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Virginia Eloise Hill Sidelinger Donell Franklin Stancil
Arnold Thomas Stancil Gerald Johnson
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January 2016

Virginia Eloise Hill Sidelinger, Jan. 21, 2016

March 9, 1929-Jan. 21, 2016

Virginia Eloise Hill Sidelinger

Eloise died Jan. 21, 2016

Virginia Eloise Hill Sidelinger, Tempy Ann Branch, daughter of Millard Lee and Zilphia Stancil Hill, wife of Wayne, mother of Steven, Michael, Lyndon and Nancy, died January 21, 2016, at 86 in Wilson, N.C.

A memorial service, celebrating her life, was held at Winstead United Methodist Church, 1407 Tarboro Street in Wilson, NC 27893 on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Visitation immediately followed the service at the church. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to Winstead United Methodist Church, 1407 Tarboro St SW, Wilson, NC 2893.

Eloise is survived by her husband of 65 years, Wayne Elwin Sidelinger, daughter; Nancy Eloise Sidelinger Herring and husband James “Jamie”, sons; Steven Lee Sidelinger and wife Charla, Michael Wayne Sidelinger and wife Adrianna, Lyndon Earl Sidelinger and wife Jennifer. Grandchildren; Richard Lee Sidelinger, Rebecca Michelle Sidelinger, Lauren Melissa Sidelinger, Sarah Catherine Sidelinger, Emilie Elizabeth Sidelinger, Carolyn Grace Sidelinger, Victoria Hope Herring, Troy Alexander Herring. Nieces; Nancy June Hill Brinchek, Brenda Kay Hill Pollard (husband Thomas Lawrence “Larry”), Linda Fay Hill, (significant other Bill Johnston), Joan Ellis Bass Godwin (wife of the late James Earl Godwin), Judith Laverne Crocker Murray (husband Donald Gray), Jean LaRue Renfrow, Joan Lorraine Renfrow Hilton, (husband Cecil), Patricia Ann Renfrow Willis, (husband Michael). Nephews; Willie Eugene “Gene” Godwin, Charles Randall Godwin, (wife Patsy), Clay Taylor Strickland, (husband of the late niece Zilphia Dianne Godwin Strickland), Leon Wayne Wright, (wife Jeannie), Linwood Massey Wright, Donald Ray Wright, Gregory Hill Wright (wife Terry). Great nieces; Elizabeth Manning Godwin Williams (husband Tim), Jennifer Leigh Godwin Barnes (husband Sean), Cathy Tonya Strickland Barnes (husband Christopher Todd), Cindy Jo Strickland Joyner, (husband Dennis), Kelly Jameson Godwin Johnson (husband Brian Charles), Laurie Ann Willis Jordan, (husband, Howard). Great nephews; James “Jay” Marvin Brinchek, Jr., Randall Scott Godwin, Michael Sean Godwin (wife Wendi), Christopher James Godwin (wife Elizabeth), Kevin Dewayne Wright (wife Jo). Bobby Glenn Murray, Donald Keith Murray (wife Lynn), William Stephen Matney, William David Matney, Michael Troy Willis, Ryan Scott Willis (partner Rodney A. Harkey), and many cousins.

Eloise was preceded in death by granddaughter; Sara Elizabeth Sidelinger, sisters; Mavis Cassandra Hill Godwin (and husband Willie Narvin Godwin), Hazel Hill Wright (and husband Leon “Shine” Massey Wright), Beatrice LaRue Hill Renfrow, brother; Vernon “Jim” Fletcher Hill and wife Dorothy June Hill. Nieces; Carolyn Frances Hill, Betty Jean Powers Godwin, (late wife of Willie Eugene “Gene” Godwin), Zilphia Dianne Godwin Strickland, (wife of Clay Taylor Strickland). Nephews; Robert William “Bill” Archer (husband of Linda Fay Hill Archer), Willie F.N. Godwin, James Earl Godwin.

Eloise was delivered on March 9, 1929, by Aunt Topsey Richardson, a neighborhood Black woman, who also delivered Delia’s babies.

Her parents were Millard Lee Hill and Zilphia Stancil. Millard had 13 brothers and sisters. Eloise was born just seven months before the beginning of the “Great Depression.”

Eloise was the granddaughter of Frederick “Fred” A. Hill and Tempy Ann Stancil and the great-granddaughter of John Thomas Stancil and Delanie Catherine Sasser. She had an older brother, Vernon “Jim” Fletcher Hill, three older sisters; Mavis Cassandra, Hazel and Beatrice LaRue.

Eloise grew up in the frame house built by her grandparents, Tempy Ann Stancil and Fred Hill on the family farm in O’Neal Township of Johnston County, North Carolina. Millard grew tobacco, corn, sugar cane, raised hogs, had mules, a goat, and milk cows. The family had a large garden, an orchard with pecan, walnut, apple, plum trees, grape vines, chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, guineas and beehives. They kept bird and rabbit dogs and of course cats.

Eloise had a large extended family and she knew them all. Millard had 13 brothers and sisters. Uncle Jack and Aunt Virginia Hill, who married the year of her birth, gave her a nickname, “Wez”.

Eloise grew up attending Mizpah Presbyterian Church, only a 3/4 mile walk from her house and the Pentecostal Holiness church, where her mother was saved.

Eloise was just 7 when Millard bought a pedal organ at a Durham auction. He taught her to play “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down”. She was a natural musician and always played by ear. When the pedal of the organ stopped working, her sister, Bea moved the pedals by hand as Eloise played. Eloise began playing at church services when she was only 13. She learned to play in two keys.

Eloise started school at the neighborhood school, Moore’s School House. She graduated from Glendale High School. Eloise was 16 when she became the vocalist for the Sunset Pals Band on WGTM in Wilson, N.C. This was a country band, featured on Saturdays with shows lasting for 30 to 60 minutes. Eloise also had her own two Saturday’s shows; she sang popular songs, accompanied by a piano. She was also on the locally produced, Mustard and Gravy Radio Program on WGTM. (Named for the World's Greatest Tobacco Market, WGTM was founded in the 1930s by the Wilson Tobacco Board of Trade.) While on these live shows, the musical director, Mr. Davis, taught her to breathe properly while singing. Eloise met nationally known singers, Eddie Arnold, Carl Parker and others, while at WGTM.

Eloise, an excellent dancer, taught Shine, Hazel’s husband and Laverne’s hubby, Donald Gray Murray to dance. Eloise’s aunt, Nancy Lee Hill Callender, was a stenographer for an electrical supply company in Washington, D.C. Her husband Bill was an auditor with the WPA. She invited Eloise to move to D.C. after graduation. Eloise enrolled in Benjamin Franklin University.

While there she met Wayne Elwin Sidelinger, a U.S. Marine.

Eloise’s first job was with the American Automobile Association.

She was secretary to the National President. Eloise rode the train to work, dressed in gloves, hat, heels and a nice dress. Next she was hired by Clarence Godber Burton, U. S. representative from the 6th Virginia District, Roanoke, VA. He served in the 80th, 81st and 82nd Congresses.

Eloise and Wayne began dating. He was the son of Claude Lyndon Sidelinger and Hazel Mahala Andrews and the grandson of Edward Alden Sidelinger. In 1910 Claude was a teacher and worked in a grocery store. In 1940 he was superintendent of schools in Monson, Maine. Wayne grew up and graduated from the century old, Monson Academy in 1945 and joined the Marines. He was stationed in Quantico, Virginia in 1947 and 1948. Wayne was a corporal when they were married. Then he was sent to the Marine Base in Cherry Point, NC.

Eloise and Wayne married on Sept. 30, 1950, in the Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. She wore a lovely long white satin gown with a beautiful full length train. Her veil was fancy tulle with a headpiece to match. Her bouquet was trimmed in white satin ribbons. A dear friend loaned her the dress.

Mavis and Narvin Godwin drove up for the wedding.

Wayne and Eloise moved to Wilson after Wayne’s honorable discharge from the Marines as a Staff Sergeant in 1952.

After her dad died, in 1956, Eloise helped her mother and niece, Laverne, grade and tie tobacco and get it to market. At the same time she was also caring for sons Steve, four and Michael, one.

In 1965, Eloise and Wayne opened The Antique Barn in Wilson.

Steve, a teenager, worked too. Years later, they also opened The Hobby Shop, selling trains of all scales, radio control cars, boats, planes and helicopter models.

There is a large railroad layout in HO scale located upstairs above The Hobby Shop. Wayne is a founding member of the Wilson Area Railroad Modelers Club. Eloise and Wayne hosted many annual picnics and cookouts for the Wilson Area Railroad Modelers Club.

Eloise was active in the community. She was instrumental in starting the annual Glendale High School class reunion in 1983.

She formed the Glendale Reunion Committee. She personally contacted classmates by phone and mail.

Eloise was a wonderful caring sister who frequently called her sisters and looked forward to their conversations. Eloise and Wayne were a wonderful welcoming couple who entertained so often that their home was referred to as, ‘The Bed and Breakfast on Windemere!’

