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Hurry B. Litchfield, Jr.
Recognition, like water, will
eventually seek its own level!
Harry Litchfield almost
Xirowned in the stuff. But he never
had the opportunity to flex his
community muscles along the
About all he was able to do was
keep body and soul together. He
fought a brilliant battle with
cancer, only to succumb to the
disease Saturday morning, at a
time when he was coming up on
his 47th birthday (March 17) and
his second anniversary along the
He was humble in service,
valiant in deeds. He came to
meander along the Public Parade
with a wealth of knowledge, energy
and a leadership ability that most
desire but will never attain.
But about all he was able to do
here was by a loyal Methodist, a
devoted son, husband, father and
employee; eat with the Rotary
Club at noon on Thursday, and
give wise counsel. He wasn’t
stingy in any sector.
Shortly after moving here he
button-holed us about supporting
the establishment of a Community
Chest type organization to give
financial aid to groups which have
very little popular appeal. We
promised to help but the organizer
has now gone to greater rewards.
Harry Litchfield possessed a
persuasive trait he used in
movitating people to improve
their station in life. He was an
easy man to converse with, always
pointing out positive things rather
than dwelling on the negative. He
was totally honest.
He migrated from Beaufort
County to Lincoln County via
Chapel Hill, the U. S. Coast Guard,
Sinclair Refining Company and
First Citizens Bank & Trust. But he
returned to his native section of
the state in one jump after the
Peoples Bank hierarchy sought
him out to become senior vice
president and city executive in
While in the Piedmont he
worked diligently for the
Methodist Church, the Boy.Sgouts,
as a member of the Lincoln County
Board of Commissioners and in
njtfhefbus other comnumity
activities. He had grandiose plans
and aspirations for his adopted
hometown and county. While the
Almighty had more far-reaching
plans, Harry Litchfield never lost
Somewhere there must be an
acceptable explanation as to why
there are not more Harry
Litchfields. Also, why those like
him aren’t allowed to live longer.
While we are searching for the
solution to the puzzle we make
a healthy contribution to fhankind
around us by trying to cultivate
His traits, which Harry Litchfield
did so well, and that endeared him
to those who knew him along the
Public Parade and elsewhere.
Mr. Tough Talks Tender-ly
Tough, But Good!
The “tough man” who makes a
“tender chicken” came to
Northeastern North Carolina last
Friday to view, with members of
the media, his firm’s nearly 120-
million investment. It isn’t
chicken feed (but an ingredient in
his feed is credited with giving his
chickens a yellow customer
appeal) but evidence that Perdue
Farms, Inc., has come to stay.
Frank Perdue of Salisbury, Md.,
is president of the firm which had
sales in excess of 1170-million in
1975 and is heralded as the largest
poultry processing company in the
He to also the Arm’s public
relations czar who has become a
household word in three major
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FESTIVAL LEADERS—Among the more than 30 unit leaders in the forthcoming Edenton-
Chowan Bicentennial Arts Festival are those shown here with J. Clarence Leary, Jr., chairman.
Pictured at the Confederate Plaza are, left to right: Leary, Rita Carver, Sandra Boyce, Otis
Strother, Mary Rhea Gardner, Edna Hathaway, John Schroeder, Vivian Taft, Shelby Strother,
Betty Bissette and Lanie Layton. The four-day festival open April 8.
%THE CHOWAN HERALpjfc
Volume XLH.—No. 11.
A jury Tuesday heard testimony
in Chowan County District Court
in the case where A. Caswell
Edmundson is seeking damages
from Albemarle Builders Supply,
Inc., for breach'of warranty.
The case involves building
materials Edmundson purchased
from the Elizabeth City firm to
construct a cottage on the Outer
Judge Grafton G. Beaman is
presiding over the term of court.
Five divorces were granted
Monday. They were:
Alexander-Honey from Daisy
Morris Holley; William A. Sexton,
Jr., from Maybelle P. Sexton; *
William Haywood Williams from
Deborah Bond Williams; Frankie
Lynn Parrish from Deborah Babb
Parrish; and Edward Carl Blount
from Regina Collins Blount.
The case of Edenton Housing
Authroity against Dorothy White
for ejectment because of
nonpayment of rent was heard
without the presence of counsel for
the defendant. It was later
determined that the attorney for
the defendant was in Wilson
County Superior Court and Judge
Beaman refused to sign the
judgment in the case.
