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County looks at utilities budget
Nash County Commissioners reviewed ways to help bring the solid waste budget out of a continued deficit and are proposing a $20 annual fee to municipal customers.
Commissioners met on Monday morning during a budget work session.
Derek Hawkes, Director of Public Buildings and Public Utilities, presented the county’s overall utility budget, which stands at $5 million. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Woman charged with attempting to poison family
A Battleboro woman is facing five counts of attempted murder after she allegedly tried to poison family members.
According to the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, the woman, 24-year-old Tiara Danielle Drake, of Hubbard Drive, asked Evelyn Johnson, also of Hubbard Drive, for some of her cheese on Friday, May 17. Johnson told her no but said there was another type of cheese in the refrigerator she could have. More ...

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Nash County 4-H honors grads
Nash County 4-H Extension Agent Sandy Hall congratulated seven of her 4-H youth last Thursday evening and said 4-H had hopefully prepared them to enter into the world.
The youth, Maryanna Bennett, Amanda Dickson, Morgan Tyson, Alyssa Hunt, Taylor Joyner, Courtney Hyman and Casey Strickland, were recognized during a special graduation party at the Nash County Ag Center. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

4-H offers summertime camps
Summertime is almost here and Nash County 4-H is gearing up for a variety of summer camps.
All camps are open to kids ages 5 to 18. According to Sandy Hall, Nash County 4-H Extension Agent, those participating in 4-H summer camps do not have to be a member of 4-H.
Hall said she hopes the camps not only give youth something to do this summer but she said is also hoping it spurs an interest in 4-H. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Bridge may be named in memory of “Sneak” Lewis
Nash County Commissioners are requesting a bridge be named in memory of Investigator Warren “Sneak” Lewis.
Commissioners passed a resolution on Monday morning, during a recessed meeting, asking the North Carolina Department of Transportation to name the bridge at US Highway 64 and NC 231 as the Investigator Warren “Sneak” Lewis Bridge. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Nash County welcomes new staff
There are two new faces at the Nash County Extension Office.
Maggie Earle will serve as the Nash County 4-H Program Assistant through the summer months. Tanya Heath has joined the Nash County Extension Office as a Livestock Agent representing Nash and Edgecombe Counties. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Former Nashville businessman passes away
Roger Murray, 76, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013. He was born January 1, 1937 in Nash County to the late Ivan and Verna Rhodes Murray. Roger enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren whom he loved very much. He started his own business, Murray’s Auto and Tire Service in 1971 and remained in business for 39 years. More ...

Two men die in automobile accident
Two men were killed in a single-vehicle accident last Saturday night on Winters Road near Bailey.
According to the NC Highway Patrol, a pickup truck, driven by 49-year-old Johnnie Mitchell, of Bailey, was traveling south on Winters Road around 9 p.m. on May 11 when it crossed the center line and ran off the left shoulder of the road and collided with a ditch. After impact, the vehicle then collided with a tree. More ...

Man sentenced to prison for possessing machine gun
United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced Samuel Lee Cooper, Jr., 36, of Rocky Mount to 76 months in prison followed by five years supervised release for possessing a machine gun.
On July 11, 2012, Cooper pled guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possessing a machine gun. More ...

A larcey after breaking and entering and breaking and entering a commercial building was reported on 5/13/13 at Murphy’s Express, 1151 Eastern Avenue
A breaking and entering a residential property was reported on 5/13/13 at 624 Jackson Way More ...

A breaking, entering and larceny of a residence was reported on 5/13/13 at 544 E. Old Spring Hope Road
A breaking, entering and larceny to a motor vehicle was reported on 5/14/13 at 5579 Lochmere Bay Drive
A breaking, entering and larceny to a motor vehicle was reported on 5/14/13 at 5495 Lake Vista Court
A breaking, entering and larceny to a motor vehicle was reported on 5/14/13 at 6416 Waters Edge Drive More ...

Nash County Blood Drives for June 2013
Wednesday, June 5 from 2 until 6 p.m. at Arlington Baptist Church, 1500 Bethlehem Road, Rocky Mount
Thursday, June 6 from 12 until 6 p.m. at Englewood Presbyterian Church, 100 South Englewood Drive
Friday, June 7 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Englewood Presbyterian Church, 100 South Englewood Drive
Monday, June 10 from 3 until 7 p.m. at First Baptist, 200 South Church Street, Rocky Mount More ...

