Miscellaneous Alamance County, North Carolina Obituaries - 2002

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BONNIE BELL ROBINSON
GARLAND - Bonnie Bell Robinson, 84, of 292 Cain Road died Thursday, June 6.
The funeral was conducted at 2 p. m. Monday at Galilee Holiness Church by Pastor Elbert Flower. Burial was in the Community Cemetery.
She is survived by three sons, Eddie F. Robinson and Preston Robinson, both of Garland, and Samuel Robinson of Daytona Beach, Fla.; four daughters, Estelle Robinson of Garland, Margie Breeden of Fayetteville, Wattie D. Ingram of Roseboro, and Lucy L. James of Raleigh; 32 grandchildren, 103 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home of Garland handled the arrangements.

LILLIE E. PRIEST
CLARKTON-Lillie E. Priest, 90, died Monday, June 3, at Woodhaven Nursing Center in Lumberton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Priest.
A graveside service was held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Bladen Memorial Gardens with Dr. Michael Thompson officiating. 
She is survived by a daughter, Faye P. Lanier of Chadbourn; two sons, Kerry L. Priest of Clarkton and Donnie R. Priest of Rocky Point; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to Lisbon Baptist Church, 4588 Lisbon Road, Clarkton, N. C. 28433.
Kinlaw Funeral Home of Elizabethtown is handling the arrangements.

DAVID T. AYERS
ELIZABETHTOWN -David T. Ayers died Friday, June 7, at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville. He was 73.
Mr. Ayers retired as vice president of Wachovia Bank in Elizabethtown in 1990 after 39 years service with Wachovia and its local predecessor, the Bank of Elizabethtown. He had attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.
Mr. Ayers was treasurer of the Bladen County Chapter of the American Heart Association for 25 years; was chairman and secretary/treasurer of the Bladen County Chapter of the American Red Cross for 20 years; was a past president of the Bladen County Cancer Society; was a past president of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce; was past president of the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club and a member of the Legion of Honor; was past chairman of Group VI of the North Carolina Bankers Association; and was the U. S. Savings Bond Chairman for Bladen County.
In addition, Mr. Ayers had served as a member of the Morehead Scholarship Nomination Committee for Bladen and Columbus Counties.
He was a Deacon, Elder and Sunday School teacher at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church. He was a U. S. Navy veteran, having served on active duty from 1947 to 1950, and was in the U. S. Navy Reserves from 1950 to 1954.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church, conducted by Dr. Bill Young.
Mr. Ayers is survived by his wife, Melrose Ayers; a son, David T. Ayers, Jr., of Fayetteville; a daughter, Kathy Sasser of Goldsboro; two brothers, E. W. Ayers of St. Pauls and James C. Ayers of Columbus, Ohio; one sister, Margaret White of Raleigh; and two grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Wednesday following the memorial service.
Memorials are suggested to the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 576, Elizabethtown, N. C. 28337, or to the Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina, Lake Waccamaw, N. C. 28450.
Highland Funeral Service and Crematory in Fayetteville is handling the arrangements.

ROBBIE JEAN WARD
CLARENDON-Robbie Jean Ward of 2435 Jim Jolly Road died Thursday in an automobile accident. She was 41.
The funeral was conducted at 3 p. m. Monday at Lewis-Bowen Funeral Home Chapel in Bladenboro. Burial was in the Community Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Ward is survived by her husband, Ricky Ward, Sr.; two sons, Ricky Ward, Jr., and Jonathon T. Ward, both of the home; two stepsons, Michael Ward and Richard L. Ward, both of Loris, S. C.; her mother, Emma Jean Packer of Elizabethtown; and two brothers, Allen Packer and Stacy Packer, both of Elizabethtown.
Lewis-Bowen handled the arrangements.

