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Anne P. Currin 
OXFORD — Anne Pitts Currin, 78, of 3138 Hwy. 96-S, died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at Durham Regional Hospital in Durham. She was a Granville County native and the daughter of the late Arthur D. and Mary Lee Clay Pitts. She was a member of Banks United Methodist Church, a member of the church choir and a member of the United Women.  
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday at Banks United Methodist Church by the Revs. Diane M.C. Blanchard and Frank Bourner. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are her husband, S. Taylor Currin of the home; two daughters, Cheryl S. Currin of Oxford and Pat Gallagher of Oxford; two sisters, Lizzie Lee Foster and Lorraine Pitts Kearney, both of Oxford; one brother, James  Madison Pitts of Oxford; and three grandchildren.  
Immediately following the services, the family will receive friends in the fellowship hall of Banks United Methodist Church, and other times at the home.  
Arrangements are by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home of Oxford. 
  

William T. Henderson 

HENDERSON — William T. Henderson, 53, of 614 Andrew Ave., died Monday, July 24, 2000, at Durham V.A. Hospital. He was a Vance County native and the son of the late Frank and Margaret Williams-Henderson.  
He graduated from Henderson Institute, and served three years in the United States Army from 1969-1971.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Garnes Chapel by the Minister Linda Foster. Burial will follow in Blacknall Cemetery.  
Surviving are his son, Waasim Cook of Burlington; two sisters, Edith McNeil of Richmond, Va., and Annie Battle, also of Richmond, Va.; three brothers, James H. Henderson of Henderson, Milton Henderson of Richmond, Va., and Robert Henderson of Henderson.  
The family will receive friends at James Henderson home at 923 Pinkston Street.  
Pallbearers will be friends and relatives.  
Floralbearers will be friends and relatives.  
Arrangements are by Garnes Funeral Services Inc. 
  

George W. Rickman Sr. 

WILSON — George William Rickman Sr., 78, of Wilson, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, in Raleigh. He was a native of Waynesville.  
He was a World War II veteran, having served with the 30th Infantry Division and in the Pacific with the 5th Army Air Corps Engineers. He was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the American Legion and an honorary member of the Old Hickory Association.  
He started in Millwork early in life and continued in it all his life. For many years, he designed and handmade custom staircases, including all associated woodcarvings, and was owner of Stairways Unlimited. At the time of his death, he was teaching woodworking and furniture making at Wilson Tech.  
Following World War II, he served as Scoutmaster and Sea Scout Skipper, and worked with the Boy Scouts at First Baptist Church of Wilson where he was a member. He later was commander of the Wilson Civil Air Patrol Squadron for 10 years.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Blaylock Funeral Home in Warrenton by the Rev. Tim Short. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.  
Surviving are his wife, Rosa George Rickman; two sons, Michael “Mike” Rickman of the home in Wilson and G.W. “Ricky” Rickman Jr. of Mechanicsville, Va.; one sister, Edna Rickman Haney of Waynesville; and two brothers, Edward R. Rickman of Cumberland, Tenn., and Joseph M. Rickman of Lenox, Mo.  
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Blaylock Funeral Home. 
Memorials may be made to the Robert E. Lee Council, Boy Scouts of America, Trust Fund, P.O. Box 6809, Richmond, Va. 23230.  
Arrangements are by Blaylock Funeral Home of Warrenton. 
  

James C. Shelley 

NICHOLS, S.C. — James Cleveland Shelley, 79, of Hwy. 917, died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at his residence. He was a Horry County native and the son of the late James Austin and Johnnie Mishoe Shelley.  
He was a board member of Horry County Electric Cooperative for 28 years. He was a member of the Pleasant View Baptist Church, where he was a deacon, a Sunday school director and served on the church property committee. He was a field supervisor of the A.S.C.S. office for many years. He sponsored the Annual Harvest Day Barbeque.  
Surviving are his wife, Lacie A. Shelley of Nichols, S.C.; three sons, Rev. James C. Shelley Jr. of Creedmoor, Dr. Dewey Randall Shelley of Timmonsville, S.C., Johnny Myron Shelley of Nichols, S.C.; a brother, Elson Shelley of Nichols, S.C.; five sisters, Nitta Plaisance of Monroe, La., Florence Dohmann of Opelousas, La., Marie Graham of Galivants Ferry, S.C., Janice Morton and Betty Shelley, both of Nichols, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Pleasant View Baptist Church with the Revs. Rick Watson and James C. Shelley Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Meares Funeral Home in Mullins.  
Memorials may be made to Pleasant View Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall Fund, 5065 Hwy. 19, Nichols, S.C. 29581 or Mercy Hospice, P.O. Box 1409, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29578.  
Information provided by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home of Oxford. 
 

