Needham Jeremiah Causey
August 1, 1904 - November 1, 1970

From Loris Centennial 1887 - 1987 Souvenir Book

Needham Jeremiah Causey was born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on August 1, 1904 and died November 1, 1970.

He was married to Ethel Strickland of Tabor City, NC, daughter of Helon Mishoe Strickland and Everette V. Strickland.

Of this union, five daughters were born: Catherine Helen (now deceased), Sibyl Maxine, Marcie Wanda, Betty Joe and Ethel Glenda.

In the spring of 1934, Mr. Causey opened Robert's Clothing Company in Loris in partnership with W.B. Roberts of Tabor City. He acquired full ownership of the store but operated under the same name until 1958, when he opened stores in Fair Bluff, Tabor City and Whiteville and named the business Causey's Department Store.

Numerous people worked in the store over the years, among them (which we remember) Alton Parker, Mrs. Eva Mae Fennell, Bobby Cox, Donald Hardee, Iris Hardee, Shep Rogers and Sallie Stanley. Wanda Causey Umlauf was a merchandise buyer of Ladies Fashions for a few years after she finished college. Wilson Goff was assistant manager and Betty Jo Goff was also a buyer and bookkeeper.

A stroke incapacitated Mr. Causey for a time in 1954, but he rallied and continued in business until 1968 when he closed Causey's Department Store.

He was president of Loris Manufacturing Co. during its operation in Loris.

A charter member of the Loris Civitan Club, he was recognized by Civitan International in 1965 for 25 years of active service and membership.

Mr. Causey was a member of the Loris Methodist Church and on the Administrative Board, the Loris Merchants Association, a trustee of Loris High School and past master of Green Sea Lodge 205, AFM, a member of the Omar Shrine Temple and was past president of MLC Shrine Club.

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