Cartrette Lanier of Tabor City, NC. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his fiancée, Candice Mixon and soon to be son, Jake Phillip; paternal grandmother, Leona Lanier of Tabor City, NC, maternal grandparents, Jake and Rosa.


imageRaeford Melvin McPherson, age 83, died Thursday, October 18, 2018 in the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center, Whiteville, NC.  Born May 22, 1935 in Columbus County, he was the son of the late Arthur McPherson and Letha Hinson McPherson and widower of Mildred Lucille Cribb McPherson. He is survived by his son, Wade Allen McPherson and wife Kelly

Kevin Keith Conner, obituary

Master Trooper Kevin Keith Conner, age 38, of Clarendon, NC was killed in the line of duty on October 17, 2018.  He was a native of Bladenboro, NC.  Kevin was a graduate of Bladenboro High School and obtained his Associate in Criminal Justice degree at Bladen Community College.  Kevin’s life-long dream came true as he joined the North Carolina Highway Patrol in 2007


Austin Buck Long,  Whiteville ObituaryAustin Buck Long, age 22, of Whiteville, NC died Saturday, October 13, 2018.  He was born December 20, 1995 in Columbus County, NC and was the son of Buck Holman Long and Lisa Ann Jones Long of Whiteville, NC. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one brother, Jerry Tyler Long of Whiteville, NC; paternal grandfather, Elbert Long of Whiteville, NC; maternal grandparents, Jerry and Polly Sarvis of Nakina, NC.


Barbara Ann Durrette SolesBarbara Ann Durrette Soles age 75 died Saturday in McLeod Loris Hospital, Loris, SC.Born in Richmond, VA she was the daughter of the late Jack Durrette and Violet Cox Durette Gunter. She was currently a member of Lynn Hill Baptist Church, Whiteville, NC and Calvary Baptist Midlothian of Midlothian VA., most her life. She is survived by her husband Carey B. Soles “Coot” ...

Jackquelyne Wilson,Jackquelyne Wilson, age 81, of Tabor City, NC, died Friday, October 12, 2018 in her home. Born January 11, 1937 in Stockton, MD, she was the daughter of the late Douglas P. and Mary E. Ennis Wimbrow and the widow of James Barnett Wilson She was survived by one son: William Cropper and his wife Penny of Magnolia, DE; two daughters: Ruby James and Christine Lee...


Ricky Lee Ward,Ricky Lee Ward, age 66, of Elizabethtown, NC, died Wednesday, October 10, 2018 in Premier Living, Lake Waccamaw, NC.  Born July 25, 1952 in Columbus County, NC, he was the son of the late Lonzie Dewit Ward and Cecil Mearle Johnson Ward.  He is survived by his wife: Bessie Lee Tyler Ward of Elizabethtown, NC; four sons: Michael Ward and wife Crystal of Myrtle Beach, SC, Richard Ward and wife Jennifer of Loris, SC, Ricky Lee Ward Jr.


imageSamuel Porcher “Shay” Smith Jr., age 76, of Forest Ave, Tabor City, NC, died Monday, October 8, 2018 in the McLeod Loris Hospital.  Born April 26, 1942 in Spartanburg, SC, he was the son of the late Samuel Porcher Smith, Sr. and Emilie Howard Smith. He is survived by his wife: Peggy Taylor Smith of Tabor City; one daughter: Grace Smith Ray and husband Lee of Tabor City; and one grandson: Taylor Nicholas Clemmons.

Paul WardPaul Ward, age 77, of Honey Hill Rd, Hallsboro, NC, died Tuesday, October 02, 2018 in his home.  Born March 30, 1941 in Columbus County, NC, he was the son of the late Thomas Albert Ward and Alberta White Ward.He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force and a member of Cypress Creek Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife: Mary Jane Leho Ward of Hallsboro, NC

Kenneth Ethan BuffkinKenneth Ethan Buffkin, age 54, of Green Sea, SC, died Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in Luling, Texas.  Born August 11, 1964 in Horry County, SC, he was the son of Daphne Ray Spivey Buffkin of Green Sea, SC and the late Waldo Delano Buffkin. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sons: Derrick Elliott of Fair Bluff, NC, Christopher Smith Buffkin of Charlotte, NC; three sisters:  bar

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McKenzie Mortuary

Merlin Lee Boone, obituaryMerlin Lee Boone , 74 of Shallotte died Thursday, October 25,2018. He was the son of the late Paul Boone and Thelma Roberson Boone. He was on the General Board of the N.C. Baptist Convention from 1981-1985. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he had pastored for over 25 years. Survivors include his wife, Diane Taylor Boone of the home,sons.

