Thursday, January 31, 2013

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 08:07 PM

Graham T. Moore

OXFORD — Graham Tingley Moore, age 88, of Oxford, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at home with his family.

Born on Jan. 23, 1925, in Roxboro, he was the son of the late George Ervin Moore and Nell Tingley Moore. He moved to Oxford in 1937 when his father started Save A Penny Grocery on College Street, which was operative until 1966.

Mr. Moore graduated from Oxford High School and joined the U.S. Navy in 1943. He attended numerous colleges as part of his aviation training and was commissioned as a lieutenant in 1944. He was later part of a fighter squadron bound for Japan in the summer of 1945. He remained in the Naval Reserves, stationed in Norfolk, Va., until 1952.

Mr. Moore was a successful business owner and investor, having founded, owned and operated Hancock Bonded Warehouses in Butner from 1956 until 2000. A long time member of Oxford United Methodist Church, he was past chairman of the trustees, usher, and Sunday School teacher. He served on the Oxford Board of Adjustments for over 40 years; was past president of the Jaycees; Boy Scout leader and Occoneechee Council Man of the Year; and a member of American Legion Post No. 90.

He married Lucy Landis Hancock on June 17, 1948, in the garden of her parent’s Oxford home and they remain married for 64 years. He is survived by Lucy and their children: Lucy Landis Moore, Graham Tingley Moore Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth Blalock Moore, of Fayetteville, Frank Ervin Moore and his wife, Sharon Moore, of Raleigh; Richard Hancock Moore and his wife, Noel Moore, of Kittrell; and six grandchildren, Daniel Ervin Moore, Katherine Landis Moore, Graham Tingley Moore III, William Holdsworth Moore, Charles Hancock Moore and Mary Eleanor Moore.

Mr. Moore is also survived by his sister, Hattie Moore Garrison, of Richmond, Va. His brothers, George and Henry, are deceased.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 2 p.m., at Oxford United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends at the church before the service, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Oxford United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.

The Moore family is being assisted by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home in Oxford. For online condolences, go to hallwynne.com and select obituaries.

Paid Obituary


Fay C. Billings

HENDERSON — Fay Carlise Cathcart Billings, 41, died at the home of her parents Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, due to complications from Glioblastoma brain cancer.

The daughter of Dr. Cornelius and Fay Cathcart, Billings was born Oct. 17, 1971, in Chapel Hill, and grew up in Henderson. She graduated with honors from Hampton University in 1993 with a bachelor of arts degree in mass media. She later continued her education at the University of Georgia, where she received her master of social work degree, with honors, in 1998, and her Ph.D., in 2003.

In 1992 in Atlanta, Ga., she met her future husband, Koyant “Koy” Lamar Billings. Together, they had three children: Madison Niya, Jaden Alyssa and Koyant Lamar Jr.

As a clinical social worker, Carlise specialized in child and family therapy. In 2011, she established her own practice within N.C. Pediatric Associates. She also taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Phoenix.

She was an active member of Raleigh North Christian Center where she volunteered in the Children’s Ministry. She was consistently engaged in youth activities at her church.

Billing is predeceased by her grandmother, Lula Mae Cathcart, and her grandfathers, the Rev. Dr. Thomas F. Cathcart and James Hunt Sr.

The funeral service will be conducted Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 11 a.m., at the Raleigh North Christian Center, located at 6021 Louisburg Road, Raleigh. Pastor Jeffrey Chapman will deliver the eulogy.

In addition to her husband, her daughters and her parents, survivors include: her sisters, Stacey Dailey, Fritzie Jennings and Leann Cathcart.

A viewing will take place today, from 3-7 p.m., in the R. H. Greene Funeral Home Chapel and at the church one hour prior to the service.


Bessie Bobbitt

OXFORD — Bessie Bobbitt, 85, a resident of 623 Raleigh St., Oxford, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at her home.

She was educated in the Granville County School System and was a member of Hardie Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include; five daughters, Priscilla Bobbitt of the home, Diane Hart, Celia Hart and Sally Cozart, all of Oxford, and Vivian Hart of Macon; two sons, Lewis Bobbitt and Larry Bobbitt, both of Henderson; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Hardie Grove Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Viewing will be Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at the funeral home.

