The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for Aug. 11, 2005

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 20, 2005

Reginald James

RICHMOND, Va. n Reginald James, died August 9, 2005 at Richmond Medical Center.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Philippi Baptist Church by the Rev. William Lassiter. Burial will be in the family cemetery, Hobgood. Reynolds Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.

Survivors include two sons, Dwight James and Christopher James, both of Ahoskie; three sisters, Cornelia Jones, Ruth Haugh and Eunice Buck, all of Baltimore, Md.; three brothers, Arthur James of Ahoskie, Isaac James of Cofield and Richard James of Riallo, CA; and a host of grandchildren.

George Dickens

CONWAY n George "Georgy Boy" Dickens, 76, died August 7, 2005.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hood Memorial Chapel, Conway, by Deacon Jesse Hood. Burial will be in Menola Cemetery.

Bertha Whitaker

RICH SQUARE n Bertha Whitaker, 73, died August 5, 2005.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Branches Chapel Baptist Church, Rich Square, by the Rev. Tony Flood. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Lionel Whidbee Funeral Home is in charge.

Walter Hall

AHOSKIE — Walter Hall, 58, a native of Hertford County, died August 6, 2005 at his residence.

A funeral was conducted Wednesday at Carpenter Shop Church, Ahoskie, by Pastor Wallace Phillips. Burial was in Carver's Park Cemetery. Hunter's Funeral Home, Ahoskie, was in charge.

Hall was a carpenter. He attended Carpenter Shop Church.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Hall of Como; three daughters, LaWanda Hall of Ahoskie, Wendy Hall of Como and Nickie Roscoe of Gatesville; his mother, Daisy Britt of the home; two sisters, Maxine Robinson of Hampton, Va., and Terri Caldwell of Fayetteville; one brother, Ricky Britt of Ahoskie; and four granddaughters.

E.B. Byrum Jr.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Elton Baker &uot;E.B.&uot; Byrum Jr., 56, a native of Gates County, died August 7, 2005, in Maryview Nursing Care Facility, Suffolk.

Byrum was a shop foreman of American Cemetery Supply in Portsmouth, he was a member of Eureka Baptist Church in Corapeake, the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, and was a former member of the Sunbury Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include a daughter, Teresa B. Sonin of Suffolk; a son, E.B. &uot;Burt&uot; Byrum III of Corapeake; his mother, Elizabeth Robertson Byrum of Corapeake; two sisters, Helen Ragland and Gloria Wiggins, both of Richmond; and three grandchildren.

A funeral was conducted Wednesday in Eureka Baptist Church by the Rev. Cameron Currin. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville, was in charge. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sunbury Fire Department for the benefit of the new Corapeake Fire Station, P.O. Box 115, Corapeake, NC 27926.

Ralph Andrews

WILLIAMSTON n Ralph Ward Andrews, 53, a native of Martin County, died August 7, 2005 at DePaul Medical Center, Norfolk, Va.

A graveside service was conducted Wednesday at Woodlawn Cemetery in Williamston by the Rev. Dennis J. Conner. Walker Funeral Home was in charge.

Andrews was a truck driver for many years.

Survivors include several aunts and uncles.

Louise Pete

MURFREESBORO n Louise Pete, 73, a native of Hertford County, died August 7, 2005 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church by the Rev. E. Hill. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.

Survivors include one brother, James Pete of Norfolk, Va.; and a sister, Aleen Goodman of Nash County.

Earl V. Ward

RICH SQUARE n Earl Vinson Ward, 71, died August 5, 2005.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Willow Oak Church, Rich Square, by the Rev. James Baker. Burial will be in the church cemetery. A visitation will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at Lionel Whidbee Funeral Home.

W. Gale Parker

RALEIGH n W. Gale Parker, 87, a native of Bertie County, died August 7, 2005. He was the widower of Margaret Louise Eastep.

Parker graduated from Aulander High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Parker began practicing law in Raleigh in 1950, joining the firm of Mordecai, Mills & Parker in 1951. He left the firm to start a general civil solo practice in 1969, and practiced primarily in areas of real estate, and probate and estate administration. He remained in solo practice until joined in practice by his daughter, Betty L. Parker, in 1988, when the firm became known as Parker & Parker. W. Gale Parker was an active member of Forest Hills Baptist Church since 1951, and also served as a Trustee for the Baptist State Convention for more than 25 years.

