Christopher Perry Keen

Christopher Perry Keen

Christopher Perry Keen

May 20, 1983-April 6, 2019

Christopher Perry Keen, 35 years young, born on May 20, 1983, in Wayne County, entered into his Heavenly home on April 6, 2019, at the UNC Hospital after a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis.

Christopher was determined not to let this disease define him or keep him from living the fullest life possible.

Christopher’s life was short, but he overcame the odds and touched countless lives with his spirit and courageous fight against cystic fibrosis. Christopher received a double lung transplant on Oct. 25, 2008, at UNC Hospital. He was an inspiration to everyone that crossed his path, and his legacy will live within each of us forever. Christopher will be remembered for his Christian faith and fighting spirit.

Christopher graduated from Rosewood High School in 2001, and continued his education at the University of Mount Olive, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in religion in 2007.

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, Christopher was an 18-year veteran of the Jordans Chapel Volunteer Fire Department. In 2010, he was awarded Fireman of the Year for his outstanding service and commitment.

Christopher always cherished being part of the brotherhood of not only the Jordans Chapel Fire Department, but also of the surrounding community.

Christopher was an active member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), first joining with the Goldsboro Rifles Camp 760. He recently moved his membership to the Mingo Militia Camp 1717 near Spivey’s Corner. He joined the SCV Mechanized Cavalry in January 2016 as a private and was promoted to the rank of sergeant at arms on March 20, 2019.

Christopher was also a member of the Wayne County Amateur Radio Association, Kinston Amateur Radio Society, and the Eastern North Carolina Repeater Association. As an amateur radio operator, he operated his station from his house with the personal call sign of W5CPK and made contacts all over the world.

Christopher is survived by his parents, Perry (Pete) and Debra (Debbie) Keen of Mount Olive; his two sisters that he admired, Caroline Keen, of Charlotte, and Kelly Grace Keen, of Raleigh; and his maternal grandfather, George Kelly, of Salemburg. He is preceded by his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Kelly, and his paternal grandparents, Franklin and Ellen Keen.

Christopher’s memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 11, at 2 p.m. at Selah Christian Church in Four Oaks, where he was an active member. The Rev. Patrick Muston will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 7101 Creedmoor Road, Suite 130, Raleigh, NC 27613; or to Selah Christian Church, 1332 Selah Church Road, Four Oaks, NC 27524, with the memo “Christopher Keen.”

The family has entrusted West and Dunn Funeral Home of Newton Grove to handle the services.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

 2 Timothy 4:7-8


Jesse Ann Price Graham Lee

Jesse Ann Price Graham Lee

Jesse Ann Price Graham Lee

Oct. 25, 1934-April 6, 2019

Jesse Ann Price Graham Lee, 84, of Mount Olive, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Ann was born in Wayne County, Oct. 25, 1934, to the late Jesse Katherine and Herbert Parker Price. Ann was preceded in death by her first husband, Julius Hansel “Teeny” Graham, and by her twin grandsons, Jason and Jay Lane. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Voldie Ladd, Dannie Mae Gwaltney and Peggy Weeks, and by brothers, Herbert Price Jr., Earl Price and Bobby Price.

Ann retired from Home Health and Hospice of Wayne County (3 HC). She was a dedicated compassionate lady and loved taking care of people.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 9, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at Mount Olive First Pentecostal Holiness Church. A service to celebrate Ann’s life will be held at 2 p.m., also at the Mount Olive First P.H. Church, with the Rev. Jeff Dail, the Rev. Bill Rose, and Dr. Larry Withrow officiating, followed by graveside service and burial in Wayne Memorial Park.

Serving the Lord and taking care of her family were the driving forces in Ann’s life. She truly loved doting on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was her family’s greatest cheerleader and supported them in all their endeavors.

Ann’s table was the heart of her home. It was there that the family gathered for home-cooked meals and joyous times of fellowship. When she prepared meals for the family, she made sure to have all of their favorite dishes. Ann loved a good fish fry with fresh spots and sea mullets. With her family at the forefront of all she did, she remembered everyone’s birthday and celebrated with a special home-cooked birthday dinner.

Life for Ann simply revolved around her family. She was deeply loved as much as she loved her family, especially her grandchildren. Some of her most enjoyable times were shared with the grandkids at their many activities, but we all knew that nothing ever interfered with her “beauty shop day.”

