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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.

Ada Ellis
  Ada Ellis of 310 Forrest Road died Tuesday at Nash General Hospital, Rocky  
Mount.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726  
S. Tarboro St.

James Reid
  James Reid of 509 W. Memorial Church Road, Fremont, died Monday at his  
residence.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Hamilton Funeral Chapel,  
Goldsboro.

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.

James D. Bissette
  James D. Bissette died Tuesday.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100  
U.S. 264 West.

Robert L. Battle
  Robert Lee Battle’s survivors include two aunts, Shirley Cooper of Wilson and  
Anna Williams of Pinetops. They were listed as sisters in Monday’s edition.
  Hamilton Funeral Chapel regrets the error.

Raymond Whelan
  Raymond Whelan died today.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100  
U.S. 264 West.


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.

Joe L. Craft
  Joe Lee Craft, 72, died today.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100  
U.S. 264 West.

Ola Howard
  Ola Howard, 54, of 1404A Carolina St. died Wednesday at Pitt County Memorial  
Hospital, Greenville.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726  
S. Tarboro St.


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.

Lois D. Kersey
  Lois D. Kersey, 70, died today at Brian Center.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral  
Service, 2704 W. Nash St.

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.

Adam Artis
  Adam Artis, 89, of 331 Appletree Creek Road, Stantonsburg, died Thursday at  
Wilson Medical Center.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726  
S. Tarboro St.

Robert L. Blount
  The place of assembly for the family of Robert Lee “Hawk” Blount has been  
changed to 2906 Daffodil Drive. The family will assemble there one hour prior to  
the funeral.


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.

Alberta Reid
  Alberta Reid, 81, died today at Britthaven of Goldsboro.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by King & Darden Funeral Home.

Richard Ruscin
  Richard “Dick” Ruscin died today.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100  
U.S. 264 West.

Lee B. Barnes
  Lee Boykin Barnes, 90, died today. Arrangements are incomplete and being  
handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.


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.

Maggie P. Blocker
Maggie P. Blocker, 90, of 734 Lincoln St. died Monday at Brian Center.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726  
S. Tarboro St.

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.

Vera E. Pipkin
  KENLY — Vera E. “Bay” Pipkin, 85, died Monday.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Coley Funeral Home.

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.

Zoretha E. Brown
  Zoretha E. Brown, 87, of 211 Denby Street died Tuesday at Wilson Medical  
Center.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726  
S. Tarboro St.



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.

John Viverette
  John Viverette, 55, died today.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100  
U.S. 264 West.


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.

Ethel T. Sanders
  SIMS — Ethel Taylor Sanders, 84, of 15678 Old Smithfield Road died Thursday at  
Wilson Medical Center.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407  
W. Nash St.

Leroy Adams
  MIDDLESEX — Leroy Adams, 50, died Tuesday. The funeral will be held at noon  
Saturday at White Oak Hill Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Carolina  
Biblical Gardens.
  Arrangements are being handled by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Zebulon.


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

Deborah Green
  Deborah Green, 78, of Rocky Mount died Saturday at her residence. Arrangements  
are incomplete and being handled by Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.

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.

Ella G. Freeman
  BAILEY — Ella G. Freeman, 12, died Sunday.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by William Toney’s Funeral Home,  
Spring Hope.

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.

Dorothy Speight
  Dorothy Speight, 41, of 644 E. Walnut St. died today at her home.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by King & Darden Funeral Home,  
325 E. Nash St.


November 15, 2000

Pheobe Wesley
  NEWARK, N.J. — Pheobe Wesley, formerly of Wilson County, N.C., died Friday at  
Columbus Hospital. The funeral was held today at Faith Temple Church, East  
Orange. Burial followed in Fairmount Cemetery, Newark.
  Surviving are four nieces.
  Arrangements were handled by Perry’s Funeral Home.

Ella G. Freeman
  BAILEY — Ella Griffin Freeman, 102, died Saturday. The funeral will be held at  
2 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ). Burial will  
follow in Middlesex Memorial Garden.
  Surviving are four daughters, Bertha Perry of Bailey, Lula Ferrell of Zebulon,  
Alberta Ferrell and Beatrice Roseman of Durham; a son, Lumas Vick of Middlesex;  
37 grandchildren; 112 great-grandchildren, 85, great-great-grandchildren; 15  
great-great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-great-grandchild.
  The family will receive friends at William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope,  
from 7-8 tonight.

Fate Lucas
Feb. 2, 1912 Nov. 9, 2000
  Fate Lucas, 88, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Wilson, died Thursday. The  
funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro  
St. Burial will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
  Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Hill and Priscilla Lucas Quattlebaum,  
both of Washington, D.C.; one son, Scottie Lucas of Washington, D.C.; one  
brother, Carse Lucas of Philadelphia; seven grandchildren; and five great-
grandchildren.
  The family will assemble at the funeral home one hour before the funeral.

Alberta F. Phelps
  SIMS — Alberta Fulghum Phelps of 4973 N.C. 581 South died Tuesday at Wilson  
Medical Center.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral  
Service, 2704 W. Nash St.

