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Obituaries

For October 16, 2019

Jerry Lee Cuthrell, 70, of Grantsboro died Monday, September 30, 2019, at CarolinaEast
Medical Center. His memorial service was held Saturday, October 12th at Grantsboro Church of
God.Visitation was prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.


Billie Jean Gillikin Daw, 89, of Arapahoe
passed away Friday, October 11, 2019, at Grantsbrook
Nursing & Rehab Center. She is a member of Arapahoe FWB Church. Billie retired from TexasGulf
as a statistician. She was preceded in death by her parents, John & Mamie Gillikin; brothers, John G. and Thomas Gillikin; sister, Dorothy Bernatitus; step-sons, Elbert D. Daw Jr. and Joe B. Daw; and on Oct. 2nd her husband, Elbert D. Daw. She is survived by her daughter, Robin Daw Roberts and husband, Mead; sister, Susan “Tootsie” Chenowith; sister-in-law’s, Lynne Gillikin, Donna Gillikin and Betty Daw Sawyer; two grandchildren, Kristin Roberts (Shawn) and Ciara Roberts Phillips (Blake); two great-grandchildren, Tenley and Zayden Boone; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her funeral service was held Tuesday, October 15th at Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. David Cauley officiating. Interment followed in Paul Cemetery, Arapahoe. The family received friends prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to the Free Will Baptist Children’s Home, 7907 Buck Deans Rd., Middlesex, NC 27557.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.


Clara Prescott Hale, 87, of Oriental
passed away peacefully Saturday, October 12th at
Grantsbrook Rehabilitation Center. She was known for being a talented artist, flawless seamstress,
and a good ol’ country cook that would have you reaching for seconds. Her wit, humor, and
warmth made her a great conversationalist, and a dear friend to many. Born March 21, 1932 to
Charlie Brown & Madie Prescott, she was raised in Oriental (Nelms) and graduated from Oriental
High School in 1950. In 1951, she married Benjamin T. Hale, to whom she was married for 46
years. They lived together in the Kershaw Community, until his death in 1997. She is survived
by her daughter Tina (Larry) Gonzales of Huntersville, NC; son, Chris (Sheri) Hale of Oriental,
granddaughters, Kayla (Dylan) Cox of Newport, NC and Shannon (John) Whitall of Spring Valley,
CA; grandson, Ben (Becki) Gonzales; great-grandchildren, Faith and Noah Whitall and Cadel and
Torin Gonzales. She also leaves behind many cousins. She was a member of the Oriental United
Methodist Church. Her funeral service was held Tuesday, October 15th at Bryant Funeral Home
Chapel. Interment followed in Oriental Cemetery. The family received friends and relatives prior
to the service at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

For October 9, 2019

Elbert Dawson Daw, 83, of Arapahoe, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. He was a member of Arapahoe FWB Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alton and Ola Daw; two sons, Elbert D. Daw, Jr. and Joe B. Daw. He is survived by his wife Billie Jean Gillikin Daw; daughter Robin Daw Roberts (Mead); sister, Betty D. Sawyer; two grandchildren, Kristin Roberts (Shawn), Ciara Roberts (Blake); two great-grandchildren, Tenley Boone and Zayden Boone; and numerous nieces and nephews. His funeral service was held Friday October 4, at the Arapahoe FWB Church. The family received friends prior to the service at the church. Interment followed the service at Paul Cemetery-Arapahoe. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Free Will Baptist Children’s Home, 7907 Buck Deans Rd., Middlesex, NC 27557.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance, NC

Elsie Mae Boyd Lewis, 84, of Grantsboro passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. She is a member of Grantsboro Church of God. She cherished her little dog, Nicki Sue and fur grandbaby, Ellie Mae. She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice Lewis, and daughter, Mary Elizabeth Lewis. Elsie and Maurice raised their family in Lowland. She is survived by her son, Maurice Lewis of New Bern; daughter, Martha L. Pegram and husband, Gary, of Reelsboro; and two sisters, Mary Helen Rowe of Sanford and Betty Jean Debrick of New Bern. Her graveside service was held Saturday, October 5th at Paul Cemetery, Silver Hill with the Rev. Charles Hardison and the Rev. Steven Keesecker officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives Friday evening at Bryant Funeral Home and at other times at the home of her daughter, 149 Chair Rd., Reelsboro.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

