Miscellaneous Wayne County, North Carolina Obituaries

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April 26, 1999

LESLIE J. BELL 
MOUNT OLIVE -- Leslie James Bell Sr, 79, of 275 Red Hill Road in the Summerlin's Crossroads Community, died Sunday night at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.
The funeral will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Tyndall Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Mickey Whitfield and J. Michael Davis will conduct the service. The family will receive friends afterward.
Burial will be on Wednesday morning at 11 in the Devotional Gardens in Warsaw.
Mr. Bell was the son of the late Weldon and Annie Rose Summerlin Bell and was a retired farmer and fertilizer dealer. He was a life-long member of Rooty Branch Free Will Baptist Church where he had served as Sunday school superintendent. He was a member and Past Master of the Kenansville Masonic Lodge. He also was a long-time member and former president of the Board of Directors of Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation.
He is survived by his wife, Alene Price Bell of the home; two daughters, Judith B. Crumpler of Pikeville and Janis B. Fuller of Winter Park, Fla.; a son, James Bell of Goldsboro; a sister, Laura B. Godbold of Summerlin's Crossroads; three grandchildren, Robert E. Deans III of Walstonburg, Kevin Crumpler of Angier, and Brandy F. Luce of Tallahassee, Fla.; and three great-grandchildren, Alex, Daniel, and Mary Caitlin Deans.
Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to Pleasant Grove First Responders, or the Mount Olive Rescue Squad.

SARAH E. GETSINGER 
Sarah Ellis Getsinger, 71, of 1406 Laurel St., died Sunday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Dr. Glenn Phillips Jr. will officiate. The service will be preceded by burial at 11 a.m. in Wayne Memorial Park.
Mrs. Getsinger was born in Greenville and was married to the late John C. Getsinger. She was a graduate of East Carolina University and was a teacher and librarian for the Goldsboro City School System for 20 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher with pre-school children for many years. She was active in the Woman's Missionary Union and served as director for seven years. She was a volunteer with Wayne Memorial Hospital and WAGES and participated in food delivery for the homebound.
She is survived by her special friends, Gene and Barbara Tyson of Dudley; a special daughter, Alice Tran of Raleigh; a brother, R. Brad Ellis and wife Shirley, of Austin, Texas; and six special grandchildren and four special great-grandchildren.
Immediately following the memorial service, family and friends will greet in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church.
In accordance with Mrs. Getsinger's wishes, it is requested that memorial gifts be directed to the First Baptist Church, 125 S. John St., Goldsboro, 27530; or to the Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, 27361-0338.
The body will lie in state at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home of Goldsboro until 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

HETTIE R. GRAY 
The funeral for Hettie Rosetta Gray, 56, of 9-B Simon Brights Apt., will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at St. John Free Will Baptist Church. Dr. W.J. Best will officiate. Burial will be in St. Matthew Cemetery.
Ms. Gray died Friday at home.
She is survived by a son, James Russell Gray of Goldsboro; a sister, Christine Dees of Kinston; and a brother, Clifton Jones of Goldsboro.
Arrangements by Albritton -Carraway Funeral Home.

ELVIE H. HOLLAND 
LAGRANGE -- Elvie Ruth Harrison Holland, 76, of 4979 Paul's Path Road, died Sunday at Lenoir Memorial Hospital.
The funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Rouse Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Brad Williamson will officiate. Burial will be in Flatfield Cemetery.
Mrs. Holland was born in Greene County and was the daughter of the late Titus and Ruth Leneave Harrison.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Holland; two daughters, Grace Kirkland of Cary and Syliva Thomas of Rocky Mount; three sons, Bobby Holland of LaGrange, David Holland of LaGrange, and Gary Holland of Los Angeles; two sisters, Enzie Singleton and Maxie Harrison of LaGrange; seven brothers, Dixon Harrison of North Wilkesboro, Titus Harrison, Kendrick Harrison, Joseph Harrison, Donnie Harrison, Clifton Harrison, and Holton Harrison of LaGrange; and nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 until 9 at Rouse Funeral Home and at other times at the residence.

