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Nash Human Resources Director retires
A layoff led Sheila Freeman to apply for a job with Nash County as the Human Resources Director. Twelve years later, Freeman has served the county well, helping initiate several new programs, including Nash County’s Wellness Program, which is one of the best in the state.
Freeman will retire from Nash County today, Wednesday, July 31. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

NRMS mulls outsourcing custodial services
The Nash-Rocky Mount School System is considering outsourcing the custodial services of the school system in the hopes to eventually reap $500,000 to $1,000,000 in savings per year. A sample request for proposals was submitted to the school board for approval during the retreat held earlier this month and elicited a lengthy discussion of the benefits of cost savings versus the impact on the hundreds of employees who would be affected by such a move. More ...
Amelia Harper, Graphic Correspondent - 1 opinion posted

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Family members were able to escape a Monday morning fire at their home on Red Bud Road in Castalia.  According to Scott Rogers, Assistant Director for Fire Services, the fire started in the left rear corner of the manufactured home at 17349 Red Bud Road around 10:30 a.m. The family was home when the fire started.  When fire fighters arrived, the roof of the home was on fire. No one was injured in the fire. More ...

Nashville hosts Nat’l Night Out
Nashville is joining other municipalities across the nation to celebrate National Night Out on August 6.
Nashville’s Police Department is sponsoring the event, which is always held the first Tuesday in August. This is the 30th year National Night Out has been held but only the first time Nashville’s Police Department has sponsored the event in Nashville. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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HELPING OTHERS –– Ashley Brackett stands holding the hair she recently cut and plans to donate to Locks of Love. This is the fifth time Brackett has donated her hair to Locks of Love.
Local girl donates “Locks of Love”
Since Ashley Brackett was five years old, she’s donated 50 inches of her hair to help others.
Last week, Ashley cut the latest 10 inches off her hair and will soon send the hair, her fifth donation so far, to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Sheriff’s Office launches app
The Nash County Sheriff’s Office has launched a smartphone application that will allow the Sheriff’s Office to communicate more effectively with the citizens of Nash County.
The Nash County Sheriff’s Office application is a free download and is available for both iPhone and  Android Smart Devices. More ...

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Three vie for two Nashville Town Council seats
The three vying for two seats on Nashville’s Board say the town is in good shape and they’d all like to be a part of continuing to make the town a great place to live.
Patricia Rogers and Larry Taylor are both seeking re-election to their seats on the board but face competition from Gerald “Jerry” Harris. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

 Local News

Coffee with a Cop is August 8
Nashville residents who haven’t been able to have “Coffee with a Cop” can join officers next week for tea, as Nashville’s Police Department will host its next meet and greet event on Thursday, August 8 from 12 until 2 p.m.
This “Coffee with a Cop” event will be held at the Olive Tree Cafe in Downtown Nashville, across from the Courthouse. More ...

A damage to property (vandalism) was reported on 7/21/13 at 803 Beechtree Drive
A larceny (shoplifting) was reported on 7/21/13 at Wal-Mart, 1205 Eastern Avenue
A possession of drug paraphernalia and larceny (shoplifting) was reported on 7/21/13 at Wal-Mart, 1205 Eastern Avenue More ...

A larceny of a lawn mower was reported on 7/22/13 at 5464 Meredith Lane
An identity fraud was reported on 7/22/13 at 12460 Bloomer Lane
A larceny of a four-wheeler was reported on 7/22/13 at 7150 Horsepen Road
A larceny of a four-wheeler was reported on 7/22/13 at 2089 Madjar Road More ...

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Longtime friends
Woodrow Vester and William Winstead (L-R) recently reconnected at Autumn Care in Nashville, as the two had a chance to be roommates for a while. Vester, 97, and Winstead, 96, have known each other since the 40’s and grew up just a few miles from one another in the Sandy Cross area. The two have spent a lot of time reminiscing during their time at Autumn Care. More ...

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Patsy Jones of Nashville won first place at the Farmers Market Biggest Tomato Contest held July 27th.  Jones’ tomato weighed 1 lb., 12.4 oz. The contest is conducted annually with the help of Nash County’s Master Gardener Volunteers. More ...

