Warsaw - Jenell Kirby Edmundson, 76, passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at Wayne UNC Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, NC. Mrs. Jenell was born October 25, 1947 in Wayne County, NC to Amos Kirby, Jr. and Katie Mae Gore Kirby.
Mrs. Jenell was a lifelong member of Johnson Baptist Church, where she faithfully attended and was a active member within church. She was a pillar of her community, with a willingness to lend a helping hand whenever needed.
Visitation will be held 1:00 pm, Saturday, December 9, 2023 at Johnson Baptist Church. A funeral service will follow at 2:00pm and burial will conclude the service in Devotional Gardens.
Mrs. Jenell is survived by daughter, Jennifer E. Harrell and husband, Jacob of Warsaw, NC; grandchildren, Hunter and Rachel Harrell, sister-in-law, Cathy Best of Mount Olive, NC; half-sister, Pat Singleton of Goldsboro, NC; several special cousins and numerous loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Gene Edmundson; brothers, Carl Kirby and Dennis Kirby.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Johnson Baptist Church, 477 Johnson Baptist Church Road, Warsaw, NC 28398.
Kenansville - Timothy Beddingfield, 56, passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at Wayne UNC Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, NC. Timothy was born November 26, 1967 in Wayne County, NC to the late Mose David Beddingfield and Eloise Pate Beddingfield.
Visitation will held 12:00 pm, Friday, December 8, 2023 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw. The funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m., in Community Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Beddingfield Family Cemetery at 371 Sand Ridge Road, Beulaville, NC.
Timothy is survived by his wife, Felicia Beddingfield of the home; sons, Jason Beddingfield and wife, Jennifer of Pink Hill, Korey Beddingfield and wife, April (special daughter) of Beulaville; Nick Beddingfield of Kenansville, Eddie Lindsay and Yolande of Charlotte, Dalton Beddingfield of Kenansville; daughters, Felicia Beddingfield of Kenansville, Elizabeth Beddingfield of Kenansville, Brittany Baker and husband, Donnie of Charlotte, Melissa Bell of Magnolia; grandchildren, Braxton Beddingfield, Paisley Beddingfield, Elliot Beddingfield, Elijah Beddingfield, Emma Lindsay, James Bell, Haley Bell, Blake Bell, Hunter Bell, Billy Usher, Ollie Usher, Walker Usher, Gunner Usher. He is also survived by brothers, Mitchell Beddingfield and wife, Nikki of Fountaintown, Larry Beddingfield and wife, Patricia of Mount Olive; sister, Kay Brock and husband, Victor of Raeford.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Ray Beddingfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made toward the funeral expenses to Community Funeral Home of Warsaw, P. O. Box 336, Warsaw, NC 28398.
Rose Hill - Norman Ray Bland, 65, passed away Friday, December 1, 2023 at his home. Mr. Bland was born March 6, 1958 to Jimmy Norman Bland and the late Eva Ellen Dail Bland.
Visitation will begin at 1:00pm, Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at the Bland Cemetery, Doc Brown Road, Rose Hill, NC. A graveside service will begin at 2pm.
Mr. Bland is survived brothers, Edward Bland and wife, Nancy of Rose Hill and Danny Bland of Wallace; nieces Mandy Bland and Allison Lambert of Beulaville, and a special four-legged companion, Lil Man
In addition to his mother, Mr. Bland was preceded in death by wife, Ellen Godbold Bland.
Archie David Benson, Jr. 76, best known to his family and friends as A. D., passed away peacefully on the 28th of November 2023 after a long battle with Cancer.
He was predeceased in death by his father A. D. Benson, his mother Evelyn Benson and brother Denny M. Benson. He is survived by his sister, Kempie Benson Riley, her husband Dennis, nieces Reecia S. Phillips (Alan) and Tiffany B. Taylor (Billy), several great nieces and nephews plus several great great nieces and nephews.
A. D. was a patriot to his country having served 2 combat tours in Viet Nam as a Navy Seabee. He was an active member of the Disabled American Veterans.
He graduated from James Kenan High School in 1965 and continued his education at Campbell University with a degree in Business Administration.
