B.G. Ginn

B.G. Ginn

B.G. Ginn

Jan. 11, 1927-July 1, 2019

B.G. Ginn, 92, Goldsboro, passed away Monday, July 1, 2019, at the North Carolina State Veterans Home in Kinston.

Mr. Ginn, a United States Army veteran of the Korean War, was born in Greene County Jan. 11, 1927.

After graduating in 1945 from Snow Hill High School, he opened Ginn Grocery and Market on North William Street in Goldsboro, and within two years, he also opened Ginn’s Wholesale Co.

He was drafted into the United States Army in 1951, soon after the start of the Korean War, and served until 1953.

After his active duty, he returned to Goldsboro, and within a short period he was recruited by the CIA due to his superior efficiency rating while in the Army. He worked with the CIA until 1957, then he returned to Goldsboro and opened Ginn’s Sundry.

Three years later, he opened Ginn Sundry Wholesale Division, and in 1964, he purchased Southern Wholesale Co. and merged it with his wholesale business and continued under the Southern Wholesale name. The business grew and became the third largest candy distributor in North Carolina.

Mr. Ginn was presented the “Candy Man of the Year” award in 1967 by Carolinas Confectionaries Salesman Club.

Other businesses Mr. Ginn owned in Goldsboro were Jet Motel, Ginn’s Gifts and Toys and Ginn Village on North William Street.

In 1968, he sold Southern Wholesale Co. and in 1969, moved to Daytona Beach, Fla.

In 1972 he became the general manager of Halifax Yacht Club, and worked there for 16 years.

By 1977, he had sold all of his businesses in Goldsboro.

After a short retirement, Mr. Ginn opened a catering business at The Palmetto Club in Daytona Beach. He enjoyed his catering business for many years, and sold this business in 1998. The catering company is still in business, and is operating under Ginn Enterprises today.

Mr. Ginn returned to Goldsboro in 2007.

Mr. Ginn enjoyed playing cards, and entered several tournaments, including tournaments in Las Vegas, Mississippi and Monte Carlo. His mastery of the game was apparent when he won first place against 125 players in 2002 in Sam’s Town, Tunica, Miss.

He was a former member of the American Legion, Kiwanis Club, Southern Wholesale Confectionaries Association, Halifax River Yacht Club, National Club Managers Association, Florida Club Managers Association and National Wholesalers Association, and was a member of the Active Army Reserves while he was living in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Ginn was also commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, the highest title of honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky by Governor Nunn in 1978.

He was also honored with a Certificate of Appointment as a Regularly Constituted Deputy Sheriff of Volusia County, Fla., in 1988.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 3, 2019, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, followed by a service to celebrate his life at 3 p.m. in the chapel, with the Rev. Larry Turlington and the Rev. Josh House officiating. Interment will be in Snow Hill Cemetery with military honors.

He is survived by his sister, Minnie Ginn Howell of Pikeville; four nieces, Jane Eason Richter (Mike) of Goldsboro, Billie Whitley Hardee (Judd), Judy Whitley House (Donald) of Snow Hill and Carolyn Whitley Watson (Billy) of White Lake; and four nephews, Steve Howell (Judy) of Pikeville, Ken Eason (Teresa), David Eason of LaGrange and Bryant Whitley (Sandra) of Bladenboro.

He is also survived by 13 great-nieces and nephews and 10 great-great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie J. Ginn and Sadie Ham Ginn, and sisters, Adene Ginn Eason and Margaret Ginn Whitley.

Mr. Ginn wanted to express his appreciation for the care provided by his sister, Minnie Howell.

Love and heartfelt thanks are also expressed to Steve, Judy and Jordyn and Jane for their help during his decline in health.

Mr. Ginn’s family would also like to acknowledge Dr. Van Adams and the staff of Carolina Internal Medicine, as well as the staff at the North Carolina State Veterans Home in Kinston, who added to the quality of his life in recent months.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to Fort Run Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, 1288 Gurganus Road, Snow Hill, N.C., 28580.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.


Larry Jones

Larry Jones

Larry Jones

Jan. 29, 1953-June 27, 2019.

Larry Jones, 66, formerly of Goldsboro, died Thursday in Greensboro.

He was the brother of Yolanda Jones Wooten (Jimmy).

Online condolences can be sent to Woodard Funeral Home in Greensboro.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, with a viewing from 1 to 1:30 p.m., at Hester Groves Missionary Baptist Church, 590 Wheelers Church Road, Hurdle Mills, N.C., 27541.


Eleanor Gibbs

Died June 29, 2019

Eleanor Gibbs, Seven Springs, passed away June 29, 2019.

A service to celebrate and remember Eleanor’s life will be held Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Seven Springs Baptist Church.

Family and friends will be received in the hour before the service.

Please visit www.rousefh.com to view the full obituary.

Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home.


Louise Martin Thorpe

April 18, 1940-July 1, 2019

Louise Martin Thorpe, 79, died Monday at Laurels of Forest Glen.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Princeton United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Neal Brantley officiating. Graveside service will be private.

She was born April 18, 1940, to the late Thurman George Martin and Mildred Capps Martin Benson in Johnston County. 

Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. at Princeton United Methodist Church Saturday. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

Eric D.W. Brooks

April 22, 1984-June 30, 2019

Eric Delontae Wellington Brooks, 35, 402 S. William St., died Sunday.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew AMEZ Church. Burial will be in Old Mill Cemetery

He was born April 22, 1984, in Washington, D.C., to Ernest Brooks Sr. and Yvette Wellington Thomas.

He is survived by two children.

Visitation will be an hour prior to the funeral Saturday at the church. The family will assemble at 421 Cardinal Drive for the funeral.

Arrangements are by Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

Eric Harris

Feb. 17, 1972-June 29, 2019

Eric Harris, 47, 5831 Theodore St., Philadelphia, Pa., formerly of Goldsboro, died Saturday.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

He was born Feb. 17, 1972, in Wayne County to Linwood Harris and Evelyn Middleton Jacobs.

He is survived by two children.

Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the church. The family will assemble at 1917 Elton Drive for the funeral procession.

Arrangements are by Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

Joseph M. Newsome

Oct. 23, 1979-June 29, 2019

Joseph Matthew “Matt” Newsome, 39, died Saturday at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville.

Private graveside service was at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

He was born in Wayne County Oct. 23, 1979, to Susan House Knox (husband, Charles Linwood) of LaGrange.

Arrangements are by Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Otis Best

Otis Best, 80, 2201-119 Royall Ave., died Tuesday in Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

Joshua Bowser

Joshua Bowser, 69, 2403 Fitch Drive East, Wilson, died Tuesday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Gregory A. Hobbs

Gregory “Greg” Alan Hobbs, 57, LaGrange, died Tuesday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Timothy B. Smith

Timothy Brian Smith died Monday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.