The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for January 30, 2007

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 29, 2007

John S. Britt Sr.

SEVERN – John Sherrod &uot;Jack&uot; Britt Sr., 80, died January 26, 2007, at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital.

Britt was a Merchant Marine veteran of World War II, served in the Naval Reserve during the Korean conflict, was the former owner and operator of Farmers Supply Co. in Severn and a longtime Northampton County farmer. He was a member and deacon of Severn Baptist Church, a founder and charter member of Valley Pine Golf Club, a former Severn Ruritan, and a former Severn Volunteer Fireman.

Survivors include his wife, Lorice Fogleman Britt; a daughter, Denise Britt Helms; two sons, J. Sherrod Britt Jr. and Tommy Britt, both of Severn; and nine grandchildren.

A funeral was conducted Monday at Severn Baptist Church by the Rev. Tim Hogan and the Rev. Lonnie Armstrong. Burial followed in the Severn Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made to Severn Baptist Church, P.O. Box 502, Severn, NC 27877. Wright Funeral Home, Boykins Chapel, was in charge.

Annie West

AHOSKIE — Annie Venell P. West, age 92, died January 27, 2007. She was the widow of Charles R. West, Sr. Annie was born in Gates County, NC, the youngest of 18 children born to the late Almira and Jim Tom Perry. She had lived in Norfolk for most of her life and was employed by Ballentine Grocery Store and Murdens Drug Store on Ballentine Blvd. Annie was an active member of Cornerstone Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty Jean D. Byrd and husband Marvin of Norfolk; son, Tommy Dilday and wife Linda of Ahoskie, N.C.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are four stepchildren, Roland West and wife Lela and Lula Bates, all of Norfolk, Hurbert West of Columbus, Ohio, and Telka Carroll and husband William of Tifin, Ohio; 12 stepgrandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Fred Braswell. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1500 Sewells Point Road, Norfolk, VA 23502. You may offer condolences at

Raymond Pierce

WINDSOR n Raymond Richard Pierce, 61, a native of Bertie County, died January 27, 2007, at his residence.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 30 at Evans Funerals and Cremations Chapel from 7-8:30 and at the family residence all other times. Friends may sign the guest register on at Evans Funerals and Cremations of Edenton is in charge.

Mr. Pierce was a member of Grace Baptist Church and the Chiska Gun Club. He worked many years in the saw mill as a sawyer and later as a commercial truck driver.

Survivors include his wife, Terry Hoggard Pierce; a daughter, Kaci L. Pierce of Gatesville; his two sons, Raymond W. Pierce of Hampton, Va., and Amos R. Pierce of Gatesville; three sisters, Iris White of Portsmouth, Mary Alice Kerns of Harrellsville and Rachel M. Mabry of Harrellsville; one brother, Thomas Pierce of Roxobel; and four grandchildren.

Eugene Neville

ROANOKE RAPIDS n Eugene Neville, 77, died January 27, 2007 at Pitt Memorial Hospital, Greenville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. H.D. Pope Funeral Home, Roanoke Rapids, is in charge.

Lois Williams

ROCKY MOUNT n Lois Lancaster Williams, 52, died January 26, 2007 at her residence.

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

Ruth B. Quarles

LANHAM, Md. n Ruth Brett Quarles, 92, a native of Winton, died January 16, 2007 at Doctors Hospital, Lanham. She was the widow of Benjamin Quarles.

A memorial service will be conducted at

11 a.m. at Collington Episcopal Life Care Community, Mitchellville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Collington Foundation (301-925-9610).

Mrs. Quarles was at Morgan State University, Baltimore, from 1956 until retirement in 1980 in Student Personnel Counseling Services. During her 24 years at Morgan, she developed and administered a comprehensive center for counseling and academic advising, which encompassed a range of programs and services involving specialized staff, faculty members and professional counselors, part-time physicians and psychiatrists. Emphasis was on discovering the needs of each student and providing an atmosphere for the development of “The Whole Person.” She also had a long rewarding career in student personnel departments in several predominantly African-American universities.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Roberta Knowles of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands; a daughter, Pamela Quarles of Falls Church; three sisters, Esther Oliphant of Reidsville, Bernice Colson of Oxford and Carolyn Sykes Goins of Richmond; two grandsons; and one step-grandson.

Gertie Moore

FORESTVILLE, MD n Gertie Moore, 86, a native of Hertford County, died January 25, 2007 at his residence.

A funeral will be conducted at 12 noon Wednesday at Nebo Baptist Church by the Rev. Charles Tyner. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.

Survivors include a daughter, Marjorie Barham of Forestville; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

James J. Watford


James Jasper “Sonny Boy” Watford, 59, a native of Hertford County, died January 26, 2007 at his residence.

A funeral will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Mill Branch Baptist Church, Aulander, by the Rev. Ronald Dolberry. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Ahoskie. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Watford was a member of Piney Woods Chapel Church. He was employed as a sawyer at Aston Lumber Company, Gates.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley White Watford of the home; sons, Ervin Watford of Ahoskie, Gregory Watford of Norfolk, Va., and Terry Watford of Windsor; one brother, Joseph Watford of Philadelphia, Pa.; sisters, Kathlene Harris of Virginia Beach, and Vivian Johnson of Norfolk; and four grandchildren.