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Monday, February 26, 2001
 
   Bowling, Marcella V., 56, of Seashore Road, Supply, died Thursday. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home, Supply. Burial will be in Sharon United Methodist Church Cemetery. 
   
   Buchanan, Carrell J., of 15007 Old Lake Road, Riegelwood, died Thursday in Warsaw. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Mark Catholic Church. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service. 
  
   Campbell, Lena, 78, of 7725 Market St. died Friday at Cape Fear Memorial Hospital. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Sealawn Memorial Park, Hampstead. Dunn Funeral Home, Burgaw. 
   
   Dawson, Helen Lee, 78, of Whiteville died Thursday at Columbus County Hospital. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at El Bethel Church, Whiteville. Burial will be in Belvue Cemetery, Chadbourn. Smith Funeral Home, White|ville. 
   
   Freudenberger, Ralph, of 327 Hidden Valley Road died Thursday. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. at Winterpark Presbyterian Church. Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service. 
   
   Fulton, Edwin Brooks, formerly of Wilmington, died Feb. 18 in Newark, N.J. The funeral will be at noon today at St. Andrews AME Zion Church. Burial will be in Pine Forest Cemetery. Adkins-Drain Funeral Service, South Eighth Street. 
   
   Hogan, David Matthews, 73, of 230 E. 11th St., Southport, died Wednesday at home. Memorial Mass will be at 9 a.m. March 5 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Trinity United Methodist Church Garden. Peacock-Newnam Funeral Home, Southport. 
   
   Jones, Cindy Pickett, 86, of Pittsburgh, Pa., formerly of Maple Hill, died Saturday at Mercy Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Dunn Funeral Home. 
   
   Lanier, Lawyer, 93, of Calico Bay Road, Teachey, died Friday at Duplin General Hospital. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Sinan Baptist Church, Wallace. Burial will be in Murray Cemetery. Matthews Funeral Service, Wallace. 
   
   McCulloch, Clara Lucile Allen, died Friday at Davis Health Care Center. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Elizabethtown City Cemetery, Elizabethtown. Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel. 
   
   Ostrer, Rosalie C., 90, of Autumn Care, formerly of Calabash, died Thursday. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel of Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte. 
   
   Poirier, Ann Farrar Tolar Wicker, 68, died Thursday. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel. Burial will be in Oleander Memorial Gardens. 
   
   Yates, Beatrice, 92, of 8470 Point Caswell Road, Atkinson, died Sunday at Huntington Health Care Center, Burgaw. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lakes Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Atkinson. Burial will be in Lakes Chapel Cemetery. Dunn Funeral Home, Burgaw. 
   
   RICHARD O. SMITH 
   ASH - Mr. Richard O. Smith, age 69, of 2440 Russtown Rd., Ash, died Saturday, February 24, 2001, at his residence. 
   Mr. Smith was born January 12, 1932, in Brunswick County and was the son of the late Jesse Oliver and Elizabeth McCumbee Smith. He was a member of Emmanuel Outreach Church. 
   He is survived by his wife, Erma C. Smith two sons, Jerry M. Smith of Paulding, Ohio, Michael F. Smith of Antwerp, Ohio; a brother, Sherman "Toby" Smith of Ash; five sisters, Ida Mae Ganus, Estes Callahan, Betty Nelson all of Ash, Eloise Ivey of Longwood, Linda Allen of Conway; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 
   Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 27, 2001at 1:00 PM at Emmanuel Outreach Church. Rev. Jimmy King will officiate. 
   Burial will follow in the Smith Family Cemetery. 
   Pallbearers will be Larry Ganus Jr., Dale Grissett, Tim Ivey, Kermit Goff, Scott Smith, Jason Bishop. 
   Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Ganus, Greg Holden, Russell Currin. 
   The family will receive friends at the residence. 
   Mr. Smith will lie in state at the church one hour prior the funeral service. 
   Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service and Crematory, Supply Chapel 754-6848. 
   
