Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jan. 29, 2013 @ 08:11 PM

Joseph F. Lassiter

HENDERSON — Joseph Franklin “Joe” Lassiter, age 87, a resident of 1432 Peace St., Henderson, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at his home with members of his loving family at his side.

Born on Sept. 19, 1925, in Vance County, he was the son of the late James Franklin Lassiter and Esther Neal Lassiter. Mr. Lassiter was a veteran of the United States Army 87th Infantry Division serving under General George Patton in the European Theater, and was the recipient of several medals, including the Purple Heart. He was a retired clerk for the United States Postal Service. A lifelong member of First Congregational Christian Church, he served as a former Deacon, Trustee, Usher, and a member of the Men’s Fellowship.

A private burial with Military Honors will be held today in the New Sandy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. A memorial service will be held today, at 2 p.m., at First Congregational Christian Church by the Rev. George Williams and Dr. Ron Cava.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy Ayscue Lassiter of the home; one daughter, Mary Jo Wilson and husband, Frederick H. Wilson, of Henderson; two sons, Larry W. Lassiter and wife, Krista Perry Lassiter, of Wilson, and Robert F. Lassiter and wife, Marilyn Gregg Lassiter, of Henderson; one sister, Mildred L. Wilson of Lake Gaston; seven grandchildren, Jay and Ginger Lassiter, Mandy and Wayne Sullivan, Paige and Wes Hill, Michael and Lisa Harrison, William “Bill” Harrison, Jennifer Lassiter, Kate Lassiter and fiancé, Josh Parker; two step-grandchildren, Rick Wilson and Dan and Elizabeth Wilson; seven great-grandchildren; and two step-great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Effie Lassiter Harris; and one great-granddaughter, Abigail Hope Sullivan.

The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service at First Congregational Christian Church and at other times at the home at 1432 Peace St. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Christian Church, c/o of Sara Davis, 1102 Closs Court, Henderson, NC 27536.

Arrangements are by J. M. White Funeral Home.

Paid Obituary


Jayden C. Stokes

HENDERSON — Jayden Chad Stokes, age 5, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.

Born on Dec. 19, 2007, in Vance County, he was the son of Candace Veronica Gorman of Henderson and Richard Thomas “Chad” Stokes IV of Henderson.

A memorial service will be held Thursday night, Jan. 31, 2013, at 7 p.m., in the J. M. White Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Frank Sossamon.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Alisa Wilson Gorman of Henderson and James Gorman; his paternal grandparents, Cathy Vaughan Stokes and Richard Thomas “Dickie” Stokes III of Henderson; his maternal great-grandmother, Judith Buzzell of Henderson; his paternal great-grandparents, Irma and Ferrell Gard of Henderson; and his “PaPas,” Glenn Sparke and Tony Denton of Henderson.

The family will receive friends Thursday night, Jan. 31, 2013, from 5:30-7 p.m., at J. M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home of Irma and Ferrell Gard at 1038 Tower Road.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Stokes Family, c/o Irma Gard, 1038 Tower Road, Henderson, NC 27537.

Arrangements are by J. M. White Funeral Home.

Paid Obituary

Raymond W. Davis

HENDERSON — Raymond Walter Davis, 74, a resident of 7106 N.C. 39 South, Henderson, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at his home.

Born in Creek County, Okla., on Dec. 18, 1938, he was the son of the late Walter Lee Davis and Maude Howell Davis. Davis was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a retired self-employed well driller in Cambridge, Md., and also worked for Norland Co., a heating and air conditioning company in Raleigh.

A private burial will be held by the family.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Poser Davis of the home; one daughter, Denise Elizabeth Davis Wright of Cambridge, Md.; two brothers and two sisters of California; two granddaughters; and one great-grandson.

Arrangements are by J. M. White Funeral Home.

Mary H. Goodwin

HENDERSON — Mary Ann Harris Goodwin died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, after a short illness.

She is survived by her sons, Gary and Dean Harris.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at 1 p.m., in the Leathers Memorial Chapel at The First Baptist Church in downtown Henderson.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be given to the church in her honor.


Ernest A. Hawkins

HENDERSON — Ernest Augustus Hawkins, 36, of 1753 Old Norlina Road, Henderson, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo.

He was born in Vance County and the son of Annie Marita Hawkins and Ernest Thomas.

He attended Vance County Public Schools and received his GED at Vance-Granville Community College.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at 1 p.m., at Coley Spring Baptist Church by the Rev. Carson Jones. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Ernest Hawkins Jr.; two daughters, Egypt Hawkins and Boeann Hawkins, all of Henderson; his mother, Annie Hawkins of the home; his father, Ernest Thomas of New Jersey; two sisters, Aretina HawKins of the home and Avis Burchette of Wake Forest; three brothers, Justin Hawkins of Inez, Ky., Maurice Thomas of Oxford and Ricky Drumgold of Henderson,; and his grandmother.

The body will be on view at the funeral home today, from noon-5 p.m., and at the church one hour before the service. The family is receiving friends at the residence.

Funeral arrangements by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.


Graham T. Moore

OXFORD — Graham Tingley Moore died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at his home.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Gentry Newell and Vaughan Funeral Home.

Barbara Terry-Koroma

LANHAM, Md. — Dr. Barbara Terry-Koroma, 56, of Lanham, Md., died Jan. 23, 2013, at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, Md.

Born in Vance County, she was the daughter of Elizabeth Terry and the late Robert Lee Terry.

She attended Vance County Public Schools. Afterward, she attended North Carolina Central University, where she received a bachelor of science degree in biology, and then, later, a master of science degree. She received a Ph.D. in cell biology from North Carolina State. She was a program manager on many military relevant medical research and minority focused programs. She was a Delta Sigma Theta and a member of Tabernacle Church of Laurel, where she served as an elder and associate minister.

Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 1 p.m., at Island Hill Christian Church by the Rev. John E. Jefferson. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her mother, Elizabeth Terry of Townsville; one sister, Annie M. Terry; and one brother, Robert Darnell Terry.

The family is receiving friends at the resident of Elizabeth Terry, 45 Tungsten Mine Road, Bullock. Online condolences may be expressed at Davis-Royster.com.

Funeral arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.