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RABURN, Johnnie Parkins "Jackie"

SWAN QUARTER - Johnnie Parkins "Jackie" RABURN, 51, died Wednesday, July 7, at his home. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. The family will meet at the home of Lenora R. Bright of Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, July 8, 1999; pg. 9A)

SWAN QUARTER - Johnnie Parkins "Jackie" RABURN, 51, died early Wednesday, July 7, at his home. Born in Beaufort County, January 5, 1948, he was the son of the late Joseph Madison Raburn and Mary Lupton Raburn Sawyer. He was a veteran of the Vietnam era and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He worked as a millwright and returned to Swan Quarter after living in Maine for many years and for a brief time in Greenville. Surviving are a son, Jeremy F. Raburn of Fairfield; a daughter, Elizabeth L. Raburn of Booth Bay Harbor, Maine; two brothers: James M. Raburn of St. George, Utah and J.W. Raburn of Scranton; four sisters: Lenora R. Bright and Doris B. Cahoon, both of Swan Quarter, Josephine R. Haywood of Portsmouth, Va., and Harriet R. Pendleton of St. George, Utah; three step-brothers: William Sawyer and Floyd Sawyer, both of the Ponzer community, and Reuben Edward Sawyer of Manns Harbor; five step-sisters: Ruth Hopkins of Washington, Zella Stassfort of Atlanta, Ga., Gloria Fotusky of Norfolk, Va., Mary Lou Peddley and Rachel Lonberger, both of Panama City, Fla.; his special friend, Deborah Barnes and her son Will, of Swan Quarter. Mr. Raburn was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lou Clausing. Funeral services were to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the gravesite in the Mount Olive Church of Christ Cemetery at Ponzer with Raffael Farrow, Jr. and Steve Bryan officiating. Funeral services were by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, July 11, 1999; pg. 8A)

RABURN, Margaret Ainsley

BELHAVEN - Mrs. Margaret Ainsley RABURN, age 97, a former resident of the Ponzer area, died Monday morning, August 8, 2005 at Wilson Medical Center.  A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Thursday August 11, 2005 at the Chapel of Paul Funeral Home in Belhaven officiated by Dennis R. Davis. Burial will follow in Mount Olive Church of Christ Cemetery.  Mrs. Raburn was born February 28, 1908, daughter of the late James McCoy Ainsley and Ida Francis Cahoon Ainsley. She graduated from high school in Belhaven in 1927. In August 1927, she married Hubert Linwood Raburn who preceded her in death on October 26, 1960. After the death of her husband, she moved to Wilson and worked at Blackwell's News Stand. She also ran a boarding house for students attending the former Atlantic Christian College. Mrs. Raburn was a life long member of Mount Olive Church of Christ and was the oldest living member.  She is survived by her daughter: Judi Raburn and her husband, Doug Alt of Ponzer; her grandchildren: Linwood Warren Smith and wife, Terri of Elm City; Hubert L. "Jack" Raburn, III and wife Ruth, of Jacksonville, FL; Mary Anne Dietz and husband, Joe of Old Town, FL; Ann Margaret Stinsman and husband, Fran of Etna, ME and Lori Messina and husband, Michael of Philadelphia, PA; eight great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. Her son: Hubert L. Raburn, Jr. preceded her in death on June 26, 2000. She is also preceded in death by two brothers: Dennis Ainsley and Mitchell Leon Ainsley and two sisters: Statha Mae Ainsley Jackson and Lettie Bell Ainsley Sanderson.  The family will receive friends 7:00-8:30 PM Wednesday at Paul Funeral Home in Belhaven and other times at the home of her daughter in Belhaven.  Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven is serving the Raburn Family.  (Washington Daily News - Tuesday, August 9, 2005)

RABY, Pearl Overton

NORFOLK - Pearl Overton Raby, 89, of the 1400 block of Braden Crescent, died Oct. 4, 1999, at a local nursing home. Born in Hyde County, N.C., she retired as a self-employed portrait colorist. She was the widow of Willis A. Raby. She is survived by a niece, Regina Overton Hill, and her husband, Greg, of Chesapeake; and two great-nephews, Michael and Stephen, of Chesapeake. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Forest Lawn Cemetery by the Rev. Ernest L. Trueblood. The family will be at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Indian River Chapel, from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday. (The Virginian Pilot - October 6, 1999; pg. 8B)

RACZENSKI, Mae Jean Tucker

ENGELHARD - Mae Jean Tucker RACZENSKI, 60, of Engelhard, died Monday, March. 6 at Pungo District Hospital, Belhaven. Born in Newport News, Va., she was the daughter of Robert Epes and Elizabeth Burrus Tucker of Route 1, Engelhard. She was the widow of Walter Francis Raczenski. Mrs. Raczenski worked many years as a secretary. Surviving in addition to her parents are: a daughter, Jean Marie Raczenski of Engelhard; two sons: Walter Francis Raczenski, Jr. of the home and Raymond Raczenski of Engelhard; two sisters: Betty Tucker Ballance of Engelhard and Lillian Tucker Grisham of Woodford, Va. Funeral services will be held at, 11 a.m. Thursday in St. George's Episcopal Church, Lake Landing. The Rev. Hilary West and the Rev. Tom Supplee will officiate. Burial will follow in Burrus Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Ballance, Route 1, Engelhard. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral service, Swan Quarter, where the body will lie in state until 9 a.m. Thursday. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, March 9, 1995)

RACZENSKI, Raymond

ENGELHARD - Raymond Raczenski, 54, of 172 Golden Street, Engelhard, NC, died Sunday, November 20, 2011 at Beaufort County Medical Center in Washington.  Born in Jersey City, New Jersey August 19, 1957,he was the son of the Walter F. and Mae Jean Tucker Raczenski. He was married to Sandra Burgess Raczenski who survives.  A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at the family plot in the Burrus Family Cemetery. Steve Bryan will officiate.  In addition to his wife surviving are a stepson Joseph Burgess of Raleigh; a brother Walter Raczenski, Jr., of Engelhard and a sister Jean Raczenski-Clarke of Engelhard.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

RADCLIFF, JR., Gurnwood Lee

Mr. Gurnwood "Lee" Radcliff, Jr. age 61, a resident of 1269 New Lake Road, Belhaven, NC, died Saturday, December 15, 2012 at his home.   A funeral service will be held 11:00AM Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at Mt. Olive Church of Christ officiated by Scott Askew and Patrick Harrison. Burial with military honors will follow in the church cemetery.  Mr. Radcliff was born in Beaufort County on October 4, 1951 to the late Gurnwood Lee Radcliff, Sr. and Marion Thompson Radcliff. He was a graduate of John A Wilkinson High School. Mr. Radcliff served his country in the United States Army and later the Army National Guard. He worked for 25 years at Weyerhaeuser. On July, 12, 1981 Mr. Radcliff married the former Sheryl Smithwick, who survives. He was a member of the Ponzer Hunting Club. Mr. Radcliff loved hunting and being outdoors in general. Mr. Radcliff was a member of the Mt. Olive Church of Christ.  In addition to his wife, of the home, Mr. Radcliff is survived by a daughter; Amber Mills and husband Ross of Greenville, NC, a grandson; Wyatt Mills of Greenville, NC, and a sister; Jennie Clayton and husband Lynn of Belhaven, NC.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Radcliff is preceded in death by a brother; Dusty Radcliff.  The family would like to offer special appreciation to the staff of Community Home Care and Hospice.  The family will receive friends on Monday, December 17, 2012 from 6:00PM-8:00PM at Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven and other times at the home.   Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven is honored to serve the Radcliff Family.  (Paul Funeral Home)

