The R-C News-Herald obituaries for Mar. 21, 2006

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 28, 2006

James W. Ramsey Jr.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – James W. &uot;Pete&uot; Ramsey Jr., 84, a native of Chatham, died March 18, 2006 in Chesapeake. He was the widower of Thelma O. Ramsey.

Ramsey was a member of the Grassfield Baptist Church in Chesapeake. He was an Army veteran of World War II and retired from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard after 31 years of service. He was also named an honorary Chesapeake sheriff’s deputy. Mr.

Survivors include his son, Jimmy Ramsey of Chesapeake; two daughters, Jo Anne Outland of Woodland and Barbara Dodson of Chesapeake; sister, Viola Jones of Millersville, Pa.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral with Masonic rites will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Great Bridge Chapel of Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322 by the Rev. Norman March. Interment will be in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to the Isaac Walton League, Norfolk-Chesapeake Chapter, P.O. Box 6792, Chesapeake, VA 23323 or to the Building Fund of Grassfield Baptist Church, 1772 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23323. Friends are invited to sign the register book and send condolences at

Clyde Bynum

SEVERN – Clyde Buck Bynum died March 17, 2006.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church. Faison Funeral Home, Seaboard, is in charge.

Ruth B. Parker

RICH SQUARE n Mrs. Ruth Bracy Parker, age 85, of Rich Square, NC, died Saturday, March 18, 2006 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, NC.

Mrs. Parker was born Dec. 19, 1920 in Northampton County, NC, the daughter of the late Elias Bracy and Carrie Smith Bracy.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Grover C. Parker and all of her brothers and sisters. She retired from Don’s Manufacturing Co. and was a member of Rich Square Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Bobbie Armstrong and her husband, Donald of Ahoskie, NC; her son, Butch Parker and his wife, Kathy of Roanoke Rapids, NC; and her granddaughter, Meredith Armstrong of Ahoskie, NC. Also a number of nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Carolyn Bracy.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Roxobel- Kelford Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Rogers officiating. The family received friends at

Massey Funeral Home, Jackson, Monday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rich Square Baptist Church.

Dennis R. Jaynes

WINSTON-SALEM – Dennis Richard Jaynes, 63, a native of Burke County, died March 16, 2006, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.

Jaynes attended Atlantic Christian College in Wilson and Chowan College in Murfreesboro. He worked as a warehouse supervisor for Sunbelt Moving and Storage for many years.

Survivors include wife, Georgia Jaynes of the home; two daughters, Teri Volpe Joe of Corapeake and Susan Staton of Winston-Salem; a son, Todd of Durham; his mother, Ruby Richard Jaynes; a sister, Anita J. Pond of Suffolk; a brother, Baxter Jayners of Morganton; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

A funeral was conducted Sunday at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel by the Rev. Shawn Dobbs. Burial was at Parklawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative CareCenter, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Christine L. Morris

COLERAIN – Christine Lawrence Morris, 85, of 2103 Wakelon Road, died peacefully at home March 18, 2006. She was the daughter of the late Annie Perry and Luther Lawrence and a native of Bertie County.

Ms. Christine, as she was known to her friends and colleagues, was a graduate of Meredith College. Following her graduation, she taught elementary school briefly in Washington County before joining the U.S. Army. In the Army, she rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant and was stationed at Army hospitals in Georgia and Hawaii where she provided physical therapy to military personnel injured in World War II. Upon discharge from the Army, she returned to Bertie County and married Earl Morris, a former classmate at Mars Hill High School. In her early years of marriage, she devoted her time to raising four children, working on the family farm and participating in school, church and community activities. In 1961, she returned to teaching. She taught for 21 years, primarily at Asheville Elementary School but also for a number of years at Windsor Elementary where she was a special education teacher. During her tenure as a teacher, she touched the lives of many hundreds of students with her care and compassion.

She was an active member, until her health failed, of the Mars Hill Baptist Church where she served as a deacon and as a longtime teacher of the senior adult Sunday school class. She was also an active member for many years of Delta Kappa Gamma International, an educational sorority.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Earl Morris, and by her brothers, Harold Lawrence and Mac Lawrence.

