Helen Pearl Goins Wharton

Helen Pearl Goins Wharton

Helen Pearl Goins Wharton

July 14, 1939-March 8, 2019

Helen Pearl Goins Wharton, 79, Burlington, passed away March 8 at Hospice Home in Burlington after a long, hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Her daughter, Sue, was at her bedside.

Helen was born to the late Rufus and Hester Goins July 14, 1939, in Middlesboro, Ky., and was one of 12 children.

She met and married the late Ernest Edwin “Ed” Wharton in 1958. Their years of military service eventually had them stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C., where they settled their family and where they chose to make home when Ed retired from the military.

Helen is survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Bobby Glenn Kimbrell, Sue and Robert Nagley and Jackie and Don Morris; grandsons, Justin Thomas and Scott Cook; and great-grandchildren, Caleb, Ava Rose, Jett and Lyla Grace.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Ed in 2013 shortly after they relocated to Burlington.

Helen was thankful for their military service and their opportunity to serve our country. Her best memories were seeing the USA from shore to shore, from Virginia to Washington state, Florida to California and everything in between. She said it is a beautiful country, God’s creation is so magnificent.

Helen was grateful for the many friends made over the years while serving in the Goldsboro, Wayne County Republican Party.

What Helen was most especially thankful for were her years of service to her church and the congregation she loved as family. She became a member of The Lambs Chapel after relocating to Burlington. Helen said her years of teaching children in Sunday school gave her feelings of happiness and was her most rewarding job.

She said children are our greatest gift, no matter color or creed, they are all truly to be loved.

As her health declined, when asked what she wanted on her grave stone, Helen said, “I Love You.”

And that is exactly who she was. She loved everyone and she never met a stranger. Her family remembers the woman who could not pass by a child without stopping to speak to him or her. Remembering the sparkle in her eyes and the smile on her face when she encountered those little ones, the family tells of whispering in her ear, “Mom, stranger danger,” but Helen paid no attention to them, and eventually the family learned to just quietly stand, watch and smile.

Her family remembers one stranger in particular whom Helen met at the Mebane Goodwill Store, how they coordinated their shopping days and how this friend helped her load the car when her shopping was done. Upon meeting this stranger made friend by their mother, he said, “I love your mother and I have heard all about you.” At the end of that shopping excursion, he helped that daughter load her car and another friend was made. Roosevelt, if you happen to read this, thank you for being her friend, you were her favorite!

Helen leaves her family with hundreds of memories of the love she showed to others just as Jesus instructed us to do.

When she saw a need in the trailer park she and Ed started after retirement, she would purchase food and clothing for the renters and medicine for their sick children and loan money to those already months past due on the rent because they were down on their luck. Many times her actions and love brought change to a life being torn apart by alcohol or drugs, and many found Jesus through her.

The family says that this is a tribute to Helen’s life, but their late father Ed should be mentioned as well.

Their home was an open door to anyone in need. They lived by these words, “God will provide.”

Ed and Helen were a partnership. A partnership that was anchored in Christian love, that teaches us to love all who our paths cross and to have an open heart to any that need assistance. And that they did.

Helen’s parting words of wisdom: Don’t judge too quickly, be compassionate, really true friends are few and far between, and do more river rafting!

Helen will be greatly missed by her family and friends. The world was truly a better place with her in it.

Helen’s favorite flower was a yellow rose. Plant one this year and remember her when you see those beautiful blooms in the years to come.

The family would also like to sincerely thank the hospice home staff for its love and caring for Helen in her final days. God bless them for the work they do.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2019, in McClure Funeral chapel in Mebane.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Helen’s name to Living Free Ministries, Wounded Warriors or other charities that support those who protect and fight for each of us, our great country and our freedom.


Bobby B. Sasser

Bobby B. Sasser

Bobby B. Sasser

Oct. 4, 1939-March 11, 2019

Bobby Benton Sasser, 79, died Monday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Born in Wayne County, he was the son of the late George C. “Buck” Sasser and the late Henrietta Edmundson Sasser.

