Miscellaneous Henderson County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Stephanie E. Best 
FLETCHER — Stephanie Elizabeth Best, 9, of 6 Candor Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, in an Asheville hospital. She was the daughter of Anthony Best and Ann House Best and was a member of The Rock in Asheville.  
In addition to her parents, she is survived by one sister, Alexandra Best of the home; two brothers, Harrison and Bradley Best, both of the home; maternal grandparents, Patricia and Danny House of Fletcher; maternal great-grandmother, Grace Wheeler of Henderson; paternal grandparents, Robert and Patricia Best of Shallotte; and paternal great-grandmother, Edith Calhoun of Whiteville. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. today at The Rock of Asheville with the Rev. Kirk Bowman officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Episcopal Churchyard in Fletcher.  
The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road.  
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 31 College Place Building C, Suite 100, Asheville, N.C. 28801.  
Friends may register on-line at www.grocefuneralhome.com. 
  

Dr. Junius D. Douglas Jr.  

HENDERSON — Dr. Junius Daniel Douglas Jr., 90, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at Maria Parham Hospital following a sudden illness. He was a Edgecomb County native and the son of the late Dr. Junius D. and Lucy Hines Douglas Sr. 
At an early age, he joined and attended the St. Mark A.M.E. Church in Rocky Mount and was educated in the Edgecomb County Public Schools.  
He moved to Washington, D.C., to further his education, graduating from Howard University School of Pharmacy. He came to Henderson and worked with his father as a pharmacist for several years at Douglas Drug Store located on Horner Street before its closing. He then returned to Washington, D.C., and worked with the U.S. Treasury Department for 27 years before retiring in 1985 and moving back to Henderson. He later joined the Brookston Baptist Church and remained a faithful member until death.  
Surviving are his wife, Sarah Reavis Douglas of the home; one daughter, Elaine Douglas Rajasekera of Henderson; three sons, Ronald Douglas of Charlotte, Junius Douglas III of Raleigh, and Alphonso Douglas of Henderson; one sister, Melba Douglas of Henderson; six grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.  
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Brookston Baptist Church Cemetery with Dr. Richard Henderson officiating.  
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at E.C. Terry’s Funeral Service and other times at the home, 2890 N.C. Highway 39 North.  
Arrangements are by E.C. Terry’s Funeral Service. 
  

Mary R. Hedgepeth 

WINSTON-SALEM — Mary Roberson "Maggie" Hedgepeth, age 85, a resident of 1050 Wendover Circle, and a former resident of 224 Cherry St. in Henderson, died Tuesday at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice House in Winston-Salem. She was a native of Vance Co. and was the daughter of the late Lemuel and Artelia Stanton Roberson. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and was a former employee of the former Village Gate Clothing Store in Henderson. 
Funeral services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church by the Rev. John Simons. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens. 
She is survived by her husband, Joseph E. Hedgepeth, of the home; one daughter, Susan M. White, of Winston-Salem; one brother, the Rev. Lemuel Gibbons Roberson, of Charleston, S. C.; one sister, Gilda Gray R. Leonard, of Henderson; four grandchildren; and five great grand-children. 
The family will receive friends Friday afternoon from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the Parrish Hall of St. John's Episcopal Church. 
Serving as active pall bearers will be Charles Sellars, Brian Sellars, Chris Boss, Sam Gray, 
Monte White, Robert Strange, Russell Haithcock, and Billy Davidson. 
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 974, Henderson, N.C. 27536, or to Winston-Salem Hospice, 1100-C S. Stratford Rd., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103. 
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home in Henderson, N.C. 
  

Jessie M. Lewis 

OXFORD — Jessie Mae Lewis, 66, of 214 Granville St., died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at the Duke Medical Center. She was a Granville County native.  
She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she served on the usher board.  
Surviving are two sons, David Bumpass of Connerville, Ky., and Dale Bumpass of Lexington, Ky.; two daughters, Judy B. Carter and Brenda Bumpass, both of Lexington, Ky.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Lacy Joyner. Burial will follow in the Big Zion A.M.E. Church cemetery.  
Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Betts & Son Funeral Home Inc. 
  

