Miscellaneous Pitt County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Herbert W. Gooding 
AYDEN — Herbert Wesley Gooding, D.D.S, F.A.G.D., 82, died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ayden Christian Church. Burial will follow in Ayden Cemetery. 
Dr. Gooding graduated from Smithdeal-Massey Business College in Richmond, Va., in 1937. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1938 to 1942 and majored in chemistry. He graduated from the School of Dentistry Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, in 1945. 
He served three years with the U.S. Naval Dental Corps during World War II and the Korean War, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was a Prosthetics Officer while stationed at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1955. He was a member of the Fifth District Dental Society, Pierre Fauchard Academy, N.C. Dental Society, Associate member of the Chicago Dental Society, American Dental Association, Federation Dentaire Internationale, Fellow Academy of General Dentistry, American Society of Dentistry for Children, Eastern Prosthetic Study Club President and Host, American Institute of Hypnosis, member Who's Who of the South and Southwest, Psi Omega Professional Fraternity. 
He served as president of the Ayden Rotary Club. He was past Commander of the Ayden American Legion Post. Dr. Gooding was a member of Ayden Christian Church, Chairman Official Board and Elder Ayden Christian Church. He was Chairman and Secretary of the local school board and member of 40 and 8. He was director of Southern Bank in Ayden and secretary of the Board of Trustees of Pitt County Memorial Hospital from 1987 to 1996. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Eastern AHEC, representing Pitt County Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Pitt County Memorial Hospital Foundation. He retired as a dentist in Ayden after 49 years, except for military service. 
Dr. Gooding was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Ruggle Gooding; and a sister, Jean Spivey. 
He is survived by one son, William E. Gooding of the home; three daughters, Mara Ruggle Gooding Mackenzie of Greenville, Martha Gooding Jacobson of Dallas, Texas, and Sue Mac Gooding Ridgeway of New Bern; two sisters, Mary Jane Lassiter of Hookerton and Audrey Pate of Hugo; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 
Visitation will be tonight from 7 to 9 at Farmer Funeral Service in Ayden. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Ayden Christian Church or Pitt County Memorial Hospital Foundation. 
Arrangements by Farmer Funeral Service, Ayden. 

Eric Lee Green 
Mr. Eric Lee Green, 27, died Saturday, July 21, 2002, at New York Presbyterian Hospital. 
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 3 p.m. at English Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, with Bishop J.B. Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. 
He attended Rose High School and Pitt Community College while living in Greenville, N.C. He continued his education at Nassoau Community College while living in West Hempstead, N.Y. He was employed at Sears at the time of his death. At an early age, he joined Selvia Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. 
He leaves to cherish his memories; his mother, Ms. Myrtle Taylor Green; and father, William Floyd; his brother, James Quinton Taylor (Tammie) of Greenville, N.C.; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Julia Floyd of Greenville, N.C.; aunts, Mrs. Gladys Taylor Foster and Mrs. Delores Taylor Gardner (Austin), bothl of Greenville, N.C.; two uncles, Bishop Johnnie B. Taylor of Greenville, N.C., and Mr. Andrew J. Taylor of Henderson, N.C.; two nieces and three nephews; his New York family, Milton (Ruby) Taylor and Jacqueline Taylor; a host of cousins and friends. 
Visitation today from 2-8 p.m. at Blake Phillips Funeral Service and other times at the home of Myrtle Green, 402 Paris Ave. 
Arrangements handled by Blake Phillips Funeral Service, Greenville. 

Irmgard Oakley 
DUDLEY — Mrs. Irmgard Werner Oakley, 73, of 315 Robin Lake Drive, died Tuesday, July 23, 2002. She was a native of Germany. 
Funeral services 2 p.m. Saturday, Seymour Funeral Home Chapel, Goldsboro. Entombment in Wayne Memorial Park. Visitation 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

Jonas E. Edwards 
PINETOPS — Mr. Jonas Eason Edwards, 83, of Route 1, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002. He was a member of Aspen Grove Free Will Baptist Church. 
Funeral services 2 p.m. Friday, Farmville Funeral Home chapel. Interment in Queen Anne Cemetery, Fountain. Visitation 7-9 tonight at the funeral home; other times at the residence. 

