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November 1, 2000

Ethel L. Jackson
Oct. 11, 1907 Oct. 27, 2000
Ethel Lucas Jackson, 93, of 837 Starmount Circle died Friday at Wilson Medical
Center., The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hamilton Funeral Chapel,
726 S. Tarboro St. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Surviving are two brothers, Carse Lucas of Philadelphia and Fate Lucas of
Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren, Mary Henderson Hoskins, Lawrence
Henderson and Matthew Lewis Henderson, whom she reared, all of Wilson; and two
foster daughters, Brenda Jackson and Linda Finch, whom she reared, both of
Wilson.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home today from 3-9 p.m. The family will
receive friends at the residence and will assemble there one hour before the
funeral.

John L. Farmer
Feb. 16. 1938 Oct. 31, 2000
STANTONSBURG — John Lee Farmer, 62, died Tuesday. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. A.G. Smith and the Rev. Edgar Benton at 2 p.m. Thursday at
Watery Branch Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Stantonsburg
Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Hilda Gay Farmer; two daughters, Rhonda F. Mauldin and
Jamie F. Watson of Wilson; a sister, Etta Rudicile of Asheville; a brother,
Jesse G. Farmer of Stantonsburg; and three 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 303 E. Greenwood Ave.

Dale S. Blanchard
Dale S. Blanchard, 67, of 2802 Lancaster Road died Tuesday at Wilson Medical
Center. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Jackson, Mich.
Blanchard was retired from Aeroquip Corporation and was a member of the Wilson
Moose Lodge.
Surviving are his wife, Beverly Blanchard; two daughters, Lorelei Scott of
Jackson, Mich., and Melanie Calkins of Marietta, Ga.; three sons, Thomas
Blanchard of Jerome, Mich., Frederick Blanchard of Kalamazoo, Mich., and James
Blanchard of Jackson, Mich.; a sister, Doris Wolford of Coldwater, Mich.; two
brothers, Cleo H. Blanchard of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Marvin Blanchard of Hudson,
Fla.; and 11 grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St. Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m.

Mary C. Gaugler
Sept. 7, 1914 Oct. 31, 2000
Mary Mellissia Carpenter Gaugler, 86, died Tuesday. A graveside service will
be held at a later date in Indiana.
Surviving are three daughters, Donna Languell of Wilson, Phyllis Ballentine of
Beebe, Ark., and Lynn Rozewiez of Mishawaka, Ind.; a brother, Ernest Carpenter
of Dowagiac, Mich.; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West
Friday from 7-8:30 p.m.

November 2, 2000

Walter L. Tugwell Sr.
May 25, 1922 Nov. 1, 2000
FARMVILLE — Walter Lee Tugwell Sr., 78, of 6127 Stantonsburg Road died
Wednesday at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville. The funeral will be
conducted by the Rev. Bruce Jones and the Rev. Ronnie Hobgood at 2 p.m. Friday
at Farmville Funeral Home Church Street Chapel. Burial will follow in Crestlawn
Memorial Gardens near Farmville.
Tugwell was a member of King’s Cross Roads Free Will Baptist Church and was a
U.S Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Geneva Tugwell; one daughter, Kathryne Price of
Fountain; three sons, Steve Tugwell and Ricky Tugwell, both of Fountain, and
Walter Lee Tugwell Jr. of Farmville; and seven grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Charles H. Young Jr.
GOLDSBORO — Charles Herman Young Jr., 57, died Sunday at Wayne Memorial
Hospital. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Christ Memorial Church.
Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.
Surviving are his daughter, Felecia Tucker of Wilson; and his sister,
Elizabeth Horne of Wilson.
The body may be viewed at McIntyre Funeral Home today from 3-7 p.m.

James D. Bissette
James Denning Bissette, 42, died Tuesday. A graveside service will be
conducted by the Rev. James McKinnon and the Rev. Bill Bussey at 11 a.m. Friday
in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Kim Bissette; a daughter, Rebecca Bissette of Wilson;
a son, James “Jim” Bissette Jr. of Wilson; his mother, Jacqueline Johnson
Bissette of Wilson; two brothers, Johnson Bissette of Wilson and Mack Bissette
of Atlanta.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
from 7-9 tonight.

