Gerald Jackson

Gerald Jackson

Gerald Jackson

Feb. 12, 1944-April 29, 2019

Gerald Jackson, 75, Macclesfield, passed away in the early hours of Monday, April 29, 2019.

Gerald was born in Wayne County to the late Daniel Major Jackson and Frances Willard Outlaw Jackson Feb. 12, 1944.

A man of great integrity, Gerald was well respected and loved by those he came in contact with. He firmly believed in the founding principles of our nation and was a true American. Gerald was always one to tell it like it was, but did all things in love, with your best interest at heart.

His generosity knew no bounds, but rarely did anyone know of his giving. He gave quietly and humbly, keeping in mind the motto of Matthew 6:3, “When you do merciful deeds, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand does.”

Gerald loved to travel. He and his wife, Mary Grace, would pack up the RV and head out of town at the drop of a hat. The two camped many a night across the United States. Their travels led them outside of the country to places as far away as Australia.

Though he was a world traveler, he never left his roots. You could take Gerald out of the farm, but couldn’t take the farm out of Gerald. He was passionate about tending his land and caring for every detail. He took pride in farming from plant to harvest. However, when the opportunity arose, you’d likely find Gerald heading out to fish, brim buster in hand.

Though he enjoyed his retirement to the fullest, Gerald’s years of work were never forgotten. An outstanding work ethic and an inner drive for success led Gerald to pursue goals and heights reached by few.

After many years in wholesale, Gerald seized the chance to become owner and operator in the Piggly Wiggly franchise. With locations in Ahoskie, Farmville, Grifton, Pinetops, Rocky Mount, Roanoke Rapids and Wilson, Gerald was always on the move. He was dedicated, diligent and determined in all he did.

Though Gerald was proud of his many accomplishments, his greatest by far were his children. Ever the loving father, he was the best provider. Sheila and Allen were his pride and joy, and his grandchildren were the apples of his eye.

He was the perfect companion and friend for his wife, Mary Grace. They shared the same interests, especially when it came to travel and music. So much, in fact, that they traveled together to Las Vegas to be married by Elvis at the Hitching Post.

A service to honor and remember Gerald’s life will be held Friday, May 3, 2019, at 7 p.m. at Rouse Funeral Home. Interment will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Seven Springs Cemetery.

Gerald is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Grace Skinner Jackson; a daughter, Sheila Jackson Waller and husband, Joseph Dale Waller; a son, Allen Gerald Jackson and wife, Sheila Lewis Jackson; three bonus daughters, Michelle Kirby and husband, Joey, Andrea Fields Snead and husband, Sammy, and Georgia Tingen and husband, Johnny Cribb; two sisters, Virginia Hardy and husband, Frazier, and Bertha Ellen Mallard; two brothers, Woodard Jackson and wife, Judy, and Don Jackson and wife, Lynne; six grandchildren, Allison Jackson, Joseph Waller, Amanda Waller, Spenser Waller, Madison Waller and Ethan Waller; eight bonus grandchildren, Nicholas Marshall, Jordan Kirby, Brandon Kohnen, Heath Kohnen, Blaine Snead and wife, Debra, Megan Snead, Gracen Tingen-Cribb and Teague Tingen-Cribb; and three great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be expressed at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice, 920 Wellness Drive, Greenville, N.C., 27834, or SECU Hospice House, P.O. Box 1376, Smithfield, N.C., 27577.

Family and friends will be received Friday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. The family will also receive friends at the home Wednesday and Thursday between 2 and 6 p.m.

Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, LaGrange.


Lynwood Daniel Williford

Lynwood Daniel Williford

Lynwood Daniel Williford

Oct. 29, 1939-April 28, 2019

Mr. Lynwood Daniel Williford, 79, went to be with his Lord and Savior peacefully Sunday at Vidant Hospital in Greenville after a brief illness.

Mr. Williford was born in Nash County, the son of the late Joseph Daniel Williford and Gladys Newton Williford.

He graduated from Lay Academy at Barton College, and was the owner of L. Williford Co. in Goldsboro.

Mr. Williford was a member of First Christian Disciples of Christ Church, where he served as a deacon and elder.

He was also a member of Farmville Masonic Lodge No. 517 A.F. and A.M. for 54 years, served as president of Goldsboro High School Cougar Club and had been a member of Goldsboro Exchange Club.

Before starting his own business, he had worked for American Savings and Loan.

Mr. Williford was an avid sports fan, especially his beloved North Carolina State Wolfpack.

A service to celebrate his life will be 2 p.m. Friday at First Christian Disciples of Christ Church, with the Rev. Dr. Penny Ziemer officiating. A private burial with Masonic rites will be in Wayne Memorial Park

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judith Moore Williford, daughters; Dee Dee Williford Gottschalk and husband, Tom, and Sandy Williford King and husband, Brendan; sons, Lynwood Daniel Williford Jr. and wife, Cheri, and Joseph Williford; grandsons, Jackson and Jousha Frederick and Alex Williford; great-grandchildren, Paisley and Mia Frederick; sister, Mary Sharpe Owens; and brother, Larry Williford.