Gene Thomas Stilley of Arapahoe, NC died suddenly September 28, 2019. A native of New Bern, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduation from New Bern High School in 1971. After his military service, he continued his work as a Helicopter Mechanic at Cherry Point Marine Corp Air Station until his retirement in 2008. His retirement was filled with his unique gift of taxidermy, residential construction, and special time with his family, children, and grandchildren. He attended Bethany Christian Church for many years. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeremy Gene Stilley. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Pat Polzin Stilley; daughter, Emily Harper and husband Eric Harper; daughter-in-law, Marie Stilley; grandchildren, Casey Harper, Miko Stilley, Diana Harper, Jilly Stilley, and Davis Harper, all of Arapahoe; parents, L. Graham and Lovie Thomas Stilley of New Bern; brothers, Richard Stilley and wife Cathy of Roswell, GA; Dennis Stilley and wife Kriston of Rockmart, GA; and Gary Stilley and wife Kim of New Bern; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sue and Mike Manning of Arapahoe. A celebration of his life was held Saturday October 5, 2019 at Bethany Christian Church, Arapahoe, NC with Rev. Franklin Osgood and Rev. Merritt Watson officiating. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Bethany Christian Church, 8126 NC Hwy. 306, Arapahoe, NC 28510.

Richard Thomas Banks, 86, of Grantsboro passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at home. He attended Rock of Zion OFWB Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving in the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy & Vene Banks; first wife, Betsy Banks; son, Michael Banks; and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis B. Banks; son Dicky Banks and wife, Bev; stepson, Freddie Ethel and wife, Kelly; six grandchildren, Tracy Crabill, Thomas Banks, Skyler Crabill, Capt. Amy Banks, Matthew Banks and Ryleigh Ethel; and two great-grandchildren. His memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 11th at Rock of Zion OFWB Church with the Rev. Ray Lewis officiating. Inurnment will be in Greenleaf Memorial Park. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to The Crazy Horse Memorial, 12151 Ave of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730; crazyhorsememorial.org.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

George F Hurley, 92, of Oriental passed away Monday, October 7th. He loved his country and was a proud veteran of World War II. He enlisted in the Navy before his 17th birthday, was accepted into the cadet program and sent home to finish his high school education. Through the Navy, he learned to fly and graduated from Brown University with a degree in mechanical engineering. After retiring from the aerospace industry, George was a member of the Oriental United Methodist Church, the Ham Radio Club, the Civil Air Patrol, the Sailing Club of Oriental, the Oriental Investment Group, The Pamlico County Law Enforcement Association, the Station 19 Fire & Rescue, Meals on Wheels and the Pamlico County GOP. His life story was full of adventure in accomplishments led by his love of flying, hunting and sailing but his true life‘s passion was his family, including his eight Springer Spaniel dogs. He was preceded in death by his brother, Leonard Hurley; sister, Gladys Grady; grandchildren, Glenn Patrick Warner and Samantha Nicole Hurley. He is survived by his wife, Joanne of 62 years; daughters, Kim Stewart (Barry) and Joanne Warner (Eric); son, Glenn (Colleen); six grandchildren, Kevin, Kiersten, Dane, Allison, Ashlee, Dayna; two step-grandchildren Kelly and Patrick; and his beloved dog, Brandy. His memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 12th at Oriental United Methodist Church. A reception immediately following the service will be held in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Pamlico, PO box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515 or Oriental United Methodist Church, PO Box 70, Oriental, NC 28571.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

