The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for June 1, 2004

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 3, 2004

Walter Moore Jr.

EDENTON – Walter Moore Jr., 93, a native of Perquimans County, died May 24, 2004, at Chowan County Hospital.

A funeral was conducted Saturday at Warren’s Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Wilbert Mills. Burial was in the Moore family cemetery. Hunter’s Funeral Home, Ahoskie, was in charge.

Moore was a retired farmer. He was a member of Warren’s Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Nellie Moore; two sons, Walter Horace Moore of Tyner and John Elbert Moore of Eastern, Pa.; six grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.

Bertha S. Deloatch

CONWAY – Bertha S. Deloatch, 77, died May 27, 2004 at Wake Medical Center.

A funeral was conducted Monday at Second Baptist Potecasi Church. Hunter’s Funeral Home, Ahoskie, was in charge.

Gertrude B. Lowe

ROANOKE RAPIDS – Gertrude Brown Lowe, 82, died May 28, 2004 at Warren Hill Center, Norlina.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at London Baptist Church, Roanoke Rapids, by the Rev. Elbert Lee. Interment will be in the Manley family cemetery. H.D. Pope Funeral Home was in charge.

C.L. Poppell

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – C.L. Poppell, 82, a native of Odom, Ga., died May 29, 2004, at Chesapeake General Hospital.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holloman-Brown Funeral Home, Great Bridge Chapel, with the Rev. Daniel Gilbert and Richard Gourley.

Poppell retired from Ford Motor Company after 33 years of service. He was a U.S. Naval veteran of the Seabees during World War II and served as chaplain for 10 years with the F.O.P.A. Lodge No. 9.

Survivors include his wife, Lura Nell Poppell; three sons, Eddie Lee Poppell of Chesapeake, Ronald G. Poppell of Aulander and Donald K. Poppell of Cofield; a sister, Dorothy White of Chesapeake; a brother, Lee Poppell of Jesup, Ga.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Kathryn E. Heath

MURFREESBORO – Kathryn Evans Heath, 84, a native of Hertford County, died May 28, 2004, in her home.

A celebration of life memorial service was conducted Sunday at Murfreesboro United Methodist Church by the Rev. Bob Hagerty and J.N. Jenkins. Memorial donations may be made to Murfreesboro United Methodist Church, 313 High St., Murfreesboro27855. Garrett Funeral Home, Murfreesboro, was in charge.

Mrs. Heath was a member of Murfreesboro United Methodist Church. She was a graduate of UNC Greensboro, and was retired as food manager for Hertford County public schools. Katie was also instrumental in the restoration of the Dr. Walter Reed Home.

Survivors include a daughter, Betsy Jane Heath of Susan, Va.; two sons, Evans Heath of Winton and Charles B. Heath of Kitty Hawk; two sisters, Jane Sawyer of Chesapeake and Betsy Kavin of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Ellis Evans of Murfreesboro; a half sister, Poly Merrit of Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Joseph E. Raynor

SUFFOLK, Va. – Joseph Edward Raynor, 95, a native of Powellsville, died May 29, 2004 in Obici Hospital. He was the widower of Christine Biitner Raynor.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m.Tuesday in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens with Dr. David Chauncey. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, Nansemond Suffolk Volunteer Rescue Squad, or to a charity of one’s choice. Harrell & Hill Funeral Home is in charge.

Survivors include two nephews; and a niece.

Horace Mason Sr.

RICH SQUARE – Horace Mason Sr., 74, died May 29, 2004 at Halifax Regional Medical Center.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Seaboard, by the Rev. Pernell Edwards. Burial will be in Phillip’s Cemetery. A wake will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Faison’s Funeral Home is in charge.

Carol H. Heyward

ELIZABETH CITY – Carol Hawkins Heyward, 54, a native of Northampton County, died May 28, 2004, at Crawford Long Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Nebo Baptist Church by the Rev. Mildred Brown. Burial will be in the Boone family cemetery, Conway. The family will receive friends and guests at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Reid Sr. of 208 Boyette St., Murfreesboro. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Vergie Lee Hawkins and Carol Hawkins Heyward Memorial Scholarship Fund, ECSU Foundation, Elizabeth City State University, 1704 Weeksville Reid, Elizabeth City, NC 27907. Other expressions of condolences may be sent to Nathaniel Heyward Emerald Lake Circle, Apt. 304, Elizabeth City, NC. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.

Survivors include her husband, Nathaniel Heyward of Elizabeth City; children, Nikki Heyward of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Sean Heyward of New York City; sisters and brothers, Jeanette Evans of Elizabeth City, Maxine Reid and William Hawkins, both of Murfreesboro, Robert L. Hawkins Jr. of Delair, N.J., and Jerry Hawkins of Rich Square.

Mary Askew

AULANDER – Mary Askew, died May 28, 2004 at her residence.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Conoconary Baptist Church, Aulander, by the Rev. Alton Edwards. Burial will be in the Edwards family cemetery. Reynolds Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.

Survivors include three sons, Alexander Askew of Smithfield, Va., Calvin Wade Askew of Ahoskie and Ricky Askew of Greensboro; two daughters, Mary Ann Futrell of Hampton and Joyce M. Outlaw of Aulander; three brothers, James Edwards of Aulander, Jack Edwards of Suffolk and J.T. Edwards of Norfolk; two sisters, Nonnie Bea Cherry of Suffolk and Ella Mae Saunders of Wilmington; 21 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Joann Flythe

BOYKINS, Va. – Joann Flythe, died May 27, 2004 at Maryview Medical Center, Portsmouth.

