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Winnie Forbes Dead
Eastern Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., Mar. 18, 1885
We regret to learn that Miss Winnie FORBES, who was so fearfully burned two weeks ago, mention of which was made in these columns, died on last Sunday. The bereaved family and friends have our deepest sympathies.

Mrs. Calvin Stokes Dead
Eastern Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., Mar. 18, 1885
The wife of Mr. Calvin STOKES, of Kinston, a former resident of this county, died on last Thursday evening.

John Judkins Dead
NC Free Press, Tarboro, NC, Fri., Jan. 31, 1834
Died at the residence of George WALLACE, in Pitt county, on the 19th ult. Mr. John JUDKINS, late of Ohio. The deceased had been for some time traveling in pursuit of Revolutionary Land Claims.

Willis Randolph Dead
Tarboro Free Press, Tarboro, NC, Fri., Oct. 31, 1834
Died in Pitt county, on Saturday the 25th inst., Mr. Willis RANDOLPH, aged about 85 years, leaving a concourse of friends and relatives to mourn his departure.

Col. Louis Gray Little Dead
Tarboro Southerner, Tarboro, NC, Thurs., July 23, 1868
Died at his residence in Pitt County, on the 10th of July, Col. Louis Gray LITTLE, in the 61st year of his age. Noble and generous in life, we hope he has inherited a crown of immortality in death.

Joe Miller Dead
Eastern Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., Oct. 30, 1895
Joe MILLER, a very old colored man, died here Saturday night. In his day he cut more yards of ditches than any other man in the county.

Miss Estelle Little Dead
Eastern Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., Oct. 30, 1895
Miss Estelle LITTLE, daughter of W. W. LITTLE, of Pactolus, died Thursday evening of typhoid fever. The family have our sympathy.

Riley Spier Dead
Eastern Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., Oct. 2, 1895
Riley SPIER, an old colored man who was an inmate of the County Home, dropped dead of heart disease Tuesday.

Leva Stokes' Child Dead
Eastern Reflector, Greenville, NC, Fri., June 27, 1913
Ayden Items, June 21....The two year old child of Leva STOKES fell in a tub of hot water that had been prepared to scour the house and was scalded so badly that it died Wednesday. The accident happened about 2 weeks ago.

James N. Stanton Dead
NC Standard, Raleigh, NC, Wed., Mar. 24, 1858
Died at Indianola, Texas, on the 20th of last February, Mr. James N. STANTON, in the 28th year of his age; the deceased was from Wilson county, N.C.

Bill Allen Hardee's Daughter Dead
Eastern Reflector, Greenville, NC, Fri., July 4, 1913
Winterville Items, July 1....Mr. Bill Allen HARDEE's little daughter who was sent to the Kinston hospital for the appendicitis last week, died Sunday without the operation being performed. The patient did not reach the hospital in time for an operation to be of any value.

Paul Harrington Dead
Eastern Reflector, Greenville, NC, Fri., July 4, 1913
Winterville Items, July 1....After lingering for nearly a week after having the second stroke of paralysis, Mr. Paul HARRINGTON, who lives near here, passed away last Saturday afternoon.  Mr. HARRINGTON was a faithful member of the Free Will Baptist church at Reedy Branch. He was true to his Creator, which made him a good neighbor and a valuable citizen. Mr. HARRINGTON was of the ripe old age of 69 years. He leaves three children, fourteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren to mourn his death. His children are Mr. J. F. HARRINGTON, Mrs. Quinnie VINCENT and Mrs. Mary WORTHINGTON all of Winterville. The family have our deepest sympathy in their bereavement.

Dennis Dupree's Son Dead
Eastern Reflector, Greenville, NC, Fri., July 11, 1913
Ayden Items, July 8......Lightning killed one of Dennis DUPREE'S boys near Rountree's church some days ago.

Mr. Broadway Dead
Eastern Reflector, Greenville, NC, Fri., July 11, 1913
Ayden Items, July 8......Mr. BROADWAY, one of our old citizens, died here last week and was buried at Vanceboro.

Knott Forlines Baby Dead
Eastern Reflector, Greenville, NC, Fri., Nov. 24, 1913
Winterville Items, Nov. 13.....The death of Mr. Knott FORLINES two year old baby occurred Tuesday afternoon. The child was only sick a very short time.

Alonza Llewellyn Edwards Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Mon., Sept. 29, 1958
Alonza Llewellyn EDWARDS, 82, well known Kinstonian, died at his home at 303 East Washington Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday after a lingering illness.  He was a native of Pitt County and a son of the late E. S. and Sarah TRIPP EDWARDS.  He was a retired employee of the Norfolk Southern Railroad Company.  He was a member of Gordon Street Christian Church and a member of Hollywood Camp No. 46 of the Woodmen of the World. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Annie Cornelia COWARD EDWARDS of the home; one son, Atlas L. EDWARDS of Pennsylvania; three daughters, Miss Jesse EDWARDS of Greensboro, Miss Mary Elizabeth EDWARDS of the home, and Mrs. W. H. SPARKS of Ahoskie; four grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. C. L. CANNON of Ayden. Funeral services will be held from the Howard Carter Funeral Chapel at 11 a.m. Tuesday.  Rev. Douglas BELL, his pastor, will officiate.  Burial will be in Westview Cemetery.  Members of the Hollywood Camp, WOW, will be active pallbearers. Contributed by Bill Bland.
                                                                                                           
Mrs. Annie C. Edwards Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Mon., Nov. 13, 1972 
KINSTON - Mrs. Annie C. EDWARDS, 90, died Saturday.  Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. from Howard-Carter Funeral Home by Rev. David L. Alexander.  Burial will follow in Westview Cemetery. Surviving: three daughters, Mrs. Jesse EDWARDS and Mrs. Lester CUDDINGTON of Kinston and Mrs. W. H. SPARKS of Emporia, Va.; a brother, Allen H. COWARD of Goldsboro; a sister, Miss Jennie COWARD of New Bern, four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Contributed by Bill Bland.

Walter R. Whitehurst Sr. Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Dec. 31, 2003
Mr. Walter Randall WHITEHURST Sr., 81, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003. The funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Pinewood Memorial Park. Mr. WHITEHURST, a native of the Parmele community, was a longtime resident of Greenville. A veteran of World War II, Mr. WHITEHURST served as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division known as the "Screaming Eagles." He was employed for over 30 years as comptroller with Carolina Sales Corp., retiring in 1981. He was a charter member and past president of the Greenville Optimist Club and was a past member of the Greenville Jaycees. In addition, he was a member of Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church. Among his many joys were golfing, fishing and boating. For many years, he enjoyed spending time at his Bayview home with family and friends. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he was fondly known as "Daddy Walter" and will be missed by everyone. Mr. WHITEHURST was preceded in death by two sons, John Douglas WHITEHURST and Elmer Bruce WHITEHURST; a brother, E.G. WHITEHURST; and a sister, Melba WHITEHURST. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Lottie SCOTT WHITEHURST; three sons, Walter Randall "Randy" WHITEHURST Jr. and wife, Loretta, of Greenville, Daniel Lester "Danny" WHITEHURST and wife, Delores, of Greenville, George Anthony "Tony" WHITEHURST and wife, Pam, of Savannah, Ga.; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, George Thomas WHITEHURST and wife, Janice, of Greenville; two sisters, Dorothy MANNING of Williamston and Frances HARDY of Bethel; and a sister-in-law, Teen TETTERTON of Washington Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wilkerson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the National Kidney Foundation of N.C., 5950 Fairview Road, 3 Fairview Plaza, Suite 550, Charlotte, NC 28210.

Mrs. Nellie Ford Norville Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., Sept. 23, 1940
Mrs. Nellie FORD NORVILLE, 20, wife of Wiley NORVILLE, died Monday morning at %:30 o'clock at the home near Falkland after a few hours of critical illness. Funeral services will be conducted at the late home Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock by the Rev. Charlie HAMILTON, Free Will Baptist minister of Fountain, and burial will follow in the Norville family cemetery near the home. In addition to her husband, she is survived by an infant son, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. ABRAMS of Hertford county; three sisters, Mrs. Lloyd PEADEN, Falkland, Misses Mary Ellen and Virginia ABRAMS of Hertford county; seven brothers, Elisha ABRAMS of the United States army, Wrenn ABRAMS of Macclesfield, and Jimmy, Ernest, Ben, Willie, and Charlie ABRAMS all of Herford county.

Mrs. Ruby Alligood Eubank Dead
Wilmington Morning Star, Wilmington, NC, Tuesday, September 18, 1979
Mrs. Ruby ALLIGOOD EUBANK of 1916 Market St., died Monday night.  She was born in New Bern on Dec. 24, 1897, the daughter of the late Robert Edward and Emma HINES ALLIGOOD. Surviving are her son, James Franklin ALLEN of Wilmington; a sister, Mrs. Kathleen PHILLIPS of Greenville, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Andrews Mortuary by Dr. Arthur WILLIAMS.  Graveside services will be held Friday at 2 o'clock in Ayden Cemetery, Ayden, NC. Contributed by Bill Bland.

Mrs. Nellie G. Whichard Worley Dead
The Charleston Gazette, Charleston, WV, Jan. 6, 2004
Nellie G. WHICHARD WORLEY, 82, of Charleston passed away Dec. 26, 2003, after a short illness. She was born March 3, 1921, a daughter of the late Fernando and Nancy Ann TETTERTON WHICHARD. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harry J. WORLEY, Sr.; brother, William WHICHARD; and sisters, Margaret MORRISON and Barbara WARD.
Nellie was a retired waitress, working in several area restaurants, including: The Sterling, the Charleston House and the Heart o' Town. Nellie was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be sadly missed by all.  Surviving are her daughter,  Lona PETERSON of Charleston; son,  Harry J. WORLEY, Jr. of Rocky Mount, Va.; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Styron WHICHARD of Virginia Beach, Va., Goodman WHICHARD of North Carolina, Albert WHICHARD of Wisconsin, Lloyd WHICHARD of Florida; sisters, Elizabeth HICKS and Doris WORTHINGTON, both of North Carolina, Reba CUSICK of Maryland. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, in Glendale Cemetery, South Charleston. Wilson Funeral Home, 420 Lee St. W, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements. 

Frances Elizabeth Meyer Dead
[Newspaper Unknown, Charleston, SC, April 2002]
Frances Elizabeth MEYER, 69, of Jamestown, S.C., Died Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at the residence. The relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin MEYER are invited to attend the funeral services of the latter, Saturday, April 20, 2002, in J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel, at 12 noon. Interment will follow in Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at Stuhr's Mount Pleasant Chapel, Friday evening from 6 until 8 o'clock.  Mrs. Meyer was born July 29, 1932, in Pitt County, N.C., a daughter of Warren B. and Mamie COX MCLAWHORN. Surviving are her husband, Alvin MEYER, two daughters, Constance M. MCDANIEL of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Kaye M. EASTWOOD of Wallace, N.C., one son, Donald Gene MOORE of Ayden, N.C., three sisters, Madge LACKEY and Alice Jean ALLDAY both of North Charleston, S.C., Doris GIANNINI of Ayden, N.C., two grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 205, Columbia, S.C. 29204, or St. Jude's Ranch for Children, P.O. Box 61695, Boulder City, Nev. 89006-1695.

Mrs. Malissa A. Barnhill Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Thurs., Feb. 21, 1946
Mrs. Malissa Annette BARNHILL, 91, died in Miami, Fla., Wednesday morning following a period of declining health. Graveside services and burial will be in Cherry Hill Cemetery Saturday morning at 11 o'clock. The Rev. Robert W. BRADSHAW, pastor of Jarvis Memorial Methodist Church will officiate. Surviving are two sons, Donald BARNHILL of Miami, Fla., and Joseph BARNHILL of Bethel; a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn TUCKER of Monroe; 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Maude WARD of Norfolk. Mrs. BARNHILL was a member of Jarvis Memorial Methodist Church in Greenville, where she formerly lived. She was born and reared near Bethel. She moved to Greenville when a young girl and lived there until the death of her husband, the late Julius H. BARNHILL, who died in 1915. She then moved to Florida in 1920 and had resided there since that time.

Sid Bobbitt Morgan Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., June 9, 1965
Sid Bobbitt MORGAN, 67, died at Pitt Memorial Hospital Tuesday. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Clark's Funeral chapel by the Rev. R. W. MOORE, pastor of the Black Jack Free Will Holiness Church. Interment will follow in Edgewood Cemetery near Galloway Crossroads. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lizzie BRUCE MORGAN, of the home; one daughter, Alma PILGREEN of Grimesland; two sons, Harvey W. MORGAN of Grimesland and Sidney B. MORGAN of Wendell; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha CARLYLE of Rocky Mount, Mrs. Maggie ELKS of Greenville, and Mrs. Carrie DIXON of Grimesland; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mrs. Cora Smith Dudley Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., Feb. 27, 1946
Mrs. Cora SMITH DUDLEY, 73, died in Pitt General Hospital at 12 noon Wednesday after about three weeks illness. Funeral services will be conducted at the Riverside Christian Church near Gardner's Cross Roads at three o'clock Thursday afternoon by the Rev. W. I. BENNETT, Christian minister of Farmville, ands burial will be in the church cemetery. The body will remain at the S. G. Wilkerson and Sons Funeral Home until time of services. Mrs. DUDLEY spent all of her life in the Clay Root section of Pitt county. She was married to James DUDLEY of Craven county in 1895. He died in 1934. She was a member of Timothy Christian Church at Gardner's Cross Roads. She had been living with her daughter, Mrs. Calvin JONES in the Clay Root section, for the past few years. Surviving are four sons: R. E. DUDLEY of Jackson, Johnnie and Clarence Ray DUDLEY of Scotland Neck, and Ellis DUDLEY of Vanceboro; two daughters, Mrs. Calvin JONES of Clay Root, and Mrs. Fred ROACH of Ayden; two brothers, E. D. SMITH and Z. V. SMITH of Vanceboro; a sister, Mrs. Matthew HAMILTON of near Gardner's Cross Roads; 23 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Owen Guion Fulcher Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Mon., May 12, 1969
Owen Guion FULCHER. 65, of Route 5, New Bern, died today at 3:30 a.m. at Craven County Hospital. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Ruby Russell FULCHER; two sons, Billy and Jimmy FULCHER, both of Route 5, New Bern; two daughters, Mrs. Charlie IPOCK of Route 2, Vanceboro and Mrs. Earl SAUNDERS of Route 5, New Bern; one step-daughter; Mrs. Lewis IPOCK of New Bern; three sisters, Mrs. Ernest GILLIKIN of New Bern, Mrs. Staten LIVERMAN of Newport News, Va., and Mrs. M. T. PARKER of Raleigh; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  Funeral arrangements will be announced by Willis and Ballard Funeral Home. Contributed by Bill Bland.

Charlie Thomas Owens Dead
Farmville Enterprise, Farmville, NC, Fri., Mar. 21, 1958
Charlie Thomas OWENS, 76, of Route 1, Fountain, died Thursday morning at 12:15 in Woodard-Herring hospital following an illness of 11 months. Funeral services will be held Friday (today) afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Farmville Funeral home, Rev. L. B. MANNING officiating. Interment will follow in Queen Anne cemetery, Fountain. Mr. OWENS suffered severe burns 11 months ago and had never fully recovered. He was a retired farmer. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Mary Woodten of Wilson, Mrs. Cora JONES and Mrs. J. T. THIGPEN, both of Route 1, Fountain; one brother, Robert OWENS, Route 1, Fountain.

Edward Calvin Buck Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., Oct. 14, 1940 
Edward Calvin BUCK, 66, died at his home near Drum Hill in Gates county at 7 a.m. today after several weeks illness. Funeral services will be conducted from his home at 1 o'clock tomorrow afternoon by the Rev. Walter B. NOBLES, Free Will Baptist minister of Winterville, and burial will follow in Greenwood cemetery near this city. Mr. BUCK lived in the Winterville community until 1920 at which time he moved to Gates county, and he had made his home there since then. Mr. BUCK is survived by his wife Mrs. Mary Lillian BUCK, eight sons, W. W. and Jordan BUCK of the home, Charlie Cruso and Lodis Alders BUCK of Portsmouth, Va., J. E., D. L., C. H., and J. A. BUCK all of Winterville; three daughters, Mrs. Jack JONES and Mrs. J. G. JONES of Winterville and Mrs. Hallett HARRELL of Whaleyville, Va.; two brothers, Frank and C. C. BUCK of the Black Jack community; three sisters, Mrs. Mary MILLS, Mrs. Louis Gus MILLS, and Mrs. Harry SMITH, also of the Black Jack community, 28 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Mr. BUCK was a brother of the late W. A. BUCK of Black Jack, who died September 12.

Mrs. Lissie Hudson Dixon Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Sat., June 12, 1965
Mrs. Lissie HUDSON DIXON, 77, died Friday at 1:00 p.m. at her home in the Calico community of Pitt County. The funeral service will be conducted Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel by her pastor, the Rev. Floyd CHERRY, and burial will be in the Black Jack Free Will Baptist Churchyard. Mrs. DIXON spent her early life in the Vanceboro section of Craven County. She was first married to George F. HUDSON of Black Jack, and he died in 1912. She was married to Mr. Willie DIXON in 1915 and until 1959 made her home in the Black Jack and Ayden sections; since that time she had lived at Calico Crossroads section. She was a member of the Black Jack Free Will Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Willie DIXON; two daughters, Mrs. Jasper Lee HADDOCK of Black Jack, and Mrs. W. Frank KEEL of the home; and two grandchildren.

Armetta Bland Godfroy Dead
Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati, OH, Wed., May 21, 2003
Armetta B. (nee BLAND) GODFROY, wife of the late Richard E. GODFROY, devoted mother of Richard (Jill) GODFROY, loving grandmother of Elizabeth and Emily GODFROY, caring sister of James (Rita) BLAND, aunt of Shari BLAND, died Monday, May 20, 2003, at her residence Milford, Ohio. Mass of Christian Burial, at St. Andrew Church, Milford, Thursday, May 22, 2 P.M. No visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Beit Jala Student Exchange c/o St. Andrew Church, 552 Main St., Milford, Ohio 45150. Evans Funeral Home serving the family. Contributed by Bill Bland.

W. H. Hinson Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Thurs., Feb. 7, 1946
W. H. HINSON, 72, died at his home in Winterville at 7:45 o'clock this morning after several months' illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Mr. HINSON was born and reared in Greene County. He was married to Miss Hannah JONES of Pitt County in 1895. In 1904 he moved to Pitt County and had lived in this county since that time. He was a member of the Winterville Baptist Church and Winterville Tribe of Red Men. Surviving are his wife; a son, James A. HINSON of Virginia Beach, Va.; a sister, Mrs. Minnie TAYLOR of near Maury; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Miss Mary Emma Stocks Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Thurs., Sept. 7, 1967
Miss Mary Emma STOCKS, 42, died in Pitt Memorial Hospital Thursday morning at 8:15 after seven hours of critical illness. Funeral services will be conducted at Wilkerson Chapel Saturday afternoon at 3:30 by the Rev. Robert B. CRAWFORD, pastor of Trinity Free Will Baptist Church. Miss STOCKS spent most of her life in Pitt County and had been living with her sister, Mrs. Charles W. KEEL of near Winterville. Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Laura STOCKS of near Greenville; four sisters, Mrs. Charles W. KEEL of near Winterville, Mrs. Stonewall SIMPKINS of near Greenville, Mrs. Alton TINGEN of Farmville, and Mrs. Major ROBERSON of Lizzie; and three brothers, M. L. STOCKS of near Winterville, Robert Lee STOCKS of near Greenville, and Joe B. STOCKS of Kinston. The family will be at the home of Mrs. Stonewall SIMPKINS of near Greenville in the Red Oak Community.

Charlie Loyd Godley Dead
News and Observer, Raleigh, NC, Sun., July 23, 2000
AURORA - Charlie Loyd GODLEY, 82, died Friday, July 21, 2000, at Craven Medical Center. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He served as a Sergeant in the 12th Armored Division in Europe during World War II where he received the Bronze Star. Mr. GODLEY farmed in the Campbell's Creek Community. He served on the Beaufort County Hospital Board, the Aurora School Board, Aurora PTA and was an active member of the Campbell's Creek United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Campbell's Creek United Methodist Church with the Reverend Mack Styron officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. He is survived by his son, C. Loyd GODLEY, Jr. and wife Anne of Clinton, NC; daughters, Maggie Beth ARRUDA of New Bern and Rebecca LIBERTY and husband Michael of New Bern; sisters, Lela G. PAUL of Baltimore, MD; five grandchildren, Eleanor HACKNEY, Elizabeth ARRUDA, Anna GODLEY, Matthew PARAMORE, and David GODLEY; one great-grandchild, Madison OTEY. The family will receive friends at the Community Building following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Campbell's Creek United Methodist Church, 40 Campbell's Creek Road, Aurora, NC 27806.  Cotten Funeral Home of New Bern is in charge of arrangements. Contributed by Bill Bland.

