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Mrs. Jenean Madre Umphlett, age 78, a resident of 202 Camilla Road, Washington died Wednesday evening November 11, 2015 at her home.  A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM on Saturday November 14, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Washington, officiated by Rev. Jim Pegan. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery.  Mrs. Umphlett, affectionately known as “Maw Maw” to many, was born February 11, 1937, daughter of the late James Augustus Madre and Mamie Small Madre. She is preceded in death by her husband Thomas E. Umphlett.  Mrs. Umphlett was very active in the 4-H Club as a youth. She was a Weight Watchers lecturer and a substitute school teacher. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she was a member of the choir, ladies’ circle and very involved in Vacation Bible School. She loved to cook, sew, quilt and basket weave.  She is survived by her two daughters: Amie U. Fulcher and husband Tim of Fairfax, VA and Marie U. Peedin of Washington; her two grandsons: Gray and Morgan Peedin and her brother: James L. Madre of Swansboro, NC.  The family will receive friends 5:00-7:30 PM on Friday November 13, 2015 at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington and other times at the home.  Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Umphlett family.  (Paul Funeral Home)

Roxie Mae Outman Umphlett

Ms. Roxie Mae Outman Umphlett, age 90, a resident of 1207 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, N.C., died Friday, September 5, 2008, at her home.  Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 9, 2008, at Ryder Hill Cemetery of the Pamlico Beach community and will be conducted by Rev. Medford Hopkins.  Ms. Roxie was born in Beaufort County on August 8, 1918, to the late Thomas and Flossie Daniels Outman. She was employed by J.P. Stephens Textiles in Roanoke Rapids until her retirement in 1975.  Survivors include her son, Hugh Umphlett and wife Beverly of Emerald Isle; two sisters, Olive Thorton and husband Jim of Chesapeake, Va., and Emma Evans and husband James of Roanoke Rapids; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 9, 2008, at Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven.  Paul Funeral Home of Washington is serving the Umphlett family.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] – Monday, September 8, 2008)

Martha Moore Underwood

Martha Moore Underwood, 88, of the 1800 block of N.C. Highway 45 North, died Dec. 27, 1997, in Hallmark Center, Windsor, N.C.  Mrs. Underwood was a born in Beaufort County, N.C., and was a member of Wakelon Baptist Church. She was the widow of Phillip D. Underwood.  Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Bryant of Murfreesboro, Agnes Belch of Colerain; two sons, Jerry Underwood of Elizabeth City, Arnold Underwood of Goldsboro; 15 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.  A funeral will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, by the Rev. Daniel Spell. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Gardens. Friends may join the family at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.  (The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, NC) – December 28, 1997; pg. B7)

Gary Curtis Upton, Sr.

Mr. Gary Curtis Upton, Sr., age 66, a resident of 118 Lilley Road, Washington, NC died Wednesday October 20, 2010 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.  A memorial service will be held 4:00 PM Sunday October 24, 2010 at Paul Funeral Home of Washington presided by Wayne Watkins.  Mr. Upton was born in Beaufort County on July 19, 1944 son of the late Claude Thomas Upton, Sr. and the late Thelma Alligood Upton. He attended Washington High School before serving his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Upton was a salesman with Mutual Distributing Co. in New Bern.  Survivors include a daughter: Beverly Upton Tyson and her husband Tim of Waynesville; a son: Gary C. “Scooter” Upton, Jr. of Washington; a brother: Kenneth E. Upton of Augusta, GA; a sister: Janice Upton Davenport of Washington; four grandchildren: Jessica and Jaden Tyson and Britt and Kelsey Upton; four nephews: Glenn Davenport, R.C. and Mike Cole and Gary Lee Upton; four nieces: Nena U. Hamilton, Teresa Upton-Harris, Deborah Woolard Mitchell and Niki U. Peacock. Mr. Upton was also survived by his companion of three and one half years: Mary Hull, “to know him was to love him”. Mr. Upton was preceded in death by three sisters: Elizabeth U. Woolard, Lorina U. Wainwright and Viola U. Cauley and one brother: Claude T. Upton, Jr.  The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the funeral hour Sunday at Paul Funeral Home of Washington and at other times at the home.  Paul Funeral Home of Washington is honored to serve the Upton family. (Paul Funeral Home)

