Walter Sanders
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302 S. Brightleaf Blvd.
Smithfield, NC 27577

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Obituaries

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Walter Sanders Funeral Home keeps the residents in Smithfield, NC and surrounding areas up to date on the current obituaries. Please take a moment to read below... find out who was called home by God.


Lener Cornelia Cole Williams was born on January 17, 1934 in Four Oaks Township in Johnston County to the late Peter Quenzie and Noralener Merritt Cole.  On Saturday, September 6, 2014 the Lord called our Beloved Lener home to rest.

Funeral Services for Evangelist Williams will be held Sunday Sept. 14th at the Western Assembly Headquarters on 701 Newton Grove, NC starting at 2:00pm,  a visitation will be held for Evangelist Williams Saturday from 6:00pm until 9:00pm at Smith Chapel Church.

Lener’s legacy survives in her two sons, James Williams of Philadelphia, PA and Blaney Williams of the home; daughter Cheryal Bass Whetstone of Maryland, a godson, John McNeil of Shallotte NC; 4 goddaughters, Shawanda B. Battle of Raleigh NC, Angela O’Bledose, Shirley Bridges and Betty Jean O’Neal all of Zebulon NC a grandson, James Moore of Clinton, NC; a granddaughter, Nakiya Austin of Smithfield, NC; a great-granddaughter, Mckinley Moore of Clinton NC. 

Siblings are Willie R. Cole of Willingboro, New Jersey and Ella Mae Lofton of Four Oaks NC.  An uncle, Brazley Cornelius Cole, also lives to cherish her memory along with nine sister-in-laws: Christine Cole, Lois W. Pate, Lou Venia W. Sawyer both of Philadelphia PA, Ruth W. Brown of Roanoke VA, Minnie W. Burton of Rehobeth Beach DE, Bernicee Watkins, and Celestine Cheek of Greensboro NC and Jacqueline W. Raynor of Goldsboro NC; a brother in-law Ralph L. Williams of Greensboro NC; 6 nieces, 4 nephews and a host of relatives and friends.


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Candace Jacobs Dambra, age 61, a resident of Durham NC since 2007 passed on into the spirit world from the SECU Hospice House in Smithfield, NC on August 25, 2014 after two years of battling the return of Metastatic Breast Cancer that spread in her body.  She had been a long time resident in Falls Church, VA where she worked for the city of Falls Church and then had her own business as a Massage Therapist that gave her the opportunity to help heal clients which gave her the feeling of being helpful to others.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Starr Lillian Canfield Jacobs whom passed in October 2013 in Alexandria, VA.  "Candy" is survived by her life partner Christine Rowan of Durham, NC and father James M. Jacobs and step mother Sandy Jacobs of Cocca, FL.  There was no service because it was Candace's desire to be cremated.


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Mrs. Mildred Virginia Bell Williams age 90 of Smithfield, NC departed this life on September 5, 2014 at her Smithfield home while surrounded by family. Mrs. Williams was born to the late Donell Bell and Lousetta Sanders Bell, she was the wife of the late Hubert Williams, and is survived by a son William L. Watson, Jr. and one daughter Lasaundra Watson-Legate. Aunt "Mill" as she was known by her many nieces and nephews was preceded in death by eleven brothers and sisters; William R. Bell, Juanita B. Johnson, Joseph W. Bell, Ruth B. Murphy, James A. Bell, Carrie B. Swailes, Dewey E. Bell, Jesse Braxton Bell, Robert F. Bell, David Bell, and Frances Bell.


Funeral arrangements for Mrs.Williams are planned for Saturday Sept. 13th 11:00am at Galilee Baptist Church 2017 Galilee Rd Smithfield, NC 27577. A walk thru visitation is planned for Friday night Sept. 12th from 4:00pm until 7:00pm at The Walter Sanders Funeral Home Chapel 302 S. Bright Leaf Blvd Smithfield, NC 27577.


In lieu of flowers please make your donations to the Galilee Scholarship Fund for students to attend college c/o Galilee Baptist Church PO Box 2887 Smithfield, NC 27577.


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Mrs. Alice Christmas Logan age 71 of Glen Burnie, MD transitioned from earth to heavenly reward on August 17, 2014 at Howard County General Hospital. Mrs. Logan was  born to the late James R. and Corine Christmas, she was the wife of the late Chester Logan; loving mother of Reginald S and Andre N. Smalls; a cherished grandmother of three; sister of Ethel Logan, Phillip Christmas and the late James C. Christmas, Florine Langham and Columbus Christmas. She also is survived by a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services for Mrs Logan will be held at Forest Hills Cemetery, 5479 MilCreek Church Rd Clayton beginning at 10:00am Monday August 25. The family will receive friends and other guests Sunday August 24 from 4:00pm until 7:00pm at The Walter Sanders Funeral Home 302 S. Bright Leaf Blvd. Smithfield, NC.


