The R-C News-Herald obituaries for Feb. 4, 2006

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Gwendolyn H.W. Rogers

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Gwendolyn Harrell White Rogers, 91, a native of Gates County, died January 29, 2006. She was the widow of Ollie Lee “Brick” White and Samuel McSwain Rogers.

Survivors include her son, Judge Bill White; and five grandchildren.

A Eucharistic funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Old St. Luke’s Church in Smithfield, Va. Mrs. White’s body will lie in repose in the church one hour prior to the service. The Right Rev. C. Charles Vache, bishop of the Diocese of Southern Virginia, (retired), will officiate. Burial will be in the White family plot in the churchyard. Condolences may be sent to the White family at Angelus Funeral Home, San Antonio and locally, Colonial Funeral Home in Smithfield, is in charge.

Albert L. Trotman

WASHINGTON – Albert Lee Trotman, 53, died January 31, 2006.

Survivors include his brother, Johnnie Ray Trotman of Chesapeake; and three sisters, Ruth Ann Furlough of Washington, Jeannette Mae Racette of Como and Donna &uot;Cookie&uot; Mattison of Greenville.

No services are planned. Wilkerson Funeral Home is in charge.

Matthew W. Writtenberry


Matthew William &uot;Bud&uot; Writtenberry, 92, a native of Palmer Springs, died February 1, 2006. He was the widower of Mary Jane Salmon.

Writtenberry retired after 27 years as an electrician for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He was a member of Suffolk Christian Church and the Baracca Sunday school class. He served the church as a deacon and an usher.

Survivors include his daughters, Judith W. Brown of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Evelyn W. Jones of Suffolk; sons,, Gerald W. &uot;Butch&uot; Writtenberry, A. Lynn Writtenberry and E. Glynn Writtenberry, all of Suffolk; a sister, Rosa C. Cook of Corapeake; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral was conducted Friday at Suffolk Christian Church by the Rev. Michael D. Halley. Interment was in Bethlehem Christian Church Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Suffolk Christian Church Capital Improvement Fund at 216 N. Main St., Suffolk, VA 23434 or a charity of one’s choice. Parr Funeral Home is in charge.

Neva Cross

BROOKLYN, NY n Neva Cross, 75, a native of Gates County, died January 27, 2006 at her residence.

A funeral was conducted Friday at Red Oak Grove AME Zion Church. Burial was in the Freeman Cemetery. Hunter’s Funeral Home, Ahoskie, was in charge.

Miss Cross was retired from Person Care Aide.

Survivors include three brothers, James W. Cross and Fred L. Cross, both of Brooklyn and Howard J. Cross of Silver Springs, Md.; and seven sisters, Eva C. Boone of Gates, Bessie Costen, Fannie Sullivan, Lillian Cross and Audrey Cross, all of

Brooklyn, Mary C. Sidky of Ukraine and Sarah Montague of Gates.

Corine B. Bryant

ROCKY MOUNT n Corine B. Bryant, 49, died February 2, 2006.

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

Virginia T. Norwood

EMPORIA, Va. – Virginia Taylor Norwood, 84, died February 1, 2006, at Southern Virginia Regional Hospital. She was the widow of Robert C. Norwood Sr.

Mrs. Norwood was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was a grocery store owner and an avid cook.

Survivors include two sons, Robert &uot;Bobby&uot; C. Norwood Jr. of Gaston and Jerry Wane Norwood of Richmond; a sister, Kersey T. Watts of Roanoke Rapids; and her grandchildren.

A graveside service was conducted Friday at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Emporia, conducted by Dr. John Mason. Hockaday Funeral Home was in charge.

Rea S. Futrell

CONWAY n Rea Sumner Futrell, 91, died Thursday, February 2, at Autumn Care of Roanoke Valley in Rich Square.

A native of Northampton County, she had been preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Stanley Futrell and her son, Jackie W. Futrell. She was a homemaker and member of Ashley’s Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include one brother, Jesse W. Sumner of Rocky Mount; one sister, Doris Sumner Askew of Conway; a daughter-in-law, Barbara P. Futrell of Elizabethtown; three grandchildren, Stanley Futrell and Donna Bagley of Fayetteville and Jeffrey Futrell of Elizabethtown; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, 2 p.m. in Ashley’s Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. David Foster officiating. Burial will follow in the Sumner Family Cemetery on Ashley’s Grove Road.

The family will be receiving friends at Bridgers Funeral Home, Inc., in Conway, Saturday, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and have requested that anyone wishing to share a memorial gift, please do so to Ashley’s Grove Baptist Church.

Eddie Lee Jr.

COLERAIN n Eddie Nelson Lee Jr., died February 1, 2006 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville.

A funeral will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Greater Wynn’s Grove Baptist Church by Bishop Thomas E. Lee. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Reynolds Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.

Lee was a member of Greater Wynn’s Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ollie S. Lee of Colerain; six sons, Charles Edward Lee and Ronnie Lee, both of Colerain, Lawrence G. Lee of District Heights, Md., Keith N. Lee and Gilbert E. Lee, both of Greenville, and Tim Lee of Elizabeth City; six daughters, Diane Boone of Murfreesboro, Debbie Hagans and Patricia Lee, Jeanette Ward, Dionet Lee and Sandra Holley, all of Greenville; three brothers, Willie Lee of Cleveland, Ohio, Joseph Lee and Frank Lee, both of Ahoskie; three sisters, Queen Esther Slade, Gracie Freeman and Blannie Riddick, all of Ahoskie; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.