Obituaries for Strickland Funeral Home Obituary for Beverly Dawn GuptonBEVERLY D. GUPTON May 24, 1964 - July 8, 2015 RALEIGH - Beverly Dawn Gupton, 51, of Raleigh, died Wednesday morning at her home. A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Friday at Friendship Baptist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Beverly is survived by her parents, Alex and Mary Gupton of Raleigh; son, William “Will” Wilkerson and his fiancé, Stacy both of Fayetteville; sister and brother-in-law, Amanda and Bill Hensley of Raleigh. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church, Men for Missions Ministry, 5510 Falls of Neuse Rd. Raleigh, NC 27609. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, for Alrick Theodore "Ted" Berggren, Jr.“TED’ A. THEODORE BERGGREN, JR. October 4, 1935 - July 6, 2015 LOUISBURG - Alrick Theodore “Ted” Berggren, Jr., 79, of Louisburg, died Monday morning at his home. Ted was the son of the late Alrick and Astrid Berggren. A memorial mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church, 460 Fox Park Road, Louisburg. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Ted is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Eileen Berggren; sons and daughter-in-law, Michael Berggren; Rick and Jonda Berggren all of Louisburg; daughters and sons-in-law, Maribeth and Rodney Allen of Louisburg; Kimberly and Shawn Owens of Uniontown, OH; sister and brother-in-law, Leila and William Kang of Beaverton, OR; grandchildren, Ryley, Christian, and Mallory Allen; Joshua, Megan, and Marc Owens. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 593, Louisburg, NC 27549, or the American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park, Suite 10, Raleigh, NC 27615. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, for Sidney Earl StaffordSIDNEY E. STAFFORD LOUISBURG - The Reverend Sidney Earl Stafford died on July 3, 2015 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was the former Chaplain and Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Louisburg College and a United Methodist minister. Born January 13, 1934 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Sidney was the tenth child of Charles Henry and Laura Holloway Stafford. At the age of five months, his mother died, and he was given to be raised by his maternal grandparents William Mercer and Annie Smith Holloway who made sure he was in attendance every Sunday at Broad Street Methodist Church. Their loving care and the influence of that church led him to a lifetime of dedicated service to the Church, to higher education, and to the communities in which he lived. Sidney excelled at football at Hattiesburg High School and was a member of the basketball team that won a state championship in 1952. After graduating from high school, and at only 18 years of age, he began his ministry as pastor of Arnoldline Methodist Church. He served in the US Army from 1953-1956 and spent most of his enlistment on the island of Okinawa, It was that Army experience that he credited for opening his eyes and mind to a larger world, and his attitudes and understanding of his role in society began to change. He became a champion of civil rights and worked diligently to improve race relations in all areas of his influence. When he returned to Hattiesburg, he was ready for the challenge of an education, and he enrolled at Mississippi Southern College. While there he also served as pastor of Baxterville Methodist Church. He earned his BA degree from Southern in 1958. Later (1962) he earned a MDiv from Duke University and in 1972 completed the requirements for a MA in Philosophy from UNC Chapel Hill. While at Duke Sidney became a member of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served as pastor and loved the people of the Walnut Grove and Carr United Methodist Churches in Orange County, NC. In 1963 he was appointed to Amity United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, where he worked hard to help the church grow and plan for a permanent church building. While at Amity he married and began a family. Sidney loved the pastoral ministry and appreciated the special relationships he developed among those in his church congregations, but he especially enjoyed the occasions when he was able to work with young people and began to feel called to work with them fulltime. In 1967 he began his career in education at Louisburg College. He was Chaplain and Dean of Religious Life for thirty-four years and Professor of Religion and Philosophy for forty years, retiring from all duties in 