Jayme S. Lawrence
GATESVILLE - Jayme Elizabeth Sharp Lawrence, 46, a native of Colerain, died Feb. 15, 2003 in an Ahoskie hospital. Mrs. Lawrence was the daughter of William Paul Sharp and Doris Ambrose Sharp of Ahoskie.
Mrs. Lawrence was a member of Middle Swamp Baptist Church.
A memorial service will be held Feb. 19, 2003 in Ahoskie First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Jesse Croom officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. The Cremation Society of Virginia was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, her husband, George Michael Lawrence; her son, William Matthew Lawrence; two brothers, Paul Sharp of Durham and Mark Sharp of Burlington.
Russell W. Cullifer
MURFREESBORO - Russell Ward Cullifer, a native of Gates County, died Feb. 8, 2003.
Cullifer was the widow of Benjamin F. Cullifer, a general contractor in Murfreesboro. She was the daughter of the late Beresford Hope "Bess Ward and Elizabeth Russell Ward.
Cullifer was a secondary school math teacher, who began her teaching career at
Farmville. She later taught math at Southampton County High School in Courtland, Va., prior to moving to Murfreesboro. She taught math 16 years at Murfreesboro High School until she retired in 1975.
Cullifer graduate from Sunbury High School and 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 Educator. 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, Cullifer served as its treasurer for many years after retiring.
A graveside service was held Feb. 17, 2003 at Riverside Cemetery in Murfreesboro by the Rev. Dr. Michael F. Gast. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Murfreesboro United Methodist Church.
Survivors include several nephews.
Charlie E. Wiggins
WINDSOR - Charlie Early Wiggins, 58, a native of Gates County, died Feb. 15, 2003.
Wiggins was a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a mason for Lassiter's Concrete.
A funeral was held Feb. is, 2003 at Parr Funeral Home, Suffolk with the Rev. Alan Dooley officiating. Burial was in the Holly Lawn Cemetery with military honors. Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 6340 Center Drive, York Bldg., Suite 129, Norfolk, VA 23502 or the VFW Joe Bagley Post No. 2582, 1444 Wilroy Road, Suffolk, Va. 23434.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Faye Wiggins; a stepdaughter, Mary S. Billingsley of Windsor; two step - sons, David W McKibben of Suffolk and William T. Branch of Loverton, Pa o a sister, Mary W. Smith of Virginia Beach; and three brothers Gerald Wiggins of Knotts Island, NC and Joe Wiggins of Carrollton, Va. and Robert Wiggins of Edenton, and nine grandchildren.
Maxi P. Lassiter
HOBBSVILLE - Maxie Piland Lassiter, 92, a native of Gates County, died Feb. 16, 2003 in Down East Health and Rehab, Gatesville.
Lassiter was the daughter of the late Isaac and Sophia Lassiter Piland and the widow of John T. Lassiter Sr. A homemaker, she was a member of Warwick Baptist Church.
A funeral was held Feb. 19, 2003 in Happy Home Pentecostal Holiness Church, Tyner by Dr. Charles Jones. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy L. Freeman of Windsor, Va. and Louise Gurganus of Hobbsville; a son, Johnnie Lassiter Jr. of Hobbsville; 13 grandchildren, 24 great - grandchildren and six great - great grandchildren. Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville was in charge of arrangements.
William E. Byrum
SUFFOLK, VA - William Edward Byrum, 89, a native of Chowan County, died Feb. 17, 2003 in Obici Hospital.
Byrum was the son of the late William Jessie and Nellie Chappell Byrum. Byrum was a member of Suffolk Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was retired from Planters as a machinist.
A funeral was held Feb. 20, 2003 at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home by the Rev. Daniel J Campbell and the Rev. Stewart McCarter. Burial was in Holly Lawn Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Elnora Dail Byrum; a daughter, Ruth B. Wiggins of Suffolk; four daughters, William Lee Byrum, David Byrum, Sam Byrum, and Jack Byrum, all of Suffolk; three sisters, Irene Jones and Annie Bilby, both of Suffolk and Marie Matthews of Gates County; a brother, Hubert T. Byrum of Windsor, six grandchildren, two step - grandchildren and four great - grandchildren. Leonard L Greenwood
Leonard L. Greenwood
WILLIAMSBURG, VA Leonard "Len" Lawrence Greenwood, 74, a native of Mount Eprhim, NJ, died Feb 18,2003.
