Gordon E. Thornton

Gordon E. Thornton

Gordon E. Thornton

Feb. 17, 1952-Jan. 6, 2019

Gordon Edward Thornton, 66, Seven Springs, passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.

The seventh of nine children, Gordon was born Feb. 17, 1952, in Wayne County to the late Harvey Preston Thornton and Bessie Jordan Thornton.

Gordon was a longtime employee of Goldsboro Starter and Alternator. With more than 20 years of service to the company, Gordon was dedicated, and loved his work. He was a highly skilled mechanic, knowing the ins and outs of every car that came through the shop.

When he wasn’t working, Gordon could often be found piddling in his shop at home. He was a gifted craftsman who enjoyed working with his hands. He found great pleasure in creating beautiful pieces from wood.

Never one to take himself too seriously, Gordon was a jokester, and loved to cut up. His sense of humor endeared him to everyone he met. He truly lived to see others smile.

The next time you hear some good beach music or are enjoying ice cream, think of Gordon and smile.

A memorial service to celebrate Gordon’s life was held Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Rouse Funeral Home. Burial followed at Pineview Cemetery.

Gordon is survived by his wife of 27 years, Jenny Grady Thornton; two children, Alex Price and wife, Lori, and Alicia Martin and husband, Jamie; three grandchildren, Adam Price, Noah Price and Abby Martin; five siblings, Shelton Thornton, Rayvon Thornton, Preston Thornton Jr., Frances Capps and Harold Thornton; several special nieces and nephews; and a number of close friends Gordon thought of as brothers.

In addition to his parents, Gordon was preceded in death by three siblings, Violet Thornton, Judy Coker and Gary Thornton.

Family and friends were received Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Rouse Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com.

Memorials in Gordon’s memory may be made to Cures for the Colors, 203 Cox Blvd., Goldsboro, NC, 27534.

Arrangements were entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, LaGrange.


Christine “Chris” Smith Turner

Christine ‘Chris’ Smith Turner

Christine ‘Chris’ Smith Turner

April 20, 1934-Jan. 14, 2019

Christine “Chris” Smith Turner, Richmond, Va., passed away Jan. 14, 2019.

She was born April 20, 1934, in Seven Springs, N.C., to the late Major Gordon and Louise Barwick Smith.

Chris grew up a North Carolina farm girl, graduated from Seven Springs, N.C., High School and was married to Richard Maxton Ivey, and subsequently set up homemaking in Goldsboro, N.C., having three children, Marcia Ivey Snead, Richard Max Ivey Jr. and Robert Franklin Ivey.

While raising her family, Chris took on her first career role at Gidden’s Jewelry Store in Goldsboro.

From there, she moved to become an accountant at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Credit Union, there developing the financial skills she would utilize throughout her life.

Her next financial role was at C.E. Estes Contract Carrier in Richmond, Va.

Following divorce, Chris embraced the challenge of being a single parent, and took on second job at Best Products Co., where she was a part-time cashier on evenings and weekends to earn extra income.

After her children were grown, Chris married James Kellam Turner Jr. of Richmond in 1978, and they enjoyed countless vacations to Charleston, S.C., and visiting family, enjoying spending time with two sets of children and grandchildren.

Later in life, Chris left financial work and trained to become a real estate broker with Century 21 in southwest Richmond, where she served for a number of years.

Chris was a world class cook, and was gifted at crafts, sewing and gardening.

She never seemed to tire in spite of extreme vocational demands, and was always into a hobby or craft.

Chris was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Robert; her husband, Kellam; and her sister, Revaline Bartlett.

Chris is survived by her sister, Carrie Joyner of Greenville, N.C.; her brother, Frank Smith of Gastonia, N.C.; her daughter, Marcia Ivey Snead of Hopewell Va.; son, Richard Max Ivey Jr. and wife, Diane, of Parkton, Md.; five grandchildren, Stephin Wayne Ramsey Jr. and Christopher Gordon Ramsey of Hopewell, Va., Daniel Gordon Ivey of Tucson, Ariz., Gabrielle Louise Ivey of Washington, D.C., and Christina Marie Ivey of Parkton, Md.; and five great-grandchildren, Alexis Robinson of Chesterfield, Mike Ivey of Hopewell and Maxton, Kingsley and Major Ivey of Tucson, Ariz.

Chris is also survived by Kellam’s children, Cathy Thomas of Durham, N.C., Nancy Inman of Nashville, Tenn., and James Turner III and Robert Turner both of Richmond, Va.

The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bliley’s-Chippenham, 6900 Hull St. Road, where a funeral ceremony will be held 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment to follow at Dale Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to Chesterfield Baptist Church, 16520 Hull St. Road, Moseley, Va., 23120.


Deacon John Herring

Deacon John Herring

Deacon John Herring

March 24, 1936-Jan. 11, 2019

“For we know if our earthly house of his tabernacle were dissolved we have a building of God, and house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

Deacon John Herring Sr., 82, 113 Royal Drive, Dudley, passed from labor to reward Friday at his residence.

He was born March 24, 1936, in Johnston County to William and Rosa Bell Battle Herring.

His life’s devotion and service to God and mankind will be celebrated Friday at noon at First Congregational Church, Dudley, N.C. His mortal remains will be laid to rest in Wayne Memorial Park.

Deacon John Herring Sr. leaves a legacy of love for his devoted, loving wife, Ada Ruth Evans Herring; his children, John F. Herring Jr. of Goldsboro, N.C., minister Reginald B. Herring of Fayetteville, N.C., and Pamela D. Herring of Goldsboro, N.C.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five sisters; one brother; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Deacon Herring will lie in repose Thursday from 4 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 the Haskins Funeral Home. www.haskinsfh.com.


