Miscellaneous Henderson County, North Carolina Obituaries


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Gladys E. Arnold 
CREEDMOOR — Gladys Estes Arnold, 88, of 302 S. Main St., died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Durham Regional Hospital. She was a Granville County native and the daughter of the late Pump and Rosa Stanley Estes and the widow of Joseph W. Arnold.  
She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and was retired from Murdoch Center. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Eakes Funeral Chapel in Creedmoor by the Revs. Dan Hill and R.R. Pulley. Burial will be in Carolina Memorial Gardens.  
Surviving are four daughters, Barbara A. Davis of Wake Forest, Betty A. Hicks, Mary A. Belvins, Virginia A. Cooper, all of Creedmoor; two sons, Carlton Arnold of Creedmoor and William “Butch” Arnold of Wake Forest; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  
Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Eakes Funeral Home prior to the services and at other times at the home. 

Joseph L. Champion Sr. 

HENDERSON — Joseph Lee Champion, Sr., age 74, a resident of 307 Foxborough Lane, died Tuesday morning at his home.  He was a native of Vance Co. and was the son of the late Lewis and Magnolia Coghill Champion. 
He was a U. S. Veteran having served in the Navy, Army, and Air Force, and was retired from Burkart. 
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Elmwood Cemetery by the Rev. Dale Eatmon. 
Mr. Champion is survived by his wife, Cora Jones Champion, of the home, two daughters, Teresa  Champion, of Middlesex and Pamela Champion of Warrenton; one son, Joseph Lee Champion Jr. of Henderson; two sisters, Mae C. Smith and Maggie C. Weaver both of Henderson; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 p.m. today at the J.M. White Funeral Home.  At other times they will be at the home on Foxborough Lane. 
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home. 

Maurice Everett Newton 

CHAPEL HILL — Maurice Everett Newton was born November  22, 1914 to Josie Moss (Newton) Adcock and Moses Everett Newton in Henderson, N.C. He was the stepson of Brochius Daniel Adcock, whom he loved dearly, of Vance County, from the time he was nine years old. He grew up in Vance County on a dairy farm, owned and operated by his step dad. Married in 1942 to Loretta Sarti of Richmond, VA, he began his career working for the department of public health, going around to schools to serve families in need. After two years as a Major in the Army Dental Corps, he settled in Chapel Hill to replace the only dentist in the community. For several years, well before the days of the UNC dental school, he served the community single handedly, often being called out late at night for emergencies.  
Fondly known as “Newt”, he was an unusually kind man who loved his work and his family. As an unspoiled farm boy, he earned his way through Campbell College, Wake Forest University, and the Dental School of the Medical College of Virginia by doing a number of odd jobs, including cutting hair and milking cows. His humble beginnings stayed with him all of his life, as he was known to exchange dental work for a bushel of corn or a huge pumpkin from a farmer’s field.  
Dr. Newton practiced dentistry in downtown Chapel Hill for 50 years, until the age of 72, at which time he sold his practice and retire to care for his wife Loretta. In his own quiet and gentle way, Maurice taught everyone he knew about the importance of patience when following your dream, and helping others along your path, even if it means taking longer to get where you are going.  
In addition, Dr. Newton found the time to be an active member of the American Dental Association, the N.C. Dental Society, The Durham-Orange County Dental Society, the Triangle Dental Study Club, and was a lifelong member of the Kiwanis Club of Chapel Hill.  
Maurice was among the first to build a home in the Greenwood neighborhood, and for years served on the zoning board for that neighborhood, helping to create the lovely, tree-filled environment that it is today. He was also responsible for donating the old slave cabin where Paul Green did much of his writing, to the historical society, who in turn moved it to the botanical gardens where it is open to the public today.  
“Newt” will be missed by many. His daughters Nancy Newton Love (and husband Larry Love of Paris, Texas), Beverly (Toby) Newton (of Efland, N.C.) and Maureen Newton (and husband Mark Becker of East Lansing) will remember him with a warm and loving heart. Granchildren Andy Love (married to Anne Marie Love) and Charlotte Love (both of Dallas, TX), Russell and Adam Becker (both of East Lansing) hold many dear memories of playing in his wonderful home and yard in Greenwood, sitting on his knee reading stories, and fishing in his pond. Maurice’s sister, Lucille Williams (formerly of Henderson, now Raleigh), and brother, Fred Newton and his wife Alice Newton (also formerly of Henderson, and now of Greenville, N.C.), plus many nieces and nephews will miss his genuine love and concern for them. His longtime colleague, friend and brother-in-law, Duncan Getsinger, and his wife JoAnn will deeply miss his support and friendship.  
May his spirit move gently and peacefully to the other side, where he will greet the loved ones who have gone before him.  
A funeral mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, July 14, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery.  
A visitation will be Thursday, July 13, from 7 - 9 at Walkers Funeral Home, Chapel Hill.  
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 400 Oberlin Rd., Suite 208, Raleigh, N.C. 27605-1351 or The National Perkinson Foundation, 1501 NW 9th Ave., Miami, FL 33136.  