MALCOLM GLENN SINGLETARY
BLADENBORO - Malcolm Glenn Singletary of 500 Old Abbottsburg Road died Thursday, October 10, at his residence. He was 68.
Mr. Singletary worked with Belks Department Stores for 50, and served as store manager in Whiteville for 34 years before retiring. He was a member of the Abbottsburg Baptist Church and the Whiteville Lions Club.
The funeral will be conducted at the Abbottsburg Baptist Church Saturday at 2 p. m. with the Revs. J. S. (Bud) Parrish and Bruce Cannon officiating. Burial will be in the McKinnon Cemetery of Abbottsburg.
Mr. Singletary is survived by his wife, Sylvia Yarborough Singletary; a son, Malcolm Glenn Singletary Jr. of Chapel Hill; a daughter, Lois Marie Singletary of Bladenboro; a brother, R. Jennings Singletary of Goose Creek; and two sisters, Doris S. Vines of Elizabethtown and Judith S. McLaurin of Fayetteville.
The family suggests memorials to a hospice of choice.
Lewis-Bowen Funeral Home of Bladenboro is handling the arrangements.

JOSEPH ROSS BASS
BLADENBORO - Joseph Ross Bass, 71, of 303 Byrd Street died Saturday, December 14, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton.
The funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a. m. at White Oak Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Bobby Carden. Burial will be in Chadbourn Memorial Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Miriam Bass; four daughters, Barbara Bryan and Patricia McKnight, both of Bladenboro, Freda McLean of Florida, and Sue Coward of Welcome; two sons, Joseph Bass of Darlington, S. C., and Albert Dewayne Bass of Chadbourn; one sister, Evelyn Sykes of Clarkton; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 7 till 9 p.m. at White Oak Freewill Baptist Church.
Lewis-Bowen Funeral Home in Bladenboro is handling the arrangements.

DEWEY B. WEATHERFORD
WHITEVILLE - Dewey B. Weatherford, 48, of Pleasant Plains Church Road died Monday, July 22.
The funeral was conducted at 2 p. m. Thursday at Worthington Funeral Home in Chadbourn by the Rev. Charles Cribb. Burial was in Chadbourn Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Weatherford is survived by his wife, Sheila G. Weatherford; two sons, Billy C. Weatherford of Whiteville and Jimmy D. Grainer of Chadbourn; two sisters, Nancy W. Allen of Whiteville and Judy W. Mathis of Elizabethtown; a brother, Billy B. Weatherford of Statesville; and a grandchild.

ROBERT PRESTON NEISLER SR.
COUNCIL - Robert Preston Neisler Sr., 66, died Wednesday, October 9, at home.
Mr. Neisler was part owner of Chesterfield Yarn Mills in Pageland, South Carolina, and served as its president from 1959 to 2000. He was also part owner of Oakland Plantation Turf Farm in Council.
Mr. Neisler is survived by his wife, Mary Ham Neisler, of Wilmington; three sons, Preston Neisler and Matthew Neisler, both of Pageland, SC, and Chris Neisler of Mayer, Arizona; a sister, Betty Timberlake of Lake Waccamaw; two brothers, Joe Neisler of Lake Waccamaw, and Hugh Neisler of Pageland, SC, and five grandchildren. 
A private graveside service was held on, Friday, October 11 at Mt. Horeb Cemetery in Council.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Kinlaw Funeral Home in Elizabethtown handled arrangements.

FAYE HUGGINS ELMORE
ELIZABETHTOWN - Faye Huggins Elmore, 82, died Friday, December 13, at Bladen County Hospital. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Elmore. She was a manager for Sear in Washington, D. C., for 40 years before returning to Elizabethtown.
The funeral was held Sunday at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Kinlaw Funeral Home with the Rev. David Elks officiating. Burial was in Elizabethtown City Cemetery.
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Berline Gallehugh, and her nieces, Dorothy Foss of Elizabethtown and Sandy Hurley of Fayetteville.
Memorials are suggested to a charity of choice.
Kinlaw handled the arrangements.

