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Doris Narron Stancil Velma Hill Bunn
Roy 'Ray' Alfred Stancil William Timothy Batts
Marshall Barnes Pope Betty Lois Hales Pender
Donald Eugene “Jimmy” Renfrow Alfred Roderick LaVie Jr.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

January 2017

Doris Narron Stancil, Jan. 26, 2017

June 29, 1925-Jan. 26, 2017

Doris Narron Stancil
Doris Narron Stancil, Harvey Branch, widow of Garland, mother of Katie and George, grandmother of Emily, Laura, Robin, Adam and Bryan, great-grandmother of Talmadge Martin, Ada Pusser, Madison Martin, Hunter Martin, Dean Purser and Britton Giquere, died Thursday, Jan. 26, at 91. Doris had been battling pulmonary fibrosis successfully for 1 ½ years, when she contracted pneumonia. She was hospitalized on Tuesday in Alleghany Memorial Hospital, Sparta, N.C. She passed away early Thursday morning. Parrish Funeral Home in Selma was in charge of the services. Visitation was from 2 to 3 p.m., on Sat., Jan. 28, 2017.

Her funeral followed at 3 p.m. in the chapel. Burial was at the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, on Hwy. 39, in Middlesex, N.C. Memorial contributions for the Children’s Library Fund at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, may be mailed to 8490 Highway 39, Middlesex, NC 27557.

Doris is survived by her daughter; Katie Yvonne Stancil Dale, husband Don, son; George Wallace Stancil, wife Pam, grandchildren; Emily Katherine Dale Giguere, husband Joe, Bryan Douglas Stancil, Adam Garland Dale and fiancé Katie Maslanka, Laura Dale Martin, husband Johnathan and Robin Dale, husband Steve, great-granddaughters; Talmadge Martin, Ada Pusser and Madison Martin, great-grandsons; Britton Lee Giguere, Hunter Martin and Dean Purser. Nieces; Brenda Hare Hooks, Cynthia Smith Carpenter. Nephew; William ‘Billy’ Gerald Stancil. Great-nieces; Sandy Guzzo Massello, Lisa Hooks Bennett. Great-nephews; John Angelo Guzzo, Jr., Christopher Carl Thom, Robert Gerald Stancil, William Justin Stancil, Lucas 'Lukey' Elliott Stancil.

First cousins: Irene Pittman Wallace, Anne Pittman Viverette, Billy Royce Pittman. Second cousins; Lisa Buchanan Hovater, Larry Buchanan, Steve Buchanan, Billy Wallace, Bobby Wallace, Holly Langston Nation, Jim Langston, Tim Pittman, Gail Pittman, Angela Pittman, Kandy Pittman Buchanan, Vicky Howard Bradley, Marsha Howard Farrell, Art Pittman, Chris Pittman and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Doris was preceded in death by Garland, her beloved husband, of 67 years.

Doris was born, June 29, 1925, in Johnston County. She grew up on a tobacco farm in O’Neal Township, Johnston County. Doris was the daughter of Manley Narron and Katie Gainey. She had six older brothers; Manley Jr., Johnny, Arnold, Tom, OB, and Cremo. She was the granddaughter of Nancy & John William Narron and Sally & Mack Gainey. Doris met George Garland Stancil when he and some of his friends went to Stancil’s Chapel to watch highway 42 being built. Doris and her family were also there to watch the construction. Garland asked someone, “Who is that girl on the other side of the road?” One person said, “It’s Doris Narron, why?” Garland replied, “Well, that's the girl I'm going to marry!”

They began seeing each other. Garland was the youngest child of Harvey Arthur Stancil and Bertha Florence Smith. He was the grandson of John Thomas Stancil, a farmer & Delaney Catherine Sasser and Britton Smith, a carpenter & Patsey Jane Lassiter.

Garland grew up on a farm. He registered for the WWII draft, in 1940. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Oct. 12, 1942. Garland was sent by train to Camp White, Oregon, near the Cascade Mountains for basic training.

After about 6 months, Garland sent for Doris. She traveled by train cross country. They were married on May 16, 1943, in Oregon.

Garland completed basic training and was assigned to the infantry. He was leaving soon to go overseas. Doris rode the train back to North Carolina.

Women were encouraged to join the war effort by doing jobs the men use to do. She left North Carolina to work in the Norfolk, Virginia shipyards. She was trained as an electrician’s helper. She used these skills years later when they built their home on the farm.

Garland was sent to Oran, Algeria in North Africa. Then he spent 14 months in Italy. Next, he marched from Naples to the Switzerland border.

Garland was discharged from the Army in Dec., 1945. He returned to the U.S. on the SS Fort Patrick Henry. This first Liberty Ship was built in Baltimore. Garland rode a troop train to Fort Bragg. He hired a car for $35, to take him to wife Doris' house in Johnston County.

Times were tough. Many young men were competing for jobs. Garland and Doris move onto the David Ermit Stancil farm. Garland farmed with one mule on shares for one year. Ermit was a distant cousin.

Garland and Doris moved to Fayetteville in 1947. Garland worked for the Veterans Hospital as a medical surgical attendant for four years. His older brother, Carl, also worked there for the VA. While in Fayetteville, Doris and Garland built a house.

In 1952, Garland and Doris moved back to Johnston County. He agreed to farm on halves for Dr. Raymond Elmore Earp. This was a big change from Fayetteville and their new house. They were furnished an ancient house on the farm. Doris remembered the cracks in the floor boards were so large she could see chickens running under the house! There was NO indoor plumbing, only an outhouse. Doris left behind a new washing machine too.

The farm was near Clayton. Garland was responsible for over 1000 hogs and 100 cows. The days were long and he did not even get Sundays off! He spent about 20 years with Dr. Earp.

Doris and Garland had two children, Katie Yvonne Stancil and George Wallace Stancil. Doris was an expert seamstress and made most of her and Katie’s clothes. Doris also knitted, crocheted and cross-stitched.

In October of 1965, Garland and Doris, worked hard together to buy the farm where Garland grew up. Garland continued working for Dr. Earp while they saved and built a home on the farm, on what is today, Garland Lane, just off Glendale Road. For a while Garland managed Dr. Earp’s farm, while farming on his childhood farm.

Doris had an interest in styling hair and had natural ability. She decided to attend cosmetology school in Raleigh. She opened a beauty shop in her home. She had many loyal clients who were also her friends. After many years, Doris cut back on her beauty shop days. She worked a few days a week doing alterations at Ann’s Sewing Room, in Wilson.

Doris was a long time member of the Antioch Baptist Church, Middlesex. This was her childhood church. Garland joined this church too. Doris was a faithful member. Doris sang in the choir, presided over the WMU, (Woman's Missionary Union). She frequently visited and took food to the sick. She attended church services as long as she was able.