Eloise and sister Bea enjoyed traveling and went on several trips with Laverne and Donald to Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Nashville, Grand Ole Opry, Opryland and museums.

Eloise and Wayne loved visits from family and particularly enjoyed grandchildren, nieces and nephews in the summers. Eloise took them on guided tours to see historical sites, family farms, heirlooms, family members, the Hill Family Cemetery that Eloise look after throughout her life. Her mother and father and other family members are buried there.

Eloise, a Charter Member and Life Member of Wilson-Golden Circle Optimist Club founded in 1987, has always supported Wayne in community activities. He is a long-time member of the Wilson, N.C. Optimist Club. He has served in many leadership roles in local and Carolina East District of Optimist International. Optimist clubs raise funds for community youth programs. Eloise and Wayne had four children; Michael Wayne, Steve Lee, Lyndon Earl and Nancy Eloise. Eloise attended many Stancil Reunions.

Eloise’s appreciation of the past inspired her to write about her mother who was an expert at using herbs and medicinal plants for natural healing. Eloise started recording details of how Zilphia cured and treated ailments. Eloise had an amazing memory of herbs her mother grew in her garden and how she used them to help many neighbors as well as family.

Eloise’s beautiful smile welcomed everyone. She knew how to make others feel special. She shared wonderful family memories and antidotes of her childhood. All gatherings were more fun when Eloise was there. Her entertaining personality kept the laughter and funny stories flowing. We will miss her unique sense of humor.

An aura of sunshine surrounded Eloise that spilled over to the rest of us.


February 2016

Donell Franklin Stancil, Feb. 15, 2016

July 3, 1932-Feb. 15, 2016

Donell Franklin Stancil
Donell died Feb. 15, 2016

Donell Franklin Stancil, Alvin Branch, husband of Lou, father of Vann, grandfather of Andrew and Rebecca, died Feb.15, 2016, at 83. He was the last living grandchild of John Thomas and Delanie Sasser Stancil.

Donell spent some time at the Brian Center. On December 20, 2015, cousin Delbridge Narron sang a hymn Donell loved, “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem.”

Visitation for Donell was on February 17, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kenly Funeral Service, Kenly, N.C.

His funeral was at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 18, 2016, at Center Ridge Presbyterian Church. Pastor Clark Vincent and Dr. De Wayne Eakes officiated.

Son Vann gave a beautiful and very personal Eulogy. Dr. Eakes gave a moving Eulogy of this unique man. Dr. Eakes is the husband of Donell’s niece, Carolyn. Cousin Delbridge Narron played a favorite hymn of Donell’s, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”

Karen O’Neal O’Connell, a close personal friend of Donell and Lou, sang “Blessed Assurance.” Delbridge played “Victory in Jesus” as the recessional. This is one of granddaughter Rebecca’s favorite hymns.

Interment was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Center Ridge Presbyterian Church c/o Ed Boyette, 5714 NC 222W, Kenly, NC 27542; or Bethany Rural Fire Department c/o Darren Nix, 8525 Old Beulah Road, Kenly, NC 27542; or the Donell Stancil Memorial Scholarship Fund for North Johnston High School c/o Vann Stancil, 215 Jerusalem Church Road, Kenly, NC 27542.

Donell is survived by Lou, his wife of 49 years; son Vann Franklin, wife Amy; grandchildren: Andrew Franklin and Rebecca Ann; nieces: Margaret Elizabeth Mercer Williams, husband Hilbert, Wanda Lorraine Mercer Roberts, husband Gary, Barbara Stancil West, husband George, Judy Stancil Phillips, husband Henry “Hank”, Carolyn Esther Sullivan Eakes, husband De, Lottie Sutton Mercer, widow of A.R., Joan Woodard Stancil, widow of Cecil. Nephews: Reuben Earl Mercer, wife Shirley, Wayne Alphus Stancil, wife Wanda. Great-nieces: Tammie Elizabeth Williams Blackburn, husband Michael, sons Austin Gray, Joshua William; Kristy Lynn Thigpen; Deana Jill Thigpen Fowler; Patricia "Patti" Ann West James, husband Gary, children William Westley, Tricia Annsley; Judith Leigh Phillips Fiol, husband Rafael, sons Marcos R., Ros Henry; Ginger Grey Stancil, children Tyler Williams and Victoria Williams; Cretini Brookes Stancil McCall, husband Marshall, daughter Avery; Mandy Cort, husband Chet and daughter Waverly. Great-nephews: Earl Trent Mercer, wife Barbara, children Candice Mercer Roberts, husband James, daughter Grace; Wendy Adel Mercer; Tyler Trent Mercer; Emily Renee Mercer; Robert Trent Mercer; William Frederick Mercer, Sr., wife Crystal, sons William Frederick Mercer,Jr., Samuel Arden Mercer; Ronnie Lee Kornegay; Eldon Lee Kornegay, Jr., wife Kathy, daughter Sherrie Kornegay Howell, son Timothy Dewayne Howell, Jr.; Rickie Eugene Kornegay, wife Donna, son Robert Lee Kornegay; Mark Stephen Kornegay, wife LaVonda; Craig Ray Mercer, Sr. wife Joan, son Craig Ray Mercer, Jr., wife Christy; Johnny Jerone Williams, wife Rose, children Jonathon Taylor, Carson Rose; George Davis West, Jr., wife Michelle, son Matthew Davis; John Patrick Phillips, wife Robin, son Jonathon Andrew, wife Kimberly; Kevin Wayne Eakes partner John Hyatt, daughter Pluma Rose Hyatt-Eakes, Rodney Warren Stancil, wife Candace, sons Garrett Warren and Chase Lee, Adam Wayne Stancil, wife Allison. Preceded in death by sisters: Beulah Lindolph Stancil Mercer, husband Flave; Pluma Esther Stancil Sullivan, husband Clement; Virginia Penny Stancil Fulghum, husband James. Brothers: Vernard Alvin Stancil, wife Magdalene; Glenn Warren Stancil, wife Erma Lee. Nieces: Fannie Jean Mercer; Columbia Ann Mercer Kornegay, husband Eldon Lee. Nephews: Albert Ray “A.R.” Mercer, Cecil Warren Stancil. Donell, Alvin and Beulah’s son Reuben Donell Franklin Stancil, son of Alvin Roscoe and Esther Ann Peedin Stancil, was delivered at home by Dr. George Stephenson Coleman, on July 3, 1932.

His mother gave much thought to his name. She heard one name she liked, Donnell Narron. It was given to the 9 year son of Newsom Narron, a farmer who lived in O’Neals Township, Esther liked it. She changed the spelling slightly.

Esther’s father, Sanders Amos Peedin, was a longtime Democrat and supporter of New York governor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

He asked Esther to name the boy Franklin and she did. When Roosevelt was elected president in November of 1932, Grandpa Peedin was so happy that he sent him a turkey!

Donell had three older sisters; Beulah Lindolph, Pluma Esther and Virginia Penny and two older brothers; Vernard Alvin and Glenn Warren. He grew up on a farm in the Glendale Community of Johnston County. The farm was part of the original Henry Sasser Homestead, the father of Delaney Catherine Sasser Stancil.

His father grew tobacco, cotton, and corn. He raised turkeys, geese, chickens, sheep, cattle and was a noted horse/mule trader. Alvin had a beautiful collie dog. Donell also had collie dogs, his favorite was “Bozo.”

2-year-old Donell was seated on his pa’s lap when Robert Renfrow, who had married Uncle George’s daughter Effie, lit a cigarette. Donell asked, “What’s that?” Alvin replied, “That’s a cigarette, he’s smoking.” Donell responded, “Daddy, I want a cigarette.” Alvin said, “Robert, give him one.” Robert gave an unlit cigarette to Donell. Donell took the cigarette, looked at it carefully, and gave it back. Donell never did take up smoking.

Donell was only 33 months old when his pa died on April 1, 1935.

The Depression hit North Carolina farmers hard. Times were tough. Esther started raising biddies to provide for her family and keep the farm going.

Donell helped on the farm from a young age. No job was too big for him to tackle.

He found he loved farming and always worked very hard, a habit developed young. He excelled at growing crops and raising chickens.

Donell was active at Glendale High School. He was President of his 1950 senior class.

He was in 4-H, Glee Club, on the Echo and Glen-Cedo Staffs. He played baseball, was a cheer leader, member of Who’s Who and Testator for his class. He was also selected as the most talented male graduate. Classmates wrote this about Donell, “Born for success he seems.”

He entered N.C. State. He was a member of Kappa Phi Kappa, a national honorary and professional education fraternity and served as Corresponding Secretary.

He received a B.S. in Agricultural Education in 1955 from N.C. State and became a lifelong Wolfpack fan. He either watched or attended many Wolfpack games with Lou and Vann. Donell was the first in his family to graduate from college.

Donell was friendly with a genuine interested in people. He inquired where folks grew up. This often led to in-depth conversations of experiences and interests.

