Dec. 13, 2006 NINA SPEARS BROWN Nina Spears Brown, 80, of 532 Mill Quarter Road, Hallsoboro, died Saturday, Dec. 9 at Columbs Regional Healthcare System. Arrangements will be announced by Peoples Funeral Home of Whiteville.
WILLIE THEODORE COWAN Willie Theodore Cowan, 81, of 3632 W. Magnolia-Lisbon Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006 at his residence. Funeral service were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006 at Hayes Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, by the Rev. Alford Holston. Burial Smith cemetery. Mr. Cowan is survived by four daughters, Myesha Karr, Melony Karr both of Fayetteville, Marie Peterson of Wilson, Brenda Cowan of West Haven Conn.; three sons, Willie C. Cowan, Herman Cowan both of Rose Hill, Vernon Cowan of New Haven, Conn.; three sisters, Ethel Copper of Garland, Rosie Herring of Roseboro, Thira Peterson of Clinton; 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren. A service of Carter Funeral Home in Garland.
ANNIE PARNELL HILLBURN Annie Parnell Hilburn, 81, of Bladenboro, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006 at her home. Born August 24, 1925, in Robeson County, she was the daughter of the late Hoke and Alma Parnell. Mrs. Hilburn was predeceased by her parents; husband, Henry Marion Hilburn; son, Robert A. Hilburn; and sister, Catherine Yarborough. Mrs. Hilburn is survived by sons, Henry Marion Hilburn, Jr., Samuel Hilburn and wife, Sarah, Donald Hilburn and Horace Hilburn, all of Bladenboro, and James Graham Hilburn and wife Carolyn of Clarkton; daughters, Virginia H. Allen and husband Ray of Elizabethtown, Alma L. Hilburn, and Sharon L. Bishop and husband Murray, all of Bladenboro; daughter in law, Janice R. Hilburn of Lumberton; brothers, William Ross Parnell of San Antonio, Texas, Hoke M. Parnell and Bobby Dale Parnell, both of Bladenboro; sister, Melba Conklin of Wilmington; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The visitation was held from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Butters Baptist Church and at other times at the home. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Butters Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Winebarger, and Rev. Greg Packer officiating. Burial will follow in Singletary Cemetery on Butters Cemetery Road. Online condolences may be sent to www.bladenfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Bladen Funeral Home & Cremations of Elizabethtown.
HOWARD LEON HOPKINS Howard Leon Hopkins, 32, of 1004 Able St., died Monday, Dec. 4, 2006 at Bladen Co. Hospital, in Elizabethtown. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec.12, 2006 at Mt. Zion AME Zion Church, in Elizabethtown. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Hopkins is survived by one son, Tyrone Hopkins of Elizabethtown; one brother, Phillip Hopkins of Garland; two sisters, Erica R. Mears of Greensboro, Jessica M. McKiver of Elizabethtown; and a host of nieces and nephews. Service by Carter Funeral Home in Garland.
HOPE E. MARTIN Hope E. Martin, of 827 Moultrie Lane, Elizabethtown, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. The funeral service was at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, from First Baptist Church, Elizabethtown; the Rev. Stanley Richardson presiding. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Miss Martin is survived by one son, Bryan Martin; her mother, Juanita Martin; three brothers, Reginald Martin, David Martin and Clifton Martin. A service of F.W. Newton & Sons Mortuary.
ANGELINA MCDANIEL PARKER Angelina McDaniel Parker, 73, died suddenly on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006 at home. She was preceded in death by a son, Harold L. Parker Jr. The funeral was held on Sunday, Dec.10, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Dublin Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe Foster officiating. Burial followed in the Allen Cemetery. Visitation was held onSaturday from 6-8 p.m. at Kinlaw Funeral Home. Surviving are her husband, Harold Lindbergh Parker Sr., of the home; son, Roy L. Parker of the home; daughter, Etta P. Anton of Brick, N.J., two sisters, Marie Davis of Elizabethtown and JoAnn Parker of Whiteville; two brothers, George H. McDaniel of Elizabethtown and Forrest McDaniel of Dublin; and three granddaughters, Jean Marie Anton and Jessie Angelina Anton and Lacy Jane Willis. Memorials may be made to Dublin Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, PO Box 186, Dublin, NC 28332 or The Columbus County Humane Society, PO Box 742, Whiteville, NC 28472 Online condolences may be sent to www.kinlawfuneralhome.com. A service of Kinlaw Funeral Home.
EARNEST L. SMITH Earnest L. Smith, 83, of Clarkton, died Thursday, Dec. 7, at Brian Center Nursing care in Fincastle, Va. The funeral will be 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10, at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Lisbon by the Rev. J.F. Pone. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Viewing will be at the church Sunday from 2-3 p.m., and there will be no viewing after the service. Surviving is a sister, Eunice Hughes of Green Neck, N.Y. Friends may visit the family at the home of Eric and Joyce Knight, 1684 Whiteplains Church Road in Clarkton. A service of Peoples Funeral Home of Whiteville.
THOMAS STEPHENS Thomas Stephens, 53, formerly of Whiteville, died Thursday, Dec. 7, at McLeod Medical Center in Dillon, S.C. The funeral will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12, at New Simpson Creel Holiness Church in Loris, S.C., by Elder Nathan Gause. Burial will be in the Stephens-Wright Cemetery in Tabor City. Viewing was at Peoples Funeral Home of Whiteville Monday from noon to 7 p.m., and Tuesday following the service. Surviving are a daughter, Penekela Perkins of Norfilk, Va.; two sons, Ikhanton Octavius Gause of Charlotte and Thomas Stephens Jr. of New York; four sisters, Mae Teaste and Sarah P. Hickman of Loris, S.C., Catherine Wilson of Paterson, N.J., and Hattie George of Whiteville; four brothers, Daniel L. Stephens and Freddie Gibbs Jr. of Whiteville, Joseph Stevens of Loris, S.C., and Daniel E. Stephens of Little River, S.C. Friends may visit the family at the home of Mrs. Mae Teaste, 925 bennett Loop in Loris, S.C. A service of Peoples Funeral Home of Whiteville.