William L. Mewborn 
GRIFTON — Mr. William Lester "Fat" Mewborn, 71, of 428 E. Hanrahan Road, died Friday, July 19, 2002. A native of Pitt County, he retired from East Carolina University. He was a member of Elm Grove Free Will Baptist Church. 
Funeral services 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial in Ayden Cemetery. Viewing 2-9 p.m. Friday, Don Brown Funeral Home, Ayden. 

Aletha Drummond 
WILLIAMSTON — Aletha Mae Nicholson Drummond, died Tuesday, July 12, 2002. 
Funeral services 11 a.m. Friday, First Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation 7-9 tonight, Walker Funeral Home, Williamston. Memorials to Smithfield Church of God, Building Fund, P.O. Box 458, Smithfield, Va., 23314 or First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1100 N. Haughton St., Williamston, N.C., 27893. 

Gonzella Cobb 
Gonzella Mitchell Cobb, 72, of 1827 Hop Tyson Road, died Saturday, July 20, 2002. 
Funeral services 2 p.m. Saturday, Noah's Ark Church. Burial in Homestead Memorial Gardens. Visitation one hour prior to funeral. 

Leon Parker 
BETHEL — Leon Parker, 28, of 403 Smith St., died Sunday, July 21, 2002. A native of Pitt County, he was a member of Koinonia Christian Center. 
Funeral services 10 a.m. Saturday, St. Delight Church of God in Christ, U.S. 64. Burial in Pinelawn Cemetery. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Friday at the church. Arrangements by Rountree & Associates Funeral Home. 

Reginald Wiggins 
TARBORO — Mr. Reginald Warren Wiggins, 47, of Route 3, Tarboro, died Monday, July 22, 2002. He was a graduate of West Edgecombe High School and St. Augustine College. 
Funeral services 11 a.m. Saturday, Hart Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial in New Hope Church Cemetery, Dunbar. Viewing 2-8 p.m. Friday, Hemby Willoughby Mortuary, Tarboro.

Beulah Mebane 
Mrs. Beulah Louise Whitfield Mebane, 77, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. A Service of Remembrance will be held tonight at 7 at Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 Hooker Road, Greenville. Inhumation will be Saturday at 10:30 in the morning at Brown Hill Cemetery in Greenville. 
Mrs. Mebane was a retired Pitt County Schools teacher of 37 years. She was a member of Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Silhouettes, 10+3 Social Club, Benedict-Ettes, December Brides and Grooms of Pitt County, Bennett College Alumnae Association, Senior Games, Roanoke Assembly No. 248 Order of the Golden Circle, Rofelt Pasha Court No. 108 Daughters of Isis and Pride of the East No. 524 Order of the Eastern Star. 
Surviving are her husband, Francis H. Mebane of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Gracie M. and Thomas Vines of Greenville; grandson, Justin Mebane Vines of Greenville; one brother, George Raymond Whitfield of Greenville; one sister, Mary Esther Whitfield Logan of Columbia, Md.; one sister-in-law, Senora J. Whitfield of Washington, D.C.; and one brother-in-law, William Mebane of Pantego. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to G.R. Whitfield Scholarship Fund, c/o Bennett College, 900 E. Washington St., Greensboro, N.C. 27401. 
Viewing will be tonight from 5-7 at Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist. Family will receive friends at the home, 1104 Ward St., Greenville. 

