Ms. Julia LaVein Vanhook

Ms. Julia LaVein Vanhook, 51, of 981 Whitney Ranch Drive, died July 2, 2014, in her home.
She is the daughter of Mr. William Edward Vanhook and Mrs. Betty Jean Foust Vanhook who survive. She was a 1981 graduate of Eastern Alamance High School and a 25-year retiree of the United States Navy.
Survivors other than her parents of Mebane, N.C. are her three children, Ashley Sanders, Maurice Preer and Deondre Sanders, all of the home; two sisters, Sharon Foust of Green Level, N.C. and Vickey V. Manuel (Orlander) of Mebane; a brother, Bruce Vanhook of Mebane and two grandchildren.
Public viewing will be held at Sharpe Funeral Home from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Services celebrating the life of Julia will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Johnson’s Chapel AME Church. Burial will be at sea. The family will receive visitors 30 minutes prior to the services at the church and at other times, they will be at the home of her parents, 208 North St., Mebane.

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Mr. Lee V. Pinnix

Mr. Lee V. Pinnix was born to the late Levi and Rosa Enoch Pinnix on June 9, 1948 in Alamance County.  He quietly and peacefully passed away from labor to reward with his loving wife by his side on June 30, 2014.

Lee was a 1966 graduate of Jordan Sellars High School and was a retiree of General Electric.  Most recently, Lee was working with Walmart.

Those left to cherish his memories are: his devoted wife Barbara W. Pinnix; brother: Larry Pinnix (Rene); three sisters: Serdina Holt, Eva Nell Pinnix and Nora Jordan; sister-in-law: Doris Pinnix; brother-in-law: Charlie Wyatt, Jr. (Nancy) along with several other nieces, nephews, close relatives and dear friends.

Funeral services are Monday, July 7, 2014 2pm from the J. V. & Lessie I. Sharpe Memorial Chapel with the family receiving friends 30 minutes prior to the services.  Burial will follow the services in Alamance Memorial Park.

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Mr. Kiah W. Williams

Mr. Kiah Wright Williams, 72 passed away into the embrace of the Master on July 3, 2014 at the Hospice Home of Alamance Caswell.

He was born to the union of the late Mr. Kiah Williams and the late Mrs. Lena Peoples Williams Martin in Alamance County.  He was married to Mrs. Nellie Jeffries Williams

Mr. Williams was a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church where he was a Deacon as well as an Usher. He was a retiree of General Electric.  It goes without mentioning; Kiah was an avid golfer and loved every aspect of the game.

He is survived by his devoted wife Nellie of the home; son Rodney Williams; daughter Pamela Ellison (Tim); brother Lynwood Martin (Mable); six sisters: Ozie Mae Garner (Fred), Ella Watlington, Linnie Fonville, Veronica Williams Kellie Belton (Douglas) and Juanita Enoch (Wallace) along with several niecs, nephews other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are Sunday July 6, 2014 at 2pm at the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church with the family receiving friends 30 minutes prior to the services.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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Ms. Angela Virginia Moore “Angie”

Ms. Angela Virginia Moore “Angie”, 56 of 1507 Savannah Place Apt. 103, Durham, NC passed away June 23, 2014 at the Hospice Home of Alamance Caswell. She was the daughter of Mr. David Moore, Sr. and Mrs. Maggie Jane McAdoo Moore both deceased.

Survivors include her brother: Mr. David Moore, Jr. of Burlington; two sisters: Adrienne M. Bigelow (Dontá) of Graham and Donzella Jones of Newburg, NY.

She was a member of Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and was a Licensed Practical Nurse with Duke Medical Center.

Services celebrating the life of Angie will be held on Thursday 1  pm June 26, 2014 at Morgantown Baptist Church. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the services and at other times the family will be at the home of her sister Adrienne M. Bigelow 1371 Pebble Dr. Graham.  Public viewing will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday June 25 from 1-9 pm.  Burial will follow the services in North Lawn Cemetery.


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Mrs. Martha Riley Swann

Mrs. Martha Riley Swann 87, beloved wife of Mr. Williard H. Swann, Sr; devoted mother of: Betty, Minervia, Willard Jr., Harold and Dorothy; ;loving grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother and caring sister, will be eulogized on Sunday, June 22, 2014 from the sanctuary of Hunter’s Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church at 3:00 pm.  The family will receive visitors and friends from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm.  Burial will follow the services in  Hunter’s Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery.

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Mrs. Sarah Mozelle Poole Watkins

Sarah Mozelle Poole Watkins was born to the late Deacon Luther Poole and the late Sister Keturah Corbett Poole on Tuesday, July 26, 1921 in Caswell County, North Carolina.  After several weeks of declining health, God saw it befitting to relieve her of her pain and received her into His glory on Monday morning June 9, 2014 while under the care of the White Oak Manor staff at the ripe age of 92 years.

