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The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for April 24, 2007

Lois Lee Carpenter

MARGARETTSVILLE – Lois Lee Carpenter, 85, a native of Galatia, died April 20, 2007, at Mayview Convalescent Center in Raleigh. She was the widow of Millard N. Carpenter Jr.

Mrs. Carpenter was a homemaker. She assisted her husband in the Blythe and Carpenter Inc. firm and clerked regularly on Saturdays in Carpenter’s Store in Margarettsville. She was a member of the Eastern Star for many years. She was an active member of Sharon Methodist Church for more than 50 years. She served as the teacher of the women’s Sunday school class for many years and was actively involved in the Methodist Women’s Missionary Society.

Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Carpenter Morey of Camden; her son, Millard Nathan Carpenter III of Raleigh; her sister, Eunice Britton Hughson of Roanoke, Va.; her brother, Guy Britton of Jupiter, Fla.; her half brother, John Britton of Florence, S.C.; and two grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Sharon Methodist Church in Margarettsville with the Rev. Charles McKenzie and the Rev. Austin Anderson. Burial will be at Seaboard Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Sharon Methodist Church, Margarettsville. Also, please honor her memory by bestowing a kindness on another. The family will receive friends at the home in Margarettsville. Massey Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge.

Ada J. Hall

AULANDER n Mrs. Ada Joyner Hall, age 96, of the Ahoskie House, Ahoskie, NC, died April 21, 2007 at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, NC.

Mrs. Hall was born July 2, 1910 in Kelford, NC, the daughter of the late Thomas C. Joyner and Beular Minton Joyner. She was preceded also in death by her husband, William Joseph Hall. She was a member of Aulander Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son, William Thomas Hall and his wife, Emily of Ahoskie, NC; her daughter, Peggy Hall Stoffregen and her husband, Bill of Raleigh, NC; her grandchildren, Tommie Hall Oppegaard (Lee), Barry Dean Hall (Patsy), Joseph Clifton Stoffregen (Myra) and William Glenn Stoffregen. Her great-grandchildren, Eric Thomas Oppegaard, Amanda Elizabeth Hall and Olivia Leigh, Samuel Joseph and John Clifton Stoffregen.

A graveside service was conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in Aulander Cemetery by the Rev. Paul Ange officiating. The family received friends at Massey Funeral Home, Aulander, NC, Monday from 12:30 until 1:30 pm. and prior to services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund.

William H. Parker

EURE – William H. &uot;Billy&uot; Parker, 74, of Sun Lane, died Saturday, April 21, 2007, in his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Home, 304 Main St., Gatesville.

Mary A. Barden

SUFFOLK.Va.- Mary Alene Eure Barden, 80, a native of Eure, died April 21, 2007 at her residence. She was the widow of Clyde Clinton Barden Jr.

Mrs. Barden was a homemaker. She was a member of South Quay Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary Lois Barden Blanchard and B. Carolyn Barden Woodard, both of Suffolk and Patricia Gail Barden Tillett of Kitty Hawk; five sons, Clyde C. Barden III, Nelson R. Barden, Roger D. Barden, Jack B. Barden and Terry L. Barden, all of Suffolk; one sister, Marie Harrell of New York; one brother, Daniel R. Eure Jr. of Suffolk; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in South Quay Baptist Church by the Rev. Clyde R. Alderman. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wright Funeral Home is in charage. Memorials may be made to South Quay Baptist Church, 9617 South Quay Road, Suffolk, VA 23437. Condolences may be offered at www.wrightfuneralhome.org.

Ruth Burns Comer

EDENTON – Ruth Burns Comer, 98, a native of Bibb County, Ala., died April 19, 2007, at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie. She was the widow of George Washington Comer.

Mrs. Comer was a homemaker and a member of the Yeopim Baptist Church. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Shrinettes.

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Comer Miller of Virginia Beach and Janis Comer Jordan of Aulander; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Mrs. Comer’s life was held Saturday at Evans Funerals and Cremations Chapel by Laura Early. Burial followed at Beaver Hill Cemetery in Edenton.

Norman D. Parker

KELFORD – Norman Dexter Parker, 65, died April 18, 2007.

A memorial service was in Kelford Baptist Church. Massey Funeral Home, Aulander, was in charge.

Travis Ussery

ROANOKE RAPIDS n Travis “Red” Ussery, 36, died April 19, 2007.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. H.D. Pope Funeral Home is in charge.

Debbie Vaughan

BROOKLYN, NY n Debbie Vaughan, a native of Hertford County, died April 18, 2007 in Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the family cemetery, Jim Hardy Rd. by the Rev. Johnny Speller. Reynolds Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.

She is survived by one sister, Christine Williams of Murfreesboro.

William H. Parker

EURE -William Harry &uot;Billy&uot; Parker, 74, died April 21, 2007, in the home in which he was born and resided in his entire life.

