Miscellaneous New Hanover County, North Carolina Obituaries

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JOSEPH JOHNSON SMITH SR.
Mr. Joseph Johnson Smith Sr., 74, of 635 Ravenswood Road, Hampstead, N.C., went to be with his Lord on Monday, March 19, 2001 in New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, N.C.
A celebration of his life will be held Friday, March 23, at 2:00 p.m. at Scotts Hill Baptist Church and burial will follow at Oleander Memorial Gardens, Wilmington. Reverend Phil Ortego and Reverend Geary Walton will officiate.
Mr. Smith was born in Hampstead on October 25, 1926, the son of the late William Ramp Smith and Virginia Dare Davis Smith. He was lovingly nicknamed "Hoodley" by his father. He was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, Christy Lynn Smith, four brothers, William Ramp Smith Jr., Marion Hardin Smith, Bobby Ray Smith Sr., Ronald Davis Smith, and one sister, Norma Smith Reeves.
Surviving are his wife, Betty Murray Smith, of the home, one son, Joseph Johnson Smith Jr., and his wife, Crystal, of Hampstead; and two daughters, Jo Ann Smith Walton, and her husband, Geary, of Raleigh, N.C., and Jeanette Smith Edens, and her husband, Chris, of Scotts Hill, N.C. He was "Dandaddy" to six grandchildren, Jerry Kevin Walton his wife, Sandi and her son Page, Michelle Lesay Walton, Joseph Johnson Smith III, Jeffery Scott Smith and his wife, Erin, Laura Kelly Edens, and Christopher Edens Jr. Also survived by his two sisters, Merie "Chook" Lea, and Celia Medford, and four brothers, Thomas L. Smith, C. Henry Smith, L.D. Smith and Jerry Burns Smith, and many nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle Hoodley like a father and grandfather.
Mr. Smith was a member of Scotts Hill Baptist Church. He was a senior deacon, and loved his Lord.
Mr. Smith was part-owner and president of Atlantic Seafood Company Incorporated of Hampstead, N.C.
He was a member of the Pender County School Board for 30 years, a member of the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission for 12 years, a member of the Beefmaster Cattleman's Association, a 32 degree Mason and member of Orient Lodge 319. Because of his love and concern for others, he generously gave of himself as a Sunday School teacher, Boy Scout Leader, community servant and encourager in the Hampstead community.
Pallbearers will be: David M. Howard, Bert Lee Jr., Jack Medford, Bobby Ray Smith Jr., George D. Murray, Michael R. Piner, Carson H. Smith Jr., and Thomas L. Smith Jr. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Richard V. Biberstein Jr., Gene Jerabek, Charles R. King, Jessie Lea Jr., Kenny Lea, Russell Lewis, Benny Murray, Bobby Murray, Mckinley Nixon, Rodney Owens, Ivey Player, Daniel R. Piner, Tyler Poole Sr., and Charles Sidbury.
Flowers are welcome, however, memorials may be made to Scotts Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, 185 Scotts Hill Loop Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401, or Grace Baptist Church, 15814 Hwy. 50 North, Garner, North Carolina 27529.
Andrews Mortuary, Hampstead Chapel.

VERNON JONES
Vernon Jones of 1214 Kings Grant Road, Wilmington, N.C., died Wednesday, March 21, 2001, in New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was born in Wake County, N.C., on July 16, 1924.
After retiring from the U.S. Civil Service, Mr. Jones relocated from Newport News, Va., to Wilmington and joined Bethel United Holiness Church where he was a deacon and a member of the church's Golden Age Club.
Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his mother, Mrs. Goldie Montague and two daughters, Jacqueline Parker and Juanita Neil.
He is survived by his wife, Mae Jetta Jones of he home; his father, Lee Montague of Newport News, Va.; children, Catherine George of Laurel, Md., Charles George and wife Niece of Temple Hill, Md., Celestine Jones of the home, Stephanie Jones Haley and husband John of Wilmington, N.C., Vernae Jones Seals and husband Larry of Beltsville, Md.; a sister, Celestine Cooper and husband Lexington of Newport News, Va.; grandchildren, Michael George, Sonya George, Kevin George, Bryant George, Andrew George, Asim Williams, Christopher George, Vernon Haley, LaTora George, Ryan George, Ayanna Seals and Kela Seals and a host of other relatives and friends.
Viewing will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2001 followed by a 4:00 p.m. funeral service at Bethel United Holiness Church, with Rev. Stephen Bradley officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Friday, March 23, 2001 at the home of John and Stephanie Haley at 8703 Decoy Lane, Wilmington.
A Jordan Funeral Home & Crematorium Inc., Service.

