Local obituaries for Sept. 11

First Posted: 9/10/2011

Gracie Oxendine


Gracie Lee Hunt Oxendine, 65, of 726 Toogan Road in Fairmont, died Sept. 10, 2011, after a brief battle with cancer.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Pleasant View Baptist Church with the Revs. Lacy Lambert and Buck Bowen officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Gracie was born Oct. 4, 1945, in Fairmont to the late Artemus Hunt and Magnolia Hunt. Gracie was the middle of five children, having one sister and three brothers.

Oxendine had several careers that included working with the Fairmont Police Department as a dispatcher. During that time she became the first woman in Robeson County to be trained to administer the Breathalyzer exam and to have pepper spray used on her for training purposes. The one job she enjoyed more than any was working with special needs students. Gracie became a private tutor/instructor for handicapped children.

She is survived by her children, Craig Locklear and wife Carmen of Clarkton, Lorie Locklear and husband James McMillan of Pembroke, and David Locklear of Cary; her sister, Mary Jane Jacobs; brothers, Vinson, Odell and Redell Hunt, all of Fairmont; three grandchildren, Kristen Bowen Freeman of Bolton, Kensley Woodell and Kyron Pate, all of Pembroke; and one great-grandchild, Rylee Freeman of Bolton.

The children would like to thank the family for support during this time with a special thanks to Angelita Hunt and Anverdale Locklear.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Revels Funeral Home Lumberton.

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John Stanley


John Calvin Stanley, 66, of Fayetteville, died Sept. 8, 2011.

The graveside service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Stanley Cemetery in Bladenboro.

Surviving are his wife, Monica Stanley; two sons, John Michael Stanley and Timothy Leedy; three daughters, Jacqueine Elsik, Diane Walston, and Melissa Molina; three brothers, Paul Stanley, David Stanley and Wayne Stanley; a sister, Janice Valenta; and 14 grandchildren.

Visitation will follow the service.

Arrangements by Lewis-Bowen Funeral Home.

Thomas Galloway


Thomas Harry Galloway, 82, of Lumberton, died Sept. 9, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Lumberton.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at Floyd Memorial Chapel in Lumberton. Burial will follow at Meadowbrook Cemetery in Lumberton.

Surviving are a son, William J. Galloway and wife Becky of Lumberton; a daughter, Patsy Brewington and husband Norman of Lumberton; two sisters, Ore Jackson of Tolarsville and Florene Barefoot of St. Pauls; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The visitation will be from 7 to 9 tonight at Floyd Mortuary in Lumberton.

Helen Gerald


Helen Gerald, 79, of 1402 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Lumberton, died Sept. 8, 2011, at home.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hilly Branch Baptist Church in Lumberton, the Rev. J. Dunham officiating. Burial will follow at Hilly Branch Church Cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, William Aubrey Gerald of Lumberton and Shawn A. Gerald of Raleigh; two daughters, Ramona Gavin of Herndon, Va., and Laura Gerald Simms of Raleigh; two brothers, Raphael N. Thompson of Durham and Elias Jackson Thompson of Lumberton; and nine grandchildren.

The visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Colvin Funeral Home in Lumberton.

George Smith Jr.


George Washington Smith Jr., 92, died on Sept. 10, 2011, at home.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Zion Hill Baptist Church of Bladenboro. Burial will follow in Pine Crest Cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Wilson and wife Etta, and Gerald and wife Shirley, both of Bladenboro; two daughters, Marlene Johnson and husband Merle of Bladenboro, and Janice Taylor and husband Jimmy of Elizabethtown; a brother, Erwin Smith and wife Vera of Wilmington; 16 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown and at other times at the home, 510 Clayton Pait Road in Bladenboro.

Terry McLaughlin


Terry “Tae” McLaughlin, 21, of 2485 McGirt Gin Road in Maxton, died Sept. 8, 2011, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.

The funeral will be 4 p.m. Monday at Smithtown Church of God, the Rev. Dwight Deal officiating. Burial will follow in the Locklear family cemetery.

Surviving are father, Terry Lee McLaughlin; mother, Jacqueline Marcell McLaughlin; and two sisters, Jacquelyn Rochelle McLaughlin of Southern Pines and Jamaria McKoy of Raeford.

The visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home.

Arnold Locklear

Iron Station

Arnold “Snooky” Locklear, 63, of 5507 N.C. 27 in Iron Station, formerly of Maxton, died on Sept. 7, 2011, at home.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at Thompson’s Funeral Home Chapel, the Revs. Billy Clark and Nickolas Locklear officiating. Burial will follow at Preston Cemetery in Maxton.

Surviving are three daughters, Angela Locklear (Michael) of Lumber Bridge, Laura Locklear Knight (Jay Cox) of Charlotte and Kimberly Jackson (Robert) of Iron Station; two sons, Abe Connor of Waynesville and John Earl Jacobs of Greensboro; five brothers, Leon Locklear, Dock (Pap) Locklear Jr., Kermit (Preacher) Locklear, Jerry Locklear and Winford Locklear, all of Maxton; five sisters, Girlie Mae Biller, Mary Rose Sanderson, Betsy Locklear and Savannah Clark, all of Maxton, and Vera Weber of Charlotte; and 12 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Thompson’s Funeral Home or at other times at 1286 Clark Road in Maxton.

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