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Mr. Thomas Sanders Jr. age 76 was born to the late Bert Thomas Sanders and Odell Lassiter Sanders October 5, 1937. Mr. Sanders leaves to cherish his memories four sons; Charles(Melody), Tommy(Gloria), Billy Ray(Gloria), Jerry(Erica), Two daughters Debbie(Bruce), and Ola(Levy); one sister Linda and a brother William. A host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


A Graveside service will be held Mon Aug 18 11:00am at Sanders Grove Baptist Church, 6989 NC Hwy 210 Smithfield, NC.


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Stencil (Doc) Chester Stokes Sr. was born in Valdosta Georgia to the late Rittie Stokes and John Stokes. Doc was one of six children Sam, (Taylor, Maddie, Gussie, and Celia who preceded him in death). Mr. Stokes transitioned on Sunday August 3rd at the Wake Med Center Raleigh, NC. Funeral Services for "Doc" will take place Saturday August 9th at St. Peters Church of Christ Disciple of Christ, 1011 Massey St. Smithfield, NC at 1:00pm. Viewing will be from 12 noon until 1:00pm at the church on Saturday.

Doc served his time in Vietnam in the 182nd Airborne Unit, during which time he earned a Purple Heart for being wounded in the line of duty.

Doc enjoyed riding horses and was a member of the "Federation of The Black Cowboys", later after moving to NC he became a member of the "Bounty Hunters Saddle Club" and  "The Barnyard Bandits". He supported many fund raisers and the Cancer Foundation.

Doc leaves a great legacy behind, but leaves an even greater legacy in his children to carry on his memories; Betty Jean, Carmelita (Robert), Stencil Jr.(Kia), Pretice (Tamara), Sondra (Rashad), Shenica, Nicole, and Patrice . Fifteen Grandchildren, one Great grandson and a special friend Whitney Jones.


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Mrs. Minnie Louise Dublin Jones age 75, of Kenly, NC transitioned from labor to reward on Tuesday July 22 at the SECU Hospice House Smithfield, NC.

Mrs. Jones Celebration of Life will take place Tues. July 29 at Rocky Branch United Church of Christ Kenly, NC at 2:00pm. Viewing will take place from 4:00pm until 7:00pm Mon. July 28 at the Walter Sanders Funeral Home Chapel and again from 1:00pm until 2:00pm on the day of the service at Rocky Branch.

Mrs. Minnie is survived by her Five daughters; Rosolyn Fisher(Joseph) of Beaufort, NC; Cassandra Dublin of Anchorage, AK; Latoya Carter(George) of Zebulon, NC; Ruth Ann Jones of Kenly, NC; Crystal Shaw(John) of Kenly, NC; Three sons; Michael Dublin(Sadie) of Wilson, NC; Andre Dublin of Kenly, NC; Alforner Jones, Jr. of Kenly, NC; One sister; Vickie Spells(Clarence) of Smithfield, NC; One brother; William Dublin(Paulette) of Bowie, MD; One sister-n-law Gloria Dublin of Smithfield, NC; Two aunts; Helen Smith of Smithfield, NC; and Gladys Dublin of Smithfield, NC; Twenty-Six Grandchildren, Thirty-Six Great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

 

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Geneva Watson age 90, of 825 Ward St Smithfield died Friday July 18 at Smithfield Manor. Mrs. Geneva was a member of Evans Chapel AME Church, Smithfield, NC. Mrs. Geneva was educated in Johnston County Schools and retired from Carolina Telephone now know as CenturyLink.

A Homegoing ceremony will be held Tues July 22, 2014 at New Generation Christian Church 5423 Wilsons Mills Rd Wilsons Mills, NC. Viewing will begin at 11:00am followed immediately by Homegoing services at 12:00 noon.

She is survived by three grandchildren; Valeshia Watson, Four Oaks, NC, Roderick Keith Watson(Felicia), Goldsboro, NC and Erica Norman(Sherwood), Smithfield, NC and one sister Lillie Mae Griffin, Smithfield, NC.

Please join us as we extend our condolences to the Watson family.

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Jodi Andre White, 37, of 118 Waterview Way Smithfield died Friday, June 13, 2014 in New Bern. Mr. White was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church, Wilsons Mills NC Jodi, was employed as a machine operator at Penn Compression Moulding, Inc., Smithfield, NC.

