Miscellaneous Wilson County, North Carolina Obituaries

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July 18, 2001

Leta P. Deans
Leta Perry Deans died Monday. A graveside service was conducted by the Rev.
William M. Presnell at 11 a.m. today in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are three daughters, Ann Dean Draughn and Mary Lee Deans Jones, both
of Raleigh and Jane Deans Ferguson of Charlotte; two sons, Robert E. Deans Jr.
of Farmville and William Perry “Bill” Deans of Raleigh; and one brother, retired
Army Col. Bruce Perry of Charleston, S.C.
Arrangements were handled by Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St.

Dorothy F. Bass
Dorothy Forbes Bass, 65, of Portsmouth, Va. ,died Monday. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Homer Peterson at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sturtevant Funeral
Home, Portsmouth, Va. Burial will be Friday at 1 p.m. in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter, Belinda H. Lewis of Suffolk, Va.; three sons, Danny
Ray Hales of Burnsville, James E. Bass and Bucky W. Bass, both of Wilson; a
sister, Marie Lucas of Wilson; a brother, James Earl Forbes of Wilson; seven
grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Local arrangements are being handled by Joyner's Funeral Home, 4100 U.S.
264 West.

William N. Liles
Nov. 10, 1954 July 17, 2001
William Needham Liles, 46, died Tuesday. The funeral will be conducted by the
Rev. Benny Wayne Poythress at 2 p.m. Friday at Joyner's Funeral Home, 4100
U.S. 264 West. Burial will follow in Bunn Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara Grice Liles; a daughter, Lisa Marie Liles of
Wake Forest; two sons, William N. “Neil” Liles Jr. and Joshua Dale Liles, both
of Wilson; and a brother, Joe Liles of Sanford.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and
at other times at 3004 U.S. 301 South.

July 19, 2001

Oscar Wooten Jr.
May 12, 1920 July 15, 2001
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Oscar “Buddy” Wooten Jr., 81, a native of Pitt County, N.C.,
died Sunday. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fisher Funeral
Home.
Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mary Artis Frederick of Wilson, N.C.;
five sons; 20 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-
grandchildren.

Esther J. Lassiter
April 26, 1926 July 17, 2001
Esther “Tom” Jones Lassiter, 75, of 1007 Tarboro St. died Tuesday at Wilson
Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Roosevelt Alston at
noon Friday at Brown Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 1705 Hadley St. Burial
will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are three sisters, Margaret Jones Cole of Atlanta, Ga., Allencia
Jones and Elsie Jones Barnes, both of Wilson; and four brothers, Howard C. Jones
and Frank D. Jones, both of Wilson, Marvin C. Jones of Suitland, Md. and
Napoleon Jones of Washington, D.C.
The body may be viewed at Edwards Funeral Home, 805 E. Nash St. today from 2-8
p.m. The family will receive friends at 514 S. Deans St. and will assemble there
one hour before the funeral.

Edward J. Montague
Edward Junior “E.J.” Montague, 74, of Lot 60 Carver Trailer Park died at his
residence. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Eddie B. Coley at 2 p.m.
Saturday at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St. Burial will follow in
Hamilton Burial Garden.
Montague was employed with White’s Tire Service.
Surviving are his wife, Hattie Hilliard Montague of Wilson; one son; seven
stepdaughters; four stepsons; and three brothers.
The family will assemble at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., at
1:45 p.m. in preparation for the funeral procession.

Agnes B. Davis
KENLY — Agnes Bishop Davis, 83, of 54 Peacock Lane died Wednesday. A graveside
service will be conducted by the Rev. Timothy Stevens at 11 a.m. Friday in Kenly
Cemetery.
Surviving are one son, Jimmy Bishop of Clayton; one stepson, Clarence Davis
Jr. of Florida; two sisters, Billie Jean Wall of Micro and Carolyn Torres of
Smithfield; one brother, Keith Killette of Kenly; two grandchildren; three
stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Coley Funeral Home from 7-9 tonight.

July 20, 2001

Bessie D. Williams
Bessie Dupree Williams, 89, a resident of Avante at Wilson died Sunday. The
funeral will be conducted by Elder Ernest Ray Melton at 1 p.m. Sunday in the
chapel at King & Darden Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter, Bessie L. Barnes of the home; one granddaughter; and
three great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home Saturday from 3-8:30 p.m. The
family will receive friends at the home of her daughter, 2000 S. Tuskeegee St.
Lot No. 2 Carver Trailer Park, and will assemble there one hour before the
funeral.

