Miscellaneous Pitt County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Lizette Young 
GRIFTON Mrs. Lizette Ellis Young, 94, died Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Episcopal Church, Grifton. 
Mrs. Young was a member of St. John's - St. Mark's Episcopal Church. 
She is survived by her daughter, Carol Y. Albritton and husband, Ernest, of Grifton; four grandchildren, Major Ernest F. Albritton Jr. and wife, Kathleen, of Vandenburg Air Force Base, Vandenburg, Calif., Timothy H. Albritton and wife, Tracie, of Greenville, Thomas L. Albritton and wife, Debbie, and Daniel E. Albritton and wife, Deidre, all of Grifton; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Shriners Crippled Children's Hospital. 
Arrangements by Farmer Funeral Service, Ayden. 

Linda F. Taft 
Miss Linda Faye Taft, 40, of 504-A Davenport St., Greenville, died Monday, July 15, 2002, at Ridgewood Manor Nursing Home in Washington. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Good Hope Free Will Baptist Church in Winterville with Elder Tyrone Turnage officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Greenville. 
She is survived by her father, Larry Baker, of Baltimore; sister, Betty Corey, of Winterville; five aunts; five uncles; two nieces; three nephews; and other relatives and friends. 
The family will meet friends tonight from 7 to 8 at Mitchell's Funeral Home in Winterville. 
Arrangements by Mitchell's Funeral Home in Winterville. 

Jean Shepard 
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. Jean Moye Shepard died Sunday, July 14, 2002. A memorial service will take place Monday, July 22, 2002, at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, at 2 p.m. Interment will be private. 
Jean was born and raised in Pitt County, N.C. She received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the Medical College of Virginia and pursued graduate studies at the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia. She published numerous articles on nursing and was a consultant and contributor to the publication Pediatric Nursing. 
She was active in the nursing field and served in many hospitals in various capacities including Head Nurse Ambulatory Care Unit at Duke University Hospital, instructor at the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing in Augusta, Ga., and instructor at the Baptist Hospital of Nursing in Nashville, Tenn. She began her professional career as a public health nurse in Charlottesville. 
In 1995, she was a recipient of a Certificate of Appreciation from the Hampton-Newport News Alumni Award for Outstanding Service from the Medical College of Virginia. She was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Medical College of Virginia and held memberships in a variety of associations related to the medical profession. 
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Glenn H. Shepard; her sons, Barclay Moye Shepard and Glenn H. Shepard Jr.; her mother, Lossie P. Moye; her sister, Rose M. Taylor; and her brothers, William E. Moye, Dr. James W. Moye, Kenneth O. Moye, and Dr. M. Jack Moye. 
Jean was a devoted wife and helpmate, a loving mother and a loyal friend. 
The family will receive friends Sunday, July 21, 2002, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. 
Family and friends wishing to contribute to a memorial scholarship, may send contributions to: Jean Moye Shepard R.N. Endowment Fund, School of Nursing, MCV Foundation, P.O. Box 980234, Richmond, VA 23298. 

Marjorie Whitehurst 
STOKES Mrs. Marjorie Nelson Whitehurst, 84, daughter of the late Heber and Bessie Nelson, died Thursday, July 18, 2002. The funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery. 
Mrs. Whitehurst, a native of Martin County, lived all of her adult life in the Stokes community of Pitt County. She was a member of Sweet Gum Grove Free Will Baptist Church. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Claude Lee Whitehurst; and a brother, Burtis Nelson. 
Surviving are her daughter, Becky Whitehurst Strickland of Stokes; son and daughter-in-law, Shelton and Shelvia Whitehurst of Tarboro; grandchildren and their spouses, Lee Strickland, Troy and Tammy Strickland, Charlotte and Scott Goodwyn, and Claudia and Ambler Lanier; great-grandchildren, Patrick Goodwyn, Daniel Goodwyn, Adam Lanier and Natalie Lanier; and a special pet, Sebastian. 
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Wilkerson Funeral Home. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Heritage Free Will Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1092, Bethel, N.C. 27812; or Bethel Rescue Squad, c/o Bethel Town Hall, P.O. Box 337, Bethel, N.C. 27812. 

Florie Cofield-Grade 
Mrs. Florie Kathryn Cofield-Grade, 81, died Sunday, July 14, 2002. 
Surviving are a daughter, Dr. Doris Elizabeth Ward of Greenville; two sisters, Barbara Bailey and Dolores Haskett; two brothers, Billy C. Talbert and Nathaniel Talbert Sr.; a son-in-law, Eddie E. Ward Sr.; a sister-in-law, Barbara Talbert; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. 
Visitation will be 10 a.m. Saturday followed by 11 a.m. service at Fort Lincoln Funeral Home, 3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood, Md. Interment will be in Fort Lincoln Cemetery. 

