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Esther Moore Westbrook

Esther Moore Westbrook of Raleigh, NC, formerly of Roanoke Rapids, NC, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019. She was born in Nash County...

Ruth Morgan

It is with great sadness that the family of Ruth Morgan announces her passing after an aggressive recurrence of breast cancer, on Monday,...

Roger Payne Lee

Roger Payne Lee, 66, of Roanoke Rapids, NC, died Sunday, July 14, 2019. Mr. Lee was born in Roanoke Rapids, NC. He was the son of the late...

Henry Buchanan Moncure Jr.

Henry Buchanan Moncure, Jr. passed away at his home on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at the age of 64. Henry was born March 2, 1955 in...

Margaret Elizabeth Eye Elliott

Margaret Elizabeth Eye Elliott, 98, passed away July 13, 2019, at her home in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. She was born April 3, 1921,...

Obituaries Page

Thomas 'Tommy' Edison Wheeler Sr.

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Thomas “Tommy” Edison Wheeler, Sr., 87, or Grifton, NC, formerly of Roanoke Rapids passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019, at the North Carolina Veteran’s Home in Kinston, NC. Tommy was born November...

Betty Jean Ogburn

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Betty Jean Ogburn, 79, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Robert L. and Virginia Dunlow Balmer. She was also preceded in death by three brothers,...

Floye Jean Winters Cox

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Floye Jean Winters Cox, 73, of Halifax passed away, Monday, July 8, 2019 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Floye was born May 14, 1946 in Washington County, MS to the late Francis Marion...

Brenda Ormond Love

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Brenda Ormond Love, 75, of Littleton, NC, born May 23, 1944, passed away the evening of Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Ms. Love was preceded in death by her parents,...

Floye Jean Winters Cox

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Floye Jean Winters Cox, 73, of Halifax, passed away, Monday, July 8, 2019 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Floye was born May 14, 1946 in Washington County, MS to the late Francis Marion...

Steve Potter

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Steve Potter, 60, of Roanoke Rapids, NC died Saturday, June 29, 2019 from a motorcycle accident on Thelma Road. Steve is the former president and owner of Secure Solutions, Inc. Steve grew up in...

Robert Graydon Morris

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Robert Graydon Morris, 86, of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina was welcomed into his heavenly home on July 6, 2019. Robert was born on October 11, 1932 in Newport News, Virginia to the late Willard...

Jessica Clarie Stroud

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Jessica Clarie Stroud, 35, of Lula Lee Road in Littleton died July 6, 2019. Jessica was born November 11, 1983 in Durham, the daughter of Beverly Barber and Jeffrey Cullen Shearin. A waitress in the...

Florence Scott Constantino

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Florence Scott Constantino, 90, formerly of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2019 in Henderson Nevada. She was born in Martinsville, Virginia to the late William B....

Nancy Ann Wehner

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Nancy Ann Wehner, 80, of Tom Willey Street in Gaston died Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Nancy was born October 5, 1939 in Baltimore, MD, the daughter of Elizabeth...

Albert Roscoe Hargrove Jr.

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Albert Roscoe Hargrove, Jr., 79, of Roanoke Rapids died Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at his home. Mr. Hargrove was born in Enfield on December 10, 1939, the son of Albert R. Hargrove, Sr. and Eva Wallace...

Shirley Wagner Bridges

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Shirley Wagner Bridges, 83, of Roanoke Rapids, NC, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro, NC. Shirley was born in Edgecombe County, NC, the daughter of the late Arthur...

Dr. James "Pete" Luton

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Dr. James Guignard “Pete” Luton, 93, died June 29, 2019, in Richmond, Va. Born in Sumter, S.C., Dr. Luton was the son of the late Lila Gardner Luton. He was a veteran of WWII and received degrees...

Johnny Wayne Smith Sr.

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Johnny Wayne Smith, Sr., 73, died at his home surrounded by family Friday, June 28, 2019. Mr. Smith was born in Northampton County, September 18, 1945, son to the late Edgar Matt and Mary Hall...

