|Lois R. Sadler
MACON -- Lois Rivers Sadler, 71, died Friday, July 20, 2001, at Halifax
Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids.
She was a retired seamstress for Carolina Sportswear in Warrenton,
a member of Hebron United Methodist Church and a homemaker.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. next Saturday at Hebron
United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her daughter, Virginia S. Bengle of Macon; a son, Henry
Limer Sadler Jr. of Greensboro; one brother, Franklin Rivers of Macon;
and two grandchildren.
The family will be at the home in Macon.
Arrangements are by Blaylock Funeral Home of Warrenton.
Mittie N. Spencer
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. -- Mrs. Mittie Norwood Spencer of 2804 Halifax Road,
South Boston, Va., died Friday, July 20, 2001, at her home.
She was born in Vance Co., North Carolina, on November 16, 1908, and
was 92 years old.
She was the daughter of Mr. John Alps Norwood and Mrs. Blanche Norwood
and was married to the Rev. Lewis Page Spencer Sr.
Mrs. Mittie Norwood Spencer is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Isabel
Bradley of South Boston; three grandchildren, Dr. Richard B. Bradley of
Halifax, Mrs. Janet B. Darby of Midlothian and Miss Lynn Ellen Spencer
of Henderson, N.C.; two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie N. Keeton of Townsville, N.C.,
and Mrs. Helen B. Norwood of Townsville, N.C. She was preceded in death
by her husband, the Rev. Lewis Spencer Sr., and her son, Lewis Spencer
Funeral services for Mrs. Mittie Norwood Spencer will be held
Sunday, July 22, at 2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Lawrence, N.C.,
with the Rev. Noah Howard conducting the service. Burial will take place
in the church cemetery.
The family received friends at Powell Funeral Home Saturday from 7:30
until 8:30 p.m.
For memorial contributions, please consider the Hospice Support Care
of Southside Virginia, P.O. Box 1355, Halifax, Va. 24558.
Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Avenue, South
Boston, Va. 24592.
Iris J. Taylor
OXFORD -- Iris Jeanette Taylor, 51, of 300 New College St. died Friday,
July 20, 2001, at Granville Medical Center.
She was a retired employee of IBM. She was a member of First Baptist
Church, where she was director of the youth choir.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist
Church by the Rev. Lacy Joyner. Burial will be in Meadowview Memorial Park.
Surviving are one son, Jason Taylor of White Plains, N.Y.; her mother,
Avery Taylor of Oxford; her father, Leroy Robinson of Morristown, N.J.;
one sister, Odious Taylor of Oxford; and one brother, Wayne Hammie of Oxford.
The family will receive visitors from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Wright
Allen L. Autrey
CREEDMOOR -- Allen L. “Coon” Autrey, 43, of 2595 Horseshoe Road, died
Sunday, July 22, 2001, at his home. He was a Granville County native and
the son of Charles B. Autrey and the late Georgia Lyons Autrey.
He was a member of the Church of God in Creedmoor and was engaged in
the logging business prior to his illness.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Eakes Funeral
Chapel in Creedmoor by the Rev. Don Wadford. Burial will be in Carolina
Surviving, in addition to his father, are two daughters, Ashley Potts
of Durham, Tabitha Autrey of Creedmoor; a son, Christopher Autrey of Creedmoor;
seven sisters, Barbara Manriguez of Henderson, Doris Autrey and Donna Snead,
both of Oxford, Linda Verdin of Wilton, Lisa Vargas of Spring Hope, Teresa
Caberra and Georgianna Autrey, both of Franklinton; and a brother, Freddie
Autrey of Creedmoor. A brother, Charles E. Autrey preceded him in death.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Eakes Funeral
Home in Creedmoor and other times at the home.
Arrangements are by Eakes Funeral Home of Creedmoor.
Willie J. Currin
HENDERSON -- Willie Jackson Currin, age 79, a resident of 100 Willie
Currin Road, died Monday morning at his home.
He was a native of Warren County, the son of the late Willie Lee and
Annie Jackson Currin, and the widower of Cynthia Glover Currin. He was
a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Army, and was a member
of the American Legion. He was a retired highway patrolman and served on
the Advisory Board of Retired Highway Patrolmen, and was retired from Vance
County Social Services. He was a member of the Watkins Volunteer Fire Department
and the Henderson Kiwanis Club, and was a member of the former Golden K
of Kiwanis, of which he served as president.
He was a member of the Harris Chapel United Methodist Church where
he was Chairman of the Finance Committee, Chairman of the Pastor Parrish
Committee, a member of the Board Of Trustees, and was a Lay Delegate to
the Annual Conference.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the J.M. White
Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Thurman Horney, the Rev. James Lancaster
and the Rev. Frank Sossamon. Burial will follow in the Harris Chapel United
Methodist Church Cemetery.
He is survived by one son, William “Billy” Currin and wife Kathy of
Henderson; one grandson, Will Currin; one sister, Dorothy C. Terrell of
Louisburg; one brother, Henry Currin of Epsom; and a special friend, Jessie
Serving as active pallbearers will be members of the North Carolina
Highway Patrol Honor Guard. Serving as honorary pall bearers will be all
law enforcement personnel, members of the American Legion, and members
of the Watkins Volunteer Fire Department.
