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Patsy Rion Watson

Patsy Rion Watson, age none of your business, of Loris passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, June 1, 2020, surrounded and survived by her five children, Sandra Ledford of Loris, Tracy Brewer of Wilmington, N.C.; Pam Menaker of Charlotte, N.C.; Michael Rion of Loris and Debbie Prince of Southern Pines. She adored and is survived by her big brothers, John P. Teague II of Charlotte and James R. Teague of Matthews, N.C.; and 14 grandchildren. Patsy was a force of nature and left those who knew and loved her simultaneously amused, frustrated, grateful and more whole. She …

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Barbara June Hilburn

Barbara June Hilburn of Loris passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at her residence. Born on June 4, 1947, in Tabor City, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Bryant Jasper and Elneta Fowler Williams. Mrs. Hilburn was predeceased by one sister, Patsy Martin. She was a member of Cane Branch Baptist Church and a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Mrs. Hilburn is survived by her husband, James Vern “J.V.” Hilburn of Loris; one son, James Darryl Hilburn (Jacqueline) of Loris; one daughter, Dana Hilburn Tyree (Chris) of Orrstown, Pa.; four grandchildren, Cory Hilburn (Meagan) …

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Larry Ross Hickman

Larry Ross Hickman, 77, of Loris passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at McLeod Regional Hospital in Florence. He was born on May 20, 1943, in Wilmington, N.C., to the late Odom McNair Hickman and the late Mary Elizabeth Heniford. Mr. Hickman served his country with courage and honor in the Army National Guard. He was the owner and operator of Larry’s Appliance Repair, a member of Loris Masonic Lodge #205 AFM and served his community as a fireman with the Loris Fire Department for almost fifty-five years. He never met a stranger and will be dearly missed by …

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Chessie L. Salters

Chessie L. Salters of Longs passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Born on May 26, 1921, in Marfork, West Va., she was the daughter of the late John and Mamie Myers Chaney. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Salters Sr.; daughter, Betty Salters Kane; and great-grandson, Colten Salters. She is survived by her son, Jim Jr. and his wife Nancy of Longs; five grandchildren, Stephen Salters of Bel Air, Md., Richard Salters of Briton, Col., Sandra Buitron of Abingdon, Md., Rebecca Kane of Johnson City, Tenn., Dan Thomas Kane of Johnson City, …

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Caroline (Butts) Donovan

Caroline (Butts) Donovan of Calabash, N.C., was born in New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Canada, on Dec. 11, 1933. She was the wife of the late John M. Donovan, also from New Waterford. Caroline leaves a daughter, Linda R. Sexton; son-in-law, G. Kenneth (Ken) Sexton of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.; and son, John J. (Joe) Donovan of Calabash, N.C. Caroline was the loving “Nana” of two very wonderful and caring grandchildren, Alyssa N. Donovan of Medford, Mass., and Ryan J. Donovan of South Boston, Mass., who were the love of her life. Caroline was one of 15 children, twelve girls and …

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Robert Joseph Malkmus III

Robert Joseph Malkmus III, 71, of Loris passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020, at McLeod Regional Medical Center of the Pee Dee. Mr. Malkmus was born on March 2, 1949, in Long Branch, N.J., to the late Robert Joseph Malkmus Jr. and the late Edna Lorraine Morley Malkmus. He worked as a wardrobe supervisor in theater and was an Episcopalian. Survivors include his three sisters, Jyl Carroll (Rick) of Charleston, Robinle Craig (Jim) of Charleston and Julie Davis (Rich) of Trout Lake, Wash.; nieces, Tina Morris (Sam) and their children, Richard and Samantha, Samantha D’Amore (Andrew); nephew, James D’Amore …

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Lilly Louise Babson Brock

Lilly Louise Babson Brock, 78, of Loris passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at McLeod Seacost in Little River following an illness. Mrs. Brock was born on April 2, 1942, in Ash, N.C., to the late Earl Warren Babson and the late Lena Gertrude Babson. She was a Baptist. Her passions were yard work, yard sales and going to auctions. Survivors include her son, Andy Smith and his wife Kerry; three grandchildren, Adam Rallin Smith, Kelsey Louise Williams and Joseph Lane Smith; and one great-grandchild, Sawyer Patrick Williams. She also had many loving nieces, nephews and extended family. Mrs. …

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James Robert Riggs

James Robert Riggs, 69, died on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Born on Aug. 14, 1950, in New York City, N.Y., he was the son of the late Thomas Riggs and Noel Mills Riggs. Shortly thereafter, he lived in Birmingham, Ala., for a couple of years before moving to Pittsburgh, Pa., where he grew up and became a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan. After graduating from Carnegie Tech with a lighting degree in 1972, he worked in theatre and met his wife at Stage West in 1974, where they both worked. They married in 1975. They moved to Milwaukee and along with …

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Ivan ‘Van’ Cook

SMGT USAF Retired Ivan “Van” Cook, 88, of Loris passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Born in Bakersville, N.C., he was the son of the late Frederick and Daisy Hobson Cook. Mr. Cook retired as a Senior Master Sergeant from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years of service. He was an avid fisherman and golfer. Mr. Cook was preceded in death by a son, Kendal Grey Caulder; a daughter, Renae Chouinard; and two sisters, Juanita Burleson and Louise Tingen. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Doris B. Cook of Loris; two daughters, Sherri Cox of Little River …

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George L. Williams Sr.

George L. Williams Sr. passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020. He was born in Florence, one of six children born to the late George Williams and Josephine Brockington Williams. He was predeceased in death by four of his five siblings and parents. His brother, Robert Williams, is the lone surviving sibling. George attended public schools in Florence and graduated in 1949 from Wilson High School where he was elected class president. In 1954, he graduated from South Carolina State University (then South Carolina State College) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pre-Law. In 1960, he received his Master …

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