Doris had a large garden for years. After Garland’s death, George helped her with the garden until she decided to stop in 2013. Doris froze, canned, and pickled a variety of vegetables. Vegetables in her garden included collards, cabbage, beans, cukes, tomatoes, potatoes, artichokes, okra and several varieties of squash.

Doris was an excellent cook and best known for her delicious old fashion apple jacks. Her grandchildren raved about her chicken pastry too. They expected her specialties on every visit and Doris did not disappoint them.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed T.V. shows, “The Bold and Beautiful” and “The Young and Restless.” Son George, raised miniature donkeys. He also entered them in fairs, including the North Carolina State Fair. For a while, he kept some of them on his parent’s farm. They enjoyed the cute, friendly donkeys.

Grandson Adam was interested in bugs. Doris fondly recalled his bug collecting visits when he was at NC State. He walked all over the farm, lifting up many logs and rocks and examining all the out buildings for a variety of bugs. Doris was so proud when he graduated with a Ph.D. in entomology and a minor in horticulture, on Dec. 18, 2015, from North Carolina State University.

Doris and Garland attended many Fletcher and Gertrude Stancil Pittman Reunions. Gertrude was Garland’s half-sister. Her mother died when she was born. Her pa, Harvey, married Bertha a few years later. She was a wonderful mother to Gertrude. Garland died in October 2010. They were married for 67 years.

Visiting the farm was special. Bryan, Emily, Adam, Robin and Laura fondly recall fishing in the pond and the annual Easter egg hunt. Shooting skeet with Garland was a special memory. Doris joined in too. She preferred shooting at targets! This was a fun filled family affair. Doris and Garland attended many Stancil Reunions.

Daughter, Katie remembers her parents: "We grew up in a loving Christian home with parents who provided us with everything we needed and taught us to respect others, a good work ethic, and the importance of family. I'll forever be proud of who they were and how they lived. We were so fortunate to have them as long as we did and for our children to have a great relationship with them and special memories."

Son George remembers his parents: “They were hard working people that sacrificed a lot for their family. I'll always be proud of them and appreciative for the life they provided for us.”

 

February 2017

Velma Hill Bunn, Feb. 3, 2017

Nov. 28, 1930-Feb. 3, 2017

Velma Hill Bunn

Velma Hill Bunn, Tempy Ann Branch, daughter of James Clarence and Mary Ella Renfrow Hill, granddaughter of Tempy Ann Stancil, mother of Susan, Sandra, Sherry and Betty Jo, died at 86.

Velma passed away on Feb. 3, 2017. Her visitation was from 6-7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at Singleton Funeral Home, 2413 Nash St NW, Wilson, NC 27896. Her graveside service was at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at the Marsh Swamp Original Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Marsh Swamp OFWB Church, 6664 Rock Ridge School Road, Sims, NC 27880 or Free Will Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 249, Middlesex, NC 27557.

Velma is survived by four daughters; Susan Bunn Lucas, husband Phil, Sandra Bunn Lucas, husband Mike, Sherry Lynn Bunn, Betty Jo Bunn Davis, husband Ricky; sister, Margie Hill; grandchildren, James “Jim” Patterson Harrington, widower of Rhonda Lucas Harrington, Robert “Bert” Jefferson Boswell, wife Kristen, Jefferson “Jeff” Colin Elliott, wife Christy, Zackary “Zack” Graham Elliott, Michael Holden Thorne and Matthew “Matt” Hunter Davis; great-grandchildren, twins Hailey Bunn Harrington and Hannah Patterson Harrington, Brayden Robert Boswell, Brooke Elizabeth Boswell, Colin Walter Elliott, Amelia Claire Elliott and Lilly Shyanne Thorne; she was especially close to nieces, Frannie, Linda, Janet and Mary; nephews, Rick, Bobby; special family friend, “Urkel” Chris Fox.

Velma was preceded in death by her husband, Bardin Jefferson “B.J.” Bunn; sisters, Myrtie Hill Deans and Rachel Hill; granddaughter, Rhonda Lucas Harrington. Velma grew up in rural Johnston County. She was the youngest child of James Clarence Hill and Mary Ella Renfrow.

Velma was born at home on Nov. 28, 1930. She grew up in a large two-story white house with a large front porch and a triple fireplace. She had black hair and brown eyes. Her great-grandmother, Delaney Catherine Sasser Stancil, had brown eyes too.

Velma walked to the Presbyterian Sunday school. Velma grew up working in the neighborhood, helping in tobacco and picking cotton.

Velma learned to quilt and crochet. She gave her mother an afghan she made. She also had a talent for cutting, styling and perming hair. A gift she shared with her sisters.

Velma met Bardin Jefferson ‘B. J.’ Bunn, Jr., when she was 17. He was an Army veteran, who had served in Germany during WWII. A friend at Neb Renfrow’s store, near Moore’s School House introduced them. Neb had a juke box and his store was the neighborhood gathering and dancing place. Neb was the one who taught Velma to jigger bug. B.J. was the son of Martha Ethel and Bardin J. Bunn Sr. He grew up in the Rock Ridge community in Wilson County. He and Velma began dating.

Velma graduated from Glendale High School on June 6, 1949.

Velma and B. J. were married in the afternoon of November 4, 1950, by B. J.’s uncle, Preacher Herndan Boykin, at his home.

Velma and B.J. joined Marsh Swamp Original Free Will Baptist Church in Sims, NC.

Velma was a good cook. Her biscuits were delicious. She baked biscuits for each meal.

Velma taught herself to sew and became a talented seamstress. She had one of the early electric sewing machines. She sewed for her daughters. Velma was a caregiver for her mother-in-law, Martha Ethel Bunn for 5 years.

A few years later, when her mother, Ella, needed care, Velma visited frequently, giving her loving care.

B.J retired in 1989. Velma and B. J. went on their dream vacation trip that lasted 25 days. They traveled from North Carolina to California and back, visiting many landmarks.

B. J. researched his family genealogy. Velma accompanied him as he visited cemeteries, recording vital information. He put his research in a book. A copy is in the Braswell Library in Rocky Mount, N.C.

B.J. died on July 27, 2006. He and Velma had been married 55 years.

Velma liked flowers and had one of those rare, old fashion pink rose bushes that hummingbirds loved. Her indoor tabby cat, ‘Kitty’, loved to sit in the window, watching the birds.

Velma was a survivor. Over the years she overcame a number of medical problems including lymphoma.

Velma’s 80th birthday was special. It was celebrated with dinner for the entire family at Parkers Barbecue in Wilson.

