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WHITEVILLE -- Clarence Martin Benton, 87, passed away Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at Novant New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. Peacock Funeral Home.

OXFORD -- It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Jerry Pressley (Press) Porter Jr. Saturday, Nov. 20, 2022, at his home.  

CHADBOURN -- Alice Williams Bellamy, 72, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in Virginia. Smith Funeral Home, Whiteville.

WHITEVILLE -- Kathleen Martyn, 68, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. Worthington Funeral Home, Chadbourn.

WHITEVILLE -- Danny Allen Etheridge, 74,  died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2002, at Columbus Regional Healthcare. Worthington Funeral Home, Chadbourn.

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WHITEVILLE -- Evelyn Pauline (Nealey) Cribb Duncan, 90, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. Worthington Funeral Home, Chadbourn.

TABOR CITY -- Stephenson “Stevie” Martin Grier, 64, passed away Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, at McLeod Loris Hospital in Loris. S.C. Inman Ward Funeral Home.

WHITEVILLE -- Donald Phillip Currie Sr., 94, passed away Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at his home. He was born June 6, 1928, in Whiteville, a son of the late Duncan McKoy Currie and Flaudia Currie.

HALLSBORO -- Deacon Charles Freeman, 96, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 9,2022, in Lake Waccamaw.

WHITEVILLE -- Mr. Don Walter “Buck” Clewis, 79, passed away Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. He was born Nov. 20, 1943, in Columbus County, the son of the late Samuel Walter and Juanita Sellers Clewis. He worked with International Paper Company and ret…

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CHADBOURN -- Waylen Franklin Lanier, 73, of Chadbourn, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at his home.  Born Oct. 16, 1949, in Columbus County, he was the son of the late William Rossie Lanier and Gladys Lee Cribb Lanier.

LORIS, S.C. -- Carson Heath Ward Sr., 54, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, in the McLeod Hospice House in Florence, S.C. He was born Dec. 2, 1967, in Horry County, S.C., the son of Frances Merritt Ward and the late Carl J. Ward.

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CHADBOURN -- Estalene Britt Hedgepeth, 81, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at Columbus Regional Healthcare in Whiteville. Worthington Funeral Home.

TABOR CITY -- Tammy Kay Williams Nobles, 48, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in Whiteville. Worthington Funeral Home, Chadbourn.

FAIR BLUFF -- Harris Kelton Williams Sr., 79, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, at his residence. Worthington Funeral Home, Chadbourn.

BLADENBORO -- Johnnie Franklin Todd, 48, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville. Worthington Funeral Home, Chadbourn.

CHADBOURN -- James “Buddy” Vernon Soles, 77, went to be with his Lord Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, at Columbus Regional Healthcare in Whiteville.

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BRUNSWICK -- Gerald Milos Mestyanek, 91, formerly of Halcott Center, New York, went to be with his Heavenly Father Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at his residence.

CHADBOURN -- Mary Fern Bullard Burnette, 83, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in Whiteville. She was the beloved wife of the Rev. Rucker Preston Burnette; and the daughter of the late Gutherie Thomas (GT) Bullard Sr…

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CHADBOURN -- Mary Magdeline Long Davis Cheshire, 98, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in Whiteville.

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NAKINA -- Wallace Piggott Jr., 74, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare.

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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. -- Our beloved Mable Carpenter entered into God’s Kingdom Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, while surrounded by loved ones.

TABOR CITY -- Wanda Faye Jones, 73, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport. Born Sept. 7, 1949, in Columbus County, she was the daughter of the late Coy Brice Avant and Katherine Geneva Williams Avant.