The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for July 22, 2008

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 28, 2008

Delores G. Hubbard

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Delores Gorham Hubbard, 72, a native of Washington, NC, died June 17, 2008

at UVA Medical Center, Charlottesville.  

She was a retired educator. She was a member of First Baptist Church South Lynchburg.

Survivors include one daughter, Patrice Watford of Ahoskie;

one son, Tony Hubbard of Lynchburg, Va.; two sisters, Yvette Paige of Washington and Ollie Springs of Brooklyn; one brother, Leander Gorham of Washington; and two grandchildren.

A service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Court Street Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Va. by the Rev. R. Stuart Jones.

Burial will be at Forest Hills Cemetery.

Community Funeral Home, 909 5th Street, Lynchburg, Va. is in charge. Hunter’s Funeral Home, Ahoskie supplied the information. Condolences may be sent to

Annie M. Ward

HOBBSVILLE – Annie Mary Eure Ward, 90, a native of Gates County, died July 19, 2008, in the Skilled Nursing Facility of Chowan Hospital, Edenton. She was the widow of Herman William Ward.

Mrs. Ward was a homemaker, she also operated an egg farm with more than 500 chickens and worked as the custodian for more than 35 years at Sandy Cross Baptist Church where she was a member.

Survivors include her daughter, Claire W. Mills of Edenton; two sons, Glenn Ward of Hobbsville and Cecil Ward of Grafton, Va.; three sisters, Helen Willey of Gates, Malene Cammer George of Waynesville, and Musa Roche of Chesapeake, Va.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Sandy Cross Baptist Church by the Rev. E. Vernon Gilmer Jr. and the Rev. Hugh Mizelle. Burial will be in the Ward family cemetery. Miller Funeral Home, 304 Main St., Gatesville, is in charge. The family will assemble at the church on 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in preparation of services. Floral tributes are welcome or contributions in her memory may be made to Sandy Cross Baptist Church, Hobbsville, NC 27946 or to the Chowan Hospital Skilled Nursing, in care of the Chowan Hospital Foundation, 211 Virginia Road, Edenton, NC 27932.

Daisy B. Johnson

SUFFOLK, Va. – Daisy Blythe Johnson, 86, a native of Southampton County, died July 11, 2008. She was the widow of Lloyd James Johnson.

Mrs. Johnson was a member of Franklin Church of God.

Survivors include her daughter, Hazel J. Parker of Eure; a son, James K. &uot;Boo&uot; Johnson of Gates County; a brother, Ashby Blythe of Franklin; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A graveside service was held Monday in Southampton Memorial Park with the Rev. Billy Pressley and the Rev. Michael Brinkley. Wright Funeral Home was in charge.

Willie E. Lee

SUFFOLK, Va. – Willie E. Lee, died July 10, 2008.

A funeral was conduced Monday at Union Branch Baptist Church, Corapeake. Crocker Funeral Home was in charge.

Monica Umphlett

LYNCHBURG, Va. n Monica Faye Umphlett, 28, a native of Gates County, died July 3, 2008.

A memorial service was conducted Sunday at Rustburg High School auditorium. Graveside services were held Monday at Middle Swamp Baptist Church, Gates County. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to any chapter of the American Cancer Society. Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville, was in charge.

She was employed by the Campbell County schools as special education teacher at Rustburg High School. She was a member of Middle Swamp Baptist Church in County County and attended Brentwood Church in Lynchburg.

Survivors include her parents, M.Q. and Brenda Umphlett of Gates; two sisters, Paula Wilder of Hertford and Mary Broglin of Raleigh; and her grandmother, Florine Weeks of Elizabeth City.

Robert A. Newsome Sr.

COFIELD n Robert Arthur Newsome Sr., 87, a native of Hertford County, died July 19, 2008 in Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie. He was the widower of Bessie Piland Newsome.

A graveside service was conducted Monday in Highland Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Frank Stansbury. Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville, was in charge. Floral tributes are welcome or contributions in his memory may be made to the Winton Volunteer Fire Dept., Winton, NC 27986.

Newsome was a retired farmer. He was a member of Winton Methodist Church, had served on the Winton Town Council and was a charter member of the Winton Volunteer Fire Dept. He had been an instructor with the Veteran’s Farm Training Program, and was a Navy veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his son, Robert A. “Bob” Newsome Jr. of Winton; a sister, Harriett Grisso of Roanoke, Va.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Arthur C. Slaughter

BRIDGETON n Arthur Cleve Slaughter, 91, died Sunday, July 20, 2008 in New Bern.

A native of Roxboro, Cleve lived most of his life in Bridgeton. For more than 40 years, he was employed as a commercial bus driver and worked for Seashore Busline.

He is survived by three sons, Arthur “Pete” Slaughter of New Bern and Arthur Cleve Bowen and Phillip Keith Bowen, both of Woodland; a daughter, Paulette Smith of Vanceboro; two brothers, Dorsey Slaughter of Moycock and Buryl Slaughter of New Bern; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Lucy Coward Slaughter.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel in Vanceboro. Burial will follow in Chapman’s United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home and other times at the home of Pete and Belinda Slaughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chapman’s United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Irene Barrow, 760 Oak Grove Road, Vanceboro, NC 28586.

Matthew Willoughby

WINDSOR n Matthew Bryan Willoughby, infant son of Kerley and Jeri Spivey Willoughby, died July 19, 2008 in Pitt Memorial Hospital.

A graveside funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Edgewood Cemetery by the Rev. Doug Spivey. Condolences may be directed to Walker Funeral Home is in charge.

Survivors include a half sister, Melissa Willoughby of Windsor; half brother, Justin Willoughby of Chocowinity; paternal grandfather, Kerley E. Willoughby of Windsor; and maternal grandparents, Doug and Mary Spivey of Kelford.

Jesse Curtis Alston

AHOSKIE – Jesse Curtis Alston, 82, of the 100 Block of NC Hwy 561 West, died Saturday, July 19, 2008 at the Roanoke-Chowan Hospital. Born February 1, 1926 in Bertie County to the late Grover C. Alston and Gladys Hoggard Alston. He was the husband of the late Dorothy Copeland Alston.

Mr. Alston was a member of Early’s Baptist Church for over 60 years and served as a Deacon, he was a member of the Ahoskie Rescue Squad and worked for the Hertford County Ambulance for 37 years and worked for USDA Surplus Foods Distributor for 10 years. He was a farmer for 25 years and enjoyed yard work, enjoyed talking to people, family ,especially his granddaughters and his 16 month old great grandson Kade. He was an avid baseball fan of the Atlanta Braves.

Left to cherish his memory is a daughter Beth Baggett of Ahoskie, a son Dr. Michael Alston and his wife Susan of Murfreesboro, sisters, Anne Overton and Gladys Stratton both of Ahoskie, Lucille Hughson of Hampton,Va. And Maggie Lewis of Lawton, Oklahoma, grandchildren, Angela Alston, Erin Alston and Bobbi Jo Slaughter and her husband Gary and a great grandson Kade Thomas Slaughter.

He was predeceased by brothers Cecil Alston, Bruce Alston, G.C. Alston, Warren Alston and Lloyd Alston.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 11 AM at Garrett Funeral Home-Ashley Chapel. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens, Rev Ronald McSwain will officiate.

The family will receive friends at the home.

Memorials may be made to Early’s Baptist Church, in C/O Robert E. Brinkley, 310 South Early Station Rd., Ahoskie, NC 27910 or to Murfreesboro Baptist Church, P.O. Box 124, Murfreesboro, NC 27855.

Garrett Funeral Home-Ashley Chapel  is serving the Alston family.