Beulah C. Dotson
March 6, 1921 July 16, 2001
Beulah M. Creech Dotson, 80, of Washington, D.C. died Monday at the Carroll
Manor Nursing Home. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. David Creech at 1
p.m. Saturday at Mary Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 6258 Wiggins Mill Road,
Lucama. Burial will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden, Wilson.
She was a self-employed cosmetologist.
Surviving are three daughters, Betty J. Mitchell of Greenville, Selmarie
Wilder-Barnes of Norfolk, Va., and Mayola Singleton of Largo, Md.; three
sisters, Lillie Wilder and Addie Watkins, both of Washington, D.C., and Geneva
Brown of Raleigh; one brother, the Rev. David Creech of Washington, D.C.; four
grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., today
from 3-9 p.m. with the family receiving friends there from 7-8 p.m. and at other
times at the residence where they will assemble one hour before the funeral.

Knowless H. Dupree
April 20, 1926 July 18, 2001
Knowless “Sis” Hair Dupree, 75, of 647 Suggs St. died Wednesday at Wilson
Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Dameion Royal at 3 p.m.
Sunday at St. Rose Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), 605 Douglas St.
Burial will follow in St. Delight Cemetery, Walstonburg.
Surviving are her husband, Frank Dupree; seven daughters, Joyce Brinson,
Brenda Farmer, Veronica Karon and Helen Barnes, all of Wilson, Angela Dupree of
Pikeville, Barbara Reid and Knowless Faye Dupree, both of Goldsboro; four sons,
Frank Dupree Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va., Wiley Dupree of Spring Valley, N.Y.,
Norvis Dupree and Larry Dupree, both of Wilson; one brother, Curtis Reid of
Buffalo, N.Y.; 30 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.,
Saturday from 3-9 p.m. The family will receive friends at the residence and will
assemble there one hour before the funeral.

Estelle N. Williams
ELM CITY — Estelle Norris Williams, 95, died Wednesday at Friendly Elm Nursing
Home. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Alfred Askew at 11 a.m.
Saturday in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Surviving are her daughter, Marjorie W. Fulghum of Sims; four grandchildren;
and one great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends following the graveside service.
Arrangements are being handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St., Wilson.

Ruby L. Worrell
May 18, 1922 July 18, 2001
BAILEY — Ruby Lamm Worrell, 79, of 4006 Needham Road died Wednesday at Wilson
Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Tim Riggs at 11 a.m.
Saturday at White Oak Hill Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will follow in
Bailey City Cemetery.
Surviving are three daughters, Linda Price of Sims, Deborah Keeny and Beverly
Sherrick, both of Bailey; three sons, Jimmie Worrell and Bobby Worrell, both of
Bailey and Johnnie Worrell Jr. of Sims; three sisters, Laura Bissette and
Geraldine Lamm, both of Bailey and Gladys Massey of Wilson; 13 grandchildren;
and nine great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St.
from 7-9 tonight and at other times at the home of Beverly Sherrick, 3996
Needham Road.

Johnnie B. Robbins
Dec. 26, 1911 July 18, 2001
Johnnie Bridgers Robbins, 89, of 5138 N.C. 42 East died Wednesday at
Litchfield Falls Health Care, Raleigh. A graveside service will be conducted by
the Rev. Donnie Price Jr. at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Bridgers Family Cemetery,
N.C. 42 East.
She is survived by one son, Floyd B. Robbins of Raleigh; and two grandsons.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 tonight at the home of Floyd Robbins,
3913 Quail Hollow Drive, Raleigh, and prior to and following the service at the
residence.
Arrangements are being handled by Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St.

July 23, 2001

Jeffrey B. Hawley
April 30, 1971 July 22, 2001
Jeffrey Brewer Hawley, 30, died Sunday. A memorial service will be conducted
by the Rev. Ray Barnhill at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Forest Hills Baptist Church.
Hawley was vice president of A+ Carl Rentals and Sales.
Surviving are his wife, Linda F. Hawley; a daughter, Elizabeth June Hawley of
the home; his father, James William Hawley of Wilson; a brother, Jamie Hawley of
Wilson; stepmother, Llewellyn J. Hawley of Wilson; and two stepbrothers, Tony
Joyner of Winston-Salem and Alan Joyner of Fountain.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and at other times at 3206 Fieldstream Drive.

Lantice Hill Jr.
LA GRANGE— Lantice Hill Jr., 68, died Saturday at Lenoir Memorial Hospital.
The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Brad Williamson at 3 p.m. Tuesday at
Rouse Funeral Home.
Surviving are his wife; one stepson; six sisters, including Mary Hill Holt of
Wilson and Brownie Hill Dawson of Stantonsburg; three brothers, including James
Ervin Hill of Stantonsburg; three stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-8:30 tonight and at
other times at the home.

Irma B. Hawley
KENLY — Irma Boykin Hawley, 86, died Friday. The funeral will be conducted by
the Rev. Lewis Godwin at 2 p.m. today at Mount Zion Free Will Baptist Church.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Surviving are three daughters, Peggy H. Evans of Wilson, Frances H. Moore of
Kenly and Jean H. Macino of California; two sons, Bill Hawley and Charles
Hawley, both of Kenly; two sisters, Pauline Ezzell of Wendell and Berma Lloyd of
Fayetteville; a brother, Willard Boykin of Virginia; five grandchildren; and
four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Coley Funeral Home.

