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SMITH, Benjamin J. – (d. 1918)

Passed to the Great Beyond

Tis sad to Chronicle the death of Mr. Benjamin J. SMITH, which occurred at the home of Humphrey Bros., Monday, April 8, at 6:30pm.

He had been ill only a few days, and his death came as a shock to his many friends throughout the community.  He was about sixty years of age; and came here about five years ago from New Jersey, to engage in the lumber industry.

He soon became attached to the HUMPHREY family, and remained with them until his death.  He was a very industrious man, with a pleasant disposition, and soon won many warm friends here, where he was familiarly known as “Uncle Ben.”

Such a warm attachment existed between he and the HUMPHREY family, that since the death of his mother, which occurred several months ago, he expressed this as being his home.  As a member of this family, he took an interest in everything pertaining to their affairs and will be sadly missed.

He was very appreciative of their kindness to him, and especially to Mrs. HUMPHREY, who so tenderly cared for him during his illness.

Failing to hear from any of his kindred, he was buried in a beautiful casket in Mount Williams cemetery.  The burial service was conducted by the pastor, Rev. P.L. CLARK.

His cheerful smile and jolly disposition will be missed in the community by his many friends; yet there is a sweet consolation to know he had the best attention of a skillful physician and the kindest care of the family and friends.  As there were no kindred present, I, as a friend, contribute this little item hoping some day some loved one, many know of his death and burial.  — C.P. MOORE

Source: Pender Chronicle, 18 April 1918, page 5.

LUCAS, Philip E. – (d. 1918)

Dr. Philip E. Lucas Dead – Passed Away Suddenly, at His Home Friday Night

People of Burgaw and vicinity were shocked on Saturday morning to learn that Dr. Philip E. LUCAS had died suddenly at his home Friday night, his death occurring at about 12:20 o’clock.

Dr. LUCAS had not been in the best of health for several weeks past, but no one thought for a moment that the hand of death would so soon be laid upon him, and none were prepared even in the slightest degree to receive the sad news.  Dr. LUCAS was about the streets, here and there, up until Thursday afternoon, and, as an matter of fact, but few knew that he was even indisposed.

The deceased, while a  young man, had been quite prominent in the town and county. For the past two years he has held the position of county quarantine officer in connection with his other duties.  he enjoyed a wide practice and was held in the highest esteem by his wide circle of acquaintances, and his death brings a peculiar sorrow to them.

He was a young man of great promise in his profession, just in prime of life.  His father was the late Dr. Geo. F. LUCAS of Currie, where the young man was born.  He married  June 4 of last year, Miss Elizabeth BRADFORD of Burgaw, and besides his wife is survived by his mother, Mrs. Bertha LUCAS of Currie, and three brothers and four sisters, as follows: Messrs. Jesse F. LUCAS and Geo. F. LUCAS of Currie and David LUCAS of Hopewell, Va., and Mesdames James THOMPSON of Lake Waccamaw; Seth SMITH of Whiteville; Guy DAVIS of Wilmington and Miss Annie LUCAS of Currie.

The funeral services were held at his home here Sunday morning and were conducted by Rev. P.L. CLARK, of the Presbyterian church.  The remains were carried to Currie, the boyhood home of the deceased, for interment in the family plot.  A large concourse of friends accompanied the funeral party.  The floral tributes were large and beautiful and bore testimony to the esteem in which the deceased was held.

Source: Pender Chronicle, 18 April 1918, page 1.


SCOTT, Nathan (Mr. & Mrs.) – d. 1879

Mr. Nathan R. SCOTT and wife, respectable citizens, and advanced in years, died a few days ago at their residence in Riley’s Creek, in Pender County.  They have been married over twenty years, and left three grown children – one daughter and two sons.  The wife died two days before the husband.  From the day of their marriage up to the day of the death of these two devoted people they had never separated a single night from the same roof.  The daughter had never slept but one night away from the paternal roof. The sons had never been absent a single night from the household up to the death of their parents.  If any county in or out of North Carolina can do as well as this, or furnish a parallel case, let us know the county and the case that equals this in family unity and affection. — Review.

