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Mrs. Annie Dare Sharpe Chriscoe
MEBANE — Mrs. Annie Dare Sharpe Chriscoe, 78, of Presbyterian Home of Hawfields, died at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at Alamance Regional Medical Center.
A native of Alamance County, she was the wife of the late Mr. Alton Harrison Chriscoe and the daughter of Mr. Porter A. Sharpe and Mrs. Alma Shoffner Sharpe, both deceased. She was a member of Beacon Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Jack (Ann) Marley of Mebane; two sons, Mr. Howard Chriscoe and Mr. Roger Chriscoe, both of Burlington; a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Hudson of Burlington; a brother, Leroy Sharpe of Burlington; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Mr. Jerry Chriscoe; sister, Mrs. Mable Coble; and four brothers, Mr. Bynum Sharpe, Mr. Clayton Sharpe, Mr. Richard Sharpe and Mr. Garman Sharpe.
The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rich and Thompson Chapel in Burlington by the Rev. Greg Barkman, pastor of Beacon Baptist Church. Burial will be in Lowe’s Lutheran Church cemetery.
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 Mr. Howard Chriscoe, 3613 Beaver Creek Road, Burlington, or at the home of the daughter, 2140 Stone Brook, Mebane.
Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Home of Hawfields, 2502 N.C. 119 South, Mebane, N.C. 27302. 

Mrs. Elida Garrison Patterson
ELON COLLEGE — Mrs. Elida Garrison Patterson, 92, of 3490 Ed Patterson Road, died at 1:10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Alamance Regional Medical Center after two months of failing health, one week critical.
A native of Alamance County, she was the wife of the late Mr. Edgar Marion Patterson and the daughter of Mr. Lindsay Garrison and Mrs. Nannie Lea Carey Garrison, both deceased. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Bethlehem Christian Church where she was a member of the Cassie Crutchfield Circle, the Share and Care Club and the Ever Ready Sunday school class.
Survivors include three sons, Mr. Clark Patterson of Burlington, Mr. Gordon Patterson of Gibsonville and Mr. Marvin Patterson of Elon College; two sisters, Mrs. Doc (Elizabeth) Coleman and Mrs. Edgar (Louise) Sutton, both of Burlington; two brothers, Mr. Herbert Garrison of Burlington and Mr. Billy Garrison of Elon College; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-stepgrandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Miss Doris Patterson and Miss Iris Patterson; a sister, Mrs. Mary Lea Barker; and three brothers, Mr. Clyde Garrison, Mr. Murray Garrison and Mr. Leon Garrison.
The funeral will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Christian Church by the Rev. Dave Gilbert, pastor. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes before the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will be at Lowe Funeral Home from 6 to 8 this evening, and at other times at the home. 
Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Christian Church (cemetery fund), 3540 N.C. 87 North, Elon College, N.C. 27244. 

Mr. Edward Green Covington Sr.
GREENSBORO — Mr. Edward Green Covington Sr., 75, of 1107-F Birchcrest Drive, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital.
A native of Caswell County, he was the husband of Mrs. Ruth Scoggins Covington, who survives, and the son of Mr. Henry Spencer Covington Sr. and Mrs. Mary Smith Covington, both deceased. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service and was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.
Survivors other than his wife of the home include three sons, Mr. Edward Green Covington Jr. of Pleasant Garden, Mr. John Steven Covington of Chesapeake, Va., and Mr. Joseph Fabin Covington of Elon College; a daughter, Ms. Lane Covington Ruehle of High Point; a sister, Ms. Peggy Covington Foushee of Aberdeen; a brother, Mr. Henry Spencer Covington of Bradenton, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Guilford Memorial Park.
The family will be at Forbis and Dick North Elm Street Chapel from 7 to 9 this evening.
Memorials may be made to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1100 Curtis St., Greensboro, N.C. 27406. 

Mrs. Viola Upchurch Gantt
GRAHAM — Mrs. Viola Upchurch Gantt, 78, of 738 Oakgrove Drive, died at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at her home after six months of failing health.
A native of Franklin County, she was the wife of the late Mr. Horace W. Gantt and the daughter of Mr. Roman Upchurch and Mrs. Bertha Medlin Upchurch, both deceased. She was retired from Kayser Roth Corp., and was a Baptist.
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Sherry Gantt Boggs of Haw River, Mrs. Sandra Gantt Gazikas of Knoxville, Tenn., and Ms. Susie Gantt of Burlington; a son, Mr. Stanley William Gantt of Charlotte; a brother, Mr. Lucious Upchurch of Durham; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a son, Mr. Steven M. Gantt.
A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Graham Memorial Park.
The family will be at Rich and Thompson Funeral Home in Graham from 6 to 7 this evening, and at other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Alamance-Caswell, P.O. Box 2122, Burlington, N.C. 27216.

