The R-C News-Herald Obitaries for May 31, 2007

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Matilda Harrison

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Matilda Harrison, 90, a native of Windsor, died May 25, 2007, in Chesapeake. She was the widow of Graham Harrison.

Survivors include her three daughters, Doris Pierce and Frances Trueblood, both of Chesapeake and Rose Odom of Currituck; three sons, Clabon Harrison, Bobby Harrison and Earl Harrison; a brother, Jonathan Johnson; a sister, Nancy Jane Davis, both of North Carolina; 15 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.

A funeral was conducted Wednesday in the Great Bridge Chapel of Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, by the Rev. Ernest Trueblood. Interment was in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens.

Thomas L. Matthews

Como n Thomas Lathan Matthews, 78, passed away May 28, 2007 at his residence. Born in Robersonville, he was a son of the late Lloyd Lathan and Corrie Leggett Matthews. After discharge from the Army, he worked for NC DOT helping his father tend Parkers Ferry. He then worked at St. Regis Paper until layoffs forced him to take work in Newsoms as a mechanic (skills he learned from working on the farm and in the Army). He then worked as a mechanic at St. Regis until they closed and worked at Grizzard Auto Parts in Franklin as a machinist until retirement. Thomas was a charter member of the Como Ruritan Club with 30 years perfect attendance, a member of Barnes United Methodist Church, and an avid Citizens Band base and radio operator, known as “Ready Power”.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 56 years, Emma Leigh Whitley Matthews; daughter, Judith M. Hachey and fianc\u00E9, Larry, of Como; two sisters, Rachel M. Conner and husband, Linwood, of Aulander, Janice L. Riddick and husband, Eddie, of Edenton, four brothers, Robert W. Matthews and wife, Minerva,  Alfred R. Matthews and wife, Ola Ray, all of Aulander, C. Gene Matthews and wife, Nancy, of Newsoms, and Jesse V. Matthews and wife, Jean, of Como. Mr. Matthews was predeceased by a sister Magdalene Matthews.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 pm Thursday at Wright Funeral Home, Franklin, Va., with the Rev. Malcolm Yaple officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Southampton Memorial Park. The family received friends from 7 to 8:30 pm Wednesday at the funeral home and suggest memorials may be made to University Home Health and Hospice, P. O. Box 272, Ahoskie, NC 27910 or American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 1224, Franklin, Va. 23851.Condolences may be offered at

Ada H. Tynch

EDENTON – Ada Harrison Tynch, 85, a native of Bertie County, died May 29, 2007, in the Skilled Nursing Facility of Chowan Hospital. She was the widow of Murray J. Tynch Sr.

Mrs. Tynch was a homemaker, she was a member of Rocky Hock Baptist Church where she had been active in the Mag Leary Group and the Bertha Dale Circle.

Survivors include three daughters, Kathryn T. Perry of Evans City, Pa., Margaret T. Rollins of Kitty Hawk and Patricia T. Young of Edenton; three sons, Murray J. Tynch Jr., Milton G. Tynch Sr. and D. Michael Tynch, all of Edenton; a sister, Attie Cornette; two brothers, J.A. Harrison and Ernest Harrison, all of Chesapeake; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Miller Funeral Home & Crematory, 735 Virginia Road, Edenton, by the Rev. Ricky Bishop. Private interment will follow in the Tynch family cemetery.

Ethelene Moore

GATESVILLE n Ethelene Moore, 81, a native of Gates, died May 26, 2007 at Down East Healthcare Nursing Home.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at New Hope Baptist Church, Gates, by the Rev. James Brown. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Viewing will be at Hertford County Undertakers Chapel, Sunbury.

Survivors include her brothers, James Riddick of Gatesville, Therman Riddick of Gates, Joe Ernest Riddick of Pendleton and Leon Riddick of Windsor; and three sisters, Bertha Riddick of Eure, Martha Ann Good of Roduco and Erma Lee Lane of Cofield.