Robert L. Blount
Nov. 14, 1946 Oct. 28, 2000
Robert Lee “Hawk” Blount, 53, of 306 S. Barnes St., Elm City, died Saturday.
The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. James Ellis at 1 p.m. Saturday at
Wilson Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 513 E. Barnes St., Wilson. Burial will
follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
Blount was an employee of Export Leaf Tobacco Company and was a member of Math
& Esther Chapel Church of Lindell.
His survivors include his mother, Mamie Blount Lewis of Elm City.
The family will receive friends at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.
Friday from 8:15-9:15 p.m. and at other times at 204 E. Church St., Elm City,
where they will assemble one hour before the funeral.

November 3, 2000

Raymond Whelan
Raymond “Ray” Whelan died Wednesday. A funeral mass will be conducted by the
Rev. Trent L. Watts at 10 a.m. Monday at The Church of St. Therese.
Whelan was a professor of French at Barton College.
Surviving are his wife, Chantal Lesage Whelan; a sister, Beth Tiby of
Syracuse, N.Y.; and three brothers, Charles Whelan, Kevin Whelan and T. Brendon
Whelan, all of Syracuse, N.Y.
A wake will be held at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West, Sunday from
7-8:30 p.m..

Joe L. Craft
Oct. 19, 1928 Nov. 2, 2000
STANTONSBURG — Joe Lee Craft, 72, died Thursday. The funeral will be conducted
by the Rev. Max Patterson at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Stantonsburg Baptist Church.
Burial will follow in Stantonsburg Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth “Monk” Heath Craft; a daughter, Pat Bridgers
of Four Oaks; a son, Michael Joe Craft of Wilson; three sisters, Bet Messer of
Emerald Isle, Barbara Jean Messer of Farmville and Frances Johnson of Asheville;
four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
Wilson, Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and at other times at 506 Main St.

William H. Avery
GOLDSBORO — William Harry “Bill” Avery, 84, died Thursday at Brian Center. The
funeral was conducted by the Rev. Pete Norris and the Rev. Chris Casey today at
Seymour Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Wayne Memorial Park.
Surviving are his wife; one daughter; three stepdaughters, including Kathy G.
Skinner of Wilson; one granddaughter; eight stepgrandchildren; and four
stepgreat-grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by Seymour Funeral Home.

Ada B. Ellis
June 13, 1924 Oct. 31, 2000
Ada Bernice Ellis, 76, of 310 Forrest Road died Tuesday at Nash General
Hospital, Rocky Mount. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. C.H. Brown Jr.
at 11 a.m. Saturday at North End Missionary Baptist Church, 500 E. Grand St.,
Rocky Mount. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery, Wilson.
Ellis was a member of Jackson Chapel Baptist Church and was a member of the
Missionary Board and Usher Board No. 2.
Surviving are one daughter, Melody Watson of Grandview, Mo.; one son, Marvin
Lowe of Anchorage, Alaska; two sisters, Mildred Dunston and Beulah Faison, both
of Rocky Mount; and nine grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St., today
from 3-9 p.m. with the family receiving friends there from 7-8 p.m. and at other
times at 229 River Run Road where they will assemble one hour before the
funeral.

Ola E. Howard
Aug. 3, 1946 Nov. 1, 2000
Ola Elizabeth Howard, 54, of 1404A Carolina St. died Wednesday at Pitt County
Memorial Hospital, Greenville. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev.
Clifton Howard at 2 p.m. Sunday in Hamilton Burial Garden.
Surviving are one daughter, Linda Tucker of Wilson; three sons, Donald Howard,
Edward Howard and Anthony Howard, all of Wilson; two sisters, Genny Howard of
Wilson and Lorette Howard of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two brothers, Billy Howard of
Wilson and William Howard of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and eight grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.,
Saturday from 3-9 p.m. The family will assemble at the cemetery at 1:45 p.m.

