One may think that Mary Dolores Hayes was known for being the wife of Dr. Lonnie M. Hayes, the first African-American surgeon in Goldsboro, N.C., but Dolores Hayes was an icon in her right.
This iconic life began in Burgaw, N.C. She was the only child born to William Bogen and Lillian Walker Shaw.
She was raised in a Christian home where she was introduced to her Savior at an early age.
She attended a family-founded school, Love Grove School in the Walkertown community. She excelled in many areas, and graduated from high school at the age of 14.
She matriculated to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and graduated at the age of 19. She majored in chemistry and history. While at N.C. A&T, she joined the illustrious sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. in 1952.
Mrs. Hayes then worked at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., as one of the first African-American female chemists.
In 1961, she married the love of her life, Dr. Lonnie Manchester Hayes.
In 1963, the couple relocated to Goldsboro, N.C., due to an outcry from the African-American community to bring a young doctor and an educator to serve the citizens in Goldsboro.
When she returned to North Carolina, she began the work recounted in this reading.
She was a teacher at Dillard High School and Goldsboro High School, with an education career spanning from 1963 to 1995.
She was chosen to be one of the teachers to be transferred to Goldsboro High School to prepare for integration. Dolores’ kind and engaging demeanor did much to quell the tensions between white and black students during this turbulent time. It was at Goldsboro High that she established a reputation as an educator extraordinaire.
In the classroom, Mrs. Hayes was a storyteller, making history come to life. Her lessons transcended the books.
She organized trips to New York and Washington, D.C., so that her students could walk in the footsteps of the historical figures that they studied. To ensure that every student was afforded the opportunity to attend, Mrs. Hayes raised funds to defray the students’ costs. If the need arose, she and her husband supplemented these fundraising campaigns with personal funds. These trips were the high point of the Goldsboro High School calendar, and often the pinnacle of the student experience.
It was because of this teaching that she was named Teacher of the Year for both Wayne County Public Schools and the region. She was designated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction with the title of Master Teacher, a distinction given to only 100 teachers in the state.
An avid sports fan, Mrs. Hayes was also “that teacher” who made sure there was a home crowd at all away games. She chartered and chaperoned buses, making sure they were filled to capacity. She went above and beyond to support her beloved Cougars.
Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Hayes was a mentor, an advocate, a confidante and the ultimate “She-ro” for too many students to name. Her empathy for the challenges of her students was reflected not only in her daily interactions with them, but in other avenues as well.
Many became singers in the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Junior Choir, for she knew that within the church walls were the precepts that would set their feet on the right path. Others were protégés, and are now educators themselves. Several actually came to live in the Hayes household.
Mrs. Hayes was also a pioneer in the area of mental health. She served as the chairman of the Mental Health board for many years, and facilitated services for the indigent.
In addition, she was an active member of the Wayne Democratic Women. In that role, she ensured that voter registration campaigns were implemented and topical issues were discussed.
Mrs. Hayes was also affiliated with the National Association of University Women (past president), Goldsboro Chapter of Continental Societies Inc. (past president), North Carolina Association of Educators (past president), National Education Association, Wayne County Retired Teachers Association (past president) and the N.C. A&T Alumni. All of these are service organizations dedicated to the well-being of children.
Her most well-known service work was done under the auspice of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the first sorority for African-American women. Her endeavors were multi-faceted, but she was most noted for facilitating scholarships for hundreds of young women who participated in the group’s signature Debutante Ball.
Mrs. Hayes is synonymous with Alpha Kappa Alpha. She had been a member since 1952, thus earning her the distinction of being a Golden Soror (50 years of service to mankind). She served in many capacities and roles, and held a position in every office except for one. She was named Chapter President of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic Region in 2002.
She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Lillian Shaw; her husband, Dr. Lonnie M. Hayes; a special sister-in-law, Myra Hayes Edwards; a special niece, Pamela Kendall; along with her closest friends, Ada Melvin, Thelma Smith, Vivian Stover, Gaynelle Poteat and Delores (Lorease) Johnson.
