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The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for Feb. 3, 2005

Pauline W. Coker

LITTLETON n Pauline W. Coker, 84, died January 30, 2005 at Halifax Regional Medical Center.

A funeral will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Roanoke Chapel Baptist Church, Littleton, by the Rev. Timothy Edwards. Interment will be Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery, Arcola. H.D. Pope Funeral Home, Roanoke Rapids, is in charge.

Alma E. Barkalow

SUFFOLK, Va. – Alma Elizabeth Ellis Barkalow, 78, a native of Suffolk, died January 30, 2005.

Mrs. Barkalow was a homemaker and a U.S. Army veteran having served during World War II.

Survivors include her husband, Harold D. Barkalow Sr. of Suffolk; daughters, Marie B. Purser of Vanceboro, Kathleen B. Parr of Suffolk and Debora B. Pippins of Ahoskie; sons, Arthur D. Barkalow of Creamridge, N.J., Doug C. Barkalow of Iowa, Harold D. Barkalow Jr. of Conway, N.H., and Rodney L. Barkalow of Austin, Texas; brothers, Raleigh B. Ellis of Greensboro and George L. "Joe" Ellis of Suffolk; 22 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

A funeral was conducted Wednesday in Parr Funeral Home by Joseph B. Matthews. Interment was in Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery with military honors.

Harold M. White

CLAYTON n The Rev. Harold M. White, 88, a native of Windsor, died on January 30, 2005.

White was a graduate of the University of Richmond and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He pastored Baptist churches in North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, including Highland Baptist Church in Hickory, First Baptist Church of Spindale, and First Baptist Church of Clayton. He served as a trustee of Gardner-Webb University, and served for 18 years on the staff of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina in the field of stewardship education and promotion.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Minton White of the home; two sons, Harold M. White, Jr. of Pensacola, Fla., and Mark T. White of Garner; two sisters, Elizabeth Williams of Greenville, S.C., and Whit Montague of Windsor; and two grandchildren.

Services were held at First Baptist Church of Clayton on Wednesday.

Burial was in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens. McLaurin Funeral Home, Clayton, was in charge.

Louise K. Hunter

WARRENTON n Louise Hunter, 88, died January 30, 2005. She was the widow of Edward Hunter.

Survivors include her sons, Richard Edward Hunter of Warrenton and Frank Wills Hunter of Hillsborough; daughter, Virginia Louise &uot;Jennie &uot; Brooks of Durham; and seven grandchildren.

Mrs. Hunter graduated from Littleton High School and East Carolina Teachers College, now East Carolina University. She taught for 23 years in Warren County, three years in Northampton County and retired in 1982 as librarian of Northside School.

A funeral was conducted Wednesday at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery. Blaylock Funeral Home, Warrenton, was in charge. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, PO Box 614, Warrenton, NC 27589.

Horace Grissom

ROANOKE RAPIDS n Horace Wilson "Buck" Grissom, 91, a native of Roanoke Rapids, died January 31, 2005 at Halifax Regional Medical Center. He was the widower of Annie Belle Cleaton Grissom.

A graveside service was conducted Wednesday at Seaboard Cemetery in Seaboard by the Rev. Carol Taylor. Massey Funeral Home, Roanoke Rapids, was in charge.

Grissom was retired from J.P. Stevens and Company.

Survivors include a daughter, Frances Grissom Wheeler of Roanoke Rapids.

Ruth E. Boone

MURFREESBORO n Ruth Ella Boone, 84, a native of Hertford County, died January 30, 2005 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Nebo Baptist Church by the Rev. Robert Holloman. Burial will be in Carver Park Cemetery. Hunter's Funeral Home, Inc., Murfreesboro, is in charge.

She was a member of Nebo Baptist Church.

Survivors include four sons, Thomas Futrell, Wendell Futrell, Walter Boone and Michael Boone, all of Murfreesboro; two daughters, Mary Ella Craig and Nancy Bell, both of Murfreesboro; one sister, Mary Majette of Boston, Mass.; 37 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Alonza Northington

HALIFAX n Alonza "Sonny Boy" Northington, 72, died January 30, 2005 at Halifax Regional Medical Center, Roanoke Rapids.

A visitation will be conducted from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday with family receiving friends from 7 to 8 p.m. in Roanoke Rapids Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home. A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Enfield by the Rev. Robert C. Farmer. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

James Dickens Jr.

AULANDER n James A. Dickens Jr., 70, died February 1, 2005, at Three Rivers Health and Rehab Center, Windsor. He was the widower of Peggy Jean Dickens.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Chapel of Massey Funeral Home by the Rev. Lester Jarret. Interment will be at the Morris family cemetery. The family will receive friends at Massey Funeral Home, Aulander, from 7 until 8:30 p.m.

Dickens was a retired long distance truck driver and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include two sons, James A. Dickens III of Windsor and Steven E. Dickens; three daughters, Wanda Jordan of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Lynn Pierce of Fayetteville and Betty Ann Garcia of Maryland; five sisters, Nellie Morris and Virgie Terry, both of Aulander, Sue Dunlow of Ahoskie, Betty Quellette of Aulander, Rosa Mclaurin of Fayetteville; and seven grandchildren.