Miscellaneous Henderson County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Irene J. Belcher 
OXFORD -- Irene Jones Belcher, 88, of Whitmore Retirement Center, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000. She was a Granville County native, the daughter of the late Ernest T. and Maude Turner Jones, and the widow of Roy Belcher.  
She was a member of Tabbs Creek Baptist Church, a former employee of Dr. J. Levenson, DVM, and a retired employee of Granville Medical Center.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday at Tabbs Creek Baptist Church by the Rev. J. Lemar Wheeler. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are her daughter, Jean B. Parrott of Oxford; her sons, James B. “Sonny” of Greenville and Charles Belcher of Dallas, Texas; her sister, Louise J. Harris of Oxford; four grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  
Flowers are accepted  or memorials may be made to The Building Fund of Tabbs Creek Baptist Church, c/o Waverly Critcher, P.O. Box  117, Oxford, N.C. 27565.  
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday in the fellowship hall of Tabbs Creek Baptist Church.  
Arrangements are by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home. 
  

Herbert C. ‘H.C.’ Boyd 

FRANKLIN -- Herbert Carroll “H.C.” Boyd, 69, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000. He was a Vance County native and the son of the late William Herbert and Ida Stainback Boyd.  
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and was the retired manager of the Maxway Store. He was a member of the Franklin/Southampton Chamber of Commerce and was a Baptist.  
Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Marion Brugh Boyd; three daughters, Teresa Boyd of Franklin, Penny Hart of Courtland and Vicki Felts of Sedley; two sons, David Boyd of Fayetteville and Bobby Boyd of Murfreesboro; one sister, Louise Blackwell of Henderson; and five grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the chapel of Wright Funeral Home with the Rev. David Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Spring. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
  

William S. ‘Bill’ Crews Sr. 

OXFORD -- William S. “Bill” Crews Sr., 91, of 3613 Southbend Drive, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at Brantwood Nursing Center. He was a Granville County native and the son of the late William Thomas and Frances Skinner Crews.  
He was a member of Corinth Baptist Church and was a retired farmer.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Eakes Funeral Chapel in Oxford by the Revs. Gary M. Brummitt and Terry Hall. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.  
Surviving are his wife, Betty Dickerson Crews of the home; two daughters, Julia Crews Gregory of Raleigh and Kathryn Crews Averett of Oxford; three sons, William S. “Butch” Crews of Cary, Neal C. Crews of Oxford, Robert G. Crews of Durham; a sister, Mary Lane Banister of Richmond; and six grandchildren.  
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Corinth Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Frank Schmit, 3639 S. N.C. 96 Hwy., Oxford, N.C. 27565.  
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.  
  

Marie S. Edwards 

HENDERSON -- Marie Stainback Edwards, 61, of 406 Rowland St., Henderson, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, in Britthaven Nursing Home in Louisburg. She was a Franklin County native and the daughter of the late Willie Frank and Margaret Stainback Stainback. She was the widow of Maurice Lee “Mutt” Edwards.  
She was a retired licensed practical nurse of Murdock Center in Butner. She was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Flowers Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Jonathan Owens. Burial will follow in New Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.  
Surviving are a daughter, Susan Marie Gunter of Henderson; three stepdaughters, Elizabeth E. Garrett, Pamela E. Stevenson, and Janet E. Verzaal, all of Henderson; a stepson, Robert Lewis Edwards, of Wilmington; seven stepgrandchildren; and 10 step-great-great-grandchildren.  
The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 9 p.m. today at Flowers Funeral Home. All other times, they will be at the home of Charles and Elizabeth Garrett, 819 Nelson St., Henderson.  
Serving as active pallbearers will be Charles Garrett, Kenny Stainback, Eddie Stainback, Duke Stainback, Dennis Roberson, Paul Parrish, George Parrish, Bill Tyndall, and Glen Mullis.  
Co-workers at Murdock Center and the Henderson Dailey Dispatch will serve as honorary pallbearers.  
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home. 
  

Minnie D. Walke 

OXFORD -- Minnie Dickerson Walke, 88, of 1913 Taylor St., Durham, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at her home. She was a Granville County native and the daughter of the late Walter and Maggie Evans Dickerson.  
She was a homemaker.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Eakes Funeral Chapel in Oxford. Burial will be in Granville Memorial Park.  
Surviving are three daughters, Mary Beal and Florence Kington, both of Durham, Maggie V. Boyd of Oxford; four sons, Walter Walke of Ocala, Fla., Henry T. Walke of Oxford, John L. Walke of Zebulon, Daniel Walke of Madison, Wisc.; a sister, Annie McCorkle of Durham; a half-sister, Florence Gupton of Durham; a brother, Grady Dickerson of Durham; a half-brother, William Dickerson of Durham; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.  
Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford and at other times at 707 Lindley Drive, Durham.  
Arrangements are by Eakes Funeral Home of Oxford. 
  

