Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mar. 10, 2014 @ 05:14 PM

Lorimer C. Padgett

HENDERSON — Lorimer C. Padgett, 73, of 1524 Glover St., died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Duke University Hospital in Durham.

Born in Onslow County, he was the son of the late Lewis “Luke” Padgett and Rosetta Padgett.

Mr. Padgett was the former owner and operator of Oxford Road 66 and was a former employee of The Daily Dispatch. He was a Vietnam veteran of the United States Army and retired from the N.C. National Guard. He was a member of Unity Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 13, at 2 p.m. at Flowers Funeral Chapel, conducted by Rev. Calvin Hedgepeth. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Patricia Taylor Padgett; a daughter, Paula P. Vaughan of Henderson; three sons, Craig Padgett and wife Angie of Henderson, Jarrod Padgett and wife Michele of Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, and Tim Padgett of Henderson; four sisters, Minnie Ann P. Heath of Jacksonville, Beatrice P. Murray of Jacksonville, Janice P. Brown and husband Robert of Richlands and Esther Padgett of Jacksonville; two brothers, Elvin L. Padgett and wife Jenny and Preston R. Padgett, all of Jacksonville; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jonathan Vaughan; a sister, Doris P. Leary; and three brothers, Gessler Padgett, Harold Padgett and Hillarie Padgett.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Flowers Funeral Home. All other times, they will be at the home, 1524 Glover St., Henderson.

Serving as active pallbearers will be his nephews, Michael Leary, Ellis Leary, Eric Rhodes, Butch Rhodes, Gerald Parker and Phillip Padgett.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the church or charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home.

 

 

William H. Fleming

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — William Holt Fleming, of Lawrenceville, Ga., went to glory March 6, 2014.

He was born Dec. 17, 1927, in Drewry, N.C.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Lottie Fleming, and his sister, Lois Price.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ann (Newman) Fleming; two daughters, Betty Moon (Bob) and Faye Henning (Jimmy); three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a brother, Alvis “Mac” P. Fleming.

Known as Holt to his many friends and Pop to his grandchildren, he was a faithful member of the Joy Class of the Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church. He volunteered in numerous committees and roles at First Methodist, including usher coordinator for the Joy Class and 15 years as the assistant treasurer of the church.

Stationed in Japan following World War II, he came back to North Carolina to marry Ann Newman. Holt had a career in the farm machinery industry, beginning with Minneapolis-Moline and ending as the southeast region service manager for Kubota Tractor Corporation. His scrupulous honesty and habit of complete follow through made him a valued employee, even being called a legend years after leaving one firm.

He became a very adept woodworker in retirement, constructing meticulously crafted furniture pieces prized by his family. A skilled and patient craftsman, his family’s solution to most problems was “1-800-Call Holt.”

Holt was extremely proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchild and was looking forward to the birth of his second great-grandchild. Holt lived a selfless life, serving others gladly. He was always grateful, telling his caregivers, “You don’t know how much I appreciate this.”

He was a special man, husband, father, grand- and great-grandfather. A part of the Greatest Generation, he embodied the positive attributes associated with those who lived through the Great Depression and served in the Armed Services during WWII.

His friendly, gracious and joyful spirit drew people to him. His faith in Christ was the foundation on which his life was built. His love was evident to all. He lived out his faith with integrity. His contagious laughter infected everyone with delight.

Services will be Wednesday, March 12, at the First United Methodist Church, Norlina, with visitation at 10 a.m. and funeral services at 11 a.m., with burial to follow. Dr. Bob Moon will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Norlina First United Methodist Church, (252) 456-2606.

Arrangements by Blaylock Funeral Home in Warrenton.

 

Ronnie W. McGhee

WAKE FOREST — Ronnie Wayne McGhee, 64, died peacefully on Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Born in Vance County, he was son of the late Mozelle Stroud McGhee and Connie Lee McGhee.

Ronnie, a loving husband, father and friend, graduated from Aycock High School in Vance County, was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

An avid lover of golf, he spent years employed at Green Hill Country Club in Louisburg.

A memorial service honoring his life will be held at noon Wednesday, March 12, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home with Dr. Bill Slater officiating. A reception will immediately follow in the fellowship hall of Wake Forest Baptist Church.

