Mary Armstrong “Ginger” Pate, 76, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro, NC. Mrs. Pate was born August 19, 1942 in Duplin County, NC to the late Eddie Frank Armstrong and Betty Pope Armstrong.
Mrs. Pate is survived by sons, Everette Cecil “Boo” Pate, Jr. and wife, Rebecca and Kenneth Earl “Brove” Pate and wife, Dee all of Turkey, NC; four grandchildren, Nicholas Colby Pate, Timothy Ryan Pate, Jason Earl Pate, and Jonathan Ryan Pate and wife, Katie; and one great granddaughter, Gracelynn Aubrey Pate. She is also survived by brother, William “Buddy” Dempsey Armstrong of Warsaw and sisters, Betty Lou “Pig” Byrd of Turkey, Nell Carter of Bowden, and Doris Lee of Warsaw.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Pate was preceded in death by husband, Everette Cecil Pate and sister, Elizabeth "Sally" Armstrong Haney.
A funeral service will be held 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw, visitation will follow the service. A graveside service will be held 11:00 am, Thursday, December 13, 2018 in Pinecrest Cemetery, Warsaw, NC.
Warsaw-James Boyd Merritt of Warsaw passed away, Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Vidant Inpatient Hospice in Greenville. Mr. Merritt was born, March 3, 1931 in Duplin County to the late Ralph DeLeon Merritt and Lila Mae Spell Merritt.
A funeral service will be held 1:00pm Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw. Entombment will follow at Devotional Gardens.
Mr. Merritt is survived by his wife, Jeannette P. Merritt of Warsaw; son, James Boyd Merritt, II of Warsaw; daughter, Terri Merritt of Winston Salem; grandchildren, Zhana Merritt and Caden Merritt.
Faison - Linda DeLuca Taylor, 75, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. Mrs. Taylor was born January 14, 1943 in Cumberland County, NC to the late Milton Deluca and Louise Hatch DeLuca.
Mrs. Taylor is survived by children, Pam Beach and husband, Trent of Tennessee, David Batts and wife, Tammy of Warsaw, and Kristy Brinson of Faison; ten grandchildren, Celeste Beach, Candace Beach, Trent Beach, Jr., Zach Beach, Corey Batts, Dalton Batts, Ashley Parker, Taylor Brinson, Amy Townsend, and Josh Lasiter and one great granddaughter, Jovi Jeffress. She is also survived by sister, Karen P. Archer and husband, Jerry of South Carolina.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by husband, Sam Taylor; brothers, Milton Charles DeLuca and Steven Eric DeLuca.
Visitation will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 16, 2018 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw, Inc. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. in Community Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will conclude the service in Devotional Gardens.
Flowers welcome or memorial donations may be made to Bowden Community Church c/o Kristy Brinson, 597 Taylor Town Road, Faison, NC 28341.
Faison - Ceness Leon “Teeny” Taylor, Jr., 90, died Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Mary Gran Nursing Center in Clinton, NC. Mr. Taylor was born July 22, 1928 in Duplin County, NC to the late Ceness Leon Taylor and Velma Mozingo Taylor.
A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2018 at Celestial Memorial Gardens in Vanceboro, NC.
Mr. Taylor is survived by step-son, Sam H. Williams and wife, Shirley of Turkey; sister, Mary Murphy; sister-in-law, Linda Taylor of Faison; four step-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by wife, Mary W. Taylor; step- daughter, Mary Ann Matthis; brother, Samuel Taylor; and sister, Ghaynelle Garner.
Warsaw - Sue Debnam Johnson, 89, died Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at Vidant Duplin Hospital. Mrs. Johnson was born July 3, 1929 in Johnston County, NC to the late Warrick Debnam and Mary Bailey Orr Debnam.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 am, Friday, November 2, 2018 at Warsaw Presbyterian Church. Everyone is invited to a reception and visitation following the service at the church.
Mrs. Johnson is survived by son, George McDonald Johnson, Jr. of Warsaw; daughter, Nina J. Carter of Raleigh; five grandchildren, George M. “Don” Johnson, III and wife, Lori, Charlotte Bradshaw, Michael Wade Johnson and wife, Susan, Barbara McGee and husband, Keith and Susan Carter Pendse; eighteen great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by husband, George McDonald Johnson.
In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to: Warsaw Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 863, Warsaw, NC 28398.
Warsaw - Clarence Melvin Harris, 74, passed away Monday, October 29, 2018 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. Mr. Harris was born September 27, 1944 to Fannie Powell Harris Montgomery and the late Clarence Peter Harris.
A funeral service will be held 11:00am, Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw, Inc., with burial to follow in Devotional Gardens, Warsaw, NC. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Harris is survived by wife, Betty Matthis Harris of the home; daughters, Shannon Schaefer and husband, Tom of Richmond, VA; Kim Dixon and husband, Kurt of Kenansville, Susan Frederick and husband, Matt of Kenansville, Hiedie Stroud and husband, Dinico of Clinton, Angel Anderson and husband, Tim of Daytona Beach, FL; brother, James Harris and wife, Odette of Warsaw; thirteen grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.
