- About Us
Sylvia Serle Vaughan House, 84, went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, March 06, 2019 at Laurels of Forest Glenn in Garner.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 15, 2019 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro. Burial will follow at Pikeville Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2 until 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home.
On November 18, 1934, Sylvia Serle Vaughan came into this world. Born to Jesse and Ruby Vaughan, she grew up in Scotland Neck North Carolina with one sister, Ruby Vaughan and four brothers, Owen Vaughan, Gilbert Vaughan, Ellis Vaughan and James Vaughan. She lived a great life although not rich by any means. She worked hard in cotton fields and helping her mother keep the home. She was tall and played basketball which she loved dearly. Sylvia went on to college and attended East Carolina where she studied to be a teacher. Always wanting to help people, she read to a blind student there and helped him take his tests.
She married John E. House and went on to have three children, Becky Yarbrough, Jesse House and Jo Ellen Ham. Sylvia was a military wife, mother, teacher and also worked door to door sales for World Book and Electrolux. In the 70's, she pioneered one of the greatest Daycare Kindergartens in Wayne County, Pineview Baptist Daycare. She was so awesome with the kids and ran it for years and years. She still has children, now grown, who love and remember Mrs. Sylvia. She worked other jobs like Strickland Insurance even into her 70's because she always liked to be busy.
Now having said all that I just want to say that the most important thing about Sylvia is that she was our Mama. Mama taught us how to work, be on time and be responsible. She and daddy taught us how to get a garden ready for planting, how to plant it, weeding ,care, harvesting the crop and canning or freezing our bounty. She showed by example how to pay your bills on time and keep important documents. She sang to us and comforted us when we were sick or scared from a bad dream. She was Mama.
We all got married, Becky Yarbrough to Tim Yarbrough, Jesse House to Regina Bass and Jo Ellen Ham to Mitch Ham and went on to gain her grandchildren. The grandchildren are Jesse Ham (Adam), Nicholas E. Ham, Jacob Ham, Hannah Yarbrough McDade, Lindsay Yarbrough, Ryan House and granddaughter-in-law Rocksand Ham, grandson-in-law, David McDade and granddaughter-in-law, Danielle House. Sylvia has four great grandchildren, Kaydence McCarty, Rebekah Ham, Jessa Ham and Justus Ham. She loved those grandkids so very much. She was the Grandma that made homemade playdough and put a huge pile of dirt to play in right in the middle of her yard. She also had the best junk drawer to pilfer through. She was the kind of Grandma that drove all the way to Valentine Virginia to mail their Valentine cards so they would have a heart shaped post mark. Most importantly she taught us about Jesus and how to serve him and that he saved our souls by dying on the cross for our sins so that we would have everlasting life with Him. Sylvia also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews whom she loved.
I know that right now, in the words of my oldest son Adam, she is walking in the sunshine with Jesus right now. Jesus has held her and told her "Well done my faithful servant". We love you so very much. Goodbye for now Mama, for we will see you again.
Services entrusted in the care of Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.