Susie P. Ward 

RICHMOND -- Susie Person Ward, 91, of 6108 Almond Creek Lane, Richmond, Va., died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond. She was a native of Vance County and the daughter of the late Plummer and Francis Crudup Person.  
She was educated in Vance County Public Schools and was also the widow of Junior Ward. 
She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Kittrell where the funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday by the Rev. Jimmie Whitehurst. Burial will follow in the Ilong Baptist Church Cemetery in the Fairport community.  
Surviving are two daughters, Laura Hunter and Beatrice Hardy, both of Richmond, Va.; two sisters, Lizzie Belle Daye of Lake Woody, N.J., and Martha Hunter of Durham; one brother, Fred Person of Henderson; and one grandson. 
Pallbearers and floralbearers will be friends of the family.  
The family will receive friends at the home of Dorothy Jones, 829 Egypt Mountain Road.  
Arrangements are by Garnes Funeral Services Inc.

Thorton Johnson Sr. 

HENDERSON -- Thorton Johnson Sr., 82, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at Vance Manor Nursing Home.  
He was a Wake County native and the son of the late Major and Ida Bailey Johnson.  
He worked many years as a brick mason.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Mary Davis-Royster Funeral Service. The Minister George Williams will officiate, assisted by Elder Charlie Jones. Burial will be in the Olive Grove Baptist Cemetery in Granville County.  
Surviving are two sons, Thornton Johnson Jr. and Melvin Johnson, both of Henderson; two brothers, Lester Johnson of Oxford and Major Nelson Johnson Jr. of Richmond, Va.; two stepbrothers, Johnny Allen of Raleigh and Willie B. Hargrove of Virginia; three stepsisters, Mary Ida Fowler of Durham, Pearl Glass of Virginia, and Mamie Morgan of Massachusetts; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  
The family will receive friends at the residence of Carol Johnson, 47 West Pine Hill Drive in the Martin Creek Development.  
The body will be on view from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Mary Davis-Royster Funeral Service. 
Arrangements are by Mary Davis-Royster Funeral Service of Henderson. 
  

Julia Read 

VANCE COUNTY -- Julia Knott Currin Read, 85, died Wednesday morning, October 11, 2000 at Rex Hospital.   
She was born on August 8, 1915 in Vance County, NC to the late W. W. Currin and Minnie Hoyle Currin.   
She graduated from Middleburg High School and attended business school in Henderson, NC.  Music played an important role in her life. As a young woman, she and two of her sisters sang on radio station, WPTF, as The Currin Sisters. She served as the county auditor for Vance County and worked in Sales for Harriett-Henderson Cotton Mills. After moving to Houston, Tx. in 1963 to be near her family she worked for the Ley Construction land developers. She retired to Raleigh in 1982 and became active in the First Baptist Church of Raleigh. She served as a Sunday School teacher, Deaconess, worked with the Clothes Closet and coordinated the Church Directory in recent years. 
Her seven siblings and her daughter, Julia Love Tuschman, preceded Julia in death. Three grandchildren, Margaret Love DeVinney and husband, Marc of Dallas, Tx, David Tuschman and wife, Tracy of Houston, Tx. and Jim Tuschman of Dallas, Tx. as well as 4 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, all who loved her dearly, survive her. 
A celebration of her wonderful life will be conducted by Dr. Daniel Day at the First Baptist Church in Raleigh at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. The family will receive guests in the Wyatt Parlor immediately following the service. 
There will be a graveside service at Carey’s Chapel Baptist Church in Henderson on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 5:30 pm. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Building Fund of the First Baptist Church of Raleigh or to Carey’s Chapel Baptist Church in Henderson, NC.  
The family will be at 2744 St. Mary’s  Street, Raleigh, NC. 
 