Dorothy C. Wallace 

HENDERSON — Dorothy Chavis Wallace, 61, died in Jersey City, N.J. She was a native of Henderson.  
She was a graduate of Henderson Institute and attended Kittrell College.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today at St. John Church in New Jersey. Burial will be in the Rosemount Memorial Park in Newark, N.J.  
Surviving are four children; one sister, Vivian Chavis of Richmond, Va.; two brothers, Eddie Chavis and Fredrick Chavis; and eight grandchildren.  
Arrangements are by Parker Funeral Home, 37 Clinton Ave., Jersey City, N.J. 07304. 
Local announcements are by Mary Davis-Royster Funeral Service. 

Virginia B. Pittard 
  
OXFORD — Virginia  B. Pittard, 93, of Dunn, and former resident of Granville County, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, in Harnett Nursing Home in Dunn. She was a Granville County native and the daughter of the late William C. and Nonia Usry.  
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dunn, a member of U.D.C. and retired as an elementary public school teacher.  
Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Knotts Grove Cemetery by the Rev. Leroy Pittard III.  
Surviving are two sisters-in-law, Madeline M. Pittard of Butner and Lizzie P. Pittard of Oxford, several nieces and nephews.  
Visitation will follow the graveside services and at other times at the home of Tom and Pat Latta, 210 West “F” St., Butner. 
Arrangements are by Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford and Skinner Funeral Home in Dunn. 
  

Bernard M. Smith 

OXFORD — Bernard M. Smith, 79, a former resident of Pendleton, Ind., and a resident of 5151 Dorsey Place, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, at his home.  
He was the father of Dr. Michael Smith of Oxford.  
Arrangements will be announced Saturday by the J.M. White Funeral Home. 
  

Louis Williams 

HENDERSON — Louis Williams, 80, of Rt. 2, Henderson, died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at the Senior Citizens Home Inc. He was a Warren County native and the son of the late Hattie Kearney.  
He was a member of Jordan Chapel Baptist Church where the funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday by the Rev. James Barham, Dr. A.A. Brown, Rev. W.S. Taylor, Minister Betty Hayes and Minister Sheila Bunt. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are his wife, Birdie Williams of the home; one son, Robert Williams of the home; four daughters, Dorothy Wilson of Warren County, Mary Kearney of Franklin County, Phyllis Kearney and Belinda Carroll of Henderson; one brother, George Kearney of Brooklyn, N.Y.; four sisters, Louvenia Milon of Franklin County, Myrtle Thomas, Hattie Beatrice Wiggins, Esther Wiggins of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.  
The family will receive friends at the home.  
Pallbearers will be grandsons.  
Floralbearers will be granddaughters.  
Arrangements are by Garnes Funeral Services Inc. 
  

George W. Wright 

HENDERSON — George Washington Wright, 72, of 302 Lincoln Ave., died Friday, July 21, 2000, at his residence. He was a Franklin County native and the son of the late David and Pattie Green Wright.  
He was educated in the Franklin County Schools and was a member of Haywood Baptist Church in Franklinton.  
He was a retired employee of Bandag, Inc.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Big Zion A.M.E. Church by the Rev. Gaylyn Wilson. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are his wife, Emma W. Wright of the home; three children, Jerry O. Wright of Henderson, Sandra E. Farrior of Hawaii, Connie D. Watkins of Henderson; seven grandchildren; one brother, Charles Jordon of Washington, D.C.; three sisters, Josephine Teasley and Geneva Pettiford of Washington, D.C., and Mary Long of Louisburg.  
The family will receive friends at the home.  
Pallbearers will be friends of the family.  
Arrangements are by Garnes Funeral Services Inc.

