Ronnie's Obituary ~ December 19, 1946 - December 17,
Ronald (Ronnie) Woodard Watkins, 72, of Castle Hayne, went home
to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, December 17, 2019,
after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease at
Lower Cape Fear Hospice with his family by his side.
Ronnie was born on December 19, 1946, in Wilmington, NC at
James Walker Hospital to the late Jesse and Margaret Watkins.
He was also preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Genell
Bullard Watkins, his brothers, Donald Thomas Watkins, Thomas
Franklin Watkins, and Gary Wayne Watkins and his faithful
companion of 10 years, Cowboy, the most spoiled Dachshund ever.
His is survived by one devoted daughter, Michele Watkins-Hopkins
and husband, Roger, and two very special granddaughters who
adoringly called him “Papa”, Jade (J-bird), and Lexie Watkins
(aka “the baby”). He is also survived by several nieces,
nephews, and cousins.
Ronnie was a life-long resident of New Hanover County, residing
in Castle Hayne for the last 45 years. As a husband and a
father, Ronnie was a loving and caring provider for his family.
As a Papa to his granddaughters, he was a constant companion to
them and always was ready to give hugs as only he could.
Ronnie started his career in the US Navy, serving his country for
7 years, and received an honorable discharge. He then
completed his duties in the US Naval Reserves. Following
that, he embarked on a 17-year career serving the City of
Wilmington with the Wilmington Fire Department as an engineer.
He then continued his career with the Fire Department at the
Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point. His career of public
service continued with Law Enforcement serving as a Deputy for the
New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department as well as an Officer
with New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Special Police.
His public service ended following a kidney transplant at Duke
University Medical Center in 2005 where his loving daughter,
Michele, was his “living donor”.
Anyone that knew Ronnie, knew that he never met a stranger and
loved being at the ballparks. Whether he was playing,
coaching, officiating, working the concession stand, or
maintaining the fields, he enjoyed the camaraderie of the people
and the game. Ronnie also enjoyed keeping his lawn perfectly
manicured year round and maintaining his family’s home and
vehicles. He had a smile, kind words, and willingness to help for
anyone in need. He was a blessing in the lives of his
friends and family. Anyone who knew him, loved him.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 1:00-2:00
pm, Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Andrews Market Street Chapel
with the funeral service following at 2:00 pm led by Reverend Sam
Hill. Interment will follow the service at Greenlawn
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear
Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC, 28401, in memory
of Ronnie Watkins.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Andre’
Leonard, Dr. Ted Winneberger, Dr. Rebecca Summerlin, and the staff
and nurses at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. These individuals are
excellent examples of providing care from their hearts.
Longtime local umpire
Miller dies at age 77
Baseball, softball official founded local
association, was active with Optimist club
Carl Miller makes a call in
the infield. Contributed photo
By Tom Grady
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 2:19 p.m. Last Modified: Friday,
December 5, 2014 at 2:19 p.m.
If you played baseball or
softball at various levels in the Wilmington area over the past
several decades, you most likely knew Carl Miller. He probably
called you out at the plate, or you had a similar experience
through an official he directly assigned.
Miller founded the Cape
Fear Officials Association back in 1986. He served as the booking
agent and regional supervisor of officials, for youth to high
The man who spent countless
nights and weekends on and around local diamonds died Thursday at
the age of 77.
Wake for Mr. Carl Miller
will be Sunday at Andrews Mortuary on market St at 5:00 pm to 6:30
pm. Funeral will be on Monday at 11 am Andrews Mortuary on Market
John Laughter was a
longtime friend and Winter Park Optimist Club board member.
"I guess it was the
late '60s that I first came in contact with Carl," Laughter
said, noting Miller was umpiring here at that time. Laughter added
that Miller was a member of Winter Park Optimist for many years
and held nearly every position at the organization. He also worked
for the state prison system.
Billy Sebrell worked
closely with Miller over the past 20 years, on the field and as
part of the Cape Fear Officials Association. Sebrell used common
phrasing to describe his friend on the field: "A no-nonsense
"He was a mentor to
many other adults; one of my best friends; a colleague,"
Mike Smith is a board
member at Winter Park Optimist and a co-commissioner of club's
"He always spoke what
was on his mind," said Smith, who also played in local
softball leagues where Miller was an ump. "You were either
out or you were safe and there wasn't no arguing about it."
