In Memoriam


The USGenWeb Project began in 1996, and the NCGenWeb project shortly thereafter, all with the goal of providing free access to genealogical resources online for everyone. NCGenWeb is indebted to these volunteers who worked tirelessly toward this goal. May they rest in peace.

Doyle Chambers


Haywood County Coordinator

On February 22, 2013, the NCGenWeb project lost Doyle Chambers, CC for Haywood County. We unfortunately do not have a lot of information about Doyle, but do know that he was dedicated to the county and valued hearing from TNGenWeb participants sharing their family ties to the county. May he rest in peace. 
Nola with NCGenWeb member, Derick Hartshorn
Nola with NCGenWeb member, Derick Hartshorn

Nola Pegram Duffy

d. 2015

Granville, Warren, and Wilkes County Co-Coordinator

Nola was not only an active contributor to the NCGenWeb for several counties during her tenure with the project, but many can tell you she was critically instrumental in the early development of the NCGenWeb project. An impassioned and highly staunch advocate of the USGenWeb overall, Nola always gave her all to see that family researchers and genealogists have free access to a wealth of historical data. Nola personally recruited many volunteers to the NCGenWeb, helped teach others how to create web pages, and shared her knowledge unselfishly.  Nola was unique, a great motivator to many, and she will be missed by NCGenWeb, USGenWeb, and the greater genealogical community. 

Winona Ott Solomon

1944 – 2011

Bute County Coordinator

Winona Ott  Solomon, the coordinator for the Bute County site, passed away May 4, 2011. Winona was a long-time contributor to the NCGenWeb project, providing numerous records and material for area researchers. Winona was also actively involved with Warren County research and collaborated with family members and friends on the Pegram Family website.  Winona, a member of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, was a graduate of Brigham Young University.
Sharon Pierce
1946 – 2010

Cabarrus & Stanley Counties Coordinator

Sharon Pierce, 63, coordinator for Cabarrus & Stanly counties, passed away September 9, 2010. A resident of Gladewater, Texas, Sharon was an active participant in the NCGenWeb project and collaborated with many researchers to present genealogical information on her county sites.  Sharon leaves to mourn her passing many loved family & friends and the NCGenWeb wishes her family our best during this time.
Sheila Hanna

Franklin County Coordinator

Sheila Hanna, 49, of Louisburg, NC, passed away February 11, 2010 at her home. She was the county coordinator for Franklin County and an active genealogy & family history researcher in the county. A celebration of her life was held Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. from the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services. She is survived by her husband, Geoff Hanna; sons, Devon Hanna of Denver, CO, Jarrett Hanna of Toms River, NJ; daughter, Taara Hanna of Virginia Beach, VA and one grandson. A celebration of her life will continue after the service at her home. The NCGenWeb project extends our condolences to her family & friends.
John Burney McGowan
John Burney McGowan


Hyde County Co-Coordinator

John Burney McGowan, 68, of Laurinburg died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009.  A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Soule Cemetery in Swan Quarter.  He is survived by two sisters, Linda McQueen and husband Jim of Laurinburg and Kathy Mason and husband Greg of Salisbury; and a brother, James A. McGowan and wife Daisy of Garden City, S.C. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dorman J. McGowan.  Born Feb. 12, 1941 in Swan Quarter, he was a son of the late James Alton and Mary Hooper McGowan. John graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in History and served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during the Vietnam conflict. Afterwards, he worked for many years as a painter.  Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.  McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium is serving the family.
[I was honored to become John’s co-host on the Hyde County website in 1997. I was scared out of my wits because I knew nothing about html editing or making a webpage but John was very patient with me through trial and error runs on my part. It was a privilege to have worked with him on that site (and later on others). My husband and I met John on two of our trips to North Carolina and I was delighted to finally put a face to the person that I had been speaking with for years on the phone. From a young man, his passion had always been genealogy and he worked hard at it. He spent a lot of his days just answering e-mail queries (or writing long handwritten letters before the advent of e-mail) from folks who needed help with their own Hyde County roots. John had several health issues and was in a wheelchair from having a leg amputation due to diabetes but that never seemed to phase him. He never complained about his disabilities to me. On any given day you could find him hunkered over his keyboard working on one database or another and I shall miss the camaraderie we had from working together. I have lost a friend today. He will be sorely missed by a host of other people who had the pleasure of knowing him.  — Kay Midgett Sheppard]

Jane Seaborne Moyer

1947 – 2008


Macon County Coordinator

Jane Seaborne Moyer, 60, of Franklin, passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008.

Born in Waupaca, Wis., she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Ellen Michie Seaborne. She was a member of the Board of Directors for 10 years at the Macon Program for Progress, and recently served as Chairman of the Board. Jane was a member of St. Agnes Episcopal Church. She was talented in the crafts of knitting and needlework.Mrs. Moyer is survived by her husband of 35 years, Carl H. Moyer; two sons, Matthew Moyer and his companion Connie, and Jonathan Moyer, all of Franklin; one brother, William Seaborne and wife Cindy of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and a number of nieces and nephews.A funeral service was held 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5, at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, with Rev. Dorothy Pratt officiating.The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, at Macon Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Relay for Life, P.O. Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744. Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences are available by visiting
The Franklin Press, 6 February 2008

B. J. Rountree

1941 – 2007


Martin County Coordinator

Betty Jo “B. J.” Rountree, 66, was unexpectedly called to her Heavenly home on October 7, 2007, after a brief illness while visiting her sister in North Carolina.

B.J. was born September 18, 1941 to the late William Miller and Emma Morgan Miller. B. J. was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Terry McCall Rountree, who was called home on August 31, 2007.B. J. had a lively, caring, fun-loving spirit that extended to the entire neighborhood. Everyone who came to the Rountrees’ home felt welcomed and significantly important in B. J.’ s eyes. For several years, B. J. was actively involved in recreational sports as a coach for girls’ basketball and softball. In her later years, she enjoyed gardening and lovingly caring for her husband.B. J. is survived by her three daughters, Karen James and husband Robert, Penny Evans, Renee Norman and husband Chris; and step-daughter, Terry Willis and husband Stuart; also five grandchildren, Tim Hall, Amanda Morisette, Megan Evans, Madison Evans, Alexis Norman; and her beloved dog, Kobe; lifelong friend, Agnes Manos; and a sister, Glenda Johnson and husband Kevin.The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the memorial service at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel at 7 p.m. on October 18, 2007. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Virginia Beach SPCA, 3040 Holland Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23453.B. J. will never be replaced in the hearts and minds of her family and friends.
Linda Miller
Cherokee County Coordinator
Linda Bradford Miller, 59, of Murphy, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006, at Murphy Medical Center. A native of Indianapolis, she moved to Murphy from Charlotte in 1993. She was the daughter of the late George Stanley and Phyllis LaDona Stack Bradford. She worked with Wachovia Bank as a trust officer and was a staff writer and reporter for the Cherokee Scout newspaper.Surviving are her husband of 35 years, Robert Miller Jr.; a sister, Gloria Bohanan of Indianapolis; and four nieces. An informal memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 20, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, with David Brown speaking. In lieu of flowers or donations, she would have everyone treat each other with dignity and respect. Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, is in charge of all arrangements.