Cancer Fatal To Local Banker
Harry B. Litchfield, Jr., 103
South Granville Street, died
Friday morning following a
lingering illness. He was 46.
Death was attributed to cancer.
Litchfield was senior vice
president of Peoples Bank & Trust
Company and city executive of the
Funeral services were held at 4
P.M. Saturday in Edenton United
Methodist Church with Rev. E. L.
Earnhardt and Rev. Fred
Fordham. Burial was in Beaver
Pallbearers were: Stanley
Valis, Bryan Litchfield, George
Litchfield, Robert W. Powell, Joe
Marshall and Frederick W.
The family suggests that
memorials be given to the
Building Fund at Edenton United
Harry Bonner Litchfield, Jr.,
was born on March 17, 1929, in
Beaufort County. He was the son
of Mrs. Angie Leary Litchfield and
the late H. B. Litchfield, Sr. He
was married to Mrs. Doris Allen
In addition to his mother and
wife, surviving is a son, Harry
Bonner Litchfield of the home; a
daughter, Laura Allen Litchfield,
also of the home; and a sister,
Mrs. Stanley Valis of Charlotte.
He was a member of Edenton
United Methodist Church and
Edenton Rotary Chib.
Mr. Litchfield was a graduate of
Aurora High School and received
Race On For Registrar's Post
Two women this week
announced their intentions to be
candidates for the office of
Chowan County Register of Deeds,
thereby assuring a race for the
post in the Democratic Primary
election in August. They are: Mrs.
Anne K. Spruill, 1025 North Broad
Street, and Mrs. Jean A. Bunch,
Route 2, Edenton.
The Chowan County Board of
Elections reports that no
candidate for office can file until
Mrs. Bertha B. Bunch, register
of deeds for 19 years and an
employee in the office for 32 years
prior to that, formally announced
last week that she will ’retire
There has been considerable
speculation regarding possible
candidates for the post but Mrs.
Spruill and Map. Bunch are the
first to publicly-announce.
Mrs. Spruill is an employee in
the office at the present time, and
is an assistant register of deeds. In
a statement she said:
“I solicit the support of the
people of Chowan County and if
elected to this position I will give
my full-time and effort toward
continuing the outstanding and
dedicated service that has been
given by the present register of
his BS degree in business
administration from the
University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill. He served in the U. S.
Coast Guard and in July, 1954,
became a sales representative for
Sinclair Refining Company.
From 1961 until 1974 he was
employed by First Citizens Bank &
Trust Company, serving in a
variety of lending and general
management positions. He was
vice president and city executive
of the bank’s Lincolnton office
prior to joining Peoples Bank and
moving to Edenton.
He served two terms as
president of the Lincolnton-
Lincoln County Chamber of
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Hurry B Litchfield. Jr*
Edenton, North Carolina, Thursday, March 11, 1976
deeds. At the time Mrs. Bunch
retires I will have approximately
two years’ experience and I feel
that this will be of benefit to the
citizens of Chowan County.”
Mrs. Spruill, the wife of Roy L.
Spruill, has three daughters-Mrs.
Jane S. Warlick, Mrs. Kathy S.
Bunch, and Miss Pamela Joye
Spruill. She was educated in
Lenoir County Schools and has
Mrs. Jean A. Bunch
To Hear Suit
The civil suit pending in Chowan
County Superior Court challenging
the legality of Edenton Town
Council’s action rezoning a parcel
of the Ward property on Highway
32 has been calendared for trial
during a term of court beginning
The council claims a 10-acre
tract on the north side of the
highway at the U. S. 17 by-pass
was rezoned from R-20 to Highway
Commercial during the process of
adopting a Zoning Ordinance
update. At the same time the
council rezoned a similar tract on
the opposite side of the road from
R-20 to Shopping Center.
In November the suit was filed,
halting any development in the
area until the legality of the
council’s action was ruled on by
the Superior Court. Plaintiffs in
the action are Mr. and Mrs. N. J.
George, Mrs. Lorraine Burns,
James Blount, John A. Mitchener,
111, and Byron Kehayes.
The plaintiffs had strongly
opposed the zoning change. The
council, however, contends it is in
keeping with good planning and is
contained in a land-use plan
adopted several years ago.
