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Dr. William B. Lott 
HEIDELBERG, Miss. -- Dr. William Benjamin Lott died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill. He was a native of Jasper County, Heidelberg, Miss., and the son of the late Daniel and Lula D. Lott.  
At an early age, he joined the First Enterprize Baptist Church and after moving to the Boston area was a member of the Twelfth Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church for 19 years. He later moved to Henderson and became a faithful member of the Shiloh Baptist Church in 1987. He was a member of the Laymen’s League, serving as secretary, chancellor choir and church school counselor and on the building project finance committee.  
He graduated from Nichels High School in Biloxi, Miss., and Simmons College in Boston. He furthered his studies at Harvard University and later taught at Boston University. He was U.S. veteran of World War II, serving in Japan.  
He worked as a clinical psychotherapist for many years and retired as director of professional services for family and children’s services in Lynn, Mass. After moving to Henderson, he worked at Community Counseling Services and provided individual psychotherapist services to the community. He was a member of the Henderson Rotary Club, Vance County Arts Council, North Carolina Coalition of Adolescent Pregnancy, board of directors of Maria Parham Hospital and many more. 
Surviving are one son, William B. Lott Jr. of Lynn, Mass.; one daughter, Anita L. Mason of Weldon; two grandchildren; two brothers, Jacob A. Lott of Racine, Wis., and John W. Lott Sr. of Enterprize, Mass.; and one sister, Mary Alice McLain of Racine, Mich.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at Shiloh Baptist Church by the Rev. Joseph Ratliff. Interment will follow in Sunset Gardens.  
The body will lie in state one hour before the services at the church.  
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at E.C. Terry’s Funeral Service and other times at 1150 E. Montgomery St.  
Floral bearers will be the Sunday school teachers of Shiloh Baptist Church.  
Pallbearers will be trustees, deacons and the Laymen’s League of the church.  
Condolences may be sent via e-mail to ect@gloryroad.com.  
Arrangements are by E.C. Terry’s Funeral Service.  

Emma ‘Dossie’ Lyon 

CREEDMOOR -- Emma “Dossie” Lyon, 83, of 319 East Lyon St. died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at her residence.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at Wright Funeral Home Chapel by Minister Barbara Morton. Burial will be in the Creedmoor Cemetery.  
Surviving are one brother, Willie Lyon Jr. of Baltimore, and one foster sister, Annie Allen of Creedmoor.  
The family will receive friends from 8 to 9 tonight at Wright Funeral Home in Oxford.  
Arrangements are by Wright Funeral Home of Oxford. 

Hazel W. McWilliams 

HENDERSON -- Hazel Woodlief McWilliams, 82, formerly of 260 Chavasse Ave., Henderson, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at Durham Regional Medical Center. She was a Vance County native and the daughter of the late Romie Clair “R.C.” and Irma Shearin Woodlief. She was the widow of William McWilliams.  
She was a homemaker and a member of White Memorial United Methodist Church.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at Flowers Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens.  
Surviving are three sisters, Margaret W. Edwards of Greensboro, Edith W. Finnegan of Portsmouth, Va., and Jean Woodlief of Asheboro.  
The family will receive friends from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday at Flowers Funeral Home.  
Serving as active pallbearers will be Michael Woodlief, Wayne Woodlief, Gerry Woodlief, Richard Woodlief, Anthony D. Reese, Michael J. Reese, William Fort, Brantley Edwards, Tommy Edwards, Keith McSwain and Wayne Aiken.  
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to White Memorial United Methodist Church, c/o Phyllis Grissom, 1008 Shirley Drive, Henderson, N.C. 27536.  
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home of Henderson. 

Lura Mitchell  

CREEDMOOR -- Lura Mitchell, 92, of 103 North Allen St. died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at Durham Regional Medical Center.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Rock Spring Baptist Church by the Rev. Samuel Corbett. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are one daughter, Eula M. Webb; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  
The body will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Wright Funeral Home in Oxford. The family will receive visitors at the residence.  
Arrangements are by Wright Funeral Home of Oxford. 

