Beth Collins

Beth Collins

Beth Collins

June 10, 1954-May 22, 2019

Elizebeth Mae Dempsey Collins, 64, Goldsboro, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family.

Beth was born in Milwaukee, Wis., June 10, 1954, to the late William Guy Dempsey and Sadie Satula Dempsey.

She retired from Wayne County Public Schools in 2016.

Beth was well known in Goldsboro and surrounding areas as “The Bow Lady,” a name that she always enjoyed. She made hair accessories for 23 years.

Beth also enjoyed participating in craft fairs and spoiling her grandchildren and especially enjoyed face timing with Emma, her great-granddaughter.

She attended Goldsboro Worship Center when her health would permit it. Beth also had a longtime family association with Family of Faith Community Church.

A service to celebrate Beth’s life will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2019, at Goldsboro Worship Center, with pastor Danny Johnson and pastor John Earnest officiating.

The family will greet friends in the foyer of the church immediately following the service.

Beth is survived by her sons, Jerry David Collins Jr. and wife, Emily, of Portage, Ind., and Eric Guy Collins and fianceé, Jacqueline Reddy, of Goldsboro; grandchildren, Britnie Elisabeth Marie Collins of Amissville, Va., and William Henry Harris Collins of Goldsboro; great-granddaughter, Emma Elisebeth Marie Richards of Amissville, Va.; and uncles, Otto Satula and wife, Joan, of Oak Creek, Wis., Jack Dempsey and wife, Faye, of Johnson City, Tenn., and Bob Dempsey and wife, Debbie, of Nashville, Tenn.

She is also survived by a loving group of cousins, as well as special buddies, Benjamin Gilstrap, Nicholas Benetiz and Declan Mills with whom she enjoyed countless hours of play, hugs and kisses.

Beth is also survived by special friends, Debbie Kimbrell and Karen Earnest.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Donna Dempsey Brown.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Beth’s memory to be given to Relay for Life in Wayne County, SMOC, Cures for the Colors, 203 Cox Blvd., Goldsboro, N.C., 27534, or Community Home Care and Hospice, 2309 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Sankie Glenn Stallings

Sankie Glenn Stallings

Sankie Glenn Stallings

Dec. 19, 1944-May 20, 2019

Sankie Jean Glenn Stallings, 74, Mount Olive resident, passed away Monday evening, May 20, 2019, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. at Tyndall Funeral Home chapel in Mount Olive. Officiating will be the Rev. Anderson Barnes, assisted by her son, pastor Barry “Bubba” Stallings.

A time of visitation and sharing of memories with the family will follow the service. At other times, the family will be at the Stallings residence in Mount Olive.

Committal services will be Friday, May 24, at 11 a.m. at Wayne Memorial Park, followed by burial alongside her beloved parents, the late Jamerson S. “Jim” and Daisy Cleaton Glenn.

She had been employed with the Mount Olive Tribune as an advertising representative until health issues forced early retirement.

She had been a former director of the Boys and Girls Club of Mount Olive, once housed in the “Jim Glenn Youth Center,” named by the town in honor of her father.

A former cheerleading coach, she enjoyed painting and creating ceramics, was obsessed with kitty cats and thrived on Pepsi Cola.

All who knew Sankie will remember her vivacious personality, how she was “carried away” with talk and laughter and even her goofiness. Truly she was a bright spot in the lives of many.

She had been a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Mount Olive, and in recent years, had become a member of Pleasant Grove Free Will Baptist Church at Pikeville.

Sankie is survived by her two boys and a daughter-in-law, Jay Stallings of Mount Olive and the Rev. Barry “Bubba” and Olivia Fountain Stallings of Fremont, and two granddaughters, Karen Stallings and her fiancé, Austin Terrell, and Katie Stallings.

Also surviving her is Bud Stallings of Smithfield, her former husband and the father of their sons, who remained a lifelong friend.

The Stallings family wishes to acknowledge Karen Lawhorn of Dudley for her companionship and caregiving duties shared with Ms. Stallings.

Also, a sincere thanks is expressed to the seventh floor staff of Wayne Memorial Hospital for its phenomenal care and attention expressed to her during her recent hospitalization.

Flowers are welcome or memorial gifts may be made to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

A Tyndall service.


Jackson Edwards

Jackson Edwards

Jackson Edwards

March 14, 2003-May 18, 2019

Jackson Keith Edwards, 16, son of Special Agent and Mrs. Christopher (Roxanne) Edwards of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro, N.C., died May 18 in Goldsboro.