ROSA H. LEWIS
BLADENBORO - Rosa H. Lewis of 802 Martin Luther King, Jr., died Thursday, July 18, at Elizabethtown Nursing Center. She was 96.
The funeral was conducted Wednesday at 1 p. m. at St. Luke AME Zion Church by the Rev. Haywood Oliver. Burial was in Brooklyn Memorial Garden.
Mrs. Lewis is survived by a grandson, Ricky Gillespie of Bladenboro.
Peoples Funeral Home of Whiteville handled the arrangements.

CLARA BELL ANDREWS
COUNCIL-Clara Bell Andrews, 68, of 10025 NC 211 East died Friday, July 26, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
The funeral will be conducted at 3 p. m. today (Tuesday) at Carver's Creek AME Zion Church by the Rev. Douglas Moss. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 
Mrs. Andrews is survived by two sons, Wiley E. Andrews of Angier and Carl A. Andrews of Whitieville; three daughters, Sharon L. Brooks of Lumberton, Susan C. Faulkner of Clarkton, and Coleen A. Faulkner of the home; seven brothers, Oneal Graham, Albert Graham, Leo Graham, Herman Graham and Larry Graham, all of Clarkton, Audie Graham of Bladenboro, and James Graham of Abbottsburg; five sisters, Margaret Shaw and Idella Steele, both of Clarkton, Ruth McLean of Council, Veda McKoy of Patterson, N. J., and Alatha Mathis of Atlanta; and 12 grandchildren.
The family will receive friends today from 1 till 3 p.m. at the church and at other times at the home.
Arrangements are being handled by Cunningham and Sons Mortuary of Fayetteville.

GARLAND LENNON
BLADENBORO - Garland Lennon of 1085 Pleasant Garden Road died Tuesday, June 4, at Bladen County Hospital. He was 85.
Arrangements will be announced by Peoples Funeral Home of Whiteville.

LUCY KATHLEEN McKEE RUSS
MORGANTON-Lucy Kathleen McKee Russ, 76, of White Pine Lane, Morganton, died Sunday, September 29, at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health.
Mrs. Russ was a native of Columbus County, the daughter of the late William James McKee and Lucy Hobbs McKee, a former employee of Broughton Hospital, and a member of Conley Road Pentecostal Holiness Church.
The funeral will be held today, October 1, at Conley Road Pentecostal Holiness Church with Reverend Bill Rice officiating. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, October 2, at 4:30 p.m. in McKinnon Cemetery in Bladenboro.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Lewis & Bowen Funeral Home in Bladenboro. 
Memorial gifts may be made to Conley Pentecostal Holiness Church, P.O. Box 164, Glen Alpine, NC 28628.
Arrangements are being handled by Sossoman Funeral Home of Morganton with local arrangements by Lewis & Bowen of Bladenboro.

HAROLD McNEILL
LUMBERTON - Harold McNeill, 58, of 1175 Robert Bessie Road died Thursday, December 12, at his residence.
He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church, and was employed with the House of Raeford for 36 years.
The funeral was conducted at 2 p. m. Saturday at Antioch Baptist Church in St. Pauls by the Revs. Sterling Chavis, Romey Revels and Gerald Smith. Burial was in the McNeill Family Cemetery in Shannon.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Joyce McNeill; two sons, Steven Harold McNeill and Stuart Blaine McNeill, both of Lumberton; a daughter, Cindy Lynn Bell of Lumberton; five brothers, Willie S. McNeill. L. H. McNeill, Hubert McNeill Jr., Vernon McNeill and Glenn McNeill, all of Lumberton; and one grandchild. 
Floyd Mortuary and Crematory of Lumberton handled the arrangements.