Ernest J. Pittman 
GRIFTON The Rev. Ernest Junior Pittman, 70, of 6973 Skeeter Pond Road, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, July 20, 2002, at 1 p.m. at Victory & Dominion World Outreach Center, Snow Hill. Interment in Evergreen Memorial Estates, Grifton. 
The Rev. Pittman was born to the late Ernest and Essie Hardy Pittman on Feb. 27, 1932, in Lenoir County and was in the first graduating class from Savannah School. He joined Zion Temple AME Zion Church at an early age. He answered his call to the ministry in September of 1979 and his first pastoral appointment was as interim Pastor at Zion Temple Church. He also pastored at Fleming Chapel in Greenville, Morning Star in Ayden, St. Mark and Pleasant Hill in New Bern, and St. Luke in Kinston. His final appointment was at Zachariah in Snow Hill where he served until he became too ill to attend. 
He leaves a legacy of love which included his faithful wife, Fannie Ellison Pittman, two daughters, Gail E. Jones (Albert) of Goldsboro, and Selina P. Sheppard (Raymond) of Snow Hill; three sons, Charles M. Pittman of the home, Wallace E. Pittman (Christina) of Visalia, Calif., Terry P. Pittman of Oxford; four sisters, Beatrice Barnes and Clara D. Lee of Ayden, Lillian P. Dixon of Grifton, and Elsie M. Pittman of Kinston; three brothers, Henry E. Pittman (Bernice) of Kinston, Theodore R. Pittman (Sally) of Snow Hill, and Herbert L. Pittman (Evernell) of Grifton, 19 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
Viewing will be held today from 2-9 p.m. with family visitation from 7-8 p.m. at Don Brown's Funeral Home. 

Elizabeth Brown 
FARMVILLE Mrs. Elizabeth Jones Brown, 81, of 310 S. Walnut St., died Monday, July 15, 2002. 
Funeral services 1:30 p.m. today, Joyner's Memorial chapel. Burial in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation 12:30-1:30 today, at the funeral home. 

Georgiana Baker 
PRINCEVILLE Mrs. Georgiana Baker, 64, of Apt. 9 Prince Court died Monday, July 15, 2002. A native of Pitt County, she was a member of Mayo Chapel Baptist Church. 
Funeral services 2 p.m. Saturday, at the church. Burial in Conetoe Community Cemetery. Visitation 7-8 tonight at the church. Arrangements by Don Brown Funeral Home, Ayden. 

Walter C. Ellis 
Mr. Walter Clark Ellis, 63, died Sunday, July 14, 2002. 
Funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday, Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church Association Center, Pinetops. Burial in Rest Haven Cemetery. Viewing 1-2 p.m. Saturday, at the church. Arrangements by Hemby Willoughby Mortuary, Tarboro. 

David E. Gardner 
David Earl Gardner, 70, of 1908-A Kennedy Circle died Tuesday, July 16, 2002. 
Funeral service 2 p.m. Sunday, New Beginning Deliverance Church. Burial in Homestead Memorial Gardens. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Rountree & Associates Funeral Home, Greenville. 

Ronnie L. Comstock 
PLYMOUTH Mr. Ronnie Lee Comstock, 60, of West Avenue died Wednesday, July 17, 2002. 
Funeral services 11 a.m. today, Plymouth Church of Christ. Interment Woodley-Davenport Family Cemetery, Creswell. Arrangements by Horner-Walker Funeral Home, Plymouth. 

Otis H. Rountree 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Otis Hoover Rountree, 1359 Jefferson St. died. The date of death was not available Thursday. 
Funeral service 1 p.m. Sunday, Grifton Chapel Church of Christ Disciples of Christ Church, Grifton, N.C. Burial in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Grifton. Viewing 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Norcott Memorial Chapel, Ayden. Arrangements by Norcott & Company Funeral Home. 

Jean Shepard 
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. Jean Moye Shepard died Sunday, July 14, 2002. A memorial service will take place Monday, July 22, 2002, at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, at 2 p.m. Interment will be private. 
Jean was born and raised in Pitt County, N.C. She received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the Medical College of Virginia and pursued graduate studies at the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia. She published numerous articles on nursing and was a consultant and contributor to the publication "Pediatric Nursing." 
She was active in the nursing field and served in many hospitals in various capacities including Head Nurse Ambulatory Care Unit at Duke University Hospital, Instructor at the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing in Augusta, Ga., and Instructor at the Baptist Hospital of Nursing in Nashville, Tenn. She began her professional career as a public Health Nurse in Charlottesville. 
In 1995, she was a recipient of a Certificate of Appreciation from the Hampton-Newport News Alumni Award for Outstanding Service from the Medical College of Virginia. She was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Medical College of Virginia Alumni Association and held memberships in a variety of associations related to the medical profession. 
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Glenn H. Shepard; her sons, Barclay Moye Shepard and Dr. Glenn H. Shepard Jr.; her mother, Lossie P. Moye; her sister, Rose M. Taylor; and her brothers, William E. Moye, Dr. James W. Moye, Kenneth O. Moye, and Dr. M. Jack Moye. 
Jean was a devoted wife and helpmate, a loving mother, and a loyal friend. 
The family will receive friends Sunday, July 21, 2002, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. 
Family and friends wishing to contribute to a memorial scholarship, may send contributions to: Jean Moye Shepard R.N. Endowment Fund, School of Nursing, MCV Foundation, P.O. Box 980234, Richmond, Va. 23298. 

