The R-C News Herald Obituaries for December 1, 2007

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 30, 2007

Daisy H. Brown

AHOSKIE n Daisy Hoggard Brown, 91, of the 1200 block of NC Highway 461, died Tuesday, November 27, 2007, in Roanoke Chowan Hospital.

Mrs. Brown was born in Bertie County, a daughter of the late Jim and Nancy White Hoggard.  She was a member of Union Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Doris B. Smith and husband, Al of Murfreesboro, Mary B. Brock and husband, Johnny of Ahoskie; sons, Shirley Brown and wife, Alice Faye of Ahoskie, and James E. Brown and wife, Camelia of Kernersville, NC; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.  Besides her parents, Mrs. Brown was predeceased by her husband, James Raleigh Brown.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 30, 2007, at Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, with the Rev. Thomas G. Hayes officiating.  Burial will follow in Aulander Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday and other times at Mrs. Brown’s home.

Edith Byrum

WOODLAND – Mrs. Edith Marie Joyner Byrum, age 73, died at her home in Woodland, NC on Wednesday, November 28, 2007.

She was born on September 1, 1934 in Hertford County.

Mrs. Byrum was a native of Northampton County born to the late Mary Baugham Joyner and Clifton Joyner.

She was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Aulander.

She was married to Chester W. Byrum, Sr. and they enjoyed fifty-three years of marriage. Mrs. Byrum worked for Parker Manufacturing Company for twenty years until the plant closing.

She then went to work for Tarheel Casket Company of Woodland where she worked for fifteen years until retiring.

She was a dear friend to everyone who knew her.

She touched many lives.

Survivors include her two daughters; Elizabeth Parker and her husband Morris of Woodland, Alice Parker and her husband Glenn of Ahoskie, two sons; Chester Byrum, Jr. and his wife Lori of St. John, and William Wayne Byrum of Raleigh, one sister, Barbara Joyner Outland and her husband Johnny of Woodland, four brothers; Thomas Henry “Bill” Joyner of Woodland, Earl Joyner of Woodland, Clifton Joyner, Jr. and his wife Patty of Murfreesboro and David Joyner and his wife Janet of St. John.

Also surviving are five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 1:00 P.M. at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Aulander with the interment following at the Woodland Cemetery in Woodland.

Officiating will be the Rev. Earl Whittemore and Rev. Bob Deacon.

The family received friends at Sykes Funeral Service in Rich Square on Friday evening from 7:00-8:30 P.M. Donations may be made to University Hospice, 521 West Meyers Street, Ahoskie, NC


Edgar L. Stokes, Jr.

COLERAIN – Edgar Lee Stokes, Jr., 89, of 201 West River Street, died Thursday, November 29, 2007 in Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, NC.

Mr. Stokes was born in Bertie County and was the son of the late Edgar L., Sr. and Mary Deans Stokes.

A retired farmer, he had owned E.L. Stokes & Son Fertilizer Co. and the former Colerain Appliance Co.

A member of Colerain Baptist Church, he had served as its Superintendent of Sunday School, was a member of the Colerain Volunteer Fire Dept. where he had served as chief for 25 years, had served on the Board of Trustees of Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, was a member of Colerain Masonic Lodge and the Sudan Temple of the Shrine, and was a founding member of the Colerain Beach and Boat Club.

A life-long resident of Colerain, he was loved and will be missed and remembered by his friends and neighbors for his many acts of kindness and community service.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Myra Sharp Stokes; two daughters, Mary Helen Dobson and husband George of Wilson and Ann Stokes Askew and husband Wade of Eure; a son, E. Lee Stokes, III and wife Kathy of Raleigh; three grandchildren, Hunter Lee Rooker of Raleigh, Laura Katherine Stokes of Charlotte, and Melissa Askew White and husband Paul of Eure; and two great-grandsons, Sammy and Ryland White.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in Colerain Baptist Church by the Revs. Shelby Stephens and Wayne Gardner.

Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Friends joined the family Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Colerain Baptist Church, P.O. Box 126, or the Colerain Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 247, or the Colerain Rescue Squad, P.O. Box

397, all in Colerain, NC


Miller Funeral Home, 304 Main Street, Gatesville, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Tinsley McWilliams

HALIFAX n Tinsley McWilliams, 87, died November 26, 2007 at Halifax Regional Medical Center.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday with visitation prior to the service from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Roanoke Rapids Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home. Interment will be in Cedarwood Cemetery, Weldon.

Shirley Lassiter

LANHAM, Md. n Shirley Jones Lassiter, 64, formerly of Roanoke Rapids, died November 28, 2007 at Doctor’s Hospital, Maryland.

