Sunday, December 23, 2012

Dec. 22, 2012 @ 06:29 PM

John I. Crews

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — John Irvin Crews died peacefully on Dec. 17, 2012, at age 97.

Born Aug. 24, 1915, in the hamlet of Saxe, Va., to Walter Henry Crews and Mabel Jeremy Crews, John I., as he was affectionately called, was married to the late Jane Wilkinson Crews of South Boston.

He is survived by his brother, Ralph Crews (Betty) of Minnesota, and sister-in-law, Clarice Crews of South Boston, Va. His brothers Lewis, David and Arthur Gray Crews; and his sister, Elizabeth C. Lawson, preceded him in death.

Also surviving are his children, Jerry C. Williams (Mike) of Henderson, Corbin C. Harwood (John) of Washington, D.C., and Jack Crews (Meg) of Richmond, Va.; seven grandchildren, Jennifer W. Rudolph (Rohan), Wake Forest, Lawson Williams (Katie), Wake Forest, Mary Kathryn Wood (Henry), Boulder, Colo., Margaret C. Bond (Sam), Atlanta, Ga.; John Crews, Washington, D.C., Clare Harwood, New Orleans, La., and Tim Harwood, Washington, D.C.; and 11 great-grandchildren, Will, Olivia, Ella Rudolph, Patrick, David, Colin, Hayes Williams, Miller, Lucy Gray, Bridger Wood, and Ellie Bond.

Companions, Kenneth and Carolyn Wilmoth; and caregivers, Edna Fields, Phillias Carrington and Claudine Royster held a special place in his heart.

John I. graduated from the University of Richmond where he joined the Kappa Sigma fraternity. A member of The Greatest Generation, he enlisted in the Coast Guard during World War II. Lt. Crews served his country with distinction and was one of the last crew members to vacate his burning ship, the Wakefield, as it was evacuating civilians from Europe. He was stationed in Greenland for much of the war and, at age 88, enjoyed revisiting his former base.

John I. grew up during the Depression, which taught him the value of a dollar and the importance of a positive outlook on life. He developed a flair for business as a child while helping at his father’s country store. After World War II, he owned and operated Wyatt & Crews wholesale grocery in South Boston. At age 65, he retired from that business and moved to his beloved farm on the Staunton River in Mt. Laurel. There he founded Camp Staunton Meadows, a summer youth camp with an international reputation. He remained active in every aspect of the camp until he was 88 years old.

As much as he loved his work, John I. loved even more to tell a good story, to learn a new word each day, and to take advantage of the good things in life. But he loved his children most. He always encouraged them to push a little harder .. and in return, they knew he would be there for them when needed. He was an exemplary father. His days in the Coast Guard showed him a world he had never before seen. He wanted to make sure his children saw it as well.

A civic leader, John I. was the last surviving charter member of the Rotary Club of South Boston. He also served on the boards of the South Boston Bank & Trust Co., First Federal Savings & Loan, the Halifax Regional Hospital and the South Boston School Board. He particularly enjoyed lunches at Ernies and monthly dinners with the DunRoamin supper club among friends who, like him, were dun roamin’.
John I. was a lifelong member of the Southall Memorial United Methodist Church in Saxe, Va.

Interment will be private. Friends are invited to a reception on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2012, at 5 p.m., at the Prizery where memories can be shared while celebrating the life of this extraordinary man. Nobody liked a party better than John I. He would approve.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations are asked to consider the South Boston-Halifax County Museum, 1540 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston, VA 24592; the Prizery, 700 Bruce Street, South Boston, VA 24592; or the Southall Memorial United Methodist Church, 6220 Saxkey Road, Saxe, Virginia 23967.

Powell Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Paid Obituary

Katharine E. Crowder

RALEIGH — Katharine Elizabeth Crowder of Raleigh died peacefully at her home, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.

She was born in Ridgeway, NC in Warren County, June 28, 1915. Ms. Crowder was the daughter of Sallie Bet Watkins and Joseph Jones Crowder. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Stephen L Crowder (Estelle) and J. Jeff Crowder (Hildreth Parker) of Raleigh.

