Miscellaneous Henderson County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Brown J. Alston 
WARREN COUNTY — Brown J. Alston, 89, formerly of Warren County, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, in Durham.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Fork Chapel Baptist Church in Warrenton by the Rev. John H. Foster of Norfolk, Va. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are one son, the Rev. William Alston of Durham; two sisters, Beaufort Stokes and Verlene Miles, both of Baltimore, Md.; and three brothers, Clarence Alston of Baltimore, Md., Gillis and John Alston, both of Warrenton. 
Arrangements are by R.H. Greene Funeral Home of Warrenton. 
  

Joseph R. Colenda  

OXFORD — Joseph R. Colenda, 76, of 5095 Dorsey Road, died at Duke Medical Center on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000. He was a native of Morehead City and the son of the late Frank and Gladys Davis Colenda.  
He retired from Oxford Orphanage in 1990 with 26 years of service as a graphic art instructor. He was a member of Oxford United Methodist Church and choir member. He was a member of Oxford Masonic Lodge #122 A.F. & A.M., member of Oxford York Rite Bodies, Sudan Shrine Temple, New Bern. He was a member of Granville County Shrine Club and a U.S. veteran of World War II.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oxford United Methodist Church by the Rev. Gayla Collins. Burial will follow in Meadowview Memorial Park.  
Surviving are his wife, Marion F. Colenda of the home; one daughter, Mary Colenda Caudle of Oxford; four sons, Chris J. Colenda of Greensboro, Joseph R. Colenda Jr. of Grimesland, Robert D. Colenda of Panama City, Fla., and Steven B. Colenda of Castle Hayne; two brothers, Capt. Frank Colenda Jr. of Sterling, Va., and Capt. Herbert Colenda of Alexandra, Va.; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  
Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Joseph R. Colenda Student Aid Fund, c/o Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St., Oxford, N.C. 27565.  
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home and at other times at the home.  
Arrangements are by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home Inc. 
  

Brenda F. Fuller 

HENDERSON — Brenda Faye Fuller, 36, of 321 Andrews Ave., Henderson, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, in the Duke Medical Center in Durham after a sudden illness. She was a native of Chapel Hill and the daughter of Madeline Briggs Fuller and the late Thie Fuller.   
She joined the Yanceyville Missionary Baptist Church. After moving to Henderson, she attended Flat Creek Baptist Church.  
She was a gradute of Bartlett Yancey High School and furthered her education by attending Granville Community College. She was an employed as a waitress of Pizza Hut in Henderson.  
Surviving are her mother, Madeline Briggs Fuller of Blanch; daughter, Nicole Danielle Fuller of Henderson; three brothers, Jerry Fuller of Burlington, Ronnie Fuller of Winston Salem, and Donnie Fuller of High Point; and three sisters, Zesta Fuller Gant and Linda Fuller, both of Yanceyville and Sherba Fuller of Jacksonville. 
Funeral services for Brenda Kaye Fuller will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Yanceyville Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  
The body may be viewed from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Fulton Funeral Home Chapel.  
The family will be at the residence of her mother, 1789 Slade Road in Blanch. 
Arrangements are by Fulton Funeral Home of Yanceyville. 
  

Willard B. Hardy 

STEM — Willard Burton Hardy, 88, of 3170 Hwy. 15 South, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, in Durham Regional Hospital. He was a native of Pittsyvania County, Va., and the son of the late Willard and Pauline Burton Hardy and a retired tobacco farmer and a veteran of World War II. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Grace Dill. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery in Oxford.  
Surviving are one daughter, Rebecca Pace of Winston Salem; one son, Sammy Hardy of the home; one brother, Mac Hardy of Danville, Va.; two sisters, Janie H. Green and Mary H. McAllister, both of Danville, Va.; three grandchildren.  
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home and at other times at the home.  
Arrangements are by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home of Oxford.  

