Saturday, February 22, 2014

Feb. 21, 2014 @ 06:06 PM

Jerry L. Watkins

RALEIGH — Jerry Lee Watkins passed peacefully from this earth on Feb. 18, 2014, following an extensive battle with uterine cancer.

She was born on May 24, 1951, in Henderson.

Jerry was preceded in death by her parents, Mozel Fuller Watkins and William Lee Watkins.

She is survived by her sisters, Mrs. Theresa W. Daniel and husband James and Mrs. Shirley W. Watkins and husband Scott.

Jerry graduated from Middleburg High School and attended Appalachian State University with a focus on home economics. Her career focus was serving others. Jerry worked for the Wake County Public School System, was assistant manager for Marshall Oil Company for 18 years and later in life was a live-in caregiver for patients with dementia, providing peace of mind for their families.

Jerry possessed a very creative and artistic flair that radiated through her life and style. She was talented in music, concentrating on song writing, as well as having a real talent in art. She had a profound interest and fascination with cultural outings, entertaining and fine dining. Jerry always saw the best in all people, had a servant’s heart and loved her family.

A memorial service honoring her life is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church in Henderson. Rev. Wilbert Horton will officiate.


Willard P. Wallace Jr.

CLIO, S.C. — Willard Perry Wallace Jr., the youngest child and only son of the late Willard Perry and Mary Elizabeth McLaurin Wallace, passed into heaven on Feb. 18, 2014, at 11:58 p.m.

Perry was born on October 11, 1953, in Bennettsville, S.C.

Perry had a happy childhood growing up in Clio, learning to read before he entered first grade. He remained an avid reader until the end of his life. He learned to play baseball at an early age and enjoyed Little League and Pony League. In high school he played fullback for the Clio Cavaliers, scoring many touchdowns and playing baseball as well. He graduated as valedictorian of his graduating class. He attended USC and remained a true Gamecock fan throughout his life.

In his younger days he played softball with the Sandhills Hustlers and Clarks Recreation Teams and made life-long friendships.

Perry was a long-time employee of Hanes Hosiery and retired from the Marlboro County Tax Assessors Office due to illness. For many years, Perry worked at Hubbard’s Hardware and Windy and Barbara and their family were family to him.

Perry is survived by his former wife and friend, Lorene S. Wallace; son, Stewart Patrick Wallace; sisters, Mary K. Newton (Larry) and Willadean Flowers (Bobby); cousin, Susan M. Rogers; mother-in-law, Mrs. Adrienne J. Stewart; brother-in-law, Bobby Stewart; sisters-in-law, Roberta Ayers and Angela Stewart; nieces and nephews; cousins; and staff and residents of BTU Rest Home.

Perry was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Robert Stewart; brother-in-law, David Ayers; all of his aunts and uncles; and most of his first cousins.

Many thanks and appreciation to the staff of Marlboro Park Hospital, Marlboro Rescue and Scotland Hospice for the kind and tender care you gave to Perry and to us.

We all appreciate the love, kindness and attention that the staff and residents of BTU Rest Home gave to Perry each day during his stay with you. He was happy with you. You all made this journey more bearable.

In lieu of flowers, please give memorial gifts to BTU Patient Discretionary Fund, Care of Mrs. JoAnn Newton, P.O. Box 352, Bennettsville, SC 29512.

Arrangements are by Burroughs-Cooper-Kiser Funeral Home.


Robert R. Steagall

HENDERSON — Robert Ray “Bobby” Steagall, age 67, a resident of 396 Lake View Road, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the Hock Family Pavilion in Durham.

Born in Granville County on Feb. 16, 1947, he was the son of the late James Irving Steagall and Margaret Frances Oakley Steagall.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam, and was a retired civil service worker for the federal government at the Defense Depot in Mechanicsburg, Pa. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, The American Legion and the VFW in Carlisle, Pa.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. at South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church by Rev. Frank Sossamon.

He is survived by one sister, Donna Steagall Hunt of Henderson; one brother, Dale M. Steagall of Henderson; his fiancée, Linda Myers of Elizabethville, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday prior to the service, from 1 to 2 p.m. at South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Duke Home Care and Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.

Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.


LaVerne Richardson-Daniels

ESSEX, England —LaVerne Richardson-Daniels, 54, formerly of Henderson, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

A memorial service will be held at noon today, Feb. 22, in the chapel of Davis-Royster Funeral Service. Interment will follow at Concord Baptist Church cemetery.

The family is receiving friend at 1614 Peace St., Henderson.

Local arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.