The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for April 15, 2004

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 29, 2004

Avis W. Holloman

MURFREESBORO – Avis Wayne Holloman, 50, a native of Hertford County, died April 12, 2004, at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

A funeral will be conducted at 12 noon Saturday at Nebo Baptist Church by the Rev. Robert L. Holloman. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.

Survivors include his wife, Towanda Holloman; a stepdaughter, Tempest Lee of Murfreesboro; his mother, Daisy Holloman of Ahoskie; five sisters, Annie Scott of Murfreesboro, Alfreda Newsome and Linda Turner, both of Charlotte, Joyce Nichols of Ivor, Va. and Tikeyla Powell of Harrellsville; and two brothers, William E. Holloman and Ricky Holloman, both of Como.

Patricia S. Matthews

COMO – Patricia Smith Matthews, 59, a native of Northampton County, died April 10, 2004, at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital.

A graveside service was conducted Wednesday in Meherrin Baptist Church Cemetery by the Rev. Robert May. Garrett Funeral Home, Murfreesboro, was in charge.

Mrs. Matthews was a homemaker.

Survivors include a daughter, Angela Putnam of Como; a son, Keith Matthews of Princeton, IN; a sister, Mary Comas of Murfreesboro; and seven grandchildren.

Aranes L. Wilkins

AULANDER – Aranes Lee Wilkins, 73, a native of Bertie County, died April 13, 2004, at her residence.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Luella Baptist Church by the Rev. Vernon Lassiter. Burial will be in Weeping Mary Church Cemetery. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Mrs. Wilkins was retired from Golden Peanut. She was a member of Luella Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, William Wilkins; two sons, Moses Wilkins of Aulander and William Tony Wilkins of Ahoskie; three daughters, Patricia Burden of Lewiston, Patsy Sessoms and Arlene Wilkins, both of Aulander; two sisters, Callie Mitchell of Portsmouth, Va. and Betty Lou Coleman of Chicago, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Oliver J. Bazemore

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Oliver James &uot;Jack&uot; Bazemore, 63, a native of Bertie County, died April 13, 2004 at Interfaith Hospital, Brooklyn.

A funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday at Luella Baptist Church by the Rev. Vernon Lassiter. Burial will be in the Rooks-Bazemore family cemetery. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Bazemore was a member of Luella Baptist Church.

Survivors include his mother, Ethel Rooks of Lewiston; two sons, Wendell Bazemore of Chesapeake, Va., and Alonzo Bazemore of Brooklyn, N.Y.; brothers, John Henry Bazemore of Lewiston, Clarence &uot;BB&uot; Rooks of South Carolina, Benjamin Earl Rooks of Pleasantville, NJ, and Harold Rooks of Lewiston; sisters, Earnestine Langley of Norfolk, Va., and Sarah Peele of New Castle, DE; and two grandchildren.

W. Hayes Godwin Sr.

GATESVILLE – Walter Hayes Godwin Sr., 89, a native of Gatesville, died April 13, 2004, in Lake Prince Center, Suffolk.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. in Gatesville Baptist Church by the Rev. Gene Asbill. Burial will be in Gatesville Cemetery. Miller Funeral Home is in charge. Friends may join the family in the church social hall following services Thursday, or all other times at the residence. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Godwin retired as the owner/operator of the W. Hayes Godwin Insurance Agency and also County Cleaners, both in Gatesville. He was a World War II veteran having served in both the Army and Navy and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge. A member of Gatesville Ruritan Club where he had received the Ruritan of the Year Award, he also was a member of Gatesville Masonic Lodge No. 126, the Beechwood Country Club, and was a member, deacon and trustee of the Gatesville Baptist Church.

Mr. Godwin was a member of the Gatesville Town Council and as a trustee of Roanoke-Chowan College in Ahoskie.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Pittard Rudisill Godwin; his son, Walter Hayes Godwin Jr. of Tarboro; a brother, Edward Reddin Godwin of Houston, Texas; and two grandchildren.

James Marslender Sr.

WINTON – James M. Marslender Sr., 79, died April 14, 2004, in his home. He was the widower of Elizabeth M. Marslender.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday in Winton Baptist Church Cemetery by Dr. Charles Harris. The family will be receiving friends in their home at 103 River Road and have requested that anyone wishing to share a memorial gift may do so to the Roanoke Chowan Hospice in Ahoskie or to the Cemetery Fund of Winton Baptist Church. Bridgers Funeral Home, Inc., Conway, is in charge.

Marslender was a retired bridge tender from Great Bridge, Va. He attended Winton Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Ernest Perry of Winton and James M. Marslender Jr. of Portsmouth, Va.; two daughters, Mary P. Carr of West Virginia and Joyce M. Futrell of Winton; three sisters, Juanita M. Blankenship and Louise M. Cupitt, both of Chesapeake and Dorothy M. House of Marion; 12 grandchildren; and several great and great-great grandchildren.