The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for October 11, 2007

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 29, 2007

W. Dale Burrus

HATTERAS – William Dale Burrus, 65, a native of Hatteras, died October 7, 2007, in his home.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Howard Burrus of the home; his children, Denise Ziegler of Easton, Md., and Margaret Humphrey of Ruskin, Fla.; his brother, Allen Burrus of Hatteras; a sister, Carol Kidd of Winterville; and five grandchildren.

Burrus attended Chowan College and later joined the U.S. Coast Guard.

A funeral was conducted Wednesday in Hatteras United Methodist Church with the Rev. Cory Oliver, the Rev. Carl Agee and the Rev. Dwight Burrus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, P.O. Box 191, Hatteras, NC 27943 or the building funds of Hatteras United Methodist Church or Little Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 310, Hatteras, NC 27943. Visit to sign the online register. Twiford’s Island Chapel was in charge.

L.J. White Jr.

EDENTON – Livingston Johnson &uot;L.J.&uot; White Jr., 75, a native of Bertie County, died October 7, 2007 in Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville. He was the widower of Reba Cowand White.

White retired as a bridge maintenance inspector with the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation, he later operated his own catering business for many years and specialized in country ham. An Army veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include a daughter, Reba White Wynns of Edenton; and two sisters, Carolyn White and Anna Jernigan, both of Askewville; and two grandsons.

A funeral was conducted Wednesday in Edenton Baptist Church by the Rev. David Brooks. Burial with military honors followed in Edgewood Cemetery in Windsor. Miller Funeral Home & Crematory, Edenton, was in charge. Memorial contributions may be made to Edenton Baptist Church, 200 S. Granville St., Edenton, NC 27932 or to the Jim &uot;Catfish&uot; Hunter ALS Foundation, P.O. Box 47, Hertford, NC 27944.

Willie Leon Gilliam

NORFOLK, Va. – Willie Leon Gilliam, 82, a native of Merry Hill, died October 5, 2007. He was the widower of Emma Jane Gilliam.

Gilliam in his early years, was employed in the field of building construction, later working for S.L. Nausbaum Co. He retired after 20 years of service. He was a member of New Calvary Baptist Church, Norfolk, and a former member of Peterson Chapel Church in North Carolina. He also served on the Deacon Board at New Bethlehem Church of Christ Disciples.

Survivors include four daughters, Gloryies J. Gilliam of Norfolk, Willie Mae Young and Doris G. Ridley of Virginia Beach, and Ruby L. Gilliam-Askew of Norfolk; and a host of grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

A homegoing service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in New Calvary Baptist Church, 800 Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk. Interment will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. Pretlow and Sons Funeral Home is in charge.

Ruth T. Montague

CARY – Ruth Toole Montague, a native of Granville, died October 5, 2007 at Rex Healthcare Center. She was the widow of William L. “W.L.” Montague.

For over thirty years she was employed by Jean’s of Raleigh, a woman’s clothing store. As she neared retirement, she was employed by the Governor Morehead School for the Blind and NC State University.

Survivors include two daughters, Ruth M. Toole of Murfreesboro and Paula Y. Montague of Raleigh; one sister, M. Grace Chalmers of Silver Spring, MD.

A funeral was conducted Wednesday at the C.A. Haywood, Sr. Memorial Chapel. Burial was in Carolina Biblical Gardens. Haywood Funeral Home, 2415 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, was in charge.

Herbert Edwards Jr.

ROANOKE RAPIDS n Herbert J. Edwards Jr., died October 8, 2007 at Guardian Care of Roanoke Rapids.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Reynolds Funeral Home Chapel, Ahoskie, by the Rev. Michael Benford. Burial will be in Langford Cemetery, Potecasi.

Edwards was a member of Allen Chapel Methodist Church.

He is survived by a sister, Mary Edwards of Woodland.

Wendy S. Basnight

WINDSOR n Wendy S. Basnight, died October 8, 2007 at Martin General Hospital.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Cedar Landing Baptist Church, Windsor. A wake will be held from 7-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Gilliam Funeral Home, Windsor, is in charge.

Travis P. Wheeler

HAMPTON, Va. n Travis P. (Pete) Wheeler, 85, departed this life at Sentara CarePlex on Monday, October 8, 2007. He was a native of Northampton County, NC and lived in Hampton, VA since his discharge from the Army in 1945.

Mr. Wheeler was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Jeanette Flythe Wheeler and two brothers and three sisters. Mr. Wheeler and his wife were both members of Central United Methodist Church in Hampton for over fifty years.

He served in the US Army during World War II and after leaving the Army worked in the telecommunications field for Civil Services at Langley Air Force Base until his retirement. He began a new career with the Police and Security Department at Patrick Henry Airport where he achieved the rank of Captain. He retired from Patrick Henry Airport after ten years of service. His favorite pastimes were hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his son, Doug Wheeler and his wife, Jennifer of Newport News, Va.; two daughters, Judy Carolyn Dyson and her husband, Jim of Chester, VA; Brenda Lively and her husband, Dan of Williamsburg, VA. He was the loving grandfather of L. Doug Wheeler and his wife, Patti of Locust Grove, VA, Amy Bornhoft and her husband, Jack of York County, VA, Jennifer Dyson Lerch and her husband, Joe of Richmond, VA, Christopher Lively and his wife, Christine of Williamsburg, VA and Andrew Dyson of Chesterfield County, VA. Also the loving great-grandfather to Christine, Christopher, Rebecca, Chloc, Meagan, Joshua, Claira, Jackson and Madison. Also numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 11, 2007 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held Friday, October 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Conway Baptist Church, Conway, NC. There will be a viewing at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at Conway Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff of Dominion Village of Poquoson for their care and kindness extended to their Dad over the past year.

In our father memory, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.