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Mrs. Sara S. Bland Dead
Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville, NC, Fri., Jan. 16, 2004
Asheville - Sara Setzer BLAND, 86, of 91 Arthur Road, Malvern Hills, Asheville, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, in an Asheville hospital.  Mrs. BLAND was born in Newton and was a daughter of the late Herbert and Georgia SETZER and was also preceded in death by a sister, Frances S. BALL.  She was a lifelong member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, where she was a former Sunday school teacher and taught in the weekday church school. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah BLAND Lane and her husband, Harold, of Knoxville, Tenn.; son, Thomas E. BLAND and his wife, Donna, of Suisun City, Calif.; her former husband, Joseph M. BLAND of Asheville; sister, Mary Lewis Setzer HARKINS and her husband, Charles, of Asheville; granddaughter, Elizabeth STYLES and her husband, Derrick, of Waihua, Hawaii; grandson, Michael CORNWELL of Newport, Tenn.; and a great-grandson, Elijah STYLES. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church with the Revs. Marion Starr and Sara Ilderton officiating. Burial will be at Green Hills Cemetery. Her family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service and there will be a reception for family and friends in the church fellowship hall immediately following the church service. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 10 N. Liberty St., Asheville, NC 28801.  The family expresses appreciation to the staff of the Oaks at Sweeten Creek and Mission Hospital ICU, physicians and chaplains.  Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is in charge of the arrangements. Transcribed by Billy D. BLAND

Mrs. Sarah Frances Bland Dead
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Fri., Mar. 31, 1967
Mrs. Sarah Frances (Sallie) BLAND, 76, widow of William Herman BLAND, died at Pitt Memorial Hospital Friday morning at 12:02.  She resided at 117 N. Summit St.  Funeral services will be conducted at the Wilkerson Chapel Saturday afternoon at 3:30 by the Rev. Robert G. Hurrord, pastor of Hooker Memorial Christian Church. Burial will be in Pinewood Memorial Park. Mrs. BLAND was reared in the Stokestown community and had lived in Greenville for the past twenty-two years.  She was a member of Timothy Christian Church.  Her husband died in 1941. Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Robert E. VALENTINE of Chesapeake, Va., Mrs. C. M.  HEDRICK of Norfolk, Va., Mrs. Joe AVERETTE, Mrs. Carl ADAMS, Mrs. H. L. (Dick) BREWER, and Mrs. Peggy HALL, all of Greenville; two sons, Gray and Claude BLAND of Greenville; a sister, Mrs. Bessie MOORE of Washington; 14 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. Transcribed by Billy D. BLAND

WHITE MAN AND NEGRO MAN KILLED IN MOTOR ACCIDENT
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Tues., Sept. 9, 1942
Cyclist Hit on Highway and Car Leaves Highway and Strikes Negro:
A white man and a negro were killed in a traffic accident near the Epworth church in the vicinity of Vanceboro around 10 o'clock Sunday morning when an automobile operated by Mrs. M. GATLIN, who resides seven miles southwest of New Bern on the Pollocksville highway, struck them killing the negro instantly while the white man died en route to a Greenville hospital. Those dead are Shade BLAND, 55 years of age, who resided near Epworth, and Squire HOOKER, negro.  Coroner U. W. DAUGHERTY, after hearing the testimony of the wreck, recognized Mrs. GATLIN for an appearance at an inquest which is slated to be held at the court house in this city Wednesday night at 8 o'clock.  Neither Mrs. GATLIN nor her mother, who was riding in the automobile were injured. According to information gathered by State Highway Patrolmen M. C. NEWSOM and Fred HINES and Coroner DAUGHERTY, who all arrived at the scene shortly after the accident occurred, Mrs. GATLIN attempted to pass Mr. BLAND who was riding a bicycle toward Epworth church on the right side of the road but the deceased cut to the left in front of the automobile.  The force of the impact threw the man on the hood of the automobile blocking the front vision of Mrs. GATLIN. Mrs. GATLIN apparently lost control of the car which swerved and struck the negro who was standing on the shoulder of the road with a pail of water in his hand in front of his home.  According to available information Mrs. GATLIN was not speeding. Mr. BLAND was rushed to Greenville but died before reaching a hospital there of what physicians termed as severe head injuries.  The negro died instantly both of his legs being broken and he also received external injuries. According to the patrolmen the negro was standing some 40 feet from where the automobile struck the white man and was approximately six feet off the highway.  The fatalities were the sixth and seventh traffic deaths in this county, four being within the past five weeks.
Transcribed by Billy D. BLAND

Shade Ireon Bland Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Fri., Dec. 2, 1994
Shade Ireon BLAND, 77, of 3106 Oaks Road died Wednesday at Craven Regional Medical Center.  He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with Bishop Michael Moran officiating.  Burial will be in Epworth Methodist Church Cemetery in Vanceboro. He is survived by his widow, Helen BLAND; three sons, Sterling Adams BLAND and Terry Dean BLAND of New Bern and Danny Carl BLAND of Benson; one daughter Cynthia BLAND Carawan of New Bern; three brothers, G. S. "Pug" BLAND and C. W. "Pete" BLAND of Vanceboro and Wesley E. BLAND of Grifton; one sister, Ruth B. TAYLOR of New Bern; and six grandchildren.  The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. today at Cotten Funeral Home. Transcribed by Billy D. BLAND

