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Clarence "Bud" Lloyd Gore

October 26, 1938 ~ August 15, 2022 (age 83)


Clarence Lloyd “Bud” Gore, age 83, passed away Monday, August 15 after a brief illness.  Lovingly known as “The Mayor of Smyrna”, he was born October 26, 1938 in Columbus County the son of the late Clarence Alpheus “Ad” Gore and Ada Mable Skipper Gore.  Bud was preceded in death by his loving wife of over 60 years Berneese McPherson Gore and two sisters:  Mary Kate Gore Hyatt and Eloise Gore Bass.

Bud was employed for over 40 years as a fuel delivery driver for T&T Oil Company which later became Campbell Oil Co.  He formed many friendships with his customers who he enjoyed reminiscing about.  He was also a farmer and loved animals.  Bud was very involved in politics at the local and state levels.  Whether it was a chicken bog or barbeque dinner, he was known for the many community gatherings he hosted at the BS Barn.  He honorably served his country in the North Carolina National Guard for over six years.  

A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2022, in the Smyrna Baptist Church Cemetery, with Pastor Dean Jackson officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening at Worthington Funeral Home in Chadbourn. 

Left to cherish his memory are nieces:  Stephania H. Cude of Concord, Jennifer H. Martin and husband Andy of Whiteville, Nancy B. Adams and husband Yewell of VA; nephews:  Stan G. Hyatt and wife Maria of Whiteville, Tracy P Bass, Jr of Chadbourn, great nephews and nieces: Lynley Harris (Kasey) of Landis, Stephen Cude of Charlotte, Joshua David of Wilmington, Allison Martin of Whiteville, Tyler Hyatt of Whiteville and Jake Hyatt of Wilmington; great-great nephew Hudson and his loyal companion, his dog Blue. 

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to:  Smyrna Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 4934 Peacock Road, Whiteville, NC  28472.

The family would like to thank Liberty Hospice, Cortney Jones, PA-C and staff at Goshen Medical, and also the staff of Columbus Regional Healthcare for their excellent care and compassion for Bud.  


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August 17, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Worthington Funeral Home
405 E. Strawberry Blvd
Chadbourn, NC 28431

Graveside Service
August 18, 2022

11:00 AM
Smyrna Baptist Church Cemetery
5298 Smyrna Rd
Whiteville, NC 28472

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