Saturday, September 28, 2013
George E. Spain
RALEIGH — George Eugene Spain died on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.
He was the son of David Allen Spain and Lena Jennie Sanford Spain of Vance County and husband to Gladys Allen Spain of Aynor, S.C.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and five siblings, Virgie Elizabeth Spain Ball, David Allen Spain Jr., Erwin Sanford Spain, John Percy Spain and Edward Thomas Spain.
He was a graduate of Dabney High School in Vance County and Rice Business College in Charleston, S.C. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at N.C. State University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy with both radioman and signalman’s rating. Before and after his Navy service, he was a fireman for the Pennsylvania Railroad, out of Baltimore, Md. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Yosemite National Park in California.
After receiving his master’s in agronomy at N.C. State, he was employed as an agronomy extension specialist by the Cooperative Extension Service. After transitioning to the N.C. Department of Agriculture as director of the Seed and Fertilizer Division, he retired as the director of the Plant Industry Division.
He was regionally and nationally recognized for his leadership in seed testing and seed regulatory work, for his advocacy for seed analysts training and for a more prominent recognition of seed germination vigor testing. He was president of several regional and national seed associations.
He was privileged to hold leadership activities as a student, in his profession and in other interests in his life. He was a member and past president of the Capital City Kiwanis Club. He was a member of Forest Hill Baptist Church, where he was active in supporting roles for their Boy Scouts of America Troop and Explorer post. He served as institutional representative and assistant Explorer post adviser.
His life was filled with interest in rose culture, carpentry, travel, music, yard work, chair caning, walking and Christmas trees (which started as a Boy Scout project), but foremost was his family. He could be called a patriarch for many cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws, as well as his own family. He said that his life was “A miracle gift from God.”
He is survived by a daughter, Mary Spain Border and husband Chuck; and two sons, George Spain Jr. “Chuck” and wife Rebecca and Joseph Ashley Spain and wife Jo Ann Spain.
His eight grandchildren are Margaret Hogan and husband John, Rick Border, Sid Border and wife Deanna, Justin Spain, Kacy Spain, Ryan Spain, Collin Spain and Russell Lewis and wife Missy.
His great-grandchildren are Parker Hogan, Cameron Hogan, Eli Border, Logan Border, McCaul Border and Logan, Luke and Will Lewis.
In declining health, he spent his recent years in great joy and appreciation with his daughter, Mary and husband Chuck Border, in their home in the mountains of Waynesville.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at 1 p.m., with services to follow at 2 p.m. at Brown Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary’s Street, Raleigh. Burial will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park. His grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Forest Hill Baptist Church, 200 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC 27606, or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are by Brown Wynne Funeral Home.
JoAnn P. Dickerson
HENDERSON — JoAnn Pearce Dickerson, 64, of 354 LeMay Lane, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at Maria Parham Medical Center.
Born on March 26, 1949, in Vance County, she was the daughter of the late Leroy Pearce and Lily “Tiny” Pilkington Pearce.
She was employed as a cashier and clerk at Family Dollar Stores, Inc.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Sunset Gardens by Rev. Donnie Perkinson.
Mrs. Dickerson is survived by her husband, James L. Dickerson of the home; a daughter, Wendy Dickerson Riley and husband Tony of Henderson; two sons, James Eugene Dickerson and wife Donna and Jason Lee Dickerson and wife Charlene, all of Henderson; a brother, Alan Young of Brightensea, U.K.; a sister, Linda Pearce Leiber of Asheboro; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Pearce Adams.
Mrs. Dickerson’s body can be viewed at the funeral home today from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The family will receive friends at the home of Wendy and Tony Riley, 72 Bryant Abbott Road, Henderson.
Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.
Sylvia J. Hunt
HENDERSON — Sylvia Joyce Hunt, 77, of 1818 Raleigh Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in a local nursing home.
Born in Vance County on May 4, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Philip Hunt and Mabel Boyd Hunt.
Sylvia was a homemaker and a member of Union Chapel United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Union Chapel United Methodist Church by Rev. Joe Precht. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
She is survived by one sister, Ruth Hunt Branch of Henderson; two nephews, James Edward Branch III and wife Sarah of Potomac Falls, Va., and Michael Applewhite and wife Tawyna of Wake Forest; one great-niece, Lauren Rebecca Branch; and one great-nephew, Adam Winder Branch.
The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at J.M. White Funeral Home and on Saturday immediately following the service in the fellowship hall of Union Chapel United Methodist Church. At other times they will be at the home.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Dale Wilson, Brandon Harris, Woody Evans, Joel Stone, David Stone and Samuel Stone.
Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.
Alice P. Banks
CHARLOTTE — Alice Palmer Banks, 94, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Peak Resources Nursing Facility.
A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. today at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte by Rev. Mack McRae.
The family will receive visitors today from noon to 1 p.m. at the church.
Committal services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.
Arrangements are by John & Sons Mortuary Service and Boyd’s Funeral Services.
Joseph L. Bullock
MANSON — Joseph Louis Bullock, 78, of 485 County Line Road, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at his residence.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
Arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.