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December 15, 2001

Emma B. Taylor
Sept. 15, 1904 Dec. 14, 2001
Emma Boone Taylor, 97, died Friday. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m.
Monday in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are a step-daughter, Mae Taylor Manning of Bailey; a half-sister,
Lillian Pennington of Utah; and six step-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.

Allen W. Gay
WALSTONBURG — Allen Wayne Gay, 73, of 214 East Rail Road St. died Friday at
Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Tony
Glass at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Church Street Chapel of the Farmville Funeral
Home. Burial will follow in the Walstonburg Cemetery.
Gay was a veteran of the Korean War.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Boone Gay of the home; one daughter, Allison
Gay Horton of Snow Hill; two sons, Jeffrey Wayne Gay and William Allen Gay, both
of Walstonburg; two sisters, Ruth Gay Cockerham of Charlotte and Dorothy Gay
Silva of Redding, Calif.; and five grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. today.

Mary Murphy
Oct. 15, 1957 Dec. 1, 2001
FAYETTEVILLE — Mary Payne Murphy, 44, formerly of Wilson, died Saturday at the
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at
the Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St. Burial will follow in Hamilton
Burial Garden, Lane Street extension.
Murphy was a 1976 graduate of the Ralph L. Fike Senior High School in Wilson.
Surviving are her father, Edison Payne of Wilson; and two children.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel Sunday from 3-9 p.m. At
other times, the family will receive friends at 1107 Washington St. where they
will assemble one hour prior to the funeral service.

Darnell Moore
Oct. 5, 1959 Dec. 13, 2001
Darnell Moore, 42, of 5723 Valleydale Road died Thursday at Wilson Medical
Center.
The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. James Barron at 2 p.m. Tuesday at
the Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St. Burial will follow in Hamilton
Burial Garden, Lane Street extension.
Moore attended Wilson County public schools and was employed with Standard
Commercial Tobacco Co.
Surviving are his mother, Rosa Lee Eason Moore of Wilson; a grandfather,
Julius Moore of Saratoga; one brother, Ulysses Moore Jr. of Atlanta; and four
sisters, Jean Briggs, Phyllis Crowder, Joanette Moore, all of Wilson, and Eula
Faye Farmer of Stone Mountain, Ga.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel Monday from 3-9 p.m. where
the family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m.
At other times, the family will receive friends at the residence, where they
will assemble one hour prior to the funeral service.

December 17, 2001

John R. Thompson
July 27, 1909 Dec. 14, 2001
John Richard Thompson, 92, of 672 Hornes Church Road died Friday at Wilmed
Nursing Care Center. A graveside service was conducted by the Rev. Stan
Gallagher-Smith at 2 p.m. Sunday in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are his wife, Alma D. Thompson; three daughters, Joyce Thompson
Jackson of Bailey, Kay Thompson Ezzelle and Susan Thompson Tinsley, both of
Wilson; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St.

Evelyn H. Turlington
FREMONT — Evelyn Hooks Turlington, 90, of 304 W. Wayne St. died Saturday at
Kitty Askins Hospice Center, Goldsboro. The funeral will be conducted by the
Rev. Martin Armstrong at 2 today at Fremont United Methodist Church. Burial will
follow in Elmwood Cemetery.
Surviving are six daughters, Evelyn T. Mooring and Betsy T. Smith, both of
Fremont, Susan T. Swindell and Anita T. Kyles, both of Sanford, Linda T.
Mooring of Knoxville, Tenn., and Eliza T. McBride of Vienna, W.Va.; two sisters,
Minnie Aycock of Pantego and Roberta Mauney of Raleigh; 20 grandchildren; and 20
great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Shackleford Funeral Service, 102 N. Pine St.

Belle H. Sermons
WALSTONBURG — Belle Hinson Sermons, 98, of 570 Holloman Road died Sunday. The
funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Farmville Funeral Home Church Street
Chapel. Burial will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery.
She was a member of Marlboro Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are one daughter, Shirley Moore of Walstonburg; one son, W.J.
Sermons of Walstonburg; one sister, Inez Knight of La Grange; 14 grandchildren;
36 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:30-8:30 tonight and
at other times at the home.

Paul H. Etheridge Jr.
KENLY — Paul H. Etheridge Jr., 84, of 411 E. Second St. died Sunday at his
home. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Charles L. Renfrow at 2 p.m.
Tuesday at Coley Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Kenly Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Grace Etheridge; one daughter, Sherry Hemenway of
Clayton; and a brother, James E Etheridge of Wilson.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Justin L. Thomas
A graveside service for Justin Lee Thomas, of Lompoc, Calif., formerly of
Wilson, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Evergreen Memorial Gardens with full
military honors.
Thomas was retired from the U.S. Air Force.

