Miscellaneous Wilson County, North Carolina Obituaries

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October 1, 2001

Douglas Dawson Jr.
Douglas Dawson Jr., 58, of 2304 Marie St. died Friday. The funeral will be
held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Temple Church, 1003 S. Lodge St. Burial will
follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara Dawson of Wilson; four daughters, Jeannetta
Dawson of Greensboro, Barbara M. Dawson, Brenda Reynolds and Patricia Herring,
all of Wilson; one son, Cedric Dawson of Wilson; two brothers, Duffy Lee Dawson
and Bobby Lee Dawson, both of Wilson; and seven grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at King & Darden Funeral Home, 325 E. Nash St., Tuesday
from 3-8 p.m. The family will receive friends at 104 Gray St. and will assemble
there one hour before the funeral.

Diamond C. Wimberley
Sept. 26, 2001 Sept. 26, 2001
Diamond Charsel Wimberley, infant, died Wednesday at Pitt County Memorial
Hospital, Greenville. A graveside service will be conducted by Elder Victor
Baines at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Hamilton Burial Garden.
Surviving are her mother, Angelique R. Wimberley of Wilson; her father, L.
Lamont Farmer of Wilson; one sister, Jasmyn Farmer of Wilson; three grandmothers
and grandfathers; and several great-grandparents.
The family will receive friends at the residence and will assemble there one
hour before the graveside service.

Cody N. Garrett
STEM — Cody Nathan Garrett, 8, died Saturday at his home. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Don Brown at 4 p.m. today at First Baptist Church,
Creedmoor. Burial will follow in South Granville Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are his parents; one brother; paternal grandfather; paternal
grandmother; and maternal grandmother, Barbara Godwin of Wilson.
The family will receive friends at the church from 2:30-3:45 p.m. today.
Arrangements are being handled by Eakes Funeral Home, Creedmoor.

Lillian Dumont
July 20, 1901 Sept. 29, 2001
Lillian L. Dumont, 100, died Saturday at Brian Center.
Surviving are a daughter, Nancy J. Duggan of Wilson; one son, Robert L. Eaton
of Portsmouth, N.H.; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St.

Rosamond R. Cobb
Rosamond Renfrow Cobb, 84, died Saturday at Brian Center. A graveside service
was held today at 10 a.m. in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are four daughters, Pam Lowe, Terry Goff and Violett Bass, all of
Wilson and Marie Ezzell of Augusta, Ga.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-
grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W. Nash
St.

Virginia E. Barnes
Nov. 13, 1929 Sept. 30, 2001
Virginia Evans Barnes, 71, died Sunday. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m.
Wednesday at Winstead United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Evergreen
Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are her husband, W. Bruce Barnes; two daughters, Ann B. Hinson and
Janie B. Summerlin, both of Wilson; one son, Larry B. Barnes of Jacksonville,
Fla.; one sister, Alice E. Bass of Lucama; one brother, Harvey S. Evans of
Smithfield; two granddaughters; and two stepgrandchildren.
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 1309 Forest Hills Road.

October 2, 2001

Jonathan R. Taylor
Oct. 10, 1990 Sept. 27, 2001
Jonathan Ross Taylor, 10, died Thursday. The funeral was held Saturday. Burial
followed in Maplewood Cemetery.
He is survived by his father, John Taylor.
Arrangements were handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.

William Shackleford Jr.
Aug. 23, 1916 Oct. 1, 2001
ROCKY MOUNT — William Hines Shackleford Jr., 85, a native of Wilson County,
died Monday. Services will be conducted by the Rev. John Check at 11 a.m.
Wednesday in Pineview Cemetery.
Shackleford was retired from Daughtridge Oil Company and was a member of St.
Paul United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the
Guadalcanal campaign.
Surviving are his wife, Mildred Proctor Shackleford; one son, William H.
“Billy” Shackleford of Rocky Mount; a brother, Dick Shackleford of Boyden Lake;
and three grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Johnson Funeral Home, Sunset Avenue from 7-
8:30 tonight.

David P. Thompson Sr.
Dec. 30, 1947 Sept. 27, 2001
BAILEY — David Preston Thompson Sr., 53, died Thursday. A graveside service
will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Bailey Cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter, Angie T. Barber of Carthage; a son, David Preston
Thompson Jr. of Middlesex; his mother, Mae Uzzell Thompson of Rocky Mount; two
sisters, Pattie Barns of Bailey and Beverly Brantley of Middlesex; a brother,
Willis Thompson of Las Vegas, Nev.; and one grandchild.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and at other times at 10764 Destiny Lane, Middlesex.

