Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Oct. 08, 2013 @ 05:09 PM

Raby L. Traylor Jr.

NORLINA — Raby Leigh Traylor Jr. died Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Traylor was a Warren County native born to the late R.L. and Mary Sophronia Walker Traylor.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Raby Leigh “Ray” Traylor III, in 1995.

Upon completion of high school, he entered N.C. State College in the School of Engineering from 1941-1944. He served as president of the N.C. State band and class president. He left college to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a petty officer second class.

Following his discharge from the Navy, he returned to Norlina to enter business with his father at Traylor’s Hardware. In 1956, he began operation of Leigh’s Apparel in Norlina, a successful clothing store for 40 years. He retired in 1995.

Leigh was a member of the Norlina United Methodist Church, where he served in many leadership capacities and always promoted the church activities and its growth.

Some of his contributions to his community consisted of being an elected member and chairman of the Warren County Board of Education, serving on the Norlina town board and being an active member of the Norlina Ruritan Club, where he served as president and district officer.

Close to his heart was the Norlina Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as fire chief for 32 years. He supported the Norlina Library, having served on the board for many years.

Mr. Traylor was well known as a supporter and member of the N.C. State Wolfpack Club. He is among the longest continuous active members, with 67 years to his credit, always supporting sports and academics at the university.

He married Emma Lou Taylor from Martin County in 1951.

Rev. Roderic Mullen will conduct funeral services at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Norlina United Methodist Church, with burial to follow in Warren Dale Cemetery.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Thomas Gilbert “Tom” Traylor of Norlina; daughter, Mary Lou Traylor Hickey and husband Jim III of Raleigh; brother, Robert “Bob” Traylor and wife Sandra of Norlina; sister, Mary Stella Mitchell of Eustis, Fla.; five grandchildren, Laura Leigh Traylor, Emily V. Traylor Seay, Anna Lou Hickey, James J. Hickey IV and Kathleen Helen Hickey; and his great-grandson, Ethan Seay.

Memorials may be made to the Norlina United Methodist Church, PO Box 356, Norlina, NC 27563; the Norlina Fire Department, PO Box 606, Norlina, NC 27563; or to Amedisys Hospice, 3320 U.S. 1, Suite B, Franklinton, NC 27525.

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Ann G. Hall

GREER, S.C. — Ann Gragg Hall, formerly of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, Chuck Hall; son, Garry Church and wife Heather of Mooresville; father, Walter Gragg Sr.; sister, Kay Houston (Ken); brothers, Walter Gragg Jr. (Bernice), Robert Gragg (Patsy) and Scott Gragg; nieces, Lisa Moore, Melissa Critcher, Angel Cash and Haley Nichols; nephews, Kenny Houston and Marc Houston; and 10 great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, Sarah Ingle Gragg.

Ann received a bachelor’s degree in education from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree from N.C. Central University. She worked as an educator for 36 years in North Carolina and Georgia, working with students with special needs. Throughout her career, she was involved with the Council for Exceptional Children, Delta Kappa Gamma, the ARC and Special Olympics. Ann was awarded the Council for Exceptional International Transition Teacher Award and the Vance County Teacher of the Year award. She is a former member of First Presbyterian Church in Henderson.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, traveling, her dogs and crafting.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Connelly Springs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Henderson, 222 Young Street, Henderson, NC 27536, or to the Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills, PO Box 127 Landrum, SC 29356.

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Louise J. Bell

OXFORD — Louise Jones Bell, 93, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at the Universal Healthcare/Oxford nursing home.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Amis Chapel Baptist Church by Rev. Terry Howard. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Amis Chapel Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 9189 Amis Chapel Road, Oxford, NC 27565.

Arrangements are by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home, which accepts online condolences at



Myrtle E. Brandon

HENDERSON — Myrtle E. Brandon, 97, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at Progressive Faith Missionary Baptist Church.

Viewing will be for one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are by Garnes & Toney Funeral Home.



Wanda M. Capps

BULLOCK — Wanda Marie Roberts Capps, 58, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at her residence.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at Bullock Baptist Church by Rev. Tony Futrell. Burial will follow at Royster Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home.

Arrangements are by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home, which accepts online condolences at



Galveston Ellis

BULLOCK — Galveston Ellis, 91, of 2161 Grassy Creek-Virgilina Road, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at his home

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in the Betts & Son Funeral Home Chapel by Bishop J. Phillip Betts.

Viewing is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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