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Scott, Mr. Donald Hugh

B. 1961; D. 1996

Services: Cedar Grove Baptist Church

Interment: Pleasant View Church Cemetery



Scott, Mrs. Retha Lowry

B.  August 5, 1918; D. 1980

Services: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, Rowland, NC

Interment: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery


She is survived by 6 children:  Arnold Scott of Rowland, NC, James Allen (Bud) Scott of Greensboro, NC, Billy Ray Scott of Fairmont, NC, Hubert Ray Scott of Fairmont, NC, Virginia Scott Lowry of Rowland, NC, Carolyn Scott Russ of Fork, SC.  She left two sisters:  Mrs. Stanley Cummings of  Pembroke, NC and Mrs. Oscar Rogers of Rowland, NC.  God blessed her with 9 grandchildren.


Sheppard, Mrs. Sarah Ruth, age 81

B. February 12, 1917 ; D. October 14, 1998

Services: Harper’s Ferry Baptist Church

Interment: Harper’s Ferry Baptist Church Cemetery


She was preceded in death by her son, Earl G. Sheppard and grandsons, Kip and Stephen Sheppard.  She was a resident of  Wesley Pines Retirement Home in Lumberton, NC from August 1990 until October 11, 1998.   Mrs. Sheppard is survived by her husband, Earl R. Sheppard of the home; two sons, Duel G. Sheppard and Phillip R. Sheppard of Rowland, NC; six sisters, Vada  Miller and Eva Canady of Yeadon, Pa; Geneva Miller of Voorhees, N.J.; Lois Locklear of Springfield, Pa; Doris Hill of Shelbyville, Tenn., and Louise D’Antonio of Media, Pa; five brothers, Edison Ransom and M.C. Ransom of Pembroke, NC; Marley Ransom of Rowland, NC; David Ransom of Bethesda, Md.; John Ransom of Lumberton, NC, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of relatives and friends.



Smith Jr., Henry Wellington

Service:  First United Methodist Church Pembroke, NC Nov. 7, 1993

Interment:  The Garden of Faith Cemetery in Lumberton, NC beside his wife, Juanita at a time in the near future when the family can gather.


The family thanks you for your attendance and participation in this service celebrating the life of Henry Smith.


Smith, Mrs. J.W. Smith (Lela L.), age 85

 D. 1979

Services: First United Methodist  Church Pembroke, NC

Interment: Ten Mile Center Church Cemetery


She is survived by: three daughters:  Mrs. David Ransom (Annie Vic), Bethesda, MD; Mrs. Delton Lowry (Shirley), Pembroke, NC; Mrs. Frank Epps (Grace S.), Lumberton, NC; three sons:  Roger M. Smith, Millis, Ma; Joseph W. Smith, Cary, NC; Henry W. Smith of Pembroke, NC; two sisters:  Mrs. Zadie Hunt and Mrs. Vernon free, reside in the Deep Branch area; 20 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; a host of relatives and friends.


Spaulding, Mrs. Floella Malone

B. June 24, 1924; D. June 7, 1984

Services: Ashpole Center United Methodist Church

Interment: Pleasant Grove Unite Methodist Church Cemetery


She is survived by her husband, Mr. George William Spaulding; her daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Margaret Smith, and Mrs. Shelia Rogers; her two departed children, Miss. Georgia Margaret Spaulding, and Mr. William Lloyd Spaulding; her four grandchildren Miss. Norma Yvonneda Smith, Miss. Romona Lynn Smith, Mr. Michael Rogers, and Mr. Matthew Lee Rogers; her two brothers, Mr. Carrie O. Malone, and Mr. Roy Ray Malong; her sisters, Mrs. Willie Mae Williams, and Mrs. Jessie Margaret Rogers; and a host of relatives and friends.


Spaulding, SP/5 William Lloyd

B. March 29, 1947 ; D. June 6, 1970

Services: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church

Interment: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery


He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Spaulding; two sisters:  Mrs.  Norman Smith, Lumberton, NC, Miss Sheila Spaulding of the home and by his paternal grandfather, Mr. T.F. Spaulding of Lumberton, NC.