Funeral Services Mrs. Stella BLAND
Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, Sat., Dec. 5, 1952
Vanceboro - Mrs. Stella Mae BLAND, 66, wife of M. R. BLAND, died at Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston Friday Morning after a long illness. Funeral services will be held at Epworth Church Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Rev. Leroy Stanton, her pastor, Rev. Bill CROWDER of Dover, Rev. Alton HILL of Vanceboro and Rev. Laurie ATKINSON of Swansboro will officiate.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons, Hatley BLAND of New Bern, Leon BLAND of Baltimore, Md., and Matt R. BLAND Jr. of Baton Rouge, La.; two daughters, Mrs. J. E. Meeks of Ayden and Mrs. Marvin LILLY of the home; two foster sisters, Mrs. J. Everett JORDAN of Raleigh and Mrs. Joseph DIXON of Norfolk, Va., and a foster son, Floyd PHILLIPS of Greenville.
Transcribed by Billy D. BLAND

Mrs. Susan Arnold Bland Dead
The Sun-Journal, New Bern, NC, Tues., Aug. 1, 1995
Grifton, NC - Susan Arnold BLAND, 64, of 425 Country Acres Road, formerly of Craven County, died Monday at Craven Regional Medical Center.  She was a member of Riverside Christian Church and the Swift Creek Home Demonstration Club.  She had served as one of the managers of the Pitt County Agricultural Fair.  Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wilkerson Funeral Home chapel in Greenville. Burial will be in Riverside Christian Church Cemetery. She is survived by her widower, Wesley E. BLAND; one son Jimmy B. WALL of Milledgeville, Ga.; three daughters, Mary Bette Wall HAUSER of Advance, Deborah Wall CANNON of Ayden and Tula BLAND Miller of Grifton; two brothers, Billy ARNOLD of Pennsylvania; and six grandchildren.  The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Transcribed by Billy D. BLAND

Clarence David Dail Dead
The Times News, Burlington, NC, Sat., Mar. 8, 2008
BURLINGTON - Clarence David DAIL, age 86, of 3163 Bellemont-Mt. Hermon Road, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 7, 2008, at his home surrounded by his family. He was a native of Pitt County and the husband of 44 years to Mildred WRIGHT DAIL, who survives. Clarence retired from Colonial Grocery Stores after 38 years and he later worked for Harris Teeter for over 19 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Scotland during WWII. He attended Calvary Baptist Church and was an avid gardener and he enjoyed camping especially with his family. Clarence was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Survivors include his wife of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon Dail HYLER and her husband Terry of Burlington; sons and daughters-in-law, Greg DAIL and his wife, Gwynn, of Liberty, Donald JOHNSON and his wife, Carol, of Burlington, Jerry Wayne JOHNSON and his wife, Pam, of Burlington, and Tommy JOHNSON of Darlington, South Carolina; grandchildren, Tommy JOHNSON, Jason JOHNSON, Kim WILSON and David JOHNSON, all of Burlington, LaShae JOHNSON of Wake Forest, Caleb MCKEEL and his wife, Erica, of Germany, Megan MCKEEL of Burlington, Jennifer DAIL of Maryland, Cooper DAIL of Liberty, Lauren HYLER and Emily HYLER, both of Burlington and Hunter LEWIS of Liberty; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Doris HANKS of Moyock, NC and Margaret BASS of Durham; and brother, Dalton DAIL of Chesapeake, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kay MCKEEL; parents, John David and Rosa WILLIAMSON DAIL; sister, Rachael DAIL; and brother, William DAIL. The funeral service will be held on Monday, March 10, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church by the Rev. Ernest BECK and the burial will follow at Alamance Memorial Park with military honors provided by the 82nd Airborne Division. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Sunday at Lowe Funeral Home and Crematory and other times at the home.

Mrs. Bertha Mae Harrington Jackson Dead
Jacksonville Daily News, Jacksonville, NC, April 13, 2007
GREENVILLE — Mrs. Bertha Mae HARRINGTON JACKSON, 91, died Thursday April 12, 2007.The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Mrs. JACKSON, a native of Pitt County, was a lifelong resident of Greenville, and graduated from Greenville High School. She married Charles Cornelius JACKSON in 1941. He died February 21, 1980. Bertha Mae pursued her interest in many things during her lifetime. She loved reading, traveling, family get togethers, growing and arranging flowers, music and cooking. She wrote poetry but her favorite hobby by far was painting which she began at the age of 64. Her paintings are enjoyed and treasured by many. She worked for many years in the lingerie department of Brody’s and was instrumental in helping to set up Clarks, the first large department chain store to come to Greenville. She was a long time member of Red Oak Christian Church, which she first attended as a child. She was active in working with children, and loved to help decorate the church for special occasions. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her mother and father, John and Mary CORBITT HARRINGTON. She is survived by her children, Joyce Jackson WORTHINGTON of Greenville, Charles Winston JACKSON of Farmville, John Ray Jackson and wife, Abby of Jacksonville, and Bill JACKSON of Greenville; grandchildren, Kimberly WORTHINGTON WOOLARD, Jennifer Jackson WEST and husband, Chris all of Greenville, Michael WORTHINGTON and wife, Jennifer of Phoenix; step grandchildren, Eric MORTON of Raleigh, Nicole Morton COCKERHAM and husband, Hal of Elon; great-grand-children, Shylah WOOLARD and Spencer WEST both of Greenville, Madison WORTHINGTON of Phoenix and Jacob COCKERHAM of Elon College; and a sister, Beulah HARRINGTON. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Wilkerson Funeral Home and other times at the home of her daughter, Joyce WORTHINGTON.

