Miscellaneous Alamance County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Ms. Minnie M. Swing
LEXINGTON — Ms. Minnie Morris Swing, 85, of 971 Beck’s Church Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998, at the Carolina House.
Born July 11, 1913, in Davidson County, she was the daughter of Mr. Lee Colonel Morris and Mrs. Elizabeth Lee Sink Morris, both deceased. She was an active member of Beck’s United Church of Christ.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Tempie) Almstead and Ms. Becky Murphy, both of Lexington; a son, Mr. Dallas Ray Swing of Lexington; four sisters, Ms. Zella Mae Burkhart, Ms. Dorothy Tysinger, Ms. Caroline Tysinger and Ms. Jo Ann Allred, all of Lexington; three brothers, Mr. Vernon Morris of Lexington, Mr. Larry Morris of Thomasville and Mr. Bryce Morris of Louisiana; five grandchildren, one of whom lives in Graham; and three great-grandchildren, one of whom lives in Graham.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Ms. Florence McLeod; and two brothers, Mr. Willie Morris and Mr. Calvin Morris.
The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Beck’s United Church of Christ by the Rev. Melvin Palmer, the Rev. Bobby Bond, the Rev. Banks Shepherd and Chaplain James Garrison of Hospice. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will be at the home of Mrs. Tempie Almstead, Palmer Road, Lexington.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Davidson County, P.O. Box 1941, Lexington, N.C. 27293-1941; or to Beck’s United Church or Christ, 2845 Beck’s Church Road, Lexington, N.C. 27292.
Piedmont Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. J.D. Beckom
GIBSONVILLE — Mr. J.D. Beckom, 81, of 616 Smith St., died at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, 1998, at Alamance Health Care Center.
A native of Guilford County, he was the son of Mr. Samuel E. Beckom and Mrs. Mary Ellen Hackett Beckom, both deceased. He was a retired machinist from Western Electric Corp., and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. He was a member of the Christian Life Center.
Survivors include a son, Mr. Kenneth F. Beckom of Odenville, Ala.; a brother, Mr. Samuel E. Beckom Jr. of Kallen, Texas; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a son, Mr. Gary Ronald Beckom.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Rich and Thompson Chapel in Burlington by the Rev. R.E.L. Moser. Burial will be in Gibsonville City Cemetery.
The family will be at Rich and Thompson Mortuary in Burling-ton one hour before the service.

Mr. Eugene McFarling
BLANCH — Mr. Reuben Eugene McFarling, 56, of 604 Blanch Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998, at his home after several months of failing health.
Born Aug. 7, 1942, in Caswell County, he was the son of the late Ms. Rubie McFarling Stadler. He attended Caswell County Schools and was a supervisor for Hanover Mills. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include a daughter, Ms. Donna M. Dalton of Blanch; two sons, Mr. Ricky McFarling of Blanch and Mr. Stan McFarling of Danville, Va.; and eight grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hooper Funeral Home in Yanceyville by the Rev. Richard Morris and the Rev. Kenneth McFarling. Burial will be in the McFarling Family Cemetery in Blanch.
The family will be at Hooper Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 Friday evening, and at other times at the home.

