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Kennedy, Warren F.* - Pink Hill  
PINK HILL | Warren F. Kennedy of Pink Hill (Duplin County) departed this earthly home on Monday, May 25, 2015. He was born on November 27, 1938, to Lamon H. and Mary T. Kennedy. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gerlene Holmes Kennedy. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Freddie Lynn Kennedy and wife, Patricia of Kinston, Warren Frederick Kennedy Jr. and wife, Sheila of Castle Hayne, Bobby Gene Kennedy Sr. and wife, Nikki of Magnolia, and Franklin Scott Kennedy and wife, Melissa of Beulaville. In addition, he had nine grandchildren (Tripp Kennedy, Gene Kennedy, Miranda Kennedy Hall, Nakia Maye Dwight, Austin Kennedy, Nicole Kennedy, Landen Kennedy, Kariann Kennedy, Jolene Kennedy) and one great-grandchild (Harper Kennedy). He is also survived by sisters, Iris Powell and Mary Nell Kennedy, and brothers, Woodley Kennedy, Wayne Kennedy, Jack Kennedy, Keith Kennedy and Rudy Kennedy. Following his discharge (under Honorable Conditions) from the United States Navy on July 1, 1958, he returned to Duplin County and began working as a welder. He worked at Barrus Construction (Kinston) before venturing out as owner and operator of Kennedy's Welding Service (Pink Hill). In addition to operating his own welding business, he worked as a part-time dispatcher for Lenoir County Fire in the late 1970s and taught welding at James Sprunt Community College during the 1980s. Despite his busy work life, he found time to serve with the Pink Hill Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue for over two decades, serving as Chief during the 1980s. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Pink Hill Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m. at Pink Hill Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Golden Grove Cemetery in Kenansville. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Pink Hill Funeral Home with special contributions by the Wilmington Police Department Honor Guard and the Pink Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com
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Published in Free Press on May 26, 2015
Maroules, Evelyn (Banks)* - Kinston  
KINSTON | Evelyn Banks Maroules, 82, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, May 22, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Amos June Banks and Mary Silance Banks; and husband, Ed Maroules of 56 years; and her brother, Amos Elwood Banks and his wife Margie. Evelyn was the President of the Shrinettes in 1984 and was a member of Eastern Star. She owned Evelyn's Beauty Shop where she worked as a hairstylist for 40 years. After her retirement in 2002 she and Ed retired to Swansboro, where they enjoyed the beach, fishing, family and the many friends they made there. Survivors include her daughter, Connie Maroules Snow and husband Ken of Washington; sons, Edward Speros Maroules and wife Marie of Kinston and George Michael Maroules of Swansboro; sisters, Lois B. Johnson, Lucille B. Tyndall and Lillie B. King, all of Swansboro, and Brenda Banks Smith and husband Ray of Comfort; brother, Horace Sutton Banks of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Edward S. Maroules III (Trey) of New Bern, Michael B. Maroules of Las Vegas, Nev., Elizabeth M. DeGiosio and husband Bob of Greenville and Zachary Michael Maroules of Swansboro; and great-grandson, Miles Edward DeGiosio; as well as her special dog, Buddy, who was always by her side. The family would like to say a special thank you to past caregivers, Martha Marks, Katherine Casey and Denise Densmore, and a special thank you to Debra Davis and Faye McNair. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Tuckahoe Christian Church, 6212 N.C. 41 W., Trenton, with the Rev. Roger Noble officiating. A private burial will follow the service at Pinelawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to be made to either Tuckahoe Christian Church, 6212 N.C. 41 W., Trenton, NC 28585, Lenoir County SPCA, 2455 Rouse Road Ext., Kinston, NC 28504 or donate to the Shriners Hospital for Children at their website, shrinershospitalsforchildren.org . Howard-Carter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. On-line condolences may be sent to howardandcarter.com . Sign the guest book at Kinston.com
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Published in Free Press on May 25, 2015
Maye, Tyrone  
LA GRANGE | Tyrone Maye, 44, of 122 Sam's Lane, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at home. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at Hull Road Free Will Baptist Church in Kinston. Burial will follow at Old Mill Cemetery, Goldsboro. Survivors include his mother, Clara Davis of the home; daughter Tylisha Maye of La Grange; son Breyon Starkey of Goldsboro; brothers Rakeem Davis and Monte Exum of La Grange, Tyshon Mervilus of Georgia, and Sherrod Britt of Elizabeth, N.J; sisters Claretta Maye and Antwanette Fletcher of Elizabeth N.J., Kim Davis of Goldsboro, Tysheema Davis of La Grange; and grandmother, Mae Bell Jackson of La Grange. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Swinson Funeral Service.