Mrs. Sarah E. Harris Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Tues., Oct. 15, 1940
Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth HARRIS, 78, died at 6:40 o'clock this morning at the home of her son, Mr. C. T. HARRIS, near Winterville, after a lingering illness of six months. Funeral services will be conducted from the home of C. T. HARRIS tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 o'clock by Elder J. B. ROBERTS, Primitive Baptist minister of Farmville. Burial will follow in the Shivers family cemetery near Winterville. Mrs. HARRIS was the wife of the late Charles Franklin HARRIS, who died about five years ago. She was born and reared in Pitt county and was a member of the Hancock Baptist church near Winterville. Surviving are five sons, George W. HARRIS, Thad HARRIS, John HARRIS and Theodore HARRIS, all of the Winterville community, and Joe HARRIS of Greenville; one daughter, Mrs. John MOORE of Simpson; 36 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Bessie Stocks Manning Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Sun., Feb. 4, 1968
AYDEN----Funeral services for Mrs. Bessie STOCKS MANNING, 81, will be conducted Monday at 3 p.m. at the Britt-Farmer Funeral Chapel by Father Edward J. BEATTY. Burial will follow in the Ayden Cemetery. A Rosary will be said today at 8:00 p.m. at the Funeral Chapel. Mrs. MANNING was a member of St. Judes Catholic Church in Grifton. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. E. M. WOOLARD of Greenville, Mrs. Sam WRIGHT of Kennett Square, Pa. and Mrs. Larry PITTMAN of Burgaw; two sons, Bruton MANNING of Jasper, Fla. and Woodrow MANNING of Portsmouth, Va.; two sisters, Mrs. Rosa MURPHY and Mrs. Mary LANG, both of Grifton and 11 grandchildren.

Mrs. Lena Harding Bland Godley
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Mon., May 22, 2000
Lena Harding BLAND GODLEY, 84, of New Bern, died Saturday at Craven Regional medical center.  A member of Campbell's Creek United Methodist Church, Mrs. GODLEY was a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Methodist Women, and former treasurer of the church.  She will be remembered for her love and generosity to her family and friends, her exceptional cooking skills and her love for gardening and growing roses.  Funeral services will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Campbell's Creek United Methodist Church with the Reverend Mack STYRON officiating.  Burial will be in Campbell's Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Campbell's Creek United Methodist Church, 40 Campbell's Creek Rd., Aurora, N.C. 27806. She is survived by her widower, Charlie L. GODLEY, of Twin Rivers Nursing Home; one son, C. Loyd GODLEY Jr., and wife Anne of Clinton, N.C.; two daughters, Maggie Beth ARRUDA of New Bern and Rebecca LIBERTY and husband Michael of New Bern; one brother, Henry BLAND of Edward, N.C., and his wife Grace; one sister, Elizabeth WHIPPLE and husband Bill of Decatur, Georgia; two sisters-in-law, Betty BLAND of Edward, N.C., and Ruth BLAND of Raleigh, N.C.; five grandchildren, Eleanor HACKNEY, Elizabeth ARRUDA, Anna GODLEY, Matthew PARAMORE, and David GODLEY; and one great-grandchild, Madison OTEY.  Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home. Contributed by Bill Bland.

J. C. Griffin Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Thurs., Jan. 16, 1930 
J. C. GRIFFIN PASSES AWAY AT GRIFTON - Funeral for Prominent Citizen Was Conducted This Afternoon:  J. C. GRIFFIN, member of a prominent Pitt County family for whom the town of Grifton was named died at his home in Grifton yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock.  He was 60 years of age.  Although he had been in ill health for several months, his death came as as a distinct shock to the entire community. Funeral services were conducted from his late home this afternoon by Rev. Perry CASE, pastor of the Church of Christ, and interment was made in the Grifton Cemetery.  Members of the Masonic order attended the funeral in a body and had charge of the final rites at the grave.  Mr. GRIFFIN was born and reared in the Grifton community, and had acquired considerable farm property in Lenoir, Greene and Pitt counties.  He was the son of the late Cicero and Eliza MCCOTTER GRIFFIN.  He was married in 1919 to Mrs. Gertrude GREENE BLAND, who preceded him to the grave several years ago. In addition to his activities in connection with development of agriculture, Mr. GRIFFIN was a member of the board of directors of the Bank of Grifton, and prominently identified with other business organizations of the community.  He was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge.  He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Addie GRIFFIN BROOKS of Grifton and several nieces and nephews. Contributed by Bill Bland.

Joseph L. Stocks Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Thurs., Sept. 13, 1962
Mr. Joseph L. STOCKS, 67, of 110 East Eighth Street, died in Pitt Memorial Hospital at 3:45 Wednesday afternoon following several days of critical illness. Funeral services will be conducted at the Wilkerson Chapel at 3:30 Saturday afternoon by the Rev. Ray GILES, pastor of Mt. Pleasant Christian Church, assisted by the Rev. Douglas R. WOODWORTH, Methodist minister of Ayden, and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Masonic rites will be held by members of the Greenville Masonic Lodge, No. 284, A.F. and A.M. Mr. STOCKS was born and reared in the Cox's Mill community. He lived in Washington for eighteen years prior to moving to Greenville in 1938. He was a retired salesman and farmer. His wife, Mrs. Annie TEEL STOCKS, died in 1958. Mr. STOCKS was a member of Mount Pleasant Christian Church, the Greenville Masonic Lodge, No. 284, A.F. and A.M., New Bern Consistory No. 3, a 32nd Degree Mason, a Shriner, and a member of Sudan Temple. Surviving is a half-sister, Mrs. Lissie HILL of Raleigh. 

Mrs. Gladys Horton Gurley
The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC, Fri., Aug. 4, 1967
CHERRYVILLE - Mrs. T. D. GURLEY, the former Gladys HORTON, age 55, of 200 W. Ballard St. died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, August 3, 1967 in a Charlotte hospital.  She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va., and attended high school at Farmville, NC, graduating as Valedictorian of her class.  She attended college at Richmond, Va. Mrs. Gurley's husband, T. D. GURLEY, is executive vice president of industrial relations and safety departments at Carolina Freight Carriers Corp.  She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert HORTON.  Survivors include her husband; a son Donald H. GURLEY of Little Rock, Ark; two brothers, Robert G. HORTON of Boca Raton, Fla., Ted R. HORTON of Greenville, SC; five sisters, Mrs. R. L. AVERY and Mrs. Kathleen MOORE of Richmond, Va., Miss Estelle HORTON of Huntington, W. Va., Mrs. B. G. STALL of Lexington, Ky., and Mrs. Mildred FOGG of Baton Rouge, La. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday from St. John's Lutheran Church conducted by the Rev. Charles E. BERNHARDT and Chaplain Jack COOKE with burial in City Memorial Cemetery. Contributed by Bill Bland.

Ida Dawson Cudney Dead
Star-Telegram, Ft. Worth, TX, March 24, 2011
Ida Dawson CUDNEY, 83, passed away Monday, March 21, 2011, in Arlington. Memorial service: 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Crossroads of Arlington Church, Northlake Center, 3221 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Camp Thurman, Ida "Buppy" CUDNEY Campership, 3001 Sarah Drive, Arlington, Texas 76013. Ida was born Dec. 4, 1927, in Pitt County, N.C., to John Caleb DAWSON and Lillian MUMFORD DAWSON. A resident of Arlington since 1968, she worked as a librarian for many years for the Arlington Public Library. Ida ran an after-school program at Pantego Christian Academy for 10 years. She dearly loved her family, especially her great-grandchild, Lillie. Ida was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Edward CUDNEY, on April 15, 1994. Survivors: Son, Joseph Edward CUDNEY, Jr. and wife, Shelley; daughter, Tana C. HUBBARD; four sisters; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Nancy Nichols Pierce Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Tues., Oct. 8, 1940
Funeral services for Mrs. Nancy NICHOLS PIERCE, 57, wife of J. B. PIERCE, of Ayden, were conducted at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon followed by interment in the Ayden cemetery. The services were in charge of Rev. W. H. BRUNSON, pastor of the Ayden Christian church, assisted by the Rev. Frank MORRIS, pastor of the Baptist church. Mrs. PIERCE, who was a native of this county, had been in declining health for some time. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Russell Dixon BRITT, of Ayden.

T. D. Gurley Dead
The Gaston Gazette, Gaston, NC, Tues., Oct. 23, 1979
CHERRYVILLE - T. D. GURLEY, 70, of Cherryville died Monday at home.  He was a native of Fremont and retired in 1974 from Carolina Freight Carriers.  He was a member of Cherryville Masonic Lodge 505 AF and AM and the Scottish Rites Body.  He was a member of the Oasis Temple and a member of the Cherryville Rotary Club. He is survived by his wife, Pauline MORRISON GURLEY; a son Don H. GURLEY of San Francisco, Ca.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. R. A. PROPST of St. Croix, Virgin Islands; a brother, Don GURLEY of Mechanics, Va.; two sisters, Mrs. Gerald ALLEN of Conway, S.C., and Miss Doris GURLEY of Fremont; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church by the Rev. Joel P. JENKINS and the Rev. Roland LEATH.  Burial will follow in Sunset Cemetery in Shelby.  The family will receive friends tonight at Carpenter's Funeral Home from 7 to 9. Contributed by Bill Bland.

Mrs. Geneva Gaskins Corbitt Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., June 14, 1965
Mrs. Geneva GASKINS CORBITT, 71, wife of George T. CORBITT, died at her home in the Red Banks community near Greenville Sunday morning at 9:10 after a long illness. Funeral services will be conducted at the Wilkerson Chapel Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock by Elder Joe SAWYER, Primitive Baptist minister of Greenville, assisted by the Rev. John BLUE, pastor of the Salem Methodist Church. Burial will be in Pinewood Memorial Park. Mrs. CORBITT, a native of Edgecombe County, had spent all her married life in Pitt County in the Red Oak [Banks] community.  She was a member of the Red Banks Primitive Baptist Church and the Red Banks Home Demonstration Club. Surviving are her husband, George T. CORBITT; two daughters, Mrs. A. G. BIBB of Portsmouth, Va., and Mrs. H. Glenn HARDEE of Greenville; a son, Vernon B. CORBITT of Portsmouth, Va.; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; and three sisters, Mrs. R. O. ROBERSON and Mrs. Henry GRIMES of Portsmouth, Va., and Mrs. Joe WAGNER of Tarboro.

Mrs. Glenda Bland Hardee Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Tues., Feb. 26, 1991
Mrs. Glenda BLAND HARDEE, 44, of 3327 Cadenza St., Tucker Estates died Monday at her home. Her funeral will be conducted Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel by the Revs. Ronnie HOBGOOD and Harry GRUBBS. Burial will be in Pinewood Memorial Park. Mrs. HARDEE was a native and lifelong resident of Greenville. She attended the Greenville schools, graduating from J. H. Rose High School. She worked at Greenville Family Doctors for 15 years prior to being employed at the East Carolina University School of Medicine for the past four years. She was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Joseph Flynn HARDEE; two daughters, Christy Jane HARDEE and Jennifer Jo HARDEE. Contributed by Bill Bland.

Mrs. Ellen Gertrude Harris Dead
New Bern Tribune, New Bern, NC, Friday, April 23, 1937
FUNERAL FOR MRS. HARRIS TO BE TODAY -
Mrs. Ellen Gertrude HARRIS, 66, wife of J. T. HARRIS, died yesterday morning at St. Luke's hospital after an illness of but a few days. A native of Pitt county and daughter of the late James S. and Ella BLAND HINES of Pitt County, Mrs. HARRIS had been living here a number of years. She was the wife of J. T. HARRIS, well-known resident of the city and county, who survives. Funeral services will be held from the home at 121 East Front street at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon by Rev. John L. GOFF, pastor of Williamston Christian church. She was a member of the Broad street Christian church here. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery. She is survived also by four sisters, Mrs. W. M. CARTER, Mrs. Emma ALLIGOOD, Miss Lena HINES, all of Ayden; and Mrs. Will U. TUNSTALL of Maury; and one brother, P. R. HINES of Greenville. Pallbearers will be D. M. HARDY of Greenville, J. S. HOWARD of Wilson, and J. B. DAWSON, W. B. ROUSE, H. J. FOSCUE, Howell WADSWORTH, D. L. WARD, and John W. BIDDLE, all of the city. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mrs. Mattie Whitehurst Stox Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., Oct. 14, 1964
Mrs. Mattie WHITEHURST STOX, 81, wife of Jep B. STOX, died Tuesday night at eight o'clock at Pitt Memorial Hospital. She had been critically ill for the past two days. Funeral services will be held at the Wilkerson Chapel Thursday afternoon at 3:30 by her pastor, the Rev. Willis WILSON, and the Rev. Cedric PIERCE, pastor of the Winterville Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Winterville Cemetery. Mrs. STOX, a native of Martin County, had lived in the Winterville Community since her marriage to Mr. STOX in 1904. She was a member of the Reedy Branch Free Will Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Jep B. STOX; four daughters, Mrs. Marian MILLS of Greenville, Mrs. Herman BAILEY of Gatesville, Mrs. Elbert JACKSON of Grifton, and Mrs. Floyd ROBINSON of Winterville; three sons, Robert STOX, Tyree STOX and Billy STOX, all of Winterville; 26 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Johnny COLTRAIN of Williamston and Mrs. Reuben BAILEY of Everetts; and five brothers, S. A. WHITEHURST of Greenville, Claude WHITEHURST of Winterville, Benny WHITEHURST of Williamston, Willie WHITEHURST of Williamston, and Vernon WHITEHURST of Carolina Beach.

Mildred Virginia James Tripp Dead
The Daily Reflector, Sat., July 25, 2009
TARBORO - Mildred Virginia JAMES TRIPP, passed away in Jefferson on Thursday, July 23, 2009. Graveside service will be held today at 11 a.m. in Edgecombe Memorial Park with Dr. Ed CONNER officiating. Mrs. TRIPP was born Sept. 12, 1913, in Pitt County, the daughter of John W. and Alice MOORE JAMES. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Jack W. TRIPP and her brothers and sisters. She had been a member of Johnson Memorial Presbyterian Church. She is survived by a son Jimmy TRIPP & wife Daphne, of Jefferson; grandson, Jett TRIPP and wife Amy, of Wendell; granddaughter, Jerri TRIPP of Greensboro; great-grandsons, Hunter TRIPP of Whispering Pines and Zachary TRIPP of Wendell. The family will receive friends at Carlisle Funeral Home today from 10 to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers contributions to a charity of your choice or Hospice of Ashe, P.O. Box 421, Jefferson, NC 28640.

James Thomas Harris Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Wed., May 2, 1951
 PROMINENT REAL ESTATE AGENT PASSES WEDNESDAY:  James Thomas HARRIS, 76, prominent Eastern Carolina farmer and real estate agent, died at Kafer Memorial hospital at 3:30 o'clock Wednesday morning after a short illness. Funeral service for Mr. HARRIS will be held Thursday morning at 11 o'clock from the chapel of the Willis Funeral home with Rev. W. C. FOSTER of the Broad Street Christian church officiating.  Interment will be in Cedar Grove cemetery.  Mr. HARRIS was the son of the late James W. and Nannie CLARK HARRIS of Granville county where he was born.  He was elected mayor of Macclesfield in 1903 and in 1930 served on the Craven County Board of Commissioners. During his career as a farmer and as a real estate agent he was outstanding in Eastern North Carolina.  He was largely responsible for the development of the Riverview Park residential area in Bridgeton where he resided prior to his death.  Mr. HARRIS was a member of the Elks Club of New Bern and a member of the Broad Street Christian church. The deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. T. J. HARRIS of New Bern; and two sisters, Mrs. James RUSSELL of Bridgeton, and Mrs. J. M. WALTZ of Bullock.  Friends of Mr. HARRIS have been requested not to send flowers for the funeral in adherence to his last wishes. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mrs. Mary Bland Huff Harwell Dead
Washington Daily News, Washington, NC, Sat., Sept. 5, 2009
MARY HARWELL - October 3, 1919 – September 3, 2009
WILSON, NC --Mary BLAND HUFF HARWELL of The Landing of Wilson left us Thursday September 3, 2009 at 1:55 p.m. for the mansion that Jesus has prepared for her. While we will all miss her deeply we know that she is no longer laboring so hard to breath as she has of late. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Myrtle HUFF, her sister, Gilda HUFF PADGETT and brother Brad HUFF. We all can be comforted in knowing that Mary will be reunited with all of her family and friends that have gone on before, especially her beloved grandson, William Chadwick “Chad” HARWELL who went to be with the Lord in 1984 at the age of 12. The sadness that all of us feel is assuaged knowing that her suffering is over. Tears that we shed today are tears of sadness because she is no longer with us here in our earthly home. But in a greater sense they are tears of happiness because of the joy we all feel because of the sacrifice that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, endured so that we can have eternal life. Mary is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Horace M. HARWELL, Sr.; sons Horace M. “Choco” HARWELL Jr. and wife, Ellen and William H. “Bill” HARWELL and wife, Barbara. She will also be missed by four grandchildren, Mary Lisa HARWELL of Charlotte, Daniel Monroe HARWELL of High Point, Brian REID and wife, Gen of Mooresville, and Heather HUXLEY and husband, Huck of Charlotte, nieces and nephews, Martha Ann, Linda, Bo, Cathy and Jimmy.  Mom spoke lovingly of you often. Mary was so proud of her five great-grandchildren, Davis, Hannah, Ansley and Brooks REID; and a very special light in Mary’s life for the last 14 months was Reid Owen HUXLEY. God sent you to us and you are truly a blessing, especially for Mary. Mary was loved by many others of her extended family; Mary Jo and Linda, the daughters that she loved as her own. Their mom, Josephine and Mary were long time friends and Mary often spoke so lovingly of their enduring love and friendship. Michelle and Daniel, Mary thought of you as her grandchildren. Brenda and Bub, Sharon and Velma; Mary loved you and we know that you will miss her. To all the others in Wilson and Chocowinity, Mom cherished all of you. The family is grateful to all for the love and support from Trinity Episcopal Church in Chocowinity and St. Timothy’s in Wilson. The Eastern Star and the Wilson County Shrine Club were sources of great joy and fulfillment over the years. A service of Celebration of Mary’s life will be held in the Chapel of JOYNER’s Funeral Home 4100 Raleigh Road Pkwy NW, Wilson, at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 6. Entombment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park. The Rev. Dr. Joan VELLA will officiate. The family would enjoy meeting friends beginning at 2 p.m. at JOYNER’s and at The Landing after the committal service. Flowers are welcome or memorials in her memory may be directed Shriners Hospitals for Children, 403 East Front Street, New Bern, NC 28560-4916 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105. Contributed by Bill Bland

Charles C. Baker, Jr. Dead
The Ledger, Lakeland, FL, Fri., Apr. 22, 2011
LAKELAND - Mr. Charles C. BAKER, Jr., 86, died April 20, 2011 of heart failure. Mr. BAKER was born in Fountain, NC on August 7, 1924. He served in the Army during WWII and was discharged as a Staff Sgt. in 1945. Mr. Baker resided in Lakeland since 1955. He retired from Cannon Buick in 1990 after 35 years of service as Parts Manager. Mr. Baker was preceded in death by his loving wife, Gerda; and half-brother, Seth MCKEEL. He is survived by his children, Ronald C. (Teresa) BAKER, Sr. of Tallahassee, FL, Betsy (Philip) CARL of Lakeland and Larry W. (Mary) BAKER of Raymond, MS; grandchildren, Ronnie C. (Shannon) BAKER, Jr. of Valrico, FL, Jennifer (Shawn) BRYANT of Largo, FL, Michael (Shannon) CARL of Valrico, FL and Lori (Shannon) TRANTHAM of Lakeland; and eight great grandchildren. Internment will take place at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Mr. BAKER to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823. Our heartfelt thanks go out to our Hawthorne Inn family.

Mrs. Lucille Bland Hedrick
The Daily Reflector, Tues., Oct. 31, 1989
HEDRICK:  A funeral for Mrs. Lucille BLAND HEDRICK will be conducted at 10a.m. Wednesday in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel.  A graveside service will be at 3:30p.m. in Rosewood Memorial Park in Norfolk, Va. Mrs. HEDRICK, a native of Pitt County, made her home in Norfolk for 39 years and was employed by Sears Roebuck Co.  Since 1974 she had been a resident of Greenville and was a former employee of Happy Talk in Greenville.  Mrs. HEDRICK was a member of Hooker Memorial Christian Church. Surviving are one daughter, Grenda H. ROY of Humble, Texas; two brothers, Gray BLAND and Claude BLAND, both of Greenville; four sisters, Margaret B. VALENTINE of Chesapeake, Va., and Sara B. ADAMS, Mary B. BREWER and Peggy B. HALL, all of Greenville; three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7p.m. to 9p.m..  All other times the family will receive friends at the home of Mr. and Mrs. DICK BREWER, 103 Westwood Drive. Contributed by Bill Bland.  

