Christine Summerlin Gurley, 81, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 24, 1941 in Duplin County, NC to the late Stephen Lloyd Summerlin and Nona Anderson Summerlin.
A visitation will begin at 1:00pm, Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm, in the funeral home chapel and burial will conclude the service in Devotional Gardens, Warsaw, NC.
Christine is survived by her devoted husband, Earnest "Edgar" Gurley of the home; daughters, Teresa Holmes and husband, James of Clinton, Stephanie Brock and husband, Donovan of Clinton, Caroline Skulski and husband, Geoff of England, Brenda Ruzzier and husband, Rob of Virginia; son-in-law, Tim Gibson; grandchildren, Noah Brock, Connor Brock, Laynie Brock, Chris Skulski, Robert Ruzzier, II, Daniella Ruzzier, Dale Gibson, and Keira Gibson; great grandchildren, Oliva Skulski, Darcy Skulski, Brandon Turner, and Keira Turner. She is also survived by brothers, Donald Summerlin of Seven Springs, Rick Summerlin of Kenansville, Steve Summerlin and wife, Brenda of Kenansville and Ivey Summerlin of Alabama; sister, Nona Tippett-Honeycutt; and a host of beloved nieces and nephews.
She was pre-deceased by son, Terry Wayne Summerlin, daughters, Sharon Gurley and Linda Gibson, parents, Stephen L. Summerlin and Nona Anderson Summerlin, sister and brother-in-law, Francis "Frankie" and Lou Gilbert, brothers and sisters-in-law, Gordon and Lillian Summerlin, Ray and Thelma Summerlin, Kennon and Marie Summerlin, brother, Gerald Summerlin, brother-in-law, Paul Tippett, sisters-in-law, Dorothy Summerlin, Katherine Summerlin, and Bonnie Summerlin, niece, LuAnne Worley, very special nephew, Steven Summerlin III.
Warsaw - Adeline Nell Bruchhaus Middleton, 96, of Warsaw passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at Warsaw Health and Rehab. Mrs. Middleton was born December 8, 1925 in Jeff Davis Parrish, Elton, LA the daughter of Otto Henry Bruchhaus and Rita Adeline Kirby Bruchhaus.
Mrs. Middleton had graduated with a music degree at the young age of 19. When in college in Louisiana she had visited Chapel Hill, North Carolina on a school trip. Where she visited, there was a sign up sheet for job opportunities. She signed her name to the paper. Several months later she received a call from Mr. J. P. Harmon for a job as a school music teacher. She packed her bags and moved to Duplin County where she taught music for seventy years. During her career she changed the lives of many children through music.
Left to cherish her memory is her son, W. J. Middleton, III of Kenansville; sister Beverly Glen Walker of Bumpass Mills, TN and many former music students that loved her.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Middleton was preceded in death by husband, W. J. Middleton, Jr. and six other siblings.
A private burial will be held later at her request.
Goldie Mathis Powell was born in Duplin County, NC on October 27, 1936 to Archie Louis and Alice Ezzell Mathis. She entered her heavenly home on November 8, 2022, surrounded by the love of her family.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 12, 2022 at Community Funeral Home in Rose Hill. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m., in the funeral home chapel and burial will conclude the service in Devotional Gardens, Warsaw, NC.
Mrs. Powell is survived by her daughter, Janet Little (Ken), granddaughter, Melissa Peduzzi (Ryan), great-grandsons Hudson and Judah Peduzzi, sister Patricia Byerly (Paul), and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leslie Odell Powell, brothers Archie Wells Mathis and I.J. Mathis (Alice), sisters Edna Bass (Joe), Norma Croom, Evelyn Ennis (Tom), Catherine Hines, Minnie Johnson (Stanley), and Esther Parkhurst (Bill).
Mrs. Powell loved her family, and delighted in spending the past five years so close to her great-grandsons, where she was “Mamaw.” In addition to being devoted to her family, she was a great seamstress and crocheted many amazing creations. She loved to tease those she loved and enjoyed laughing with them. She always had a story to tell and loved being connected to her family near and far.
She’d tell you “the Lord’s been good to me” by blessing her with all her family and the many memories they share, and especially now as she rejoices in her heavenly home.
Warsaw - Kenneth Ross LaCoe, 98, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at Warsaw Health and Rehabilitation in Warsaw, NC. Mr. LaCoe was born in Clark Summit, PA to the late Ira A. LaCoe and Sadie Kipple LaCoe.
A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Sunday, November 6, 2022 at Warsaw Baptist Church with burial to follow in Wayne Memorial Park, Goldsboro, NC.
Ken served his country with great pride in the US Marine Corp as a Captain, serving in both World War II and the Korean War. He went on to spend his working career in insurance until his retirement from Shelby Mutual Insurance Company as Senior Claims Representative in 1985. He was a member of Warsaw Baptist Church since 1965. Ken served his community well and in numerous ways. Some of those include being a member of Warsaw Fire Department until his retirement after 32 years of service, he was a charter member and captain of Warsaw Rescue Squad, a member of Warsaw Chamber of Commerce, a charter member of Warsaw VFW Post 9810 and Post Commander, member of American Legion Post 127, a member of Disabled American Veterans, and delivered meals on wheels.
Mr. LaCoe is survived by wife, Joan P. Best of the home, Donald G. LaCoe and wife, Marian of Mount Olive, grandchildren, Christopher David LaCoe and wife, Kristen, Jeremy Ryan LaCoe, and Kimberly Jones and husband, Michael; great grandchildren, Cameron LaCoe, Nash LaCoe, Kacey Jones, and Cory Jones.
In addition to his parents and siblings Mr. LaCoe was preceded in death by wife, Mildred W. LaCoe.