Known in the Raleigh community as a pioneer in fashion merchandising, Katharine Crowder was the owner of “Katharine Crowder’s Intimate Shop.” The shop, one of the first of its kind in the southeast, opened in Brittan’s downtown Raleigh location in 1956. The shop moved in 1967 to Cameron Village. She operated that store until her retirement in 1997. Prior to owning her own store, Ms. Crowder was a Divisional Merchandising manager for “Taylor’s” which became Ivey-Taylor’s and then Dillard’s. During her years in merchandising she gave many young people their first career opportunity, encouraged them to get a college degree, and lectured at local collages on careers in fashion. She was an advocate of women owned businesses and frequently lectured on the subject.

Throughout her life, Katharine Crowder was known as a friend by many. She loved entertaining in her home where she was noted for her entertaining style, good food and lovely fresh flower arrangements from her garden. Each summer one of her joys was gathering figs from her ancient fig tree and making fig preserves and fig pickles which she distributed among friends and family. In her early years, swimming, reading and basketball were among her hobbies.

Ms. Crowder was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Raleigh Merchant’s Association, and Cameron Village Merchant’s Association.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the caregivers who cared for Katharine in recent years including Brenda Lyons, Pennie Currie, Donnia Melvin, Shakeema Amerson and, in former years, Binelle Whitaker and Lizzie Anderson. Countless friends, who were like extended family, provided spiritual support, humor, joy and nourishment throughout Katharine’s life and never wavered in their love. To all those individuals, we extend our deepest thanks.

Survivors include her niece, Jo Crowder Dermid (Joel A. Dermid, Jr.), two great nieces, Elizabeth Dermid Harmon (Daniel Thomas Harmon) and Amanda Dermid Robinson (Jimmy Ray Robinson), all of Nashville, Tenn.; four great-great-nephews, Joel Thomas Harmon, William Alexander Harmon, Darian Patrick Robinson and Langston Brooks Robinson all of Nashville, Tenn.; Cousins Carolyn C. Riddick of Raleigh, and Susan Sundberg (Dr. Richard Sundberg) of Tiberon, Calif., as well as many other cousins and close friends who were her extended family.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Christ Episcopal Church, 120 East Edenton St., Raleigh. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the parlor of the church. Katharine Crowder will be buried in Ridgeway. The graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at the cemetery beside The Chapel of the Good Shepherd.

Memorial donations may be sent to “The Chapel of the Good Shepherd”, PO BOX 70, Ridgeway NC 27570; or to Christ Episcopal Church,PO Box 25778, Raleigh NC 27611.
Arrangements are by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary’s Street Raleigh. Condolences may made through

Paid Obituary

Johnny H. Hamm

HENDERSON — Johnny Hartwell “Jack” Hamm, age 85, a resident of Henderson, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at the Durham VA Hospital. Born on July 14, 1927 in Vance County, he was the son of the late John Hamm and Elizabeth Ayscue Hamm. Mr. Hamm was a veteran of the United States Navy serving during World War II. He was a member of North Henderson Baptist Church and was a retired self-employed carpenter.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at 11 a.m., at North Henderson Baptist Church by the Rev. Brent Kasey. Burial will follow in the New Sandy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel Wilson Hamm of the home; and one son, J. H. Hamm Jr. and wife, Kathie W. Hamm, of Henderson.

The family will receive friends today, from 7-8:30 p.m., at J. M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home of J. H. and Kathie Hamm at 692 Horseshoe Bend Road, Henderson, NC 27537.

Serving as active pall bearers will be Mac Wilson, Barry Horton, Jay Beck, Jr. Ricky Beck, Lawrence Clark and Pete Smith. Serving as honorary pall bearers will be all members of the Kerr Lake Fords Car Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to North Henderson Baptist Church, 1211 N. Garnett Street, Henderson, NC 27536.

Arrangements are by J. M. White Funeral Home.

