Laura Mavis Perkins
Laura Mavis Merrill Perkins, better known as Mavis Perkins, died on Jan. 11, 2015, at the Penacook Place Nursing Home in Haverhill, MA. She was born in Madison, ME, on May 25, 1936. She was the daughter of Orrin H. Merrill Sr. and Ruby Haines Merrill. The family moved often during the Second World War, so Mavis attended elementary schools in Madison, Richmond and Bath, all in Maine. Following the War, they relocated to Lakeport, NH and became involved in the Advent Christian Church. When Mavis was a young teenager the family moved once again, this time to Bangor, ME, where they continued to be active in an Advent Christian Church.
After graduating from Bangor High School in 1954, Mavis enrolled at the New England School of Theology in Brookline, MA, and graduated from the Lenox campus. While in the Boston area, she was employed by The Children’s Haven, an inner-city missionary outreach.
She worshipped for several years at the Somerville Advent Christian Church. Eventually, she purchased a cottage at The Alton Bay Christian Conference Center in New Hampshire. She enjoyed the fellowship there, making many new friends during those years.
On October 6, 1979, Mavis was married to Laurie Perkins at Alton Bay, NH, thus becoming stepmother to Cheryl Perkins. This threesome attended the Haverhill, MA, Advent Christian Church. Mavis enjoyed the fellowship and ministry there and faithfully participated in serving wherever she could. During many of those years, she worked in the admissions office of the former Bon Secoeur Hospital in Methuen.
Mavis leaves three brothers and 3 sisters-in-law: Dr. Eugene H. and Janet Merrill from Dallas, TX; Orrin H. Jr. and Fay Merrill from Millinocket, ME; and Erwin R. and Alberta Merrill from South Paris, ME. Her only sister, Miriam, is married to the Rev. James Loghry. They now live in Pascoag, RI. Mavis had eight nieces and nephews and was a great-aunt to many others. Her funeral was conducted on Jan. 17, 2015, at the Haverhill Advent Christian Church, with the Rev. Frank Jewett officiating.
Although she suffered from many and varied health issues throughout the years, Mavis was a model of grit and determination in spite of it all. Now she rests from her trials and awaits the return of her Savior Jesus Christ, Whom she loved and served so well.
Gifts in memory of Laura Mavis Perkins may be sent to the Haverhill Advent Christian Church, 160 Carleton Street, Haverhill, MA 01832 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.
Marion C. Ballard
NORTH SPRINGFIELD - Marion C. Ballard, 92, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Genesis Health Care Center in Lebanon, N.H.
She was born Feb. 7, 1922, in North Springfield, the daughter of Willard N. and Verna M. (Graham) Clark. She attended schools in North Springfield and graduated as valedictorian of Springfield High School in 1940. She later graduated from the University of New Hampshire.
On Feb. 6, 1943, she married Arthur R. Ballard in North Springfield. He predeceased her on Feb. 5, 2012.
Mrs. Ballard was a lifelong resident of North Springfield. She was an active member of the Advent Christian Church in North Springfield, teaching Sunday school and serving as church organist and church treasurer for many years.
For 30-plus years, she operated the North Village Kindergarten and Nursery School in North Springfield, retiring in 1986. After her retirement, she volunteered for 20-plus years at elementary schools in Springfield.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda B. Streeter of Snowflake, Ariz.; grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brother, Grahame Clark.
Friends may call at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday Jan. 12, 2015, at the Advent Christian Church in North Springfield. The Rev. Floyd McIntyre will officiate.
Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield.
Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to the Advent Christian Church, P.O. Box 21, North Springfield, VT 05150.
Rev. Hal Sherrill Vannoy
Rev. Hal sherrill Vannoy, 83, of Lenoir, N.C., passed away on Monday, November 3, 2014, at the Kirkwood Hospice House from complications of esophageal cancer. Born December 3, 1930 in Boone, N.C., Rev. Vannoy was the son of the late Arthur Elbert Vannoy and Annie Sherrill Vannoy.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Frances Elizabeth Gillett Vannoy, with whom he shared more than 59 years of marriage.
A lifelong minister of the Advent Christian (AC) faith, Rev. Vannoy served as pastor to the congregations of Beaver Creek AC Church in Ferguson, N.C.; Fellowship AC Church in Bethlehem, N.C.; Dulins Grove AC Church in Charlotte, N.C.; and Tabernacle AC Church in Lenoir, N.C. He also served 12 years as Regional Superintendent for the Appalachian Region of the Advent Christian General Conference. He was active in denominational affairs throughout his career, serving as president of the Piedmont Conference and the Appalachian Region as well as many other positions in conference, regional and national leadership. While in Lenoir, he was active in the Kiwanis Club, Lenoir Ministerial Association and other organizations.
