Velma L. Toler

Velma L. Toler

Velma L. Toler

Jan. 29, 1932-July 10, 2019

“Sweet Beulah Land, Sweet Beulah Land, On Thee I Stand.”

July 10, 2019, Velma Lawhon Toler, 87, took her Savior’s hand, permanently stepped on her Sweet Beulah Land, reuniting with her beloved husband, parents, family and friends. She passed away peacefully and calmly at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Her health declined when hospitalized for a broken femur in February.

She battled a lifelong rare skin disease, Stevens Johnson Syndrome, caused by antibiotics; severe allergic reactions to blue dye; along with fibromyalgia. In her last months, she suffered horrendously with this disease that finally claimed her life, even though she fought hard to live as long as she could.

She was born Jan. 29, 1932, in Smithfield to the late Dossie Vaden Lawhon and late Viola Hayes Adams Lawhon.

The last living sibling of 10 children, she was preceded in death by seven brothers, David Vaden Lawhon, Edward Lee Lawhon, Clarence “Bud” Adams, Johnny Adams, Elmer Adams, Floyd Adams and stillborn baby brother, and two sisters, Myrtle Adams Lara and Thelma Adams Johnson.

The family was sharecroppers, tending farms throughout Johnston County, along with her father’s brother and family, Alec and Bertha Lawhon and their 13 children.

Although raised poor, with her father’s excellent farming skills, hard work ethics and surviving off the land through the Great Depression, she was independent and strong-willed.

Her favorite saying was, “Who’s getting old. I’m not getting old,” and she did not like for anyone to say she was old. She remained forever young in her mind even as her body deteriorated.

She attended Smithfield School until the family moved in the early 1940s to Neuse Islands in the Princeton area. She attended Princeton School, and graduated with the class of 1951. She loved Princeton School, and was an excellent student.

After high school graduation, she worked at Goldsboro Stock Yard.

She attended Crumpler’s Business School in Goldsboro; after graduation, she taught business at the school.

At this time she lived at Taylor’s Boarding House, and by coincidence, so did a handsome young man from Pamlico County. Here she met her future husband, Charles Thomas Toler, who came to Goldsboro under the GI Bill to attend business school, and of all things, was one of her students.

It truly was a love story at first sight. Charles knew the first time he saw her, he was going to marry her; and Velma knew the first time she saw him, she was going to marry him. After marrying June 26, 1955, they resided in Johnston County until the early 1970s when they became longtime residents of Wayne County.

Velma also worked for L.E. Pearson Insurance Co. on Mulberry Street in Goldsboro for decades, and retired in 1988, after the company dissolved.

She was also a member of Goldsboro Wayne County Chapter No. 45 DAV Auxiliary.

Favorite things in life were cooking, gardening, church and singing in the choir at Riverside Free Will Baptist Church. A longtime member, she began attending at age 12 until her health declined in 2016, when she required permanent skilled care.

Known as the “collard lady,” no one cooked collards like she could; she had her own special way. Velma was asked to bring collards to all church functions, which she gladly did. Although it took all day to cook them her special way, she loved giving them away to family and friends.

She loved gardening, raising her own vegetables, freezing and pickling; even tending an acre all by herself because “no one could do it but her.” No one ever left her home without Velma giving them something from her freezer. She enjoyed giving to others more than receiving.

She was one who wanted to do it her way or no way, and she did right up until the very end.

Velma and Charles enjoyed traveling with Louise Overbee Tours in Four Oaks and special friends, Bo and LaVerne Rhodes, until Charles’ health declined. They traveled to Canada, and went on a cruise to the Bahamas, which was a highlight in their lives. She was captivated by the beauty of the Caribbean waters.

She loved eating at Western Sizzlin in Goldsboro and Holts Lake in Smithfield, having their favorite waitresses. At Western Sizzlin, a very special waitress, Terri, gave them the nickname, Mr. and Mrs. Popsicle.

In May 2016, Velma went to Cherry Point Bay Nursing and Rehab in Havelock, where Charles was residing. Here they met wonderful staff and visitors from other churches and a very special young man, Josh Maragni, whom she called “son,” and wife, Sarah, and children, Kylie and Josiah.

The facility dropped the VA contract, so to keep Velma and Charles together, they moved to Manor Care in Pinehurst. Here they were adopted by Trinity Christian Fellowship Church of Pinehurst and its wonderful visitation team, including Bob Brown.

Jan. 6, 2017, she lost the love of her life of more than 61 years.

After his death, she moved to Ayden Court Nursing and Rehab in Ayden for two years, blessed with many special roommates. The only activity Velma loved was when A.J. Outlaw, alias “Elvis,” came and performed.