Robert G. Cash Jr.
MAURY — Robert G. Cash Jr., 46, died Sunday. The funeral will be held at 2
p.m. Wednesday at Brooks Frizzelle Memorial Methodist Church. Burial will follow
in the Moore Family Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Farmville Funeral Home.

Vernon W. Aldridge
PIKEVILLE — Vernon W. Aldridge, 52, died Saturday. The funeral will be held at
11 a.m. Thursday at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home, Goldsboro. Burial will follow in
Wayne Memorial Park.

October 3, 2001

Albert Junior Jackson
PITTSBURGH — Albert Junior Jackson, 48, formerly of Wilson, N.C., died Sept.
23. The funeral and burial were in Pittsburgh.
Surviving are his wife, Gloria Thomas Jackson; a daughter, Summer Jackson of
the home; his mother, Ella Jackson Bass of Wilson; two sisters, Dora Butts and
Connie Evans, both of Wilson; two brothers, Ronnie Bass of Ware, Mass., and
Andrew Bass of Wilson; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by John D. O’Connor Funeral Home.

Angelina M. Holt
Angelina Morgan Holt, 77, of 115 Narroway St. died Friday at Wilson Medical
Center. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Donnie Daniel at 11 a.m. Thursday
at Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church, 309 N. Vick St. Burial will follow in
Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are six daughters, Rose Mae Holt of Ocean Township, N.J., Mattie
Jennings of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Evonne Holt of Wilson, Julia Mae Locus of
Atlanta, Bessie Joyner of Washington, D.C., and Gail Blackburn of High Point; 14
grandchildren; and 51 great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at King & Darden Funeral Home today from 1-9 p.m. with
the family receiving friends there from 8-9 p.m. and at other times at the
residence where they will assemble one hour before the funeral.

Harvey E. Jones Sr.
SNOW HILL — Harvey Edward Jones Sr., 84, a native of Wilson, died Tuesday at
Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville. The funeral will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday at the chapel of Taylor-Edwards Funeral Home. Burial will be at 11 a.m.
Friday in Snow Hill Cemetery.
Jones was retired from the U.S. Air Force serving in World War II and the
Korean War. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Snow Hill and the
Walstonburg American Legion Post No. 332, where he served as post chaplain. In
1995 he received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Service.
Surviving are his wife, Katy Walston Jones; two daughters, Judy Jones Holley
of Snow Hill and Anne Hardy Sugg of Winston-Salem; a son, Edward Harvey Jones
Jr. of Snow Hill; a sister, Helen Buffalo of Raleigh; and six grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home immediately following the
service and at other times at 301 Eastover Drive.

Louis E. Morgan
Louis Earl Morgan, 85, of Richmond, Va., died Sunday. The funeral was held at
11 a.m. today at Monument Heights Baptist Church. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m.
today in Hollywood Cemetery, Middlesex.
Surviving are two sons, John E. Morgan and William L. “Bill” Morgan; one
brother, Wesley Morgan; and five grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Bennett Funeral Home, Richmond, Va.

Stella M. Harris
Stella McKeel Harris, 84, of 1205 Brookhaven Drive, died Tuesday at Wilson
Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Larry Letchworth at 11
a.m. Thursday at the chapel of Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St. Burial
will follow in Stantonsburg Cemetery.
She was a former employee of Blue Bell-Wrangler.
Surviving are three daughters, Barbara H. Harrell of Snow Hill, Shirley H.
Johnson and Maggie H. Thompson, both of Wilson; one son, Lee Harris of Wilson;
eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.
and at other times at the residence.

Limme B. Coley
The Rev. Limme Brewitt “L.B.” Coley, 74, of Goldsboro died Monday at Wake
Medical Center, Raleigh. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Rick Cason
and the Rev. George Lee at 11 a.m. Friday at Victory Free Will Baptist Church.
Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery, Wilson.
He was associate pastor of Victory Free Will Baptist Church for 25 years where
he also taught Sunday school.
Surviving are four sisters, Ethelene C. Newsome of Goldsboro, Dotsie C.
Lancaster of Stantonsburg, Betty Jean C. Bogue of Fremont and Bonnie C. Eatmon
of Rocky Mount.
The family will receive friends at Seymour Funeral Home, Goldsboro, Thursday
from 7-9 p.m. and at other times at 1906 Palm St., Goldsboro.

Cecil E. Rose
Feb. 29, 1924 Oct. 2, 2001
The Rev. Cecil Elbert Rose, 77, died Tuesday. The funeral will be held at 2
p.m. Friday at Shiloh Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial will follow in
Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Ruth Phillips Rose; a daughter, Gay Rose Jones of
Lawrenceville, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
Thursday from 7-9 and at other times at 409 Denby St.

