Julian Bryson “Jerry” Giles, 85, of Southport died Saturday, November 22, 2014 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

Mr. Giles was born November 30, 1928, son of the late Marvin and Mary Bryson Giles. He worked building boats on the Yacht Basin in Southport. He owned and captained several boats, but his favorite was “Capt. Dick” that was named after his father-in-law. Mr. Giles was preceded in death by his wife Peggy Arnold Giles and three brothers.

Survivors include one brother Marvin S. Giles of Detroit and one nephew Carroll “Buddy” Giles of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Funeral services will be 2pm Thursday, December 4, 2014 at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Old Smithville Burying Grounds.

The family will receive friends one hour prior, from 1-2pm at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

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Kathleen Marie Steele, 70 of Caswell Beach, passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014 in the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick.

Mrs. Steele was born January 14, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of the late John Kenneth and Antoinette Diemer. Kathy was a lifelong lover of people, pets, and a good laugh. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and teacher. After graduating from college in 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she began her teaching career in elementary education, and at her wedding in 1965, her first-grade class was in attendance. When Kathy’s first son was born in 1968, she set her teaching calling aside for her life’s most important work. She gave birth to three more children and settled in Syracuse, New York, which would be her family’s home for 25 years. In 1980 Kathy returned to teaching at Holy Cross School, her children’s school, where she taught for the next 17 years and in 1989 was awarded the St. John the Baptist De La Salle Award by the Diocese of Syracuse Catholic Schools, for outstanding teaching and “Extraordinary Commitment to the Ideals of Catholic Christian Education.” While at Holy Cross, Kathy and Scott welcomed Hoa Nguyen into the Steele family. In 1997, with her children through college, Kathy moved with her husband to Oak Island, North Carolina to begin the next chapter in her life. Over the next two decades, Kathy shared her love for life and gift of gab with her beloved island community of Caswell Dunes. It is said that Kathy has never met a stranger. She played bridge weekly, enjoyed entertaining her friends, volunteered at Southport/Oak Island Animal Rescue, substitute taught, published a children’s book titled The Legend of the Angel Wing Shell, and made a vacation paradise for her children and grandchildren.

Surviving is her husband of 49 years, K. Scott Steele; two sons John Scott Steele of Penn Yan, NY and William Kirk Steele and wife Carrie of San Antonio, TX; three daughters, Susan Elaine Leight and husband Andrew of Easton, MD, Kathleen Ann Kreutner and husband Erik of Charleston, SC, and Hoa Nguyen of Syracuse, NY; three brothers Jack Diemer and wife Shirley, Michael Diemer and wife Sharon, and Robbie Diemer; a sister Barbara Baldizar and husband Robert; and eleven grandchildren, William, Kaden, Chloe, Ansley, Tommy, Sophie, Anna Kate, Mary Clare, Owen, Adam, and Kayleigh. She also leaves behind her beloved dog Marley and joins her much-loved late daughter in law Valerie Spanneut Steele in everlasting peace.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, November 24, 2014 in the Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral Service Chapel with Lower Cape Fear Hospice Chaplin Reverend Mickie Norman officiating.

Her husband and children are especially grateful for the love and support of Kathy’s friends, family, and her many dedicated caregivers during her final months. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422.

Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

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Commander Robert M. Terry (Retired), age 85, of Caswell Beach passed away Monday, November 17, 2014 at Dosher Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Santa Ana, California on June 26, 1929, son of Charles E. Terry and Alice Terry Gunnison. Mr. Terry was a graduate of University of Colorado and was in the first Navy SEAL/UDT Team and remained in that service until his retirement in 1972.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marina W. Terry; four daughters, Lisa A. Terry (Rocky Wilson), Lynda B. Terry (Eugene Curry), Maureen Terry and Ellen M. Terry (Ben Sawyer) and five grandchildren.

A private service is planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

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Reverend PD Midgett, III age 91 of Southport passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

PD Midgett III, was born September 6, 1923 in Durham, to the late Peleg Dameron Midgett, Jr. and Thelma Edwards Midgett. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carol Wickham Midgett. Also surviving are two brothers, George (Loretta), Newton; Bernard (Bridget) of Belhaven and one sister, Martha Kelly, Richmond, VA. PD is survived by six children Peleg Dameron Midgett IV, Raymond NH; Steven Gilbert Midgett of Franklin; Frederic Bell Midgett of Raleigh; Patricia Elizabeth Midgett (Dan) of Greensboro; John Dameron Midgett (Laura) and Todd Cameron Midgett (Kristi) of Wilmington; seven grandchildren, Aaron (Kim) of Portland, OR; Jacob, Boulder, CO; Terra, Portland, OR; Lillian (Jenny) and Amelia, Greensboro; Thomas, Durham and Hadley, Wilmington. He is survived by one great grandchild, Wyatt, Portland, OR.

