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Jackson, NC - William “Bill” L. Atkinson, age 93, passed away peacefully on August 1, 2013.
Mr. Atkinson was a former resident of Jackson, NC. He was born in Ellerson, VA on March 18, 1920, the son of the
late William and Lula Atkinson. He was also predeceased by his wife Alma Parker Atkinson and his step grandson
During World War II, he served with the Army 82nd Airborne Glider Division and fought in the Rhineland Central
Europe Campaign. He received a WW II Victory Medal. After service he worked for many years with Capital
Concrete, Norfolk, VA as a crane operator. He retired to North Carolina where he used his carpentry skills doing
home remodeling projects.
Bill was a member of Galatia Baptist Church.
He is survived by his stepchildren, Brenda Archer (Kenneth) of Jackson, NC, Linda Owens (Will) of Falls Church,
VA , Billy Parker (Cheryl) of Virginia Beach, VA and Gene Parker. His sister, Mildred Sanderson and nephew
Ronnie Sanderson (Jenny) all fo Richmond, VA. Six grandchildren include, Wendy Pierce (James0 of South Riding,
VA, Jennifer Downs (Brian) of Locust Grove, VA, Scarlet Floyd (Dennis) of Chesapeake, VA, Chad Parker (Meagan)
of Virginia Beach, VA and Angela Parker of Virginia Beach, VA. His great grandchildren are Dalton and Tyler
Downs, Ashlee Owens, Ayden and Colin Floyd and Kayleigh Parker.
Graveside services will be held Monday, August 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Roxobel-Kelford Cemetery with Rev. David Foster officiating. The family will receive friends at
Massey Funeral Home in Jackson, NC, Sunday August 4, 2013 from 4:00 until 5:30 PM. Arrangements are being handled Massey Funeral Home in Jackson, NC.
Jackson, NC - Mr. Raymond Grays Turner, Sr., age 85 of Jackson, NC died Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Halifax
Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Turner was born October 18, 1927 in Branchville, VA, the son of the late Henry Thomas Turner and Mary Lamb
Turner. He was also predeceased by his wife Clara Bell Turner and two sons Raymond G. Turner, Jr. and John
Thomas Turner. Raymond farmed for many years.
Survivors include his son Jack Turner (Debra) of Newsomes, VA. A daughter-in-law Johnnie Turner of Jackson, NC.
Three brothers Donald “Frog” Turner of Florida, Charlie “Buck” Turner of Severn, NC and Tommy Turner of Stony
Creek, VA. His grandchildren Gray & Michelle, John & Teri, Shelby & Doug, Lucas & Amanda, Tonya and Tammy. His
great-grandchildren Raymond IV, Amanda, Nikki, Brittney, Daniel, Jackson, Eric and G.W. His great great-
grandchildren Gabin, Carter, Easton and Eli. A special son Nelson Poole.
Funeral services will be held, Thursday August 15, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. in the chapel of Massey Funeral Home in
Roanoke Rapids, NC which is handling the arrangements with Rev. Dennis Gregory, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow
in Cedarwood Cemetery in Roanoke Rapids, NC.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, August 14, 2013 from 7:00 until 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Online
condolences may be made to the family at www.haroldmasseyfuneralhome.com.
Roanoke Rapids, NC - Mr. Bradley “Brad” Michael Denning, age 30 of Roanoke Rapids, NC died Tuesday, August
13, 2013 at Vidant Inpatient Hospice Center in Greenville, NC.
Brad was born January 31, 1983 in Fredericksburg, VA. He worked at Logan’s Steak House in Roanoke Rapids. He
loved music and enjoyed playing his guitar.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dianne Burgess Denning.
He is survived by his father, George Denning. His sister, Jennifer Conner and her husband Chris. His brother
Jeremy Denning and his wife Lori. His nieces and nephews, Hayden Conner, Allessa Conner, Nathan Denning and
Trent Denning. Also many friends.
A Memorial Service to Celebrate Brad’s Life will be held, Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Massey Funeral
Home in Roanoke Rapids with Rev. Jim Cox officiating.
The family will receive friends after the service at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family
Ahoskie, NC - Macie Roberta Rhea, age 87 of Ahoskie, NC passed away August 17, 2013 at Creekside Manor in
Ahoskie. Macie was born April 28, 1926 in Bertie County North Carolina the daughter of the late George Dunning
and Sally Ann Hall Dunning. Macie worked many years as a nurse aide.
Survivors include her husband Horace Floyd Rhea of Ahoskie; Her two daughters Joann Casper Harrell (Jesse) of
Ahoskie and Sandra Kaye Parker of Ahoskie; Her two sons Lloyd Stevenson Casper (Sallie) of Henderson, NV and
Jack Dunning Casper (Robin) of Woodland, NC; Her two sisters Nancy Dunning Conner of Aulander and Marian
Dunning Dilday (Henry) of Ahoskie and one brother George Dunning, Jr. (Jean) of Florida, also many grandchildren
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at Massey Funeral Home in Aulander, NC
which is handling the arrangements with Rev. J N Baggett officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens
Cemetery in Ahoskie.
