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Charles Truman Yates

Mr. Charles Truman Yates, age 81, a resident of 104 Camelia Way, Pamlico Village, died Sunday, May 7, 2006 at Beaufort County Hospital.  Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at First United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Ray Wittman and the Rev. Adrian Sawyer. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery.  Mr. Yates’s grandchildren and members of the Washington Fire Department will serve as active and honorary pallbearers.  Mr. Yates was born in Durham, N.C. on December 26, 1924. He was the son of the late Leo Vernon Yates and Marjorie Lynna Steele Yates. In 1943, Mr. Yates graduated from Bethesda High School in Durham. From 1943 to 1945, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1945, Mr. Yates attended the Pasadena Institute for Radio. He worked as a radio announcer at KVLF Alpine, Texas in 1948. In 1953, he became part owner of Clear View TV Company in Washington. Mr. Yates became manager of the Sherwin-Williams store in Washington in 1957. On March 30, 1982, he retired from Sherwin-Williams with 25 years of service. Mr. Yates was a member of the Washington Fire Department from 1951 to 1976. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.  On March 12, 1949, Mr. Yates married the former Margaret Jeanette Olson, who survives.  Surviving with his wife are a daughter, Dr. Judy Yates Siker and her husband, Dr. Jeffrey Siker both of Los Angeles, CA; a son, Mark Yates and his wife, Lori both of Washington; nine grandchildren, Jeremy Gunter, Jason Gunter, Jonathan Yates Ellis, Derek Siker, Ursula Siker, Charles James Yates, Samantha Curry Yates, Christian McCullen, and Michael McCullen; and a brother, Larry Allen Yates of Durham.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Yates was preceded in death by a sister, Ruby Ferrell.  The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 8, 2006 at Paul Funeral home and other times at his home, 104 Camelia Way, Pamlico Village, Washington.  Paul Funeral Home of Washington is serving the Yates family.  (Washington Daily News (Washington, NC) - Monday, May 8, 2006)

Lorraine Marie Potter Yates

Mrs. Lorraine Marie Potter Yates, 64, of 356 Lake Road, Hertford, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, in Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City.  A graveside service will be conducted today at 1 p.m. in Fairfield Cemetery, Fairfield, with the Rev. Valerie Ballance officiating.  Mrs. Yates was born in the Leechville community of Beaufort County, the daughter of the late Seth Ceymore Potter and Gaybelle Marie Franks Potter. She was married to Robert G. Yates, who preceded her in death. She worked as an environmental clerk with the Chesapeake, Va., Health Department.  Survivors include one son, Bernie Taylor of Chesapeake, Va.; two daughters, Sharon Cooper of Hertford and Suzanne Valeah Taylor Wisheart of Moyock; five sisters and seven grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (Washington Daily News (Washington, NC) - Thursday, November 29, 2007)

Melvin E. Yeates
[Jan. 10, 1930 - Sept. 14, 1985]
[From the private collection of William Odell Spain held by Janet Orndorff]
(Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - Sept. 18, 1985; pg. 13)
[NOTE - Death record states death as Sept. 14; Obituary states Sept. 16]

Daisy Thomas Younce

Mrs. Daisy Thomas Younce, age 93, a resident of 116 Riverside Drive, Washington, NC died Monday July 16, 2012 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.  A funeral service will be held 4:30 PM on Thursday July 19, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Washington officiated by Dr. Jimmy Moore. Entombment will follow in Oakdale Cemetery. Chris Cobb, Frank Younce, Mike Thomas, Jamie Craven, Robert Paciocco and Edward Goodrich will serve as pallbearers.  Mrs. Younce was born in Bertie County on August 8, 1918, daughter of the late Jepptha Thomas and Abbey Daisy Hoggard Thomas. She married Earl Stanley Younce who preceded her in death on January 17, 1996. Mrs. Younce was a homemaker, a member of the First Baptist Church in Washington, Unity Sunday School Class, Young at Heart Senior Adult Group, Washington Garden Club and Meals on Wheels.  Mrs. Younce is survived by her sons: Buddy Sumner and his wife, Frances of Williamston; Earl Younce, Jr., and his wife, Lori of Avon; step son: Edward Younce of Washington; her grandchildren; Trey Younce, Amber Younce, Pamela Craven and her husband, Jamie; her step grandchildren: Chris Cobb and Elizabeth Dixon; and her step great grandchildren: Christopher Craven and Alexandra Craven. She is preceded in death by her brother: Mike Thomas and her sisters: Helen Hoggard and Bruce Senn.  The family will receive friends 3:30 - 4:15 prior to the service on Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Washington.  Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Younce family.  (Paul Funeral Home)

