Sarah Atkinson Frazier

Sarah Atkinson Frazier

Sarah Atkinson Frazier

July 29, 1944-April 12, 2019

“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Sarah Atkinson Frazier entered into this earthly journey in Goldsboro, N.C., July 29, 1944, to the late Paul and Viola Coley Atkinson.

She peacefully transitioned from this life to eternal rest while surrounded by her loving family at home Friday, April 12, 2019.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Best Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 1065 Tommy’s Road, Goldsboro, N.C., 27530. Interment will follow in Wayne Memorial Park South.

Sarah attended Wayne County public schools, and graduated from the awesome Central High School in 1962.

She ventured on to receive degrees from North Carolina Central University and Ohio University.

She served as an educator for 33 years, helping students achieve excellence.

Sarah accepted Christ at an early age, and joined Best Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where she served in the senior choir and the finance room. She was very active and faithful until her health started declining. She loved her church family and friends.

In December 1969, she was united in marriage to David Lee Frazier. They were blessed with one son, Reginald Frazier, who preceded her in death.

Sarah was one of nine children, and seven preceded her in death, five brothers, Swindell, James, Willie, John D. and Raymond Atkinson, and two sisters, Glendora Atkinson Barnes and Vauline Atkinson Swinson.

She leaves to cherish her memories a devoted, loving husband of 49 years, David Frazier; one sister, Mary (Herman) Edwards; three sisters-in-law, Joyce (Larry) Gray, Nettie (Eugene) Grandy and Alice Atkinson; one brother-in-law, Eugene (Doris) Bell; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Public viewing will be observed today from 2 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, with the family greeting friends from 6 to 7 p.m.

Services of love and compassionate care have been entrusted to Serenity Memorial Funeral Home and Cremations LLC.


Elton Eugene Herring

Elton Eugene Herring

Elton Eugene Herring

Aug. 22, 1956-April 17, 2019

Elton Eugene Herring, LaGrange, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Wayne UNC Health Care surrounded by his family.

Elton was born in Wayne County Aug. 22, 1956, to the late Bruce and Dorothy Davis Herring.

He had worked for many years as a building contractor in Goldsboro.

Elton was a member of Hood Swamp Friends Church.

Elton had a huge heart, always giving and reaching out to others; there wasn’t a stranger he hadn’t met. He loved to make people laugh. Most would remember the fun that Elton’s presence would bring.

The family will greet friends Saturday, April 20, 2019, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, followed by a service to celebrate Elton’s life at 4 p.m. in the chapel, with Cheryl Benson officiating.

Elton is survived by his wife of almost 42 years, Trellie Brown Herring; daughters, McKenzie Lee and husband, Jerry, of Goldsboro and Gina Carol Herring and special friend, Livius Carr, of Goldsboro; sisters, Edith Wiggs of Pikeville and Betty Jo Walker of Goldsboro; brothers, Johnny Herring of Goldsboro, Glenn Herring of Seven Springs and Michael Herring of Grantham; and the apples of his eye, his grandchildren, Madelyn Lee and Savannah Lee.

He is also survived by a large extended family that includes several nieces and nephews he loved very much.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Sherrill Herring.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to Hood Swamp Friends Church, 710 Hood Swamp Road, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534, or Cures for the Colors, SMOC, 203 Cox Blvd., Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Clara Lee Evans Hines

Clara Lee Evans Hines

Clara Lee Evans Hines

Dec. 31, 1930-April 15, 2019

Clara Lee Evans Hines, 88, passed away peacefully Monday, April 15, 2019, at Brookdale Assisted Living Center in Goldsboro, N.C. Clara was the eldest daughter of Edgar Lee and Pearl Worley Evans and the stepdaughter of Mae Creech Evans. She was born in Johnston County Dec. 31, 1930. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Ray “Shag” Hines, whom she married June 3, 1949, and had four children.

Clara graduated from Rosewood High School in 1948 as salutatorian, Atlantic Christian College with a bachelor of arts degree in 1962 and East Carolina College with a master of arts degree in education in 1966. She received academic scholarships and graduated with honors all while raising a family. She was a principal at Nahunta School and a respected teacher at Rosewood School for many years, and retired in 1989 to care for her family. Clara enjoyed shopping, flowers, cooking, crocheting, visiting and helping others. She had a generous heart and spirit, sharing her flowers, special sale items and homemade craft items. She frequently would visit childhood friends and brighten their day.