For October 2, 2019

Charles Lisker Draughon Sr., 63, of Oriental passed away Sunday, September 29, 2019, at UNC Hospitals-Chapel Hill. He is a member of Reece’s Chapel Baptist Church. He was an evangelist, ministering at many rest homes in the area. Charles loved to fish and enjoyed listening to and singing gospel music. He was also a Mason with Mt. Vernon Lodge #359. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lisker & Virginia “Cricket” Draughon. He is survived by his fiancée, Carole and his cat, Kitty Boo. His funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 3rd at Pamlico Presbyterian Church with the Rev. James Chadwick and Rev. Adam Christiansan officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Oriental Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

Mrs. Mary Ellen Mayo Galloway, age 76, a resident of 345 N. 6th Street, Aurora, died Friday morning, September 27, 2019 at Vidant Beaufort Hospital. A graveside service was held on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Warren Memorial Cemetery, officiated by Raymond Lagcher and Earl Sadler. The family received friends following the service at the cemetery. Mrs. Galloway was born in Aurora on October 13, 1942, daughter of the late Jesse Mayo and Frances Hudnell Mayo. She was a member of the Senior Club of Aurora- Richlands. She enjoyed traveling with her friends and playing the piano. She was the pianist at
Dublin Grove Free Will Baptist Church, where she was a member. Mrs. Galloway worked for over 40 years in banking with Wachovia Bank and Southern Bank. She was married to Joseph “Joe” Rupert Galloway who preceded her in death on May 15, 2006. Mrs. Galloway is survived by her sister Susan
Williamson and husband Steve of Aurora; her brother Steve Mayo of Aurora and two nephews - Donnie Williamson and Steven Mayo. In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by her brother: Rudy Mayo. Memorials may be made to: Dublin Grove Free Will Baptist Church, c/o Faye Peele, 282 Peele Road, Aurora, NC 27806. On-line condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.paulfuneralhome. com.
Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Galloway family.

Reuben Bruce Scott, 76, of Grantsboro passed away Thursday, September 26, 2019, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He is a member of New Bethlehem FWB Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben & Ruth Scott; brother, Daniel B. Scott; and granddaughter, Kayla Stembridge. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Alvinia Cahoon Scott; three daughters, Deborah Stembridge and husband, Larry, Antionette Oster and Danielle Scott Green and husband, Brent; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. His memorial service was held Sunday, September 29th at Bryant Funeral
Home Chapel with the Rev. Ashley Trogdon officiating. The family received friends and relatives
prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions
be made to New Bethlehem FWB Church Building Fund, c/o Scott Whitford, 1903 Scott Store Rd., Grantsboro, NC 28529.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

Mildred “Micky” Crutchfield Click, 92, of Greensboro and formerly of Oak Creek Retirement Center in Burlington, passed away on Thursday, 9/26/2019 at Hospice Home of High Point. A native of Danville, Va., Micky was the wife of Charles Shirley Click, who survives, and the daughter of Robert Emory Crutchfield and Ottie Meadows Crutchfield, both deceased. She was the office manager for Olde Forest Racquet Club in Elon from 1972 until 1987. After retirement, Charles and Micky moved to Oriental, NC and lived there for 16 years before moving back to the Burlington area. In addition to her husband Charles, Micky is survived by a daughter, Bobbi Click Adderton and her husband Jerry, of Fort Mill, SC; a son, Charles Steven “Chip” Click and his wife Sondra, of Jamestown; and a granddaughter, Allison Adderton, of Los Angeles. Micky was preceded in death by a brother, Robert A. Crutchfield. The family will receive friends to celebrate Micky’s life on Tuesday 10/1/2019 at Rich and Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the columbarium at Unity Presbyterian Church, Woodleaf, NC. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1803 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262 or to the Joseph and Kathleen
Bryan Alzheimer’s Research Center, 2200 W. Main Street, Suite A 200, Durham, NC 27705.
Online condolences may be shared at www. richandthompson.com

For September 18, 2019

Michelle Rose Popperwill Price, 45, of Lowland passed away Monday, September 9, 2019, at home. She was preceded in death by her son, Gregory Allen Price III and father, Walter “Nook Jr” Popperwill. She is survived by her mother, Linda O’Brien; children, Victoria, Noelle, Emmit and Elizabeth Price; significant other, Jason Ireland and his two daughters, Destiny and Angel Ireland; paternal grandmother, Audrey Lupton; sisters, Pam Popperwill Ireland and Misol Alfonso; and brothers, Walter Glenwood Popperwill III and Juvenal Alfonso. Her memorial service were held 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 13, 2019 at Hobucken United Methodist Church with the Rev. Earl Sadler Jr. officiated. The family received friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.