Ronnie is survived by his wife, Jan; two children, Addie Armstrong and husband Mike of Wake Forest, Nathan Walker and wife Andrea of Raleigh; brother, Calvin McGhee and wife Deborah of Henderson; mother-in-law, Jeanette Poythress of Henderson; grandchildren, Lily and Camden Armstrong; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He also leaves behind his beloved dog, Bella.

In honor of Ronnie’s huge heart and love for animals, contributions may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, P.O. Box 338, Youngsville, NC 27596.

Friends may visit with the family prior to the service, from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Arrangements are by Bright Funeral Home, which accepts online condolences at brightfunerals.com.

 

Ruby D. Davis

HENDERSON — Ruby Lee “Granny” Davis Davis, 92, of 820 Coble Blvd., died Monday, March 10, 2014, at Duke University Hospital in Durham.

Born in Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Ben Lee Davis and Emma Caroline “Carrie” Ownbey Davis. She was the widow of David Franklin Davis.

Mrs. Davis was a homemaker. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church and the Adult Sunday School Class.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Bible Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Wilbert Horton, Rev. Frank Sossamon and Dr. Donald A. Perkinson. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens.

Surviving are three daughters, Maybre D. Fuller of Henderson, Elaine D. Patterson and husband Linwood of Henderson and Phyllis D. Blackwell and husband Dan of Oxford; a son, David Ronald Davis and wife Debbie of Henderson, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Wanda F. Bryant, Roger E. Fuller Jr. and wife Mary Ann, Laura B. Wood and husband Ray, Dorothy Lee B. Tart and husband Mike, Jamie Blackwell and wife Julie, Johnny R. Patterson and Tanya P. Guy and husband Herb; 15 great-grandchildren, Wendy Berry and husband Theron, Martin Bryant, Shandi Staples, Samantha Williamson and husband Mark, Kristina Francis and husband Josh, Brittney Patterson, Brandy Patterson, Brayden Patterson, Bradley Todd Patterson, Emma Caroline Guy, Joey Wood, Kristin Wood, Nicholas Tart, Meredith Lee Tart, James Taylor “J.T.” Blackwell; and five great-great-grandchildren, Jessica Berry, Amy Rose Berry, Shunell Staples, Jeter Mason Francis and Eva Williamson.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Edith D. Carson; a brother, George Robert Davis; a granddaughter, Leslie N. Patterson; and a son-in-law, Roger E. Fuller Sr.

The family will receive friends today, March 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Flowers Funeral Home. All other times, they will be at the home of Maybre Fuller, 1600 Graham Ave., Henderson.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Roger E. Fuller Jr., Jamie Blackwell, Johnny Patterson, Ray Wood, Mike Tart, Nick Tart, Dick Carson and Tim McDaniel.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to The Vance County Relay for Life, P.O. Box 914, Henderson, NC 27536.

Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home.

 

Mary A. Clayton

STEM —Mary “Kakkie” Adcock Clayton, 88, died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today, March 11, in the chapel of Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor by Rev. Eddie Nutt. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery in Oxford.

Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Tally Ho First Baptist Church, 1692 Sanders Road, Stem, NC 27581.

Arrangements are by Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor, which accepts online condolences at eakesfuneralhome.com.

 

Julian Morton

MANSON — Julian Morton, 78, of 123 John Harrison Road, died Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson.

Arrangements will be announced by Boyd’s Funeral Services in Warrenton.

 

Lincoln Palmer

OXFORD — Lincoln Palmer, 42, of 1006 Goshen St., died Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at New Hope Granville Missionary Baptist Church by Rev. James Isaac III. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, March 11, at Betts & Son Funeral Home.

Arrangements are by Betts & Son Funeral Home, which accepts online condolences at bettsandsonfuneralhome.com.

 

Billy Thompson Turner Sr.

CREEDMOOR — Billy Thompson Turner Sr., 79, died Friday, March 7, 2014, at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham.

A funeral was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in the chapel of Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor by Rev. Genavus John Rigsbee. Burial followed the service in Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor.

Arrangements are by Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor, which accepts online condolences at eakesfuneralhome.com.