Mrs. Evelyn B. Ragland
BURLINGTON — Mrs. Evelyn Bivens Ragland, 75, of 1413 Ashe St., died at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998, at Alamance Regional Medical Center after a critical illness of two weeks.
A native of Alamance County, she was the wife of the late Mr. James Allen Ragland and the daughter of Mr. Charles Walter Bivens and Mrs. Beulah Welch Bivens, both deceased. She was a retired medical secretary and was formerly associated with Dr. W.D. Rippy and Dr. Allen D. Tate. She was a charter member of Northside Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Jill Meade of Graham; a son, Mr. James Allen Ragland Jr. of Burlington; a brother, Mr. Walter Edwin “Dink” Bivens of Burlington; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Mr. Thomas Bivens.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Northside Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Daniel Bartel. Burial will be in Alamance Memorial Park.
The family will be at the church one hour before the service, and at other times at the home of the son, 1420 Sheffield Court, Burlington.
Rich and Thompson Mortuary in Burlington is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. John E. Harrison
YANCEYVILLE — Mr. John Edward Harrison, 49, of 1384 Old N.C. 86 North, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998, at Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, Va.
Born Feb. 7, 1949, in Caswell County, he was the son of Mrs. Maggie McCain Harrison, who survives, and the late Mr. Herbert John Harrison. He was employed by Brown & Wooten in Burlington and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Survivors other than his mother of the home include four sisters, Mrs. Janie H. Flippen of Richmond, Va., Mrs. Hattie H. Murray of Yanceyville, Mrs. Catherine H. Williams of Ruffin and Mrs. Myrtle H. Green of Jacksonville, Fla.; and five brothers, Mr. Herbert Harrison Jr. of Burlington, Mr. James Junior Harrison of Eden, Mr. Abraham Harrison of Graham, Mr. William Harrison of Salisbury and Mr. Willie Harrison of Haw River.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Olive Baptist Church by the Rev. P.D. Medley. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will be at Fulton Funeral Home from 7 to 8 Friday evening and at other times at the home.

Mr. William D. Ham Jr.
GRAHAM — Mr. William Daniel “Bill” Ham Jr., 73, of 1808 Wood Ave., died at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998, at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill after four years of failing health, one week critical.
A native of Alamance County, he was the husband of Mrs. Nellie Young Ham, who survives, and the son of Mr. William Daniel Ham Sr. and Mrs. Lillie Matthews Ham, both deceased. He was a retired textile worker and supervisor and was a former Burlington City School Guard. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and was a former deacon.
Survivors other than his wife of the home include two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Bonnie) Reynolds and Ms. Janet Ham Allred, both of Burlington; a son, Mr. William D. “Danny” Ham III of Graham; two sisters, Mrs. Aliene Allen of Ramseur and Miss Rachel Ham of Asheboro; a brother, Mr. Charles Ham of Greensboro; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Mr. Eldridge Ham.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church by the Rev. Donald Swinney, pastor, and the Rev. Don Pegg. Burial will be in the Gibsonville City Cemetery.
The family will be at McClure Funeral Home in Graham from 6 to 8 Saturday evening, and at other times at the home of the son, 1010 Pomeroy St., Graham. 

Mrs. Cassie B. Moore
BURLINGTON — Mrs. Cassie Martin Bowen Moore, 80, of 1987 Hilton Road, died at noon Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998, at Alamance Health Care Center after two years of failing health.
A native of Charlotte County, Va., she was the wife of the late Mr. John Moore, and the daughter of Mr. Willis Johnson Martin and Mrs. Effie Lloyd Martin, both deceased. She was a homemaker and of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Mary Lee Bowen McCorkle of Burlington, Mrs. Patsy Bowen Salazar of Chesapeake, Va., Mrs. Bonnie Moore Johnson of Auburn, Ga. and Mrs. Jennifer Moore Silvers of Swannanoa; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
McClure Funeral Home in Graham is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.

Mrs. Doris L. Best
PITTSBORO — Mrs. Doris Lakin Best, 96, Pittsboro Christian Village, Pittsboro, died at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, 1998 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill after a sudden illness.
A native of Deadwood, N.D., formerly of Rendall Street in Burlington, she was the wife of Dr. David Raymond Best, who survives. She was a homemaker and a member of Ireland Street Chapel.
Survivors other than her husband of the home include a daughter, Mrs. Beverly B. Hester of Hurdle Mills, a sister, Mrs. Neva L. Brod of Bristol, Va., and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred DeVere Lakin and Gertrude Atkinson Lakin.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lowe Funeral Home by Mr. Charles R. Andrews of Shannon Hills Bible Chapel, Greensboro. Burial will be in Graham Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to Benevolent Fund of Pittsboro, 1825 East Street, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312.