Steen, Mrs. Edith Strickland, age 72

B. ; D. October 22, 1994

Services: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church

Interment: Church Cemetery


She is survived by her husband, Mr. Ellard Steen; six sons:  Mr. Vernon Steen of Maxton, NC, Mr. Joseph Steen and Mr. Ellard Steen Jr., both of Rowland, NC, Mr. Hugh Steen, and Mr. Randle Steen, both of Pembroke, NC, Mr. Larry Steen of Big Spring, Texas; six daughters:  Ms. Gloria Locklear of Maxton, NC, Ms. Daphne Moser, Ms Tela Brooks, and Ms. Pennie Steen, all of Rowland, NC, Ms. Sue Dimery of Pembroke, and Ms. Mary P. Vargas of Taunton, Mass.  Also four brothers:  Mr. Nathan Strickland, Mr. Reggle Strickland, Mr. Kenny R. Strickland, and Mr. Homer Strickland; six sisters: Ms. Annie Brayboy, Ms. Berlene Clark, Ms. Alma R. Bell, Ms. Lillie Kalie, Ms. Dattie Locklear, and Ms. Mary H. Royal; thirty-eight grandchildren, twenty-three great grandchildren, and a host of family and friends.  She was preceded in death by a daughter: Carylon Steen; her parents Mr. McKinley and Viletter Strickland; and two brothers:  Mr. William M. Strickland and Clinton Paul Strickland.


Strickland, Mr. John “Beadie”

B. 1909; D. 1993

Services: Baker’s Chapel Baptist Church

Interment: Baker’s Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery


Strickland, Mrs. Brouer L., age 73 of Route 1, Rowland, NC

B. May 30, 1915; D. April 9, 1989

Services: New Prospect Church

Interment: Church Cemetery


She is survived by her husband, Mr. Silas Strickland, four sons, Mr. Alex Strickland of Pembroke, NC; Mr. Silas Strickland Jr., Mr. Harry D. Strickland and Rev. Jimmy Strickland all of Rowland, NC.  Six daughters, Mrs. Helen Brayboy, Mrs. Shelby Deese, Mrs. Mildred Steen, Mrs. Catherlina Locklear, Mrs. Roanna Bullard and Mrs. Diane Locklear, all of Rowland, NC.  Two brothers, Mr. Sam Locklear of Red Springs and Mr. Watson Locklear of Maxton, NC.  She also leaves to cherish her memory 27  grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.


Strickland, Mrs. Regina Locklear, age 56 of Ruby Road, Rowland, NC

B. September 17, 1943 ; D. March 29, 2000

Services: Faith Baptist Church

Interment: Faith Baptist Church Cemetery


She was the daughter of the late Mr. Dannie and Mrs. Nancy Locklear.  Mrs. Strickland is survived by her husband, Mr. Romuel Strickland of the home, two sons and daughters-in-laws;  Romuel Jr. (Danielle) of Pembroke and Ronald Gregory (Patricia) of Rowland, NC.  Four daughters and two sons-in-law; Mrs. Betty J. Dial (Teddy) and Ms. Anita Berry of Pembroke, Ms. Lisa Berry of Petersburg, Va. and Mrs. Rose Hunt (Billy) of Rowland, NC.  Seven sisters, Mrs. Mary Alice Wilkins of Lumberton, NC, Mrs. Pearline Stanton of Ben Hur, Va., Mrs. Helen Campbell of Callao, Va., Mrs. Judy Lockear of Maxton NC, Mrs. Peggy Locklear, Mrs. Nancy Jacobs and Mrs. Pamela Emmanuel all of Rowland.  Four brothers, Mr. Willie D. Locklear of Pembroke, NC, Mr. Donald Locklear of Martinsville, Va. Mr. Jerry Locklear and Mr. Carl Locklear both of Rowland, NC.  Sixteen grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.


