Miscellaneous Wayne County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Tuesday, February 29, 2000

NANCY G. ALFIERI
STANTONSBURG -- Nancy Gwynn Alfieri, 62, died Sunday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
She was a native of Guilford County and was the daughter of the late Paul King Barber and Avis Magil Arbruster.
She is survived by her children, Marie Danette Alfieri of Lanoka Harbor, N.J., Nancy Gwynn Alfieri of Lyndhursts, N.J., Naomi Ruth Devaney of North Arlington, N.J., Daniel Alfieri Jr. of Colorado Springs, Colo., James Alfieri of Newtown, Pa., Paul Alfieri of Kearny, N.J., and Timothy Alfieri of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister, Phyllis Ann Burchette of Stantonsburg; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and nine half brothers and sisters from Alabama.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Assoc. of N.C., P.O. Box 27985, Raleigh, N.C., 27611.
A Memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Yelverton United Methodist Church.
Seymour Funeral Home is serving the family.

WILLEY J. ARMWOOD SR.
FAISON -- Willey J. Armwood Sr. died Sunday at Providence Hospital in Washington D.C.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Garris Funeral Home in Mount Olive.

E.J. BATTEN 
DUDLEY -- Elwood J. Batten, 65, of 1004 Sleepy Creek Road, died Sunday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home of Goldsboro. The Rev. Otto Griffin will officiate. Burial will be in Wayne Memorial Park.
Mr. Batten was born in Wilmington, was the son of the late Era Jackson and Elsie Eason Batten and was married to Sande Kay Kidwell Batten. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was employed with Wal-Mart.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Elwood "Jay" Batten Jr. and wife Donna of Dudley; daughters, Karen Denise Aldridge and Jill Lorraine Montini of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Paula J. Navarro of Santa Barbara, Calif., Pegeen Rose Stanton of Bloomington, Calif., and Bridgett Ann Rivney of San Diego, Calif.; a brother, Norman Batten of Dallas, Texas; sisters, Doris Gay of Belfast and Almetta Forehand of Goldsboro; and 11 grandchildren.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 until 9 at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home of Goldsboro.

NORA G. EDWARDS 
Nora Gray Edwards, formerly of 2006 Rose St., died Sunday at the Brian Center. 
A graveside service will be held Wednesday morning at 11 at Willow Dale Cemetery with Dr. Glenn Phillips Jr. officiating.
Mrs. Edwards was born in Richmond, Va., was the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Bertha Davis Gray and was married to the late Minson Edwards. She was a homemaker and was a member of the First Baptist Church, the American Cancer Society and Goldsboro Woman's Club, and was a lifetime member of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Edna and Bob Powell of Goldsboro; a son, Lee "Sonny" Edwards of Goldsboro; two sisters, Ruth G. Wilson of Tampa, Fla., and Beulah G. Pair of Miami, Fla.; and five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The family will greet friends tonight from 7 until 8:30 at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home of Goldsboro and at other times at the home of Edna and Bob Powell at 303 Glen Oak Drive.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, 125 S. John St., Goldsboro, 27530.

ERNEST J. FAISON
WARSAW -- Ernest J. Faison of 273 Bartlett Road died Monday at Duplin General Hospital in Kenansville.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Garris Funeral Home in Mount Olive.

DON FORD 
Don Ford, 39, of 645 Durham Lake Road, died today at his home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at McIntyre Funeral Home.
The family will receive visitors at the home of Janie Ford Whitfield at 653 Durham Lake Road.

MILDRED JOHNSON 
LAGRANGE -- Mildred Johnson, 69, of 204 W. King St., died Monday at Lenoir Memorial Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at LaGrange Mortuary.

PHILIP R. JOHNSON SR. 
Philip Rudolph Johnson Sr., 73, of 1508 E. Pine St., died Monday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Wayne County on June 23, 1926, and was the son of the late Robert Roscoe and Beulah Hooks Johnson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II in the South Pacific and 15 months in Guam during the Korean Conflict. He also was retired from D.S. Simmons Inc.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Perkins Johnson; one son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Philip R. Johnson Jr. and wife Renee of Columbus, Ohio; one sister, Mary Parker Comar of Wilmington; and one grandson, Philip R. Johnson III.
A private Scattering at Sea service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Johnson's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 167, Goldsboro, 27533; or to the charity of one's choice.
The family is being served by Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.

