Contributed by Dorothy Price Holt
The News and Observer, Raleigh, NC
Saturday Morning, May 9, 1959
Hershel V Rose Passes
Smithfield - Hershel V Rose, clerk of the Johnston County Superior
Court since 1926, died Thursday night at Johnston Memorial Hospital
following a severe coronary attack after he successfully underwent
a major operation.
Funeral services for the 72 year-old Johnston County native will be
held Saturday at 3 pm at the Centenary Methodist Church and burial
will take place in Oakland Heights Cemetery in Smithfield.
The Rev Lester Tilley, pastor of the Centenary Church, will conduct
the rites, assisted by the Rev J H Lansinger, pastor of the First
Presbyterian Church, and the Rev Ivan Adams, pastor of the First
Mr Rose, who resided in Smithfield, is survived by his wife, the
former Miss Edith Powell; a daughter, Mrs Melvin Wilkins of
Smithfield; two sisters, Mrs R D Marler and Mrs J Ben Lee, both
of Bentonville Township; and two grand children.
The dean of Johnston County officeholders, he has never had any
opposition in a Democratic primary and in only two general elections
did he have Republican opposition.
He was admitted to the bar in 1922 after studying at Wake Forest
Rose, a charter member of the Johnston County Historical Society
was a leader in the movement to develop the Bentonville Battleground.
In 1957, he was appointed by Gov Hodges to the executive board of
the State Department of Archives and History. He was an active
Legionnaire, and a former commander of the Pou-Parrish Post. He
was in demand as a public speaker and was well known all over North
Carolina for his historical knowledge.
Because of his interest in helping people, Rose was a natural
selection for the position of County Welfare Superintendent when
the Department was first established in 1919. He had the reputation
of being a busy public official, but one never too busy to help
people in need.
He was reared on a farm in Bentonville Township, the son of
William Rose Jr, and Sally Blankston Rose. He led in developing
the consolidated school system in the county and in 1953 was Johnston
County chairman of the statewide school bond campaign.
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