Local longtime softball coach Buck O'Shields
said Miller and Marion "Tinkey" Rogers were the men in
blue for the first local NCHSAA fast-pitch softball game between
Laney and Hoggard in the fall of 1994.
Hoggard baseball coach Jeep St. Ledger knew
Miller for 30 years.
"He did as much to promote baseball and
softball as any other person, really in Wilmington," St.
Ledger said. "He was a great person."
He learned early on where the ceiling was on
how much a coach could argue a call with Miller on the field.
"He'd let you voice your opinions for
awhile," St. Ledger said. "And then when he raised his
right hand, and that was like a 45-degree angle, enough was
"That's when you knew, OK, better start
wrapping this up."
Smith said he spent many evenings sitting with
Miller at a picnic table between the fields at Hugh MacRae Park.
Everyone who passed by knew Miller, from kids to parents to
Earlier this year, Miller told the StarNews for
its 275th anniversary of Wilmington special issue that, "The
people make Wilmington. They are so nice and sincere, always
willing to help one another. Even with all the changes, it's still
a great town with wonderful hospitality."
"I don't think there was a better friend I
had," Smith said. "If I needed something or wanted
something, all I had to do was pick up the phone and call
He could frequently be found at local youth or
high school games, evaluating umpires or just watching the kids
"He viewed the T-ball game as just as
important as he viewed a state championship game," Smith
said. "He'll be missed."
Wake for Mr. Carl Miller
will be Sunday at Andrews Mortuary on market St at 5:00 pm to 6:30
pm. Funeral will be on Monday at 11 am Andrews Mortuary on Market
M. BULLARD, JR. James M. Bullard, Jr., 86, of Wilmington, died
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at New Hanover Regional Medical
Center under the care of Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Jim was born
June 3, 1927 to James M. and Ethel Walker Bullard and lived his
entire life within a three-mile radius in the Wrightsboro area.
He attended Wrightsboro School and New Hanover High School. In
1953, he married his school sweetheart, Eleanor F. Herring, and
they enjoyed a happy, busy and fulfilling life until she passed
away in 2005. Jim's life was dedicated to fellowship with and
service to others. Nothing pleased him more that hosting seafood
feasts for large groups of friends at his home. He was a
faithful member and deacon of Bethany Presbyterian Church;
member of the Hanover Lions Club and the Optimist Club of
Wilmington; and a charter member of Wrightsboro Volunteer Fire
Department and the Optimist Club of Cape Fear. Within Cape Fear
Optimist, state and national Optimists, Jim held positions of
leadership and responsibility. All his life a farmer and
employed in the fertilizer business, Jim retired from
Virginia-Carolina Chemical and Wilmington Fertilizer Company.
