Warsaw - Stephen David Knowles, 69, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2023 at ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville, NC. Mr. Knowles was born September 3, 1953 in New Hanover County, NC to the late William James and Dorothy Hopkins Knowles.
A visitation will begin at 10:00 am, Thursday, July 27, 2023 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 am in Community Funeral Home Chapel and burial will conclude the service in Devotional Gardens.
Steven is survived by sons, Stephen Knowles and wife, Katie of Rose Hill and Brian Knowles and wife, Kelsea of Maple Hill; three grandchildren, Parker, Wyatt and Payton Knowles; and brothers, Billy Knowles of Kenansville and Donald Knowles of Florida.
Rose Hill - Marianna Thomas Johnson Hill, 82, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at Wallace Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Wallace, NC. Mrs. Hill was born December 17, 1940 in Edgecombe County, NC to the late Edward Spencer and Eunice Powell Thomas.
A memorial service will held 2:00 pm, Monday, July 17, 2023 at Community Funeral Home in Rose Hill.
She was the beloved mother of three sons, Edward S. Johnson of Four Oaks, Brian K. Johnson of Etowah, NC, Jay Johnson and wife, Karen of Atlantic Beach. She is also survived by grandchildren, A. J. Johnson and Susannah Johnson and fiancé Mike and sister, Linda Beecher of Rose Hill.
Warsaw - Nannie Mae Gurley Holloman, 93, passed away Monday, July 10, 2023 at Warsaw Health and Rehabilitation. Mrs. Holloman was born October 2, 1929 in Johnston County, NC to the late Henry Howard and Peggy Moore Gurley.
Visitation will be held 11:00 am, Friday July 14, 2023 at Community Funeral Home of Warsaw, the funeral service will begin at 12:00 pm Friday in Community Funeral Home Chapel and burial will conclude the service in Devotional Gardens.
Nannie is survived by brother, Owen Gurley and wife, Joy of Hope Mills; sister, Adell G. Anderson of Warsaw and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Nannie was preceded in death by husband, Jim William Holloman; brothers, Ernest Gurley, R. F. Gurley, Lester Gurley, Needham Gurley, and Henry Gurley; and sister, Cherry Belle Holloman.
With a heavy heart, Bill Faust of Warsaw, NC passed away on July 8, 2023 at his home surrounded by friends and family. Born and raised in La Grange, NC, he was one of 6 children of the late Edna and Fred Rouse.
He worked at New River Nursery in Jacksonville for 11 years until he met Mary “Tina” Bland Jones from Bland’s BBQ on his many trips to Warsaw Floral Co. With his two sons, Donny and Bill Jr and her two sons, Wayne and Doug and the promise of “going out every day after lunch with his dogs”, they married on June 25, 1965. They later had a daughter, Cindy. Bill opened his own nursery next to the restaurant in which he specialized in rose gardens. If you drive by a rose garden in Duplin County, it was most likely created by Faust Nursery.
Bill was a Scout Master for 11 years for Troop 20. His proudest accomplishment is helping 52 boys obtain their Eagle Scout status. He also led these scouts on 100-mile pilgrimages to Bath and Halifax. Because of his scouting achievements, he earned the Silver Beaver award.
He was an avid outdoorsman with quail, dove, and pheasant hunting. He was a judge in the National Wild Food Cooking Contest for 25 years which led him to be in the Wild Food Hall of Fame in Parkersburg, VA. He helped establish the North Carolina Wild Food Weekends which has been going on for over 45 years. He was famous for his earthworm cake and loved the reactions of any new unsuspecting victims. He also attended the Wild Flower Pilgrimage for 40 years at Blackwater Falls, VA. Bill was the President of the Duplin County Gun Club for 25 years where he hosted the Eastern Carolina Championship Bird Dog Trials. His most famous dog was Mac who won the Eastern Carolina Championship.
If you didn’t know how to speak “dog”, “flowers”, “hunting” or his various interest, then he didn’t have too much to say. When bringing home friends, they were always warned that I hope you like hugs. Bill loved to hug a woman. He always said he thought it helped brighten their day. I know it did his. His philosophy on life was “10 hugs a day and learn something new”.
He was preceded in death by his spouse Mary Grey Bland, sons William Eugene Faust and Robert Wayne Jones. He is survived by sons Donald Wayne Faust, William Douglas Jones and wife Paulette, Tony Randal Faust and fiancé Lynn, Cynthia Diane Faust and wife Katherine and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. The greatest thanks to special friends Carolyn Quinn and Dr. Corazon Ngo who took on the primary role of caring for him after his automobile accident and during this journey as well. Special thanks to his granddaughter Buffie Niebauer Barnett who also helped with caregiving during this time. Many thanks to ECU Hospice for your professionalism and compassion. Many thanks to the community of Warsaw and the many friends who he has touched with his generosity and kindness.
Visitation will be held at James Kenan High School gymnasium on Tues, July 11, 2023 from 10:00-11:00 am with a service at the gym from 11:00-12:00 with graveside at Devotional Gardens following. Another visitation will be held at Bland’s BBQ that afternoon from 4-8pm.
In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree or consider a donation to your local scout troop in his honor.
Sylvia Prevost Vestal, 86, of Kenansville passed away early Wednesday, July 5, 2023 at her home. She was born in High Point to the late Charles Homer Prevost and Rachelle Gregory Prevost.
Sylvia was a Navy wife(considered the hardest job in the Navy, moving 13 times), mother, nurse (RN in NC and VA) and teacher. She graduated from Thomasville High School and NC Baptist Hospital School of Nursing. She continued her career in nursing working as an office nurse, a hospital nurse and Home Care Nurse. She taught weekday preschool four years in Slidell, LA. She established the afterschool program at Kenansville Elementary School. Sylvia was a Statewide Preschool Specialist for NC Baptist State Convention, served on the NC Baptist State Convention Board of Directors for 5 years and served on the Carolina East Homecare and Hospice Board from 2001 to 2007. In addition she was very active in her church and led a weekly Ladies Bible Study at Kenansville Baptist Church for 15 years. She also loved to sew and was a talented seamstress.
A visitation will be held 2:00pm Sunday July 9, 2023 at Kenansville Baptist Church of Kenansville. Services will follow the visitation at 3:00pm also at the Church. Burial will take place after the service at Golden Grove Cemetery.
Sylvia leaves to cherish her memory husband, Ellis Brinson Vestal of Magnolia, daughters Laura Vestal Huster of Ellijay, GA and Dana Vestal Byrd and husband Pat of Magnolia. daughter-in-law Angie Hood Vestal of Marquette, Michigan, a brother, Charles Gregory Prevost and wife, Connie of Charlotte, a sister, Brenda P. Myers of High Point, 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Sylvia was preceded in death by son, Ellis Brinson Vestal, Jr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials maybe made to Kenansville Baptist Church P. O. Box 865, Kenansville, NC 28349.