Miscellaneous Henderson County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Thomas W. Abbott 
HENDERSON -- Thomas W. Abbott, age 75, a resident of 123 Southern Ave., died Saturday, October 14, 2000, at his home. 
He was a native of Vance County and was the son of the late Cleveland W. and Lucy Mosley Abbott. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in World War II, and was a member of Mt. Grove Baptist Church in Alert. He attended Gold Sand High School.  
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Blessed Hope Baptist Church by the Rev. Donnie Perkinson. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens. 
He is survived by his wife, Idell Grissom Hanford Abbott, of the home; one stepson, Ray Hanford of Henderson; one stepdaughter, Sally Hanford Waddell of Henderson; three sisters, Mildred A. Hale and Mae A. Bailey, both of Henderson, and Lucille A. Bobbitt of Louisburg; one brother, Wilson Abbott of Henderson; three stepgrandchildren and three great-stepgrandchildren.  
The family will receive friends Monday night from 7 until 8:30 at the J.M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home. 
Serving as active pallbearers will be: J.C. Abbott, John Coghill, Wayne Bobbitt, Gerald Perkinson, Sherwood Harp and Alton Harp.  
J.M. White Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
  

William J. Matthews  

HENDERSON -- William Junius Matthews, of 218 Crestwood Road, Henderson, died Friday, October 13, 2000 at his home.  
A native of Vance County, he was the son of the late John Junius and Martha Virginia Riggan Matthews. He was the widower of Joyce Longmire Matthews.  
Mr. Matthews was manager of the Vance County Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Agency. He was a member of Island Creek Baptist Church.  
Funeral services will be held today, at 4:30 p.m., at Island Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Johnson Gupton. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are a daughter, Donna M. Saad, and husband, Amgad, of Raleigh; a son, William A. “Bill” Matthews, and wife, Mariella, of Middleburg; four sisters, Virginia M. Fisher, Margaret M. Morgan, and Rose M. Wester, all of Henderson, and Edna M. Talley, of Fuquay Varina; and three grandchildren, William A. “Will” Matthews, Jr., Gabriella “Gabby” Matthews, and Sunnie Joyce Saad.  
The family received friends Saturday, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Flowers Funeral Home. All other times, they will be at the home.  
Serving as active pallbearers will be Macy Foster, Tom Kirby, Randolph Reese, Phil Brackins, Lawrence “Cotton” Clayton, Jimmy Twisdale, Bob Catherwood, and Terry Partin. Honorary pallbearers will be Wilson Hoyle, D.T. Ayscue, Charles Barnett, John Falkner, and employees of Vance County Farm Bureau.  
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Island Creek Baptist Church, 950 Stagecoach Road, Henderson, N.C. 27536.  
Flowers Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  

Frank H. Clark Sr. 
OXFORD -- Frank Haskins Clark Sr., 84, of 304 Lanier St., died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at the Granville Medical Center. He was a Granville County native. 
He was an Army veteran and attended Mary Potter School. He was a member of the New Johnathan Creek Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and chairman of the trustee board. He also was affiliated with the Sunday school, male chorus and senior choir. 
Surviving are his wife, Nannie Jane Clark; three sons, Louis G. Clark of Oxford, Charlie A. Clark of Marietta, Ga., and Frank H. Clark Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio; one daughter, Harrietta Royster of Winston-Salem; two brothers, MacBueford Clark of Oxford and Wilbert Bernard Clark of Milwaukee, Wisc.; one sister, Beulah Overby of Oxford; and four grandchildren.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today at New Johnathan Creek Baptist Church by the Rev. Robert E. Page, pastor. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
The family received visitors from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Betts & Son Funeral Home in Oxford.  
Arrangements are by Betts & Son Funeral Home Inc. 
  

Michael Crews 

OXFORD -- Michael Crews, 48, of 307 Mimosa St., died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at his residence.  
He was an employee of Murdoch Center.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wright Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Mack Timberlake Sr. Burial will be in Olive Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.  
Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Evans Crews; one daughter, Kierra Crews of the home; four sisters, Olivia Weatherbee of Newark, N.J., Aleisa L. El-Hamalawi of Durham, Trumilla Foreman and Regina Crews, both of Fort Washington, Md.  
The family will receive visitors from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Wright Funeral Home.  
Arrangements are by Wright Funeral Home. 
  

