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Miscellaneous Columbus County, North Carolina
Obituaries from 2000


GROVER ALLEN GREEN
TABOR CITY - Grover Allen Green, 49, of Tabor City died. Final rites will be held Thursday, Sept. 28 at 1:30 p.m. from Cedar Branch Church in Cedar Branch, S.C. by the Rev. Jimmy Vereen with burial in Cedar Branch cemetery. Surviving are his mother, Louise Green and father, Grover Green of Tabor City; two sons, Carleton Allen Green and Lateef Green both of New York; a daughter, Teakeisa Green of Bolivia; two brothers, William Green of New York and John Green of Boston Mass.; a sister, Diana Turner of New York. A service of Westside Funeral Home.

EDMOND WATIES GREENE SR.
TABOR CITY - Edmond (Ed) Waties Greene Sr. of Tabor City died Monday, Sept. 25 at his home. Ed was born in the Cerro Gordo Community of Columbus County on February 14, 1919, the son of the late Wade Greene and Minnie Morgan Greene. He was pre-deceased by his loving wife of fifty years Ruth Norris Greene. and by three brothers Rubin Greene, Eugene Greene and Rudolph Greene all of Cerro Gordo and also by a grandchild, Nedja Rue Hyatt. Ed was a lifetime deacon at the Tabor City Baptist Church, and a devoted member of the Franklin Hooks Sunday School Class. He was affectionately known around the community as "pa." Final rites will be held Thursday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. at the Tabor City Baptist Church on Live Oak Street, Tabor City with the Dr. Jim Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Lawn cemetery. He is survived by two daughters, Lynda G. Hyatt and husband Willis of Clarendon, and Sandra G. Wester and husband Al of Red Oak; three sons, Edmond Waties Greene Jr. "EW" and his wife Betty of Chadbourn, Mickey Van Greene and his wife Audrey of Little River, SC and Gregory Lynn Greene and his wife Karen of Tabor City. He is survived by his stepmother, Ora Greene and by six sisters Eloise Thornton of Rolesville, Christine Smith of Indian Trail and Lois McKinney of Greensboro, Shelby Hill, Carolyn Thompson and Patsy Greene, all of Cerro Gordo; two brothers, L.C. Greene and Jimmy Greene of Cerro Gordo. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, Renee Keisler of Clarendon, Stanley Hyatt of Yorktown VA, Alfred Lane "Ditto" Wester and Tanya Rue Colagerakis, both of Raleigh, Stacey Greene Wester of Wilmington, Amy Ruth Greene of Raleigh, Lynne Greene Hewett of Whiteville and Edmond Waties Greene III of Chadbourn, Mickey Van Greene Jr. of Tabor City, Adrian C. Greene and Jason C. Greene of Clemson, SC, Gregory Coley Greene and Jack Clayton Greene of Tabor City and six great-grandchildren, Crystal Johnson, Calvin Keisler, Brittany, Tyler and Hannah Colagerakis, and Mason Hewett. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the NC Baptist Foundation, in care of the Tabor City Baptist Church, 200 Live Oak St. Tabor City, NC 28463. A service of Inman Funeral Home.

GARFIELD PAGE
WHITEVILLE - Garfield Page, 92, of Peacock Road, died Friday, Sept. 22, at his residence. Final rites will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. at Prong Chapel Free Will Baptist Church by Rev. Frank Mason, Jr. with burial in the George Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:30 until time for the service. Surviving are three sisters, Marie McRae of Chadbourn, Helen Murphy of Hallsboro, and Elassie McKoy of Bronx, NY. A service of Peoples Funeral Home.

ALFORD MCCLELLAND
PHILADELPHIA, PA. - Rev. Alford McClelland, 80, formerly of Whiteville, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Philadelphia, PA. Arrangements will be announced by Peoples Funeral Home.

RODOLFO ALBARRAN
RIEGELWOOD - Rodolfo Albarran, 39, of Raven Way, Riegelwood, died Monday, Sept. 25, at his residence. Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Peoples Funeral Chapel. A service of Peoples Funeral Home.

