The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for Jan. 20, 2005

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 29, 2005

Marjorie A. Romanchuk

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Marjorie Ann Romanchuk, 86, a native of Gates County, died January 17, 2005. She was the widow of Edward Romanchuk.

Mrs. Romanchuk was a member of the American Legion, Great Bridge Unit 280, Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include two daughters, Gail Patrick of Fairhaven, Mass., and Sharon Kay Zitnik of Plymouth, Mich.; two sons, Joseph H. Evans of Chesapeake and Grady William Evans of Southgate, Mich.; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A funeral was conducted Wednesday in the Great Bridge Chapel of Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Road, Chesapeake by the Rev. Earl Sutton. Interment was private in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to the Sidney M. Oman Cancer Treatment Center, c/o Chesapeake General Hospital, 736 N. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book online at

Abe D. Saunders

GATES – Abe D. Saunders, 59, a native of Gates County, died January 17, 2005 at Louise Obici Hospital, Suffolk, Va.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Stoney Branch Baptist Church by the Rev. Michael Holloman. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hunter’s Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.

Saunders was a self-employed carpet installer. He was a member of Stoney Branch Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Marjrine Boone Saunders of the home; two sons, Tony Saunders and Abe Saunders Jr., both of Gates; two daughters, Marlo Saunders and Louise Saunders, both of Gates; two brothers, Alvin Saunders of Suffolk and Morris Lee Saunders of Portsmouth; one sister, Vanessa Wiggins of Pennsylvania; and five grandchildren.

Gladys Green

ROANOKE RAPIDS – Gladys Green, 55, died January 15, 2005 at Halifax Medical Center, Roanoke Rapids.

A funeral was conducted Wednesday at Roanoke Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Jackson, by the Rev. Franklin D. Williams. Interment was in the church cemetery, Jackson. H.D. Pope Funeral Home, Inc., was in charge.

Virginell W. McCarter

ROCKY MOUNT – Virginell W. McCarter 67, died January 15, 2005 at Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mount.

A funeral will be conducted at 12 noon Saturday at Morning Star Church of Christ by Bishop Randy Royal. Interment will be in Gardens of Gethsemane Cemetery. H.D. Pope Funeral Home, Inc., is in charge.

James E. Lee

GOLDSBORO – James Edward Lee, 57, a native of Portsmouth, Va., died January 14, 2005 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Goldsboro.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hunter’s Funeral Home Chapel, Ahoskie, by Evangelist Melody Poulson. Burial will be in the Lee family cemetery.

Survivors include an aunt, cousins and a host of friends.

Madeline Cherry

WINDSOR – Madeline Gilliam Cherry, a native of Bertie County, died January 11, 2005.

A funeral was conducted Saturday at St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Hoyt Cooper. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Gilliam Funeral Home, Windsor, was in charge.

Mrs. Cherry was a member of St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church, it’s Deaconess Board, Missionary Circle, Usher Board and Church Secretary.

Survivors include her husband, Augustus Lindbergh; two sons, Melvin of Portsmouth, Va., and Darrell of Lewiston; two daughters, Myra of Raleigh and Robbins of the home; seven brothers, Melvin Gilliam of Windsor, Johnnie Lee of Pleasantville, NJ, Hubert Cooper and Herbert Cooper, both of Windsor, Earl Cooper and Pete Cooper of Edenton and Bennie Cooper of Arvonia, Va.; two sisters, Irene Phelps of Edenton and Laura Mae Logan of Baltimore, Md.; and five grandchildren.

Ruben Bishop Sr.

MAPLETON – Ruben Bishop Sr., 70, a native of Hertford County, died January 16, 2005 at Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, Va.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Vonzola Bishop of Mapleton; 10 children, Ruben Bishop Jr. of Garland, Texas, George Majette of Murfreesboro, Joann Williams of Ahoskie, Ruby Eason, Robin Ruffin and Judy Boone, all of Mapleton, Florence Tann of Powellsville, Evelyn Monger, Pamela White and Toni Gatling, all of Durham; a godson, Floyd Parks Jr. of Murfreesboro; 20 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Parker’s Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Denise Hardy. Burial will be in the Bishop family cemetery, Mapleton. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.

Archie B. Freeman

PRINCETON, N.J. – Archie Bertrum &uot;Pop&uot; Freeman, a native of Colerain, died January 17, 2005 at Merwick Rehab Hospital & Nursing Care Facility in Princeton. He was the widower of Dorothy Sloan Freeman.

Freeman retired from the USPHS in 1969 after 30 years of service, and returned to Princeton to live, he then worked for the NJ State Department of Health until 1974, when he permanently retired.

Survivors include two sons, Archie B. Jr. of West Trenton and John Freeman of Charlottesville Va., two brothers, Olney Ray Freeman of Wake Forest and Donald Norman Freeman of Raleigh; two grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 am, Friday at the Niles Chapel of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton NJ.

