|MARK ANTHONY PURCELL, SR.
Mark Anthony Purcell, Sr., of Sneads Ferry, died
Thursday, March 25 (1999), at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Purcell was born June 19, 1941, in Flint,
MI, the son of the late Alfred T. and Bonnie J. Koplen Purcell.
Mr. Purcell served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves
and was employed by General Motors for 14 years. He was in the mortgage
lending field since 1995.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Dianne D. Field
Purcell, of the home; three children, Mark A. Purcell, Jr. and wife Carolyn
of Wilmington, Alfred T. Purcell, III and Shannon L. Purcell, both of Asheville;
a brother, Robin Dockery and wife Debbie, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; two
sisters, Sandra Sand of Lexington, Ohio, and Shawn Dockery of Mentor, Ohio;
eight grandchildren, Thomas J. Purcell, Nicholas S. Purcell, Brian A. Purcell,
Anthony D. Buckner, Trisha L. Buckner, Philip A. Purcell, and Samuel Q.
Purcell; several cousins; and numerous family members.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March
30 at Andrews Mortuary Hampstead Chapel by Dr. Thurman B. Everett.
Memorials may be made to The Caring House, 2625,
Picket Road, Durham, NC 27705.
Winston Spencer Churchill Dobson, 84, of Hampstead
died Aug. 3 (1999) at his home.
A Masonic memorial service, conducted by Semper
Fidelis Lodge No. 680, was held Aug. 6 at Hampstead United Methodist Church.
He served as a warrant officer with the U.S.
Marines during World War II and retired from Civil Service at Camp Lejeuene.
He was Master in 1960 of Semper Fidelis Lodge No. 680 A.F. & A.M. in
Jacksonville. He was also a KCCH member of Wilmington Scottish Rite Body
and a member of Sudan Shrine Temple of New Bern. In addition, he was an
honorary member of Hampstead United Methodist Church and a founding member
and deacon of Northwoods United Methodist Church in Jacksonville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ossie
and Ethel Dobson; and a son, James Winston Dobson.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Sadie
Edwards Dobson; a sister, Geraldine Meehan; a brother, David Dobson; four
daughters, Frances Carter of Reidsville, GA., Ann Bryan and Carol Sue Batson,
both of Hampstead and Joyce Paputza of Castalia, OH; five grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice,
725 Willington Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
Joseph Kirby "Buddy" Thompson of Sneads Ferry
died Aug. 3 (1999) at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Johnson
Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
JUDITH JOY BUCHKOSKI
Judith Joy Buchkoski of Hampstead, died Aug.
3 (1999), at her residence. She was born in Cleveland, OH on May
23, 1937, the daughter of the late Russell and Cornelia Miller Cook.
Surviving are her son, Clifford R. Buchkoski
and wife, Carol, of Wilmington; two daughters, Cathy L. Pollack and husband,
Tim, and Laral B. Buchkoski, all of Hampstead; five grandchildren, Justin,
Jason, Cassaundra, Devin and Tiffany.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 7,
at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, North Wilmington Congregation - Wrightsboro,
4806 Gordon Rd., Wilmington.
Andrews Mortuary, Hampstead Chapel.
LUCY S. BIGFORD
Lucy S. Bigford, 78, of Marietta, GA, died Aug.
8 (1999). She was a retired Realtor.
She is survived by her daughter, Alice Lewis,
granddaughters, Mitzi Lewis and Mary Beth Lewis; grandson, Michael Lewis.
A memorial service was held Aug. 10 at Canton Hill Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made
to Countryside Baptist Church 9231 N. Louisiana Highway 169, P.O. Box 452
Mooringsport, LA 71060.
JAMES DALLEY "JIMMY" HERRING
James Dalley "Jimmy" Herring of Hampstead, died
Thursday, July 27 (2000), at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Wilmington on April 23, 1941,
the son of the late James and Edrie Futch Herring.
