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December 1, 2001

Sarah Patrick
Sarah Patrick, 86, a resident of the Carver Living Center in Durham, formerly
of Farmville, died Wednesday.
The funeral will be conducted by the Eldress Carolyn Ward at 2 p.m. Sunday at
the Hamilton Funeral Chapel. The burial will follow in the Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving is a sister, Hattie Singleton of Durham.
The body may be viewed today from 3-9 p.m. at Hamilton Funeral Chapel. A wake
will be held from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, and the family will receive friends at other
times at 305 Perry St. in Farmville, where they will assemble an hour prior to
the wake.

Josephine E. “Josie” Lackey
Oct. 10, 1951 Nov. 28, 2001
Josephine Edwards “Josie” Lackey, 50, died Wednesday.
The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Doug Murray at 2 p.m. Sunday at
Joyner1s Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are her husband, Rick Lackey; two daughters, Cameron Lackey of
Wilmington and Melanie Lackey of Raleigh; her mother, Pearl Edwards of Wilson;
and two sisters, Joyce Gay and Debbie Boyette, both of Wilson.
Visitation is 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home and at other times at 807
Evergreen Drive.

Elsie Mae W. Newton
Oct. 3, 1927 Nov. 30, 2001
Elsie Mae Wilkins Newton, 74, died Friday.
The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Billy Culbert and Leigh Hebbard at
3 p.m. Sunday at New Hope Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Maplewood
Cemetery.
Surviving are her husband, James Edward 3Ed2 Newton; three sons, Jim Newton of
Ft. Myers, Fla., Billy Newton of Wilson, and Jerry Newton of Baltimore, Md.; two
brothers, Jessie J. Wilkins of Raleigh and Clyde C. Wilkins of Wilson; seven
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation is Saturday from 7-9 p.m. at Joyner’s Funeral Home, and at other
times at 207 Forest Hills Road.

Magdalene M. Jones
Magdalene Manning Jones, 71, died Thursday.
The funeral will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Wilkerson Funeral
Chapel. Burial will follow in Pinewood Memorial Park.
Jones, a native of Greene County, was a graduate of Snow Hill High School. She
lived in Kinston and Wilson prior to moving to Pitt County in 1963.
Surviving are her son, Dennis Jones of Greenville; two daughters, Joyce J.
Miller of Ayden and Karen Villagran of Wilmington; three sisters, Alma M. Moore
of Wilson, Margie M. Hart of Ayden, and Barbard M. Pollard of Greenville; three
brothers, James E. Manning of Walstonburg, George “Pete” Manning of Durham, and
Harrell Manning of New Bern; and six grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at Wilkerson Funeral Home.

December 3, 2001

Justin L. Thomas
March 28, 1958 Dec. 2, 2001
LOMPOC, Calif. — Justin Lee Thomas, 43, formerly of Wilson, N.C., died as a
result of an automobile accident Sunday. A private service will be held at a
later date.
Thomas was retired from the United States Air Force and served in Desert
Storm.
Surviving are a daughter, Crystal Michelle Thomas Taylor of Jacksonville,
N.C., a son, Lee Regdon Thomas of Wilson, N.C.; his mother, Mary Faye Phillips
Thomas of Wilson; and a brother, Jeffrey Lynn Thomas of Goldsboro.
Arrangements are being handled by Starbuck-Lind Mortuary.

Robert Townsend
Nov. 3, 1924 Dec. 1, 2001
GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Robert Townsend, 77, a native of Wilson, N.C., died
Saturday at his home. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Robert Cousins
at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church of Garden City. A
graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Dighton Memorial Cemetery,
Dighton.
Surviving are his wife, Rita Townsend; one daughter, Nancy Bell of Leadville,
Colo.; three sons, Robert Townsend, Redlands, Calif., Steve Townsend of
Evanston, Ill., and Mark Townsend of Muncie, Ind.; one brother, Jack Townsend of
Wilson, N.C.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Garnand Funeral Home.

Donald D. Merle Sr.
Dec. 28, 1937 Nov. 29, 2001
PERRY, N.Y. — Donald D. Merle Sr., 63, died Thursday at Wyoming County
Community Hospital, Warsaw. The funeral was held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Eaton-
Watson Funeral Home. Burial followed in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, York.
Surviving are his wife; one daughter, three sons; three stepsons; one sister;
two brothers, including Neil Merle of Wilson, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; and four
great-grandchildren.

