Warsaw - Mildred Beatrice Kornegay Quinn, 88, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2022 at her home. Mildred was born January 31, 1934 in Duplin County, NC to the late Manly Kornegay and Maggie Westbrook Kornegay.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Mildred was preceded in death by husband, Robert Clifton Quinn; brother, Glenn Kornegay and wife, Virginia, Lynwood “Lyn Tom” Kornegay, and Andrew Kornegay; brother-in-law, Jessie Quinn; and sisters-in-law, Ruth Outlaw and Martha Chappell.
Mrs. Mildred was a graduate of B. F. Grady High School. She was a member of Johnson Baptist Church and truly had a servants heart with a willingness to help everyone. She was a hard worker not only as a homemaker but also helping on the farm. She enjoyed having a garden every year and canning or freezing all its bounty. Cooking for her family was her passion. You could always find her in the kitchen whipping up something delicious. She would make sure everyone was fed including the farm workers. Mildred loved her family dearly. She took delight in sitting and playing with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by two children, Douglas Quinn of Warsaw and Deborah Q. Drew and husband Cris of Magnolia; three granddaughters, Heather D. Boone and husband, Chris; Holly D. Casteen and husband, Brian; and Hillary D. Howard and husband, Jonathan; eleven great grandchildren, Ethan Boone, Maggie Boone, Lily Boone, Ayden Boone, Sadie Casteen Stokes Casteen, Carmen Mahoney Katie Mahoney, Drew Howard, Olivia Howard, Emmett Howard. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Genette Tate and Marie Quinn.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, Monday, June 27, 2022 at Johnson Baptist Church and a funeral service will follow at 11:00 am at Johnson Baptist Church. Burial will follow the service at Devotional Gardens, Warsaw, NC.
September 19, 1940 – June 20, 2022
Garner – James “Jim” W. Sanders, 81, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2022. He is a Duplin County native and son to the late Shephard and Katherine Sanders.
“From an early age I loved to draw. My fifth-grade teacher urged me to enter an art competition sponsored by Woodmen of the World and I won first place. When I was growing up the local school curriculum did not include art instruction, so I took one night a week art classes during my seventh-grade year. In my senior year in Wallace-Rose Hill High School, I produced a charcoal portrait of our Principal, Mr. Byron Teachey, as a Beta Club project.
A recruiter saw it and steered me to East Carolina University, where I eventually earned a degree in Art. My working years have included U.S. Air Force Illustrator, Community College Art Instructor, Advertising Agency Art Director, and 24 years as an Illustrator/Graphic Designer with CP&L/Progress Energy. I became fond of colored pencils years ago. In the late 1990’s I started getting together with a few like minded artists to share our colored pencil artwork and techniques. This early group eventually became chartered as the Raleigh-Durham chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America.”
“I am an “artist in residence” for the Association of Oldetime Barbell and Strongmen in New York, and since 1986 I have done over 72 portraits of their honorees, each of whom have been presented with my work at an annual meeting. I’ve also done drawings of over 50 of the old-time western movie stars for the Western Film Preservation Society in Raleigh. A video featuring some of my western movie star portraits was featured in a May 2012 issue of the Society’s newsletter, Reel Cowboy. My artwork can be found in several museums including the Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports at the University of Texas in Austin, and the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, in association with the Smithsonian Institute. Also, two of my commissioned portraits hang at
the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, DC.”
“Since retirement, I have been busy with commissioned portraits and teaching colored pencil art classes in Cary for the past 14 years, as well as in Garner. My rotating class schedules and more examples of my art can be found on our chapter’s website at, www.dc114cpsa.org –Jim”
A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 2PM, at Community Funeral Home, 1654 NC 24 and 50 HWY, Warsaw, NC 28398. Burial will follow at, Pinecrest Cemetery, Warsaw, NC 28398. The family will receive friends on June 24, 2022, at 6-8 PM at the Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 1200 Benson Rd, Garner, NC 27529, the night prior.
