Miscellaneous Alamance County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Ms. Mary C. Bradley 
DURHAM -- Ms. Mary ``Mag'' Cates Bradley, 55, of 109 Lodge St. died Sunday, Nov. 23, 1997, at Triangle Hospice Meadowlands.

A native of Alamance County, she was formerly employed by Royal Home Fashions plant 3. 

Survivors include a daughter, Ms. Janice Clay of the home; four brothers, Mr. James Cates of Burlington, Mr. Graham ``Billy Boy'' Cates Jr. of Prospect Hill, Mr. Willie Cates of Goldsbooro and Mr. Lewis Cates of Durham; three sisters, Ms. Fannie Cates Graves of Burlington, Ms. Mary Woods of Hillsborough and Ms. Sylvia Cates Weeks of Durham; her stepmother, Ms. Cora Cates of Albermarle; a stepsister, Ms. Willie Mae Cates of Albermarle; and three grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Scarborough and Hargett Funeral Home in Durham by the Rev. Ronnie Torain. 

Burial will be in Union Grove Baptist Church cemetery in Hurdle Mills. Hargett and Bryant Funeral Home in Burlington provided local information. 
 
 

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Mr. Napoleon Mathews Jr. 
BURLINGTON -- Mr. Napoleon Robert Matthews Jr., 40, of 1717 Durham St. Ext., Lot 5 died at 8:58 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 1997, at Alamance Regional Medical Center. 

A native of Riverside County, Calif., he was the husband of Mrs. Dorothy Marie Currie Mathews, who survives, and the son of Mrs. Ora Madden Warren, who survives, and the late Mr. Napoleon R. Mathews Sr. He was an employee of Burlington Industries and was a U.S. Army veteran. He graduated from Long Beach City College with an associate degree in sociology and was a member of Clover Garden AME Church, where he sang in the Gospel Choir and served on the Trustee board. 

Survivors other than his wife of the home and mother of Graham, include his stepfather, Mr. Kenneth Warren Sr. of Graham; three daughters, Ms. Renita Mathews of Oakland, Calif., Ms. Latoya Mathews and Ms. Elizabeth Mathews of Long Beach, Calif.; two sons, Mr. Napoleon Mathews of Long Beach and Mr. Napoleon Mathews of Seattle; a sister, Mrs. Remi Kitchens of Graham; two stepdaughters, Miss Tonya Currie and Miss Sonya Currie, both of Burlington; a stepbrother, Mr. Kenneth Warren Jr. of Graham; and a grandmother, Mrs. Emma Mae Clark of Los Angeles. He was preceded in death by a brother, Mr. Alvin Anderson. 

The funeral will be conducted at noon Saturday at Clover Garden AME Church by the Rev. R.L. Goode, pastor, and the Rev. Greg Hargraves. 

The body will be placed in the church one hour before the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 

The family will be at the church one hour before the service. Hargett and Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 
 

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Mrs. Rosa C. Welker 
McLEANSVILLE -- Mrs. Rosa Crenshaw Welker, 85, of 4922 McConnell Road died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997, at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro. 

A native of Oconee, S.C., she was a seamstress for Dixie Bell. She was a member of McConnell Road Baptist Church. 

Survivors include seven daughters, Ms. Barbara Barton of Kernersville, Ms. Margaret Sheppard of Florida, Ms. Mary Cox of Whitsett, Ms. Judy Reynolds of Greensboro, Ms. Betty Knebel of Charlotte, Ms. Susie Myers and Ms. Angela Taylor, both of Gibsonville; nine sons, Mr. Jim Welker and Mr. T.D. Welker, both of Wade, Mr. Bill Welker of McLeansville, Mr. Jerry Welker and Mr. John Welker, both of Liberty, Mr. Jack Welker of Georgia, Mr. Steven ``Pete'' Welker of Wilson, Mr. Charles ``Ike'' Welker of Greensboro and Mr. Richard Welker of Linden; 43 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 

The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at McConnell Road Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will be at Lambeth Troxler Funeral Home from 6:30 to 9 Thursday evening. Memorials may be made to Alamance Rescue Mission.
 

Mr. Clay M. Murray

ELON COLLEGE -- Mr. Clay Melvin Murray, 55, of 7220 Busick Quarry Road died at 7:59 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997, at home after 18 months of failing health.

A native of Guilford County, he was the husband of Mrs. Nellie Lou Smith Murray, who survives, and the son of Mr. Doc Walter Marion Murray and Mrs. Ruby Alcon Murray, both deceased. He was a retired employee of Sonoco Products Co. and was a member of Apple's Chapel Christian Church.

