Margaret Hughes Barber

Margaret Hughes Barber

Margaret Hughes Barber

Aug. 9, 1931-April 10, 2019

Margaret Hughes Barber, 87, Goldsboro, completed her earthly assignment as a prayer warrior and met her Lord and Savior Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Margaret was born Aug. 9, 1931, in Wayne County to the late Henry Hughes and Beatrice Wade Hughes.

She was married to the late Lynn Eugene Barber Jr. in 1948, and remained married to him for 56 ½ years.

She was a hard worker on the farm, in the church and at her workplace. She farmed, along with her husband, the late Lynn E. Barber Jr., until all her children started school.

She then went to work and retired from R.G. Barry Corp., where she served as a line supervisor.

A lady of strong faith, Margaret was a longtime member of Clingman Street Church of God and then United in Christ Church. She served her Lord faithfully in a variety of roles such as choir member, Sunday school teacher and ladies ministries.

For Margaret, everything revolved around her family and its well-being. She always lived a Christ-like example to her family. She believed that you could accomplish anything that you were determined to do.

Her family has many fond memories of times gathered around the family table for Sunday lunch.

Margaret enjoyed her time working in her flowers and traveling with family and friends, especially her late sister, Kathleen Thornton.

She loved sports, and enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren participate in various sports and activities as they were growing up.

She was also an avid Carolina Tar Heels fan.

Margaret also enjoyed fishing and spending time at North Carolina’s Crystal Coast.

A service to celebrate Margaret’s life will be held Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 6 p.m. at United in Christ Church, with the Rev. Ira Williford and the Rev. Kenneth Boyd officiating.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

A graveside service will be at Wayne Memorial Park Monday, April 15, 2019, at 11 a.m.

Margaret is survived by her three children, Beverly Barber Phillips and husband, Greg, Sharon Barber Wilson and husband, Rocky, and Lynn Barber and Pamela Davis; six grandchildren, Shannon Phillips, Keri Phillips Brooks and husband, Chevis, Adam Phillips and wife, Shannon, Coral Barber Clark, Abbey Barber Mercando and husband Tony, and Hunter Dentzer; and stepgrandchild, Skylar Wilson.

She also has five great-grandchildren, Cole, Avery, Miles, Cohen, Davis, and Brody, who will be born this month.

In addition to her husband and parents, Margaret was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Hughes, and a sister, Kathleen Hughes Thornton.

The family would like to acknowledge the staff of Kitty Askins Hospice Center, Helping Hands Family Care, as well as the friends and health care professionals who had a profound impact on the quality of the family’s mom’s life during her illness.

Memorials may be made to United in Christ, P.O. Box 55, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534, or Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

Arrangements are entrusted to Howell Funeral Home and Crematory, where online condolences may be expressed at


Mrs. Herline Brewer Best

Mrs. Herline Brewer Best

Mrs. Herline Brewer Best

Sept. 12, 1941-April 10, 2019

Mrs. Herline Brewer Best, 77, 1705 Middleton Road, Goldsboro, N.C., was a woman of love, faith, integrity and determination.

She departed this earthly life April 10, 2019, at 10:36 a.m. at Wayne UNC Health Care in Goldsboro, N.C., surrounded by family.

A funeral service honoring her life will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at 12 p.m. at Word of Truth Christian Fellowship in Goldsboro, N.C., with pastor Timothy L. Dortch officiating.

A wake will be held at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations Tuesday, April 16, from 6 to 7 p.m., located at 1701 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, N.C.

She entered this world Sept. 12, 1941, as the second of seven children to the late brother Charles and pastor Gladys M. Brewer.

She was born in Wayne County, where she attended school and graduated from Dillard High School in 1960.

She moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., where she earned her master’s degree to have a wonderful career of more than 25 years in education, serving 22 of those years in the Wayne County school system.

She was a woman of faith, dedicated to serving the Lord through several auxiliaries from Sunday school teacher to director of religious education at Goldsboro Raleigh Disciples Institute.

She served at Word of Truth Church Ministries until her earthly departure.

She was passionate about improving the lives of others through teaching, training and constantly putting her faith in action.


John Bost Carson

John Bost Carson

John Bost Carson

Died April 6, 2019

John Bost Carson, born in Marion, N.C., died Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Goldsboro at the age of 86.

He leaves his wife of 63 years, Jean Busbee Carson; sister and brother, Judy Rau and Eddie Carson; five children and spouses, Johnny and Sue Carson, Chris and Jeanine Carson, Lisa Carson, Carol Carson and Jimmy and Heidi Carson; 10 grandchildren and spouses, Matthew and Catherine Allison, Daniel Allison, Joel Allison, Amy and Shane Holtman, Joshua and Lindsay Carson, Cayce Carson, Sammie Carson, Micah Carson, Nathan Carson and Aaron Carson; and four great-grandchildren, Carson Allison, Mary Grace Allison, Elizabeth Allison and Tyler Holtman.

