This Web Page is Dedicated in the Memory of my oldest Brother who lived in the Smiths Township/Pink Hill, N.C. area that my Family and I miss so very much.

Thomas Keith Price 1939 - 2000


 Russ, WA4POD, Walt K4WDE and in the back is Doug N4HAJ. (October 2004)

It is with great sadness and a sense of tremendous loss that I report the passing of a fellow HAM and longtime, trusted friend. Arnold Russell Worthington, “Russ” (WA4POD) at age 57, passed away in his sleep Sunday night, February 20, 2005, following years of debilitating illnesses.  Although a small man in stature, Russ was a giant among giants in the Amateur Radio community.  He had been a HAM since his teenage years, active in many aspects of the hobby, and could be heard frequently on the 40 and 75 meter bands as well as the local VHF and UHF repeaters.  He held an Extra Class Amateur license and a First Class Phone license.

Russ had been serving as the Trustee of the ENC (Grifton) Repeater W4NBR at the time of his death and was also the designer and builder of this repeater.  He was instrumental in the building and maintenance of the W4OIX repeater (Kinston) and several other UHF repeaters in the surrounding area.

Russ had been a member of the Kinston Amateur Radio Society (KARS) since the late 1950s, having served as its president and receiving the HAM of the Year Award on several occasions.  Russ retired from ITT in 1986 following a long career as a microwave designer and technician.  He was also well known on the Coastal Carolina Emergency Net in earlier years.

 In most recent years, Russ occupied his time with HAM radio.  He strongly supported the Volunteer Fire Department of Snow Hill, NC, maintaining their communications equipment as well as maintaining the equipment for the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.

 On a personal note, a deep void has appeared in my life as my “teacher” and friend has passed away.  I know that I speak for many HAMS, firefighters, and friends by saying that his compelling presence will always remain in our hearts.  He touched the lives of many individuals in this area, and for that, Russ Worthington will remain forever a giant among giants. 


Submitted by:

Doug Blizzard  N4HAJ
Kinston, NC  28504  







  WA0AFW/SK at the Cary, NC swapfest 

It is with sadness that we report that WA0AFW, Dr. Roland E. Erikson, has became a silent key. He passed away on 16 November 2005 at about 1 AM in the morning.  He recently was involved in a traffic accident and apparently did not heal from all the injuries. Roland was very active in the club in attending meetings, area hamfests and a regular on the JARS net.  He will be missed dearly.

Information and photo courtesy of JARS




David Fridley, KG4FZR/sk

Niota, TN  Feb. 9, 2006


David Fridley, KG4FZR passed away on Feb. 9, 2006
while performing maintenance at a tower site in 
Thomasville, NC  David was 50 years old and had 
32+ years experience as a RF engineer. He had been 
interested in electricity and electronics all of his life.  
At the age of 21, he started teaching at the state 
vocational center. At that time, he was the youngest 
State of Tennessee certified teacher for vocational 
electricity and electronics that had ever been in the 
state. He taught for 5 years, then resigned and went 
to work for Channel 26 (then call WTVK, now TV 
Channel 8 WVLT) as an engineer and performed 
maintenance on their 5 million watt UHF TV 
transmitter. Sometime later, he opened a 
communications business, full time, and has worked
in it since.  His business name is Business Cell Systems
and AAA Tower.  He managed 6- 5 channel EF Johnson
trunked systems and 25 Glenayre paging transmitters.
along with 192 towers (in 10 states) in which they
lease space to industry, government, and amateur radio.
He was a Extra Class ham and held a First Class FCC
Commercial license. 


David was a contributor to the  Carolina 440 UHF Link 
System by allowing us tower space  on his towers 
here in NC.  We also worked with him on managing 
the grounds and kept watch of his tower sites here as 
needed.  David was also an Assistant Director 
in Eastern Tennessee as a frequency Coordinator for 
SERA  and was member and past President of the 
McMinn County Amateur Radio Club in Athens, TN.
He was a fine man and we will miss him very much.


This biography information was taken from the ARRL 
Technical Advisor page that was written by David a 
couple of years ago.

Dedication to: 

McMinn County Amateur Radio Club
ARRL Technical Advisor Page

Ronnie J. Casey, K4JDR 








 John H. Fish, N4SHX/sk


John and Wife Ingrid Fathers Day 2003.