Survivors other than his wife of the home include two daughters, Mrs. Diamond Edwards of Hopedale and Ms. Kathy M. Murray of Elon College; a son, Mr. Melvin Eugene Murray of Swepsonville; two brothers, Mr. Clyde Murray of Browns Summit and Mr. Jerry Lee Murray of Graham; four sisters, Mrs. Betty Justice of Burlington, Mrs. Dot Howerton, Mrs. Louise Howerton and Mrs. Judy Wyrick, all of Gibsonville; and three grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, N.C. 27405; or to Apple's Chapel United Church of Christ Building Fund, 7345 N.C. 61 North, Gibsonville, N.C. 27249.

Lowe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete.
 
 

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Mr. Paul J. Martin

PAGELAND, S.C. -- Mr. Paul J. Martin, 69, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997, at his home.

He was the husband of Mrs. Margaret Hurst Martin, who survives, and the son of Mrs. Mary Taylor Martin, who survives, and the late Mr. Richard H. Martin. He was a veteran of World War II and was retired from Celanese Corp. in Charlotte.

Survivors other than his wife of Pageland and mother of Marshville include a son, Mr. Paul R. Martin of Clemson, S.C.; a daughter, Ms. Lela M. Love of Albemarle; a brother, Mr. R.A. Martin of Pageland; a sister, Ms. Louise M. Randall of Graham; and a grandchild.

A private graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Chesterfield County, P.O. Box 293, Chesterfield, S.C. 29707.

Sutton Funeral Home in Pageland is in charge of arrangements.
 
 

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Mr. Guy Kelly

REDMOND, Wash. -- Mr. Guy Kelly, 17, of 2018-218th Place died Sunday, Nov. 23, 1997, in an automobile accident.

Born April 8, 1980, he was the son of Mr. Joe Kelly and Mrs. Debbie Kelly, who survive. He was a former resident of 118 Avenue of Trees in Elon College for 31/2 years. He was a soccer and basketball player for the Elon recreation teams.

Survivors other than his parents include a brother, Mr. Kevin Kelly.

The funeral was conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Flintoft's Funeral Home in Iffaquah, Wash.
 
 

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Mr. Wilfrid Burgess

GRAHAM -- Mr. Wilfrid deLisle Burgess, 99, of 1030 Scenic Drive died at 8:41 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997, at Presbyterian Home of Hawfields after two months of failing health, one week critical.

A native of Guernsey Channel Islands, England, he was the husband of the late Mrs. Brenda Bird Burgess, and the son of Mr. Arthur L. Burgess and Mrs. Selina Hubert Burgess, both deceased. He retired after 19 years as an estate manager of the Hammersmith Farm in Newport, R.I., which was the summer White House for President John F. Kennedy from 1961 to 1963 and the home of the mother of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. He was a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Jamestown, R.I. He was the author of two poetry books, ``Victorian Verses'' and ``Random Rhymes.'' He was a member of the Newport Guernsey Cattle Association, a member of the Jamestown Historical Society and Save the Bay Foundation in Jamestown.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Jimmy (Marilyn Burgess) Burns of the home; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Mr. Bruce Robert Burgess.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross in Middletown, R.I., by the Rev. Gordon Stenning.

A reception will be held in the Guild Hall following the memorial service. The family will be at the home of Mrs. Eleanor Dickinson of Jamestown from Dec. 12 to 14.

Memorials may be made to Duke University, Office of Gift Records, 614 Chapel Drive Annex, Box 90581, Durham, N.C. 27708-0581, attention: Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research.

Rich and Thompson Funeral Home in Graham is in charge of arrangements.
 
 

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Ms. Nellie M. Witt

EDEN -- Ms. Nellie Gray Murphy Witt, 90, of 742 Davis St. died Tuesday evening, Nov. 25, 1997, at Morehead Memorial Hospital.

She was a member of Osborne Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

Survivors include a daughter, Ms. Peggy Gossage of Graham; three sons, Mr. Homer Rodgers and Mr. Bobby Rodgers, both of Eden, and Mr. Mike Rodgers of Axton, Va.; a sister, Ms. Elaine Minter of Eden; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Osborne Baptist Church. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will be at Fair Funeral Home in Eden from 7 to 9 Friday evening, and at other times at the home of a son, Mr. Bobby Rodgers, 224 Westerly Park Road, Eden.
 
 

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Ms. Catherine Warren

CEDAR GROVE -- Ms. Catherine Ruth Harrelson Warren, 84, of Governor Scott Road died Monday, Nov. 24, 1997.

Born March 8, 1913, in Caswell County, she was the daughter of Mr. Jim Harrelson and Mrs. Lula Walker Harrelson, both deceased. She retired from Woodlawn Middle School in 1982. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Warren's Chapel Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Ms. Mildred Warren Fuller of the home; a foster son, Mr. James Harrelson of Green Level; a sister, Mrs. Hattie White of Hillsborough; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Zion AME Church by the Rev. James Brown and the Rev. Larnie Horton. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will be at Chavis-Parker Funeral Home from 7 to 8 this evening. The body may be viewed beginning at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
 
 

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Mr. Ferry A. Clapp Sr.

