Dorothy Lamour Curdts

Dorothy Lamour Curdts

Dorothy Lamour Curdts

May 3, 1940-April 21, 2019

Dorothy Lamour Pelletier Curdts, LaGrange, passed away Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019.

Lamour was born in Lenoir County May 3, 1940, to the late Marvin Alfred Pelletier and Sue Bell Rouse Pelletier.

Lamour was a member of LaGrange First Free Will Baptist Church, and upon her move to Goldsboro, attended The Bridge.

Lamour had the kindest and most gentle spirit. Her very essence was upbeat, happy and positive. She was a constant source of encouragement and support to those around her.

With her own strong will and determination, she pushed everyone to do better, meet their potential and achieve their highest goals. She believed that one should never compromise their goals.

Dot’s unwavering faith in the Lord maintained her belief in the power of prayer and reminded her that all things were possible through Christ, who strengthened her.

That same determination was evident in all Lamour did. She was a worthy opponent in the Senior Games, along with her sisters, Vivian and Marjorie.

From canasta to bingo or scrabble, other gamers didn’t stand a chance if the Pelletier girls were competing.

With an artistic flair of her own, Lamour was an avid supporter of the LaGrange Arts Council. She was a late bloomer in terms of discovering her gift of creativity, but once she found it, there was no stopping her. She loved watercolor, and it became an outlet of expression.

The same passion she had for her art flowed into the love she gave her plants and flowers. There was no doubt that Dot had a green thumb. If she planted it, it grew; if she watered it, it blossomed. Lamour’s nurturing spirit was expressed even in the way she cared for her flowers.

Lamour’s greatest passion in life was her family. She and her husband, Bud, married July 29, 1960, and from that point forward, they lived a life of devotion and love.

Dot was proud to be a United States Air Force military wife. Even when it wasn’t easy, Lamour and Bud forged through to give their children the best life possible.

Dorothy’s greatest pride was her children. She rejoiced in their successes and encouraged them during the difficult times.

When her grandchildren and great-grandchildren entered the picture, Lamour rejoiced in being a grandmother. Nothing was more precious to her than her grands. As the scripture says in Proverbs 31:28, “Her children rise up and called her blessed.”

A service to celebrate Lamour’s life will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 1 p.m. from LaGrange First Free Will Baptist Church. Entombment will follow at Wayne Memorial Park in Dudley.

A time of visitation and fellowship will be held in the hour before the service.

Lamour is survived by two children, Sheila Leatham and husband, Wade, and Jeff Curdts and wife, Robin; three grandchildren, Collin Curdts, Chase Daniel and wife, Alicia, and Kyle Daniel; two precious great-grandchildren, Christian and Abbie; and one sister, Vivian P. Clark.

In addition to her parents, Dot was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 46 years, Bud Curdts, and a sister, Marjorie P. Hines.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Memorial contributions may be sent to LaGrange Arts Council, P.O. Box 541, LaGrange, N.C., 28551.

Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, LaGrange.


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 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 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.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home and other times at their home.

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


Evelyn Avery Reeves

Evelyn Avery Reeves

Evelyn Avery Reeves

July 13, 1919-April 30, 2019

Evelyn Avery Reeves, 99, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at Capital Nursing Home in Raleigh.

Evelyn was born in Craven County July 13, 1919, to the late Wiley A. Avery and Eula Hawkins Avery. She was married to the late Richard Ivey Reeves.

For many years, Evelyn answered the call of serving others as a registered nurse with Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Evelyn was also a member of Madison Avenue Baptist Church in Goldsboro, the Eastern Star and the American Nursing Association.

The family will receive friends Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, followed by a service to celebrate Evelyn’s life at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Interment will be in Wayne Memorial Park.

Evelyn is survived by her son, Richard Ivey Reeves Jr. and wife, Judy, of Raleigh; daughters, Bettie R. Creech and husband, Larry, of Raleigh, and Margaret R. Brown and husband, David, of Raleigh; nine grandchildren, Adam Reeves (Amy), Christopher Reeves (Cydne), Amanda Reames (Daniel), David Creech, Amy Allen (Jay), Megan Sorrell (Craig), Emily Englehart (Andrew), Bryce Brown (Jessica) and Laura Ingle; and 14 great-grandchildren, and was anticipating the birth of another great-grandchild in June.