Jackson was a rising junior at Eastern Wayne High School, where he played saxophone in the school band.

He was active in the Protestant Youth Ministries at the base chapel community at Seymour Johnson.

Jackson was born in San Antonio, Texas, March 14, 2003, and lived with his well-traveled Air Force family aboard military bases in Hawaii, Georgia, Texas and North Carolina.

He was known for his kind and humorous rapport with friends and classmates and for his appreciation of graphic arts, skateboarding, video games and music.

In addition to his parents, Jackson is survived by siblings, Bethany Jade Edwards, Justin Christopher Edwards, Frankie Anne Boyette and Kylie Sharon Edwards; an abundance of cousins, aunts and uncles; his grandfathers, retired United States Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Terry Edwards and retired United States Marine Corps Col. Keith Oliver; and by his great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Comer Sr. of Yankeetown, Fla.

He was predeceased by his grandmothers, Mrs. Sharon Edwards and Mrs. Ceresse Oliver.

His family takes great comfort and confidence in Jackson’s faith in Jesus Christ and in a certain reunion in heaven’s realms.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the base chapel aboard Seymour Johnson.

A visitation period will be held at the chapel at 1 p.m.

Interment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in the family’s maternal hometown of Eustis, Fla., at a date to be determined, when Jackson will be buried next to his grandmother, Ceresse Comer Oliver.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be considered to the foundation being formed in Jackson Edwards’ name to help teens and young adults combat depression and severe anxiety. Contributions may be sent to Edwards Inc. LLC, account No. 9100663963, routing No. 302075830, 9990 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree, Colo., 80124.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Bernice Althea Whitted Webster

Bernice Althea Whitted Webster

Bernice Althea Whitted Webster

March 18, 1929-May 20, 2019

Bernice Althea Whitted Webster, 90, 210 N. Harding Drive, died Monday at her residence.

Bernice Whitted Webster was born March 18, 1929, in Goldsboro, N.C., to the late Earl Whitted Sr. and Mabel Rue Whitted.

She graduated from Dillard High School and Winston-Salem State University.

She was employed as a secretary for the Department of the Army and the Comptroller of the Navy.

Bernice was an elementary education teacher in the Washington, D.C., public schools and a proofreader for the General Accounting Office. She also worked as a social service representative for the Washington, D.C., government from which she retired in 1994.

She was a member of First African Baptist Church, Dillard Goldsboro Alumni Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

She is survived by four sisters, Mable Elizabeth Hobbs, Ernestine Wooten, Eunice Hudson (Holland) from Goldsboro and Ruth Britt (Eddie) of Laurel, Md., along with many relatives and friends.

Ms. Webster will lie in repose Saturday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Haskins Funeral Home. The public Ivy Beyond the Wall ceremony will begin promptly at 6 p.m.

Visitation will also be held Sunday from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the church.

Her life’s devotion, which was service to God and mankind, will be celebrated Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at First African Missionary Baptist Church. Her mortal frame will be laid to rest in Wayne Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will assemble at 1318 Stephens St., in preparation for the funeral cortege.


Robert Ennett Bass

Robert Ennett Bass

Robert Ennett Bass

March 24, 1956-May 22, 2019

Robert Ennett Bass, 63, Goldsboro, passed away suddenly Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Robert was born in Wayne County March 24, 1956, to the late Edward Earl Bass Sr. and Eleanor Ennett Brown Bass.

He was working at WAGES in Goldsboro.

Robert was an elder at First Presbyterian Church, and will be remembered as an avid Carolina Hurricanes hockey fan.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro.

The family will greet friends following the service at the church.

A private interment will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Robert is survived by his brother, Edward Earl Bass Jr. and wife, Christa, of Kenansville; aunt, Barbara Hughey of Goldsboro; niece, Ashley Bass; nephew, Matthew Bass and wife, Shey; great-nieces and nephew, Layla, Aspyn, Austyn and Talen; and special friend, Wanda Valdez Cruz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Robert’s memory to First Presbyterian Church, 1101 E. Ash St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Warren Barnes

Warren Barnes

Warren Barnes

April 27, 1936-May 18, 2019

Warren Barnes, 83, 1341 Tommy’s Road, died Saturday at his residence.

He was born April 27, 1936, in Wayne County to Leslie and Mae Rachel Ward Barnes, and is survived by two children.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Best Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Barnes Cemetery.

He leaves to cherish memories of him two sons, Jeffrey K. Rodgers (Debra Little, daughter-in-kind) of Goldsboro, N.C., and Ronald Barnes of Stuart, Fla., and one grandson, Jamarl Rodgers of Burlington, N.C.

