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October 16, 2001

Benjamin T. Smith Jr.
Dec. 18, 1928 Oct. 14, 2001
Benjamin Thorp Smith Jr. is also survived by a son, Geoffrey “Jeff” Field
Smith of Wake Forest. His name was incorrect in Monday’s edition.
The Daily Times regrets the error.

Charles C. Woodard Sr.
Sept. 21, 1911 Oct. 15, 2001
Charles Cooper Woodard Sr., 90, of Lucama died Monday. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. DeWayne Eakes at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Joyner’s Funeral
Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are three daughters, Sally Woodard Whitley and Norma Winborne, both
of Wilson, and Brenda Woodard Batten of Carrollton, Va.; one son, Charles C.
Woodard Jr. of Lucama; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at 200 W. Oak St., Lucama.

Troy McDougald
Oct. 6, 1920 Oct. 14, 2001
Troy McDougald, 81, a resident of Avante at Wilson, died Sunday. The funeral
will be conducted by the Rev. Eddie B. Coley at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hamilton
Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
McDougald was retired from Wilson Veneer Mills.
Surviving are five daughters, Ethel Sims of Louisburg, Margaret Lucas of
Raleigh, Mattie Holder of Kenly, Neicole Gear of Wilson and Neva McDougald of
Hampton, Va.; five sons, Donald McDougald of Fort Washington, Md., James
McDougald of Kenly, Billy Ray McDougald and Leslie Keith McDougald, both of
Bronx, N.Y., and Johnny McDougald of Cedar Town, Ga.; 19 grandchildren; and 12
great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home Wednesday from 3-9 p.m. with the
family receiving friends there from 7-8 p.m. The family will assemble at the
funeral home one hour before the funeral.

Mazie M. Roberson
Mazie Mae Roberson, 59, of 708 Edwards St. died Friday. The funeral will be
held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel at King & Darden Funeral Home, 325 E.
Nash St. Burial will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
Surviving are one son, Harold Robinson of the home; and one brother, Barry
Bernard Rogers of Washington, D.C.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home today from 4-8 p.m. The family will
receive friends at the residence and will assemble there one hour before the
funeral.

Hazel M. Langley
Hazel Moseley Langley, 94, of Spring Arbor died Monday. A graveside service
will be conducted by the Rev. Keith Sexton at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Maplewood
Cemetery.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 tonight at Thomas-Yelverton
Funeral Service, 2704 W. Nash St.

Eula A. Watson
KENLY — Eula A. Watson, 94, of 307 Woodard St. died Monday. The funeral will
be conducted by the Rev. James Joyner at 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel at Coley
Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Kenly Cemetery.
Surviving are three sons, Arnold Watson and Alfred “Tom” Watson, both of Kenly
and Danny Ross Watson of Black Creek ; a sister, Louise Little of Selma; three
grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.

Viola B. Strickland
Viola B. Strickland, 92, of Tabb, Va., formerly of Spring Hope, died Sunday at
her home. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Butch Gordon and the Rev.
John Curlings at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Samaria Baptist Church. Burial will follow
in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Wilson.
Surviving are a daughter, Betty Deans of Yorktown, Va.; a son, Reginald
Strickland of Seaford, Va.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Spring Hope Funeral Home from 7-8:30
tonight.

Earl L. Lucas Sr.
Earl Lee Lucas Sr., 71, of Zebulon died Friday. The funeral will be held at 1
p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) of Bailey.
Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are his wife, Jestine Lucas; three daughters, Evelyn Warren of
Chester, N.J., Venesse Ebron of Newark, N.J., and Vanessa Alston of Howell,
N.J.; three sons, Clifton Poindexter of Capitol Heights, Md., Earlie “Butchie”
Lucas Jr. of Newark, N.J., and Ronald Lucas of Neptune, N.J.; two sisters, Lula
B. Jones of Washington, D.C., and Thelma Lucas Richardson of Bailey; five
brothers, Avon Lucas of Goldsboro, Ercell Lucas and Carl Lucas, both of Spring
Hope, James Earl Lucas and Wallace Lucas, both of Rocky Mount; 19 grandchildren;
and four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 tonight at William Toney’s Funeral
Home, Zebulon.

Virginia T. Chamblee
Virginia Thompson Chamblee, 84, formerly of Broad Street, died Monday in Wake
Forest. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Craig Holladay at 11
a.m. Wednesday in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are a son, Neil Preston of Raleigh; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St.

October 17, 2001

Jesse S. Ellis
April 13, 1959 Oct. 14, 2001
Jesse Stuart Ellis, 42, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Sunday. A graveside service
will be conducted by the Rev. Eddie B. Coley at noon Friday in Hamilton Burial
Gardens.
Surviving are one daughter, Tabitha Miller Ellis of Brooklyn, N.Y.; his
mother, Thadys Newsome Gray; two sisters, Stephanie Ellis of Laurelton, N.Y.,
and Patricia McMichael of Brooklyn, N.Y.; his grandmother, Lizzie Ellis of
Lucama; and one grandson.
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. The
family will assemble at the funeral home one hour before the funeral.

William B. Jenkins
July 27, 1940 Oct. 15, 2001
William B. Jenkins, 61, of 204 Martin Luther King Drive, Pinetops, died Monday
at Heritage Hospital, Tarboro, The funeral will be conducted by Elder Arthur
Cherry at 1 p.m. Friday at Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Association, Bynum Road,
Pinetops. Burial will follow in Hamilton Burial Gardens, Wilson.
Jenkins was retired from Gardners Elementary School.
Surviving are his wife, Lena Horne Jenkins; six daughters, Patricia Ann Sharpe
of Rocky Mount, Cathy A. Jenkins of Clinton, Md., Febbie “Renae” Gray, Angela D.
Artis and Karen “Yvonne” Green, all of District Heights, Md., and Tracey Jenkins
of Laurel, Md.; one stepdaughter, Christine “Molly” Williams of Pinetops; three
sons, Donald “Chubby” Sharpe and Barry Sharpe, both of Rocky Mount, and Kenneth
Jenkins of Largo, Md.; three stepsons, Ronald Horne and Raymond Rhodes, both of
Wilson, and Dennis Rhodes of Takoma Park, Md.; three sisters, Nellie Atkinson
and Arthenia Jenkins, both of Wilson, and Christine McNair of Saratoga; three
brothers, Henry L. Jenkins of Pinetops, Joseph “Joe” Jenkins of Capitol Heights,
Md., and Bobby “Buddy” Jenkins of Wilson; 27 grandchildren; and five 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.