   ELEANOR DICKERSON COXE 
   Eleanor Dickerson Coxe of 3905 Evergreen Drive, Wilmington, died Sunday, February 25, 2001, at Liberty Commons Nursing Center on Racine Drive., She was the daughter of the late Aliene Langston Dickerson and William James Dickerson Jr. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harwood Beebe Coxe; a son Harwood Beebe Coxe, Jr.; and a grandson, Jason Harwood Coxe. 
   Mrs. Coxe was a long time member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church and served her community as a volunteer in the Salvation Army Ladies Auxiliary, as a teacher in the Laubach Literacy Program for non-English speaking students, and as an assistant in the YMCA Adapted Aquatics Program for handicapped children. 
   She is survived by two daughters, Emily Coxe of the home; and Alice Coxe Eborn and husband William of Bloomfield, N.J.; a son, Andrew Syester Coxe II and wife Roberta of Wilmington; two brothers, Edward Wallace Dickerson and wife Gillette of Inman, S.C., and George Dickerson and wife Opal of Spartanburg, S.C.; two sisters, Aliene Dickerson Dennis of Spartanburg, S.C., and Elizabeth Dickerson Harmon of Clemmons, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Carol Coxe of Lewisville, N.C.; surviving grandchildren include Bradley Andrew Coxe and wife Julie, Jennifer Czechlewski and husband Scott of Wilmington, Mitzi Coxe Swing and husband Pierce of Yadkinville, N.C., Lt. Amy Coxe of Chesapeake, VA, Melanie Eborn Tyndal and husband Steve, Melissa Eborn Simons and husband Burt; great-grandchildren are Joseph and Joshua Swing and Haley Tyndal. 
   A memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2001, at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Margaret Hockett officiating. 
   The family will receive friends following the service at the church. 
   Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or to the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Wilmington. 
   A service of Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service Oleander Chapel, 3915 Oleander Drive, (910-791-4444). 
   
   MRS. META BLAKE KEEL 
   Mrs. Meta Blake Keel of Wilmington, N.C., died Saturday, February 24, 2001, in The Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center. 
   She was born in Pender County, N.C., on July 26,1925, the daughter of the late Swain Edward Blake and Elsie Andrews Blake. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Ollie Keel Jr., on January 30, 2001, and her step-father, Ennis Harvell Blanton. 
   Mrs. Keel was a very active member of Masonboro Baptist Church and the Agape Sunday School Class. She was a Supervisor of Household Goods Transportation for the Civil Service, a member of Gideons Intermational Auxilary and the Order of Eastern Star#289, Cherry Point, N.C. 
   Surviving are two sons, John Ollie Keel III and wife Marthanna Rhue Keel of Wilmington, and Harrison Swain Keel and wife Cathy McGiffin Keel of Grand Forks, N.D.; one grandson, Sean Collins and wife Amy; four granddaughters, Caren Suzanne Keel, Marci Elizabeth Collins Thomas and husband Clayton Thomas, Tiffany Ann Keel and Tracy Lynn Keel Goldstraw; and a special uncle, Morris Henry Andrews Sr. and wife Audrey. 
   Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2001, in Masonboro Baptist Church by Rev. Gordon Wright. Entombment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. 
   Pallbearers will be Darryl Smith, Morris Andrews Jr., Chester Andrews, R.A. Best, Ray Westbrook, and Kenneth Thornton. 
   The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday night at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel. 
   Memorials may be made to the Gideons International Bible Fund, P.O. Box 3784, Wilmington, N.C. 28406, or Masonboro Baptist Church Building Fund, 1501 Beasley Road, Wilmington, N.C. 28409 or the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center, 1406 Physician's Drive, Wilmington, N.C. 28401. 
   Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel. 
   
   MR. WINFRED SIMPSON 
   Mr. Winfred "Wint" Simpson of 3837 Marathon Avenue, Castle Hayne, died Thursday, February 23, 2001, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was born in Pender County to the late Willie and Viola Lewis Simpson. 
   At the time of his passing he was Director of Property and Management for New Hanover County where he was employed for 29 years. 
   He is survived by his wife, Mary Eakins Simpson of the home; three daughters, Selena (Alfred) Mott II of Currie, N.C., Patricia (Ricky) Pearsall of Castle Hayne, N.C., and Kimila (Jackie) Wilson Jr. of Leland, N.C.; four grandchildren; one brother; two sisters; many other relatives and friends. 
   Visitation can be made today (Monday) at Dunn Funeral Home, 810 W. Wilmington, St., Burgaw from 2 until 8 p.m. The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 until 8 p.m. The funeral will be conducted 1 p.m. Tuesday at Union Missionary Baptist Church, Wilmington. Interment will follow at the Simpson Cemetery, Currie, N.C. 
   Dunn Funeral Home, Burgaw. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2001

   Arnold, Thomas, 71, of 1465 Jenkins Road, Whiteville, died Sunday at home. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Christian Plain AME Zion Church. Burial will be in Shaw Cemetery. Peoples Funeral Home, Whiteville. 
   
   Bernard, Jeremiah Malik, infant son of Jennifer and Kwame Bernard formerly of Thomasboro died Sunday in Greenville-Pitt Memorial Hospital. A graveside service will be at noon Thursday at Pleasant View Cemetery. Peoples Funeral Home, Shallotte. 
   
   Byrd, Locke Jr., 72, of Ocean Isle Beach died Sunday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Shallotte Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Whiteville Memorial Cemetery, Whiteville. McKenzie Mortuary Service. 
   
   Comer, Russell Bryce, 69, of 801 Giles Place, Leland, died Wednesday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Oleander Chapel. 
   
