Miscellaneous Henderson County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Thomas A. Butler 

HENDERSON -- Thomas Alvin Butler, 57, of 2134 Woodland Road, died Monday, Nov. 20, 2000, in Maria Parham Hospital. He was a Sampson County native and the son of Ed H. Butler of Henderson and the late Margaret McCullen Butler.  
He was a barber and real estate developer and investor, and was instrumental in the formation of the Vance County Historical Museum. He was a member of the Vance County Historical Society, Preservation North Carolina, the North Carolina History Associates, and the National Archives of History Associates. He was a former member of the Henderson Jaycees.  
He was a member of First Baptist Church, where the funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, conducted by Dr. Marion D. Lark. Entombment will follow in Sunset Gardens.  
Surviving are his wife, Harriette Herion Butler; a daughter, Natalie B. Adcox of Henderson; a son, Thomas A. Butler Jr. of Waynesville; and two grandchildren.  
The family will receive friends at the Cemetery, immediately following the service.  
Serving as active pallbearers will be Fred S. Hughes, Sam Jones, Robert Southerland, Ronald S. Dorsey, Frank Irvin, Kenny Mosley, John Miller, W. Carson Ellis, George Blackburn, Edgar Robertson Jr., John I. Price Jr., and Jimmy Renn. Members of the Vance County Historical Society will serve as honorary pallbearers.  
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Vance County Historical Museum, c/o Nancy W. Crews, 95 Old Poplar Creek Road, Henderson, N.C. 27536.  
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home of Henderson. 
  

Lucinda B. Ester 

CREEDMOOR -- Lucinda Burwell Ester, 69, of 1743 U.S. Hwy. 15 South, Creedmoor, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000, at the Durham Regional Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Moses and Ophelia Brandon Burwell.  
Surviving are her husband, Arlease Esther of the home; two sons, Darrell Ester and Mark Ester, both of Creedmoor; three daughters, Pamela Bost, Corol Adams and Lorrie Ester, all of Creedmoor; one brother, Robert Burwell of Oxford; five sisters, Lois Braswell, Edith Rogers, Catherine Peace and Marvie Jean Burwell, all of Oxford, Ivos Counts of Roselle, N.J.; and 11 grandchildren. 
Funeral services were conducted on Saturday at Pettiford Grove Baptist Church. The Rev. Waddell Tapp, pastor, officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery.  
The family received visitors on Friday at Betts & Son Funeral Home of Oxford. 
  

Helen E. Fuller 

LOUISBURG -- Helen Elizabeth Fuller, 94, of Louisburg, died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000, in Britthaven of Louisburg. She was the widow of James Fuller.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Trinity United Methodist Church, conducted by the Revs. Jim Murphy and Rusty Womack of Mountain Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are one daughter, Cora Helen F. Driver of Louisburg; one son, Milton M. Fuller of Louisburg; one sister, Ruth E. Foster of Louisburg; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  
The family received friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Lancaster Funeral Home and all other times at the home of Cora Helen Driver, 4689 N.C. 39 Hwy. N., Louisburg.  
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, 4272 U.S. 401 Hwy. N., Louisburg, N.C. 27549.  
Arrangements are by Lancaster Funeral Home of Louisburg. 
  

Daniel C. Jackson 

DOVER, N.H. --  Daniel Cooper Jackson, 67, of Dover, N.H., died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was a Vance County native and the son of Edgar S. and Shirley Jackson.  
After 20 years of service, he retired as a chief boiler tender.  
Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Audrey Jackson of Somerset, Mass.; two sons, Daniel C. Jackson Jr. of North Carolina, David A. Jackson of Berkeley, Mass.; three daughters, Marcia Jackson of Rochester, N.H., Jodi L. Moss of Oxford and Lisa Lee of Barrington, N.H.; five brothers, Milton R. Jackson of South Carolina, John Wayne Jackson, Edgar J. Jackson, Gerald Jackson and Carl O. Jackson; one sister, Shirleen Crocker; six grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. 
He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Jackson. 
A private memorial service with family members will be held today. The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is in charge of arrangements. 
  