Janie Hinson 
ROANOKE RAPIDS — Mrs. Janie Mills Hinson, 83, of Roanoke Rapids died Monday, July 22, 2002, at Guardian Care of Roanoke Rapids. 
A graveside service was held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, at Cedarwood Cemetery with the Rev. Keith Thomason officiating. 
Mrs. Hinson was born in Pitt County, the daughter of the late Cleave Mills and Cleo Sutton Mills. She was a former owner/operator of Daily Maid Bakery. 
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William Madison Hinson; a son, Edward “Eddie” Ray Hinson; a sister, Ruby Stokes Cutrell; a brother, Clifton Mills; and a granddaughter, Tammy Hinson. 
She is survived by one daughter, Jane Fitzhugh, and her husband, John of Garysburg; four sons, William Joseph Hinson and his wife, Nell, of Powhatan, Va., Ronald Louis Hinson and his wife, Gail, of Piedmont, S.C., Charles Alvin Hinson and his wife, Linda, of Ridgecrest, Calif., and Marvin Wayne Hinson and his wife, Linda, of Suffolk, Va.; two brothers, R.C. Mills and his wife, Bet, and Clarence Mills and his wife, Nancy, all of Grimesland; a half-brother, James Henry Moseley and his wife, JoAnn, of Greenville; her grandchildren, Raye Warren and her husband, Chip, of Garysburg, J.W. Fitzhugh of Scotland Neck, Annette Townsend and her husband, Russ, of Winchester, Va., Eddie Hinson and his wife, Laurie, of Powhatan, Scott Speer of Columbia, S.C., Larry Speer of Paris, France, Tony Hinson of Alberta, Canada, and Tina Hinson, Susan Hinson and Matt Hinson, all of Suffolk; nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Barbara Stokes Williams, Jimmy Stokes, Brenda Stokes Stancil, Elaine Stokes Dixon, Diane Mills, David Moseley and Tim Moseley, all of Greenville, Susan Mills Tobin of New Jersey, Pat Mills Anderson of Rocky Mount, Clifton “Skip” Mills of Kathleen, Ga., Elizabeth “Lou” Mills Wantzer of Southern Shores, Sandra Mills Nobles and James Earl Moseley, both of Grimesland and Cleve Mills of Kinston. 
Wrenn Funeral Home in Roanoke Rapids was in charge of arrangements. Correspondence may be sent to John & Jane Fitzhugh, P.O. Box 143, Garysburg, N.C. 27831. 

Lynn Finkelday 
Lynn Mattoon Finkelday, 58, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002. The funeral service and burial will be at Hollywood Memorial Park in Union, N.J., at a later date. 
Mrs. Finkelday, a native of New Jersey, moved to Greenville from Toms River, N.J., in 1988. She was employed with Metaldyne, Inc. 
She is survived by: husband, John P. Finkelday; son, John P. Finkelday Jr. of Toms River, N.J.; grandchildren, Elijah, Cheyenne, and Casey; brothers, Roland Mattoon of Boone, and Gordon Mattoon of Swedesboro, N.J.; sister, Patricia Roy of Mayetta, N.J. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 620 W. Morgan St., Raleigh, NC 27603. 

Charles R. Taylor 
MARION — Charles Randy Taylor went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 24, 2002. Randy was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, serving as a Sunday School teacher and deacon for more than 25 years. He was a beloved husband, devoted father, caring brother, endearing uncle and loyal friend. 
Randy was born on February 12, 1945, to Charlie and Adelle Harrell Taylor, and he grew up in the Macclesfield area. Randy attended The Apprentice School at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, and then served as the Supervisor of Training for its Toolmaking Department. Randy then established his own business in Marion with longtime friend Steve McCraw. 
Randy had a love for the beauty and sanctity of life. Above all, Randy enjoyed spending time with his family in McDowell County and Down East. He was an avid Tar Heels fan and was always ready for a game of basketball, golf or tennis with his daughter, Charity. 
Randy leaves behind his beloved wife of thirty years, Sue (Susie) Phillips Taylor; his much-loved daughter, Charity Leigh Taylor; two sisters, Catherine and her husband, Willy Bailey, of Grifton, and Dorothy and her husband, J.L. Baker, of Wilson; one niece, Cathy Baker of Raleigh; two nephews, Lawrence Whaley of Winterville and Mitchell Whaley of Grifton; two great-nephews; and one great-niece and many cherished friends. 
The family will receive friends at Rocky Pass Free Will Baptist Church in Nebo on Friday, July 26, from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Rocky Pass Free Will Baptist Church on Saturday, July 27, at 2 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Edgecombe Memorial Park in Tarboro on Sunday, July 28, at 3 p.m. 
Flowers are acceptable and appreciated. Those desiring to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to consider the Randy Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund at Rocky Pass Free Will Baptist Church, 6988 Harmony Grove Road, Nebo, N.C. 28761. Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

Ethel Jones 
Mrs. Ethel Jones, 93, of 111 Glenda Court B-5, Greenville, died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Services will be Saturday 2 p.m. at St. Rest Holy Church in Winterville with Pastor W.C. Elliott officiating. Burial will follow in Winterville Cemetery in Winterville. 
Mrs. Jones was a native of Pitt County, where she attended the County Schools. 
She is survived by seven daughters, Pastor Mattie Ann Smith and Doris McDonald, both of Winterville, Ada Kirkpatrick and Mary Phillips, both of Greenville, Fannie Baker of St. Louis, Mo., Hazel Duncas of Pasadena, Calif., and Louise Harper of Norfolk, Va.; one sister, Lola D. Smith of Farmville; two brothers, Hugh L. Jones and Marvin E. Jones, both of Blackville, S.C.; 48 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
Viewing will be held Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at St. Rest Holy Church in Winterville. 
Arrangements handled by Mitchell's Funeral Home in Greenville. 