RIVERS D. JOHNSON JR. 
KENANSVILLE -- Rivers Dunn Johnson Jr., 77, died Sunday at home.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Warsaw Baptist Church where he was a member.
Mr. Johnson was born March 23, 1922, in Warsaw, and was the son of the late State Senator Rivers D. and Olivia Best Johnson. He graduated from Warsaw High School in 1940 and attended Staunton Military Academy in Virginia. He studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, and later studied law under the late Claude Love of Asheville, former dean of the state senate.
He succeeded his father in 1958 as a member of the State Bar Council, where he served until 1985, was chairman of the Grievance Committee for 10 years, and thereafter served on the Judicial Standards Commission for six years.
He served in the U.S Marine Corps in the V-12 program at UNC-CH and entered active service in 1943. During World War II, he served in Hawaii, Guam, and the Republic of China.
He reentered the Marine Corps during the Korean conflict and served at Camp Pedleton, Calif. While there, he was selected for the Naval Justice School at Newport, R.I., where he received training in military law.
While at UNC, Mr. Johnson played on the freshman football team and played baseball for several years. During the early stages of World War II, he and the Tar Heels played against a baseball team from the Pre-Flight School at UNC against major-league players, including Hall of Famer Ted Williams.
A former attorney for the Town of Warsaw, Mr. Johnson practiced law in the district from 1952 until early this year. He was active in civic activities, his community, and the Democratic Party. He was past president of the Warsaw Jaycees, Warsaw Rotary Club, and Duplin County Young Democrats Club. He also served as president and as a member of the board of directors of Duplin Country Club. 
Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his wife, the former Faye Frasier of Burgaw, and is survived by a daughter, Mary Lynn Hardee of Kenansville; a son, Rivers D. "Buster" Johnson III of Robersonville and his wife Mandy; two brothers, Vivian B. "Hawk" Johnson of Green Level and his wife Chick, and John Anderson Johnson of Warsaw and his wife Helen B.; and three grandchildren, Justin Daniel Pittman (21), and Brooke Olivia Hardee (14) of Kenansville, and Hannah Elizabeth Johnson (7) of Robersonville.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 until 9 at the home at 418 South Country Club Drive.
Community Funeral Home in Warsaw is serving the family.

SIBYL M. JOYNER 
NEWTON GROVE -- Sibyl McMillan Joyner, 80, died Sunday at Golden Years Nursing Home of Falcon.
The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 11 at Wesley Chapel Methodist Church. The Rev. Frank Daniels and Dr. Dennis Sheppard will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Joyner was the wife of the late Cranford McMillan and Clement Joyner and was the daughter of the late Clegg and Julia Williamson. She lived in the Mingo community where she was active in Wesley Chapel Methodist Church, Just-A-Mere Garden Club, and various community affairs.
She is survived by two daughters, Joyce Hudson of Godwin and Amelia Cagle of Marraro, La.; four sisters, Eunice Bass of Newton Grove, Bernadell Vann of Newton Grove, Lola Bigham of Charlotte and Katherine Hunnicutt of Tuscon, Ariz.; and six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 until 9 at West & Dunn Funeral Home.
Donations in Mrs. Joyner's memory may be made to the Wesley Chapel Church and Community Beautification Fund.

EDWARD E. KUNTZ 
Deacon Edward E. Kuntz died Saturday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday morning at 10 at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Chapel in Goldsboro. Entombment will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Conway, S.C., with Monsignor Joe Roth officiating.
Deacon Kuntz was born in Coxeville, Pa., was the son of the late Nicholas and Anna Knis Kuntz, and was married to the former Doris Acri. He was ordained to the diaconate on November 24, 1985, in St. Peter's and Paul's Byzantine Catholic Church in Beaver Meadows, Pa. He served in the ministry at Myrtle Beach A.F.B. and at St. Michael's parrish at Seymour Johnson A.F.B. An active member with the MSGR Freeman Council 5487 of the Knights of Columbus, he served as a Grand Knight and District Deputy. A retired master sergeant, he served three years with the U.S. Army and 30 years in the United States Air Force, spending three years of that time in the Korean War.
In addition to his wife he is survived by a son, Paul Kuntz and wife Sandy of Hanahan, S.C.; a daughter, Susan Ralston and husband Michael of Moncks Corner, S.C.; two brothers, John Kuntz of Metuchen, N.J., and Joseph Kuntz of W. Hazleton, Pa.; three sisters, Eleanor Kuntz and Anne Ference, both of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., and Mary Bradish of Freeland, Pa.; and a step-grandson, Ben Hammock of Moncks Corner, S.C.
The family will greet friends Tuesday from 7 until 9 at Seymour Johnson A.F.B. Chapel.
The request that, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be directed to the National Kidney Foundation, 5970 Fairview Road, #1 Fairview Plaza, Suite 408, Charlotte, 28210; or to the American Diabetes Association, 3109 Poplarwood Court, Suite, 125, Raleigh, 27604-1043; or to the charity of one's choice.
Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home of Goldsboro is serving the family.

ONEIL SIMMONS 
Oneil Simmons, 80, of 813 Crawford St., died Sunday at Britthaven Nursing Home in Smithfield.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at LaGrange Mortuary in LaGrange.