Annette Warren 

HENDERSON -- Annette Warren, 41, of 306 Boddie St., died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at her residence. She was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and the daughter of Mary Warren Williams.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at New Bethel Baptist Church by Dr. J. H. Bryant. Burial will follow in Blacknall Cemetery.  
Surviving, in addition to her mother, are one sister, Bernice Jackson of Henderson; and one brother, William Warren of Brooklyn, N.Y.  
The family will receive friends at the home.  
Pallbearers will be Johnathan Meeks, Gary Meeks, William Warren, Bernard Crosson, Tommy Warren and Perry Henry Davis.  
Floralbearers will be Tasha Warren, Kimberly Warren, Rosemary Warren, Noreen Daniels, Teresa Warren and Julia Davis.  
Arrangements are by Garnes Funeral Services Inc.

Thurston E. Brandon  
KITTRELL — Thurston E. Brandon, 65, of Kittrell, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Britthaven Nursing Home in Louisburg. He was a Vance County native and the son of the late Theodore I. Brandon and Gertrude Taylor Brandon.  
He served in the United States Marine Corps and later worked for a trucking company.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Taylor Chapel Methodist by the Rev. Walter Garrett Jr. Burial will follow in the Brandon Family Cemetery.  
Surviving are one son, Thurston Brandon Jr. of Massachusetts; three sisters, Hazel Frazier of Philadelphia, Pa., Helen Petty of Sanford and Gertie Hicks of Hampton, Va.; three brothers, Johnny Brandon and Joseph Brandon, both of Kittrell, and Theodore Brandon of Philadelphia, Pa.  
The family will receive friends at the residence of Joseph Brandon, 22 West Chavis Road, Kittrell.  
The body will be on view from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Mary Davis-Royster Funeral Service. 
Arrangements are by Mary Davis-Royster Funeral Service. 
  

Ruby H. Harris  

TOWNSVILLE — Ruby Hamlin Harris, 78, of 14848 Hwy. 39 N., Townsville, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at her residence.  
She was a native of Mecklenburg County, Va., and the daughter of the late Hubert Wesley and Effie Wells Hamlin. She was the widow of George Melanchthon Harris.  
She was a homemaker. She was a member of Rock Spring Baptist Church, where she was a former Needy Counselor of the Ladies Sunday School Class.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rock Spring Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Gary Brummitt. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are a daughter, Jane H. Richardson of Henderson; a son, George E. Harris Sr. of Clayton; four grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three 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 Randy Moody, Steve Moody, David Moody, David Reese, Clifton Capps, Bob Adams, Johnny Riggan and Ralph Green.  
Flowers will be accepted or  memorials may be made to Rock Spring Baptist Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 296, Townsville, N.C. 27584.  
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home. 
  

Louie Mae Smith 

HENDERSON — Louie Mae Smith, age 80, a resident of 721 Berry St., died Friday, October 13, 2000, at Maria Parham Hospital. She was a native of Vance Co. and was the daughter of the late Lewis and Magnolia Coghill Champion. She was the widow of Richard Harvey Smith and was a retired Housekeeper at the Vance Hotel. 
Graveside services will be held Sunday, October 15, 2000 at 2 p.m. at Sunset Gardens by the Rev. Frank Sossamon. 
She is survived by one daughter Margie Smith Davis of Henderson and one sister Maggie Champion Weaver of Henderson.  
The family will receive friends Saturday night from 7 until 8:30 at the J.M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home of Tonya Pearce 716 Carolina Ave. 

Rev. Zelton H. Alston 
HENDERSON -- The Rev. Zelton Haywood Alston, 57, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000. He was the son of the late Reddick Alston and Theney Hamp.  
At an early age, he joined the Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church and later moved his membership to Mount Zion United Church of Christ where he served as a deacon from 1975 until becoming a minister in March 2000.  
He was a 1962 graduate of Henderson Institute and furthered his education by attending Kittrell College in Kittrell, Vance-Granville Community College and Johnston Technical Community College. He was most recently studying theology at Virginia Union Satellite Program.  
He was employed for many years at the local glass plant. He had also worked as a lifeguard and truck driver. He was a U.S. Army veteran.  
Surviving are his wife, Esther Hargrove Alston, of the home; one daughter, Rene’ Alston Thompson; one brother, Walter Allen of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and one sister, Mary Ruth Alston of Henderson.  
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion UCC with the Rev. Glendora Hargrove officiating, assisted by the Revs. William Rainey and Tina Evans. Interment with military honors will follow in the church cemetery. 
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the services and from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at E.C. Terrys Funeral Service. 
The family will receive friends at the residence, 754 Thomas Road.  
Floralbearers will be Lucy Brown, Barbara Davis, Mary Perry, Magnolia Hunter, Bessie Thompson, Deborah Brown and Dorothy Lewis.  
Pallbearers will be the deacons and trustees of Mt. Zion Church. 
Arrangements are by E.C. Terry's Funeral Service. 
 