She leaves to continue her legacy her daughter, Dr. Carol H. Artis, also an educator; her sons, Karlon Artis and Kyle Artis; her daughters-in-love, Ms. Anetta Reid, a CNA II, who works to uplift children of Wayne County, and Judith Hayes, a nurse, and her children, Pamela Hayes, Calvin Ruffin and Paris Hayes; her nephew/son, Jeffrey Ron Hayes (Sonya), who has worked in the justice system, and their children, Jeffrey and Sydney, Dr. Karlus Artis and Anthony Faison, to whom she has been a second mother for many years; and Mrs. Jean Hayes, friend and niece.
She also assisted in rearing nieces, Janice Hayes Moore, Vickie Hayes Watford, Vivan Hayes Stephens, Bernetta Hayes Brown and Christina Hayes Miller.
She also leaves to cherish her memory her three beloved cousins, Valeria Alston, Berniece Jacobs and Hazel Jordan; her nieces, Evelyn Cooper and Michelle Cooper; her goddaughters, Bishop Valerie Melvin, the Rev. Linda Melvin Thompson and Denise Melvin Saulsbury; the other children she mothered, Patricia Burden, Etta Craigwell, Nancy Wooten Coor, Raymond Smith Jr., Christine Stewart Simmons, Cynthia Newkirk-Kenion, Charma Turner Addison, Tracey Howard, Susan Stover, Charlenna Bennett-Carter, Walter Smith, Lisa Poteat Taylor, Beverly Kee, Karletta Artis Woodard, Felicia Kornegay Bullock, Renita Allen Dawson, Freda Allen and Lanette McGlown; the Epsilon Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha; and many family members, students and friends.
Mrs. Hayes will lie in state Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 601 W. Elm St., Goldsboro, N.C.
The Ivy Beyond the Wall ceremony will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m., and the inspirational wake will begin at 5:15 p.m. and will end 6:15 p.m.
Her life’s devotion, which was service to God and mankind, will be celebrated Friday at 1 p.m. at Bear Creek Missionary Baptist Association Headquarters, 1800 S. Slocumb St., Goldsboro, N.C., with Bishop Valerie J. Melvin officiating. Her mortal remains will be laid to rest next to her husband, Dr. Lonnie M. Hayes, in Wayne Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will assemble at the residence at 11:45 a.m. in preparation for the funeral cortege.
Arrangements are entrusted to Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.
William Stanley Hart
Oct. 8, 1930-April 20, 2019
William Stanley Hart, 88, Spartanburg, S.C., died Saturday, April 20, 2019, at his home.
Born Oct. 8, 1930, in Kinston, N.C., he was the son of the late Gurney Lee and Ruby Lee Leggett Hart, and was married for 62 years to the late Carolyn Louise Odom Hart.
A United States Air Force veteran, Mr. Hart served during the Korean War.
He was a graduate of Goldsboro High School, East Carolina College and the University of North Carolina.
William worked from 1956 to 1980 for WYES-TV in New Orleans, resigning in 1980 as president and general manager.
Beginning in 1980 until his retirement in 1995, he served as senior vice president of South Carolina ETV.
He served as president of the Greater New Orleans Educational Television Foundation, board of directors for the Public Broadcasting Service, charter member of Southern Educational Communications Association, where he served 15 years on the board of directors and as chairman in 1979 to 1980, and past member of the New Orleans and Spartanburg Rotary clubs.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Neely Hart; his sons, William C. Hart (Karen E.) of Nicholson, Ga., Robert L. Hart (Ann I.) of Marietta, Ga., and John Marcus Hart of Spartanburg, S.C.; eight grandchildren, William Christopher Hart (Ashley), Sarah Elizabeth Hart, Lauren Ellen Barrios (Milo), Rebecca Louise Hart, Elizabeth Ann Hart Sherman (Larry), Benjamin Earnest Hart, Cassandra Hart Wasser (Nick) and Katherine Mae Hart Nation (Adam); and 11 great-grandchildren, Emma Katherine Hart, Noah Christopher Hart, William Jonah Hart, Grant Moises Barrios, Trinity Grace Wasser, Jacob Allen Wasser, Akira Toyoko McNally, William Braxton Nation, Harrison Edward Barrios, Jameson Edward Hart, and Maverick Hart Sherman.