Rev. Vannoy was a proud 1949 graduate of Appalachian High School in Boone. Included among the highlights of his later life were the fond remembrances of the many reunions with his fellow 49ers. Upon graduation, Rev. Vannoy attended Appalachian State Teachers College where he pursued a degree in music education. After three years studying music, he felt the call to ministry and transferred to the New England School of Theology (NEST) in Brookline, Massachusetts. While attending NEST, he remained active in music through the Maranatha Quartet, traveling with the quartet in the summers of 1952 and 1953 from New England to Florida to California and all points in between. Rev. Vannoy met his future wife, Frances, a nurse at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, while he was a student at NEST. After his graduation in 1954, Rev. and Mrs. Vannoy moved to North Carolina to begin their years of ministry together.
Upon retirement, Rev. Vannoy remained very active in church and denominational affairs. He was also active in the community and particularly enjoyed his time in the aerobics classes at QUEST in Lenoir. In his later years, his time at QUEST was among the highlights of each day.
Rev. Vannoy is survived by his sons, Ronald George Vannoy of Lenoir, and David Arthur Vannoy, wife, Shannon and daughter, Erin of Hickory. Also surviving are foster children Tammy Chisholm of Bluffton, S.C., and Charlotte Herman of Lexington, N.C., and Caldwell Friend Brandy Angley of Lenoir.
The family respectfully requests that memorials and gifts be given to the General Fund at Tabernacle Advent Christian Church, PO Box 596, Lenoir, NC 28645.
Rev. Harold E. Aldridge
Rev. Harold E. Aldridge, 87, passed away at home Sunday, November 9, 2014. A native of Waycross, GA, he is the son of the late Rev. James E. Aldridge and Elizabeth Highsmith Aldridge.
Rev. Aldridge was ordained as an Advent Christian minister in August of 1953. He has pastored churches in Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida and served as President of the Advent Christian Virginia Conference for 4 years and the Advent Christian Georgia Conference for 13 years. After retiring in 2000, he continued his ministry by providing interim pastorate services until his recent declining health.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Allene Carter Aldridge; daughters, Darlene A. Barnard of Garner, Sharon A. McGee of Hanover, VA; son, Stephen E. Aldridge and wife, Annette of Clayton; sister, Carolyn A. Hutchison of Waycross, GA; brothers, Rev. Silas B. Aldridge of Live Oak, FL. Gilbert E. Aldridge, Carl L. Aldridge, and Henry W. Aldridge all of Waycross, GA. Ten grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Rev. Aldridge was predeceased by his brother Lewis S. Aldridge.
Memorial contributions may be made to Garner Advent Christian Church, P.O. Box 381, Garner, NC 27529.
Rev. Warren W. Feustel
SOUTH PARIS — The Rev. Warren W. Feustel of Norway, husband of the late Helen L. (Winsor) Feustel, died on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Market Square Healthcare Center.
He was born in Springfield, Mass., on April 28, 1926, the son of George and Cecelia (Parkhurst) Feustel. He attended Washington School and Springfield Trade School.
During World War II, he served as a diesel engineer in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Cockrill (DE-398) and nearly traveled around the world. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he worked for New England Rototiller Sales in Wilbraham, Mass, and for Machlett Laboratories and American Cyanamid Corporation, both in Stamford, Conn.
Hearing God’s call to ministry, he attended Northeastern Bible College in Essex Fells, N.J., and graduated in 1960. He served as pastor of Baptist churches in Stafford and Southington, Conn; Grace Alliance Church in Buzzards Bay, Mass.; Advent Christian churches in North Springfield, Vt., Oxford and Mechanic Falls and Faith Community Church in Lovell.
He is survived by his son and wife, Eric and Robin Feustel, of Allenstown, N.H.
He was predeceased by his wife, Helen L. (Winsor) Feustel; and his brother, George I. Feustel.
Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.
Hannah Catherine MacLeod Melvin
Mrs. Hannah Catherine MacLeod Melvin, 91, of Charlotte, N.C., left her earthly home and went on to her Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Hannah was born May 18, 1923 in Providence, R.I., to the late George and Lillie MacLeod. Following her public schooling in Warwick, she continued her education at Barrington College. Hannah was married July 25, 1942, to Dr. Nelson B. Melvin in Providence and served with him as home missionaries in Iowa, and with him in pastorates in Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois and Florida. She was his secretary when he was manager of Advent Christian Publications, Inc., and served as a proof reader for the publications he edited. Hannah helped organize the Pink Ladies at Suwannee Hospital in Live Oak, Fla., she served on the central board of the Woman's Home and Foreign Mission Society as treasurer, and was a member of the Altar Guild at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.