Mr. Herring was a member of Scotts Hill Baptist
Church. He was affiliated with General Electric, Aircraft Division for
29 years until his retirement. Jimmy was a veteran of the US Air Force,
serving in the Vietnam Conflict.
Surviving are his wife, Peggy J. Herring of the
home; two children, David Glenn Mason and wife, Vonda of Hampstead, and
Gerald Keith Mason and wife, Joy of Scotts Hill; five grandchildren, Zachary
Mason, Caitlin Mason, Keelie Mason, Shelby Mason and Gabrielle Mason.
Funeral services were held on Monday, July 31,
at Scotts Hill Baptist Church by Rev. Phil Ortego. Interment followed in
Sea Lawn Memorial Park, Hampstead, NC with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations
be made to Scotts Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, 185 Scotts Hill Road,
Wilmington, NC 28411.
Andrews Mortuary Hampstead Chapel.
Gladys G. McGinnis
Gladys Mae Goodman McGinnis, 76, of Country Run
Lane, formally of Surf City, died Dec. 10 (2000) at Wayne Memorial
Hospital in Goldsboro.
Born in Lincolnton, she was the daughter of the
late Claude and Minnie Goodman and the wife of the late John Daniel McGinnis.
A daughter, Jonnie Dohman, preceded her in death. She was associated with
the Goldsboro American Legion and the Topsail Island Moose Lodge.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec.
13 at 2 p.m. at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob Kretzu
officiating. Burial will follow at Wayne Memorial Park.
Two sons, John McGinnis, Jr. of Holly Ridge and
J.L. McGinnis of Princeton; four daughters, Judy Smith of Lillington, Bobbi
Wade of Holly Ridge, Jackye Cushing of Goldsboro and Frankie Watson of
Goldsboro; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren survive her.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers,
donation be made to the Empty Stocking Fund, c/o News-Argus, PO Box 10629,
Goldsboro, NC 27532.
Mrs. Patricia Angeline Novaro Thomson
Mrs. Pat Thomson, 64, of Hampstead, died Dec.
7 (2000) at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center in Wilmington.
Mrs. Thomson was born June 6, 1934 in Hancock,
NY, the daughter of the late Thomas and Dorothy Grace Rohel Novaro. She
was a member of the Hampstead United Methodist Church, the Topsail Greens
Golf Club and the YMCA.
Pat’s husband, James Thomson of Hampstead, her
children Mark, Wendy, Cathy, Cindy and her eight grandchildren and one
great-grandchild survive her.
The Rev. Jim Bell held funeral services at Hampstead
United Methodist Church. The entombment was in Oleander Memorial Gardens
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made
to the Hampstead United Methodist Church Building Fund, 15395 Hwy #17,
Hampstead, NC 28443.
Mr. Daniel Brinson
Mr. Daniel Brinson age 70, of 26 Brown Town Rd.
died Wednesday, Dec. 6 (2000) at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center
Funeral services were held at Christian Chapel
#2 Missionary Baptist Church in Brown Town Community on Dec. 10.
Burial was at Sloan Family Cemetery, 600 Nash
Johnson Pond Rd. in Magnolia, NC. Rev. Charlie Starks, Pastor.
Survivors include: his loving wife Primmie Sloan
Brinson of Wilmington; two sons, Lt. Daniel Brinson Jr. of Norfolk, VA
and Pastor Vincent Williams (Lois) of Roanoke, VA; two daughters, Alicia
Brinson of Wilmington and Christine Williams of Philadelphia, PA; four
brothers, Charlie Brinson (Annie Mae) and Lesley Brinson (Jean) both of
Wilmington; Hansley Brinson (Pauline) of Pamilco, SC, and Louis Brinson
(Alpha Ray) of Fayetteville; two sisters, Evangelist McGee (Willie) of
Wilmington and Shirley Herring of Newburgh, NY; 16 grandchildren, one aunt,
Rosa Sidbury of Wilmington; one uncle, Booker T. Moore of Philadelphia,
PA; four sisters-n-law, five brothers-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews,
other relatives, and friends.