L. Ray Sutton

L. Ray Sutton

L. Ray Sutton

June 26, 1941-Jan. 14, 2019

Lindon Ray Sutton Sr., 77, Calypso, passed away Monday night, Jan. 14, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center surrounded by his loving family.

His life will be remembered Wednesday evening, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. in a service at Tyndall Funeral Home. Officiating will be the Rev. Jim Whitfield and the Rev. Jeff Dail.

The family will receive friends immediately after the service at Tyndall and at the residence at other times.

Burial will be Thursday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. at Wayne Memorial Park. The Rev. Jonathan Altman will offer words of committal.

Flowers are welcome or memorial gifts may be made to Southeastern Cancer Center, 203 Cox Blvd., Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

Mr. Sutton, a lifelong farmer, was the senior member of Sutton Brothers Farming of Calypso, having had the distinction of being “Unit One” on his farming radio.

He was a member of Thunder Swamp Pentecostal Holiness Church, and was a loyal, kind-hearted, humble Christian man, who served God, his family, church and community.

He is survived by his dear mother, Mabel Pennington Sutton; his five children, Daphne S. Swinson and husband, Mitchell, Lindon Ray Sutton Jr., Hope S. Royal, Heather K. Lassiter and husband, Jimmy, and Kris “Bump” Sutton and wife, Kristy; six siblings and spouses, Carroll and Jeannie Sutton, Erlene S. and Robert Brogden, Judson and Sheila Sutton, Billy and Martha Sutton, Gary and Vickie Sutton and Janet S. and David Nickel all of the Mount Olive/Calypso areas; 10 grandchildren, Dustin Swinson, Madeline Swinson, Jacob Sutton, Raychel Rhodes, Marybeth Barwick, Rayna Lassiter, Gabe Jernigan, Garett Sutton, Bailey Grace Sutton and Sydnee Leigh Sutton; and many nieces and nephews.

Also surviving are special friends of the family, Bernard McClain of Magnolia, Jay Barnett of Dudley and Randy and Robin Jackson of Mount Olive.

Mr. Sutton, the eldest son of his parents, now joins his father, James Earl Sutton, in heavenly rest.

A Tyndall service.


Doris J. Humphreys

Jan. 10, 1924-Jan. 14, 2019

Doris Jinnette Humphreys, 95, passed away Monday at Wayne UNC Health Care with her loving family by her side.

Born in Duplin County, she was the daughter of the late Henry C. Jinnette Sr. and Esther W. Ball Jinnette, and wife of the late Harold Wesley Humphreys.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Edna Price, and a brother, Carl Jinnette.

Doris was the oldest active member of Providence United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Wesley Covenant Sunday school class and Providence Friends United.

She graduated from Calypso High School, and attended Pfeiffer College and Rice Business College.

A service to celebrate Doris’ life will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Providence United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Gina Barrow officiating. Burial will follow in Wayne Memorial Park.

The family will greet friends Wednesday evening at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m.

Doris is survived by her daughters, Susan Humphreys, Debbie and Rudy Peedin, Patricia and Richard Rohrer and Nancy Westfall; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to Providence United Methodist Church, 202 Providence Church Road, Goldsboro, N.C., 27530, or The Gideons International, Goldsboro South Camp, P.O. Box 509, Goldsboro, N.C., 27533-0509.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. of Goldsboro is serving the family, and online condolences may be sent through www.shumate-faulk.com.


Hugh Oates

Sept. 5, 1927-Jan. 14, 2019

Hugh Oates, Mount Olive resident, died Monday.

Funeral will be Friday, 1 p.m., Tyndall Funeral Home. Burial, Wayne Memorial Park.

Visitation during the hour before services.


Dwayne Connor

Died Jan. 11, 2019

Dwayne Connor, 55, Falkland, died Friday at home.

Funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Antioch Church of Christ Disciple Christ, Hookerton. Interment will be in Shady Grove Lodge Hall Cemetery.

Wake will be an hour before the service. Visitation will be Friday 2 to 6 p.m. at S. Connor Memorial Funeral Home.

Harry L. Hill Jr.

Died Dec. 16, 2018

Harry L. Hill Jr., 76, formerly of Dudley, died Dec. 26 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Memorial service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Church of Christ.

Beatrice Edwards Whitehurst

Dec. 22, 1941-Jan. 14, 2019

Beatrice Edwards Whitehurst, 77, Kenly, died Monday at home.

Funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Kenly Methodist Church, with the Rev. Paul Dunham officiating. Burial will be in Kenly Cemetery.

She was born in Johnston County Dec. 22, 1941, to the late Leon and Flossie Woodall Edwards. She was married to Gerald Whitehurst.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 tonight at Kenly Funeral Service.

Michael W. Weeks

Michael Wayne Weeks, 59, 12205-160St. Jamaica, N.Y., formerly of LaGrange, died Thursday at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Arrangements are pending at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home Inc.

Hubert A. Plummer

Hubert A. Plummer, 70, Dudley, died Tuesday at home.

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

Clifford D. Parkton Jr.

Nov. 24, 1955-Jan. 14, 2019

Clifford Dan Parkton Jr., 63, Smithfield, died Monday at Barbour Court Nursing and Rehab.

Memorial service will be Thursday at Casey Funeral Home and Cremations chapel, with the Rev. Marvin Ownley and the Rev. Vernon Braswell officiating.

He was born Nov. 24, 1955, in Mobile, Ala., to the late Clifford Dan Sr. and Alice Bissette Parkton. He was married to Mary Jane Bass Parkton.

He is survived by a son, a daughter and a stepdaughter.

Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel.

Isaac E. Brown

Issac Earl Brown, 25G Carver Court, Kinston, died Monday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home Inc.

Patricia Best Konig

Patricia Best Konig, 81, died Monday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.