The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for November 24, 2007

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Charles L. Revelle, Jr.

MURFREESBORO n Charles Leslie Revelle, Jr., 81, a businessman and community leader died Monday, November 19, 2007, at Roanoke Chowan Hospital.

Mr. Revelle was a native of Murfreesboro, the son of the late Charles L. Revelle, Sr. and Floy Daniel Revelle.

He was a graduate of Murfreesboro High School, Staunton Military Academy, UNC Chapel Hill and the US Navy preflight training program.

While attending UNC, he served as a house manager fro the ATO fraternity.

Except for the one year he spent in sales for Fieldcrest Mills in New York City, immediately following his 1947 UNC graduation, he devoted his entire life to the Roanoke Chowan counties and Southeast Virginia.

His vocations included real estate, cotton ginning, grain elevators, feed manufacturing, development of the first mechanical peanut drying equipment, sale and construction of buildings for agricultural, commercial and industrial uses, and introduction of the first farm irrigation systems in the Roanoke Chowan and Southeast Virginia areas.

Mr. Revelle was an active member and past president of the North Carolina Grain Dealers association, the Murfreesboro Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of Ridgecroft School.

He served on the advisory boards of several national agricultural and building companies.

Revelle served on the Board of Directors of Southern Bank and Trust Company and was also a director of the Southern Bank Foundation.

He was an avid supporter and promoter of Chowan University.

In the sixties, he served the town as councilman and planning board chairman.

He took joy in his service with the Murfreesboro Baptist Church as deacon, stewardship chairman for 30 plus years and recently as chairman of the building committee that completed the new fellowship center along with the renovation of the Sunday School and Music Departments.

Charles was founder and CEO of Revelle Agri Products, which constructed more than one thousand agricultural related buildings during the 1965-1980 period.

He was also founder of Revelle Builders for commercial, educational, and industrial building systems.

In Revelle’s post age 75 period, he developed a strong interest and dedication for Hospice and the Hertford County Chapter of the Salvation Army, serving as a volunteer for both.

He believed you are never too old to volunteer to help your community.

His hobbies followed closely those of his father.

Hunting and fishing, both freshwater and saltwater, were a top priority.

Also included was boat building plus cruising the Chowan River, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Southern Intracoastal Waterway.

Currituck Sound was a favorite place.

In all activities, his family was first and foremost.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 59 years, Margaret Person Revelle; sons, Charles L. “Chuck” and wife, Bonnie, Henry and wife, Sara all of Murfreesboro; daughters, Meg and husband, David Chapin of Raleigh, Emily and husband, Van Beck of Davidson.

Also surviving are ten grandchildren, Thomas, Rachel, Emily, Harrison, and Leslie Revelle, and Dylan Taylor Joll of Murfreesboro, Sarah and Samuel Chapin of Raleigh, Patrick and Matthew Beck of Davidson; a brother, John P. Revelle and wife, Barbara of Murfreesboro; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Person of Louisburg; four nephews, Jay and Dan Revelle, Matt and Brad Person and one niece, Paige R. Polito.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2007, at Murfreesboro Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Lee Canipe and Rev. Thomas Caulkins officiating.

A family only graveside will follow in Riverside cemetery.

The family received friends at anytime at his home on Woodridge Drive and also at the home of Chuck and Bonnie Revelle, 511 Lakeview Drive, Murfreesboro, between the hours of 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

The family will also receive friends in the church Fellowship Center one hour prior to services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Murfreesboro Baptist Church, P.O. Box 124, Murfreesboro, NC, 27855, Chowan University, One University Pl., Murfreesboro, NC, 27855, or to Ridgecroft School, P.O. Box 1008, Ahoskie, NC, 27910.

Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie is serving the Revelle family.

Robert Gilliam Jr.

WINDSOR n Robert Gilliam Jr., died November 19, 2007 at his home.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Landing Baptist Church, Windsor. Burial will be in Cedar Landing Baptist Church Cemetery. Gilliam Funeral Home, Windsor, is in charge.

Oliver Cowans

COMO n Oliver Cowans, died November 21, 2007.

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

Katherine Norfleet

GATES – Katherine Norfleet, 73, a native of Gates County, died November 20, 2007 at Sentara Louise Obici Hospital, Suffolk, Va.

She was a member of Red Oak Grove AME Zion Church.

Survivors include one son, Mavion Lee Norfleet, Jr.; two daughters, Yolanda Barnes and Angelina Turner, all of Suffolk; a sister, Juanita Barnes of Suffolk; and four grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Sunday at Red Oak Grove AME Zion Church, Gates, by Rev. Edward Riddick.

Burial will be at Cross family cemetery, Gates.

Hunter’s Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.

Condolences may be sent to

Hugh D. Fuller

AHOSKIE n Hugh Douglas Fuller, 67, a native of Dallas, Ga., died November 22, 2007 at his home.

A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday at Massey Funeral Home, Aulander, by the Rev. Chris Howerton. The family will receive friends at their home. In lieu of flowers those wishing to make a memorial contribution may send one to the American Cancer Society.

Fuller was a long distance truck driver.

Survivors include his wife, Helen White Fuller; sons, Tracy Fuller of Ahoskie and Gerald Logan of Greenville; daughter, Glenda Fuller stationed at Fort Gordon, Ga.; sisters, Denise Daniels of Douglasville and Wanda Crochan of Carrollton; brothers, Richard Logan and Doyle Logan, both of Cragford, Ala.; and five grandchildren.

Dessie P. Barnes

AULANDER n Dessie Powell Barnes, 93, a native of Aulander/Ahoskie, died November 22, 2007 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie. She was the widow of McCoy Barnes.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Aulander Cemetery, Aulander. Massey Funeral Home, Aulander, is in charge. The family request in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Roanoke-Chowan Hospice, Ahoskie, NC 27910.

Survivors include three children; and a stepson, Bonnie Barnes Parker of Wilmington, Barbara Barnes Davis of Ahoskie, Jimmie R. “Sam” Barnes of Roanoke Rapids; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Shirley R. Bond

WINDSOR n Shirley Ryan Bond, 60, a native of Bertie County, died November 19, 2007 at Bertie Memorial Hospital, Windsor.

She was a homemaker.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Indian Woods Baptist Church, Windsor. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Cherry’s Funeral Home, Windsor, is in charge.

Catherine Benton

WOODLAND n Catherine Woodley “Cat” Benton, 71, a native of Portsmouth, Va., died November 17, 2007 at Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Woodland, by the Rev. George Jerman Sr. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Mrs. Benton was a member of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church and a sales clerk.

Survivors include her husband, James McKinley Benton Sr.; sons, Curtis Benton of Asheville and Anthony Benton of Woodland; daughters, Christal Giddens of Columbia, S.C, Francine Long of Jackson and Brenda Benton-Murrell of Woodland; brothers, Willie Cannady, James Cannady and Alvin Cannady, all of Portsmouth, and Robert Lee Woodley of Newport News; 19 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Judy Overton

WINDSOR n Judy Lane Harrison Overton, 59, a native of Hertford County, died November 22, 2007 at her home.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Walker Funeral Chapel by the Rev. J.T. Edwards. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Walker Funeral Home and other times from the home. Memorial gifts may be made to University Hospice, P.O. Box 272, Ahoskie, NC 27910.

Mrs. Overton was a member of New Light House Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Melvin Rogers Overton of Windsor; two daughters, Amy Elaine Overton of Windsor and Dale Overton Rivers of Tuscaloosa, AL; a son, Melvin R. Overton Jr. of Wilmington; a brother, Robert Lee Harrison Jr. of West Edgecombe; and four grandchildren.