Local obits for April 28

First Posted: 4/28/2011

Patsy Jacobs

Red Springs

Patsy Ann Jacobs, 48, of 2940 Old Lowery Road in Red Springs, departed this life on April 26, 2011, at Carrol S. Roberson Hospice Center in Fayetteville.

The funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Freedom Assembly of God in Red Springs, the Revs. Matthew Jones and George Locklear officiating. Burial will be at Island Grove Cemetery in Pembroke.

Jacobs was born on April 2, 1963, to the late Malcolm Bryant and Elsie Hunt Bryant in Robeson County.

She was preceded in death by her father, Malcolm Bryant.

She leaves to cherish her memories three sons, Tony Jacobs and Derwin Blevins, both of Red Springs, and Jeffrey Blevins of Greenville, S.C.; a daughter, Rachel Leonard, of Ocean Isle; her mother, Elsie Hunt Bryant, of Red Springs; three brothers, James Bryant and Bobby Dean Bryant, both of Red Springs, and Ronald Lee Bryant of Wilmington; two sisters, Lois Ann Tyler of Red Springs and Linda S. Locklear of Maxton; seven grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

The visitation will be from 7 to 9 tonight at Heritage Funeral Home.

Paid obituary

William Townsend


William Charles (Bobby) Townsend, 82, of 2129 Pine Log Road, died April 26, 2011, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.

A celebration of his life will be 11 a.m. Friday at Biggs Funeral Home.

Bobby was born May 13, 1928, in Baltimore, Md., but lived in the Lumberton area since a very young lad. He was the second oldest child of John Bunyan Townsend and Alice Haite Townsend. Townsend was an Air Force veteran.

Bobby was the owner and operator of Bobby Townsend Electrical, an electrical and heating and cooling contracting company which he founded 54 years ago. The business is located at 1500 Seneca St. in Lumberton. He took great pride in growing his company. He was devoted to provide quality, friendly, and fair services. His work took him throughout the state of North Carolina.

In addition to his devotion to his business, Bobby was known for his generous and caring manner for those about him. He was especially committed to helping those that needed a helping hand. He was an avid lover of nature and animals, having been known to travel many extra miles to feed a stray dog or cat he may have noticed by the roadside or parking lot. Many of the good deeds he performed were done discretely as he preferred receive no praise.

His many talents and skills included several devices he designed to improve or assist some of the tasks he performed in his line of work at home and on the farm.

His love of life was evident as he told tales of childhood adventure, love for his former military comrades, his recollecting good times with school buddies with which he remained friends with throughout the many years. His appreciation of a good-hearted prank he and his friends played on one another always brought a smile.

Bobby was devoted to his parents during their life. He remained close to his brother and sisters.

His love for wife, children, stepchildren, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren knew no bounds. His praise and encouragement was a source of strength to all who knew and loved him. He saw the best in everyone, he looked for their strengths not their weaknesses. He was a remarkable person who felt compassion to all.

Bobby was preceded in death by his father, John Bunyan Townsend; his mother, Alice Haite Townsend; and a sister, Marion Schleicher.

He is survived and celebrated by his wife, Susie Townsend; two sons, William Townsend and wife Shirley, Allen Townsend and wife Terry; a daughter, Pat Townsend Willougby and husband Paul; two stepsons, Chuck Strickland and wife Angie and Tony Strickland and wife Audrey; grandsons, Chad Townsend, Ben Townsend, Brad Townsend, Kyle Townsend, Rex Willoughby, Alex Strickland, and Ryan Strickland; a granddaughter, Kara Strickland; three great-grandchildren, Karys Townsend, Ty Willoughby, and Leah Willoughby; a brother, J.B. (Chief) Townsend; and a sister, Gloria Townsend Turner.

The visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Biggs Funeral Home in Lumberton.

Paid obituary

Arden Wright


Arden Lynn Wright, 69, of Maxton, died on April 26, 2011, at Scotland Memorial Hospital in Laurinburg.

A memorial with full military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Richard Boles Funeral Service Chapel, the Revs. Charles Oxendine and Billy Clark officiating.

Wright was born in Calgary Alberta, Canada on March 5, 1942, to the late Gibson and Berta Wright. He moved to the United States and received his citizenship. He served proudly in the United States Navy, retiring after 22 years of service to his country. Arden loved the outdoors fishing, NASCAR and many other sports. He was a loving and devoted husband and father that will be truly missed.