Visitation Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., with the family present to receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations. At other times, the family will receive friends at the residence, where it will assemble in preparation for the funeral procession.

Arrangements are by Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.


Thomas E. Gray

Died May 18, 2019

Thomas Earl Gray, 72, 597 Pecan Road, Dudley, died Saturday at home.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Matthew Free Will Baptist Church, LaGrange. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

He was married to Hester A. Gray.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 tonight at Robert Swinson Jr. Memorial Chapel, R. Swinson Funeral Service.

Lottie M. Dawson

Died May 19, 2019

Lottie Mae Dawson, 73, 3513 Craft Road, Grifton, died Sunday at home.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Queen’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Estates.

She was married to Troy Dawson.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home Inc. The family will receive friends at the home, where it will assemble for the funeral procession.

Jasper Richardson Jr.

Oct. 13, 1937-May 19, 2019

Jasper Richardson Jr., 81, died Sunday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Funeral will be noon Friday at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations. Burial will be at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery at 2 p.m. with military honors.

He was born Oct. 13, 1937, in Wayne County to Jasper Sr. and Melissa Barnes Richardson. He was married to Jessie Mae Wynn Richardson.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to noon Friday at the funeral home.

Sheila T. Dixon

Aug. 5, 1953-May 18, 2019

Sheila Toney Dixon, 65, 315 Glenn Oak Drive, died Saturday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations.

She was born Aug. 5, 1953, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Rubin and Marie Jurrat Toney. She was married to James Dixon.

She is survived by two children.

Visitation will be noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Dorothy Gray Stone

June 27, 1933-May 22, 2019

Dorothy Gray Stone, 85, formerly of Mount Olive, died Wednesday at The Laurels of Forest Glenn, Garner.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Howell Funeral Home and Crematory. Graveside service will be at Wayne Memorial Park.

She was born in Wayne County June 27, 1933, to the late Offie and Susan Phillips Strickland. She was married to the late Veron Stone.

She is survived by three daughters.

Visitation will be 1 to 1:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Ezekiel Sutton

Sept. 8, 1924-May 20, 2019

The Rev. Ezekiel Sutton, 94, 2731 New Hope Road, LaGrange, died Monday at the Brian Center, Goldsboro.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church, LaGrange. Burial will be noon at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

He was born Sept. 8, 1924, in Lenoir County to Leslie and Florida Lawson Sutton.

He is survived by his children.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 tonight at the church.

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

Mittie Briggs

Died May 21, 2019

Mittie Briggs, 85, 1608 Orange St., Wilson, died Tuesday at home.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Tabernacle Temple of Jesus Christ, Wilson. Burial will be in St. Delight Cemetery, Walstonburg.

Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Betty J. Crumel

Died May 17, 2019

Betty Jo Crumel, 64, 6334 Joyner Road, Elm City, died Friday at Wilson Medical Center.

Funeral will be 1 p.m Saturday at Brown Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, Wilson, with pastor Mary J. Atkinson officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton Burial Garden, Wilson.

Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Gloria J. Lyons-Rivera

Died May 9, 2019

Gloria Jean Lyons-Rivera, 67, 3720 Ashebrook Drive, died May 9 at Wilson Medical Center.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Wilson.

Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Melvin E. Baker

Feb. 18, 1952-May 18, 2019

Melvin Eugene Baker, 67, resident of the Brian Center, died Saturday in Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday in James T. Haskins Memorial Chapel of Haskins Funeral Home. Burial will be in Woodland Friends Cemetery.

He was born Feb. 18, 1952, in Wayne County to Joe Baker and Bertha Baker Lewis.

Visitation will be Saturday 30 minutes prior to the service, with the family present. The family will assemble at the funeral home for the funeral.

Ada L. Atkinson Harris

Died May 18, 2019

Ada Louise Atkinson Harris, 95, 305 S. Pender St., Elm City, died Saturday at Wilson Medical Center.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Vaughn’s Chapel Church, Elm City, with Bishop Linwood Batts officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton Burial Garden, Wilson.

Visitation will be 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, with the family present 6 to 7, at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Andrew J. Strickland Sr.

Andrew Jackson Strickland Sr., 94, 700 Biddle Road, Dover, died Wednesday at Signature Health Care, Kinston.

Arrangements are pending at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home Inc.

Frances E. Wooten Wilson

Frances Elizabeth Wooten Wilson, 92, died Wednesday at Woodard’s Care.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Evelyn Hines

Evelyn Hines, 91, 618 S. Taylor St., died Tuesday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.