Mrs. Viola L. Bland Dead
The Worcester Telegram, Friday, May 26, 1922
Mrs. Viola L. (Turner) BLAND, wife of Hector BLAND, formerly of Westboro, died at Memorial Hospital yesterday afternoon.  She was 23 years, 10 months and 20 days old.  She leaves her husband, a daughter, Anne; an infant son, her mother, Mrs. W. H. O'BRIEN of 12 Williams street and a brother John I. Turner.  The funeral arrangements are not complete. Transcribed by Billy D. BLAND
NOTE: Viola Louisa TURNER was the first wife of Hector BLAND.

Miss RACHEL VIRGINIA DAIL
Virginia Pilot, Norfolk, Va., Sun., Dec. 27, 1953
Miss Rachel Virginia DAIL, age 34, of 3721 South Highland Avenue, Broad Creek Village, died in a Norfolk hospital Thursday, December 24, 1953 at 6:30 am after a heart attack. She had been in failing health for a year.  A native of Pitt County, NC, she had lived in this section 9 years.  She was a member of the Durham Baptist Church.  Surviving are her parents, John David and Mrs. Rosa WILLIAMSON DAIL; 2 sisters, Mrs. Horrace  G. HANKS of Lansdale Gardens and Mrs. R. A. BASS of Durham, NC and 3 brothers, Dalton DAIL of Broad Creek Village, Clarence DAIL of Mebane, NC and William T. DAIL of Bristol, Tenn.  Funeral services were conducted Sunday, December 27, 1953 at 2:00 pm at the Francis A. Gay Funeral Home, South Norfolk.  The Rev. E.S. HIGGINBOTHAM, pastor of the Nelson Park Baptist Church, officiated.  Pallbearers: C. S. DAIL, H. G. HANKS, J. V. HANKS, John HANKS JR., Edward BLAKE and R.W. REVELLE.  Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

S. B. Currin Dead
Daily Reflector, Wed., Mar. 22, 1950
Mr. S. B. CURRIN, 71, died suddenly from a heart attack at his home on East 8th Street Tuesday afternoon at about 2:30 o’clock. Funeral services will be conducted at the chapel of the S. G. WILKERSON and Sons Funeral Home Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock by his pastor, the Rev. Leon RUSSELL, pastor of the Jarvis Memorial Methodist Church, and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Mr. CURRIN was born in Granville County and spent his youth there. He was engaged in the tobacco business in Apex and Wilson, and came to Greenville in 1917. He had been associated with R. P. Watson Co. of Wilson and the American Tobacco Company. He was married to Sallie MOORE of Greene County in 1904. He was grand master of IOOP Lodge in 1924 and was a member of the Jarvis Memorial Methodist Church, and was very active in church work as long as his health permitted. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Johnnie Grey CURRIN of Washington, D.C. and Mrs. Louise C. BLACKWELL of Salisbury, Md.; a granddaughter whom he reared, Mrs. Sarah Jean GETSINGER of the home; and a brother, V. D. CURRIN of Owensboro, Ky.

Mrs. Lizzie Best Fleming Dead
Daily Reflector, Mon., July 12, 1937
Mrs. Lizzie BEST FLEMING, widow of Phon FLEMING and former resident of Pitt county, died at her home in Enfield Saturday afternoon after an illness of two years. Burial was in the Robersonville cemetery at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Mrs. FLEMING is survived by three daughters, Mrs. D. A. HUNT, Mrs. Myra MANN and Miss Selma FLEMING of Enfield; four sons, Dr. W. L. FLEMING of Enfield, C. H. FLEMING of Raleigh, L. B. FLEMING and W. A. FLEMING of Hassell. A number of Greenville residents attended the funeral services, conducted at the home.

William M. Coward Dead
Greenville News-Leader, Tues., Mar. 9, 1943
William M. COWARD, 75, died at his home near Dudley’s Cross Roads at 10 a.m. Sunday. He had been in ill health for a year and critically ill for three weeks. Funeral services will be conducted from the home at 4:30 this afternoon by the Rev. W. H. BRADY, Methodist Minister, of Vanceboro, and burial will follow in the Coward Family Cemetery nearby. Mr. COWARD was born and reared in Pitt County and had spent most of his life in the Dudley’s Cross Roads community. He married Mary A. LANCASTER, of Craven County in 1885; she died in August 1930. Surviving this union are two sons, Luther COWARD of Chapman’s Cross Roads and Herman COWARD of New Bern; Four daughters, Mrs. L. A. SPEAR, and Mrs. H. C. COWARD of the Vanceboro community, Mrs. Victor COWARD of Scotland Neck, and Mrs. Lee HADDOCK of near Greenville; 33 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Mr. COWARD was married to Mrs. Melissa JONES DUDLEY in 1932 and she survives him. Also surviving is a step-daughter, Mrs. Lonnie PRICE of Norfolk, Va.