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Valentine wins national scholarship competition
Jackson Valentine, a student from Nash Central High School, was a winner in the 44th annual national Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship Competition. The prestigious awards are granted to high school seniors for the best all around presentations including an explanation of why they are planning careers in government service. More ...

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Husband, wife earn advanced nursing degrees
For better or worse, richer or poorer, and completing graduate school.
Stan and Amy Winstead didn’t include an advanced degree in their wedding vows 12 years ago, but mutual encouragement and support saw them through the past two years as graduate students in the East Carolina University College of Nursing. More ...
Crystal Baity, ECU News Services

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The Valentine Law Firm of Nashville recently announced that Kirkland Bass has been named a partner in the firm. Bass is a native of Momeyer and is a graduate of East Carolina University and Campbell University Law School. He has practiced with the firm since December, 2010.  Bass is the son of Kirk and Vicky Bass. He and his wife, Denise, have a two-year-old son, Avery. More ...

Harper graduates from Bob Jones University
Nashville resident Bradley Harper was among the more than 800 students who graduated from Bob Jones University earlier this month.
Harper graduated with a MA in Ministry.
During the 86th commencement exercises, 595 students received undergraduate degrees and 73 students received associate degrees. More ...

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Today was Youth Sunday at Mt. Zion. We studied from I Peter a lesson on “Serving One Another” in Sunday school.
The pretty flowers were given by the youth in honor of Mrs. Margaret Anderson. She was the pianist for the service. Ms. Margaret is a retired teacher and was a minister’s wife. She is also a great-grandmother. More ...

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On Sunday morning Peachtree folks gathered for worship.  The sanctuary flowers were given in memory of James M. Wood by his family- Patricia, Bill and Bart Wood.  The choir sang, “Before the Throne of God Above,” under the direction of the pastor. More ...

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Welcome to Lenny, Sherry, and Andrew Lewis who joined the family at Red Oak Baptist Church on Sunday, May 12!
The rain held off for most of the morning on Saturday, May 18, as the youth, children, and parents of Red Oak Baptist Church held their annual bake sale, yard sale, BBQ sandwich sale, and car wash. More ...

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I want to send our sincere sympathy to the family of Roger Murray who recently passed away. The family also lost their home to a fire recently. Continue to pray for them. We also are keeping the family of Alton “Hoover” Earl Daniel in our thoughts and prayers. He passed away the same day as Roger Murray, May 17. More ...

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Marshall graduates from Appalachia State University
Megan Farrar Marshall, of Walnut Cove, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Appalachia State University in Boone on May 11. Marshall received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Spanish. She was the student speaker representing the Reich College of Education at graduation. Marshall student taught in Ashe and Watauga Counties. More ...

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UDC Bethel Heroes
Members of the local UDC Bethel Heroes Chapter 636 gathered  on May 10, 2013 at the Confederate Monument in Battle Park to celebrate the Confederate Memorial Day and to pay tribute to the local men who served in the War Between the States. More ...

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GOOD CITIZENSHIP WINNERS are pictured (L-R): Emanuel Jones, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic; Daniel Tavon Thorne, Englewood Elementary, Chryshanta Johnson, Williford Elementary; Elizabeth Tebo, Spring Hope Elementary; Regent Dottie Barrett. Not present: Lorah Beth Currin, Faith Christian, and Susana Contreras-Blanco, Princeville Elementary. (Contributed photo) More ...

The annual Silver Tea of the Daughters of the American Revolution Micajah Pettaway Chapter was Saturday, April 6, 2:00 P. M. in Braswell Memorial Library’s Warner Room.
After Regent Dottie Barrett welcomed everyone, refreshments were served.  The program highlight was honoring DAR Good Citizenship (fifth grader) and Good Citizen (senior) winners from local schools. More ...

Civilian Sidorayon J. Petway, son of Joey T. Petway, of Rocky Mount, and Debbie M. Petway, of Rocky Mount, recently enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Raleigh. More ...

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The Nash County Senior Center hosted “High Tea” last Wednesday afternoon. The tea featured entertainment by Pat Montgomery (pictured above), who painted and sang. More ...