Christine E. Askew 
HENDERSON — Christine Edwards Askew, age, 69, a resident of 244 Rock Mill Road, died Thursday night at her home. 
She was a native of Warren County and was the daughter of Jodie Mosley Edwards of Henderson and the late Willie Joe Edwards. 
She was a homemaker and a member of the Unity Baptist Church. 
Services will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. in the J.M. White Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. A. B. Greene, Jr. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens. 
In addition to her mother, she is survived by: her husband, Newell Winston Askew, of the home; three sons, Newell “Skeet” Askew, and Matthew Joe Askew, both of Kittrell, and David Van Askew of Henderson; two sisters, Emily Edwards and Helen E. Abbott, both of Henderson; three brothers, Willie Gray Edwards, Bobby Junior Edwards, and Jimmy Lewis Edwards, all of Henderson; and five grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends Saturday from 7 until 8:30 p.m.  at the J.M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home. 
Serving as active pallbearers will be James Winstead, Corbit Cash, William Edwards, Mike Edwards, Willie Edwards, Jr., and Morris Abbott, Jr. 
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home. 
  

Lonnie E. Blackmon 

HENDERSON — Lonnie Edward “Smokey” Blackmon, age 73, a resident of 612 Flint Street, died Friday at Burnette Retirement Village in Louisburg. 
He was a native of Vance County and was the son of the late Walter Baxter and Maddie Pollard Blackmon. He was the widower of Nellie Inscoe Blackmon. 
Mr. Blackmon was a veteran of World War II having served in the Army. He was a self-employed welder, a member of the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church where he was a former usher, a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and the Henderson Moose Lodge. 
Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church by the Rev. Joseph Jones. Burial will follow in the Liberty-Vance United Church Of Christ Cemetery. 
He is survived by: two daughters, Jane Blackmon Causby and Katherine Blackmon Baker, both of Henderson; two sons, Tony Blackmon and Ronnie Blackmon, both of Henderson; one brother, James R. Blackmon of Henderson, three granddaughters and one great-grandson. 
The family will receive friends Sunday night from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the J.M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home of Jane Causby and Katherine Baker at 43 Deer Track Lane and at the home of James and Alice Blackmon at 2365 Ross Mill Road, Henderson. 
Serving as active pallbearers will be Douglas Blackmon, Garland Blackmon, Rawlins Roberson, Wayne Matthews, Robert Maddox, Grady Maddox, and Clay Carter. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be all members of The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and Henderson Moose Lodge. 
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home. 
  

Lucy L. Lee 

HENDERSON — Lucy Lee Johnson, age 81, a resident of 904 Alexander, died Thursday at her home. 
She was a native of Granville County and was the daughter of the late Walter and Mollie Collins Lee. She was the widow of Graham Walter Johnson, and was a member of the Second Baptist Church. 
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the J.M. White Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Donnie Perkinson and the Rev. Frank Sossamon. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. 
She is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth Johnson Robbins, of Henderson; one son, Ronald Walter Johnson, of Oxford; one sister, Dorothy L. Arrington, of Henderson; one brother, James Lee, of Henderson, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by two sons, Graham David Johnson and Donald Gene Johnson, Sr. The family will receive friends Saturday night from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the J.M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at her home on Alexander Avenue. 
Serving as active pallbearers wil be Bobby Robbins, Donald Gene Johnson, Jr., Douglas Gordon Johnson, Taylor O’Brient, David Lee, III, and Bennett E. Johnson, Jr. 
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home. 
 

James T. Richardson 

HENDERSON — James Thomas Richardson, 73, of Henderson, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, at Maria Parham Hospital following a sudden illness.  
The family will be at 53 Chester Lane.  
Arrangements will be announced later by E.C. Terry's Funeral Service. 
  

Peter J. Somerville 

WARRENTON — Peter James Somerville, 74, of the Parktown community, Warrenton, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at his home.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Boyd’s Funeral Services Chapel. The Rev. Wendell Edwards will officiate. Burial will follow in the Baltimore Baptist Church Cemetery in Warrenton.  
Surviving are two sons, Clarence Watson and Alfonzo Watson, both of Warrenton; three stepchildren, Allen Brown and Revern Alston, both of Warrenton, and Bernard Davis of Henderson; several grandchildren, step-grandchildren; and one sister, Rosa Bullock of Warrenton. 
The body will be on view today at Boyd’s Funeral Services until the hour of services.  
Arrangements are by Boyd’s Funeral Services of Warrenton. 
 