Deborah D. Green
  Deborah Davis Green is also survived by a sister, Victoria Sherrod of Wilson.  
Her name was omitted in error in Tuesday’s edition. The Green Family regrets the  
error.


November 20, 2000

Mollie R. Boone
Nov. 14, 1916 Nov. 19, 2000
  FARMVILLE — Mollie Rouse Boone, 84, died Sunday at 2706 Caroline Lane. The  
funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Farmville Funeral Home Church Street  
Chapel. Burial will follow in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens near Farmville.
  Surviving are two daughters, Winnie Boone Askew and Lillie Boone Moots, both  
of Farmville; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Sallie V. Robbins
Nov. 21, 1907 Nov. 18, 2000
  Sallie Varnell Robbins, 92, of Elm City died Saturday. The funeral will be  
conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Windham at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Joyner’s Funeral  
Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
  Surviving are four daughters, Frances R. Page of Bailey, Della R. Batts of Elm  
City, Jean R. Williams of Chesapeake, Va., and Faye R. Taylor of Fayetteville;  
two sons, Ernest “Red” Robbins of Winston-Salem and Dan W. Robbins of Elm City;  
17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at  
other times at 6368 Stagecoach Road, Elm City.

Carl B. Jones
Nov. 18, 1927 Nov. 18, 2000
  Carl Blake Jones, 73, died Saturday. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev.  
Wayne King at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will  
follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
  Surviving are his wife, Hazel Boykin Jones; two daughters, Sue Bradford of  
Kenly and Judy Liverman of Zebulon; three sons, Alfred Jones of Kenly, Jeffrey  
Jones and Michael Jones, both of the home; one sister, Gennetti Strickland of  
Kenly; one brother, Donald Jones of Princeton; eight grandchildren; and three  
great-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 2217 Cockran St.

Roosevelt Ellis
  Roosevelt Ellis, 84, a resident of Avante at Wilson, formerly of 1505 Coleman  
St., died Friday at Wilson Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the  
Rev. Paul Bryant at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro  
St. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
  Ellis was retired from Clark Sawmill Company.
  Surviving are one stepdaughter, Bettie Patterson of Wilson; one stepson, Eddie  
Swinson of Wilson; 10 stepgrandchildren; and 20 stepgreat-grandchildren.
  The body may be viewed at the funeral home Tuesday from 3-9 p.m. The family  
will receive friends at 815 Graham St. and will assemble there one hour before  
the funeral.

Lloyd F. Gay
  FOUNTAIN — Lloyd Franklin Gay, 88, of 7393 N.C. 222 died Saturday at his home.  
The funeral will be conducted by Elder Kenneth Windham and the Rev. Guy F. Owens  
at 2 p.m. today at Farmville Funeral Home Church Street Chapel. Burial will  
follow in Queen Anne Cemetery.
  Gay attended Autrey’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church and was a retired farmer.
  Surviving are two daughters, Betty Lou Gay Nethercutt of Fountain and Mary  
Agnes Gay Wright of Wendell; one son, William Lloyd “Billy” Gay of Wilson; one  
sister, Delma Gay Galloway of Wilson; one brother, Alley Gay of Norfolk, Va.;  
five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

J. Michael Boykin
  KENLY — J. Michael Boykin, 44, of 6018 C Kenly Court Apartments. died  
Saturday. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Free Will  
Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
  Surviving are his son, Wayne Boykin of the home; his mother and stepfather,  
Mary and Jerry Minshew of Kenly; two sisters, Pat B. Wall and Lou B. Carroll,  
both of Kenly; and two brothers, Billy Boykin of Kenly and Bobby Boykin of  
Grifton.
  Arrangements are being handled by Coley Funeral Home.

Rudyard E. Vick
  Rudyard E. Vick, 83, died Sunday at Wilson Medical Center. The funeral will be  
conducted by the Rev. De Wayne Eakes at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Shingleton Funeral  
Home Chapel, 2407 W. Nash St. Burial will follow in Bailey City Cemetery.
  Surviving are his wife, Catherine Turner Vick; a daughter, Martha Jane Vick of  
the home; two sons, Larry K. Vick of Candler and Rudy T. Vick of Lusby, Md.; a  
sister, Margie V. Pace of Bailey; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-8 tonight.

Edward M. Bass
  Edward M. Bass, 72, formerly of 4321 London Church Road, Elm City died  
Saturday at Avante at Wilson. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Shawn  
Garnett at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Shingleton Funeral Home Chapel, 2407 W. Nash St.  
Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
  Surviving are his sister, Thelma Whitehead of Elm City; and two brothers,  
Robert Lee Bass of Roper and William Earl Bass of Elm City.
  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at  
other times at 304 Wilson St., Elm City.

Alice T. Wilson
  Alice Tedder Wilson, 76, of 1101 Bynum St. died Sunday. The funeral will be  
conducted by the Rev. John Wenburg at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Maplewood Cemetery.
  Surviving are a daughter, Edna Davis of Wilson; two sons, Danny Wilson and Don  
Wilson, both of Wilson; two sisters, Harriet Aileen Perry of Sims and Leslie  
Saleeby of Washington, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Shingleton Funeral  
Home Chapel, 2407 W. Nash St.

Volena W. Gear
  Volena Wilson Gear, 61, of 1901-C3 Lipscomb Road died Saturday at her  
residence.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726  
S. Tarboro St.

Bernard B. Butts
  Bernard Baldwin “Pete” Butts, 54, died Sunday at Brian Center.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Edwards Funeral Home, 805 E.  
Nash St.

Lillie Mae B. Evans
  Lillie Mae Brantley Evans, 80, died Sunday.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100  
U.S. 264 West.


November 21, 2000

B. Dianne F. Bobbitt
Sept. 21, 1933 Nov. 21, 2000
  B. Dianne Farmer Bobbitt, 67, died Monday at UNC Memorial Hospital. The  
funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Charles Taylor and the Rev. Michael Cloer  
at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Englewood Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Bailey  
Cemetery.
  Surviving are her husband, Vermell “Mel” Bobbitt; one daughter, Betsy Lynn  
Bobbitt of Williamston; two sons, Mel Steven Bobbitt Sr. of Winterville and  
David John Bobbitt of Bailey; one sister, Betsy Farmer Andrews of Rocky Mount;  
and one grandson.
  The family will receive friends at Bowling Funeral Home Chapel from 7-8:30  
tonight.

Bobby F. Harris
  SNOW HILL — Bobby Franklin Harris, 66, died Sunday at Pitt County Memorial  
Hospital, Greenville. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Frank Flowers  
and the Rev. Tony Glass at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Taylor-Edwards Funeral Home.  
Burial will follow in Snow Hill Cemetery.
  Surviving are his wife, Jean Phipps Harris; a daughter, Kim Harris Tilghman of  
Snow Hill; a son, Pat Harris of Snow Hill; a brother, Ted Harris of Snow Hill;  
and three grandchildren.
  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at  
other times at the residence, 3269 N.C. 91 North.

Lillie Mae B. Evans
Oct. 5, 1920 Nov. 19, 2000
  Lillie Mae Brantley Evans, 80, of Elm City died Sunday. The funeral will be  
conducted by the Rev. Shawn Garnet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Pentecostal  
Lighthouse, 4747 Lake Wilson Road. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial  
Gardens.
  Surviving are her husband, the Rev. Luther Evans; three daughters, Rose E.  
Sutton and Mildred Louise E. Bennett, both of Elm City, and Ann E. Garnett Ellis  
of Asheboro; two sisters, Kathy Pipkin of Wilson and Beatrice Jackson of  
Concord; two brothers, Ernest Brantley of Concord and the Rev. Paul Brantley of  
Goldsboro; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
  The family will receive friends at the church from 7-9 tonight and at other  
times at 4408 London Church Road, Elm City.
  Arrangements are being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.

Bonnie B. Roberson
  Bonnie Lucille Bottoms Roberson, 51, died Monday.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100  
U.S. 264 West.

Earl F. Quincy
  Earl Fleming Quincy, 67, of Wilson died Friday at his residence.
  A graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Rocky Mount Memorial  
Park Chapel.


November 22, 2000

Eulas Edwards
Aug. 27, 1914 Nov. 17, 2000
  Eulas Edwards, 86, died Nov. 17. A graveside service was conducted by the Rev.  
Benny Poythress Monday in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
  Surviving are a son, Douglas Edwards of Wilson; three grandchildren; and three  
great-grandchildren.
  Arrangements were handled by Joyner’ Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.

Thurman Carlyle
Sept. 30, 1931 Nov. 21, 2000
  ZEBULON — Thurman “Toe-Joe” Carlyle, 69, died Tuesday at Wake Medical Center.  
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Family Funeral Care Norman Screws  
Chapel. Burial will follow in Hollywood Cemetery, Middlesex.
  Carlyle attended Middlesex Church of God.
  His survivors include a daughter, Sheila Carlyle Puckett of Zebulon; and a  
grandson.
  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Bertha Etheridge
  Bertha Etheridge, 79, a resident of Avante at Wilson, formerly of 1214  
Carolina St., died Tuesday.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726  
S. Tarboro St.

Bonnie B. Roberson
Sept. 22, 1949 Nov. 20, 2000
  Bonnie Lucille Bottoms Roberson, 51, died Monday. The funeral will be  
conducted by Joseph Mooring at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100  
U.S. 264 West.
  Surviving are a son, Joey Lee Roberson of Baumholder, Germany; her father,  
Bennie C. Bottoms of Wilson; stepmother, Jean Bottoms of Wilson; five sisters,  
Venita Sue Bottoms of Black Creek, Kathy Dean Bottoms and Martha Kay Roberson,  
both of Wilson, Marcell Joyner of Wilson and Terry Lynn Cunha of Chiopee, Mass.;  
a stepbrother, Jamey Crumpler of Cary; and two grandchildren.
  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at  
other times at 707 Church St., Black Creek.

Roosevelt Hall
  Roosevelt Hall, 79, 2314 Tranquil Drive died Tuesday at his residence.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726  
S. Tarboro St.

James E. Ferrell
  James Earl Ferrell, 81, died today.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100  
U.S. 264 West.


