Edward Demming Smith Jr.

Edward Demming Smith Jr.

Oct. 16, 1923 - Dec. 8, 2018

Edward Demming Smith Jr., 95, passed away Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary, N.C.

Demming was born Oct. 16, 1923, in Wilmington, N.C., to the late Edward Demming Smith Sr. and Anna Elizabeth Pickett Smith.

He graduated from New Hanover High School in 1941, and enlisted in the 20th Air Force/Pacific Theater. He was a lead navigator officer for the 9th Bomber Group, flew 35 missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

After returning from the war, he attended North Carolina State University, and graduated in 1949 with a mechanical engineering degree.

That same year he married Agnes Dupay Harrell. They had a strong marriage of 55 wonderful years.

Demming had a long working career beginning in Maryland at the Ballistic Research Laboratory (1949 to 1951), and served in top management positions for the General Electric Co. in Cleveland, Ohio, and Goldsboro, N.C., from 1951 to 1984.

After serving as plant manager in Goldsboro, he retired early to be able to pursue his interests and spend more time with his family.

He was an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Goldsboro and Cary United Methodist Church.

Because of his compassion for people, he was heavily involved in community service including United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis and Boy Scouts. He served as chairman of the board of directors of Wayne Community College.

He and Agnes had a special love for children, and he served for several years on the board of directors of the Methodist Home for Children.

In 2003, Demming and Agnes moved to Glenaire, and he eagerly embraced his new home. His love for people certainly applied to this new environment as well. He enjoyed making new friends and experiencing all that Glenaire offered to its residents.

Demming’s warm and caring spirit and his exuberance and tireless effort to help others made him a stranger to none.

He had a quiet abiding faith and was an example of how to truly live your life. He believed in the power of prayer for his family and all those who crossed his path with needs. His faith gave him such a positive, hopeful outlook on life, and his genuine smile and easy conversation made a lasting impression on whomever he met.

In retirement, his love for bird watching began a new, creative hobby, wood carving. He captured the beauty of birds in wood, and he shared them with his family, and displayed them for friends.

His passion for sport, especially his Wolfpack, was contagious, making him a loyal and generous North Carolina State alumnus.

Having grown up in Wilmington, the beach was a place he loved to go pier or surf fishing, enjoy time with his family or catching the next big wave.

He loved hosting friends and family in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia at the family retreat, Almost Heaven.

Demming loved his family dearly. His family was blessed to have such a man to call Dad.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes Harrell Smith, and a grandson, James William Durham.

Demming is survived by his son, Edward Demming Smith III and wife, Ellie; daughters, Susan Durham and husband, Carl, Amy McBennett and husband, Larry, and Rebecca Warren; eight grandchildren, Jonathan, Nathan and wife, Kawanta, Jennifer, Brendan, Christopher, Danielle, Stephanie and Benjamin; and five great-grandchildren, Henry, Ayanna, Greta, Ava and Elias.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at Glenaire Retirement Community Auditorium, 4000 Glenaire Circle, Cary, N.C., 27511.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greensboro, N.C..

If you wish to donate in Demming’s memory, please send a donation in his name to Presbyterian Homes Foundation. If sending a check, put Glenaire on the memo line. You may also give through the website at glenaire.org.

Demming’s family would like to express its sincere appreciation for the loving care from the Glenaire Assisted Living staff and from the North Skill Unit.

Thank you for all the prayers, encouraging words and visits from all his dear friends. He loved all of you! We will never forget all your acts of kindness and love. You have all been a blessing to our family.

Condolences may be sent to www.BrownWynneCary.com.


Elizabeth Handley Gillikin

Elizabeth Handley Gillikin

Oct. 6, 1930 - Dec. 9, 2018

Elizabeth Handley Gillikin, 88, affectionately known as Ms. Lib, passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, at her home.

Elizabeth was born in Wayne County Oct. 6, 1930, to the late Albert H. and Elizabeth Dorrity Handley. She was married to the late Robert Fulton Gillikin.

