Sunday, May 25, 2014

May. 24, 2014 @ 04:09 PM

Ruth K. Bain

HENDERSON — Ruth Virginia Kerton Bain, age 88, a resident of 203 Red Bud Circle, died Friday, May 23, 2014, at Maria Parham Hospital.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, on Oct. 31, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Richard Lee Kerton and the late Minnie Carter Kerton.

She was a member of Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, Virginia, and was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Henderson and the Red Hat Society.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Henderson by the Rev. Keith Benze. Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia, by the Rev. John Monroe.

She is survived by one daughter, Suzanne B. Lambert and husband Dennis of Henderson; one son, Kenneth L. Bain and wife Marcia of Chesapeake, Virginia; five grandchildren: Kenneth Bain Jr., Lindsey B. Warringer, Elizabeth B. Aylesworth, Katherine L. Farrell and Taylor Lambert; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Tyrer G. Bain Jr.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service on Tuesday in the fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church. At other times they will be at the home of Suzanne and Dennis Lambert at 1437 Peace Street, Henderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 914 Henderson, NC 27536, in memory of Ruth K. Bain.

Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.

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William A. Burnette

OXFORD — William “Bill” Alexander Burnette, 70, of Oxford died on May 23, 2014.

He was a native of Granville County, son of the late Fenton and Laura Burnette. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be held at Gentry-Newell and Vaughan prior to the services from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, May 26. Funeral services will be held in the chapel at the funeral home following visitation at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Glenn Stallsmith.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Nancy Stebbins Burnette of the home; one son, David F. Burnette (Renee) of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; a sister, Joyce B. O’Brien (Charles) of Longwood, Florida; and three grandchildren, Brandon Burnette, Colin Burnette and Abby Burnette.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Salem United Methodist Church, c/o Phyllis Stark, 6639 Horner Siding Road, Oxford, NC 27565, or to the Harold Sherman Adult Day Care Center, 1038 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565.

Condolences can be made online at

Arrangements are by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan.

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Dr. William B. Tucker Sr.

HENDERSON — Dr. William Beverly Tucker Sr., 73, of Henderson, died in the comfort of his family and friends at his home on Friday, May 23, 2014.

Born on April 17, 1941, to G.R. and Maude Tucker of Hertford in Perquimans County, Dr. Tucker received his baccalaureate and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following dual training in internal medicine and pediatrics, he was one of the first physicians in the U.S. to complete rigorous certification in family medicine (which he faithfully maintained throughout his career). During the Vietnam War, he served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.

Upon completion of medical residency training in Chapel Hill, Bev moved with his wife, Anne, and their young children to Henderson, where he spent the next 34 years as a family medicine physician.

Service to God, family and community was an organizing principle in Dr. Tucker’s life. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Henderson for over 40 years, where he chaired the board of deacons and sang in the chancel choir. As one of the first members of the Laffman Sunday School Class, he and his friends pushed themselves toward active spiritual engagement with one another as well as with people of other faiths and congregations in the community.

He was instrumental in the formation and early development of the YMCA of Henderson, which now serves over 6,000 people. In his 38 years as a member of Rotary, he was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Dr. Tucker worked diligently for the improvement of local schools, giving free physicals, mentoring aspiring students and chairing the Vance County Public School Foundation. During his years as chairman of the Maria Parham Medical Center board, he acted as an effective advocate for the citizens of Vance County while shepherding a sustaining merger of MPMC with the Duke LifePoint system. Among other benefits to the Vance County region, this merger endowed a community foundation with assets of over $30 million.

Dr. Tucker maintained an appointment as adjunct associate professor in the departments of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Duke University Medical School. Many aspiring nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians and residents came to study with and work alongside Dr. Tucker and his partners at Henderson Family Medicine.

During his medical career, Dr. Tucker served as chief of staff of Maria Parham Hospital, and was a councilor for Region 2 of the N.C. Medical Society. In 1984, he presided over the Seaboard Medical Association, which covers coastal Virginia and the Carolinas. For 25 years, Dr. Tucker was Vance County’s medical examiner. He directed medical care at the Senior Citizens’ Nursing Home and provided on-site medical supervision for the local hospital’s cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation program at the YMCA.