Strickland, Mr. William Molon (Bib Mo), age 67

  1. January 13, 1926; D.  May 1,1993

Services:  Purnell Swett High School

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens


He was the son of the late McKinley and Viletter Strickland.  Surviving him are his wife of 44 years, Mrs. Ruth Roberts Strickland, his children:  Janice Bochichio, William M. Strickland, Fr., Kim Chavis, all of the Red Banks Community, NC; Ronnie Strickland of Rowland, NC, Carolyn Hunt, Sara Locklear of Pembroke, NC;  Alesia Strickland of Maxton, NC and Karen Vogel of Virginia Beach, Va., four brothers:  Reginald, Nathan, Kenny Ray and Homer; 7 sisters:  Ms. Edith Steen, Ms. Annie Ruth Brayboy, Ms. Alma Rose Bell, Ms. Berlene Clark, Ms. Lily Jane Kalie, Ms. Dottie Locklear, and Ms. Mary Helen Royal.  He is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and man relatives, friends and loved ones.  “Mo” was preceeded in death by a brother: Paul Strickland (“Cookie”) and a sister: Ms. Perlene Strickland.


Summers, Mrs. Betty Lou, age 50 years, 11 months, 6 days

B. June 17, 1943; D. May 23, 1994

Serivces: Trinity Wesleyan Church, 6735 Cetronia Road, Allentown, Pa.



Betty Lou was the daughter of the late Frank Yearicks and Lula Lowry Yearicks. She leaves her sister Pat and her mother Mrs. Lula Lowry(daughter of Mr. Abner Lowry and Mrs. Rosa Bell Lowry of the Hopewell Community, Rowland, NC.). 



Swet,  Mr. Frank

B. January 8, 1851 in SC; D. June 2, 1924 in NC

Interment: Hickory Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Rowland, NC


He was married to the late Maggie Owen Swet who died March 17, 1921 in NC.

At the time of the 1900 census they had the following children: Eli born 1875, Malinda born 1878, John born 1881, Martha born 1883, Lucinda born 1886, Rufus born 1899, Leonard born 1892, Tom born April 1898


Swet, Mrs. Maggie

B. April 11, 1849 in SC; D. March 17, 1921 in NC

Interment: Hickory Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Rowland, NC


She is survived by her husband, Mr. Frank Swet.


Swet, Mrs. Mattie Hunt

B. May 18, 1899; D. January 17, 1935

Interment: Hickory Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Rowland, NC


Mrs. Mattie Hunt Swet was the wife of Elder R.F. (Rufus).


Swet,  Mr. Norman

B. May 22, 1916; D. July 9, 1933

Interment: Hickory Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Rowland, NC


Norman was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Swet.


Swet,  Elder R.F. (Rufus) Swet

B. June 7, 1889 in SC; D. January 20, 1970

Interment: Hickory Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Rowland, NC


He was the husband of the late Mrs. Mattie Hunt Swet.


Swett, Lt. James F. Swett---IN MEMORY OF James Swett


This article was written after the death of James Swett by Hubert Prevatte and appeared in the Robesonian:


Pembroke-Rev. and Mrs. T.M. Swett were recently advised by military authorities of the death of their son, 1st Lieutenant James F. Swett on Nov. 8, 1942, while in line of duty with the United States Army Ferrying command.


Lieut. Swett’s life can be looked upon with praise and honor to himself, his family, the Indian race and his country, for his accomplishments have been many and outstanding.


After finishing high school with honors as valedictorian of his class, he attended his native Pembroke State College.  His scholastic attainments won for him later a scholarship at the University of Virginia, where he graduated in June 1940, securing his B.S. degree, along with such notable colleagues as Franklin D. Roosevelt and others.


After taking up educational work as teacher of math and French at the Pembroke High School, he decided that his services would be more useful to the U.S. Army Air Corps and enlisted as a flying cadet March 16, 1941.


James advanced rapidly and with special mention by his superior officers through the varied training assignments until he had reached the rating of 1st Lieutenant and was soon to have been made a captain.


As a boy James seized every available opportunity to make good, and as a man, he did make good for he paid the supreme sacrifice:  that of giving his life in order that we, his comrades, and our children after us, the American people, might have lasting peace, freedom and life.


The loss of this promising young man has been felt much by all who knew him and of course most by his immediate family.  We, the community at large, extend to his folks, his wife, father, and especially his mother, our most tender sympathy.