Raymond Parrish
Raymond “Lack” Parrish, 81, of 7102 Little Rock Church Road, Lucama died
Saturday at his home. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Wayne Whitley,
the Rev. Jeff Whitley and the Rev. David Kimbrell at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the
chapel at Coley Funeral Home, Kenly. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial
Gardens, Wilson.
Surviving are his wife, Cindy Barnes Parrish; a son, Vernon Parrish of Lucama;
two sisters, Rena Davis and Ethel Barnes, both of Lucama; one brother, Brantley
Parrish, of South Carolina; and two grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Brenda A. Capps
MICRO — Brenda Ann Pay Capps, 50, died Friday. A graveside service was
conducted by the Rev. Ruby Owens at 11 a.m. today in Hills of the Neuse Memory
Gardens.
Surviving are her husband, James S. Capps; a son, James Robert Capps of Micro;
her mother, Hazel Nowell Pay of Micro; four sisters, Linda P. Stephenson of
Willow Springs, Cindy P. Wright of Sandston, Va., Glenda P. Mury of Selma and
Robin P. Hux of Gaston; one brother, Robert L. “Bubba” Pay Jr. of Micro; and
one granddaughter.
Arrangements were handled by Parrish Funeral Home, Selma.

Ruby B. Chocklett
Ruby Barnes Chocklett, 88, of Nashville, formerly of Wilson County, died
Friday at Nash Grove Manor. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev.
Tom Lilly at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are her sons, Don Chocklett of Rocky Mount and James Lee Chocklett
of Mauldin, S.C.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St., from 7-8:30 tonight.

Martha L. Moye
Oct. 13, 1930 July 23, 2001
Martha “Helen” Lucas Moye, 70, died today. A graveside service will be
conducted by the Rev. Billy Webb at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter, Tonda Bradley of Rocky Mount; a brother, James Ray
Lucas of Rocky Mount; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.

July 24, 2001

Leon V. Ferrell
Aug. 6, 1931 July 22, 2001
CHARLOTTE — Leon Vance Ferrell, 69, a native of Wilson County, died Sunday.
The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Gary Hudson at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the
Wilson Chapel of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service. Burial will follow in
Sunset Memory Gardens.
Surviving are his wife, Peggy B. Ferrell; a daughter, Vickie Lynn Ferrell of
Charlotte; a son, Leon “Lee” Vance Ferrell Jr. of Charlotte; four sisters,
Margie Jones, Betty Taylor, Pauline Pope and Josephine Bryant, all of Lucama;
and two brothers, Vann Ferrell of Lucama and Vernon Ferrell of West Greenwich,
R.I.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Dorothy P. Stephens
Dorothy Pennie Stephens, 73, died Monday at the home of her daughter. A
memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Bill Presnell at 7 p.m. Wednesday
at First United Methodist Church, corner of Tarboro and Green streets.
She was owner and secretary/treasurer of Stephens Hardware Company, Inc. from
1960-1996.
Surviving are a daughter, Pennie Maria Stephens of Greenville; a sister,
Charline Pennie Best of St. Louis, Mo.; and a brother, Richard Walter Pennie of
St. Louis, Mo.
The family will receive friends at the church following the memorial service.
Arrangements are being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.

Carlyne H. Grady
Sept. 20, 1908 July 23, 2001
Carlyne Hill Gates Grady, 92, died Monday. A graveside service will be
conducted by the Rev. Earl Glenn at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Black Creek Cemetery.
Surviving are three daughters, Jean Batten of Fremont, Joyce “Sue” Bartlett of
Lucama and Brenda Hobgood of Black Creek; three sons, Robert E. Gates of Alvin,
Texas, Jimmy Gates of Black Creek and Roy P. Grady of Wilson; 25 grandchildren;
42 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
from 7-9 tonight and at other times at 402 Church St., Black Creek.

Beverly E. Brown
March 4, 1963 July 23, 2001
Beverly Edwards Brown, 38, died Monday. A graveside service will be conducted
by the Rev. Charles Petit at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Bailey Cemetery.
Surviving are her husband, Richard Andy Brown; a daughter, Nicole Paige Brown
of the home; and her father, Donnie Edwards of Wilson.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
from 7-9 tonight and at other times at 10896 Christian Road.

July 25, 2001

M. Pauline T. Etheridge
Aug. 1, 1912 July 21, 2001
Maude Pauline Taylor Etheridge, 88, of Tasman Towers died Saturday. The
funeral will be conducted by the Rev. William M. Presnell at 11 a.m. Thursday in
the chapel of Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St. Burial will follow in
Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Wilson.
Surviving are three daughters, Esther Edmondson of Tarboro, Joyce RealŽ of
West Islip, Long Island, N.Y., and Judy Dixon of Bethel; two sons, John Thomas
“Tom” Etheridge of Wilson and William Hunter Etheridge of St. Angelo, Texas; 12
grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-8:30 tonight and at
other times at 2506 Buckingham Road.

