Howard Bryan Sutton Jr.

Howard Bryan Sutton Jr.

Howard Bryan Sutton Jr.

Jan. 30, 1932-March 6, 2019

Howard Bryan Sutton Jr. died March 6, 2019, at Duke Regional Hospital.

He was born in Wayne County Jan. 30, 1932, to Howard Bryan Sutton and Manola Lewis Sutton.

Bryan graduated from Goldsboro High School in 1949 and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1953.

Upon his graduation at UNC, Bryan was drafted and served his country in Bonn, Germany. This time in Europe sparked a lifelong passion for travel and adventure.

Bryan lived his life out loud. No matter the situation, he was all in.

He loved working for the people of Wayne County. As the first executive director of WAGES, he gave voice to those whose voices were not always heard. He loved every day he spent with the good folks who worked with him through the years.

Bryan embraced the world, traveling to many countries over his life. He was able to share this passion with friends and family. Those lucky enough to travel with him were treated to a jampacked schedule of events.

It’s not too much to say that Bryan Sutton never knew a stranger.

Some of the things that brought him joy were times spent at Sutton Place on Topsail Island, supporting the local art community, cheering on his Tarheels and being a faithful member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal church.

Family was by far his greatest passion and joy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Royall Sutton; a nephew, George Hart Lawrence III; and his brother, Lewis Franklyn Sutton.

He is survived by daughters, Anne Randolph Sutton and Katherine Sutton Brady (Michael); and granddaughters, Holly Sutton Broderick and Alice Royall Broderick.

He also leaves behind his sister-in-law, Pamela Royall Lawrence; six nieces, cousins, great-nieces and nephews; as well as good friends, all of whom he loved dearly.

A service to celebrate Bryan’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Goldsboro, with the Rev. Ray Hanna presiding.

The family will greet friends immediately following the service in the church parish hall.

Interment will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to WAGES, 601 Royall Ave., Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


James Wyatt Sasser

James Wyatt Sasser

James Wyatt Sasser

May 4, 1950-Feb. 21, 2019

James Wyatt Sasser, Newport, Va., died Feb. 21, 2019, at Lewis Gale Hospital, Salem.

He was born in North Carolina May 4, 1950, to the late Lewis Elwood and Frances Whitley Sasser.

He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Nancy Taylor Sasser, and three brothers, L.E. “Pete” Sasser and wife, Susan, Don Sasser and Frank Sasser and significant other, Sherri, all of North Carolina.

Wyatt is also survived by brothers-in-law, Richard Taylor and wife, Paula, and Craig Taylor; and mother-in-law, Mary Foster Taylor.

He has many wonderful cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends to remember him.

Wyatt and Nancy enjoyed motorcycle trips, camping and fishing.

He was one of the grill masters for church events in the Newport community.

Before his retirement in 2015, he was a dedicated employee of Virginia Tech as the director of housekeeping for 28 years.

He was faithful member of Newport-Mount Olivet United Methodist Church. He loved God, his wife, his family and friends.

His laugh was just one of his great attributes. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Visitation with the family was Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Newport-Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, with a celebration of life service that followed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the church to P.O. Box 133, Newport, Va., 24128.


William Jennings Jordan Jr.

William Jennings Jordan Jr.

William Jennings Jordan Jr.

Died Dec. 30, 2018

Passed away Dec. 30, 2018, at the age of 75.

Will was born in Raleigh, N.C., to parents, William Jennings Jordan Sr. and Helen Hinnant Jordan, and grew up in Goldsboro, N.C.

He was predeceased by his sister, Sophronia (Leigh) Stafford.

Will’s grandparents were the late Thomas and Sophronia Creech Jordan and the late Oscar D. and Irma Lee Hinnant.

Will was an avid tennis player, competing statewide, enjoyed playing baseball, was an Eagle Scout and received his undergraduate degree at Duke University and master’s degree at the University of North Carolina in math and computer science, remaining a lifelong fan of the Blue Devils.

Upon graduation, Will moved to Santa Monica, Calif., accepting a position with the University of California Los Angeles as part of the team with IBM, Stanford and Harvard to develop the Internet, and remained at UCLA in the department of academic computing until his retirement in 1998.

