Barbour, Lisa Anne 1957 - 2010 Lisa Anne Barbour passed into the loving arms of her Savior on December 2, 2010, surrounded by her beloved family and friends. Lisa had fought a valiant 18-month battle against breast cancer. Born March 26, 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Anne and Jack Townsend, Lisa spent her childhood years in Virginia and North Carolina. Lisa, the eldest of five children, was an avid learner and deeply interested in the world around her. Her zest for learning earned her the honor of Valedictorian at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1979. She went on to pursue her law degree at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1982. Following graduation, Lisa began her law career at Locke Purnell, in Dallas, Texas, where she met her husband, David, and specialized in corporate law and structured finance. In 1998, she retired from the practice of law at the Andrews Kurth law firm to devote her time and energies to her precious boys, Blake and Ben. In 1998, Lisa and David began to split their time between Dallas and Beaver Creek, Colorado, a place they had come to love for its natural beauty. In addition to her devotion to her family, Lisa was a dedicated volunteer to numerous causes and charities. Lisa taught Catechesis at St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church and was very involved with the Child Abuse Prevention Center. Her greatest commitment while in Beaver Creek was to her church, the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, and its ministries. She was an active vestry member and Sunday school teacher until her illness was diagnosed in 2009. Lisa is survived by her husband, David; sons Blake and Ben; stepchildren Baker Barbour of Austin, Texas and Brandy and husband, Bill Morrison and grandchildren, Riley and Will, of Dallas, Texas; mother Anne Townsend of Wilmington, North Carolina; siblings Katherine and husband Peter McKee of Dallas, Texas; Mark and wife Carol Townsend of Greensboro, North Carolina; Jack and wife Elisa Townsend of Atlanta, Georgia; Charles and wife Lisette Townsend of Copenhagen, Denmark; and 8 nephews and 5 nieces. Lisa will be remembered for her faith, her devotion to family and friends, her brilliant mind and quick wit, her kind and gracious spirit, her generosity and her love of life. She had a passion for travel and writing, compiling journals about her experiences in trips around the world. Family gatherings in Bald Head Island, North Carolina and Copenhagen, Denmark were some of her most cherished times. Lisa was also renowned as a consummate hostess, welcoming family and friends, old and new, with warmth and true Southern hospitality into her home. The family sincerely thanks the multitude of friends who showered Lisa and her family with love and support throughout her journey and ultimate victory in Christ. The love they have shown serves as an inspirational reminder of I Corinthians 13: 7-8 "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends." Our shared love for Lisa knows no bounds.
Anthony Wayne Brinson, 58, of Winston-Salem, NC, died Thursday, February 19, 2015, at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem. Anthony, or "Andy" as he was known to his family and friends, was born November 25, 1956 in Wilmington, NC, son of Louise Davis Brinson and the late Floyd Ray Brinson. A niece, Melissa Jensen, preceded him in death. Andy was a kind and loving person. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, Gary S. Brinson; sister, Sheila McGarrity (Michael); niece, Caitlin McGarrity, all of Wilmington; nephew, Matthew Brinson (Angie) and great-niece, Eleanor Brinson, all of Irvine, CA; and a very special friend, Laura Arnold of Winston-Salem, NC.
Unfortunately, we lost Mark before graduation. He died just before Christmas in 1972, our 10th grade at Hoggard. Thanks to Kaye Hilburn Czerw for keeping these articles all these years. If any of you know Mark's birthdate, please let me know.
Jesse Clayton Bryan Jr. "Clay," 51, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, November 24, 2008.
Clay was preceded in death by his father, Jesse C. Bryan Sr. and his paternal grandparents, J.A. and Mamie Bryan.
He is survived by his daughter, Ellery "Elle" Brooke Bryan; his mother, Mattie Rabon and husband Tom; two sisters, Kathy Slaugenhoup and husband Bill and Debbie Davis and husband Jeff; three nieces, Kristy Schumaker and husband Rocky, Joi Vanderhei and husband Ron and Kim Smith, two great nieces, Danielle Vanderhei and Krystal Schumaker; one great nephew, Ryan Vanderhei and his special companion Julie Flores.