Joseph H. Gray, an Ex-Sheriff Dead
Eastern Reflector, Wed., Jan. 10, 1894
Mr. Zeno MOORE received a letter from Jesup, Ga., last week, informing him of the death of Mr. Joseph H. GRAY, which occurred there in October. The letter was from a daughter of the deceased, who said that she was so young when her father moved away from Pitt County that she did not remember any one here, but recently looking over his papers she found Mr. MOORE’S address and decided to write him of her father’s death. It was back in the seventies that Mr. GRAY moved away, but there are many people in the county who remember him. In 1866, the year after he came out of the war, he was elected Sheriff of Pitt county and served one term.

Jesse T. Forrest, Sad and Sudden Death of One of Greene County’s Best Citizens
Eastern Reflector, Wed.,May 29, 1895
Mr. Jesse T. FORREST fell dead in his field near Ridge Spring on Thursday. The family has lost a most excellent husband and father, the county one of its very best citizens, the neighborhood suffers a great loss beyond expression. He was a consistent member of the Disciples church at Rountrees.  Mr. FORREST surrendered with Lee at Appomattox, came home completely threadbare, without a shifting of clothing. He at once engaged in the agricultural pursuit and soon bought a farm and has been a very successful tiller of the soil up to his death. Those who were most intimate with him knew most of his worth as a friend, neighbor and citizen.

Martin Corbitt Dead
King’s Weekly, Greenville, NC, Fri., Jan. 14, 1898
Falkland Items.....Mr. Marten CORBITT died with pneumonia last Friday. Mr. CORBITT was a hard working farmer, a good citizen and a good democrat. He was a brave Confederate soldier belonging to 61st N.C. regiment. He was 56 years old.

Henry C. Jefferson Dead
King’s Weekly, Greenville, NC, Fri., Oct. 5, 1900
Henry C. JEFFERSON died at his home near Lang’s school house, Monday. He was one of Falkland’s largest and most successful farmers . His wife and several children survive him. He was about fifty years old.

Rev. Moses T. Moye Dead
King’s Weekly, Greenville, NC, Fri., Oct. 5, 1900
Rev. Moses T. MOYE, of Wilson, died Tuesday morning. He had long been a minister of the Disciple church, doing able and valuable work. He was seventy three years old. He was a native of this county and brother of Mr. E. A. MOYE.

John Elks Dead
King’s Weekly, Greenville, NC, Tues., July 10, 1900
John ELKS, who lived near Winterville, died Tuesday. He was a gallant soldier in the 27th N.C. regiment and received a wound at Antietam from which he never fully recovered.

Henry Strickland Dead
Daily Reflector, Wed., April 27, 1904
Mr. Henry STRICKLAND, an old soldier, died at his home in Beaver Dam township on April 25th. He was 81 years of age and was born in Halifax county. He was a good, peaceable man. A widow and large number of children, all grown survive him.

Alfred Culley Dead
Daily Reflector, Fri., July 5, 1907
Alfred CULLEY, who was for many years a well known colored barber in Greenville, but some years ago moved from here to Tarboro, died in the latter town this morning.

J. R. Russell Dead
Daily Reflector, Thurs., Oct. 8, 1908
J. R. RUSSELL, a well known colored man here, died Wednesday night. “Jake,” was a carpenter by trade and a good workman, and was well thought of by all people of the community. He was a prominent member of the colored Masons and that order conducted his funeral this afternoon.

Mrs. William Moye Dead
Daily Reflector, Wed., Mar. 2, 1910
Winterville Items, Feb. 26.....Mrs. William MOYE, who lived near Greenville, was buried near here at the old burying ground yesterday (Feb. 23).

Mrs. J. T. Smith Dead
Daily Reflector, Thurs., Mar. 31, 1910
On Friday, March 25th, at her home in Middlesex, N. C., the spirit of Mrs. Emily SMITH, beloved wife of Mr. J. T. SMITH, took its flight to the eternal world. Mrs. SMITH was sick one week with that fatal disease, pneumonia. He remains were brought to Ayden and laid to rest in the town cemetery on Saturday, March 26th. Mrs. SMITH leaves two sons and three daughters:  J. T. SMITH, Jr., of Ayden, Mr. J. C. SMITH, of Robersonville, Mrs. W. T. MASON of Stokes, Mrs. W. O. BILBRO, of Middlesex, and Miss Delia SMITH, of Middlesex. The deceased was a daughter of John TYSON of Pitt county, and leaves four brothers and one sister. Mrs. SMITH was a noble consecrated woman, was a member of the Primitive Baptist church at Great Swamp many years previous to her death, and died in the full triumphs of a living faith. As neighbor, wife, mother and sister, her life was a model one. Her life was one of devotion and her chief joy consisted in making others happy. May the good Lord in his abundant mercy comfort the bereft husband and children.

T. E. Jackson Dead
Daily Reflector, Wed., June 15, 1910
Mr. T. E. JACKSON, an excellent man and prosperous farmer died at his home near Winterville this morning, after an illness of nearly two weeks, with typhoid fever. Mr. JACKSON was 42 years of age and leaves a wife and seven children. He is also survived by his mother and six brothers, one of the latter being Mr. J. L. JACKSON of this city. The funeral will take place Thursday afternoon.

Alonzo Harris Dead
Daily Reflector, Tues., July 12, 1910
Ayden Items.....Alonzo HARRIS, who has been paralyzed and unconscious for the past week, died Sunday night.

Charles Butler Dead
Eastern Reflector, Fri., Mar. 1, 1912
Black Jack Items, Feb. 24.....We are all sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Charles HARPER, who died last Thursday. His funeral was conducted by Elder J. S. BUTLER, at the church.