Beverly D. Forbes
Jan. 14, 1967 Oct. 11, 2001
Beverly Denise Deans Forbes, 34, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Wilson, died
Thursday at Manatee Memorial Hospital, Brandenton, Fla. The funeral will be
conducted by Elder Nathaniel Poole at 2 p.m. Thursday at Suggs Christian Temple,
1602 Stantonsburg Road. Burial will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
Surviving are four daughters, Shelley Renee Deans of Wilson, Ebony Monique
Forbes of Bradenton, Fla., Ashley Nicole Forbes and Demitrius Shontae Forbes,
both of Seattle; her mother, Bernice Shelly Deans of Wilson; two sisters, Lisa
Michelle Pender and Crystal Shea Deans, both of Wilson; her grandmother, Novella
Hooks Deans of Jamaica, Queens; and one grandson.
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 304 Jackson St., Apt. 2, and
will assemble there one hour before the funeral.

H. Earl Williams
Sept. 16, 1924 Oct. 16, 2001
ZEBULON — Herman Earl Williams, 77, of 5610 Old U.S. 64 died Tuesday. The
funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pilot Baptist Church, 8103 N.C. 39.
Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are his wife, Ann Mullen Williams; two sons, Wyatt E. Williams of
Middlesex and Kenneth H. “Kenny” Williams of Pilot; a sister, Melrose Caines of
Greensboro; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and three great-
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the church from 7-8:30 tonight.
Arrangements are being handled by Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell.

James B. Herndon
MACCLESFIELD — James B. “Jim” Herndon, 73, died Tuesday. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. David Cox at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Macclesfield Christian
Church. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery, Wilson.
Surviving are a daughter, Maggie Herndon Vaughn of Greensboro; and a son,
James B. Herndon II of Ferrum, Va.
The family will receive friends at Carlisle Funeral Home from 7-9 tonight.

Troy McDougald
The family of Troy McDougald has changed the place of burial to Hamilton
Burial Gardens.

October 18, 2001

Georgia G. Lawrence
Jan, 29 Oct. 12, 2001
PHILADELPHIA — Georgia Olivia “Doll Baby” Gaskins Lawrence, 72, a native of
Wilson, N.C., died Friday. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Reggie Johnson
at 11 a.m. today at Sharon Baptist Church. Burial followed in Glenwood Memorial
Gardens, Broomall, Pa.
Surviving are two daughters, Theresa Gaskins-Lawrence and Patricia Roberts;
two sons, Ronald Lawrence and Cornell Lawrence; three sisters, Annie Bell Ford
of Detroit, Addrine Barnes and Geraldine Robinson, both of Wilson, N.C.; three
brothers, Learly Gaskins of Philadelphia, Arthur Gaskins and Bobby King, both of
Wilson, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Arrangements were handled by Julian V. Hawkins Funeral Home.

Eva Mae B. Moore
Eva Mae Baker Moore, 72, died Tuesday at her home. The funeral will be held at
11 a.m. Friday at Wilkerson Funeral Chapel, Greenville. Burial will follow in
Hollywood Cemetery, Farmville.
Surviving are her husband, Luke Moore; two daughters, Betty Harrell of
Farmville and Carolyn Lane of Wilson; three sons, Vernon Nichols of Farmville,
Bob W. Nichols of Rocky Mount and Billy Nichols of Wilmington; two sisters,
Peggy Rouse and Rachel Bridgeman, both of Washington, N.C.; two brothers, Joe
Baker of Farmville and Leland “Buddy” Baker Jr. of Washington; 19 grandchildren;
28 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at the home of Carolyn Lane, 2516 Lancaster Road.

Madison Mincey
Aug. 16, 1913 Oct. 12, 2001
Madison “Ben” Mincey, 88, of 723 Lincoln St. died Friday at Wilson Medical
Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Darryl T. Canady at 11 a.m.
Saturday at Jackson Chapel First Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow
in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Mincey was a former sexton of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and a former
caretaker of Rountree Cemetery. He was one of the first black firemen of Wilson
County. He was a former member of East Nash Volunteer Fire Department and was a
member of Jackson Chapel First Baptist Church,
Surviving are his wife, Lala Ruth Barnes Mincey of Wilson; five daughters,
Johnnie “Mildred” Prattis of Brooklyn, N.Y., Elizabeth Mincey and Jackie Jones,
both of Wilson, Jean Brown of Philadelphia and Judy Anderson of Rocky Mount; one
adopted daughter, Johnese Bryant of Wilson; one sister, Mildred Woodard of
Wilson; 37 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-
grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., Friday
from 3-9:30 p.m. with the family receiving friends there from 8:15-9:15 p.m. and
at other times at the residence where they will assemble one hour before the
funeral.

William R. White Sr.
Dec. 2, 1919 Oct. 13, 2001
William Russell White Sr., 81, of 5104 Packhouse Road died Saturday at Kitty
Askins Hospice Center, Goldsboro. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Luther
Barbour at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Church of Christ, 4009 Lake Wilson Road.
Burial will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
White was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of St. Jude Holiness Church.
Surviving are his wife, Martha Lucas White; five daughters, Martha Ray White,
Annie White Pope, Helen Jean White and Letita White, all of Wilson, and Janice
White Burgess of Greenville; two sons, William Russell White Jr. of Winston-
Salem and Ezzard Charles White of Wilson; one sister, Doretha Parker of Elm
City; one brother, Fred White of Durham; seven grandchildren; and five great-
grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., Friday
from 3-9:30 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.