Elizabeth was a retired school teacher and counselor having worked with Goldsboro High School, Charles B. Aycock High School and Wayne Country Day School.

Her passion was horses, and Elizabeth took great pride in being a saddle horse rider with the Eastern Show Circuit.

The family will receive friends Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, followed by a service to celebrate Elizabeth’s life at 2 p.m. in the chapel, with Dr. Glenn Phillips officiating. Interment will be on the family plot in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Elizabeth is survived by her sisters, June Hoyle and husband, Charlie, of Goldsboro and Ruby Lewis and husband, Emanuel, of Florida, and numerous cousins, nieces,and nephews whom she loved very much.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Albert Handley Gillikin; sisters, Annette, Margaret and Marilyn; and brother, Albert.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the window restoration fund at First Baptist Church, 125 S. John St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

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


Lois U. Capps

Lois U Capps

May 30, 1936 - Dec. 11, 2018

Lois Ann Underwood Capps, 82, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center surrounded by her family.

Lois was born in Duplin County, N.C., May 30, 1936, to the late Rodney Underwood and Gouldia Summerlin Underwood. She was married to the late John Linwood “Snapper” Capps.

Lois enjoyed life and spending time with her family and friends.

She was a valued employee of the Goldsboro News-Argus for many years.

Lois was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church.

She will be greatly missed.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at New Hope United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Steve Wellman officiating.

The family will receive friends Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church, and at other times, at the home of John and Jewell Capps.

Interment will follow in Wayne Memorial Park.

Lois is survived by her son, John “Squirrel” Capps and wife, Jewell “Sally,”of Goldsboro; sister, Connie Huebschmann and husband, Jerry, of Nashville, Tenn.; granddaughters, Casie Capps of Seattle, Wash., and Christy Capps of Raleigh; stepgrandchildren, Josh Lanaville and wife, Sharon, and Jewell Lanaville; stepgreat-grandchildren, Leslie Waters and Laney Waters; and a special canine friend, Soffee.

In addition to her husband and parents, Lois was preceded in death by her brother, Eddie Underwood.

Although flowers are welcome, memorials may be made to New Hope United Methodist Church, 200 E. New Hope Road, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

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


Ashley Warren Sullivan

Ashley Warren Sullivan

June 27, 1986 - Dec. 7, 2018

Ashley Michelle Warren Sullivan, 32, Kinston, Goldsboro native, passed away suddenly Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at 4:17 a.m. at Wayne UNC Health Care surrounded by her family.

She worked as a referral coordinator with Wayne Women’s Clinic in Goldsboro, and was also a Scentsy consultant.

Ashley was a member of the Woodington Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Deep Run, where she was very active in the Young Women’s Group.

Ashley was a woman who loved God, her family and life, and was loved by everyone who knew her.

Most important to Ashley was her husband of nine years, Ben.

She also had a great love for animals and children.

Ashley and Ben were in the process of becoming foster parents, and looked forward to the day they could care for children in their own home.

She cherished her fur-babies, Rambo, Opie, Callie and Rosie.

Although Ashley leaves a vacant place in our hearts, we know she truly earned her special place in heaven.

A service to celebrate Ashley’s life will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Woodington Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with Bishop Johnny Smith presiding. Entombment will follow at Wayne Memorial Park at 2 p.m.

The family will receive friends Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home.

Ashley is survived by her husband, Benjamin Hardy “Ben” Sulllivan; mother, Sheila O. Harrell and husband, John, of Goldsboro; father, David E. Warren and wife, Sadie, of Snow Hill; sister, Haley Warren and fiancé, Dylan Jacobs, of Goldsboro; mother and father-in-law, Donna and Allen Tyndall of Deep Run; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews she loved very much.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Foster Care Program at The Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, P.O. Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, N.C., 28450, or the American Heart Association, 3219 Landmark St. No. 9A, Greenville, N.C., 27834.

