Margaret Ann Parker Parvin

Margaret Ann Parker Parvin

Margaret Ann Parker Parvin

Feb. 26, 1955-March 25, 2019

Margaret Ann Parker Parvin, 64, Mount Olive resident and business owner, passed away unexpectedly Monday evening, March 25.

Her life will be remembered in a service to be held Friday, March 29, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Mount Olive, officiated by Dr. Dennis Atwood, followed by burial in Martin-Price Cemetery.

Visitation will be at Tyndall Funeral Home Thursday, March 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., and at other times, the family welcomes all to the residence.

Expressions of love and sympathy through flowers are welcome or memorial gifts may be made to the Margaret E. Martin Scholarship Fund at First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 203, Mount Olive, N.C., 28365, or the Martin-Price Family Cemetery, c/o Preston Parker, 501 W. Main St., Mount Olive, N.C., 28365.

Margaret Ann, born and raised in Mount Olive, studied fashion merchandising and design at Meredith College from which she graduated in 1975.

She was employed with Miller and Rhoads in Richmond, Va., prior to her coming home to Mount Olive in 1977.

She became employed with Weil’s Department Store in Goldsboro, where she was general merchandise manager and later promoted to store manager.

Upon returning to Mount Olive in 1977, Margaret Ann married DeWayne Parvin. Together they decided to continue the endeavors of W.P. Martin Store, her grandfather’s business, originally established in 1910.

While DeWayne carried on this family legacy, in 1986, Margaret Ann founded Especially For You, a shop of gifts and accessories. She worked closely with many families to help them design and decorate their homes, each with a special touch.

She was a successful pillar within the community, and went on to open a second store location in Goldsboro in 2017. After 33 years, the business has continued to thrive due to her motivation and attention to detail. She appreciated her customers and their loyalty.

Margaret Ann was a long-standing member of the board of directors at Mt. Olive Pickle Co., serving for 24 years, and was only the second woman to serve in this capacity.

Her greatest love was her family, where she was wife, mother, mimi, sister and aunt.

She also had a deep love for her church, First Baptist in Mount Olive, spending time at the beach, nurturing pretty flowers, helping others find just the right gift and giving back to her community.

Margaret Ann is survived by her husband, James DeWayne Parvin of the home; three daughters, Natalie P. Griffith and husband, Benjamin, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., Ashley P. Daniels and husband, Donnie, of Greenville and Bridget P. Soistman of Mount Olive; eight grandchildren, Sara Beth Daniels, Martin Jackson, Caroline Griffith, Charlotte Daniels, Laura Catherine Griffith, Sebastian Daniels, Luke Soistman and Noah Soistman; a brother and sister-in-law, Preston and Jennifer Parker of Mount Olive; a nephew, Wesley Parker and wife, Michele, of Goldsboro; a niece, Kelly P. Campbell and husband, Chase, of Clayton; and other family and friends.

A Tyndall service.


Irene Odom Worrell

Irene Odom Worrell

Irene Odom Worrell

Irene Odom Worrell

Irene Odom Worrell

Aug. 20, 1932-March 26, 2019

Irene Odom Worrell, 86, Goldsboro, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at SECU Hospice House in Smithfield surrounded by her family.

Irene was born in Nash County Aug. 20, 1932, to the late Lennox and Emily Stroud Odom.

She was married for 65 years to the late Joseph Harold Worrell Sr. who preceded her in death Aug. 13, 2015.

Irene was a godly woman who loved the Lord and her family and set an example for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that will lead them all their lives. She was attending The First Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Along with her late husband, Irene delivered newspapers for the News and Observer and the Goldsboro News-Argus for 25 years.

The family will receive friends Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, followed by a service to celebrate her life at 2 p.m. in the chapel, with the Rev. Cory Jackson and the Rev. Bill Rose officiating. Interment will follow in Wayne Memorial Park.

Irene is survived by her children, Joe Worrell Jr. and wife, Debra, Steve Worrell and wife, Karen, and Teresa Kohnen and husband, David; grandchildren, Jason Worrell and wife, Maya, Nancy Flinn and husband, Sean, Kimberly Tannenbaum and husband, Colton, Stephanie Worrell, Tyler Worrell, Brandon Kohnen, Heath Kohnen and Morgan Kohnen; and six great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her brother, Kenneth Capps and wife, Betty Carol; a niece, Molly Ann Birth; and several other nieces and nephews she loved very much.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her infant son, Joseph Lawrence Worrell, and brother, Gray Capps.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Michael Griffin

Oct. 29, 1956-March 27, 2019

Michael Griffin, 62, 809 N. Virginia St., died Wednesday in Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Word of Truth Christian Fellowship. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 29, 1956, in Wayne County to Richard and Margaret Rouse Griffin III. He is survived by a son.

Visitation will be Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Haskins Funeral Home. Arrangements are by Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

Melvis J. Williams

Died March 23, 2019

Melvis Jean Williams, 83, 3300 Hodges Road, died Saturday at Harmony Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family will assemble at the home for the funeral.

Floyd J. Black

Died March 24, 2019

Floyd J. Black, 62, 506 Chestnut St., died Sunday at UNC Lenoir Health Care.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Queen Chapel AME Zion Church, Dover. Burial will be Monday in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Kinston.

Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m Friday at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home. The family will assemble at the home for the funeral.

Yvonne Canady

Died March 24, 2019

Yvonne Canady, 52, 1012 Atlantic St., Wilson, died Sunday at home.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Wilson.

Gladys B. Williams

Died March 23, 2019

Gladys Bea Williams, 85, 2203 Imperial Ave., Wilson, died Saturday at home.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Rose Church of Christ, Wilson. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Wilson.

Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

David A. Parnell

Dec. 26, 1962-March 26, 2019

David Allen Parnell, 56, died Tuesday at Johnston Medical Center.

Funeral will be noon Saturday in Kenly Cemetery.

He was born in Wilson County to Robert Allen and Betty Grice Parnell Dec. 26, 1962.

He is survived by two daughters.

Visitation will be 11 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Kenly Funeral Service.

Lakisha D. Cox

Sept. 21, 1973-March 25, 2019

Lakisha Diane Cox, 45 of 929 Chestnut St., died Monday at home.

Funeral will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mount Zion Church Ministries. Burial will be in the Golden Gate Memorial Garden.

She was born on Sept. 21, 1973, in Wayne County to Benjamin Earl and Ethel Lee Ford Cox.

Visitation will be Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m. at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home. Arrangements are by J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations.

Minnie Lewis Parker

Minnie Lewis Parker, 85, died Tuesday in New York.

Arrangements are pending at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.