Obits for Aug. 4

First Posted: 8/5/2011

Eugene Johnson

St. Pauls

Eugene “Doc” Poole Johnson went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 2, 2011, after an extended illness. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his living family.

The funeral will be 3 p.m. Friday at St. Pauls Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakridge Cemetery in St. Pauls.

He and his twin brother Ed were born on May 26, 1934, in Parkton.

He proudly served his country in the United States Navy on the USS Intrepid as a seaman from July 7, 1955, to July 7, 1959, and appreciated the opportunity to travel around the world. One of his favorite things to do in the Navy was watching airplanes landing on and taking off from the aircraft carrier.

He enjoyed life, especially gardening and working outside because he grew up on a farm. He also liked sports, and his favorite basketball team was the Duke Blue Devils. His favorite pasttime in recent years was drinking coffee with all of his buddies at Hardees. He loved to go to church, and he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, as well as a hard worker who always provided for his family. He and his wife Christine were married on Nov. 9, 1961, and would have celebrated 50 years of marriage this year.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hallie M. Johnson Sr. and Bernice (Harrell) Johnson; and four brothers, Hallie M. Johnson Jr., Joseph D. Johnson, Edgar D. Johnson, and Frank L. Johnson.

He is survived by his wife, Christine O. Johnson; daughters, Tammy L. Blackmon and spouse Frankie Blackmon and Terry L. Johnson, all of St. Pauls; a grandson, William Matthew Blackmon of Fayetteville; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews and cousins whom he thought alot of.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at St. Pauls Funeral Home and other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to St. Pauls United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 519 N. Wilkinson Drive, St. Pauls, N.C., 28384, or Community Home Care and Hospice, 2402 N. Roberts Ave., Lumberton, N.C., 28358.

Paid obituary

Betty Smith


Betty Shoemake “Honey, Darlin Baby” Smith, 71, of Laurinburg, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Aug. 2, 2011.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Richard Boles Funeral Service Chapel, officiated by the Revs. Woody Byrd, Lee Jackson and Danny Malloy. Burial will follow the service in Pinecrest Cemetery.

Betty was born April 19, 1940, in Marlboro County, S.C. She was the daughter of the late Robert Lee Shoemake and Ruby Barber Shoemake.

She dedicated her life to loving and caring for others. She worked as a nurse for 25 years and enjoyed cooking, attending her church and attending gospel singings. She served as a faithful member of Hillside Baptist Church. Betty will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by sisters, Janie Faye Shoemake, Helen Shoemake Moore, Patricia Ann Shoemake Hood; and a great-grandson, Cameron Ratley.

Betty is survived by her husband of 53 years, Lawrence W. Smith Sr. of their home; her children, Lawrence “Larry” Smith Jr. and wife Terrie, both of Laurel Hill, Robert Alan Smith and wife Sheila, Freida Smith Clark and husband Dale, Lenora Smith Clark, all of Laurinburg, Vickie Smith McPherson and husband Ronald, both of Maxton; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Jimmy Clark of Laurinburg. She is also survived by special cousins by birth but children by heart, Roger and Wanda Barber; adopted by love, grandson, Danny Malloy and wife Teresa of Cheraw, S.C.; many nieces; many nephews; and a host of friends.

The visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Richard Boles Funeral Service.

Paid obituary

Luther Hayes


Luther Daniel Hayes, 94, of Lumberton, passed away on Aug. 1, 2011, at Southeastern Hospice House in Lumberton.

A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at East Lumberton Baptist Church, the Rev. Richard Hicks officiating.

He was born in Dillon, S.C., on Jan. 7, 1917, to the late William D. Hayes and Caroline Allen Hayes.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Newton Hayes; seven brothers; and two sisters.

Hayes is survived by his daughter, Lynda Hayes Howell of Elizabethtown; two grandchildren, Joseph Neill Howell Jr. and wife Cindy ,and William Warren Howell and wife Gia; and three great-grandchildren, Lauren Grace Howell, Bailey Howell and Luke Howell.

Also a special Thank you to all the nurses and caregivers of Woodhaven Nursing Care Center.

The visitation will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday before the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to U.S. Disabled Veterans Memorial Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45250-0301 or to East Lumberton Baptist Church, 201 Whiteville Ave., Lumberton, N.C., 28358.

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Paid obituary

Flora Sealey


Flora Neil Sealey, 74, of Lumberton, died Aug. 2, 2011, at Wesley Pines Retirement Center in Lumberton.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethesda Methodist Church, the Rev. Brian Perry officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethesda church cemetery.

Flora was an accountant with Webster’s Pharmacy for many years and retired from Robeson County Healthcare.

She was preceded in death by husband, Horace Sealey; and parents, Dan Huggins and Nettie Hardin Huggins.

Surviving are a sister, Hazel McPhatter of Lumberton; two brothers, Archie Huggins of Laurel Hill and Maurice Huggins of Lumberton; many nieces; many nephews; and numerous friends.

The visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Floyd Funeral Services in Fairmont.

Memorials can be made to Bethesda Methodist Church at 8414 S. Creek Road, Orrum, N.C., 28369, or Wesley Pines Retirement Center, 1000 Wesley Pines Road, Lumberton, N.C., 28358.

Paid obituary

Albert Williams

Red Springs

Albert Warren Williams ,of Red Springs, died July 31, 2011, in Raleigh-Duke Hospital.

A memorial will be held at Philadelphus Presbyterian Church at a later date.

Surviving are his son, James Williams of Seward; a daughter, Anna Elfenbein of Morgantown, W.Va.; four grandsons; and a sister, Ruth Williams of Buie.

Arrangements by Cremation Society of the Carolinas in Raleigh.

Hiram Prevatte


Hiram Rhodes Prevatte, 64, formerly of Lumberton, died July 7, 2011, in Aldie, Va.

A graveside service will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Meadowbrook Cemetery in Lumberton.

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

David Williams


David Mitchell Williams, 60, of Bladenboro, died Aug. 3, 2011.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Lewis-Bowen Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Deaver family cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Carolyn; two sons, Shaun and Eric Williams, both of Bladenboro; three daughters, Carol Robeson and Tracy Holt, both of Bladenboro, and Crystal Saturnino of Lois, S.C.; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Frances Shaver of Charlotte and Doris Gardner of Bladenboro; and two brothers, Morris Williams of Columbia, S.C., and Horace Williams of Bladenboro.

The visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Lewis-Bowen Funeral Home and other times at 377 Hayes Stanley Road in Bladenboro.

Mary Williams

White Oak

Mary Tatum Williams, 104, of White Oak, died July 31, 2011, in Raleigh.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at White Oak Baptist Church, the Revs. Danny Lewis and Merle Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Surviving are her son, Bill Williams of Raleigh; her daughter, Shirley Williams Sandridge of Raleigh; three grandsons; a granddaughter; great-grandson; three great-granddaughters; and a sister, Gretchen Brown of White Oak.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home.

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