Estelle E. Godwin
MIDDLESEX — Estelle E. Godwin, 85, died Saturday. The funeral will be held at
2 p.m. today at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the
church cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Parrish Funeral Home.

December 18, 2001

Dorsey C. Blount
Sept. 6, 1904 Dec. 16, 2001
Dorsey Cowherd Blount, 97, of 1300 W. Nash St. died Sunday at Wilson Medical
Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Douglas E. Murray and the Rev.
William R. Bussey at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Adaline B. Neely of Potomac, Md.; a son, James D.
Blount Jr. of Raleigh; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the church in the parlor following the
service..
Arrangements are being handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St.

James P. Artis
July 16, 1928 Dec. 13, 2001
James Preston Artis, 73, of 213 Broad St. died Thursday at Wilson Medical
Center. The funeral will be conducted by Elder Dameion Royal at 1 p.m. Thursday
at St. Rose Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), 605 S. Douglas St. Burial
will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are one daughter, Melissa Strickland of Louisburg; one son, James
William Artis of Wilson; his mother, Minnie Artis of Wilson; three sisters,
Marjorie Allen of Spring Hope, Minnie Ashford and Delois Gray, both of Wilson;
one brother, Leslie Artis of Wilson; and two grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Edwards Funeral Home, 805 E. Nash St., Wednesday
from 2-8 p.m. The family will receive friends at 2107 Fieldcrest Road and will
assemble there one hour before the funeral.

December 19, 2001

Ruth M. Shearin
Ruth Morris Shearin, 81, of Morehead City died Tuesday at her home. The
funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Homer E. Morris at 11 a.m. Friday at First
United Methodist Church, Morehead City. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. in
Maplewood Cemetery, Wilson.
Surviving are a daughter, Cynthia Ann “Cas” Shearin Tolson of Raleigh; two
sons, Frank Crayman Shearin III or Juliette, Ga., and Michael E. Shearin of
Valdosta, Ga.; and four grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at 1805 Shepard St., Morehead City, Thursday
from 5-7 p.m.
Arrangements are being handled by Brooks Funeral Home, Morehead City.

Jacob O. Holland
Jan. 3, 1923 Dec. 19, 2001
Jacob O. “Jake” Holland, 78, died Wednesday at Wilson Medical Center. The
funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704
W. Nash St.
Surviving are his wife, Linda Holland; four daughters, Eleanor Walker, Dorothy
Maston, and Janice Holland, all of Richmond, Va., and Linda Burton of Snow Hill;
one son, J.T. Holland of Wilson; four brothers, Charlie Holland and David
Holland, both of Virginia, Wade Balance and Junior Balance, both of North
Carolina; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m.

Z. Royce Bissette
Oct. 13, 1935 Dec. 18, 2001
Zack Royce Bissette, 66, died Tuesday. The funeral will be conducted by the
Rev. Joseph Stallings and the Rev. Bob Carpenter at 2 p.m. Friday at Joyner’s
Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial
Gardens.
Bissette was a charter member and on the board of directors of Silver Lake
Volunteer Fire Department. He was a lifetime farmer and businessman.
Surviving are his wife, Charlotte Jean Mercer Bissette; three daughters,
Melody Bissette Allegood and Karen B. Reaves, both of Wilson, and Melissa B.
Batts of Elm City; two sons, Zack R. Bissette Jr. of Wilson and Jason Bissette
of Elm City; his mother, Ethel Strickland Bissette of Elm City; a sister, Connie
B. Lyon of Shallotte; three brothers, Billy Bissette and Geral Bissette, both of
Elm City, and Ronnie Bissette of Wilmington; and eight grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and
at other times at 6132 N.C. 58.

J.R. Trevathan
MACCLESFIELD — J.R. Trevathan, 65, died Tuesday. The funeral will be held at 3
p.m. Thursday at Edgewood Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the
church cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Carlisle Funeral Home, Tarboro.

December 20, 2001

Dorothy B. Fry
Feb. 19, 1925 Dec. 17, 2001
Dorothy Barber Fry, 76, died Monday at the Brian Center. A memorial service
will be conducted by the Rev. Mark Wollard Jr. at 2 p.m. Thursday at Stoneybrook
Church of Christ.
Surviving are three sons, Michael Fry of Elm City, Paul Fry of Summerville,
S.C., and Gregory Fry of Moncks Corner, S.C.; two sisters, Mary Jennings of
Lancaster, Pa., and Helen Hollohan of Landisville, Pa.; a brother, Emmett S.
Barber of South Williamsport, Pa.; two grandchildren; and two great-
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
Arrangements are handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W. Nash St.