After his retirement, he grew vegetables year-round for roadside
sale and sharing with friends. In addition to his parents and
his wife Eleanor, Jim was predeceased by his sister, Alice
Storey, brother, John D. Bullard, and sister-in-law, Irene
Herring Parks. He is survived by his sister, Ella Mae King of
Newport News, VA, and the Storey, Bullard, King and Herring
nieces & nephews. The Bullard family is grateful beyond
measures to Jim's "Special Friends" who faithfully
were there and cared for him during his declining years, David
and Bonnie Narron, Phil and Sue Ann Burton, and Dick Neher, We
Thank You. The family will receive friends from 6pm to 8pm
Friday, September 13, 2013, at Andrews Market Street Chapel. A
funeral service will be held at 10am Saturday, September 14,
2013, at Andrews Market Street Chapel with Bro. Eric Porterfield
officiating. Also, prior to Saturday's service, the family will
receive friends from 9am until the service hour. Interment will
follow in Bethany Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 2237 Castle
Hayne Road, Wilmington, NC 28401. In lieu of flowers,
contributions in memory of James M. Bullard, Jr. may be made to
Lower Cape Fear Hospice, the New Hanover Humane Society in
Wilmington, or Winter Park Baptist Church. Condolences to the
family at www.andrewsmortuary.com
Andrews Market Street Chapel
Published in the Wilmington Star-News on September 12, 2013
HAYNE - Mrs. Clarissa Maxwell "Mrs. Mac" McDaniel, 91,
of Castle Hayne, formerly of Garland, passed away Thursday,
Sept. 5, 2013. She was born July 16, 1922, in Stedman, to the
late Oscar and Alice Maxwell. Clarissa also was preceded in
death by her husband, John McDaniel; brothers, Kelly and Buddy
Maxwell; and sisters, Genevieve Freeman and Ola Rich. Clarissa
is survived by a daughter, Alice Pusey and husband Auston of
Castle Hayne; a grandson, Jim Thomas and wife Veronica of
Clemmons; granddaughters, Michelle Piteo and husband Carmine of
Eagle River, Alaska, and Amy Miller and husband Josh of
Kannapolis; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Abby, and Haley Thomas,
Tyler, Hannah and Devin Rimel, Carmen and Cole Piteo, and
Harmony Miller; sisters, Elizabeth Williams of Winder, Ga., and
Emma Dineen and husband Jim of Wilmington; and brother, Jeff
Maxwell and wife Belva of Stedman. Clarissa retired as
postmaster of Garland after 45 years of service. During World
War II, she taught algebra at Garland High School. She was an
active member of Garland United Methodist Church for more than
60 years. She was a member of the Garland Rotary
Club and was very involved in the Rotary fairs, having been
honored as the grand marshal at one time. Funeral service will
be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Garland United
Methodist Church, by the Rev. Erin Smith and the Rev. Chris
O'Briant. Burial will follow in Garland Cemetery. The family
will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, Saturday, Sept.
7, 2013, at Carter Funeral Home in Garland. Online condolences
may be sent through www.carterfh.com.
Published in Fayetteville Observer on September 7, 2013
11, 1929 - July 18, 2013
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Henry J. Engels, 83, of Leland, NC, died Thursday, July
18, 2013 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center.
He was born on December 11, 1929 in Hackensack, NJ, the
son of the late Henry J. Engels, Sr. and Mary Garbowski
Henry was raised in New Jersey and was a veteran of the US
Army serving as a 2nd Lieutenant from 1951-1953. He was a
semi-professional football player and a member of the St.
Louis Cardinals farm team. He was also very active as a
coach in youth and High School football.
Henry had an accounting background which lead him to
numerous CFO positions at several large auto dealerships
throughout New Jersey before retiring and moving to
Wilmington twenty years ago. He was active in the local
Women’s softball programs teaching fast pitch to over
300 young women. Henry was a member of the Cape Fear
Surviving is his wife, Audrey Engels of Wilmington; two
daughters, Sherry J. Engels Clain and husband Frank of
Hamburg, NJ and Krista A. Engels of Wilmington; a son,
Todd H. Engels and wife Deirdre DeBlasio Engels of Rye,
NY; two grandchildren, Jamison M. Engels and Amanda K.
Engels; first cousins, Florence C. Engels of Wilmington,
Alan Weiman, William Weiman and Arlene Engels, all of New
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Andrews Mortuary Market Street
with a memorial service beginning at 4:00 pm in Andrews
Market Street Chapel.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Lower Cape
Fear Hospice, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
Sunday July 21, 2013, 2:00pm - 4:00pm at Andrews Market
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BEAR SMITH, JR.
Sigmond Bear Smith, Jr. 75 of Wilmington passed away peacefully
surrounded by his loved ones Sunday, December 4, 2011.
He was born in Wilmington on April 15, 1936. His parents were
the late Sigmond Bear Smith and Evelyn Lydia Evans Smith.
S. B. grew up in Bolton, NC and attended Louisburg College. He
proudly served in the US
for 4 four years from 1955 to 1959, and was an
active member of the Wilmington Marine Corps League. Sig was
retired from Warner Lambert as a sales representative for 21
years and was a member of the SalesMaster Club for 4 consecutive
years. He was a member of Wrightsboro Baptist Church and a proud
member of Cape Fear Optimist Club where he had served as
President and as Secretary.