After moving to Santa Monica, Will met and married Robin Walsh, and the two enjoyed 39 wonderful years together.

Will was a loving husband and best friend, and will be remembered for his kindness, intellect, incredible sense of humor, infectious smile and special sparkle in his eyes.

While in Santa Monica, Will was a highly competitive racquetball player, enjoyed running and later taking long walks through the neighborhood, and loved to read, retaining everything he read and heard, amazing Robin always.

He is survived by Robin; his niece and nephew, Lisa Sunderlin and Jim Stafford in Virginia; stepmother, Mildred Jordan; and a large extended family in North Carolina.

Donations may be made to The People Concern, 1453 16th St., Santa Monica, Calif., 90404. Please designate: Santa Monica Homeless Programs, c/o The People Concern.


Anton Maurice Black

Anton Maurice Black

Anton Maurice Black

Oct. 29, 1985-March 4, 2019

Anton Maurice Black, 33, Riverview, Fla., formerly of Goldsboro, succumbed to his master’s call Monday at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla.

He was born Oct. 29, 1985, in San Antonio, Texas, to the Archie and Thelma Lott Black.

Eulogistic services will be held Monday at noon at Greenleaf Christian Church, with Bishop William Barber officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

Anton’s legacy and honor will be carried on by his parents, Archie and Thelma; his brothers, Anthony and Adrian; his sisters, Alta and Angel; two brothers-in-law, Andre and Miguel; and a host of other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Mr. Black will lie in state at Haskins Funeral Home Sunday evening from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The family will assemble at 330 Stillwater Creek Drive, Goldsboro, in preparation for the funeral service.

Arrangements are entrusted to Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations,


Debra Jean Loper

Debra Jean Loper

Debra Jean Loper

Dec. 9, 1961-March 6, 2019

Debra Jean Loper, 57, Goldsboro, passed away suddenly Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Debra was born at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines Dec. 9, 1961, to retired Technical Sgt. Donald and Dorothy F. Loper of Goldsboro.

She worked in Civil Service for more than 30 years at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base with the Civil Engineering Squadron before transferring to the base clinic and working as a GS-9 MEPRS manager.

Debra will be greatly missed by many and especially by her family.

A service to celebrate Debra’s life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home.

The family will greet friends following the service at the funeral home.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sisters, Deeann M. Loper and Donna Loper Keim and husband, Arlan, retired master sergeant; nephew, Jim Lunzmann and wife, Sallie; niece, Nikki Mathe and husband, Technical Sgt. Joseph; great-nephews, Will Peters and Layden Mathe; and her great-nieces, Kalyn Mathe, Minden Mathe, Mary Helen Lunzmann and Caroline Grace Lunzmann.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


John L. Ward

John L. Ward

John L. Ward

Oct. 8, 1947-March 4, 2019

John L. Ward, 71, 1008 S. Taylor St., Goldsboro, was born Oct. 8, 1947, to the late Lillie Mae and Cleveland Ward, and he departed from his earthen vessel to his eternal home March 4, 2019.

He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 43 years, Rosetta Ward.

In addition, he is survived by two daughters, Tomeka Ward (Abdul Baker) and Crystal Ward (Jerry Outlaw); eight grandchildren, Jeremy Outlaw, Tevin Ward, Javon Outlaw, Jacari Outlaw, Amber Baker, Autumn Baker, Ciara Outlaw and Armani Baker; and seven sisters, Evelyn Lindsey, Arnette Cogdell, Betty Peacock (June), Vicky Waters (Eddie B), Brenda Yarborough (Clint), Wanda Green (Willis) and Saundra Ward.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at St. Luke Church of Christ in Mount Olive, a public viewing will be held at 11 a.m., and immediately following at noon will be a celebration of life. Pastor Alvin Carlisle, nephew of the deceased, will deliver the eulogy.

Arrangements are entrusted to J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations.


Virginia D. Chase

Died March 7, 2019

Virginia Dawson Chase, 88, Eureka, died Thursday, March 7, 2019.

Funeral, Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m., Eureka United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Eureka Cemetery.