Billy R. DeBerry
Billy Ray DeBerry, 43, of 804 Graham St. died Monday. The funeral will be
conducted by Elder Ernest Ray Melton at 1 p.m. Saturday at Brown Chapel Free
Will Baptist Church, 1507 Hadley St. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are one son, Tyrone Pope of Bronx, N.Y.; his mother, Mary Watson of
the home; two sisters, Gwen Chapmin of Wilson and Jewel Huges of the home; a
brother, August DeBerry of the home; his maternal grandmother, Odesser Watson of
Wilson; and two grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at King & Darden Funeral Home, 325 E. Nash St., Friday
from 2-8:30 p.m. The family will receive friends at the residence and will
assemble there one hour before the funeral.

Annie N. White
Annie Norwood White, 73, of Lot 17 Anthony Trailer Park died Friday at Wilson
Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Dameion Royal at 2:30
p.m. Saturday at St. Rose Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), 605 S. Douglas
St. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are two daughters, Eloise Allen of Washington, D.C. and Peggie
Farmer of Wilson; three sons, Thomas “Rico” Edmonds and David Norwood, both of
Wilson, and Shelton Lucas of Spring Hope; 25 grandchildren; and 25 great-
grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at King & Darden Funeral Home, 325 E. Nash St., Friday
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.

Lissie W. Holland
Dec. 15, 1910 Oct. 16, 2001
Lissie Webb Holland, 90, of Nashville died Tuesday. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Joseph Ingram at 2 p.m. Friday at Johnson Funeral Home,
Sunset Avenue, Rocky Mount. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens,
Wilson.
Surviving are three brothers, Jodie Webb of Kinston, Grover C. Webb of Rocky
Mount and Leslie Webb of Battleboro.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-8:30 tonight and at
other times at the home, 1079 Benbrook Drive, Nashville.

Tyrone A. Moore
Tyrone Antwan Moore, 21, of 1010-C Lodge St. died Tuesday at Pitt County
Memorial Hospital. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Dameion Royal at 2
p.m. Friday at Calvary United Holiness Church, 515 Daniel St. Burial will follow
in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are his mother, Devera Moore of Wilson; six sisters, Jo Ann Champion
of Paterson, N.J., Carolyn Pittman, Annie Mae Hill, Rose Mary Moore, Keisha
Williams and Lisa Williams, all of Wilson; and six brothers, Carl Pittman of
Paterson, N.J., Timothy Moore, Vashon Moore, Cornelius Moore, Cornelius
Yelverton and Brian Williams, all of Wilson.
The body may be viewed at King & Darden Funeral Home, 325 E. Nash St., today
from 4-8 p.m. with the family receiving friends there from 6-7 p.m. and at other
times at 901 Macon St. where they will assemble one hour before the funeral.

Jerome Thomas
July 5, 1949 Oct. 13, 2001
Jerome Thomas of Upper Marlboro, Md., formerly of Wilson, died Oct. 13 at
Wilson Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Willie Thomas at 2
p.m. Saturday at L.N. Forbes Original Free Will Baptist Tabernacle, 1800 Lane
St. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Thomas was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Surviving are his wife, Edna “Lorraine” Meeks Thomas; two daughters, Jasmine
Thomas of the home and Pamela Lucas of Wilson; three sons, Javoris Thomas and
Jerome Thomas, both of Upper Marlboro, Md., and Tony Hopkins of Charlotte; two
sisters, Donald K. Melvin and Pamela Jenkins, both of Wilson; five brothers,
Billy Thomas, Danny Thomas and George Thomas, all of Wilson, Terry Thomas of
Lucama and Ratcliff Thomas of Dale City, Va.; and seven grandchildren.
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 5:30-6:30 p.m. and at
other times at 502 Bruton St. where they will assemble one hour before the
funeral.

Jesse Ellis
Jesse Ellis is also survived by at brother, Eric Ellis of Brooklyn, N.Y.
His name was omitted in Wednesday’s edition.
Hamilton Funeral Chapel regrets the error.

Beverly D. Forbes
Beverly Denise Deans Forbes is also survived by a brother, James Rogers Deans
Jr. of Wilson.
His name was omitted in Wednesday’s edition.
The Daily Times regrets the error.

October 19, 2001

Floyd C. Price Jr.
Sept. 14, 1915 Oct. 18, 2001
SELMA — Floyd Clifton Price Jr., 86, died Wednesday. A memorial service will
be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Selma Baptist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, including Florence Price Batten of Wilson; one
son; one sister; one brother; eight grandchildren; and three great-
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service in
the church fellowship hall.
Arrangements are being handled by Parrish Funeral Home.

Marvin W. Taylor
Marvin Willard Taylor, 58, of 2504-8 St. Christopher Circle died Wednesday at
his residence. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Blair Both at 10 a.m.
Saturday at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Paula Morgan of Oxford and Pam Taylor of
Wisconsin; his mother, Eileen Butler Taylor of Wilson; one brother, Gene Taylor
of White House, Tenn.; and two grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the church following the service and at
other times at 2514 Shreve St.
Arrangements are being handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St.

Marjorie E. Harrell
April 9, 1925 Oct. 18, 2001
Marjorie Estelle Everette Harrell, 76, died Thursday. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. David Varnell at 2 p.m. Saturday at Joyner’s Funeral Home,
4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth “Faye” Mitchell of Wilson and Linda H.
Mercer of Lucama; three sons, Danny Harrell of Surf City, Paul Harrell of Bailey
and Rodney Harrell of Black Creek; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren,
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at 2313 Redwood Drive.

Vester Howard Jr.
MIDDLESEX — Vester Howard Jr., 59, died Monday. The funeral will be held at
noon Saturday in the chapel at William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope. Burial
will follow in Middlesex Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are one daughter, Kimberly Thompson of Seattle; one son, Vester
Howard III of the home; his mother, Shirley Flynn of the home; one sister,
Kathleen Roberson of Middlesex; five brothers, Bernard Howard of Hollis, N.Y.,
Millard Howard of Woodbridge, Va., Raymond Howard of Youngsville, Donnell Howard
of Plainfield, N.J., and Dennis Howard of Raleigh; and one granddaughter.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 11 a.m.-
noon.