Donell’s first cousin, Hilda Mae Stancil Hales, had a beauty shop in Fremont. Reba, worked for her and Lou was her customer. Hilda wanted Lou to meet Donell. At first Lou put her off. But Hilda was very determined and finally Lou relented. Hilda introduced Lou to Donell.

Alva Louise “Lou” Chauncey was from the Pactolus Community in Pitt County. She graduated from East Carolina. Her parents were Harold Homer and Clara Ward Chauncey. Like Donell, Lou grew up on a farm. They shared many common interests, values and work ethics.

Lou taught commercial subjects at Fremont High School. Romance blossomed. After a three year courtship, a wedding date was set.

Donell and Lou were married at the Tranters Creek Church of Christ, near Washington, NC, on June 19, 1966.

After the wedding, Donell and Lou moved in with Donell’s mom until they built their house across the road. Then they all moved into the new house.

Donell was a family man, his care for his mother was exemplary. His love extended well beyond his immediate kin to members from all branches who gravitated to him at reunions.

Donell grew up in Center Ridge Presbyterian Church and sang in the church choir. He and Lou were faithful members. Donell served as a ruling elder and treasurer for over 50 years. Lou continues serving the Lord just as she and Donell did their entire married lives.

Donell used skills learned in college to run the family farm near Glendale. He farmed primarily tobacco, corn, wheat and soybeans.

He almost lost his life in 1956 while spraying chemicals on tobacco.

He was walking behind a mule pulling a sprayer. The mule came back to the house without Donell. So folks went out into the field searching for him. All were greatly relieved when they found him.

He was taken to the hospital, slowly recovered and many were relieved when he returned home and resumed farming.

For 17 years, Donell was recognized as a successful independent producer, of fertile eggs for the poultry industry. He received 5,000 baby chicks twice per year to keep his operation on track. Donell usually had at least 10,000 white rock hens producing eggs. Their feed was limited, to keep them laying one egg per day. The hatching rate of his eggs was over 90%. Donell kept each flock about 8 months. These hens were then sold to a processor. He kept one Cornish rooster per ten hens. These eggs produced future broilers and fryers.

Donell and son Vann entered the Johnston County Youth Tobacco Contest through FFA while Vann was at North Johnston High School. They won the contest all 3 years from 1988 to 1990 and scored the first perfect score in the history of the contest during their first year. Donell was very proud to win this contest three consecutive years with Vann.

Donell and Lou participated in many tobacco seminars during his 50-plus successful years of growing tobacco. His father, Alvin Roscoe and paternal grandfather, John Thomas Stancil, were tobacco growers. In 1899, Alvin traveled by horse and buggy to the Cabin Community of Duplin County to teach farmers how to grow tobacco.

Donell was quickly recognized as an outstanding community leader in Johnston County and North Carolina. He was appointed to the local board of managers of the Kenly Branch of The Heritage Bank, and served on the bank board for 32 years. He was named to a four- year term as a director and later was president of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation. Donell was appointed to a three- year term on the State Extension Advisory Council and served as chairman. He served on the 1st Johnston County Forestry Association as the landowners’ representative. He served as president of the Agricultural Foundation and Farm City Week. The Governor saluted him for volunteer work, he was honored as a Friend of the Extension Board. He served as president of the Johnston County Farm Bureau and served on the board of directors from 1953 to 2010. He served on the first board of the Tobacco Farm Life Museum. Donell was selected to head the state Premium Bright Leaf Tobacco Committee.

Donell and his brother Glenn were recognized as top corn growers exceeding 200 bushels per acre twice and top soybean producers in Johnston County. In 1973, he tested 52 varies of corn. In 1976, he and Glenn raised championship corn. In 1987, he and Glenn were the 3rd-best wheat producers in the county.

In 1982 and 1984, Donell and Glenn were the Northern Coastal Region Plain corn yield production champions. Donell and Glenn had these corn yields for the North Carolina Corn Yield Competition

Donell made agricultural trade mission trips to Brazil and Argentina in 1986 and he was selected North Carolina state chairman of Farm-City Week and received the state proclamation from Gov. Jim Martin.

In 1988, Lou and Donell were one of three Johnston County families honored for outstanding achievement in farming at an awards banquet in the Research Triangle. Lou’s continual love, support and devotion was paramount to the life we celebrate today.

They had a special bond that few couples achieve.

Donell and Glenn, great-great-grandsons of George Boyette, who built the slave and school house, purchased a tract of land that included the slave house and the home place. Soon afterward they decided to preserve and restore the slave house.

Donell’s mother, Esther Peedin Stancil, was a granddaughter of Larkin Boyette, son of George Boyette. This slave and school house may have been built as early as 1830. Originally it was built as a dwelling for slaves, later it was used as a school.

It was constructed as a one-room pine house with dovetail joints.

The chimney was made of heart-pine sticks and daubed with clay- based mortar. It is one of only a few known mud and stick chimneys still intact in North Carolina. In November 1979, it was placed on the National Register of Historical Places.

The original Restoration was completed August 1981.

Another restoration was completed in 2012.

Donell and Glenn cared for the Stancil Cemetery for over 50 years before handing it over to Glenn’s son, Wayne Stancil, Cecil’s son, Rodney Stancil and Wayne’s son-in-law, Marshall McCall. Donell spearheaded efforts to make the cemetery as maintenance free as possible. Donations and Donell’s knowledge and supervision made this a lasting tribute to the Stancil Family.

Donell’s pa, Alvin Roscoe Stancil, his grandpa John Thomas Stancil, grandma Delaney Catherine Sasser Stancil and many other relatives are buried here.

Donell saved a family heirloom, a rock from the chimney that Henry Stancil laid for the Manley House. The Manley House was built by Henry for his daughter Lillian and husband Manley Creech.

Henry carved his name on it in about 1916. About 1998, Donell’s cousin, Ralph Stancil, asked Donell to remove the rock and he placed it beside Henry’s grave in the Stancil Cemetery. The stone was sandstone, a very fragile stone that breaks apart easily. No letters are visible today.

County Farm-City Week committee for significant contributions to the local agricultural economy. Donell started farming while still in high school. He was an innovator, always striving to improve farming and attain greater yields. He participated in state sponsored experiments to improve crops and farmers’ bottom line.

Donell was a great supporter of the annual Stancil Reunion started in 1902 by John Thomas and Delaney Sasser Stancil. Throughout his life, he only missed two reunions. Attending 81 reunions in a lifetime is a record that will undoubtedly stand. He was a popular family member who knew how to make you feel special. He loved reminiscing and sharing memories and wisdom from the past.

The reunion had been at the John Thomas Stancil homeplace since 1902. In 1915, he traded houses with son Geo Ira Stancil and the reunion continued at the same location. Geo Ira’s widow, Eva died in 1962. Donell secured the Glendale Community Building for the 1963 reunion. By 1989, the reunion had outgrown this location.

Donell arranged for the reunion to move to North Johnston Middle School in Micro. Changes were happening in Johnston County and in 2006, Donell once again was instrumental in the move to Glendale-Kenly Elementary School. This was home until new county changes required the reunion to move again. In 2012, it moved to the Moose Club in Wilson County.

In 2011, Donell was recognized by the Stancil Reunion with a plaque for 50 years of service and dedication. Throughout the years he served as treasurer and also secured the reunion location, purchased paper goods, made the traditional lemonade along with Lou, Pluma, Virginia and Glenn and delivered it to the reunion site.

Donell gave the blessing at the 2015 Reunion.

Donell preserved the farm house built by for his pa in 1904 for many years. This is where he, Glenn, Virginia, Pluma, Vernard and Beulah grew up. It was filled with many family memories. His mother lived here for many years. Virginia lived next door and Donell, Lou, Glenn and Erma Lee lived across the road.

Donell spent a lifetime making the Glendale Community proud of their native son by donating his time and expertise to his community, county, state and country. He never hesitated to help a neighbor in need, or step forward to help his church and he became a goodwill ambassador for the USA. He left a legacy of love, pride and service. He always remembered his roots and all those who came before him.


Arnold Thomas Stancil, Feb. 16, 2016

March 2, 1943-Feb. 16, 2016

Arnold Thomas Stancil
Arnold died Feb. 16, 2016

Arnold “Arnie” Thomas Stancil, Henry Branch, son of Tommy, father of Ramona and Steve, grandfather of Michael, Kristen, Joshua, Parker, Payton and Sidney, died at 72. Arnie died peacefully on February 16, 2016, at the Munson Hospice House in Traverse City, Michigan, following a heart attack.