James is survived by his loving wife, Carole; son, Jon Sanders, wife, Marian, and granddaughters, Clare, and Lily; son, Alan Sanders, and granddaughter, Caroline.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to, Alzheimer’s Association, by mail, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or online to, www.act.alz.org www.
John William Gibson Sr of Rose Hill NC, formerly of Raleigh NC passed away peacefully after a brief illness on May 12,2022 at Rex Hospital.
John Gibson Sr leaves behind his wife Miriam E Gibson, daughters Kimberly Gibson and Claudia Gibson, sons Blake Gibson and John Gibson Jr., eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. John Gibson Sr. was born on 08/22/1927 to Claude William Gibson & Grace Alma Blake in Milford Delaware. John Gibson graduated early from high school and served in both the Army & Navy during and after World War II . After his honorable discharge from the Army, he continued his education and worked in family business in the Del-Marva area.
While attending Wesley college in Dover Delaware in the early 1950’s he met his wife, Miriam E Kennedy. While residing in Dover Delaware he became a State Farm Insurance agent and was later promoted to District Manager for State Farm and then moved to Durham NC in 1961. John returned to sales with State Farm in 1977 where he had an agency in Raleigh NC. John attended Mt Olivet Church and later Hope Community Church. John retired from State Farm in 1995 and later started a new business in the Home Health Care provider service for the disabled and mentally handicapped. John later sold this business, his home in Raleigh in 2021 and moved to Rose Hill NC to a property where he could enjoy the countryside with his wife, son John Jr and daughter Kimberly. A private service will be held for family and closest friends. A future announcement will be made with regards to a Celebration of Life service for those who would like to attend. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation be made to the following charity, donate.mercyships.org
Katherine Smith Thomas, 90, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2022 surrounded by family. Mrs. Thomas was born June 10, 1931 to the late Yancey Smith and Addie Mae Guy Smith.
A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 13, 2022 in Community Funeral Home Chapel with entombment to follow in Devotional Gardens Mausoleum.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by two sons, Steve Lewis Thomas and wife, Susan of Holly Springs, NC and Bonnie Gregory Thomas and wife, Cris of Statesboro, GA and daughter, Sandra Mae Lewis and husband, Bobby of Four Oaks, NC.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her husband, Bonnie Faison Thomas and sister, Brenda Lewis Smith.
Daniel Franklin Hobbs, 79, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2022 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center in Wilmington, NC. Mr. Hobbs was born May 4, 1943 in Wayne County, NC to the late Jesse Daniel Hobbs and Lillian Frances Brock Hobbs.
Mr. Hobbs is survived by his best friend, Gaynell M. Hunter and family; sons, Tommy Hobbs and wife, Linda Hobbs of Morehead City, NC, and Victor Hobbs; daughters, Joann Hunter and husband Greg Hunter of Wallace, Gloria A. Hobbs Tyndall of Deep Run; sister, Bobby Jean Hobbs of Keener; brothers, Billy Hobbs of Keener, Buddy Hobbs of White Lake; grandchildren, Brandy Hobbs, Brianna Willis, and Michael Willis.
A visitation will be held at Community Funeral Home of Rose Hill Monday, May 9, 2022 at 11:00am. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm at the Brock Family Cemetery in Sarecta, NC
Magnolia-Robert Spencer Powell, 65, of Magnolia passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at Sampson Regional Hospital. Mr. Powell was born August 3, 1956 to the late Sarah Ellis Powell and William Powell.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00am Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw. A visitation will be held prior to the service at 10:00am.
Mr. Powell leaves to cherish his memory Henry Powell, a cousin that was like a brother, of Magnolia; sister, Linda Flora and husband, William of Mechanicsville, VA and numerous other cousins.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Powell was preceded in death by wife, JoAnn Powell and brother, William Atlas "Billy" Powell.
