The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for June 23, 2007

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 29, 2007

William Deloatch

MURFREESBORO n William Deloatch, 69, a native of Southampton County, died June 19, 2007 at his residence.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Murfreesboro by the Rev. Robert Richardson. Burial will be in Carver’s Park Cemetery, Murfreesboro.

Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice Smith Deloatch of Murfreesboro; one son, William Wiggins of Ahoskie; one daughter, Teresa Vaughan of Fayetteville; two stepdaughters, Natasha Smith and Erica Smith, both of Murfreesboro; four brothers, Oliver Artis Sr., and Zeb Artis, both of Norfolk, Va., Robert Artis and John Artis, both of Ahoskie; five sisters, Addie Pope of Murfreesboro, Gloria Ashe of Harrellsville, Nora Mae Artis of Cofield, Otelia A. Perry of Virginia Beach and Annie Barnes of Newsom; and four grandchildren.

Wiley L. Odom

RICH SQUARE n Wiley Lee “DD” Odom, 74, died June 19, 2007 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the J.W. Faison Memorial Chapel, Seaboard, by the Rev. Mark Barfield. Burial will be in Branches Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, Rich Square. Faison’s Funeral Home, Inc., Seaboard, is in charge.

Mary Perry

HARRELLSVILLE n Mary Hester Winborne Perry, 78, a native of Hertford County, died June 20, 2007 at her residence.

A funeral will be conducted at 4 p.m. Monday at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Timothy Braswell. Burial will be in the Perry Garden Family Cemetery. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.

Survivors include one son, Benjamin Franklin Perry Jr. of Hampton, Va.; four daughters, Peggy P. Winston of Hampton, Mary P. Moore of Ahoskie, Francis P. Leroy of Merry Hill and Joaney L. Perry of Richmond; one brother, Starkie Winborne of Murfreesboro; three sisters, Cora Custis of Harrellsville, Annie Moore of Portsmouth and Gloria Winborne of Chesapeake; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Howard Sweatt

ATLANTA, Ga. n Howard “Chicken Neck” Sweatt, 50, died June 18, 2007 in Atlanta.

A visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday in the Roanoke Rapids Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home. A funeral will be conducted beginning at 11 a.m. immediately following the visitation. Interment will be in Creative Memorial Cemetery, Roanoke Rapids. Condolences may be sent to:

Mary Lee G. Griffin

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Mary Lee Gee Griffin, 65, a native of Seaboard, beloved daughter of Clister and Hattie Gee, died, June 16, 2007.

Mrs. Griffin continued her education at Norfolk State University, where she received her bachelor’s of science degree in accounting. She first pursued a career with the U.S. Postal Service and became one of the first female mail carriers in the Tidewater area. After that, she worked and eventually retired from the Naval Supply Center in Norfolk after 20.

Survivors include her husband, Otto Griffin Sr.; two sons, Otto Griffin Jr. and Larry Griffin; her parents, Clister and Hattie Gee; and two brothers, Mack and Coy Gee.

A funeral will be conducted at noon Saturday at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Portsmouth, by the Rev. Elbert T. Knight. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. Family and friends will assemble at 1425 Horne Ave. Saturday at 11 a.m. for the procession to the church. The remains will be placed in the church Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Monroe Funeral Home, 1701 Wilson Road, Norfolk, is in charge.

Estelle C. Etheridge

WASHINGTON – Estelle C. Etheridge, 82, a native of Hertford County, died June 16, 2007, in Ridgewood Manor Nursing Home in Washington. She was the widow of George A. Etheridge Jr.

Mrs. Etheridge was a homemaker. She was a member and Sunday school teacher at Trinity Episcopal Church in Portsmouth. She was an active member of civic organizations that fostered the welfare of children for 40 years. She was more recently a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Washington.

Survivors include a son, George Ernest Etheridge of Bethel; three daughters, Anna Etheridge Sizemore; Frances Etheridge Nance of Newport News and daughter, Sarah Christine Cargill of Sharpsburh, Md.; a brother, &uot;Bo&uot; Curle of Whaleyville, Va.; sister, Gayle Futrell of Plano, Texas; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday in Brown Chapel at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church by the Rev. Kevin Johnson and the Rev. A. Donald Wiesner. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Rena B. Harding room in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Thompson Child & Family Focus, 6800 St. Peter’s Lane, Matthews, NC 28105-8458. You may share a memory with the family by visiting Hillside Funeral Service of Washington is serving the family of Estelle C. Etheridge.

Louise P. Lyon

EURE -Louise Parker Lyon, 91, a native of Bertie County, died June 20, 2007, in her home. She was the widow of Arthur P. Lyon.

Mrs. Lyon was a retired licensed practical nurse, she had also worked as a sewing instructor with the Singer Corporation and was a member of Eure Baptist Church, the Gates County Historical Society and the Betsy Dowdy Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include her son, Robert A. Behrends Jr. of Eure; her daughter, Patricia Behrends Slasinski of Tuxedo, N.Y.; her sister, Rachel Parker Spivey of Colonial Heights, Va.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in Eure Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. Wayne Proctor. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Miller Funeral Home, 304 Main St., Gatesville, is in charge. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gates County Historical Society or to Eure Baptist Church.

Jack A. Hassell

MURFREESBORO n Jack Aubrey Hassell, 76, of the 300 block of Woodridge Drive, died Wednesday, June 20, 2007, in Roanoke Chowan Hospital.

Mr. Hassell was a native of Hertford County and was a faithful member of Murfreesboro Baptist Church since 1957, where he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher and on various other committees.

He was a former member of the Murfreesboro Exchange Club and served as a former town council member for 16 years.

Jack was a former member of the NC National Guard and was retired from Chowan University as Director of Physical Plant after 35 years of service.

Left to cherish the memory of Jack is his loving wife of 56 years, Alice Hoggard Hassell; his daughter, Linda Hassell of Murfreesboro; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2007, at Murfreesboro Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Lee Canipe officiating.

The family will receive friends at the home.

Memorial donations may be made to Chowan University, One University Place, Murfreesboro, NC, 27855, Murfreesboro Baptist Church 200 West Main St. Murfreesboro, N. C. 27855 or to University Health Systems Hospice Care, P.O. Box 272, Ahoskie, NC, 27910.

Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is serving the Hassell family.

Maggie Daise

HAMPTON, Va. n Maggie Marthelia Flood “Baby” Daise, 71, a native of Bertie County, died June 20, 2007 at Hampton Care Complex.

A funeral will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday at Charity Temple Holiness Church, Aulander, by Bishop James Clark. Burial will be in Mt. Herman Baptist Church Cemetery, Aulander. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., is in charge.

She was a member of Charity Temple Holiness Church, Aulander.

Survivors include her children, Carolyn F. Powell and Cynthia D. Bennett, both of Hampton, Michael D. Taylor and Denise R. Flood, both of Norfolk, Janet D. Slaughter of Durham, Sabrina D. Parker of Virginia Beach and Antwynne L. Daise of Manor, Texas; sisters, Millie Elizabeth Powell of Aulander and Marjorie Guice of Mt. Vernon, NY; 20 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

James R. Vick

WOODLAND – James Richard Vick, 83, died June 23, 2007.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Woodland Cemetery. Massey Funeral Home, Jackson, is in charge.

Vick was a farmer.

Survivors include two brothers, Tom Vick of Conway and Dudley Vick of Rich Square; and two sisters, Hazel Futrell of Rich Square and Dorothy Earl Brinkley of Portsmouth, Va.