Obituaries, Week of October 11-17, 2012

Ms. Sheryl Lorraine Parker

Sheryl Lorraine Parker, born April 26, 1969, in Jersey City, NJ departed this life on Monday, October 1, 2012 in Fredricksburg, Virginia. Sheryl attended elementary school in Wilmington, NC and middle and high school in Jacksonville, NC.  She also attended UNC-Wilmington. As a child, Sheryl attended St. Andrews AME Zion Church while living in Wilmington, NC.  Sheryl grew up in a military family and lived in North Carolina, California, Georgia, and Virginia.  Sheryl had a warm and loving heart.  She favored the underdog and would give her last dollar to those in need.  She was always concerned about others before herself.  She loved her daughter Taylor, and her nephews; Dylan and Jordan, whom she endaringly called, “Chuckster” and “Pago.” Sheryl was preceded in death by her father, Stanley Parker, I.  She is surived by her daughter, Taylor Payne of Triangle, VA; her parents, Frank and Jacquelyn Brown of Triangle, VA; her sister, Sharisse Brown of Triangle, VA; her brother, Stanley Parker, II of Pensacola, FL; nephews, Dylan Brown of Triangle, VA and Jordan Emison of Dale City, VA; her aunts, Johnsie (Raymond) Davis of Wilmington, NC; Angeline Leonard and Shirley Harvey of Cordele, GA; uncles, David (Geraldine) Parker of Lancaster, PA; Wilbert (Cassandra) Barrett of Cordele, GA; David (Betty) Barrett of Atlanta, GA and Timothy (Doreatha) Brown of Cordele, GA; special relatives, Elizabeth (Norman) Hollis of Columbia, SC as well as a host of cousins, other relatives and friends. The funeral service was held 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 8, 2012 at St. Andrew AME Zion Church, Wilmington, North Carolina with Reverend Henry Gregory, III, officiating.  Interment was in Freeman Community Cemetery, Freeman, NC.  Arrangements by Adkins-Drain Funeral Service, 515 South 8th Street, Wilmington, NC.

James Lettley, Sr.

James Lettley, Sr. of the Wrightsboro Community died Thursday, September 27, 2012 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center.  Funeral services were held . on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at Mt. Holly Missionary Baptist Church.  Burial followed in the Moores Cemetery, Wrightsboro.  Known as “TB”, James was born on October 30, 1939, to the late Alice Verner in Wilmington, North Carolina.  He attended school in the New Hanover County School System.  He was employed at Corbett’s Packing Company and Waste Management.  James was a lifelong member of Mount Holly Missionary Baptist Church.  He was a member of the trustee board, usher board, all male choir, Senior Choir and the Wrightsboro Gospelairs.  He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Ernestine Lettley; children, Cynthia Wells of Wilmington, NC, James “Bill” Lettly, Jr. (Lisa) of Indiana, Denise “Mitten” Gullette (Mark) of Wilmington, NC, Lisa Brown (Tony) of Virginia, Latonya Frost (Andre’) of Holly Ridge, NC and Josiah Lettley of Southport, NC; step-daughter, Vernetta Easley (Keith) of Wilmington, NC; brothers, George Lettley (Elois) Burlington, NC, Willie Berner, Jr. (Edith) of Wilmington, NC; sisters, Marie Campbell of Leland, NC, Deloris Davis of Wilmington, NC; brother-in-law, Alfonso Southerland, Sr. of Wilmington, NC; eighteen grandchildren and a very special grandson, Terriel Hansley (Angela) of Castle Hayne; ten great-grandchildren; a very special sister and friend, Ruby David and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. A Service of John H. Shaw’s Son Funeral Home.

James Crumel, Jr.

