James E. Artis, 53, of 407 Linwood Avenue, Goldsboro died Tuesday in the Kitty Askins Hospice Center.
He was born July 12, 1959 to Esther Mae Artis and Walter Smith in Johnston County.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11AM at the Eastern Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Spruill Family Cemetery, Pikeville.
Visitation Friday from 2PM until 6PM at the Haskins Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the residence where they will also assemble in preparation for the funeral procession.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn Artis of the home, two daughters Shavonne Ward Leonard (Kaamel) of Columbia, SC, Shantae Ward Hayes (Tommel) of Goldsboro and three grandchildren.