Funerals Held For Several Bertie County Tornado Victims

Saturday several funeral services were held for some Bertie County tornado victims.

Friends and family members gathered at Colerain Baptist Church in Bertie County to say goodbye to three of their loved ones.

Helen White, Roy Lafferty Jr., and his wife Barbara Lafferty were all killed after a tornado destroyed their home April 16th.

According to family members the twister ripped the home from its foundation and a stair case now remains where the home used to be.

Friends describe the three as caring and friendly people. They say the three will be missed.

Funerals were also held Saturday for Milton Sutton Jr. and Lewis Chamblee.

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Friends and family members gathered Friday afternoon to remember one of the 12 victims killed in a tornado this past weekend in Bertie county.

The funeral for 96 year old Celia Perry White was at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Colerain. White was killed last weekend when she was inside the home of 56 year old Robert Perry in Colerain. It was destroyed by a tornado. Robert Perry was also killed.

According to family members, White was the last of 12 siblings to pass away. Many people gathered inside the church for the funeral and talked about all the good times they had with white and what a special woman she was.

"She was a sweet person. Anything she had- if she could help you in any way she would. She always had an encouraging word for people." said the victim's niece Myrtisphene Askew

Three more funerals are scheduled in Bertie county Saturday for victims who died because of the tornadoes April 16th.

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Funeral arrangements are starting to be made for those killed by storms across Eastern Carolina.

Three family members killed by storms in Colerain will be remembered in a joint funeral service.

The funeral for Roy Lafferty, Jr., his wife Barbara, and her mother Helen will take place Saturday. The service will be held at the Colerain Baptist Church at 11 a.m.

Celia White's funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Colerain.

The funeral for Milton Sutton Jr. will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Landing Baptist Church in Windsor. Burial will be in the Speller & Parker Cemetery in Windsor.

Lewis Chamblee of Colerain will have his funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hunter's Funeral Home Chapel in Ahoskie. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Windsor.


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  • by Bertie County citizen Location: Bertie County on Apr 23, 2011 at 05:27 AM
    To Volunteer 1 You can contact Colerain Baptist Church and Askewville Assembly of God Church.
  • by Volunteer1 Location: Wayne CO on Apr 21, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    I had posted previously on other news story that I was working for free 04/20/11, wanted to donate 1 days pay and asked if there was a funeral fund being set up to help people affected. Please post information on how I can help.
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      by Allison on Apr 22, 2011 at 03:34 AM in reply to Volunteer1
      Look for the facebook page "Pray for Bertie County"...they should be able to point you in the right direction.
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      by Susan on Apr 23, 2011 at 04:18 AM in reply to Volunteer1
      Volunteer1: Go to facebook Pray for Bertie County page and all the information you need should be on there, if not you can send them a message and they will direct you in the right way! Thanks for all your support!
  • by CITY OF WASHINGTON Location: WASHINGTON NC on Apr 21, 2011 at 07:12 AM
    Please know you family is in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord lift your family up in your time of need. May he bless you all with comfort and strength. God bless!!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 at 05:56 PM in reply to CITY OF WASHINGTON
      Amen!
  • by concerned family Location: Jamesville on Apr 21, 2011 at 06:12 AM
    Please know that all of you are in the thoughts and prayers of everyone here in Jamesville. Will keep you close to our heart with Christian love.
  • by Anonymous Location: plymouth on Apr 21, 2011 at 05:50 AM
    I feel so sorry for the people in Bertie. They really have been through a lot. They just started getting things back together from the flooding, and now ths. My heart goes out to everyone there and especially to the ones who lost their loved ones in this tragedy. We will keep all of you in our prayers.
  • by RIP Location: ENC on Apr 21, 2011 at 04:58 AM
    This is so sad for us left on Earth. We will never understand this tragedy, but the Lord has taken them back Home. May they Rest In Peace.
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