Daniel M. Rodil
PORTSMOUTH, VA - Daniel Maralit Rodil, 50, a native of Manila, Philippines, died Feb. 10, 2003 in Jacksonville, FL.
Rodil was employed with the Norfolk Naval Shipyard as an electronic test mechanic. He was Catholic.
A Mass of Resurrection was held Feb. 15, 2003 in the Church of the Holy Family with Father Thomas Ianucci officiating. Burial was in the Colonial Grove Memorial Park.
Survivors include his parents, Domiciano C. and Virginia M. Rodil of Virginia Beach; a daughter, Rachel Lauren Rodil of Gates and a son, Justin Daniel Levy Rodil of Gates. He is also survived by a sister and five brothers.
Jessie C. Oliver
SUFFOLK, VA - Jessie Elizabeth Carroll Oliver, a native of Suffolk, died Feb. 12, 2003 in Louise Obici Memorial Hospital.
Oliver was the daughter of the late James Lloyd and Sarah Elizabeth Taylor Carroll and the widow of Ernest "June" Oliver Jr. Oliver was a homemaker and had retired from Leggett department store in Suffolk. She was a member of Bethlehem Christian Church.
A graveside service was held Feb. 15, 2003 at Cedar Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Cameron Currin officiating.
Survivors include a son, James E. Oliver of Manassas, VA; a daughter, Susan O. Casper of Corapeake; a sister, Jane C. Byrum of Roanoke, VA; three grandchildren and a great - granddaughter.
Russell Ward Cullifer Russell Ward Cullifer of Murfreesboro, N.C., passed away peacefully on February 8, 2003. She is the widow of Benjamin F. Cullifer, a general contractor in Murfreesboro known for quality construction.
Mrs. Cullifer was a Secondary School Math Teacher, who began her teaching career at Farmville, NC. She later taught math at South Hampton County High School in Courtland, Virginia, prior to moving to Murfreesboro. She taught math 16 years at Murfreesboro High School until she retired in 1975.
Mrs. Cullifer was born at Wardsville, Gatesville County, North Carolina and graduated from Sunbury High School. She attended Meredith College in Raleigh and graduated from Chowan College with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics. She was a member of the National Council of Mathematics and the North Carolina Association of Educators. Mrs. Cullifer was also active in the Murfreesboro Historical Association and was closely involved in the 1970 restoration of the Roberts - Vaughan House on Main Street. An active member of the Murfreesboro United Methodist Church, Mrs. Cullifer served as its Treasurer for many years after retiring.
Mrs. Cullifer is the daughter of Beresford Hope "Bess" Ward and Elizabeth Russell Ward of Gates County. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Annie Hope Rollins of Farmville, N.C.; her brother, George Wilburn Ward of Sunbury, N.C.; and her brother, Anderson Jefferson Ward of Virginia Beach, VA. She is survived by her sister - in - law, Kathryn Dalby Ward of Virginia Beach, VA, and three nephews, Dr. Robert L. Rollins of Raleigh, N.C., Anderson Jay Ward of Frankfort, Illinois and John Russell Ward of Virginia Beach, VA.
She is also survived by her cousin, Dr. O.W. Ward, Jr. of Hampton, VA and numerous grand - nephews and grand - nieces.
A graveside service was held at 12:00 Noon, Monday, February 17, 2003, at Riverside Cemetery in Murfreesboro, N.C. The Rev. Dr. Michael F. Gast officiated.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Murfreesboro United Methodist Church.
Garrett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
C. Bentley Eure
WASHINGTON - Clarence Bentley Eure Jr., 57, a native of Gates County, died Monday, April 7, 2003.
Eure was employed at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He was a member of Winton Baptist Church.
Survivors include his mother, Edith Mildred Eure of Washington; three daughters, Tammy Eure Perry and husband Steven Sr. of Eure, Debra Eure Smith and husband Tracy of Gates, and Penny Eure Evans and husband Jerry of Sevierville, Tenn.; a sister, Brenda Eure Lassiter and husband Buck of Washington; and four grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in Cool Spring Baptist Church Cemetery by the Rev. Bob Skeens. Friends joined the family Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville, and other times at the home of Tammy and Steven Perry, 1230 NC 137, Eure.