JASON W. TURNAGE 
DUDLEY -- Jason William Turnage, 61, of 3916 U.S. 117 South Alt., died Friday at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Durham.
The funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home of Goldsboro. The Rev. Tom Dorman and the Rev. Marty Massey will officiate. Burial, with full military honors, will be in Wayne Memorial Park.
Mr. Turnage is survived by his wife, Connie N. Turnage; six brothers, Lee Turnage of Starke, Fla., Alton Turnage of Fremont, Floyd Turnage of Lawrenceville, Ill., Carl Turnage of New Albany, Ind., Douglas Turnage of Coffeyville, Kan., and Morris Turnage of Virginia Beach, Va.; five sisters, Martha Harrison of Goldsboro, Tiny Lane of Rosewood, Helen Lane of Benbrook, Texas, and Yvonne Craven and Bonnie Shook of Macclenny, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Christopher Jason Turnage of Mount Olive and Ashley Nicole Turnage of the home.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 until 9 at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home of Goldsboro.

SUSIE ANN WHITFIELD 
SNOW HILL -- Susie Ann Whitfield died Sunday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Hamilton Funeral Chapel.

October 7, 1999

RANDY ANDERSON 
William Randall "Randy" Anderson, 43, of 123 Albert Drive, died Wednesday.
The funeral will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Charlie Carroll and the Rev. Harold Anderson will officiate. A graveside service will be held Saturday morning at 11 at Wayne Memorial Park.
A native of Wayne County, he was the son of Kathleen Forehand Anderson and the late William H. Anderson. He worked with Bayer Pharmaceutical for 25 years and for Nelson's Photo for 15 years.
Mr. Anderson's love for photography began at a young age and never diminished. He took classes at Wayne Community College and North Carolina State University and shared his enthusiasm for and knowledge of photography with local photographers. 
Photo assignments took him across the United States, to Kenya, Venezuela and Panama. His work has appeared in a book entitled "Earthtrek: Project Kenya," been exhibited at the Arts Council of Wayne County and the Family YMCA, been purchased for commercial use, and served as the subject of newspaper articles. A picture he took of a bush buck in 1986 in Kenya won third place in the Minolta Wildlife Award and was chosen as one of the top 10 images from more than 10,000 entries.
Mr. Anderson was affiliated with the Photographic Society of America, Professional Photographers of America, Associated Photographers International, and Nikon Professional Services.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Teresa Byrd "Terry" Anderson; a daughter, Amanda Anderson of the home; and many special friends including Jim and Ann Smith of Goldsboro.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Gail Anderson.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the funeral service until 9 p.m. and at other times at the home.

SHAMEKA D. ADAMS 
Shameka Denyele Adams, 24, of 1207 S. Andrews Avenue, died Monday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Howell Funeral & Cremation Service in Goldsboro.

WELLIE S. DAVIS 
Wellie Samuel Davis, 79, died Sept. 14.
The funeral was held on Sept. 22 at Tyndall Funeral Home Chapel in Mount Olive. A private graveside service was held Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Calypso Cemetery. The Rev. Paul Rose conducted the service.

HAMPTON A. DILLARD 
Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Hampton A. Dillard, 69, of 501 King Drive, died Oct. 2 at the Veterans Medical Center in Fayetteville.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. James E. Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Wayne Memorial Park.
Mr. Dillard was the son of the late Alexander Lloyd and Lettie Law Dillard.
He is survived by his wife, Rubye Haskins Dillard; four sons, Hampton Alexander (Eleanor) of Durham, Michael Lloyd (Jeanene) of Valdosta, Ga., Keith Lynal Dillard of Radford, Va., and Gregory Lynn Dillard of Goldsboro; a daughter, Lettye Dillard Clark of Goldsboro; five grandchildren, Liza Dillard, Michelle Dillard, Jeana Dillard, Aletta Clark and Lanette Johnson; one sister, Shirley Harris (Joseph); one brother, Clifford Dillard (Patricia); and five nieces and one nephew.
The family will be at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church to receive friends at 6 p.m. Friday and Masonic rites will be performed at 6:30 p.m.
Rhodes Funeral Home is serving the family.

MICHAEL F. EMORY
LAGRANGE -- U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Michael Francis Emory, 21, died Monday.
A native of Jamestown, N.Y., he was the son of Bryan and Brenda Marotto Emory. He worked on the flight line at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
A memorial service will be held Friday at noon at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Chapel.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Sherman Community Church in Sherman, N.Y. Burial will follow in Sunset Hill Cemetery.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Bryon Emory of Fayetteville.
The family will greet friends Friday from 2 until 4 p.m. and from 7 until 9 p.m. at Spitzer Funeral Home in Sherman, N.Y.
Local arrangements are with Seymour Funeral Home.

