Graves Thomas Lewis

Graves Thomas Lewis

Graves Thomas Lewis

July 29, 1924-June 4, 2019

Graves Thomas Lewis, 94, son of Ben and Mary Lo Rena Peele Lewis, died suddenly at home in Lake Waccamaw.

He grew up and lived many years in Goldsboro, N.C.

He also lived in Atlanta, Ga.

He worked in retail and wholesale hardware and farm equipment and estate planning.

Mr. Lewis was a committed member of the Rotary International Club beginning in 1946. He maintained perfect attendance for nearly 40 years.

He enjoyed supporting friends and neighbors.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Fuller Lewis; his children, Ben A. Lewis and Deborah Brewer, Jean T. Lewis, Susan Southern and Gray, and Tim Lewis and Kim; grandchildren, George (Brooke), Jessica, Kirk (Giselle), Mary-Gray and Preston; great-grandchildren, Harrison and Tate; stepsons, Eric Baldwin and Bryan Baldwin; and loving friends, Tommy Brewer, Chad Brewer, Virginia Jackson and Kay and Charles Corbett.

Mr. Lewis hoped that he would be remembered as having applied the Rotary four-way test to his life.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 8, at Lake Waccamaw Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Rotary International or the Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina.


Timothy L. Myers

Timothy L. Myers

Timothy L. Myers

May 5, 1957-June 4, 2019

Timothy Lew Myers, 62, was called to his heavenly home Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at his place of employment.

Timmy was born a twin to Willie Lee and Cherry Christine Myers in Johnston County.

Timmy was raised and educated in Rosewood.

He was a resident of Wayne County, who spent many years farming, and worked for the last 20 years at Franklin Baking Co.

He was a kind and giving man, who was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by daughter, Shirley White (Hugh); granddaughter, Savannah White of Dublin, Ga.; sons, Timothy “Little Timmy” Myers of North Dakota and Derrick Hartley of Goldsboro; brothers, Luby Myers of Goldsboro and Johnny Myers of Wilson; sister, Diane Thornton of Newton Grove; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cherry Christine Davis Myers and Willie Lee Myers; sister, Jane A. Myers; and brothers, Clarence Myers and Tommy Myers.

Graveside service will be held Saturday June 8, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, U.S. 70 West, Goldsboro.

Arrangements are with Evergreen Funeral Home, Cemetery and Cremation.


Retired Master Sgt. John A. Sanders

Retired Master Sgt. John A. Sanders

Retired Master Sgt. John A. Sanders

Aug. 13, 1945-June 3, 2019

Retired Master Sgt. John A. Sanders, 73, 106 Eleanor Place, received his honorable life’s discharge documents and took the “glory train” home Monday at his residence.

Monday, Aug. 13, 1945, as the gentle breeze and warm sunshine caressed the quaint settlement of Wayne County, John was born to Grady and Mozella Hinnant Sanders.

His life of service to God, mankind and our nation will be celebrated Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bear Creek Missionary Baptist Headquarters. His mortal frame will be laid to rest with full military honors Monday at 2 p.m. in Eastern Carolina Veterans Cemetery.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Brenda Artis Sanders of the home; his loving children, Tony Sanders of Fayetteville, N.C., Ava Sanders of Goldsboro, N.C., Sheila Williams of North Charleston, S.C., Quinton Artis of Goldsboro, N.C., and Shawn Sanders of Asheville, N.C.; his sister, Lynda Richardson, Goldsboro, N.C.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Retired Master Sgt. Sanders will lie in repose Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. in James T. Haskins Memorial Chapel of Haskins Funeral Home, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m. The family will assemble at the residence in preparation for the funeral procession.

Arrangements are by Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.


Ms. Kaye A. Johnson

Ms. Kaye A. Johnson

Ms. Kaye A. Johnson

Died June 5, 2019

Ms. Kaye A. Johnson, 67, Goldsboro, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Her funeral service will be held Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of West and Dunn Funeral Home, Newton Grove.

The family will receive family and friends following the funeral service and other times at the home of Timothy Anderson, 3698 Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, N.C.

Left to cherish her memories are her niece, Wendy Mitchell and husband, Jesse, of Goldsboro; nephews, Joseph Johnson and wife, Lisa, of Kenly, and Timothy Anderson and wife, Lisa, of Goldsboro; six great-nieces and nephews; and two great-great-nieces.

Ms. Johnson was preceded in death by her parents, Cadmus and Martha Johnson, and brothers, Dwight Johnson and John Johnson.

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Services have been entrusted to West and Dunn Funeral Homes Inc., Newton Grove, N.C.


Chester C. Williams

Chester C. Williams

Chester C. Williams

Jan. 1, 1934-June 5, 2019

Chester Cornelius Williams, 85, Pikeville, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center surrounded by his family.

Chester was born in Duplin County Jan. 1, 1934, to the late Harvey and Estelle Kornegay Williams.