Danny D. Ellis 

MACON -- Danny Dwight Ellis, died at his home, Sunday, October 15, 2000 at 6:55 a.m. following a lengthy illness. He was the son of the late Lila Parham Ellis.  
Danny was employed as a Service Representative at Fleetwood Homes before his retirement several years ago.  
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the J.M. White Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Jeff Prewar. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens.  
He is survived by his wife Martha “Bonnie” Faulkner Ellis of the home; three children, David D. Ellis Sr., and wife Janet H. Ellis, and Lisa Ellis Rollin son all of Macon, and Lester Wayne Ellis of Henderson; four grandchildren, David D. Ellis Jr., Danny Wayne Ellis, Corey Alan Ellis and Danielle Denise Ellis all of Macon; and one brother Lester Ray Ellis of Louisburg.  
Serving as active Pall Bearers will be: Ronald Pendergrass, Bill Jordan, Raymond “Doc” Harrison, Bobby Ray Ellis, L. Mike Ellis and Jay Ellis. 
The family will receive friends Monday night from 7 until 8:30 at the J.M. White Funeral Home. At other times the family will be at the home at Route 1, Macon for relatives and friends. 
J.M. White Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

John M. McKinney 

HENDERSON -- John M. McKinney, age 88, a resident of 415 Island Creek Estates, died Monday afternoon at a local nursing home.  
He was a native of Halifax County, Va., and was the son of the late Addie and Sophia McKinney.  He was the widower of Maggie Watson McKinney.  He was retired from Harriett and Henderson Yarns, where he worked for 42 years. 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the J.M. White Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Frank Sossamon.  Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens. 
He is survived by one daughter, Merna M. Matthews, of Henderson, seven grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Maggie Lacks and Alice Overton both of Durham.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Nance and a son, Jimmy McKinney. 
The family will receive friends Tuesday night from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the J.M. White Funeral Home.  At other times they will be at the home at the home of Merna Matthews at 1000 Island Creek Estates. 
Serving as active pall bearers will be Adam Williams, Justin Hanford, Jason Matthews, James Watson, Johnny Watson, and Odell Pendley. 
Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 1609 Henderson, N.C. 27536. 
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home. 
  

Beverly K. Ranes 

HENDERSON -- Beverly Kaye Ranes, of 116 Parker Street, Henderson, entered life March 3, 1948. She was the Angel of Katherine Wilson Ranes, and the late Ballard Morris Ranes. Both parents dedicated their lives to this special child.  
God chose exceptional parents to entrust the care of this Angel Child. The blessings they received were far too many to count, and the love that was generated in her home overflowed into the neighborhood, community, and the entire town. Everyone who met Beverly was drawn to her, and she loved everyone she met. Beverly was never formally educated, however she always seemed to know which things were important in life. Anyone who was fortunate enough to be a part of Beverly’s circle of friends will never forget the life she lived.  
Beverly died peacefully Monday, October 16, 2000, at her home. We will all mourn her passing, but know Heaven is truly blessed to have her in their band of Angels.  
Miss Ranes was a member of North Henderson Baptist Church, where funeral services will be held Wednesday, at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. John Hines Adams Sr. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens.  
Surviving, in addition to her mother, are a sister, Linda R. Clayton, and husband, Donald; and a brother, W. Ray Ranes, and wife, Bonnie, all of Henderson; three nieces, Claire Ranes, Beth Ranes, and Beth Peele; a nephew, T.J. Peele; countless other family members; and special friends, Frances and James Twisdale, Joyce and William Dickerson, Harriet and Bruce Gupton, and Robin and James Brown.  
The family will receive friends Tuesday, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at Flowers Funeral Home. All other times, they will be at the home.  
Serving as active pallbearers will be Bobby Wilkerson, Danny Wilkerson, James Brown, Tim Jenks, Billy Dickerson, Billy Perry, F.T. Wrenn and R.A. Harris.  
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to North Henderson Baptist Church, 1211 North Garnett Street, Henderson, N.C. 27536.  
Flowers Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  
 

John H. Roberson 

HENDERSON -- John Harriel Roberson, age 53, a resident of 1010 S. Garnett Street, died Sunday.  
He was a native of Vance County and was the son of the late Jim B. and Ida Smith Roberson. He was medically retired. 
He is survived by four sisters, Brenda Hawkins, Mary Limer, Jackie Robertson, and Teri Hutson all of Henderson, and two brothers, James Roberson and Donnie Roberson both of Henderson. 
Private services will be held by the family with burial in Fairview Cemetery in Warrenton. 
No visitation will be held by the family. 
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home.  
  

Robert Thorpe Jr. 

OXFORD -- Robert Thorpe Jr., 67, a native of Granville County, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at Durham Regional Hospital.  
He was a retired merchant marine with over 34 years of service.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Wright Funeral Chapel by the Revs. Ned Thorpe, Garland Heggie, James Hester and Bobby Wilson. Burial will be in New Hope Granville Baptist Church Cemetery.  
Surviving are four sisters, Louise Thorpe of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mary T. Perry of Philadelphia, Pa., Virginia Thorpe and Gloria Thorpe, both of Oxford; and two brothers, Henry “Bill” Thorpe and Rev. Ned Thorpe, both of Chapel Hill.  
The family will receive visitors from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wright Funeral Home and at other times at 203 Alexander Ave.  
Arrangements are by Wright Funeral Home.