Madlyn E. Upton

VIRGINIA BEACH - Madlyn E. Upton, 87, died Sunday (Aug. 19, 2001) in a local hospital.  She was born in Belhaven, N.C., on Sept. 7, 1913.  In 1963 she joined the Cape Henry Woman's Club and served as its president from 1967-1969. She was a member of the Arts-Humanities Commission for Virginia Beach in 1970 and was past president of the Democratic Woman's Club. She was member of the Nimmo Methodist Church and Nimmo United Methodist Women.  She was known as the "First Lady of the Atlantic Shores."  She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles E. Upton Jr. second husband, Peter D. Manchio her parents Thomas and Minnie Edmundson a brother Harold Edmundson and a grandson, Kirk E Upton.  Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Charles E. III of Virginia Beach and Thomas W. and Beckey Upton of Verona four grandchildren Marianne U. Cagampang of Hawaii, Paula U. Messmor of Staunton, Thomas W. Upton II of Richmond, Ann C. Upton of New Market, Md. a great-grandchild Bernadette Cagampang of Hawaii a special niece Georgianna D. Allbert and special friend Mary Day.  Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Maestas Funeral Home, Baltic Avenue Chapel.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home 7-8 Tuesday evening.  A private burial will be at Rosewood Memorial Park.  (Daily News Leader (Staunton, VA) - August 20, 2001)

William Alexander Upton

Mr. William Alexander Upton, 68, of 5683 N.C. Hwy. 33 East, Chocowinity, was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Swan Quarter on Thursday morning, June 29, 2006.  A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 2, 2006 in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Service with the Rev. Robert Burke, the Rev. Jesse Crisp and the Rev. Wesley Taylor officiating.  Burial will follow in the Edwards Family Cemetery on Possum Track Road in Chocowinity. Chris Edwards, Bob Neel, Scooter Upton, David Gennantonio, Stanley Edwards, Dustin Upton, Richard Potter, Bobby Perry, and Ray Sawyer will serve as pallbearers. The deacons of Piney Grove FWB Church, the employees of NAPA of Plymouth and Washington, and the Board of Directors of Camp Vandemere will serve as honorary pallbearers.  The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. this evening at Hillside Funeral Service, 4500 Highway 264 East, Washington and other times at his home.  Mr. Upton was born on June 24, 1938 in Washington and was the son of the late Harry Alexander Upton and Fannie Sawyer Upton. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving from 1957-1961. On June 4, 1961, he married the former Lexa Edwards. Mr. Upton was a salesman for Paul Auto Supply, later NAPA Auto Parts, for over 20 years. He was a member of Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church, the Adult Sunday School Class, and the Layman’s League, and was a member of the Board of Directors of Camp Vandemere. He had been a member of Memorial FWB Church for 40 years before going to Piney Grove, and had served many years as a deacon in that church and a member of the Board of Trustees.  Survivors include his wife, Lexa Edwards Upton; his daughter Sabrina Jackson and her husband, Terry of Rocky Mount; two grandchildren, Brittany Fennell and Christian Naiman, both of Rocky Mount; his sisters, Sendelia Gennantonio of New Bern, Dolores Mayo of Wilmington, and Patricia Upton of Waynesville, and his brother, Dale Upton of Washington. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Gordon and Ida Edwards, and many wonderful nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Larry Upton.  Hillside Funeral Service of Washington is serving the Upton family.  (Washington Daily News (Washington, NC) - Saturday, July 1, 2006)

William Lee Upton, Jr.