He retired from Dewey Brothers in Goldsboro after more than 30 years of service, and later went to work with United Security, where he retired after 15 years of service.

He was the kind of man who was loyal to his family, who took great pride in caring and providing for them.

Chester enjoyed family gatherings, and was always excited to sing to his grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Sunday, June 9, 2019, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, followed by a service to celebrate Chester’s life at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home. Interment will be in Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Chester is survived by his children, Diane Davis (Jesse) of Mount Olive, Vickie Pearce (Benny) of Wake Forest, Buster Williams (Janet) of Goldsboro, Douglas Williams (Terri) of Goldsboro, Mandy Bragg (Chris) of Goldsboro and Dale Williams of Goldsboro; brother, Roland Williams (Jean) of Hubert; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Chester C. Williams Jr.; sister, Alma Bradley; and brothers, Malcolm, Earl, Harvey Kay, Milford and Faison Williams.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Ila Lee Massengill

Ila Lee Massengill

Ila Lee Massengill

March 21, 1932-June 5, 2019

Wednesday morning, June 5, 2019, Ila Lee Massengill, 87, Goldsboro, moved to her heavenly home.

Ila was a godly woman, who loved the Lord and her family and set an example for her family that will lead them all their lives.

Ila was born in Wayne County March 21, 1932, to the late Archie and Ruth Snipes Holland. She was married to the late Harold Massengill Sr.

For more than 20 years, she worked as an inspector with General Electric in Goldsboro.

Ila loved Faith Free Will Baptist Church, and was a dedicated and faithful servant her entire life.

Her warmth, generosity and kind spirit were well known and cherished by those she encountered throughout her life. Her contagious smile and outgoing personality broke down barriers and opened doors to an exciting and fulfilled life.

The family will receive friends Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Faith Free Will Baptist Church, followed by a service to celebrate her life at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary, with the Rev. Dann Patrick and the Rev. Christian Powell officiating. Interment will be in Wayne Memorial Park.

Ila is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Terry and Danny Mitchell of Goldsboro; son, Eddie Massengill and Bobbie Wiggins of Goldsboro; six grandchildren, Clint Mitchell, Brandy Graham (Billy), Justin Mitchell, Trey Massengill, Shelby Wiggins and Blake Massengill; and two great-grandchildren, Dalton and Addison Graham.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Myrtle Lawhorne of Wilmington, and brother, Bennett Holland.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made in her memory to Faith Free Will Baptist Church, 1200 W. Grantham St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Alvin H. Bass

Nov. 14, 1953-June 5, 2019

Alvin Harold Bass, 65, Jacksonville and Rose Hill, died Wednesday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. today at Mount Zion Presbyterian Church, Rose Hill.

He was born Nov. 14, 1953, in Duplin County to Alvin Joe and Edna Mathis Bass. He was married to the late Juanita B. Bass.

He is survived by a son.

Visitation will follow the service.

Arrangements are by Community Funeral Home, Rose Hill.

Lawrence Bogier III

Lawrence Bogier III, 45, 800 S. Clairborne St., died Wednesday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

Priscilla Richardson Black

Priscilla Richardson Black, 61, died Thursday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

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

Creola Ellen Gray

Aug. 18, 1925-June 4, 2019

Creola Ellen Gray, 93, Winchester, Va., died Tuesday, at Winchester Medical Center.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Funeral Home Winchester, with the Rev. Larry Craddock officiating. Burial will be in Timber Ridge Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 18, 1925, in Rio, W.Va., the daughter of the late Seymour and Letha May Hahn. She was married to the late Cecil Newton Gray.

She is survived by a son.

Visitation will be 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.

Ransome Howell Jr.

Oct. 22, 1955-June 1, 2019

Ransome James Howell Jr., 63, Pikeville, died Saturday.

Memorial service will be 6 p.m. Saturday at United Fellowship Church.

Born in Wayne County Oct. 22, 1955, he was the son of the late Ransome James Sr. and Ruth Smith Howell. He was married to Elizabeth Norvell Howell.

He is survived by six children.

Odell Lewis

March 17, 1932-June 2, 2019

Deacon Odell Lewis, 87, 338 Lynchburg Drive, Newport News, Va., formerly of Goldsboro, died Sunday in Riverside Hospital.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at Woods Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will be in Old Mill Cemetery.

He was born March 17, 1932, in Wayne to the late Levi and Lena Sauls Lewis.

He is survived by five children.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church, with the family present. The family will assemble at the funeral home for the funeral procession.

Arrangements are by Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

Wayne Deans

Died June 3, 2019

Wayne Deans, 78, 1108 E. Holly St., died Monday at home.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Apostle D.L. McIntyre Memorial Chapel, with pastor Elder Leo Deans officiating.

Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at McIntyre Funeral Home and Sunday an hour prior to the service.

Leroy C. Small

Leroy Chesterfield Small, 86, died Wednesday at UNC Rex Hospital, Raleigh.

Arrangements are pending at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.