Edgar Cummings Jr.
Edgar Paul Cummings Jr., 65, of Holly Ridge died
Dec. 6 (2000) at Woodbury Wellness Center in Hampstead.
Graveside services were held Dec. 9 at Ottaway
Family Cemetery in Holly Ridge with the Rev. Andy Ottawway officiating.
He was in golf course maintenance.
Survivors include his wife, Annie Lou Cummings
of the home: five daughters, Elizabeth Ottaway of Holly Ridge, Debra Buenstro
and Sandra Cribb, both of Winnabow, Becky Freeman and Pamela Pallacious,
both of Leland; one son, Terry Hammonds of Holly Ridge; 11 grandchildren
and 16 great-grandchildren.
Willie Nelson, Jr.
Willie Nelson, Jr., of Hampstead Dec. 9 (2000)
at his residence.
He was born in Morehead City on Sept. 25, 1924,
son of the late Willie Nelson and Angie Mason Nelson.
Two sisters, Wyona Nelson Smith and Viola Nelson
Wilkins, preceded him in death.
Mr. Nelson attended Hampstead United Methodist
Church and Blakes Chapel Advent Christian Church.
He was a member of the Morehead City Masonic
Ocean Lodge #405.
Mr. Nelson was a World War II veteran of the
US Navy. He subsequently worked for 15 years with the Ferry Department
of the State Highway Commission, and retired from the Cherry Point Marine
Air Station after 20 years of civil service as an aircraft electrician.
Mr. Nelson is survived by his wife of 53 years,
Lucy Marie Nelson of the home; two daughters, Brenda Nelson Biermann and
husband Fred of Holly Springs, and Judy Nelson Pierce of Wilmington; two
grandchildren, Catherine Marie Pierce and Thomas F. Biermann, II; and a
brother, Dr. Elijah L. Nelson of Buies Creek.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday,
Dec. 13 in Andrews Mortuary Hampstead Chapel by the Rev. Jim Bell, Rev.
Edward A. Dowd and Rev. David Adams. Interment will follow in Sea Lawn
Memorial Park, Hampstead, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be made to: Diabetes Foundation, 7660 Duke St. Alexandria, VA 22314, or,
Masonic Home for Children Oxford, NC 27565.
SUSAN F. CLARKE
Susan Clarke, 53, of Rockingham, passed away
Jan. 24 (2001), in her home surrounded by family and friends.
A memorial service was held Jan. 27, at Watson-King
funeral home in Rockingham.
Mrs. Clarke was Regional Office Manager for Unimin
Corp., an avid golfer, wife, mother and good friend.
She was also the mother of Topsail Voice Staff
Writer Ken Clarke.
She is survived by her husband Bob Clarke, mother
Edith Frakes, brother Terry Frakes, son Ken Clarke and five stepchildren,
Rob Clarke, Theresa Merrell, Donna Claude, Kim Clarke and Jimmy Clarke.
Mrs. Clarke lived her life with dignity, grace,
charity and a smile, accepting most of life’s difficulties and challenges
on her terms, often saying, “This too shall pass.”
She will be remembered by all with a smile, as
a wonderful mother, wife, sister and daughter, but to all that knew her,
she was a best friend.
She left those who crossed her path all the better
for knowing her.
Fitzhugh Lee of Scotts Hill, owner of Cedar on
the Green and Mini Storage on the Green, died at home on Tuesday, Jan.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb.
2 at Wesleyan Chapel United Methodist Church at 11 a.m.
Visitation will be at the Lee home on Thursday,
Feb. 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Mrs. Izona Elizabeth Autry, 73, died in Sampson
Regional Medical Center on Jan. 30 (2001).
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m.
at the Royal-Hall Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Greg Day officiating. Burial
will follow in the Clinton Cemetery.
Born in 1927, Mrs. Autry was the daughter of
the late Leon and Nellie Elizabeth Barrineaw Terry. She was a member of
the Faith Harbor Methodist Church of Surf City and a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Chevis Autry
of Fayetteville; two sisters, Daisy Hudson of Clinton and Murtice Evans
of Charleston, SC; one brother, Red Corbitt of San Antonio, Texas; and
several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends tonight (Wednesday)
from 7 – 9 p.m. at Royal-Hall Funeral Home and other times at the home
of her nephew, Mike Hudson, 577 Rowan Road in Clinton.
JOYCE KATHLEEN BROWN
Joyce Kathleen Brown of Hampstead, NC died Tuesday,
June 5 (2001), at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill,
She was born in Wilmington, NC on November 2,
1946 the daughter of Mrs. Mary Larson Gifford of Wilmington and the late
Bruce Gifford. Mrs. Brown was a member of Providence Baptist Church and
a member of the New Hanover County Cancer Support Group.
Surviving in addition to her mother are her husband
of 37 years, James Brown of the home; two daughters, Tonya B. English and
her husband, David of Hampstead, Glyndal B. Britt and husband, J Ruffin,
Jr. of Holly Ridge, NC; a son James A. Brown, Jr. and wife Stephanie of
Hampstead; six grandchildren, Hillary, Andrew, Jordan, Brian, Samantha
and Corey; two sisters, Eloise Heath, husband Roy, and Crystal Sargent
both of Wilmington; a brother, George Gifford and wife, Connie of Leland,
NC; two brother-in-laws Charles A. Brown and wife, Joyce of Willard, NC
Danny Brown and wife, Jeanette of Fayetteville, NC; several nieces and
nephews. Joyce was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother,
and most of all a friend to all that knew her; she will live on in the
hearts that knew her.
Funeral services were held June 9, at the Providence
Baptist Church by Dr. Al Martin. Interment followed at Riverview Cemetery,
II Samuel 19-7: Now therefore arise, go forth,
and speak comfortably unto thy servants: for I swear by the Lord, if thou
go not forth, there will not tarry one with thee this night: and that will
be worse unto thee than all the evil that befell thee from thy youth until
Clark Southerland Councill, 62, of North Topsail
Beach, died Thursday, June 7 (2001). He was born on May 30, 1939
in Mount Olive.
Councill was the son of the late Charles B. and
Mildred S. Councill. He served in the United States Air Force. He received
a double major in journalism/government from Texas A&I University in
Kingsville, Texas. He served an illustrious career as a sports information
officer at Wharton County Junior College in Wharton, Texas. He served as
public information officer for the city of Corpus Christi; as public relations
manager at Brown & Root, incorporated in Houston; as public information
officer at Coastal Carolina Community College; and he was most recently
employed at the Jacksonville Daily News until the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife, Lolly Councill of
North Topsail Beach; two children, Cathy Councill Butler of Alpharetta,
GA, and Clark Southerland Councill Jr. of the Philippines; three grandsons,
Jonathan Clark Butler and Cameron Councill Butler, both of Alpharetta,
and Charles Councill of the Philippines; and a granddaughter, Rachel Laura
Butler of Alpharetta, who will dearly miss her “Mister.”
A private family service will be held at a later
date. The family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer
Society or The Zimmer Cancer Center in Wilmington.
Dr. Robert Walter Hooker
Dr. Robert Walter Hooker, of 456 Creekview Drive,
Hampstead, NC died Sunday, June 10, 2001 at his residence. He was
born in Jewel Ridge, VA, the son of the late Walter Clyde and Mildred Beavers
Dr. Hooker attended University of Virginia Medical
School in Charlottesville, VA. He worked with Cape Fear Hospital and New
Hanover Regional Medical Center as an Emergency Room Physician for 21 years.
Surviving are his wife of fifty years, Mrs. Nita
Gay Hooker of the home; two children, Robert Clyde Hooker and his wife,
Jo Ellen of Duluth, GA and Deborah Littleton and husband, Glynn of Hampstead,
NC; two grandchildren, Margaret Brynne Hooker and Elizabeth Erin Hooker.
Memorial services will be held at a later date
in Richlands, VA. The family will receive friends at their home from
6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Memorials may be made to Lower Cape
Fear Hospice or to the Charity of one’s choice.
Andrews Mortuary, Hampstead Chapel.
Joseph Franklin Thompson, 49, of Hampstead died
July 28 (2001) at Hospice Care Center of Wilmington. A memorial
service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Blake’s Chapel Advent Christian Church
with the Rev. Edward Dowd officiating. He is survived by wife, Pat
A. Thompson; five daughters, Tammy L. Rathbun of Fyffe, Ala., Candice Beth
Wuske, Rebecca Thompson, Kylie B. Thompson, and Leah G. Thompson, all of
Hampstead; a son, Joseph Lucas Thompson of Hampstead; his mother, Ann Thompson,
of Hampstead; three sisters, Patricia Morton, Frances Webb and Roberta
Lanier, all of Hampstead; seven grandchildren. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 725 Wellington Ave.,
Wilmington, N.C. 28401. Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Holly
Bonnie Bowman Kelley
Bonnie Bowman Kelley of Hampstead, died Oct.
10 (2001), at New Hanover Regional Medical Center from a motor vehicle
accident. She was born Sept. 13, 1944 in Hartford, Connecticut and
was the daughter of the late Donald and Helen Bowman of Coventry, Connecticut.
Bonnie was a member of the Belvedere Ladies Golf Association, an active
member of the Hampstead Art League and a long time Mary Kay Sales Director.
Surviving are her husband, Oran Allen Kelley of Hampstead; three daughters,
Stephanie A. Foster, husband Joseph and granddaughter Veronica, of Groton,
CT, Trisha K. Feus, husband Erik, and grandson Evan of Rochester, NY and
Carissa C. Kelley of North Topsail Beach; siblings, Donna Bonomo of Arizona,
Carol Murphy of Florida and Gregory Bowman of Colorado. Bonnie will
be greatly missed by family and friends; she was always there to make us
feel good about who we are and that there was always someone watching over
us. In this time of great tragedy we must be reminded that she is now the
true angel we knew she always was. We will love and miss you very much.
A memorial service was held at Andrews Hampstead
Chapel, 11750 Highway 17 N on Oct. 13. In lieu of flowers, memorials
can be made to the American Cancer Society. The family would like
to extend our greatest thanks to all that have been supportive. God bless.
Doris Walton Henderson, 82, of the Folkstone
community, died Oct.13 (2001) at her home.
Funeral services were held Oct. 16 at the Folkstone
Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Parker and Rudy Shepard officiating.
Burial will follow at the Turkey Creek Cemetery. She is preceded
in death by her husband, Ernest Lee Henderson. She is survived by
her daughter, Helen Henderson Bowing of Sneads Ferry; three sons, Ernie
Henderson, Larry R. Henderson and Raymond M. Henderson, all of Sneads Ferry
and Alice Teft of De Leon Springs, Fla. Memorials will be made to
the Folkstone Free Will Baptist Church, 537 Turkey Point Road, Sneads Ferry,
Robert I. Osrowitz
Robert I. Osrowitz, 70, of Hampstead, died Oct.
10 (2001), at Cape Fear Memorial Hospital. Mr. Osrowitz was
born in Newark, N.J., Feb. 18, 1931, the son of the late Myron and Sarah
Smith Osrowitz. Bob was a veteran of the Korean conflict, was the
former owner of Grand Finales, a wholesale bakery and prior to that he
was a Management Consultant in the Northeast. Survivors include his
wife Alane Valenstein Osrowitz of the home; a son, Michael Osrowitz and
his wife Deanna of New Egypt, N.J.; his daughter, Susan Torregrossa and
her husband, Andrew of Rye, N.Y. and four grandchildren, Ben and David
Osrowitz and Alyssa and Stephen Torregrossa.
Memorial services were held Oct. 14, at the residence
by Rabbi Robert Waxman. A service of Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service,
Oleander Chapel, 791-4444.