William Lee Upton, Jr., 70, of the 2500 block of Pruden Blvd., died Wednesday Sept. 3, 1997, in Louise Obici Hospital.  He was a native of Beaufort, N.C., a retired farmer and a Baptist.  Survivors include eight sisters, Mattie R. McGraw, Margaret Barr, both of Chocowinity, N.C., Mary Taylor of Windsor, Edith Butts of Warren, Mich., Lou Ellen Nurney of Windsor, Evelyn Nichols of Chesapeake, Carolyn Cook of Fresno, Calif., Joyce Hawks of Salem, Va.; two brothers, James Guriney Upton of Suffolk, A. Gregory Upton Sr. of Smithfield; and special friends, Alma Ballard and Janie Phelps, both of Suffolk.  A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in Bethany Church Cemetery by the Rev. John Robert Jones. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today in Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield.  (The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA) – September 4, 1997; pg. B9)

Dena Van Gyzen Van Dyk

Mrs. Dena Van Gyzen Van Dyk, age 98, a former resident of Beaufort County, N.C. and Washington County, N.C. died Monday, May 2, 2016 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, N.C.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington, N.C., followed by a graveside service at 2:30 PM at Pamlico Memorial Gardens, Washington, N.C., conducted by Rev. Emile Harley and Pastor Bob Fry.  The following will serve as pallbearers: Frank Bullard, Kurt Bullard, Gary Bullard, Timothy Boyd, Jay Boyd, Mark Boyd and Andrew Stoop.  Mrs. Van Dyk was born in Doon, Iowa on October 1, 1917. She was the daughter of the late Paul Van Gyzen and Johanna Brongers Van Gyzen. Mrs. Van Dyk was a homemaker. She was a former member of the Terra Ceia Christian Reformed Church, the First Presbyterian Church in Plymouth, N.C. and Washington, N.C. and a current member of the Winter Park Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, N.C. While living in the Plymouth area, Mrs. Van Dyk volunteered at the Food Pantry. In her spare time, she loved cooking, crafting, crocheting and sewing.  Mrs. Van Dyk was married to Frank Van Dyk, who preceded her in death, July 20, 1988.  Mrs. Van Dyk is survived by four daughters, Angeline Bullard (Neal) of Fayetteville, N.C., Pauline Maultsby (Neal) of Wilmington, N.C., Frances Gardner (George) of Newport News, VA. and Marilyn Stevens of Owings Mills, MD. Also surviving are her grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. Van Dyk was preceded in death by a brother, Jacob Van Gyzen and a sister, Anna Stoop.  Paul Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington is honored to serve the Van Dyk family.  (Paul Funeral Home)

Alice Van Essendelft

Alice Luyendyk Van Essendelft, 94, a resident of Ravenwood Lane, died peacefully, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in Pungo District Hospital, Belhaven.  Mrs. Van Essendelft was born in Passaic, N.J., and was the daughter of the late Tunis and Nellie Sweetman Luyendyk. A homemaker, she enjoyed helping others and in years past had cared for the sick in her community and had volunteered at Pungo District Hospital and with Meals on Wheels. She was a faithful member of Covenant United Reformed Church.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cornelius A. Van Essendelft; a son, Nelson Van Essendelft; a sister, Elizabeth Mol; three brothers, John, Robert and Raymond Luyendyk; and a granddaughter-in-law, Monique Van Essendelft.  Surviving are her daughter, Susan V. Slager and husband Wayne of Pinetown; a son, Bernard A. Van Essendelft Sr. and wife Carol of Pantego; 12 grandchildren, Bernie Van Essendelft Jr., Raymond Van Essendelft and wife Barbara, Ted Van Essendelft and wife Kim, Jonathan Van Essendelft and wife Jamie, Seth Van Essendelft and wife Barbra, Stephen Van Essendelft and wife Kim, David Van Essendelft and wife Holly, Doug Slager and wife April, Cheryl Van Staalduinen and husband Casey, Troy Slager and wife Heather, Nick Slager, and Allison Gelderman and husband Reid; and 39 great-grandchildren.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Covenant United Reformed Church, 24599 U.S. Highway 264 E., Pantego, by the Rev. Calvin J. Tuininga. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery in Washington. Friends may join the family from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the church and all other times at the home of her son, Bernard, 1513 Windley Canal Road, Pantego.  Miller & Van Essendelft, Funeral and Cremation Providers, 1125 Harvey Point Road, Hertford, is assisting the family with arrangements.   (Washington Daily News (Washington, NC) - Tuesday, December 6, 2011)