Interment in Princeton Cemetery is private.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Kimble Funeral Home, One Hamilton Ave., Princeton NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Merwick Foundation Fund, 79 Bayard Lane, Princeton, NJ


Wilbur H. Brown

LAWRENCEVILLE, Va. – Wilbur Hyman Brown, 84, died January 18, 2005.

Survivors include his wife, Alta Thompson Brown; two sons, Bruce Brown of Murfreesboro and Steve Brown of Edenton; two sisters, Bettie Neblett of Charlottesville and Mattie Bryan of Greenville; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in Lawrenceville United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Lawrenceville. Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, is in charge. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lawrenceville United Methodist Church or Brunswick Volunteer Rescue Squad.

William Smith Sr.

ROANOKE RAPIDS – William Ricky &uot;Head&uot; Smith Sr., 47, a native of Roanoke Rapids, died January 17, 2005, at Halifax Regional Medical Center.

Smith was an Army veteran.

Survivors include a daughter, Heather Smith Pierce of Roanoke Rapids; a son, William Ricky Smith Jr. of Morehead, W.Va.; his mother, Ruth Wright and her husband, Otto of Roanoke Rapids; his father, William Herbert Smith of Winterhaven, Fla.; his sisters, Brenda Cox of Roanoke Rapids, Linda Johnson of Fairfield, Calif., Deyonnia Yourn of Lakeland; his brothers, Danny Smith of Copahagan, Germany and Ben Wright of Indianapolis, Ind.; and five grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday at Massey Funeral Home, Roanoke Rapids, by the Rev. Tim Murray. The family will receive friends after the service at the funeral home. Flowers are welcome, however the family has suggested potted plants.

Clyde J. Harrell

AHOSKIE – Clyde J. Harrell, 63, a native of Hertford County, died January 15, 2005 at his residence.

Harrell was a retired account with Capitol Mercury, NY, and a member of Ahoskie Christian Center.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Bethany Baptist Church, Harrellsville, by Pastor Daniel Smith. Burial will be in New Harrellsville Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Survivors include three daughters, Beulah Sessoms and Celestine Hawkins, both of Hampton, Va., and Elaine Harrell Spivey of Ahoskie; two brothers, Winston Harrell of Hampton and Donnell Harrell of San Antonio, Texas; and one god daughter, Daryl O. Kelly of Zebulon.

Clyde R. Davidson Jr.

CONWAY – Mr. Clyde Robert Davidson, Jr., age 57, of Hwy. 158, Conway, NC, died January 17, 2005 at his home.

Mr. Davidson was born August 30, 1947 in Bertie County, NC, the son of the late Clyde Robert Davidson Sr. and Lois Cobb Davidson. He was a correctional officer with the State of Virginia.

Survivors include his brothers, Michael Davidson and his wife, Mary Ann Bonnano of Conway, NC, Gerald Davidson of Ahoskie, NC, and Brad Davidson of Minnesota; his niece Amy and his nephews, Wood, Paul and Jason.

Graveside services will be held, Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 11 a.m. at the Bonnano Family Cemetery, Conway, NC.

The family will receive friends at Massey Funeral Home in Jackson, Friday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. and other times at the home of his brother, Michael Davidson, Hwy. 158, Conway, NC.

Patricia M. Magette

RALEIGH – Patricia Mabie Magette, 76, of Ahoskie, NC, died Tuesday, January 18, 2005, at Rex Hospital, in Raleigh, NC.

Mrs. Magette was born in Dutchess County, New York, a daughter of the late Charles Voorhees Mabie and Beulah Wheeler Mabie. She had served as Regional Director of The American Red Cross, was a member of Ahoskie United Methodist Church and was a homemaker.

Surviving are, her husband, Raymond Williams Magette, Sr., daughter, Cheryl Magette Campbell, sons, Raymond Williams Magette, Jr. and Kurt Robert Magette, sister, Evelyn Mabie Danilevics, and grandchildren, Marion Greer Campbell, Darby Ann Campbell, Colburn Thad Magette, Sarah Grace Magette, Garrett Lee Magette, Ross Patrick Magette, Reid Williams Magette, and Brenna Paige Magette. Mrs. Magette was predeceased by her brothers, Edmund Wheeler Mabie, Charles Edward Mabie and George Voorhees Mabie.

A private graveside service will be held Friday, January 21, 2005 at Highland Memorial Gardens and a memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday at Garrett Funeral Home in Ahoskie, NC, with the Reverend John Dutton, officiating. The family will receive friends at the home of her son, Raymond Williams Magette, Jr.

Memorials may be sent to the Gallery Theater of Ahoskie, P.O. Box 521, Ahoskie, NC 27910.