RADCLIFF, Zudie Giles
(The Coastland Times - December 30, 1976; pg. 12

RAMON, Christine Fulford

Christine Fulford Ramon, 89, of 13308 North Lake Rd., died Wednesday October 16, 2013 at Cross Creek Health Care in Swan Quarter.  Born October 15, 1924 she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Blann and Janie Murray Fulford. She was married to Edward Charles Ramon who preceded her in death.  She was a member of Saint George’s Episcopal Church, Daughters of American Revolution, Hyde County Historical and Genealogical Society and the  Hyde Chapter #213 Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed gardening, historical research, reading and attending the Daughters of American Revolution.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday October 18, 2013 at Amity United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Rev. James Cooke will officiate.  Surviving are a daughter, Rosalind R. and husband Dr. Don Heinert of Ripley, NY; four grandchildren Dr. Eric Michael Heinert and wife Sara of Chicago, Ill, Anthony Charles Heinert, Brett Adam Heinert and Christina Rose Heinert all of Ripley , NY; one great grandchild, Kamryn Michael Heinert.  The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

RAMON, Edward Charles

ENGELHARD - Edward Charles RAMON, 79, of Route 1 Engelhard, died August 1 at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Born in Biloxi, Miss., he was the son of the late Harry Anton and Dorothy Buckman Ramon. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served for 28 years, attaining the rank of sergeant major and later retired in reserve rank. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, served in the 755th Railway Shop Battalion, which served in England, France and Belgium. In the Korean War, he served at Panmunjom, Korea with armistice affairs division, served as train commander, 1951-52 between Vienna and Salzberg, Austria and during periods prior his service and between service periods worked with the Pullman Company. He was active in several military organizations among which are included Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Association of U.S. Army, Retired Officers Association, Railway Service Veterans and a sponsor of U.S.O. and Army Emergency Relief. He was also a member of Engelhard Rotary Club of which he was a former president. Surviving are his wife, Christine Fulford Ramon; a daughter and son-in-law, Rosalind R. and Dr. Don M. Heinert of Corry, Pa.; a sister, Dorothy Ramon of New Orleans, La.; four grandchildren: Christina Heinert, Eric Heinert, Anthony Heinert and Brett Heinert, all of Corry, Pa.; a nephew, a niece, and two great-nephews. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Amity United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Military honors will be given by the U.S. Army from Fort Bragg. Those who prefer to send memorials may mail them to Amity Endowment Fund, c/o Ruth F. Davis, Rt. 1, Engelhard, N.C. 27824 or the Octagon House, c/o Grace McKinney, P.O. Box 185, Engelhard, N.C. 27824. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, August 2, 1994)

RANDOLPH, Pauline Cox F.

Mrs. Pauline Cox F. RANDOLPH, age 97, a former resident of East Second Street, Washington, N.C. died in Autumnfield of Belhaven on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 14, 2004.  Funeral services will be held in the Paul Funeral Home chapel in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Michael Price will officiate and burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery.  The family will greet friends on Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour at Paul Funeral Home, Washington. Those wishing to send a memorial contribution are asked to please consider the building fund of the First Christian Church, 401 E. Second St., Washington, NC 27889 or to the church or charity of the donor's choice.  Mrs. Randolph was born in the Middletown community of Hyde County on Oct. 25, 1907, the daughter of the late Robert Edward Cox and Annie Bertha Tunnell Cox. She grew up in Belhaven and graduated from Belhaven High School and then from Atlantic Christian College, now Barton College, in 1929. She married Walter Burgess F. Randolph of Washington in 1929, who died March 16, 1971. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Washington, where she was a member of the Christian Women's Fellowship and the Willing Workers Sunday school class. She was also very active in the Sunshine Club and the Pamlico Senior Citizens Club.  Pauline and Walter Randolph, along with their daughters, moved to Norfolk, Va. in 1940 where Walter was a chemist for the Norfolk Health Department. Pauline enjoyed working for the former Rice's Department Store. While in Norfolk, Pauline was very active at Trinity Baptist Church, serving for many years as the superintendent of the intermediate department. She was active in the WMU and worked in many areas of that organization and the church. She enjoyed time in the Ballentine Place Garden Club and the Home Demonstration Club.  In 1969, Walter and Pauline returned to Washington and were the third generation of the Randolph family to live in the old Randolph home place on East Second and Academy streets. After Walter's death, Pauline enjoyed her active work in the church, with friends, and in her garden where she grew beautiful flowers to share with others.  In December 1999, she became a resident of Autumnfield of Belhaven. Her family wishes to express their sincere thanks to all who loved and cared for her.  Two daughters survive her: Wilma Randolph Thompson and her husband Harry J. Thompson Jr., Emerald Isle, N.C. and Mary Jane R. Bachman Clemons and husband Theodore R. Clemons of Portsmouth, Va.; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one niece and two nephews. Mother Pauline, we all love you very much.  Arrangements are by Paul Funeral Home of Washington, N.C.  (Washington Daily News - Tuesday, November 16, 2004)

REA, Addie Harris

SUFFOLK, VA. - Addie H. REA, 90, formerly of Hamilton Ave., Portsmouth, passed away November 14, 1999, at her granddaughter's home. She had been residing with her grandaughter, Juanita Newbill, in Suffolk. Born in Leechville, N.C., she was the widow of Edward H. Rea. She is survived by a son, Edward H. Rea, Jr. of Portsmouth; a brother, E.M. Harris of Portsmouth; 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. A graveside funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Allen L. Dooley. The family will be at 42 Greenbriar Road, Portsmouth. Snellings Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel, is in charge. (Virginian-Pilot - Thursday, November 16, 1999) [Submitted by granddaughter, Sharon Gable]

REDDEN, Shirley Harris

FAIRFIELD - Mrs. Shirley Harris REDDEN, 60, of Fairfield, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. today at Star of Zion Church of Christ with Elder A.E. Brooks officiating. Burial will follow at Fairfield Cemetery. Mrs. Redden was born in Hyde County on Oct. 13, 1943, to Curfew Harris of Swan Quarter and the late Janie B. Harris. She was employed as a teacher's assistant. She married John Redden of Fairfield, who survives.  Survivors include one daughter, Glenda Dooms of Greenville; one sister, Minnie Grays of Fairfield; and one grandchild.  Arrangements are by Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia.  (Washington Daily News - Friday, December 26, 2003)

REESE, Eunice Mae Chance

FAIRFIELD - Eunice Mae Chance REESE, 78, died February 28 at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven.  She was born August 22, 1925 in Hyde County, daughter of the late William C. and Francis G. Chance.  She was a post office clerk.  Surviving are her son, William Marvin Reese of Branson, No.; sisters: Carrie Simpson of Fairfield and Hazel Hill of Newark, N.J.; and one grandchild.  Funeral services were Saturday, March 6 at 1 p.m. in the Star of Zion Church of Christ with Elder Allen E. Brooks officiating.  Burial was in Chance Family Cemetery in Fairfield.  (The Coastland Times - Sunday, March 7, 2004; pg. 14A)

REID, Russell McIver

RUSSELL McIVER "RUSTY" REID, 58, OF 6965 Turnpike Road, The Rose Bay Community, Swan Quarter, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville.  Born in Petersburg, Va. on November 3, 1952, he was the son of the late Edwin M. and Elizabeth Thomas Reid.  He was married to the former Nancy Jennette who survives and was self-employed as a commercial security system installer.  Rusty's favorite hobby was reading and he loved the outdoors, gardening and his dogs Sarah, Oscar and Maggie.  A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter.  Surviving in addition to his wife are a godchild, Aaliyah Workman; a brother, Dr. David M. Reid and wife, Lisa of Raleigh; a nephew, Marshall Reid and niece, Emily Reid.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Stephen Reid who died in January, 2011.  Arrrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

REW, Mrs. Reuben

Died on the 17th inst., Mrs. REW, consort of Reuben Rew of Hyde County; [fold] disconsolate husband and 3 small children; [fold] deceased in perfect health was thrown [fold] gig on which she was riding and sustained such damage as to [fold] dissolution of soul [fold] body. (American Recorder - Friday, June 28, 1822; pg. 3; column 1) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