Mr. White’s funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 AM, Friday, June 20, 2014 at Oscar's Mortuary 1700 Oscar Dr., New Bern. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Amina B. White of the home; three sons, Joey Deandre White of Vanceboro, JoDavin White and Jodi White both of the home; three daughters, Karizmo White, Kaziah White and Kristia Boomer of the home; father, James White, Jr.;mother and stepfather, Christina Becton Taylor and Anthony "Butch" Taylor all of New Bern;  one brother, Jamie White of Fayetteville; one sister, Tammy Becton of Hookerton, NC; maternal grandmother, Martha Becton of New Bern and one grandchild.

 

The family will receive friends at 1802 Moore Avenue New Bern, NC.

Viewing will be from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Thursday at Oscar's Mortuary 1700 Oscar Drive, New Bern, NC., call 252-633-1156 for further details.  

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The Walter Sanders Funeral wishes to inform you of the transition of Mr. Kenneth Decarris Hooks Sr., age 62 of Zebulon, NC on Sunday May 18, 2014 at the Transitions Life Care Center of Raleigh, NC. Funeral Services for Mr. Hooks will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday May 22, 2014 at Johnston Central High School Alumni Center 1002 Massey St Smithfield, NC. In lieu of cut flowers you may send potted plants.

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Walter Sanders Funeral Home regrets to inform you of the transition of Mrs. Mary L. McCoy, age 65 of Garner, NC. Mrs McCoy departed this life on Sunday May 18th 2014 at the Transitional Lifecare Center of Raleigh, NC. Funeral Services will take place 1:00 pm, with viewing from 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm Saturday May 24th at Shiloh Christian Church 211 Durham St. Smithfield, NC.

Mrs. McCoy is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Mr. Jerry J. McCoy of the home; daughters Angie MCoy, Anita McCoy, Jessica Alston and Kimberly Holland; Granddaughters McKenna Janae Carroll and Lyric Tynee' Cleveland; Mother, Ms. Mary Magalene Smith; Sisters Beverly McClamb, and Tillie Faye Lassiter;  Brothers Robert Smith and Roger Neal Lassiter;  a host nieces, nephews and friends. Please join us as we extend condolences to the family of Mrs. McCoy.  

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Walter Sanders Funeral Home regrets to inform you of the passing of Mr. Millard "ML" Lee Jr., age 89 of Selma, NC while a resident of Barbour Court Nursing Facility Smithfield, NC. A public viewing for Mr. Lee will be held Friday April 25, from 4 pm until 8 pm at the Walter Sanders Funeral Home Chapel and Funeral Services will take place on Saturday April 26 at 1 pm Fuller Street Pentecostal Holiness Church 1200 Block of Fuller St Smithfield, NC. Viewing will be held from 12 noon until 1 pm.

Mr. Lee is survived by his wife of 42 years Mattie L. Sanders-Lee, sons Clee Arthur (Joyce) Lee Sr., Kenneth Lee, James Lee, Willie Earl Lee, Steven Lee, Calvin Lee and Lonnie E. Bell (Mary); daughters Virginia Lee (Charlie) Dorothy Lee, Shirley (AL) Elliott and Earlene Bell; 22 Grandchildren, 40 Great Grandchildren, 10 Great Great Grandchildren and 2 Great Great Great Grandchildren, a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives and friends. Please join us as we extend our condolences to the Lee family.

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Walter Sanders Funeral Home regrets to inform you of the passing of Ms. Diana Ramayne Meachem-Jones, age 57 of Greensboro, NC. Ms. Meachem-Jones transitioned from labor to reward surrounded by family at her home Saturday April 12, 2014.  A celebration of  life will be held Saturday April 19th at the Bennett College Chapel, Greensboro NC with public viewing beginning at 10:00 am followed immediately by services at 11:00 am.

Ms. Meachem-Jones is survived by her mother Ms. Sara Meachem of Greensboro, one daughter Whitney Jones of Greensboro, one brother Benjamin Meachem Jr.(Gina) of China and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers please send your contributions to Bennett College in memory of Diana R. Meachem-Jones.

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Homegoing services for Mr. Charles E. Williams age 75 of Smithfield, NC will be held Wednesday April 9 at 1:00 pm Evans Chapel AME Church Smithfield. The family will receive guests on Tuesday from 4 pm until 7 pm at the Walter Sanders Funeral Home Chapel Smithfield.

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Funeral Services for Mr. William "BC" Carroll, age 69 of Smithfield, NC will be held on Thursday April 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm in the Walter Sanders Funeral Home Chapel Smithfield. The family will receive guests on Wednesday evening from 5 pm  until 7 pm at the Walter Sanders Funeral Home Chapel.

