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Ms. Sylvia Pridgen
B: 1941-12-20
D: 2024-02-16
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Pridgen, Ms. Sylvia
Pastor Occie Ward
B: 1939-07-21
D: 2024-02-12
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Ward, Pastor Occie
Mr. David Williams
B: 1957-10-08
D: 2024-02-08
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Williams , Mr. David
Ms. Venus Anthony
B: 1956-09-04
D: 2024-02-04
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Anthony, Ms. Venus
Mr. Steven Ingram
B: 1962-05-20
D: 2024-02-03
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Ingram, Mr. Steven
Ms. Angela Guy
B: 1965-09-05
D: 2024-01-25
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Guy, Ms. Angela
Mr. Anthony "Tommy" Lane
B: 1958-06-03
D: 2024-01-24
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Lane, Mr. Anthony "Tommy"
Mr. ToMarcus Copeland
B: 1972-03-13
D: 2024-01-23
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Copeland , Mr. ToMarcus
Miss Victoria Boliere Jean
B: 2016-02-14
D: 2024-01-21
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Boliere Jean , Miss Victoria
Mr. Robby McKinnie
B: 1958-11-11
D: 2024-01-18
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McKinnie, Mr. Robby
Mr. Bobby Baker
B: 1956-04-14
D: 2024-01-15
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Baker , Mr. Bobby
Ms. Cleopatra Green
B: 1974-01-28
D: 2024-01-09
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Green, Ms. Cleopatra
Ms. Bernice Lemons
B: 1960-01-05
D: 2024-01-05
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Lemons, Ms. Bernice
Mr. Bernard Lee
B: 1962-07-23
D: 2023-12-30
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Lee, Mr. Bernard
Ms. Shirley Artis
B: 1957-03-13
D: 2023-12-26
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Artis, Ms. Shirley
Ms. Stella Coley
B: 1936-06-16
D: 2023-12-22
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Coley, Ms. Stella
Mr. George Hester
B: 1951-04-18
D: 2023-12-18
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Hester, Mr. George
Ms. Catherine "Neat" Roberts
B: 1959-01-18
D: 2023-12-12
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Roberts, Ms. Catherine "Neat"
Prophetess Debbie Baker
B: 1963-11-14
D: 2023-12-11
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Baker , Prophetess Debbie
Mr. Santos Serrano
B: 1935-11-01
D: 2023-12-02
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Serrano, Mr. Santos
Mrs. Bernice Hill
B: 1941-05-09
D: 2023-11-30
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Hill, Mrs. Bernice

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Dandrell D. Williams, President/Licensed Funeral Director
Email: serenitymemorialfh@gmail.com
Website: www.serenitymemorialfh.com
Office Phone: 1-919-947-1600
Fax: 919-583-5030

Mr. Dandrell Williams is the President and Owner of Serenity Memorial Funeral Home and Cremations,LLC. He was born in Goldsboro, NC to the late Daniel "Danny" Lee Wade and Deborah Williams in 1986.   He began working in the funeral industry at the age of 18 years old and has devoted his life to the funeral industry. Not many can understand the level of commitment one must have to serve the bereaved. He is currently active with the Wayne County Sheriffs Department and a 2009-2010 Iraqi War Veteran. Mr. Williams has always held jobs that would require him to give of himself selflessly. In October of 2016 he decided to follow the vision God gave him. Mr. Williams is a 2013 Graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College, majoring in Funeral Service Education and receiving a diploma in Funeral Directing. Mr. Williams says, "Although my road to ownership has not been easy, I made it with the grace of God."  He is honored to bring the vision to pass as Owner of Serenity Memorial Funeral Home a place where we believe families can be confident that they will receive service from professionals and  honest trustworthy service. He wants Serenity Memorial to be the place God gives families Serenity to accept the things they cannot change, the courage to change the things that they can, and the wisdom to know the difference. We aim to be an "Oasis of Hope in the Community".

Apostle Perry Ashford , Licensed Funeral Director / Pre-Need Agent/ Vice President
Email: williamsashforddirectors@gmail.com
Toll Free Phone: 9199471600
Office Phone: 9199471600
Fax: 919-583-5030

Mr. Perry H. Ashford is the Senior Founding Pastor of New Vision Christian Church in Clinton, NC. He has served in this capacity for 22 years. He was commissioned as an Apostle in 2010 under the tutelage of Apostle Zebedee Sheppard of Victory and Domion World Outreach Center of Snow Hill, NC. Mr. Ashford is the son of the late Herman and Bessie Ashford and was born in Wayne County; but grew up in the Faison-Sampson County area. He has been married to the lovely Vonder Ashford for 30 years and resides in Goldsboro, NC. He is the proud father of three amazinf sons; SHelton, Trent and Justin Ashford. He also has six wonderful grandchildren; Isaiah Lailah, Haleigh, Landon, Brynlee and Aurianna.

Pastor Ashford has traveled and preached the Gospel extensively in North Carolina and other surrounding states. He has also taken several missionary trips to Africa to train leaders. He has organized community outreach programs to include community food drives, after school programs, and Mentoring Programs. He graduated from Covenant Bible College with a Doctorate Degree in Theology of Philosophy in 2011. He became a Notary Public in 2015. HE also earned an Associate Degree in Funeral Service Education at Fayetteville Technical Community College in 2018. He became a Licensed Funeral Director in August of 2020 and is presently pursuing a license in Embalming.

