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Obits 11/27/2013

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davisobitMr. Christopher Shelton Davis

  • July 24, 1968 – November 26, 2013
  • Dunn, North Carolina


Ms. Katie Butler

November 24, 2013

Ms. Katie Butler, 82, passed away Sunday, November 24, 2013. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 12 Noon at the Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, 4442 Bonnettsville Road in Clinton. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Park in Clinton. Viewing will be Tuesday, November 26, 2013 from 2 PM – 7 PM at the Dafford Funeral Home in Dunn. At other times, the family will receive friends at the home of her niece, Patricia Green, 220 Taylors Bridge Hwy. in Clinton.

Survivors: siblings – Willie James Butler, Minnie Rose Jackson, Kathleen Butler all of Clinton, and Almond Butler, Jr. of Roseboro.



McGee’s Crossroads, NC: Mr. Shelton Alonzo Benson, age 92, died Monday, November 25, 2013 at Liberty Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation of Johnston County. Funeral service will be 5:00PM Friday, November 29, 2013 at Benson Grove Baptist Church. Officiating will be Dr. Billy Cashwell. Graveside Service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Roselawn Cemetery in Benson.
Mr. Benson was born December 22, 1920 in Johnston County to the late Edgar Alonzo and Mary Coats Benson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen R. Benson, and a son, Dr. Douglas Benson. Mr. Benson was a farmer and a member of Benson Grove Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Benson Masonic Relief Lodge 431 for 65 plus years.  Mr. Benson served his community in many ways including being on the school boards of both Benson and South Johnston Schools. He served on the Johnston Community College Board of Trustees, held positions on the Johnston County Health Department Board of Directors, as well as on the First Federal Bank Board of Directors. Mr. Benson was a charter member of the 50/210 Fire Department where he also served as member of the board of directors. The family would like to thank Dr. Bugaj and the staff at Liberty Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation for their loving care given to Mr. Benson.
Surviving include, Daughters, Kathy Lancaster of Angier, Shelby Darden of Garner; Sons and Daughters-In-Law, Randy and Ann Benson of Willow Spring, Dan and Susan Benson of Angier; Daughter-In-Law, Louise Benson of Lake Gaston; Six Grandchildren, Cara Myers of Tampa, FL, Kristen Capo of Tampa, Fl, Austin Benson of Willow Spring, Bill Lovelace of Lake Gaston, Jim Lovelace of Wake Forest, Kerry Spitzer of Boulder, CO, Timothy Darden and Patrick Darden both of Garner; Five Great-Grandchildren, Nicholas and Zachary Capo, Wit and Luke Myers, and Jacob Lovelace; Sister, Eloise Worrell of Florida; Several Nieces and Nephews; Special Friend, Macie Knox of Dunn.
The family will receive friends immediately following the funeral service and other times at the home of Kathy Lancaster 7713 NC Hwy 50 North Angier, NC 27501.
Flowers are welcome; however memorials may be made to the Shelton and Kathleen Benson Nursing Scholarship Foundation at Johnston Community College, P. O. Box  2350 Smithfield, NC, 27577.



OI911167079_ScottEppersonBenson, NC:  Mr.  Scott Randolph Epperson age 57, of 1046 N. Lincoln Street passed away Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn. Funeral services will be 11:00AM Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at North Clinton Avenue Baptist Church in Dunn. Officiating will be Rev. Billy Stines and Rev. Leon Tart. Burial will be held at Ferguson Family Cemetery in Hatton, Alabama at a later date.
Scott was born May 16, 1956 in New Jersey to the late Randy & Pauline Piekos Epperson. Mr. Epperson was a retired policeman and detective serving the Benson, Dunn, Tennessee and Georgia Police Departments reflecting 33 years of service.  Scott was very active and enjoyed appearing in numerous plays with the Harnett Regional Theater and the Benson Foundation for the Arts where he also served on the board of directors. Scott was also credited with the Mayberry Show with the Benson Foundations for the Arts.    Scott was also known as a nationally renown Barney Fife impersonator where he looked, walked and talked just like Barney Fife.  He has appeared in various events all over the United States and Canada.  Scott took great pride in his impersonation and felt very honored to spread joy, laughter and smiles to so many people across the country.  Scott also was very experienced in radio spending most of his time at WPYB radio. Scott appeared in television commercials, promotions and music videos.  Scott lived his life to the fullest and was a member of North Clinton Avenue Baptist Church in Dunn.
Surviving include his wife of 25 years, Melanie Speake Epperson; Beloved Dog, Painter Epperson; Brothers & Sisters-in-law, Kent & Kathryn Epperson of Ararat, Virginia; and Clint & Dauna  Epperson of  Kodak, Tennessee; Mother-in-law, Bernice Carroll of Alabama; Sisters-in-law, Cheryl Sanders and Chella Hall both of Hatton Alabama; and Brother-in-law, Darwin Speake of Hatton, Alabama, Several Nieces and Nephews.
Family will receive friends Tuesday, November 26, 2013 from 6:00PM-8:00PM at Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Scott’s memory to the Benson Foundation for the Arts, Post Office 335, Benson, NC 27504.

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