Mr. Joseph Harold Jarrell
COLERIDGE — Mr. Joseph Harold Jarrell, 76, of 3921 Riverside Road, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at his home.
A native of Randolph County, he was the husband of Mrs. Kathleen Harris Jarrell, who survives, and the late Mrs. Dorothy McNeill Jarrell. He was the son of Mr. Joseph Roby Jarrell and Mrs. Lillian Burns Jarrell, both deceased. He was retired from J.H. Allen and was a member of Deep River Baptist Church were he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.
Survivors other than his wife of the home include three sons, Mr. Jerry Wayne Jarrell of Burlington, Mr. Jack Jarrell and Mr. Jeff Jarrell, both of Coleridge; a stepdaughter, Ms. Edith Patterson of Clayton, Australia; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two stepgrandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Deep River Baptist Church by the Rev. Bob Boyd and the Rev. Michael Karns. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will be at Loflin Funeral Home in Ramseur from 7 to 9 this evening, and at other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to Deep River Baptist Church, 4095 Deep River Church Road, Ramseur, N.C. 27316; or to Hospice of Randolph County, P.O. Box 9, Asheboro, N.C. 27204. 

Mr. Donald Duane Jones
HAW RIVER — Mr. Donald Duane “Donnie” Jones, 38, of 3660 Doe Lane, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at Alamance Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness.
A native of Wichita, Kansas, he was the husband of Mrs. Wendy Perry Jones, who survives, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Edward Young, who both survive, and the stepson. He was the owner and operator of Carolina Auto Center in Graham and was a member of Johnson Baptist Church in Browns Summit. He was the owner of car No. 16, which raced last year at Ace Speedway and will race as car No. 59 this year.
Survivors other than his wife of the home and parents of Gibsonville include two daughters, Miss Kelsey Nichole Jones of the home and Miss Brittany Morgan Jones of Greensboro; a sister, Mrs. Debra Denise Jones Johnson of Jacksonville, Fla.; three brothers, Mr. Timothy Edward Young of Altamahaw, Mr. William Floyd Young of Burlington and Mr. Gerald Keith Young of Gibsonville.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church by the Rev. Randy Hobbs and the Rev. Terry Moody. Burial will be in Alamance Memorial Park.
The family will be at McClure Funeral Home in Graham from 7 to 9 this evening, at other times at the home and at the home of the mother, 616 Ellen Drive, Gibsonville. 

Mr. Hollis Bigelow
YANCEYVILLE — Mr. Hollis Bigelow of 287 North Ave., died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at his home.
Born Oct. 14, 1918, in Caswell County, he was the husband of the late Mrs. Mary Fuller Bigelow and the son of Mr. Ullysses Grant Bigelow and Mrs. Hattie Graves Bigelow, both deceased. He was a retired long distance truck driver and a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of Graves Chapel Baptist Church
Survivors include three sons, Mr. Ervin Bigelow of Yanceyville, Mr. Hollis Rice Bigelow of Burlington and Mr. Kenneth Bigelow of Winston-Salem; four daughters, Mrs. Clarice Poole and Mrs. Judy Corbett, both of Yanceyville, Mrs. Margaret Mitchell of Burlington and Mrs. Janet Royal of Greensboro; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Mr. Willard Bigelow.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Graves Chapel Baptist Church by the Rev. Kenneth Walker. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will be at Fulton Funeral Home from 7 to 8 this evening, and at other times at the home. 

Mr. Arlie Arnold Beckom
BURLINGTON — Mr. Arlie Arnold Beckom, 67, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Durham after several months of failing health.
A native of Guilford County, he was the husband of Mrs. Barbara Manly Beckom, who survives, and the son of Mr. Marvin A. Beckom and Mrs. Alma Craven Beckom, both deceased. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans of Burlington, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Burlington, American Legion Post 63 of Burlington. He was a member of Davis Street United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Annette B. Ray and Mrs. Gwendolyn B. Jeffries, both of Burlington; a sister, Mrs. Mara-Etta Davis of Burlington; a brother, Mr. Billy Beckom of Cisco, Texas; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Betty Lou Beckom Overman.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lowe Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Dr. Michael Hobbs, pastor of Davis Street United Methodist Church.
There will be no visitation.
The family will be at the home of Mrs. Gwendolyn Jeffries, 3241 N.C. 49 North, Burlington.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Alamance-Caswell, P.O. Box 2122, Burlington, N.C. 27216-2122. 

