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.