Jerrill J. Webb
July 15, 1937 Oct. 2, 2001
Jerrill Jerome Webb, 64, of 2014-C Glendale Ave. died Tuesday at Wilson
Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Billy Crabtree at 2
p.m. Thursday at the chapel of Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St. Burial
will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are one daughter, Teresa Everett of Davis; one sister, Jocelyn Teal
of Wilmington; four brothers, Randolph Webb of Santa Monica, Calif., G.C. Webb
and Robert “Bobby” Webb and Wilton Webb, all of Wilson; and two grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at 2506 Shreve St.

October 4, 2001

Anne H. Parker
Oct. 9, 1920 Oct. 3, 2001
CARROLLTON, Ga. — Anne Hoggerd Parker, 80, formerly of Wilson, N.C., died
Wednesday. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hightower Funeral
Home, Breman, Ga.
Surviving are one daughter, Diane Lee of Carrollton, Ga.; one sister, Sadie
Hyman; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Frank R. Barnes
Frank R. Barnes, 89, formerly of 1316 Atlantic St., died Saturday. The
funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Welton Barnes at 1 p.m. Friday at King &
Darden Funeral Home, 325 E. Nash St. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are two daughters, Tyree Barnes White and Renata Barnes, both of
Wilson; two sons, Sherwood Barnes and Angelo Barnes, both of Wilson; one
stepson, Leo I. Dancy of Philadelphia; one stepbrother, Richard Williams of
Lawnside, N.J.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren..
The body may be viewed at the funeral home today from 4-8 p.m. with the family
receiving friends there from 6-7 p.m. and at other times at the home of Sherwood
Barnes, 1820 Snowden Drive, where they will assemble one hour before the
funeral.

Edward D. Bryant
MIDDLESEX — Edward Dorsey Bryant, 86, of 9882 N.C. 97 West died Tuesday at his
home. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Butch Gordon at 11 a.m. Friday
at Samaria Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Murray Cemetery.
Bryant was a retired carpenter and a member of Samaria Baptist Church where he
was an honorary deacon.
Surviving are his wife, Christine Bissette Bryant; one daughter, Sandra B.
Hough of Middlesex; one son, Dickey Vann Bryant of Middlesex; one sister, Versa
B. Hicks of Middlesex; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Spring Hope Funeral Home from 7-9 tonight
and at other times at the home.

Pharoah Barnes Jr.
Oct. 11, 1921 Oct. 1, 2001
Pharoah “June” Barnes, 79, of 1001 Crawford St. died Monday at Wilson Medical
center. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Albert Barnes at 2 p.m. Saturday
at St. Paul Church of Christ, 4133 Frank Price Church Road, Black Creek. Burial
will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden, Wilson.
Surviving are his wife, Eloise Barnes; one daughter, Linda Faye Sanders of
Wilson; five sons, Darryl “Cooley” Sanders, Johnnie Earl Sanders, Antonia “Tony”
Barnes and Albert “Nub” Ellis, all of Wilson, and Tyrone Ward of Newborn, Ga.;
10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren including, Dominique Sanders and
Monique Sanders, both of the home, whom he 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.

William J. Murray
William Jerry “Bill” Murray, 71, of Scotland Neck, formerly of Bailey, died
Wednesday. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Billy Poteat and
the Rev. Chuck Plowman at 1 p.m. Friday in Bailey Cemetery.
Murray was a paratrooper veteran of the Korean War and was retired from the
North Carolina Department of Revenue with 40 years of service.
Surviving are his wife, Joyce W. Murray; a daughter, Donna M. Moye of Raleigh;
two sons, William “Jerry” Murray Jr. of Apex and John W. Murray of Zebulon; and
three grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Letchworth Funeral Home, Scotland Neck,
from 7-8 tonight.

James R. Pitt
PINETOPS — James Robert “Bobby” Pitt, 69, died Wednesday. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Richard E. Hildebrandt at 11 a.m. Friday at Carlisle
Funeral Home, Tarboro. Burial will follow in Edgecombe Memorial Park.
Surviving are a sister, Betty Ann Pitt Dew of Tarboro; and two brothers,
William Bunn Pitt of Tarboro and Louis Borden Pitt of Pinetops.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Albert L. Brooks
July 11, 1902 Sept. 30, 2001
Albert Lee Brooks, 99, of Louisburg died Sunday at Regional Medical Center,
Louisburg. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Henry Fodham III at 10 a.m.
Saturday at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St. Burial will follow in
Hamilton Burial Garden.
Surviving are one son, the Rev. Victor Brooks Sr. of Louisburg; 13
grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home Friday from 4-9 p.m. The family
will receive friends at the residence, 1039 Ronald Tharrington Road, Louisburg
and will assemble there one hour before the funeral.

