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Obituaries

  • Craig Johnson

    Craig Andreà Johnson of Southport died May 2 at River Pointe Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Virginia Beach, Va.

    Funeral services are set for 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 620 Clarendon Ave., Southport. Burial will follow at Northwood Cemetery in Southport.

  • Loren Archer

    Loren C. Archer, 56, of Bolivia, died April 29 at his place of business. The family had a memorial service May 1.

    He was born Feb. 17, 1953 in Lowville, N.Y., a son of Doris Bradish Butler and the late Charlie Archer, and settled in Brunswick County. He was the store manager of Handee Hugo’s on Southport-Supply Road in Southport and worked in several of their locations for the past 24 years.

    He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

  • Jodie Ruff

    Jodie Eugene Ruff, 52, of Supply, died May 2.

    He was born July 29, 1956 in Mecklenburg County, a son of Eugene and Audrey Reece Ruff. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and birding. He was a journeyman inside wireman and was a member of Local Union 379, IBEW in Charlotte.

  • Rodney Callaway

    Rodney Dean Callaway, 48, of Shallotte died April 26.

    He was born Dec. 31, 1960 in Beckley, W.Va., a son of Robert and Avigail Meadows Callaway.

    Surviving are his wife, Kimberly B. Callaway of the home; siblings, Robbie Callaway, Randall Callaway and Shelia Callaway, all of Beckley, W.Va.; father-in-law, Edward Ard of Ruffin and mother-in-law, Emmy Cook of Stoneville.

    A Celebration of Life was set in the Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel.

    Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 4390, Chapel Hill, NC 27515.

  • Martha Jo Hall

    Martha Jo K. Hall, 63, of Shallotte Point, died April 30 at her residence.

    She was born May 16, 1945 in Brevard, a daughter of the late Everett Victor and Irene Tinsley Knight. She was a member and former president of the Pilot Club of the South Brunswick Islands and of the Brunswick County Hospital Authority.

    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joseph Henry and Bertha McCall Tinsley.

  • Charles Priest

    Charles Evans “Buddy” Priest, 92, of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., died May 4.

    He was born June 22, 1916 in Washington, D.C., a son of the late Richard E. and Tillie M. Lemmer Priest.

    He was a member and deacon at First Assembly of God in Alexandria, Va., and most recently attended North Myrtle Beach Assembly of God.

    He retired from the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C., with 31 years of service and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, where he served from 1945 to 1946.

  • Leo Auray

    Leo M. Auray, 67, of Calabash, died April 17 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

    He was born Jun 1, 1941 in Bridgeport, Conn., a son of the late Albert and Catherine Lynam Auray.

    He was a graduate of Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield, Conn., and received his associate’s degree from Voorhees Tech.

    He was employed at Harco for more than 28 years and owned his own HVAC business, AC Sales and Service, for 10 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

  • Vera Bowling

    Vera Gore Bowling, 82, of Bolivia, died April 29 from a massive stroke at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.

    She was born in Brunswick County on Aug. 15, 1926, a daughter of the late James Varney Gore and Vallie Lewis Gore. She was the wife of the late Bige Bowling and was also preceded in death by a brother, Arthur Norman Gore and a sister, Vivian Palmeter. She was a graduate of Bolivia High School in 1943 and valedictorian of her class.

  • Gene Caison Sr.

    Gene Allen Caison Sr., 66, of Bolivia, died April 29 at his home.

    He was born in Brunswick County on Oct. 22, 1942, a son of the late James Edward Caison Sr. and Madeline Phelps Caison. He was also preceded in death by a brother, James Edward Caison Jr.

    He was a retired deck captain with Norfolk Dredging Company.

    He a member of Supply Baptist Church, Shallotte Lodge #727 A.F & A.M. and the Yorkrite.

  • Chuck Matthis

    Charles Blain (Chuck) Matthis, 60, of Pikeville, Ky., died April 17 at his home.

    He was born Feb. 8, 1949 in Peru, Ill., a son of Marcella Freudenburg Matthis of Pikeville, Ky., and the late Chester Blain Matthis.

    He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving in Vietnam. He was a former member of the Jaycees. He previously owned Matthis Trucking and previously worked at Waste Industries and Lowe’s. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Pikeville, Ky.