Dale S. Watson
Dale Strickland Watson, 93, died Thursday at Beverly Health Care, Tarboro. A
graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Elm
City.
Surviving are her daughter, Susie Keel of Tarboro; two grandsons; and five
great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St., from 7-8:30 tonight.

Willie R. Kelly
July 27, 1912 Oct. 14, 2001
PINETOPS — Elder Willie Roy Kelly, 89, died Sunday at his home. The funeral
will be conducted by Elder Arthur Cherry and Elder James Smith at 1 p.m.
Saturday at Bethlehem Association Center, Bynum Road.
Elder Kelly was pastor of New Hope Primitive Baptist Church of Wilson County.
Surviving are his wife, Betty Smith Kelly; two daughters, Shirley Anne Morton
and Betty Kelly Rountree; eight sons, Wayne Kelly, Milton Kelly, Ricky Kelly,
Willie James Kelly, Cleveland Kelly, William Kelly, Winford Kelly and Michael
Kelly; 43 grandchildren; and 53 great-grandchildren.

October 20, 2001

Dorothy (Watson) Tucker
Dorothy (Watson) Tucker, 81, formerly of Wilson, died Thursday.
Mrs. Tucker, formerly of Kentucky, had resided in Pittsburgh since 1994 and in
the Mount Washington, Pa., area since 1998.
Survivors include two daughters, Sherry T. Henderson of North Carolina and
Judith T. Raub of Mount Washington; two sons, Thomas E. Tucker Jr. and Steve A.
Tucker, both of North Carolina; a sister, Jane Newman of Arizona; a brother,
Eugene Spencer of Indiana; and three grandchildren.

October 22, 2001

Ralph Bayley
Aug. 16, 1929 Oct. 21, 2001
Ralph Bayley, 72, died Sunday. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev.
Ronnie E. Davis at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Joyner1s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.
Burial will be Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Lincolnton.
Surviving are three daughters, Patricia Seronce of Lincolnton, Shelia Herman
and Shelby Aldolfo, both of Baltimore; and three sons, Van Simmons of Denver,
Colo., Steven Bayley of Stantonsburg and Michael Bayley of Baltimore, Md.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service and at other
times at 709 Grove St.

Chester T. Hocutt
Chester T. Hocutt, 55, of Zebulon died Friday. The funeral will be held at 1
p.m. Wednesday at White Oak Hill Baptist Church, Middlesex. Burial will follow
in the church cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Beulah Hocutt; a daughter, Sophia Griffin; two
sisters, Barbara Green of New York and Louise C. Miller of Middlesex; six
brothers, John H. Hocutt, Joseph Hocutt, Hubert Hocutt, McArthur Hocutt, Jerome
Hocutt and Napolean Hocutt, all of Middlesex.
The family will receive friends at William Toney1s Funeral Home, Zebulon
Tuesday from 7-8 p.m.

Margaret C. Daughtridge
March 9, 1908 Oct., 19, 2001
Margaret Elizabeth Calhoun Daughtridge, 93, formerly of South Rountree Street
died Friday at Britthaven. A graveside service was conducted by the Rev. Doug
Murray and the Rev. William Bussey at 11 a.m. today in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are her daughter, Suzanne Daughtridge Holdford of Wilson; four
grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W. Nash
St.

James A. Evans
James Arthur Evans of Fremont died Thursday at Wayne Memorial Hospital. The
funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel at Rhodes Funeral Home,
Goldsboro. Burial will follow in Fremont Cemetery.
Surviving are two sisters, Beatrice Locus of Lucama and Corene Taylor of
Fremont; and one brother, Russell Evans of Wilson.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-7 tonight.

Gerald R. Ristau
July 15, 1932 Oct. 20, 2001
Gerald Richard Ristau, 69, died Saturday. Communion service will be at 10 a.m.
Wednesday at 1805 Hermitage Road. A graveside service will be conducted by the
Rev. Phil Byrum and the Rev. Blair Both at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Evergreen
Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are his wife, Edith Glover Ristau; one daughter, Rebekah Ristau
Reinhold of Wilson; three sons, Jeremy Ristau of Wilson, Timothy Ristau and Mark
Ristau, both of Maryland; one brother, Robert Ristau of Wisconsin; and three
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at St. Timothy1s Episcopal Church following
the graveside service and at other times at the home.

Robert E. Jones
SNOW HILL — Robert Edwin 3Eddie2 Jones, 41, died Friday outside of Jasper,
Ala., as a result of an automobile accident. The funeral was conducted by the
Rev. Claire Clyburn and the Rev. Philip Wood at 11 a.m. today at Calvary
Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial followed in St. Barnabas Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Jean Flynn Harper Jones; two sons, Holden Harper Jones
and Drew McAlister Jones, both of the home; his parents, Robert Thomas and Katie
Pridgen Jones of Walstonburg; two sisters, Kathie Jones Davis of Kinston and Jo
Anna Jones Dail of La Grange; and a brother, Michael Thomas Jones of Snow Hill.
Arrangements were handled by Taylor-Edwards Funeral Home.

Lloyd B. Wiggs Jr.
March 16, 1919 Oct. 20, 2001
Lloyd Blackmon Wiggs Jr., 82, died Saturday. The funeral will be conducted by
the Rev. David Varnell and the Rev. Ron Deans at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Joyner1s
Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial
Gardens.
Surviving are his wife, Blanche Owens Wiggs; a daughter, Janice W. Grant of
Mountain City, Tenn.; two sons, Gordon R. Wiggs of Wilson and Kirby W. Wiggs of
Elm City; one stepdaughter, Marie Braswell of Wilson; five grandchildren; five
great-grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at 3936 U.S. 301 West.

Wilhelmina L. Webb
PINETOPS — Wilhelmina Lane Webb, 96, died Sunday at Beverly Health Care,
Tarboro. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Richard E.
Hildebrandt at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Pinetops Cemetery.
The family will receive friends following the service.
Arrangements are being handled by Carlisle Funeral Home, Tarboro.

