Asa Andrew Lee, 71, passed away Monday, January 17, 2022 in New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. Asa was born September 25, 1950 in Duplin County, NC to the late Eddie James and Nancy Carolina Walton Lee.
A funeral service will be held 6:00pm, Thursday, January 20, 2022 in Community Funeral Home Chapel in Warsaw. Visitation will follow the service. A graveside service will be held 11:00 am, Friday, January 21, 2022 in Pinecrest Cemetery, Warsaw, NC.
Asa is survived by his beloved wife, Doris A. Lee of the home; daughter, Cyndi Probasco and husband, Leon; son, Jamie Lee and wife, Kelly; grandchildren, Matthew Lanier, Mason Lanier and wife, Haley, Lawson Probasco, Connor Probasco, Brianna Lee, McKaylin Kearney and husband, A J, and Gavin Lee; great grandchildren, Sawyer, Everlee and Dean Lanier and sister, Kathy English and husband, Watius.
In addition to his parents, Asa was preceded in death by son, Mark Lee; sister, Faye Fortner, and brother, James Lee.
Magnolia - Lawton Easdus "L. E." Brown, Jr., 80, passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Vidant Duplin Hospital in Kenansville.
Visitation will be held 4:00 - 6:00 pm Saturday January 22, 2022 at Community Funeral Home in Rose Hill, NC. A funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Sunday, January 23, 2022 at Magnolia Baptist Church with burial to follow in Golden Grove Cemetery in Kenansville.
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Edna Gray Mathis Bass, 87, passed away Thursday, January 6, 2022 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 18, 1934 to the late Archie Lewis Mathis and Alice Ezzell Mathis.
A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 9, 2022 at Mount Zion Presbyterian Church in Rose Hill. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow the service in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Edna is survived by her husband of 69 years, Alvin Joe Bass of the home; son, Gary Bass of Rose Hill; sisters, Goldie Powell of Nashville, TN and Patricia Byerly of Archdale, NC two grandchildren, Chris Bass and CeCelia Costin; and seven great grandchildren and very best friends, Ricky and Peggy Fucili.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Edna was preceded in death by son, Alvin Harold Bass; brothers, Archie Lee Wells Mathis and Ivey Johnson Mathis; sisters, Minnie Johnson, Esther Parkhurst, Evelyn Ennis, Norma Croom, and Catherine Hines and grandson, Dylan Costin.
Faison-Amanda Howard Hinton, 41, of Faison died suddenly December 23, 2021 at her home. Amanda was born April 25, 1980 in Santa Anna, California to Howard Ray Hinton, Jr. and Linda Craft Hinton.
A graveside service will be held 3:00pm on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at the Rose Hill Cemetery.
Amanda leaves to cherish her memory, parents, Howard Ray Hinton Jr. and Linda Hinton of Faison; son, LaRico Hodges of Faison; daughters, Destyana Hinton of Faison, Konya Hinton and Chelsey Hodges of Warsaw ; sisters, Caroline Hinton of Swansboro, Joyce Marie Hinton of Richlands and Tanya Hinton of Faison; three grandchildren.
Amanda was preceded in death by brothers, Chadrick Hinton, Edward Veness Turner and sister, Jeannie Marie Hinton.
Kenansville - Paul Edward Dail, Jr. , 66, passed away suddenly at home Monday, December 27, 2021. Mr. Dail was born December 9, 1955 in Duplin County, NC to the late Paul Edward and Celia Lanier Dail.
A funeral service will be held 11:00am, Friday, December 31, 2021 at the Dail Farm, 556 South Dobson Chapel Road, Kenansville, NC. Visitation will begin at 10 am at the farm. Burial will follow the service in Golden Grove Cemetery, Kenansville, NC.
Edward was a loving husband, father, and papaw. He was successful businessman and farmer, who never met a stranger.
Edward is survived by his loving wife, Cindy W. Dail of the home; son, Westley Dail and wife, Jamie of Kenansville; daughter, Shannon Dail Bell and husband, Nick of Kenansville, brother, Henry Dail and wife, Mary Sue of Kenansville, sisters, Denise Garner and Lynn Davis of Kenansville and four grandchildren, Laney Bell, Paul Halen Bell, Bennett Dail, and Will Dail.
Warsaw - Norwood Delano Atkinson, 85, passed away December 25, 2021 at his home. Mr. Atkinson was born November 24, 1936 in Duplin County, NC to the late George Norwood Atkinson and Pauline Grady Atkinson.
