Thursday, February 27, 2014

Feb. 26, 2014 @ 07:21 PM

Mary T. Mitchell

EUSTIS, Fla. — Mary Stella Traylor Mitchell, a resident of Eustis, Fla., passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at her home, following a brief fight with cancer.

Born at home in Norlina, N.C., on April 15, 1928, to Raby and Sephronia Traylor, Mary Stella grew up with an older and a younger brother, and lived most of her life in Norlina.

Growing up she worked in her father’s hardware store downtown. She attended Norlina public schools through all 12 grades, and even though she was shy, she was a member of the Glee Club in high school and played the piano. She attended Peace College, a women’s college in Raleigh, for three semesters.

After being introduced by her girlfriends to Clayton Mitchell, they had a short romance and married in 1952. They settled in Norlina and raised two sons, Clayton Jr. (Mitch) and Owen. Clayton eventually became a local business owner and race car builder/owner, and Mary Stella often traveled up and down the east coast with him to races.

They were also part of starting two new churches of Christ in South Hill, Va., and in Henderson, N.C., and were faithful to raise their sons to follow the Lord.

Mary Stella’s life was an example of what she believed. She loved to cook, and she loved her family, even caring for her father in her home for more than 20 years. After her husband’s death in 1992 and her father’s death in 1994, she moved to Eustis in 1995, where the weather was warmer and her younger son lived with his family. She was an active member of the Orange Avenue Church of Christ in Eustis and loved her church family, attending even during her illness. Many times when going to visit her, she would be found reading from her husband’s Bible, which she always kept by her favorite chair. She was quick to smile and loved to sing. She also became an avid Orlando Magic basketball fan, to the amusement of her family.

She is survived by her brother, Bob; sons, Mitch (Jan) and Owen (Lauren); grandchildren, Joshua, Jessica, Kyle and Kenna; and great-grandchildren, Judah and Apollo.

There will be an 11 a.m. graveside service on Friday, Feb. 28, at Warren Dale Cemetery in Norlina, and a memorial service will be held at the Orange Avenue Church of Christ in Eustis on March 8 at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Christian Home and Bible School, 301 West 13th Ave., Mount Dora, Florida 32757.

Arrangements are by Blaylock Funeral Home in Warrenton, N.C., which accepts online condolences at


Ruby K. Corbitt

OXFORD — Ruby K. Corbitt passed away at home on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

She was born in Oxford on May 20, 1915, to parents Emma Orders and Claude Beard Keller. At the age of two, her mother died and her father later married Susie Critcher, who raised Ruby and her beloved brother William Lee Keller.

Ruby graduated from Oxford High School in 1932. She attended the women’s college of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, graduating in 1936 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

She went to Sunbury after graduation to teach biology and French at Sunbury High School. While living and teaching in Sunbury, she met Rudolph Corbitt, who she married on Sept. 12, 1941, in Oxford.

Ruby and Rudolph lived in Sunbury and Newport News, Va., before moving to Oxford in 1950. Ruby and Rudolph became active members of the Kinton Fork Community. She helped her husband to run Corbitt Service Station while raising their two children. She became a member of Hester Baptist Church, where she served faithfully for the rest of her life. She taught several Sunday school classes and served in many positions as a member of the Hester WMU, only stopping in her 90s. She was also a member of the Oxford Extension Club for many years.

“Mrs. Corbitt,” as she was affectionately known to most, was a loving wife, mother and friend to many. Loving life and helping others, she was the oldest member of Hester Baptist Church. Always teaching, she encouraged so many to stop and learn about nature, to recognize the countless wild birds around us and to take time to help small animals. She loved her country and truly modeled what a “good teacher” should be.

Surviving family members are her son, Robert L. Corbitt and wife Denise; her daughter, Susan E. Corbitt of Oxford; and her grandson, Michael Cutts and wife Emily of Raleigh.

Services will be held on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Hester Baptist Church in Oxford by Rev. Alex Gallimore. Burial will follow in the Hester Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hester Baptist Church, WMU Missions Fund, P.O. Box 964, Oxford, NC 27565, or to the Harris Exhibit Hall Renovation, P.O. Box 1433, Oxford, NC 27565.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the Hester Baptist Church Parlor and funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Arrangements are by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home, which accepts online condolences at


Willie G. Davis

WARRENTON — Willie Gray Davis, 89, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Louisburg Nursing Center.

Arrangements will be announced by R.H. Greene Funeral Home.


James N. Thomas

HENDERSON —James Napolion Thomas, of Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

The family is receiving friends at 275 Peebles Lane.

Arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.