Pam Jessup

Pam Jessup

Pam Jessup

July 7, 1972-April 12, 2019

Pam Strickland Jessup, 46, passed away Friday, April, 12, 2019, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.

Pam was the daughter of the late Ben and Diane Strickland, of Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Garber United Methodist Church in New Bern, North Carolina, with the Rev. David A. Banks officiating.

The family will receive friends Tuesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Garber United Methodist Church Ministry Center. The family will be available at other times at the Jessup’s home.

Pam is survived by her husband of 23 years, Dr. David Jessup. Pam and David began dating while in high school and continued what would become a lifelong journey that would take them all over the country. Pam graduated from North Carolina State University in 1994. She and David were married in December of 1995. She worked as a graphic designer with the Olympic Committee for both the Salt Lake City and Vancouver Winter Games. More recently, Pam developed an avid love for quilting and was notorious for creating personalized gifts for friends and family. She truly knew no strangers and was always willing to jump in to help others. Her selflessness in life and love was unparalleled.

Pam will be forever remembered for her sweet smile and infectious laugh, her incredible wit and sense of humor, her free spirit and kind soul and her strong sense of family and community. Her eclectically cool sense of style, taste in music and voracious love of books brightened our world. She was Bjorn Toröque. She was Mr. Darcy’s biggest fan.

In addition to her husband, Pam is survived by her two children, Luke and Delaney Jessup.

Raising Luke and Delaney became Pam’s mission in life. She revolved her world around their care, and their awesomeness was her proudest accomplishment. She shared her talents and her love of the visual world with her family. She cultivated a household devoted to the love of reading, architecture and all things Monty Python. By her example, she showed her family how to live in kindness, patience, joy, peace and love. And by watching her, we learned too.

Pam is also survived by two brothers, Ben Strickland Jr. and wife, Adrienne, and Cameron Strickland, of Goldsboro; two sisters, Stacie Strickland of Goldsboro, and Shirley Perryman of Cary. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Ryan O’Leary and husband, Tom, of Huntersville, and Courtney Nichols and husband, Todd, of Arlington, Virginia, along with multiple nieces and nephews. Pam truly enjoyed being surrounded by her loved ones. She took care of us all and was the rock for our family in times of need.

Pam did more with her 46 years than most of us can do in twice the time. Her superpower was making us all want to be better people, simply by showing us how to love and how to live in that love. To know Pam was to love her. There was never another option. She was truly one of a kind.

In addition to her parents, Pam was preceded in death by her son, Noah Jessup.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Pam’s honor to The Pam Jessup Memorial Fund at The Epiphany School of Global Studies, 2301 Trent Road, New Bern, North Carolina, 28562. Online condolences may be directed to

Arrangements are with Pollock-Best Funeral Home in New Bern, North Carolina.


Anne Mizelle Smith

Anne Mizelle Smith

Anne Mizelle Smith

March 5, 1934-April 15, 2019

Anne Mizelle Smith, 85, of the Eureka community, died Monday morning at Countryside Village in Pikeville.

She was raised in Charlotte and attended Meredith College in Raleigh for one year before marrying William Henry (Billy) Smith, and moving to the Eureka community. She finished her education and graduated from Atlantic Christian College, now known as Barton College, with a degree in education.

She retired as a teacher after 30 years of service for Wayne County Public Schools, having taught at Rosewood, Eureka and Norwayne Middle School.

She worked with her husband, Billy, on the farm after her retirement, and was named the Wayne County Outstanding Woman in Agriculture in 1996. She and her husband also enjoyed traveling with their friends. She especially enjoyed the beach trips they often took.

Anne was very involved in the Northern Wayne Extension Homemakers Club and the Wayne County Extension Home Makers Club, having also served as president for both clubs. She was also a member of the advisory council for Wages Senior Companion Program for five years.

She was a dedicated member of Eureka United Methodist Church, where she served as Sunday school teacher and treasurer for several years. She also enjoyed attending Aycock’s Primitive Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Henry (Billy) Smith; a daughter, Billie Jo Smith; her sister, Billie Mizelle Waddell; and her parents, Lossie Hardison Mizelle and William Homer Mizelle.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Smith Jackson and her husband, Wayne, of Fremont; grandchildren, Matthew Wayne Jackson of Greenville, and Jennifer Jackson Taylor and her husband, Erik, of Fremont.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 3 p.m. at Eureka United Methodist Church. The committal will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Fremont. The Rev. Connie Belmore will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Eureka United Methodist Church.

The family would like to say a special thanks to all of her caregivers at home and at Countryside Village, her doctors, the staff from Community Hospice, Meals on Wheels, volunteers and the love and prayers from her many friends.

Arrangements are with Evergreen Funeral Home, Cemetery and Cremation in Goldsboro.