Mr. Elmer L. Coble
HAW RIVER — Mr. Elmer Long Coble, 87, 905 Keck Road, died at 1:05 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, 1998 at White Oak Manor.
A native of Alamance County, he was the husband of the late Maggie Lewis Coble and Mrs. Bernice Cole Coble, who survives. He was retired from Kayser Roth Hosiery. He fought in World War II as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Other than his wife, he is survived by three duaghers, Mrs. Nellie Coble Crawford Boggs and Mrs. Sandra Cole Coffin, both of Haw River, and Mrs. Della Sue Cole Roberson of Burlington; a sister, Ms. Lucy Coble of Snow Camp; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Mr. Jackie Coble; two sisters, Mrs. Kathleen Miller and Mrs. Mary Jane Combs; and four brothers, Mr. Henry “Tag” Coble, Mr. John Coble, Mr. Lonnie Coble and Mr. Edgar “Dink” Coble.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rich and Thompson Chapel in Graham by the Rev. Richard Poindexter, pastor of First Baptist Church of Haw River, and Rev. James Rosser, pastor of Haw River Christian Church. The burial will be in Mt. Heron United Methodist Church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Rich and Thompson Funeral Home in Graham from 6 to 8 p.m. today and at other times at the residence.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 2636, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27515-2636, or to the American Kidney Association.

Mr. Vernon Lee Porter 
GRAHAM — Mr. Vernon Lee Porter, 62, 5624 N.C. 87 South, Graham, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 1998 at home after one year of declining health.
A native of Alamance County, he was the husband of Mrs. Janice Johnson Porter, who survives. Of the Baptist faith, he was the owner and operator of a local appliance business.
Survivors other than his wife include two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Linda) McKinney of Whitsett and Mrs. Gary (Diane) Moore of Mebane, seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Pearl Lindsey Porter and Mrs. Maedell Morton Porter.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lowe Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. David Jackson, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Graham. The burial will be in the Pine Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the home.

Mr. Raymond W. Hackler
EFLAND — Mr. Raymond W. Hackler, 81, 3325 U.S. Highway 70 East, Efland, died at 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 26, 1998 at Durham Regional Medical Center after several years of declining health.
A native of Grayson County, Va., he was the husband of Mrs. Maggie Crabtree Hackler. He was retired from the Orange County School System. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a member of Efland United Methodist Church. 
Survivors other than his wife of the home include one daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Cecil of Efland; four sons, Mr. Douglas Hackler and Mr. Paige Hackler, both of Efland; Mr. Gary Hackler of Graham and Mr. Dennis Hacker of Mebane. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Laurie Delp of Virginia; one brother, Ralph Hackler of Greensboro; two step-daughters, seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Elbert Kinley Hackler and Mrs. Rosa Wright Hackler.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1998 at Efland United Methodist Church by the Revs. Jimmy Weaver and James Boyd. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at McClure Funeral Home in Mebane from 7 to 9 p.m. today and at other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to Efland United Methodist Church Memorial Association.

Mrs. Willie M.B. Patterson
BURLINGTON — Mrs. Willie May Brooks Patterson, 93, 7246 Shoe Road, died at 12:15 p.m. Sunday after one year of declining health.
A native of Alamance County, she was the wife of the late Mr. Joseph G. Patterson Sr. She was a lifetime member of Springwood Presbyterian Church, a member of the adult Sunday school class, former secretary of the Women’s Bible Class, and a former member of the church choir.
She is survived by a son, Mr. Joseph “Pat” Patterson Jr. of Burlington; two granddaughters; three great-grandsons, one great-great granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. W. Arnold Brooks and Callie May Brooks, and by a great-granddaughter.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Springwood Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Johnathan Freeman. The burial will be in Alamance Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at the Rich and Thompson Mortuary in Burling-ton from 6 to 8 this evening. At other times, they will be at the residence of Mr. Joseph Patterson Jr., 7248 Shoe Road, Burlington.
Memorials may be made to the Springwood Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, Spring-wood Church Road, Gibsonville, N.C. 27249.