Classie Minter 

SANFORD — Classie Mae Victoria Davis Minter, 75, of 103 Gill St., Sanford, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at Central Carolina Hospital.  
She attended Cameron Grove A.M.E. Zion Church in Broadway. She was a volunteer at Central Carolina Hospital for many years.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 12 p.m. Tuesday at Locust Baptist Church in Wise by the Rev. James Johnson, pastor. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are her husband, Clinton Minter of the home; one stepson, Sandy Minter of Charlotte; one stepdaughter, Emma M. Scates of Bronx, N.Y.; one sister, Elizabeth Williams of Washington, D.C. 
Visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Horton Funeral Chapel.  
Arrangements are by Horton Funeral Home of Sanford.

S. Thaxton Frazier 
OXFORD — S. Thaxton Frazier, 86, of 4536 Hwy. 158-E, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, in Granville Medical Center. He was a Granville County native and the son of the late Samuel H. and Etta Puckett Frazier.  
He was a member of Hester Baptist Church, a retired tobacco farmer, had retired from Murdock Center in Butner and was a veteran of World War II.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hester Baptist Church by the Rev. Lewis Wall. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are his wife, Marie Humphries Frazier of the home; one daughter, Glenda Frazier Hightower of Oxford; one son, ,Sidney Thaxton Frazier Jr. of Wilson; and three grandchildren.  
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home and at other times at the home.  
Arrangements are by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home of Oxford.  
  

Genora C. Harris 

HENDERSON — Genora Cheatham Harris, 97, of Senior Citizen Nursing Care, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at Maria Parham Hospital. She was a Vance County native and the daughter of the late Wesley and Mattie Terry Cheatham.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Mt. Moriah A.M.E. Zion Church by the Rev. Melvin Ballard. Burial will follow in  the church cemetery.  
Surviving are one daughter, Mary H. Watson of Henderson; two sons, John H. Harris of Warrenton and John E. Harris Sr. of Henderson; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.  
Arrangements are by Mary Davis-Royster Funeral Service of Henderson. 
  

Marian R. Hege 

NORLINA — Marian Rowland Hege, 72, of 127 Lee Drive, Norlina, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at Duke University Medical Center. She was a native of Henderson. 
 She was retired from the ASCS/USDA. She was a member of the Norlina United Methodist Church for more than 50 years and was a past lay leader, chairman of the board, choir director, and Sunday school teacher of the church. She was the first girls’ basketball coach at Norlina High School, an avid tennis player and enjoyed world travel in retirement.  
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Norlina United Methodist Church by the Revs. Jim Bailey and Brian Huffman. Burial will follow at Warren Dale Cemetery.  
Surviving are her husband, Clint L. Hege; daughter, Pamela Gorham of LaPlata, Md.; son, Lew Hege of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sisters, Diane Watkins of Greensboro and Jean Cook of Wilson; and four grandchildren.  
Visitation will be held from 7:30 - 9 p.m. today at Blaylock Funeral Home in Warrenton.  
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Norlina U.M.C. Memorial Fund, Norlina, N.C. 27563.  
Arrangements are by Blaylock Funeral Home of Warrenton.  
  

Ronald F. Thomas 

HENDERSON — Ronald Francis Thomas, 59, of 516 Glenn St., Henderson, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at Maria Parham Hospital. He was a native of Salisbury, Md., and the son of the late Haywood and Nannie Winifree Thomas.  
He was an employee of Lowes of Henderson.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Flowers Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Jeff Prewer. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens.  
Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Orr Thomas; a son, Daniel Israel Thomas of the home; a sister, Gladys T. Carey of Delmar, Md.; and four brothers, Ned Thomas of Hartley, Del., Alfred Thomas of Delmar, Md., Richard Thomas and Haywood Thomas, both of Salisbury, Md.  
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at Flowers Funeral Home. All other times, they will be at the home.  
Serving as active pallbearers will be Robert Orr, James Orr Jr., Gene Stokes, Earl Riggan, Dolan Lawrence, Allen Lawrence, Joe Myers, and Phillip Riggan. Employees of Lowes of Henderson will serve as honorary pallbearers.  
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home of Henderson.