REV. JAY PAUL PRIDGEN 
The funeral for Rev. Jay Paul Pridgen, 62, will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Bear Creek Association Headquarters on Slocumb Street. The Rev. Walter Cole will officiate. Burial will be in Pinelawn Memorial Park in Kinston.
Rev. Pridgen died Thursday at Lenoir Memorial Hospital.
He was the owner of The Twin City Body Shop and was the associate minister at Rouse Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in LaGrange. He was a member of the Eastern Ministerial and Deacon Union and Cedar Grove Masonic Lodge 202. 
He is survived by his mother, Louise Pridgen of LaGrange, two daughters, Charlotte Wooten and Janice Morris of LaGrange; five sons, Winston Best of Walstonburg, Darry Taylor of Vass, Geno Pridgen of Goldsboro, and Reko and Teriuu Pridgen of LaGrange; and three sisters, Bertha P. Robinson of Washington, D.C., Serail Yelverton of LaGrange and Rhonda Fisher of Kinston.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 until 9 at Rouse Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in LaGrange.
Albritton-Carraway Funeral Home in Kinston is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

NORMAN R. SMITH 
Norman Roy Smith, 52, died last week at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.
A contractor, he was a native of Butler, Ohio, and was the son of John Smith and Sylvia Hall. 
His survivors include a daughter, Angela K. Harrison of Middleton, Ohio.
Burial was in Woodside Cemetery in Middletown, Ohio.
Local arrangements were handled by Howell Funeral & Crematory in Goldsboro.

SALLIE J. WOOTEN 
LAGRANGE -- Sallie Joyner Wooten, 70, of 110 Palmer St., died Tuesday.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at LaGrange Mortuary.

Wednesday, May 10, 2000

RAY I. JOHNSON 
Ray Ingwald Johnson, 78, of 1510 Laurel St., died Tuesday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.
A graveside service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Wayne Memorial park with the Rev. William Ruhl and the Rev. Fred Clarke officiating.
Mr. Johnson was born in Greensboro and was the son of the late Ingwald Johnson and Ellen Johnson York and the stepson of the late Luther York. He served as a corporal in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was later employed by CP&L for 40 years as a line service coordinator and was a member of CP&L's Pioneer Club. He also was a member of Goldsboro Elks Lodge, the Moose Lodge, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the TPA, and was a charter member of The Exchange Club.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Helene "Andy" Anderson; a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Johnson and Lewis "Jack" Peoples, and two granddaughters, Hilary Leigh and Heather Wrey, all of Wilmington; a stepsister, Pauline Boyette of Goldsboro; a niece, Rose and her daughter Carmen Boyette of Goldsboro; a nephew, Delmus and his son Shane Boyette of Goldsboro; and a loving and devoted aunt, Mrs. Arthur Bissette of Goldsboro.
The family will greet friends today from 6 until 8 p.m. at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home of Goldsboro. 
Although flowers are welcome, memorial gifts may be made to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, 27534; or to the charity of one's choice.

WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM SR. 
William Thomas Cunningham Sr., 72, of 221 Biltmore Drive, died April 2 at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
He is survived by two sons, Levi Moore Cunningham of Goldsboro and William T. Cunningham Jr. of Missouri, and several grandchildren.
Mr. Cunningham donated his body to science. No formal services were held.

INEZ C. INGRAM 
DUDLEY -- Inez Carlton Ingram, 69, of 312 Brogden St., died Monday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
The funeral will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Holy Temple Church in Calypso where she was a member. Dr. H.E. Parker will officiate. Burial will be in Wayne Memorial Park.
Mrs. Ingram was born in Warsaw and was the daughter of the late Rufus and Florence Carlton.
She is survived by her husband, Winsor Ingram Sr. of the home; five sons, Winsor Ingram Jr. of Seven Springs, Joseph Frank Ingram of Mount Olive, the Rev. Jerome Ingram and bobby D. Ingram of Dudley, and Paul Ingram of the home; six daughters, Everlena Barfield, Gail McKinney, Inez Anderson, and Mary Ingram of Dudley, and Peggy Jean Council and Victoria Robinson of Mount Olive; three brothers, Rivers Carlton of Warsaw, James Carlton of Rose Hill and Leon Carlton of Baltimore, Md.; and 32 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
The viewing will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Garris Funeral Home in Mount Olive and the family will be there to receive friends from 7 until 8 p.m.

JAMES L. ISLER 
James Lawrence Isler of 104 Hines Drive died Tuesday night at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Rhodes Funeral Home.

ANNIE S. JOHNSON 
FOUR OAKS -- Annie Gertrude S. Johnson, 90, died Tuesday at Smithfield Manor Nursing Home.
She is survived by a brother, Wade L. Stanley, and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held tonight at 7:30 in the chapel of Minshew Funeral Home and the family will be there to receive friends from 6:30 until 9 p.m.
Interment will be in Oliver's Grove Church Cemetery on Thursday at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Living Endowment Fund of Bethel Free Will Baptist Church, Four Oaks; Juniper Primitive Baptist Church Memorial Fund, Four Oaks; or Oliver's Grove Baptist Church, Four Oaks.