In retirement, he was passionate about his volunteer activities. He traveled to Nicaragua and Panama as a volunteer to help build schools, libraries and medical clinics. As a very skilled tennis player, he won many state and national matches well into his late 60s.

Dr. Tucker was frequently recognized for service to his local and regional communities. Most recently, these include the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus of the UNC School of Medicine and the Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Citizen of the Year.

On a national level, Duke LifePoint Healthcare honored him with its highest award for service and leadership for 2013.

In 2008, an endowed scholarship was created in Dr. Tucker’s name by the Guild Gift Gallery at Maria Parham Medical Center, honoring Dr. Tucker’s years of service to the hospital as both a physician and volunteer. It was presented as a gift of $25,000 to the Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund to be awarded in perpetuity.

In 2009, he received the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Professional Award (Occoneechee Council). During 2013-2014, the Laffman Class created Bev’s Baptist Buddies to participate in the Angels Among Us events for the benefit of the Preston R. Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. Through their contributions and matching funds, an amount of $24,000 was donated in Dr. Tucker’s name.

Dr. Tucker was a man of vision and careful consideration. His counsel was highly valued by all. He was direct, honest and sincere — with wit and a great social presence. At the 2012 Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year award ceremonies, the following (authored by Sarah Patton Boyle) was read as a summary of Dr. Tucker’s spirit:

“He is one whose glory is an inner glory, one who places culture above prosperity, fairness above comfort, courtesy above triumph, courage above safety, kindness above welfare, honor above success.”

Dr. Tucker is survived by his wife of 50 years, Anne Brinn Tucker; sons William Beverly Tucker Jr. (Jennifer) of Denver, Colorado, and Preston M. Tucker (Sarah) of Berkeley, California; daughters Megan Tucker Adkins (Robby) of Raleigh and Blair Tucker Tate (Knox) of Hickory; grandchildren Reese and Holland Tucker; Liam and Lincoln Tucker; Tucker and Molly Adkins; Lewis, Fletcher and Watts Tate; and the last of many faithful golden retrievers, Max. Dr. Tucker’s brother and longtime medical partner, Reginald Tucker (Maude), lives in Chapel Hill.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 27, at 2 p.m. at The First Baptist Church of Henderson by Dr. Marion D. Lark and Dr. Ronald S. Cava. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.

The family requests that gestures of remembrance be in the form of donations to Vance County Public School Foundation, P.O. Box 2956, Henderson, NC, 27536.

Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.

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Joseph L. Bullock

HENDERSON — Joseph Louis Bullock, 61, of Peachtree Street, died Friday, May 23, 2014, at his residence.

Arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.



Keith H. Harris

HENDERSON — Keith Hartwell Harris, 57, of Henderson, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at his home.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by J.M. White Funeral Home.



Samuel Hayes Sr.

HENDERSON — Samuel Hayes Sr., 72, of 615 Rowland Street, died Friday, May 23, 2014, at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham.

Arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.



Gwendolyn W. Spruill

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Mrs. Gwendolyn Wilson Spruill, age 62 of Brooklyn, New York and formerly of Warren County, North Carolina, died Monday, May 19, 2014, at Brooklyn Medical Center.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Baptist Church in Warrenton, North Carolina. Rev. Eddie W. Lawrence, pastor, will officiate and burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Viewing is Monday, May 26, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Boyd’s Funeral Services Chapel in Warrenton.

Arrangements are by Boyd’s Funeral Services.



RoAnn M. Venable

HENDERSON — RoAnn Miles Venable, 73, of 836 High St., died Friday,

May 23, 2014, at her residence.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, at Spring Street Missionary Baptist Church by Pastor Anthony Vickers. Interment will follow at Ilong Baptist Church Cemetery.

Viewing will be from noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday in the chapel and at the church one hour prior to the service. The family is receiving friends at the residence.

Arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.