J. Millard Hinton Sr.
Nov. 30, 1909 Oct. 19, 2001
SIMS — J. Millard Hinton Sr., 91, of 6239 U.S. 264 Alternate died Friday at
his residence. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Stan Gallagher-Smith,
the Rev. Timothy Webber and the Rev. Andy Cockrell at 3 p.m. today in the chapel
at Shingleton Funeral Home 2407 W. Nash St. Burial will follow in Evergreen
Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are one son, Johnnie M. Hinton Jr. of Sims; two sisters, Velma H.
Renfrow of Wilson and Betty Mae Fulghum of Kenly; one brother, Thomas Hinton of
Wilson; four grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; and two great-grandchildren.

John L. Scott
John Lloyd Scott, 76, of 1114 Goldsboro St. died Saturday. A graveside service
will be conducted by Rick Pridgen at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Pikeville Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home, Goldsboro.

Robert S. Griffin
July 23, 1921 Oct. 20, 2001
Robert Sheldon Griffin, 80, of Bailey died Saturday. A graveside service will
be conducted by the Rev. Stan Gallager-Smith at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Maplewood
Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Dollie U. Griffin; and a stepson, Russell D. Smith of
Pikeville.
The family will receive friends at Joyner1s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and at other times at 11170 Old Smithfield Road, Bailey.

October 23, 2001

Katelyn C. Vick
Jan. 1, 1999 Oct. 21, 2001
PINETOPS — Katelyn Ciara Vick, 2, died Sunday. A graveside service will be
conducted by the Rev. David Proctor at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Rocky Mount Memorial
Park.
Surviving are her parents, Paul and Betty Hayes Vick; one sister, Heather
Nicole Vick of the home; maternal grandparents, Gene and Shirley Hayes of
Battleboro; paternal grandfather, Nicky Vick of Wilson; and paternal
grandmother, Brenda Rollins of Nashville.
The family will receive friends at Bowling Funeral Home, Rocky Mount, from 7-
8:30 tonight and at other times at the home on Faith Baptist Church Road.

Joseph F. Ruscin
March 12, 1915 Oct. 20, 2001
Joseph F. Ruscin, 86, died Saturday at his home in Wilson. A funeral mass will
be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe, Pa. Burial will
follow in Unity Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Bertha Bradish Ruscin; one son, Joseph M. Ruscin of
Auburn, Ala.; three sisters, M. Vincent of Bristow, Va., Ann Carlson of Ohio and
Elizabeth Syzdlik of Florida; two brothers, James Ruscin of New Jersey and
Vincent Ruscin of Florida; six grandchildren; and four great-grandsons.
The family will receive friends at John J. Lopatich Funeral Home, Latrobe,
Pa., Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.

Lloyd B. Wiggs Jr.
Lloyd Blackmon Wiggs Jr. is also survived by two sisters, Edith Nader of
Alexandria, Va., and Linda Kiker of Albemarle; and three brothers, Wilbert Wiggs
of Frederick, Md., Donald Wiggs of Wilson and Rex Wiggs of Elm City.

Carrie P. Murphy
Sept. 27, 1914 Oct. 22, 2001
Carrie Bell Pippin Murphy, 87, died Monday. A graveside service will be
conducted by the Rev. James Joyner at 11 a.m. Thursday in Evergreen Memorial
Gardens.
Surviving are a daughter, Connie Murray of Maysville, Ky.; two sons, Carl D.
Murphy Sr. of Wilson and James E. Murphy of Selma, Ala.; six grandchildren; 15
great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
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 206 Cone St.

Peggy B. Pennington
THOMASVILLE — Peggy Barnes Pennington died Monday at the home of her daughter.
A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Lindsey Green at 2 p.m.
Wednesday in Westview Cemetery, Kinston.
Surviving are her daughter, Penny Sue Hughes; and one brother, Grady Lee
Barnes of Wilson.
The family will receive friends following the graveside service and at other
times at the home of Grady Lee Barnes.
Arrangements are being handled by Edwards Funeral Home, Kinston.

Tyrone A. Moore
Cornelius Yelverton was incorrectly listed in Thursday’s edition as a relative
of Tyrone Moore. Yelverton is a friend of Tyrone Moore.

October 24, 2001

Mary A. Bowen
KENLY — Mary Ann Bowen, 75, of 9231 Lefty Road died Monday at Wake Medical
Center, Raleigh. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at
Coley Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Pittman Cemetery.
Surviving are her husband, Harold L. Bowen; a daughter, Mary Ann Coral of
Wilson; a son, John Davis of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; four sisters, Lena Cataldi,
Rose Luzi, Naya Corica and Annie Ciabattoni, all of New York; three brothers,
Sonny Antonini, Anthony Ciabattoni and Hugo Antonini, all of New York; three
grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Ernest L. Johnson
Feb. 8, 1946 Oct. 21, 2001
Ernest Lee Johnson, 55, of Youngsville died Sunday at Wilson Medical Center.
The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Odell Forte at 11 a.m. Friday at
Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St. Burial will follow in Rest Haven
Cemetery.
Johnson was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Vietnam War.
Surviving are two daughters, Regina Dell Johnson of Raleigh and ReneŽ Gail
Johnson of the home; two sisters, Betty Exum of Irvington, N.J. and Judie
Herring of Wilson; four brothers, Daniel Johnson of Newark, N.J., Lee Roy
Johnson and Jonah Johnson, both of Durham, and Marvin Johnson of Hampton Va.;
and two grandsons.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home Thursday from 3-9 p.m. The family
will receive friends at 804 Belmont Ave. and will assemble there one hour before
the funeral.

October 25, 2001

James E. Dickinson Jr.
STANHOPE — James Exum Dickinson Jr., 84, died Tuesday at IHS of Nash Rehab,
Rocky Mount. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Pete Radford at 2
p.m. Friday in Spring Hope Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are his wife, Willistine D. Dickinson; one daughter, Elaine D. Jones
of Stanhope; two sons, Willis Ray Dickinson and Keith Dickinson, both of
Stanhope; one sister, Annie Gay Bass of Momeyer; seven grandchildren; and 15
great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Spring Hope Funeral Home from 7-9 tonight
and at other times at the home.