Magnolia - Wiley Kenneth Williams, 82, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2022 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. Mr. Williams was born October 29, 1939 in Duplin County, NC to the late Wiley Williams and Maggie Elizabeth Whitman Williams.
A memorial service will be held 2:00pm, Wednesday, April 20,2022 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw. A visitation will be held prior to the service at 1:00pm.
Mr. Williams worked 28 years on base at Camp Lejeune starting in maintenance and ultimately retiring as a building inspector. He was a humble, conservative man, loved pots and pans and loved to cook. He was exceptionally musically inclined and could play many instruments. He had a great love for Mt. Airy and debated moving there one day. His greatest loves were golfing, youtube, and his computer. He was an avid golfer, with 5 hole-in-ones.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Judy M. Williams; daughters, Donna Wagnon and husband, Jack of Wallace, Tracy Bradshaw and husband, Steve of Magnolia, Gina Baker of Oklahoma; step sons, Mike Parkhurst and Shannon of Jacksonville, and Doug Parkhurst and wife, Lisa of Connecticut; step daughter, Helen Parker; brother, James Douglas Williams of Magnolia; sister, Linda Singletary of Rose Hill; grandchildren, Alyssa DeLuca and husband, Shane, Alex Parker, Allen Reeves and wife, Allyson, Sarah Wagnon, Megan Baker, Cory Alexander, Erick Alexander, Ty Baker, Jacob Bradshaw, Eli Wagnon, Tyler Bradshaw, and Maggie Wagnon; great grandchildren, Sebastian Quinn, Scarlett DeLuca, Syris DeLuca and Mattie Wray Reaves and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Williams was preceded in death by brothers, John Williams, George Perry "Tic" Williams, Billy Bryan "Joe" Williams, Barney Carlton "Buck" Williams, and Randy Williams, and his loving four-legged friend, Annie.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Duplin County Animal Shelter.
In Memory - Daniel Clemon Longest
May 8, 1946 ~ March 18, 2022
Daniel Clemon Longest passed away on March 18, 2022, at home with his wife, Hope, and son, Glover. He had bravely endured a brief battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Danny was the third son of Beaufort Brown Longest and Mary Teachey Faircloth Longest of Rose Hill, North Carolina. He is predeceased by his son, Dan Longest, Jr.; two brothers, Philip Longest and James Patrick Longest; and his parents. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Hope; his son, Franklin Glover Longest; daughter-in-law, Tania Valdemoro Longest; grandson, Gavin (9) and granddaughter, Olivia (5), of Raleigh.
Danny attended Wallace-Rose Hill High School where he and many loved classmates graduated in 1964. This amazing group of friends has remained close over more than 50 years since graduation and have enjoyed many entertaining gatherings.
Danny attended UNC and NC State where he met Hope Glover from Lake Waccamaw while she attended Meredith College in Raleigh. Danny joined the Air Force in 1967 and he and Hope were married in 1968. They lived in Biloxi, Mississippi where he was stationed. While in the Air Force, he discovered his career love of electronic engineering. Danny learned to operate and maintain cutting edge radar equipment and completed four years of service in Homestead, Florida. He worked in electronic engineering with Wang Laboratories in Atlanta, Georgia; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Miami, Florida. He later worked with General Hydraulics and Ryder Systems also in Miami.
Danny was one of those blessed people who lived his dream. In the fifth grade, his teacher, Mrs. Mallard, brought her class to Topsail Beach for the day. At 15, Danny's close friend invited him to the beach again, and this time he truly fell in love…not with a girl but with Topsail. His brother, Philip, and he built an oceanfront home in 1982 which their families enjoyed for vacations. Upon retirement in 2007 (to the Social Security person’s “why are you retiring?” he answered “because I can!”), he came to Topsail to begin construction on the first of two houses he and Hope would build and enjoy living in. He enjoyed boating; spending time on the beach, especially with the grandchildren; music (with over 40K songs on his computer library); playing pool; and anything to do with electronics, computers, and space discovery. His best job of recent years was being a “toy” for his grandchildren.
