Ronald Lee Benjamin

Ronald Lee Benjamin, 63, died Friday, July 21, 2017 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
Final rites will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 28 at Jerusalem Freewill Chapel Baptist Church in Chadbourn. Viewing will be held from 1-7 p.m.  Thursday, July 27 in the chapel of D&A Funeral Service and one hour prior to and after the service Friday, July 28 at the church. Burial will be in Belvue Cemetery.
He is survived by three children, Ronald Lee Benjamin Jr., Latoya Benjamin and Tasha Benjamin; five sisters, Betty McDowell, LeAnn Thompson, Arlene Gerald, Marthella Benjamin, and LaDonna K. Watson; and six grandchildren.

Maryann Margaret (Nancy) Straussner Wilson

Maryann Margaret (Nancy) Straussner Wilson, 68, died Friday July 21, 2017 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center in Whiteville. She was born in Queens, N.Y., the daughter of the late Thomas Francis Straussner and Mary Patrica Curry.
Nancy was a member of Lake Waccamaw United Methodist Church and was a YAYA’s Member-Shriners Hillbilly Unit. She worked as a secretary for more than 40 years and enjoyed anything to do with the lake at least when it involved her family, which she centered her whole life around.
Final rites will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 25 at Lake Waccamaw United Methodist Church with Dr. Fred Senter and Rev. Sam Loy officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 25 from 1-2:45 p.m. prior to service at the church. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. McKenzie Mortuary is handling the arrangements.
Active pallbearers are Brent Pait, Glenn McPherson, Lynn Hinnant, Kendall Powell, Kelly Huffman, Justin Powell, Allen Powell and Joe Wilson III.
Survivors include her husband, Rodney E. Wilson of Lake Waccamaw; three sons, Rodney E. Wilson Jr. (Sheila), and Matthew E. Wilson (Tori), both of Lake Waccamaw, Thomas J. Wilson (Caroline) of Hallsboro; three brothers, James L. Straussner (Nancy) of Spring Hill, Fla., Thomas A. Straussner (Heidi) of Oceanside, Calif., Joseph P. Straussner of Lake Waccamaw; six grandchildren, Harper Wilson, Brynnan Wilson, Drayton Wilson, Katie Wilson, Kinsley Wilson, Lakyn Wilson; a special cousin, Regina Ann Demitrack; and several special nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Columbus County Shrine Club, P.O. Box 2093 and Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center, 206 Warrior Trail, Whiteville, N.C.  28472.

Katie Elaine Purvis Johnson

Katie Elaine Purvis Johnson, 76, went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, July 22, 2017 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
She was the daughter of the late Katie Magnolia Bullard Purvis and Henry Herman Purvis and was also preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Purvis Edwards.
She along with her husband, Carroll farmed their land and she also worked as a seamstress for many years.  Elaine was a dedicated member of Riegelwood Baptist Church serving in many capacities for more than 52 years.
Final rites will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 at Riegelwood Baptist Church with Revs. Ed Taylor, Calvin Malpass and Chris Canuel officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 26 from 1-2:45 p.m. prior to the funeral at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Worthington Funeral Home in Chadbourn is serving the family.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 57 years, Carroll Floyd Johnson of the home; one son, Carroll Dwayne Johnson and his wife, Therese, of Riegelwood; three siblings, Mabel P. Harrelson and her preceded husband, Joe, and Oleta Purvis Meares and her husband, Henry, both of Cerro Gordo, David “Buddy” Purvis and his wife, Beverly, of Riegelwood; three grandchildren, Jacob A. Flynn, Megan Elizabeth Flynn and Amanda Rose Thompson and her husband, Kevin Ethan; and one great-grandchild, Alexander Noah Thompson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Riegelwood Baptist Church (Building Fund), 103 N.C. Hwy. 87, Riegelwood, N.C. 28456 or the Cheerful Hope Baptist Church (General Fund), 1810 Byrdville-Freeman Road, Delco, N.C. 28436.
Online condolences may be offered at www.worthingtonfuneralhome.com.

Karen Elizabeth Hendricks

Karen Elizabeth Hendricks, 58, died Friday, July 21, 2017.

The family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, July 23 at Western Prong Baptist Church. Final rites will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, July 24 at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown.

