Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Aug. 20, 2013 @ 05:15 PM

Marvin W. Coghill Jr.

HENDERSON — Marvin Wellons Coghill Jr. passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Rex Hospital, after an illness of several months.

Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 414 Sunset Road, Wilson. Dr. Tom Watkins and Rev. James McKinnon will officiate. The burial will be private.

Marvin was born Sept. 8, 1933, in Henderson, to the late Marvin Wellons and Emma Parham Coghill. He grew up in the Bearpond Community of Vance County. He was a 1951 graduate of Henderson High School and attended N.C. State University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean War.

Shortly after his discharge from the Navy, Marvin went to work overseas in the tobacco industry. He was highly regarded in the tobacco industry throughout the world and spent many years in the Far East with Standard Commercial Tobacco Company. He was living in Thailand in 1980 when the company transferred him to Wilson, where he retired in 2000.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Fleming Coghill of the home; stepson, Jeffrey K. Fleming and wife, Kim, and their children, Peyton and Harrison of Auburn, Ala., and Lauren of Raleigh; stepson, Bradley H. Fleming and wife, Lara, and their children Noah and Abigail, of Charlotte; nephew, George P. Coghill Jr. and his daughter, Ashley, of Cary; niece, Betsy Marshburn and husband, Randy, and their children, Robert and Michael, of Cary; niece, Martha Johnson and husband, Kenny, and their children, Craig, Connor, Kyle and Korey, of Elkhorn, Neb. He is also survived by several first cousins.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Tomoe Keoto Coghill, and his brother, George Parham Coghill and wife, Sara.

Marvin was one of the founders of Wilson Youth United – The SPOT, 910 Tarboro Street, Wilson, NC 27893, an organization that is devoted to caring for kids.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be directed to this organization in his memory.

Arrangements are by Joyner’s Funeral Home, which accepts online condolences at

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Irma B. Crabtree

OXFORD — Irma Blalock Crabtree, 85, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at The Oaks at Mayview in Raleigh.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today at Oxford Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Eakes Funeral Home.



Hattie Epps

HENDERSON — Hattie Epps, 68, of 1245 Park Ave., died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Maria Parham Medical Center.

Arrangements will be announced by Boyd’s Funeral Services.



Johnny Fitts Jr.

NORLINA — Johnny Fitts Jr., 73, of 131 Fitts Drive, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at his home.

Arrangements will be announced by Boyd’s Funeral Service.