Velma was a cherished family member. She was surrounded by love. Her beautiful smile lit up a room. Her love made all feel special. She shared many childhood memories. She grew up in a family where hard work was valued and members looked out for each other. Velma left her family with a legacy of love.

March 2017

Roy 'Ray' Alfred Stancil, March 12, 2017

March 12, 2017

"Ray" Alfred Stancil

Roy 'Ray' Alfred Stancil, Samuel Branch, son of Lonnie, husband of Muriel, father of Susan, Sharon and Melissa, grandfather of Taylor, Caroline, Jordan, and Mathilda, great-grandfather of Avery, died at 91. Ray passed away expectantly on Sunday, March 12, 2017. His visitation will be on Friday, March 17, 2017, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Forest Hills Baptist Church, 1407 Forest Hills Road, Wilson, NC and other times at the home. His funeral will follow at 11 a.m. Rev. Justin Deeter will officiate.

Interment after the service is in Maplewood Cemetery. Flowers are welcome or memorials may be sent to Forest Hills Baptist Church, 1407 Forest Hills Road, Wilson, NC 27896 or the Wilson Elks Lodge, P.O. Box 3774, Wilson NC 27895.

William Timothy Batts, March 26, 2017

Oct 10, 1966-March 26, 2017

Timothy Batts

William Timothy “Tim” Batts, George Branch, grandson of Vazelle, son of Bill, brother of Claire and David, dad of Eva and Nick, died on March 26, 2017, at 50. A Celebration of Tim’s Life was held on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 4 p.m., at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh. The family received guests immediately following the service.

A GoFundMe Educational Fund for Eva and Nick’s has been created.

Tim began medical treatment for cancer in October, at Duke University Medical Center. He stayed with his uncle and aunt, Jim and Kathy Batts in Wake Forest, N.C.

Tim made trips home to Bristol, Virginia. Eva and Nick’s mother, Leanne, made trips with them to Wake Forest, including Christmas. Tim last trip home was to celebrate Nick’s 12th birthday, Feb. 13.

Leanne drove Eva and Nick to visit Tim, for the last time on March 25. These visits brightened Tim’s days.

Tim is survived by children; Eva Nichole Batts and William Nicholas “Nick” Batts, father; William “Bill” Henry Batts Jr., wife Jackie, sister; Claire Suzanne Batts Green, brother; David Henry Batts, wife Lea. Niece; Hattie Elizabeth Batts, Nephew; Henry Parker Batts. Uncle; James “Jim” Ralph Batts, wife Kathy. First cousins; Julie Renee Batts Hunter, husband Gil, James “Jamey” Ralph Batts Jr., wife Lisa, Cousins; Benjamin G. Hunter III, James Mitchell Hunter, Brenden Sawyer Hunter. He was preceded in death by his mother; Brenda Forrest Roden Batts; grandmothers Eva Vazelle Stancil Batts Jessup and Omar Middleton Roden Brown; Grandfathers William Henry Batts Sr. and Roy Forrest Roden. Tim’s dad, Bill, was a career Naval Officer. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1959.

The family; Bill, Brenda and Claire, moved to Idaho in 1964. Older brother, David, was born the next year. Tim was born on Oct. 10, 1966.

Bill brought his family to the 1976 Stancil Reunion.

The family made several moves before his dad, Bill, retired in 1980 from the Navy. They settled in Wake County, North Carolina Tim graduated from Middle School in Cary and graduated in 1985, from Apex High School in Apex, a suburb of Raleigh.

In 1985, Tim began college at UNC Greensboro. After two years, he transferred to NC State University. This university had also been the choice of his uncle, Jim, and first cousin Jamey, He graduated in 1990 with a degree in Communications.

His first job was as a sales rep for Xerox. He worked in Raleigh and Wilmington. While at NC State University, he met Leanne Stepanovich She grew up in Pennsylvania. Leanne and Tim fell in love and were married on Oct. 22, 1994, in Fairfax, Virginia.

They welcomed two children; Eva and Nick. Tim formed friendships throughout his work career. An early position was with IKON Office Solutions. He sold high speed printing services. After a few years, Tim was hired by Verizon FIOS (Fiber Optic Service).

He was popular with co-workers and a good influence. They especially enjoyed his wonderful sense of humor, laughter and traveling with him. Tim had a ready smile and was known for his graciousness, generosity, dedication and intellect. Tim was adaptable and a quick learner. He loved and gravitated toward new challenges. Fellow salesmen and women, watched in awe as Tim’s natural charisma, genuine interest in people, phenomenal memory, helped him succeed in life and sales. Friends were quick to recommended Tim for job openings. Tim had the self-confidence necessary to tackle new and challenging positions. Tim always exceeded expectations. Tim used his skills to make each new business venture a winner for the company.

Tim always had an eye towards the future and he was enthused about new opportunities, including being named Director of Sales for Aligned Technology Solutions LLC. Tim supported both the NCSU Wolf Pack and the UNC Tar Heels. He loved cheering them to victory.

One of Tim’s memories, was meeting friends at The Starboard in Dewey Beach, Delaware, in 2005. They enjoyed live music, delicious food, craft beer and watched the UNC Tarheels win the National NCAA Title! Tim favorite baseball team was the Boston Red Sox and favorite NFL team was the Oakland Raiders. Spending time with family was important.

Tim was a great dad who spent time with Eva and Nick, demonstrating unconditional love and pride. His life was centered around them. Nick joined the Boy Scouts. Nick and Tim enjoyed camping trips. Tim was a proud dad when Nick was selected for the Order of the Arrow. It honors Scouts that best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law.

One highlight of spending time with Uncle Jim, was having lunch with cousin, J.G. Renfrow. Tim loved hearing family stories. He felt a real connection and longed to know even more to share with Eva and Nick. Tim spent the fall and spring with Uncle Jim and Aunt Kathy, while in treatment at Duke. Tim enjoyed lunch in Zebulon with Jim, Jamey, and Cousin J. G. Renfrow.

They shared memories about the extended family. Tim enjoyed visits from his sister, Claire. They grew close during the months he spent with Jim and Kathy.

Memories of first cousin, Jamey: “When Tim, David, Claire, Renee, and I were young, we spent holidays together at Granny Bea's house, we especially enjoyed, when cousins were able to sit together in her parlor room and share our dinner together, where we would laugh and share our food. When Tim first moved to Raleigh from Norfolk, I carried Tim around town in my yellow Chevy Nova. We enjoyed hanging out at the Kildare swim club. Tim shared his love for music, including Dillon Fence concerts, football, and his Eva and Nick. We shared our alma mater NCSU and enjoyment of watching athletic events. I'm going to miss you buddy!”

