Mr. Robert Clyde Woods

20151125151051460_0001Celebration of Life services for Mr. Robert Clyde Woods, beloved husband of Carlene Browning Woods, adoring father of Rev. Dr. Ricky A. Woods (Annette), Rodney A. Woods (Tyra) and Randall A. Woods; loving grandfather of Lauren A. Woods,  Ryan A. Woods and Regan A. Woods; devoted brother of James N. Woods “Jess”, Helen W. Williamson and Katrina W. Crisp will be held on Saturday at 12Noon from the sanctuary of Miles Chapel Baptist Church.  Clyde will lie repose at the church from 11:00 AM until 12 Noon. Interment will follow the services in the church cemetery.  He was an avid golfer and held memberships with the Alamance Senior Men’s Golf Club as well as the North Carolina-Virginia Senior Men’s Golf Association and a devoted member of Miles Chapel Baptist Church and the Culinary Ministry of the Church.  His passing has left a void in the lives of his family, only to which our Heavenly Father can fill.

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Mr. Carlton Tyrone Whitmore

Funeral services for Mr. Carlton T. Whitmore, husband of Esther Burnett Whitmore, father of Rodney, Tommy and Valerie; grandfather of 9 and great-grandfather of 5 will be held on Friday, November 27, 2015 from the sanctuary of Bethsada Baptist Church at 1:00pm.  The family will greet relatives and friends at the home.  Mr. Whitmore will lie in repose at the funeral home from 1-9pm at the funeral home.  Interment will follow the services in the church cemetery.

He was the son of Mr. Goetha Christopher Whitmore and Mrs. Ruth Jeffries Whitmore (both deceased) and the last survivor of his siblings: Leroy, Howard and Harry Whitmore.  He was also preceded in death by a son, Casey C. Whitmore and daughter-in-law Jeanne Whitmore.

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Deacon Evans Russell

20151122135658404_0001Funeral services for Deacon Evans Russell will commence on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 from the sanctuary of Miles Chapel Baptist Church at 1:00pm.  The family will greet relatives and friends from Noon until 1:00pm with the Prince Hall Masonic Funeral Honors starting at 12:15 pm.  Burial will follow the services in the church cemetery.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.  Quietly early on the morning of Friday, November 20, 2015 in his own home, the quite labors of love and the legacy of a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, friend and Christian Disciple came to a close as Deacon Evans Russell transitioned from earth to glory.  Evans was born February 6, 1932 in rural Orange County, to the late Mr. George Stanford Russell and the late Mrs. Lottie Mae Williams Russell.  He was one of three children born to this union. He received his education in the Alamance County School System and later enlisted into the Army of the United States.  During his tour, he was a Signal Message Clerk, received the National Defense Medal and received an Honorable Discharge January 4, 1955 earning the rank of Corporal.

After his discharge and return home, he met a lovely young lady, named Bertha Crisp.  After a courtship, the two became one and were wed.  This union produced a son which they named Kelvin Nathaniel.

Deacon Russell was to say the least a devoted and faithful member of Miles Chapel Baptist Church.  During his years, he served as Deacon, Senior Choir Member, member of the Ushers Board, Sunday School Superintendent.  Fraternally, he was a member and Past Master of Augusta Lodge #642, Burlington North Carolina.

Evans had a wonderful career with Western-Electric and later Lucent Technologies. During his career and post retirement, he was a Charter Bus driver and thoroughly enjoyed the many trips and tours he was a part of.

Remembering his life, legacy and love are: his loving wife Bertha of the home; dedicated son Kelvin; 2 adoring grandchildren: Xavier Stanford Russell and Chivon Gant; a precious great-grandson: Elijah Alaric Winston; and his two siblings: Josiah Russell (Mary Catherine) and Willie Mae Russell Hurdle (William) and many other loving relatives and devoted friends.

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Mother Maggie Woods Fuller

20151116134135806_0001Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm from the sanctuary of New Birth Baptist Church.  The family will greet relatives and friends thirty minutes prior to the services.  Burial will follow in the Mebane Memorial Gardens.

The Lord dispatched his angels on November 14, 2015 at 1:00pm to carry our earthly angel, Maggie Woods Fuller to her heavenly home after 98 glorious years. 

She was born on July 27, 1917 in Alamance County, North Carolina to the late Mr. Ozious Woods and the late Mrs. Vannie Richmond Woods. Maggie was educated in the segregated school system of Alamance County and later obtained her General Education Diploma (GED) from Piedmont Community College in 1969.

Mother Fuller was a dedicated and faithful member of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, she attended as long as her health allowed and served as a Church Mother. 