MITCHELL A. NANCE
FAYETTEVILLE - Mitchell A. Nance, 77, of 1817 Lakeshore Drive died Friday, July 26, at his home. 
Mr. Nance was a former teacher and coach at Benson High School. He was a member and former Elder of Highland Presbyterian Church and was a member and past president of the Cape Fear Kiwanis Club. He served in the Visitors Board of Methodist College.
The funeral service was conducted Monday at 11 a. m. at Highland Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Leighton McKeithan. Burial was in LaFayette Memorial Park.
Mr. Nance is survived by his wife, Carol S. Nance; two sons, Lewis Nance of Fayetteville and Charles E. "Chip" Dudley of Arlington, Va.; two daughters, Nancy Lu Nance of Fayetteville and Kathryn Dudley of Arlington, Va.; two sisters, Sarah N. Britt of Bladenboro and Virginia N. Harris of White Lake; and two grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to Highland Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 111 Highland Ave., Fayetteville, N. C. 28305, and to Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina, P. O. Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, N. C. 28450.
Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home of Fayetteville handled the arrangements.

BETTIE MARGARET CARTER
GARLAND - Bettie Margaret Carter, 93, died Tuesday, October 15, at Sampson Regional Medical Center in Clinton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Avon Carter, and two sons, Ray Carter and Roy Carter. She was a member of Garland United Methodist Church.
The funeral will be held today, Friday, at 11 a.m. at Garland United Methodist Church with Reverend Victor Galipi officiating. Burial will follow in the Garland Cemetery.
Mrs. Carter is survived by one son, Clem Carter, of Chesapeake, Virginia; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren. 
Carter Funeral Home in Garland is handling arrangements. 

SYLVESTER JERMAINE McDOWELL
ELIZABETHTOWN -Sylvester Germaine McDowell, 27, of 4229 NC 242, died Saturday, March 29, at Bladen County Hospital.
Arrangements will be announced by Johnson's Funeral Service of Elizabethtown.

OTTALEE PAGE PITTMAN
FAYETTEVILLE - Ottalee Page Pittman died Thursday, June 5, at Carolina Health Care Center. She was 87.
She was a member of Northwood Temple.
The funeral was held at Northwood Temple Sunday at 3 p.m. with Dr. John E. Hedgepeth officiating. Entombment was in Pages Mausoleum of Bladen County.
Mrs. Pittman is survived by three daughters, Joyce Armstrong Gordon and Sabrina Pittman Aaron, both of Fayetteville, and Molly Roberts Bethea of Hope Mills; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Highland Funeral Service and Crematory of Fayetteville handled the arrangements.

LOUISE SIMPSON
CURRIE - Louise Simpson, 70, of 5925 Bell and Williams Road died Sunday, June 2, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. 
She was born December 17, 1931, in Bladen County to George and Julia Johnson Finkley.
The funeral will be conducted today (Friday) at 2 p.m. at Moore's Creek Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Stanley Richardson officiating. Interment will be in the Moore's Creek Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Moses Simpson; three daughters, Judy McKoy of Burgaw, and Ruth Tinson and Nancy McKoy, both of Philadelphia; two sisters, Sarah McCarthy of Bronx, N. Y., and Claudia Gibson of Upper Marlboro, Md.; one son, James Simpson of Brooklyn, N. Y.; nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Dunn Funeral Home of Burgaw is handling the arrangements.

CHANNING LEE ROBERTS
SWANSBORO - Channing Lee Roberts, 29,of 316 Pettiford Road died Saturday, July 27, at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City.
The funeral service will be conducted today (Tuesday) at 3 p. m. at Padgett Funeral Chapel in Wallace. Burial will follow in Rockfish Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife, Mandy Dent Roberts; one son, Channing Lee Roberts, Jr., of the home; his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. William Patterson of Swansboro; his father, Roger Earl Roberts of San Antonio, Tex.; three brothers, Floyd Douglas Roberts of San Antonio, and Marshall Bradley Roberts and Christopher Brock Roberts, both of Bladenboro; his maternal grandmother, Mae Lee Kennedy of Mt. Olive; and his paternal grandmother, Hazel Roberts of Calypso.
The family will receive friends at Padgett Funeral Home from 2 till 3 p. m. today.
Padgett is handling the arrangements.