Veretta S. White
Dec. 28, 1954 Dec. 15, 2001
Veretta Shelenn Sneed White, 46, of 5206 Lake Wilson Road, Elm City, died
Saturday at her residence. The funeral will be conducted by Bishop Chester
Aycock at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ),
4009 Lake Wilson Road. Burial will follow in William Chapel Church Cemetery, Elm
City.
She was employed at Wilson Medical Center as a nursing assistant and was a
member of St. Paul Church of Christ.
Surviving are her husband, Otis White; one daughter, Shelenn Lavon White of
Hampton, Va.; one stepson, Otis Eley of Boston; her mother, Arlean L. Sneed of
Elm City; one sister, Evelyn Sneed Brown of Forestville, Md.; three brothers,
the Rev. Henry A. Sneed Jr. of Winchester, Ky., James C. Sneed of Jackson,
Miss., and Marvin R. Sneed of Elm City; one foster brother, James Artis of
Atlanta; and two grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., Friday
from 3-9:15 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.

Anna W. Creech
Aug. 20, 1907 Dec. 15, 2001
Anna Ward Creech, 94, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Wilson, died Saturday.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mary Grove Missionary Baptist
Church, 6258 Wiggins Mill Road, Lucama. Burial will follow in Rest Haven
Cemetery, Wilson.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., Friday
from 3-9:15 p.m. with the family receiving friends there from 8:15-9:15 p.m. and
at other times at 2104 Silver Leaf Road where they will assemble one hour before
the funeral.

Barbara J. Locus
Barbara Jean Locus, 59, of Columbus, Ohio, died Monday at Mount East Carmel
Hospital. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Daniel Locus at noon
Saturday at Edwards Funeral Home, 805 E. Nash St. Burial will follow in the
Locus Family Cemetery, Lucama.
Surviving are two daughters, Pamela Tharps of Forestville, Md., and Barbara
Ann Locus of Columbus, Ohio; one son, James Randolph Locus Jr. of Rocky Mount;
and nine grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home Friday from 2-7 p.m. The family
will assemble at the funeral home one hour before the funeral.

C.T. Moye
WALSTONBURG — C.T. Moye, 61, of 97 Friendship Drive died Thursday at Pitt
County Memorial Hospital, Greenville. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m.
Saturday at Little Creek Free Will Baptist Church, Ayden. Burial will follow in
Red Hill Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Janice J. Moye; two daughters, Tanya Moye of Snow Hill
and Denise Moye of Washington, D.C.; one son, Dennis Moye of Fort Lauderdale,
Fla.; and two sisters, Ethel Joyner of Walstonburg and Celestine Holmes of New
Haven, Conn.
The body may be viewed at the church Saturday beginning at noon. The family
will receive friends at S. Connor Memorial Funeral Home, Farmville, Friday from
7-8 p.m.

Annie B. Page
SNOW HILL — Annie B. Page, 88, died Tuesday at Pitt County Memorial Hospital,
Greenville. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Elbert Forbes at 2 p.m.
Sunday at Washington Branch Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the
church cemetery.
Surviving are two daughters, Peggy J. Speight of Wilson and Mary M. Lindsey of
New Jersey, N.J.; and two sons, Henry C. Lindsey of Wilson and John Lindsey of
Snow Hill.
The body may be viewed at S. Connor Memorial Funeral Home, Farmville, Saturday
beginning at noon. The family will receive friends at the church Saturday from
7-8 p.m.

Tommy Lamm
Tommy Lamm, 69, of Valentines, Va., formerly of Bailey, died Tuesday at the
Veterans Administration Medical Center, Richmond, Va. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Greg Hand at 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel at Wrenn
Funeral Home, Roanoke Rapids. Burial will follow in Olive Branch United
Methodist Church Cemetery, Gasburg, Va.
Lamm was a U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving are his wife, Linnie Clary Lamm; two daughters, Cathy Matthews of
Roanoke Rapids and Debbie Pearson of Wilson; one son, Tommy Gerald Lamm of
Littleton; two stepdaughters, Tammy Selby and Windy Bowers, both of South Hill,
Va.; a stepson, Darrell Clarke of Gasburg, Va.; and 12 grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 7-8:30 p.m.

