Funeral directors honor community members

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The Eastern District of the Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of North Carolina recently held its annual Community Service Awards Banquet in Greenville. The purpose is to honor residents who provided outstanding services within the communities of member firm funeral homes. The Professional of the Year for the Eastern District, Carol Stevens of Stevens Funeral Home, and Trailblazer in Funeral Service William H. "Sonny" Dove of Oscar's Mortuary were also recognized. Pictured seated from left are Delbra McIntyre, Haskins Funeral Home of Goldsboro; Robert Smith, Edwards Funeral Home in Wilson; and Joan Y. Atkinson, S. Conner Memorial Funeral Home in Snow Hill. Standing from left are Adolphus Spruill, Don Brown Funeral Home in Ayden, Chief Albert L. Alston Jr., Carron's Funeral Home of Wilson; Commissioner Sherry Lucas, Stevens Funeral Home of Wilson, Verna Sutton Ruffin, Britt Funeral Home, La Grange; Dorothy M. Burns, Stevens Funeral Home of Wilson; Michael's Angels Girls Club, represented by the youth in pink, Hemby-Willoughby Funeral Home of Fountain; the Rev. Dr. Michael A. Johnson, Britt Funeral Home; Linda Tucker-Gooding, Keith Goddard and Latonia R. Griffin, Don Brown Funeral Home; Carol Stevens, Professional of the Year, of Stevens Funeral Home; and William H. "Sonny" Dove, Trailblazer, of Oscar's Mortuary Inc., New Bern. Not pictured is the Rev. Elton Hines Sr., Matthews Family Mortuary, Rocky Mount. The Professional of the Year and Trailblazer will compete on the state level.