Ormond and Gaynell Bailey
Ormond and Gaynell Bailey of Raleigh died together Sunday, March 17, 2013 from injuries received in an auto accident. They were both active members of New Hope Baptist Church for more than 55 years.
Ormond Jackson Bailey was born in Franklin County, the son of the late Sidney Ernest Bailey and Mary Harris Bailey. Bailey worked for International Paper Company for many years and later retired from Telex Terminal Communication.
Gaynell Batton Bailey was born in Franklin County, the daughter of the late Albert Batton and Hattie Fuller Batton. She worked for International Paper Company for 21 years and later retired from Ajinomoto.
They are survived by their children, Donna Bailey Lewis and her husband, William, of Raleigh and Jackie Glenn Bailey and his wife, Amy, of Youngsville; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; special friends, Tommy and Carolyn Bogey of Knightdale; and Mr. Bailey’s sister, Jean Morgan of Raleigh. They were predeceased by Mr. Bailey’s siblings, Ruth Kennedy, Beulah Cooley, Norris Bailey, Raymond Bailey, Ilene Bailey, Christine Keith and Reece Bailey; and Mrs. Bailey’s siblings, Mahlon Batton, Maddie Miller, Tom Batton, Bill Batton, Joyce High and Geraldine Fraizer.
Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, March 20 at New Hope Baptist Church. Burial was in Raleigh Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Baptist Church, Building Fund, 4301 Louisburg Road, Raleigh, NC 27604.
Katherine “Kathy” Talaska, 54
Katherine Weaver “Kathy” Talaska, 54, of Franklinton died Sunday, March 17, 2013. Talaska was lead secretary for Wake County Public Schools.
Talaska is survived by her husband, James “Jim” Talaska; children, Kimberly Tanner of Mooresville and Shey Amberson of Tampa, Fla.; a grandson; her mother, Jean Hill of
Leichester; sisters, Teresa Gayhart of Asheville and Dee Kelley of Simpsonville, S.C. She was predeceased by her father, Charles Eugene Weaver and by her brother, Chuck Weaver.
A graveside funeral service was held Wednesday morning, March 20 at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were David Oates, Travis Perry, Jordan Horst, Bill Brendle, David Davis, Jerry Blake, Jerry Harris and Jerry Champion. Honorary pallbearers were Tom Woodlief, Harlen Greene, Jeff Sank, John Paul McGuire, Bruce Schweigert, Jerry Warren and Kris Lull.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565.
John Lee Wilder, 84
John Lee Wilder, 84, of Franklinton, died Friday, March 15, 2013. He was born Dec. 11, 1928.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church, 854 Perry’s Chapel Church Road, Franklinton. The family requests that everyone “come as they are” with farm attire encouraged.
Mary Jane Riefler, 63
Mary Jane Riefler (Wick), 63, of Raleigh passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013. Riefler was born and raised in western New York.
After graduating from Lake Shore High School, Riefler went to work at Bethlehem Steel, where she met her husband, Ronald. They were married in 1969. They resided and raised their two children in Eden, N.Y. Riefler worked as a receptionist at Quaker Medical Associates for many years until she was diagnosed with dementia in 2004. In 2009, with the progression of the dementia, the Rieflers moved to North Carolina to be closer to family.
Riefler is survived by her husband, Ronald C. Riefler; a sister, Judith Lewis (Wick) and her husband, Gary; children, Douglas Riefler and his wife, Elizabeth, and Michelle Bowie and her husband, Jason; and four grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents, Dorothy R. Wick (Merrill) and William F. Wick.
Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, March 22 at the chapel of Bright Funeral Home with Father Philip Tighe officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 7-9 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Bright Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest.
Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 (www.alz.org).
Recca “Rex” Weathersby Bailey Hinton, 85
Recca Hinton, 85, of Raleigh passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was born Sept. 18, 1927.
Upon graduating from Mary Elizabeth Nursing School, Hinton worked for 30 years in the office of Dr. Frank Camp. She was an avid collector of antiques and a Southern cook.
Hinton is survived by her sister, Page Champion; four daughters, Recca Nelson, Kaye Thurlow, Gail Pate and Joan Bailey; four stepchildren; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three nieces; and a nephew. She was predeceased by her parents, Rex and Nona Weathersby; and her husband, Louis Hinton.
A gathering of family and friends was held Saturday afternoon, March 16 at Bright Funeral Home and Cremation Center.
Mary McMahan McCoy Rosell, 91
Mary McMahan McCoy Rosell, 91, of Wake Forest, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Elmcroft Northridge in Raleigh. She was born in Greenville County, S.C., the daughter of the late H. Grady McMahan and Annie Tate McMahan.
Rosell graduated from Parker High School in Greenville, S.C., and attended business school. During World War II she worked in the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. She returned to Greenville with the return of Mac McCoy, from three years deployment in the South Pacific. They were married in December 1945, and he passed away in December 1982. She married Charlie Rosell in March 1996. After her second husband passed away in November 2009, she moved to Wake Forest to live with family.
Rosell volunteered at Christ Episcopal Church in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., where she sang in the choir, was UTO chair and involved in the Women of the Church; the VFW Post 10624, making lap blankets for veterans at the VA hospital; and at fundraisers for cancer research.
Rosell is survived by her daughters, Anne Hines and her husband, Mike Reeve, of Wake Forest and Laney Hopkins of Raleigh; a son, Bill McCoy of Greenville, S.C.; a daughter-in-law, Carol McCoy of Columbia, S.C.; a sister, Vera Miller and her husband, Dan, of Burlington; a brother, Louis H. McMahan and his wife, Mabeth, of San Carlos, Calif.; two grandchildren; a stepson, Michael Rosell and his partner, Robert Fisher, of Vero Beach, Fla.; two step-grandchildren; 18 nieces and nephews; many dear friends; and her caregiver, Betty Fitzgerald. In addition to her husbands, she was predeceased by a sister, Gwen Finney; a brother, Joe McMahan; an infant son, Timothy; and step-children, Patty Clark, Kitten Tisdale and Johnny Rosell.
Funeral services were held in Christ Church (Historic) in Mt. Pleasant Monday, March 18. Burial was in the churchyard.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607, any veterans organization or the charity of one’s choice.
Jennie Bessie Fogg Williams, 90
Jennie Bessie Fogg Williams, 90, of Louisburg passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
Williams is survived by her daughters, Dorothy M. Hall, Zula Mae Walker, Linda Montague, Betty Sue Williams-Wiggins, Jamie Woods and Judy Mae Williams; sons, Percy Lee Williams, Jerry Lee Williams, Tony Burnette Williams and Ricky Williams; a sister, Lula Mae Gay; 35 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 17 at God’s Vision Ministry with the Rev. Sidney Dunston officiating. Burial was at Allen Chapel Church.
William Ellis Jr., 69
William “Short Cake” Ellis Jr., 69, of Louisburg passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
Ellis is survived by his wife, Vera Ellis; daughters, Tina Kidd, Shelitha O’Loughlin-Yav and April Wise; sons, Patrick Ellis, Billy Anthony Ellis, Pery Jermaine Ellis, Patrick Davis and Ricky Wise; sisters, Doris Ellis and Ruby Ellis; brothers, Hermon Ellis, Joe Ellis and Charles Ellis; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 19 at St. Delight United Church of Christ with the Rev. Maurice White officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery.