The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for January 26, 2008

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 28, 2008

Hattie R. DeMary

NORFOLK, Va. – Hattie Reed DeMary, 89, a native of Rich Square, died January 20, 2008, in her residence.

Mrs. DeMary served as pastor of the Redeemed Church of Deliverance and was a member of Garden of Prayer Temple, Norfolk.

Survivors include one daughter, Sojnia Mays of Norfolk; one god daughter, Catina Powell; one sister, Mildred Bond of Norfolk; two brothers, Floyd Grant of Woodland and Lloyd Grant of Aulander; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchild.

A funeral will be conducted at noon Saturday in Garden of Prayer Temple, 1001 Church St. Bishop Anthony Moses. Interment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk. Family and friends will assemble at 701 W. 36th St. one hour prior to the service for the procession to the church. Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby St. Chapel, is in charge. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Ivan R. Godwin

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Ivan Rowe Godwin, 72, a native of Hertford County, died January 22, 2008, in a local hospital.

Godwin was an Air Force veteran and a retired Portsmouth Firefighter.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Godwin; four daughters, Debbie O’Quinn, Brenda Godwin, Wanda Foote and Wendy Pruitt, all of Portsmouth; two sisters, Edna Groening and Betty Lou Levesque; two brothers, James D. Godwin Jr., and Fred Godwin; and seven grandchildren.

A funeral was conducted Friday in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, by the Rev. G.W. Harley. Burial was in at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.

Marcia K. Barnes

ROANOKE RAPIDS n Miss Marcia Kaye Barnes, 44, a native of Roanoke Rapids, died January 23, 2008 at Halifax Regional Medical Center.

A graveside service was conducted Friday at Cedarwood Cemetery, Roanoke Rapids, by Minister Dave Chapman. Massey Funeral Home, Roanoke Rapids, was in charge.

Survivors include her mother, Nettie Wyatt Barnes of Roanoke Rapids; her father, R.J. Barnes and his wife, Eloise of Woodland; and two stepbrothers, Dennis Bailey and Steve Bailey, all of Roanoke Rapids.

Lynn Deloatch

RODUCO n Lynn Moses Deloatch, 56, died January 17, 2008 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

A funeral was conducted Wednesday at Ballards Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Eure. Burial was in the church cemetery. Stallings Funeral Home, Gatesville, was in charge.

Thomas E. Mozell

SUNBURY n Thomas Edison Mozell, 68, a native of Gates County, died January 20, 2008 at Albemarle Hospital, Elizabeth City.

A funeral was conducted Friday at St. John A.M.E. Zion Church, Sunbury, by Pastor Samuel L. Buck Jr. Burial was in the Drake Memorial Cemetery. Stallings Funeral Chapel, Gatesville, is in charge.

Survivors include his wife, Minnie Outland Mozell of the home; five daughters, Patricia M. Jones of Mesic, Shirley Blount of Edenton, Betty Eason of Sunbury, Linda Shannonhouse of Aulander and Tiara Cummings of Sunbury; one son, James Outland of District Heights, Md.; his mother and father, Charlie Edison and Lonnie Riddick Mozell; two sisters, Bettie Jean Mozell of Sunbury and Tina Lister of Elizabeth City; one brother, Curtis Mozell of Sunbury; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Ethel H. Britt

COMO n Ethel Horton Britt, 83, died Sunday morning, January 20, 2008.

Mrs. Britt was born September 20, 1924 in Gates County, N.C., the daughter of the late Thomas and Alice Horton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Guy Britt, two brothers, Nathan and Paul, and sisters, Naomi Eure, Tamar Godwin, Lidy Hughes and Blanche Scheett.

Mama Britt, as she was known as by friends and neighbors took everyone as her own to care for and to love. She dedicated her life to the total loving care of her daughter for 57 years with cerebral palsy, Vicki. She was also a homemaker.

Survivors include her children, Pat Marshall and husband Jim of Como, Vicki Britt of Guardian Care of Scotland Neck and Guy Britt, Jr. and wife, Anita of Gastonia, five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Buckhorn Baptist Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, with a visitation for family and friends afterwards in the church fellowship area. In lieu of flowers, memory contributions may be made to her church.

Grover Mae Todd

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Grover Mae Todd, 96, a native of Windsor, died January 23, 2008 in Norfolk. She was the widow of Roy M. Todd.

Survivors include one son, Lewis P. Todd of Virginia Beach; a sister, Martha Ann Hall of Maryland; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and five great- great-grandchildren.