MRS. FANNIE CAMERON DAVIS HOLMES
Mrs. Fannie Cameron Davis Holmes, of 1411 Wooster Street, departed this life on Monday, March 19, 2001. She was born November 8, 1922, in Wilmington, N.C. She was the daughter of the late Ben Davis Sr. and Hester Sheridan Davis. She was preceded in death by her brother Ben Davis.
She received her education in the Wilmington Public Schools System and graduated from Williston Industrial High School - Class of 1940. Her higher education was completed at Fayetteville State Teacher College - Class of 1944. She dedicated thirty-two years to enriching and inspiring minds during her public teaching career. She taught in the Sampson County and New Hanover County School Systems.
Fannie was a longstanding member of Gregory Congregational United Church of Christ. She served faithfully and helped lead in various tasks, such as, Sunday School teacher, choir member, organist, and church treasurer.
She was also a member of the Lenna Orpah Chapter No. 616 and currently held membership in the Sisters of Giblem No. 646.
Her retirement years afforded her the opportunity to be involved with the Retired Teachers' Association, the YMCA, the XYZ Club, Church Women United, and several senior citizens and civic organizations in the Wilmington Area.
She was united in Holy Matrimony to James E. Holmes Jr. on October 27, 1951 and enjoyed forty-nine years of marriage.
Surviving to cherish her memory is her loving husband, James, five children - James Holmes (Yolanda), Paula Greene (Gregory), Patricia Sansbury (Michael) all of the city, Sadie Davenport (Herman) of Durham, NC, and John Holmes (Pamela) of Raleigh, NC; thirteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law Alexander Holmes (Marilyn) of St. Albans, NY; one sister-in-law, Annell Gardner of Mesa, AZ; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and special friends Chrystabelle Brown, Patricia Oliver and her son, Darius.
Her favorite pet Labradors King and Queen will miss her.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today, Friday, March 23, 2001 at Gregory Congregational United Church of Christ. Burial will be in Pine Forest Cemetery.
A Jordan Funeral Home & Cremation Inc. service.

MRS. SALLY MILLER WALKER
Mrs. Sally Miller Walker, age 79, of Nun St, Wilmington died Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Walker was born in Washington, N.C. on May 11, 1921 to the late Samuel Woody Miller and Millie Bonner Miller. She was the wife of the late David Evander Walker.
Mrs. Walker attended John H. Small, Washington High School and Hardbargers Secretarial School.
She was a loving Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and friend. Her Motherly love will be greatly missed by all.
Mrs. Walker was an accomplished artist, which became her passion after retiring from the Raleigh News and Observer. Prior to going to work at the Raleigh News and Observer on March 15, 1951, Sally worked with Southern Bell Telephone Company and Norfolk Naval Base. She started as a switchboard operator at the News and Observer and eventually went to work in the Business Office of the newspaper and held various positions in that department.
Sally retired from the Business Office of the News and Observer December 1986, after 35 years of full time service, but continued to work as a switchboard operator until moving to Wilmington, N.C. in December of 1998. Even today Sally's special sense of humor is remembered fondly by her former co-workers.
Mrs. Walker is survived by her two children, David A. Walker of Wilmington, N.C. and Beverly W. Ashcroft of Matthews, N.C.; three grandchildren, D. Allen Walker of Wilmington, N.C., Jason Walker Ashcroft of Charlotte, N.C. and Julia Ross Ashcroft of Charlotte, N.C.; one sister Cora Mae Matta of Roanoke Rapids, N.C.; four nephews and two nieces and the Nun Street cats.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2001 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Oleander Chapel by the Reverend Robert D. Cook. The entombment will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2001 in the Mausoleum Chapel, Pinecrest Memorial Gardens, Hwy. 70 Clayton, N.C.
The family will receive friends 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2001 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Oleander Drive until the funeral hour.
A service of Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Oleander Chapel, 3915 Oleander Drive, (910-791-4444).