Rex Allen Wright

Rex Allen Wright, 55, died Saturday, July 22, 2017 at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence, S.C. Born in Horry County, S.C., he was the son of the late Cedric A. Wright.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 24 in the Swamp Fox Cemetery located at 4519 Swamp Fox Hwy. Tabor City. The family will receive friends Monday, July 24 at the cemetery. Inman Ward Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Wilson Wright of Roseboro; his wife, Susan A. Wright of Tabor City; one stepson, Joshua Faircloth of Tabor City; and four step-grandchildren.

Phillip O’Neil Bracy

Phillip O’Neil Bracy, 36, died Friday, July 21, 2017 at his residence.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 26 at New Light Missionary Baptist Church, 210 Hallsboro Road South, with Rev. Franklin Graham officiating. Viewing will be held from noon-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 25 at Peoples Funeral Home of Whiteville and Wednesday, July 26 following the service at the church. Cremation will follow.
Surviving are his parents, Kenneth and Elaine Bracy of the home; two sisters, Leashia Pope of Apex and Tina Freeman of Bronx, N.Y.; one brother, Kenneth Bracy Jr. of Wilmington; and his maternal grandfather, James Fleming Pridgen of Whiteville.

Audra Smith-Heffner

Audra Smith-Heffner, 73, died Friday, July 21, 2017 at Liberty Commons. She was born Sept. 24, 1943 in Waynewsville, the daughter of the late Joseph Hugh Gossett and Selma Brown Gossett. She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Heffner; and a sister, Huey Dianne Thomas.
She was a retired Cosmetology instructor from SCC. She was a member of Hope Community Church of Metrolina in Charlotte.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 24 at Peacock Funeral Home.
She is survived by three sons, Shane Smith and wife, Charlotte, and Kenneth Smith, both of Nakina,  Dale Smith of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one brother, Joel B. Gossett and wife, Linda, of Winder, Ga.; four grandchildren, Aaron Smith, Zachary Smith,  Morgan Smith, Hugh Smith; and two great grandchildren, Xander Smith and Gemma Smith.
Online condolences may be made at www.peacockfuneralhome.net.

Geraldine G. Blackburn

Mrs. Geraldine G. Blackburn, 85, died Friday, July 21, 2017 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center.  She was born May 28, 1932 in Columbus County the daughter of the late David Lee Garrell and Mary Emiline Hunt Garrell. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Robert Blackburn; and two brothers, D.L. Garrell and Jerry Garrell.
She was a 1950 graduate of Williams Township School and served as class president.  She was the first female school bus driver in Columbus County.
She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 23 at Peacock Funeral Home. Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 24 at Trinity Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Speight officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Tabor City.
She is survived by one son, John Robert Blackburn Jr. and wife, Brandy, of Wilmington; two daugthers, Annette B. Powell and husband, Pat, and Robin B. Holt, both of Whiteville; one sister,  Irene Santee and husband, Murray, of Abbottsburg; seven grandchildren, Amos Holt, Brooke Campbell, Faith Cribb, Libby Willoughby, Clint Campbell, Heather Black and Aria Blackburn; and nine great-grandchildren, A.J. Willoughby, Kasey Willoughby, Emma Cribb, Conner Cribb, Kira Holt, Sarah Cribb, Caleb Campbell, Jax Black, Cooper Campbell.
Memorial gifts can be directed to The Veterans Memorial Park, P.O. Box 1003, Whiteville, N.C. 28472.
Online condolences may be made at www.peacockfuneralhome.net.

Doris Pearl Rowe

Doris Pearl Rowe, 70, died Monday, July 17, 2017 at Tabor Commons.  Born July 31, 1946 in Columbus County, she was the daughter of the late John C. Williams and Ora Mac Todd Williams and the widow of Jimmy Nathaniel Rowe Sr. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by three sisters, Wanda Williams, Jean Williams and Brenda Williams.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 21 in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Inman Ward Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Jimmy Nathaniel “Jim Bob” Rowe Jr. of Tabor City; two daughters, Julie “Ann” Jacobs of Cerro Gordo, Deborah Jean Rowe of Tabor City; two brothers, John C. “Buddy” Williams of Socastee, Kenneth Ray Williams of Phoenix, Ariz.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.