The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for August 31, 2006

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 31, 2006

Margaret C. Evans

SUFFOLK, Va. – Margaret Mary Cifichiello Evans, 81, a native of Yonkers, N.Y., died August 27, 2006, in Southampton Memorial Hospital, Franklin. She was the widow of Jesse Roosevelt Evans.

Mrs. Evans worked during World War II in manufacturing of military supplies, later as a department store clerk and retired as a weaver with Narricott Industries in Boykins. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Suffolk.

Survivors include her daughter, Rita J. Evans Gray of Boykins; two sons, Anthony R. Evans of New Milford, Conn. and Michael J. of Courtland; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Miller Funeral Home, 304 Main St., Gatesville, by the Rev. Edmund Pickup Jr. Burial will be in Cool Spring Baptist Church Cemetery in the Eure community.

Alice Pugh

WINDSOR n Alice M. Pugh, 77, died August 26, 2006 at Pitt Memorial Hospital, Greenville.

A funeral was conducted Wednesday at Indian Woods Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Gilliam Funeral Home, Windsor, was in charge.

Eva M. Bobbitt

SPRING HOPE n Eva Mae Bobbitt, 74, died August 26, 2006 at Life Care Hospital, Rocky Mount.

A funeral was conducted Wednesday at Cedar Rock Baptist Church, Castalia. Burial was in Spring Hope Memorial Gardens. H.D. Pope Funeral Home, Rocky Mount, was in charge.

Clara Grandberry

AHOSKIE n Clara Mae Grandberry, died August 27, 2006 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, Va.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Full Gospel, Windsor, by Pastor Carl White. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Reynolds Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.

Mrs. Grandberry was a member of Rhema Word Church of Deliverance.

Survivors include one son, Larry Grandberry of Ahoskie; one daughter, Clara Taliaferro of Ahoskie; six sisters, Naldene Grandberry and Lizzie Horton, both of Ahoskie, Mary Collins of Murfreesboro, Peannetta Grandberry, Larry D. Grandberry and Hilda M. Grandberry, all of Newport News, Va.; two brothers, Willie L. Grandberry and Dennis C. Grandberry, both of Ahoskie; and eight grandchildren.

Edward L. Rogers

MURFREESBORO n Edward L. Rogers, 53, a native of Durham, died August 28, 2006 at Autumn Care of Roanoke Valley.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday at Hertford County Undertakers Chapel, Winton. Burial will be in the Gatling family cemetery, Mapleton.

Survivors include one son, Eddie Rogers of Las Vegas, Nev.; one daughter, Ebony Rogers of Las Vegas; his stepfather, Theodore Fields of Murfreesboro; and three brothers, Baron Rogers of Newport News, Va., Derrick Banks and Dwight Banks, both of Temple Hill, Md.

Leander Jefferson

Early on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006 our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather at the will of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ departed from this barren land at RCH in Ahoskie. He was born the eldest of eight siblings, all of whom preceded him in death to Thomas and Rosa Jefferson.

Realizing the need to be saved, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and joined the Jerusalem Baptist Church at an early age where he remained a faithful member until his health prevented him from attending on a regular basis.

He married the former Addie Anderson of Union. They were blessed to have 66 years together until her death in 1995 at the age of 91. God blessed this union with eight children, two of whom preceded him in death, Luvenia Jefferson and Shirley Branch.

Bro. Jefferson was reared in Potecasi and the surrounding area and he attended Potecasi Elementary School. He enjoyed outdoors and loved working with his father on the farm. His love grew for agriculture as he got older and he chose farming as a career to provide for his family. In addition to that, he was an avid hunter and fisherman.

His final years were spent at Autumn Care of Rich Square, where the employees would always say “he’s a blessing to others and to the facility.”

Survivors include Rosa Jefferson of Rich Square, Retha Redden (the late Bishop Samuel Redden) of Newport News, Va., Essie McKnight (Mack McKnight) of Temple Hills, Md., James Jefferson “J” (Thelma Jefferson) of Dover, Del, Bernice Rollings (Crawford Rollings), Dover, DE, and Clarice Stevenson (Curtis Stevenson) of Ardmore, OK, 26 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 31 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Jerusalem Baptist Church, Woodland, by the Pastor Dorothy E. Ruffin. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hood Funeral Home, Conway, is in charge.

Dempsey Boone Jr.

COMO n Dempsey Wilson Boone Jr., 85, a native of Riverdale, Va., died August 29, 2006 at DePaul Hospital, Norfolk, Va.

A funeral will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Bright Lilly Disciples Church of Christ, Newsoms, by Elder Mary W. Stephens. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Boone served in the US Army from 8-30-1944 to 2-16-1946 where he received good conduct metal, American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Ribbon.

He is also a member of Bright Lilly Disciples Church of Christ. He retired from Narricol Industries.

Survivors include one son, Leon Artis of Murfreesboro; a sister, Ada Boone of Courtland; and four grandchildren.