Hannah excelled in the culinary arts and frequently blessed neighbors and friends with baked goods. She was a gifted soloist and sang in several choirs, including the Christianaires, the senior adult choir at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, and in her later years became a member of Blair Road United Methodist Church.
Hannah was preceded in death by her loving husband of 71 years, Nelson, who passed away in October of 2013, and her son Paul Melvin who passed away in November of 1963. Mrs. Melvin is survived by her sons David Melvin and his wife Pamela of Aurora, Ill., and Daniel Melvin and his wife D'Anne of Pineville, N.C. She is also survived by her grandchildren Brenna Melvin Brown and her husband Kevin, of Chicago, Ill., Courtney Melvin of Brooklyn, N.Y., Tyler Melvin of Raleigh, N.C., and Sarah Melvin of Pineville, N.C., and one great granddaughter, Gemma Brown, of Chicago, Ill.
A service to celebrate Hannah's life was held at the Blair Road United Methodist Church on Friday, August 15, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at jdrf.org or to Blair Road United Methodist Church.
Rev. Robert Louis “Bobby” Wilmoth
The Rev. Robert Louis "Bobby" Wilmoth, 81, of Charleston, passed away Aug. 3, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. He was born May 21, 1933, in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of Robert Lee and Gladys Wood Wilmoth. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Euel Lee and Vernon Wilmoth.
Bobby was a former contract driver for the U.S. Postal Service as well as an Advent Christian minister with 55 years of service to churches including Creston, Ohio, Henryville, Ind., R.C. Elmore, First and Faith Advent Christian Churches in Charleston.
Bobby was a decorated Korean War veteran, enlisting in the Army at the age of 17, who proudly served his country for three years. After moving to Charleston he was active in the Charleston Job Corps, president of the Charleston Ministerial and chaplain for the Charleston area hospitals and other organizations.
He is survived by his childhood sweetheart with almost 62 years of marriage, Frankie Lucille Wilmoth; daughters, Diana Graham (Homer) and Vicky Sizemore (John); son, Stephen Wilmoth, all of Charleston; granddaughters, Alysia Sigman, Krista Wilmoth and Ashley (Erik) Strock; sisters, Phyllis Noe and Mary Baker; brother, Larry Wilmoth; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.Service was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Dayton Reynolds and the Rev. Sandy Burdette officiating. Burial followed in Moore Fork Cemetery, Big Otter, with an open gathering of family and friends held at Big Otter Community Center immediately following burial.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.The family would especially like to thank Charleston General Hospital ER staff, 4 South nurses, doctors and staff and the Kanawha County Ambulance Authority for their compassionate care to Bob and his family.
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Emile J. Bedard
April 11, 1923 - June 14, 2014
Norway-Emile Joseph “Whistling Bill” Bedard, 91, of Norway passed away at his daughter Linda’s home on Saturday evening, June 14, 2014, after a brief period of failing health. He was born April 11, 1923 in Norway, the son of Nazaire P. and Celanire (Demers) Bedard. He attended Norway schools and worked in local factories: Cummings Mill and Wilner Wood Heel Products. He proudly served his country during World War II in the Pacific Theater. Later he became a Master Barber which was a vocation he really enjoyed because he was a “people person”.
He owned and operated Bill’s Barber Shop and retired after 50 years. During the last few years of barbering, he worked at Lee’s Barber Shop with his grandson, Lee Ellingwood.
In 1942 he married Lona Noble Brill, whom he met while playing in her father’s orchestra. In 2012, they celebrated 70 years of marriage. Playing together was a joy they both shared. He played guitar, violin, banjo, harmonica, ukulele and any other stringed instrument. Some of the musical groups he played in were: Maine Melody Mountaineers, the Northeasters, the Felt Band, and the Bedard Trio. In 1998, he was the 49th inductee into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame. He and Lona also played in area churches, nursing homes and at various functions.
One of the joys of his life was his 10 grandchildren. He enjoyed taking them fishing and taught them many practical lessons about life.