Ellene Windley Van Wyk

Mrs. Ellene Windley Van Wyk, age 75, of Terra Ceia, N.C., died peacefully Saturday, April 8, 2006, at the Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven, N.C., after an extended struggle with leukemia.  The family will receive friends and family from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at the Covenant United Reformed Church, 24599 U.S. Highway 264 East in Pantego, N.C. A funeral service will be held the following morning, Wednesday, April 12, at 11 a.m. at the church, officiated by the Revs. Calvin Tuininga, Ralph Epps and Brent Pennings. Burial will immediately follow at the Van Wyk Family Cemetery on Shirley Farm in Terra Ceia, N.C. Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.  "Miss Ellene", as she was affectionately called by everyone who knew and loved her, was born in Beaufort County on May 17, 1930, to the late Charles Sylvester and Ella B. Windley of the “C. S. Windley Store” on U.S. Highway 264 in Beckwith, NC. She graduated valedictorian of the Class of 1948, Bath High School, and on August 31, 1948, was married to Case Van Wyk of Shirley Farm in Terra Ceia, N.C.  Ellene was music director, head organist and pianist of the Terra Ceia Christian Reformed Church for over 50 years. She taught music classes at the Terra Ceia Christian School and held private piano lessons in her home for hundreds of area students. She founded the Terra Ceia Community Choir and for almost 25 years coordinated and directed the annual “Easter Messiah” each spring. She has served as a membership coordinator for the North Carolina Symphony and has always been an ardent supporter of music and the arts in eastern North Carolina. Ellene and Case’s life and history are chronicled in the book, “The Secret to Their Success: How 33 Women Made Their Dreams Come True.” (by Emily A. Colin, 2000), in interviews for Listening for Change, (Southern Oral History Program Series, 081198-CV), and in the magazine Our State: Down Home in North Carolina (Sept. 2002).  Family members mourning her loss include her loving and devoted husband of 57 years, Case Van Wyk; a son, Skip Van Wyk of Albuquerque, N.M.; two daughters, Pat De Jong of Pinetown, N.C., and Beverley Schrotenboer and husband, Mark, of Wayland, Mich; two sisters, Bobbie Windley of Oxford, N.C., and Pinear Mae Epps and husband, the Rev. Ralph Epps, of Edenton, N.C.; and a brother, C. B. Windley and wife, Jean, of Yeatesville, N.C.; twelve grandchildren, Sherri Griffin and husband, Steve, of Bath, N.C., Erin Wallace and husband, Erik, of Greenville, N.C., Ryan De Jong of Detroit, Mich., Susan De Jong of Charlotte, N.C., Daniel De Jong and Anna De Jong of Pinetown, N.C.; and Micah, Susanna, Josiah, Judah, Sarah and Hannah Schrotenboer, all of Wayland, Mich.; and three great grandchildren, Caitlin and Zach Griffin and Anneliese Wallace.  In addition to her parents, Ellene was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucille Windley and husband, James, of Pantego, N.C., and Ethiel Stell and husband, Otis, of Pinetown, N.C.  Funeral arrangements are being coordinated by Bryan Funeral Services of Swan Quarter, N.C.  (Washington Daily News (Washington, NC) - Monday, April 10, 2006)

Gwendolyn Golden Vance

Gwendolyn Golden Vance, 83, formerly of Chesapeake and St. Cloud, Fla., died Sunday, May 31, 1998, in her most recent residence in Washington, N.C.  Mrs. Vance was the daughter of the late Clifton Waddel and Maggie Salter Golden. She was the widow of William Carlton Vance and was also predeceased by her son, William ''Bill'' Vance.  Survivors include her two daughters, Julia Manning of Chocowinity, N.C., and Betty Miller of St. Cloud; two brothers, Roland Golden of Chesapeake and Clifton Golden of Virginia Beach; her 10 grandchildren, Cindy Reed, Peggy Gokee, David Ward, Darryl Ward, Danny Olah, Chris Olah, Brad Olah, Mike Manning, Steve Manning and Janie Vance; and her 15 great-grandchildren.  A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Oman Funeral Home, Great Bridge. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk. Viewing will begin Tuesday with the family receiving friends at the funeral home from 1 to 1:45 p.m.  (The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA) – June 1, 1998; pg. B6)

Wylie Vann, Jr.

Mr. Wylie Vann, Jr., age 82, a resident of 9391 NC Hwy 99 North, Pantego, NC died Monday, November 28, 2011 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, NC.  A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Union Grove Church of Christ in Pantego officiated by Scott Askew and Rupert Wallace. Burial will follow in Davis Cemetery.  Mr. Vann was born in Montgomery, AL on December 24, 1928 son of the late Wylie Vann, Sr. and the late Carrie Farmer Vann. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. On September 28, 1952, Mr. Vann married the former Grace Allen who survives. He was a retired boiler operator with the former Weyerhaeuser Co. in Plymouth and a member of Union Grove Church of Christ.  Surviving along with Mr. Vann’s wife Grace of the home is a daughter: Joy V. Webster and her husband George of Pantego; a son: Jerry A. Vann and his wife Karen of Pantego; a sister: Gaynell Driver of Muncie, IN; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mr. Vann was preceded in death by a daughter: Teresa V. Hollowell; a son: Wylie Norwood Vann; two sisters: Roberta Fomby and Merrell Hendricks and a brother: Willard “Buddy” Vann.  The family will receive friends 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at Union Grove Church of Christ and other times at the home.  Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven is honored to serve the Vann family.  (Paul Funeral Home)

Mabel Varnes

CAYCE - Services with Eastern Star rites for Mabel S. Varnes, 75, will be held at 4 p.m. today at the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home of West Columbia. The family will receive friends after services at the funeral home. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Varnes Family Cemetery, Lake Butler, Fla. Memorials may be made to the Eastern Star Home, Sumter, or to the Oxford Orphanage, Oxford, N.C.  Mrs. Varnes died Tuesday, May 26, 1998. Born in Washington, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Samuel A. and Bertha W. Singleton Sullivan. Formerly of Washington, N.C., and Fort Pierce, Fla., she was a local resident since 1946. She was a member of Pineview Baptist Church, New Brookland Eastern Star and Order of Kentucky Colonels. She retired from Columbia Electric Repair.  Surviving are her husband, Willard H. Varnes; daughters, Patricia Shaw of Gilbert, Phyllis Marie Steele of Stoneville, N.C.; sons, Joseph Edward Varnes of Fort Pierce, Fla., James W. Varnes of Asheville; sisters. Emileene Lilley of Washington, N.C., Rozelia Herring of North Wilkesboro, N.C., Dorothy Nobles of High Point, N.C.; brother, Samuel Sullivan of Washington, N.C.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Weldon Sullivan.  (The State (Columbia, SC) – May 28, 1998; pg. B4)

Nellie Ange Varron
The Coastland Times - Friday, January 25, 1963; pg. 2

Retha Edwards Vaughan

HAMPTON - Retha Edwards Vaughan, 70, died Thursday, Nov. 15, at Riverside Regional Convalescent Center.  A native of Chocowinity, N.C., she had been a Peninsula resident for many years. Mrs. Vaughan retired as a cashier from Colonial Stores grocery chain in 1972.  Survivors include a daughter, Mary Diana Barba of San Jose, Calif.; a son, George Robert Jenkins of Anaheim, Calif.; a sister, Ida Lee Belch of Hertford, N.C.; and three grandchildren.  A funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. today at Lawrence B. Wood Funeral Home by the Rev. Judson Shackleford. Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Park.  (Daily Press (Newport News, VA) – November 16, 1990; pg. C2)