PD attended the Citadel before joining the Army where he played in the band and was a member of the gymnastics team. During WWII he served in the 3rd Infantry Division and was first ashore at Anzio, Italy. Following the war he received a degree in economics from Duke University where he was on the gymnastics team. PD returned to Engelhard, NC to learn his father’s business, Pamlico Power and Light Company. He worked there until 1956 when he was “called” to the ministry. He earned a Master of Divinity Degree at Duke Divinity School.

PD was a member of the North Carolina Annual Methodist Conference. He served United Methodist Churches in North Carolina, including Oxford Charge, Chapel Hill Charge, Creedmoor Charge, Four Oaks Charge, Ocean View United Methodist Church (Long Beach), Wallace United Methodist Church and Trinity United Methodist Church (Southport) until his retirement in1994. After a two-week retirement he became a part time associate at Wrightsville United Methodist Church where he served until his death. PD served on the Conference Board of Camping, Conference Board of Ministry among other roles.

PD was a true Renaissance man. He was an artist who preferred watercolor but experimented with other media. He was a photographer and videographer who documented much of Southport’s history and the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station which currently stands on the site of his grandfather’s birthplace.

PD played in several musical groups. Soul on the Water played for Cape Fear Contra Dance Society. He arranged the musical performers for the Farmer’s Market on the Garrison Lawn and many other events in Southport. He organized performances for the Great Bear Trio, Jeff Warner, The Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Family Band, and Mike and Ruthie. He enjoyed playing the harmonica from an early age often using it in his ministry. PD played many different musical instruments.

Community service was a hallmark of PD’s life. His leadership included serving as chair of the Brunswick Family Assistance Program, Duplin Art Guild, Artists of Southport, Food Pantry, and Southport Ministerial Association. He organized and led the Southport Music Jam for area musicians at the Senior Center. He recently received a key to the city of Southport to celebrate his service to others. In earlier years, he was a Boy Scout leader earning the Order of the Green Band and an active member of the Civil Air Patrol.

Visitation will be Friday, November 21, 2014 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport, NC from 6:00-8:00pm.

Services will be held at Wrightsville United Methodist Church at 11:00am Saturday, November 22, 2014; Interment at 3:00pm at Cape Fear Memorial Park in Southport.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to Wrightsville United Methodist Church, 4 Live Oak Drive, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480; Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 Nash Street, Southport, NC 28461, or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401; or Coastal Rehabilitation Center, NHRMC, 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

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Richard Edward Reiher, 75, of St. James passed away Monday, November 17, 2014 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

Mr. Reiher was born July 31, 1939, son of the late John T. Reiher, Sr. and Bertha Caha Reiher. He obtained his undergraduate BA and MBA in finance from Seaton Hall University. He was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard Reserve where he served on a Presidential Honor Guard under President Kennedy. He retired from MERCK and Company. Mr. Reiher was a founding member of St. James Fire Department and served as a Captain and a Certified First Responder.

Survivors include his wife Thea “Tedi” Reiher; a daughter Eileen Dimick and husband Kenneth of Pinehurst, Texas; a son Rich Reiher and wife Mary of Raleigh; a brother John T. Reiher, Jr. of Tampa, Florida; a sister Patricia Kiel and husband Al of Hatboro, Pennsylvania; and four grandchildren, Libby and Amelia Reiher and Kendall M. and Kegan R. Dimick.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 and from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, November 21, 2014 at Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service. The funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Reverend Doug Lawson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The National Kidney Foundation or The American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

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Dosha Elizabeth King age 71 of Bolivia, NC went home to be with the Lord on Saturday November 15, 2014 at the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick Bolivia.

She was born in Southport, NC on January 31, 1943 the daughter of the late, Wilbur Sellers and Naomi Sellers and was preceded in death by a son, Albert Franklin King also a brother, Horace Sellers.

Mrs. King was a member of Lighthouse Pentecostal Church. She was a Girl Scout Leader for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, Aunt and was affectionately   known as “mama” to many children. She will be greatly missed and will live on in the hearts that knew her.