Irene W. Beland
Aug. 6, 1913 Dec. 17, 2001
Irene Wiggins Beland, 88, died Monday. A graveside service will be conducted
by the Rev. Jean Hoods at 11 a.m. Saturday in Providence United Methodist Church
Cemetery, Goldsboro.
She was a retired registered nurse.
Surviving are one daughter, Milbrey B. Bartholow of Palm Coast, Fla.; one son,
Lt. Col. Carlton Beland of Pottstown, Pa.; one sister, Estelle Anderson of
Bridgeport; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.
Arrangements are being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.

December 21, 2001

Edna E. Turner
Sept. 4, 1940 Dec. 17, 2001
Edna Louise Everette Turner, 61, of New York, N.Y., formerly of Pinetops, died
Monday at the Split Rock Nursing Facility, New York. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Paul Everette at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Pine Chapel Church,
Pinetops. Burial will follow in Carver Memorial Park Cemetery, Pinetops.
She was a member of Pine Chapel Church, Pinetops.
Surviving are four daughters, Norina Belfor of the home, Angela Rudge of
Miami, Fla., Francis Tyler of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Theresa Belfor of Bronx, N.Y.;
one son, William Turner Jr. of the home; three sisters, Mary Waller of River
Rouge, Miss., Elizabeth McNeil of Rocky Mount and Carolyn Speight of Lucama; and
five 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 5171 Artis Road, Lucama, where they will assemble one hour
before the funeral.

Lumus J. Alston
July 13, 1937 Dec. 18, 2001
Lumus Junior Alston, 64, of 10788 Baldy Hill Road, Middlesex, died Tuesday at
Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mount. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev.
Herman Lucas at 1 p.m. Sunday at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.
Burial will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
Surviving are his wife, Edna Alston; one daughter, Regina Applewhite of the
home; four sons, Stanley Alston of Florida, Frederick Alston of Knightdale,
Michael Alston of Raleigh and James Cleveland Alston of Zebulon; four sisters,
Lamarie Harris of Statesville, Maxine Harris of Brooklyn, N.Y., Helen Israel of
Wilson and Geraldine Alston of Sharpsburg; three brothers, James Alston Jr. and
David Alston, both of Wilson, and Joseph B. Alston of Washington, D.C.; 14
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.,
Saturday from 3-9:30 p.m. with the family receiving friends there from 8:15-9:15
p.m. and at other times at 836 Perry Curtis Road, Zebulon, where they will
assemble one hour before the funeral.

Hattie E. Jones
April 15, 1910 Dec. 18, 2001
Hattie Eason Jones, 91, a resident of Britthaven of Kinston, formerly of
Wilson, died Tuesday. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Charles
Barnes at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hamilton Burial Garden.
She was a member of St. James Christian Church.
Surviving are one daughter, Barbara Jones of Baltimore; two sons, Hilton Jones
and Larry Jones, both of Wilson; five grandchildren; and four great-
grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., today
from 3-9:30 p.m. The family will receive friends at 114 S. Carroll St. and will
assemble there one hour before the funeral.

Sadie S. Bennett
Sept. 11, 1922 Dec. 16, 2001
Sadie Singletary Bennett, 79, of 200 E. 6th St., Kenly, died Sunday at Wilson
Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. D.H. Richardson at 2
p.m. Saturday at St. Paul AME Church, Kenly. Burial will follow in Selma
Memorial Garden.
Arrangements are being handled by Walter Sanders Funeral Home, Smithfield.

Robert A. Pearson Jr.
Aug. 23, 1932 Dec. 20, 2001
Robert Alvin Pearson Jr., 69, died Thursday. The funeral will be conducted by
the Rev. David Barnes at 11 a.m. Saturday in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are two sons, Lee Pearson of Williamston and Alvin Pearson of
Deatsville, Ala.; one brother, Billy Pearson of Jamestown; and four
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St., from 7-8:30 tonight and at other times at the home.

December 22, 2001

Aaron Carter
Aaron Carter, 48, of 6234 Chesapeake Blvd., Norfolk, Va., died Monday. Elder
Donnie Daniels will officiate at the funeral at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvary United
Holiness Church, 515 Daniel St., Wilson. Burial will follow in Rest Haven
Cemetery.
Surviving are a son, Antwon Woodard of Wilson; a stepson, Corey Woodard of
Wilson whom he reared; seven sisters, Georgia L. Smith, Betty Rose Bell, Phyllis
Carter, Margaret Sharon Carter, Renee Shaw, Thelma Hodges and Pamela Carter, all
of Wilson; and four brothers, Jeremiah Carter, Frederick Carter and Steve
Carter, all of Wilson, and Calvin Carter of Hyattsville, Md.
A wake will be held from 7-8 p.m. today at King & Darden Funeral Home, 325 E.
Nash St. The family will receive friends at other times at the home of his
sister, Georgia L. Smith, 503 W. Gold St., where they will assemble one hour
prior to the service in preparation for the funeral procession.

