Janice Marie Ames

Janice Marie Ames

Janice Marie Ames

June 17, 1943-Feb. 18, 2019

Janice Marie Ames, 75, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center surrounded by family.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro.

The family will receive friends following the service.

Mrs. Ames was born in Pennsylvania June 17, 1943, to the late Marvin Moore Caruthers and Thelma Marie Henderson Caruthers.

She is survived by her loving children, John Carter (Carrie) of Peck, Kan., Judy Wohler of Haysville, Kan., Scott Ames (Sandy) of Seminole, Ala., Bryan Ames (Cecile) of St. Louis, Mo., and Anita Robarge of Omaha, Neb.; four sisters, Shirley Mooring of Pikeville, Peggy Holland (Jim) of White Oak, Pa., Patricia Matthews (Tony) of Fremont and Ruth Caruthers of Pikeville; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her beloved Bichon Frisée, Sophie.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Ames was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan Gerald Ames, and her son, Jay Scott Carter.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made in Jan’s remembrance to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Part Court, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn., 38148-0142.

The family is in the care of Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro.


Helen Arcena Williams Conner

Helen Arcena Williams Conner

Helen Arcena Williams Conner

Died Feb. 22, 2019

Helen Arcena Williams Conner, 48, Nashville, passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with her family by her side.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro.

A graveside service will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Pikeville Cemetery.

Arcena leaves to cherish her memories her parents, Don Allen Williams and Helen Godwin Williams of Pikeville; daughter, Shayla Farrell of Nashville; son, Logan Parrish of Nashville; brother, Don Stephen Williams (Gail Edwards) of Pikeville; two grandchildren, Brody Jefferson and Gavin O’Connell; and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family is in the care of Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro.


Agnes Howell Vann

Agnes Howell Vann

Agnes Howell Vann

Oct. 21, 1921-Feb. 20, 2019

Agnes Howell Vann passed away at SECU Hospice House Feb. 20 in Smithfield.

She was born Oct. 21, 1921, in Nash County to Ella Blizzard Howell and Joseph “Jody” Howell.

Agnes was one of nine children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Vann; one son, Gary E. Vann; and seven brothers and sisters.

Agnes faced each and every day with positivity and resolve.

She was raised in Duplin County, but moved to Goldsboro at the age of 25, where she lived almost all of her adult life.

Agnes found employment at Ashe Street Pharmacy, where she worked as a pharmacy technician for 30 years until the store closed.

At age 61, when most people are considering retirement, she began working as a pharmacy technician at Raper Drugs, where she remained for 33 1/2 years. Agnes finally retired from Raper Drugs in April 2016.

Agnes found so much enjoyment working with her coworkers and meeting, socializing and helping her customers. Unlike most people, Agnes truly loved the career she chose and spent 63 1/2 years helping and serving others.

As much as Agnes loved her job, she loved her family and friends much more. She was totally devoted and dearly loved her children and all of her grandchildren.

All of her grandchildren, (great-grandchildren included), say, “Grandma, we love you and will miss you so much.”

Her daughter says, “Mama, I love you with all my heart, and you will be with me always. You rest with the Lord and his angels now. You deserve it.”

Ms. Vann is survived by one daughter, Kay V. Ferrell and husband, Donnie, of Garner, N.C., and sister, Elizabeth H. Worrell of Mount Olive.

She is survived by four grandchildren, Dana Batey Etheridge and husband, Mark, of Clayton, Ashleigh Ferrell Duty and husband, Chris, of Garner, Sherry Vann of Goldsboro and Travis Vann of Goldsboro.

She is survived by three great-grandchildren, Karolyne Batey of Clayton, Wyatt Etheridge of Clayton and Maebry Duty of Garner.

She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Debbie Vann Barrow of Goldsboro.

The family will welcome family and friends at Seymour Funeral Home in Goldsboro, N.C., from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24.

The service will begin directly at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home. Directly thereafter, burial will be held at Wayne Memorial Park.

Flowers are welcome.

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


Jacqueline Wilson

Oct. 12, 1968-Feb. 16, 2019

Jacqueline Wilson, 50, 604 E. Holly St., Apt. C, died Feb. 16 at home.

Funeral will be noon Monday at Pentecostal Holy Church. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 12, 1968, in Abilene, Texas, to Anthony and Sandra Bailey Wilson.

She is survived by three children.

Visitation 4 to 6 tonight, with the family present 5 to 6, at Haskins Funeral Home. At other times, the family will receive friends at the home, where it will assemble for the funeral.

Kenneth R. Coston

Died Feb. 18, 2019

Kenneth Ray Coston, 71, Mount Olive, died Monday at home.

Funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at New Christian Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Rose Hill, with the Rev. Cameron Hankins officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Mayra Hernandez Labra

Sept. 29, 1994-Feb. 22, 2019

Mayra Hernandez Labra, 24, 204 Athens Drive, Dudley, died Friday in a motor vehicle accident.

Funeral will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at Alpha and Omega Pentecostal Church. Burial will be in Mexico.

She was born Sept. 29, 1994, in Mexico to Federico and Santa Labra De Hernandez.

Arrangements are by Haskins Funeral Home.

Bobbie Oates

Died Feb. 18, 2019

Bobbie Oates, 82, 207 Brentwood Drive, Dudley, died Monday at home.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Monday at Garris Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in Carver Cemetery.

Born in Wayne County, he was the son of the late Roy and Eva Mae Oates.

Three daughters survive.

Visitation will be 5 to 6 tonight at the funeral home.

Bill Thompson

June 19, 1929-Feb. 22, 2019

The Rev. Dr. William Joseph “Bill” Thompson, 89, LaGrange, died Friday.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rouse Funeral Home. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery.

He was born June 19, 1929, in Bradford, Ala., to the late Joseph Webster and Mary Jane Vaughn Thompson. He was married to Doris “Dot” Sadler Thompson.

Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Peggy A. Proctor Rodgers

Peggy Ann Proctor Rodgers, 87, Fremont, died Friday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Shackleford-Howell Funeral Home.

Glessie Finch

Glessie Finch, 86, 4902 Borden Road, Wilson, died at home Friday.

Arrangements are pending at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Betty Taft Bowser

Betty Taft Bowser, 73, 912 E. Highland Ave., Kinston, died Friday at Harmony Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Arrangements are pending at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home.

Elmire McIver

Elmire McIver, 79, 193 Sarecta Road, Kenansville, died Saturday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Garris Funeral Home.

Otis R. Hill

Otis Rudolph Hill, 92, Lucama, died Saturday at WakeMed in Raleigh.

Arrangements are pending at Shackleford-Howell Funeral Home.

Hallie Ward

Hallie Ward, 96, Wilson, died at Wilson Medical Center Saturday.

Arrangements are pending at Stevens Funeral Home, WIlson.

Billy R. Seaberry Sr.

Billy Ray Seaberry Sr., 66, Fremont, died Friday at UNC Wayne Health Care.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of Smith-Holloway Memorial Funeral Services LLC.