Sandra Donaldson Kirkland

Sandra Donaldson Kirkland

Sandra Donaldson Kirkland

Jan. 17, 1933-May 24, 2019

Sandra Donaldson Kirkland “Sandy,” 86, Goldsboro, N.C., died peacefully in her sleep May 24, 2019, after enduring several years of progressive Alzheimer’s dementia.

Sandy was born Jan. 17, 1933, in Newark, N.J., the daughter of Carrie Louise Ward and Thomas Byron Donaldson.

Sandy grew up in Jackson Heights, N.Y., before moving to eastern North Carolina in 1947 to be closer to her mother’s family.

Sandy graduated from Charles L. Coon High School in Wilson, attended St. Mary’s College for two years in Raleigh, N.C., and then attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., graduating in 1954.

Sandy was named to the homecoming court, and was named Miss Blue and White during her senior year at the University of North Carolina.

A few years after college, she married the late John A. Kirkland, M.D., and raised her family in Wilson, before moving to Atlanta, Ga., and then to Goldsboro, N.C.

Sandy was a devoted member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Goldsboro, where she gave of her time serving on the altar guild and vestry for several years.

She also loved volunteering at the local hospitals, especially the former Cherry Hospital, where she was a friend to the mentally challenged and the less fortunate.

Sandy also loved volunteering at local elementary schools in Goldsboro, where she was affectionately known by the students as the “Art Lady” for her often zany interpretations of famous paintings she would share with the students.

When not volunteering, Sandy loved her racket sports and was quite the gamer. Taught by her father, who was once a United States men’s national doubles champion, Sandy won many tournaments when growing up in New York.

This lifelong love of tennis became a love of pingpong in her later years, and she played in tournaments across the state, and was runner-up in the National Senior Games one year. Even with advanced dementia in her 80s, it was amazing to watch her play and the joy that it brought her.

Playing bridge was another favorite pastime as it combined two things Sandy greatly enjoyed, socializing and competing.

She loved to host parties and cook for her family and friends.

She read voraciously, and loved classical music.

Sandy had a unique zest for life. With a smile that would light up a room, self-deprecating humor and great spirit, she made friends everywhere and made them effortlessly.

Yellow was Sandy’s favorite color, which she joyfully displayed in many forms including her clothing, decor, furnishings and even multiple cars through the years. It reflected her sunny personality.

In 2012, after Sandy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Sandy moved to Woodland Terrace retirement community in Cary, N.C., to be closer to family.

Sandy’s exuberant personality and innate happiness were not dulled by her dementia. She was known as “Miss Sunshine” by the staff and caregivers at Woodland Terrace. On every visit her family made to Woodland Terrace, one or more staff members would invariably begin their conversations with “I just love your mother” and then would share some story of her dancing or acting silly. She had a special ability to make people feel good and to entertain.

She is greatly missed.

Sandy is survived by her three children, Sandy Haidinger (and husband, Jeff) of Washington, D.C., Johnny Kirkland (and wife, Chris) of Charlotte, N.C., and Byron (and wife, Ginny) of Raleigh, N.C.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Carlin and Alec Haidinger, Tyler, John and McKay Kirkland and Byron and Dawson Kirkland.

The family would like to express its sincere gratitude to the entire staff at Woodland Terrace, as well as the amazing Transitions Lifecare organization.

The family is especially grateful for Sandy’s special friend, Celena Williams, who was Sandy’s companion during the early years of her struggle with dementia.

There will be a memorial service at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Goldsboro at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019.

The family will receive friends following the service in St. Stephen’s fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any memorial donations be made to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at


Glenda W. Herring

Glenda W. Herring

Glenda W. Herring

May 30, 1947-May 27, 2019

Glenda Whaley Herring, 71, Tram Road, Mount Olive, went to be with her Lord and Savior. Death came early Monday morning, May 27, while she was a patient at Vidant Medical Center.

Though she was plagued with various health issues, perhaps her main diagnosis was that of a broken heart, having lost her husband and soulmate, Billy D. Herring, Dec. 3, 2017.

Glenda was the daughter of the late Raymond and Florence Taylor Whaley.

She was a homemaker, and had served as business secretary and bookkeeper for Herring Heating and Air from its founding in 1970 until she and her husband retired in 2006.

She was a longtime faithful member of Brock’s Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church, and had been active in the church choir, as a Sunday school teacher, with the ladies auxiliary and in all phases of church activities until recently when her health caused her to slow down.

Along with her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Linda W. Holland; a brother, Wayne Douglas “Buster” Whaley; parents-in-law, Louis and Hazel B. Herring; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Vonda Lee H. Grady, Betty Gray H. Summerlin, Donald R. Herring and the Rev. Vance Harrell.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda H. and David Cooke of Warsaw; a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin D. and Julia Taylor Herring of Kenansville; grandchildren, Justin Cooke, Haley Cooke Rainey and husband, Ryan, Dana Herring Turnage and husband, Michael, Amberly Herring, Maxton Glenn Herring and Holly Horne; two great-grandchildren, Emma and Ethan Turnage; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gerald Holland of Rocky Mount, Carol J. Whaley, the Rev. James Earl and Doris Herring, Linda K. Herring, Sandra H. Harrell and Carolyn H. and Ray Bell all of Mount Olive and Bonnie H. and Doug Lambert of Faison; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at Brock’s Chapel Church, with the Rev. Jeff Bartlett and the Rev. James Earl Herring officiating, followed by burial in Pate Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Tyndall Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, and at the Herring residence at other times.

Flowers are welcome, and for those wishing to make a memorial donation, the family suggests Brock’s Chapel Church, c/o Lynwood Herring, 519 Tram Road, Mount Olive, N.C., 28365.

Remembering that Thursday, May 30, would have been her 72nd birthday, don’t you know there was cause for a huge heavenly celebration, not only because of her birthday but her recent arrival in God’s beautiful heaven, where she and her beloved Billy can walk hand in hand forevermore.

A Tyndall service.


George Dalton Dove

George Dalton Dove

George Dalton Dove

Nov. 22, 1924-May 24, 2019

George Dalton Dove, 94, Goldsboro, formerly of Kenansville, passed from this world Friday, May 24, 2019, at Wayne UNC Health Care.

George was born in Alexandria, Va., Nov. 22, 1924, to the late George Edward Dove and Mary Emma Peverill Dove. He was married for 57 years to the late Helen Jeweldeen Dove (Linson) of Centerburg, Ohio.

George enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17, and served during World War II.

Following the war, George attended Virginia Tech and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology.

He then attended the University of Iowa, where he obtained his master’s degree in geology.

He worked in Ohio for the United States Geological Survey, and wrote several books on the topography of the Ohio region.

He met Helen in Columbus, Ohio, and they married in 1957.

George went back to school and obtained his law degree from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.

George worked as an attorney in Mount Vernon, and later became the probate/juvenile judge for Knox County.

George and Jewelly raised their family of five on a beautiful farm in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

They later moved to a small farm in Kenansville, N.C., where they lived for 26 years. During their time in Kenansville, George and Helen attended Grove Presbyterian Church.

In 2017, George moved to Goldsboro, N.C., where he lived independently until his death.

George is survived by his children, DeLon Dove and wife, Lisa, of Cary, Douglas Dove and wife, Lisa, of Cary, Dalton Dove and wife, Liz, of Goldsboro, Jarma D. Stevens and husband, David, of Lenoir and Kristy Leiter and husband, Jeff, of Eden, Ohio; brother, Paul Dove and wife, Diane; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren he loved very much.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Dove.

George knew and loved God. He taught his children what it meant to live a Christian life by faith and trust in Jesus Christ and life everlasting.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts in his memory be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital,

A graveside service will take place at a future date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Mary Louise Peebles Franks

Mary Louise Peebles Franks

Mary Louise Peebles Franks

Sept. 2, 1925-May 25, 2019

Mary Louise Peebles Franks, 93, Goldsboro, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Goldsboro Assisted Living.