George Bancroft Hellen Dead
Durham Morning Herald, Durham, NC, Sat., Oct. 16, 1964
Carrboro - George Bancroft HELLEN, 73, of Carrboro died Thursday night in Veterans Hospital in Durham after an extended illness. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Carolyn BURNS HELLEN; three daughters, Mrs. James DUNCAN of Boone, Mrs. Barbara SHIELDS and Mrs. Teresa HELLEN, both of the home; and one son, George B. HELLEN Jr. of Reidsville. He was a member of University Baptist Church in Chapel Hill and was a member of the Chapel Hill Kiwanis Club.  He was a member of the Chapel Hill American Legion Post No. 6, and the White Cross Junior Order No. 405.  He had served several years on the Chapel Hill Board of Aldermen. It is requested flowers be omitted and contributions be sent to the Cancer Society. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mrs. Sarah L. Hellen Dead
Wilmington Star-News, Wilmington, NC, Mon., April 3, 1944
Mrs. Sarah L. HELLEN, 89, of Carolina Beach, died at the home of her son G. B. HELLEN Saturday night after a long illness.  She is survived by another son, W. L. HELLEN of Wilmington, and three grandchildren.  The funeral will take place Monday at 2 p.m. at Edwards Funeral Home, Kinston.  The Reverend J. M. Drash will officiate.  Interment will take place at Maplewood. Contributed by Bill Bland
[NOTE:  Daughter of Theophilus H. BLAND and Mary Cannon (Smith) BLAND. Wife of George W. Hellen]

William Lawrence Hellen Dead
Wilmington Star-News, Wilmington, NC, Mon., July 9, 1947
SERVICES PLANNED FOR W. L. HELLEN - Funeral services for William Lawrence HELLEN, 60 year old Atlantic Coast Line railroad employee and well-know sportsman who died at James Walker Memorial hospital Friday morning following a long illness, will be conducted from the chapel of Ward Funeral home this morning at 11 o'clock.  The Rev. A. J. RUSSELL will officiate and interment will be in Kinston, N. C.  Mr. HELLEN was employed at the Coast Line for approximately 30 years and made his home at the local Young Men's Christian association on Market street.  He was a member of the board of directors of the New Hanover Fishing club and a well known sports enthusiast. He is survived by one brother, George HELLEN of Chapel Hill.  Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. J. F. ROBERTSON, Dr. Charles P. GRAHAM, R. S. MCCLELLAND, George B. CANADY, Paul T, MARSHBURN, W. E. HAND, McC. B. WILSON, W. E. JENKINS, J. S. DAVIS, C. C. SMITH, and C. B. KORNEGAY. Contributed by Bill Bland [NOTE:  Son of George W. Hellen and Sarah Elizabeth (BLAND) Hellen]

Fred Hines Dead
The State, Columbia, SC, Tues., May 1, 1928
FRED HINES DIES WHILE AT OFFICE -    Insurance Man Victim of Heart Attack. Death Comes About Thirty Minutes After Sudden Illness:  Funeral services for Fred HINES, 49, well known insurance man, who died suddenly shortly after noon Monday while at his office in the National Loan & Exchange bank building, will be held at 11 o'clock this morning at the First Presbyterian church, conducted by the Rev. R. A. LAPSLEY, Jr., D.D., Pastor, assisted by Dr. S. C. BYRD, president of Chicora College.  Interment will follow in Elmwood cemetery. Mr. Hines was working in his office about noon Monday when he was seized with an attack of heart trouble.  A physician was summoned but he expired in about 80 minutes after being taken ill. He was regarded as an insurance man of unusual ability and recognized as an expert in his line.  For the last 25 years he had been connected with the Southern States Life Insurance Company of Atlanta and at the time of his death was general agent of the Columbia territory for that company.  His death has caused great sorrow among many friends and business associates.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian church, a Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner. Besides his widow, Mrs. Bernice K. HINES, he is survived by three sons, Matthew Frederick HINES of Charlotte, Leonard Raymond HINES, a student at the University of North Carolina, and Wilmer Moore HINES of Columbia, and a brother, Peter HINES of Wilson, N. C., five sisters, Mrs. Emma ALLIGOOD, Mrs. Jerome CARTER, and Miss Lena HINES, all of Ayden, N. C., Mrs. William TUNSTALL of Maury, N. C., and Mrs. Tom HARRIS of Newbern, N. C. The following have been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers; J. H. FOWLES, Harry CARY, J. Donald DIAL, Gen. Wilie JONES, Gen. W. A. CLARK, Dr. W. S. LYNCH, Dr. S. W. B. COURTNEY, Dr. William WESTAN, Dr. A. E. BOOZER, Dr. D. M. DOUGLAS, Mr. ALBRITTON of Atlanta, Wilmer L. MOORE, Fitz Hugh MCMASTER, Phillip ARROWSMITH, Dr. LeGrand GUERRY, Richard CALDWELL, W. S. NELSON, Marion RICH, and James SMITH. The following have been asked to serve as active pallbearers: Thomas GADDY, Joe WILLIAMS, Waller BAILEY, Joel ELCAN, Maynard SPIGENER, Taylor GARRETT, P. A. HODGES and Dr. J. C. BROWN. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mrs. Elsie Hines Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Thurs., Sept. 23, 1920
 Mrs. Elsie HINES Dies At Her Ayden Home:  Mrs. Elsie HINES, widow of the late Mr. J. S. HINES, died about midday on Tuesday at her home in Ayden.  Mrs. HINES was in the 80th year of her age.  For practically 50 years had been an invalid, and the last two years confined to her room.  While hardly knowing since the early years of her life what it was to have a well day, she nevertheless bore her afflictions with Christian patience, and by her devotion made her life a benediction to those about her.  She was a member of the Christian church and passed away with an abiding faith in her Savior. The funeral took place at Ayden Wednesday afternoon and was attended by a large number of sorrowing relatives.  Mrs. HINES is survived by seven children, all of whom had been summoned to her bed side and were with her when the end came.  They are Mrs. J. T. HARRIS of New Bern; Mrs. Emma ALLIGOOD of Ayden; Misses Lena and Lizzie HINES of Ayden; Mr. Fred HINES of Columbia, S.C.; and Mrs. W. M. CARTER of Baltimore, and County Solicitor P. R. HINES of Greenville.  These have the sympathy of a host of friends in their sorrow. Contributed by Bill Bland

P. R. Hines Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Fri., Feb. 4, 1938
DEATH CLAIMS PITT ATTORNEY - P. R. HINES Succumbs After Six Months of Ill Health:  P. R. HINES Succumbs After Six Months Of Ill Health: Peter R. HINES, 55, died at the home of his mother-in-law, Mrs. T. H. BOWEN near Ballard's last night at 10:30 o'clock from a lingering illness.  He had been in declining health for the past six months and was confined to his bed since November. Mr. HINES was born in Ayden March 4, 1882, the son of the late James S. and Elsie BLAND HINES.  He had spent his entire life in Pitt County. He attended preparatory school in Bethel under Professor McWhorter, later attending Richmond Medical College in 1903 and 1904.  He graduated in law at Wake Forest college and was admitted to the North Carolina bar in 1916, coming to Pitt county to practice his profession.  He was County Solicitor for two terms.  He was a member of the Pitt County Bar Association ad St. Peter's Catholic Church of Greenville. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock by Rev. Charles GABLE from the home.  Burial will be in Ayden Cemetery.  Mr. HINES is survived by his wife, who before marriage was Miss Fannie Mae BOWEN of Ballards and one son, George Stancil HINES, five years of age; three sisters, Mrs. W. M. CARTER, Mrs. Emma ALLIGOOD and Miss Lena HINES, all of Ayden.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Active pall bearers will be; Julius BROWN, John B. BAKER, James C. WORSLEY, David M. WILLIFORD, C. V. CANNON, and Edgar DIXON.  The list of honorary pall bearers includes members of the Pitt County Bar Association, various county officials and a large number of friends throughout the state. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mrs. Fannie Mae Bowen Hines
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., July 25, 1990
 Mrs. Fannie Mae BOWEN HINES, 86, died Tuesday at her home.  Her funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel by the Revs. RATCLIFF, Jr. and Wayne KING.  Burial will be in the Ayden Cemetery. A native of Greene County, Mrs. Hines had lived in the Ballard's Crossroads community of Pitt County most of her life.  She operated Hines Station from 1938 until her retirement in 1968.  She was a member of Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church. Surviving are three sons, Albion Lee MOORE, Charles BRINKLEY, and George Stancill HINES, all of Route 1, Greenville, 11 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.  At other times, they will be at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Stancill HINES, Route 1, Box 606, Greenville. Contributed by Bill Bland

Henry Huff Dead
The New Bern Tribune, New Bern, NC, Sun., Mar. 14, 1937
Funeral services for Henry HUFF, 49 year-old Vanceboro community resident who died Thursday night, were held from the home Friday afternoon by Rev. T. E. DAVIS, Methodist minister of Vanceboro Methodist church.  Burial was in the Epworth Cemetery.  Mr. HUFF had been ill 10 days and was a prominent farmer of the community in which he spent his entire life. He is survived by his widow, a son, Henry Bradley HUFF; two daughters, Misses Mary BLAND and Golda Gray HUFF; one brother, John HUFF; four sisters, Mrs. Stella SUMRELL, Mrs. Ova JONES of near Vanceboro, Mrs. Emmie MILLS of Greenville, Route No. 1, and Mrs Lovie COX of Spring Hope. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mrs. Myrtle Bland Huff Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Wed., Aug. 20, 1980
GREENVILLE - Mrs. Myrtle BLAND HUFF, 80, died in Wilson Memorial Hospital Tuesday. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Epworth United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve HICKLE officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Survivors include her daughters, Mary HARWELL of Wilson and Gilda PADGETT of Odenton, Md.; three brothers, Clayton BLAND of Winston-Salem, Jacob L. BLAND of Jackson, Miss., and Bill BLAND of New Jersey; one sister, Lois SMITH of Washington, D.C.; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the Wilkerson Funeral Home in Greenville from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Contributed by Bill Bland

Walter Raleigh Huff Dead
The New Bernian, New Bern, NC, Sun., April 5, 1931
The funeral for Walter Raleigh HUFF at the Maple Cypress section was held at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon by the Rev. W. N. VAUGHAN, Methodist minister of Vanceboro. Interment followed at Epworth. Mr. HUFF died at 6 o'clock Thursday evening following an illness with pneumonia for 12 days at his home. He was in his 40th year and was well known throughout the section. Surviving are the widow and three small children; his mother, Mrs. Mary E. HUFF; an adult daughter, Mrs. Leon TRIPP by a former marriage; two brothers, J. W. HUFF of Vanceboro, and Henry HUFF of Morehead City; and four sisters; Mrs. Ava JONES and Mrs. Jessie MILLS of near Greenville, Mrs. Lovie COX of Spring Hope, and Mrs. Warren SUMMERELL of Vanceboro. Contributed by Bill Bland

Lewis W. Ipock Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Tues., Oct. 24, 2000
Lewis W. IPOCK, 77 of 450 Antioch Rd., New Bern, died Monday at home. He was retired and former owner of the Carolina Oyster Bar and Neuse River Camp Grounds. He was a member of Antioch Free Will Baptist Church and a member of Doric Masonic Lodge No. 568. He is survived by his wife: Christine B. IPOCK; his step-mother: Mrs. Lula IPOCK, of New Bern, and his mother-in-law Mrs. Ruby R. FULCHER, of New Bern. Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lakeside Chapel, Greenleaf Memorial Park, with Dr. Jerry English officiating. Masonic Rites will be by Doric Lodge No. 568.The family will receive friends at the home, 450 Antioch Rd., New Bern, and following the service on Wednesday. Arrangements by Pollock-Wells & Best Funeral Home. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mrs. Josephine Bland Jones Dead
New Bern Weekly Journal, New Bern, NC, Thurs., Apr. 25, 1889
TRIBUTE OF RESPECT---Died, in this city, on Monday morning, April 15, 1889, Mrs. Josephine BLAND JONES, in her 27th year. It was indeed sad to see one so young taken from a loving husband and fond parents, but the bereaved ones are comforted with the assurances that "their loss was her gain." All that a skillful physician and loving hands could do was done, but the decree had gone forth; the messenger sent and the call made for her to come up higher. As gentle as a summer breeze, the spirit bid the body adieu, and was wafted into the heaven of rest. Thus the first link was taken from the family chain of loved ones, to make heaven, if possible, more attractive to those that are left. The aching and suffering body is at rest, and the soul rejoicing over the victory won Oh! The anguish of the loving ones. The hearts bleed in sorrow with no eye but that of God to penetrate. Fond husband and parents, loving brothers and sisters, do not rebel against God, nor question His providence, but be reconciled and say "not my will, but thine, O Lord, be done." and the cloud that now over shadows you, will be pulled away and you will think of her and say she is not dead, "only gone before." and entered into the sweet realm of rest. Contributed by Bill Bland
There is a home of rest, sweet rest.
When we are tired and weary,
The way may seem long and dreary;
But toll on faithful soul, and thou wilt
be forever blest.
A Friend.

Capt. Nicholas W. Jones Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Mon., Sept. 7, 1925
CAPTAIN JONES DIES ON SUNDAY – LOCAL HOSPITAL. End Came While The Patient Was Undergoing Operation For Cancer: Capt. Nicholas W. JONES died yesterday afternoon shortly before 3 o'clock, while on the operating table at a local hospital. He had been in poor health during the summer and had known for some time that he had cancer but not until a few days ago did he give up his work. Saturday he went to a local hospital for treatment. The funeral service will be held at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at Centenary Methodist church by the pastor, Dr. J. W. HARRELL. Interment will be in Cedar Grove cemetery. The deceased was born in Lenoir county on September 19, 1861. He had he lived, he would have been 64 years old on his next birthday this month. In 1888, he moved to New Bern and became president of the Independent Steamship company. From that time on throughout his life he was continuously connected with the steamboat business in this section. Surviving him are his wife, who was visiting in Baltimore at the time of his demise and two daughters, Mrs. Earl C. FRYMOYER and Mrs. Hugh D. SPENCE both of Baltimore. Mrs. JONES and Mrs. SPENCE arrived in the city this morning. Mrs. FRYMOYER is on a motor trip and relatives have so far been unable to advise her of her father's death. Contributed by Bill Bland

Charles Franklin Joyner Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Wed., Nov. 2, 1949
Funeral services for Charles Franklin JOYNER, 82, were conducted at the Epworth Methodist Church this afternoon and interment was in the church cemetery, Rev. W. R. CROWDER, Vanceboro Methodist minister, conducted the services and Masonic rites were rendered at the grave by the Vanceboro Masonic lodge. Mr. JOYNER died at his home near here Tuesday after ten weeks of critical illness. The son of the late Benjamin F. and Elizabeth SMITH JOYNER, he was born and reared in the Ayden community. He was married to Mary Elizabeth BLAND in 1890, and he came to Craven county to live in 1909. He was a farmer. Surviving are his wife; five sons, L. Roy JOYNER, David W. JOYNER, B. Howard JOYNER and J. William JOYNER, all of near Vanceboro, and Robert L. JOYNER of New Bern; three daughters, Mrs. Laura SIMMONS and Mrs. Ellis PETERSON of near Vanceboro, and Mrs. Ralph B. BANKS of Comfort; 23 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren, and one brother, John Lewis JOYNER of Greenville. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mrs. Daisy Heath Joyner Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC. Fri., Aug. 29, 1969
Vanceboro, NC - Mrs. Daisy HEATH JOYNER, 69, of Vanceboro died Thursday. She is survived by one son, Thelbert L. JOYNER of Cary; a daughter, Mrs. James M. GILBERT of New Bern; two sisters, Mrs. W. L. HADDOCK of Ayden and Mrs. Johnny GARDNER of New Bern; five grandchildren. Contributed by Bill Bland

David W. Joyner Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Mon., Nov. 17, 1986
Vanceboro - David W. JOYNER, 84, of Vanceboro R-1, died Saturday morning at Craven County Hospital. Funeral was 2 p.m. today at Epworth United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gregory A. HOWARD officiating. He is survived by his widow, Mabel POWELL JOYNER; and one sister, Minnie JOYNER BANKS of Comfort. Mr. JOYNER was a native of Pitt County and a retired farmer. He was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church. Contributed by Bill Bland

Burwell D. Skinner Dead
Farmville Enterprise, Farmville, NC, Fri., Mar. 8, 1946
Kinston---Funeral services for Burwell D. SKINNER, 70, former Kinston resident, who succumbed to a heart attack at Baltimore, Md., Saturday, were held from the home here at 4 p.m., Tuesday. Burial was in Westview cemetery. The Rev. R. B. HURT, pastor of the Gordon Street church of Christ, officiating. Surviving are one son, Aubrey SKINNER of Memphis, Tenn.; two daughters, Mrs. Sidney WILBUR of Baltimore and Helen SKINNER of Kinston; four brothers, B. J. SKINNER of Farmville, W. H. SKINNER of Greenville, J. C. SKINNER of Norfolk, Va., and T. E. SKINNER of Ayden; two sisters, Mrs. C. L. JONES and Mrs. Raymond EDWARDS, both of Farmville; one half-brother, J. F. NELSON of Greenville; and two grandchildren.

Howard B. Joyner Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Sat., Oct.19, 1985
VANCEBORO - Howard B. JOYNER, 81, died Friday afternoon at his home, Vanceboro R-2. Funeral is 3 p.m. Sunday in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Vanceboro with the Rev. Richard HILL, officiating. Burial will follow in the Epworth United Methodist Church Cemetery. Survivors include a son, John Franklin JOYNER of Salem, Va.; a daughter, Mrs. Richard H. GRAY of Vanceboro R-2; a brother, David W. JOYNER of Vanceboro R-1; a sister, Mrs. Ralph BANKS of Comfort; and one grandson. Mr. JOYNER was a Craven County native and a retired farmer and hunter. He was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7:30 to 8:30 tonight. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Vanceboro Rescue Squad. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mrs. Sarah Moore Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., Nov. 6, 1940
Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Louise MOORE, 83, who died this morning at the home of her son, J. S. SMITH near Falkland, will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock from Mr. SMITH'S home by Rev. M. A. WOODARD, Free Will Baptist minister of Winterville. Burial will be in the Harris burial ground near Belvoir. Mrs. MOORE was born in Pitt county, daughter of the late Jim and Sally HARRINGTON HARRIS. She was a member of the Free Will Baptist church of Gum Swamp. Surviving Mrs. MOORE are only one son, J. S. SMITH of Falkland and fifteen grandchildren.

John William Joyner Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Mon., Apr. 17, 1972
VANCEBORO - Funeral services for John William JOYNER, 66, who died Saturday, were held at 3 p.m. Monday at Epworth United Methodist Church by the Rev. LeRoy STANTON and Charles I. UMSTEAD. Burial in church cemetery. Surviving: his wife, Mrs. Lella COLVIN JOYNER; a son, J. W. JOYNER Jr. of Darien, Ga.; a daughter, Mrs. Wayne BERRY of High Point; three brothers, David and Howard JOYNER of Vanceboro and Robert L. JOYNER of New Bern; two sisters, Mrs. Ellis PETERSON of Vanceboro and Mrs. Ralph BANKS of Comfort; two grandchildren. Contributed by Bill Bland

Lee Roy Joyner Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Sat., Apr. 2, 1955
Greenville, NC - Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock from Epworth Methodist church by the Rev. John R. BLUE and Rev. W. R. CROWDER for Lee Roy JOYNER, 63, of the Epworth community. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Son of the late Charlie Franklin and Mary BLAND JOYNER, he was born in Pitt county, lived in the Epworth community since 1909 and died at his home there Thursday morning a prolonged illness. He was a farmer and one time member of the Board of Stewards, Epworth Methodist Church. Mr. JOYNER is survived by his wife, the former Daisy HEATH; a son, Thelbert L. JOYNER, U. S. Navy, stationed at Quantico, Va.; a daughter, Mrs. James Marion GILBERT of Grifton; four brothers, David W., Howard B. and John W. JOYNER, all of Epworth community, and Robert L. JOYNER of New Bern; three sisters, Mrs. Laura J. SIMMONS and Mrs. Ellis J. PETERSON of the Epworth community and Mrs. Ralph BANKS of Comfort and three grandchildren. Contributed by Bill Bland

Lella Colvin Joyner Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Thurs., Feb. 27, 1992
VANCEBORO - Lella COLVIN JOYNER, 84, of Vanceboro, died Wednesday. She was a native of Florence, SC. She was a graduate of Winthrop College, Rock Hill, SC and had received her graduate degree from East Carolina College. She had been a resident of Craven County since 1930 and worked as a public school teacher and guidance counselor for the Craven County Schools. She had taught at Farm Life High School, Jasper High School, Fort Barnwell High School and West Craven High School. She retired in 1973 after 44 years of service. She was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church. Funeral is set for 11 a.m. Friday at Epworth United Methodist Church with the Rev. Vern WOMACK officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. She is survived by one son, John W. JOYNER Jr. of Darien, Ga.; one daughter, Jill JOYNER BERRY of Southport; and two grandchildren. The family will receive friends 7-9 tonight at Wilkerson Funeral Home, Vanceboro and other times at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Shade BLAND, 305 Bay Bush Road, Vanceboro. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mable P. Joyner Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Fri., Apr. 16, 1999
VANCEBORO - Mable P. JOYNER, 95, died Thursday. She was a native and life-long resident of the Oak Grove community of Craven County and taught school in Craven County for a number of years. She was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church where she served as organist and pianist for 60 years and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She is survived by her sister, Pennie WILLIAMS of New Bern. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home, Vanceboro. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mrs. Mary Hill Joyner Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Sat., June 13, 1970
VANCEBORO - Mrs. Mary HILL JOYNER, 65, wife of Howard JOYNER, died at her home Friday night after a two-year illness. She was a resident of Craven County, living near Vanceboro.  She was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church where funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. by Rev. B. R. MCCULLEN with interment to follow in the church cemetery. She spent all of her life in Craven County, was a former teacher in the Craven County Schools and was a past president of the Women's Society of Christian Service of the Epworth United Methodist Church. Survivors are her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Richard H. GRAY of the home; one son, John F. JOYNER of Salem, Va.; two sisters, Mrs. J. T. BOYD, Jr., of New Bern and Mrs. C. N. FULLER of Chocowinity; three brothers, R. C. HILL of Vanceboro, J. E. HILL of Hampton, Va. and L. O. HILL of Roanoke Rapids; and one grandchild. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mrs. Mary E. (Betty) Joyner Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Thurs., Jan. 15, 1953
Vanceboro - Funeral services for Mrs. Mary E. (Betty) JOYNER, 80, who died at her home near here Wednesday afternoon as the result of a recent illness, have been arranged for Friday at 3 p.m. from Epworth Methodist church. The rites will be conducted by the pastor, the Rev. W. R. CROWDER, Methodist pastor of Dover. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mrs. JOYNER was born near Ayden, daughter of the late J. C. and Mary CANNON BLAND. She was married to Charles F. JOYNER in 1890, and had resided in Epworth community in Craven county since 1909. She was a member of that church. Her husband died during 1949. Surviving are five sons; L. R. JOYNER and J. W. JOYNER of the home, D. W. JOYNER and Howard JOYNER of Vanceboro, and Robert JOYNER of New Bern, three daughters; Mrs. Laura SIMMONS of the home, Mrs. Ellis PETERSON of Vanceboro, and Mrs. Ralph BANKS of Comfort; 23 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren, three brothers; John W. BLAND of Dover, Ga., M. R. BLAND and Woodrow BLAND of Vanceboro, and two sisters; Mrs. B. C. PETERSON and Mrs. Laurie PATE of Vanceboro. Contributed by Bill Bland

Robert L. Joyner Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Fri., Sept. 24, 1976
Robert L. JOYNER, 67, died Thursday. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Wilkerson Funeral Home, Greenville. A native of Craven County, reared in Vanceboro, he was a resident of New Bern for 40 years. He was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church and retired member of the New Bern Fire Department. Surviving are two brothers, David and Howard JOYNER, both of Vanceboro; and two sisters, Mrs. Ellis PETERSON, Vanceboro, and Mrs. Ralph BANKS, Comfort. The family will be at the home of David JOYNER in Vanceboro. Contributed by Bill Bland

J. Rufus Carson Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., Oct. 2, 1940
J. Rufus CARSON, 86, one of Martin county's oldest and most prominent citizens died at his home near Bethel at 11 o'clock this morning. Funeral arrangements have not been completed pending arrival of his son Robert L. CARSON, of Houston, Texas. Mr. CARSON is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mamie WARD CARSON, a daughter, Mrs. Sidney CARR, of Farmville, and three sons, D. C. and R. R. CARSON of Bethel, and Robert L. CARSON, of Houston, Texas. Other survivors include five grandchildren, Doris, J. T. and Sarah Hooker CARR of Farmville and Don Jr. and Jack CARSON of Bethel.

