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Clyde Ferrell obit photo

Clyde R. Ferrell

10/24/1925 ~ 09/18/2017

Services will be held: 09/22/2017

William Bill Casterton obit photo

William “Bill” Casterton

12/23/1942 ~ 09/17/2017

Services will be held: 09/21/2017

Ruth Stephenson obit photo

Ruth Revels Stephenson

11/24/1930 ~ 09/17/2017

Services will be held: 09/20/2017

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Kenneth Michael Wells

09/24/1968 ~ 09/14/2017

Services will be held: 09/18/2017

Donald Johnson website

Donald Howard Johnson

05/14/1961 ~ 09/14/2017

Services will be held: 09/18/2017

Jean Smith obit photo

Jean H. Smith

09/05/1936 ~ 09/13/2017

Services will be held: 09/16/2017

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Cathryne Price Richbourg

11/9/1921 ~ 09/12/2017

Services will be held: 09/19/2017

Caylin M Lacey- Thomas in heaven

Caylin Marie Lacy-Thomas

07/24/2017 ~ 09/08/2017

Services will be held: 09/16/2017

Betty Barbee Vail

Betty Vail

01/27/1932 ~ 08/29/2017

GARNER-Betty Jane Barbee Vail, 85, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

Betty was an honors graduate of Goldsboro High School and she maintained friendships with her classmates up to her death. After attending secretarial school, Betty worked for a local insurance company and eventually the Social Security Administration. She married Henry Edward Vail on October 16, 1953, and spent the majority of their 62 years together as a devoted wife and mother in Garner, NC. Betty attended New Bethel Baptist Church with her family, where she was very active in the Woman’s Missionary Union and other service roles. Most recently, Betty lived at Sunrise at North Hills, where she is remembered for her creativity, her smile, and her devotion to her teacup poodle, Honey. Her greatest joys in life were her walk with Jesus Christ and her roles as wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker.

Survivors include her four children and their spouses: Beverly Vail Jones and her husband Stan, of Wendell; Sandra Vail and her husband, Bill Baillargeon, of Eugene, OR; Karen Vail Riedell and her husband, Heyward, of Raleigh; and Henry Edward (“Hank”) Vail Jr. and his wife, Kerry, of Raleigh. She had ten grandchildren: Nathaniel Jones, Victoria Jones Radford (husband, Josh); Zoe and Jessey Baillargeon; David Riedell (wife, Jamie), Jonathan and Reuben Riedell; Alexandria, Anastasia, Andromeda Vail. Daughter of Romie Dalton Barbee and Lena Margaret Horner Barbee of Goldsboro, Betty is also survived by two sisters, Evelyn Measley of Kinston and Norma Marchand of Huntington Beach, CA, and one brother Romm Doulton and his wife, Elaine, of Las Vegas, NV.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Edward Vail Sr., and sister, Hilda Allen.

The family will receive friends in celebration of Betty’s life at New Bethel Baptist Church, Garner, 1:30pm-3pm on Sunday, September 3, 2017. The funeral will commence immediately afterwards at 3pm. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 4701 Hedgemore Drive, Suite 810, Charlotte, NC 28209 or to the Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361.



1:30-3:00 pm

at the church



3:00 pm

New Bethel Baptist Church
2110 Benson Road Garner, NC 27529

Burial following in the church cemetery.


  1. Barbara Allen

    So sorry for your loss. Betty was a sweet, loving, caring lady. She will be greatly missed. As a former member of New Bethel she and Henry were truly loved and appreciated by all. God bless!

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