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Published in Free Press on May 23, 2015
McAffity, Martha Lee* - Raleigh  
RALEIGH | Deaconess Martha Lee McAffity, a woman of God with a magnificent faith transitioned from labor to reward on Friday, May 15, 2015, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Martha was 83 years old. She is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Willie McAffity Jr.; three children, Curtis (Kendra) of Raleigh, Joan Cummings and Lisa M. Fletcher (Eric) of Charlotte; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. The visitation will be held from 10:30-11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, at Watts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. The homegoing celebration will follow at 11 a.m. Online condolences may be sent to haywoodfh.com . The arrangements have been entrusted to Haywood Funeral Home, 2415 Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27603. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com
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Published in Free Press on May 22, 2015
Minchew, Joyce (Murphy)* - 5. Duplin  
WALLACE | Joyce Murphy Minchew, 73, of Wallace, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at home. Joyce was born February 22, 1942, in Rose Hill to the late Norman Holmes Murphy and Lois King Murphy. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Myra Ellen Murphy. Joyce was a graduate of Atlantic Christian College with a BS degree in Business Education. She later attended UNC-W to complete her major in English. Joyce was a teacher for 24 years. She taught English at Union High School for seven years and completed her teaching career at Harrells Christian Academy where she taught for 17 years. She was a member of Charity United Methodist Church for 60 years where she was pianist for more than 25 years and taught Sunday School class to all ages. After marrying Delmar Minchew in 2002, she became a member of Wallace United Methodist Church. Joyce had an innate love for the beauty of nature which led to her passion for gardening. She also loved to travel, and more than anything she loved her family second only to the Lord. Joyce is survived by her husband of 13 years this June, Delmar Minchew. She is also survived by one daughter, Angela Norman Brown and husband Robby Brown; three grandchildren, Zelle, Brody and Leah; two stepchildren, Todd Minchew and children Kendrick, Will and Jane Caroline, and Gina Strickland and husband Clay and children Catherine and Fredrick. Also surviving are Joyce's two brothers, Wendell Holmes Murphy and wife Linda of Rose Hill and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Harry Daniel "Pete" Murphy and wife Lynn of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and 21 nieces and nephews. Joyce wanted a special thank you expressed to her health caregivers from Interim Health, Well Care Home Care and Lower Cape Fear Hospice. She especially wanted to thank Tammy Boone for her loving care and friendship. Also, an overwhelming expression of gratitude from Joyce and the family for the cards, visits, food and endless support throughout this journey. A Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Wallace United Methodist Church, 303 S. College St., Wallace. Entombment will immediately follow at Devotional Gardens, 1260 N.C. 24/50, Warsaw. The family will be receiving friends at the Minchew home, 152 River Ridge Drive, Wallace. Her body will lie in state for viewing at Quinn McGowen Funeral Home, 612 S. Norwood St., Wallace. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to The ALS Association Research Program, 1275 K St. N.W., Suite 250, Washington, DC 20005. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com
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Published in Free Press on May 27, 2015
Norman, John S.* - La Grange  