Mr. Daniel Crisp 
HILLSBOROUGH — Mr. Daniel Crisp of Brookshire Nursing Center, 57, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 1998.
He was native of Orange County.
He is survived by a daughter, Ms. LaShondra Crisp of Durham; five brothers, Mr. Clyde Crisp of Washington, D.C.; Mr. Melvin Crisp and Mr. Robert Crisp, both of Hillsborough; Edward Crisp of Mebane; and Clarence Crisp of Chapel Hill; and four sisters, Ms. Emily Poole of Burlington, Mrs. Alice Roberts of Derwood Md., and Ms. Janet Crisp and Ms. Mary Crisp, both of Hillsborough.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Ed Hassell Crisp and Mrs. Mary Wagstaff Crisp.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Lipscombe Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Kevin Miller. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today in the Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.

Mr. Brian Whiteford
HAW RIVER — Mr. Brian James Whiteford, 28, of 702 Lyndon Lane, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1998, at Duke University Medical Center in Durham after a short critical illness.
A native of Barron County, Wis., he was the son of Mr. Gordon Bruce and Mrs. Laura Martha Weise Whiteford, who survive. He graduated from East Forsyth High School in Kernersville and received a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was employed as a pharmacist with CVS Pharmacy on South Church Street for more than four years. He participated in the Transplant Olympics in Columbus, Ohio, and was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Burlington.
Survivors other than his parent of Haw River include a brother, Mr. Todd G. Whiteford of Tucson, Ariz.; and a maternal grandfather, Mr. Harry Weise of Almena, Wis.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Mr. David B. Whiteford.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Lowe Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Robert A. Bremer, pastor of Advent Lutheran Church in Chapel Hill, and the Rev. Ted Strelow, pastor emeritus.
The employees of CVS Pharmacy will sit together during the service.
The family will be at Lowe Funeral Home from 7 to 9 this evening.
Memorials may be made to Advent Lutheran Church, 230 Erwin Road, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514.

Mrs. Minerva W. Hunter
FAYETTEVILLE — Mrs. Minerva Whitted Hunter, 104, of 6228 Milford Road, died at 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28, 1998, at Cape Fear Hospital after a long illness.
A native of Orange County, she was the wife of the late Mr. James E. Hunter, and the daughter of Mr. Andrew Whitted and Mrs. Annie Whitted Whitted, both deceased. She was a homemaker, nurse, teacher and insurance agent. She was a member of White Level Primitive Baptist Church.
Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Gwendolyn H. Smith of San Antonio, Mrs. Carol McDonald of Washington, D.C., Mrs. Earlene Butler of Fayetteville and Mrs. Ava Poteat of Mebane.
She was preceded in death by four sons, Mr. James Bifea Hunter, Mr. Copeland Hunter, Mr. Andrew Hunter and Mr. Calvin Hunter; and three sisters, Mrs. Ruth Spaulding, Mrs. Lillian Parker and Mrs. Maude Holt; and a brother, Mr. Samuel Greene.
The funeral will be conducted at noon Saturday at Mebane First Presbyterian Church by the Rev. James A. Belle, pastor of Haymount Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, and Elder Darrius Dixon of White Level Primitive Baptist Church. The body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will be at the funeral home from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Mr. Joseph D. Ring
SNOW CAMP — Mr. Joseph D. “Joe” Ring, 61, of 6320 Bass Mountain Road, died at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1998, at Duke University Medical Center in Durham.
A native of Randolph County, he was the husband of Mrs. Rebecca “Becky” Butler Ring, and the son of Mrs. Bonnie Britt Ring Conklin, who survives, and the late Mr. Glenn M. Ring. He was a former employee of Burlington House Finishing. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors other than his wife of the home and mother of Elon College include three daughters, Mrs. Toni Ring Ross of Burlington, Ms. Sandra K. Ring Bowman of Wilson and Ms. Cyndi Ring of Browns Summit; a sister, Mrs. Bonnie Ethel Ring Sharpe of Gaffney, S.C.; a brother, Mr. Larry A. Ring of Pinnacle; a stepsister, Mrs. Mickie Renigar of Gibsonville; a stepbrother, Mr. Richard Conklin of Burlington; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Mr. David G. Ring.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Alamance Memorial Park by the Rev. M. Kenneth Wilson.
The family will be at Rich and Thompson Mortuary in Burlington from 6 to 8 this evening, and at other times at the home of the mother, Mrs. Bonnie Conklin, 2825 N.C. 87 North, Elon College.

Mr. Jose L. Tiznado Sr.
BURLINGTON — Mr. Jose Luiz Tiznado, 28, of 501-5 W. Ten Road, Efland, died Monday, Dec. 28, 1998, at Alamance Regional Medical Center.
A native of Ixtlan Del Rio, Nayarit, Mexico, he was the husband of Mrs. Maria Del Rio Fugio Elias-Isaac, who survives, and the son of Mrs. Juana Carrillo, who survives, and the late Mr. Antioco Tiznado. He was a carpenter and a Catholic.
Survivors other than his wife of the home and mother of Mexico include two sons, Mr. Jose Luis Tiznado Jr. and Mr. Adrian Enesto Tiznado, both of the home; three sisters, Mrs. Esperanza Garcia of California and Miss Refugio Tiznado and Miss Rosario Tiznado, both of Mexico; and three brothers, Mr. Pedro Tiznado of California and Mr. Francisco Tiznado and Mr. Juan Tiznado, both of Burlington.
McClure Funeral Service in Burlington is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.

Mrs. Nancy F. Beaver
GRAHAM — Mrs. Nancy Foushee Beaver, 69, of 503 Stokes Road, died at 11:28 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1998, at Alamance Regional Medical Center after a long illness.
A native of Person County, she was the wife of Mr. James “Connie” C. Beaver, who survives, and the daughter of Mr. Haywood Foushee and Mrs. Elizabeth Russell Foushee, both deceased. She was a member of Beacon Baptist Church.
Survivors other than her husband of the home include a son, Mr. Keith C. Beaver of Haw River; a brother, Mr. M.N. Foushee of Raleigh; and three grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Rich and Thompson Chapel in Graham by the Rev. Greg Barkman, pastor of Beacon Baptist Church. Burial will be in Burchwood Cemetery in Roxboro.
The family will be at Rich and Thompson Mortuary in Graham from 6 to 8 this evening, and at other times at the home.

Mr. Albert L. Nichols Jr.
BURLINGTON — Mr. Albert LeRoy Nichols Jr., 64, of 506 Storey St., died at 4:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, 1998, at Duke University Medical Center after a two-year illness.
A native of Bladen County, he was the husband of Mrs. Roseann West Nichols, who survives, and the son of Mr. Albert LeRoy Nichols Sr. and Mrs. Martha Hathaway Nichols, both deceased. He was a retired self-employed brick mason and a member of Hope Baptist Church in Haw River.
Survivors other than his wife of the home include three daughters, Mrs. Teresa N. Ashe of Decatur, Ala., Mrs. Annette N. Tidwell of Burlington and Ms. Angie West of Liberty; one son, Mr. Albert LeRoy “Pay Roy” Nichols III of Burlington; three sisters, Ms. Joyce Nichols of Snow Camp, Mrs. Ruth Eastwood of Burlington and Mrs. Lizzie Salmon of Elon College; five grandchildren; and one stepgrandchild.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Miss Lisa Dawn Nichols; two sisters, Mrs. Leoma Porter and Mrs. Ruby Porter; and one brother, Mr. Bruce Nichols.
The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Lowe Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Fredrick Bunts, pastor of Hope Baptist Church. Burial will be in Alamance Memorial Park.
The family will be at the home.

