Alton Thomas Ball

Alton Thomas Ball

Alton Thomas Ball

July 19, 1929-April 3, 2019

Alton Thomas Ball, 89, Mount Olive, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at the home of his grandson in Jacksonville.

Alton was born in Duplin County July 19, 1929, to the late Adolph Atlas Ball and Daisy Hansley Ball. He was married for 51 years to the late JoAnn Best Ball.

Alton retired from the maintenance department of Goldsboro city schools after 33 years of service.

He attended May’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.

Alton proudly served as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War.

Alton had a love for fishing, Carolina Tar Heels basketball, working in his yard, chewing tobacco, church, breakfast at McDonald’s and most of all, spending time with his family.

He was a true hero to our country and most of all, to his family.

As tough a man as ever walked this earth, he was full of pride and humor to his last breath.

A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Maplewood Cemetery in Mount Olive with honors being rendered by the United States Marine Corps.

The family will greet friends Saturday immediately following the service at the cemetery.

Alton is survived by his son, Michael Thomas Ball; grandson, Elijah Alton Ball and wife, Jackie; and great-grandchildren, Zachary, Isaiah and Axl Ball and Alex and Kloie Jordan.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Bernice Wellington, and brothers, Kenneth J. Ball and Bobby Ball.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Nicholas Richard Stewart

Nicholas Richard Stewart

Nicholas Richard Stewart

Nicholas Richard Stewart, “Big Nick,” “gorgeous hunk of manhood,” “everybody’s buddy,” was born October 1948 and died March 2019.

“I’m not absolutely certain of the facts, but I rather fancy it’s Shakespeare who says that it’s always just when a fellow is feeling particularly braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with a bit of a lead pipe.”  pgw

Beloved son, brother, uncle, friend, coach, athlete, artist, poet, wit, writer, craftsman, computer wizard, bibliophile, humorist, BIG Wolfpack fan (go to hell Carolina), movie connoisseur, grand gamesman, master sharktooth hunter and Master Gardener, Nick was well-versed and clever in pretty much all things in general, although much to his chagrin, only an average golfer.

Left to mourn his departure are his siblings, Doug Stewart, Mike and Karen Stewart of Norfolk, Va., Randy Stewart of Tallahassee, Fla., Rhea Stewart of Roanoke,Va., Rory and Caron Stewart of Goldsboro, N.C., Linda and Dean Chastain of Pikeville, N.C., Peter Stewart of Goldsboro N.C., Tina Stewart of Goldsboro, N.C., his many nieces and nephews who adored him; his extended family and friends; and most important to Nick, his granddaughter, Samantha.

Big Nick follows his father and mother, Doug and Ruth Stewart, and his brother, Jon Scott, who left before him.

One prefers, of course, on all occasions to be stainless and above reproach, but, failing that, the next best thing is to unquestionably get rid of the body.”  pgw

Celebrating his existence May 25, 2019.,


Caellah I. Allison

Caellah I. Allison

Caellah I. Allison

Dec. 24, 2013-April 2, 2019

Little Miss Caellah Ireland Allison, 5-year-old daughter of Jerry and Laverne M. Allison of Mount Olive, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 2, 2019, at UNC Pediatrics Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Her short and innocent life will be remembered Saturday, April 6, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Mount Olive, officiated by the Rev. Steve Wicks and the Rev. Troy Lesher-Thomas.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service in Baker Fellowship Hall of the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to to establish a nonprofit organization to assist families with medically complex children.

Along with her mommy and daddy, Caellah is survived by a brother, Connor, and two sisters, Carissa and Carrigan, all of the home.

She was loved very much by her family, and will be missed so much.

Great comfort her loved ones have in knowing that she is in the loving arms of Jesus, and he will take care of her until the family meets her again.

A Tyndall service.


Deborah P. Sanderson

Aug. 7, 1952-April 3, 2019

Deborah Rose Price Sanderson, 66, Kenansville area, passed away Wednesday morning, April 3, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at Unity Baptist Church of Mount Olive, with pastor Ronnie Wise officiating, and followed by visitation. Interment will be Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. in Faison Cemetery in Faison.

The family welcomes expressions of love and sympathy through flowers.

Mrs. Sanderson was retired from Duplin County Department of Social Services, where she was administrative assistant to the director.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Jordan Price; her father, Charles Allen Price; stepmother, Dorothy McClung Price; and a brother, Steve Corsaro.

Survivors include her husband, WIlliam Sanderson of the home; two daughters, Krystal Sanderson Baker and husband, Lee, of Winston-Salem and Kimberly Sanderson Twiddy of Goldsboro; four grandchildren, Colin Lee Baker, Kalie Marie Baker, Michael Dylan Twiddy and Lauren Danielle Twiddy; and six siblings, Craig Price of Florida, Elaine Bailey of Georgia, Nicky Price of Greensboro, Ronnie Price of Pennsylvania, Johnny Price of Tennessee and Ronda Bradshaw of Faison.


Juan R.D. Garza

June 2, 1999-April 2, 2019

Juan Roberto De Hoyos Garza, 19, Calypso resident, passed away April 2, 2019, in a tragic motor vehicle accident.

