Miscellaneous Wilson County, North Carolina Obituaries

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September 17, 2001

Willard Perry
Dec. 25, 1924 Sept. 15, 2001
BAILEY - Willard “Sharkie” Perry, 76, died Saturday. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Tim Riggs at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100
U.S. 264 West, Wilson. Burial will follow in Bailey Cemetery.
Perry was founder and co-owner of W.J.M. Perry Trucking of Bailey.
Surviving are two sons, James W. Perry of Lucama and J. Michael Perry of
Bailey; three sisters, Alice Ferrell of Bailey, Mavis Williams and Sulla Perry,
both of Sims; and four grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at 5017 Pine St.

Maxine M. Alston
June 12, 1952 Sept. 14, 2001
Maxine Mitchell Alston, 49, of 428 Jefferson St. died Friday at Wilson Medical
Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. William E. Bowser at 2 p.m.
Tuesday at Brown Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 1507 Hadley St. Burial will
follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
Surviving are one daughter, Benessa Mitchell Hill of Wilson; one son, Michael
Mitchell of Wilson; her mother, Martha Mitchell of Wilson; one sister, Gail
Mitchell of Wilson; three brothers, Charles Mitchell, David Mitchell and Tony
Mitchell, all of Wilson; and three grandsons.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., today
from 3-9 p.m. The family will receive at the residence and will assemble there
one hour before the funeral.

Mabel B. Edwards
Oct. 23, 1915 Sept. 16, 2001
Mabel Bridgers Edwards, 85, of 2508 Canal Drive, died Sunday. A graveside
service will be conducted by the Rev. Bobby G. Edwards at 11 a.m. Tuesday in
Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are two daughters, Shirley Dail of Wilson and Kay Cook of Bridgeton;
three sons, Kenneth Edwards of Sterling, Va., Bobbie “Bob” Edwards of Morganton
and Donald Edwards of Richlands; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 tonight at Shingleton Funeral
Home, 2407 W. Nash St. and at other times at the home.

Edith A. Jackson
July 2, 1931 Sept. 14, 2001
Edith Aberdeen Jackson, 70, of Hickory, formerly of Kenly, died Friday at her
residence. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Steve Clark at 5 p.m. today
in the chapel of Drum Funeral Home, Conover. A graveside service will be held at
11 a.m. Wednesday in the Jackson Family Cemetery, Kenly.
Surviving are a daughter, Melinda L. Briggs of Hickory; a sister, Betty H.
Capps of Newport News, Va.; and one granddaughter.
The family will receive friends at Drum Funeral Home, Conover today from 4-
4:45 p.m. and at Coley Funeral Home, Kenly Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.

Meda J. Tilghman
DUNN - Meda Johnson Tilghman died Saturday. A graveside service was conducted
by the Rev. David Sherrod at 11 a.m. today. Surviving are three children; two
sisters, including Jackie J. Bissette of Wilson; two brothers; and seven
grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by Cromartie Miller and Lee Funeral Home.

Martin A. Vail Sr.
Nov. 12, 1921 Sept., 14, 2001
PIKEVILLE - Martin Allen Vail Sr., 79, died Friday at the home of his daughter
in Lynchburg, Va. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Paul Dunham and the Rev.
Wayne Hicks at 11 a.m. today at St. Joseph United Methodist Church. Burial will
follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Fremont.
Vail was a former town commissioner and mayor of Pikeville. He served on BB&T
Fremont board of directors for 33 years an was former owner of Farmers Hardware,
Western Auto and True Value Hardware.
Surviving are his wife, Dora Batts Vail; two daughters, Donna Vail Morgan of
Blacksburg, Va. and Dawn Vail Price of Lynchburg, Va.; one son, Martin Allen
Vail Jr. of Morehead City; one sister, Eleanor Vail Cook of San Benito, Texas;
and four grandchildren.
Arrangements were handle by Shackleford Funeral Service.

September 18, 2001

Joseph D. Sikes
BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - Joseph Daniel Sikes, 69, a native of Wilson, N.C., died
Monday at Vencor Hospital Central, Tampa.
He was a retired owner-operator of Sikes Sheet Metal Shop.
Surviving are one daughter, Ann Sikes of Miami; four sons, Don Sikes of
Inverness, Daniel Sikes of Brooksville, Michael Sikes and David Sikes, both of
Wilson, N.C.; four sisters, Mildred Lamm and Thelma Phillips, both of Wilson,
N.C., Eula Mae Crocker of Suffolk, Va., and Mary Whaley of Fremont, N.C.; a
brother, Chester Sikes of Rocky Mount, N.C.; and four grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by Merrett Funeral Home.

