Category Archives: IndividualObituary

CROOM, Nathan Richard – (d. 1920)

Nathan R. Croom Dead — Aged Confederate Veteran Died on Memorial at His Home in Currie
On Memorial Day, when our southern cities were doing honor to the memory of our Confederate soldiers, Mr. Nathan Richard CROOM, and old Confederate veteran passed away at his home on Moore’s Creek.  He had been in declining health for about ten months, only being confined to his bed for a period of three weeks.  He served his county as a soldier in the war of the sixties; he served his country as a magistrate for many years and served his church – and Sunday school as a modest, faith abiding christian.  He was a kind husband, an indulgent father and a helpful, thoughtful neighbor. On March 3, 1920 he passed the 76th milestone of life.  On April 26th fifty years ago, he married Miss Mary HENRY, of Brunswick county, who with eleven children and twenty-five grandchildren survive him.  In the fifty years of married life this is the first link of the chain of life to be broken.  Mr. CROOM was fond of attending the annual reunions of the old soldiers, and always did so when in reach, and today he has entered the everlasting reunion with his old comrades gone before. We laid him away in his suit of gray, and his badge of honor beside him. May his lesson of life be a blessing and good influence to all who knew him.  He never wavered in his duty, was jovial and happy at all times; he never complained, always replied to friends inquiring of his health in a most cheerful way, and during these last three of intense suffering he always looked to God for help and comfort. He died as he had lived, trusting his heavenly Father and a brave soldier of the cross.  Peace to his ashes.

Source: Pender Chronicle [Burgaw, NC]; 13 May 1920. 

MORGAN, B.S. – (d. 1920)

Mr. Morgan Dead — Mr. B.S. MORGAN, aged about 80 years, living near Richards, died at his home there one day last week.  He is survived by a wife and four children, two sons and two daughters, all of whom are married.  Mr. MORGAN had been in poor health for a long while, and his death was not altogether unexpected.  The funeral and burial took place at the family cemetery.  The deceased was one of the few remaining Confederate veterans of the county.

Source: Pender Chronicle [Burgaw, NC]; 13 May 1920. 


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