Source: Chatham Record, 27 March 1879

TAYLOR, George C. (1898)

Suicide Taylor’s Body

Friends of George C. TAYLOR, the Pension Office messenger who committed suicide yesterday morning, arranged today for the transportation of his body to his home in Burgaw, N.C.  A telegram was received this morning from TAYLOR’s father requesting that the remains be sent at once to his home.  Yesterday the body was removed to Lee’s undertaking establishment and prepared for burial.  It was not certain whether it will be sent to Burgaw this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

Source: The Evening Times (Washington DC), 24 Aug 1898, pg. 1

PEARSALL, Wrathell (1972)

Transcribed by Stephen Carroll Pearsall

Final Rites Friday for Mr. Pearsall

Funeral services for Wrathell Pearsall of Burgaw, who died in Pender Memorial Hospital, Saturday, were held at 2 p.m. Friday in Mount Pisgah Baptist Church with the Rev. John Bradley of Wilmington officiating.

Burial was in the Burgaw Cemetery.  Visitation was at Peoples Funeral Home from 8 p.m. Wednesday until Friday noon.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Eulah Pearsall of the home; two sons, Linwood and Bobby Pearsall, and one daughter, Lela Pearsall.

Source: The Pender Chronicle, Burgaw, NC, January 27, 1972 

Compiler notes: Wrathell Pearsall and Eulah Walker were married in Wayne Co, NC on 7 Apr 1932.  Wrathell was born 23 Apr 1906.

PEARSALL, William Wilson (1943)

Transcribed by Stephen Carroll Pearsall

DIED – Rocky Point, N. C., Dec. 2. – W. W. Pearsall, Sr., 62, died at his home here at 4 p.m. yesterday after a lengthy illness. Mr. Pearsall was a former member of the county board of education and had been chairman of Pender county board of elections for the past eight years and always active in community affairs.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Belle Sparkman Pearsall, and seven children:  W. W., Jr., Mrs. Beverly Paul,Eloise and Martha K., and S. F. Pearsall, all of Rocky Point. Mrs. J. Wilbur Breece of Fayetteville, and C. E. Pearsall of Wilmington. Two brothers and a sister also survive.

Funeral services were held from the Rocky Point Methodist church Thursday at 4 p.m. Interment followed in Pike Creek Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were: Allison Croom, Joe I. Moore, James Pearsall, Dr. H. W. Stevens, Jr., Joseph Casey, Jr., J. A. Casha and R. H. Balcombe. 

Source: Wilmington News, 2 Dec 1943

Note: William Wilson Pearsall was born in Duplin County, NC on 22 Mar 1883, the son of Edward Dickson Pearsall and Barbara Susan Armstrong. Barbara was the daughter of Thomas James Armstrong. William Wilson Pearsall and Mary Belle Sparkman were married at the Rocky Point M. E. Church on 12 Jan 1909.

KAY, William Humphrey “Bill” (1961)

Transcribed by Stephen Carroll Pearsall

“Bill” Kay of Burgaw Passes; Funeral Friday 

William H. (Bill) Kay, 50, of Burgaw died in Veterans Hospital in Fayetteville Wednesday following an illness of several months.

Surviving are his widow, the former Eva King of Burgaw; a sister, Mrs. Carrie Howard of Atlanta, Ga; six brothers, L. A. and Frank of Ware Shoals, S. C., Wayne of Spartanburg, S. C., Earl of Anderson, S. C., Albert of Bredenton, Fla., and Cameron of Lake City, Fla. ; and several nices and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 4 :30 p.m. Friday af the Burgaw Baptist Church with Dr. Francis Chesson officiating. Burial was in the King’s family cemetery in the Shelter Neck Community.

Source: The Pender Chronicle, Wednesday, July 19, 1961 (p10)

LARKINS & SHAW Obituaries (1892)

Contributed by Herb Williams

Two of Pender’s Most Prominent Citizens Dead

Two of the oldest and most prominent citizens of Pender county have recently been removed from their field of usefulness and honor by the hand of death.

