01/16/09 — HAROLD WEBBER

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April 10, 1928-Jan. 14, 2009

James Harold Webber, 80, passed away early Wednesday morning at Kitty Askins Hospice Center surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be held tonight at 7 at New Hope Friends Church with Bill Garner officiating. Burial will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Wayne Memorial Park.

Harold was born in Wayne County on April 10, 1928, to the late James Roland Webber and Vivian Ann Grant Webber of the Elroy Community. He was a 1945 graduate of New Hope School. He then became a carpenter and millwright building feed mills in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. He built his own feed mill in 1950, on U.S. 70 E. which is still in operation today as New Hope Milling Co., and he also founded Jones County Grain in Trenton.

Harold, with support from his late wife, Frances F. Webber, brought the commercial chicken business to Wayne and surrounding counties. They built a second feed mill on Millers Chapel Road and a hatchery in the Mar Mac community. In 1994, they built a chicken processing plant on Pecan Road, which operates today as Case Farms Goldsboro Division. Harold and Frances also owned and operated Webbers Hatchery. He brought many jobs to the agricultural business community of Wayne and surrounding counties.

Harold was a very dedicated and faithful member of New Hope Friends Church his entire life and he loved his church. Harold helped many people and will be missed by many.

Harold is survived by his wife, Jayne Grant Webber; his children, Peggy Webber Kearney and husband, Larry, of Goldsboro, James Harold Webber Jr. and wife, Patricia, of Goldsboro and Robert L. Webber and wife, Ela, of Goldsboro; his granddaughters, Jennifer Kearney, Dana Webber and Natalie Grygoryeva; his grandsons, James H. Webber III, David Webber, Joseph Webber, Lee Webber and wife, Ashley; his great-grandson, Luke Webber; his brothers, William G. Webber and wife, Betty, of LaGrange, Sidney Webber of Goldsboro and Donald Webber and wife, Linda, of Goldsboro; his stepchildren, Rebekah Herring Haslett and husband, John, of Wake Forest, Patricia Herring DeForest and husband, Al, of Winston-Salem, Linda Snipes Beard and husband, Jon, of Raleigh and Elizabeth Snipes Spare and husband, Steve, of Raleigh and numerous stepgrandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by wives, Frances Fulghum Webber and Joyce Herring Webber.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Hope Friends Church Building Fund, 4451 U.S. Highway 70 E., Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

The family will receive friends tonight in the Family Life Center of New Hope Friends Church following the service and other times at the home of his daughter, 329 Ditchbank Road, Goldsboro.

Arrangements are being handled by Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.


Published in Obituaries on January 16, 2009 1:47 PM