John C. Banks Sr. 
WARRENTON — John C. Banks Sr., 63, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at home. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Macon. The Rev. Timothy Edwards will officiate. Burial will follow in the Warrenton City Cemetery.  
Surviving are his wife, Annie Somerville Banks of New York; four daughters, Beatrice Hinton and Gladys Banks, both of Macon, Dorothy Jacobs and Carolyn Dunston, both of Oxford; four sons, Glen Banks of Silver Springs, Md., John C. Banks Jr. of Oxford, Ricky Banks of Moreno Valley, Calif., and Norman Banks of Macon; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mable Mason of Macon, and Rosa Milam of Warrenton; and one brother, William Roscoe Banks of Macon. 
Arrangements are by R.H. Greene Funeral Home of Warrenton. 
  

Rodderick Douglas 

NORLINA — Rodderick Douglas, 26, of Norlina, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.  
He was a Warren County deputy sheriff. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Warren County High School. The Rev. Glendora Hargrove will officiate. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Roosevelt Cemetery in Norfolk, Va.  
Surviving are his wife, Shrounda Small Douglas of the home; two daughters, Sheilaquenck and Jalen of the home; one son, Natorious, of the home; his mother, Katherine Bray of Bracey, Va.; one sister, Shanon Etheridge of Chesapeake, Va.; and one brother, Orlando Douglas of Richmond, Va. 
Arrangements are by R.H. Greene Funeral Home of Warrenton. 
  

David L. Kearney Jr.  

OXFORD — David Lee Kearney Jr., 80, of 5640-C Cornwall Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at N.C. Memorial Hospital.  
He was a Granville County native and the son of the late David Lee Kearney Sr. and Hallie Breedlove Kearney. He was a retired painter.  
Graveside services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday at Meadowview Memorial Park by the Rev. John Yount officiating.  
Surviving are his wife, Joe Ann Morris Kearney; one son, David Lee Kearney III of Lenoir; three daughters, Deborah Listman, Patricia Bennett and Linda Parham, all of Oxford; four sisters, Doris Pleasants, Violet Midyette, and Louise Blevins, all of Oxford, Kathleen Baker of Newport News, Va.; and five grandchildren.  
Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford and at other times at the home.  
Arrangements are by Eakes Funeral Home of Oxford. 

Rodderick Douglas 
NORLINA -- Rodderick Douglas, 26, of Norlina, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.  
He was a Warren County deputy sheriff. 
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Warren County High School. Rev. Glendora Hargrove officiated. Burial will be at 1 p.m. today in Roosevelt Cemetery of Norfolk, Va.  
Surviving are his wife, Shrounda Small Douglas of the home; two daughters, Sheilaquenck and Jalen of the home; one son, Natorious, of the home; his mother, Katherine Bray of Bracey, Va.; one sister, Shanon Etheridge of Chesapeake, Va.; and one brother, Orlando Douglas of Richmond, Va. 
Arrangements are by R.H. Greene Funeral Home of Warrenton. 
  

Takayla Y. Judkins 

HENDERSON -- Takayla Yasmean Judkins, infant daughter of Alice Carman and Charles Judkins, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at Maria Parham Hospital. She was born in Vance County.  
She was a resident of Rt. 2, Warrenton. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday at Shocco Chapel Baptist Church in Warrenton by the Rev. Leonard Thorpe. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Arrangements are by Garnes Funeral Services Inc. 
  

Ethel M. Miller 

HENDERSON -- Ethel Mae Miller, 81, of Duplin County, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, in Maria Parham Hospital.  
She was the sister of Cora Lee Lofton.  
The family will receive friends at the home of Preston Cannady, 1064 North Pinkston Street.  
Arrangements will be announced later by Mary Davis-Royster Funeral Service. 
  