Wilbur Marrow 

OXFORD — Wilbur Marrow, 74, of 704 Raleigh St., died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at the Triangle Hospice Center in Hillsborough. He was a Granville County native. 
He was a member of the Mt. Zion Holiness Church. He was a former employee of Pine State Creamery.  
Surviving are his wife, Nannie Marrow of the home; one daughter, Marian White of Oxford; three sisters, Catherine Smith of Rahway, N.J., Carol A. Bullock of Montclair, N.J., and Elaine B. Bullock of New Jersey; two brothers, George Marrow of Decatur, Ga., and Edward Bullock of New Jersey.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Mt. Zion Holiness Church, officiated by the Rev. Timothy Moore. Burial will follow in the Meadowview Memorial Park.  
Arrangements are by Betts & Son Funeral Home Inc.  
  

Pearl S. Patterson 

BUTNER — Pearl Smith Patterson, 89, of 305-20th St., died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at Duke Medical Center. She was a Franklin County native and the daughter of the late Hugh and Mavis Green Smith and the widow of David Lee Patterson.  
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Butner and was retired from Murdoch Center after 29 years of service.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Butner by Dr. Gene Garrison. Burial will be in the Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor.  
Surviving are two daughters, Rachel P. Stone of Butner and Mozelle P. Ellis of Bahama; three sisters, Sallie S. Powell of Butner, Jessie S. Radford of Castalia, and Elsie S. Harris of Louisburg; a brother, Spencer Smith of Spring Hope; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Butner, P.O. Box 44, Butner, N.C. 27509.  
Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor and at other times at the home.  
Arrangements are by Eakes Funeral Home of Creedmoor.  

Irene Hargrove  
HENDERSON -- Irene Hargrove, 45, of 502 Stone St., died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at Maria Parham Hospital. She was a native of Mecklenburg County, Va., and the daughter of the late Johnnie Moss and Lena Mae Hargrove.  
She was educated in the Vance County Public Schools and was a member of Mt. Calvary Holiness Church in Townsville where the funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday by the Rev. Hurley Richardson. Burial will follow in the Antioch United Church of Christ Cemetery in Townsville.  
She is survived by one son, Dwyane Lamont Hargrove of the home; seven brothers, John O. Hargrove and William T. Hargrove of Williamsboro, David L. Hargrove of Townsville, James M. Hargrove of Tennessee, John William Hargrove of Williamsboro, James E. Brown of Henderson, Nathaniel Terry of New York; three sisters, Virginia Wilkins of Williamsboro, Barbara Hargrove of Townsville and Peggy A. Hargrove of Henderson; and two grandchildren.  
The family will receive friends at the home.  
Pallbearers and floralbearers will be friends of the family.  
Arrangements are by Garnes Funeral Services Inc. 
  

Frank W. Kelly 

HENDERSON -- Frank Woodrow Kelly, 80, of 1308 Andrew St., died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, in Winston-Salem. He was a Vance County native and the son of the late Claude and Betty Lewis Kelly.  
He was educated in Vance County Public Schools and Kittrell Junior College.  
He was a member of New Covenant United Holy Church in New York until returning to Henderson where he joined Holy Temple Church and served as a member of the deacon board. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Manhattan, N.Y., after 35 years and was a barber for 50 years.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at Holy Temple Church by the Rev. Roosevelt Alston. Burial will be in the Long Creek Holiness Church Cemetery.  
Surviving are three adopted children, Ronald Daye and Pearl Daye, both of New York, and Cassandra Daye of California; two sisters, Helen K. Kelly of Henderson and Corese Smith of Bronx, N.Y.; one brother, David Kelly of Jamaica, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  
The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Mary Davis-Royster Funeral Service and other times at the residence of Helen Harris, 519 Daniel St.  
The body will be on view at Mary Davis-Royster Funeral Service. 
  

