Miscellaneous Pitt County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Odell Smith Tripp 
ROCKY MOUNT — Odell Smith Tripp, 86, passed away Friday, July 26, 2002, at Guardian Care of Rocky Mount. She was born Feb. 6, 1916, in Pitt County, daughter of the late Walter L. and Lula Boyd Smith. Odell was a member of Englewood Baptist Church. She was a retired floral designer with Belk Tyler Co. She was a loving wife, mother and friend. She also loved her church and family. 
She leaves to cherish her memories her loving husband of 64 years, Charles Tripp; her son, Jackie G. Tripp and wife, Carol, of Statesboro, Ga.; her sisters, Ida Mae Sutton and Jannie Hudson, both of Greenville, and Anne Barnes of Rocky Mount. 
The family received friends Sunday, July 28, 2002, from 7-9 p.m. at Bowling Funeral Home. Graveside services will be today at 11 a.m. at Pinewood Memorial Cemetery, Greenville, with the Rev. Charles Taylor officiating. 
Arrangements are entrusted to Bowling Funeral Home & Crematory, 661 English Road, Rocky Mount, N.C. 27804. 

Christopher Brunett 
ROANOKE RAPIDS — Christopher Joseph Brunett, 20, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2002. 
He was born March 3, 1982, in Fayetteville, son of Winford Keith Sr. and Barbara Campbell Brunett. Christopher was employed by Texas Steakhouse, where he enjoyed cooking and being with his friends. 
In addition to his parents, he leaves to cherish his memories his paternal grandparents, Lawrence P. Sr. and Barbara I. Brunett of Enfield; paternal great-grandfather, Charles H.W. Brunett; maternal grandmother, Lillie Campbell of Farmville; his brothers, Michael Allen Vick and wife, Mandy, of Greenville, and Winford Keith Brunett Jr. of Tarboro; his sister, Shannon Williams of Greenville; his nephew, Jacob Tyree Cobb; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. 
Graveside services today at 2 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, Tarboro. The family received friends Sunday at Bowling Funeral Home. 
Arrangements are entrusted to Bowling Funeral Home & Crematory, 661 English Road, Rocky Mount, N.C. 27804. 

Mildred M. Owens 
FOUNTAIN — Mrs. Mildred Moore Owens, 80, of 4003 Bell Road, died Saturday, July 27, 2002, at the Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro. 
Funeral services will be conducted today at 11 a.m. from the Church Street Chapel of the Farmville Funeral Home by the Rev. Bruce Jones and the Rev. Edward Thornton. Interment will follow in Queen Anne Cemetery in Fountain. 
Mrs. Owens was a member of King's Cross Roads Free Will Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Edgar Owens of Farmville; one daughter, Bernice Moore Adams of Raleigh; one son, Williams Julius Moore of Fountain; three stepdaughters, Jean Corbett and Janet Johnson, both of Fountain, and Debbie Fussell of Walstonburg; two stepsons, Jerry Owens and Ronald Owens, both of Farmville; one sister, Geraldine Fletcher of Baltimore, Md.; four grandchildren, Williams Michael Gardner, Lori Beth Adams, J.D. Moore and Regina Moore; and four great-grandchildren. 
The family received friends at the Farmville Funeral Home Sunday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. and other times at the home of Janet and Jim Johnson, 328 West Wilson St., Fountain. 

Mary L. Parker 
LAURINBURG — Mrs. Mary Lilly Jackson Parker, 80, died Sunday, July 28, 2002, at Century Care of Laurinburg. 
Mrs. Parker was a former employee of Pitt County Health Department in Greenville. 
Funeral services at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Howard Whitehurst officiating. Burial at 4:30 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, Greenville. 
Memorials may be made to Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church, St. Andrews Presbyterian College or Hospice of Scotland County. 

Martha C. Spruill 
ROPER — Martha Chesson Spruill, 93, of 300 Banks Street, died Friday, July 26, 2002. She was a lifelong member of Hebron United Methodist Church. 
Funeral services 11 a.m. Tuesday in Hebron United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Roper Beautification Fund, Town of Roper, Roper N.C. 27970 or to the Hebron United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 86, Roper, N.C. 27970. Arrangements by Horner-Walker Funeral Home. 