Arnie is survived by daughter: Ramona Lynn Stancil Decker and husband Dan, son: Steven Arnold Stancil and wife Sara. Brothers; George Lee Stancil and wife Marilyn, Phillip Justin Stancil and wife Grace. Grandchildren; Michael Freese, Kristen Freese, Joshua Freese, Parker Stancil, Payton Stancil and Sydney Stancil. Nieces: Jane Elizabeth Stancil Steele and husband Brian, Laura Katherine Stancil. Nephews: Geoffrey Stancil Bichler and wife Deanna, Paul Gregory Stancil, Jordan Peter Stancil, Nicolas 'Nick' George Stancil and wife Julia, Benjamin Thomas Stancil and wife Jasmine, Phillip Justin Stancil, II. Aunt: Peggy Stancil Owen widow of Walter Leo Stancil. First Cousins: Bettie Lou Williams Graham, Robert 'Bobby' Wayne Stancil, Ruth Ann Stancil Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Georgianna Olson and Thomas “Tommy” Ruffin Stancil, his sister: Anemari Stancil. Aunts: Esse Stancil Williams, Sadie Stancil Gallyon, Frances Jean Stancil, Jewel Stancil. Uncles: Louis Stancil, Walter Leo Stancil. First Cousin: David Leo Stancil.

Arnie was born March 2, 1943, in Grayling, Michigan. He was the oldest son of Georgianna and Tommy. He joined older sister, Anemari. A few years later, brothers, George and Phil were born. They all grew up Grayling, Michigan.

Arnie’s parents owned the Rialto Theatre, which was opened in 1915 by his grandparents George and Lelah Olson. Today the Rialto is recognized as a member of the League of Historic American Theatres, and may be the only currently and continuously owned, single screen theatre in the State of Michigan and perhaps in the United States.

Arnie first sang before an audience in the fourth grade and never stopped. This was at a wedding. He won several amateur shows the same year and in the spring of that year, the high school senior class ask him to sing at the senior prom. This was exciting. He said,

“Only downer was my folks made me take my older sister with me.” This was Anemari.

Arnie remembered meeting his grandfather, Walter Greene (W.G.) Stancil when he was five. W.G. brought his wife Louise for a visit.

Louise was only a couple of years older than Arnie’s dad Tommy.

In 1954, Tommy, Arnie and Anemari vacationed in Florida and stopped on the way home in Durham to visit Walter G. and Tommy’s sister Sadie who had brain cancer.

The next time Arnie saw his grandpa was in 1954 with my Dad and sister when we stopped in NC on our way home from vacation in FL to visit Sadie who was dying at the time from a brain tumor. It was that visit in Durham when I first met Dad's original piano player, Benny Cash, who was now driving cab and playing piano nights at a Holiday Inn bar.

Arnie started working in the theater when he was just 10 years old. For over 50 years he had ties to the Rialto. He was proud it had remained in the family for over a century. Arnie and date at The Bolles Military Ball Arnie spent one year of high school at Bolles High School in Jacksonville, Florida. This was an internationally known military academy/boarding school founded in 1933. Arnie graduated from Grayling high school in 1961. He played the cornet in the Bolles band.

Following graduation, he entered Northwestern Michigan College, in Traverse City. He studied business administration. After two years, he transferred to the Humboldt Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota. This institute was moved from Humboldt, Iowa to Minneapolis in 1916, after a disagreement over taxes. Arnie was a certified graduate of Humboldt Institute. This popular institute offered a variety of airline certifications. Arnie was hired by Ozark Airlines in Chicago. Ozark operated from 1950 to 1986, then TWA bought them.

Arnie joined the U.S. Coast Guard in October 1964. Boot Camp was in Cape May, New Jersey. For 2 years he served as a journalist for the Coast Guard in New York City. During this time he covered search and rescue stories in the North Atlantic Ocean.

In 1966, Arnie was sent to the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. He coordinated Public Relations for the coast guard and reviewed all the media coverage of the Coast Guard.

Arnie joined the U.S. Coast Guard in October 1964. For 2 years he served as a journalist for the Coast Guard in New York City. During this time he covered search and rescue stories in the North Atlantic.

In 1966, Arnie was sent to the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. He coordinated Public Relations for the coast guard and reviewed all the media coverage of the Coast Guard. Arnold met Catherine Louise Gibson, from Riverdale County, Maryland, while with the Coast Guard stationed in Washington, D.C. Catherine was the daughter of Martin L. Gibson.

Arnold was a Petty Office, second class in 1968, when he received an honorable discharged on October 25, 1968. Arnold and Catherine were married on Oct. 26. 1968 in Prince George’s County, Maryland. They moved to Arnie’s hometown, Grayling.

Catherine and Arnie’s children: Ramona Lynn and Steven Arnold were born there. They were married for 27 years.

Arnie with children Ramona and Steve Over the years Arnie worked for the Grayling Mercantile Department Store for 8 years, Bendix Corporation until the early 1980’s. In 1984, Arnie was an elected county official for 12 years.

He was a Grayling Township Supervisor and worked with the county tax assessor. He was General Manager of Grayling Reginal Chamber of Commerce. Arnie was a real estate salesman.

Arnie was a member of the Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church. He inherited his father’s singing ability and was a gifted and talented musician who from an early age was eager to share his ability to sing and play music. He was in many plays and musicals He joined the Methodist church choir and the Michelson Singers of Grayling. The Michelson Singers traveled to the outer banks of NC, Stowe, VT, Toronto, Vienna, Austria and throughout Germany. Arnie played a variety of musical instruments: trombone, trumpet, clarinet, piano, accordion, harmonica and guitar.


Gerald Johnson, Feb. 22, 2016

Dec. 26, 1951-Feb. 22, 2016
Gerald Johnson
Gerald died Feb. 22, 2016

Robert Gerald Johnson, Henry Branch, husband of Ann, father of Amy, grandfather of Carly and Chloe, died at 64.

Robert Gerald Johnson, the oldest son of the late William Robert and Mary Frances Pope Johnson, died on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in the SECU {(State Employees' Credit Union) Hospice House of Smithfield, N.C.

Family and Friends were received Thursday at Parrish Funeral Home, in Selma, North Carolina. His funeral service was Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Carter’s Chapel Church. The Rev. Tim Sitter and Elder Harold Pittman officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361-0338 or the SECU Hospice House, P.O. Box 1376, Smithfield, NC 27577.

Gerald is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sara Ann Bass Johnson, daughter Denise Amy Johnson Peedin, husband Shannon, granddaughters: Carly Sara Peedin and Chloe Elizabeth Peedin. Sisters: Connie Johnson Moore, husband Ray; Marsha Johnson Barfield; Renee Johnson Futch, husband Chris Brother: Joseph Raymond Johnson;. Nieces: Dodie Moore Headley, husband Cole, children: Grayson and Lanie; Lydia Futch. Nephews: Brandon Johnson, wife Jamie, children Colby and Caylee; Kevin Hartley, wife Brenda, children: Kassi, Trinity, and Kendal. Aunts: Betty Lou Hare Pope. Carol A. Pope. Uncle: Marshall Barnes Pope, wife Jean.

Gerald was preceded in death by brother-in-law: Aubrey Kent Barfield. Uncles: Raymond Eugene 'Gene' Pope, and wife Grace, Charles Ray Pope, Henry 'Speck' Claiborne Pope, and wife Carol Ann. First cousin: Randy Nelson 'Newt' Pope.

Gerald grew up on a tobacco farm in Johnston County, near Selma, North Carolina. He learned to work hard from an early age. Tobacco was labor intensive and as the oldest son, he had lots of responsibilities. His dad depended on him. When quite young he drove the two level tobacco harvester in the field. The tobacco stringers were on this level.

He soon graduated to sitting and cropping the tobacco on the first level of the harvester. Growing tobacco took most of the year from planting seeds in January, preparing the land, setting out the plants, re-setting, hoeing, suckering, harvesting, curing, grading, tying hands, taking them to market in the fall.

Once grown, Gerald grew his own tobacco crop for a while.

Gerald’s parents were members of Carter’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and Gene joined too. He was an active member for more than fifty years. He served as Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, Children’s Church Leader and member of the Men’s Brotherhood. Gerald had a special companion, his dog “Dee.”

Gerald was a genuine happy person and had a smile for everyone. He was an upbeat happy person whose interest and love for people lifted spirits.


June 2016

Theodore Rudolph Kalikookala Stancil, June 30, 2016

March 31, 1935-June 30, 2016

Ted Stancil
Ted Stancil
Ted died June 30, 2016
Ted Stancil
Ted Stancil
Ted married Luana Kekahaualani Duvachelle

Theodore Rudolph Kalikookala Stancil, of the Henry Branch, died June 30, 2016, in Kailua, Hawaii.

Ted is the oldest son of Frances Kanahola DeMella Stancil Peoples and George Guy Stancil.

Theodore married Luana Kekahaualani Duvachelle. In 1957, Ted was a specialty worker Hon Construction and Draying. Theodore was also an employee of Peoples 11th Frame Cocktail Lounge.

