Hugh Oates

Hugh Oates

Hugh Oates

Sept. 5, 1927-Jan. 14, 2019

Hugh Franklin Oates Sr., 91, Mount Olive, passed away Monday, Jan. 14, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

He was born in Faison Sept. 5, 1927, to the late John Martin and Blanche Sutton Oates, and was one of 11 children.

He was a self-made man, a hard worker and smart, and loved his family dearly.

At the age of 14, before he was old enough to enter World War II, he had already demonstrated his potential. He was asked by Dumas Giddens Oil Co. in Goldsboro to operate the Pure Oil Station in Faison. With his father’s permission, Hugh did so while attending school.

Most other men had gone off to the war. Three years later, he would be drafted himself.

Hugh was a graduate of Piney Grove High School, and was named to the Sampson County All-Tournament Basketball Team.

After the war, Hugh would join other returning veterans to form the Faison Town Basketball team; he would play on that team for four years. As a guard, he shot long shots, and averaged more than 20 points per game, but prided himself most in being able to get the ball to an open teammate.

Hugh was also a licensed electrician, and helped wire many of the buildings for the World’s Fair in New York City in 1963-64.

He was an accomplished entrepreneur, and owned Oates Jewelery in Mount Olive for many years.

He was also a real estate agent, and advised numerous family and friends on land and timber sales before becoming a successful rental property owner and manager.

In 1948, he married the love of his life, the late Doris Price, daughter of Vivian and John Price of Mount Olive.

They were married for 58 years and survived by their three children, Hugh Oates Jr. and wife, Kate, of Cape Coral, Fla., Jerry Oates and his wife, Cindy, of Wilmington, N.C., and Linda Oates Clifton and her husband, David, of New Bern, N.C.; his sister, Hilda O. Jones of Mount Olive; and five grandchildren, Scott Oates and wife, Vanessa, Katharine Oates, Lindsay Clifton Musselwhite and husband, Evan, Matthew Oates and Austen Oates.

In addition to his parents and wife, Hugh was preceded in death by a grandson, William Clifton.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 o’clock in the afternoon at Tyndall Funeral Home in Mount Olive.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at noon at the funeral home.

Burial will follow the service at Wayne Memorial Park.

A Tyndall service.


Kriston Sherrod

Kriston Sherrod

Kriston Sherrod

Died Jan. 11, 2019

Mr. Kriston Sherrod, 32, Suffolk, Va., passed away Jan. 11, 2019, at Sentara Obici Health Center.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at noon at Greater Morning Star Church, 705 S. Sycamore St., Fremont, N.C.

A wake service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

A public visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home, 1820 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Wilson, N.C..

Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home, 1820 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Wilson, N.C. 


Hubert Atlas Plummer

Hubert Atlas Plummer

Hubert Atlas Plummer

Died Jan. 15, 2019

Hubert Atlas Plummer, 70, 105 Fulton Road, Dudley, N.C., died Monday, Jan. 15, 2019, at his residence.

The celebration of his life will be held Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Abundant Life Baptist Church in Princeton, N.C.

There will be a viewing held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations, Goldsboro, N.C.

He was born in Wake County to the late Herbert A. Plummer Sr. and Mary Plummer.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Dunn Plummer; two sons, Hubert A. Plummer Dunn (Joleesa Lincoln) and John D. Dunn (Niya James); two daughters, Alicia Banks and Yolanda Mitchell; four grandchildren, Leela and Aleekah Dunn and Janiyah Grey and Joncir Dunn; two brothers, Herbert Plummer Jr. (Carolyn) and Melvin Plummer (Angela); three sisters, Joyce Broadie (Jameel) Bevelin Hodge (Keith) and Lovie Harris (Freddie); four brothers-in-law, Jack (Sherette), Richard, Berry and Matthew Dunn all of Goldsboro; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.

The family will receive friends at the home, 105 Fulton Road, Dudley, N.C.


Patricia Best Konig

Sept. 25, 1937-Jan. 14, 2019

Patricia Best Konig, 81, Goldsboro, passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center surrounded by her family.

