Friday, March 29, 2013

Mar. 28, 2013 @ 07:18 PM

Gertie S. Ayscue

LOUISBURG — Gertie Stone Ayscue, 99, of Louisburg went to be with her Lord, March 28, 2013.

Gertie was the daughter of the late Charlie Fisher Stone and Sallie Hayes Stone. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Clifton C. Reames and Andrew L. Ayscue; son-in-law, Cooper Ayscue; sisters, Rachel Taylor, Alma Gaskill, Martha Vaughan and Fannie Jane Stone; and brother, Ransom Stone.

Gertie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Ann Ayscue Sr., and daughter, Betty R. Ayscue, all of Louisburg; three grandchildren, Kim Graber (Tom) of Blythewood, S.C., Connie Lancaster of Raleigh, and Andrew Ayscue Jr. (Angie) of Youngsville; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Sadie Burnette and Nellie Freeman of Louisburg; brothers, Dr. Raymond Stone (Rachel) of Kittrell, Dr. Paul Stone of Fuquay Varina and Jack Stone of Louisburg.

Gertie chose nursing as a career and was a licensed practical nurse. She began working at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson and also Franklin Regional in Louisburg. In her later years, she was a private duty nurse in both homes and hospitals. Her life as a nurse was an angel of mercy.

For numerous years she served as a chaplain and on the board of directors of her nursing group.

Gertie was a member of the Louisburg Baptist Church, Dorcas Sunday School Class and of the Fannie Heck Missionary Circle.

She loved to cook and have family and friends to enjoy a meal and spend the night.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Louisburg Baptist Church with Dr. Reggie Rushing officiating. A private burial will follow. Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Louisburg Baptist Church, P.O. Box 730, Louisburg, NC 27549.

The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m., today, at Strickland Funeral Home and all other times at the home of Betty Ayscue, 21 Stones Way, Louisburg.

Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg;

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Pearl L. Coleman

GRANVILLE COUNTY — Pearl Louise Coleman, 78, a Granville County native, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Durham Regional Medical Center.

She was born Sept. 15, 1934, in Granville County, to the late Early Moss and Rosa Bell Pettiford.

She joined Big Ruin Creek Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and remained faithful.

She was employed with Roxie Dickerson where she would baby-sit her children for five years. Later, she was employed with Johnnie’s Barbecue of Louisburg until she retired. She was married to the late William Lyman Coleman.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 1 p.m., at Big Ruin Creek Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Charles Burwell, officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Gardens.

Survivors include: six sisters: Margaret Moss Allen, Annie Mae Nelson, Mary Glover, Debbie Eugene, Diane Moss and Shelia Dortch; and two brothers: Early June Moss and Elbert Thomas Taylor.

A viewing will be take place today, from noon-6 p.m., at the funeral home and at the church one hour prior to the service.
The family is receiving friends at 315 Keene St., Henderson.
Online condolences may be expressed at
Arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.

John T. Harris II

WARRENTON — John Thomas Harris II, 84, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Maria Parham Medical Center.

He was a Warren County native born to the late William Leslie and Eva Davis Harris. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Frances Weldon Harris.

John Tom was a U.S. Air Force veteran, was a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church, the Warrenton Rotary Club and the American Legion. He was the owner and operator of John T. Harris Construction Company, a grading and utilities contractor.

The Rev. Debbie Matthis and the Rev. Rob Evans will conduct funeral services today, at 11 a.m., at Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Inez, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

He is survived by his sons, John Thomas “Tommy” Harris III and Glenn Ranson Harris.

The family will receive friends at the fellowship hall of Shady Grove United Methodist Church following the funeral service on Friday.

Arrangements are by Blaylock Funeral Home in Warrenton and online condolences may be made at

David A. Powell

OXFORD — David Adcock Powell, 60, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospital.

He was a native of Granville County and was the son of Edward S. Powell and the late Kathlyn Adcock Powell. Member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and was past master of Rolesville Masonic Lodge No. 483. He was formally employed in the food service industry.

Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 11 a.m., at the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church by the Rev. James Pahl. Following the service, the family will receive friends in the parish hall.

In addition to his father, he is survived by a sister, Ruth P. Hicks of Oxford; and a brother, Sholar Powell Jr. of Wilmington.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospital, 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

The Powell family is under the care of Gentry, Newell and Vaughan Funeral Home. Online memorials may be viewed at, Select obituaries.

Jabarious D. Talley

HENDERSON — Jabarious Deshawn Talley, a 1-year-old infant, residing on 111 S. Pinkston St., Apt. 18, Henderson, died Monday, March 25, 2013, at Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson.

He was born in Durham County to LaQuetta Talley and Jabar Closs.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, march 30, 2013, at 11 a.m., at St. Andrews United Church of Christ.

Besides his parents, survivors include: his grandparents; and three brothers, La’Quevious Talley, La’Marious Talley and Ja’Marious Talley, all of the home.

The family will receive friends at the residence.

The body will be on view today, from noon-6 p.m., at Davis-Royster Funeral Service.