Charles Garrett Walker Sr.

Charles Garrett Walker Sr.

Charles Garrett Walker Sr.

May 26, 1924-Dec. 22, 2018

Charles Garrett Walker Sr., 94, passed away Dec. 22, 2018, in Winston-Salem, N.C.

He was born May 26, 1924, in Columbus County, N.C., to Martha Rockwell Walker and Lonnie L. Walker.

Mr. Walker served in the 20th Air Force during World War II, and was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Theater ribbon with six Bronze Stars and a Distinguished Unit Badge for the 468th Bomb Group.

He was a member of College Park Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.

Mr. Walker was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Charles G. Walker Jr.; three sisters; and two brothers.

He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Melba Jackson Walker; daughter-in-law, Betty B. Walker of Boone, N.C.; brother, Luther L. Walker and his wife, Becky Walker, of Camden, S.C.; sister-in-law, Patricia A. Wentz and her husband, Charlie Wentz; grandchildren, Charles G. Walker III and his wife, Amy, and S. Brian Walker and his wife, Theresa; great-grandchildren, Charles G. Walker IV and his wife, Marissa, Megan Wrenn and Mya Wrenn; great-great-granddaughters, Skylar Wrenn and Emilia Walker; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at a later date in Lumberton, N.C.

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Marilyn E. Reaves

Marilyn E. Reaves

Marilyn E. Reaves

May 11, 1930-Jan. 3, 2019

Marilyn “Pete” Eisenhower Reaves, 88, Goldsboro, passed away Jan. 3, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Marilyn was born May 11, 1930, in Greeneville, Tenn., the daughter of the late Wayne and Mary Winter Eisenhower. She was the widow of the late Fred Alexander Reaves Jr.

She completed a business course at Greeneville School of Commerce, and worked as a secretary at Pet Milk Co. for seven years before moving to Goldsboro in 1956.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church was a very important part of Marilyn’s life, of which she was a member since 1956.

Other interests were her bridge group that’s been active for 50 years.

She had her first golf lesson in 1964, and continued to play into her mid-80s.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, from noon to 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, followed by a memorial service to celebrate Marilyn’s life at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Joanna Stallings officiating. Burial will take place in the spring at Andrew Johnson National Cemetery in Greeneville, Tenn.

Marilyn is survived by one daughter, Lisa Reaves of Goldsboro; two sons, Russell Reaves and John Reaves both of Goldsboro; grandson, Eric Reaves and wife, Rachael, of Asheville; great-grandchildren, Oscar and Lucy; one sister, Joyce Kinser of Parrottsville, Tenn.; and sister-in-law, Linda Seneker Eisenhower of Cookeville, Tenn.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers, Wayne Jr., Byrdette, Carroll and Trent Eisenhower; sister, Margaret Hawk; brothers-in-law, J.R. Kinser and Ray Hawk; and sister-in-law, Douglas Kiker Eisenhower.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be directed to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 532 Country Day Road, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

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Mary Gerock Barrow

Mary Gerock Barrow

Mary Gerock Barrow

March 29, 1931-Jan. 2, 2019

Mary Gerock Barrow died Jan. 2, 2019, at Wayne Memorial Hospital. She was surrounded by her family.

Mary was born in Jones County March 29, 1931, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Gerock of Maysville, N.C.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Lt. Col. John E. “Ed” Barrow, also of Jones County.

Mary’s high school days were distinguished by academic excellence, along with a legendary jump shot as a member of the basketball team. Mary graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in elementary education.

She was a beloved fourth-grade teacher at Meadow Lane Elementary School for most of her career.

As a military wife, she also taught school in many places throughout the world, Phoenix, Ariz.; Ipswich, England; Alamagordo, N.M.; and Hahn, Germany.

In addition to her love of teaching, she enjoyed playing bridge, cooking and taking care of her family.

She also enjoyed making beautiful quilted and crocheted blankets and bedspreads and making woven baskets.

Mary will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter and friend.

She is survived by her loving son, John Jr.; daughter, Mary Beth, her husband, Scott; grandson, Jake of Wilmington, N.C.; sister, Thelma Williams of Kinston, N.C.; and brother, Henry W. Gerock of New Bern, N.C.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, from 1 to 2 p.m. at New Hope Friends Church on U.S. 70 East, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary, with Bill Garner officiating. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum at Wayne Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mary’s memory to New Hope Friends Church, 4451 U.S. 70 East, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

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Bobby M. Singleton

Bobby M. Singleton

Bobby M. Singleton

March 29, 1945-Jan. 2, 2019

Bobby Major Singleton, 73, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at Wayne UNC Health Care surrounded by his family.

Bobby was born in Wayne County, N.C., March 29, 1945, to the late Brodie and Lillie Grant Singleton.

He had worked for many years in the auto parts industry.

Early in his career Bobby worked with Standard Automotive Parts, later going to work with the Parts Place in Goldsboro and retiring from UCI – Eastern Carolina Warehouse.

Bobby was a member of Westwood United Methodist Church.

Bobby had a knack for taking something old and making it new again. He loved restoring things back to their former glory. Anything from phone booths to jukeboxes to old cars. His attention to detail and ability to solve a problem were unmatched.

Although Bobby leaves a vacant place in our hearts, we know he truly earned his special place in heaven.

