Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Charles T. Johnson Jr.
WARRENTON — Charles Thomas Johnson Jr., 84, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at Maria Parham Medical Center after eight years of declining health.
He was a Seaboard native born the only child to the late Charles Thomas Johnson Sr. and Lena Thelma Barnes Johnson.
Charlie attended elementary and secondary school in Seaboard until the 12th grade, when he transferred to Roanoke Rapids High School and graduated with the class of 1947.
Mr. Johnson graduated from Wake Forest College in 1951 and completed one year at Wake Forest School of Law before being drafted into the U.S. Army in December of 1952. He served two years in the Adjutant General’s Office at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. He was discharged from the Army in August of 1954 and returned to law school at Wake Forest. He graduated in 1956; his was the last law school class on the “old campus” in the town of Wake Forest. He attended the bar review on the new WFU campus in Winston-Salem, but his collegiate loyalty was always to the “old campus.” He was admitted to the N.C. Bar in 1956.
Charlie began his legal career in the law office of William W. Taylor Jr. in Warrenton. Mr. Taylor and Charlie had a mentor-mentee relationship that developed into a staunch friendship that lasted until Mr. Taylor’s death 52 years later. In late 1959, Charlie joined the Trust Department of First Citizens Bank and moved first to Raleigh and later to Kinston. During those same years, Mr. Taylor opened a law office in Raleigh and left his Warrenton office. In 1962, Charlie returned to Warrenton and continued the practice that Mr. Taylor had begun. He practiced law until January of 2012. Throughout many of those years, Mr. Taylor’s sister, Lenora Taylor, was Charlie’s faithful and beloved secretary.
In his deliberate and unassuming way, Charlie was the quintessential country lawyer. He belonged to the N.C. Bar Association and the American Bar Association, but his legal focus and interests were devoted to Warrenton and Warren County, both of which he served as attorney for many decades. For him, the most pleasurable activities in law practice included legal research, preparation of cases, drafting documents, settling estates, tax work and conferences with clients. His conferences usually resulted in leisurely conversations, especially if the client was a farmer, because Charlie loved farming almost as much as he loved practicing law. His farm in Northampton County, which had belonged to his family for 100 years, was always special to him.
Charlie enjoyed being a member of the “Old Rotary Club” that met weekly in the Hotel Warren. He was a casual golfer who never hurried. He was a dedicated member of the Warrenton Baptist Church where he served in many capacities, including as a deacon, chairman of the diaconate, Sunday school teacher, trustee, chairman and member of numerous committees and pastor committees.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mildred Stewart Crinkley Johnson; his son, Charles T. “Jay” Johnson III of Warrenton; his son, Stewart Lewis Johnson and wife Anne Murray Middleton; and his granddaughters, Tyler Middleton Johnson and Kendall Middleton Johnson, all of Raleigh.
Dr. Jody Wright and Rev. Thomas Bodkin will conduct funeral services at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Warrenton Baptist Church, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery. There will be a reception in the Allen Bible Class at the church following the committal service at Fairview Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Julius E. Banzet III, Dr. W. Rodwell Drake, David Gardner, Thomas Flythe, Bernard Harrell, W. Jack Harris, Marvin P. Rooker and Charles C. White.
Any memorials may be made to the Food Bank of Eastern NC, 3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Blaylock Funeral Home in Warrenton.
Arrangements are by Blaylock Funeral Home, which accepts online condolences at blaylockfh.com.
Tucker J. Stanton
HENDERSON — Tucker Jerry Stanton, age 82, a resident of 1350 South Lake Lodge Road, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at his home.
Born in Vance County on March 5, 1931, he was the son of the late Tucker Ballard Stanton and Lucy Conn Stanton.
He was a retired assistant plant manager for the former Harriet & Henderson Yarns Inc., South Henderson Plant. Mr. Stanton was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, having served during the Korean conflict. He also was a member of Union Chapel United Methodist Church, where he was active in many capacities, including cooking the church stew using his own recipe for their fundraisers.
