Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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James E. Crenshaw Sr.

WARRENTON — James Ernest Crenshaw Sr., 88, of Warrenton, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at his home.

Family visitation will be from 7-8:30 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home of Warrenton on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, April 19, 2013, at Macon Baptist Church with the Rev. Rob Evans and the Rev. Randy Wise officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Warrenton.

Mr. Crenshaw was born Dec. 3, 1924, in Gastonia, to the late Joseph and Grace Crenshaw. He was educated and lived in Gaston County until moving to Warren County in 1998 with his surviving spouse, Nell Burleson Crenshaw.

After many years in the textile industry, Ernest found great enjoyment and satisfaction in a career with Carolina Freight Carriers as a mechanic at their home location in Cherryville. After his retirement from there in 1987, he enjoyed practicing his considerable skills in home repair work for both he and Nell, plus countless friends and relatives.

He was always especially proud of his naval service during World War II. He served 3 1/2 years aboard a destroyer escort in the Atlantic Fleet. In later years, he was involved in numerous reunions across the country with surviving shipmates. We have lost another member of the “greatest generation.”

The only organization that Ernest was a life long member was the Baptist church. For over 25 years he was a member at West Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in Gastonia where he was a regular teacher, youth leader and frequent chairman of the deacon board. After moving to Warren County, he was a regular member of Macon Baptist Church until his health started to fail.

For those who knew him best, he will be most remembered for the unwavering love of God that gave him the ability to be a wonderful husband, father and friend. For those fortunate enough to be present when Ernest prayed, you were literally witnessing a moment of divine communication between God and man that would stir your own soul.

He is survived by his wife, Nell; son, Dr. James E. Crenshaw Jr. and wife, Kathy; brother, Eugene Crenshaw and wife, Hilda, of Ashburn, Ga.; sister, Claire Moore of Gastonia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Flowers are accepted or memorial donations may be made to: Alzheimers Association Eastern Division, 3739 National Drive, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27612.

Online condolences may be made at blaylockfh.com.

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James W. Hicks Sr.

HENDERSON — James Willoughbye Hicks Sr., age 82, a resident of 836 Rook Street, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at a local nursing home.

Born in Warren County on June 13, 1930, he was the son of the late Leonard Moody Hicks Sr. and Mary Ella Rogers Hicks Faulkner. Mr. Hicks played football for John Graham High School joining the team as a freshman going to state undefeated. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, an assistant manager with the former A&P Grocery Store, and member of First United Methodist Church in Henderson. He also was a member of Henderson Masonic Lodge No. 229 AF & AM for over 50 years, member of Henderson York Rite Masonic Bodies, Henderson Shrine Club and a charter member of the Amran Shrine Temple. After his family, friends and faith, his greatest enjoyment was supporting the annual Shriners Fish Fry and keeping in contact with his football team mates.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 11 a.m., at First United Methodist Church by Dr. John M. Check and the Rev. Patricia Archer.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Drake May Hicks of the home; a daughter, Rebecca H. Brooks of Kittrell; two sons, James W. Hicks Jr. of the home and Michael E. Hicks and wife, Carlene, of Maylene, Ala.; a brother, Clifton Hicks and wife, Shelby, of Norlina; three grandchildren, Jennifer B. Layton and husband, Mark, James W. Hicks III and wife, Heather, and Sharon H. Jones and husband, Michael; and seven great-grandchildren: Kyle and Benjamin Layton, James IV and Makenzie Hicks and Zackary Hargreaves, and Landon and Callie Jones. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Stephanie R. Hicks.

The family will receive friends this evening, from 7-8:30 p.m., at J.M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home.

Serving as honorary pall bearers will be members of the Henderson Masonic Lodge and the Henderson Shrine Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 114 Church Street, Henderson, NC 27536; or Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, 950 West Faris Rd., Greenville, SC, 29605.

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Joseph H. Lambertz

NORLINA — Joseph Henry Lambertz, age 69, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Viola Castle Lambertz.

Mr. Lambertz moved to North Carolina after his retirement from the Chrysler Auto Plant where he worked as a pipe fitter for 43 years. He attended Norlina Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends, from 1-3:30 p.m., at Blaylock Funeral Home, 203 N. Front St., Warrenton, on Friday, April 19, 2013. Memorial services will be conducted by the Rev. Douglas Cutts, at 4 p.m., at Norlina Baptist Church, 402 Division St., Norlina.

Mr. Lambertz is survived by his wife, Frances Lambertz of Norlina; three children, Christian Lambertz of Virginia Beach, Va., Julie Lambertz of Norlina and Joe Lambertz of Norlina; one brother, Herman Lambertz of Indiana, two sisters, Cathy Dysarz of Shelby Township, Mich., and Rose Lambertz of Kalamazoo, Mich; and six grandchildren, Zachary, Alexis, Daren, Fox, Veronica and Varian.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Partners of Hope (Men’s Homeless Shelter) P.O. Box 1791, Henderson, NC 27536.

Online condolences may be made at blaylockfh.com.

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Walter Green

OXFORD — Walter Green, 82, a resident of 4177 Shock Overton Road, Oxford, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at the home of his daughter, Rosalyn Green, 4181 Shock Overton Road, Oxford.

He was the son of the late Walter Green and Mary Harris Green.

He was a member of Olive Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by five more daughters, Kaye Plair of Durham, Rose Mary Jackson and Paulette Green, both of Suitland, Md., and Mary Diane Quick and Emma Green, both of Oxford; three sons, Fred Green of Baltimore, Md., and Leroy Green and Al Walter Green, both of Oxford; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, April 20, 2013, at noon, at Olive Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Mack Timberlake. Burial will be in The Green Family Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors Friday, April 19, 2013, from 7-8 p.m., at Wright Funeral Home.