DOT awards contract for widening of Kingston Ave
The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $2.3 million contract to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro for the widening of Kingston Avenue in Rocky Mount.  
The project is currently scheduled to begin Aug. 19, weather permitting, and includes plans to widen Kingston Avenue between N.C. 97 and U.S. 301 Business from two to three lanes, including a center turn lane. More ...

Local youth participate in 4-H Summer Camps, pics 1
Nash County 4-H have offered a variety of camps this summer for youth ages five to 18 and many more are planned in the coming weeks.
Camps already held include art camp, sewing camp, a self defense camp, medical academy, science camp, horse camp. More ...

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HORSE CAMP - Wanda Bunn and Circle J Farm, just outside of Nashville, hosted a Cloverbud Horse Camp last week. The camp was for ages 5-8. Pictured above, Sadie Edwards, 7, of Nashville, works on a drill during her riding lesson at horse camp. More ...

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4-H MEDICAL ACADEMY - Nash Health Care professionals have been hosting the 4-H Medical Academy for several years. It is one of the most popular summer camps for 4-H. As part of the camp, youth learn about first aid and medical careers. Pictured above, Greg Williams, of Nash County EMS, helps volunteer Rose O’Malley onto a backboard while demonstrating the consequences of not wearing a bicycle helmet. More ...

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ART CAMP - An art camp was held July 15 through 18 at the Agriculture Center in Nashville.  Pictured above is Camille Narron with some of her artwork. More ...

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SEWING CAMP - A beginning sewing camp was held July 22-25. Students learned how to thread and sew on a sewing machine as well as how to use a variety of sewing tools, read pattern instructions, lay out a pattern and make a simple garment. Pictured above are students and instructors with some of the garments students made. More ...

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N-RMS educators participate in professional development event
“One Vision, One Voice” was theme of this year’s annual Destination Innovation professional development event for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools educators, and the common message from both the classroom sessions and guest speakers was clear—Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS) is in the midst of major transformation. More ...

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The Harrison-Boddie Family held their 40th Family Reunion on July 13 at Rose Hill, where the family’s roots started. Over 200 came out to attend the reunion, including Mayo Boddie and his wife, who own Rose Hill. Pictured are members of the Boddie-Harrison family with Mayo Boddie (in the back far left). More ...

Miller named to Dean’s List at Virginia Tech
Emily M. Miller, of Rocky Mount, was recently named to the Dean’s List at Virginia Tech for the Spring 2013 semester. Miller is a senior majoring in chemical engineering in the College of Engineering.
To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester. More ...

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Daphine and Bill Vance of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Alyssa Nicole Vance, to Daniel Robert Wrenn II, the son of Naomi Langley of Nashville and Daniel Robert Wrenn of Nashville. The wedding will take place on Aug. 9, 2013 at Corinth Baptist Church. More ...

Army Pfc. Miles J. Pringle has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. More ...

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Maryanna Bennett was recently accepted into the NC 4-H Honor Club during 4-H Congress. Pictured is Bennet (far right) with Nash County 4-H Extension Agent Sandy Hall (far left).
Local youth recognized at 4-H Congress in Raleigh
Maryanna Bennett was recently accepted into the North Carolina 4-H Honor Club during 4-H Congress in June.
Acceptance into the 4-H Honor Club is a big honor, as a very small percentage of 4-H’ers are accepted.
Membership in the North Carolina 4-H Honor Club is given to those 4-H’ers who have exhibited outstanding 4-H citizenship and leadership throughout their 4-H career. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Nashville Boys and Girls Club
Nashville Police Community Services Officer Jennifer Bull (back row) visited the Nashville Boys and Girls Club on July 24 and spoke with the kids about bullying. The kids also got to color anti-bullying pages. More ...

Nash County Blood Drives for August 2013
Thursday, August 1 from 3 until 7 p.m. at West Mount Volunteer Fire Department, 7955 West Mount Drive, Rocky Mount.
Thurday, August 8 from 12 until 6 p.m. at Englewood Presbyterian Church, 100 South Englewood Drive, Rocky Mount More ...