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School Visited
International Photographer Jerome De Prlinghi visited Swift Creek Elementary School students last month to talk about his photography. De Prlinghi reviewed student’s photographs and answered questions. The school was able to purchase cameras thanks to a grant from the DeLeon Carter Foundation. More ...

Project Lifesaver helps Sheriff’s Office find missing Nash woman
The first activation of Project Lifesaver was a success, as a 71-year-old woman was found within an hour of being reported missing.
Project Lifesaver is a rapid response program that locates people with a cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down Syndrome and Dementia, that wander away from their caregivers. More ...

Nash Board discusses SB127
Nash County Commissioners are pleased with Nash County’s placement in a proposed realignment of Economic Development Zones but expressed concern over Edgecombe County not being a part of the new Central Region.
County Manager Bob Murphy told commissioners on Monday morning that Senate Bill 127 is looking at realigning the Economic Development Zones across the state. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Tax preparer sentenced for filing false returns
A Rocky Mount tax return preparer was sentenced to 41 months in prison for filing false tax returns.
United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced Delane F. Alston, of Rocky Mount, on May 9 for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false federal income tax returns. In addition to serving 41 months in prison, Alston was also sentenced to one-year of supervised release and will have to pay $121,845 in restituion. More ...

Cause of fire linked to home’s garage
An origin and cause investigation into a Nashville house fire has pinpointed the garage as the location where the fire started, Nashville Fire Chief Randy Goodbrod said.
Goodbrod said it was not possible to determine the exact cause of the fire that occurred on May 4 at 2000 Exum Road. However, Goodbrod added that there is nothing to indicate the fire is incendiary in nature. More ...

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NCC presents President’s Cup to Progress Energy
Nash Community College’s most prestigious award, the President’s Cup, was awarded in April to Progress Energy in appreciation of their collaboration and support of the Electric Line Construction program. Each year, the President’s Cup can be awarded to anyone affiliated with Nash Community College who has made an indelible mark on the College. More ...


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Crazy news briefs for some comic relief
There is an old saying that if you want to feel better about yourself, then just starting hanging around people worse than you are. This does not seem to be very sensitive, and has many more offensive versions, but it does carry some truth.
With all the government scandals these (3 out of 4 White Officials say it’s always Bush’s fault), sometimes we just need relief. So enjoy some crazy news items we’ve been collecting: More ...
Mike Brantley

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Kids growing up makes this reporter feel old
There are a few faces I’ve grown accustomed to seeing over the years at 4-H events. Last week, it hit me that I won’t be running into these youth as much anymore, as in just a few weeks, they will graduate from high school and move on to the next chapter of their lives.
Some of these young ladies I’ve been covering since I first came to The Graphic seven years ago. That would mean they were around 10 or 11 when I started covering them. Many were even younger when they started in 4-H. More ...
Amanda Clark

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Less money and teachers - more technology
It looks as though we’ll start  next school year with fewer teachers and assistants.
Nash-Rocky Mount School’s 2013-2014 budget projects cutting 47 classroom teachers, nine vocational teachers, and 65 teacher assistants. The budget for next school year is $4.4 million less than this school year’s budget. More ...
Jo Anne Cooper

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Backward Glances
ATHLETIC AWARDS –– This photo originally published in The Graphic June 18, 1967. These Nash Central athletes received special recognition for outstanding performances during the year at Awards Day. More ...
A PICTORIAL LOOK INTO THE PAST - 3 opinions posted


