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The R-C News-Herald obituaries for May 6, 2006

Carl Harris Sr.

NORFOLK, Va. – Carl Harris Sr., 74, a native of Northampton County, died May 1, 2006.

Harris was employed for 30 years by Flowers Bakery Co. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Norfolk and Eureka Lodge, Norfolk.

Survivors include his wife, Ella L. Harris of Norfolk; a son, Carl M. Harris Jr. of Norfolk; two sisters, Lola B. Lassiter of Portsmouth and Geraldine Stepenson of Chesapeake; a brother, James Harris of Chesapeake; and a grandchild.

A funeral was conducted Friday in Shiloh Baptist Church, Norfolk, by the Rev. Dr. John H. Foster. Burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Ruby Cooper

WINDSOR n Ruby F. Cooper, 80, died May 3, 2006 at Pitt Memorial Hospital, Greenville.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Refreshing Center of God in Christ, Windsor. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Gilliam Funeral Home is in charge.

Ruby G. Jernigan

AULANDER – Ruby Gordon Jernigan, 95, a native of Martinsville, Va., and formerly of Aulander, died May 4, 2006, in her home in Walkersville, MD.

Mrs. Jernigan was a member of Aulander Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Herbert M. Jernigan of Smithburg, MD and Gordon Jernigan of Walkersville; a sister, Mary Turner of Rocky Mount, VA; five grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 12 noon on Saturday at Aulander Baptist Church by the Rev. Robbie Parker.

Burial will be in Highland Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the church two hours prior to services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, MD, 21702. Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is in charge.

Earl F. Harrell Jr.

GATESVILLE – Earl Fentress &uot;Toad Jr.&uot; Harrell Jr., 57, a native of Suffolk, Va., died May 3, 2006, in Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

Harrell was a loader operator for Bundy Logging in Gatesville and was a member of Gatesville Baptist Church. He had served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife, Alice Hedgepeth Harrell; a daughter, Dee Anna Harrell of Raleigh; two stepsons, Jeremy Williams of Camden and Jason Williams of Gatesville; three granddaughters; and a brother, Ricky Harrell of New York.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville, by the Rev. Gene Asbill. Friends may join the family at the residence. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be directed to either the Gatesville Volunteer Fire Department or the Gates County Rescue Squad, both in Gatesville, NC 27938.

Richard Edwards Jr.

SEABOARD n Mr. Richard Walter Edwards, Jr., 84, died Thursday, May 4, 2006 at his home.

Mr. Edwards was born Oct. 19, 1921 in Richmond, Va., the son of the late Willis Parham Edwards and Ernestine Long Edwards of Seaboard, NC. After graduating from Seaboard High School in 1938, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1942 and completed a professional course in Meteorology in 1943. He was a Lieutenant in the US Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War II.

After returning home from the war, he joined the family business, R.W. Edwards & Son, and also engaged in farming. Later Dick left the family business and established an independent insurance agency where he worked until his retirement.

Dick was a pillar of the community and respected by all. He was a leader in the Seaboard Methodist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher for over fifty years. He was also a member of the Seaboard Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie Kilpatrick Edwards; his daughters, Patricia Diane Edwards and Melody Edwards Hobson and her husband, Monte, all of Raleigh, NC; his granddaughter, Meredith Brittany Hobson, also of Raleigh, NC.

Funeral services will be held, Sunday, May 7, 2006 at 3 p.m. at Seaboard United Methodist Church with the Rev. Carol Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Seaboard Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Massey Funeral Home in Jackson, NC, Saturday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. and other times at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Seaboard United Methodist Church Building Fund, Seaboard, NC 27876.

Nancy Byrd

ROANOKE RAPIDS n Ms. Nancy Jane Byrd, 68, died May 2, 2006 at Halifax Regional Medical Center, Roanoke Rapids.

A visitation will be conducted from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Roanoke Rapids Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home. A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at H.D. Pope Funeral Home by the Rev. Joseph Battle. Interment will be in the Byrd family cemetery.

William Turner

UPPER MARLBORO, MD. n William Theodore “W.T.” Turner, 70, a native of Roanoke, Va., died April 30, 2006 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

A funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home, 7474 Landover Rd., Landover, Md. A visitation will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home. Burial will be in Cheitenham Veterans Cemetery, Md. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander and J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home, Landover, is in charge.

Turner was a self-employed auto restorer. He was a veteran of the US Army, and member of the Mason.

Survivors include his wife, Marion Taylor Turner; daughters, Cecelia, Yvonne, Lanita, Gail, Mona, Angela, Tonya and Shonda; sons, William, Andrew, Anthony, Jerome and

Derick; 28 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.