Many people like to honor their loved ones after they pass by a donation to an organization that was special to their loved ones life.

Donations to The First Tee of Coastal Carolinas can be made in honor of that loved one. Click the Donate In Memory button, and be sure to include the persons name who you are honoring in the comment section.

If you would like to make a donation in recognition of a birthday, anniversary, personal accomplishment or a get well wish, please note the person being honored and the reason in the comments section.If you would like a page set up for a loved one through our website, please contact Shannon at 910-754-5288 or email


Richard (Dick) Byron Stone passed away April 3, 2020 in Southport, NC.

He was born April 12, 1939 in Norfolk, VA to Ernest & Louise Stone.

Survived by his wife of 26 years, Diane Clayton Stone. His son Richard (Kristin) Stone, and granddaughters Rebecca, Madison and Jillian. His daughter Michelle (Carl) McCadams, and Carl’s daughter Emily (Julius) Johnson and their son James. Diane’s daughter April (Scott) Minish and granddaughter Brooks. Diane’s son Hal Morris.

Dick attended Norfolk Academy, class of ’57. He received his undergrad from VMI, class of ’61, and received his master’s degree in Marine Biology from William & Mary.

He worked as a Marine Biologist at NOAA for 30 years, in particular the National Marine Fisheries Service  (NMFS), starting in Sandy Hook, NJ, then in Beaufort, NC and finally in Washington D.C. His area of expertise was marine conservation, and pioneered the artificial reef programs by NMFS . A few of his colleagues called him “The grandfather of artificial reefs”.

He was a sports enthusiast & incredibly active all his life. Dick grew up waterskiing, played football, wrestling, basketball, softball, and regularly played golf. He was a baseball & softball coach for his kids and for the community. Dick enjoyed traveling the world and had many opportunities through work as well as personal.

Dick was a happy, kind, generous man who was dedicated to his family and loved by many. He was a parishioner of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Southport and served several years on the vestry. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. Services will be held at a later date.

Contributions may be made to First Tee of Coastal Carolina by Clicking Here


Jason Owen Crawford, 48, of Shallotte, went to be with his Heavenly Father on April 2, 2020 due to a sudden illness. Jason was born on Nov 4, 1971 in Kalamazoo, Mich., to David B. and Jodie Crawford of Leland, N.C.

Jason graduated high school from the Traverse City Central High School, Traverse City, Mich. He then earned his bachelor’s degree in turfgrass management from Michigan State University. After college he moved to West Palm Beach, Fla. and began a longtime career as a greenskeeper for the PGA National Golf Course. After several years in Palm Beach he moved to Leland and worked at Magnolia Greens Golf Course and then moved to the Lockwood Folly Golf & Country Club where he worked for 15 years as the superintendent. Jason and his wife Cristie began a new career and opened Carolina Moleman, LLC. He was passionate about his love of golf and attended several Masters golf tournaments in Augusta until it’s postponement this year. His hobbies included golf, gardening, fly fishing and traveling. He was a man who loved spending time with his family and many friends. Jason was a great cook and mastered the art of grilling and pizza making.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, J.O. and Portia Crawford; maternal grandparents, Clifford and Shirley Burdett; an aunt, Sandra Nealy; and an uncle, Ronald Burdett.
Surviving are his loving wife of six years, Cristie Crawford; his parents, David and Jodie Crawford of Leland; step-daughters, Tronda Bentley of Holden Beach, and Sidney Goodchild of Shallotte; a brother, Christopher Crawford and wife Nichole of Apex, N.C.; a sister, Katie Crawford and her son Mannix Crawford of Leland.

Because of the current unsettled health situation, our family will be delaying any funeral services. We will schedule a service to honor Jason when the world recovers.
The family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers and condolences in this difficult time and requests with gratitude that donations be made in his name to the First Tee of The Carolinas, P.O. Box 1820, Shallotte, N.C. 28459, where he was awarded the volunteer of the year. Online donations can be made in Jason’s name by Clicking Here.

Madeleine “Mady” Cavanaugh of Georgetown, SC passed away on March 17th after a four-year illness. Mady, who was 82, was surrounded by her family when she passed.

An avid golfer, Mady lived in Georgetown with her husband Jim since 1996. Jim and Mady lived in the Wedgefield Plantation community, where they were members.

Mady took up golf late in life but made up for lost time by mastering the game she grew to love. As an athlete her whole life, Mady enjoyed  teaching and coaching others and instilling the values of competition, character, and sportsmanship in all those she touched.  It was her love of golf and teaching that drew her to First Tee and its mission.

Mady will be missed by her family and friends and would be honored to have First Tee as part of her lasting legacy.

To make a donation in Mady’s memory, please Click Here



James Urban

James Urban

James Jay Urban, 58, died Friday, December 13th after a tragic accident in Little River, SC. He was killed in a hit and run while crossing Highway 17.

Jim has lived in the Carolinas for all but one of the last 30 years. His passion has always been golf, so he made a career out of greens keeping and course maintenance at numerous courses in both North and South Carolina.

Marywood Country Club in Battle Creek, MI was his childhood course where he learned to love the game, often golfing 27 holes daily in his teens. He was a truly gifted golfer, first evidenced in high school where he was part of St. Philip’s State Championship team in Battle Creek, and continued throughout his whole life.

Jim will be very deeply missed by his friends and family, who believe he would be truly honored to have donations in his name to help young people become as passionate as he was about the game of golf.