Bertha Thomas "Bert" Lee Dead
The Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Wed., Oct. 5, 1994.
KINSTON - Bertha Thomas "Bert" LEE, 84, of 842 Westminster Lane, died Tuesday, October 4. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. T. Leslie LEE. "Bert" was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Kinston, where she served as a deacon and elder. She was awarded an honorary membership in the Women of the Church in 1963, and served as treasurer of Albemarle Presbytery. At the time of her husband's death in 1949, she was president of the Auxiliary to the North Carolina Medical Society, and was given an honorary life membership in this organization in 1964. She served two terms as treasurer of the Lenoir County Historical Society Association, and was an active member and president of the Lenoir County Unit of the American Cancer Society. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 6, from First Presbyterian Church of Kinston, with Dr. Robert W. RATCHFORD officiating. Interment will follow in Westview Cemetery. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Lee JENKINS; a son, Thomas Leslie LEE, Jr.; three grandchildren, John T. B. JENKINS, III, Patricia Lee JENKINS and Thomas Richard LEE, and a brother, James B. THOMAS. The family will be at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Patricia Lee JENKINS, 1212 Stockton Road. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 2101 N. Herritage Street, or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1761, Kinston, NC 28501. EDWARDS Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mrs. Dora Bland Lee Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Mon., July 1, 1963
Mrs. Dora BLAND LEE, 83, widow of Thomas Richard LEE of 203 West Peyton Avenue, died at a local hospital about 9 a.m. Monday. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the daughter of the late Christopher C. and Cecelia BOYD BLAND of Pitt County. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday from her home. Dr. Thomas HAMILTON, her pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Ina Mae LEE of the home; one grandson, Thomas Leslie LEE Jr. of Kinston; two granddaughters, Mrs. Albert W. COWPER of Kinston and Miss Patricia Ann LEE of Kinston; two great-grandsons, Lee and Richard COWPER, both of Kinston. Mrs. LEE was the mother of the late Dr. T. Leslie LEE, who died in 1949. The body will be at Garner's Funeral Home until 2 p.m. Tuesday. Pallbearers will be Ed JOHNSON, Jimmy SHELL, Earl PRESSLY, Dick PARKER, Aubrey WIGGINS and Harry SUTTON. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mrs. Norma Mills Stallings Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Thurs., May 31, 1951
Mrs. Norma MILLS STALLINGS, 52, wife of Henry N. STALLINGS of near Greenville, died at Pitt Memorial Hospital at 5:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon after six days of critical illness. Funeral services will be conducted at the chapel of the S. G. Wilkerson & Sons Funeral Home Friday afternoon at two o'clock by the Rev. Walter B. NOBLES, Free Will Baptist minister of Winterville, and burial will be in the Laughinghouse family cemetery near Cox's Mill. Mrs. STALLINGS, daughter of the late Mrs. Ada MILLS and Ed MILLS of near Ayden, was born and reared in the Cox's Mill community, and spent all her life in Pitt County. She was a member of Rose Hill Free Will Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband; a son, Henry N. STALLINGS, Jr. of the home; her father; four sisters, Mrs. Lela MILLS and Mrs. Heber STOCKS of Cox's Mill community, Mrs. Bryan SCOTT of Stokestown, and Mrs. Thomas SAWYER of Ayden; and four brothers, Grover MILLS of Cox's Mill community, Oscar MILLS of Ayden, Thelbert MILLS of Stoketown, and Arthur MILLS of the Bell's Fork community.

Mrs. Ina Mae Lee Dead
The Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Fri., Mar. 25, 1977
Mrs. Ina Mae LEE, 79, of 1302 North Herritage St., widow of Thomas Fitzgerald LEE, died Friday morning at Lenoir Memorial Hospital. She was a retired medical receptionist, and had worked as a florist for some years. She was the sister of the late Dr. Thomas Leslie LEE. Graveside rites will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Westview Cemetery by Dr. Thomas HAMILTON. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs, Albert COWPER (Virginia), of Kinston, and 2 grandchildren. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Kinston or the Cancer Fund. The body will remain at Garner's Funeral Home until carried to the cemetery for the service at 11 a.m. Saturday. Contributed by Bill Bland

C. R. Willoughby Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., Sept. 25, 1940
Final rites were held yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock for C. R. WILLOUGHBY, prominent farmer of the Bellarthur community, who died Monday night at his home following three weeks of critical illness. Rev. Gilbert DAVIS, Christian minister of Bellarthur, officiated. Burial followed in the Willoughby graveyard on the Rasberry farm near Bellarthur. Mr. WILLOUGHBY was born in Pitt county June 19, 1871, and spent most of his life in the community in which he died. He was a member of the Free Will Baptist church at Bellarthur. He is survived by his second wife and one son, Lindbergh WILLOUGHBY, and the following children by a former marriage: Mrs. Richard NICHOLS of Bellarthur, Mrs. Fred DAWSON of Richmond, Va., and Robert WILLOUGHBY of Conway; also a half brother, Joe WILLOUGHBY of Bellarthur.

James Brown Johnston Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mar. 13, 1959
James Brown JOHNSTON, 84, died Thursday night at 8 o'clock at the home of his nephew, S. Wesley JOHNSTON, 1802 Forrest Hill Dr., following a heart attack. Funeral services will be held at the Wilkerson Chapel Saturday afternoon at 3:30 by his pastor, Rev. W. M. HOWARD, Jr. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Mr. JOHNSTON, son of the late Franklin and Susan DIXON JOHNSTON, was born in Greene county and had lived in Greenville since 1878. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and a member of Jarvis Memorial Methodist Church. He was a retired merchant and tobacconist. Surviving are sisters, Mrs. E. H. GRAY of LaGrange and Margaret S. WESLEY; and brothers, Alton R. JOHNSTON of Greenville and Franklin V. JOHNSTON of Carmel, California.

J. B. Dixon Dead
The Sun Herald, Biloxi, MS, Tues., Jan. 11, 2011
Mr. J. B. DIXON, 72, of Biloxi, MS, died Sunday, January 9, 2011, in Biloxi. He passed away peacefully at home after a very long illness. Mr. DIXON was born September 16, 1938 in Pitt County, NC and had been a resident of Biloxi for the past 36 years. He was a retired U. S. Air Force MSgt. and also retired from Charter Oil and Gulf South Petroleum. Mr. Dixon was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Eunice DIXON; sister, Bertha and brother, Harold DIXON, Jr. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 54 years, Pat HOWE DIXON; daughters, Judy MURPHY and her husband, Murf, Joyce DIXON and her fiance, Paul GAUTHE', Brenda SEYMOUR and her husband, Dr. Tim SEYMOUR, and Beverly BRAND and her husband, Jeff; grandchildren, Mike DIXON, Matt COMSTOCK, Kaeley GEMMILL, Courtney BRAND, Tim SEYMOUR, II and Dino too; and his sisters, Alice PETERSON and Nellie PHIPPS.  J.B.'s greatest pastime was tinkering on his 1958 Ford pick-up. He will be sadly missed by many family members and friends. Funeral services will be 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, Howard Avenue, in Biloxi where friends may visit one hour before service time. Interment will follow in Biloxi National Cemetery with military honors.   

Mrs. Pauline (Polly) Lee Dead
The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC, Wed., Aug. 6, 1997
Mrs. Pauline (Polly) LEE, 76, died August 5, 1997. Funeral 4 p.m. Thursday at Beverly Hills Baptist Church. Burial in Eastside Cemetery. Visitation is 7-8:30 p.m. today at Marks Funeral Home. Contributed by Bill Bland

Thomas Fitzgerald Lee Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC. Fri.. Nov. 11, 1921
The funeral of Thomas Fitzgerald LEE, who died Thursday morning, was held Friday afternoon. Rev, Charles READ, Methodist, and Rev, Hector  MCDIARMID, Presbyterian, officiated. Pallbearers were close friends of Mr. LEE, who was well-known in the city and popular. The services were held at the residence of Mr. Lee's father-in-law, Thomas R. LEE, and at Maplewood Cemetery, where burial took place. Contributed by Bill Bland

Dr. Thomas Leslie Lee Dead
The Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Mon., Oct. 10, 1949
DR. T. LESLIE LEE DIES OF HEART ATTACK SUNDAY - Prominent Surgeon and Obstetrician Passes at 10:30 P.M. At His Home; Funeral Rites at Church 11 Tuesday:  Dr. Thomas Leslie LEE, 48, prominent obstetrician and gynecologist of the staff of Memorial General Hospital here, succumbed to a heart attack at his home at College Street and Roundtree Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. He had not been ill, but had returned a few hours earlier from a weekend trip to Morehead City.The funeral will be from the First Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with interment in Westview Cemetery. His pastor, Rev. Thomas H. HAMILTON, will officiate. Elders in the church will be active pallbearers. Dr. LEE was a native of Kinston, a son of Mrs. Dora BLAND LEE and the late T. R. LEE. He was educated in local schools and at Washington and Lee University. He took his medical work at the Medical College of Virginia. He had been associated with the local hospital since completion of his internship. Dr. LEE took his intern work at Sheltering Arms Hospital in Richmond, Va., and began his practice in the Kinston Clinic here in July of 1926. He was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a diplomat of the American Board of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He would have completed a six-year term on the State Board of Medical Examiners next May.  He was a member of the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecology Society. He was pioneer in the field of cancer work. He was chairman of the executive committee of the N. C. Division of American Cancer Society. He served as chairman of the Cancer Committee of the State Medical Society, and was active in several statewide campaigns for that society. He was a prime mover in the founding of the Area Cancer Clinic in Kinston and served for a time as chairman of the Lenoir County Cancer Society. In addition to serving as president of the Lenoir Medical Society, Dr. LEE was president of the Seaboard Medical Society and active in both district and State societies for many years. He supported every worthwhile cause for the advancement of medicine in the county and State and was interested in civic and community affairs as well. Dr. LEE was active as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church, was a director of the Commercial National Bank here, was a member of the Elks, the Kiwanis Club and other organizations. Surviving are his mother, his widow, Mrs. Bertha THOMAS LEE; two children, Patricia and Thomas L. LEE, Jr., of the home; one sister, Mrs. Ina Mae Lee of Kinston, and a niece, Mrs. Albert W. COWPER of Kinston. His father died in 1927. Contributed by Bill Bland

Thomas R. Lee Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Sat., July 30, 1927
Thomas R.  LEE, 63, died suddenly at his home about 4 o'clock this morning from a heart attack. He had apparently been in good health until he was stricken yesterday, and the end was not expected. Mr. LEE is survived by a widow and two children, Dr. T. Leslie LEE and Mrs. Ina MAE LEE, and one grandchild. His daughter was visiting at Danville, Va., when the end came. She is expected to arrive by motor some time today. Mr. LEE was well and favorably known here. He was a consistent member of the First Presbyterian Church and an elder, and was also superintendent of the Sunday school. He was connected with the wholesale house of Jeffreys & Sons. The funeral will be held at the home tomorrow evening at 5 o'clock. Rev Irby D. TERRELL, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Burial will be made in Maplewood Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be: Dr. R. S. MCGEACHY, Mr. KAMPF, H. E. SHAW, O. T. BONEY, E. H. OSBORNE, and Mr. FOLSOM. Honorary pallbearers will be: J. H. ELLIS, K. DENMARK, J. H. PARHAM, Dr. Paul WHITAKER, Dr. Stanley WHITAKER, Dr. R. G. WATERHOUSE, Dr. Floyd WOOTEN, Dr. Vance PERRY, Dr. Graves POOLE, Dr. Elwood BONEY, Dr. Charles MANGUM, Dr. Herbert SEEAR, Allen WOOTEN, Fitzhugh WALLACE, Wallace WEBB, Charles ROSEMOND and H. C. RAYMORE. Contributed by Bill Bland

James H. Meeks Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., Aug. 1, 1984
AYDEN - James H. MEEKS, 79, died Tuesday. He was a retired farmer and carpenter. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Liberty Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Epworth United Methodist Church Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary B. MEEKS of Ayden; one daughter, Mrs. Lois Jean DODSON of Raleigh; one brother, Cletus MEEKS of Ayden; one sister, Mrs. Nancy WALLS of Ayden, and two grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 7-9 tonight at Liberty Free Will Baptist Church. Farmer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Contributed by Bill Bland

George A. Johnson Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., Oct. 28, 1940
George A. JOHNSON, 67, retired Ayden merchant and farmer died at his home early this morning following a brief illness with a heart ailment. Mr. JOHNSON moved to Ayden several years ago from the St. John's community and was engaged in the mercantile business. He was the son of the late Allen and Josieanne MCCOTTER JOHNSON. Funeral arrangements had not been completed today pending word from a son living in Texas. The services will be conducted at St. John's church either tomorrow or Wednesday. Surviving are Mr. JOHNSON"S wife, Mrs. Neppie MAY JOHNSON; two sons, Tom W. JOHNSON of Oxford and Ray W. JOHNSON of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Miss Anna JOHNSON of Raleigh and Miss Elizabeth JOHNSON of Ayden.

Edward H."Pete" Corbett Dead
American-Statesman, Austin, TX, Tues., May 31, 2011
Edward H."Pete" CORBETT, of Elgin, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the age of 80, our wonderful husband, father, grandfather, (Pap-pa), brother, nephew and friend left this world to be with his loving Savior. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Ivy and Dippy CORBETT, sister, Carrie Bell LITTLE and brothers, William and Walter CORBETT. Pete was born on February 7, 1931, in Fountain, NC and honorably served his country for twenty years in the United States Air Force, retiring with a rank of Tech Sergeant. For twenty-four years, he was supervisor at Payne Brick Company, and then for eleven years he drove for Wallace Lundgren dealership. Pete was a fine Christian man who loved the Lord. He belonged to the First Baptist Church of Elgin where he served on the Building and Lord's Supper Committees and also served as usher. Pete also belonged to the Elgin Masonic Lodge from which he received his Master Mason fifty year pen that he cherished along with his Bible. He is survived by his beloved wife, Shirley, son Gary and wife Jill, grandchildren Zoe and Jeffrey; daughter, Donna LANE and granddaughter Wendy HOLT and sons Steven and Patrick; grandsons David HOLT and wife Mariana and son Tristan; and Jason HOLT and wife Lisa and daughter Marissa and son Ryan; sister Annie Laura JOHNSON and sister and husband Nannie Lee and H.P. NORMAN, plus many many dear friends. We wish to acknowledge Amanda AMAYA, Tina BALLMAN, and Angela BELCHER and other members of Austin Hospice, all of whom were amazing and taught us all so much. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Austin Hospice, and the First Baptist Church of Elgin. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at the Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home, Elgin. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at the First Baptist Church, Elgin, with burial following at the Elgin Cemetery.

Mrs. Mary Bland Meeks Dead
News and Observer, Raleigh, NC, Sat., Oct. 4, 1997
GREENVILLE - Mrs. Mary BLAND MEEKS, 86, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997 at Oak Haven Retirement Home after an extended illness. Mrs. MEEKS was born on March 30, 1911 in the Epworth Community of Craven Co. Daughter of Stella FORREST and Mat R. BLAND and widow of James Henry MEEKS. Mrs. MEEKS was a life member of Epworth United Methodist Church. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, October 5, 1997 at Epworth United Methodist Church and burial will follow in Epworth church cemetery. Surviving: daughter and son-in- law, Lois MEEKS DODSON and Ed DODSON of Raleigh; brother and sister-in-law, Leon BLAND and Vera Smith BLAND of Baldwin, MD; sister and brother-in-law, Ruby BLAND LILLY and Marvin E. LILLY of Vanceboro; two step-granddaughters. Family will receive friends in the church Fellowship Hall following the service. Arrangements by Farmer Funeral Service, Ayden. Contributed by Bill Bland

Sgt. James A. "Jimmy: Merritt Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Thurs., June 16, 1988
Sgt. James A. "Jimmy" MERRITT, 80, of 1103 Margaret Lane, died Thursday at his home. He was a member of Queen Street United Methodist Church, Kinston Host Lions Club, Elks Lodge, Methodist Men's group, and active in State Employees Association. He was a retired Sergeant with the N.C. Highway Patrol and State Weight Division. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday from Queen Street Methodist Church with Rev. Randall BAKER officiating. Burial will follow in Westview Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mildred BRAXTON MERRITT of the home; a sister, Mrs. Virginia MERRITT CARR of Wilmington. The family will receive friends at the home. Memorial contributions may be made to Queen Street Methodist Church, P. O. Box 508, Kinston, NC 28501 or to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 63, Kinston, NC. 28501. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mrs. Jodie Bland Pate Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Thurs., Dec. 3, 1970
VANCEBORO - Mrs. Jodie BLAND PATE, 62, wife of Laurrie PATE, died Wednesday afternoon at her home in the Epworth section following an extended illness.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. from the Epworth United Methodist Church of which she was a member, by Rev. B. R. MCCULLEN, pastor.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Surviving: her husband; a nephew, Jack Collins BLAND of Santa Fe., N.M..  She spent most of her life in the Epworth section of Craven County near Vanceboro.  She was a former Sunday School teacher and president of the Women's Society of Christian Service of the church.  A graduate of Farm Life High School at Vanceboro, she attended college in Roanoke, Va.  She was a former teacher in the public schools. Contributed by Bill Bland

Laurie C. Pate Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Sat., Jan. 16, 1999
VANCEBORO - Laurie C. PATE, 88, died Thursday.  Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Epworth United Methodist Church Cemetery.  He was a native and lifelong resident of the Epworth community.  He was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church and the Epworth Hunting Club.  He served on the Craven County Committee of the United States Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service for 15 years. He is survived by his sister, Blanch PATE BISHOP of Laurel, Miss.  The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. Sunday until time of service.  Memorials may be made to Epworth United Methodist Church, c/o Faye ORMOND, 3150 N.C. 118, Vanceboro, NC 28586.  Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home, Vanceboro, NC. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mrs. Lucy Nobles Purdie Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., Oct. 7, 1940
Mrs. Lucy NOBLES PURDIE, wife of Edward PURDIE, leading Dunn business man, and sister of Dr. J. E. NOBLES and Mrs. Jesse SPEIGHT of Greenville, died at her home in Dunn yesterday. Funeral services were conducted this afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the home. Mrs. PURDIE is survived by her husband, a step-son, two bothers and one sister.

Jather L. Peterson Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Mon., Apr. 30, 1990 
Jather L. PETERSON, 88, of Vanceboro, died Saturday at Craven Regional Medical Center.  He is a native of the Epworth community and lived his early life there.  He resided in Vanceboro as an adult and was active in farming in the Epworth and the Vanceboro communities.  He managed Peterson's Family Store from 1923 until his retirement due to ill health in 1988. He was a member of the Vanceboro United Methodist Church, where he served as treasurer for more than 40 years.  He was a current and charter member of the Vanceboro Rotary Club.  He served on the Craven County Board of Education for more than 20 years and was director of the Vanceboro branch of Wachovia Bank and Trust Company for more than 30 years.  Funeral is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Vanceboro United Methodist Church with the Revs. Graham ROYAL and A. P. HILL officiating.  Burial will be in the Epworth Cemetery. He is survived by his widow, Dollie P. PETERSON; one son J. L. PETERSON, Jr. of Atlanta, Ga.; one daughter, Ann PETERSON SIMRIL of Raleigh; one sister, Grace E. PETERSON of Vanceboro; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. tonight at Wilkerson Funeral Home, Vanceboro.  Memorials may be made to the Vanceboro Rescue Squad, Vanceboro, NC 28586 or to American Lung Association, 112 South Pitt Street, Greenville, NC 27834.  Contributed by Bill Bland

Frances Catherine Waters Butler Dead
Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Thurs., Aug. 12, 2010
Frances Catherine (WATERS) BUTLER, born June 28, 1920, in Farmville, N.C., returned to her Father in Heaven on August 10, 2010. She is survived by her brother, Joe WATERS; and her sister, Estelle BUNTING; and children, Edward Ola BALDREE, Alice Faye BALDREE, Margaret Shannon BALDREE, Joseph Timothy BALDREE III, and Phillip Eugene BALDREE. She is also survived by 30 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 12, 2010 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home, 2100 E. Fifth St., Greenville, N.C. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, August 13, 2010 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 307 Martinborough Dr., Greenville, N.C., with Bishop Alan JONES officiating.

