Miscellaneous Henderson County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Ernestine B. Barr 
WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. -- Ernestine B. Barr, 69, of Williamstown, N.J., died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, at her residence in New Jersey. She was the daughter of the late Rev. R.D. Bullock Jr. and Verlena Bullock Powlis.  
She was a graduate of the former Warren County Training School and also attended North Carolina Central University for two years.  
She was an employee of the U.S. Navy Yard in Philadelphia, Pa., until her retirement in 1985.  
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Level United Church of Christ Cemetery by the Rev. Leon White.  
Surviving are her husband, Clifford Barr; one son, Kevin; two sisters, Malraye Bullock and Laquitta Bullock; three brothers, James Bullock, Fred Bullock and William Bullock.  
Arrangements are by Garnes Funeral Services Inc.  
  

Richard Harris  

OXFORD -- Richard Harris, 84, of E.E. Toney Rest Home, formerly of 116 Warren Ave., died Friday, July 13, 2001, at E.E. Toney Rest Home. He was a retired coalminer.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wright Funeral Home by the Rev. Dock Fuller. Burial will be in Hawkins Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.  
Surviving are one son, William B. Harris of Franklinton; one stepson, Joseph Parker of Apex; one sister, Blanch H. Suitt of Creedmoor; three brothers, Lloyd Harris of Creedmoor, Hubert Lee Harris of Oxford, and Lenwood White of Wilkesbury, Pa.; one grandchild; and three great-grandchildren. 
The body will lie in state at Wright Funeral Home in Oxford from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. The family will receive visitors at the home of Hubert and Emma Harris, 104 Starr Ave. in Oxford.  
Arrangements are by Wright Funeral Home of Oxford.  
  

Georgia A.P. Hopkins 

HENDERSON -- Georgia Ann Perry Hopkins, 94, died Friday, July 13, 2001, at Britthaven Center. She was a Vance County native and the daughter of the late James Perry and Polly Ann Burton.  
She was educated in Vance County Schools and at an early age joined the Big Ruin Creek Baptist Church and later joined the Greater Ransom Way of the Cross Apostolic Temple where she was mother of the church, and member of the Missionary Choir and Missionary Circle.  
She was married to the late Warren Hopkins.  
Surviving are one daughter, Maxine Hopkins Williams; one son, Edmond Hopkins, both of Henderson; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy Rhodes, Sally Allen and Zenobia Henderson, all of Henderson; and two brothers, Willie Perry of Henderson and James Perry of Fayetteville. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Greater Ransom Way Church by Bishop Johnny Alston, assisted by Elders Wilbert Williams, Arnold McCray and Michael Alston. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  
Floralbearers will be missionaries. Pallbearers will be nephews. 
The family will receive friends at the church from 12 to 1 p.m. Wednesday and other times at 323 Chavasse Ave. The body will be at E.C. Terry’s Funeral Service.  
Arrangements are by E.C. Terry’s Funeral Service. Condolences may be made to ect@gloryroad. net.  
  

Jarold B. Melvin Jr.  

ROCKY MOUNT -- Jarold B. Melvin Jr., 73, died Saturday, July 14, 2001. He was a Nash County native and the son of the late Jarold B. Melvin Sr. and Annie Peacock Melvin.  
He was a foreman with W.B. Lea and J.P. Taylor Tobacco Companies and a member of Southside Baptist Church where he sang in the choir and was a faithful servant. He was also in the U.S. Marine Corps.  
Surviving are his wife, Ruth Webb Melvin; children, Wendy H. Thrift of South Hill, Va., Vickie H. Fuller of Henderson, Debbie Strickland and Michelle Davis, both of Rocky Mount, and Donna Davis of Sharpsburg; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Jim Bullard of Rocky Mount and Donald Lee Melvin of Battleboro.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Southside Baptist Church by the Revs. Paul Gotthardt and Steve Webb. Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pineview Cemetery.  
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home and other times at the home, 1239 Allen St.  
Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church Land Fund, 2616 S. Church St., Rocky Mount.  
Arrangements are by Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home of Rocky Mount. 
  

Roosevelt Taylor Jr.  