His hobbies include spending time with family, traveling, gardening, reading, and watching "Crime Shows". His favorite place of relaxation is the beach. One of his life scriptures is" I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" He strongly believes that there are no impossibilities with Christ. (Philippians 4:13).

Daveion Thomas , Administrative Assistant/Funeral Directors Student
Email: serenitymemorialfh@gmail.com
Website: www.serenitymemorialfh.com
Office Phone: 919-947-1600
Fax: 919-583-5030

Since 2019

Angela Williams-Martin, Family Care Coordinator
Email: serenitymemorialfh@gmail.com
Toll Free Phone: 9199471600

Since 2018

Mrs. Annie Joyce Gibbs, Family Attendant
Email: serenitymemorialfh@gmail.com
Office Phone: 1-919-947-1600

Mrs. Annie Joyce Gibbs affectionately known as "Annie Joyce " is one of the most warmest and sweet spirited persons you will ever encounter. She eases the pain of our families with her awesome smile and warm personality. Annie Joyce is the mother of Latasha Gibbs Best and love spending time with her new grand baby. Annie Joyce has been with us since we began and we hope to have her around for many more years to come.

Anita Griswold-Hamilton , Family Care Attendant
Email: serenitymemorialfh@gmail.com
Toll Free Phone: 9199471600
Fax: 919-583-5030

Serving Since 2021

Willie F. Smith, Funeral Service Liaison/Funeral Attendant
Email: serenitymemorialfh@gmail.com
Office Phone: 1-919-947-1600

Willie Frank Smith was born in Wayne County and enjoyed most of his childhood in Fremont, NC. He is the owner of Smittys' Cleaning Service. He is retired from AP Parts after 30 years of service. "Uncle Willie" as the staff calls him, serves as the Funeral Service Liaison. He has devoted the past 7 years to serving the bereaved families of Wayne and surrounding counties. We are glad to call him a friend and honored to have him on our team of professionals.

Bobby L. Summers
Email: serenitymemorialfh@gmail.com
Office Phone: 1-919-947-1600

Retired - Jan 1- 2022

Jaquan Jones, Funeral Director's Assistant
Email: serenitymemorialfh@gmail.com
Office Phone: 919-947-1600

Since 2017

Pastor Helen Reid , Chaplain
Email: serenitymemorialfh@gmail.com
Website: www.serenitymemorialfh.com
Office Phone: 9199471600
Fax: 919-583-5003

Pastor Helen Reid is the  Pastor  of Pathway To Life United Holy Church. She is married to Elder Mal Reid and is retired from the Wayne County Public Schools. We are honored to have her serve as Chaplain of Serenity Memorial Funeral Home & Cremations. She will serve as the family Care attendant as well.

Gabrielle Smith , Staff Psalmist
Email: serenitymemorialfh@gmail.com
Office Phone: 919- 947-1600

Gabrielle Monique Smith was born on May 26, 1985 in Greenville, N.C. to Ernest & Ora Smith. She is the youngest of fourteen children. Growing up in a large family, Gabby and her family had many challenges, but their devout Christian lifestyle has made the difference in facing those challenges as well as overcoming them. It was not easy keeping peace with unsettled circumstances, but at a young age Gabby discovered that singing gave her the sense of peace that she needed. Whether it was singing at home with her family or singing in the youth choir at church, Gabby knew that singing was her outlet.

Being born into a family of gifted singers and musicians, Gabby was pressured very early in life. She was often called up to sing solos in church and at family gatherings. Known as the little girl who loved to sing "The Blood," Gabby was forced out of timidity, which gave her the confidence to sing in front of audiences of various sizes. In 2000, Gabby, her sisters, and her dad formed a group called, Snap & New Vision. From singing at many different venues such as funerals, quartet concerts, birthday celebrations, nursing homes, and talent shows, they had many singing engagements. It was from this experience that she realized that she wanted to make singing a life-long endeavor.

Throughout the years, various artists such as the Clark Sisters, Shirley Caesar, Lashun Pace, and John P. Kee have inspired her. However, for the past two years the biggest inspiration for Gabby has been Leandria Johnson. The two have very similar styles. In 2015, Gabby accepted the opportunity of touring with Pastor John P Kee She has shared the same platform with various artists such as Pastor Shirley Caesar, Leandria Johnson, Tasha Cobbs, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Kirk Franklin, Tye Tribbett, and others. Gabby’s accomplishments include WIDU 2017 Carolina’s Best winner. She was also the recipient of The Artist of the Year/Author of the Year Award at The 2017 Melanin Awards.

Currently, Gabby is enrolled at Edgecombe Community College and is majoring in Music. Perfecting the art of singing and broadening her musical horizons is something that she takes seriously. Gabby believes that her journey is in the hands of God and recognizes that all of the glory and honor goes to Him who has allowed her to experience the richness of His blessings thus far. God has placed wonderful and caring people in her life who have always pushed her to stay driven and encouraged. Gabby believes that all things are possible to them who believe, and she believes because Christ lives within her.

Faithfully serving,

Gabrielle Smith


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