Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Feb. 18, 2014 @ 06:12 PM

Geneva C. Jones

NORLINA — Mrs. Geneva MacMurray Carter Jones was born to John Wiley Carter and Sadie Frances Carter on July 8, 1917, in the Olive Grove Community of Littleton. She departed this earthly life on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Uni-Health Post Acute Care - Carolina Point in Durham.

During her early life, she was baptized at the Olive Grove Baptist Church, where she accepted and followed the tenets of Christ from that time forward until her death. She served in various capacities in the church as a teenager and enjoyed her affiliation and work with the missionary society in later years as a mature woman.

She was educated in the Warren County public school system, having first attended the school on the premises of the Olive Grove Baptist Church. She was well prepared for her attendance at the Warren County Training High School in Wise, where she graduated. Upon enrollment, she proved herself a very capable student and a fine young lady, bringing home good grades during each grading period. This was borne out by her election to membership into the Crown and Scepter Club, a national honor society for high school students. She further showed her talents and skills as an excellent stenographer, typing more than 70 words per minute, in addition to participating in other aspects of school life and socialization.

After graduating from high school, she became employed briefly in Durham before relocating to New Jersey, where she had several relatives and worked there for a few years. While living in New Jersey, she had an opportunity to further her education at the college level. However, she gave up this venture in order to return home and assist her mother in caring for her gravely ill father.

With the passing of some time, she accepted the proposal of marriage from Mr. Leonard D. Jones of Norlina, where they made their home and were blessed with four children and a marriage that lasted for 50 years.

Her children and grandchildren were raised with an emphasis on Christ’s teachings. She required regular attendance and participation in Sunday school and church activities, and presided over the implementation of the biblical commandments into the lives of young children. Although she did not work outside the home, she contributed greatly to her community by serving as a nanny for several children in Warren County, giving them the same love, guidance and spiritual sustenance she provided her own children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Sadie Carter; her husband of 50 years, Leonard Jones Sr.; and her siblings, Alexander Carter, Swannie C. Wright, Laura C. Alston, Major McKinley Carter, Mattie C. Jenkins, John P. Carter, Robert J. Carter, Victoria B. Carter, Hubert R. Carter, Roy K. Carter and Calvin C. Carter.

She leaves in God’s care her four loving and devoted children and their spouses, Leonard Jr., Vivian (John), Yvonne and Michael (Vanessa); seven admiring and appreciative grandchildren, Mila, Jennifer, John III (JeVon), Tania, Autumn, Michael II and Makyle; one stepson, Prince Reid (Margaret); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other loving relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Olive Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Littleton. The Pastor, Rev. Charles E. Walton, will eulogize, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will repose at the funeral home until 8:30 p.m. today, Feb. 19, and at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time.

Arrangements are by Robinson Funeral Home.


James T. Wilkerson

OXFORD — James T. Wilkerson, 73, a native of Granville County and a former superintendant of the Warren County school system, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at Warren Hills Nursing Center. He was the son of the late Chester Wilkerson and Betty Bailey Wilkerson.

He dedicated 38 years of his professional career to the Warren County school system. He served as a coach, teacher, principal, charter director, interim superintendant and superintendant before retiring in 1995. He later served as superintendant of the Hancock County school system, where he retired in 2000 due to declining health.

He received a bachelor’s degree form N.C. Central University in Durham and a master’s degree and superintendant certification from East Carolina University in Greenville. He received numerous awards, among them the Terry Sanford Award. He was a member of Club Nosoli, the NCAE and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, where he served as president and was honored as “Omega Man of the Year.”

He is survived by a daughter, Jamie Avril Wilkerson, Esq., and three sisters, Mary Kathryn Thompson of Winston-Salem, Thelma Louise Hawkins of Oxford and Dr. Shirley W. Bullock of Raleigh.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church, 2213 Enon Road in Oxford. Dr. Charles Bullock will officiate, and burial will be in the church cemetery.

Viewing will be today, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home, 3724 Salem Road, Oxford.


Samuel B. Watkins Jr.

HENDERSON — Samuel Barker Watkins Jr., age 84, a resident of 325 Willowood Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Granville House in Oxford.

Born on April 2, 1929, in Warren County, he was the son of the late Samuel Barker Watkins Sr. and Agnes Harris Watkins Deady.

He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a retired truck driver for the former Roses Stores, Inc., now Variety Wholesalers, where he worked for 52 years.

He was a member of South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church, where he was a member of the Living & Faith Sunday School Class, and was a former member of the Henderson Shrine Club.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. at Sunset Gardens by Rev. Frank Sossamon.

He is survived by his wife, Opal Harris Watkins of the home and Granville House in Oxford; one daughter, Brenda W. Peoples and husband Allen of Rocky Mount; two sons, Samuel Barker “Sammy” Watkins III and wife Michelle and Ronald Harris “Ronnie” Watkins and wife Norie, all of Henderson; one brother, Vance Foster Watkins of Raleigh; three sisters, Betty Jean W. Pegram of South Hill, Va., and Ferbee W. Reavis and Ellen W. Chandler of Henderson; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Eleanor W. Robinson, and one brother, Robert Fleming “Dick” Watkins.

The family will receive friends at the home at 325 Willowood Drive.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church Building Fund, 905 Americal Road, Henderson, NC 27537.

Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.


Clifton W. Brown

LOUISBURG — Clifton W. Brown, 73, died at Franklin Medical Center on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.

Arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.