Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Jun. 03, 2013 @ 05:14 PM

Ruth W. Sumpter

GREENVILLE — Mrs. Ruth W. Sumpter, 89, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013, at her home.

The funeral service will be conducted today, at 5 p.m., in St. James United Methodist Church by the Rev. Dennis Adams. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Henderson, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at 2:30 p.m.

Mrs. Sumpter, a native of Henderson, had been a resident of Greenville for the past 47 years. She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church and was active in the women’s organizations there.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy P. Sumpter Jr., and a brother and sisters.

Surviving are a daughter, Carolyn A. Fields of the home; a son, Guy P. Sumpter III and wife, Lori, of Wilmington; grandchildren, Allison Sumpter of Raleigh, Laura A. Willoughby and husband, Brock, of Winterville, Amanda Sumpter and Edward Sumpter of Wilmington; great-grandchild Sydney B. Willoughby; sisters, Elaine Waggoner of Texas and Fayma Roberts of Durham; and a brother, R.O. Woodlief of Henderson.

The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3219 Landmark St. Unit 9A, Greenville, NC 27834.

Arrangements are by Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory.

View online condolences at wilkersonfuneralhome.com.

Paid Obituary

Mildred M. Welch

HENDERSON — Mildred McCall Matthews Welch, 93, of 127 White Oak Drive, Henderson, died Saturday, June 1, 2013.

Born Dec. 15, 1919, in Louisburg, she was the daughter of the late Lula Spencer Matthews and Hammitt “Ham” Matthews. She attended school in Louisburg and graduated from Franklin County High School.

Mildred was married Dec. 24, 1938, to Thomas Brantley Welch, who preceded her in death Feb. 7, 2011. She traveled with “Tommy” while he was in service, then settled in Henderson in 1948. “Millie” worked at Blackburn’s Dress Shop and Roth Stewart’s. She was a very active member of Woodland Garden Club and was an honorary member of The Garden Club of North Carolina. She loved playing bridge and was a member of many bridge clubs.

Mildred and her husband were very active members of First Baptist Church for more than 50 years. They seldom missed a Sunday going to Sunday school and church. She loved her neighbors, especially all the children in the neighborhood. Each child could expect a treat any time they came to her door, as well as a gift at Christmas. She and Tommy were the “neighborhood watch” anytime anyone went out of town. They were truly interested in the welfare of their neighbors, always being the first to bring food when anyone was sick or had a death in the family. They had a very happy and close marriage, seldom was one seen without the other.

Funeral services will be held today, at 1 p.m., at First Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Ronald Cava and the Rev. Robert Beamon. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Louisburg.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Her nephews will serve as active pallbearers.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 75, Henderson, NC 27536.

The family wishes to extend a special “thank you” to her caretakers, Carolyn, Mary, Lucy, Cheryl and Shirley.

Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home.

Paid Obituary  


Barbara H. Brodie

LOUISBURG — Funeral services for Barbara Ann Hawkins Brodie, 67, who died on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, will be held today at the Haywood Baptist Church of Louisburg, at 4 p.m. Burial will follow in the Haywood Baptist Church Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg.

Julia H. Brown

HENDERSON — Julia Henderson Brown, 88, of 494 Greystone Road, Henderson, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at her residence.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Brookston Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

A viewing will be held from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and at the church one hour prior to the service.

The family is receiving friends at the residence.

Online condolences may be expressed at davis-royster.com.

Arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.

William D. Rodwell

WARRENTON — William David Rodwell, 64, died Saturday, June 1, 2013.

Graveside services will take place at 11 a.m. today at Wise Baptist Church Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Blaylock Funeral Home in Warrenton.