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2008 Obituaries
Margaret Stancil Sellers Thomas Rex Pittman
Ann Demko Stancil William Vester Godwin
Bessie Mae Whitley Stancil James Ronald Cockrell
Louise Stancil Thelma Bailey
Elizabeth "Isabel" Renfrow Hester Delbridge Narron
Claire Bailey Gladys Narron Liles Alford
Pluma Esther Stancil Sullivan Danny Gene Narron
Glenn Warren Stancil Virginia Penny Stancil Fulghum


January 2008

Margaret Stancil Sellers, Jan. 12, 2008

June 22, 1927-Jan. 12, 2008
Margaret Stancil Sellers
Margaret Stancil Sellers and Maura Stancil

Margaret Stancil Sellers, the only daughter and youngest child of Clyde Holland and William Arthur Stancil, died Jan. 12, 2008, in Fairfax, Va.

Margaret is survived by daughter Margaret Loy Sellers, step-mother Sidney Stancil, half-brother Edward T. Stancil, half-sister Betty S. Brown, sister-in-law Jean Stancil, nephews Richard Thomas Stancil, Michael Wayne Brown, Wayne Thomas Stancil, Charles Allan Stancil, Stephen Gene Stancil, Justin Worth Stancil, Garrett Stancil and nieces Margaret Rebecca High, Pamela Kaye Stancil Martin, Maura Kate Stancil. Rachel Cameron Brown, Meredith Paige Brown and Ashley Miranda Stancil.

Margaret was the granddaughter of Pinettie Edwards and John Archer Stancil. John had a special place in his heart for Margaret, often buying candy just for her and holding her in his lap.

Margaret grew up with brothers 'Tom' Worth Hayes and 'Bill' William Arthur Jr. on a tobacco farm in Johnston County, NC. Margaret's early jobs included churning butter using a wooden churn. Extra butter was sold to the country store. Margaret disliked the repetitive up and down motion of the dasher. She liked more excitement. Other jobs were gathering eggs and working in the garden.

In 1943, when Margaret was 13, she and Clyde moved to Kenly. Clyde, an excellent seamstress, earned money by sewing for families in Kenly. She also made all of Margaret's clothes.

Margaret's cousin Rose Stancil, daughter of Emmette Stancil, lived in Kenly with her grandparents. Margaret and Rose often double dated, attended school events and became extra close friends. This fondness would last a lifetime.

Margaret and Rose were supposed to attend Kenly High School, but wanted to continue at Glendale. This was possible because they rode with Miss Andrea Covington a Glendale teacher. They met her each morning at the Post Office for the 5-mile ride.

Margaret and Rose were free spirited and once skip school after arriving. They walked all the way to Kenly for a day of leisure.

During the early 1940s, students at Glendale School, Johnston County, NC, had the option of graduating after either 11 or 12 years of schooling. Margaret chose 12 years and graduated in 1945.

Shortly before graduation, recruiters from the Federal Government came to Glendale High School. Many opportunities were available in Washington, D.C. Margaret decided to moved to Washington, D.C., and accept a government position. She worked for the Veterans Administration from 1945 until January 1946.

Margaret met her husband Lloyd through her brother Tom. Lloyd grew up in Kenly and graduated from Kenly High school. Tom and Lloyd, both worked in the Norfolk Shipyards.

Margaret wrote to Lloyd while he was in service. They married soon after he returned on Feb. 13, 1946, in Dillon, S.C. They moved to Portsmouth, Va. They lived there for six months. Margaret became pregnant and they returned to Wilson, NC, where daughter Margaret Loy was born on Nov. 21, 1946. She was nicknamed Marty.

Lloyd worked in NC, but could not make enough money so he returned to D.C., where the pay was better. Margaret and her daughter stayed in NC for short time with Clyde before heading back to D.C. Margaret enrolled in night courses at the American Institute and Strayer College. She learned speed writing in the American Institute.

In September 1948, Margaret worked for the district government and then transferred to the Federal Government. Lloyd worked for RC Nehi soft drinks Company.

One of her first important jobs was working for the Assistant Secretary of Health, during the Johnson Administration. She stayed on and during the Nixon Administration, Margaret moved to the Pentagon. She met and impressed James Rodney Schlesinger during this time.

Margaret retired in 1978. She had a 31 years 11 months career. She moved to Goldsboro, but stayed less than a year. Margaret discovered she preferred Virginia and returned. Mr. Schlesinger immediately hired Margaret as his assistant. Margaret loved her work but was forced to retired again, because of heart problems in April of 2001.

Over the years Margaret stayed in touch with her NC roots. She grew up attending Stancil Family Reunions and in 1973 she returned to her Stancil roots for this annual event started in 1902. Margaret often assisted with registration and welcoming members. The Stancil Family will miss her warm smile and tidbits of family history.


March 2008

Thomas Rex Pittman, March 7, 2008

Thomas Rex Pittman

Thomas Rex Pittman, son of Gertrude Stancil Pittman, grandson of Harvey Arthur Stancil, died Friday, March 7, 2008, in the Highsmith-Rainey Memorial Hospital, Fayetteville, N.C.

Tom had two daughters Sandra and Angela, grandchildren Cassidy, Luke, Shelton, Devin. Siblings are Mabel Pittman Wallace, Billy Pittman, 'Mac' George MacArthur Pittman and Anne Pittman Viverette.

Tom attended the 2005 Reunion and brought his grandson Luke. Mabel, Billy, Mac, Anne and spouses attend the 2007 Reunion. Tom was an Air Force veteran.

Tom's wife of 44 years, Carolyn, died in 2005. Tom's funeral was conducted by Rev. Harold Swinson of the Kenly Free Will Baptist Church, on Sunday, March 9, and he was buried on March 10 at Holly Springs Church Cemetery with so many of our kin.

April 2008

Ann Demko Stancil, April 5, 2008
Ann Demko Stancil

Ann was the sister-in-law of Garland Stancil and aunt of Irene Pittman Wallace, Billy Pittman. Anne Pittman Vivierette, Mac Pittman and Garland Stancil, who all attended the 2007 Stancil Reunion.

Ann Demko Stancil, died on April 5, 2008, in Fort Myers, Fla. She had a long battled with Alzheimer's disease. Ann grew up on a farm in Maryland. Her parents emigrated from Czechoslovakia.

Ann graduated from high school and moved to Washington, D.C. She went to work in a popular restaurant. Carl, looking dashing and handsome in his uniform, strolled in; Carl was immediately attracted to this raven haired beauty.

The courtship was brief, but their love was long lasting. Ann married Carl during WWII.

Ann Demko Stancil memorial
Front row, Treva Stancil Devers, back row, Billy Stancil, William Justin holding Justin Atreyu Stancil, Bob, Robert Stancil holding James.

They had two children Janet Ann and "Billy" William Gerald. After the war Ann and Carl settled in Fayetteville, NC.

Love for plants that Ann learned on the farm stayed with her. She grew a large garden and spent hours canning and freezing. Ann's flower gardens were filled with beautiful roses, iris and varieties of daylilies she had developed.

Ann was active in her community. She won medals in the NC Senior Olympics.