Augustus Leach Jr.
Augustus Leach Jr., 50, of 411 Grime St. died Tuesday at University Health
Care Center, Greenville. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Andrew Jones
at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at King & Darden Funeral Home, 325 E. Nash St. Burial will
follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are one daughter, Gretchen Archer of Wilson; his mother, Mable Smith
of Wilson; three sisters, Frances Joyner and Brenda Cooper, both of Wilson and
Lillian King of New York, N.Y.; two brothers, Augustus Deberry and Patrick
Leach, both of Wilson; and one grandchild.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home Friday from 4-8 p.m. The family
will receive friends at 404 Pinecrest Drive and will assemble there one hour
before the funeral.

Nathan Allen Jr.
Nathan Allen Jr., 36, of Zebulon died Sunday at Wake Medical Center, Raleigh.
The funeral will be conducted by Bishop Sylvester Holder Sr. at 1 p.m. Saturday
at King & Darden Funeral Home, 325 E. Nash St. Burial will follow in Middlesex
Memorial Garden.
Surviving are his wife, Joyce Allen of Wilson; his parents, Joe Nathan and
Lina Hinnant Allen of the home; and five brothers, Bobby Ray Hinnant of the
home, Earl Hinnant of Bailey, Benny Lee Allen of Wilson, Joe Nathan Allen Jr. of
Lucama and Timothy Lee Allen of Zebulon.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home Friday from 2-8 p.m. The family
will receive friends at 423 Hagwood Road, Zebulon, and will assemble there one
hour before the funeral.

Larry D. Alston
April 29, 1943 Oct. 23, 2001
Larry Donnell Alston, 58, a resident of Glen Care Nursing Facility, Warsaw,
died Tuesday. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. James Barron at 1 p.m.
Saturday at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St. Burial will follow in
Hamilton Burial Garden.
Alston was proprietor of Larry’s Landscaping and Yard Maintenance of Wilson.
Surviving are his wife, Lilly Mae Taylor Alston of Enfield; one daughter,
Veronica Alston of Raleigh; three sons, Tyrone Alston of Enfield, Larry Donnell
Alston of Baltimore, Md. and Donnell Carter of Washington, D.C.; three sisters,
Lois McFadden of Wilson, Lizzie Ella Wilkins of Whitakers and Karen Scott of
Temple Hills, Md.; one brother, Astor Alston of Salisbury, Md.; and 10
grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home Friday from 3-9 p.m. The family
will receive friends at 421 Westover Ave. and will assemble there one hour
before the funeral.

Maebelle M. McMillion
Jan. 1, 1907 Oct. 22, 2001
Maebelle M. McMillion, 94, a resident of Britthaven of Wilson died Monday. A
graveside service will be conducted by Elder Elbert Forbes at 10 a.m. Friday in
Hamilton Burial Garden.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., from 3-
9 tonight.

Sallie D. Temple
Dec. 23, 1907 Oct. 23, 2001
Sallie Davis “Dixie” Temple, 93, of 1106 Raleigh Road died Tuesday at Wilson
Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Walter Blackmon at
3:30 p.m. Friday at Rock Springs Free Will Baptist Church, Bailey. Burial will
follow in Bailey Cemetery.
She was a member of Rock Springs Free Will Baptist Church of Bailey.
Surviving are one daughter, Etta Godwin of Wilson; one brother, Stephen Davis
of Wilson; three grandchildren; 14 stepgrandchildren; several great-
grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St.,
from 7-9 tonight and at other times at 1106 Raleigh Road.

Hunter B. Capps
May 10, 1915 Oct. 22, 2001
Hunter Blake Capps, 86, of Daniel Street, Elm City died Monday at Wilson
Medical Center. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Gene Wells at
2 p.m. Friday in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Capps was a veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion.
Surviving are one daughter, Shirley C. Wooten of Macclesfield; two sons, Larry
B. Capps of Marysville, Wash., and Wilbur Brooks Powell of Wilson; one sister,
Christine C. Stewart of Southern Pines; three grandchildren and four great-
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at 158 St. Lewis Road, Macclesfield.

October 26, 2001

Lizzie D. Farmer
SHARPSBURG — Lizzie Day “Granny” Farmer died Oct. 20. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Ricky Daughtridge at 1 p.m. Saturday at Glory Baptist
Church. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are five daughters, Mattie Batts of Rocky Mount, Earlene Edwards and
Shirley Etheridge, both of Sharpsburg, Rochelle Wooten of Elm City and Carol
Farmer of Fort Lewis, Wash.; two sisters, Sarah Hines and Martha Jane Turner,
both of Wilson; 32 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Hunter-Odom Funeral Service, Rocky Mount,
today from 2-7 p.m.

Mildred A. Wynn
Mildred A. Wynn, 93, of Baltimore died Tuesday at St. Thomas More Nursing
Home. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Albert Baker at 2 p.m. Sunday at
First Baptist Church of Elm City. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery,
Wilson.
Surviving are a stepdaughter, Carrie W. Green of Wilson; one granddaughter;
five great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at King & Darden Funeral Home, 325 E. Nash St. Saturday
from 3-8 p.m. The family will receive friends at the home of her stepdaughter,
308 S. Rountree St., and will assemble there one hour before the funeral.

Lucille N. Harris
April 21, 1917 Oct. 24, 2001
Lucille Norfleet Harris, 84, of 1612 Tilghman Road died Wednesday at Wilmed
Nursing Home. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Elijah Harris Jr. at 11
a.m. Saturday at William Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, William Chapel Road,
Elm City. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Surviving are four daughters, Annie H. Woodard of Saratoga, Dorothy H. Bynum,
Hilda H. Harris and Angela H. Lane, all of Wilson; seven sons, Joseph Harris of
Chesapeake, Va., John J. Harris of Raleigh, the Rev. Elijah Harris Jr. of
Greenville, Jerry Harris of Rocky Mount, Richard Harris, Michael Harris and
Ronald Harris, all of Wilson; 25 grandchildren; and numerous great-
grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Edwards Funeral Home, 805 E. Nash St., today from
2-5 p.m. and at the church from 6-8 tonight. The family will receive friends at
the church from 7-8 tonight and will assemble at 1903 Dover St. one hour before
the funeral.