A. D. loved family reunions and family history. He was extremely knowledgeable of his family ancestry and relished in telling stories about his family. A quiet man in public life, but until retirement operated an insurance business where his customers came first.
A graveside service with military honors will be held Monday, December 4 at 2PM, at Devotional Gardens Cemetery, NC Hwy. 24 Warsaw, NC.
Warsaw - Shelva Jean Hughes Houston, 80, of Warsaw peacefully went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 surrounded by family at Lower Cape Fear Life Care in Wilmington.
Shelva was beloved mother to her four daughters; Kim, Kelly, Kay, and Kathy. She was a loving "Nanny" to her grandchildren; Derek, Mitchell, Christopher, Jimmy, Cole and Bailie Ann and great-grandchildren: Ava, Mila and Evie.
Shelva was daughter to the late Clarence Hughes and Annie Lou Bass Hughes of Clinton, NC. Shelva graduated from Union High School where she loved playing basketball. Shelva loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Johnson Baptist Church of Warsaw where she sang in the choir. Retiring early as a receptionist in the healthcare industry, she devoted the later part of her life to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and grand furbabies. She also endjoyed traveling with her husband, Johnny across the US and taking trips with her daughter, Kelly.
Shelva was preceded in death by her husband John "Johnny" Marvin Houston, Jr. siblings; Ruby Davis, Edna Yancey, and Jimmy Hughes.
Survivors are daughters; Kim Moore of Warsaw; Kelly Houston of Wilmington; Kay Williams and husband, Wayne of Seven Springs, Kathy Daughtry and husband, Mark of Clinton; her grandchildren, Derek Cooper, Mitchell Cooper, Christopher Cooper, Jimmy Johnson, Cole King and Bailie Ann Warren and Jose; great-grandchildren, Ava Chavez, Mila Dominguez and Evie Dominguez; brother J. C. Hughes and wife, Jean and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at 1:00pm Friday at Johnson Baptist Church followed by the funeral service at 2:00pm at the Church. Burial will follow the service at Golden Grove Cemetery in Kenansville.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Lifecare Center, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
Kenansville-William Franklin “Billy” Stephens, 96, of Kenansville passed away Saturday, November 4, 2023 at his home. Mr. Billy was born December 4, 1926 in Duplin County to the late Charles Edwin Stephens and Nancy Jane Davis Stephens.
Mr. Billy proudly served his Country in the Merchant Marines and the Army. He was a charter member of the Kenansville Fire Department and served it faithfully. He had lots of fire stories to share from days gone by when things were a lot different than today. Mr. Billy and his brother, Paul carried on a family tradition by operating the local hardware store.
A visitation will be held at 10:00am Monday, November 6, 2023 at Grove Presbyterian Church in Kenansville. A graveside service will follow at 11:00am at Golden Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Billy is survived by nephews, Johnny Hollingsworth (Claudia) of Warsaw, Steve McBride (Nancy) of Maxton, Thomas Wayne Brown (Kathy) of Goldsboro, Mike Brown (Katie) of Clinton; nieces, Jane Kennedy of Wallace, Nancy Hopkins (Gordon) of Raleigh, Kay McArthur (Doug) of Maxton, Jan Williamson (DeCarol) of Rocky Point and Becky Mann of Ocean Isle; and numerous great nieces and great nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Billy was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Cotton Stephens, brothers, Charles and Paul Stephens; sisters, Esther McBride, Dorothy Rivenbark, Nannie Gray Brown and Ruth Hollingsworth.
Kenansville-Dennis Wayne Henderson, 68, of Kenansville passed away unexpectedly at ECU Duplin Hospital Saturday, October 14, 2023. Mr. Henderson was born in Pender County April 21, 1955 to Margaret Wagstaff Henderson and the late Leon L. Henderson.
Dennis was a loving husband, father, grandfather and son. Dennis loved teaching his son and his grandchildren some of life's lessons that they needed to know as they grew up. He liked farm animals and had owned horses and stilled raised goats. He was a down to earth family man.
A visitation will be held Monday, October 16, 2023 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. A funeral service will be held 11:00 am Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Warsaw. Burial will follow in Devotional Gardens.