Edward T. Jeffries
KENLY — Edward Thomas Jeffries, 79, of 305 E. First St. died Thursday at his
home. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. James V. Joyner at 2 p.m.
Saturday at Coley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Kenly Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Elizabeth Bass Jeffries; six daughters, Barbara
Spence and Roxanne Jeffries, both of Kenly, Debra Faisst, Tammy Todd and April
Jeffries, all of New Jersey, and Tina Jeffries of New York; three sons, Kevin
Jeffries of Kenly, Tom Jeffries of Goldsboro and Sonny Jeffries of Florida; a
stepson, Johnny Ray Godwin of Pine Level; one brother, John Jeffries of New
Jersey; 25 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Henry L. Williams
SNOW HILL — Henry Lee Williams, 96, of 113 Carver Drive died Saturday. The
funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Washington Branch Free Will Baptist
Church. Burial will follow in the Jones Family Cemetery, N.C. 91.
Williams was a member of Washington Branch Free Will Baptist Church, the Usher
Board and was ruling elder of Washington Branch Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are six daughters, Lela Darden of Snow Hill, Rachael Rawls of
Philadelphia, Minnie B. Edwards and Margie Williams, both of Washington, D.C.,
Christine Haliburton of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Mary Lee Williams of Irvington,
N.J.; one son, Linwood Earl Williams of Roosevelt, N.Y.; three sisters, Jennie
Wiggins of Snow Hill, Jessie Smith of Walstonburg and Minnie Williams of
Fremont; 24 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the church Saturday from 1-2 p.m.
Arrangements are being handled by Flanagan Funeral Home, Inc.

Donald L. Lamm
June 4, 1918 Nov. 2, 2000
Donald Louis Lamm died Thursday. A graveside service will be conducted by the
Rev. William R. Bussey at 11 a.m. Saturday in Evergreen Memorial Gardens with
Masonic Rites.
Lamm was a farmer and owner of D.L. Lamm and Company of Stanhope. He was a
member of Stanhope Baptist Church and was a Mason of the Bailey Lodge.
Surviving are his wife, Undine Langley Lamm; a daughter, Donna Lamm Poindexter
of Burlington; two sons, W. Franklin Lamm of Houston and Phillip D. Lamm of
Sumter, S.C.; a sister, Marie Lamm Glover of Youngsville; and five
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Shingleton Funeral Home from 7-8:30 tonight
and at other times at 6706 Old Smithfield Road, Bailey.

November 4, 2000

Myrtlene Eason
March 14, 1921 Nov. 3, 2000
ROCKY MOUNT — Myrtlene Langley Eason, 79, of Langley’s Crossroad Community,
died Friday.
The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Jimmy Reavis at 2 p.m. Sunday at the
Sandy Cross United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial
Gardens in Wilson.
Surviving are her daughter, Mary Anne Tingen of Kinston; three sons, Walter G.
Eason and Bill Eason, both of Rocky Mount, and Ralph S. Eason of Red Oak; two
sisters, Ora Mosley and Juanita Moore, both of Rocky Mount; eight grandchildren;
and two great-granddaughters.
The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. today at Wheeler and Woodlief
Funeral Home and at other times at the home of Bill and Priscilla Eatmon, 713
Nicole Lane.

Carl B. Langley Jr.
Aug. 2, 1939 Nov. 3, 2000
ROCKY MOUNT — Carl Batts Langley Jr., 61, died Friday.
A Wilson County native, Langley was employed by Corporate Express and was a
member of the National Guard. He was a member of Elm City Baptist Church.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Surviving are; his wife, Judy Hammond Langley of Rocky Mount; his mother,
Maebelle Taylor Langley; two daughters, Sharon Lee of Sharpsburg and Kim Langley
of Rocky Mount; a sister, Patsy Seaward of Rocky Mount; and a grandaughter.
Arrangements are by Johnson Funeral Home on Sunset Avenue.

Lois D. Kersey
Nov. 4, 1929 Nov. 3, 2000
Lois Davis Kersey, 70, died Friday at the Brian Center in Wilson.
The graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. David Barnes at 3 p.m.
Sunday at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are three sisters, Katie D. Reason of Wilson, Lillian D. Rafferty of
New Bern and Nell D. Conley of Kentucky; and her adopted sister, Ann Bissette of
Middlesex.

Mary M. Turner
Aug. 3, 1929 Nov. 3. 2000
WALSTONBURG — Mary Morgan Turner, age 71, of 206 Railroad St., died Friday in
the Farmville Healthcare Center.
She was a member of the Corner Stone Free Will Baptist Church in Fountain.
Graveside services will be conducted by the Rev. H.P. Norman at 11 a.m. Sunday
at Crestlawn Memorial Gardens near Farmville.
Surviving are four daughters, Diane Raper of Franklin, Jean Tugwell of
Walstonburg, Brenda Walston and Connie Casey, both of Fountain; two sons, Joe
Turner of Conway and Wayne Turner of Fountain; two sisters, Lucille Page of
Stantonsburg and Ethel Bridgers of Farmville; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends this evening from 7-9 p.m. at the home at 206
Railroad St.

