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Alma A. Fuquay

October 29, 1926 ~ May 22, 2020

Services will be held: May 25, 2020

Delores Irene Caskey

July 1, 1939 ~ May 21, 2020

Services will be held:

Lyman Danziel Gregory

January 1, 1931 ~ May 21, 2020

Services will be held: May 27, 2020

Linda Grice Byrd

July 7, 1938 ~ May 20, 2020

Services will be held:

Ted Darrell Austin

February 17, 1930 ~ May 19, 2020

Services will be held: May 23, 2020

Allen Max Matthews

January 1, 1934 ~ May 18, 2020

Services will be held: May 23, 2020

Wandra A. Raynor

October 29, 1942 ~ May 17, 2020

Services will be held:

Larry W. James

March 28, 1948 ~ May 18, 2020

Services will be held:

Sheila Mary Balfour Goodman

May 13, 1936 ~ October 31, 2019

Sheila Mary Balfour Dail Goodman died October 31, 2019, after a valiant battle with breast cancer.
Sheila was born May 13, 1936, to British immigrants living on a farm on the Hoke County/Robeson County line. Napier Humphrey Goldie Balfour was a Scotsman from Edinburgh who served as an artillery sergeant with the American Expeditionary Force in World War I, then purchased a farm near Lumber Bridge, N.C. His bride, Victoria May Greenfield Balfour, from Weybridge, Surrey, England, had served as a governess in Europe and Hawaii before emigrating to the eastern U.S. Sheila grew up on Inverleith Farm, named for Inverleith House, where her Balfour great-grandfather and great-uncle had served as Regius Keepers of the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh.
After graduating from Hoke County High School in Raeford, Sheila attended Meredith College, where she majored in social work and minored in religion. She graduated in 1958, married and settled in the Raleigh area, and gave birth to two sons – Sean Balfour in 1960 and Andrew Scot in 1962. Her first marriage ended in 1968, but Sheila soon met Dr. Major M. Goodman, a professor in the Statistics Department at N.C. State University. They were married in August 1970.
Sheila was active in her community. She spent several years teaching for a program that assisted youth in obtaining high school equivalency, and later served as director of the Wake County Guardian Ad Litem program. She also served for many years on the Raleigh Greenway Commission, where she got to know many local politicians and community leaders. She was active in several churches throughout her life, beginning with her beloved Lumber Bridge Presbyterian Church. After settling in Raleigh, she attended West Raleigh Presbyterian, Longview Methodist, Milner Presbyterian, and most recently, Trinity Presbyterian. She also had a gift for singing, participating in her church choirs and as a member of the Capital Area Community Chorus and the Cardinal Singers.
Sheila also traveled extensively with Major, who went on to become William Neal Reynolds Professor of Crop Science at N.C. State and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She attended conferences with him throughout the U.S., and in Mexico, Peru, Italy, Germany, and Serbia. They also made numerous trips to Great Britain to visit her many relatives in England and Scotland.
Sheila is survived by her husband, Dr. Major M. Goodman; her son, Sean Balfour Dail, and wife Maryann; her son, Andrew Scot Dail, and wife Robin; her grandchildren, Scot’s son Josh and daughter Lindsey; her sister-in-law, Joan Balfour; her nephew, John Balfour, Jr., and wife Suzanne; and John and Suzanne’s sons, Jonathan and Glenn. She will be buried beside her parents in the churchyard of her beloved Lumber Bridge Presbyterian Church.
A funeral service will be held 2:00 pm November 2nd at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3120 N. New Hope Road in Raleigh with visitation at 1 pm in the church fellowship hall. Graveside services will be held November 3rd at 3 pm at Lumber Bridge Presbyterian Church in Lumber Bridge, N.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3120 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh, NC 27604 or to your favorite charity.


November 2, 2019

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Trinity Presbyterian Church
3120 N. New Hope Road Raleigh, NC 27604


November 2, 2019

2:00 pm

Trinity Presbyterian Church
3120 N. New Hope Road Raleigh, NC 27604

Interment will be held at Lumber Bridge Presbyterian Church Cemetery 3:00 pm , Sunday, Nov. 3rd.


  1. Gayle Moses

    Sean, I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother. I’m praying for you and your family. Gayle

  2. Katie & Howard Salberg

    Major, So sorry for your loss. We will always remember Sheila’s friendliness and kind heart. Howard and I will keep you in our prayers.

  3. W. G. Marley

    Major and Family,
    My deepest sympathy in this time of sadness. I am holding you close in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sheila and I are from the small home town, Lumber Bridge, and enjoyed friendship our entire lives. She and Frances were Cardinal Singers “sisters”, both sopranos I believe. They are together now as Angels in the Heavenly Chorus, and it never sounded better!

  4. Arlene Poole Pope

    Sean and Andrew, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s death. I have thought of all of you so often over the years and have such pleasant memories of the days of yore when I babysat you. I adored your mother and she was just so wonderful to talk to during my very awkward teenage years. Please know that you are in my thoughts and in my heart.

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