Ann’s absence leaves a void in the hearts of her children and grandchildren, but her love and memory will remain close to their hearts forever.

Ann is survived by her husband, Bee Julius “BJ” Lee, of 43 years, and her brother, Thomas and Dean Price, of Dudley. She is also survived by her children, Jackie and Brenda Graham, Jerry and Deborah Graham, Pat Graham Kendall and special friend Kenneth Smith, Joey and Michele Graham, Jeffrey and Diane Graham, Julie Graham and special friend Don Hargrove, Hampton Lee and special friend Sharon Smith; and her very dear grandchildren, Wade and Malissa Graham, Summer and Taylor Carr, Jonathan Graham, Anthony Graham, Chad Smith, Ashley and Duane Krueger, David and Susan Price, Rene Parker, Crystal and Paul Smith, Justin and Rebecca Graham, Wesley Graham; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Mama, MeMa, Mama Ann, Mrs Ann … the many names you were known by, We love you and you will forever be in our hearts. Her favorite Bible verse was:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Phillippians 4:13

A Tyndall service.


William Perry Crawford

William Perry Crawford

William Perry Crawford

Aug. 7, 1927-April 8, 2019

William Perry Crawford, 91, went to his heavenly home in the early morning of Monday, April 8, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Bill was born in Wayne County on Aug. 7, 1927, to the late Nathan Perry and Rosa Deans Crawford. He was a graduate of Nahunta School in 1944 and went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Navy during World War II.

Bill was a farmer, and did a number of other occupations, most notably he retired from the U.S. Post Office in 1990. His heart’s desire as a young boy was to be a mail carrier, and he fulfilled his dream. After retirement from the post office, he filled his time working for the Nahunta Pork Center as long as his health would allow.

Bill was a faithful servant to his community, he was an original member of both Nahunta and Little River Volunteer Fire Departments; a 50-plus-year, seventh-degree member of Nahunta Grange; an honorary member of an antique tractor club; a member of the Nahunta Community Fellowship, where he served as treasurer; and a member of the Pinkney-Junior Order. He was a member of Nahunta Friends Church where he severed on various committees.

Bill married Evelyn Proctor on Dec. 22, 1951, and they were blessed with two daughters, the late Susan Crawford Caughron and Bonne Crawford Capps.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Seymour Funeral Home followed by a service to celebrate Bill’s life in the chapel at 11 a.m. with Pastor Eric Woods officiating. Interment will follow at Wayne Memorial Park.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn, of 67 years; daughter, Bonnie Capps and husband, Thomas Capps, of Rougemont; granddaughter Trina Capps; grandson Anthony Capps and wife Brianne Capps; son-in-law, Joe Caughron, of Goldsoboro; granddaughter Robyne Caughron Herring and husband, Josh Herring, of Calypso; grandson Will Caughron; great-granddaughters Raegan Herring, Cali Capps; and great-grandson Cannon Herring.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan Caughron; sister, Jean Sasser Edgerton; and brothers, Thurman Crawford and Floyd Lee Crawford.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be given to Nahunta Friends Church, 2537 Hwy. 581 North, Pikeville, NC 27863.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Susan T. Jackson

Susan T. Jackson

Susan T. Jackson

Feb. 16, 1926-April 7, 2019

Susan Thompson Jackson, 93, lifelong resident of Mount Olive, passed away Sunday evening, April 7, at Genesis Care Center.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Tyndall Funeral Home, officiated by her grandson, Pastor Bobby Smith, and Pastor Richard Cuddington, with visitation to follow. Committal and interment will be Thursday, April 11, at 11 a.m. at Wayne Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Northeast Church, 489 Northeast Church Road, Mount Olive, NC 28365.

Mrs. Jackson had served as office clerk at Belk-Tyler’s in Mount Olive for many years. She was a member of Northeast Original Free Will Baptist Church and its ladies auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Jackson; a son, Elton Willard Howell Jr.; her parents, C.W. and Katie Thornton Thompson; a sister, Sarah T. Letchworth; and brothers, Bill Thompson and C.W. Thompson Jr.