Bryan C. Peterson Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Thurs., Feb. 19, 1959
Vanceboro, NC - Bryan C. PETERSON, 83, died at his home in Vanceboro Wednesday afternoon following several years' illness.  Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 3 p.m. at Vanceboro Methodist Church by the pastor, Rev. H. B. JONES.  Burial will be in Epworth Methodist churchyard. Mr. PETERSON spent his life in the Vanceboro community of Craven county and before his retirement was a merchant and farmer.  He was a member of Vanceboro Methodist Church, having served on the Board of Stewards and the Board of Trustees many years.  His wife, the former Annie BLAND, died in 1954. Surviving are a son, Jather L. PETERSON of Vanceboro; a daughter, Miss Grace PETERSON of the home; two brothers, Norman C. PETERSON of Havelock, and Ellis PETERSON of Vanceboro; a sister, Mrs. Clyde BELLAMY of Vanceboro and two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Contributed by Bill Bland

Dollie Parker Peterson Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Sun.,  Aug. 25, 1991 
VANCEBORO - Dollie PARKER PETERSON, 86, of Vanceboro, died Saturday morning at her home.  The funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Vanceboro United Methodist Church by the Rev. Graham ROYALL.  Burial will be in the Epworth United Methodist Church Cemetery. PETERSON, who had lived in Vanceboro for 60 years, was a member of the Vanceboro United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.  She had also been active in the Vanceboro Home Demonstration Club for many years. She is survived by one daughter; Ann PETERSON SIMRIL of Raleigh; one son; J. L. PETERSON , Jr. of Atlanta; three sisters, Lottie OGLESBY of Morehead City, Mary Belle RHUE of Cape Carteret, Pauline BRAY of Swansboro; one brother; Leon PARKER of Newport; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the Wilkerson Funeral Home in Vanceboro from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Research Fund, ECU MED Foundation, 200 Venture Tower Drive, Greenville, NC 28734. Contributed by Bill Bland

Zeb Vance Ipock
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Tues., Oct. 16, 1940
Mr. Zeb Vance IPOCK, aged 56, died at his home near Vanceboro yesterday at 12:30 p.m., following several months of declining health. Funeral services were conducted from the home at 3:30 this afternoon by the Rev. Bob HODGES, and burial followed in the family cemetery near the home. Mr. IPOCK is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ada IPOCK; two sons, Gentry and Vance IPOCK, of the home; and one brother, Jack IPOCK of Vanceboro. Also one sister, Mrs. Stella WIGGINS of Jacksonville, and a grandson, David Gentry. Mr. IPOCK was engaged in farming and had spent most of his life in the community in which he died.

Ellis J. Peterson Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Fri., Mar. 20, 1970 
EPWORTH - Ellis J. PETERSON, 80, died Friday at 9:15 a.m. in Pitt Memorial Hospital.  Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. from Epworth United Methodist Church by Rev. C. R. MCCULLEN and Rev. Ellis BEDSWORTH.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  He was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church and spent all his life in the Epworth Community of Craven County.  He was a farmer. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Lyndel JOYNER PETERSON; a son, E. Carlton PETERSON of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Ivey WALL and Mrs. Fred WALL, both of Clay Root and Mrs. Lonnie LEWIS of Vanceboro; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to services from the Wilkerson Funeral Home in Greenville. Contributed by Bill Bland

Dr. Jack Oliver Carson Dead
News & Observer, Raleigh, NC, Sat., Feb. 5, 2011
Dr. Jack Oliver CARSON, 84, passed away in the loving arms of his family on Thursday, February 3, 2011. The funeral service will be conducted on Sunday, at 2 PM, in the Grifton United Methodist Church with visitation following. Burial will be private. Dr. CARSON was born on July 26, 1926, in Bethel, North Carolina. He was the son of Lillie Clorinda BUNTING and Don Columbus CARSON, Sr. He attended school in Bethel and Greenville during his early years. After graduating from Greenville High School at the age of 16, he attended Duke University. He subsequently served two years in the United Stated Navy. He then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received his undergraduate degree and his two-year medical degree. His medical training was completed at the University of Maryland. He practiced medicine in Grifton for 43 years. Dr. CARSON was an active member of the Grifton United Methodist Church where he served as Chairman of the Board of Stewards, and on many other committees. He was a founding member of The Grifton Country Club, president of the Pitt County Medical Society, and served on the Pitt County School Board for several years. He was an avid reader and bridge player, enjoyed traveling, and was a devout sports enthusiast, attending all home Carolina football games, cheering for his beloved Tar Heels. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Don C. CARSON, Jr., and his wife, Daisy Lee, of Bethel. He is survived by his dear wife of 55 years, Connie HILL CARSON; three daughters, Cynthia Carson GILLIAM, of Raleigh, Janet CARSON RICCIARELLI and husband, Paul, and Amy Carson QUINN and husband, Brady, both of Greenville; his six grandchildren, Tyler, Carson, Michael, Caroline, Sarah Carson, and Robbie, who were the joy of his life; a brother, John Royal BUNTING II and his wife, Joyce, of Bethel; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grifton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 416, Grifton, NC 28530.

Grace E. Peterson Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Wed., Sept. 18, 1996  
VANCEBORO - Miss Grace E. PETERSON, 90, died Tuesday, September 17, 1996 in Craven Regional Medical Center.  The funeral service will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Vanceboro United Methodist Church by the Rev. Roger COPE.  Burial will be in the Epworth United Methodist Church Cemetery. Miss PETERSON, a native of the Epworth community of Craven County, lived most of her life in Vanceboro. She was a graduate of East Carolina Teacher's College and taught school in Grimesland and then in Vanceboro for several years.  Prior to her retirement, she was active in the daily operation of B. C. Peterson and Son Store at Vanceboro.  She was a member of the Vanceboro United Methodist Church, where she was formerly active in the youth ministry and later in the Ada SMITH Ladies Circle. Surviving are a niece, Ann P. SIMRIL of Raleigh; a nephew, J. L. PETERSON, Jr., of Atlanta, Ga.; three great-nephews and one great-niece.  Visitation from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Vanceboro.  Memorials may be made to the Vanceboro Rescue Squad, Vanceboro, NC 28586. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mrs. Annie Bland Peterson Last Rites
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., Dec. 6, 1954
Mrs. Annie BLAND PETERSON, 78, wife of B. C. PETERSON, died at her home in Vanceboro at 1:45 o'clock Saturday afternoon following a long illness. Funeral services were conducted at the Vanceboro Methodist Church at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon by the Rev. Alton HILL, Methodist minister of New Bern, assisted by Dr. E. D. CHAMBERS, pastor.  Burial was in Epworth Church cemetery near Vanceboro.  Mrs. PETERSON was the daughter of the late Jack C. and ELIZABETH CANNON BLAND and lived most of her life in Craven County.  She has lived in Vanceboro since 1916.  She was a member of the Vanceboro Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Miss Grace PETERSON of the home; a son Jather L. PETERSON of Vanceboro; two grandchildren; two brothers, John W. BLAND of Dover, G., and Matt R. BLAND of Vanceboro; a half-brother, Woodrow BLAND near Vanceboro; and a half-sister, Mrs. Laurie PATE of near Vanceboro. Contributed by Bill Bland

Lyndel Joyner Peterson Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Fri., Feb. 8, 1980
VANCEBORO-- Lyndel JOYNER PETERSON, 81, died in the University Nursing Center in Greenville Thursday afternoon.  The funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Epworth United Methodist Church by the Rev. Steve HICKLE.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  The body will be taken from the Wilkerson Funeral Home in Vanceboro to the church one hour prior to the service. She is survived by her son Carlton PETERSON of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Ivey J. WALL and Irene P. WALL, both of Ayden R-2 and Mrs. Lonnie LEWIS of Vanceboro R-1; two brothers, David JOYNER of Vanceboro R-1 and Howard JOYNER of Vanceboro R-2; a sister, Minnie BANKS of Comfort; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Today. Contributed by Bill Bland

Leslie J. Phillips Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., July 13, 1977
Mr. Leslie J. PHILLIPS, 70, died early this morning in Pitt Memorial Hospital.  Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 3 p.m. at Farmer Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Gilbert MISTER.  Burial will follow in the Ayden Cemetery.  He was a native of Chicod and was a member of the Ayden Christian Church. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Kathleen PHILLIPS of Greenville; four brothers, Clifton PHILLIPS of Southern Pines, Zell PHILLIPS of Grifton, James PHILLIPS and Floyd PHILLIPS, both of Greenville; and one sister, Mrs. S. D. TAYLOR of Ayden.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Today. Contributed by Bill Bland

Kathleen Alligood Phillips Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., Nov. 27, 1996 
Ayden, NC---Kathleen ALLEGOOD PHILLIPS, age 95, died November 25, 1996 in Greenville Villa Nursing Home.  The graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Ayden Cemetery.  Mrs. PHILLIPS was a native of Ayden and a member of Ayden Christian Church. She is survived by two nieces, Mrs. Geraldine A. VINCENT of Mebane and Donna A. LAMOTTE, Greenville; 3 nephews, Carl ALLEGOOD of Topsail Beach, Linwood ALLEGOOD of Ayden; and 2 sister-in-law, Mrs. Gladys BOWLES of Burlington, Mrs. Addie ALLEGOOD of Ayden.  Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Farmer Funeral Service in Ayden, NC. Arrangements by Farmer Funeral Service, Ayden, NC. Contributed by Bill Bland

Henry Bryan Pittman Dead
The Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Sat., Oct. 16, 1954 
Snow Hill - Henry Bryan PITTMAN, Sr. 72, died at 4:30 a.m. Friday of a heart attack at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville.  He was born in Craven County on April 7, 1882 and is the son of Mrs. C. M. PITTMAN and the late Mr. PITTMAN of Clarks.  He was a resident of Snow Hill for the past 27 years and employed by Quinn-Miller and Company for the past 23 years.  Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday from Edwards Funeral Home in Snow Hill, with burial in the Maplewood Cemetery in Kinston. Surviving are two sons, Henry Bryan PITTMAN, Jr. of Black Mountain, and S-Sgt. Alvin E. PITTMAN of the U. S. Air Force stationed at Sumter, S. C.; two daughters, Muriel and Gladys PITTMAN of Elizabethtown; his mother, Mrs. C, M. PITTMAN of Clarks; two sisters, Mrs. John W. Humphrey of Beaufort and Mrs. Ralph W. DAIL, Sr. of Snow Hill and three brothers, H. C., James K., and Robert B. PITTMAN of Clarks and one grandson, Rev. John Miller of Snow Hill, pastor of Presbyterian Church there, will officiate. Contributed by Bill Bland

Bruce Errington Pittman Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Thurs., Nov. 14, 1963 
Bruce Errington PITTMAN, 65, a farmer of Grifton Route 2, died in a Kinston hospital at 3:30 a.m. Thursday following a long period of declining health.  He was the son of the late Joseph and Mary BLAND PITTMAN of Lenoir County.  He was a member of the Edwards Chapel Methodist Church.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from the chapel at Garner's Funeral Home. Rev. W. T. CLARK, pastor of Edwards Chapel, assisted by Rev. W. M. EDGE, Christian minister of Grifton, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Grifton City Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Blanche PHILLIPS PITTMAN, of the home; one son, Luther B. PITTMAN of Grifton Route 3; two daughters, Mrs. Evelyn P. HARDY of Kinston and Mrs. Inez P. SUMRELL of the home; three grandchildren; his step-mother, Mrs. Lena PITTMAN of Willard; three brothers, Alton PITTMAN, of Kinston, Walter PITTMAN, of Grifton and Kenneth PITTMAN of Willard; one sister; Mrs. Mildred DIXON of Kinston; four half-brothers, Larry, Charles and Quincy PITTMAN, all of Willard and Howard PITTMAN of Ayden; three half-sisters, Mrs. F. A. MCGLOHON of Willard, Mrs. Rubin HOLT of Warrenton and Mrs. Simon BURNEY of Ayden.  Active pallbearers will be J. D. SUTTON, Ray CUNNINGHAM, J. D. NORRIS, Dalton WILLIAMS, Mark PHILLIPS and L. A. BUTLER. Contributed by Bill Bland

Blanche Phillips Pittman Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Wed., May 29, 1991 
Grifton, NC - Blanche PHILLIPS PITTMAN, 90, of Rt. 2, Grifton, died May 28, 1991, at Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston.  Services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Chapel Farmer Funeral Home in Ayden with the Rev. Richard HILL officiating.  Burial will follow in Grifton Cemetery.  She was a member of Edwards Chapel Methodist Church and was the wife of the late Bruce E. PITTMAN. Survivors include one son, Luther B. PITTMAN of Owensboro, Kentucky; one daughter, Evelyn PITTMAN HARDY, of the home; two grandsons, Donny LAYNO of Cary, North Carolina and Bruce PITTMAN of Lexington, Kentucky; and two great grand-daughters.  The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Farmer Funeral Home and at other times at the home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Edward Chapel Methodist Church, Rt. 2, Box 507, Grifton, NC 28530. Contributed by Bill Bland

Jack West Whitley Dead
Washington Daily News, Washington, NC, Sun., Jan. 30, 2005
Jack WHITLEY, 86, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at Lenoir Memorial Hospital. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 1, 2005, at Gordon Street Christian Church with the Rev. Mark BENSON officiating. Burial will follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park. Mr. WHITLEY was a member of Gordon Street Christian Church and a Mason. He was a veteran of World War II and worked for 45 years as a salesman with Swift & Company. He also ran a tax preparation business in Kinston for 30 years. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather to his family and a friend to all who knew him. He had a keen sense of humor, a twinkle in his eye and a story that would always leave you smiling. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maude WEST WHITLEY; four sons, Jack West WHITLEY and wife, Linda, of New Bern, Charles Beverly WHITLEY and wife, Fran, of Chocowinity, Robert Elliott WHITLEY and wife, Mary Page, of Kinston, David Henry WHITLEY and wife, Joan, of New Bern; and a daughter, Martha Gray WHITLEY SMITH and husband, Ed, of Kinston; a brother, Donald WHITLEY, of Golden, Colo.; two sisters, Maureen UHDE of Louisville, Ky. and Olive WOODY of Winston-Salem; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Edwards Funeral Home on Monday, January 31, from 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Edwards Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
                                                                                                                       
Lillian M. Manning Dead
Modesto Bee, Modesto, Ca., Fri., Jan. 20, 2006
Lillian M. MANNING  May 25, 1923 — Jan. 13, 2006
Lillian MOZINGO MANNING, 82, of Oakdale died Jan. 13 at Doctors Medical Center, Modesto. Mrs. MANNING was a native of North Carolina and lived in Oakdale 23 years. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses. She enjoyed reading, music, traveling, gardening and sightseeing. She is survived by her children, Dwight MANNING and Douglas MANNING, both of North Carolina, and Carol HESS of Oakdale; sisters, Doris MYERS of North Carolina and Carolyn RAMSEY of Florida; and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark MANNING. Private services. Oakdale Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Leo T. Norville Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., June 21, 1965
CHICAGO---Leo T. NORVILLE, Chicago attorney, died early last week at his summer home near here. Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at Donnellan's Funeral Home. NORVILLE, a native of Fountain, was the son of the late Richard Tilman and Martha WORTHINGTON NORVILLE. He attended schools in the community and Oak Ridge. He graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1930 with a bachelor's degree and received his law degree  in 1932, after having been elected to Phi Beta Kappa and honorary societies. Surviving are his widow, the former Marion Grace O'BOYLE; one son, L. T. NORVILLE, Jr. of Chicago; two daughters, Mrs. James STANLEY of Philadelphia and Mrs. Joseph BELFORE of Ann Arbor, Mich.; one grandson; and one sister, Mrs. Gordon E. LEE of Farmville.

Alex Brinkley Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., Oct. 14, 1940
Alex BRINKLEY, 57, died suddenly at his home near Vanceboro Saturday night at 11:30. Funeral services were conducted from Lane's Chapel Free Will Baptist church today at 1 o'clock. Rev. B. F. RINGOLD had charge of the services. Burial followed in the church yard. Mr. BRINKLEY is survived by his wife, three sons, Duguid, Roy and John BRINKLEY, all of the home; five daughters, Mary, Lula, Essie, Gladys, and Sabra BRINKLEY, all of the home; his mother, Mrs. Mary A. BRINKLEY of near Vanceboro; six brothers, Arline BRINKLEY who lives in Georgia, Claude BRINKLEY of Baltimore, George BRINKLEY of Vanceboro, Cicero BRINKLEY of Kinston, Lester BRINKLEY of New York, and Rudolph BRINKLEY of Williamston; three sisters, Mrs. Lottie JENKINS of Kinston, Mrs. Rosa LEWIS of Raleigh, and Mrs. Eula WHITFORD of Vanceboro.

James J. Stox Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Fri., Jan. 16, 1959
James J. STOX, 47, died at his home near Winterville at 1:45 Friday morning following two weeks' illness. Funeral services will be held at the Wilkerson Chapel at 2:30 Sunday afternoon by Rev. N. D. BEAMAN, Free Will Baptist minister of Snow Hill, assisted by Rev. Dean DOBBS, pastor of Winterville Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Winterville Cemetery. Mr. STOX spent most of his life in the Winterville community and was a farmer. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Virginia Belle STOX; two sons, James Earl STOX and Lorenza STOX of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. STOX of Winterville; four sisters, Mrs. Marion MILLS of Greenville, Mrs. Elbert JACKSON of Grimesland, Mrs. Herman BRILEY of Maury, and Mrs. Floyd ROBINSON of Winterville; and three brothers, W. A. STOX, Robert STOX and Tyree STOX of Winterville.

Mrs. Geneva Pittman Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., Sept. 24, 2003
Grifton, NC - Mrs. Geneva BROWN PITTMAN, 86, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003.  Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Episcopal Church.  Burial will follow in St. John's Church Cemetery, Grifton.  She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, a volunteer with Pitt County on Aging Meals on Wheels, a Class Mother and 4H leader. She is survived by her daughter, Peggy P. COLLINS of Miami, Fla.; brother, Willie Ray "Fuzz" BROWN of Rocky Mount; two grandchildren, Mary COLLINS of Miami, Fla., and Dorothy COLLINS of Grifton; three great-grandchildren, Wendy SHULTZ of Davie, Fla., Curry LIGON and Cheyne LIGON of Grifton.  Celebration of Life service and visitation will be held Friday night at 7 at the chapel of Farmers Funeral Service. Contributed by Bill Bland

Fountain Smith Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., June 21, 1965
Mr. Fountain SMITH, 56, died Sunday at 7 a.m. at Pitt Memorial Hospital following five days critical illness. The funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. Rashie KENNEDY, his former pastor, now of Houston, Texas, and the Rev. Robert CRAWFORD, Free Will Baptist minister of Greenville. Burial will be in Pinewood Memorial Park. Mr. SMITH spent all his life in the Cox's Mill community until coming to Greenville in 1945. He had been an agent for Pilot Life Insurance Company until his retirement in 1959 due to ill health. He was a member of Withlacochee Tribe of Red Men in Greenville, and was a member of Grace Free Will Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cassie Lee SUTTON SMITH, to whom he was married in 1928; a son, James P. SMITH of Smithfield; a granddaughter, Regina SMITH of the home; three brothers, Levie SMITH, Grover SMITH, and Hubert SMITH, all of Pitt County; and two sisters, Mrs. Clarence HARRIS of near Greenville, and Mrs. Herman CANNON of Greenville.

