Violet Bryan Herring

Violet Bryan Herring

Violet Bryan Herring

March 17, 1940-March 1, 2019

Violet Bryan Herring departed the world March 1, 2019, at Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh.

While she came to Raleigh to be with her family, she had resided in Wilmington for several decades.

Violet, known as Vi to family and friends, was born March 17, 1940, to the late Fannie Harrell Bryan and Joseph Herbert Bryan in Wayne County. A St. Patrick’s Day birthday perfectly suited Vi’s personality.

Vi is survived by her three adult children, Reginald Griffin (Cary), Nancy Griffin (Raleigh) and Jennifer Robertson (Raleigh); one son-in-law, Paul Robertson (Jennifer); and one daughter-in-law, Amanda Griffin (Reginald).

She is also survived by five lovely granddaughters, who challenged and delighted her in so many ways, Amy Robertson, Mallory Griffin, Alexa Robertson, Auburn Robertson and Chloe Griffin.

Vi was one of nine children.

She is survived by her brother, Cecil Bryan and his wife, Ellen, of Goldsboro.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Shelton Bryan, Lindell Bryan, Philip Bryan, Luby Bryan, J.W. Bryan, Margie Mozingo and Aleise Edwards.

Also preceding her in death, her husband, Otha Edwin Herring in 2008. Otha was her confidant, best friend and a surprise later-in-life love, who turned out to be her perfect match.

Throughout her life, Vi pursued a career in commercial and residential real estate. This pursuit gave her a great sense of pride and purpose. She loved making deals and getting deals. It was a passion that she shared with her late husband, Otha.

When she wasn’t working, Vi enjoyed spending time in her yard gardening. She could lose herself for hours in the beautiful foliage and landscaping of her Falcon Point yard in Wilmington that she tended to with great care.

Vi lived her life unapologetically on her own terms. She was a force of nature in every room she entered. She will be remembered always for her indomitable spirit.

Arrangements for a memorial service in Wilmington will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Transitions LifeCare at 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, N.C., 27607.


Robert Elkannah Fields III

Robert Elkannah Fields III

Robert Elkannah Fields III

Jan. 3, 1955-Feb. 22, 2019

Robert Elkannah “Cannie” Fields III, 64, passed away Feb. 22, 2019, at his home in Goldsboro.

Cannie was born in Goldsboro Jan. 3, 1955, to the late Robert Elkannah Fields Jr. and Isabelle Pollard Cryer.

He attended Appalachian State University, and later transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated in 1977.

Following his graduation, Cannie went to Aspen, Colo., where he joined the ski patrol at Buttermilk Mountain. He also played recreational hockey while working there.

After returning to Goldsboro, Cannie enjoyed spending time with friends and restoring old cars.

A service to celebrate Cannie’s life will be held Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 6 pm. in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home.

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

Cannie is survived by his sister, JoAnne “Jo” Daniels and husband, Ben, of Dudley; his special K-9 friend, Bruce; and the many other friends he enjoyed being with.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to the Wayne County Animal Shelter, 1600 Clingman St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Julie Pinkerton Acree

Julie Pinkerton Acree

Julie Pinkerton Acree

June 15, 1923-Feb. 27, 2019

Julie Pinkerton Acree passed away Feb. 27, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center, Goldsboro, N.C., at the age of 95 with her husband of 62 years at her side.

She was preceded in death by her younger brother, David.

She was born June 15, 1923, in Jacksonville, Fla., to her mother, Marie Pinkerton, and graduated salutatorian at Andrew Jackson High School in 1941.

She married her husband, James A. Acree, April 28, 1956.

She was blessed with five children, Susan A. Rushing, Eileen A. Darby, Lance Acree, Carol Acree Cavalier and Keith Acree.

She was a grandmother to 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She had a deep faith in Christ, and actively attended Epiphany and St. Peter’s Episcopal churches, New Grace Anglican Church and Church of the Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran in Goldsboro, N.C.

A service to celebrate Julie’s life was held at noon Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Seymour Funeral Home in Goldsboro, N.C.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Raymond B. Peacock

Raymond B. Peacock

Raymond B. Peacock

July 24, 1923-Feb. 28, 2019

Raymond B. Peacock, 95, Fremont, passed away peacefully at Kitty Askins Hospice Center Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

The funeral service will be held Sunday, March 3, 2019, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Shackleford-Howell Funeral Home in Fremont. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Fremont.

The family will receive friends prior to the service Sunday from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Peacock was a native of Wayne County, born July 24, 1923, to the late William M. Peacock and Mamie Andrews Peacock.

He was a proud veteran of the United States Army.

He was a member of Fremont United Methodist Church for 84 years.

He is survived by two daughters, Betty Brown of Fremont and Sally Moore (Jim) of New Bern; his sister, Cornelia Blalock of Raleigh; and his grandchildren, James O. Moore Jr. of New Bern, Andy Moore (Andrea) of Juiz-De-Fora, Brazil, Sandra Barrett (Josh) of Rocky Mount, Jay Brown (Jannice) of Fremont and Bill Brown (Ashley) of Greensboro.

He was also survived by several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Peacock was preceded in death by his loving wife of 69 years, Betsy M. Peacock; two sons, Raymond B. Peacock Jr. and William Gaston Peacock; and his siblings.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534, or Fremont United Methodist Church, 106 N. Sycamore St., Fremont, N.C., 27830.

The family is in the care of Shackleford-Howell Funeral Home, 102 N. Pine St. in Fremont.


Audrey Kornegay Whitley

Dec. 7, 1927-March 1, 2019

Audrey Kornegay Whitley, 91, Mount Olive resident, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019, at Genesis HealthCare in Mount Olive, N.C.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles O. Whitley.

Survivors include her children Charles Whitley Jr., Martha Stevens Whitley and husband, Jerry, and Sara Whitley Arnette.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

To honor her memory, gifts may be made to Charles Whitley Scholarship, Campbell University, P.O. Box 36, Buies Creek, N.C., 27506, or First Baptist Church Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 239, Mount Olive, N.C., 28365.

Private services will be held.

Tyndall Funeral Home is assisting the Whitley family.


Esther E. Wooten

Died Feb. 22, 2019

Esther Elizabeth Wooten, 71, Suitland, Md., died Feb 22.

Funeral was 11 a.m. Saturday at New Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

She was married to Clarence Wooten.

She is survived by three sons and three daughters.

Willie M. Oates

Willie Mae Oates, 68, 1007 S. Center St., died Friday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Garris Funeral Home.

Steven Craig

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

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

Sandra Davis

Sandra Davis, 63, died Saturday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

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

Elliot Pinsker

Elliot Pinsker, 84, 228 Smith Chapel Road, Mount Olive, died Saturday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

DeeAnn Binde

DeeAnn Binde, 81, 405 Hunters Creek Drive, died Friday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home.

Alvin M. Coley

Deacon Alvin Maurice Coley, 81, Fayetteville, died Friday.

Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home, Fayetteville.