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The Farmer’s Market in Rocky Mount celebrated “Blueberry Day” last Wednesday, July 24. Complimentary Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream was available for those who visited. Pictured (L-R) is: Master Gardner Volunteer Brianna Robinson, Farmer’s Market Manager Jimmy Winters and Master Gardner Volunteers Pete Imke and Routh Robinson. More ...

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We had a different type of service today. Robert and Amy Tyner with a group of friends led our singing. Some of the songs, the congregation joined in. Others were solos or duets. The call to worship the group and congregation sang “Follow Me There.” Pastor Aycock welcomed everyone and prayed the prayer of invocation. More ...

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On a beautiful summer morning, Peachtree folks gathered for worship.  Pastor Whitehouse welcomed those present.  Sanctuary flowers were given by Doug and Cheryl Hayes in memory of Betty Bush and Steve and Linda Johnson. The Adult Choir sang “He Hideth My Soul”, under the direction of the pastor. More ...

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Sunday, July 21, was a big day at Red Oak United Methodist Church.  Nine people were welcomed into membership; four were baptized, and five were accepted as new members! God is doing amazing things in and through their congregation  and they invite you to become a part of it. More ...

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O.K. friends, it’s time to mark your calendars again. This Friday night, from 5 - 8 p.m. will be the monthly fish fry at the Beulah Church of Christ Annex on Reges Rd. thank you for your participation, support and fellowship in the past. We look forward to seeing you again this Friday night, Aug. 2. More ...

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Democratic Women plan “Afternoon Tea” Aug. 11
An “Afternoon Tea” will be hosted by The Nash County Democratic Women on Sunday, August 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Benvenue Country Club. Plans for the fundraiser were recently announced by Rosita Wiggins, event chairperson. More ...

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The West Mount Ruritan Club recently awarded a scholarship to five high school graduates of area high schools. Pictured (L-R) is Bradley Lamm, Rocky Mount High School; Grace Joyner, Nash Central High School; Seth Lamm, Nash Central High School; Chandler Cobb, Rocky Mount High School and Gold Joyner, Scholarship Chairman for the West Mount Ruritan Club. More ...

Horse owners urged to vaccinate horses against mosquito-borne disease
It’s mosquito season and it’s tie for equine owners across North Carolina to talk to their veterinarians about protecting their animals from mosquito-borne diseases.
West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis are endemic across North Carolina and can cause illness or death but they can be prevented with a sequence of two vaccines. More ...


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Never trust a cat –– or your family!
I’ve never been a “cat person.”
Never under any circumstance, would I ever, never, ever have a cat in the house.
You can’t trust a cat.
I’m allergic to cats. More ...
Mike Brantley - 1 opinion posted

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Now that I have a plan, that’s half the battle
You know how you wake up one day and you’re older? Older, wider and just a tiny bit out of shape?
Well, that happened to me.
I knew things were getting larger but I was hopeful that maybe someone had swapped out my mirror with one of those circus mirrors.
Then I blamed it on the babies. More ...
Amanda Clark - 1 opinion posted

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Backward Glances
SAFETY PATROL ––This photo originally published in The Graphic on November 12, 1970. Pictured are members of the safety patrol which had been formed at Nashville Elementary School through the cooperation of the Nashville Police Department. More ...


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BIRCHWOOD’S BEST. Birchwood Country Club’s Clara Danforth competes in an event as part of last Saturday’s Nash-Halifax Swim League Championships at the Harrison Family YMCA Pool in Rocky Mount.
ROCKY MOUNT -- Every year, there is talk that another conference opponent could finally overturn Nash Rec’s long-time dominance at the top of the Nash-Halifax Swim League.
But it hasn’t happened yet.
Nash Rec’s area pool dynasty continued last Saturday at the annual N-HSL Championships, which were held at the Harrison Family YMCA. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Times Sportswriter

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A PROUD MOMENT. Southern Nash’s Carlos Leon poses with the plaque he received as part of the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Boys Soccer Game, which was played last Tuesday evening in Greensboro.
SN’s Leon competes in contest
STANHOPE -- Carlos Leon had one final order of business to take for his high school soccer career -- and it was a history-making order at that.
Leon, Southern Nash’s recently graduated pitch standout, became the first Firebird to take part in the annual East-West All-Star Boys Soccer Game, which was held last Tuesday on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter - 1 opinion posted

