BUTNER, N.C. Larry Wayne Smith passed over on September 17, 2019, and is now with Father GOD in all the fullness of the LORD. Larry was born in The Memorial Hospital of Danville, Va., on January 23, 1943, to proud parents, Mattie Lee Barker Smith and James Corbett (J.C.) Smith. He attended Community Baptist Church in Purley, N.C. and loved to sing. At age ten, Larry began to live at Caswell Training School in Kinston, N.C. in order to learn a trade. In 1964, Murdoch Center in Butner, N.C. became home to Larry and he thrived there. All the kids at Murdoch are so very well cared for and loved. After a month or two his Mama never again worried about Larry because she realized that he was in a loving, caring facility that truly became home. Larry Wayne was a gift from the LORD to everyone who knew him and he became a blessing to one and all. Larry's parents were waiting, in the Spirit, for his arrival as were his sister, Doris Jean Smith Porter Campbell Blount; his niece, Penny Smith Baboun; and his great niece, Tiffany Baboun. Left to speak well of Larry are his sister, Lea Smith Pearce; his nephews, Christopher and Jimmy; his great niece and nephew, Catelyn and J.C.; his cousins, Myra Jean and Megan, Donna, Keith and Amy, Landon, Jace and Willow, Becky, Betty Jean, Margaret, Wayne and Jimmy; and the children and grandchildren of his Aunt Ola and Aunt Mabel. A Memorial Service will be shared at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, in the Chapel at Murdoch Center. The family's only request is that you all be kind to one another. Condolences may be made at www.harrelsonfs.com. Harrelson Funeral Services of Yanceyville, N.C. is privileged to be serving the Smith family.
Richard Leon Cunningham, 56, of 7579 Lewis Ford Road, Gladys, died Saturday, November 2, 2019, at Wake Med Hospital, in Raleigh, N.C. He was born on October 9, 1963, in Woodland, Calif., a son of Billy Lou Cunningham and Joan Helen Lovelace Cunningham of Gladys. He was a member of Hyland Heights Baptist Church, an employee of English Construction and a U.S. Air Force Veteran. Richard loved hunting, fishing, golf and coaching football and baseball. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Claudia Cavitt Cunningham of Rustburg; one son, Colton Cunningham of Rustburg; one daughter, Sophia Cunningham Mills and her husband, Brady, of San Diego, Calif.; one brother, Billy Neil Cunningham and his wife, Sandy, of Gladys; one sister, Bonnie Watts and her husband, Jake, of Madison Heights; and three nieces, Vanessa Cunningham, Jennifer Lieb, and Lora Lieb. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, November 8, 2019, at Falling River Baptist Church, Brookneal by Pastor Michael Summy with interment to follow in the church cemetery with military honors by American Legion Altavista Memorial Post 36 and Gretna Post 232. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m., Thursday, November 7, 2019, at Finch & Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, Gladys and other times at the residence. The family suggests that those wishing to make memorials consider Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9956. Finch & Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, Gladys is in charge of arrangements. Please visit the online tribute at www.finchandfinchfuneralservice.com to share a memory or send a condolence to the family.
Terry Allen Davis, 70, of Gladys, died on Monday, November 4, 2019, at his home. He was the husband of Judith Stinnett Davis. He was born on December 25, 1948, in Mississippi, a son of the late Loran Davis and Mary Jo Cardullo Goltz. He was a member of Clifford Baptist Church and a retired mechanic. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Melissa Jennings and her husband, Sydney of Gladys; three grandchildren, Haley, Julie and Trey; and one great-granddaughter Hallie. A memorial service will be conducted at 5 p.m., Thursday, November 7, 2019, at Finch & Finch Chapel, Altavista by the Rev. Mike Fitzgerald with military honors by American Legion Altavista Memorial Post 36 and Gretna Post 232. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Finch & Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, Altavista. Please visit the online tribute at www.finchandfinchfuneralservice.com to share a memory or send a condolence to the family.
Arthur Raymond Pormann, 89, of Amherst, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at his residence. He was the loving husband of Nancy Liggett Pormann. Born on August 27, 1930, in North Bergen, N.J., he was the son of the late Arthur C. Pormann and the late Anna Boyle Pormann. Art served our country in the United States Air Force. He was an employee of Tredegar Film for 30 years. In addition to his wife, Nancy, he is survived by his children, Jeff Pormann and wife, Kerri, of Pa., Tim Pormann of Pa., Dale Pormann of N.C., and Susan O'Neil and husband, Roger, of Va.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, with The Rev. Nancy C. Johnson officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to your local humane society. Whitten Monelison Chapel is assisting the Pormann family (929-5712).
Diwaliben Ratilal Patel, 86, of Forest, passed away on Monday, November 4, 2019. Born on January 5, 1933, in India, she was a daughter of the late Lallubhui Dayhahbai Patel and Rukhiben Lullubhai Patel and was the loving wife of the late Ratilalbhai Bhagabhai Patel. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Hensa Patel. She is survived by her daughter, Jyoti Patel and husband, Hasmukh Patel; son, Isver Patel; daughter, Urmila Patel; son Naren Patel; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Jagabhai Patel. Diwaliben enjoyed cooking, eating and loved people. She will be greatly missed by all her family. Services will be private Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory (434-239-2405) is assisting the family. Memories and thoughts may be shared with the family at www.heritagefuneralandcremation.com.
Ethel Jeanine "Jean" Newman McCrickard, age 89, of Lynchburg, widow of Edwin Samuel McCrickard Sr., passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at her home. She was born on May 27, 1930, in Campbell County, daughter of the late Warren and Ethel Newman. In addition to her husband, Edwin and her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Shirley N. Wilkerson and Phyllis Newman; and two brothers, Jack Newman and Burleigh Newman. Jean was a member of West Lynchburg Baptist Church, an avid gardener and an amazing cook. She was a true servant to other people and her grandchildren were one of the most important things in her life. Survivors include two sons, Sam McCrickard Jr. and wife, Nerisa and Greg McCrickard and wife, Beth; four grandchildren, Gray McCrickard, Alex McCrickard and wife, Ali, Willis McCrickard, and Bryce McCrickard. She is also survived by one sister, Billie N. Carwile. The family will receive friends from 12 until 12:45 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019, at West Lynchburg Baptist Church. A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. at the church with Dr. Robert Putt officiating. Burial will follow at Fort Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to West Lynchburg Baptist Church, 3031 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24501. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittentimberlake.com. Whitten Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Timberlake Chapel, is serving the family.