Mrs. Gladys B. Joyner Pittman Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Mon., July 31, 1989
Mrs. Gladys B. JOYNER PITTMAN, 85, of Route 2, Kinston, NC died Sunday in Lenoir Memorial Hospital.  She was the widow of the late Joseph E. PITTMAN Sr., and daughter of the late Walter Duffy and Mary PATE JOYNER of Pitt County.  She was a member of Riverside Christian Church and attended the Bethel Free Will Baptist Church.  Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday from Garner-Howard Funeral Home with the Rev. David PARAMORE and Rev. R. Lacey OLIVER officiating.  Burial will follow in the Riverside Christian Church Cemetery, Grifton, NC. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle ANDREWS of Kinston, and Mrs. Hazel COPP of Walkersville, MD; a son, Joseph E. PITTMAN Jr. and wife, Frances PITTMAN of Kinston; two sisters, Janie TURNER of Kinston, and Marie DENNIS of Ayden; five grandchildren, William ANDREWS, Brenda A. POPE and Joey PITTMAN, all of Kinston, and Rick COPP and Deidre COPP of Walkersville, MD; three great-grandchildren, Belinda Karen JENKINS, Bonnie Jean JENKINS and Jennifer Denis ANDREWS, all of Kinston.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and other ties at the home of Mr. Joseph E. PITTMAN Jr., of Route 2, Kinston, NC. Contributed by Bill Bland

Henry B. Pittman, Jr. Dead
Black Mountain News, Black Mountain, NC, Wed., May 5, 2004 
Henry Bryan PITTMAN, Jr., 78, of Black Mountain, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 30, 2004, after a long and courageous battle with emphysema and lung cancer.  A native of New Bern, he was a son of the late Henry Bryan PITTMAN, Sr., and Rosa Lee BLAND PITTMAN and was also preceded in death by his brother, Alvin PITTMAN. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII, he attended and graduated from N.C. State College and worked in the furniture industry until his retirement. A former president of the Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce, he was a member of Black Mountain United Methodist Church and served on many committees over the years. He was an avid fisherman.  He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Marjorie PITTMAN; devoted children, Ken PITTMAN and Ginger MCGEE and her husband, John, all of Winston-Salem; beloved grandchildren, Mitchell PITTMAN, Hannah PITTMAN, and Matthew MCGEE.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 8, at Black Mountain United Methodist Church with the Reverend Gerald COLLINS officiating. His family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at the church and request that memorials be made to the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 27985, Raleigh, N.C. 27611.  The family would like to thank Dr. Mark HELLREICH, of Asheville Pulmonary, Dr. Shantae LUCAS, Jenny, Dana and Susan, of WNC Cancer Care and the tenth floor nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital for the exceptional care. Contributed by Bill Bland

J. S. Pittman Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Tues., Aug. 14, 1928
 J. S. PITTMAN DIED HERE YESTERDAY AT ST. JOHN'S:  Mr. J. S. PITTMAN, formerly of the St. John's community, died from paralytic stroke yesterday at two p.m.  Mr. PITTMAN was a prominent farmer, about 60 years old, had been twice married, and several children by both unions survive.  He was a member of the Christian Church and was well and favorably known over a large section.  Funeral services will be held on arrival of members of the family who are living in distant states, possibly Wednesday afternoon at St. John's cemetery. His first wife was the daughter of the late Theophilus BLAND, the children of this union are all grown to maturity.  His second and surviving wife was the daughter of the late John HOLLOWELL.  They have several smaller children by this union. Contributed by Bill Bland

Leon Alton Pittman Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Fri., Dec. 31, 1965 
Leon Alton PITTMAN, 60, of 1303 Howard Street, died in a local hospital at 5:45 a.m. Friday. He was the son of the late Joseph Sharp and Mary BLAND PITTMAN.  He was a drug clerk and an elder of Gordon Street Christian Church.  Funeral services will be conducted from Gordon Street Christian Church at 2 p.m. Saturday.  Rev. Fred MCCOUN, pastor at the church will officiate.  Burial will follow in Westview Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Mildred FULCHER PITTMAN; one son, L. A. PITTMAN Jr., of Reading, Pa.; one daughter, Mrs. Ronald E. PETTY of Enid, Okla.; one sister, Mrs. W. C. DIXON of Kinston; one brother, Walter PITTMAN of Grifton; his stepmother, Mrs. Lena PITTMAN of Penderlea; four half-brothers, Larry, Charles and Quincy, all of Penderlea, and Howard PITTMAN of Greenville; three half-sisters, Mrs. Sol MCGLOHON of Penderlea, Mrs. Simon BURNEY of Ayden and Mrs. Reuben HOLT of Charlotte; one grandson, R. E. PETTY II. Pallbearers will be J. C. KENNEDY, Jerry LEATHERWOOD, Earl TYNDALL, Robert E. LEE, Jack HALL and Morris SPARKS.  The church board members will be honorary pallbearers.  Memorial contributions are being made to the Gordon Street Christian organ fund.  The body will remain at Edwards Funeral Home until one hour before the services. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mrs. Joe Pittman Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Wed., Dec. 14, 1910 
Mrs. Joe PITTMAN died at her home at Centerville Monday evening after a short illness and was buried this afternoon.  She was about forty years of age and leaves a husband and seven children, one an infant of two weeks.  Mrs. PITTMAN was Miss Mary BLAND and a relative of Miss Ella BLAND of this City. Contributed by Bill Bland

Mildred Fulcher Pittman Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Sun., June 6, 1976. 
Mildred FULCHER PITTMAN, 66, of 1303 Howard St. died Friday at the Oak Manor Nursing Home in Kinston.  Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday from the Edwards Funeral Home with Rev. David ALEXANDER officiating.  Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery. Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Mary Bryan PETTY of Enid, Okla.; a son, L. A. PITTMAN Jr. of Sounderton, Pa., two sisters, Mrs. Raleigh Mae NIXON and Mrs. Laurie NORRIS, both of Kinston, and two grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gordon Street Christian Church. Contributed by Bill Bland

Robert Earl Pittman Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Fri., Dec. 27, 1929 
YOUTH FOUND DEAD IN CONTENTEA SECTION, SHOT WOUND IN CHEST:  Robert Earl PITTMAN, 21, a son of the late J. S. PITTMAN, of the Contentnea section, who had been missing from his home since early Christmas Eve, was found dead yesterday afternoon by boys hunting rabbits in a field not far from the home of Henry STOKES, with whom he lived.  He had a gaping gunshot wound in the chest. Corner Farley GARNER viewed the body and deemed an inquest unnecessary. PITTMAN is believed to have been the victim of his own gun when it was fired accidentally while hunting.  He was buried in St. John's Cemetery, Pitt County, at 2:30 today.  Rev. Perry CASE, minister of the Disciples at Grifton, officiated. PITTMAN left his home Tuesday morning and did not return.  Nothing was thought about this, as he frequently visited in the neighborhood and spent the night with relatives or friends.  The decedent is survived by a brother, Alton PITTMAN, employed at Marston's drug store here, and numerous other relatives.  He was a grand-nephew of the late Mrs. Patsy TUCKER.  PITTMAN's parents are dead. Contributed by Bill Bland

Henry B. Pittman Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Sat., May 24, 1947 
Snow Hill, NC - Mrs. Henry B. PITTMAN, 52, a resident of Snow Hill, died at her home here at 8 a.m. Saturday of a heart attack. Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday from the home with Rev. Mr. YOUNG, Methodist minister of Snow Hill officiating.  Interment will follow in Maplewood Cemetery in Kinston. Surviving Mrs. PITTMAN are her husband, Henry B. PITTMAN; two sons, Henry B. Jr. and Alvin PITTMAN of Snow Hill; six brothers, George BLAND of Vanceboro, Joe BLAND of Salisbury, Frank and Clayton BLAND, both of Winston-Salem, and Riley and Glen BLAND, both of Greenville; and one sister, Mrs. Myrtle Huff of Chocowinity. Contributed by Bill Bland

John E. Preston Dead
News-Times, Morehead City, NC, Fri., Feb. 2, 1996
John E. PRESTON, 72, died late Thursday afternoon at Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, Tn. He was the husband of NC Representative Jean PRESTON. Because of the ice storm in Nashville, TN, funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time. Edwards Funeral Home of Kinston will handle the arrangements. Burial for the retired decorated Army lieutenant colonel will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. Contributed by Bill Bland

A. T. Redditt Dead
Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC, Thurs., Dec. 12, 1913 
A. T. REDDITT DROPS DEAD:  Prominent East Carolina Politician Victim of Apolexy:
Kinston, Dec. 11. - A. T. REDDITT, a well-to-do broker who for many years has been a leader in politics in East Carolina, fell dead in a physician's office on Queen street late today. Apoplexy was stated to be the cause of his death.  He was 48 years old and is survived by his wife. He was a native of Beaufort County. Mr. REDDITT was a Kitchin leader in this section during the last senatorial campaign.                 Contributed by Bill Bland

 Charlie Hoover Garris Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., June 21, 1965
FARMVILLE---Charlie Hoover GARRIS, 73, died at Lenoir Memorial Hospital, Kinston, Sunday evening following declining health for two years. Funeral services will be conducted from the Church St. chapel of the Farmville Funeral Home at a time to be announced later. Mr. GARRIS, a lifelong resident of this community, was a retired farmer and a member of King's Crossroads FWB Church. Survivors include five sons, James Roy GARRIS of Grifton, Theodore Carl GARRIS of Crownsville, Md., Harrell GARRIS of Hookerton, Route 1, Darrell GARRIS of Dunn and Spec. 4 Louis Gene GARRIS of the US Army, Tacoma, Wash.; a sister, Mrs. Nannie MAYO of Kinston; three brothers, George GARRIS of Farmville, Route 2, Jim GARRIS of Greenville, Route 2, and Willie GARRIS of Vanceboro, 12 grandchildren.

Mrs. Sarah Bland Redditt Dead
The Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Tues., May 11, 1948 
Mrs. Sarah BLAND REDDITT, 81, widow of A. T. REDDITT, died at her home at 201 West Peyton Avenue at 8 p.m. Tuesday.  The funeral will be held from the residence at 4 p.m. Wednesday, with interment in Maplewood Cemetery.  Her pastor, Rev. Howard G. DAWKINS of the First Baptist Church; Rev. Thomas H. HAMILTON of the First Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Edwin F. MOSELEY, rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church will officiate. Mrs. REDDITT was a daughter of the late C. C. and Elizabeth BOYD BLAND.  Her husband died about 37 years ago.  She was long a faithful member of the First Baptist Church, which she attended regularly until a few weeks ago. Surviving are two sisters, Miss Rose BLAND of Kinston, Mrs. T. R. LEE of Kinston and several nieces and nephews. Active pallbearers will be Roy POOLE, Jesse A. JONES, A. L. HOBGOOD, Jack ROUSE, A Street LEE, Dr. H. Fleming FULLER, Quincy HART and George KNOTT, Jr. Contributed by Bill Bland

Edith Ann Riley Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Thurs., Nov. 13, 2003
Edith Ann RILEY, 62, of 4422 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern passed away Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, at Craven Regional Medical Center.  Ann was the daughter of the deceased Rev. HARTLEY and Mae BLAND of New Bern. She was a graduate of New Bern High School and Watts Nursing School in Durham, N.C. After receiving her nursing accreditation, she married Bobby Miller RILEY of Hillsborough, N.C. The two lived first in Burlington before moving their young family to Greensboro where she served as president of the Greensboro Junior Women's Club. She volunteered with church youth groups and worked as a model. The family relocated to Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. After Bobby passed away there in 1974, Ann and her two children returned home to New Bern. Ann was employed as a nurse in New Bern before retiring. She was an avid collector and known as a person of great spirit.  A memorial service will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at Cotten Chapel. She is survived by two children, Lisa RILEY BAKER of Aspen, Colo., and Michael Zane RILEY of Wilson, N.C.; two grandchildren, Phoenix and Skylar RILEY of Wilson, N.C.; her sister, Rena BLAND REGISTER of New Bern, N.C.; and her brother, Marvin Hartley "Bud" BLAND Jr. of Morganton, N.C. The family will receive friends following the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 3015 S. Memorial Drive, Suite A, Greenville, NC 27834 or to the charity of one's choice.  Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory. Contributed by Bill Bland

Elbert Cassidy Rouse Dead
Goldsboro News-Argus, Goldsboro, NC, Tues., Mar. 24, 2009 
SEVEN SPRINGS -- Elbert Cassidy ROUSE, 70, of Seven Springs, died Saturday.  A service of remembrance will be held tonight at 7 at Rouse Funeral Home. Interment will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Pinelawn Memorial Park. Elbert was born Sept.7, 1938, in Lenoir County to the late Elbert Leslie ROUSE and Gatha Lee PHILLIPS ROUSE. He was a retired electrical engineer with Waukesha Electrical Systems formerly known as Hevi-Duty and operated Tri-Co. Drafting Service.  Elbert touched many young lives through baseball and was instrumental in establishing Wayne County Babe Ruth Baseball. He served on the board of directors for North Carolina Babe Ruth Baseball and later Eastern North Carolina Babe Ruth Baseball. Elbert enjoyed quail hunting and field trials.
Elbert is survived by his wife of 47 years, Joan R. ROUSE; son, Joel Elbert "Joey" ROUSE and wife, Donna, of Goldsboro; daughter, Leesa ROUSE of Pikeville; two grandchildren, Joely Alexandra ROUSE and Jenna Elizabeth ROUSE; two brothers, William Henry ROUSE of Illinois and Jimmy C. ROUSE of Grifton; two sisters, Clara ALGAR of Washington and Gloria KING of Kinston; a special pet, Annie; along with numerous special nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends Tuesday following the service and at other times they will be at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. Willard "Fella" ROUSE, 127 Hardy Bridge Road, Seven Springs.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com.  Arrangements are being handled by Rouse Funeral Home, LaGrange. Contributed by Bill Bland

John D. Williams Dead
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., June 11, 1965
Mr. John D. WILLIAMS, 59, died suddenly at his home on Eure Street in Gatesville Thursday afternoon at five o'clock. Funeral services will be conducted at the Eure Christian Church near Gatesville Saturday afternoon at two o'clock by the pastor, the Rev. R. C. CLAPP, assisted by the Rev. Donald WAGNER, pastor of the Gatesville Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery. The body will be taken from the home to the church one hour prior to the time of service. Mr. WILLIAMS, son of the late John R. and Lou BRAXTON WILLIAMS, spent most of his life in Pitt and Martin Counties and for the past seven years and lived in Gatesville. He was a policeman and a member of the Peace Officer's Club of Gates County. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. A. Jack FELTON and Miss Jean WILLIAMS of Gatesville; a son, Ronnie Keel WILLIAMS of Norfolk, Va.; three grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Nellie W. AYERS, Mrs. Ruth W. PRESCOTT, and Mrs. Vivian C. HARDY, All of Tarboro; and four brothers, Clyde W. WILLIAMS, Lorenza (Bill) WILLIAMS, Lester M. (Dick) WILLIAMS and Braxton E. WILLIAMS, all of Tarboro.

Col. Cecil Lynn Eason, Jr. Dead
Sun Journal, New Bern, NC, Thurs., March 3, 2011
NEW BERN - Col. Cecil Lynn EASON, Jr., 63, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, peacefully at home after a very long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born on Jan. 21, 1948, to Cecil Lynn EASON and Nan MOORE EASON in Farmville, N.C. He graduated from Farmville High School in 1966 and N.C. State University in 1970 with a degree in History. Colonel EASON entered the U.S. Air Force on November 18, 1970, through the Officers Training School program (OTS) at Lackland AFB, Texas. Upon graduation as a 2nd Lieutenant he attended Navigation School at Mather A.F.B. in Sacramento, Calif., where he learned navigation/flying skills for his career as a navigator. He graduated with top honors. While in Sacramento he met his wife of 39 1/2 years, JoNette and for the next 25 years they would make the Air Force their home. Colonel EASON received the plane of his choice upon graduation: the F-4 Phantom. His flying squadrons included McDill AFB in Tampa, Fla.; Ubon, Thailand; Royal Air Force in Lakenheath, England; Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, N.V.; and his last squadron in the F-4 was at Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina. He had several non-flying assignments including the Pentagon, Armed Forces Staff School and Air War College as a student and as a staff member for three years. He was squadron commander of the 50th Airmanship Training Squadron at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Col.  Colonel EASON'S last active duty assignment was as professor of aerospace science at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. from June 1992 to July 1995. There he prepared college students to enter the Air Force as 2nd Lieutenants. Upon his retiring from active duty in July 1995 he and his family moved back "home" to Eastern North Carolina and felt called to continue in the education field. He opened the first Air Force ROTC program at West Craven High School in Vanceboro, N.C. on Aug. 1, 1995. With approximately 150 students at the beginning of the program, Colonel EASON brought with him 25 years of experience in the Air Force in various flying and non-flying jobs. The purpose of the program was to make better citizens of the cadets. Travel and leadership training taught self-discipline and character training. His goal was to help as many young men and women who he could. Colonel EASON provided the cadets with opportunities to help their community through volunteer work: Salvation Army bell ringing, Adopt-a-Highway and Healthy Kids Fitness Day at the YMCA to name a few. On April 22, 2010, he was honored for his service and dedication to the Health and Fitness of Craven County students. He was also awarded the Inspirational Teacher Award from N.C. State University in 2008. He continued to work until his illness forced him to retire from his position in the fall of 2009. Colonel EASON was a person who loved life, people, his children and his grandchildren. His family was most important to him. He rarely missed any event in which his children and grandchildren participated, be it a school or church program, swim meets or a soccer game. His grandchildren played a primary role in his life over the last four years. They spent endless hours learning about and growing flowers in the garden, picking beautiful bouquets, feeding birds and raising butterflies. They enjoyed making ice cream sundaes and feeding them to each other. The more sprinkles the better. He took great pleasure in watching the Wolfpack play football and enjoyed going to several of their games this past year. He was a fan of the Boston Red Sox since he was a young boy and he loved playing golf with his ROTC buddies, yearly beach trips with his family, gardening and discussions in his Sunday school class. Above all, he was a true gentleman of the finest order. His life was a perfect example of selflessness, kindness, humility, generosity, integrity, honor, love and respect toward all people. A celebration of life for Colonel EASON will be on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Garber United Methodist Church with Pastor John CHECK and Pastor Kent SMITH officiating. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park in New Bern. He is survived by his wife of 39 1/2 years, JoNette; daughter, Jennifer SHELDON and her husband Rex; daughter Mary Catherine EASON MUIR and her husband Bill; son, Joshua EASON; grandchildren, Kali Lynn and Maverick Reef SHELDON; sister May MILLS and her husband Wade; nephew Wade MILLS Jr. and his wife Amy; and their son Eason. Memorial contributions may be made to the International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607 or to the Craven County, c/o Darlene Spivey, 1433 S. Glenburnie Rd., New Bern, NC 28560. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. BURGESS for his compassionate care and dedication, to the staff of ECIM Oncology, to Dr. Rick GORMAN of New Bern Cancer Care and to Dr. Gwynn LONG of the Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Duke University Medical Center. The family is also grateful for all of the love, prayers and support shown to them by all of their friends.

Mrs. Margaret Louise Tyson Dead
The Landmark, Statesville, NC, Mon., Jan. 7, 1929
Raleigh, Jan. 7..... Mrs. Margaret Louise TYSON, 88, mother of Senator Lawrence D. TYSON, of Tennessee, died at her home here yesterday following an attack of bronchitis and complicated with heart trouble. Mrs. TYSON, born in Pitt county in 1840, came to Raleigh to make her home shortly after her marriage to the late Richard L. TYSON in 1861. Senator TYSON and her grandson, Lawrence LEE, of Knoxville, and Mrs. LEE were called to her bedside early last week when her condition became critical. When Mrs. TYSON rallied the latter part of the week, Senator TYSON returned to Washington and Mr. LEE to Knoxville. Funeral arrangements had not been made last night, pending the arrival of Senator TYSON and Mr. LEE.

Lucile Worthington Hahn Dead
Sun Journal, New Bern, NC, Thurs., January 27, 2011
WILMINGTON - Lucile WORTHINGTON HAHN, age 97, formerly of New Bern, NC died peacefully on January 25, 2011, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center in Wilmington. By her side were her daughter and granddaughters. She was born on June 1, 1913 in Winterville. She was the oldest girl of 9 children and is survived by her brother, Alva Wayne WORTHINGTON (Lois) of Winterville. Other survivors include her daughter, Celia HAHN ATKINSON (Billy); granddaughter, Cristi ATKINSON HERRING (Greg); CeCe ATKINSON SMITHWICK (Rudy); and four great-grandchildren, Brantley and Dillon HERRING and twins Haley and Cameron SMITHWICK. Lucile earned her RN at Saint Luke's Hospital in New Bern, and retired from the Craven County Health Department. She enjoyed sewing, conversation, reading and spending time with her grandchildren and later great grandchildren. She was an amazing woman who gave herself to the betterment of others. The family expresses a special thanks for the loving care provided by Hospice during the months of her convalescence. A graveside service will be held Friday, January 28, at 11:30 a.m., at New Bern Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Marquita HUTCHENS officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice located at 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401. 

Calvin Jesse Harris, Jr. Dead
NewsZapDE, Fri., Mar. 4, 2011
HARRINGTON, DE - Calvin Jesse HARRIS, Jr., 88, of Harrington, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Born in Greenville, N.C., he was the son of the late Calvin Jesse HARRIS and Louanna BULLOCK HARRIS. CJ was a US Army WWII veteran, a Realtor, Broker and a teacher in Delaware. He was owner of Harris and Hanby Real Estate Company and associated with other real estate company's and other honors in Delaware. He was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Harrington. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and mentor to many. He is survived by a daughter, Barbara HARRIS WALTON & her husband, Rev. D. Richard WALTON, Sr. of Parsonsburg, Md.; six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eugenia (Jean) BODLEY HARRIS, 12-18-10; a son, Calvin J. HARRIS, III; and two sisters, Jessie Bell RAYMOND DIMICHELE and Agnes HARRIS BAKER. A funeral service will be 1 p.m., Monday, March 7, 2011, in the chapel at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, with his son in law, Rev. D. Richard WALTON officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, 200 Weiner Avenue, Harrington, DE 19952. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, Maryland 21804.

Rev. Q. A. Burroughs Dead
The Landmark, Statesville, NC, Tues., Oct. 17, 1905
In Pitt county last week Rev. Q. A. BURROUGHS was called to conduct the funeral services of Ernest DIXON, 21 years old. While engaged in prayer, Mr. BURROUGHS was stricken and died an hour later.