Willie L. Pope
KENLY — Willie LeRoy “Roy” Pope of 3041 Piney Church Road died Saturday at his
home. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Jerry Andrews and Elder D.B. Stokes
at 11 a.m. today in the chapel at Coley Funeral Home. Burial followed in the
Pope Family Cemetery.
Pope was owner of Rains Auto Supply of Kenly, a member of Kenly Church of God
and was a retired Kenly volunteer fireman.
Surviving are his wife, Jean Creech Pope; a daughter, Kimberly Scott of
Lucama; a son, Timothy LeRoy Pope of Nashville; his parents, Leland Pope and
Alice Ferrell Hawley, both of Kenly; and five grandchildren.

Lucille S. High
April 2, 1919 Dec. 2, 2001
Lucille Stallings High, 82, died Sunday. The funeral will be conducted by the
Rev. Doug Murray, the Rev. Bill Bussey and the Rev. Will Montgomery at 11 a.m.
Tuesday at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are one daughter, Molly Boone of Wilson; two sons, Tom High of
Lancaster, Va., and Jim High of Ocoee, Fla.; one brother, Herbert Stallings of
Rocky Mount; five grandchildren; and five 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 410 Mount Vernon Drive.

Robert H. Pearson
Oct. 26, 1926 Dec. 2, 2001
Robert Hugh Pearson, 75, died Sunday. A graveside service will be conducted by
the Rev. Billy Culvert at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Bailey Town Cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter, Betty Joyce Pearson Putney of Elm City; three sons,
Fred Walter Pearson of Walkerton, Va., Robert Hugh Pearson Jr. of Clarksville,
Va., and Steve Brannan Pearson of Louisburg; a sister, Georgia Pearson Martin of
Wilson; a brother, Wade Thompson Pearson of Wilson; and four grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. and at other times at 4128 Van Slyke Road, Elm City.

Lizzie F. Duncan
Lizzie Farmer Duncan, 92 died Sunday at Surry Community Nursing Center, Mount
Airy. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel at Thomas-
Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W. Nash St. Burial will follow in Maplewood
Cemetery.
Surviving are her son, Ray Strickland of Toast; one sister, Helen Bass of
Kenly; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m.

Bessie G. Harrell
July 8, 1917 Nov. 30, 2001
ROCKY MOUNT — Bessie Gardner Harrell, 84, died Friday. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Caswell Shaw, the Rev. Charles Myers, the Rev. J. Thomas
Smith and the Rev. Jerry Braziel at 3 p.m. today at Johnson Funeral Home, Sunset
Avenue. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Wilson.
Surviving are four daughters, Judy H. Smith of Raleigh/Coats, Annie H.
Hondros of Wilson, Jean H. Harrell and Billie H. Turner, both of Rocky Mount;
one brother, Earl Gardner of Wilmington; four half-sisters, Ruth Wood, Rachael
Strickland and Elsie Sledge, all of Spring Hope, and Louise Faircloth of
Nashville; five half-brothers, Cecil Gardner and Troy Gardner, both of Rocky
Mount, Donnie Gardner of Norfolk, Va., Larry Gardner of Nashville and Roy
Gardner of Elm City; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

December 4, 2001

Margaret R. Neal
FOUNTAIN — Margaret Ruth Neal, 72, of 5990 Gay Road died Nov. 29 The funeral
will be conducted by the Rev. M.L. Payton at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Dilda Chapel
Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Crestlawn Memorial Garden,
Farmville.
She was a member of Didla Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband James Neal; six sons, Jesse Knight of Farmville,
James Neal Jr. and Johnny Neal, both of Rocky Mount, Reggie Knight of
Walstonburg, Kelvin Knight of Farmville and Brandon Knight of the home; one
stepdaughter, Carolyn Foreman of Kinston; three sisters, Ethel Lee Atkinson of
Walstonburg, Arleatha Staton and Willie Mae Taylor, both of Fountain; 15
grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren,.
The family will receive friends at Hemby Willoughby Funeral Home, Fountain.

Geneva W. Braswell
Oct. 8, 1909 Nov. 30, 2001
Geneva Wilson Braswell, 92, of 846 Maudis Road, Bailey died Friday at Nash
General Hospital, Rocky Mount. The funeral will be conducted by Bishop J.N.
Perry at 11 a.m. Wednesday at L.N. Forbes Original Free Will Baptist Tabernacle,
1800 Lane St., Extension. Burial will follow in the Masonic Cemetery.
She was a member of Union View Original Free Will Baptist Church of Bailey
where she was a member of the Mother Board. She was also a member of the Mother
Board of the Original Free Will Baptist Conference.
Surviving are four daughters, Margaret Braswell of the home, Jaunita
Richardson and Elder Barbara Braswell, both of Bailey, and Virginia Woodard of
Wilson; two sons, David Braswell of Bailey and Ira Braswell of Middlesex; 37
grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-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.

