Merline H. Gupton, 77, pastor of Solid Rock Pentecostal Church

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CASTLE HAYNE — Pastor Merline H. Gupton, age 77, of Castle Hayne, passed away Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Merline was the pastor of Solid Rock Pentecostal Church on Rockledge Road in Wilmington. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Donald Gupton; daughters, Brenda Meshaw, Donna Smith and Shermane Parker; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many other extended family members.

A service to celebrate Pastor Merline’s life will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at the Solid Rock Pentecostal Church, 118 Rockledge Road, Wilmington, NC 28412.