James L. Oakley III 

OXFORD -- James Latrick “Charlie” Oakley III, 36, of 1613 Hwy. 158 West, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at UNC Hospitals.  
He was a member of New Corinth Baptist Church. He was a mechanic.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wright Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Harold Watkins. Burial will be in New Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery.  
Surviving are his parents, James L. Oakley Jr. of Oxford and Catherine McAden Oakley of Butner; two sisters, Ruby Peace of Durham and Crystal Oakley of Butner; one brother, Obie Oakley of Oxford; a paternal grandmother, Mamie P. Oakley of Oxford; and a maternal grandmother, Ruby McAden of Durham.  
The family will receive visitors Saturday one hour prior to services at Wright Funeral Home. 
  

George M. Poythress 

HENDERSON -- George Madison Poythress, 76, of 120 Sunset Circle, Henderson, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at U.N.C. Hospitals in Chapel Hill. He was a Vance County native and the son of the late William O. and Lessie Hoyle Poythress.  
He was a retired service station owner and operator. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Carey Baptist Church, and the B.D. Adcock Sunday school class.  
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Carey Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. John Hackworth. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are his wife, Grace Brame Poythress; a son, Dennis M. Poythress, and wife, of Henderson; two sisters, Virginia P. Boyd, and Vivian P. Longmire, both of Henderson; two step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.  
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Flowers Funeral Home. All other times, they will be at the home.  
Serving as active pallbearers will be J.O. “Butch” Poythress, Maurice Boyd, Charles Boyd, Glenn Boyd, Jerry Boyd, Keith Longmire, Clinton Poythress, Terry Poythress, Kevin Poythress, Larry Brame, Harvey Brame, and Mike Brame. The B.D. Adcock Sunday school class of Carey Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.  
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Carey Baptist Church, Fund for Handicapped Ramp Improvement, 1295 Carey Chapel Road, Henderson, N.C. 27536.  
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home of Henderson. 
  

Jerry J. Williams 

KITTRELL -- Jerry Jerome Williams, 42, of Kittrell, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000. He was a native of Vance County and the son of the late Uyless Paul Sr. and Blanche Alston Williams.  
He was educated in the Vance County Public Schools and was also an employee at Kittrell Grocery for many years.  
He was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church in which he was a member of the Sunday school, Baptist Young People’s Union, Youth Club, and the Junior Choir.  
He also attended Progressive Faith Baptist Church.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Bethel Baptist Church by the Revs. Harry L. Williams, Fearldine Simmons, Omega Perry and Lindsey Baskett. Burial will follow in Blacknall Cemetery.  
Surviving are one sister, Brenda Paulette Williams; three brothers, Uyless Paul Williams Jr., Rev. Harry Lee Williams and Michael Fitzgerald Williams. 
The family will receive friends at the home, 1191 U.S. 1 South in Kittrell and at 715-D East Andrews Ave., Henderson. 
Arrangements are by Garnes Funeral Services Inc. 
  

Clifton D. Wrenn 

LOUISBURG -- Clifton Douglas Wrenn, 70, of 3987 U.S. 401 Hwy. North, Louisburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at his home.  
He was employed with the Department of Transportation for 38 years, retiring in 1987. He was active in Ingleside Lions Club and member of Ann Perdue Sunday school class.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 12 p.m. Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Dottie Wrenn; three sons, Mike Wrenn of Raleigh, Tommy Wrenn of Creedmoor and Carey Wrenn of Louisburg; one sister, Maebelle Hardy of Nashville; two brothers, Paul Wrenn of Nashville and Cleveland Wrenn of Louisburg; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.  
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Lancaster Funeral Home.  
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 4272 U.S. 401 Hwy. North, Louisburg, N.C. 27549.  
Arrangements are by Lancaster Funeral Home of Louisburg.


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