Clay's constant smile earned him the nickname of "smiling Jack" in his youth and he will be most remembered for his love of life and upbeat attitude. He was a loving father, son, brother and uncle. He will be missed. -
Wilmington Star News
ROBIN GRADY CLARK
Robin Grady Clark, 15, of 335 Pine Valley Drive, died Tuesdeay night in New Hanover Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 3:30pm Friday at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John Y Todd III officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
He is survived by his father, Mr. Robert E Clark of Wrightsville Beach; his mother Mrs. Ernestine Grady Clark of the home, his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Ivy H. Clark of Indianapolis, Indiana, and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Grady of Wilmington.
He was a 9th grade student at Williston Jr. High School, and was co-captain of the 1971-72 football team. He was active in youth horsemanship programs in eastern North Carolina, and he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
The family will receive friends at Coble Funeral Home Thursday from 7pm until 9pm.
Linda Susan "Dobe" Cushing, 56, of Wilmington, NC, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013. She was born in Japan on May 27, 1957, daughter of Dorothy Vivian Graham Cushing of Wilmington and the late Thomas Vincent Cushing. Up until the time of her passing, "Dobe" had been employed with Sturdy Corporation in Wilmington for the past twenty years. In her free time, she and Jack enjoyed camping and fishing at Masonboro Island and walking her dog, Savannah. Surviving is her loving companion of over forty years, Jack Alton Smith; a brother, Thomas M. Cushing and wife Brenda Sue of Goldsboro, NC; a sister, Patricia Ann Howard and husband Steven of Dennison, IL; aunt, Claire Kirby and her children, aunt, Dolly Alexander and her daughter Lisa Alexander; uncle, William Graham; and on Jack's side of the family, his mother, Minnie L. Smith, his brother, Floyd Smith, and his uncle, Richard Hinson, all of Kure Beach.
JOSEPH TAYLOR DOWDY Joseph Taylor Dowdy, 61, of Wilmington, NC, died at his home on December 5, 2018 after a lengthy and courageous struggle with increasingly debilitating health issues. He was born June 5, 1957 in Orlando, Florida and was the son of the late Montague Delon Dowdy and the late JoAnn Platt Dowdy. He is survived by his sisters DeLonna Echols and Gina Ide, nieces Anna Echols and Grace Ellen Ide, nephew Douglas Echols (Bailey), grandnephew and grandniece Walker and Rinn Echols, and by his beloved puppy Bibi Dowdy, who brought him joy and daily companionship during the last months of his life. Joseph was a proud member of the John T. Hoggard Class of 1975, where he was active in band on his instrument of choice, the saxophone. He joined the Armyafter graduation and continued to play the sax in military bands including the 2nd Infantry Division Band and the First US Army Band. He then attended UNCW and the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. Joseph was a professional chef and designed and equipped commercial kitchens until his early retirement. He loved to cook fabulous meals for family and friends. He was a self-taught graphic designer who enjoyed creating digital artwork and restoring photographs, and was an avid fisherman. Joseph was a loving son and devoted caregiver to his mother in the last decades of her life. He was known for his kindness as well as for his acerbic wit and enthusiasm for a well-informed debate. He had many intellectual and creative interests, but music was his lifelong passion. Many of the happiest times of his life, which he enjoyed recounting, were spent surrounded by friends and fellow musicians from his high school, military and Berklee days, many of whom became lifelong friends. He greatly valued his friendships. Those who knew Joseph well will understand that a traditional memorial service would not have been his style. Instead, please enjoy the gift of his music at the link provided below, and allow Joseph to play himself off the stage. https://youtu.be/gKkZZ0PHknMTHANK YOU!
ROBIN AUSTIN GLENN age 60, passed away peacefully at home in Winnabow, N.C., on Saturday, February 10, 2018, after a courageous seven year battle with cancer. She was born in Wilmington, N.C., on September 19, 1957, to Bill and Jo Hamilton Austin, who preceded her in death. Robin is survived by her husband, Holt, her son, Justin Pope and wife Lynn, grandchildren, Dexter and Winter, her sister, Jan Rouse and husband Jim and her brother, Bill Austin. Robin's family would like to express sincere gratitude to her special caregivers from Lower Cape Fear Hospice. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1403 Market Street, Wilmington, North Carolina, on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 4:00. The family will receive friends at 3:00, downstairs in the Church Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, N.C., 28401, or to a charity of one's choice. Robin with her creative, artistic spirit will be immensely missed.
Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Feb. 11 to Feb. 14, 2018
Cyrus Daniel "Dan" Gurganus Jr. will be laid to rest on Saturday, July 10,2021 at 10 am in Oakdale Cemetery. Dan was born July 30, 1957 in Wilmington N.C. and died May 13, 2021 in Apex N.C. He was the son of Dr. C.D. and Janice Pickard Gurganus of Wilmington N.C. and was a graduate of John T. Hoggard High School and NC State University. Dan was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 42 years Lisa Burger Gurganus. He is survived by his sons Jason Daniel and William Pickard; Daughter-in-law Kristin, Grandson Cy, Granddaughter Sailor Stone, Sister Doragene, and many other beloved friends and family. The Reverend Doctors Jonathan Conrad and Mark Opgrand of St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church will officiate.
Glenn died in a car wreck our sophomore year. He is buried at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Wilmington. If anyone has a picture of Glenn, please let us know. Here is a link to the Star News letter to the editor from his family after Glenn's death. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1454&dat=19721106&id=gbgsAAAAIBAJ&sjid=2wkEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4252,1344736&hl=en
Patricia Harris Ham, 49, of Wilmington, passed away Thursday, January 18, at New Hanover Regional Hospital following a year-long battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
She was bom in Columbus, Ohio, on February 24th, 1957, to William Dempsey Harris, USAF, Ret. and Betty Brock Harris of Wilmington.
In addition to her parents, "Tricia" is survived by her loving husband, Larry T. Ham; her daughter, Elizabeth Ruth Ham; brother, William D. Harris Jr. and his wife Angeli of Wilmington; and sister, Camille Harris Sawyer and her husband Paul of Raleigh; brother-in-law, Derrick Ham and his wife Mary Grey of Wilmington; brother-in-law, Greg Ham and his wife Paula of Wilmington; and mother-in-law, Eloise Ham of Wilmington. She is also survived by nephews and nieces, Matt and Mark Ham, Matthew and Caroline Harris and Carson and Emma Ham; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Tricia graduated from Hoggard High School in 1975 and also attended UNC-Wilmington. She worked in the medical field for Dr. Joe Mattox and for Dr. Putt Browning. She devoted her life to raising her daughter Elizabeth, currently a student at ECU. She loved being at every tennis match, horse show or any of the many events in Liz's life. Liz was her pride and joy.
Tricia also loved tennis, crocheting gifts for her friends, photography, cooking and spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed volunteering at the Hoggard High School office where she made many friends.
Throughout her life, she inspired everyone who knew her with her enthusiasm and Christian values which she lived daily. During her courageous battle, with the unwavering support of her husband, Larry, she inspired everyone with her positive outlook and refusal to let her life be compromised by her illness.
Dear Mary in heaven. I miss you every day and still cry over your short life but I cherish you and ypir fa,o;y amd our wondrful times together.I ;love you so much and Patrick.Jackie and your wonderful mom.
With deep love to you!
When I come down to Wilmington I will stop again at Castle Hayne and still put flowers on your grave as I do when I come down from Maryland. Love Barbara
From Barbara Tusch on September 29th, 2019
Mary died on October 15th,1973 not in December. Mary and I lived 5 houses away from each other , took Ballet together, played together and were best of friends.Tap and majorettes she loved so much! I miss all of us playing together and eating together and so much! I miss her so deeply!
Robert Anthony "Tony" High, 53, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 21, 2010. He was born in Greenwood, SC in 1957 to the late Robert Edward High and is survived by his mother, Mae Spivey High. Other survivors include his children, Elaina High and Travis High of the home; brother, Andy High (Gray); nieces, Carter Leigh High and Bryce High; nephew, Joseph High, all of Wilmington; cousin, Jeanne Potter (Robert) of Southport, NC.
Reginald Oscar "Reggie" Lewis, age 56 of Wilmington, passed away Monday, August 12, 2013. He was born in Wilmington on April 11, 1957. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Wrey Lewis. Reggie enjoyed spending time with his family, most especially his grandchildren, he loved college basketball and was a big Duke fan. Reggie was a talented craftsman in woordworking, enjoyed fishing and cooking pigs for bar-b-que. Reggie was retired and was formerly a food and snack route salesman. He is survived by his wife, Kim Taylor Lewis'; one son, Donald Wrey Lewis (Coral); one daughter, Tiffany Dawn Lewis (Justin Meeker); three grandchildren, Remington Paul Meeker, Jacob James Meeker and Tobin Wrey Lewis; mother Annella K Lewis Howlett; one brother, Rev. Mike Lewis (Sylvia); one sister, Wanda Browning (Chip); a special aunt, Linda Cox, along with other famiy memebers including nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his dog "Duchess".
