Obituaries for Strickland Funeral Home Obituary for Cathy Gilliam CantwellCATHY G. CANTWELL February 18, 1950 - September 30, 2014 LOUISBURG - Cathy Gilliam Cantwell, 64, of Louisburg, died Tuesday morning. Cathy was preceded in death by her father, Hertlee O. Gilliam, and her step-son, Richard D. Cantwell. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Cathy is survived by her husband, Richard P. Cantwell; sons and daughters-in-law, Shane and Caroline Phelps of Youngsville; Travis and Niki Phelps; mother, Hazel S. Gilliam all of Louisburg; step-daughter and step son-in-law, Tammy and Keith Clary of Picayune, MS; sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris and Richard Collins of Angier; Janet and Harris Spencer; Tammy and Jimmy Harris; brother and sister-in-law, Johnnie and Helen Gilliam all of Louisburg; 3 grandchildren; 4-step-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Cedar Rock First Baptist Church, Cathy G. Cantwell Memorial Fund, 4879 NC Hwy. 56 E., Castalia, NC 27816. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=b875343832Obituary for Joshua D. ConditJoshua D. Condit WAKE FOREST - On the 28th day of September 2014 Josh passed away peacefully at his home after a brief battle with brain cancer. Josh Condit was born in Arkansas City, KS on November 27, 1964. He was the fourth child of Bo and Sharon Condit. Josh will always be remembered for his love of a good practical joke whether done to him or by him as well as his true love of family, friends, life, work and a good “pig pickin”. Josh served eight years in the United States Air Force. Josh’s love for life included golf, karaoke, dancing, muscle cars, guns, riding his ATV four wheelers and his business Full Recovery Public Adjusters, Inc. Josh is survived by his wife, Billie Jean Condit, and their daughter, Rebekah Condit; his first wife, Crystal Finnegan, and their children, Cameron Condit, and Ainsley Condit; brothers, Bret Condit, and Bryan Condit; sisters, Lesley McNew, Penny Walters, and Tracy Washbourne; his parents, Bo and Sharon Condit; two brothers-in-law, Shane Walters, and Kerry Richards; sister-in-law, Tresa Richards; father-in-law Kerry Richards, Sr.; mother-in-law, Anne Richards and many cousins, nieces, and nephews that were so loved by him and who all held a special place in his heart. A celebration of Josh’s life will be held at his home on October 11, 2014 beginning at 2:00pm. This celebration will be done in “Josh Style” of course. Josh was so blessed to have so many wonderful friends so please come hungry and ready to share memories of Josh. This is what Josh would have wanted. In lieu of flowers the family is asking that any donations be made to “Stand up 2 Cancer” Standup2cancer.org. Please donate in memory of Josh Condit. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=dfcd343733Obituary for Amedeo "John" Gallo“JOHN” AMEDEO GALLO January 28, 1928 - September 24, 2014 LOUISBURG - Amedeo “John” Gallo, 86, of Louisburg, died Wednesday afternoon at his home. John was a son of the late Giovanni and Anna Gallo. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Rose Cutrone, and Jean Maglione; brothers, Joseph, Vincent, and Lawrence Gallo. He was a W.W. II Navy Veteran and a retired New York City police officer. A funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Carmela Corrado-Gallo; sons and daughters-in-law, John and Karen Gallo of Levittown, NY; Thomas and Dolores Gallo of Plainview, NY; step-son, Robert Corrado; step-daughter and husband, Kristie and Ross Nanfro all of Louisburg; sister, Mary Enderley of Mattawan, NJ; 10 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church, Building Fund, 937 N. Main Street, Louisburg, NC 27549 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. with a prayer service staring at 8:30 p.m. on Friday at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=c956343342Obituary for William Donald WesterW. DONALD WESTER October 20, 1929 - September 23, 2014 LOUISBURG - William Donald Wester, 84, of Louisburg, died Tuesday morning. Donald was the son of the late Forest and Merle Wester. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Champion. Funeral service will be held 2 pm Friday in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Havens officiating. Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Donald is survived by his wife, Janet L. Wester; daughter, Hope Wester of Henderson; sons and daughters-in-law, Len and Dot Wester of Louisburg; Barry and Anne Wester of Bath; sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Ray Akkerman of Louisburg; grandchildren, Travis Wester (Jenny); Brooks Smith (Tim); Cassie Joyner (Kyle); Natalie Farmer (Jason); Jamie Weaver; great-grandchildren, Gavin, Carter, Alex, Grayson, Lily, Emily, and Noah. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Eastern North Carolina, 3739 National Drive, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27612. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=62b0343235Obituary for Eric Todd MayERIC T. MAY September 28, 1991 - September 17, 2014 YOUNGSVILLE - Eric Todd May, 22, of Youngsville, died Wednesday morning at his home. Eric was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, James E. May; maternal grandparents, Bill and Betty Sue Collins. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home with Reverend Gary McNair officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Eric is survived by his parents, Tracey and Todd May; sister, Kaiti May all of Youngsville; paternal grandmother, Peggy May Perdue; aunts and uncles, Tamara May Fuller; Ritchie and Emily Collins all of Louisburg; Jimmy and Carla May of Wake Forest; many cousins. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Flat Rock Baptist Church, Benevolence Fund, 1529 Flat Rock Church Road, Louisburg, NC 27549. The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=d7ce342694Obituary for John Derek GuptonJOHN D. GUPTON Oct. 12, 1989 - Sept. 16, 2014 LOUISBURG - John Derek Gupton, 24, died tragically Tuesday evening while responding to a fire call with the Justice Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of Duke Memorial Baptist Church and a member of the Justice Volunteer Fire Department. He received the Order of Arrow in the Boy Scouts. John graduated from Bunn High School in 2008. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Walter Pleasants, Jr. and paternal grandfather, Bobby Lee Gupton. A funeral service will be held 2 pm Sunday at Duke Memorial Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. He is survived by his parents, Tony and Jackie Gupton; maternal grandmother, Janet Spencer and husband, Harris Spencer; paternal grandmother, Alice Faye Gupton; maternal great-grandmother, Hazel Gilliam and paternal great-grandmother, Thyra Mae Bell; uncles and aunts, Ronnie and Gail Pleasants, Dexter and Karen Gupton all of Louisburg. In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to the John Gupton Memorial Fund, c/o Justice Volunteer Fire Department, 4113 NC 581Hwy. N., Spring Hope, NC 27882. The family will receive friends 6:00 - 9:00 pm Saturday at Strickland Funeral Home and Crematory, Louisburg and other times at the home. www.stricklandfuneralhome.nethttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=fc01342610Obituary for Alton Glenn Leonard, Sr.ALTON G. LEONARD, SR. January 26, 1943 - September 10, 2014 CASTALIA - Alton Glenn Leonard, Sr., 71, of the White Level Community, died Wednesday evening at his home. He was preceded in death by his father, Hubert Leonard. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday in the Leonard Family Cemetery with Reverend Henry Stamper officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Alton is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Linda P. Leonard; mother, Judith Leonard; sons, and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Amy Leonard; Rodney and Irene Leonard all of the White Level Community; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa L. and Richard Young of Oxford; step-son, Michael and Tina Peoples of Wake Forest; grandchildren, Taylor and Ethan Young; Skylar and Lexi Glenn Leonard; Amber and Ashton Leonard; Mckayla Peoples. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to White Level Baptist Church, or White Level Baptist Church Relay for Life Team, 2400 White Level Road, Louisburg, NC 27549. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=232b342046Obituary for Freddie Earl MedlinFREDDIE E. MEDLIN March 31, 1950 - September 9, 2014 ZEBULON - Frederick “Freddie” Earl Medlin, 64, of Zebulon, died Tuesday morning surrounded by his family. Freddie was preceded in death by his father, Hillard Earl Medlin. Freddie was a very talented person and loved to entertain people with his music, especially country, bluegrass and gospel. He was a man with a huge heart and was always there for anyone who needed him. Loved to grill and cookout for family and friends and was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and Dallas Cowboys. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. A memorial service will be held 2pm Friday at Strickland Funeral Home Chapel, 103 W. Franklin St., Louisburg, NC. He is survived by his mother; Alma Gray Medlin of Zebulon; daughters, Shelly Medlin Ragsdale (Mitch) of North Myrtle Beach, SC and Michele Griffin (Brad) of Wendell; son, Craig Griffin (Kelly) of Zebulon; grandsons, Hunter Ragsdale and Griffin Gullie; several aunts, uncles and cousins. In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorials be made to Transitions LifeCare Hospice, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607. The family will receive friends 1:00 - 2:00 pm Friday prior to the service at Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg and other times at 611 Wellington Dr., Zebulon. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg. www.stricklandfuneralhome.nethttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=1f8f341965Obituary for Estelle Smith StephensESTELLE SMITH STEPHENS July 29, 1921 - Sept. 7, 2014 WENDELL - Estelle Smith Stephens, 93, of 60 Liles-Dean Rd., died Sunday. A native of Wake County she was the daughter of Alfred Mack Smith and Keller Bertha Austin Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mills Hobby Stephens and brothers, Alton, Arthur, Kenneth, Roger and Howard Smith. Mrs. Stephens worked 10 years as a Hairstylist in Raleigh. Estelle was an active member of Wendell Baptist Church and a member of the WMU and Joy Group as long as her health permitted. Mrs. Stephens enjoyed working with flowers in her yard and in their vegetable garden. Estelle was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother. Many of her friends and family described her as a virtuous woman. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday at Wendell Baptist Church with burial to follow in Greenmount Cemetery. She is survived by her daughters, Glenda, Jane and Lisa; grandson, Jeremy Alan Jones all of Wendell; brothers, Waylon Smith and wife Patsy of Raleigh, Dwight Smith and wife Doris of Danville, VA and sister, Sarah Frances Massey of Raleigh. A special thanks to her caregivers; Beverly Ide, Janella Wilson and The Wellington Nursing Home and Rehab Staff. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the Wendell Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 187, Wendell, NC 27591. The family will receive friends 12:30 - 1:45 pm Thrusday prior to the service in the Church Fellowship Hall and other times at the home. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, NC. www.stricklandfuneralhome.nethttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=5973341854Obituary for Frances Lee HoughFRANCES L. HOUGH November 17, 1928 - September 4, 2014 MIDDLESEX - Frances Lee Hough, 85, of Middlesex, died Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Hough was a daughter of the late William V. and Ethel T. Lee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Craven C. Hough, Sr.; son, Cray Hough; sisters, Kathleen L. Lewis, Rachel Milam, and Rebecca L. Baker; brothers, Marvin Lee and Harding Lee. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in the Hollywood Cemetery in Middlesex. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Mrs. Hough is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Sheila Hough of Macclesfield; sisters, Agnes L. Hawkins of Zebulon; Evelyn L. Finch of Middlesex; grandchildren, Paul Hough, Craven Hough, and Melissa Hough; great-granddaughter, Rachel Hough. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=6b8a341491