Obituaries for June 27, 2013

Jun. 26, 2013 @ 05:01 PM

Ella Williams

Mrs. Ella Louise Williams, 87, of Brooklyn, N.Y., formerly of Lenoir, passed away Monday, Jan. 24, 2013, in New York. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 11 a.m. at First Church of God in Lenoir. Condolences may be emailed to

Deborah Yancey

Deborah Smith Yancey, 63, of Blackstone, Va., died Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

Mrs. Yancey is survived by her husband of 41 years, Franklin D. Yancey Sr.; two sons, Franklin Yancey Jr. (Jana) of Charlotte, and Cameron Yancey (Keri) of Blackstone, Va.; daughter, Allison Yancey of Richmond,Va.; mother,  Rose Ann Smith (Waitsel B., dec’d.) of Lenoir;  brother, Waitsel Smith Jr. of Atlanta, Ga.; sister, Linda Leggett (Jerry) of Greenville; and a granddaughter, Madison Yancey of Blackstone, Va.

After graduating from UNC-Greensboro with a degree in speech pathology-audiology, she worked in Nottoway County Public Schools for 28 years. She served as President of the Blackstone Jr. Women’s Club as well as Chairman of the Art Department of the Blackstone Three Arts Club. Debbie was also one of the originators in starting the Blackstone’s Arts and Crafts Festival, which still thrives today.

Her most recent involvement has been Chairman of the Design Committee for Downtown Blackstone Inc. (DBI), where she was responsible for helping with the re-design of the facades of downtown buildings and “the hole." She has been involved in various businesses such as a Christmas shop which later became Yancey’s Fancy’s retail at Spencer’s Drug Store. She served as a legislative assistant to Delegates Frank Ruff, Lee Ware and  Tommy Wright, which she felt gave her the opportunity to bring recognition back to her Blackstone area. Her greatest honor was receiving the Chamber of Commerce “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2012.

The list of Debbie’s leadership roles and activities goes on and on. This small list proves to show the life motto that Debbie Yancey lived by, “To love the journey, not the destination.” Debbie was an active church member where she served as parsonage chairman, taught classes, and was instrumental in renovating the sanctuary.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Crenshaw United Methodist Church, 200 Church St., Blackstone, VA 23824. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the “Debbie Yancey Playground Fund” c/o Citizens Bank and Trust, 126 S. Main Street, Blackstone, VA 23824.  All proceeds will go towards the new playground facility at the church where our family grew up.

Gene Linney

Gene Martin Linney, 81, of Taylorsville passed away at his residence on Monday, June 24, 2013. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Taylorsville City Cemetery followed by a  Memorial service at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church.

Pollie Waters

Pollie Hicks Waters, 92, of Lenoir passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at home.

She was born Aug. 12, 1920, in Haywood County. She was the daughter of the late Letcher Hicks and Mary Clark Hicks. Pollie was married to the late Marvin (Slim) Waters. She was a member of Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was also related to the late daughter-in-law Linda Waters and late son-in-law Bob Owings.

Survivors include one son, Gene Waters of Lenoir; daughters, Sylvia Owings of North Wilkesboro, Judy Waters Watson and husband Chester of Lenoir, and special daughter Sherry Waters. Also surviving is a wonderful twin sister Ollie Holden of Sawmills; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Pendry’s Chapel with the Rev. Keith Gilliam and the Rev. David Crisp officiating. The family will be receiving friends for Mrs. Pollie Waters at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m.

Serving as pallbearers are Justin Royal, Stacy Johnson, Brock Pennell, Marty Waters Nick Richards and Dakota Johnson.

Memorials may be made to Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1890 Connelly springs Road, Lenoir, NC  28645.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Pollie Hicks Waters.

Raoul Dula

Raoul “Oolie” Dula,  age 34, of Lenoir died Thursday, June 20, 2013. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.

Katherine Norville

Katherine Peggy Norville, 59, of Valdese passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Carolinas Medical Center.

A celebration of Katherine's life will be held by the family at a later date.

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