She is also survived by her sisters, Cleon Lincke of Kinston and Ann Mills of Southern Pines, and brother, Wiley A. Avery Jr. of Cove City.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Catherine Wood, Eunice Heath, Hattie White and Frances Williams.

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

Online condolence may be sent to the family at


Thomas Boyd Agner

June 8, 1931-April 30, 2019

Thomas Boyd Agner, 87, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at Countryside Village in Pikeville.

Tommy was born in Durham County June 8, 1931, to the late Charles Baxter Agner and Helen Lucille Sossoman Agner. He was married to the late Frances Stafford Agner.

For many years, Tommy worked in sales with Ethan Allen Furniture Co.

He was a member of Pleasant Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church.

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

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2019, in Price-Crocker Cemetery, 1777 Pine Level Selma Road, Pine Level, with the Rev. Barry Stallings officiating.

A time of visitation will follow the service at the cemetery.

Tommy is survived by his brother, Don Agner and wife, Evelyn, of Concord.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Pleasant Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church, P.O. Box 36, Pikeville, N.C., 27863.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Gloria D. Butler Elliott

April 3, 1937-April 26, 2019

Gloria Doris Butler Elliott, 82, died Friday at home.

Memorial talk will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Interment will be at Willow Dale Cemetery.

She was born in Georgia April 3, 1937, to the late Robert and Freddie Mae Morris Butler. She was married to Ronald Elliott.

She is survived by three sons and two daughters.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Peggy A. Hood

Feb. 22, 1937-April 24, 2019

Peggy Ann Hood, 82, 407 Taylor Lane, Kinston, died April 24 at Lenoir UNC Health Care.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Greater St. Paul United Holy Church, Kinston. Burial will be at St. Matthew Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery, LaGrange.

She was born Feb. 22, 1937, in Lenoir County to Allen and Edna Sutton Degraffenreid.

She is survived by her children.

Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Loftin Memorial-J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home, Kinston.

William A. Wallace

Died April 1, 2019

William Alex Wallace, 62, 425 W. 25th St., Brooklyn, N.Y., died April 1 at home.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Bryant Chapel AME Zion Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements by Trinity Memorial Funeral Home Inc.

Lillie B. Sheppard Kerney

Died April 28, 2019

Lillie Beatrice Sheppard Kerney, 77, 1745 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Wilson, died Sunday at Wilson Medical Center.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Flat Rock Church of Christ, Sims, with pastor Donald Lofton officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton Burial Garden, Wilson.

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

John T. Mercer

Died April 26, 2019

John Trey Mercer, 21, 2512 Kauffman Court, Wilson, died Friday at Wilson Medical Center.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Tabernacle Temple of Jesus Christ, Wilson.

Visitation will be 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at Stevens Funeral Home.

George Barnes

Died April 22, 2019

George Barnes, 65, Asheboro, died April 22.

Visitation will be 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Shirley D. Patterson

July 30, 1955-April 25, 2019

Shirley Diane Patterson, 63, died April 25 at home.

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

She was born July 30, 1955, at Fort Lee, Va., to Oliver Jason and Dorcas Marie Silver Patterson.

She is survived by a daughter.

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

Nancy C. Wolfe

Nancy Carol Wolfe, 68, died Wednesday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Arrangements are pending at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

Donnie L. Sanderson

Donnie Lee Sanderson, 110 Beverly Road, LaGrange, died Tuesday at home

Arrangements are pending at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home Inc., Kinston.

Arnetta Francois

Arnetta Francois, 66, Barbour Court Nursing Home, Smithfield, died Tuesday in Wake Medical Center, Raleigh.

Arrangements are pending at Haskins Funeral Home and Cremations.

Gail Head Heath

Gail Head Heath, 74, died Wednesday at home.

Arrangements are pending at Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.