Patricia was born in Wayne County Sept. 25, 1937, to the late Milton and Elizabeth McCandless Best. She was married to the late Frederick M. Konig.

Patricia was a 1955 graduate of Pikeville High School.

Patricia later moved to Sharon, Pa., where she married her husband and raised her family.

For many years, she worked as an office clerk with furniture stores in Pennsylvania.

Patricia will be remembered for her unconditional love as a wife and mother and a friend to all. So, too, will she be remembered for her compassionate spirit and soul toward her dogs.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, followed by a service to celebrate Patricia’s life at 5 p.m. in the chapel, with pastor Steve Holder officiating. Interment will be at a later date in Wayne Memorial Park.

Patricia is survived by her sons, Kevin Christopher Konig and wife, Cindy, of Goldsboro and Michael Frederick Konig of Niagara Falls, N.Y.; grandson, Peyton Hunter Konig; and brother, Jimmy Best and wife, Elaine, of Goldsboro.

She is also survived by many other family members and friends whom she loved very much.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given in her memory to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534; American Cancer Society, 930B Wellness Drive, Greenville, N.C., 27834; or the Arthritis Foundation National Office, 1355 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 600, Atlanta, Ga., 30309.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Linda F. Harper Roberts

Linda Faye Harper Roberts, 75, Pikeville, died Wednesday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Arrangements are pending at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Harvey E. Briggs Sr.

Died Jan. 7, 2019

Harvey Earl Briggs Sr., 75, Kinston, died Jan. 7 at UNC Lenoir Health Care.

Funeral will be Friday at Maury Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, Snow Hill. Interment will be in Whitley Cemetery, Maury.

Visitation will be 6 to 7 tonight at S. Connor Memorial Funeral Home chapel.

Thomas Spruill

Thomas Spruill, 62, 411 Forest Drive, died Tuesday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home.

Michael W. Weeks

Died Jan. 10, 2019

Michael Wayne Weeks, 59, 12205-160St. Place, Jamaica, N.Y., formerly of LaGrange, died Jan. 10 at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. James Church of Christ Disciples of Christ, LaGrange.

Peggy Lee Harris Heckstall

Died Jan. 13, 2019

Peggy Lee Harris Heckstall, 83, 335 Belltown Road, Dover, died Sunday at home.

Funeral will be noon Saturday at New Mount Zion Christian Church, Fort Barnwell. Entombment will be in Pinelawn Memorial Park.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home, Kinston, and an hour prior to the service at the church.

Willie M. Williams

Willie Myrtle Whitman Williams, 75, died Wednesday at Kenansville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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

Dorothy M. Harris

Aug. 24, 1940-Jan. 15, 2019

Dorothy Mitchell Harris, 78, Snow Hill, died Tuesday.

Funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Rouse Funeral Home. Burial will be at Snow Hill Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 24, 1940, in Craven County to the late Eber and Martha Harris Mitchell. She was married to Julius “Bud” Harris.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 tonight at Rouse Funeral Home.

James E. Sutton

James Earl Sutton, 85, 1015 Dollard Town Road, died Wednesday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home.

Elizabeth Moore

Nov. 25, 1953-Jan. 14, 2019

Elizabeth Moore, 65, 1600 N. Tampa St., Apt. 21, died Monday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Funeral will be Saturday at 3 p.m. in James T. Memorial Chapel of Haskins Funeral Home.

She was born Nov. 25, 1953, to Odell and Ida Boone Moore.

She is survived by a son.

Visitation will be Saturday an hour prior to the service at the funeral home. 

Inex Howell Cox

Inex Howell Cox, 102, died Tuesday at Goldsboro Assisted Living.

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

Alice Lee Gooding

Died Jan. 11, 2019

Alice Lee Gooding, 84, 906B Olivia Lane, died Friday at Willow Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral will be Friday at noon at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, with pastor Winford Galmon Officiating. Burial will be in Golden Gate Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the church. The funeral cortège will leave Friday from the home of Emma Gooding, 301 S. Virginia St.

Arrangements are by McIntyre Funeral Home.

Gloria D. Jones

Gloria D. Jones, 61, died Wednesday.

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