Obituaries April 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 the 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


 Ronald “Ronnie” Dail NealeyRonald “Ronnie” Dail Nealey, age 65, Whiteville, NC, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in the New Hanover Regional Medical   Born March 27, 1953 in Columbus County, NC, he was the son of the late Joe Garland Nealey and Clara Lovette Nealey. He is survived by his wife: Phyllis Beck Nealey of Whiteville, NC

Melba Elois Mills WattsMelba Elois Mills Watts, age 85, of Norris Rd., Tabor City, NC, died Sunday, April 15, 2018 in the McLeod Loris Hospital.  Born December 21, 1932 in Columbus County, NC she was the daughter of the late David Paul Mills and Doris Lee Stephens Mills and the widow of Dale Watts.She is survived by one son: Rocky Dale Watts of Tabor City, NC; one brother: Anthony Mills


Mildred Lucille Cribb McPhersonMildred Lucille Cribb McPherson, age 81, died Sunday, April 15, 2018, in the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center in Whiteville, NC.  Born March 8, 1937 in Columbus County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Javie Cribb and Leah McPherson Cribb. She is survived by her husband: Raeford Melvin McPherson of Chadbourn, NC; one son: Wade Allen (Kelly)


Myrtle Gore LongMyrtle Gore Long age 89 of Clarendon, NC, died Sunday April 15, 2018 in her home. Born May 15, 1928 in Columbus County, NC, she was the daughter of the late RT Gore and Susan Long Gore, and the widow of Jessie Lawrence Long. She is survived by three daughters, H. Elizabeth “Beth” McLean of Calabash, NC, Barbara Ann Wright and husband


Donald David WilliamsDonald David Williams, age 87, formerly of Tabor City, NC died Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in the North Carolina State Veterans Home, Fayetteville, NC. Born in Columbus County, NC, he was the son of the late Jacob David William Williams and Maggie Fowler Williams.




Margaret Irene Strickland, age 73, of James B. White Hwy. South, Whiteville, NC, died Monday, April 2, 2018.  Born August 30, 1944 in Horry County, SC, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Smith and Addie Odella Harper.She was the owner and operator of 701 Nursery for twenty five years.

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Mckenzie Mortuary

John Robert BentonJohn Robert Benton went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, April 10 from his residence with his loving family present.  He was born in Columbus County on December 10, 1928, the son of William Carlos and Bertha Powell Benton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Edith Batten Benton, brother, William Earl Benton, sisters, Dessie Eulene Jernigan, and Mary Spaulding. Left to cherish his memories are two daughters, Patricia Benton Settle, husband Ron, and Peggy Benton Smith, husband Dale, all of Whiteville
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 Peacocks Funeral Home


Eva G. WalkerEva G. Walker, 94 of the Beaverdam community, Chadbourn died Monday, April 16, 2018  at her home.  She was born  April 3, 1924 in Columbus County, the daughter of the late Roy Godwin and Martine McPherson Godwin.  She was the widow of  V. D. Walker.  Member of  the Chadbourn Pentecostal Holiness Church.


Doris O'Neal Hunt,Doris O'Neal Hunt, 90 of Council died Thursday, April 12, 2018 in Elizabethtown Nursing Center.  She was born  August 19, 1927 in Bladen County, the daughter of  Lewis and Rhodia Ann Jacobs.  Doris was formerly a CNA with Premier Living and was a social worker with the New Hanover Department of Social Services.   A member of New Hope Baptist Church in Bolton.


William Kennedy "Kenny" PierceWilliam Kennedy "Kenny" Pierce 70, of Whiteville died Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at his home.  He was born August, 20, 1947 in Columbus County, the son of the late Wade Hampton Pierce, Jr. and Helen Dell Scott Pierce. He was preceded in death by a brother, Hampton Scott Pierce.

Kenneth-Shannon-RegisterKenneth "Shannon"  Register of Whiteville, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018.  He was born February 2, 1961 in Columbus County, the son of the late Jesse Purvis Register and Lola Maxine Watts Register.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Guy Register. He is survived by a daughter, Chasity N. Hewett and fiancé, Westly A. Dorsch


Edna Jean SalazarEdna Jean Salazar of Whiteville, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018.  She was born on September 3, 1949 in Elizabethtown, NC, the daughter of the late Iris Hyatt. She is survived by her husband, Susano Salazar; two daughters, Jessica Cribb of Clarendon and Stephanie Spies of Maryland; two grandchildren, Alyssa Duncan and Caylin McPherson; three great grandchildren; a brother, Buddy Hyatt and wife, Brenda of Columbia


Maggie Dale GrahamMaggie Dale Graham 78, of the Buckhead Community, Bolton went to be with the Lord Monday, April 9, 2018.  She was born July 4, 1939 in Columbus County, the daughter of the late Herbert Lee Graham and Lannie Victoria Jacobs Graham. Maggie loved the Lord and became a devoted member of the New Hope Baptist Church at a young age. Her life's mission was to witness to others and tell them about Jesus.

Robert "Buddy" Rackley, JrRobert "Buddy" Rackley, Jr. of Whiteville, died Friday, April 6, 2018.  He was born December 10, 1947 in Columbus County, the son of the late Alma Kersey Rackley and Robert Franklin Rackley, Sr.  He is a member and Deacon of Cornerstone Original Freewill Baptist Church.  He was the owner and operator of Rackley Plumbing  for more than 40 years.