Edward Harold Younce

Mr. Edward Harold Younce, age 84, resident of 111 Riverchase, Washington, died Thursday afternoon, October 12, 2017 at his home.  A graveside service will be held 3:30 PM on Sunday October 15, 2017 at Oakdale Cemetery officiated by Chaplain Daryl Kelly. Hal Younce, Tim Tetterton, Ross Chandler, Christopher Chandler, Shawn Carrow and Daniel Carrow will serve as pallbearers.  Mr. Younce was born in Virginia on April 10, 1933 son of the late Earl Stanley Younce and Elizabeth Wise Younce. On May 9, 1955, he married the former Frances Ann Walker who preceded him in death on November 17, 2006.   He served his country in the U.S. Navy. When he was discharged from the Navy, he moved to Honduras, South America and started a family logging business. Upon return to the U.S. he worked for various companies including D.S. Swain, a printing company in Houston, was a driver for Mayflower and Everett Trucking. He also worked with Weyerhaeuser (Green Arrow) until he started his own trucking company. He retired as owner of Younce Trucking Company. Mr. Younce was a member of the First Baptist Church in Washington and a contributor to the Blind Center.  Mr. Younce is survived by his daughter: Lynn Younce of Washington; his sons: Edward (Hal) Younce, Jr. and wife Windy of Chocowinity and Stanley Gray Younce of Washington; six grandchildren: Shawn Carrow and wife Kerin, Daniel Carrow and wife Sarah, Holli Tetterton and husband Tim, Whitney Younce, Walker Younce and Marshall Younce; four great-grandchildren: Keniel Carrow, Aryanna Carrow, Annabelle Carrow and Ashlin Tetterton; two half-brothers: Earl Younce, Jr. and Buddy Sumner and family friend: Carolyn Chandler of Vanceboro.  The family will receive friends 2:00-3:00 PM prior to the service on Sunday at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington.  Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Younce family.  (Paul Funeral Home)

Frances Ann Walker Younce

Mrs. Frances Ann Walker Younce, age 72, a resident of 111 River Chase, Washington died Friday November 17, 2006 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.  A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday November 19, 2006 at the Chapel of Paul Funeral Home in Washington officiated by Dr. Jimmy Moore. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery.  Dallas Dickerson, Harold Smith, Adam Waters, Sam Snow, Ken Snow and Ross Chandler will serve as pallbearers.  Mrs. Younce was born in Beaufort County on December 30, 1933, daughter of the late William Gray Walker and Lallie Lamm Walker. She was a graduate of Washington High School and King’s Daughters Nursing School in Portsmouth, VA. On May 9, 1955, she married Edward Harold Younce who survives. Mrs. Younce was employed as a registered nurse until her retirement. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Washington and Ruth Sunday School.  In addition to her husband, Ed of the home, she is survived by her daughter: Lynn Younce of Chocowinity; her sons: Hal Younce and his wife, Windy; Stanley Younce and his wife, Debbie all of Chocowinity; her grandchildren: Shawn and Daniel Carrow; Holli and Whitney Younce and Walker and Marshall Younce.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by four brothers: James Walker, Bill Walker, Bob Walker and Rookie Walker.  The family would also like to thank Liliana Rowe, her caregiver and companion for many years and Carolyn Chandler, a great supporter of the family and their business for 14 years.  The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Paul Funeral Home in Washington and other times at the home.  Paul Funeral Home of Washington is serving the Younce Family.  (Washington Daily News (Washington, NC) - Saturday, November 18, 2006)

Beulah Ann Sawyer Young

Mrs. Beulah Ann Sawyer Young, age 75, a resident of E. 4th St., Washington, NC and Alexandria, VA, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Vidant Beaufort Hospital. A funeral service will be at 2:00 PM, Saturday, March 17, 2012 in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 PM, Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Hillside Funeral Service, 4500 Hwy 264 E., Washington, NC.  (Hillside Funeral Service)