ALTON NORRIS, SR
On Sunday, Oct. 14 (2001), our daddy,
Alton James Norris, Jr., 73, of Sneads Ferry, went to be with the Lord,
Jesus Christ. Alton was the husband of the late Mary Lillie Foster
Norris and the son of the late Oscar and Alma Norris. Alton is survived
by his children, Wayne Foster Sr. (Connie) of Wilmington, Alton Norris
Jr. (Debbie) of Sneads Ferry and Rosella Knippers (Dale) of Charlotte.
He is also survived by his sister, Ruby Midgett (Jimmie) of Sneads Ferry;
brother, Carlton Norris (Judy) of Wilmington; and was preceded in death
by his brother, Lloyd Norris of Sneads Ferry. Granddaddy is also
survived by his greatest joys, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today
(Wednesday) Oct. 17 at Jones Funeral Home in Holly Ridge with the Rev.
John Norris officiating. Internment will be held at Fulcher Family
Cemetery in Sneads Ferry. Pallbearers will be Timmie Millis, Frank
Redd, Donnie Millis, Bill Millis, Robert Mattocks and Billy Thompson.
Franklin Edward Ricks, Jr.
Franklin Edward Ricks, Jr. of Topsail Beach died
Wednesday, Nov 7, 2001 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He
was born Nov. 2, 1932 in Wilmington, N.C., son of the late Franklin Edwards
Ricks Sr. and Eleanor Horne Ricks Willis; and the late Jesse W. Willis.
Mr. Ricks was a veteran having served in the
U.S Air Force. He retired after serving 20 years as the Public Works Director
for the Town of Topsail Beach. He was also co-manager of the Sea Vista
Motel for 17 years.
Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Frances M.
Ricks of the home; his children, Jeff Ricks and wife LuAnn of Watts Landing
Road, Janice Noble and husband Roger of Kinston, Julie Rogers of the home,
Jay Ricks and wife Donna of Surf City, and Jody Ricks of Watts Landing
Road; his grandchildren, Melissa and Jesse Ricks, Beth Noble Herring, Jason
Noble, Nicholas and Jennifer Rogers, Timmy Edens, and Elisha Ricks; one
great granddaughter, Tonya Herring; two sisters, Sherry Dudley of Chesapeake,
VA and Susan Newton of Hampstead; one brother, Reggie Ricks of Charleston,
SC; a step-brother, Terry Willis of Wilmington; and several nieces and
Theodore "Ted" Saros
Isabelle M. Saros
A private memorial service for the grandparents
of Kristina M. Bland will be held on the beach in front of her home on
S. Shore Dr., Surf City, N.C. on Friday, Nov. 23, 2001 at 3 p.m.
Theodore Saros, 84, formerly of Durham, died
at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, VA on Nov. 5, 2001. He recently moved to
Alexandria, VA and lived with his daughter, Mrs. Bill (Diane) Bland. Mr.
Saros was a veteran a World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, as
a 1st Lt. In the signal Corp in the Pacific Theater. He was born in New
Jersey on Dec. 16, 1916. Prior to coming to Duke University, he was Editor
in Chief, College Division of Van Nostrand, Reinholt Publishers in Princeton,
N.J. He retired as the associate director of the Duke University Press
in Durham, N.C.
Isabelle M. Saros, formerly of Durham, died May
23, 2000 at her home on Monticello Ave, in Durham, N.C. Mrs, Saros was
born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 27, 1919 and graduated from the New Jersey
City Medical Center with a degree in nursing. She served as a Captain in
the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in the European Theater during World War II.
She was a volunteer at Oncology Recreation Center at Duke Medical Center
for many years.
Surviving is one daughter Diane S. Bland and
her husband William (Bill) G. Bland of Alexandra, VA; two granddaughters,
Kristina N. Bland of Surf City and Karen R. Bland of the home.
Isabelle had one brother, Col. Manis D. Murtha
of Boise, Idaho. Theodore had one surviving brother in NJ. He had numerous
nieces and nephews surviving him.