Mr. Gurley Dameron Barnhardt Jr.
STAUNTON, Va. — Mr. Gurley Dameron “Pops” Barnhardt Jr., 79, of 205 Skyland Drive, died at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000.
Born July 26, 1920, in Burlington, he was the son of Mr. Gurley D. Barnhardt Sr. and Mrs. Lillie Wagoner Barnhardt, both deceased. He lived with his daughter for the past 17 years. He graduated from Elon College High School and served four years as a cook with the U.S. Navy. He was employed as a civilian in the food service business for 28 years. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Burlington.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Peter (Gail) Kouchinsky of Staunton; a stepdaughter, Ms. Sandra Schiffley of Greensboro; two sisters, Ms. Amy Louise Forbis of Burlington and Ms. Nancy Pearl Allen of Raleigh; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A private family service will be conducted in North Carolina.
The family will be at the home of the sister, Ms. Amy “Betty Lou” Forbis, 4247 Brick Church Road, Burlington, from 1 to 4 Saturday afternoon.
Memorials may be made to the AHC Hospice of the Shenandoah, P.O. Box 215, Fishersville, Va. 22939.
Henry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Ms. Mary Holman Bond
EFLAND — Mr. Mary Holman Bond, 79, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at the home of her daughter.
She was the daughter of Mr. Alvis Holman and Mrs. Luza Tate Holman, both deceased. She moved to Baltimore at an early age and worked with Pilot Motel. After retiring, she moved back to Orange County.
Survivors include a daughter, Ms. Constance G. Mebane; three brothers, Mr. Leroy Holman and Mr. Herwearl Holman, both of Boston, and Mr. Herman Holman of Durham; six sisters, Ms. Lena McAdoo and Ms. Arzelia McAdoo, both of Efland, Ms. Amelia Bumpass of Boston, Ms. Viola Morrow of Mebane and Ms. Iola Charles and Ms. Maggie Loftin, both of Durham; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Gaines Chapel AME Church by the Rev. Charles Blalock. Burial will be in Gaines Memorial Garden.
The family will be at the church from 7 to 8 Saturday evening.
Chavis-Parker Funeral Home in Hillsborough is in charge of arrangements. 

Mrs. Martha Blackwell Gwynn
REIDSVILLE — Mrs. Martha Blackwell Gwynn, 54, of 2128 Stoney Creek School Road, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro.
Fulton Funeral Home in Yanceyville is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.

Mrs. Edith Faye Bivens Wiles
SNOW CAMP — Mrs. Edith Faye Bivens Wiles, 61, of 5673 Mountain Trail, died at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at her home after seven years of failing health.
McClure Funeral Home in Mebane is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete at this time. 

Mrs. Esqurido Whitesell Chrismon 
GIBSONVILLE — Mrs. Esqurido “Rita” Whitesell Chrismon, 71, of 400 Steele St., Apt. 5, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at her home after a sudden illness.
A native of Guilford County, she was the wife of Mr. James Franklin Chrismon Jr., who died in 1990. She was the daughter of Mr. Benjamin Ernest Whitesell Sr. and Mrs. Mamie Terry Whitesell, both deceased. She was retired from Burlington Industries. She was a member of Gibsonville Christian Churchand the Auditorium Bible Class.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Mary Linda Terry of High Point; a son, Mr. Billy Ray Chrismon of Gibsonville; and two brothers, Mr. Benjamin “Bee” Ernest Whitesell Jr. and Mr. Fred Lee Whitesell, both of Gibsonville.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Mr. Harvey “Buck” Whitesell.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gibsonville Christian Church by the Rev. Paul Morton, pastor, and the Rev. Jim Smyrl, pastor of Cross Creek Community Church. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes before to the service. Burial will be in Gibsonville City Cemetery.
The family will be at Lowe Funeral Home and Crematory from 7 to 9 this evening, and at other times at the home of the son, Mr. Billy Chrismon, of 804 Ellen Drive, Gibsonville.
Memorials may be made to Gibsonville Christian Church, 325 Burke St., Gibsonville, N.C. 27249.

