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ROCKY MOUNT — Edwin Braxton Poythress, 89, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Born in Vance County, North Carolina, on Dec. 22, 1931, he was the son of the late Cyrus Thomas Poythress and Osceola Young Williams (Poythress) King.

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LOUISBURG — Sandra McGhee Edwards, 77, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at Franklin Oaks Nursing and Rehab. Born in Vance County on Feb. 6, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Grover Alvin McGhee and Avie Maude Weaver McGhee, and was the widow of Charlie Allen Edwards.

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HENDERSON — John Junius “J.J.” Matthews, 94, of Boddie Street, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at the Durham VA Hospital. Born in Vance County on Jan. 2, 1927, he was the son of the late David Lee Matthews and Julia Lee West Matthews.

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ELM CITY — Jasper Thomas Wells died on Oct. 11, 2021, after a series of strokes. He was born June 3, 1925, in Elm City, North Carolina, to Lettie Pearl Winstead Wells and James Raymond Wells.

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OXFORD — Erin Margaret Gore, Sept. 6, 1985 to Oct. 2, 2021. Beloved mother, daughter, sister.

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HENDERSON — Pattie Lippett, 96, of Thomas Road, passed away on Oct. 8, 2021, at her residence. She was born in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, to the late Govance Terry and Rosa Henderson Terry.

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HENDERSON — Nancy Lynne Pittman Strickland, 76, passed peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at her home on Jeffress Drive in Henderson, North Carolina, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Clyde Pittman and Doris Wingard Pittman, and her stepmother, …

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HENDERSON — Marion Durham, 81, of Vicksboro Road, passed away on Oct. 5, 2021, at Maria Parham Health. She was born in Vance County to the late Willie Yancey Sr. and Mary Bullock Yancey.

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HENDERSON — Bishop Clifton Perry, 64, of West Spring Street, passed away on Oct. 4, 2021, at Wake Med Hospital. He was born in Vance County to the late Berry Hicks and Mary Parker .

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HENDERSON — Alphonso Bullock, 67, of Spring Valley Lake Road, died on Oct. 1, 2021, at his residence. He was born in Warren County to Bertha Bullock and the late James Mayo.

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HENDERSON — Henry Jerman Sr., 69, of Bullocksville Park Road, passed away on Sept. 30, 2021. He was born in Warren County to the late Phillip Odell Jerman and Dorothy Mae Burchette.

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HENDERSON — John Henry Hope, 84, of Henderson, North Carolina, passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, at Maria Parham Health.

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KITTRELL — Jerry McCoy Patterson, 73, of Kittrell, North Carolina, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, at Maria Parham Health.

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HENDERSON — Alice Boykin, 100, of Avis Lane, passed away on Oct. 3, 2021, at her residence. She was born in Vance County.

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OXFORD — Iola Peed-Neal, of Oxford, North Carolina, passed away unexpectedly at home on September 30, 2021. She was 74 years old.

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HENDERSON — Lorenzo Epps Jr., 61, of Walker Avenue, died on Sept. 28, 2021, at Maria Parham Health. He was born in Warren County to Lorenzo Epps Sr. and Mary Bullock Epps.

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ROCKY MOUNT — Winnifred “Winnie” Adcock Raper, age 78, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at Duke Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh surrounded by her family. Born in Vance County, North Carolina, on Oct. 28, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Wilton Lee Adcock …

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OXFORD — Emma Lou White Taylor, 90, of Richmond, died Sept. 29, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, John S. Taylor.

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HENDERSON — Mr. Pableto “Pap” Alston entered into eternal rest on Sept. 28, 2021, at Maria Parham Health. He resided on Winder Street in Henderson, North Carolina.

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NORLINA — John Kasper Kilian passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. He is with the Lord today.

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OXFORD — Florence Nelson, 96, of Oxford, North Carolina, passed away on Sept. 28, 2021, at Granville Health Center. She was born in Vance County to the late Gertrude Brooks.

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HENDERSON — Jeremy Michael Pearce, 50, of Henderson, North Carolina, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at Duke University Hospital in Durham.

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HENDERSON — Ms. Journey Mekayla Coleman, 18, of Highland Avenue, Henderson, North Carolina, passed away Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at Wayne UNC Health Center of Goldsboro, North Carolina.

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HENDERSON — Mary Hargrove, 63, of North Garnett Street passed away on Sept. 25, 2021, at Maria Parham Health. She was born in Vance County to the late John Bullock and Mary Frances Bullock.

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HENDERSON — William Allred “Hootie” Rowland, 67, of Oxford Road, and formerly of Key Largo, Florida, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Born Dec. 20, 1953, in Vance County, he was the son of the late William Broadwell Rowland and Agnes Edwards Rowland.

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CLARKSVILLE, Va. — Mrs. Paula Glover Greenwood passed away on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at the age of 73. Born in North Carolina on June 1, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Natalie Fry and Ralph Fry, and was married to Martin Greenwood.

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HENDERSON — John Closs Jr., 54, of Beckford Drive passed away on Sept. 23, 2021, at his residence. He was born in Vance County to the late John E. Closs Sr. and Helen Nancy Allen.

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HENDERSON — Le’Mia Marrero of Middle Oak Drive passed away on Sept. 16, 2021, at her residence. She was born in Durham County to Alma Marrero and the late Keith Perry.

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HENDERSON — Dr. Clarice M. Hug, 82, residing in Henderson, North Carolina, and formerly of Sandusky, Ohio, had a stroke on Sept. 18, 2021, and died Sept. 19, 2021.

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YOUNGSVILLE — Deborah Yarborough “Debbie” Choplin, 65, of Youngsville, North Carolina, went home to Jesus on Sept. 21, 2021.

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HENDERSON — Clara Williams, 70, of Ward Boulevard, passed away on Sept. 17, 2021, at Longleaf Neuro Medical Treatment Center. She was born in Granville County to the late Charlie McKinney and Willie Jones McKinney.

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HENDERSON — Celester Majette, 81, of Gray Owens Lane, passed away on Sept. 20, 2021, at Brian Center Southpoint. She was born in Vance County to the late Rex Gray and Alvina Burton Gray.

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HENDERSON — Shirley O’Neal Wilkerson, 85, a long time resident of Vance County passed away Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at her home.

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HENDERSON — Phillip Hawkins Sr., 87, of Barham Lane passed away on Sept. 13, 2021, at Warren Hills Nursing Home. He was born in Vance County to the late Mary Hargrove and Thomas Hargrove. He was raised by his beloved grandparents, John Henry Hawkins and Martha Hawkins.

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HENDERSON — William Allred “Hootie” Rowland, 67, of Oxford Road, and formerly of Key Largo, Florida, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Born Dec. 20, 1953, in Vance County, he was the son of the late William Broadwell Rowland and Agnes Edwards Rowland.

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HENDERSON — Bermadine Elizabeth Spruill Fuller was born into this world on Groundhog Day — Feb. 2, 1953 — to the late Janie Delois Baskerville and John Lee Spruill in Henderson, North Carolina (Vance County).