She is survived by her four children, son, Kelvin R. Hines, daughters, Lugean Jones Hogan, Wren Rouse and Robin Ellis; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Cedessel Glover, Kay Mitchell, Daphne Everett and families.

The gathering will be at 4 p.m. and the funeral service at 5 p.m. at Casey Funeral Home and Cremations chapel, with the Rev. Mike Collier officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date. Although flowers are welcome, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Rosewood First Baptist Church or Rosewood Elementary School.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Beverly Ann Compton

April 26, 1951-April 17, 2019

God has taken an angel home. Beverly Ann George Compton, 67, Dudley, died April 17, 2019, at Woodard Retirement Village on Royall Avenue.

She was born in Palmerton, Pa., to the late Alvesta and Clayton George. She was married to her husband of 43 years, Leslie G. Compton.

She is survived by three sons, Matthew Compton of Dudley, Timothy Compton of Georgia and Scott Green of Pennsylvania; her daughter, Dawn Pollitt of Pennsylvania; and seven grandchildren.

Beverly was a giving and loving person.

She enjoyed her work as a home hospice care worker.

She will be missed by her family and many friends, especially those at Brogden Chapel Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home, with the Rev. Lloyd Harris officiating.

A special thanks to the staff at Woodards Retirement Village, who made her final days more comfortable.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Thank you God for blessing us with Beverly.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Compton family, and online condolences may be sent to


Jeremiah Packer Elmore III

Dec. 25, 1940-April 16, 2019

Jeremiah Packer “Jerry” Elmore III, 78, Mayodan, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Hospice of Rockingham County.

A native of Wayne County, Jerry was born Dec. 25, 1940, to the late Pete and Minnie Mae Parks Elmore.

He retired from public schools, and was a member of Madison United Methodist Church.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Elmore Family Cemetery, 650 Church of God Road, Goldsboro.

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

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dickie, and sisters, Bobbie and Dot.

Jerry is survived by his two sons, Scott Elmore and wife, Barbi, of Georgia and Packer Elmore and wife, Jinny, of Mayodan; sister, Anne E. Gurley; brother, Albert Elmore and wife, Elaine; four grandchildren, Megan Elmore, Amanda Elmore, Vanessa Street and Lorenzo Street and wife, Savannah; and a great-grandchild, Cameron Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Rockingham County, P.O. Box 281, Wentworth, N.C., 27375.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Mr. Willie Edward Jones

Sept. 9, 1930-April 15, 2019

Mr. Willie Edward Jones, 88, 806 Chestnut St., Fremont, passed Monday, April 15, 2019, at home.

The celebration of his life will be held Saturday, April 20, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. James Church of Christ Disciples of Christ, 514 Memorial Church Road, Fremont, N.C.

There will be a viewing held Saturday, April 20, 2019, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. He will be laid to rest Monday, April 22, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, 164 Longs Plant Farm Road, Goldsboro, N.C.

He was born Sept. 9, 1930, in Wayne County, N.C., to Beatrice Boyette Howell Jones Pate.

He is survived by two sons, Larry (Jane) Jones and Keith (Cheryl) Jones.

Services of compassionate and distinguished class entrusted to J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations of Goldsboro.

The family has requested in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Norwayne Alumni and Friends General Funds in memory of Willie Jones, mail to P.O. Box 1131, Fremont, N.C., 27830.


Samuel Stewart Jr.

Died April 12, 2019

Samuel “Claus” Stewart Jr., 65, Chicago, Ill., died April 12.

Memorial service will be April 27 in Hazel Crest, Ill.

He was born in Mount Olive to the late Samuel Sr. and Aretha Melvin Stewart.

He is survived by three children.

Doreen Lesesene

Died April 13, 2019

Doreen Lesesene, 54, Warsaw, died Saturday at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawes Funeral Home chapel, Warsaw. Interment will be in Bowden Family Cemetery, Warsaw. 

Earl Stafford

Edgar Earl Stafford Sr., 86, died Wednesday evening at SECU Hospice House, Smithfield.

Arrangements are pending at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Donald Vanhoozier

Donald Vanhoozier, 66, died Thursday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Arrangements are pending at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Iris Tingen Ginn

Iria Lucille Tingen Ginn, 85, Pikeville, died Wednesday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.