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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.

Heaven gained a beautiful angel on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 when Beulah Patrick Wood, 90, went to her eternal home.

Ann Elizabeth Valdes, 82 of Roanoke Rapids passed away Saturday, November 21, 2015 at her home of natural causes.

Neida Reeves Jones, 89 of Highway 48, Roanoke Rapids died Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Hampton Manor in Gaston, NC.

Audrey Cordon Rose, 89 of Roanoke Rapids passed away Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Liberty Commons.


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Barbara D. Reed Newsome, 55, of Roanoke Rapids, died Friday, November 13, 2015 in Halifax Regional Medical Center after a brief battle with cancer.

Clarence Lee Smith was born July 4, 1941 in Halifax County. The son of the late James Robert Smith and Agnes Strickland Smith.


Peggy Brown Barrow, 78 , or New Hope Street passed away Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Nash General Hospital.


A.W. “Buddy” Powell, Sr., 93, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at Halifax Regional Medical Center.


Mary Jane McLean, 82, of Gaston, NC passed away Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Halifax Regional Hospital.


Lonnie “Tony” Parker, 71 of Roanoke Rapids passed away Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Halifax Regional Medical Center.



Jeffrey Tyler Hunt, known as Tyler by friends and family, 22, died Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

Doris Lee Browning Rose was born in January, 1931, to the parents, William Wallace Browning and Thelma Lucas Browning Hawkins.

Robert D. Bass, Jr., 87, passed away Tuesday, Oct 27 at his home in Portland, ME. A native of North Carolina, Bob graduated from Seaboard High School (’45) and after high school, he served 3 years in Korea for the US Army.

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