Iris Duke Mock  

FLORENCE, S.C. -- Mrs. Iris Duke Mock, 79, departed this life to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 31, 2001, after a long illness.  
Mrs. Iris was born in Henderson, N.C., on July 22, 1921, to the late Claude T. Duke and Ida Johnson Duke. She attended Henderson High School, where she graduated in 1939. She married on December 20, 1945, to then S/Sgt. Jesse D. Mock, U.S. Army. The two made their first home in occupied Berlin, Germany, following World War II and returned to the U.S. in 1948. Assignments for Iris and Jesse followed in Georgia, South Carolina, Germany, North Carolina, Mississippi, and concluded in Florence in 1960, where they made their final home. They have been members of Greenwood Baptist Church since making Florence their home.  
Mrs. Iris was a wonderfully loving, witty and singularly gracious lady whose life deeply impressed and inspired everyone who knew her. She loved books, music, gardening and the Lord and passed that love on throughout her family and friends. She was an exceptionally wise lady whose judgment and counsel were precious. Although her earthly presence will be sorely missed, she lives forever in the immeasurable effect she has had on so many.  
She is survived by her three children, Corliss Mock Bowman and her husband, C.W. (Pete) Bowman II, of Lake City, David C. Mock of Newport News, Va., and Phillip C. Mock and his wife, Betty, of Forsyth, Ga.; five grandchildren, Will and Gavin Bowman, Damon Mock, and Kyle and Chris Mock; a great-granddaughter, Bella Johnson of North Port, Ala.; a brother, George Duke of Wilson, N.C., and a sister, Elizabeth Capell of Henderson, N.C.; and a rich abundance of friends.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2001, at Greenwood Baptist Church by her pastor and friend, the Reverend Mike Gay, with entombment in Florence Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, directed by Waters-Powell Funeral Home.  
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2001.  
Memorials may be made to Greenwood Baptist Church, 2401 Claussen Road, Florence, S.C. 29505; or Hospice of the Pee Dee, Hospice House, 555 E. Cheves Street, Florence, S.C. 29506.  

Susie B.H. Terry  

HENDERSON -- Susie Belle Holloway Terry, 81, of the Guardian Care Nursing Facility died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at Maria Parham Hospital. She was a Vance County native and the daughter of the late Julia Holloway and Phil Henderson. She was the widow of Robert Olin Terry.  
She was a member of Antioch United Church of Christ, where the funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday by the Rev. John Durham. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are three daughters, Mary Terry, Queen Terry and Naomi Mitchell, all of Henderson; five sons, Charlie Terry, James Terry, Daniel Terry, Moses Terry and Samuel Terry, all of Henderson; one sister, Sallie V. Terry of Townsville; 15 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.  
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight at Garnes Funeral Chapel and all other times at the home, 1418 Deer Crossing Court, Henderson.  
Pallbearers will be Larry Williams, Patrick Henderson, Larry Terry, Moses Terry, Jerry Small, Robert Mitchell, Tyrone Terry, Edward Small and Dennis Allen.  
Arrangements are by Garnes Funeral Services.

Willie C. Adcock  
HENDERSON -- Willie Calvin Adcock, 72, of 822 Nelson St., Henderson, died Monday, June 4, 2001, at his home. He was a native of  Mecklenburg County, Va., and the son of the late Otha David and Mary Hester Adcock. He was the widower of Doris Owens Adcock.  
He was a retired maintenance supervisor with Harriet & Henderson Yarns Inc. and a veteran of the United States Army. An active member of Calvary Baptist Church, he sang in the church choir, was a former deacon and had held several other church offices over the years.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church by Dr. Gene Wood, Dr. Rod Bell, and the Rev. Jesse Matthews. Burial will follow in Stovall Cemetery.  
Surviving are a daughter, Wanda A. Riggan of Henderson; two sons, Willie E. Adcock of Henderson and Robert C. Adcock of Virginia Beach, Va.; four sisters, Hallie A. Saunders of Henderson, Ann A. Hite of Oxford, Gladys A. Morris of Berea and Linda A. Hobson of Tuscalusa, Ala.; a brother, Winston C. Adcock of Stovall; seven grandchildren; and three 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.  
Serving as active pallbearers will be Ed Stamper, Ricky Etheridge, Ray Branch, Mike Catlett, David Saunders, Milton Saunders, Brent Saunders, Charles Ayscue and Billy Lovings. The Adult Sunday School Class of Calvary Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.  
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home of Henderson. 
  

Helen Majewski Antosh 

HENDERSON -- Helen Majewski Antosh, age 89, a resident of 114 Diamond Point Lane, Pool Rock Plantation, died Sunday, June 3,2001 in the E.E. Toney Rest Home in Oxford. 
She was a native of Luzerne County, Pa., and was the daughter of the late Frank and Aniela Czajkowski Majewski, and the widow of the late Casimir Antosh.  
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the J.M. White Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Donald Vaughan. 
Surviving is her daughter-law, Shirley Antosh, of Henderson; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.  
She was preceded in death by one son, Charles Michael Antosh. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday following the services at the J.M. White Funeral Home. 
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the  Vance County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, c/o Miss Frances Polston, 1611 Parker Lane, Henderson, N. C. 27536 
J.M. White Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.   
  

Carl E. Brown Sr. 