Mary "Louise" Buck 
CHOCOWINITY — Mary "Louise" Godley Buck, 85, of 1722 N.C. Highway 33, died Saturday, July 27, 2002. 
Funeral services 2 p.m. Tuesday in Paul Funeral Home, Washington. Visitation 7-8:30 p.m. today in Paul Funeral Home. 

David E. May 
SNOW HILL — Mr. David Earl May, 48, of 203 Crestwood Drive, died Sunday, July 28, 2002. 
Mr. May was a former member of the North Carolina National Guard. Funeral services 2 p.m Tuesday in the Church Street Chapel of Farmville Funeral Home. Internment in Walstonburg Cemetery. Visitation 7-9 p.m. today, Farmville Funeral Home. 

Ella Louise Davis 
Mrs. Ella Louise Davis, 70, 107 Trent Circle, died Friday, July 26, 2002. Funeral services 1 p.m. Tuesday in St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. 
Visitation 3-6 p.m. today, Flanagan Funeral Home chapel, and 7-8 p.m. today at the church. 

Delma Worthington Mills 
Delma "Del" Worthington Mills, 70, died Saturday, July 27, 2002, after valiantly battling emphysema for many years and then succumbing to cancer during the last month of her life. 
Del was born in Littlefield, N.C., on Oct. 18, 1931. She graduated from Ayden High School and married her husband, Arthur Mills of Grimesland, N.C., in 1949. Del and her husband raised their two daughters in Raleigh. She worked for the state Treasurer's Office and retired from state government with more than 35 years of service. 
Del is preceded in death by her husband Arthur Lee Mills who died 24 years ago. She is survived by two daughters, Janet Mills Reagan and spouse O. Walker Reagan of Cary and Cynthia Mills Ross and spouse Michael Edwin Ross of Charlotte. In addition, she is survived by five grandchildren. 
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at White Plains United Methodist Church, 313 S.E. Maynard Road in Cary. After the service, the family will receive friends during a reception in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be sent to Hospice of Wake County, 1300 St. Mary's Street, Raleigh, N.C., 27605. 
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home of Cary, 300 S.E. Maynard Road, (919) 467-8108. 

Ella L. Davis 
Mrs. Ella Louise Davis, 70, 107 Trent Circle, went safely in the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, July 26, 2002, at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville. 
Homegoing services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church, 1295 Mumford Road, Greenville. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery with the Rev. Daniel House officiating. 
She was born July 7, 1932, in Pitt County, daughter of the late Major and Louvenia Perkins Langley. Ella was a faithful member of St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church. She was a loving and caring mother to her children and everyone else's. She also loved her church family. 
She leaves to cherish her memories her two sons, Orlando David Jr. and wife Betty of Greenville, Bishop Michael Davis and wife Carlene of Charlotte; two grandchildren, Micha and Phillip Davis Charlotte; two step-grandchildren, Robin Bell and Tina Pollard of Greenville; three brothers, the Rev. Willie Langley and wife Nellie and Louis Langley and wife Gail, all of Greenville, and Major "Red" Langley and wife, Fannie of Newark, N.J.; three sisters, Janie Whichard and husband, the late Al Whichard, and Rosa Lee Davis and husband Oscar, all of Greenville, and Elizabeth Purvis and husband Glenn of Stokes; one adopted sister, Marie Adams of Jersey City, N.J.; one aunt, Janie Parker of Simpson; a very loving friend, Rome Cobb of Washington; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 
Arrangements are entrusted to Flanagan Funeral Home Inc., Greenville. 

Carey F. House 
Mr. Carey Frederick House, 60, died Saturday, July 27, 2002. 
A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Greenwood Cemetery. 
Mr. House, a native of Hampton, Va., had made his home in Greenville for the past 30 years. He was a graduate of East Carolina University, and provided dedicated service to the state of North Carolina until his retirement. 
Surviving are his sons, Marcus James House and wife Lisa of Greenville and Scott Frederick House of Thomasville; father, Dallas Frederick House of Greenville; sisters, Jackie Marie Hall and Carolyn Jane Colie of Greenville; and two grandchildren, Brandon James and Jennifer Carol House. 
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at Wilkerson Funeral Home and at other times will be at the home of Marcus and Lisa House, 1527 Blacksmith Lane, Greenville. 

