Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Aug. 25, 2014 @ 05:24 PM

Joseph B. Tharrington

HENDERSON — Joseph Bryant Tharrington, age 70, a resident of 430 Tharrington Lane, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Duke University Medical Center.

Born on Sept. 10, 1943, in Franklin County, he was the son of the late Grady Spencer Tharrington and Molly Harris Tharrington. He was a retired lieutenant with the Henderson Fire Department and an employee of J.M. White Funeral Home, where he worked since 1969. Joe was a member of New Sandy Creek Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and was a member of the Baptist Men, Ed Blue Sunday School Class and the Cullman Baptist Association. He was a member of the former Henderson Exchange Club, where he served as president and as a member of the board of directors.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at 11 a.m. at New Sandy Creek Baptist Church by the Rev. Tim Burgess. Burial with full fireman’s honors will follow in the church cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Wallace Tharrington of the home; one daughter, Joy Lynn T. Cobb (Dean) of Henderson; two sons, Richard G. Tharrington (Lisa) of Henderson and Joseph Kevin Tharrington (Denette) of Santa Maria, California; nine grandchildren, April Jamison (Katrina), Hope Lassiter (Brian), Joseph Cobb, Tyler Tharrington, Emily Cobb (Michael Atkinson), Zackery Tharrington, Jessica Tharrington, Zackary Mason and Keeley Iverson; four great-grandchildren, Savannah West, Drew West, Noah Jamison and Graycen Jamison; three sisters, Beatrice Carter (C.J.) of Raleigh, Linda Cash (Alvis) of Butner and Sue Wheless (Danny) of Durham; and three brothers, Charlie Tharrington (Kitty) of Durham, Bobby Tharrington (Lynn) of Louisburg and Danny Tharrington (Sandi) of Durham.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl Tharrington and Kenneth Tharrington.

The family will receive friends Wednesday night, Aug. 27, from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at J.M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Bruce Stainback, Glenn Fuller, Ronald Fuller, Ray Ranes, Bob Lloyd, Johnnie Ausborn, Danny Wilkerson and Wayne Moss. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be all active and former fireman of the Henderson Fire Department, deacons of New Sandy Creek Baptist Church and all employees of J.M. White Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Sandy Creek Baptist Church Family Life Center, 1699 Weldon’s Mill Road, Henderson, NC 27537.

Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.

 

Vernon B. Lockemy

HENDERSON — Vernon Bobby Lockemy, age 78, a resident of 1607 Bane Ave., died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at his home.

Born in Vance County on Sept. 29, 1935, he was the son of the late Offie Lockemy and Mattie Liles Lockemy. Mr. Lockemy was a veteran of the United States Army and was a retired foreman with Burkart Inc.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of J.M. White Funeral Home by the Rev. Marshall Neathery. Entombment will follow at Sunset Gardens.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Williamson Lockemy of the home; a daughter, Norie L. Watkins and husband Ronnie of Henderson; two granddaughters, Lindsey W. Dethmers and husband Chris and Whitney Watkins; four great-grandchildren, Becca Dethmers, Isabella Dethmers, Austin Dethmers and Brent Haith; and a sister, Mahaley L. Tharrington of Henderson.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Garland Lockemy, A.B. Lockemy, Thurston Lockemy and Offie Lockemy Jr.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service. At other times they will be at the home.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Ronnie Watkins, Chris Dethmers, Rusty Currin, Jay Ayscue, Allen Peoples and D.H. Edwards.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Island Creek Baptist Church, 950 Stagecoach Road, Henderson, NC 27537.

Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.

 

Marie G. Currin

OXFORD — Marie Gupton Currin passed away Aug. 25, 2014, in the early morning hours at her home in Oak Hill Township in Northern Granville County surrounded by her family.

Marie is survived by her four children and their families. Her eldest son is Theodore R. Currin, married to Leslie T. Currin. Ted and Leslie’s children are Theodore Joseph Currin and Mary Hannah Currin, all of Stoneville. Her second-eldest son is Thomas L. Currin of Oxford, married to Grey T. Currin. Tom and Grey’s children are Patrick T. Currin and Katherine Currin, who is married to Kobie Morris. Her daughter is Cynthia M. Currin of Raleigh, married to John Frederick Webb III. Cynthia and John’s children are Suzanne M. Webb and Caroline K. Webb. Her youngest son is Timothy D. Currin of Oxford, married to Brenda F. Currin. Marie is also survived by her sister, Dorothy G. Wilkinson of Oxford.

Marie was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years, Arthur Ray Currin. Before his death, they celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on Feb. 7, 2012.

Marie was the daughter of Olive Cheaves Gupton and Theodore R. Gupton of Franklin County. Marie was born on March 2, 1921, in Gold Mine Township of Franklin County. She graduated from Gold Sand High School in 1938, where she enjoyed glee club and music. Marie attended Louisburg College from 1938 to 1939. She attended East Carolina Teacher’s College from 1939 to 1942 and graduated with a double major in science and home economics in 1942. She worked in the dean’s office while enrolled at East Carolina.