WILLIAM WILLIS (BILL) ROBESON
JACKSONVILLE, Fl. -William Willis (Bill) Robeson of 3418 Terry Street, formerly of Tar Heel, died Thursday, July 25, at St.Vincent's Medical Center in Jacksonville. He was 78.
Mr. Robeson was a avid sportsman who loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of the Jacksonville Gun Club.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a. m. at Beth Carr Presbyterian Church in Tar Heel, conducted by the Rev. David Canady. Burial will be in the Beth Carr Church cemetery.
Mr. Robeson is survived by his mother, Jewel M. Woods, of Jacksonville, Fl., and a sister, Anne R. Carpender of Charlotte.
Visitation will be held tonight (Tuesday) from 7 till 8 p.m. at Saint Pauls Funeral Home.
Saint Pauls Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

JOE R. PAYNE
AUSTIN, Tex. - Joe R. Payne died in Paris, France, May 12. He was 66.
A native of Texas, he resided in Austin.
He was retired from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission where he worked for 30 years and was appointed chairman by the Texas governor.
The funeral service will be Monday, May 20, at 11 a. m. at the University Methodist Church on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.
Among his survivors is his wife, Nancy; a son, Mark J. Payne of Elizabethtown; four daughters; and a brother.
Memorials are suggested locally to Wesley's Chapel United Methodist Church, 2409 Peanut Plant Road, Elizabethtown, N. C. 28337.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 until 5 p. m. at Cook Walden Funeral Home on Rockwood Lane in Austin.

HELEN B. BULLARD
LUMBERTON - Helen B. Bullard of 2407 W. 5th Street died Tuesday, March 26, at GlenFlora Nursing Home. She was 82.
She was born in Robeson County on April 2, 1919, a daughter of the late Hezzie Sanford and Betty Walters Branch. She was a member of the West Lumberton Baptist Church where she was active in the Willing Workers Sunday School class.
The funeral service was conducted at 11 a. m. Saturday at West Lumberton Baptist Church with the Revs. Glenn Grant and James Brooks officiating. Interment followed in the Meadowbrook Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Sandy A. Bullard; two sons, Billy Bruce Bullard of Tarboro and Sandy Archie Bullard, Jr., of Red Springs; three daughters, Shelby Bodiford, Janice Bryan and Carolyn Strickland, all of Lumberton; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the West Lumberton Baptist Church Building Fund, 2320 W. 5th Street, Lumberton, N. C. 28358, or to the Alzheimer's Association of North Carolina, 400 Oberlin Road, Suite 208, Raleigh, N. C. 27605.
Biggs Funeral Home of Lumberton handled the arrangements.

MARIE MAZUR BAXLEY
ELIZABETHTOWN - Marie Mazur Baxley died Wednesday, April 3, at Bladen County Hospital. She was 70.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Chester Mazur, and her second husband, Wallace Baxley. She was employed for 44 years as a secretary with Squires Timber Company.
The funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a. m. at Wesley's Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Kenneth Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Baxley is survived by two sons, Cam Mazur of Elizabethtown and Robert Mazur of White Lake; a brother, Bobby Absher of Elizabethtown; and five grandchildren, Bryan and Ashley Mazur of Elizabethtown and Jordan, Jared and Jacob Mazur of White Lake. 
Visitation will be held tonight (Friday) from 7 till 9 p.m. at Kinlaw Funeral Home in Elizabethtown and at other times at 17 Magnolia Lane, White Lake.
Kinlaw is handling the arrangements.

MYRTLE BRITT PAIT
BLADENBORO - Myrtle Britt Pait, 72, of 3309 Center Road died Thursday, April 4, at SunBridge Nursing Care.
She was preceded in death by her husband, H. B. Pait, Jr.
The funeral will be conducted Saturday at 3 p. m. at Center Road Baptist Church by the Rev. Vernon Britt. Burial will be in Old Pait Cemetery.
She is survived by three daughters, Gloria Dove and Teresa Hester, both of Bladenboro, and Roselind Britt of Orrum; a son, Dennis Pait of Bladenboro; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held tonight (Friday) from 7 till 9 p. m. at Lewis-Bowen Funeral Home in Bladenboro.
Lewis-Bowen is handling the arrangements.


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