A funeral will be conducted at 12 p.m. Saturday with a visitation prior to the services from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at London Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids by the Rev. Danny B. Jones. Interment will be in London Baptist Church Cemetery, Roanoke Rapids.

Linwood E. Cary

RICH SQUARE n Linwood Earl Cary, 60, a native of Northampton County, died November 22, 2007 at Halifax Regional Medical Center.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chapel Hill Baptist Church by Elder Arthur Clark. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Cary was a member of Chapel Hill Baptist Church and a truck driver for DL White Trucking.

Survivors include his wife, Belinda Wilkins Cary of Rich Square; a daughter, Latonya Cary of Rich Square; a son, Tracy Wilkins of Rich Square; and brother, George Cary Jr. and Jesse Cary, both of Rich Square.

Sadie M. Daniels

RICH SQUARE n Sadie M. Daniels, 83, a native of Northampton County, died November 26, 2007 at Rich Square Health Care Center.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Wilder’s Funeral Home Chapel, Aulander, by the Rev. Jerome Shoulders. Burial will be in Branches Chapel Missionary Church Cemetery, Rich Square.

She was a sales clerk.

She is survived by a sister, Annie Lee Holt of Rich Square.

Edward Holley

MURFREESBORO n Edward Holley, 82, a native of Bertie County, died November 26, 2007 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital.

A funeral was conducted

Friday at Parkers Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Fernando Temple Sr. Burial was in the Eley family cemetery. Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, was in charge.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Holley of Mapleton; seven sons, Gary Holley, Melvin Holley, George Holley and Tony Holley, all of Mapleton, Mark Holley of Jacksonville, Fla., Sam Holley of Virginia Beach, Va., Karl Holley of Winton; two daughters, Ava Holley-Closs of Raleigh and Vivian Holley of Wake Forest; one brother, Paul Anderson of Zuni; two sisters, Marie Joyner of Conway and Aldonia Newsome of Murfreesboro; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Roy Taylor

COFIELD – Roy Anthony Taylor, 54, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., died November 27, 2007 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

Taylor was an Insurance Claims Filer for Victory of Faith.

He enlisted in the US Air Force as an E-5 Staff Sergeant.

He did a tour of duty in the Persian Gulf.

Survivors include a son, Jason Taylor; two daughters, DeAndra Richardson and Katrina Taylor, all of Philadelphia, Pa.;

one brother, Donald Taylor of Ft. Washington, MD;

and one grandchild.

A funeral service will be conducted at 12 noon on Monday at Hunter’s Funeral Home Chapel, Ahoskie. Condolences may be sent to

Junius Cotton

GUMBERRY n Junius Cotton, 53, died November 29, 2007 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville.

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

James E. Williams

AHOSKIE n James Earl Williams, age 63, of Ahoskie, died Thursday, November 29, 2007 at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

Mr. Williams was born June 8, 1944, in Bertie County, the son of the late Earl Joseph “E.J.” Williams and Lucille Jernigan Williams Chapell. He was also the grandson of the late “Bud Ed” and Trolie Jernigan of Aulander. He was retired from International Paper Company, Franklin, VA.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Payne Williams; his daughter, Cindy Harrell and her husband Will of Winterville, NC; his son, Greg Williams of Greenville, NC; two grandsons, Alex and Austin Harrell; his stepbrother, David Chapell and his wife Debbie and stepsister, Joann Kohl and her husband, Deaver, all of Sumter, SC; his aunt, Belva Morris of Ahoskie, NC; his father and mother-in-law, Austin and Christine Payne of Maryville, TN; his sister-in-law, Vickie Downey and her husband Darryl of Maryville, TN; his nephews, Brian Downey and wife Ashley of Columbia, TN, Glen Chapell of Sumter, SC; and a niece, Kristen Whitehead and her husband Matt of Greenville, SC. Also a great nephew, Noah Downey.

Funeral services will be held, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. at Massey Funeral Home in Aulander with Rev. Robert May and Rev. Beecher Whitehead officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens in Ahoskie, NC.

The family will receive friends at Massey Funeral Home in Aulander, Saturday evening from 7 until 8:30 p.m.

Flowers are welcomed, however memorial contributions may be made to the Ahoskie Rescue Squad.

William Pope

COMO n William Pope, 84, a native of Southampton County, Va., died November 29, 2007 at his residence.

A funeral will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Elliott Hill. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hunter’s Funeral Home, Inc., Murfreesboro, is in charge. Condolences may be sent to

Pope joined Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 496.

Survivors include his wife, Nettie G. Pope of Como; one son, William Pope Jr. of Hampton; one daughter, Daphine P. Grant of Como; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.