Marie married Arthur R. Currin of Oak Hill Township of Granville County on Feb. 6, 1945. While Arthur served in the 103rd Infantry Division of the United States Army in the Spring Offensive of 1945 in Europe, Marie taught home economics at Creedmoor High School in Creedmoor.

Marie taught science and home economics at Oak Hill High School in Northern Granville County from 1942 to 1943, from 1946 to 1951, and from 1961 to 1962. Marie then taught general science at J.F. Webb High School from 1963 to 1972 and taught general science to ninth-graders at D.N. Hix School from 1972 to 1982. Marie retired after 30 years of teaching.

Marie was a dedicated educator and a lifelong supporter of the National Education Association and the North Carolina Education Association. She was active in the Oxford Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa teaching sorority from 1966 throughout her teaching career.

Marie had been an active member of Amis Chapel Baptist Church since 1945.

Marie and Arthur operated their Oak Hill farm for six decades. When her children were small, Marie often would be left in their home alone with them while Arthur answered the numerous calls that required him to work all hours as a deputy sheriff, an ABC law enforcement officer and finally the high sheriff of Granville County.

Marie and her husband Arthur traveled on five occasions to Europe in the last 30 years to attend veterans’ events and memorial services. They attended the dedication of the memorial at Pfaffenhoffen, Alsace, to the liberators of France, where Arthur served as a delegate for the 103rd division. Marie and Arthur frequently attended 103rd division army reunions and national meetings across the United States.

Marie had a special bond with her sister Dorothy. They attended grade school in a three-room, white frame schoolhouse at Centerville in Franklin County. They were members of Sarepta Methodist Church, where some of Marie’s fondest memories were of singing solos and duets as a very young girl. Marie told stories of traveling with her Grandpa Pate Gupton on a horse-drawn buggy to get grain ground at Laurel Mill. She also told of watching Grandma Pat make bread with her own homemade yeast cakes, using hops grown at their homeplace. Marie recalled the first electricity to the farm in the 1930s, with each room having a single light bulb hanging from the ceiling. It was Marie’s job to see that the family electric bill was paid to Carolina Power & Light Company each month by placing three $1 bills in an envelope bearing a 3 cent stamp in their rural mailbox.

Marie was an avid reader who kept the table beside her chair stacked with novels and non-fiction books. She played piano, was an extraordinary cook, and cherished her family and grandchildren. Marie dedicated her life to home and family.

Visitation will be held at the home of Tom and Grey Currin, 316 Main St., Oxford, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.

Services will be conducted by the Rev. Terry Howard at 11 a.m. at Amis Chapel Baptist Church on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.

Contributions may be made to Amis Chapel Baptist Church, c/o Gerald Rene Frazier, 9189 Amis Chapel Road, Oxford, NC 27565.

Arrangements are by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home in Oxford, which accepts online condolences at hallwynne.com.

 

Lillian H. Gill

BULLOCK — On Aug. 24, 2014, at 6:15 p.m., Lillian Hicks Gill joined her Lord and Savior and left behind a grateful family and a host of devoted friends.

A lifelong resident of Bullock, Mrs. Gill was the daughter of Horace Hicks and Nannie Hobgood Hicks. She was married to Franklin Gill for 64 years prior to his death in 2002. Mrs. Gill was a lifelong member of Bullock Baptist Church and taught kindergarten, first grade and fifth grade in Stovall from 1945 through 1985. She was a treasure and source of strength not only to her family but to countless others, all of whom she profoundly touched, inspired and influenced.

She is survived by two sons, Horace Thomas Gill (Edith) of Raleigh and Frank Gill (Leonie) of Stovall; her grandchildren, Pam Gill Pitre (Paul), Rudy Gill, David Gill, Tommy Gill, Emily Byrd (Justin) and Colin Byrd (Liz); 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Judy Williams of Bullock; sister-in-law Jean Gill of Oxford; and many special nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Bullock Baptist Church by the Rev. Tony Futrell and the Rev. Lemar Wheeler. Burial will be in Royster Cemetery in Bullock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bullock Baptist Church, 8657 U.S. 15 North, Bullock, NC 27507.

The family will receive friends from 2:30 until 4 p.m. prior to the service in the family life center at the church.

Arrangements are by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home in Oxford, which accepts online condolences at hallwynne.com.

 

James L. Alston

WARRENTON — James Lee Alston, 60, of 146 Dena Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at his residence.

Arrangements will be announced by Boyd’s Funeral Services.

 

John N. Daniels

HENDERSON — John Nelson Daniels, 61, of 525 Water St., died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Duke Medical Center.

The family is receiving friends at the residence.

Arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.

 

John T. Harris

MANSON — John Thomas Harris, 77, of 47 Johnnie Evans Road, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at his residence.

Arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral service.

 

Reginald Mitchell

HENDERSON — Reginald Mitchell, 50, of 835 Champion St., died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Maria Parham Medical Center.

Arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.

 

Lisa V. Taylor

RICHMOND, Va. — Lisa Vernell Taylor, 42, of 90001 Patterson Ave., died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Retreat Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.

Arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.