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Friday, July 21, 2000

    Bedford, Lt. Col. Joseph S., died Saturday at home. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 7 in Wilmington National Cemetery. Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel. 
   
   Blanks, Margaret, 83, of New York City, formerly of East Arcadia, died Saturday. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at Mount Zion Church, New York City. Jordan Funeral Home. 
   
   Christmas, Pauline Estelle Moss, of Gurganus Road, Shallotte, died Tuesday. A graveside service will be at noon today in Jennies Branch Baptist Church Cemetery. Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Supply Chapel. 
   
   Green, James, of 4645 Gordon Road died Tuesday at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at New Covenant Holiness Church. Burial will be in Calvary Memorial Cemetery. Jordan Funeral Home. 
   
   Harvey, Arthur, of 1204 Wright St. died Sunday at Britthaven of Wrightsville. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Calvary Memorial Cemetery. Adkins-Drain Funeral Service. 
   
   Hewett, Marie Galloway, of Stanbury Road, Supply, died Tuesday at home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Supply Chapel. Burial will be in Silent Grove Cemetery. 
   
   Lazear, Lawrence "Larry," 67, of 1079 Hewett Road died Tuesday at home. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Concord United Methodist Church. Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Supply Chapel. 
   
   Lewis, Roger, died Monday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Daisy Fields Jordan Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. 
   
   McLean, Alton William Jr. "Billy Mack," of Carollton, Texas, formerly of Wilmington, died Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today in Oleander Memorial Gardens. Andrews Mortuary, Valley Chapel. 
   
   McNeil, Henry Leon, 48, of 810 Rebel Trail, Shallotte, died Thursday at Grand Strand Medical Center. Arrangements will be announced by Peoples Funeral Home, Shallotte. 
   
   McPherson, William Seymour, 88, of High Point, formerly of Chadbourn, died Wednesday at High Point Regional Medical Center. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Beaverdam Original Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will be in McPher|son Cemetery. Worthington Funeral Home, Chadbourn. 
   
   Perkins, Love E., of Northwest Community died Wednesday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Arrangements will be announced by Jordan Columbus County Chapel. 
   
   Potts, Kelvin, 26, of 410 Leonard Rich Road, Magnolia, died Wednesday at DC General Hospital, Washington, D.C. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Byrd's Chapel Baptist Church, Rose Hill. Burial will be in Rose Hill Funeral Home Cemetery, Magnolia. Rose Hill Funeral Home, Rose Hill. 
   
   Purse, John Henry Sr., died Tuesday at Davis Health Care. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at Cornelia Nixon Davis Health Care Center. Andrews Mortuary, Market Street Chapel. 
   
   Russ, Elizabeth E., of 1119 Wright St. died Thursday at Cape Fear Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Jordan Funeral Home. 
   
   Sabatell, Jennifer Marie, 25, of Fayetteville Avenue, Calabash, died Thursday in Dallas, Texas. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel, Shallotte. 
   
   Shepherd, Willie L., 40, of 3644 Swamp Fox Highway, Tabor City, died Tuesday at home. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Peoples Funeral Home Chapel, Whiteville. Burial will be in Columbus County Singing Union Cemetery. 
   
   Williams, Bertie, 82, of High Point died Wednesday at High Point Hospital. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Inman Funeral Home Chapel, Tabor City. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. 
   
   Wilson, Rev. James R., 53, of Hillside, N.J., formerly of Whiteville, died Thursday. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Atkinson Temple Holiness Church. Burial will be in Maxfield Family Cemetery. Peoples Funeral Home, White|ville. 
   
   Wolfe, Victor, of Holly Drive, N. Myrtle Beach, died Thursday at the VA Nursing Center, Anderson, S.C. Arrangements will be announced by Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte. 
   
   INFANT BABY JESSICA MICHELLE ARGO 
   Infant Baby Jessica Michelle Argo died Wednesday, July 12, 2000 at Brunswick Community Hospital. 
   She was born July 12, 2000 at the Brunswick Community Hospital, the daughter of George and Colleen Argo. 
   A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2000 at the Shallotte Church of God in Shallotte, NC, at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will follow after the service. 
   East Coast Cremation and Funeral Services of Sunset Beach, NC is in charge. 
   
   JESSE DANIEL BEAM CHIEF U.S. NAVY RETIRED 
   SUPPLY - On July 18, 2000, at approximately 2 p.m., Jesse Daniel Beam passed away at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, losing his three year battle with cancer. 
   Jesse was born October 30, 1938, in Benton, Arkansas and was the son of Ruth Beam of Benton Arkansas and the late Dub Beam. As a youth he attended the Seventh Day Adventist Ozark Academy and upon graduation he enlisted in the Navy. After retiring from the Navy in 1977 he and his family settled in Benton where he worked as a police officer for several years. 
   In 1985 he and his family moved to Supply, in his wife's hometown. He worked as a security officer at The Brunswick Nuclear Plant for several years then left to join his wife to work as Therapeutic Foster Parents: first at the Boys and Girls Home in Lake Waccamaw and then, more recently at their home. In short, Jesse Beam devoted his life to serving others. 
   Jesse was a member of the VFW and Fleet Reserve Association. He also held a commercial pilot's license and enjoyed flying when he was able. He kept busy with a small saw-sharpening shop and also carried on his family's 140 year tradition of hand crafted chair making. He was known by some in the area as "The Chair Man". 
   Taught the craft by his father as a youth, Jesse brought the craft with him from his native Arkansas. His hand-crafted Oak and Cherry Rocking Chairs have found homes throughout the area as well as across the country. One of the Beam Family chairs has even found a home in the Smithsonian Institution. 
   Jesse is survived, in addition to his mother, by his wife, Wanda Mazel Clemmons Beam, the daughter of the late Olen and Martha Clemmons of Supply, N.C.; his daughters and their husbands, Mrs. Diane Lynch and Jimmy of Tennessee Ridge, Tn., Mrs. Donna Edwards and Mark of Supply, NC, Mrs. Deborah Kennedy and Marty of Beulaville, NC; Ms. Virginia "Ginger" Spacey of Oak Island, NC and Mrs. Carlene Stewart and Mark of Michigan. He and his wife also share the love and joy of a total eleven grandchildren and a foster child, Angelina; a brother, Bobby Beam; two sisters, Shirley Edison and Phyllis Rickard, all of Benton, Arkansas, and sister Sherry Beam. 
   Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 22, 2000 at 4 p.m. at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Supply Chapel with Reverend Albert Young and Pastor D.A. Eckonroth officiating. 
   Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery with Military Honors. 
   The family will receive friends from 7-8 Friday evening at the funeral home. 
   Pallbearers will be Marty Kennedy, Mark Edwards, Jimmy Lynch, Matt Dillon, Bobby Beam, Roy Mintz. 
   Jesse was a kind and gentle man; a devoted husband and loving father. He had a full life and enjoyed working, helping people and being with his family. Most of all he loved his wife and Our Lord Jesus Christ. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed. We will remember him always. Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service and Crematory, Supply Chapel 754-6848. 
   
   MRS. ELEANOR ELIZABETH EZZELL KELLY 
   BURGAW - Eleanor Elizabeth Ezzell Kelly, age 84, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000 at Huntington Health Care. 
   Mrs. Kelly was born January 19, 1916, in Sampson County and was the daughter of the late Preston James and Sannie Beatrice Peterson Ezzell. She was predeceased by her husband, Clifford David Kelly. 
   She was a devoted homemaker and was a member of Atkinson Baptist Church. 
   Surviving are her sons, George M. Kelly and Thomas A. Kelly and wife, Brenda, all of Burgaw; grandchildren, Janet Kelly-Scholle and husband, Frank, of Durham, and David Thomas Kelly of Willard; sister, Mary E. Price of Knightdale; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 
   Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home, Burgaw, with the Rev. Ottis King officiating. 
   Burial will follow in Moores Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. 
   The family will receive friends 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Quinn McGowen Funeral Home, Burgaw. 
   
   SHIRLEY MALPASS BROWN 
   BOLTON - Shirley Malpass Brown, 54, of Bolton died Thursday, July 20, 2000 at her residence after a long illness. She is the daughter of Mrs. Evelyn Mills Malpass Hanah and the late Herman Malpass. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Steve Randy Malpass. 
   Survivors include her husband, Irvin Brown of the home. Daughter, Tracy Lynnette Ridenhour of Delco. Sons, Randy Irvin Brown of Fayetteville, N.C., Jerred Ralph Brown of Hamlet, N.C. Brother, Wade H. Malpass of Bolton, N.C. Mother, Evelyn Mills Malpass Hanah of Delco, N.C. Stepfather, David Hanah of Delco, N.C. 6 grandchildren. Many other family members and friends. 
   Services will be Saturday, July 22, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cheerful Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Fulton Thompson; Rev. Elmore Strick|land and Rev. Calvin Malpass officiating with burial following in the Living|ston Baptist Church Cemetery. 
   Visitation will be Friday night at McKenzie Mortuary from 7-9 p.m. 
   Honorary Pallbearers: Brady Brown; Eugene Brown; Earl Brown; Allen Brown; Wade Brown. 
   Active Pallbearers: Jessie Malpass, Larry Malpass, Chuck Bordeaux, Terry Buffkin, E.C. Malpass, Scott Mills. McKenzie Mortuary. 
   