Henry Griggs
Henry Griggs, 54, of 1217 Orchard Park Circle, Pflugerville, Texas, died Dec.
14, at North Austin Medical Center in Austin, Texas. The Rev. Nancy Camper will
officiate at the funeral Sunday at 3 p.m. at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S.
Tarboro St. Burial will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden, Lane Street Extension.
A veteran of both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy, Griggs served in the
Vietnam War with the Army and retired from the Navy.
Surviving are two daughters, Nina Griggs of Wilson and Jakinda Francis of San
Mateo, Calif.; two sons, Jamaal Griggs of Atlanta and Kahri Griggs of San Mateo,
Calif.; five sisters, the Rev. Nancy Camper of Philadelphia, Mary Ann Hutchinson
of Dallas, Texas, Jo Ann Smith and Linda Titus Booth, both of Amarillo, Texas,
and Patsy Clark of Wichita Falls, Texas; and two brothers, Milton Griggs and
Lonnie Griggs, both of Wichita Falls, Texas.
The body may be viewed today from 3-9:30 p.m. at Hamilton Funeral Chapel. The
family will receive friends at 911 N. Gold St., where they will assemble one
hour prior to the service in preparation for the funeral procession.

December 24, 2001

Pearlie S. McCallister
June 3, 1916 Dec. 21, 2001
Pearlie Mae Savage McCallister, 90, of 1603 Kincaid Ave., died Friday at
Wilson Medical Center. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in
Hamilton Burial Garden.
She was retired from James I. Miller Tobacco Company.
Her survivors include her caregiver, the Rev. William “E” Rogers of Fremont.
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 6721 Jaycross Road,
Fremont, and will assemble there one hour before the funeral.

Marlene L. Hootman
May 17, 1957 Dec. 23, 2001
STANTONSBURG — Marlene Louise Hootman, 44, died Sunday at Wilson Medical
Center. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today at Thomas-Yelverton
Funeral Service, 2704 W. Nash St.
Surviving are her husband, Gene Hootman; a daughter, Tameira Leigh Miller of
Mount Olive; two sons, Jermiah Willie Hootman of Germany, and Joshua Devon
Hootman of the home; two stepchildren, Eugene Michael Hootman of Arizona and
Jennifer Rose Manley of Arizona; her father, Louis F. Peters; her mother, Bryann
Greve Peters; a sister, Sonya Peters of San Francisco; two brothers, Harvey
Peters of Wilson and Danny Peters of Wisconsin; and three grandchildren.

James E. Coker
KENLY — James Earl Coker, 74, of 458 Tedder Road died Saturday at Johnston
Memorial Hospital, Smithfield. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m.
Thursday in the Aycock Family Cemetery with military honors.
Surviving are his wife, Ruby Aycock Coker; a daughter, Susan Shirley of Kenly;
three sons, Benny Coker of Smithfield, Bobby Coker and Frank Coker, both of
Kenly; two brothers Steve Coker of Hassell and Dewey Coker of Roanoke Rapids; a
half brother, Donald Job of Henderson; a stepbrother, John Job of Bailey; three
half sisters, Geneva Askew, Naomi Shot and Lois Cruz, all of Henderson; and five
grandchildren;
The family will receive friends at Coley Funeral Home Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.

Roland H. Harrell
Roland Hubert Harrell, 59, died Sunday at Wilson Medical Center. A graveside
service will be conducted by the Rev. Tim McFatter at 2 p.m. Thursday in
Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Harrell was a member of Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church and the Wilson
Moose Lodge.
Surviving are his wife, Mildred Harrell; a daughter, Rhonda H. Jones of
Stantonsburg; a son, Jamie Harrell of Wilson; one brother Ray Harrell of Wilson;
and one granddaughter.
The family will receive friends at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St. Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m.

December 26, 2001

Jean G. Barnette
PIKEVILLE — Jean Gurley Barnette, 71, died Sunday at Wayne Memorial Hospital..
The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Chuck Gentry and the Rev. Timothy
Creel at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel at Seymour Funeral Home. Burial will
follow in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Goldsboro.
Surviving are three daughters, including Barbara Reinoehl of Pikeville; one
sister; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and
at other times at 1223 Capps Bridge Road.

