SEMORA, N.C. - Lois Wade Mason, 85, of Glennie Irvin Road, died Monday, July 15, 2002, at Durham Regional Medical Center.
Born Feb. 21, 1917, in Halifax County, she was the daughter of James and Violet Wade.
She was married to Earnest Mason, who predeceased her, and she was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.
She is survived by one daughter, Carlease Mason of Semora; two sons, Jerome Mason of Yanceyville and Bernard Mason of Owing Mill, Md.; one sister, Jewel Cunningham of Semora; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at New Bethel Baptist Church in Alton, Va. with the Rev. Harvey Bigelow officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
A viewing will be held 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Plenty Funeral Home Chapel in Semora. The family will receive friends at 784 Glennie Road in Semora.
Plenty Funeral Home in Semora is in charge of arrangements.
DANVILLE, Va. - Annie S. Morris, 60, of 1575 Richmond Boulevard, died July 17, 2002, at Danville Regional Medical Center. She was a resident at Stafford Healthcare Center for the past eight months.
Born Feb. 15, 1942, in Amherst, she was a daughter of Vergie M. Douglas and George Sales.
She was a member of Bread of Life in Rustburg and attended Vance Street Baptist Church while in Danville.
Survivors include two daughters, Sarah D. Owen of Danville, and O. Marie Hilliard of Lynchburg; four sons, Paul W. Douglas Jr. and Ronnie L. Morris Jr., both of Atlanta, Ga., and N. Sylvester Douglas of Lynchburg and J. Chris Morris of Danville; one sister, Olivia Mayberry; one brother, WIlliam H. Douglas; 19 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by two brothers, John H. Douglas and Carl V. Douglas.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to American Heart Association or American Diabetic Association.
Community Funeral Home in Lynchburg is in charge of arrangements.
DANVILLE, Va. - Jake Samuel Nelson, 74, of 408 Cedarbrook Drive, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at Duke Medical Center in Durham, N.C.
Born Feb. 28, 1928, in Prospect Hill, N.C., he was the son of Arch Nelson and Mary Brooks Nelson.
He was married to Deana Jackson Nelson, who survives. He served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and during the Korean War prior to retirement. He had lived in Danville since 1967 and was bookkeeper for Jamerson White Land Developer. He was a member of Stokesland Baptist Church where he served as Deacon and treasurer, and he was also a member of the Air Force Association.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include one daughter, Jackie Gambrell of Danville; one stepdaughter, Bonnie Purnell of Mass.; one brother, John Nelson of Wilmington, N.C.; two sisters, Christine Straughn and Lucille Nelson, both of Burlington, N.C.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Stokesland Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Pittman and the Rev. J. C. Raper officiating. Interment will follow at Danville Memorial Gardens with military honors by American Legion Dan River Post #1097 honor guard.
The family will receive friends 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Swicegood Funeral Home and at other times at the residence.
Swicegood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
DANVILLE, Va. - Mary Surratt Newby, 62, of 426 Oak Forest Circle, formerly of 118 Spring Ave., died Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at Duke Medical Center in Durham, N.C.
Born March 23, 1940, in Danville, Va., she was a daughter of Mosesell Surratt and Violet Booth Surratt Yates, who both predeceased her.
She was married in 1958 to Charles "Pete" Newby, who predeceased her. Mrs. Newby lived all of her life in the Danville area and was a member of Longview Friends Church.
She had worked at Jon Bill Mfg. Co. for five years and was a baby sitter for a number of years before retiring on disability.
She had been a patient at Duke Medical Center for five weeks.
She is survived by one daughter, Diane Newby Newcomb of Danville; one son-in-law, Jimmy Newcomb of Danville; one sister, Ola Mae Cobbs of Danville; two grandsons, Brian Newcomb and Bradley Newcomb; one granddaughter, Melissa Newcomb; and one great-granddaughter, Cayleigh Clayton.
She was predeceased by one son, Charles Ray Newby Jr., and two brothers, Winfred Suratt and Allie Surratt.
The funeral will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Swicegood Chapel with the Rev. Robert Carpenter and the Rev. Roy Taylor officiating. Interment will follow at Danville Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. Friday at Swicegood Chapel and at other times at the residence of her daughter, 426 Oak Forest Circle.
The family suggests memorials may be made to Mt. Herman Volunteer Fire Department.