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NC MOUND ACE. Lindsey Sharpe was masterful on the hill during her career as a member of the Nash Central High School fast-pitch softball squad.
A True Bulldog
ROCKY MOUNT -- Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog -- that’s the story of Lindsey Sharpe’s recent athletic and academic career.
A multi-sport star at Nash Central who also boasts a lofty grade-point average, Sharpe will remain a Bulldog for the next four years as she has signed a letter-of-intent to join the softball program at Barton College in nearby Wilson. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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I’VE GOT IT. Nash Central High School second sacker Dana Kelly grabs a pop fly for the Lady Bulldogs during last Tuesday evening’s matchup with West Brunswick in Round Two of the Class 3-A State Playoffs.
ROCKY MOUNT -- What was supposed to be one of the fairest moments in Nash Central High School softball history only left the Lady Bulldogs crying foul.
Or fair, actually.
Trailing by one run in the bottom of the seventh inning, Central was down to its final two outs in last Tuesday’s second-round home matchup against West Brunswick in the Class 3-A State Playoffs. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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DESMON’S NEXT STEP. Southern Nash’s Desmon Jackson has signed a letter-of-intent to continue his football career at Newport News Apprentice School of Shipbuilding, which is located in Virginia.
Future Apprentice
STANHOPE -- Even in today’s preferred two-platoon high school football system, some performers simply defy the depth chart.
Southern Nash’s Desmon Jackson was one of those players during his two seasons on the Firebirds’ varsity roster. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Bulldog selected for team
GREENSBORO -- Nash Central High School senior linebacker Jarrod Richardson has earned a spot on the East Roster for the upcoming North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Football Game.
The event will be held July 24 at Simeon Stadium in High Point.
Richardson will be joined on the East roster by Tarboro’s Travonne Marshall, a former player at Northern Nash. More ...
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Trojans Tie For The Title
NASHVILLE -- The close of the season might have been a bit anticlimatic for the Nash Central Middle School baseball squad, but the end result sure was sweet.
The Trojans were supposed to close out their diamond campaign last Monday with a rescheduled home game against Parker Middle School. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

Buffaloe takes part in Japan Day event
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Christian Buffaloe,a 13-year old local Kyokushin Karate competitor, recently participated in the annual “Japan Day Festival” at Central Park in New York City.
Christian did several Kyokushin Karate demonstrations along with Japanese and European members of the Kyokushin New York Dojo. More ...
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Mudcats win on road
LYNCHBURG, VA. -- The starting battery played a big hand in the Carolina Mudcats’ 6-2 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Sunday afternoon at Calvin Falwell Field inside City Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball event.
Cody Anderson became the first hurler to five wins, and Tony Wolters crushed a home run off the right field foul pole. More ...
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Post 58’s summer baseball sked released
ROCKY MOUNT -- Rocky Mount Coleman-Pitt Post 58 has released its Senior and Junior American Legion Baseball Schedules for the 2013 season.
The Senior Team had two games against Cary rescheduled this week. Instead, Post 58 will open this weekend at the Wayne County Tournament at Mt. Olive College. More ...
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DETERMINED PLAYER FOR NC. Timyra Staton (left) battled injuries to enjoy an outstanding career as a member of the Nash Central High School girls basketball squad under Coach Terri Cash. (Graphic photo by Geoff Neville)
Timyra’s Time To Sign
ROCKY MOUNT -- It takes a special athlete to recover from a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament injury -- let alone two.
Such is the character of Nash Central’s Timyra Staton, who has undergone ACL surgery on both of her knees -- but still remained hungry to participate on the basketball court. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Yarrell takes over for RM Rec Dept.
ROCKY MOUNT -- The City of Rocky Mount has named Kelvin Yarrell its Parks and Recreation Director.
Serving as the superintendent of recreation since March 3, 2008, Yarrell’s responsibilities have included supervising 17 full-time employees and providing oversight for the operation of two community centers, senior and outdoor programs, special programs, indoor and outdoor pools, the Rocky Mount Sports Complex, Sunset Amusement Park, athletics, disc golf courses, grants and the administration office.  More ...
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Pirates seeded third
GREENVILLE --  The East Carolina University baseball team will take aim on its first post-season league title since 2002 when it opens play as the No. 3 seed at the 2013 Conference USA Baseball Championships.
The five-day event will start Wednesday and run through Sunday at Reckling Park in Houston, Texas. More ...
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State stops Duke in regular season finale
DURHAM -- Bryan Adametz contributed a career-high four RBI as No. 5 North Carolina State University completed its sweep of Duke with a 9-1 victory last Saturday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The Wolfpack (42-13, 19-10 ACC) erupted for four runs in the top of the first, added a pair in the third and stretched its lead to 7-0 in the eighth. More ...
Staff Reports

NASH COUNTY -- Here are more Spring 2013 Nash County Parks and Recreation Department Soccer Scores More ...
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The Nashville Graphic went 6-2 this season in the Town of Nashville Recreation Department’s 6-8 Rookie League. More ...