Robert "Bob" Frayer Aldrich JrRobert "Bob" Frayer Aldrich Jr., 82, passed away Friday, October 19, surrounded by his loved ones while under Hospice care in Whiteville, North Carolina.   Mr. Aldrich was a true gentleman whose wit and wisdom delighted many people in his life. Bob was born in Albany New York in 1935 to Robert F. Aldrich and Mary McConnell Aldrich.    Bob attended Northside High School in Corning, NY where he was active in the Boy Scouts achieving the...
Theodore-RackleyTheodore 'Ted" Rackley, 67 of Whiteville, N.C. died Wednesday, October 17, 2018. He was the son of the late Robert F Rackley Sr. and Alma Kersey Rackley, and was preceded in death by his brothers Robert Rackley Jr., Leonard Rackley, and, Roland Rackley. He worked with Collier and Cape Fear Gas for a total of 30 plus years as a Service tech. Survivors  Wife; Katy Lou Sasser Rackley
imageGussie Edwards Godwin, 93 of Newport, formerly of Exxum, N.C.  in Brunswick County died Monday, October 8, 2018 . She was the daughter of the late Hanson Edwards and Clemie Milligan, and was preceded in death by her husband, Jason Godwin. She was a former member of New Life Church. Survivors include her daughters, Nina G. Russo of  Newport, N.C. and Karen Kendall Carter (Patrick) of Kinston, N.C.

Robert Scott DeansRobert Scott Deans, 55, of Gause Landing, Ocean Isle Beach, NC died surrounded by his family on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Grand Strand Memorial Hospital in Myrtle Beach, SC.    Scott was the son of Bobby Drake and Alma Daughtridge Deans. Born August 2, 1963 in Greenwood SC, he grew up in Saluda, SC and moved to Whiteville, NC in 1979. He graduated from Whiteville High School in 1981 and NC State in 1987.


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 Peacocks Funeral Home

Eric "Shane" FaulkEric "Shane" Faulk 40, of Nakina died Monday, October 29, 2018.  He was born October 20, 1978 in New Hanover County the son of Kelvin Faulk and Doris Strickland Faulk.   Shane loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.   He was well known in the community for his love of baseball and coaching Little League.   He is survived by his wife, Heather Davis Faulk of Lumberton; a son, Landon Dakota Faulk; parents, Kelvin and Doris Faulk
Wanda Kay Bullard EdwardsWanda Kay Bullard Edwards, 66 of Marion died Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Lower Cape Fear Hospice Lifecare Center, Whiteville.  She was born December 10, 1951 the daughter of the late Raughty Major Bullard and Virginia Kea Rawls Bullard.  Wanda was a loving wife and mother.  Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Amanda Sellers. She is survived her husband, Danny Edwards

Paul NorrisPaul Norris, age 76 passed away on Sunday, October 21 after a short illness at the Shoreland Healthcare Center in Whiteville, NC. He was the son of the late Azier F. Norris and Vera Worley Norris and was also preceded in death by a brother, Brooks Norris. Paul's life work was in construction and later for a short while in maintenance with the New Hanover County School System


Vance LongVance Long 77, of Nakina died Sunday, October 14, 2018.  He was born July 9, 1941 in Columbus County the son of the late Marvin Bryant Long and Ethel Clewis Long.   He was a member of Seven Creeks Baptist Church for 54 years where he served as a Deacon, Choir Director, BTU Director, and Custodian.  Mr. Long worked in construction until 1964, was employed with National Spinning for 15 years and Cape Industries in Wilmington for 17 years.

Henry Grady LennonHenry Grady Lennon, Jr. 81, of Clarkton died Wednesday October 10, 2018 in the Columbus Regional Healthcare System. He was born December 22, 1936 in Columbus County, the son of the late Henry Grady Lennon, Sr. and Lalan Tart Lennon.   Mr. Lennon served in the United States Navy and retired after 40 years as Chief Engineer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is survived by his wife, Johnsie Cooke Lennon; a daughter, Monica Lennon Worley and husband, Russell, of Clarkton,...
Milton McLeanMilton McLean 71,  of Hallsboro died Sunday October 7, 2018 in the VA Hospital, Fayetteville, NC. He was born May 14, 1947 in Bladen County, the son of the late Duncan McLean and Effie Taylor McLean.   Mr. McLean was a  retired officer with the NC  Wildlife Resources Commission.  After retirement he was employed with the USDA as a beaver trapper from which he also later retired.  Mr. McLean loved the outdoors and thoroughly enjoyed his years of...

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Peoples Funeral Home

HALLSBORO—Ida Lee Brown Boone, 78, of Hallsboro, died Sunday, October 28, in Pennsauken, NJ. She was the wife of the late Lonnie Earl Boone. Arrangements will be announced by Peoples Funeral Home of Whiteville.


