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2C - Morning News, Tuesday, November 7,1995

Obituaries

Juatina Auruml PLEASANTVILLE, Ohio Justina A.urand, (Ul, died Sept. 20 in Pleasantville, Ohio, after a long illness. She was a former resident of Jesup and a retired secretary.

Althea Hendrix Cheatham

SYLVAN IA Althea Hendrix Cheatham, 38. died Saturday at Screven County Hospital of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

The Savannah native lived in SylvaGRAVESIDE MEMORIAL SER- nia for the past two years. She was a VICE: 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Jesup graduate of Savannah High School and received a bachelor of.science degree in Cemetery. Gordon-Harris Funeral Home of Jes- nursing from Armstrong State College. She was a registered nurse employed by up. · Candler Hospital and Memorial Medical Center and was a member of Overcoming Willis S. Dennis VIDAL1A - Willis S. Dennis, 76, died Faith Foursquare Church. SURVIVORS: her husband, the Rev. Monday at home. . j The Telfair County native lived in Vi- John A. Cheatham, three daughters, Lesdalia for the past 40 years. He was presi- lie Roberts of Savannah and Nikia Robdent and owner of Dennis Truck Lines erts and Jamilla Gray, both of Sylvania; Inc. of Vidalia, which was established in her mother, Alene Hendrix of Miami; her 1954. He was a veteran of World War II father, Samuel S. Hendrix of Miami; a and a member of Vidalia Masonic Lodge sister, Donzella Hendrix of Waynesboro; No. 330 F&AM, the Veterans of Foreign. a brother, Dennis Hendrix of Atlanta; Wars and the American Legion. He was a several nieces and nephews. ByneS'Royall Funeral Home. Baptist. SURVIVORS: his wife, Rudell Dennis of Vidalia; two daughters, Carol Dukes of Dennis S. Dixon Vidalia and Shelby Miller of Vidalia; two ALMA - Dennis S. Dixon, 72, died sisters, Vonita Lafavor and Nellie Pearl Sunday at Bacon County Hospital. Dykes, both of Helena. He was born in Pierce County and GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 2 p.m. to- lived in -Bacon County most of his life, He day at Pinecrest Cemetery in Vidalia. was a' member of New Union Baptist Ronnie L. Stewart Funeral Service, Church and was a farmer. Vidalia. . SURVIVORS: his wife, Eula Deen Dixon of Alma; a son, Larry Dixon of Alma; two-daughters, Marie Wildes of Alma and'Laverne Wheeler of Fitzgerald; two sisters, Minnie Lee Dyal of Alma and Dorothy Tanner of Blackshear; a brother, J.M. Dixon of Alma; STEWART, SR -- Funeral services for eight grandchildren; and nine greatMr. Jackson Stewart, Jr., will be held grandchildren, Wednesday, November 8, 1995, at FUNERAL: 2 p.m. today at'Grosby 1pm, from -Townsley Chapel AME . Funeral Home chapel, Alma, burial in Church, 252 Eagle St. Rev. Harvey Wesley Chapel Cemetery; ' .Williamson officiating. Entombment,

William H. Kennedy CLAXTON William Henry Kennedy, 70, died Saturday at Evans Memorial Hospital after a long illness. The South Carolina native was a retired service station operator. He was a member of Laurel Hill Lutheran Church and a World War II veteran. SURVIVORS: two sons, William Wayne Kennedy of Claxton and Jerry Francis Kennedy of Brownville, Ind.; a sister, Ruth Young of Warrenville; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. GRAVESIDE SERVICES: 11 a;m. today at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Thomas Strickland Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel. Richard Meyer Jr. Richard Meyer Jr., 88, died Monday at home. The New Orleans native was a graduate of Princeton Preparatory School. He attended Brown University, where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsllon fraternity. After working in Europe for five years, he moved to Savannah in 1932, where he worked in the shipping business until 1942. After serving in the Coast, Guard during World War H, he retired from business and spent the rest of his life raising polled Hereford cattle. He served on the Savannah board of C&S Bank, was a former director of Atlantic Towing Co., a former member of the Pi* lotage Commission and the Coastal Highway Commission. He was a former board member of Bethesda Home for Boys and was awarded an honorary state farmer degree for his work with Future Farmers of America and 4-H Clubs. He was also a member of the Oglethorpe Club and the Savannah Yacht Club, where he served on the board. SURVIVORS: a son, Richard Meyer III of Savannah; two sisters, Mrs. Ernst Glaessel of Sugar Hill, .N.H., and Mrs. John Zeigler of Lyford Cay, Bahamas; two grandchildren. GRAVESIDE SERVICES: 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Greenwich Section of Bonaventure Cemetery. REMEMBRANCES; Bethesda Home for Boys, 9520 Ferguson Avenue, Savannah, Ga. 31406. ; . . , ; : Sipple's Mortuary.

