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The R-C News-Herald obituaries for Jan. 26, 2006

Carroll W. “Nick” Beasley, Maj. USAR, (Retired)

COLERAIN – Carroll Watford &uot;Nick&uot; Beasley, 82, of South Main Street, died Sunday, January 22, 2006, at his home.

Mr. Beasley was born September 20, 1923, in Bertie County, a son of the late John Cecil and Mable Claire Morris Beasley of Colerain.

He attended the Citadel prior to his entry in WWII and graduated from Wake Forest University after the war.

He was a retired NCNG Major and a veteran U.S. Army Air Corps Pilot in WWII.

Nick was an active member of Colerain United Methodist Church where he served as treasurer.

He was employed as manager and retired after 40 years from Beasley Oil Company of Colerain, NC.

He was an avid sportsman and member of Tar River Gun Club.

Mr. Beasley is survived by his wife, Ella Beth McCrery Beasley; his daughter, Camille Beasley

Soule and her husband, Dennis of Windsor, NC; a son, Louis Carroll Beasley of Nags Head, NC; a sister, Anne Beasley Gurganus of Williamston, NC; and grandchildren, Charles Taylor Spruill, Jr. and wife, Elizabeth, Claire Hunter Spruill, Warren Cody Beasley; and great-grandchildren, Brooks Beasley Spruill, II, and Charles Jenkins Spruill.

He was predeceased by a grandson, Brooks Beasley Spruill.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2006, at Colerain United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Walter Johnston, III, officiating.

Burial followed in Hillcrest Cemetery with military honors.

Memorial donations may be made to Colerain United Methodist Church, Colerain, NC, or to University Health Systems Hospice Care, Box 272, Ahoskie, NC, 27910.

Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, served the Beasley family.

Mary Carter

GASTON n Mary Carter, 55, died January 22, 2006 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

A funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday at Simmons Grove Baptist Church, Roanoke Rapids, by the Rev. Melvin Davis. Interment will be in the church cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home, Roanoke Rapids. Condolences may be made to www.hdpopefuneralhome.com.

Michael A. Kirk

NEWPORT – Michael Anthony Kirk, 47, a native of Manhattan, NY, died January 19, 2006, in his home.

Kirk was a civil construction supervisor in the telecommunication industry.

Survivors include his mother, Constance McGill Purdom of Newport; four sisters, Jeannie McGregor of Southlake, Texas, Tracy Pettipas, Jonne Wells and Samantha Watson of Newport; a brother, Nicholas Lorts of Imperial, Mo.

A memorial service was conducted Wednesday in the chapel of Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville.

George Soloman Norman

CORAPEAKE n George Soloman Norman, 76, a native of Gates County, died January 22, 2006 at his residence.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at New Middle Swamp Baptist Church, Corapeake, by Dr. Claude Odom. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church Thursday from 12 noon until time of service. The family will receive friends at the home of the deceased. Stallings Funeral Chapel, Gatesville, is in charge.

Survivors include his wife, Hattie Lugrader Norman of the home; one daughter, Patricia Donnell of Greensboro; three sons, George Norfleet of Washington, D.C., the Rev. William Soloman Norman of Gatesville and Daniel Norman of Annapolis, MD; one sister, Fannie Evans of Suffolk, Va.; three brothers, James W. Norman of Suffolk, Roosevelt Eure of Ahoskie and Saunders Eure of Canton, Ohio; and six grandchildren.

Former principal and educator of Bertie County Schools succumbs

AULANDER n Freddie R. Johnson, 47 of 205 Pine Drive, Aulander, NC, entered into eternal rest on January 23, 2006 at his residence.

Born in Plymouth, North Carolina on September 2, 1931, to the late Levi and Queenie Johnson.

As a young adult he joined the Marine Corp. and served his country faithfully during the Korean Conflict. He later became a member of the John Early VFW organization.

Johnson received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Elizabeth City State University and a Master’s Degree in Education from North Carolina A&T State University. He was employed by the Bertie County School System for 34 years as a teacher, principal, community coordinator and personnel director. He also served on the Bertie County Social Services Board, Board of Directors of Choanoke Area Development Association (CADA), Zoning Board for the Town of Aulander, and Sunday School Teacher at Aulander First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Emma Dell Hardy Johnson of the home, daughters, Sonia Johnson and Lori Johnson Morings and her husband, Bryan, all of Aulander, NC; and a son, Dr. Brent Johnson of New Orleans, Louisiana; two sisters, Rita Thomas of Thomasville, NC and Lenora Taylor of Philadelphia, PA; and five granddaughters; two sisters-in-laws, Maggie H. Boone of Greensboro, NC and Dorothy H. Walton of Chesapeake, VA; and a brother-in-law, Thomas Hardy Jr. of Portsmouth, Va.

A funeral will be conducted on Friday, January 27, 2006 at 12:00 noon at Sandy Branch Baptist Church in Roxobel, NC. Interment will follow in Aulander Cemetery with the Rev. Lycurgus Harrell officiating. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is handling the arrangements.

Donald Holloman

MARYLAND n Donald Holloman, died January 23, 2006 in Maryland.

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

Arnette Robbins

MERRY HILL n Arnette Robbins, 95, died January 25, 2006.

A funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at Peterson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Merry Hill. Burial will be in the church cemetery. A visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Gilliam Funeral Home Chapel, Windsor.

Justion Powell

ROCKY MOUNT — Justion L. Powell, 78, died January 23, 2006 at East Orange Medical Center, New Jersey.

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