October 5, 2001

Rosetta H. Williams
Dec. 24, 1921 Oct. 3, 2001
Rosetta Harris Williams, 79, of 6522 Speight School Road died Wednesday at
Wilson Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Linda Artis at
2 p.m. Sunday at Salisbury AME Zion Church, Faro. Burial will follow in St.
Delight Cemetery, Walstonburg.
She was retired from Bruce Food Corporation and was a member of Salisbury AME
Zion Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Rose Mitchell of the home; Shirley Hobbs of
Eureka and Evonne Short of Robersonville; two stepdaughters, Annie Artis of
Stantonsburg and Betty Thomas of Wilson; two sisters, Eunice Swinson and Mary
Thompson, both of Wilson; one brother, Noble Harris of Wilson; eight
grandchildren; and four 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.

Cecil E. Rose
Feb. 29, 1924 Oct. 2, 2001
The Rev. Cecil E. Rose is also survived by one sister, Mozelle Thompson of
Wilson; and four brothers, Billy Rose of Kenly, Percell Rose of Fayetteville,
Worth Rose of Florida and Hubert Rose of Georgia. Their names were omitted in
Wednesday’s edition.

James H. Melvin III
WELLINGTON, Fla. — Dr. James Henry Melvin, 63, formerly of Wilson, N.C., died
Wednesday at Palms West Hospital.
Arrangements are being handled by Palms West Funeral Home and Crematory, Royal
Palm Beach.

October 6, 2001

Cody N. Garrett
STEM — Cody Nathan Garrett, 8, is survived by his parents, Les M. and Pamela
Godwin Garrett, formerly of Wilson.
Their names were omitted in Monday’s edition.

Abraham Porter
PINETOPS — Abraham Porter , 72, of Pinetops died Thursday. The funeral will be
at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hart Funeral Home in Rocky Mount. Burial will follow in
Gardens of Gethsemane in Rocky Mount.

Elizabeth Perry Hayes
FREMONT — Elizabeth Perry Hayes, 78, of 204 S. Vance St., died Wednesday at
Wayne Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Frank Russ will preside at the funeral at 2
p.m. today at Elmwood Cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter, Suzanne Perry Hayes of Raleigh; two sons, William
Bryant Hayes of the home and Bertram Stover Hayes Jr. of New Bern; a sister,
Margaret Perry Toothman of Wallace; and two granddaughters.
The family received friends Friday at the home.

Jeffery B. Batchelor
July 7, 1958 Oct. 5, 2001
SIMS — Jeffery Bernard Batchelor, 43, of 6139 Bruce Road, died Friday at Pitt
County Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Larry Joyner will conduct a graveside service
at 2 p.m. Sunday at Eatmon-Williams Family Cemetery in Bailey.
Surviving are his wife, Lynneva J. Batchelor of the home; one sister, Debbie
Williams Morgan of Wilson; and three brothers, Anthony Ervin Batchelor and Noah
Lee Batchelor, both of Sims, and William Thomas Batchelor of North Wilkesboro.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Shingleton Funeral Home
at 2407 W. Nash St. and at other times at 1116 Sunnybrook Road, Wilson.

Sallie Oakley McCoy
FOUNTAIN — Sallie Oakley McCoy, 92, died Friday at Pitt County Memorial
Hospital. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Church Street chapel of
the Farmville Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Queen Anne Cemetery in
Fountain.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at the Farmville Funeral
Home.

October 8, 2001

Rachel Lou W. Justice
Rachel Lou Wiggins Justice, 78, died Saturday. The funeral will be conducted
by the Rev. LaVon Phillips at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S.
264 West. Burial will follow in Pikeville Town Cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter, Margaret Gurley of Fremont; four sisters, Edna
Petway, Ruby Strickland, Marie Craft and Linda Edwards, all of Wilson; three
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at 311 Sleepy Hollow Road, Fremont.

Willie H. McNair
Oct. 27, 1957 Oct. 5, 2001
Willie Howard “Mac” McNair, 43, of 5488 N.C. 124 West, Macclesfield died
Friday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center, Goldsboro, The funeral will be conducted
by the Rev. William Ezzell at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S.
Tarboro St. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
McNair was a veteran of the United States Army.
Surviving are one daughter, Elizabeth Fields of Hephzibah, Ga.; his parents,
Willie B. and Mary Farmer McNair of Macclesfield; three sisters, Janice McNair
of Macclesfield, Mary McNair-Lewis of Raleigh and Christine Wright of Wilson;
one brother, Edward Lee McNair of Washington, D.C.; and two grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home today from 3-9 p.m. The family will
receive friends at the residence and will assemble there one hour before the
funeral.

Benjamin F. Glover Sr.
May 30, 1907 Oct. 7, 2001
Benjamin Franklin Glover Sr., 94, died Sunday at his residence. The funeral
will be conducted by the Rev. Lynn White at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Christian
Church. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are two sons, John Glover and Ben Glover, both of Wilson; four
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St. from 7-8:30 tonight.