Brenda Loretta Stutts Young

Mrs. Brenda Loretta Stutts Young, age 61, a resident of 3516 Herbert Street, Norfolk, VA died Friday November 7, 2008 at Leigh Memorial Hospital in Norfolk.  A graveside funeral will be held 2:00 PM Thursday November 13, 2008 at Oakdale Cemetery officiated by Pastor Wade Smith.  Mrs. Young was born in Charleston, SC on July 11, 1947 daughter of Walter Leroy Stutts and Sarah Elliott Stutts. She graduated from Norview High School in Norfolk and married Nelson E. Young who preceded her in death on September 12, 1992. Mrs. Young was a cashier with Bromley Food Lion and a member of Little Creek Baptist Church.  Survivors include a daughter: Windy Young of Norfolk; a son: Danny Young of Norfolk; her mother: Sarah E. Stutts of Norfolk; her father: Walter L. Stutts of Walterboro, SC; a sister: Tillie Carley of South Norfolk; a brother: Dennis Stutts of Norfolk and three grandchildren.  The family will receive friends following the service at the cemetery.  Paul Funeral Home of Washington is serving the Young family.  (Paul Funeral Home)

Edward Rush Young

Edward Rush Young, a 36-year Associated Press employee who guided the Richmond bureau as news editor for 13 years, died Wednesday. He was 81.  Mr. Young, who retired in 1982, had been in failing health for several months.  Mr. Young worked briefly for The Daily Progress in Charlottesville and served four years in the Navy in World War II. He was executive officer of a submarine chaser in the Pacific, reaching the rank of lieutenant.  He joined the AP in 1946 and became the Richmond bureau's sports editor in the 1950s. In 1970, he was promoted to news editor, responsible for overseeing the AP's news coverage in Virginia.  AP writer Bill Baskervill, who worked with Mr. Young for 14 years, said Mr. Young was "the heart and soul of the Richmond bureau for many years.  "His quiet leadership and guidance and his graceful writing inspired many staffers," Baskervill said.  Merrill Hartson, an AP Washington news editor who started his career working with Mr. Young in Richmond, said, "He knew how to approach the story, what questions to ask and - mostly - how to write it with grace and style."  Marshall Johnson, retired sports editor for the Richmond bureau, said Mr. Young "was a co-worker, a mentor - but most of all a friend to whom I could turn for advice or merely companionship. He was the greatest writer I've ever known under pressure, and I've been associated with some truly good writers."  Mr. Young gathered many admirers at many Virginia papers served by the national wire service. Times-Dispatch executive editor Bill Millsaps said Mr. Young "was top-shelf as a reporter, writer and editor, a rare combination of skills in his era and in this one, too."  Millsaps recalled his days as a young sports reporter, working the press box at numerous games with Mr. Young. "I can still see him, at the end of a football game, picking up the phone," Millsaps said. "He'd call his office and, without hesitation or false beginnings, dictate 350 to 400 finely crafted words that would capture all the essentials of the event, including atmospherics.  "His story would be on the AP wire seven or eight minutes after the game was over," Millsaps said. "If you think that's easy, you should try it sometime."  In 1999, Young helped the Richmond bureau and Virginia newspapers select the state's most significant stories of the 20th century.  "He could remember so much that none of us could remember," said Dorothy Abernathy, the AP's Richmond bureau chief. "He said, 'I don't know how much I can help because I can only remember news stories back to 1935."  Mr. Young was born in Washington, N.C., on Oct. 14, 1919, and grew up in the South Boston area of Halifax County.  Mr. Young never married. His survivors include a nephew in Durham, N.C., and a niece in Atlanta.  A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., April 7 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Richmond. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, where he was a longtime member of the governing body.  (Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond, VA) – March 29, 2001; pg. B7)

Mildred Ann Cuthrell Young

Mrs. Mildred Ann Cuthrell Young, age 74, a resident of Pinetown, NC died Thursday August 17, 2017 at River Trace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Washington.  A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM Monday August 21, 2017 at Free Union Free Will Baptist Church and will be officiated by Tony Parrish. Burial will follow in the Linton Cemetery.  Mrs. Young was born in Beaufort County on September 19, 1942 to the late John R. Cuthrell and Mary Elizabeth Gaskins. She was a 1960 graduate of Pantego High School. In February 1962, she married Ronald Young who preceded her in death September 1999. Mrs. Young worked as a seamstress until her retirement. She was a member of Free Union Free Will Baptist Church.  Survivors include her son, Ronnie Young and wife Melissa of Pinetown, her daughter, Dorothy Ballou and husband Barry of Morehead City, four grandchildren, Kristi Ballou, Kasey Ballou, Kyle Young, Katie Young, two brothers, James Cuthrell and wife Mary of Pinetown, George Cuthrell and wife Louette of Washington, a sister, Pam Burbage of Pinetown, and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband she is preceded in death by two brothers, Bobby Cuthrell, Floyd Cuthrell and a sister, Doris Stokesberry.  The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM Monday until the funeral hour at Free Union Free Will Baptist Church and following the committal service at the church.  Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Young family.  (Paul Funeral Home)

