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2020 Obituaries
Linda Sheryl Lane Hill Bill Houston
Donald Glenn Campbell Norma Renee Eason Warren
Rosa Imogene Hill Murphy Billy Royce Pittman
Shelley Burton Fox James "Jim" Pennington Wood
William "Bill" Joseph Creech Sr. Lee Baldree
Reuben Earl Mercer Ernest Franklin Hartley
Braxton Hill Paul Edwin Stancil
Shirley Stancil Cockrell Milton Vann Price
Myrtle Alene Isenhour Estes Charles "Chuck" Edward Stancil
Billy Ray Moran Melody Sue Creech
Folden Wilford "F.W." Lee Jr. Dennis Brian Berry
Dennis Wayne Edwards Scott Blane Kalani Stancil
Esther Marie Godwin Narron Charles Cecil Shaw Jr.
 
   
   
   

 

January 2020

Linda Sheryl Lane Hill, Jan. 7, 2020

Oct. 30, 1947-Jan. 7, 2020

Linda Sheryl Lane Hill, former wife of Timothy Gordon Hill, died at 72 on Jan. 7, 2020, in Wendell, North Carolina. She is the daughter of Mary Olive Lane and the late Robert Edmond Lane. She was born Oct. 30, 1947, in Wilson, North Carolina. (William Moses/Nelmer)

Bill Houston, Jan. 8, 2020

March 10, 1977-Jan. 8, 2020

Bill Houston, husband of Susan Sweesy Houston and father of Will and Ainlsey, died at 42 on Jan. 8, 2020, in Gilbert, Arizona. He was born March 10, 1977. (Emmette/Rose/Ike)

February 2020

Donald Glenn Campbell, Feb. 20, 2020

April 8, 1937-Feb. 20, 2020

Donald Glenn Campbell, husband of Christel Moll Campbell, father of Daniel Campbell, grandfather of Rachel Nicole Campbell and brother of JoAnn Brinson, died at 82 on Feb. 20, 2020, in Springfield, Virginia. He is the son of Glenn and Mozelle Stancil Campbell. He was born April 8, 1937, in Smithfield, North Carolina. Don served in the National Guard from 1953 to 1956 and was drafted into the Army in 1957 and was assigned to Heidelberg, Germany, where he met Christel. He was buried at Fairfax Memorial Park. Don is the grandson of Josiah.

Norma Renee Eason Warren, Feb. 20, 2020

March 8, 1970-Feb. 20, 2020

Norma Renee Eason Warren, wife of David Franklin Warren Jr. and mother of Lauren, died at 49 on Feb. 20, 2020. She is the daughter of Brenda Fay Wiggins Merry and the late Lelon Sr. She was born March 8, 1970. (Myrtle)

March 2020

Rosa Imogene Hill Murphy, March 16, 2020

Aug. 9, 1936-March 16, 2020

Rosa Imogene Hill Murphy, wife of Benny Murphy and mother of Tim, Benny and Pamela Foster, died at 83 on March 16, 2020. She is the daughter of Wilbert and Mayzell Boykin Hill and sister of the late Marvelene Carico and grandmother of the late Aaron Grizzle. She was born Aug. 9, 1936, in Johnston County, North Carolina. She is grandmother of Christy, Alan, Matthew, Kimberly, Corey, Breanna, Brandson, Whitney, Dustin, Tanner and Michael. She was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Mebane. She is the granddaughter of Arnettie.

Billy Royce Pittman, March 28, 2020

May 10, 1930-March 28, 2020

Billy Royce Pittman, father of Tim Pittman and Gail Pittman and brother of Irene Pittman Wallace and Anne Pittman Viverette, died at 89 on March 28, 2020, in Garner, North Carolina. He is the son of Fletcher and Gertrude Stancil Pittman and husband of the late Jackie Underwood Pittman. He was born May 10, 1930, in Johnston County, North Carolina. He is the grandfather of Alexandra and Jordan. Billy served in the Air Force during the Korean War and served with security police at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico. He was buried at Montlawn Memorial Park in Garner.

