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....
Whiteville: Su Van Nguyen, 86 of Whiteville died Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center in Whiteville.  He was the son of the late Bieu Nguyen and Huong Tran and was preceded in death by Hien Nguyen and My Van Nguyen. He served as a police officer in Vietnam for over 10 years. Survivors include his daughters, Hien Nguyen (Quan Dinh) of Whiteville and My Van Nguyen (Phuc) of Whiteville., sisters; Nhu Hoa Nguyen and No Nguyen, both of Vietnam. 4 Grandchildren. A...
On June 2, 2019 Alberta "Bert" Karen Anderson (nee Tudor) devoted wife of Melvin Anderson; beloved sister of Alfred Tudor and his wife Janet, William Tudor, Ruthie Cordwell and her husband Charles and Estelle "Stellie" Amos and her husband Samuel; loving great-grandmother of Jaelyn. A funeral service will be held at the Connelly Funeral Home of Essex, 300 Mace Avenue on Sunday at 5 pm.Visiting hours will be held on Sunday from 3-5 pm.  Interment at Garrison Forest...

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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  Monte Hale Formy-Duval, 71, passed away Friday, May 17, 2019 at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC  He was born in Columbus County, NC on March 30, 1948, the son of the late James Cecil and Emma Gore Formy-Duval. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Mary Ann Brown Formy-Duval and also a brother, J.C. Formy-Duval. Mr. Formy-Duval had retired as a Valve Tech with Nuclear Power Plants.  He was a member of Pleasant Plains Baptist Church.  Surviving is his...
Nakina: Jessica Lynn Gore , 33 of Nakina died April 12, 2019. She was the daughter of Debra Fowler Gore and the late William James Gore. She worked as a Textile Operator with National Spinning in Whiteville, N.C. Jessica is survived by her mother; Debra Fowler Gore of Whiteville,  four sons; Jonathon Allen McPherson, Christopher William McPherson, and Colton Chase McPherson all of Whiteville, Elijah Riley Porter of Nakina, her fianc'e ; Timothy Alan Porter of Nakina, one brother;...
On May 24, 2019 Don B. Brady devoted husband of the late Brenda Brady (nee Burton) for 50 yrs; beloved father of Todd Brady, Steve Brady and his wife Jamie, Kelly Picou and her husband Shawn, and the late Shane Brady; cherished son of Beulah and the late Vernon Deaver; dear brother of Danny Deaver, Vernon Deaver, Jr., Tonya Marceaux and the late Bob Brady; loving grandfather of Nicholas, Colton, Brittany, Carina, Victoria, Noah, Skyla, Jadyn, Caden, Athan, Alec, Ian, Avery and the late...
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...
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...

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Nakina: Jessica Lynn Gore , 33 of Nakina died April 12, 2019. She was the daughter of Debra Fowler Gore and the late William James Gore. She worked as a Textile Operator with National Spinning in Whiteville, N.C. Jessica is survived by her mother; Debra Fowler Gore of Whiteville,  four sons; Jonathon Allen McPherson, Christopher William McPherson, and Colton Chase McPherson all of Whiteville, Elijah Riley Porter of Nakina, her fianc'e ; Timothy Alan Porter of Nakina, one brother;...
On May 25, 2019 Elaine V. Snyder (nee Bartos) beloved wife of the late Donald J. Snyder; devoted mother of Donna Connors and Ronald Snyder and his wife Alicia; cherished grandmother of Teresa Klier, Dina Rachuba and Caitlin Snyder. Also survived by 8 great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at the Connelly Funeral Home of Essex, 300 Mace Avenue on Friday at 1:00 pm. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm.  Interment at St. Stanislaus...
On June 2, 2019 Alberta "Bert" Karen Anderson (nee Tudor) devoted wife of Melvin Anderson; beloved sister of Alfred Tudor and his wife Janet, William Tudor, Ruthie Cordwell and her husband Charles and Estelle "Stellie" Amos and her husband Samuel; loving great-grandmother of Jaelyn. A funeral service will be held at the Connelly Funeral Home of Essex, 300 Mace Avenue on Sunday at 5 pm.Visiting hours will be held on Sunday from 3-5 pm.  Interment at Garrison Forest...
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