HENDEROSN -- Carl Edward Brown Sr., 76, of 103 Strickland Drive, Smithfield, died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Smithfield. He was a Vance County native and the son of the late James Edward and Laura Belle Shearin Brown. 
He was a retired salesman with Globe Life Insurance Company. He was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Smithfield.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today at Flowers Funeral Chapel by Dr. Sam Weeks. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Elmwood Cemetery.  
Surviving are a daughter, Deborah C. Hathaway of Smithfield; three sons, Carl E. Brown Jr. of Wilson, James Ronald Brown of Hillsborough and Gary Malone Brown of Durham; a stepson, Howard Gray Hansley of Smithfield; three brothers, James L. Brown, Cecil D. Brown and A.Q. “Skip” Brown, all of Henderson; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.  
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at Flowers Funeral Home. All other times, they will be at the home of James and Robin Brown, 155 W. Belle St., Henderson.  
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to First Free Will Baptist Church, 2033 Smith Road, Smithfield, N.C. 27577.  
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home of Henderson. 
  

Juanita S. Buchanan 

CREEDMOOR -- Juanita Strange Seamster Buchanan, age 77, a resident of  2128 Lyon Station Road, died Sunday, June 3, 2001,  at Durham Regional Hospital.  
She was a native of Vance County and was the daughter of the late Clyde and Cora Mills Strange, and was the widow of Addie Steamster and Otha C. Buchanan. 
She was a member of the Harriett Baptist Church were funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Chris Sorensen.  Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens in Henderson. 
She is survived by one daughter, Cheryl Seamster of Creedmoor; two sons, Addie B. “Mickey” Seamster, Jr. of Lillington and Jason W. Seamster of Creedmoor; two sisters, Ardell Harris of Henderson and Marjorie Hale of Jacksonville, Florida; and one grandson, Phillip Broadwell, Jr. 
The family received friends Monday night from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the J.M. White Funeral Home in Henderson. 
Serving as active pallbearers will be: Tim Strange, William Weaver, Sr., Lawrence Hilliard, Timmy Baynes, Jake Roberson, Brent Dilliard and Billy Perry.   
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home.    
 

Johnnie E. Dargan 

OXFORD -- Johnnie Evander Dargan, 93, of 3043 Sterl Carrington Road, died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at the Granville Medical Center.  
He was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church.  
Surviving are one daughter, Shirley D. Daniels of the home; two sons, Lenwood J. Dargan of Greensboro and Robert J. Dargan of Oxford; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.  
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Oak Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Mack Timberlake Sr. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Arrangements are by Betts & Son Funeral Home Inc.  
  

Rosa M. Harris  

HENDERSON -- Rosa Mae Harris, 69, of 280 S. Beckford Drive, died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at Maria Parham Hospital. She was a Franklin County native and the daughter of the late Robert and Bettie Young. She was the widow of Samuel Harris. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel Baptist Church in Franklin County by the Rev. W.S. Taylor. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are four daughters, Helen Sullivan of Augusta, Ga., Doris Dunston of Louisburg, Peggy Harris of the home and Nicole Harris of Drewry; four sons, Terry Harris and Johnny Harris, both of Perth Amboy, N.J., Celesta Harris and Dexter Harris, both of Henderson; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 
Arrangements are by Garnes Funeral Services Inc.  
  

Sgt. 1st Class (Ret.) Gilbert L. Hawkins Jr.  

