Thursday, May 23, 2013

May. 23, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

Willie S. Gooch Jr.

HENDERSON — Willie Sinclair Gooch Jr., 77, of 192 King St., Henderson, died Friday, May 17, 2013, at Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson.

He was born in Franklin County on May 10, 1936, to the late Willie S. Gooch Sr. and Luerine Alston Gooch. He joined Mitchell Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and remained faithful until he moved to New Jersey in 1956.

He was educated in the Franklin County Public Schools and graduated from B.F. Person High School in Franklinton in 1956. He attended North Carolina A&T University and was a graduate of Lincoln Technical School in New Jersey.

He moved back to Henderson and opened Gooch’s Transmission Shop on Hamilton Street. He remained a skillful and a dedicated worker until his death.

He was a member of the Friendly Hearts Motorcycle Club.
While in New Jersey he married the late Effie Valentine: to this union one son was born, Willie Gooch III. He later married Olivia Harris and they had one son, Shelton Gooch.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Mitchell Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jeanette Floyd delivering the eulogy and Pastor Daniel Lilly Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Survivors include: two sons: Willie Gooch III of Manhattan, N.Y., and Shelton Gooch of Henderson; one granddaughter, Shechinah Davis; three sisters: Carrie Fromveal (Charlie) and Shirley Rush, both of Raleigh, and Dorothy Lee (Ben) of Emporia, Va.; nieces, Patricia Dobson, Regina Hopkins (Bobby), Samantha Rush and Benita Ballentine (Warren); aunt, Martha Belle Marrow; uncle, Marshall Alston; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Viewing will be held from noon-7 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2013, at the funeral home and at the church one hour prior to the service.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4-7 p.m., Friday, for a walk through visitation and all other times at the residence.

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Arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.

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Bernice Arrington

OXFORD — Bernice “Doddie” Arrington, 79, a resident of 7529 Sam Young Road, Oxford, died Monday, May 20, 2013, at Granville Medical Center in Oxford.

A housewife, she was an active member of Refuge Temple.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Hester and Joyce Cozart, both of Oxford; seven sons, William Cozart, Lee Roy Hester and Ricky Arrington, all of Oxford, Thurman Hester of Athens, Ga., Sammy Hester of Atlanta, Ga., Luther Hester of California, and Ben Arrington of Franklinton; 26 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 3 p.m., in the Betts & Son Funeral Home Chapel with eulogy delivered by the Rev. Ben Arrington.

Interment will follow in the Whetstone Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

A viewing will take place from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2013, at the funeral home.

The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home and other times at 3092 Sterl Carrington Road, Oxford.

Services are by Betts & Son Funeral Home.

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Alfred L. Davis

WARRENTON — Alfred Lawrence Davis, 96, died, on Friday, May 17, 2013, at his home, 216 E. Bute St., Warrenton.

Born on Oct. 4, 1916, in Warren County, he was the son of the late Alfred and Mary Annie Davis. He was baptized early in life and joined Coley Springs Baptist Church. While a member there, he served as president of the Men’s Club, and was an active member until his health declined.

Davis was educated in the Warren County School System.

On May 23, 1941, he was inducted into the U.S. Army. His tours of duty included Guadalcanal, New Guinea and the Northern Solomons. On Sept. 1, 1945, he was honorably discharged with the American Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and three Bronze Service Stars.

On April 4, 1945, he was united in Holy matrimony to Lucille Tally in Bronx, N.Y. They returned to Warren County, where he renewed his interest in farming. In later years, he was employed at Warren General Hospital.

Preceding him in death were his wife of 62 years, Lucille; his parents; four sisters; and two brothers.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, May 24, 2013, at 1 p.m., at Coley Springs Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Carson F. Jones Jr., pastor, will deliver the eulogy. Interment will follow in the Davis Family Cemetery in Warrenton.

Survivors include: five sons, Larry of Aiken, S.C., Ralph of Wise, Danny of Baltimore, Md., and Anders Wayne and Roger of the home; one sister: Ora V. Wilson of Warrenton; 10 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by R.H. Greene Funeral Home of Warrenton.

Oscar C. Hamme Jr.

BUTNER — Oscar Cornell Hamme Jr., 72, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at his home.

He was the son of the late Oscar C. Hamme Sr. and Lucy Davis Hamme, He was a retired auto sales representative.

Hamme was a 1958 graduate of Mary Potter Academy. He attended Tennessee State University under a baseball scholarship and played semi-pro baseball with the Elm Hill Braves in Nashville, Tenn. He was considered by several professional baseball teams, but his career was cut short by an untimely shoulder injury. He was an avid golfer.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Sizemore Hamme; four children, Michael, Dianne, Veronica and Shirley; two sisters, Carolyn Allen and Geraldine Downey; eight grandchildren; and four-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 1 p.m., at Wright Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Michael Alston. Burial will be in the Hardie Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. A viewing will take place Friday, May 24, 2013, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at Wright Funeral Home.

Patrick O. Jones

OXFORD — Patrick O’Neal Jones, 34, a resident of 109 Willow Place, Oxford, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by Betts & Son Funeral Home in Oxford.

Mable Ragland

HENDERSON — Mable Ragland, 91, of 431 College St., Henderson, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson.

Arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.