Ann overcame many tragedies in her 86 years. Her beloved Carl died in 1979.

Ann Demko Stancil memorial
at the home of son Billy

Her granddaughter Carrie died in 1992 and her daughter Janet died in 2001.

Ann kept her cheerful outlook on life.

She leaves a son 'Billy' William Gerald Stancil, a son-in-law Robert Clayton Thome, grandsons Christopher Carl Thome, Robert Gerald Stancil, William Justin Stancil and Lucas Elliot Stancil.

Her life was celebrated at the home of Billy at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

William Vester Godwin, April 16, 2008

William Vester "Pig" Godwin, of the Tempy Ann Branch, widower of Neta Lee Hill, daughter of George Preston Hill, died at 84.

William, of Smithfield, died Wednesday, April 16, 2008. He was born on Oct. 1, 1923, in Johnston County, N.C., to the late Milford and Savannah Bailey Godwin.

William married Neta Lee Hill Aug. 24, 1952. Neta died Dec. 13, 1972, in Mount Airy, NC.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 17, 2008, in the chapel of Parrish Funeral Home in Princeton, N.C. The Rev. Dennis Pollock officiated.

Burial was Friday, April 18, 2008, in the cemetery at Tee's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, where he was an usher for many years.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lester Godwin and Chester Godwin.

Surviving are his wife, Myrtle Capps Godwin; son, Wayne Godwin of Wilson; daughters, Vicki Godwin of Wilson and Sharon Askew of Kenly; stepsons, David Rose of Smithfield and Ray Rose of Princeton; stepdaughters, Edna Bernheisel of Pine Level, Sue Byrd of Smithfield, Debbie Johnson of Hampstead, and Pat Baine of Pine Level; grandchildren, Dwayne Askew, Crystal Askew, Troy Moore and Dana Moore; stepgrandchildren, Mike Rose, Ricky Rose, Danny Rose, Barry Rose, Jennifer Davis, Kelly Honeycutt, Jim Byrd, Michelle Dixon, Christa Leverette, and Caleb Baine; 19 step-great-grandchildren and one step great-great-grandchild.

Bessie Mae Whitley Stancil, April 30, 2008

Bessie Mae Whitley Stancil of the Samuel Branch, widow of Freeman Durward Stancil died on April 30, 2008, in Wilson, NC.
Bessie Mae Whitley Stancil
Bessie Mae Whitley Stancil with Durward

Bessie was the mother of Delores Roselyn (widow of Lethridge Brown), grandmother of Jeff Brown and Tiffany Brown, who died in 1990), great-grandmother of Justin and Caroline Brown. Jeff's wife is Priscilla (nee Ethridge)

Bessie was the mother of Jerry, mother-in-law of Marcia, grandmother of Brian and Allison. She will be missed by their spouses Paula and Oliver. Bessie was the great-grandmother of Morgan, MacKenzie, and Sarah Stancil, Monica and Ollie Mann, who all attended the 2007 Stancil Reunion.

Bessie was the sister-in-law of Thelma Stancil Pipkin, Leland Davis, "Jay" James Elbert Stancil, Betty Stancil, "Chuck" Charles C. Stancil, Judy Stancil, Wayne Stancil, and the aunt of Cynthia Stancil Groff, Leia Stancil Perry, Justyn Perry, Alice Pipkin Parker, Ron Stancil and Cindy Stancil. All but Wayne attended the 2007 Stancil Reunion. The last reunion Bessie was able to attend was in 2004.

Bessie celebrated her 89th birthday on Feb. 15, 2008. She died on April 30, 2008, at her home. Bessie has suffered with declining health for about a year.

Bessie was the daughter of Claude B. and Mary Harriett 'Mamie' Barnes Whitley. She was the third of five children: Mary , Frances , Bessie, Claude and Ernest. Bessie grew up on a tenant farm in Stantonsburg, Wilson County, NC.

Mutual friends introduced Bessie and Durward.

Bessie's mother, Mamie, adored Durward from the beginning. Durward was a gentleman and good looking with a warm, friendly personality.

Durward also had a good job. He was working for Brown Oil Co. Bessie and Durward had an immediate attraction and soon were making marriage plans. On Aug. 6, 1938, they were married by a Justice of the Peace in Wilson , NC. Durward had a car and $30. Durward gave part of the money to Bessie. They honeymooned in Morehead City on the Carolina Coast Unfortunately the purse was lost and the honeymoon cut short. They returned to Wilson and their upstairs apartment on West Nash Street. Shortly after returning, Bessie joined the First Presbyterian Church, the long-time church of Freeman Elbert Stancil and family.

World War II started and Durward was drafted into the Army. He first served in Denver, Colo. Once the aptitude tests were given, they saw that Durward was a gifted electrician and used his skills. He was sent to Chicago, as the military was building up.

When the Marines built their base at Cherry Point, NC, Durward was sent. Durward was transferred to the Marine Corp. He and Bessie lived in base housing. Bessie took a civilian job, painting USA insignias on airplanes. Women flew the aircraft in to have this done, as all the men were overseas. Roselyn was born during this time in Morehead City.

After the war Durward and Bessie returned to Wilson. Durward joined his father, Elbert, in his business, Stancil Refrigeration. Son Jerry was born in Wilson. In 1956, Elbert retired and Durward established Durward Stancil Inc. and continued in the refrigeration business.

Durward semi retired. He and Bessie made many memorial trips, including trips to England Scotland, Germany, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada, Alaska, and Mexico. They wore out five campers traveling around the country! One of Bessie's favorites was a six-week trip they took to Mexico in a camper. Bessie had the challenge of packing six weeks worth of groceries and water. Along with other members of the Good Sam Motor Home Club, they rode the train with their campers from El Paso to the southern part of Mexico. Along the way they stopped and made side trips with their campers.

Shortly before her death, Bessie delighted in watching a special dance recital put on by great granddaughter Monica Mann, almost 4.

Bessie was buried on May 2, 2008, beside her beloved Durward in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Wilson, NC.


May 2008

James Ronald Cockrell, May 22, 2008

July 8, 1933-May 22, 2008

James Ronald Cockrell, husband of Shirley Stancil Cockrell dies

Ronald died at home on Thursday, May 22, 2008, in Kenly, NC. He was the husband of Shirley Ann Stancil Cockrell, the father of Rhonda, father-in-law of Larry Rhodes, and grandfather of Jackson Lawrence Rhodes, who was born Feb. 13, 2008.

Ronald was the son-in-law of Ronia Hill Stancil, daughter of Fred and Tempy Ann Stancil Hill. He was born on July 8, 1933, the son of Avery and Lenora Edwards Cockrell. Ronald grew up on the farm across the road from Ronia and Stephen Stancil.

From an early age he knew their daughter Shirley Ann. Ronald and Shirley grew up attending New Jerusalem Free Will Baptist Church. They both graduated from Glendale High School.

Ronald joined the Army. He kept in touch with Shirley and romance blossomed. They were married on March 11, 1960, by a Justice of the Peace in Johnston County.

Ronald tried his hand at different jobs. Finally he found what he enjoyed doing and launched the Ronald Cockrell Trucking Company in Kenly. He ran this successful business for years until his health forced his retirement.