Mr. William Darrell Coppersmith
YANCEYVILLE — Mr. William Darrell “Bill” Coppersmith, 75, of 583 Main St., Apt. 8-E, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, after a long illness.
Born Jan. 4, 1925, in Lafayette, Ohio, he was the husband of Mrs. Kenova Hurst Coppersmith, who survives. He was the son of Mr. William David Coppersmith and Mrs. Mildred Leithe Cole Coppersmith, both deceased. Before his retirement due to disability, he was a piano technician and served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Survivors other than his wife of the home include two sons, Mr. Bobby Coppersmith of Florida and Mr. Phillip Coppersmith of Yanceyville; a daughter, Ms. Rebekah Wilson of Yanceyville; two sisters, Ms. Mildred Coppersmith and Ms. Hildred Bertucelli, both of Florida; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, N.C. 62 North, by Mr. John Ontko. Burial will be in the Farabow Family Cemetery.
Marley Funeral Home in Yanceyville is in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Nannie Ann Graves
SEMORA — Ms. Nannie Ann Graves, 54, of 168 Adams Road, Semora, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at her home after a sudden illness.
Blackwell Funeral Home in Yanceyville is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete.

Mrs. Virginia McWhorter Rackley
BURLINGTON — Mrs. Virginia “Gin” McWhorter Rackley, 62, of 1809 Carolina Road, died at 2:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at The Chase in Burlington, after an illness of six months.
A native of Guntersville, Ala., she was the wife of Mr. J. Norman Rackley Jr., who survives. She was the daughter of Mr. Gordon Douglas and Mrs. Myrtle Alexander Douglas, both deceased. She was a Methodist.
Survivors other than her husband of the home include three daughters, Miss Mary Jane McWhorter of Mebane and Mrs. Jane R. Wall and Mrs. Norma R. Long, both of Graham; two sons, Mr. Tommy McWhorter of Guntersville and Mr. Chip Rackley III of Burlington; and four grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rich and Thompson Chapel in Burlington, by the Rev. Bennie Smith, pastor of Staley Memorial Baptist Church. Burial will be in Diamond Cemetery, Beech Creek, Ala.
The family will be at Rich and Thompson Mortuary in Burlington from 6 to 8 p.m.Wednesday, and at other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Alamance-Caswell, P.O. Box 2122, Burlington, N.C. 27216-2122.

Mrs. Cornelia Melton Green 
BURLINGTON — Mrs. Cornelia “Connie” Melton Green, 77, 2051 Hatchery Road, died at 7:27 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at the Hospice Home after one year of failing health, four weeks critical.
A native of Rockwell, she was the daughter of Mr. Lonnie Thomas Melton and Mrs. Lois Gaynell Walker Melton, both deceased. She was a retired employee of the United Way of Alamance County and served on the board of directors of Christmas Cheer. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Graham.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Carolyn Green McCall of Graham; a sister, Mrs. Colleen Melton Newsome of Burlington; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Mr. B.W. Melton.
The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McClure Funeral Home Chapel in Graham by the Rev. Barry Raker. Burial will be in Alamance Memorial Park.
The family will be at the home of the daughter, 304 Steelecrest Road, Graham.
Memorials may be made to The Hospice League of Alamance/Caswell, P.O. Box 2122, Burlington, N.C., 27216-2122.

Mr. Dennis Farrish
RUFFIN — Mr. Dennis Morris Farrish, 47, of 10941 U.S. 158, Apt. A. died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at his home.
Fulton Funeral Home in Yanceyville is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete.

Mrs. Golda Dean Lamb Hood
MEBANE — Mrs. Golda Dean Lamb Hood, 80, died at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at Moorehead Nursing Center in Eden after more than two years of failing health. She was a former resident of Oakwood Apartments in Mebane.
A native of Clarksburg, W. Va., she was the wife of the late Mr. William Stutler Lamb, and the daughter of Mr. Harley Jackson Dean and Mrs. Rose Sturm Dean, both deceased. She was a homemaker and a member of Burlington Assembly of God. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veteranas of Foreign Wars, and a former member of the Women of the Moose.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Carol Lamb Maddux of Elon College and Ms. Patty Lamb Neese of Mebane; one sister, Mrs. Audrey Johnson of Clarksburg; one brother, Mr. John William Dean of Clarksburg; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Lowe Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Howard Thompson, Burlington Assembly of God. A service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Naples Memorial Gardens Chapel in Naples, Fla. By the Rev. Hal Wynn, pastor of Northside Baptist Church in North Fort Myers, Fla. Burial will be in Naples Memorial Gardens.
The family will be at Lowe Funeral Home and Crematory from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, and at other times at the home of daughter, Ms. Patty Neese, 107 British Court, Mebane.

