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Carlie C's grocery store founder dies

Posted June 21, 2015
Updated June 22, 2015

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— Carlie C. McLamb Sr., founder of the Carlie C’s IGA grocery store chain, died on Saturday. He was 78.

The chain, with 17 stores across central North Carolina, was started in Johnston County in 1961 by McLamb and his wife, Joyce.

McLamb served on the board of trustees for Campbell University and Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn. He was also a founding member of Standard Bank and New Century Bank.

McLamb is survived by his wife, two daughters, a son, seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, his mother and two sisters.

Family will receive friends on Monday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Skinner Smith Funeral Home in Dunn. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, 11 a.m., at Butler Chapel, located at Campbell University.


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  • Christopher Andrews Jun 22, 2015
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    It is a great store.......I hope they continue high standards and also continue to grow and not fall to the wayside like other mom and pop chains.....

  • Larry Wiandt Jun 22, 2015
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    That is a good store, sorry to hear of his passing.

  • Johnny Byrd Jun 22, 2015
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    The only place you can find true old fashioned country link sausage and country ham.
    RIP Mr. McLamb, rest easy knowing you left a great legacy for those of us that appreciate it.