Ronald now had time to pursue his hobby of growing plants. He had a beautiful yard and spent hours nurturing it.

When his sister-in-law, Alice Stancil Price, fell and broke her arm, Ronald was right there making sure she had plenty of groceries and other help she needed. Ronald had the reputation in the neighborhood of being the man you called on in time of need. He was sweet and kind to everyone. The entire neighborhood knew they could count on him.

Perhaps this quote from Alice best describes Ronald, "He had a heart made out of pure gold."

Ronald will be missed by family and friends. He will be remembered for his random acts of kindness and love of family, church and community.

Visitation will be at the Minshew-Coley Funeral Home, Kenly, NC from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2008.

The funeral will be held on Sunday, May 25, 2008, at 2 p.m. in The New Jerusalem Free Will Baptist Church, Kenly, NC.


Louise Stancil, May 25, 2008

Aug. 30, 1914-May 25, 2008

Louise Stancil
Louise died on May 25, 2008.

Louise Stancil, wife of Walter Greene Stancil and mother of Walter Leo Stancil, died at 93 on Sunday, May 25, 2008.

Louise was born Aug. 30, 1914, in Johnston County, N.C. Louise was just a girl of 16 when she slipped off to marry Walter Greene Stancil on Feb. 19, 1929. A justice of the peace officiated.

Louise was the daughter of William Alford and Mary Frances Wallace. She was a beauty with coal black hair and hazel eyes. Louise grew up working on the family farm in Four Oaks Township. Louise attended Selma High School.

Louise was a charter member of the First Christian Advent Church of Four Oaks. When she married Walter, she became step-mother to his three children; Esse, Sadie and Tommy. Only Tommy was still living at home. Tommy was just 14 months younger than Louise. Soon Tommy finished high school and left.

Louise and Walter had three children. Walter Leo, the oldest was born on March 12, 1931, Frances Jean was born February 1934 and Jewel was born May 5, 1936. Louise buried all three of her children. Leo died on Nov. 16, 2002. Frances Jean was killed in an automobile accident on July 6, 1935, and Jewel, born with health problems, died on August 5, 1936.

Louise and Walter moved back to Louise's home for a time and left again, depending on Walter's painting business. They also lived in Durham but always returned to Johnston County.

Leo married Peggy Bailey on Dec. 5, 1952. Louise delighted in being a grandmother to Robert and David. Ruth Ann was born in 1961.

Louise and Walter split up in 1959. Louise was able to manage quite well. Louise worked for 13 years at Carolina Packers, a meat company, in Smithfield. In 1963, Louise and her sister Lucille opened a restaurant, The Saratoga Grill. Following this Louise worked in several restaurants including Massengill Bar B Q in Smithfield.

Louise had a beautiful rose garden, the envy of many. She was very proud of her perfect pink roses. Louise had a small vegetable garden.Louise had an extra close bond with her granddaughter Ruth Ann and her family, husband Neal, and daughter Cathy. Louise lived with them from 1999 until 2004. During Louise's last few years she lived with her sister, Lucille, in Saratoga, NC, and in the Wilmed Nursing Home, Wilson. She died in Wilson Memorial Hospital.

Louise planned her own funeral. She was buried in a white gown with matching robe. Louise requested no flowers. Rev. Yates Webb of the Advent Christian Church in Wilson was selected to conduct her graveside service at Barbour's Chapel Church Cemetery, Johnston County. Louise will be missed by her daughter-in-law Peggy, grandchildren Robert Stancil and his wife Barbara who live in Montgomery, Texas, David Stancil of Stantonsburg and Ruth Ann Stancil Miller and her husband, Neal live in Clinton. Louise's great grandchildren are Abigail Stancil, Jonathan Stancil, Jason Stancil and Catherine Nicole Miller.

A fond memory Lucille has of her sister Louise, is playing together under a shade tree. They made a playhouse out of tobacco twine and stobs for their corn shuck dolls fashioned by their ma. Corn silk was added for hair.

Louise will be remembered for her kindness, loyalty, and unselfish love for family and friends. She was happiest when cooking and serving good food to those dear to her. Louise was famous for her buttermilk biscuits and chicken pastry. Smells of good food permeated from her kitchen and all were welcomed.

June 2008

Thelma Mae Bailey, June 12, 2008

April 8, 1928-June 12, 2008

Thelma Mae Bailey died on June 12, 2008.

Thelma Bailey, Tempy Ann Branch, widow of Willie Artis "Bill" Bailey, dies

Thelma Mae Bailey was the daughter of Jefferson Hadley and Pearly Bunn Bailey. She was born on April 8, 1928, in Wilson County. She grew up on a family tobacco farm in the Old Field Township of Wilson County, NC. Thelma was the youngest of five children. She graduated from Rock Ridge High School.

Thelma married Willie Artis "Bill" Bailey, son of Delia and Radford Bailey and grandson of Tempy Ann Stancil. Bill became a step-dad to her daughter, Pamela Joy Denton.

Thelma's sister-in-laws includes Sudie Bailey Sullivan, Lois Bailey Rose and Vickie Sullivan Bailey. Nieces and nephews include Bruce Narron, Gladys Narron Alford, Ella Narron Everette, Willis Narron, Hilda Johnson Aldrick, Albert Johnson Jr., James Johnson, Charles Johnson, Bobby Ray Davis, Billy Ray Sullivan, Eloise Bailey Edwards, Jeanette Bailey Locklear, Archie Wayne Bailey, Donnie Rose, Tonya Rose Crocker, Sandra Bailey Benson, Johnnie Fletcher Bailey and Delia Bailey Wagner.

Thelma's first job was at Bissette's Drug Store in Wilson, NC.

Later she worked for Lawyers in Smithfield. Thelma married Warren Denton and they had a daughter Pamela Joy. This marriage did not last.

Thelma met Bill at Brookhaven, a country store located in the Parkers Island Community of Sims, NC. They courted for a time and when they decided to get married, drove to Dillon, SC, like so many other relatives. They were married on March 11, 1967.

Thelma was an accomplished seamstress.

She sewed fancy dresses for Pam including her prom dress. Thelma also grew a large vegetable garden and froze many vegetables. She was an excellent cook and Pam loved her fried chicken and cubed steak. Her biscuits were enjoyed almost every day.

Wilson County decided to build the Buckhorn Reservoir in the path of Thelma and Bill's house. In 1973 Thelma and Bill's house was jacked up and moved about a mile up the road.

Thelma worked at Devil Dog, a garment factory. Her sister-in-law Sallie Bailey Davis also worked there. Thelma enjoyed reading and keeping up with the news. She subscribed to both the Wilson Times and the Kenly News.

Thelma became a widow when Bill died of cancer on Dec. 28, 1995. He was buried in the Bailey Family Cemetery.

Thelma enjoyed country music and was partial to George Strait. The movie about his life, Pure Country, was a favorite. The title was taken from one of his most popular hits. JAG was the one TV program Thelma did not want to miss.

Wednesdays were special to Thelma and Pam. They met in Wilson eating at Thelma's favorite restaurants, Parker's Barbeque. Thelma could never get enough of Parker's delicious ice tea. Pam and Thelma spoke every night. These conversations keep them extra close.

