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Sunday, August 13, 2000
 
   Bailey, Elva Jean "Body," of Roselle, N.J., died Saturday in St. Elizabeth Hospital in New Jersey. Arrangements will be announced by Rhodes Funeral Home, Goldsboro. 
   
   Barnett, Rosa Lee, of 123 Old Fayetteville Road, Leland, died Wednesday at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Cape Fear Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Burial will be in Grainger Cemetery. Jordan Funeral Home. 
   
   Clayton, Eveliner Holmes, 90, of Mooretown Road, Rocky Point, died Saturday at Huntington Health Care Center. Arrangements will be announced by Dunn Funeral Home. 
   
   Farrior, Lillian Lee, 71, of 291 East Charity Road, Rose Hill, died Thursday. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. today at Island Creek AME Church. Burial will be in the Farrior Cemetry. Rose Hill Funeral Home. 
   
   Fergus, Debbie, 38, of West Knoxville died Friday . The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Episcopal Church of the Ascension. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery. Rose Mortuary, Knoxville, Tenn. 
   
   Flowers, Roy Lee Sr., of 2881 Greenhill Road, Leland, died Friday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Town Creek Baptist Church. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery, Leland. 
   
   Ford, Lydiana L., 75, of Whiteville died Friday at Columbus County Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Smith's Funeral Home, Whiteville. 
   
   Graham, Lucille Milton, of 211 McRae St., formerly of 1801 Ann St., died Thursday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Mount Zion AME Church. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Jordan Funeral Home. 
   
   Granzow, Albert William Jr., 72, of Valley Drive, Calabash, died Thursday at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. today at Calabash Presbyterian Church. Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte. 
   
   Herring, Raymond Otto Sr., of 601 N. Wright St., Burgaw, died Friday at Pender Memorial Hospital. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Macedonia AME Church. Burial will be in Sand Hill Cemetery, Burgaw. Dunn Funeral Home, Burgaw. 
   
   Keith, Livingston "Pony Boy," 72, of the Canetuck community, Currie, died Friday at Huntington Health Care Center. Arrangements will be announced by Dunn Funeral Home, Burgaw. 
   
   Lanier, Doris Avanelle, 73, of Holly Ridge died Friday. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at Jones Funeral Home, Holly Ridge. 
   
   Leonard, Ruby Lee, 61, of the Mollie community died Saturday in Loris. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Inman Funeral Home, Tabor City. Burial will be in the John Norris Cemetery. 
   
   Mason, Janet W., of 3628 Masonboro Loop Road died Friday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Arrangements will be announced by Adkins-Drain Funeral Service, South Eighth Street. 
   
   McPherson, Arthur "Ot," 88, of Chadbourn died Friday at Columbus County Hospital, Whiteville. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. today at Beaverdam Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will be in McPherson Cemetery. Inman Funeral Home, Tabor City. 
   
   Osborne, Lillian L., 96, of Autumn Care, Shallotte, died Saturday. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today in Brunswick Memorial Gardens. Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte. 
   
   Rusch, Alfred Leroy, 72, of Rocky Point, formerly of New Jersey, died Thursday at Pender Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be in New Jersey. Burial will be in St. James Cemetry, Jamesburg, N.J. Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home, Burgaw. 
   
   Smith, Col. Fred Hargett Jr., died Thursday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Arrangements will be announced by Andrews Mortuary, Market Street Chapel. 
   
   Smith, James "Smitty," of Baltimore, formerly of Bolivia, died Wednesday at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill. The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Friendship Holiness Church. Burial will be in Evans-Mitchell Cemetery. Jordan Funeral Home. 
   
   Smith, William McCoy "Coy," 81, of 1335 Gregory Smith Road died Saturday at Lenoir Memorial Hospital. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Pink Hill Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Memorial Park. 
   
   Spicer, David Dwayne Jr., of 209 Greendale Drive, died. Memorial service will be at 5 p.m. today at Daisy Fields Jordan Memorial Chapel. 
   
   Sykes, Gladys H., 77, of Watha died Thursday at Pender Memorial Hospital. The 
  funeral will be at 3 p.m. today at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home, Burgaw. Burial will be in the Bordeaux Cemetery, Castle Hayne. 
   
