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Adams, Mr. Clifton John Holmes

B. March 15, 1926; D. July 3, 2000

Services: Beulah Baptist Church


Baker, Mrs. Nora B.

B. 1912; D. 1991

Services: Bear Swamp Baptist Church

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens



Barnes, Mrs. Elester Mae, age 78 of Rt. 3 Rowland, NC

D.1989 at NC Cancer Institute in Lumberton, NC

Services: Faith Baptist Church

Interment: Church Cemetery


Mrs. Barnes is survived by two brothers:  Mr. Haynes Deese, Sr. and Mr. Albert Deese both of Rowland, NC.  Four sisters:  Mrs. Mable Smith of Rocky Mount, NC, Mrs. Lula Locklear of Maxton, NC, Mrs. Eula D. Maynor and Mrs. Betty Strickland both of Rowland, NC and a host of relatives and friends.


Bartley, Jr. Master Jerry

B. October 8, 1974; D. April 11, 1976

Serivces: Rowland Church of God

Interment:  Rowland Church of God Cemetery


Jerry Bartley, Jr., eighteen-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Bartley leaves in addition to his parents, his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Bertha Lewis of Route 1, Rowland, NC, his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Ruby Huggins of  Route 3, Fairmont, his Godmother, Mrs. Hazel Deese, his Godfather, Robert Earl Demery, and a host of other relatives and friends.


Barton, Rev. Bracy

B. October 5, 1935; D. September 16, 1979

Services: Macedonia Holiness Church

Interment: The Barton Cemetery, Pembroke, NC


He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Corriene H. Barton; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Barton of Pembroke, NC: four children: Stoney Barton of Fort Wayne, Ind., Bertha Kelham of Santa Monica, Calif., Shirley Barton of Pembroke, NC and Miss Palma Kay Barton of the home and a host of relatives and friends.


Barton, Mr. Mark, age 80

B. December 11, 1911 ; D. March 17, 1992 at Duke University Medical Center

Services: Elrod Baptist Church

Interment: Barton Family Cemetery


Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Shirley Carter of Rowland, NC; three sisters:  Mrs. Rose Ann Locklear of Baltimore, Md., Mrs. Nancy Jane Hunt of Lumberton, NC and Mrs. Emma Rhette of Charlotte, NC; three brothers: Mr. Stancel Barton of Fairmont, NC, Mr. Wilbert Barton of Red Springs, NC and Mr. Robert Lewis Steven (Domie) Barton of Rowland, NC; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.


Bell, Mrs. Edna L., age 81

D. December 15, 1990

Services:  Liberty Holiness Church

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens


Mrs. Bell was the daughter of the late Mr. James Locklear and Mrs. Lucinda Swett Locklear.  She is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Vera Lee Chavis and Mrs. Elsie Hunt; her sons, Rev. Melvin Bell, Mr. Jasper Bell Jr., Mr. Joseph Ray Bell, Mr. Reginald Bell, Mr. Travis Bell, Mr. Wendell Bell, Mr. Winford Bell, Mr. Bobby Bell, and Mr. Charles Bell; her sisters, Mrs. Katie Lowery, Mrs. Dollie Lowry, Mrs. Margaret Lerner, and Mrs. Lucille Locklear Burnett; her brothers, Mr. Wallace Locklear and Mr. Roscoe Locklear; 27 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; and a host of relatives and friends.



Bell, Mr. Hardy H. “Red”

B. July 20, 1927; D. November 5, 1991

Services: Berea Baptist Church

Interment: Berea Baptist Church Cemetery


Mr. Bell was the son of the late Mr. Stephen Frank and Mrs. Stella Canady Bell.  He is survived by his wife:  Mrs. Mary Martin Bell.  Two daughters:  Ms Jeannie Jo Bell of Raleigh, NC and Mrs. Marty O’Connor of Savannah, Ga. And one granddaughter:  Miss Sunny Marie O’Connor  of savannah, Ga.  Mr. Bell is further survived by three sisters:  Mrs. Marlene Suddreth and Mrs. Melogene Elwood both of Charlotte, NC and Mrs. Shirley Gavin of San Francisco, Ca.  One brother:  Mr. Hearld Bell of Lumberton, NC.


