Jacob W. Bossert III

Jacob W. Bossert III

Jacob W. Bossert III

Died Feb. 7, 2019

Feb. 7, 2019, the world lost a man with a well-lived life.

Jacob W. “Jackie, Beau Beau” Bossert lost his courageous fight against cancer.

He experienced many adventures on and around his beloved sea. He was a sailor happiest on the deck of the sailboat he sailed around the Cape of Africa.

He loved everything outdoors, and gained his love of the garden from his mother, Tootsie.

He retired after 30 years as vice president of business development and risk management of D.S. Simmons Inc.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Tootsie Farfour; his brother, Joey Farfour; and his niece, Paige Fader.

He is survived by his loving wife, Robin Beddingfield Bossert; son, Jacob W. “Jay” Bossert IV and his wife, Jennifer; granddaughter, Emma Chase Bossert; his sister, Beverly Farfour Fader; nephew, Bo Fader (Amy); great-niece, Ruby Paige Fader; and his four-legged companion, Jake.

Jackie generously donated his body to the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

No funeral will be held.

Donations may be made to the Wayne Opportunity Center or Wayne County Humane Society, Goldsboro, N.C.

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Mildred Swinson Renfrow

Mildred Swinson Renfrow

Mildred Swinson Renfrow

Feb. 3, 1933-Feb. 8, 2019

Mildred Swinson Renfrow, 86, Goldsboro, passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Mildred was born in Duplin County Feb. 3, 1933, to the late Grey and Bessie Sullivan Swinson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Roy Thomas Renfrow.

For many years, Mildred worked as a hairstylist in Goldsboro.

Mildred was a member of Madison Avenue Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, followed by a service to celebrate her life in the chapel, with the Rev. Randy Outland and I.K. Williamson officiating. A private interment for the family will be held Monday at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

Mildred is survived by her daughter, Debbie Leigh Robertson and husband, Garry; four grandchildren, Kelly R. Mendez and husband, Mark, Travis Pate and wife, Susan, Garrett Renfrow and Ronni Renfrow; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Ronald Thomas Renfrow.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Shriner’s Children Hospital, 403 E. Front St., New Bern, N.C., 28560; Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534 or the charity of one’s choice.

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

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Dora Britt

Dora Britt

Dora Britt

July 5, 1922-Feb. 7, 2019

Dora Mae Joyner Britt, longtime resident of the Dobbersville community, and most recently, Brookdale, Country Day Road, peacefully passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, with her family by her side.

She was born July 5, 1922, and preceded in death by her parents, Sam B. Joyner and Bettie Andrews Joyner.

She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 71 years, Ralph J. Britt; infant son, Sammy Britt; grandson, Michael E. Britt Jr.; sisters, Pennie Baker, Gennie Britt, Vira Thornton, Billie Dove Best and Marion Ruth Sutton; and brothers, Claudie Best, Brazil Best, Bougy Best, Dallie Best, Floyd Best, Bonnie Best, Ulysses Best and J.W. Best.

She is survived by two sons, Michael E. Britt Sr. and wife, Jheys, of Carolina Beach, and Glen Britt and wife, Debra, of Mount Olive; daughter, Betty Britt and husband, Joel, of Mount Olive; grandchildren, Olivia Lowry and husband, Colin, of Raleigh, Beecher Britt of Goldsboro, Kristen Bunn of Raleigh, Robert Britt and wife, Lauran, of Pikeville, Sam Britt and wife, Ashley, of Mount Olive, Jamie Britt Pittman and husband, Reding, of Pikeville, and Tyler Britt of Raleigh; great-grandchildren, Jameson Lowry, Kyle Bunn, Dyllyn Bunn, Beckett Cruse, Ryker Britt, Cainen Britt, Calla Mae Britt and Noah Pittman; and sister Margaret Miller of Richmond, Va., and Chester Best of Mount Olive.

She graduated from Grantham High School, married her sweetheart Ralph and became a military wife, living in Monterey, Calif., until they returned to Wayne County, where they lived the remainder of their married lives.

She retired from J.C. Penney department store in Goldsboro, where she worked in the catalog department for 30 years.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family and had many lifelong friends.

She was an excellent cook, and was famous for her fried chicken.

While residing at Brookdale, she enjoyed socializing with the many friends she made during her stay.

She was a member of Eureka Christian Church.

The Britt family would like to thank all who cared for Dora in her later years, Sarah Surles, Sherrie Garcia, Christian Caregivers and the staff at Brookdale. Words are insufficient to express our gratitude for all they did for her. She loved you all like family.

Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Seymour Funeral Home.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at Eureka Christian Church, Mount Olive, with the Rev. Frank Purvis and the Rev. Debora Stilley officiating. Burial to follow at Wayne Memorial Park, Goldsboro.

