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The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for May 3, 2005

Lillian P. Underwood

AHOSKIE – Lillian Peters Underwood 89, a native of Covington, Va., died May 1, 2005 in Guardian Care of Ahoskie. She was the widow of J.F. Underwood.

Mrs. Underwood was a retired bookkeeper and a member of First Baptist Church Ahoskie, and the widow of J. F. Underwood.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Garrett Funeral Home by the Rev. Robert M. May.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth Parks

MURFREESBORO n Elizabeth Parks, 72, a native of Hertford County, died April 29, 2005 at Pitt Memorial Hospital, Greenville.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parker's Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Fernando Temple Sr. Burial will be in the Eley family cemetery. Hunter's Funeral Home, Inc., Murfreesboro, is in charge.

She was a member of Parker's Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Paul Eley Jr. of Murfreesboro and Michael A. Eley of Plymouth; three daughters, Faye Eley-Mabine and Janet Eley-Dickerson of Murfreesboro and Cynthia Ferguson of Newport News, Va.; two brothers, Edward Holley of Murfreesboro and Paul Jeremiah of Virginia; two sisters, Aldonia Newsome of Murfreesboro and Marie Joyner of Conway; and five grandchildren.

Adrian M. Puller

AHOSKIE n Adrian Michael Puller, 26, a native of Bertie County, died April 29, 2005 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Hunter's Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is in charge.

George Cherry

SUFFOLK, Va. n George Cherry, 84, a native of Bertie County, died April 27, 2005 at Beverly Manor Nursing Home, Portsmouth, Va.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Hunter's Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is in charge.

Willie T. Daniel

LITTLETON n Willie T. Daniel, 80, died April 30, 2005, at Halifax Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. H.D. Pope Funeral Home, Roanoke Rapids, is in charge.

G.B. Lawrence

WINDSOR n The Rev. Glennwood Brinkley Lawrence, 81, a native of Bertie County, died April 28, 2005 at his home. He was the widower of his first wife, Mary Scarborough Lawrence.

Rev. Lawrence was a minister with the Assembly of God Churches.

A graveside funeral service was conducted Monday at Edgewood Cemetery by the Rev. Charles Kelly and the Rev. Chuck Gray. Walker Funeral Home was in charge.

Survivors include his wife, Helene Dunitz Lawrence of Windsor; two daughters, Glenda L. Busch of Lakeland, FL, and Susan L. Nolley of Lumberton; one son, Robert Lawrence of Bear Grass; four sisters, Dorothy Dew of Kingston, GA, Rose Willetts of Chesapeake, VA, Faith Roberson of Hertford and Ethel Hedman of Elizabeth City; one brother, Gaston Lawrence of Elizabeth City; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Elsie C. Tinaro

NORFOLK, Va. – Elsie Connell Tinaro, 82, Valentines, Va., died April 29, 2005 in a local hospital.

Mrs. Tinaro retired from the civil service department of the U.S. Army, she was a member of Azalea Acres Civic League and local and national camping organizations.

Survivors include her husband, Louis M. Tinaro Jr. of Norfolk; her son, Louis M. Tinaro III of Virginia Beach; her sister, Lacy Connell Doughtie of Murfreesboro; and her brother, Clayton P. Connell of Boykins.

A funeral will be conducted at noon Friday in the Norfolk Chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, 6171 Kempsville Road, Norfolk.

Alice R. Cullipher

MERRY HILL – Alice Riddick Cullipher, 90, a native of Perquimans County, died April 29, 2005, in Guardian Care of Ahoskie. She was the widow of Milton Vance Cullipher.

Mrs. Cullipher was a member of Riverside Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son, James M. &uot;Jack&uot; Cullipher of Columbia, S.C.; a brother, Archie C. Riddick of Belvidere; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren;

A funeral was conducted Sunday in Riverside Baptist Church by the Rev. Al Jarrell. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Colerain. Miller Funeral Home, Edenton, was in charge. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverside Baptist Church.

Genesis J. Martin

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Genesis Justine Martin, infant daughter of Michelle Davidson Martin and Ralph L. Martin, died April 27, 2005, in Norfolk.

Along with her parents, Genesis is survived by her maternal grandparents, Doug and Christine Davidson Jr. of Chesapeake; paternal grandmother, Terrica Midgette of Chesapeake; maternal great-grandparents, Sheila Cliborne, Doug Davidson and Betty, all of Chesapeake; paternal great-grandparents, Orville Phelps and Margaret of Columbia, and Leerae D’Autrechy of Elizabeth City; and a maternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Davidson of Ahoskie.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in New Life Christian Fellowship of Great Bridge, 1116 Hillwell Road, Chesapeake by Pastor Stephen Morgan and Pastor Steve Vutsinas. Interment will follow in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens.