She is survived by daughters, Mary Bethel and husband Art of Fuquay-Varina, Jean Matthews and husband Bobby of Ahoskie and Laura Cunic and husband Brad of Belton, S.C.; son, Jim Morris and wife Donna of Colerain; sisters, Jane Hutchinson of Lafayette, La., and Margaret Bry of Clinton, S.C.; sister-in-law, Carolyn Lawrence of Colerain; grandchildren, Craig and Christie Bethel of Fuquay-Varina, Mary Beth Matthews of Ahoskie, Eric Shock and wife Amber of Winfield, Va., Matthew Shock of St. Albans, W.Va., and Zach and Nicholas Morris of Colerain; and great-granddaughter, Gracee Shock.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all those who provided compassionate care to Ms. Morris during the period of her declining health. Special thanks goes to Dr. Colin Jones of Ahoskie Family Physicians and to her current and former caregivers Bettina Jernigan, Hallie Smith and her daughter Donna, Sally Ayers, Sandra Ward and her daughter Kim, Alice Rogers and Nancy Duffy. Appreciation is also extended to members of the community, church family and others who did so many things to help her remain at home.

A funeral was held at 11 a.m. Monday at Mars Hill Baptist Church, 1325 Meadow Road, Colerain, with the Rev. Tommy Tripp officiating. The family received friends at Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday and other times at the Morris home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to University Health Systems Hospice Care, P.O. Box 272, Ahoskie, NC 27910 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Lillie Victoria Jones

NORFOLK, Va. – Lillie Victoria Jones, 96, a native of Ahoskie, died March 14, 2006. She was the widow of Irvin Jones.

Mrs. Jones attended the public schools of Ahoskie and was a member of Bank Street Memorial Baptist Church where she served on the Women’s Usher Board.

Survivors include a child, Clarise Pryer; five grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bank Street Memorial Baptist Church in Norfolk. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Norfolk. Fitchett Funeral Home, Chesapeake, is in charge.

Katie Lee Wilson

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Katie Lee &uot;Ms. Kate&uot; Wilson, 93, a native of Severn, died at Maryview Medical Center March 15, 2006. She was the widow of Eddie Wilson.

Mrs. Wilson retired as a seamstress. She was a member of New Mount Olivet Baptist Church, Portsmouth, where she served as a deaconess.

Survivors include one daughter, Odell Wilson of Portsmouth; two sons, William Jordan of Pendleton and Stewart Jordan of Hampton; two stepsons, Dr. Eddie R. Wilson and Dr. Douglas Wilson, both of Baltimore, Md.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A funeral was conducted Monday at New Mount Olivet Baptist Church by Pastor Milton Blount. Burial was Roosevelt Memorial Park. Steele-Bullock Funeral Home, Portsmouth, was in charge.

John E. Ferebee

CAMDEN – John Edwin &uot;Ed&uot; Ferebee, 82, a native of Camden, died March 16, 2006, at Chesapeake General Hospital.

Mr. Ferebee was a retired farmer and a lifelong member of Sawyer’s Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Small Ferebee of the residence; three daughters, Linda Ferebee, Martha Ferebee Meiggs and Susan Ferebee Jennings, all of Camden; son, John E. Ferebee Jr of Scarsdale, N.Y.; brother, H. Clay Ferebee III of Camden; and 11 grandchildren.

A funeral was conducted Sunday in Sawyer’s Creek Baptist Church by the Rev. Don Carter. Burial was at the Ferebee Family Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Sawyer’s Creek Baptist Church New Building Fund, 241 Sawyer’s Creek Road, Camden, NC 27921; Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163; or Chowan College, Development Office, 200 Jones Drive, Murfreesboro, NC 27855. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church St., Elizabeth City, N.C., is in charge of funeral arrangements. To sign the online guest register please visit

Frederick L. Williams

ROCKY MOUNT n Frederick L. Williams, 51, died March 17, 2006.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Word Tabernacle Church, Rocky Mount.

H.D. Pope Funeral Home, Rocky Mount, is in charge. Condolences may be sent to:

Helen H. Hall

AHOSKIE n Helen Hayes “Emma” Hall, 59, a native of Bertie County, died March 16, 2006 at Bertie Memorial Hospital, Windsor.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ashland Baptist Church, Merry Hill, By the Rev. W.J. Best. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Mrs. Hall was a former employee of Lea Lumber Co. and Perdue, Inc. She was a member of Ashland Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son, Rodney Hayes of Colerain; daughter, Elsie Hayes of Ahoskie; brothers, George Lewis Hayes of Connecticut, Robert Earl Taylor of New York City and Earnest Earl Holley of Roper; sisters, Mary L. Hayes of Philadelphia, Pa., Yvonne Askew of Colerain, Barbara Banner, Priscilla Taylor, Helen Morring and Mary Warren, all of Edenton, Juanita Dingle of New York City, Cora Taylor of New Jersey and Mary Gilliam of Caswell; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Andrew Jones

ROCKY MOUNT n Andrew Jones, 89, died March 15, 2006 at Nash General Hospital.

