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Mother of The Spiritual Seven Gospel Singers Passes Away at 90

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

ElsieStarkeyWIRTZ - The Franklin County mother of the popular local gospel group, Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven Gospel Singers died Saturday, according to her obituary published by Flora Funeral Service Monday. Elsie Starkey is survived by her five sons; Larnell Starkey, Walter Starkey, Danny Starkey, Tim Starkey, and Demone Starkey and daughter Dar Alexander. 

In a Facebook post Saturday, the group made the announcement, "We are saddened this morning that our Head Angel has gotten her wings this morning RIP mom we're going to miss you but we know you are smiling love you because we know you loved us [sic]"

The family will receive visitors Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Pigg River Community Center on South Main Street in Rocky Mount. The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Pigg River Center. A private family memorial will be held at 2 p.m. at the Chestnut Grove Baptist Church on Inglewood Drive in Wirtz. 

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Historical Society to Hold Book Signing Event June 30

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

fprailroaROCKY MOUNT - Tex Carter will sign copies of his new two-volume book - "The F&P Railroad" - Saturday, June 30 from 10 a..m. to noon at the Franklin County History Museum, next door to the hospital in Rocky Mount. The books are being sold as a fund raiser for the history museum. Included are photos and details about every depot and flagstop used by the F&P during its half a century of operation plus stories about employees, some sarcastic humor and more. The cost is $20 for the set on Saturday.

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