American flags will be presented for both veterans
of World War II. As they requested, their combined ashes will be spread
in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean as taps is being played. Their daughter,
Diane met her husband, Bill Bland, on the beach at this location in 1971.
Woodie L. Batts
Woodie L. Batts of Hampstead died Sunday, Nov.
18, 2001 at Woodbury Wellness Center. He was born in Hampstead on
Aug. 18, 1918, the son of the late William Thomas Batts and Mollie Sanders
Batts. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Francis and Waymoth Batts
and a sister Elma Hudson.
Woodie was a life long resident of Hampstead
and was a member of Barlow Vista Church. He was a retired farmer and was
a veteran of the US Army serving during World War II. Surviving are
his brothers and sisters; Berniece Walton of Wilmington, Namon Batts and
wife Eliose of Hampstead, Sabra Shepard of Hampstead, Mazie Foister and
husband Ernest of Wilmington, Wayne Batts and wife Barbara of Hampstead
and Elizabeth Edens of Scotts Hill; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Nov.
20, 2001 at the Batts Family Cemetary Memorials may be made to Barlow
Vista Baptist Church, 22340 US Highway 17 N, Hampstead, NC.
Herman Nelson, 85, of Holly Ridge, died Nov.
23 (2001) at the Meadows of Holly Ridge. Funeral services will be
held 2 p.m. today at Manhollow Baptist Church in Hampstead. Burial will
follow in the Edgecombe Community Cemetery. He was preceded in death
by his parents, Henry A. Nelson and Lila Batts Bragg.
Survivors include one sister; Ethel Hardison
of Hampstead; a daughter; Deidre Gregory of Newark, N.J.; and two grandchildren.
Visitation was held Tuesday at Dunn Funeral Home in Burgaw. The family
is receiving visitors at the home of Jeanette and Edward Mitchell, 155
Manhollow Church Road in Hampstead.
Mrs. Britt Wood Hager Welch of Shelby, NC died
Friday, Oct. 11 (2002) at Cleveland Reg. Medical Center.
Mrs. Welch was born in Pennimon, VA. She was
a retail sales associate, Belk Department Store, in Charlotte. A Charter
Member of Topsail Baptist Church, in Hampstead.
She is preceded in death by her parents; Lloyd
H. and Emma G. Dills Wood, her first husband, Marvin R. Hager, and her
second husband, Lloyd Excel Welch; and a sister, Georgia Green
Surviving Mrs. Welch are one son Loyd Gregory
Hager and wife Sybile on Conover. One daughter Vicky H. Turner and husband
Joe E. Sr. or Lawndale; and one step daughter, Nancy H. Boggs and husband
Kennth of Fallston. One brother Billy B. Wood and wife Loraine of Franklin,
NC; one sister Geneva J. Boyd of Flat Rock, NC; also 5 grandchildren, Brian
and Leslie Hager, Joe Turner Jr., Sandy Turner, and Cynthisa Hord, and
five great grandchildren.
The funeral was held Monday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m.
at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Concord U.M.C.
Cenetery, Bessemer City. Visitation was from 2 until 3. Family will receive
friends at the home of Joe and Vicky Turner, 132 Rustic Road, Lawndale.
Memorials may be made to Topsail Baptist Church, in Hampstead NC.
Betsy Jones Justice, 74, died Feb. 7 (2003)
at Two Rivers Nursing Home.
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at
Salem Baptist Church with the Rev. Sandy Bain officiating. Burial will
be in Onslow Memorial Park.
She was a teacher retired from Dixon High School
and the Onslow County school system after 20 years of service.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thurman
F. Justice; and parents, John and Minnie Jones.
Survivors include two daughters, Jeannie Justice
of Cary and Patricia “Pattie” Peterson of New Bern; a sister, Jean Maykuth
of Ocean Beach; and two grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight
at Johnson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. There will be a reception at 428
Peru Road from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday before the service.