The family will receive friends at the home.

Services have been entrusted to Betts & Son Funeral Home of Oxford.

Submit online condolences to bettsandsonfuneralhome.com.

Esther D. Latta

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Easther Downey Latta died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at her residence in Washington, D.C.

She was the daughter of the late Collin and Lucille Comer Downey and was a member of New Jonathan Creek Missionary Baptist Church until relocating to Washington D.C.

She is a 1953 graduate of Joe Toler High School and Watts School of Nursing in Durham.

Survivors include: three children, Kelvin and Christopher Latta, both of Washington ,D.C., and Belinds McKenzie of LaPlata, Md.; five grandchildren; and one sister, Carolyn Downey Evans of Henderson.

The funeral service was conducted Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 11 p.m., at The Sanctuary at Kingdom Square in Capitol Heights, Md.

Local announcement provided by Betts & Son Funeral Home, Inc. Oxford.


Hannah B. Macon

MACON — Hannah Bullock Macon, 61, of 38 Coyote Lane, Henderson, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at her residence.

The family will receive friends at the residence.

Arrangements will announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.


Merna Matthews

TOWNSVILLE — Merna Matthews, 69, a resident of 15781 N.C. 39 North, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at her home.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by J. M. White Funeral Home.

Turner Mitchell

HENDERSON — Turner Mitchell, 78, of 1033 Fred Royster Road, Henderson, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at Kindred Healthcare in Henderson.

Arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.


Virgie M. Perry

CREEDMOOR — Virgie Mangum Perry, 86, a resident of 409 Watson St., Creedmoor, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Durham Regional Hospital.

A native of Granville County, she was a member of Rock Spring Baptist Church and was a retiree of Willow Brook State School in New York.

Survivors include her children, Kamar “Rita” Copeland Bey and Haqqeka Perry; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and siblings, Betty Joe Moorer, Elsie Cobbs and Betty Avery.

Funeral services will be conducted today, at 2 p.m., at Rock Spring Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. Samuel Corbitt and the Rev. Paulette Jenkins. Interment will follow in the H.L.L.B.G. Cemetery.

Viewing was held Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at the funeral home.

Services are by Betts & Son Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.
Submit online condolences to bettsandsonfuneralhome.com.

Nellye R. Tunstall

STEM — Nellye Roberts Tunstall, 98, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.

She was the daughter of the late Ulysses M. and Lucy Fowler Roberts, and the widow of the late Joe Beasley Tunstall. Tunstall was born Dec. 14, 1914, in Knapp-of-Reeds. She was a member of Butner Presbyterian Church where she served as organist and choir director for eight years. Tunstall taught a class of piano students for 13 years in the Butner and Stem area. She also served as organist for various other churches, including Stem United Methodist, Bullocks Methodist, Roberts Chapel and United Methodist at Laurinburg for 50 years. For eight years she was a nurse companion to a muscular dystrophy patient in Butner.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Chapel. Burial will follow in Community Memorial Gardens in Stem.

Survivors include a brother, Hazel Graham “Red” Roberts of Raleigh.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Granville County SPCA, 5650 Cornwall Road, Oxford, NC 27565; or a charity of one’s choice.

The Tunstall family is being assisted by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home in Oxford. For online condolences, go to hallwynne.com and select obituaries.


Marilyn C. Yancey

HENDERSON — Marilyn Currin Yancey, 58, a resident of 85 Stonehedge Drive, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson.

She was the daughter of the late Osbin Currin Sr. and Annie Carroll Currin.

She is survived by a husband, Garland Yancey; a daughter, Tiffany Yancey of Durham; and a brother, Rev. Dr. Osbin Currin Jr. of Henderson.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 1 p.m., at Wright Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford by the Rev. Dr. Osbin Currin Jr. and Pastor Rose Thomas. Burial will be in Sunset Gardens. A viewing will take place today, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at Wright Funeral Home.