W. Eugene ‘Gene’ Sasser

W. Eugene ‘Gene’ Sasser

W. Eugene ‘Gene’ Sasser

Aug. 30, 1946 -Feb. 14, 2019

William Eugene “Gene” Sasser, 72, resident of the Rones Chapel community near Mount Olive, passed away peacefully at home Thursday evening, Feb. 14, with family and friends surrounding him.

Gene was a native of the Indian Springs community near Seven Springs, and was the son of the late Raymond E. and Lola V. Hardy Sasser.

He was a poultry farmer, and was known for his involvement in his community. He participated in parades by riding his wagon, and showed animals in the local county fair.

Gene is survived by his wife, Susie Holmes Sasser of the home; two sons, Capt. William Eugene “Billy” Sasser Jr. and wife, Cindy, of Mobile, Ala., and Christopher Eugene “Chris” Sasser and wife, Amie, of Seven Springs; six grandchildren, Camber Beck and husband, 1st Lt. Drew Beck of Hawaii, cadet 2nd class Hayden Sasser of Colorado Springs, Colo., Darcy Grace Sasser and Liam Sasser both of Mobile and Luke Sasser and Mercy Sasser both of Seven Springs; a brother, Robert L. Sasser and wife, Theresa, of Warsaw; three sisters, Violet S. Goodson and husband, Kermit, of Mount Olive, Linda S. Kearney and husband, Russell, and Brenda S. Bazemore and husband, Ted, all of Goldsboro; and many very special nieces and nephews whom he loved very much.

The Sasser family gives grateful appreciation to his caregiver, Pat Anderson, and to the Community Hospice team for their splendid care and support given to Gene and to his family during his final days. The family also express thanks to its family and many friends who had stepped in at various times to assist in countless ways.

Gene’s life was remembered in a service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Tyndall Funeral Home, with pastor Jeff Dail officiating.

Friends were received at the residence at other times.

Memorial gifts may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern North Carolina Chapter, 5171 Glenwood Ave., Suite 101, Raleigh, N.C., 27612.

While we are saddened by our loss, we also rejoice in the fact that Gene has been freed from the bonds of Alzheimer’s and can now rest in eternal peace with every lost memory restored.

A Tyndall service.


Allen Daniel McKeel

Allen Daniel McKeel

Allen Daniel McKeel

Dec. 21, 1980-Feb. 14, 2019

Allen Daniel McKeel, 38, Goldsboro, passed away suddenly Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at his home.

Allen was born in Wayne County Dec. 21, 1980, to Lovie Powell McKeel of Goldsboro and the late Rev. Eddie McKeel.

Allen was a miracle and a blessing from the moment he was born.

He shaped lives of family, friends and random strangers in ways that made them into better people. Despite his own disabilities, he was always eager to help others. His smile was like sunshine. His eyes sparkled with light. A quiet touch on your arm let you know he was there. His words were a constant reminder that he always thought of loved ones.

Though he is no longer with us in body, Allen will never leave our hearts, minds or spirits.

Allen enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, which included watching movies and bowling with his family, as well as field trips and playing in the pool.

Above all, he will be remembered by many for his love of the ladies.

The family intends to honor Allen by making certain that the joyful spirit and laughter in this family returns in full force. The family understands that this effort will require time and the help of its extended family and many dear and wonderful friends. The family finds hope in the fact that, though Allen was surrounded by love in his life, he is now reunited with his daddy and is experiencing the perfect love of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Pikeville Church, followed by a service to celebrate Allen’s life at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary. A private interment for the family will be held in Pikeville Cemetery.

Allen is survived by his mother, Lovie Powell McKeel; sister, Lindsey McKeel Haithcock and husband, Robert “Dub,” of Goldsboro; paternal grandparents, Ralph Edward McKeel and Nancy Williams McKeel of Goldsboro; aunts and uncles, Cindy and Richard Lancaster, John and Carolyn Powell and Christia Smith; and his cousins.

He is also survived by his special caregiver and friend of 26 years, Leatrice Woodard.

In addition to his father, Allen was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John D. Powell and Margaret Sasser Powell, and cousin, Tyler Lancaster.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to Edgewood Developmental School, where Allen attended until age 21, 1601 Peachtree St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

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


Ann Gray Butts

Ann Gray Butts

Ann Gray Butts

Sept. 26, 1944 -Feb. 14, 2019

Ann Gray Butts, 74, passed away suddenly Thursday.

Ann was born in Wayne County, the daughter of the late Richard A. and Gladys Minshew Gray.

She was married for 51 years to the love of her life, Donnie Morris Butts, who preceded her in death July 23, 2012.