  John Hamilton Fish, of Durham, was born April 26, 1940, and
passed away on June 18, 2006.
"There are not enough like him in this world!"
In deepest sorrow and with eternal love and gratitude,
Ingrid, Nadja, Logan, Gabriella and Rhonda.

Submitted by: John C. Le may, KB4WGA

John will be missed by all who knew and talked to him on Amateur Radio.



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Thomas C. Polk, KE4JDW/SK



Thomas C. Polk, 43, of Roseville, died Thursday, June 7, 2007, in a motorcycle accident in Huntsville, Ala. He was born Feb. 19, 1964, in Detroit.

Mr. Polk, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, worked as a superintendent in the field of commercial construction.

He is survived by his wife, Frances; children, Jeremy and Heather Polk, Lanette (Craig) Sanders and Tim (Melissa) Estep; grandchildren, Taylor, Kara and Jacob; siblings, Tammy (Tom) Lerchenfelt, Marilyn (Michael) Loftus, Kathleen (James) Irwin, Eileen (Fred) Abrams, William (Marianne), Stephen (Patricia), David (Anna), Gerald (Dawn) and Edward Hause; and sister-in-law, Gail Polk.

He was predeceased by his brother, David Polk.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joan of Arc Church, 21620 Greater Mack, St. Clair Shores. Interment will be in Great Lake National Cemetery, Holly.

Visitation is 3-9 p.m. Wednesday at Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores. Additional visitation is 9-10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Memorials may be sent to the family.

I would visit Tom at his home in Goldsboro when he was at Seymour Johnson on the KC-10 Tankers. I was from the area in Seven Springs and would drop by when I was down from Raleigh as we talked on HAM radio. 
I would also talk to him when he was in the air over Raleigh and sometimes a few states over coming from the Gulf of Mexico on a refueling. 

I once traded 2 home made country ham biscuits my mother made from our family smoke house for a 2 meter beam antenna he built from an old TV antenna. He said those were the best ham biscuits he ever had. I still have that antenna in storage and I will always cherish it because it would always remind me of Tom. My heart goes out to the family and from us Amateur Radio friends in North Carolina who knew him. 

Ronnie J. Casey, K4JDR






Bob Butler, KB4BB/sk

Robert McLemore "Bob" Butler, died on Thursday, July 5, 2007.

Bob was educated at Campbell College and NCSU. He served a tour of duty with the N.C. National Guard and the U.S. Air Force in Korea, Japan and Okinawa during the Korean War. He was an Electrical Engineer for ITT then went on to Marketing for CDE.


Bob will be deeply missed in the Topsail/Surf City area by all of his friends.



Bill Edwards, K4BWC/SK


Edwards Jr., Marvin W. "Bill"



Marvin William "Bill" Edwards, Jr., K4BWC, 70, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and his beloved wife, Gail L. Edwards on March 20, 2008. Bill was born in Sumter County, SC on February 11, 1938 to the late Marvin William Edwards, Sr. and Sarah Sparks Edwards. Mr. Edwards was a native of Sumter, SC. He attended Edmunds High School and Clemson University. He was a Amateur (Ham) Radio operator for more than 50 years. He worked for the U-Haul Company for more than 20 years. He was also President and CEO of Omega Electronics and has lived in Raleigh for 37 years.
Memorial service 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2008 at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, NC 27545 with Reverend Hunter Preston officiating.
The family will receive relatives and friends prior to the service from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Inurnment, Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 809 W. Gannon Avenue, Zebulon, NC 27597.

Survivors: sons, William Dwayne Edwards of Wake Forest, Marvin David Edwards and wife, Rita C. of Wake Forest, Eugene Darryl Edwards and wife, Linda M. of Wendell; grandchildren, Nicole Edwards, Justin Edwards, Michael Edwards, Samantha Edwards.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. James United Methodist Church, Annex Renovation Fund, 3808 New Hope Road, Raleigh, NC 27604.


Bill will be missed by many friends at the Ham Fest, he was a supporter of many local clubs, repeater systems and a friend of HF users throughout.




Harry Gates, KG4WFG Vanity W4FIX / SK


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Harry Gates passed away July 7th at home.  Harry was a good friend to Amateur Radio and he helped anyone with technical problems and repairs with his high skill as an electronics "bench" technician.  He helped us work on some of our Carolina 440 repeaters especially some of the power supply repairs and work with the GE Mastr II vintage equipment.  Harry was employed with Southern Communications in Goldsboro, N.C. for many years until they shut down a few years ago and served many Public Safety organizations in Wayne & Johnston Counties with two-way radio communications.  I had the pleasure meeting him when I was a Wayne County Fire Officer in Seven Springs back in the Late 70's early 80's with him doing the communications work for the County.  He will be missed by many.  