She loved being connected with the land.  She grew wonderful vegetables and some of the most beautiful flowers you ever did want to see.  She was, as far as we are concerned the best cook ever.  She found such great pleasure in preparing meals and sharing them with her family and friends.  Anyone who ever sampled one of her cakes, immediately fell in love. 

Remembering her with love are: her loving children: Mary F. Smith, Cathleen Fuller, Alonzo Fuller and Linda F. Gant; 6 grandchildren: Pamela, Darryl, Joy, Rod, Vernon, Jr. and Nikita; 7 great-grandchildren: Yolanda, Whitney, Caleb, Desmen, Meishca, Gabriel, Mitchell; a sister: Mary L. Crisp; two sisters-in-law: Corina F. Miles and Cecil J. Fuller; brother-in-law: Joe Willard Fuller along with several nieces, nephews and extended family members. 

She now joins her parents, loving husband James Allen Fuller, Sr.; son: James A. Fuller, Jr. “Bo” and siblings: Annie B. Richards and David R. Woods, what a glorious reunion. 


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Leonard Alvis Randolph


20151110121411108_0001On June 15, 1966 in heaven God decided to take humbleness, a kind heart, devotion to God and family and place them in one whom we love and cherish and celebrate today, our brother, uncle and friend…Leonard Alvis Randolph.  “Big Al” to many and “Uncle Chicken” to his family, was the son of the late Mr. Leonard Ray Randolph and the late Mrs. Ida Mae Graves Randolph.  He was a proud graduate and tri-athlete with Southern Alamance High School.   Alvis would relish in days and times gone by spent at SHS as a phenomenal football player, track star and wrestler.  He would often recall the wonderful memories he shared with his fellow classmates and eagerly awaited the reunions of the Class of 1984. 

            Alvis worked hard, period.  This was a trait he inherited from his parents.  Over the span of his life he had several jobs, beginning with Burlington Industries, General Electric and finally with Honda Power Equipment.  When he wasn’t working he was perfecting his skills as an up and coming chef.  He loved food and often tried to prepare new and exciting dishes. 

            Alvis had a deep and abiding faith in God.  He truly knew and realized that God was the source of every good and perfect thing.  He was a dedicated and devoted member of Maple Grove Baptist Church where he sang with the Male Chorus and was instrumental in acting in the churches Drama Ministry.  He could really bring the characters to life.  Outside of God, he loved his family deeply.  He was known to send “good-morning” text messages to ensure that your day would be great and that you were on his mind.  His belief was that family is to support each other and to be a blessing to someone. 

            On November 8, 2015, in heaven God needed someone with humbleness, a kind heart, devotion to God and family in his kingdom.  So, quietly while surrounded by his family Alvis transitioned from earth to Glory.  We will miss him however we know that God always does what is best.    

            Remembering him with love and devotion are: siblings: Antonio E. Randolph, Ina Benita Randolph (Leroy White) and Karen E. Vincent (Tim); nieces and nephews: Jessica Torain, Isaiah Torain, Jaida Torain, Timothy Vincent, Kyaira White-Randolph and Karmyn White-Randolph; god-daughter: India Torain along with aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends. 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 1pm from the sanctuary of Maple Grove Baptist Church with the family greeting relatives and friends 30 minutes prior to the services.  The burial will be held privately following the services.  Alvis will lie in repose from 1:00 until 9:00pm at the funeral home.  

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Overseer Roy C. Alston, Sr.

rcalstonOverseer Alston was born on June 18, 1932 to the late Harvey Alston and the late Pearl Morrow Alston in Graham N.C.

Overseer Roy Alston dedicated his life to serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His motto was “I PRAY WE ALL BE READY”. He administered the word of God to all from 1950 until his passing.  “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”  Matthew 18:20   Overseer Alston was the Pastor of many churches under the leadership of the Holiness Church of God in Christ. The first church he administered to as pastor is Cedar Cliff Holiness Church of God in Graham NC.  Overseer Alston moved on to Pastor and lead a host of other churches, He last Pastored Miracle Temple of Winston-Salem NC, before retiring as a Pastor, but he was very adamant that he cannot and will not ever retire from preaching the word of God and saving souls.  Before his retirement Rev. Alston eventually ascended to the Leadership position of Overseer of the Southeastern District of the Holiness Church of God in Christ. One of his favorite sermons is one that he and his brother preached side by side during one of the Quarterly Assemblies for the Holiness Church of God. He never forgot that the buildings are brick and mortar, but the people are the church.  He is loved and respected by all. Overseer Alston spent his retirement years collecting his sermons and putting his memoirs together for his book, “The Sermons of My Father.” He had spent countless hours cataloguing and dating his sermons, before they were tragically lost in a fire.

Overseer Roy C. Alston, Sr. passed on Thursday 5, November 2015 at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford Delaware. He was 83 years old.

