Obituaries for Strickland Funeral Home Obituary 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=4adc347135Obituary for Donald L. BusseyDONALD BUSSEY March 26, 1947 - Nov. 3, 2014 RALEIGH - Donald L. Bussey, 67, died Monday. He was born in Wake County, son of the late James and Lavata Painter Bussey and was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Ramsey. Donald was a veteran of U.S. Army and a retired hairstylist and color artist. A funeral service will be held 3 pm Thursday at Clyde’s Chapel Baptist Church. Burial in Greenmount Cemetery, Wendell. He is survived by sisters, Billie B. Jones and husband, Hewitt of Raleigh, Mary B. Murray of Zebulon; several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and life partner. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service in the fellowship hall. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg, NC. www.stricklandfuneralhome.nethttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=bdcc347019Obituary 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=72fb345833