Paid Obituary

Felix C. Simmons

HENDERSON — Felix Calvin Simmons, age 89, a resident of 2320 Woodland Road, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson.

Felix was a model of love and compassion toward his family and community. He served God with all his heart as a faithful servant of Christ in the church and the world. He enthusiastically enjoyed building his relationships in the community through service. Many of his tireless efforts go unnoticed. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He impacted his family as he showered them with laughter, love and kindness.

Felix was born on April 21, 1923, in Caswell County. He was the son of the late Elisha Simmons and Martha Rice Simmons. Felix was a Veteran of the United States Army serving during World War II. He was the owner and operator of Simmons Ford and Henderson Toyota. He enjoyed contributing to his community in many ways.

He was a member of the Henderson Lions Club, serving as its president for several years. He was a former director of the Salvation Army and served as chairman of the board. He also served as a director and chairman of the Vance County American Red Cross. Felix served other organizations such as director of the Vance County United Way.

He was a recipient of the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award for Automotive Excellence and Community Service in 1990. In 1991, he was recognized as the Henderson-Vance County Citizen of the Year. His life of compassion and service spread through the community in many other capacities that are not listed here. Felix was an active member of The First Baptist Church, serving as a deacon, chairman of the Baptist Men, Sunday School teacher, and he was particularly fond of singing in the choir.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at 11 a.m., at The First Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. Ronald Cava and the Rev. Dr. Marion D. Lark. A private burial will follow in the Union Ridge Christian Church Cemetery in Burlington.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Pace Simmons of the home; one daughter, Cindy S. Simpson and husband, Jim of Henderson; one son, Ken Simmons and wife, Cathy, of Burke, Va.; two sisters, Frances S. Gilliam and Grace S. Shambley, both of Burlington; six grandchildren, Kelly S. Scupelli, Kimberly S. Jones, James Simpson, III, Justin Simmons, Ashley Simmons and Ryan Simmons; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the home at 2320 Woodland Road.

Serving as pall bearers will be Tom McBride, Dr. Richard Noel, Dr. Phil Young, Dickie Whitten, Dr. Franklin Mills, Dr. Beverly Tucker, Dr. Reginald Tucker, David Hicks, Dr. Joe Callahan, Dr. Bill Dennis, Buddy Thomas, Frank Madigan, John McBride, Bob Hubbard, John Falkner, Dr. Roddy Drake, Jonathan O’Geary, Tommy Haithcock, Norman Haithcock, Davis Hale, Tony Forsythe, J. J. Johnson, David Hicks and T. J. Julius.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Choir Fund, P. O. Box 75, Henderson, NC 27536.

Arrangements are by J. M. White Funeral Home.

Paid Obituary

Dianne F. Ayscue

NORLINA — Dianne Faucette Ayscue, 59, a resident of 107 Dianne Drive, Henderson, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson.

Born in Vance County on March 24, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Marshall David Faucette and Nannie Elizabeth Short Williams.

She was employed as a caregiver, and was a member of South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church and the W. M. Ministry.

Graveside services will be held today, at 3:30 p.m., at New Sandy Creek Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. Gene Wood.

She is survived by her husband, Buck Ayscue of the home; three sons, Tracy Ayscue and Adrian Ayscue of Henderson and Buck Ayscue Jr. of the home; one sister, Irene Ayscue of Vicksboro; seven grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

The family will receive friends at the home of Irene Ayscue at 107 Irene Drive in the Vicksboro Community, and immediately following the service at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dianne Faucette 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.

Glen A. Pierce

HENDERSON — Glen Alan Pierce, 29, a resident of 144 Lynnhaven Ave., Henderson, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson.

Born Aug. 5, 1983, in Los Angeles, Calif., he was the son of Lore Nohles Lis of Sunland, Calif., and David Alan Pierce of Henderson.

He was a former correctional officer for the prison in Warrenton.

Services will be held at a later date in California.

Arrangements are by J. M. White Funeral Home.

Hardy Small

HENDERSON — Hardy Small, 73 of 100 Spring Valley Road, Henderson, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at his residence.

Family received friends at the residence.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.