HENRY FAISON
TURKEY -- The funeral for Henry Faison, 61, will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Turkey. The Rev. Tommy Jones will officiate. Burial will be in the Faison family cemetery.
Mr. Faison died Oct. 2 in Florida.
He was a native of Duplin County and was the son of the late Henry B. and India Brinson Faison. 
He is survive by his wife, Rosa Faison of New York; a son, Kenneth Ray Faison of Texas; four daughters, Chalita Faison of Ingleside, Texas, Dianne Faison of Charlotte and Paris Royal and Carrie Wilcox of Clinton; two brothers, William Earl Faison of Warsaw and Jimmy Faison of Florida; two sisters, Versie Lee of New York and Maggie Frederick of Warsaw; and four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The viewing will be Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. at Rhodes Funeral Home.
The funeral procession will line up Saturday at 2:15 p.m. at the residence of Maggie Frederick on Hill Street in Warsaw.

ROSE LEE JENNINGS 
WARSAW -- The funeral for Rose Lee Jennings, 76, will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the mausoleum at the Devotional Gardens in Kenansville. Entombment will follow.
Mrs. Jennings died Oct. 1 in New York.
She was a native of Harnett County and was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Georgia McLean Chance.
She is survived by a son, Dr. Winston Jennings of Kenansville; a daughter, Oshey Bee Price of New York; three brothers, Benjamin Chance of Smithfield, Conwell Johnny Chance, and Wright Chance of Smithfield; and two sisters, Louise Williams and Jessie Pearl Lassiter of Smithfield.
The viewing will be today until 7 p.m. at Rhodes Funeral Home in Warsaw.
The funereal procession will line up Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Dr. Winston Jennings at 182 Faison McGowan Road in Kenansville.

GRIFFIN LEWIS 
Griffin Lewis, 79, of 942-B Fairview Circle, died Sunday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Delight United Holy Church in LaGrange. The Rev. Leamon Dudley will officiate. Burial will be in Old Mill Cemetery.
Mr. Lewis is survived by three sons, Bobby Lewis of Pikeville, Griffin Lewis Jr. of Orlando, Fla., and Allen T. Lewis of Anchorage, Alaska; five daughters, Helen Wilson of Garner, Mabel Rutledge of Winston-Salem, Charity Pace of Garner, Daisy Robb of Duluth, Ga., and Noah Lewis of Winston-Salem; one sister, Christine Kornegay of Goldsboro; and 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The viewing will be Friday from 3 until 9 p.m. at Hamilton Funeral Chapel. 
The family will assemble at 1213 N. Jefferson Avenue one hour prior to the funeral.

JOHNNIE ROBERTS 
MOUNT OLIVE -- The funeral for Johnnie Roberts of 1007 S. Center St. will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. James Church of Christ. Elder Joseph Warren will officiate. Burial will be in Carver Memorial Park.
Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife, Willie Mae Roberts of the home; two daughters, Eva Mae Potts and Phyllis of Fort Mill, S.C.; one sister, Linda Mae Fontaburger of Belmont; and three grandchildren.
The viewing will be Friday from 1 until 8 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home.

RALPH "PETE" SMITH JR. 
Ralph H. "Pete" Smith, 52, of 105 Ashby Lane, died Tuesday evening.
The funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Glenn Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Willow Dale Cemetery.
Mr. Smith was born in Wayne County and was the son of Ralph H. and Catherine S. Smith of Goldsboro. He was a member of the First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, taught the 2nd and 3rd graders' Sunday school class, and was on the nominating committee. He also was a member of First Baptist Church's adult choir and the III Century Singers. He was employed with O'Berry Center.
In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife, Bunny F. Smith; two daughters and a son-in-law, Tammy S. and Terry Wallace of Goldsboro and Courtney Smith of the home; two sisters, Kaye Thompson and Clarkie Perkins of Goldsboro; a grandson, Joshua Caleb Wallace of Goldsboro; five nieces, Kathy Winstead, Carol Alton, Connie Skinner, Jennifer Perkins and Jessy Ann Perkins; a great-nephew, Jackson Alton; and a great-niece, Catherine Skinner.
The family will receive friends today from 6 until 8 p.m. at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home of Goldsboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 125 S. John St., Goldsboro, 27530.

JOHN D. WILSON 
FAISON -- John D. Wilson, 79, died Sunday at Guardian Care Nursing Home.
The funeral will be held tonight at 7:30 at Poplar Grove Baptist Church in Faison. The Rev. Kenneth Smith and Pastor Wade Pope will officiate.
A graveside service will be held Monday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery in South Norfolk, Va.
Mr. Wilson was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was retired after 30 years of service in the insurance industry.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus and Susie Wilson, and is survived by his wife, Dorothy "Dottie" Wilson of Faison; four sons, John R. Wilson and Hardy Wilson of Beulaville. David L. Wilson of Goldsboro and David B. Merritt of Faison; three daughters, Susie Wilson of Abelene, Texas, Edna Herr of Humble, Texas, and Pam Lauver of Beulaville; one sister, Nancy ReDavid of Virginia Beach, Va.; and nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Local arrangements are with Johnson Funeral Home in Jacksonville.


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