RHEM, John Edward

BELHAVEN - John Edward RHEM, 82, of the Ponzer community, died Thursday, August 15, at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Born in the Edward community of Beaufort County on August 11, 1914, he was the son of the late John Henry and Gertrude White Rhem. He retired in 1980 after working for many years as a merchant seaman with Exxon Oil Co. He was a member of the Mount Olive Church of Christ. Surviving are his wife, Nancy Wallace Rhem; two sons: Larry E. Rhem of Washington and Mike W. Rhem of Belhaven; a daughter, Linda R. Buckner of Kitty Hawk; a sister, Ruth R. Radcliff of Panama City, Fla.; and 3 grandchildren. Mr. Rhem was preceded in death by brothers, Herbert, Arthur, and Jay Rhem, and sisters, Allie Williams and Lena Lowe. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Olive Church of Christ. Adam Henderson will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, August 18, 1996; pg. 14A)

RHEM, Larry Edward

Larry Edward Rhem, 70, of Washington, and most recently a resident of Cross Creek Health Care Center in Swan Quarter, died Sunday, March 3, 2013.  Born in Portsmouth Virginia on August 24, 1942, he was the son of the late John Edward and Nancy Elizabeth Wallace Rhem.  Larry worked for the City of Washington with the maintenance department until his retirement.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. at the family plot in Mt. Olive Church of Christ church cemetery on Saturday, March 9, 2013. Steve Bryan will officiate.  Surviving are a sister, Linda R. Buckner and husband, Michael of Kitty Hawk; a sister in-law, Sue Rhem of Ponzer; four nieces and nephews; and one grandnephew.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Mike Rhem.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

RHEM, Leone Hodges

BELHAVEN - Leone Hodges RHEM, a resident of the 100 block of Riverside Campground Road, Ponzer Community, died June 30, 2004, in Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Surviving are two sisters, Exie H. Hussey of Portsmouth and Evelyn H. Hoskinson of Chesapeake; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Perry Lee Hodges and two sisters, Bernice H. Perry and Zuma H. Kline. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Olive Church of Christ by Scott Askew. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Flowers will be accepted but those preferring to send memorials may direct them to Mount Olive Church of Christ, 39353 U.S. Highway 264 East, Belhaven, NC 27810. The family will receive friends at the home and the body will lie in repose at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter, until being moved to the church for the funeral Friday.  (The Virginian-Pilot - Thursday, July 1, 2004)

BELHAVEN - Mrs. Leone Hodges RHEM, of 105 Riverside Campground Road, Ponzer, died Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville.  A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in Mount Olive Church of Christ with Scott Askew officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Mrs. Rhem was born in Beaufort County, the daughter of the late Dixon Lee and Luvinnie Sadler Hodges. She attended the former Terra Ceia School. She was married to Herbert Rhem, who preceded her in death. She was a member of the Ponzer Home Demonstration Club. She was a member of Mount Olive Church of Christ where she taught the children in Vacation Bible School and was a member of the former Ladies Aid.  Survivors include two sisters, Exie H. Hussey of Portsmouth, Va. and Evelyn H. Hoskinson of Chesapeake, Va.  She was preceded in death by one brother, Perry Lee Hodges and two sisters, Bernice H. Perry and Zuma H. Kline.  The family will receive friends at the home. The body will lie in state at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter until being moved to the church for the funeral on Friday.  (Washington Daily News - Friday, June 2, 2004)

RHEM, Michael Weston

Mr. Michael Weston “Mike” Rhem, age 56, a resident of the Ponzer community, Belhaven passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2012 after a long and courageous battle.  Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at Mt. Olive Church of Christ Cemetery in Ponzer, conducted by Randy Clayton.  The following will serve as pallbearers: Robert “Bobby” Guthrie, Joseph Williams, Mikey Williams, Jose Ramirez, Bobby “Tink” Armstrong and Ray Sheppard.  Mike was born on November 2, 1955 to the late John Edward “Ed” and Nancy Elizabeth Wallace Rhem. He lived his entire life in Hyde County. While being a quiet man, Mike was always quick to say he wasn’t interested in moving any further west. Since graduation from John A. Wilkinson High School in 1974, he worked with various people, always operating heavy equipment. Until his retirement in February 2012, Mike worked with Armstrong, Inc. for more than 25 years. He had earned the distinguished honor of being “one of the best operators anywhere”.  Survivors include his wife, Sue Carter Rhem; son, John Michael Rhem of Boone; daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Rhem of the home; brother, Larry Rhem of Grifton; sister and brother in law, Linda R. and Mike Buckner of Kill Devil Hills; a niece and a nephew.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the graveside and other times at the home, located at 34532 U.S. Hwy 264 East, Belhaven.  Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven is honored to serve the Rhem family.  (Paul Funera; Home)

RHEM, Nancy Wallace

PONZER- Nancy Wallace Rhem, 81, of Hwy, 45, died Wednesday, January 14 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville.  Born in Bath June 13, 1922, she was the daughter of the late William Thomas and Delia Elizabeth Woolard Wallace.  She was the widow of John Edward Rhem who died in 1996, and was a member of the Mt. Olive Church of Christ.  Surviving are two sons: Larry E. Rhem of Washington and Michael W. Rhem and wife Sue of the Ponzer community; a daughter, Linda R. Buckner and husband Mike of Kitty Hawk; three brothers: Jack Wallace and wife June of Bath, Leon Wallace and wife Lois of Kinston and Dan Wallace and wife Marquita of Goldsboro; a sister, Josephine W. Simmons and husband Weldon of Garner; four grandchildren: Sarah Elizabeth Rhem and John Michael Rhem of Ponzer, Christopher Paul of Atlanta, Ga. and Erin Lilley of Kitty Hawk; and sisters-in-law: Gertrude Wallace of Bath and Leona Rhem of Ponzer.  Mrs. Rhem was preceded in death by three brothers: James "Bud" Wallace, William Wallace and Fenner T. Wallace.  Funeral services : 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Mount Olive Church of Christ with Scott Askew officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter, is assisting the Rhem family.  (The Coastland Times - Sunday, January 18, 2004; pg. 14A)

RHODES, Bryan Talley

HAMILTON, MONTANA - Bryan Talley RHODES, 75, formerly of Norfolk and currently of Bitterroot Valley, Mont., died October 17, 2000. He was the son of William James and Ina Jennette Rhodes. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; two daughters: Bettie Rhodes Patron and husband Ron, of Annapolis, Md., and Jan DePauw and husband, Dan, and Byran's beloved granddaughter, Kori DePauw, all of Stevensville, Mont.; and two brothers: William and wife Ann, of Wilson, NC, and Charles and wife Lillian, of Overland Park, Kan. A memorial service will be held today (Oct. 20th) at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton, Montana. (Virginian-Pilot - October 19, 2000) [Kindly submitted by William Rhodes who stated, "My brother, Talley, graduated from Engelhard High School in the Class of '42. He lived with our grandparents, Bettie & Charles C. Jennette, at Middletown."]

