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The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for January 29, 2008

Lena Jackson

WINSTON-SALEM -Mrs. Lena Rowe Jackson, 87 of Winston-Salem died Sunday, January 27, 2008 at Brookridge Retirement Home.

Mrs. Jackson was born October 12, 1920 in Hertford County a daughter of the late W. Mercer Rowe and the late Clarice Williford Rowe. She was a 1940 graduate of Peace College, a homemaker and a member of Ardmore Baptist Church. She served her Lord faithfully as a minister’s wife for 53 years

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Rev. Irby Bruce Jackson, Sr., a son Robert C. Jackson, and a brother Robert L Rowe

She is survived by her daughter, Jane Thomas and husband Buck, son Bruce Jackson and wife VaLinda, brother, W. Mercer Rowe, Jr. grandchildren, Jill Jackson Wheeler, Joe Jackson, Amy Thomas, Carly Thomas and Tyler Thomas and a great-grandson Jackson Wheeler

A memorial service will be conducted 10:00 AM Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at Brookridge Retirement Home. Interment will follow at 3:00 PM Tuesday at Middleburg Cemetery, near Henderson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brookridge Retirement Home.

(Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel)

Ralph M. Rountree

WILLIAMSBURG – Ralph M. Rountree, 74, passed away December 18, 2007.

He was born on Christmas Day, 1932 in Sunbury, North Carolina. He was always the star on the top of the tree with a heart as wide as the branches.

Ralph was a graduate of North Carolina State majoring in mechanical engineering. He served in the U. S. Coast Guard for three years. During his service, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Ribbon.

He retired from Naval Weapons Station where he worked as a mechanical engineer for thirty-four years. As a hobby, he enjoyed photo digital imagery and was an avid NASCAR fan. He also attended functions of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He was an active member of Walnut Hill Baptist Church for over forty years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Thurman and Ica Rountree; and his brothers, Thurman, Jr. and Harry Lee. He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-one years, Jeannette W. Rountree; his son, James Douglas Rountree of Mechanicsville, VA, his daughter, Sharon Kay Wolf and her husband, Troy of Newport News, Virginia; his brother, Robert Rountree and wife Hazel of Burlington, North Carolina; and his sister Evelyn Lassiter of Sunbury.

A Celebration of Life service were held on Friday, December 28th, 1:00 PM at Walnut Hills Baptist Church. The family received friends Thursday, December 27th from 6-8 PM at the Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory in Williamsburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ralph’s honor may be made to Walnut Hills Baptist Church, 1014 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185.

Nelsen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be registered at www.nelsenfh.com

Patricia M. Hollowell

KINSTON n Patricia May Hollowell, age 69, formerly of Aulander, NC, died January 24, 2008.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Arthur Hollowell and Blanche Hinshaw Hollowell of Aulander, and her sister, Martha Hollowell Marsh of Columbia, SC.

She is survived by nephews, Dr. William H. Marsh and wife, Pamela, of Isle of Palms, SC, Dr. Stephen S. Marsh and wife, Karen, of Zebulon, NC; and brother-in-law William J. Marsh of Columbia, SC.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, January 30, at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Caswell Center, Kinston, NC. A private interment will be held at the Aulander Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Caswell Center, Kinston, NC, or to the Sallie Harrell Jenkins Memorial Library, Aulander, NC.

Garrett Funeral Home-Ashley Chapel is handling local arrangements.

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 www.metropolitanfuneralservice.com.

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.

Ralph M. Rountree

WILLIAMSBURG – Ralph M. Rountree, 74, passed away December 18, 2007.

He was born on Christmas Day, 1932 in Sunbury, North Carolina. He was always the star on the top of the tree with a heart as wide as the branches.

Ralph was a graduate of North Carolina State majoring in mechanical engineering. He served in the U. S. Coast Guard for three years. During his service, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Ribbon.