Ned Smith

VIDALIA Ned Smith, 65, died Sun day in Emanuel County Hospital after a sudden illness.

Ola Belle Meeks Tut en

COLOMBIA Ola Belle Meeks Tuten, 70, died Sunday in Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia after a long illness.

Mrs. J.E. Cay

HILTON HKAD ISLAND Barbara Hilton Cay, 80, died Monday at her home on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

FUNERALS

Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery. Survivors ere Mrs. Sallie M, Stewart Mr. Andrew J, Stewart Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo Jones, Sr,, Mr. Fredrick G. Faison, Mr. Kerney C. Small; Mr. John B. Small, Mr. Christopher Davis, Mrs. Leola Bush, Mrs. Bessie Harris, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. · Reposing at the church 11am until the hour of services. Visitation Tuesday, 6-7pm, at the Chapel.,Sidney A. Jones Funeral Home. REYNOLDS -- Funeral services for Mr. Alphonso E. (Pick) Reynolds will be held Wednesday, 12nobn, from St. Benedict - the Moor Catholic Church. Fr. Jim Mayo officiating. Remains will rest at the mortuary for viewing and at the church 11:45 a.m. *uhtil the hour of funeral. Christian Wake Tuesday ?pm, held at SextonHal! Mortuary Chapel. Interment is in Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Stxton-Hall Mortuary, 118 E. 35th St. :.

OBITUARY OF

George Harry Spirides

60, of Tybee Island, died Saturday at his residence after a long illness. Mr. Spirides immigrated to this country from Sparta, Greece, with only five dollars in his pocket,-who over many years acquired large tracts of land on Tybee Island and built the 200 room Ocean Plaza Beach Resort. George Spirides came to the United State from Greece in 1958 as a student to attend and eventually graduate from ·Armstrong State College in Savannah. As a young and determined man, 22 years of age, while still learning the English language and while attending college, George Spirides operated the old Sands Motel on 14th St., and also assisted his unde George L. Spirides who was general manager .of the legendary Hotel Tybee and operator of the Tybee Pier and Pavilion, In 1967 George Spirides purchased the last remaining section of the Hotel Tybee. He renamed that building the Veranda Motel and continued to remodel and further develop-that property throughout fhte years. In 1970 while managing the Veranda Motel, George Spirides was asked by his good friend Cecil Day to organize and rnjnage the world's very first Days Inn located on an adjacent property. Cecil Day was the founder of the Days Inn motel chain, and George Spirides was the very first manager of the very first Days Inn. In 1984 Geforge Spirides purchased the original Ocean Plaza Motel which consisted of 20 rooms. This motel was renovated and managed for a few years until 1988 when it was demolished. A new, modern 108 room Ocean Plaza was built on that site. It opened in March, 1989, under the name of the Ocean Plaza Inn and Beach Resort. In 1993 construction was begun on the new 108 room north tower of the Ocean Plaza and opened for business in the Spring of 1994. George Spirides' most notable recent accomplishment was the buying of air rights over a public street from the City of Tybee Island after a year of negotiations in order to build an upscale ocean front restaurant that would adjoin the two main buildings of the Ocean Plaza Beach Resort. This restaurant project has been placed on hold for one to two years.