James Ray Staton 
Mr. James Ray Staton Sr., 62, of 107 Oakdale Road, Greenville, N.C., finished his course on Tuesday, July 23, 2002. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 27, 2002, at 3 p.m. at Mount Calvary Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery. 
He attended C.M. Eppes High School. A native of Pitt County, he retired from Pitt County Memorial Hospital. He was a member and deacon of St. Matthew True Born Faith of Christ. He was also a past master of Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Mason, PHA-NC. 
He was the loving son of the late Mrs. Eula Mae Corey Smith and Joseph Staton. For 21 years, he was the beloved husband of the late Mrs. Elma Louise Lofton Staton. He leaves to cherish his memories five children; James Staton, Jr., of Greenville, Sandra Staton of Gettysburg, Penn., Carlton Staton (Sharon) of Winterville, Amy Staton of Greenville and Corey Staton of Greenville; an uncle, John Henry Corey (Mary) of Greenville; an aunt, Selecta Jones of Brooklyn, N.Y.; his sister-in-law, Pearlie Mae Adams of Greenville; three grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Viewing at Flanagan Chapel Friday, July 26, from 3-6 p.m.; family visitation at St. Matthew from 7-8 p.m., 605 Norris St., Greenville. 

Alvin R. Griffin 
EDEN — Alvin Ray Griffin, 75, of 207 Wilson St. died Wednesday, July 24, 2002. A native of Pitt Count, he was a truck driver. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and a member of First Baptist Church of Draper. 
Graveside services 2 p.m. Saturday, Dan View Cemetery. Visitation 7-8:30 tonight, Fair Funeral Home, Eden. 

Annie R. Moye 
Annie Ruth Moye, 80, of 4410 County Home Road, died Tuesday, July 23, 2002. 
Funeral services 2 p.m. Sunday, Phillipi Church of Christ. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation 7-8 p.m. Saturday, at the church. 

O'Bryan Murphy 
WINDSOR — O'Bryan Murphy, 19, of 1251 Indian Wood Road, died Sunday, July 21, 2002. 
Funeral services 2 p.m. Saturday, Indian Wood Baptist Church. Burial in Murphy Family Cemetery. Arrangements by Perkins Funeral Home, Bethel.

William S. Bost Jr. 
William Stuart Bost Jr., M.D., 66, died Thursday, July 25, 2002, at home of complications related to cancer. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church today at 2 p.m. 
Dr. Bost was born in Greenville on March 10, 1936. He was a graduate of Greenville High School; attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a John Motley Morehead Scholar; and earned his M.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He practiced medicine with Pitt Ear Nose & Throat-Head & Neck Surgery Inc. from 1971 to 1999. He was a founder, former managing partner and past president of Eastern Carolina Surgical Center and served as the Chief of Staff at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. 
Dr. Bost is survived by his wife, Alice Huss Bost; sons, Hunter H. Bost of Durham and William S. Bost III and his wife, Robin Bryant, of Raleigh; sister, Stuart Bost Laughon of Richmond, Va.; and three grandchildren, William S. Bost IV, D. Bryant Bost, and Sarah Tucker Bost of Raleigh. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the William S. Bost Jr., M.D., Scholarship Fund, c/o the Medical Foundation of ECU, 525 Moye Blvd., Greenville, N.C. 27858. 

Winnie Askew 
FARMVILLE — Ms. Winnie Boone Askew, 62, of 1727 Forest Village Drive died Thursday, July 25, 2002. 
Funeral services 2 p.m. Saturday, Farmville Funeral Home chapel. Interment in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens. 

