Friday, Janurary 31, 2014
Evelyn K. Garner
KITTRELL — Mrs. Evelyn Kittrell Garner, a resident of 310 Kittrell Road, born on July 10, 1937, in Vance County, the ninth of 10 children of Madeline Cheatham Kittrell and Jesse J. Kittrell, transitioned from this life to the next on Jan. 27, 2014.
During her childhood years, she professed Christ and joined Kittrell First Baptist Church of Kittrell. She inherited a rich legacy of faith, family, character, leadership, education and entrepreneurship from her mother and father. Evelyn’s parents had a keen business sense and unflagging work ethic. Her father excelled in the agriculture area, owning farms and a lucrative business on U.S. 1. These early teachings taught her the importance of financial stability and guided her own outstanding work ethic.
Evelyn was an honorary graduate of the Henderson Institute, Class of 1955. While there, she was a member of the Drama Club, the cheerleading squad and the Crown and Scepter Honor Society. After high school, she matriculated at Saint Agnes Hospital School of Nursing in Raleigh. While at Saint Agnes, Evelyn received an extensive nursing education at Saint Louis Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. Her compassion to help others led to her 45-year career in the nursing profession as a registered nurse and health educator. During her training in Raleigh, she met and married Dr. William H. Garner of Franklinton, and to this union two daughters were born: Iris and Angela.
Her formal education included the attainment of multiple degrees. She received her initial nursing credentials from Saint Agnes School of Nursing in Raleigh and received both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in health education, nursing, administration and supervision from the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C.
Evelyn’s appointments in the nursing field provided comfort and care to countless patients at several facilities. For more than four decades, she fulfilled her purpose in life — to help others. She was employed at the Jubilee Hospital in Henderson; the John Umstead Hospital as head and lead nurse; the Murdoch Center; the N.C. Women’s Department of Corrections; the Wake Forest Hospital; Pine Crest Manor; Howard University Hospital; the D.C. General Hospital; George Washington University Hospital; as lead nurse for Vance County schools; and as director of student health services and college nurse at Kittrell College.
Her entrepreneurship interest led her to provide housing to many families in need through the Garner Real Estate Company, which she owned and managed for several years. She was a caring and giving person who was determined to help others.
Evelyn held a membership in the U.S. Agriculture Council; the D.C. Nurses Association; the National Education Association; the Jubilee Hospital Sharing Club; and the School Nurses Council.
Her church affiliations were with the New Birth Christian Temple Church in Franklinton, which she co-founded. She was committed to her missionary work, her deaconess work and to the church offices throughout the years.
She leaves this legacy of love and reconciliation to her loving husband of 56 years, Dr. William H. Garner; two daughters, Iris E. Garner of Kittrell and Angela G. Davis (Harold) of Henderson; a loving and devoted granddaughter, Angelica R. Davis of Raleigh; one sibling, Mary K. Woods of Bowie, Md.; several nieces and nephews; and countless friends.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, at New Birth Christian Temple Church, 525 South Main Street, Franklinton, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Billy E. Williams officiating and Rev. Spotswood Burwell Jr. providing the eulogy.
The family will be receiving friends at the home of Angela and Harold Davis, 1175 U.S. 158 Bypass, Henderson.
Viewing is today, Jan. 31, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home in Oxford.
Arrangements are by Wright Funeral Home.
James F. Morris
HENDERSON — James Franklin Morris, 93, began his walk with his Lord and Savior on Jan. 29, 2014.
Born in Henderson on Oct. 3, 1920, he was the son of the late Thomas Augustus Morris and Sarah Gupton Morris.
James was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country with the same passion and dedication he devoted to civilian and church life. He was a proud member of Blessed Hope Baptist Church, where his Senior Adult Sunday School Class gave him much joy and inspiration to continue God’s work. From the front row of each Sunday’s worship service, faithfully attended, James felt God’s grace and empowerment to help many in need. Wherever he went, he made certain that those he met would not leave his presence until they had heard about God’s love for them.
Friends will remember James’s nickname as “Te-Tie.” He was shortstop and captain of the Tri-County Baseball League and played semi-professional baseball for 22 years in North Carolina and Virginia. Turning down pro contracts to remain in his beloved hometown, James found an additional passion in bird hunting and ended his quail hunting career with an impressive 4,348 birds, as revealed in his meticulous record of hunting trips.
As a fireman for Burkart Bagging Mill, James was an unsung hero of the industry, whose job was to keep the embers burning. Here, James was fortunate enough to befriend and mentor a young man named Chico Escamilla, one of many treasured life-long friends.
If you knew James “Te-Tie” Morris, you knew the pride and love he had every day for his granddaughter, Ashlee. James would finish most conversations by saying his granddaughter was soon to become a doctor.