SCHNECTADY, N.Y. -- Roo-sevelt Taylor Jr., 69, of Schne-ctady, N.Y., died Wednesday, July 11, 2001, in New York. He was a native of Walkerton, Va., and the son of Roosevelt Taylor Sr. and Nancy Wright.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Redbud Baptist Church by the Rev. J.E. Hall. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are his wife, Bernice Taylor of Schnectady; one son, Roosevelt Taylor III of Washington, D.C.; one daughter, Anita Darcel Taylor of Washington, D.C.; and brothers, Robert Taylor and Garrett Taylor of Walkerton, Va., David Taylor of Philadelphia, James Taylor of Nashville, Tenn.  
Arrangements are by Garnes Funeral Services Inc. 

Edith H. Denning 

BENSON --  Edith Holmes Denning, 84, of 2113 Benson-Hardee Road, died Sunday, July 15, 2001, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. She was a Vance County native and the daughter of the late Joseph and Lizzi Preddy Holmes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde S. Denning. 
She was a member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church and was a homemaker.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church by the Revs. Warren Bock and Glenn McCullen. Burial will follow in the Denning Family Cemetery.  
Surviving are one son, Robert S. Denning of Benson; daughter, Sue Frances Bailey of Henderson; sister, Mary H. Coats of Dunn; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
The family will be at Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson from 7 to 9 p.m. today and other  times at the home of Robert S. Denning, 807 Denning Road in Benson.  
Flowers are welcome. Memorials may be made to Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 2981 Ebenezer Church Road, Benson, N.C. 27504.  
Arrangements are by Rose & Graham Funeral Home of Benson.  
  

William J. Lunsford 

STEM --  William J. Lunsford, 68, of 1718 Tally Ho Road, died Monday, July 16, 2001, at Durham Regional Hospital. He was a Granville County native and the son of the late William King and Mattie Weary Lunsford.  
He was of the Baptist faith and was retired from the textile industry.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Eakes Funeral Chapel in Oxford by Dr. Randy Pittman. Burial will follow in Meadowview Memorial Park.  
Surviving are his wife, Bobbie J. Lunsford of the home; two daughters, Pamela L. Chappell of Wendell and Tammy L. Hayes of Oxford; two stepdaughters, Debbie Lunsford of Stem and Lynn Taylor of Butner; three sons, Danny James Lunsford and Marshall Lunsford, both of Henderson, and Lawrence Lunsford of Oxford; two stepsons, Johnnie Walker of Stem and C.J. Dixon of Durham; two sisters, Lizzie Solomon of Semora and Mary Belle Compton of Oxford; a brother, Douglas Lunsford of Stovall; and 18 grandchildren.  
Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford and other times at the home.  
Arrangements are by Eakes Funeral Home of Oxford. 
  

Billie G. Meadows 

OXFORD --  Billie Goss Meadows, 74, of 4624 James Royster Road, died Sunday, July 15, 2001. She was a Granville County native and the daughter of the late William L. and Nevada Green Goss. 
She was a member of Providence Baptist Church and a homemaker.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Providence Baptist Church by Dr. Randy Pittman and the Rev. Irvin Adcock. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Surviving are her husband, Thomas R. Meadows of the home; one son, Thomas R. Meadows Jr. of Rougemont; two daughters, Frances Meadows Allen of Chapel Hill and Vickey Meadows Thornton of Raleigh; and two grandchildren. 
Memorials may be made to Providence Baptist Church, 4603 Old Hwy. 75, Oxford, N.C. 27565. 
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home in Oxford and other times at the home. 
Arrangements are by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home of Oxford. 
  