Pauline S. Adams
July 21, 1910 Sept. 17, 2001
STANTONSBURG - Pauline Smith Hunt Adams, 91, died Monday at Wilmed Nursing
Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. A. Max Patterson at 3 p.m.
Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Stantonsburg. Burial will follow in
Stantonsburg Cemetery.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Stantonsburg.
Surviving are a daughter, Billie Shingleton of Stantonsburg; a son, Keith Hunt
of Tarboro; four stepchildren, Floyd Hughes Adams of Stantonsburg, J.T. Adams of
Washington state, Nancy Carol of Clayton and Barbara Ives of New Bern; two
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St., from 7-8:30 tonight and at other times at 401 N. Saratoga St.

Wiley R. Barnes
Wiley Rexford Barnes, 67, of Halifax died Sunday at his home. The funeral will
be conducted by Jerry Boyd at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Hockaday Funeral
Home, Roanoke Rapids. Burial will follow in Crestview Memorial Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Frances W. Barnes; one daughter, Renee B. Hall of
Roanoke Rapids; two sons, Rex Barnes and Ricky Barns, both of Roanoke Rapids;
and four grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and other
times at 41 Bradley Drive, Halifax.

C. Wilbert Radford
C. Wilbert Radford, 67, of Kenly died Sunday. The funeral will be held at 11
a.m. Wednesday at Parrish Funeral Home Chapel, Selma. Burial will follow in
Fellowship Church Cemetery.

September 19

Colonel A. Britt Jr.
CLINTON - Colonel Ashford Britt Jr., 78, died Monday at his home. The funeral
was conducted by the Rev. Ralph Hill and the Rev. Jay Bissett at 11 a.m. today
at Keener United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Clinton Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife; three daughters, including Donna Britt Carr of Wilson;
two sons; one sister; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home.

Mary C. Wallace
April 29, 1909 Sept. 17, 2001
BAILEY - Mary Lillian Childers Wallace, 92, of 5247 Daniels Drive died Monday.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Alamance Memorial Park,
Burlington.
Surviving are a daughter, Irene Wallace of Burlington; a son, Bob Roy Wallace
of Bailey; two sisters, Judy Childers and Minnie Vanador; four brothers, J.C.
Childers, Frank Childers, Ike Childers and Coley Childers; five grandchildren;
and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the Wallace residence, 5221 Daniels Drive.
Arrangements are being handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St.

James E. Lamm
Sept. 6, 1918 Sept. 17, 2001
James Edward “Shorty” Lamm, 83, of 4912 Skyland Loop died Monday at Wilson
Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Bill Taylor at 2 p.m.
Thursday at Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St. Burial will follow in
Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Lamm was a former employee of M&W Grocery and Super Duper.
Surviving are his wife, Grace Taylor Lamm; two daughters, Rebecca Lucas Elmore
of Lucama and Judy Lucas Thorne of Wilson; three sons, James E. Lamm Jr. and Ted
Wayne Lucas, both of Wilson, and Donihue Lucas of Washington; one sister, Elsie
Poythress of Wilson; two brothers, Robert Lamm and Bruce Lamm, both of Wilson;
nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at the home.

John D. Bunn
John D. Bunn, 78, of 8510 Bunn Road, Sims, died Tuesday at his home. The
funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Rick McDuffie, the Rev. Denver Blevins and
the Rev. Branson Sheets at 11 a.m. Thursday at Coley Funeral Home, Kenly. Burial
will follow in Oak Grove Church Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Gracie Bailey Bunn; a daughter, Gail Bunn Lee of Sims;
a son, John Phillip Bunn of Middlesex; a sister, Esther Bunn Williams of Sims;
and five grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Dessamore Cooper
Dec. 14, 1918 Sept. 17, 2001
Dessamore Cooper, 81, a resident of Guardian Care of Rocky Mount, died Monday.
The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Ernest Battle at 1 p.m. Friday at
Morning Star Baptist Church, Pinetops. Burial will follow in Rest Haven
Cemetery.
Surviving are seven daughters, Dorothy Richardson of Baltimore, Eva Pittman,
Shirley Cooper, Carolyn Batts, Jeanette Chisel and Patricia Covington, all of
Rocky Mount, and Gwendolyn Cooper of Sharpsburg; two sons, George Cooper of
Rocky Mount and William Cooper of Elm City; 23 grandchildren; and 20 great-
grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.,
Thursday from 3-9 p.m. with the family receiving friends there from 7-8 p.m. and
at other times at 620 Marlboro Place, Rocky Mount, where they will assemble one
hour before the funeral.