Robert Young

Mr. Robert “Bob” Young, age 70, of White Oak Court, Chocowinity, N.C., died Monday, October 17, 2005, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Friday (today) October 21, 2005 at Mother of Mercy Catholic Church. Mr. Young’s two grandsons, Christopher and David Costa; along with his golfing buddies, Bruce Bartlett, Roy Gerritsen, Bob Parker, and Wayne Place will serve as pallbearers. Mr. Young was born August 1, 1935 in Stratford, and was an area resident for many years until his retirement. He was the son of the late Myrtle Randolph Young and was married to the former Joy Polito. He graduated from Stratford High School in 1953. Mr. Young retired to Chocowinity, N.C., 10 years ago. He was a member of Mother of Mercy Catholic Church, Cypress Landing Golf Club, the Barnum Festival and President of the Exchange Club. He was a retired bank executive with more than 35 years of service with State National Bank as a vice president. Mr. Young enjoyed his passion for golf, along with traveling and good friends. Survivors include his wife of almost 30 years, Joy Polito Young; a daughter, Robin Costa; and two grandsons, Christopher and David Costa, all of Stratford.  (Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, CT) – October 20, 2005)

Thelma Gray Young

Ms. Thelma Gray Young, 72, resident of 300 Moore Lane, Chocowinity, N.C. died Monday, July 10, 2006, at her home.  A memorial service will be conducted Saturday at noon at the Whitfield & Whitley chapel with the Rev. Dr. J.L. Parker officiating.  Ms. Young was born in Beaufort County, August 13, 1933 to the late Charlie Young, Sr. and Ida Hardison Young. She attended the Beaufort County schools. She was a graduate of the former P.S. Jones High School. She pursued a career in nursing prior to retirement. She was a member of White Oak Missionary Baptist Church, Grimesland, N.C.  She was preceded in death by her siblings, Guylester Young and Charlie Young, Jr.  Survivors are: one sister: Lillian M. Young, of Atlanta, Ga.; surrogate children: Earlette Jackson of Ammityville, N.Y., Lavonne Young of Atlanta, Ga.; Cleveland Holloway (Virginia), Cyna (Muffin) Holloway, all of Chocowinity, N.C.  The family will receive friends at the home.  Arrangements by Whitfield & Whitley Funeral Home.  (Washington Daily News (Washington, NC) – Friday, July 14, 2006)

Myra Caffee Youngs

Myra Caffee Youngs, 88, who retired in 1969 as chief clerk in the office of the Pentagon building manager, died of congestive heart failure March 2 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She lived in Gaithersburg.  Mrs. Youngs was born in Belhaven, N.C. She moved to the Washington area in 1933 and worked for the federal government for 27 years. She was a clerk for the General Services Administration assigned to the Agriculture Department as well as the Pentagon and also had worked for the Federal Aviation Administration.  She was a member of Washington Grove Methodist Church. Her interests included sailing and bridge. Her husband, Ralph A. Youngs, died in 1987. Survivors include four children, Beverly Youngs Robinson of Hampton, Va., Linda Youngs Lucas of Edgewater, Md., Eula Grace Phillips of Plant City, Fla., and Ralph A. Youngs, Jr. of Annapolis; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.  (The Washington Post (Washington, DC) – March 5, 1996)

Marie James Yow

BELHAVEN - Mrs. Marie James Yow, 53, of Wright's Creek Road died Sunday at her home.  Funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home in Goldsboro. Burial will be in Wayne Memorial Park.  She was a native of Wayne County.  Surviving are husband, Eugene H. Yow; daughters, Mrs. Phyllis Yow Turnage of Clayton, Mrs. Lori Yow Settles of Goldsboro; sons, Randy Eugene Yow, Charles David Yow, both of Chocowinity; mother, Mrs. Roxie Newell Stevenson of Goldsboro; five grandchildren.  The family will be at the funeral home 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today.  Paul Funeral Home in Washington, N.C. is in charge of arrangements.  (Greensboro News & Record (Greensboro, NC) – July 9, 1991; pg. A5)