Alice H. Griffis FARGO - .Mrs. Alice Howell Grlffis, 83, died Saturday at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta. . She was a lifelong resident of Clinch' County and a member of Fargo Methodist Church and Fargo Senior Citizens. She was owner and operator p'f Griffis Fish Camp for many years. . SURVIVORS: two sons, E.A. and Arden Griffis, both of Farjgo; two daughters, Maldine BarnMl of Jesup and Mary Alice Griffis of Fargo; ia grandchildren; Abraham Charles Neff 11 great-grandchildren; and other relaAbraham Charles fyeff, 91, died Sun.tives. · day at his home after a long illness. FUNERAL: was held Monday at The Pensacola, Fla., native moved to Roundtree Funeral Home chapel, burial · Savannah in the early 1920s. He was rein Pine Forest Cemetery, Honierville. . gional manager for the National Baking Co. In 1930, he acquired the Blun interest in the Neal-Blun Co. and served as its Eflie L. Hudson , Effie Lucille Hudson, 94, died Satur- president until : he.retired in 1982. He served on the committees that brought day at Baptist Village. >,,,' She was born in Gwinnetl County and the first bus station and the first'radio was a homemaker. She was a member of station to Savannah and founded WDAR Calvary Baptist Church, where she radio station.,He was a director of the taught Sunday school for 40 years and Georgia Federal Savings Bank, a memwas a member of. the Lydia Sunday ber of the Rotary Club, the Savannah School class and served as the official Golf Club, the.Spanish Wells Club of Hilton Head and was past president of the church visitor for Dr. John Tippett. SURVIVORS: one niece, Portia Oglethorpe Club. He was also a member Youngberg of Palo Alto; Calif.; one neph- of Landrum Lodge FM&A 48. He was a ew, Hearst Strickland of Savannah; and communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church and served as a vestryman and several great-nieces and nephews. FUNERAL: 1 p.m. Wednesday at warden. Wilder Chapel at Calvary Baptist SURVIVORS: his wife, Angela ,-Neal Church, burial in Hjllcrest Abbey Ceme- Neff; a daughter, Mrs: John M. Mclntpsh Sr. of Hilton Head Island; 6 grandchiltery.' VISITATION: 3-7 p.m. today at the dren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. funeral home. REMEMBRANCES: Calvary-Baptist FUNERAL: 2 p.m. today at St. John's Church,' 4625 Waters, Ave., Savannah, Ga. . Episcopal 'Church, burial in Bonaventure Cemetery. 31404. Thomas .C. Strickland Funeral Home, REMEMBRANCES: Hospice Savannah Inc., 1352 Eisenhower Drive, SavanEffingham Chapel. .· nah, Ga. 31406 or St. John's Episcopal Church, 1W. Macon St., Savannah, 31401 Sipple's Mortuary. Glister McCoy Guster McCoy, 49, died Sunday at Hospice Savannah. · F. Milton Ogden The Lillington, N.C., native lived in ODUM - F. Milton Ogden, 84, died Savannah for 10 years. Monday in Wayne Memorial Hospital afSURVIVORS: his wife, Patricia t e r a short illness. , .'..-' McCoy of Dunn, N.C.; three daughters, The Wayne County native was a Lou Ann Matthews and Ernestine McCoy, member of the Altamaha Baptist Church. both of Texas, and Brenda McCoy of De- He was a retired pipe-fitter with Raytroit; two sons, Guster Lee McCoy Jr. of onier and a U.S. Army veteran serving in Lillington, N.C. and Steven York of An- World Warll. gier, N.C.; his father, Guster McCoy Sr.; SURVIVORS: his wife, Ruby Mesix sisters, Janet Palmer of Savannah, Intyre Ogden of Odum; four sons, George Janet McCoy, Vickie McCoy, Inez McCoy E. and Glynn Ogden, both of Jesup, and Carolyn McCoy, all of Lillington, and James M. Ogden of Fernandina Beach, Minnie Pearl Parks of Fuqhay, N.C.; and Fla. and Robert L. Ogden of Odum; three three brothers, Jerry McCoy, Dwayne brothers, Warnell Ogden, T.J. Ogden and Anderson and Clay Anderson, all of Talmadge Earl Ogden, all of Odum; nine Lillington. ' grandchildren, one great-grandchild, Sidney A. Jones Funeral Home. several nieces and nephews. VISITATION: 7-9 p.m. today at Rinehart & Sons Funeral Home in Jesup, FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Altamaha Baptist Church, burial in the Altamaha Cemetery.

FUNERALS

Determination, dedication, and hard work contributed to George Spirides' success. George Spirides' life was centered solely around his family and his business, and was a generous benefactor of Saint Paul's Greek Orthodox Church in Savannah where he was a parishioner. His wife, Frances, son Harry, and daughter Jeannie will continue George Spirides' dream of a better Tybee Island for rts citizens and those who wish to visit Trisagion 'Service: 7:30 p.m Monday in the Chapel of the Hubert C. Baker Funeral Home. Funeral services: 1:00 pm. Tuesday at St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church, with Interment in the Greenwich Section of Bonaventure Cemetery Hubert C. Baker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Remembrances: Si Paul's Greek Orthodox Church.

