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The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for Nov. 22, 2005

Marion W. Johnson

HARRELLSVILLE – Marion Wilder Johnson, 75, of the 100 block of Taylor St., died Friday, November 18, 2005, at Roanoke Chowan Hospital.

Mrs. Johnson was born in Hertford County, the daughter of the late James Edward Wilder, Sr. and Nancy Lowe Wilder. She was the widow of Robert H. “Bob” Johnson, and was predeceased by a daughter Robin Johnson.

She was a retired cafeteria manager for Hertford County Public School System, a member of Harrellsville Baptist Church, a volunteer at Roanoke Chowan Hospital where she had the most volunteer hours, and was very active in the Harrellsville Historical Society.

Surviving are her daughter; Terry J. Preston and husband, William of Raleigh, N.C.; one sister; Nancy Wilder Evans and husband, Buster of Williamsburg, Va., six nieces and five nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 22, 2005,

in Harrellsville Cemetery, with Rev. Jimmy Jarrell officiating.

The family received friends at Garrett Funeral Home Ahoskie, N.C. from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday November 21, 2005 and other times at the home. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1559 Clifton Rd., NE. Atlanta, Ga. 30329.

Garrett Funeral Home is serving the Johnson family.

Shirley Farmer

AULANDER n Shirley Smith Farmer, 62, of Bruce Farmer Road, died Saturday, November 19, 2005, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Mrs. Farmer was born in Bertie County, a daughter of Bessie Ward Smith of Cofield, and the late Cecil Lynn Smith.

She was a member of Carpenter’s Shop Church, Ahoskie, the Red Hat Society, and was a teller at Wachovia Bank & Trust in Ahoskie.

Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband, C.H. Farmer;

a sister, Judy S. Willis of

Cofield; brothers, Miley Wayne Smith of Jacksonville, FL, and Jimmy Carlton Smith of Suffolk, VA.

She was Nanna and Mema to Zack, Buck, Sarah and Zeb.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. at Carpenter’s Shop Church with the Rev. Wallace Phillips and Rev. Thomas Biggs, officiating.

Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Colerain.

The family received friends at Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, from 7 until 8:30 p.m. Monday and other times at the home.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial Program Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Ellen, VA, 23058-5216, or to Carpenter’s Shop Church, P.O. Box 395, Ahoskie, NC, 27910.

Garrett Funeral Home is serving the Farmer family.

Dorothy Ambrose

SCOTLAND NECK n Dorothy Jean Ambrose, 63, died Saturday, November 19, 2005.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at Victory Praise and Worship Center in Scotland Neck.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas “Dick” Davis; and her sister, Terry Richardson. She is survived by her husband, Bobby S. Ambrose; daughters, Anita A. Mills and husband, Greg and Jean “Priss” Ambrose and James Buck, all of Scotland Neck; sisters, Ruth Parker and husband Kyle of Elizabeth City, Margaret Ann Horne of Hopewell, VA, Augustine Hollingshead and husband Gene of Emporia, VA, Cathy D. Handsome and husband Henry of Roanoke Rapids, and Patsy Simmons of Williamston; brother, Robert Earl Davis of Connecticut; and two grandchildren, Ashley Nichole Mills and Greg Mills.

The family will receive friends after the service at the church.

Arrangements are being handled by Letchworth Funeral Home in Scotland Neck.

James Alston

ROCKY MOUNT n James “Skacy” Edward Alston, 60, died November 17, 2005 at Nash General Hospital.

A funeral was conducted Monday at First Calvary Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, by the Rev. Burston. Interment was in Pineview Cemetery. H.D. Pope Funeral Home was in charge.

Walter T. Spann

ROPER n Bishop Walter T. Spann, 82, a native of Atkins, S.C., died November 15, 2005 at Pitt County Hospital, Greenville.

A funeral was conducted Monday at New Bethlehem Holiness Church, Windsor, by Bishop Robert Knight. Committal services were in the Murphy-Williams family cemetery, Indian Woods. Puckett-Purkett Funeral Service, Inc., was in charge.

Spann was a raw metal salesman and the founder and pastor of New Hope Pentecostal Holiness Church, Lewiston-Woodville. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army WWII.

Survivors include his wife, Edna W. Spann; one son, Jermaine Spann of the home; two daughters, Sarah Maxwell of Poughkeepsie, NY and Marion McDougal of Bronx; two brothers, Johnny Spann and Ransome Spann Jr., both of Psalm Coast, Fla.; 10 stepchildren; 39 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

Catherine Winborne

COMO n Catherine Whitehead Winborne, 70, a native of Hertford County, died November 19, 2005 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mill Neck Baptist Church, Como, by the Rev. Melvin Wilson. Burial will be in the church cemetery. A viewing will be held from 2:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.

Survivors include one son, Alvin Winborne Sr. of Como; two brothers, Raymond Whitehead of Murfreesboro and LeAnder Whitehead of Franklin, Va.; and two grandchildren.