She enjoyed Dr. Franklin Baggett of Elm Grove Free Will Baptist Church services and their cards each month. By divine providence, her path crossed with Covenant United Methodist Church of Winterville, who adopted her with loving arms, including beloved friends, pastor Bob Wynn, Phyllis Nixon, Donna Sheets, Kim Harris, Cheryl Harris and Frankie Brock. Divine providence continued when her path crossed unplanned with special friend, Carol Dydowicz from Grifton United Methodist Church. Then a young man, Tyler McGinley, became her care partner whom she loved deeply and adopted as her “son.”

After falling, breaking a femur, hospitalized 13 days, falling again fracturing the same leg, hospitalized 17 more days, she was moved to Signature of Kinston. A month later, she returned to Vidant with an infection, spending her last 22 days in palliative care.

The family wishes to thank all the caring, compassionate nurses, care partners and Dr. Pravin P. Chacko in the palliative care unit on the second floor.

Velma is survived by one daughter, Marcia Lane Toler-McCullen and son-in-law, Charles Randy McCullen of Princeton; two sisters-in-law, Linda Toler Lupton of Arapahoe and Dorothy McCullen Lawhon of Goldsboro; two uncles-in-law, the Rev. Lee Toler of Alliance and Oscar Whitehurst of New Bern; two aunts-in-law, Ella Toler of Bayboro and Polly Whitehurst of New Bern; and the family pets, Zac, Spud and Charlie.

Velma is also survived by numerous special nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends, including Peggy Wilkins of Four Oaks and Louise Cappalo of Newport News, Va.

The family extends loving gratitude to special friends, James and Mary Lois Neel, Penny McCullen, Greg Coty and Linda Fields of Goldsboro and Barbara Williford Fletcher of Princeton; sister-in-law, Linda Toler Lupton; and niece, Terry Johnson Jones of Smithfield for all their love, compassion and assistance during Velma’s hospitalizations and in nursing facilities.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 18, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Riverside Free Will Baptist Church, with the Rev. Billy Nowell and the Rev. Kevin Phillips officiating.

The body will lie in state at the church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with informal visitation during this time.

Burial will follow the service at Evergreen Cemetery on U.S. 70 in Princeton beside her beloved husband.

Velma and the family request no flowers, and memorial gifts may be directed to Covenant Church, Encouragement Ministry, 4005 Corey Road, Winterville, N.C., 28590.

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


Roy Cantey Jr.

Roy Cantey Jr.

Roy Cantey Jr.

Aug. 11, 1931-July 6, 2019

Roy Cantey Jr. passed away July 6, 2019, at the age of 87.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, father-in-law, brother and uncle to his family.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Doreen; his son, Paul and wife, Linda; son, Martin and wife, Joanne; daughters, Lisa and Marianne; and sisters, Mary Nell and Pam.

He had six grandchildren, Sean, Tim, Kelly, Russell, Sam and Adam; and one great-grandchild, Kaison.

In addition, he had many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Friday, July 19, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, 164 Longs Plant Farm Road in Goldsboro.

The family will receive friends following the service at Holiday Inn Express banquet room located at 1003 Sunburst Drive in Goldsboro.

Roy was preceded in death by his mother, Bessie Mae; his father, McRoy; brothers, Fred and Sandy; and sister, Martha Jean.

He was born in Lake City, S.C., Aug. 11, 1931.

Roy was a proud United States Air Force and Vietnam veteran, who served his country for 24 years in the field of weapons mechanics.

In addition to spending a year in Vietnam, he served in England, where he met his wife; also serving, Okinawa, Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Libya and Iran.

In the United States, he served in Delaware, New York, New Mexico and North Carolina.

After retiring from the Air Force, Roy moved to Goldsboro, N.C., where he had lived for the past 46 years.

He was an active volunteer at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Chapel and Wayne Opportunity Center.

He lived with a spirit of humble gratitude, and will be greatly missed.

Roy’s family thanks his caregivers, Edna Hinson, Christal Howell and Karen Carter, and 3HC Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Wayne Opportunity Center and Cures for the Colors.

The family is in the care of Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro.


Carolyn A. Tillman

Carolyn A. Tillman

Carolyn A. Tillman

Oct. 16, 1947-July 12, 2019

Carolyn Aycock Tillman, 71, passed away Friday, July 12, 2019, at her home surrounded by her daughters.

Carolyn was born in Wayne County, N.C., Oct. 16, 1947, to the late Denzel Wrenn Aycock and Helen Mae Mooring Aycock.

She was retired as deputy clerk of court, having served both Wilson and Wayne counties.

Carolyn found great joy in working in her yard, and loved nothing more than having a beautiful day to do just that.

