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The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for August 23, 2008

Patricia Dyke Lilley

GATESVILLE – Patricia Dyke Lilley, 71, a native of Washington, D.C., died August 18, 2008, in her home.

Mrs. Lilley was a registered nurse, she was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Edenton, the Gatesville Senior Citizens Club and volunteered with the Gates County Meals on Wheels program and the Gates Emergency Ministries.

Survivors include her husband, Glen N. Lilley Jr.; her daughter, Tracey; granddaughters, Brianne and Brittany; great-granddaughter, Alexia; sister, Deanne; brother, Joe; stepdaughter, Jennifer; stepson, Doug; two granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter.

A private service was held Wednesday in Miller Funeral Home, 304 Main St., Gatesville, by Father Douglas P. Reed. The family asks that flowers be omitted and contributions in Pat’s memory be made to University Hospice, P.O. Box 272, Ahoskie, NC 27910.

Dr. T. Edwin “Ed” Evans, Jr.

JACKSON – Dr. T. Edwin “Ed” Evans, Jr., 77 of Jackson, North Carolina died Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, NC after suffering a heart attack.

Dr. Evans was born in Macon, Georgia on December 15, 1930, the son of the late T. Edwin Evans, Sr. and the late Ruth Lastinger Evans of Greenville, SC.  He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Prickett Evans of 48 years and their infant daughter Dorothy “Dee” Elizabeth Evans, who died at birth in 1967, Staten Island, NY.

 After completing two years at Mars Hill College, he transferred to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he received his B.A. degree in chemistry and his D.D.S. degree.  He later received his Master of Public Health at the University of California at Berkley.

Upon graduation, Dr. Evans was stationed at Paris Island, SC with the Dental Corps of the US Navy.  He was discharged from active duty in 1958.  He served 26 years as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service.  His last assignment was as Dental Director, National Health Service Corps at the Northampton Medical Center, where he served from 1978 n 1985.  When he retired from the Public Health Service, he continued a private practice in dentistry in Northampton County until his retirement in 1998.

He was an active member of the Jackson Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, and a teacher of the Adult Men Sunday School Class.  In addition to teaching Sunday School, he served on numerous committees including his chairmanship of the Pastor Search Committee.

He will always be remembered for his strong faith, sense of humor, and his inspiring leadership.  An avid sports fan, he was especially fond of the Carolina Tar Heels and the Major League Baseball teams San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox.  He was a member of the Jackson Lion’s Club and also enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels in the community.

He especially loved spending time with his family, who loved him dearly and will miss him greatly.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Lucille “Lu” Phelps and her husband David of Morehead City, NC, and Mrs. Rebecca “Becky” Glass and her husband David of Yorktown, VA; Two sons:  Thomas “Tommy” E. Evans, III of Jackson, NC and Robert “Bobby” Evans and his wife Gwen of San Francisco, CA and one sister Mrs. Latrelle Malone of Greenville, SC.

Affectionately known as “Gran”, he is also survived by six grandchildren:  Sarah Beth Phelps and Rachel Anne Phelps of Morehead City, NC; Parker Wilson Glass and Evan Magruder Glass of Yorktown, VA; Jonathan Robert Evans and Anjali Grace Evans of San Francisco, CA.

Funeral services will be held, Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 11:00 AM at Jackson Baptist Church in Jackson, NC with Rev. Bob Johnson officiating.  Burial will follow at Jackson Cemetery.

The family received friends at Massey Funeral Home in Jackson, Friday from 7:00 until 9:00 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jackson Baptist Church, Jackson, NC 27845.

Charles R. Woodard

MURFREESBORO n Charles Ray Woodard, 73, died Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at Southampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin, Virginia surrounded by his family.

He had been preceded in death by his parents Charlie Gray and Effie Birdsong Woodard, and three brothers, Clifton, Willie, and Lee Woodard.

A native of Margarettsville, he retired after working in sales with Flowers Bread Company for 38 years and was a member of Ashley’s Grove Baptist Church where he served as Deacon for many years.

Also, he was a member of the American George Masonic Lodge No, 17, serving at one time as its Master, was a Scottish Rite Mason and member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where he held the office of Worthy Patron, and he was a Shriner. Above all, he was best known for his devotion to his family as a loving husband, daddy and “Pop”.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Caroleen Futrell Woodard of their home; two daughters, Charlotte Woodard Edwards and husband, M. Scott, of Murfreesboro and Patsy Woodard Taylor and husband, Stacey, of Conway; three grandchildren, Matthew S. Edwards, Michael S. Edwards, both of Murfreesboro and Kaitlyn Rae Taylor of Conway;

two sisters, Martha W. Royal and husband, Francis of Littleton and Jean W. Melville and husband Bill of Clayton.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, 11:00 A.M. in Ashley’s Grove Baptist Church with Rev. David Ross presiding.