Thelma loved dogs and cats and had many of them over the years. Her last dog was a cute blackish brown fice dog named Squeaky. Lucky, a short hair gray tabby with white markings, was the last of many house cats. Several years ago one beloved cat bit her and she landed in the hospital for several days. Thelma made a full recovery and all was forgiven.

The church of Thelma's choice was Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church. Thelma was a faithful visitor to family and friends. She was a frequent visitor at the nursing home where sister-in-law Sudie resides. Thelma also stopped in to visit sister-in-law Lois and brother-in-law Fletcher. She greeted all with a cheerful word and ready smile. Her visits were cherished.

Thelma had beaten leukemia in 2003. In April of 2008 Thelma became ill and entered Wilson Medical Center. Doctors discovered she had Lymphoma. Doctors were optimistic Thelma could beat this too. It was not to be. Thelma was never able to leave the hospital.

Thelma died on June 12, 2008. She was buried in the Bailey Family Cemetery beside Bill.

Rev. Lewis Godwin, of the Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church, Kenly, officiated at the Graveside services on June 14, 2008.

Thelma leaves a legacy of love and caring for others.

July 2008

Elizabeth Anne "Isabel" Gorski Renfrow, July 7, 2008

July 4, 1929-July 7, 2008

Isabel with husband Donald "Jimmy" and daughter Donna.

Elizabeth Anna "Isabel" Gorski Renfrow died at Williamansett Care Center on Monday, July 7, 2008, in Chicopee, Mass. She had spent several years at the center. Isabel was the wife of "Jimmy" Donald Eugene Renfrow, mother of Donna, mother-in-law of Robert Burns, and grandmother of Alexis and Nicholas.

Isabel was the daughter of Thomas and Anna Ogorzalek Gorski. Thomas sailed to America from Hamburg, Germany, arriving on Dec. 22, 1908, and Anna sailed from Bremen, Germany, arriving on May 10, 1910. They were both part of the Polish community. Thomas married Anna in 1912, Chicopee, MA.

Isabel was the daughter-in-law of the late Graydon and Rachel Stancil Renfrow. Rachel was the daughter of George Ira and Eva Mercer Stancil. Isabel was born on July 4, 1929, in Chicopee. She was the sister-in-law of Gilda Renfrow Six, J.G. Renfrow and Harold Renfrow. They along with Jimmy attended the 2007 Stancil Reunion.

Isabel was the aunt of Matt and Derek Six, Meredith Renfrow Braswell, Katherine Renfrow Williams, Lisa Renfrow Fisher, Michelle Renfrow Smith and Vincent Renfrow. She was the great aunt of Thomas and Rachel Strother, Will Braswell, Abigail and Katie Williams, Michelle Fisher, Joey Pope, MacKenzie and Kayla Renfrow.

Isabel grew up in multi-ethnic community and a bilingual home, speaking both English and Polish. Like her siblings Stanley, Joseph, Helen, and Edward, she read and wrote Polish too. The Gorski family read the local Chicopee Newspaper and the GWIAZDA (POLISH STAR from Chicago).

Once in Junior High School, Isabel joined the other neighborhood children for the 2 mile walk to the Parrish School. Isabel's mother taught her to cook delicious Polish dishes. Her Golumpki (cabbage rolls) was Jimmy's favorite.

After high school, Isabel was employed by the Spaulding Factory. She stitched baseballs. Jimmy was stationed nearby at Westover Air Force Base. In the summer of 1951, Jimmy went to 'Paradise,' a local gathering spot frequented by young people with a sergeant and his date. There were no girls there, the owner assured them there would be plenty of girls the next night. Jimmy returned the next night and found lots of pretty girls. He was attracted by Isabel's pretty face and beautiful smile. They began dating.

Isabel and Jimmy were married in the Catholic Chapel at Westover Air Force Base on Feb. 23, 1952. Her sister Helen was her Matron of Honor and Helen's husband, Stanley Wojnicki, was Jimmy's Best Man. Isabel and Jimmy were married over 56 years.

Isabel and Jimmy made several moves during his Air Force career. Daughter Donna Jean was born Feb. 21, 1958. When Donna was only a year old, the Air Force sent Jimmy to Alaska for a two year tour. Isabel and Donna moved into a trailer in her parent's yard. Jimmy did extra tough duty to reduce his tour to 18 months. When he returned, it took a little time for Donna to warm up to her dad.

Isabel enjoyed music, especially Bluegrass and County and Western. Over the years Isabel and Jimmy's pets include a Boxer and two Siamese cats named Ralph and Reba. While living in Vermont, a stray kitten wondered up. Donna fell in love with him. He was adopted and dubbed Herman. When Jimmy retired from the Air Force they returned to Chicopee. Here Isabel could pursue gardening. She inherited her mother's green thumb. Isabel was proud of her beautiful Rose of Sharon and numerous houseplants.

About a year ago, Jimmy adopted a new cat Tinkerbelle. Tinkerbelle made several trips to visit Isabel.

Isabel will be remembered for her cheerful outlook on life, being a good friend and a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 11, 2008, at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus, Chicopee. Isabel was buried in the Massachusetts Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA.

Hester Delbridge Narron, July 15, 2008

Aug. 7, 1932-July 15, 2008

Hester D. Narron

Hester Delbridge Narron, 75, of 710 Lakewinds Boulevard, died Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at his home. He was the ex-husband of Esther Marie Godwin, daughter of James Marvin Godwin and Bessie Lee Stancil Godwin of the Henry Branch.

Born August 7, 1932, in Johnston County, N.C., he was the son of the late Alvin Lloyd and Addie O'Neal Narron.

He was a principal in Bertie, Montgomery and Union counties in N.C., and as Director of Transportation, Spartanburg County School District 2. He also worked for the NC Probation-Parole Department in Anson, Union and Mecklenburg counties.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Joan Ellison Narron; a daughter, Cynthia N. Philemon and her husband Arnold Philemon of Stallings, NC; a son, Delbridge E. Narron of Charlotte, NC; a grandson, Avery W. Philemon of Stallings, NC; three sisters-in-law, Ruby B. Narron, Peggy M. Narron, and Faye H. Narron; four aunts, Aline O. Jones, Mary Lee O. Maddox, Polly O. Johnson, and Wallace O. Godwin; an uncle, William R. O'Neal; and seven nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2008, at United Methodist Church of the Covenant conducted by the Rev. Arthur Holt and Dr. Charles Barrett. Burial will be in Boiling Springs Memorial Gardens.

Claire Bailey, July 24, 2008

July 10, 1946-July 24, 2008

Claire Bailey was a member of the Tempy Ann Branch, daughter of Archie Radford and Pauline Bailey. She was the granddaughter of Radford and Delia Hill Bailey. Delia was Tempy Ann Stancil and Fred Hill's first born.

Claire was born July 10, 1946. She was the niece of Sudie Bailey Sullivan, Lois Bailey Rose and Johnnie Fletcher Bailey. Claire was the sister of Eloise Bailey Edwards, Jeanette Bailey Locklear and Archie Wayne Bailey. She was the sister-in-law of Dennis Edwards, Ray Locklear and Diane Bailey. Claire was the aunt of Christy Edwards Galloway, Dana Edwards Boyette, Robyn Edwards Mitchell and Jeanine Hawley Peele. She was the great aunt of Courtney and Tyler Galloway, Jay and Morgan Boyette, Deanne Currie, Christopher Mitchell, Katlynn and Jessica Peele.

