Celeste Knox Freeman, age 86 of Rocky Mount born on April 24, 1928 was released from pain and suffering of two years on Jan. 19, 2015. She is now at peace and awaits the resurrection when Jesus Christ returns. Celeste Knox grew up in Mooresville, N.C. She graduated from Pfeiffer College in 1948 with an Associate Art Degree, she then moved to Charlotte N.C. and worked for Dr. Jarrett as a dental hygienist. Celeste met her husband, Buddy Freeman, while in Charlotte and later on moved to Rocky Mt., Virginia. Buddy Freeman owned and operated the company, U.S. Brick and Stone. After his death in 1986, the company was sold to Ronnie Nolen and David Freeman, changing the name to U.S. Stone. Celeste Freeman was the bookkeeper for U.S. Stone for many years. Celeste loved her azaleas and working in her flower and vegetable garden. She was a great cook and homemaker and paid attention to every detail. She loved music, especially classical, and had a good voice. You would hear her humming while hard at work. Celeste was a quiet person with a good sense of humor. She had many talents, but excelled at being the best mother, and was devoted to her family. She taught us by example of what a true Christian is. Celeste was always very fair and honest in everything. For Celeste it was truly more blessed to give than to receive. Celeste leaves behind four children, Mary Freeman, deceased, two sons, Greg Freeman and wife Nancy, David Freeman and wife Teresa, one daughter Angela Nolen and husband Ronnie Nolen, and one step daughter, Cynthia Jolly of N.C., four grandchildren, Jody, Mark, Heather, and Rebekah Freeman and one great granddaughter ,Erin McKenzie Freeman, two sisters, Ruth Stone and Shirley Lueke both of Charlotte, N.C. and many nieces, nephews and cousins and special sister-in-law, Blanche Knox Hager of Mooresville, N.C. She was preceded in death by parents Clifford and Mary Honeycutt Knox, sisters Eva Brawley, Lib McCarne, brothers Boyce Knox, Ralph Knox, Teddy Knox, Conard and Bill Gilland. The family wishes to thank many of her caregivers Sandra Wickline, Madge Bryant, Rose Hall, Ally Fields, and many of the employees at Runk & Pratt of Smith Mt. Lake, Cathy Wright, Becky Quesenberry, Sarah Lucado, Ashley Barbour, Cynthia Mitchell, Colleen Altice, Lora Montgomery, and former employee Loretta Howell. We also want to thank Seven Hills Hospice. Funeral services will be conducted from Flora Funeral Chapel 2 p.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015 with Rev. Freddie Carroll and Rev. Kelly Pearson officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday at Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
Thomas William Turner, age 89 of Penhook died Saturday, January 17,2015. He was born December 6, 1925 in Beckley, West Virginia a son of the late William Ray Turner and Evelyn White. He was also preceded in death by his step-father, J.P. White. Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Turner; daughters and son-in-law, Debra Turner, Beth Lucas (Jim); son, Jeff Pratt (Melinda); grandchildren, Martha Hubbard (Beau), Jacob Pratt, Cooper Pratt; brother, James White, Jr.; and sister, Nancy Gibson. Mr. Turner was a United States Navy Veteran and member of Christ Community Church. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1950 with a BS degree in Business Administration and from Washington and Lee in 1956 with a LLB Law degree. He practiced Law from 1956-1959 in Beckley, West Virginia before moving to Martinsville where he retired as Vice President and Trust Officer with Piedmont Trust Bank. Funeral services will be conducted from Christ Community Church 12 noon Friday with Rev. Liz Lazenby officiating. Interment will be private in Roselawn Burial Park, Martinsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christ Community Church, P.O. Box 100, Penhook, Va. 24137 or a charity of choice. His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount, Va.
Samuel Clifton Haynes, age 92 of Snow Creek died peacefully on Monday, January 12, 2015. He was a life-long resident of Snow Creek, born August 28, 1922 to the late Charlie Issiah Haynes and Minnie Ramsey Haynes. Mr. Haynes loved working the land on Fairlane Farms. He retired after many years as a rural mail carrier in Martinsville and Henry County. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #90 in Snow Creek where he held many offices and made numerous friends. He loved his church, Snow Creek Christian, where he was an active member and Elder throughout the years of his life. He truly appreciated the caring and continued contacts of his church friends during his latter years in the nursing home. He was preceded in death by his much loved wife, Clara Hunt Geoghegan Haynes. In addition, preceding him in death were his sisters, Roxie Danzel Ramsey and Callie Pinkard Fortune; brothers, Thomas Gordon Haynes , Pyrant Clayborne Haynes and Roy Wilson Haynes. He is survived by his step-son and daughter, Richard Geoghegan and wife Phyllis, Debra Call and husband Jack; grandchildren, Jody Dodd, Jeff Call, and Scott Call; great- grandchildren, Seth, Caleb and Abigale. Mr. Haynes also had numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted from Flora Funeral Chapel 3 p.m. Thursday with Rev. Rob Lovett officiating and Masonic Rites by Snow Creek Lodge #90 A.F. & A.M. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Snow Creek Christian Church, 4970 Snow Creek Road, Martinsville, Va. 24112. His family will receive friends beginning at 1:45 p.m. prior to the service on Thursday at Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
Hazel Parcell Williams, age 85 of Rocky Mount went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 12, 2015. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, Raymond L. Williams; her parents, Carson and Annie Parcell; sisters, Cora Reynolds, Margaret Fralin; brother, Junior Parcell; two infant sisters. Left to cherish her memory are daughters, Patsy Shreve (Gary), Susan Thomason (Ricky); her special grandsons,Jason Roberson (Amanda), Ryan Thomason (Jessica) and Lucas Thomason; her treasured great-grandchildren, Makenzie Thomason and Campbell Roberson; twostep-grandchildren and two great-step-grandchildren. She was eagerly awaiting her third great grandchild; two brothers, Bill Parcell, Johnny Parcell (Judy); one sister,Anne Parcell; brothers-in-law, Henry Fralin and Bobby Williams; and many nieces and nephews. Mama loved her family and always cared for their needs so lovingly.
She loved spoiling her daughters, but especially "her" three boys and the two great- grandchildren. She loved cooking large Sunday lunches, watching her tomatoes and flowers grow and feeding the birds. She was a member and loved attending Glade Hill Baptist Church. She also retired from Centel Phone Company after many years of service. Her family will receive friends Wednesday, January 14th Flora Funeral Home in Rocky Mount. Funeral services will be held Thursday January at 11 a.m. at Flora Funeral Chapel with Rev. David Long officiating. Interment 15th will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. from 6--8 pm at Flora Funeral Home in Rocky Mount. Funeral services will be held Thursday January 15th at 11 a.m. at Flora Funeral Chapel with Rev. David Long officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park.
Charlotte Underwood Yopp, age 67 of Rocky Mount went to be with the Lord Sunday, January 11, 2015. She attended Highland United Methodist Church and was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her father, William Robert Underwood; son, James Walter “Jimmy” Yopp and sister, Gwendola McPherson. Surviving are her husband, Roy Junior Yopp; sons, Dale Yopp (Michelle), Mike Yopp (Tammy); 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Marvin Underwood and Doug Underwood; several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Elizabeth Whittaker. Funeral services will be conducted at Highland United Methodist Church, 2 p.m. Wednesday with Rev. Jason Bryant and Rev. Bill Pagen officiating. Interment will follow in the Yopp Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Highland United Methodist Church. Her family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.