May 2, 1939-Nov. 20, 2018

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Julia Phillips Talton, 79, Goldsboro, N.C., died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Talton was born in Durham County May 2, 1939. She was the daughter of the late James Hugh and Ruby Dean Phillips.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Jimmy Phillips of Goldsboro.

She was a graduate of New Hope High School and Atlantic Christian College, where she majored in voice. She also received a four-year scholarship in music to Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C.

Julia is survived by her high school sweetheart, Vernon C. Talton of Goldsboro, whom she married in 1955.

A devoted mother and grandmother, she leaves behind her four children, Angela Cooke (Phil), Jeffrey Talton (Mildred), Randy Talton (Kenny Shropshire) and Julie Stone (Bobby); and seven grandchildren, Holly Bender, Scott Spence, Michael Talton, Jennifer Carter, Joann Willman, Kenny Wertz and Blake Stone.

She is also survived by six beloved great-grandchildren and her little dog and constant companion, Pierre.

As well as being a truly gifted soprano, Julia was a talented musician, who enjoyed playing the piano, organ, guitar and autoharp.

She served as a choir director for Madison Avenue Baptist Church, and later served as the organist and choir director for Ebenezer United Methodist Church.

In addition to teaching private voice and piano lessons, Julia taught music and choir at Goldsboro High School, New Hope High School and Helena High School in Roxboro.

Known for her love of fashion and sense of style, Julia, along with her husband, Vernon Talton, was the proprietor of several local businesses, which included The Venus Health Spa, The Jewelry Boutique, Julia’s Dress Shop, Talton Jewelers, The Golden Slipper and Yours Truly Bridal Shop.

After retiring from these businesses and not ready to just stay at home, Julia pursued a successful career in residential real estate in the Goldsboro area.

Julia also served for many years on the board for the Lighthouse of Wayne County, a home for battered women.

We would like to give a very special thank you to the wonderful staff at Kitty Askins Hospice Center for the love and care it provided for Julia during her final days. Simple words cannot express our gratitude.

Also, a thank you to the caregivers at Wayne UNC Health Care, who cared for Julia over these past few weeks.

The family will receive friends Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home.

A graveside service to celebrate Julia’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at Wayne Memorial Park, with the Rev. Rose Hicks officiating.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made in Julia’s memory to Wayne Uplift Domestic Violence, 719 E. Ash St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.



Died Nov. 13, 2018

Romona Valrica Goodman, 52, 949 Stanley Chapel Church Road, Mount Olive, died Tuesday at home.

Burial will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Wayne Memorial Park.

Born in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of Nellie Mills Goodman and the late Jesse Goodman Jr.

Two children survive.

Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Garris Funeral Home chapel.


Died Nov. 14, 2018

Anfannette Williams, 47, 221 Wesley Chapel Road, Kenansville, died Wednesday at home.

Funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hallsville Missionary Baptist Church, Beulaville, with pastor Acie Robinson Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Born in Duplin County, she was the daughter of the late Lenell Scarborough and Florese Williams.

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

Arrangements are by Garris Funeral Home.


Joyce Robinson Taylor, 77, died Tuesday.

Arrangements are pending at Rouse Funeral Home, LaGrange.


Beulah Moye, 105, 907 Cunningham Road, Kinston, died Tuesday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Arrangements are pending at Mills Funeral Home Inc.


March 6, 1954-Nov. 17, 2018

Nora Simmons Lee, 64, 906 N. Madison Ave., died Saturday at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Funeral will be Saturday at noon at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations, with pastor Greg Jones Sr. officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

She was born March 6, 1954, in Kinston to James and Betty Dawson Simmons.

She is survived by four daughters and a son.

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


Dec. 5, 1960-Nov. 19, 2018

Brenda Lea Gibson, 57, Snow Hill, died Monday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Funeral will be in New York.

She was born in New York Dec, 5, 1960, to the late Russell and Bertha Colligan Gibson.

She is survived by a daughter and a son.

Arrangements are by Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.


July 26, 1928-Nov. 15, 2018

Betty Jane Harvey, 90, died Nov. 15.

Funeral will be private.

She was born in Illinois July 26, 1928, to the late John and Gladys McGraw Walker. She was married to the late James Snodgress and the late John Harvey.

She is survived by two sons.

Arrangements are by Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.


Died Nov. 15, 2018

Archer Gregory Simmons, 55, 5739 Wyse Fork Road, Dover, died Nov. 15 at home.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Hickory Grove Church of Christ Disciples of Christ. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Church Cemetery.

Visitation Friday 5 to 7 p.m., with family present 6 to 7, at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home. The family will assemble at the home for the funeral.


Died Nov. 18, 2018

Margie Howard Davis, 75, Farmville, died Sunday at Universal Health Care, Greenville.

Funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Saratoga. Interment Rose Hill Cemetery, Linden, N.J.

Visitation will be an hour before the service.

Arrangements are by S. Connor Memorial Funeral Home, Snow Hill.


July 8, 1929-Nov. 17, 2018

Jesse Mercer, 89, 101 Colt Court, Pikeville, died Saturday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Meet and greet will be noon to 2 p.m. at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home and Cremations. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

He was born July 8, 1929, in Braddock, Pa., to Jesse Daniel Sr. and Sarah Brightwell Mercer. He was married to Charlotte Viola Paterson Mercer.

He is survived by his children.


Nov. 11, 1937-Nov. 16, 2018

Louise Newkirk Broadhurst, 81, 4386 S. U.S. 117 Alternate, Dudley, died Friday at home.

Funeral will be Saturday at noon at Faith Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Antonio M. K. Lawrence officiating. Burial will be at Washington Cemetery.

She was born Nov. 11, 1937, in Wayne County to Percy Sr. and Carrie McClarin Newkirk.

She is survived by her children.

Visitation will be Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m., with the family present from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

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


Donald Fredrick Perkins, 84, Hookerton, died Tuesday at home.

Arrangements are by Smith-Holloway Memorial Funeral Services.


Oct. 27,1931-Nov. 1, 2018

Cornelia Sutton

Cornelia Josephine "Jo" Sutton, 87, Goldsboro, passed away Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, surrounded by her family.

Preceding her death by her husband, Jackie Sutton, and her twin sister, Alice Geraldine Stancil.

The family received friends Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at New Hope Methodist Church after the service.

The celebration of Jo's life was at 3:30 p.m. in the chapel.

Jo is survived by her children, son, Frankie (Debbie) Sutton, daughter, Rose (Allen) Cannon, and son, Estel Sutton and friend, Janet Jenkins; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Jo was loved by many, especially her friends from New Hope Methodist Church, Goldsboro Worship Center and Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Memorials may be made to New Hope Methodist Church, 200 E. New Hope Road, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.