Gene Richard Bennett

Gene Richard Bennett

Gene Richard Bennett

July 16, 1934-April 6, 2019

Gene Richard Bennett, 84, of Austin, Texas, passed away on April 6, 2019.

He was born in Anderson, Indiana, to Lowell and Lucille (DeNeve) Bennett on July 16, 1934.

He joined the United States Air Force in 1954, where he continued until he was honorably discharged as a master sergeant in 1974 after 20 years of service. His second career found him serving as a millwright for the Celotex Corporation in Goldsboro, North Carolina, until reaching the age of full retirement in 1999.

After his retirement, he plied his many interests, talents and skills by active service with the Red Cross and Goldsboro’s Waynesborough Historical Village. As a passionate motorcycle rider, he was an active member of the local Harley Davidson riding club. He was also previously a member of the Dudley VFD for many years.

Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Anne (Verbanes); grandson, Brad Barwick; and son, Gene Bennett II.

Those surviving him include wife, Alice Marsh Bennett; daughters, Robin Phillips, Terri Barwick and Lynda Turpin; grandchildren, James Holcomb and Suzanne Holcomb Beckner, Sarah Barwick Wiggins, and Shaun Phillips; and eight great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind brother, Lowell Wayne Bennett, and sister, Lois Ann Taylor.

The family looks forward to a memorial celebration of Gene’s life on June 8 at 11 a.m., with a graveside service at Wayne Memorial Park.


Gaynell Sutton Brogden

Gaynell Sutton Brogden

Gaynell Sutton Brogden

Sept. 29, 1940-April 15, 2019

Gaynell Sutton Brogden, 78, of Knightdale and a former resident of Mount Olive, passed away early Monday morning, April 15, at Rex Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel R. Sutton and Minnie Wilkins Sutton Whitlock; brothers, Joe Sutton, Mac Sutton and Billy Sutton; and sister, Lee Gore. She had been employed as an inspector in American hose factory and in several sewing factories.

Surviving her are three children and spouses, J. Neil and Fara Brogden of Greensboro, Patrick “Pete” and Donna Brogden of Norlina, and Carol B. and Jeff Longmire of Knightdale; grandchildren, Eric Brogden, Elizabeth Longmire, Kristen Longmire, Abrien Campbell and Matthew Brogden; five great-granddaughters, Hailey Johanna Brogden, Emma Lynn Brogden, Reese Torzok, Claire Nicole Campbell and Brie Caroline Campbell; a sister, Margie Howard and husband, Roger, of Warsaw; and brothers, Nicholas Sutton and wife, Pat, of Pikeville, and David Sutton, of Richmond, Va.

Visitation will be at Tyndall Funeral Home from 7 until 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Tyndall with burial following in Wayne Memorial Park. The Rev. Tom Raven will be officiating. Flowers are welcome, or memorial gifts may be sent to the charity of one’s choice.

A Tyndall service.


Joseph Eugene Austin Jr.

Joseph Eugene Austin Jr.

Joseph Eugene Austin Jr.

Oct. 8, 1965-April 15, 2019

Joseph Eugene Austin Jr., 53, passed away suddenly on Monday at his home.

Joe was born in Minot, North Dakota, and proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and retired after 21 years of service as an air traffic controller. He was currently working with Wayne UNC Health Care in Goldsboro.

Joe was a man of many talents, from being brilliant with electronics and who could fix almost anything to being passionate about cooking for everyone or anybody. He also enjoyed grilling out, traveling and riding his bicycle with the Seyboro Cyclist Group. Joe was gregarious, larger than life and every life he touched, he changed. Most importantly to Joe was his family. Joe worked so hard to make sure his wife and children were well taken care of. Joe was the best husband and daddy who will be truly missed.

A service to celebrate Joe’s life will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jim Harry officiating. The family will greet friends Wednesday immediately following the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery at a later date with full military honors.

Joe is survived by his loving wife, Pat Austin; daughters, Katie Watkins and husband, Erik, of Sylva, and Emily Austin and husband, Chris Clavet, of Fletcher; mother, Darlene Austin; father, Joe Austin Sr. and wife, Willa; sisters, Kim Davis and Maria Price; brother, James Austin and wife, Mi; father and mother-in-law, Jack and Susie Prentice; and brother-in-law, Charlie Prentice and wife, Molly.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in his memory to Rails to Trails Conservancy, the Duke Ellington Building, 2121 Ward Court, NW, 5th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20037.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Ronald Holton

Died April 13, 2019

Ronald “Ronnie” Holton, 70, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019.

A memorial service will be conducted on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. A reception will follow the service.

Ronnie, a native of Grifton, served the Kinston Fire Department for more than 20 years, rising to the rank of assistant fire chief. Desiring to share his knowledge and experience with other firefighters, he accepted the position as the department head of the Fire Science Technology program at Coastal Carolina Community College in 1995, where he also created the first online curriculum for firefighters. His love of the fire service was such a huge part of his life and he loved to share his knowledge with others.