Juanita B. Artis
March 8, 1946 July 23, 2001
Juanita Barnes Artis, 55, of 205 Garner St. died Monday at her residence. The
funeral will be conducted by Elder Dameion Royal at 1 p.m. Friday at L.N. Forbes
Original Free Will Baptist Tabernacle, 1800 Lane St. Extension. Burial will
follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
She was an employee with the Wilson County school system and was a member of
St. Rose Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ).
Surviving are two daughters, Natalie A. Ward of Elm City and Pamela A. Parker
of Greenville; her mother, Ometa S. Barnes of Wilson; three sisters, Joyce B.
Miles and Ermadine “Jean” Spells, both of Wilson, and Alice B. Artis of Fort
Washington, Md.; one brother, Leroy Barnes of Wilson; and one grandchild.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.,
Thursday from 3-5 p.m. The family will receive friends at St. Rose Church of
Christ (Disciples of Christ) from 7-8 p.m. and at other times at the residence
where they will assemble one hour before the funeral.

Gladys D. Evans
Sept. 26, 1913 July 25, 2001
Gladys Deans Evans, 87, of Columbia, S.C., died today. The funeral will be
held at 3:30 p.m. at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial will
follow in Buckhorn Cemetery.
Surviving are two sons, Jimmy Deans Evans of Kinston and Woodrow Wilson Evans
Jr. of Lexington, S.C.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 7-9 p.m.

Matthew S. Bacon
Matthew Scott Bacon, infant, died Tuesday at Pitt County Memorial Hospital,
Greenville. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.
Surviving are his parents, Scott and Jennifer Bacon of Bailey; maternal
grandparents, Curtis and Ruby Glover of Wilson; paternal grandfather, Garry
Bacon of Winterville; paternal grandmother, Pam Singleton of Simpson, maternal
great-grandmother, Lucille Poythress of Wilson; and paternal great-grandmother,
Betty Bacon of Winterville.
Arrangements are being handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St.

July 26, 2001

Odessa L. Beamon
July 27, 1917 July 25, 2001
Odessa Labana Lewis Beamon, 83, died Monday. A graveside service will be
conducted by the Rev. David Wood at 11 a.m. Friday in Walstonburg Cemetery.
Surviving are three daughters, Betty Beamon Lucas of Wilson, Linda Faye Malin
of Knightdale and Brenda Carol Beamon Williams of Sims; three sons, Bobby Ray
Lewis of Florida, Richard L. Beamon of Goldsboro and William Eugene Beamon of
Cary; 22 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
from 7-9 tonight and at other times at 5007 Archers Road.

Woodrow D. Mooring
June 19, 1930 July 24, 2001
Woodrow Daniel Mooring, 71, died Tuesday. A graveside service will be
conducted by the Rev. Paul Dunham at 11 a.m. Friday in Evergreen Memorial
Gardens.
Surviving are his wife, Ruth Wiggs Mooring; a daughter, Lisa Jenell Mooring of
Wilson; three sons, Benjamin Daniel “Danny” Mooring and Rickie Daniel Mooring,
both of Wilson, and Bobby J. Mooring of Newport News, Va.; a brother, Rudolph
“Dot” Mooring of Black Creek; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
from 7-9 tonight and at other times at 2019 U.S. 301 South.

James H. Nixon Jr.
April 9, 1919 July 25, 2001
James Henry Nixon Jr., 82, died Wednesday. The funeral will be conducted by
the Rev. Keith Dey at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ascension Lutheran Church. Burial will
follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Martha Shealey Nixon; a son, Ronnie L. Nixon of Elgin,
Ill.; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. and at other times at 403 Denby St.

Betty L. Barnes
Dec. 6, 1919 July 25, 2001
Betty Christine Lamm Barnes, 81, died Wednesday. A graveside service will be
held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are three sons, Billy Barnes of Bailey, Phil Barnes of Wilson and
Tommy Barnes of Elm City; three sisters, Anna Bell Mercer and Agnes Maxton, both
of Wilson, and Retha Thorne of Fremont; 12 grandchildren; eight great-
grandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
Friday from 7-9 p.m. and at other times at 601 Anson St.

Avis S. Wainright
July 9, 1911 July 25, 2001
STANTONSBURG — Avis Smith Wainright, 90, died Wednesday. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Max Patterson at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church.
Burial will follow in Stantonsburg Cemetery.
Surviving are a son, Ralph Wainwright of Stantonsburg; a sister, Margaret Page
of Stantonsburg; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
Friday from 7-9 p.m. and at other times at 102 E. Thompson St.

