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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Dewilla A. Mansfield

Dewilla Ann Mansfield, 79, of Oak Island, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018 at her home.

She was born March 9, 1939, in Columbus County, daughter of the late Hoyt Shelley and Donnie Bell Fowler Shelley.  She grew up in Raeford and started working at Burlington Coat Factory.  It was there that she met the love of her life, Ray Mansfield. They began their life together more than 65 years ago and many said they never had an argument. In 1981 they became the owners of Jiffy Bait and Tackle on Oak Island and in 1983 opened Mansfield Heating and Air. They continued to be side by side together, being a loyal, hardworking team until Mr. Mansfield's sickness and death.  Both of them were icons in the Oak Island community for many years, especially being active in Oak Island Presbyterian Church.  The community enjoyed their Christmas decorations as many of them attended their annual Christmas party. Mrs. Mansfield loved working in her yard and garden.  She always had the help of Matthew and Jimmy, who they say helped shape their lives forever.  In addition to her husband Ray Mansfield, preceding her in death was a son James Ray Mansfield, brother, Jerry Shelley, and sister, Sheila Shelley. 

Survivors include her children, Sheila Mansfield Bell of Oak Island, Sidney Mansfield, of Oak Island, Perry Mansfield of Southport, Jimmy Mansfield of Wilmington, and Matthew Mansfield of Southport; sisters, Margaret Lanier of Chadbourn and Mary Jo Strickland of Cerro Gordo; grandchildren, Jamie Bell, Sidney Mansfield II, Brandon Mansfield, and Drew Mansfield;and  great-grandchildren, Sidney Mansfield, III "Trey", Brantley Bell, and Westlyn Mansfield.  

A Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Ocean View United Methodist Church with the Rev. Fred Roberts officiating. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Research, 3100 W. Central Ave., Suite 235 Toledo, OH, 43606.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

George G. Dickson Jr.

George Graham Dickson Jr., 78, of Sarasota, Florida, passed away on May 2, 2018.
He was born in Pinehurst on August 26, 1939. His parents were George Graham Dickson and Isabel Lamont Dickson. He graduated from Fort  Lauderdale High School in 1957 and received a law degree from the University of Florida.
He worked as an attorney for more than 40 years, first in Fort Lauderdale and then in Sarasota. He was an active member of the YMCA. He was also a Mason, a Shriner and a Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserve.
He is survived by his brother, Donald Dickson of Chapel Hill; his nieces, Isabel Dickson Goodson of Denver Colorado, and Katherine Anne Dickson Burns, Jennie Dickson Mills and Claire Dickson, all of Chapel Hill; and many cousins from the Dickson and Lamont families.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Nancy Jo Brady

Nancy Jo (Schermerhorn) Brady, 64, died on Friday, May 18, 2018 in her home surrounded by family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her father Paul Schermerhorn of Hammond, New York and a sister Cheryl Schermerhorn of Owensboro, Kentucky.

She retired from Cumberland County Schools after serving 31 years. She spent the first 24 years in the classroom and the remaining seven years in the school system's new teacher support program. She continued mentoring new teachers after she retired.

She served as choir director for Highland Baptist Church and conductor for the annual Singing Christmas Tree program since December 2002. Her passion, however, was Children's Church teacher and Wednesday Warriors Children Program teacher.She previously served as choir director at Victory Methodist Church in Massy Hill, and 15 years as choir director and organist at Galatia Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her husband, Jason Brady of the home; a son Matthew Brady and wife Brittany of Raeford; her mother Marlene Schermerhorn of Hammond; her sisters Dawn Merna and husband William of Ogdensburg, New York, and Polly Sergel of Hammond; her brothers, Ryan Schermerhorn and wife Kari of Gouverneur, New York, and Clay Schermerhorn and wife Nichole of Burnt Hills, New York.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Wednesday May 23, 2018 at Highland Baptist Church, 4456 Legion Rd, Hope Mills, NC 28348.

A Celebration of Life Service will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Pastor Zach Kennedy officiating. 

Burial will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers consider a donation to the Highland Baptist Church Children Program fund.

Arrangements for the family are entrusted to LaFayette Funeral Home, 6651 Raeford Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28304. On-line condolences may be made at

Julian M. McArthur

Julian "Morton" McArthur, age 79, of 997 Pinebluff LakeRoad in Aberdeen went to be with the Lord on May 19,2018 and was surrounded by his loving family.

He was born to Aline and Jo McArthur on February 6,1939 in Rowland. He married the love of his life Lena Hazelwood on May 21,1960. They celebrate 58 years of love and marriage.  He was extremely loving and very proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had a passion for art,an extreme green thumb for growing vegetables and beautiful plants, and a heart of gold. He was preceded in death by his mother Aline McArthur and his father Jo McArthur and two brothers Bob McArthur and Jim McArthur.

He is survived by his wife Lena H. McArthur; three daughters, Becky Byrd and her husband Ken Byrd, Dale Arbogast and her husband George Arbogast, and Rene' Oxendine and her husband Israel Oxendine; one son, Bobby McArthur and his wife Mary McArthur; eight grandchildren, James, Andrew, Stephen, Nicole, Brittany, Cain, Elana and Andrea; two great-grandchildren, Aiden and Alexa; two great-grandchildren-to-be, Ellyanah and Nehemiah; several step-grandchildren; a brother, Larry McArthur and his wife Doris McArthur; and two sisters, Betty Jo Humphrey and Francis Clifton.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 5-6 p.m. at Turning Point Worship Center, 16433 US Hwy 15 501. A celebration of his life will follow the visitation.

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