Survivors include his children, Tony Parker, Margaret Parker Hogan, Betty L. Parker and Karen E. Wyatt; a brother, James Winston Parker of Phoenix, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Forest Hills Baptist Church on Dixie Trail, followed by graveside service at Montlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives on Saturday, August 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home, 600 St. Mary’s Street, Raleigh. Memorials to Forest Hills Baptist Church or flowers are welcome.

Phardalis Watson Wiggins

AHOSKIE — Mrs. Phardalis Watson Wiggins was a native of Bertie County, NC.

Following an extended illness, the angels of God escorted Phardalis Watson Wiggins to her heavenly home on August 7, 2005 at 5:30 p.m. She peacefully moved to her new life with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with her family witnessing her transition at Roanoke Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, North Carolina.

A funeral will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 12, 2005 at Newsome Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Ahoskie, NC, by Rev. Richard E. Smallwood. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Ahoskie. Reynolds Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is serving the Wiggins family.

Survivors include six daughters, Lillian Kearney of Paterson, New Jersey, Shirley McCain of Paterson, New Jersey, Joyce Castro of Virginia Beach, VA, Barbara Matthews of Accokeek, Maryland, Eva Wiggins of Ahoskie and Teresa Wiggins of Virginia Beach, VA; five sons, John Wiggins, Jr. of New Haven, Connecticut, Milton Wiggins of Ahoskie, Kenneth Wiggins of Paterson, New Jersey, James Wiggins of Ahoskie and Larry Wiggins of Germantown, Maryland; one brother, Norman Watson of Hampton, VGA; 23 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Mamie Casper

AHOSKIE n Mamie Casper, died August 10, 2005 at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Reynolds Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.

Mildred P. Bazemore

WINDSOR n Mildred Pritchard Bazemore, 93, of Taylor Street, died Wednesday August 10, 2005, in Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation.

Mrs. Bazemore was born in Bertie County, a daughter of the late Raleigh and Cora Jenkins Pritchard.

She was a member of Republican Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Survivors include a special niece and nephew, Ruth S. Whitehurst of Windsor, NC; Ralph P. Tayloe of Franklin, VA; other nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, Benjamin Franklin Bazemore, she was predeceased by two sisters, Thelma P. Smith and Myrtle P. Tayloe.

Mildred loved farming and her great nieces and nephews were like grandchildren to her.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2005, in Edgewood Cemetery, with the Rev. J. N. Baggett and Rev. Buck Leary, officiating.

The family will receive friends at Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Memorial donations may be made to Republican Baptist Church, Windsor, NC.

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

Jean Castellow

MURFREESBORO n Mrs. Jean Frances Perry Castellow, age 73, of Murfreesboro, NC, died August 9, 2005 at Duke Medical Center.

Mrs. Castellow was born March 8, 1932 in Hertford County, NC, the daughter of the late Percy Perry and Hattie Copeland Perry. She was also preceded in death by a son, Christopher Ray Castellow. She was a faithful member of Meherrin Baptist Church, a loving wife, mother and friend.

Survivors include her husband, Archie James Castellow; her son, Jeffrey Castellow and his fianc\u00E9, Donna; a daughter-in-law, Diane Castellow; a brother, Earl Perry of Gaithersburg, Maryland; her sisters, Erlene David of Pendleton, Elsie Harris of St. John, Judy Harris of Murfreesboro, and Edie Perry of Gambrills, Maryland; and her grandson, James Ryan Castellow.

Funeral services will be held, Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 2 p.m. at Meherrin Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, NC, with the Rev. Billy Sellers officiating. Burial will follow at Meherrin Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Meherrin Baptist Church, Friday from 6 until 8:30 p.m.

Massey Funeral Home in Jackson, NC, is handling arrangements.

Mamie L. Casper

AHOSKIE n Mrs. Mamie L. Casper of 711 E. First St., and 301 E. Troy St., was given Eternal Peace on Wednesday, AM, 2005.

Surviving relatives: Son, James E. Lassiter, Daughter: Daisy L. Newsome of Ahoskie, N.C., Son, Grandson, Darius L. Newsome of Queens, N.Y.

Services will be Sat., August 13, 2005 at New Ahoskie Baptist Church at 2 p.m., by Rev. Robert Sessoms.

Service by Reynolds Funeral Home.