Robert B. May
Robert Bruce May, 51, of 6905A U.S. 117 North, Fremont, died Saturday at
Veterans Hospital, Durham. A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Ben
Martin at 4 p.m. today at Grace Baptist Church.
Surviving are five sisters, Betty Jean Keel and Andrea Saulter of Walstonburg,
Doris Garris and Nannie Young of Farmville and Mary Elizabeth Taylor of Norfolk,
Va.; and two brothers, Benny Lee May and Dennis Ray May, both of Wilson.
Arrangements are being handled by Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St.

July 27, 2001

Lenora L. Foster
Oct. 6, 1919 July 25, 2001
Lenora “Bunk” Lucas Foster, 81, of Avante at Wilson, died Wednesday at Wilson
Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted Saturday at 2:30 p.m. by Elder
William E. Bowser at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St. Burial will
follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Her survivors include, one brother, Willie Lucas of Hyattsville, Md.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home today from 3-9 p.m. with the family
receiving friends there from 7-8 p.m. and at other times at 618 Poe St. where
they will assemble one hour before the funeral.

Horace E. Poythress
Aug. 31, 1931 July 21, 2001
CHICO, Calif. — Horace Elmo Poythress, 69, a native of Wilson, N.C., died July
21 at a San Francisco bay area hospital. The funeral was held July 26 at Newton-
Bracewell Chico Funeral Home.
Surviving are his wife, Betty Poythress; a daughter, Janice Poythress of
Chico; two sons, Benny Poythress of Chico and Lee Poythress of Elk Grove; a
sister, Laura Lee Goff of Medford, Ore.; a brother, Benny Poythress of Wilson,
N.C.; and three grandchildren.

Mary O. Rouse
LA GRANGE — Mary Louise Owens Rouse, 69, a native of Wilson, died Thursday.
The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Lavelle Waters at 11 a.m. Saturday at
Rouse Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
Surviving are two daughters, Cindy Rouse of the home and Betty Carolyn Rouse
of Durham; a son, Herbert E. “Fuzzy” Rouse Jr. of Kinston; and four
grandchildren,
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at the home.

Archie E. Alston
Archie Eason Alston, 90, of 7943 N.C. 222 East, Saratoga, died Wednesday at
Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. J.B.
Baker at 2 p.m. Sunday at King & Darden Funeral Home chapel. Burial will follow
in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Eva Mae Alston; six daughters, Margie R. Williams of
Stantonsburg, Joyce F. Maye and Susan Lindsey, both of Saratoga, Barbara Alston
Eatmon, Janice Leveston and Ruth Ellis, all of Wilson; five sons, John Gear of
Washington D.C., James A. and J.C. Alston, both of Saratoga, Donnie Alston of
Wilson and Ronald E. Alston of Greensboro; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-
grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home Saturday from 3-8 p.m. The family
will receive friends at the residence at all times and will assemble there one
hour before the funeral.

Patricia A. Walston
Feb. 16, 1928 July 26, 2001
Patricia Avery Walston, 73, died Thursday. A graveside service will be
conducted by the Rev. Robert Garrett at 3 p.m. Saturday in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are one son, Tony Walston of Wilson; five sisters, Shirley Shively
of Madison, Wis., Sara Marie Watson, Mary Avery and Margaret Avery, all of
Michigan, and Ann Miley of Ohio; four brothers, Bob Avery, Bill Avery, John
Avery and Jackson Avery, all of Michigan; four grandchildren; and two great-
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
from 7-9 tonight and at other times at 1009 Macon St.

Milton W. Page Sr.
July 22, 1949 July 26, 2001
BAILEY — Milton Wayne Page Sr., 52, of 5310 Sanders Lane died Thursday at his
residence. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Donnie Baker at 2
p.m. Saturday in Bailey City Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Bonnie Perry Page; two daughters, Ashley Nicole Page
of the home and Rhonda Kay Baines of Bailey; two sons, Milton Wayne Page Jr. of
the home and Michael Wayne Page of Bailey; his mother, Beulah Page of Bailey;
two sisters, Carolyn P. Keen of Wilson and Barbara P. Perry of Bailey; two
brothers, William Page of Charlotte and Bobby Page of Wilmington; and six
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St.
from 7-9 tonight and at other times at his home and also at the home of his
mother, Beulah Page, Bloomery Road, Bailey.

Charlie H. Tyer
FOUNTAIN — Charlie Hoffman Tyer, 86, of 1210 Seven Pine Road died Wednesday at
Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville. The funeral will be conducted by the
Rev. Mark Mueller at 2 p.m. Saturday at Falkland Presbyterian Church. Burial
will follow in the church cemetery.
Tyer was a member of Falkland Presbyterian Church. He was a veteran of World
War II serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Italy. He taught in Pitt and
Edgecombe counties.
Surviving are his wife, Olive Mayo Tyer; three sons, Harvey Ruel Tyer of
Falkland, Charlie Brown Tyer of Columbia, S.C., and Carl L. Tyer of Apex; a
sister, Edna Tyer Ducote of Morningside, Md.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Farmville Funeral Home from 7:30-9 tonight.