Claire was born with cerebral palsy and suffered physical difficulties over the years including a stroke. Her mom and dad looked after her until 1983 when Claire was moved to Smithfield Manor. She died peacefully on July 24, 2008.

Claire was buried in the Bailey Family Cemetery at a graveside service. Rev. Lewis Godwin, of the Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church of Kenly officiated at the July 26, 2008 service.


October 2008

Gladys Narron Liles Alford, Oct. 6, 2008

Nov. 19, 1936-Oct. 6, 2008

Gladys Narron Liles Alford

Gladys Narron Liles Alford, of the Tempy Ann Branch, died Oct. 6, 2008. She was born on Nov. 19, 1936, in Johnston County, N.C. She was the daughter of Annie Bailey and Willard Narron. Annie was the oldest daughter of Delia Hill and Radford Bailey and the granddaughter of Tempy Ann Stancil and Fred Hill. Gladys died at Nash Medical Center in Rocky Mount, after battling cancer for several years. Her chemo treatments turned her blond hair dark brown.

Gladys was buried at Rocky Mount Memorial Park on Oct. 9, 2008, in a graveside service with Rev. Dempsy Winstead and Rev. Justine Nale officiating.

Gladys grew up attending Stancil's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.

Gladys leaves behind husband Bill Alford of 42 years, daughter Diane and husband Hal McConnell, son David Liles; siblings brother Bruce Narron & wife Judy, Ella & husband Bob Everett, Willis Narron & wife Elaine; grandchildren Lauren Ashley Liles, Kevin Johnson and Jason Scott McConnell; great-grandchildren Kevin Michael & Matthew James Johnson; aunts Sudie Bailey Sullivan, Delia Bailey Rose, uncle Johnnie Fletcher Bailey and many cousins.

Gladys' older brother Rex died in 2002, younger brother Wallace died in 1997 and sister Evonne died on the day of her birth Sept. 11, 1944.

Gladys' life changed dramatically on a hot July summer day in 1951. Annie and Willard had almost finished barning tobacco. Gladys, just 14, was in the house with 1 year old Willis. Just before Annie left the house, she told Gladys to stay with Willis, who was napping until he woke up and then to bring him to the barn.

Annie's parting words were "I want you to always look out for him."

The sky darkened, Gladys was alarmed. She scooped up Willis and carried him towards the barn. It started raining. Ahead of her was Annie standing at the tobacco racks still handing sticks of tobacco to the children. Willard was in the tobacco barn handing up the sticks. Suddenly Gladys was knocked down with Willis still in her arms. Willis was unhurt but Gladys' legs turned bright red. A lightening bolt hit Annie killing her instantly.

Gladys along with Ella filled their mother's shoes. Attending school was difficult with so many other responsibilities. Finally Gladys was forced to drop out. Many were amazed and proud when at 65, Gladys earned her GED.

Billy Wilbert Liles met Gladys at the Union Hall Baptist Church. He was attracted to this pretty blond. In 1953 they were married in Dillon, SC. Gladys and Billy had two children, David and Diane. Later they divorced. Gladys knew Bill Alford from a local restaurant. They were married in 1966 by a Nash County Justice of the Peace.

Gladys was very smart and was soon working in the office at Burlington Industries, a position she held for 20 years. After Gladys retired, she and Ella, who shared a love of wood crafts, now had time to be creative together.

Gladys treasured her mother's Singer treadle sewing machine. Annie taught Gladys to sew on it, a skill she shared with Ella. Over the years Gladys made beautiful quilts for her children and grandchildren. Annie also taught Gladys how to embroidery, a skill Gladys used to embellish pillowcases and other handwork.

Ella shared a special bond with Gladys, this started when they were young girls sitting in the porch swing singing. Over the years their love and friendship grew. Ella treasures the memories only sisters can share.

One unique memory was the day Gladys and Ella with their Dad's help, made the banana cake so often made by their Mother. It remains a family favorite along with Annie's banana pudding.

Gladys will be remembered for her positive outlook, keeping her Mother's memory alive for her younger siblings and preserving family heirlooms. Among them were her mother's bonnet with cardboard supports, her apron and a pair of beautiful embroidered pillow cases, too pretty to use.

Pluma Esther Stancil Sullivan, Oct. 18, 2008

Oct. 10, 1918-Oct. 18, 2008

Pluma Esther Stancil Sullivan

Pluma Esther Stancil Sullivan, Alvin Branch, granddaughter of John Thomas Stancil dies. Pluma was born on Oct. 10, 1918. She was the oldest daughter of Esther Ann Peedin and Alvin Roscoe Stancil. Pluma died on Oct. 18, 2008 at the Avante Nursing Center in Wilson after several years of declining health. The last Reunion she attended was in 2004.

Pluma's funeral was held in Stoney Creek Baptist Church in Goldsboro at 5 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2008. Reverends Gary Bailey, Barry Williams and DeWayne Eakes, her son-in-law officiated. She was buried beside her beloved husband Clement in the Stoney Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pluma leaves behind daughter Carolyn Esther Sullivan Eakes, son-in-law De, grandson Kevin, sister Virginia Stancil Fulghum, brothers Glenn, Donell Stancil and wife Lou, Joan Woodard Stancil widow of Cecil, Wayne Stancil and wife Wanda, Vann Stancil and wife Amy Stancil and children Andrew and Rebecca, A. R. Mercer and wife Lottie, Reuben Mercer and wife Shirley, Ann Mercer Kornegay, Margaret Mercer Williams and husband Hilbert, Wanda Mercer Roberts and husband Gary, Barbara Stancil West and husband George, Judy Stancil Phillips and husband H. C., Rodney, Candace, Garrett and Chase Stancil, Cretini Stancil McCall and Marshall plus many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Carolyn, De, Virginia, Lou, Joan, Wayne & Wanda, Marshall & Cretini, Vann, Amy, Andrew & Rebecca, Reuben & Shirley, Margaret & Hilbert, Barbara & George, Judy & Hank, Rodney, Candace, Garrett & Chase all attended the recent Stancil Reunion.

Alvin named his daughter Pluma after a wonderful teacher, Pluma Wilder, who lived near Zebulon.

Pluma grew up on the Alvin Stancil Farm in Johnston County with siblings Beulah, Vernard, Virginia, Glenn and Donell. From an early age Pluma had a love and appreciation of nature. She was especially fond of snapdragons.

One day young Pluma helped clean away weeds and branches from the Stancil Cemetery where so many had been buried. Eying the row of wooden crosses, Pluma remarked to her mother, "Mama, we're going to fill this row up with babies!" Six of her siblings were buried there.

Pluma was musical. She sang and played the piano. Pluma played the pump organ piano for Center Ridge Presbyterian Church services for many years, beginning when she was quite young.

