Billy Gene Johnson

Billy Gene Johnson, 55, died Monday, March 27, 2017.
The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, March 30 at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Johnson Family Cemetery at Singletary United Methodist Church in Dublin.

Annie Elizabeth Webb Mosley

Annie Elizabeth Webb Mosley, 72, died Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Columbus Regional Healthcare in Whiteville. She was the daughter of the late John Riley Webb and Annie Dorsey Webb of Bolton.
Arrangements will be announced by Peoples Funeral Home of Whiteville.

Lois Watts Worrell

Lois Watts Worrell, 85, passed away Tuesday,  March 21, 2017 in Palm Bay, Fla. She was born in Lumberton. Lois was predeceased by her two youngest sons, Charles A. Simmons Jr and Lynn B. Simmons; and one daughter, Vicki Watts.
She was an owner of Circle Drive-In in Whiteville.
Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, 1010 Palmetto Ave., Melbourne, Fla. 32901 handled the arrangements.
She is survived by three sons, Lawson (Virginia) Watts of Melbourne Beach, Fla., Ronald (Gail) Watts of Raleigh, Marty (Ellen) Watts of Wilmington; three daughters, Brittin Randolph of Wilmington, Theresa Volkov of Richmond Heights, Ohio, Nancy (Bob) Timmis of Wilmington; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Frances Raynor Gonda

Frances Raynor Gonda, 72, died Saturday, March 26, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd Wellington and Mary Eliza Raynor; her husband, Thomas M. Gonda Sr.; three brothers, Frank, David and John Raynor; and two sisters, Margie Wright and Eunice Smith.
An open viewing will be held from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. officiated by Revs. Randy Andrews and Daren Andrews. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
She is survived by two sons, Thomas M. Gonda Jr. of Huntersville, Brad Gonda of Columbia, S.C.; two brothers, Roscoe Raynor of Dublin, Edward Raynor of Newborn, Ga.; two sisters, Lib Guthrie of Burlington, Shelby Warwick of Grays Creek; four grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Open Door Ministries, 2704 E. Broad Street, Elizabethtown, N.C. 28337 or Richardson Missionary Baptist Church, 9842 Center Road, Bladenboro, N.C. 28320.

Jo Ann Dove Baldwin

Jo Ann Dove Baldwin, 77, died Monday, March 27, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gaston Dove and Ila Hester Dove; one son, Joseph Mark Baldwin; and one sister, Hazel Dove Russ.
The family will receive friends from 12:30-2 p.m. Friday, March 31 at First Baptist Church of Bladenboro followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. with Dr. Bert Young and Pastor Bob Wall officiating. Interment will take place Friday, March 31 prior to the service in Pinecrest Cemetery in Bladenboro. Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown is handling the arrangements.
Surviving are her husband John Kelly Baldwin; two sons, John Allan Baldwin of Bladenboro, Tim Baldwin of Sanford; three sisters, Lola Dove Johnson of Bladenboro, Joyce Dove Ward of Clarkton and Linda Dove Bordeaux of Newport News, Va.; four grandchildren.
Memorial gifts will be appreciated by First Baptist Church.

Christine ‘Teenie’ Lewis Blalock

Christine “Teenie” Lewis Blalock, 97, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Mrs. Blalock was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Cameron Blalock Jr of Fremont; her parents, Ben R. Lewis and Rena P. Lewis; and a sister, Iola L. Davis of Goldsboro.
A celebration of Teenie’s life was held Friday, March 24 at Fremont United Methodist Church, followed by a time of visiting and sharing.
She is survived by one daughter, Scottie Gibson (Billy) of Fremont; one son, Paul “Cam” Blalock III (Tonya) of Rocky Mount; three grandchildren, Will Gibson (Jody Howell), Christopher Gibson, Paul C. Blalock IV (Erin); one step-granddaughter, Hayley Mangum (Wes); and four great-grandchildren, Paul C. Blalock V, Caleb Blalock, Christian Lewis Blalock and Kyler Lewis. She is also survived by her brother, Graves T. Lewis (Virginia) of Lake Waccamaw; nieces, Sandra D. Ehrenkranz (Phil) of Leesburg, Va., Jean T. Lewis of Lebanon, Pa., Susan L. Southern (Rev. Gray) of Apex; and nephews, Ben A. Lewis (Deborah Brewer) of Raleigh and Tim O. Lewis (Kim) of Hampstead; along with many special grand nieces and nephews.
The family would also like to graciously thank Faye Best, Molly Williams, along with many special friends, neighbors, and members of the Fremont community who generously assisted Teenie for many years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 1064, Goldsboro, N.C. 27533-1064 or to Fremont United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 147, Fremont, N.C. 27830-0147.

Gilbert H. Taylor

U.S. Air Force Ret. TSGT Gilbert H. Taylor, 75, passed away Friday, March 24, 2017 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center in Whiteville.He was born July 29, 1941 in Puerto Rico. Preceding him in death are his parents, Harold and Anna Taylor; his wife, Faye; and one brother, Robert Taylor.

He proudly served 20 years in the Air Force including time during the Vietnam War.  After his retirement he worked with Black & Decker and the Ft. Bragg Commissary.  He greatly enjoyed fishing, camping, and hunting.
A funeral service is planned for 2 p.m. Monday, March 27 at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church officiated by Rev. John Cook. Friends will be greeted from 12:30- 1:45 p.m. in the Gathering Hall. Interment will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 29 at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service & Crematory in Fayetteville.
Gilbert is survived by his very special friend of many years, Joan Elliott; sister-in-law, Kay Taylor; and many uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Snyder Memorial Baptist – Carpentry Ministry.
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Bettye Ann Hayes Wilson

Bettye Ann Hayes Wilson, 80, formerly of Chadbourn, died Sunday, March 26, 2017 at her residence.She was the daughter of the late Harvey and Dora Hayes of Chadbourn.
Arrangements will be announced by Peoples Funeral Home of Whiteville.