The family will receive friends prior to the service Wednesday from 12:00 noon until 1:30 P.M. and other times at the
home of Marian Dilday in Ahoskie, NC.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.haroldmasseyfuneralhome.com
Enfield, NC - Mrs. Sharon Smith Pare age 57 of Battleboro, NC died Saturday August 17, 2013 at Enfield Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation in
Mrs. Pare was born October 22, 1955 in Providence, Rhode Island, the daughter of the late Leonard and Barbara Smith. She was also predeceased by her sister
Debra Papa. She was a nurse’s aide for many years and worked at Kent County Hospital in Warrick, Rhode Island.
She is survived by her husband Richard P. Pare of Battleboro, NC. Her children, Paul, Meechan, Amanda, Christina, Ashley, Brittaney, Courtney and Richard Pare Jr.
Eleven great grandchildren and a brother Kevin Smith.
Services will be held at a later date in Rhode Island. Arrangements are being handled by Massey Funeral Home in Enfield, NC.
Gaston, NC - Mr. David Wayne Hux, age 56 of Gaston, NC died August 20, 2013 at his home.
David was born January 10, 1957 in Roanoke Rapids, NC the son of the late Floyd L. Hux and
Fannie Dunston Hux Fite. He was also preceded in death by a brother William Henry Hux. He
was a retired mechanic and enjoyed playing music with his guitar, harmonica and banjo.
He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Denise Hux of Newport News, VA. Two grandchildren,
Cobi Hux and Adrian Hux. His sisters and brothers, Margaret H. Norton of Naples, Florida,
Robert L. Hux of Indian Harbor Beach, Florida, Priscilla H. Davis and her husband Tex of
Gaston, Frances H. Merritt and her husband Steve of Murrell’s Inlet, SC, Freddie Hux and his
wife Robin of Gaston, Rebecca H. Seuis and her husband John of Gaston, Larry R. Hux and
his wife Carolyn of Roanoke Rapids and Laura H. Anderton and her husband George of
Murrell’s Inlet, SC. A special “Sister” Faye Carter and her husband Bob of Roanoke Rapids and
his dearest friend David Lynn King of Gaston. Also many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM at Massey Funeral Home in
Roanoke Rapids with Minister Daniel S. Merritt officiating. Burial will follow at Cedarwood Cemetery in Roanoke Rapids.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 P.M. until service time Thursday. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Garysburg, NC - Mr. John Arthur Suiter Jr.,age 77 of Garysburg, NC passed away at his home Wednesday,
August 21, 2013.
Mr. Suiter was born October 29, 1935 in Northampton County, NC, the son of the late John Arthur Suiter Sr. and
Myrtle Anderton Suiter. He was also predeceased by a sister Martha “Peggy” Watkins Slade. He was a former
member of the National Guard.
He was a local business man for may years and operated Suiter’s Store in Garysburg. He also operated a trucking
service, but his love was in music. A very gifted musician he played the steel guitar and played for many years at
the Lasker Barn Dance in Lasker, NC.
He is survived by his wife Joyce Bridgers Suiter. His daughters, Jan Suiter and Beth Suiter White, both of Halifax,
NC. His son Ghi Suiter and his wife Susan also of Halifax, NC, and their daughters Emily and Madison. A sister
Elizabeth Suiter Robinson of Skippers, VA and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Garysburg United Methodist Church
Cemetery in Garysburg with Rev. Steve Formo officiating. The family will receive friends at Massey Funeral Home
in Roanoke Rapids Friday from 7:00 until 8:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas TX 75231 or The American Cancer Society, 930
Wellness Drive # B, Greenville, NC 27834. A special thank you to Dr. Mario Fiorilli and staff for such kind care. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Enfield, NC – Mrs. Helen Frances Sumner Barnhill, age 84 of Enfield, NC died Saturday, August 24, 2013.
Mrs. Barnhill was born May 22, 1929 in Hertford County, NC the daughter of the late John Lawrence Sumner and Emma Britton
Sumner. She was also preceded in death by her husband Maurice B. Barnhill and a brother, Lawrence Raleigh Sumner.
Mrs. Barnhill worked for many years with People’s Bank and Centura Bank.
She is survived by her children, Vickie N. Riddle and her husband Johnny, Cheryle D. Neville and Greg Barnhill and his wife Stuart,
all of Enfield, NC. Two grandchildren, Wes Riddle and Carson Barnhill. Her sister, Margaret Howard of Fuquay Varina, NC.
Funeral services will be held Monday, August 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Massey Funeral Home in Enfield, NC. Burial will follow at
Elmwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Massey Funeral Home in Enfield Sunday from 7:00 until 8:30 PM and other
times at the home.
Woodland, NC - Mr. Berder Townsend Futrell Jr., age 61 of Woodland, NC died Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at
Rich Square Health Care in Rich Square, NC.
Mr. Futrell was born May 9, 1952 in Hertford County, NC, the son of the late Berder T. Futrell Sr. and Janice
Meredith Martin Futrell. He was also preceded in death by a brother Steve Albert Futrell. He was retired from
Hampton Farms and a US Army Veteran and served his country during the Vietnam war.
He is survived by his sister Julia Ann Jeffries and her husband Charles of Franklin, VA. His brother Jan Meredith
Futrell and his wife Helen of Odessa, TX. His niece, Janice Futrell, his nephews Charles Lane Jeffries Jr., Timothy
Short, Jordan Futrell, and Nathan Short.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Severn Cemetery with Rev. Ricky Browder officiating.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.haroldmasseyfuneralhome.com.