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Martha L. Sadler

Martha L. Sadler, 66, died Friday, June 14, 2019, in Chesapeake, VA. Martha was born, February 9, 1953, in Portsmouth, VA. She will have a...

Sheila Doty Dilmore

Sheila Doty Dilmore, 76, went to be with the Lord on June 15, 2019, after a courageous 5-year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was Born...

Christine Justice Polston

Christine Justice Polston, 83, joined her heavenly family June 14, 2109, surrounded by her loving family. Born September 20, 1935 to...

Tommy Ray Morgan

Tommy Ray Morgan, 43, of Darlington passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019, at his home. Tommy was born December 27, 1975, to Dorothy...

Ernest Layton 'Peanut Man' Newsome

Ernest Layton “Peanut Man” Newsome, 80, died Friday, June 14, 2019, at Magnolia Gardens Senior Care. A native of Halifax County, Ernest...

Obituaries Page

Darwin 'Doc' Edwards Sanders Jr.

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Darwin “Doc” Edward Sanders, Jr. 69, died June 11, 2019 in his Roanoke Rapids home, surrounded by his loving family. Doc was born January 3, 1950, in Richlands (Onslow County) NC, the son of Darwin...

Keith Wheeler

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Richard Keith Wheeler, 57, died June 4, 2019 at his Roanoke Rapids home. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday at Halifax Baptist Church with Pastor Tim Jones presiding. Online...

Edward Donald Porch

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Edward Donald Porch, 87, died Sunday at Halifax Regional Medical Center. A native of Halifax County, he was the son of the late Jessie and Virgie Lynch Porch. In addition to his parents he was...

Lucy Burgess Austin

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Lucy Burgess Austin, 62, of Roanoke Rapids, NC, died Friday, June 7, 2019 at her home. She was the wife of Wendell L. Austin for over 40 years. She was born November 25, 1956 in Lynchburg, VA, a...

Thomas Wynns Gregory

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Thomas Wynns Gregory, 91, a lifelong resident of Halifax County, died at his home on Cedar Street in Roanoke Rapids early Friday, holding the hands of his beloved wife, Tina. Services will be at 2...

Ivy Lynn Tippett

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Ivy Lynn Tippett of Roanoke Rapids, NC, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. She was preceded in death by her maternal Grandfather, Timothy Earl Fleming; her paternal Great-grandfather, Shelton...

Chester F. 'Chuck' Allsbrook

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Chester F. “Chuck” Allsbrook, III May 26, 1957 – May 29, 2019 Chester F. “Chuck” Allsbrook III, 62, formerly of Roanoke Rapids, died May 29, 2019, at his home in Spartanburg, SC. He was a graduate...

Joseph 'Joe' Edward Sawyer

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Joseph “Joe” Edward Sawyer, 77, of Gaston, NC, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. He was born in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, to the late Beecher Alton Sawyer and Devona Russell Sawyer. He...

Peter Franklin Johnson

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“Pete” Peter Franklin Johnson, 63, of Roanoke Rapids, NC, passed away May 29, 2019 at his home. Pete was born in Emporia, VA, the son of the late Marvin and Lilly Johnson. He was also preceded in...

Shirley Joyce Hancock Carter

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Shirley Joyce Hancock Carter, 83, formerly of Halifax, died June 1, 2019, at PruittHealth Carolina Point in Durham. She was born December 11, 1935 in Okeechobee, FL, the daughter of Henry Milton and...

Fletcher Gregory Carter

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On May 31, 2019, Fletcher Gregory Carter lost his long fight with Parkinson’s Disease. Mr. Carter was born on July 4, 1953. He was a graduate of Roanoke Rapids High School and Wake Forest...

Marshall Wood Grant

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Marshall Wood Grant, 95, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday May 31,2019. He was born May 19,1924 in the Grant home place near Gaston, NC. A lifelong farmer, Marshall was active his entire...

Gladie Hazel Carico

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Gladie Hazel Carico, 95, of Roanoke Rapids, NC, died Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Halifax Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Carico was born in Carroll County, VA, the daughter of the late Sidney Jones and...