Left to cherish his memory is wife, Kathy Edwards Henderson of the home; son Dustin Wayne Henderson and wife, Amanda of Kenansville; Mother, Margaret W. Henderson of Kenansville; grandchildren, Dakota Wayne Henderson, Taylor Grace Henderson and Malorie Henderson all of Kenansville; niece, Brooke Henderson Gwynn and husband, Kyle of Back Swamp, nephew, Jeremy Thomas Henderson and wife, Shelby of Kenansville; 4 great nephews and 1 great nieces.
In addition to his father, Dennis was preceded in death by brother, Jesse Langley Henderson.
Kenansville - Lynda Sue Logan Bowden, 82, passed away Friday, October 13, 2023 at her home. Lynda was born November 12, 1940 Cleveland County, NC Lawrence and Helen Cornwell Logan.
A visitation will be held from 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw. A graveside service will be held 2:00 pm, Sunday, October 15, 2023 in Golden Grove Cemetery, Kenansville, NC.
She is survived husband, James Nicholas Bowden of the home; daughters, Helene Marie King and Michael Hiner of Cross Junction VA, Laura King of Bangor, Maine, Jennifer Nicole Bowden, and Katherine Shaver Bowden both of Kenansville; six grandchildren, Javier Nicholas King, Kayla Elizabeth Jacobs and husband, Teal, Logan Kohl Edwards, Ivey Grace Bowden, Kenneth Nicholas Grady, Kaitlan Noel Smith; three great grandchildren, Theodore Strickland, Avery Jacobs and Chole Jacobs. She is also survived by brothers, Larry Logan and Mark Padick of Chapel Hill and Lane Logan and Donna; sisters Mary Helen Tate of Kings Mountain and Sally Carpenter of Anderson, SC.
Magnolia - Alberta Mary Arispe Jarman, 67, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at ECU Health in Kenansville, NC. She was born March 22, 1956 in Abelene, TX to Alberto Arispe and Demencia Monreal Arispe.
Mrs. Jarman is survived by her husband, Johnny Ray Jarman of the home; brothers Charles, Henry and Richard Arispe; sisters Judy, Pepper and Geneva Arispe; 48 nieces and 18 nephews.
Arrangement will be announced at a later date.
Warsaw - Charles Franklin Dunn, 61, passed away October 10, 2023 in Rex Hospital, Raleigh, NC. Mr. Dunn was born March 12, 1962 in Duplin County to Myrtie Grace Davis Dunn and the late Guy Marshall Dunn.
A funeral service will be held 7:00pm, Friday, October 13, 2023 in Community Funeral Home Chapel in Warsaw, with visitation to follow. A graveside burial will be held 10:00 am, Saturday, October 14, 2023 in Maplewood Cemetery, Mount Olive, NC.
Mr. Dunn is survived by his loving wife, Mandy S. Dunn of the home; two children, Johnny Dunn of Warsaw and Erin Michelle Dunn of Warsaw; grandson, Carter Marshall Dunn of Warsaw; brothers, Timothy Dunn and wife, Sheila of Warsaw and Benjamin Dunn and wife, Billie Joe of Mount Olive; and sisters, Evelyn Turner and husband, "PeeWee" of Warsaw and Connie Arnett and fiancée, John Merritt of Warsaw.
Magnolia - James Douglas Williams, 70, of Magnolia passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at his home surrounded by family and friends. Mr. Williams was born February 27, 1953 in Wayne County to the late Wiley Williams and Maggie Whitman Williams. Mr. Williams was a truck driver most of his life being the owner operator for the last 25 years.
A graveside service will be held 2:00pm Saturday, October 14, 2023 in Devotional Gardens, Warsaw, NC
Left to cherish his memory are sons, Dwight Tart (Christy) of Autryville and Douglas Grizzard of Washington; sister, Linda Singletary of Rose Hill; grandchildren, Anna Tart and Mary Tart; special life long friend, Janice Hill; numerous nieces and nephews and special furry friend, PeeWee.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Williams was preceded in death by brothers, John Ivey Williams, Billy Bryan "Joe" Williams, George "Tic" Williams, Wiley Kenneth Williams, Barney Carlton "Buck" Williams and Randy Williams.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to St. Judes http://www.stjude.org (http://www.stjude.org/) 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or The Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org P. O. Box 758516 Topeka, Kansas 66676-8516.
