The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for March 1, 2005

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 3, 2005

Ray D. Beamon

FAYETTEVILLE n Ray D. Beamon, 51, a native of Gates County, died February 24, 2005 at Wake Medical Center, Cary.

A funeral was conducted Monday at St. John AME Church by the Rev. Charlie Eason. Burial was in the church cemetery. Hunter's Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, was in charge.

Beamon was retired military (US Army) and a member of St. John AME Church, Sunbury.

Survivors include two daughters, Meredith Underwood of Fayetteville and Veronica White of Germany; two brothers, William H. Beamon and Elliott Beamon of Sunbury; one sister, Thelma Brinson of Massachusetts; and one grandchild.

Clinton Edwards

WOODLAND n Clinton Edwards, 64, a native of Hertford County, died February 25, 2005 at Coliseum Park Nursing Home, Hampton, Va.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Jerusalem Baptist Church by Bishop Ivan Grant Sr. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hunter's Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is in charge.

Edwards was a retired pipefitter from Newport News Shipyard. He was a member of True Gospel Church of God, Woodland.

Survivors include his wife, the Rev. Shirley Edwards of Woodland; his mother, Vivian Askew of Newport News; two sons, Freddie Edwards of Newport News and Dwyane E. Jones of Clinton, Md.; three daughters, Dynese Ralph of Hampton, Sandra Conner of Washington, D.C., and Felicia Thompson of Sanford; one sister, Margaret Eley of Newport News; and six grandchildren.

Sallie T. Bracy

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Sallie Mary Tyler Bracy, 71, a native of Roxobel, died February 25, 2005, in Chesapeake General Hospital. She was the widow of James Edward Bracy.

Mrs. Bracy was a homemaker.

Survivors include a daughter, Jami Carol Bracy of Chesapeake; her son Jack Edward Bracy of Chesapeake; and two grandchildren.

A graveside service was conducted Monday in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel. Personal condolences may be offered to the family online at

Albert C. Hobbs

HOBBSVILLE – Albert Conroy Hobbs, 92, a native of Gates County, died February 26, 2005, in the Skilled Nursing Facility of Chowan Hospital, Edenton. He was the widower of Merla Bunch Hobbs and Estelle Brown Hobbs.

Hobbs was a farmer. He was a member of Warwick Baptist Church, where he served as teacher of the Senior Adult Men’s Sunday School Class and had formerly served as a deacon and trustee.

Survivors include his sister, Elsie Lassiter of Sunbury; two brothers, Wendell Hobbs of Hobbsville and Edison Hobbs of Chesapeake, Va.; and two stepchildren, Carol Brown Liverman of Chesapeake and William E. &uot;Bill&uot; Brown Jr. of Atco, N.J.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Warwick Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. Charles Jones and the Rev. Gene Asbill. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville, is in charge.

Penistene E. Howell

GATES – Penistene Eure Howell, 85, a native of Gates County, died February 25, 2005, in Obici Memorial Hospital, Suffolk. She was the widow of William H. Howell Sr.

Mrs. Howell retired as a division manager with Sears, she also formerly worked as a licensed practical nurse at the Naval hospital and was a member of Eure Christian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty H. Boroody

of Chesapeake, Va.; a son, Billy Howell of Chesapeake; two brothers, Delton Eure of Roduco and Luther Eure of Gatesville; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A funeral was conducted Monday in Eure Christian Church by the Rev. Michael Brinkley and the Rev. Wayne Gardner. Burial was in the church cemetery. Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville, was in charge.

Elbert A. Pierce

EDENTON – Elbert Aubrey Pierce, 91, a native of Bertie County, died February 24, 2005, in Britthaven of Edenton. He was the widower of Lucille Hughes Pierce.

Pierce was a retired farmer and rural mail carrier for the Merry Hill community, he was a member of Merry Hill Baptist Church and the Order of the Red Men.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary P. Williams of Edenton; two sons, Robert G. Pierce of Merry Hill and Elbert F. Pierce of Edenton; a sister, Ruby Hughes of Edenton; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were conducted Sunday in Edgewood Cemetery in Windsor by the Rev. Charles Lockwood. Miller Funeral Home, Edenton, was in charge.

Phillip S. White

ASKEWVILLE n Phillip Spencer White, 81, of 107 Askewville-Evans Street, died Sunday, February 27, 2005 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital. Mr. White was born in Bertie County on September 30, 1923 to the late Shelton and Henrietta Harden White and was predeceased by a son, Kirt White. He was a member of Askewville Baptist Church and Charity Lodge #5. Phillip was a farmer and for 29 years the owner of Phillip White's Grocery. He served in the Army during World War II.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at Askewville Baptist Church by the Rev. Freddie Harris and the Rev. Frank Stansbury. Burial will follow in Edgewood Cemetery with military rites.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Nellie Johnson White; a daughter, Deborah W. Thomas and her husband, Rodney; a son, Phil White and his wife, Phillis, all of Askewville, NC; five grandchildren, Greg White and his wife, Bobbi of Askewville, NC, Brian White of Mountain View, CA, Heather White of Greenville, Marcus Thomas and Lance Thomas of Askewville, NC; and two great-grandchildren, Colin and Trenton White of Askewville, NC.

The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at Walker Funeral Home. Memorial gifts may be made to Askewville Fire Department or to Bertie County Rescue Squad.

Sarah B. Jordan

COLERAIN n Sarah Bond Jordan, died February 25, 2005 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center, Goldsboro.

A funeral will be conducted at 12 noon Thursday at First Baptist Church, Colerain, by the Rev. Nathaniel J. Thompson. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Reynolds Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.

Mrs. Jordan was a member of First Baptist Church, Colerain.

Survivors include one son, Elton Jordan III; a daughter, Jacqueline J. Fennell, both of Goldsboro; a stepson, Lacurtis Simon of Philadelphia, Pa.; one sister, Hannah Bazemore of Windsor; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Ann B. Culver

ROXOBEL n Ann B. Culver, 70, a native of New Jersey, died February 28, 2005 at her home.

Mrs. Culver attended Sandy Run Baptist Church, Roxobel.

A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Sandy Run Baptist Church by Dr. Dave Rimel. Sykes Funeral Service, Rich Square, is in charge.

Survivors include her husband, Harry Culver; two daughters, Mary Gibson of Roxobel and Brenda Barholm of Virginia Beach, Va.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.