Ronnie G. Hager
Sept. 8, 1962 Dec. 23, 2001
Ronnie Gene Hager, 39, died Sunday. A graveside service will be conducted by
the Rev. Johnny Taylor at 2 p.m. Thursday in Stantonsburg Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Lydia Thomas Hager; two daughters, Alexis Hager and
Lillie Hager, both of the home; three sons, Ronnie Hager Jr., Logan Hager and
Tyler Hager, all of the home; three sisters, Lillie Gaimmett of North Carolina,
Catherine Marcum of South Carolina and Charlotte Hager of West.Virginia; and
three brothers, Johnnie Hager of West Virginia, Harold Hager of North Carolina
and Anthony Hager of Wilson.
The family will receive friends at Gethsemane Independent Baptist Church,
London Church Road, from 7-9 tonight.
Arrangements are being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.

Miriam E. Peterson
Sept. 26, 1928 Dec. 23, 2001
Miriam Nora Edwards Peterson, 73, of Havelock, formerly of Wilson, died Sunday
at Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mount. The funeral will be conducted by Elder
Mary Jo Atkinson at 11 a.m. Thursday at Brown Chapel Free Will Baptist Church,
1507 Hadley St. Burial will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
She was retired from North Carolina Special Care Center and was a member of
Brown Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Roy A. Edwards of Wilson; one daughter, Pamela
Peterson-Parker with whom she lived; two brothers, Columbus Edwards and Howard
Edwards, both of Wilson; two sisters, Wilma Fields Edwards of Lexington and
Grace Bullock of Wilson; one foster sister, Carolyn Jones of Wilson; and two
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 1708 Westwood Ave. and will
assemble there one hour before the funeral.

Shelia D. Hamm
Shelia Davis Hamm, 45, of Cary died Monday. The funeral will be held at 11
a.m. Friday at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, Cary. Burial will follow in
Holly Springs Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery near Kenly.
Surviving are her husband, Charles W. Hamm Jr. of Cary; two sons, Charles
Franklin Hamm and Jeremy Ruffin Hamm, both of Cary; her parents, Franklin and
Mary Ruth Davis of Kenly; and two sisters, Anne Davis Jones of Warsaw and Gayle
Davis Robbins of Raleigh.
The family will receive friends at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Cary, Thursday
from 7-9 p.m.

Garnie C. Evans
June 17, 1922 Dec. 23, 2001
Garnie Cornell Evans, 79, a native of Wilson, died Sunday at Helena House,
Port Royal, S.C. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Carlisle Funeral
Home, Tarboro.
Surviving are his wife, Edna Barnett Evans of Port Royal, S.C.; a daughter,
Anne E. Tedder of Beaufort; four sisters, Ruth Peaden of Lucama, Myrtle
Williamson and Jeanette Williams, both of Wilson, and Betty Lou Cox of Elm
City; one brother, Ralph Evans of Portland, Ore.; and one granddaughter.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 12:30-2 p.m.

Sandra J. Mosgrave
KENLY — Sandra Jean “Sandy” Mosgrave, 56, died Friday at Pitt Memorial
Hospital, Greenville, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. A
memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Randy Ward at 7 tonight at Coley
Funeral Home.
Surviving is a sister, Barbara A. Mosgrave of Maryland.

Irvin J. Morris
Feb. 3, 1922 Dec. 24, 2001
SIMS — Irvin Junior Morris, 79, of 7322 Old Raleigh Road died Monday at
Laurels of Forest Glenn, Garner. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Vance
Shearin and the Rev. Rob Kestler at 2 p.m. Thursday at Nobles Chapel Baptist
Church. Entombment will be in the church cemetery with Masonic rites.
Surviving are his daughter, Ann M. Griffin of Holly Springs; and two
granddaughters.
The family will receive friends at Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St.,
from 7-9 tonight and at other times at the home.

Archie McKeel
Nov. 5, 1925 Dec. 24, 2001
Archie McKeel, 76, died Monday. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev.
Billy Toler at 2 p.m. Friday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.
Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Page McKeel; two sons, Kenneth R. McKeel of
Winston-Salem and Danny C. McKeel of Wilson; one sister, Flossie Fulghum of
Baltimore; a brother, Bill McKeel of Sims; three grandchildren; and one great-
grandchild.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m.
and at other times at 4411 U.S. 117.