Surviving are her loving family, her husband, Albert B. King married 45 years, of the home; a son, Benjamin Scott King and girlfriend, Jenny Evans of Bolivia; two daughters, Beth Ward and Husband, Barcie of Sunset Harbor, NC, and Patricia Lynn Gerald and husband, David of Whiteville, NC; a brother, James Sellers of Southport, NC; 8 grandchildren, Sarah, Frankie, Will, Ben, Catherine, Aaron, Justin and Brook; 2 great-grandchildren, Kenzie, Kayla; a host of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held 3:00 PM Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church Winnabow, NC by Pastor Charles Drew officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM Monday, November 17, 2014 at Peacock Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service Southport and other times at their residence.

On line condolences may be sent to www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

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Bonita Peeter Tuscany

Bonita Peeter Tuscany

BONITA BONNIE PEETERS TUSCANY

Bonita “Bonnie” Peeters Tuscany, age 67, passed away on Friday Nov. 14, 2014 with her son and second family by her side. She was born, Nov. 3, 1947, in Winooski, VT, the daughter of the late Robert and Elliot (Myers) Peeters. Bonnie worked as a school teacher for 39 years, with over 20 years in the Morristown, VT School District. Through her work she inspired more than 1,000 students. She retired in 2010 after providing years of encouragement and guidance to her students and their families. She was the UVM “teacher of the year” and always believed in treating students and school districts on a level playing field.

Bonnie had many passions, but golf was her ultimate. After retiring from teaching she moved to North Carolina to live on a golf course and golf everyday. Every where she went she made friends. She loved to travel and made every minute count. She was an incredible mother, sister, aunt, inspiring teacher and friend to thousands of people who were always excited to see her and her infectious smile. She made great efforts to always be present in everyone’s life and attend as many of her son’s Foundation fundraising events across the country. She was a friend to all.

She is survived by her son, Roy Tuscany and wife, Michelle of Truckee, CA;  her sister-in-law, Peggy Peeters of Colchester; nieces and nephews, Chrisanne Spence and her husband Chris, Rob Peeters and his wife Dawn, and Chad Peeters; her best-friend Abi Lane and fiancé David Savage and daughters Karlee and her husband Jake Culbertson and Gabrielle Fuller. Besides her parents, her brother Robert “Bob” Peeters preceded her in death. She also leaves behind the 39 years of students that she educated, many who called her, their favorite teacher.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, at 3 p.m. at the Magnolia Greens Golf Course in Leland, NC. In lieau of flowers, please make a contribution in Bonnie’s name to her son’s Foundation, High Fives, via www.highfivesfoundation.org or by mail, Po Box 3212 Truckee, CA 96160.

On line condolences may be sent to www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

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Charles E. Terhune passed away Wednesday, November 12, 2014 of natural causes in Southport, North Carolina where he had retired 22 years ago. Terhune was born November 9, 1930, in New Jersey the son of Charles “Chip” and Margaret Tracy Terhune, and was raised in New York City and Rifton, NY, a small town in the Hudson River Valley.   He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Forman Terhune, also of Southport, NC; three children: Dorothy ‘Dee’ Terhune, of Atlanta, GA.; Karen Terhune Lakis (Robert A. Lakis), of Southport, NC; Charles R. Terhune, (Jill Upham Terhune), of Mahopac, NY, and five grandchildren: Robbie Lakis of Perrysburg, OH; Daniel C. Lakis of Los Angeles, CA; D. Christie Lakis of Columbus OH; and Crystal Terhune e al Saraireh (Mo e al Saraireh), and Blaid Terhune, both of Mahopac, NY, two nephews ,and many friends.

Terhune was a longtime resident of Mahopac, NY, and familiar figure in the Putnam County political and civic landscape of the 1970’s, 80’s and early 90’s. Outspoken and dedicated to his community, Terhune was elected to three terms as Town of Carmel Councilman, and afterwards was appointed to the Carmel Architecture Review Board. As a sincere believer in the power of grassroots political action, Terhune served as Chairman of the Town of Carmel Democratic Committee for several years, and as a District Committeeman.   On the state level, then Governor Hugh Carey appointed Terhune to the Taconic State Parks Commission, the governing authority that monitors and maintains the natural and cultural attractions along that highway’s corridor, where he served for eight years.

Terhune was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Mahopac Falls for almost 30 years, as a Ruling Elder on the Board of Session and a member of the Stewardship Committee. He was also active in the Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department, holding the position of President. The department will honor his memory by displaying patriotic bunting and flying its flag at half-mast for 30 days. Terhune was proud of his seven years’ service in the U.S. Navy, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1954, and maintaining membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars until his death.