Mildred F. Wells
TARBORO — Mildred Faye Wells, 68, died Saturday. The funeral will be held at
3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Carlisle Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Edgecombe
Memorial Park.
Surviving are her husband; two sons; three sisters, including Jo Davis of
Wilson and Bertie Ferrell of Fremont; two brothers, Bob Ferrell of Lucama and
Shorty Ferrell of Fremont; and two grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

October 9, 2001

James H. Melvin III
Feb. 17. 1938 Oct. 3, 2001
Dr. James Henry Melvin III, 63, of Wellington, Fla., formerly of Wilson, died
Wednesday at Palms West Hospital. A memorial service will be held Saturday at
First Presbyterian Church, 414 Sunset Road.
Dr. Melvin was president of Wilson Radiology until his retirement in 1998.
Surviving are his wife, Diane Melvin; three daughters, Elizabeth Melvin of
Sedona, Ariz., Kelly Melvin of Raleigh and Michelle Melvin of Wellington, Fla.;
one son, Pete Melvin of Huntington Beach, Calif.; one sister, JoAnn Nelson of
Jackson, Miss.; and two grandsons.
The family will receive friends following the service at the home of Ray and
Rhonda Jackson, 2901 Wolf Trap Drive.

Herschel G. Murphy
June 5, 1946 Oct. 6, 2001
RICHMOND HILL, Ga. — Herschel George Murphy, 55, formerly of Wilson, N.C.,
died Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital, Savannah. A memorial service will be held
at 4 p.m. today at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Episcopal Church.
Surviving are his wife, Nancy Peacock Murphy; a daughter, Amy Grace Murphy of
Richmond Hill; and a son, Sean Michael Murphy of Savannah.
The family will receive friends at the church in the fellowship hall following
the service.

Willie Farmer
Aug. 27, 1953 Oct. 7, 2001
Willie “Tip” Farmer, 48, of 128 Barnes St., Sharpsburg, died Sunday at his
residence. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Willie E. Hill Sr. at 2 p.m.
Thursday at Wynn’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 108 Armstrong St., Elm City.
Burial will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden, Wilson.
Farmer was employed with Sentry Vault Co.
Surviving are his wife, Mabel Jean McNeil Farmer; one daughter, Justina
Wiggins of Greensboro; two stepdaughters, Tammy Parker of Elm City and Vicky
McNeil of Sharpsburg; two stepsons, Ricky McNeil of Rocky Mount and Lewis McNeil
of Atlanta; his father, Roosevelt Farmer of Rocky Mount; two sisters, Minnie
Baines and Bettie Thigpen, both of Pinetops; one brother, Fred Farmer of Wilson;
and 11 grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.,
Wednesday from 3-9 p.m. The family will receive friends at the residence and
will assemble there one hour before the funeral.

Agnes B. Joyner
FARMVILLE — Agnes Boswell Joyner, 83, of 5178 N.C. 258 died Sunday at Heritage
Hospital, Tarboro. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Wilbur Ormond at 11
a.m. Wednesday at Farmville Funeral Home Church Street Chapel. Burial will
follow in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens near Farmville.
She was a member of Monk Memorial Methodist Church. She was former owner and
operator of Joyner’s Gas and Grocery.
Surviving are four sons, Calvin Bruce Joyner and Wilbur Glenn Joyner, both of
Tarboro, Robert Wayne Joyner of Hillsborough and Douglas Carroll Joyner of
Farmville; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at the home of Doug and Amy Joyner, 108 Thorne Drive.

October 10, 2001

Alta O. Howell
Feb. 15, 1942 Oct. 8, 2001
Alta Owens Howell, 59, died Monday. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev.
Wayne King at 11 a.m. Friday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.
Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are a daughter, Sondra H. Bell of Wilson; a son, Michael Howell of
Eustis, Fla.; a sister, Jean Mallory of Rupert, Idaho; four brothers, Lee Owens
of Burley, Idaho, Dee Owens of Seattle, Wash., Marvin Owens of Heyburn, Idaho
and Johnnie Earl Owens of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and four grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and
other times at 210 2B Hawthorne Lane.

October 11, 2001

James O. Liles
April 22, 1922 Oct. 10, 2001
MIDDLESEX — James Ollie Liles, 79, died Wednesday. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Terry Freeman at 3 p.m. Friday at Lee’s Chapel Baptist
Church. Burial will follow in Hollywood Cemetery.
Surviving are two sons, Larry Liles of Middlesex and Garry Liles of
Winterville; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
from 7-9 tonight and at other times at 8246 Stokes Road.

