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The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for September 18, 2007

Walter Ward Sr.

RICH SQUARE n Walter Russell Ward Sr., 93, a native of Northampton County, died September 13, 2007 at Rich Square Health Care Center.

A funeral was conducted Monday at Cumbo Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Rich Square, by the Rev. Carrol Dickens Sr. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Ward was a deacon, usher and trustee at Cumbo Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. He was also a retired farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Anner Rogers Edmonds Ward of Rich Square; a son, Walter Russell Ward Jr. of Garysburg; daughters, Doris Majette of Garysburg, Mae Lois Ward of Rich Square, Carol Broadnax of Seaboard and Patricia Branch of Raleigh; a sister, Margaret Battle of Rocky Mount; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Martha Turner

ROANOKE RAPIDS n Martha Turner, 75, died September 13, 2007 at her residence.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Twight Baptist Church, Weldon, by the Rev. David Chapman. H.D. Pope Funeral Home, Roanoke Rapids, is in charge.

John T. James Jr.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – John T. James Jr., 81, a native of Bertie County, died September 7, 2007, in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He was the widower of his first wife, Alberta James.

James received his education in the Bertie County public schools. He entered the U.S. Army and served in Germany during World War II. John retired after 29 years of service from The Virginian-Pilot as a delivery driver and also after 31 years of service from Sears as a battery operator. He was a faithful member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church for more than 60 years.

Survivors include his wife, Helen T. James of the home; two daughters, Diane C. Sharp of Chicago and Sherry A. Lewis of Tampa, Fla.; three sons, John M. James of Chesapeake, Kenneth W. James of Fort Myers, Fla., and Ervin D. James of Chesapeake; two sisters, Piccola Knowles and Rachel Stokes, both of Ossiling, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral was conducted Saturday in Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 525 Dinwiddie St. by Dr. J.B. Williams. Interment was in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk. Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby St. Chapel, was in charge. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.metropolitanfuneralservice.com.

Annie M. Baker

BELVIDERE – Annie Mae Matthews Baker, 87, a native of Perquimans County, died September 13, 2007, in Winslow Memorial Home, Elizabeth City.

Mrs. Baker and her husband, the late Russell C. Baker, were for many years the owners and operators of the former Baker Oil Company. An active member of Bethany United Methodist Church, she had taught Sunday school for more than 60 years, was a leader in the Methodist Youth Fellowship, and had held offices on both the local and district levels of the United Methodist Women. Active in the Perquimans County Democratic Party, she had worked with the Board of Elections, had served on the Perquimans County Nursing Home Advisory Board, and for many years was active in the Whiteston Home Demonstration Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Ann Baker Stallings of Hobbsville; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral was conducted Sunday in Bethany United Methodist Church by the Rev. Ed Rutenkroger and the Rev. Ralph Epps. Burial was in Cedarwood Cemetery, Hertford. Miller Funeral Home, 304 Main St., Gatesville,was in charge. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church, in care of Douglas Baker, Acorn Hill Road, Hobbsville, NC 27946 or to the Hydrocephalus Association, 870 Market St., Suite 705, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Martha Faulcon

ROANOKE RAPIDS n Martha Faulcon, 75, died September 13, 2007 at her residence.

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

Miriam M. Askew

COLERAIN n Miriam Meeks Askew, 69, a native of South Carolina, died September 14, 2007, in Guardian Care of Ahoskie.

Mrs. Askew was a member of Colerain Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Franklin Earl Askew; a daughter, Myra Meeks of Atlanta, GA; sons, Danny Meeks of Greenville, SC, Michael Lassiter of Murfreesboro, Joey Lassiter, Donnie Lassiter and Bobby Lassiter, all of Ahoskie and William Lassiter of Aulander; two stepdaughters, Cherry McCaslin of Edenton and Anita Askew of Raleigh; three sisters, Naomi Jones of Alabama, Brenda Smith of Greenville, SC, and Ann Richardson of Arizona; and a brother, Marion Edwards Meeks of Florida.

A graveside service was conducted Monday at Job Cemetery, Aulander, with the Rev. Phillip Tipton. Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, was in charge.

