Hillery Eugene “Gene” Price (photo)

Hillery Eugene ‘Gene’ Price

Hillery Eugene ‘Gene’ Price

Died Jan. 16, 2019

Hillery Eugene “Gene” Price, storyteller, journalist and beloved father, grandfather and friend, died Wednesday at Transitions LifeCare Hospice in Raleigh. He was 90.

Price, a longtime resident of the Sleepy Creek community in Wayne County, spent nearly five decades at the Goldsboro News-Argus as managing editor, editor and editor emeritus.

An avid hunter, fisherman and bird watcher, he spent 25 years as a member, including two terms as chairman, of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gloria MacCormack Price of Raleigh; four children, Sue (Joe) Johnson of Raleigh, Bonnie (Don) West of Charlotte, Chuck (Wei Bing Hung) Price of Los Altos, Calif., and John (Karen) Price of Cary; grandchildren, Sarah (Maggie Chmiel) Wilson, Don (Elyse) West Jr., Asa Price, Daniel Price and Tucker Price; and two granddaughters by marriage, Dr. Brittany Johnson McIntyre and Jillian Johnson.

His daughter, Joyce Price Johnson, and granddaughter, Audrey MacCormack West, preceded him in death.

He won dozens of state and national writing awards for his own stories and editorials, and led the News-Argus as it won awards for editorials, investigative reporting, feature writing, photography and public service. His journalistic achievements were recognized in 2011 with his induction into the University of North Carolina’s Media and Journalism Hall of Fame.

In retirement, he wrote a book of his collected stories titled “Folks Around Here.”

During his career, he served as president of the daily newspaper division of the North Carolina Press Association, the Eastern Press Association and the North Carolina Associated Press Club.

He was a mentor to journalists who went on to careers with many major newspapers, from The News and Observer and The New York Times to The Associated Press, where his daughter, Sue, spent her career.

In addition to his work at the News-Argus, he worked at The Independent in his hometown of Elizabeth City, at the Daily Reflector in Greenville and at the (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot.

While in college, he became the first sports publicity writer for the East Carolina University news bureau — working for tuition and meals.

He worked as press secretary for U.S. Congressman Herbert C. Bonner in the late 1940s, and was chief of an artillery firing battery with the 28th Infantry Division in Europe during the Korean War.

Govs. Terry Sanford, Dan Moore, Bob Scott, Jim Holshouser and Jim Martin appointed him to major state commissions. One of his points of pride was serving on the North Carolina Seashore Commission, which led to the creation of Cape Lookout National Park in 1966.

Among the many awards he received were North Carolina Sportsman of the Year; a lifetime achievement award from the Coastal Conservation Association; distinguished citizen awards from the Boy Scouts of America, Goldsboro Civitans and Jaycees; and two gold medals from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge.

Two governors awarded him the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

A longtime volunteer with the Boy Scouts, the Tuscarora Council presented him with the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service. He and the late Scout Executive Dick Auger were key organizers and leaders of 1,000 Scouts from the Tuscarora Council on two 100-mile pilgrimages from Goldsboro to the historic towns of Halifax and Bath. He led the same scouts to Washington, D.C., to present the flag carried on the pilgrimages, to Tricia Nixon on behalf of her father, then-President Richard Nixon.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrews Episcopal Church at 901 Harris St. in Goldsboro.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 901 Harris St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530, where he was a member and previously served on the vestry; or Transitions LifeCare at 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, N.C., 27607.


Linda Faye Harper Roberts (photo)

Linda Faye Harper Roberts

Linda Faye Harper Roberts

May 13, 1943-Jan. 16, 2019

Linda Faye Harper Roberts, 75, Pikeville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro.

The family will receive friends after the services and other times at the home.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Elmwood Cemetery in Fremont.

Mrs. Roberts was born May 13, 1943, in Greene County to Albert and Lillie Mae Harper.

She was one of 12 children.

Linda graduated from Snow Hill High School, where she held the title of Miss Snow Hill (1961) and the title of most points scored in a ladies’ basketball game for many years.

After receiving a degree in elementary education from Atlantic Christian College, she was employed by Wayne County public schools until her retirement in 1998.

Throughout her life, Linda and her family provided Wayne County with bell peppers from their farm.

She enjoyed spending time with her beloved dog, Pepper, beach fishing and playing bingo.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 54 years, Joseph; their daughter, Donna and her spouse, Doug; their sons, Joseph Jr. and Michael Roy and his spouse, Diana; her four grandchildren, Emily and her spouse, Brook, Chandler, Brandon and Paul; her brother, Harold Harper and wife, Arlene, of Snow Hill; and two sisters, Carol Coffee of Leland and Ann Hart of Shines Crossroads.

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


Thomas Spruill (photo)

Thomas Spruill

Thomas Spruill

Sept. 18, 1956-Jan. 15, 2019

“I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop. In that bright land where we’ll never grow old. And some day yonder we will never more wander. But walk on streets that are purest gold.”

Thomas Spruill, 62, 411 Forest Drive, died Tuesday at his residence.

He was born Sept. 18, 1956, in Wayne County to Robert Lee and Geraldine Coley Spruill.

The triumphant homegoing service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Woods Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, with elder Leo Deans officiating. His mortal remains will be laid to rest in Wayne Memorial Park.

Mr. Spruill leaves a legacy of love to his devoted, loving wife, Sandra Johnson Spruill of the home; his children, Corina Spruill of Maryland and Tomeeka Spruill and Tomaya Spruill both of Goldsboro, N.C.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mr. Spruill will lie in repose Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m., with the family present to receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m., at the church. The family will assemble at the residence in preparation for the funeral procession.

Arrangements are entrusted to Haskins Funeral Home, www.haskinsfh.com.