September 20, 2001

Wayne Weeks
May 1, 1937 Sept. 16, 2001
JUNEAU, Alaska - Wayne Weeks, 64, formerly of Wilson, N.C., died Sunday in
Seattle. The funeral will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Northern Light Church
of Juneau. A private burial will be held on Saturday. A memorial service will be
held in Wilson, N.C., at a later date.
Surviving are his wife, Velma Capps Weeks of Raleigh, N.C.; a son, Eric Weeks
of Portland, Ore.; two stepdaughters, Beverly Newsholme of Atlanta and Angie
Harris of Durham, N.C.; a stepson, Kelley Sharp of Juneau; a sister, Betty
Medearis of Elgin, Ill.; a brother, Larry Weeks of Juneau; and five
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the church Friday from 4-5:30 p.m.
Arrangements are being handled by Alaskan Memorial Park and Mortuary.

Samuel B. Mitchell
NEPTUNE, N.J. - Samuel B. Mitchell, 83, a native of Wilson, N.C., died Monday
at his home. The funeral will be held at 6 tonight at St. Thomas AME Zion
Church, Tinton Falls. Burial will be in Rockfish Memorial Park Cemetery,
Fayetteville, N.C.
Surviving are his wife, Willie Pearl Mitchell; four stepchildren, Gloria Brown
of Richmond, Va., Wilbert D. Malloy of Fayetteville, N.C., Cathy A. Williams of
Germantown, Md., and Edward E. Malloy of New Jersey; a sister, Mary Magdaline
Coley of Lucama, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the church from 5-6 p.m. Masonic services will be
held at 5:30 p.m.
Arrangements are being handled by Jackson Funeral Home.

Clyda C. Newsome
Oct. 31, 1915 Sept. 17, 2001
Clyda B. Coley Newsome, 85, a resident of Avante at Wilson, died Monday at
Wilson Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Eddie B. Coley
at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. James Holy Church, 100 N. Main St., Stantonsburg.
Burial will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
She was a member of St. James Holy Church where she was a member of the Mother
Board, Sunday School, the choir, YPHA, the Wilson District Union and the Loyal
Leisure Senior Citizen Club.
Surviving are three daughters, Aronual Diggs of Wilson, Hazel Exum of
Lawnside, N.J., and Elder Corine Breland of Brooklyn, N.Y.; five sons, Rudolph
Newsome of Brooklyn, N.Y., the Rev. Bernard Newsome of Pikeville, J.D. Newsome
of Wilson, Edwin Newsome of Hope Mills and Willie Newsome of Dudley; five
sisters, Mary McCoy, Mamie Artis, Carrie Newsome, Maggie Diamond and Avis White,
all of Wilson; four brothers, Jessie Artis of Coatesville, Pa., Henry Artis and
Larry Artis, both of Goldsboro, and Eddie Artis of Fremont; 48 grandchildren,
including Torey Newsome and Travis Newsome, both of Wilson, and Nay Newsome and
Timothy Newsome, both of Fremont, whom she reared; and several great-
grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., Friday
from 3-5 p.m. The family will receive friends at the church from 7-8 p.m. and at
other times at 2224 Imperial Ave., and will assemble there one hour before the
funeral.

William H. Hannah
Jan. 1, 1940 Sept. 17, 2001
William Henry Hannah, 61, of 415 Jefferson St. died Monday at Robert Wood-
Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J. The funeral will be conducted
by the Rev. Henry Gregory and Kimberly Hall at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hamilton
Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are three sisters, Barbara Ann Ferrington, Mary Alice Eatmon and
Lola Katherine Eatmon, all of Wilson; four brothers, James Eatmon of Plainfield,
N.J., Allen Eatmon and Charles Eatmon, both of Wilson, and William Davis Hannah
of Middlesex; and a foster brother, the Rev. Bobby Crooms of Wilson.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home Friday from 3-9 p.m. The family
will receive friends at 449 Jefferson St. and will assemble there one hour
before the funeral.

Percy S. Dickerson
April 1, 1917 Sept. 18, 2001
Percy Olivia Sutton Dickerson, 84, of 7151 U.S. 301 South, Lucama died Tuesday
at her residence. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Earl Wooten at noon
Saturday at Mary Grove Church, 6258 Wiggins Mill Road, Lucama. Burial will
follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
She was a member of Mary Grove Church and was retired from Parker’s Barbecue.
Surviving are her husband, Albert Lee Dickerson; one son, Leonard Earl Howell
Sr. of Wilson; two sisters, Gertrude King of Lucama and Louise Sutton of Wilson;
two grandchildren, including Leonard Earl Howell of the home; several nieces,
including Elvalia Jackson of Greensboro, Ruth Dave and Arlethia Scipio, both of
New Jersey, whom she reared; and several nephews, including William Harvey
Sutton of Washington, D.C., whom she reared.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., Friday
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.