Earnest C. Anderson
MIDDLESEX — Earnest C. Anderson, 82, of 2622 Rocky Cross Road died Tuesday.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Rocky Cross Baptist Church. Burial
will follow in the church cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Bertha B. Anderson; a daughter, Evelyn Allen of Chase
City, Va.; two sons, Phillip Dale Anderson of Laurinburg and Larry B. Anderson
of Louisburg; five sisters, Bessie Steller and Florence Williams, both of Spring
Hope, Louise Edwards of Rocky Mount, Barbara Scarboro of Middlesex and Doris
Finch of Madison Heights, Va.; two brothers, Richard Anderson of Zebulon and
Carl Anderson of Louisburg; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Massey Funeral Home, Zebulon from 7-8:30
tonight.

Luther W. Batchelor Jr.
Oct. 1, 1930 Oct. 10, 2001
Luther Wright Batchelor Jr., 71, of Sharpsburg died Wednesday. The funeral
will be conducted by the Rev. Donnie Baker at 2 p.m. Saturday at Joyner’s
Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial
Gardens.
His survivors include a brother, Jesse “Dock” Batchelor of Sharpsburg.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 7-9 p.m. and
at other times at 8718 Norris Ave., Sharpsburg.

Eliza D. Ramsey
May 25, 1920 Oct. 9, 2001
Eliza Dickinson Ramsey, 81, of Lindenhurst, Ill., a native of Wilson, died
Tuesday at Sunrise Assisted Living, Buffalo Grove, Ill. A memorial service will
be conducted by the Rev. Lisle Kauffman at 7 tonight at Ringa Funeral Home, Lake
Villa, Ill. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Maplewood
Cemetery.
Surviving are two daughters, Fran Puchli of Lindenhurst, Ill., and Patricia
Inslerman of Saranac Lake, N.Y.; two sisters, Nellie-Bond Dickinson and Alice
Van Brunt, both of Florida.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:30-8:30 tonight.

Dorothine Reynolds
July 9, 1926 Oct. 8, 2001
Dorothine Reynolds, 75, of 310 Spaulding St. died Monday at Wilson Medical
Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. William L. Neill at 11 a.m.
Saturday at Edwards Funeral Home, 805 E. Nash St. Burial will follow in Hamilton
Burial Garden.
Surviving are four sisters, Pearlie Mae R. Moore, Alice R. Moss, Christine
Reynolds, all of Wilson, and Mamie R. Jones of Portsmouth, Va.; and one brother,
Roosevelt Reynolds of Philadelphia.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home Friday from 2-8 p.m. The family
will receive friends at the residence and will assemble there one hour before
the funeral.

October 12, 2001

Priscilla Andrew
Priscilla “Pat” Andrew, 45, of 6153 N.C. 42 died Wednesday at Wilson Medical
Center. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel at Coley
Funeral Home, Kenly. Burial will follow in Kenly Cemetery.
Surviving are her husband, George Edward Andrew; a daughter, Christina Hope
Kelly of Rocky Mount; two sons, Robert Lee Jones and Douglas Daniels, both of
Rocky Mount; two sisters, Evelyn Stewart Lewis of Rocky Mount and Mary Louise
Hrabec of Michigan; a brother, Charles Edward Stewart of Rocky Mount; and four
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Jessica L. Gurley
KENLY — Jessica Lynne Gurley, 15, of N.C. 222 East died Wednesday at Duke
University Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. James
Joyner and the Rev. George Arant at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at Coley
Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Kenly Cemetery.
Surviving are her mother, Teresa Pate of Kenly; her father, Robin Gurley of
Bailey; and grandparents, Judy Evans of Kenly and Jesse and Pat Pate of Selma.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Helen W. Barnes
Helen Wheeler Barnes, 72, of 4927 Country Club Drive died Wednesday. The
funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Doug Murray and the Rev. William Bussey at
11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Maplewood
Cemetery.
Surviving are her husband, Wiley L. Barnes; three daughters, Carol Brewer and
Lou Ann Griffith, both of Wilson, and Lee Murphy of Burtonsville, Md.; a son,
Ned Barnes of Wilmington; two sisters, Bette McGuillady of Florida and Jane
Albritton of Wilson; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from, 7-8:30 tonight.
Arrangements are being handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St.

Allena Deans
Allena Deans, 99, of 202 U.S. 301 South, a resident of Brian Center, died
Tuesday. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Geraldine Whitley at 2 p.m.
Saturday at King & Darden Funeral Home, 325 E. Nash St. Burial will follow in
Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are one son, Jessie Leonard Deans of Sims; one sister, Lucy Jane
Deans of White Plains, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren,
The body may be viewed at the funeral home today from 3-8:30 p.m. The family
will receive friends at the home of her son, Jessie L. Deans, 8536 Bunn Road,
Sims, and will assemble there one hour before the funeral.