July 28, 2001

Milton W. Page Sr.
Milton W. Page Sr., who died Thursday, is survived by his wife, Bonnie Pulley
Page.
Her name was incorrect in Friday’s edition.
Shingleton Funeral Home regrets the error.

Lenora L. Foster
Lenora L. Foster will be buried today in Hamilton Burial Garden.
In Friday’s edition, the burial site was incorrect.
Hamilton Funeral Home regrets the error.

Beaulah M. Joyner-Cotton
Sept. 25, 1917 July 25, 2001
Beaulah May Joyner-Cotton, 84, of Laurel, Md., formerly of Wilson, died
Wednesday at her residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, with the
Rev. M.W. Johnston officiating. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Cotton was a member of the St. Rose Church of Christ (disciples of Christ),
where she was a member of the choir and retired from Tobacco Processor1s.
Survivors include two daughters, Liddie Annette Cotton of Inwood, Long Island,
N.Y. and Nellie Yvonne Grogan of Laurel, Md.; a brother, Henry D. High of
Bailey; a stepbrother, Lumas Eatman of Baltimore, Md.; several grandchildren and
great grandchildren.
The body may be viewed today from 3-9 p.m. at the funeral home. The family
will receive friends there from 7-8 p.m. The family will assemble at the funeral
home at 1:30 p.m.

Lillian B. Hooker
July 20, 1952 July 25, 2001
Lillian Bryant Hooker, 49, of the Brian Center, formerly of Lucama, died
Wednesday.
Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Perry1s Temple Original Free Will
Baptist Church. The Rev. J.N. Perry will officiate. Burial will follow in
Hamilton Burial Garden.
Hooker was employed at Wrangler in Wilson.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph Ray Hooker Sr. of the home; two
daughters, Joanna Denise Hooker of the home and Sylvia Vanessa Bryant Taylor of
Goldsboro; a stepdaughter, Michelle Hooker Harvey of Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; a
stepson, Joseph Ray Hooker Jr. of the home; her stepmother, Mary Manning of
Nashville; five sisters, Lou Ella Allen, Kate Manning and Kem Manning, all of
Nashville, Debbie Lancaster of Virginia Beach, Va., Mary Bryant of Kenly; six
brothers, Jerry Byrant, Vincent Manning, Leon Manning Jr., all of Raleigh, James
Manning of New Rochell, N.Y., Reginald Manning and Eugene Manning, both of
Nashville; and four grandchildren
The body may be viewed today from 3-9 p.m. at the funeral home. The family
will receive friends there from 7-8 p.m., and at other time, the family will
friends at the residence where they will one hour prior to the service in
preparation for the funeral procession.

Thomas L. Carpenter
Aug. 2. 1038 July 27, 2001
Thomas Lynn Carpenter, 62, of Wilson died Friday.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. William R.
Bussey and the Rev. Tom Riley officiating. Burial will follow in Maplewood
Cemetery.
Carpenter, a U.S. Army veteran, was employed with the Wilson Fire Department
in 1959 and was fire inspector for several years. In 1971 he became building
inspector. By the time he retired in 1995, he was chief inspector, a position he
had held for many years.
Carpenter taught fire service training for many community colleges across the
state. He was an active member of the N.C. Building Inspectors Association and
was voted at the 1981 Building Inspector of The Year. For many years he served
as a member of the N.C. Code Revision Committee. He was a member of First
Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher and as a deacon.
Survivors include his wife, Beth Wynn Carpernter; a son, Thomas Lynn
Carpernter Jr. of Gulfport, Miss.; and two grandsons.
Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Joyner1s Funeral Home.

July 30, 2001

C.W. McLean Jr.
Aug. 25, 1938 July 28, 2001
C.W. “Mac” McLean Jr., 62, of Oakdale Drive died Saturday at Kitty Askins
Hospice Center, Goldsboro. A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev.
Charles M. Smith and the Rev. F. Harry Daniel at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First
Presbyterian Church, Washington, N.C.
McLean has been involved in education in Beaufort County and recently received
the Beaufort County Schools Education Foundation Gold Medal Award for dedication
and service and Athletic Director of the Year for 2001.
Surviving are his wife, Katye Pridgen McLean; two daughters, Susan M. Fowle of
Washington, N.C., and Robin M. McKeithan of Fayetteville; one son, Cam McLean of
New Bern; two stepsons, Troy Alford and Carter Alford, both of Wilson; his
mother, Pauline Berry McLean; and six grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Paul Funeral Home, Washington, N.C. from 7-
9 tonight and at other times at the home of John and Susan Fowle, 111 Leigh
Drive, Magnolia Shores, Washington, N.C.