SHERRILL GAUSE
WHITEVILLE - Sherrill Gause, 58, of Pine Grove Road, Southwood, died Sept. 25 at N.C. Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. He was born in Horry County, SC the son of the late Burroughs and Nancy Cox Gause. He was a graduate of UNC at Pembroke with a BA degree in Sociology. He was formerly employed with Winn-Dixie and Hill’s in Whiteville. He was a member and deacon of Calvary Baptist Church and formerly was in the National Guard. Final rites will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church by Rev. Ray Yow and Rev. Ron Nelson. Interment will be at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Red Bluff, S.C. He is survived by his wife, Irene Williamson Gause; a son, Brent Gause and his wife Mardi of Greenville, NC; two brothers, David Gause of Roseville, CA and Joseph B. Gause of Columbia, SC. He was preceded in death by a sister, Eulee Gause Todd. Serving as pallbearers will be Dale Nelson, Rodney Williamson, Jake Sutton, Ray Long, Hollis Sawyer and Joey Gause. A service of Peacock Funeral Home.

GERALD BURNEY
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Mrs. Gerald G. Burney, 70, formerly of Council, died Friday, Oct. 2, 2000. Final rites were conducted Saturday, Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m. at Shady Grove AME Zion Church, Council, by the Rev. Marjorie Powell. Interment was in the New Hope Cemetery, Council. Peoples Funeral Home handled the arrangements. She is survived by two sisters: Mary Willis of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Ethel Hines of Bladenboro. Friends may visit the family at the home of Mrs. Geraldine Cromartie, 1033 Figure 9 Road, Council.

ADA V. CALDWELL
CHADBOURN -- Ada V. Caldwell, 80, died Wednesday, Oct. 25 in New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Final rites will be conducted Monday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Jerry Ganus. Interment will be in the Belview Cemetery. Peoples Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. She is survived by her husband, Abraham Caldwell; one daughter: Eloise Faulk of Chadbourn; two step-daughters: Sarah Harrison of Philadelphia, Pa. and Beatrice McKnight of Summerton, S.C.; three step-sons: Robert Lee Caldwell of Kernersville, Joseph Caldwell of Winston-Salem, and Malachi Caldwell of Summerton, S.C.; two brothers: Leroy Stanley of Wilmington, Del. and James Stanley of Chadbourn.

PHILIP M. DODSON
RIEGELWOOD -- Philip Martin Dodson, 81, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000 at Cypress Pointe Rehabilitation Centre. Mr. Dodson was born Sept. 27, 1919 in Greenville, the son of the late John Ellis and Minnie Farios Dodson. He was a member of Riegelwood Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was retired from Federal Paper and was a charter member of the ADR Fire and Rescue Squad. Final rites were conducted Saturday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel by the Rev. Charles Hester. Interment was in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Andrews Mortuary handled the arrangements. He is survived by his wife, Elsie Avent Dodson of the home; one son: Philip Martin Dodson Jr. of Bridgeport, W. Va.; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother: Jack E. Dodson of Richmond, Va.; and one sister: Mary Frances Dodson Mintz of Virginia Beach, Va.

MARY C. HIGH
WHITEVILLE -- Mrs. Mary Margaret Caffee High, 93, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000. She was born in Columbus County, the daughter of the late John and Maggie Baldwin Caffee. She was the widow of Oscar Haynes High. She was a member of White Marsh Baptist Church. Final rites were conducted Saturday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. at White March Baptist Church by the Reverends Leon Lancaster and Jerry Spivey. Interment was in the Creech Cemetery. Peacock handled the arrangements. She is survived by one son: Jerry T. High of Whiteville; three daughters: Lucille H. Hooks of Whiteville, Betty H. Taylor of New Bern, and Margaret H. Jernigan of Whiteville; one brother: Johnny Caffee of Whiteville; two sisters: Fannie C. High of Whiteville and Iola C. Williamson of Chadbourn; 19 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons: Herman H. High and Charles L. High; seven brothers: Riley Caffee, Arthur Caffee, Earlie Caffee, Jessie Caffee, Bennie Caffee, Pinksey Caffee, and Clyde Caffee. Her grandsons served as pallbearers.

