Edward Joseph Dombrowski, Sr., 82, retiring in Wrightsville Beach

Life began in Philadelphia for Edward Joseph Dombrowski, Sr., where he graduated from Philadelphia Textile Institute in 1959. He worked as a dye hour manager there before moving to Asheboro in 1973. In Asheboro he started Champagne Dye Works and was president until his retirement in 2001. He moved to Wrightsville Beach in 2003 and […]

Ramona B. Bendin, 89, a life full of color

A paintbrush came alive in her hands as she swept the colors across the canvas, droplets splattering against her blue smock. Ocean waves took on a realistic hue and the snow falling from tree branches was so lifelike it may have crunched underneath as fingertips slid across the image. Ramona B. Bendin was an artist […]

Betty Boswell Oliver, 77, not afraid to speak her mind

A devoted and loving wife, mother, sister and friend, Betty Boswell Oliver found the greatest joy in the simplest aspects of life, the greatest of all in her family. After a year fighting a courageous battle with breast cancer, Mrs. Oliver died peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. She loved to pass the days reading […]

Ralph John Reiser Jr., 78, adored ‘memory-maker’

Unexpectedly at his home in Southport, Ralph John Reiser, Jr., died on Oct. 8, 2013. Mr. Reiser graduated from Aquinas High School in Columbus, Ohio and from the Ohio State University. After 40 years of service he retired as National Sales Director for Libbey Owens Ford in Toledo, Ohio and moved to St. James Plantation […]

Chester Ray Hunter, Sr., 80, would give the shirt off his back

Born on Sept. 5, 1933, Chester Ray Hunter, Sr., of Wallace, found the greatest joy of all in his family, especially his daughter, “Sissy.” Mr. Hunter died at the age of 80 on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. A devoted husband and loving daddy, granddaddy, brother and friend, Mr. Hunter […]

John Williams “J.W.” Sessions, Jr., 80

John Williams, better known as J.W., Sessions, Jr., died on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center. He was 80. A memorial service will be at noon Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home, Wallace Chapel. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon at the funeral home. In […]

Elizabeth Henderson Cameron, 92, beloved community benefactor

Elizabeth Henderson Cameron was fond of saying “there can never be too much beauty in the world,” a phrase she brought to life in the Wilmington area. From being an early leader of Women in Action, a group that worked to bring racial harmony to Wilmington, to singing in the choir at First Presbyterian Church, […]

Thomas R. Lynch, Sr., 87, WWII vet and EMT of the year

He always showed up willing to volunteer and made mouths water for his potato salad, cheesecake and sausage and peppers: Thomas R. Lynch, Sr. was one of a kind. After 87 wonderful years, on Oct. 6, 2013, Mr. Lynch died. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Ellen, and anyone close to […]

Joseph Bradley, Jr., 65

While in his Wilmington home Joseph Bradley, Jr., 65 died Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 at Davis Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 3701 Princess Place Drive, Wilmington, NC. Burial will follow […]