Shirley Ann Norman Surratt

Shirley Ann Norman Surratt

Shirley Ann Norman Surratt

Feb. 2, 1929 - April 23, 2019

Shirley Ann Norman Surratt passed away April 23, 2019, at the age of 90.

She was born in Yadkin County, N.C., Feb. 2, 1929, to the late James Alvis Norman and Mable Davis Norman.

Shirley graduated from East Bend High School in 1947, and thereafter from King’s Business College in Greensboro, N.C.

She worked in the Wayne Community College dean of students office until she retired in 1991.

She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, the J. Paul Edwards Sunday School Class and the Unity circle.

In accordance with our mother’s wishes, a private memorial service will be held.

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Pamela Surratt Gleason; her son, Joseph Surratt III and Sandra Reeves; grandchildren Jackie Edwards, Juliana Surratt and Jeremy Surratt; great-grandchildren Bethany Jones, Lucas Edwards, Jackson Edwards, Dillon Lancaster; and her sister, Eloise Rabb of Clemmons, N.C.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 55 years, Joseph Surratt Jr.; her son, Gregory Surratt; her grandson, Joseph Surratt IV; and her sister, Nancy Norman.

Shirley unconditionally loved her family, her close friends, her church, music, art and the beauty of nature.

She enjoyed helping others, playing the piano for nursing home residents, creating watercolor and oil paintings, cooking her famous butternut pound cakes for friends and always doing the small things that brought joy and comfort to others. Because she radiated such positive, loving, caring energy, she had a profound, enduring effect on the lives of her family, friends and many others, including the students at Wayne Community College.

The family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Jewel Wheeler, Louise Jinnette, George Griffith and Carol McDuffie for their faithful friendship and loving attention to our mother over the past few years.

In lieu of sending flowers, the family would appreciate memorial gifts be made to any of the following: St. Paul Methodist Church, 204 E. Chestnut St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530,; Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave., 7th Floor, New York, N.Y., 10001,; or The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 110 E. 42nd St., 16th Floor, New York, N.Y., 10017,

Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family on the funeral home website

If preferred, your thoughts, memories and condolences may be mailed directly to family members: Pamela Gleason, 1109 E. Jackson St.,  Pensacola, Fla., 32501; or Joe Surratt III, 100 N. Randolph St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.


Elton McKinley Grady

Elton McKinley Grady

Elton McKinley Grady

Aug. 22, 1964 - April 8, 2019

Elton McKinley Grady, 54, lost his battle to cancer and gained his angel wings Monday, April 8, 2019, at his home in Moss Point, Miss.

A service to celebrate Elton’s life will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2019, at Eureka Christian Church, 2036 Dobbersville Road, Mount Olive.

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

Elton would ask that everyone dress casual for his service; he loved a pullover shirt and his khaki pants.

Elton worked for Busby Construction in Moss Point, Miss., and became a part of the Busby family. Elton was gifted at his work, and everyone complimented him on it.

He loved antiques, no matter what they were, old items and history.

Elton’s love for carpentry work was a gift, and it just came natural to him. He could build anything, and he loved to work with his hands.

He was an avid University of North Carolina TARHEEL FAN, and loved to see Carolina play against DUKE, as long as UNC was WINNING.

Elton had the opportunity to go to Florida last year and help with the cleanup after the hurricane; he touched many lives doing that work, and he loved helping people more than anything.

Elton loved growing up on the family farm, and enjoyed the fruits of his labor.

He also enjoyed the beach life, when he could get away.

Elton also loved the outdoors and swinging in his swing in his front yard every day after a hard day’s work. He loved to travel when he could, but his family and friends are what he enjoyed the most.

Elton is survived by his son, Kenny Grady and wife, Ashley; grandson, Channing; sister, Jackie Pender and husband, Jr., of Pikeville; brothers, Joseph Grady of Grantham, John Grady and wife, Heidi, of Rosewood, Thomas Grady and wife, Tammy, of Rosewood and Eddie Grady and wife, Cherri, of Holly Ridge; his father, Pat Grady of Corbett Hill; his special aunt, Teeny (Linda Massey) of Faison; and many nieces, nephews and cousins he loved very much.

He is also survived by a special friend and next door neighbor, Mr. James Covan and wife, Dorothy, who affectionately called Elton, Edgar and Elton (Edgar), and wouldn’t have had it any other way. Mr. Covan looked after Edgar as much as he could.

Candice McCall and Mann Richards, his other neighbors, would cook for Elton and make sure he was eating while he was sick with his cancer.