  CHARLES 'CHARLIE' DOYLE 
   Charles "Charlie" Doyle of Wilmington, NC, died Friday, August 11, 2000 in Cypress Pointe Rehabilitation Health Center. 
   He was born in Warroad, Minnesota, on December 9, 1925, the son of the late Dr. Elmer and Effie Lunceford Doyle. 
   He served in the U.S. Navy, and later graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He and his family were former residents of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he worked at GE for 15 years, followed by 16 years here in Wilmington with GE. He retired in 1986, and soon after, his wife Mary, of 39 years of marriage, passed away. 
   He was a member of GE's Retirees Assocation, GE Elfun Society, GE Quarter Century Club, the Elks Club, and St. Therese Catholic Church in Wrightsville Beach. 
   He is survived by his wife Nell; his eight children, Sister Ellen Doyle and Mary Kay Doyle, both of Cincinnati, Tim Doyle of Bakersfield, CA, Barry Doyle of Raleigh, NC, Jeanie Cowan of Concord, NC, Joe Doyle of Lexington, SC, Sarah Carroll of Wilmington, NC, and Amy Porter of Chapel Hill, NC. Also surviving is a sister, Barbara Boranian of Fresno, CA; sons-in-law, Craig Cowan, Rodney Carroll, and Alex Porter; daughters-in-law, Denise Doyle and Anita Doyle; a step-son, Randy Retherford, two step-daughters, Rhonda Retherford and Diann Posey; and, needless to say, "many" (25) grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. 
   A Memorial Service Mass will be held at 11:00 am. Monday, August 14, 2000 at St. Therese Catholic Church in Wrightsville Beach by Father Gene Grabowski. 
   The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Sunday at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel with a Prayer Service to be held at 7:45 p.m. 
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Guillain-Barre' Syndrome Foundation, PO Box 262, Wynnewood, PA 19096. 
   Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel. 
   
  JOY ABERNETHY METTS 
   Joy Abernethy Metts of Hampstead, NC, age 78, died Thursday, August 10, 2000 at Britthaven of Northchase. 
   She was born on September 5, 1921, in Hickory, NC , the daughter of the late Albert and Helen Graham Abernethy and was preceded in death by her husband James I. Metts, also by a brother, Julius; and a sister, Jane G. Abernethy. 
   Mrs. Metts attended schools in Hickory, NC, where she played on the women's basketball team. She was a alumni of Catawba College, where until she joined the Waves during WWII she played in demonstration tennis matches with visiting tennis pros. She was an avid golfer and loved water sports. Joy was well known for her furniture repairing and refinishing business, House of Joy, and Cedar Chest Antiques, which she operated with her husband. She was a long time member of St. John's Episcopal Church. 
   She is survived by two sons, James I. "J.D."Metts, Jr. and wife Bonney of Durham, NC, Julius F. Metts, MD, and wife Rebeca of Davis, CA; a daughter, Helen Styes and husband Chuck of Wilmington, NC; five grandchildren, Sean Metts, Karl Metts, Charles Styes, Robert Styes, and James Styes. 
   Funeral services will be on Tuesday, August 15, 2000 at 2 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church by the Rev. Robert Morrison. Interment will follow in St. John's Memorial Gardens. 
   The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel. 
   In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 2011 Market Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 
   Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel. 
   
  MARY ELIZABETH SKIPPER CULLINS 
   Mary Elizabeth Skipper Cullins, age 69, of 8846 King Rd. N.E., Leland, died Thursday, August 10, 2000 at her residence. 
   She was born September 2, 1930 in Delco to the late Grover and Daisey Williams Skipper and was also preceded in death by one son, Homer Carroll Walker Sr.; and two brothers, Ernest C. and Robert L. Skipper. 
   Mrs. Cullins was a member of P.F.W.B. Church. 
   She is survived by one son, Phillip Morris Jordan and wife Georgie of Leland; one daughter, Elizabeth C. Ransom and husband Howard of Riegelwood; two brothers, William James Skipper of Delco and Grant Skipper of St. Marys, Ga.; one sister, Melba K. Little of Leland; three grandchildren, Renee Rose Jordan, Renee Lynn Ransom and Homer Carroll Walker Jr. 
   Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Monday, August 14, 2000 at P.F.W.B. Church in Delco with Rev. James E. Bailey officiating. Interment will follow at Delco Cemetery. 
   Nephews will serve as pallbearers. 
   The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Sunday, August 13, 2000, at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service Oleander Chapel. 
   Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Oleander Chapel, 910-791-4444. 
   
