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Obituaries

  • Jessie Helms

    Jessie Lou Priest Helms, 79, of Mooresville, formerly of Brunswick County, died April 23.

    She was born Dec. 27, 1930, in Tennessee, a daughter of the late Lynton and Nellie Priest.

    Surviving are her sons, Joe Monroe Armour of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Ricky Armour and wife Lynn of Mooresville, Robert Helms and wife Karen of Charlotte, and Glenn William Helms of Cleveland; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

  • Dixie Epps

    Dixie Mae Epps of Supply died April 26 at Ocean Trail Convalescent Center.

    Funeral service was at Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Supply. Burial followed at Riley Hewett Cemetery in Supply.

  • Opal Brown

    Opal Louise Reynolds Brown of Southport died April 30.

    She battled lung cancer from smoking as well as a chemical accident while working at Mobil Chemical in Macedon, N.Y.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Arnold Brown; son, John Brown Sr.; two grandchildren; her parents, Art and Iva Reynolds, sister, Jessie Dingman, and brother, “Sargent” John Arthur Reynolds.

  • Judy Bennett

    Lila “Judy” McKeithan Bennett, 90, of Brunswick County, died April 28.

    She was the daughter of the late Preston and Susie McKeithan.

    She was also preceded by her husband, Samuel “Leston” Bennett Sr.; her brothers, Dave, Rob, Albert and Carl McKeithan; and sister, Catherine Shelton Moore.

    Surviving are her son, Samuel L. Bennett Jr. and wife Charlotte of Rocky Point; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

  • Arthur Baker

    William “Arthur” Baker, 63, of Supply, died April 29 in Lower Cape Fear Hospice LifeCareCenter in Wilmington.

    He was born in Sanford on Oct. 22, 1945, a son of the late James F. Baker and Birgie L. Johnson Baker. He was a homicide detective for the Sanford Police Department.

    He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert L. Baker and Charles Ray Baker; and one sister, Marie Byrd.

  • Gay Crabtree

    Gay Atwell Crabtree, 82, of Sunset Beach, died April 25 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice LifeCareCenter in Wilmington.

    She was born in Abingdon, Va., and lived the majority of her life in Petersburg, Va., before moving to Sunset Beach to be near her daughter.

    She enjoyed cooking and sharing meals with family and neighborhood friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Scott and Minnie Atwell; two brothers, Raymond and Carl; and one nephew.

  • James Kuyawa Jr.

    James George Kuyawa Jr., 69, of Calabash, died April 24 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He was born in Baltimore on July 3, 1940, a son of the late James George Kuyawa Sr. and Marie Antkowiak Kuyawa. He was a retried industrial engineer with the U.S. Postal Service.

    Surviving are two sons, Russell Kuyawa of Westminster, Md., and Vincent Kuyawa of Jarrettsville, Md.; a brother, Charles Kuyawa of Maryland; and four grandchildren.

    No services are planned.

  • William Ondick

    William Joseph Ondick, 82, of Sunset Beach, died April 24 at home after a long battle with cancer.

    He was born in Munhall, Pa., a son of the late Joseph and Anna Ondick. A longtime resident of Bucks County, Pa., he and his wife moved to Sunset Beach in 2003.

    After graduating from Munhall High School in 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After Naval service, he attended Pennsylvania State University, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and captain of the Pennsylvania State University Baseball team.

  • Mary Reilly

    Mary Marcia Reilly, 70, of Boiling Spring Lakes, died April 24 at her home.

    She was born July 7, 1939, in New Bedford, Mass., a daughter of the late Robert Lee and Blanche Marshall Whyte. She was the wife of the late Jerome Reilly and was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary E. Brooks.

    She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

  • Bob Baker

    Robert Lee “Bob” Baker, 71, of Charlotte, died April 21 at his Holden Beach home.

    He was born April 2, 1939, in Memphis, Tenn., a son of the late A.C. Baker, Sr. and Lorene Melton Baker.

    He retired as an engineer with AT&T after 28 years of service. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed sailing and collecting model cars. He was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church.

    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, A.C. Baker Jr., Woodrow Baker and Floyd Baker; and two sisters, Emogene Baker and Betty Baker.