September 21, 2001

Minnie Whitley
The funeral for Minnie Whitley, 86, of Owings Mills, Md. will be held at 2
p.m. Saturday at Love Deliverance Church, Selma. Burial will follow in Middlesex
Cemetery.
Her survivors include one son, Roosevelt Thompson.
The family will receive friends at the home of her niece, Carolyn Mitchell,
N.C. 222, Middlesex.
Arrangements are being handled by McKinnie Funeral Home, Selma.

Peter D. Allen
April 22, 1960 Sept. 20, 2001
Peter Derek Allen, 41, of 505 Albert Ave. died Thursday at his residence. A
graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Wayne King, the Rev. D. Wayne
Eakes and the Rev. Mike Coggin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Maplewood Cemetery.
Allen was employed as director of utilities for the town of Sharpsburg.
Surviving are his wife, Joni Owens Allen; two sisters, Debbie Allen of
Hopewell, Va., and Dale Joyner of Castalia; and two brothers, Ray Cutchins of
Chesterfield, Va., and Donnie Allen of Orlando, Fla.
The family will receive friends at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St., from 7-8:30 tonight and at other times at the home.

Dora B. Ford
Feb. 11, 1916 Sept. 18, 2001
Dora Baker Ford, 85, of 807 Manchester St. died Tuesday at Wilson Medical
Center. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Dameion Royal at 1 p.m. Sunday at
St. Rose Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ). Burial will follow in Rest
Haven Cemetery.
She was retired from James I. Miller Tobacco Co. She was a member of St. Rose
Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Cedars of Lebanon Tent No. 291 and a
royal degree member of the United Order of Tents of the JRG & JU Southern
District No. 1.
Surviving are one daughter, Helen J. Hundley of Philadelphia; one adopted
daughter, Beatrice Bynum of the home; three sons, Thomas Ford Jr. of New Haven,
Conn., Randolph Ford of the home and Robert L. Ford of Ansonia, Conn.; 10
grandchildren, including Earl T. Bynum, her caregiver; 19 great-grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.,
Saturday 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.

Douglas B. Peoples
May 23, 1924 Sept. 19, 2001
Douglas Buck Peoples, 77, of 1811-B Butterfield Lane died Wednesday at his
residence. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. W.I. Bowden at 2 p.m.
Sunday at Rountree Missionary Baptist Church, 2110 Martin Luther King Jr.
Parkway. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Peoples was retired from P.L. Woodard Co.
Surviving are four daughters, Mary Hilliard of Wilson, Doris Thuraman of
Bridgeport, Conn., Fannie Peoples of Washington, D.C., and Patricia Sauls of
Youngsville; four sons, James Douglas Peoples, David Lee Peoples and Ronnie
Peoples, all of Wilson, and Randy Peoples of Spring Hope; 14 grandchildren; and
five 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 2304 Howard Jones
Court, and will assemble there one hour before the funeral.

Jimmie L. Greene
SPRING HOPE - Jimmy Leroy Greene, 64, of 4282 Macedonia Road died Thursday at
Nash General Hospital. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Roney
Bunn, the Rev. Kenneth Phillips and the Rev. Lester Duncan at 11 a.m. Saturday
in Free Union Baptist Church Cemetery.
Greene was a member of Free Union Baptist Church.
Surviving are three sons, Randy Greene of Chesterfield, Va., Jeffrey Greene of
Nashville and Marcus Greene of Fountain; one sister, Faye Sherrod of Spring
Hope; and four grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Spring Hope Funeral Home Friday from 7-9
p.m. and at other times at the home of Dennis and Faye Sherrod, 34487 Macedonia
Road.

September 22, 2001

Maggie Williams
BLACK CREEK - Maggie Rosetta Esther Williams, 82, of 404 Central Ave. died
Thursday at Wilson Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Donald
Lofton at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 Tarboro St. Burial
will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
She was a member of the Flat Rock Church of Christ in Sims where she served as
an usher.
Surviving are one brother, Moses Williams of Wilson; and one sister, Pauline
Jones of Wilson.
The body may be viewed at the Hamilton Funeral Chapel today from 3 to 9 p.m.
The family will receive friends at the residence where they will assemble one
hour prior to the service in preparation for the funeral procession.

