Obituaries for Strickland Funeral Home Obituary for Emily Woodlief DayEMILY W. DAY December 14, 1918 - October 29, 2014 FRANKLINTON - Emily Woodlief Day, 95, of Franklinton, died Wednesday night. Emily was a daughter of the late Merrimon and Zelma Perry Woodlief. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl W. Day; sisters, Lois W. Neal, Macy W. Mitchell, and Grace W. Tant, and brother, James Woodlief. A graveside service will be held 3 p.m. Friday in Fairview Cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Emily is survived by her longtime friend, Ann House; special caregiver, Lynell Leonard; numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Eastern Star, Electa Chapter #2, OES, c/o Ann K. Merryman, PGM, 15030 Oaks Rd., Charlotte Hall, MD 20622-3311. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=203c346655Obituary for John Wayne GriffinJOHN W. GRIFFIN February 14, 1938 - October 28, 2014 LOUISBURG - John Wayne Griffin, died on October 28, 2014 at his home in Louisburg. He was the son of the late Grover and Glennie Griffin of Fayetteville and son-in-law of the late Staley and Lois Strickland of Louisburg. He was also preceded in death by three brothers: Neal, Robert, and Grover Griffin. John is survived by his wife of 49 years, Faye Strickland Griffin; his son, John Wayne Griffin, Jr. of Raleigh; daughter, Staley Griffin Medlin and husband, Jay of Louisburg; and by three unbelievably precious granddaughters: Allison Grace Barlow, Mackenzie Noel Griffin, and Lacey Nicole Medlin. Mr. Griffin is also survived by his step-mother, Elizabeth Griffin; one brother, Dr. Stanley Griffin (Faye) of Fayetteville; and one sister, Margaret Griffin Fischer (Jack) of Swampscott, Massachusetts and 12 nieces and nephews. Mr. Griffin was a member of Louisburg Baptist Church and served both as Chair of the Advisory Board and as a deacon. He graduated from Campbell University and East Carolina University and operated One Hour Martinizing in Greenville before opening Village Cleaners in Louisburg in 1970. In 1990 he purchased and operated Strickland Electric Company in Louisburg until the time of his death. Funeral services will be conducted by the Reverend Reggie Rushing at Louisburg Baptist Church on Saturday, November 1 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will immediately follow the service at Lancaster Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Louisburg Baptist Church, P.O. Box 730, Louisburg, NC 27549 or to the charity of choice. The family is being served by Strickland Funeral Home and will receive visitors at the home. www.stricklandfuneralhome.nethttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=6617346561Obituary for Judy Pernell RichJUDY P. RICH April 19, 1944 - Oct. 27, 2014 WARRENTON - Judy Pernell Rich, 70, of 1431 Alert Rd., died suddenly Monday morning at her home. She was born in Franklin County, daughter of the late Louis Jackson and Lillie Mae Pernell. She was preceded in death by a brother, Graham Pernell. A memorial service will be held 4 pm Thursday at Mountain Grove Baptist Church. The family will receive friends following the service. She is survived by her daughters, Tina Hamlet and Jami Zanetta (Kyle) of Richmond, VA;1 granddaughter; sisters, Lois Cyrus and Colleen Bass; friend, Margaret Gupton all of Warrenton. Strickland Funeral Home, 103 W. Franklin St., Louisburg, NC. www.stricklandfuneralhome.nethttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=b033346560Obituary 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=caf0344550