   MR. GEORGE LEON CARROLL SR. 
   Mr. George Leon Carroll Sr., 88, of 329 Wayne Drive, Wilmington, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000 in New Hanover Regional Medical Center. 
   Leon was born December 4, 1911 in Horry County, SC, the son of the late George D. and Garie Grainger Carroll. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Wilmington, a 1930 graduate of Conway High School, a 1935 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Pharmacy, a member of the USC Alumni Association, a member of the Conway, SC, Masonic Lodge #65 and a 1985 inductee of the NC Republican Party Hall of Fame. 
   From 1957 until 1978 he was the Owner and Operator of Jarman's Pharmacy Inc. Leon was preceded in death by his wife of fifty years, Patricia Boyd Carroll, in 1988. 
   Survivors include his son George L. Carroll Jr., his daughters Elaine Parmele and Linda Carroll, all of Wilmington, a brother D.J. Carroll, a sister Leitha Gilmore, a brother-in-law Thomas G. Boyd and wife Gene, all of Myrtle Beach, SC, a very special friend, Elizabeth Kendall of Carolina Beach, NC, and several nieces and nephews. 
   Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 22, 2000 in the Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Oleander Chapel, by the Reverend James E. Everette. The interment will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Conway, SC, at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. 
   The family will receive friends at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Oleander Chapel, tonight from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and at other times will be at his residence. 
   Any memorials should be directed to the First Baptist Church, "Hope & Heritage," 5th and Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 or to the Wilmington Baptist Association, 610 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403. 
   A service of Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Oleander Chapel, 791-4444. 
   
   BETTY JOAN GOSNEY HOLBACH 
   Betty Joan Gosney Holbach, 75, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000 at home. Betty moved to Calabash, NC in 1991 from Glen Burnie, MD, after retiring from the Anne Arundel County Library System. 
   She was born on February 16, 1925 in Kansas City, KS, to James Elmo and Barbara (Shinkle) Gosney. She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, four sisters, two foster sons and three grandchildren. 
   Survivors include: her husband of 55 years, Albert Henry Holbach; four sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Alan and Bonnie Holbach of Port Charlotte, FL, James Henry and Frances Holbach of San Antonio, TX, William Howard and Anne Holbach of Blacksburg, VA, Thomas Benton and Deborah Holbach of Warrenton, VA; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Elizabeth and Robert Lee of Baton Rouge, LA, Sharon Ann and David Stapf of Hollywood, MD; ten grandchildren, Jennifer Holbach, Christopher Holbach, James Holbach, Alison Holbach, Timothy Holbach, Jessica Holbach Florio, Sarah Holbach, Abigail Holbach, Robert Lee, III, Amanda Lee; and her brother and sister-in-law, Donald Lee and Mildred Gosney of Nathrop, CO. 
   Betty was an active member of the Little River United Methodist Church. 
   In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a donation be made to God's special people at Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 725-A Wellington Ave., Wilmington, NC 28401 or to the charity of your choice. 
   Friends and family will gather at the Little River United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 22, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. for a memorial service and fellowship in celebration of Betty's life. Rev. Sara Fagan and Dr. Paul Wood, Jr. will be officiating. 
   East Coast Cremation and Funeral Services of Sunset Beach, NC is in charge. 
   