Swett, Rev.  Percell “Bossie”, age 91 of Apt. 22, 209 Ruth Dial St., Pembroke, NC

B.August 23, 1907 in Robeson, County, NC ; D. 1999

Services:  Elrod Baptist Church

Interment: Elrod Baptist Church Cemetery


He was born to the late Eli and Mary Jane Hunt Swett.  His wife, Ruthie Hunt and a son, Vardell Swett preceded him in death.  Rev. Swett is survived by seven sons, Marvell
Swett of Creswell, NC, Wilmer Swett of Radford, Va., Lathen Swett of Greensboro, NC, Bobby Swett of Charlotte, NC, Willie Swett of Cheraw, SC, William Swett of Fairmont, NC and Percell Swett, Jr., of Concord, NC; three daughters, Mary Gerlach and Ellen Locklear both of Concord, NC, and Stella Swett of the home; a special daughter-in-law, Ramona Swett of Pembroke, NC; one brother, James “Buddy” Swett of Fairmont, NC, one sister, Beaulah King of Philadelphia, Pa., 38 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.


Swett, Mr. R.C., age 68

B.August 19, 1922 ; D. April 29, 1991

Services: New Bethel Methodist Church, Iona Church Road, Rowland, NC

Interment: Church Cemetery


He was the son of the late Mary Jane and Eli Swett.  Mr. Swett served in World War II and was and active member of New Bethel Methodist Church.  His survivors are:  His wife, Mary R. Swett; eight children: Twila K. Swett of the home, Anthony Swett of Lumberton, NC, Wayne Swett of Rowland, NC, Octavial Copeland of Forest Parks, Ga., Wanda Martin of Gastonia, NC, Thea Locklear of Pendleton, SC, Vivian Chavis of Lumberton, NC, and Audrey Hunt of Gastonia, NC, ; three sisters, Opal Lewis of Rowland, NC, Beulah King of Philadelphia and Fannie Mitchell of Rowland; two brothers: Rev. Percell (Bossy) Swett of Lumberton, NC; seven grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.


Swett, Rev. Thomas Mack

B. April 25, 1898; D. January 27, 1985 from injuries sustained in an automobile after preaching

Services: West Robeson Senior High School, Pembroke, NC

Interment:Bear Swamp Baptist Church Cemetery


He was the son of Maggie Owens and Frank Swett and was born in McCall’s Bridge, SC and had been the only surviving child of their eleven children.  Rev. Swett’s early life focused on home , family, church and community.  After he professed his faith in Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour at New Bethel Holiness Methodist Church at twenty he decided to live his life preaching, teaching, counseling and consoling  others.  His father had served as a Deacon of Little Zion Church and his mother had been an active member of the church and that is how he got his training for his life’s work.


Rev. Swett married the late Bertha Strickland of the Rowland, NC Community on August 10, 1916.  They had six sons and two daughters.  Lt. James Swett, the eldest, was killed in action while serving in World War II, and a daughter, Vergie, died in infancy.    The following children survive him:  Furman Swett of Durham, NC, is retired after having been employed with General Telephone and Western Electric Corporation as an Electrical engineer; Rev. Vardell Swett a minister, Purnell Swett,  school superintendent, Ms. Dorothy S. Blakely of St. Peters, Missouri, educator, Tommy D. Swett, Director of Special Services at Pembroke State University, and Rev. Bruce Swett, pastor.         

In 1968 Rev. Swett married Cladie B. Oxendine and surviving step-children include Delane Hunt of Fairmont and Montie Oxendine.  Other survivors include twenty-three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


The following family members are buried in Hickory Grove Baptist Church Cemetery

In Rowland, North Carolina:

Parents:  Frank Swet B. Janurary 8, 1851 in S.C.; D. June 2, 1924 in N.C.

               Maggie Swet B. April 11, 1849 in S.C.; D. March 17, 1921 in N.C.


Norman Swett:  Son of Rufus (who was a brother to Rev. Thomas Swett) and Mattie Swett.  Norman Swett: B. May 22, 1916 .; D. July 9, 1933 in N.C.


Mattie Hunt Swett, wife of Rufus Swett:  B. May 18, 1899; D. January 17, 1935


Elder Rufus F. Swett (brother of Rev. Thomas Swett) B. June 7, 1889; D. January 20, 1970


Swett, Mr. Tommy Dorsey Swett, age 70 of 3165 Wellington Rd., died Monday May 18, 2009 at Southeastern Hospice House.