November 23, 2000

Volena Wilson-Gear
May 25, 1939  Nov. 21, 2000
  Volena Wilson-Gear, 61, of 1901 Lipscomb Road, Apt. C, died at her residence  
Nov. 17. Bishop L.N. Perry will conduct the funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday at  
Perry’s Temple Original Free Will Baptist Church, 5000 Tartt’s Mill Road. Burial  
will follow in Hamilton Burial Garden.
  Her survivors include three daughters, Deborah Hinnant, Lena Gear-Artis and  
Pattie Gear, all of Wilson; four sons, Issac Gear of the home, John Gear of  
Wilson, and James Gear Jr. and Roland Gear, both of Woodbridge, Va.; one  
brother, John Wilson of Wilson; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
  The body may be viewed 3-9 p.m. Friday at Hamilton Funeral Chapel. The family  
will be at the funeral home 7-8 p.m. Family will also receive friends at the  
residence where they will assemble one hour before the funeral.

Nannse A. Babcock
  TARBORO — Nannse Angela Babcock, 52, died Saturday. The Rev. Julian Thompson  
will conduct the graveside service at 1 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Cemetery,  
Tarboro.
  Surviving are husband, Richard I. Babcock Jr.; two sons; one stepdaughter; two  
stepsons; two sisters, Pattie Walston of Lucama and Katie Williams of Wilson;  
two brothers; and six grandchildren.
  Family will receive friends at Carlisle Funeral Home, 701 Hospital Drive,  
Tarboro, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

James E. Ferrell
Aug. 18, 1919 Nov. 22, 2000
  James E. “Shorty” Ferrell, 81, died Wednesday. The Rev. Ray Barnhill will  
conduct the graveside service at Maplewood Cemetery at 2 p.m. Friday.
  He was retired from Imperial Tobacco Company.
  Surviving are his wife, Joyce Petway Ferrell; one daughter, Carolyn Finn of  
Wilson; one son, Earl Ferrell of Rocky Mount; two sisters, Beatrice Pittman and  
Myrtle Barnes, both Lucama; one stepsister, Rudy Overman of Lucama; three  
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
  Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Joyner’s Funeral Home.

Bernard B. Butts
Oct. 10, 1946  Nov. 19, 2000
  Bernard Baldwin “Pete” Butts, 54, of Jacksonville, Fla., a Wilson native, died  
Sunday at the Brian Center. Bishop M.W. Johnson will conduct the funeral  
Saturday at noon at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel, 805 E. Nash St. Burial will  
follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
  He is survived by one daughter, Debbie Bullock of Woodbridge, Va.; two sons,  
Roderick K. Butts Sr. of Wendell and Sean K. Butts of Charlotte; mother, Irene  
Baldwin Jackson of Goldsboro; one sister, Joyce DeJomett of Philadelphia; one  
brother, Darryl Crouch of St. Louis; and four grandchildren.
  The body may be viewed at Edwards Funeral Home Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.  
The family will receive friends at 2021 Fieldcrest Road where they will assemble  
one hour before the service.



November 24, 2000

David T. Goff
May 4, 1975 Nov. 22, 2000
  David Tyler Goff, 25, died Wednesday. The funeral will be conducted by the  
Rev. Ray Wells at 2 p.m. Sunday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West.  
Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
  Goff was a member of the Wilson County Rescue Squad.
  Surviving are his wife, Alicia Bryant Goff; and his parents, David Stuart and  
Jean Bass Goff of Wilson.
  The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 7-9 p.m.

Luther Watson
Oct. 28, 1924 Nov. 22, 2000
  Luther “Reuben” Watson, 76, of Lucama died Wednesday. The funeral will be  
conducted by the Rev. Sefton Strickland and Elder Rudy Jones at 2 p.m. Saturday  
at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial will follow in the Watson  
Family Cemetery.
  Watson was a veteran of World War II serving in Europe. He received the EAMET  
Campaign with two Bronze Stars, Good Conduct, Purple Heart and Victory Medals.
  Surviving are his wife, Eleanor Simpson Watson; a daughter, Charlene Parris of  
Wilson; two sons, Tim Watson of Lucama and Jeff Watson of Wilson; a sister, Reba  
Gardner of Wilson; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at  
other times at 6229 Lloyd Road, Lucama.

Hattie T. Howell
  Hattie Turner Howell, 85, died Wednesday at Wilson Medical Center. The funeral  
will be conducted by the Rev. Eric Vernelson at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shingleton  
Funeral Home Chapel, 2407 W. Nash St. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial  
Gardens.
  She was a retired physical therapist assistant with Wilson Clinic and was a  
member of Living Faith Church.
  Surviving are her husband, Berry J. Howell; two sons, Donnie R. Howell and  
Dwight “Tommy” Howell, both of Wilson; six grandchildren; and five great-
grandchildren.
  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at  
other times at 1108 S. Tarboro St.

Bertha Etheridge
  Sept. 14, 1912 Nov. 21, 2000
  Bertha Etheridge, 88, a resident of Avante at Wilson, formerly of 1214  
Carolina St., died Tuesday. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Batts at 2  
p.m. Sunday at Union Grove Primitive Baptist Church. Burial will follow in  
Hamilton Burial Garden.
  Surviving are one daughter, Jeraldine Taylor of Wilson; one sister, Sarah  
Melton of Wilson; Ruth N. Jones of Rocky Mount and Mattie M. Pearsall of  
Brooklyn, N.Y., whom she reared; six grandchildren; and 13 great-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 the residence where they will assemble one hour before the  
funeral.

