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On May 29, 2019 Walter Raymond Taylor, Jr. devoted husband to Barbara Taylor; beloved father of Raymond and Timothy Taylor; dear brother of Philip, Jerry, Donna, Richard Taylor and Denise Swain, Betty Nan, Bill Hopp and the late Michele Forbes Taylor and the late Phyllis Hebert; loving nephew of Hannah Storto; cherished son of the late Audrey A. and the late Walter R. Taylor, Sr.; dear brother-in-law to Nicholas Storto. Also survived by many loving grandchildren. A funeral...
On May 25, 2019 William Marion Griffin, Sr. beloved husband of Michelle Griffin and the late Rebecca Griffin; devoted father of Debbie Reese, daughter-in-law Tammy Griffin, step-daughter Ashley Morelock and the late William M. Griffin, Jr.; loving grandfather of Stacy Griffin, William Griffin III, Devon Pottler and Isabella Morelock. Also survived by many loving family members and friends.  A funeral service will be held at the Connelly Funeral Home of Essex, 300 Mace Avenue on...
On May 29, 2019 Mary Delores Ash (nee Hansen) devoted wife of the late John D. Ash, Sr.; beloved mother of Cynthia "Dawn" Gambrill and her husband Charles "Alex", and the late John D. Ash, Jr., and his wife Roxane; loving "Nana" of John III, Kourtney, Zachary and Christina; cherished great "Nana" Jaxon and Charlotte; dear sister of Beverly Parrish, Darlene Wolfe, Margaret Wolfe, Caroline Wolfe, Lolo Clem and Jr Wolfe. Also survived by numerous nieces...
On June 4, 2019 Ella Jean Johnson devoted wife of the late Charles Johnson, Sr.; beloved mother of Norma Zubey and her late husband Joseph Zubey, Linda Lintz and her husband Ronald, Charles Johnson, Jr. and his wife Tracey, and the late Diane Rivers. Also survived by 8 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; dear sister of Lewis Ervin. Also survived by many loving relatives and friends. Graveside services and interment will be held at Holly Hill Memorial Gardens, 10201 Bird River...

Clarkton: Robert Otis Gurkin , 65 of Clarkton died Friday,  May 31,2019. He was the son of the late Earl Brown Gurkin, Sr. and Alice Carolyn Edwards Gurkin and was preceded in death by his brother, Earl Brown Gurkin, Jr. He worked in  Forestry Management. He was a member of Western Prong Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife: Lisa Douglas Gurkin of the home. Step-Sons; Curtiss Wilkinson and Nicholas Wilkinson, both of Wilmington, N.C., Sisters; Carol Spradley of Leland, N.C....


Doris Lee Fowler Bullard of Delco, NC passed away peacefully in her home Saturday, June 1, 2019. She was born January 14, 1934 in Green Sea, SC the daughter of the late Charlie Lee and Jeffie Strickland Fowler.  She was the oldest of seven siblings and is preceded in death by her husband, Horace Bullard of Delco, NC and her two sisters Dola Fowler and Margaret Fowler Buffkin. Doris, “Nannie, Aunt Dot, Mrs. Doris, Grandma,” proudly served the community for 54 years as the...

Whiteville: Polly Jean Benton Jernigan, 57 of  Whiteville died Saturday, April 13,2019 at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C.  She was the daughter of William Cecil Benton and Dolly Ward Benton. She was a former member of New Britton Baptist Church. She worked at Sam's Pit Stop on Jefferson St. for over 26 years as Store Manager. Survivors include her husband, Gary Dean Jernigan, Sr. of the home. Daughter,  Amanda Jean Jernigan Price ( Jonathan) of...

On May 29, 2019 Walter Raymond Taylor, Jr. devoted husband to Barbara Taylor; beloved father of Raymond and Timothy Taylor; dear brother of Philip, Jerry, Donna, Richard Taylor and Denise Swain, Betty Nan, Bill Hopp and the late Michele Forbes Taylor and the late Phyllis Hebert; loving nephew of Hannah Storto; cherished son of the late Audrey A. and the late Walter R. Taylor, Sr.; dear brother-in-law to Nicholas Storto. Also survived by many loving grandchildren. A funeral...
Pearl and Andrew were married on August 21, 1971 and celebra...ted 47 years together. Their home was blessed with: three children, Retha Mae (Charles) Bess, Mary Jane McConnell, and Andrew Charlie (Doris) Barrineau; and eight grandchildren, Brandon Pope, Darius Bess, Cheyenne Bess, Sam Pope, Destiny McConnell, Annabelle Barrineau, Karley Barrineau, and Hunter Taylor.
On May 29, 2019 Walter Raymond Taylor, Jr. devoted husband to Barbara Taylor; beloved father of Raymond and Timothy Taylor; dear brother of Philip, Jerry, Donna, Richard Taylor and Denise Swain, Betty Nan, Bill Hopp and the late Michele Forbes Taylor and the late Phyllis Hebert; loving nephew of Hannah Storto; cherished son of the late Audrey A. and the late Walter R. Taylor, Sr.; dear brother-in-law to Nicholas Storto. Also survived by many loving grandchildren. A funeral...
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