Pluma had beautiful penmanship and excelled at learning the Palmer Method. She was a member of the Glendale School debate team and also played on the girls' basketball team. Pluma loved Latin and easily memorized many phrases quoting them when appropriate.

Pluma met Clement Benjamin Sullivan from Wayne County while visiting cousins Myrtle and Hilda, daughters of George Ira Stancil. They became a special twosome and were married on Dec. 21, 1937, at the Presbyterian Manse in Kenly, N.C. Her sister Virginia shared the moment. They were both 19.

Pluma affectionately called Clement "Clem" and he called her "Plum." Clem took his bride to Buck Swamp Township in Wayne County where he farmed tobacco. Pluma was a farm wife for several years then she worked in food service for the school system. Pluma was exceptional bright and took advantage of all courses offered. She advanced over the years and became a licensed dietitian. Nutritious food was important but so was presentation. Pluma excelled at both. Throughout her life she loved to try new dishes and was particularly fond of Chinese cuisine.

Plum and Clem had one daughter, Carolyn Esther. Pluma made all her clothes for many years. She also made drapery and learned the art of tailoring, skills she probably learned from her mother-in-law who could see a dress in a store window, come home and cut out an exact pattern and replicate the dress.

Through Pluma's career she had an opportunity to make many memorable trips. Favorite trips included Hawaii, California and the New England states. Pluma also made trips to Williamsburg and Washington, D.C. with Carolyn and husband De.

Pluma was an active member of the Stoney Creek Baptist Church in Goldsboro. She was an excellent Sunday School teacher for almost a half century. Pluma leadership ability was recognized and she gave many inspirational talks in the community. She gave one at the church DeWayne pastors, Little Rock Free Will Baptist Church in Lucama, N.C. Pluma loved collecting poetry and special readings. Pluma was often called on when someone creative with a flair for decorating was needed.

Pluma had some sadness in her life. When she was just 16 a firecracker cap exploded in the fireplace hitting her left eye. She was taken to Duke. Pluma lost most of the sight in her eye and specialists were baffled when they could not restore it. Almost 20 years ago, Pluma had a successful cornea transplant in her good eye.

Pluma became a widow in 1966 when her beloved Clement died tragically in a hunting accident. Pluma's strong faith helped her cope with this loss.

Pluma hobbies included embroidery learned from her mother and cross stitch. She generously gave away many of her creations.

Pluma will be remembered for her beautiful friendly smile, love for family and friends and her wise words she lived by: "laugh often, forgive and make a new friend everyday. You'll have a happy life." "Count out the things that don't really count!"


Danny Gene Narron, Oct. 24, 2008

March 26, 1955-Oct. 24, 2008

Danny Gene Narron, 53, of Middlesex, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, at Wilson Medical Center. He was born in Wake County to Ishmael Narron and the late Mildred Hill Narron on March 26, 1955. Mildred, Danny's mother, was a granddaughter of Arnettie.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, in the Minshew-Coley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow the service at Kenly Cemetery.

Survivors are his father, Ishmael Narron; two brothers, Worth Narron and Kenneth Narron all of Middlesex; and one sister, Angela Narron Wiggins of Kenly.

Minshew-Coley Funeral Home of Kenly is serving the family.

Glenn Warren Stancil, Oct. 27, 2008

Nov. 30, 1924-Oct. 27, 2008

Garrett, Candace, Chase, Rodney, Joan, Cecil and Glenn Warren Stancil
Jim Batts, of the George Ira Branch, said the following poem, "House by the Side of the Road," was read at Glenn's funeral and it says a lot about Glenn:

House by the Side of the Road

By Sam Walter Foss, 1899

THERE are hermit souls that live withdrawn
In the place of their self-content;
There are souls like stars, that dwell apart,
In a fellowless firmament;
There are pioneer souls that blaze the paths
Where highways never ran-
But let me live by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

Let me live in a house by the side of the road
Where the race of men go by-
The men who are good and the men who are bad,
As good and as bad as I.
I would not sit in the scorner's seat
Nor hurl the cynic's ban-
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

I see from my house by the side of the road
By the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope,
The men who are faint with the strife,
But I turn not away from their smiles and tears,
Both parts of an infinite plan-
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

I know there are brook-gladdened meadows ahead,
And mountains of wearisome height;
That the road passes on through the long afternoon
And stretches away to the night.
And still I rejoice when the travelers rejoice
And weep with the strangers that moan,
Nor live in my house by the side of the road
Like a man who dwells alone.

Let me live in my house by the side of the road,
Where the race of men go by-
They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong,
Wise, foolish - so am I.
Then why should I sit in the scorner's seat,
Or hurl the cynic's ban?
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

Sam Walter Fosss (1858-1911) was a librarian and poet. He was born in Candia, N.H., and graduated from Brown in 1882. He was a librarian in Massachusetts.

Glenn Warren Stancil, Alvin Branch, grandson of John Thomas Stancil dies. Glenn was born Nov. 30, 1924. He was the oldest son of Esther Ann Peedin and Alvin Roscoe Stancil. Glenn died unexpectedly on Oct. 27, 2008. Glenn had made a remarkable recovery since his auto accident in August. He had been home for the several weeks.

Glenn's funeral will be held at the Center Ridge Presbyterian Church, Glendale Community, NC, at 2 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2008. The visitation will be on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008, at the Mishew-Coley Funeral home Kenly, NC, 7 to 9 p.m. He will be buried beside his beloved wife Erma Lee in the Center Ridge Cemetery.

Glenn leaves behind a son Wayne Alphus Stancil and wife Wanda, daughter-in-law Joan Stancil, grandchildren Rodney Warren Stancil and wife Candace, Ginger Stancil Williams and husband Tommy, Adam Wayne Stancil, Cretini Stancil McCall and husband Marshall: grandchildren Garrett and Chase Stancil, Tyler and Victoria Williams; sister Virginia Stancil Fulghum, brother Donell Franklin Stancil and wife Lou; nephews Reuben Mercer and wife Shirley, A.R. Mercer and wife Lottie, Vann Stancil and wife Amy; nieces Carolyn Sullivan Eakes and husband DeWayne, Ann Mercer Kornegay, Margaret Mercer Williams and husband Hilbert, Wanda Mercer Roberts and husband Gary, Barbara Stancil West and husband George, Judy Stancil Phillips and husband H.C., plus many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Wayne & Wanda, Joan, Rodney & Candace and children Garrett & Chase, Marshall & Cretini, Virginia, Lou, Carolyn & DeWayne, Vann & Amy and children Andrew & Rebecca, Reuben & Shirley, Margaret & Hilbert, Barbara & George, Judy & H. C. all attended the recent Stancil Reunion.

Glenn attended 62 consecutive Stancil Reunions. Glenn began attending Stancil Reunions at birth. After 20 consecutive Reunions Glenn spent the 1945 Reunion in the Army. He was on hand for the 1946 Reunion and has attended each one until this year when his hospitalization keep him away.

Glenn was preceded in death by his wife Erma Lee who died on Sept. 22, 1992, son Cecil Warren who died Dec. 11, 2007, older sister Pluma Stancil Sullivan, who died Oct. 18, 2008, older brother Vernard Alvin Stancil, son of Alvin and Fannie Pittman Stancil, who died on Dec. 6, 1991, and oldest sister Beulah Stancil Mercer, daughter of Alvin and Fannie Pittman Stancil, who died Aug. 21, 1985.