BOLDEN -- Funeral services for Mr. Johnny Bolden of Ridgeland, SC, will be held Wednesday, at tpm, from St. Luke Baptist Church, Ridgeland, SC. Rev. Henry L. Jones officiating. Interment, Low Bottom Cemetery. Survivors are Mr. Jonathan A. Bolden, Mr. Ryan Bolden, Mr. Rufus Bolden, Mrs. Bessie M. Singleton, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Newton, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Lee, M/Sgt. Regina J. Spann, Ms. Elaine Bolden, Mrs. Carrie M. Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bolden, Mr. Earnest Bolden II, Mrs. Madgalene Nelson/ Dea. and Mrs. Earnest Bolden, Mrs. Marion Jenkins, Mrs. Clara Bolden, Mrs. Hattie Brown, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Stiney's Mortuary of Hardeeville, SC.

Velum Hayes Purvie STATESBORO - Velma Hayes Pur: vis, 74, died Sunday at Bulloch Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was a native of Columbus, Ind., and a long-time resident of Bryan County. SURVIVORS: her husband, Tom Watson Purvis of Pembroke; two sons, Tommy Purvis and Todd Purvis, both of Pembroke; a daughter, Sandra K. Meriweather of Cobbtown, a sister, Lucille Diehl of Silver Springs, Fla.; a grandson, John Cummings. FUNERAL: 2:30 p.m. today at Morrison Funeral Home in Pembroke, burial in Lower Black Creek Cemetery. Morrison Funeral Home. Palmer Roundtree

Palmer Roundtree Sr.. 78. died Sunday at Candler Hospital. He was born in Garfield but was a long-time resident of Savannah He retired from the Savannah News Press and Union Camp and was a member of First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church SURVIVORS: his wife. Elizabeth Bowen Roundtree of Savannah; a daughter, Anna Elizabeth Roundtree of Savannah; two sons, Palmer Roundtree Jr. and Herman L. Roundtree, both of Savannah; a brother, Willie Johnson of Brunswick; 12 grandchildren. Sexton-Hall Mortuary

