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

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Harriett M. Woolard

KILL DEVIL HILLS – Harriett Mardre Woolard, a native of Windsor, died August 18, 2007.

Survivors include her husband, John Hyman Woolard of the home; a son, John Hyman Woolard Jr.; a daughter, Elizabeth Mardre Woolard; and three grandchildren.

Mrs. Woolard was a member of St. Andrews By-the-Sea Episcopal Church where she was a former vestry person and senior warden. She had served on the Standing Committee, Executive Council and Board of Trinity Center in the Diocese of East Carolina.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Andrews By-the-Sea Episcopal Church by the Rev. Charles Gill. A committal service will follow in the Memorial Garden of the church. The family requests that flowers be omitted. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Andrews By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 445, Nags Head, NC 27959. Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo, is in charge. Visit www.twifordfh.comto sign the online register.

Elsie Earley

Elsie Mae Porter Earley, 89, died on August 17, 2007.

She was born in Hertford County. N.C. and was a homemaker.

Survivors include a son, William Jerome Earley; daughters, Peggy Earley and Frayer E. Lawrence all of Virginia Beach; seven grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. The viewing will be at Pembroke Manor United Church of Christ in Va. Beach from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. followed by funeral services at 11 a.m.

Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Ahoskie, N.C.

Reynolds Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Emma Mitchell

NEWARK, NJ n Funeral services for Emma Mitchell, formerly of Rich Square, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chapel Hill Baptist Church, Rich Square, by the Rev. Clarence Myrick. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Marvin E. Minton

KITTY HAWK – Marvin Ellis Minton, 85, a native of Ahoskie, died August 20, 2007.

Minton served in the U.S. Army Air Corp as an electrician during World War II where he saw tour of duty in England. He worked for Aydlett Candy Company for many years serving northeastern North Carolina towns, including Hatteras Island towns before there was a paved road there. He was active in the Dare County real estate industry and held a brokers license, working in sales, building and vacation rentals.

A graveside service will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk, by the Rev. Ron Denham. Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo, is in charge.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Hazel Perry Minton of the home; two sons, Charles Ellis Minton and Rodney D. Minton, both of Manteo; one daughter, Cassandra Minton Nixon of Nags Head; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Reverend Herbert McNeil, 74

Reverend Herbert McNeil was called to his heavenly home on August 17, 2007. He was born March 26, 1933 in New Brunswick, NJ. He graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1954 where he was inducted in the Athletic Hall of Fame. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1973 followed by a Masters of Education from Rutgers University in 1979. He was a special education teacher in the South Brunswick School system for 28 years. He was also a volunteer fireman for several years for Kendall Park, NJ. He was a founder of many youth and community programs. Rev. McNeil received the Mayor’s Appreciation Award in 1976 for his extraordinary community service. He was ordained a minister of the gospel in March of 1994 by Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church in Glenn Falls, NY. He is survived by his wife, Joan McNeil; sister, Leola Hill; two daughters, Carla Williams and Lori McNeil Hayes; six grandchildren, Rachel, Rena, Jason, Adrienne, Valerie, Andrew, and honorary grandsons, Theodore Cherry, Jr. and Hiawatha P. Clemmons III; eight great-grandchildren, Xavier, Shawn, Kendarius, Chloe, Mekhi, Anthony, Taevon and Josline; uncles George McNeil and Elijah McNeil, Jr. and an aunt, Kathleen McNeil as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. The viewing will be held on Friday, August 24, 2007 from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. at Lionel Whidbee Funeral Home in Scotland Neck, NC. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. First Baptist Church in Rich Square, NC where Rev. W.C. Clark is pastor and the Rev. Jeremiah Davis will be officiating. Condolences may be sent directly to Lionel Whidbee Funeral Home in Scotland Neck, NC.

Martha Staley

ROANOKE RAPIDS n Martha Jane Staley, 68, died August 21, 2007 at her residence.

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

Thomas Clifton

ROANOKE RAPIDS n Thomas Garrett Clifton, 87, a native of Blackstone, Va., died August 21, 2007 at Halifax Regional Medical Center.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Crestview Memorial Cemetery by the Rev. Dennis Joyner. Service will conclude with Military Honors. The family will receive friends at Massey Funeral Home in Roanoke Rapids, Thursday, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and other times at the home.

Clifton was a United States Army Veteran who served in WWII under General George Patton, and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a retired meat cutter for the Colonial Store of Roanoke Rapids.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Clifton; four stepsons, Jimmy Roope of Florida, Michael Roope of Chester, Va., Gary Roope of Virginia Beach and William “Kenny” Roope of Ahoskie; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.