Funeral services with military honors will be held Thursday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. at Union Chapel United Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. Joseph Precht. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Roberts Stanton of the home; two daughters, Kathy S. Faucette and husband Paul of Henderson and Susan S. Cottrell and husband Todd of Henderson; a son, Jerry Scott Stanton of Henderson; five grandchildren, Preston Wade and wife Jennifer, Eric Faucette, Katelann Stanton, Jeremy Faucette and Scott Stanton Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Laci Wade and Stella Wade; two sisters, Anne S. Briggs and husband Elvin of Burlington and Frances S. Matthews and husband Eddie of Henderson; and two brothers, Billy C. Stanton and wife Elsie of Henderson and Charles A. Stanton and wife Natashia of Henderson.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jason Wade, and a sister, Jewel Stanton.
The family will receive friends prior to the service on Thursday in the Union Chapel fellowship hall from 12:30 to 2 p.m. At other times they will be at the home.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Eric Faucette, Jeremy Faucette, Saul Esparza, Durwood Wells, Ralph Ross, Joe Ledford, Tony Sanford, Eddie Matthews, Preston Wade and Scott Stanton Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Earls, Dale Lent, Barney Bullock and the men of Union Chapel United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Union Chapel UMC Cemetery Fund, C/O David Pulley, 6479 Raleigh Road, Kittrell, NC 27544.
The family would like to thank the entire Oncology Department at Maria Parham Medical Center, especially Dr. Ivy Altamare and Mr. Stanton’s hospice nurse, Jamie Elliott.
Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.
Lilly F. Colmant
HENDERSON — Lilly Dare Pitts Finch Colmant, 87, formerly of Henderson, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, in Live Oak, Fla.
Born Dec. 27, 1925, in Alton, Va., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Cornelia Pitts.
She was the widow of James Finch and John Colmant.
Mrs. Colmant was a retired registered nurse. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Live Oak. She was a former MYF and 4-H leader along with other youth activities in both church and school. She was a past member of the Epsom Eastern Star and Henderson Business and Professional Women’s Club.
A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at 10:30 a.m. in the Finch Family Cemetery, conducted by Dr. Donald A. Perkinson.
Surviving are a daughter, Cheryl Finch Wallin and husband Ron; three sons, Jim Finch, Charles Finch and wife Kelly and Clay Colmant and wife Beverly; six grandchildren, Chris Finch, Travis Finch, Tyler Finch, Mary Beth Finch, Brian Wallin and Rachel Wallin.
In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian Finch.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall at Gillburg United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gillburg United Methodist Church, 4815 N.C. 39 South, Henderson, NC 27537; or to Tujje Ministries Inc. (a Ugandan mission founded by her daughter and son-in-law), 638 Riverside Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410.
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home.
Helen A. Daniel
OXFORD — Helen Averett Daniel died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in the fellowship hall of Mt. Zion Baptist Church by Rev. Keith Williams. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends prior to the service Friday, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1171 U.S. 158 West, Oxford, N.C. 27565.
Arrangements are by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home, which accepts online condolences at hallwynne.com.
NORLINA — Blanche Davis, 91, of 888 Largo Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Maria Parham Medical Center.
Arrangements will be announced later by Boyd’s Funeral Services in Warrenton.
David L. Harris
HENDERSON — David Lawrence Harris, 19, of 1001 Water Street, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.
Arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.
William R. Harris
HENDERSON — William Ransom Harris, 82, of Sombrero Lane, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in the Watson Family Cemetery in Elizabethtown.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.
Bettie R. Jiggetts
NORLINA — Bettie R. Jiggetts, 81, of 5-B Rosewood Village Apartments, died Jan. 13, 2014, at Granville Medical Center.
Arrangements will be announced by R.H. Greene Funeral Home in Warrenton.