• 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 11:11 pm Applications for Boost the Boro Scholarship Announced
  • 11:08 pm Former Poet Laureate of North Carolina to Speak at BCC
  • 11:02 pm This Day in History – March 23
  • 5:28 pm Celebrating Ms. Shelby Patrick and Ms. Berline Graham
  • 5:11 pm Special election estimated to cost Bladen County tens of thousands

Mr. James Ara Smith, 62, of 527 Frank Melvin Rd., Elizabethtown, NC; died Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Raleigh Duke Hospital, Raleigh, NC


Survivors: Wife- Lonice Smith of the home, 2 sons-Barry Smith of Bladenboro, NC, Randy Smith of Abbottsburg, NC, 1 daughter- Santana Smith of the home, 4 sisters- Sally Sinkler of Elizabethtown, NC, Diann Smith of Elizabethtown, NC, Lena Mae Adams of Seattle, WA, Lessie Melvin of Seattle, WA, 3 brothers- Robert Lee Smith of Elizabethtown, NC, Carl Smith of Seattle, WA, Mike Smith of Elizabethtown, NC; 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Funeral: Friday, January 11, 2019, at 11 a.m., Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church, 4047 NC HWY 242 S., Elizabethtown, NC; eulogy by Rev. Dr. Louie Boykins.

Burial: Baldwin Branch Church cemetery.

Viewing: Thursday, January 10, 2019, from 3-7 p.m., at Johnson’s Funeral Service, Elizabethtown, NC.

Visitation: Family will receive friends at the home.