Eddie F. Johnson Jr.
DOVER — Eddie Frank Johnson Jr., 78, died Tuesday at Lenoir Memorial Hospital,
Kinston. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Malcolm S. Johnson at 3 p.m.
Saturday at United American Free Will Baptist Tabernacle, Kinston. Burial will
follow in Sand Hill Cemetery, Kinston.
Surviving are a foster daughter; seven sons; one sister; two brothers,
including Bishop Mordecia W. Johnson of Dover, former pastor of St. Rose Church
of Christ (Disciples of Christ) of Wilson; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at St. John Church of Christ from 6-8 tonight
and at other times at the home of his son, Gerald K. Johnson, 218 N. Johnson St.
Arrangements are being handled by Swinson Funeral Home, Kinston.

Charles R. Cook
July 1, 1925 Oct. 24, 2001
Charles Richard Cook, 76, of Richmond, Va. died Wednesday at his residence. A
graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Trent Watts at 11 a.m. Saturday
in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are one daughter, Mary Lewis of Richmond, Va.; one son, Richard
Allen Cook of the home; one stepson, George Edward Phillips II of Davis, Calif.;
one brother, Robert Cook of Phoenix; four grandchildren; and two great-
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St.,
from 7-9 tonight and at other times at 5033 N.C. 58 South, Nashville.

Doris Mae C. Williams
Oct. 14, 1938 Oct. 23, 2001
SHARPSBURG — Doris Mae Cooper Williams, 63, of 341 E. Railroad St.,
Sharpsburg, died Tuesday at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville. The
funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Johnnie Williams at 3 p.m. Sunday at Olive
Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Taylor Family
Cemetery.
Surviving are one daughter, Cassandra Faye Williams of the home; three sons,
Durwood Thomas Williams of Wilson, Douglas Keith Williams of the home and Darryl
Arnold Williams of Charlotte; her mother, Blanche Lenora Taylor Cooper of the
home; and five grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Edwards Funeral Home, 805 E. Nash St., Saturday from
2-5 p.m. and at the church from 6-7:30 p.m. The family will receive friends at
the residence and will assemble there one hour before the funeral.

October 27, 2001

Mamie Williams Collier
Oct.11, 1921 Oct.26, 2001
Mamie Collier, 80, died Friday. The graveside service will be held at 3 p.m.
at Barnes Family Cemetery in Lucama. She is survived by several nieces and
nephews.

October 29, 2001

FORMER LIFESTYLE EDITOR DIES FROM AUTO INJURIES
Virginia Hill Stoecklein died Saturday at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill from
injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
Stoecklein was Lifestyle editor at The Wilson Daily Times when she retired in
1988 after a 13-year career.
Publisher Morgan Dickerman said he was sad when Stoecklein left.
“She was a good asset to the newspaper and the community” he said. “Our
thoughts and prayers are with her family.”
Lisa Boykin Batts, who is Lifestyle editor now, said Stoecklein was an
excellent teacher.
“Ginny was so good at letting me try my wings when I started at the paper in
1984,” she said. “She taught me so many things about journalism as well as
wedding gown laces, debutante balls and Associated Press style.”
Stoecklein is survived by her husband, George Stoecklein of Wilson; three
sons, Peter Stoecklein of Glenview, Ill., Richard Stoecklein of Memphis, Tenn.,
and Steven Stoecklein of Hunt Valley, Md.; and a sister, Marge Hill of Wilson.
Stoecklein graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she was a
member of Delta Gamma Sorority.
A memorial service, conducted by the Rev. James Hawley McKinnon, will be held
at First Presbyterian Church of Wilson Saturday at 4 p.m. There will be no
formal visitation.

Odis L. Best
Jan. 6, 1956 Oct. 26, 2001
Odis Lee Best, 45, of 1707 Birchwood Drive died Friday at Pitt County Memorial
Hospital, Greenville. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. George Ward at
Mount Moriah Holy Church, 112 Anderson Ave., Farmville. Burial will follow in
the Artis Cemetery, Greene County.
Best was employed at LINPAC Plastics.
Surviving are four daughters, Annie Loretta Artis, Angie Renee Best, Tiffany
Hill and Latisha Whitfield, all of Wilson; his mother, Pennie Daniels Bynum of
Fountain; three sisters, Linda Faye Best of Hampton, Va., Cecelia Best Newton of
Farmville and Lisa Best of Fountain; one half-sister, Patricia Hall of Wilson;
three brothers, Willie James Best of Kinston, Dennis Best of Stantonsburg and
Johnny Junior “Jay” Best of Wilson; and nine grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., Tuesday
from 3-9 p.m. with the family receiving friends there from 7-8 p.m. and at other
times at 3424 Step Ave., Fountain, where they will assemble one hour before the
funeral.

Earlene Blackwood
July 15, 1903 Oct. 23, 2001
Earlene Blackwood, 98, a resident of Eastern North Carolina Special Care
Center, died Tuesday at Wilson Medical Center. A graveside service will be
conducted by the Rev. James Barron at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Hamilton Burial Garden.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., today
from 3-9 p.m.

Chellie S. Rose
Dec. 19, 1918 Oct. 28, 2001
Chellie Lee Sykes Rose, 82, died Sunday. The funeral will be conducted by the
Rev. John Wenberg at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264
West. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are her husband, Arthur Lee Rose; a daughter, Ann Baker of Wilson;
two sisters, Frances Dilda and Kathleen Mercer, both of Wilson; three
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at 1123 Delano Ave.