Mozelle was employed as a Nurse’s Assistant with the Baptist Home in Yanceyville, NC.  She and her late husband James Watkins, Sr. were the proud parents of 5 wonderful children.  As long as she was able to drive and function, she was a devoted member of Allen’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.  She could be seen at any given time driving throughout Caswell County in her beloved green Maverick.  She was also a devoted member of the Allen’s Chapter Order of the Eastern Star #529 Prince Hall Affiliate Free & Accepted Masons. In her free time, she was known to be a great seamstress and gardener.  She was known to say, “I sew for black, white, colored and all.” She was known to grow great produce and diligently worked in the tobacco fields of her family.  And it goes without mentioning, she dearly loved her family.

She leaves to cherish her memories: her son: Thomas Luther Watkins and wife Martha of Yanceyville, NC; 22 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters: Collen Poole Thompson of Delaware, Maryland, Dorothy Poole White and husband Frankie of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Rosetta Poole Poteat “Jackie” of Yanceyville, North Carolina and several nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

She now joins her children; James Watkins, Jr., Percell Watkins, Sr., Helen Watkins Porter and Larry Watkins, Sr.; and her siblings: Herman Poole, June Poole, Norell Poole Johnson, Ethel Poole Poteat Bigelow, Edna Poole Warren and Margaret Poole Hill what a joyous reunion they are sharing.

Funeral services are Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Sweet Gum Grove Missionary Baptist Church at 2:00 pm.  The Family will greet relatives and friends from 1:30 until 2:00 pm.  Burial will follow the services in the church cemetery.


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Mrs. Audrey Yvette Poole-Gwynn

Mrs. Audrey Yvette Poole-Gwynn, was born in Orange County, North Carolina on February 22, 1972.  The angels were dispatched late on the evening of May 31, 2014 to relieve her of her pain and suffering.

A lifelong resident of North Carolina, Audrey was a 1990 graduate of Bartlett Yancey High School. She went on to obtain an associate’s degree in Business from Phillips Junior College. Audrey was employed for the longest duration by the Alamance-Burlington School System at Elon Elementary recently and formerly Haw River Elementary School, where she worked which children, which she enjoyed greatly.  She was also a devoted Bus Driver with the Alamance-Burlington School System. Her career with children began with RCS Head Start, Burlington, NC.  She was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church and a member of the Historical Committee.  She was also the current president of the Bradsher, Bradshaw & Poole Family Reunion. It goes without mentioning, Audrey was a loving wife, daughter, mother, granddaughter, sister, aunt, niece and friend to many.  Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. She was an avid lover of Duke Basketball and all sports in general and was known to keep the referees in line. We will forever cherish and miss her presence; however we know she is now in the embrace of the Master.

Remembering Audrey with love are her husband, Artimus K. Gwynn of the home; daughter, Artaeza K. Poole-Gwynn of the home as well; her parents, Linda P. Beasley and husband William C. of Prospect Hill, NC and Arthur Lee Poole of Cedar Grove, NC; Paternal Grandmother: Algene B. Poole of Burlington, NC,; her father and mother in-law Mr. Arthur & Mrs. Doris S. Gwynn; step-grandmother: Margret B. Royster of Cedar Grove, NC; Two sisters: Kimberly K. Evans (Travis) of Cedar Grove, NC and Wendy C. Thomas (Marcus) of Greensboro, NC; four nieces and nephews: Makayla, Chase, Tyler, Kaelynn, James William & Joshua; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

She now joins her: paternal grandparents: Mr. Chester & Mrs. Annie Mae B. Poole, maternal grandfather: Mr. Clayton Poole and maternal great-grandmother: Mrs. Sallie H. Bigelow what a joyous reunion they are sharing.

Funeral services are Friday, June 6, 2014 at 2 pm at the Union Grove Baptist Church-3081 Union Grove Church Rd, Hurdle Mills, NC 27541.  The family will greet and recieve relatives and friends Thursday evening June 5, 2014 from 7-8pm in the J.V. & Lessie I. Sharpe Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow the services in the Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Hurdle Mills, NC.


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Mr. Claven “Jack” Johnson

Mr. Claven “Jack” Johnson, 89, of 438 Dudley St., died May 28, 2014, at Alamance Regional Medical Center.
He was the husband of the late Mrs. Grace Edith Gattis Johnson and son of Mr. Finley Johnson and Mrs. Etta Roney Johnson, both deceased. He was retired from LabCorp Inc. and for many years was custodian of Shiloh Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his daughter, Brenday Johnson of the home; two granddaughters, Yondi and Iman Johnson; five great-grandchildren, Imari, Kennan, Nasir, Ian and Kalia; two brothers, James V. Johnson (Sadie) and Richard Johnson (Mary) of California; and two sisters, Mary J. Harris and Bennie Johnson, both of Burlington.
Public viewing will be held at Sharpe Funeral Home Saturday, May 31 from 1 to 9 p.m.
Services celebrating the life of Mr. Johnson will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Ebenezer United Church of Christ where he was a devoted member. Burial will be in Alamance Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors 30 minutes prior to the services, and at other times the family will be at the home.