RHODES, Rebecca Jarvis

ELIZABETH CITY - Rebecca Jarvis RHODES, 66, of Route 2, died Aug. 29, 1990, in a hospital. Mrs. Rhodes, a native of Hyde County, N.C., was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II. She was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. She was past president of the North Carolina Extension Homemakers Association and was past worthy matron of Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 281. Survivors include her husband, Royce L. Rhodes; three daughters, Victoria Morton and Rebecca Harris, both of Columbia and Gayle Austin of Dover, Del.; three sons, Albert Rhodes of Elizabeth City, Ryan Rhodes of Atlanta and Bradley Rhodes of Hampton; a brother, Joseph H. Jarvis Jr. of Charlotte, N.C.; and 10 grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday in Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Vance Way. Burial will be in Azalea Memorial Gardens. Friends may join the family from 7 to 9 p.m. today in Walker Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the General Fund of North Carolina State Homemakers Extension Association or to the United Methodist Women, Elizabeth City District. (Virginian-Pilot - Thursday, August 30, 1990; pg. 6D)

RICE, Mrs. Clenden Wildman

BURLINGTON - Mrs. Clenden W. RICE, 89, of Twin Lakes, died Thursday, April 14, 2005 after a brief illness. She was born in Engelhard, North Carolina to Etta and Hezekiah Brown.  She grew up in Swan Quarter with four brothers who called her Sister. She married John Henry Wildman in 1931. With John, she lived in many places such as National Parks and military bases, as they moved with the CCC and the US Army. While John was serving his county in World War II, she moved back to Swan Quarter with her two children to live with her parents. After John's death in 1946, she worked hard to support her family by working with the Veteran's Administration and Security Life Insurance Company. She married George Rice in 1956 and lived in Winston Salem, residing in Burlington since 1964, where she made many friends. She loved her family and many friends, and visiting with company. She made friends everywhere she lived and communicated with several until her death. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Burlington and an active volunteer in various organizations. She was a long time volunteer at the hospital.  She moved to Twin Lakes in 2003. When she needed help, her caregivers, Carolyn Thompson and Maggie Corbett took care of her like their own.  She loved living and having her daughter come stay with her. She was determined to recover from various health problems and had a tenacious love of life. She worked hard to regain her mobility and involvement in life. She fought to live, but died peacefully with her daughter, granddaughter, Ashley Nelson and caregiver, Maggie Corbett at her side.  Mrs. Rice is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth McKeithen and her husband, Ward, of Charlotte, NC her daughter-in-law, Sally Wildman, wife of the late John E. Wildman, of Athens, GA and five grandchildren, Ashley Nelson, Alex McKeithen, Millicent Kang, Sallibet Wildman and Miriam Wildman and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Hezzie Brown and her nieces and nephews who called her Auntie.  The funeral service will be held Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 3:30 pm in the First Presbyterian Church of Burlington. The family will receive friends from 2:30 to 3:30 at the church prior to the service. Burial will follow in Alamance Memorial Park.  Rich and Thompson Funeral Service in Burlington is in charge of arrangements.  (Washington Daily News - Saturday, April 16, 2005)

RICE, James Morgan

James Morgan RICE, 83, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004 at his son's home in Havelock, N.C., where he had lived since September, 1999.  He was the eighth of nine children born to Samuel and Eliza Cunningham Rice of Harrogate, Tenn., who are now deceased.  Mr. Rice was a member of Sladesville Missionary Baptist Church and a Mason for 50 years and member of Chester Lodge No. 94 AF & AM in Richmond, Va.  He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific theatre of operations and the battle of Okinawa and Iwo Jima. He was a retired truck driver with Allied Chemical and received recognition for over 3,000,000 accident free miles.  Mr. Rice orchestrated the inception of the Riverside Gospel Sing in the Ponzer community in Hyde County, N.C. in 1985, which brought gospel music to the Riverside Campground on Saturdays and started bingo on Friday nights.  Surviving are two sons, Tom and wife Jackie of the home in Havelock, N.C., Terry and wife Nancy of Chesapeake, Va.; a daughter, Faye Arthur and husband Mike of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Nell Wetherford and husband Wayne of Clinton, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, and an infinite amount of friends who forever will be family.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Evangeline Gibbs Rice; three sisters, Lillie Mountain of Tazewell, Tenn., Myrtle Bridges of Knoxville, Tenn. and Geneva Clark of Harrogate, Tenn.; four brothers, Claude Rice of Portsmouth, Va., Sidney Rice of Johnson City, Tenn., Wheeler Rice of Naperville, Ill. and Walter Rice of Oak Ridge, Tenn.  There will be a visitation and prayer service in Havelock, N.C. on Tuesday evening at the Havelock Funeral Home, 908 Lake Road between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The service will be at 7:30 p.m. conducted by the Rev. Gary Cypress.  A visitation will be held at the Riverside Campground Convention Center in the Ponzer community of Hyde County on Wednesday evening between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. The funeral will be held at 7 p.m. conducted by the Rev. Tommy Glover and Wayne Morris will deliver the eulogy.  A graveside service with Masonic Rites will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday in Sunset Memorial Park, Chester, Va. Chester Lodge No. 94 will conduct that service.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter, N.C.  (Washington Daily News - Tuesday, November 16, 2004)

RICE, Zion Evans

CHESAPEAKE, VA. - Zion Evans RICE, 77, of Chesapeake and formerly of Hyde County, died Friday, November 30 at Chesapeake General Hospital. Born in Hyde County, he was the son of the late Sylvester Ross and Mamie Bridgman Rice. He spent his working years as a commercial fisherman, an employee of the Swan Quarter Post Office and worked with the former Williamson Funeral Home in Swan Quarter. He retired from the construction industry. Surviving are his wife, Vonda Cuthrell Rice; a daughter, Linda Renee Rice of Virginia Beach, Va.; two step-sons: Rupert McNarl Satterthwaite of Virginia Beach and William David Satterthwaite of Chesapeake; a step-daughter, Laverne Scott of Virginia Beach; 5 grandchildren; 2 nieces: Louise Chalkley of Durham and Susan Newkirk of Pensacola, Fla.; a nephew, Ron Chalkley of Jacksonville. Mr. Rice was prececed in death by a brother, Albert L. Rice and a sister, Lucille R. Chalkley. Funeral services will be held at the family plot in Soule Cemetery in Swan Quarter at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 4. Arrangements by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001; pg. 11A)

RICHARDS, Rufus Gilbert

SCRANTON - Rufus Gilbert Richards, 90, of 2816 Lynnsburg Road, of the Sladesville Community, Scranton, N. C. died Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at Cross Creek Health Care Center, Swan Quarter.  Born in Sladesville, June 25, 1918, he was the son of the late John and Sarah Catherine Midyett Richards.  He graduated from the former Sladesville High School, attended Louisburg College and spent his working years as a community merchant operating his own grocery store for 25 years..  He was married to the late Estelle Baldree Richards who preceded him in death.  He was an active and long time member of Epworth United Methodist Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher and  superintendent of Sunday school.  He was a member of the former Sladesville Ruritan Club and was currently a member of Sladesville Civic Club.  Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at Epworth United Methodist Church.  Pastor Valerie Ballance will officiate.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Surviving are a daughter, Annette R. Harris of Scranton;  grandchildren, Eddie Bryant Harris, Jr.. and wife, Julie of Pantego; Vicky H. Still and husband, Everett of Kings Mountain, Kimberly H. Rodriguez and husband, Louis of Matthews, N. C. ; great grandchildren, Kaitlyn E Still, Isabella G. Rodriguez,  Emma V. Still, Marlea Harris and Jenny Harris.  Mr. Richards was also preceded in death by a daughter, Marjorie R. Harris and a sister, Thelma Richards Dunbar.  Special thanks is extended to Joyce Russell and Beulah Spencer, his long time caregivers.  The family will receive friends on Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (The Coastland Times – Thursday, January 29, 2009; pg. 10A)

RICHARDSON, Judy Lee McCullor Credle

On Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, Judy Lee McCullor Credle RICHARDSON of the 1000 block of Harbour Place departed this earthly life to answer her eternal call at her home. Judy, daughter of the late Martha Cooper and Isiah McCullor, was born April 18, 1948, in Hyde County, N.C. She attended and graduated from O.A. Peay High School in Hyde County. She was a member of Old Richmond Baptist Church, Swan Quarter, N.C. (The Virginian-Pilot - Saturday, February 12, 2000; pg. 4B)

RICHARDSON, Louisa (Ballance)

