|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
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
Pallbearers will be trustees, deacons and the Laymen’s League of the
Condolences may be sent via e-mail to email@example.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
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
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
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,
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home of Henderson.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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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