Mr. W. S. Larkins, aged 93 years, and probably the oldest man in the county, died a few days ago, and on Monday last, Mr. Daniel Shaw, another leading citizen, died at his residence near Lillington Hall, in the 72d year of his age.  Mr. Shaw was a native of Cumberland county, a graduate of the State University, and represented New Hanover in the Legislature before the county was divided.  He was chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Pender county for several terms, and until he declined to serve longer.  His funeral will take place at Mount William Church, in Pender county, this afternoon at two o’clock.

Source: The Weekly Star, Wilmington NC Friday June 22, 1892

ARMSTRONG, Thomas James (1877)

Transcribed by Stephen Carroll Pearsall

Mr. Thomas J. Armstrong died on the 10th of September 1877, at his residence in Pender Co, N. C.

From a short sketch of his early life, written by himself for the information of his children, we learn that he was born at South Washington on the 21st of April 1813. His early life was marked by vicissitudes various and painful, and more like pages of a thrilling romance than incidents in the life of an ordinary man. We incline to the opinion, however, that his career was rather extraordinary, for notwithstanding the bitterest griefs and over-whelming reverses of fortune, we know that he emerged from them at the age of manhood with a spotless moral character, and equipped with the most inflexible principles for the solemn duties of life. The lessons he had learned by actual experiences enabled him to form a just estimate of men and things, and to cultivate those liberal views by which his whole life was so strongly characterized. After his conversion he joined the M. E. Church, South and remained an active and useful official member until his failing health deprived him frequently of his accustomed participation in the public worship of the sanctuary.

As a Christian he had few superiors. His house was the preachers’ resting place, where they always felt at home. Non ever doubted the sincerity of his cordial welcome, or the manifest wisdom of his counsel. He was a delightful social companion. Besides his sterling common sense and well cultivated judgment, which gave weight to his opinions and actions, he had a rich fund of humor, and a keen perception of the ludicrous, which added an inimitable charm to his conversation. His intercourse with his family and friends was most tender. One of the beautiful traits of his symmetrical character was his love of little children. He seemed to enter fully into their plans and amusements, invariably won their confidence, and attached them strongly to him, by his great love for them. Love was the ruling principle of his life. By it he rose superior to circumstances the most adverse, had a host of warmly attached friends, and daily exemplified the golden rule, “Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.”

His declining years were marked by unwavering faith in God his Saviour, and entire trust in His faithfulness. Thus lived and died one of the most irreproachable of men. We sorrow not as those who have no hope, “for if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him” James B. Bailey (author)

Source: Wilmington Morning Star, April 2, 1878

HUGHES, Thelma R. (1991)

Transcribed by Stephen Carroll Pearsall

Thelma R. Hughes, 80, of 310 Woodbine St., died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 1991, following a brief illness. She was the widow of Charlie Frank Hughes Sr.

Born in Burgaw, N.C. she was the daughter of the late Richard R. and Nora Brothers Rivenbark, and had been a resident of Hopewell most of her life. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and was preceded in death by her son, Charlie Frank Hughes Jr.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Bill Andrews of Hopewell; nine grandchildren including Becky Lipscomb, Bonnie Barbini, Thomas Frazier and Marshall Andrews; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Myra Shaw of Hopewell.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Gould Funeral Home and at other times at the home of Charlotte Andrews, 3410 Jackson Farm Road.

A service will be conducted by the Rev. John Crawford, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Appomattox Cemetery.

Source:  The Hopewell News, Hopewell, Va., Wednesday, January 30, 1991 (p14, c5&6) 

Note:  Thelma Rivenbark, daughter of Richard Ray Rivenbark and Nora Brothers, was born 9 Jul 1910 in Burgaw.  Nora Brothers was the daughter of John (Jacob) Wesley Brothers and Joseph (Jodie) Catherine DupreeRichard Ray Rivenbark was the son of John Vann Rivenbark and Mary Catherine Bowden.  Richard is thought to have died in 1955 in the state of Virginia.  Nora Brothers Rivenbark is buried in the Burgaw Cemetery.