Bell, James Permey

B. December 25, 1909; D. July 25, 1984

Services: Mt. Olive Baptist Church

Interment: Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery


Bell, Mrs. Mary Grace

B. 1914; D. 1988

Services: Mr. Olive Pentecostal Holiness Church

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens


Blanks, Mrs. Sadie Ray, age 78 of 8498 Hwy 72 West, Pembroke, NC

B. August 19, 1921; D. January 2, 2000 at Pemberton Nursing Home in Pembroke, NC

Services: Mt. Airy Baptist Church

Interment: Mt. Airy Baptist Church Cemetery


She was the daughter of the late Mr. Willie Foster and Mrs. Mary Bell Lowery Locklear.  Mrs. Blanks was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Edward Barrington Blanks; a brother: Mr. Willie Foster “Boss” Locklear, Jr.; and two sisters:  Ms. Anna Bell Locklear and Ms. Lois Locklear.  She is survived by her son and his wife: Mr. Scott Edward and Mrs. Cathy Blanks of Columbia, SC; a daughter and her husband: Mrs. Cheryl and Dr. Barry Harding of Lumberton, NC; four grandchildren: Miss Laura Beth Harding, Mr. Stephen Harding, Miss Sara Blanks and Miss Caroline Blanks; two sisters: Mrs. Josephine Locklear of Lumberton, NC and Mrs. Dorothy Lowry of new Mexico; two brothers:  Mr. Floyd Locklear and Mr. Donald Locklear both of Lumberton, NC and a host of relatives and friends.


Blue, Brantley, age 53, died at his Arlington, Va., home after a heart attack

B.          ; D. Thursday, August 2, 1979




Mr. Blue was an administrative law judge for the Dept. of Labor and the only Indian to serve as a commissioner on the Old Indian Claims Commission.  He was appointed in 1969 by former president Richard M. Nixon and served as one of four commissioners until the commission expired in October.  The Indian Claims Commission was established in 1946 to hear and determine claims against the United States on behalf of any Indian tribe, band, or identifiable group of American Indians living in the United States.


He was a Lumbee and was born in Pembroke, North Carolina.  He was the first of his tribe to earn a law degree.  Mr. Blue practiced law in Kingsport, Tenn. for 20 years and was Kingsport city Judge from 1955-1959 and was a past president of the Kingsport Bar Association.  He served in the Pacific theater during World War II.


Mr. Blue is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Milam, and a daughter, Patricia, both of the home in Arlington and another daughter, Janet Batchelor, of Jacksonville, NC, five sisters, Kitty Sanderson, of Bryson City, NC, Rena Mae Cochran, of Madison, Fla., Gola Lowry, of Gaston, NC, Bernice Lowry, of Towson, Md., and Alicia Wise, of Pembroke; three brothers, Adolph, of Pembroke, NC, Don, of Baltimore, Md., and Carl L., of Kingsport, Tenn., and two granddaughters.


The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Brantley Blue Scholarship Fund, 2111 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, Va. 22202.




Bowen, Mrs. Clarise Lynn Johnson

B. April 5, 1948 in Kansas; D. December 10, 1982

Services:  Prospect United Methodist Church

Pembroke, NC


She is survived by her son, Adam Reese Johnson; her husband, David Mitchell Bowen; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Reese Bullard of Michigan; one brother, O. Keith Bullard, one sister, Alisa Bullard Tanner, both of Michigan; Maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs,. Oscar Chavis of Lumberton; her paternal  grandmother, Mrs. Precious Locklear of Pembroke, NC.  She was the granddaughter of the late Ornie Bullard.


Bowen, Mrs. Mary Jane, 78

 B. August, 1899; D. March 13, 1979

Services: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church

Interment: Hopewell Holiness Methodist Church Cemetery


Mrs. Bowen is survived by one sister, Mrs. Flora Dial of Pembroke, NC.

Her father was Henry Bowen, B. August, 1866.  Siblings: Warren, B. Dec., 1887; Sarah B., B. Jan. 1889; Flora A. B. July, 1891; John  Norment  B. Oct., 1893; Henry P., B. Sept. 1896.  Father and Warren can read and write.


