R-C News-Herald Obituaries for Feb. 5, 2004

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 9, 2004

Wilson Johnson Jr.

RICHMOND, Va. – Wilson Johnson Jr., a native of Norfolk, died February 1, 2004.

Services were held Wednesday at Bon Air Baptist Church. Interment was in Westhampton Memorial Park. Woody Funeral Home, was in charge. Memorial donations may be made to Bon Air Baptist Church Building Fund.

Survivors include his wife, Janie Warren Johnson; three children, Libby Johnson Rigby of La Grange, Ga., Linda Johnson Raines of Richmond, and Wilson Johnson III of Moncks Corner, S.C.; a sister, Charlotte Johnson Steele of Littleton, Colo.; and two grandchildren.

Johnson graduated from Maury High School (Norfolk) and received his degree in Pharmacy from Howard College (Sanford University in Birmingham, Ala.) He spent the majority of his life vocation as a hospital pharmacist. He worked in the following Richmond area hospitals: Richmond Memorial, Grace Hospital, Richmond Eye, Westbrook and Stuart Circle. He taught Pharmacology at John Tyler Community College, Westbrook Hospital and served on the faculty of Chowan College in Murfreesboro. He was a faithful member of Bon Air Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon and sang in the church choir. He was also a World War II veteran serving in the Pacific.

Dorothy M. Allen

NORFOLK, Va. – Dorothy M. Allen, a native of Harrisburg, died January 27, 2004, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

The Cremation Society of Virginia is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her parents, Dorothy Mabine of Norfolk and Joseph Mabine Sr. of Ahoskie; children, Ronald Mabine of Dillwyn, Va., Ms. Teresa L. Allen of Norfolk and Tameka D. Allen of Norfolk; sister, Rebecca Alexander-Moore of Norfolk; brother, Joseph Mabine Jr. of Norfolk; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Cleo B. Futrell

AHOSKIE – Cleo Benthall Futrell, 95, a native of Hertford County, died February 1, 2004, at Montgomery Memorial Hospital, Troy.

A funeral was conducted Wednesday at Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, by the Rev. Don Polvadore. Burial was in Ahoskie Cemetery.

Mrs. Futrell was a member of Union Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Futrell of Candor; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Rose W. Herndon

BYRON, Ga. – Rose Wallace Herndon, 89, a native of Hall County, Ga., died February 2, 2004, at her home in Byron. She was the widow of Ollie M. Herndon.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in Byron Baptist Church by Dr. Larry Kirk and the Rev. Ed McQueen. Burial will be in Byron City Cemetery. Rooks Funeral Home, Byron, is in charge. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the building fund of the Byron Baptist Church, 100 W. White Road, Byron, GA 31008.

Mrs. Herndon was a retired bookkeeper and served the Byron Baptist Church as treasurer for 13 years. She was recognized by the church in 1990 for having served as a Sunday school teacher for 43 years. She was active in Woman’s Missionary Union and held various offices. As a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Gideons-International, she worked with her husband in the Gideon Ministry for many years.

Survivors include two daughters, Twila H. Gresham of Byron and Gail H. Ferguson of Severn; and a son, Mardie R. Herndon Sr. of Macon; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Rosa H. Eason

JAMAICA, NY – Rosa Hoffler Eason, 89, a native of Gates County, died January 31, 2004, at Jamaica Hospital.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at St. John AME Zion Church in Sunbury by the Rev. Lycurgus Harrell. Burial will be in the Drake Memorial Cemetery. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Friday. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.

Survivors include her children, Annie Eason Howell of Hampton, Va., Delcie Eason Smith of Norfolk and Nathaniel Eason of Springfield Gardens; foster sons, Haywood Norman of Sunbury, Larry Hunter of Camp Springs, Md. and Gilbert Hoffler of Waterbury, Conn.; three sisters, Gertrude Hoffler of Philadelphia, Pa. and Mae Hoffler Peele and Dorothy Hoffler Riddick, both of Virginia Beach; four brothers, Hyotha, John and Clarence Hoffler, all of Waterbury and James W. Hoffler of Suffolk; 17 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Robin E. Parker

MURFREESBORO – Robin Eley Parker, 44, a native of Hertford County, died February 2, 2004, at her residence.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Parkers Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Hugene Fields. Burial will be in the Eley family cemetery, Murfreesboro. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.

She is survived by her mother, Theoria Eley of Murfreesboro.

Barbara A. Riddick

BALTIMORE, Md. – Barbara Ann Riddick, 51, died January 31, 2004, in Baltimore.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Peterson Chapel Baptist Church, Merry Hill. Burial will be in Jamestown Road Cemetery, Windsor. Gilliam Funeral Home is in charge.