Kenansville-Judy Henderson Holmes, 78, of Kenansville passed away Saturday, September 30 at Warsaw Health and Rehab. Mrs. Holmes was born August 10, 1945 to the late Duncan Henderson and Vissie Davis Henderson.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 am Thursday, October 5, 2023 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw. Burial will follow in Devotional Gardens of Warsaw.
Mrs. Holmes leaves to cherish her memory son, Gene Holmes (Jo Ellen) of Warsaw; daughter, Kay Raynor of Kenansville; brothers, Arnold Henderson (Carolyn) of Kenansville and Bruce Henderson (Debbie) of Faison; sister, Annette Bostic of Chinquapin; grandchildren, Johnathan Tyler Holmes, Elizabeth Grace Marshall (Chris) and Cody Herring (Katelyn); great grandchildren, Jaydn Marshall, Gracin Marshall, Gibson Ray Herring and Mack Herring.
Mrs. Holmes was preceded in death by grandson, Carl Gene Holmes, Jr.; great grandson, Channing Holmes and brother, Jesse Ray Henderson.
Warsaw - Ronnie Howard Knowles, 61, passed away Friday, September 29, 2023 at his home. Ronnie was born March 5, 1962 in Duplin County, NC to the late George Astor Kennedy Knowles and Hattie Ruth Pike Knowles.
A graveside service will be held 2:00 pm, Tuesday, October 3, 2023 in Oak Ridge Memorial Park in Pink Hill.
Ronnie is survived by son, Anthony Knowles and wife, Krystal of Warsaw; granddaughters, Olivia and Jade Knowles, brothers, Randy W. Knowles of Pink Hill, Sam Knowles of Chinquapin, Joseph E. Knowles of Warsaw; sister, Ceila "Sissy" Knowles Davis of Pink Hill and sister-in-law, Paulette Mills Knowles of Kenansville.
In addition to his parents, Ronnie was preceded in death by brother, Gerald Knowles.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations be made to the Duplin County 4-H, c/o NC Agriculture Extension Service of Duplin County, 165 Agriculture Dr., Kenansville, NC 28349.
Eric Lee Best, 58, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. Eric was born November 13, 1964 in Wayne County, NC to the late Melvin and Hazel Sanderson Best.
A visitation will be held 2:00 pm, Saturday, September 30, 2023 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 3:00 pm in the funeral home chapel.
Eric is survived by daughter, Kristy Best, brothers, Mark Best and wife, Joan of Kenansville and Tim Best and wife, Barbara of Mount Olive, NC and sisters, Glenda Helton of Mount Olive, NC and Kim Best Boyette of Mount Olive grandchildren, Brandi Best and Cody Best, 4 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Magnolia-Isibell Swinson Cavenaugh Quinn, 87, of Magnolia passed away Sunday, September 24, 2023 at her home. Mrs. Quinn was born in Duplin County November 11, 1935 to the late Jobe Swinson and Sally Swinson. Mrs. Quinn was a homemaker and a very accomplished seamstress.
A funeral service and visitation will be held beginning with the service at 7:00pm Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw. An 11:00 graveside burial will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at Duplin Memorial Gardens in Teachey.
Mrs. Quinn leaves to cherish her memory, son, Louis Cavenaugh of Magnolia; daughters, Myra Gray-Futrell (Bruce), Rita Lynn Cavenaugh both of Magnolia; brother, George Swinson (Emma Lou) of Pink Hill; grandchildren, Jason Cavenaugh (Maggie), Susan Cavenaugh, Joe Gray (Tonya) and David Gray (Mallory), great grandchildren, Franklin Gray (Olivia) Ashley Smith, Tiffany Smith, and Madison Gray; great great grandchild, Jaxon Sanchez.
Mrs. Quinn was preceded in death by husbands, Bill Cavenaugh and Louis Quinn, and several brothers and sisters.