May 2017

Marshall Barnes Pope, May 1, 2017

June 5, 1934-May 1, 2017

Marshall Barnes Pope

Marshall Barnes Pope, Henry Branch, grandson of Henry, son of Agnes and Raymond, husband of Jean, father of Kathy and Brent, died at 82. Marshall died on Monday, May 1, 2017, in the Johnson County at SECU Hospice House, Smithfield, North Carolina, after a few months of health problems.

Marshall’s funeral was at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4, at Joyner’s Funeral Home, Wilson. Entombment followed at Evergreen Memorial Park, Wilson. Elder Harold Pittman, officiated. The family received friends from 6–8 p.m. Wednesday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, Wilson and also at the residence. Memorial contributions, in honor of Marshall, may be made to the Pennies from Heaven, Regional Medical Oncology Center, 2624 Ortho Drive, Wilson, North Carolina 27893 or SECE Hospice House, 426 Hospital Road, Smithfield, North Carolina 27577.

Marshall is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean Faye Brown Pope, daughter; Kathy Lynn Pope Gallant, husband Richard, son; Marshall Brent Pope, wife Sherry, Grandchildren; Andrew Richard Gallant, Mary Marshall Gallant Kunicki, husband David, husband David, Katherine Brown Pope Andrews, husband Derek. Great-grandson; Talon James Andrews.

Sister-in-law; Betty Louise Hare Pope, widow of Charles, Nieces; Connie Lanette Johnson Moore, Sara Ann Bass Johnson, Marsha Johnson Barfield, Frances Renee Johnson Futch, Vivian Elizabeth “Libby” Pope, Frances Annette Pope Patterson, Myra Dawn Pope Bridges, Bonnie Gail Pope Nutter.

Nephews; Joseph Raymond Johnson, Kimmy “Kim” Eugene Pope, David Claiborne Pope. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Raymond and Nancy Agnes Stancil Pope, his four siblings, Frances Pope Johnson and husband William Robert, Raymond Eugene “Gene” Pope, wife Grace, Charles Ray Pope, and Henry “Speck” Claiborne Pope and wife Carol Ann Lewis Pope. Nephews; Robert Gerald Johnson, Randy Nelson “Newt” Pope.

Marshall was born at home on June 5, 1934. Dr. Woodard delivered him. He was the second son and third child of Agnes and Raymond. Mary Frances and Raymond Eugene “Gene” were older.

Marshall grew up in Center Ride Presbyterian Church. This church was started about 1915, by his grandpa, Henry Stancil, and neighbor, Thomas Cockrell. They joined together to donate land for the recently organized, Center Ridge Presbyterian Church. This church grew out of the neighborhood Sunday school, held at Mr. Tommy Cockrell’s house.

Henry and his entire family joined Center Ridge Presbyterian Church. This was the closest church. Henry let the church use his well at the tenant house. He donated the timbers for the Church building.

Raymond was a tenant farmer for his father, John Thomas Pope. Raymond grew tobacco, cotton, wheat and corn. Tobacco and cotton were the main cash crops. His sons; Gene, Marshall, Charles and Henry “Speck” all worked on the farm.

Marshall attended Glendale High School. He was elected president of his Junior Class. Marshall, was agile, athletic and a talented basketball player. When he was a freshman, he played on the Midget Basketball team. He played basketball when he was a sophomore, Junior and Senior.

He was the assistant editor of the 1952 yearbook, Glen-Cedo and also the sports editor.

Marshall was stage manager for the play, “There Goes the Bride.”

Marshall was voted the Best Dressed in his Senior Class.

Marshall graduated from Glendale High School in 1952.

Marshall met Jean Faye Brown from Micro, at a Glendale Basketball game. She was there to see the Micro boys play Glendale High School.

They had much in common. Jean was a gifted basketball player on the Micro high school team. She played all 4 years, and was selected for All County 2 years and for Tournament Play, 2 years. She was also voted the most athletic in her class. This comment about her is in her school yearbook was fitting, “A whiz when it comes to basketball!” After graduation, she played college basketball.

Jean’s parents, Artis Ervin Brown and Zela B. Brantham farmed.

Marshall and Jean Faye Brown married on Feb. 26, 1955. They married in the home of W.E. Renfrow, a Free Will Baptist minister, in O’Neal Township of Johnston County. Ila Stancil Creech, Marshall’s aunt, was a witness. Marshall worked in the Norfolk shipyards for 10 months. Then he was hired by a sheet metal company out of Indiana and helped put the sheet metal on the Westinghouse Plant in Raleigh.

Marshall served in the U.S. Army. He was sent to France. He had his Radio License and was assigned to man the radio site in France. During the Oct. 16-28, 1962, Cuban Missile Crisis, he was recalled to the United States, and stationed at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Marshall and Jean had two children; Marshall Brent Pope born in Ahoskie, N.C. Kathy Lynn Pope born in Morehead City, N.C.

Marshall worked for Carolina Telephone Company in several North Carolina locations including Morehead City, Ahoskie and Wilson. He enjoyed the work and excelled there. Carolina Telephone was bought by Sprint and he retired from Sprint.

Marshall was a life-long sports fan, particularly Basketball. He and Jean’s love of basketball began in high school. His favorite college team was the Duke University Blue Devils.

Marshall and Jean were so proud of great-grandson, Talon James Andrews, son of Derek and Katie.

Marshall farm heritage was evident when you looked at his pristine and beautifully manicured lawn. Marshall was an avid reader after his retirement. He enjoyed a wide variety of books including suspense, legal, political thrillers, history and mysteries. He kept a list of books he read.

Marshall always took pride in his appearance. He wore bright and happy shirts, ironed to perfection and khakis with perfect pleats. Marshall and Jean enjoyed eating at Cracker Barrel, McDonalds and Bojangles. Many who worked and ate there became good friends.

Following retirement, Marshall donated time delivering meals on wheels for the Wilson County Senior Center.

He also volunteered at New Hope and other elementary schools. He also coached in the Wilson Recreation youth baseball league. He formed many special long-lasting friendships with children, parents and staff. When he and Jean went out, people wanted to speak to Mr. Pope. He was a mentor to numerous children, forever stopping to talk to kids who passed his way, often remembering them with gift cards on their birthday.

Marshall and Jean liked to travel and destinations were New England, Nova Scotia, the Grand Canyon, Arizona and Seattle.

Several months before his death, he and Jean traveled to Chicago to attend the wedding of his namesake and granddaughter, Mary Marshall. He and Jean were very happy to be able to make this trip!

Marshall will be remembered as a kind, thoughtful man, who brought joy and smiles to others. He was a good neighbor and friend.

