Martha Vernell Phipps Pope
Wallace-Martha Vernell Phipps Pope, 68, of Wallace passed away Sunday, November 28, 2021 at UNC Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro. Mrs. Pope was born April 29, 1953 in Sampson County to the late Issac Phipps and Nelda Bradshaw Phipps.
A graveside service service will be held at 2:00pm Friday, December 3, 2021 at the Devotional Gardens of Warsaw.
Mrs. Pope is survived by her husband, James Pope of the home; son, Andy Pope and wife, Kellie of Beulaville; brothers, Billy Phipps and wife, Gloria of Turkey, Sammy Phipps of Clinton and Thomas and wife, Renee of Kenansville; sister, Myra Taylor of Warsaw; grandchildren, Karlie Pope and Raegan Pope; great grandchildren, Kenslie Mobley and Olivia Mobley and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Pope, was preceded in death by daughter, Robin Lee Pope.
Thomas Ray Fussell
Wallace-Thomas Ray Fussell, 78, of Wallace, NC, passed away on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at home. Visitation will be Monday, November 29th at 3:00pm at Community Funeral Home in Warsaw, NC. and a graveside funeral service will be held at 11 am Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Devotional Gardens Cemetery in Warsaw, officiated by Pastor Philip Eakins.
Ray was born on January 6, 1943, to the late Ira Thomas and Rena Mae Bryant Fussell. Duplin County is where he was born and raised, living for many years in Rose Hill, Teachey, and most recently in Wallace. He attended Wallace-Rose Hill High School and Cape Fear Community College, and later worked for many years as an environmental expert in the turkey industry.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Miller Fussell of the home; son, Timothy Ray Fussell; sister, Geraldine Fussell Johnson; grandson, John Scott Fussell. The family is especially grateful for a long-time caregiver Michael Bond who cared for Ray in recent years. He is also preceded in death by his son, John Ira Fussell. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Corinth Baptist Church Building Fund of Teachey, NC where Ray was a life-long supporter of the church and Teachey community. Ray was especially fond of animals and an avid outdoorsman.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Corinth Baptist Church Building Fund, 767 Corinth Church Rd., Teachey, NC 28464 where Ray was a lifelong member of the church and community, or to the Duplin County Humane Society. Arrangements are by Community Funeral Home of Warsaw.
Earl Clayton Davis, Sr.
Earl Clayton Davis, Sr., of Rose Hill, NC left his earthly life on Tuesday, November 23, 2021.
He was born November 16, 1930, in Duplin County. He was the son of Ruffin Clayton and Myrtie Boyette Davis. In addition to his parents, Earl was preceded in death by his son, Mark Davis and his great grandson, Cohen Davis. Surviving to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 66 years, Joy Johnson Davis, of the home and brother Ray Davis (Sylvia) of Fayetteville, daughterIla Davis of Warsaw, daughter Jackie Herring (Paul) of Rose Hill, son Clayton Davis (Daye) of Wallace, daughter-in-law Terri Davis of Magnolia, son Bizzell Davis (Morgan) of Warsaw, son Marvin Davis of Warsaw. He is also survived by grandchildren – Stephanie Herring (Bryan), Mica Eanes, Jordan Eanes, Ann Marie Tullock (Justin), Owen Davis (Alyssa), Ruffin Davis (Brooke), Clay Davis (Chelsea), Blair Davis (Ty), Decatur Davis (Taylor), Luke Davis, Harley Wilson, Paisley Davis, and Bizzell Davis, Jr, great grandchildren – Aiden Davis, Ezra Davis, Logan Weeks, Dawson Weeks, Waylon Davis, Holden Davis, Eli Davis, Molly Davis, and numerous extended family and friends that loved him.
Affectionately referred to as “Papa Earl,” he was a hard-workingand loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend. He did not know what it was like to take a day off from work. He never met a stranger and would go to great lengths to help a family member or friend. To know him was to love him, and he counted everyone his friend. His favorite past time was spending time with his family. Heinstilled the value of a hard day’s work, honesty, and a sense of humor in his family. He was a lifelong farmer and leaves behinda wealth of knowledge.
He was genuinely content with the simple things in life. He was known to be very resourceful, utilizing whatever tools were available. He was a devoted husband and loved his wife Joy very much. He had infinite patience, never had a cross word with anyone, and was never in a hurry.
Among his many accomplishments, Earl became a Mason in 1952. He served many roles, including Past Master of Warsaw Lodge #677 and enjoyed cooking sausage with the lodge for the annual Veteran’s Day Parade Breakfast. He was proud to see his brother, son, and grandson follow his footsteps and serve in thelodge. He was a Shriner and a member of the Scottish Rite. Earl served in the National Guard for nine years and was a Master Sergeant at age 22.
He will surely be missed by so many people, but his love and legacy will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 26, 2021, at the Community Funeral Home in Warsaw, NC. The funeral ceremony will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at Rose Hill Baptist Church. Pastor Steve Le Roux will officiate the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rose Hill Baptist Church or the Masonic Home for Children at 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565.
Louella Futrell Whaley
Louella Futrell Whaley, 82, passed away Monday morning, November 22, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family. Louella was born June 7, 1939 in New Hanover County, NC to the late Robert and India Shephard Futrell.
Visitation will be held 7-9:00 pm, Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Community Funeral Home in Rose Hill. A funeral service will be held 11:00 am, Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at United Fellowship Church in Magnolia. Burial will follow the service in the Whaley Cemetery in Beulaville.
She is survived by son, Jimmy Whaley of Rose Hill; three grandchildren, John Harper, Elijah Whaley, and Juan Tamymo, brother J D Futrell and wife, Frances of Wallace, sister, JoAnn Cole of Rose Hill, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Louella was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Love Whaley.
Phillip Ray Boney
Phillip Ray Boney, 60, passed away Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at Vidant Duplin Hospital in Kenansville, NC. Phil was born November 21, 1960 in Duplin County, NC to the late Jack and Edith Lewis Boney.
A graveside service will be held 2:00pm, Monday, November 8, 2021 in Devotional Gardens, Warsaw, NC.
Phil is survived by his son, Bradley Boney of Warsaw; brother Jack Boney Jr. and wife, Tara of Nashville; sister, Vicky B. Merlino and husband, Michael of Hammonton, NJ; and his friend, Star Williams and her children, Nora Williams and Kenny Williams, Jr.
In addition to his parents, Phil was preceded in death by brother, Allen Boney.