Swicegood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
SALISBURY, N.C. - Lottie Carter Newell, 85, of 1122 Arbor Drive, died Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at her residence. She had been in declining health for five years.
Born August 9, 1916, in Danville, Va., she was the daughter of Robert O. Carter and Sallie Waddell Carter, who both predeceased her.
Mrs. Newell had lived in Salisbury, N.C. since 1968. She was a homemaker and had worked as a seamstress. She was of the Baptist faith.
She was first married to Dewey Stephens, who is deceased, and later married Sylvester A. Newell, who survives.
Survivors, in addition to her husband of the residence, include one stepson, James Craig Newell of Robbins, N.C.; one granddaughter, Robin Gloris Stephens of Pineville, N.C.; three sisters, Thelma Atwell and Vera Garabedian, both of Danville, and Empress Dawson of Crestview, Fla. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
She was predeceased by a son, Billy Carter Stephens, a brother, Clarence Carter, and a sister, Lucille Hammond.
The graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Highland Burial Park in Danville, VA with the Reverend Carl Burger officiating.
The family will receive friends 7:00 to 8:30 P.M. Friday at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel and at other times at the residence of her sister, 183 Crystal Lane.
Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
YANCEYVILLE, N.C. - Volina Norton Smith, 73, formerly of Danville, died Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at Danvile Regional Medical Center following several years of declining health.
Born in Caswell County, N.C., November 18, 1928, and was the daughter of the late Jesse and Annie Jordan Norton of Caswell County.
She was married to George Smith who predeceased her in June of 1992. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Newman of Danville and Betty Worley of Yanceyville; two sons, Fred Smith of Yanceyville and Gerald Smith of Julian, N.C.; four brothers, Jesse Norton Jr. of Reidsville, Joe Norton of Semora, Jimmie Norton of Tennessee, Steve Norton of Hurdle Mills; three sisters, Alice Taylor of Danville, Ann Silva of Reidsville and Brenda Rudder of Hurdle Mills; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one step grandchild; and two step great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, a brother, Frank Norton, and one sister, Jane Guinn predeceased her.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Harrelson Funeral Service Chapel, with the Rev. Ken Clark officiating. Interment will follow at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday 7-8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Providence Baptist Church Youth Building Fund, 5762 Walter's Mill Road, Providence, N.C. 27315 or to the American Cancer Society at P.O. Box 356, Yanceyville, N.C. 27379.
Harrelson Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Vincent Edgar Anderson
NATHALIE, Va. - Vincent Edgar Anderson, 71, of 1012 Thornton-Jim Trail, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, at his residence.
Born May 29, 1931, in Halifax County, he was a son of Dorsey Edgar Anderson, who predeceased him and Ruth Cage Anderson, who survives.
He was a member of Falling River Baptist Church.
He was married to Lois Adell Clay Anderson.
In addition to his mother of Brookneal and his wife of Nathalie, he is survived by a son, Vincent Allen Anderson of South Boston; a daughter, Wendy A. Shelton of South Boston; three stepdaughters, Linda Seamster of Gladys, Joanne Saunders of Appomattox and Dianne Strange of Nathalie; a stepson, Sammie Warriner of Nathalie; two brothers, Eddison Anderson of Brookneal and Robert L. Anderson of Madison Heights; five sisters, Connie Pollard of Brookneal, Betty Lou Davis of Gladys, Mildred Worsham of Lynchburg, Barbara Ann Webber of Pamplin and Ruby Reynolds of Brookneal; four step grandchildren and one step great-grandchild.
In addition to his father, he was predeceased by two sisters, Nancy Moorefield and Alene Aldred.
The funeral will be held 4 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Millstone with the Rev. Bob Watts officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
The family received friends 7-8 p.m. Saturday at Powell Funeral Home and at other times will be at the residence.
Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
DANVILLE, Va. - Jean-Pierre Demars, M.D., died at home on Thursday, January 16, 2003 after a short illness.
He was born near Brussels, Belgium, where he was educated for the first 16 years of his life. The family moved to the Congo where he finished high school, after which he began studying medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He became an MD and met his wife, Elaine, in 1958, worked in South Africa for the next two years, then went to England to specialize in psychiatry. They married in 1962, had two children in England, then immigrated to Virginia.