J. J. B. Cox Dead
Eastern Reflector, Wed. Apr. 3, 1912
Ayden Items, Apr. 2.....Mr. J. J. B. COX of Grifton died Sunday of pneumonia. He will be buried Tuesday by the side of his wife who predeceased him only a few days. This is the last of the family of Mr. COX, familiarly known as “Hunky John.”

Mrs. Evelyn Tucker Dead
Daily Reflector, Thurs., Aug. 26, 1948
Mrs. Evelyn TUCKER, 58, died in Randolph Hospital in Asheboro, Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock. after a short illness. Funeral services will be conducted at the S. G. Wilkerson and Sons Funeral Home Friday afternoon at 3:30 by Rev. R. W. BRADSHAW, pastor of Jarvis Memorial Methodist Church. Burial will be in Cherry Hill cemetery. Surviving are two brothers, Joe BARNHILL of Bethel and Don BARNHILL of Miami, Fla.

Lucy Fancher Wingate Stocks
Havelock News, Havelock, NC, Wed., April 16, 2008
Long-time Havelock resident, Lucy Fancher Wingate STOCKS, 93, went home to be with our Lord Monday evening April 14, 2008, at Britthaven of New Bern.. Visitation, funeral service, and burial will be Thursday, April 17, 2008. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon, followed immediately by the funeral service. Graveside ceremony will be at 2 p.m. at Ayden Cemetery in Ayden. Friends and relatives are welcome at the home of Lyle and Peggy LEWIS, 204 Geneva Court, New Bern, following the graveside service. Lucy was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Vernon Hugh STOCKS; her son, Troy Clifton STOCKS; her parents, David and Ella WINGATE; her brothers, Verral, Harvey, and D. A. WINGATE; and her sister, Shirley Wingate GRIFFIN. She is survived by her son, Vernon Irvin STOCKS of Shelby; her daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Lyle LEWIS, of New Bern; her daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Graham ELLIXSON, of Virginia Beach, Va.; and her daughter-in-law Barbara Holton STOCKS of New Bern. In addition she is survived by two brothers, Sherman WINGATE and his wife, Pauline, of Portsmouth, Va.; and Sherward WINGATE and his wife, Wanda, of Anderson, S.C. Lucy's beloved grandchildren are Brenda Lewis EDWARDS and her husband, Robbie, of New Bern, Clifton Lyle LEWIS and his wife, Kellie, of Raleigh, Chadwick Troy STOCKS and his wife, Carter, of Grimesland and Christopher Hugh STOCKS of Virginia Beach, Va.  Lucy will also be missed by her two precious great-grandchildren, Morgan Elizabeth JACQUES and Joshua Robert EDWARDS of New Bern. She was born on her family farm in Pitt County near Ayden on July 29, 1914. Lucy and Vernon STOCKS came to Havelock in 1945 when they realized farming was not to be their life's work. Lucy was co-owner and operator for many years of Vernon's Texaco in Havelock. She and her husband were instrumental in the creation of First Baptist Church in Havelock. She loved her God and her church and was a member and faithful worker there for around 60 years as Sunday school teacher, Bible school director, choir member, and G.A. leader. "Miss Lucy" will be missed by all. In lieu of flowers, contributions to First Baptist Church would be appreciated.

Mrs. Skilton Dennis Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Sat., Jan. 15, 1910
Mrs. Skilton DENNIS died at her home near Ayden Sunday and was buried Monday near Spring Branch Church.

Mrs. Edwin Tripp Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Sat., Jan. 15, 1910
Mrs. Edwin TRIPP died very suddenly Monday about 12 o'clock with heart failure, leaving an infant of three weeks.  Her death is quite a shock to the community as well as family.  Our people extend heartfelt sympathy. She will be buried Tuesday in Ayden cemetery by the side of her father who preceded her only a few years.  Mrs. TRIPP was Miss Argie MUMFORD.

Funeral of Mr. W. J. Kilpatrick
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Wed., Feb. 2, 1910
The funeral services over the remains of the late Wm. James KILPATRICK of Pitt County were held yesterday afternoon in St. John's church and conducted by the rector, the Rev. B.S. HUSKE of Greenville, assisted by the Rev. J. H. GRIFFIN.  Mr. Kilpatrick was 66 years of age and was one of the most lovable of men of his community.  His whole life was spent in Pitt County, where he endeared himself to everyone by his unselfish and unblemished character.  For 38 years he had been a vestry man of St. John's Parish, being at the time of his death the oldest living vestry man in point of service.  The children surviving him are Mrs. F. S. BENDER of Pollocksville, Mrs. Moses SPIVEY, Misses Nettie MABLE and Katherine KILPATRICK of Grifton and Messrs Wm. H. KILPATRICK of Grifton and Edgar M. KILPATRICK of Norfolk, Va.  A brother, Mr. Frank KILPATRICK and sister, Miss Sallie KILPATRICK of LaGrange.

Capt. Jesse W. Grainger Passes Away Suddenly
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Wed., February 23, 1910
Capt. J. W. GRAINGER died suddenly at 4 o'clock Tues. morning at his home at Vernon Heights of heart Failure.  Super induced by acute indigestion and the grip. Jesse Willis GRAINGER was born in Greene County, near Hookerton on Oct  1, 1845; hence he was 65 years of age coming next October. He married Sallie L. COWARD in 1868, who died in 1883.  They had 5 children, with 4 still living.  Mrs. D. T. EDWARDS, Mrs. W. A. PIERCE of Wilson, Mr. H. H. GRAINGER and Miss Madie GRAINGER. One other son Frank, who is dead.  Mr. GRAINGER leaves a widow and a sister, Mrs. Mary JACKSON.  He married Clara DIXON in 1884 of Greene Co., NC.

