Homer Simpson Naylor

Homer Simpson Naylor

Homer Simpson Naylor

April 7, 1936-Dec. 31, 2018

Homer Simpson Naylor, 82, went to be with the Lord Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, while surrounded by his family.

Homer was born in Fayetteville, N.C., April 7, 1936, to the late Eddie Clarence Naylor and Roxie Spell Naylor.

He lived his dream, proudly serving his country in the United States Air Force.

Homer will always be remembered for his incredible wisdom, his wonderful sense of humor and his patriotism. His valor and skills were recognized with numerous awards and decorations. Homer retired after 21 years of faithful service to our country with the rank of senior master sergeant.

Following his military career, Homer began working with Wayne Memorial Hospital, and proudly served the hospital community for 21 years.

Following his retirement from Wayne Memorial, he continued to volunteer countless hours at the hospital.

Homer demonstrated through his actions how to love and treat everyone, regardless of position, with grace and dignity. He never met a stranger, and somehow found a way to deliver sage advice blended with humor to each family member and friend.

Homer also lived a life of dedication to his community, serving 29 years as a founding member of Waynesborough Kiwanis Club and as an elected board member of Wayne Water Districts.

Homer dedicated his life to unselfishly serving his family and the Lord. As a member of Oak Forest Church of Christ, he served many members sharing the love of God. Homer was always on call to give an encouraging word or helping hand.

He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and hosting pig pickings.

He was always most proud of his family. Homer will be missed but will be greatly remembered.

A service to celebrate Homer’s life will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at 11 a.m. in Oak Forest Church of Christ, with minister Robert Goff and minister Lennie Reagan presiding. A committal service will follow at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery with full military honors.

The family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home and other times at its home in Goldsboro.

Homer is survived by his wife of 17 years, Ann Marie Naylor; children, Kerry Dwayne Naylor and wife, Donna, Lisa Hall and husband, Brian, Teresa Pilkington and husband, Trevor, Rodney McCaskill and wife, Cheryl, and Kim Warren and husband, Frankie; daughter-in-law, Nancy Naylor; his grandchildren, Jenna, Karis, Kace, Micah, Keighley, Cole, Tyler, Grahm, Cooper, Rylie, Mackenzie, Zachary, Peyton, Anna, Barrett, Micah, Rodney Jr., Celan, Evan, Samuel and Mary Grace; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sister, Gwen Burns of Fayetteville, N.C

In addition to his parents, Homer was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Sandra Naylor; son, Keith Naylor; daughter, Tammy McCaskill; sisters, Gladys Smith and Magdeline Aiken; and brothers, Troy and E.C. Naylor.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given in Homer’s memory to Oak Forest Church of Christ, 2705 N. Park Drive, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

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


William Joseph Hathaway

William Joseph Hathaway

William Joseph Hathaway

Died Dec. 15, 2018

William Joseph Hathaway went home to his heavenly father Dec. 15, 2018, in Berlin, Md.

Will was an avid fisherman, and had a passion for the sea, but his greatest love was his wife and 3-month-old daughter.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Malone Hathaway, and daughter, Molly Jean, of Berlin; mother, Kyra Garner; father, Joey Hathaway; sister, Emily Hathaway; brother, Hunter Hathaway; grandfather, Bill Garner and wife, Mary Lou; as well as many other family members he loved very much.

Will was preceded in death by his grandmother, Molly Faye Garner, and grandparents, Charles and Wilma Hathaway.

A memorial service celebrating Will’s life will be Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at 1 p.m. at New Hope Friends Church, with his grandfather, Bill Garner, presiding.

Visitation will follow the service Saturday in the Family Life Center of the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest memorial contributions in Will’s memory be made to New Hope Friends Church, 4451 U.S. 70 East, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534, designated for the Molly Jean Hathaway Fund.

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


Grace Pearce Tyner

Grace Pearce Tyner

Grace Pearce Tyner

Nov. 26, 1931-Jan. 2, 2019

Grace Pearce Tyner, 87, Pikeville, formerly of the Grantham community, went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday morning, Jan. 2, 2019, at home.

Homegoing service will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro. Burial will follow at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Princeton.

Mrs. Tyner was born in Johnston County Nov. 26, 1931, to the late Richard and Allie Talton Pearce.

She was a faithful member of Goldsboro Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church for more than 50 years, where she served in many capacities, including youth director, Sunday school treasurer, choir director and adult Sunday school teacher. She encouraged so many people with her card ministry throughout the years. She will be deeply missed.

She is survived by one daughter, Sophronia Daughtry and husband, Mike, of Pikeville; four sons, Luby M. Tyner Jr. of Pikeville, Marshall Anthony Tyner and wife, Martha, of Newton Grove, Dwight E. Tyner and wife, Tammy, of Pikeville and Jeffrey L. Tyner and wife, Suzanne, of Pikeville; one sister, Betsy Pearce Ingram of Rocky Mount; six grandchildren, Luby M. Tyner III, Dwight E. Tyner Jr., Stacy Finley and husband, Joe, Joseph Daughtry and wife, Candace, April Taylor and husband, Brian, and Marshall A. Tyner Jr.; and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Luby M. Tyner; three brothers, infant “Little Richard,” Willard and Alton Pearce; five sisters, Josephine Pearce, Dorothy P. Massey, Ethel P. Best, Louise Hartley and Allie “Ruth” Lane; grandson, Jason Tyner; and her great-granddaughter, Destinee Christine.