KENNETH W. GODWIN
TABOR CITY -- Kenneth Wayne Godwin, 44, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000 in Kannapolis. He was a native of Columbus County and the son of Luria Norris Godwin and the late Burris Godwin. Final rites were conducted Saturday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. in the Inman Chapel by the Reverends Bobby Cartrette and Steward Norris. Interment was in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Tabor City. Inman Funeral Home handled the arrangements. He is survived by three daughters: Rosetta Duncan of Spartanburg, S.C., Sarah Godwin, and Hannah Godwin, both of Kannapolis; mother: Luria Godwin of Tabor City; four brothers: David Godwin, Don Godwin, and Ricky Godwin, all of Tabor City, and Alton Godwin of Raeford; three sisters: Betty Cartrette of Loris, S.C., Linda Lovette and Annie Gore, both of Tabor City; and two grandchildren.

JOHN P. KELLY
ELIZABETHTOWN -- John Patrick Kelly, 41, formerly of Raeford, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000. He was employed by CP&L and was actively involved in Bladen and Hoke County Fire Departments and Rescue Squads. He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Kelly. Final rites were conducted Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. at Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church by the Rev. David Wade. Interment was in the church cemetery. Kinlaw Funeral Home of Elizabethtown handled the arrangements. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Ross Kelly of the home; one daughter: Leighanne R. Kelly of the home; one son: John P. Kelly II of the home; his parents: Thurman and Sandra P. Kelly of Clarkton; three sisters: Vickie Kelly of Raleigh, Sharon Kelly of Clayton, and Heather K. Wilson of Pittsboro; and one brother: Joe Kelly of Laurinburg. Memorials may be made to Wesley’s Chapel Playground Fund, 2409 Peanut Plant Road, Elizabethtown, N.C. 28337 or to North Raeford Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 205, Raeford, N.C. 28376.

LATHAN W. TURNER
WHITEVILLE -- Lathan Woodrow Turner, 81, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000 at Shoreland Health Care Center, Whiteville. He was a native of Horry County and a retired farmer. Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery, Nichols, S.C. by the Rev. Elmore Strickland. Meares Funeral Home handled the arrangements. He is survived by one son: Jerry Joel Turner and wife Vickie of Kinston; one daughter: Dianne Turner Hewitt and husband Wade of Chadbourn; one sister: Ruth Turner Floyd and husband Wilbur of Whiteville; three grandchildren: Jackie H. Norris of Fair Bluff, Anthony Wade Hewitt of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Jennifer Ryan Turner of Kinston.

SADIE S. WARD
WHITEVILLE -- Sadie Spivey Ward, 83, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000. She was born in Columbus County, the daughter of the late Ellis and Prairie Formyduval Spivey. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. Final rites will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church by the Reverends David Watts and Vernon Williamson. Interment will be in the Ward Family Cemetery. Peacock is handling the arrangements. She is survived by her husband, Solon E. Ward; four sons: S. Richard Ward; Jerry E. Ward, and L. Paul Ward, all of Whiteville, and James Floyd Ward of Watford City, N.D.; three daughters: Betty Ward Stanley and Sarah Ward Smith, both of Lake Waccamaw and Martha Ward Walker of Whiteville; two brothers: James Spivey of Wilmington and Robert Spivey of Crystal River, Fla.; three sisters: Edna S. Fore of Whiteville, Cecil Miller of Anderson, S.C., and Ada Mildred Sharkey of Seattle, Wash.; 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Peacock’s Chapel In The Pines.

ROBERT G. JOHNSON
WHITEVILLE -- Robert G. Johnson, 61, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000 in Columbus County Hospital. He was the son of the late Kelly and Ruby Todd Johnson. Final rites were conducted Saturday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. at Oak Dale Baptist Church by the Rev. Robert McNair. Interment was in Union Valley Baptist Church Cemetery. Worthington Funeral Home handled the arrangements. He is survived by his wife, Judith Carol Smith Johnson of the home; two daughters: Lisa Ann Soles and Karen Sue Martin, both of Whiteville; one sister: Linda J. White of Whiteville; and five grandchildren. Pallbearers were: Keith Harrelson, Keith Gooden, Roger Wright, Steve Cartrette, Garrett Beane, Memory Todd, Marcus Roseman, and Wayne Martin.