William Earl Moseley

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William Earl Moseley, 77, died Friday, June 28, 2019. A native of Halifax County, William was the son of the late William Edward Moseley and Margaret Conner Moseley. In addition to his parents he...

Emily Renn Bush

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Emily Renn Bush, 72, of Roanoke Rapids passed away Friday, June 28, 2019 at her home. Emily was born June 23, 1947 in Halifax County to the late Johnnie Renn and Rosa Doyle Renn. She was also...

Texie Ruth Bryant Wood

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Texie Ruth Bryant Wood, 98, formerly of Jefferson Street in Roanoke Rapids, died June 26, 2019 at Hampton Manor in Gaston. Mrs. Wood was born in Roanoke Rapids on November 19, 1920, the daughter of...

Herbert Allan 'Boogie' Webb

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Herbert Allan “Boogie” Webb, 65, of Roanoke Rapids passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at his home. Herbert was born in Halifax County, NC to Herbert and Virginia Dare Hale Webb, who preceded him in...

David Lee Keeter

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David Lee Keeter, 79, died peacefully at home with loved ones by his side, in Rocky Mount, NC, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Mr. Keeter was born in Halifax County, August 14, 1939, to the late Robert Lee...

Eula C. Mountford

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Eula C. Mountford, age 93, passed away at Brunswick Health & Rehab in Ash, N.C., on Monday, June 24, 2019. She was born in Wilson, NC, on August 29, 1925. She was preceded in death by her husband...
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Hazel Jones (Wrenn) Luton of Midlothian Virginia.

It is with a heavy heart that the family of Hazel Jones Luton announces her passing on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the age of 77. Hazel battled cancer for many years, never losing an exceptional passion for life or allowing it to slow her down. Hazel was predeceased by her parents, Sidney Rivers Jones and Lena Whitby Jones; former husband, Bob Black; and 11 brothers and sisters.

Hazel will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 25 years, Dr. James (Pete) Luton; and her children, Kendra Novey, Allison Wrenn and Randy Wrenn (Marcia). Hazel’s life was beautifully filled with the love of her eight grandchildren who fondly called her “MiMi,” Ashley Henderson (Kenny), Austin Perkins (Jessica), Anne Levy (Jake), Trae Wrenn, Casey Wrenn (Jennifer), Eric Lynch, Jonathan Wrenn and Brent Novey. Hazel adored her great grandchildren, Reed, Aiden and Adaline Henderson, Hunter and Wyatt Wrenn and Rooker and Kennah Wrenn. Her family also included four Miniature Schnauzers that were truly loved and adored, Sidney, Baxter, Max and Dieter.

Hazel was a treasured staff member of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Dentistry with a distinguished career that spanned 44 years. While there, Hazel became beloved by not only the staff and doctors, but by hundreds of students with whom she shared a wonderful relationship. Hazel cherished these special friendships and remained a part of many students’ lives well beyond dental school. To this day she is cherished by the dental community throughout the United States and abroad. Hazel is also the only staff (non-faculty) member to have an endowment named in their honor at the school and is one of only three luminaries to have two different endowments named in their honor.

In addition to her love of family, friends, dogs and dentistry, Hazel was a fabulous cook. Her cakes, cookies and muffins were famous and always in demand. MiMi’s Bump Cookies were especially a smash hit with her grandchildren and their friends. Any person who fell ill would also be treated to a special treat or homemade dinner. Hazel’s cooking was wonderful, not only for its delicious taste, but because she cooked out of love and concern for all. That was her secret recipe in the kitchen, as well as in life.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019, at 7 p.m. at Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, Va. 23113.

Interment will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the family plot at the Greensville Memorial Cemetery, 1250 Skippers Road, Emporia, Va. 23847. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to the Hazel Luton Scholarship Fund: https://www.support. vcu.edu/give/fund?fund=4548. You may contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about the fund or donations.