Aunt Cynthia Cockrell delivered Glenn on Nov. 30, 1924. He was named Glynn by Esther who was reading a book with a hero named Glynn. When he started to school, the spelling was changed to Glenn.

Glenn and his first cousin Harold Lloyd, son of Uncle George, were playmates. Glenn recalled the day the turntable was moved into the new house. Harold suggested they take turns riding on the table; Uncle George suddenly appeared with his walking cane. He took the cane and reached it around Harold's neck and pulled him off the table. That ended their fun!

Tarzan movies were popular and Glenn and Harold enjoyed pretending they were Tarzan. They'd climb on grapevines and swing in the woods. Cousins G. I. and Garland taught Glenn to swim in the old spring swimming hole.

Glenn grew up working on the farm in a musical family. Esther taught him to play guitar. Virginia recalls Glenn playing guitar as they sang, "On the Isle of Capri."

Glenn grew up attending both Holly Springs Free Will Baptist Church and Center Ridge Presbyterian Church. When he got older he joined Center Ridge Presbyterian Church. Glenn was an active member singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School for a half century, serving as Deacon and Elder.

Glenn attended Glendale School and was a member of the baseball and basketball teams. He thought Erma Lee Stancil was the prettiest girl in School. Erma Lee was a very distant cousin of his great grandpa. They began dating seriously and were married on April 13, 1941, in Dillon, SC. They moved into the Manley House that Alvin had built 1912. Son Cecil Warren was born on June 4, 1943.

WW II was still going strong. Glenn was drafted into the Army on April 10, 1945 for one year. Places he was sent included Fort Knox, Fort Meade, Camp Pickett, Fort Lawton, Shanghai, China and Korea. Glenn drove a 32-ton Sherman tank. He was discharged on Aug. 6, 1946.

Glenn returned home and began farming. Son Wayne Alphus was born Aug. 6, 1948. Glenn grew tobacco, corn, soybeans, and wheat with his brother Donell for many years. In 1961, Glenn began working for the USDA as a tobacco inspector. He worked the flue cured tobacco belts from North Carolina to Florida as well as the burley tobacco belt in Kentucky for many years. While in Florida, he visited cousin Ralph Stancil, another tobacco grower in the family.

Glenn was tapped to train the first female tobacco inspectors. He retired in 1996. At the end of his career, he was the area director in charge of the entire Eastern Tobacco Belt.

Glenn was active in community affairs. He served on the ASCS township committee, on the Glendale-Chapel and North Johnston High School advisory boards and on the board of directors for the Johnston County Farm Bureau.

Glenn and his brother Donell are credited with preserving the one room Boyette Slave House that was probably built during the 1830s and used as school from 1890 until 1910. Full-dovetail notches were used to build this house located on Glendale Road west of Kenly. The structure was built from pine logs and is a rare example of an intact mud and stick chimney. 

In 1997, Glenn received an award for contributing to on-farm testing of corn production from the Johnston County Agribusiness Council. Over the years Glenn and Donell received awards for the high yield of corn and soybeans.

In 2004, Glenn was recognized and received the Johnston County Agribusiness Council's "Service to Agricultural" award.

When the G. I. Stancil Jr. farm went up for sale a few years ago, Glenn bought it. This had been the original John Thomas Stancil farm and included the Stancil cemetery.

On Nov. 4, 2007, Glenn, Donell and Cecil were honored when the baseball field at Glendale-Chapel Recreational Park was named Stancil Field in their honor.

The entire Stancil Family has lost a valuable member who taught us his values by the example he set for us. He had a ready smile that cheered the soul and offered a helping hand to all in need. Glenn worked tirelessly along with Donell to keep our Stancil Cemetery in top shape. He shared stories of our past but always with an eye towards the future. He joined with Virginia, Lou and Donell in creating the perfect lemonade, a mainstay at all Stancil Reunions. Above all else, Glenn made us proud to be Stancils.

December 2008

Virginia Penny Stancil Fulghum, Dec. 16, 2008 Nov. 4, 1921-Dec. 16, 2008
Stancil Reunion 2007
Seated: Amy & Rebecca Ann Stancil, Virginia Stancil Fulghum, Cretini Stancil McCall and Andrew Stancil; Standing: Vann, Donell & Lou Stancil, Shirley & Reuben Mercer, Margaret Mercer Williams, Lottie and A.R. Mercer, Wayne & Wanda Stancil, Marshall McCall, George & Barbara Stancil West, Carolyn Sullivan & De Wayne Eakes and Glenn Stancil.

Virginia Penny Stancil Fulghum, Alvin Branch, granddaughter of John Thomas Stancil was the youngest daughter of Esther Ann Peedin and Alvin Roscoe Stancil. She was born on Nov. 4, 1921, in Johnston County, NC. Virginia died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, in the Wilson Medical Center, Wilson, NC, with family by her side.

Virginia's funeral was held at Center Ridge Presbyterian Church, Glendale Community, NC, at 3 p.m. Dec. 19, 2008. The visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 18, 2008, at the Minshew-Coley Funeral Home in Kenly, NC. Virginia will be buried beside her beloved husband Jim in the Center Ridge Cemetery, Glendale Community of Johnston County.

Virginia leaves behind her youngest brother Donell Franklin Stancil and his wife Lou; nieces Carolyn Sullivan Eakes and husband De Wayne, Joan Stancil, widow of Cecil Warren Stancil, Barbara Stancil West and husband George, Judy Stancil Phillips and husband H.C., Margaret Mercer Williams and husband Hilbert, Wanda Mercer Roberts and husband Gary, Ann Mercer Kornegay; nephews Wayne Stancil and wife Wanda, Vann Stancil and wife Amy, Reuben Mercer and wife Shirley, A.R. Mercer and wife Lottie.

Virginia will be missed by many great nieces and nephews Rodney Warren Stancil and wife Candace and children Garrett and Chase, Adam Wayne Stancil, Andrew Stancil, Kevin Wayne Eakes, Earl Trent Mercer, wife Barbara and children; Candice Marie Mercer Roberts and husband James R., Wendy Adelle Mercer, Tyler Trent Mercer, Emily Renee Mercer, Robert Trent Mercer, William Frederick Mercer, Sr.,wife Crystal; and children William Frederick Mercer, Jr. and Samuel Arden Mercer, Ronnie Lee Kornegay, Eldon Lee Kornegay, Jr. and wife Kathy and children Sherry Ann Kornegay Howell and husband Timothy Dewayne Howell, Sr. and son Timothy Dewayne Howell Jr., Rickie Eugene Kornegay and wife Donna Jean and son Robert Lee Kornegay, Mark Stephen Kornegay and wife LaVonda, Craig Ray Mercer, Sr., wife Joan and son Craig Ray Mercer, Jr. and wife Christy, Johnny Jerone Williams, wife Rose and children Jonathan Taylor and Carson Rose, George Davis West Jr., wife Michelle and son Matthew Davis, John Patrick Phillips, wife Robin and son Jonathan Andrew; great nieces Ginger Stancil Williams, husband Tommy and children Tyler and Victoria, Cretini Stancil McCall and husband Marshall, Rebecca Ann Stancil; Tammie Elizabeth Williams Blackburn and husband Michael James and sons Austin Gray and Joshua William, Kristie Lynn Thigpen, Deana Jill Thigpen and husband Billy Joe Fowler, Patricia "Patti" Ann West James, husband William Gary and children William Westley and Tricia Annsley, Judith Leigh Phillips Fiol, husband Rafael and sons Marcos R. and Ros Henry. Numerous cousins will cherish memories of her warm smile and kind words.