The Busby family, which included Brandon and Brandi, Terry and Diane and Garrett and Sarah, looked after Elton also, and made him a part of their families and took care of all his needs.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Joann Sanderson Grady; his uncle, Monty Grady; his wife, Mary Freshwater Grady; maternal grandparents, Elton and Juanita Sanderson; and paternal grandparents, Tessie and Herman Grady.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests you make a donation in Elton’s memory to Singing River Health System Hospice of Light, 1121 Ocean Springs Road, Miss., 39564.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Ray Thomas Lancaster

Ray Thomas Lancaster

Ray Thomas Lancaster

Feb. 28, 1936 - May 1, 2019

Ray Thomas Lancaster, 83, Patetown community, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville.

Ray was born in Wayne County Feb. 28, 1936, to the late Zebulon Bryant Lancaster and Aileen Pate Lancaster.

He married his sweetheart, Edith Holland, in Dillon, S.C., Feb. 4, 1962, and they had lived a beautiful life together for 57 years.

Ray was a longtime employee of Cozart Packing Co., and later worked with Goldsboro Packing Co.

He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.

A service to celebrate Ray’s life will be held at the graveside Monday, May 6, 2019, at 10 a.m. in Pikeville Cemetery, with Vickie Mozingo officiating.

The family will receive friends Sunday, May 5, 2019, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home.

Ray is survived by his wife, Edith Holland Lancaster; children, Dale R. Lancaster and wife, Tammy, and Kathy L. Lewis and husband, William; grandchildren, Heather L. Jackson and husband, Justin, Christopher E. Zieg, Brian E. Lancaster and wife, Cassandra, David S. Lancaster and Amy Z. Wright and husband, Joshua; and great-grandchildren, Addison C. Jackson, Mason C. Jackson, Reagan E. Wright and Iris Y. Lancaster.

He is also survived by his sisters, Evangeline Grimes, Peggy Rhew and Joan Kearney, and brother, Wade Lancaster.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Alice Ham, and brothers, Zebulon Lancaster Jr., Ralph Lancaster, Clifton Lancaster and Lynn Lancaster.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Louise Watkins Edwards

Louise Watkins Edwards

Louise Watkins Edwards

May 9, 1931 - May 2, 2019

Thursday evening, May 2, 2019, Louise Watkins Edwards, 87, moved to her heavenly home.

Louise was a godly woman, who loved the Lord and her family and set an example for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that will lead them all their lives.

Louise was born in Wilson County May 9, 1931, to the late elder Thomas Watkins and Madie Williams Watkins. She was married for 42 years to the late Amos L. Edwards.

Louise worked in the family business, Edwards Truck Service, until the death of her husband.

She loved Coker Memorial Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, and was a dedicated and faithful servant her entire life.

Louise was the kindest and most loving mother and grandmother and a great friend to everyone. She will be missed by all who were blessed enough to know her.

A service to celebrate Louise’s life will be held Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of Coker Memorial Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, with the Rev. Michael Sauls, the Rev. Dennis Pollock and the Rev. Bill Rose officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park in Wilson.

The family received friends Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home and other times at the home of her daughter in Mar-Mac and following the service at the cemetery.

Louise is survived by her children, Alton Wayne Edwards, Preston Allen Edwards and wife, Patsy, Dennis Ray Edwards and wife, Robin, Gloria Dianne Edwards Brock, Danny Keith Edwards and wife, Shana, and Donald Glenn Edwards and wife, Patricia; eight grandchildren, Mike Edwards (Tracy), Lynn Owens (Mark), Thomas Edwards (Gina), Chris Brock, Amy Hooker (Jerimee), Jonathan Edwards (Hannah), Darian Nash (Rich) and Jacob Edwards; stepgrandchildren, Emily, Lea, and Alanina Williams (Shane); 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews she loved very much.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Viola Edwards; son-in-law, Bobby A. Brock Jr.; sister, Hazel Daniels; and brother, Dempsy Watkins.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to Coker Memorial Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, 2643 N. Beston Road, LaGrange, N.C., 28551, or the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Edna Whitman Price

Edna Whitman Price

Edna Whitman Price

Nov. 30, 1946 - May 2, 2019

Edna Whitman Price, 72, Outlaw’s Bridge area near Seven Springs, found peaceful rest in death early Thursday morning, May 2, 2019, at Wayne hospital.

Her family will receive friends Sunday, May 5, at Tyndall Funeral Home from 4 p.m. until funeral services begin at 6 p.m. The Rev. J. Paul Rose will officiate. Burial will be in Duncan Cemetery.

Edna graduated from Seven Springs High School in 1965, and attended Miller-Motte Business School in Wilmington.

She had been employed in a manufacturing factory and as secretary in vehicle sales prior to her becoming a licensed insurance agent in 1991. She retired from Kornegay Insurance of Mount Olive with a long tenure of faithful service.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Willard Whitman and Ardell Hardy Whitman; a brother, Doug Whitman; an infant brother, Donald Ray Whitman; and two sisters-in-law, Sandra Whitman and Zodie Whitman.

Edna is survived by a daughter, Ronda Hicks, and a son, Russ Reynolds, both of Seven Springs; Russ’s girlfriend, Robin Smith of Calypso; two granddaughters, Jennifer Marie Harmon and Candace Garlett both of Oklahoma; four great-grandchildren, Keeley and Bradley Gallia and Cooper and Conner Garlett; three sisters, Shirley W. Worrell of Mount Olive, Iris W. Duncan and husband, Danny, and Jo Ann W. Cooper and husband, Reid, all of Seven Springs; three brothers, Wendell Whitman and wife, Margaret, of Goldsboro, Durwood Whitman of LaGrange and C.R. “Chet” Whitman of Grantham; a sister-in-law, Sandy Whitman of Albertson, widow of deceased brother, Doug; and many nieces and nephews.

Also surviving is Floyd Pittman of Micro, a dear friend and her dancing companion.

The family wishes to express deepest appreciation to Dr. Kasbari and his team at Southeastern Cancer Center for their excellent commitment of care provided to Edna during her cancer journey. It is in that light that they ask that memorial contributions be made to Cure for the Colors, SMOC, 203 Cox Blvd., Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

A Tyndall service.


Erma Regina Outlaw

Erma Regina Outlaw

Erma Regina Outlaw

Died May 2, 2019

Erma Regina Outlaw, 63, 221 S. Spence Ave., Goldsboro, transitioned Thursday at her home.

Born in Duplin County, she was the daughter of the late Roland and Mozelle Boney, and wife of Travis Outlaw.

She was an educator with the Wayne County Public School System. She dedicated her love for teaching to students at Goldsboro, Dillard and Greenwood middle schools.

Life celebration service will be held Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at First African Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Daran H. Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Wayne Memorial Park South, Dudley.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four children, Leslie A. Outlaw of Goldsboro, Natalie C. Outlaw of Raleigh, Chelsea T. Outlaw of Lexington Park, Md., and Travis Cameron Outlaw of Sacramento, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to St. James AME Zion Church Sunday school program, 206 S. George St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530, in her memory.

Garris Funeral Home is serving the family.


Cassie Taylor

Cassie Taylor

Cassie Taylor

Died May 2, 2019

Cassie S. Taylor, 85, 199 Pearsall Lane, Dudley, N.C., passed away Thursday at Willow Creek Nursing and Rehab Center in Goldsboro.

The funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Pentecostal Holy Church, 600 E. Pine St., Goldsboro, N.C. The burial will follow in Wayne Memorial Park North, 1191 Old Grantham Road, Goldsboro, N.C.

The public viewing is scheduled for Monday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home, 1820 Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy., Wilson, N.C.

The family will assemble at the home of her daughter, Joanne Battle, 110 Shirley Drive, Dudley, N.C., Tuesday at 10 a.m. in preparation for the funeral procession.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are requested to be made to HGDC Community Crisis Center, 607 S. Slocumb St., Goldsboro, N.C., or P.O. Box 171, Goldsboro, N.C., 27533.

Services are being handled by Stevens Funeral Home, 1820 Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy., Wilson, N.C.

Condolences may be posted at or faxed to 252-991-5849.


Sandra W. Sarinana

May 10, 1948 - May 2, 2019

Sandra Kay Wade Sarinana, 70, Kinston, died Thursday.

Graveside service will be 3 p.m. today at Fairview Cemetery, with the Rev. Hank Jarman officiating.

She was born in Lenoir County to the late Aaron Hardy Sr. and Dorothy Pelletier Wade May 10, 1948.

Visitation will follow the service.

Arrangements are by Rouse Funeral Home, LaGrange.

Eric T. Chasten

Died April 30, 2019

Eric Terrell Chasten, 39, Jacksonville, died Tuesday.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Rose Hill Church, Rose Hill, with the Rev. Cecil Murfree officiating. Interment will be at Maxwell Cemetery, Rose Hill.

He is survived by five children.

Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at Rose Hill Funeral Home, Rose Hill.

Willie J. Lee

Died April 30, 2019

Willie James Lee, 93, 1852 Hollwood Drive, Kinston, died Tuesday at UNC Lenoir Health Care.

Funeral will be noon Wednesday at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in Lodge Hall Cemetery

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Willard Lucas

Willard Lucas, 83, 5402C Brewer Court, Wilson, died Thursday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Mary E. Faison

Mary “May” Elizabeth Faison, 87, 305 W. Kornegay St., Mount Olive, died Thursday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Garris Funeral Home.

Linda Hines-Ross

Linda Hines-Ross, 62, died Friday.

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

Sadie H. Shearod

The Rev. Sadie H. Shearod, 92, 214 Bunche Drive, died Thursday in the Brian Center.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

Virginia A. Baker

Virginia Ann Baker, 87, died Thursday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.