The family will receive 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 Billy and Kathy Currin at 144 Willie Currin Road.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the
Watkins Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Frank T. Wrenn, Jr., 296 Wrenn Road,
Oxford, N.C. 27565, or to the Harris Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o
Lawrence Brame, 280 Kelly Road, Henderson, N.C. 27536.
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home.
Sidney M. Elliott
HENDERSON -- Sidney Macon “Red” Elliott, 75, of 1001 Stagecoach Road,
Henderson, in the Williamsboro community, died Sunday, July 22, 2001, at
Duke University Medical Center in Durham. He was a Granville County native
and the son of the late John C. and Carrie Wilkerson Elliott.
He was a retired mechanic with the former International Harvestor Tractor
and Equipment Company of Henderson. He was a United States Army veteran
of World War II, and was a member of Celebration Church in Oxford.
Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in
Island Creek Baptist Church Cemetery by the Rev. William Bell.
Surviving are his wife, Maxine Williams Elliott; and four sisters,
Mattie Lou E. Petro of Squaw Valley, Calif., Frances E. Pouch of Farmington,
Mich., Cynthia E. Pittman of Bryant, Texas, and Myrtle E. Shea of Raleigh.
The family will receive friends at her home.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the charity of
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home.
Neysa F. Ezelle
HENDERSON -- Neysa Fleming Ezelle, of 1556 Lynne Ave., Henderson, died
Saturday, July 21, 2001. She was a native of Roanoke County, Va., and the
daughter of the late Charles C. and Loffie Elizabeth Sanders Fleming. She
was the widow of Wallace Carlyle Ezelle.
She was a homemaker and was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Flowers Funeral
Chapel by the Rev. Charles Cook. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. in Lake View
Cemetery in Victoria, Va.
Surviving are a daughter, Donna E. LeNeave of Vass; a son, Richard
C. “Dick” Ezelle of Martinsville, Va.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Flowers
Serving as active pallbearers will be Swanson Dodd, Gerald Fuller,
John Headman, John Falkner, Harry Hartsell, John Rainey, Ted Bowen and
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist
Church, General Fund, 114 Church St., Henderson, N.C. 27536.
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home of Henderson.
Lela J. Lanier
CREEDMOOR -- Lela Jackson Lanier, 93, of Northside Road, died Sunday,
July 22, 2001, at her home. She was a Granville County native and the daughter
of the late Joe and Nannie Allen Jackson. She was the widow of Vernon Lanier.
She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and was retired from
Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Creedmoor
Cemetery by the Rev. Willis Herman.
Surviving is one daughter, Mary Anne Roberts of Creedmoor.
Visitation was held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Eakes Funeral Home
Arrangements are by Eakes Funeral Home of Creedmoor.
Dr. Jasper N. Needham Jr.
WILMINGTON -- Dr. Jasper Norwood Needham, Jr., age 76, a resident of
2744 S. 17th St., and a former resident of Brookrun Road, Henderson, died
Sunday morning at Manor House Of Wilmington.
He was born in Lakeland, Florida, and was the son of Jasper Norwood
Needham, Sr. of Greensboro, N.C. and the late Virginia Newsome Needham.
In 1939 he received the Eagle Scout Award, and was a 1942 graduate of New
Hanover High School in Wilmington.
He graduated from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in
1947, and opened a veterinary hospital in Wilmington in 1948. In 1956 he
moved to Henderson and was a former partner in West Hills Veterinary Centre,
and later opened Companion Hospital.
He moved to Hatteras in 1972 and retired from Veterinary Medicine in
1989. He was a member of the Hatteras United Methodist Church, and a former
member of the First United Methodist Church in Henderson, and was a member
of the Henderson Masonic Lodge No. 229 AF&AM.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Sunset Gardens
in Henderson by the Rev. Charles M. Cook.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his step-mother, Mary
Needham, of Greensboro; his wife, Edith Mustian Needham, of Wilmington;
one daughter, Jacquelyn A. Needham of Wilmington; one son, Robert N. Needham
and wife Carolyn of Winnabow, N.C.; one step-son, Dr. Charles F. Kirkland,
Sr. and wife Donna of Raleigh, N.C.; one brother, Dr. Thomas C. Needham
and wife Peggy of Wilmington, N.C.; and four grandchildren, R.J. Needham,
Rachel Needham, Kimberly Stephenson, and Charles Kirkland, Jr.
The family will receive friends Tuesday afternoon from 2 until 2:45
p.m. at the J.M. White Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Masonic and Eastern Star Home,
700 S. Holden Rd., Greensboro, N.C. 27407.
Arrangements are by the J.M. White Funeral Home.
Mildred ‘Mickey’ Long Vann Opie
HAMLET -- Mildred “Mickey” Long Vann Opie, of 607 McDonald Ave., Hamlet,
died Saturday, July 21, 2001 at First Health Richmond Memorial Hospital
Born December 5, 1916 in Hamlet, she was the daughter of the late Henry
Branch and Virginia Pillow Long. Mrs. Opie was a retired clerk for the
Carolina Power and Light Co., the “Tall Lady” at CP&L for 25 years.