Bernard M. Smith 

OXFORD — Bernard M. Smith, age 79, a resident of 5151 Dorsey Road, died Thursday morning at his home. 
He was a native of Pendleton, Indiana, and was the son of the late Willis Raye and Gertrude McCashland Smith. He was the widower of Olga Ann Buser Smith. 
He was a graduate of Purdue University as an Electrical Engineer, was a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force, and past president and owner of Marine Apparatus & Sales in Louisville, Ky. 
He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Fortville, Ind. Funeral services will be held Monday at noon at Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church in Louisville, Ky. Burial will follow in the Calvary Cemetery in Louisville. 
He is survived by: one son, Dr. Michael Smith, of Oxford; one daughter, Sue S. Strom, of Baltimore, Md.; two brothers, Willis Raye Smith, II of Sarasota, Fla. and Hugh Smith of Pendleton, Ind., 10 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. 
The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 until 5 and 7 until 9 p.m. at Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home at 3711 Lexington Road, Louisville, Ky. 
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Catholic Church, 523 South Merrill Street, Fortville, IN 46040. 
Arrangements are being handled by the J.M. White Funeral Home. 
  

Helmy A. Zaki 

OXFORD — Helmy A. Zaki, 56, died Friday, July 28, 2000, at Rex Hospital. He was a native of Sohag, Egypt.  
He was a longtime auditor of the Internal Revenue Service in Raleigh. He was a founding member and deacon of St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Raleigh.  
Surviving are his wife, Kawsar Zaki; three sons, George, Jimmy and Bobby; and two granddaughters. 
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church followed by burial at Raleigh Memorial Park in Raleigh. 
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Mitchell Funeral Home, Glenwood Avenue.  
Flowers may be sent to the funeral home. Memorials may be sent to St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church Building Fund, 3507 New Hope Road, Raleigh, NC 27604.  
Arrangements are by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home of Oxford.

Lucy L. Johnson 
HENDERSON-Lucy Lee Johnson, age 81, a resident of 904 Alexander, died Thursday at her home.  She was a native of Granville County and was the daughter of the late Walter and Mollie Collins Lee.   
She was the widow of Graham Walter Johnson, and was a member of the Second Baptist Church.   
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:00 P.M. in the J. M. White Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Donnie Perkinson and the Rev. Frank Sossamon.  Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. 
She is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth Johnson Robbins, of Henderson; one son, Ronald Walter Johnson, of Oxford; one sister, Dorothy L. Arrington, of Henderson; one brother, James Lee, of Henderson, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by two sons, Graham David Johnson and Donald Gene Johnson Sr. 
The family will receive friends Saturday night from 7:00 until 8:30 P. M. at the J. M. White Funeral Home.  At other times they will be at her home on Alexander Avenue. 
Serving as active pall bearers wil be Bobby Robbins, Donald Gene Johnson, Jr., Douglas Gordon Johnson, Taylor O'Brient, David Lee, III, and Bennett E. Johnson, Jr. 
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home.   
                             
Christine E. Askew 
HENDERSON — Christine Edwards Askew, age, 69, a resident of 244 Rock Mill Road, died Thursday night at her home.  
She was a native of Warren County and was the daughter of  Jodie Mosley Edwards of Henderson and the late Willie Joe Edwards. She was a homemaker and a member of the Unity Baptist Church. 
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 4:00 P. M. in the J. M. White Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. A.B. Greene, Jr.  Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens. 
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Newell Winston Askew, of the Home, three sons, Newell "Skeet" Askew, and Matthew Joe Askew, both of Kittrell, and David Van Askew of Henderson; two sisters, Emily Edwards and Helen E. Abbott, both of Henderson; three brothers, Willie Gray Edwards, Bobby Junior Edwards, and Jimmy Lewis Edwards, all of Henderson, and five grandchildren. 
The family received friends Saturday night at the J. M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home. 
Serving as active pall bearers will be James Winstead, Corbit Cash, William Edwards, Mike Edwards, Willie Edwards, Jr., and Morris Abbott, Jr. 
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home. 