Hazel B. Hurdle
HERTFORD - Hazel Blanchard Hurdle, 79, a native of Gates County, died April 6, 2003 in Country Oaks Manor. She was the widow of Howard Doctrine Hurdle.
A funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday in Mount Sinai Baptist Church by the Rev. Howard Sutton and the Rev. George Wilmore. Burial will be in Cedarwood Cemetery. Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville, is in charge.
Mrs. Hurdle was the cafeteria manager at Gates County High School. A homemaker, she was a member of Mount Sinai Baptist Church, its W.M.U. and had served as a G.A. Leader and worker in the Vacation Bible School program.
Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca H. Hamill of Greenville and Miriam H. Hurdle of Hertford; a son, H. Wayne Hurdle of Winfall; two grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat - grandchildren.
Nathaniel Blackstone Sr.
AULANDER - Nathaniel Blackstone Sr., a native of New York, died April 4, 2003, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville.
A funeral will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Roanoke Chapel Baptist Church, Jackson, by the Rev. Franklin Williams. Burial will be in the church cemetery. A viewing will be held from 6 until 7 p.m. Thursday at Wilder's Funeral Home Chapel. Wilder's Funeral Home, Aulander, is in charge.
Blackstone was employed in the construction business for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Blackstone; five children, Nathaniel O. Blackstone Jr. Of Salisbury, Derrick E. Blackstone of Baltimore, Md., Pamela Blackstone of Stone Mountain, Ga., Sonya F. Drake of Fayetteville and Lakisha Blackstone of Baltimore; one sister, Violet Fane of Drakes Court, Va.; two brothers, Elmer Blackstone of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Bynum Terry of Bronx; five grandchildren; and one great - grandchild.
Eva S. Baker
KINSTON - Eva Frances Spruill Baker, 87, formerly of Windsor, died April 7, 2003, at Lenoir Memorial Hospital. She was the widow of Benjamin F. Baker.
A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Capeharts Baptist Church by the Rev. Charles Thompson. Walker Funeral Home is in charge.
Survivors include a daughter, Annie Leavon Thompson of Hopewell, Va.; two sons, Herbert C. Baker of Moyock and Bennie Baker of Kinston; sisters, VivaBelle Bray of Surry and Helen Adams of Chesapeake; one brother, Evan Spruill of Edenton; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great - grandchildren.
Annie E. Sermons
WINDSOR - Annie Early Sermons, 90, a native of Greensboro, died April 7, 2003, at Chowan Hospital. She was the widow of Graham Early.
A funeral was conducted Wednesday at Cashie Baptist Church by the Rev. Dennis Conner and the Rev. Jack Byrd. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Williamston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cashie Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 221 S. Queen Street, Windsor, NC 27983. Walker Funeral Home was in charge.
Mrs. Sermons was a graduate of Meredith College and was a retired postal clerk. She was a member of Cashie Baptist Church and also a member of the WMU, and former Sunday School teacher and church clerk.
A niece survives her.
Rev. Michael Porter
AHOSKIE - The Rev. Michael A. Porter, a native of Hertford County, died April 7, 2003, at Southampton Memorial Hospital, Franklin, Va.
A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, Ahoskie, by the Rev. Franklin Williams. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Wilder's Funeral Home Chapel and from 6 - 8 p.m. at Parker's Grove Baptist Church, Mapleton.
Rev. Porter was the founder of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church. He was a member of the West Roanoke Baptist Association, Hampton Ministers Conference, National USA Convention and General Baptist State Convention.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Scott Porter; his children, Kim Scott of Newport News, Mark Pierce of Richmond, Nicole Porter of Tinton Falls, N.J. and Troy Wiggins of Ahoskie; adopted son, Detrick Robinson of Windsor; his mother and stepfather, Bertha and Cleveland Stewart, both of Como; father, James Cooper of Como; grandmother, Bertha Cooper of Como; stepgrandmother, Prospiner Stewart of Como; brothers and sisters, Rennie Jean Stewart of Como, Darlene Stewart of Murfreesboro, Efrem Porter and Willie C. Porter, both of Richmond, Cleveland Stewart Jr. of Fayetteville, Ruth Jackson of Virginia, Deborah Sapp of New Jersey, Irin Cooper of Wilmington, James Ramsey and Aaron Matthis, both of New Jersey; and five grandchildren.