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The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for Dec. 3, 2005

Earl Lassiter

LANDOVER, Md. n Earl M. Lassiter, died November 27, 2005.

A viewing was held Friday at Reynolds Funeral Home Chapel, Ahoskie. Interment after viewing at Cherry-Mitchell family cemetery, Ahoskie.

Survivors include one daughter, Sandra Bond; her mother, Fannie Booth Lassiter; one sister, Florenza Lassiter; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Allen W. Morris

WELDON n Allen Waters Morris, 76, of 12 Longstreet Rd., Weldon, died Wednesday, November 30, 2005.

Mr. Morris was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Theron and Callie Waters Morris of Hertford County, North Carolina, his son Allen Randell Morris of San Francisco, and his former wife, Caroline W. Morris of Manteo, North Carolina. Mr. Morris was a longtime resident of Roanoke Rapids and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Father, Companion, Brother, Uncle, friend and motivator to many. Now thriving in Christ’s kingdom after an early morning passage to Heaven, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was a proud graduate of Fork Union Military Academy, Fork Union, Virginia. He was a member of Rosemary United Methodist Church in Roanoke Rapids and a faithful past member of enterprise Baptist Church of Littleton and Park Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids. He pushed to the end for excellence and good humor in all he pursued.

Mr. Morris is survived by his fianc\u00E9, Dr. Diana Pesteanu; his son, Monty Berle Morris and his wife, Yoko Yamamoto of San Francisco, California; his sister, June Morris Lazo of Rockville, Maryland; two brothers, Ron Morris and his wife, Susan Bowen of Front Royal, Va. Darrell Morris and his wife, Connie of Littleton and numerous wonderful nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 3, 2005 at 2 p.m. at the Rosemary United Methodist Church in Roanoke Rapids with the Rev. Thomas Sweeley officiating. Interment will follow in Crestview Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Askew Funeral Services in Roanoke Rapids.

Ella Johnson

POTECASI n Ella Mae Carter Johnson, 95, died Thursday, December 1, at Pine Forest Rest Home in Potecasi where she had been a resident since 1997. Born July 22, 1910 in Ahoskie, NC, she was the daughter of Addie Minta Williams and Johnnie Richardson Carter.

She had been preceded in death by her husband, Willie Lee Johnson who died January 4, 1988 and they lived in Milwaukee, NC during their 43 years of marriage.

She was, also, preceded in death by four sisters, Mollie Carter Spruill, Ethel Carter Sullivan, Emily Carter Blount, and Hazel Carter Felton and by one brother, Johnnie Richardson Carter, Jr.

Survivors include six nieces, Jean Sullivan Proctor of Rocky Mount, Sue Felton Woodward of Suffolk, VA, Emily Felton Winstead of Winton, Mollie Felton of Suffolk, VA, Laura Carter Brooks of Raleigh, and Mollie Spruill Thompson of Wilmington; and one nephew, John Carter, III of Raleigh.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Milwaukee Cemetery by the Rev. Sid Collins followed by a memorial service in the Bethany United Methodist Church in Milwaukee at 2 p.m.

The family will be receiving friends at the Milwaukee Community Building following the memorial service and have requested that, in lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to share a memorial gift may do so to Pine Forest Rest Home, Potecasi, NC or to Bethany United Methodist Church.

Bridgers Funeral Home, Inc. in Conway is in charge of arrangements.

Georgia Williams

LEWISTON n Georgia Thompson Williams, 90, a native of Bertie County, died November 30, 2005 at Brian Center, Windsor.

A funeral will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Weeping Mary Baptist Church by the Rev. Johnnie Cofield. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Survivors include seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Mamie E. Harmon

WOODLAND n Mamie Eason Harmon, 66, a native of Hertford County, died November 30, 2005 at his residence.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday at Zion Grove Baptist Church, Aulander, by Pastor James Mercer. Burial will be in Ambrose Memorial Cemetery, Aulander. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.

Survivors include three sons, Linwood Harmon Jr. of Lewiston, David Lee Harmon and Daryl Harmon, both of Woodland; one daughter, Belinda Deloatch of Ahoskie; two brothers, Linberg Eason of Raleigh and Bennie Eason Jr. of Ahoskie; five sisters, Irene Alston of Bronx, N.Y., Gwendolyn Dukes of Brooklyn, Evelyn Utley of Raleigh, Lillie Callis of Woodland and Rosa Hoggard of Woodland; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Hattie B. Alston

ROANOKE RAPIDS n Hattie B. Alston, 84, died December 1, 2005 at Halifax Regional Medical Center.

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

Claude Grant

SUNBURY n Claude Matthews Grant, 65, a native of Portsmouth, Va., died November 29, 2005 at his home. He was the widower of Mary Smith Grant.

A private memorial service will be held at Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville.

Grant was a retired sheet metal worker from Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

Survivors include two sisters, Dorothy I. Grant of Sunbury and Marguerite G. Richey of Gates.

Darlene Mason

TYNER n Darlene Mason, 62, a native of Gates, died November 30, 2005 at her residence.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Walton’s Grove AME Zion Church by the Rev. Johnnie Warren. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Hunter’s Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is in charge.

Mrs. Mason was a retired beautician. She was a member of Walton’s Grove AME Zion Church.

Survivors include her husband, Sunny Mason of Yonkers, NY; a daughter, Mary Nowell of Tyner; two brothers, Mack Nowell of Edenton and Larry Davis of Gates; and four sisters, Virginia Elliott of Tyner, Terry Clarke of Golden’s Bridge, Annie Harris of Edenton and Marie Nowell of Edenton.

Mary C. Curcio

AHOSKIE – Mary Cullipher Curcio, 88, a native of Bertie County, died December 2, 2005 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital.

Mrs. Curcio a textile seamstress, and a Baptist.

Survivors include her former husband, Jerome Pat Curcio of Ahoskie; two sisters, Evelyn Daniels and Beulah Grizzard, both of Ahoskie; one brother, Thomas Cullipher of Windsor; and a stepson, Everette Smithwick of Currituck.

A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at Highland Memorial Gardens, by the Rev. Robert M. May. The family will assemble at the cemetery at 2:45 p.m. Sunday prior to services. Garrett Funeral Home Ahoskie is in charge.

Irma Bridgers

CONWAY n Irma Josephine “Josie” Smith Bridgers, 95, a native of Northampton County, died December 1, 2005. She was the widow of Bennie R. Bridgers.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Creeksville Baptist Church by the Rev. Kenneth Bunch. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Sykes Funeral Service, Inc., is in charge.

Mrs. Bridgers was a member of Creeksville Baptist Church and a homemaker and an accomplished steamstress.

Survivors include three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.