Bertie P. Peele
GOLDSBORO — Bertie Ann Pate Peele, 87, died Sunday at Brian Center. The
funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Rick Ward and the Rev. Glenn Mason at 11
a.m. Tuesday at Saulston United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Wayne
Memorial Park.
Surviving are two daughters, including Carolyn Howell of Goldsboro, formerly
of Wilson; a son; a sister; two brothers; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Seymour Funeral Home from 6-8 tonight and
at other times at the home of Billy and Jane Smith, 122 Antioch Road.

Emma F. Newsome
Feb. 2, 1930 July 29, 2001
Emma Farmer Newsome, 71, of 1904 Winoca Road died Sunday at Wilson Medical
Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Eugene Carmichael and Kevin
Graham at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W. Nash St.
Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
She was a member of Forest Hills Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Charlie F. Newsome; a daughter, Carolyn Schnier of
Greenville; a son, Tony F. Newsome of Winchester, Va.; three sisters, Katie Cole
of Wilson, Bessie Warbritton of Elm City and Annie Gray Fuller of Tarboro; a
brother, William Farmer of Wilson; and three grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-8:30 tonight.

Annie W. McKeel
April 8, 1926 July 29, 2001
Annie Wilkins McKeel, 75, died Saturday. The funeral will be conducted by the
Rev. Larry Letchworth at 2 p.m. today at Harmony Free Will Baptist Church.
Burial will follow in Stantonsburg Cemetery.
Surviving are two daughters, Margaret Ann Letchworth of Pinetops and Sudie
Carol Forbes of Wilson; three sons, William Henry “Billy” McKeel and Buck David
McKeel, both of Wilson, and Richard Lee McKeel of Four Oaks; a sister, Ollie
Ruth Stancil of Middlesex; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and six
stepgreat-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.

Thomas L. Carpenter
Aug. 2, 1938 July 27, 2001
Thomas Lynn Carpenter, 62, died Friday. A graveside service was conducted by
the Rev. William R. Bussey and the Rev. Tom Riley at 11 a.m. today in Maplewood
Cemetery.
Carpenter was employed with the Wilson Fire Department in 1959 and was fire
inspector for several years. He became a building inspector in 1971 and was
chief inspector when he retired in January 1995.
Surviving are his wife, Beth Wynn Carpenter; a son, Thomas Lynn Carpenter Jr.
of Gulfport, Miss.; and two grandsons.
Arrangements were handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.

James Bass Jr.
Dec. 24, 1923 July 7, 2001
James Bass Jr., 77, died Friday. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev.
Wayne King and the Rev. Chuck Branch at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Joyner’s Funeral Home,
4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Bass was retired from the Wilson Fire Department.
Surviving are his wife, Burmie Edwards Bass; a daughter, Linda Holaday of
Westfield, Ind.; a son, Jimmy Bass of Apex; two sisters, Ruth Turner of Cary and
Jo Buettner of Sun City, Ariz.; a brother, Douglas Bass of Newberry, Fla.; and
four grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at the home.

Grace E. Scott
April 11, 1925 July 27, 2001
Grace Etheridge Scott, 76, died Friday. The funeral will be conducted by the
Rev. Ray Wells at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Joyner's Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264
West. Burial will follow in Contentnea Primitive Baptist Church Family Cemetery.
Surviving are two daughters, Trudy Faye Page of Greenville and Phyllis Jean
Pearson of Grifton; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at the home of Willis and Phyllis Pearson, 5200 Woodside Drive,
Grifton.

Henry M. Braxton Sr.
Aug. 8, 1926 July 29, 2001
Henry Milton Braxton Sr., 74, of 4458 N.C. 222 East, Kenly, died Sunday at
Wayne Memorial Hospital, Goldsboro. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev.
Tom Duncan at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Shackleford Funeral Service Chapel, Fremont.
Burial will follow in Eureka Cemetery.
Braxton was former mayor of Eureka for 18 years. He was retired from Kemp
Furniture of Goldsboro and was a World War II Navy veteran.
Surviving are his wife, Grace Dawson Braxton; a daughter, Debra Braxton Bell
of Stantonsburg; a son, Henry Milton Braxton Jr. of Kenly; two sisters, Frances
Braxton Davis of Dudley and Amy Braxton Leneabe of La Grange; a brother, Isaac
Braxton of Burlington; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; one great-
grandchild; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

William B. Burress
KENLY — William Barney “Billy Boy” Burress, 58, of 192 Cuddington Road died
Saturday at Wilson Medical Center. A graveside service will be conducted by the
Rev. Lonnie Humphrey at 2 p.m. today in Memorial Church Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Barnes Burress; two daughters, Angela Diane
Godwin of Wilson and Margo Yvonne Burress of Wilson; two sisters, Doris Jean
Hill of Saratoga and Pat Cates of Wilson; and one grandchild.
Arrangements are being handled by Coley Funeral Home.