Jaelen T. Ebron 
Jaelen Teron Ebron, 9, died at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Wednesday, July 17, 2002. Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 1 p.m. at Holly Hill Original Free Will Baptist Church, Belvoir. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. 
Jaelen was an upcoming fourth-grader at Belvoir Elementary School. He loved to read and draw. He attended Holly Hill Free Will Baptist Church regularly and was a part of the Children's Church. 
He is survived by his parents, Mr. Farley and Mrs. Edna Ebron of the home; two brothers, his twin, Kaelen Jeron Ebron of the home, and Demetrius Wooten of Greenville; six sisters, Mrs. Latonya Willoughby of Winston-Salem, Ms. Tamela Nakia Bond of the home, Ms. Tonya Roach, Ms. Tameka Atkinson, Ms. Taketa Atkinson and Ms. Erica Mercer, all of Greenville; his grandparents, Mrs. Janie Stevenson of Greenville, Bishop Roger and Mrs. Christine Hooks of Greenville; four aunts; four uncles; and a host of other relatives and friends. 
Visitation will be at Holly Hill Free Will Baptist Church Sunday night from 7-8. 
Arrangements by Rountree and Associates Funeral Home. 

Christine Carr 
BETHEL Mrs. Christine Stanley Carr, 83, of 108 Martin St. died Wednesday, July 17, 2002. 
Funeral services 2 p.m. today, the New Wynn Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial in Pinelawn Cemetery. Visitation 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at the church. 

Etsuko Bruce 
Etsuko Kinjo Bruce passed away Friday, July 19, 2002, as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident. 
A memorial service will be conducted Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel. 
Etsuko had made her home in Greenville for the past six years, where she made many friends in her service as a cosmetologist. 
She is survived by a daughter, Kotoe B. Oliver of Greenville; a son, Yusaku Kadena of Okinawa, Japan; and four grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Wilkerson Funeral Home. 

Alice L. Hill 
AYDEN Alice L. Forrest Bowen Hill, 82, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, July 23, 2002. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Farmer Funeral Service Chapel in Ayden. Burial will follow in Ayden Cemetery. 
She was a member of Ormondsville Original Free Will Baptist Church and the Ayden Sunshine Club. She was preceded in death by husbands, O'Ray Bowen, who died in 1953, and William E. Hill, who died in 1998. 
She is survived by her children, son, James Ray Bowen and wife, Janice, of Hampton, Va., daughter, Lindia Bowen Owens and husband, Louie Everett, of Ayden; son, Donald H. Bowen and wife, Nadine, of Greenville; six grandchildren, James B. Bowen and Jeffrey T. Bowen of Hampton, Ricky Owens and Melody Blanchard of Greenville, Billy Owens of Wilmington and Kristi B. Joyner of Greenville; great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Nicole, Megan and Brandon Bowen of Hampton, and William Clark Owens of Greenville; brother, Roy T. "Bud" Forrest of Ayden; sister, Louise F. Miller of Goldsboro; and brother-in-law, Ralph Bowen of Ayden. 
Visitation will be held from 7-9 tonight at Farmer Funeral Service in Ayden. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Ned Skinner Sunday School Class at Ormondsville Original Free Will Baptist Church, 3720 Ormondsville Road, Ayden, N.C. 28513. 
Arrangements by Farmer Funeral Service, Ayden. 

Marie Fussell 
Mrs. Marie Baker Fussell, 80, died Monday, July 22, 2002. The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Pinewood Memorial Park. 
Mrs. Fussell, a native of Pitt County, lived most of her adult life in Greenville. She worked at Fieldcrest Mills for 25 years, retiring in 1980. She was a member of Unity Free Will Baptist Church and the Ladies Bible Class. 
Mrs. Fussell was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Fussell. 
Surviving are her daughter, Barbara F. Adams of Snow Hill; granddaughter, Blake M. Evans of Snow Hill; step-grandchildren, Robby Britt, Richie Britt and Tracy Britt Sumrell, all of Snow Hill; sister, Mildred Wainwright Heath of Farmville; and brother, William W. Baker of Winter Garden, Fla. 
The family will receive friends from 7-9 tonight at Wilkerson Funeral Home. 
Memorials may be made to Unity Free Will Baptist Church, 2725 E. 14th St., Greenville, N.C. 27858; Free Union Free Will Baptist Church, Fire Tower Road, Walstonburg, N.C. 27888; or Mt. Olive College Tennis Team, 634 Henderson St., Mount Olive, N.C. 28365. 

