George Herman Porter
April 3, 1933-Feb. 24, 2019
George Herman Porter, 85, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at Wayne UNC Health Care surrounded by family.
Born April 3, 1933, he began life as a farm boy in Grantham, N.C.
An honor student and athlete at Grantham High School and a natural leader, he was elected to serve as the North Carolina state FFA vice president.
After graduating high school, he attended North Carolina State University (class of 1955), graduating with a degree in agricultural education.
He married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Flowers Porter, in 1954, and began his long career as an educator at Nahunta High School, teaching vocational agriculture education.
In 1956, he was drafted into the United States Army.
After serving two years in the Army, he returned to North Carolina State in 1958 to earn his master’s degree in agricultural education. This vocational agriculture experience led to his work on the start of the North Carolina Community College System.
In 1959, Dr. Gerald James, North Carolina State University professor, asked Herman to go work with him and join Dr. I.E. Ready to assist them.
From this work, the start of the community college system was born.
In 1973, he earned a doctor of education degree from NCSU.
Later that year, he went to Southeastern Community College as acting president.
In 1974, Dr. Porter came back to Raleigh as associate vice president of student services and accreditation. He managed the accreditation program during the 1970s.
From 1980 to 1985, Dr. Porter was the director of planning for the community college system. He continued coordinating accreditation with the SACS Commission on Colleges, in Atlanta, Ga.
In 1985, Dr. Porter represented community colleges on a five-person committee to recommend changes in the Standards for the Commission on Colleges and Universities, covering 11 southern states.
In 1985, Dr. Porter became the interim president of Isothermal Community College until its new president was hired, and in 1986, Herman retired from the department of community colleges.
Within a few months, Dr. Porter came out of retirement and returned to his home county as interim president of Wayne Community College. In 1987 Dr. Porter was named president of Wayne Community College, where he led in developing plans for a new campus and the construction of the first of several buildings.
He retired the second time in 1992, but he did not stop working for education and the community colleges.
After the second retirement, he was appointed to the North Carolina Community College State Board by the North Carolina State Legislature. He served on this board from 1992 to 2003. Dr. Porter was chair of the board from 1999 to 2001. During that period, he was instrumental in coordinating the community college effort for the passage of the 2000 Higher Education Bond Referendum.
In 2003, he received the I.E. Ready Award, which is the highest award bestowed by the State Board of Community Colleges. He was also recognized for being one of two longest employees of the community college system.
After years of service to the state of North Carolina, April 9, 2015, Dr. Porter was bestowed the honor of receiving the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Herman was an avid golfer and built many long and lasting friendships through the game.
And he managed to spend time on other activities in retirement that included Sunday school teacher at St. Paul United Methodist Church, member of the Golden Kiwanis and served on the board of directors.
Through the Golden Kiwanis, he volunteered as a math tutor at Spring Creek Elementary School in the Wayne County Public School System. His class of third-graders achieved the highest math scores on the EOGs, which made him especially proud! Herman worked mostly behind the scenes as the community college system began and grew.
He was instrumental in getting a lot of the “leg work” done to help grow a quality North Carolina Community College System.
Herman’s life had been dedicated to his family and to his lifelong work in education. He served honorably and with humility, never seeking the limelight or personal recognition.
The family will receive friends Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, 1300 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro.
A service to celebrate Herman’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2019, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 204 E. Chestnut St., Goldsboro, with the Rev. Phyllis Vail presiding. Interment will follow in Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery in Bentonville, N.C.
Herman was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Sara Lee (Westbrook) Porter, and sister, Abbie Jean (Porter) Poole.
He is survived by his loving wife and high school sweetheart, Ruth (Flowers) Porter of Goldsboro; two daughters, Karen Porter Burnette (husband, Larry Burnette) of Wilson and Lisa Porter Dismore (husband, Mike Dismore) of Dudley; grandchildren, Karry Burnette Grady (husband, Buddy Grady) of Mount Olive, Lawrence Burnette III of Wilson, Alexandria Freeman of Boone and Jonathan Freeman of Garner.
Great-grandson, Jameson Grady of Mount Olive.
Brother, Ray Porter (wife, Sandy Woodard Porter) of Rosewood; sister, Mary Ellen Porter McDonald (husband, Robert McDonald) of Goldsboro; and many loving nieces and nephews, as well as an “army” of golfing buddies.
The family would like to thank the UNC Wayne Memorial Hospital third-floor unit nurses, doctors, nursing assistants, nutrition assistants and housekeeping staff for their loving support for the last few weeks and our final day at the hospital.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory for continuing education to be mailed to The Foundation of Wayne Community College, P.O. Box 8002, Goldsboro, N.C., 27533.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.
F. Glenn Edgerton
May 1, 1933-Feb. 26, 2019
Foy Glenn Edgerton, 85, passed away Tuesday at Wayne UNC Hospital.
He was the son of the late Glenn and Thelma Rose Edgerton, and was married to the late Helen Pope Edgerton.