He is preceded in death by his lovely wife of 61 years Minister Barbara Ann Morgan Alston, and his two daughters Barbara Lee Alston, and Phyllis A. Alston Stephens.

He is survived by his brother Overseer A. G. Alston of NY and his sons: Norland A. Alston of Winston-Salem N.C., Roy C. & (wife) Penelope I. Alston, Jr. of Dover DE, Harvey M. Alston of Graham NC and his Granddaughter of whom he and Barbara raised, Ebony C. Alston of Burlington NC. Overseer Alston is also survived by nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren:  Amelia Fay Alston, Amaya Rena Alston, Alston Leonidas Herron and Messiah Amir Lee Alston and many nieces, nephews, God-children and a host of relatives and family friends.

Celebration of life services will be conducted on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 11:00 am from the sanctuary of United House of Grace and Mercy-1309 Leonard Ave., High Point, NC. Public viewing will be held on Friday at the funeral home from 1-9pm.  Burial will follow the services in the Farrington-Morrow Cemetery.

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Ms. Deloris Mims Mapp

mapp1Ms. Deloris Mims Mapp age 73 of 514 B Sellars St Burlington, NC, peacefully went to be with the Lord on November 4, 2015 in her daughter’s home. The home going services will be held Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 2:00pm at Sharpe Memorial Chapel.  The family visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the services and at other times the family will be at the home of her daughter 403 Fulton St. Public viewing will be held on Saturday at the funeral home from 1-9pm.

Parents:  Mr. Albert Mims, Sr. and Mrs. Addie Smith Mims (both deceased)

Survivors: she is survived by her children: John Mapp, III (Teresa) and Wanda N. Mapp (Kenny Walker); 5 grandchildren; siblings: Herbert Mims (Jeanie), Albert Mims, Sr. (Brenda), Bobby Mims (Page); Pauline M. Brooks (Leo) and Peggy Mims

She was a member of Bethel Fellowship Church, where she served as Church Mother.

Burial: North Lawn Cemetery

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Support and services for the Mapp family are being furnished by Sharpe Funeral Home, Inc.

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Mr. Nathaniel Fishington Lea

Funeral services for Mr. Nathaniel F. Lea will be held in the John V. & Lessie I. Sharpe Memorial Chapel on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 12 Noon.  The Family will receive relatives and friends from 11: 00 AM until Noon.  Burial will follow the services in the Legion Section of North Lawn Cemetery.  The public viewing will be held on Friday from 1-9pm at the funeral home.

He was the father of Mr. Darrell Lea (Clarice), Timothy Lea and Cynthia Lea; the brother of Leon Lea and grandfather of 4.

Sharpe Funeral Home, Inc. has the honor of serving the Lea Family during this hour of loss.

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Minister Annie Lea Miles “Bunn”

Ms. Annie Lea Miles “Bunn”, age 68 of 405 Atwater St. Apt. A Burlington, NC. Miles departed from this life on October 25, 2015 at Alamance Regional Medical Ctr.

She is survived by her son Timothy Leroy Miles; three daughters Fannie Miles, Anne Richmond (Edwond), Zaneta M. Mebane (Ken); one brother Robert Lea, two brothers-in-laws Edward Beasley, Floyd Beasley; one sister Inice Moore (Calvin); seventeen grandchildren and one great- grand.

 Funeral Arrangements: Friday, October 30, 2015 at 1:00pm in the Sharpe Memorial Chapel. The family will meet one hour prior to the services and at other times the family will be at the home. 

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Burial: At a later date

Support and services are provided to the Miles Family by Sharpe Funeral Home, Inc.


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Mr. Clayton F. Leath

Mr. Clayton Frederick Leath went home to be with the Lord at 1:30 pm, Saturday, October 24, 2015 at his home.  He was born to the late Mr. Otis Leath and the late Mrs. Mary Lou Whitsett Leath.

Clayton had deep love and affection for his family and friends.  For many years he resided at the group home of Gordon and Mary Woods, whom he called Daddy and Mamma.  He loved to be of assistance to his “parents” and fellow residents.  Could be seen many mornings maintaining the yard at Union Ave.  He will be deeply missed.  He was member of Union Chapel United Church of Christ and attended as often as he could.

Clayton leaves to cherish his loving memory and vibrant personality: his sister Brenda Leath Alvarez (Cruze Rameraz) two brothers: Robert D. Leath and Bennett “Earl” Leath; an aunt: Clastine Leath; an uncle: James Leath (Mary); the group home management and care staff: Gordon and Mary Woods, Frances “Sissy” Watlington, Elsie “Toppy” Enoch, Latoya Wiley and Gary Wiley as well as many cousins and dear friends.20151027181533822_0001

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