Essie Mae H. Artis
Essie Mae Hoskins Artis, 68, of 405 E. Vance St. died Tuesday at Wilson
Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Ernest Ray Melton at 2
p.m. Sunday at L.N. Forbes Original Free Will Baptist Tabernacle, 1800 Lane St.
Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are two daughters, Myra Artis and Betty Joyce Clyburn, both of
Wilson; four sisters, Rematha Hoskins, Lillie Hoskins Hilliard and Mable Doris
Hoskins Barnes, all of Wilson, and Christine Hoskins Artis of Brooklyn, N.Y.;
three brothers, Leroy Hoskins of Washington, D.C., John Henry Hoskins of
Baltimore and Curtis Hoskins of Wilson; seven grandchildren; and 19 great-
grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at King & Darden Funeral Home, 325 E. Nash St.,
Saturday 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.

Dianne Knight
Dianne Knight, 50, of 916 Atlantic St. died Tuesday at Wilson Medical Center.
The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Charles Barnes at 1 p.m. Sunday at St.
James Christian Church, 1739-B Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. Burial will
follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are her father, Jesse Knight of Wilson; one sister, Belinda Gail
Knight of Wilson; and two brothers, Carson Glen Knight and Jimmy Earl Knight,
both of Wilson.
The body may be viewed at King & Darden Funeral Home, 325 E. Nash St.,
Saturday from 1-8:30 p.m. The family will receive friends at the home of her
sister, Belinda Gail Knight, 307 Jefferson St., and will assemble there one hour
before the funeral.

Frank J. Tillery
July 27, 1931 Oct. 5, 2001
Frank Junious Tillery, 70, of 1200 Aycock St. died Friday at his residence.
The funeral will be conducted by Elder Dameion L. Royal at 2 p.m. Sunday at St.
Rose Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), 605 Douglas St. Burial will follow
in Hamilton Burial Garden.
Tillery was retired from Export Leaf Tobacco Company and was a member of St.
Rose Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ).
Surviving are three daughters, Brenda J. Cook of the home, Evonne Tillery
Johnson of Potecasi and Janice Cook of Wilson; one son, Frank Cook Jr. of
Wilson; two stepsons, Carol Cook and Robert Cook, both of Wilson.; his mother,
Delia Moore Tillery of Baltimore; 12 grandchildren; and 15 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.

Allie B. Walls
GRAHAM — Allie Barnes Walls, 85, a native of Wilson, died Thursday at his
residence. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Don Mims and the Rev. Lou
East at 11 a.m. Saturday at Graham Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in
Graham Memorial Park.
Surviving are his wife, Laura Mae Holt Walls; a son, William Holt Walls of
Mebane; a sister, Julia W. Wilson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and one grandchild.
The family will receive friends at in the of church parlor Saturday from 10-11
a.m. and at other times at the residence.
Arrangements are being handled by Rich & Thompson Funeral Service, Burlington.

Juanita B. McCoy
Juanita Burton McCoy, 78, of Raleigh, formerly of Wilson, died Sept. 5. A
memorial graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Lynn White at 11 a.m.
Tuesday in Maplewood Cemetery.
She was a a retired laboratory technician with Walter Reed Army Center. She
was a member of the Order of Easter Star, Arlington, Va. chapter.
Her survivors include several cousins.
Arrangements are being handled by Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St.

Oscar R. Mitchell
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Oscar Roscoe “Mitch” Mitchell, a native of
Walstonburg, N.C., died Oct. 6. The funeral will be held at noon Saturday at
Sterett Hall on the Naval Base. Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Park.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Mae Mitchell; four daughters, Margaret M.
Merene, Patricia A. Mitchell, Teresa M. Robinson and Chona A. Mitchell; six
sons, Gary Mitchell, Carlton Mitchell, John F. Mitchell, Timothy Mitchell, Eric
Mitchell and Gregory Simmons; and two brothers, Henderson E. Mitchell and
Clarence E. Mitchell.
The family will receive friends at Calvary AME Church from 7-8 tonight.
Arrangements are being handled by Suburban Funeral Home.

October 13, 2001

Beverly Forbes
Jan. 14, 1967 Oct. 11, 2001
Beverly Denise Deans Forbes, 34, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Wilson, died
Thursday in the Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hamilton Funeral Chapel of Wilson.

Madison “Ben” Mincey
Aug. 16, 1913 Oct. 12, 2001
Madison “Ben” Mincey, 88, of 723 Lincoln St., died Friday at the Wilson
Medical Center.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hamilton Funeral Chapel.