Ted is survived by children Guy Shane Kekaa Stancil and wife Marion; Mark Wayne Kalikookala Stancil and wife Cathy; Scott Blane Kalani Stancil and wife Roseann; Charmaine Kekahaualani Stancil Lime and husband Angel Michael; Michael Dane Kenui Stancil and wife Deena, Danielle Stancil Flavin, Tammy-Lynn Uilani Stancil; grandchildren Guy Shane Kekaa Stancil Jr., Malia Stancil, Kealohikehau Shalen Jorelle Stancil, Kellen Kyle Kalikookala Stancil, Kean Cavell Kamana Stancil, Kolby Stancil, Stephanie Stancil, Salisa Lehuanani Stancil Lime Cajuro and husband David, Nani Renee Kekahaualani Lime, Michael Angel Keliiahiopuni Lime, John Blane Kenui Stancil, Cody Dane Kalikooala Stancil, Ulana Flavin, Keoniana Flavin, Zachary Kealiipiikalani Stancil.

Ted's siblings include Douglas "Doogie" Randolph Mahealani Stancil Sr. and Kathleen Muliwai Yvonne Stancil Akau.


August 2016

Susan Stancil Plyler, Aug. 15, 2016

Feb. 8, 1954-Aug. 15, 2016

Susan Stancil Plyer Susan Stancil Plyler
Susan died Aug. 15, 2016

Susan Stancil Plyler, Samuel Branch, wife of Brent, daughter of Muriel and Ray, sister of Sharon and Missy, died Aug. 15, 2016, at 62 in Scotland Memorial Hospital, Laurinburg, North Carolina.

Family and friends gathered for her graveside service on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at Spring Hill Cemetery in Wagram, N.C. Susan is survived by her parents Muriel and Ray Stancil, sisters; Sharon Stancil Howard, husband Brad, Melissa ‘Missy’ Stancil Pflaeging; nieces Mary Caroline Howard and Mary Mathilda Pflaeging: nephews Taylor Howard, Jordan Howard, wife Ariel, son Jordan Avery Howard.

Preceded in death her grandparents Susan ‘Susy’ Renfrow and Lonnie Alfred Stancil; aunts Mildred Stancil Kelly, Doris Louise Stancil, Doris Stancil Laughinghouse, Patty Stancil Whitfield; uncles Lonnie Pearl Stancil Sr., Walter Thomas Stancil Sr.

Susan, the oldest daughter of Muriel Janet Mercer and ‘Ray’ Roy Alfred Stancil, was born on February 8, 1954, in Wilson, NC. She met her future husband Brent Plyler, son of Flora Webb and Beal Brent Plyler, Jr., at Ralph L. Fike High School in Wilson. Brent was a year older. She graduated from Ralph L. Fike High School, in 1972 and entered St. Mary’s College, an Episcopal college, Raleigh, NC. Brent attended the UNC.

St. Mary’s is the oldest continuously operating school in Raleigh. It is also the third oldest school for girls in North Carolina.

After Susan completed her freshmen and sophomore years, she entered Meredith College, a private women's liberal arts college in Raleigh, N.C., and graduated with a Business Degree in 1976.

Susan married her first love and best friend, Brent, on June 1, 1985, at Brent’s home church, First Christian Church, Wilson, NC. Over the years Susan worked in real estate, was a para- legal and for over 20 years in the title insurance industry. Susan and Brent lived in several states; North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and several cities in NC, before settling in 1998, near the Lumbee River, in the Riverton Community of Scotland County. NC made this national wild and scenic river a State Park in 1989. Riverton settlement traces its original to the American Revolution period. Susan loved animals, especially her two Wirehaired Fox Terriers, Georgia and Hayley Mills. They both possessed similar qualities of devotion, loyalty, enthusiasm, bravery, and playfulness.

She loved people and they loved and admired her. Her welcoming smile and quick wit was a magnet. She was smart, loyal, self-confident, out-spoken and a problem solver. While many avoided conflict, Susan tackled it head on and worked diligently to resolve issues.

Susan could have been a successful interior decorator. Few people had her talent and flare. She loved entertaining family and friends in her home or on her welcoming front porch, perfect for informal gatherings. Her Fourth of July celebration, was not complete until Susan served her famous banana pudding!

Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. She accepted this challenge, fought bravely and never let it change who she was, her humor always shone through. She lived her life with beauty and grace and treasured every moment with the love of her life, Brent. She had no regrets. She left special memories and “Susan wisdom,” to all those who knew and loved her.


James Roger “J.R.” Viverette, Aug. 27, 2016

May 16, 1935-Aug. 27, 2016

James Viverette James Viverette
James died Aug. 27, 2016

James Roger “J.R.” Viverette, Harvey Branch, husband of Anne Pittman Viverette, died Aug. 27, 2016, in Wilson, NC, at 81.

James’ death was unexpected and a shock to family and friends. He had a heart attack while driving. Attempts to save him failed.

His funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Joyner's Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson, NC. Immediately following the service the family received family and friends until 9 p.m.

Memorials in "J.R."'s honor may be sent to the American Heart Association, c/o Phyllis Babb, 1108 Windemere Drive, Wilson, North Carolina 27896 or to WilMed Hospice, 1705 Tarboro Street S, Wilson, North Carolina 27893.

James is survived by his wife of 39 years, Anne Pittman Viverette, sister: Betty Viverette Pollard, husband Wayne, daughter: Patricia Ann Viverette Phillips, sons: Roger Allen Viverette, wife, Debbie, Ronnie Glen Viverette, wife, Connie; step-daughters, Vicky H. Bradley, husband, Ernie and Marsha H. Farrell, husband, Greg; granddaughters, Angela P. Webb, husband, Greg, Kelly V. Gary, husband, Mike, Kristin N. Viverette, fiancé, Shayne Stanley; step-grandson, Les Bass, wife, Beth; step-granddaughter, Abby Nicole Farrell; great-grandchildren, Katherine Elizabeth Webb, Nicolas Matthew Webb, Hayden James Gary, Jordan Michael Gary, Shyanne Nicole Stanley, and Aubree Jane Stanley. Sister-in-law; Irene Pittman Wallace, brother-in-law: Billy Royce Pittman; Aunt Doris Narron Stancil, plus many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter; brothers; Robert Earl Viverette, Franklin Roosevelt Viverette, Jimmy Viverette, and sister, Nancy Viverette Strickland.

James “J.R.” Roger Viverette, was born on May 16, 1935, to Estell “Stella” Vick and Jimmie Melton Viverette, in Nash County, NC. He grew up in Rocky Mount, N.C. His father, Jimmie was a hard working farm laborer. In 1940, he worked 60 hours per week.

James was the grandson of Sidney Thomas, a farmer & Bessie Lee Narron Viverette and Essie Mae & J. Henry Vick.

James got his first paying job at 15 and he worked steadily until early 2016.

In 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Army while the Korean War was raging. After 2 years of active duty, he joined the Army Reserves for 8 years and then received an honorable discharge.

James was a proud veteran and honored his years in the Army by flying the American Flag every day.

He moved to Wilson in 1964. Initially he worked as an auto mechanic. Then he was hired by the engineering department at Wilson Medical Center. While there, his life changed dramatically.

Charlotte Anne Pittman Farrell, daughter of Gertrude Stancil and Fletcher Pittman, had been a single mother for 6 years with two daughters, Vicky and Marsha. She worked at the Wilson Medical Center and had a second job at the Wilson Country Club. In 1975, the girls in the office where she worked, thought she needed a man in her life, even though she was not looking for a relationship. They convinced her to go on a blind date. They arranged it with James Viverette, who also worked at the Medical Center. On the day of the date, the Wilson Country Club called her into work, so Anne canceled their date. Later James called her and she invited him to her home for dinner with her and Marsha.

This was the beginning of many fun dates.

James also proved to be a-jack-of-all-trades and both Vicky and Marsha liked him.

They dated over 15 months and during this time James met her mother, Gertrude, siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. All of them liked James. James was friendly with a magnetic personality that attracted forever friends. He was smart, a problem solver, with many skills and possessed a work ethic that made him a favorite of every boss.

James and Anne’s attraction and love grew. They were married in the Lighthouse Holiness Church, Wilson, NC, on Nov. 20, 1976.

Over the nearly 40 years of marriage, James developed a close and loving relationship with, Vicky Marsha and a special bond with Les and Abby.

James loved Christmas and shared his joy by decorating with lights. In 1978, he began putting up over 10,000 lights annually. Planning, hanging lights in the front, back yards, on fences and buildings started in November. His magical creations were featured annually in the newspaper and hundreds of people drove or walked by to enjoy his lights.

James was a planner and liked to organize each day. He also was generous and kept a Coke box full of 6oz. or 8 oz. Coke bottles. He insisted every guest who came to their house, enjoy one of his Cokes with ice in them. He was a real Coke man! An eighteen wheeler came each month to James and Anne’s house to deliver cases of coke.

James and Anne both enjoyed fixing things and got along great. They completed many remodeling projects including adding a front porch and sun room.

James enjoyed swimming several times a day and decided to convert an above ground pool into an in-ground pool. James and Anne dug a large hole with pick axes and shovels. James enjoyed this pool for years. Then in 1990, he had a new pool installed.