  MYRTIE LEWIS VARNAM 
   SUPPLY - Mrs. Myrtie Lewis Varnam, age 78, of 2623 Stone Chimney Rd., Supply, died Thursday, August 10, 2000 at Brunswick Community Hospital. 
   Mrs. Varnam was born in Brunswick County, November 21, 1921 and was the daughter of the late John G. and Lettie Hewett Lewis. She was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Lewis. 
   She is survived by her husband, John P. Varnam; a son, James Howard Mintz of Shallotte; a daughter, Linda Stanley of Ocean Isle; a brother, Willie H. Lewis of Virginia Beach, Va.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 
   A memorial graveside service will be held Monday August 14, 2000 at 10 a.m. at Gospel Center Cemetery with Reverend Doug Worley and Reverend Weston Varnam officiating. 
   The family will receive friends prior to the service at the cemetery. 
   Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service and Crematory, Supply Chapel 754-6848. 
   
  MR. JONATHAN LEE RAY 
   PEMBROKE - Mr. Jonathan Lee Ray, 34, of 727 Brookfield Dr. died Thursday, August 10, 2000, at Loris Community Hospital in Loris, S.C. He was an elementary school teacher and a former full time Boy Scout professional. Mr. Ray was preceded in death by a son, Matthew Jameson Ray. 
   Memorial services will be held 4.00 p.m., Sunday at Pembroke First United Methodist Church. A graveside service and burial will be held 4:00 p.m. Monday in the Smith's Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery near Dalton, Ga. 
   Mr. Ray is survived by his parents, Rev. Robert H. Ray and Betty Weathington Ray of the home; three brothers, Robin Davenport-Ray of Brunswick, Ga., Arthur Ray of Burlington, NC and Michael Alan Ray of Clinton, NC; two nephews, Sean Margison and Benjamin Davenport -Ray; and two nieces, Miriam Davenport-Ray and Skyler Ray. 
   In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Williamson Crossroads Baptist Church, Cerro Gordo, NC, Pembroke First Methodist Church, 100 Breece St., Pembroke, NC or Daisey Elementary School, Loris, SC. 
   Arrangements are by Revels Funeral Home, Pembroke. 
   
  INGA BORGSTROM MORGAN 
   Inga B. Morgan, 82, a UNC-G Professor Emeritus who retired from its School of Music in 1989, died on Thursday at Maryfield Nursing Home in High Point after a long illness. 
   Memorial services was at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 12, 2000, at First Presbyterian Church of which she was a member. A reception followed in the Virginia Gilmer Room. Inurnment was private. 
   A native of Amarillo, Tx, Ms. Morgan received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and the Performer's Certificate in Piano from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, and continued studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and privately with pianists Friederich Wuhrer and Hans Leygraf, and composer, Aaron Copland. 
   Joining the UNC-G piano faculty in 1946, Prof. Morgan was well known for her distinctive approach to piano teaching and had marked success in training hundreds of students, many of whom made performing and teaching their own careers. 
   As a piano soloist, Inga Morgan was renowned for a beautiful tone and a naturally expressive style of playing. She appeared as a soloist with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, played many concerts in Greensboro and throughout NC, collaborated with colleagues in chamber music, and in 1982 performed in a Carnegie Recital Hall debut in New York. Ms. Morgan presented lecture-demonstrations at International Congresses on Women in Music in Copenhagen, New York City, and Los Angeles. 
   Surviving is a son, Kent A. Morgan and his wife Carolyn of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, as well as numerous cousins in both the United States and Sweden from which her parents had emigrated in 1909. 
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Morgan Scholarship in Music, UNC-G Development Office, P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, N.C. 27402-6170. 
   Forbis & Dick Funeral Home, 1118 N. Elm Street is in charge of arrangements.

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