WILLIAM E. BERNSTEIN SR.
PALM DESERT, CALIF. -- William E. "Bill" Bernstein, Sr., 74, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000 at Eisenhower Hospital in Palm Desert, Calif. He was born December 21, 1925 in Clifton Forge, Va. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theater. After graduating from the University of Alabama, he received a commission in the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, retiring with the rank of Major. He worked for the electronics division of TRW in Los Angeles as Director of Human Resources. A resident of Palm Desert, Calif. since 1990, he was elected president of the Desert Falls Homeowners Association for the past nine years, president of the Palm Desert "Palms to Pines" Rotary Club, assistant governor of Rotary District 5330, and a docent at the Living Desert Reserve. A celebration of life will be held at the Living Desert Reserve. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Palm Desert, Calif.; children: William E. "Bill" Bernstein Jr. of Lake Waccamaw; Jane Jarzebek of Westfield, Mass., Leslie Bramwell-Smith of Petaluma, Calif., and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to the Living Desert Reserve, 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, Calif. 92260 or the Palm Desert "Palms to Pines" Rotary Club, P.O. Box 3265, Palm Desert, Calif. 92261.

FRANK T. KEENAN SR.
WILMINGTON -- Frank Thomas Keenan Sr., 84, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000 at his residence. He was a longtime associate of the General Electric Corp. and was involved with the construction and operation of the present Wilmington plant. A funeral Mass will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. at Saint Mark Catholic Church by Father Matthew Hendrick. Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service is handling the arrangements. He was the father of George Keenan of Wilmington, former City Building Inspector of Whiteville. The list of survivors is incomplete and will be announced by Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service. The family will receive friends at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Oleander Chapel, Tuesday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. with a Rosary prayer service to be held at 7 p.m. and at other times at the residence.

ROLAND LEE CAMPBELL
CLARKTON -- Roland Lee Campbell, 41, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000 at his residence. Final rites will be conducted Thursday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. at Pierce Chapel AME Zion Church by the Rev. Elijah Coleman. Interment will be in the Mitchell Field Cemetery. Peoples Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. He is survived by his wife, Lolita Campbell; one son: Ryan Campbell of Clarkton; his father: William D. Campbell Jr. of Clarkton; and one brother: William E. Campbell of Los Angeles, Calif.

JOHN A BYRD
WHITEVILLE -- John A Byrd, 76, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000 at his home. He was the son of the late Joe Byrd and Letta Tedder and was the husband of the late Vera Walker Byrd. Mr. and Mrs. Byrd were farmers in the White Marsh Community. Final rites were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 2:30 p.m. at McKenzie Mortuary Chapel by the Reverends Leon Lancaster and Wiley Rutledge. Interment was in Columbus Memorial Park. McKenzie Mortuary handled the arrangements. He is survived by one son: Harrel W. Byrd of Lake Waccamaw; two daughters: Patsy B. Pierce of Lake Waccamaw and Brenda B. Rushing of Whiteville; one brother: Giles M. Byrd of Lake Waccamaw; six grandchildren: Gwyn Byrd, Scarlett B. Strickland, Chris Pierce, Tim Pierce, Mary Beth Rushing, Leigh Ann Rushing; and one great-grandchild: Alex Pierce. Pallbearers were: Chris Pierce, Tim Pierce, Shawn Fowler, Gwyn Byrd, Derrick Strickland, and Jason Faulk.

LUCY G. PRICE
BLADENBORO -- Lucy Guyton Price, 86, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000 in Rex Health Care Center, Raleigh. Final rites were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church by the Rev. Neil Harrelson. Interment was in Oak Grove Church Cemetery. Lewis Funeral Home handled the arrangements. She is survived by one daughter: Novella P. Shaw of Cary; one son: Myers Conly Price of Castle Hayne; three sisters: Lydia Brisson Edge and Thelma Brisson, both of Bladenboro, and Laura Jackson of Lebanon, Tenn.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church, Oak Grove Church Road, Bladenboro, N.C. 28320.

BOBBIE BRITT
SHALLOTTE -- Bobbie Britt, 66, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000 at Raleigh Community Hospital, Raleigh. Final rites were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. at Lewis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was in Lewis Cemetery. Lewis Funeral Home handled the arrangements. She is survived by one son: Leith Britt of Garner; two sisters: Betty Walters of Lumberton and Jeannette Rice of Raleigh; and one granddaughter.