I had known Reggie since I was 12.We married in 1982.We have a son and daughter,3 grandsons that he treasured and a granddaughter due in January.Me and Reggie were married for 32 years.Bless his heart he got sick in 2000.He taught many battles.We lost him on August the 12th 2013 from a heart attack.We miss him very much,he was a great husband,father and papa.Thank you so much for remembering him.May God bless each and everyone of you.
Warren was one of the nicest, most gentle people in our class. We are saddened by this loss. The picture is when Warren attended our Class 60th Birthday Party on 4/29/2017. Thanks, Kay Drose West, for the picture of Warren. What a great guy.
Barbara Hines Nail, beloved wife, mother, and teacher, went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 23, 2018 while surrounded by those who loved her. Barbara was born on September 4, 1957 in Richmond, Virginia to Thomas S. Hines and Martha E. Hines. Barbara grew up in Carolina Beach, NC and graduated from UNCW. Barbara's calling in life was to teach. She taught and influenced countless children in the Wilmington area for 36 years. She committed the first 30 years of her career working for New Hanover County schools at Winter Park Elementary School and Holly Tree Elementary School. She spent the last six years at Myrtle Grove Christian School where she could combine her passion for teaching with her love of Christ. Outside of her profession, Barbara also spent her time teaching Vacation Bible School and Sunday School at Long Leaf Baptist Church. No matter what she was teaching, Barbara taught with her heart and inspired so many and served as a shining example for anyone that she met. Barbara always surrounded herself with those that she loved. She could bring light to any situation not only with the care and softheartedness that she had for every person, but also with her smile and quirky sense of humor. Because of her strength, courage, and unwavering compassion, Barbara was and will continue to serve as an inspiration to those who were blessed to have known her. Barbara is survived by her husband Alton (Al), her son Aaron, and her son Timothy (Tim) and his wife Raschelle. She is also survived by her brother Tom and his wife Libba, her sister-in-law Laura, and many nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Long Leaf Baptist Church 317 Shipyard Blvd; a funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM. A burial will follow the service at Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Dr. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Myrtle Grove Christian School, 806 Piner Rd, or to Long Leaf Baptist Church.
HOWARD LEE RETCHIN Howard Lee Retchin, 58, passed away on May 28, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice after a brave battle against cancer. Howard was born December 3, 1956, in Charlotte, N.C., the son of Pearl and Daniel Retchin. He is survived by his wife, Olga, his parents, his brother Sheldon and wife Tracy and their children, Sarah, Michael and Matthew of Columbus, Ohio, and his brother Larry and wife Carol and their daughter Sophia of Wilmington, N.C. Howard graduated from Hoggard High School in 1975 and later from the University of Florida. He was an avid sports fan of any sport both collegiate and professional and especially his beloved Florida Gators. Some may remember his Lee Howard radio call-in sports show which showcased his extensive knowledge of sports events and personalities. He also served as president in the operation of his family owned Carolina Furniture Company. A graveside service will be held at 2:00pm Sunday, May 31, 2015, at the B'nai Israel Cemetery at 300 North 18th Street, Wilmington. A memorial service will be held at 8:00pm Sunday, May 31, 2015, at his parents' home. The family wishes to thank the Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.
He is survived by his mother, Ann Wilson of Greensboro; father and step mother, Larry and Katherine Wilson of Raleigh; sister, Laurie Whiteside of Gastonia; step sister, Leita Perry of Raleigh; aunt, Carolyn Altman of Raleigh; special nieces, Erinn and Sarah Whiteside of Gastonia; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
I did not know Mark had died until I read this memorial notice. I did a basic search to make sure I was looking at the "right" Mark Wilson. I am so saddened; somehow, it seems wrong that someone our age has gone.
Mark had a great mind, a true wit. The last time I saw him was in 1977, when he came to visit with his brother Robert Glover at East Carolina University. He started a theater company in Blowing Rock, N.C. I was glad when I read his obit to see that he was able to practice is art and his craft. I have a lot of good memories of conversations with Mark about all kinds of topics --music, books, John Lennon (of course), pre-adult angst, politics (neither of us were Nixon's greatest fan), and so on. He introduced me to the writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and Dalton Trumbo's great book "Johnny Got His Gun."
I wish I could have caught up with him in later years. His is a loss to his art and to me personally.