Greenwood was the son of the late Charolette McCrea and William A. Greenwood.
Greenwood graduated from Haddon Heights High School in 1947. He attended Fork Union Military Academy and Elon College until he was a member of the U.S. Air Force between 1952 and 1956. He married Althea Kettelle.
He began his teaching and coaching career at Maury High School in the city of Norfolk from 1958 to 1970. He taught and coached at Booker T. Washington High School in the city of Norfolk from 1970 and 1972. He also coached at Bayside High School in Virginia Beach Virginia from 1972 to 1979. He finished his career teaching from 1980 to 1988 and went on to design and build his retirement home in Williamsburg in 1989.
Coach "Greenie" Greenwood won the prestigious Outstanding Coach of the Year award in Virginia Beach in 1976 for his passionate coaching efforts in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. Greenie was considered the Dean of Eastern Track Coaches. Greenie was responsible for aiding 64 athletes with college scholarships.
Len requested no services to be held. Private arrangements are being handled by Colonial Crematorium Inc. of Norfolk. Burial arrangements are pending the opening of the Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to your favorite charity or high school athletic fund.
Survivors include his wife, Althea Kettelle Greenwood; his daughters, five daughters, Sharon Lynne Bennett of Chesapeake, Laurie Lynne Gossner of Williamsburg, Lasinda Lee Lee of Dublin, Ohio, Leslie Louise Douglas of Gatesville, and Lisa Lenette Papson of Midlothian, Va.; and nine grandchildren.
Linard R. Franklin
RALEIGH - Linard Ray Franklin, 76, died Feb. 19, 2003
Franklin was the widow of Dorothy Mitchell Franklin and the son of the late Ernest and Lizzie Franklin.
Franklin was a dedicated member of the 7th Day Adventist Church. A funeral will be held Feb. 28, 2003 at the 7th Day Adventist Church with Arthur Gibbs officiating. Arrangement by Montlawn Memorial Park Funerals and Cremations.
Survivors included two daughters, Fay Lee of Gatesville and Pamela Fitts of Raleigh; a sister, Kathleen Robinson of Virginia Beach and a brother, Eugene Franklin in Virginia Beach, Va. and five grandchildren.
FRANK E. PIERCE
Frank Elliott Pierce, 74, a retired Ford dealer, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1993, in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Mr. Pierce was born in Gates County to the ate Frank L. and Mrs. Beatrie (Harrell) Pierce. He was a graduate of Oak Ridge Military Academy and sered in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a retired owner of Byrum Motor Company in Sunbury. He was a member of Philidelphia
Methodist Church, where he served as chairman of the administrative board for 35 years and was a charter member of and the first chief of the Sunbury Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the board of directors of the First Citizens Bank in Sunbury.
Survivors include his wife, Louise (Britt) Pierce; three daughters, Jean Hunnicut of Atlanta, Anne Pierce of Maui, Hawaii, and Mary Baker of Edenton; one brother, Dr. L. Harrell Pierce of Baltimore; and two grandchildren, John Baker and Julie Baker.
A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in Philadelphia United Methodist Church by the Rev. Laura Early. Burial will follow in the Cross Family Cemetery with Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville, handling arrangements. Friends may join the family at the residence.
Frank N. Nixon
HOBBSVILLE, N.C. - Frank N. Nixon, 92, died in his home here Thursday, April 28, 1961, at 6 a.m. after a short illness.
He was a native of Gates County, a retired farmer, and a son of Annanias and Mrs. Jane Eason Nixon.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Estelle Stallings Nixon; one son, Otho Nixon of Hertford; two daughters, Mrs. Inez McCoy of Portsmouth, Va, and Mrs. Marie Bryant of Richmond, Va; and six grandchildren.
A funeral service will be conducted in her home Saturday at 2 p.m. by the Rev. J. Leonard Gerrald, pastor of Sandy Cross Baptist Church. Burial will be in the family cemetery. The body was taken to Rountree & Hofler Funeral Home, Gatesville, to remain until Saturday at noon.