Carolyn was a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she did volunteer work in the family history center.

She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

She will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends Monday, July 15, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, followed by a service to celebrate Carolyn’s life at 1 p.m. in the chapel, with Bishop Garry Waters presiding. A private interment will follow in Thomas Ruffin Aycock Cemetery.

The family will also receive friends at other times at the home of her daughter, Jennifer Boney, 106 W. April Lane, Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

Carolyn is survived by her daughters, Tonya Tillman Davis, Kelly Tillman Anders and husband, Bryan, and Jennifer Tillman Boney and husband, Jonathan; grandchildren, Taylor Newsome (Hunter), Payton Anders, Garrett Davis (Rachel), Bryce Anders, Simon Boney and Claire Boney; and a great-grandchild, Parker Newsome.

She is also survived by her siblings, Reed Aycock, Greta Aycock, Beverly Antley, Gary Aycock and Jayme Whitaker.

In addition to her parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by her sisters, Sandra Ridoutt and Debra Fish.

The family would like to especially thank the staff of Goldsboro Assisted Living as well as the staff of Community Hospice for the loving care given to its mother.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Community Hospice, 2309 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534, and Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave., New York, N.Y., 10001.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Frankie Hall

Frankie Hall

Frankie Hall

Oct. 13, 1966-July 13, 2019

William Franklin "Frankie" Hall Jr., 52, Mount Olive resident, went to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, Saturday, July 13, 2019, following a short fight with cancer.

He passed away peacefully with family by his side.

Frankie was born Oct. 13, 1966.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Franklin "Dub" Hall Sr., and is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Barnett Hall.

He was deeply devoted to his mother's care until his passing.

Frankie leaves behind to cherish his memory his sisters, Virginia Hall Paynter and husband, Donald, of Henderson and Betty Hall Clarke and husband, Bill, of Micro; stepchildren, Bradley Taylor (Marisa) and Faith Taylor; nieces, Catherine Shireman (Bobby) and Kelley Deal (Clifton); grandchildren, Thomas, McKenzie and Myles; great-niece and nephew, Sarah Catherine and Beckett; and special friend, Myra Johnson.

Frankie worked at Dub's Bar-B-Que from his teenage years into his adulthood, passionately learning the family's business as he worked alongside his parents. Following the passing of his father, Frankie led the operation of the well-known Mount Olive landmark.

Frankie served his community as an Eagle Scout, and was a dedicated member and past president of Mount Olive Lions Club.

He will be remembered as a loyal friend.

Frankie loved nothing more than sharing time with family and friends boating at White Lake, grilling, cooking and enjoying outdoor activities.

One of his favorite pastimes was preparing his special barbecue pork and sauce recipes for loved ones to enjoy at pig pickings and family gatherings.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Frankie's memory to Cures for the Colors, 203 Cox Blvd., Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

The family will receive friends at Tyndall Funeral Home, Mount Olive, Tuesday, July 16, at 2 p.m., followed by funeral services at 3 p.m. in the chapel, with burial afterward in Maplewood Cemetery.

The family requests that attendees dress casually to honor Frankie’s wishes. He specifically asked that no one wear a tie.


Nancy K. Brock

Nancy K. Brock

Nancy K. Brock

Sept. 12, 1936-July 12, 2019

Mrs. Nancy Kelly Vinson Brock, 82, resident of the Brock's Chapel area near Mount Olive, passed away quietly Friday morning, July 12, at her home.

Visitation will be at Tyndall Funeral Home Sunday, July 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. At other times, family and friends are welcome to the home of her sister, Nellie Hall at 1940 Emmaus Church Road, Dudley.

Funeral services will be Monday, July 15, at 2 p.m. at Tyndall Funeral Home, officiated by pastor Jeff Dail, followed by burial in Maplewood Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Mount Olive Pentecostal Holiness Church, 130 Ed Edmundson Road, Mount Olive.

Loved ones preceding Mrs. Brock in death include her son, David E. "Pete" Vinson; stepson, Dwight Brock; husbands, Henry Earl Brock and David Earl Vinson; brothers, Sam Kelly and Harvey Kelly; and her parents, Edd and Lillie Herring Kelly.

She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Loretta Baker Vinson of Mount Olive; grandchildren, Adam Vinson and Amanda Kirby and husband, Travis; stepgranddaughter, Crystal Quinn and husband, Jody; great-grandson, Easton Vinson and his mother, Alicia Davis; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Zachary Quinn and Meranda Quinn; two stepgreat-great-grandchildren, Addison and Grayson Strickland; two sisters, Sadie K. Edwards of Seven Springs and Nellie K. Hall of Dudley; a brother, Bobby Kelly and wife, Frances, of Mount Olive; along with several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Brock was a lifelong member of Mount Olive Pentecostal Holiness Church.