James spent countless hours with his brother in Christ, Preston Dunn, witnessing to those in need. James is looking at all of us now, smiling with tears of joy, washed in the glory. He would want to be assured that with his final message, his joy and love for Jesus Christ would reach at least one person and have them know God’s love and salvation.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Blessed Hope Baptist Church by Dr. Donald A. Perkinson.
He is survived by his daughters, Susan Morris Rogers and Barbara Hight Ivey of Henderson and Shelia Diane Morris of Richmond, Va.; his grandchildren, Ashlee Perkinson of Greenville, Kathy Ivey of Hickory, Cheryl Sigmond of Richmond, Va., Chris Ivey, Mike Ivey and wife Crystal of Henderson and Greg Doane and wife Christine of Concord, Va. James is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and by his dear friend and brother in Christ, Preston Dunn.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Forsythe Morris; four sisters, Vallie Duke, Susie Manning, Lucy Parrish and Helen Morris; one brother, Elmo Morris; and his son-in-law, Robert M. Ivey.
The family will receive friends tonight, Jan. 31, 2014, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at J.M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home of Susan Rogers at 66 Pine View Road.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Chris Ivey, Mike Ivey, Greg Doane, Chico Escamilla, Jimmy Manning, Tommy Manning, Benny Manning and Curt Pegram.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Blessed Hope Baptist Church, 1835 S. Clearview Dr., Henderson, NC 27536.
Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.
Theretha E. Davis
RALEIGH — Theretha Edmonds Davis, 83, of 955 Patton Circle, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at Wake Medical Hospital.
She was born to the late Hal and Mary Edmonds on Oct. 4, 1930, in Tillery.
At a young age she joined Galilee Baptist Church. She attended Halifax County Public Schools. Upon completion, she continued her education at Elizabeth City State Teachers College. While attending Elizabeth City, she met and married her college sweetheart, Lonnie Davis Jr. Upon finishing school, they moved to Buffalo, N.Y., for a period of time before returning to North Carolina, where she was employed with the Warren County school system.
She taught several years at J.R. Hawkins Elementary School. She also taught in the Vance County public school system, including at New Hope Elementary School for 30 years. She always believed in the importance of education.
She was an active member in the Henderson and Vance County community. Some of her memberships included: Delta Sigma Theta Inc., Daisy Garden Club, Queen of Hearts Pinnacle Club, Kerr-Tar Regional, Elizabeth City State University Alumni Association, Association of Retired Teachers, board of elections, NAACP, Kesler Temple AME Zion Church and Spring Street Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Lonnie Davis Jr. of the home; daughter, Valencia Davis of Richmond, Va.; son, Lonnie Davis III of Cary; two brothers, Hal Edmonds of Washington, D.C., and Jasper Lee Edmonds of Maryland; and one sister-in-law, Gladys Miles of Michigan.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Kesler Temple AME Zion Church, with interment to follow in Sunset Gardens.
The body will be on view from noon to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 31, at which time the family will receive friends in the chapel of Davis-Royster Funeral Service.
The family is receiving friends at the residence.
Arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.
Philip T. Johnston
JEFFERSON, Ga. — Philip Tyrone Johnston, 72, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
A memorial service will be held at South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church, c/o Jeanene Clopton, 905 Americal Road, Henderson, NC 27536.
Lucy M. Alston
CLAYTON — Lucy M. Alston, 89, formerly of Warrenton, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at her residence.
Arrangements will be announced by Boyd’s Funeral Services in Warrenton.
John Cole Jr.
HENDERSON — John Cole Jr., 65, of 217 North Bullock Street, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at Maria Parham Medical Center.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at First Baptist Church of Soul City. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Viewing will be today, Jan. 31, from noon to 6 p.m. in the chapel of Davis-Royster Funeral Service and at the church one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.
Mary A. Keitt
OXFORD — Mary A. Keitt, 76, of 500 Prospect Ave., died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at her residence.
Arrangements will be announced by E.C. Terry’s Funeral and Cremation Service.
WARRENTON — Mildred Reid, 89, of 113 Valley Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at Maria Parham Medical Center.
Arrangements will be announced by Boyd’s Funeral Services.
Mary R. Williams
HENDERSON — Mary Ruth Williams, 68, of 986 Burr Street, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Maria Parham Medical Center.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at Progressive Faith Missionary Baptist Church by Rev. Richard Batts. Interment will follow at Young’s Memorial Holy Church Cemetery.
Viewing will be Saturday, Feb. 1, from noon to 5 p.m. in the chapel of Davis-Royster Funeral Service and at the church one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.