Pamelia Kaye Cooke

Pamelia K. Cooke

Pamelia K. Cooke

Nov. 3, 1951-Jan. 26, 2019

Mrs. Pamelia Kaye Smith Cooke, 67, of Dunn, died Saturday evening, Jan. 26, 2019, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.

Pam was born Nov. 3, 1951, in Harnett County and was the daughter of the late Robert Lee Smith Sr. and Mary Margaret Herring Smith. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Lonnie Wayne Smith.

Pam was a 1970 graduate of Dunn High School and received her nursing degree from Lenoir County Memorial Hospital in Kinston. She retired from Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at Skinner and Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gerald Blake officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery.

Pam is survived by her husband, Larry Ivey Cooke; sons, Larry Scott Cooke and wife, Ashley, of Greensboro, and Bob Cooke and wife, Jessica, of Ona, West Virginia; grandchildren, Madelyn, Carter, Jackson, George and Oliver Cooke; brother, Lee Smith and wife, Lucille, of Dunn; sister, Karen Godwin and fiancé, Mike Calvo, of Dunn; and three fur babies.

The family will receive friends 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.


Charlotte W. Murphy

Charlotte Murphey

Charlotte Murphey

Nov. 26, 1924-Jan. 27, 2019

Charlotte West Murphy, 94, of LaGrange, transitioned to her eternal reward on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. The youngest of 11 children, Charlotte was born Nov. 26, 1924, to the late Zeb Vance West and Bessie Kilpatrick West. Her husband of 55 years, Zeb Vance “Z.V.” Murphy Jr., preceded her in death on June 30, 2002.

For Charlotte, family was everything. She and Z.V. worked hard to build a life together and raise their two children, Carol and Clifton. As a homemaker, she put great emphasis on the state of her house and the well-being of her husband and children. Charlotte was the best mother in all the world. Even as Carol and Clifton grew into adults, she always showed her love and concern for them. For Charlotte, though, the sun rose and set on her beloved grandson, Patrick. She loved to spoil and dote on him, and his presence would make her day.

A longtime member of LaGrange United Methodist Church, Charlotte’s relationship with her Lord was at the forefront of her life. With a giving and caring spirit, she was quick to put the needs of others ahead of her own. Charlotte was selfless and consistently practiced Acts 20:35, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

If you knew Charlotte, you knew she loved to talk. Nothing was better to her than good conversation with friends, family or even strangers. If Charlotte said it, she meant it. She was known to tell things like they were, and she always kept her word.

Charlotte was happiest when friends and family were nearby. Her children will long remember the taste of her fried chicken and chocolate chess pies, their long and loving talks and the love she has shown them throughout their lives.

A service to celebrate Charlotte’s life will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at 6 p.m. at Rouse Funeral Home. Burial will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery.

Charlotte is survived by her daughter, Carol Murphy; son, Clifton Murphy; and a grandson, Patrick Murphy.

Family and friends will be received Tuesday following the service. Online condolences may be expressed at Memorials in Charlotte’s memory may be made to LaGrange United Methodist Church Music Ministry, 213 South Caswell St., LaGrange, NC 28551, or Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, NC 27534. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, LaGrange.


Annie Jean Creech

Dec. 24, 1945-Jan. 27, 2019

Annie Jean Smith Creech, 73, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at her home.

Mrs. Creech was born in Wayne County on Dec. 24, 1945, to the late Hallie and Nell Hill Smith. She retired from the dietary department at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Creech had also worked with Kemp Furniture Company for 16 years. She was a member of Second Baptist Church in Princeton and was attending Tee’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.

A service to celebrate Jean’s life will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at noon at Tee’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 6434 Brogden Road, Smithfield, with the Rev. Dennis Pollock officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday following the service at the cemetery.

Mrs. Creech is survived by her husband, Jimmy Creech; daughters, Janet Creech and special friend, Michael Hanna, of Atlanta, Ga., and Phyllis Evans and special friend, Tony Hamilton, of Goldsboro; grandchildren, Anthony Evans and Lauren Evans; and a great-grandchild, Preston Evans. She is also survived by her brothers, Wayne Smith and wife, Ann, and Ray Smith and wife, Kathy, and several nieces and nephews she loved very much.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Dick Smith, of Grantham.

Flowers are welcome, or the family suggests memorials be given to the Ronald McDonald House, 549 Moye Blvd., Greenville, NC 27863, or the American Lung Association, 514 Daniels St. #109, Raleigh, NC 27605.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Jessie Barfield

Jessie Barfield, 62, of Wilson, died Monday at Wilson Medical Center.

Arrangements are pending at Stevens Funeral Home.

Eleanor Smith

Eleanor Lancaster Smith, 82, died Sunday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Jerronte Parks

Jerronte Parks, 40, of 408 Gulley St., died Thursday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home.

Dorothy J. Kelly

Dorothy J. Kelly, 75, of 119 Love Drive, Dudley, died Monday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home.