Jackie Wayne Potter
Jackie Wayne Potter, age 80, of Magnolia passed away Friday, May 28, 2021 at home.
He was born June 12, 1940 in Duplin County, NC to the late Lawrence Leroy Potter and wife, Lela Quinn Potter.
He attended Magnolia School and graduated from James Kenan High School. He received an accounting degree from Miller-Motte Business School.
Jackie was a retired Cape Fear River Pilot with over 39 years of service. He started his career with Stone Towing Line where he worked as a bookkeeper, tug boat deckhand, tug captain, and docking master. In 1965 he was appointed as an apprentice pilot on the Cape Fear River and in 1968 became a licensed pilot. He was the first pilot to serve on the Board of Navigation and Pilotage for the Cape Fear River and Bar. He was a member of the Wilmington Cape Fear Pilots Association where he served 3 terms as President of the Association.
Jackie is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Lois Jones Potter, one son, Timothy Potter and wife, Amanda, daugther-in-law, Sherri Potter, two granddaughters, Nichole Potter Wilkins and husband, Matt and Natalie Potter, one grandson, Trey Potter, one great granddaughter, Hayden B. Wilkins and lots of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by son, Michael Potter, one grandson, Zachary N. Potter, and one great grandson, Reid Michael Wilkins.
A funeral service will be held 2:00 p. m., Sunday, May 30, 2021 in Community Funeral Home Chapel in Warsaw, NC, with visitation following the service. A graveside service will be held 10:30 a. m., Monday, May 31, 2021 in Devotional Gardens, Warsaw, NC.
Arrangements announced by and a service of Community Funeral Home of Warsaw, Inc.
Mildred Estelle Benson Gurley
"Warsaw - Mildred Estelle Benson Gurley, 91, passed away May 14, 2021 at Vidant Duplin Hospital in Kenansville, NC. Mrs. Gurley was born May 2, 1930 to the late Willie Roberts and Minnie Holland Brock Benson. She was the widow of the late Lester Earl Gurley.
Visitation will be held 2:00 pm, Sunday, May 16 at First Original Free Will Baptist Church, 816 N. Pine Street, Warsaw, NC. A funeral service will begin at 3:00 pm in the church sanctuary and burial will conclude to service in Pinecrest Cemetery.
Mrs. Mildred is survived by son, Lester "Les" Earl Gurley and wife, Tammy of Warsaw; daughter, Beverly G. Whaley of Warsaw; six grandchildren, Christina G. Gonzalas and husband, Brandon, Corey Gurley and wife, Michaela, Jacob Whaley, Philip Whaley, Rebekah Brock and husband, David and Leah Whaley; two step grandchildren, Mike Jones and Jerrica and Holly Mullins and husband, Will; four great grandchildren, Juniper Brock, Len Brock, James Brock and Audrey Gurley; and six step great-grandchildren, Legend Jones, Kinsley Jones, Emmy Jones, Talon Jones, Logan Sharek and Brayden Sharek.
Marion Leo Cavenaugh
Marion Leo Cavenaugh, 89, of Magnolia passed away Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Vidant Duplin Hospital in Kenansville, NC. Leo was born May 27, 1931 in Pender County to the late Carroll Isaiah Cavenaugh and Eva Albertson Cavenaugh.
Surviving is his wife of 68 years, Wanda Strickland Cavenaugh of the home; son, Carroll Leo Cavenaugh of Magnolia; daughter, Marion Jeanine Cavenaugh of Magnolia; a special niece Phyllis Carter of Wake Forest and his feline companions cece (aka Fat Cat) and Magnum (aka Tom).
Leo proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean War.
After leaving the Army, Leo began working at J P Stevens Textiles in Wallace, NC. He continued his employment for 39 years when he suffered a heart attack and was forced to retire.
His biggest hobby was working on lawn mowers. He was known as the "Lawn Mower Man" and had the reputation that "if he couldn't fix it, then it just couldn't be fixed." This hobby continued until a surgery forced him to stop at the age of 84.
Everyday of the week Leo and his wife could be seen eating lunch at BoJangle's of Warsaw. They had their own special table and the employee's always knew Mr. Leo's order.
Leo's favorite passtime was sitting on the front porch in his favorite rocking chair throwing his hand up at every passing car.
In 1994 Leo was diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma which resulted in his face becoming severely disfigured. He was a very strong and brave man because he never acted like his condition bothered him and he never complained. He always looked forward to Duplin County's Relay For Life event each year where he would proudly walk the survivor's lap. He also enjoyed the Survivor's Banquet where he was known as the "Rainbow Man" because he wanted each finger painted a different color for his handprint on the Survivor's Banner. After a 27 year battle, cancer finally won.
A graveside service will be held 2:00 pm, Friday, May 14, 2021 in Devotional Gardens, Warsaw, NC.
Shirley Grey Brown Wilson
Rose Hill-Shirley Grey Brown Wilson, 83, of Rose Hill passed away at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville on Friday, April 30, 2021. Mrs. Wilson was born July 4, 1937 in Cumberland County to the late Craven Brown and Thelma McKee Brown. Mrs. Brown was known for her beautiful ruffled curtains and life like porcelain dolls.
A visitation will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at the Rose Hill PFWB Church. A funeral service will be held at 11:00am after visitation. Burial will follow in the Devotional Gardens.
Mrs. Wilson is survived by sons, Ronald Wilson of Rose Hill, Kevin Wilson of Pinetops, and Keel Byron Wilson of Chinquapin; grandchildren, Kristopher Wilson, Josh English, and Blake Wilson; great grandchildren, Hayley English and Brook Wilson; sisters, Rebecca Denis and Nancy Gloege both of Savannah, GA.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, Bizzell Wilson; brothers, Jimmy, DeWayne and Billy Brown; sisters, Joy Dafrone and Jackie Cashwell.