Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Apr. 30, 2013 @ 07:37 PM

Pamela C. Hart

SUDLEY SPRINGS, Va. — Pamela Carter Hart was born in Henderson to D.K and Ossye Carter on Nov. 3, 1941.

It was discovered at an early age that she had a profound talent for music. She studied piano from the age of six, and during junior and senior high school, was the accompanist for a dancing class, while playing oboe in the Henderson High School concert band and trombone in the marching band. She studied music and played first chair oboe in summer classes at East Carolina College.

Immediately after high school, Pam married her husband of almost 53 years. While raising 3 sons, she was the organist at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bowie, Md., and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Springfield, Va. — positions she held for almost 20 years. It was said that no one slept in church when Pam was at the organ — her music was up-tempo and her music selection was never boring.

Pam’s music career was cut short in 2001 by an automobile accident that prevented her from sitting on the bench and using the footpedals that are necessary for a professional organist. She used her time to serve others as a member of Manassas Therapy Dogs. She and her golden retriever, Jacoby, brought smiles to persons in hospitals and nursing homes in Prince William County.

In December of 2011, Pam suffered a mild stroke while undergoing a heart procedure. The following summer she was diagnosed with cancer, which caused her death Monday, April 29, 2013. She died at home, surrounded by the love of her family and the peace that comes from a life spent in caring for, and about, others.

Pam is survived by her husband of almost 53 years, Frank T. “Pete” Hart II; her three sons, Frank T. “Chip” Hart III of Potomac Falls, Va., Gregory K. Hart of Culpeper, Va., Cory C. Hart of Nokesville, Va.; a brother, David M. “Mike” Carter of Franklin; seven grandchildren that will miss Grammie Pam immensely; her three golden retrievers; and one little black stray dog that was so lucky to find Featherbed Lane.

Services will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Springfield. Va. Interment will occur at Stonewall Memory Gardens in Manassas at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Music Program at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22152.

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Adlen R. Hilliard

RICHMOND, Va. — Mrs. Adlen Roberts Hilliard, 90, of Richmond, Va., died Thursday, April 25, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Hilliard Sr.; two sons, Clarence Jr. “June” and Willie Edward “Led” Hilliard; father, Lee Russell Mann; mother, Gracie Roberts Howard; stepfather, Moses Howard; and brother, Willie Roberts.

Mrs. Hilliard’s only surviving brother at her death, Jimmie Reed Howard, died Sunday, April 28, 2013. Surviving are two daughters, Gracie Lee Hilliard and Maxine Bentley (Ozroe), both of Richmond, Va.; two sons, Melvin “Russ” (Freda) and Nathaniel “Chippy” (Joyce) Hilliard; 17 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; one sister, Mosella “Rochie” (Dewey) Perry of Kittrell; nieces and nephews; three sisters-in-law, Ardell Hilliard of Rockville, Md., and Carrie Venable and Debra Howard, both of Richmond, Va.; other relatives and friends.

Her remains are currently at rest at Scott’s Funeral Home, 115 E. Brookland Park Blvd., Richmond, Va. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Providence Park Baptist Church, 468 E. Ladies Mile Road, Richmond, Va. The Rev. Dr. Jerome C. Ross will be officiating. Interment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.

An online guestbook can be found at

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Ralph E. Preddy

FRANKLINTON — Ralph Eugene “Gene” Preddy, 63, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at home.

Born in Vance County, on Oct. 19, 1949, he was the son of the late Willard R. Preddy and Lela Preddy Kessler.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Mary Linda Preddy; his step-father, Alden “Buddy” Kessler; his sons, Ralph E. Preddy Jr. and wife, Michelle, and Donald R. Preddy; his daughter, Tabatha Preddy; his step-daughters, Brenda Wilder, Elaine Shirey, Patricia David and husband, Doug; his grandchildren, Haven McGhee. Donald Wayne Preddy, Miranda Preddy, Dalton Preddy, Lauren Wilder, Taylor Wilder, Jordan David, Brandon David, Alex David and Tristen David; and his sisters, Fay Steed and husband, Johnny, and Peggy Davidson and husband, Jerry. Ralph is also survived by his beloved K-9 friend and companion, Ginger.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2013, in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service with Pastor Robert Mosher presiding. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

Friends may visit from 6-8 p.m., today, at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 3739 National Drive, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27612.

Search for online memorials at Select Obituaries.

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Harold L. Stainback Sr.

HENDERSON — Harold Leon Stainback Sr., 69, of 419 Allison Cooper Road, Henderson, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at his home.

Born in Vance County, he was the son of the late Bennie Leon Stainback and Betty Leona Wortham Stainback.

Mr. Stainback was a former farmer, and was owner and operator of Rainbow Carpet Cleaners. He was a member of Central Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 2 p.m., at Central Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Bruce Beck. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens.

Surviving, all of Henderson, are his wife of 49 years, Patsy Brummitt Stainback; a daughter, Rhonda Stainback Bell; a son, H. Leon Stainback Jr.; a sister, Betty Jean S. White and husband, James; two nephews, Gregory White and Jason White; and a brother-in-law, Mike Brummitt.

The family will receive friends at the home, 419 Allison Cooper Road, Henderson.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Butch Overton, Moe Casto, Ricky Gill, Nathan Fleming, Jim Tippet, Eddie Allgood, Charles Granger and Fred Gill.

Flowers will be accepted; or memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 178, Henderson, NC 27536.

Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home.

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Thelma W. Crews

DURHAM — Thelma Thomas Watson Crews, 65, of 140 Old Poplar Creek Road, Henderson, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Duke University Hospital in Durham.

She was born April 2, 1948, the daughter of the late Luther Green Watson Sr. and Thelma Watson. She attended Vance County Public Schools. At an early age, she joined Ilong Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 2. 2013, at 2 p.m., at Ilong Baptist Church, with the Rev. Zelton A. Hunter officiating and the Rev. Robert Williams assisting. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Survivors include: her husband, James Edward Crews Sr., one son, James Edward Crews Sr., and one daughter, Vicki M. Crews, all of the home; two brothers, Luther Watson Jr. and Ronnie Watson, both of Henderson; four sisters: Helen Johnson of Henderson, Linda Ruffin of Passaic, N.J., Bernice Garrett of Passaic, N.J., and Gladys Mae Man-ow of Henderson.

The body will be on view today, from noon to 6 p.m., at the funeral home and at the church one hour prior to the service.

The family is receiving friends at the residence.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.

Duroff M. Daniel

RALEIGH — Duroff M. Daniel, 60, a resident of Franklin Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Louisburg, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Wake Med Hospital in Raleigh.

Born in Mecklenburg, Va., he was the son of the late John Sr. and Martha Bullock Daniel.

He attended both Vance-County Public Schools and Vance-Granville Community College.

Survivors include: one daughter, Shonda Macon of Henderson; one son, Duroff Daniel of Henderson; four grandchildren; two sisters, Diane William of Virginia Beach, Va., and Delfreda Wilson of Georgia; four brothers, Stewart Daniel of Spanaway, Wash., James Daniel of Bronx, N.Y., David Daniel of Roxboro and John Daniel of Henderson.

Funeral services will be conducted today, at 1 p.m., at Livingstone Christian Church in Henderson by the Rev. Shelton Carr. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The body will be on view today, from 1-6 p.m., at the funeral home and at the church one hour before the service.

Funeral arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.