Grace Love Smith
LUCAMA - Grace Love Smith, 63, of 6006 St. Mary’s Church Road died Thursday at
Wilson Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Sefton
Strickland at 3 p.m. Sunday at Springhill Presbyterian Church. Burial will
follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are a daughter, Pam Goracke of Apex; a son, Neal Smith of Pittsboro;
two sisters, Faye Mumford and Ann Moore, both of Lucama; a brother, the Rev.
Charles Love of Teachey; and two grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Coley Funeral Home in Kenly from 7 to 9
p.m. today and other times at the home.

September 24, 2001

Martha M. O’Neal
May 25, 1927 Sept. 20, 2001
Martha Mae O’Neal, 74, of 4859 Sawdust Road died Thursday at Wilson Medical
Center. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel AME Church, N.C.
96, Johnston County. Burial will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden, Wilson.
She was a member of Bethel AME Church.
Surviving are one daughter, Dansavine Louise O1Neal of Riley Hill; four sons,
James Howard O’Neal and William Atlas O1Neal, both of Raleigh, Arthur Junior
O1Neal of Wilson and Timothy Wayne O1Neal of Princeton; one sister, Mary Mozelle
Wiggins of Zebulon; one brother, Fred Junior O1Neal of Riley Hill; 15
grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., Tuesday
from 3-9 p.m. The family will receive friends at the residence and will assemble
there one hour before the funeral.

Anna J. Williford
Anna Lee Jones Williford, 86, died Friday at Avante at Wilson. A graveside
service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are three daughters, Ruth Ellis of Wilson, Shirley Ellis of Rocky
Mount and Peggie Faircloth of Stedman; two sons, Pete Williford of Wilson and
Frankie Williford of Little Rock, Ark.; one sister, Ben Ora Smith; three
grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St. from 7-8:30 tonight and at other times at 2513 Shreve St.

Corine R. Oden
Corine R. Oden, 97, died Friday at Brian Center. A graveside service was
conducted by the Rev. Jerry Butt at 11 a.m. today in Montlawn Memorial Park,
Raleigh.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are being handled by Montlawn Funeral Home, Raleigh.

Gaston C. Johnson
Dec. 31, 1941 Sept. 22, 2001
Gaston Colby Johnson, 59, died Saturday. A memorial service will be conducted
by the Rev. Graham Lewis at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Joyner1s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S.
264 West.
Surviving are his wife, Cynthia H. Johnson; five daughters, Kimberly Hagen of
Stantonsburg, Gail Thornton and Myra Sullivan, both of Mount Olive, Kaye Howell
and Vickie Weaver, both of Princeton; his mother, Margaret Gaylor Johnson of La
Grange; one sister, Oletta Shiley of La Grange; and one brother, Cordell Johnson
of Kenansville; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends following the memorial service and at other
times at 5526 Central Road.

September 25, 2001

David E. Smith Sr.
Sept. 18, 1923 Sept. 23, 2001
FARMVILLE - David Emerson Smith Sr., 78, of 603 E. Wilson St. died Sunday at
his home. A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Rocky Stone at 11
a.m. Wednesday at Farmville Presbyterian Church.
Smith was a member of Farmville Presbyterian Church and was a veteran of World
War II. He was a 32nd degree mason with Farmville Masonic Lodge No. 517 and
served as past master.
Surviving are his wife, Nell Whitehurst Smith; one daughter, Leslie Smith
Presson of Clayton; and one son, David Emerson Smith Jr. of Raleigh.
The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service.

Linda D. Thigpen
Aug. 27, 1961 Sept. 23, 2001
Linda Diane Thigpen, 40, died Sunday. The funeral will be conducted by the
Rev. Wayne Whitley at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S.
264 West. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are one son, James Robert “J.R.” Thigpen of Wilson; and her mother,
Drexel Baker Thigpen of Wilson.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at 5745 Holdens Cross Road.

Emma M. McMillian
March 16, 1905 Sept. 20, 2001
Emma Jane McCoy McMillian, 96, of 1902 Farrior Ave. died Thursday at Howard
University Hospital, Washington, D.C. The funeral will be conducted by Elder
William E. Bowser at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wilson Chapel Free Will Baptist Church,
513 E. Barnes St. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
She was a retired educator in the following school systems: Wake County, Nash
County, including serving as principal at Strickland School, Stanhope and Wilson
County, including Springfield High School, from which she retired. She was a
member of Wilson Chapel Church where she taught Sunday School.
Surviving are three daughters, Lorine Sanders of Brooklyn, N.Y., Maxine
McMillian Thomas and Nakisha McMillian, both of Washington, D.C.; one son,
Michael McMillian of Washington, D.C.; 57 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren;
and 20 great-great-grandchildren; her caregiver, Francine Atkinson of Wilson;
several foster children, including Reginald Wilson and Dianna Pearce.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.,
Wednesday 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.