October 15, 2001

Ralph J. Taylor
LUCAMA — Ralph J. Taylor, 78, of 7062 U.S. 117 died Saturday. A graveside
service was conducted by the Rev. Glenn Holland at 11 a.m. today in Pikeville
Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Lorena Aycock Taylor; a son, Ralph Sidney Taylor of
Noblesville, Ind.; two brothers, Jimmy Taylor of Newport News, Va. and Kenneth
Taylor of Charlotte; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Coley Funeral Home, Kenly.

Sarah W. Ford
Sept. 24, 1923 Oct. 8, 2001
Sarah Ward Ford, 78, of 1321 Atlantic St. died Oct. 8 at Life Care Hospitals
of North Carolina, Rocky Mount. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Dameion
L. Royal at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Rose Church of Christ (Disciples of
Christ), 605 Douglas St. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
She was retired from the Eastern North Carolina Special Care Center and was
employed with Export Leaf Tobacco Company.
Surviving are one daughter, Antonia Michelle Ford of the home; one son, Wayne
Ward Ford of Des Moines, Iowa; one stepdaughter, Magdeline Brown of Wilson;
three stepsons, Isaac Russell of New Haven, Conn., James Earl Ford and William
Ford, both of Winston-Salem; two sisters, Betty Ward Ingram of Clinton, Md., and
Gladys Ward Thomas of Washington, D.C.; and one grandson.
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 Best Western-LaSammana Hotel,
817-A Ward Blvd. in the Hospitality Room #122 Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and will
assemble at the funeral home one hour before the funeral.

Sally A. Tripp
Aug. 14, 1943 Oct. 13, 2001
SMITHFIELD — Sally Anderson Tripp, 58, died Saturday at WakeMed of Raleigh.
The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Joe Baker at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the
chapel of Parrish Funeral Home, Princeton. Burial will follow in Baker’s Chapel
Church Cemetery.
Surviving are her husband; one daughter; two sisters, including Linda Pittman
of Wilson; two half sisters; three half brothers, Bobby Anderson, Billy Anderson
and J.B. Anderson, all of Farmville; two grandchildren; and one great-
grandchild.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Benjamin T. Smith Jr.
Dec. 18, 1928 Oct. 14, 2001
Benjamin Thorp Smith Jr., 72, died Sunday at Pitt County Memorial Hospital,
Greenville. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. James McKinnon and the
Rev. Lynn White at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will
follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Smith served as principal of Coopers School from 1965-1991.
Surviving are his wife, Ruth Marie Suessmuth Smith; one daughter, Phyllis
Zoeller Smith Leary of Wilson; two sons, Benjamin Thorp Smith III of Laurel, Md.
and Brandon Palmer Smith of Wake Forest; and four grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the Smith home, 1507 Stronwood Drive
Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and immediately following the service.
Arrangements are being handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St.

Marvin T. Joyner
April 30, 1930 Oct. 13, 2001
Marvin Toney Joyner, 71, died Saturday. The funeral will be conducted by the
Rev. Ricky Nelms and the Rev. Johnny Taylor at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Joyner’s
Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Helen Francis Skinner Joyner; a daughter, Helen Joyner
Thomas of Wilson; a son, Ben William Joyner of Brevard; two brothers, Needham
Joyner and George “Monk” Joyner, both of Wilson; four grandchildren; and three
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 Lot 50 Greenbriar Trailer Park.

Joseph C. Huff
Oct. 3, 1952 Oct. 14, 2001
Joseph Cameron Huff, 49, died Sunday. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m.
Friday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.
Surviving are his parents, John R. and Mary Ann Huff of Toledo, Ohio; a son,
Jamie Huff of Stantonsburg; a sister, Kathy Ford of Temperance, Mich.; and a
brother, Jeff Huff of College Park, Md.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 7-9 p.m.

Jesse P. Barnette Sr.
ELM CITY — Jesse Preston Barnette Sr., 74, of 3620 London Church Road died
Sunday at Wilson Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev.
Johnny Taylor and the Rev. Timothy Creel at 11 a.m. Thursday at Seymour Funeral
Home, Goldsboro. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Goldsboro.
Surviving are his wife, Julia Pennington Barnette; three daughters, Pam Turpin
and Kay Bailey, both of Goldsboro and Barbara Reinoehl of Pikeville; two
stepsons, Carl Pennington Jr., and Randall Pennington; two sisters, Jennie Renzo
and Irene Franklin, both of Wilson; six grandchildren; eight great-
grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.

Lester W. Morris Jr.
RICHMOND, Va. — Lester W. Morris Jr., 87, a native of Wilson, N.C., died
Wednesday. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today at Hollywood Cemetery
Mausoleum, Richmond.
His survivors include a brother, William B. Morris.
Arrangements are being handled by A.W. Bennett Funeral Home.





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