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Week of October 29, 2014


Reggie Arant Buck, 89, of Grantsboro passed away Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. She was a member of Faith Free Will Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Milon Buck of Grantsboro. Her memorial service was held Tuesday, October 28 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dwayne Boyd officiating. The family received friends prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105. Online condolences to the family may be made at


Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.



Amy Sue Gwaltney Hope, 75, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 14, in the home of her son in Knoxville, Illinois.  She was born to Annis Lupton and William Edgar Gwaltney, Jr. on September 22, 1939 in New Bern, NC. She is survived by her only son William Martin Hope, Jr., his wife Tina Archer Hope, and her two grandchildren Martin Emanuel (17) and Kayla Marina (14) of Knoxville, Illinois.  She also leaves behind her two sisters Mildred Gwaltney Harrison of New Bern, NC and Betty Jo Gwaltney Rodgers of Oriental, NC and a very special cousin, Betty Lou Burnett of New Bern, NC. Amy Sue graduated from New Bern High School in 1957 and then attended East Carolina College where she earned a BS degree in Science.  She taught school in Dobson, NC and then went to Georgia where she met and married William Martin Hope.  Amy Sue received her MS degree in Athens, Georgia and then came to live in Rock Hill, SC in 1970 where she taught chemistry at North Western HS and at West Charlotte in NC for 25 years.  Amy attended Oakland Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Historic Brattonsville Society and the Rock Hill Woman’s Club.  She also volunteered with Hope House.  She loved to visit Pamlico and Oriental as often as she could and enjoyed the re-enactments at Brattonsville, studying history, teaching science, crewing and sailing, and spending time with friends and family.  Amy Sue will be remembered as a charming and generous lady, loving mother, loyal sister and cousin, proud grandmother, dedicated teacher and dear friend to so many. A Memorial service is planned for late December at Oakland Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, SC.  To leave online condolences or questions, share special memories and/or to be informed of the date and time of service, please contact . (Paid obituary)


Betty Simpson Stone, 96, of Grantsboro passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. She was a member of Oriental First Baptist Church and the Oriental Womans Club. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Valassis and husband, John, of Oriental; her sister, Alice Hattley of Arizona; and one granddaughter, Zoi Valassis. Her memorial service will be held 11am on November 14, 2014 at Oriental First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Harper officiating.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church. Online condolences to the family may be made at


Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.