WHITSETT -- Mr. Ferry A. Clapp Sr., 83, of 1442 N.C. 61 South died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997, at Alamance Regional Medical Center.

Rich and Thompson Mortuary in Burlington is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete.
 
 

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Mrs. Flora L. Elkins

HILLSBOROUGH -- Mrs. Flora Webster Latta Elkins, 80, of 106 Short St. died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997, at Brookshire Nursing Home in Hillsborough.

A native of Alamance County, she was the wife of Mr. Joseph Elkins, who survives, and the daughter of Mr. Winslow Webster and Mrs. Mary Lassiter Webster, both deceased. Before retirement, she operated Elkins Electrolysis Service in Raleigh for many years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsborough.

Survivors other than her husband include three sons, Mr. C. David Latta and Mr. Sam A. Latta, both of Hillsbourgh, and the Rev. Phillip Latta of Fairfax, S.C.; two daughters, Ms. Mary L. Sutherland of Sanford and Ms. Christine L. Marsh of Florala, Ala.; a sister, Mrs. Margaret Sykes of Hillsborough; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Hillsbourgh. Burial will be in Fairfield Presbyterian Church cemetery.

The family will be at Clements Funeral Home from 7 to 9 this evening, and at other times at the home of her son, Mr. Sam Latta, 2501 Highland Farm Road.
 
 

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Mrs. Gertrude Graves

CEDAR GROVE -- Mrs. Gertrude Graves died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997, at Duke University Medical Center in Durham.

Sharpe Funeral Home in Burlington is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete.
 
 

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Mr. Paul Moore

BURLINGTON -- Mr. Paul Moore of 519 Ross St. died Monday, Nov. 24, 1997, at Alamance Regional Medical Center after a long illness.

A native of Person County, he was the husband of Mrs. Mattie Bigelow Moore, who survives, and the son of Mr. Stephen Moore and Mrs. Cornelia Lawson Moore, both deceased. He was a shipper with Glen Raven Mills and was a mason. He was a member of Burton Chapel Baptist Church.

Survivors other than his wife of the home include a daughter, Mrs. Marie Moore Stanford of Philadelphia; two sisters, Mrs. Lucille Long of Cedar Grove and Mrs. Bertha Wheeler of Burlington; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Mr. Edgar Moore, Mr. Silas Moore and Mr. Robert Moore.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Burton Chapel Baptist Church by the Rev. M.W. Boswell, pastor. The body will be placed in the church one hour before the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will be at the church 30 minutes before the service, and at other times at the home.
 
 

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Mrs. Jo Ella S. Butner

EAST NORTHPORT, N.Y. -- Mrs. Jo Ella Stamps Butner, 58, of 1 Newbrook Lane died Monday, Nov. 24, 1997, at her home.

Born Oct. 25, 1939, in Caswell County, she was the wife of Mr. Roy Butner, who survives, and the daughter of Mrs. Myrtle Hammack Stamps, who survives, and the late Mr. William Rufus Stamps.

Survivors other than her husband of the home and mother of Yanceyville include two sons, Mr. Harold Butner and Mr. Richard Butner of New York; a sister, Ms. Mary Anne S. Huskey of Greensboro; and two brothers, Mr. David Stamps of Sanford and Mr. Rufus Lee Stamps of Yanceyville.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Mr. Lyttleton Stamps.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church by the Rev. Gaylord Dix.

The family will be at Trinity Baptist Church on N.C. 150 from 7 to 8:30 Friday evening.

Marley Funeral Home in Yanceyville is in charge of arrangements.
 
 

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Mrs. Doris D. Duncan

BURLINGTON -- Mrs. Doris Diekman Duncan, 78, of 706 Huffman Mill Road, Apt. 2-C died at 5:38 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997, at Alamance Regional Medical Center.

A native of Indianapolis, she was the wife of Mr. Robert T. Duncan, who survives, and the daughter of Mr. Edward Diekman and Mrs. Frances Boehmer Diekman, both deceased. She was a homemaker and a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

Survivors other than her husband of the home include four daughters, Mrs. Doris Ann Hummell of Indianapolis, Ms. Linda Duncan of Burlington, Mrs. Robin Nerl of Alabama and Mrs. Donna Storey of Richmond, Ind.; a son, Mr. Robert Edward Duncan of Montgomery, Ala., and a brother, Mr. Edward Diekman of Cincinnati; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter Miss Kathi Duncan and two sisters, Mrs. Alma Nerl and Mrs. Annette Williams.

The funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church by the Rev. Terry Pescatore.

The family will be at Lowe Funeral Home from 7 at 9 Friday evening.


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