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Nash Central’s Dana Kelly (right) takes a high pitch for the Lady Bulldogs during last Tuesday’s home setback against West Brunswick in the second round of the Class 3-A State Softball Playoffs. Central dropped the game but enjoyed a successful season. More ...

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Nash Central High School’s Brittani Strickland makes a play at shortstop and throws out a runner during last Tuesday evening’s playoff setback against West Brunswick. More ...

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READY TO GO. Nathaniel Redmond of the Heritage Bank squad waits for the crack of the bat to advance during recent Nash County Parks and Recreation Department Spring Coach-Pitch League action.
NASH COUNTY -- Here are updated results from the Nash County Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Baseball and Softball Seasons: More ...
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 Deaths (Updated Daily)

ROCKY MOUNT ––Clayton Jerell Epps, 22, of Rocky Mount, died on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT –– Clarence Charles Cope, 97, of Rocky Mount, died on Friday, May 10, 2013. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT - Ronald Glenn Vick, 82, passed away May 15, 2013.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Carrie Vick; brother, James Vick and a son-in-law, Mike Johnson. More ...

LOUISBURG - Jackie Moore Gupton, 53, of Louisburg passed away April 30, 2013, at her home.  More ...

ROCKY MOUNT ––Thomas (T. Bone) Jefferson Newton, 71, of Rocky Mount, died on Friday, May 10, 2013 at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount. More ...

Rocky Mount ––Mozelle Banks, 78 of Rocky Mount, died on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT - Sally B. Ellison, 101, died May 9, 2013. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT – Joseph Orion Boone, 85, of Rocky Mount, died on Sunday, May 19, 2013. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT –– Fred Maurice Merritt, 57, of Rocky Mount, died on Sunday, May 12, 2013. More ...

Nobie Taylor Griffin, 100, passed away, Sunday, May 19, 2013. More ...

Lougina Marie Carroll Baker, 85, passed away, Friday May 17, 2013. She was born July 3, 1927 in Nash County to the late Zollie Lee and Maggie Perry Baker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Lee Baker and sister, Betsy Swanson. More ...

Juanita Waldron Mobley, 93, passed away May 17, 2013. She was born April 25, 1920 in Williamsburg County, SC. to the late Samuel Cooper and Juanita Haselden Waldron. More ...

Early Dawn Hopkins, Sr., 71, passed away, Monday May 13, 2013. He was born February 28, 1942 in Greenville County, SC. He was the son of the late Clyde James and Georgie Lee Capps Hopkins. In addition to his parents, Early was preceded in death by two brothers, Mitchell and Richard C. Hopkins. More ...

Jeanette Little Joyner, age 79, passed away   on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Born in Wilson County on December 25, 1933, she was the daughter of the late John F. Little and Lula Bridges Little. More ...

Alton “Hoover” Earl Daniel passed away on May 17, 2013. He was born October 1, 1930 in Warren County to the late Jessie and Beulah Roberts Daniel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Dalton “Bill” Daniel and his sister, Juanita Jackson. More ...

William “Bill” Douglas Ezzell, Sr., 82 years of age,  passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2013. He was born in Nash County on April 30, 1931, the son of the late Jessie Ezzell and Zollie and Minnie Tharrington. He was also preceded in death by his wife Ina Moore Ezzell, brother, Daniel Tharrington and wife Miriam. More ...

James Ray Nichols, age 82, passed away  on May 17, 2013. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT - Funeral services for Jessie J. Savage, 43, who died Saturday, May 11, 2013 were at 12 noon on Thursday, May 16 at Word Tabernacle Church. Burial followed at Oakland Cemetery  with Rev. James Gilliard officiating. More ...

NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Timmie Richardson, 56, who died Monday, May 13, 2013, were Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville. Burial followed at Oakland Cemetery. More ...

WHITAKERS - Funeral services for Louise Lynch Mills, 86, who died on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, were Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m. at St. Gideon Baptist Church, in Hollister. Burial followed at Pine Chapel Church Cemetery with Rev. John Lee officiating. More ...

NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Doretha T. Hunter, 90, who died on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, were Monday, May 20, at 12 noon at Union Hill Baptist Church. Burial followed at the Stoney Creek Cemetery with Apostle Ethan Arrington officiating. More ...

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