2008. While at College, he served many roles and was a recipient of the Bessie Arrington Gupton Award for Outstanding and Extraordinary Service. During the 1980’s he appreciated the opportunity to teach a course in Methodist Theology at Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest.. While devoting most of his time to his teaching duties, Sidney also pastored a number of area churches on an interim or part-time basis, but he devoted the greatest service to two churches in the Franklinton area: He served Ebenezer UMC at Mitchner’s Crossroads and Wesley Chapel UMC at Pokomoke for eighteen years. Always civic-minded and involved in the community, Sidney was involved with Cub Scouts, the PTA, and school booster clubs, and served on a number of boards and agencies in Franklin County. He taught Sunday School and was active in the day camp program sponsored by Louisburg United Methodist Church. He was a charter member of the Franklin County Civitan Club and in 1976 received their award for Humanitarian of the Year. With the Louisburg College Christian Life Council, he sponsored an annual Christmas Party for Children, Red Cross Bloodmobile visits, and several Rock-a-Thons for the Easter Seals Society of North Carolina. In 1976 he was given the Easter Seals Volunteer of the Year award. In 1980 Sidney received from Governor Jim Hunt the Governor’s Volunteer Award. In 1982 he was named Franklin County Citizen of the Year by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. Because he loved people and was always welcoming, WYRN radio asked him to represent the County as Franklin County’s namesake Benjamin Franklin at the annual Whistler’s Conventions. He continued as Ben Franklin for twenty-five years, finally hanging up that costume in 1999. As many in Louisburg and Franklin County may remember, Sidney rose early each weekday morning for many years to co-host the Open-Line talk show with Clay McBride and others on local radio station WYRN. That opportunity to talk and tell his stories gave him much joy. Others may remember his years as manager of Town and County Recreation Center and may appreciate his role in helping to organize the first Town and County Swim Team. In 1985, encouraged by some town leaders, Sidney decided to seek a seat on the Louisburg Town Council. He was elected and he went on to serve the town for a total of four terms. From this position, he became active in the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, and in 2002 was named Outstanding Region K Board Member. An article in the Franklin Times in 2001 called Sidney Stafford “Louisburg’s Modern-Day Renaissance Man,” an appellation which reflected his multiple talents, his many years of service, and his wide-spread influence in the town of Louisburg, in Franklin County, and at Louisburg College. That same year he was honored at an event on the Louisburg College campus sponsored by both College and Town. “Sid Stafford Day” was a culminating event in recognition of his life and his variety of service to the community he had chosen to live in. A painting called “Remembrance” hangs now in the Benson Chapel on the Louisburg College campus in remembrance of his life and work. Sidney Stafford was a man of great intelligence, generosity, and wit. He was a theologian who thought deeply but who always had a joke or funny story to share. He loved everyone, but he especially loved his family and his children. He was a good husband and a superior father whose example will extend into future generations. He was always a child at heart, and he spent many hours entertaining not only his own children but many in the neighborhood as well. He will be long remembered by those who knew him as their role-model, their teacher, their mentor, their preacher, and their friend. He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Grace Wright Stafford; sons Sidney Earl Stafford, Jr. (Lori) of Hillsborough, NC; Carl Mercer Stafford (Melissa) of Sharon, MA; Charles Kenneth Stafford (Carrie) of Atlanta, GA; and daughter Laura Suzanne Stafford of Greensboro, NC. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Taylor, Colin, Ben, Ethan, Aaron, John Nicotera, Jackson and Ella Stafford, and Ollie and Fern Murray. He has one surviving sister, Dorothy Stafford McRaney of Mobile, AL. Visitation will be Monday, July 6 from 7 to 8:30 at Strickland Funeral Home. Funeral will be at Louisburg United Methodist Church at 11 AM on Tuesday followed by a private burial at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Cemetery at 2:30 PM. Memorials may be made to Louisburg College or to the ZOE Ministry at Louisburg United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, for Rochell Hocutt CreechROCHELL H. CREECH Feb. 8, 1939 - June 27, 2015 WENDELL - Rochell H. Creech, 76, loving mother, grandmother and sister, went home to be with the Lord Saturday night surrounded by her family. She was born in Durham, a daughter of the late Ballard and Mettie Creech Hocutt. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, L.Z. Creech, a granddaughter, Brittany Custer, sisters, Isker Curtis, Jewel Tharrington, Rachel Wilder, Lois Boughman, Ruth Smith and an infant; brothers, B.J. Hocutt, Leland Hocutt, Leonard Hocutt, and Lester Hocutt. Rochell retired from JC Penney’s as a cosmetologist. Funeral service will be held 3 pm Wednesday at Baptist Tabernacle Church with burial in the church cemetery. She is survived by her children, Wanda Custer and husband Craig, Derwin Creech and wife, Faye; grandchildren, Brooke Custer, Matthew Creech, Russell Creech and wife, Katy,Joanna Du and husband, Bob, Emma Creech and Ethan Creech; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie and Dan Schmidt, Magdeline and George Moore, and Margie Mason. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Baptist Tabernacle Church, 1599 NC Hwy 231, Wendell, NC 27591. The family will receive friends Wednesday 1:30 to 2:45 pm prior to the service in the family ministry center and other times at the home of Derwin and Faye Creech, 628-A Mudham Rd., Wendell. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg, NC. www.stricklandfuneralhome.net for Howard CardenHOWARD CARDEN August 25, 1925 - June 21, 2015 LOUISBURG - Howard Carden, 89, of the Justice Community, died Sunday morning. Mr. Carden was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca P. Carden. He was a W.W.II Navy Veteran, and the oldest living member of the American Legion Post in Louisburg. He was an original member of the Justice Volunteer Fire Department and retired manager of McCracken Oil Company. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Duke Memorial Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends following the committal service in the church fellowship hall. Mr. Carden is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jo Anne and Butch Horton of Pilot; sons and daughter-in-law, Ricky Carden of Lake Royale; Howard Lee and Becky Carden of Justice; grandchildren, Rob Horton (Leslie); Steven Horton (Steph); Justin Carden; Allison Carden Hamm; Joseph Carden; David Carden and Reuben Carden; great-grandson Brantley Horton. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Duke Memorial Baptist Church, Building Fund, 3976 NC 581 Hwy. N. Spring Hope, NC 27882. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, for Mary Hall StricklandMARY H. STRICKLAND MIDDLESEX - Mary Hall Strickland, 92, a devoted Christian wife and mother passed away on June 9, 2015 in Chester, VA. Most of her adult life, she lived in Johnston County near Middlesex. She graduated from the Baptist School of Nursing (Winston-Salem) in 1944. While there, she fell in love with and married her husband of 44 years, Armie. After giving birth to her first child, she chose to be a fulltime mother and homemaker. She was a member of Friendship FWB Church near Middlesex for over 60 years. It is there that she will be interred beside her husband, Armie R. Strickland, who predeceased her in 1989. She was also predeceased by her father and mother, Clarence L. Hall and Tulia Rollins Hall, and her brother and sister, Dr. J. Cullen Hall and Lucy Hall Taft. The celebration of her life and her new residence in heaven will be held 11 am Saturday, June 13 at Friendship FWB Church, 744 Friendship Church Rd., Middlesex, NC 27557. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall. She is survived by her son, Rowland Strickland and his wife, Jane, of Stantonsburg, and her daughter, Nancy Pendergrass and her husband, Linzy, of Chester, VA.; three grandsons, Jonathan Vann Strickland and his wife Alison of Guilford, CT, Thomas H. Pendergrass and his wife, Lauren of Richmond, VA, and Daniel L. Pendergrass and his wife, Leslie, of North Chesterfield, VA; her great-grandchildren are Bobby and Maggie Strickland and Ethan Armie Pendergrass. Her family especially thanks Virginia Meroth, who provided tender, compassionate, and loving care to our mother. In lieu of flowers, do as mother enjoyed doing; be kind to others. Contributions may be made to Friendship FWB Church, c/o Terry Tippett, 532 Simon Rd., Middlesex, NC 27557. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home, 103 W. Franklin St., Louisburg, NC. www.stricklandfuneralhome.net for Barbara Brantley PulleyBARBARA B. PULLEY May 11, 1938 - June 7, 2015 ZEBULON - Barbara Brantley Pulley, 77, went home to be with the LORD early Sunday morning surrounded by her family. She was born in Nash County, a daughter of the late Joseph Randolph and Bertha Massey Brantley. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her infant children, Lowell Ray Pulley, Jr., Joseph Alexander Pulley and Barbara Kaye Pulley; brother, Randy Brantley and wife, Shirley; brothers-in-law, Wayne Manning and Charles Pulley. Mrs. Pulley worked with the NC Department of Social Services and retired from Wake County Public Schools as a teacher’s assistant. Funeral service will be held 3 pm Wednesday at Zebulon United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Zebulon Cemetery. She is survived by her devoted husband of 57 years, Lowell R. Pulley; daughter and son-in-law, Gina Pulley Bryant and Milton; and the love of her heart her grandson, Joseph Bryant all of Zebulon; sisters, Josie Driver (Glenn) of Middlesex, Kaye Tant (Elton) of Zebulon and Vicki Manning of Spring Hope; brother-in-law, Robert Pulley (Kay) of Zebulon; sister-in-law, Tracy Pulley of Salter Path; beloved numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Wednesday 1:45 until 2:45 pm prior to the service in the Wesley Fellowship classroom and other times at the home. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made the American Diabetes Association, 2418 Blue Ridge Rd., Suite 206, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27607. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 103 W. Franklin St., Louisburg, NC. www.stricklandfuneralhome.net for Ralph Grant LoftinR. GRANT LOFTIN September 30, 1943 - May 30, 2015 LOUISBURG - Ralph Grant Loftin, 71, of Louisburg, passed away Saturday morning after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Grant was preceded in death by his parents, Cletus and Edna Loftin. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Grant is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Diane Duke Loftin; daughters and sons-in-law, Candy and Billy Dement of Louisburg; Penny and Rick Funai of Wilmington; son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Kim Loftin of Knightdale; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sandy and Steve Lamm of Louisburg; Jenia and Ed Cannon of Raleigh; brother and sister-in-law, Barry and Linda Loftin of Louisburg; grandchildren, Reynolds Dement; Loftin Wrenn and husband, Jared; London Dement; William Dement; Sailor Funai; Zachary Loftin. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Building and Grounds Fund, 111 Laurel Mill Rd. Louisburg, NC 27549. The family will receive 6 - 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, for Howard Washington FaulknerHOWARD W. FAULKNER July 6, 1929 - May 30, 2015 LOUISBURG - Howard Washington Faulkner, 85, of the Alert Community, died Saturday afternoon. Howard was a son of the late William “Mann” and Pattie Faulkner. He retired from Harriett Henderson Cotton Mill after 31 years of service. He had a life time passion for raising chickens. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday at the Alert Pentecostal Holiness Church. Howard is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Blanche Faulkner; daughter and son-in-law, Connie F. and Keith Tharrington; sons, Tommy Faulkner and Randy Faulkner; brother and sister-in-law, James and Susan Faulkner all of Louisburg; sister, Rachel Finch of Garner; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, for Mary Elizabeth Hamm GreenMARY ELIZABETH HAMM GREEN February 1, 1929 - May 30, 2015 FRANKLINTON - Mary Elizabeth Hamm Green, loving and precious wife, mother, sister and grandmother, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her parents, James W. and Mary B. Hamm. Mary Lib is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Brodie Green; sister and brother-in-law, Zelda and George Allen; son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Jennifer Green; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Charles Phelps; grandsons, Matthew Debnam, Logan and Michael Green. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Franklinton U.M.C. with visitation immediately following in the fellowship hall. The family request in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Franklinton U.M.C. 109 N. Main St. Franklinton, NC 27525. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg,