Phyllis Jones Vick

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 28, 2006

FRANKLIN, Va. – Arra Phyllis Jones Vick, 84, a native of Lynchburg, died March 12, 2006. She was the widow of W.K. Vick.

She was a graduated from Madison College in 1942. She taught seven subjects in the Norfolk City Public School System

Survivors include one son, Charles P. Vick of Fredericksburg.

A graveside service will be held at noon Thursday in Seaboard Cemetery, Seaboard. Wright Funeral Home, Franklin, Va., is in charge.

Florence H. Hurdle

MILLENNIUM – Mrs. Florence Harrell Hurdle, 84, a native of Bertie County, died March 14, 2006 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital.

She was the widow of Elwood Hurdle.

Mrs. Hurdle and her husband owned and operated the local grocery in Millennium and later opened Florence’s Drive Inn in Aulander, which she operated until the death of her husband in 1986.

Survivors include her sister, Irma H. Harris of Scotland Neck; and her brother, Robert E. Harrell of Jackson.

A graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Scotland Neck by the Rev. Roger Cope. The family will receive friends following the graveside service. Memorial contributions may be made to University Hospice of Ahoskie, 521 W. Meyers Street, Ahoskie, NC


Sykes Funeral Service, Rich Square, is in charge.

Lee D. Chavis, Sr.

WINTON n Lee Duwane Chavis, Sr., 73, of Old US 13, died Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at his home.

Mr. Chavis was born in Hertford County, a son of the late Robert James and Julia Dare Melton Chavis.

He was a member of Pleasant Plains Baptist Church, a navy veteran, and an entrepreneur.

Survivors include his daughters, Duvonya D. Chavis of Suffolk, VA, Denyce C. Hall of Winton; a son, Lee Duwane Chavis, Jr. of Winton; sisters, Lillian Lang of Hampton, VA, Christine Jones of Detroit, Mich., Willie Mae George of Silver Spring, MD, and Sallie Ann Johnston of Washington, DC; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Besides his parents, Mr. Chavis was predeceased by a sister, Susie Everett; brothers, Augustus Chavis and Junious Chavis and a daughter, DeAnne Chavis.

A celebration of life service was held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at Pleasant Plains Baptist Church with the Rev. Wallace Phillips and Rev. Robert Ashe, officiating.

Burial followed in the Chavis Family Cemetery, Winton.

The family received friends at Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and other times at the home of his daughter, Denyce Hall, Winton.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to the Meherrin Indian Tribal Building Fund, P.O. Box 508, Winton, NC, 27986.

Niel E. Lies

AULANDER n Niel Ernest Lies, 66, died unexpectedly in an accident on Sunday, March 12, 2006.

Niel was a retired Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy. He was a pilot who served two terms in Viet Nam and was the recipient of numerous commendations and medals for his service to his country. He was a member of the Ahoskie Kiwanis Club, Hertford County Committee of 100, and the local chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars. Niel was an active member of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church. He was a graduate of St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN where he earned a B.A. in Business. He became a successful real estate broker and builder before moving to Aulander to work in agribusiness.

Niel loved life and lived it to its fullest. This was evident in his involvement in the community and church. No one was a stranger, just a potential friend. His love of his fellow human being and willingness to help others earned him respect and love of many. Niel was a free-spirited man with abundant talents and interest and whose personality is not possible to summarize in mere words.

Niel is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Tara Forsythe of South Carolina and her husband, Keith; son, Shawn of Florida; daughter, Taylor of the home, and grandson, Hunter. He is also survived by four brothers, Nolan, Willie, Larry, Terry; and a sister, Vicky.

A funeral will be held Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 1 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church. Viewing will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. prior to services.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, P.O. Box 605, Ahoskie, NC 27910.

Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is serving the Lies family.