Mr. John B. Wooten Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Sat., Mar. 12, 1910
Mr. John B. WOOTEN died at his home at fort Barnwell, Wednesday morning of old age.  Mr. WOOTEN was 80 years old and has been married twice during his life.  Four children by his first wife survive him, one of whom is Miss Laura WOOTEN of this city.  His second wife and two young children also survive him.  He was a famous scout in this section, during the civil war and was a brave confederate soldier.  The burial took place at Fort Barnwell this afternoon.

Mrs. Jackie Ann Johnson Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Wed., Dec. 14, 1910
Mrs. Jackie Ann JOHNSON, widow of the late Allen JOHNSON, died Saturday night at 8 o'clock at the home of her son, Mr. G. A. JOHNSON, at Centerville.  Mrs. JOHNSON, who was 72 years old, had been an invalid for several months, having suffered a stroke of apoplexy some 12 months ago, and her death was not unexpected.  Her three sons, Mr. George A. JOHNSON and R. L. JOHNSON of Centerville, and Rev. J. C. JOHNSON of West Virginia, were at her bedside when the end came.  Her remains were buried in the family burying ground near Centerville Sunday afternoon, the services being conducted at the grave by Rev. J. R. ROUNTREE of Kinston.  Mrs. Johnson was a native of Pitt County and had lived there all her life.  She was married during the Civil war to Allen JOHNSON.  She is survived by her three sons.  She was a devoted Christian, a member of the Salem Christian church and a woman of strong character and lovable disposition, and is mourned by a host of friends.

Mrs. Mary Bland 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.

Mr. T. J. Worthington Dead
Kinston Daily Free Press, Kinston, NC, Wed., Dec. 14, 1910
Mr. T. J. WORTHINGTON, an aged and prominent citizen of Grifton section, died suddenly Sunday afternoon about 1 o'clock, while driving home alone from a vestry meeting at St. John's Episcopal Church in Pitt county.  Parties driving from Grifton to Centerville to attend a funeral were startled to meet Mr. Worthington's buggy with him sitting in it dead.  Mr. John R. Harvey took the dead man to the latter’s home, where the body was turned over to the family.  Mr. WORTHINGTON was well-known 80 years of age, and was a member of the vestry of St. John's church, where he had been to attend a meeting of the vestry.  After leaving the church he drove to Dr. William Cobb WHITFIELD'S home and left some hymnbooks.  He had not left Dr. WHITFIELD'S more than ten minutes when he was found dead in his buggy.  Death was probably due to heart trouble.  Mr. WORTHINGTON was well known in the county as well as the Pitt, where he lived.  He was a well to do country gentleman of the old Southern type, and was engaged in business at Hanrahan’s for years.  He was married some 15 years ago to Miss Mary MEWBORN, who with a daughter survives him.  His gentility was a marked characteristic of his life.

Daughter of Herbert Hardy Dead
Eastern Reflector, Fri., Aug. 31, 1900
Rosa Lee HARDY, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Herbert HARDY, died Sunday in Ayden. The burial took place this afternoon at the Ayden cemetery. Services were conducted by Rev. W. L. BILBRO.

Jack P. Dawson Dead
Daily Reflector, Tues., Nov. 21, 1950
Jack P. DAWSON, 45, died at Duke Hospital in Durham at one o’clock Monday afternoon following two weeks illness. Funeral services will be conducted at the home of his father, J. P. DAWSON, near Ayden, at 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon by the Rev. W. H. BRUNSON, Christian minister of Ayden, and burial will be in the Ayden Cemetery. Mr. DAWSON was born, reared, and spent all his life in the Ayden community. He was married to Lottie BARROW of near Ayden in 1934, and she survives with three daughters, Mary, Jean and Barbara Ann DAWSON; and two sons, Robert and Jack DAWSON, Jr., of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. DAWSON of near Ayden; two brothers, Raymond T. DAWSON of the home and Roland C. DAWSON of the U.S. Navy, mow stationed in Norfolk; and a sister, Mrs. Jesse HOOTEN of near Kinston.

B. A. Gardner Dead
Daily Reflector, Tues., July 6, 1937
Funeral services for B. A. GARDNER, 67, of Gardner’s Crossroads, who died suddenly about noon Sunday, were conducted at the home yesterday afternoon by Rev. Mr. DAVIS, pastor of Timothy Christian church. Burial followed in Greenwood cemetery in Greenville. Mr. GARDNER had lived in the community where he died all his life. He was a farmer. He died suddenly at the church immediately after the services were over. A heart attack was given as the cause of death. He is survived by his wife, one son, Allen GARDNER, of Gardner’s Crossroads; four daughters, Mrs. W. P. WHITE of Hobgood, Mrs. R. M. REDFORD of Roanoke, Va., Mrs. Ruth GARDNER of Gardner’s Crossroads, and Mrs. L. T. WEEKS of Raleigh; two brothers, W. W. GARDNER and M. O. GARDNER, both of Gardner’s Crossroads; and three sisters, Mrs. L. V. LANCASTER of Vanceboro, Mrs. Rebecca MOORE of Gardner’s Crossroads and Mrs. M. M. ELLIS of Gardner’s Crossroads.