Marie Brown
Aug. 13, 1927 Nov. 21, 2000
  MIDDLESEX — Marie Brown, 73, of 9130 Stoney Hill Church Road died Tuesday at  
her residence. A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Tim Hopkins at 4  
p.m. Saturday at Family Funeral Care Norman Screws Chapel.
  Surviving are her daughter, Brenda Alford of Tennessee; a sister, Gladys  
Whitley of Middlesex; and a brother, Earl Brantley of Middlesex.

Jeannette W. Braswell
  Jeannette W. Braswell, 68, of 6331 Webb Lake Road, Elm City, died Thursday.  
The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. David Varnell at 3 p.m. Sunday at  
Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W. Nash St. Burial will follow in  
Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
  Surviving are her husband, Joseph Edward Braswell; two sons, Randy Braswell  
and Danny Braswell, both of Wilson; two brothers, Millard Webb of Sharpsburg and  
Dallas Webb of Durham; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
  The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 7-8:30 p.m.

Leamon Dew
  Leamon Dew of Los Angeles, formerly of Wilson, died Thursday.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726  
S. Tarboro St.

Carol M. Brown
  MIDDLESEX — Carol M. Brown died Tuesday.
  Arrangements are being handled by Family Funeral Care, Zebulon.

Thurman R. Batten
  SELMA — Thurman R.. Batten, 65, of 1683 Batten Farm Road died today.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Coley Funeral Home, Kenly.

Ernest Crandall
  Ernest Crandall, 44, of 3321 London Church Road, Elm City, died Thursday at  
Wilson Medical Center.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726  
S. Tarboro St.



November 25, 2000

T.R. Batten Sr.
  SELMA — T.R. “Sonny” Batten Sr., 65, of 1683 Batten Farm Road died Friday. The  
funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Earl Hammond and the Rev. Tim Stevens at 3  
p.m. Sunday at Kenly Missionary Baptist Church. Entombment will follow in the  
Batten family cemetery near Micro.
  Batten was a retired businessman and owner of Micro Oil Company.
  Surviving are his wife, Janice Hales Batten; two sons, T.R. “Sandy” Batten of  
Micro and Jeff H. Batten of Smithfield; mother, Edith T. Batten of Micro; one  
brother, Dr. Frank Batten of Wilson; three sisters, Scottie B. Peele and Jane B.  
Coor, both of Micro, and Kathy B. Parrish of Selma; and three grandchildren.
  The family will be at Coley Funeral Home in Kenly from 7-9 tonight.

Josephine L. Harrell
  Josephine Lanier Harrell, 77, died Friday at Pitt Memorial Hospital. The  
funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Larry Letchworth and the Rev. Harold  
Swinson at 2 p.m. Monday at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home. Burial will follow in  
Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
  Surviving are her husband, Bill Harrell; two daughters, Nancy Josephs and  
Deborah Barham, both of Wilson; two sons, Wade Pittman of Wilson and Ronald  
Pittman of Princeton; one brother, Phillip Lanier of Winston-Salem; four  
sisters, Minnie Marshall of Elm City, Nannie Mae Webb of Rocky Mount, Margaret  
Whitehead of Elm City and Doris Todd of Palmetto, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and  
one great-grandchild.
  The family will be at the funeral home Sunday night from 7-8:30 and other  
times at 1104 Parkside Drive.

Leamon Dew
  Leamon Dew of Los Angeles, formerly of Wilson, died Thursday.
  Funeral arrangements, which are incomplete at this time, are being handled by  
Hamilton Funeral Chapel.

Ernest Crandall
  ELM CITY — Ernest Crandall, 44, of 3321 London Church Road died Thursday at  
Wilson Medical Center.
  Funeral arrangements, which are incomplete at this time, are being handled by  
Hamilton Funeral Chapel.

Roosevelt Hall
  Roosevelt “Po Boy” Hall, 79, of 2314 Tranquil Drive, died Tuesday at his  
residence. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Paul Bryant at 1:30 p.m.  
Sunday at Hamilton Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in the Hamilton Burial  
Garden, Lane Street Extension.
  Hall, a Greene County native, retired from Armour Meat Packing Company and  
later as a bus driver from the Wilson County schools.
  Surviving are his wife, Bessie I. Hall; five sons, Roosevelt Hall Jr., and  
Bennie Hall, both of Charlotte, Leander Hall of Colonial Heights, Va., Donald  
Hall of Wilson and Leamon Hall of Richmond, Va.; two daughters, Shirley Atkinson  
of the home and Bessie Cooper of Richmond, Va.; one brother, Odell Hall of Snow  
Hill; one sister, Alma Cameron of Kinston; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-
grandchildren.
  Viewing from 3-9 today at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St. The  
family will be at the residence, where they will assemble one hour prior to the  
funeral service.