William Wallace  

William Elmo Wallace Sr., 87, of Hopewell, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at his home at 2409 City Point Road in Hopewell, Va. 
He was the son of the late John Thomas and Maggie Tillotson Wallace of Durham, N.C. Mr. Wallace was born in Vance County, N.C. on Dec. 19, 1913 and he was a member of Island Creek Baptist Church, Oxford, N.C. 
He was assistant manager of the P.X. at Camp Butner, N.C., during World War II. He came to Hopewell with the John L. Lewis Union and retired after 23 years as an operator at Hercules. 
Mr. Wallace was dearly loved and will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He was known for his kindness and “being there” in times of need. 
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his oldest son, John Lewis Wallace, three brothers and five sisters. 
Surviving are his devoted wife of 65 years, Catherine Gupton Wallace; 
three daughters and their husbands: Betty and Ken Prince of Colonial Heights, Frances and Kenny Hatcher of Mechanicsville and Elizabeth and David Baker of Chesterfield; two sons and their wives: William E. Wallace Jr. and Jean of Prince George (all in Virginia) and Dewey Wayne Wallace and Linda of Milford, Del. 
In addition, he is survived by 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held at  Gould Chapel, Nelsen Funeral Home, 
Hopewell, and interment took place at Bermuda Memorial Park in Chesterfield, Va. 

Susie G. Abbott 
WAKE FOREST -- Susie Garnett Abbott, age 52, a resident of 7901 River Ridge Road, died Monday at Wake Medical Center. She was a native of Vance Co. and was the daughter of the late Henry Jordan and Susie Geraldine Dickerson Abbott.  
She was a member of the South Henderson Church of God and United Methodist Women at Knightdale United Methodist Church. 
Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at the South Henderson Church of God by the Rev. Gary Harper and the Rev. Stacey Graves. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens. 
She is survived by two sisters, Shirley Peoples and husband W.A. of Wake Forest and Mary Temple and husband Dennis of Henderson; two brothers, Millard Thomas “Tommy” Abbott and wife Jean and Macon Abbott and wife Barbara, all of Henderson; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and great-great-nieces and -nephews. 
The family received friends Tuesday night from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the J.M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home of W.A. and Shirley Peoples at 7901 River Ridge Road, Wake Forest, and at the home of Dennis and Mary Temple at 3721 U.S. 1 & 158 Hwy., Henderson, N.C. 
Serving as active pallbearers will be her nephews. 
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home of Henderson. 
 

Willie L.R. Adcock 

OXFORD -- Willie Lee Riggan Adcock, 86, of 4017 Salem Road died Tuesday, July 17, 2001, at Granville Medical Center. She was a Granville County native and the daughter of the late Richard James and Lucy Hobgood Riggan.  
She was a member of Oxford Baptist Church and was a homemaker.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Oxford Baptist Church by Dr. Steve Bolton and the Rev. Bob Wainwright. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.  
Surviving are her husband, James Astor Adcock; a daughter, Patricia A. Oakley of Oxford; four sons, James A. Adcock Jr. of Richmond, Larry K. Adcock, Ray E. Adcock and Richard R. Adcock, all of Oxford; two sisters, Nettie R. Dickerson of Oxford and Eleanor R. Davis of Granite Falls; two brothers, Johnny Riggan of Butner and Rowland Riggan of Conover; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.  
Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford and other times at the home.  
Arrangements are by Eakes Funeral Home of Oxford.  
   

Esther R. Williams 

HENDERSON -- Esther McKinley Roberson Williams, 85, of 310 Keene St. died Monday morning, July 16, 2001, in a local nursing home. She was a native of Vance County and was the daughter of the late Newton W. and Victoria Ann Franklin Roberson and widow of Edward Lee “Slim” Williams.  
She was retired from Guardian Care Nursing Home, where she was a nurse’s aid. She was an active charter member of the Raleigh Road Baptist Church and the Lydia Sunday School Class.  
Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Raleigh Road Baptist Church by the Rev. Robert Kelley. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens. 
She is survived by two daughters, Peggy W. Renn of Henderson and Shirley W. Strickland of Raleigh; one son, the Rev. George Williams of Henderson; one sister, Gracie R. Delmore of St. Paul, Minn.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Lee Williams Sr. 
The family received friends Tuesday night from 7 until 8:30 at the J.M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home of George Williams at 2121 Francis Ave. 
Serving as active pallbearers will be G.L. Roberson, Phillip Roberson, Harold Roberson, Marvin Roberson, C.N. Roberson Jr. and Ernest McFarland. 
Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to the Raleigh Road Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Larry Overby, 1057 Dick Smith Road, Kittrell, N.C. 27544. 
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home.




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