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The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for April 2, 2005

Melvin Ward Sr.

RICH SQUARE n Melvin Alphonso Ward Sr., 56, a native of Northampton County, died March 29, 2005 at Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, Va.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Branches Chapel Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Tony Flood Sr. Burial will be in the Parks family cemetery, Rich Square. Wilder's Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Ward served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and received the Purple Heart from the U.S. Army in 1970. He was also a member of Branches Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his mother, Martha Jacobs of Rich Square; a son, Melvin Alfonso Ward Jr. of Ironton, Ohio; a daughter, Tammy Porter of Murfreesboro; sisters, Constance Holt of Rich Square, Lois Fate of Newport News, Va., and Angela Olangunju of Elliott City, Md.; a brother, Anthony D. Ward of Oxon Hill; and four grandchildren.

Graham Mizelle

COLERAIN n Graham Taylor Mizelle, 70, of 1730 NC 42, died Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at his home.

Mr. Mizelle was born in Bertie County on December 23, 1934 to the late Stephen T. and Mary Miller Mizelle and was predeceased by a brother, Linwood Mizelle. Graham was a proud farmer, a member of Colerain Baptist Church and former President of the Colerain Lion's Club.

A funeral was conducted Friday, April 1, 2005 at 2 p.m. at Colerain Baptist Church by the Rev. Gary Cline. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to either, University Hospice Home Care, PO Box 74, Ahoskie, NC 27910, to Colerain Rescue Squad or to Colerain Baptist Church. Walker Funeral Home, Windsor, was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Nonie White Mizelle of Colerain, N.C.; three sons, Jeffrey Mizelle and wife Anell of Colerain, N.C., Scott Mizelle of Windsor, N.C. and Stanley Steeley of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; a sister, Thelma M. Tull of Colerain, N.C.; a brother, Jimmy Mizelle of Merry Hill, N.C.; and two grandchildren, Allen and Heather Mizelle of Colerain, N.C.

Donald S. Wimbrow

NORLINA n Donald Smallwood "Tickie" Wimbrow, 79, a native of Rich Square, died Monday, March 21, 2005.

Wimbrow was a US Army Veteran having received the Purple Heart while serving in WWII. He was also a self-employed salesman and a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

A memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday at The Carpenter's Shop Church, Ahoskie. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, 386 Park Avenue South, 17th Floor, NY, NY 10016. Blaylock Funeral Home was in charge.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine Manning Wimbrow; two daughters, Bunny W. Macon of Wilmington and Donna W. Steele of Ahoskie; two sons, Donald S. Wimbrow II of Henderson and J. Mikel Wimbrow of Piedmont, SC; one sister, Jewel Johnson of Seattle, WA; one brother, E.M. "Red" Wimbrow of Petersburg, VA; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Lawrence Simmons Sr.

ROANOKE RAPIDS n Lawrence Eldridge Simmons Sr., 65, a native of Northampton County, died March 30, 2005 at Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mount.

A funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at Massey Funeral Home, Roanoke Rapids. Burial will be in Crestview Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Massey Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and other times at the home.

Simmons was employed with International Paper Co. for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Newsome Simmons; a daughter, Crystal Darlene Gibbons of Roanoke Rapids; sons, Lawrence "Root" Simmons and Jeffrey Wayne Simmons, both of Roanoke Rapids; and five grandchildren.

Faye P. Eure

AHOSKIE – Alice Faye Pierce Eure, 59, a native of Bertie County, died March 31, 2005, in Roanoke-Chowan Hospital.

Mrs. Eure was a member of Mars Hill Baptist Church and Woodmen of the World.

She was a graduate of Bertie High School and was retired from the binding department at Pierce Printers.

Survivors include her husband, Bobby Eure; a son John Eure of Murfreesboro; three brothers, Jimmy Pierce and Joe Pierce, both of Macon, GA, and Charlie Pierce of Menola; and three granddaughters.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mars Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Burke Holland and Rev. Al Hughson.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, from 7 until 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The family request memorial donations be made to Mars Hill Baptist Church, 1314 Meadow Road, Colerain, NC, 27924.

Billy R. Peede

ROXOBEL n Billy Rex Peede, 69, a native of Bertie County, died March 28, 2005 at his home.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Heart Association. Walker Funeral Home, Windsor, is in charge.

Peede was a machinist and operated his own business.

Survivors include a son, Terry Peede of Rawlins, N.Y.; two daughters, Kim Williams of Tuscumbia, AL; and Pam Peede of Birmingham; two sisters, Joann Parker and Alice Rogers, both of Windsor; a brother, Jimmy Peede of Windsor; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Nancy E. Northcott

AHOSKIE – Nancy Earley Northcott, 72, of Blowe Road, died Thursday, March 31, 2005, in Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville.

Mrs. Northcott was born in Hertford County and was a member of Menola Baptist Church.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Menola Extension Community and Association Club.

Survivors include her son, Gary Northcott and his wife, Myra, of Ahoskie; a brother, Edward Earley of Ahoskie; and two grandsons, Jeffrey Northcott and Anthony Northcott.

A celebration of life service will be held today at 2:00 p.m. at Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, with the Rev. Cecil Harkey, officiating.

Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations may be made to Menola Baptist Church, c/o Sally Barber, 149 NC 561 West, Ahoskie, NC, 27910.

Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is serving the Northcott family.