Cakari A. Williams 

HENDERSON -- Cakari Antonio Williams, infant son of Dominique Nicole Norris and Clarence Antonio Williams, died Nov. 18, 2000, at Duke Medical Center in Durham.  
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wortham Family Cemetery.  
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, Clarence Ashonte Williams of Henderson and Taveyon Jamond Williams of Warrenton; grandparents, La-vern Norris, Kirby Norris, Mary Blue and Jimmy Watson, all of Henderson; great-grandparents, Martha Williams, Minnie Rhem and Louvenia Norris. 
The family will receive friends at 419 E. Montgomery St., Henderson.  
Arrangements are by Garnes Funeral Services Inc.

Vance W. Clark 

HENDERSON -- Vance Wade Clark, 51, of 771 Cedar Cove Road, Henderson, died Monday, Nov. 20, 2000, at his home. He was a Vance County native and the son of the late Kenneth and Jewell Arnold Clark.  
He was a tobacconist with Standard Commercial Tobacco Company.  
Funeral services will be conducted today at City Road United Methodist Church, conducted by the Revs. Danielle Kirkland and Frank Sossamon.  
Surviving are his wife, Kimberly Nowell Clark; a daughter, Cameron Clark of the home; and a son, Wesley Clark of Louisburg.  
The family received friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Flowers Funeral Home. All other times, they are at the home.  
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Duke Children’s Hospital, 512 S. Mangum St., Suite 400, Durham, N.C. 27701.  
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home.
  

Daniel C. Jackson 

DOVER, N.H. --  Daniel Cooper Jackson, 67, of Dover, N.H., died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was a Vance County native and the son of Edgar S. and Shirley (Overton) Jackson.  
After 20 years of service, he retired as a chief boiler tender.  
Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Audrey Jackson of Somerset, Mass.; two sons, Daniel C. Jackson Jr. of North Carolina, David A. Jackson of Berkeley, Mass.; three daughters, Marcia Jackson of Rochester, N.H., Jodi L. Moss of Oxford and Lisa Lee of Barrington, N.H.; five brothers, Milton R. Jackson of South Carolina, John Wayne Jackson, Edgar “Jack” Jackson, Jerry Jackson and Carl O. Jackson; one sister, Shirleen “Jeanette” Crocker; six grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. 
He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Jackson. 
A private memorial service with family members will be held today. The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is in charge of arrangements.  

Clarence Sledge Sr.  

NORLINA -- Clarence “Heck” Sledge Sr., 86, of Norlina, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2000, at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Cooks Chapel Baptist Church in Warren Plains. The Rev. Joseph Cook, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are his wife, Mable Reid Sledge of the home; four sons, Prince of Richmond, Va., Clarence Jr., and Eugene, both of Norlina, and Larry of Wise; one daughter, Gloria of Charlotte; three sisters, Ella Hendricks of New York, Mattie Davis of Norlina and Lillie Beamon of Georgia; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 
Arrangements are by R.H. Greene Funeral Home of Warrenton.  
  

William R. Wheeler Jr. 

STEM -- William Ray Wheeler Jr., 69, of 2009 Jack Clement Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, at his home. He was a Granville County native and the son of the late William R. and Ava Daniel Wheeler.  
He was a tobacco farmer, a member, deacon and Sunday school teacher at Providence Baptist Church, and an Army veteran.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Providence Baptist Church by Dr. Randy Pittman. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery in Oxford.  
Surviving are his wife, Rosa Green Wheeler of the home; two daughters, Jenny Wheeler Fowler of Stem and Lynn Wheeler Watson of Raleigh; one sister, Mary Louise Tilley of Durham; and two twin granddaughters.  
Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Providence Baptist Church, 4603 Old Route 75, Oxford, N.C. 27565.  
Visitation for the family will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home and at other times at the home.  
Arrangements are by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home of Oxford. 
 

