James Olin Tilley Sr., 78, of Winston-Salem died Tuesday evening, Oct. 31, 2000, at his home. He was born July 15, 1922, in Stokes County to Rector and Ethel Flynt Tilley. Mr. Tilley was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. He owned and operated Tilley Gulf at the corner of Thomasville Road and Sprague Street for 20 years. He retired from Salem Trust Bank after losing his eyesight in 1997. He was president of Broadbay #2 precinct for 20 years. Surviving are his wife Peggy W. Tilley of the home; a daughter, Vicki K. Tilley of the home; two sons, Jim (Brenda) Tilley of Graham and Tony (Susan) Tilley of Wilson; two granddaughters, Katy and Megan Tilley; two brothers, Jack (Pansy) Tilley of Stoneville and Bobby Joe Tilley of Lawsonville; five sisters, Dorothy Reid of Madison, Angela (Bill) Steele, Temple (Lynwood) Shelton of Sandy Ridge, Virginia Veneable of Stoneville and Rexine (Norman) Bennett of Kernersville; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends. Funeral services will be 12:30 p.m. Friday at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel, with the Rev. Marvin B. Aycock Jr. and the Rev. Alan Paschal officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. The family will received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Refurbishing Program, c/o Fellowship Baptist Baptist Church, 1075 Teague Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27107.
MOCKSVILLE -- Miss Mary Lois Wilson, 77, of Meadowbrook Terrace of Davie died early Wednesday morning. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Eaton Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Jericho Church of Christ Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the services on Friday to receive friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to the Jericho Church of Christ Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 354 Mocksville, NC 27028 or to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Mabel Pence of Cleveland and Mrs. Sara W. (Oscar) Koontz of Mocksville and several nieces and nephews.
STATE ROAD -- Mr. Ralph Jacob Batson, 77, of Old Highway 21 passed away Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin. Mr. Batson was born Sept. 10, 1922, in Hackettstown, N.J., to the late Jacob W. and Lula Hicks Batson. He was retired from the research and development department of the Pickatenny Government Plant. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy and attended Pleasant View Baptist Church. He is survived by his fiance, Nita Darnell of State Road; special friends, Sharon Poindexter and Terry Darnell of State Road; a brother, Richard Batson of Macungie, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hodges Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Fenley McCoury. Burial will be in Crestwood Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Hodges Funeral Home in Elkin. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Pleasant View Baptist Church.
WALNUT COVE -- On Aug. 31, 2000, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, the Lord called our loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Elizabeth Emma Bullins, to her heavenly home, freeing her from all her earthly pain. She was born Sept. 25, 1919, in Stokes County to the late Edward and Mamie Kiser White. Granny Lib, as she was affectionately known to all, was a homemaker and caregiver for her mother until her death in 1988 and her youngest sister until her death in 1994. She was a member of Union Gospel Baptist Church. Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were a brother, Bill White; sisters Dessa Mae Ring, Nannie Reese, Myrtle Jean Loflin and Pansy Gammons; and a half sister, Virgie Manring. She leaves to cherish her loving memory a sister, Helen (William) Greene of Walnut Cove; two devoted daughters, Lillie Mae Brown of the home and Linda Hepler of Walnut Cove; two loving sons, Roy (Debbie) Hopkins of Belews Creek and Bobby Hopkins of Winston-Salem; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Burroughs Funeral Home. The Rev. Darrell Hampton will officiate. Burial will follow in Walnut Cove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 Saturday evening at the funeral home and other times at the home of Terry and Lisa Brown on Brown Plantation Road, off Piney Mountain Road in Walnut Cove.
STATESVILLE -- Wally Evelyn Campbell, 47, of 316 Hawthorne Drive died Thursday at her home. Born in Iredell County on July 3, 1953, she was a daughter of the late Lealdon Campbell and Eloise Speaks Campbell of Clemmons, who survives. She was an employee of Intercraft-Burns in Statesville and had a special concern for the elderly and was always willing to lend a helping hand. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her companion of 10 years, Robert Neal Settlemyre of the home; two sons, Robbie Campbell of Liberty and Jamie Campbell of the home; four brothers, Albert Lee Campbell of Clemmons, Charles Campbell of Statesville, Willie Campbell and Woodrow Campbell both of Union Grove; and four sisters, Becky Campbell of Union Grove, Mrs. Betty Sue Borre of Lewisville, Mrs. Julia Scott and Mrs. Maudie Lou Cranfill both of Statesville. Funeral services are scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church in Union Grove, with the Rev. Steve Pope and the Rev. J.R. Speece officiating. Active pallbearers will be Rick Levan, John Scott, Jacob Scott, Lee Campbell, Kerome Brooks and Dale Knight. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will assemble at the residence of the deceased and will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home in Statesville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625 or to the cemetery fund of Calvary Baptist Church, 329 Indian Hill Road, Union Grove, NC 28689. Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
LANSING -- Armon Blaine DeBoard, 82, died Thursday night, Aug. 31, 2000, at Baptist Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Boone Family Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Mike Lane and the Rev. Larry Shepherd. Burial will follow in Ashelawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery with military rites. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at the funeral home. Mr. DeBoard was born June 13, 1918, to Reggie Ancle DeBoard and Cynthia Loggins DeBoard. He served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his wife, Reba Mitchell DeBoard; a son, Blaine DeBoard Jr.; and four brothers, Chester DeBoard of Maryland, Burel DeBoard of Westchester, Md., Avery DeBoard of Florida and Reggie DeBoard of Sparta. He is survived by three brothers, Troy Clinton DeBoard of Bel Air, Md., Robert DeBoard of Lenoir and Billy Joe DeBoard of Winston-Salem; a stepbrother, Howard Hurley of Lenoir; three sisters, Blanche Stiles and Lowa Bauguess both of Bel Air, Md., and Nancy Pratt of Sparta; special friends, Howard and Norma Hughes of Landersburg, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. Boone Family Funeral Home of West Jefferson is in charge of these arrangements.