Mary Elaine Lewis Vaught

Mrs. Mary Elaine Lewis “Robin” Vaught, age 68, of Chocowinity, NC died Monday May 11, 2015 at Vidant Inpatient Hospice of Greenville.  Robin was born on January 28, 1947 in Beaufort County, NC. In 1961, she met her husband of fifty-two years, Randall Gene Vaught in Newport News, VA. She was baptized on February 1, 1970 at Liberty Baptist Church, Hampton, VA. Robin was a member of First Baptist Church Chocowinity where she served in the WMU, Library, VBS as well as many other ministries. Robin is survived by her husband Randall, daughter Barbie Lawrence and husband Melvin of Hampton, VA, son Randy Vaught and wife Tracee of Seaford, VA; five grandchildren: Mel Lawrence, Amy Jones, Kristi Lawrence, Landry Vaught, Bethany Vaught and seven great-grandchildren; brother Thomas “Buddy” Lewis and sisters Barbara Bright and Jack Asby. Robin was preceded in death by her parents Shelly Glen and Rena Bell Lewis, sister Gilda Woolard, and brother Julian “Bill” Lewis.  The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the staff members of both the Marion L. Shepard Cancer Center in Washington, NC and the Vidant Inpatient Hospice Center in Greenville, NC for their outstanding care and compassion extended to Robin and our family during this difficult time.  A visitation will be held Friday, May 15, 2015 at First Baptist Church Chocowinity from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and will be immediately followed by a memorial service at the church.  Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Vaught family.  (Paul Funeral Home)

Ruby Virginia Williams Vayette

Ruby Virginia Williams Vayette, born July 20, 1919 in Belhaven, North Carolina, passed away October 10, 2004 in Dallas, Texas.  She joins in Heaven her parents, Stephen and Jennie Mae Williams, her husband, Harvey G. Vayette, her daughter, Virginia Carol Doss and her brothers, George R., Harold L. and James R. Williams. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Leon Radford; grandchildren, Stephen W. Radford and wife, Mich Radford, all of Garland, Texas, George T. Doss of Austin, Texas and great granddaughter, Krystal Doss of Tulare, California. She is also survived by her brother, Hinton G. Williams of Belhaven, North Carolina. Visitation for family and friends will be Monday, October 11, 2004 from 6-8 PM at Restland Funeral Home. Services Tuesday, October 12, 2004 at 3:30 PM at Restland Wildwood Chapel. The family wishes to thank her caregivers at both Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and VNA Hospice for their tender care of mom and the support given our family.   (The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX) – October 11, 2004)

Elsie Bright Venters

Elsie Bright Venters of Jacksonville, NC, passed away on Monday, August 30, 2010. She was one of thirteen children born to John F. Bright and Mittie Moore Bright in Beaufort County NC. Elsie spent most of her life as a homemaker who, according to her family, made the world’s best chicken salad and pecan pie. There wasn’t one of her grandchildren who didn’t benefit from her crocheting. While her children were growing up, Elsie taught Sunday school at the First Christian Church in Jacksonville.  Elsie’s greatest joy was her family, but she also found delight and wonder in nature, whether it was feeding the squirrels in the backyard; hearing the cardinals singing outside her window; or seeing spring’s azaleas in full-bloom. Elsie enjoyed spending time outdoors and her family holds dear the many memories they have of her hula hooping in the backyard and riding her bike throughout the neighborhood.  Elsie loved the state of North Carolina, especially its beaches. She was captivated by the ocean and marveled at its power and force. Her excitement was infectious as she waved at boaters, or watched as pelicans, in full-flight, soared over the shore.  Elsie provided a loving home for her family in Jacksonville for more than 57 years and will be remembered as a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years, James E. Venters; children, Glenn Womble of West Palm Beach, FL, Garry Venters of New York, NY, and Wanda Buffa (Randy) of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Stephanie Marie Womble of Miami, FL, Sheila Yvonne Womble (Tom Scicluna) of Miami, FL, Melanie Queen of Charlotte, NC, Jason Queen (Mandy) of Charlotte, N.C and Jenna Garrison (Josh) of Charlotte, NC and six great grand children; brother Herlet R. Bright of Raleigh, NC, as well as many other loving family members and friends, including Lana J. Womble, of Miami, FL, and Star Droner, of New York, NY. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Esther Hatchell, who was Elsie’s caregiver and dear friend.  A private service will be held on the beach to celebrate her life.  Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home, Jacksonville.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] – Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010)

