The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for Aug. 10, 2004

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 14, 2004

Mary Jane James

ELIZABETH CITY – Mary Jane Spruill James, 85, a native of Bertie County, died Aug. 6, 2004, at Winslow Nursing Home. She was the widow of Alvin J. James.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church St., Elizabeth City, with the Rev. David O. Leary. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Edgewood Cemetery in Windsor. The family will receive friends immediately following the funeral in the lobby of the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. You may sign the online guest register at

Mrs. James was a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. A retired school teacher, she taught at Sheep-Harney and Central Elementary schools and retired after 38 years of teaching. She was a member of the Flower Lover’s Garden Club and served as president for 20 years. She was active as a lifetime member of the Garden Club of North Carolina and served on the Board of Governors of Elizabethan Gardens for 16 years.

She is survived by a cousin.

Docia Deloatch

CONWAY – Docia Deloatch, died August 9, 2004 at Halifax Regional Medical Facility.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Hood Funeral Home, Conway, is in charge.

Gerald Beale

COLDSPRING, Texas – Gerald Johnston Beale of Coldspring, Texas, passed away Tueday, August 3, 2004 at the age of 57.

He was born in Colerain, North Carolina to Julian C. and Susie Beale on June 2, 1947.

He is survived by his mother, Susie J. Beale; daughters, Wendy Terry and husband, Dennis of Boise, Idaho and Linnea Beale of Lancaster, California; son, Dustin Beale of Lancaster, California; sister, Hope Taylor of Cold-spring, Texas; grandchildren, Teddi and Cody Terry of Boise, Idaho; and nephews, Joshua Taylor.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Sunday, August 8 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Coldspring, Texas.

Theodore Pollard

ROXOBEL – Mr. Theodore &uot;Ted&uot; Pollard, age 74, died at the Roanoke Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie on Saturday, August 7, 2004.

Ted joined the United States Navy at age seventeen and retired after serving twenty years. He also retired from the Newport News Ship Yard as a Quality Inspector in 1969. He was married to Mrs. Viva Pollard and enjoyed some twenty years of marriage. Ted and Viva moved to Roxobel in 1992. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Aulander, NC.

Survivors include his wife, Viva White Pollard of the home; one daughter, Lori Marie Trievel of Norfolk, Va.; one stepdaughter, Connie Sue Lowdermilk of Tyler, Texas; one son, Richard Allen Pollard of Fort St. Lucie, Fla.; two stepsons, Donald Ray Baker of Hampton, VA and David Roy Baker, Sr. of Gloucester, VA.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, August 9 at 2 p.m. at the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Aulander with the Rev. Bob Skeens officiating. The burial followed in the Roxobel-Kelford Cemetery in Roxobel, NC. The family re-ceived friends at Sykes Funeral Service in Rich Square, NC, on Sunday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oak Grove Baptist Church, PO Box 247, Aulander, NC 27805.

Alphus Doughtie

LASKER – Mr. Alphus &uot;Shorty&uot; Doughtie, age 73, died on Saturday, August 7, 2004, at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC.

For the last few days, Shorty was surrounded by his family and friends. He was a native of Hertford County and served a tour of duty with the United States Army. Shorty was a member of the Gallery Theater in Ahoskie and worked with stage lighting for the productions. He was very active in the Ahoskie Community working with the Ahoskie High School Athletic Association. He was a member of the American Legion and supported the American Legion Baseball Organization.

Shorty was also a member of the Lions Club. He worked for White and Woodley in Ahoskie as an electrician until 1971. Shorty and Linda moved to Lasker, NC in 1991. He worked at Bertie High School where he taught Residential House Wiring until 1993. Shorty had the honor of teaching several students who finished first and second in the North Carolina State VICCA Competition. Following his work with the school system, Shorty began work with Rich and Rich Auctioneers in Lasker, NC, as the office manager. Shorty enjoyed a marriage of thirty years to Linda, and was a dedicated son-in-law to her mother, Mae Collier. Shorty treasured his relationship with his niece and nephews treating them all as his own children. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife, Linda C. Doughtie; one son, Tony M. Doughtie and his wife, Pat of Rocky Mount, NC; one niece, Mary Ann Barnes and her husband, Tim of Raleigh, NC; two nephews, Robert Doughtie and his wife, Betty of Cary, NC and Mike Doughtie and his wife, Susan of Suffolk, VA; four grandchildren, Brooks, Amy and Morgan Doughtie and Stephanie Musante, one great-granddaughter, Madison Musante; four great nieces, Allison Barnes, Melissa Denoo, Ashley and Lauren Doughtie, one great nephew, Chris Doughtie. Also surviving is a very special friend Nancy Doughtie of Rocky Mount, NC.

Memorial services will be conducted on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 at 11 a.m. at New Hope United Methodist Church in Lasker, NC with the Rev. Paul Lee officiating. The burial will follow at the Lasker Cemetery in Lasker, NC.

The family received friends at Sykes Funeral Service in Rich Square, NC, on Monday evening from 7 until 8:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope United Methodist Church, 1 South Street, Lasker, NC 27845.

Irvin McGee

VANCEBORO – Mr. Irvin McGee, Sr., 87, died Satur-day, August 7, 2004.

The funeral service will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Vanceboro United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Celestial Memorial Gardens in Vanceboro.

Mr. McGee, a native of Bertie County, was a lifelong resident of Vanceboro. He was engaged in farming prior to beginning a 20 year employment in Civil Service at Cherry Point. He was a member of the Vanceboro V.F.W., Post 11119, the Vanceboro Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M., #433, the Good Sam Running Bears Camp-ing Club, and a charter member of the Vanceboro United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Dixon McGee and his second wife, Annie Mae Ramsey McGee.

Surviving daughter, Betty Jo Fulcher of Winterville and her friend, Kenneth Simpson; son, Irvin B. McGee, Jr.

and wife Cindy of Winterville; grandchildren, April Gaskins Morris and husband, Travis, and Cameron Brown McGee; and great-grandson, Mat-thew Travis Morris.

The family received friends at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Vanceboro Monday from 6-8 p.m. and other times at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars, P.O. Box 711, Vanceboro, N.C.