Mrs. Bessie Louvenia Debusk, 92, died Sept. 1, 2000, Silas Creek Manor, Winston-Salem. Arrangements for the Debusk family are being handled by Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. The family will gather at the home of W.T. Debusk, 120 Brookline Drive, Winston-Salem.
Mrs. Emma Lillian Everidge Garner, 73, of East Brookline Street died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born Feb. 21, 1927, in Forsyth County to Cisero and Emma Sugg Everidge. Mrs. Garner was a member of Berean Baptist Church. In March 1989, she retired from Sara Lee Knit Product Division following 36 years of service. She was preceded in death by her son, Robert ''Bobby'' William Garner Jr.; her sister, Myrtle Everidge; and her brother, Joseph Everidge. She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. Survivors include a son, Jeffrey Keith Garner and wife Susie of Winston-Salem; four daughters, Jodi Renee Hall and husband Chris of Charlotte, Janice Hodges and husband Randy of Winston-Salem, Janie Carolyn Garner of Winston-Salem and Jo Ann Stegall and husband Rick of Lexington; a special daughter-in-law, Jackie Garner of Winston-Salem; nine grandchildren, Kim Peacock and husband Andy of Germanton, Tracy Garner of Winston-Salem, Stacie Marsh and husband Tom of Seagrove, Stephanie Benson and husband Gary of Clemmons, Heather Lewis and husband Jim of High Point, Jennifer Garner of Pilot Mountain and Christian Hall, Aaron Hall and Jordan Hall all of Charlotte; a great-grandchild, Bailey Lewis of High Point; and a special friend, Charles Becknell of Winston-Salem. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Vogler & Sons Main Street Chapel by a dear friend, the Rev. Danny Hauser. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Mattie Reece Knott, 90, of Winston-Salem died Wednesday morning, Aug. 30, 2000, at Fort Sanders Park West Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn., while visiting her daughter, Kathleen. She was born March 8, 1910, in Franklin to William Jackson and Lydia Jane Gribble Reece. Mrs. Knott was preceded in death in 1979 by both her husband, Coleman L. Knott and her son, Herman C. Knott. Surviving are two daughters, Inez Kathleen Gladston of Knoxville and Shirley Marie Tuttle of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth L. and Joyce Knott and William H. and Dorothy Knott, all of Culver City, Calif.; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel by Pastor James C. Whittington. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
ROCKINGHAM -- Gertrude ''Gee Gee'' Haddon McRae, 100, formerly of 1408 Cumberland Circle, Rockingham, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at the Hermitage Retirement Center. She was born June 1, 1900, in Due West, S.C., a daughter of William Crawford and Eola Kennedy Haddon. Mrs. McRae was a graduate of the Winthrop College class of 1921 and was a home-economics teacher in the schools of Lexington, Thomasville, Erlanger Mills and Swain County before coming to Rockingham in 1936. She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Livy Pruitt, in 1930, and by her second husband, Thomas Leak McRae, in 1963, her son-in-law, Walter Thomas Stephenson in 1997, and her only sister, Esther Haddon Hege of Lexington in 1998. Mrs. McRae was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Rockingham for more than 60 years. She was a teacher of the Lucy Russell Bible class, a leader of Circle 2 and president of the Presbyterian Women. She was awarded an honorary life membership in 1977. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Society Tau Chapter and of the Richmond County Retired School Personnel. After retirement in 1965, Mrs. McRae was a substitute teacher in the local schools and also taught nutrition classes in Norman and Ellerbe. She served many years as a hospital guild volunteer. Her greatest joy was taking her grandchildren on many trips in the U.S. and abroad. Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Eastside Cemetery with the Rev. Dwight Williams officiating. Survivors include her daughter, Jane Pruitt Stephenson of Rockingham; three grandchildren, Walter Thomas Stephenson Jr. of Rockingham, Mary Jane Stephenson of Charlotte and John Haddon Stephenson, MD and wife Kristen of Roswell, Ga.; three great-grandchildren, Zachary, Elizabeth and Avery Stephenson of Roswell. The family would like to thank Mrs. McRae's special caregiver, Virginia Fuller of Hamlet for her years of loyal service. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church Piano Fund, 904 Fayetteville Road, Rockingham, NC 28379. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Watson-King Funeral Home.