He was also predeceased by a brother, Wilbur Lee Hart, and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Collins.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Morningside Baptist Church, 897 S. Pine St., Spartanburg, S.C., 29302, by the Rev. Steven R. Owensby and the Rev. Dr. Kirk H. Neely.
A reception will follow the service at the church welcome center.
Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Road, Spartanburg, S.C., 29307.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Morningside Baptist Church, 897 S. Pine St., Spartanburg, S.C., 29302.
An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com.
Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel.
Shirley Hines Lazorik
Nov. 10, 1934-April 23, 2019
Shirley (“MIL” to her son-in-law, daughter-in-law and grandchildren) was the first of four children born to the late Reginald and Elizabeth Hines.
She was raised and educated in Mount Olive, N.C.
She attended Saint Mary’s College in Raleigh, and received a Certificate of Business. She also attended East Carolina Teachers College (now East Carolina University), where she was accredited as a kindergarten teacher.
Her father built the beloved “Little Red Schoolhouse” where Shirley taught kindergarten for many of Mount Olive’s children in the 1950s.
She married her beloved husband, Bob, in June of 1957, and in 1959, they moved to Greensboro where Shirley worked in the Greensboro School System.
In 1976, Shirley and Bob moved back to Mount Olive, where Shirley worked in the Wayne County School System until 1984.
She later opened and ran the Hi Ho Consignment Shop in downtown Mount Olive, where her grandchildren loved shopping for treasures, until she retired for health reasons in 2009.
In 2013, she entered Mount Olive Health Care facility.
She went to see her Lord April 23, 2019.
Shirley loved spending time at the beach fishing and reading, often at the same time, and playing in the pool and driving around in the golf cart with the grandchildren.
Shirley also always looked forward to trips to Hot Springs, Ark., first with her parents and siblings, and later with Bob until her health deteriorated.
Shirley is survived by her husband, Robert Thomas Lazorik; her daughter, Regina Lazorik Brown and husband, Stephen; her son, Robert Thomas Lazorik Jr. and wife, Anne Brooke; her sister, Emma Catherine (Casey) Sutton and husband, Lloyd; her brother, Reginald R. Hines Jr. and wife, Judy; grandson, Philip Hines Brown and wife, Adair-Hayes; grandson, Michael Thomas Lazorik; granddaughter, Sarah Anne Lazorik; and many nieces and nephews who knew her as “Aunt Shirley.”
Shirley was preceded in death by her grandson, Stephen Blayne Brown Jr.; sister, Patricia LaMoine Houtz; and her husband, Fred.
A celebration of life service will be held at First Baptist Church, 300 N. Chestnut St., Mount Olive, N.C., at 11 a.m. Friday, April 26, with visitation to follow.
Cornelia Y. Moore
June 1, 1935-April 22, 2019
Cornelia “Boots” Young Moore, 83, Goldsboro, passed away Monday, April 22, 2019, at Wayne UNC Health Care surrounded by her family.
Boots was born in Wayne County June 1, 1935, to the late Willie and Dixie McFatter Young.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Tilghman Moore and Vernon Moore.
For many years, she worked as a nurse’s assistant for a retirement home.
A service to celebrate her life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2019, in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jeff Toler officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.
Cornelia is survived by her daughters, Betty Johnston and husband, Richard of Goldsboro, JoAnn Walden and husband, James of Burnside, Ky., and Christy Johnson and husband, Charles of Rosewood; son, Davey Moore of Goldsboro; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her sister, Patsy Evans.
In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Willie Tilghman “Shot Gun” Moore, and sisters, Reba Butts and Lula Mae Etheridge.
The family will receive friends Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Seymour Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. and other times at the home of Betty and Richard Johnston, 185 Woodpeck Road, Goldsboro.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.
Barbara R. Spence
Aug. 8, 1935-April 22, 2019
Barbara Rae Spence, 83, Eureka community, passed away Monday, April 22, 2019, at Brookdale Country Day Road.
Barbara was born in LaMoure, N.D., Aug. 8, 1935, to the late Lloyd Edward Berry and Dorothy Sund Berry. She was married to the late Herbert Earl Spence.
Barbara was a longtime member of Eureka United Methodist Church. She was devoted to her church, and was involved in many activities where she utilized her gifts and abilities to share the love of God.