Michael Crews 
OXFORD -- Michael Crews, 48, of 307 Mimosa St., died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at his residence.  
He was an employee of Murdoch Center.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wright Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Mack Timberlake Sr. Burial will be in New Hope Granville Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.  
Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Evans Crews; one daughter, Kierra Crews of the home; four sisters, Olivia Weatherbee of Newark, N.J., Aleisa L. El-Hamalawi of Durham, Trumilla Foreman and Regina Crews, both of Fort Washington, Md.; four brothers, Leslie Crews of Henderson, Shelton Crews of Newark, N.J., Calvin Crews and Dexter Crews, both of Kittrell.  
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Wright Funeral Home.  

Mary N. Sheppard 

HENDERSON -- Mary Neiley Sheppard, 95, of 96 Wendy Court, Henderson, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at her home. She was a native of Philadelphia, Pa., and daughter of the late Jim and Mary Eleanor Townsend. She was the widow of Joseph Sheppard, Sr.  
She was a retired chemist with Allied Chemical Company. 
Surviving are seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 
No service is planned locally. 
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home of Henderson. 
  

Glennie W. Tuck 

HENDERSON -- Glennie Mae Winters Tuck, 74, of Hwy. 98, Durham, formerly of Henderson, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. She was a Granville County native and the daughter of the late Vernon and Mary Winters. She was the widow of Lawrence Hoover Tuck.  
She was a retired child care provider.  
Memorial services were held at  2 p.m. Tuesday at Freedom Life Church of God, conducted by the Rev. Jeff Prewer.  
Surviving are a daughter, Carolyn T. Satterwhite of Kittrell; four sons, Lawrence H. Tuck Jr., and Sam Tuck, both of Henderson, Clifton T. Tuck of Durham, and William Tuck of Raleigh; a sister, Peggy Winters of California; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home.

Pearl V. Rainey 

HENDERSON -- Pearl Vaughan Rainey, age 73, a resident of 415 Finch Road, died Tuesday afternoon at her home.  
She was a native of Warren County, daughter of the late Edgar Blount and Pearl Jerman Thompson Vaughan, and the widow of Wilbert Lee Rainey. 
She was a homemaker and a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church. 
Graveside services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Sunset Gardens by the  Rev. Frank Sossamon. 
She is survived by one son, Wilbert E. Rainey, of Henderson; one sister, Peggy V. Capps, of Henderson; four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, and one great-stepgrandchild. 
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Freeman Vaughan, Jerman Vaughan, Martin Earl Vaughan, and Harvey Vaughan; and one sister, Louise Vaughan. 
The family will receive friends Thursday night from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the J.M. White Funeral Home.  At other times they will be at the home at 415 Finch Road. 
Serving as active pall bearers will be Michael Livengood, Jerry Steed, Matthew Darnell, Scott Keesee, Jimmy Capps, and Jason Steed. 
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home. 
  

Paul J. Stainback 

HENDERSON -- Paul Jones Stainback, 83, of 137 Southern Avenue, Henderson, died Wednesday, October 18, 2000.  
A native of Vance County, he was the son of the late James Paul and Lucy Vaughan Stainback.  
Mr. Stainback was a retired office manager with the former Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, of Henderson, and was an accountant. He was a member of First Baptist Church, the Henderson Lion’s Club, the Henderson Masonic Lodge No. 229 AF & AM, and the Henderson Shrine Club. He served on the Vance County ABC Board for the past thirty years, and as chairman of the Board for the past fifteen years.  
A graveside funeral service will be held Friday, at 2 p.m., in Sunset Gardens, conducted by Dr. Marion D. Lark.  
Surviving are his wife, Eloise Suitt Stainback; a son, Jerry Stainback, and wife, Ellen, of Henderson; and one granddaughter, Rebecca Stainback.  
The family will receive friends this evening from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Flowers Funeral Home. All other times, they will be at the home on 137 Southern Avenue, or at the home of Jerry and Ellen Stainback, 140 Country Club Drive.  
Serving as active pallbearers will be Mike Satterwhite, David Parham, Hugh Thomas Ragland Jr., Ronald McDuffey Ragland, Ricky Davis, and Julian Pernell. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Vance County ABC Board.  
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, North Carolina Affiliate Inc., 3109 Poplarwood Court, suite 125, Raleigh, N.C. 27604-1043; or to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 75, Henderson, N.C. 27536.  
Flowers Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements. 


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