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Mavis Ann McClenny Perdue, 67, died in Louisburg Saturday, February 20, 2016.

Rosa Wrenn Wilson, 97, of Smithville, MO formerly of Roanoke Rapids, NC passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, February 13, 2016.  She joined her love, Bill, in Heaven for Valentine’s Day


Shirley Jean Martin Blanton, 71, of Macon Price Road, Garysburg passed away Sunday, February 14, 20-16 at her home.


Lois Ann Gibson Aydlett, 54, of Becker Drive, Roanoke Rapids passed away Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Vidant Hospital in Greenville.


Susan Yandle, 57, died peacefully on February 11, 2016 at her home in Roanoke Rapids with her family by her side.


Priscilla Page Harrison Davis, 76, passed away Friday, January 29, 2016 at Halifax Regional Medical Center.

The family will have a gathering of friends to honor Priscilla's memory Friday, February 5, 2016, from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Local 425 Union Hall, across from Abner's Restaurant, on Roanoke Ave., Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

Willa Love Carver, 71, of Everetts School Road passed away Sunday, January 24, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.


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Louise Sutton Moseley, 95, of 215 Lakeview Dr., Roanoke Rapids, went to be with the Lord Saturday, January 23, 2016.

She is survived by her sons, Jim Sutton and Dale Sutton.  Also surviving are six grandchildren.

Rev. Randy Martin will conduct a graveside service at Cedarwood Cemetery Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 2:00 pm.

“If you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs it”.


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Clyde Otto Wrenn, 88, of Gaston, passed away Saturday, January, 16, 2016 at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro, NC.

As Mr. Wrenn requested private graveside services were held.
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Louise Mayle Poarch, 88, died Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Signature Health & Rehabilitation Center, Roanoke Rapids.

Heaven gained another Marine on January 8, 2016. Bettie Rolf celebrated her 80th birthday by entering through the gates of Heaven.


Margaret Spragins Alston, 47 of Hwy 158, Roanoke Rapids passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.



Muriel “Tickie” Warren Clinkinbeard, 86 of Swansboro, NC, formerly of Weldon passed away Monday, January 11, 2016 at Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport, NC.



On January 10, 2016, the Lord received another angel, Willie “Billy” L. Gilliam.

Michael Guy Keeter, Sr., 59 of Roanoke Rapids passed away Friday, January 8, 2016.




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Donald Ray Lancaster, 69, passed away Monday, January 4, 2016, in Halifax Regional Medical Center.

Judith Ann Futrell Phillips, 68 of Roanoke Rapids passed away Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Duke University Medical Center.


Earnest Max Grubb, 88 of Littleton passed away Friday, January 1, 2016.

Earnest was born May 16, 1927 in Davidson County to the late Ernest Grover Grubb and Minnie Lee Cutting Grubb.  He was also preceded in death by his brother: Lanny Grubb; his sister: Mary Hill and his grandson: Andrew Grubb.

He was a charter member of Open Door Fellowship. Earnest was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He served in the US Navy for 2 ½ years, where he served on the USS Pine Island and was part of Admiral Byrd’s Expedition to the South Pole. He spent 24 ½ years in the US Air Force during WW II, Korea and Vietnam. He also retired from the NC Department of Corrections Caledonia Prison after 20 years. Earnest loved God, his country, his family and friends, he loved calling the Charlie Beaver Talk Show, outspoken, little gruff, but had a heart of gold, a very generous and caring person. Earnest was also known as the candyman at First Citizens Bank and State Employees Credit Union. After retirement he and his wife traveled extensively.

He is survived by his wife: Mary Cohen Grubb of 63 years, whom he married on Flag Day, his sons: Howard M. Grubb and his fiancé April Trew of Thomasville, NC and Edward M. Grubb and his wife Tamara of Littleton; his daughters: Rebecca Faison and her husband Cecil, Debra Shaw and her husband Julian and Carolyn Keeter and her husband Terry all of Roanoke Rapids; his brother: Steve Grubb of Denton, NC; his sisters: Betty Robinson of Orlando, FL, Barbara Carrick of Denton, NC and Don Rea Keith of Sanford, NC; his grandchildren: Timothy Cain and his wife Candie, Lisa  Cain, Bradley Keeter and his wife Stacy, Jerrad Keeter, Gavin Keeter and Victoria Grubb; his great-grandchildren: Wyatt, Ella and Aubree Cain, Landen and Logan Daniel, Lily and Lawsen Keeter, Payton and Brantley Griffin.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 P.M. Monday, January 4, 2016 in the chapel of Hockaday Funeral and Cremation Service. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. Monday at the funeral home and other times at the home of his daughter Carolyn Keeter. Burial will follow at Crestview Memorial Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Open Door Fellowship, PO Box 1454, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 or Pruitt Health and Hospice, 301 S. Church Street, #135, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

The family would also like to give a special thank you to the staff of Pruitt Health and Hospice.


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Alice Turner Perry, 72, died Tuesday, December 29, 2015, in Halifax Regional Medical Center.


Doris Krueger Stone, 75, died Thursday, December 24, 2015, at Vidant Healthcare in Greenville, NC.


Jesse Lee Hobbs, 80, died Monday, December 21, 2015, at his residence in Oxford, NC.

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Major Gordon R. Etheridge passed away Monday, December 14, 2015, at the age of 88 at Hampton Manor in Gaston, NC.

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John B. Renn Jr. died Tuesday, December 8, 2015, at the age of 70 at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids.

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Barbara Dean Killebrew Johnston Hedspeth, 71, died at her home, surrounded by her family, Monday, December 07, 2015.

Sadie Shaw King, 95 of Sam Powell Dairy Road passed away Sunday, December 6, 2015 at her home.


Edward “Eddie” Earl Nelms, 51 of Hwy 903, Halifax passed away Friday, December 4, 2015 at Vidant Inpatient Hospice in Greenville.


John Thomas Anderson, 64 of Enfield passed away Sunday, November 29, 2015 at his home.

Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Hockaday Funeral and Cremation Service.


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Daphne Evelyn Cobb, 79, died Friday, November 27, 2015, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.

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