Gelen Stillas Zambos

Mrs. Helen Stillas Zambos, 56, a resident of Belhaven died early Sunday morning in the Pungo District Hospital following an extended illness.  Mrs. Zambos, born Jan. 2, 1910 in Karditsa, Greece, was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church.  She first came to the US in 1935 and moved to Belhaven in 1945.  Funeral services for Mrs. Zambos were held Tuesday afternoon at St. James Episcopal Church.  She is survived by her husband Arthur of Belhaven; one daughter, Mary Ostulis of Belhaven; 2 sons: John of Norfolk and George of Virginia; 2 grandchildren; and her mother Mrs. Stillas of Greece; 1 brother, Demtrios Stillas of Greece; and 2 sisters of Karditsa, Greece. (circa 1966 Belhaven-Hyde newspaper)  [Obituary kindly submitted by Pat Richard]

Alejandro Zapata

Mr. Alejandro Zapata, age 29, a resident of Iron Creek Dr., Washington, NC, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012 at his home. A celebration of his life will be Friday, March 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Harvest Church. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.  (Hillside Funeral Service)

Georgia Roberta Zehr

Age 76.  At rest Thursday, November 27, 2003 at home with her family by her side.  Survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Roy H. Zehr; her daughter, Brenda (Michael) Baxa; three grandchildren, April, Lisa and Wyatt. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Preceded in death by her parents; and 11 brothers and sisters.  She was born in Bath, North Carolina, and a member of Cantigney Post #367 Ladies Auxiliary.  Private funeral services were held.  Tezak Funeral Home, Joliet, IL.  (The Herald News (Joliet, IL) – November 30, 2003)

Lawrence Snowden Zeigler

Mr. Lawrence Snowden Zeigler, age 82, a resident of 516 Aberdeen Drive, Washington, passed away peacefully on Thursday October 24, 2013 surrounded by family and joined his Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven.  A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM on Saturday October 26, 2013 at the Chapel of Paul Funeral Home in Washington officiated by Pastor Josh Davenport. Burial will follow in Pamlico Memorial Gardens.  Mr. Zeigler was born in Vienna, VA on August 24, 1931, son of the late Snowden Wolf Zeigler and Edith Sadler Zeigler. On January 22, 1949, he married the former Frances Robinson who survives. Mr. Zeigler retired from the U.S. Army after 36 ½ years’ service. He was a faithful servant of the Lord and served as a deacon and an elder at Fairview Christian Church for over 20 years. He loved animals, was a Shriner and Mason.  He was a loving husband and father and is survived by his wife, Frances of 64 years, daughters: Linda Dillon and husband, Mike of Bumpass, VA; Judith Davis and husband, Doug of Mechanicsville, VA and Jennifer Etters and husband, John of Chesterfield, VA: his granddaughter: Shay Franck and husband, Matt of Richmond, VA; and his great grandchildren: Sarah Etters of Chesterfield, VA, Jaden Coleman, Serena Coleman and Erica Franck all of Richmond, VA.  The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington and other times at his home.  Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Zeigler family.  (Paul Funeral Home)

Vivian Joyce Jarvis Zelinsky

Vivian Joyce Jarvis Zelinsky, 92, of Chesapeake, passed away Friday, December 16, 2016.  Born in Aurora, NC, she was the daughter of the late Arlie and Agnes Jarvis. She was also predeceased by her husband, Andy J. Zelinsky. She was the co-owner and operator of Zelinsky's Grocery, Cedar Road, for nearly 50 years. She was a member of Deep Creek United Methodist Church.  Survivors include her son, Randall K. Zelinsky and wife Julie, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.  A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 21, 2016 in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens, 524 Cedar Road, Chesapeake. Rev. Mike Plasters will officiate. There will be no viewing or visitation.  (Oman Funeral Home)

Viola R. Zepke

Viola R. Zepke, 82, of South Pasadena, died Saturday (May 5, 2001) at Edward White Hospital. Born in Washington, N.C., she came here in 1963 from Lake Park. She was a homemaker and a member of Terra Ceia Christian Church in North Carolina. Survivors include a son, William H. Snow, Lake Park; and a brother, Wallace Respess, Terra Ceia, N.C. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Beach Chapel, St. Pete Beach.  (St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL) – May 10, 2001; pg. B7)