Danny’s sense of humor always prevailed. Even as his cancer progressed, he jokingly commented about his weight loss to many, “there’s a skinny man inside me trying to get out, and he has”, and to Hope, “I’m going to make my Halloween movie early this year”! Danny has been lovingly described as a “gentle giant” by a friend and classmate, and as “one of the kindest men I have ever known” by a Topsail Beach friend.
Sandra Kay Brock Williamson, 74, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2022 peaceful surround by her family. Sandra was born October 22, 1947 in Lenoir County, NC to the late Ransom Charlie and Ruby Thelma Grady Brock.
A visitation will be held 1:00pm, Friday, April 8, 2022 at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. A funeral service will begin at 2:00pm and burial will conclude the service in Golden Grove Cemetery, Kenansville, NC.
Sandra is survived by her daughter, Libby Berry and husband, Jon of Kenansville; brother, Charles Brock of Kenansville; sister, Cheryl Duff of Warsaw and Judy Horne and husband, Ervin of Kenansville; grandchildren, Rylee Berry, Mollie Berry, Brody Berry; several nieces and nephews and her very best friend, Dale Atkinson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 6, Kenansville, NC 28349.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of The Gardens of Rose Hill, for the love and care they gave Sandra during the last year.
Magnolia- Effie Lou Hudson Quinn, 82, of Magnolia passed away at her home Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Mrs. Quinn was born in Sampson County October 25, 1939, to the late Bertous Hollie Hudson and Lola Britt Hudson.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, March 26, 2022 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw.
Mrs. Quinn leaves to cherish her memory her son, Robert Quinn, III and wife, Tammy of Rose Hill; grandchildren, Emily Caroline Quinn, Ethan Robert Quinn, Gary Dylan Sessoms and Sarah Elizabeth Sessoms; sister, Lola Mae Bass of Richmond, VA.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Quinn was preceded in death by husband, Robert Quinn, Jr.; brothers, William E. Hudson and Milton H. Hudson; sisters, Rachel Herring and Lossie Shipp.
In lieu of flowers the family request that all memorial be made to The Remnant Community Church, 401 N. Norwood St., Wallace, NC 28466.
Kenansville - Douglas Ray Brinson, 73, of Kenansville passed away March 22, 2022 at his home.
Doug was born on January 5, 1949 in Duplin County to the late Hillary Thomas and Effie Hall Brinson.
Doug is survived by his loving wife Denise P Brinson of the home; sister Faye Hanchey and husband Earl of Wallace; sister in laws Joan Brinson, Lillie Baker and Raye Brinson, Dean Johnson, Joan Price and Brother in law Danny Price and wife Beth. Doug also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews that were near to his heart and whom he loved dearly.
In addition to his parents Doug was preceded in death by his brothers Randy, Carl Dean, Earl, James, LJ “Bud”, Roscoe and sisters Kay, Bernice, Marie, Beatrice, Judy and brother in laws Daryl and Dwain.
Throughout the many years In his business Doug developed relationships with and now leaves behind numerous business associates as well as a host of loyal customers and current and previous employees who became not only business contacts but friends.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who cared for Doug including the staff at Vidant Oncology and Vidant Home Health and Hospice for the care and attention provided to Doug throughout the course of his illness.
A celebration of life will be held at 2:00pm Friday, March 25, 2022 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw. A visitation will be held prior to the service at 1:00pm. A private family service will follow at Devotional Gardens.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorial be made to the Douglas R. Brinson Scholarship, James Sprunt Community College. P. O. Box 398, Kenansville, NC 28349 and/or in honor of his service in Vietnam contributions may be made to the Duplin County Veterans Museum, P. O. Box 137, Warsaw, NC 28398.
Magnolia - David Ray Kornegay, 74, of Magnolia passed away Sunday, March 20, 2022 at his home. Mr. Kornegay was born August 2, 1947 to the late Major Kornegay and Clara Mae Foss Kornegay.
