Miscellaneous Henderson County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Kathleen B. Coleman 
INEZ -- Kathleen Benson Coleman, 83, of Route 3, Warrenton, in the Inez community, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at Maria Parham Hospi-tal. She was a Warren County native and the daughter of the late W.A. Benson Sr. and Elizabeth A. Cheek Benson.  
She was a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church and the widow of William Glenn Coleman Sr.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Inez. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are a daughter, Geraldine C. Alston of Creedmoor; sons Glenn Coleman Jr. and Johnny Mack Coleman, both of Inez; sisters Frances Aycock of Afton-Elberon, Mabel Meredith of Lynchburg, Va., and Patsy Choplin of Afton-Elberon; brothers W.A. Benson Jr. of Warrenton and Robert N. Benson of Martinez, Ga.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  
Pallbearers will be Billy Davis, John Tom Harris, Leon Williams, Harry Williams III, Bennie Collier and E.B. Harris.  
Memorials may be made to Shady Grove Cemetery Fund, Route 3, Warrenton, N.C. 27589.  
The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 9 tonight at Blaylock Funeral Home.  
Arrangements are by Blaylock Funeral Home of Warrenton.
  

William M. Elliott 

HENDERSON -- William Morris Elliott, 56, a resident of 682 Coopers Grove 
Road, died Wednesday night, Jan. 24, 2001. He was a native of Vance County and was the son of Annie Norwood Elliott of Henderson and the late William Lawrence Elliott. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. 
He was a member of Flat Rock United Methodist Church, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Pam Gilliam. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 
In addition to his mother, he is survived by two daughters, Janette E. Johnson of Henderson and Jenny E. Evans of Nashville, N.C.; one son, Paul Thomas Elliott of Yokota Air Force Base in Japan; two sisters, Jackie E. Brown and Nancy E. Lamy, both of Greensboro; one brother, Lawrence T. Elliott of Henderson; and six grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the J.M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home of Janette and J.J. Johnson, 1375 Edwards Road, Henderson, and at the home of Lawrence and Betty Elliott, 2055 Satterwhite Point Road, Henderson. 
Serving as active pallbearers will be Charles Wyche, David Frazier, Jimmy Blanks, Charles Harris, Mike Edwards, Dan Tucker, Buck Norwood, Gene Jost, Marvin Reese and Charles Parham. 
Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, c/o Doug Byrom, Centura Bank, P.O. Box 1609, Henderson, N.C. 27536. 
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home. 
  

Ola Mae Evans 

OXFORD -- Ola Mae Evans, 73, a former resident of 5086 Old Route 75, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at Durham Regional Hospital.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Olive Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Mack Timberlake Sr. Burial will be in the Evans family cemetery.  
Surviving are two sisters, Raine Cozart of Creedmoor and Gollie Turrentine of Durham, and one brother, Carl Cozart of Oxford.  
The family will receive visitors at the church one hour before the services.  
The body will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Wright Funeral Home. 
Arrangements are by Wright Funeral Home Inc.  

Sherman G. Parham 

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. -- Sherman G. Parham, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, after a brief illness. He was the widower of Lottie Allen Parham. He was a native of Prince George County, Va. 
His early education was in Prince George County. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Hampton Institute in 1937. He was employed with North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co. as a combination agent in the Raleigh district in 1938, as a staff manager in 1939 and as Raleigh district manager in 1964. During his tenure with the company, he received many honors, including recognition as the Cloudburst Winner six times. He retired in January 1974. 
He made many contributions to the religious, civic and political life of Henderson. He was an active member of Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church, the NAACP, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Hampton University Alumni Association, Eastern Star Lodge No. 13 of Hampton, Henderson Consis-tory No. 195 and Imran Temple No. 168, where he was treasurer for decades. He made a profound impact on the governance of Henderson through participation on boards and commissions and through the political arena. In 1963 he was the first African-American to seek the position of mayor.  
He traveled extensively throughout the United States and internationally. He was an avid golfer, progressing to play in the North Carolina Senior Games and the National Sen-ior Citizen Olympics in Texas. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Albert Moses officiating. Interment will follow in the Blacknall Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before the services.  
He is survived by a foster daughter, Royce B. Thomas of Washington, and three grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight at E.C. Terry’s Funeral Service and other times at 917 Parkway Drive.  
Active pallbearers will be master masons. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Omega Psi Phi, Imran Temple, Henderson Consistory and Hampton Institute University Alumni. Floral bearers will be ladies of Cotton Memorial Church and Daughters of Isis, Court No. 55.  
The body will lie in state at E.C. Terry’s Funeral Service. 
Arrangements are by E.C. Terry’s Funeral Service.   

