Jay H. Polk

Jay H. Polk

Jay H. Polk

Sept. 3, 1933-Jan. 9, 2019

Jay Hallman Polk, 85, Goldsboro, passed away Wednesday at SECU Hospice House in Smithfield.

He was the son of the late Ambrose Lee and Annie “Katie” Sealey Polk, and husband of Sancha “Sue” Polk.

He was retired from the United States Army, and a retired polygraph operator for Brendles Inc.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home. Committal services will follow at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with military honors.

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

In addition to his wife of more than 60 years, Mr. Polk is survived by his daughter, Darlene Polk of Dudley; two sons, Jay Polk Jr. of Goldsboro and Jerry Polk and wife, Cappy, of Holly Springs; four grandchildren, Justin and Ian Williamson of Goldsboro and Alexandria and Jared Polk of Holly Springs; three great-grandchildren, Sophia, Savanah, and one on the way; and two sisters, Ann Gold of Albany, Ga., and Gayle Lovell and husband, James “Jim,” of Los Angeles, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SECU Hospice House of Smithfield, P.O. Box 1376, Smithfield, N.C., 27577.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Polk family, and online condolences may be sent to www.shumate-faulk.com.


Christine “Christy” Yolanda Mayes

Christine 'Christy' Yolanda Mayes

Christine 'Christy' Yolanda Mayes

Oct. 26, 1963-Dec. 9, 2018

Christine “Christy” Yolanda Mayes, 55, was called home to glory Dec. 9, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Born Oct. 26, 1963, she was the youngest child of James and Christine Hunter of Goldsboro, N.C.

Christy was a fierce competitor, breaking track and field records, which still stand today at Appalachian State University. She graduated with a degree in elementary education from Appalachian State University in 1988.

She exhibited the same passion in her chosen profession, devoting 26 years to teaching special education students and second-grade students in the Duval County and Honolulu County public school systems.

George, her husband, had a career in the United States Navy, so Christy lived the life of a naval officer’s wife. They lived in Great Lakes, Chicago; San Diego, Calif.; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Norfolk, Va.; over the course of the 30 years of military service; however, Jacksonville was always their home.

Christy had an outgoing, loving and very giving spirit. She could truly light up a room with her smile.

She and the family had been faithful members of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church for many years.

She is survived by her devoted, loving husband of 30 years, George Mayes; two children, Rashaad Mayes and Simone Mayes; her mother, Christine Hunter; her siblings, Michael Hunter, Judy Hunter, Angela Hunter, Rex Hunter, Gary Hunter, Jeff Hunter and Bobby Hunter; mother-in-law, Betty Mayes; brother-in-law, Ernest Mayes; sister-in-law, LaNita Mayes; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins and friends.

She was predeceased in death by her brother, James Hunter, and sister, Roxie Hunter.

A funeral service celebrating her life was held Dec. 14, 2018, at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church. Dr. H.B. Charles, pastor, and the Rev. Alfred L. Letson officiated. Interment was in Jacksonville National Cemetery.


Bobby B. Ball Sr.

Bobby B. Ball Sr.

Bobby B. Ball Sr.

May 25, 1940-Jan. 11, 2019

Bobby Benton Ball Sr., 78, Sleepy Creek Drive, Dudley, died Friday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Funeral, Monday at 2 p.m. in Maplewood Cemetery (East James Street), Mount Olive. The Rev. Mark Palmer will officiate.

There will be a time for sharing with the family after the service at the graveside.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Hermie Younger Ball; a son, Bobby “Benny” Ball Jr. and wife, Sandra, of Pikeville; granddaughter, Mandalyn Ball of South Carolina; and brother, Alton Thomas Ball of Mount Olive.

Mr. Ball was preceded in death by his parents, Lula Hollowell Ball and Adolph Atlas Ball; a brother, Kenneth Ball; and sisters, Lena Jean Ball Horne and Bernice Ball Wellington.