Russell Everette Zurface

Mr. Russell Everette Zurface, age 64, a resident of Aurora, NC passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern after a brave battle with cancer.  A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 3:00pm at Dublin Grove Free Will Baptist Church of Aurora, Rev. Karen Rice Kelly officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 6-8pm at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington.  Russell was born in Greenville, NC on July 19, 1952 son of the late Russell E. Zurface and the late Mary Louise Harrell Zurface. He was a 1970 graduate of Aurora High School and earned his associate degree at Craven Community College. On October 18, 1970 he married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, June Rice who still resides in Aurora, NC. Russell was a member of the apprentice program at NADEP Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point in Havelock. He retired from the United States Government following thirty-two years of loyal service. His retirement was due to his battle with cancer. Previously, he was a member of the Holly Hill Original Free Will Baptist Church in Belvoir but attended Dublin Grove Free Will Baptist Church.  Russell enjoyed the simple things in life such as, fishing, skiing, playing ball, and relaxing on a beach, but most of all he loved being surrounded by his family. Russell enjoyed throwing large parties. He loved to gather family and friends so he could cook a feast for them. His parties ended with a slew of fireworks for everyone to enjoy. Being in the presence of Russell brought joy to any and all as he continuously laughed a contagious laugh and cracked every joke in his book. Russell’s life was enveloped with the love of his wife June and daughter Micki Zurface Warren, her husband Brian of Blounts Creek, their three children; Keith Russell Warren, Gracie Michelle Warren and Leah Beth Warren as well as his brother, Rossell Eugene Zurface and his girlfriend Stephanie Harrington of Raleigh, NC.  The abundance of love continues with Russell’s extended family; Sister-in-law: Annette Kelly and her husband Jim Kelly of Virginia Beach; Brother-in-law Robert Rice and his wife Joyce Rice of Mount Olive; Brother-in-law Jimmy Rice and his wife Annette Rice of Newport News, VA; Sister-in-law Paulette Rice of Washington. Russell’s beloved nieces and nephews include: Kathy Davis and her husband Mike Davis of Chesapeake, VA; Karen Kelly and her husband Gary Johnson of Blounts Creek; Roberta Guimond and her husband Scott Guimond of Virginia Beach; Robbie Rice and his wife Elizabeth Rice of Grimesland; Jonathan Rice of Hampton, VA; Leigh Barefoot and Johnny Barefoot of Poquoson VA; Kristi Pease of Chesapeake, VA ; Jennifer Rice and Scott Maready of Grifton; Tim Rice and his wife Samantha Rice of Washington and very special friends Barbara and Ladd Jones of Aurora.  Russell was predeceased by his sister Judy Zurface Moore who also lost her battle with cancer. Russell Zurface was a jolly soul who lived a life full of love, adventure and good times and will be remembered forever in the hearts of those who loved him.  All who knew Russell would relate to this: “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, our hearts are broken and we’ll miss you Russ.”  Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve Russell’s family.  (Paul Funeral Home)

Jacob Zwaal

Jacob "Jake" Zwaal, 86, of Pantego, died Friday, January 20, 2012.  He was born on August 8, 1925 in Barendrecht, the Netherlands, the fourth of ten children. He graduated from agricultural school and worked with his brothers before serving in the Dutch army in Indonesia (1946 - 1949). He was married to Audrey den Otter for 60 years, and together, they immigrated to North Carolina in 1952.  Jake was the owner of Zwaal's Dairy until he retired in 1986 and was always ready to consider and implement new ideas. During retirement, he found joy in attending basketball and volleyball games at Terra Ceia Christian School, volunteering at Pungo District Hospital, and playing his harmonica at various events.  Jake was an active member of Terra Ceia Christian Reformed Church, where he sang in the choir for many years. He loved a good joke and funny stories and often said, "Laughter is healthy!"  In addition to his wife, Audrey, survivors include two children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren: Anne (John) Maatman of Sioux Center, IA; Anita (Billy) Asby of Terra Ceia; Eric (Tracie, Natalie and Corabeth) Asby of Pinetown; Josh (Alexa, Emerson, Paisley) Asby of Terra Ceia; Jack Maatman of Eagle Rock; CA; Heidi (Michael) Hofland of Sioux City, IA; and Nikki (Nick) Ehrenberg of St. Paul, MN. He is also survived by numerous brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews in the Netherlands.  Visitation will be held at 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Sunday, January 23, 2012 at Hillside Funeral Service in Washington and other times at the home. The funeral service will be held at 11 am, Monday, January 23, 2012 at Terra Ceia Christian Reformed Church, officiated by Rev. David Weemhof and music by Irene Vander Weit and Jenny Febus.  Entombment will follow at Pamlico Memorial Gardens. Roy Hubers, Earl Dehoog, Ken Vander Weit, Ty Rhodes, Dick Van Dorp and Mark Keyzer will serve as pallbearers.  Hillside Funeral Service & Cremations has been given the honor of being entrusted with serving the Zwaal family.  (Hillside Funeral Service)

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