James E. Howard

James E. Howard

James E. Howard

June 9, 1938-May 21, 2019

James Edward Howard, 80, Rosewood, passed away May 21, 2019, at home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Goldsboro June 9, 1938, to the late Junior Howard and Bessie Brown Howard Baker.

James graduated from Goldsboro High School in 1957, where he was a state champion wrestler.

He worked at Kemp Manufacturing for 33 years, and retired from Wayne County after 20 years of service as a site attendant for Jordan’s Chapel recycling center.

James was a lifetime member of Goldsboro Worship Center Church of God, previously known as Clingman Street Church of God. He held many positions at various times, including serving on the pastor’s council, singing in the choir and being the starting pitcher for the softball team for many years.

James served his country honorably in the North Carolina National Guard, and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

James is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Dorothy Walters Howard; daughters, Karen Howard Hammon and husband, Danny, and Kim Howard Sullivan and husband, Hardy, of Rosewood; grandchildren, Kelley Hammon Godwin and husband, Chris, of Nahunta and Nicholas Sullivan of Rosewood; and his great-grandchildren, Brysen and Bristol Godwin.

He is also survived by an aunt, Bobbie Brown Gray of Goldsboro; sister-in-law, Kathleen Howard of Rosewood; stepsister, Bridget Smith and husband, Bennie, of Princeton; an adopted daughter, Libby Killette Shambeau of LaGrange; and special caregivers, Gary and Robin Sullivan of Rosewood.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his brother, Gordon Howard, and stepfather, Lewie Baker.

A service to celebrate James’ life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2019, at Goldsboro Worship Center, with pastor Danny Johnson and his cousin, pastor Michael Hamm, officiating. Burial will follow at Mitchell Family Cemetery on Braswell Road in Rosewood.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home and at other times, at the home.

The Howard family would like to thank Ashley Cortes and Rachel Conlon of Community Hospice for the loving care they provided James during his illness.

Flowers are welcome but donations may be made to Goldsboro Worship Center or Community Hospice in James’ memory.

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


Hope Mercer Wright

Hope Mercer Wright

Hope Mercer Wright

May 30, 1991-May 18, 2019

Miss Hope Mercer Wright, 27, native of Mount Olive and a current resident of Goldsboro, passed away suddenly Saturday, May 18, at her home.

Hope graduated with honors from the University of Mount Olive.

She was employed with Ham’s Produce in Snow Hill, and served as a sales representative for sweet potatoes and other produce.

She was very active at the Bridge Church in Princeton, where she led a small group and served on various Bridge teams doing what she loved, serving her Savior. Hope believed in outreach, and impacted many people in the community for Christ.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Hope was preceded in death by her mother, Lisa Stanley Wright, and she is survived by her father and stepmother, Paul and Pat Wright of Mount Olive; three sisters, Faith Whitfield and husband, Matt, Charity Brock and husband, Dennis, and Mercy Wright all of Mount Olive; two brothers, Josiah Wright and Jeremiah Wright both of Dudley; a close friend, Alice Sladick and daughter, Hannah, of Goldsboro; and aunts and uncles, Peggy and Tony Leggette of Tabor City and Frank and Martha Stanley of Holden Beach.

She was also preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Roy and Marie Wright, and maternal grandparents, Clyde and Annie Stanley.

Hope’s life will be remembered Wednesday evening, May 22, at 7 p.m. at the Bridge, Princeton campus.

Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Leading the service will be pastor Jim Wall.

Burial will be Thursday, May 23, at 11 a.m. at Myrtle Green Cemetery in Tabor City.

In lieu of flowers, it is the desire of the family for donations to be made to the Bridge, 188 Whitley Church Road, Princeton, N.C., 27569.

A Tyndall service of Mount Olive.


Tracy Lee Scheckel

Tracy Lee Scheckel

Tracy Lee Scheckel

Died May 15, 2019

Tracy Lee Scheckel, 56, went to be with her lord after a long struggle with cancer, surrounded by her family May 15 at 10 a.m.

Tracy is survived by husband, Shane; son, Tyler; daughter, Samantha; sisters, Lisa Levy and husband, Rick, and Karen Guy and husband, Tom; her beloved nephew, Elijah; cousins, nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat, Coconut.

All who knew Tracy will miss her greatly; we will always carry your memory in our hearts

A memorial service will be held at Stanford Presbyterian Church Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m., 1160 Beautancus Road, Mount Olive, N.C., 28365.


George R. “Poly” Taylor

Died May 20, 2019

George R. “Poly” Taylor, 73, Scott’s Store area, Mount Olive, died Monday.

Funeral is Tuesday, May 28, 11 a.m., Tyndall Funeral Home, with burial following at Wiggins Cemetery.

Visitation is Monday, May 27, 6 to 8 p.m. at funeral home.


Margaret Ginn Whitley

Died May 20, 2019

Margaret Ginn Whitley, 86, died Monday at Countryside Village, Pikeville.

Funeral will be noon Thursday at the chapel of Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service, with her grandson, the Rev. Joshua House, officiating. Interment will be at Snow Hill Cemetery.

She was a native of Greene.

Visitation will be 11 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday. At other times, the family will receive friends at the home of Donald and Judy House.

Hattie J. Craddock

Died May 16, 2019

Hattie Jane Craddock, 62, 185 Miracle Lane, Clinton, died Thursday.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Garris Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in Cobbs Cemetery.

Born in Duplin County, she was the daughter of the late Flonza and Annie Sampson Craddock.

A daughter survives.

Laura B. Sauls-Lewis

Died May 16, 2019

Laura B. Sauls-Lewis, 77, died Thursday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. James Church of Christ Disciples of Christ, with pastor Mark Sutton officiating. Burial will be in Willowdale Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. today at Apostle D.L. McIntyre Memorial Chapel and an hour prior to the service at the church

Linwood E. Darden

Linwood E. Darden, 68, 2958 Summerlins Cross Road, Mount Olive, died Monday at the North Carolina Veterans Home, Kinston.

Arrangements are pending at Garris Funeral Home.