He was an avid golfer; he loved to swim and water ski in Sleepy Creek Lake.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

Arrangements are with Evergreen Funeral Home, Cemetery and Cremation, Goldsboro. 


Chrystal S. Beaman

June 14, 1921-Jan. 11, 2019

Chrystal Sutton Beaman, 97, Snow Hill, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

A native of the Bucklesberry community of Lenoir County, she was born June 14, 1921, the daughter of John Milton and Delilah Creech Sutton.

Upon marriage to her late husband, John Broughton Beaman, she made her home in Greene County.

A consummate homemaker, she cherished her role as a wife, mother and grandmother.

In 1945, she joined First Baptist Church of Snow Hill, and had remained an active member until declining health limited her attendance and involvement in the church and its ministries.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Beaman was preceded in death by sisters, Rosalie Smith and Edith Smith, and a brother, Carl Sutton.

Her surviving family includes her sons, Donald Beaman and wife, Betty, and Milton Beaman and wife, Bim, all of Snow Hill; a sister, Charlotte Jones of Kinston; grandchildren, Joseph Beaman of Winterville, Lee Beaman and wife, Shannon, Adam Beaman and wife, Casey, and Amy Perry and husband, Chris, all of Snow Hill, and Sarah Skinner and husband, Cory, and Amanda Beaman, all of Morehead City; and eight great-grandchildren.

Additional survivors are her devoted caregivers, Vivian Blalock and Tammy Gay.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at First Baptist Church of Snow Hill, with pastor David Sawyer officiating. Committal services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Snow Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service and other times at the home of Donald and Betty Beaman.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 484, Snow Hill, N.C., 28580.

Online condolences at www.taylor-tyson.com.


Stanley E. Bennett

Stanley E. Bennett, 64, Hollywood, Fla., formerly of Mount Olive, died Jan. 4.

Arrangements are pending.

Valerie Brown Smith

Died Jan. 5, 2019

Valerie Brown Smith, 49, died Jan. 5 at home.

Funeral will be 2:30 p.m. today at McCabe United Methodist Church, Martin, Tenn. Interment will be in Parham Cemetery.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. today at the church.

Arrangements are by Rawls Funeral Home, Union City, Tenn.

Jasper L. Adams

Died  Jan. 7, 2019

Jasper Lee Adams, 55, 1815C Butterfield Lane, Wilson, died Monday at home.

Funeral will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson. Burial will be in Hamilton Burial Garden, Wilson.

Visitation will be Monday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home.

Joel L. Smith

Died Jan. 5, 2019

Joel J. Smith, 63, died Saturday from injuries due to an accident.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Northeast Church, Pikeville, with the Rev. Chris Minchew officiating. Interment with a motorcycle escort will be in the family cemetery.

Born in Wayne County, he was the son of the late Charles “Nook” Smith and Louise M. Smith.

A meal will follow the service. 

Nathan E. Whaley

March 29, 1936-Jan. 10, 2019

Nathan Earl Whaley, 82, Kenansville, died Thursday at Vidant Duplin.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Community Funeral Home, Warsaw. Burial will be in Devotional Gardens.

He was born March 29, 1936, in Duplin County to the late John Herman and Ella Williams Whaley. He was married to Dorothy B. Whaley.

He is survived by three daughters.

Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

C. Gerald Sullivan

C. Gerald Sullivan, 76, Rhodes community of Mount Olive, died Friday at North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill.

Arrangements are pending at Tyndall Funeral Home.

John Herring

John Herring, 81, 113 Royal Drive, Dudley, died Friday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home.

Dwayne Connor

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

Arrangements are pending at S. Connor Memorial Funeral Home, Snow Hill.

Donald T. Davis

Donald Thomas Davis, 39, died Thursday Wayne UNC Health Care.

Arrangements are pending at Evergreen Funeral Home, Cemetery and Cremation.