The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for July 8, 2003

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 10, 2003

James T. Whitney

AHOSKIE – James Thomas Whitney, 53, a native of Gates County, died July 3, 2003, at Britthaven Nursing Home, Edenton.

A funeral was conducted Monday at New Piney Wood Chapel Baptist Church by the Rev. Richard Curry. Burial will be in the Whitney family cemetery. Hunter’s Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, was in charge.

Whitney was a member of New Piney Wood Chapel.

Survivors include a brother, Calvin Whitney of Millennium; and a sister, Gladys Hall of Ahoskie.

Thomas W. Perry

RICH SQUARE – Thomas Woodard Perry, 60, died July 2, 2003, at his home.

A funeral was conducted Monday at First Baptist Church of Rich Square by the Rev. William C. Clark. Interment was in the Majette Cemetery, Rich Square. H.D. Pope Funeral Home, Inc., Roanoke Rapids, was in charge.

William A. Burden Jr.

SUFFOLK, Va. – William Andrew Burden Jr., a native of Hertford County, and formerly of Ahoskie, died July 3, 2003, at Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport News.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Sinai Church of God in Christ, Ahoskie, by the Rev. James Burden. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Aulander, is in charge.

Burden was a retired pipe feeder at Newport News Shipyard and a member of New Ahoskie Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Michael Burden of Williamsburg; three daughters, Rosiland Edwards and Jennifer Burden, both of Ahoskie and Mona Britt of Suffolk; three sisters, Angela Campbell of Orangeburg, Ky., Bonita Askew of Powellsville and Cynthia Askew of Cofield; three brothers, Charlei Burden of New York, the Rev. James Burden of Ahoskie and the Rev. Alphonso Burden of Cofield; and eight grandchildren.

Kenneth Edwards Sr.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Kenneth R. Edwards Sr., 63, a native of Jackson, died July 2, 2003.

A funeral was conducted Monday at Little Zion Baptist Church Bowers Hill, Chesapeake, by Dr. Melvin O. Marriner. Burial was in Olive Branch Cemetery. Fisher Funeral Home was in charge.

Edwards was retired after more than 20 years from Seaboard Railroad and was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church. He was a former member of Little Zion Baptist Church and former chairman of its male usher board.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Edwards; a daughter, Yvonne Perkins; four sons, Kenneth R. Edwards Jr., Raymond Edwards, Milton Edwards and Tyrone Edwards; a sister, Bernice Brown of New Jersey; and six grandchildren.

Ida E. Wommack

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Ida Estelle Wommack, 92, a native of Colerain, died July 4, 2003, in Chesapeake. She was the widow of Cecil D. Wommack.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Francis Gay Chapel of Oman Funeral Home. The viewing will begin on Tuesday with the family receiving friends at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Riverside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Diabetes Institutes Foundation, 855 Brambleton Ave., Norfolk, VA 23510.

Mrs. Wommack was a member of DeBaun Baptist Church and was active with the South Norfolk Seniors.

Survivors include two sons, Durvin Wommack of Chesapeake and Alton Wommack of Mechancisville; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

James L. Lynch

MURFREESBORO – James L. &uot;Buke&uot; Lynch, died June 30, 2003.

A funeral was conducted Saturday at Shiloh Baptist Church, Boykins. Entrusting Hands Funeral Home, Boykins, was in charge.

Ashton Lewis

GATESVILLE – Ashton Lewis, 78, a native of Ford, Va., died July 2, 2003.

A graveside service was conducted Saturday in Gatesville Cemetery by the Rev. Gene Asbill. Memorial donations may be made to Gatesville Baptist Church or to the Gates County Rescue Squad, both of Gatesville, NC 27938. Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville, was in charge.

Lewis and his wife established Ashton Lewis Lumber Co. in Gatesville after running a ground mill in Virginia and North Carolina and later founded Todlew Farms, a farming operation and standardbred horse breeding, training and racing enterprise. He served his country in the Pacific Theatre with the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy T. Ashton; three daughters, Jackie Lewis Bundy of Gatesville, Nan Lewis Coxe and G. Lee Lewis Taylor, both of Suffolk, Va.; a son, Ashton Todd Lewis of Gatesville; two sisters, Martha Lewis Reames of Ford and Margaret Lewis Dyer of Petersburg; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.