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.