Mr. Quinton Joel Gray

Mr. Quinton Joel Gray

Mr. Quinton Joel Gray

Died Feb. 10, 2019

Mr. Quinton Joel Gray, 27, Greenville, N.C., formerly of Mount Olive, N.C., passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Greenville, N.C.

The funeral service will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at Goshen Disciple Church of Christ, Faison, N.C., with pastor Donald Dewitt officiating. Burial will be in the Hargrove Family Cemetery, Mount Olive, N.C.

Mr. Gray is survived by his parents, Joel and Angelia Gray of Mount Olive, N.C.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, one hour prior to service, 11 a.m. to noon, at the church.


John Harper Jr.

John Harper Jr.

John Harper Jr.

Died Feb. 10, 2019

John Harper Jr., 81, Dumfries, Va., died Feb. 10, 2019.

He was the beloved husband of Beulah (nee Jones); devoted father of John III (Rita Schaer), Mark (Jacqueline) and David (Kristen); loving grandfather of seven; dearest brother of Geraldine Sherard and Joyce Stanford (Peter) (brother Melvin preceded him in death).

Also survived by a host of nephews, nieces, family members, brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and friends.

The funeral wake will be held Feb. 14, 2019, from 7 to 9 p.m., at First Mount Zion Baptist Church (FMZBC), 16622 Dumfries Road, Dumfries, Va., 22025.

The funeral service will be held Feb. 15, 2019, starting at 11 a.m. at FMZBC following the final public viewing at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations for the Ira Dorsey Scholarship Endowment Fund Inc. at

To leave online condolences for the family, please visit

Please contact Ames Funeral Home at or 703-368-2814 for any inquiries.


Malcolm W. Lassiter

Malcolm W. Lassiter

Malcolm W. Lassiter

March 10, 1947-Feb. 12, 2019

Malcolm Wheelis Lassiter, 71, Mount Olive, passed away at Genesis Healthcare Tuesday surrounded by his family.

He was the son of the late Nathaniel Roosevelt and Sarah Evelyn Gupton Lassiter, and was the husband of the late Sybil Lassiter.

Mr. Lassiter was a retired courier with Southern Pharmacy, and a member of Thunder Swamp Pentecostal Holiness Church.

The family will receive friends Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Jonathan Altman officiating. Committal services will follow at Wayne Memorial Park.

Mr. Lassiter is survived by his wife, Joanie Price Lassiter; his son, Jimmy Lassiter and wife, Heather, of Mount Olive; a stepson, Phil Price and wife, Jennifer; two sisters, Nancy Williams of Henderson and Sarah Cogbill of Richmond, Va.; and four grandchildren, Rayna Lassiter, Gabe Jernigan, Noah Price and Melinda Buckner.

He was preceded in death by a son, Mike Lassiter.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Lassiter family, and online condolences may be sent to


Thelma B. Barfield

Thelma B. Barfield

Thelma B. Barfield

Nov. 17, 1931-Feb. 12, 2019

Thelma Batson Barfield, 87, Calypso resident, passed away Tuesday night, Feb. 12, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

She had been employed with Boling Chair Co., was a member of Calypso Baptist Church, enjoyed working in her yard, loved to dance and was always eager to go out to eat with her family and friends.

Mrs. Barfield was preceded in death by her husband, Norwood Glenn Barfield; a son, Timmy Barfield; her parents, Willie Sanford Batson and Annie Belle Turner Batson; and a sister, Abby Lambert Jackson.

She is survived by a daughter, Belinda Gregory and husband, Don, of Calypso; a son, Glenn Barfield and wife, Barbara, of Mount Olive; five grandchildren, Nicholas Barfield and Katie Sass, Tiffany and Jonathan Griffin, Donald and Leslie Gregory, Crystal and Jody Quinn and Amber Issa; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Janie Stevens of Mount Olive.

A service of worship to celebrate her Christian life will be Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at Tyndall Funeral Home, with pastor Justin Smith officiating, followed by a time of visitation. Burial will be in Calypso Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial gifts be made to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

A Tyndall service.