Jack Dennis Kite Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Thurs., May 6, 2010
Jack Dennis KITE, 81, died Tuesday, May 4, 2010 in the University Health Systems Inpatient Hospice, Greenville. A graveside service will be conducted Friday at 1 p.m. in Pinewood Memorial Park. Jack was born in Pitt County and was the son of the late William Lacy and Bessie KITE. He was a retired contractor. Jack enjoyed family, fishing and playing cards. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his grandson, Jake KING. Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Betty HADDOCK KITE; children, Jack Dennis KITE Jr. and wife, Bliss, of Raleigh, Dennis ELKS of Greenville, Jay KITE of Blounts Creek, Debbie KITE DAVIS and husband, Larry, of Florida, Johnny ELKS of Grimesland, Sandy NELSON and husband, Bobby, of Grimesland, and Elaine IPCOCK and partner, Al HOLLAR, of Greenville. He will be missed by his grandchildren, Megan, Laci, Niki, Amber, AJ, Krystina, Adam, Brad, Summer, Chris and BJ; great-grandchildren, Hayleigh MAYO, Jaydin HARNISH and Nathan HARGETT . He will also be missed by his siblings, Betty WORTHINGTON, Lillie Mae BUCK and Annie MAY, of Greenville, Robert KITE of Grimesland, Becky GRAY and husband, Charles, of Greenville, Dick KITE and wife, Evelyn, of Georgia, and John KITE and wife, Ruby, of Greenville. The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Wilkerson Funeral Home

Harry Lee Meeks Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Fri., Sept. 25, 2009
CLEMMONS - Harry Lee MEEKS "Poppy", 85, of 1624 Pebble Run Lane, Clemmons, formerly of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009. Funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church, Clemmons. The family will receive friends at the church 1 hour prior to the service. He was born May 11, 1924, in Ayden to Heber MEEKS and Lossie BUCK MEEKS. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lydia LAUGHINGHOUSE MEEKS; sons, Lee MEEKS of Ryland Heights, Ky., David MEEKS of Stillwater, Okla., Timothy MEEKS of Miamisburg, Ohio; daughter, Ann BOARDMAN BELL of Clemmons; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother Walter MEEKS of Fairfield, Calif. Contributions in his name may be made in lieu of flowers to the Hospice & Palliative Care Center of Winston-Salem.

Georgette S. Millan Dead
The Virginian Pilot, Sun., Dec. 26, 2010
NORFOLK - Georgette SAAD MILLAN, 90, went to be with her Lord and reunited with her beloved husband of 61 years Edward MILLAN Sr. Dec. 17, 2010. She was born in Greenville, N.C., Sept. 9, 1920 the daughter of the late Najib George SAAD and Manzer FARHAT SAAD. Georgette was a 1937 graduate of Greenville High School and attended East Carolina Teacher's College. She worked for the United States Treasury Department in Washington D.C., as an executive assistant. During World War II, she volunteered with the USO and the Red Cross. In 1947, Georgette married Edward and moved to Norfolk where she raised three children as well as working with her husband in his optometric practice. She was a member of the Tidewater Optometric Society Auxiliary and an active member of Sacred Heart Church. Left to cherish her loving memory are her children, Charlotte M. COHEA and husband Thomas of Norfolk, Marie M. EGERT of Chesapeake, Edward MILLAN Jr. of Norfolk and his fiancée Marcia ASHWORTH of Greenville, N.C.; grandchildren, Danielle J. COHEA of Cleveland and Alexandra M. EGERT of Chesapeake. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Josephine SAAD and her two brothers, Joseph SAAD and George SAAD and her sister-in-law Arriett BARNARD. She is survived by her three sisters-in-law, Gloria SALIBA of Norfolk and Juanita CAYTON SAAD and Violette TOUMA SAAD, both of Greenville, N.C.; nieces and nephews, Leslie BARNARD and wife Jan of Chesapeake, Joseph SAAD Jr. and wife Nancy DARDEN SAAD of Winterville, N.C., Jimmy SAAD and wife Micki SAAD of Fuquay Varina, N.C., Manzer SAAD ROWE and husband Edgar ROWE, George Saad Jr. and wife Kimberly GRAY-SAAD, Michael Najeeb SAAD and Josephine SAAD HARZ and husband Charles HARZ, all of Greenville; and eight great-nieces and nephews. A Christian wake will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, in the Norfolk chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Visitation will follow until 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church by Father Daniel KLEM followed by burial in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Church Building Fund. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel, is handling arrangements

Mrs. Emily Webb Dead
The Landmark, Statesville, NC, Fri., Jan. 22, 1904
Mrs. Emily WEBB, who went to Baltimore Saturday to undergo an operation for facial neuralgia, from which she had long been a sufferer, was operated on Tuesday and death resulted at 2 o'clock Wednesday morning from the effects of the operation. Mrs. WEBB'S condition was known to be critical and the operation was undertaken as a last resort. Her son, Braxton B. WEBB, accompanied her to Baltimore and remained with her until the end came. The remains arrived here yesterday morning from Baltimore and were taken to Mr. C. B. WEBB'S residence on Kelly Street. Yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock the funeral services were conducted at the First Baptist church by Rev. C. G. WELLS, the pastor, assisted by Rev. H. K. BOYER, and the interment was at Oakwood. Mrs. WEBB was a native of Pitt county and was born a WALLACE. She would have been 60 years old in March. In 1859 she married John T. WEBB, a native of Edgecombe county, and in 1866 Mr. and Mrs. WEBB moved to Iredell, and the family has lived in and near Statesville ever since. Mr. WEBB died about eight years ago. Four children survive the mother. They are Messrs. C. B. and B. B. WEBB and Misses May and Lessie WEBB. One brother, Mr. John WALLACE, lives in Houston, Texas. For about 16 years, Mrs. WEBB had been a great sufferer from facial neuralgia and death came as a relief to her. Until rendered almost helpless by disease she was a very active and energetic woman and was a force in the circle in which she moved and in the congregation of the Baptist church, of which she was a faithful member.

Effie Moore Millard Dead
The Capital, Annapolis, MD, Wed., Mar. 16, 2011
Effie MOORE MILLARD, 89, a resident of Millersville, died on March 14 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie. She was born on July 20, 1921 in Greenville, N.C., where she was raised, and previously lived in Washington, DC and the Bladensburg area. Mrs. MILLARD worked as a cashier for Grand Union Supermarket in Prince George's Plaza. She was a longtime member of the Central Baptist Church in Bladensburg, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for 15 years at Pascal Center on Dorsey Road, and a volunteer for Crofton Convalescent Center. She enjoyed reading, sewing, shopping, and watching Bonanza on television. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard MILLARD III; and a daughter, Judith MILLARD STEWART. Survivors include two sons, Howard MILLARD, Jr. of Millersville and John Michael MILLARD of Columbia; one daughter, Nikki Therese CLEMENTSON of Edgewater; six grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren; and six great- great-grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 19 at1 p.m. at the little church located within Fort Lincoln Cemetery, 3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood, with burial to follow. Arrangements made by Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the, 800 Wyman Park Drive, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21211 and/or to Meals on Wheels, 17 Cypress Creek Road, Severna Park, MD 21146 and/or Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Hwy, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Charles C. May Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., Oct. 14, 1940
Funeral services for Charles C. MAY of Grifton will be conducted Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock from the home by the Rev. Perry CASE of Wilson, pastor of the Grifton Christian church, with burial in the Grifton cemetery. Mr. MAY, who was 69, died suddenly Sunday night about 7:30 o'clock of a heart attack. While in ill health for several months, he had been feeling his usual self and during the day had been about town. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sarah HERRITAGE MAY; two daughters, Mrs. M. N. HALL of Belmont and Miss Inez MAY of Thomasville; a sister, Mrs. A. T. HILL of Lynchburg; a brother, W. G. MAY of San Francisco, Calif., and one grandson, Charles HALL of Belmont.

John Clark Noble Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., Dec. 8, 2010
John Clark NOBLE passed away peacefully at his home in Greenville on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. John was born Jan. 30, 1930, in Ayden to the late Stephen Franklin NOBLE and Stella CLODFELTER NOBLE. John grew up in the Ayden community where he attended public schools. John played football at Ayden High School and later at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Va., where he graduated in 1950. He attended the Citadel in Charleston, S.C. He returned to Ayden and began a 33 year career with E.I. Dupont Company. John was active in the Ayden community, serving on the Town Council, Planning Board, and as the first President of the Ayden Jaycees. After retiring from DuPont and moving to Greenville, John enjoyed part-time work for Continental Tobacco Adjusters as well as substitute teaching with Pitt County Schools. Over the years of active membership in the Ayden United Methodist Church, John served on many committees, sang in the choir, and taught Sunday School. He was active in expanding a shut-in ministry to include recorded Sunday services. John was preceded in death by his son, John Clark NOBLE Jr.; and his parents. John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Susan "Sue" Kinsey JACKSON; son, Richard Stephen NOBLE and wife, Jeannie, and their son, John, of Mount Airy; son, William Anderson NOBLE and wife, Christie, and their two sons, Waylon and Jasper, of Winston-Salem; brother, Stephen Franklin NOBLE; and two nieces, all of New Bern. Memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Ayden United Methodist Church with the Rev. Al HOCUTT officiating. Inurnment will follow at Ayden Cemetery. The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 at Farmer Funeral Home in Ayden and other times at the home, 104 Loblolly Circle, Greenville. Memorials may be made to Ayden United Methodist Church, 460 Third Street, Ayden, NC 28513.

George H. Pittman, Jr. Dead
Florida Today, Melbourne, FL, May 12, 2011
George H. PITTMAN, Jr., 91, passed away Monday, May 9, 2011. He was born in Falkland, North Carolina. George was a Colonel US Air Force Retired after 26 years and former Deputy Director of the Melbourne International Airport. George was a US Air Force Vet of WW II and Korea. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Detroit, MI. He belonged to the AZAN Shrine Temple, Jester Court #188 and QB's. Surviving George is his wife of 50 years, Christine; son, Hank PITTMAN; daughter, Gabrielle PENNINGTON; and 4 grandchildren. Visitation will be held Saturday, May 14 from 1 until 2 p.m. at the Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home. Memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. in the Brownlie-Maxwell Chapel. Friends planning expressions of sympathy are asked to consider the AZAN Shrine Temple. Brownlie - Maxwell Funeral Home is serving the family.

Richard Frederick Speight Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., Sept. 13, 1965
FOUNTAIN----Richard Frederick SPEIGHT, 70, of Fountain, died early today. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Alberta LAMM SPEIGHT; one daughter, Mrs. Jimmy HORTON of Virginia Beach, Va.; two sisters, Mrs. Jonathan GALLOWAY of Fountain and Mrs. Richard C. BEAMON of Walstonburg; and two grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Mrs. Velma B. Anderson Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., Oct. 21, 1940
Funeral services for Mrs. Velma B. ANDERSON, 23, who died suddenly at her home near Flemings Cross Roads this morning at 6 o'clock, will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home of her father, H. I. BRILEY near Bethel, by Rev. M. Y. SELF, Baptist minister of Bethel, assisted by Rev. N. M. JOHNSON. Burial will be in the Bethel cemetery. Mrs. ANDERSON is survived by her husband, C. T. ANDERSON; one son Larry; three daughters, Barbara, Ruby and Patricia Anne; four brothers, Wheeler BRILEY, Dennis BRILEY, Ezelle BRILEY and H. I. BRILEY, Jr., of the Bethel community; three sisters, Mrs. E. W. GRIFFIN, Mrs. Frank WHITE and Miss Dorothy BRILEY of Bethel, and her father, H. I. BRILEY of Bethel.

Rev. John A. Ricks Jr. Dead
Roanoke Times, Roanoke, VA, Aug. 14, 2010
The Reverend Mr. John A. RICKS Jr. (December 23, 1906-August 13, 2010)  passed away early Friday morning, August 13, 2010, at Waddell Nursing Home in Galax, Virginia. Mr. Ricks, the son of John A. RICKS, Sr. and Ruth HARRISS RICKS, was born December 23, 1906, in Greenville, N.C. He was a proud and loyal alumnus of Davidson College, graduating from there in 1929, and from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. in 1932. His first pastorate was at historic Rocky River Presbyterian Church in Rocky River, N.C. In 1941, he moved to Webber City, N.C. with his wife, Mamye. He organized a Presbyterian congregation in the community, meeting in a vacant automotive garage for 11 years and eventually, laboring alongside church members as they cut trees, planed lumber, and constructed a building for Immanuel Presbyterian Church. After 15 years there, he and his family moved to Roanoke, Va. where he served as pastor at Belmont Presbyterian Church for 17 years. In 1973, he was called to Hillsville, Va. and served as Pastor at Dinwiddie and Fairview Presbyterian Churches until his retirement. He also served as interim pastor at Anderson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Pulaski, Va. and supplied Westminster Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, also in Pulaski. In addition to his parents, Rev. RICKS was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Mamye TURNER RICKS; his son, William Timothy RICKS; grandson, William Scott RICKS; sister, Julia HODGES; brother, George Harriss RICKS; and nephew, John Ricks HODGES. He is survived by his son, John A. RICKS III and wife, Elaine, of Cochran, Ga.; daughter, Mary Elizabeth WHARTENBY and husband, Tom, of Galax, Va.; grandchildren, Anne Ricks LAMPTON, J. Addison RICKS IV, Bryan GLOVER, David WHARTENBY and Kathryn WHARTENBY; great-grandchildren, Amy and Maggie LAMPTON; niece, Norwood STRASBERGER; and nephews, Harriss RICKS and Tom HODGES. The funeral service will be held Sunday, August 15, 2010, at 3 p.m. in Galax Presbyterian Church with visitation from 1:30 p.m. until service time. Dr. Tom WHARTENBY will be officiating the funeral service. Burial will follow in Dinwiddie Presbyterian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Galax Presbyterian Church Emergency Fund, P.O. Box 2, Galax, Va. 24333

J. T. Whitehurst Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., Sept. 6, 1922
Bethel News, Sept. 5....Mr. J. T. WHITEHURST, who has been in declining health for some time, returned from the state sanitarium last Thursday in a very critical condition. His condition gradually grew worse until the end came Sunday night at ten o'clock. He leaves a wife and two sons. He was buried in the family burying ground near Conetoe yesterday afternoon.

Edith Jackson Szyperski Dead
News Record, Greensboro, NC, Mar. 7, 2011
RALEIGH — Edith JACKSON SZYPERSKI, 84, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2011 at Springmoor Retirement Community in Raleigh. Edith was born March 31, 1926 in Grimesland, NC to Virgil Alfred JACKSON and Mary NOONEY JACKSON. The last four years of her life were spent in Raleigh at the Springmoor Retirement Community where she made great friends. Previously, she lived in Kitty Hawk from 1999–2006. Prior to moving to Kitty Hawk, she lived in Greensboro from 1959-1999. Previously, she was a traditional Navy wife living in a variety of places. Edith was a loving wife and devoted mother. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, John Patrick SZYPERSKI. Edith is survived by her five children, Ellen TEAGUE and her husband Bill of Fort Myers, FL; Jack SZYPERSKI and his wife Dawne of Wilmington; Edie SZYPERSKI of Raleigh; Jim SZYPERSKI and his wife Laura of Atlanta, GA; Jeff SZYPERSKI and his wife Wende of Weems, VA; 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at the Springmoor Auditorium. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. A private graveside service will be held at Guilford Memorial Park in Greensboro at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Springmoor Endowment Fund, 1500 Sawmill Road, Raleigh, NC 27615.

Charles J. Jones Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Fri., Sept. 20, 1940
Charles J. JONES, 70, died at his home two miles from Ayden at 1:30 o'clock this morning. Funeral services will be conducted at the home by Rev. J. E. WOOTEN, at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon followed by interment in the Ayden cemetery.  Mr. JONES was a native of this county and had spent most of his life in the Ayden community. He was the son of George JONES and the late Sallie JONES. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Vinie JONES; six sons, E. C., Herbert, Willie, Charles, Elmer and Hubert JONES; five daughters, Mrs. Nora MANNING, Mrs. Rosa WOODARD, Mrs. Duldah MANNING, Mrs. Sallie CAYTON and Miss Thelma JONES, all of Pitt county; forty-one grandchildren and eight grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Levi HARRIS of Greenville.

Mrs. Annie McLawhorn Dead
The Daily Times News, Burlington, NC, Thurs., Aug. 2, 1956
Mrs. Annie MCLAWHORN, 80, died yesterday afternoon at 4:50 o'clock at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Frank HARVELL of 227 Hall Avenue. She had been ill for six months and critically ill for two days. The widow of the late Walter Lee MCLAWHORN, Mrs. MCLAWHORN was a native of Pitt County, daughter of the late Cicero and Mrs. Penny REEVES SMITH. She was a member of Elm Grove Free Will Baptist Church near Ayden. Survivors, in addition to Mrs. HARVELL, included two other daughters, Mrs. L. W. MUMFORD, Sr. of Burlington and Mrs. Rufus CRAFT of Grifton, one son, R. M. MCLAWHORN of Rocky Mount; two sisters, Mrs. Ed SKINNER of Dover and Mrs. J. P. LONG of Bolton, one brother, Furney SMITH of Grainger, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at Elm Grove Free Will Baptist Church, Rev. J. C. LYNN, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the cemetery in Grifton.

Joseph Dixon Dead
The Landmark, Statesville, NC, Fri., Mar. 7, 1884
Died at his home in Greene county, on the 1st inst., Hon. Joseph DIXON, several times a member of Legislature and once member of Congress from the second district.

Bertha Elizabeth Moore Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., Oct. 14, 1940
Miss Bertha Elizabeth MOORE, 58, life-time resident of the Stokes community, died Sunday night at 11:40 o'clock at her home. She had been ill for the past year. Funeral services will be conducted from the late home at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon by Rev. Gilbert DAVIS, Christian minister of Bell-Arthur. Burial will follow in the family cemetery near the home. Miss MOORE was born in Pitt county September 23, 1882, daughter of the late Guilford L. and Mary MOORE. She was a member of the Christian church at Stokes. Active pallbearers will be Hubert SIMMONS, Bruce MCLAWHORN, T. H. HODGES, Mahue POPE, Herbert RANDOLPH, and Arthur WOOLARD. Surviving are three sisters; Misses Arley V., Viola and Etta MOORE of the home, and one brother, Ira MOORE.

W. H. Whichard Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., Oct. 2, 1922
W. H. WHICHARD, aged 71, highly respected farmer, passed away at his home near Staton's Mill Sunday morning. Funeral services will be conducted from the home this afternoon at three o'clock, interment following in the family burying ground. Mr. WHICHARD was one of the best known men of his section and was held in highest esteem by a wide circle of friends. He is survived by four sons and four daughters, all of whom reside in this immediate section. Policeman Jess WHICHARD of Greenville is one of the sons.

Luby Taylor Dead
The Landmark, Statesville, NC, Thurs., Feb. 14, 1889
Little Luby TAYLOR, of Hookerton, Greene county, was so badly burned by broom sedge on fire in his father's field that he died. During his painful delirium he told his mother he saw "little white birds" after him. Later, the little fellow exclaimed, "Here is one more," and was dead in a moment.

F. J. P. Bryant Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., Sept. 6, 1922
Bethel News, Sept. 5.....The many friends of F. J. P. BRYANT will regret to learn of his death this afternoon at 3 p.m. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his going, one son, F. J. BRYANT, Jr., and one daughter, Mrs. M. MANNING. He will be buried tomorrow in the family burying ground near here.

Edward Coward Dead
Weekly Standard, Raleigh, NC, Aug. 26, 1863
Died, in Greene County, N.C., on the 19th of July, 1863, in the 78th year of his age, Edward COWARD. The deceased lived to a ripe old age, and has been heard to remark upon several occasions, within the past two years, that he had lived too long, from the fact, that he had seen his country in its greatest prosperity, but regretted he had lived long enough to see it on the verge of ruin and destruction. He leaves two sons, one daughter and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

M. T. Spier Dead
Eastern Reflector, Greenville, NC, Fri., Aug. 8, 1913
Following an illness extending over a period of time of more than a month, death came Friday afternoon to Mr. M. T. SPIER at his home in Winterville. The end came about three o'clock, after a long suspense of several days, during which time death was looked for almost instantly. Mr. SPIER had been ill for some time, but not until recently did his ailment take on a very serious turn. Mr. SPIER was one of the best known men in the county. For two terms he had served as County Commissioner of Pitt county, and was a member of the board at the time the long bridge was constructed across the Tar River at the foot of Pitt street. He was one of the members of the board who manifested a very great interest in the project, and gave much of his time and thought to the work. At the time of his death, Mr. SPIER was a resident of Winterville. Prior to that time he lived in Pactolus township, where for many years he was a justice of the peace, and where he enjoyed the friendship and respect of everyone who knew him. It was there that he was engaged in farming, and there that he was recognized as one of the best authorities on crops. A few years ago he sold his farm and moved to Winterville to engage in the mercantile business, and it was in this business that he labored at the time of his death. Mr. SPIER was forty years old and leaves a wife and six children, to whom the sympathy of their hundreds of friends will go out in this time of bereavement and trouble. The funeral services were held this afternoon at three o'clock at the family burying ground in Pactolus township.

Don Grady White Dead
Daily Reflector, Mon., Oct. 7, 1940
Don Grady WHITE, 62, died at his home in Vanceboro at 6:20 p.m. Saturday after several years illness. Funeral services were conducted from the home this afternoon at 3 o'clock by Rev. Sidney E. MATTHEWS of Washington, pastor of the Episcopal church of Vanceboro. Burial followed in the Vanceboro cemetery. Mr. WHITE was born and reared in Vanceboro, the son of the late E. F. WHITE and Henrietta CLEVE WHITE. In 1901 he married Miss Deborah HOELL. He owned a number of farms in Craven county and was one of its outstanding citizens. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Deborah WHITE, one son, Don Franklin WHITE, one sister, Mrs. Perry BLAND, two brothers, W. E. WHITE and J. A. WHITE, all of Vanceboro, and several nieces and nephews.

George Bazemore, Last Rites for Aged Colored Citizen
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., Oct. 28, 1940
Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon for George BAZEMORE, aged Greenville colored citizen who died Thursday afternoon. The services were conducted at the Sycamore Hill Baptist church. Burial was in the church cemetery. BAZEMORE was well known thruout the city and had many friends among both the white and colored races. He operated a store here for many years, but retired several months ago when his health failed.

