Etta Beatrice Ward Bizzell

Etta Beatrice Ward Bizzell

Etta Beatrice Ward Bizzell

June 1, 1929-Jan. 19, 2019

Etta Beatrice Ward Bizzell, lovingly known to her family and friends as “Etta Bea,” was born June 1, 1929, to the late Lee Pope and Lena Ward in Greene County, N.C. She departed this earthly life Jan. 19, 2019, surrounded by family at home in Tallahassee, Fla.

Etta Bea began her love of Christ at an early age. She was a member of Bible Way Holiness Church, Goldsboro, N.C., where she headed the usher board and became a church mother.

After moving to Tallahassee in 2004, she joined New Mount Zion AME Church.

Etta Bea was married to the late Harry Bizzell.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Harriet Bizzell Meek.

She leaves to cherish her loving memories her daughters, Ruth Bizzell Dillard (Jesse) and Joyce Denise Bizzell Allen; five granddaughters, Tomesha Henry Kornegay (Alejandro) of Goldsboro, N.C., Ashlee Allen Harris (Devin), Jamie Meek, Jendayi Dillard of Austin, Texas, and Jazzmon Allen Williams (Josai) of Fayetteville, N.C.; a great-granddaughter, Amara Denise Harris; two brothers, Eddie Lee Ward of LaGrange, N.C., and Henry Ward (Kathy) of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; and two sisters, Ruth Stevens of Galloway, N.J., and Pearl Lena Dixon (Roy) of New Bern, N.C.

She had a great circle of other family members, including nieces, nephews and cousins who loved her dearly.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory to Big Bend Hospice,

A private gathering of the immediate family will be held in Tallahassee.

A memorial service and burial will be held in Goldsboro, N.C., at a later date.


Monk Lassiter

Monk Lassiter

Monk Lassiter

Oct. 11, 1938-Jan. 24, 2019

Randolph “Monk” Lassiter, 80, Princeton, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Monk was born in Wayne County Oct. 11, 1938, one of 10 children, to the late Nathan and Effie Mae Pearce Lassiter.

He owned and operated Randolph Logging Co. for many years before his retirement.

Monk had a great love for NASCAR racing, and also enjoyed the opportunity to make good wine, as he was known by many for Monk’s Vineyard.

He proudly served his community on Oakland Fire Department.

Monk tirelessly devoted himself to his wife of 54 years – she was his world and the love of his life. Monk and Shirley loved their family and the time they spent with their children and grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, followed by a service to celebrate Monk’s life at 5 p.m. in the chapel, with the Rev. Kelly Buffalo officiating.

The family will also greet friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.

Interment will be Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Lassiter Family Cemetery on Lassiter Road, Princeton.

Monk is survived by his wife, Shirley B. Lassiter; son, Jeffrey Lynn Lassiter and wife, Debbie; daughter, Donna Gail Lassiter; grandchildren, Brandon Lee Lassiter and wife, Sara, and Christopher James Lane; brother, John Thomas Lassiter; sister, Marjorie L. Pipkin; and several nieces and nephews he loved very much, including his special nephew, Larry Lassiter and wife, Gloria.

He is also survived by special friends, John and Faye Lane, and his K-9 friend and companion, Fancy.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Dennis Wade

March 26, 1945-Jan. 24, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Dennis Ray Wade announces his passing Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at the age of 73.

He was born March 26, 1945.

Dennis retired from the city of Goldsboro after 30 years of service.

Dennis will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Melinda Wade, of 22 years.

He is also survived by his children, Suellen (Tommy), Denise (Brad), Melissa, Chad (Laura), Amanda (Ramel), Lee (Jason) and Dana (Kelvin); 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Brother, Ricky (Darlene), and sisters, Lorraine (Bill) and Tammy.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Blanche Wade; his sisters, Nan Wade Hatmaker and Gloria Wade; and niece, Blair Long.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that everyone please make a donation to your favorite charity in Dennis’ name.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Bessie B. Smith

Nov. 10, 1931-Jan. 24, 2019

Bessie Bedford Smith, 87, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center surrounded by her family.

Bessie was born in Johnston County, N.C., Nov. 10, 1931, to the late Johnnie Bedford and Lommie Woodard Bedford. She was married to the late Andrew Earl Smith.

A celebration of Bessie’s life will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Gateway Church in Pikeville.

Bessie is survived by her daughters, Phyllis S. Candler (Bardo) of Goldsboro, LaRue S. Taylor (Johnny) of Pikeville and Robin S. Sutton (Curtis) of LaGrange; sisters, Lucille Ballance, Shirley Johnson and Brenda Merritt; brothers, James Bedford and Gerald Bedford; grandchildren, Stacy Candler (Lisa), Dawn Taylor, Dillon Fleming and DeAnna Fleming; and great-grandchildren, Jason West, Avery Vernatt, Rylee Fleming and Ella James Fleming.

In addition to her husband and parents, Bessie was preceded in death by her son, Danny Smith; sister, Ruby Collier; and brother, J.T. Bedford.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Obadiah Robinson

Died Jan. 22, 2019

Obadiah Robinson, 81, 1349 Parkstown Road, LaGrange, died Tuesday at Vidant Hospice Center, Greenville.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday in Saint Matthew Free Will Baptist Church, LaGrange, with pastor Claude D. Sawyer officiating.

He was born in Lenoir County to the late Clarence and Laurena Rowe Robinson.

Visitation will be 2 to 5 tonight in Britt Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, LaGrange. Monday, the family will assemble at the home of Mae Bell Robinson, 1349 Parkstown Road, LaGrange, at 9:40 a.m. for the funeral procession.

Anthony Lee Eatmon

Pamela Denise Kent Eatmon

Died Jan. 22, 2019

Anthony Lee Eatmon and Pamela Denise Kent Eatmon both of Wilson died Tuesday.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Sunday at L.N. Forbes Original Free Will Baptist Tabernacle, Wilson.

Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Kevin Baker

Kevin Baker, 20, Snow Hill, died Wednesday at home.

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

Ernest Hall

Ernest “Ed” Hall, 66, 6647 U.S. 264 Alternate, Stantonsburg, died Friday at Wilson Medical Center.

Arrangements are pending at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Albert N. Justice

Albert N. Justice, 80, died Friday at SECU Hospice House, Smithfield.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Randolph S. Williams

Randoph Scott Williams, 51, died Friday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Joyce Carroll

Joyce Carroll, 80, 118 Dell St., Dudley, died Saturday in Vidant Hospice Center, Greenville.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home.