Parker was an ordained deacon and member of Cool Spring Baptist Church. A member of the adult Sunday school class, a member of Woodmen of the World and a charter member of the Hall Ruritan Club.

He is survived by a sister, Ida Marie Parker of the home.

A funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Cool Spring Baptist Church by the Revs. Roger Kiker and Joe Wynns. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Miller Funeral Home, 304 Main St., Gatesville, in charge of arrangements. Flowers will be accepted and appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to Cool Spring Baptist Church or the Eure Volunteer Fire Department.

Clarence B. “Doc” Lassiter, Sr.

AULANDER n Clarence Benthall “Doc” Lassiter, Sr., 85, of the 300 block of Hollowell Road, died Sunday, April 15, 2007, in Roanoke Chowan Hospital.

Mr. Lassiter was born in Hertford County, a son of the late Carlton and Mettie Outlaw Lassiter.

He was retired as a longshoreman and was a member of the International Longshoreman’s Association.

“Doc” was a US Army Air corps veteran of WWII and the widower of Willie Mae Jenkins Lassiter.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Lassiter of Aulander; two sons, Clarence B. Lassiter, Jr. of Richmond, VA, and Eddie C. Lassiter of Reno, NV; a sister, Louise Hurdle of Ahoskie; a brother, Owen Lassiter of Aulander; grandchildren, Debbie Arnold, Kathleen Johnson, Christine Keesee, Andrea Cooper, Holly Eunice, and Karma Mathison; and several great grandchildren.

A celebration service of Mr. Lassiter’s life will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at Millennium Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Paul Edwards officiating.

Burial will follow in Job Cemetery with Military Honors.

The family will receive friends at Garrett Funeral Home from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, and other times at the home.

Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is serving the Lassiter family.

Edgar Powell

BRONX, NY n Edgar Powell Jr., former resident of Rich Square and graduate of W.S. Creecy High School, Rich Square, died in Hospice Facility in New York on Saturday.

Barbara Hunter

RALEIGH n Barbara Hunter,

68, died April 22, 2007 at Nash General Hospital.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. HD. Pope Funeral Home, Rocky Mount, is in charge.

Lorna Nichols

AHOSKIE n Lora Nadine Holliday Nichols, 78, a native of Hertford County, died April 21, 2007, in Roanoke Chowan hospital.

Mrs. Nichols was a longtime member of Earlys Baptist Church and the W.M.U.

She was a homemaker.

She is survived by two daughters, Joyce Nichols Brown of Trenton, and Diane Nichols Evans of Windsor; two sons, Butch Nichols and Louis Nichols, both of Ahoskie; a brother, Ernest Edgar Blowe of Ahoskie; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two greatgreat-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Earlys Baptist Church by the Rev. Ronald McSwain and Rev. Lester Jarrett. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Gardens.

Flowers are welcome, or memorial donations may be made to Earlys Baptist Church, c/o Robert E. Brinkley, 310 South Earlys Station Road, Ahoskie, NC, 27910. Garrett Funeral Home is in charge.

Sidney H. Speller

WINDSOR n Sidney M. Speller, 15, a native of Martin County, died April 20, 2007 at Bertie Memorial Hospital, Windsor.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Bertie Senior High School, Windsor. Burial will be in the Speller’s family cemetery, Morning Road. A wake will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Cedar Landing Baptist Church, Windsor. Cherry’s Funeral Home is in charge.

Survivors include his mother, Cynthia Hill; and his father, Ronnie Speller.

Virginia D. Vinson

MURFREESBORO n Virginia Dare Smith Vinson, 81, a native of Northampton County, died April 22, 2007, in Roanoke Chowan Hospital.

Mrs. Vinson was a longtime member of Meherrin Baptist Church.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her daughters, Hope Vinson Clark of Macclesfield, and Faith Vinson of Murfreesboro; a son, Aubrey Steve Vinson of Gates; a brother, Leonard Everett Smith of Virginia Beach, VA; and a grandson.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Meherrin Baptist Church with the Rev. James Hester and Rev. Joseph Buck.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Meherrin Baptist Church fellowship hall from 7 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, where Mrs. Vinson will lie in state for family and friends to view.

Flowers are welcome, or memorial donations may be made to Meherrin Baptist Church Window Fund, 519 Meherrin Lane, Murfreesboro, NC, 27855. Garrett Funeral Home is in charge.

Nicole Bynum

AHOSKIE n Nicole Bynum, 23, a native of Hertford County, died April 20, 2007 at her residence.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Soul Saving Station, Ahoskie, by Pastor Donnie Graham. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Ahoskie. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.

Survivors include her parents, Willie Ray Bynum and Janice Bynum, both of Ahoskie; two sons, Elijah Watson and Jermiah Watson, both of Ahoskie; two brothers, Willie Bynum Jr. and Keshawn Bynum, both of Ahoskie; and four sisters, Shant\u00E9 Bishop, Michaela Bynum, Kim Bynum and Tiffany Bynum, all of Ahoskie.