Betty Sutton Fleming

Feb. 3, 1950-Jan. 16, 2019

Betty Sutton Fleming, 68, a longtime resident of Granville County, Creedmoor, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, at Brantwood Nursing Center in Oxford.

She was born Feb. 3, 1950, in Wayne County to the late Ambert Sutton and Doris Mangum Sutton Quinn.

Betty was a member of Creedmoor First Baptist Church, and was a teacher assistant with Granville County schools for many years.

She was very active in the community, and supported her husband with the South Granville High School athletic department.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at 3 p.m. at Creedmoor First Baptist Church, by the Rev. David Richardson and the Rev. James Shelley. Burial will be in Creedmoor Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., prior to the service, in the sanctuary of Creedmoor First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her brother, Clayton Sutton (Sue) of Calypso; sisters, Faye Baker (Tommy) of Willow Springs, Ann Sutton of Willow Springs and Donna Hudson (Mike) of Mount Olive; and a granddaughter, Jessica Fleming Tindal of Rock Hill, S.C.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, James “Jimmy” Durward Fleming; son, John Durward Fleming; and sister, Judy Holland.

Flowers are kindly accepted or memorials may be made to The Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St., Oxford, N.C., 27565, or Creedmoor First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 38, Creedmoor, N.C., 27522.

Online condolences can be made to www.eakesfuneralhome.com. Select obits.

Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor is assisting the Fleming family.


R. Earl Starnes

July 26, 1948-Jan. 16, 2019

Robert Earl Starnes, 70, resident of the Seven Springs area, died Wednesday night, Jan. 16, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

His funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, at noon at Tyndall Funeral Home, officiated by the Rev. Freddie Pierce, followed by burial in Faison Cemetery.

Friends and family will be received during the hour prior to the service.

Earl had served in the United States Army, and was employed in the tire manufacturing industry.

In later years, he was employed as a security guard in the North Carolina Prison System.

Surviving Earl are his sister and brother-in-law, Patricia Starnes Henson and Jerry Henson of Marbury, Ala.; an aunt, Ethel H. Whaley of Mount Olive; and nieces and nephews and spouses, Jerry and Scottie Henson, Suzanne and George Richards, Steve Starnes, Lori and Alex Price, Rose and Aaron Sloan and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Eva Hall Starnes, and brothers and sisters-in-law, Edward and Marlene Starnes and Garland and Evelyn Starnes.

A Tyndall service.


Lawrence Fuller McIntyre Jr.

June 4, 1945-Jan. 15, 2019

Lawrence Fuller McIntyre Jr. passed away peacefully after a short illness Jan. 15, 2019.

Larry (his Goldsboro High School classmates know him as Fuller) was born June 4, 1945, and raised in Goldsboro, N.C., and spent almost all of his adult life in Wayne County.

He attended Goldsboro High School, St. Andrews College and Appalachian State University, and was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force.

He eventually retired from his occupational role at the Employment Security Commission.

He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, a congregation served by his grandfather, the Rev. Peter McIntyre, for 23 years (1914 to 1937).

Larry is survived by his son, Lawrence Fuller McIntyre III of Onley, Va., and two grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence F. McIntyre and Matilda Black McIntyre; his sister, Constance McIntyre Hand; his brother, James Black McIntyre; and his daughter, Elizabeth M. Wells.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Black Chapel at First Presbyterian Church.

The family will greet friends following the service.

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


Eunice M. English Mott

March 9, 1931-Jan. 15, 2019

Eunice Mae English Mott, 87, Teachey, died Tuesday.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Community Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Burial will be in Cavenaugh Cemetery.

She was born in Duplin County March 9, 1931, to the late Dock and Alberta Cummings English.

She is survived by a son and three daughters.

Visitation will be 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Myrtle W. Williams

Feb. 6, 1943-Jan. 16, 2019

Willie Myrtle Whitman Williams, 75, died Wednesday at Kenansville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral will be 5 tonight in Shumate Memorial Chapel at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jim Willoughby officiating.

She was born in Wayne County to the late Jim Jeffrey and Pennie Bell Weeks Whitman. She was married to the late James Ezra Williams.

She is survived by a son and a daughter.

Visitation will follow the service.

Inez Howell Cox

Jan. 20, 1916-Jan.15, 2019

Inez Howell Cox died Tuesday at Goldsboro Assisted Living.

Funeral will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at St. John AME Zion Church, with pastor Mary R. Nixon officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

She was born Jan. 20, 1916, to the late Henry Howell and Viola Stevens Howell. She was married to the late Earl Frank Cox.

She is survived by a daughter.

Visitation will be Saturday 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the church.

Ethyl Wooten Barnes

Died Jan. 12, 2019

Ethyl Wooten Barnes, 87, 1300 Queen St., Wilson, died Jan. 12.

Funeral will be Saturday at noon at Jackson Chapel Baptist Church, Wilson. Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery, Wilson.

Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Almae Scarborough Brice

Died Jan. 15, 2019

Almae Scarborough Brice, 80, Wallace, died Tuesday at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center, Wilmington.

Funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Union Missionary Baptist Church, Wallace, with the Rev. Larry Green officiating. Interment will be at Rockfish Memorial Cemetery, Wallace.

Visitation will be Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements are by Rose Hill Funeral Home Service.

James E. Sutton

Nov. 23, 1933-Jan. 16, 2019

James Earl Sutton, 85, 1015 Dollard Town Road, died Wednesday at home.

Funeral will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, LaGrange. Burial will be in Sutton Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 23, 1933, to Williams and Virginia Fullwood Sutton

He is survived by six children.

Visitation Sunday 2 to 6 p.m., with the family present 5 to 6, at Haskins Funeral Home. At other times, the family will receive friends at 222 Dollard Town Road, where it will assemble for the funeral.