Chris Maxon Lancaster

Chris Maxon Lancaster

Chris Maxon Lancaster

Oct. 3, 1943-April 27, 2019

Chris Maxon Lancaster, 75, peacefully passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in Wayne County on Oct. 3, 1943, he was the son of the late Norman Wesley Lancaster and Patsy Mae Howell Lancaster.

Chris retired from Cherry Hospital as an EMT and later went on to work with Billy Ray Thomas Backhoe Service for several years. He also enjoyed working with Musgrave Auction Company in Goldsboro. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Over the years, Chris worked closely with the Wayne County Livestock Development Association where he served as vice president for several terms. Chris was also instrumental in the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair.

Chris loved the outdoors and had a fond love for animals. Nothing was better than a quiet afternoon of fishing with his daughter, Christy, or one of his granddaughters. He had a way with horses and throughout his life spent countless hours training horses for himself and others. At the end of the day, you could often find Chris sitting near the pond or in some other peaceful surrounding enjoying the sunset. He found comfort in the simple things and often commented on the majestic beauty of God’s creation.

A service to celebrate Chris’ life will be held Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home with Pastor James Gurkins officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home and at other times at the home. Interment will be Friday, May 3, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the Gurley-Lancaster Family Cemetery behind the home.

Chris is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Linda F. Lancaster; daughter, Christy Lancaster Hales and husband, Mike; his three granddaughters, who were the apples of his eye, Hannah Evans and husband, Josh, Chrislyn Kirkpatrick and Weslea Kirkpatrick; sisters, Ann Evans and Priscilla Head; special nieces, Terry Radford and Donna Mozingo; and longtime friend, Don Musgrave.

In addition to his parents, Chris was preceded in death by his brother, N.W. Lancaster; sisters, Marlene Lancaster and Peggy Gurley; and a special nephew whom he considered a son, Johnny Gurley.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Community Home Care and Hospice, along with a special thanks to his hospice nurse, Allison, for the exceptional care provided to Chris in his final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association Eastern North Carolina Chapter, 5171 Glenwood Ave., Suite 101, Raleigh, N.C., 27612.

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Stephanie Lynn Dail

Stephanie Lynn Dail

Stephanie Lynn Dail

Oct. 19, 1970-April 28, 2019

Stephanie Lynn Hartley Dail, 48, completed her journey home on Sunday, April 28, 2019, to the welcoming words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” She was a warrior and she fought for her life until the last minute.

Stephanie was born in Wayne County on Oct. 19, 1970, to Barbara Blevins Hartley, of Goldsboro, and the late Larry Hartley. She was serving as a deputy clerk with the Wayne County Clerk of Court in Goldsboro. Stephanie enjoyed spending time at the beach and watching her daughter play softball. Above all, she loved spending time with her husband and children. She will be missed.

A service to celebrate Stephanie’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2019, in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dennis Pollock officiating. Interment will follow in Wayne Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home and other times at her home.

In addition to her mother, Stephanie is survived by her childhood sweetheart and husband of 29 years, Anthony Dail; her children, Kasey Hawks and husband, Jeffrey, Wesley Dail and Kelly Dail; brothers, Chris Hartley and wife, Kimberly, and Daniel Hartley; and sister, Amanda Hartley. She is also survived by a special granddog, Luke.

She was also preceded in death by her grandparents, Louise and Jake Hartley and Elmer and Betty Blevins.

We would like to give a very special thank you to the wonderful staff at Kitty Askins Hospice Center for the love and care they provided for Stephanie during her final days. Simple words cannot express our gratitude. Also a thank you to the staff and caregivers of SMOC and the 4th floor staff of Wayne Memorial Hospital who cared for Stephanie over these past few months.

Flowers are welcome, or memorials may be made to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534 or to Cures for the Colors, SMOC, 103 Cox Blvd., Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

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Larry Ray Saulmon

Larry Ray Saulmon

Larry Ray Saulmon

Aug. 21, 1948-April 26, 2019

Larry Ray Saulmon, 70, passed away on Friday evening at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Larry was born in Lebanon, Indiana, on Aug. 21, 1948, to the late John Conley Saulmon and Betty Lee Artman Saulmon. He worked for many years as a computer programmer. Larry proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home followed by a service to celebrate Larry’s life at 4 p.m. in the chapel. Interment will be on Friday, May 3, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with military honors.

Larry is survived by his wife of 46 years, Lu Saulmon; children, Gregory Michael Saulmon (Amanda), David Andrew Saulmon (Abbie) and Elizabeth Anne Saulmon; grandson, Jacob Christian Saulmon; sisters, Anita Sue Abney and Marsha Schwimer; and brothers, John C. Saulmon Jr. and Jerry Saulmon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Jennifer Marie Saulmon; sister, Helen; and brothers, Jimmy, Charlie and Billy.

Flowers are welcome, or memorials be given in Larry’s memory to the American Lung Association or to the Kidney Foundation.