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Mrs. Patricia Ann Chaplin

Mrs. Patricia Ann Chaplin Poole, better known as “Patsy” was born the daughter of Mr. Preston and Mrs. Martha Waddy Chaplin in Alamance County, North Carolina on February 4, 1945.  The angels were dispatched to her home early on the morning of May 24, 2014 to relieve her of her pain and suffering.

A lifelong resident of Alamance County, Patsy was a 1964 graduate of Central High School, Graham, North Carolina.  She was employed prior to declining health with AMP Electric and a childcare provider.  She was a member of Jeffries Cross Baptist Church.  It goes without mentioning, Patsy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister aunt and friend to many.  We will forever cherish and miss her presence; however we know she is now in the embrace of the Master.

Remembering Patsy with love are: her loving husband Grady M. Poole of the home: caring daughter: Crystal Hoge and husband Troy of Yorktown, Virginia; devoted son: Brandon Poole of Burlington, North Carolina; four precious grandchildren: Kennedy & Kolby Hoge and Skylar Poole; three loving siblings: Mae Elizabeth Corbett of Mebane, North Carolina, Ava Chaplin Mebane and husband Carlton of Burlington, North Carolina and Jimmy Lee Chaplin and wife Louise of Richmond, Virginia as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Services are Friday, May 30, 2014 at Burton’s Chapel Baptist Church at 1pm.  The family will receive relatives and friends 30 minutes prior to the services at the church and burial will follow the services in the church cemetery.


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Mr. Walter M. Coble

Walter Morrow Coble was granted his angel wings on Sunday May 18, 2014. This noble, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend to so many near and far was born in Alamance County, December 4, 1918 to the late Vivian and Bessie Ratliff Coble. As the eldest brother to thirteen siblings, Walter was an inspiration and source of guidance and support for his brothers and sisters.
Every blade in the field, every leaf in the forest lays down its life in its season, as beautifully as it was taken up.
Walter possessed a strong will to serve and live a life of unwavering faith in God. He was an avid Bible scholar and cherished Bible Study. This devotion is exemplified by his compassionate devotion to Hunter’s Chapel A.M.E Church where he provided tireless and diligent service in his capacity as Trustee, Sunday School officer and teacher, Pro-tem     Steward, Vacation Bible School teacher, and The Million   Dollar Club. Hunter’s Chapel A.M.E Church bestowed several honors upon him for his strong commitments: 1997             Outstanding Leadership and Service Recognition, 2005               Appreciation for Dedication and Service to Our Lord and His Church, 2012 Honorary Steward and Service Award for    Continuous Dedication.  He was also named Hunter’s Chapel Man of the Year. In addition to his church, he was a loyal and    faithful member of the Yadkin Lodge #799 Prince Hall        Affiliate Free & Accepted Masons.  Walter Morrow Coble was educated in the Alamance County School System. He received an Honorary Discharge from the United States Army as a World War II Veteran. In his deployment, he served as Squad Leader and Transportation Supervisor for military personnel, supplies, and equipment. After the war he returned home, married, and created a loving home and family.Where you stand in your youth will determine where you sit as an elder.
He retired from White’s Furniture Company in Mebane, North Carolina. After retirement, he used his building skills to design beautiful wood crafts for family and friends. Walter was a man of dignity, fortitude, and maintained a steadfast determination to improve the quality of life for his race and his community. During his career years and even more after retirement he was a strong warrior of peace and a staunch member of The Orange County Democratic Party.
Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.
Today, we gather to celebrate the life and legacy of Walter     Morrow Coble. He departed this world in the loving presence of his      devoted wife of many years, their daughters, and grandchildren.  His   gentle spirit was always full of grace, humility, unconditional generosity and gratitude for his family which was the center of his life. His love leaves an indelible imprint in their memories and the memories of all who remain enriched by his presence. Walter has accomplished this life and stepped behind the veil to reunite with his parents Vivian and Bessie Ratliff Coble and his siblings; Joe Coble, Mable Coble Shaw, Kate Mae Coble Thomas, Mary Coble Mebane, and Alfonzo Coble.
Love heareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Love never faileth.
Cherishing his illuminating memory are his wife of many years, Velma Swepson Coble, three daughters, Hilda Jones (Benjamin), Patsy Walker (Danny), Shirley Clarissa Ray (Gregory) all of Mebane, North Carolina; six grandchildren, Paula Jones, Derrick Jones (Sommay), Gerald Walker (Chrishaun), Robbin Walker, Gregory Jerrod Ray (Jessetta),   Walter Rashad Ray; six great grandchildren; five brothers, Reverend     Tyson Coble (Robbie), Howard Coble (Carolyn), Louis Coble (Annie), Jerry Coble (Alease), Edward Coble (Lucille); Two sisters, Hazel Coble Vincent and Peggy Coble Holt; two devoted nephews John Cousin Jr. and John Douglas Swepson; a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.
Funeral services are Friday 23, 2014 at 1pm at Johnsons Chapel AME Church.  The family will recieve friends one hour prior to the services at the church.  Burial will follow the services in the Hunter’s Chapel AME Church Cemetery.

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