Ernest L. Yoder
Aug. 27, 1925 Oct. 27, 2001
SHARPSBURG — Ernest LaMar Yoder, 76, died Saturday at Nash General Hospital.
The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Jim Robertson at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the
chapel at Bowling Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Rocky Mount Memorial Park.
Yoder was owner and operator of P&Y Mobile Home Sales. He was the former mayor
of Sharpsburg and past president and member of the Sharpsburg Exchange Club. He
was a member of Elm City VFW Post No. 6651 and attended Sharpsburg Baptist
Church.
Surviving are his wife, Molly Logan Yoder; three daughters, Gerry Yoder Biggs
of Kitty Hawk, Debbie Yoder Woodard of Rocky Mount and Susan Yoder Winstead of
Wilson; two sisters, Pauline Yoder Musser of Braden, Fla., and Bernice Yoder
Maloy of Emerald Isle; one brother Ray Yoder of White Pigeon, Mich.; seven
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-8:30 tonight and at
other times at the home.

Ruby Jean F. Deans
April 23, 1937 Oct. 28, 2001
Ruby Jean Farmer Deans, 64, died Sunday. A graveside service will be conducted
by the Rev. Tim McFatter at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are her husband, Bobby G. Deans; a son, Timothy D. Thomas; a
stepdaughter, Vicky Thomas of Wilson; a stepson, Jeffrey Deans of Wilson; his
mother and stepfather, Louise B. and Rudolph Boone of Wilson; two sisters, Hilda
Pate and Janet Mosley, both of Wilson; and three grandchildren.
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 4527 Frank Price Church Road.

Ernest Godwin
April 6, 1914 Oct. 26, 2001
Ernest Godwin of Friendly Elm Rest Home, Elm City, died Friday. A graveside
service was conducted by the Rev. Earl Glenn at 11 a.m. today in Evergreen
Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are two daughters, Janice Moore and Geraldine Ruffin, both of
Wilson; three sisters, Frances Speight of Aberdeen, Zillie Barnes and Lissie
Bass, both of Wilson; one brother, Bernice Godwin of Pikeville; four
grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St.

Mildred L. Barnes
March 26, 1917 Oct. 25, 2001
Mildred Langley Barnes, 84, died Thursday. A private graveside service was
held Sunday in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter, Minnie Lucas Barnes of Wilson; a son, George Thomas
Barnes of Wilson; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Arrangements were handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.

Julia W. Howey
Julia Winstead Howey, 83, of White Rock, S.C., a native of Elm City, died
Sunday. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Arthur W. Winstead at 2 p.m.
Wednesday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial will follow in
Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are her son, James Ronald Howey of Chapin, S.C.; two sisters, Ruth
W. Nagel of Texas and Myrtle W. Benton of Elm City; three brothers, the Rev.
Arthur W. Winstead of Raleigh, Wiley K. Winstead of White Lake and Finley G.
Winstead of Lakeland, Fla.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Vernon L. Howard
April 7, 1918 Oct. 28, 2001
FREMONT — Vernon Lee Howard, 83, of 508 Old Black Creek Road died Sunday at
Wilson Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Earl Glenn at 2
p.m. Wednesday at Shackleford Funeral Service. 102 Pine St., Fremont. Burial
will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Effie West Howard; and a sister, Mildred Beaman.

October 30, 2001

Viola B. Hamilton
MACCLESFIELD — Viola Brown Hamilton, 79, of the Brian Center died Sunday at
Wilson Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. George Burdette
at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Farmville Funeral Home Church Street Chapel. Burial will
follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are four sons, Johnnie Lee Hamilton and Danny Ray Hamilton, both of
Macclesfield, Donnie Raymond Hamilton of Raleigh and Billy Ray Hamilton of Elm
City; one sister, Annie Lee Lamm of Wilson; 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 Danny Hamilton, 4867 Webb’s Chapel Road.

Thomas I. Murphy
ZEBULON — Thomas Iredell Murphy, 37, died Friday. A private service will be
conducted by the Rev. Brad Parker at Peletier Missionary Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Ruby Murphy of Farmville; a son, Seth D. Murphy of
Farmville; his parents, Peggy D. and Robert W. Murphy Sr. of Zebulon; two
brothers, Robert W. Murphy Jr. of Austin, Texas, and John “J” Murphy of Zebulon;
and three stepchildren, Joseph Roebuck, Jessica Moye and Melinda Harrell, all of
Farmville.
The family will receive friends at Massey Funeral Home from 7-8:30 tonight
and at other times at the home of his parents, 109 W. Glenn St.

Odis L. Best
The funeral for Odis Lee Best will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Moriah
Holy Church, 112 Anderson Ave., Farmville. Burial will follow in the Artis
Cemetery, Greene County.
Arrangements are being handled by Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.

October 31, 2001

Bonnie J. Wooten
Dec. 24, 1938 Oct. 29, 2001
STANTONSBURG — Bonnie Joyce Wooten, 62, died Monday. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Tommy Stocks at 2 p.m. Thursday at Joyner’s Funeral Home,
4100 U.S. 264 West, Wilson. Burial will follow in Stantonsburg Cemetery.
Surviving are three daughters, Connie Shearin Brewer of Wilson, Kimberly Baker
and Crystal Woodruff, both of Elm City; two sons, Tony Shearin and Troy
Woodruff, both of Wilson; a sister, June Wooten Williams of Stantonsburg; 13
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at 107 Moyton Ave.

Retha B. Walston
ROANOKE RAPIDS — Retha Bell Walston, 85, formerly of Wilson, died Monday. The
funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Chris Humphries, the Rev. Russ Collins and
the Rev. Brian Reynolds at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hockaday Funeral Home. A
graveside service will follow at 3:30 p.m. in Elmwood Cemetery, Fremont.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Wilson.
Surviving are two daughters, Virginia Wright and Agnes Harris, both of Roanoke
Rapids; one son, Danny Keith Walston of Roanoke Rapids; two sisters, Dorothy
Mooring of Stantonsburg and Nell Lagowski of Peoria, Ariz.; three brothers,
Willie Bell and Donnie Bell, both of Stantonsburg, and Ceyna Bell of Durham; six
grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at the home of Virginia and Randolph Wright, 2116 Roanoke Ave.


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