Obituaries for Oct. 15, 2013

Oct. 14, 2013 @ 04:22 PM

Dennis Crawford Sr.

Dennis Lee Crawford Sr., 55, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at Caldwell County Hospice and Palliative Care, Hudson.

A Celebration of Life Service will be at Mackie Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at noon.

James Pilkenton Sr.

James Bryan Pilkenton Sr., “Papa Jim,” 80, of Oak Island, beloved brother, father, grandfather and friend, passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after recent illnesses.

He was born in Lenoir on Oct. 26, 1932, to J.C. Pilkenton and Atha Livingston Pilkenton. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 until 1959 as an Aviation Ordnanceman on the USS Midway. He worked for Nabisco as a sales representative for 25 years in Naples, Fla., where he was known as “Cookie Man.”

He retired to Oak Island in 1989 to be near his beloved grandchildren. As well as being an awesome Grandfather, he was a Greeter (Hugger) at First Baptist Church of Oak Island, where he also served on the Baptist Men’s Feeding Team. Papa Jim with his compassionate heart and loving spirit truly touched countless lives and brought smiles to many.

Surviving are his two sisters, Jean P. Davis and her husband, Gene, of Davidson, and Marcy P. Reid and her husband, Norman, of Davidson; his three children, Jamie P. Lloyd and her husband, David, of Oak Island, James B. Pilkenton Jr. (Bubba) of Naples, Fla., and Laurie P. Stermer and her husband, David, of Wilmington; his eight grandchildren, Jason Lloyd and wife Kristin, Bryan Stermer, Megan Lloyd and fiancée Kyle, Ashley Sgambotti and husband Ray, Peter Lloyd and fiancée Brittany, Courtney Williams and husband Ben, J. Thomas Lloyd, and Lauren Pilkenton; and his two great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Bella.

A memorial service to celebrate Jim’s life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 at First Baptist Church of Oak Island, 4608 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC.

The family will receive friends from 12-1 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church of Oak Island Sound System Fund.

You may send online condolences to

Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport.

Benjamin Pearson

Benjamin Samuel Pearson, 86, of Granite Falls went home to be with his Lord, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Autumn Care of Drexel.

Mr. Pearson was born in Alexander County to the late Archie Lee Pearson and Carrie Preslar Pearson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Lena Rhodes Pearson; stepmother, Blanche Hice Pearson; and a sister, Betty Ruth Smith.

He was retired from Burlington Industries, a veteran of the Army Air Corps, a Town Commissioner of Rhodhiss, Treasurer of Baton Water Corp. and the Caldwell County Fair, a lifetime member of Baton Ruritan and a Troop Leader in the Boy Scouts of America, receiving the District Scouter of the year award and a BSA Wood Badge recipient. He was recipient of many awards recognizing his service to the community. He was a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, Sunday school teacher, a member of the choir and had served on various other committees.

His memory will be cherished by his daughter, Marsha Feldman and husband Mark of Roswell, Ga.; his sons, Michael Pearson and wife Bonita of Holden Beach, Jim Pearson and wife Debbie of Greer, S.C., and David Pearson and wife LaMyra of Granite Falls; grandchildren, Michael Pearson of Winston-Salem, Whitney Pearson of Sayreville, N.J., Adam Feldman of Ellicott City, Md., Scott Feldman of Roswell, Ga., Jennifer Kirby of Asheville, James Pearson of Raleigh and Isaac Pearson of Granite Falls; seven great-grandchildren; his beloved canine companion, Blackie; a brother, A.L. Pearson of Bethlehem; sisters, Patsy Crump of Cary and Genelle Dail of Wendell.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Pendry’s Chapel with Dr. Adam Feldman and the Rev. Jeff Burkhimer officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be Issac Pearson, James Pearson, Michael Pearson, Scott Feldman.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in memory of Ben Pearson to Baton Ruritan 310 Twin Cove Drive, Connelly Springs, NC 28612, or to the Metonia Church, P.O. Box 298, Ellicott City, MD 21041.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Benjamin Samuel Pearson. Online condolences may be placed at

Marjorie Greene

Marjorie Bowers Greene, a very loving wife, mother, grandmother and faithful friend, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care – Lenoir. She was born on Nov. 22, 1929, in Morganton to the late Judson and Evelyn Gettys Bowers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Clifton Bowers, a sister, Betty Alice Brown, and a son-in-law, Keith Hawn.

Mrs. Greene was a graduate of Morganton High School. She was a graduate of Pfeiffer College and Duke University, where she received her B.A. in English. She furthered her education at the University of North Carolina, where she received her Master’s Degree in English. Marjorie taught at Caldwell Community College for 25 years, where she chaired the English Department and upon her retirement was given the prestigious honor of Professor Emeritus. She loved poetry. Mrs. Greene, as she was lovingly called by her students, always made time for them whenever they came by to talk while they sat in her special rocking chair. She was named UMW Woman of the Year and received the same award from her Beta Sigma Sorority.

Marjorie loved her church, First United Methodist Church and as long as she was able she attended faithfully.

Survivors include her husband of 60 wonderful years, James (Jim) Greene of the home; two daughters, Debra G. Hawn, and Karen G. Cannon and husband Chuck of Lenoir; one son, James S. Greene Jr. and wife Laura of Concord. She was the most cherished grandmother to four grandchildren, Tyler Hawn, Mckenzie and Matthew Cannon and Elizabeth Greene.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Interment will be Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at 2:15 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. James Armstrong, the Rev. Marietta Smith, and Youth Minister Aaron Horn.

Honorary pallbearers will be Matthew Cannon, Marvin Lovins, Lewis Price, Ivey Foster, Tyler Hawn, Kenneth Brown and Chris Witherspoon.

The family respectfully requests memorials be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645, as thanks to the wonderful and loving care they showed or to First United Methodist Church, 309 Church St., Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be left at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

William Burgess

William Donald Burgess, 78, of Hudson passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at his residence.

Survivors include his daughter, Tammy D. Burgess Clark of Tennessee; a brother, Keith Burgess of Tennessee; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. There will be no services held at this time.

Sturges Beane

Sturges “Tick” Conway Beane, 86, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are pending.