Wright is survived by his wife Catherine L. Wright of the home; three daughters, Dawn Wright, Patrice Wright and Theresa Wright, all of Maxton; two grandchildren, Latasha Wright and Megan Wright; and a sister, Lorena Wright of Florida.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. before the service.

Arrangements by Richard Boles Funeral Service.

Paid obituary

Nona Bass


Nona Lennon Bass, 80, of Summerfield, died April 26, 2011.

The funeral will be 5 p.m. today at Waughtown Baptist Church, the Rev. Eddie Brackett officiating. A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Galeed Baptist Church Cemetery in Bladenboro.

Surviving are her daughter, Teresa Garlick of Summerfield; three grandsons; a sister, Linda Brisson of Bladen County; and two brothers, Lloyd Lennon of Winston-Salem and Bobby Lennon of Bladen County.

The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

Arrangements by Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel.

James Buie

St. Pauls

James Buie, 74, of 1758 Britt Road, died April 24, 2011, at Southeastern Hospice House.

The funeral will be noon Friday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Lumberton, the Rev. Phillip Marks officiating. Burial will follow in Rockfish Cemetery in Fayetteville.

Surviving are his wife, Glenda Buie of St. Pauls; three daughters, Lisa Buie of Chesapeake, Va., Melody Buie and Alice Buie, both of Fayetteville; a brother, Bobby Buie of St. Pauls; and three grandchildren.

The visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Colvin Funeral Home.

Oliver Jr. Pittman


Oliver Jr. Pittman, 83, of 200 E. White Pond Road, died April 24, 2011, at home.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Mill Branch Baptist Church, the Revs. Richburg and Gentile Everett officiating.

Surviving are his wife, Ruby Pittman of the home; three sons, Tommy Pittman of Fayetteville, Bobby Pittman of Lumberton, and Lewis Pittman; three daughters, Juanita Bowden and Jacqueline Blount, both of Lumberton, and Mary Banks of Marksville, Tenn.; three stepsons, Lawrence Dockery of New York, Frank Townsend of Fairmont, and James Townsend of Lumberton; three stepdaughters, Ella Craig of Jamaica, N.Y., Henrietta McLean and Faye Thompson, both of Fairmont; a brother, Isaiah Pittman of Philadelphia; a sister, Annie Mae of Connecticut; 18 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

The visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Worley Mortuary in Fairmont.

Irene Perkins


Irene Perkins, 72, of Laurinburg, died April 26, 2011, in Morrison Manor.

The funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Friday in Springfield Church of God in Laurel Hill, the Revs. Carl Fosdick, Harry Clark and Kenneth Blease officiating.

Surviving are her husband, Lindsey Perkins of the home; a daughter, Vicky Perkins Jorgensen of Wagram; a brother, H.P. Keel Jr. of Cherry Grove, S.C.; two sisters, Ruth Priest of Lumberton and Billie Ann Tucker of Laurinburg; and two grandchildren.

The visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at Springfield Church of God in Laurel Hill.

Arrangements by Boles Funeral Home of Rowland.

Rodney Collum


Rodney Collum, 72, of Council, died April 27, 2011.

The funeral will be 3 p.m. Friday at Lisbon Baptist Church, the Rev. Wade McLamb officiating.

Surviving are his wife, Christine Jackson Collum of the home; a son, Tony Collum of Granite Quarry; a daughter, Christy McLawhorn of Ayden; and six grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home.

Reese Jacobs


Reese “Little Pap” Jacobs, 77, of 224 Rosa Drive, died April 25, 2011, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.

The funeral will be 3 p.m. Friday at Elrod Baptist Church, the Revs. Gary Chavis, Randy Cummings and Shelton Locklear officiating. Burial will follow in the Jacobs family cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Reese Jacobs Jr. and Tommy Lynn Jacobs, both of Rowland; five daughters, Shirley Sampson, Jan Jacobs Woodell, and Ruth Jacobs, all of Rowland, Linda Jacobs of Fairmont and Brenda Lee Davis of Raleigh; a brother, Dock Jacobs; 21 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Locklear & Son Funeral Home.

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