   JACK SCRUGGS JR. 
   Jack Scruggs, Jr., age 84, of 2118 Plaza Drive, Wilmington, NC, died Thursday, July 20, 2000 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center. 
   He was born in Augusta, Georgia, in 1916, son of the late Jack Scruggs, Sr. and Georgia Furgueron Scruggs. 
   Mr. Scruggs attended the Citadel from 1936-1940 and then took a position as an engineer for the Atlantic Coastline Railroad. He supervised construction of the U.S. Army Transportation Corps Training Railroad during WW II. He worked in heavy construction for V.P. Loftis, was Vice President of Continental Construction, owner of Scruggs Construction, and superintendent for Ruscon and Rea Construction. Mr. Scruggs managed numerous highway and railroad bridge projects, piers, waterworks, dry dock renovations, and building construction. Due to health problems, he was forced into retirement at age 79, working, locally for Horton Iron and Metal Company. 
   Mr. Scruggs was a lifetime mason, Mine Lodge #117, and was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. 
   Surviving are his wife, Helen Crawford Scruggs; one daughter, Sandra Scruggs Boyd of Key West, FL; two sons, LTC F. Timothy Scruggs, USA Ret., of Charleston, SC, and J. Thomas Scruggs of Folly Beach, SC; a step-daughter, Barbara Crawford Benson of Hampstead, NC; six grandchildren; two great-grand|children; two sisters, Mary Frances Truluck and Catherine Scruggs Hanna; and a younger brother, Lewis F. Scruggs. 
   Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 22, 2000 in Oakdale Cemetery by Dr. Roger Horne and Rev. Glenn Edgerton. 
   The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Andrews Mortuary, Market Street Chapel. 
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Citadel, Department of Civil Engineering, Charleston, SC, or Westminster Presbyterian Church, 500 Kenwood Ave., Wilmington, NC 28405. 
   Andrews Mortuary, Market Street Chapel. 
   
   WALTER LINTON PARSLEY 
   Walter Linton Parsley died after a long illness on July 20, 2000, at Live Oaks, the home on Masonboro Sound built in 1913 by his grand|father, for whom he was named. 
   Born on December 10, 1920, at Live Oaks, he attended local schools and was an Eagle Scout through his troop at Saint James Episcopal |Church, where he was a member. He graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, where he was stationed on Iwo Jima and flew P-51 Mustangs. He married Sarah Burwell Bertron on June 22, 1944, and moved to Houston, Texas, shortly thereafter. He owned W.L. Parsley Insurance Company for many years, and was very active in Houston civic activities. He served as president of Camp Fire Girls and was instrumental in selecting the site and overseeing the building of Camp Winiwaca. He coached Little League teams for 15 years in Houston and was on the committee which built the Post Oak American Little League Field there. He was a member of Houston Country Club, and he was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Houston for 45 years. He and Sarah moved to Wilmington in 1990 upon his retirement, and he served on the board of directors of the Cape Fear Museum. He was also a member of Carolina Yacht Club, Cape Fear Country Club, the Surf Club and L'Arioso German Club. 
   He was preceded in death by his father, Donald MacRae Parsley; his mother, Elizabeth Westbrook Parsley; and his brother, Donald MacRae Parsley, Junior. He is survived by his wife of 56 years; his three daughters, Ann Parsley Harper, Linda Parsley McVean, Mary Parsley Mustard and husband, Eric Mustard; one son, Ben Holder Parsley; six grandchildren, Graham Linton Williams, Kathleen Burwell Williams, Malcolm MacRae Williams, Andrew MacRae Mustard, Michael Walter Mustard, and David Reading Mustard; one great-grandchild, Haley Alyssa Williams; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. 
   Memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Cape Fear Museum, American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice, 
   Friends are invited to join the family at a graveside memorial service at Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, NC, on Saturday, July 22, 2000, at 4 p.m. 
   Andrews Mortuary, Market Street Chapel . 
   
   MRS. ANNIE TEACHEY MILLIS 
   Mrs. Annie Teachey Millis, 86, formerly of Arlington Drive, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at Cornelia Nixon Davis Health Care Center. 
   Mrs. Millis was born August 15, 1913, at Bushnell, Florida, the daughter of the late Charlie and Martha Mills Teachey. She was a member of Wrightsboro Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Millis Sr., in 1979. 
   Survivors include her sons, Reverend Robert G. Millis and wife Faye of Wilmington, William J. Millis Jr. and wife Judy of Stuart, Florida; her daughter, Betty Millis Sherman and husband H.F. of Kelley, NC; seven grandchildren, Mike, Cindy, Judy, Vickie, Robby, Kelli, Brandon; ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 
   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Friday, July 21, 2000, in the Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Oleander Chapel, by Reverend Pat Trobaugh and Reverend Mike Lewis. The interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. 
   Casketbearers will be Charles Wallace, Jay Smith, Jimmy Millis, Johnny Reaves, Wayne Teachey and Tommy Abbott. 
   The family will be at the home of her son, Reverend Robert G. Millis, 217 Forest Road, Wilmington. Any memorials should be directed to the Wrightsboro Baptist Church, 2736 Castle Hayne Road, Wilmington, NC 28401. 
   A service of Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Oleander Chapel, 791-4444.


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