February 6, 2003 Issue

Sara Pressly Gilbert
Mrs. Sara Pressly Gilbert, a resident of The Pines in Davidson, N. C., died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003.

Mrs. Gilbert, a native of Lancaster, SC, was the daughter of the late Paul Adam Pressly, DD, and the late Lois Moffatt Pressly. Her father was a minister at Associate Reformed Presbyterian Churches in Lancaster, as well as in Louisville and Chester, SC. She attended Louisville Academy and High School. She was the wife of the late John Neely Gilbert Sr.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Statesville where she was past president and Lifetime Member of the Women of the Church. She was a member of the Au Fait Book Club and the Eggheads study group. She was a past president of the Statesville Arts and Science Museum, a member of Friends of the Library and the Grace Anderson Garden Club. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Frances Gilbert Browne, her sisters, Lois Pressly Brice, Effie Pressly Stewler and Mary Letitia Pressly Gettys and her brother, William Laurens Pressly.

The memorial service was held Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church with the Revs. Steven Scott and Grant Sharp officiating. A private committal service was held in Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include her sons, John Neely (Harriet) Gilbert Jr., Statesville, and Paul Pressly (Jane) Gilbert, Charlotte; son-in-law, Herbert Howard Browne, Charlotte; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Meeting Street, Statesville, NC 28677, or to The Pines, 400 Avinger Lane, Davidson, NC 28036.

Nicholson Funeral Home, Statesville, NC, was in charge of the arrangements.

Lynda Rachelle Hadden
Miss Lynda Rachelle Hadden, 30, of Gibson died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003.

The funeral was Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Steve Lamb and Joey Holloway officiating. Burial was in the Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her parents, Charles A. Hadden and Elizabeth U. Hadden, Gibson; a sister Renae Kelley, and brother-in-law, Gregg Kelley, Gibson; her grandmother, Louise Hadden, Gibson; and a nephew, Bayne Kelley, Gibson.

Pallbearers were Lester Hadden, Jerry Hadden, David Usry, Ronnie Pittman, Richard Dunevent and Hoyt Cole.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Catina L. Benefield-Jackson
Ms. Catina L. Benefield-Jackson, 29, of Wrens died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003 at the Medical College of Georgia.

The funeral was Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. at Redeemed Church of Our Lord of Jesus Christ, Wadley, with Bishop Clifford Duckworth officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Maurice Jackson; a daughter, Ashley Charelle Jackson; mother, Wynona Jackson, Wrens; father, Arthur Lee Brown, Augusta; three sisters, Felisha Boatwright, Marria Benefield and Maranda Benefield, all of Wrens; three brothers, Antonio Clark, Warrenton, Rodriquez Clark and Xavier Brown, both of Louisville; and a number of other relatives.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

James Thomas Purvis Sr.
Mr. James Thomas Purvis Sr., 63, of Louisville died Monday, Jan. 27, 2003, at his residence.

Mr. Purvis was retired from Thermo King.

The funeral was Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Shelton officiating. Burial was in the Reedy Creek Church Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Jeffery "Marty" Purvis, Timothy "Dale" Purvis, Louisville, and James T. Purvis Jr., Tucson, Ariz.; three brothers, Marvin Purvis, Randy Purvis, Wrens, and Wallace Purvis, Thomson; three sisters, Polly A. Kent and Dianne Reese, both of Thomson, and Irene Emmett, Fort Myers, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.

Pallbearers were David Barrow, Ricky Rios, Mel Jobes, Jimmy Black, Bobby Randolph and Buddy Randolph.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangement.

Harvey Young Williams Jr.
Mr. Harvey Young Williams Jr., 65, of Dearing died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at his residence.

Mr. Williams was a native of Jefferson County but had lived in Dearing for several years. He was a retired carpenter. He was an Army veteran.

A memorial service was held Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. in the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Williams; three daughters, Paula McCoy and Tricia Duvall, both of Monroe, Mich., and Marie Williams, Silver Springs, Md.; a son, Mark Williams, Gibson; three sisters, Derryl Cochran, Avera, Juanita Watkins, Wrens, and Susan Gibson, Aiken; a brother, Bert Williams, Wrens, and a step-son, Jimmy Laird, Dearing; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

James Nealey
Mr. James Nealey, 84, of Louisville died Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, at his residence.

Mr. Nealey was a native of Burke County and had lived in Florida most of his life. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army after serving in World War II. He moved to Jefferson County in 1996. Mr. Nealey was a member of the Eden Baptist Church where he served on the Trustee Board.

The funeral was Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. at Eden Baptist Church and Cemetery with the Rev. James Nelson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel McCloud Nealey; daughters, Nanette Faye Nealey, Miami, Louise McCloud, Louisville and Beulah Hilton, Augusta; his niece, Denise Trimble, Louisville; grandchildren, one son-in-law, one sister-in-law, a host of other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Willie H. "Tippy" Hannah
Mr. Willie H. "Tippy" Hannah of Keysville died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003.

Mr. Hannah, a native of Jefferson County, had attended Wrens High School and was a member of the Lofton A.M.E. Church.

The funeral was Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. at Lofton A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Leroy Britt Sr. officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn Hannah; his children, Lataisha Hannah and Lagarian Hannah of Stapleton, April Hannah and Darron Hannah of Wrens; his siblings, Rose Jordan, Annie Lee Hannah, Wrens, Manie Robinson, Brenda Hill, Louisville, Mary Alice Hannah, Phinizy Hannah Jr. and Arthur Lee Hannah of Stapleton, Rowena Tucker, Mitchell; a devoted friend, Diane Roberson, Keysville; one grandchild, mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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