Mrs. Ruth Wooten Dillahunt

Mrs. Ruth Wooten Dillahunt

Mrs. Ruth Wooten Dillahunt

Aug. 14, 1935-March 23, 2019

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.” (II Timothy 4:7)

In profound sorrow, Britt Funeral Home and Cremation Service joins with the Dillahunt and the Wooten families to announce Mrs. Ruth Wooten Dillahunt of LaGrange, N.C., at age 83, has completed her earthly journey.

She was called affectionately by her family members and friends as “Bookie.”

Mrs. Dillahunt transitioned from labor to reward Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro, N.C.

She was born in Wayne County, N.C., Aug. 14, 1935, to the late Mr. Jurden Wooten Sr. and Mrs. Lillie Lewis-Wooten.

Ruth received her education in the Lenoir County Public School System.

At an early age, Ruth attended and joined Woods Chapel United American Free Will Baptist Church in Goldsboro, N.C., under the leadership of pastor Leo Deans. She was an active member of the church.

During Ruth’s working years, she was employed with Hampton Industries in Goldsboro, N.C., where she served as a machine operator for many years.

Mrs. Dillahunt was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Fred Dillahunt Jr.; her parents, Mrs. Lillie Lewis Wooten and Mr. Jurden Wooten Sr.; her daughter, Ms. Ruth C. Wooten; her great-grandson, Mr. Jahlil Tarplay; her sister, Ms. Thelma Wooten; and her brothers, Mr. William Wooten, Mr. George E. Wooten and Mr. Jurden “Chick” Wooten.

A celebration of life will be held Thursday, March 28, 2019, at noon at Woods Chapel United American Free Will Baptist Church, 928 E. New Hope Road, Goldsboro, N.C. Pastor Leo Deans will officiate. Interment will follow the celebration of life service in LaGrange Memorial Park Cemetery, 295 W. James St., LaGrange, N.C.

Also, a public viewing will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2019, from 2 to 6 p.m. in Britt Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, 414 E. Washington St., LaGrange, N.C.

Mrs. Dillahunt leaves a legacy of love and memories to her son, Harvey B. Dillahunt and wife, Diane, of Greensboro, N.C.; her daughters, Elizabeth Dillahunt of the home and Lutretia Davis of LaGrange, N.C.; her grandchildren, Terrance Dillahunt (Joy Lynn) of Goldsboro, N.C., Venicha Tarplay of Goldsboro, N.C., Lafayette Barnes (Sonya) of Greensboro, N.C., LaKeisha B. Dillahunt of Greensboro, N.C., LaTasha D. Beatty (Remya) of Greensboro, N.C., Briana Dillahunt of the Home, Sharonda M. White of Greensboro, N.C., Kirk White of Kinston, N.C., Kanelia Shedrick (George) of Goldsboro, N.C., and Kristoffer Jones (Corine) of Charlotte, N.C.; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; her brothers, Edward Wooten (Novella) of LaGrange, N.C., Lindell Wooten of LaGrange, N.C., and Murthis Wooten (Julia) of LaGrange, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Pauline Wooten of Newark, N.J., and Barbara Dillahunt of Kinston, N.C.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, the family members and friends will assemble at the home of Mrs. Ruth Dillahunt, 318 Easy St., LaGrange, N.C., at 10:30 a.m. in preparation for the funeral procession.

Floral arrangements may be delivered Wednesday morning, March 27, 2019, beginning at 9 a.m. to Britt Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 414 E. Washington St., LaGrange, N.C.

Cards, lovegrams and condolences may be faxed to Britt Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 252-566-5604 or posted online at

Arrangements by Britt Funeral Home and Cremation Service, LaGrange, N.C.


Luther “Tommy” R. Carroll Jr.

Luther “Tommy” R. Carroll Jr.

Luther “Tommy” R. Carroll Jr.

Sept. 10, 1928-March 25, 2019

Luther R. Carroll Jr., 90, also known as Tommy, was born in Kenansville, N.C., Sept. 10, 1928, to parents Luther and Martha “Mutt” Bryan Carroll.

Shortly after turning 19 years of age, Luther enlisted in the Army Air Corps in October 1947. At the age of 31, he rose to the top one percent of the enlisted force, being promoted to the highest enlisted rank of chief master sergeant Dec. 1, 1959. This achievement is on record as being the fastest rise to the top enlisted rank in United States Air Force history.

