Earl F. Hadden

July 4, 1920 - April 17, 2014
Earl F. Hadden


Earl French Hadden of Wilmington died April 17, 2014 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.

He was born July 4, 1920, in Princeton, WV, the son of Harry C. Hadden and Edna Lipps Hadden.

Earl was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Ratliff Hadden, and daughter Margaret Ann Hadden.

He is survived by wife Bette Brewbaker Hadden of the home, and by son Earl French Hadden II and wife Frances, of Durham, daughter Patricia Gunter and husband John, of Durham, daughter Katherine Hadden, of Norcross, GA, and daughter Sally Hadden and husband Robert Berkhofer, of Kalamazoo, MI.  Also surviving are grandchildren Elizabeth Losey, Durham, Amanda Garland, Santa Rosa, CA, David Gunter, Alexandria, VA, Christopher Gunter, Rochester, NY, and Andrew Gunter, St. Louis, MO; and seven great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his much loved and loving step-family:  son Douglas Brewbaker and wife Margaret, New Bern, son Stephen Brewbaker and wife Freda, Wilmington, and daughter Nancy Brewbaker Stanton, Garner.  Also surviving are grandchildren Edna Brewbaker Franko, Hayth Brewbaker, Amy Brewbaker, Carey Brewbaker, Laura Stanton Daniels, Cameron Stanton, and three great-grandchildren.

Following World War II, Earl managed a family retail business in Princeton for several years.  He moved to Charlotte, where he was a buyer of men’s apparel for Belk and Leggett stores.  In 1970, Earl moved to Wilmington as an Account Executive for France Neckwear/Pacesetter Industries, retiring from this work in 1982.

Earl was an avid golfer, and had memberships in Pine Valley Golf and Country Club, Olde Point Golf and Country Club, and Linville Land Harbor Golf Club.  He was a member of Coastal Seniors Golf Club, and was one of the organizers of the Bogies Plus Senior Men’s Golf Association.  He was also a member of the Mixed Nuts Bowling League.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Good Shepherd Center, 811 Martin Street, Wilmington, NC 28401; or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC, 28401.

Arrangements are to be announced at a later date.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • April 21, 2014
    Betsy Gunter Johnson says:
    It was always a treat to see Earl. He had a wonderful laugh and smile. I'll miss him!

  • April 21, 2014
    Mike Kessinger says:
    To: Earl Hadden, II & Family Earl, my condolences to you and your family for the loss of your father. Mike Kessinger

  • April 21, 2014
    Dave & Marie Paterson says:
    It was a pleasure knowing Earl, we had a lot of fun bowling with him, with the mixed nuts & my husband enjoy playing golf with him in bogies.