A funeral was conducted Sunday at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Rocky Mount. H.D. Pope Funeral Home, Rocky Mount, was in charge.

Earl R. Lewis Sr.

GOLDSBORO n Earl Rodgers Lewis Sr., 64, a native of Princess Anne County, Va., died March 16, 2006 at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Lewis retired as Merchandising Manager for Belk in Goldsboro and also retired as teacher with Wayne County Public Schools. He was currently serving as vice president of Lewis Insurance Group in Goldsboro and served as chairman of the Advisory Council of Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep of Goldsboro. Lewis was a member of the Rotary Club of Goldsboro, regional director of Ad-Agency Online and was currently serving as chairman of Wayne County Community Affairs.

He was a member of First African Baptist Church, where he has served as Trustee and Treasurer, and was serving as president of the Laymen’s League.

A service to celebrate his life was held Saturday at First African Baptist Church by Pastor Louis Leigh Jr. Interment followed in Wayne Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to First African Baptist Church Scholarship Fund, 803 E. Harris Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530. Seymour Funeral Home was in charge.

Survivors include his wife, Bettye Boone Lewis; a daughter, Kim L. Howard of Goldsboro; his son, Earl Rodgers Lewis Jr. of Goldsboro; his brothers, Thomas Lewis of Ahoskie and George Lewis of Roanoke Rapids; a sister, Janet L. Chavis of Conway; and five grandchildren.

Sammie Britt

MILWAUKEE n Sammie Britt, died March 18, 2006 in Murfreesboro.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Hood Funeral Home, Conway, is in charge.

Claude Harris

AHOSKIE n Claude “C.C.” Harris, 79, a native of Hertford County, died March 15, 2006 at his residence.

A funeral was conducted Monday at Ahoskie Cemetery, Ahoskie, by the Rev. May. Hunter’s Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, was in charge. In lieu of flowers, please make all donations payable to Martin County Hospice.

Harris was employed as a truck driver.

Survivors include two daughters, Joan M. Forbes of Milton, Fla., and Linda Marinov of Douglasville, Ga.; one brother, Frankie Harris of Ahoskie; one sister, Beulah Pierce of Portsmouth, Va.; his stepmother, Blanche Harris of Portsmouth; and five grandchildren.

Timothy Archie Monk, Jr.

Dr. Timothy Archie “Archie” Monk, Jr., died March 18, 2006 at Rex Nursing Care Center in Apex, NC.

He was born in Goldsboro, NC, on January 2, 1918 to the late Dr. and Mrs. T.A. Monk. He graduated from Goldsboro High School, attended UNC at Chapel Hill and Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, MD. He received his degree in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.

After his graduation, he and his wife, Lois, moved to North Carolina, where he practiced Veterinary Medicine in Ahoskie for over 43 years. While in Ahoskie, he was a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club; member of the Ahoskie Jaycees; charter member at Beechwood Country Club (where he was an avid golfer); chairman of the Hertford County Health Department; and one of the early founding parishioners of Saint Charles Catholic Church in Ahoskie, NC.

He was a loving, caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who cherished time with his family. His jovial and outgoing personality made him a friend to many. He will be greatly missed by who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Cooley Monk, his brothers, Henry and Thomas Monk, his sisters, Helen Screws and Frances Underhill, and his son-in-law, Horton Godwin.

Surviving are his three daughters, Jean Kelly and her husband, Tom of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Marianne Miller and her husband, Craig of Edenton, NC and Helen Godwin of High Point, NC; six grandchildren, Jeff Godwin of Central, SC, Tim Barlow and his wife, Valerie of Apex, NC, Margi Strickland and her husband, Mike of Apex, NC, Todd Barlow of Raleigh, NC, Meredith Bonnette and her husband, John of Winterville, NC, and Pam Everett and her husband, Jay of Apex, NC; two step-grandchildren, Kim Knapp and her husband, Geremy, Chad Kelly and his wife, Summer, and eleven great-grandchildren.

A memorial mass will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2006 at Saint Charles Parish in Ahoskie under the direction of Father Thomas McGee. The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Saint Charles Parish, P.O. Box 605, Ahoskie, NC 27910.

A private interment will follow at a later date at Highland Memorial Gardens in Ahoskie, NC.

The family wishes to thank the Rex Nursing Care Center in Apex for their loving care and concern.