Marshall was also a devoted family man. He and Jean shared a special love that began when they met at a basketball game in 1952.

Daughter Kathy remembers her dad.

“Was known as a friendly man with a beautiful smile for everyone he met...took time to reach out to people he didn't even know... Brightened everyone's day just by being with him for a few moments… was a hopeful, optimistic, thoughtful, caring soul and a gentleman.”

Betty Lois Hales Pender, May 13, 2017

Sept. 4, 1934-May 13, 2017

Betty
Betty Lois Hales Pender

Betty Lois Hales Pender, Tempy Branch, is the daughter of Delphia Pearl and James Perry Hales, sister of Janice, mother of Betty Jo, grandmother of Rhonda, great-grandmother of Izzy and Matt, died at 82.

Betty’s health had been fragile for several years. She resided at Johnston UNC Healthcare. She died on May 13, 2017. Her funeral service will be announced later, by her family.

Betty is survived by daughter; Betty Jo Pender Willoughby, husband A.G., granddaughter; Rhonda Jo Evans Mangin, husband Mike, grandchildren; Elizabeth “Izzie” Mangin and Matthew “Matt” Mangin, sister; Janice Marie Hales Batten. Nieces; Nancy Pearl Hales Zartarian, Lynn Hales Britt, Carol Elizabeth Hales Stovall, Brenda Clell Furr Buckingham, Suzanne Hales Johnson, Linda Elizabeth Hales Keen. Nephews; James Perry Hales III, William Darden Hales, Leon Douglas Hales, Robert Nelson Furr Sr., Michael William Johnson, 'Sandy' Thurman Ross Batten, II, Jeffrey Hales Batten. Plus many cousins.

Betty was preceded in death by siblings; James Perry Hales, Jr., Fletcher Bythe Hales, Leon Daughtridge Hales, Ernest Harold Hales, Dorothy Clell Hales Furr, Winfred Hill Hales, Floyd Everette Hales, Vara Pearl Hales Johnson, Duke Nelson Hales.

Betty Lois was born on Sept. 14, 1934, in Johnston County, NC. She grew up in Kenly and went to Kenly High School. The family attended the Kenly Free Will Baptist Church.

In the 1940 Census, the family lived on Watson St, Kenly, NC. Betty was popular and quite athletic. She attended Kenly High School. Betty was a cheerleader. Roger Earl Pender also attended Glendale High School.

Roger Earl was the son of Albert and Pearl Rogers Pender of Johnston County, NC. They were tenant farmers in Micro, Johnston County, NC. Roger was born June 7, 1928. He had at least five older siblings Willie, Ruth, Albert, Cary and Daniel.

Betty and Roger met during one of the sports competition of Kenly VS Glendale. This was a keen rivalry. Betty and Roger stayed in touch.

Roger joined the Army and was a member the AUS (Army of the United States). He served for 21 months. During this time, he was sent to Korea. He was trained as a Radar Operator and assigned and to the Artillery Branch. On May 23, 1951 Roger was seriously wounded by a missile. He was released from the hospital on July 11, 1951 and returned to the States. Roger spent many months recovering at Ft. Campbell, KY.

Roger returned to Kenly. Roger was the son of Albert Pender and Pearl Rogers (who married 23 Dec 1913 in Johnston County, NC). Roger and Betty began dating. Betty and Roger were married on August 23, 1953, by Rev. J. Warren Mallard, in the Kenly Freewill Baptist Church. Betty wore a beautiful white wedding gown. They rented a new Wilson apartment and later built a house in Kenly. At first, Roger drove an oil and gas truck for Ray Boyette in Kenly. Years later Betty and Roger became accountants. They were in this profession for over 40 years. Betty excelled here.

Betty and Roger had one daughter, Betty Jo born June 11, 1954.

Betty and Roger divorced on March 7, 1960, in Wayne County. Roger died on June 18, 1978, in a Wilson Hospital, Wilson, NC. He was young, just 50 years old.

Betty bought a modest house in Kenly. She enjoyed visiting Janice, who had been a widow since 1956. Janice welcomed the company. Betty continued working until she was 72.

Betty had good health for many years. She even did some crocheting for her family. She and Janice maintained their close relationship. Betty helped Janice with her garden and enjoyed helping preserve vegetables.

In 2010, Betty had a mini stroke and fell. This prompted her to move into a small assisted living community in Selma. Residents in each building are limited to 5 residents. Her large living/sleeping area is filled with her personal furnishings. There is also a common area. Betty goes on frequent outings and sees her baby sister, Janice often.

Betty is remembered as kind, thoughtful and smart. She was a caring sister who stayed in close touch with her baby sister, Janice. She was proud of her daughter Betty Jo, granddaughter Rhonda and great- grandchildren, Izzy and Matt. Visits from them was a special.

This poem expresses her family’s love:

I thought of you with love today,

But that is nothing new.

I thought about you yesterday,

And days before that too.

I think of you in silence,

I often speak your name.

All I have are memories

and a picture in a frame.

Your memory is a keepsake,

With which I will never part.

God has you in his keeping,

I have you in my heart.

Author Unknown

June 2017

Donald Eugene “Jimmy” Renfrow, June 22, 2017

Nov. 8, 1927-June 22, 2017

"Jimmy" Renfrow

Donald Eugene “Jimmy” Renfrow, George Branch, son of Graydon and Rachel, brother of Gilda, Charles Edward, J.G., and Harold, widower of Elizabeth “Isabel”, father of Donna, grandfather of Alexis and Nicholas, died at 89.

Donald had been diagnosed with cancer. It took his life on Thursday, June 22, 2017, after he returned home from a brief hospital stay.

His visitation was from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, with the funeral service starting at 10 a.m., at the Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home, 55 Westminster St., Bellows Falls, VT. After the funeral, the burial will take place at 2 p.m. in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main St., Agawam, MA.

Memorial donations may be made to the New England Honor Flight, P.O. Box 16287, Hooksett, NH 03106; the Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156; or the Third Congregational Church, 14 River St., Alstead, NH 03602.