LA GRANGE | John Samuel Norman, 82, of La Grange, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center. John was born August 18, 1932, in Edgecombe County to the late Irby and Nannie Eastwood Norman. He proudly served his country 25 years in the United States Army retiring with the rank of 1st Sergeant. John served two tours in Vietnam and among the many medals he was awarded were the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. Following his retirement from the military, he worked at Dobbs School where he retired as Security Chief. Feeling a call to serve his Lord, John graduated from Duke Divinity School and pastored Edwards Chapel United Methodist Church for a number of years. John had a deep passion for the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was most happy when out on his boat. Nothing was more pleasing than the tug of a fish on the line, no matter the size. A service to celebrate and honor John's life will be held at noon Saturday, May 23, 2015, from Rouse Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at Fairview Cemetery. John is survived by his wife of almost 26 years, Hazel Wiggins Norman; three children, Michael Moye and wife Debbie, Ronnie Moye and wife Linda and Beth Holland; one grandson, Shawn Moye; four granddaughters, Bethany Bridwell, Kristy Moye, Stephanie Sullivan and Kimberly Smith; two great-granddaughters, Ashlyn Pridgen and Brianna Moye; two great-grandsons, Christian Quick and Eli Smith; one great-great-grandson, Blayden Pridgen; one great-great-granddaughter, Hazlee Pridgen; sister, Brenda Radford; along with a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 11 p.m.-noon Saturday at Rouse Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home. Online condolences may be expressed at rousefh.com . Memorials may be made to Garris Chapel United Methodist Church, 823 Piney Grove Road, La Grange, NC 28551 or Cure For The Colors, 203 Cox Blvd., Goldsboro, NC 27534. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Samer Kasbara, Dr. James Atkins, Southeastern Medical Oncology Staff, Wayne Memorial Hospital 4th Floor Staff and the staff of Kitty Askins Hospice Center for their loving care and support. Arrangements are with Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com
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Published in Free Press on May 22, 2015
Ogren, Gregg Ellis* - Kinston  
KINSTON | Gregg Ellis Ogren, 52, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Wayne Memorial Hospital. He was retired from the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office as a Lieutenant. Survivors include his wife, Kimberly Holland Ogren of the home; daughter, Jessica Ann Ogren of the home; parents, Clayton and Shirley Ogren of Kinston; sisters, Jodi Ann Leavy and Kelly Ann Deters, both of Kinston; and his brother, Mark Ellis Ogren of Pittsboro. Visitation will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Immanuel Baptist Church and other times at the home. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. with Pastor Jon Campbell officiating. Burial will follow the service at Evergreen Memorial Estates. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church, 712 Airport Road, Kinston, NC, 28504. Howard-Carter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. On-line condolences may be sent to howardandcarter.com . Sign the guest book at Kinston.com
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Published in Free Press on May 26, 2015
Rasberry, Eric Donovan  
NEW BERN | Eric Donovan Rasberry, 46, of 612 S. West Craven Middle School Road, died Saturday, May 16, 2015 at home. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at Rio Grand Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Rasberry Family Cemetery. Survivors include his mother, Rose Rasberry of the home; daughters, Tocarra Jones, and Illyana Davis both of Vanceboro, Tamrah Savage of Greenville and Erica Rasberry of New Bern; brothers Franklin Rasberry and Mickey Rasberry of New Bern; sisters Mary Rasberry of Durham, Edna Rasberry of New Bern; and two grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the residence. Viewing will be from 2-7 p.m. Friday, at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., Kinston and will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.
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Published in Free Press on May 21, 2015
Ray, Josephine - Kinston  
KINSTON | Josephine Ray, 96, of 407 W. Washington St., died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at home. Arrangements are incomplete at Mills Funeral Home, Inc.
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Published in Free Press on May 26, 2015
Smith, Connell  
GREENVILLE | Connell Smith, 62, of 604 Hooker Road, died Monday, May 18, 2015, at Vidant Medical Center. Friends are being received at 108 Fairwood Lane, Greenville. Arrangements are by Christian Brothers Funeral Home and Cremations, Kinston.
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Published in Free Press on May 21, 2015
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