Alfreda Murphy Julien,Alfreda Murphy Julien, 83, of 625 Red Bug Road, Hallsboro, died Saturday, October 27, at Columbus Regional Healthcare System.She was the daughter of the late Arnold Murphy and Bethner Lewis Murphy. A memorial service will be 5:00 PM Wednesday, October 31, at the Peoples Funeral Chapel in Whiteville by Rev. Arnold V. Pierce.
Nellie- JohnsonNellie Mae Scales Johnson, 70, of 88 Edwards Lane, Whiteville, died Thursday, October 25, at her residence.The funeral will be 12:00 PM Tuesday, October 30, at Central Missionary Baptist Church, 443 West Virgil Street, Whiteville, by Rev. Judy V. Johnson.  Burial will be in the Campground Cemetery. Viewing will be at Peoples Funeral Home Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Juanita Jordan Moore, obituaryJuanita Jordan Moore, 73, of 29 Elm Loop Lane, Whiteville, died Tuesday, October 23, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Angel House.She was the widow of Henry Samuel Moore.The funeral will be 3:00 PM Sunday, October 28, at the Brunswick-Waccamaw Baptist Headquarters, 600 Pinelog Road, Whiteville, by Rev. Betty Strickland.  Burial in the Cherry Grove Cemetery.
imageLucynthia Faye Ford Shepard, 63, of 197 Leach Street, Whiteville, died Sunday, October 21, at her residence.She was the daughter of the late Letha Emma Jane Johnson and Harvey Lee Gibson. The funeral will be 11:00 AM Saturday, October 27, at Diamond Branch Missionary Baptist Church, 1909 South Madison Street, Whiteville, by Rev. Ronald Alford.  Cremation will follow. Viewing will be at Peoples Funeral Home of Whiteville Friday

imageLeslie Brown, Jr., 89, formerly of Clarkton, died Thursday, October 18, at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham. He was the son of the late Leslie Brown and Willow Mae Brooks Swindell and a veteran of the U. S. Army. The funeral will be 11:00 AM Friday, October 26, at Piney Grove AME Zion Church, 540 Booker T. Washington School Road, Clarkton.  Burial will be in the Clarkton  Cemetery.
Edith Victoria “Vickie” Matthews ChurchvilleEdith Victoria “Vickie” Matthews Churchville, 76, of 2271 Baldwin Road, Whiteville, died Sunday, October 14, at her residence.She was the daughter of the later John D. Matthews and Annie Richardson Matthews. The funeral will be 11:00 AM Saturday, October 20, at the Peoples Funeral Chapel in Whiteville by Brother John Huff.  Burial will be in the Welches Creek Cemetery.
Claude “T. J.” Vereen, JrClaude “T. J.” Vereen, Jr., 72, of 460 Academy Street, Fair Bluff, died Thursday, October 11, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was a deacon at Hickory Grove Missionary Baptist Church. The funeral will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, October 16, at Hickory Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 5598 Hinsons Crossroads, Fair Bluff, by Rev. Anthony Jones.
Nathaniel LennonNathaniel Lennon, 79, of 12721 Haynes Lennon Highway, Evergreen, died Thursday, October 11, at Liberty Commons. He was the son of the late Walter Raleigh Lennon and Louise Lennon.The funeral was held 1:00 PM Monday, October 15, at First Baptist Church, 521 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Bladenboro, by Rev. Gregory Taylor.  Burial at the Lennon Family Cemetery.
Charles Harrington BrownCharles Harrington Brown, 70, of 1286 Red Store Road, Whiteville, died Monday, October 8, at Bladen County Hospital. He was the son of the late Parker Brown and Mildred George Brown and a veteran of the U. S. Army.The funeral will be 12:00 PM Saturday, October 13, at Living Word Church, 6374 Chadbourn Highway, Chadbourn, by Rev. Ron Fields.  Burial, with military honors, will be in the McDougald Cemetery.
imageMary Lee Troy Atkinson, 75, a resident of Tabor Commons and formerly of Whiteville, died Sunday, October 7, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Angel House.She was the daughter of the late Alexander Troy and Mary L. Troy.The funeral will be 12:00 PM Monday, October 15, at Rose Hill AME Zion Church, 2257 Peacock Road, Whiteville, by Rev. Hardie Ballard.  Burial will be in the George Cemetery.
Twyla Tenise FordTwyla Tenise Ford, 41, of 14 New Hope Street, Whiteville, died Wednesday, October 3, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Angel House. She was the daughter of Kenneth Gray Ford of Whiteville and Lucy Victoria Best McKoy of Dublin.The funeral will be 1:00 PM Monday, October 8, at the Brunswick-Waccamaw Baptist Headquarters, 600 Pinelog Road, Whiteville, by Rev.  Richburg.  Burial

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Westside Funeral Home

Emily SmithEmily Smith age 41 of the Green Acres Community, Tabor City, N.C. passed on Friday, October 28, 2018 at Columbus Regional Healthcare System, Whiteville N.C. Funeral services will be held Sunday November 4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Sweet Gum Missionary Baptist Church, Loris, SC. Burial will follow in the Columbus County Singing Union, Tabor City N.C.

