Elaine Gilbert Getchell

Elaine Gilbert Getchell

Elaine Gilbert Getchell

Oct. 20, 1922-Dec. 27, 2018

Elaine Gilbert Getchell, 96, passed away in her sleep surrounded by all her children Thursday evening at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Born in Dexter, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Elizabeth Batey Gilbert, and the wife of the late Dr. Robert W. Getchell.

At age 14, Mrs. Getchell began an 80-year career as church organist at First Baptist Church in Dexter, Maine. For many years, she served as organist for several churches in the Goldsboro, N.C., community to include First Presbyterian Church, Adamsville Baptist Church and Pinewood Presbyterian Church.

She continued her career at First Christian Church in Goldsboro as organist and choir director for 30 years.

After retirement, she was a member of First Baptist Church in Goldsboro, where she was privileged to play the organ on several occasions.

A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, with Dr. Glenn Phillips Jr. and the Rev. Dr. Penny Zeimer officiating.

The family will visit with family and friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.

A private burial will be held at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Getchell is survived by her son, Robert M. Getchell of Goldsboro; her daughter, Susan Elizabeth Dodson of Pikeville; grandchildren, Joshua Dodson, Amanda Evans, Sarah (Tim) Martin and Christopher Sullivan; and two great-grandchildren, Claire and Colbie.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Getchell family, and online condolences may be sent www.shumate-faulk.com


Melvin Grey Wells

Melvin Grey Wells

Melvin Grey Wells

June 9, 1934-Dec. 24, 2018

Melvin Grey Wells, 84, Pikeville, passed away peacefully Christmas Eve at his home surrounded by his family.

He spent his first Christmas in heaven with his parents; brother, Kenneth Wells; sister, Betty Lou Cuddington; and friends who had gone before him.

Melvin was born in Wilson County to the late Mallie and Neta Narron Wells.

He was a valued salesman of R.T. French’s Co. in Rochester, N.Y.

He also enjoyed working for many years as a referee or umpire for football, basketball and baseball.

His favorite work, however, was as a farmer, and many of his happiest times were spent tending his garden and watching his cows on the family farm.

Melvin enjoyed life and spending time with his family and friends.

He lived a life of dedication to his community as a member of Pikeville Lions Club. As a member of the Lions Club, Melvin served as president and won the Melvin Jones National Award.

Melvin was also a dedicated member of Pike’s Crossroads Pentecostal Holiness Church. He could be found many Sundays sharing his gift of music by singing gospel for his church community.

Melvin’s true passion, however, was golf, and he could often be found at Lane Tree Golf Club. If it was a beautiful day, he enjoyed being on the links sharing shots and laughter with his friends.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, followed by a service to celebrate Melvin’s life at 2 p.m. in the chapel. Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

Melvin is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marjorie Sasser Wells; son, Willie Marvin Waters of Pikeville; daughter, Melody Lynn Wells Hine of Chapel Hill; grandchildren, Jessica Smith and husband, Matt, Stacey Strickland and husband, Charlie, Christopher Hine, Stepheny Hine and Jacqueline Hine; great-grandchildren, Jani Smith, Nick Smith, Spencer Smith, Jayden Smith, Alexis Strickland and Gavin Strickland; and brother, Gordon Wells of Williamston.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to Pikeville Lions Club, P.O. Box 338, Pikeville, N.C., 27863, so Melvin’s legacy can continue on through the projects the Lions Club supports.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.


William Earl Ormond Sr.

William Earl Ormond Sr.

William Earl Ormond Sr.

William Earl Ormond Sr., 92, Princeton passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro.

William Earl was born Aug. 14, 1926, in Greene County to the late Jesse Lee Ormond and Ola Mae Brady Ormond.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Keen Ormond.

The funeral service will be held in the chapel of Casey Funeral Home and Cremations Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at 6 p.m., with the Rev. Dennis Pollock and the Rev. Neal Brantley Jr. officiating.

The family will receive friends from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at Casey Funeral Home and Cremations Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.

William Earl and his wife, Virginia, were the founders and owners of Ormond’s Oil and Gas and Ormond’s Sales and Service for more than 65 years.

He was a member of Princeton United Methodist Church, where among other positions he had held, he had served as a Sunday school teacher and a trustee.

He was a past mayor of Princeton and a past member of Princeton Lion’s Club.

He had also served with Princeton Fire Department and Princeton Rescue.

William Earl is survived by sons, Eddie Ormond and wife, Renea, of Princeton and Kirk Ormond of the home; daughters, Sherry O. Worley and husband, James, of Princeton and Ginger O. Massengill and husband, Mark, of Princeton; eight grandchildren, Rodney Ormond and wife, Kate, Suzanne Bagley and husband, Dennis, Samantha Grimes and husband, Jay, Jay Worley and wife, Ashley, Janna Davenport, Savanna Massengill, Macy Massengill and Dalton Massengill; and 10 great-grandchildren, Avery, Will, Lennox, Autumn, Jameson, Maddie, Wake, Lena Jae, Jayce and Preslee.

Although flowers are appreciated, the family would suggest memorial contributions be made to the William Earl Ormond Memorial Fund, Johnston Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 2350, Smithfield, N.C., 27577.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.caseyfh.com.


Rose M. Greenfield

Sept. 23, 1928-Dec. 21, 2018

Rose Marie Greenfield, 90, died Friday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Memorial service will be Monday at 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church.

She was the daughter of the late Tony and Cora S. Greenfield.

Visitation will be at the church an hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are by Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory.

W. Brent Hood

William Brent Hood, 54, Mount Olive, died Saturday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Tyndall Funeral Home.

Richard Brewington

Richard Brewington, 72, 1905B E. Holly St., died Friday in Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home.