Odell L. Smith 

HENDERSON — Odell Lee Smith, 62, of 100 Mason St., died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Maria Parham Hospital.  
Arrangements will be announced later by Garnes Funeral Services Inc. 

Minister Samuel J. Terry 

HENDERSON — Minister Samuel James Terry, 39, a resident of 95 Cedar Cove Road, died Saturday of an accidental drowning in Granville County.  
He was an ordained minister. He was an employee of Whitco Exterminating Company.  
Bishop Sandy Burks will be conduct funeral services Friday at 11 a.m. at United Solid Rock Faith Ministries in Warrenton. Burial will be in Oak Level United Church of Christ cemetery in Manson.  
Minister Terry is surviving by a wife, Mrs. Renee’ Evans Terry; two daughters, Miss Sametria Hymon, Henderson, and Miss Serena Terry, of the home; one infant son, Daniel Terry, of the home; his parents, Elder James Terry and Minister Lottie Davis Terry, Henderson; six sisters, Mrs. Sandy Dunston, Kittrell, Ms.Connie Terry, Dover, Delaware, Minister Arnetta Williams, Mrs. Rosa Bullock, Mrs. Veronica Thomas, and Mrs. Lottie Kersey, all of Henderson; and one brother, Mr. Frank Terry of Henderson.  
The family will receive visitors at the residence of Elder and Mrs. James Terry, 933 Lehman Street. Minister Terry will lie in state Thursday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home of Henderson, 222 Zeb Robinson Road.  
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Samuel James Terry Memorial Fund, Branch Banking & Trust Company, 213 N. Chestnut Street, Henderson, NC 27536. 

Wallace I. Tingen 

ALTON, VA. — Wallace Ira Tingen, 58, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at UNC Hospitals. He was a Person County native and the son of Wallace and Alma Shotwell Tingen of Roxboro. He worked for Yancey Trucking Co. of Henderson.  
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Freddie Woody Tingen and their son, Kevin Morton Tingen of Apex; one brother, Chris Tingen of Roxboro; and one sister, Virginia Dare Swan of Asheboro.  
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Mill Creek Baptist Church Cemetery by the Rev. Tommy Robertson.  
Visitation was held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Brooks & White Funeral Home, and at other times at 1025 Woody Loop Road, Alton, Va.  
Pallbearers will be Johnnie Ausborn, Gordon Powell, Kenny Bowes, Terry Tingen, Floyd Newton Jr., and Andy Redd. 
Arrangements are by Brooks & White Funeral Home of Roxboro. 

William G. Wilson 

HENDERSON — William George Wilson, age 57, a resident of 974 Massenburg Road, in the Epsom Community, died Friday, July 7, 2000.  
A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 13, 2000 at 7 p.m. at the Loyal Order Of Moose on Williams Street. 
Mr. Wilson is survived by three daughters, Alisa W. Gorman, of Henderson, Maria W. Childers of Fort Meade, Md., and Ellen Burt of Brockton, Mass.; one son, Michael Wilson of Clarksville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, two sisters, and four brothers. 
Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.

Thomas M. Byrd 
GREENVILLE — Thomas Mixon Byrd, 71, of 106 North Harding St., died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at his home.  
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Forest Hills Cemetery in Farmville by the Rev. Jerry Shavers.  
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Hooker Memorial Christian Church in Greenville.  
He was a member of Hooker Memorial Christian Church where he served as a deacon, an elder, and chairman of the board.  
Surviving are his wife, Ann Bynum Byrd of the home; two sisters, Mae Byrd Lloyd of Henderson and Faye Byrd Parham of Oxford; one brother, Hubert W. Byrd Sr. of Chesapeake, Va. 
The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 9 p.m. today at the Farmville Funeral Home. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hooker Memorial Christian Church Van Fund. 

Gonzalo Cruz 

NEW YORK CITY — Graveside services for Gonzalo Cruz of New York City will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at the Family Cemetery in the Shocco community. The Rev. Luther Alston will officiate.  
Surviving are his wife, Olivia Alston Cruz. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at R.H. Greene Funeral Home in Warrenton. 

Velma Patton 

HENDERSON — Velma Patton, 39, of 927 Patton Circle, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at her residence.  
Arrangements will be announced later by Garnes Funeral Services Inc. 

Maurice L. Ragland 

OXFORD — Maurice L. Ragland, three years old, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at the University Health System in Omaha, Neb. 
Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday at St. Matthews Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Jimmie L. Johnson. Burial was in the church cemetery. 
Surviving are his parents, Halbert Ragland and Deborah Bumpass; one sister, Keyairra Bailey; maternal grandparents, Etheline Bumpass and James Green, both of Oxford; paternal grandparents, Ceaster Ragland and Napeleon Ragland, both of Oxford; and maternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth Green of Oxford.  
Arrangements are by Betts & Son Funeral Home of Oxford. 

Estelle Somerville 

MACON — Estelle “Ma” Somerville, 82, of Macon, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids.  
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Macon Second Baptist Church in Macon. The Rev. Timothy Edwards will officiate. Burial will follow in the Macon Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Macon.  
Surviving are one daughter, Annie S. Banks of New York; one sister, Sallie S. Harrison of Macon; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

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