Oman Funeral Home, 653 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, is in charge. Friends are invited to sign the online guest book at www.omanfh.com .

Bonnie L. Hobbs

ELIZABETH CITY – Bonnie Lee Hobbs, 92, a native of Hobbsville, died April 29, 2005, in the Albemarle Hospital.

Hobbs retired from the U.S. Army having served in World War II, a member of the Fountain of Life Pentecostal Holiness Church where he was the church Sunday school’s secretary for 25 years and a member of the Men’s Fellowship. He was also a former employee of Perry Paint and Glass Company for 20 years and a former employee of Forbes Mobile Home.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Byrum Hobbs; a daughter, Renee H. Jones of Elizabeth City; a son, Randy Lee Hobbs of Hampton; two sisters, Florence H. Harrell and of Portsmouth and Reba H. Price of Chesapeake; and one granddaughter.

A funeral was conducted Sunday in the Fountain of Life Pentecostal Holiness Church by the Rev. Bill Mayo and Randy Hobbs. Burial was in West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors conducted by VFW Post No. 6060. Twiford Funeral Home was in charge.

Sarah P. Martin

SUFFOLK, Va. – Sarah Payne Martin, 89, a native of Murfreesboro, died April 28, 2005, at Obici Memorial Hospital. She was the widow of Edward Carter Martin.

Mrs. Martin was employed with Maryview Hospital and a member of Nansemond River Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Marsha Martin of Suffolk and Linda Martin Bryant of Middletown, Md.; and two grandsons.

A funeral will was conducted Monday at Baker-Foster Funeral Home, Suffolk by Pastor Tim Piland. A graveside service was also conducted Monday at Milwaukee Cemetery, Milwaukee. Donations to her memory may be made to either the building or music funds of Nansemond River Baptist Church, 2896 Bridge Road, Suffolk, VA 23415. Condolences may be registered at www.rwbakerfh.com .

Claude A. Lilley

SCOTLAND NECK n Claude Albert "Chubby" Lilley, 83, died April 30, 2005.

A memorial graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Sunnyside Cemetery in Scotland Neck by the Rev. Walter Byrum.

Lilley served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater during World War II, where he received a Purple Heart.

Survivors include his wife, Geneva Staton Lilley; daughters, Claudia Dickens and Kathy Bowman , both of Scotland Neck and Deborah Evans of Murfreesboro; a son, Gary Lilley of Scotland Neck; sisters, Anne Lippincott and Mary Ellen Wommack both of Scotland Neck; half-sisters, Euphamy Twisdale and Lila Hale, both of Scotland Neck; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Letchworth Funeral Home in Scotland Neck is in charge. Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to Our Community Hospital Residents Activity Fund, c/o Margaret Overman, P.O. Box 405, Scotland Neck, NC 27874 or to the Scotland Neck Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 537, Scotland Neck, NC 27874.

Lucy P. Cooper

WINDSOR n Lucy Parker Cooper, a native of Bertie County, died April 23, 2005 at her residence. She was the widow of Clinton R. Cooper Sr.

A funeral was conducted Saturday at Sandy Point Baptist Church by the Rev. Sammy Fields. Burial was in the church cemetery. Gilliam Funeral Home, Windsor, was in charge.

Survivors include three daughters, Lucy Grey, Carolyn and Castella, all of Windsor; four sons, Clinton Jr. of Stockton, MD, Charles Sr. of Snow Hill, William and Mike, both of Windsor; two sisters, Rosa Mae of Windsor and Meta James of Norfolk, Va.; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

William R. Rankins Jr.

COLERAIN n William Roosevelt Rankins Jr., a native of Bertie County, died April 25, 2005 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. He was the widower of Shirley Capehart Rankins.

A funeral was conducted Saturday at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Colerain by the Rev. Willie J. Best Jr. Burial was in the church cemetery. Gilliam Funeral Home, Windsor, was in charge.

Rankins was a farmer. He was a member of Ashland Missionary Baptist Church, where he served of the Trustee Board, Usher Board, Kitchen Committee and Burial Ground Committee.

Survivors include two daughters, Sheila Rankins of the home and Brenda Wright of Edenton; three sons, William Rankins Jr. of Durham, Bishop Loverne Rankins of Roughmount and Randy Rankins of Oxford; one foster son, Caroll Leary of Paterson, NJ; one foster daughter, Helen Leary of Paterson; four sisters, Inez R. Bass, Betty R. Watford and Evangelist Mamie R. Bass, all of Colerain and Alfreida Torian of Hillsborough; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.