Brayboy, Mr. Huron G. “Jack”

B. 1913; D. 1991

Services: Sandy Plains United Methodist Church

Interment: St. Annah Church Cemetery


Brayboy, Dr. Mary Elizabeth “Liz”, age 65 of Dogwood Acres, Chapel Hill, NC formerly of Red Springs, NC

D. July 17, 2005 having lost her long battle with breast cancer

Services: Prospect United Methodist Church in Pembroke, NC

Interment: Church Cemetery


Her parents were the late William McKinley Jones and Zelma Sampson Jones.  She was preceded in death by her mothers, Rosa Bell McMillan Jones in 1941, and Zelma Sampson Jones in 1983; her father, William McKinley Jones Sr.  in 1966; 10 infant siblings, including Sanford Jones in 1921 and Herman Jones in 1951; and her sisters, Margaret Jones Clark in 1990 and Essie Mae Jones Oxendine in 1998.  Dr. Brayboy is survived by her three sons , Terrence Dean Brayboy of Chapel Hill, Bryan MdKinley Brayboy and wife Doris Warriner of Salt Lake City, Utah and Cary Alan Brayboy of Los Angeles; two grandsons, Quanah McKinley Warriner Brayboy and Ely Tecumseh Warriner Brayboy, both of Salt Lake City; her sisters, Emma Bell Jones Locklear and Artie Mae Jones Jacobs and her husband, Bobby Jacobs, all of Red Springs; and her brothers, James Arthur Jones Sr. and wife Pearlie Mae of Pembroke, NC and William McKinley Jones Jr. and wife Hazel of Red Springs.


Brayboy,  Mrs. Nola Jacobs, age 76

B. August 1, 1912; D.September 6, 1988

Services:  Sandy Plains United Methodist Church

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens


She was the widow of Mr. Luther Brayboy.  She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Gallagher of Maryland; one sister, Nannie Oxendine Pembroke, NC; four brothers, Holland H. Jacobs, Laurel Hill, NC, Davis Jacobs and William Foster Jacobs, both of Pembroke, NC; and T. Fuller Jacobs of Greensboro, NC; three grandchildren and many

precious friends and special loved ones.


Brayboy, Mr. W. R.

B. July 22, 1910; D. June 8, 1981

Serivces: Fairpoint  Freewill Baptist Church

Interment: Pentecostal Church of Christ


He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Perlie Lee Brooks Brayboy; and children: Mrs. Gribby Locklear (Queen Ester), Mr. Robert Brayboy, Jr., Mr. Ed Brayboy, Mrs. Julious Oxendine (Shirley), Mr. Clyde Brayboy, Mrs. Charles Haywood (Joyce)—all of Rowland, NC; Mrs. Roosevelt Locklear (Maggie Docia), Mr. Marvin Brayboy, Mrs. Samuel Dimery (Paul Ann)—all of Pembroke, NC; Mr. Donald Brayboy, Mr. Charles Lee Brayboy—of the home; Mrs. Frank Monte (Jeanette) and Miss Dorothy Brayboy, of Woonsocket, R.I.; Mr. Tommie Brayboy of El Paso, Texas; Mrs. Edward T. Daignault (Doris) of Bellingham, Mass.; and 48 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.


Breen, Mrs. Arlita Lowry

B. April 7, 1945; D. September 19, 2000

Services: First United Methodist Church Pembroke, NC

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens


She was the daughter of the late Mr. Ira Pate Lowry and Mrs. Reba Milsaps Lowry.  Mrs. Breen was preceded in death by her first husband, John L. Entrekin, Jr. and her stepson Barton Breen. She is survived by her husband, Kermit T. Breen, daughter Leslynne Green of Gulf Breeze, Florida, son Jonathan Entrekin of Lookout Mountain, Georgia, stepdaughters, Barbara Jay Breen of Atlanta, Georgia, Heather McKelvey of Conyers, Georgia and Hilary Breen Stiles of Brunswick, Georgia and 8 grandsons.


Brewington, Mrs. Ada Blue, age 80 of Pembroke, NC

D. October 8, 1978 at Southeastern General Hospital

Services:  First United Methodist Church, Pembroke, NC

Interment: Preston Cemetery


Surviving are five daughters:  Mrs. Kitty B. Sanderson of Bryson City, NC, Mrs. Rena Cochran of Cherry Lake, Florida, Mrs. Gola B. Lowry of Gastonia, NC, Mrs. Bernice B. Lowry of Towson, Maryland, and Mrs. Alicia B. Wise of Brooklyn, N.Y.; four sons: Brantley Blue of Arlington, Va., Adolf Blue of Pembroke, NC, Don D. Blue of Baltimore, Md., and Carl L. Blue of Kingsport, Tenn.; eighteen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one foster grandchild; and two foster great grandchildren; six sisters:  Mrs. Stella Lowry of Pembroke, NC, Mrs. Edith Locklear of Darlington, SC, Mrs. Helen Smith of Raleigh, NC, Mrs. Naomi Hammonds of Pembroke, NC, Mrs. Adeline L. Maynor and Mrs. Lottie Hardison of Lumberton, NC; three brothers: Hollen Lowry of Stuart, Fla., Carson Lowry of Evansville, Indiana, and Herbert Lowry of Pembroke, NC.