Enoch D. Dickens Jr.
Enoch Dana Dickens Jr., 83, died Sunday at Pitt County Memorial Hospital,
Greenville. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel of
Taylor-Edwards Funeral Home, Snow Hill. Burial will follow in Stantonsburg
Cemetery.
Dickens was a retired pork production manager with J&H Milling Co. of
Walstonburg. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Louise Edwards Dickens; a daughter, Mary Lou
Dickens Johnson of Chesapeake, Va.; a son, E. Dana Dickens III of Suffolk, Va.;
and a sister, Alice D. Dickens of Black Mountain.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:30-8:30 tonight and
at other times at 7487 N.C. 58, Stantonsburg.

Inez W. Myers
PINE LEVEL - Inez Webb Myers, 89, died Sunday. The funeral will be held at 2
p.m. Wednesday at the chapel of Parrish Funeral Home, Selma. Burial will follow
in the Crocker Cemetery.
Surviving are two sons, including Bill Myers of Wilson; one sister; four
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren,
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Evelyn J. Ford
BILOXI, Miss. - Evelyn Jones Ford, 63, died Monday. The funeral will be held
at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Riemann Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow in
Biloxi National Cemetery.
Surviving are her husband; two sons, including Mark L. Edwards of Wilson; two
sisters; three brothers; and five grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 tonight.

Jimmy E. Barnes
Jimmy Earl Barnes, 53, of 1511 Sauls St. died Sunday at Pitt County Memorial
Hospital, Greenville. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Richard Mercer
at noon Thursday at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church, N.C. 222 East,
Saratoga. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery, Wilson.
Surviving are his mother, Annie L. Barnes of Stantonsburg; four sisters, Annie
E. Barnes and Dorothy Page, both of Wilson, Thelma Stokes of Paterson, N.J., and
Janice Speight of Mount Vernon, N.Y.; and three brothers, Leroy Barnes Jr. and
Otis Barnes, both of Wilson, and Albert Barnes of Baltimore.
The body may be viewed at King & Darden Funeral Home, 325 E. Nash St.,
Wednesday from 3-8:30 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.

Love B. Turnage
Sept. 4, 1919 Sept. 25, 2001
Love Baker Turnage, 82, died today. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev.
Benjamin Wayne Poythress at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S.
264 West. A graveside service will held 11 a.m. Thursday in Evergreen Memorial
Gardens.
Surviving are two daughters, Myrtle Turnage of the home and Barbara T.
Williamson of Princeton; a son, Wesley Turnage of Wilson; two sisters, Blanche
Bowen and Louise Short, both of Wilson; five grandchildren; and eight great-
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday following the
service and at other times at 4773 Old Stantonsburg Road.

Lena Pittman
KENLY - Lena Pittman, 81, of 264 Core Road died Monday at Johnston Memorial
Hospital. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Rudy Jones at 3 p.m. Wednesday
at Coley Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Pittman Family Cemetery.
Surviving are a son, Donald “Doddie” Ray Pittman of Kenly; a sister, Rena
Boyette of Kenly; a brother, Jack Pittman of Kenly; one grandson; and two great-
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

September 26, 2001

Jennifer L. Knight
Feb. 3, 1984 Sept. 25, 2001
FARMVILLE - Jennifer Lynn Knight, 17, of 3669 Friendship Church Road died
Tuesday. A memorial service will be conducted by Don Joyner Friday at 6 p.m. at
the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses near Farmville.
She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and a student at
Pitt Community College. She was a candy striper volunteer at Pitt County
Memorial Hospital, Greenville.
Surviving are her parents, Michael and Holly Knight of the home; one sister,
Dawn Batts of Elm City; maternal grandparents, Bill and Margaret Garris of
Stantonsburg, and Toey and Betty Powell of Goose Creek, S.C.; and paternal
grandparents, Tom and Mary Knight of Aurora, Mo.
The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service.
Arrangements are being handled by Farmville Funeral Home.