He was a patriot who loved his country, and his service often took him overseas to places like Greenland and Japan. He proudly served just short of 23 years of active duty, retiring from the Air Force Aug. 1, 1970.

After a distinguished military career, he returned home to North Carolina, taking up residence in Goldsboro before moving to a small farm outside of Mount Olive in the summer of 1971.

His extensive military experience in the field of electronics led to a teaching offer from Eastern Wayne High School, where he taught electronics from 1971 until 1980. He particularly enjoyed students who were eager to learn, several of whom have come back years after graduation expressing their gratitude for his influence and how he had an incredibly positive impact on their lives, which often led to worthwhile and fulfilling careers.

Also while at Eastern Wayne, driven by his love for the game of golf and responding to students’ expressed interest in the sport, he started and coached the golf team.

His golfing buddies will remember him as “a pretty good stick who stood on the wrong side of the ball.”

Simultaneously while teaching, Luther’s youthful agricultural roots echoed, and he became a cattle farmer. His specialty was selling sides of beef to individual families, many claiming he raised the best steak they ever tasted.

Luther loved his community, having proudly served in many positions too numerous to mention, assisting organizations, including Rones Chapel United Methodist Church, Southern Wayne Country Club, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and Tri-County Cooperative Board.

Luther married Betty “Sue” McMillian of Sheridan, Ark., Dec. 19, 1950. After 62 years of marriage, Luther lost the love of his life; Sue passed away Oct. 30, 2012.

He was also the last surviving sibling, having two sisters, Frances and Grace, and one brother, Jack, who all preceded him in death.

He is survived by two sons, Steven Greg Carroll and Douglas Wayne Carroll. Greg resides in Durham with Anita, and they have two grown children, Tyler and Lauren. Doug lives in Mount Olive with Karen, and they have two grown children, Travis and Kristen.

He is also survived by a very dear friend, Emma Jean Scott, and cherished cousins, nieces and nephews.

Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Rones Chapel United Methodist Church, 138 Garner Chapel Road, Mount Olive, N.C.

Following the service, the family will receive visitors during a reception in Rones Chapel United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

Chief Master Sgt. Luther Carroll will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery alongside Sue.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rones Chapel United Methodist Church.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Carlton family, and online condolences may be sent to


Edmund G. “Slugger” Farfour

Edmund G. “Slugger” Farfour

Edmund G. “Slugger” Farfour

Dec. 1, 1924-March 25, 2019

Edmund G. Farfour, 94, also known as “Slugger,” passed away at Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro, N.C.

Edmund was born in Goldsboro Dec. 1, 1924, to George and Freida Farfour.

Edmund attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and Goldsboro High School, where he ran track and played tennis.

Edmund went on to work at Music and Sports for more than 40 years.

Most recently, you could find Edmund behind the customer service desk greeting customers at Carlie C’s until failing health forced him to stop working and stay at home with his wife and love of his life of 60 years, Joyce.

Edmund was an active in the community. Edmund joined the Goldsboro Optimist Club in 1957, and was the only charter member left until his death. Edmund was awarded the Optimist of the Year and the Christian D. Larsen awards.

During the holiday season, Edmund could be found at the Optimist Club Christmas tree lot, where he met and greeted many people. Edmund worked the lot for 60 years.

Edmund was also a member of Travelers Protective Association of America, where he served many offices to include post president and secretary, state president and state membership chairman for several years, and was on the state board of directors.

Edmund was the high writer in North Carolina for more than 25 consecutive years.

Edmund served on the national level as third national vice president and, received TPA’s highest award, the state merit award, as well as national merit award.

If you couldn’t find Slugger at home, he would be at the ball “diamond” either coaching or umpiring ballgames or just “scouting” players for his one of many teams.

Edmund had a passion for sports especially slow-pitch softball, where his team Music and Sports won many city championships, as well as his travel teams. Edmund traveled all over with his teams, the most notable team was The Jukebox, where his team won the state championship, as well as the world championship winning a total of 21 tournaments that year.

In 1997, Edmund was inducted into the United States Slow-pitch Softball Association Hall of Fame.

Edmund played many sports, softball, tennis, golf and bowling, and loved the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.

Edmund was the longest living member of St. Mary’s Catholic Parish until his death. Edmund served as head usher for as many as 50 years, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Edmund is survived by his wife and love of his life of 60 years, Joyce Cooper Farfour; his son, Richard E. “Rick” Farfour; grandson, Matthew R. Capps; and many nieces and nephews.