Carrie Elizabeth 'Bet' Garner Walston

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Carrie Elizabeth “Bet” Garner Walston, 99, died Friday, May 31, 2019 at Carolina Rest Home. Born April 15, 1920 in Halifax County, she was one of twelve children born to Charlie Ashley and Kate Lee...

Jonelle Faye Hopkins

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Jonelle Faye Hopkins, 37, of Roanoke Rapids died Thursday, May 30, 2019. She was born in Halifax County on March 9, 1982, the daughter of John Hopkins and Debra Wooten Hopkins. Jonelle was employed...

James Dennis Nowell

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James Dennis Nowell passed away May 27, 2019, at his home. He was born November 18, 1942, in Halifax County. He was a graduate of Weldon High School. He worked most of his life in the textile...

Russell Paul Rose

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Russell Paul Rose, 68, of Roanoke Rapids died May 27, 2019 in his home. Mr. Rose was born July 18, 1950, in Halifax County, the son of Howard Paul and Edna Taylor Rose. He served in the US Army, and...

Charlotte Hope Edwards Johnson

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Charlotte Hope Edwards Johnson, 90 of Roanoke Rapids, NC left her earthly home and went to be with The Lord Jesus Christ on May 27, 2019. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husbands, Samuel...

Betty Ellis Dolinger

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Betty Ellis Dolinger, 80, of Hurdle Mills, NC, died Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Hock Family Pavilion, in Durham, NC. Betty was born in Brunswick, County, VA the daughter of the late Albert Ellis and...

Betty Jo Moree Francis

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Betty Jo (Moree) Francis, 86, formerly of Roanoke Rapids, NC, but currently residing in Conway, NC, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Betty Jo was head cashier for Kroger’s and Farm...
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Lucy Burgess Austin, 62, of Roanoke Rapids, NC, died Friday, June 7, 2019 at her home. She was the wife of Wendell L. Austin for over 40 years.

She was born November 25, 1956 in Lynchburg, VA, a daughter of Lucy D. Burgess of Altavista, VA and the late J. Rudolph Burgess.

Lucy was an employee of the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District as a school nurse for 20 years.

She was a member of Rosemary United Methodist Church where she was active in the United Methodist Women, True Spirit Circle, and dedicated countless hours to the children’s ministries through teaching Sunday School, leading Vacation Bible School, and children’s church.

She also participated in the Linus Outreach Project and nursing home ministries.

Lucy was proud to be a Girl Scout Troop leader for more than 10 years and she served the Girl Scouts of Coastal Carolina as a board member at large, board secretary, vice president, and president.

She received the “Thanks Badge” which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts for her outstanding contributions and commitment to the GSUSA program, the prestigious “Silver Seagull Award” for her service to the Coastal Carolina Girl Scouts Council, served on the Coastal Pines Council Board, and was co-chair of the realignment to help establish the newly formed council.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by three daughters, Kathryn A. Mincher and her husband, Adam, of Oxford, NC, Emily A. Hord and her husband, Loren, of Raleigh, NC, and Allison L. Austin of Raleigh, NC; two brothers, Bubba Burgess and his wife, Debbie, of Cumberland, VA and Marshall Burgess and his wife, Debbie, of Charlotte, NC; one sister, Jane B. Hudgins and her husband, Mike, of Altavista, VA; two granddaughters, Meredith Rose Mincher and Madisyn Elizabeth Mincher; and a number of nieces and nephews.        

She was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth B. Davis.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 10, 2019 at Rosemary United Methodist Church, Roanoke Rapids, NC by the Rev. Steve McElroy. Visitation will follow the service in the church fellowship hall.

A private graveside service will be conducted on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Green Hill Cemetery, Altavista, VA by the Rev. Ben Horrocks.

The family will receive friends at the residences of Wendell Austin and Lucy Burgess.

The family prefers donations to be made to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network at BCAN.org or to Rosemary United Methodist Church, 900 Jackson Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870.

Finch & Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, Altavista, VA is in charge of arrangements.

Please visit the online tribute at www.finchandfinchfuneralservice.com to share a memory or send a condolence to the family.