Beatrice M. Burns
July 12, 1907 Sept. 22, 2001
Beatrice Maybelle Burns, 94, a resident of Brian Center, died Saturday. A
memorial service will be conducted by Alfonzo Johnson at 2 p.m. Saturday at the
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1423 Forest Hills Road.
She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 33 years.
Surviving are two daughters, Ruby Lee Speight and Ruth Lee Wells, both of
Kenly; two sisters, Irene Wilkerson and Elnora Gilyard, both of Wilson; 13
grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren.
The family will assemble at the Kingdom Hall at 1:45 p.m. for the memorial
service.
Arrangements are being handled by Edwards Funeral Home, 805 E. Nash St.

Wayne Weeks
Wayne Weeks, formerly of Wilson, died Sept. 16 in Seattle. A memorial service
will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Forest Hills Baptist Church, 1407 Forest Hills
Road.

Earline V. Daniels
Earline V. Daniels, 76, of Goldsboro died Saturday at Wilson Medical Center.
The funeral will be held Saturday in Oakland, Calif.
Surviving are two daughters, including Paula McMillian of Wilson; one sister;
and one granddaughter.
Arrangements are being handled by Howell Funeral Home & Crematory, Goldsboro.

Vernell M. Matthews
Vernell McClain Matthews, 55, of 1000 Belmont Ave. died Monday. The funeral
will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Greater Century Baptist Church, 1503 Black
Creek Road. Burial will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
Surviving are her husband, George Matthews; seven daughters, Regina McClain of
Nashville, Connie McClain Mitchell, Laverne McClain, Sherbie McClain, Sonya
McClain, Demetria McClain and Iris McClain, all of Wilson; four sons, Benjamin
McClain of Raleigh, Anthony McClain, Leon McClain and Dewayne McClain, all of
Wilson; her father, William Taylor of Baltimore; two sisters, Minnie Lucas and
Mary Mercer, both of Wilson; three brothers, James Allen Mercer of Wilson, Pate
Mercer and Willie Alston, both of Bailey; and 14 grandchildren.
The body may be viewed today from 3-8 p.m. at Taylor-Edwards Funeral Home, 516
Poplar St., Spring Hope.

Bruce R. Young Sr.
Sept. 11, 1948 Sept. 26, 2001
Bruce Randy Young Sr. of 1606 Highland Drive died Wednesday at his residence.
A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Doug Murray at 2 p.m. Friday at
First Baptist Church.
Young was a member of First Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Hope Baker Young; one son, Bruce Randall Young
Jr. of Long Beach, S.C.; one stepson, Tim Baker of Atlanta; his mother, Helen
Hall Young of Tarboro; one sister, Lindsey Poston of California; and one
granddaughter.
The family will receive friends at the home from 7-8:30 tonight and following
the service in the church parlor.
Arrangements are being handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St.

Linda C. Brann
SNOW HILL - Linda Corbett Brann, 49, died Tuesday at her home. The funeral
will be conducted by the Rev. Carolyn Cummings-Woriax and the Rev. Edward
Thornton at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Taylor-Edwards Funeral Home. Burial
will follow in Snow Hill Cemetery.
She was a member of Jerusalem United Methodist Church where she was a member
of the choir, former Sunday School teacher, past church secretary and member of
the Ladies Auxiliary. She was employed with GSH/Parker Tech Seal Corporation
with 28 years of service.
Surviving are a daughter, Melissa Vaughan Hicks of Snow Hill; her mother, Mary
Frances B. Corbett of Snow Hill; and two sisters, Teresa C. Burress and Martha
C. Hill, both of Snow Hill.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at the residence, 4008 N.C. 13.

September 28, 2001

Joe Dunn
Aug. 27, 1936 Sept. 19, 2001
Joe “Nab” Dunn, 65, died Wednesday at his home. A graveside service will be
held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Vernon C. Batchelor Farm Cemetery, N.C. 58, in
the Sandy Cross Community south of Nashville.
Surviving are three sisters, including Rosa Horne of Sharpsburg and Elmarie
Moody of Wilson; and one brother, Elijah Dunn of Wilson.
Arrangements are being handled by Bowling Funeral Home & Crematory, Rocky
Mount.

William D. Gladson
July 21, 1917 Sept. 27, 2001
William Douglas Gladson, 84, died Thursday. The funeral will be conducted by
the Rev. DeWayne Eakes at 11 a.m. Saturday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S.
264 West. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are his wife, Edna Bass Gladson; one daughter, Ann Eatman of Wilson;
one son, Billy Gladson of Rock Ridge; one sister, Blanche Causey of Greenville;
and one granddaughter.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at 704 S. Little Rock Church Road, Lucama.