May 2020

Shelley Burton Fox, May 11, 2020

March 31, 1949-May 11, 2020

Shelley Burton Fox, former wife of Richard Garland Jones, mother of Ryahn Jones and Jahn-Mychal Fox and grandmother of Elina Fox, died at 71 on May 11, 2020, in Virginia Beach. She was born March 31, 1949, in Portsmouth, Virginia. She is the daughter of the late Shelton and Frances Burton. She was a teacher at Star of the School in Virginia Beach for many years. (Elbert/Annie)

June 2020

James "Jim" Pennington Wood, June 7, 2020

Dec. 11, 1926-June 7, 2020

James “Jim” Pennington Wood, husband of the late Gloria Maxine Stancil Wood, died at 93 on June 7, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was born Dec. 11, 1926, in Ray City, Georgia. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens South in Davie, Florida. Gloria is the daughter of Leumos and granddaughter of Josiah.

 

William "Bill" Joseph Creech Sr., June 8, 2020

Aug. 26, 1941-June 8, 2020

William “Bill” Joseph Creech Sr., husband of Giovannia, father of Kimberly and William Jr. and brother of Kenneth, Keith and Linda Gail, died at 78 on June 8, 2020, in Durham, North Carolina. He is the son of the late William Leslie Creech and Pauline Barbour Creech. Bill was also predeceased by his infant daughter, Lisa Jo Creech on April 16, 1964. He was born Aug. 26, 1941. He is the grandfather of Christian, Elisabeth and great-grandfather of William IV and Jackson. Bill served in the Navy from 1961 to 1965 and retired from IBM after 30 years. He was buried at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Durham. (Lillian)

 

Lee Baldree, June 14, 2020

Jan. 31, 1943-June 14, 2020

Lee Baldree, husband of Nancy Cayton Baldree and father of Alyson Baldree, Laura Lee Garrett, Emily Baldree Smith and Winifred Boswell, died at 77 on June 14, 2020, in Black Creek, North Carolina. He was the son of Arnold T. and Sarah Pearson Baldree. He was born Jan. 31, 1943, in Black Creek, North Carolina. He is the grandfather of Emma, William, Olivia, Anna, Jonathan, Wyatt, Kenan and Hadley. He joined the Marine Corps in 1966 and served in the Vietnam War, receiving the Purple Heart. (Bessie/Emma)

 

Reuben Earl Mercer, June 17, 2020

March 22, 1932-June 17, 2020

Reuben Earl Mercer, husband of Shirley Thigpen Mercer and father of Earl and William and brother of Wanda and Margaret, died at 88 on June 17, 2020, in Beulaville, North Carolina. He is the son of the late Willie and Beulah Mercer and grandfather of the late Tyler. He was born March 22, 1932. He is the grandfather of Candice, Wendy, Emily, Robert, William and Kaylin. He was buried at East Duplin Memorial Gardens in Beulaville. (Beulah)

July 2020

Ernest Franklin Hartley, July 24, 2020

Sept. 29, 1954-July 24, 2020

Ernest Franklin Hartley, father of Kevin, father-in-law of Brenda and former husband of Marsha, died at 65 on July 24, 2020, in Kenly, North Carolina. He is the son of the late William Thomas Hartley and Susan Jones Hartley. He was born Sept. 29, 1954, in Wilson County, North Carolina. He is the grandfather of Kassi. Ernest was a professional welder. He was buried in Kenly Cemetery. (Agnes/Mary Francis)

 

August 2020

Braxton Hill, Aug. 6, 2020

March 5, 1933-Aug. 6, 2020

Braxton Hill, father of Karen Hill Collins and Kevin Hill and brother of Phillip Ray Hill, Billy Wayne Hill and Jeri Lewis, died at 87 on Aug. 6, 2020, in Wilson, North Carolina. He was husband of the late P. Jay Narron Hill and son of Tonie and Ludie Edwards Hill. He was born March 5, 1933, in Johnston County. He served in the Army from 1954 to 1956 and worked at Watson Electrical Construction Company in Wilson. He was buried at New Jerusalem Free Will Baptist Church in Kenly. (Tonie)

 

Paul Edwin Stancil, Aug. 29, 2020

Nov. 8, 1923-Aug. 29, 2020

Paul Edwin Stancil, father of Paul II and Debra, died at 96 on Aug. 29, 2020, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is the son of Leumos and Ethel Harris Stancil and husband of the late Winifred Stopford Stancil. He was born Nov. 8, 1923, in Kenly, North Carolina. He is the grandfather of Dawn, Christy, Tiffany, Julie and Paul III. Paul was a World War II veteran and served in the Merchant Marines. Paul loved golf. He was buried at Chattanooga Memorial Park.

