The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for September 27, 2007

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 29, 2007

Sarah Evans

PRINCETON – Sara Elizabeth &uot;Lizzie&uot; Wilkins Evans, 96, a native of Johnston County, died September 24, 2007. She was the widow of Walter Clifton Evans.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday in the chapel of Parrish Funeral Home in Princeton by the Rev. Dwight Dunning. Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Bizzell Grove Memorial Gardens. Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be made to Bizzell Grove Pentecostal Holiness Church, 4700 Bizzell Grove Church Road, Princeton, NC 27569. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Survivors include his daughters, Faye E. Kittrell of Wilson, Carol Cuddington of Goldsboro and Margie Rowe of Ahoskie; sons, Hugh Kendal Evans of Oriental and Maurice Clifton Evans of Youngsville; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Clara Savage

COLERAIN n Clara Mae Watford “Pete” Savage, 76, a native of Hertford County, died September 23, 2007 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville.

Mrs. Savage was a member of Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, Harrellsville, and a retired machine operator at Carolina Aluminum Co.

Survivors include her husband, Charlie Savage Jr. of Colerain; daughters, Cynthia Savage of


Sadie Savage of Chesapeake, Va. and Irene Moore of Chesapeake; brothers, Bennie Lee Watford and Robert Watford, both of Cofield; a sister, Annie R. Lassiter of Ahoskie; and grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Harrellsville, by Apostle Clarence Dandy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Albert Bond

WINDSOR n Albert Bond, 94, a native of Bertie County, died September 23, 2007 at Bertie Memorial Hospital.

Bond was a member of St. Francis Missionary Baptist Church, Windsor. He was a retired farmer.

Survivors include his children, Joseph Bond of

Baltimore, Md., Albert M Bond of

Windsor, Mary McCauley of Philadelphia, Pa., Beatrice Williams of Punta Gorda, Fla., James Bond of Windsor, Amanda Outlaw-Johnson of Windsor, Annie Smallwood of

Windsor, Sybil Bond-Sutton of Wilson, and Margaret Bond-Bunch of Windsor; a sister, Louise Reynolds of

Youngstown, Ohio; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Francis Missionary Baptist Church, Windsor, by the Rev. Dennis Cherry. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Windsor. Wilder’s Funeral Home Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Keith J. Swinson

Isle of Wight, VA

Keith James Swinson, 43, son of Carl “C.L.” Lee Swinson, of Portsmouth, died Sunday, September 23, 2007 in a motorcycle accident in Hoke County, NC.  Keith was a self-employed carpenter.

Preceded in death by his mother, Alice Faye Saunders Swinson Freeman and daughter Jennifer Lee Swinson.  In addition to his father,  Keith is survived by his children Nikki Farrenkopf, Kristen Lynn, Cody James Swinson, and Caitlin Blair; his fianc\u00E9, Doreen Bray, his brother, Roy Alan Swinson;  and uncles, Owen I. Swinson, Richard S. Swinson, William Swinson, George Swinson and Charles Saunders.

A graveside funeral service will be conducted 2:00 PM, Friday, Sept 28, in Antioch Christian Church Cemetery, Windsor.  The family will receive friends 7-8 PM, Thursday in Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield. 

Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield. 

Paul Bazemore

WINDSOR n Paul “Bill” Bazemore, 63, died September 25, 2007 at Bertie Memorial Hospital.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Cherry’s Funeral Home Chapel, Windsor. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Windsor.

Grover C. Holmes

WINDSOR n Grover C. Holmes, 80, died September 23, 2007 at Bertie Memorial Hospital, Windsor.

A funeral will be conducted at 12 noon Saturday at Sandy Point Baptist Church. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Cherry’s Funeral Home, Windsor, is in charge.

Holmes was a retired brick mason instructor.

Virgie L. Lanier

CONWAY n Mrs. Virgie Lassiter Lanier, age 100, of Creeksville Road, Conway, NC, died September 24, 2007 at Hampton-Woods Nursing Home in Jackson.

Mrs. Lanier was born Dec. 23, 1906, in Northampton County, NC, the daughter of the late Cornelius Erastus Lassiter and Annie Rebecca Lassiter. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Benjamin Lanier and her sisters and brothers, Beulah Lassiter Davis, Jesse G. Lassiter, Calvin Lassiter, Catherine Lassiter Barnes, Doris Lassiter Dawson, Julian Perry Lassiter, Sr., and Marshall Lassiter. She was a faithful member of Creeksville Baptist Church, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy L. Draper and her husband Turner of Conway; a brother, William Clarence Lassiter of Orlanda, Fla.; two grandchildren, David Milton Strickland and his wife Becky and Trudy Strickland Hatcher and her husband Donald; three great-grandchildren, Christina

Elaine Vaughan, Lindsay Rebecca Strickland and Brittany Lane Strickland.

Funeral services will be held, Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 11:00 AM at Creeksville Baptist Church with Dr. Charles Harris officiating. Burial will follow at the Creeksville Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family received friends at Massey Funeral Home in Jackson, NC, Wednesday from until 8:30 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to Creeksville Baptist Church.

Dorothy L. Stevens

HOBBSVILLE n Dorothy Lawrence Stevens, 64, died September 17, 2007 in Albemarle Hospital.

Survivors include a son, Tommy Stevens of Hobbsville; and two brothers, Carroll Lawrence and Buddy Lawrence, both of Chesapeake, Va.

No service will be held at this time. Evans Funerals and Cremations of Edenton is in charge.

Joe M. Law

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Joe Morris Law, 76, a native of House, NM,

died September 24, 2007.

Law had a distinguished naval career serving in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1971, retiring as a master chief journalist.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis I. Law of Chesapeake; a daughter, Karen Downey of Murfreesboro; three stepchildren, Kevin and Todd Schulrud of West Virginia and Kimberly Schulrud-Grossmann of Hawaii; two brothers, Delman Law of Texas and Jack Law of West Virginia; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, 333 Cedar Road, Chesapeake. Dr. Ralph Herbert. The family will receive friends following the service at a reception in the church social hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or Friends are invited to sign the online guest book at

John R. Mason

NORFOLK, Va. – John Rufus Mason, 85, a native of Margarettsville,

died September 22, 2007, in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.


worked with the Railway Express for 32 1/2 years until they closed.

Survivors include his wife, Louise Jackson; his two sons, Rufus J. &uot;Snake&uot; Mason and Willie L. Mason; four daughters, Ruth M. Shepherd, Vivian M. Bennett, Audrey M. Wells and Janette M. Carter; one brother, Clint Mason; 14 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted in the historic First Baptist Church, 418 Bute St., Norfolk, at noon Friday. Interment will be held in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk. In lieu of flowers, the family would love for you to send the love to First Baptist Church’s Ready Academy. Graves Funeral Home is in charge.

Jessie M. Hunter

WINTON n Jessie Marie Hunter, died September 22, 2007 at Roanoke Chowan Hospital.

A funeral was conducted Wednesday at Pleasant Plains Baptist Church, Ahoskie, by the Rev. William R. Ashe. Burial was in the church cemetery. Reynolds Funeral Home Chapel, Ahoskie.

Survivors include six sons, Brodie Flood of Pasadena, Md., Benjamin Hunter of Baltimore, William H. Hunter and Luke Hunter, both of Glen Berne, Md., Matthew Hunter and Dean Hunter, both of Pasedena; daughters, Zela Hall and Martha Hunter, both of Winton, Brenda Pickett of Glen Berne and

Jessie Watford of Norfolk, Va.; one brother, Curtis Flood of Ahoskie; two sisters, Wray Hunter of Rich Square and Virginia Dare Jernigan of Washington, D.C.; 33 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Gail M. Bonds

MERRY HILL n Gail Moore Bonds, 56, a native of Bertie County, died September 25, 2007 at her residence.

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Mrs. Bonds

was a member of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church Missionary and Hospitality, Colerain. She was a graduate of Elizabeth City State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She was a retired educator from Bertie County Schools after 27 years of service and a teacher at Colerain Elementary School and Southwestern Middle School.

Survivors include her husband, Carl Bonds of Merry Hill; daughters, Lakeisha Roberson and Angela Bonds, both of Robersonville; brothers, Vincent Moore of Raleigh and Spencer Moore of Harrellsville; a sister, Ora Mae Brickhouse of Virginia and Minister Carolyn Rankins of Powellsville; and five grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Nathaniel Thompson. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wilder’s Funeral Home Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

George L. Holley

NEW JERSEY, NJ n Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mill Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Aulander, by Bishop Robert L. Bunch. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Gardens, Ahoskie. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Freeman Hoggard Jr.

WINDSOR n Freeman “Red” Hoggard Jr., 81, a native of Bertie County, died September 25, 2007 at his home.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ross Baptist Church by the Rev. Brian Medlin. Burial will be in Rose Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home. Memorial contributions can be made to Samantha Rose Fund or United Health Systems Hospice. Walker Funeral Home, Windsor is in charge.

Hoggard was retired from Lea Lumber Company. He was a WWII veteran of the US Army and a member of Rose Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Miller Hoggard; two sons, Danny Hoggard and Steve Hoggard, both of Windsor; one daughter, Joan Waff of Chester, VA; one brother, Malvin Hoggard of Windsor; two sisters, Pat Jernigan of Colerain and Gail Smith of Windsor; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

William Solomon

RIVERDALE, Md. n William Wilfred Solomon, 70, died September 24, 2007 at his residence.

A visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday in the Roanoke Rapids Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home. A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel Baptist

Church, Enfield, by the Rev. Charlie L. Battle Sr. Interment will be in the Solomon family cemetery.

Martha Eley

Martha Eley, died September 26, 2007 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Reynolds Funeral Home Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.