Mrs. Louisa Richardson, aged 86, died yesterday morning at 3:15 o'clock, at her residence, Hickory, Norfolk County, after an illness of two months.  A native of Hyde County, N.C. she had made her home in Hickory for the last 20 years.  She was a daughter of the late Henderson and Jojan [Georgia Ann] Ballance and widow of Raymond Richardson.  Surviving her are three daughters, Mrs. C.B. Blake, of Hickory; Mrs. I.  Armstrong, of Oak Grove and Mrs. B. R. Gibbs, of Hyde County; four sons, J. Neal Richardson, of Hyde County; D.H. Richardson of Norfolk; G.N. and D. B. Richardson, of Hickory; a brother, Labin Ballance, of Hyde County and 26 grandchildren.  Mrs. Richardson was a member of the Chesterfield Heights Church of Christ.  The body was removed to Graham Funeral Home, Jackson and Jefferson streets, South Norfolk, where funeral services will be conducted tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Park.   (The Virginian-Pilot - July 30, 1942; pg. 8)

Mrs. Louisa Richardson - Funeral service for Mrs. Richardson, who died at her residence at Hickory, Wednesday morning, were conducted yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Graham Funeral Home, South Norfolk.  The Rev. Dennis Myers, pastor of Colonial Place Church of Christ, officiated.  Mrs. Earl J. King sang "Love Lifted Me" and "God Be With You."  The following grandchildren acted as pallbearers:  Maxwell Gibbs, Travis Blake, Carroll Ben Blake, Jr., Edward Neal and Belvin Blake.  Burial was in Riverside Memorial Park.    (The Virginian-Pilot - July 31, 1942; pg. 7)

NOTE: The following information came from Sharon-Graham Funeral Home in South Norfolk:
    Louisa Richardson
        Hickory (this is a section of Chesapeake-not a city) Virginia
        Person in charge: Mrs. C.B. Blake, daughter
        Date of death: July 29, 1942 - 86 years old
        Place of death: Norfolk County, VA
        Birth date: October 10, 1855
        Place of birth: Hyde County, NC
        Father's name:  Henderson Ballance
        Mother's name: Jorjan [Georgia Ann Gibbs] Ballance
        Spouse: Raymond Richardson
        Occupation: homemaker
        Survivors:   daughters - Mrs. C.B. Blake, Mrs. I. Armstrong, Mrs. B.R. Gibbs
                            sons - J. Neal, D.H. Neal, S.N. Neal, O.B. Neal
                            brother - Labin Ballance
                            26 grandchildren

[All information was submitted by Don & Janet Ford who sent the following e-mail: My grandmother was “Mrs. I. Armstrong” who was Mrs. Isaiah Armstrong or Mrs. Janie Lavender Neal Armstrong.  The sons were listed as “Richardson” when in fact they were Neal.  All of the children were by her first husband, Daniel Morgan Neal, Jr.

RICKARD, Sterling

Mr. Sterling Rickard, 64, of 13719 U.S. Highway 264, Swan Quarter, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007, at home.  A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday in Jobes Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with Elder Levi Murray officiating. Burial will follow in Brown Memorial Cemetery, Engelhard.  Mr. Rickard was born in Hyde County on Sept. 23, 1943. He was the son of Carrie B. Rickard and the late James E. Rickard Sr. He was married to Deborah Harris Rickard, who survives.  Survivors include three sons, Christopher Rickard and Terrance Rickard, both of Texas, and Dexter Rickard of North Carolina; one daughter, Gina R. Reynolds of Florida; four sisters, Thelma R. Spencer of Virginia and Cathy Rickard, Rosie Rickard and Laura Rickard, all of Engelhard; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by one sister, Rebecca Rickard.  The family will receive friends at the home.  Arrangements are by Whitfield & Whitley Funeral Home, Washington.  (Washington Daily News - December 29, 2007)

ROACH, Cleata Linton Armstrong

Mrs. Cleata Linton Armstrong Roach, age 78, a resident of the Ponzer Community of Belhaven died Sunday August 31, 2014 at Vidant Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head, NC.  A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Thursday September 4, 2014 at Mount Olive Church of Christ officiated by Scott Askew. Burial will follow in Davis Cemetery. Thomas Biggs, Travis Biggs, Terry McCall, Stanley Hopkins, Wayne Hopkins and Stevie Gibbs will serve as pallbearers.  Mrs. Roach was born April 16, 1936 in Hyde County, daughter of the late John William Linton and Bettie Quidley Linton. She was a 1954 graduate of Pantego High School. Mrs. Roach was married to Melvin Armstrong who preceded her in death on July 31, 1970. On June 25, 1977, she married William “Bill” Franklin Roach who survives. She was a member of Mount Olive Church of Christ and co-owner/operator of “Our Other Place” in Washington, NC and “Pungo Refuge Nursery & Greenhouses” in Pungo, NC.  In addition to her husband, Bill Roach of the home, she is survived by her children: Doug Armstrong and wife Martha of Belhaven and Felicia Armstrong Fennimore and husband Bob of Belhaven; her step-daughter: Beth Roach Sykes of Leland, NC; her step-son: Keith Roach and wife Amy of Washington; her grandchildren: Melvin Armstrong Jr. & wife Gretchen and Abigail Armstrong Marshall & husband Brian; her great grandchildren: Vivian Marshall and Hazel Armstrong; her step-grandchildren: Brian Sykes and wife Ashley, Amanda Mercer and husband Travis, Brad Roach and Kevin Roach; her step-great grandchild: Tyson Sykes; and her sister: Mary Hopkins of Kill Devil Hills, NC. She is preceded in death by her brothers: Sherman Linton and Paul Linton.  Visitation will be held at Mount Olive Church of Christ from 9:00-10:30 AM on Thursday prior to the service.  Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven is honored to serve the Roach family.  (Paul Funeral Home)

ROBERTS, Elizabeth Corinne McWilliams

OCRACOKE - Elizabeth Corinne McWilliams ROBERTS, 89, died Oct. 15, 2004, in Chesapeake, in her sleep after a long illness. Born Oct. 11, 1915, and raised on Ocracoke Island, Mrs. Roberts was the owner of the former Ocracoke Gameroom and presently Corinne's Apartments on the island, residential property in Black Mountain, N.C., and a quarter interest in her father's 91-acre estate on the island. She was believed to be the first owner/operator of a hair salon on the island, and was also believed to be the first owner of a used book store on the island. She lived most of life in Maryland. Thirty years ago, she was honored by the national United Methodist Women's Organization with an honorary lifetime membership in the organization, to recognize her for her lifetime of charitable good works to the church and her community. She was an active member until she became blind 15 years ago. She was salutatorian of her graduating class on Ocracoke. She was the eldest child of the late Charlie C. (Charlie Mac) and Hilda Tolson McWilliams; sister to Fannie Jones of Hertford, N.C., the late Florence (Fonnie) Willis and the late John D. (J.D.) McWilliams; and wife of Roy D. Roberts of Chesapeake. Besides her husband of more than 50 years, she is survived by three sons, Charlie T. (Tommy) Smith of Gates, N.C., Darrell L. Roberts of Chesapeake and Stewart W. Roberts of Sebring, Fla.; four grandchildren, Vernon, Paula and Glenn Smith and Sarah Elizabeth Roberts; and one great-grandchild, Thomas C. Verdone. Corinne was a member of an old Ocracoke, Scots-Irish family of historical note. Her father was instrumental in getting state-operated ferry service and electrification to the island. He worked behind the scenes to get the Herbert C. Bonner Memorial Bridge built with federal funds to increase the prosperity of the Outer Banks residents. He was a longtime head of the Ocracoke School Board, owned a fishhouse and a general store, was featured in National Geographic Magazine for his wood carvings and has examples of his decoys in the Smithsonian Museum. Corinne's father was also named by the governor as an honorary "Tarheel" (a founding father) of the State of North Carolina. Her family principally financed the construction of the current Ocracoke United Methodist Church chapel. Her ancestors include the first postmaster on the island. The McWilliams/Tolson/Williams extended family have been residents, landowners and business owners on Ocracoke Island for more than 350 years. Her direct ancestor, William Williams, listed in British Naval records as "Chief Pilot" of Capt. Edward Teach (aka. Blackbeard), is elsewhere recorded to have purchased part of Ocracoke Island from one of the original English royal land grant holders, about 10 years after the capture and execution of the infamous pirate on the island. A graveside service is planned at the McWilliams Family Cemetery on Ocracoke Island by the Rev. John White. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Ocracoke United Methodist Church.  (The Virginian-Pilot - Sunday, October 17, 2004)