Donald is survived by his daughter: Donna Renfrow Burnes, grandchildren: Alexis and Nicholas, brother; J. G. Renfrow, wife Denise, nieces; Meredith Renfrow Braswell, Katherine Renfrow Williams, husband Steve, Lisa Fay Renfrow Fisher, Michelle Renfrow Smith, husband Tim, nephews: Walter Derek Six, Vincent Thomas Renfrow, wife Misty, great-nieces; Rachel Denise Strother, Abigail Katherine Williams, Katrina 'Katie' Gray Williams, Michelle Faye Fisher, MacKenzie Elizabeth Renfrow, Kayla Jeanine Renfrow, great-nephews; Joey Lane Pope, Thomas Michael Strother, William Graydon Braswell. First cousins; Bobby Renfrow, Reba Stancil House, Renn Stancil Hinton, Hale Ralph Stancil, wife Becky, William Harold Stancil, William “Bill” Henry Batts, wife Jackie , James “Jim” Ralph Batts, wife Lisa, Jean Eason LaVie, husband Al, Frank Edwin Eason, JoAnn Eason Alexander, husband Doug, Jes Arnold Hales, wife Betsy, Mary Ann Hales Weisiger, husband Lewis, George Ira Stancil III, wife Carol, Shirley Stancil Ginn, husband J.D. He was preceded in death by Elizabeth Anna “Isabel”, his wife of 56 years, sister; Gilda Gray Renfrow Six, husband Walter, brothers; Charles Edward Renfrow and Harold Thomas Renfrow, nephews; Mark Walter Six, Matthew Walter Six.

Celia Rachel Stancil married James Graydon Renfrow on Dec. 8, 1926. They were married in Selma by a Presbyterian Minister, Rev. A. M. Mitchell. At this time, Graydon was already a member of Spring Hill Presbyterian Church. Donald Eugene was delivered by a midwife on November 8, 1927, in Lucama, Wilson County, NC. Graydon gave Donald Eugene the nickname, “Jimmy”. He claimed Donald Eugene was too hard for a little boy to say! Jimmy was also given another nickname, George Thomas, by great uncle, Harvey Stancil.

Jimmy’s very favorite Christmas gift was a tricycle.

Jimmy started to school in Buckhorn in 1933. He attended first and second grades. In 1936, the family moved to the Peacock Place in Kenly and he went to school in Kenly. Jimmy watched brother J.G., who was less than a year old, while his mama picked cotton for extra money. He was placed in a basket. Jimmy attended First and Second grades in Buckhorn. He attended 3rd grade in Kenly. Then the family returned to Buckhorn.

In 1937, Graydon moved the family back to Lucama. Jimmy was a good worker. An early responsibility was plowing. He was handy with all farm chores and his pa depended on him. When Jimmy was 10 years old he caught his first fish off the bank of Little River, near Smithfield. Rachel fried it just for him.

Jimmy continued to enjoy fishing throughout his life.

Rachel taught Jimmy to milk when he was 12 and this became his job until he left home and then J.G. took over.

As soon as Jimmy was big enough, he began plowing with the mules. He recalled picking cotton and fighting boll weevil, bent on devouring it. Farm work was hard and never ending. There was always plenty to eat.

Jimmy began smoking like many young men his age. A habit he found hard to break.

Jimmy attended 8th and 9th grades at Rock Ridge. School was not enticing to Jimmy. He quit after 9th grade. When he turned 18 in November, he started looking at other opportunities. Rachel approved. Jimmy went for his military physical but failed because of his eye sight.

In January 1946, he was drafted; he passed the second physical, enlisted immediately and was sent to Fort Bragg. He joined the Army Air Corp. Jimmy transferred from the Army to the US Air Force in 1947, when it was officially created. He completed high school education in service. Jimmy was stationed at Scott Air Force Base in IL.

At first, he was being trained to be a teletype operator. Then the Air Force asked for volunteers to attend cooking school. Jimmy raised his hand. He was trained to cook and sent to the Westover officer’s mess. He was ordered to make the salad, he cut up the heads of lettuce into wedges and had tomatoes wedges too. An Army doctor had the party, Jimmy made a salad and then saw a worm in it! He discreetly removed it. According to Jimmy, the most important Army Motto is this: “Army operates on its stomach; if you don’t have your food you don’t have your Army!”

Jimmy was sent to Greenland from June through March in the late 1940’s. He was told there was a woman behind every tree, but the catch was, there were no trees. Jimmy returned to the USA aboard the SS103, a refrigeration ship. There were Army troops on board.

In 1948, Jimmy bought his first car, a 1940 Dodge for $800. Gasoline was 19 cents per gallon. On 1951, Jimmy was stationed at Westbury, NY. He went to ‘Paradise’ a glorified beer joint with a sergeant and his date. There were no girls. The owner told him, “Come back tomorrow night , we’ll have the girls here.” He did and met Isabel Gorski. They began dating in July 1951. Her parents, Thomas and Anna Gorski, immigrated from Hamburg, Germany in 1908.

Jimmy bought his first new car in 1952, it was a green Chevrolet and he paid $1900 for it. Jimmy thought this was the a perfect way to start married life! ‘They were married on February 23, 1952, in the Catholic Chapel at Westover Air Force Base. Isabel’s parents attended.

Throughout their marriage, Isabel attended the Catholic Church and Jimmy attended the Presbyterian Church.

In 1956, he was at Langley Air force Base, close to Hampton, VA. Langley is the home of the United States Air Force's 1st Fighter Wing (1 FW) and the 480th Intelligence Wing (480 IW). It also hosts Headquarters for the, Air Combat Command (ACC).

While in VA, Jimmy and Isabel lived close enough to visit Josiah cousin, Mozelle Stancil Campbell, daughter of his great-uncle, Josiah Stancil. Jimmy and Isabel lived in nearby Circle Trailer Park. Mozelle’s daughter, JoAnn, recalled their visits and sometimes staying for dinner.

Jimmy and Isabel had a beautiful boxer they doted on. Isabel expressed concern that she wasn’t pregnant. Mozelle said very matter of fact, “If you’ll get rid of that dog you’ll get pregnant!” Eventually the dog was gone and Isabel became pregnant.

Donna Jean was born on Feb. 21, 1958.

Jimmy was ordered to go from VA to Alaska in 1959. This was before Alaska was a state. By this time, daughter Donna was one year old. His tour was 2 years and only children over two years old could go to Alaska. Isabel and Donna moved into a trailer in her parent’s yard. Jimmy did extra hard duty to reduce his time away to only 18 months. When he returned, it took some time for Donna to adjust to having her dad home.

Jimmy retired in 1966 and then joined the civil service in VA. He worked in the Mess Hall of the Officers Mess at Westover during the Vietnam War and also at the Northampton V.A. Hospital.

Jimmy took a test to get rating, as a chief cook, Jimmy’s best duty station was at Langley. When Jimmy retired, with time in the Air Force and time in civil service, he served 37 years 2 months. This spanned World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. When Jimmy retired in 1989, he and Isabel moved to Chicopee, MA. Jimmy adopted a cat, Tinkerbelle, after Isabel had a stroke in 1990. For years, Isabel was able to stay at home. Eventually she entered a convalescing home in Chicopee. Jimmy visited her on most days. They had always had a particularly close and loving relationship.