S. B. is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary Brown Smith;
three children, Don Sigmond Smith and wife Pamela Bass Smith of
Wilmington, Cindy Smith Malpass and husband Kevin L. Malpass of
Delco, and Sigmond Dale Smith and wife Teresa Kelly Smith of
Burgaw; four grandchildren, Hope Malpass, whom he called
"My Precious Boogie", Chad Malpass and wife Jessie,
Hunter Malpass all of Delco, and Cannon Smith of Wilmington. One
brother, Charles Bryant Smith and wife Barbara Rose
Smith of Bolton. S. B. was preceded in death by his childhood
friend, Wesley Jones.
The family will see friends from 1:30 to 3:00 pm Wednesday,
December 7, 2011 at Wrightsboro Baptist Church followed by
funeral services beginning at 3 PM officiated by Rev. Keith
Hollar and Rev. Mike Lewis.
Pallbearers will be Bennie Herring, Bobby Harker, Chris Lienhop,
Walter Simmons, Lloyd Moore, Dick Neher, Alan Ingold, Al
Brinson, and W.J. Bordeaux.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear
Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401 or
Wrightsboro Baptist Church, 2736 Castle Hayne Rd., Wilmington,
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Shawn
Johnson, who was S. B.'s hospice nurse, for all of her love,
care, and concern for the past 20 months, and the staff and
nurses at Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
Please share memories and condolences with the family at www.wilmingtoncares.com
Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street,
Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099
Jerry Morgan Gore (72) went home to be with his heavenly father
on May 11, 2011, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Jerry
was born on January 25, 1939, in Pender County the son of the
late Willie Morgan (Bug) and Esther Morgan Gore of Castle Hayne,
NC. Jerry was the founder and proprietor of Jerry Gore Trucking
for over 40 years and well known in the community.
He is survived by his spouse of 48 years Kozette Cameron Gore.
Together they had one daughter Lisa Gore King and husband
Michael King of Watha NC; four grandchildren Kevin (Jenny)
Malpass, Kaila E Malpass, Katie (Joey) Michael and Karlee
Malpass; two great-grandsons Hunter Michael and Greyson Malpass
and one furry daughter his pal Aja; three siblings Gloria
(Wesley) Westbury, Joyce (Wayne) Mohr and Kathy Gore Brennan,
sister-in-laws, Annette (Ernie) Williamson and Gloria (David)
Robbins and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by several aunts, uncles and cousins
and many special friends.
He was a lifelong member of Wrightsboro Baptist Church and Cape
Fear Optimist Club serving as past president and coach of
Fountain Oil Company and Canadys Sport Center. (Mr. Gore) as he
was affectionately known by the youth was a mentor to many in
the Wrightsboro Community through coaching baseball and working
with the RA's at Wrightsboro Baptist Church.
He will be missed by many including all of his special
restaurant friends that he was eager to eat lunch with each day.
The family would like to visit with friends and family on Friday
evening at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel from 6:30 -
8:00 pm and at other times at the residence.
A funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Saturday May 14, 2011, at
Wrightsboro Baptist Church by Rev. Keith Hollar, Rev. Mike Lewis
and Rev. Tim Cook. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial
Active pallbearers will be Jason Mohr, Ryan Mohr, Brandon
Pearce, Shane Robbins, Brian Westbury, and Tony Williamson.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com
A Market Street Chapel Service
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for Dorothy Whitehurst
on Nov. 4, 1933
Departed on Feb. 20, 2011 and resided in
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Dorothy Whitehurst, age 77, passed away on Sunday, February
20, 2011, with her family by her side.
She was born on November 4, 1933 to the late Katie Lee
Stewart and Albert Bunting. Dorothy is survived by her
husband Robert Earl Whitehurst and her five children,
daughter Kitty Bettencourt and husband David, sons Russell
Stewart, Randy Stewart, Robert Lee Whitehurst, and youngest
daughter Dorothy Christina Schmidt.