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Thomas Angus Potter

Thomas Angus Potter

Thomas Angus Potter

April 27, 1927-April 28, 2019

Chief Master Sgt. Thomas “Tom” Angus Potter, retired United States Air Force, 92, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2019.

Tom was born in Hoke County on April 27, 1927, to the late Alton and Katie Chisholm Potter. He was married to the late Annie Lou Smith Potter.

For 32 years, he proudly served in the U.S. Air Force and protected his country and her allies on multiple deployments during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Tom’s valor and skill was recognized with numerous decorations. After his retirement from the Air Force, Tom taught in the aircraft frame maintenance program at Wayne Community College for 25 years. Tom was a member of the Raeford Masonic Lodge #306 A.F. & A.M.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, followed by a graveside services at 2 p.m. in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery with Scottish and Masonic rites and military honors.

Tom is survived by his daughters, Terry Mears and Rhonda G. Potter; son, Thomas David “Dave” Potter; brother, James Potter. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jason Mears, Jennifer Potter Smith and Chris Potter; two great-granddaughters; and one great-grandson.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Katherine McDougal.

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Donna Dempsey Brown

Donna Dempsey Brown

Donna Dempsey Brown

Jan. 13, 1958-April 24, 2019

Donna Dempsey Brown passed away April 24, 2019, at Wayne UNC Health Care with her husband, James Brown, by her side, holding her hand.

She was born in Bristol, Virginia, to the late William Guy Dempsey and the late Sadie Satula Dempsey on Jan. 13, 1958.

A memorial service will be held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, beginning at 6 p.m.

The family is in the care of Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro.


Jane Annette Myers

Died April 19, 2019

Jane Annette Myers, 62, of 343 Ebenezer Church Road, Goldsboro, N.C., went on to her eternal home Friday, April 19, 2019, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Ms. Myers, born in Johnston County, was the daughter of the late Willie Lee Myers and Cherry Christine Myers. She worked with her family for most of her life on the farm and truly cherished these times, having a strong love for both her family and the farm. Being a donor, she was able to give the gift of life at her death.

Ms. Myers was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence Myers and Tommy Myers.

She is survived by her brothers, Timmy Myers of the home, Johnny Myers of Wilson, and Luby Myers of Goldsboro; a sister, Diane Thornton, of Newton Grove; her children, Sharon Annette Owens and Gary Austin Owens Jr., of Clinton; and two grandchildren, Vadon Bass and Rivor Bass.

The family received friends at the home for a private memorial dinner to celebrate her life and reminisce over the memories they shared of her.

The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to all the family and friends for their heartfelt messages and compassion during this unexpected and difficult time.

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Professional services are entrusted to Hope Valley Hawkins Funeral Service and Cremation.


Jean Smith

Sept. 18, 1929-April 28, 2019

Funeral for Dorothy Jean Smith will be held Wednesday, May 1, at noon by the graveside in the Calypso Cemetery in Calypso, with the Rev. Lyle Brickhouse officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to Faison Presbyterian Church, P.O., Box 160, Faison, N.C., 28341.

Jean died Sunday morning, April 28, 2019 at the Stancil’s Family Care Home in Dudley where she had lived for the past several years. She was 89 years of age, and will be remembered as being a longtime resident of Faison, N.C., where she was a member of Faison Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bruce Smith and Lila Mae Morgan Smith; and two sisters, Patsy Smith and Shirley Ann Clanton.

Jean is survived by a brother-in-law, Willard O. Clanton Jr. of Chester, Va; nieces, Kelly K. Clanton of Chester, Va.; and Luanne Wong and husband, George, of Virginia Beach, Va.; a nephew, Willard O. Clanton III of Mechanicsville, Va.; a great-niece, Shelley Wong Park and husband, Adam, of Houston, Texas; a great-nephew, Robert Wai Wong and wife, Kristin, of Virginia Beach, Va.; as well as two lifelong friends, Peggy Mangum and Joyce Igoe, both of Faison.

A Tyndall service.


Janet Woodley Lane

Died April 28, 2019

Janet Woodley Lane, 78, of Cary, died Sunday at the Laurels of Forest Glenn.

She was born in Bunn Level to the late Haymer and Dorothy M. Woodley.

Funeral will be Wednesday at noon in the chapel of Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Willoughby officiating. Burial will be in Wayne Memorial Park.

She is survived by two children.

Arrangements are by Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory.

William Wallace

William Wallace, 62, of 425 West 25th St., New York, N.Y., died Wednesday, April 17, at home.

Arrangements are pending at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home.

Lawrence Worrell

Lawrence Worrell, 89, died Monday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Lynwood D. Williford

Lynwood Daniel Williford, 79, died Sunday at Vidant Medical Center.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Lillie B. Kerney

Lillie Beatrice Sheppard Kerney, 77, of 1745 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Wilson, died Sunday at Wilson Medical Center.

Arrangements are pending at Stevens Funeral Home.