Bobby W. Denton
Sept. 14, 1952 Dec. 25, 2001
Bobby Wayne Denton, 49, died Tuesday. A memorial service will be held at a
later date.
Surviving are his wife, Vickie Gardner Denton of Swansboro; three daughters,
Carrie Anne Aycock of Stantonsburg, Andrea Ritchie of Havelock and Ashley Renee
Denton of Cape Carteret; a son, Joshua Blue Denton of Swansboro; his mother,
Edith Poland Denton Thomas of Wilson; two brothers, Milton Ray Denton and Willie
Glenn Denton, both of Wilson; and three grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.

Pearlie S. McCallister
The survivors of Pearlie S. McCallister, include her caregiver, Millernise
Rogers of Fremont.

December 27, 2001

Norris S. Williams
March 18, 1957 Dec. 23, 2001
Norris S. “Chuck Norris, Jim Daddy”; Williams, 44, of 603 Railroad St.,
Macclesfield, died Sunday at his residence. The funeral will be conducted by
Elder James Smith at 2 p.m. Saturday at Washington Branch Baptist Church,
Macclesfield. Burial will follow in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens, Farmville.
Surviving are one daughter, Lavon Williams of South Carolina; his mother,
Maybell Williams of the home; four sisters, Madie Ennis and Louise Dealth, both
of Oxon Hill, Md., Rosa Doris Williams of Suitland, Md., and Nora Matthews of
Macclesfield; two brothers, Roy Lee Smith of Landover, Md., and Lester Williams
Jr. of Falls Church, Va.
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.

Edmond D. Pittman
Nov. 17, 1922 Dec. 26, 2001
Edmond D. Pittman, 79, of Lucama died Wednesday at Wilson Medical Center. The
funeral will be conducted by the Rev. DeWayne Eakes at 2 p.m. Friday in the
chapel at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W. Nash St. Burial will follow
in Evergreen Memorial Gardens with military rites from American Legion Post 13.
Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Bass Pittman; three daughters, Milly Quidley of
Wilson, Judy Costello of Macclesfield and Susan Britt of Wilmington; one son,
Ray Pittman of Newland; two sisters, Evelyn Pittman of Lucama and Elizabeth
Whaley of Warsaw; three brothers, Tom Pittman of Lucama, Bobby Pittman of
Asheville and James R. Pittman of Goldsboro.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-8:30 tonight and at
other times at the home.

Mildred H. Smith
Oct. 9, 1912 Dec. 26, 2001
Mildred Hinnant Smith, 89, died Wednesday. The funeral will be conducted by
the Rev. Lynn White and the Rev. Zeb Whitehurst at 11 a.m. Friday at Joyner’s
Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial will follow in Contentnea Church
Cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter, Joyce Smith Moore of Charlotte; a son, Eston C.
Smith of Wilson; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one
stepgrandchild.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-8:30 tonight and at
other times at 909 Lakeside Drive.

Jacqueline L. Hill
Jacqueline Lenice Hill, 24, of 616 Spruce St. died Thursday at Wilson Medical
Center. The funeral will be conducted by Bishop Millus Williams at 2 p.m. Friday
at King & Darden Funeral Home, 325 E. Nash St. Burial will follow in Rest Haven
Cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter, Demika Ward of the home; two sons, Demetric Ward and
Semoj Yelverton, both of the home; her parents, Patricia Hill and of Wilson and
Victor Walker of Cleveland, Ohio; four sisters, La Shawna Edwards, Keana Hill
and Alexis Hill, all of Wilson, and Ashenti Peace of Cleveland, Ohio; five
brothers, Jahmaal Watson of Wilson, Demetrus Anderson, Victor Walker Jr.,
Delemond Walker and Kingrachman Walker, all of Cleveland, Ohio; maternal
grandparents, Eula Horne of Wilson and James Hill of Albany, N.Y.; and paternal
grandparents, Cassandra Haines and John Walker, both of Cleveland, Ohio.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home today from 3-8 p.m. The family will
receive friends at the home of her mother, 505 Penny Lane, and will assemble
there one hour before the funeral.

Octavia W. Anderson Sr.
TEMPLE HILLS, Md. — Octavia W. “Tate” Anderson Sr., formerly of Wilson, N.C.,
died Dec. 22. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lee Funeral Home,
Clinton, Md. Burial will be Monday at 11 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery.
Surviving are nine children, Octavia W. Anderson Jr., Clinton Anderson, Annie
Travers, Viola Barnes, Karen Adkins, Alex Adkins, Wanda Adkins, Sheila Jarrett
and Kevin Young; five sisters, Helen Little, Gianell Viley, Mary Bynum, Maureen
Brown and Ruth Coley; three brothers, John Anderson, Samuel Anderson and James
Anderson; 27 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 2-3 p.m.