He was an expert woodworker. Gilda Grey Renfrow Six, of the George Branch, asked James to custom make the large folding glass frame for the Four Generation Stancil Family Tree, she made in 1976. It is displayed at each Reunion.

James had a long work career and overcame many obstacles to continue working. James had a heart attack and retired after 15 years with the Engineering Department at Wilson Medical Center.

James and Anne attended many Stancil Reunions.

James recovered from his heart problems and was eager to work again. He was hired by Computer Central. After 7 years, he retired again for health reasons. Then he had successful heart by-pass surgery. It wasn’t long before he recovered and was ready to join the work force. ECP (Eastern Carolina Pathology) Lab, hired him as their courier supervisor and put him in charge of fire and safety training for employees. James also scheduled the Couriers who traveled all over eastern Carolina picking up specimens for the lab.

For years James and Anne looked forward to attending the North Carolina State Fair with Anne’s sister Irene and husband Ed Wallace, who lived in Virginia. James and Ed had a close relationship and called each other “Brother.” One year they dressed in bib overall for the fair and had a photo taken.

This started a fun tradition.

In 2011, Anne fell in the garden and broke both of her arms. She had surgery and spent weeks at WilMed Nursing Center Rehab Center recovering. James was a wonderful and loving caregiver. Anne recovered and was able to continue most of her usual activities.

James was always busy and productive. It really worried him when he was not able to do so much and had to retire in 2016, because of his health. He had worked 9 years at ECP.

After James’ death, Anne found a letter he had written in 2009. Anne was shocked. It detailed funeral arrangements, including his obituary that he wrote. He wrote down how he wanted his service conducted, songs he wanted sung, “One Day at a Time” and “I’ll Fly Away,” and also specified his service was only to last 15-20 minutes. He felt anything longer would be too long.

Anne appreciated James’ planning and organizing skills. Once again he was looking after her, even in death.

In thinking about James, Anne remarked, “I feel sure he is now Heaven’s Handyman!”


September 2016

Jacqueline ”Jackie” Underwood Pittman, Sept. 3, 2016

April 24, 1931-Sept. 3, 2016

Jackie Pittman
Jackie Pittman
Jackie died Sept. 3, 2016

Jacqueline ”Jackie” Underwood Pittman, Harvey Branch, wife of Bill, mother of Gail and Tim, grandmother of Alexander Elise Pittman and Jordan, died at 85.

Jackie spent the last few years in Gabriel Manor, an assisted living facility in Clayton.

Bill was very devoted to Jackie. He visited her daily. She died in the arms of her family on Saturday, September 3, 2016. Bryan-Hill Funeral Home was in charge of her service.

Family and friends gathered in her home church, the First Baptist Church, Garner, North Carolina, for her visitation from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. Her funeral was at the First Baptist Church, Garner, North Carolina. Burial was at Montlawn Memorial Park, Wilmington St., Raleigh, N.C. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions to Transitions Hospice, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh NC 27690.

Jackie is survived by her husband of 65 years, Billy Royce Pittman; Daughter Barbara Gail Pittman; Son Timothy “Tim” Wayne Pittman; Sisters, Doris Trabant and Marcia Vail (George); Grandchildren, Alexandra Elise Pittman and Capt. Jordan Lee Pittman, U.S. Army; Sister-in–laws Irene Pittman Wallace, Anne Pittman Viverette; Debbie Pittman, the widow of George MacArthur Pittman; Nieces Lisa Buchanan Hovator, Holly Langston Nation, Angela Pittman, Vicky Howard Bradley, Marsha Howard Farrell, Nephews Larry Buchanan, Steve Buchanan, Billy Wallace, Bobby Wallace, Jim Langston; Aunt Doris Stancil. Jackie was preceded in death by sisters; Joevelyn Underwood McClenny, Merle Ometa Underwood Thornton, Maria Hooks Underwood, Doris Alleen Underwood. Brothers; Vonza Jackson Underwood Jr., Billy Underwood, Marvin Jackson Underwood. Frances Jacqueline Underwood is the daughter of Minnie Frances Beasley and Vonza Jackson Underwood. Her maternal grandparents are Betsy and Joshua Beasley. Paternal grandparents are Winifred and Henry Underwood. Jackie was born on April 24, 1931, in Smithfield, Johnston County, North Carolina. Her father had been a funeral director in Harnett County in 1930.

The family moved to Johnston County and he farmed. Jackie grew up loving music and her parents encouraged her. She took piano lessons in Smithfield.

Jackie lived across the street from B & R Wilson Ford in Smithfield. She noticed a new handsome young man there. It was Billy Royce Pittman. He graduated from Glendale high school in 1948 and was hired by B & R Wilson Ford. He worked in the parts department. Pretty raven haired Jackie caught Billy’s eye and it wasn’t long before they met and started seeing each other. Billy was the son of Fletcher and Gertrude Stancil Pittman. He grew up on a farm in the Glendale Community of Johnston County. Jackie graduated from Smithfield high school in 1949. She was hired by First Citizen’s Bank.

This bank, started in 1898 in Smithfield. It went through a few mergers and name changes before 1929, when the name became First Citizen’s Bank & Trust Company.

In March 1948, the U. S. draft included men 19 to 26. The required service time was 12 months.

When Billy turned 19 in May 1949, he registered for the draft. The Korean conflict was escalating. Billy knew his draft number would be coming up soon. By 1950 the term of serve was extended to 2 years.

Billy enlisted in the Air Force on January 1951. He rode a train directly from Raleigh to Lackland Air Force in San Antonio, Texas, for 6 weeks of Basic Training. Next he was sent to Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Florida,

He was made a Sergeant for the 3 days of travel on the train so he could be in charge of the 40 troops. They just sewed a stripe on his uniform. It was removed when they arrived at Tyndale. Training for the Air Force Police was 3 months. Years later the name was changed from Air Force Police to Air Force Security Police. He and Jackie corresponded. Billy had almost no money. He wrote his mama telling her his financial situations. Gertrude wrote him back understanding his situation. She sent him all she had, $1.00. Billy still has that $1.00 bill.

Following this additional training, Billy had a month long furlough and $50.00 in his pocket.

He rode the train to Smithfield.

Billy and Jackie married at 5 p.m. on April 20, 1951, in the foyer of First Baptist Church in Smithfield. Billy wore his uniform. Their parents, Fletcher & Gertrude Pittman and Vonza & Minnie Underwood attended. Rev. James C. Carmichael, a Baptist Minister, married them.

Billy’s brother, Thomas Rex, was a witness.

Following the marriage, Billy and Jackie traveled to Newport News, Virginia, for a visit with Billy’s sisters, Gertie, Irene and husbands.

In May, Billy left for Roswell, New Mexico, Walker Air Force Base. He was assigned to the 509th Bombardment Wing. The 393rd Bomb Squadron was in this combat unit. It dropped the atomic bombs. At this time Walker was the largest Strategic Air Command Base of the Air Force.

Billy was stationed there for 3˝ years. His job was security in the Orderly Room. Among his duties was assigning personnel to barracks.

Billy rented an apartment and Jackie’s dad, put her on a Trailways Bus in Raleigh for Dallas, asking the driver to look after her. This was her first trip away from home, In Dallas she changed buses and rode an old bus to Roswell.

Billy and a large dust storm greeted her when she got off the bus!

Jackie’s banking experience paid off, First National Bank of New Mexico hired her immediately. When Billy’s enlistment was up, he was a Staff Sergeant and received an honorable discharge. Their footlockers were shipped Back to Smithfield by the Air Force. Jackie and

Billy drove their 4 door, 1953 light green Plymouth.

Jackie and Billy moved to Raleigh.

By 1954, Jackie was working as a bookkeeper for Security National Bank in Raleigh. She supported the family when Billy enrolled in Hardbarger’s Business School in Raleigh about 1954. He studied accounting and worked part time at Pritchard Glass and Paint Company.

Billy graduated in 18 months. Pritchard Glass and Paint did not want to lose this valuable employee and offered him a full time position.

He began as a salesman in 1956. In 1958 he became department manager. He worked at Pritchard for 38 years.

While Jackie worked for the bank, she took piano classes on Saturdays and sometimes during the week, at Meredith College in Raleigh. Meredith is a well-known women’s liberal arts college.

After completing her studies she, was employed as the pianist for Fellowship Baptist Church in Garner, North Carolina. Jackie also taught piano lessons. This became Jackie and Billy’s church for years. Later they moved their membership to the First Baptist Church of Garner, North Carolina.

Jackie changed banks after a few years and became a teller at First National Bank. Jackie worked at the First National Bank for 10 years.

She left banking to work for the North Carolina General Assembly. She worked for several state representatives, including well regarded, Dr. John R. “Doc” Gamble from Lincoln County. Doc was a MASH surgeon in Korea and Japan. His influence was critical when a medical school was considered for East Carolina University. It became was a reality in 1974.

