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Obituaries

  • Al Schwirck

    Al Schwirck, 72, of Holden Beach, died June 15, in the Lower Cape Fear Hospice LifeCareCenter in Wilmington.

    He was born Aug. 15, 1936 in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of the late Phillip and Mildred Mayer Schwirck. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sons, Scott and Roger Schwirck.

    He was a U.S. Army veteran.

    He enjoyed the beach, reading, the Carolina Panthers and spending time with family and friends.

  • Margaret Champion

    Margaret Browning Champion, 65, of Southport, died June 15 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.

    She was born in Burke County on Sept. 1, 1943, a daughter of the late Jeter and Hester Stroup Browning.

    Surviving are her husband, Jimmy Champion of the home; two sons, Ernie Champion and wife Suzanne of Oak Island, David Champion and wife Wendy of Charlotte; a daughter, April Mattacchione and husband Nick of Clemmons; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and nine siblings.

  • Nadene Henning

    Nadene Royal Henning, 80, of Boiling Spring Lakes, died June 9 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.

    She was born in Sampson County on April 6, 1929, a daughter of the late Harvey and Norene Butler Royal. She was a ward clerk for many years at Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport.

    She was a member of Mill Creek Baptist Church.

  • Kelley Norwood

    Kelley Kay Totsch Norwood, 48, of Oak Island, died June 9 at her home.

    She was born Jan. 9, 1961 in Quincy, Ill., a daughter of Carson Totsch and Carroll Totsch. She was employed as an office manager with Custom Roofing.

    She was a graduate of the University of Illinois Springfield with a bachelor’s degree in business management. She enjoyed gardening, the mountains and the beach.

    She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sara Rose Christine.

  • Luther Ritchie

    Luther Max Ritchie, 85, of Little River, S.C., previously of Asheboro, died June 9 after a lengthy illness complicated by diabetes.

    He was born June 7, 1924, in Albemarle, a son of the late Hugh Steffey Ritchie and Mary Herrin Ritchie.

    He was also preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Christine Austin Ritchie

    He attended North Carolina State University before transferring to Catawba College.

    He was the owner of Center Plumbing and Heating and a member of Saint John’s Lutheran Church.

  • Gordon Leroy

    Gordon J. Leroy, 79, of Little River, S.C., died June 10 at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.

    He was born March 5, 1930 in Stephenson, Mich., a son of the late Elmer and Margaret Buckingham LeRoy.

    He was a retired Chief Master Sergeant, serving 30-plus years in the U.S. Air Force.

  • Leonard Martin Sr.

    Leonard “Commish” James Martin Sr., 65, died, June 11 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

    He was born Sept. 12, 1943, a son of the late Rosemary and Courtland Martin in Saugerties, N.Y.

    He coached Little League Baseball and Football in Richmond, Va., for approximately eight years and retired from IBM in Washington, DC.

    He and his wife, Merrie, moved to Little River in 1995. He was an avid New York Giants fan and never missed a game. He was a member of American Legion Post 186 and the Elks 2840.

  • Raymond Lewis

    Raymond Brent Lewis, 78, of Winnabow, died June 7 at Ocean Trail Convalescent Center in Southport.

    Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday, June 11 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Supply. Interment will follow at Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery in Winnabow.

    He was born Oct. 12, 1930 in Brunswick County, a son of the late Frank M. and Hattie Jane Swain Lewis. He was a past choir director at Lebanon Baptist Church.

  • Melissa Heward

    Melissa Ann Ganey Heward, 31, of Leland, died June 5. She was born March 23, 1978.

    Surviving are Daniel Ganey; three children, Alyssa, Christopher and Zackary Ganey; her mother, Julie Lawson; mother and father-in-law, Juanita and Dickie Ganey; grandparents, Thomas and Ellen Heward; several aunts and uncles and other relatives.

    A memorial service is set for 5-7 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1361 Old Fayetteville Road, Leland.

    Offer condolences at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

  • Patty Britt

    Patricia Louise “Patty” Britt, 56, of Supply, died June 5.

    She was born April 26, 1953, a daughter of the late Richard and Lucille Duck. Before her illness she was a co-manager at Walmart.

    Surviving are her husband David Britt, and a brother, Ed Duck of Fayetteville.

    Private inurnment services will be set at a later date.

    Offer condolences at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.