She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church and the First United Methodist
Church of Hamlet, where she served as secretary of the United Methodist
Women, and was co-leader of Circle No. 2 of the First United Methodist
Church. She was a charter member of the Hamlet Hospital Auxiliary; she
was Treasurer of Arms of the CP&L Retirees Group; Treasurer of the
Luncheon Bridge Club; Past President of the Athenian Book Club; and she
was a Bag Lady at Johnny Greene’s Seaboard Festival Revues.
Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2001 at
the First United Methodist Church of Hamlet with Rev. Milford Oxendine,
Rev. Larry Higgins and Rev. Lada Hardwick officiating. Burial followed
in the Mary Love Cemetery. Friends called Sunday evening from 7 to 9 at
Harrington Funeral Home.
Mrs. Opie was preceded in death by her husband, James Gordon Opie.
She is survived by two daughters, Ginger Baker of Henderson and Rita Bland
and husband, Norman, of Rockingham; one son, Robin Vann and wife, Kay,
of Boonville, N.C.; six grandchildren, Thomas Baker and wife, Nancy, Stan
Baker and wife, Donna, Paige H. Bailey and husband, Mike, Ryan Vann, Benjamin
Vann and Mary Todd Vann; and six great-grandchildren, Christopher Baker,
Daniel Baker, Cameron Baker, Sarah Baker, Adam Bailey and Mason Bailey.
Memorials can be made to the Hamlet Opera House, P.O. Box 1026, Hamlet,
N.C., Railroad Museum, P.O. Box 1583, Hamlet, N.C., or Seaboard Station
Restoration, P.O. Box 1398, Hamlet, N.C.
Harrington Funeral Home served the family.
Eleanor L. Reilly
WARRENTON -- Eleanor Louise Reilly, 79, of Henderson, died Sunday, July
22, 2001, at Maria Parham Hospital.
She was the daughter of the late Harvey Jefferson Anderson and Ida
The family will meet with friends at the Henderson home of her daughter,
Robin R. Dixon.
Arrangements will be announced later by Brown’s Funeral Services Inc.
Selma G. Upchurch
HENDERSON -- Selma Morton Gill Upchurch, 88, formerly of Chavasse Ave.,
Henderson, died Saturday, July 21, 2001, in Maria Parham Hospital. She
was a Warren County native and the daughter of the late Fred and Cecile
Champion Gill. She was the widow of George Roy Upchurch.
She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today at Flowers Funeral
Chapel by the Rev. George Williams. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.
Surviving are four daughters, Elizabeth U. Putt of Palmyra, Pa., Ann
U. Allen of Warrenton, Judy U. Kalmus of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Drucilla
U. Abbott of Henderson; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The family received friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Flowers Funeral
Home. All other times, they are at the home of Gilbert and Drucilla Abbott,
288 Rock Mill Road, Henderson.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Andrew Abbott, Kevin Abbott,
Wally Allen, Brad Worthington, Ranger Wilkinson, John Rainey, Red Wilson
and Morris Abbott.
Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to the American Heart
Association, c/o Doug Byrom, Centura Bank, P.O. Drawer 1069, Henderson,
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home of Henderson.
Carrie H. Webb
OXFORD -- Carrie Howard Webb, 92, of Brian Center in Durham, and a former
resident of 1020 Hillsboro St., died Sunday, July 22, 2001, at Brian Center.
She was a member of Olive Grove Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Olive Grove
Baptist Church by the Rev. Mack Timberlake Sr. Burial will be in the church
Surviving are three daughters, Carolyn W. Trapiel of Oxford, Brenda
W. Jones of Durham and Phyllis W. Royster of Chapel Hill; one sister, Annie
L. Gerald of Lumberton; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The family will receive visitors from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Wright Funeral
Home and other times at the residence of the Rev. Isaac and Carolyn Trapiel,
1020 Hillsboro St.
Alma H. West
HENDERSON Alma Howell West, 89, of 12378 Hwy. 39 North, Henderson,
N.C., died Sunday, July 22, 2001.
Born in Vance County, she was the daughter of the late William Richard
and Lizzie Reavis Howell. She was the widow of William Henry West, Sr.
Mrs. West was retired from the State of North Carolina, having worked
at Murdoch Center. She was a member of Nut Bush Presbyterian Church, in
Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. in Nut Bush Presbyterian
Church, conducted by the Rev. John Edgerton, III and Rev. J. Lemar Wheeler.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Surviving are three sons, William H. West, Jr., and wife, Jean, of
Oxford, Edward H. West, and wife, Carolyn, of Cary, and Robert C. West,
Sr., and wife, Bonnie, of Oxford; a sister, Sallie H. Jordan, of Raleigh;
six grandchildren, W. Keith West, Cammie W. McCracken, Edward H. West,
Jr., Robert C. West, Jr., Scott D. West, and Jason B. West; and eight great-grandchildren.
The family received friends Monday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.,
at Flowers Funeral Home. All other times, they are at the home.
Serving as active pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Flowers are accepted, or memorials may be made to the charity of one’s
Flowers Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
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