Benjamin Jesse Skinner Dead
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Mar. 10, 2009
Benjamin Jesse SKINNER, 89, of West Point, Va., died on Sunday, March 8, 2009. He was born in Pitt County, N.C., to the late Benjamin and Leila SKINNER.  Ben was "a North Carolinian by birth and a Virginian by choice" who served in the Army Air Corps in both North Africa and Italy during World War II. During that time, he earned the rank of Staff Sergeant and was decorated with the EAMET Campaign Medal with six Bronze Service Stars and a Bronze Star Medal. He was the manager at Roses Department Store for 22 years before coming to West Point in 1962 and opening Point Variety. Ben was a strong believer in giving back to his community, always striving to help others in need. For 20 years, Ben served in the local government, including being chairman of the King William Board of Supervisors, President of the Virginia Association of Counties, member and chairman of the West Point Industrial Development Authority, member of the West Point Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals. Ben was active in numerous local organizations including the Kiwanis, where he served as a past president and received the Hixen award, the Pamunkey Regional Library Board, the VFW and the local Boy Scout Troop. He was a member of the West Point United Methodist Church where he served on several committees and was a Sunday school teacher. Ben was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Bet SKINNER. He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Lee and David BRISTOW of Richmond; a son and his wife, David and Carmen SKINNER, of West Point; four grandsons, Matt and Justin BRISTOW, Evan and Neal SKINNER; a nephew and his wife, Henry and Carol SKINNER of Wilson, N.C. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, 11 a.m. at Vincent Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 417 11th Street, West Point, Va. Memorials may be made to West Point Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, Box X, West Point, Va. 23181 or West Point United Methodist Church Building Fund, Box 610, Wes Point, Va. 23181

Mrs. Stella Roach Worthington Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., Oct. 17, 1938
Mrs. Stella ROACH WORTHINGTON, of Grifton, R. F. D. one, near Riverside Church, died this morning at 12:50 o'clock at her home. Funeral services will be conducted at the residence tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial will be in Riverside Church cemetery. Mrs. WORTHINGTON, who was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, had spent her entire life in the community in which she died. Surviving are her husband, James L. WORTHINGTON; one son, Roman WORTHINGTON; four daughters, Mrs. G. L. LILLEY of Vanceboro, and Misses Janie, Clara and Virginia WORTHINGTON of the home place; six grandchildren; four brothers, T. W. ROACH, Scott ROACH and Howard ROACH of Pamlico county, and D. E. ROACH of Vanceboro, route one; three sisters, Mrs. Walter LILLEY of Pamlico county, Mrs. John BUCK of the Clay Root section and Mrs. Laurie REDD of the Black Jack section.

James McGowan Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., Jan. 6, 1936
James MCGOWAN, 50, died yesterday afternoon at one o'clock in State Hospital in Raleigh. He had been a patient there for the past two years. Funeral services were conducted this afternoon at two-thirty from Williams Funeral Home by Rev. J. A. MCIVER, pastor of the Immanuel Baptist church here. Burial followed in the McGowan cemetery on the Cox Mill road about four miles from Greenville. He is survived by two brothers, S. G. MCGOWAN of Greenville, N.C. and Walter MCGOWAN of Ahoskie, N.C.; three sisters, Mrs. Henrietta MILLS, Misses Maggie and Sadie MCGOWAN, of Greenville; a half-sister, Mrs. Ben STEPPS, Farmville, N.C.

Margaret Baldree Pollard Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Tues., May 31, 2011
Margaret BALDREE POLLARD, age 92, daughter of the late John A. and Katie BALDREE, passed away Monday, May 30, 2011.  Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. from the Church Street Chapel of the Farmville Funeral Home by Rev. Ron CARNIGHAN and Rev. Claude NETHERCUTT.  Interment will follow at Crestlawn Memorial Gardens near Farmville. Mrs. POLLARD was a charter member of Monk Memorial United Methodist Church where she served as secretary and treasurer for approximately 25 years.  She was also a housewife and seamstress. She was married to the late Bruce J. POLLARD and was also preceded in death by a great grandson, Justin WAINWRIGHT. Surviving Mrs. POLLARD are her children, Barbara LEWIS and husband, Joe of Greenville and Randy POLLARD and wife, Irene of Farmville; siblings, Grace LETCHWORTH of Greenville and Ottis BALDREE of Farmville; grandchildren, Mike LEWIS and wife, Sheila; Phil LEWIS and wife, Kim; Lynn PETERSON and husband, Wayne;  Beverly WAINWRIGHT and husband, Mike; and great grandchildren, Heather PETERSON, Stephanie PETERSON, and Matthew LEWIS.

Frances "Sallie" Lovic Baldree Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Sun., May 22, 2011
FARMVILLE - Frances "Sallie" LOVIC BALDREE, 93, of 9047 W. Marlboro Road died Saturday, May 21, 2011, at her home. Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the Church Street Chapel of the Farmville Funeral Home by the Rev. Ronnie MOHN. Interment will follow in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens near Farmville. Mrs. BALDREE was a member of Marlboro Free Will Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Hubert Ottis BALDREE of the home; one daughter, Rose Marie ELLIS and husband, Billy of Winterville; one sister, Louise RIGSBEE of Durham; four grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the Farmville Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. today. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Marlboro Free Will Baptist Church Senior Citizens, P.O. Box 694, Farmville, NC 27828.

Mrs. Marinda Case Anderson Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Tues., Feb. 26, 1946
Mrs. Marinda CASE ANDERSON, 45, of Greenville, died Monday afternoon following several months of declining health. Funeral services will be conducted at the Free Will Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 by the Rev. J. C. MOYE of Snow Hill. Burial will be in the family cemetery. The body will remain at the Greenville Funeral Home until time for the service. Mrs. ANDERSON was born in Pitt County, the daughter of the late James CASE and Maggie BOTTOMS CASE. She spent her entire life in this county. In 1923 she was married to H. R. ANDERSON. He died eight years ago. Surviving are five sons, Clarence, Odis, Alvin, Dallas and Jimmie ANDERSON, all of the home at 1108 Cotanche Street, Greenville; three daughters, Mary and Sally ANDERSON, both of the home, and Mrs. Paul TAYLOR of Greenville; one sister, Mrs. Rosa FULFORD of Tarboro; and five brothers, Charlie CASE of Clinton, Jarvis CASE of the Army, Johnny CASE of Baltimore, Md., Archie CASE of Bethel, and Aaron CASE of Winterville.

Benjamin Otto Turnage, Sr.  Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., Feb. 27, 1946
Funeral services for Benjamin Otto TURNAGE, Sr. , 61, postmaster of Farmville for the past 10 years, who died Tuesday following an illness of several months, were conducted from the residence Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. The Rev. F. R. CLEGG, pastor of the Farmville Methodist Church, officiating, assisted by the Rev. M. Y. SELF of Mount Olive, former pastor of the church. Burial was in Hollywood Cemetery, Farmville.  Mr. TURNAGE was the son of the late Theodore L. and Emily MAY TURNAGE. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lillian WHITFIELD TURNAGE; three daughters, Mrs. Warren LUPTON of Belhaven, Mrs. J. Y. MONK, Jr. of Farmville, and Jane TURNAGE, student at Louisburg College; one son, Col. Benjamin O. TURNAGE, Jr. with headquarters Army Ground Forces, Washington; two sisters, Mrs. G. E. MOORE, Sr., and Mrs. A. C. MONK, Sr., both of Farmville; and four grandsons.

James Willis Cannon Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., Feb. 11, 1946
James Willis CANNON, 76, died at his home near Chicod school Saturday afternoon at 5 o'clock after several months' illness. Funeral services were held from the home Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. Walter B. NOBLES, Free Will Baptist minister of Winterville, assisted by the Rev. Hayes CLARK, Presbyterian minister of Greenville. Burial was in the Smith family cemetery. Mr. CANNON was a life-long resident of Pitt County and was a member of Reedy Branch Free Will Baptist Church near Winterville. Mr. CANNON was first married to Susan JONES of Beaufort County. Surviving this union are a son, Abram CANNON of Wilmington; and four daughters, Mrs. Bessie Elizabeth TRIPP of Farmville, Mrs. L. M. MARSLANDER of Galloway's Cross Roads, Mrs. E. D. MERRITT of Wilmington, Del., and Mrs. O. K. KITTRELL of Lumberton. His second marriage was to Sophia Louisa BUCK of Pitt County, who survives with three sons, James Willis CANNON, Jr., Thomas Jefferson CANNON, and Henry CANNON, all of the home; and four daughters, Mrs. A. V. HILL of Kinston and Sarah Jane, Verna and Pearlie Louise CANNON of the home. Also surviving are 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Paul Wilkerson Brooks Dead
Lincoln Times-News, Lincolnton, NC, Aug. 17, 2011
VALE — Paul Wilkerson BROOKS of Vale, passed away at the Lutheran Home in Hickory on August 15, 2011. He was born on July 1, 1923 in Pitt County, the son of Francis Edwin BROOKS and Bessie Glenn WOOTEN BROOKS.  Paul grew up in Greenville and graduated from Greenville High School in 1942. After graduation, Paul served in the Army Air Corps.  Paul received a BA from East Carolina Teacher’s College in 1948 and a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1951.  He served as Durham’s director of city planning from 1955 – 1970.  He served as state planner for the N.C. Dept. of Administration until he retired in 1978.  Paul was a lifelong learner who earned his private pilot’s license, was a member of the power squadron and became an expert brick layer. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Nannie LEATHERMAN BROOKS; brothers, Glenn, Francis and William BROOKS; and sister Blanche BROOKS.  He is survived by sister, Rachel HORD; daughters, Nancy USTACH (Beaufort), Lisa RHOADES (Durham);, and sons David BROOKS (Durham) and James BROOKS (Vale).  He has four grandchildren, Nicole VAN METER and Matthew BROOKS, Emily and Peter USTACH; and one great-granddaughter, Caroline VAN METER.  Visitation will be held at the home Saturday afternoon from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Lutheran Home of Hickory. Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Brooks family.

Will G. Gay Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Tues., Oct. 13, 1964
WALSTONBURG---Will G. GAY, 89, of Route 1 Walstonburg, died early Tuesday morning following an illness of one year. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Mr. GAY, a native of Greene County, was a retired farmer, a member of the Redmen and a member of the Howell Swamp Free Will Baptist Church. He is survived by two daughters,  Mrs. Archie STALLINGS of Route 1 Stantonsburg and Miss Estelle GAY of the home; three sons, Theodore and Herbert GAY, both of Walstonburg and Harvey R. GAY of Saratoga; two sisters, Mrs. Lee JONES and Mrs. Mattie WHEELER, both of Walstonburg; two brothers, Wiley and Arthur GAY of Walstonburg; ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Mrs. A. P. Turnage Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Fri., Sept. 20, 1940
Funeral services for Mrs. Carrie E. TURNAGE, 86, who died at her home near Farmville early last night, were conducted at the home at 3:30 this afternoon followed by burial in Hollywood cemetery at Farmville. Services were conducted by Rev. J. C. MOORE, of Whitakers, a cousin of Mrs. TURNAGE. Mrs. TURNAGE was a daughter of the late Joshua and Jane MOORE SPEIGHT of Greene county. She was married on November 26, 1874, to A. P. TURNAGE, who died in October 1938, at the age of 89. Mrs. TURNAGE had lived 86 years in the home in which she died. Survivors are seven sons, J. R. TURNAGE of West Durham, M. L. and D. L. TURNAGE of Greenville, A. C. and L. E. TURNAGE of Farmville, C. A. TURNAGE of Washington, N.C., and J. M. TURNAGE of Richmond, Va.; a brother, Jesse SPEIGHT of Greenville and nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mrs. TURNAGE had been a member of Tyson Primitive Baptist church 35 years.

Mrs. Edna Earl Stocks McLawhorn Dead
Kinston Free Press, Kinston, NC, July 9, 2011
AYDEN — Edna Earl STOCKS MCLAWHORN, 85, was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Mitchell MCLAWHORN; a son, James Mitchell MCLAWHORN; her parents, Walter L. and Gladys BULLOCK STOCKS; and brothers, Billy and D.W. STOCKS. Mrs. MCLAWHORN grew up and continued to reside on family farmland in the Ayden community; she graduated from Ayden High School and attended Croft Business College in Durham, N.C. Her late husband and she were involved with farming for a number of years. Together they owned and operated Mitchell MCLAWHORN Well Drilling in Ayden until his death in 1990. She worked and retired from Ayden Free Will Baptist Press in 1992. She was a member of the Ayden Free Will Baptist Church and the church's Ladies Auxiliary. For years she was an active member of the Ayden Chapter of the Fraternal Order of the Daughters of Pocahontas. She is survived by three daughters, Frances M. DAUGHERTY and husband Bud, of Ayden, Kathy M. WESTBROOK and husband Charlie, of Oriental, and Susan M. JOHNSON and husband Roger Jr., of Kinston; two sons, Randal MCLAWHORN of Chesapeake, Va., and Clayton E. MCLAWHORN and wife Stephanie, of Grifton; a son-in-law Jason THEIERL of Chesapeake, Va.; 12 grandchildren, Robert DAUGHERTY of Winterville, N.C., Scotty BRINSON of Greenville, N.C., Mark MCLAWHORN of Raleigh, N.C., Edward DAUGHERTY of Ayden, N.C., Keith BRINSON of Grifton, N.C., Chris NEWKIRK of Grifton, N.C., Courtney MCLAWHORN of Winterville, N.C., Stephanie MORGAN of Greenville, N.C., Melissa JONES of Winterville, N.C., and Brittney GODWIN of Grifton, N.C.; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Carolyn PAGE STOCKS of Greenville; and a brother, Douglas STOCKS and wife Beulah, of Ayden. A special thank you to Dr. Robin ADAMS, Ruby PIERCE, Clara KING and Community Home Care and Hospice (Patrice BROWN and Estella DAVIS). Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 10, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Farmer Funeral Service-Ayden with the Rev. C.H. OVERMAN and the Rev. Harry GRUBBS officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday evening from 7-9 p.m. at Farmer Funeral Service-Ayden and other times at the home.

Peyton George Mayo Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., Oct. 28, 1940
Peyton George MAYO, 73, lifelong resident of Falkland and a prominent merchant of Falkland passed away today at 10:45 a.m. following an illness of two weeks and declining health of six years. Funeral services will be conducted from the Falkland Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock by Rev. W. B. WILSON of Farmville and Rev. C. A. LAWRENCE of Falkland, and burial will follow in the church yard. Mr. MAYO was born December 16, 1861, the son of the late Dr. P. H. MAYO and Susie Lee SAVAGE MAYO of Falkland, having been one of the oldest members of the Presbyterian church of Falkland. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ada WILLOUGHBY MAYO; two brothers, C. H. MAYO of Falkland and C. B. MAYO of Greenville; two sisters, Mrs. Maude WARREN of Falkland, and Mrs. W. H. MOORE of Bruce; also a number of nieces and nephews.

Clifton H. Newton Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Tues., July 20, 1965
FALKLAND----Clifton H. NEWTON, 72, of Falkland, died yesterday at 4 p.m. in Raleigh. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Clayton GUTHRIE, Pentecostal Holiness minister of Tarboro, will officiate, and burial will follow in Falkland Cemetery. NEWTON was a native and longtime resident of the Falkland community. He served in France during World War I. Surviving are three nieces, Mrs. Jesse ALFORD of Tarboro, Mrs. W. J. BEER of Camp Lejeune, and Mrs. G. C. COLVILLE of Manassas, Va.

Mrs. Hattie M. Forrest Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., June 28, 1965
JASPER---Mrs. Hattie M. FORREST, 79, died in a Kinston hospital Sunday night. A native of Greene County, she was the daughter of the late W. J. and Zelphia PHILLPS STOCKS. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Pollock Funeral Chapel in New Bern. The Rev. Cecil C. BROWN will officiate assisted by the Rev. Fred BARBER. Burial will follow in Westview Cemetery, Kinston. Surviving are eight sons, W. Chester FORREST of Kinston, Sherman A. FORREST of Shallotte, Woodrow W. FORREST of Roxboro, Robert H. FORREST of New Bern, Route 2, J. T. FORREST of Tavares, Fla., Ralph E. FORREST of Raleigh, Berry M. FORREST of New Bern, Route 2, Thelbert R. FORREST of Warwick, R.I.; two daughters, Mrs. Macon F. DUNCAN of New Bern and Mrs. Linwood WHITE of Cove City; 22 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Guy MAY of Ayden, Mrs. Lena GUYTON and Mrs. Annie SMITH, both of Norfolk, Va.

C. S. Dixon Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Mon., Sept. 23, 1940
C. S. DIXON, 69, a life-long resident of the Black Jack community, died Saturday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock at his home after several months of critical illness. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Black Jack Free Will Baptist church, and burial followed in the church cemetery. Mr. DIXON is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ida DIXON; one son, Theodore R. DIXON; three daughters, Mrs. A. D. EDWARDS of Falcon, N.C., Mrs. Hyman MILLS of Black Jack, and Mrs. S. M. PARAMORE of near Greenville; nineteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Mr. DIXON was well known throughout the Black Jack community and was a member of the Black Jack Free Will Baptist church.

Mrs. Ruth V. Dail Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Tues., July 20, 1965
WINTERVILLE---Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth V. DAIL, 62 year old widow of Herman H. DAIL, will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Wilkerson Chapel. The Rev. Robert B. CRAWFORD, EWB minister of Greenville, will officiate, and burial will be in the Winterville Cemetery. Mrs. DAIL, a native of Pitt County, died yesterday in a Goldsboro hospital. She had lived with her son William H. DAIL of Jacksonville until her illness. She was a member of Rountree Christian Church. Her husband died in 1944. Surviving Mrs. DAIL are two sons, William H. DAIL of Jacksonville and E. J. DAIL, of the U.S. Navy, stationed in Norfolk, Va.; five grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. D. M. STANCILL of Ayden and Mrs. Rowan TRIPP of Greenville; and six brothers, J. J. SMITH of Jacksonville, Skinner SMITH of LaGrange, Enoch SMITH of Conway, SC, A. J. SMITH of Vanceboro, Nathan SMITH of New Bern and Herman H. SMITH of Thomasville.

Leslie L. Wainright Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Wed., June 23, 1965
Leslie L. WAINRIGHT, 48, died Monday afternoon at 4:30 in Hehnenann Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after several days of illness. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the Wilkerson Chapel. Burial will be in the Hollywood Cemetery in Farmville. Mr. WAINRIGHT, a native of Pitt County, was born and reared near Greenville and had been living in Philadelphia for the past eight years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Martha PARAMORE WAINRIGHT of Lynchburg, Va.; one daughter, Miss Jo Ann WAINRIGHT of Lynchburg, Va.; one son,  Roy Dalton WAINRIGHT of Lynchburg, Va.; two grandchildren; six sisters, Mrs. Rosa JONES of Greenville, Mrs. C. B. SAULTER of Farmville, Mrs. Carlton HAMMOND of Searcy, Ark., Mrs. Adrian GLISSON of Norfolk, Va., Mrs. Albert DERICO of New London, Conn. and Mrs. Leabert E. STARLING of New London, Conn.; two brothers, William WAINRIGHT of Greenville and Woodrow WAINRIGHT of Farmville.

K. D. Allen Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Sat., Sept. 28, 1940
K. D. ALLEN, 58, died at Edgecombe hospital, Tarboro, last night at 8:45 o'clock following a stroke of paralysis he suffered 24 hours earlier. Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock at the S. G. Wilkerson and Sons funeral home here by Rev. Clarence PATRICK, pastor of Immanuel Baptist church. Burial will follow in Red Banks cemetery. Mr. ALLEN was born and reared in Pitt county. He moved to Halifax county 20 years ago and lived there until the first of this year, when he moved to Kingsboro, in Edgecombe county. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lena WILLOUGHBY ALLEN; a daughter, Miss Mabel Lee ALLEN, of the home; two brothers, J. R. ALLEN of Greenville, and J. T. ALLEN of Everetts; three sisters, Mrs. N. T. STOKES, Mrs. J. C. SAVAGE, Mrs. W. A. SERMONS, Sr., all of Greenville; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbeares, all nephews, will be Elmo SAVAGE, Alton ALLEN, W. A. SERMONS, Jr., Elmer Ray SERMONS, John Hardy STOKES and Clifton R. STOKES.

William Little Smith Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Tues., Feb. 19, 1946
William Little SMITH, 85, died at his home near Chicod School Tuesday morning at 4:30 o'clock following a long illness. Funeral services will be conducted at the home Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial will be in the smith family cemetery nearby. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. H. H. PROCTOR of near Greenville and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. SMITH, son of the late John A. and Lovie CLARK SMITH, spent his entire life in Pitt County. He was a farmer, merchant, operated a saw mill and manufactured farm implements. He was a member of Chapman's Chapel Methodist Church near Dudley's Cross Roads and was well known throughout the county.

Julian Hughes Joyner Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Fri., Oct. 9, 1964
Julian Hughes JOYNER, 64, died in the Veteran's Hospital in Columbia, S.C., at 10:40 Thursday night, following several years of illness. Graveside services will be held a Cherry Hill Cemetery Saturday afternoon at three o'clock by the Rev. John W. DRAKE, Jr., rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Mr. JOYNER, son of the late Olthos Leland and Anna FORBES JOYNER, was born in Greenville and attended Greenville High School and Bingham Military School in Asheville. He was employed by the British American Tobacco Company and was in China for four years. Then he was employed by P. Lorillard Company and lived in New York for several years. More recently he had lived in Southern Pines and in Florida. He was a member of the Methodist Church and was a Mason. Surviving are a son, W. H. JOYNER of New York City; three sisters, Mrs. S. C. CASWELL of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Mrs. E. Graham FLANAGAN of Greenville, and Mrs. Helen JOYNER WEED of Palm Beach, Fla.; and a brother, Carl McDonald JOYNER of Grosse Point, Michigan. The family requests that no flowers be sent.

 

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