Sue Moore

Sue Moore

Sue Moore

April 16, 1932-March 21, 2019

Shizue Higa “Sue” Moore, 86, of Goldsboro, passed away early Thursday morning at her home.

Sue was born in Japan on April 16, 1932, and was the daughter of the late Takashi and Oshiro Higa. She was a member of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. Sue was the kindest and most loving wife, mother and grandmother and a great friend to everyone. She will be missed by all who were blessed enough to know her.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 24, 2019, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home followed by a service to celebrate Sue’s life at 2 p.m. in the chapel with the Rev. Brad Mitchell officiating. Interment will be in Wayne Memorial Park.

Sue is survived by her husband of 61 years, George Boyd Moore; children, George Boyd Moore Jr. and wife, Melody, Barbara Moore, Raymond Moore and wife, Amanda, and James Moore and wife, Kimberly; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given in Sue’s memory to Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 1086 N.C. Highway 111, Goldsboro, N.C. 27534.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Mary Rouse Bowen

Mary Rouse Bowen

Mary Rouse Bowen

March 31, 1923-March 21, 2019

Mary Rouse Bowen, 95, of Dudley, went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, March 21, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro.

The family will receive friends Sunday, March 24, 2019, from 3 until 4 p.m. at May’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Family Life Center. A graveside service will follow in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Bowen was born in Greene County on March 31, 1923, to the late Paul G. “Doc” Rouse and Effie Dail Rouse. She was a faithful member of May’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church and NTO Club, which she attended as long as she was able. Mrs. Bowen worked hard on the farm in Wayne County alongside her husband while raising their sons. She enjoyed decorating cakes, crocheting, especially baby shoes, watching TV and reading Our Daily Bread books.

She is survived by three sons, Jimmy Elton Bowen and wife, Lois, of Garner, Thomas Rodney Bowen and wife, Lynora, of Florida and Edwin Lee Bowen, of Cary; five grandchildren, Michael Bowen (Chelsea), Allen Bowen (Jennifer), Richard Bowen (Michelle), Ryan Bowen (Melissa) and Joshua Bowen (Caitlin); and nine great-grandchildren, Emma, Karah, Jonah, Luke, Josiah, Michael Lee, Caroline, Benjamin and Mary Alice.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bowen was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Thad Allen “T.A.” Bowen; two brothers, Frank L. Rouse and Benjamin Rouse; and two sisters, Ruby Rouse Smith and Lucille Rouse Carrow.

A special thanks to her niece and nephew, Terri and Charles Gardner, and the other many loving people who provided care for her.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to May’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, c/o Barbara Lancaster, 118 Ridgecrest Drive, Mount Olive, N.C. 28365.

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


Janet Hall Batts

Janet Hall Batts

Janet Hall Batts

Oct. 29, 1963-March 15, 2019

Janet Marie Hall Batts, 55, of Fremont, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2019, at home.

Born in Wilson County on Oct. 29, 1963, she was the daughter of the late Loyed Cooper Hall and Linda Tucker Hall.

Janet worked as cashier with Wayne Oil Company for several years. She will be remembered for her heart of gold and love of animals.

A service to celebrate Janet’s life will be held Sunday, March 24, 2019, at The Word Church, 500 N. William St., Goldsboro, N.C. 27530, with Pastor Linda Burroughs officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church and at other times at the home of her brother, Charles Gurley.

Janet is survived by her husband, Tim Batts; children, Elizabeth Joe Hall and Joseph Earl Hall; grandchildren, Alysia, Maggie, Jonny, and Stacie; sister, Malinda Ann Hall Tillman; brother, Charles Wayne Gurley and wife, Michelle; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Sebastian.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Polly Watson Volunteer Fire Department, 4825 North N.C. 581, Fremont, N.C. 27830.

Online condolences may be sent to


Mollie Parks Taber

Aug. 21, 1921-March 19, 2019

Mollie Parks Taber, 97, died Tuesday at The Laurels of Forest Glenn in Garner, N.C.

She was born in Wayne County, N.C., to the late John W. and Bertha Snow Parks, and was a member of Hood Swamp Friends Meeting Church.

A funeral service will be held Saturday at noon at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home, with pastor Bill Garner officiating. Burial will follow at Wayne Memorial Park.

The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to the service from 11 a.m. to noon at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home.

Ms. Taber is survived by one daughter, Ramona Deparke of Kensington, Md.; sister, Winnie Rose Mathews of LaGrange; three grandchildren, Tonja Blakeley, April Mort of Kensington, Md., and John Kevin Grant; and a great-grandson, Connor Johnston.

She was preceded in death by her son, John Lester Grant, and two sisters, Margaret Daniels and Linda Marie Stevens.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. of Goldsboro is serving the Taber family, and online condolences may be sent through


Agnes Whitley Bartlett

Died March 20, 2019

Agnes Whitley Bartlett, 76, of Eureka, died Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

The funeral will be Saturday, 11 a.m., at the Eureka Cemetery followed by a time of visiting and sharing at Mount Nelson Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Surviving are her husband, Roy W. Bartlett; daughter, Shonna Tompkins (Tim), of Pawleys Island, S.C.; son, Chris Bartlett, of Durham; granddaughter, Anna Urben (Stephen), of Raleigh; grandson, Jesse Tompkins, of Pawleys Island, S.C.; and brother, Johnny Whitley (Kay), of LaGrange.

Memorials are suggested to Mount Nelson Baptist Church, P.O. Box 3239, Eureka, N.C. 27830, or to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C. 27534.

Arrangements by Wilson Memorial Service, 2811 Fieldstream Drive N., Wilson, 252-237-7171,


Christian G. Kimbrough

Born and died March 15, 2019

Christian Gage Kimbrough died March 15.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the home of Mark Sharp.

He was the son of Christian Andres Kimbrough and Elizabeth Cheyenne Sharp.

Arrangements are by Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory.

Junior Apperson

July 6, 1927-March 18, 2019

Luther “Junior” Vernon Apperson, 91, Beaufort and LaGrange, died Monday.

Funeral will be private.

He was born July 6, 1927, in Winston-Salem to the late Luther Long and Susie Moorefield Apperson. He was married to Betty Crumbie Apperson.

Arrangements are by Rouse Funeral Home.

Natasha N. Boyle-South

Died March 11, 2019

Natasha Nichelle Boyle-South, 31, died Monday, March 11.

She was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, to James Lewis South Jr. and Lisa Boyle.

Arrangements are by J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations.

Georgia M. Phillips

Oct. 28, 1951-March 16, 2019

Georgia M. Phillips, 67, of LaGrange, died Saturday at Lenoir UNC Health Care.

Funeral will be Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations. Burial will be in the Old Mill Cemetery.

She was born on Oct. 28, 1951, in Wayne County to Nathaniel and Elnora Davis Phillips Jr. She is survived by her children.

Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements are by J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations.

Eva D. West

May 3, 1949-March 16, 2019

Eva Diane West, 69, of Fremont, died Saturday at Somerset Court.

Funeral will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at Fremont Free Will Baptist Church.

She was born May 3, 1949, in Nash County to the late Howard and Nina Williams Gurganus.

She is survived by two daughters.

Arrangements are by Shackleford-Howell Funeral Home in Fremont.

Sadie Speight

Sadie Speight, 96, 2232 Imperial Ave., Wilson, died Thursday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.