ROBERTS, Thelma Powell

FAIRFIELD - Thelma Powell ROBERTS, 94, longtime resident of Fairfield and most recently a patient at Greenfield Place in Greenville, died Friday, January 28, at Greenfield Place. Born in Henderson on April 8, 1905, she was the daughter of the late Walter Junius and Lunicy Forbes Bridger Powell. She was the widow of Gratz Linwood Roberts whom she married January 29, 1927. He died March 29, 1981 and she moved to Pennsylvania in 1983 to live with her daughter. She was a graduate of Bladenboro High School and attended Women's College in Greesboro for two years. Surviving are her daughter, Lynn R. Bueche of Greenville; four sons: Gratz Linwood Roberts of Adelphi, Md., Neill Alexander Roberts of Wilmington, William Powell Roberts of Tampa, Fla., and Charlie Bridger Roberts of Norfolk, Va.; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by a sister, Carrie Junius Powell Armstrong of Bladenboro; a grandson, Gratz Linwood Roberts, III of Adelphi, and a granddaughter, Kathy Lynn Roberts of Wilmington. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the family plot in Fairfield Cemetery. Steve Bryan and Valerie Ballance will officiate. Arrangements by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, February 1, 2000; pg. 11A)

ROBINSON, Harold S. "Hal"

OCRACOKE - Harold S. "Hal" Robinson, 58, of Fire House Road, passed away Wednesday evening, May 31, 2000, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, N.C. Born in Stoneham, Mass., Feb. 25, 1942, he moved to Ocracoke 11 years ago from the Raleigh area and he and his family owned and operated Ocracoke Island Hammock Co. and Candyland. He was a member of the Ocracoke Assembly of God and had committed his life to the Lord Jesus Christ, with whom he now rests. He had served on the board of directors of The Greater Hyde County Chamber of Commerce and was a member of their tourism committee, where he was an active participant in promoting Hyde county. His survivors are his wife of 10 years, Michele Samaha Robinson; three sons, Jason Robinson of Seattle, Wash., Ashley R. Morton of Ocracoke and Jonathan Wesley Morton of Robins Air Force Base, Ga.; his mother-in-law and caregiver, Margaret Pollard of the home; and many loving and caring friends. A celebration of Hal's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ocracoke Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Keith Sikes officiating. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends at the home. Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter, is handling arrangements. (The Virginian-Pilot - Friday, June 2, 2000; pg. 7B)

ROBINSON, SR., Kermit Reed

OCRACOKE - Kermit Reed ROBINSON, SR., 73, died March 8 in an Elizabeth City hospital. Mr. Robinson, a native of Ocracoke, was the son of the late William R. and Helen Spencer Robinson, had retired from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. He was a retired maintenance supervisor, a member of Ocracoke United Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge of Hyde County. Survivors include his wife, Helen Garrish Robinson; a son, Kermit Robinson, Jr. of Smyrna; a sister, Delores Tillett of Ocracoke; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday in the Ocracoke United Methodist Church with the Rev. Clyde Denny officiating. Burial was in the Ocracoke Community Cemetery. Twiford's Island Chapel, Hatteras, was in charge. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, March 12, 1991)

RODEFER, Altiva Greer

PONZER - Altiva Greer RODEFER, 93, of the Ponzer Community in Hyde County, died Wednesday, April 5 at Beaufort County Hospital in Washington. Mrs. Rodefer was the widow of Raymond Rodefer. Surviving are a daughter, Glenda Miller of Arlington, Va. At her request, her body will be cremated and no funeral service will be held. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, April 9, 2000; pg. 12A)

ROGERSON, Carolyn Gene

FAIRFIELD - Carolyn Gene ROGERSON, 69, of Fairfield, N.C., and formerly of Hertford, died Thursday, march 3, 2995 in Belhaven Hospital.  Mrs. Rogerson was the daughter of the late Della Hassell and Joseph Ben Davenport.  Survivors include her husband, Robert Wayne Rogerson; two daughters: Billie Jo "B.J." Ralph of Hertford and Samantha Patrick of Edenton; three sons: Chris Smith of Edenton, Kevin Rhodes of Tyner, and Mark Rhodes of Elizabeth City; one brother, Joe Davenport of Columbia; and 9 grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Rhodes.  A celebration of Mrs. Rogerson's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2005 in beaver Hill cemetery, Edenton, with the Rev. June Britt officiating.  Evans Funerals & Cremations of Edenton is serving the Rogerson family.  (Daily Advance - Saturday, March 5, 2005)

ROPER, F. [Frederick] S. [Smith]

Ex- Sheriff, F.S. Roper, died at his home in Hyde County on the 9th inst. He was buried on Sunday. (The Washington Gazette - Thursday, November 21, 1895; pg. 3; column 3) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

ROPER, Helen Louise Williams

SWAN QUARTER - Helen Louise Williams ROPER, 78, of Route 1, died May 2, 1992, in a Greenville hospital. Mrs. Roper was born in Hyde County and was a former resident of Portsmouth. She was the widow of Gilbert A. Roper. She was a member of Eunice Chapel Church of Christ and the Hyde County Senior Citizens Group. Survivors include two daughters, including Angela R. Felton of Chesapeake; a son; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Eunice Chapel Church of Christ by the Revs. Leon Williams and Tommy Glover. Burial will be in Mount Olive Church of Christ Cemetery. Friends may join the family at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Paul, Route 1, Scranton. Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter, is handling arrangements. (Virginian-Pilot - Monday, May 4, 1992; pg. 2D)

ROPER, SR., Linwood W.

HARTSVILLE, S.C. - Funeral services for Linwood L. ROPER, SR., 87, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, November 14, 1999 at the Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Bob Cline will officiate with burial in Magnolia Cemetery. Mr. Roper died Friday, November 12, 1999. Born in Hyde County, N.C., he was a son of the late Lawrence and Annie Gibbs Roper. He was a member of First Baptist Church. After a career in wholesale food sales in Raleigh, N.C., he continued his career in novelty advertising with Newton Manufacturing Co. The Ropers renewed their wedding vows after 60 years of marriage at Bath Christian Church in Bath, N.C. Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Helen Carawan Roper, of Hartsville, S.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Lynn and Sarah Roper of Hartsville, S.C.; brother-in-law, Chris Carawan of Columbia, S.C. (Raleigh News & Observer - November 14, 1999; pg. B6) [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries.]

ROPER, Ralph L.