Justin Thomas Janolis 
Jonathon Wilson Janolis 

HENDERSON — Justin Thomas Janolis, 10, and Jonathon Wilson Janolis, 5, died Friday. They were members of Reedy Creek Baptist Church and students at E.O. Young School.  
Rev. Frank Mullis will conduct funeral services 11:00 AM Monday at Reedy Creek Baptist Church, burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are parents, Thomas and Anita Evans Janolis; one brother, Josh Janolis of the home; maternal grandparents, Woody and Ann Evans of Norlina; paternal grandparents, Chuck Janolis of California and Beate Janolis of Rosarito Beach, CA; great grandmother, Shirley Gibson of Richmond, VA; Aunts and Uncles, Bob & Karen Kitchen of Cary, Andrea Boatman of CA, Hurley and Cathy Evans; cousin Crystal Adcock.  
Memorials may be made to the NC Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, C/O Justin & Jonathon Janolis, Raleigh, NC. or to the Janolis Fund, Bank of America, Box 1027, Henderson.  
The family will receive friends at Blaylock Funeral Home on Sunday from 7:30 - 9:00 PM.  

James T. Richardson Sr.  

HENDERSON — James Thomas Richardson Sr., 73, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, at Maria Parham Hospital. He was the son of the late Clorine and Charlie Daniels.  
He was educated in Henderson and served in the U.S. Army. He joined Kesler Temple A.M.E. Zion Church at an early age. For many years, he was employed at J.P. Taylor’s Tobacco Factory, while also pursuing a career as an auto mechanic.  
He is survived by three daughters, Cassandra R. Burton of Durham, Tanya Davis and Tanika Richardson of Henderson; five sons, J.T. Richardson Jr. and Cleveland Haywood, both of Henderson, Sheldon Richardson of Rocky Mount, Anthony Richardson of Fayetteville, and Haile Richardson of Durham; 26 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Kesler Temple A.M.E. Zion Church. Visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. today at E.C. Terry Funeral Home.  

Ophelia H. Pearce 

NORLINA — Ophelia Hoyle Pearce, 96, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at her home on the Old Warrenton Road. She was the widow of Callie Hilliard Pearce. 
She was a member of Oak Level Christian Church in Youngsville, the James B. White Chpater of the Eastern Star, Warren County Senior Citizens Club. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Norlina United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Oak Level Christian Church Cemetery in Youngsville at 3:30 p.m.  
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Blaylock Funeral Home in Warrenton. 
Surviving are two daughters, Mildred Thorne of Sharpsburg and E. Doris Coleman of Richmond, Va.; eight sons, Charles H. Pearce, William F. Pearce, both of Richmond, Va., Lawrence F. Pearce of Fayetteville, W.Va., James H. Pearce of Orlando, Fla., Marvin T. Pearce of Cary, Douglas M. Pearce of Largo, Fla., Dwight M. Pearce of Norlina, Callie H. Pearce of Nantucket, Mass.; and amany grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.  
Memorials may be made to: Norlina Methodist Church in Norlina and the Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St., Oxford, N.C. 27565.  

Nelson Burchette  

WARREN COUNTY — Nelson Burchette, of Warren County, died Saturday, July 29, 2000. Arrangements will be announced later by R.H. Greene Funeral Home of Warrenton.  

Boney Williams Jr. 

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Boney Williams Jr., 45, of Brooklyn, N.Y., formerly of Warren County, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at the Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y.   
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Fork Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Inez. The Rev. Luther Alston Jr., pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are two daughters, Tiffany Williams of South Carolina and Lenora Hufford of Texas; two sons, Antwain Hufford of Texas and Corey Williams of South Carolina; his mother, Dazell Elps of Warrenton; his father, Boney Williams Sr. of Warrenton; his stepmother, Mae Bell Williams of Warrenton; five sisters, Mary L. Davis of Washington, D.C., Ernestine Cheek of Henderson, Clementine Williams of Louisburg, Barbara Richardson and Jeanette Elps, both of Warrenton; three brothers, Bobby Lee Williams of Warrenton, Matthew Williams of Georgia, and Calvin Elps of Manson. 
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Boyd’s Funeral Services Chapel.


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