A service of love, celebrating her life will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, 28668 North Main St., Newsoms, where the Rev. Jeremiah Cole and the Rev. Pamela Faison. Burial will be in Oak Grove Church Cemetery, Como.

She was a member of Oak Grove AME Church, Como and served on the Stewardess Board and as a church clerk.

Survivors include her mother, Lucille B. Flythe of Newsoms; a sister, Callie F. Williamson of Norfolk; and three brothers, Gradie Flythe Jr. of Union Level, Jimmie Flythe of Newsoms and the Rev. Granger Flythe of Chesapeake.

Jerome A. Gaskins

MURFREESBORO – Jerome Antwan &uot;Smokey&uot; Gaskins, 20, a native of Hertford County, died May 28, 2004.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Zion Hill Baptist Church by the Rev. Nathaniel Thompson. Burial will be in the Leary-Gaskins family cemetery, Colerain. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Gaskins was employed at Perdue Farms in Lewiston and also with Gwaltney of Smithfield, Va.

Survivors include his mother, Patricia Leary of Colerain; his father, James Bunch of Greenville; one brother, Rochelle D. Gaskins; two sisters, Cotye’ and Charnella Leary, all of Colerain; his paternal grandmother, Hazel G. Sessoms of Murfreesboro; and his great-grandmother, Evora W. Jones of Colerain.

Arthur L. Wiggins

AHOSKIE – Arthur Lee Wiggins, 73, died Saturday, May 29, 2004, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Mr. Wiggins was born Oct. 3, 1930 in Hertford County, a son of the late Lawson Wiggins and Gertie Dilday Wiggins. He was a 1948 graduate of Ahoskie High School and attended both Chowan College and the College of The Albemarle. Mr. Wiggins was the executive director of The Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce, and former mayor of Ahoskie for eight years. He was involved in many other town and county activities including various offices in the Hertford County Democratic Party, the Northeast Partnership, Chairman of Northeastern Tourism Committee, member of the Museum of the Albemarle, a member of the Atlanta District Fair Committee, and Hickory Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Mr. Wiggins was employed with the Federal Land Bank for 17 years, sales supervisor for the Ahoskie Tobacco Market, active in the Hertford County Young Men and Women’s Club, having served as state president for two terms, secretary-treasurer for one term and was named North Carolina’s Man of the Year in 1948. He enjoyed sports &uot;as a spectator&uot; but had a very special interest in music and enjoyed singing and playing the piano for the residents of Guardian Care, Pinewood Rest Home and The Ahoskie House. He was very active in organizing the Gallery Theatre and performed in several musical productions. In accepting his position with the Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce, he stated &uot;The Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce can be a challenging one and if we accomplish what The Chamber should accomplish it will be rewarding to a home town boy to feel he had a part in helping the community and area to grow. You have to love a town to sell it.&uot; Surviving are his sister, Gertrude Myers and husband Wayne and his brother, Fred and wife Ann and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A funeral will be at held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, with the Rev. Robert May officiating. Interment will be in Ahoskie Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be sent to the Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce, 310 South Catherine Creek Road, Ahoskie, NC 27910.

Marie Lassiter

COLERAIN – Marie Lassiter, 84, died May 27, 2004, in her residence. Mrs. Lassiter was born July 23, 1919 in Aulander, N.C., a daughter of the late James Caudie Davidson and Ethel Bozeman Davidson. The widow of Robert Edward Lassiter, she was a homemaker and a longtime and active member of Colerain Baptist Church. Surviving are her son, Dr. Richard Lassiter and wife Mary of Chapel Hill, N.C.; daughter, Carolyn Jenkins and husband Donald of Wilmington, N.C.; grandchildren, Cathy Marie Hartley, Ed Pierce, Leigh Hall, Anne Kapeluck, Rob Lassiter and Kate Lassiter; great-grandchildren, Robbie Hall, Emmaly Hartley, Russell Hall, Richard Hall, Rachel Hall, Eliza Kapeluck, Branwell Kapeluck and Crevans Kapeluck; sisters, Fannie Carlisle of Norfolk, June Culpepper of Portsmouth and Shirley of Florida. Mrs. Lassiter was predeceased by her son, Russell Lafayette Lassiter; brothers and sisters, Nellie Cowan, William Davidson, Hubert Davidson, Jessie Davidson, Helen Monroe, Sarah Elliott, George Davidson and Jim Davidson. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Colerain Baptist Church with the Rev. Garland Cline and the Rev. Rob Hall. Interment will be in Highland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie. Memorials may be sent to Colerain Baptist Church or to the American Heart Association.

Woodrow Hofler

HOBBSVILLE -Woodrow Hofler, 89, a native of Gates County, died May 30, 2004 in Louise Obici Memorial Hospital, Suffolk.

Hofler was the retired owner and operator of Woodrow Hofler’s Store and was a member of Hobbsville Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Perry Hofler; a daughter, Roberta H. Bunch Virginia Beach; a son, Perry Hofler of Claremont, Va.; four granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Hobbsville Baptist Church by the Rev. Tim Dannelly. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville, is in charge.