Bobby was a member of Antioch Original Free Will Baptist Church, and attended United in Christ Church.

He was an auctioneer and a graduate of East Carolina University, where he was a member of Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity.

A service to celebrate Bobby’s life will be held Friday evening at 6 p.m. at United in Christ Church, with pastor Ira Williford and pastor Billy Rose officiating.

The family will greet friends immediately following the service at the church and at other times at the home of his daughter, Judy Gooding, 1919 Antioch Road Northeast, Pikeville, N.C., 27863.

Bobby is survived by his wife, Billie Faye Sasser; daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda S. and Mike Butler and Judy S. and Keith Gooding; a son, Sam Sasser and his fianceé, Meghann Walker; two brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Sybil Sasser and Henry and Jeanne Sasser; a sister and brother-in-law, Joy and Freddie Harding; and three grandchildren, Buck Butler, Sean Butler and Jon Luke Gooding.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Shriners Hospitals for Children, attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fla., 33607.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Sasser family, and online condolences may be sent to www.shumate-faulk.com.


Bernice M. Nickens

Bernice M. Nickens

Bernice M. Nickens

March 10, 1928-March 12, 2019

Bernice Mozingo Nickens, 91, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Bernice was born in Goldsboro March 10, 1928, to the late Fred Mozingo and Sudie Ward Mozingo. She was married to the late Russell Cobb Nickens.

Bernice worked for 20 years as a secretary at Tanglewood Elementary School in Lumberton.

She leaves behind a legacy of unconditional love and support for the people she cared about.

Her enthusiasm and charm will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

A service to celebrate Bernice’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2019, in the mausoleum chapel of Wayne Memorial Park.

The family will greet friends immediately following the service at the cemetery.

Bernice is survived by her daughter, Beverly Nickens Marley and husband, Morris, of Winston-Salem; son, Larry Nickens of Morehead City; grandchildren, Sarah Nickens Williams and husband, Gray, and Jason Marley and wife, Elizabeth; and great-grandchildren, Chandler Marley, Bradley Williams and Jackson Williams.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Gail Nickens.

The family requests no flowers, and that memorials be given to the capital campaign at First United Methodist Church, 900 Arendell St., Morehead City, N.C., 28557.

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


Bobby Garner

March 29, 1937-March 11, 2019

Mack Donald “Bobby” Garner, 81, Mount Olive, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019.

Bobby was born March 29, 1937, to the late Mack and Beulah Barwick Garner.

His beloved wife of 61 years, Virginia Carter Garner, preceded him in death two years to the day, March 11, 2017.

Bobby retired from Mt. Olive Pickle Co.

Bobby was the epitome of a homebody. For him, there was truly “no place like home.” He enjoyed the quiet and solitude that was found when around the house. He loved cutting his grass, and took great care of his garden.

In his early years, Bobby loved to fish and hunt. Whether a pole in hand or out setting nets, the thrill of the catch gave him much joy.

Bobby found pleasure in working in his shop. He always had a project in progress, and was brilliant at figuring out the odds and ends of how things worked. Bobby could build most anything, could take it apart and put it back together again. His love of his work lent to his peculiarity over his tools. Mack didn’t like to loan out his tools, and kept a list of who had borrowed what.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, March 14, 2019, at 3 p.m. at Garner Family Cemetery.

Bobby is survived by three children, Billy Garner and wife, Sue, Don Garner and wife, Donna, and Larry Garner and his friend, Lisa Grant; daughter-in-law, Geraldine Garner; brother, Kenneth Garner; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and his faithful canine companion, Peanut.

In addition to his parents and wife, Bobby was preceded in death by a son, Gary Garner; two sisters, Louise Davis and Peggy Smith; and two brothers, Howell “Buddy” Garner and Ray Garner.

Family and friends will be received Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Rouse Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, LaGrange.


Marie Mitchell Kornegay

May 18, 1936-March 11, 2019

Marie Mitchell Kornegay, 82, Wayne County, passed away at her home Monday evening, March 11, 2019.