The Treutlen County native lived in Oak Park for the post 17 years. He was a retired correctional officer with Rogers Correctional Institute in Reidsville and a member of Oak Park Church of God. SURVIVORS: his wife, Ruth Smith of Oak Park; two daughters, Janice Weeks of Marshall, Texas, and Debbie Rowe of Screven; three sons, Ronnie Smith of Odom, Tony Smith of Reidsville and Timmy Smith of Richmond Hill; two stepsons; Benjie Williamson of Americus and Timothy Williamson of Newberry; a stepdaughter, Brenda Conley of Swainsboro; three sisters, Myrtice Danner of Ocala, Fla., Nancy Champion of Soperton and Hazel Mammae of Winter Haven, Fla. FUNERAL: 4 p.m. today at Oak Park Church of God, burial in Oak Park Cemetery. Ronnie L. Stewart Funeral Service Inc., Vidalia. James M. Stewart ALMA - James M. Stewart, 55, died Monday at home after a short illness. The Bacon County native retired from Hercules of Brunswick. He was a member of the New Vision Congregational Methodist .Church arid served in the U.S. Navy. . , SURVIVORS: his wife, Lynn Bagley Stewart of Alma; two sons, Craig L. Stewart of Jacksonville, Fla. and Ronnie B. Stewart of Panama City, Fla.; three .daughters, Holly Dyess of Jacksonville and Sandra Tapley and Sherry Simmons, both of Alma; his mother, Trudie Stewart Rigby of Alma; a sister,'Joy Copeland of San Antonio, Texas; four brothers, Jerome Rigby of Olympia, Wash., Bryan Rigby of Jesup, Jerry Rigby of LaGrange and Julian Rigby of Alma; 12 grandchildren. ·' . ; . VISITATION: The family will receive friends at their residence on Floyd 'Street. Also, there will be visitation one hour before the funeral'-service at the church. FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Wednesday at New Vision Congregational Methodist Church, burial in Stewart Cemetery. ' Crosby Funeral Ho"me Emory L. Waters MOUNT JOY, Pa. - Emory L, Waters, 70, died Friday, at St. Joseph Hospital. . . He was born in Statesboro and lived in Mount Joy for>many years. He was a retired senior petty officer in the U.S. Navy with 29 years of service. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and-was called back to active duty during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor for his service with the 3rd Marine Battalion of the 7th Marines' First Marine Division on Okinawa. He ran back and forth .through enemy fire and saved the life of an in' jured soldier. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Legion of Merit, the World War -II Victory Medal, the Fleet Marine Force Combat Operations Insignia for Vietnam, the China Service Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korea Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.. After his military' retirement, he worked as a medical instructor with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, owned and operated the Mount Joy Twin Kiss, owned the former Lee's Inn in Mount Joy, owned Sparkling Waters Laundromat and was a partner in Stoltz's Trucking'Corp. in Myerstown, Pa. ;. He was a member of the American Legion Walter S. Ebersole Post 165 in Mount Joy and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5752 in Mount Joy. SURVIVORS: his wife, Pauline Buller Waters of Mount Joy; two sons, Robert E. and -Gary L. Waters, both of Mount Joy; two daughters, Marianne Waters of New York and Tena P. Hoffer of Mount Joy; four grandchildren; one brother, Billy H. Waters of Brunswick; and one sister, Jacquelyn Parker of West Columbia. FUNERAL: was Monday in Pennsylvania, burial was in Henry Eberle Cemetery in Pennsylvania with full military honors. REMEMBRANCES: American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, Pa. 17603. Heilig Funeral Home of Mount Joy, Pa. Henri Whiteman Great Neck^N.Y. - Henri Whiteman, 89, died Sunday at home. He was formerly of Savannah and was a violinist. SURVIVORS: his wife, Bee Cohen;.a daughter, Lois Pertsemiidis of New York; a son, Michael Whiteman of Albany, N.Y.; son-in-law, Demetrius Pertsemiidis of Maryland; a daughteHnlaw, Margery Goddard Whiteman; three grandsons, Alexander Pertsemiidis of Berkeley, Calif., David Pertsemiidis of New York and Stephen Whiteman of Albany; two granddaughters, Bailey K. Whiteman and Eliza D. Whiteman of Albany. Rev. Union M. Williams GLENNVILLE - The Rev. Linton M. Williams, 80, died Sunday in Glennville after a long illness. The Tattnall County native lived in Glennville most of his life. He was the last member of the Henry Allen Williams family living in Tattnall County. He served as pastor for several local churches, including Ella Grove and Poplar Head Missionary Baptist churches. He was a retired farmer and member of Poplar Head Missionary Baptist Church. SURVIVORS: three sisters, Ona W Smith of Savannah; Grace W. Huhlman of Tybee Island and Merle Snipes of North Carolina; a brother, Henry Dwight Williams of Pueblo, Colo; several nieces and nephews. VISITATION: 6 p.m. today at RimesStewart Mortuary, Glennvllle. FUNERAL: 11 a m Wednesday at Rimes-Stewart Mortuary, burial in Ebenexer Freewill Baptist Church cemetery. Rimes-Stewart Mortuary, Glennville.

The Habersham County native lived near Varnville and was a homemaker and a member of Sandy Run Baptist Church. SURVIVORS: her husband, William Marvin Tuten of Varnville; two sons, William Michael Tuten of Columbia and Billy Carr Tuten of Varnville; two daughters, Phyllis Ann Crouch of West Columbia and Deborah Faye Kassianos of Columbia; a brother, George Meeks of Demorest; eight grandchildren. VISITATION: Until 3 p.m. today at Peepies-Rhoden Funeral Home-Inc. in Hampton. FUNERAL: 4 p.m. today at Sandy Run Baptist Church, burial in church cemetery. Adelaide H. Richard JEKYLL ISLAND - Adelaide. H. Richard, 77, diefJ Sunday at Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center. She was a resident of Glynn County for the past 15 years. SURVIVORS: a sister, Grace Manson of Jekyll Island; a niece, Jacqueline Manson of Norwalk, Conn. Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, Brunswick.