Clinton E. Winstead
ELM CITY — Clinton Earl Winstead, 80, of 6435 Joyner Road, died Friday at Nash
General Hospital.
The graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Peoples Chapel Church
Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Edna Farmer Winstead; a daughter, Linda W. Barnes of
Elm City; two sisters, Frances Jordan of Elm City and Derlie Jova of Wilson; a
brother, William Winstead of Elm City; and two grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Shingleton Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m.
tonight and at other times at the home.

November 6, 2000

Sarah B. Ikner
Sarah Bunn Ikner, 77, of Fayetteville, formerly of Wilson, died Saturday at
Cape Fear Valley Hospital. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Robert
Lewis at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Temple Baptist Church, Fayetteville. Burial will
follow in Maplewood Cemetery, Wilson at 3 p.m.
Surviving are her husband, James S. Ikner; and a sister, Mary Kemp Bunn
Allison of Raleigh.
The family will receive friends at Rogers & Breece Funeral Home, Fayetteville
from 7-9 tonight and after the service in Maplewood Cemetery at the home of
Frances and Freddy Lamm, 3006 Anderson Road, Wilson.

J. Frank Hamilton
Aug. 16, 1921 Nov. 4, 2000
James Frank Hamilton, 79, of 2617 Westminster Drive died Saturday at Wilson
Medical Center. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Dwight Williams Sunday at
Watson-King Funeral Home Chapel, Rockingham. Burial followed in Eastside
Cemetery.
Surviving are two sons, Jeff Hamilton of Wilson and David Hamilton of Redondo
Beach, Calif.; a sister, Isabel H. Carter of Kinston; and one grandson.

Hazel W. Anderson
April 28, 1915 Nov. 4, 2000
Hazel Whitman Anderson, 85, died Saturday. A funeral will be conducted by the
Rev. Marvin Shedler at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264
West. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. in Wayne Memorial Park,
Goldsboro.
Surviving are four sons, Robert Lee Anderson Jr. of Severna Park, Md.,
Mitchell Anderson of Elm City, Neal Anderson and Douglas Anderson, both of
Greensboro; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and
at other times at 4250 Westerly Court, Elm City.

William J. Rhice
Nov. 20, 1920 Nov. 4, 2000
William Julius “Juie” Rhice, 79, of 5244 St. Rose Church Road, Sims died
Saturday at his residence. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Roosevelt
“Demp” Winstead at noon Wednesday at St. Rose Holiness Church, 5252 St. Rose
Church Road, Sims. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery, Wilson.
His survivors include a granddaughter, Terri Rowland of Durham who was his
caregiver.
The body may be viewed at Edwards Funeral Home, 805 E. Nash St., Tuesday from
2-8 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.

Donie Lee B. Parrish
KENLY — Donie Lee Batten Parrish, 86, died Sunday. The funeral will be held at
2 p.m. Tuesday at Parrish Funeral Home Chapel, Selma. Burial will follow in
Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery.
Surviving are two daughters, Lois Jones and Alice Faye Parker, both of Selma;
two sons, Gilbert Parrish of Surf City and Leslie “Bud” Parrish of Middlesex; 11
grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

November 7, 2000

Lee B. Barnes
Jan. 27, 1910 Nov. 6, 2000
Lee Boykin Barnes, 90, died Monday. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev.
Sefton Strickland and the Rev. Seth Allen at 2 p.m. Thursday at Springhill
Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter, Ruby Barnes Newsome of Wilson; a son, Donald Mack
Barnes of Buckhorn; a brother, Willis Sullivan of Illinois; nine grandchildren;
and 14 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 7720 Brame Road, Kenly.

Roosevelt Pearce Sr.
April 21, 1911 Nov. 5, 2000
Roosevelt “Bud” Pearce Sr., 89, died Sunday at IHS Healthcare, Tarboro. The
funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Earl Cooley at 1 p.m. Friday at Walter
Sander’s Funeral Home, Smithfield. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park,
Smithfield.
Surviving are one daughter; three sons, including Jimmy Pearce and Willie Lee
Pearce, both of Wilson; 21 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and five
great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 7-8 p.m.