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

Memorials may be given in memory of Dora to the Carlisle Purvis Scholarship Fund, c/o Eureka Christian Church, 2036 Dobbersville Road, Mount Olive, N.C., 28365.

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Sam A. Jernigan Jr.

Sam A. Jernigan Jr.

Sam A. Jernigan Jr.

Dec. 19, 1925-Feb. 6, 2019

Sam A. Jernigan Jr., 93, Goldsboro, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Sam was born in Wayne County Dec. 19, 1925, to the late Sam A. Jernigan Sr. and Bessie Williams Jernigan.

He was co-founder, along with his father and brother, of Sam Jernigan and Sons Furniture Co., now Jernigan Furniture.

Sam was married for 69 years to the late Marie Lawson Jernigan.

Sam was a firm believer in giving to his country and community. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II.

Sam was a member of Saint Mary Roman Catholic Church, where he served as a lectern and usher.

He was a 4th-degree member of Knights of Columbus.

Sam was a charter member and past president of Goldsboro Downtown Lions Club, where he was a 53-year lifetime member with perfect attendance. He served as president of the North Carolina Lions Association for the blind. Sam also served as a past district governor, and was awarded the prestigious Melvin Jones Award for his service to Lionism.

There will be a service to celebrate Sam’s life Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Saint Mary Roman Catholic Church, with Father Pat Keane officiating. Inurnment will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

Sam is survived by his son, Sam Jernigan III and wife, Eleanore, of Goldsboro; grandchildren, Conoley Jernigan Coonley and husband, Howard, of Philadelphia, Pa., Sarah Elizabeth Kezirian and husband, Stephen, of Boston, Mass., Sam A. Jernigan IV of New York City, N.Y., and Andrew Thomas Jernigan of Goldsboro; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Evelyn J. Pickett, Blanche J. Perkinson and Ruth Jernigan, and brother, Ed Jernigan Sr.

The family will receive friends Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Terrace Room of the Old Goldsboro Hotel in historic downtown Goldsboro, 104 S. Center St., Goldsboro.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be given to Saint Mary Roman Catholic Church, 1603 Edgerton St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

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

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Renee M. Sparks

Renee M. Sparks

Renee M. Sparks

Feb. 25, 1965-Feb. 9, 2019

Renee McRae Sparks, 53, Goldsboro, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill surrounded by her family.

Renee’s faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was her anchor.

Her sincere smile, enthusiastic love of life and concern for all people endeared her to those she met. She loved everyone, encouraged others and had abundant energy.

Renee was born in Wilson County Feb. 25, 1965, to Patricia Pittman McRae of Goldsboro and the late Charles Bruce McRae.

Renee enjoyed the opportunities given to her by helping to impact the lives of so many children while a teacher for Wayne County Public Schools and most recently at both Grantham Elementary and Middle schools.

For those who knew Renee, she will be remembered for her dedication as a teacher and as a mother. She will be missed by many.

The loves in Renee’s life were God, family and friends. Even during her illness, she never gave up or let go of her firm belief in the power of prayer. Renee’s determination to let it be God’s will was an inspiration to all who knew her.

She was a member of Love Memorial Baptist Church.

Renee took great pride in her son, Matthew, and loved watching him develop into the fine young man that he is today.

Her daughter, Casey, provided many happy days and smiles that only a mother would love.

Renee enjoyed scrapbooking, horses, animals and spending time at the beach. Above all, she loved spending time with her family and friends. She will be missed.

The family will receive friends Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home.

A service to celebrate Renee’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at Love Memorial Baptist Church, with the Rev. Richard Toler, the Rev. Frank Purvis and the Rev. Steven Burrow officiating. Interment will be in Wayne Memorial Park.

In addition to her mother, Renee is survived by her husband of 29 years, Jeff Sparks; son, Matthew Ryan Sparks; daughter, Casey Nicole Sparks; sisters, Ann M. Smith and husband, Chris, and Leigh M. Cox and husband, Dean; and her niece and nephews, Maggie Smith, Blake Smith, Josh Cox and Drew Cox.

She is also survived by her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Evelyn and Bob Sparks; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Craig and Kim Sparks; and their children, Tim and Tyler.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in her memory to the Lineberger Cancer Comprehensive Center, https://giving.unc.edu/gift/renee, or the local charity of one’s choice.

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

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Ronnie S. Thompson

Ronnie S. Thompson

Ronnie S. Thompson

Nov. 3, 1946-Feb. 7, 2019

Ronnie Stewart Thompson, 72, Goldsboro, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center surrounded by his family.

Ronnie was born in Wayne County Nov. 3, 1946, to Buck Thompson of Pikeville and the late Odelle Jones Thompson.

He owned and operated the family business, Buck’s Fire Extinguisher’s, in Pikeville.

Ronnie proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for four years, and was honorably discharged in 1970 as a sergeant.