A native and longtime resident of Savannah, she lived on Hilton Head for 28 years. She graduated from Rosemary Hall School in Greenwich, Conn., and at-, tended Vassar College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was active in civic and social affairs in Savannah during the 1940s and. 50s. She was a member of the Junior League of Savannah. She also was a volunteer with the American Red Cross and served on the board of the Louisa Porter Foundation. SURVIVORS: a son, John Eugene Cay HI of Savannah; three daughters, Caroline Cay Powell of Jacksonville,Fla., Barbara Lachlison Cay of Savannah and Elizabeth Cay Hines of Atlanta; and nine grandchildren. ·GRAVESIDE SERVICES: 11 a.m. Wednesday in Bonaventure Cemetery. REMEMBRANCES: the John Eugene Cay and Barbara Hilton Cay Library Fund at the University of North Carolina . at Chapel Hill, CB 0 3900, :ui Davis Library, Chapel Hill, N.C; 27514-8890. 4

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of the Riceboro Posse, Chico's Posse, the AZ (Azalea Street) Boys, the Fort Stewart Gang and the Bryan Village Boys or Posse. "(Gang members) are migrating out/1 of larger cities,, Jenkinson said. "They're branching out and going to smaller towns. When they get to small towns, they are no long* er the little fish in the big sea.' They're the big fish in a little pond." Gangs generally operate by a code, follow a pledge, have a specific alphabet, practice a great deal of graffiti, all being derived from the organization's history. Graffiti writings: 187 - the California penal code for death - or the Crip's flag with its six-point star and crown, can be found on the high school bathroom walls at Bradwell Institute, Jenkinson said.

"Graffiti is a way to glorify the gang," he said*. "And it tells other gangs this is their territory." Gang members have begun to. move away from wearing colorful bandanas as a sign of allegiance, Jenkinson said. They,are beginning: to dress in gang colors and specific* clothing used for gang association. Crips wear blue and white;. Folks, black and white; and Bloods', usually red. Crips may wear British Mikes, which for them means Blood; killers, Jenkinson said. Lorberbaum said membership in' gangs' can be attributed to "a break-' down of the family unit and the valde system." ^t "It's sad/' Lorberbaum said,' "Parents are not getting involved in their children's activities. They A don't know what they are doing."

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pictures and videotapes from the 'crime scene. Meanwhile, Curry's parents, sister, wife, church members, neighbors arid family friends gathered outside the courtroom door; where they hugged each other and wept. They had filled several court* room .pews since the trial began Oct. 30. They prayed and sang together while sitting in the hall when the case dragged late into the evenings! ? Tm too emotional to talk right now," Curtis Curry Sr, said, removing his eyeglasses as tears streamed down his cheeks. Curry's lawyer spoke on the fam.ily's behalf. "I just feel grateful that the jurors took as long as they did and worked as hard as they did," Cox said as Curry supporters pushed past him to hug Curry's parents. . "It was one of the longest jury deliberations I've ever been a part of ..., but I think-the truth came out/ 'Cox also said. Jurors began deliberating late Friday afternoon. After six hours, they couldn't reach a verdict. They regrouped early Monday and continued deliberating for seven hours. Hope left the courtroom after the verdict without commenting on the case, which featured the testimony of a co-defendant who pleaded guilty

prior to .the trial. ·.··:· ' . Curry's best friend, Lamon Griffin, 22, pleaded guilty two weeks ago; to raping and murdering Beckman. He received a life prison sentence. · · Griffin testified Wednesday as a key prosecution witness against Cufry. He told jurors that he and Curry robbed Beckman after spotting her alone at a grocery at 2 a.m. and fol.lowing her home. Police in f ayetteville, N.C., ar-1 rested Curry and Griffin about six days after the slaying. Curry, was stopped while driving- Beokman's car. Police also found a gun he admitted carrying, about $1,500 in cash taken from Beck man's home and her wallet. When-police found Griffin, he hfcd nearly $2,000 in cash and Beckman's cellular phone. Curry and Griffin admitted to spending Beckman's cash and using her credit card to buy expensive, name-brand clothing. Griffin's cooperation will net him a letter from Hope to the state Board of Pardons and Paroles describing his cooperation in testifying. But that letter won't ask for an early parole, Hope told jurors Friday during his closing argument. But Edenfield said Beckman didn't have the chance for free'dom when she was strangled to death in her living room and then dumped on her kitchen floor. ".., The thing about this is that Christy didn't get a trial, and there's no chance of parole for her," he said. "Christy's children have lost their mother."

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