ENGELHARD - Funeral services for Ralph L. ROPER of Engelhard, former county accountant and Clerk of Recorder's Court of Hyde County, who died at Engelhard of a heart attack, were conducted from Amity Methodist Church at Lake Landing Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Lemar Wheeler, Engelhard Baptist minister, who was in charge of the service, was assisted by the Rev. Angus M. Cameron, Methodist minister. Immediately following the service, the body was carried to Pilot Mountain, N.C. for Burial in the Pilot View Cemetery. Mr. Roper succumbed Monday morning at his home shortly after suffering a heart attack. He was 65 at the time of his death and was operating a small store and remnant shop in Engelhard near his home. After having served for more than a year in the county accountant's office, he was elected in 1942 as Clerk of the Recorder's Court and he served in this position for eight years. Born at Engelhard July 5, 1890, he was the son of the late George E. and Sallie Spencer Roper. He was a member of the Swan Quarter Baptist Church, a member of the Mattamuskeet Masonic Lodge, and a veteran of WW I. He was a life-long resident of Hyde County except for about 2 years when he made his home in Winston-Salem. Mr. Roper is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lena McGrath Roper of Engelhard; one daughter, Mrs. Henry Harding of Pilot Mountain; and 1 granddaughter. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 11, 1955; pg. 5)

ROPER, Mrs. Sarah

Died in Mattamuskeet, Hyde County, on Monday the 14th inst., Mrs. Sarah ROPER, widow of the late Frederick Roper, in her 79th year of age. (North State Whig - Wednesday, April 24, 1850; pg. 3; column 1) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

ROPER, Wilbert Earl

Wilbert Earl Roper, a resident of 13555 U.S. Highway 264 in Swan Quarter, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, at Cross Creek Health Care in Swan Quarter.  A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Jobes Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Swan Quarter with Elder Levi Murray, pastor, and Elder Anthony Roper officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery in Swan Quarter.  Mr. Roper was born Sept. 28, 1929. He was the son of the late Flossie Chase and Elliot Roper of Swan Quarter. He was raised by his grandparents, the late Alice and Thomas Chase. Mr. Roper attended the Hyde County Training School in Sladesville and studied at Beaufort County Community College. He was a life-long member of Jobes Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee and deacon. Mr. Roper was a retired heavy equipment mechanic.  On June 8, 1966, he married Mattie Hardy.  Survivors include his wife, Mattie H. Roper of the home; three daughters, Earlene Bell of Jamaica, N.Y., Carolyn McCloud of Raleigh and Claudette Roper of Swan Quarter; two sons, Randall Roper of Swan Quarter and Elder Anthony Roper of Raleigh; and four grandchildren.  Mr. Roper was preceded in death by his siblings, Arthur Bolton and Josey Mae Bolton.  The family will receive friends at the home, 13555 U.S. Highway 264 in Swan Quarter.  Arrangements are by Randolph Funeral Home, 219 N. Bonner St. in Washington.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] – Tuesday, September 2, 2008)

ROSE, Coleman Dean

CRESWELL - Coleman Dean ROSE died September 8 in Pitt Memorial Hospital, Greenville. A native of Hyde County, he was the son of Ira and Gladys McKinney Rose. He was the husband of Ruby Hufton Rose of the home. He was a warehouseman at Cherry Point Marine Base and an Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He was a member of Scuppernong Church Of Christ. Surviving are his wife; two daughters: Brenda Hamilton or Blue Ridge, Va. and Debra Jones of Charlotte; four sisters: Mable Cuthrell of Engelhard, Violet Sawyer and Mary Powell of Belhaven and Iris Furlough of Washington; a brother, Ira "Jake" Rose, Jr. of Washington and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at Scuppernong Church Of Christ Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, Columbia. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, September 10, 1992)

ROSE, Fred Edward

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. - Fred Edward ROSE, 76, died Sunday at his residence. Mr. Rose was born in Engelhard. He was the son if the late Johnnie and Dezzie Armstrong Rose. He had retired from J.C. Jones Sand Company as a dredger operator. Mr. Rose served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He later worked on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Survivors include his wife Carol Rose; five daughters: Rose Marie Bunch of Elizabeth City, Annie Lee Brickhouse of Columbia, Patsy Weeks of Elizabeth City, Regina Kraemer of Chesapeake, Va., and Marilyn Simpson of Virginia Beach; two sons: Edward Dean Rose of Decatur, Ala., and Fred Edward Rose, Jr. of Virginia Beach; four sisters: Rosalee Patrick and Dezzie Rose, both of Washington, Gretchel Sawyer of Pinetown, and Virgie Bateman of Columbia; four brothers: Rufus Rose of Blandenboro and John Rose, Jack Rose and Melvin Rose, all of Columbia; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A graveside service was held at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens Wednesday by the Rev. Desi Allen. Oman Funeral Home, Great Bridge, is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, September 22, 1994)

ROSE, Johnnie

COLUMBIA - Johnnie ROSE, 94, of Route 1, died August 17 in Chowan Hospital in Edenton. He was a native of Hyde County, son of the late Johnnie E. and Sally Gibbs Rose. He was preceded in death by his wife of 76 years, Dezzie Armstrong Rose who died in September 1992. Mr. Rose was a retired farmer and a member of the Gum Neck Church of Christ. Surviving are four daughters: Rosa Lee Patrick and Virgie Bateman, both of Columbia, Gretchel Watson of Pinetown, and Dezzie Rose of Edenton; five sons: Fred Rose of Virginia Beach, Va., Rufus Rose of Bladenboro, Johnny Rose, Melvin Rose, and Jack Rose, all of Columbia; one sister, Eunice Spencer of Chesapeake, Va.; 34 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Gum Neck Church of Christ with Larry Weaver officiating. Burial will follow in Azalea Memorial Gardens. Walker Funeral Home in Columbia is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, August 19, 1993; pg. 6A)

ROSE, Lillie Marie Gibbs

Mrs. Lillie Marie Gibbs ROSE, age 93, a former resident of the Pungo community of Pantego and later of Pantego, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005 at Britthaven of Washington. A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005 at Wilkinson Church of Christ officiated by Reggie A. Braziel. Burial will follow in Davis Cemetery. Wade Allen, Bob Rose, Walter Harris, Jerod Benson, Randy McCarty and Ralph Slade will serve as pallbearers.  Mrs. Rose was born in Hyde County on Jan. 6, 1912, daughter of the late Lemuel Gibbs and the late Amanda Midgette Gibbs. She was a graduate of Hyde County schools in Engelhard and married Edward Earl Rose on Dec. 26, 1935, who preceded her in death on July 12, 1978. Mrs. Rose was a homemaker and a member of Wilkinson Church of Christ.  Mrs. Rose is survived by one daughter: Linda R. Copeland and her husband Clifton of Pantego; one son: Edward Rose and his wife Carolyn of Grifton; one son-in-law: Robert L. Johnson of Eden, N.C.; three grandchildren: Bev Coltrain of Pantego, Melissa Rhodes of Grifton and Denise J. McCarty of Atworth, Ga. and three great-grandchildren: Ethan Coltrain, Caleb Coltrain and Harper Rhodes.  Mrs. Rose was preceded in death by a daughter: Patsy Marie Rose Johnson on Nov. 28, 1974 and two grandsons at birth.  The family will receive friends 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005 at Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven and at other times at the home of Mrs. Rose's daughter Linda Copeland in Pantego.  Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven is serving the Rose family.  (Washington Daily News - Tuesday, January 18, 2005)

ROSE, Theodore

IN ELIZABETH CITY - Theodore ROSE, 72, of Willow Street, died August 9th at 11:30 p.m. in the Albemarle Hospital after a long illness.  He was a native of Engelhard, N.C. and lived in Elizabeth City most of his life.  He was a retired farm equipment mechanic, a member of the Church of Christ and a member of Eureka Lodge #317, AF&AM in Elizabeth City.  Funeral services were held August 11 at 3:00 in Twiford Memorial Chapel by Rev. Homer Styons, pastor.  Burial followed in New Hollywood Cemetery.  He was the son of the late Ed and Mrs. Sally Gibbs Rose and husband of Mrs. Alice Smith Rose of the home.  Besides his wife, he is survived by four daughters: Mrs. Clifton (Joanna) White and Mrs. Ray (Jean) Bonney, Sr., both of Elizabeth City, Mrs. Richard (Marion) Heilman of Petersburg, Va. and Mrs. D.J. (Paula) Attix of Forrest, Va.; two sons: William Theodore Rose of Hampton, Va. and Jerry Edward Rose of Raleigh; one sister, Mrs. Eunice Spencer of Engelhard; one brother, Johnny Rose of Gum Neck; 23 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.  (The Southern Post - August 17, 1983; pg. 10)