Richard A. Ruscin
March 3, 1940 Nov. 6, 2000
Richard Anthony Ruscin, 60, died Monday. The funeral will be conducted by the
Rev. Art Burkam at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264
West. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, RenŽ Ruscin of Wilson; two sons, Roger Ruscin of
Dayton, Ohio, and Zachary Ruscin of Fort Hood, Texas; his parents, Joseph F. and
Bertha B. Ruscin of Pennsylvania; a brother, Joseph Michael Ruscin of Auburn,
Ala.; and three grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at
other times at 4136 Shawnee Road.

M. Karen B. O’Neill
March 21, 1939 Nov. 4, 2000
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — M. Karen Bailey O’Neill, 61, of Sarasota, Fla., died
Saturday at the home of her daughter. A graveside service was conducted by the
Rev. Ken Young today in Harristown Cemetery.
Surviving are two daughters; two sons; one sister; two brothers, including
Russell Kent Bailey of Wilson, N.C.; and eight grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by Freese Funeral Home, Tolono, Ill.

Kenneth R. Hill
July 27, 1931 Nov. 6, 2000
Kenneth Ray Hill, 69, died Monday. A graveside service will be conducted by
the Rev. Ray Barnhill at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are his wife, Elaine Baltzegar Hill; two sons, Greg Hill of
Burlington and Russell Hill of Cary; two sisters, Ethel Hayes and Janie Joyner,
both of Wilson; two brothers, Lynwood Hill and Jackie Hill, both of Wilson; and
three 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 509 Poe St.

Hugh Parrish
Feb. 23, 1920 Nov. 6, 2000
SELMA — Hugh Parrish, 80, died Monday at Johnston Memorial Hospital. The
funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Rudy Owens at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Branch
Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Surviving are his wife; two son; three sisters, including Mamie Stewart of
Kenly; two brothers, including the Rev. Walton E. “Sam” Parrish of Kenly; and
three grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Parrish Funeral Home from 7-9 tonight.

November 8, 2000

Roosevelt Pearce Sr.
Roosevelt Pearce Sr., formerly of Wilson, is survived by one daughter, Dorothy
Pearce of Washington, D.C.; and three sons, Jimmy Pearce and Willie Lee Pearce,
both of Wilson and Franklin “Bobby” Pearce of Virginia.
The family will receive friends at Walter Sanders Funeral Home, Smithfield
from 7-8 tonight.

Mary W. Sharpe
April 23, 1913 Nov. 7, 2000
Mary Walker Sharpe, 87, of Elm City died Tuesday. A graveside service will be
conducted by the Rev. Steve Webb at noon Thursday in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are three daughters, Joan Lyszaj of Lucama, Lynn Donahue of
Greensboro and Dianne Pyle of Elm City; a sister, Nancy B. Harris of Greenville;
four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the home, 6039 Bridgersville Road, Elm
City.

Annie J. Lewis
FOUNTAIN — Annie Jefferson Lewis, 84, died Tuesday. The funeral will be held
at 2 p.m. Thursday at Carlisle Funeral Home, Tarboro. Burial will follow in
Macclesfield Cemetery.
Surviving are three sons, Raymond Lewis, Brooks Lewis and Linwood Lewis, all
of Fountain; two sisters, Louise Stallings of Crisp and Adelle Stiles of
Bristol, Tenn.; three brothers, Thurman Jefferson of Tarboro, William Henry
Jefferson and Robert Lee Jefferson, both of Fountain; one grandchild; two
stepgrandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Arthur V. Norris
May 21, 1922 Nov. 6,. 2000
Arthur Venson Norris, 78, died Monday. A graveside service will be conducted
by the Rev. John Wenberg at 3 p.m. Thursday in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Lee Norris; a daughter, Joyce Ellen Gunnip of
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a son, James Arthur Norris of Wilson; a brother, James
Norris of Spartansburg, S.C.; and one grandson.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
from 7-9 tonight and at other times at 1726 Meadowbrook Lane.

