Delilah Odessa Freeman Hampton Burney

Delilah Odessa Freeman Hampton Burney, 82, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 at NorthChase Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington.
Arrangements will be announced by Peoples Funeral Home of Whiteville.
Friends may visit the family at 148 Old 211 Street in Bolton.

Richard Wayne Martin

Richard Wayne Martin, 60, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at his home. Born March 6, 1957 in Conway, S.C., he was the son of Liz Alexander of Lancaster, S.C. and the late Homer Alexander.
Final rites will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 at Pireway Primitive Baptist Church in Tabor City. Visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 22 one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Inman Ward Funeral Home of Tabor City is handling the arrangements.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife,  Frankie Lynn Long Martin of Nakina; one daughter, Danielle Lynn Grice of Nakina; one son, Jonathon Paul Grice of Nakina; two sisters, Demetris Estridge and Debbie McLamb, both of Lancaster; three brothers, Glenn Martin of Florence; Gary Martin of Durham and Paul Martin of Lancaster; and one granddaughter.

Horace Winfred Butler

Horace Winfred Butler, 96, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille B. Butler; one son, James Winfred Butler; and one daughter, Daisy Norris.
The family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home. At other times, the family will receive friends at the home of Lynda Brisson, 57 Hershey Street inDublin. A private burial will be held at a later date.
He is survived by two daughters, Lynda Gray Brisson of Dublin and Wanda Lewis of Clarkton; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Community Home Care and Hospice, 333 Jefferson Street, Whiteville, N.C. 28472 or the charity of your choice.

Brown Street (N.C. 410) will be closed weeknights for paving until Sept. 29

Paving on Joe Brown Highway (N.C. 410) near Strawberry Boulevard in Chadbourn has necessitated a major detour, according to N.C. DOT.
The project is expected to end Friday, Sept. 29.
Joe Brown Highway in Chadbourn will be closed with a detour from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday nights to Thursday nights for intensive pavement repairs. Law enforcement and the contractor will assist motorists in using the detour. Local traffic will have no issues getting across N.C. 410 in locations where work is not taking place. Motorists passing through Chadbourn will use Strawberry Boulevard to Peacock Road to Slippery Log Road to Clarendon-Chadbourn Road and vice versa. The contractor hopes to complete a 1,200-foot stretch with each night’s work.
Southbound motorists will turn left onto Strawberry Boulevard and turn right onto Peacock Road, then turn right onto Slippery Log Road and then left onto Clarendon Chadbourn Road, then make a left on N.C. 410. Northbound motorists will make a right turn onto Clarendon-Chadbourn Road and a right turn onto Slippery Log Road. Then make a left turn onto Peacock Road and a left onto Strawberrry Boulevard into Chadbourn to the traffic signal.

Maxine Louise Thomsen Johnson

Maxine Louise Thomsen Johnson, 88, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at Marina Care Center.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McKenzie Mortuary in Whiteville.

Ricky Long

Ricky Long, 57, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2017. He was preceded in death by his mother, Vera Lee Spivey and father, Paul Long.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at Hardee Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, James Drewett of Athens, Ga., Justin Long and Samuel Long, both of Rocky Mount, Va.; two sisters, Peggy Sellars of Tabor City and Tammy Gore of Nakina; and four brothers Danny Long of Georgetown, S.C., Paul Long of Bennettsville, S.C., Terry Long of Rocky Mount, Va. and Rodney Martin of Tabor City.

Wanda Pearl Smith Ray

Wanda Pearl Smith Ray, 72, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. A graveside service will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 23 in Suggs Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Danny Heath

Danny Heath, 68, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 at Columbus Regional Healthcare. He was born Aug. 26, 1949, the son of the late Cooper Douglas Heath and Mildred Hayes Heath.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Cooper Douglas Heath Jr.
He formerly owned and operated Classic Colors in Whiteville.
The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at Peacock Funeral Home.
He is survived by his three children, Dannette Heath Ball of Southport, Dawson Heath of Whiteville and Devin Heath Thompson of Clarendon, and their mother, Deborah Heath of Whiteville; his sister, Anne Heath Grill of Charlotte; and 12 grandchildren.

Patricia ‘Pat’ Faye Simmons

Patricia “Pat” Faye Simmons, 71, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.  She was born May 28, 1946 in  Robeson County, the daughter of the late Raymond Herring and Martha Smith Herring.  She was the widow of Harlem Simmons. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, April Kelly; four brothers, Milton, Ray, R.C. and Daniel Herring;  and a grandson, Josh Kelly.
She retired after 20 years of service with Sloane Reality at Ocean Isle Beach as the Housekeeping Manager. She was a member of Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends  from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at Peacock Funeral Home. Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 in the funeral home chapel with Ervin Etheridge officiating. Burial will be in the Simmons Family Cemetery.
She is survived by one son, Kenneth “Buster” Simmons of Crusoe Island; one daughter, Paula Long of Crusoe Island; two sisters, Louise Little of Bladenboro and Annie Ruth Cook of Concord; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Richard E. Taylor

Richard E. Taylor, 72, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton . He was born July 28, 1945 in Robeson County, the son of Ervin Wilson Taylor and Gladys Benton Taylor.
He was formerly employed with Hills and Bo’s grocery stores. He was a member of New Center Baptist Church. He retired after 20 years with the North Carolina National Guard.


He is survived by his wife, Patricia Todd Taylor, a son, Chris A. Taylor of Bladenboro, three grandchildren, Marissa Taylor, Brianna Taylor, Christina Taylor, and one sister, Linda T. Hester of Bladenboro. He was preceded in death by  his parents, Ervin Wilson Taylor and Gladys Benton Taylor, three sons, Henry Wilson Taylor, Patrick George Taylor, Richard Kevin Taylor, sister Jeri King, and a brother Homer Lewis.
His funeral service with military honors will be 4:00 pm Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at  New Center Baptist Church by Rev. Kevin Kinlaw and Rev. Bobby Smith. His visitation will be 3:00-4:00 pm Wednesday at the church. The burial will follow in Pinecrest Cemetery.