December 5, 2001

Piadia B. Guion
ERNUL — Piadia Boston Guion, 88, died Monday at Barbara Bolling Flynn Assisted
Living Facility. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the chapel at
Oscar’s Mortuary, Inc. Burial will follow in the Guion Family Cemetery.
She was a member of Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith of
Wilson.
Surviving are one daughter, Paulette Boston Williams of Wilson; one sister;
seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Myrtle J. Mayo
June 7, 1930 Dec. 3, 2001
PINE LEVEL — Myrtle Johnson Mayo, 71, died Monday. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Harold Trogden and the Rev. Dennis Pollock at 3 p.m.
Thursday in the chapel at Underwood Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the
Price Cemetery.
Surviving are three daughters, including Rose Boswell of Kenly; four sons;
three sisters, including Maverine Harris of Micro; two brothers, including
Preston Johnson of Kenly; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Bessie R. Holland
Sept. 3, 1910 Dec. 4, 2001
Bessie Riley Holland, 91, of Kenly died Tuesday. The funeral will be held at 2
p.m. Thursday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial will follow
in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are two daughters, Dorothy Jean Perry of Kenly and Doris Marie Smith
of Chesapeake, Va.; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and six great-
great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at 13393 N.C. 42 East, Kenly.

December 6, 2001

Dinah D. Marshall
June 6, 1936 Dec. 3, 2001
Dinah Odetha Davis Marshall, 65, of 5337 N.C. 91 died Monday at Wilson Medical
Center. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Dameion Royal at 11 a.m. Saturday
at St. Rose Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), 605 S. Douglas St. Burial
will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
She was a former employee of Wilson County Schools, Eckerd Drugs and was a
home health care nurse. She was a member of St. Rose Church of Christ (Disciples
of Christ) where she was a member of the No. 2 Usher Board and the Missionary
Department; and was a member of the Eureka Chapter No. 480 of the Order of the
Eastern Star.
Surviving are one son, Timothy Davis of the home; nine sisters, Mattie Davis
of New York, Ruth Pinkney of Philadelphia, Rebecca Holmes of Saratoga, Doris Gay
of Wilson, Betty Sanders of Clayton, N.J., Gladys McNair, Billie Johnson and
Ethel Holley, all of Stanford, Conn., and Freda Taylor of Baltimore; three
brothers, J.C. Davis of Wilson, Moses Davis of Darlington, S.C., and Bobby Davis
of Monroe, Conn.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., Friday
from 3-9 p.m. The family will receive friends at the residence and will assemble
there one hour before the funeral.

William E. Green
April 24, 1902 Dec. 5, 2001
William Edward Green, 99, of Lucama died Wednesday. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Kellie K. Gallagher-Smith at 11 a.m. Saturday at Joyner’s
Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial
Gardens.
Green was a retired superintendent of buildings and grounds for the Kings Park
Central School System, Kings Park, Long Island, N.Y. He was a volunteer fireman
for over 30 years and was an elected fire commissioner for 12 years with the
Kings Park Fire Department.
Surviving are two daughters, Beverly Barnes of Lucama and Audrey Girvan of San
Antonio, Texas; three sons, William P. Greene of Shreveport, La., Robert L.
Green of Fulton, N.Y., and Wesley Green of Lynchburg, Va.; 25 grandchildren; and
50 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 7-9 p.m. and
at other times at 7240 Creekview Court, Lucama.

Jennifer J. Hinnant
Jennifer Jostarr Hinnant, infant, died Tuesday at Duke Medical Center. A
graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Micro Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are her parents, Gary and Robbin Perry Hinnant; paternal
grandparents, James and Mildred Hinnant of Micro; and maternal grandparents,
James Perry of McCain and Sandra Perry of Holly Ridge.
The family will receive friends at Coley Funeral Home, Kenly, Friday from 7-9
p.m. and at other times at 305 Batten Road, Micro.

Leonard M. Raper
May 1, 1933 Dec. 5, 2001
WENDELL — Leonard Martin “Billy” Raper, a native of Black Creek, died
Wednesday. The funeral will be held at noon Saturday at Hephzibah Baptist
Church. Entombment will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara Archer Raper; two sons, Anthony Martin “Tony”
Raper of Pinehurst and Randall Ward “Randy” Raper of Wendell; two brothers,
Joseph Marshall Raper of Greer, S.C., and John Bruce Raper of Wendell; three
stepsisters, Melba C. Moore of Spring Hope, Joydan C. Spivey of Greensboro and
Deborah C. Ellison of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; three stepbrothers, Daywood Clayton
of Borger, Texas, C.T. Clayton of Coats and Winfred Clayton of Louisburg; and
three grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service,
Knightdale, Friday from 7-9 p.m. and at other times at the home.