Grover C. Harris Dead
Daily Reflector, Wed., Sept. 20, 1950
Grover Cleveland HARRIS, 66, died suddenly at his home near Greenville in the Parker’s Chapel Church community at 7:30 o’clock Wednesday morning following a heart attack. Funeral services will be conducted at the S. G. Wilkerson and Sons Funeral Home Thursday at 4 p.m., by Rev. D. A. WINDHAM, Free Will Baptist minister of Greenville. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. The Red Men will have charge of the services at the grave. Mr. HARRIS, son of the late William Henry and Mary Ann COX HARRIS, was born and spent all his life in Pitt County. He was a member of Withcoochee Tribe, No. 35, Improved Order of Red Men of Greenville, and Macedonia Methodist Church of near Ayden. He was a farmer. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Florence PARAMORE HARRIS; three sons, William HARRIS of Greenville, Sgt. Alton HARRIS of the U.S. Army Air Corps, now stationed at Pope Field, Ft. Bragg, N.C., and Grover C. HARRIS, Jr., of Norfolk, Va.; seven daughters, Mrs. Charlie JONES and Mrs. Archie TEW, both of near Greenville, Misses Lilly Rue and Dallas HARRIS of the home, and Mrs. Albert CAMPBELL and Misses Doris Mae and Mary Jeanette HARRIS, all of Washington; 12 grandchildren; a brother, Bonnie HARRIS of Washington; and two sisters, Mrs. Reba VENTERS of Venter’s Crossroads and Mrs. George Scott of Norfolk, Va.

Mrs. Noah Haddock Dead
Daily Reflector, Thurs., May 18, 1950
Mrs. Susan ARNOLD HADDOCK, 76, wife of Noah HADDOCK, died suddenly at her home in Grimesland Wednesday morning at 11:40 o’clock. She had been in declining health for the past three years. Funeral services will be conducted from the home Friday afternoon at three o’clock by the Rev. J. R. DAVIDSON, pastor of the Black Jack Free Will Baptist Church, assisted by the Rev. Wistar HAMILTON, pastor of the first Baptist Church of Washington, and burial will be in Oakdale cemetery in Washington. Mrs. HADDOCK, daughter of the late Prince and Annie MILLS ARNOLD, was born and reared near Black Jack. She was first married to Jordan ELKS of near Grimesland in 1894 and he died in 1900. She was married to Noah HADDOCK of near Ayden in 1911. They made their home in the Grimesland community until 1935 and since that time had lived in Grimesland. She was a life-long member of the Black Jack Free Will Baptist Church and Ladies Aid. Surviving are her husband; a son and daughter by her first marriage, W. Charlie ELKS of Washington and Mrs. J. R. EDWARDS of Simpson; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Miss Bessie B. Barnhill Dead
Daily Reflector, Wed., Jan. 25, 1950
Miss Bessie B. BARNHILL, 62, died in Stevens Hospital in Leesburg, Florida at 1:15 o’clock Tuesday afternoon after having been critically ill for the past week. Funeral services will be conducted at the chapel of the S. G. Wilkerson and Sons Funeral Home at three o’clock Friday afternoon by the Rev. J. A. NEILSON, pastor of the Immanuel Baptist Church, and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Miss BARNHILL, daughter of the late John Richard and Magzilla MANNING BARNHILL, was born and reared in Pitt County near Greenville. She attended East Carolina Teachers College in 1909, the first year the college was open, and then taught school for several years in Pitt County. Later she attended Massey Business School in Richmond, and then taught at Hardbarger’s Business School in Raleigh.  She then became affiliated  with hospital work and was the business manager of several hospitals in North Carolina and one in Illinois before retiring in 1930 because of ill health. She had been spending summers in Pitt County with relatives and the winters in Florida since her retirement. She was a member of Hickory Grove Free Will Baptist Church near Stokes. Surviving are three brothers, William T. BARNHILL of Suffolk, Va., J. K. BARNHILL of near Stokes and Arthur R. BARNHILL of near Greenville; a sister, Mrs. Lossie B. WHICHARD of Greenville; and a large number of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Emma Joyner Warren Dead
Greenville News-Leader, Greenville, NC, Fri., Jan. 1, 1943
Mrs. Emma Joyner WARREN, 73, died at her home in Washington at 8 o’clock Tuesday night after having had a cerebral hemorrhage an hour earlier. Funeral services were held in Washington, Wednesday afternoon and burial was in the Marshall Family Cemetery near Beaufort. Funeral services were in charge of Rev. W. C. EDWARDS, Primitive Baptist minister, of Beaufort. Mrs. WARREN was born in Carteret County, but had lived in Beaufort County for the past few years. She was a member of the Red Banks Primitive Baptist Church. Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Warren MORGAN of Washington, Mrs. Bryan SALTER of Tarboro, Mrs. George WARREN and Mrs. Noah AVERY, both of Beaufort; two sons, Luther JOYNER of Tarboro, and Frank JOYNER of Beaufort; twenty grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

J. I. Roberson Dead
Daily Reflector, Mon., June 14, 1937
Funeral services for J. I. ROBERSON, 62, who died at his home three miles from this city on the Winterville highway at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon after several months of declining health, were conducted at the family burying ground near Willow Green, in Greene county at 3 o’clock this afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev. M. A. WOODARD, Free Will Baptist minister of Winterville. Mr. ROBERSON is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mamie ROBERSON; three sons, R. L. ROBERSON of Farmville, J. F. ROBERSON of Greenville, Route three, and C. T. ROBERSON of New Bern, Route three; three daughters, Mrs. Smith WILLOUGHBY of Greenville, Route three, Mrs. Leslie HOLLOMAN of Greene county and Mrs. Ernest MURPHY; one brother, Lacey ROBERSON of Marlboro; one sister, Mrs. Mart STEPP; and eight grandchildren.