 

September 2020

Shirley Stancil Cockrell, Sept. 11, 2020

Aug. 2, 1936-Sept. 11, 2020

Shirley Stancil Cockrell, mother of Rhonda Shiryl Cockrell Rhodes and sister of Alice Stancil Price, died at 84 on Sept. 11, 2020, in Kenly, North Carolina. She was wife of the late Ronald Cockrell and daughter of the late Stephen and Ronia Hill Stancil. She was born Aug. 2, 1936, in Johnston County.

 

Milton Vann Price, Sept. 11, 2020

Jan. 10, 1954-Sept. 11, 2020

Milton Vann Price, father of Ryan Price, Stewart Price and brother of Lucille Price and Gail Stancil, died at 66, on Sept. 11, 2020, in Kenly, North Carolina. He is the son of the late Fletcher and Ora Stancil Price. He was born Jan. 10, 1954, in Wilson County. He was a supervisor for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. He was buried at New Jerusalem Free Will Baptist Church in Kenly. (Ronia)

Myrtle Alene Isenhour Estes, Sept. 23, 2020

Sept. 8, 1934-Sept. 23, 2020

Myrtle Alene Isenhour Estes, mother of Larry and Ronnie, mother-in-law of Mitzie and sister of Rebecca, died at 86 on Sept. 23, 2020, in Clayton, North Carolina. She is the daughter of Arthur and Bertha Crocker Hill and wife of the late Ralph Isenhour and wife of the late Amos Estes and sister of the late Shirley and Mildred. She is the grandmother of Leslie, Amanda, Leah, Randall, Madison and Summer. She was born Sept. 8, 1934, in Johnston County, North Carolina. She was buried at McLaurin Funeral Home in Clayton. (Arthur)

 

Charles "Chuck" Edward Stancil, Sept. 27, 2020

Aug. 31, 1950-Sept. 27, 2020

Charles “Chuck” Edward Stancil, husband of Janet Lazzarotti Stancil; father of Bret and Scott; grandfather of Madison, Jacob, Nicole and Sawyer; and brother of Gay and Jeffrey, died at 70 on Sept. 27, 2020, in California. He is the son of Harry Lester and Beverly Ann Eggerling Stancil. He was born Aug. 31, 1950, in Auburn, California. Chuck and his brother Jeffrey ran a printing business in the Bay area for 40 years. (Harry Sr./Harry Jr.)

 

October 2020

Billy Ray Moran, Oct. 4, 2020

May 9, 1942-Oct. 4, 2020

Billy Ray Moran, husband of Linda Creech Moran and father of Heather and father-in-law of Troy, died at 78 on Oct. 4, 2020, at Duke University Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the son of the late Leonard Moran and Ada Salmon Moran. He was born May 9, 1942, in Virginia. He is the grandfather of Porter and Laine. He served in the Air Force from 1960 to 1964 and retired from IBM after 45 years. He was a passionate North Carolina State fan. (Lillian)

 

Melody Sue Creech, Oct. 22, 2020

July 27, 1966-Oct. 22, 2020

Melody Sue Creech, daughter of Keith and Inez Creech and sister of Paulett and Sabrina, died at 54 on Oct. 22, 2020, in Conway, South Carolina. She was born July 27, 1966, in Tampa, Florida. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Toccoa Falls College, Georgia, in 1998. She taught first grade, special needs students, in Gastonia, North Carolina. Shortly after, she began employment at the Sun-News working as a circulation administrative assistant. In her last position, she was employed with the Practice Management Group working as a credentialing coordinator and manager. (Lillian)

 

November 2020

Folden Wilford "F.W." Lee Jr., Nov. 25, 2020

April 15, 1947-Nov. 25, 2020

Folden Wilford “F.W.” Lee Jr., husband of Rose Narron and father of Folden Lee III and Blake Lee, died at 73 on Nov. 25, 2020, in Princeton, North Carolina. He is the son of the late Folden and Ruby Thrower Lee. He was born April 15, 1947, in Clayton. He was drafted into the Army and served during the Vietnam War. He was a founding member of the Me Fine Foundation remembering Folden Lee IV. He was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church in Clayton. He was buried at Hephzibah Baptist Church in Princeton. (Ronia/Mozelle)