December 7, 2001

George L. Franke Jr.
Dec. 21, 1931 Dec. 5, 2001
George L. Franke Jr., 69, of Louisburg died Wednesday. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Keith Dey at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ascension Lutheran
Church. There will be a private burial at a later date.
Surviving are his wife, Maureen D. Franke; three daughters, Anita Casino of
Setauket, N.Y., June Mateer of Massapequa, N.Y., and Diane Colecchia of
Farmingdale, N.Y.; one son, George L. Franke of Cary; and nine grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St., from 7-8:30 tonight.

William C. Parker
KENLY — William Clarence Parker, 80 of 3265 Crockers Nub Road died Wednesday
at Wilson Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Lewis Godwin
at 11 a.m. Saturday at Coley Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Kenly Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Rosa Crocker Parker; two daughters, Barbara Adams of
Kenly and Ruby Driver of Lucama; one son, Danny Parker of Wilson; four sisters,
Annie Sullivan of Middlesex, Rozetta Davis of Kenly, Christine Brown of Wilson
and Marie Harrison of Roanoke Rapids; two brothers, Ray Parker of Bailey and J.
T. Parker of Lucama; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

December 8, 2001

Oscar W. Ellis
Sept. 8, 1929 Dec. 6, 2001
NASHVILLE — Oscar Willard Ellis Sr., died Thursday at Nash General Hospital,
Rocky Mount. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Bruce Brumfield and the
Rev. Herbert Scott at 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel at Bowling Funeral Home, Rocky
Mount. Burial will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery, Nashville.
Ellis was the founder and operator of Nashville Welding & Machine Works.
Surviving are two daughters, Lois Jean Edwards of Wilson and Teresa “Short
Cake” Ellis of Louisburg; one son, Oscar Willard “Doug” Ellis Jr. of Nashvuille;
two sisters, Alma Summerlin of Smithfield, Va., and Alice Garner of Elm City;
six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren,
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at 618 Western Ave.

Steve W. Sakas Sr.
Steve W. Sakas Sr., 77, died Thursday in Wilmington.
Surviving are his son, Steve W. Sakas Jr. of Wilson; and four grandchildren,
including Paul Sakas with whom he lived.

Louis A. Perrington
March 14, 1914 Dec. 5, 2001
Louis Alexander Perrington, 87, of 702 Elvie St., died Wednesday at his
residence. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. William L. Neill at 2 p.m.
on Sunday at St. John AME Zion Church, 119 N. Pender St. Burial will follow at
Rest Haven Cemetery.
Perrington was a member of St. John AME Zion Church and Mount Hebron Masonic
Lodge No. 42. He was retired from the Cherry Hotel.
He is survived by his wife, Pearlean Barnes Perrington; one daughter, Jean
Perrington-Ballard of Raleigh; one sister, Wilhelmenia Smith of Portsmouth, Va.;
two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends at the residence and will assemble there one
hour prior for the funeral procession.

Eddie Lee Chatman
Dec. 19, 1946 Dec. 6, 2001
Eddie Lee Chatman, 54, of 103 Barnes St., Lucama, died Thursday at his
residence. The funeral will be held today at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Funeral
Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St. The Rev. Andrew Jones will officiate. Burial will
follow on Sunday at Rest Haven Cemetery.
Chatman was educated in the Wilson County public schools and was an employee
of the Export Leaf Tobacco Company of Wilson.
He is survived by his wife, Connie Best Chatman; two daughters, Lakeshia
Chatman of the home and Vickie Williams of Lucama; one son, Eddie Lee Chatman
Jr. of the home; two sisters, Dorris C. Farmer and Eva Adams, both of Lucama;
four brothers, Joseph R. Chatman of Landover, Md., Dwight Lee Chatman of Lucama,
Kenneth R. Chatman of Bailey and Othell Chatman of Wilson; and two
grandchildren.
The body may be viewed today from 3-9 p.m. at the Hamilton Funeral Chapel. The
family will receive friends at the residence where they will assemble one hour
before the service in preparation for the funeral procession.