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


Scott Howard

Scott Howard

March 2, 1984 - December 8, 2018

Scott Howard, 34, 124 Barnwell Road, Dudley, died Saturday at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville due to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.

Born in Wayne County, he was the son of Timothy G. Howard and the late Beverly Dunn Howard.

He was employed with Sanderson Farms.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the chapel of Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home in Goldsboro, with the Rev. Jimmy Whitfield officiating.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.

Burial will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Snow Hill Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery in Mount Olive.

Scott is survived by his fianceé, Cierra Hill; his father and stepmother, Tim and Debbie Howard of Mount Olive; his brother and sister-in-law, Brandon and Maritza Howard of San Antonio, Texas; his sisters and brother-in-law, Beth Howard of Dudley and Angelia “Lia” Herron of Smithfield and Kathleen and Joseph Murdoch of Smithfield; stepbrother, Gary Jernigan Jr.; stepsister, Melonie Dillard; his niece, Emma; a niece to be born in 2019; and nephew, Rylan.

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


Brenda C. Robertson

Brenda C Robertson

Died Nov. 21, 2018

Brenda C. Robertson, 61, Riverview, Fla., died Nov. 21, 2018.

She is survived by her husband of 15 years, Robert Robertson of Riverview, Fla., formerly of Goldsboro; daughter, Patience Green of Lancaster, S.C.; stepchildren, Duwayne Travis Robertson of Riverview, Fla., Hope Robertson of Altamonte, Fla., and Alonza Robertson of New York City; mother, Mildred Charlton of Tampa, Fla.; sisters, Carolyn Charlton of Los Angeles, Calif., and Rachael Heath (Marlin) of Duluth, Ga.; three sisters-in-law of Goldsboro, Margaret Bell, Carolyn Robertson and Patricia (Sue) Robertson; one brother-in-law of Goldsboro, Copemon Robertson; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and aunts in Goldsboro, Virginia Rouse and Mable Auston.

Her memorial is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 15, 2018, at East Riverview Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 11725 Symmes Road, Riverview, Fla.


Chris Williford

Chris Williford

April 27, 1992 - Dec. 7, 2018

Chris Williford, 26, Pikeville, passed away Friday.

A graveside service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Silas-Pike Cemetery in Pikeville.

Chris was born in Wayne County April 27, 1992, to Robert Williford Jr. and Tammy S. Williford of Pikeville.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 8: 30 p.m. at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro.

Visit www.howellfuneral.com for complete obituary.

Letha M. Bailey McKeel

Died Dec. 10, 2018

Letha Mae Bailey McKeel, 93, died Monday.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Farmville Funeral Home chapel, by the Rev. Thomas Meade. Interment will be at Walstonburg Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1 until 2:00 p.m.

She was married to the late Glenn McKeel.

She is survived by a daughter and a son.

Mildred J. Davis Kenan

Died Dec. 10, 2018

Mildred Jane Davis Kenan, 94, Chinquapin, died Monday at home.

Funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Chinquapin, with the Rev. James Isaac officiating. Interment will be at Kenan Family Cemetery, Chinquapin.

She is survived by a son and a daughter.

Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Rose Hill Funeral Home, Rose Hill.

Belinda Melvin Queen

Belinda Melvin Queen, 58, died Tuesday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

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

Mary Armstrong Pate

Aug. 19, 1942 - Dec. 11, 2018

Mary Armstrong “Ginger” Pate, 76, died Tuesday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Funeral will be 7 tonight at Community Funeral Home, Warsaw. Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Pinecrest Cemetery, Warsaw.

She was born Aug. 19, 1942, in Duplin County to the late Eddie Frank and Betty Pope Armstrong.

She is survived by two sons.

Visitation will follow the service tonight.

Joyce Ward

Joyce Ward, 65, Wilson, died Tuesday at Wilson Medical Center.

Arrangements are pending at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Janice Williamson

Janice Williamson, 66, Garner, died Saturday at home.

Arrangements are pending at McIntyre Funeral Home.