She had worked at Burlington Industries, and had been employed with Kelly's Little Mint in its embroidery and gift shop.

Known as a most loving and compassionate person, she was a kind neighbor to everyone. She will be missed.

A Tyndall service.


Betty Faye Williams

Betty Faye Williams

Betty Faye Williams

April 16, 1941-July 12, 2019

Betty Faye Jones Williams, 78, resident of Poly Bridge area near Mount Olive, passed away Friday, July 12, at Wayne hospital.

The family will receive friends at Tyndall's Funeral Home Sunday, July 14, beginning at 2 p.m. with services following at 3 p.m. Pastor Stanley Kelly will be officiating, with burial following at Pineview Cemetery.

Friends and family are also welcome to call at the home of Mrs. Williams.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Bill" Williams; an infant daughter; a son, Andy Williams; a son-in-law, Larry Smith; parents, Drifty and Nannie Kate Taylor Jones; and a sister, Nannie Lou J. Bennett.

She is survived by a daughter, Susie W. Smith of Mount Olive; two sons, Randy Williams and wife, Sue, of Mount Olive and Sandy Williams and fiancée, Kathy Lanier, of Pink Hill; a sister, Annie Ruth Herring of Mount Olive; grandchildren, Michael Smith and wife, Suzanne, Vickie S. Mutter and husband, Nate, Mary Beth Williams and fiancé, Aaron Long, Kim Anderson and husband, Mel, Amanda Potter, Kevin Noble and wife, Shannon, Shane Williams and wife, Elana, and Kristen Miller and husband, Jonathan; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A Tyndall service.


Charles M. Butler

Charles Martin Butler, 78, Snow Hill, died Thursday at Vidant Medical Center.

Funeral will be noon Monday at Shady Grove Free Will Baptist Church, Snow Hill, with apostle Douglas Kornegay officiating. Interment will be in Shady Grove Lodge Hall Cemetery.

Visitation will 5 to 6 tonight at S. Connor Memorial Funeral Home chapel.

Bernard A. Fisher

Dec. 8, 1929-July 7, 2019

Bernard Alonzo Fisher, 89, died July 7 at home.

He was born Dec. 8, 1929, in Washington, D.C.

He is survived by a daughter.

Arrangements are by Smith-Holloway Memorial Funeral Services.

Franklin O. Jones

Nov. 30, 1937-July 12, 2019

Franklin Odell "Buck" Jones, 81, Selma, died at home Friday.

Funeral was 6 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Casey Funeral Home and Cremations, with the Rev. Jerry Barbee officiating. Burial will be 9 a.m. today at Crocker/Price Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 30, 1937, to the late Lester Odell Jones and Irene Shallington Jones. He was married to Edna Creech Jones.

He is survived by a son, a daughter, three stepsons and a stepdaughter.

Louisianna Q. Hurdle

Louisiana Queen Hurdle, 88, Sharpsburg, died Friday.

Arrangements are by Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Gregory C. Edenfield

Feb. 1, 1965-June 9, 2019

Gregory Clydous Edenfield died Tuesday.

Funeral will be private.

He was the son of Edna Edenfield and the late Eddie Edenfield.

He is survived by two children.

Arrangements are by Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory.

Shirley Narron Casey

Oct. 24, 1934-July 12, 2019

Shirley Narron Casey, 84, Smithfield, died Friday at SECU Hospice House.

Funeral will be noon Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home and Cremations chapel, with the Rev. Ricky Ham officiating. Internment will be at Casey Family Cemetery.

She was born in Johnston County Oct. 24, 1934, the daughter of the late James Arthur and Iola Woodall Narron. She was married to the Bill Casey and the late Morris Ray "Jim" Casey.

She is survived by two sons.

Visitation will be 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday.

Gregory Ross

The Rev. Gregory Ross, 53, 227 Dawson Lane, Vanceboro, died Saturday at Bayview Nursing and Rehabilitation, New Bern.

Arrangements are pending at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home Inc., Kinston.

Kenneth Joyner

Kenneth Joyner, 86, Wilson, died Thursday at The Wilson House.

Arrangements are pending at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Alice Best

Alice Best, 72, died Friday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

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

Howard L. Evans Jr.

Howard L. Evans Jr., 51, died Wednesday.

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

Tonesha M. Amerson

Tonesha Michelle Amerson, 46, died Thursday at UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill.

Arrangements are pending at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Matthew Heald

Matthew Heald, 37, died Saturday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Arrangements are pending at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Douglas C. Raynor

Douglas Charles Raynor, 63, died Friday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Arrangements are pending at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.