He was a retired chief master sergeant of 30 years with the United States Air Force, as well as a member of Emmaus Baptist Church, the Optimist Club and a Mason.
A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jim Willoughby officiating. Committal services will follow in Wayne Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Edgerton is survived by his wife, Ruth of Goldsboro; a son, Curtis Edgerton of Castalia; a stepdaughter, Gail Charles of Goldsboro; brothers, Bill Edgerton of Goldsboro and Mike Edgerton of Dallas, Texas; sisters, Nina Edgerton Leaming, Richmond, Va., and Linda Pittman of Columbia, S.C.; stepgrandchildren, Stephen Charles, Melissa McAllister and Christina Langley; stepgreat-grandchildren, Braden McAllister, David Langely and Katelyn McAllister; and many nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Keith Edgerton, and his brother, Robert Edgerton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at Conquer Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 896076, Charlotte, N.C., 28289-6076, or Emmaus Baptist Church, 714 Emmaus Church Road, Dudley, N.C., 28333.
Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Edgerton family, and online condolences may be sent to www.shumate-faulk.com.
Charlene Brooks Faison
Died Feb. 23, 2019
Charlene Brooks Faison, 67, 750 Massey Road, Dudley, died Saturday at home.
Funeral will be noon Friday at Big Zion AME Zion Church, Kenansville, with the Rev. Dr. Larry Smith officiating. Burial will be in Smith Cemetery.
Born in Duplin County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Stella Maxine Smith Brooks. She was married to Joseph Faison.
Three children survive.
Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Garris Funeral Home chapel.
Dec. 5, 1953-Feb. 25, 2019
Bryice Williams, 65, 210 E. King St., LaGrange, died Monday at Wayne UNC Health Care.
Funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday in James T. Haskins Memorial Chapel of Haskins Funeral Home. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, LaGrange.
He was born Dec. 5, 1953, in Wayne County to Landis and Sue Strickland Williams Sasser. He was married to Shirley McClain Williams.
He is survived by four children.
Visitation will be an hour prior to the service. The family will assemble at 1103 N. James St. for the funeral.
Mary A. Whitfield Whitley
March 19, 1945-Feb. 21, 2019
Mary Ann Whitfield Whitley, 73, Knightdale, formerly of Goldsboro, died Thursday.
Funeral will be noon Saturday at Word of Truth Christian Fellowship. Burial will be at Wayne Memorial Park North.
She was born March 19, 1945, in Wayne County to Charlie and Mary Jane Davis Whitfield.
She is survived by four children.
Visitation will be 11 to 11:50 a.m. Saturday. The family will receive friends at 1701 E. Pine St., where it will assemble for the funeral procession.
Arrangements are by J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations.
Died Feb. 23, 2019
Elmiree McIver, 79, 193 Sarecta Road, Kenansville, died Saturday at home.
Funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Big Zion AME Zion Church, with the Rev. Dr. Larry Smith officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Born in Duplin County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Minnie Miller McIver.
Four children survive.
Visitation will be 3 to 6 tonight at Garris Funeral Home chapel.
Amos Dawson Jr.
Died Feb. 18, 2019
Amos “Bill” Dawson Jr., 73, 463 Meadow Lark Drive, Winterville, died Feb. 18.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at West Craven High School auditorium, Vanceboro. Burial will be in Wallace Family Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home and an hour prior to the service at the auditorium. The family will assemble at the home for the funeral procession.
Died Feb. 23, 2019
Hallie Ward, 96, 723 Lincoln St., Wilson, died at Wilson Medical Center Saturday.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall, Wilson.
Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.
Robert P. Lucky
Died Feb. 19, 2019
Robert P. Lucky, 89, Wilson, died Feb. 19 at Wilson Medical Center.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.
Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Died Feb. 20, 2019
Greadly Davis, 65, Wilson, died Feb. 20 at Rex Hospital, Raleigh.
Funeral will be noon Saturday at Johnson Chapel Church, Elm City. Burial will be in Hamilton Burial Garden, Wilson.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church.
Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.
Lonnie Applewhite Jr.
Died Feb. 21, 2019
Lonnie Applewhite Jr., 79, 604 Sycamore St., Wilson, died Thursday at Arista Care, South Plainfield, N.J.
Funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at L.N. Forbes Original Free Will Baptist Church, Wilson.
Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.
Died Feb. 22, 2019
Glessie Finch, 86, 4209 Borden Road, Wilson, died at home Friday.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Tabernacle Temple of Jesus Christ, Wilson. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Wilson.
Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.
Emma L. Atkinson Jones
Emma Lee Atkinson Jones, 95, 5983 Church Road, died Tuesday at home.
Arrangements are pending at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations.
Garnett M. Frederick
Garnett Mabel Frederick, 75, Seven Springs, died Monday at home.
Arrangements are pending at Smith-Holloway Memorial Funeral Services LLC.