Helen O. Lynn

CREEDMOOR — Helen O’Briant Lynn, 76, of 206 Helen St., Creedmoor, died April 15, 2013, at the Duke Hospice Inpatient facility at the Hock Family Pavilion in Durham.

She was the youngest child of the late L.J. “Jack” O’Briant and Malissa Wilson O’Briant. She was born Aug. 17, 1936, in Wake County at Sandy Plains and lived most of her life in Creedmoor.

Survivors include: her husband of 29 years, Roy Lynn of the home; two sons: Billy Turner Jr. of Rougemont and Michael O. Turner of Creedmoor; two sisters, Lena Belle Freeman and Elaine O’Briant Cash, both of Creedmoor; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Teddy Turner; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter.

Her interests included baking, cooking, sewing, crocheting, canning vegetables out of her garden and, in particular, spending time with her family. She was a former member of Fellowship Baptist Church and a former employee of Bob’s Bar-B-Q.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor, by the Rev. Wes McMurray. The family will receive visitors from 12:30-2 p.m., with the service immediately following. Burial will be in the O’Briant family plot in the old Creedmoor Cemetery on N.C. 56 in Creedmoor. Pallbearers will be Chris Turner, Bryan Turner, Rusty Corley, Johnnie Wayne Freeman, Ronald Cash Jr. and Trey Flamion.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Helen Lynn at the Granville County Animal Shelter or the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be submitted to eakesfuneralhome.com.

John R. Nelson

VIRGILINA, Va. — John R. Nelson, 93, of Virgilina, Va., died Saturday, April 13, 2013.
A native of Halifax County, he was the son of the late John Irby and Mary Ella Morris Nelson, and widower of Mary Carmichael Nelson. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of the American Legion Post No. 8 for 50 years, a member of Amis Chapel Baptist Church and a retired employee of U.S. Plywood.

A graveside service will be conducted Friday, April 19, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Meadowview Memorial Park by the Rev. D.L. Page.

Surviving is a daughter, Mary F. Williams of Clarksville, Va.; a son, Edward Nelson of Florida; three sisters, Virgie McCann of Roxboro, and Nannie Taylor and Lucy Nelson, both of Richmond, Va.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department, 8052 Florence Avenue, Virgilina, VA 24598.

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

Hellon B. Perry

HENDERSON — Hellon Beatrice Bobbitt Perry, 90, of 440 Powell St., Henderson, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at 475 Powell St., Henderson.

She was born Jan. 27, 1923, in Zebulon.

She attended Henderson Institute and was a master seamstress and tailor. She and her late husband, Samuel Buster Perry, opened Bilt-Rite Shoe Repair on Montgomery Street in Henderson. She was known as the only female shoe maker in the state.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, April 20, 2013, at noon, at Holy Temple United Holy Church with the Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Alston, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Blacknall Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters: Emily Oliver of Patterson, N.J., and Helene Todman of Henderson; three sisters: Tessie Vaughan of Henderson, Evelyn Gilmore of Durham and Catherine Allen of Brandy Wine, Md.; two brothers: David Bobbitt of South Hill, Va., and Bernard Bobbitt of Oxford; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

A viewing will take place at the funeral home Friday, April 19, 2013, from noon-6 p.m., and at the church one hour prior to the service.

Online condolences may be expressed at davis-royster.com.

Arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.


Frances B. Small

DURHAM — Frances Mae Branch Small, 77, of’ 820 Coble Blvd., Apt. 3A, Henderson, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Durham Regional Medical Center.

She was born May 15, 1935, in Warren County, to the late Annie MacBranch Eaton and the late James Terry.

She was educated in Vance County Public Schools and worked many years as a caretaker and for Franklin Brothers Nursery in Henderson.

She was a long time member of Antioch United Church of Christ and served as a deaconess, a member of the pastor’s aide committe and the gospel choir.

Funeral service will be conducted Friday, April 19, 2013, at 1 p.m., at Antioch United Church of Christ with the Rev. Kevin Langley, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, James H. Small; four sons, James M. Small, Richard Small, Gaither Small and Franklin Small; five daughters, Cynthia S. Hawley, Brenda S. Wright, Dorale S. Jones, Annie Archie and Wendy Small; 20 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

A viewing will take place at the funeral home Thursday, April 18, 2013, from noon-6 p.m., and at the church one hour prior to the service.

Online condolences may be expressed at davis-royster.com.

The family is receiving friends at the home of Brenda Wright, 453 Finch Road, Henderson.

Arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.

Charles H. Venable

OXFORD — Charles Hugh Venable, 76, a resident of 8524 Grassy Creek Road, Oxford, died Thursday, April 12, 2013, at his home.

He was the son of the late Walter H. Venable and Dorothy Taylor Venable.

He was a member of the St. Cyprians Episcopal Church.

He was a graduate of Mary Potter High School, N.C. Central University and New York University, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include: his wife, Delois Morton Venable; one sister; Dr. Lillian J. Gould; daughter, Michelle V. Foster; son; Ronald C. Venable; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 11 a.m., at the St. Cyprians Episcopal Church by the Rev. John Heinemeier. Burial will follow in the Meadowview Memorial Park Cemetery.

A viewing will take place today, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at the funeral home.

Services are by Betts & Son Funeral Home, in Oxford.

Submit online condolences to: bettsandsonfuneralhome.com.