Jackie loved her position as administrative assistant with the General Assembly. She made countless friends over the years. When Billy needed open heart surgery in 1992, Jackie immediately retired to be by his side. Her expertise and dedication in the N.C. General Assembly was missed.

Jackie loved her family and was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother. Her son, Timothy Wayne and daughter, Barbara Gail were born in Raleigh. Her grandchildren are Capt. Jordan Lee Pittman, U.S. Army and Alexandria Elise Pittman. She had a close and loving relationship with all of them.

Jackie was active in church her entire life. As a baby her parents took her to Smithfield Baptist Church. She shared her faith with family and friends. Billy remembered her faith and shared, “Jackie’s greatest desire was to live a life that honored her Savior, Jesus Christ. She shared the love, peace, and joy that Christ put in her heart with as many people as she could.” “In your life you touched so many. In your death many lives were changed.” Melinda Jones

Jackie and Billy attended many Gertrude Stancil Pittman Reunions.

They attended Stancil Family Reunions too.

When Jackie was unable to attend reunions, Billy visited her before the reunion.

Some of Jackie’s happiest times were spent at their beach house in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her family. She loved the beauty and tranquility. Jackie and Billy made a cross country trip to Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico. This visit to the1967 deactivated Air Force Base, brought back many special memories of their life and struggles as newlyweds. Jackie blessed us with many precious memories and lived her life reflecting God’s love. “In your life you touched so many. In your death many lives were changed.” Melinda Jones


Johnnie Jean Pittman, Sept. 25, 2016

Dec. 16, 1938-Sept. 25, 2016

Johnnie Jean Pittman
Johnnie Jean Pittman
Johnnie died Sept. 25, 2016

Johnnie Jean Hooks Pittman, Harvey Branch, mother of Kandy, grandmother of John Zachary and Matthew, widow of H. A. Pittman, died on Sept. 25, 2016, at 77.

Johnnie Jean was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in April. Her family shared that “Her grace, beauty and love never wavered during her fight with cancer.”

Johnny Jean and H.A. felt right at home in Liberty Baptist Church, Hampton, Virginia. This was a welcoming congregation with Bible based teachings. They were devoted and active members for many years.

Her family received family and friends on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Weymouth Funeral Home, Newport News, Virginia. Her Funeral Services were conducted on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at 2pm, at Weymouth Funeral Home by Rev. Joe Hunt.

Johnnie Jean was interned beside her beloved H. A., at Peninsula Memorial Park. They had been married 44 years.

Johnny Jean is survived by Daughter Kandy Jean Pittman; Grandsons, John Zachary Axsom and Matthew John Buchanan; sisters-in-law Irene Pittman Wallace, Anne Pittman Viverette, Debbie Pittman, the widow of George MacArthur Pittman; brothers-in-law Billy Pittman; Nieces Lisa Buchanan Hovator, Holly Langston Nation, Gail Pittman Walton, Angela Pittman, Vicky Howard Bradley, Marsha Howard Farrell; nephews Larry Buchanan, Steve Buchanan, Billy Wallace, Bobby Wallace, Jim Langston, Timothy Pittman; Aunt Doris Stancil.

Johnny Jean was preceded in death by husband H.A.; sisters-in-law Gertie Mae Pittman Buchanan, husband Buck, Ruth Elder Pittman Langston, husband James, Jacqueline “Jackie” Underwood Pittman, Jennifer Kaye Pittman Collins; brothers-in-law Arnold Webster Pittman, Thomas Rex Pittman, wife Carolyn, James Viverette, George 'Mac' McArthur; niece Sandra Annette Pittman Christian; nephew Stephen Hinnant; aunts Mavis Stancil, Patsy Stancil Hare, Vessie Joyner, Eula Stancil Smith; uncles Clyde Stancil, Garland Stancil, Carl Stancil.

Johnnie Jean was born on Dec. 16, 1938, in Wayne County, NC, the daughter of John Henry Hooks and Beatrice Lorena Holland. Grandparents were Murray M. Holland & Mattie Holland, and John C. Hooks & Cornelia Daubiney.

She grew up on a farm in the Great Swamp Community of Wayne County, North Carolina.

Johnnie Jean met H.A. at the Corner Grill in Kenly, a popular teen hangout. She attended Kenly High School. They began dating. H.A. attended Glendale High School in rural Johnston County. They attended school events at both schools.

Johnnie was active in school. As a junior, she was class treasurer. She was a member of the Beta Club and Future Homemakers of America. She was voted most likely to succeed by her senior class.

H.A. was also active in school. He played basketball, baseball, was in the class play, member of 4-H, F.F.A and voted a senior superlative. He wrote on his graduation page,

“I can resist everything but temptation!” He graduated in 1955.

H.A. needed a good paying job. He moved to Newport News, Virginia and lived with Anne and her husband Billy Ray Howard. He was hired by the Newport News Shipyard.

Johnnie Jean had two more years at Kenly High School She stayed in touch with H.A. They were in love and planned to marry when she graduated in 1957.

She and H.A. married on May 25, 1957, in the Presbyterian Church, Kenly, N.C. Those attending included Anne and Billy Ray.

Johnnie worked in Raleigh for the State of North Carolina until H.A. found them an apartment in Newport News, Daughter Kandy Jean arrived several years later.

Johnnie and H.A. visited Kenly to see family and friends. H.A., an avid deer hunter, joined the Kenly Hunting Club, along with brother Mac, brother-in-law Buck Buchanan and James Langston. They enjoyed many weekends of conversation and hunting.

Their church home was Liberty Baptist Church. In addition to Sunday services, Johnnie attended Wednesday night services and formed many friendships over the years.

About 1963, Johnnie began working for the Noland Company, located in 11 states. This Newport News Company, established in 1919, is one of the largest distributors of well drilling equipment, plumbing, ventilation, HVAC, electrical, refrigeration, industrial and water systems supplies. Johnnie, was smart, dedicated, dependable and hard-working employee. She was in the data recording department when she retired. Her expertise was missed.

Johnnie’s first Stancil Reunion was in 1970 with H.A. and Kandy. Other Harvey Branch members attending were: Les Bass, Vicky Howard Bass, Katie Stancil Dale, Donald L. Dale, Jr., Marsha Howard, Vessie Stancil Joyner, Gertrude Stancil Pittman, Angela Pittman, Carolyn Pittman, Anne Pittman Viverette, Tom Pittman, H.A. Pittman, Johnnie Jean Hooks Pittman, Grey Stancil Smith, Ann Demko Stancil, Doris Stancil, Garland Stancil, G. W. Stancil, Pam Stancil, Bob Thome, Carrie Thome, Christopher Thome, Janet Stancil Thome, Anne Pittman Viverette, James Viverette. Grandsons John and Matt were blessings to Johnny and H. A.


November 2016

Gloria Maxine Stancil Wood, Nov. 23, 2016

Oct. 29, 1926-Nov. 23, 2016

Gloria Maxine Stancil Wood
Gloria Maxine Stancil Wood
Johnnie died Sept. 25, 2016

Gloria Maxine Stancil Wood, Josiah Branch, daughter of Leumos Waverly Stancil, mother of Tim and Chuck, died at 90. Maxine and husband Jim, lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Maxine had spent her last few months in hospice near Fort Lauderdale. Her son, Chuck, flew in to oversee her care. She died on Nov. 23, 2016, in hospice.

Her life was celebrated at Heritage Funeral Home, Chattanooga, Tenn., at 1 p.m., on Dec. 6, 2016, with a service conducted by nephew, Rev. David Michael Stancil, pastor of Sequoyah Baptist Tabernacle, Hixson, TN.

The scripture he read was II Timothy 4:6-8, 6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Several family members shared memories of Maxine including grandson Tristan, who spoke about their relationship and her brother Paul, 93, the patriarch, whose memories touched every heart.

Maxine’s favorite hymns were sung by Allen Brooks, “In “the Garden” and “Take My Hand.” Allen is the husband of Maxine’s niece Debra Sue. David gave a touching eulogy. At the conclusion of the service, Debra Sue, Allen and Elizabeth Langston Pierce sang, “How Great Thou Art.” Elizabeth is Maxine’s great niece. Following her burial beside her Great Aunt Marry Harris McAlister in Chattanooga Memorial Park Cemetery, the family gathered for food, fellowship and remembrance at the home of niece, Anne Stancil Langston in Chattanooga. Maxine is survived by husband: James “Jim” Pennington Wood, son: Charles “Chuck” Woodward Moore II, wife Kathy, grandsons: Philip Levi Burgess, Tristan Charles Moore, Nicholas “Nick” Jurgen Moore. Sister-in-law: Ann Elizabeth Crenshaw Turner Stancil, widow of Harold. Brother: Paul Edwin Stancil. Nieces: Anne Stancil Langston, Debra Sue Stancil Brooks (Allen), Allison Kay Stancil Bass (John), Gloria Jean Rowles Potter (Thomas). Nephews: James “Jimmy” Harding Stancil II (Phyllis), David Michael Stancil (Geri), Daniel Stuart Stancil (Cindy), Paul Edwin Stancil II, Harold “Chris” Stancil II (Robin), Fred Waverly Stancil, Russell Alan Stancil, David Tyler Stancil, William Thomas Rowles II, plus many great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by son: Timothy Levi Burgess, sister: Billie Jean Stancil Rowles, brothers: James “Jimmy” Harding Stancil, Harold Stancil. Niece: Gayle Lee Rowles McKane. Nephews: Phillip Anthony Stancil.