The thing Ronnie loved to do most was spend time with his grandchildren. They truly were the apples of his eye, and any time spent with them was the best of his life. From riding the tractor around the yard, building things, fishing and his favorite magic tricks, he truly showed everyone what a granddaddy truly is. He was an avid fisherman, a budding artist and loved to play the guitar. He was also a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. He made an impact on the lives of so many and his wit and humor will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rheuben and Inez Tripp Holton, and a son, Timothy Holton.

Ronnie is survived by his wife of 23 years, whom he treasured dearly, Bonnie Holton; daughter, April Holton DeSelms and husband, Chad, of Goldsboro; daughter, Heather Perry and husband, Penn, of Pine Knoll Shores; son, Geoff Skinner and wife, Jennifer, of Santa Clarita, Calif.; grandchildren, Alyse, CJ, Addie, Win, Holt, Sierra and Wyatt; sisters, Beverly H. Rouse and husband, Tommy, of Florence, S.C., and Barbara H. Stocks, of Atlantic Beach; brother, Randy Holton and wife, Althea, of Kinston; and a large extended family whom he loved very much.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Carolina Fire Fighters Fund.

Arrangements by Edwards Funeral Home and Cremations. Online condolences may be expressed at


Udell Budd

Died April 8, 2019

Udell Budd, 91, of Yeadon, Pennsylvania, died April 8.

She was born in Wayne County to the late Monroe and Essie King Houpe. She was married to the late Jasper Budd.

Funeral will be today at noon at Gospel Light United Holy Church with Elder Dwight Morrisey officiating. Burial will be in Carver Cemetery.

Visitation will be today from 10 to 11:50 a.m. at the church.

Arrangements are by Garris Funeral Home.

Levern Capps

Nov. 21, 1937-April 14, 2019

Levern Capps, 81, of Princeton, died Sunday at home.

Memorial service will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Casey Funeral Home and Cremations Chapel.

He was born Nov. 21, 1937, to the late Meatrice Capps and Lizzie Alma Godwin Capps. He was married to Barbara Craft Capps.

He is survived by three children.

Larry L. Pridgen

Aug. 7, 1950-April 14, 2019

Larry Lee Pridgen, 68, of 304 Miller Ave., died Sunday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Funeral will be Thursday at noon at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations.

He was born on Aug. 7, 1950, in Greene County to John Daly and Rose Petteway Pridgen. He was married to Bertha Lee Pridgen.

Visitation will be Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations.

Walter E. Rouse

Died April 13, 2019

Walter E. Rouse , 79, of 210 N. Center St., died Saturday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Funeral will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Taylors Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, LaGrange. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

He was married to Ernestine Moye-Rouse.

Visitation will be Thursday at noon.

Arrangements are by Trinity Memorial Funeral Home.

Jeannette Morton

June 4, 1957-April 11, 2019

Jeannette Morton, 61, of 3110 McGregor Downs Road, Greenville, died Thursday at home.

She was born June 4, 1957, in New London, Conn., to James and Willie Mae Morton.

Arrangements by Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

Avis Lofton

Feb. 20, 1944-April 11, 2019

Avis Lofton, 75, of 369 Maysville School Road, Mount Olive, died Thursday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Funeral will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Word Warehouse. Burial will be in Wynn Cemetery, Mount Olive.

She was born Feb. 20, 1944, in Wayne County to Dennis and Mamie Branch.

She is survived by five children.

Visitation will be Thursday at noon at the church.

Arrangements are by Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

Judy B. Holland

April 28, 1947-April 15, 2019

Judy Barbour Holland, 71, died Monday at Wake Medical Center.

Memorial service will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Kenly Funeral Service chapel with the Rev. Jamie Coats officiating. Burial will be in Kenly Cemetery.

Judy was born April 28, 1947, in Harnett County to the late J.C. and Mattie Blackmon Barbour. She was married to the late Kermit Ray Holland.

She is survived by two children.

Arrangements are by Kenly Funeral and Cremation Service.

Charles Armwood

Charles Armwood, 83, of 240 Franklin St., died Saturday at Genesis Health Care.

Arrangements are pending at Garris Funeral Home.

Willie E. Jones

Willie Edward Jones, 88, of 806 Chestnut St., died Monday at home.

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

Lillie L. Stevens

Lillie L. Stevens, 85, of 131 Strawberry Patch Road, died Monday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Arrangements are pending at Garris Funeral Home.

Greta Lemon

Greta Lemon, 70, of 403 Crestwood Ave., Wilson, died Sunday at Wilson Medical Center.

Arrangements are pending at Stevens Funeral Home.