Mary was born in Wake County Sept. 2, 1925, to the late Herbert Lemuel Peebles and Minnie Crawley Peebles. She was married to the late Dwight Moody Franks Jr.

Mary was a beloved teacher’s assistant at Meadow Lane Elementary School, where she devoted her life to children. She enjoyed the opportunities given to her by helping to impact the lives of so many children.

Mary was a member of Madison Avenue Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends Friday, May 31, 2019, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home.

A service to celebrate Mary’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019, in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ryan Barbato and I.K. Williamson presiding. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. in Montlawn Cemetery in Raleigh.

Mary is survived by her sons, Dwight Moody Franks III and wife, Linda, of Goldsboro and Charles Lane Franks of Sumter, S.C.; grandchildren, Robert Franks and wife, Emily, Jonathan Franks and wife, Aubrey, Joshua Franks and Mackinzie Franks; and brother, Robert Peebles and wife, Carolyn, of Raleigh.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Herbert Peebles, William Peebles and John Peebles.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given in her memory to Madison Avenue Baptist Church, 300 S. Madison Ave., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Senior Master Sgt. Robert Charles Lethco Sr.

Senior Master Sgt. Robert Charles Lethco Sr.

Senior Master Sgt. Robert Charles Lethco Sr.

Oct. 8, 1936-May 24, 2019

Retired United States Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Robert Charles Lethco Sr., 82, went to be with his Heavenly Father Friday, May 24, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family.

A celebration of life service will be held Friday, May 31, 2019, at 9 a.m. at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro, with the family receiving friends before and after the service. The committal will follow at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro with full military honors.

Mr. Lethco was born in Neva, Tenn., Oct. 8, 1936, to the late William Nelson Lethco Sr. and Vada Mink Lethco.

He was a member of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Chapel in Goldsboro.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Anne Lethco; two sons, Robert Charles Lethco Jr. of Robersonville and Andrew Leslie Lethco and wife, Renee, of Kathleen, Ga;. two daughters, Suzanne Lethco Vanhoozier of Goldsboro and Dianna Lethco Taylor and husband, Andrew, of Goldsboro; five brothers, Bill Lethco and wife, Donna, of Virginia, Bud Lethco of Virginia, David Lethco of Tennessee, Jim Lethco and wife, Ann, of Faison and Ben Lethco and wife, Juanita, of Virginia; four sisters, Lucy Sisco and husband, Jim, of Tennessee, Betty Burris of Virginia, Dee Moody of Tennessee and Sis Lethco of Tennessee; five grandchildren, Scott Wallace, Amber Lethco, Amanda Ross, Courtney Pham and Cora Vanhoozier; and six great-grandchildren, Tyler, Madison, Julie, Tiffany, Alyzabeth and Sawyer, and one on the way, Luca.

Also many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Lethco was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Bright, and his son-in-law, Kenneth Vanhoozier.

The family would like to thank Kindred at Home and also Community Home Care and Hospice of Goldsboro for their amazing care.

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


Harold Douglas Richardson

Harold Douglas Richardson

Harold Douglas Richardson

Sept. 13, 1934-May 27, 2019

Harold Douglas Richardson, 84, Pikeville, passed away Monday, May 27, 2019, at his home.

Harold was born in Johnston County Sept. 13, 1934, to the late Homer and Eula Little Richardson.

He began working with the Naval Shipyard in Newport News, Va., and later moved back to Pikeville, where he began a career in construction until his retirement.

Harold was a member of Nahunta Friends Church, and had been a member of Little River Volunteer Fire Department.

A service to celebrate Harold’s life will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Nahunta Friends Church, with Eric Woods officiating.

The family will greet friends Thursday following the service in Friends Hall at Nahunta Friends Church.

Entombment will be Friday, May 31, 2019, at 10 a.m. in Aycock Family Cemetery.

