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By Charlotte Smith

The Tar Heel community along with others in Bladen County are mourning after the announcement was made of their beloved Mayor, Mr. Roy Max Dew, passing away. Mr. Dew was recently re-elected as Mayor of Tar Heel and served his community as mayor for six years.

He was 79 years old and passed away on Sunday, December 22nd.

“Mr. Roy always had a smile and a kind word,” Ms. Genia Hester stated.

Ms. Yeseree Robinson, owner of a local business in Tar Heel stated, “Since opening the market, Roy has always been extremely supportive of Tar Heel Fish House, stopping by occasionally on his golf cart to check on us and cheer us on. I was unaware if Roy was suffering from any health conditions, learning of his sudden passing today is a great shock for myself and the rest of our community. Roys presence will be greatly missed.”

Lyn Autry who worked with Mr. Dew for many years said, “He was a fine person with a great family.”

Mr. Dew leaves behind his wife of many years, Barbara B. Dew; son, Steven Dew and his wife Tabitha of Tar Heel; daughter, Juanita Edelman and her husband Mark of Fayetteville; brother, Eddie Dew and wife Brenda of N. Wilkesboro; sister, Rachel Freeman and her husband Sammy of Live Oak; two grandchildren: Jayden Dew and Abigail Dew; three step-grandchildren: David Edelman, Jena Taft, Justin Edelman; three great-grandchildren and one great, great-grandchild, according to his obituary.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 26th at 11am at Colly Chapel Church in Harrells with Rev. Jim Woodruff and Rev. Tom Thomas officiating the service. The family will receive friends after service in the church fellowship hall. Burial will follow services in the church cemetery.

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