Mrs. Chase was preceded in death by her husband, Rom E. Chase; parents, William Phillip Dawson and Maude Yelverton Dawson; sisters, Helen White and Grace Braxton; and brother, Ray Dawson.

She is survived by her daughters, Ronda Elmore (David) of the home, Ginny Davis (Rod) of Cary and Bett Chase of Faro; grandchildren, Gina C. Sutton (Steve) and Dave Elmore; and great-grandchild, Emma-Chase Sutton, who brightened her day.

The family would like to thank Community Home Care and Hospice, Christian Caregivers and the Eureka community for their continued love and support.

A special thank you to the five special ladies from Christian Caregivers and her niece, Cathy Barden, for providing amazing care for her during her last few weeks.

Flowers are welcome and memorials may be made to Eureka United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 3240, Eureka, N.C., 27830, or Community Home Care and Hospice, 2309 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

Arrangements are by Wilson Memorial Service, 2811 Fieldstream Drive North, Wilson, 252 237-7171,


Delmore Mitchell Jr.

Died March 7, 2019

Delmore Mitchell Jr., 82, 2711 Dover Road, Cove City, died Thursday.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Mount Mariah Missionary Baptist Church, Cove City.

Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the church. The family will assemble at the home for the funeral.

Arrangements are by Trinity Memorial Funeral Home Inc.

Luby Lorenzo Moore

Aug. 17, 1948-March 5, 2019

Luby Lorenzo Moore, 70, Mount Olive, died Tuesday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Funeral will be noon Tuesday in the chapel Howell Funeral Home and Crematory. Interment will be at Carver Memorial Cemetery.

He was born in Wayne County Aug. 17, 1948, to the late Frank and Lillie Raynor Moore.

He is survived by three daughters.

Visitation will be 11 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Shelton E. Smith Jr.

July 18, 1954-March 7, 2019

Shelton Eugene Smith Jr., 64, died Thursday at home.

Funeral will be held at a later date. Entombment at Wayne Memorial Park.

He was born in Wayne County July 18, 1954, to Shelton Eugene Smith Sr. and the late Peggy Crawford Smith. He was married to Diane Horne Smith.

He is survived by a son and two stepsons.

Arrangements by Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Sylvia Serle Vaughan House

Nov. 18, 1934-March 6, 2019

Sylvia Serle Vaughan House, 84, died Wednesday at Laurels of Forest Glenn, Garner.

Funeral will be 3 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Howell Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial will be at Pikeville Cemetery.

She was born in Halifax County Nov. 18, 1934, to the late Jesse and Ruby Overton Vaughan. She was married to the late John Ebbin House.

She is survived by a son and two daughters.

Visitation will be 2 to 2:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

John H. Turner Jr.

Dec. 19, 1949-March 4, 2019

John Henry “Bo” “Blue” Turner Jr., 69, formerly of Goldsboro, died Monday in Washington, D.C.

Funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Thursday at The Church of the Incarnation, Washington, D.C.

He was born Dec. 19, 1949, in Wayne County to John Henry Sr. and Hazel Robinson Turner. He was married to Barbara Ford Turner.

Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Arrangements are by Pope Funeral Home, Forestville, Md.

Della Stewart Slye

Della Stewart Slye, 96, died Saturday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Arrangements are pending at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory.

Samuel D. Mangum

Retired United States Air Force Master Sgt. Samuel Douglas Mangum, 82, died Friday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Winston C. Smith

Winston Churchill Smith, 77, died Saturday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Arrangements are pending at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Ramos Cerritos

Ramos Cerritos, 68, 1035 Emmaus Church Road, Dudley, died Thursday in UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

Patricia Cox

Patricia Cox, 69, 306 N. Kornegay St., died Friday in Mount Olive Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

Alene B. Cobb

Alene B. Cobb, 84, Beulaville, died Friday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Smith-Holloway Memorial Funeral Services LLC.

Timothy L. Daniels

Timothy Lee Daniels, 66, 920A Fairview Circle, died Tuesday at home.

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

Howard Peterson Jr.

Howard “Fuzzy” Peterson Jr., 68, 405 S. Andrews Ave., died Thursday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

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