Vera B. Pipkin
KENLY — Vera “Bay” Beasley Pipkin, 85, of 3800 N.C. 222 West died Monday. The
funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Perry Godwin and the Rev. W.J. Tyner at 2
p.m. Thursday at Coley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Kenly
Cemetery.
Surviving are two daughters, Cora Ann Pipkin of Kenly and Mary Alice Freeman
of Selma; five sons, Robert Pipkin of Kenly, Jerry Pipkin of Princeton, J.D.
Pipkin of Smithfield, Chester Pipkin of Willow Springs and Tommy Pipkin of
Selma; 18 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Mary K. Reason
July 17, 119336 Nov. 7, 2000
Mary Kate Reason, 64, died Tuesday at Pitt County Memorial Hospital,
Greenville. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. John Chase at 11
a.m. Thursday in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are her daughter, Vickie Whitehead of Wilson; two sons, Danny Reason
of Elm City and the Rev. John Chase of Tennessee; two sisters, Lillian D.
Rafferty of New Bern and Nell D. Conley of Kentucky; seven grandchildren; and
four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W.
Nash St. from 7-8:30 tonight.

Betsy D. Ives
May 21, 1927 Nov. 7, 2000
Betsy Draughn Ives, 73, of 1013 Cardinal Drive died Tuesday at Wilson Medical
Center. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Thomas-Yelverton
Funeral Chapel, 2704 W. Nash St. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Surviving are her husband, L. Wesley Ives; a daughter, Catherine McAllister of
Wilson; three brothers, C.M. “Bucky” Draughn Jr. of Raleigh, W.H. “Billy”
Draughn of Commerce, Texas, and R.A. “Bobby” Draughn of Isle of Palms, S.C.; and
two grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-8:30 tonight.

November 9, 2000

Carol H. Matthews
July 24, 1949 Nov. 8, 2000
Carol Hendricks Matthews, 51, died Wednesday. A graveside service will be
conducted by the Rev. Ray Barnhill at 11 a.m. Friday in Evergreen Memorial
Gardens.
Surviving are her husband, James Perry Matthews; a son, Michael Kevin Baker of
Wilson; two stepdaughters, Rhonda Matthews Jackson of Black Creek and Angie
Matthews Lane of Kenly; her mother, Betty Joyce Wheeler Gould of Wilson; a
sister, Janet Hendricks Thorne of Lucama; a brother, Seth Speight Hendricks, Jr.
of the Philippines; and three granddaughters.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
from 7-9 tonight and at other times at 5451 U.S. 117.

James L. Jefferson
Feb. 20, 1922 Nov. 8, 2000
FOUNTAIN — James Lane “Jim” Jefferson, 78, died Wednesday at his home. The
funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fountain Presbyterian Church. A
private burial will follow in the Jefferson Family Cemetery.
Jefferson was a member of Fountain Presbyterian Church. He was a veteran of
World War II serving in the U.S. Navy.
Surviving are three sisters, Martha Pierce of Farmville, Ann Holland and Emma
Burnette, both of Fountain.
The family will receive friends at Farmville Funeral Home Friday from 7-8:30
p.m.

November 10, 2000

John H. Viverette
Feb. 22, 1945 Nov. 9, 2000
John Hodges Viverette, 55, died Thursday. The funeral will be conducted by the
Rev. Douglas Murray and the Rev. Dallas Prestwood at 11 a.m. Saturday at First
Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Enfield.
Surviving are his wife, Dianne Coltrain Viverette; four daughters, Emily
Viverette of Nashville, Tenn., Rebecca Viverette of Columbia, S.C., Mary
Viverette of Greenville and Kathryn Viverette of the home; his mother, Geraldine
Staton of Rocky Mount; a sister, Dena Harrell of Rocky Mount; two brothers
Charles Viverette of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Douglas Viverette of Rocky Mount.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West,
from 7-9 tonight.

Zoretha E. Brown
July 11, 1913 Nov. 7, 2000
Zoretha “Dora” Evans Pickett Brown, 87, 0f 211 Denby St. died Tuesday at
Wilson Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Charles Barnes
at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. James Christian Church, 1739 E. Nash St. Burial will
follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
She was a member of St. Delight’s Distress Club and a member of St. James
Christian Church.
Surviving are one daughter, Willie Marie Grady of Moreno Valley, Calif.; one
son, Roy Evans of Norfolk, Va.; nine grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and
18 great-great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.,
Saturday from 3-9 p.m. The family will receive friends at the residence and will
assemble there one hour before the funeral.