December 10, 2001

Cedric J. Strickland
Oct. 25, 1923 Dec. 7, 2001
Cedric Joseph Strickland, 78, died Friday.
A graveside services was held Sunday at Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church with the
Rev. Terry Freeman officiating.
Survivors include two sons, Gerald W. Strickland of Swansboro and Cecil L.
Strickland of Pasadena, Calif.; two sisters, Beulah Parker of Raleigh and Katie
Lou Strickland of Middlesex; two brothers, Willard Strickland of Zebulon and
Johnnie Strickland of Middlesex; and four grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Joyner’s Funeral Home.

Herbert H. Rodgers
June 4, 1928 Dec. 8, 2001
SARATOGA — Herbert H. Rodgers, 73, died Saturday.
A graveside service will be at 11 .m. Tuesday in Stantonsburg Cemetery with
the Rev. Jim Ellis officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Ruth Amerson Rodgers; a daughter, Deborah R.
Valdiviezo of Wilson; a son, Donnie Ray Rodgers of Saratoga; a brother, Douglas
Rodgers of Stantonsburg; three grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. tonight at Joyner’s Funeral Home, and at other
times at Deborah R. Valdiviezo’s residence at 2507 Womble St.

Moody D. Glover
Dec. 23, 1935 Dec. 8, 2001
BAILEY — Moody Dwight Glover, 65, died Saturday.
Survivors include his wife, Celia May Glover; son, Kevin Dwight Glover of
Savannah, Ga.; a daughter, Michelle Glover Laws of Apex; a sister, Mary Ella
Lamm of Knightdale; and three grandchildren.
Services were held today at 11 a.m. in the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist
Church with the Rev. Branson Sheets and the Rev. Bob Rose officiating. Interment
will follow in the Bailey Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Joyner’s
Funeral Home.

Kinchen D. Pittman
Oct. 11, 1913 Dec. 9, 2001
STANTONSBURG — Kinchen David Pittman, 88, of 6536 Gardners School Road died
Sunday at home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Webb’s Chapel Baptist Church with the
Rev. Bob Boone officiating. Interment will follow in Macclesfield Cemetery.
Survivors include two sisters, Blanche Webb of Macclesfield and Mattie Pearl
Marcus of Florida; and a brother, Bennie Pittman of Stantonsburg.
The family will receive friends at Webb’s Chapel Baptist Church tonight from
7-9 and at other times at 6536 Gardners School Road in Stantonsburg.
Arrangements by Shingleton Funeral Home.

December 11, 2001

Arthur A. Bissette
Oct. 10, 1919 Dec. 10, 2001
Arthur Allen Bissette, 82, died Monday. A graveside service will be conducted
by the Rev. Lynn White and the Rev. Jack Clifford at 2 p.m. Wednesday in
Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are two sisters, Ina V. Fulghum of Wilson and Reba Dew of Sims.
Bissette was former owner and operator of Bissette’s Koretizing Dry Cleaners
and Laundromat. He was a disabled veteran of World War II and received the
Purple Heart.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
from 6-8 tonight and at other times at 905 Rollingwood Drive.

George C. Hall
Sept. 29, 1931 Dec. 9, 2001
ROCKY MOUNT — George Curtis “G.C.” Hall, 70, died Sunday at Nash General
Hospital. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Preston Smith at 2 p.m.
Wednesday in the chapel of Bowling Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Rocky
Mount Memorial Park.
Surviving are his wife; one daughter; one son; one stepson; one sister; two
brothers, Harvey Hall of Elm City and Robert Hall of Wilson; and five
grandchildren.

December 12, 2001

Toby B. Williamson
DURHAM — Toby Barnes Williamson, 65, died Monday at Durham Regional Hospital.
The funeral will be conducted by Bishop Laurin Milton at 10:30 a.m. Friday at
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in
Marsh Swamp Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery, Wilson County.
Surviving are her daughter, Laura Geseking of Frelinghuysen, N.J.; three sons,
Fred M. Williamson Jr., Michael C. Williamson and David L. Williamson, all of
Durham; and two grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the church from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Arrangements are being handled by Clements Funeral Service.

Denise D. Martin
PIKEVILLE — Denise Diane Martin, 33, died Monday.
Surviving are her parents, Dale L. and Charlotte A. Martin of Pikeville; a
sister, Debbie A. Martin of Pikeville; and three brothers, Gary D. Martin of
Riverside, Calif., David J. Martin of Henderson and Michael D. Martin of
Goldsboro.
The family will receive friends at Shackleford Funeral Service, 102 N. Pine
St., Fremont from 7-8:30 tonight and at other times at 1446 Capps Bridge Road.