W. J. P. Earnhardt, Jr., and
Bernard Burroughs are
developers, but were not named in
the suit. The Town of Edenton and
individual councilmen, Mayor Roy
L. Harrell, Town Administrator,.
W. B. Gardner and W. G.
Matthews, building inspector,
were named as defendants:
The defendants filed a motion
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April Bicentennial Festival
To Feature Local Talents
A Bicentennial “bash” with something of interest to everyone is
scheduled here April 8-11. If that sounds like a line from a barker’s cry at
the carnival, the reader will have the spirit being generated for the
Edenton-Chowan Bicentennial Arts Festival.
J. Clarence Leary, Jr., general chairman of the local Bicentennial
Committee, says it is “just fabulous what talent will be presented” to
illustrate the quality of life in this area. “Equally as exciting is that all
major events will be staged in Edenton’s naturally beautiful outdoor
setting and in its nationally known historic buildings,” he added.
“This is going to be the greatest display of talent ever witnessed in the
entire area,” the chairman predicted. He also lauded the cooperative
spirit of numerous groups (sc ac 30 to be exact) who have been working
overtime to put together an exciting, educational, and entertaining
Leary paid special tribute to Mrs. Mary Rhea Gardner, school
community coordinator for Edenton-Chowan Schools. “It is just
fantastic what she has been able to do in seeking out participants for a
host of activities that will be of interest to people of all ages,” he said.
A prelude to the official ope ng of the festival will be a crafts display
and sale on South Broad Street, put on by Chowan County Extension
Homemakers. This portion of the festival begins at 9 A.M.
Another pre-opening festivity will be at 9:30 A.M. in Chowan County
Courthouse when all Ninth Grade students attend the staging of the
Repertory Theater Courtroom Drama, “The Death of Candace
Wingler,” which is based on a f atality that occurred in Wilkes County in
The Barker House Visitor-Center Museum will be the scene of the 12-
noon official opening of the four-day festival. Opening fanfare will
feature “A Bicentennial Salui by the Mt. Olive Singers, under the
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been a resident of Edenton for 28
She is a member of Edenton
Baptist Church, is a Sunday School
teacher, GA leader and serves on
several committees. She is a past
member and officer of Edenton
Woman’s Club and Brownie Scout
leader. She has been active in the
Democratic Party, having served
as registrar and judge at the polls.
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Mrs. Anne K. Spruill
Cars Collide During Pursuit
By Patricia McCleney
Quick thinking and team effort
from local law enforcement
officers aided in the capture of two
suspects wanted for suspicion of
armed robbery and numerous
other charges after a collision of
two highway patrol cars at the
intersection of Broad and Queen
Streets Monday at noon.
Corp. Billy Spruill and Officer
Chuck Alexander of the Edenton
Police Department, Deputy
Sheriffs Glenn Perry and Melvin
Evans and Wildlife Protector A.
D. Dowdy all gave assistance in
pursuing the 1975 Corvette that
came speeding through Chowan
County traveling well over the
speed limit. According to reports,
the car was traveling 120 miles per
IN THE LINE OF DUTY—Two patrol cars were damaged
Monday at noon as a high speed chase halted for a few minutes in
downtown Edenton when at the corner of Broad and Queen
Streets the two cars collided. Neither Patrolmen Newberry or
Waters were injured in the mishap. After getting matters in order
from the accident, they proceeded after the armed robbery
Single Copies 10 Cents.
Mrs. Spruill previously worked
for the late Mrs. Goldie Niblett,
state license agent; Norfolk &
Carolina Telphone Company; and
By rum’s Gift Shop.
Mrs. Bunch is employed by
Colonial Broadcasting of Edenton.
She is a 1961 graduate of John A.
Holmes High School and
graduated, with honors, from
Pan American Business School in
She has 14 years of
experience, including more than
seven years with the Town of
Mrs. Bunch is familiar with
Edenton and Chowan County,
having lived here all her life. She
is the mother of three sons and is
married to Alvin Bunch. She is the
daughter of Mrs. Myrtle S. Adams
of Edenton and the late Clyde S.
She is a member of Edenton
Baptist Church, where she serves
as a department director in
Sunday School and is director of
hour at times.
State Trooper Y. Z. Newberry,
stationed in Perquimans
County was on routine
patrol Monday morning when
he spotted a 1975 Corvette at
Proctor Truck Stop. Officer
Newberry stopped to talk with Sgt.
J. E. Farmer from the Highway
Patrol Headquarters in Elizabeth
City about his sighting and went
back to the truck stop to
investigate further. The car had
left the truck stop and Officer
Newberry knew it had not passed
him on Highway 17 traveling
Officer Newberry then went in
pursuit of the car and overtook it
at the “Y”. The car did not stop
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