A funeral was conducted Monday in Graham Funeral Home, Greenbrier Chapel, by the Rev. Ernest Trueblood. Burial followed in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Chesapeake Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad at

Donald Jefferson

MONROE n Donald “Dick” Jefferson, 75, a native of Bertie County, and formerly of Windsor, died January 24, 2008 at his residence.

Jefferson was a member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Windsor, and last

employed as a truck driver for Powell and Stokes for over 40 years.

Survivors include his wife, Castella Jefferson of Monroe; a daughter, Pauline Watson of Monroe; sister, Celia Cherry of Windsor; brothers, Thomas Jefferson and Linwood Jefferson, both of Ossining, NY; and two granddaughters.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Ararat


Church by the Rev. James Collins. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wilder’s Funeral Home Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Haywood Watson

MONROE n Haywood Watson, 55, formerly of Lewiston, died January 18, 2008 at his residence.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church by the Rev. James Collins. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery, Lewiston. Wilder’s Funeral Home Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Jefferson Watson of Monroe; daughters, Angela “Michelle” and Kryshana “Jelly Bean”, both of Monroe and Zjhahaania of Lewiston; a sister, Willa Watson of Raleigh; a brother, Roosevelt Watson of Windsor; and three grandchildren.

Archie J. Castellow

MURFREESBORO n Mr. Archie James Castellow, age 85, died Thursday, January 24, 2008 at Guardian Care in Ahoskie, NC.

Mr. Castellow was born, April 8, 1922, in Windsor, NC, the son of the late Archie James Castellow Sr. and Patty Meyers Castellow. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jean Castellow. He was a retired car salesman and a member of Meherrin Baptist Church. He was also a World War II Army veteran.

Survivors include his son, Jeffrey Castellow and his wife, Donna of Annandale, Virginia; a grandson, James Ryan Castellow of Raleigh, NC; a daughter-in-law, Diane Castellow, also of Raleigh, NC; his brother, Robert Castellow of Ahoskie, NC; also a host of loving-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held, Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 2:00 PM at Meherrin Baptist Church with Rev. James Hester officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Massey Funeral Home in Jackson, NC, Saturday from 7 until 9 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to Meherrin Baptist Church or to your local VFW organization.

Henry C. Porter

AHOSKIE n Henry Clayton Porter, died January 22, 2008 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

A funeral will be conducted at 12 noon Tuesday at New Ahoskie Baptist Church by the Rev. Patrick Young. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Ahoskie. Reynolds Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.

Porter was a member of New Ahoskie Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Michael H. Porter of Elizabeth City; four sisters, Queenie Britt and Eunice Porter, both of Ahoskie, Katie Myrick of Murfreesboro and Dorothy Webster of Elizabeth City; and two grandchildren.



POWELLSVILLE – Melvin Louis “Pop” Valentine, 48, a native of Bertie County, died

January 23, 2008 at Roanoke Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

Valentine was a member of Greater Wynn’s Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

He was a painter for Newport News Shipyard.

Survivors include his parents, James and Ethel Valentine of Powellsville; five sons,

Melvin Wilson of Powellsville, Brian Valentine, Donte Hayes and Jermaine Hayes, all of Ahoskie and Lamont

Hayes of Colerain; five daughters, LaTasha Wilson of England, Demetria Wilson of Colerain, Melba Valentine, Kimberly Valentine and Keara Moore, all of Ahoskie; nine brothers, Norris Wiggins and Edward Valentine, both of Colerain; James Valentine of Windsor, Wendy Valentine of Ahoskie, Marshall Valentine of Elizabeth City, Michael Wiggins of Roduco, Willie Wiggins, Larry Wiggins and Fredrick Wiggins, all of Connecticut; four sisters, Marion Poole of Elizabeth City, Joan White of Connecticut, Rochelle Eason and Betty Darden, all of Ahoskie; and 13 grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at Greater Wynn’s Grove Missionary Baptist Church by Elder Wanda Hall. Burial will be at church cemetery, Colerain.

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

Condolences may be sent to

Sonji E. Williams

AHOSKIE n Sonji Eley Williams, died January 24, 2008 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Ahoskie. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Reynolds Funeral Home, Inc., Ahoskie, is in charge.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Williams of Ahoskie; parents, Rency Eley and Almatie Eley, both of Ahoskie; six brothers, James Slaughter of San Antonio, Texas, Larry Eley of Park Forest, Ill., Rency Eley II of Suffolk, Va., Calvin Eley of Pasadena, Md., Mervin Eley of Durham and Ronald Eley of Hickory; and three sisters, Jocelyn Moses of Durham, Icy Hedgepeth of Ahoskie and Thennie Speight of Charlotte.