Edmund was preceded in death by his parents, Freida and George Farfour; brothers, Leslie Farfour and John Allen Farfour; sisters, Louise F. Baddour and Agnes F. Harris; and a very special daughter, Freida F. Capps for who he called “Princess.”

Edmund was a good father, brother and friend to many, never meeting a stranger and always greeting them with a “Slugger.” He will be missed by many.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening, March 28, 2019, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 29, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Goldsboro.

Burial will follow at Willow Dale Cemetery.

Although flowers are welcome, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Mary Catholic Church.

Services entrusted in the care of Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro.


Alton Paul Cox

Alton Paul Cox

Alton Paul Cox

Nov. 19, 1949-March 25, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Alton Paul Cox announces his passing at the age of 69 Monday, March 25, 2019.

Alton will forever be remembered by Jan, his loving wife of 39 years; his three children, Scott (Melissa) Cox of Grantham, Ashley (Justin) Whitley of Wilmington and Adam (Erin) Cox of Grantham; and his five grandchildren, Brennon Cox, Alivia Cox, Waylen Cox, Annsley Cox and Rivers Whitley.

Also surviving are Alton’s siblings, Paulette Tart, Robbie (Janie) Cox and Fenton (Kathy) Cox.

Alton was predeceased by parents, Paul S. Cox and Helen Tyner Cooper.

An informal visitation celebrating Alton’s life will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Seymour Funeral Home, 1300 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

A workshop visitation will occur Friday, March 29, 2019, between 10 a.m. and noon, with a burial service directly following at 2 p.m. at Cox Farm located at 329 Dobbersville Road, Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

Alton was born Nov. 19, 1949, in Wayne County, N.C.

He graduated from Southern Wayne High School, and then attended college at North Carolina State until returning to the family farming operation.

Alton’s farming operation produced a combination of row crop, livestock and dairy cows.

Alton was an avid tractor puller, competing in various levels of the sport both locally and nationally starting in 1977.

While tractor pulling, Alton won championships in multiple weight classes throughout his extensive career. Notably, his most success came during his years in the Super Farm division, amassing an impressive six national points championships spanning over a 10-year period.

As a result of Alton’s years of tractor pulling success, in 2017, he was inducted into the National Tractor Pulling Hall of Fame.

In addition to tractor pulling, Alton was an avid outdoorsman, saltwater angler, late model tractor enthusiast, devoted husband and loving father/grandfather.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the Wayne County 4-H Youth Development located at 3114 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534. Contribution checks should be made payable to the County of Wayne with 4-H Program in the memo.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Mary E. Cannon

Died March 21, 2019

Mary Esther Cannon, 66, 2544 Cameron Langston Road, died Thursday in Bowling Green, Ky.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday at Heath Chapel Abundant Life Church Ministries. Burial will be in Mills Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home Inc. The family will assemble at the home for the funeral.

John E. Cash

Oct. 8, 1986-March 22, 2019

John Edward Cash, 32, died Friday.

Funeral will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Rosewood Worship Center, with the Rev. Lynn Epps officiating.

He was the son of the late Ivan Benjamin and Joyce Dark Cash. He was married to Heather Epps Cash.

He is survived by two daughters.

Visitation will follow the service.

Arrangements are by Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory.

Sadie H. Speight

Died March 21, 2019

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

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at L.N. Forbes Original Free Will Baptist Tabernacle, Wilson, with elder Elbert Forbes officiating and pastor George Ward presiding.

Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, with a wake 6 to 7, at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson. At all other times, the family will receive friends at the home, where it will assemble 10 a.m. for the funeral processional.

Carla H. Yarborough

Carla H. Yarborough, 53, 4209 Crowsfield Drive, Raleigh, died Monday at UNC Rex Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

Margaret A. Parker Parvin

Margaret Ann Parker Parvin died Monday in Morehead City.

Arrangements are pending at Tyndall Funeral Home.

Irene Odom Worrell

Irene Odom Worrell, 86, died Tuesday at SECU Hospice House, Smithfield.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Willie L. Worrells

Willie Lee Worrells, 69, Somerset Court, died Monday at the Brian Center, Goldsboro.

Arrangements are pending at McIntyre Funeral Home.

William H. Faison Jr.

William Henry Faison Jr., 70, died Tuesday at Curis at Wilson Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Wilson.

Arrangements are pending at Smith-Holloway Memorial Funeral Services LLC.