The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for Sept. 25, 2004

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Frank Liverman

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

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Sunday in Hunter’s Funeral Home Chapel, Ahoskie, by the Rev. Vernon Lassiter. Burial will be in the Liverman family cemetery.

Liverman was a retired farmer.

Survivors include his father, Frank Liverman Jr. of Elizabeth City; three sons, Bruce Palmer of Gates, Jamie Winslow of Virginia and Derrick Pitt of Ahoskie; two brothers, William Liverman of Ahoskie and Willie Wynn of Norfolk; three sisters, Jackie Liverman of Kentucky, Lorraine L. Sessoms of Raleigh and Gladys L. Overman of Ahoskie; and eight grandchildren.

John T. Miles

RICH SQUARE – John Thomas Miles, 58, a native of Northampton County, died September 22, 2004, at Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mount.

A funeral was conducted Friday at the chapel of Sykes Funeral Service, Rich Square, by the Rev. Joe Price. Burial was in Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Rich Square.

Miles operated Miles Welding Service for 15 years.

Survivors include his former wife, Marian Harrell Miles of Rich Square; one daughter, Melissa Miles Abrams of Rocky Mount; one stepson, Mitchell Vann of Rich Square; three sisters, Linda M. Parker of Winton, Judy Darden Rose and Kathy Darden, both of Newsoms, Va.; two brothers, Earl Thomas Miles and Curtis Allen Miles, both of Boykins; and three grandchildren.

Nellie Kaikowski

WINDSOR – Nellie Vann Alston Kaikowski, 81, died September 22, 2004 at the Heritage Retirement Home, Rocky Mount.

A graveside funeral was conducted Friday in Edgewood Cemetery by the Rev. Freddie Harris. Walker Funeral Home was in charge.

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

Survivors include a sister-in-law; and three nephews.

Dennis White Sr.

COLERAIN – Dennis White Sr., 76, died September 18, 2004 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oxley Hill Baptist Church, Merry Hill. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Garland A. Brinson

GATESVILLE – Garland A. Brinson, 88, a native of Morehead City, died September 21, 2004. He was the widower of Golden Jones Brinson.

A graveside service was conducted Friday at Middle Swamp Baptist Church Cemetery by the Rev. Wayne Gardner. Masonic rites and military rites was accorded. Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville, was in charge. Memorial contributions may be made to Middle Swamp Baptist Church, c/o Brenda Umphlett, 275 Middle Swamp Road, Gates, NC 27937.

Brinson was a retired master sergeant with 20 years of service, he served in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army and was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. Later, becoming a civil service employee at Fort Monroe, he worked as a boatmaster. A member of Middle Swamp Baptist Church, he was a 57-year member of Gatesville Masonic Lodge No. 126, a member of Gatesville Chapter No. 335, the Order of the Eastern Star and American Legion Post No. 136.

Surviving are three grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

Lloyd E. Monds

GATES – Lloyd Edward Monds, 80, a native of Chowan County, died September 16, 2004, in Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

Graveside services were conducted Saturday in Warwick Baptist Church Cemetery, Hobbsville. Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville, was in charge.

Mr. Monds was retired from the pulp mill department of Union Camp, now International Paper in Franklin and he was an Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Maggie Casper Monds; four daughters, Mary Davis of Courtland, Va., Doris Marks of Oxford, Pauline Legg of Eure and Joyce Hobbs of Hobbsville; two sons, Ray Monds of Edenton and David Monds of Tyner; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Evans R. Jones

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Evans Richard &uot;Buddy&uot; Jones, 98, a native of Hertford County, died September 21, 2004 at Carolly Manor Nursing Home.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Second Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. Burial will be in Rock Creek Cemetery. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.

Survivors include two sisters, Alice J. Nickens of Winton and Annie J. Burke of Aikens, S.C.

Ruth Thomas

POWELLS POINT – Ruth Ann Porter Thomas, 62, died September 22, 2004, in Albemarle Hospital.

A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday in Powells Point Christian Church Cemetery with the Rev. David Coxson and the Rev. Ronnie Midgett. The family will receive friends Saturday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church St., Elizabeth City. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 404 Jessup St., Elizabeth City, NC 27909. To sign the online register visit .

Survivors include two sons, Curtis Roland Thomas of Grandy and Anthony Wayne Thomas of Jackson; three sisters, Shirley Parker of Chesapeake, Ella Sasnett of Powells Point and Jane Koontz of Grandy; and three grandchildren.

Fenton Jordan Jr.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Fenton Jordan Jr., a native of Winton, died September 21, 2004, at Maryview Medical Center. He was the widower of Nora Jordan.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Noble Street Baptist Church, Portsmouth, by the Rev. Henry P. Jones. Burial will be at First Baptist Church Cemetery, Winton. The family will be meeting at 13 Columbia Court, Portsmouth, VA 23704. Corprew Funeral Home, Portsmouth chapel, is in charge.

Jordan was retired from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard with more than 30 years of service. After retirement, he worked for five years with Citizen Trust Bank. He was a member of Noble Street Baptist Church where he was a member of the Male and Combined usher boards.

Survivors include two sons, Curtis Jordan and Leon Jordan, both of Portsmouth; a daughter, Theresa Saunders-Smith of Portsmouth; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Joe Griffin

FRANKLIN, Va. – Joe Elbert Frances Griffin, 70, a native of Southampton County, died September 22, 2004.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Wright Funeral Home by the Rev. Greg Kitts and the Rev. Willis Switzer. Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Newsoms. The family will receive friends at the residence at 20044 Drake Road. Memorials may be made to the Black Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 34163 Vicksville Road, Franklin, VA 23851.

Griffin was a member of the Homebound Ministry of Black Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Anne; two sons, Kenny Griffin of Boykins and Chuck Griffin of Franklin; a brother, Fletcher Griffin of Suffolk; three sisters, Shirley Vaughan of Margarettsville, Estelle Crump of Supply and Lucille Roe of Suffolk; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Vertie M. Cooper

WINDSOR – Vertie Mae Cooper, died September 22, 2004, at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Luke Baptist Church, Windsor, by the Rev. Roy Sharpe. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Windsor. Reynolds Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.

Survivors include two daughters, Vivian Freeman of Newport News, Va., and Lillie Holley of Windsor; one brother, Earl C. Heckstall of Merry Hill; two sisters, Vashti Green of Philadelphia, Pa. and Alma Cooper of Ahoskie; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Gwendolyn Gray

EMPORIA, Va. – Gwendolyn Lena Ausby Gray, 43, formerly of Weldon, died September 21, 2004 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk.

A viewing will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday with the funeral service beginning at 3 p.m. in the Roanoke Rapids Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home by the Rev. Albert Clark. Interment will be in Oakridge Cemetery, Weldon.