Following his military service, Terhune received a degree in mechanical engineering from The Pratt Institute of Technology in Brooklyn, NY, and began a 38-year career at IBM as a Senior Associate Engineer at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights.

In his retirement years in Southport, NC, Terhune pursued his passion for art, painting and carving many of the varied coastal sites and wildlife scenes of the Carolinas that were constant inspirations to him. His work received amateur recognition and it was displayed in several local galleries and shops. Terhune continued his involvement with civic activities, particularly as Vice President of “The 55 and over Club”, volunteer work with the Senior Center at Oak Island, bowling leagues, and his support of local community arts activities.

“Charlie” as he was called, was known for his sense of humor and strong opinions. He enjoyed travelling and was particularly moved by his trips to the beaches of Normandy, other European historic and artistic sites, as well as the natural splendor of the Caribbean and Alaska, and the significant personal connection he felt towards the heritage of Ireland and the UK.

The family will conduct a private commemorative ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Terhune’s name to the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, PO Box 10412, 204 Moore Street, Southport, NC 28461, attention Bob Springle, Administrator (southportfom@gmail.com).

Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com

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Janet Eyler, of Oak Island passed away November 8, 2014 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She was born December 24, 1941in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Harriet and Ted Wills,

She had a brother at age 3 and lost her dad at age 5. At age 9 her mother married Harry Eyler who had a son Glen. Harry adopted Janet and Charles thus her name changed to Janet Eyler.

Janet graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Denison University in Granville Ohio where she picked up the nickname Smiler. The name stuck with her as she always seemed to be smiling throughout her life. Even now some of her friends still refer to her as Smiler.

Janet made a career working as an editor with computer magazines until her health limited her to part time work the last few years before her retirement. Janet lived a very interesting life and moved to Long Beach in 1989 to be near the ocean. She was a sweet remarkable lady and will surely be missed by those who were fortunate enough to know her.

She will be leaving behind her brother Glen and friends all over the world.

In lieu of flowers please make a memorial donation to the Humane Society.

Services will be private.

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Eileen Schmucker Sunder

Eileen Schmucker Sunder

Eileen Schmucker Sunder of Southport passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014 in Mobile, Alabama.  She was born on July 25, 1925 in Jeannette, Pa, daughter of the late George and Harriet Schmucker.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Colonel Charles Henry Sunder and daughter Judy Sunder Shipp.

Eileen was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Southport, NC  where she was involved with the Ladies’Guild, and worked as an usher.  She graduated from Jeannette High School, where she was fondly known as “Link” – as in, the missing link of a chain; even then she was independent and feisty.  Throughout her married life, she visited many duty stations with Charles to include: Kentucky, Germany, Kansas, Virginia, Okinawa, West Point, and Southport.

In her community she was involved with the “Pink Ladies” of Dosher Hospital, the 4th of July Celebration, the Ocean Trails Nursing Home, and the King Mackeral Fishing Tournament.  As an administrative assistant, she worked for H&R Block, and the government.  Eileen was a true mother, and she took that job seriously.  Sometimes, with no concern for herself, she made sure her “girls” were happy and well.  She wanted them to be good wives and mothers, and she encouraged their career choices and talents while instilling the “I’ll do it my way” focus – always with humility and an endearing smile.  As an Army wife she was exemplary – she supported Charles, reached out to other spouses and friends, made the moves easy and positive experiences for the family, planned, scheduled, and accomplished military traditions and down home fun. She considered herself blessed, as were we.

She is survived by three daughters; Charleen Porter and her husband, Dean, of Wilmington, NC, Gail Sunder of Wilmington, NC, Sue Sunder of San Ramon, CA.; and son-in-law, Marshall Shipp, of Sugar Grove, NC.  Additional survivors are her grandchildren:  Christine Letsen Fealy, and husband Jason, of Mobile, AL, Carl Shipp, and wife, Amanda, of Stem, NC, and Hannah Shipp of Pensacola, FL.  Two great-grand children, Jackson Fealy and Sawyer Fealy, two step great-grand children, Isaac Newton and Morgan Newton.  She is also survived by a sister, Dorothy Jean Acklin, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation will be at 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Peacock-Newnam& White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, NC.

A memorial mass will be held at 12:00 noon, Friday,  November 14, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southport, NC with Reverend Trent Watts officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

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