Obituaries for Strickland Funeral Home Obituary for Clara Larriviere ThomasCLARA L. THOMAS Aug. 19, 1925 - Oct. 21, 2014 WENDELL - Clara Larriviere Thomas, 89, died Tuesday at the Coventry House in Zebulon. She was born in Broussard, LA, a daughter of the late Andrew Joseph and Lucille Bernard Larriviere. She was preceded in death by her husband, Royal Todd Thomas, Sr., great-grandson, Chase Hinnant and sister, Tookie Patin. Clara was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and her family meant everything to her. She also was a loving care giver who enjoyed helping others. A funeral mass will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday at St. Eugene’s Catholic Church, Wendell with burial to follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. She is survived by her children, Juanita Hinnant (Bucky), Annette Monk (Joe) and Todd Thomas (Sheryl); brothers and sisters, Sonny Larriviere (Betty), Joe Larriviere, Alfred Larriviere (Rose Marie), Johnny Larriviere (Sue), Odette Lagneaux and Ann Hoffpauir (Gerald); grandchildren, Clint Hinnant (Wanda), Ben Hinnant (Tina), Jody Monk (Betsy), Kevin Monk (Stephanie) and Doria Warren (Tripp); 12 great-grandchildren. A sincere thanks to the staff of Coventry House and a special loving care giver Felicia for their love and care shown to our mother over the last eight years. The family will receive friends 1hour prior to the service at the church and other times at the home of Todd and Sheryl Thomas, 223 Short St., Wendell. Strickland Funeral Home, 103 W. Franklin St., Louisburg, NC. www.stricklandfuneralhome.nethttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=72fb345833Obituary for Sally W. SherrodSALLY W. SHERROD April 14, 1927 - Oct. 18, 2014 LOUISBURG - Sally Woodard Sherrod, 87, of Peach Orchard Rd., died Saturday. Mrs. Sherrod was born in Pamlico County to the late Phillip Woodard and Nannie Belle Brinson Woodard. Graveside memorial service will be held 3pm Wednesday at Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church, 854 Perry’s Chapel Church Road, Franklinton, NC with the Rev. Earl Delaney officiating. Mrs. Sherrod was a graduate of Watts Nursing School. She worked in Kinston prior to her marriage to Charles A. Sherrod. She continued nursing doing private duty care and caring for many elderly family members during the early years of her marriage. Although she continued to love nursing, she became a wife and mother and partnered with Charles in the operation of the farm for many years. Mrs. Sherrod was preceded in death by husband, Charles A. Sherrod and she is survived by her children, Kathy Hight and husband Ray of Henderson and Neal Sherrod and wife Nina of Louisburg; grandsons, Jackson and Marshall Sherrod. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 103 W. Franklin St., Louisburg, NC. www.stricklandfuneralhome.nethttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=80a1345515Obituary for Bernice Stone HarrisBERNICE S. HARRIS January 7, 1928 - October 13, 2014 SPRING HOPE - Bernice Stone Harris, 86, of the Justice Community, died Monday night at Wilson Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Harris was the daughter of the late Bernice and Ruby Stone. She was preceded in death by her husband, Baxter Harris. She was a life time member of Duke Memorial Baptist Church where she was active in the choir, taught Sunday School classes, and served as the church organist for more than 40 years. Mrs. Harris worked as a Home Extension Agent in Franklin County for 25 years. A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Duke Memorial Baptist Church with Dr. Mike Thompson and Dr. Merlin Boone officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following the service and other times at the home. Mrs. Harris is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Myra and Warren Boone of Louisburg; son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Sandy Harris of Bridgewater, VA; brother, Leon "Bill" Stone of Morganton; grandchildren, Leigh Anne Arrington; Bill Boone and spouse, Richard Hunt; Laura Staab and husband, Josh; Jim Harris, and Paul Arnold; great-grandchildren, Anna Grace and Emily Elizabeth Arrington and Anthony Hunt. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park, Suite 10, Raleigh, NC 27615 or Duke Memorial Baptist Church, Benevolence Fund, 3976 NC Hwy. 581 N., Spring Hope, NC 27882. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=4d69345137Obituary for James Melton White, Sr.J. MELTON WHITE, SR. April 20, 1925 - October 11, 2014 BUNN - James Melton White, Sr., 89, of Bunn, died Saturday afternoon. Melton was a son of the late James “Mr. Jimmy” and Victoria G. White. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Elizabeth “Lib” Sykes and Madeline Moody. He was a lifelong member of Bunn Baptist Church where he served as deacon. He was a retired tobacco farmer and was known for his hand graded sweet potatoes. A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the Bunn Baptist Church with Reverend Tom Eldridge officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Melton is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Naomi G. White; daughters and sons-in-law, Nora Carole and Dennis Flannagan of Louisburg; Jane and Randy Fitzpatrick; sons and daughters-in-law, James Melton White Jr. “Buster” and Norma White; Sammie and Vernell White; brother and sister-in-law, Jasper and Louise White all of Bunn; grandchildren, Matthew and Luke White; Taylor and Ethan Fitzpatrick; Katherine Gillette and husband, Cameron. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bunn Baptist Church, New Vision Fund, P.O. Box 114, Bunn, NC 27508. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=cdda344931Obituary for Robert Preston Alford, Sr.R. PRESTON ALFORD, SR. February 23, 1944 - October 11, 2014 LOUISBURG - Robert Preston Alford, Sr., 70, of Louisburg, died Saturday afternoon. Preston was a son of the late O.T. and Hortense C. Alford. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ollie Alford and grandson, Brennon Perry. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home with Reverend Melton Tyson officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Preston is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Sue Alford; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Jim Reynolds of Louisburg; sons, Robby Alford of Knoxville, TN; Todd Alford of Louisburg; brothers and sister-in-law, Stewart Alford of Brownsville, CA; Barry and Barbara Alford of West Jefferson; grandchildren, Colton Mullen and Susan Perry Alford. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Rock Spring Baptist Church, 34 Rock Springs Church Rd., Louisburg, NC 27549. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=f7d6344945Obituary for Earl Howard TharringtonEARL H. THARRINGTON September 20, 1934 - October 7, 2014 LOUISBURG - Earl Howard Tharrington, 80, of Louisburg, died Tuesday morning. Earl was a son of the late Buddie and Lizzie Smith Tharrington. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Herman, Perry, and Raymond Tharrington. Earl was a devoted member and deacon of Mountain Grove Baptist Church. He was a former member of the Louisburg Fire Department and then went on to be a member and retired from the Gold Sand Fire Department. He was the former Chief of the Louisburg Police Department and then was Chief of security for Louisburg College. He then worked for the NC Department of Corrections until his retirement. After his retirement he was an Assistant Sergeant of Arms for the NC General Assembly, and was also a bailiff for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. Earl was a loving husband, daddy, granddaddy and brother. He loved all people and was a great friend to many; he encouraged and lifted people with his great laugh. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Mountain Grove Baptist Church with Reverend Daren Smart officiating. Burial will follow in the Bobbitt Family Cemetery. Earl is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Cindy Tharrington; sons and daughters-in-law, Tony and Frannie Tharrington of Raleigh; Greg Tharrington of Louisburg; Daniel and Ashlie Tharrington of Mount Gilead; Matthew and Amy Tharrington of Louisburg; brother, Wade Tharrington of Butner; sisters and brother-in-law, Rachel Tharrington of Raleigh; Patricia and Wayne Bobbitt of Louisburg; sisters-in-law, Pat Tharrington of Louisburg; Hazel Tharrington of Raleigh; grandchildren, Taylor , Madelyn, Vada Grace, Leslie and Colt Tharrington. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mountain Grove Baptist Church, 834 Alert Rd., 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=22d2344549Obituary for Rebecca Hinton EarpREBECCA H. EARP March 31, 1924 - Oct. 7, 2014 WENDELL - Rebecca Hinton Earp, 90, went home to be with the Lord with her granddaughter by her side. Born in Wake County, daughter of the late Milton Thomas and Verona Hocutt Hinton and the widow of Floyd Otha Earp, Sr. Mrs. Earp was an active member of Central Baptist Church as long as her health permitted. She retired from First Union National Bank in Knightdale. A member of the Knightdale Extension Homemakers for 25 years and the Red Hat Society. She was a dedicated mother who always wanted the best for her family. Funeral service will be held 2 pm Friday at Central Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Survived by her children, Sue Hinton Mitchell (Barry) of Youngsville, Debbie C. Earp of Raleigh, Butch Earp (Julie) of Wendell and Lynn Earp of Smithfield; grandchildren, Monica Francis, Haley Earp and Connor Earp; great-grandson, Mason Denton. The family will receive friends 12:30 - 1:45 pm Friday prior to the service at Central Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg. www.stricklandfuneralhome.nethttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=caf0344550Obituary for Brenda Dorsey BurnetteBRENDA D. BURNETTE April 11, 1945 - October 3, 2014 LOUISBURG - Brenda Dorsey Burnette, 69, of Louisburg, died Friday evening at her home. Brenda was a daughter of the late Beecher T. and Emily Honeycutt Dorsey. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Vera Tharrington and Barbara Layton; brothers, Talmadge Dorsey and Elwood Dorsey. Brenda was retired from Glaxo and was a fabulous cook. She enjoyed gardening and all of her cats. Brenda loved all animals and spent much of her time watching programs and reading about all kinds of animals. She also enjoyed reading and studying God's Holy word. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home. Burial will be private in the Dorsey Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following the service and other times at the home of Linda and Ray Shearon, 102 Bartholomew Road, Louisburg. Brenda is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Sabrina and Tim Lewis; Michelle and Scott Southerland all of Louisburg; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and April Burnette of Henderson; sisters and brothers in-law, Linda and Ray Shearon; Jackie and John Parrish; brother, Sherman Dorsey; all of Louisburg; sisters-in-law, Shirley Dorsey of Louisburg; Frances Dorsey of La Mirada, CA; grandchildren, Brianna Lewis; Josh and Dalton Southerland; Matthew and Haleigh Burnette; many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Franklin County Animal Shelter, 351 T. Kemp Road, Louisburg, NC 27549. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=406a344184Obituary 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=dfcd343733