James Crumel, Jr. of the Wilmington died Thursday, September 27, 2012 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at Union Missionary Baptist Church.  Burial followed on Thursday, October 4, 2012 in Middlesex Memorial Gardens, Middlesex, NC.  Mr. James Blake Crumel, Jr. was born December 13, 1946 in Spring Hope, North Carolina, to the late James Turner “Sam” and Ioma Hinnant Crumel.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Benny James Crumel and one brother, Richard.  On December 7, 1968, he married Bettie Edwards and to this union, five children were born.  He was a caring father and also enjoyed playing baseball with the Middlesex Twins.  In 1966, he joined the United States Army and was promoted to an E-5, serving at Fort Dix, New Jersey.  Surviving to cherish his memories: three daughters, Monica Crumel (AL) of Leland, NC, Beverly Crumel Edwards of Castle Hayne, NC and Celia Crumel of Philadelphia, PA; one son, Lenny Crumel (Geneva) of Castle Hayne, NC; eight grandchildren, Cheynese McIntyre (Jermaine), Tawatha Edwards, Anecia Blanks, Torrence Edwards, Faith Crumel, Jermal Crumel, Gerald Carp and Sade Carp; four great-grandchildren, Unique, Tory, TaCarlos and Wynter; three sisters, Mary Ann, Gail and Linda; seven brothers, William, Willie, Turner, Samuel, Anthony, Keith and Robert; a very special friend, Margaret Murphy of the home; several aunts, uncles and a host of other relatives and friends. A Service of John H. Shaw’s Son Funeral Home.

Karen Wallace

Karen Wallace of Wilmington died Thursday, September 27, 2012 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at St. Luke AME Zion Church.  Karen Marie Wallace, affectionately known as “Pete a Gun” to most and also as “K, was born on February 5, 1958.  She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Sadie Tucker Moore and Robert Edward Wallace; as well as two sisters, Barbara Elaine Wallace and Zora Yvonne Wallace.  “Pete” began her early education in the New Hanover County School System in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Because of her love for cooking and serving others, she gained employment in Culinary Arts with several restaurants in the local area.  She also enjoyed fishing, crocheting and everyone that knew her, knows that she was the “queen of spades.”  Karen was a very joyous person with a lovable laugh and a love for people.  She was definitely a people’s person with an outgoing personality, who never met a stranger.    She leaves behind to cherish her memories: one brother, Arnold Ray Moore (Jackie) of Leland, NC one sister, Debra Wallace of Wilmington, NC; one aunt, Janie Moore; five goddaughters, “Big” Keshia Scott, April Trottie, “Lil” Keshia Scott, Ashley Scott and Terri’Ale Hall (known as TT); seven nieces, Chatori Harvey, LaTasha Moore, Celeste Moore, Temeisha Moore, Sherry Wallace, Sharonda Wallace and Yolanda Wallace Coates (Ogbonna); three nephews, Rasheim Moore,  Jimmy Wallace (Tameica) and Robert Wallace;   one lifetime friend, Ms. Beulah Scott; one special friend, Mr. Richard Hansley; and  a host of other relatives and friends. A Service of John H. Shaw’s Son Funeral Home.

Mary Bowens Pickett

Mary Bowens Pickett of Delco, died Sunday, September 30, 2012.  Funeral services were held Saturday, October 6, 2012 at First Baptist Church- Armour.  Burial followed in the Freeman Cemetery, Bolton, NC.  Mary “Tizzy”, as she was so fondly called by her twin sister, Louise, was born to the late Mack Bowens and Issie Keylon on May 9, 1929, in Columbus County.  She attended Armour School. She was united in Holy matrimony to the late Savoid Pickett on August 31, 1952.  To this union, two children were born.  After the passing of her sister Gracie in 1958, she assumed the role of mother to her niece, Lucy.  In 1975, she assumed the role of mother to her grands, Iris and Vincent, after the passing of their mother.  She joined First Baptist Church in Riegelwood at an early age, where she remained a faithful member until her health declined.  She loved God, her church and her family.  She worked as a domestic engineer to provide for her family and her extended family.  She was a devoted care giver for Mr. and Mrs. Fred Webb, until God called them home she also devoted time taking Mrs. Mable and Bettie Lou Webb shopping.  Mary was preceded in death by her son, James Bowens; sister, Gracie Bowens and brothers, Eric, Tommy, Levi and Cliney Bowens.  She is survived by: daughters, Belinda Pickett of Delco, NC, Mary Graham (Eugene) of Riegelwood, NC and Lucy Wilkins of Wilmington, NC; sisters, Katie Ruth Brown of Riegelwood, NC, Louise Wells of Delco, NC, Annie Scott of Wilmington, NC, Carrie Murphy (Archie) of Delco, NC and Alice Noel of Wilmington, NC; brothers, Raymond Bowens of Delco, NC, Benjamin Bowens (Kathleen) of Delco, NC and Otto Bowens (Barbara) of Plainfield, NJ; eight grandchildren; special grandson, James Bowens of Delco, NC; eighteen great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Darlene Brown; sister-in-law, Shirley Bowens; brothers-in-law, Roman Pickett (Gracie) and Hearsal Pickett (Doreen); special cousin, James Bowens; special friends, JD and Rosemary Keith, Catherine Brown, Audrey and Edison Graham, children of Fred and Annie Webb and Willie Patrick. A Service of John H. Shaw’s Son Funeral Home.

Bessie Marie Rhames “Beppy”

Bessie Marie Rhames “Beppy”, 56, formerly of Wilmington, NC, died on October 2, 2012, at Cape Fear Valley Hospital, Fayetteville, NC. Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at Nickelson Cummings Funeral Home, 4304 Victoria Blvd., Hampton VA. A Service of John H. Shaw’s Son Funeral Home.

Joseph Percy Adams

Joseph Percy Adams of Leland, NC, Northwest Community died Wednesday, October 4, 2012 at his residence.  Funeral services were held Monday, October 8, 2012 at Crystal Spring Missionary Baptist Church, Leland, NC.  Burial followed in Skipper Hill Cemetery, Northwest Community.  Joseph was born April 11, 1930 in Jasper, Texas.  He was the third child of five born to Guy Walter and Lucy Brown, who preceded him in death.  Joseph graduated from JH Rowe High School, Jasper, Texas, on May 24, 1948.  Immediately following graduation, he joined the United States Army, completing twenty years of active duty.  He retired with honors as Staff Sergeant.  In 1964, he met the love of his life, Lonnie Mae McKoy.  They were happily married for 47 years.  On March 14, 1987, Joseph was baptized and became a member of Crystal Spring Missionary Baptist Church, under the Christian guidance of the late Rev. Emerson H. Stevenson.  He served as trustee, usher, and custodian, until his declining health intervened.  Leaving to cherish his memories: his wife, Lonnie McKoy Adams; son, Keith Scott (Linda) of Georgetown, TX; daughters, Jacqueline Jacobs (Horace) of Leland, NC and Mava Webster (Bobby) of Raleigh, NC; granddaughters, Alexandria Scott of Georgetown, TX and Janise Jacobs of Leland, NC; grandson, Arden Scott of Georgetown, TX; brothers-in-law, Lonnie McKoy, Jr. of Cummings, GA and Foster McKoy (Geraldine) of Leland, NC; sisters-in-law, Emily Waddell, Viola Jacobs, Evelyn Ballard and Bertha McKoy of Leland, NC  and Exie Lee Felder of Jersey City, NJ; a host of nieces, nephews, and loved ones.  A Service of John H. Shaw’s Son Funeral Home.

Belinda Carter Moore

Belinda Carter Moore formerly of Wilmington, NC and Rocky Mt., NC of Durham, NC, died Sunday, October 7, 2012 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  Funeral services will be held 1:00 P.M. on Friday, October 12, 2012 at Willie L. Shaw Jr. Memorial Chapel 520 Red Cross Street.  Burial will follow in Calvary Memorial Cemetery.  A Service of John H. Shaw’s Son Funeral Home.

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