A graveside service will be held 2:00p.m., Thursday, December 30, 2021 in Devotional Gardens, Warsaw, NC.
Mr. Atkinson is survived by son, Norwood D. Atkinson and wife, Sheri of Roseville, CA; daughters, Cynthia A. Leggett and husband, Huey of Louisana and Susan Garcia and husband, Patrick of Las Vegas; signifigant other, Dora Moritz; brothers, Urbane Samuel Atkinson and wife, Jean of Greenville, SC and Douglas Atkinson and wife Helen of Sanford, FL; sister, Jeanette Raper and husband, Ken of Virginia Beach, VA and Linda Sue Acey of Richmond, VA; and three grandchildren, Ashley Lucia and husband, Zachary, Cassidy Atkinson, and Cheyenne Austin and husband, Jonathan.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Atkinson was preceded in death by wife, Betty Atkinson.
Magnolia - Durwood "Rock" Alvin Powell, 67, passed away suddenly December 18, 2021. Mr. Powell was born September 24, 1954 in New Hanover County, NC to the late James Alvin Powell and Lela Tucker Powell.
Mr. Powell is survived by sons, Justin Powell and wife, Rachael of Wallace, NC, and Ryan Powell and wife, Jenna of Winston Salem, NC ; grandchildren, Jackson, Allie, Bryson, Tucker, and Phoebe Powell; nephew, Matthew Stokely and wife, Anne of Wilmington; and brother-in-law, Dr. Edward Weaver of Wilmington.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister, Sherry Powell Weaver.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at Rose Hill Baptist Church with visitation beginning at 1:00p.m. A private burial will be held at Devotional Gardens, Warsaw, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Rose Hill Baptist Church Playground Fund, P. O. Box 459 Rose Hill, NC 28458.
It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Wayne Jones announce his sudden passing on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at the age of 64.
Wayne will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 37 years, Della Strickland Jones; children, Adam Stamper Jones, Robert Parker Jones, Dory Gray Jones; grandchildren, James Paxx Jones, Emma Kay Jones, Parker Gray Jones; brother, Douglas (Paulette) Jones; sister, Cindy (Katherine) Faust; step-brothers, Donald Wayne Faust, Tony Randall Faust; aunts, Evelyn “Tootsie” Atkinson and Louise “Pete” Sullivan; niece, Buffie Jones Barnett; special cousin, Dennis Atkinson; soon to be daughter-in-law, Carrie Batchelor; step-father, Bill Faust; sister-in-law, Donna Johnson; mother-in-law, Doris Strickland. Wayne will be deeply missed by Suzie-Q, his beloved dog, who laid by his side until his very last day.
Wayne was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Gray “Tina” Bland Faust; father, William Russell Jones; nephew, William Daniel Jones; best-friend, Joe Kornegay Jr; step-brother, Bill Faust Jr.
Wayne graduated from James Kenan High School in 1975. Upon graduating from East Carolina University in 1980, Wayne began his career as an Environmental Health Specialist. Wayne went on to work for the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources for many years, where he investigated lead and cases of lead poisoning. Wayne was a devoted Greenbay Packers and ECU Pirate football fan. Wayne was extremely passionate about music, his favorite bands were The Beatles and The Who. Wayne loved his family dearly, he especially loved being a daddy and granddaddy.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Blands BBQ in Warsaw, NC.
A private family service will take place afterwards.
Memorial Donations in Wayne’s name may be made to Pet Friends of Duplin County PO Box 152 Wallace, NC 28466. Donations can also be made online at http://www.petfriendsonline.org/donate-2.
WARSAW — Clay Sutton Scott, 94, died Tuesday, December 7, 2021, just nine days prior to his 95th birthday, at Vidant Duplin Hospital in Kenansville with his children around his bedside.