A funeral service will be held 4:00 pm Thursday, March 24, 2022 at Community Funeral Home Chapel of Warsaw. Burial will follow the service in Devotional Gardens. A visitation will be held prior to the service at 3:00pm.
Mr. Kornegay leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Faye Kornegay of the home; daughter, Denise Kornegay of Rose Hill; brothers, Melvin Kornegay of Turkey, Johnny Kornegay of Warsaw, Ronnie Kornegay and Joe Kornegay of Magnolia; sisters, Clara Lee Brown and Joyce Whaley of Warsaw, Annie Hall of Magnolia, Teresa Kornegay of Emerald Isle.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Kornegay was preceded in death by brothers, William Earl "Buddy" Kornegay, Major Allen Kornegay, And Roy Lee Kornegay; sisters, Florine Kornegay and Lucille K. Harrell.
Mt. Olive-George Kennedy Astor Knowles, 87, of Mt. Olive, NC passed away Friday, February, 25, 2022 at Vidant Duplin Hospital in Kenansville. Mr. Knowles was born in Duplin County October 7, 1934 to the late, George William Knowles and Louisiana Sandlin Knowles.
A service to celebrate Mr. Knowles life will be held at 7:00pm Monday, February 28, 2022 at Community Funeral Home Of Warsaw. A visitation will follow the service. A graveside service will take place at 11:00 am Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Pink Hill.
Mr. Knowles is survived by sons, Randy Wayne Knowles of Pink Hill, Ronnie Howard Knowles of Warsaw, Simpson Columbus Knowles of Chinquapin, and Joseph Earl Knowles of Warsaw; daughter, Celia Katherine Davis of Pink Hill; daughter-in-law Paulette Knowles of Kenansville; eight grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and thirteen great great grandchildren,
In addition to his parents, Mr. Knowles was preceded in death by wife, Hattie Ruth Pike Knowles and son, Walter Gerald Knowles.
Warsaw-Nell West Rich, 77, of Warsaw passed away Friday, February 18, 2022 at Vidant Duplin Hospital in Kenansville. Mrs. Rich was born June 14, 1944 to the late James Daniel West and Susan Arlene Scott.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at Johnson Baptist Church. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at 10:00 am also at the church. Entombment will follow the services at the Devotional Gardens Mausoleum.
Mrs. West is survived by nephews, Jamie Bradshaw and Charlotte and Kevin Bradshaw and wife, Amanda; great nieces and nephews, Cooper Bradshaw, Lane Bradshaw, Ethan Bradshaw, Allyssa Bradshaw and Austin Grady.
In addition to her parents Mrs. West was preceded in death by her husband, Roscoe Rich, brother, James Claud West and sister, Susan Faye West.
All visitation will be at the church or cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be sent to Johnson Baptist Church, 477 Johnson Church Rd., Warsaw, NC 28398
Larry Herman Herring, 70, passed away Monday, February 14, 2022 at his home. Mr. Herring was born March 3, 1951 in Sampson County, NC to the late Durwin Herring and Dorothy Blackburn Herring.
A graveside will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 18, 2022 in the Harrells Cemetery in Harrells, NC.
Larry is survived by son, Steven Herring and wife, Thea of Rocky Point; daughter, Connie Herrera and husband, Pete of Wallace; grandchildren, Ivy Herring, Sidney Herring and Kaitlyn Maready. He is also survived by brothers, Henry Herring and wife, Carolyn of Clinton; Tommy Herring and Cathy of Turkey; Bud Herring and Rose of Roseboro; sisters, Kathy Quinn and husband, Joe of Rose Hill, Bonnie Knowles of Magnolia, and Carolyn Strickland of Harrells.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Herring was preceded in death by wife, Donna Howard Herring; brother, Jackie Herring; and sisters, Helen Carter and Deborah Howard.