Wood McLawhorn 
SARASOTA, Fla.— Mr. Wood Douglas McLawhorn, 76, died Friday, July 5, 2002. 
Funeral services were held July 10, 2002, at Colonial Funeral Home, Sarasota. Farmer Funeral Service, Ayden. 

Irmgard W. Oakley 
DUDLEY — Mrs. Irmgard Werner Oakley, 73, of 315 Robin Lake Drive died Tuesday at Wayne Memorial Hospital. 
A native of Germany, she was the daughter of the late Conrad and Edsel Urgaczek Werner. She enjoyed working with her flowers. 
Funeral services were held Saturday at Seymour Funeral Home Chapel with Norman Heath Jr. and Jeffrey D. Heath officiating. Entombment followed in Wayne Memorial Park. 
She is survived by her husband, Andrew Aldeen Oakley; sisters, Ruth M. Stone, Else Seidenthal and Christa Schmidbauer; a brother, Horst Werner; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Eula and Norman Health; and nephews, Jimmy Stone, Steve Stone and Dave Stone. 
The family received friends Friday at Seymour Funeral Home. 

Dr. Gary D. Dunham 
HILLSBOROUGH — Dr. Gary Dee Dunham of 1003 East Hardscrabble Drive passed away suddenly on Thursday, July 25, 2002. 
Gary was born in Lafayette, Ind., in 1953, attended high school in Portage, Mich., and moved to Chapel Hill in 1971. He attended the UNC School of Pharmacy, received his B.S. in Pharmacy and later was awarded his Doctor of Pharmacy degree. He was a member of Rho Chi and Kappa Psi Pharmacy fraternities and during his college years was active in numerous intramural sports. 
Gary's passion was for his profession. He devoted 27 years to Duke Medical Center though his work in the Division of Cardiology and the Department of Pharmacy. He worked as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Cardiology and was active as a teacher and consultant. He was a member of the faculty of the Campbell University School of Pharmacy, where he received six Teacher of the Year awards, and was also on the faculty of the UNC School of Pharmacy. 
He was active over the years in the church and in the community. He served as a deacon and as a Sunday school teacher. He had a love for music and played the trumpet for the Hillsong Baptist Church (formerly Carrboro Baptist Church) as an instrumentalist for several years. He was attending the Chapel Hill Bible Church at the time of his death. 
He is survived by one daughter, Kathryn Elizabeth-Marie Dunham of Greensboro; his parents, Norris and Dorothy Dunham of Chapel Hill; brothers, Bruce Dunham of Greenville and Keith Dunham of Forest Lake, Minn.; nieces, Sara Dunham of Greenville and Kirstin Dunham of Brainerd, Minn.; and his grandmother, Katherine Hubbard of Carrboro. 
Funeral services will be held at the Chapel Hill Bible Church on Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Ernie Keck officiating. Visitation will be today from 7-9 p.m. at Walker's Funeral Home in Chapel Hill. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Duke Hospital Department of Pharmacy/Division of Cardiology Endowment or to the Gary Dunham Memorial Scholarship Fund, Campbell University School of Pharmacy, Buies Creek. 

Elizabeth K. Webb 
BETHEL — Elizabeth K. Webb, 92, of 408 S. Main Street died Thursday, July 25, 2002. 
Funeral services 11 a.m. Monday at New Wynn Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial in Pinelawn Cemetery, Bethel. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Monday at the church. 

Elmer M. White 
WINDSOR — Mr. Elmer M. White, 81, of 204 Hofler St. died Saturday, July 27, 2002. Mr. White was a native of Bertie County and worked as a salesman. 
Graveside services 2 p.m. Monday in Edgewood Cemetery, Windsor. Visitation 7-8:30 p.m. today at Walker Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to University Hospital Hospice, P.O. Box 272, Ahoskiek N.C. 27910. 

Mildred M. Owens 
FOUNTAIN — Mrs. Mildred Moore Owens, 80, of 4003 Bell Road died Saturday, July 27, 2002. Mrs. Owens was a member of King's Cross Roads Free Will Baptist Church. 
Funeral services 11 a.m. Monday at the Church Street Chapel of Farmville Funeral Home. Internment in Queen Anne Cemetery, Fountain. Visitation 7-8:30 p.m. today at Farmville Funeral Home and other times at the home of Janet and Jim Johnson, 328 West Wilson St., Fountain.


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