James T. Smith 
Rev. James Travis Smith, 76, died Monday, July 29, 2002, in Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Bruce Jones. Burial will follow in Pinewood Memorial Park. 
The Rev. Smith, a native and lifelong resident of the Black Jack community of Pitt County, served in the United States Army during World War II. He was employed with the U.S. Government for 35 years, 24 as purchasing agent for Voice of America. 
He served as pastor of Life Gate Baptist Church from 1967 to the present, and was founder of Life Gate Christian School. He served as chairman of the Independent Baptist Fellowship for a number of years. He was devoted to God, his family, his country and his community. 
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Louise Buck Smith; daughter, Judy S. Jones and husband, the Rev. Bruce Jones of Ayden; sons, S. Randy Smith and wife Shirley of Greenville and Roland E. "Boo" Smith and wife Donna of Leesburg, Va.; brother, Phillip A. Smith of Clayroot; sister, Norma C. Cox of Calico; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Wilkerson Funeral Home. 
Memorials may be made to Life Gate Baptist Church, 7614 N.C. 43 South, Greenville, NC 27858. 

William R. Holland Jr. 
William Robin Holland Jr., 79, died Sunday, July 28, 2002, at Beverly Healthcare Center. 
The funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. 
Mr. Holland, a native of Pitt County, lived the latter part of his life in Ayden. He had attended East Carolina University, and retired from Collins & Aikman manufacturing in 1986. He was a member of Foursquare Gospel Church. 
Surviving are his sons, Bill Holland of Franklin, Tenn., and Tim Holland of Fletcher; daughter, Sharon Holland of Ayden; grandchildren, Jared, Drew, Taryn, Courtney and Erin; brothers, Edward “Peanut” Holland of Emerald Isle, and Dempsey Holland of Belvoir. 
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Wilkerson Funeral Home. 

Joe Garris Jr. 
Mr. Joe Garris Jr., 81, died Monday, July 29, 2002, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. 
A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Pinewood Memorial Park in Greenville. 
Mr. Garris served in the U.S. Army during World War II and had retired from Brody's. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Minnie Garris; three brothers, Ashley Garris, Carl Garris, and Woodrow Garris; and one sister, Nellie Garris Taylor. 
He is survived by several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews. 
Visitation tonight from 7 to 9 at Farmer Funeral Service, 190 Plaza Drive, Greenville. 
Arrangements by Farmer Funeral Service, Greenville. 

Christy D. Barber 
WILLIAMSTON — Christy Dawn Barber, 18, of 1844 Wendell Modlin Road died Sunday, July 28, 2002. A native of Washington County, she was a graduate of Jamesville High School, were she played basketball and softball. 
Funeral services 1 p.m. Wednesday, Walker Funeral Chapel. Burial in Barber Family Cemetery, Jamesville. Visitation 7-9 tonight, at the funeral home. 

Jacqueline Berbert 
Mrs. Jacqueline Benson Berbert, 73, died Monday, July 29, 2002. 
Memorial services 11 a.m. Thursday, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Wilkerson Funeral Home. Memorials to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Building Fund, 1801 S. Elm St., Greenville, N.C., 27858. 

John R. Cliser 
WILLIAMSTON — John Russell Cliser, 77, of 1015 Watercress Road, died Sunday, July 28, 2002. A native of Virginia, he was a retired plumber. 
Funeral services will be held at a later date in Silver Springs, Md. Arrangements by Walker Funeral Home, Williamston.

Jacqueline Berbert 
Mrs. Jacqueline Benson Berbert, 73, died Monday, July 29, 2002, at home. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. 
Mrs. Berbert, a native of New York, received her nursing degree and training from Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. She had been a resident of Greenville since 1970, and worked for 20 years at Pitt County Health Department prior to her retirement. 
A member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, she was actively involved for more than 30 years in church leadership and stewardship activities. She taught Sunday School for many years and served as President of Church Council. Other community involvement and activities included: Yoke Fellows Prison Ministry; Guardian Ad Litem; Joy Soup Kitchen; Road to Recovery; Habitat for Humanity; Caregivers; and Meals on Wheels. 
Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Roy Berbert of the home; sons, David Paul Berbert of Winterville and Mark Adam Berbert of Apex; daughter, Ruth Berbert Woods of Apex; and granddaughter, Emily Ruth Berbert of Winterville. 
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Wilkerson Funeral Home. 
Memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Building Fund, 1801 S. Elm Street, Greenville, N.C. 27858. 

