Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mar. 25, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

Mozelle J. Markham

HENDERSON — Mozelle Johnson Markham, formerly Mozelle Moore, 81, of Henderson, relocated to Heaven to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on March 20, 2014.

She was of the Baptist faith. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by her family and friends.

She was a past president of the Aycock School PTA and served as an officer of the Springdale Pool Club. She also spent a number of years working in various administrative positions and retired from EPA in Research Triangle Park.

She spent many years in broadcasting at a number of radio stations beginning at WMPM in Smithfield, and she became one of only three female DJs in the nation at that time. Before she began spinning records at WMPM, she was leading a group called the Carolina Swingbillies.

In the Henderson area she and her late husband, Tommy Moore, performed country music at the Stevenson Theater, and they worked at both Henderson area radio stations.

In 1955, she became a member of the “Smile-A-While Boys,” who were popular in the eastern North Carolina area. She was doing shows for WFMY-TV in Greensboro, as well as WNAO-TV in Raleigh. She later joined forces with Jim Thornton, a popular performer in that area, and his show aired on WTVD in Durham on Saturday nights. On May 20, 1955, she broke the proverbial glass ceiling when she became the first female disc jockey to appear on WSM’s “Mr. Dee Jay USA” show in Nashville. After so many noteworthy achievements, she decided to place her entertainment career on hold to settle down and raise a family.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at the New Sandy Creek Baptist Church in Henderson with Rev. Woody Whitt, Rev. Tim Burgess and Rev. Timothy Short.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Markham, Durham; three sons, David Moore of Greenville, S.C., and Max Moore and Britt Moore both of Henderson; a sister, Ollie Stallings of Smithfield; and two grandchildren.

If you would like to send flowers, you are welcome to have them delivered on Friday, March 28, at New Sandy Creek Baptist Church as the church will be receiving them the day before the service at 1699 Weldon’s Mill Road.

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Randolph D. Mills Jr.

HENDERSON — Randolph Dennis Mills Jr., 66, of 138 Watson Drive, died Monday, March 24, 2014, at his home.

He was born at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson on May 23, 1947, and was the son of the late Dr. Randolph Dennis Mills Sr. and Marion Callaway Mills, both of Henderson.

Randy was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served the country during two tours of duty in Vietnam. He graduated from Campbell College and was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Henderson.

Memorial services will be held at the First Baptist Church on Thursday, March 27, at 11 a.m., conducted by Dr. Ronald S. Cava.

He was preceded in death by his son Randolph Dennis Mills III.

He is survived by his son, James Jenkins Mills and wife Holly Sharp Mills; a daughter-in-law, Amy Shende Mills; three grandchildren, Shende Parris Mills, William James Mills and Lucy Anne Mills, all of Raleigh; two sisters, Jane Mills Hicks and Kathy Mills Williams; a brother, Dr. John Franklin Mills; and an aunt, Hallie Frank Mills Pegram, all of Henderson.

The family will receive friends at the home of Franklin and Janet Mills, 1834 Summitt Road, Henderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the VFW Hill Cooper Post No. 2417, P.O. Box 1075, Henderson, NC 27536, or the American Kidney Foundation, Carolinas Regions, 4819 Park Road, Suite C, Charlotte, NC 28209 (

Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.


Doris C. Tuck

OVIEDO, Fla. — Doris Carroll Tuck, 88, passed away March 23, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Polly Carroll, and daughter Judy Wade Lohmann.

Survivors are her children, Jane (Jim) Vach of Oviedo, Fla., and Mike (Debby) Wade and Pat Wade of Chattanooga, Tenn.; her sister, Pauline Lilley of Henderson; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home on East Brainerd Road in Tennessee.

The funeral service will be Friday, March 28, at 1 p.m. with David Elkins officiating.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Interment will be at Hamilton Memorial Gardens


Delores D. Alston

NORLINA — Delores D. Alston, 82, died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Beacon Cottage in Butner.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Spring Green Missionary Baptist Church in Warrenton by Dr. George W. Wright Jr. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Arrangements are by Boyd’s Funeral Services in Warrenton.


Stephanie A. Ayscue

HENDERSON — Stephanie Ann Ayscue, 41, of 1613 Stewart Ave., died Sunday, March 23, 2014.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Mt. Ararat Pentecostal Holiness Church by Rev. Allen Ayscue.

The family will receive friends following the service at the church and at other times at the home, 1613 Stewart Ave.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Stephanie A. Ayscue Funeral Fund, c/o J.M. White Funeral Home, 60 Zeb Robinson Road, Henderson, NC 27536.

Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.


Pauline B. White

HENDERSON — Pauline Virgina Brame Bryant White, 98, of 711 Farrar Ave., died Friday, March 21, 2014, at her residence.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 28, at New Bethel Baptist Church by Bishop William Purvis. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

Viewing will be from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Davis-Royster Funeral Service.

The family will receive friends Thursday, March 27, at the church from 5 to 7 p.m. and at other times at the residence.

Arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.