Harold is survived by his wife of almost 63 years, Carol Richardson; sons, Ricky Richardson and John Richardson; grandchildren, Amanda Richardson and Amber Driver; three great-grandchildren; and his brother, Elbert Richardson and wife, Betty Jo.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Richardson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in his memory to Nahunta Friends Church, 2537 N.C. 581 North, Pikeville, N.C., 27863.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Coraleen Collins Beasley

Nov. 27, 1923-May 27, 2019

Coraleen Collins Beasley, 95, Goldsboro, passed away Monday, May 27, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center surrounded by her family.

Coraleen was born in Wayne County Nov. 27, 1923, to the late Nelson and Mary Lynch Collins. She was married to the late Hubert Ashley Beasley.

Coraleen always enjoyed working in the yard as was always reflected by her beautiful yard.

Her most significant role in life and what she did best was being a loving mother to her children.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, followed by a service to celebrate Coraleen’s life at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home. Interment will be Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 10 a.m. in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

Coraleen is survived by her daughter, Debbie Beasley of Goldsboro; sons, Hubert Ray Beasley, Donald Beasley and Danny Beasley all of Goldsboro; sister, Virginia Thompson of Raleigh; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Frances Farrell; sister, Sallie C. Elks; brothers, Lonnie Collins, Jonnie Collins, Hoover Collins and Paul Collins: two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in her memory to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

The family would like to express its sincere gratitude to the staff of Kitty Askins Hospice Center for the excellent care that it gave their mother during her final days.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Celion Davis Holland

May 17, 1936-May 27, 2019

Celion D. Holland, 83, 2898 N.C. 581 North, Fremont, died Monday at his home.

Born in Wilson County, he was the son of the late Leland and Piercy Davis Holland.

Retired from Southern Optical, he was a member and deacon of Rains Crossroads Original Free Will Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home, with the Rev. Johnny Sullivan officiating. Committal services will follow in Wayne Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Holland is survived by his wife, Rose Ferrell Holland; his son and daughter-in-law, Brantley and Joanne Holland of Raleigh; his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Al Taylor of Goldsboro; sister, Edith Beasley of Stokesdale; two grandchildren, Lee Taylor and Nicole Taylor; and his precious cat, “Muffin.”

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


Mildred Grant

Visitation for Mildred “Bill” Grant will be held Wednesday, May 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro.

Surviving are her son, Roger Grant (Trudy) of Kenly; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.


Larry Bell

July 7, 1985-May 25, 2019

Larry Bell, 33, 1671 Tommy’s Road, died Saturday.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at Best Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Davis Cemetery.

He was born July 7, 1985, to Norwood and Sharon Carraway Bell.

He is survived by six children.

Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

The family will assemble at the home for the funeral.

Jackie Smith Williams

Died May 26, 2019

Jackie Smith Williams, 67, died Sunday in Vidant Medical Center, Greenville.

Funeral will be 7 p.m. Thursday, followed by visitation at Community Funeral Home, Beulaville. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Oak Ridge Memorial Park, Pink Hill.

She is survived by a son and a daughter.

John W. Gethers

Died May 26, 2019

John Wesley Gethers, 73, LaGrange, died Sunday at home.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be in Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

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

Stewart W. Bain

June 25, 1948-May 24, 2019

Stewart William Bain, 70, died Friday at home.

He was born in the United Kingdom June 25, 1948, to Mavis Llewellyn Bain of St. Helens, United Kingdom, and the late William Bett Stewart Bain. He was married to Lynda A. Bain.

He is survived by his a son.

Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Bobby L. Brewer

Bobby Langdon Brewer, 85, died Tuesday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Raymond L. Puckett

Raymond Lee Puckett Sr., 71, Mount Olive, died Tuesday at Wayne Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Tyndall Funeral Home.

Wilma L. Harvey

Wilma Lee Harvey, 85, 1100 S. John St., died at home Saturday.

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

Lucy Tilghman Smith

Lucy Tilghman Smith, 77, 1385 Biddle Road, Dover, died Tuesday at UNC Lenoir Health Care, Kinston.

Arrangements are pending at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home Inc.