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Sharon Lee Agudo

Sharon Lee Agudo, 72, of Loris passed away on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Mrs. Agudo was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., a daughter of the late Charles and Roseann Hull. She was a retired real estate agent and loved arts, crafts, shopping and gambling at casinos. Her family considered her a “Jackie of all trades.” She enjoyed going to the beach and looking for shells as well as fishing and crabbing. Mrs. Agudo loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, doing makeup and many other things. Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Jacinto Reinaldo Agudo; her daughter, Tammy …

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James Charles “Jim” High

James Charles “Jim” High, publisher of The News Reporter in Whiteville for 61 years, died on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, after a brief illness. High became publisher at the age of 25 after the death of publisher and his father-in-law Leslie S. Thompson. High led The News Reporter to become one of the most respected community newspapers in the state. He was a past president of the North Carolina Press Association. He was also a civic leader, heading a number of initiatives to improve schools and recreation facilities, plus created the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville, N.C. He …

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Benjamin “Tilly” Tillman Hughes

Benjamin “Tilly” Tillman Hughes, 87, of Loris passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at home following an illness. Mr. Hughes was born on April 5, 1931, in Loris to the late Jessie Ferd Hughes and the late Augusta Ada Dillard Hughes. He served his country with honor and dignity in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years and was a longtime member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and taught a men’s Sunday school class. Upon retiring from the Air Force, Mr. Hughes was an optician in Loris and Conway. Survivors include his wife …

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David James Porter

David James Porter, 60, of Loris passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at McLeod Loris Hospital following an illness. Mr. Porter was born on Sept. 20, 1958, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to the late Murrey Lee Porter and the late Peggy Lou Turner Porter Garn. Mr. Porter was a retired brick mason and an active member of Mt Zion Baptist Church. He started Porter Pool Co. in Myrtle Beach and was a firefighter for several years. He was very active in the church including the church maintenance committee. He helped with the “Tracs” ministry and was the church custodian. He …

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Cary Lee Thompson II

Cary Lee Thompson II, 37, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Cary was born in Myrtle Beach on May 6, 1981. Cary was a father, son and friend. It is impossible to capture a person in an obituary, and especially someone whose life was largely defined by alcohol. He was hilarious and unusually sharp witted, warm, fearless, authentic and ingenious and lived life to the beat of his own drum. Like alcohol, he didn’t discriminate. He saw people at face value and was known for his big “Care Bear” heart, lifting up those often suffering a battle darker than …

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Lawrence ‘Larry’ Cornelious Long Jr.

Lawrence “Larry” Cornelious Long Jr., of Little River, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, due to an extended illness. Larry was born on Sept. 22, 1939, to Lawrence C. Long and Sarah Henry Long of Little River. He was a native of Little River and the first of nine children. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 53 years, Joyce Long, and their beloved children: Amy, her husband Jimmy Vlahos and their four children, Nickolas, Alexi, Mikhail and Christianna; Lawrence, better known as Jamie, and his wife Victoria …

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William M. Wingate Sr.

William M. Wingate Sr., 75, of Little River died on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, at his home. Born on Nov. 17, 1943, in Tulsa, Okla., he was the son of the late Robert Wingate Sr. and Virginia O’Byrne Wingate. Mr. Wingate served his country proudly in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Sandra L. Anderson Wingate; two sons, William M. Wingate Jr. and Gary L. Wingate (Andreau); brother, James M. Wingate; sister, Janice M. Watkins; and two granddaughters, Emily Wingate and Madison Wingate. Services were private with the family. In lieu of …

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Scurry Hazel

Scurry Hazel, 78, of North Myrtle Beach passed away peacefully at his residence on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.bScurry was born in Greenwood, a son of the late Arno and Sara Matthews Hazel. He was a member of the O.D. Church of the Lost and Found, the O.D. Shag Club and O.D. Social. He was inducted into the Living Legends in 2011 and also the “Boys In The Band” in 2014. Surviving are his wife, Shirley Baggett Hazel; sisters, Carolyn Padgett and husband Bernard Padgett and Judy Rodes, all of North Myrtle Beach; niece, Karen Moore of Columbia and nephew Mark …

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Michael F. Thomas

Michael F. Thomas, 58, passed away at home, in the Cane Branch community of Loris, following an illness. He was born on March 20, 1960, in Darlington to Bobbie Suggs Stevens and the late Franklin Thomas. He served his country with courage and honor in the U.S. Navy after which he worked as a carpenter. Mr. Thomas was a member of Cane Branch Baptist Church. In addition to his mother, survivors include his sister, Robin Causey and husband William of Loris; niece, Kristie Causey and her children, Jaylah and Avery of Spruce Pine, N.C.; and nephew, Jason Causey and wife …

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Annie Ruth Sapp

Annie Ruth Sapp, 71, of Panama City, Fla., went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. She passed away peacefully at home after an illness. Ms. Sapp was born on August 13, 1947 in Horry County, to the late Tommie R. Ward and the late Clara Hawks Ward Guyton. Survivors include her three sisters, Doris Marilyn Ward Hayes of Louisiana, Janice Ward Anderson of Panama City, and Sarah Ward Smith and husband Paul of Little River, along with lots of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Ms. Sapp was predeceased by her husband, Joseph …

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