Lorraine G. Godwin
  RALEIGH — Lorraine Glover Godwin died Thursday. Graveside service will be held  
at 2 p.m. Sunday in Montlawn Memorial Park.
  She was retired from the North Carolina State Utilities Commission and was a  
member of Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church.
  Surviving are two daughters, Jane Godwin and Zoe Godwin, both of Raleigh; and  
one sister, Marie G. Francis of Sims.
  Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh.


November, 27, 2000

Timothy J. Brinkley
July 29, 1981 Nov. 24, 2000
  Timothy James “TJ” Brinkley, 19, of Stantonsburg died Friday. The funeral will  
be conducted by the Rev. Alton Clemmons at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Joyner’s Funeral  
Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial will follow in Queen Anne Cemetery, Fountain.
  Surviving are his parents, Timothy Edwin and Wanda Hales Brinkley; and a  
brother David Lee Brinkley of Wilson.
  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at  
other times at 6545 Good News Church Road.

Ernest A. Crandall
Feb. 1, 1956 Nov. 23, 2000
  Ernest Alton Crandall, 44, of 3321 London Church Road, Elm City died Thursday  
at Wilson Medical Center. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. James Barron  
at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Rountree Missionary Baptist Church, 2110 E. Nash St. Burial  
will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
  Crandall was employed with Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. He was a member of  
Rountree Missionary Baptist Church and the church choir.
  Surviving are his wife, Lydia Rountree Crandall; two daughters, Trina Jones  
and Bundi Clark, both of Robersonville; two sons, Bryan Rountree of the home and  
Tito Williams of Greenville; his father and stepmother, Elisha and Betty B.  
Crandall of Robersonville; two sisters, Geraldine Redmond of Morrow, Ga., and  
Maggie Louise Crandall of Robersonville; two brothers, Rudolph Crandall of New  
Haven, Conn., and James Crandall of Robersonville; and three 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 the residence and will assemble  
there one hour before the funeral.

Henry Jr. Batts
  Henry Jr. “Buddy” Batts, 48, of Philadelphia, Pa., formerly of Wilson, died  
Friday. Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Hamilton Funeral  
Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.

Gertrude B. Bridgers
  MIDDLESEX — Gertrude Barnes Bridgers, 81, died Thursday. The funeral will be  
held at 2 p.m. today at Jones Hill Baptist Church. Burial will follow in  
Middlesex Community Memorial Garden.
  Arrangements are being handled by Harris Funeral Home, Zebulon.

George B. York
  George B. York, 65, of Macclesfield died Saturday. A graveside service will be  
held at 2 p.m. today in Edgecombe Memorial Park.
  Arrangements are being handled by Carlisle Funeral Home, Tarboro.

Evelyn P. Tripp
  GRIFTON — Evelyn Phillips Tripp, 89, died Saturday at Pitt County Memorial  
Hospital. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel Christian  
Church. Burial will follow in Grifton Town Cemetery.
  She was a member of Bethel Christian Church where she was the musician for  
over 50 years.
  Surviving are one daughter, Lou Ellen Felton of Wilson; three sons; two  
sisters; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-
grandchildren.
  The family will receive friends at Edwards Funeral Home, Kinston Tuesday from  
7-9 p.m. and at other times the home of Phillip and Jeanie Tripp, 3556 Sharon  
Church Road, Kinston.

Edward F. Griggs
Feb. 16, 1938 Nov. 26, 2000
  Edward Franklin “Frankie” Griggs, 62, died Sunday. The funeral will be  
conducted by the Rev. Joe Starling at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Joyner’s Funeral Home,  
4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
  Surviving are his mother, Clara Winstead Williams of Wilson.
  The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and  
at other times at 4329 Fawn Court.

Donald Lewis
  Donald “Don” Lewis, 55, of 9534 Hawley Road, Kenly, died Sunday at his home.  
The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Lewis Godwin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at  
Mount Zion Free Will Baptist Church. Entombment will follow in the church  
cemetery.
  Surviving are his wife, Linda “Lou” Lewis; two daughters, Annette Glover and  
Cindy Barbee, both of Kenly; his mother, Myrtle Lewis of Kenly; one sister, Nell  
L. Joyner of Kenly; and five grandchildren.
  The family will receive friends at Coley Funeral Home, Kenly Tuesday from 7-9  
p.m.

Lorna Hamilton
  Lorna Hamilton, 82, formerly of Bailey, died today at Brian Center.
  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Thelma C. Mercer
  Thelma C. Mercer, 79, died Sunday
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100  
U.S. 264 West.

Virginia D. Davis
Oct. 31, 1918 Nov. 23, 2000
  Virginia Dare Davis Davis, 82, of Charlotte, a native of Wilson, died  
Thursday. A graveside service was conducted by the Rev. Hank Sanders today in  
Maplewood Cemetery, Wilson.
  Surviving are her daughter, Carolyn Davis Joyner of Charlotte; a son, Fred B.  
Davis of Raleigh; two sisters, Hazel D. Wilkins of Portsmouth, Va., and Vivian  
D. Saunders of Rocky Mount; one brother, George W. Davis of Rocky Mount; four  
grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
  Arrangements were handled by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Service, 2704 W. Nash  
St.


November 28, 2000

Thelma E. Mercer
Nov. 14, 1921 Nov. 26, 2000
  Thelma Evans Mercer, 79, died Sunday. The funeral will be conducted by Elder  
Harold Pittman and Johnny Hess at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Joyner’s Funeral Home,  
4100 U.S. 264 West. A private inurnment will be in Maplewood Cemetery.
  Surviving are two daughters, Louise Wilson of Greenville and Gerry Franklin of  
Burtonsville, Md.; a son, Garland Mercer of Wilson; three sisters, Willowpean  
Pennington of Wendell, Margie Johnson of Hagerstown, Md., and Joyce Lamm of  
Wilson; two brothers, Roland Evans of Wilson and Rudolph Evans of Selma; nine  
grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at  
other times at 2104 Mitchell Place.

Robert A. Britt
  WALSTONBURG — Robert Allen Britt, 77, died Sunday at Britthaven of Smithfield.  
The funeral will be held at 7:30 tonight at Taylor-Edwards Funeral Home, Snow  
Hill. Burial with full military honors will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Snow Hill  
Cemetery.
  Britt was a disabled veteran of World War II having served in the United  
States Army. He was a member of Free Union Free Will Baptist Church, the  
Walstonburg American Legion and the Snow Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars.
  Surviving are his wife, Litha Mae Shirley Britt; a daughter, Trudy Britt Hardy  
of Snow Hill; a sister, Idelle Sutton of Grantham; five grandchildren; and six  
great-grandchildren.
  The family will receive friends following the services tonight and at other  
times at the residence, 833 Firetower Road.

Nancy A. Thompson
  Nancy Alice Thompson, 92, of 403 Crestview Drive died Monday. A graveside  
service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Temple Family Cemetery, Four  
Oaks.
  Surviving are two daughters, Alice Lewis of Sims and Linda Lawrence of East  
Palatka, Fla.; a son, Harold Thompson of Portsmouth, Va.; a sister, Agnes Price  
of Raleigh; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
  The family will receive friends Wednesday from noon-1:30 p.m. at Minshew  
Funeral Home, Four Oaks.

James L. Strickland
  James Lewis Strickland, 34, of 1802 Snowden Drive died Thursday.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Puckett-Purkett Funeral  
Service, Roper.

James A. Cowan
  POWELLSVILLE — James Allen “Jim” Cowan, 80, died Monday at Roanoke Chowan  
Hospital. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. C.T. Edmondson at 11 a.m.  
Wednesday at Garrett Funeral Home Chapel, Ahoskie. Burial will follow in Ahoskie  
Cemetery.
  Surviving are a daughter; a sister, Annie Laurie Cowan Cockrell of Wilson; and  
two grandchildren..
  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-8:30 tonight.


November 29, 2000

Cora S. Pierce
  Cora Spence Pierce, 73 of 506 Daniel Drive, Elm City, died Wednesday at her  
residence. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Cedarwood  
Cemetery, Roanoke Rapids.
  Arrangements are being handled by Wrenn Funeral Home, Roanoke Rapids.

Sue G. Fowler
  MIDDLESEX — Sue G. Fowler, 51, died Monday. The funeral will be held at 11  
a.m. Friday at Spring Hope Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the  
Whitley family cemetery.

Willie C. Campbell
  RALEIGH — Willie C. “Joe” Campbell, 79, died Monday. The funeral will be held  
at 11 a.m. Thursday at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel. A graveside  
service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Burchwood Cemetery, Roxboro.
  Surviving are his wife; three daughters; one son, Ronald Joseph Campbell of  
Bailey; three sisters; two brothers; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-
grandchildren.
  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at  
other times at the home.

John M. Price
May 12, 1918 Nov. 27, 2000
  GARNER — John Miller Price, 82, died Monday at his home. The funeral will be  
held at 11 a.m. Thursday at New Bethel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in  
Montlawn Memorial Park.
  Surviving are his wife; one son; a sister, LaRue Brann of Wilson; three  
brothers; two grandchildren; one stepgrandson; and one great-granddaughter.
  The family will receive friends at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home from 7-9 tonight.

Rudolph Lamm
  Rudolph Lamm, formerly of Sims, died Tuesday at Maria Parham Hospital,  
Henderson.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407  
W. Nash St.


November 30, 2000

James L. Strickland
  James Lewis Strickland, 34, of 1802-C Snowden Drive died Thursday. A graveside  
service will be conducted by the Rev.  William Barnes at 1 p.m. Friday in  
Hamilton Burial Garden.
  Surviving are his father, James H. Strickland of Wilson; one brother,  Carlton  
Strickland of Clinton; six sisters, Janice Barnes, Joyce Brown, Darlene  
Strickland and Deborah Strickland, all of Wilson, Nancy McMillan of Saratoga and  
Cynthia Terry of Sharpsburg; and his grandfather, Leroy Puckett Sr. of Plymouth.
  The family will receive friends at the home.
  Arrangements are being handled by Puckett-Purkett Funeral Service, Roper.

Lee B. Ingram
  POWHATAN, Va. — Lee Berry Ingram, formerly of Wilson, N.C., died Tuesday. The  
funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at May Memorial Baptist Church. Burial  
will follow in Powhatan Community Cemetery.
  Surviving are her husband, Hugh H. Ingram Jr.; two daughters, Debra B. Pegram  
of Richmond and Julie I. Gresham of Powhatan; one sister, Sally L. Berry of  
Roanoke; one brother, Calvin W. Berry of Dry Fork; and eight grandchildren.
  The family will receive friends at Bennett & Barden Funeral Home from 7-9  
tonight.