The family would like to extend its appreciation and thanks to Community Home, Health and Hospice and her caregivers, Natalie and Allison, for their unconditional love and care given.

The family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, from 7 to 8: 30 p.m. at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro.

Light a candle at www.howellfuneral.com.


Rudolph H. “Rudy” Creekmore Jr.

Rudolph H Rudy Creekmore Jr

Rudolph H. 'Rudy' Creekmore Jr

June 10, 1941-Jan. 1, 2019

Rudolph H. “Rudy” Creekmore Jr., 77, Goldsboro, died Tuesday.

A memorial service will be conducted 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Liberty Pentecostal Holiness Church, 206 Country Day Road, Goldsboro, N.C., with pastor Berry House officiating and Charles Sugg assisting.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the church fellowship hall and other times, will be at home.

Rudy was born in Wilson, N.C., to Ethel Vick Creekmore and the late Rudolph H. Creekmore Sr.

He was a 1960 graduate of Emmanuel Academy, Franklin Springs, Ga.

Rudy was a licensed funeral director, working in funeral homes in Danville, Va., Richmond, Va., and Wilson, N.C.

He most recently worked as an OTR truck driver, employed with Hartt Transportation, Sumter, S.C.

Rudy loved to play the piano and sing.

He was a minister of music/choir director for two churches in Virginia. He also sang for both weddings and funerals, in addition to singing in the church choir.

Rudy loved spending time with his family and friends. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 13 years, Shirley Sugg Creekmore; a special daughter, Christy Miller and husband, Danny, of Charlotte; a beloved granddaughter, Brady Miller; his mother, Ethel Vick Creekmore of Greenville; one sister, Brenda McAllister of Greenville; a special aunt, Annette Mitchell of Goldsboro; and two granddogs, Gracie and Preston.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rudolph H. Creekmore Sr., and in-laws, Fred and Bessie Sugg.

The Creekmore family would like to express its deep appreciation to the oncology department of Vidant Cancer Center and Vidant Inpatient Hospice, Greenville, N.C., for the wonderful care provided to Rudy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Liberty Pentecostal Holiness Church, 206 Country Day Road, Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

Funeral services are under the direction of Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, N.C.

Online condolences may be sent to www.thomasyelverton.com.


Tommy E. Mercer

Aug. 31, 1959-Jan. 2, 2019

Thomas Edgar “Tommy” Mercer, 59, Scott’s Store community, Mount Olive, passed away early Wednesday morning, Jan. 2, at Wayne Hospital.

His life will be remembered in a service at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Tyndall Funeral Home, officiated by the Rev. Kelvin Coates, followed by a time of visitation with the family.

Tommy, a native of the Kinston area, had operated Tommy’s Trailer Wash for many years at Blizzard’s Crossroads.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rommie Lee Mercer and Hazel Burkett Mercer, and a brother, Randy Lee Mercer.

Survivors include his wife, Dawn Waters Mercer of the home; two daughters, Emilee Mercer of the home and Amanda Garcia of Albertson; two sons, T.C. Mercer and wife, Maggie, of Albertson and John Kirby Boyette of the home; a brother, Steve Mercer and wife, Luz, of Goldsboro; and six grandchildren, Taylor Boyette, Chance and Jag Mercer and Raul, Elijah and Charlotte Garcia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Long Ridge Church, c/o Michael Davis, 182 Jeff Outlaw Road, Mount Olive, N.C., 28365.

A Tyndall service.


Mary G. Barrow

Mary G. Barrow, 87, died Wednesday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Danny C. Cyr

Died Jan. 2, 2019

Danny Clay Cyr, 45, Mount Olive, died Wednesday.

Memorial service will be at a later date.

He was the son of Susan H. Cyr of Durham and the late Ronald Dale Cyr. He was married to the late Gail Cyr.

Arrangements are by Tyndall Funeral Home.

Eddie Slocumb

April 27, 1949-Jan. 2, 2019

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

Funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Payne Temple AME Zion Church.

He was born April 27, 1949, in Wayne County to Johnny Slocumb and Katherine McMillian.

He is survived by two children.

Visitation will be Friday 2 to 6 p.m. at Haskins Funeral Home. The family will assemble at 207 S. Church St., Mount Olive, for the funeral.

Richard Brewington

June 26, 1946-Dec. 28, 2018

Richard Brewington, 72, 1905B E. Holly St., died Friday in Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Funeral will be Saturday at noon in James T. Haskins Memorial Chapel of Haskins Funeral Home.

He was born June 26, 1946, in Wayne County to Richard and Lenora Royall Brewington.

He is survived by four children.

Visitation will be Saturday an hour prior to the service. The family will assemble at the home for the funeral.

Berris Sweeney

Oct. 10, 1961-Dec. 4, 2018

Berris Sweeney, 57, Willow Creek Nursing Center, died Dec. 4.

Memorial service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in James T. Haskins Memorial Chapel of Haskins Funeral Home.

He was born Oct. 10, 1961, in Jamaica to Carl Sweeney and Eva Bryan. He was married to Megumi Sweeney.

He is survived by four children.