Mr. Williford was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his brother, Newton Williford.

The family will receive friends Friday following the service in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to First Christian Disciples of Christ Church, 1609 E. Ash St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Jean A. Herring

Jean A. Herring

Jean A. Herring

July 2, 1924-April 30, 2019

Mrs. Jean Andrews Herring, lifelong resident of Mount Olive, passed away Tuesday morning, April 30, 2019, at Wayne Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. She was 94 years of age.

Born in Mount Olive, she was the daughter of the late Allen B. Andrews and Sadie Loftin Andrews.

A lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Mount Olive, it was there that she was baptized at a young age. She had been a member of the church choir, and was active in many other church functions through the years.

Also to note, she was an avid bridge player and an excellent cook, had a great sense of humor, enjoyed talking and had the sharpest mental faculties right until the end. She was proud of the fact of being independent, having lived alone and tending to her own affairs.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Raymond M. Herring; a son-in-law, Gene Carter; a brother, Ray Clark Andrews; and a sister, Sarah Elizabeth Arneson.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Susan H. and Dick Murphy of Highlands, N.C., and Sandy H. Carter of Winston-Salem; two granddaughters, Susan Kermon of Chapel Hill and Melissa Winfree and husband, Shawn, of Greensboro; and a great-granddaughter, Carter Elizabeth Winfree of Greensboro.

She is also survived by Patti Spurgeon Turner and her husband, Milford, and daughter, Katelynn Morgan. Patti was a dear friend who was more like a daughter, and Katelynn, a granddaughter.

In addition, she is survived by a special friend, Jay Hines; several nieces and nephews with their families; and numerous cousins.

Funeral services will be Friday, May 3, at 11 a.m. at Tyndall Funeral Home, with Dr. H. Dennis Draper Jr. and the Rev. Michael Binger officiating. A private interment will follow.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday night, May 2, from 7 until 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, it was Mrs. Herring’s request that memorial gifts be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, S.C., 29605, or First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 420, Mount Olive, N.C., 28365.

A Tyndall service.


David Mannie Callis

David Mannie Callis

David Mannie Callis

May 16, 1935-April 28, 2019

David Mannie Callis, 83, Goldsboro, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2019, at his home.

David was born in Ararat, Ala., May 16, 1935, to the late Louis N. Callis and Cora Lucas Callis.

He lived his dream proudly serving as a navigator in the United States Air Force with 28 years of distinguished service.

David will always be remembered for his incredible intelligence, his wonderful sense of humor and his unwavering patriotism.

A Vietnam veteran, David was recognized for his valor and skill throughout his career with numerous decorations, including a Bronze Star.

David was a member of the Andrew Jackson Masonic Lodge No. 173 A.F. and A.M. in Montgomery, Ala.

He lived a life of dedication to his family and friends and to his community.

As an active member of the New Hope and Saulston Ruritan clubs and Adamsville Baptist Church in Goldsboro, David devoted his time and efforts to bettering the community.

A service to celebrate David’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2019, at Adamsville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ryne Fullerton and the Rev. Pat Kilby officiating. Interment will follow in Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

David is survived by his wife of almost 61 years, Barbara Stringer Callis; sons, Michael Callis and wife, Kim, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Greg Callis and wife, Liz, of Morrisville and Steven Callis and wife, Jonjie, of Napa, Calif.; sister, Tommie Sue Cogle of Marion Junction, Ala.; brother, Morris Meador of Fairhope, Ala.; grandchildren, Hayley Duque and husband, Brian, Sydney Callis, Robby Callis and wife, Danielle, and Kaitlyn Gardner and husband, Caleb; and three great-grandchildren, Clark Michael, Brooks Thomas and Levi David.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Clifford Callis, Gaston Callis and James Meador, and sister, Eloise Land.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to Adamsville Baptist Church, 1302 N. Berkeley Blvd., Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


William B. Flanner III

William B. Flanner III

William B. Flanner III

Died April 26, 2019

William Bennett “Bud” Flanner III, Stantonsburg, died Friday, April 26, 2019.

Memorial service Saturday 11 a.m., Howell Swamp Free Will Baptist Church, 673 Speights Bridge Road, Walstonburg, followed by a time of visiting and sharing.

Bud’s profession was home improvements. He was owner of Flanner Contracting Inc. in Stantonsburg.

But his true passion was spreading the word of God. He was an active member of Howell Swamp Free Will Baptist Church.

He also devoted much of his time and energy to Eastern North Carolina Gideons International organization. He was president of the Goldsboro North Camp, as well as held the church ministry for the camp, demonstrating his love for ministry and his love for people.

In his leisure time, he enjoyed vegetable gardening, fishing, being outdoors and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels sports.

He is survived by daughter, Laura Ashley Flanner of Atlantic Beach; son, William Bennett “Will” Flanner IV (companion, Tonja Palma) of Wilmington; mother of his children, Jan Flanagan Coltrain of Morehead City; grandson, Jalen Ty Flanner; sisters, Elizabeth Flanner Hamilton (Robert) of Garner and Donna Maria Flanner of Wilson; and his loving and compassionate companion, Mary “Teny” Jones of Walstonburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William B. Flanner Jr. and Florence Daigle Flanner, and second wife, Dottie Edmundson Flanner.