She was born May 18, 1936, in Johnston County to the late Luby Mitchell and Letha Pearce Mitchell.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Lawrence Kornegay.

The funeral service will be held Friday, March 15, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Casey Funeral Home and Cremations, with the Rev. Jeff Barnes officiating. The committal will follow the service in Princeton Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday, March 14, 2019, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Casey Funeral Home and Cremations.

She is survived by sons, Lawrence Kornegay and wife, Sherrie, of Goldsboro and Dickie Kornegay and Mary Edwards of Goldsboro; brothers, Shelton Mitchell of Princeton, Melton “Buck” Mitchell of Princeton, Raylon “Charlie” Mitchell of Princeton and Joe Thomas “Doc” Mitchell of Princeton; sisters, Thelma Capps of Princeton, Mavis “Trudy” Capps of Princeton, Bonnie “Sue” Pipkin of Goldsboro, Connie Starling of Princeton and Beverly Talton of Princeton; grandchildren, Tommy Kornegay, Travis Kornegay, David Kornegay, Lindsay Johnson, Jamie Watson and Tara Fones; and great-grandchildren, Kristen Kornegay, Gauge Kornegay, Thomas “Tank” Kornegay, Jessica Fones, Kaitlynn Watson, Kayden Newcomb, Avery Pearl Spencer, Jacob “Peanut” Fones, Jordan Fones, Rayleigh Johnson and Teagan Kornegay.

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


Corina Howell Sauls

Jan. 22, 1927-March 11, 2019

Corina “Renn” Howell Sauls, 92, died Monday at the Brian Center.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Wayne Memorial Park, with the Rev. Fred Crank officiating.

Born in Wayne County Jan. 22, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Bennie Howell and Lillian Durham Howell. She was married to the late Jim Sauls and Horace Whitaker.

Visitation will follow the service.

Samuel C. Herring

Dec. 31, 1963-March 8, 2019

Samuel Clayton Herring died March 8.

He was the son of the late Clayton and Alma Ingram Herring.

He is survived by three children.

Arrangements are by Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home.

Erma R. Highsmith

May 1, 1926-March 11, 2019

Erma Roberts Highsmith, 92, died Monday.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Oak Forest Church of Christ, with Robert Goff officiating. Burial will be private.

She was born in Buncombe County to the late Wallace Walter and Myrtle Ermantrude Roberts, and was married to the late William Sherrod Highsmith.

She is survived by four daughters.

Visitation will follow the service.

Manuel Jackson Jr.

Died March 7, 2019

Manuel Jackson Jr., 70, 496 Hare Road, died Thursday at home.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Best Grove Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev Joe A. Jackson Sr. officiating. Burial will be in W.G. Broadhurst Cemetery, Seven Springs.

Visitation will be an hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Arrangements by McIntyre Funeral Home.

Patricia Cox

Jan. 21, 1950-March 8, 2019

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

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday in James T. Haskins Memorial Chapel of Haskins Funeral Home.

She was born Jan. 21, 1950, in Johnston County to James Cox and Ruby Lee Simmons.

She is survived by a daughter.

Vann R. Sutton

July 15, 1953-March 10, 2019

Vann Rouse Sutton, 65, Bucklesberry, died Sunday.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Rouse Funeral Home. Burial will be at Sutton Family Cemetery.

He was born July 15, 1953, in Lenoir County to the late Norman Sutton and Mary Rouse Sutton.

He is survived by two sons.

Visitation will follow the graveside service.

Chinika T. Gatlin

Chinika Tone’ Gatlin, 27, 448 Woods of North Bend Drive, Raleigh, died Sunday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home, Kinston.

Tony S. Boddie

Tony Sylvester Boddie, 52, Wilson, died Sunday.

Arrangements are pending at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Faith E. Teachey

Faith Ella-Victoria Teachey, 18 weeks, 508 W. New Hope Road, died Tuesday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.