Helen Hope Ball Brame Vick

Mrs. Helen Hope Ball Brame Vick, 73, a resident of 120 Manuel Drive, Washington, N.C. died Friday, June 13, 2008 at Beaufort County Hospital. Funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Paul Funeral Home, Washington and will be officiated by Pastor H.C. Potter. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. Ronnie Payne Owens, Jr., James Christopher Brame, Jason Lee Heath, Jeremey Sagon Warren, Mark Anthony Waters, Joseph Scott Vick and Robert Justin Vick will serve as pallbearers. Mrs. Vick was born in Beaufort County on April 3, 1935. She was the daughter of the late Johnnie Ball and Beaulah Mae Ball. She was married to Joseph Elliott Vick. Mrs. Vick was a homemaker and attended Grimesland Pentecostal Holiness Church. Survivors include her husband, Joseph E. Vick; three sons, James Brame of Greenville, J.A. Vick of Simpson and Gary Vick of Washington; two daughters, Angela Heath of Simpson and Kathy Waters of Greenville; two sisters, Susie Harris and Beaulah Faye Woolard of Washington; nine grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. Mrs. Vick was preceded in death by a son, Donnie Brame; and two brothers, Clarence Ball and Jimmy Ball. The family will receive friends today from 1-1:45 p.m. at Paul Funeral Home and other times at her home, 120 Manuel Drive, Washington. You may view the webcast of Mrs. Vick's funeral service or sign her guestbook by visiting Paul Funeral Home of Washington is serving the Vick family.  (Daily Reflector [Greenville, NC] – Saturday, June 14, 2008)

Jerry S. Vick

Jerry S. Vick, 50, Jan. 16.  Graveside 2 p.m., today, Edwards Cemetery, Chocowinity.  Arrangements by Hillside Funeral Service, Washington.  (News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – January 18, 2002)

Joseph Allen Vick

Mr. Joseph Allen “J.A.” Vick, age 45, a resident of 3398 Alvin Road, Grimesland, died Monday, October 27, 2008 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.  Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Thursday, October 30, 2008 from the Chapel of Paul Funeral Home, Washington, conducted by Pastor Ken White. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery.  The following will serve as pallbearers: Ronnie Owens, Chris Brame, Jason Heath, Mark Waters, Robert Blackwelder and Alton Hardee.  Mr. Vick was born in Beaufort County on November 17, 1962. He was the son of Joseph Elliott Vick and the late Helen Ball Vick. Mr. Vick was a Master Craftsman at Grady White Boats in the Quality Assurance Department. He had coached Babe Ruth Baseball and was Past President of the G. R. Whitfield Athletic Association. Mr. Vick loved fishing and woodworking.  On May 17, 1985, Mr. Vick married the former Debra Jackson, who survives.  Survivors include his wife, Debra Jackson Vick of the home; three sons, Jeremey Sagon Warren of Greenville, Joseph Scott Vick and Robert Justin Vick both of Grimesland; his father, Joseph Elliott Vick of Washington; two brothers, Gary Vick of Washington, James Brame of Greenville; and two sisters, Angela Heath of Simpson, Kathy Waters of Greenville.  In addition to his mother, Mr. Vick was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Wayne Brame.  The family will receive friends from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at Paul Funeral Home, Washington and other times at the home, 3398 Alvin Road, Grimesland.   Paul Funeral Home of Washington is serving the Vick family.  (Paul Funeral Home)

Joseph Elliott Vick

Mr. Joseph Elliott Vick, 71, of 212 Pontiac Drive, Washington, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at home.  A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Oakdale Cemetery, Washington, with pastor Gary Thompson officiating. Mr. Vick’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers: Ronnie Owens, Chris Brame, Jason Heath, Jeremey Warren, Mark Waters, Joey Vick and Justin Vick.  Mr. Vick was born in Pitt County on June 16, 1937. He was the son of the late Sylvester and Zeeta Marie Copeland Vick. He served in the Army. He was a retired plumber. He was married to the former Helen Hope Ball, who preceded him in death June 13, 2008.  Survivors include his children, James Brame of Greenville, Angela Heath of Simpson, Kathy Waters of Greenville and Gary Vick of Washington; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by one son, J.A. Vick; one brother, Jack Vick; and four sisters, Hazel Brame, Rachel Summerlin, Lake McLawhorn and Annie Gurganus.  The family will receive friends today from 7-8:30 p.m. at Paul Funeral Home, Washington, and other times at the home.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] – Tuesday, February 10, 2009)