Alberta Reid
FREMONT — Alberta Reid, 81, a resident of Britthaven Nursing Center of
Goldsboro, formerly of 409 S. Vance St., Fremont died Monday. The funeral will
be conducted by the Rev. Joseph Braswell at 2 p.m. Saturday at Union Grove
Missionary Baptist Church, 2136 Memorial Church Road. Burial will follow in the
church cemetery.
Surviving are a sister, Retha Bunch of Lucama; five grandchildren; and several
great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at King & Darden Funeral Home, 325 E. Nash St., today
from 3-9 p.m. The family will receive friends there from 8-9 p.m. and at other
times at the residence where they will assemble one hour before the funeral.

November 11, 2000

Ethel T. Sanders
June 25, 1916 Nov. 9, 2000
SIMS — Ethel Taylor Sanders, 84, of 15678 Old Smithfield Road died Thursday at
Wilson Medical Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Shingleton Funeral Home Chapel with the
Rev. Billy Toler officiating. Interment will follow in Bailey City Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Jeannette Cannon Bubbenmoyer of Lucama; two
sons, Charlie Cannon and Thomas Cannon, both of Sims; four grandchildren; and
three great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Shingleton Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m.
Saturday and other times at the home.

Gwendolyn T. Pridgen
GOLDSBORO — Gwendolyn Francis Tomlinson Pridgen, 73, died Friday at Wake
Medical Center.
Pridgen, who was born in Wilson, moved to Goldsboro in 1968 and taught school
with Goldsboro City Schools until her retirement. A member of the Madison Avenue
Baptist Church and the Grace-Winsome Sunday School Class, she was also a member
of the N.C. Retired Teachers Association, the National Education Association and
a laureate member of Beta sigma Phi.
Survivors include a son, Richard Wade of Goldsboro; a daughter, Lynda Malpass
of Goldsboro; two brothers, John Sidney Tomlinson Jr. and W.H. Tomlinson, both
of Wilson; a sister, Eileen Luck of Richmond, Va.; and four grandchildren.
The family will greet friends from 4-6 p.m. today at Shumate-Faulk Funeral
Home and other times at the home.

November 13, 2000

Robert P. Hadley
April 9, 1930 Nov. 11, 2000
WASHINGTON, N.C. — Dr. Robert Purcell Hadley, 70, formerly of Wilson, died
Saturday at Beaufort County Hospital. A memorial service will be conducted by
the Rev. Ken Crawley at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hillside Funeral Service Chapel.
Hadley worked in the pathology department of Wilson Memorial Hospital from
1967-1982. He left Wilson Memorial to head the pathology department of Beaufort
County Hospital.
Surviving are his wife, Jacquelyn “Jackie” Cox Hadley; a daughter, Julia
Chesser Hadley of Wilson; seven sons, Mark Albert Hadley of Seoul, Korea,
Matthew Purcell Hadley of Richmond, Va., Robert Ethan Hadley of Tokyo, Japan,
David Scott Bowden of Chocowinity, Christopher Alan Bowden, Stephen Todd Bowden
and Michael Lee Bowden, all of Washington; and six grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home immediately following the
memorial service and at other times at 110 Cherokee Trail, Magnolia School Road.

Emma Ruth T. Burgess
PINETOPS — Emma Ruth Trevathan Burgess, 87, died Sunday. The funeral will be
held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Carlisle Funeral Home. Burial will follow in
Greenwood Cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter, Peggy Burgess Jones of Pinetops; two sons, Walter
Lee Burgess Jr. and John Lee Burgess Sr., both of Pinetops; 12 grandchildren; 14
great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and
at other times at the home, Route 1, Pinetops.

Alvin L. Aycock
Alvin Lee Aycock, 43, of Winterville died Tuesday at his residence. The
funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Vaughn at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Elm
Grove Church of Christ, Pikeville. Burial will follow in Willow Dale Cemetery.
Surviving are two sisters, Alverta Whitener of Belair, Md. and Tina Louise
Tate of Baltimore, Md.; and his brother, Eric Aycock of Essex, Md.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, Goldsboro, from 3-9 today.
The family will assemble at 1608 Palm St., Goldsboro one hour before the
funeral.