Nash Rec Defeats Birchwood
NASHVILLE -- A two-week wait proved to be well worth it for the Nash Rec Swim Team.
NRST capped off its undefeated regular season by defeating backyard rival Birchwood last Thursday in the closing Nash-Halifax Swim League contest of the 2013 campaign.
The event was originally slated for earlier in the summer, but was pushed back due to poor weather. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Jamboree targeted at NCHS
ROCKY MOUNT -- The Nash/Rocky Mount Football Jamboree will be held Aug. 15 at The Dawg Pound on the campus of Nash Central High School.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $6 per person and will be available at the gate.
Featured teams will be Northern Nash, Southern Nash, Rocky Mount, host Nash Central, D.H. Conley, Southeast Halifax and Bertie. More ...
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CLOSING CEREMONY. Action was abundant last Saturday morning as the Nash-Halifax Swim League held its annual championship meet at the Harrison Family YMCA Pool in Rocky Mount. Among the numerous competitors at the event were (above) Nash Rec’s Grahson Williams. More ...

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CLOSING CEREMONY. Action was abundant last Saturday morning as the Nash-Halifax Swim League held its annual championship meet at the Harrison Family YMCA Pool in Rocky Mount. Among the numerous competitors at the event were (above) Nash Rec’s Zachary Richardson. More ...

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YAY TEAM! (L to R) Nash Rec swimmers Anna King, Leah King and Carla New encourage a teammate during last Thursday evening’s road swim meet at rival Birchwood Country Club in Nashville. More ...

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DETERMINATION. Birchwood Country Club’s Franklin Davis won’t be denied in his quest to reach the finish line during last Thursday’s home swim meet against backyard rival Nash Rec. More ...

Wesleyan grid staff finalized
ROCKY MOUNT -- North Carolina  Wesleyan College head football coach Jeff Filkovski has finalized his coaching staff for the upcoming season, putting together a staff with a variety coaching experience that spans every facet of the game. More ...
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END OF THE LINE. Nash Central and homestanding Birchwood CC met last Thursday evening in the final Nash-Halifax Swim League meet of the regular season. Among the competitors were (above) Nash Rec’s Kara King. More ...

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END OF THE LINE. Nash Central and homestanding Birchwood CC met last Thursday evening in the final Nash-Halifax Swim League meet of the regular season. Among the competitors were (above) Birchwood’s Logan Hassell and Amanda Coats. More ...

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GETTING DEFENSIVE. Nash Central’s Jarod Richardson was selected as the Defensive Most Valuable Player at the East-West All-Star Football Game last Wednesday.
The Fantastic Finish
ROCKY MOUNT -- Randy Raper had plenty of reasons to select Nash Central’s Jarod Richardson to the East roster for the annual North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Football Game.
Raper, the former coach at Wilson Hunt, is now in charge of the program at Northern Nash.
When Raper was at Hunt, he saw plenty of Richardson in Big East Conference gridiron action. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Brown to take part in a grid showcase
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- While attending an Offense-Defense Football Camp this summer, D’Marko Brown, 16, of Nashville, was named an Offense-Defense All-American and invited to participate in the 8th-annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week.
The festivities will take place as part of the annual Citrus Bowl college football contest in Orlando, Fla. More ...
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Mudcats win on road
WILMINGTON, DEL. -- The Carolina Mudcats held the Wilmington Blue Rocks to four hits in a 1-0 win on Sunday night at Frawley Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball matchup.
Cody Anderson, Josh Martin and Rob Nixon combined on the shutout as the Mudcats (20-15, 43-62) won for the seventh time in eight games. More ...
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Buffaloes appear on state television show
NASH COUNTY -- Kyokushin Karate instructor Kenny Buffaloe  and his son/student Christian Buffaloe recently appeared in a segment on P.B.S. TV network’s highly popular series “North Carolina Now”.
They did several Kyokushin Karate demonstrations showing Basics, conditioning, pad work, full contact sparring, and fighting techniques and combinations. More ...
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Nash Arts seeks local ghost tales
Nash Arts is seeking locally told ghost stories for its annual Ghost Walk which will be held in October.
Board member and organizer of this year’s event Ana Joyner is asking anyone in Nashville or nearby areas to contact her with stories. She hopes to use locally told ghost stories for this year’s event and possibly publish them in pamphlet or book. More ...

