The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald Obituaries for April 1, 2008

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 14, 2008

Phoebe N. Kinlaw

AHOSKIE – Phoebe Nisbet Kinlaw, died Friday, March 28, 2008 at WilMed Nursing Care Center in Wilson, NC.

She was born in Sanford NC, on October 8, 1919, to the late William L Nisbet and Alice Williams Nisbet, but spent her early years in Greenville, NC. She and her husband spent their married life in Ahoskie where she was an active long-time member of Ahoskie United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L.B. Kinlaw, Jr., and a son William B Kinlaw.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Joseph Peck, and grandson, William Peck of Wilson, NC.; a son J. Michael Kinlaw, and grandsons, Braxton, Ian and Logan Kinlaw, of Ahoskie, NC.; grandson John Kinlaw, and wife Jennifer, and great grandson Isaac, of Garner, NC.; granddaughter, Elizabeth Kinlaw, of Wilmington, NC.; two step grandchildren Kenneth and Christopher Peck; one sister; Margaret Kittrell, Greenville, NC. One brother; William L Nisbet and wife Mildred, Wilmington, NC.; and many nieces and nephews who were so dear to her.

A memorial service was held at the Ahoskie United Methodist Church 3:00 P.M.  Sunday, March 30, 2008, with Rev. Dr. John Dutton officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Ahoskie United Methodist Church. P.O. Box 629, Ahoskie, NC. 27910

Garrett Funeral Home Ashley Chapel, 205 NC. Highway 42 West, Ahoskie, NC. is serving the Kinlaw family.

Juldah Herman

ENFIELD – Huldah Earle Branch Herman, 98, a native of Enfield, died at her home in Enfield, March 30, 2008. She was the widow of Dr. Earle Herman.

She was a life-long member of the Enfield Baptist Church where she was formerly a choir member, long time Sunday school teacher, deacon, and was active in all phases of the Woman’s Missionary Union.

She was a member of the Alumni Association of North Carolina State University.

Survivors include her daughter, Doris Earle Smith of Rocky Mount; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 A.M. Wednesday at the Enfield Baptist Church with the Rev. Marc Sanders and Rev. Dallas Prestwood. The interment will be at the Elmwood Cemetery in Enfield. The family will receive friends at the home of Mrs. Herman, 614 Sherrod Height, Enfield, NC, on Tuesday evening from 7-8:30 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to the Enfield Baptist Church, 200 West Burnette Avenue, Enfield, NC 27823. Sykes Funeral Service of Scotland Neck, is in charge.

Mahlon B. Hughes

RICH SQUARE n Mahlon Bolton Hughes, 89, a native of Northampton County and formerly of Jackson, died March 30, 2008 at Halifax Regional Medical Center, Roanoke Rapids.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 am. Tuesday at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church by the Rev. Robert Hill

Burial will be in the church cemetery. Massey Funeral Home, Jackson, is in charge.

Hughes was a WWII Army veteran and served in the Medical Corp for three and one half years. He was a faithful, lifetime member of Plesasant Grove United Methodist Church. He was also a volunteer at Halifax Regional Medical Center, Roanoke Rapids.

Survivors include his sisters, Joyce Hughes Witt of Lasker, Doris Hughes Lewis of Wheat Ridge, Colo., and Gertrude Hughes Outland of Rich Square.

Willie Warren

RALEIGH n Mrs. Willie Lee Draughon Warren, 87, of Raleigh, formerly of Roseboro, NC, passed away peacefully Friday, March 28, 2008 surrounded by her family.

A funeral service was held Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 3 p.m. at Beulah United Methodist Church, Corinth Church Road, Roseboro with the Rev. Bobby Herring and Rev. Andy Wood officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. A visitation was held Sunday from 1:30 til 3:00 p.m.

Willie Lee was the last survivors of 10 children born to the late Grover C. Draughon and Verna M. Jernigan Draughon of Falcon, NC. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 &rac12; years, William Arthur Warren, Sr.

Willie Lee spent her earlier days rearing her family and was active in her church and community as long as she was able. Her family remained the joy of her life and she was happiest when surrounded by them. She prided herself on instilling the love of God in her children as he was her source of strength.

Mrs. Warren is survived by: daughter, Joy W. Owen and husband, Jerry, of Raleigh; son, Rev. W. Arthur Warren, Jr. and wife, Becky, of Murfreesboro, NC; four granddaughters, Miriam O. Migdal and husband, Ryan, of Raleigh, Maria W. Setzer and husband, Trevor, of Myrtle Beach, SC, Martha W. Smith and husband Ashley, of Winterville, NC and Noelle Warren of Greenville, NC; three great-granddaughters, Mattingly, Gracie and Zoe Migdal, of Raleigh.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to Beulah United Methodist Church, c/o Joan Holland, 515 Herbie Road, Roseboro, NC 28382.

Online condolences may be made at

Vicki Britt

COMO n Vicki Britt, 60, died March 28, 2008 at Guardian Care in Scotland Neck.

Massey Funeral Home in Jackson, is in charge.

Blanche D. Williams

AHOSKIE n Blanche Dilday Williams, 84, of Ahoskie and most recently of Colerain, died Sunday, March 30, 2008, at Guardian Care of Ahoskie.

Mrs. Williams was born March 27, 1924 in Hertford County to the late Troy Britton and Allie Holloman Dilday of the Hickory Chapel Community near Ahoskie.  She was a lifelong member of Hickory Chapel Free Will Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir for many years.  Blanche married James Stark Williams of Bertie County and lived in Ahoskie for 47 years.  They worked together in many businesses, including builders contracting, owning a furniture store, car wash, B&W Used Cars, and raising cattle, to name a few.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Judith Williams and husband, J. B. Ruffin of Ahoskie, Dinah Williams Law and husband, Larry W. Law of Kill Devil Hills; two granddaughters, Laura Ruffin Skrypek and husband, Jay of Lynchburg, VA, and Annie C. Ruffin of Kill Devil Hills; three great grandchildren, Haley Ashton Daniels, Jessen Lee Saylor and Emily Elizabeth Ruffin-Skrypek; and a niece Rose D. Perry and husband, John W. Perry of Ahoskie.  In addition to her parents, Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her husband, James Stark Williams; an infant daughter, Brenda Pearl Williams; and a brother, William Outland Dilday.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at Garrett Funeral Home-Ashley Chapel, with Pastor Mike Williams officiating.  Burial will follow in Ahoskie Cemetery, NC Highway 561 West, Ahoskie.  The family will be available for visitation at the funeral home from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, prior to services, and other times at the home of J.B. and Judith Ruffin.  Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity, Hickory Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 387 NC Highway 561 East, Ahoskie, NC, 27910, or to University Health Systems Hospice Care, P.O. Box 272, Ahoskie, NC, 27910.

William Smallwood Jr.

RICH SQUARE n William “June” Smallwood Jr., 74, a native of Northampton County, died March 28, 2008 at Albemarle Hospital, Elizabeth City.

Smallwood was a member of Branches Chapel Baptist Church.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Branches Chapel Baptist Church, Rich Square, by the Rev. Tony Flood. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Rich Square, is in charge.

Wilkins Newsome

WINSTON-SALEM – Wilkins Lee Newsome, a native of Northampton County, died March 28, 2008 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston Salem

Services are incomplete at this time. Condolences may be sent to

Lorraine Brown

MAPLETON – Lorraine Brown, died March 28, 2008 at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.

Services are incomplete at this time. Condolences may be sent to