Saturday, February 16, 2013

Feb. 15, 2013 @ 07:47 PM

Nettie H. Akers

HENDERSON — Nettie Hicks Moss Akers, age 94, a resident of 820 Coble Blvd., died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in a local nursing home.

Born in Vance County on March 4, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Hicks and Annie Belle Hunt Hicks.  She was a retired butcher from the former 7-11 Food Store, and was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at 3 p.m., in the J.M. White Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Aubrey Florence.  Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens.

She is survived by one son, Crawford Erwin Moss of Kittrell; one sister, Sallie Margaret Hicks of Butner; five grandchildren, Debbie Shearon, Elizabeth Wilson, Dale Moss, Chris Moss and Wayne Moss; seven great-grandchildren, Melissa Pittman, Bobbi Jean Moss, Phillip Moss, Steven Moss, Chad Moss, Nicholas Moss and Nathaniel Moss; and two great-great-grandchildren, Levi Pittman and Jordyn Moss; a daughter-in-law, Faye Moss; and her special friend and caregiver, Emma Clack.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Moss; one son, Richard Moss; and one daughter-in-law, Juanita I. Moss. 

Mrs. Akers’ family thanks the staff of Kerr Lake Nursing and Rehab Center for their kind compassion and care while she resided there.

The family will receive friends Sunday, from 1:30-3 p.m., at J. M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home of Erwin Moss, 2753 Rocky Ford Road, Kittrell. 

Serving as pallbearers will be Wayne Moss, Dale Moss, Steven Moss, Phillip Moss, Chad Moss and Rickey Overby.
Arrangements are by J. M. White Funeral Home.

Paid Obituary

Eugene W. Gierisch

SOUTH HILL, Va. — Eugene W. Gierisch, age 78, died on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2013, after suffering from heart complications.

He was surrounded by his family as he died peacefully at Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va. Gene was the widower of Ruth Gierisch, his wife of 53 years. He is survived by three children: Joseph Gierisch of Raleigh, Jeanne Bengel of Raleigh and Kenneth Gierisch of Baltimore, Md. Gene was blessed with four grandchildren: Kristen Tyndall, Caroline Tyndall, Daniel Gierisch and Lucas Bengel. He was a good husband, father and friend. Gene will be missed by all who were fortunate to know him.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at 3 p.m., at All Saints Episcopal Church in South Hill, Va. Flowers are accepted or donations can be made in memory of Gene Gierisch to the All Saints Episcopal Church, 201 Franklin Street, South Hill, VA. (434) 955-2171.Online condolences may be expressed to the Gierisch family at

Paid Obituary

Connie J. Robertson

HENDERSON — Connie Jean Robertson began her earthly journey on May 8, 1946. She was born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., Westchester County to the late Sylvester “Bip” and Selma Rogers. She graduated from Mt. Vernon High School with a focus in Advanced Secretarial Studies. She was united in holy matrimony to Claude Robertson on May 19, 1979. She was employed by Westchester Police Department in White Plains, N.Y. She returned to North Carolina and joined Kittrell First Baptist Church where she was a faithful member and attendee until her health declined.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, Connie Jean Robertson was peacefully called to her eternal rest at Maria Parham Medical Center and will be truly missed.

She enjoyed shopping, reading and cooking. She loved and was loved by family, friends and her beloved dog, “Spanky.”
Connie leaves to cherish her memory: her husband of 34 years, Claude Robertson; one son, Peter Rogers and wife, Mary Rogers; three grandchildren, Peter Jr., Essence and Junius; one brother, Donald Collins of Greenwich, Conn.; Uncle Junious Howard of Mt. Vernon; cousins, Joanne Skinner, Myra Floyd, Poochie, Dallas Jonathan Howard Jr., Billy Howard, Marty Bess, Debra Richardson, Margo Goodyear; mother-in-law, Nellie Robertson of Mt. Vernon; brothers-in-law, Earl and wife, Gigi, Emerson, George and Cecil; sister-in-law, Julie; special and dear friends, Lorraine, Diane, Jackie, Claudette and Eunice; and a host of extended family and friends; and two special caretakers, Anita Crudup and Doreen Vann.

The family wished to thank everyone for their many acts of kindness shown to us during our time of bereavement. God bless you all.

Judy Elaine Tolbert

HENDERSON — Judy Elaine Tolbert was born Jan. 22, 1950, to the late Melvin C. Tolbert Sr. and Eliza Dixon Tolbert.

She departed this life Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.

Judy grew up in Greenville, S.C., where she graduated from Sterling High School in 1967. She also graduated from North Carolina Central University in Durham, with a degree in accounting.

As early as a pre-school student under the tutelage of Mrs. Mary Hill, Judy attended and later during childhood joined Israel Metropolitan C.M.E. Church. She had a lifelong love and devotion for Israel.

Israel was both the foundation for her faith and lifelong cherished friendships.

Judy later moved to Henderson, where she worked with Community Development Organizations, such as Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Gateway Community Development Corporation, North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development (Durham) where she was chief financial officer and, later at the Kittrell Job Corps.

She later met and married Phillip Reese and then moved to Brunswick, Ga., where she culminated her professional career in similar work with Coastal Georgia Community Action Agency.

She leaves beautiful tender loving memories to her family; her husband, Phillip Reese of Brunswick, Ga.; her siblings, Jacqueline E. Tolbert of Henderson; Melvin C. Tolbert (Debbie) of Durham; Cynthia F. Terry (Landis) of Greenville, S.C., and one brother, Robert Tolbert, who preceded her in death.

She also leaves five nephews, Robert Morton (Ranada), Thomas Francis, Jonathan Tolbert, Daniel Tolbert and Benjamin Tolbert; the loves of her life, two great-nieces, Julia Morton and Alana Morton; one great-nephew, LaMarcus Morton; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at noon today at Israel Metropolitan CME Church, Greenville, S.C., with the Pastor Troy Harrison officiating, and burial following in the Lauren Creek UMC Cemetery. Arrangements are handled by Watkins, Garrett, & Woods Mortuary, Inc., of Greenville, S.C.

Paid Obituary

Carol A. Baker

LOUISBURG — Carol Ann Baker, 73, of Louisburg, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.

She was born Nov. 23, 1939.

Survivors include her daughters, Lydia Sullivan of Mooresville and Tina Jastrow of Wake Forest; sons, Henry Adkins III of Louisburg and Lee Adkins of Raleigh; sisters, Ruby Parrish of Selma and Anita Forbes of Rocky Mount; brothers, James Forbes of Waxhaw and Terry Forbes of Black Mountain; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held today, at 2:30 p.m., at Bunn Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends today, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the homeplace. Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Hospice of Wake County 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.

Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg. Search

James W. Grissom Jr.

HENDERSON — James William Grissom Jr., 52, of 500 S. Cooper Drive, Apt. 54, Henderson, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at his home.

Born in Vance County, he was the son of the late James William Grissom Sr. and Shelby Wilson Grissom.
Grissom was a former assistant manager at Burger King.
No services are currently planned.

Surviving are his wife, Sheila Starnes Grissom; three sons, Conley Grissom and Cody Grissom, both of Kittrell, and Chris Grissom of Jacksonville; a sister, Sandra G. Layne of Henderson; and two grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, from 1-3 p.m., at the home of Sandra G. Layne, 191 S. Lynnbank Road, Kittrell.

Henry King

WARREN COUNTY — Henry King, 75, of New Haven, Conn. (formerly of Warren County), died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Advance Nursing Rehabilitation Center in New Haven, Conn.

Funeral services are incomplete at this time but will be announced later by Boyd’s Funeral Services in Warrenton.