Lucy Vick

NEW HAVEN - Lucy Vick, 83, of 50 Webster St. died May 1 at Connecticut Hospice after a brief illness. She was the widow of Leroy Vick. Mrs. Vick, daughter of the late Solomon and Annie Brown, was born in Washington, N.C., June 3, 1914. She was a member of the United House of Prayer in New Haven where she was a member of the Senior Usher Board. She leaves a son, Elmo R. Vick of New Haven; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Helen Brown, and a brother, Samuel Brown. Wade Funeral Home.  (New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) – May 13, 1998)

James Richard Vosburgh

Judge James Richard Vosburgh, age 80, of 143 Honey Pod Farm Road, Washington, NC died on Saturday morning January 12, 2013 at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of Washington. The Rev. Danny G. Allen will officiate. Burial will follow at Pamlico Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers will be Jerry W. Alligood, Danny Asby, Seth Edwards, Hackney High, Judge James Llewellen, Dr. William P. McKay, III and Judge Wayland Sermons. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Cutler, Carter A. Edwards, Dr. John Feagan, Jeptha V. Greer, Bryan Kempton, Roland Larson, John Morgan, Dr. Mike Moore, Kenneth Roebuck, Raymond Rich, Fritz Tanner, Jr., Davis Terry, Harold Terry, Roland Terry, Timmy Terry, Dr. James C. Walker and Tim Warner.  Judge Vosburgh was born in Durham, NC on October 12, 1932, the son of the late Dr. Warren Chase Vosburgh and the late Mary Marguerite Jones Vosburgh.  Judge Vosburgh was educated in the public schools of Durham, NC. He graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, SC in 1954 with a degree in business and commerce. After college, he served as 1LT in the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army from October 26, 1954 – February 25, 1958. After serving in the army, he entered Law School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received a Juris Doctorate Law Degree and was admitted to the bar in 1964.  Judge Vosburgh is survived by his wife, the former Mary Louise Howell of Hatch Bend, Florida. They were married on June 21, 1958. Also surviving are their two sons, Donald Chase Vosburgh and wife Kristin of Denver, CO; Richard Warren Vosburgh and wife Alicia, two grandsons, Brant William Vosburgh and Sawyer Louis Vosburgh of Washington, NC. He had two sisters who also survive, Elizabeth Vosburgh Gordon of Richmond, VA and Rachel Vosburgh Hettick of Oceanside, CA.  Judge Vosburgh began his practice of law in Greenville, NC. In August, 1964, he moved to Washington, NC where he practiced law with partner, John A. Wilkerson until 1985. During that period of time, he became very involved in politics and worked with various people to build the Republican Party in Beaufort County. He was a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the Beaufort County Bar and the Second Judicial Bar.  Judge Vosburgh was appointed by Gov. Jim Martin in 1985, for a project to recognize the legal department in the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina. After successful completion of this project, Mr. Vosburgh returned to Washington and opened a new private law practice where he worked until his appointment to the Office of Special Superior Court Judge by Governor Jim Hunt in 1997. He served in that capacity until December 31, 2002.  Judge Vosburgh served as a member of the State Board of Elections from 1972 to 1976 and on the Beaufort County Board of Elections from 1984 to 2012. He was also on the Property Tax Commission from 1980 to 1996. Since March of 2003, Vosburgh has worked with the North Carolina Capital Defender’s Office representing clients charged with homicide in northeastern North Carolina until his retirement in July 2010.  Judge Vosburgh was an active member of First United Methodist Church. He was also involved in community youth programs. He coached Youth League Baseball and was Commissioner of the Junior Babe Ruth League. He also coached in the Optimist Soccer League. He was a Scout Master of Troop 99 at the First United Methodist Church in Washington and he was an Eagle Scout. He was a member of the American Legion Post 15.  The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 PM on Monday January 14, 2013 at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington and other times at the home.  Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Vosburgh family.  (Paul Funeral Home)

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