Clay was born December 16, 1926 to Claude Southerland Scott and Hazel Boyette Scott of Warsaw. He was the youngest of the family's seven children and is the last to leave us.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Carr Scott, “the prettiest girl he’d ever seen.” They were married for almost 74 years. His five children also survive him: Karrina Elaine Scott of Rose Hill; Gail S. Sikes (Sonny) of Rose Hill; Gary C. Scott (Debby) of Warsaw; Barbara S. Barwick (Wayne) of Kinston; and Russell H. Scott (Amy) of Richlands. Grandchildren are Clayton R. Sutton (Dee) of Bucklesberry; Marsha S. Turner (Beau) of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Alex G. Scott (Ryann) of Wilmington; Katie S. Owen (Thomas) of Warsaw; Ethan H. Scott (Sarah) of Morrisville; and Elliott T. Scott of Richlands. Great-Grandchildren are Grayson Sutton, Brinley-Grace Sutton, Cameron Sutton, Hayden Turner, Macy Turner, Atlas Turner, Emily Owen and Caroline Owen. A ninth great-grandchild he was looking forward to meeting is due in 2022. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Marshall M. Carr, Jr. and his wife June of Wilson. The family also acknowledges its special and close relationship with Clay’s caregiver, Ann (a.k.a. “Amy”) Faison of Warsaw.
In addition to his parents, Clay was pre-deceased by siblings Manley Elmore Scott of Warsaw and his wife Ann Sanzone Scott; Arlene Scott West of Warsaw and her husband, J.D. West; John Andrew Scott of Kenansville and his wife, Hazel; Emma Scott Lockamy of Warsaw, and her husband A.C. (Peanut); Marcus Williams Scott of Warsaw; and an infant brother.
Special thanks to the staff of Vidant Duplin Hospital and Vidant Hospice for their care in Clay’s final days.
Clay was educated at Warsaw High School, N.C. State University, and the University of Mount Olive.
He was highly and widely regarded by his peers in most every endeavor he pursued. He was an electronics engineer, TV/Radio service technician, Merchant Marine ship radio operator/officer, mathematician, amateur astronomer, philosopher, computer guru, craftsman, gardener, carpenter and furniture maker. He was also loved dearly as a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Early on in life Clay came to acknowledge his uncertainty about some of the philosophical and religious matters of deep concern to life. He was a rationalist and a freethinker and lived a long satisfied life, comfortable with his personal philosophy. Some of the writers and thinkers he admired and followed included Robert Ingersoll, Bertrand Russell, Thomas Paine, Charles Watts, Carl Sagan, Thomas Hale, John Lydgate, Arthur Clarke, and Isaac Asimov, among others.
As a U.S. Merchant Marine, he served his country from 1944-1956, and was trained at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. Because of his ROTC training received at N.C. State College (now NCSU), Clay was chosen as trainee petty officer for his unit. He served as the radio officer on several ships during and following World War II. This also gave him an opportunity to become a world traveler to places such as England, Belgium, Italy, Gibraltar, North Africa, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Greenland, Canada and other countries.
In 1991, he was awarded an honorable discharge by the U.S Coast Guard for wartime service as radio officer in the U.S. Merchant Marines. During the "cold war" years in the late 1950's and early '60's, Clay was a participating member of the United States Information Agency. This was an agency that was responsible for the maintenance and the continuation of the communications facilities and resources of the U.S. Government and its agencies in the event of war or any other national catastrophe.
He was also a member of the Veteran Wireless Operators Association.
Clay was a constant student from an early age throughout his life. At age 14, he convinced his father to invest in an extensive 80-part radio electronics home study course for him from the National Radio Institute in Washington, D.C. and quickly completed the entire course—the first of a number of electronics home study courses he would go on to complete.
A self-employed service technician for radio and television, he also worked during 1950’s and ’60’s as Engineer for WITN-TV, helping to build, install and operate the equipment for the station’s transmitter site near Grifton, N.C. Later, when Quinn Company was beginning a radio station for the Warsaw area in eastern North Carolina, Clay was hired to install the equipment for WTRQ Radio Station, and served as its engineer for several years.
He enthusiastically joined the personal computer revolution in its early years, studying the DOS operating system and becoming proficient in programming and online operations. His programming for his wife Margaret’s genealogy research for the Scott-Boyette, Carr, and Taylor-Hill families was instrumental in the publishing of those and other related books.
Once, a teacher, when asking her students the occupations of her students' parents, was told by one of Clay's children that her father was a "jack of all trades." This was quite a true statement. He, though, was a "master of all" because he could find a way to make any kind of repair to nearly anything. He was a collector of many items that might be useful at a later time, and more often than not, he found a use for the many things he collected. If he did not have a part, he made the part — sometimes even making the tool — for both electrical and mechanical repairs. This was evidenced by his pride of keeping a lawn mower in good working shape for more than 60 years. His and other children and grandchildren brought their repairs to him. Once a young nephew and his young friend were seen coming down the road pulling a little red wagon. When they reached Clay's home, he saw that the wagon was loaded with their broken toys and they wanted Clay to "fix" them — which he did.
