Obituaries for Strickland Funeral Home Obituary for James Henry GarnerJAMES HENRY GARNER Sept. 3, 1922 - Dec. 21, 2014 WENDELL - James Henry Garner, 92 passed away Sunday morning, after a courageous battle against cancer and dementia. He served his country proudly in World War II, which he spoke of so often, with much pride. He retired from NCDOT over 37 years ago with 30 years of dedicated service. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening, and his family and friends. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed by all those that had the pleasure to know him. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 67 years, Ila Hocutt Garner; daughter, Beverly G. Smith of Wendell; granddaughter, Kimberly A. Massey of Garner and niece, Lee Garner Kelly (John) of Raleigh. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Bessie Garner; brother, Robert Garner and sister, Alice Garner. Funeral service will be held 2 pm Tuesday at Corinth Baptist Church, Hwy 96, Zebulon with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at their home in Wendell at all times. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg. www.stricklandfuneralhome.nethttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=c5b4351121Obituary for James Ruffin Fowler, Jr.“WAGON MAN” JAMES R. FOWLER, JR. October 7, 1945 - December 9, 2014 LOUISBURG - James Ruffin “Wagon Man” Fowler, Jr., 69, of Louisburg, died Tuesday morning. He was a son of the late James and Ora Fowler. He was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Fowler and his brother, Walter Fowler. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at New Hope Christian Church with Rev. Steve Barham officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Teresa C. Fowler; sons and daughters-in-law, James and Cindy Fowler of Louisburg; Bobby and Lisa Fowler of Youngsville; sister, Becky F. Baker of Louisburg; 7 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. The family will receive friends 7 - 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=218d350223Obituary for Joseph Baxter CrowderJOSEPH BAXTER CROWDER Joseph Baxter Crowder, age 94, of Louisburg, formerly of Richmond, VA, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 4, 2014. BJ, as he was affectionately known, was born and raised in Blackstone, VA, spent several years in South Boston, VA and lived most of his adult life in Richmond, VA. He retired from Universal Leaf Corporation after 25 years in accounting/bookkeeping. He later volunteered for 13 years at McGuire’s Veterans Hospital and several years at his church, Reveille United Methodist. BJ was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Dean Crowder, and five brothers and sisters. He is survived by two sisters, Dola Mayo of Richmond, VA and Rachel Patterson of Augusta, GA. BJ is remembered for his gift with numbers, skill with crossword puzzles, a wicked sense of humor, a heart for God, and a deep love for his family. He is survived by his two daughters and their husbands, Deana (Rick) Tredinnick of Oak Hill, VA and Kay Crowder (Tom Bean) of Louisburg, NC and five grandchildren: Todd and Kay Ann Bean and Richard, James and Sarah Tredinnick. A memorial service will be held in the chapel at Reveille United Methodist Church in Richmond on Tuesday, December 9 at 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your charity or church of choice. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, NC. www.stricklandfuneralhome.nethttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=667f349761Obituary for Julie Debnam HuntJULIE D. HUNT February 18, 1962 - November 29, 2014 SHERILLS FORD - Julie Debnam Hunt, 52, of Sherills Ford, Formerly of Louisburg, died Saturday evening. Julie was preceded in death by her father, Joe Debnam. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Louisburg Baptist Church with Dr. Reggie Rushing officiating. Burial will follow in the Liberty Christian Church Cemetery. Julie is survived by her loving husband of 17 years, Gary Hunt of Sherills Ford; mother, Barbara H. Debnam; sister, Cindy Debnam; brother, Scott Debnam all of Louisburg; nieces, Heather Wrenn and Caroline Debnam; nephew, Chase Debnam; great niece, Nadia Wrenn; great nephew, Ethan Wrenn. The family will receive friends 7 - 8:30 p.m. Monday at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=77c5349303Obituary for Peggy Jessup PerduePEGGY J. PERDUE September 16, 1936 - November 27, 2014 LOUISBURG - Peggy Jessup Perdue, 78, of Louisburg, died Thursday evening. Peggy was a daughter of the late Carl and Katy Leggett Jessup. She was preceded in death by her brother, Henry Jessup. Peggy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and a retired registered nurse. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church. Entombment will follow at Lancaster Memorial Park. Peggy is survived by her husband of 58 years, Thomas Perdue; sons, Marty Perdue; Brent Perdue and fiancé, Shelby Ayscue all of Louisburg; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Harris Raymond of Raleigh; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Lori Jessup of Warrenton; grandchildren, Aaron Perdue and wife, Lacy; Kendall Fuller and husband, Derrick; great-grandchildren, Harleigh and Presleigh Perdue; Lilly, Jacob, and Carson Fuller. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Trinity U.M.C., 4246 US 401 N., Louisburg, NC 27549. The family will receive friends 6 - 7:30p.m. Saturday at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=06fd349141Obituary for Martha Lou Murphy DardenMARTHA LOU M. DARDEN July 2, 1935 - November 23, 2014 LOUISBURG - Martha Lou Murphy Darden, 79, of Louisburg, died Sunday afternoon. Martha Lou Murphy Darden, “Lula” or “Lou” to friends and family, lived a wonderful life. She was born in Louisburg to Claude H. and Elizabeth M. Murphy on July 2, 1935. Growing up in the idyllic town of Louisburg, North Carolina she was an accomplished artist and pianist. She married Franklin Edward Darden, in 1957, and graduated from East Carolina University in 1958. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Darden, and daughter, Susan Darden. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. She is survived by her daughter, Joy Darden of Louisburg; son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Susan Darden of Pompano Beach, FL; grandchildren, Allison and Erik Widmann, and Weston Darden, In lieu of flowers, her family encourages donations in memorium to the The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=bce1348802Obituary for Ronnie Glen HuntRONNIE G. HUNT August 11, 1962 - November 22, 2014 LOUISBURG - Ronnie Glen Hunt, 52, of the Alert Community, died Saturday morning. Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Betty Jane Hunt; brother, Mark Hunt; paternal grandparents, Dave and Bettie Hunt; maternal grandparents, Peter and Sallie Carroll. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the Alert Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial will follow in the Bobbitt Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Ronnie is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Evelyn C. and J.W. Florence; son, Jeremy Hunt all of Henderson; sister, Diane H. Bobbitt of the Alert Community; brother and sister-in-law, Phillip and Frances Hunt of Henderson; 3 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=d457348636Obituary for Pearl Blackwell TharringtonPEARL B. THARRINGTON March 28, 1940 - November 11, 2014 LOUISBURG - Pearl Blackwell Tharrington, 74, of Louisburg, died Tuesday morning at her home. Pearl was a daughter of the late William Fletcher and Dolia Ida Bowen Blackwell. She was preceded in death by 11 sisters and brothers. A memorial service will be held 11 am Thursday at Mountain Grove Baptist Church with Reverend Daren Smart officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Pearl is survived by her husband, Daryl Tharrington; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Jimmy Arnold; step-son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Kathy Tharrington; sisters, Alice Hendrix, Margaret Jones, and Evelyn Sico; brother, Dewight Blackwell; special nieces, Diane Burnette and Becky Starrett; 6 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mountain Grove Baptist Church, 834 Alert Rd., Louisburg, NC 27549. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=8c63347643Obituary for Marjorie Jones GuptonMARJORIE J. GUPTON May 30, 1921 - November 9, 2014 LOUISBURG - Marjorie Jones Gupton, 93, of Louisburg, died Sunday morning. Mrs. Gupton was a daughter of the late George and Agnes P. Jones. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nack Gupton; sister, Ruth J. Frazier; brothers, Linwood Jones and Clarence Jones. A funeral service will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home with Reverend Daren Smart officating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be private in the Gupton Family Cemetery. Mrs. Gupton is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra G. and Donnie Shearin; son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Vicki Gupton all of Louisburg; grandchildren, Jason Shearin and wife, Shelly; Jeff Shearin and wife, Michele; great-grandchildren, Justin, Josh, Shane, Larkin, and Darby Lynn Shearin. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Mountain Grove Baptist Church, 834 Alert Rd., Louisburg, NC 27549. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=1c04347443Obituary for William "Bill" Fred Spencer, Jr.“BILL” WILLIAM F. SPENCER, JR. December 7, 1924 - November 5, 2014 LOUISBURG - William “Bill” Fred Spencer, Jr., 89, of Louisburg, died Wednesday morning at his home. Mr. Spencer was the son of the late Willie and Emma Spencer. He was preceded in death by his sister, Annette S. Newton. He was a member of Louisburg Baptist Church, the James A. Johnson Masonic Lodge, and the American Legion Post 105. He was an Army Veteran of WWII where he served in the 40th infantry in the Pacific. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Louisburg Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Maple Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Spencer is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Violet F. Spencer; daughter and son-in-law, Glenda S. and Wayne Parrish of Louisburg; grandchildren, Julie Loftin and husband, Spencer; Jacob Parrish and wife, Mary; great-grandchildren, Ashton and Amber Leonard; Jackson and Emma Kate Parrish. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Louisburg Baptist Church, P.O. Box 730, Louisburg, NC 27549. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Tomlinson Room of Louisburg Baptist Church, and other times at the home of Glenda and Wayne Parrish. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=4adc347135