Ronnie loved The First Pentecostal Holiness Church, where he had been attending, but was a dedicated and faithful servant of the church his entire life.

He had a large extended circle of family and friends, and they were all very special to him. Ronnie will be missed, but will be greatly remembered as a loving husband, father and papa.

Ronnie always found joy in simple pleasures, which included visits from family and friends or a Yankee win, as he was an avid Yankees fan.

A service to celebrate Ronnie’s life will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of The First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1100 The First Church Road, Goldsboro, with pastor Bill Rose officiating.

The family will greet friends immediately following the service at the front of the church.

Interment with military honors will be held Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at 10 a.m. in Pikeville Cemetery.

At other times, the family will be at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Erin and Ralph LeGrand, 216 Lancaster Pointe Drive, Pikeville.

Ronnie is survived by his wife of 46 years, Donna Smith Thompson; father, A.K. “Buck” Thompson; daughters, Erin LeGrand and husband, Ralph, and Brooke Thompson; brother, Dickie Thompson and wife, Diane; sisters-in-law, Sandra Thompson and Brenda Griswold and husband, John; and two special grandchildren, Chandler and Ryleigh LeGrand.

In addition to his mother, Ronnie was preceded in death by his brother, Kay Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be giving in his memory to Cures for the Colors, SMOC, 203 Cox Blvd., Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

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

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Linwood Jeffreys Harrell

Linwood Jeffreys Harrell

Linwood Jeffreys Harrell

Nov. 16, 1950-Feb. 7, 2019

Linwood Jeffreys Harrell, 68, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.

Jeff was born in Goldsboro Nov. 16, 1950, to the late Fred Linwood Harrell and Thelma Jeffreys Harrell.

Jeff was a lifelong Episcopalian.

In addition to his parents, Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents, Linwood Fred Harrell and Laura Young Harrell and Robert Alexander Jeffreys and Thelma Collins Jeffreys; his uncle, George Collins Jeffreys; aunt, Barbara Jeffreys Gotherman and her husband, William Wills Gotherman; and aunt, Lucy Jeffreys Elliott and her husband, William Henry Elliott.

A private service for the family was held at Willow Dale Cemetery.

Jeff is survived by his son, Jeffreys Shadle and wife, Hunter Blair Harrell; sister, Lucy Sterling Harrell; and numerous cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 200 N. James St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

The family would like to thank Helping Hands for its support and kindness.

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

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Wesley L. Rowe

Sept. 4, 1946-Feb. 8, 2019

Wesley Lee Rowe, 72, Kenly, died at home Friday.

Funeral will be at Kenly Missionary Baptist Church 3 p.m. today, with the Rev. Dario Ruvarac, the Rev. George Arant and the Rev. Devon Varnam officiating.

He was born Sept. 4, 1946, to the late John Wesley “Bud” and Chassie Lee Wells Rowe. He was married to Judy Martin Rowe.

He is survived by three children.

Visitation will be 1:30 to 3 p.m. today at Kenly Missionary Baptist Church.

Mary F. Tyler Brown

Died Feb. 5, 2019

Mary Frances Tyler Brown, 92, Kenansville, died Tuesday at Kenansville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Rose Hill Funeral Home chapel, with minister Enrica Evans officiating.

She is survived by a son.

The family will receive friends at the home of her niece, Josephine Miller, 225 W. Ridge St., Rose Hill.

Gladys Wright

Died Feb. 5, 2019

Gladys Wright, 65, Wallace, died Tuesday at home.

Funeral will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Adoram Missionary Baptist Church, Wallace, with the Rev. James Page officiating.

She is survived by a daughter.

Mary Bell Bradshaw Graham

Died Feb. 7, 2019

Mary Bell Bradshaw Graham, 98, Rose Hill, died Thursday at Kenansville Health and Rehabilitation.

Funeral will be noon Tuesday at Island Creek AME Church, Rose Hill, with the Rev. Ruth Pugh officiating.

She is survived by two sons.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the church.

Arrangements are by Rose Hill Funeral Home Service.

Michael L. Pickett

Died Feb. 2, 2019

Michael Linnell Pickett, 48, 2851 Lemuel Dawson Road, died Feb. 2.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. today at KEMBA Association Center Warsaw. Burial will be in Hallsville Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Trinity Memorial Funeral Home.

Josephine Anderson

Josephine Anderson, 68, 2808 Daisy Lane, Wilson, died Wednesday.

Arrangements are pending at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Annie S. Smith

Annie Sarah Smith, 59, died Friday at Genesis Health Care Center, Mount Olive.

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

Norwood E. Eason

Norwood Earl Eason, 78, died Thursday at Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Wilmington.

Arrangements are pending at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Javon Darden

Javon Darden,  24, died Friday as a result of an automobile accident.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home.