Volume 15, Number 25
- Obituaries April 15, 2015
Ellen Joyce Wilson Wood
Ellen Joyce Wilson Wood of Franklinton passed away on Monday, April 13, 2015, at Transitions LifeCare Hospice Home of Raleigh.
Joyce was born on December 1, 1937, in Nash County, a daughter of the late Joshua and Ida Wilson. She married the love of her life, Joe Wood, in September of 1954 and just last year celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Joyce was a gentle soul, a wonderful cook, a devoted wife, a loving Mama to her three girls and a precious “Ma Ma” to her three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She loved a good laugh, her four-legged grandson (Coffee), a cold Diet Coke, cheese puffs, Alice’s pies, and her soap operas, but most of all she loved her family and particularly her Joe. She devoted her life to taking care of them as long as her health allowed.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, William Garry Wilson, Willie Jay Wilson, Billy Ray Wilson, and Willis Wilson; her parents-in-law, Ernest and Betty Wood; brothers-in-law, Thurman Wood, Cleotha Wood, Bob Wood, Doug Wood, and Wayne Wood; and sisters-in-law, Christine Bell, Elsa Braswell, Josie Wood, and Faye Wood.
Her three daughters survive her. They are Jo Ellen Fussell (Dan), Brenda Pearce (Tarbie), and Teresa Wood; three grandchildren, Steve Pearce (Tabitha), Amy Hamilton (Bryan), and D.J. Fussell (Megan); and five great-grandchildren, Tyler Pearce, Alyssa Gupton, Noah Pearce, Aidan Gupton, and Camilla Pearce. Also surviving are three brothers, James Wilson (Velma), Kenneth Wilson, and Jasper Wilson (Barbara); three sisters, Kathleen Wood, Eula Barbee (Wilbert), and Deborah Hill (Otha); sisters-in-law, Malva Jones, Betty Jean Medlin, Lora Patterson, Beck Dickerson, and Alice Hock (Maurice); and one brother-in-law, Ed Wood. She was blessed with more than one hundred nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Joyce had many angels, who along with her husband and daughters, cared for her in her declining health. The family will be eternally grateful to Lora Patterson and Angie Melvin who made it possible for her to live at home these past few years. We would also like to thank Gentiva Home Health, Franklinton and Franklin County EMS, WakeMed Staff, Universal Health Care PT Staff, and Dr. Lavinia Reyes who were so attentive to her needs. Finally we thank the staff of Transitions LifeCare who cared for her and her family in her final days.
A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held at 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, April 15, 2015, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home with Pastor Carl Hunter officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 or to the charity of your choice.
Friends may visit with the family from 2 to 3 Wednesday afternoon prior to the service at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 South Main Street, Wake Forest.
Daszerlean Winston Huff
Daszerlean Winston Huff, 87, of Franklinton passed away Sunday morning, April 12, 2015, at Rex Hospital. She was born in Granville County, the daughter of the late William Henry Morton Sr. and Sudie Ann Kearney.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, April 16, 2015, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Christian Church cemetery.
Mrs. Huff is survived by her children, Sandra Lee Godfrey and husband, Mack, of Franklinton, Betty Huff Strickland and husband, Spencer, of Franklinton, James Huff of Franklinton, Tammie Darlene Ball of Franklinton and Mary Ann Ball and husband, Ernie, of Franklinton; niece, Mary Driver of Franklinton; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Thomas Huff; three sisters; and one brother.
Friends may visit with the family following the graveside services.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center.
Mary Lou Wicker Frazier
Mary Lou Wicker Frazier, 77, of Wake Forest passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at her residence. She was born in Sanford, the daughter of the late Heloise Kesler Wicker and Dockery Gaston Wicker.
Mrs. Frazier requested to be cremated and no memorial service.
She is survived by her husband, Fred D. Frazier; sisters, Marsha Wicker Wilson (Jack) of Raleigh and Connie Kay Wicker of Raleigh; sister-in-law, Patricia Mims (William) of Wake Forest; three nieces, one nephew, one great-niece and two great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Allen Wicker, John Wicker, Robert “Buck” Wicker, and Edward Wicker.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center.
Steven G. ‘Squirt’ Bryan Jr.
Steven G. “Squirt” Bryan Jr., 28, of Angier died Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Raleigh after being struck by lightning in a freak accident. Steven worked at East Coast Towing.
In loving memory, he left behind his two children, Anthony Jamal Bryan, age 6, and Anslee Lynn Bryan, age 4, and their mom, Ashley Denise Morgan; father, Steven G. Bryan Sr. and step-mom, Angela Lynn Bryan; mother, Ella Fair Cagle and step-dad, Danny Cagle; brothers and sisters, B.J. El-ferkh, “Nappy” Rogers, Corey Coalson, Chelsea Bryan, Cassidy Bryan, Jessica Coalson, Danny Cagle, Trevor Bryan; girlfriend, Katie Griggs and her daughter, Jaden Griggs; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Tommy El-ferkh. Steven was a free bird and he lived life to the fullest and will be sorely missed.
Funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, April 15, 2015, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home with the Rev. Spencer Strickland officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Steven Bryan Children’s Fund at BB&T Bank, set up by Uncle Dennis. Thank You Uncle Dennis for always being there and taking care of me and my family even after I’m gone.
Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 7:30 p.m. prior to the service at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center 405 South Main St. Wake Forest.