Ronnie J. Casey, K4JDR

Terry C. Jernigan /SK 

Terry was born on October 10, 1962 and passed away on February 12, 2009. 
Terry was an honorary member of the Johnston Amateur Radio Society (JARS) He did not hold a amateur       
radio license but rather was an avid scanner listener of the JARS nightly Net.  Terry considered JARS his       
family and members of JARS considered him family as well.  His brother James jr., KJ4HHG stated that when 
it was time for the net that no one could talk and interrupt him while he was listening, (just like a true JARS 
member).  Terry will be missed by all of us Ham Radio operators who knew him. We know that even            
though he is not here on earth, he is at the best heavenly radio station listening to us all forever.               

Terry was the son of James F. Jernigan, Sr KF4JPN and wife Carolyn of Dunn, NC        

Ronnie J. Casey, K4JDR




Byron King, K4NGJ/SK

1957 - 2010

Byron Lee King, 53, a retired employee of AT&T, died Friday September 24. 2010.

A native of Wake County, he was the son of the late C.C. and Avenelle Harrison King. Surviving are his wife, Emily Jones King; daughters, Ashley Christina King of Raleigh and Brittany Megan King-Barnes and her husband, Joshua Clayton Barnes of Raleigh; brothers, Fred King and his wife Phyllis and Bobby King and his wife, Jennette all of Raleigh; grandchildren Connor Lee King, Aven Isabel Barnes and another grandchild on the way.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Garner. Burial was at Montlawn Memorial Park. Visitation was 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home in Garner. Memorial contributions may be made to The Concerned Bikers Association, in memory of Byron King, P. O. Box 28082, Raleigh, NC, 27611 or to the American Red Cross, 100 N. Peartree Lane, Raleigh, NC 27610.


- Byron was a big part of our repeater group, helping out whenever he could and always a active part of our life. 




Jim Young, AE4XQ/SK

William Lambert, AK4H

William Dewey Lambert, 68 of Benson, NC passed away on June 8, 2015, at home following renal failure due to cancer.  The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2015, at Johnson Memorial Church, Hwy 50 N, Angier, followed by burial at the Johnson Memorial Church graveyard.

Percy L. McIver, WB4TOK/SK

Percy Lee McIver, Feb. 20, 1940 – August 29, 2015, Clayton

Percy L. McIver, 75 passed away after a brief illness with cancer. Percy was Retired Police Chief for the Garner Police Department for 19 years. He also proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a loving husband, father, brother and friend.

Percy's Post on Speed Trap

Donald Ray Price, WA4KLR/SK

Donald was my first Cousin that I have a lot of Childhood and Adult memories. He was a big reason I went into Amateur Radio and into a Fire Service / Communications career in Public Safety.

Ronnie J. Casey, K4JDR

Donald Ray Price, 81, resident of Jacksonvilile and native of Seven Springs, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 6, 2017 at Onslow
Memorial Hospital. 


He was preceded in death by his parents, Millard and Nettie Mae Alphin; former wife, Wilma Hill Price; son, Delbert Ray Price; brothers, Kenneth Price and Jimmy Alphin; and sister, Linda Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Retha Price; his children to include a daughter, Donna Pipkin and husband, Billy; son, David Price; daughter, Dale Johnson; son, Johnny Huggins and wife, Linda; and daughter, Kathy Barwick and husband, Joe; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Carolyn Jones and husband, Emmett.

Mr. Price served in the U. S. Army with duty in Korea, had a career in law enforcement for more than 12 years which included being chief of police in Fountain and also serving as a policeman in La Grange, and was chief engineer for several radio stations in area towns including Goldsboro, Kinston, New Bern, and Washington.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 8, at 6 p.m. at Tyndall Funeral Home in Mount Olive, officiated by the Rev. Emmett Jones, with visitation ffollowing. Burial will be Thursday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at Pineview Cemetery, Seven Springs.