He retired from Naval Weapons Station where he worked as a mechanical engineer for thirty-four years. As a hobby, he enjoyed photo digital imagery and was an avid NASCAR fan. He also attended functions of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He was an active member of Walnut Hill Baptist Church for over forty years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Thurman and Ica Rountree; and his brothers, Thurman, Jr. and Harry Lee. He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-one years, Jeannette W. Rountree; his son, James Douglas Rountree of Mechanicsville, VA, his daughter, Sharon Kay Wolf and her husband, Troy of Newport News, Virginia; his brother, Robert Rountree and wife Hazel of Burlington, North Carolina; and his sister Evelyn Lassiter of Sunbury.

A Celebration of Life service were held on Friday, December 28th, 1:00 PM at Walnut Hills Baptist Church. The family received friends Thursday, December 27th from 6-8 PM at the Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory in Williamsburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ralph’s honor may be made to Walnut Hills Baptist Church, 1014 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185.

Nelsen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be registered at www.nelsenfh.com

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 www.rescue4.org.

Hazel S. Brett

AHOSKIE – Hazel S. Brett of Ahoskie passed away Jan. 25, 2008, at the age of 93. Her celebration of life service will be at Ahoskie United Methodist Church on Tuesday, January 29 at 11:30 a.m. Prior to that, the family will visit with friends in the church’s education building from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m.

The daughter of Charlie Lee and Mariah Harris Spivey, Hazel was one of 12 children, 10 of whom lived till adulthood. A native of Northampton County, Hazel was born in Lasker and graduated from Rich Square High School in 1932, an honor student.

She continued her academies at East Carolina Teachers College where she enjoyed her music classes and played on the softball team. After two years, she graduated and began teaching in Potecasi’s elementary grades. However, in 1937, she married John Hayes Brett (now deceased), former Ahoskie City Clerk, and moved to his family’s home place in Ahoskie.

The Bretts are survived by two children, Carolyn B. Mitchell and husband, Tommy, and Dr. John M. Brett and wife Rebecca, both of whom live in Ahoskie; and three grandchildren, Noel H. Mitchell, April M. Hewitt and husband, Ray, and Ian H. Brett and wifel, Amanda W. Hazel is also survived by her younger brother, Thomas Spivey and wife, Ann of Yorktown, Virginia, and many nieces and nephews.

A lifetime Methodist, Hazel as a youth joined New Hope Methodist Church. After her marriage she became an active member of Ahoskie Methodist where she taught Sunday school to children for more than 30 years. She also sang soprano in the choir and served as president of the United Methodist Women.

In the late 1950s, Hazel started a kindergarten in the church. Many townspeople registered their children at birth so that they could attend. Her end-of-the-year stage programs became famous and were well attended by parents and friends, eager to watch what the children had learned and could do.

In her older age, Hazel continued to serve church and community by promoting and leading the first Community Bible Schools (summer), the AUMC Hettie Tucker Circle and the Council on Ministries. She looked forward to Sundays and attended her church as long as her health allowed.

Also, in her later years, Hazel was presented a Volunteer’s Award by North Carolina’s Governor Martin in Raleigh. Always good in needlework, Hazel received two state first-place awards for her quilts, presented by the North Carolina Woman’s Club.

By friends and family, Hazel was known to be generous and kind. In the summer no one left her home without fruits and vegetables from her small garden. At Guardian Care Nursing Home in Ahoskie, no one left her room without being thanked for the kindness which had been performed for her.

Hazel lived all the commandments which she taught to her kindergarten children, her Sunday school children, her own children and her grandchildren. Her life made Hertford County a better place to live.

In lieu of flowers, the family would encourage gifts to either the Ahoskie United Methodist Church memorial windows fund or to the church’s &uot;Let the little children come…&uot; Daycare Program.

Garrett Funeral Home – Ashley Chapel of Ahoskie is in charge of services.

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 a 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, with the Rev. Ernest Trueblood. Burial followed in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Chesapeake Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad at www.rescue4.org.

Louis E. Mabine

MERRY HILL – Louis Earl Mabine, 47, died January 22, 2008.

A funeral was conducted Sunday in Gale St. Missionary Baptist Church, Edenton. Rowsom Funeral Home is in charge.

Gail G. Salazar

ROANOKE RAPIDS n Gail Goodman “G.G.” Salazar, 57, of 130 Westover Drive, died Sunday, January 26, 2008 at her home. Mrs. Salazar was born July 2, 1950 in Syracuse, NY to the late Eugene C. Goodman and Gloria Johnson Goodman.