Neita L. Newsome
Nov. 4, 1920 July 28, 2001
Neita Lewis Newsome, 80, a resident of Britthaven of Smithfield, died Saturday
at Johnston Memorial Hospital, Smithfield. The funeral will be conducted by the
Rev. Eddie B. Coley at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S.
Tarboro St. Burial will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
Surviving are one daughter, Winnie Graves of Huntsville, Ala.; one son, James
E. Newsome of Huntsville, Ala.; one sister, Mary Moore of Fremont; one brother,
Leroy Lewis of Snow Hill; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home Tuesday from 3-9 p.m. with the
family receiving friends there from 7-8 p.m. and at other times at 1019 E. Vance
St. where they will assemble one hour before the funeral.

Roosevelt Adams
Feb. 17, 1905 July 25, 2001
Roosevelt Adams, 96, of Manhattan, N.Y., died Wednesday. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Jeffery Simms at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Hamilton Funeral
Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Adams served as a deacon at Mary Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Lucama.
Surviving are one daughter, Geraldine Adams Dew of Brooklyn, N.Y.; four sons,
Berlon Adams and Donald Adams, both of Manhattan, N.Y., James Adams of Queens,
N.Y., and Randolph Adams of Bronx, N.Y.; 39 grandchildren; 81 great-
grandchildren; and 27 great-great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home today from 3-9 p.m.

James D. Gardner
March 15, 1935 July 28, 2001
Master Sgt. James David “Sarge” “Dick” Gardner, retired, 66, died Saturday. A
graveside service with full military honors will be conducted by Chaplain Lannis
Watson at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Gardner served in the U.S. Marine Corps for over 22 years. He was an
electrical technician with the City of Wilson for over 20 years.
Surviving are his wife, Ila Johnson Gardner; two daughters, Jean Gardner and
Joan Evans, both of Wilson; three sons, Dicki Gardner of Wilson, Dossie Gardner
and Michael Gardner, both of the home; his mother, Florrie Jackson Gardner Pitt
of Wilson; one sister, Rebecca Webb of Macclesfield; and five grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Shingleton Funeral Home from 7-9 tonight
and at other times at 5037 Community Grocery Road.

Phillip R. Owens
June 28, 1941 July 28, 2001
FOUNTAIN — Phillip Ray Owens, 60, of 2507 Sharp Point Road died Saturday at
Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville. The funeral will be conducted by the
Rev. Dennis Sherrod at 2 p.m. today at Farmville Funeral Home Church Street
Chapel. Burial will follow in Queen Anne Cemetery.
Owens was chief of the Sharp Point Fire Department. He attended Dilda’s Grove
Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Grace Lewis Owens; one daughter, Tracee Dawn Owens of
Fountain; one son, Brian Keith Owens of Wilson; one sister, Sherry Britt of
Fountain; and one brother, Tommy Owens of Fountain.

Thelma B. Davenport
July 5, 1916 July 29, 2001
Thelma Briley Davenport, 85, died Sunday. A graveside service will be
conducted by the Rev. John Wenberg at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Maplewood cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter, Janice Winstead of Wilson; two sons, James Davenport
of Tarboro and Bill Davenport of Wilson; a sister, Annie Hagan of Greenville; a
brother, Calvin Briley of Pine Knoll Shores; five grandchildren; eight
stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; 16 stepgreat-grandchildren; and
three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
from 7-8:30 tonight and at other times at 1111 Peachtree Road.

Clara Davis
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Clara B. Davis, 87, died Wednesday. The funeral was conducted
by the Rev. Ron Fearneyhough Friday at Burns Memorial United Methodist Church.
Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Surviving are four sons; one sister, Mary B. Bland of Wilson, N.C.; two
brothers; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

July 31, 2001

Eunice B. Williams
Nov. 10, 1904 July 30, 2001
Eunice Bryant Williams died Monday at her home. The funeral will be conducted
by the Rev. Billy Culbert at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Hope Baptist Church.
Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter, Maggie W. Lamm of Wilson; a son, T.E. “Pete”
Williams of Smithfield; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at 5149 N.C. 58 North from 7-9 tonight.

Bryan M. Scott
NEW BERN — Bryan Myers Scott, 66, died Monday at his home. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Ned Hill at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Garber United Methodist
Church. Burial will follow in New Bern Memorial Cemetery with Masonic Honors by
St. John’s Lodge No. 3.
Surviving are his wife, Katherine W. Scott, formerly of Wilson; two sons; his
father and mother; one brother; three granddaughters; and five stepchildren.
The family will receive friends at Pollock-Wells & Best Funeral Home from 7-9
tonight and at other times at the home.


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