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Nov. 22, 1943-May 21, 2008

Willie Raymond Pridgen, 64, of 392 Piedmont Road, was called to his heavenly home on Wedneday evening, May 21, 2008, at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Home-going services will be held Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at 1 p.m. at St. Delight United Holiness Church in Parkstown Community, with Pastor David Pickett officiating. Apostle Norbert E. Simmons will preside. Internment will follow in Pine Lawn Memorial Park.

He was the son of the late John Daily and Rosa Pridgen. He was born in Greene County, Nov. 22, 1943.

Willie was a hard worker and retired from Goldsboro Housing Authority after 25 years as a painter. Willie was also a great cook, "known for his tasty barbecue sauce and pig cooking." He also loved to fish, collect coins, work in his yard and build furniture. He was good with his hands. He loved music and enjoyed singing in the male choir at St. Delight United Church, where he was a member for many years until his health failed. Willie also enjoyed spending time with his family, and he adored his wonderful nine grandchildren.

Willie is survived by his wife of 41 years, Scarlet Pridgen, of the home; four children, Ronnie Wooten and wife, Felicia, Andra Pridge, Janince and husband, Tyrone Mathis, and Angel and husband, William, Floyd, all of Goldsboro; nine grandchildren, whom he loved dearly, Deandra Mathis, Kwa-Weisha Floyd, Lakenya Wooten, Destiny Floyd, Devon Pridgen, Jazmine Mathis, Daymond Floyd, Niya Wooten and Destiny Mason, all of Goldsboro; three brothers, Leroy Pridgen and wife, Joyce, of Goldsboro; Johnny Pridgen of Smithfield and Larry Pridgen and wife, Bertha, of Dudley; three sisters, Sylvia Pridgen of East Orange, N.J., Ceola and husband, Richard Best, of Goldsboro, and Blonnie and husband, Leamon Parks, of LaGrange; one sister-in-law, Lena and husband, John Parks of LaGrange; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Tymeeshia Mathis.

The family will receive friends at the home, 392 Piedmont Road. Visitation will be 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at McIntyre Funeral Home Ministries in Goldsboro.


Published in Obituaries on May 25, 2008 11:54 AM