Queen E. Clack  

HENDERSON -- Queen Esther Clack, 94, of 110 Dabney Heights Lane, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at her residence. She was a Vance County native and the daughter of the late Louis Thorpe and Carrie Hawkins Thorpe. She was the widow of James Alexander Clack.  
She sang in the choir of Big Ruin Creek Baptist Church where she was a member.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Big Ruin Creek Baptist Church by Dr. C.B. Walton. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are her children, Lucille Marrow and Mamie Lee Clack, both of the home, Andrew Jackson Clack and Louis Alexander Clack, both of Richmond, Va.; 15 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.  
The family will receive friends at the home.  
Pallbearers will be grandsons James Clack, Cleveland Macon, Jerry Clack, James Hicks, Craig Allen and Anthony Evans.  
Floralbearers will be granddaughters, Queen Singleton, Rev. Joanne Allen, Gail Marie Macon, Dianne Hicks, Susie Daniels and Cynthia Clack.  
Arrangements are by Garnes Funeral Services Inc. 
  

Robert H. Dunston  

WARRENTON -- Robert H. Dunston, 79, of 158 Bypass, Warrenton, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at Duke Medical Center in Durham.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mitchell Baptist Church in Louisburg. The Rev. Daniel Lilly, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are his wife, Zelester Silver Dunston of the home; two daughters, Gloria Kearney of Warrenton and Dolly Howerton of Richmond, Va.; one son, Robert Dunston Jr. of Warrenton; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mattie Bruno of Brandywine, Md., and Edna Offer of Silver Springs, Md. 
Arrangements are by R.H. Greene Funeral Home of Warrenton.  
  

Philip Thomas Richardson 

LOUISBURG -- Philip Thomas Richardson, 59, of 2007 Flat Rock Church Road, Louisburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at his home. He was a Vance County native. 
He spent most of life in sales.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Flat Rock Baptist Church by the Rev. Gary McNair. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are his wife, Phyllis R. Richardson; daughters, Carol Zahran of Fayetteville and Tracy Dillard of Franklinton; sons, Philip Thomas Richardson Jr. of Wilmington, Christopher Richardson of Louisburg and Terry Lee Hall of the home; mother and step-father, Maggie and Norman Hale of Roanoke Rapids; sister, Deborah Barnett of Carboro; and seven grandchildren. 
Friends may visit with the family from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest. 
Arrangements are by Bright Funeral Home of Wake Forest. 
  

Anita Tyler Twisdale 

RICHMOND -- Anita Tyler Twisdale, age 72, a resident of  Quinton,Virginia died Tuesday, October 10, 2000 at Elizabeth Adam Crump Manor in Glen Allen, Virginia. 
She was a native of Nansome County, Virginia and was the daughter of the late George Matthew “Mack” Gardner Tyler and Myrtle Mae Stancil Tyler.   
“Nita” was a Licensed Practical Nurse, a graduate of Vance-Granville Community College, and practiced nursing both in Vance and Granville Counties and in the Richmond, Virginia area for 22 years. 
She left behind wonderful memories and lasting love for her daughters, Deborah Twisdale and husband Dick of Townsville, Jeanette Trader and friend Mick Curley of Quinton,  Virginia, and Joan Deets of Chesterfield, Virginia; her grandchildren, Heather and Jake  Twisdale of Townsville, Tammy Kenner of Chesterfield, Virginia, Sheri McCamish of Hermitage, Tennessee, Ashley and Trey Deets of Chesterfield, Virginia; two great-grandchildren, Christopher and Taryn of Chesterfield, Virginia; her sister, Jean Rector of Asheville, N.C.; and loved ones from the Townsville-Henderson Community, and Staff and residents at Elizabeth Adam Crump Manor, including her “Best Buddy” Stella Epps and her beloved roommate Rose Tumulty.   
A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 14, 2000 at 2 p.m. at the Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Townsville by the Rev. Joyce Day and the Rev. Henry Lovelace.  
The family will receive friends at the home of Deborah and Dick Twisdale at 15255 Hwy. 39 N in the Townsville Community. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tabernacle United Methodist Church, c/o  Sylvia Anderson, P.O. Box 203, Townsville, N. C.  27584, or to Elizabeth Adam Crump Manor, 3600 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060.  
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home.


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