He also believed in “having a spare” to make sure you were never short-handed.
Clay and Margaret were very concerned with their health and maintained a daily walking program for many years. Coupled with this program was their interest in nature, ecology, and the environment, so that on their daily walks, they always carried bags to collect roadside trash to be recycled or properly disposed. They became known as "the old couple" always seen on the road. People would say, "I saw you on the road" or ask, "Are you still walking?"
In addition to his love of reading and thinking, Clay was also a lover of music. He loved most all music, although classical and Big Band were his favorites.
He thought deeply on matters of life and the concepts of Nature’s reality as he searched for understanding. He constructed a commercial telescope for his amateur study of astronomy which provided many hours of observing mostly the solar system in which we live as well as some more distant heavenly bodies.
While having grown up working on the family farm, Clay elected to spend his pursuits toward more technical and academic endeavors. Nevertheless, he continued for a number of years to provide fresh garden bounty for his family, as well as carpentry in structure and some furniture building for his home and family while also pursuing his other professional interests.
Clay left us with some thoughts important to him:
*To live without belief in primitive superstitions is intellectually stimulating.
*To find one's own purpose and be responsible for one's own life is exciting.
*To be free of the imagined surveillance of good and evil spirits is liberating.
*To seek a peaceful world through work, friendship and civic action is life-affirming.
Clay’s was a life not wasted.
Memorials can be made to Vidant Home Health and Hospice, Well Care Home Health, or a charity or other good cause of the giver’s choosing.
A memorial service remembering Clay’s life and accomplishments will be held Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Community Funeral Home, Highway 24/50, Warsaw, at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will follow immediately after the service. Visitors will also be received in the home.
Wallace - James Lee Pope, 72, passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Pope was born June 8, 1949 in Sampson County to the late David and Inez McClenny Pope.
A graveside service service will be held at 2:00pm Friday, December 10, 2021 at the Devotional Gardens of Warsaw.
Mr. Pope is survived son, Andy Pope and wife, Kellie of Beulaville; grandchildren, Karlie Pope and Raegan Pope; great grandchildren, Kenslie Mobley and Olivia Mobley; sister, Gloria "Jean" Melton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Pope, was preceded in death by wife, Martha Phipps Pope; daughter, Robin Lee Pope; brothers Marvin Pope, Frank Pope, and David "Junior" Pope, Jr.; and sister, Joyce Kelly.
Wallace-Martha Vernell Phipps Pope, 68, of Wallace passed away Sunday, November 28, 2021 at UNC Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro. Mrs. Pope was born April 29, 1953 in Sampson County to the late Issac Phipps and Nelda Bradshaw Phipps.
A graveside service service will be held at 2:00pm Friday, December 3, 2021 at the Devotional Gardens of Warsaw.
Mrs. Pope is survived by her husband, James Pope of the home; son, Andy Pope and wife, Kellie of Beulaville; brothers, Billy Phipps and wife, Gloria of Turkey, Sammy Phipps of Clinton and Thomas and wife, Renee of Kenansville; sister, Myra Taylor of Warsaw; grandchildren, Karlie Pope and Raegan Pope; great grandchildren, Kenslie Mobley and Olivia Mobley and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Pope, was preceded in death by daughter, Robin Lee Pope.
Wallace-Thomas Ray Fussell, 78, of Wallace, NC, passed away on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at home. Visitation will be Monday, November 29th at 3:00pm at Community Funeral Home in Warsaw, NC. and a graveside funeral service will be held at 11 am Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Devotional Gardens Cemetery in Warsaw, officiated by Pastor Philip Eakins.
Ray was born on January 6, 1943, to the late Ira Thomas and Rena Mae Bryant Fussell. Duplin County is where he was born and raised, living for many years in Rose Hill, Teachey, and most recently in Wallace. He attended Wallace-Rose Hill High School and Cape Fear Community College, and later worked for many years as an environmental expert in the turkey industry.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Miller Fussell of the home; son, Timothy Ray Fussell; sister, Geraldine Fussell Johnson; grandson, John Scott Fussell. The family is especially grateful for a long-time caregiver Michael Bond who cared for Ray in recent years. He is also preceded in death by his son, John Ira Fussell. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Corinth Baptist Church Building Fund of Teachey, NC where Ray was a life-long supporter of the church and Teachey community. Ray was especially fond of animals and an avid outdoorsman.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Corinth Baptist Church Building Fund, 767 Corinth Church Rd., Teachey, NC 28464 where Ray was a lifelong member of the church and community, or to the Duplin County Humane Society. Arrangements are by Community Funeral Home of Warsaw.