Memorials are suggested to Howell Swamp Free will Baptist Church, c/o Debbie Gay, 930 Meadow Road, Walstonburg, N.C., 27888, or Gideons International, Goldsboro North Camp, c/o Ken Gidian, P.O. Box 10093, Goldsboro, N.C., 27532.

Arrangements by Wilson Memorial Service, 2811 Fieldstream Drive North, Wilson, 252-237-7171,


Larry Gordon Ellis Sr.

Larry Gordon Ellis Sr.

Larry Gordon Ellis Sr.

June 28, 1941-April 27, 2019

Larry Gordon Ellis Sr., 77, passed away Saturday at the Brian Center and Rehabilitation, Goldsboro.

Larry was born in Goldsboro, N.C., to the late John Brantley Ellis and Virginia Earp Ellis.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Wiggs Ellis; brothers, Edward B. Ellis, Robert W. Ellis, Thomas B. Ellis, Richard B. Ellis, John B. Ellis Jr., William H. Ellis, Charles B. Ellis and Steve Ellis; and a sister, Carolyn Munn.

Larry graduated from Goldsboro High School in 1959.

He worked in the moving business for many years, at one time owning and operating Reliable Van and Storage.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019, at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Willow Dale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday, May 3, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home.

Larry is survived by his daughter, Debbie Ellis Williams of Port Richey, Fla., and his sons, Larry Gordon Ellis Jr. and wife, Mei, of Goldsboro and Carson Shane Ellis and wife, Hart, of Goldsboro.

He is also survived by brothers, James B. Ellis and wife, Margaret, of Reno, Nev., Jerry S. Ellis and wife, Mickey, of Huntsville, Ala.; sister, Dorothy Gower of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 204 E. Chestnut St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Lawrence Worrell

Lawrence Worrell

Lawrence Worrell

June 16, 1929-April 29, 2019

Lawrence Worrell, 89, Goldsboro, passed away “Monday,” April 29, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.

Lawrence was born in Wayne County June 16, 1929, to the late Kirby and Pearl Turner Worrell.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Virginia Phillips Worrell.

Lawrence retired from Southern Bell Telephone Co. after 43 years of service.

He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.

Lawrence loved gardening and growing things. He nurtured people and plants with equal care. Lawrence opened his heart to anyone who needed to be cared for.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at 2 p.m. in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, with Lenny Reagan officiating.

Lawrence is survived by her daughter, Anita Lamberth; son, Chris Worrell; four grandchildren, Scott, Christina, Ross and Jesse; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pearl and Elizabeth; and many nieces, nephews and cousins he loved very much.

He was preceded in death by another son, Robin Dale Worrell.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.


Deacon Joe Edward Lewis

Deacon Joe Edward Lewis

Deacon Joe Edward Lewis

Died April 28, 2019

United States Army veteran deacon Joe Edward Lewis departed his earthly life Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Lancaster, S.C.

He was a longtime member of St. Delight United Holy Church of LaGrange, N.C., and later joined Word of Truth Christian Fellowship of Goldsboro.

Joe was born in Albertson, N.C., to the late Mr. Willie Lewis and Mrs. Ruby Smith.

He leaves to mourn his devoted wife, Mrs. Johnnie Lewis of the home; one sister, Gertrude Daye of Raleigh, N.C.; and two children, Margaret Watkin, of Charlotte, N.C., and Cynthia Lewis of Lancaster, S.C.

Grandchildren include Sylvia Howell (David) of Goldsboro and Kristopher and Madison Watkin of Charlotte, N.C.

He also leaves behind six great-grandchildren; a host of loving relatives; and special beloved friends, Bertha Pridgen (Larry) and Patricia and James Pittman.

Joe Lewis was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Joan; as well as five loving siblings, James, Richard, Ben, John and Althea.

Viewing will be from 11 a.m. until noon Thursday May 2, 2019, at Howell Funeral Home in Goldsboro, N.C.

Service will immediately follow at noon in the funeral home chapel.

Cards and condolences can be sent to 3130 Bridgewater St., Lancaster, S.C., 29720.


Dorothy E. White Hinnant

Aug. 29, 1920-April 29, 2019

Dorothy Elizabeth White Hinnant, 98, Kenly, died Monday at Wilson Pines.

Visitation will be 2 to 3 p.m. today at Kenly Funeral Service, followed by a funeral at 3 p.m. in the chapel, with the Rev. Aubrey Williamson officiating. Burial will be in Kenly Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 29, 1920, in Johnston County to the late Ruben Wesley and Rena Mae Westbrook White. She was married to the late Charles Henry Hinnant.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter.

Carol D. Lee-Dever

Carol Dean Lee-Dever, 75, died Tuesday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Luther M. James

Luther Morris James, 76, 708 S. Pine St., Warsaw, died Saturday at home.

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

Evelyn Avery Reeves

Evelyn Avery Reeves, 99, died Tuesday at Capital Nursing and Rehabilitation, Raleigh.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.