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

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Mary Chamblee

COFIELD – Mary Chamblee, 78, a native of Salisbury, Md., died June 26, 2004.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Conoconary Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Alton Edwards. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hunter’s Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.

She was a member of Conoconary Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Clinton Kearney of Paterson, N.J., and Lonnie Chamblee Jr. of Newport News, Va.; four daughters, Delsie Samuel of Norfolk, Mary Ann Chamblee of Ahoskie, Joyce Chamblee and Sharon Chamblee-Price, both of Cofield; two brothers, Charlie Hoggard of Jacksonville, Fla., and Joseph Hoggard of Powellsville; one sister, Naomi Saunders of Norfolk; and eight grandchildren.

St. Pernell Demory

GARYSBURG – St. Pernell Demory, 66, died June 28, 2004, at Halifax Regional Medical Center, Roanoke Rapids.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. H.D. Pope Funeral Home is in charge.

Melvin Curry

MURFREESBORO – Melvin Curry, 48, a native of Northampton County, died June 28, 2004, at Pitt Memorial Hospital, Greenville.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Holy Prayer Room by Pastor Dorothy Ruffin. Burial will be in the Hicks-Vaughan family cemetery, Murfreesboro. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Curry was a forklift driver for Gregory Manufacturer.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Stevenson Curry; two daughters, Latonya Hicks and Tarsha Hicks, both of Murfreesboro; two sons, Marques Donnell Hicks of Murfreesboro and Bryant Dickson of Scotland Neck; four stepsons, David Williams, Travis Williams, Darence Williams and Brandon Williams, all of Murfreesboro; five brothers, John Curry Jr., Ernest Cherry and Jeffery Curry, all of Rich Square and Thomas Curry and David Curry, both of Roxobel; four sisters, Patricia Barnhill of Ahoskie, Caroline Cherry of Aulander, Glenda Holley of Murfreesboro and Irene Vaughan of Lewiston; and seven grandchildren.

John D. Peele

AHOSKIE – John David Peele, died June 28, 2004, at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Reynolds Funeral Home Chapel, Ahoskie. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Joseph Holloman of Ahoskie; two brothers, Walter Peele of Ahoskie and Jimmie Peele of Philadelphia, Pa.; and four sisters, Ivory P. Vaughan of Ahoskie, Melicia P. Branch and Lorraine P. Maull, both of Philadelphia and Arlene P. Drake of Virginia Beach, Va.

Louise Tappan

MURFREESBORO – Louise Tappan, 76, a native of Hertford County, died June 29, 2004, at her home.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Parkers Grove Baptist Church, Mapleton, by the Rev. Lloyd Gatling. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.

Survivors include two sons, Daryl Faison and Clarence Tappan III, both of Ahoskie; two sisters, Thelma Pickett of Newbern and Marie Porter of Mapleton; one brother, Collins Hawkins of Baltimore, Md.; and seven grandchildren.

Janie Bunch

ST. JOHN’S – Jane &uot;Janie&uot; Jenkins Bunch, 77, died June 30, 2004 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie.

A funeral service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Friday at St. John’s Baptist Church by Rev. Titus Caraway, pastor of Potter’s House, and Woody Copeland, pastor at St. John’s Baptist Church. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Cemetery between Ahoskie and Powellsville.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Garrett’s Funeral Home in Ahoskie. The family will also receive friends at the home of Sarah Leigh Dempsey near the church.

A native of St. John’s, she was the daughter of Jeno and Martha Jenkins. She devoted her life to providing for her family. She raised three daughters on her own by working at a school cafeteria, Roses, the St. John Grocery, and Blue Bell while purchasing a home and paying off the farm debt. She doted on her grandchildren, enjoyed the country life, took time to smell her many flowers, and liked playing games.

She is survived by her three daughters, Patsy Bracy, Cheryl Babb, and Kim Hoggard; sister Sarah Leigh Dempsey; grandchildren Christy Perkins, Jacob Babb, Addie Bracy, Ian Bracy, Kris Bracy; and great-granddaughter Bridget Babb. Mrs. Bunch was predeceased by her husband, Ray Bunch, a daughter, June Bunch, a granddaughter, Stephanie Kierson, and two brothers, Raymond Jenkins and Stanley Jenkins.