Connie P. SingletaryConnie P. Singletary of Whiteville, died Thursday, April 5, 2018.  She was born on March 10, 1928 in Iredell County in Virginia, the daughter of the late Myrtle Murdock Plyler and Oscar Plyler. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia A. Hardbeck and her parents. She is survived by a son, Rev. Robert Allen McNair and wife, Debra of Evergreen


Thomas H. "Fuzz"  EtheridgeThomas H. "Fuzz"  Etheridge 90, of the Crusoe Community, Whiteville, died Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice.  He was born November 16, 1927 in Columbus County the son of the late Harvey and Lawrence Long Etheridge.   He was preceded in death by his wife, Eula Mae Arnold Etheridge

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Peoples Funeral Home


Harry Dewayne HickmanHarry Dewayne Hickman, 46, of 150 New Hope Street, Whiteville, died Wednesday, April 18.
The funeral will be 12:00 PM Thursday, April 26, at the Brunswick-Waccamaw Baptist Headquarters, 600 Pinelog Road, Whiteville, by Dr. Timothy A. Lance. Burial will be in the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church

Geneva Valeria King Ballard, 91, of Riegelwood, died Saturday, April 14, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington.
The funeral will be 3:00 PM Saturday, April 21, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2020 Woodyard Road, Riegelwood, by Rev. Jeremy Buie. Burial will be in the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.
Betty Jean Drayton Lennon, 79, formerly of Whiteville, died Friday, April 13, at her home in Philadelphia, PA.
She was the daughter of the late Will Drayton and Bernice Baldwin Drayton.
The funeral will be 3:00 PM Saturday, April 21, at Love Grove Free Will Baptist Church, 1763 Millie-Christine Road, Whiteville, by Rev. James L. Smith. Burial will be in the Welches Creek Cemetery.

Foster Williams, JrFoster Williams, Jr., 60, formerly of Riegelwood, died Thursday, April 12, at Calvary Hospital in Bronx, NY.
The funeral will be 11:00 AM Saturday, April 21, at the Peoples Funeral Chapel in Whiteville. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Riegelwood. Surviving are his wife, Irene Williams.

Fannie Colene Gore JenretteFannie Colene Gore Jenrette, 85, of 740 Seaside Road, SW, Sunset Beach, died Wednesday, April 11, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
The funeral will be 1:00 PM Monday, April 16, at Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church, 690 Seaside Road SW, Sunset Beach, by Rev. Alfred L. Jackson and Pastor Nathan Vereen. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery
Franklin Elmore, JrFranklin Elmore, Jr., 56, of 1250 Olive Drive, Green Sea, SC, died Wednesday, April 4, at McLeod Loris Hospital. The funeral will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, April 10, at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 4683 Alma Road, Nichols, SC. Burial will be in the Martino Cemetery in Saint George, SC.

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 Worthington Funeral Home

Royal Anthony RuffinRoyal Anthony Ruffin, 9-month-old infant son of Ashley Nichole Spaulding and Michael Anthony Ruffin of Whiteville passed on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at his home. Final rites will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Worthington Funeral Home in Chadbourn.  Interment will follow in the Bellevue Cemetery in Chadbourn.


Betty Katherine Faulk Porter, age 50 of Pinehurst and formerly of Columbus County passed on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Pinehurst Health and Rehabilitation in Pinehurst.
She was the daughter of the late Kathleen Prevatte Faulk and Wilton Ballard Faulk.
Survived by her husband, Wilson Leon Porter of Winston-Salem; and sister, Lori Faulk Hayes


Leroy David HoneycuttLeroy David Honeycutt, age 89 of Chadbourn went to be with his Lord on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at his residence. He was the son of the late Martha Walker Nance Honeycutt and John Henry Honeycutt, Sr. and was also preceded in death by seven siblings, J.H. Honeycutt, Jr., Charles Phillip Honeycutt, Beatrice H. Avant, Alice H. Treadway, Martha H. Dalton, William 

Robert Elliott Rogers,Robert Elliott Rogers, age 77 of Evergreen went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Lifecare Center in Whiteville. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the Rogers Family Cemetery in Evergreen with Reverend Dewayne Lambeth officiating.

David Deweese Reed, age 68 of Evergreen passed on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Whiteville. He is survived by his wife, Karen Regina Faircloth Barnes of the home; a son, Dewayne Reed of South Carolina; and a sister, Linda Reed Smith of Parkton.

Elmer Clinton BoswellElmer Clinton Boswell age 79, of Chadbourn passed on Monday, April 09, 2018 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Lifecare Center in Whiteville. Final rites will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Worthington Funeral Home with Reverend Chip Hannah and Rev. Charles Hilbourn officiating.


James Hoyt NanceJames Hoyt Nance was born on August 31, 1929 and went to meet our Lord at Lower Cape Fear Hospice House on April 5th, 2018.  He was preceded in death by wife of 64 yrs Ella Mae Enzor Nance.  Son of the late Eva Griffin Nance Kellihan and the late Charles Hoyt Nance.   Survived by Daughter, Yvonne Nance Sarvis

Lucille Brock GreenLucille Brock Green, age 84 of Whiteville passed on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Lifecare Center in Whiteville. Final rites will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Worthington Funeral Home with Reverend Sam McLeary officiating.  Interment will follow in Columbus Memorial Park in Whiteville.



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