Nannie L. Cooper 
FARMVILLE — Mrs. Nannie Lee Cooper, 84, of 104 Nicks Nook St., died Sunday, July 28, 2002, at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Mitchell's Funeral Chapel in Greenville, with Elder Johnny Powell officiating. Burial will follow in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens in Farmville. 
Mrs. Cooper was a native of Pitt County where she attended the county schools. She was a member of Holy Temple Church in Fountain, where she served as a Mother of the Church. 
She is survived by three daughters, Vernice Rea Moore of Hampton, Va., and Mary W. Bynum and Annie W. Gay, both of Farmville; one adopted daughter, Carolyn B. Thompson of District Heights, Mass.; two sons, John L. Williams of Hampton and Johnny F. King of Farmville; three sisters, Willie Mae Atkinson and Pleasant Mae Williams of Farmville, and Ethel Lee Williams of Greenville; three brothers, Spencer Williams, Izel Williams and Bennie Williams, all of Farmville; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. 
The family will meet friends tonight from 7 to 8 at Mitchell's Funeral Home in Greenville and other times at 104 Nicks Nook St. in Farmville. 
Arrangements by Mitchell's Funeral Home, Greenville. 

William Holland Jr. 
William Robin Holland Jr., 79, died Sunday, July 28, 2002, at Beverly Healthcare Center. The funeral service will be conducted today at 2 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. 
Mr. Holland, a native of Pitt County, lived the latter part of his life in Ayden. He had attended East Carolina University and retired from Collins & Aikman manufacturing in 1986. He was a member of Foursquare Gospel Church. 
Surviving are his wife, Florence Tucker Holland; sons, Bill Holland of Franklin, Tenn., and Tim Holland of Fletcher; daughter, Sharon Holland of Ayden; grandchildren, Jared, Drew, Taryn, Courtney and Erin; brothers, Edward “Peanut” Holland of Emerald Isle and Dempsey Holland of Belvoir. 
The family received friends Tuesday night from 7-9 at Wilkerson Funeral Home. 

Mary Ross 
Mary Nanney Ross, 63, died Monday, July 29, 2002. The graveside service will be conducted Thursday at 10 a.m. at Pinewood Memorial Park. 
Mrs. Ross was a native of the Beaver Dam Township and was a lifelong resident of Pitt County. 
She was preceded in death by two sons, William Amos Nanney and Zachary Padgett. 
She is survived by her husband, Harold Z. Ross; son, Mack Zebert Ross of Greenville; two daughters, Lois Stroud of Wilson and Ann Johnson of Fountain; goddaughter, Bernice Bunting of Greenville; eight grandchildren, Ashley Stroud of Wilson, Andy Ross, Chris Ross, Geneva Nanney, Zachary Bunting, Teresa Edwards, Kristina Johnson and Scott Johnson, all of Greenville; two brothers, Joe Nanney of Hickory, Va. and LaVerne Nanney of Raleigh; and sister, Faye Peaden of Wilson. 
The family will receive friends tonight from 7–9 at Wilkerson Funeral Home. 

Lillie Johnson 
WINDSOR — Lillie White Johnson, 81, of 119 Johnson Lane, died Monday, July 29, 2002. A native of Virginia, she was a member of Askewville Baptist Church. 
Funeral services 3 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial in Edgewood Cemetery. Visitation 7-8:30 tonight, Walker Funeral Home. 

Sally J. Bridges 
AYDEN — Sally Jean Bridges, of 4022 Verna Ave., died Monday, July 29, 2002. 
Funeral services 2 p.m. today, Winterville Free Will Baptist Church. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday. Arrangements by Pink Hill Funeral Home.


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