   Coxe, Eleanor Dickerson, of 3905 Evergreen Drive died Sunday at Liberty Commons Nursing Center. A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Oleander Chapel. 
   
   Dawson, Helen Lee, 78, of Whiteville died Thursday at Columbus County Hospital. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at El Bethel Church, Whiteville. Burial will be in Belvue Cemetery, Chadbourn. Smith Funeral Home, Whiteville. 
   
   Freeman, Lillie Mae, 88, of Bolton died Friday at Premier Living, Lake Waccamaw. Arrangements will be announced by Peoples Funeral Home, Whiteville. 
   
   Freudenberger, Ralph Irving, 86, of Hidden Valley Road died Thursday. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today in Greenlawn Memorial Park. A memorial service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Winter Park Presbyterian Church. Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Oleander Chapel. 
   
   George, Leila Lena, of Whiteville died Monday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville. Arrangements will be announced by Smith Funeral Home, Whiteville. 
   
   Haywood, Ezekiel Jr., 59, of 615 Blue Jean Road, Whiteville, died Sunday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Arrangements will be announced by Peoples Funeral Home, Whiteville. 
   
   Hogan, David Matthews, 73, of 230 E. 11th St., Southport, died Wednesday at home. Memorial Mass will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Trinity United Methodist Church Garden. Peacock-Newnam Funeral Home, Southport. 
   
   Johnson, Tommie D., of Garland died Sunday at home. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Beards Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will be in Sandhill Cemetery. Carter Funeral Home, Garland. 
   
   Jones, Cindy Pickett, 86, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Maple Hill, died Saturday at Mercy Hospital. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Holy Church, Maple Hill. Burial will be in the Pickett Family Cemetery. Dunn Funeral Home, Burgaw. 
   
   Keel, Meta Blake, died Saturday at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Masonboro Baptist Church. Entombment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. Andrews Mortuary, Valley Chapel. 
   
   Koerber, Lillian C., 77, of Havelock Place, Shallotte died Saturday. Arrangements will be announced by Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte. 
   
   Lanier, Lawyer, 101, of Calico Bay Road, Teachey, died Friday at Duplin General Hospital. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Wallace. Burial will be in Murray Cemetery. Matthews Funeral Service, Wallace. 
   
   Lewis, James Edward, 86, of Upper Marlboro, Md., formerly of Whiteville, died Thursday in Clinton, Md. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Mill Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Whiteville. Burial will be in Cherry Grove Cemetery. Peoples Funeral Home, Whiteville. 
   
   Martin, Pearlie, of 136 McQuillian Drive died Saturday at home. Arrangements will be announced by John H. Shaw's Sons Funeral Home. 
   
   Moore, Katie Marsh, of 1415 Queen St. died Sunday at home. Arrangements will be announced by Adkins-Drain Funeral Service, South Eighth Street. 
   
   Ostrer, Rosalie C., 90, of Autumn Care, formerly of Calabash, died Thursday. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel, Shallotte. 
   
   Pierce, James Edward, 86, of 397 Pierce Road, Hallsboro, died Friday at Columbus County Hospital. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Peoples Funeral Home Chapel, Whiteville. Burial will be in Hallsboro Memorial Park. 
   
   Pridgen, David Kenneth, 50, of 9195 Wildcat Road, Ivanhoe, died Friday at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. Burial will be in Moore's Swamp AME Church Cemetery. Summerville-Boykin Mortuary, Garland. 
   
   Purdie, Nicie, 94, of 8164 Old Highway 74, Evergreen, died Sunday at Premier Living, Lake Waccamaw. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Center Baptist Church, Bladenboro. Burial will be in Kelly Cemetery. Peoples Funeral Home, Whiteville. 
   
   Riley, Charles, of 149 Spring Ave. died Monday at Britthaven of Jacksonville. Arrangements will be announced by Jordan Funeral Home. 
   
   Russell, Corrine, of 1202 Kornegay Ave. died Sunday at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center. Arrangements will be announced by Jordan Funeral Home. 
   
   Sanders, Frances, 85, of 602 Whitfield Drive, Goldsboro, died Sunday at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Rhodes Funeral Home, Goldsboro. 
   
   Simpson, Winfred "Wint," of 3837 Marathon Ave., Castle Hayne, died Thursday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Union Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Simpson Cemetery. Dunn Funeral Home, Burgaw. 
   
   Smith, Richard O., 69, of 2440 Russtown Road, Ash, died Saturday. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Emmanuel Outreach Church. Burial will be in Smith Family Cemetery. Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Supply Chapel. 
   
   Thompson, Rhoda Mae, 84, of 3304 Maco Road, Leland, died Sunday. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Oleander Chapel. Burial will be in Farmers Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. 
   
   Ward, Angela Stanley, 36, of Bricklanding Road died Sunday. Arrangements will be announced by Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte. 
   