Jimmy and J. G. were avid Red Sox fans.

In the mid-1990s, they visited the Ted Williams Museum in St. Pete, FL. They were fortunate to meet him there. He was their baseball idol. Isabel died on July 7, 2008. 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. Jimmy lived by himself for number of years in Chicopee. He spent the last years with his daughter, Donna in Landon, NH. He attended Stancil Reunions.

In 2016, J.G. and his grandson Thomas Strother visited Jimmy, Donna, children Alexis and Nicholas in New Hampshire.

Jimmy is remembered as a kind and gentle man who was blessed with a warm and affable personality. He was a loving father and grandfather. He had a deep faith. His life was an example of how we all should live.

August 2017

Alfred Roderick LaVie Jr., Aug. 28, 2017

Nov. 28, 1925-Aug. 28, 2017

Al
Alfred Roderick LaVie Jr.
Alfred Roderick LaVie Jr., George Branch, husband of Wyla Jean Eason LaVie, father of Shari LaVie Nelson, Kim LaVie Roberts (Carl), and Alfred Roderick LaVie III, Karen LaVie Luciano (Alex), grandfather of Tiffini Nelson Beauchamp (John), Joan Elizabeth Nelson, Amanda Nelson Hopkins (Robert), Cindy Nelson, Jacob LaVie (Savannah), great-grandfather of Emily Jean DeHuarte Kitching (Brandon), Julia Ann De'Huarte, Sarah Jessica De'Huarte, Jason Michael De'Huarte, Jolean Izzabelle Nelson, Lily Lynn Nelson, Robert “Robby” J. Hopkins, Kailana Mae LaVie; Great-great-grandfather of Peyton Jean Kitching, and Hayden Charles Kitching.

He is the brother-in-law of Brenda Eason Merry the widow of Woody, Frank Eason, Gary Cole the widower of Carol, Bonnie Eason the widow of Clevie, and Jo Ann Eason Alexander.

Al was born on Nov. 28, 1925, in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, to Emily and Alfred Roderick Sr. He died Aug. 28, 2017, in Bishopville, Maryland, surrounded by his family. A Mass of Christian memorial was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Holy Savior Catholic Church in Ocean City, Maryland. The Rev. Stanislao Esposito officiated. Al, an only child, grew up in Plymouth, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, near many cousins. His mother’s heritage was German/Polish. His father, born in Cuba, grew up on a cattle ranch there. His paternal grandmother was Spanish. His paternal grandfather was French. In French, “LaVie” means “the life.”

Al loved animals and his earliest pets included, Tippy, a Rat Terrier and a parrot, named Polly.

Al graduated from Plymouth High School. He registered for the WWII draft but was not drafted at first because he had no vision in his left eye. Eventually he did join the Army and he served as a dental assistant for 2 ½ years. He was discharged as a Sergeant.

Al entered Scranton University, a Catholic and Jesuit University in Pennsylvania. He earned a civil engineering degree. Al was interested in broadcasting not engineering, he headed to New York City where he studied at the School of Radio and Television Broadcasting.

He was hired by a Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, TV station. While there, he saw an advertisement for a radio job at WVOT (Wilson’s Voice of Tobacco), in Wilson, N.C. They wanted a disc jockey (DJ), newscaster and sports reporter for their AM station. Al applied, and was hired. Al met Wyla Jean Eason and her friend Jean. They both worked for the telephone company and visited the radio station. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1956, Al invited Jean to a movie. She accepted. Thus began their whirlwind romance. On the next date, Al met her parents Myrtle and Grover. A short time later, Al, went with Jean’s family to meet Jean’s grandmother, Eva Ann Mercer Stancil, a widow, in Johnston County. Granny Eva liked Al and he liked her. Her seal of approval was important to Jean. They became engaged and a wedding date was set. Al and Jean were the first couple married in the new brick Winstead Methodist Church, Wilson, N.C.

They were married on Jan. 6, 1957. Jean’s younger sister Carol was a bridesmaid. Jean and Al moved into a new brick home on Grove Street in Wilson. The went to Miami for their honeymoon.

They got their first pet, a Chihuahua name Chico, in Wilson. Later they rescued Sheila, a Collie/German Shepherd mix. Jean’s uncle, G.I. Stancil, gave them Prince, a Mountain Shepherd. Next was Muffin, a lovable mutt and a beautiful Irish Setter, Tonka. Al ventured into horses. His first was St. Martin, an Appaloosa and last was Maggie.

Al always had a soft spot for all animals and accepted strays and pets his children could no longer have. He took in Lady, who blessed him with a litter of puppies. Al gave all away, but Sparkie. A wild rabbit needed a home, so Bun Bun found one with Al. Someone gave him Pinkie, an entertaining ferret. There were numerous cats. Ones still living are Baby, Shadow, Tigger, Beardsley and Precious.

Al enjoyed announcing local ball games when he was at WVOT. He was an avid sports fan who watched football, baseball, basketball, and boxing. Favorite teams were the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Orioles.

Al liked his job in Wilson, where he wore many hats. This is where daughter Shari (1958) was born. Al had the perfect voice for radio and a great delivery style. Others in broadcasting recognized his talent. Soon he was hired by WPTF in Raleigh, N.C. Next WSKY in Asheville, hired him. He was news director and announcer. Al and Jean built a home there and this is where daughter Kim (1960) and son Al lll (1961) were born.

Mutual Broadcasting System discovered Al in the early 1960s. Al accepted their offer and moved his family to Silver Springs, Maryland.

Al’s skills continued to be recognized and he advance in his career. He moved to Bethesda, Maryland, and was based out of Washington, D.C. They built a new home in Bethesda. Al demonstrated his carpentry skills by finishing the basement. He built a laundry room, work room, storage room and a large family room with plenty of storage for favorite games. Daughter Karen was born in 1965.

Al and Jean purchased a 17-foot Prowler camper trailer that was parked for several years at the Ole Mink Farm Campground. It was in the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland. The children were encouraged to bring friends for camping trips and many lasting memories were formed. This campground was near Cunningham Falls State Park. It was their favorite swimming spot.

Eventually they sold the camper and began visiting the beach at Ocean City. It became a favorite destination.

Al was promoted to News Director and Bureau Chief for Mutual Broadcasting System, a position he held for 17 years. He covered many historical events, among them were the funerals of President John F. Kennedy, presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. He also covered some of John Glenn’s flights.

Al gave broadcasting opportunities to talented newsmen. One was Nicholas “Gene” Valentino. Al hired him as a network newsman in Washington, D.C., during “Watergate.”

