Hearts and prayers with mourning families

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Greetings from the Wesley Smith Chapel community!

Our hearts, sympathy and prayers are with the family of Granger Ray Martin of Dunn who died on Thursday morning. He was the son of the late George and Pennie Martin.

A graveside service was held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Martin Cemetery off of N.C. Highway 55 in Mount Olive. Garris Funeral Home of Mount Olive assisted the family.

Our prayers, sympathy and love are also with the family of E.C. Nixon, the brother of Lillie N. Ward of Mount Olive. Nixon died Friday morning in Four Oaks. He was a member of Hickory Grove Church where Dr. Hattie Lofton was the assistant pastor.

Please keep Lillie Nixon Ward in your prayers. She is a longtime member of St. Luke Church.

St. Luke Church of Christ, 636 Waller Road, invites you to join the congregation in virtual worship services streamed live on the church’s Facebook page on the first and third Sundays every month at 11:30 a.m. Pastor Elder Kenneth Freeman will deliver the message. Trustee Linda Moore teaches Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. via conference call at 518-263-8241. Bible study is held at the church at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Those in attendance are asked to wear their masks and stay 6 feet from others as the church limits crowd sizes to limit the spread of COVID-19. People can also join the Bible studies via the conference call line.

Happy Birthday
  • Aug. 27: Trey Simmons and Daniel Faison, from your aunt, Niecy Weeks, and Pamela Simmons of Faison.
  • Aug. 28: Earlene Robinson.
  • Aug. 30: Mother Connie Brown, who turned 90 and was honored with a birthday parade at Southwood Rehabilitation Center in Clinton. Happy special birthday, mother Connie. We love you and may God bless you to have many more, from Wendy Herring and children; sisters Nancy and Mattie; Niecy Weeks and me.
  • Sept. 5: Pamela Washington; Elder Shawn Hicks, from your St. John Church of Christ Church family in Hempstead.
  • Sept. 6: Clarice Jetton of Goldsboro; Shirley Simmons Cox; Bruce Hines of Cary.
  • Sept. 7: Tony Ward of Atlanta, Georgia; Tonya Davis; Luree Jackson of Jacksonville; Elder Janice Bennett of Texas; and Aunt DeeDee Durham of Goldsboro, from Aunt Niecy and me. We love you very much.
  • Sept. 8: Azariah Bizzell Graham, who turned 16, from your grandparents Elder Donald and Florence Graham.
  • Sept. 10: Kenni Best, the daughter of Watita Barfield and Rickey Best, and granddaughter of Nannie Barfield; Leroy Mitchell; Deacon Arthur Henderson, who turned 70, from your daughter, Charmaine Henderson Lassister and family, Elder Clifton Jones and the Best Chapel Church family.
  • Sept. 11: John Melvin; Geraldine Fortune of Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Sept. 12: Trustee Larry Baker; Mother Mamie Smith; Shanita Hobbs and Shanetta Sharese, from your Ram in the Bush Church family in Dudley and Eldress Annie Wade.
  • Sept. 13: Kelvin Darden of Charlotte; Larry Hall of Durham.
  • Sept. 14: Mickey Jones; Bridgett Barfield.
  • Sept. 16: Yolanda Troublefield; Joann Robinson; Reginald Ward of Maryland.
  • Sept. 21: Charlie Ward; Lucian Ward of Maryland
  • Sept. 22: Dorothy (Goos) Raynor Ross Ammons, from Elder Roberta Ammons and Lillie Ammons.
Don’t forget to vote

A voter registration drive will be held on Sunday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Dillard Goldsboro Alumni, 801 S. Poplar St., Goldsboro. The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is providing the drive. Free snowcones and music will be available.

Early voting begins Oct. 15 and will run through Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and noon until 4 p.m. on Sundays.

The following locations are available for early voting:

  • The Maxwell Center at 3114 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro;
  • Wayne County Public Library at 1001 E. Ash St., Goldsboro;
  • Mount Olive Train Depot at 110 W. Main St., Mount Olive;
  • Bear Creek MB Association at 1800 S. Slocumb St., Goldsboro; and
  • Pikeville Harmony Lodge at 340 Railroad St., Pikeville.

If you are elderly and need a ride to the polls, call Nannie Barfield with your name, time of pickup, address and phone number at 919-658-1503 or Len Henderson at 919-344-3560. Rides are free of charge.

My thought for this week: When you are alone, mind your thoughts. When you are with your friends, mind your tongues. When you are angry, mind your temper. When you are with a group, mind your behavior. When you are in trouble, mind your emotions. When God starts blessing you, mind your ego. Have a blessed, safe, peaceful, great weekend.

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