For September 11, 2019

Suzette A. Goodwin, 88, a native of Pamlico County, NC died Sunday, September 1 in Athens, GA. The daughter of Goethe and Ruby (Wiley) Aldridge of Pamlico County, NC, she was a long-time employee with Lee County government in Fort Myers, FL working with the US Soil Conservation Service.She is survived by one brother: Bud (Annette) Aldridge of Arapahoe, NC; three sons: Dennis, Keith (Lisa), and Robert (Nancy) Goodwin, all of Athens; eight grandchildren: Will, Philip (Jessie), Zack (Jen), Stephen (Brittany), Kaitlin Coast (Michael), Lucas, Elizabeth, and Bella; and one great-grandson: Phin Goodwin. There are other nieces, nephews and cousins scattered across the country and around the globe.

Suzette was a great mom: she never complained about anything, was non-judgmental, thoughtful, caring, and she taught her 3 sons to accept others regardless of color, social status, education, you name it. She taught us to look at the actions of others and make decisions about relationships based on that. She loved football and always followed the North Fort Myers HS (FL) Red Knights and, of course, the Georgia Bulldogs.

Suzette was baptized on 08/27/19, five days before her passing. Unburdened, she was joyful in her final days: smiling, chatty, and energetic.A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, September 15 at 5:00 p.m. at Athens Church of Christ, 3720 Mars Hill Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677. A memorial service in Pamlico County, NC will be held later.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends make donations to either of the following: by contacting the YWCO, 562 Research Dr., Athens, GA 30605 (706-354-7880) or by mailing a check payable to Swamp Camp Services, Inc., ATTN: Swamp Corps Donation, 33 Stratford Drive, Athens, GA 30605.

Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, EAST, Athens, GA, is in charge of arrangements. www.lordandstephens.com


Don Lowell McKown, 82, of Reelsboro, NC passed into life eternal on September 3, 2019, at Bayview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Don was born on April 5, 1937, the only son of Charles Donzel and Genevieve Deshler McKown. He was a graduate of Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, WV, class of 1955. Immediately after high school he joined the United States Air Force and served proudly for over 20 years. Upon retirement he lived in Goldsboro, NC and had many small businesses, including a taxi service and a used tire business. He was an avid football and racing enthusiast. Don was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Anna Tyndall McKown after 37 years of marriage.

He is survived by his son, Brian Tyndall McKown, of the family home in Reelsboro; three grandchildren, Joshua McKown, Kimberly McKown Hall and Kristina McKown; and four great grandsons, Caleb, Julian, Jonathan and Adrian. He is also survived by his wife, Euna Faye McKown of New Bern and two sisters, Beverly McKown Carpenter and Teri McKown (Jerry) Duckworth, both of New Bern, NC.A memorial service with military honors will be held at Don’s home church, Reelsboro Pentecostal Holiness Church on Saturday, Sept. 14th at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Alan Woodard and the Rev. Steve Willis officiating. The family will be available one hour prior to the service for visitation. Memorials may be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509 or to the Reelsboro Pentecostal Holiness Church, 221 Neuse Rd, New Bern, NC 28560.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.


For September 4, 2019

Lee Courtland Toler, 95, of Alliance passed away Thursday, August 29, 2019, at home. He was a member and retired minister of 30 years of Alliance Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was preceded in death by his young bride, Betty Williams Toler. He is survived by sons, Lee Toler Jr. and wife, Linda and Charles Toler; daughters, Brenda Nobles and husband, James, Judy Stephenson and husband, David, and Patricia Heatherly; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. His funeral was held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 31st at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phillip Lewis and the Rev. Matt Guthrie officiating. Interment will follow in Grantsboro Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home and at other times at his daughter’s home, 126 Courtland Dr. Alliance.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.