Dorothy H. Eure

AHOSKIE n Dorothy Hall Eure, 81, a native of Hertford County, died September 14, 2007, at LifeCare Hospital, Rocky Mount.

Mrs. Eure was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church and a member of the Eastern Star.

She was retired as assistant credit manager for Sears Roebuck Company.

Survivors include two daughters, Bettie Carolyn Corley of Laurel Bloomery, TN, and Dianne Cheryl Eure of Ahoskie; two grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ahoskie Cemetery by the Rev. Robert M. May. Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is in charge.

Jessie S. Riddick

AULANDER n Jessie Sumner Riddick, 78, of the 900 block of NC Highway 561, died Saturday, September 15, 2007, in Avante’ at Wilson.

Mrs. Riddick was born in Hertford County, a daughter of the late Irvin and Bernice Britton Sumner.

She was a member of St. John’s Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Riddick Collier and her husband, Jimmy of Wilson; a granddaughter, Kristen Leanne Johnson; a grandson, James Gregory Johnson; a great granddaughter, Layla Ann Bass; and two sisters, Edith Sumner Dunn and Juanita Sumner Newsome, both of Ahoskie.

Besides her parents, Mrs. Riddick was predeceased by her loving husband, Norris Leon Riddick.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 2007, at St. John’s Baptist Church with the Rev. Woody Copeland officiating.

Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Garrett Funeral Home, 205 NC Highway 42 West, Ahoskie, from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and other times at 936 NC Highway 561, Aulander.

Flowers are welcome or memorials in her memory may be directed to St. John’s Baptist Church, 1644 NC highway 461, Ahoskie, NC, 27910 or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA, 01202.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Charles J. Sawyer and Community Home Care and Hospice.

Garrett Funeral Home is serving the Riddick family.

Doris Jernigan

COLERAIN n Doris Mizelle Jernigan, 81, a native of Bertie County, died September 17, 2007 at Pitt Memorial Hospital. She was the widow of Raleigh Jernigan.

A funeral will be conducted at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Elm Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Charles Thompson and the Rev. Preston Jernigan. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery, Windsor. The family will receive friends at Walker Funeral Home, Windsor, on Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to either the Elm Grove Building Fund, Elm Grove, Colerain, NC 27924 or to White Oak Transport, White Oak Road, Windsor, NC 27983.

Mrs. Jernigan was a homemaker of Elm Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Janie Jernigan and Nancy J. Mizelle; and a grandson.

Agnes Gaye

ROANOKE RAPIDS n Agnes Rebecca Gaye, 52, died September 16, 2007 at her residence.

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

Thelma Mitchell

WINDSOR n Thelma Cale Mitchell, 92, a native of Bertie County, died September 13, 2007. She was the widow of Arthur Mitchell.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Edgewood Cemetery. A visitation will be held at Walker Funeral Home from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday. Walker Funeral Home is in charge.

Mrs. Mitchell was a secretary for Cherry’s Insurance.

Survivors include a niece; a sister-in-law; and a cousin.

Dornetta Whitehead

AHOSKIE n Dornetta Holley Whitehead, 62, a native of Hertford County, died September 14, 2007 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital.

A funeral will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday at New Haven Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, by the Rev. Lloyd Gatling. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is in charge.

Survivors include two sons, Henry Holley and McCoy Holley, both of Ahoskie; two sisters, Carolyn Miss and Edna Cherry, both of Ahoskie; and three grandchildren.

Mack Goodman

EURE n Mack Goodman, 80, a native of Gates County, died September 15, 2007 at Down East Health and Rehab in Gatesville.

Goodman joined New Hope Baptist Church and was a retired truck driver for Mush Trucking.

Survivors include one son, Maurice Chappell of Ft. Myers, FL; three daughters, Pamela Harvey of Eure, Betty Jean Goodman and Joyce Ann Chappell of Florida; two sisters, Nina Williams of Eure and Sarah Taylor of Seattle, WA; and seven grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church, Gates, by the Rev. James K. Brown. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hunter’s Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge. Condolences may be sent to www.huntersfuneralhome.com.