Darrell D. Bates 
WARRENTON -- Darrell Doin Bates, 78, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000, at Mcguire Hospital in Richmond, Va., after a lenghty illness. He was a native of Conway, Ark., and was a retired truck driver.  
He was married to the late Gracie Lee Hamm. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Blaylock Funeral Home. Burial will be in Warren Plains Methodist Church Cemetery.  
Surviving are one daughter, Barbara Kay Shumaker of Midlothian, Va.; four sons, Ronny Bates and Tommy Bates, both of Fredericksburg, Va., Billy Bates of Moorehead, Ky., and Roy Lee Bates of High Point; two brothers, Steve Bates of Elmott, Texas, and Harold Bates of Conway, Ark.; two sisters, Lucille Wilson and Jean Ball, both of Little Rock, Ark.; 18 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.  
Memorials may be made to the Warren Plains Methodist Church.  
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Blaylock Funeral Home. 
  

Martha H. Boone 

OXFORD -- Martha Hawley Boone, 66, of 115 Webb Place, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, at the Maria Parham Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Genie and Janie Chavis Hawley.  
She also was a member of the Tally Ho Baptist Church.  
Surviving are her four sisters, Flora Williams, Emma Pettiford and Bessie Glover, all of Oxford, Ida Harris of Butner; one brother, Robert Hawley of Yonkers, N.Y.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tally Ho Baptist Church in Stem. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Betts & Son Funeral Home Inc. of Oxford. 
Arrangements are by Betts Funeral Home of Oxford. 
  

Beatrice H. Brown 

HENDERSON -- Beatrice Hargrove “Bob” Brown, 59, of 310 Burnside Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000, at Maria Parham Hospital.  
She was a member of Mt. Zion United Church of Christ.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion United Church of Christ. Burial will lie in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are her husband, Ralph Brown Jr.; one daughter, Magnolia B. Hunter of Kittrell; one son, Orlando Brown of the home; four sisters, Lucy Brown, Esther Alston, Lida Davis and Dorothy Town, all of Henderson; four foster daughters, Melody Davis, Tracy Mosley, Theresa Cheek and  Deborah Brown, all of Henderson; six foster sons, Rashad Davis of Creedmoor, Allen Johnson, C.J. Thompson, Quentin Perry, Dennis Brown and Michael Brown, all of Henderson.  
The family will receive friends at the residence.  
The body will lie in state from 12 to 8  p.m. Friday at Wright Funeral Home.  

Clementine L. Gaines 

CREEDMOOR -- Clementine Lyons Gaines, 48, of 2523 Brogden Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000, at Triangle Hospice at the Meadowlands in Hillsborough.  
She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church and an employee of Duke Medical Center.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pine Grove Baptist  Church by the Rev. Larry McElroy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 
Surviving are a foster son, Mario Lyons of Raleigh; her parents, James Lyons and Pauline Harris Lyons of the home; two sisters, Gracie Lyons of the home and Mary Evans of Wharton, N.J.; and two brothers, Otis Lyons of Creedmoor; and Carl Lyons of Durham.  
The family will receive visitors at the residence.  
The body will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Wright Funeral Home in Oxford. 
  

Thomas F. Matthews Jr.  

HENDERSON -- Thomas Faucette “Tommy” Matthews Jr., 43, of 638 Vance Academy Road, Henderson, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, at his home. He was a Granville County native and the son of Thomas F. and Clara Tillotson Matthews of Henderson.  
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Sunset Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Gary Brummitt.  
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are three sisters, Becky Matthews of Los Osos, Calif., and Sarah M. Morrow and Debbie M. Baucom, both of Roxboro.  
The family will receive friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Friday at Flowers Funeral Home. All other times, they will be at the home.  
Serving as active pallbearers will be Ed Tillotson, Jackie Tillotson, Chuck Tillotson, Mark Tillotson, Harry Matthews, George Pinion, Danny R. Matthews, and Lawrence Ray Williamson Jr. 
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home.  
  

Zona E. Salsman 

JENSEN BEACH, FLA. -- Zona E. Salsman, 90, of Jensen Beach, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, at Martin Memorial Medical Center. She was a native of Henderson and had been a resident of Jensen Beach since 1969. 
She was the owner/operator of the Driftwood Motel in Jensen Beach. 
She was a member of American Legion Post in Jensen Beach and Florida Boys Ranch.  
Surviving are two brothers, Jerry and Woodrow Johnson, both of Henderson; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.  
Friends may call  from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Aycock Funeral Home in Jensen Beach. A service will follow at 5 p.m. at the funeral home. 
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1693 Indian St., Stuart, Fla., 34997 or to a charity of choice.  
Arrangements are by Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach. 
  