Mrs. Odell Tyson Jones
MEBANE — Mrs. Odell Tyson Jones, 97, of 543 Fitch Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2000, at Alamance Regional Medical Center.
Sharpe Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete.

Mr. Hurley Jones Willis
YANCEYVILLE — Mr. Hurley Jones Willis, 73, of 4001 Benning N.E., Washington, D.C., died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at his home.
Blackwell funeral Home in Yanceyville is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete.

Mrs. Gwendolyn Blaylock Terrell
MEBANE — Mrs. Gwendolyn Blaylock Terrell, 43, of 1627 Forfire Drive, died at 11:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at Carteret Memorial Hospital in Morehead City.
McClure Funeral Home in Mebane is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete.

Mrs. Edith Sensi Giampocaro
BURLINGTON — Mrs. Edith Sensi Giampocaro, 81, of 2828 Berkley Road, died at 10:27 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at her home after a long illness.
A native of Ashland, W. Va., she was the wife of Mr. Victor Anthony Giampocaro Sr., who survives, and the daughter of Mr. Lougie Sensi and Mrs. Ersilia Allessi Sensi, both deceased. She was former co-owner and operator of a Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store, along with her husband. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, a member of the Teresians, former officer of the Sacred Heart League of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Powhattan, W. Va.
Survivors other than her husband of the home include one daughter, Mrs. Angela Giampocaro Yates of Mebane; one son, Mr. Victor Anthony Giampocaro Jr. of Mebane; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Enis Basconi and a brother, Mr. John Sensi.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Wedneday by the Rev. Briant Cullinane of Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Mebane. The Knights of Columbus will serve as Honor Guards.
The family will be at the Rich and Thompson Mortuary in Burlington from 7 to 9 this evening, and at other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 328 W. Davis St., Burlington, N.C. 27215; to Alamance County Meals on Wheels, c/o First Presbyterian Church, 508 W. Davis St., Burlington, N.C. 27215; or to Hospice of Alamance-Caswell, P.O. Box 2122, Burlington, N.C. 27216-2122.

Mrs. Rachel Pearce Alford
RALEIGH — Mrs. Rachel Pearce Alford, 77, of 2300 Beechridge Road, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, after six years of failing health.
A native of Pilot in Franklin County, she was the wife of Mr. Floyd Shelby Alford for 54 years. She was the daughter of Mr. Clyde Pearce and Mrs. Corinna Pearce, both deceased.
Survivors include two daughters, Ms. Beverly Alford of Burlington and Mrs. Annette Garvey of Greensboro; two brothers, Mr. James Pearce and Mr. David Pearce, both of Pilot; three sisters, Ms. Cherrie Averitt of Raleigh, Ms. Louise Griffin of Elizabeth City and Ms. Tcenie Wilder of Louisburg; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Mr. Floyd Alford Jr. and a sister, Ms. LaRue Hudgins.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2100 Noble Road, Raleigh.
The family will receive friends in the vestibule after the service and at other times at the home.
A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. at the Alford-Upchurch cemetery in Pilot. Following the service, the family will receive friends in Pilot Baptist Church annex.
Memorials may be made to the Floyd Alford Memorial Scholarship Fund, School of Journalism, UNC-Chapel Hill, Campus Box 3365, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599; or to Emmanuel Baptist Church, Vision 2000 Fund.
Family Funeral Care in Zebulon is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Aubra Brown Whitesell
GIBSONVILLE — Mrs. Aubra Brown Whitesell, 97, of Greensboro, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at Moses H. Cone Extended Care in Greensboro. She was a former resident of McIntyre Road in Gibsonville.
A native of Guilford County, she was the wife of the late Mr. Conrad C. Whitesell. She was the daughter of Mr. Lemuel Augusters Brown and Mrs. Sallie A. Summers Brown, both deceased. She was a homemaker and a member of Apple’s Chapel Christian Church.
Survivors include two sons, Mr. Clifton R. Whitesell and Mr. Lloyd A. Whitesell, both of Gibsonville; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Apple’s Chapel Christian Church by the Rev. Allen Myers, pastor; the Rev. J. Lester Stanley; and Mr. Jess Montlegudo. The body will be placed in the church at 4:30 p.m. today. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will be at the church from 7 to 9 this evening, and at other times at the home of a son, Mr. Loyd Whitesell, 2151 Colony Road, Gibsonville.
Memorials may be made to Apple’s Chapel Christian Church, 7345 N.C. 61 North, Gibsonville, N.C. 27249.


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