MARY H. JULIANO 
KINSTON -- Mary Hamm Juliano, 85, of 1142 Stanley Mission Road, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at Lenoir Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Juliano was a homemaker and was formerly of Baltimore, Md.
She is survived by a daughter, Shirley T. Johnson and husband Howard of Kinston; two grandchildren, Chuck Cline of Hamilton, Ohio, and Lea Cline Shuey of Venice, Italy; five great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; two nieces, Irene Rogers and Gladys Walker of Goldsboro; a special friend, Myrtle K. Taylor; and a special caregiver, Sonja Mitchell Koonce.
A graveside service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Pinelawn Memorial Park with the Rev. Glassie Locklear officiating.
The family will receive friends afterward.
Garner Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Friday, May 19, 2000

MARK G. ASHE JR. 
DUDLEY -- Mark Gilbert Ashe Jr., 53, of 211 Cornfield Drive, died today at Wayne Memorial Hospital. 
He was born in Seattle, Wash., and was the son of Jean McMartin Ashe of Portland, Oregon, and the late Mark G. Ashe.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Mary Johnson Ashe; two daughters, Rhonda Myers of Seattle, Wash., and Jamie Champion of Dudley; five sons, Mark Gilbert Ashe III of Fayetteville, Jerry Champion of Fort Benning, Ga., Mike Champion and Sidney Champion of Pikeville, and Tony Champion of Dudley; three sisters, Sandy Woog of Shelton, Wash., Karen Gilbert of Portland, Ore., and Margie Bradley of Seattle, Wash.; four brothers, Randy Ashe of Vancouver, Wash., Albert Oberloh of Seattle, Wash., Karl Oberloh of Longview, Wash., and Ernie Oberloh of Portland, Ore.; and 15 grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home of Goldsboro with the Rev. Kathy Swinson officiating. The family will receive friends afterward until 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 27985, Raleigh, 27611.

WILLIAM W. BEST 
MOUNT OLIVE -- William Woodrow "Bill" Best, 84, of 103 College Circle, died at home.
A Masonic graveside service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Wayne Memorial Park with the Rev. Steven Frazier officiating.
Mr. Best was born in Wayne County, was the son of the late James R. and Mary Octavia Futrell Best, and was the husband of the late Lottie Inez Davis Best.
He was a member of Mount Olive Masonic Lodge #208, The Goldsboro York Rite, Sudan Temple Shriners, and The Surf City Moose Lodge.
He is survived by a daughter, Judy Grady of Surf City; two sons, Woody Best of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Richard Best of Grantham; one sister, Flossie Swope of Bremerton, Wash.; and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the residence at 103 College Circle in Mount Olive.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital, c/o Sudan Temple, P.O. Drawer 490, New Bern, 28563-0490.

JAMES E. BIZZELLE 
FREMONT -- James Edward Bizzelle, 81, died Wednesday at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Association Center in Pinetops. Elder Donny Atkinson will officiate. Burial will be in Fremont Cemetery.
Mr. Bizzelle was the son of the late Simon and Lillie Bizzelle. He served two years in the military and worked at Acme United Corporation in Fremont until he retired.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Bizzelle of the home; two daughters, Eula T. Holden of Fremont and Evangelist Lillie M. Dunican of Elm City; one brother, Charles Pete Bizzelle of Baltimore, Md.; one sister, Lillie Mae Nutter of Philadelphia; seven stepsons and three stepdaughters; and nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The wake will be held tonight from 7 until 8 at Rhodes Funeral Home in Fremont.
The funeral procession will line up Saturday at noon at 1130 Jenkins Farm Road in Pinetops.

CHARLES M. BELL 
MAURY -- Charles Mitchell Bell, 46, died Wednesday morning in an automobile accident.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Taylor-Edwards Funeral Home in Snow Hill. Burial will be in Snow Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Bell was a native of Greene County. He attended Snow Hill Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Kristy Bell and Jennifer Bell of Maury; a sister, Brenda B. Combs of Snow Hill; three brothers, Donald E. Hart and William R. Bell of Snow Hill and Ernest L. Bell of Weymouth, Mass.; two half sisters, Rosalee Gower of Portsmouth, Va., and Kathleen Faulkner of Georgia; two half brothers, Dennis Bell of Goldsboro, Edward Bell of Kinston and David Bell of Portsmouth, Va.; and two grandchildren.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 until 9 at the funeral home and at other times at the home of Brenda B. Combs at 1170 Fourway Road, Snow Hill.

HUBERT L. BROWN 
KENLY -- Hubert L. Brown, 78, of 8658 Revell Road, died May 19.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Coley Funeral Home.