Edna T. Russell 

VANCE COUNTY -- Edna Terry Russell, 71, of Bullocksville Park Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at Fort Washington, Md. She was a Vance County native and the daughter of the late Alex and Mary Lizzie Terry.  
She was educated in Warren County Public Schools. 
She was a member of Oak Level United Church of Christ. She served on the usher board and the senior missionary board. She was employed by J.P. Taylor Tobacco Company for 22 years.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 12 p.m. Saturday at Oak Level UCC by the Rev. Leon White. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are four daughters, Hattie Russell of Landover, Md., Laura Russell of Summit, N.J., Edna Bullock of Ft. Washington, Md., and Wanda Johnson of Greensboro; four sons, Buster Russell and Calvin Russell, both of Ft. Washington, Md., Roy Russell Stafford of Virginia and Emmitt Russell of the home; two sisters, Martha Bullock and Morine Clark, both of Manson; two brothers, Alex Terry Jr. of Manson and Willie Terry of Newark, N.J.; 21 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  
The family will receive friends at the residence, 1743 Bullocksville Park Road in Manson.  
The body will be on view at Mary Davis-Royster Funeral Service until taken to the church one hour before the service.  
Arrangements are by Mary Davis-Royster Funeral Services of Henderson. 

Mary C. Boone  
SMITHFIELD -- Mary Currin Boone, 88, of Smithfield, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Johnston Memorial Hospital. She was a Granville County native and the daughter of the late John William and Amanda Fracie Currin. She was the widow of Marvin Merritt Boone.  
She was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church of Clayton.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at Minshew Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment will follow in the Hills of the Neuse Garden Mausoleum.  
Surviving are her daughter, Linda Boone Cockrell; one granddaughter; and one great-grandchild.  
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Minshew Funeral Home in Four Oaks.  
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethesda Baptist Church. 
  

Lyda F. Respess 

WASHINGTON -- Lyda Frances Respess, 93, of 106 Simmons St., died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at Britthaven of Washington. She was a native of Beaufort County and was the daughter of the late John B. and Lizzie Alligood Respess.  
She was a charter member of First Church of Christ and director of the Roanoke Christian Service Camp.  
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Oakdale Cemetery with Ray West officiating. 
Surviving include several nieces and nephews including Jane White Jones and Nancy W. Clayton, both of Henderson.  
Arrangements are by Paul Funeral Home of Washington. 
  

Peggy Smith Pitchford 

HENDERSON -- Peggy Smith Pitchford, age 52, a resident of 1002 McCoin Ave., died Saturday at UNC hospital in Chapel Hill. 
She was a native of Franklin County and was the daughter of Bessie Wrenn Newman of Henderson and Walter C. Smith of Nokesville, Va.  She was the owner and operator of the Clip and Curl Beauty Salon and attended St. James Catholic Church. 
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the St. James Catholic Church by the Father Bill Long. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. 
In addition to her mother she is survived by her husband John McRae Pitchford of the home, one daughter Kelly Pitchford Matthews of Louisville Ky.; one son John M. Pitchford, Jr. of Manassas Va.; two sisters Lynn S. Hearn of Winsor NC and Carolyn S. Roberson of Henderson; two brothers Walter C. Smith of Disputanta Va. and Mike K. Smith of Nokesville, Va., and two grandchildren.  
The family will receive friends Sunday night from 7 until 8:30 at the J.M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home.  
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of N.C., 5970 Fairview Rd., Suite 408, Charlotte, N. C.  28210. 
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home. 
  

Wallace T. White 

HENDERSON -- Wallace Thomas White, 84, of 1010 Dabney Drive, Henderson, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Maria Parham Hospital. He was a Warren County native and the son of the late Simon D. and Cora Wilson White.  
He worked for the former Corbitt Company, beginning in the mid-thirties, and was president of that company from 1956 to 1964. At that time, he relocated to Franklin, Virginia, and was associated with Franklin Equipment Company until his retirement. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and the Henderson Masonic Lodge No. 229 AF&AM.  
Memorial services will be held at noon Tuesday at Flowers Funeral Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Charles Cook. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens.  
Surviving are his wife, Irma Rainey White; two sons, Leonard W. “Len” White of Raleigh and John L. White of Virginia Beach, Va.; and one grandchild.  
The family will receive friends at the home.  
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home. 


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