His life will be remembered Saturday, April 6, at 3 p.m. from Tyndall Funeral Home. Officiating will be Father John Garandos and pastor Jeffrey Dail.

Juan was a 2018 graduate of North Duplin High School, and was attending James Sprunt Community College in the business program.

Surviving him are his parents, Maria DeJesus Garza Vallejo of Calypso; his father, Juan Roberto De Hoyos Cantu of Houston, Texas; a sister, Evelyn Abigail De Hoyos Garza; brother, Kevin De Hoyos Garza both of the home; and several aunts and uncles to include uncles locally, David De Hoyos and Raul “Paco” De Hoyos both of Mount Olive.

A Tyndall service.


Faye Adams King

Sept. 20, 1949-April 3, 2019

Mrs. Ressie Faye Adams King, 69, Faison area and native of Seven Springs, passed away Wednesday night, April 3, 2019.

She had been employed with Crouse Hinds Co., and was a member of Grant’s Chapel Church.

The family will receive friends at Tyndall Funeral Home Sunday, April 7, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., followed by graveside rites at 5 p.m. in Faison Cemetery in Faison.

Memorial donations may be made to Cures for the Colors, c/o Southeastern Medical Oncology Center, 203 Cox Blvd., Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

Faye is survived by her husband, Tommy King of the home; a son, Benjamin Donald “Don” Garris and wife, Michelle, of Hayesville; stepdaughters, Teresa King and husband, James, of Seven Springs and Kim Thigpen and husband, Scott, of Beulaville; two stepsons, Ray King and wife, Gwen, of Calypso and Jeff King of Mount Olive; a sister, Mary Joyce Howard of Seven Springs; and seven grandchildren.

Her parents were the late Wesley and Mildred Edwards Adams.

A Tyndall service.


Charles E. Dixon Sr.

Died March 29, 2019

Charles E. Dixon Sr., 62, Farmville, died, March 29 at PruittHealth Care, Farmville.

Funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at S. Connor Memorial Funeral Home chapel.

Visitation will be an hour before the funeral.

Latasha N. Faison

Oct. 11, 1988-March 31, 2019

Latasha Nicole Faison, 30, 393B Durham Lake Road, died Sunday.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday in J.B. Rhodes Jr. Memorial Chapel at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations. Burial will be at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with military honors.

She was born Oct. 11, 1988, in Wayne County to Betty Joyce Faison and Jefferson Earl Whitfield. She was married to her husband.

She is survived by a son.

Visitation will be 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday, with the family present 5:30 to 6, at the funeral home.

Aaron Thompson

Died March 30, 2019

Aaron Thompson, 81, 618 Allison St., Washington, D.C., died Saturday.

Funeral will be April 12 at Fort Lincoln Funeral Home, Maryland.

He was the son of the late Jack and Lillie Thompson.

Mary E. Sellers Lee

Feb. 24, 1961-March 27, 2019

Mary Elizabeth Sellers Lee, 58, died March 27 at home.

Funeral will be 4 p.m. Sunday at Unity Fellowship Church, with pastor Kelvin Gurley officiating.

She was born in Johnston County to the late Charles and Shirley Sauls Sellers. She was married to the late Randy Michael Lee.

She is survived by a son.

Visitation will follow the service.

Arrangements are by Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory.

Diamond B. Lee

Aug. 19, 1979-March 27, 2019

Diamond Brooks Lee, 39, died March 27 at home.

Funeral will be 4 p.m. Sunday at Unity Fellowship Church, with pastor Kelvin Gurley officiating.

She was born in Johnston County to the late Randy Michael and Mary Sellers Lee.

Visitation will follow the service.

Arrangements are by Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory.

Shirley A. Gardner

Died March 31, 2019

Shirley Ann Gardner, 67, 404 E. Vance St., Wilson, died Sunday at Wilson Medical Center.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Contending for the Faith Church Ministries, Wilson. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Wilson.

Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Diane Ottley Scott

Died March 26, 2019

Apostle Diane Ottley Scott, 64, Clayton, died March 26.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Chapel Clayton.

Arrangements are by Smith-Holloway Memorial Funeral Services LLC.

Lawrence Cox

Died March 31, 2019

Lawrence Cox, 67, Selma, died Sunday in SECU Hospice Center, Smithfield.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. today at Bishop Lonnie E. Holloway Sr. Memorial Chapel at Smith-Holloway Funeral Home, with pastor Mary Cannon officiating.

Maggie B. Jefferson

Died March 30, 2019

Maggie Bracey Jefferson, 62, Warsaw, died Saturday.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Turkey. Interment will be in Middleton Cemetery, Kenansville.

Visitation will be 3 to 6 tonight at Hawes Funeral Home chapel, Warsaw.

Yvonne Q. Frederick

July 2, 1949-April 2, 2019

Funeral 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mount Calvary Disciple, Warsaw.

She was born in Duplin County July 2, 1949, to the late Leonard and Lossie Glaspie Wallace. She was married to her husband.

She is survived by four children.