HOWARD VERNON WORTHINGTON
Howard Vernon Worthington of Wilmington, NC died Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at Cape Fear Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2001. Interment will be in Milford, CT.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Andrews Mortuary, Valley Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Western New England, PO Box 50, Springfield, MA 01105, or the American Diabetes Association, 434 Fayetteville Street Mall, Two Hannover Square, Ste. 1600, Raleigh, NC 27601.
Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel.

MR. RONALD KAY SANDERSON
Mr. Ronald Kay Sanderson, 48, of 3157 Old Boardman Road, Evergreen, NC formerly of Lumberton died Monday, March 19, 2001 at Columbus County Hospital.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 22, 2001 at Boardman Baptist Church with Rev. Hal Stephens officiating. Burial was in Boardman Baptist Church Cemetery, Evergreen, NC.
Mr. Sanderson was a member of Boardman Baptist Church, where he was the former RA Director and a past Sunday School Teacher. Mr. Sanderson was a former Evergreen T-Ball Coach and a Flag Football Coach in Chadbourn. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.
Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Wesley Sanderson Sr. of Evergreen, NC, spouse; Deborah R. Sanderson of the home, 2 sons, Erik Wesley Sanderson of Wrightsville Beach, NC, Benjamin O'Neal Sanderson of the home; 3 brothers, Norman Wesley Sanders Jr. of Arapahoe, NC, Charles Allen Sanderson of Lake Waccamaw, NC; Gary Sanderson of Charlotte, NC, 3 sisters; Diane Wiggins of Evergreen, NC, Janet Robinson of Chadbourn, NC; Betty Sanderson of Wilmington, NC, 1 granddaughter, Kameron Blake Sanderson.
The family received friends March 21, 2001 at Floyd Mortuary and Crematory Inc. in Lumberton, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 136-A Bow Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301.
Floyd Mortuary and Crematory, Lumberton.

CATHERINE ANDERSON ALLEN
Catherine Anderson Allen of Wilmington, NC, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, in Meadowbrook Nursing Home in Clemmons, N.C.
She was born October 3, 1917, in Wilmington, N.C., daughter of the late John C. Anderson and Maggie Gertrude Sykes Anderson, and was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Earl Allen Sr., and a son, Thomas Earl Allen Jr.
Mrs. Allen was a member of Temple Baptist Church where she was a member of the Mother's Club.
Surviving are her son, Timothy Randall Allen and wife Helen E. Allen of Clemmons, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Johanna L. Allen of Wilmington, N.C.; her grandchildren, Janet Allen Marable and husband James Edward Marable, Thomas Earl Allen III, Susan Allen Bennett and husband William Davis Bennett, and Randall Brian Allen and wife Hannah Powers Allen; and two great-grandchildren, Emily Elizabeth Bennett and Hannah Elizabeth Marable.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2001, at Temple Baptist Church by Dr. James D. Whetstone. Interment will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Earl Allen III, Randall Brian Allen, James Edward Marable III, William Davis Bennett, Gary Alton Willetts, Joseph Anthony DelGuercio and Norman Gray Nelson.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice Palliative Care Center, 1100-C S. Stratford Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel.