Ronald E. Corrington Jr.
July 11, 1926 Dec. 11, 2001
Ronald Earl Corrington Jr., 75, died Tuesday. The funeral will be conducted by
the Rev. Coleman Markham and the Rev. Michael McHarg at 11 a.m. Thursday at
Westview Christian Church. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Frances 3Frankie2 Llewellyn Corrington; a
daughter, Edythe Corrington Daniel of Willow Springs; a son, Andrew S.
Corrington of Cary; and three grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
from 7-8:30 tonight.

Willie M. Farrow
Sept. 8, 1924 Dec. 7, 2001
Willie Morgan Farrow, 77, of 2206 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway died Dec. 7
at Wilson Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Donald Peartree
at 1 p.m. Friday at Weeping Mary Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ),
Pantego. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Washington, N.C.
Farrow was a veteran of the United States Army. He was retired from the U.S.
Post Office in New York. He was a member of Weeping Mary Church of Christ
(Disciples of Christ).
Surviving are two sisters, Velma Farrow Roland of Washington, N.C., and Ruth
Farrow Mann of Pantego; and three brothers, Ledrew Farrow of Westerville, Ohio,
Charles Farrow of Wilson and Carver Farrow of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
The family will receive friends at the home.
Arrangements are being handled by Randolph Funeral Home, Washington, N.C.

Hattie O. Webb
Jan. 29, 1914 Dec. 11, 2001
Hattie 3Granny2 Owens Webb, 87, of 5410A Weaver Road, Elm City died Tuesday at
Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville. The funeral will be conducted by the
Rev. Wayne Whitley at 11 a.m. Thursday at Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash
St. Burial will follow in the Owens Family Cemetery.
Surviving are two daughters, Wilma Askew and Connie Simmons, both of Elm City;
two sons, Dean Webb of Oak Island and Gilbert Webb of Wilson; two sisters,
Margaret Thigpen and Helen Boykin, both of Wilson; 11 grandchildren; and 13
great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at the home.

Robert B. Brown Jr.
Nov. 7, 1924 Dec. 9, 2001
Robert Burton Brown Jr., 77, died Sunday. The funeral will be conducted held
at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel, Raleigh. Burial will follow
in Raleigh Memorial Park with military honors.
Brown served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Whitehurst. He was postmaster for
the U.S. Postal Service in Williamston. He was a charter member of Temple
Baptist Church and was a member of the Rotary Club and Toastmaster1s.
Surviving are a daughter, Janice Keclik of Atlanta, Ga.; two sons, Robert B.
Brown III of Elm City and Marshall T. Brown of Raleigh; a brother, Donald H.
Brown of Vallejo, Calif.; two grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; and three
great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 7-8:30 p.m.

December 13, 2001

Leroy Etheridge
Leroy Etheridge, 79, of 1614 Freeman St. died Monday at Wilson Medical
Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Darrick Barnes and the Rev.
Henry Lucas at 1 p.m. Saturday at Simon Grove Holiness Church, N.C. 42 East.
Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Josephine Etheridge; three daughters, Clara Shuler of
Freehold, N.J., Pennie Whitakers of Sharpsburg and Mary Atkinson of Wilson; six
sons, Leroy Etheridge of Freehold, N.J., Jacob Etheridge of Sharpsburg, David
Etheridge, Isaac Etheridge, Vance Etheridge and Willie Etheridge, all of Rocky
Mount; five stepdaughters, JoAnn Barnes White, Brenda J. Woodard and Dorothy
Shaw, all of Wilson, Eula Abraham of Fort Washington, Md., and Lenora Kirby of
Greensboro; six stepsons, Willie Lee Barnes Jr., Willie Thomas, Donnie Thomas
and Larry Thomas, all of Wilson, Donnie Earl Barnes of the home, and Darrick W.
Barnes of Saratoga; four sisters, Mary Etheridge, Annie Nicholson and Alberta
Williamson, all of Lakewood, N.J., and Mary Henderson Hoskins of Wilson; one
brother, Otis Etheridge of Wendell; 60 grandchildren; 72 great-grandchildren;
and 18 stepgrandchildren.
The body may be viewed at King & Darden Funeral Home, 325 E. Nash St. Friday
from 1-8:30 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.

Virginia L. Holland
Nov. 17, 1913 Dec. 12, 2001
PRINCETON — Beatrice Virginia Langston Holland, 88, died Wednesday at Johnston
Memorial Hospital. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Don Price at 7
tonight in the chapel of Parrish Funeral Home, Selma. A graveside service will
be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in Princeton Cemetery.
Surviving are one daughter, Brenda H. Pittman of Kenly; one son; three
sisters, including Jonnie Mae Rowe of Kenly; one brother; 10 grandchildren; and
12 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service
tonight.