He is survived by three daughters, Mary Cook of Livermore, Emilia Fogg of Norway and Linda Ellingwood and her husband Jerry of Norway; former son-in-law, Donald Fogg of Norway; 9 grandchildren, Terrence and Gina Parker, Kenneth and Sue Parker, James and Bonney Fogg, Joseph and Stefanie Fogg, Jeffrey and Katrina Fogg, Julie and Garth Nicholson, Lee and Robin Ellingwood, Jason Ellingwood, Brady and Sara Ellingwood; 24 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Lona, in 2012; son-in-law, Reginald Cook; grandson Jeremy Ellingwood; great granddaughter, Sommer Evelyn Fogg; and three brothers and one sister, Nazaire P. Bedard, Jr., Edmond J. Bedard, Francis P. Bedard and Anna Bedard.
“Bill” was a Christian, who enjoyed sharing his faith in Christ with family and friends alike, offering them a Gospel of John which meant so much to him. A special thank you goes to the staff at the Maine Veterans Home in South Paris, Dr. Kieliszek and his staff at Oxford Hills Internal Medicine. Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 21 at 2 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 45 Main St., South Paris with interment to follow at Norway Pine Grove Cemetery in South Paris. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to the Oxford Advent Christian Church of the “Gospel of John” ministry, 1130 Main St., Oxford, ME 04270,or the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame, c/o Carole Huntington, 15 Plummer St., Apt. 145, Auburn, ME 04210.
Edith Ferguson Carter
August 15, 1930 - May 12, 2014
Resided in Ferguson, NC
Monday, May 12, 2014, marked the passing of Edith Ferguson Carter, a loving mother, art educator, community leader, conservationist, historian and friend. She made her home in Ferguson at her grandfather Captain Lindsay Ferguson's home place. Ms. Carter passed away at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem after recently being diagnosed with cancer.
She was born on August 15, 1930, in Caldwell County to T.W. Ferguson and Edith Kyles Ferguson and eventually moved back to the Ferguson family farm "River Plains Farms" in Ferguson, N.C. From an early age, Edith expressed interests in the visual arts as well as in farming. She attended college at Southern Methodist in Dallas, Texas, The Art Students League in New York City, RPI ( now Virginia Commonwealth University) in Richmond, Virginia and Appalachian State University where she earned her BS degree in art education. She worked for many years as a graphic designer. In the 1950's she illustrated the story of Tom Dooley, a story which fascinated her for the rest of her life. She has illustrated stories from North Carolina history and made them into discs for public school use. She has also illustrated several books. Ms. Carter taught art in the Wilkes County and the Caldwell County School system. She retired from West Caldwell High School in Lenoir. In the 1960's she was director of art for the Lenoir City Schools. Three times she was named teacher of the year in the Caldwell County School system.
Ms. Carter was an active and lifelong member of the Beaver Creek Advent Christian Church in Ferguson, helped in teaching Sunday School and at one time directed the youth programs. She also played organ and piano for services. She helped organize the Ferguson Fire Department and was involved with the Ferguson Community Organization and also the Ferguson Homemaker Extension Club. Following in her father's footsteps, she wrote the Ferguson Community News column for the Wilkes Journal-Patriot for decades. She served on the Wilkes Telephone Membership Corporation and the N.C. State Grange Insurance Company Boards. Ms. Carter has been active as a Wilkes Chamber of Commerce leader. In addition, she taught private art classes and was involved with the operation of running a farm with her husband of 54 years, G. Hill Carter.
One of her life passions started when she began "collecting" old buildings and moving them to their farm. Before long, she had established Whippoorwill Academy and Village where she created an educational experience for thousands of school children and a draw for tourism with visitors coming from all over the world. Weddings were, and are continuing, to be held at the farm. Her favorite day of the year was the Daniel Boone Day Event, a celebration of this pioneer who lived at three different home sites in Ferguson. The event also focused on the talents of local artists, crafts people, dancers, and musicians which gave visitors the opportunity to experience weaving, blacksmithing and farm life from a long time past. She provided a place where local people could sell their jams, jellies and pickles. Admission to the event was always canned food to give to a local charity kitchen and money donations for a children's home.
Edith Carter wanted one more building to be added to her village and a memorial fund has been set up for making her final wish a reality. Her daughters, their husbands and children plan to keep the village operating.
Mrs. Carter also helped establish the Over Mountain Victory Trail Association and the Daniel Boone Heritage Trail and served on the Wilkes Heritage Museum board. She received the Paul John Barringer Jr. and Sr. Award of Excellence from the N.C. Society of Historians in 2011. Several years ago, she was also honored by the Daughters of the American Revolution for her contributions to preserving history.
In the 1960's, Edith Carter began an exhibition opportunity for artists and craftsmen in Blowing Rock. This event became known as Art in the Park. She directed these shows for nearly thirty years. In the early 1960's, Edith Carter became one of the founders of the Wilkes Art Gallery in North Wilkesboro. She was the last living founder of this wonderful art organization. Edith Carter was active with the Wilkes County Democrat Women's Organization.