He received further training in psychiatry at the University of Virginia and became a faculty member for three years. In 1971 he and his family moved to the Washington area where another child was born and Dr. Demars was in private practice for the next 22 years. In 1993, he and his wife moved to Danville, where he assumed the position of Medical Director at Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute until his retirement in August 2002.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine, son Marc of San Diego, daughter Karash and her husband Joe Payne and four children of Bethesda, Maryland, and Cheska and her husband David Levy, also of Bethesda, Maryland, three sisters, Josette Candelon of Milan, Italy, Jacqueline Demars of Washington, D.C. and Michelle Demars of Les Issambres, France.
A celebration of Dr. Demars' life will be held Monday, January 20, 2003 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Swicegood Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends Sunday, January 19, from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the residence, 322 Linden Drive, Danville.
Donations may be made to The Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1 Morton Drive, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903.
James D. Jackson
CHATHAM, Va. - James D. Jackson, 88, of 172 Little Cherrystone Lane, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003 at his residence.
Born Sept. 15, 1914, in Campbell County, he was the son of Monroe and Mattie Jackson, who predeceased him.
He was a member of Ross Street Seventh Day Adventist Church, a World War II Army veteran and a retired farmer.
He was married to Lillian Mitchell Jackson.
In addition to his wife, of the residence, he is survived by two daughters, Mary Jackson of Newark, N.J. and Shirley Ward of Gretna; two sisters, Louise Jackson and Lizzie Jackson, both of Saxe; and 31 grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Robert and three sons, Sherman, Roy and Robert.
The funeral will be held noon on Monday from the chapel of Howerton Funeral Home with the Rev. Floyd O. Jones officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Burial Park with military rites by VFW Post #4165 and DAV Chapter #46 of Altavista.
Viewing will be 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
The family will be at the residence.
Howerton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Frances Pruitt Jefferson
YANCEYVILLE, N.C. - Frances Pruitt Jefferson, 76, of the Brian Center, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, at the center.
Born Feb. 23, 1926, in Leaksville, she was the daughter of James Richard Pruitt and Lizzie Powell Pruitt.
She was a member of Westover Baptist Church. She had worked as a clerk for Dan River, Inc.
She is survived by two sons, James R. Jefferson of Providence, N.C. and Ronnie R. Jefferson of Pelham, N.C.; a daughter, Bonnie G. Baines of Danville, Va.; a sister, Maggie Pruitt of Danville, Va.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by eight sisters and three brothers.
The graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Happy Home Congregational Christian Church Cemetery with the Rev. Ken Hall officiating.
The family received friends 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Barker Funeral Home, Danville, Va.
Barker Funeral Home, Danville, Va., is in charge of arrangements.
L. Douglas Phelps
EDEN, N.C. - L. Douglas Phelps, age 72, of 205 Fairway Drive, Eden, N.C., died Friday evening at Morehead Memorial Hospital. The funeral will on Monday, Jan. 20th at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Eden. Burial to follow at Ridgeview Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Phelps was born in Greenville, Ala., he was a U.S. Navy veteran, a member of the First Baptist Church, and a member of the Berean Sunday School Class. He was retired from Dan River, Inc.
He was the son of the late Julius Franklin and Gertrude McVay Phelps.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Hazel Myers and Mavis Gipson.
Mr. Phelps is survived by his wife, Peggy Gavin Phelps of Eden; two daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Greg Newlin of Eden and Judy and Robert Kermitz of Jacksonville, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Katie Newlin, Caroline Kermitz and Claire Kermitz.
Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19 at Fair Funeral Home and other times at the home.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 533 Greenwood Street, Eden, N.C. 27288.
June Gravely Simpson
DANVILLE, Va. - June Gravely Simpson, 79, of 143 Northwest Blvd., died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Born June 2, 1923, in Danville, she was a daughter of Lewis Gravely, who predeceased her and Nena Byrd Gravely, who survives.
She was a charter member of North Main Baptist Church. She lived most of her life in Danville. For 40 years, she worked as an office clerk for Dan River, Inc.
She was married to Charles Linwood Simpson Sr., who predeceased her April 30, 1987.
In addition to her mother of Danville, she is survived by a daughter, Brenda Diane Turner of Danville; a son, Wesley Kent Turner of the residence; a sister, Jean Fowler of Danville; two brothers, Lewis Gravely Jr. and Lance Gravely, both of Danville; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Swicegood Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Leroy Clack officiating. Interment will be in Highland Burial Park.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Danville Life Saving Crew.
Swicegood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.