Mr. Thomas Allred Sr.
BURLINGTON — Mr. Thomas Lee Allred Sr., 83, of 211 Newton Road, Rose Hill, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1998, at Burgaw Hospital after a critical illness of six months. He was a former resident of Burlington.
A native of Caswell County, he was the husband of Mrs. Recie Lockerman Allred, who survives, and the late Mrs. Margaret Park Allred. He was the son of Mr. Joseph Ezra Allred and Mrs. Susan Tate Allred, both deceased. He was retired from P. Lorillard Co. and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Concord United Christian Church in Caswell County.
Survivors other than his wife of the home include two sons, Mr. Thomas L. Allred Jr. of Gibsonville and Mr. David P. Allred of Elon College; a stepson, Mr. Jim Teachey of Atlanta; a sister, Mrs. Frances Daniels of Burlington; a brother, Mr. Tennon Allred of Mebane; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Ms. JoAnne Winn Allred; two brothers, Mr. Loftin Allred and Mr. Roy Allred; and two grandchildren.
A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Graham Memorial Park by the Rev. Larry McCarty, pastor of Baynes Baptist Church. 
The family will be at Lowe Funeral Home from 7 to 9 this evening, and at other times at the home of Mr. Thomas Allred Jr., 50 Brighton Court, Gibsonville.

Mrs. Mertie W. Foster
BURLINGTON — Mrs. Mertie West Foster, 92, of 2709 Eldermont St., died Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 30, 1998, at her home.
Rich and Thompson Mortuary in Burlington is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.

Mr. Brodie B. Wade
CHAPEL HILL — Mr. Brodie Banks Wade, 74, of 1602 E. Franklin St., died at 8:10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1998, at Rehabilitation of Chapel Hill after several years of failing health.
A native of Caswell County, he was the son of Mr. Willie Arthur Wade and Mrs. Fannie Webster Wade, both deceased. He was retired from White Furniture Co. in Mebane and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a Methodist.
Survivors include four sons, Mr. Brodie Wade Jr. of Snow Camp, Mr. Donald Wade of Burlington, Mr. Frankie Wade of Elon College and Mr. Larry Wade of Haw River; a sister, Mrs. Louise Scott of Mebane; a brother, Mr. Willie “Billy” Wade Jr. of Mebane; a stepson, Mr. Ronnie Wade of Haw River; five grandchildren; a stepgrandchild; and one great-grandchild.
The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at McClure Funeral Home Chapel in Mebane. Burial will be in Union United Methodist Church Cemetery in Caswell County.
The family will be at the home of Mr. Frankie Wade, 4121 Jimmy Bowles Road, Elon College.
Memorials may be made to Triangle Hospice, 1804 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Suite 112, Durham, N.C. 27707.

Mr. Vernon Browning
BURLINGTON — Mr. Vernon Browning, 76 of 302 Apple St., died Monday, Dec. 28, 1998, at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill after a long illness.
A native of Alamance County, he was the husband of Mrs. Della Upsher Browning, who survives, and the son of Mr. Elijah Browning and Mrs. Ruth Shavers Browning, both deceased. He was retired from the City of Burlington Sanitation Department, and was a member of Ebenezer United Church of Christ.
Survivors other than his wife of the home include one son, Mr. Stephen L. Browning of Gibsonville; three daughters, Mrs. Annie Doris Hunter and Mrs. Deborah Denice Long, both of Burlington, and Mrs. Ruth Laverne Long of Graham; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl B. Herring of Burlington and Mrs. Odessa B. Hackett of Kansas City, Kan.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Mr. Larry Donnell Browning; and a brother, Mr. Louis Browning.
The funeral will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ebenezer United Church of Christ by the Rev. Larry Covington, pastor. Burial will be in Northlawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the church 30 minutes before the service. The family will be at the home of Mrs. Ruth Long at 500 Cornelia Drive, Graham.


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