Deacon Willie Sutton Jr.

Deacon Willie Sutton Jr.

Deacon Willie Sutton Jr.

July 14, 1932-April 19, 2019

Willie Sutton Jr., Dudley, N.C., passed away April 19, 2019.

He was born to the late Willie and Florence Sutton July 14, 1932.

Deacon Willie Sutton loved his church. Saint Rest Holiness Church is where Willie became deacon, and held this position until his passing.

He began work at an early age as a farmer in the Seven Springs area.

Just before moving to Dudley, N.C., he started his career in carpentry at Patelos Door Factory of Goldsboro, N.C., where he worked for more than 30 years.

Willie Sutton was a well-known person, who would go out and make a dollar. He began a side job selling wood, which earned him the name “Wood Man.”

Deacon Willie also expanded his employment into the world of Avon. Again, he developed a new name, the “Avon Man.”

After his retirement, he started work at WAGES (Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency Inc.).

This led him to work as a volunteer at O’Berry Center as a senior companion, where he earned “Employee of the Year” award. He worked there until his health began to decline.

In addition to his mother and father, Deacon Willie was preceded in death by two sisters, Florine Best and Bessie Mae Sutton; two brothers, Walter Bell Sutton and J.C. Sutton: two sons, Willie Ray Sutton and Raymond Earl Whitfield; and a nephew, Roger Lee Sutton.

Those surviving him include wife, Laddie Mae Sutton of the home; daughter, Mary Annette (Allen) Bizzell of Charlotte Hall, Md.; two sons, Charles Jay (Teresa) Whitfield of LaGrange, N.C., and Eric O’Neil (Enga ) Sutton of Dudley, N.C.; one godson, the Rev. Donald Wells; three sisters-in-law, Rachel Horton and Leatha Kornegay of Goldsboro, N.C., and Mittie Exum of LaGrange, N.C., along with a host of nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held one hour before a homegoing celebration of Deacon Willie Sutton’s life Saturday, April 27, 2019, beginning at 2 p.m. at First African Baptist Church, and burial will be in Rhodes Cemetery.


Henry Dwight Butts

Henry Dwight Butts

Henry Dwight Butts

Dec. 12, 1943-April 25, 2019

Henry Dwight Butts, 75, Salem Church Road, Goldsboro, died Thursday at Wilson Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Graveside service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, U.S. 70 West.

There will be a time of sharing with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. at Evergreen Funeral Home before the service.

Surviving are his wife, Etheleen Stephenson Butts; sons, Henry Dwight “Hank” Butts Jr. (Debbie) and Joseph Chong “Joe” Butts (Melissa) both of Wilson; daughter, Janet Lee Butts Allen (John) of Wilmington; sister, Carolyn Davis of Newport, N.C.; stepdaughters, Gilda Hope James Monterone, Eleanor Dianne James Pierce, Wanda Kay James Bragg (Ronnie) and Celia Gayle James Gwaltney (Wayne) all of Goldsboro; stepsons, William Craig James of Goldsboro and Jesse Berry James Jr. of Goldsboro; grandchildren, Logan Butts, Madison Butts, Joseph Chong Butts Jr., Cohen Butts and John David Allen Jr.; stepgrandchildren, Darle Ray Moore (Tiona), Wendy Herring (David), John Monterone (M.J.), Ronald Alan Pierce (Cheryl), Josh March, Jesse March, Miranda Powell, Jarvis Gwaltney, Morgan Gwaltney (Sara), Samuel Gwaltney, Krisha James, April Hughes (Kevin), Scott James (Mandy), Jeffery James (Amber), Daniel Helfer, Matthew Helfer and Jonathan Helfer; 17 great-grandchildren; and special nephew, Earlton Lucas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mamie Lee Ford Butts and William Henry Butts.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Wilson Masonic Lodge 712 A.F. and A. M.

He proudly served as a sergeant in Korea with the United States Army.

Memorials may be made to the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford. Memorials can be sent to 600 College St., Oxford, N.C., 27565.

Arrangements are with Evergreen Funeral Home, Cemetery and Cremation, Goldsboro, and condolences may be made through


Catherine Barnes Bradshaw

May 15, 1932-April 24, 2019

Catherine Barnes Bradshaw, 86, Pine Level, died Wednesday morning, April 24, 2019, in SECU Hospice House in Smithfield.

Born May 15, 1932, in Wayne County, she was a daughter of the late Oscar and Dolly Sykes Barnes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Spicer Bradshaw, and siblings, Ollie Ray Barnes, Leonard Barnes, Jack Barnes, Lassiter Barnes, Effie Barnes and Ruth Barnes.

Catherine was a member of Pine Level Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Level.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019, in the chapel of Parrish Funeral Home, with the Rev. Brad Lee and the Rev. Bill Groce officiating. Burial will follow in Wayne Memorial Park in Goldsboro.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Surviving are her son, Willie Eric Bradshaw and wife, Jennifer, of Fremont; daughters, Linda Gail Sorrells and husband, Dwight, and Phyllis Pender all of Pine Level; grandchildren, Jason Sorrells and wife, Anne, Shannon Young and husband, Timm, Heather Sasser, Taylor Farmer and husband, Alan, and Tyler Bradshaw; and great-grandchildren, Lilly Sorrells, Jane Lowry Sorrells, Wade Sorrells, Morgan Sasser, Ayden Sasser and Everett Farmer.

Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be sent to Pine Level Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 340, Pine Level, N.C., 27568.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Edna Suggs

Nov. 15, 1943-April 20, 2019

Edna “Big Sis” Suggs, 75, died Saturday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Church of Faith and Deliverance, Kinston, with pastor John Flowers officiating.

She was born Nov. 15, 1943, in Lenoir County to George and Mary Rouse Suggs.

She is survived by six children.

Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. at Loftin Memorial-J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home, Kinston.

Jonas Brown

Died April 22, 2019

Jonas Brown, 91, 400 Rollingwood Drive, died Monday at home.

Funeral Sunday 1 p.m. at Free Will Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, Pollocksville, with the Rev. Ethel Belle Sampson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be 3 to 5 tonight at Apostle D.L. McIntyre Memorial Chapel and an hour prior to the service at the church.

Theresa L. Dillahunt

Theresa Linnet Dillahunt, 48, 211 Capeson Lane, New Bern, died Wednesday at CarolinaEast Medical Center.

Arrangements are pending at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home in Kinston.

Latrisha M. Farris

Latrisha M. Farris, 28, Kinston, died Tuesday at SECU Hospice House.

Arrangements are pending at Smith-Holloway Memorial Funeral Services.

Silas Lucas

Silas Lucas, 88, died Thursday at the Brian Center.

Arrangements are pending at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Donnie Bell

Donnie Bell, 88, Stantonsburg, died Thursday at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville.

Arrangements are pending at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.