Bryant A. Peoples 

HENDERSON -- Bryant Allen Peoples, 36, of 1517 Cypress Drive, Henderson, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. He was a Mecklenburg County native and the son of Judith Miller Davis of Henderson and the late Linwood T. Peoples.  
He was a former assistant manager with Roses Stores of Durham, and was a dispatcher with Terry’s Wrecker Service. He was a member of First United Methodist Church.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church by the Rev. Charles M. Cook.  
Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens.  
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are two sisters, Beth French King of Henderson and Gay French Pleasants of Lexington; and a brother, Baron T. Peoples of El Cajon, Calif. 
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight at Flowers Funeral Home. At other times, they will be at the home of his mother, 283 S. Stratford Drive in Henderson.  
Serving as active pallbearers will be John L. Almand, Robert T. Shaw, Terry L. Perkinson, George C. Allen Jr., George D. Hoyle and William L. Murphy. The Vance County Sheriff’s Department will serve as honorary pallbearers.  
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, North Carolina Affiliate, 3109 Poplarwood Court, Suite 125, Raleigh, N.C. 27604-1043. 
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home of Henderson. 
  

Beverly Perry-Leath 

KERNERSVILLE -- Mrs. Beverly Lynette Perry-Leath, 36, of 2713 Stable Hill Trail, Kerners-ville, passed away on Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at the Kate Bitting Reynolds Hospice Home after an extended period of illness.  
Born in Henderson on Aug. 6, 1964, to Lewis Arch Perry and the late Louvenia Lewis Perry, she was educated in the public schools of Vance County. She held an A.A.S. degree from Vance-Granville Community College and was a graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a B.A. degree. She was enrolled in the graduate studies program of Appalachian State University. Mrs. Leath retired after 10 years of service to the City of Winston-Salem as an information systems analyst. She was of the Baptist faith, having joined the Spring Street Baptist Church in Henderson as a child. She became a faithful member of Mount Zion Baptist Church under the Pastorate of Dr. Serenus T. Churn Sr., where she served as a member of the Board of Deaconess, the Sunday Church School and the Inspirational Choir.  
She is survived by her husband, Robert Leath; one daughter, Samantha Leath; two sons, Christopher Leath and Joel Leath; her father, Lewis Arch Perry of Henderson; three sisters, Maxine Banks (Ellis) of Richmond, Va., Anita Perry of Raleigh and Kathryn Perry of California; four brothers, Cecil Perry (Judy) of Washington, D.C., Joel Perry (Cheryl) of Ohio, Ronald Perry (Janice) of Maryland and Kelvin Perry of Raleigh; her father-in-law, James A. Leath Sr. of Burlington; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Warren (Jerry) and Susan Leath; two brothers-in-law, James Leath Jr. of Burlington and William Leath of Charlotte; 16 nieces; nine nephews; and many other relatives and friends.  
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at noon at Mount Zion Baptist Church with Dr. Serenus T. Churn Sr. officiating. The family visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday at the church. Interment will be in the Ilong Baptist Church Cemetery in Kittrell. Arrangements are by Russell Funeral Home, Winston-Salem. 
  

Mary A. Townes 

WARRENTON -- Mary Alston Townes, 73, formerly of Warren County, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001, in Maryland.  
Funeral services will be conducted at noon Saturday at Greenwood Baptist Church in Warrenton by pastor Eddie Lawrence. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are her husband, James P. Townes; two daughters, Mable Nicholson and Cornelia Lewter; two sons, James Townes Jr. and Leonard Townes; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Carrie, Clementine and Ada; and three brothers, Irving, Morris and Solomon Jr. 
Arrangements are by R.H. Greene Funeral Home of Warrenton. 
  

Margie Townsend 

HENDERSON -- Margie Townsend, 77, of Henderson died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at Wake Memorial Hospital in Raleigh. She was the widow of Jack Townsend.  
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Wayne Rivers and Mrs. Ray Miller, both of Henderson; one son, Darrell Townsend of Raleigh; six sisters; two brothers; and one grandson.  
The funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. today at Pine Branch Baptist Church in Spruce Pine by the Rev. Garry Sparks. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. 
Arrangements are by Webb Funeral Home.  
  

Eloise Young 

WARRENTON -- Eloise Young, 65, of the Inez community died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Fork Chapel Baptist Church in Inez. The Rev. Timothy Evans will officiate. Burial will follow in the Young family cemetery.  
Surviving are her husband, John Young; eight children, Alfreda Burchette of Manson, Stanley Young of Burlington, Emery Young of Raleigh, Jason Young of Baltimore, Kelvin Young of Fayetteville, Andre Young of Raleigh, Lenora Montgomery of Raleigh and Cheryl Alston of Wendell; four daughters; three sisters, Christine Coppedge of Raleigh, Josephine Lee of Richmond, Va., and Shirley Alston of Kernersville; and one brother, Major Perry Jr. of Newport News, Va. 
Arrangements are by R.H. Greene Funeral Home of Warrenton.
 

Lillian W. Burwell 
OXFORD -- Lillian Williams Burwell, 70, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2001, in Philadelphia.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Only Way Church of God in the Providence community of Oxford by Bishop Clinton Winston. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 
Surviving are 11 daughters, two sons, 44 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. 
The body will be on view from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Mary Davis-Royster Funeral Services Chapel.  
Arrangements are by Mary Davis-Royster Funeral Services. 
  

Larry G. Copeland 

WARRENTON -- Larry Garfield Copeland, 47, of the Embro community of Warrenton died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at the Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday at Greater Lovely Hill Baptist Church in Macon by the Rev. Edward Harrington.  
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are his wife, Roselle Pitchford Copeland; one son, Garfield VaShon Copeland; two grandchildren; his mother, Patsie Copeland Gardner of Warrenton; four sisters, Verlene C. Dillon of Roanoke, Va., Claytees C. McCreary of Youngstown, Ohio, and Patricia A. Smith and Gloria J. Harris, both of Raleigh; six brothers, Curley Copeland Jr. of Plainfield, N.J., Ervin Copeland of Richmond, Va., Ronnie Copeland of Youngstown, Ohio, and James Copeland, Percy Copeland and William Copeland, all of Warrenton; two stepsisters, Laverne DeShields of Littleton and Beverly Gardner of Allentown, Pa.; and one stepbrother, Milton Gardner of Henderson. 
The body will be on view today at Boyd’s Funeral Services Chapel until it is taken to the church one hour before the services.  
Arrangements are by Boyd’s Funeral Services of Warrenton.  
  

Dick C. Faines 

Henderson -- Dick C. Faines, a resident of the Williamsboro community, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at Guardian Care Nursing Home. 
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Mount Zion United Church of Christ. Interment followed in the church cemetery. 
He was a life member of the Mount Zion United Church of Christ and was the widower of Susie Hamilton Faines. 
Surviving are five daughters, Louise Hargrove, Millie Faines, Susie Thomas and Linda Overby, all of Henderson, and Christine Hawkins of Linden, N.J.; five sons, Columbus, Eugene and Lee Faines, all of Henderson, Ervin Faines of Chase City, Va., and Mahlon Faines of Irvington, N.J.; 42 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. 
The family received friends Tuesday at Garnes Funeral Chapel and at other times at the home of Millie Faines at 981 Dick Faines Road.  
Viewing was held Tuesday at Garnes Funeral Home.  
  

Mildred Fisher Cliborne 

WARRENTON -- Mildred Fisher Cliborne died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at Duke University Medical Center. She was born in Warren County on Nov. 12, 1931, to Allen and Agnes Ranes Fisher. She and her husband operated Norfleet’s Hardware Store in Warrenton.  
Mrs. Cliborne is survived by her husband, Giles Norfleet Cliborne of Warrenton; her mother, Mrs. Agnes R. Fisher of Warrenton; one stepdaughter, Catherine Cliborne Pemberton of Raleigh; and one brother, Allen Fisher of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.  
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, January 28, 2001, at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Steve Edwards at Blaylock Funeral Home in Warrenton. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery.  
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Blaylock Funeral Home.  
Arrangements are by Blaylock Funeral Home of Warrenton.


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