Survivors include three daughters, Linda C. Howell, of Dudley, Betty Jo Best, of Mount Olive, and Cathy Waller and husband, Dennis, of Mount Olive; stepdaughters, Joyce Marie Grant, of Colorado, Betty Lee Anderson, of Goldsboro, and Sherry French, of Grantham; grandchildren, Angie Waller and husband, Bob Toney, Denise Mason and husband, Lee, Keith Waller and wife, Ginger, Pastor Bobby Smith and wife, Carolyn, Joy Reid, Rita Ann Noguess, Norman H. Millen and wife, Bridget; great-grandchildren, the Rev. Robert L. Smith III and wife, Kelly, Susan Lane and husband, Josh, Lydia Smith, Reagan Waller, Hayden Waller, Cody Blake Millen, Spencer Millen, Allen Alphin, Justin Alphin, Rebecca Noguess, Jamie Noguess Jr., and Elizabeth “Lizzy” Noguess; five great-grandchildren, Thomas Lanier, Abby, Julie, Aiden and Allie Ray Alphin; five stepgrandchildren; and many stepgreat-grandchildren.

A Tyndall service.


Esteen G. Beavers

Esteen G. Beavers

Esteen G. Beavers

Nov. 25, 1928-April 7, 2019

Mallie Esteen Grant Beavers, age 90, died Sunday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Born in Wayne County, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Mallie Bowden Grant and sister of the late Lucille G. Dickinson. Esteen was a member of Westwood United Methodist Church.

A service to celebrate her life will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Hobbs officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2 until 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Beavers is survived by her husband, Eugene Beavers.

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


Angela T. Brogden

Angela T. Brogden

Angela T. Brogden

Angela T. Brogden, 49, of 157 Peacock St., Fremont, N.C., died Saturday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

She was born Aug. 4, 1969, to Arnold Hewber and Geraldine McDonald Margiotta, and is survived by two children.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Haskins Funeral Home.

Arrangements are by Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations, LLC.


Carole Medlin Sears

April 7, 1937-April 5, 2019

Carole Medlin Sears, 81, passed away suddenly on Friday, April 5, 2019, at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Carole was born in Hamlet, North Carolina, on April 7, 1937, to the late Frank and Ruby Medlin. She had worked for many years as a registered nurse and had served in various capacities with the North Carolina General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Carole loved St. Mary Catholic Parish in Goldsboro and was a dedicated and faithful servant her entire life. She was currently serving as the liturgy coordinator for the church.

Carole had a large extended circle of family and friends, and they were all very special to her. She will be missed, but greatly remembered.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Parish with a rosary beginning at 6 p.m. and visitation immediately following the rosary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Parish with the Rev. Roch T. Drozdzik presiding. Interment will be in Wayne Memorial Park.

Carole is survived by her sons, Joseph Sears (Suzy) and William Sears (Marie); grandchildren, Thorne, William and Delaney Sears; stepgreat-grandchildren, Savannah and David Brand; and her sister, Frankie Medlin Zwirblia.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Raymond Edward Sears Jr.; her infant son, Charles Michael Sears; brother, John Medlin; and sister, Marguerite Thornton.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given in Carole’s memory to St. Mary Catholic Parish, 1603 Edgerton St., Goldsboro, NC 27530.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Ted G. Hill

Aug. 31, 1947-April 1, 2019

Ted G. Hill, 70, died April 1 at Willow Creek Nursing and Rehab Center.

He was born Aug. 31, 1947, in Wayne County to Alton and Bertha Lambert Hill.

He is survived by two children.

Visitation will be Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the First Pentecostal Holiness Church. Arrangements are by J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations.

Ronnie Barwick

Ronnie Barwick, of Seven Springs, died at home.

Arrangements are pending at Tyndall Funeral Home.

Beulah Mae Weeks

Beulah Mae Weeks, 82, died on Sunday.

Arrangements are pending at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations.

Ruth N. Carraway

Ruth Naomi Carraway, 97, of 404 Brogden St., died Monday at home.

Arrangements are pending at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations.

Annie Williams

Annie Ward Simms Williams, 62, of 1900-L Fountain Drive, Wilson, died Thursday.

Arrangements are pending at Steven Funeral Home.

Mary Williams

Mary Williams, 91, of 905 Starmount Circle, Wilson, died Monday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Stevens Funeral Home.