Nollie K. Susewell 

MANSON -- Nollie Key Susewell, 77, died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000, at her U.S. 1 residence.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 12 p.m. Saturday at Little Bethel Baptist Church in Stony Creek, Va., by the Rev. David L. Banks Sr. Burial will follow in the Key Family Cemetery in Stony Creek.  
She was a native of Sussex County, Va., and the daughter of the late Henry Key and Jennie Ann Parham Key.  
She was a member of Little Bethel Baptist Church in Stony Creek, Va.  
At the age of 17, she moved to Long Island, N.Y., where she later met and married Richard Allen Susewell. After residing in New York for 50 years, she moved to Manson, where she was a homemaker for the past 10 years.  
Surviving are her husband, Richard Susewell of Manson; two sons, Henry Susewell of North Babylon, N.Y., and Eric Susewell of the home; four daughters, Connie Milton of Amityville, N.Y., Alice Susewell of Middleburg, and Vanessa Alston and Gail Susewell, both of Manson; two brothers, Glover Key and George Key, both of Stony Creek, Va.; a sister, Cora Curtis of Petersburg, Va.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.  
Pallbearers will be Donnie Yates, Michael Key, Jerome Key, Jessie Winfield, David Susewell and William Campbell.  
Nieces will serve as floral bearers.  
There will be a visitation at the funeral home at 7 p.m. Friday.  
The body will lie in state at the church for one hour before the service.  
The family will meet with friends at the home in Manson.  
Arrangements are by Brown’s Funeral Services Inc. of Warrenton. 
  

Michael P. Tillman 

DURHAM -- Michael P. Tillman, 60, of 600 Nash St., died Monday, Nov. 20, 2000, in Duke University Medical Hospital. He was a native of Durham and the son of the late Charles and Mattie Page Tillman.  
He was educated in the Durham City Schools and was a graduate of Hillside High School. 
He had been a chaffeur for Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder. He was a taxicab driver and had driven for Pine Street Taxi, Hillside Taxi and Mike’s Taxi. He had been affiliated with Fisher Funeral Parlor and the Lions Club industries.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 102 E. Cornwalis Road in Durham. The Rev. Dennis Davis will officiate. Burial will be held at Meadowview Memorial Park on Stovall Road in Oxford. 
Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Lettie Hester Tillman; a daughter, Valeria Watson Williams; two sons, Michael P. Tillman Jr. and Ravon Gray; five grandchildren; a sister, Joan Dewayne Tillman Lassiter; and two brothers, Charles Tillman Jr. and Eric Tillman of Hillsborough. 
Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Fisher Funeral Parlor. 
Arrangements are by Fisher Home of Durham.  
  

L.A. Westbrook Jr.  

SPARTANBURG -- Lewis Andrew Westbrook Jr., 63, of 141 Mabry Drive, Spartanburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000,  at his home after an extended illness.  
Born in Duplin County, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Lewis Andrew Westbrook Sr. and Margaret Hill Westbrook. He was the former store manager with Roses in the Pinewood Shopping Center for over 18 years and was a former member of the Exchange Club. He was also a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church of Spartanburg and had served in the National Guard.   
Surviving are his wife, Gladys Hicks Westbrook of the home; his son and daughter-in-law, Lewis Andrew “Andy” Westbrook III and Catherine Wessinger Westbrook; two grandsons, Lewis Andrew Westbrook IV and Marshall Derrick Westbrook, all of Spartanburg; and one brother, Willard Ray Westbrook of Wadesboro, N.C. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 24, at 11:30 a.m. at the Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel conducted by the Rev. Neil M. Yongue. The family will receive friends following the service at the chapel. 
Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Westbrook Family Cemetery in Albertson, North Carolina, conducted by the Rev. George Westbrook. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1320 Fernwood-Glendale Road, Spartanburg, S.C. 29307 or to Mobile Meals, P.O. Box 461, Spartanburg, S.C. 29304. 
The family will be at the home.  
Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


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