Wayne & Wanda, Joan, Rodney & Candace and children Garrett & Chase, Marshall & Cretini, Virginia, Lou, Carolyn & De Wayne, Vann & Amy and children Andrew & Rebecca Ann, Reuben & Shirley, Margaret & Hilbert, Barbara & George, Judy & H. C. all attended the 2008 Stancil Reunion.

Virginia was preceded in death by her younger brother Glenn Warren Stancil who died Oct. 27, 2008, older sister Pluma Esther Stancil Sullivan who died on Oct.18, 2008, older brother Vernard Alvin Stancil, son of Alvin and Fannie Pittman Stancil, who died on Dec. 6, 1991, her husband "Jim" James Alton Fulghum who died on July 14, 1988, and oldest sister Beulah Stancil Mercer, daughter of Alvin and Fannie Pittman Stancil, who died August 21, 1985.

Aunt Cynthia Cockrell, a neighbor and midwife, delivered Virginia at home on Nov. 4, 1921. She was named Penny for her maternal grandmother, Penny Boyette Peedin, daughter of Larkin Boyette and Chloe Bagley.

Virginia grew up in a farming community filled with many relatives and close friends. Nearby were Uncles Henry, George and Harvey Stancil and their many children. Virginia fondly recalled syrup making days at Uncle George's, Uncle Harvey helped him. The children used tiny brushes to scoop up the spun sugar candy from the cane syrup.

After Grandma Peedin died, Grandpa Sanders stayed with different daughters. He stayed with Esther and Alvin for about a year. When Esther had to leave the house for a time, she would say to her children, "Some of you stay around the yard, in case your grandpa needs me." Virginia was the one who took on this responsibility.

About 1927, Uncle Henry took Virginia fishing behind Alvin's house. Uncle Henry didn't catch a fish but Virginia caught one redfin. This was the beginning of her enthusiasm for fishing. Virginia was so proud! She laid it in the pump house and raced inside to tell her mother. When Virginia went out to retrieve the fish it was gone. One of the cats probably had a tasty dinner!

Music was an important part of Virginia home life. Alvin played the violin and Esther played the guitar. Esther taught Virginia and Glenn major chords on the guitar. They became good guitarists. Glenn often played the guitar, as he and Virginia sang, "On the Isle of Capri," a family favorite.

Virginia's father Alvin was a noted and respected horse trader and trainer. One day Alvin told Virginia, "Go into that stall, run that red horse out." Virginia hesitated, "I'm afraid, Daddy." Alvin wisely replied, "If I thought that horse would hurt you, I wouldn't send you in there." Virginia learned to face her fears at this early age. She ran the horse outside without incident. This accomplishment stayed with her a lifetime.

When she was 7 years old, Virginia and her cousin Norma, Uncle George's granddaughter, Delanie's daughter, sang a duet, "I don't want to play in your yard" in a school program at Glendale School.

When Virginia's pa opened a new neighborhood store, The Shop House, he tapped 9 years old Virginia to run it. He recognized her maturity, good judgment and friendliness.

Esther raised chickens, turkeys and geese. Virginia saved more than one baby turkey's life. When it rained, the baby turkeys would remain outside in the rain, often looking up into the sky letting the drops fill their nostrils. Not only would they get soaked but would almost drown too, until Virginia came to the rescue. Virginia gently picked them up and dried them beside the fire. She was known for her success at turkey rescue. Virginia observed that geese were superior mothers. They hissed angrily when Virginia gathered their eggs and were very protective of their goslings.

Virginia grew up attending Center Ridge Presbyterian Church. Preacher Fred Allen baptized her. This was the church of Uncle Henry and Uncle John. She was an active member of Women of the Church, assisting anyway she could to further God's teachings.

Virginia met her husband, James Alton Fulghum through her cousins, Vessie or Patsey, Uncle Harvey's daughters, in 1934.

Virginia recalled that on their first date they attended a movie in Selma. Jim's father managed a farm for the railroad and was also a blacksmith.

Virginia was 18 and Jim was 27 when Preacher Charles Fred Allen married them in Virginia's home, on Dec. 4, 1939. Virginia wore a green wool suit with mink fur trim. Among those attending were Esther, Glenn, Donell, Pluma and her husband Clement Sullivan and Jim's sister Mammie, Emma Lee Godwin, Uncle Henry's granddaughter, G.I. Stancil, Uncle George's son and friend Geraldine Pittman. Virginia and Jim honeymooned in Durham.

They moved into a Selma apartment but soon decided to move to Norfolk and better job opportunities at the Naval Air Station. Jim became a metal smith and expert welder. Virginia had a career at the Navy Supply Center in Norfolk.

Virginia taught her mother Esther to drive. Esther was the only daughter-in-law of John Thomas Stancil who could drive.

Virginia and Jim retired to Glendale in 1972 and built a beautiful brick home. Now Virginia had time to pursue her favorite pastime fishing. She had a real knack for it. One day at Nags Head, Virginia she saw folks just pulling in the fish and wished she could join in the fun. Jim quickly purchased her a hand line and she began catching fish. The supply seemed to be endless. Often Esther would join them on fishing trips. Virginia delighted in sharing her bounty of fish with relatives and neighbors.

Virginia kept in close touch with her siblings and cousins. Virginia lived across the road from Glenn and Donell. Whenever the family gathered, you knew Vriginia would be there.

Virginia enjoyed poetry and her favorite was by Rudyard Kipling, "When Earth's Last Picture is Painted." When Earth's last picture is painted

And the tubes are twisted and dried

When the oldest colors have faded

And the youngest critic has died

We shall rest, and faith, we shall need it

Lie down for an aeon or two

'Till the Master of all good workmen

Shall put us to work anew

And those that were good shall be happy

They'll sit in a golden chair

They'll splash at a ten league canvas

With brushes of comet's hair

They'll find real saints to draw from Magdalene, Peter, and Paul

They'll work for an age at a sitting

And never be tired at all.

And only the Master shall praise us.

And only the Master shall blame.

And no one will work for the money.

No one will work for the fame.

But each for the joy of the working,

And each, in his separate star,

Will draw the thing as he sees it.

For the God of things as they are!

Virginia will be remembered for sharing her memories of family history. She was proud of her Stancil heritage. Virginia was a goodwill ambassador, always promoting the Stancil Family and recognizing the important part they have played in the Glendale Community. For many years Virginia assisted in making the Reunion Lemonade and publicizing the Reunion in the local papers. She kept up with family news and never let us forget our rich heritage and challenged us to keep the memories of our past alive as we move forward shaping our future.

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