In addition to his father, Mr. Harris was preceded in death by daughter, Sharon Young.
Warsaw - Alvis O’Neil Steven, 75, passed away Friday, October 26, 2018 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. Mr. Stevens was born August 10, 1943 in Lenoir County, NC to the late Ernie William Stevens and Ethel Cottman Stevens.
Mr. Stevens is survived by wife, Debra K. Stevens of the home and three sons, Kevin Neil Stevens and wife, Patricia of Mt Olive, NC, Eric Paul Stevens of Chapel Hill, NC and Ryan Allen Stevens of Rose Hill, NC.
A graveside service will be held 11:00 am, Thursday, November 1, 2018 in the Stevens Family Cemetery, Richlands, NC.
Warsaw - Willie Jackson Grady, 65, of Warsaw passed away suddenly Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Vidant Duplin. Mr. Grady was born January 29, 1953 in Lenoir County to the late Andrew Jackson Grady and Thelma Beasley Grady.
A funeral service will be held 3:00pm Tuesday, October 16 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw with burial to follow in Pinecrest Cemetery. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at 2:00pm at Community Funeral Home.
Mr. Grady is survived by his wife, Felicia Cavenaugh Grady; son, James Seth Jackson Grady and wife, Kelly of Warsaw; daughters, Missina Grady Hardison and husband, Rodney, of Warsaw and Michele Grady of Gastonia; sister, Margaret G. Owens and husband, Johnny of Eureka; grandchildren, Samantha Hardison, Jessica “Jessi” Hardison, Kenly Hardison Ulrich and husband, Jordan, Ian Luke Grady and Chloe Elizabeth Grady; great grandchild, Kensington Monroe Ulrich, and mother-in-law, Marie Cavenaugh.
In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial donations be made toward the funeral expense.
Kenansville - Jean Cotton Stephens, 87, of Kenansville, North Carolina, passed away peacefully at Vidant Hospice Care on October 11, 2018. A beautiful, loving and devoted wife and best friend to William (Billy) Franklin Stephens for more than 70 years, having married on Christmas day of 1948, she embraced life and inspired other to be their best. She generously gave of her time and talents to enhance the lives of others. She and her husband, W. F. (Billy) Stephens joined Grove Presbyterian Church on February 2, 1949. Mrs. Stephens was born on March 23, 1931 in Wayne County, NC to the late John and Emma Cotton. She enjoyed square dancing, playing cards, singing tenor in the choir of the Grove Presbyterian Church, sharing yard work with her husband, family beach vacations, cooking, crafts, antiques, fashion, visiting with family and friends and traveling. She retired from the Duplin County Board of Education as assistant to Superintendent O. P. Johnson and Superintendent L. S. Guy, after thirty years of dedicated service. She later worked in the payroll department for the County of Duplin for several years. After retirement, she enjoyed helping her husband at Stephens’ Hardware and Service Station and collecting antiques for their antique building located behind their home.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Stephens was predeceased by her sister, Rhoda Cotton Bland and her brothers, Silas, Ed, and Harvey Cotton. She was also predeceased by her beloved chihuahua, Pee Wee, who brought her much happiness and comfort while her husband served in the military and much joy for many years after his return home.
Surviving to remember her amazing legacy are her beloved husband, William Franklin “Billy” Stephens, and many wonderful nieces, nephews and friends, including Johnny Hollingsworth, Jane Rivenbark Kennedy and husband, Jimmy, Kay McArthur, Mary Bland Congleton, Gerald Bland, Connie B. Newberry, Nancy Yancey Hopkins, Steve McBride, Jean Williamson, Becky Mann, Wayne Brown, and Michael Brown. Friends were the jewels in her life and she made many lifelong genuine friend, among them special friends, Dorothy Cavenaugh, Linda Beaman and husband, Cecil, Mary Murphy and Hilda Booth. Faye Whaley was dedicated, caring, caregiver for Jean.
Funeral services will be held at Grove Presbyterian Church, 611 S. Main Street, Kenansville, NC at 2:30 p. m., on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Burial will follow the service in Golden Grove Cemetery.
Flowers are welcome, as are memorials which may be sent to Grove Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 786, Kenansville, NC 28349 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
Magnolia - Ruth Poindexter Barnette Lovette, 90, of Magnolia passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
She is survived by her three children, Jean (Randy) Bowden of Valdosta, GA, Betty (Harold)Flath of Yantis, TX and Allen Ray (Martha Kay) Barnette of Chinquapin, NC; grandsons, Billy Sekunda,CO., Mike Andreason, TX, and Brandon Flath, NM; step-grandchildren, Maria (Jamie) Dail and David (Amanda) Foy, 9 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors.
Funeral services will be 11a. m., Monday, October 15, 2018 in Community Funeral Home Chapel, Warsaw, NC. Visitation will be prior to the service at 10 a. m. Burial will follow at 1:00 p. m., in Riverview Memorial Park, 9332 US Hwy 117, Watha, NC.