Ruth J. Davis
June 29, 1915 Dec. 26, 2001
Ruth Dillard Johnston Davis, 86, died Wednesday. The funeral will be conducted
by the Rev. Jim McKinnon at 2 p.m. Saturday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S.
264 West. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames of
the 17th Century and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was a retired
public school librarian.
Surviving is a sister, Nancy Johnston Peabody of Wilson.
The family will receive friends Friday at 307 Canterbury Road from 2-5 p.m.
and the funeral home Friday from 7-8 p.m.

Richard E. Williams
April 16, 1957 Dec. 25, 2001
Richard E. Williams, 44, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A graveside
service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Williams was a former manager and kitchen supervisor for catering at Worrell’s
Seafood Restaurant.
Surviving are three children, Whitley Williams of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,
Jessica Harrell and Daniel Harrell, both of Four Oaks; his parents, Carole and
Barry Ruffin of Wilson; a sister, Tracey Toler of Dry Fork, Va.; a brother, John
Williams of Raleigh; and a stepbrother, Lee Herndon of Wilson.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.,
Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and at other times at 4533 Country Club Drive.

Norma B. Hendrix
July 1, 1927 Dec. 26, 2001
Norma Brice Hendrix of Bethesda, Md., formerly of Elm City, died Wednesday. A
graveside service will held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Elm
City.
Surviving are a daughter, Lisa Hendrix White of Bethesda, Md.; three sisters,
Hilda Brice Gross of Springfield, Md., Margaret Brice Parsley of Silver Spring,
Md., and Estelle Brice Knowles of Norfolk, Va.; and one grandson.
The family will receive friends following the service.
Arrangements are being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.

December 28, 2001

Esther R. Herrington
Esther Ruth Herrington, 77, of Richmond, Va., died Wednesday. A graveside
service will be conducted by the Rev. Wayne King at 11 a.m. Friday in Maplewood
Cemetery.
Surviving are a son, Percy Ellis of Chester, Va.; a sister, Ernestine Bean of
Wilson; a brother Wilbur Etheridge of Wilson; three grandchildren; and two
great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St.

Mildred C. Rogers
Mildred Christine Rogers, 84, of Cary died Wednesday at Carolina House in
Chapel Hill. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Bobby White at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday in the chapel at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W. Nash St.
Entombment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Mausoleum.
Surviving are a daughter, Dianne Gay of Cary; a son, Tommie Rogers of Durham;
and four grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 10:30-11:30
a.m.

Jerome Bass
Sept. 17, 1956 Dec. 28, 2001
Jerome “Jerry” Bass, 45, died today. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev.
Earl Glenn at 2 p.m. Sunday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial
will follow in Black Creek Cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter, Megan Nichole Bass of Wilson; a son, Spencer Kyle
Bass of Wilson; his parents, W. Carlton and Marie Moore Bass of Wilson; a
sister, Diane Bass Evans of Wilson; and a brother, Jeff Bass of Wilson.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and
at other times at 6057 Morningside Road.

December 29, 2001

Harvey Graves Clayton Jr.
Oct. 30, 1927 Dec. 28, 2001
Harvey Graves Clayton Jr., 74, of 1002 Salem St., died Friday. The Rev. James
McKinnon will officiate at a graveside service Sunday at 2 p.m. at Maplewood
Cemetery.
Clayton was employed by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. for 35 years and was an
active member and former elder of First Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Breck Clayton, of the home; a son, H. Graves
Clayton III of Cary; a brother, Charles M. Clayton of Wilson; and two
grandchildren.
Visitation will be at the home. Arrangements are by Joyner’s Funeral Home.

December 31, 2001

Myra J. Driver
Nov. 9, 1910 Dec. 29, 2001
Myra Jacob Driver, 91, died Friday. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Jeff
Davis at 11 a.m. today at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial
followed in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are two daughters, Doris D. Doughtie of Tarboro and Audrey Jackson
of Wilson; a son, James Driver of Lucama; nine grandchildren; 14 great-
grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Ethel H. McLamb
Nov. 5, 1914 Dec. 29, 2001
FOUR OAKS — Ethel Hayes McLamb, 87, died Saturday at Raleigh Rehab and
Healthcare. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today in the chapel at Minshew
Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Faith Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.
Surviving are one daughter; three sons, including Cecil McLamb of Wilson;
three sisters; two brothers; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.


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