The family will receive friends Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Eureka United Methodist Church, followed by a service to celebrate Barbara’s life at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary, with the Rev. Connie Belmore officiating. Interment will be in Eureka Cemetery.
Barbara is survived by her son, Ed Spence and wife, Vicky, of Eureka; grandsons, Matt Spence and wife, Alexis, and Will Spence and wife, Megan; and great-grandchildren, Nolan, Madelyn and Charlee, and was anticipating the birth of Wyatt in August.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, George Berry, and sister, Audrey Keil.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Barbara’s memory to Eureka United Methodist Church, 128 N. Church St., Eureka, N.C., 27830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.
Joseph W. Wilson
Dec. 5, 1933-April 22, 2019
Joseph William Wilson, 85, lifelong resident of the Mount Olive area, passed away late Monday night, April 22, 2019, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.
Mr. Wilson, son of the late John S. Wilson and Esther Lee Potts Wilson, was retired from Carolina Power and Light Co., where he was shift foreman.
He also had been a farmer, and was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Mount Olive.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 25, at 11 a.m. by the graveside in Wilson Family Cemetery located near his residence. Dr. Dennis Atwood will officiate.
The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service. At other times, friends and relatives are welcome to call at the residence of Mary and Jimmy Guilliams.
Memorial gifts may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 203, Mount Olive, N.C. 28365.
The mother of his children, Blanche Williams Wilson, passed away in 2008.
Immediate survivors include his daughters, Mary Wilson Guilliams and husband, Jimmy, and Esther Jo Wilson Davis and husband, Charles, all of Mount Olive; three beloved grandchildren, Hannah Lottie Guilliams, Laura Rachel Barwick Swinson and husband, Greg, and Aaron Barwick and wife, Cayla Hobbs Barwick; two great-grandchildren, Wilson Rouse and James Ellis Swinson, with another on the way; and three sisters, Carolyn Wilson Lawrence of Colerain, Nancy Wilson of Holly Springs and Elizabeth Wilson of Selma.
Another sister, Judy Wilson, preceded him in death.
A Tyndall service.
Nannie S. Chambers Mitchell
March 8, 1945-April 22, 2019
Nannie Sue Chambers Mitchell, 74, Kenansville, died Monday at InPatient Hospice at Vidant Pitt.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Devotional Gardens.
She was born March 8, 1945, in Duplin County to the late Andrew Pickett and Mertie Miller Chambers. She was married to the late Larry Mitchell.
Annie Baker Teel
Died April 21, 2019
Annie Baker Teel, 67, 619 Camron Drive, died Sunday at UNC Lenoir Health Care
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home chapel
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with family present. At other times, the family will receive friends at the home, where it will assemble for the funeral procession.
Sylvia H.O. Thompson
Feb. 26, 1938-April 22, 2019
Sylvia Helmi Oksa Thompson, 81, died at Kitty Askins Hospice Center Monday.
Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Burial will be private at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.
She was born Feb. 26, 1938, in Helsinki, Finland, to the late Arvo Oksa and Lila Marttila Oksa. She was married to the late Edwin Lawrence Thompson Jr.
She is survived by three daughters.
Visitation will follow the service.
Daniel W. Hubbard
Died April 20, 2019
Daniel Webster Hubbard, 85, Kinston, formerly of Goldsboro, died Saturday at Lenoir Assisted Living, Pink Hill.
Funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Bishop Lonnie E. Holloway Sr. Memorial Chapel at Smith-Holloway Funeral Home, with Dr. Christine Hubbard officiating. Interment will be in Resthaven at Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be an hour prior to the service.
William E. Wallace Jr.
William “Bill” Edward Wallace Jr., died Friday in Asheville.
Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
Gertrude M. Jenkins
Gertrude Mae Jenkins, LaGrange, died Tuesday at home.
Arrangements are pending at Britt Funeral Home and Cremation Service, LaGrange.
Jonas Brown, 91, Dudley, died Monday at home.
Arrangements are pending at McIntyre Funeral Home.
William B. Mallory
William B. “Bill” Mallory, 93, Mount Olive, died Tuesday at home.
Arrangements pending at Tyndall Funeral Home.