The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for Aug. 25, 2005

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Sara G. Neal

PENSACOLA, Fla. n Sara Geneva Neal, 48, a native of Louisville, Ky., died August 15, 2005 in Pensacola.

A graveside service was conducted Tuesday at Jordan Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Winton, by the Rev. Shirley Johnson. Hertford County Undertakers was in charge.

Survivors include her mother, Ruth Lain of Louisville; and one sister, Subrenia Lain, also of Louisville.

Lorell Perry

BROOKLYN, N.Y. n Lorell Perry, died August 21, 2005 at Interface Hospital, Brooklyn.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Zion Hill Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Reynolds Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.

Perry was a Mason and a member of Noah Lodge #73, Brooklyn.

Survivors include a son, LaQuan Wilson of Brooklyn, his parents, Pete and Gladys Perry of Brooklyn; four sisters, Johnell Perry, Glynis Perry and Trina Williams, all of Brooklyn and Brenda Todd of Durham.

William Walton

RICH SQUARE n William "Bill" Walton, 67, died Sunday, August 21, 2005 at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC.

He was a very loving, caring, and gentle person to all who knew him. He was the owner and operator of "Walton's Garage" for 25 years serving our community, until his health failed him.

He leaves to mourn his passing and to cherish his loving memory: his wife, Janice Walton of the home; four daughters, Gracie Walton of the home, Sharon Morris of Knightdale, Sandra White of Laurel, MD, and Brenda Purnell of Raleigh; two sons, William S. Walton, Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va., and Michael Walton of Garysburg, NC.

The funeral will be on Saturday, August 27, 2005 at Spring Hill Baptist Church in Lewiston Woodville, NC at 11:00 a.m. by the Rev. Leroy Douglas. A visitation will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at Smith-Whidbee Funeral Home. A wake will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Rich Square. Burial will be in the Walton family Cemetery, Rich Square.

Arrangements are entrusted with Whidbee Funeral Home in Rich Square, NC.

Nannie Pendergraft

SIMS n Nannie Smith Pendergraft, 82, a native of Northampton County, died August 23, 2005 at Wilson Medical Center.

A gathering to celebrate her life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Thomas Yelverton Funeral Home by the Rev. Joseph Creech and the Rev. Donnie Kearney. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park. If friends wish they may either send flowers or make donations to the Rock Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, 6501 Rock Ridge Road, Wilson, NC 27893. Thomas-Yelverton at Evergreen Memorial Park Funerals and Cremation, 2704 Nash Street North, Wilson, is in charge.

Survivors include her husband, Garland of Sims; sons, Wesley Emory of Woodland, Wayne Emory of Aulander and Tim Emory of Kelford; a daughter, Deborah Joyner of Sims; a sister, Edith Harrison of Roanoke Rapids; and six grandchildren.

Lillian D. Riddick

ELIZABETH CITY n Lillian D. Riddick, 84, a native of Northampton County, died August 20, 2005 at her residence.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hunter's Funeral Home Chapel, Ahoskie, by the Rev. Harold M. Murrill. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mrs. Riddick was a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Survivors include a son, Charles Riddick Jr. of Elizabeth City; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Willie L. Harris

RICH SQUARE n Willie Lee Harris, 79, died August 21, 2005.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Chapel Hill Baptist Church by the Rev. Rexx Edwards. Burial will be in church cemetery. A visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Smith-Whidbee Funeral Home, Rich Square.

Vancy F. Ellison

ROXOBEL n Vancy Flood Ellison, 83, a native of Bertie County, died August 19, 2005 at Autumn Care of Roanoke Valley Nursing Home, Rich Square.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wilder's Funeral Home Chapel, Aulander, by the Rev. Ronald Dolberry. Burial will be in the Wilder-Cherry Family Cemetery.

Survivors include nieces and nephews; and a goddaughter, Maxine White of Greensboro.

Lester Gilliam

AHOSKIE n Lester Gilliam, 52, a native of Bertie County, died August 16, 2005 in Florida.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Carpenter's Shop Church, Ahoskie, by Bishop Joseph Smith. Burial will be in the Moore family cemetery. Hunter's Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.

Survivors include two daughters, LaTonya Spruill of Charlotte and Destiny Ridley of Ahoskie; two sons, Dominick Deloatch and Karrem Beverly, both of Ahoskie; three sisters, Mozella Harrell of Ahoskie, Rosa Allen of Bronx, N.Y., and Virginia Brooks of Norfolk, Va.; two brothers, James Williams Jr. of Ahoskie and James Craig of Norfolk; and a host of grandchildren.

J. Guy Revelle, Jr.

MURFREESBORO n James Guy Revelle, Jr. of Murfreesboro, North Carolina, died Monday, August 22, 2005, following thirteen years of cancer,

Born on November 26, 1932, and raised in the Ashley's Grove Community (Conway), North Carolina, he was the son of the late James Guy Revelle, Sr. and Pearla Futrell Revelle.