James Barnhardt 
WARSAW James W. "Jim" Barnhardt Jr., 59, passed away Monday, July 22, 2002, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington after a short illness. Services will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Community Chapel, Community Funeral Home, 1654 Highway 24/50 East, Warsaw. Burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. Date to be announced. 
Born May 19, 1943, to Mrs. Eleanor Barnhardt and the late Mr. James W. Barnhardt Sr., Mr. Barnhardt had served as Duplin County manager since May 1996. He received a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University before entering the United States Air Force. Mr. Barnhardt retired after a 26 year career as lieutenant colonel. Following his retirement, Mr. Barnhardt received his master's degree from Old Dominion University of Virginia. Prior to coming to Duplin County, he served as town manager of Brookneal, Va. Mr. Barnhardt was a member of the Clinton Church of Christ. 
Other than his mother, Eleanor, Mr. Barnhardt is survived by his wife, JoAnne Weeks Barnhardt, a Goldsboro native, of the Warsaw home; four stepchildren, Doug Conyers of Benson, Jeffery Conyers of Kentucky, Lea Ann Kemp of Georgia and Vickie Conyers of Jacksonville; one brother, Thomas Barnhardt of Ohio; two sisters, Virginia Ann Barnhardt of Ohio and Trudy Kate Whitley of Vermont; and six grandchildren. 
Visitation will be held from 7 until 9 p.m. Thursday at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw. Family and friends will be received, at other times, at the family home, 300 Foxridge Road, Warsaw. 
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Clinton Church of Christ Mission Fund, P.O. Box 193, Clinton, N.C. 28329 or to the Community Resource Council-Duplin County, P.O. Box 780, Kenansville, N.C. 28349, due to his support of Church Missions and the Duplin County Prison Ministry. 
A Community Funeral Home of Warsaw service. 

Thomas Jefferson 
WASHINGTON, N.C. Mr. Thomas Albert Jefferson, 83, a resident of 1267 Deer Tract Drive, died Monday afternoon, July 22, 2002, at Pungo District Hospital. 
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the chapel of Paul Funeral Home in Washington, officiated by Tom Holliday and Dr. James Hagwood Sr. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery. 
Ed Tyer, Will Tyer, Edwin Stancill, Jamie Turner, Brandon Jefferson and Kenny Harrison will serve as active pallbearers. Albert Jefferson, Jeff Taylor, Russell McKeel, Jim Sweeney, Joseph H. Lawrence, Alan Shipman Joe Lawrence, Dwight Kinton, Tommy Jefferson, Jim Turner, Dylan Stancill, Bryce McKeel, Josh McKeel, and Albert Drew Fritzinger will serve as honorary pallbearers. 
Mr. Jefferson was born in Beaufort County on Sept. 27, 1918, son of the late Albert B. Jefferson and Lucy Woolard Jefferson. On April 17, 1937, he married Melva Clark Jefferson, who preceded him in death on Feb. 2, 1997. He served his country as a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and as a seaman, first-class, in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard during World War II. He retired from Beaunit Mills in Hamilton. Mr. Jefferson was a member of Zion Episcopal Church. 
Mr. Jefferson was preceded in death by two sons, Albert B. Jefferson and David C. Jefferson; two daughters, Maybell Jefferson and Helen J. Ward; and one granddaughter, Melva Jo Taylor. 
He is survived by four daughters, Lillie Tyer and her husband, Edward, of Washington, Joy Gurkin of Washington, Nancy Stancill and her husband, William, of Greenville, and Brenda Harrison of Morehead; two sons, Larry Jefferson and his wife, Gail, of Morehead, Brady Jefferson of Newport; one brother, Jesse Jefferson of Norfolk, Va.; one sister, Margaret Ayers of Scotland Neck; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends from 7-9 tonight at Paul Funeral Home of Washington and other times at the home of his daughter, Joy Gurkin, located at 1267 Deer Tract Drive, Washington. 
Paul Funeral Home of Washington is serving the Jefferson family. 

Richard Gladfelter 
JAMESVILLE Richard Lee Gladfelter Jr., 39, of 1136 Mill Neck Road. died Sunday, July 21, 2002. A native of Georgia, he was an electrician and a member of Cedar Branch Baptist Church. 
Funeral services 1 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial in Jamesville Cemetery. Visitation 7-8:30 tonight, Biggs Funeral Home, Williamston. Memorials to Jamesville fire and rescue.


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