Miss Irene Forbes Dead
Daily Reflector, Thurs., July 20, 1950
Miss Irene FORBES, 60, died suddenly at her home near Greenville at 10:30 o’clock Thursday morning after having suffered a heart attack a few minutes earlier. Funeral services will be conducted at the home ot 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon by the Rev. Walter B. NOBLES, Free Will Baptist minister of Winterville. Miss FORBES, daughter of the late Silas and Elizabeth FORBES, was born, reared, and spent all her life in Greenville. She was a member of Reddy Branch Free Will Baptist Church. Surviving are a sister, Miss Martha Lula FORBES of the home; two brothers, J. Sam FORBES of the home and Louis L. FORBES of near Greenville; 7 nieces and 4 nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Jutry Cox
Daily Reflector, Mon., May 10, 1937
Funeral Services for Mrs. Jutry COX, 67, who died at 4 o’clock Friday afternoon at the home of her son, Lee COX of near Hassell, were conducted from the home yesterday afternoon by Rev. C. W. MARSHBURN, Farmville minister. Interment was in the family plot in the Ayden cemetery. Mrs. COX has been in declining health for the past few months and had been confined to her bed for the past two weeks. She was the daughter of the late Jesse HART of Pitt county. Her husband, Biggs COX, died about 18 months ago. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Zylpha MCLAWHORN, Winterville, Mrs. Zula MCLAWHORN, Ayden, Mrs. Zada CANNON, Kernersville, and Mrs. Zenobia HAISLIP, Hassells; and seven sons, Zadock COX, Speed, Heber COX, Macclesfield, George COX, Winterville, Thad COX, West Point, Lee COX, Hassells, Desmond COX, Oak City, and Gaston COX, Ayden.

John Sam Kenney Dead
Daily Reflector, Tues., May 4, 1937
John Sam KENNEY, 55 year old negro, died Sunday afternoon after having been employed at the R. L. SMITH stables here for more than 30 years. Commenting on his long term of faithful service his employers said he attended to his duties throughout the years in a manner worthy of recognition.

John Hemby Dead
Daily Reflector, Thurs., April 29, 1937
John HEMBY, 72, well known farmer of Beaverdam township died last night at 9:30 o’clock at his home from a second attack of pneumonia within the past month. Funeral services were conducted from the late home this afternoon at 3 o’clock by Rev. C. B. MARSHBURN, pastor of Farmville Christian church. Interment was made in the Hemby cemetery near Bell Arthur. Mr. HEMBY was a member of Rountree’s Christian church. Surviving are his wife and two sons, Ray HEMBY and Huell HEMBY; three daughters, Mrs. L. B. ALLEN, Greene County, Mrs. E. B. PITTMAN, Kinston, and Mrs. Edward BOWEN, Greene County; and thirteen grandchildren.

Mrs. Emily Peyton Dead
Daily Reflector, Tues., Apr. 13, 1937
Mrs. Emily PEYTON, 64, of Chocowinity died Monday. She made her home with M. A. MCROY, She had been ill for the past week. Funeral services were held at the MCROY home Tuesday at 3 o’clock, conducted by the Rev. J. A. HOWARD of the Holiness Church of Chocowinity. Burial was in the Wesley Cemetery. Surviving are one brother, Jesse SMITH of Pitt County and one sister, Mrs. A. O. CLARK of Greenville.

Mrs. Elsie McGowan Dead
Daily Reflector, Wed., Nov. 29, 1950
Mrs. Elsie CANNON McGowan, 61, died at 3:40 o’clock Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lennie HARRINGTON on 14th street Extension, after a long illness. Funeral services will be conducted at the Black Jack Free Will Baptist Church Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock by the Rev. Walter B. NOBLES, Free Will Baptist minister of Winterville, and burial will be in the Black Jack Free Will Baptist churchyard. The body will be carried to the church one hour prior to the time of services. Mrs. MCGOWAN, daughter of the late Dennis and Jack Ann SMITH CANNON, was born and reared in the Grifton community. She was a member of Black Jack Free Will Baptist Church. She was first married to Fleet C. BURROUGHS in 1916, and he died in March 1943. Surviving this union are two daughters, Mrs. Lennie HARRINGTON and Mrs. David A. WIGGINS, both of Greenville; four sons, Fodie C. BURROUGHS of Wilmington, Leslie BURROUGHS of Greenville, Douglas BURROUGHS of Wilmington, and Melvin BURROUGHS of the home; and five grandchildren. She was later married to LeDrew MCGOWAN, and he survives. Also surviving are a brother, Claude CANNON of Ayden, and two sisters, Mrs. L. JACKSON of Ayden and Mrs. Wilbur SINGLETON of Fountain.


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