CARLSTON R. NORRIS
WHITEVILLE -- Carlston Rudolph "Rudy" Norris of 406 North Franklin Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000 in New Hanover Medical Center. He was the son of the late Van Brocklyn and Thelma Stevens Norris. He had been in declining health for several years. Mr. Norris was known for his devotion to his family and to his sisters and brothers-in-law. He was an active and faithful member of the Hallsboro Baptist Church, serving in many capacities. He was best known for his visitation through the deacon ministry. He was a retired independent trucker and a veteran of the Korean Conflict. The funeral will be held at the Hallsboro Baptist Church Friday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Ed Vogt conducting the service. McKenzie Mortuary is handling the arrangements. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia Wilson Norris; two daughters: Cynthia N. Cox and husband Carlton of Whiteville and Lynn N. Covington and husband Rocky of Clio, S.C.; and two granddaughters: Laura Hernandez and Crissie Cox and close personal and family friends. The family will receive friends at McKenzie Mortuary Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and at other times at the home. Pallbearers will be John William Crawford, Larry Buffkin, Robert Bullard, John Clyde Baldwin, and Van Armelin Pierce. Memorials may be made to the Hallsboro Baptist Church, P.O. Box 86, Hallsboro, N.C. 28442 or Old Zion Wesleyan Church, Swamp Fox Road, Tabor City, N.C. 28463.

WILLIAM MCCLURE JR.
TABOR CITY -- William "Will" McClure Jr., 15, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000 in Loris Community Hospital. Final rites will be conducted Thursday, Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. at South Columbus High School by the Rev. William Nesbit. Interment will be in the Stephens and Wright Cemetery. Westside Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. He is survived by his mother: Donzella Stephens of Tabor City; his father William McClure of Tabor City; several brothers and sisters and an extended family.

NICHOLAS BENJAMIN
CLARKTON -- Nicholas Benjamin, 72, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000 at his residence. He was a veteran. Final rites will be conducted Friday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Timothy Lance. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Peoples Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. He is survived by three daughters: Felecita B. Foster of the home; Barbara Green of Darlington, S.C., and Olivia Nesmith of Greensboro; six sons: Cornelius Benjamin of Brunswick, Calvin Benjamin of Asheboro, Jerome Benjamin of Walnut Cove, Christopher Benjamin of Greensboro, Virgil Benjamin and Waddell Powell, both of Whiteville; five sisters: Marjorie Adams of Jersey City, N.J., Dollie B. Coulter of Effingham, S.C., Deloris B. Phillips of Florence, S.C., Lily B. McNair of Suitland, Md., and Mary B. Gibbs of Sheverly, Md.; four brothers: Cleveland Benjamin of East Orange, N.J., Ulysses Benjamin of Washington, D.C., Raymond Benjamin of Hyattsville, Md., and Willie Lee Benjamin of Florence, S.C.

ODESSA BRYANT
HALLSBORO -- Odessa Bryant, 79, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000 at Columbus County Hospital. Final rites will be conducted Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at Little Wheel of Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Lake Waccamaw by the Rev. Buck Brown. Interment will be in the Cutler Cemetery, Lake Waccamaw. Peoples Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. She is survived by one son: Wilford Freeman of the home; and one stepson: Ray Henderson of Orange Park, Fla. There will be a wake Friday, Dec. 1 from 6-7 p.m. at the Peoples Funeral Chapel, Whiteville.

ALLENE M. STEWART
CHADBOURN -- Allene Milligan Stewart, 71, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000 in Columbus County Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Durwood and Brookie Norris Milligan. Final rites were conducted Thursday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. at Worthington Funeral Home by Colon Carter. Interment was in Chadbourn Memorial Cemetery. Worthington Funeral Home handled the arrangements. She is survived by her husband, Harry Stewart of the home; three sons: Terry L. Stewart of Wilmington, Bobby Stewart of Whiteville, and Mark Stewart of the home; three sisters: Ethelene Gibson of Rockingham, Rachel Clay of Richmond, Va., and Dean Patterson of Lilburn, Ga.; and two grandchildren. Pallbearers were: Leroy Sellers, Bill Worley, Pat Sellers, Donnie Tew, Scott Burchette, and Ronnie Stewart.


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