ALBERT LEE CREEL
MOUNT OLIVE -- Albert Lee Creel, 71, of 2008 Beautancus Road, died Thursday night in Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Tyndall Funeral Home. The Rev. Marvin Rogers will officiate. Interment will be in Calypso Cemetery.
Mr. Creel was the son of the late Nathan J. and Ora McArthur Creel and was a native of Duplin County. He was a retired farmer and was a member of Calypso Pentecostal Holiness Church.
He is survived by his wife, Rachel P. Creel of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda C. and Richard Wall of Dudley, and Debbie C. and Phillip Holmes of Mount Olive; a sister, Pauline C. Smith of Mount Olive; brothers-in-law, Louis Price and Carl Price, both of Mount Olive, and Paul Angel of Williamsburg, Va.; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Pennington and Sue Price, both of Mount Olive, and Elizabeth Creel of Weldon; grandchildren, Stuart Wall and Kelly Wood, Stephanie McPhail and her husband, Daniel Ryan McPhail, and Bryce Holmes.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Creel was preceded in death by sisters, Johnnie Price and Jesse Angel; brothers, Rudolph Creel, Robert Creel, and Marvin Creel; brothers-in-law, Ramon Smith, Lincoln Price, Robert Price, and a sister-in-law, Sweet Creel.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 until 9 at Tyndall Funeral Home and other times at the family home in the Beautancus community.
Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to Mount Olive Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 616, Mount Olive.

JERRY LYNN FOWLER 
The funeral for Jerry Lynn Fowler, 42, will be held Saturday at noon at White Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church near Pikeville. Elder George Wiggins will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.
Mr. Fowler is survived by his parents, Thomas and Mary Jean Fowler of the home; two sons, Jeremy Fowler and Jamie Bass of Goldsboro; three sisters, Joyce, Marcie and Vicki Fowler of Goldsboro; one brother, Thomas Fowler Jr. of Raleigh; and his maternal grandmother, Evangelist Lillian Lassiter of Goldsboro.
The viewing will be today from 2 until 8 p.m. at Lightner Memorial Funeral Home. 
The family will receive friends at the home of Thomas and Mary Jean Fowler at 401 N. Leslie Street. The funeral procession will line up there at 11 on Saturday morning.

HENRY L. GRAHAM 
The funeral for Henry Lewis Graham, 60, of 502 Foxwood Drive, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Mark Free Will Baptist Church in Mount Olive. The Rev. Florence Pender will officiate. Burial will be in Carver Memorial Park.
Mr. Graham died Sunday.
He was the son of the late Roosevelt and Willie Mae Graham.
Surviving are three sons, Jimmy Graham of Goldsboro, Terry Graham of Macon, Ga., and Eddie McCullen of Dudley; one daughter, Cynthia Irene Artis of Mount Olive; two brothers, Roosevelt Graham and William Graham of Mount Olive; five sisters, Ernestine Oates, Mary Jones, Alice Graham and Shirley Graham of Mount Olive and Irene Artis of Goldsboro; and eight grandchildren.
The viewing will be today from 3 until 7 p.m. at Garris Funeral Home in Mount Olive. At other times the family will receive friends at the residence at 502 Foxwood Drive and the funeral procession will line up there at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 5970 Fairview Road, 3 Fairview Plaza, Suite 408, Charlotte, 28210. 

BETTY L. HESS 
PRINCETON -- Betty L. Hess, 83, of Center St., died Friday at Wake Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Casey Funeral Home.

LAURA PAPPAS 
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. -- Laura Pappas, 75, mother of Christine "Chris" Pike of Goldsboro, died Wednesday.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday morning at 10 at St. Jude Mission with Father Daniel R. Barfield, S.J. celebrant. Interment will follow in Monte Vista Cemetery in Alamogordo.
Mrs. Pappas was born in LaMesa, N.M. She and her husband, Tom, owned and operated The Frostee, a drive-in restaurant in Alamogordo, from 1960 until 1998. She was a member of St. Jude Mission and B.P.O. Does, Drove #119.
In addition to her daughter Chris and husband James Pike, Mrs. Pappas is survived by another daughter and son-in-law, Penelope "Penny" Trainham and husband William of Lubbock; a son, Tommy Pappas and his companion Dani Stephens of Alamogordo; seven grandchildren, William Trainham of Lubbock, Cynthia Tainham Wentworth of Plano, Texas, Crystal Pike Malpass of Raleigh, N.C., Laura Pike of Charlotte, N.C., Jamie Pike of Goldsboro, Dion Pappas of Albuquerque and Billy Pappas of Alamogordo; three great-grandchildren, Mason Pappas of Alamogordo, Alexis Dilworth of Albuquerque, and Zachary Wentworth of Plano; a sister, Cuca Lucero of El Paso; and a brother, Roberto Marques of Las Cruces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marcario and Suzanna Gomez Marquez; by her husband, Tom in 1977; by a daughter, Cassandra Rose "Cass" Pappas Dennis; a sister, Luisa Lewis; and two brothers, Donato and Eligio Marquez.
The family will receive friends today from 5 until 7 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home at 1334 N. Scenic Drive, and the wake be held immediately afterward in the funeral home chapel.


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