The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for Feb. 24, 2004
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Mary B. Rountree
GATESVILLE – Mary Bazemore Rountree, 75, a native of Hertford County, died February 20, 2004, at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital.
A funeral was conducted Monday at Eure Baptist Church by the Rev. Wayne Proctor. Interment was on the church cemetery. Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, was in charge. Memorials may be sent to the Gates County Rescue Squad, Eure Baptist Church or to Harrell’s Transport Service.
Mrs. Rountree had retired from the Gates County Board of Education as School Finance Officer and was a member of Eure Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Ray Cooper Rountree; a brother, Bobby Bazemore of Cofield; and sisters, Ruby B. Carter of Fayetteville and Helen P. Bazemore of Cofield.
Nellie R. Cowan
AULANDER – Nellie Ruth Cowan, 65, a native of Bertie County, died February 20, 2004 at Bertie County Memorial Hospital.
A funeral will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2004 at Weeping Mary Baptist Church by the Rev. Johnnie Cofield. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.
Mrs. Cowan was a member of Weeping Mary Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Roosevelt &uot;Jack&uot; Cowan; three sons, Robbie Cowan of Lewiston-Woodville, Andr\u00E9 Cowan of Richmond, Va., and Darryl Cowan of Winston-Salem; six sisters, Jessie Mae Anderson of Philadelphia, Phil., Rosa Bess of Paterson, N.J., Sarah Cherry of Kelford, Pattie Williams, Beatrice Lee-Sanchez and Earnestine Ausby, all of Hoboken; and two grandsons.
CONWAY – William Vic Davis, 69, a native of Northampton County, died February 20, 2004, at Hampton Woods Health and Rehabilitation Center, Jackson.
A graveside service was conducted Monday at Bonanno family cemetery by the Rev. David Foster. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to share a gift, please do so to the William Vic Davis Memorial Fund at BB&T Bank in Newsoms, Va. Bridgers Funeral Home is in charge.
Davis was a farmer and drove a truck for Georgia Pacific for many years.
Survivors include two sons, James William Davis of Pleasant Hill and Joseph Ray Davis of Little Falls, N.Y.; four daughters, Beronica &uot;Bonnie&uot; Casper of Branchville, Va., Betty Ann Davis of Gaston, Kim Bonanno of Conway and Nikki Outland of Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Wilson &uot;Dale&uot; Davis of Emporia and Gerald Davis of Conway; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Rosa L. Peoples
CONWAY – Rosa Lee Peoples, 59, a native of Northampton County, died February 19, 2004, at Pitt Memorial Hospital, Greenville.
A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Nebo Baptist Church by the Rev. Robert Holloman. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.
Survivors include her husband, James Peoples; three children, James L. Peoples of Kelford, Joyce C. Deloatch of Norfolk, Va., and Belinda Peoples of Conway; three sisters, Essie M. Barnes and Helen Anthony, both of Murfreesboro and Patricia Casterlowe of Greensboro; three brothers, Clarence Deloatch of Franklin, Melvin Vaughan and Robert Vaughan, both of Murfreesboro; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Arlo Coker Sr.
CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Arlo Von Coker Sr., 70, died February 17, 2004.
A memorial service was conducted Monday at First Baptist Church, Berkley. Pretlow and Sons Funeral Home, Chesapeake, was in charge.
Coker was a self-employed entrepreneur.
Survivors include his three sons, Arlo Von Coker Jr. of Philadelphia, Vince Jose Coker of Franklin and Ricardo Van Coker of Chesapeake; two sisters, Essie C. Dozier of Virginia Beach and Eunice C. Parker of Bloomfield, Conn.; two brothers, Russell M. Coker of Northampton County and William J. Coker of Norfolk; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
John N. Blunt
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – John N. &uot;Neal&uot; Blunt, 40, a native of Northampton County, died February 18, 2004.
A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Metropolitan Funeral Service, 7246 Granby St., the Rev. Carroll Dickens. Interment will be at St. Luke Cemetery, Chesapeake. To send condolences and sign guest book online, visit www.metropolitanfuneralservice.com.
Blunt was employed at Waste Industries as a truck driver and was a member of Scottish Rite Masons.
Survivors include one son, Travis Blunt of Portsmouth; his parents, Evelyn and George Blunt, both of Virginia Beach; one sister, Jennifer Blunt of Virginia Beach; three brothers, Kelvin Blunt of Norfolk, Jeffrey Blunt of Atlanta, Ga., and Keith Edmonds of Norfolk; and his grandmother, Virginia Morris of Margarettsville.
Hattie H. Bracy
SUFFOLK, Va. – Hattie Harrell Bracy, 88, a native of Gates County, died February 19, 2004, at Southampton Memorial Hospital, Franklin. She was the widow of M. Thomas Bracy.
A funeral was conducted Sunday in Reynoldson Baptist Church by the Rev. Keith Trull and the Rev. Billy Presley. Burial was in the church cemetery. Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville, was in charge. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the memorial fund of Reynoldson Baptist Church.
Mrs. Bracy was a homemaker. She was the oldest member of Reynoldson Baptist Church and a member of its TEL/Carrie Brown Sunday School Class.
Survivors include a daughter, Jean B. Eason of Suffolk; two sons, John Thomas Bracy of Franklin and Ray Bracy of Suffolk; a sister, Eva Barden of Manning, S.C.; a brother, Aubrey Harrell of Suffolk; seven grandchildren; and 12 great- grandchildren.
William R. Brown
AHOSKIE – William Randolph &uot;Bill&uot; Brown, died February 21, 2004, at his residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Reynolds Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.
EAST ORANGE, N.J. – Prett Benthall, a native of Hertford County, died February 18, 2004.
A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Reynolds Funeral Home Chapel, Ahoskie, by the Rev. H.H. Murrill. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Reynolds Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.
Survivors include a son, Larry &uot;Bobby&uot; Benthall of New York; one brother, Carlton Porter of New York; a sister, Arthelia Askew of Ahoskie; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.
CONWAY – Johnny Fred Davis, 70, a native of Northampton County, died February 20, 2004, at McGuire Veterans Hospital, Richmond, Va.
A funeral was conducted Monday at Galatia Baptist Church by the Rev. Lonnie Armstrong, the Rev. Darrel Davis and the Rev. David Foster. Burial was in Milwaukee Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Disease Research. Massey Funeral Home, Jackson, was in charge.
Davis was a Navy veteran having served his country during the Korean War, a member of American Legion Post 102, Ahoskie and a member of Galatia Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Schwartz Davis; his daughters, Pattie Davis of Pendleton and Kathy Spann of Washington, Penn.; his sons, Kenny Davis of Milwaukee, John Joseph Davis and the Rev. Darrel Davis, both of Pendleton; his sisters, Myrtle Draper of Roanoke Rapids and Hilda Jenkins of Rich Square; his brothers, Raby Davis and Kelly Mac Davis, both of Conway; and seven grandchildren.