ROSE, SR., Willie Bartlett

CHESAPEAKE, VA. - Willie Bartlett ROSE, SR., 78, of St. Julian Drive, a retired farmer, died Dec. 26, in a Portsmouth, Va. nursing home. Mr. Rose, a native of Hyde County, was the. widower of Jessie Overton Rose. He was a member of Moyock Baptist Church, Moyock, and was a retired farmer. Survivors include a daughter, Peggie R. Belch, and a son, Billy Rose, Jr., both of Chesapeake; a sister, Maggie Banks; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday in Moyock Baptist Church by the Rev. Vic Ramsey. Burial is to be in Moyock Cemetery. Friends may join the family at the home of Debbie Johnson, Pudding Ridge Road, Moyock. Twiford Colonial Chapel, Great Bridge, is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times - December 30, 1990)

ROSS, Grace Spencer

SWAN QUARTER - Grace Spencer ROSS, 85, of Route #1, died March 31 at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. A native of Middletown in Hyde County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas L. and Beulah Watson Spencer. She and her husband, the late Charlie Warren Ross, founded and operated the Warren Ross Grocery Store near their home at New Holland until 1985 when she retired. Surviving are a son, Robert S. Ross of Rt. 1, Swan Quarter and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the family plot in Soule Cemetery. Mike Caton, minister, officiated. The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Ross, Route #1, Swan Quarter. Arrangements were by Bryan Funeral Service. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, April 2, 1992)

RUARK, Victor

FAIRFIELD - Victor RUARK, 40, of Belhaven, was killed by a gunshot through the heart while guiding a party of Norfolk hunters at Fairfield Monday. The party had just gotten their limit and Ruark, who was getting ready to take up, was shot when a loaded gun, carelessly propped in the blind by one of the party, fell down. Mr. Ruark had gone over to guide this partly for his friend, Hyde County Recorders Judge, Joe Simmons, who is a regular guide, but who had to take the day off to go to swan Quarter to hold court. The accident occurred at 3:25 p.m. Monday. Donald Scott, 18, of Norfolk, Va., was one of the 5 persons from Virginia in the blind hunting party. One member of the party had killed a goose and it is said that Ruark, serving as guide, had gone out to bring in the goose. In some way the gun discharged accidentally, hitting Ruark near his heart. He is said to have died instantly. Sheriff Charlie Cahoon and Coroner Pratt Williamson investigated and did not deem an inquest necessary. Shortly over a year ago, a young hunter died of an accidental rifle shot at Fairfield. He was D.W. Fields, Jr. Mr. Ruark was a native of Hoopersville, Md., but had lived in Belhaven for several years where his father, the late W.G. Ruark, was engaged in the seafood business. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Lillie Ruark of Belhaven and Hoopersville; his wife, Mrs. Virginia Ball Ruark; a daughter, Vickie; a son, Billy; and one sister, Mrs. Charlie Midgett of Belhaven. A man of agreeable nature, he had many friends. His priciple occupation was boating and fishing. Mrs. Ruark is the owner of the Virginia Shop, a Belhaven clothing store. He was a member of the Belhaven Legion Post, Trinity Church, and Masonic Lodge of Port Royal, S.C. and a veteran of WW II. He had been employed for some time with the Latham Seed and Implement Co. of Belhaven. Funeral services were held Wednesday from Trinity Methodist Church at 3 o'clock conducted by Rev. L.P. Jackson and assisted by Rev. A.J. Mackie. Services at the grave were in charge of the American Legion and burial was in the Belhaven Community cemetery. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 18, 1953; pg. 5)

RUE, Annie Jones

FAIRFIELD - Annie Jones RUE, 97, of Route #1, died Monday, April 20, at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. She had most recently resided at Cross Creek Health Care Center. Born Nov. 4, 1900, she was the daughter of the late Abram and Ellen Farrow Jones. She was the widow of James Henry Rue who died in 1964. Mrs. Rue attended the former East Carolina Teacher's College and later taught school in Hyde County at the schools located at Lake Landing, Dark Woods, Rose Bay and Fairfield. She was long active in the Fairfield United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Fairfield Book Club, and was very active in the instruction of arts and crafts during World War II. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fairfield United Methodist Church with the Rev. Chris Humphreys and Steve Byran officiating. Burial followed in Fairfield Cemetery. Local relatives include three first cousins: Mildred Gibbs of Middletown, Maggie Farrow of Swan Quarter, and Ralph O'Neal of Stumpy Point. Arrangements were by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, April 23, 1998)

RUSH, E. A.

OCRACOKE - A death that saddened the community of Ocracoke, was that of E.A. RUSH on Friday, March 26 at the Veterans Hospital in Salisbury. Mr. Rush was the husband of Aldina Garrish Rush, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Preston Garrish of Ocracoke. During WWII he served at Ocracoke in the USCG. For the past several years Mr. & Mrs. Rush had resided in Beaufort. Besides the wife, a daughter, Bobby Jean Rush, survives the deceased. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at the Ann Street Methodist Church in Beaufort. (The Coastland Times - Friday, April 2, 1954; pg. 2)

RUSSELL, Benjamin S.

Died in this town [Washington, N.C.] on Monday last, 28th inst., Mr. Benjamin S. RUSSELL, in the 48th year of his age, late of Hyde County, North Carolina. (Washington Whig - Wednesday, March 30, 1842; pg. 3; column 3) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

RUSSELL, Delma Gibbs

Delma Gibbs Russell, 90, formerly of  439 Belhaven Square, Belhaven, and most  recently a resident of Cross Creek Health Care, died Monday January 31, 2011.  Born in Hyde County February 24, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Seth Washington and Mary Ann Brinn Gibbs.  Funeral Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter.  Surviving are several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by four brothers, Harold B. Gibbs, Ira Blount Gibbs, Gerald Gibbs and Hallet Gibbs; three sisters, Ola G. Singleton, Madeline G. Bunch and Evelyn Degnan.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

RUSSELL, Lula Mae O'Neal

Mrs. Lula Mae O'Neal RUSSELL, 90, of Scranton, died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at Pungo District Hospital, Belhaven.  A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Zion Temple Baptist Church, Sladesville, with the Rev. James Stanley officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Temple Church Cemetery, Sladesville.  Mrs. Russell was born May 27, 1913 in Hyde County, daughter of the late Vida Brown O'Neal and Lonnie O'Neal. She attended Hyde County Training School. She was a retired seafood technician with Blue Channel Seafood Co. She was a member of the Hyde Focus on Aging. She married John Tilson Russell, who preceded her in death Oct. 29, 2002. She was a lifelong member of Zion Temple Baptist Church, where she was a former choir member.  Survivors include five daughters, Madaline Farrow, Minnie Whitney and Betty Brimmage, all of Scranton, Barbara O'Neal of Engelhard and Sylvia Williams of Bronx, N.Y.; one son, Lonnie Russell of Hasting, Fla.; one sister, Ellis Louise Peartree of Portsmouth, Va.; 46 grandchildren; 99 great-grandchildren; and 50 great-great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Russell was preceded in death by four sisters and one brother.  The family will receive visitors from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Randolph Funeral Home Chapel, 219 N. Bonner St., Washington, and other times at the home.  (Washington Daily News - Friday, October 10, 2003)

RUSSELL, Mrs. Mary

Died in this town on Friday morning last of consumption, Mrs. Mary RUSSELL, consort of Mr. Benjamin S. Russell formerly of Hyde County, aged 25 years. (American Recorder - Friday, September 12, 1823; pg. 3; column 3) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

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