Jerry M. Joyner
PIKEVILLE — Jerry Mooring Bell Joyner, 57, died Monday at Wayne Memorial
Hospital, Goldsboro. The funeral will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Seymour
Funeral Home, Goldsboro. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.
Surviving are her husband, James “J.J.” Joyner; a son, John C. Bell Jr. of
Goldsboro; a sister, Mary Frank Keller; and one granddaughter.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at the home of Dave and Renee Stewart, 209 Sable Drive, Lane Tree
Village.

Gatsy K. Owens
FOUNTAIN — Gatsy Killebrew Owens, 86, died Tuesday. A graveside service will
be conducted by the Rev. Frank Cockrell and the Rev. C.H. Overman at 11 a.m.
Friday in Queen Anne Cemetery.
She and her late husband operated a grocery store for many years on the corner
of N.C. 222 and Market Road near Fountain. She was a lifelong member of Aspen
Grove Free Will Baptist Church.
Her survivors include her brother, E. Patrick Killebrew Sr. of Wilson.
The family will receive friends at the Farmville Funeral Home from 7 until
8:30 tonight .

December 14, 2001

Carter B. Pierce
Dec. 7, 2001 Dec. 7, 2001
Infant Carter Blaine Pierce died Dec. 7. A graveside service will be conducted
by Bishop Robert E. Scott and Elder David R. Pierce Sr. at 3 p.m. Sunday in
Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are parents, Reid Pierce and Melanie Cline-Pierce; one sister,
Savannah Caden Pierce of the home; one brother, Logan Wade Pierce of the home;
maternal grandmother, Brenda Lamm Dobbins of Wilson; maternal stepgrandfather,
Dale Dobbins of Wilson; maternal grandfather and stepgrandmother, Charles and
Gail Cline of Maryland; paternal grandparents, David and Arlene Pierce of
Wilson; paternal great-grandparents, Lindsey and Viola Lucas of Fremont; and
paternal great-grandmother, Anna Pierce of Kinston.
The family will receive friends at 2508 Patrick Lane on Saturday from 6-9 p.m.
Arrangements are being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.

Isaac Ryals
FREMONT — Senior Bishop Isaac Ryals, 71, of 305 Branch St. died Saturday at
his residence. The funeral will be conducted by Vice Bishop Eddie Andrews at 1
p.m. Sunday at Greater Morning Star Church, 705 S. Sycamore St. Burial will
follow in Wayne Memorial Park-North Rest Haven, Grantham.
Surviving are his wife, Mary H. Ryals; four daughters, Ellen Ryals of Grifton,
Joyce Ryals of Charlotte, Brenda Hoff of Hampton, Va., and Angela George of Fort
Lee, N.J.; three sons, Isaac Ryals Jr. of Charlotte, Tony Ryals of Goldsboro and
Anthony Ryals of Dudley; two sisters, the Rev. Ianthia Moore of Goldsboro and
Lettie Hamilton of Brooklyn, N.Y.; one brother, Jessie Ryals of Philadelphia,
Pa.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be at the church only. The family will receive friends at the
church Saturday from 7-8 p.m. The family will assemble at the residence one hour
prior to the service.
Arrangements are being handled by Hamilton Funeral Chapel, Goldsboro.

Louis M. Deans
June 16, 1959 Dec. 9, 2001
Louis Murrain Deans, 42, of N.C. 581 South, Kenly died Dec. 9 at Pitt County
Memorial Hospital, Greenville. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Donnie
Daniels at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.
Burial will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
Deans was employed at Nixon Construction Company.
Surviving are one daughter, Jumilla Harris of Wilson; his mother and
stepfather, Rebecca Deans Dock and Willie Junior Dock of Wilson; two sisters,
Belinda Dock of Wilson and Priscilla Dock of Virginia Beach, Va.; one brother,
Percell Deans of Wilson; maternal grandmother, Adlevis Joyner of Kenly; and
paternal stepgrandmother, Hazel Mae Dock of Wilson.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home Saturday from 3-9:15 p.m. with the
family receiving friends there from 7-8 p.m. and at other times at 2015
Patterson Way South, where they will assemble one hour before the funeral.