Leumos moved his family to Nashville, North Carolina, two years before Maxine was born. Leumos began selling Rawleigh products. In the 1800s, W.T. Rawleigh found the company that manufactured and sold ointments, internal liniment, spices, extracts, etc. Often Leumos waited until their tobacco crop was in to get paid.

Maxine was born on Oct. 29, 1926, in Nashville, North Carolina, to Sarah Ethel Harris and Leumos Waverly Stancil.

She was the 4th child and first daughter. Siblings were James “Jimmy” Harding Stancil, Paul Edwin Stancil, Harold Stancil and Billie Jean Stancil.

When Maxine was born, her grandma, Minnie sent Leumos’ sister, 14 year old Mozelle, to help Ethel.

Maxine grew up knowing some of her extended family. Her parented rented a large two story house and rented out rooms. One was occupied by first cousin Emmette and his wife Dessie Stancil, son, Emmette Jr., another by first cousin, Ralph, Emmette’s brother. They both were door-to-door salesmen, selling religious books. When Maxine was 3˝, Leumos decided to move his family to Tennessee, it was a healthier climate and recommended by Ethel’s doctor, who diagnosed her with pellagra. Untreated this caused dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia and even death. It was years before it was discovered that a deficient of niacin caused pellagra.

Leumos sent Ethel and the five children on the train to Chattanooga. Leumos drove the Model T the 650 miles with “Spot”, the family Pitt Bull, riding behind the headlight.

In 1934, Maxine got reacquainted with her cousin, Ralph Stancil. He visited them on his way from California to Kenly, N.C. He was a cowboy and wore all the trappings, boots, chaps, western shirt and hat. He arrived on a greyhound bus. This impressed Maxine, her brothers and sister. Tom Mix was a western popular movie star. When Maxine was 13, she attended her grandpa Stancil’s funeral and burial in Johnston County, North Carolina. Maxine

Maxine graduated from Chattanooga high school. She met Charles Woodward Moore, from Tenn. when they both worked for the Dupont Plant that made nylon. Chattanooga was referred to as the Dynamo of Dixie in the 1940s and was a leading industrial city. Charles, was from Tenn. he had enlisted in the Army at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, on April 2, 1943, and served until to June 3, 1946.

Maxine and Charles became engaged. Leumos and Ethel hosted a home wedding on June 26, 1946. Son, Charles “Chuck” Woodward Moore, Jr., was born May 22, 1948. Maxine and Chuck grew apart. They divorced in 1949. Charles moved to Chicago.

Claude and Verona Lancaster Burgess, moved their family from a farm in Alcorn, Mississippi to Chattanooga while son Willard Levi, was in the Navy. Willard enlisted in the Navy on Nov. 26, 1942 and was discharged on Nov. 24, 1945.

He moved to Chattanooga when he was discharged. Maxine met Willard in Chattanooga.

They fell in love and married about 1951. Willard welcomed step-son Chuck, into his life. Maxine and Willard had one son, Timothy Levi Burgess, born Nov. 13, 1952, in Chattanooga.

Maxine and Willard encouraged Chuck to join first the Cub Scouts and then the Boy Scouts. He excelled, earning many badges. When he was just 12, he became an Eagle Scout, the youngest ever in Tenn.

Maxine had a history of severe allergies, about 1961, Willard moved the family to Florida, hoping the climate would improve her health. The family joined the Plantation Baptist Church in south Florida.

Maxine worked in an aeronautical factory in south Florida. She assembled electric aircraft gauges that were placed in the instrument panel of helicopters.

Maxine loved music boxes and had a wonderful collection.

Maxine was a big fan of pop star Connie Francis, an Italian American who sang in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Connie was named Top Female Vocalist for 6 Consecutive years by Cashbox, Billboard and Jukebox Operators of America. Some of her memorable songs were: Who’s Sorry Now, Everybody Is Somebody’s Fool, Stupid Cupid and Where the Boys Are. She also starred in that movie.

In 1976, in honor of her father, Maxine, became an active member of the American Legion. She was a member for over 40 years. She served as the local President. She often spoke at local high schools, teaching them about Americanism, U.S. history, and patriotism.

Her father, Leumos, joined the U.S. Army in Sept. 1917. The USA entered WWI in April 1917.

He was a Wagoner in France. His responsibilities included transporting supplies by wagon and taking care of the horses. He drove wagons filled with ammunition to the front lines. He served until April 1919.

Maxine and Willard divorced in Florida.

Maxine was a good cook. Chuck loved her Coconut Cream Pie, his favorite. She made her mother’s famous Sweet Potato Pie and passed this recipe down to Chuck, Tristan and Nick, along with iron skillets necessary to use when making this special pie! Maxine’s turkey dressing recipe was wonderful too and often requested.

She found lasting happiness with James “Jim” Pennington Wood. They married on Jan. 21, 1990. Maxine took pride in her home. It was beautifully decorated and always ready to welcome guests. Maxine and Jim joined the First Baptist Church of Ft. Lauderdale. Maxine enjoyed country music and dancing.

In 2013, when niece Anne visited, Maxine took her on an airboat tour of the everglades. They saw turtles, snakes, many water birds, an Alligator Wrestling Show and rode across the River of Grass.

Recently when Jim began having memory problems, Maxine, became his caregiver. She made sure all his needs were met and worried about him when she entered the hospital and then hospice. For 26 years they shared a loving and committed relationship.

After Maxine’s death, Jim’s son made arrangements for Jim’s care.

Tristan visited her a few days before she died.

When Maxine’s name is mentioned in Broward County, Florida, members of the American Legion know her as the lady that went the second mile to support veterans and make sure they received the recognition they deserved.

Maxine will be remembered for the special loving relationship she had with grandsons, Tristan and Nick. They were never far from her thoughts. She shared family history with them. They made her so proud!

Tristan and Nick had a special name for their grandmother, “Mamaw.” They share memories of her.

“You know Mamaw was her grandson’s biggest cheerleader. Nick and I could do no wrong in her eyes, except to eat with our elbows on the table. She helped teach us about respect, manners, and unconditional love (both from her and from Jesus). My memories mostly consist of “skip-bo” games, delicious meals, and long story telling sessions full of history and wisdom. Sharing what can only be gained from 90 years of grit through an incredible period of US history. Tristan recalled her favorite hymn was, “How Great Thou Art.” I still remember her voice singing it.”


December 2016

Rhonda Lucas Harrington, Dec. 19, 2016

Dec. 17, 1972-Dec. 19, 2016

Gloria Maxine Stancil Wood
Rhonda Michelle Lucas Harrington

Rhonda Michelle Lucas Harrington, Tempy Ann Branch, daughter of Susan and Phil, wife of Jimmy, mother of Hannah and Hailey, died unexpectedly at 44.

Rhonda died at home surrounded by her family, on Dec. 19, 2016, in Lake Jackson, Texas.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 22, at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, in Lake Jackson, Texas.

A graveside service, celebrating Rhonda’s life was conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, in Evergreen Memorial Park, 2800 Nash St. N, Wilson. Her family received friends immediately following the service.

Rhonda is survived by her husband, James “Jim” Patterson Harrington; twin daughters Hannah Patterson Harrington and Hailey Bunn Harrington; parents Phillip “Phil” C. and Susan Diane Bunn Lucas. She was the niece of Sandra Lucas (Mike), Sherry Bunn and Betty Davis (Ricky). First cousins were Bert Boswell (Kristen), Jeff Elliott (Christy), Zach Elliott, Michael Thorne and Matt Davis.

She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents B.J. and Velma Hill Bunn, and her paternal grandparents, Clinton and Pat Lucas.

Rhonda was born on Dec. 17, 1972, in Wilson, NC. She graduated from HS and became a dental hygienist. She met and fell in love with James “Jim” Patterson Harrington.

They were married in Charlotte, N.C. on May 4, 1997. They were blessed with twin daughters; Hailey and Hannah. Rhonda was devoted and focused on her family. They moved to Texas. Hailey and Hannah were talented basketball players. Rhonda was a substitute teacher at Bess Brannen Elementary School, Lake Jackson, Texas. She was also the secretary of the Brazoswood High School Girls Basketball Team Booster Club, Clute, Texas. Rhonda’s parents, Susan and Phil visited often. Rhonda left beautiful memories of unconditional love.

“Your life was a blessing,

Your memory a treasure...

You are loved beyond words, and

Missed beyond measure.”

Renee Wood





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