Obituaries for Strickland Funeral Home Obituary for Christopher Fitzgerald Wrenn, Sr.Colonel (Ret.) Dr. Christopher Fitzgerald Wrenn, Sr., died on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. From humble beginnings as a graduate of Bunn High School Class of 1980, Chris went on to be a highly decorated soldier in the United States Air Force whose accolades included a Defense Meritorious Medal and Joint Service Commendation Medal, among many others. Throughout his career, Chris exceled in combat and participated in classified missions in Central America, as well as extended deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Western Sahara, Africa. During the later part of his career, he dedicated his efforts to protecting the United States from nuclear and cyber wars. Chris’ final military appointment was Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Cell at the Pentagon. Throughout his career, Chris continued to value education and earned advanced degrees including a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, Master of Science from Air University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations from Tufts University. Chris’ distinguished military career ended with his medical retirement from the United States Air Force in December 2014. Chris was much more than a soldier. He was a prolific traveler who enjoyed midnight ice cream at Disney World and cruises to the Caribbean. He was a generous host who planned elaborate, themed Christmas dinners and small family barbeques with equal fervor. Chris was a seasoned Scrabble player who showed no mercy to friends and family. He enjoyed the outdoors and preparing extravagant global cuisine accompanied by his cockamamie sense of humor. His “Breakfast of Champions” is legendary among his grandchildren who will sorely miss all-chocolate buffets with their Pa Wrenn. Chris is survived by his wife, Andi Madden Wrenn, his mother, Sandra Wheless Wrenn, and father, Gerald C. Wrenn. Also survived are his children: Melissa Wrenn Pendleton, Robert Dale Pendleton (spouse), Christopher Fitzgerald Wrenn, Jr., Erin Biggio Wrenn (spouse), James C. Wrenn, Margaret Rachael Wrenn (spouse); Austin Calhoun; Arika Shelest, Andrey Shelest (spouse), grandchildren, Montana, Lucas, and Henry. Additionally, he is survived by his siblings, Mark Wrenn, Robin Wrenn (spouse), Cassie Wright, Amie Wrenn, Susan Callahan, Brett Callahan (spouse) and eight nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are his son, Alexander Jackson Wrenn, and his grandparents, Cleveland and Pattie Wrenn and Bob and Laurie Wheless. Late in his career and through his brief retirement, Chris shared his experience with PTSD and the trauma associated with a life of dedicated service and sacrifice in the military. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Chris Wrenn’s name to Train a Dog Save a Warrior, or the American Red Cross The family will receive visitors on Sunday, September 6, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg, NC at 103 West Franklin St. for John Pitts Rumph, Jr.JOHN P. RUMPH, JR. February 15, 1954 - August 30, 2015 LOUISBURG - John Pitts Rumph, Jr., 61, of Louisburg, died Sunday afternoon at his home. John was preceded in death by his father, John Pitts Rumph, Sr.. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Marines and was a licensed general contractor. John was a loving husband, son, father, grandfather and brother. He loved to spend time and go fishing at the Outer Banks with his family. Per John’s wishes there will be no service. John is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Debbie Rumph; mother, Marjorie Townsend of Cartersville, GA; daughter and son-in-law, April and Anthony Combs of Sylacauga, AL; step-daughters and step-sons-in-law, Jennifer and Robert Griffin of Bunn; Sarah and Blair Thomas of Youngsville; step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Brandon and Marybeth Neville of Youngsville; sisters, Sheila Leese and Diana Durden both of Cartersville, GA; brothers and sister-in-law, Robert and Sherry Rumph of Dallas, GA; Kenneth Rumph of Cartersville, GA; grandchildren, Alana and Andrew Combs, Abigail and Hunter Griffin, Lacy and Ben Hilliard, and Michael Thomas. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Transitions Life Care Hospice, 250 Hospice Cr; Raleigh, NC 27607. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, for Paul Elwood NowellLOUISBURG ��" Paul Elwood Nowell, 93, of Louisburg formerly of Henderson, passed away Saturday August 29, 2015. He was born on January 15, 1922 to the late Joseph Kelly Nowell and Rowena Reeves Nowell. Mr. Nowell served in the United States Navy from 1943-46 as a Sea Plane Pilot and was retired from Harriet & Henderson Cotton Mill as a Personnel Manager/ Benefit Planner after 40 plus years. He was a long time member of City Road United Methodist Church having served in many capacities. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 o’clock Monday morning August 31, 2015 at Sunset Gardens, 3174 US 158 BUS, Henderson, NC 27537. Mr. Nowell is survived by his daughters, Ruth Nowell Oliver(Dan) of Jacksonville and Linda Nowell Wilson(Woody) of Louisburg; grandchildren, Jason Oliver(Lidia), Brad Wilson(Amanda), Neil Oliver(Claire), Katy Oliver(Sarah Manning) , Paul Wilson(Jamie) and Erin Howe; twelve great-grandchildren; longtime friend, Betty Ayscue and extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Hughes Nowell; sister, Gladys Nowell Shook; brothers, Garland Nowell and J.B. Nowell. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to City Road UMC, P.O. Box 116, Henderson, NC 27536. Friends may visit with the family from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Sunday August 30, 2015 at Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg, NC and also immediately following the graveside service. www.stricklandfuneralhome.net for Mary Conn GuptonMARY C. GUPTON December 3, 1938 - August 17, 2015 RALEIGH - Mary Conn Gupton, 76, of Raleigh, died Monday morning at her home. Mary was the daughter of the late Willie and Mattie Bell Conn. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Beverly Gupton and her brother, Willie Bunn Conn. A funeral service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday at Friendship Baptist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday at Lancaster Memorial Park. Mary is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Alex S. Gupton; daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Bill Hensley of Raleigh; grandson, William “Will” Wilkerson and his fiancé, Stacy both of Fayetteville; sisters-in-law, Cathy Conn of Louisburg; Shirley Sykes of Norfolk, VA. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church, Men for Missions Ministry, 5510 Falls of Neuse Rd. Raleigh, NC 27609 or Transitions Life Care, 250 Hospice Cr; Raleigh, NC 27607. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, for Joyce Wilder WhitleyJOYCE WILDER WHITLEY July 31, 1925 - August 14, 2015 MIDDLESEX - Joyce Wilder Whitley, 90, went home to be with the Lord Friday evening surrounded by her family. She was born in Nash County, daughter of the late Clifton T. and Lillian Morgan Wilder. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd A. Whitley, son, Ronnie Floyd Whitley, grandsons, Chris Whitley, Peter and Paul Murray and Kevin Whitley; great-grandson, Eric Kyles; sisters, Juanita Parker and Dot Strickland and a brother, Rotchie Wilder. Joyce was a loving wife of 70 years, a devoted mother and grandmother to all. She was a farmer’s wife, who also helped in the fields and provided for her family as a great homemaker. She was a faithful member of Middlesex Church of God. Joyce was a Godly Christian woman; who loved the Lord and was praising him until He called her home. She was loved by all and will be missed by many. The family will receive friends Monday evening, August 17, from 5:30 to 7:15 pm, followed by a service of celebration at 7:30 at Middlesex Church of God Worship Center, NC Hwy 231, Middlesex. Graveside service will be held 11 am Tuesday, August 18, at Oakdale Cemetery in Spring Hope. She is survived by her loving family, children and spouses, daughter-in-law, JoAnne Whitley; Steve and Brenda Whitley; Brenda and Tim Stallings; Dennis and Annette Whitley; Glynn and Wanda Whitley; Hope and Roger Murray; grandchildren and spouses, Lee and Pam Whitley; Adam and Ginger Whitley; Jamie Whitley; Rhonda and Wayne Mace; Sherri Gayle and Wayne Waddell; Tracy and Amber Stallings; Amanda and Robert Kyles; Joye and Stuart Ellington; Hal Whitley; Tiffany Whitley; Gwen and Jason Richardson; Tabatha and Vince Strickland; Kris and Regina Rooker; great-grandchildren, Tyler Whitley; Lauren and Logan Waddell; Ashlee and Robert Sutton; Kaylyn and Logan Whitley; Stacey, Tory, and Keith Whitley; Elizabeth and Brian Killian; Dillon, Brittany, and Cayman Stallings; Cierra and Andrew Viverette; Joci Kyles; Gregory, Corey, and Rebecca Ellington; Davis, Makenzie, and Morgan Strickland; Peyton Richardson; Peyton and Mialei Rooker; great-great grandchildren; Mallory and Madilyn Sutton; Merissa Killian; Brooklyn Viverette due in September; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Lois Wilder; Jimmy and Fannie Ray Wilder; numerous nieces and nephews. A special thanks to the caring staff of Autumn Care of Nashville. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Golden Girls Ministry, PO Box 575, Middlesex, NC 27557. The family will be at the home of Tim and Brenda Stallings, 13547 Old Raleigh Wilson Road., Middlesex, NC 27557. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg. for Mrs. Gladys Finch CookeMrs. Gladys Finch Cooke Oct. 17, 1930 - Aug. 13, 2015 LOUISBURG - Mrs. Gladys Finch Cooke, 84, of Ingleside, passed away Thursday August 13, 2015 at Pine Ridge Health and Rehabilitation in Thomasville. She was born on October 17, 1930 to the late Hobson Gray Finch, Sr. and Mattie Faulkner Finch. She was a lifelong native of Franklin County and retired in 1996 from Wake Finishing after 45 years of service. Mrs. Cooke was a member of Corinth Baptist Church and in her spare time she loved working in her yard and enjoyed babysitting her nieces & nephews, especially her great-nephew Jeremy Milton. Funeral services will be held at 11 o’clock Monday morning August 17, 2015 in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Mrs. Cooke is survived by her sister, Lois Finch Ayscue of High Point; special sister-in-law, Dollie Finch and special brother-in-law, Ernest Milton both of Louisburg; several nieces, nephews and extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Elton H. Cooke; three sisters and four brothers. Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to Corinth Baptist Church, 4582 US HWY 401 North, Louisburg, NC 27549. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg, NC. www.stricklandfuneralhome.net for Troy Raeford RichardsonTroy Raeford Richardson December 17, 1940 " August 13, 2015 ZEBULON " Troy Raeford Richardson, 74, of Massey Rd., went home to be with the LORD Thursday night at his home. He was born in Johnston County the son of the late James Troy Richardson and Lillie Victoria Johnson Richardson. He was a retired farmer who loved working the land and providing for his family. He was a loving husband to his wife of 54 years and his children meant the world to him. A graveside funeral service will be held 11 am Saturday at the Bryant Family Cemetery on Debnam Road, Zebulon, NC, with Pastor Jim Roberson officiating. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 54 years, Judith (Judy) Strickland Richardson; children, Anthony Troy Richardson, Tonya R. Wrenn and husband Mitchell, John Kevin Richardson and wife Christy and Christopher Lance Richardson; sister, Annie Faye Creech and husband George; brother, Dannie Ray Richardson and wife Jan; grandchildren, Austin and Ethan Wrenn, Cody, Brandon and Kaylee Richardson, Jax Evans, Eli and Gabriel Richardson; several nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their appreciation to Wilson Medical Center Hospice and to their caregivers, Rhonda Olson and Tina Webb and to family and friends who have been there to help them through their time of needs. We could not have made it without you and will always be grateful for your love and kindness. The family will receive friends following the graveside service at Union Hope Baptist Church Family Life Center and other times at the home. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, for Joyce Ann Strother PeoplesJOYCE S. PEOPLES LOUISBURG - Joyce Ann Strother Peoples, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went home to be with her Lord on August 9, 2015, surrounded by her family. She was born in Louisburg on January 11, 1932, a daughter of the late Minnie Vick Conyers Strother and Harvey Ray Strother, Sr. She was also preceded in death by her former husband, V. A. Peoples, Sr., a sister, Betty Strother Fuller, and a brother, Harvey Ray Strother, Jr.; son-in-law, James Bottoms. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Louisburg Baptist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. A private burial will be held at Oakwood Cemetery. She is survived by her sons, Al Peoples (Marla); Larry Peoples (Ann), her daughters, Vickie Bottoms; Susan Peoples; Debra “Peanut” Sandling (Nat). In addition, she is survived by grandchildren: Amanda and Sarah Peoples, Kira Kroboth (Rusty) and Joni Peoples, Russell Bottoms (Amber), Jonathan Peoples, Davis Sandling, and Jamie Leigh Sandling-Davis (Scott); great-grandchildren, Asher and Elias Kroboth; Rylan Bottoms; brother, Robert Strother (Joyce); sister-in-law, Ava Strother; brother-in-law, Kenneth Fuller; many nieces and nephews. Joyce was a long time member of the Louisburg Baptist Church. She was very active in her younger years, typing the church bulletin, printing it on a manual mimeograph machine, and folding them before every service. She also served by keeping the nursery and being a Sunday school teacher for a number of years. Joyce made it a point to have the family at church each and every Sunday. At one time, when her oldest child was about nineteen years old, the five children had a combined 55 years of perfect attendance in Sunday school. She had all of those pins placed in a frame and kept them on a wall in her home. Joyce also ran a small business for a few years after the youngest child graduated from high school. She then worked for BB&T for 29 years before her retirement. Joyce loved softball, until in her early fifties. After her retirement, Joyce traveled quite a bit, visiting all states but Hawaii. In her later years, she would visit the rest home after church on Sunday and spend time with everyone that she knew. She loved everyone…and everyone loved her… Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Louisburg Baptist Church, Neighbors Fund, P.O. Box 730, Louisburg, NC 27549 or the Louisburg Fire Department “Maude Restoration Fund”, 102 Wade Ave. Louisburg, NC 27549 or Franklin County Humane Society, P.O. Box 338, Youngsville, NC 27596. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, for Robert Lee DickersonR. LEE DICKERSON June 12, 1939 - August 6, 2015 LOUISBURG - Robert Lee Dickerson, 76, of Louisburg, died Thursday afternoon. Lee was a son of the late Ernest and Lillie Belle Dickerson. He was preceded in death by his sister, Florence Clark; brothers, Steve Dickerson and Sam Dickerson. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Crossroads Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial will follow in the Pernell Family Cemetery. Lee is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Pauline Dickerson; step-daughters, Virginia Radford of Warrenton; Paula Mosley of Raleigh; step-son, Perry Moseley of Louisburg; sisters, Annie Pendergrass of Henderson; Blanche Faulkner of Louisburg; Mary Ayscue of Warrenton; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Transitions Life Care, 250 Hospice Cr., Raleigh, NC 27607. The family will receive friends 6 - 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, for Hilda Edwards BestHILDA E. BEST February 20, 1937 - August 3, 2015 CASTALIA - Hilda Edwards Best, 78, of Castalia, died Monday morning at her home after many years of declining health. Hilda was a daughter of the late Alfred and Bertha Mae Collie Edwards. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bryant Franklin Best and brother, Nelson Edwards. She was an active member of White Level Baptist Church where she served as a Deaconess. She retired from the Franklin County Department of Social Services after 38 years of service. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at White Level Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Lancaster Memorial Park. Hilda is survived by her daughters, Phyllis Best and friend, Phillip Murray; Norma Boyd; Jenny and Scott Harrison all of Castalia; sisters and brother-in-law, Janice Rose; Brenda and Max Aleshire all of Nashville; Barbara Lee of Rocky Mount; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Christine Edwards; sister-in-law, Carolyn Edwards all of Nashville; grandchildren, Terisa Wrenn; Katie Boyd and Bryan Boyd; Jacob Harrison and Grace Harrison; many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the White Level Baptist Church, Building Fund, 2400 White Level Road, Louisburg, NC 27549. The family would like to thank her special caregivers, Bobbie Murphy, Frieda Cash, Sherry Alston, Charmane Alston, Lucy Evans and Kristy Evans. The family will receive friends 7 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net