Willa J. Becton

Jan. 20, 1952-Feb. 10, 2019

Willa Jean Becton, 67, 2401 Wayne Memorial Drive, formerly of LaGrange, died Sunday at Willow Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, LaGrange, with Bishop Devin C. Pickett Sr. officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery, LaGrange.

She was born in Wayne County Jan. 20, 1952, to the late Clifton McLaurin and Etta Joyner Becton.

Visitation will be 2 to 6 p.m. Friday in Britt Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, LaGrange.

Saturday, the family will assemble at the home of Mother Etta Joyner Becton, 301 S. Wooten St., LaGrange, at 11:45 a.m. for the funeral procession.

Rosa L. Byrd

Died Feb. 12, 2019

Rosa Lee Byrd, 87, 1105 Reedsford Road, Clinton, died Tuesday at Mary Gran Nursing Center.

Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Rowan Baptist Church, with the Rev. Clay Carter and the Rev. Mike Shook officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

She was born in 1932 in Sampson County to the late William Love and Rosa Bell Tew Autry.

She is survived by two daughters.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 tonight at Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home and other times at the home.

Shirley McCoy Batts

Died Feb. 11, 2019

Shirley McCoy Batts, 79, 1317 Parkside Drive, Wilson, died Monday at home.

Funeral will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Brown Free Will Baptist Church, Wilson.

Visitation will be 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Joyce A. Nowlin

Died Feb. 11, 2019

Joyce Ann Nowlin, 71, 2303 Tranquil Drive, Wilson, died Monday at home.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Goodwill Free Will Baptist Church, Cades, S.C.

Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Barbara A. Dawson Walker

Died Feb. 8, 2019

Barbara Ann Dawson Walker, 75, 3311-2C, Boyette Drive, Wilson, died Friday at home.

Funeral will be noon Saturday at St. Paul Church of Christ Disciples of Christ, Wilson. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Wilson.

Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Gloria J. Farmer

Died Feb. 9, 2019

Gloria Jean Farmer, 53, 1939 Memorial Church Road, Fremont, died Saturday.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Sunday at St. James Church of Christ. Burial will be in Golden Gate Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, with a wake at 6 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home.

Dennis R. Outlaw

April 13, 1948-Feb. 11, 2019

Dennis Robert “Dick” Outlaw, 70, Pikeville, died Monday.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Pinelawn Memorial Park.

He was born April 13, 1948, in Lenoir County to the late Joseph and Mollie Stroud Outlaw.

He is survived by four children.

Visitation will follow the graveside service.

Arrangements are by Rouse Funeral Home, LaGrange.

Josephine Williams Anderson

Died Feb. 6, 2019

Josephine Williams Anderson, 68, 2808 Daisy Lane, Wilson, died Feb. 6.

Funeral will be noon Saturday at Tabernacle Temple of Jesus Christ, Wilson.

Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Hazel C. Skinner

Feb. 27, 1929-Feb. 12, 2019

Hazel Craft Skinner, 89, LaGrange, died Tuesday.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Free Will Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gerald Fowler officiating. Burial will be at Pinelawn Memorial Park.

She was born Feb. 27, 1929, in Lenoir County to the late Johnny Nick and Maggie Allen Craft. She was married to the late Norman Dempsey Skinner.

She is survived by two daughters.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rouse Funeral Home, LaGrange. At other times, the family will be at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Riley, 4152 Aaron’s Way, LaGrange.

Richard L. Barfield Jr.

Died Feb. 11, 2019

Richard Leo Barfield Jr., 56, 116 Scarlet Green Court, Garner, died Monday in Newnan, Ga.

Funeral will be noon Friday at Springfield Baptist Church, Raleigh, with the Rev. Anthony Ezzell officiating. Entombment will be Saturday at Montlawn Memorial Park.

Born in Wayne County, he was the son of the late Richard Leo Sr. and Elizabeth Easterling Barfield. He was married to the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Blackman Barfield.

Three daughters survive.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 tonight at Garris Funeral Home chapel and 11:30 to 11:55 a.m. Friday at the church.