   Yates, Beatrice, 92, of 8470 Point Caswell Road, Atkinson, died Sunday at Huntington Health Care Center, Burgaw. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lakes Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Atkinson. Burial will be in Lakes Chapel Cemetery. Dunn Funeral Home, Burgaw. 
   
   ROBERT (BOB) ELLIOTT BONNELL 
   Robert (Bob) Elliott Bonnell of Wilmington, NC died Sunday, February 25, 2001 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center. 
   He was born April 16, 1918 in Fort Dodge, IA, son of the late Harry C. and Gladys E. Murphy Bonnell. 
   Mr. Bonnell was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the 3rd Army in Europe during World War II. Mr. Bonnell retired from the Department of Defense in Washington DC in 1980 following thirty years of service. He graduated from the University of Iowa. 
   Surviving are his wife, Sally English Bonnell of the home; one brother, Donald Bonnell and wife Alice of Spirit Lake, IA; three nephews, Robert Bonnell of Spirit Lake, IA, Paul Best and wife Rosa of Wilmington, NC, and Martin Best and wife Diane of Raleigh, NC; one niece, Ann McLain of Iowa City, IA; and two great-nephews, John Best and Alex Best. 
   Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2001 at St. Mary Catholic Church by the Very Rev. James M. Labosky, V.F. 
   The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Andrews Mortuary, Valley Chapel with a Prayer Service to be held at 7:30 p.m. 
   Memorials may be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center, 1406 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401. 
   Special thanks to all the staff at the Hospice Care Center for all their care and kindness. 
   Andrews Mortuary, Valley Chapel. 
   
   JANET BLUESTEIN GOLDSTEIN 
   Janet Bluestein Goldstein, of Wilmington, died Sunday, February 25, 2001 in New Hanover Regional Medical Center. 
   She was born in Charleston, SC, March 19, 1911 the daughter of the late Hyman and Marcia Frieda Bluestein. 
   Mrs. Goldstein graduated from the College of Charleston and taught school in Charleston. She was Founder of the Wonder Shop in Wilmington, along with her late husband, Marcus Lee Goldstein. She was a member of the Concordia Society of The Temple of Israel, the Sisterhood of B'Nai Israel, and a member of the Hadassah. 
   She is survived by her son, Joseph Marcus Goldstein and his wife Robin, of Wilmington, her daughter, Marcia G. Sneed and husband Tony of Mechanicsville, MD., three grandchildren; Heidi Goldstein, Joshua Goldstein, and Janet Steele, one great-grandson, Marcus Steele, and her sister, Beatrice Solow of Charleston, SC. 
   Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 27, 2001 in Oakdale Cemetery by Rev. Robert Waxman. 
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the B'Nai Israel Synagogue, 2601 Chestnut St., Wilmington, NC, 28401, or the Boys and Girls Homes of NC, PO Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450, or to the charity of one's choice. 
   Andrews Mortuary, Market Street Chapel. 
   
   DR. GERALD T. BUTLER 
   Dr. Gerald Timothy Butler, DDS., originally of Greenlawn, New York, departed this life on February 5th, 2001. He was born December 1st, 1938 in New York City, N.Y., the son of the late Jermaine and Timothy Butler. Dr. Butler was a graduate of St. John's University of N.Y., and received his medical training at the University of Pennsylvania. He practiced both General and Orthodontic Dentistry for many years in Long Island/New York before retiring in 1999 to Hampstead, NC. 
   Dr Butler is survived by his loving and devoted fianc‚e, Carol M. Meyer and her daughter, Melinda Meyer, a student at Topsail High School. He is survived by his sister Susan Butler-Murtha of Long Island, N.Y., and his brother Stephen Butler and wife Barbara of Connecticut. Dr Butler's surviving adult children are Pamela Butler Vitucci and husband John of Texas, Christopher Butler and wife Jackie of California, Darrin Butler and wife Kerri of N.Y., Brian Butler and wife Kerry of Long Island, N.Y., and Craig Butler of Long Island, N.Y. His much loved grandchildren are Alexa and Christopher Vitucci and Jessica and Jake Butler. His four beloved nephews; Todd and Ryan Murtha, originally of N.Y., and Michael and Timothy Butler of Connecticut as well as his niece Jill Murtha of N.Y., will dearly miss their Uncle Jerry. 
   Funeral services were held at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in Greenlawn, N.Y., on February 9th, 2001, Interment followed at Calvary of Queens, N.Y. 
   The Butler/Meyer family participated in church activities at Hampstead United Methodist Church, where Melinda is a member of the youth group. A Memorial Service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 4th, 2001, at Hampstead United Methodist Church by Rev. Jim Bell and Mr. Jeff Nash. All friends, neighbors and youth are welcome. 
   Memorials may be made to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at P.O. Box 5050, Sterling, Va., 20167-9050; or a charity of one's choice.


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