Earl Clayton Davis, Sr., of Rose Hill, NC left his earthly life on Tuesday, November 23, 2021.
He was born November 16, 1930, in Duplin County. He was the son of Ruffin Clayton and Myrtie Boyette Davis. In addition to his parents, Earl was preceded in death by his son, Mark Davis and his great grandson, Cohen Davis. Surviving to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 66 years, Joy Johnson Davis, of the home and brother Ray Davis (Sylvia) of Fayetteville, daughterIla Davis of Warsaw, daughter Jackie Herring (Paul) of Rose Hill, son Clayton Davis (Daye) of Wallace, daughter-in-law Terri Davis of Magnolia, son Bizzell Davis (Morgan) of Warsaw, son Marvin Davis of Warsaw. He is also survived by grandchildren – Stephanie Herring (Bryan), Mica Eanes, Jordan Eanes, Ann Marie Tullock (Justin), Owen Davis (Alyssa), Ruffin Davis (Brooke), Clay Davis (Chelsea), Blair Davis (Ty), Decatur Davis (Taylor), Luke Davis, Harley Wilson, Paisley Davis, and Bizzell Davis, Jr, great grandchildren – Aiden Davis, Ezra Davis, Logan Weeks, Dawson Weeks, Waylon Davis, Holden Davis, Eli Davis, Molly Davis, and numerous extended family and friends that loved him.
Affectionately referred to as “Papa Earl,” he was a hard-workingand loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend. He did not know what it was like to take a day off from work. He never met a stranger and would go to great lengths to help a family member or friend. To know him was to love him, and he counted everyone his friend. His favorite past time was spending time with his family. Heinstilled the value of a hard day’s work, honesty, and a sense of humor in his family. He was a lifelong farmer and leaves behinda wealth of knowledge.
He was genuinely content with the simple things in life. He was known to be very resourceful, utilizing whatever tools were available. He was a devoted husband and loved his wife Joy very much. He had infinite patience, never had a cross word with anyone, and was never in a hurry.
Among his many accomplishments, Earl became a Mason in 1952. He served many roles, including Past Master of Warsaw Lodge #677 and enjoyed cooking sausage with the lodge for the annual Veteran’s Day Parade Breakfast. He was proud to see his brother, son, and grandson follow his footsteps and serve in thelodge. He was a Shriner and a member of the Scottish Rite. Earl served in the National Guard for nine years and was a Master Sergeant at age 22.
He will surely be missed by so many people, but his love and legacy will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 26, 2021, at the Community Funeral Home in Warsaw, NC. The funeral ceremony will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at Rose Hill Baptist Church. Pastor Steve Le Roux will officiate the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rose Hill Baptist Church or the Masonic Home for Children at 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565.
Louella Futrell Whaley, 82, passed away Monday morning, November 22, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family. Louella was born June 7, 1939 in New Hanover County, NC to the late Robert and India Shephard Futrell.
Visitation will be held 7-9:00 pm, Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Community Funeral Home in Rose Hill. A funeral service will be held 11:00 am, Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at United Fellowship Church in Magnolia. Burial will follow the service in the Whaley Cemetery in Beulaville.
She is survived by son, Jimmy Whaley of Rose Hill; three grandchildren, John Harper, Elijah Whaley, and Juan Tamymo, brother J D Futrell and wife, Frances of Wallace, sister, JoAnn Cole of Rose Hill, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Louella was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Love Whaley.
Phillip Ray Boney, 60, passed away Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at Vidant Duplin Hospital in Kenansville, NC. Phil was born November 21, 1960 in Duplin County, NC to the late Jack and Edith Lewis Boney.
A graveside service will be held 2:00pm, Monday, November 8, 2021 in Devotional Gardens, Warsaw, NC.
Phil is survived by his son, Bradley Boney of Warsaw; brother Jack Boney Jr. and wife, Tara of Nashville; sister, Vicky B. Merlino and husband, Michael of Hammonton, NJ; and his friend, Star Williams and her children, Nora Williams and Kenny Williams, Jr.
In addition to his parents, Phil was preceded in death by brother, Allen Boney.