The Tams to headline Rocky Mount’s End of Summer Celebration
The City of Rocky Mount’s inaugural End of Summer Celebration will take place Thurs., Aug. 15, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex. The End of Summer Celebration is an event for the entire family and will include activities such as inflatables for the kids, food, vendors and fireworks. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. The event will also feature the Tams. More ...

 Deaths (Updated Daily)

Margie Daylon Joyner Bailey, 73, of Nashville passed away Monday, July 29, 2013..  She was born February 22, 1940. A memorial service will be conducted 7 p.m. Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Joyner’s Funeral Home.  The Rev. Mark E. Bateman will officiate. More ...

Ronald Cecil Smith, 66, passed away, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. He was born May 1, 1947 in Montgomery County to the late Carmie Cecil and Nell Freeman Smith.  Ronald was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Smith; sister, Phyllis Dunn; and a brother, Dennis Smith. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT –– Wilbert Junius Ricks, 59, of Rocky Mount, died on Monday, July 22, 2013 at Duke Medical Center in Durham. More ...

Barbara Glover Tyson, born April 3, 1933,  passed away on July 25, 2013. She was preceeded in death by her husband Thurman E. Tyson, Sr., son Thruman E Tyson, Jr., great grandson Ayden Jones, parents Gladys and  Ellie Glover, sisters Mae Kuhn and Zelma Hammock. More ...

Cherie Small, 44, of Rocky Mount, died on Friday, July 26, 2013. More ...

SANDY CROSS –– Frances Baker Joyner, 79, of Sandy Cross passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Nash General Hospital.  She was born in Nash County on April 23, 1934 to Letha Viverette Baker and Sam Calvin Baker.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Futrell Baker, and sisters, Dorothy Davis and Sybil Baker. More ...

Barbara Blue, 62, of Rocky Mount, died on Friday, July 26, 2013. More ...

Ruth “Hazel” Matthews Smith passed away on Saturday July 27, 2013. She was born January 31, 1924 in Nash County to the late Charles Daniel Matthews Sr. and Mary Menda Rich Matthews. More ...

Donovan Earl Griffin, age 59, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Born in Nash County on July 15, 1954, he was the son of the late Edgar Taylor Griffin Jr. and Geraldine Strong Griffin. More ...

Eula Mae Mears, age 93, passed away   on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Born in Nash County on November 09, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Levy J. Anderson and Rosa Taylor Anderson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John G. Mears; sons, Albert Williams and Charles Williams; brothers, Bill Anderson, James Anderson and Authur Anderson; and sisters, Mary Denton, Mildred Batchelor, Betty Everette, Ruth Jackson and Odell Wood. More ...

Bruce Edward Colbert, age 45, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013. A native of Rocky Mount, he was born on February 1, 1968, the son of Ponola Faircloth Colbert of Rocky Mount and the late James Edward Colbert. More ...

Ruth Boykin Bissette, 90, of Bailey passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Wilson Medical Center.  A graveside service was held  Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in Bailey Town Cemetery.  The Rev. Jerry W. Turner and the Rev. Darrell Davis  officiated. More ...

NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Magdalean R. Hunter, 81, who died Monday, July 22, 2013, were held Friday, July 26, at noon at Union Hill Baptist Church, with the Rev. Paul Davis officiating. Burial followed in the Philadelphia Baptist Church cemetery. More ...

Mr. Luverne Macklin, 55, of Rocky Mount, died on Thursday, July 25, 2013. More ...

Mrs. Willia Mae Hunter, 67, of Rocky Mount, died on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. More ...

Donovan Earl Griffin, age 59, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Born in Nash County on July 15, 1954, he was the son of the late Edgar Taylor Griffin Jr. and Geraldine Strong Griffin. More ...

Thelma Mae Alston Moody, age 98, passed away on July 27, 2013. More ...


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