Henry Jr. Batts
Dec. 25, 1951 Nov. 24, 2000
  Henry Jr. “Buddy” Batts, 48, of Philadelphia, formerly of Wilson, died Friday.  
The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Ricky Daughtridge at 2 p.m. Saturday  
at Glory Baptist Church, 502 S.W. Jordan St. Burial will follow in Hamilton  
Burial Garden.
  Batts was formerly employed with Atlantic Christian College (now Barton  
College) and S.T. Wooten Construction Co. of Wilson.
  Surviving are three daughters, Betty Denise “Niese Gal” Batts and Shawan  
Lenette Batts, both of Wilson, and Lisa Whitley of Washington, D.C.; four sons,  
Henry Ondra Williams and Mandell Pone, both of Philadelphia, Mandingo Pone of  
Wilson and Robert Whitley of Washington, D.C.; five stepchildren, Jessica  
Yelverton of Wilson, Stacey Hamipton, Chantelle Hamipton, Darrick Johnson and  
Demetrius Johnson, all of Philadelphia; his father, Henry Gray Barnes of Wilson;  
his mother, Lucille Batts Lane of Wilson; eight sisters, Linda Diane Lewis of  
Baltimore, Peggy J. Batts, Janice J. Batts Wade, Connie F. Batts, Linda Wiley,  
Jeanine Wiley, Joyce Faye McLaurin and Wanda J. Taylor, all of Wilson; six  
brothers, Bobby Batts, Johnny Lane and Clarence Lane, all of Philadelphia, Larry  
C. Batts of Washington, D.C., Charles Barnes and Elder Douglas Barnes, both of  
Wilson; his grandmother, Elizabeth Spell of Farmville; 13 grandchildren; and one  
great-grandchild.
  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 1917 Gee Lane and will assemble  
there one hour before the funeral.

Rudolph Lamm
Sept. 21, 1932 Nov. 28, 2000
  BAILEY — Rudolph “Lasses” Lamm, 68, died Tuesday at Maria Parham Hospital,  
Henderson. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Jerry Mizelle at 2  
p.m. Friday in Bailey City Cemetery.
  Surviving are two sisters, Rada Mae Whitley of Wilson and Josephine Warren of  
Sims; one brother, Billy Ray Lamm of Bailey.
  The family will receive friends at Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407 W. Nash St.,  
from 7-9 tonight and at other times at 4854 Stoney Hill Church Road.

Sue W. Fowler
  MIDDLESEX — Sue Gayle Whitley Fowler, 51, of 3346 Old Nash Road died Monday.  
The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Tim Hopkins at 11 a.m. Friday at  
Spring Hope Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Whitley Family  
Cemetery.
  She was an employee of Bobby Murray Chevrolet for 24 years.
  Surviving are her husband, Davis E. Fowler; one son, Windel Lee Perry of  
Wendell; one stepson, Craig Fowler of Zebulon; two sisters, Gloria Carroll of  
Knightdale and Connie R. Whitley of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one brother, Clifton  
Whitley of Fuquay-Varina; his stepfather, Carl J. Cockrell of Middlesex; one  
granddaughter; and three stepgrandchildren.
  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at  
other times at the home.

Lorna Z. Hamilton
Oct. 15, 1918 Nov. 27, 2000
  BEMIDJI, Minn. — Lorna Zaffke Hamilton, 82, died Monday at Brian Center of  
Wilson, N.C. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Steve Hamilton at 2 p.m.  
Friday at Mildred Bible Chapel. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery,  
Backus.
  Surviving are four daughters, Karen Johnson of Duluth, Sharon Attoe of  
Middlesex, N.C., Lila Burlingame of Senoia, Ga., and Shelley Bever of  
Robertsdale, Ala.; two sons, Stephen Hamilton of Friendship, Wis., and Mark  
Hamilton of Laporte; a sister, Barbara Lindgren of Mounds View; 15  
grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
  The family will receive friends at Cease Family Funeral Home from 4-7 p.m.  
today and Friday from 1-2 p.m. at the church.

Leamon Dew
Sept. 29, 1916 Nov. 23, 2000
  Leamon Dew, 84, of Los Angeles, formerly of Wilson, died Thursday. The funeral  
will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 S. Tarboro St.  
Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
  Surviving are one daughter, Earnestine Williams of Los Angeles; one son,  
Leamon Dew Jr. of Newark, N.J.; one brother, Joseph Dew of Philadelphia; 10  
grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
  The body may be viewed at the funeral home Friday from 3-9 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.

Edith F. Murray
  MIDDLESEX — Edith Ferrell Murray, 84, of 9840 N. Walnut St. died Wednesday at  
Wilson Medical Center.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Shingleton Funeral Home, 2407  
W. Nash St.

Luetta Coley
  Luetta Coley, 73, a resident of Heritage Retirement Home, died Monday at  
Wilson Medical Center.
  Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by King & Darden Funeral Home,  
325 E. Nash St.


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