Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Oct. 15, 2013 @ 05:15 PM

George V. Boyd III

WALDORF, Md. — Retired Lt. Col. George Venable Boyd III, 71, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013.

Born Jan. 3, 1942, in Franklin, Tenn., he was the oldest son of the late George Venable Boyd II and the late Sarah Elizabeth (Beasley) Boyd.

An avid fan and 1965 graduate of N.C. State University, Lt. Col. Boyd led a 22-year military career. He lived in Wyoming, Florida, California, Ohio, Maryland, and Massachusetts, where he worked with the man space and shuttle program and missile defense systems programs (specifically, the Apollo missions), ending his career as chief of acquisition systems management of the Inspector General.

This full career continued after retirement from the U.S. Air Force as he worked in defense contracting most recently with Navy Manufacturing Technology at Indian Head. Gardening and tending to his vegetables filled his spare time, while he most enjoyed attending N.C. State football games, cheering on the Wolfpack with his three brothers. He spent the summers vacationing at the beach or visiting Disney World with his three children and six grandchildren. His love of country and family was unwavering.

George was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 46 years, Patricia Eckols Boyd of Waldorf, Md.

He is survived by his daughters, Michelle Boyd Goodsite (Daniel) of Acworth, Ga., Tricia Kinnier Ledford (Keith) of Blue Ridge, Ga., and Amy Boyd Willard (Eric) of Pinnacle; and his grandchildren, Hannah Grace Goodsite, Tommy Keith Ledford III, Walker Daniel Goodsite, Clara Jane Willard, Addie Elizabeth Willard and Tatum Kinnier Ledford. He is also survived by three brothers, James Beasley Boyd (Cathy), Franklin Kinnier Boyd (Patricia, deceased) and Richard Dodd Boyd (Kathy Rodgers).

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Greenlawn Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park Serenity Gardens in Columbia, S.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fisher House (, Wounded Warrior (, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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Elizabeth C. Borden

HENDERSON — Mrs. Elizabeth Corbitt Toepleman Borden, 92, passed away at her home on Oct. 15, 2013, after a period of declining health.

Born in Henderson on Aug. 9, 1921, she was the daughter of Frederick Leroy Toepleman and Elizabeth Corbitt Toepleman. She was the granddaughter of Richard J. Corbitt, founder and principal owner of The Corbitt Company, and Jennie Shaw Corbitt, who published “Miss Jennie’s Cookbook” and operated The Little Hotel.

She attended local schools in her early years, graduated from Saint Catherine’s School in Richmond, Va., in 1939, Saint Mary’s Junior College in Raleigh in 1941 and Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., in 1943.

She was a former member and president of the Maria Parham Hospital Guild; former member of the N.C. Museum of Art Foundation Board; a former and long time docent at the N.C. Museum of Art; a former board member of the Vance County Arts Council; former board member of Friends of the Library; and a member of the Henderson Garden Club, ALMA Club, Tuesday Club and The National Society of Colonial Dames of America.

She was a longtime member of The Church of the Holy Innocents, where she served as a member of the Vestry, president of Episcopal Churchwomen and chairman of the Alter Guild.

She enjoyed sailing, golf, skiing, gardening and participated in all these activities for many years.

Mrs. Borden is survived by her husband of 68 years, Albert G. Borden; her daughters, Emily Borden Ragsdale of Jamestown and Wilmington, Mary Borden Currin and husband Benjamin McNinch Currin of Raleigh; a son, John Crain Borden and wife Monica Patchell Borden of Raleigh; four grandchildren, Thomas Albert Ragsdale, Katharine Coffin Ragsdale, Elizabeth Currin Houston and husband Michael and Ellen Corbitt Currin; and her devoted caregivers, Susie Fields, Ruby Venable, Elizabeth Whitley, Cherita Hargrove, Charlotte Harris, Angie Ellington and Pam Evans.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at The Church of the Holy Innocents by Rev. Donald A. Lowery, with reception following in the Parish Hall.

At other times, the family will receive friends at the home, 1930 Parker Lane.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Church of the Holy Innocents, 210 South Chestnut Street, Henderson, NC 27536, or to Community Home Care and Hospice, 152 Zeb Robinson Road, Henderson, NC 27537.

Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.

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Charles F. Blackburn

HENDERSON — Charles Franklin Blackburn, of 645 Lakeview Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in a local nursing home.

Born on April 30, 1925, in Cleveland, Tenn., he was the son of the late George Cline Blackburn of Johnson City, Tenn., and Anne Rosson Templeton of Scottsboro, Ala.

Mr. Blackburn graduated from Henderson High School in 1942, where he had been a drummer in the marching band directed by Thomas Hearne that marched down Fifth Avenue in New York City in the spring of his senior year. He attended Davidson College in 1942-43, but left to enter the U.S. Navy, training as a pilot for service in World War II.

After graduating from law school at Washington & Lee University, Mr. Blackburn was admitted to the bar in North Carolina and established Blackburn & Blackburn, Attorneys at Law, with his older brother George in 1949. Their firm subsequently merged with the firm of Perry & Kittrell.

After serving as prosecuting attorney for Vance County from 1950 to 1954, Mr. Blackburn was elected to the 1959 session of the state Senate representing Vance, Warren, Halifax and Northampton counties. Gov. Terry Sanford appointed him to the N.C. Commission for the Study of Exceptionally Talented Children (1959-61) and as a member and then chairman of the John H. Kerr Reservoir Development Commission (1962-67). He was city attorney of Henderson (1966) and was the first chairman of the Board of Trustees of Vance County Technical Institute (1969) and of Vance-Granville Community College, serving as chairman until 1977 and seeing the college through its move to its present campus.

Mr. Blackburn was president of the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce (1977-78) and was named its Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1990. Mr. Blackburn served for many years in the N.C. Army National Guard, retiring with the U.S. Army rank of colonel in 1985, after serving several years as judge advocate general for North Carolina. He received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 1965 during the administration of Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Thalia Jane Tillman Blackburn of the home; his son, Charles F. Blackburn Jr. and wife Marsha of Raleigh; his granddaughter, Katherine of Raleigh; and several nephews and nieces.

A private graveside service will be held by the family at Elmwood Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Rose Chapel of First United Methodist Church by Dr. John M. Check.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church parlor.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 114 Church Street, Henderson, NC 27536.

Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.

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Harry Bullock

HENDERSON — Harry Bullock, 75, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at Brian Health Center in Durham.

The family is receiving friends at the residence.

Arrangements will be announced by Garnes & Toney Funeral Home.



Frances L. Ellis

KENBRIDGE, Va. — Frances Leonard Ellis died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Antioch United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Blaylock Funeral Home, which accepts online condolences at



Robert T. Hawkins

HENDERSON — Robert Thomas Hawkins, 71, of 1020 Harriett Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham.

Arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.



Mary C. Ingold

STEM — Mary Coley Ingold died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.

A funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Stem United Methodist Church by Rev. Brock Meyers. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the Stem Ruritan Club building.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stem United Methodist Church, c/o Sandra Beasley, 2070 Sanders Road, Stem, NC 27581.

Arrangements are by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home, which accepts online condolences at



Bobbie C. Jackson

CREEDMOOR — Bobbie Grace Currin Jackson, 80, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at Rex Healthcare.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Creedmoor by Rev. Dan Hill. Burial will be in Carolina Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the Eakes Funeral Home.

Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church, 1512 Beaver Dam Road, Creedmoor, NC 27522, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3739 National Drive, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27609.

Arrangements are by Eakes Funeral Home, which accepts online condolences at



Chanee Taylor

WARRENTON — Chanee Taylor, 39, of 121 Enchanted Forest Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Duke University Medical Center.

A funeral will be held at noon Thursday, Oct. 17, at Boyd’s Funeral Services Chapel by Rev. Donna Brown. Burial will follow in the Snow Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Viewing will be today, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Boyd’s Funeral Services Chapel.



McCoy Thorpe

OXFORD — McCoy Thorpe, 79, of 8186 Charlie Stovall Road, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Person Memorial Hospital in Roxboro.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Betts & Son Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the St. Matthew Baptist Church Cemetery.

Viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, Oct. 16, at Betts & Son Funeral Home.

Arrangements are by Betts & Son Funeral Home, which accepts online condolences at