Bobby will always be remembered as a loyal man of faith, who showed love and respect for everyone who touched his life. The best of Bobby will live on in each of us.

A service to celebrate Bobby’s life will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home, with pastor Terry Hobbs and his nephew, the Rev. Chris Singleton, officiating.

The family will receive friends Sunday following the service at Seymour Funeral Home and other times at his home.

Interment will be Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at 10 a.m. in Wayne Memorial Park.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sarah Patricia “Pat” Bass Singleton; daughter, Sandra Hunnicutt and husband, Chris, of Benson; sister, Rachel Bush of Muncie, Ind.; and brother, Billy Singleton of Muncie, Ind.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Morgan Eason McLaughlin and husband, Don, Caitlin Hunnicutt Furr and husband, Jake, William Hunnicutt and Samantha Hunnicutt and fiancé, Peter Courson, and the apple of his eye, his great-grandson, Ronan Major Furr.

In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by his sisters, Faye Miller, Mildred Bailey, Ann Bain and Christine Smith, and brothers, Alvin Singleton, Harold Singleton, Milford Singleton and Kirby Singleton.

Although flowers are welcome, the family requests memorials be made to Westwood United Methodist Church, 130 Short St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

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Abbie Jean Porter Poole

Abbie Jean Porter Poole

Abbie Jean Porter Poole

Died Dec. 23, 2018

Abbie Jean Porter Poole, 88, passed away in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018.

A memorial service was held at First Baptist Church, Greenville, S.C., Dec. 28, 2018.

Mrs. Poole was born in Wayne County to the late Alvin and Sarah Lee Porter.

She was married to the late Dayton Poole, formerly of Clayton, N.C.

She is survived by her son, Larry Poole of Greenville, S.C.; daughter, Sara Poole of Anna Maria Island, Fla.; grandsons, John Eagleton of Austin, Texas, and Jared Eagleton (Jenn) of New York, N.Y.; and granddaughter, Anna C. Poole of Greenville, S.C.

Also surviving are brothers, Dr. G. Herman Porter (Ruth) and Raymond A. Porter (Sandra); sister, Mary Ellen McDonald (Robert) of Goldsboro, N.C.; brother-in-law, Dr. Robert Poole (Martha) of Raleigh, N.C.; and sister-in-law, Kathryn Joyner of Greenville, S.C.

Mrs. Poole was a graduate of Grantham High School, Wayne County, and East Carolina University.

She and her late husband formerly resided in Clayton, N.C., prior to Greenville, S.C.

Mrs. Poole was a teacher, homemaker, artist, an avid gardener, golfer and sports enthusiast, but most important in her life were her home, her family and her grandchildren.


Eddie Slocumb

April 27, 1949-Dec. 25, 2018

Eddie Slocumb, 69, 509 S. Brezeale Ave., Mount Olive, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Genesis Health and Rehabilitation Center, Mount Olive.

He was born April 27, 1949, in Wayne County to Johnny Slocumb and Katherine McMillian, and is survived by two children.

Funeral services were held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Payne Temple AME Zion Church, Mount Olive.

Visitation was Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Haskins Funeral Home. The family assembled at 207 S. Church St., Mount Olive, in preparation for the funeral service.

Arrangements are by Haskins Funeral Home.


Andrew Elliott

Died Jan. 3, 2019

Andrew Elliott, 94, formerly of Mount Olive, transitioned Thursday at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa.

He is survived by his children, Mary Elizabeth “Lib” Leonard of Philadelphia, Pa., Cornell Southerland of Greensboro and Andrew “Al” (Debbie) Southerland of Mount Olive.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Garris Funeral Home.


Charles W. Smith Sr.

Dec. 29, 1922-Jan. 1, 2019

Charles Wesley Smith Sr., 96, Kinston, died Tuesday.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. today at Rouse Funeral Home.

He was born Dec. 29, 1922, in Lenoir County to the late Quincy Adams and Mamie Irene Croom Smith. He was married to the late Nina Riggs Smith.

Visitation will follow the service.

Arrangements are by Rouse Funeral Home, LaGrange.

Edwin Schwam

Edwin Schwam, 79, Rocky Mount, died Friday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

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

Adell Hall

Adell Hall, 79, died Saturday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

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

Douglas R. Raynor

May 4, 1958-Jan. 3, 2019

Douglas Renee Raynor, 60, 103 Rex Court, Dudley, died Thursday in Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Payne Temple AMEZ Church.

He was born May 4, 1958, in Wayne County to Perry Sr., and Edna Raynor.

He is survived by seven children.

Visitation will be Monday 2 to 6 p.m. at Haskins Funeral Home. The family will receive at the home, where it will assemble for the funeral procession.

Rosella J. Wetherington

Died Jan. 4, 2019

Rosella J. Wetherington, 82, Kinston, died Friday at UNC Lenoir Hospital

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

Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. today at Howard-Carter Funeral Home.

Laura M. Zucker

Laura Marie Zucker, 54, died Friday at Black Mountain Neuro Medical Center.

Arrangements are pending at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Marvin Whitfield

The Rev. Marvin Whitfield, 90, Clinton, died Saturday at home

Arrangements are pending at Tyndall Funeral Home.

Faye Jones Harrell

Faye Jones Harrell, 92, died Saturday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Arrangements pending at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory Inc.