Callie E. Jackson

CLINTON n Callie Estelle Jackson, 81, a native of Sampson County, died March 13, 2006 at Mary Gran Nursing Center. She was the widow of Leon C. Jackson.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Matthews Pentecostal Holiness Church by the Rev. Ken White and the Rev. Jimmy Swinson. Burial will be in Spell and Tyndall Cemetery at Tyndall Grove Pentecostal Holiness Church. Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home is in charge. Condolences may be emailed to Attention Jackson family.

Mrs. Jackson attended St. Matthews Pentecostal Holiness Church and was a homemaker.

Survivors include four daughters, Annette Hayes, Lucille Smith and Katie Hedgepeth, all of Clinton and Emma Gray Smith of Warsaw; five sons, David Jackson, Thurman Earl Jackson, Billy Ray Jackson and Larry Jackson, all of Clinton and Bobby Jackson of Ahoskie; two brothers, Robert Jackson and Thomas A. Jackson, both of Clinton; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Hazel Bryant

WOODLAND n Mrs. Hazel Futrell Joyner Bryant, age 82, of Woodland, NC, died Monday, March 13, 2006 at Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va.

Mrs. Bryant was born Feb. 21, 1924 in Northampton County, NC, the daughter of the late Richard E. Futrell and Lee Delia Lane Futrell. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church, a loving mother, grandmother and friend.

Survivors include her daughter, Aleen Joyner Martin of Woodland; a sister, Margaret Matthews of Milwaukee, NC; a granddaughter, Lori Turner and her husband, Joshua of Jackson, NC; three great-grandchildren, Shelby Leighann Turner, Joshua Aaron Turner and Bridgette Aleen Turner.

Graveside services will be held, Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Rich Square with the Rev. Greg Parrisher officiating. The family received friends at the home of Mrs. Bryant, Hwy. 305, Woodland, NC, Wednesday from 7 until 8:30 p.m.

Massey Funeral Home in Jackson, NC, is handling arrangements.

Melissa A. Wilder

BUTNER n Melissa Ann Wilder, 42, a native of Hertford County, died March 12, 2006 at Murdoch Center.

A graveside service was conducted Wednesday at Restlawn Memorial Park, Durham, by Chaplain Willis Herman. Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home was in charge. Flowers were acceptable, or memorial contributions may be made to Murdoch Center, P.O. Box 3000, Butner, NC 27509-3000.

Survivors include her mother, Margaret Wilder of Durham; and a brother, Paul Edward Wilder, also of Durham.

Alfonso L. Spivey

PORTSMOUTH, Va. n Alfonso Lee Spivey, 51, a native of Bertie County, died March 11, 2006 at Maryview Hospital.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Windsor, by Dr. James E. Jones Jr. Burial will be in the Spivey family cemetery, Windsor. Cherry’s Funeral Home, Windsor, is in charge.

Edna Vaughan

MURFREESBORO – Edna Vaughan, 82, a native of Hertford County, died March 12, 2006 at Guardian Care Nursing Home.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at New Haven Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, by the Rev. Lloyd Gatling. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.

Survivors include three sons, Horace Vaughan, John Bernard Vaughan and William Vaughan, both of Murfreesboro; six daughters, Essie Britt of Cofield, Francis Peterman of Greensboro, Ann Vaughan of Raleigh, Sharon Whitehead, Edna Laverne Vaughan and Kim Vaughan, all of Murfreesboro; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in New Haven Baptist Church, Murfreesboro. Hertford County Undertakers is in charge.

Irvin M. Vinson

AULANDER n Irvin McCoy Vinson, 55, a native of Hertford County, died March 9, 2006 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Menola First Baptist Church, Woodland, by the Rev. James Mercer. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Fennell Vinson of the home; a son, Byron Vinson of Las Vegas, Nev.; a daughter, Crystal Dempsey of Ahoskie; his mother, Audrey Vinson Gatling of Ahoskie; brothers, Robert Lee Sawyer, Curtis Vinson, Alvin Vinson, Frank Timothy Gatling and Quinton Gatling, all of Ahoskie and Michael Gatling of Las Vegas; sisters, Alice Anderson and Joyce Vinson, both of New Jersey and Catherine Wilkins of Ahoskie; and four grandchildren.