 

December 2020

Dennis Brian Berry, Dec. 10, 2020

May 20, 1960-Dec. 10, 2020

Command Sgt. Major Dennis Brian Berry, husband of Robin Elaine Stancil Berry and father of Connor and Collin Berry, died at 60 on Dec. 10, 2020, in Louisiana. He was born May 20, 1960. He is the son of Daniel and Carol Berry. Brian married Robin on Jan. 25, 1992. Brian, retired Army Special Forces Regiment Command Sergeant Major, completed his military career in 2014 after more than 27 years of service in Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa. During his career, he served in the infantry filling positions of radio operator, team leader, squad leader and platoon sergeant. After retiring, he owned and operated Spartan Defensive Concepts. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. (Elbert/Charles)

Dennis Wayne Edwards, Dec. 16, 2020

Feb. 7, 1947-Dec. 16, 2020

Dennis Wayne Edwards, husband of Eloise Bailey Edwards and father of Christy Edwards Gallway, Dana Edwards Boyette and Robin Edwards Mitchell, died at 73 on Dec. 16, 2020, in Kenly, North Carolina. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He is the son of Irene Edwards Wall and the late Herschel D. Edwards. He was born Feb. 7, 1947, in Johnston County. He married Eloise on July 26, 1966. He was buried at Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery in Kenly. (Delia/Archie)

 

Scott Blane Kalani Stancil, Dec. 23, 2020

June 20, 1957-Dec. 23, 2020

Scott Blane Kalani Stancil, son of Luana Costa, father of Kolby Stancil and Stephanie Stancil and brother of Danielle, Guy, Mark, Charmaine, Mike Dane, Tammy, Luana Estocado, Leititia Meheula and Michael Sean, died at 63 on Dec. 23, 2020, in Fairfield, California. He is the son of the late Ted Stancil. He was born June 20, 1957, in Honolulu. He is the grandfather of Sky and Wesson. He moved to Fairfield when he was 12. Scott worked for the Solano County Irrigation District while he lived in Vacaville, California. Scott’s ashes will be returned to the island of O’ahu to be laid at rest at Kailua Beach. (Oscar/George Guy/Ted)

 

Robert Nelson Furr Sr., Dec. 24, 2020

Jan. 7, 1947-Dec. 24, 2020

Robert Nelson Furr Sr., husband of Sharon, father of Tonya and Robert Jr., brother of Brenda and the late Jerry and brother-in-law of Rita, died at 73 on Dec. 24, 2020, in Hampton, Virginia. He is the son of the late Nelson and Dorothy Hales Furr. He was born Jan. 7, 1947, in Newport News, Virginia. He is the grandfather of Aaron, Benjamin, Hailey, Bryan, Amaya and Mateo. His ashes were spread on the Russian River in Alaska and in the Florida Keys. (Delphia)

 

Esther Marie Godwin Narron, Dec. 24, 2020

May 7, 1934-Dec. 24, 2020

Esther Marie Godwin Narron, mother of Cynthia Marie Narron Philemon and Delbridge Narron and sister of Billy Godwin, died at 86 on Dec. 24, 2020, at home in Indian Trail, North Carolina. She is the daughter of James and Bessie Stancil Godwin. She was born May 7, 1934. She is the grandmother of Avery Philemon. Esther, valedictorian of her high school class at Black Creek School, graduated from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte in 1967 and established the Esther Godwin Narron Endowed Scholarship in 2005.

 

Charles Cecil Shaw Jr., Dec. 27, 2020

July 25, 1946-Dec. 27, 2020

Charles Cecil Shaw Jr., husband of Deborah Campbell Shaw; father of Charles, James, Kevin, Michael and Christopher; and grandfather of Reagan, McKinlee, Preslee, Nathan and John Stephen, died at 74 on Dec. 27, 2020, in Smithfield, Virginia. He is the son of the late Charles Cecil Shaw Sr. and Velma Hunter Shaw. He was born July 25, 1946. Cecil served in the Army in Vietnam. After that, he worked at Newport News Shipbuilding. He was buried at the Albert G. Horton Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia. (Mozelle/Bobby)


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