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Obituaries

  • Mike Akers

    Michael “Mike” Keith Akers, 53, of Southport, died May 28 at his home.

    He was born Oct. 28, 1956, in Pulaski, Va., a son of Robert Richard Akers and Evelyn Goad Akers Black. He was born and raised in Roanoke, Va.

    He was a HVAC mechanic and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

    He was preceded in death by his father.

    Surviving are his mother, Evelyn Goad Akers Black and husband Paul Gary of Roanoke, Va., and a sister, Debra Akers Shepperson and husband Lee of Richmond, Va.

  • Ollie Burney

    Ollie Beatrice Gore Burney of Supply died May 24 at Autumn Care Nursing Center in Shallotte.

    Funeral service was at Big Macedonia Baptist Church in Supply. Burial followed at Clay Branch cemetery in Supply.

  • Janice Kasper

    Janice Moore Cox Kasper, 75, of Julian, Calif., formerly of Chadbourn, died May 13 at her home in the mountains of southern California after a long battle with cancer.

    Surviving are her daughters, Terry Cox Tyree and husband Freddy of Whiteville and Jill Cox Horne and husband Norman of Ash; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

    Memorial donations may be made to N.C. Baptist Men-Sri Lanka Mission Project, P.O. Box 1107, Cary NC 27512-8107.

  • David McPherson

    David James McPherson, 71, of Ocean Isle Beach, died May 22 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He was born Aug. 13, 1938, in Columbus County. He was a retired U.S. Navy veteran, having served for 20 years.

    He also retired as a culinary professor at Southeastern Community College.

  • Jim Kielty

    James Kielty, 89, of Carolina Shores, died May 21 in Charlotte.

    He was born Sept. 3, 1920, in Ballymena, Ireland, a son of William J. and Sarah Jeanne “Jeannie” Kielty.

    Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Rita (Christ) Kielty; three daughters, Jaye Lynne (Dan) Soss, Patti Johnson and Diane Kielty; six grandchildren; brother, Bill Kielty; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Preceding him in death are his parents; brothers, Andrew, George, and Thomas Kielty; and sisters, Jean Schneider, Betty Sickle Groundwater and Florence Shepard.

  • Lona Hardee

    Lona Norris Hardee, 92, of Hickmans Crossroads, died May 23.

    She was born in Brunswick County on Oct. 16, 1917, a daughter of Francis Marion and Delta Long Norris. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thelton Hardee, and son, Kenneth Hardee.

    Surviving are her son, Kendall Hardee and wife Jackie of Shallotte; daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Hardee of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Mary Owens of Ash; brother, Jimmy Norris of Wilmington; three grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

  • Paul Smith

    Paul Clarence Smith, 77, of Shallotte, died May 22 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center in Whiteville.

    He was born July 2, 1932, in Ash, a son of the late Cosby and Versie Smith.

    In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Vollie Smith.

    He retired as a Refrigeration/HVAC technician. He was also a U.S. Army veteran having served in Korea. He was awarded two Bronze Stars.

  • Vincent Coppola Jr.

    Vincent Anthony Coppola Jr., 70, of Ocean Isle Beach, died May 21 at Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

    He was born Dec. 11, 1939, in Portsmouth, Va., a son of the late Vincent Anthony Coppola Sr. and Mary Rose Carpenito Coppola.

    He retired as a mechanical engineer with the Naval Sea Systems Command.

  • Marion Stoehr

    Marion Martha Stoehr, 69, of Southport, died May 19.

    She was born June 16, 1940, on a farm near Leola, S.D., a daughter of Emil and Lillian Becker.

    She attended public school in Leola and, in high school, was a class officer every year, student council president her senior year, homecoming queen, majorette for the marching band and accompanist for all the music groups.

    Upon graduation, she attended Northern State University, where she met Eldon Stoehr.

  • James Hill

    James Edward Hill of Bolivia died May 20 at home.

    Funeral service was at Rutland Chapel AME in Bolivia. Burial followed at W.G. Gardner (Shady Rest) Cemetery in Bolivia.