Her honors included being chosen as the N.C. State Grange Woman of the Year and Grand Marshal for the Wilkes County Christmas Parade. She was the Grange Arts and Crafts Director for 25 years. In 2012 she was chosen as the Rotary Citizen of the Year in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
When she married G. Hill Carter, they moved to the Captain Lindsay Ferguson home in Ferguson, N.C., where they reared two daughters: Margaret (also an art educator) is married to Dick Martine and Sharon (a Family Consumer Science educator) is married to the Reverend Roger Underwood. Mrs. Carter was blessed with three grandchildren: Maggie Minton, Caleb and KT Underwood; two bonus grandchildren, Joe and Jennifer Martine; and also two great grandsons, Maddox Marley and Gavin Martine.
One of the things that Mrs. Carter was most pleased about was preserving the Ferguson family farm, which has been in the family since the 1700's. She put the farm in a farmland preservation and conservation easement program to protect the land from future development. She was very concerned about the loss of farmland in North Carolina.
Family friend, Tony Deal recently wrote a short story about Edith Carter in which a character said: "There is no way we could explain to you who Edith was. Words simply won't work. You have a better chance of describing a sunset to a blind man or helping a deaf person feel the passion of Doc Watson's guitar than you have of limiting Edith Carter to one page, online obituary… and that one will never know how to describe Edith Carter until his life is touched by an Edith Carter."
Family and friends will gather at the Ferguson family cemetery in Ferguson on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 3:30 across from the Beaver Creek Advent Christian Church on highway 268. The Reverend David Blythe will officiate the service. The family will receive friends following the service at the Whippoorwill Academy and Village. Pallbearers will be Allen Finley, Cam Finley, Rocky Mackintosh, Tom Mackintosh, Jim Mackintosh, Buzz Mackintosh, Andy Mackintosh, Paul McCabe, Chris Privette and Willie Underwood.
Memorials may be made to: Whippoorwill Academy/ Building Fund, PO Box 458, Ferguson, N.C. 28624 or to the Beaver Creek Advent Christian Church Cemetery Fund at PO Box 268, Ferguson, N.C. 28624
Rev. George Roger Teshera
Rev. Teshera slipped peacefully into sleep awaiting the coming of the Lord Jesus on May 31, 2014. George was born Nov. 5, 1925 in Bellingham, WA to Art and Etta (Dahl) Teshera. In 1943 he enrolled in the United States Maritime Service in Seattle, WA and served as a Merchant Marine on the Liberty ships in the Pacific Theater. From 1946 to 1948, George served with distinction in the US Army in occupied Japan. As one of his many duties he daily baked and delivered a fresh loaf of bread to General MacArthur. On Easter Sunday 1951, George committed his life to the Lord Jesus and was baptized April 15. He married his beloved bride, Beverly Ehle, Aug. 31, 1951. After graduating from New England School of Theology in 1955, George and Beverly, with their sons Roger and Kris, traveled to California where they pastured two churches. In 1963, they accepted the call to serve as missionaries to the Philippines where daughter Annie was born. George founded Oro Bible College and became its first director in 1972. In 1979 George pastured in New Hampshire and from 1981 to 1990 pastored in Lynwood, WA. 1994 to 2002 George served as Asia Pacific Area Director for the Advent Christian Missions. He spent his remaining years as Pastor of Missions at Fountain Community Church in Bellingham, WA. George was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Robert, James, and Lee. He is survived by his beloved Beverly; sons Roger (Wendy), Kris (Jennifern) and daughter Annie (Jim) Glass; former daughter-in-law Sabine Teshera; grandchildren Samantha, Stephanie, Heather, Jamieson and Ian; sisters Barbara Elsner and Shirley Gunter; cousins Nancy and Mary; many nieces and nephews and many spiritual sons and daughters. A graveside service will be held on Monday June 9, at 10:00am at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale. A memorial service and reception will follow at 11:30am at Fountain Community Church, 2100 Broadway St. in Bellingham Memorial donations can be made to the Fountain Community Church in George's name. Funds will be designated for World Missions. Please share your thoughts and memories of George at www.farewelltributes.com A graveside service will be held on Monday June 9, at 10:00am at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale. A memorial service and reception will follow at 11:30am at Fountain Community Church, 2100 Broadway St. in Bellingham Memorial donations can be made to the Fountain Community Church in George's name. Funds will be designated for World Missions. Please share your thoughts and memories of George at www.farewelltributes.com
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