JOHN L. JAMES JR.
John L. James Jr., of Wilmington, N.C., died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at Woodbury Wellness Center. He was born in Mathews, Virginia, on November 24, 1918. He served in World War II in the Army Air Corps and was a Prisoner of War after his B-17 was shot down over Holland. He retired from NASA.
After the death of his wife, Roberta Lee Hudgins, of Mathews County, Virginia, he moved to Wilmington, N.C. He was a member of the WW II Remembered, the Cape Fear Prisoner Of War Chapter, the New Hanover County Blind Support Group, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the Experimental Aircraft Association in Burgaw, N.C.
He is survived by one sister, Gloria Norcutt of Maryland; his daughter, Sonja J. Dillaman and her husband, Richard, of Wilmington, N.C.; and two grandchildren, Susan L. Dillaman of Raleigh, N.C., and David A. Dillaman and his wife, Kimberly, of Wilmington, N.C.
Funeral services will be held in Mathews, Virginia, on Saturday, March 24, 2001. A memorial service for local friends is planned for Monday at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m.

BRIAN PEARSON KING
Brian Pearson King of Wilmington, NC, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2001.
He was born in Shelby, N.C., on September 14, 1979, and grew up in Kings Mountain, N.C. Brian graduated from Kings Mountain High School, class of 1997, and was a member of the Mountaineer Band and National Beta Club.
He was a senior at UNCW and was an intern in the Communications Department-Distance Learning Center. He liked music, movies and enjoyed playing the drums.
Brian is survived by his parents, Billy F. and Linda Pearson King of the home; one brother, Billy F. King Jr.; maternal grandparents, Roy and Elvia Smith Pearson of Kings Mountain, N.C.; paternal grandparents, Willis and Francis (Mills) King of Kings Mountain, N.C.; great-grandmother, Bessie Mills; aunts and uncles, Joan and Steve Baker, R.L. (Butch) and Margaret Pearson Jr.; cousins, Isaac and Jack Pearson.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 25, 2001, at the First Baptist Church, 5th and Market St., Wilmington, N.C., at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Michael Queen will preside.
Memorials may be made to Brian Pearson King Memorial Scholarship Fund, Attn: Communications Dept., UNCW, 601 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403.
A service of Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, NC, and Andrews Mortuary, Wilmington, NC.

GEORGE HENRY BROWNE
George Henry Browne of Hampstead, NC, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at Cape Fear Hospital. He was born April 8, 1915, in New York City, son of the late Edward and Clara Phillips Browne. His wife, Lee Browne, preceded him in death.
Mr. Browne was a member of Topsail Greens Country Club and was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Holly Ridge Lodge.
Mr. Browne is survived by his cousin, Bill Blatt and wife Mary of Hampstead, N.C.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2001, at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Hampstead by Rev. Terrence Collins.
In lieu of flowers memorials contributions may be made to the St. Jude the Apostle Building Fund, 18737 U.S. Hwy. 17, Hampstead, NC 28443.
Andrews Mortuary Hampstead Chapel.

VIVIAN FLACK MOSELEY
May 29, 1918 - March 23, 2001
Vivian Moseley died peacefully in Wilmington, N.C., after a brief illness.
Vivian was a native of Greer, S.C., where she attended local schools and subsequently graduated from Greenville General Hospital School of Nursing. She practiced nursing for forty-six years in several facilities until her retirement. She remained in Greenville until she relocated to her retirement home in Wilmington, N.C., in 1998.
Three sisters, Thelma and Theresa Flack and Juanita Rodgers, her parents, William and Agnes Flack of Greer, and her husband, Jerry Moseley of Greenville, predecease Vivian. Her twin daughters, Malinda Lindsay of Greenville and Maranda Street of Wilmington; two sons, Jerry Moseley Jr. of Lake Hartwell and Bob Moseley of Raleigh, eight grandchildren and eight great-grand|children survive her.
For many years, Mrs. Moseley was a member of Augusta Heights Baptist Church and an active member of the Greenville Woman's Club and the Sears Shelter. She was an avid Atlanta Braves baseball fan and will be missed by her many dear and loyal friends in Greenville and Wilmington.
The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. at Woods Mortuary, 300 W. Poinsett St. Graveside services will be conducted at Mountain View Cemetery in Greer at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 27th. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the South Carolina Commission for the Blind, 620 N. Main St., Greenville, S.C. 29601, to purchase supplies for programs directed by Dedra Simmons that make it easier for the blind.

ALLINE 'MEME' WEINBERG COHEN
Alline (Meme) Weinberg Cohen, age 85, died Saturday, March 24, 2001, at Autumn Care. She was born February 15, 1916, in Atlanta, GA, to the late Joseph and Fannie Weinberg.
Mrs. Cohen was preceded in death by her husband, David Cohen.
She is survived by one son, Joey Miles and wife Patsy of Wilmington; three grandchildren, Mitchell Miles and wife Betsy of Dallas, TX, Howard Miles and fiancee, Kathy Prestinari of Apex, N.C., and Scott Miles of Charlotte, N.C.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2001, at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service Oleander Chapel with Rev. Billy Batson, Rev. Jason Barber and Mitchell Miles officiating. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at the home of her son at 1502 Lynch|field Ct.
The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 4894, Wilmington, NC 28406 or to College Acres Baptist Church Building Fund, 702 Eastwood Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403.
A service of Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service Oleander Chapel, 3915 Oleander Drive, (910-791-4444).

LYNN RYAN McDONALD
Mr. Lynn Ryan McDonald, age 49, of 1356-A Harbour Dr., Wilmington, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. McDonald was born March 22, 1952, in New Hanover County and was the son of Mrs. Peggy F. McDonald of Wilmington and the late Austin C. McDonald. Mr. McDonald was a graduate of Hoggard High School and attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
Survivors in addition to his mother include three brothers, Ford McDonald and wife Mitzi of Calabash, Ken McDonald of Hobe Sound, Florida, and Gene McDonald and wife Margaret of Wilmington; three nieces, Peggy Biear, Kathy Fulmer, Caroline McDonald; a nephew, Austin McDonald III; four great-nephews and two great-nieces; a special friend, Ellen H. Lockamy of the home.
Graveside funeral services will be held Monday, March 26, 2001, at 1 p.m. at St. Andrews On The Sound Episcopal Church Cemetery with Reverend Horace Hilton officiating.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 this evening at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, Oleander Chapel.
A service of Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service Oleander Chapel, 3915 Oleander Drive, (910-791-4444).

BIRTIE MAE VIERRA
SOUTHPORT, N.C. - Birtie Mae Vierra, 84, of Dosher Nursing Center died Saturday, March 24, 2001, in Dosher Memorial Hospital.
Born in Robeson County, she was a daughter of the late Stanley and Exie Simmons Parnell.
Survivors include two sisters, Geneva Sherman of Richmond, VA, Rosa Lee Yeagle of Sunset Harbor, N.C.; a brother, Joe Parnell of Asheboro; a step-son, Timmy Vierra of Charlotte, N.C.; four step-daughters, Mae Karomhus of Asheboro, N.C., Alice Jean Gray of Holden Beach, Carol Osborne of Greensboro, and Jeanie Flow of Charlotte.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, in Sunset Harbor Baptist Church by the Reverend Lewis Benton. Interment will follow in Brunswick Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Sunday at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service.
Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service & Crematory, Supply Chapel.

DUSTIN RAY JONES
CHINQUAPIN, N.C. - Dustin Ray Jones, age 13, died Friday, March 23, 2001. He was preceded in death by a sister, Kameron Blake Jones.
Funeral: Monday, March 26, 2001, 2 p.m., Sharon Baptist Church, Chinquapin, N.C.
Burial: Sharon Baptist Church Cemetery, Chinquapin, N.C.
Survivors: Mother, Rene Autry and husband Billy of Chinquapin, N.C.; Father, Kevin Jones and wife Donna of Mount Olive, N.C.; Grandparents, James and Joyce Norris, Chinquapin, N.C., Braxton and Jean Smith, Deep Run, N.C.
Visitation Sunday, March 25, 7 until 9 p.m. at Community Funeral Home of Beulaville.
Arrangements by Community Funeral Home of Beulaville.


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