Dorothy is also survived by her eleven grandchildren
including, Adam Schmidt, Cody Schmidt, Karen Hollar and
husband Scott, Lisa Cayton, Andrew Bettencourt and wife
Shelby, Davy Bettencourt, Michael Stewart, Matthew Stewart,
Trevor Stewart, Emma Stewart, and Duane Stewart. She is also
survived by eight great grandchildren, who lovingly referred
to her as "Granny Dot."
Dorothy spent many of her days on the ball fields of Cape
Fear Optimist. Those days were spent as a member of the
Optimist Club and Ladies Auxiliary. In this setting she is
remembered as being a voice for the youth and a cheerleader
for her children and grandchildren during baseball and
Her life was rich and filled with love from her family and
friends. One of Dorothy's favorite pastimes was spending
time with her family during holidays and family gatherings.
She was skilled in the art of knitting and crocheting and
leaves behind handmade treasures that will be valued forever
by her loved ones. She also loved playing the guitar and
teaching that skill to her grandchildren.
Dorothy was always willing to lend someone a helping hand
and will be remembered as a person whose heart was forever
giving. The lessons she leaves behind will live on through
her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She
will live in our hearts and memories forever.
All services for Dorothy Whitehurst will be held at Andrew's
Mortuary in the Hampstead Chapel. Visitation will be Friday,
February 25, 2011 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. The funeral will be
held on Saturday, February 26, 2011at 2:00pm
To contribute in memory of Alvin Heiston, an avid coach and fan of girls softball.
Please make your contribution to “Cape Fear Optimist Club”. In the Memo field of your check please write “Alvin Heiston Memorial Fund”.
Checks should be mailed to:
Cape Fear Optimist
3222 N Kerr Avenue
Wilmington, NC 28405
Timothy M. Brennan of Southport, North Carolina, passed on
Thursday December 9th, 2010 at 6:30am, after a courageous battle
with cancer. Survived by wife Kathy Brennan, Son Connor Brennan,
brother Kevin Brennan, step-daughter Mandi Waits and husband
Kevin, step-son Brian Westbury and wife Adelaide, Grandsons,
Hunter and Logan Westbury, nephews Sean and Tim Brennan and
buddy Brett Martin.
Tim was born December 22, 1946 in Newark, New Jersey to parents
Timothy F. Brennan and Mary E. Brennan. Tim graduated from St.
Peter's College in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in
Accounting. After graduation Tim attended Fairleigh Dickinson
University where he studied and was awarded a Master in Business
Administration in Accounting and Taxation. Tim was later awarded
the title of Certified Public Accountant from the Sate of New
Tim proudly served his country in US Army from 1969 through
1971. He was last stationed in Ft. McClellan, Alabama, where, in
the Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Infantry Brigade, he was
the Officer In Charge (OIC) of the M-60 machine gun before being
deployed to Vietnam where he proudly served on the Military
Advisory Command Vietnam (MACV) Team 45 at a district level.
After serving his country, Tim began his business career at
Price Waterhouse Cooper & Co. Later he embarked on a
successful 24 year career at Lipton (Unilever-Best Foods) and
retired as a senior executive with one on the nations largest
food service providers.
After moving to Southport in early 2000 and a brief retirement,
he returned to the workforce and joined Castle Branch Inc.
Rising to CFO and eventually COO before retiring in 2010. As Tim
described it, this was the best management team and best group
of employees he had ever had the pleasure of working with.
Preceded in death by, Matthew John Brennan, Barbara Brennan,
Christopher Norris, Timothy F. Brennan and Mary E. Brennan.
In lieu of flowers the family requests you make a donation to
the Cape Fear Optimists or your favorite charity.
The family would like to thank Dr John Anagnost and his
Brunswick office for their care and compassion.
Visitation to be held on Sunday December 12th at Peacock Newman
White Funeral Home in Southport from 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
Funeral services on Monday December 13th at 11:00am at Sacred
Heart Church in Southport. Followed by burial at Cape Fear
Memorial Park and a reception at The Founders Club in St James
Plantation at 1:00pm.
Please send your thoughts and prayers to Kathy, everyone at
Cape Fear Optimist & the NC East District who knew Tim will