Mr. Carroll went from labor to reward  Friday April 4th at Alamance Regional Medical Center, Burlington NC. Mr. Carroll is survived by his wife  Mrs. Lela Price Carroll; one step daughter Linda Kay Price; one brother James Carroll; two sisters Esther Carroll, Bonnie Lou King; four children Lisa Carroll, Allison Renee Carroll, William Carroll and Kelly Avant, ten grandchildren, one great grandchild, nieces, nephews and a host of friends and other relatives.

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Homegoing Services for Mrs. Dorothy Alford Ray, age 51 of Selma, NC will be held in the Walter Sanders Funeral Home Chapel Saturday March 29th at 1:00 pm. Public Viewing and visitation will start at 12:00 noon on Saturday.

Mrs. Ray transitioned on Tuesday morning March 25th at Barbour Court Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Smithfield, NC.  Mrs. Ray is survived by her husband, Mr. Billy Ray of Selma, NC and a sister Lib Lassiter of Lillington, NC and a host of relatives and friends.

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Funeral Services for Mr. Robert Lewis Johnson Sr., age 83 of Lanham Md who went from labor to reward on March 1, 2014 are scheduled for Saturday March 15th at Oakey Grove Baptist Church, 3525 US Highway 70 West at Little Creek Church Rd Clayton, NC. Viewing will begin at 11:30am and the Homegoing Service immediately following at 12:00 noon.

Robert Lewis Johnson, Sr. leaves to cherish his memories, sons Robert Lewis Johnson, Jr. (Carol) of Greensboro, NC, Ricky Johnson of Winston-Salem, NC, daughters Sarah Lee Batts (William) of Charlotte, NC, Annette Chavis (Rick) of Greensboro, NC, and Deirdre L. Brooks of High Point, NC., eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, five great great- grandchildren, two brothers, Glenwood Johnson of Raleigh, NC., Melvin Johnson of Garner, NC. three sisters, Winnie Lyon of Raleigh, NC. Mary Francis Mitchener (Clifton) of Smithfield, NC. Alice F. Dixon, of Benson, NC., sister-in-laws, Carol L. Johnson of Clayton, NC, Rose Johnson of Upper Marlboro, MD, Daisy Johnson of Seat Pleasant, MD, Ethel  M. Johnson of Raleigh, NC and a host, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

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Funeral Services for Mr. Deering C. Mitchell, age 92 of Clayton, NC transitioned from his earthly home to his heavenly reward on Thursday March 6, 2014 at The Laurels of Forest Glenn in Garner NC. Services will be held Thursday March 13, 2014 at Union Hill AME Church 51 Harrison Rd Wilson's Mills, NC. Viewing will be held from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm with services beginning at 1:00 pm. Mr. Mitchell was a longtime member of Union Hill AME Church Wilson's Mills, NC.

He was preceded in death by one brother George Mitchell, and one sister, Rachel Robinson. He leaves to cherish his memory, a son, Keith Mitchell of Pittsburgh, PA, one brother, John Mitchell(Melinda) of Clayton, NC, one sister, Jean Claggett of Wheaton, MD, one brother-in-law, Oscar Vinson(Thelma) of Clayton, NC, one sister-in-law, Betty Joye of New York, NY, a devoted nephew, John Claggett(Jessie) of Clayton, NC, 4 nieces, Joanne Spriggs(Melvin) of Baltimore, MD, Rachel McRoy(Walter) of Gaithersburg, MD, Annette Everett of  Queens Village, NY, Allison Mitchell of Clayton, NC, and a host of great nieces and nephews, relatives and friends and a dear, devoted friend, Colette Durant of Wilson’s Mills, NC.

 

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Funeral Services for Mrs. Geraldine Liles Tomlinson, age 77 of Smithfield, NC who  slipped quietly away on Monday evening March 3, 2014 at SECU Hospice House Smithfield will be held Sunday March 9, 2014 at Mt. Zion Church of Deliverance 908 South Ave Smithfield, NC. Viewing will begin at 12:30 pm moving directly into the funeral services at 1:30 pm.

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Memorial Services for Ms. Ida Mae Brown, age 91 who transitioned from labor to reward Tue Feb. 4, 2014 at Smithfield Manor will be held Sat. Feb. 15, 2014. The service will begin at 2:00pm in the Walter Sanders Funeral Home Chapel located at 302 S. Bright Leaf Blvd Smithfield, NC.

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Funeral Services for Ms. Carrie Lee Sanders Vinson, age 79 who departed this life on January 30, 2014 at Wake Med Center in Raleigh, NC. A Homegoing celebration will take place Saturday Feb. 8th at St. Peter DOC 1011 Massey St Smithfield, NC at 1:00pm. The family will receive friends and guest Friday Feb. 7th at the Walter Sanders Funeral Home Chapel from 3pm until 5pm.

 


 

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