Al retired in 1978 and the family moved to Bishopville, Maryland. When he had an opportunity to announce the news and make commercials for a local station, 100KHI, he happily came out of retirement. Once again, he was doing what he loved. Jean started her own career, baking pies for upscale restaurants, she was successful and known affectionately as the “Pie Lady.”

Al was a long time active member of St. Mary Star-of-the-Sea parish. He was a lector and Eucharistic Minister. Like his dad, he was active in the Knights of Columbus. He joined the Elks, the Eagles and American Legion, Post #166.

Vacation days were spent visiting Grandma and Grandpa Eason in Wilson, N.C., and Nana and Papa LaVie in Plymouth, Pennsylvania.

Al and Jean attended Stancil gatherings and Stancil Reunions.

Al was honored May 5, 2017, in Ocean City, Maryland, with a hero’s flag made in the image of his face, on a flag on the boardwalk. It will be flown until October 2017. It was in recognition of his years in the Army and his personal service to his country. This was a surprise to Al and Jean.

Al was never one to boast or brag about his many accomplishments. He was one of those special people who was unforgettable. In all conversation, his friendliness, intellect and interest in you shown though. He left a part of himself with everyone he met. Jean and Al shared a wonderful and loving life together.

Below is an obituary Al wrote several years ago. The other one was written by a dear friend, Bob Gibson.

Obituary of Al LaVie Jr.

By Al

Alfred Roderick LaVie Jr., nationally known newsman and local personality, died peacefully at home on Monday, August 28th, 2017.

Mr. LaVie was News Director of WKHI-FM for many years. He began his broadcasting career in 1954. His first years were spent in both radio and television. He spent 17 years with the Mutual Broadcasting System in Washington, DC where he had become Director of network news operations. Mr. LaVie had covered many news events including John Glenn’s historic three orbital space flights around the world. He covered other space shots of the Mercury Astronauts. He was part of the news team that covered the funeral John F. Kennedy and was tabbed the” Newsman with a Heart” for his heart grabbing description of the casket being carried out of the Capitol Rotunda while the late president’s widow Jackie and their two children waited at the bottom of the Capitol Steps.

Mr. LaVie covered many historic events including National Presidential conventions and Presidential inaugurations. As Director of news for Mutual, it was his responsibility to arrange for coverage of these events. He had newsmen assigned in most parts of the world along with those in various posts in Washington. There were state funerals, assassinations (of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.) There were weddings of daughters of presidents and parades for heroes.

Mr. LaVie was born in Plymouth, Pa. to the late Alfred Sr. and Emily LaVie. He graduated from Plymouth High School and from the University of Scranton. He also graduated from the School of Radio and Television Broadcasting in New York City from which he launched his broadcasting career.

Mr. LaVie had served with the U.S. Army, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, The Elks, and the Eagles, and the American Legion post #166.

After working in radio and television in Pennsylvania, Mr. LaVie journeyed to Wilson, North Carolina where he began his career as a news director. While there he met his wife Jean. They were married in an elaborate wedding with numerous local dignitaries in attendance.

Mr. LaVie loved the Coast and he and his family moved to St. Martin’s Neck in Bishopville, MD in October of 1978 when he joined 100-KHI.

Mr. LaVie was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman. He loved animals and always had pets including dogs, cats, horses and even a rabbit and a ferret over the years.

Mr. LaVie wrote an editorial in Oceana Magazine for many years and wrote feature articles for the Breeze. His opinion was well respected and his commentaries on WKHI were also well received, even though not always agreed with. He had many friends including judges, mayors, and others.

Mr. LaVie was active in the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church of Ocean City, MD having been a Lector and a Eucharistic Minister.

He survived by his wife Jean, the former Wyla Jean Eason, daughter of Grover and Myrtle Eason of Wilson, North Carolina. He is also survived by a son Alfred lll and by three daughters, Sharon Nelson, Kimberly Roberts, and Karen Luciano, and 5 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian memorial will be offered at Holy Savior Catholic Church on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 11:00AM. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Father Stanislao Espositoa will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

Obituary of Al LaVie Jr. by Bob Gibson

Alfred Roderick LaVie Jr., Nationally known newsman and local personality, died peacefully at home on Monday, August 28th, 2017.

Mr. LaVie was News Director of WKHI-FM for many years. He began his broadcasting career in 1954. His first years were spent in both radio and television. He spent 17 years with the Mutual Broadcasting System in Washington, DC where he had become Director of network news operations. Mr. LaVie had covered many news events including John Glenn’s historic three orbital space flights around the world. He covered other space shots of the Mercury Astronauts. He was part of the news team that covered the funeral John F. Kennedy and was tabbed the” Newsman with a Heart” for his heart grabbing description of the casket being carried out of the Capitol Rotunda while the late president’s widow Jackie and their two children waited at the bottom of the Capitol Steps.

Mr. LaVie covered many historic events including National Presidential conventions and Presidential inaugurations. As Director of news for Mutual, it was his responsibility to arrange for coverage of these events. He had newsmen assigned in most parts of the world along with those in various posts in Washington. There were state funerals, assassinations (of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.) There were weddings of daughters of presidents and parades for heroes.

Mr. LaVie was born in Plymouth, Pa. to the late Alfred Sr. and Emily LaVie. He graduated from Plymouth High School and from the University of Scranton. He also graduated from the School of Radio and Television Broadcasting in New York City from which he launched his broadcasting career.

Mr. LaVie had served with the U.S. Army, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, The Elks, and the Eagles, and the American Legion post #166.

After working in radio and television in Pennsylvania, Mr. LaVie journeyed to Wilson, North Carolina where he began his career as a news director. While there he met his wife Jean. They were married in an elaborate wedding with numerous local dignitaries in attendance.

Mr. LaVie loved the Coast and he and his family moved to St. Martin’s Neck in Bishopville, MD in October of 1978 when he joined 100-KHI.

Mr. LaVie was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman. He loved animals and always had pets including dogs, cats, horses and even a rabbit and a ferret over the years.

Mr. LaVie wrote an editorial in Oceana Magazine for many years and wrote feature articles for the Breeze. His opinion was well respected and his commentaries on WKHI were also well received, even though not always agreed with. He had many friends including judges, mayors, and others.

Mr. LaVie was active in the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church of Ocean City, MD having been a Lector and a Eucharistic Minister.

He survived by his wife Jean, the former Wyla Jean Eason, daughter of Grover and Myrtle Eason of Wilson, North Carolina. He is also survived by a son Alfred lll and by three daughters, Sharon Nelson, Kimberly Roberts, and Karen Luciano, and 5 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian memorial will be offered at Holy Savior Catholic Church on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 11:00AM. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Father Stanislao Espositoa will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

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Renn Stancil Hinton


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