Crystal Stone Bergner

Crystal Stone Bergner

Crystal Stone Bergner

Nov. 22, 1963-March 3, 2019

Crystal Stone Bergner passed away peacefully on Sunday at the Jim and Betsy Bryan Hospice Home in Pittsboro. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Bergner was born Crystal Denise Stone, in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Nov. 22, 1963, to Christine Stone and the late Bobby Ray Stone, U.S. Army retired. As a young child, her family moved around quite a bit due to the requirements of military life. Eventually the family settled in Goldsboro in 1968.

After her father retired from the Army in 1975, he transitioned to farming and landscaping. Mrs. Bergner loved growing up on the farm, where she developed a passion for taking care of animals. As a teenager, she enjoyed competing in pageants. She was a runner up in the 1982 Mrs. Aycock pageant and won the 1982 Miss N.C. Hemisphere pageant. She also competed in Miss USA Hemisphere pageant and won a modeling contract in Philadelphia.

Upon graduating from Charles B. Aycock High School in 1982, Mrs. Bergner attended Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson, N.C., and was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.

Mrs. Bergner married Jay Edgar Adams, of Boone, N.C., in 1984. They would go on to have three children (Nicole Whalen, Clarissa Whitmire and Alexander Adams), aged 27-33, and be married for 17 years.

Mrs. Bergner stayed home with her three children and raised two smart, strong daughters and a wonderful son. Mrs. Bergner also chose to go back and finish her degree. She graduated from Barton College in 2002 with a B.A. in Biology.

In 2005, she married Jerry Bergner of Durham, N.C. They built a wonderful life together in Durham with her and Jerry’s children, and had a sweet dog together named Lambchop.

Mrs. Bergner also took her love of animals and started a pet sitting business.

Mrs. Bergner lived a wonderful, full life. Whether it was with her beautiful singing voice, her infectious laughter or her big heart, she touched the lives of many. She loved nothing more than spending time with family, going to White Lake with her best friend Betty Lynn Lanier, laughing it up with her fellow Sweet Potato Queens and cuddling up with her animals.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Stephen Bergner, of Durham; mother Christine Brown Stone, of Goldsboro; her siblings, Teresa Stone-Hinnant, Bobby Ray Stone and Pamela Valadez, of Goldsboro; children, Maria Nicole Whalen and her husband, Michael, of Chapel Hill, Clarissa Leigh Whitmire and her husband, Eric, of Burlington, Alexander Ray Adams of Chapel Hill, David Max Bergner of Denver, Colo., and Laura Helen Bergner of Ashland, Ore.; niece Katherine Elizabeth Hinnant of Goldsboro; nephews Bobby Ray Stone Jr. of Goldsboro, Cory Bruce Yancey of Goldsboro, and Blake Wesley Stone of Goldsboro; and dog, Lampchop, of Durham.

Her service will be held at Seymour Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Holder officiating. There will be a visitation held in the hour prior to the funeral from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Bergner requests that donations be made to the American Red Cross and the National Down Syndrome Society.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


DeeAnn Binde

DeeAnn Binde

DeeAnn Binde

Dec. 18, 1937-March 1, 2019

DeeAnn Binde, 81, of 405 Hunters Creek Drive, Goldsboro, N.C., died Friday at her residence.

She was born Dec. 18, 1937, to Harry Nelson and Lois Glazier and is survived by two children.

In keeping with the wishes of the family, she was cremated.

Arrangements by Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.


Donald Lee Kiewert

Donald Lee Kiewert

Donald Lee Kiewert

Nov. 23, 1953-March 3, 2019

Donald Lee Kiewert, 65, of LaGrange, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2019, at SECU Hospice House in Smithfield.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the chapel of Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro. The family will receive friends following the service. A graveside service will be held Thursday, March 7, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Westlawn Memorial Park in Elizabeth City.

Mr. Kiewert was born in Alabama on Nov. 23, 1953, to the late Burt and Shirley Law Kiewert. He retired after 32 ½ years of service with the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Harris Kiewert, of 34 years; two daughters, Robin Roberts and husband, Steve, of Goldsboro, and Kimberly Fenton and husband, Tim, of Hertford, N.C.; three brothers, Michael Kiewert and wife, Kim, of Goldsboro, Marc Kiewert and wife, Donna, of Fremont, and Kenneth Kiewert, of Dudley; two precious grandchildren, Alayna Hill and Addison Hill; and his special Kitty Cat, “Callie.”

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the 4th floor of Wayne UNC Health Care Nurses, Dr. Stockton, Dr. Kasbari and SECU Hospice House in Smithfield for all the care and compassion given to their loved one during this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to SECU Hospice House, 426 Hospital Road, Smithfield, N.C., 27577.

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


Steven Craig

Nov. 12, 1965-March 2, 2019

Steven Craig, 62, 200 W. South St., Fremont, died Saturday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

He was born Nov. 12, 1956, to Richard Craig and Janice K. Jorginsen.

In keeping with the wishes of the family, he was cremated.

Arrangements by Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

Joan K. Brock

Feb. 26, 1945-March 2, 2019

Joan Karen Sanderson Brock, 74, of Fountain, died Saturday.

Funeral will be Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial will be in the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

She was born Feb. 26, 1945, in Lenoir County to the late Horace Franklin and Thelma Dell Jones Sanderson. She was married to the late Carl Thomas Brock.

She is survived by three children.

Arrangements by Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Levi Hall

Levi Hall Sr., 73, of 2655 Dover Road, Cove City, died Friday at home.

Funeral will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the North West “A” Free Will Baptist Tabernacle, Trenton. Burial will be in the Core Creek Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday 6 to 8 p.m. at the House of God, New Bern.

Arrangements by Trinity Memorial Funeral Home.

Danny T. Strickland

Sep. 7, 1956-March 3, 2019

Danny Thomas Strickland, 62, of Dudley, died Sunday.

Funeral will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at Tyndall Funeral Home.

He was married to Retha Creech. He is survived by three sons.

Visitation will follow the service.

Clint Newcomb

Clint Newcomb, 40, died Monday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.