In 1956, John graduated from the University of South Carolina earning a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering, and in 1973, the University of Southern California awarded him a master’s degree in business systems management.

John served as a major in the United States Air Force, was a veteran of the Vietnam War and received four medals during his 20-year military career, including the Bronze Star for meritorious service.

He also taught Junior ROTC at South Johnston High School in Benson, N.C., for 21 years.

John’s Christian faith and love for Jesus was at the center of his life. He was a member of Love Memorial Baptist Church in Goldsboro since 1973, and served faithfully as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, choir member and volunteer in missions. He participated in 24 mission trips to Europe, Africa, Central and South America, Caribbean and United States, providing disaster recovery, construction and home repair, Bible study and Christian evangelism.

John enjoyed vacationing the mountains, taking walks in the woods, reading, gardening and wood working.

He will be missed for his dry sense of humor, intelligence and generosity.

Family will receive friends at Shumate Faulk Funeral Home on U.S. 117 South from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

A memorial service at Love Memorial Baptist Church on Woodland Church Road will follow at 6 p.m.


Mary L. Patrick

Mary L. Patrick

Mary L. Patrick

July 22, 1928-April 10, 2019

Mary Louise Messer Patrick, 90, died Wednesday, April 10, at her residence.

Born in Gaston County, she was the daughter of the late Ervin Otis and Lula Viola Sutton Messer, and wife of the late Charles Anderson Patrick.

She was also preceded in death by two grandsons, Scott and Chad Bedford; her son-in-law, Roger Bedford; and three siblings.

She was a member of Jefferson United Methodist Church and Beta Sigma Phi, and was an avid genealogist.

She was formerly employed with the Goldsboro News-Argus.

A service to celebrate her life will be held Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. at Jefferson United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Eric Lindblade Jr. officiating.

The family will receive friends Friday immediately following the service at the church.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 20, at 1 p.m. at Gaston Memorial Park in Gastonia, N.C.

Mrs. Patrick is survived by her daughter, Carla P. Bedford; a brother, Johnny Lee Messer; a sister-in-law, Mary Messer; a grandson, Jason R. Bedford and his wife, Kristina; and two great-grandchildren, Emily Bedford and Kirsten Bayes.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Jefferson United Methodist Church, 1101 N. Jefferson Ave., Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

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


Crystal L. Pearsall

March 3, 1980-April 4, 2019

Crystal Lynn Pearsall, 39, Bailey, died April 4 at home.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Casey Funeral Home and Cremations.

She was born March 3, 1980, to David T. Pearsall and the late Margaret Mary Pearsall.

She is survived by two children.

Visitation will be 1 to 2 today at the funeral home.


Ruth R. Artis

Died April 9, 2019

Ruth R. Artis, 93, Wilson, formerly of Goldsboro, died Tuesday.

Funeral will be noon April 20 at St. James Christian Church, Wilson.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Arrangements are by Barnes Funeral Home LLC, Wilson.


Julia L. Boyette

Died April 8, 2019

Julia Lee Boyette, 99, 603 Lockhaven Court, died Monday at Somerset Court.

Funeral was noon Saturday at Greater Guiding Star Holy Church, with pastor Joseph Williams officiating. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by McIntyre Funeral Home.

Benita R. Vann

Feb. 13, 1968-April 4, 2019

Benita Raye Vann, 51, Mount Olive, died April 4 at UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. today at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations.

She was born Feb. 13, 1968, in Washington, D.C., to Connie Lee and Dorothy Whitfield Raye.

She is survived by her sons.

Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. today.

Beulah M. Weeks

Oct. 12, 1936-April 7, 2019

Beulah Mae Weeks, 82, died April 7.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Stephen’s Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be at Wayne Memorial Park.

She was born Oct. 12, 1936, to James and Mae Belle Swinson Weeks.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 tonight, with the family present 6 to 7, at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations. The family will receive friends at the home of her sister, 201 S. Alabama Ave., Goldsboro, where it will assemble for the funeral procession.

Ruth N. Carraway

Dec. 9, 1921-April 8, 2019

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

Funeral will be noon Tuesday at Greater St. John Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will be at Wayne Memorial Park.

She was born Dec. 9, 1921, in Lenoir County to Albert and Tommy Ann Whitfield Grandy.

She is survived by four children.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremation.

Frank McAllister

Frank “Micky” McAllister, 82, 511 N.Queen St., Kinston, died Thursday at UNC Lenoir Health Care.

Arrangements are pending at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home Inc., Kinston.

Lillian Whitley

Lillian Whitley, 63, Washington, D.C., formerly of Princeton, died Thursday at WakeMed Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

Walter Rouse

Walter Rouse, 79, 201 N. Center St., LaGrange, died Saturday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Arrangements are pending at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home Inc., Kinston.