Ann worked for Carolina Power and Light for many years before her retirement, and also sold Hazel Keller Cosmetics.

After the death of Donnie, Ann enjoyed spending time with her senior dancing group.

Ann was a caring, loving parent and grandparent whose primary goal was the happiness and security of her family. She had a huge heart, always giving and reaching out to others. Most will remember the peace that Ann’s presence would bring.

A service to celebrate Ann’s life will be held Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home, with the Rev. Elvin Butts and her sister, Peggy Watson, presiding.

The family will receive friends Sunday immediately following the service at the funeral home and other times at her home.

Interment will be Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at 1 p.m. in Gray Family Cemetery.

She is survived by her son, Donnie Morris Butts Jr.; grandchildren, Benjamin Charles Strickland Jr. and wife, Adrienne, Cameron Gray Strickland and fianceé, Kymber Lambeth, Pamela Strickland Jessup and husband, Dr. David B. Jessup, and Stacie Noelle Strickland; and great-grandchildren, Alma Noelle Strickland, Lukas Blackwell Jessup, Delaney Kelsey Jessup, Parker Benjamin Strickland, Cooper Morris Strickland, Eliza Quinn Strickland and Leighton Gray Strickland.

She is also survived by her sisters, Peggy Watson, Brenda Gray and Rose Hinton, and sisters-in-law, Emily B. Gurley and Becky B. Strickland.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Ben C. Strickland, and a grandson, Noah Strickland Jessup.

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


Dennis R. Wade

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Dennis R. Wade will be Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at 11 a.m., 1000 11th St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27534, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Doris J. Hill Ward

Died Feb. 4, 2019

Doris Jean Hill Ward, 55, LaGrange, died Feb. 4 at UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital.

Funeral was 2 p.m. Saturday at Victory and Dominion Outreach Center, Snow Hill. Interment was in Hines Cemetery, LaGrange.

Arrangements are by S. Connor Memorial Funeral Home, Snow Hill.

Penelope Faith Hill

Sept. 15, 1997 -Feb. 11, 2019

Penelope Faith Hill, 21, Princeton, died Monday.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Casey Funeral Home and Cremations, with the Rev. Rodney Pearce officiating.

She was born in Johnston County Sept. 15, 1997, to Joseph Wayne Hill and the late Doris Renee Toppings Hill.

She is survived by her stepmother and two daughters.

Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

James J. Kulewicz

May 13, 1955 -Feb. 9, 2019

James Joseph Kulewicz, 63, died Feb. 9 at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Funeral will be in Massachusetts.

He was born in Washington state May 13, 1955, to the late Joseph and Helen Smith Kulewicz.

He is survived by three daughters.

Arrangements are by Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Brenda D. Tyner

April 20, 1947 -Feb. 10, 2019

Brenda Dianne Tyner, 71, died Feb. 10 at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Burial will be private.

She was born in Edgecombe County April 20, 1947, to the late Thomas Burt Jr. and Margaret Helen Parrish Tyner.

Arrangements are by Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Miracle R. Woodard

Died Feb. 2, 2019

Miracle Rossaline Woodard died Feb. 2 at University Hospital, Newark, N.J.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Richard A. Henning

Sept. 1, 1967 -Feb. 13, 2019

Richard Allen Henning, 51, Pikeville, died Wednesday at Duke Medical Center, Durham.

Visitation will be 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Seymour Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at 2 p.m. in Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

He was born in Pontiac, Mich., Sept. 1, 1967, to Janet Edwards Stahl of Las Vegas, Nev., and the late Tommy Al Henning. He was married to Marjorie Barnes Henning.

He is survived by eight children.

Bernice Moore

Bernice Moore, 71, 3606 Citation Court, Apt. B, Wilson, died Friday.

Arrangements are pending at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Austin Williams

Austin Williams, 78, 231 Rifle Range Road, died Friday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Arrangements are pending at Garris Funeral Home.

Louise Lee

Eldress Louise Lee, 92, died Thursday at Woodard Care Inc.

Arrangements are pending at Garris Funeral Home.

Donald R. Loftin

Donald Ray Loftin, 64, died Friday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

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

Oretha Durham Cutliff

Oretha Durham Cutliff, 83, died Friday.

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

Hubert McCray

Hubert McCray, 61, 313 Railroad St., Wilson, died Friday.

Arrangements are pending at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Jimmy Troublefield

Jimmy Troublefield, 70, Mount Olive, died Saturday at Genesis Health Care.

Arrangements are pending at Serenity Memorial Funeral Home and Cremations LLC.

Shirley Middleton Sauls

Shirley Middleton Sauls, 73, died Friday at home.

Arrangements are pending at McIntyre Funeral Home LLC.