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Died May 22, 2013

LAGRANGE -- The Rev. John Lewis Baker, 83, died Wednesday at his home in LaGrange.

The funeral service, conducted by his nephew, the Rev. Mitchell Gregory, will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Casey Funeral Home chapel. A committal service, conducted by the Rev. Kelly Buffaloe, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Progressive Presbyterian Church cemetery, 3790 Progressive Church Road in Princeton.

Rev. Baker was born in Rutherford County to the late Rev. R.T. Baker and Martha Hickman Baker.

He was a graduate of New Bern High School, Davidson College and Columbia Theological Seminary.

A Presbyterian minister for 42 years, he served pastorates in Alabama and North Carolina. Locally, he was pastor at the former George Kirby Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro, Progressive Presbyterian Church in Princeton and for 35 years, he was pastor of Antioch Presbyterian Church in Rosewood. Although retired, he continued to preach and minister on a regular basis.

He lived a life dedicated to Christian service and marked by humility and compassion. He was a beloved pastor, teacher and friend.

Rev. Baker was preceded in death by his parents and by his dearly loved wife of 54 years, DeLena Hughes Baker.

He is survived by his son, David Lewis Baker of Durham, and his sister, Dorothy Moss of Abbeville, S.C.

The family will receive friends prior to the funeral service Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Casey Funeral Home in Princeton.

Online condolences may be sent to the family www.caseyfh.com.



Dec. 22, 1932-May 19, 2013

DUDLEY -- Olene Sutton, 80, 105 Colby Drive, Dudley, departed this life Sunday at Willow Creek Nursing Home.

She was born Dec. 22, 1932, to Henry and Beatrice Wooten Whitfield in Wayne County, N.C.

Mrs. Sutton will be funeralized Saturday at 2 p.m. at Jerusalem Free Will Baptist Church in Seven Springs. Burial will follow in St. Matthew Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery in LaGrange, N.C.

She is lovingly survived by her children, Leatrice Whitfield, Lyndon Sutton of the home, Gabriel (Cynthia) Whitfield of Dudley, Jerry Whitfield of Charlotte and Orlando (Diane) Sutton of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; a special godson and nephew, Alden Whitfield of Jamaica, N.Y.; stepdaughter, Brenda Williamson of Raleigh, N.C.; siblings, Lanie Pearl Whitfield and John Whitfield of Jamaica, N.Y.; and sister-in-law Alma Whitfield of Goldsboro,

Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 7 p.m., with the family present to receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m., at Haskins Funeral Home of Goldsboro.

The family will receive friends at other times at the residence, where it will assemble in preparation for the funeral cortege.




Dec. 2, 1971-May 18, 2013

Bettie Maria Teno Gregory, 41, 113 Brookshire Drive, passed Saturday, May 18, 2013, at home.

The celebration of her life will be held Friday, May 24, 2013, at noon at Goshen Disciple Church, 7120 Suttontown Road, Faison, N.C., with pastor Donald Dewitt officiating. She will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, Goldsboro, N.C.

There will be a viewing held Thursday, May 23, 2013, from 1 to 6 p.m. in the J.B. Rhodes Jr. Memorial Chapel at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations.

She was born Dec. 2, 1971, in Wayne County.

She is survived by her children.

A professional, sympathetic, dignified and compassionate service has been entrusted to J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations.



Aug. 19, 1936-May 19, 2013

Lillian Clarice Kennon Williams, 76, 608 S. Oleander Ave., died Sunday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Funeral will be Saturday at noon at Church of God in True Holiness, with elder Benjamin Hall officiating. Burial will be in Wayne Memorial Park in Dudley.

She was born Aug. 19, 1936, in Duplin County to Simon and Beatrice Jones Kennon in Duplin County. She was married to Leroy Williams.

She is survived by four children.

Visitation will be Friday in the J.B. Rhodes Jr. Memorial Chapel at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations from 4 to 7 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m.

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Bertha Darden, 73, 136 Park Ridge Road, died Wednesday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Hamilton Funeral Chapel.

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Robbie S. Moye, 84, died today at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

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Danny Ray Coor died Wednesday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

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Ralph Thomas, 70, 712B Olivia Lane, died Wednesday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home.

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Died May 21, 2013

BOLTON -- The Rev. Ernest R. Webb died at Columbus Regional Medical Center in Whiteville Tuesday.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen AME Zion Church in Delco. Burial will be in Restwell Cemetery in Bolton.

Visitation will be tonight from 5 to 7 at Hawes Funeral Home chapel in Warsaw.


FAISON -- Mary Shavers Armwood, 75, died Wednesday at Wake Medical Center.

Arrangements are pending at Garris Funeral Home.

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Died May 21, 2013

KENLY -- Patricia Mitchell Gower, 72, died at home Tuesday.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Upper Black Creek Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Barry Stallings officiating.

Born in Wayne County, she was the daughter of the late Wilbert Eugene Mitchell and the late Effie Delilah Bedford Mitchell. She was married to Elbert Wayne Gower.

She is survived by a son and three daughters.

Arrangements are by Minshew-Coley Funeral Home of Kenly.

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LAGRANGE -- Carolyn J. Hardy, 54, died Wednesday at Kinston Health and Rehab.

Arrangements are pending at Loftin Memorial-J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home in Kinston.

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Carolyn G. Bryant, 515 Barbour Road, died today at Johnston Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Hamilton Funeral Chapel.

Published in Obituaries on May 23, 2013 1:48 PM