Sam Cederas, K4OC

March 27, 1963 - April 5, 2018


Samuel Michael Cederas, 55, husband to the love of his life, Melissa W-Cederas, who loved him more than life itself, passed away on 4-5-2018 at their home in Clayton, NC. Sam was born in Athens, Greece on March 27, 1963 and was adopted by Michael and Penelope Cederas of Cary, NC. Sam was loved by everyone he knew. Sam worked for the last decade for Shaw University as an IT Specialist and was well known as the "ID Guy". Sam's favorite past-time was going to the beach and driving the highways of North Carolina. He also enjoyed amateur radio and was willing to help everyone, he always had your back, he loved to joke around, he was a man of honor, and a kid at heart. Survivors include his biological daughter Zoe Cederas and two step-daughters, Allisyn Z Williams & Corinna C Williams. His funeral will be held at 4:00pm, Wednesday, 4-11-2018 at Cleveland Community Church (C3), 8246 Cleveland Rd, Clayton, NC 27520.

Retired Lieutenant Thomas G. "Tommy" Rich Jr. (1965-1991) died Friday, March 29, in Garner. 

The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 pm Tuesday at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner, and at other times at 1005 Edgewater Dr., Garner.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 pm at Highland Baptist Church, 8524 Crowder Road, Raleigh. Burial will be at Montlawn Memorial Park with Masonic rites.

Read his obituary at

Below is his portrait from the 2007 fire department history book.


Tommy Rich, N4CBI


03/6/1942 ~ 03/29/2019


GARNER-Thomas G. ”Tommy” Rich, Jr., a retired Raleigh Fireman, died Friday. A native of Wake Co., he was the son of the late Thomas G. Rich and Mattie Anderson Rich. He was a retired volunteer fireman with the Garner Fire Department and has been a member of the Vandora Masonic Lodge since 1980 and a member of Amran Shrine Temple, Garner Shrine and
Amran Wrecking Crew.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 pm at Highland Baptist Church. Burial, Montlawn Memorial Park with Masonic rites.
Surviving: his wife of 57 years, Kay Eddins Rich; children, Lesa R. Denning (Scott) of Benson, T.G. Rich (Kristie) of Garner and Beth R. Setzer (Mike) of Garner; grandchildren, Ashley Denning Dunn (Wayne), Connor Denning, and Ryan Denning, all of Benson, Bennett Rich, Rylie Setzer and Colby Setzer, all of Garner; great-grandchildren, Waylon and Mayley Dunn.
The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 pm Tuesday at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner and at other times at 1005 Edgewater Dr., Garner .
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children c/o Amran Shriners, 11101 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC 27614

Jerry B. McLamb, WB4VQP/SK  

Jerry was a active Board Member and Incorporator of Johnston Emergency Communications Corporation, which was evolved and changed names to the Southeastern Emergency Communications Network and Carolina 440 UHF Link System is a Division of SECN.

Jerry will be missed as he was a long time friend in Amateur Radio.  He was also a long time member and one of the founders of Johnston Amateur Radio Society.


Benson, NC: Mr. Jerry Brenton McLamb, age 79, of W. Main Street, died Monday, January 27, 2020 at the SECU Hospice House in Smithfield.  Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Oliver’s Grove Baptist Church in Four Oaks. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. David Brantley.

            Mr. McLamb was born in Harnett County to the late Tennyson Utley and Georgia Creech McLamb.  He retired from the North Carolina Department of Corrections. Mr. McLamb served as the Mayor of the Town of Benson from 2005-2007 and was a charter member of the Benson Rescue Squad. He was also a former Benson Police officer and a volunteer Johnston County Sheriff Deputy. Mr. McLamb was a member of Oliver’s Grove Baptist Church.

Surviving include wife of 50 years, Esther Norris McLamb; children, Donald Earnest and wife, Ann of Four Oaks, Katie Faircloth and husband, Ronnie of Erwin; grandchildren, Necah Rose and husband, Jack, Tabitha Monds and husband, Allen, Belinda Mason, Don Earnest and wife, Lauren; great-granddaughters, Kate Clanton and Alaina Monds; great-great granddaughter, Violet Clanton; brothers, Johnny C. McLamb and wife, Joyce of Dunn; Jan McLamb and wife, Sharon of Benson; several beloved nieces and nephews.

            The family will receive friends from 12:30 PM-1:30PM, Saturday, February 1, 2020 prior to the funeral service at Oliver's Grove Baptist Church in Four Oaks and other times at the home.

            Flowers are welcomed; however, memorials may be made to Oliver’s Grove Baptist Church, 8715 US Hwy 301, South Four Oaks, NC 27524.

            Arrangements by Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson, NC.


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