B. February 28, 1939; D. May 18, 2009

Services:  Newgate Community Church, Lumberton, NC

Interment: Gardens of Faith Mausoleum


He was born in Robeson County, NC to the Rev. Tommy Swett and Bertha Strickland Swett and was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James Swett.


He is survived by his wife, Shirley P. Swett of the home; a daughter, Kim Locklear and husband Lindsey, three sons, Brent Swett and wife Jennifer, Aubrey Swett and wife

Betty,  Dwight Swett  and wife Elaine.  Also, Kathy Penick and her husband David, Bobby Britt, Gina Bass and her husband Barnett, Phillip Britt and his wife Laura.  Tommy is also survived by a sister, Dorothy and her husband Roy, four brothers, Furman Swett and wife Gladys, Bruce Swett and wife Peggy, Vardell Swett and Purnell. Swett.  He was affectionately known as “Pa” to his grandchildren.                                         




Thompson, Mrs. Lydia L. Thompson

B. 1896 in Robeson County, NC; D. 1974

Services: First United Methodist Church, Pembroke, NC

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens


Mrs. Thompson  is survived by two sons: Vernon  Ray Thompson and George Blake Thompson, both of Pembroke, NC; one daughter: Mrs. Julian P. Martin of Southgate, Michigan; by two brothers: Dewey Locklear of Pembroke, NC, and Mahoney Locklear of Raeford, NC; by five sisters; Mrs. Zetta Lloyd, Mrs. Sanford Sampson, Mrs. Dessie Locklear, all of Pembroke, NC; Mrs. Jesse Berkheimer of Franklinville, New Jersey; Mrs. Margaret Rogers of Philadelphia, Pa.; and nine grandchildren.


Tolley, Mr. George James, age 65

B. January 22, 1918 ; D. November 26, 1983

Services: Locklear and Son Funeral Chapel

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens


He is survived by his wife; Mrs. Doris tolley of Route 8, Greenview Acres Lumberton, NC, one daughter; Miss Patricia Tolley of Hartford, Conn., his mother; Mrs. Emily Shea Tolley of Hartford, Conn., two grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.


Waltman, Mr. Wallace, age 25 of Rt. 2, Box 110, Pembroke, NC

D. June 15, 1989

Services: Prospect United Methodist Church

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens


He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Belinda Sampson Waltman, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley waltman, three brothers, Katen Waltman, Pembroke, NC, Eugene Waltman, and Delton Waltman, of Maxton, NC.  Two sisters, Connie Waltman Maxton, and Rosetta Waltman, of Whiteville, NC and a host of other relatives and friends.


White, Janice Faye Kline, age 58 of 576 McMillian Road, Pembroke, NC

B. ; D. August 7,  1999

Services:Pleasant Grove United Methodist Chruch



Mrs. White is survived by her husband, Clifford White of the home; two sons, Joseph White of Lumberton, NC, Jeffrey White of Pembroke, NC; one daughter, Cynthia White of Pembroke, NC; her mother, Stella Kline of Rowland, NC; a brother, William Kline of Maxton, NC; four sisters, Wanda Kline of Rowland, NC, Sandra Cooper of Pembroke, NC, Janet Dodd of Georgia and Juanita Hanna of Red Springs; six grandchildren.




Woodell, Mr. Braddy B., age 92 of 506 Russell Street Pembroke, NC

  1. January 24, 1901 D.  February 4, 1993

Services:  Pembroke Gospel Hall

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens


Mr. Woodell is survived by his wife:  Mrs. Myrtle L. Woodell.  One son:  Mr. James Ray Hunt of Lumberton, NC.  Four daughters:  Dr. Zoe Ann Locklear of Pembroke, Mrs. Lisa Chavis of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Florita Lowry of Chicago, IL, and Mrs. Miranda Harris of Maxton, NC.  Three step-daughters;  Mrs. Paulette Love,  Mrs. Coleen Brooks both of Pembroke, NC and Mrs. Jennifer Stubbs of Lumberton, NC.  Fifteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.


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