Mr. Revelle is survived by his wife, Gertrude Johnson Revelle, formerly of Burlington, NC; a daughter, Helen Revelle Cain and husband, James Palmer Cain, of Raleigh, NC and Denmark, and their daughters, Anne Cameron Cain and Laura Cain; a son, James Guy Revelle, III, and wife, Tina Evans Revelle, and their children, Abigail Hodges Revelle, James Guy Revelle, IV, and Robert MacRae Revelle, of Tampa Florida.

Other surviving members are his sister, Pearla Revelle Lowe of Wilson, NC, brother-in-law, Robert Thomas Johnson, Jr. and wife, Joyce of Atlanta, GA, nephews and wives, Lester Vincent Lowe, III, James and Sydney Lowe, and John an Cameron Lowe, all of Raleigh, NC, Robert and Susan Johnson, and Trey and Margaret Chiles, all of Dunwoody, GA, Elizabeth Johnson of Culpepper, VA, Trey Bruns of Tampa, FL, and Henry and Christy Plaster of Bethesda MD.

Guy was a graduate of Woodland-Olney High School.

He was graduated magna cum laude in 1955 from Wake Forest University and cum laude in 1957 from Wake Forest University Law School.

After graduating from Wake Forest University in 1957, Guy moved to Murfreesboro and practiced in Estate Planning, Trust and Tax law with the firm of Revelle & Lee.

He was a member of the Hertford County, North Carolina, and American Bar Associations, a member of the Sixth Judicial District, where he served as Secretary from 1962-1966, and a member of North Carolina State Bar, in which he served as Councilor for nine years 1978-1987.

He served as President of the Wake Forest University National Alumni Association in 1972-1973 and a Trustee at Wake Forest University from 1986-1989.

He was the Hertford County Attorney from 1959-1998 (39 years), a member of Murfreesboro Rotary Club for 20 years and served a term as President (1963-1964), a General Counsel for Chowan College for 24 years (1964-1998).

Guy was a member of the Murfreesboro Baptist Church since 1958, and had been a Sunday school teacher.

He also served on the Board of Deacons for several terms, church trustee, and campaign chairman to raise funds for a pipe organ.

In 1983, the North Carolina Extension Service awarded Guy the North Carolina 4-H Alumnus of the Year.

Guy also completed a successful fund raising campaign in November 2003, in which he served as campaign chairman.

This successful campaign raised $200,000 to establish endowment funds with the North Carolina Community Foundation for the preservation of the six historic buildings owned by the Murfreesboro Historical Association, Inc.

In 2004, Chowan College honored him with the Community Service Award in recognition of his outstanding community service, selfless volunteerism and benevolent interest in the needs of others.

Besides his interest in his professional organizations and his community, Guy enjoyed his time traveling with Gertrude and his family and especially their time in Key West and Blowing Rock.

For those who wish to honor his life, memorial may be made to the following:

Chowan College Endowment Program, University Health Systems Hospice, Kappa Alpha Order, Murfreesboro Baptist Church, Murfreesboro Historical Association, or Wake Forest University.

Arrangements are by Garrett Funeral Home of Murfreesboro.

The family will receive guests at Garrett's Funeral Home of Murfreesboro, Friday evening, August 26th, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.

Services will be held at Murfreesboro Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2005, followed by entombment in Riverside Cemetery.

Lillie A. Parker

COMO n Lillie Ann Parker, 83, a native of Southampton County, died August 21, 2005 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

A funeral will be conducted a t2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Conway by the Rev. Benson. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.

Survivors include six sons, Johnny L. Parker of Murfreesboro, Willie P. Parker and Jesse Parker, both of Rich Square, Albert S. Parker of Como, Tommie Darden of Portsmouth, Va., and James H. Parker of Conway; six sisters, Annie M. Maddrey of Como, Shelia Motley of Murfreesboro, Rocky Rawls of Margarettsville, Luceda Parker of Potecasi and Shirley Riddick of Woodland; 37 grandchildren; and 47 great-grandchildren.

Lillian E. Smith

ROCKY MOUNT n Lillian E. Smith, 86, died August 24, 2005 at Duke Medical Center, Durham.

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

Elaine Beckwith

AHOSKIE — Evangelist Elaine Beckwith, 64, died August 22, 2005 at Pitt Memorial Hospital.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, Harrellsville, by the Rev. Robert Lewis. Burial will be in the church cemetery. A visitation will be conducted from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church and the family will be at the home of the deceased. Stallings Funeral Chapel is in charge.

Survivors include her husband, Deacon Charles Beckwith of the home; a daughter, Charlette Beckwith of Ahoskie; four sisters, Ormae Jenkins, Hattie Nicholas and Delois Smith, all of Harrellsville and Hilda Perry of Cofield; and six grandchildren.