Sarah Silver, Sarah  Silver age 72 of the Green Acres Community, Tabor City, N.C. passed on Thursday, Oct 11, 2018 at McLeod Loris Hospital. Funeral services will be held Thursday October 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Little Iron Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Tabor City, NC. Burial will follow in the Columbus County Singing Union Cemetery in Tabor City N.C.

Lonneau LongLonneau Long age 61 of Marion, S.C. passed on Friday, October 01, 2018. Funeral services will be held Saturday October 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Union Missionary Baptist Church, Green Sea, SC. Burial will follow in the Columbus County Singing Union Cemetery, Tabor City N.C. Viewing will be Friday, October 5, 2018 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Westside Funeral Home Chapel,
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 Worthington Funeral Home

Joel Everette BullockJoel Everette Bullock, age 83 of Chadbourn went to be with his Lord on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Liberty Commons Nursing and Rehab. In Whiteville. Final rites will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at Worthington Funeral Home with Reverend Dave Crumpler officiating.  Interment will follow in Columbus Memorial Park Whiteville.Mr. Bullock honorable served his county in the Unite States Navy.


Barbara Allen McKeel LongBarbara Allen McKeel Long, age 83 of Whiteville, peacefully went to be with her Lord on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Liberty Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Whiteville. She was born on July 20, 1935 in Martin County; She was the daughter of the late Dovie Elizabeth McKeel and Virgil Mayo McKeel.  She was also preceded in death by four siblings, Estelle M. Powell, Naomi M. Hernandez, Dorothy M. Robinson and Dallas Clifton McKeel..

Clifford Kenneth Hutto, obituaryClifford Kenneth Hutto, age 67 of Whiteville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Whiteville.He was born on July 3, 1951 in Columbus County, to the late Clifford Hutto and Maggie Smith Hutto.  Kenneth was employed many years with the Columbus County Department of Transportation, until his retirement.He leaves a sister, Betty H. Kinlaw of Chadbourn; A brother.


Charles Wayne “Doodle” WilliamsonCharles Wayne “Doodle” Williamson, age 64 of Chadbourn passed on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. He was the son of the late Pauline Lee Williamson and Thomas Edison Williamson.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Harry Franklin Williamson.To cherish his memory he leaves his wife, Brenda Kay Hayes Williamson of the home; a daughter, Michelle W. Jacobs and her husband, John of Bolton; a son, Brian Williamson of the home; two


Daniel “Danny” Blease SarvisDaniel “Danny” Blease Sarvis, age 64 of Leland, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Worthington Funeral Home in Chadbourn. Born in Columbus County, he was the son of the late Oscar Blease Sarvis and Nettie Mae Ward Sarvis. Preceded in death by his sister, Joyce S. Ward.


James Cody StewartIt is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family of James Cody Stewart, age 30, announce his passing on Saturday, October 13, 2018. He was a much-loved son, brother, uncle, and nephew.  Cody found joy in the simplicity of life, never met a stranger, and always had a hug to give.  One of his greatest joys was found fishing on the water, where he often said was where his peace and happiness lie. He also loved to hunt.


imageJames Robert Bullard, age 86 of Tabor City passed on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Angel House in Whiteville. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Meares Cemetery, Fair Bluff. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He is the son of the late Retha Saunders Bullard and Alton Bullard and the husband of the late, Edna Hammond Bullard.  Mr. Bullard was preceded in death by four siblings.


Conrad Jackson AnsbachConrad Jackson Ansbach, Jr. age 75 of Whiteville went to be with his Lord surrounded by his daughter’s on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Angel House in Whiteville. Final rites will be held 11:00 am Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Worthington Funeral Home with Dr. Tommy Bryson officiating.  Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Tabor City.


Annie Christabel Floyd BrittAnnie Christabel Floyd Britt, age 85 of Evergreen went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. Final rites will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2018 at Boardman Baptist Church with Pastor Rodney Evers officiating.  Interment will follow in the Boardman Baptist Church Cemetery


Donald “Donnie” Paul HayesDonald “Donnie” Paul Hayes, age 62 of the Crusoe Community of Whiteville passed on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the Etheridge Family Cemetery in Crusoe with Reverend Ervin Etheridge officiating.
Donald Milford HardwickDonald Milford Hardwick, age 65 of Whiteville went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, October 5, 2018 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Lifecare Center in Whiteville. Final rites will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Worthington Funeral Home with Reverend William Kanupp, Reverend Chip Hannah and Reverend Charlie Smith officiating.  Interment will follow in the Happy Home Baptist Church Cemetery in Nakina.

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