February 7, 2022, 59, Goldsboro –
Lemuel Earl Wagstaff, Jr. departed this earthly realm on February 7, 2022. He was born March 27, 1962, to the late Lemuel Earl Wagstaff, Sr. and the late Alyse H. Wagstaff of Goldsboro, NC. He is a 1980 graduate of Goldsboro High School and completed two years of college at NC A&T State University before starting a 20 year career in the US Air Force in 1982. While in the Air Force, Lemuel completed tours of duty in Texas, the Philippines, Turkey, Kuwait, Panama, and North Dakota before retiring as a Staff Sergeant at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NC in 2002.
Lemuel is survived by his wife, Clarissa (Penny) Wagstaff of the home, son Franco Wagstaff, of Las Vegas, NV, daughter Essence Wagstaff of Chicago, IL, two sisters, Iris R. Wagstaff of Rockville, MD and Sonya Nicole Wagstaff of Winston Salem, NC, brother Greg Curry of Greensboro, NC, stepdaughter Ashley Bennett of Raleigh, NC and stepson Aaron Hicks of Greensboro ,NC and nine grandchildren and step-grandchildren; Liyana Kaleemulla, Adriana Morris, Amaria Wagstaff, Talia Price, Cameron Post, Jaelyn Hicks, Jenaye Hicks, Jayla Horne, Dallas Bennett, and a host of other relatives, friends, and classmates.
Lemuel was known as “Bobby J” to childhood friends and family, “Wag” to high school classmates, “Lem” to those whom he met later in life and was affectionately known as “June” to his sister Iris R. Wagstaff who absolutely adored her big brother. He was a people person, fun-loving and always willing to help those around him. He also loved to pour into young people and encourage them in their educational and career pursuits.
Lemuel was a member of several churches while in Goldsboro which included the Lord’s Table, Alpha and Omega, and Greenleaf Church.
Service will be February 12, 2022. Viewing at 3:00 pm followed by a Memorial Service at 4:00pm at Howell Funeral Home, 1500 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534. Those in attendance are ask to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Interment will be Monday, February 14, at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake, NC.
Services entrusted to Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.