She was also preceded in death by her father John Salisbury.

Mrs. Salazar is survived by her husband, Lucio Salazar; two daughters, Angelica Davis and her husband, Kevin of Roanoke Rapids and Maria Faison and husband, Marty of Gaston; three brothers, Alan Budd of Hampton, Va., Earl Goodman of Roanoke Rapids and Todd Goodman and wife Liz of Atlantic Beach; two sisters, Chris Atkinson and husband Russell of New Bern and Melanie Wommack and husband Job of Weldon; five grandchildren, Marti Lynn Davis, Kaleb Davis, Abby Davis, Jaia Davis and Oceana Byrd. Mrs. Salazar was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. She owned and operated a dog grooming business, where she tried to make all of her customers happy. She loved her own dogs, Sammy, Flicka and Lily. She loved taking her grandchildren to the beach. Mrs. Salazar was a very elegant lady who loved to get dressed up and go out on for the evening. She also loved cooking and martial arts.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Father Michael Butler officiating. Burial will follow in Cedarwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 29, 2008 from 7-9 p.m. at Hockaday Funeral Home and other times at her home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Hockaday Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for Mrs. Salazar.

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 Pierce, both of Ahoskie, Katie Myrick of Murfreesboro and Dorothy Webster of Elizabeth City; and two grandchildren.

Mary Edwards

WINDSOR, VA – Mary Alice White Edwards, 60, a native of Hertford County, died January 26, 2008 at Tandern Nursing Home, Windsor.

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Mrs. Edwards was a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and a nurse aide’s at Autumn Care, Suffolk.

Survivors include her husband, Franklin Edwards of Windsor; her mother, Mary Frances Randolph of Ahoskie; a son Theodore Edwards of Portsmouth; a daughter, Cathy Edwards of Smithfield; and three grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wilder’s Funeral Home Chapel, Rich Square. Burial will be in Wilders-Cherry Family Cemetery, Aulander.

Pauline Grant

CONWAY n Funeral arrangements for Pauline Grant is incomplete. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Jean C. Williams

AHOSKIE – Jean Cobb Williams 73, a native of Bertie County, died January 27, 2008 at Roanoke Chowan Hospital.

Mrs. Williams a member of Earlys Baptist Church and a retired Lunch Room Supervisor for Hertford County Public School System.

A graveside celebration service will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Highland Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Charles Lockwood and Rev. Ronald McSwain. The family will receive friends at the home. Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is in charge.

Survivors include her husband, Gilbert Wayne Williams; one daughter, Susan Lynne Williams of Ahoskie; two sisters, Eva Hughes of Edenton, and

Dorothy Laraway of Greenwood, IN; and one brother, Braxton Cobb of Merry Hill.

John Perry

UPPER MARLBORO, MD n John Perry, 67, formerly of Rich Square, died January 24, 2008 at his home.

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

Margaret J. Lee

LEWISTON n Margaret J. Lee, 87, a native of Bertie County, died January 24, 2008 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

A funeral was conducted Monday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Windsor. Burial was in the church cemetery. Cherry’s Funeral Home, Windsor, was in charge.

Franklin Bailey

GATES n Franklin Bailey, 64, died January 26, 2008 at the residence of his daughter, Debra Ann Bailey, Gates.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Virginia Beach, VA. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Stallings Funeral Chapel, Gatesville.

Isabella Deloatch

COMO n Isabella Deloatch, 69, a native of Hertford County, died January 23, 2008 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Como, by the Rev. Elliott Hill. Burial will be in the church cemetery. A wake will be held from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hertford County Undertakers Chapel, Winton. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, James W. Fleetwood of New Jersey, Chester L. Monger of Murfreesboro and Frankie E. Monger of Woodland; three daughters, Brenda Gardner of Murfreesboro, Joyce M. Skenes of Como and Patty J. Ricks of Como; five brothers, Johnny L. Fleetwood and Steve E. Fleetwood, both of Como, Larry B. Fleetwood of Norfolk, Va., Columbus B. Fleetwood of Murfreesboro and Willie M. Fleetwood of Newport News; one sister, Essie R. Stewart of Como; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.