Brewington, Jr., Mr. Willie

B. January 15, 1945; D. April 19, 1992

Services:  Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Lumberton, NC

Interment:  Church Cemetery


Mr. Brewington of Southgate, Michigan, formerly of Lumberton, died Sunday, April 19, 1992, at Southeastern General Hospital as a result of an automobile accident.  He was born in Robeson County, NC to Mrs. Anna Bell B. Locklear and the late Willie Brewington, Sr.  Surviving are a son, Shane Brewington of Southgate, Michigan; wife Betty Brewington of Southgate, Michigan;  his mother, Mrs. Anna Bell Locklear of Lumberton, NC, two brothers:  Larry Brewington and Gregory Foster Locklear both of Lumberton, NC; two sisters, Mrs. Delora Jean Locklear and Mrs. LaRue Locklear both of Lumberton, NC; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary Bell Locklear of Lumberton, NC, and a host of other relatives and friends.


Brooks, Mr. Boss, age 86

 D. March 10, 1989

Services: Biggs Funeral Chapel

Interment: Dial Family Cemetery


He is survived by his wife; Mrs. Mary Belle Brooks, his son; Mr. Ernest Brooks, his daughters; Mrs. Virginia Chavis, and Mrs. Lena Chavis, his brothers; Mr. Preston Brooks, Mr. Oquinn Brooks, his sisters; Mrs. Girlie Locklear, Mrs. Florie Emanuel, Miss Addie Lou Brooks, Mrs. Nancy Jones, his granddaughter, Mrs. Debbie Rae Chavis and a host of relatives and friends.


Brooks, Mr. Edmond Worth, age 68

B. August 27, 1917; D. January 24, 1986

Services: Bear Swamp Baptist Church

Interment: Church Cemetery


He is survived by his wife; Mrs. Dora Brooks of Route 2, Pembroke, NC, two sons; Mr. Bobby Brooks and Mr. Ronald Brooks both of Charlotte, NC, four daughters; Mrs. Letha Chavis of Drexel, NC, Mrs. Alice Jacobs of Fairmont, NC, Mrs. Martha Moss of Huntersville, NC, and Mrs. Frances Ransom of Charlotte, NC, four sisters; Mrs. Nomie Hunt of Rowland, NC, Mrs. Stella Mae Locklear of Gibson, NC, Mrs. Leotha Jacobs and Mrs.  Edna Chavis both of Pembroke, NC.  Twenty grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.


Brooks, Mr. Eugene, age 63 Rt. 1, Maxton. NC

D. 1988 at Veterans Administration Hospital after an extended illness

Services: Whitehill Freewill  Baptist Church, Maxton, NC

Interment: Whitehill Cemetery


Eugene was the son of the late O Quinn and Bertha Locklear Brooks of Maxton, NC.

Surviving are his wife:  Mrs. Lois Deese Brooks of the home, three daughters: Mrs. Rita Brooks Lossman, Mrs. Brenda Brooks Locklear, both of Maxton, NC, one daughter, Ms. Sherry Brooks of the home.  Four sisters:  Mrs. Katherine Dial of Maxton, Ms. Frances Brooks of Fairmont, NC, Mrs. Evelyn Hood of Norfolk, Va. Mrs. Mary Revels of Hertford, NC and two brothers:  Mr. Gerald Brooks of Maxton, Mr. Hector Brooks of Fairmont, NC.  Five grandchildren: Kevin Locklear, Clay Locklear, Mark Locklear, Shan Olyn Locklear and Brooke Lossman and a host of other relatives and friends.


Eugene’s father’s family were as follows from the 1900 Robeson County NC Census:

Brooks, Hector, Head, 1865, 35, Married, 1/8 White

Brooks, Nancy, wife, 1866, 34, Married, ¼ White

Brooks, Wilson, Son, Sept., 1889, 10, single, 1/5 White

Brooks, O Quinn, Son, Jan., 1887, 13, single, 1/5    “

Brooks, Ginnie,  Daughter, Aug., 1893, 6, single, 1/5”

Brooks, Garfield, Son, March, 1892, 8, single, 1/5

Brooks, Fronie, Daughter, Aug., 1895, 4, single, 1/5

Brooks, Delphia J., Daughter, Aug., 1897, 2, single, 1/5

Brooks, Thomas, Son. March, 1899, 1, single, 1/5

Rents farm.  Cannot read or write.