Entombment will follow in the Town of Conway Cemetery.

The family received friends at Bridgers Funeral Home, Inc. in Conway on Friday from 7 to 8:30 P.M. and have requested that anyone wishing to share a memorial gift, please do so to Ashley’s Grove Baptist Church, 2275 Ashley’s Grove Road, Conway NC

27820.

Queen Miller

BRONX, NY n Queen Elizabeth Watford Miller, 80, a native of Bertie County, died August 19, 2008 in Bronx.

Mrs. Miller was a member of Ashland Missionary Baptist Church, Merry Hill, and a retired licensed practical nurse.

Survivors include a daughter, Althea Watford of Stamford, Conn.; a son, Charles Watford of White Plains, Md.; sisters, Ollie Morris and Shirley Paramore, both of Bridgeport, Margaret Morings of Norfolk, Va., and Teresa Chapman of Shelton; a brother, Melvin Watford of Norfolk; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A funeral will be conducted at 5 p.m. Saturday at Ashland Missionary Baptist Church by Minister Chiquita Chapman. Burial will be in the Watford family cemetery, Colerain. Wilder’s Funeral Home Inc., Aulander, is in charge.

Lois M. Lassiter

AHOSKIE n Lois Morris Lassiter, 77, of the 200 block of Jernigan Swamp Road, died Thursday, August 21, 2008, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, NC.

Mrs. Lassiter was born in Bertie County, a daughter of the late Sebron C. and Foye Jernigan Morris.  She was an active member of Center Grove Baptist Church and it’s Women on Missions’ program.  Lois was retired as a LPN and during her career as a nurse had worked in many capacities at Roanoke Chowan Hospital, University Health Systems Hospice Care and at Guardian Care Nursing Home of Ahoskie.

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Theresa L. Ray and Debbie L. Howard and husband, Tommy  of Ahoskie, NC; a son Wayne Lassiter, and wife Debbie, also of Ahoskie; her sisters, Sybil Mitchell of Potecasi, NC, Margie Liverman, and Marie Harrell, both of Ahoskie, Barbara Perry of Lewiston, NC, Edna Matthews of Colerain, NC and Sylvia Macon of Cary, NC. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Melissa Harden, Cathy Ray, Jennifer Brock, Sherri Lassiter, Neal Howard and Casey Howard and five great grandchildren.  Besides her parents, Lois was predeceased by three brothers, Earl Morris, Staley Morris and Walter Morris.

A graveside celebration of life service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2008, at Highland Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Tommy Kiker officiating.  The family will receive friends at Mrs. Lassiter’s home at 205 Jernigan Swamp Road, Ahoskie.  Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to Center Grove Baptist Church, Building Fund, 826 Center Grove Road, Ahoskie, NC, 27910; Powellsville Fire Department, P.O. Box 142, Powellsville, NC, 27967; or to University Health Systems Hospice Care, P.O. Box 272, Ahoskie, NC, 27910.

Garrett Funeral Home-Ashley Chapel, Ahoskie, is serving the Lassiter family.

Doris F. Cox

SEABOARD n Doris Freeman Cox, 79, a native of Halifax County, died August 20, 2008. She was the widow of William Calvin Cox.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Margarettsville Baptist Church by the Rev. Stephen L. Trussell. Burial will be in Seaboard Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Margarettsville Baptist Church and other times from the home of Jim Cox, 1312 Cedar Landing Road, Windsor. Memorial gifts may be made to Margarettsville Baptist Church. Condolences may be directed to www.walkerfh.et. Walker Funeral Home is in charge.

Mrs. Cox was a member of Margarettsville Baptist Church and retired from the Virginia Department of Corrections as a registered nurse.

Survivors include a son, Rev. Jim Cox of Windsor; two sisters, Beverly Ann Nevetral of Petersburg and Margaret Merritt of Roanoke Rapids; a brother, Harold Freeman of College Park, Md., and three grandchildren.

Willie E. Battle

ROCKY MOUNT n Rev. Willie Earl Battle Sr., 68, died August 22, 2008.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. H.D. Pope Funeral Home, Rocky Mount, is in charge. Condolences may be sent to: www.hdpopefuneralhome.com.

Charlie Higgs

ROCKY MOUNT n Charlie Higgs, 82, died August 20, 2008.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at H.D. Pope Funeral Home Chapel, Rocky Mount. Interment will be in the Williams family cemetery, Centerville. Visitation will be held from 12-1 p.m. Monday prior to services. Condolences may be sent to: www.hdpopefuneralhome.com.