Mandy B. Pitt
Jan. 7, 1919 Dec. 11, 2001
Mandy Batts Pitt, 82, a resident of Friendly Elm Rest Home, Elm City died
Tuesday. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Bronchie Hart at 1 p.m.
Sunday at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St. Burial will follow in
Hamilton Burial Garden.
She was a member of Vaughn’s Chapel Baptist Church, Elm City.
Surviving are two granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home Saturday from 3-9:15 p.m. with the
family receiving friends there from 8:15-9:15 p.m. and at other times at 609 E.
Main St., Elm City, where they will assemble one hour before the funeral.

Jacklyn C. Pate
Oct. 8, 1944 Dec. 12, 2001
Jacklyn Carter Pate, 57, of 4117 Cartwheel Court died Wednesday at Wilson
Medical Center The funeral will be conducted by Bishop Robert L. Gorham at 6
tonight at Wilson Chapel United America Free Will Baptist Church, 513 E. Barnes
St. Burial will be Monday in Cedar Lane Cemetery, Patterson, N.J.
She was employed at Wrangler and was a member of Wilson Chapel Church where
she served on the usher board.
Surviving are her husband, Purvis Pate; one daughter, Robin J. Carter of
Wilson; and two brothers, Melvin V. Carter of San Antonio, Texas, and Gregory S.
Carter of Miami, Fla.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., today
from 2-4 p.m. The family will assemble at the residence one hour before the
funeral.

Michael P. Bernatek
Sept. 29, 1923 Dec. 12, 2001
CONNEAUT, Ohio — Michael P. Bernatek, 78, died Wednesday at UHHS Brown
Memorial Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted by the Rev. A.
Edward Gretchko at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Frances Cabrini Roman Catholic Church.
Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Surviving are one daughter, Carol Fite of Wilson, N.C.; one sister; two
granddaughters; and one great-grandson.
The family will receive friends at Raisian Funeral Home Sunday from 7-9 p.m.

Elizabeth J. Hardy
June 12, 1907 Dec. 10, 2001
Elizabeth Jones Hardy, 94, died Monday at Brian Center. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. William Neill at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John AME Zion
Church, 119 N. Pender St. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are one sister, Madeline Jones of Wilson; four grandchildren; and
eight great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Edwards Funeral Home, 805 E. Nash St., from 2-8 p.m.
today. The family will receive friends at 2205 Imperial Ave. and will assemble
there one hour before the funeral.

Joycelyn M. Hicks
Joycelyn Mitchell Hicks, 54, of Lanham, Md., died Monday at Washington
Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. A funeral Mass will be conducted by the Rev.
Jeff Defayette at 1 p.m. today at St. Matthias Church, Lanham, Md.
The family will receive friends at Edwards Funeral Home, 805 E. Nash St.,
Saturday from 2:30-3:30 p.m. A committal service will follow in William Chapel
Cemetery, 6154 William Chapel Road, Elm City.

Arlene A. Price
June 12, 1933 Dec. 13, 2001
Arlene Anderson Golden Price, 68, formerly of 706 Franklin Ave. died Thursday
at Britthaven. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Johnson at 2
p.m. Saturday in the chapel at Shingleton Funeral Home. Burial will follow in
Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are two sons, Allen David Golden and Steven Frank Golden, both of
Wilson; one sister, Mildred Dew of Greenville, Tenn.; seven brothers, R.L.
Anderson, Buggie Anderson, Paul Anderson, Sammy Anderson, Freddie Anderson, Doug
Anderson and Rodger Anderson, all of Greenville, Tenn.; and three grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St.,
from 7-9 tonight and at other times at 1783 Airport Road.

Ruby C. Farmer
Ruby C. Stephens Farmer, 92, died Thursday at Brian Center. A graveside
service will be conducted by the Rev. Doug Murray at 2 p.m. Sunday in Pineview
Cemetery, Rocky Mount.
Surviving are one daughter, Polly Stephens Batchelor of Wilson; one son, Paul
Madison Stephens Jr. of Winston-Salem; one sister, Savada Blount; six
grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.
Arrangements are being handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St.

Louise M. Perry
Jan. 17, 1914 Dec. 12, 2001
Louise Marshall Perry, 87, died Wednesday at Integrated Health Services,
Raleigh. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Phillip Byrum at noon Tuesday
at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
She was a member of the Book and Garden Club of Wilson, the Loyal Legion
Senior Citizen’s Club and the Deadhead Society for the Rose Garden.
Surviving are her son, Fred Douglas Perry; a brother, Herman Oliver Marshall;
and one grandson.
The family will receive friends at King & Darden Funeral Home, 325 E. Nash
St., Monday from 6-7 p.m.


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