Brooks, Mrs. Flora Margaret, age 80 of Rt. 1, Pembroke, NC

B.June 3, 1910 ; D. October 7, 1990

Services: Pembroke Gospel Chapel

Interment: St. Annah Church Cemetery


Mrs. Brooks is survived by her husband, Mr. Worth Brooks, two daughters, Mrs. Sylvia McNeill and Ms. Barbara Brooks, both of Baltimore, Md; two foster sons, Mr. Allen Locklear and Mr. Gerald Locklear, both of Detroit, Michigan; four grand-daughters, Mrs. Peggy Chavis, Mrs. Ellen Jaravas, Mrs. Wanda Johnson and Mrs. Mary Valor, all of Baltimore, Maryland; two sisters, Mrs. Lailure Locklear of Pembroke, and Mrs. Jeanie Locklear of Maxton, NC; one brother, Mr. Lawrence Locklear of Fayetteville, NC and a host of relatives and friends.


Brooks, Mr. James Hector “Heck”, 79 of 314 Wilkerson Road

D. June 12, 2007 Southeastern Regional Medical Center

Services:  Riverside Church of God, Lumberton, NC

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens, Pembroke, NC


He was preceded in death by his parents Mr. O’Quinn and Bertha Locklear Brooks, one brother, Eugene Brooks and one sister Mary Revels.  Mr. Brooks is survived by his wife of 59 years, Annie Brooks, a daughter Jeanne Brooks of Lumberton, NC, four sons, Joseph Brooks, and his wife Dell, James Randy Brooks and wife Melody Brooks, Henry Clayton Brooks and wife Melissa, all of Lumberton, NC. Nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.  He is survived by 3 sisters, Katherine Brooks Dial, Evelyn Brooks Hood, and Frances Brooks, a brother Gerald Brooks.  Special friend of the family Robert Eddings and Ruby and a host of relatives and friends.


His father, Mr. O’Quinn Brooks’ family is as follows:  Father, Hector, B. 1865; Mother, Nancy, B. 1866; brother, Wilson, B. Sept., 1889; O’Quinn, B. Jan., 1887; sister, Ginnie, B. Aug. 1893; brother, Garfield, B. March, 1892; sister, Fronie, B. Aug., 1895; sister, Delphia J., B. Aug. 1897; brother, Thomas, B. March, 1899.


Brooks, Ms. Louise Carter

B. May 21, 1933; D. April 20, 1979


Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens


She was the eldest of three children born to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Carter of Pembroke, NC.  Louise is survived by one brother, John Marvin Carter, and one sister, Marilyn Rose Roberts.  In 1953 she married Alec Chesley Locklear II, and to this union were born four children, Alec Chesley Locklear III, Marvin Fuller Locklear, Marful Jon Locklear, and Sonya Rose Oxendine, all of Pembroke, NC.  Her life was blessed with four grandchildren also, Ryan, Brandon, Anna Louise and Damien.  In 1973 she married Dr. Martin L. Brooks of Pembroke, NC.






Brooks, Ms. Natasha Nakell, age 19

B. August 14, 1979 ; D. December 20, 1998

Services: White Hill Freewill Baptist Church

Interment: White Hill Church Cemetery


Ms. Brooks is survived by her parents: Mr. Jerry and Mrs. Lexie Bell Brooks of Maxton, NC.  A daughter:  Miss Natoria N. Locklear of the home.  A brother and sister-in-law:  Mr. Perry and Mrs. Kim Brooks of Maxton, NC.  Paternal grandparents:  Mr. and Mrs. Gerald brooks of Maxton,NC.  Maternal grandfather: Mr. Archie Locklear of Maxton, NC.   A great-grandmother:  Mrs. Annie Jacobs of Pembroke, NC and a host of relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother: Mrs. Ida Ree Locklear.