Alvin V. Williams
Nov. 7, 1933 Nov. 12, 2000
MIDDLESEX — Alvin Verlon Williams, 67, died Sunday. The memorial service will
be conducted by the Rev. De Wayne Eakes at 1 p.m. Thursday at Joyner’s Funeral
Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.
Surviving are his wife, Betty Williams; a daughter, Nancy Barnes of Lucama;
two sons, David Williams of Leander, Texas, and Russell Williams of Middlesex;
six grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.
and at other times at 9303 U.S. 264 Alternate.

Marian R. O’Neale
Feb. 20, 1924 Nov. 11, 2000
Marian Gertrude Rogers O’Neale, 76, of Stantonsburg died Saturday. The funeral
will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hardesty Funeral Home, Annapolis, Md.
Burial will follow in Lakemont Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are her daughter, Bonnie O’Neale of Glen Burnie, Md.; a son, Lee
O’Neale of Laurel, Md.; a sister, Betty Stickell of Hemingway, S.C.; two
brothers, Bobby Rogers of Annapolis, Md., and Buddy Rogers of Stuart, Fla.; four
grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Hardesty Funeral Home Tuesday from 7-9 p.m.
Local arrangements are being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264
West.

Edith N. Jernigan
STANTONSBURG — Edith Norville Jernigan, 80, of 107 Moyton Ave. died Saturday
at Wilson Medical Center. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev.
Tommy Stocks at 2 p.m. today in Stantonsburg Cemetery.
Surviving are two daughters, Bonnie Wooten and June Williams, both of
Stantonsburg; one sister, Gladys Owens of Snow Hill; eight grandchildren; 21
great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St.

November 14, 2000

Deborah D. Green
Sept. 2, 1932 Nov. 11, 2000
Deborah “Debbie” Davis Green, 68, of Rocky Mount, a native of Wilson County,
died Saturday at her residence. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Willie
E. Hill Sr. and Elder Angela Joyner will preside at 1 p.m. Thursday at Wynn’s
Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 108 Armstrong St., Elm City. Burial will follow
in Hamilton Burial Garden, Wilson.
She was a member of Wynn’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are one daughter, Jacqueline Green Hill of Rocky Mount; four
brothers, Jonathan Davis of Wilson, Billy C. Davis of Rocky Mount, Alchester
Davis and Floyd Davis, both of Washington, D.C.; two grandchildren; and one
great-grandson.
The body may be viewed at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.,
Wednesday from 3-9 p.m. with the family receiving friends there from 7-8 p.m.
and at other times at 6721 Reedy Branch Road where they will assemble one hour
before the funeral.

Marilyn K. Grimes
Feb. 21, 1954 Nov. 12, 2000
Marilyn K. Grimes, 46, died Sunday. A graveside service will be conducted by
the Rev. Eddie Maynard at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are three sons, James J. Thrasher of Raleigh, Stephen W. Thrasher
Jr. of Pasadena, Calif., and Thomas C. Thrasher of Wilson; her parents, Joseph
and Barbara Grimes of Hawaii; and two brothers, Charles E. Grimes and Keith D.
Grimes, both of Australia.
Arrangements are being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.

Joseph H. Knight
Aug. 28, 1922 Nov. 12, 2000
WILMINGTON — Joseph Harry Knight, 78, died Sunday at Cornelia Nixon Davis
Health Care Center. A graveside service was conducted by the Rev. Johnny Branch
today in Oakdale Cemetery.
Knight was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II with Bronze Stars and two
Overseas Service Bars from the European Campaign.
Surviving are a sister, Janice High of Wilson; and two brothers.
Arrangements were handled by Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service Oleander Chapel.

Wiley T. Pennington
Jan. 1, 1925 Nov. 12, 2000
WENDELL — Wiley Thomas Pennington, 75, died Sunday at Wake Med. The funeral
will be conducted by Elder D.B. Stokes and Elder Johnny Hess at 2 p.m. Wednesday
at Strickland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial
Gardens, Zebulon.
Pennington was a U.S. Army veteran having served during World War II. He was a
member and deacon of Creech’s Primitive Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife; two daughters; two sons; a sister, Bessie Grey
deKeyzer of Wilson; a brother, Herman Pennington of Wilson; seven grandchildren;
and seven great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.





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