HENDERSON -- Sgt. 1st Class (ret.) Gilbert Lee Hawkins Jr., 40, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, in Radcliff, Ky. He was a Vance County native and the son of Gilbert Lee Hawkins Sr. and Velma Ruth Durham Hawkins.  
He attended Vance Senior High School and served his country in the military for 20 years before retiring on June 1, 2001. His retirement ceremony was held May 14, 2001.  
Sgt. 1st Class Hawkins served with D 1/72 in Korea as a tank gunner and tank commander. He qualified his tank as distinguished during five gunnery densities. In 1982, during Operation FOAL EAGLE, Sgt. Hawkins took command of his platoon, maneuvering and fighting his platoon on the objective (the only platoon to actually reach the objective during Operation FOAL EAGLE.) 
While Sgt. 1st Class Hawkins was assigned to the 67th Armor Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas, he was a tank commander. During his service in the 67th Armored, he participated in six tank gunnery densities, where he earned a superior qualification record for the entire time he was a tank commander with Company B. Sgt. 1st Class Hawkins also led the way for his platoon in many local field training exercises and rotations to the National Training Center. 
He was next assigned as a platoon sergeant with A Troop, 1/12 Cav, over several more senior NCOs. During this tour of duty, SSG Hawkins immediately trained his platoon to be one of the best in the squadron. His platoon qualified as a top platoon in the squadron on Tank Table XII and retained that honored position through the next three squadron gunnery densities. Sgt. 1st Class Hawkins earned many awards for his superior attitude and leadership. 
Sgt. 1st Class Hawkins deployed to Operation Desert Storm as a tank commander with the 1st Calvary Division’s “Black Jack Brigade.” Sgt. 1st Class Hawkins maneuvered his tank over 400 kilometers through heavy combat operations against Iraq’s Republican Guard, including the famous assault up the Wadi Al-Batin. He was accredited with 10 tank kills and several more armored personnel carrier kills. He led his tank to accomplishing its mission with no loss of life or injuries among his crew.  
After his service with the 1st Calvary Division, Sgt. 1st Class Hawkins served as an instructor and supervisor at the 3rd Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment’s Tank Driver Simulator facility, within the 1st Armor Training Brigade at Fort Knox, Ky. He mentored and coached armor crewmen trainees just entering the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps.  
He received the following awards: Order of St. George, MSM, ARCOM (40LC) and AAM (30LC).  
Surviving are: his mother, Velma R. Hawkins of Henderson; his father, Gilbert Lee Hawkins Sr. of the Greystone community; one sister, Cheryl Hawkins of Henderson; one stepsister, Pantheria “Pam” Hawkins of Henderson; three brothers, Dwayne Hawkins, Charles Hawkins and Brian Hawkins, all of Henderson; and his grandmother, Evelyn Durham of Henderson.  
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Brookston Baptist Church by the Rev. Thomas E. Smith. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with full military rites.  
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Mary Davis-Royster Funeral Service and other times at the residence of his mother, Velma Ruth Hawkins, 42 N.C. 39 South-Loop Road, Lot No. 21. 
Pallbearers will be the U.S. Army Battalion of Fort Bragg and U.S. Army of Kentucky.  
Arrangements are by Mary Davis-Royster Funeral Service Inc.  
  

Carrie B.S. Murray 

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Carrie Belle Shealy Murray, 80, died Sunday, June 3, 2001. She was a native of Lexington County and the daughter of the late George A. and Allie Josephine Shumpert Spires. She was preceded in death by her 1st husband, Collie Shealy, and 2nd husband, Henry Branham. 
She was a member of Covenant Community Fellowship Church and Women of Worth. She was retired from Lexington Sportswear.  
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Covenant Community Fellowship Church, 1111 Mason Road in Columbia, S.C.. Burial will follow in Lexington Memorial Cemetery. The Rev. Amos Hann will officiate.  
The body will lie in state at the church 30 minutes prior to the service.  
Pallbearers will be Christopher Houston, Charles Houston, James Moseley, John Dew, Dwayne Shealy and Billy Kirby. Honorary pallbearers will be Pete Lasater, Charles Martin, William Bell, Bill Gaddis, David Williams and Don Lavery.  
Surviving are her husband, Homer Murray of Columbia, S.C.; sons, Alvin Shealy of Henderson, Robert Shealy of Yakima, Wash., and Tommy Shealy of Columbia, S.C.; daughters, Alene Ayscue of Henderson, Annie Kirby of Pelion, S.C., Betty Simmons of West Columbia, S.C., and Sarah Houston of Highlands; brother, Cromer Spires of Norwood; sister, Louise Bland of Conway, S.C.; 27 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.  
The family will receive freinds from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel.  
Memorials may be made to Covenant Community Church Missions Fund.  
  

Johnnie M. Roberts 

HENDERSON -- Johnnie Mark Roberts, 48, of 2931 Thomas Road, Lot 6, died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at Maria Parham Hospital. He was a native of Ludowici, Calif. 
He was a member of Voice of Deliverance Church where he served on the Board of Deacons.  
Surviving are his wife, Shirley Jones; a stepdaughter, Shirleen Harris of the home; two sisters, Dorothy Adams of Hinesville, Ga., and Lelia Shuman of Midway, Ga.; and four grandchildren.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Wright Funeral Home of Henderson by Elder Charlies Jones. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.  
Arrangements are by Wright Funeral Home Inc.  
  

Ruth M. Vollmer  

BUNN -- Ruth Mullen Vollmer, 89, of 615 N.C. Hwy. 98, died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. She was a Franklin County native, the daughter of the late H.H. Mullen and Rosa Tant Mullen, and the widower of N.J. Vollmer Sr.  
Funeral mass will be held at 8 p.m. today at Saint Eugene Catholic Church in Wendell with Father Tom Watkins officiating.  
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. prior to the funeral mass.  
The body will lie in state from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church for those who wish to have private prayer.  
A private burial for the immediate family will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Vollmer Family Cemetery.  
Surviving are her children, Helen Rae of Fairfax, Va., John Vollmer of Bunn, Catherine Lombana of Farmville, Va., and Bernie Vollmer of Henderson; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Saint Eugene Catholic Church Building Fund, 608 Lions Club Road, P.O. Box 188, Wendell, N.C. 27591.  
Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home of Wendell.




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