Brooks, Rev. Percy, age 68 of P.O. Box 282, Pembroke, NC

B. July 7, 1911 in Robeson, NC ; D. February 11, 1980

Services:  Bear Swamp Baptist Church

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens, Lumberton, NC


He was the son of Ed and Martha Swett Brooks.  Rev. Brooks is survived by his wife, Anna Cummings Brooks of the home; 2 sons: Rev. Ted Brooks of Pembroke, NC and Jeffery Autry Brooks of Pembroke, NC; 5 daugthers:  Mrs. Robert L. Bell of Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Donald J. Conybear of fort Wayne, Ind., Mrs. Keith Oxendine of Woodbridge, Va., Mrs. Charles E. Hunt of Charlotte, NC, Mrs. Larry Wrenn of Jacksonville, NC; 1 brother, Mr. Worth Brooks of Pembroke, NC; 4 sisters: Mrs. Hudler Hunt of Rowland, NC, Mrs. James E. (Jim) Chavis of Pembroke, NC, Mrs Joseph (Buddy) Jacobs of Pembroke, NC and Mrs. Larence Locklear of Gibson, NC; 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.


Brooks, Rev. Venus

B.     September 11, 1914; D. Sept. 13, 1969




Bullard, Mrs. Nettie Mae, age 57 of Rt. 3, Maxton, NC

B. ; D. May 8, 1995

Services:  Prospect United Methodist Church

Interment: Bullard Family Cemetery


She was the daughter of the late Mr. Jake (J.B.) Clark and Mrs. Alice Dial Clark of Pembroke, NC.  Mrs. Bullard is survived by her husband, Mr. Junious Bullard of the home.  One daughter, Alice B. Oxendine of Maxton, NC and one son, Anthony Ray Bullard of the home.  Two sisters, Deanna Clark Ransom of Pembroke, NC and Doris Clark Jacobs of Maxton,NC.  One brother, James Clark of Pembroke, NC, two granddaughters, Tyler and Tess Oxendine of Maxton, NC and a host of relatives and friends.


Burns, Mrs. Ola Lee, age 60 died in Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC

B.  March 22, 1936; D. January 9, 1997 following a long illness


She was the daughter of the late Warren E. Sampson and Cattie H. Sampson.  Mrs. Burns is survived by her husband, Rufus Burns, of the home; one son, Rufus Lynn Burns of Pembroke, a step-son, Phillip Locklear of Fairmont; three daughters; Wanda Burns Ramsey of Raleigh, NC; Sharon Kay Deese of Pembroke, NC; and Karen Burns Privette of Zebulon, NC.  She is also survived by two brothers: Edmond Bracey Sampson of Pembroke, NC and Eugene Sampson of Lumberton, NC; three sisters; Mary C. Locklear of Pembroke, NC, Marie S. Locklear and Audrey L. Chavis, both of Lumberton, NC; and by sixteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Rosie Lee Locklear, by four brothers;  Alfred H. Sampson, Ellis Sampson, Harvey Sampson and Curley Sampson; by a granddaughter; Jessica Lee Ramsey, and by a niece; Barbara Burns Cummings.



Byrd, Mrs. Jessie Cooper

B. April 26, 1916 in Long Island, New York; D. February 25, 1989

Services:  Bethany Presbyterian Church, Lumberton, NC

Interment:  Byrd Family Cemetery, Lumberton, NC


She was married to Mr. William L. Byrd who preceded her in death.  Mrs. Byrd is survived by her sister, Ms. Beulah Jacobs of Mount Carmel, Connecticut; one brother, John Sulia Cooper of the home; two nieces, Attorney Allison Jacobs of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Debra Gibbs of Wilmington, NC; three loyal, devoted friends who were care-givers during her illness, Mrs. Viola McBryde, Mrs. Anna Floyd and Mrs. Rena B. Gerald; and Mrs. Regina F. Head who was with her when she passed.  She also leave to mourn, a host of relatives and friends.


Chavis, Mr. Alvin Benjamin

B. July 25, 1925; D. June 13, 2001 at the Burn Center of Chapel Hill

Services:  Prospect United Methodist Church

Interment: Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery


Mr. Alvin Benjamin Chavis was the son of the late Rev. Warren Alvin Chavis and Mrs. Mary Bell Jones.  He is survived by his wife:  Mrs. Naomi Dial Chavis; a daughter:  Mrs. Shannon C. Lowry of Garner, NC, a son-in-law:  Mr. Davey Corey Lowry of Garner, NC; a grandson:  Master Corey Benjamin Lowry of Garner, NC; sister:  Ms. Mary Liza Oxendine of Pembroke, NC and a host of relatives and friends.

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