Mildred Louise Blackmon Hodgin

Mildred Louise Blackmon Hodgin

Mildred Louise Blackmon Hodgin

Jan. 31, 1933-Dec. 30, 2018

Mildred Blackmon Hodgin passed away peacefully Dec. 30, 2018.

Mildred was born in Kenly, N.C., Jan. 31, 1933, to Fred Lindsey Blackmon Sr. and Eva Durham Blackmon.

She spent most of her youth in Whitakers, N.C., and graduated from Whitakers High School. Mildred was a graduate of Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson, N.C.

Mildred taught business education in Wayne County at Brogden School, then at Stoneville High School in Rockingham County before returning to Wayne County to teach at Goldsboro High School.

In April 1960, she accepted the general manager position at Seymour Johnson Federal Credit Union. She worked to modernize and grow the credit union for 35 years, and retired as president in 1995. While working in the credit union industry, Mildred was an active leader on the state and national scene, serving on the boards of the North Carolina Credit Union League and the Defense Credit Union Council, and was a member of the NCUA’s National Credit Union Executive Society. She was inducted into the Defense Credit Union Hall of Honor in 2001.

Her local endeavors included serving others through Toastmasters International, the Business and Profession Women’s Club, adjunct teaching at Wayne Community College, serving on the area Girl Scout council and as a director of the Chamber of Commerce. She was a longtime member of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA).

Mildred enjoyed golf, spending time at the beach, traveling to new places and all good social gatherings.

She will always be remembered as a pioneer working mom and a trailblazing champion for business and professional women everywhere.

Mildred was predeceased by her two brothers, Fred L Blackmon Jr. and Roy E Blackmon, and survived by her husband of more than 62 years, H. Calvin Hodgin, and two sons, Bruce Hodgin (Ceil) of Winston-Salem and Brian Hodgin (Pam) of Charlotte.

Her legacy includes four grandchildren Wesley, Emily, Karen and Clark.

The family is thankful to the many dedicated and caring people who had cared for Mildred over the years.

Seymour Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at Seymour Funeral Home in Goldsboro, followed by a funeral service at Seymour Funeral Home chapel starting at noon. Burial will be private.

Flowers are welcome. Memorial donations in Mildred’s honor can be made to The Foundation of Wayne Community College, Hodgin Family Scholarship Fund, 3000 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Frances Gardner Dail

Frances Gardner Dail

Frances Gardner Dail

Sept. 13, 1927-Dec. 30, 2018

Frances Gardner Dail, 91, Goldsboro, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Frances was born in Wayne County Sept. 13, 1927, to the late Thomas E. Gardner and Effie Lancaster Gardner.

She was married to the late Frank White Dail, who preceded her in death Feb. 4, 1993.

Frances graduated from East Carolina Teacher’s College, and later began a wonderful career in teaching that spanned for more than 32 years. She enjoyed the opportunities given to her by helping to impact the lives of so many students in Wayne County Public Schools.

Frances also enjoyed volunteering at Wayne Memorial Hospital, and did so for more than 25 years.

Frances loved Jefferson United Methodist Church, and was a dedicated and faithful servant her entire life.

She had a large extended circle of family and friends, and they were all very special to her. She will be missed, but greatly remembered.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, followed by a service to celebrate Frances’ life at 2 p.m. in the chapel, with the Rev. Doug Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Wayne Memorial Park.

Frances is survived by her daughters, Vickie Hawkins and husband, Donald, of Goldsboro and Dannette Bunn of Goldsboro; grandchildren, Beth H. Spence and husband, William, Lesley H. Voeller and husband, Brian, and Thomas Bunn; great-grandchildren, Dail Spence, Karsen Spence, Cooper Voeller, Hayden Voeller, Bailey Voeller and Wyatt Bunn; and sister, Jane Gardner.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be given in her memory to Jefferson United Methodist Church, 1100 N. Jefferson Ave., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530, or to B2BU, c/o Doug and Cindy Johnson, P.O. Box 2016, Fremont, N.C., 27830.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


In-Tok Kim Warren

In-Tok Kim Warren

In-Tok Kim Warren

Nov. 16, 1947-Dec, 27, 2018

In-Tok Kim Warren, 71, known by her friends as “Mama Kim,” passed away Thursday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

She was the widow of the late Gilbert Warren.

