MAXTON — Donald Lee “Bubba” Fleming, age 74, of Maxton, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 9, 2021, while surrounded by family. He was born Sept. 9, 1946, in Kittrell, to the late John and Mary Fleming, where he learned his love of farming alongside his large, close-knit family.

Bubba moved to Maxton in 1967 with his new bride, where they made their home and raised a family, but could often be found visiting with their family in Henderson.

Bubba received his nickname during his 21 years of service in the N.C. National Guard. His time in Maxton is highlighted by his career at Campbell Soup, where colleagues became like family. Those local to Maxton were not surprised to see Bubba working in his yard as they drove past his house, as he made sure a pine cone never stayed on the ground for very long. Following a Stage 4 throat cancer diagnosis and recovery in 2002, Bubba strengthened his relationship with the Lord and spent much of his time sharing his testimony in Bible studies and men’s groups in the region. Bubba was a good friend to so many people from all walks of life.

Bubba is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Linda Bowen Fleming; his son, Mark Fleming and wife Stacy; granddaughters, Hannah and Victoria Fleming of Wake Forest; brothers, Garland (Connie) Fleming of Newark, Ohio, Charles (Sandy) Fleming of Cokesbury, Danny (Shelia) Fleming of Kittrell, and Pete (Sheila) Fleming of Paxico, Kansas; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Patsy and Chuck Havlick.

The family extends great love and gratitude to niece Joan Roberts for her caregiving and support in Bubba’s last days with us.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bubba’s memory to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 106 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Maxton, NC 28364, or the American Cancer Society Scotland County Relay for Life, 2202 Wrightsville Ave., Wilmington, NC 28403

A Celebration of Life for Bubba will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by Sossamon Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.sossamon