Walter Ragan
Jan. 19, 1923 Sept. 25, 2001
WILMINGTON - Walter Ragan, formerly of Wilson, died Tuesday at New Hanover
Regional Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Chris Hall at
11 a.m. Saturday at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel. Burial will follow in Sea
Lawn Memorial Park.
Surviving are his two daughters, Linda Russell and Janice Mullen, both of
Wilmington; one son, Curtis Ragan of Wilson; two brothers, Austin Ragan and Mack
Ragan, Nashville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-8 tonight.

Mattie E. Bissette
Oct. 18, 1915 Sept. 26, 2001
Mattie Elizabeth Bissette, 85, of 106 Dewey St. died Wednesday at Wilson
Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Ray Barnhill at 11
a.m. Saturday at Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St. Burial will follow in
Bailey Cemetery.
Surviving are three sons, Leonard Glover of Nashville, Tenn., Earl Glover and
Kenneth Glover, both of Wilson; seven grandchildren; and five great-
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Cutler L. Sauls
Dec. 6, 1913 Sept. 26, 2001
Elder Cutler Lee Sauls, 88, of Raleigh, formerly of Wilson, died Wednesday at
Raleigh Community Hospital. The funeral will be conducted by Paul Bunch at 2
p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Church of Christ, 4133 Frank Price Church Road. Burial
will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
Elder Sauls was a member of the Primitive Baptist Association, a former
moderator, current assistant moderator of the Contentnea Primitive Baptist
Association, current pastor of Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church of Fremont
and Sims Chapel Primitive Baptist Church of Selma.
Surviving are five daughters, Shirley Bowden of Raleigh, Annette Richburg and
Cathy Sauls, both of Raleigh, Ermalene Joyner and Hazel Spells, both of Wilson;
four sons, Johnnie Lee Sauls Sr. of Wilson , Gene Sauls of Snow Hill, Carl Sauls
and Sherwood Sauls, both of Wilson; one brothers, Leon Sauls of Baltimore; 31
grandchildren; and 52 great-grandchildren
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.,
Saturday from 3-9 p.m. with the family receiving friends there from 7-8 p.m. and
at other times at 411 Bragg St. where they will assemble one hour before the
funeral.

Johnny Holmes
Aug. 18, 1919 Sept. 25, 2001
Johnny Holmes, 82, of 2010 Longview Drive died Tuesday at his residence. The
funeral will be conducted by the Rev. George Atkinson at 2 p.m. Saturday at St.
Rose Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), 605 S. Douglas St. Burial will
follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Holmes was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was retired from Hackney
Brothers Body Co. and was a member of Greater Century Baptist Church and Mount
Hebron Masonic Lodge No. 42.
Surviving are his wife, Delores James Holmes; three daughters, Devora Holmes
Cobb of Rocky Mount, Peggy Holmes Kelly of Silver Spring, Md., and RevŽ Swinson
of Greenville; two sons, Johnny Desmond Holmes Jr. of Waldorf, Md., and Harold
Bynum of Upper Marlboro, Md.; two sisters, Ida Greene and Sarah H. Wragg, both
of Georgetown, S.C.; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., today
from 3-9 p.m. The family will receive friends at the residence and will assemble
there one hour before the funeral.

September 29, 2001

Jean S. Bryant
STANTONSBURG - Jean S. Bryant, 66, died Wednesday at Wellington Nursing Center
in Knightdale. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. James Disciples
of Christ, Wilson. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Princeville.
Surviving are one son, Kenneth Bryant of Columbia, N.C.; her mother, Dorothy
Bullock of Stantonsburg; two brothers, Donald Swain of Knightdale and Ronald
Swain of Stantonsburg; two sisters, Barbara Swain of Wilson and Peggy Brown of
Stantonsburg.
The body may be viewed at the church Saturday from 6-8 p.m. with the family
receiving friends there from 7-8 p.m. and at other times at 208 S. Travis St.,
Stantonsburg.

Daisy Barnes
Dec. 23, 1915 Sept. 27, 2001
NASHVILLE - Daisy Barnes, 85, died Thursday. The funeral will be conducted by
the Rev. Tommy Bryant, the Rev. Mark Pullen and the Rev. Frank Hay at 4 p.m.
Sunday at Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Ave., Rocky Mount.
Surviving are three sisters, Edna V. Cobb of Wilson, Eva V. James of Ohio and
Bertha V. Hay of Rocky Mount; 20 nieces and nephews; 34 great-nieces and
nephews; and 20 great-great-nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home
and other times at the home on Rose Loop Road.


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