GODWIN — Blackmon E. Tew, Bunky as everyone knew him, of 3148 Hayesmill Road, passed away on Friday, Dec.6, 2019, at the home of his oldest daughter, Ann. He was a native of Sampson County. He was born on Aug. 21, 1938, to the late Lonnie E. Tew and Mary Elizabeth “Mae” Seals Tew. Besides his parents, he was also proceeded in death by his wife of almost 52 years, Doris L. Phillips Tew; one infant daughter, Melinda Kaye Tew; one granddaughter, Courtney M. Tingen; four infant brothers; and one infant sister.
He is survived by four children, Kenneth B. Tew of Godwin, Doris “Ann” Tingen (William Tony) of Stedman, Michael A. Tew of Autryville and Lisa K. Paris (Thomas) of Cameron; six wonderful grandchildren, Charlie “Allen” Bass (Amber), Chantel L. Paris (Travis Hollowell), Justin O. Paris, Mercedes D. Labbe, Martha Elizabeth ”Beth” Evans (Brandon) and Brittany D. Dixon; four great-grandchildren, Weldon A. Bass, Marceline M. Hollowell, Dixie M. Tart and LeAnn N. Evans; some wonderful special neighbors that he loved as family not just neighbors, Barbara Jackson, her daughter Samantha Brown and Samantha’s three sons, Xavior Brown, Aiden Brown and Derrance Nash; and one older brother, Renzie Crumpler of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Bunky worked at Tart Salvage Yard in Dunn for over 35 years. He also drove trucks before and during his years at Tart Salvage. Most the time when you saw him he would be wearing one of his red shirts with his name tag on it and a pair of blue work pants. He loved gardening and staying busy. He made sure every year that he planted enough food not only for his family to eat, but also for everyone he knew to eat. If he had any spare time you could find him in a boat somewhere fishing. He loved fishing. He loved talking about it also. That was one of the hardest things he had to give up because of his health a few years ago. He loved eating breakfast at the Triangle Waffle House in Dunn. The ladies who work there not only knew him but knew what he always ordered. His favorite joy in life were his kids, grandkids and his great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Cromartie-Miller Funeral Home on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, from 4 until 6 p.m. and other times at the home of his oldest daughter, Ann, 5029 Sandmine Drive, Stedman.
The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in the Oak Ridge Church, 5648 Eason Road, Wade, with Pastor Eddie Hatcher and Pastor Michael Couillard officiating the service. There will not be a graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to help cover the cost of the funeral.
All arrangements are entrusted to Cromartie-Miller Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cromartiemiller.com.