Mrs. Warren had attended Korean Baptist Church, and she was best known for her Korean chili peppers.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tom Harper officiating.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening following the service.

Mrs. Warren is survived by her daughters, Susan Turnage and husband, Jeff, of Goldsboro and Linda Benton and husband, Ian, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Shelby, Skyler, Conner and Kyle; and a friend, Angela Schultz “Emo” of Santa Anna, Calif.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Warren family, and online condolences may be sent


Leland Edward Howell

Jan. 26, 1939-Dec. 31, 2018

Leland Edward “Tink” Howell, 79, passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at Lenoir UNC Health Care in Kinston.

Leland was born in Wayne County Jan. 26, 1939, to the late Leonard and Brady McClenny Howell.

He had worked with Kemp Furniture for 25 years, and then began working with the University of Mount Olive, where he retired after 25 years of service.

Leland proudly served his country during the Vietnam War, and was a member of the Wayne County DAV.

Leland had a great sense of humor, and was a practical jokester.

He enjoyed time spent outside, and was happiest when he was on a tractor or lawn mower.

In earlier years, Leland had a love for dirt bikes, and relished in any opportunity to teach others how to ride.

A graveside service to celebrate Leland’s life will be held Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, with the Rev. Gina Barrow officiating, followed by military honors. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home.

Leland is survived by his wife of 46 years, Brenda Joyce Benson Howell; one nephew; and several nieces he loved very much.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Velma Gay, Charlotte “Bobbie” Stokes and Edna “Beannie” Hooks, and brother, Leonard Howell Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the University of Mount Olive, 634 Henderson St., Mount Olive, N.C., 28365.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Marvin Rountree Sr.

Died Dec. 28, 2018

Marvin Rountree Sr., 80, 1404 W. Thomas St., Rocky Mount, died Friday.

Funeral will be Saturday at noon at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, Rocky Mount.

Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson, and Saturday from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be be at Rest Haven Cemetery, Wilson.

Douglas J. Sauls

Died Dec. 26, 2018

Douglas Jamir Sauls 34, Snow Hill, died Dec. 26 at Vidant Medical Center.

Funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Victory and Dominion Outreach Center, Snow Hill. Interment will be in Sauls Memorial Cemetery, Snow Hill.

Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at S. Connor Memorial Funeral Home chapel.

Ira F. Cooper

Died Dec. 29, 2018

Ira Franklin Cooper, 68, died Saturday.

Memorial service, Thursday 11 a.m., Newton Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jim Baldwin officiating.

Charles S. Norfleet

Died Dec. 27, 2018

Charlie S. “Charlie Wep” Norfleet, 63, Kenansville, died Thursday at Vidant Duplin Hospital.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home chapel.

Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the church. The family will assemble at 1806 Greensboro St., New Bern, for the funeral procession.


LaSanya Cobb

Died Dec. 29, 2018

LaSanya Cobb, 40, 162 Forest Knolls Drive, died Saturday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Funeral will be Friday at noon at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, LaGrange. Burial will be in Sutton Cemetery, LaGrange.

She was born in Lenoir County to Harrison Jr. and Geraldine Sutton Patrick.

She is survived by three children.

Visitation an hour prior to the service. The family will receive friends at the home, where it will assemble for the funeral procession.

Arrangements are by Haskins Funeral Home.

Emma O. Boney Tucker

Died Dec. 31, 2018

Emma Ola Boney Tucker, 98, Magnolia, died Monday at Gardens of Rose Hill.

Funeral was 2 p.m. Tuesday. Burial was at Devotional Gardens, Warsaw.

She was the daughter of the late Chancy and Foye Boney. She was married to the late Hubert E. Tucker.

She is survived by three sons.

George E. Everett

April 23, 1942-Dec. 31, 2018

George Earl Everett, 76, Kinston, died Monday.

Funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Wheat Swamp Christian Church. Burial will be at Westview Cemetery.

He was born April 23, 1942, in Lenoir County to the late Fred R. and Katie Sutton Everett. He was married to Patricia Farmer Everett.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rouse Funeral Home, LaGrange.

Charles W. Smith

Charles W. Smith, 96, Kinston, died Tuesday.

Arrangements are pending at Rouse Funeral Home, LaGrange.