The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for Sept. 23, 2004

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Barbara Freeman

WINDSOR – Barbara Cobb Freeman, 74, a native of Bertie County, died September 30, 2004. She was the widow of Oscar Layton Freeman.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Cobb family cemetery by the Rev. Frank Stansberry. Memorial gifts may be made to the Bertie County Rescue Squad or Askewville Volunteer Fire Department.

Mrs. Freeman was a homemaker and a member of Askewville Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Butch Freeman of Winton, Jeff Freeman of Edenton and David Freeman of Colerain; one daughter, Debbie Stevenson of Homosassa Springs, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Percell F. DeBerry Sr.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Percell F. DeBerry Sr., 86, a native of Margarettsville, died September 18, 2004, in Maryview Medical Center. He was the of Virginia E. DeBerry.

A funeral will be conducted at noon Friday in Third Baptist Church, Portsmouth, by the Rev. Joe B. Fleming. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery, Portsmouth. Viewing will begin Thursday at noon. The family will be at 3808 Shannon Road, Portsmouth, and assemble there for the procession. The body will be in the church Friday at 11 a.m. Fisher Funeral Home, 1520 Effingham St., Portsmouth, is in charge.

DeBerry retired from Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He was a member of Third Baptist Church, Portsmouth, where he was a member of Senior Choir. He was an Army Veteran of World War II.

Survivors include four daughters, Maxine Hines, Yvonne Pinkard, Patricia Nordstrom and Vanessa Williams; two sisters, Julia D. Smith and Ghonieteen Artise; and 12 grandchildren.

Rathmond Collins II

SUFFOLK, Va. – Rathmond &uot;Mills&uot; Collins II, a native of Nansemond County, died September 19, 2004, in Obici Memorial Hospital.

A funeral was conducted Wednesday in Red Oak Grove AME Zion Church, Gates County, by the Rev. Edward Riddick. Interment was in the Collins family cemetery, Suffolk. Crocker Funeral Home was in charge.

Collins was retired from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard where he had been employed as a rigger. He was a member of Red Oak Grove AME Church, Gates County.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie Williams Collins; two daughters, Vera Craig of Smithfield and Catherine M. Collins of Fort Hood, Texas; two sons, Alvin C. Collins of Annapolis, Md. and Rathmond M. Collins III of Suffolk; three sisters, Ethel Langston of Suffolk, Margaret Picott and Mae Lawrence, both of Brooklyn, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and great-grandchild.

Gwendolyn Gray

EMPORIA, Va. – Gwendolyn Lena Gray, 43, formerly of Roanoke Rapids, died September 21, 2004, at Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk.

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

Milton D. Holloman

HARRELLSVILLE – Milton Daniel Holloman, 79, a native of Hertford County, died September 21, 2004 in his home.

A graveside funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in Harrellsville Cemetery by the Rev. Hugh Mizelle. The family will receive friends at the home. Memorial donations may be made to University Health Care Hospice, P.O. Box 272, Ahoskie, NC 27910 or to a favorite charity. Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is in charge.

Holloman was a member of Christian Harbor Baptist Church. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World and a retired farmer.

He is survived by his wife, Nellie Jones Holloman.

Luther Mitchell

AHOSKIE – Luther Mitchell, died September 20, 2004 at his residence.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Colerain, by Bishop Wise. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Family visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Reynolds Funeral Home Chapel, Ahoskie.

Mitchell was a member of First Baptist Church, Colerain.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice Smith Mitchell of Ahoskie; three sons, Luther Mitchell Jr. and Winfred Mitchell, both of Ahoskie and Clifton Mitchell of West Orange, N.J.; one daughter, Chirita Barnes of Chesapeake, Va.; one brother, Roosevelt Mitchell of Elizabeth, N.J.; two sisters, Anna Laura Sharpe of Harrellsville and Fannie Mae Powell of Elizabeth; and three grandchildren.

Margie Harris

ROXOBEL – Margie Harris, 74, a native of Northampton County, died September 20, 2004 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Wilder’s Funeral Home Chapel, Aulander.

Survivor include one daughter, Annette Harvey of the home; one son, McCoy Harris of Kelford; one sister, Rosa Williams of the home; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Frank M. Liverman

POWELLSVILLE – Frank M. Liverman, 54, a native of Hertford County, died September 21, 2004 at Guardian Care Nursing Home.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Hunter’s Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.

Liverman was a retired farmer.

Survivors include his father, Frank Liverman Jr. of Elizabeth City; three sons; two brothers, William Liverman of Ahoskie and Willie Wynn of Norfolk, Va.; and three sisters, Jackie Liverman of Kentucky, Lorraine L. Sessoms of Raleigh and Gladys L. Overman of Ahoskie.

Redille Lewis

AHOSKIE – Redille Lewis, died August 18, 2004 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie. She was the widow of Bennie Lewis.

A funeral was conducted August 23, 2004 at Pleasant Plains Baptist Church by the Rev. Roy Sharpe. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Reynolds Funeral Home, Inc., was in charge.

Mrs. Lewis was a member of Pleasant Plains Baptist Church , Ahoskie and Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was an Eastern Star and Deaconess. She was also one of the elders of the Meherrin Indian Tribe.

Survivors include one son, David Lewis of Brooklyn; six daughters, Margaret Rue of Brooklyn, Emma Battle of Piscataway, N.J., Mildred Simone Lurito of Ahoskie, Lorraine Lewis of Pittsburgh, Pa., Patricia Dean of Broadway, NC and Vivian Palmer of Fairfield, Calif.; one sister, Purdis Brewington of Ahoskie; 19 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.