Burnice Joseph "B.J." Causey Sr., 73, of Shallotte, died from lung cancer Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at the home he built on Village Point Road. He was born Oct. 2, 1940, in Little River, S.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eva Bennett Causey and Kermit Leo Causey, of Shallotte; father-in-law, Clyde Galloway of Bolivia; one brother, Douglas Leo Causey of Shallotte (surviving wife Marilyn Causey); and two sisters, Reba Causey Platt and Emma Neil Causey Hewett (surviving husband, James L. "Pee Wee" Hewett), of Florida; and one nephew, Justin Timothy Hughes of Ash.
"B.J." is survived by his wife of 49 years, Eloise Pierce Causey of Shallotte; son, Burnice Joseph "Joey" Causey Jr. and wife, Lisa Finley Causey, of Leland; daughter, April Joy Causey Trull and husband, Steven Mark Trull, of Bolivia; and four grandchildren, Nicholas Ian Causey, Carleigh Noelle Causey, Christopher Dale Evans and Patrick Vaile Evans; two brothers, Robert Frank Causey and wife, Lena Mae Causey and Willard Lonnie Causey and wife, Lula Mae Causey, all of Shallotte; and one sister, Verona Causey Hughes of Ash; mother-in-law, Aileen Evans Pierce Galloway; two brothers-in-law, Clyde Alan Galloway of Raleigh and Franklin Earl Galloway of Bolivia; nephews, Timothy Roy Hughes, Robert Eugene Causey, Kermit Alton "Buddy" Causey, Dexter Allen Hewett, Willard Lonnie Causey Jr.; and nieces, Sheila Renee Platt Summersgill, Dell Marie Causey Pittman, Diana Lynn Causey Carpenter, Eva Yvonne Causey King, Jamie Mae Hewett Ramsey, Pamela Dee Hewett and Amy Michele Hughes.
As a young boy, the fifth of seven children, he stitched soles in his father's various shoe shops in Anderson, S.C. and Shallotte. Like all his siblings, he walked to Jennies Branch Baptist Church led by his mother and was baptized at the Brick Landing Fish Camp. A welder and dredge boater for many years, "B.J." was licensed Nov. 29, 1972, by the U.S. Coast Guard to navigate vessels up to 15 tons and ferried crew constructing the second Cooper River Bridge in Charleston S.C. After years of drilling piling for beach cottages, he built one of the first portable toilet rental companies in Brunswick County. His humble spirit earned "B.J." the respect of neighbors and affection of friends from "hot dog" grills far and wide.
B.J. met his bride at the Shallotte Skating Rink, married her June 27, 1964, at Bethel Methodist Church in Bolivia and held her hand through sickness and in health, literally until death.
The family will celebrate "B.J.'s" life, by receiving friends from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at White Funeral Service, 3660 Express Drive in Shallotte.
The Rev. Anthony Clemmons of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Bolivia will officiate a private family burial service to honor God.
In lieu of flowers, consider donating to The Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter for the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick at 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 (www.lcfhfoundation.org.
You may offer online condolences at www.shallottefunerals.com.
White Funeral and Cremation Service, Shallotte.