Johnnie West



Mr. Johnnie West, 83, passed away Sunday afternoon, April 22, 2018, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro. Born in Wayne County on September 19, 1934, he was the son of Clarence and Berchie Goff West.

Reared as the son of a farmer, Johnnie’s love of the land never waned. Tilling the soil, planting the seed, producing a crop and harvesting it were all chores he adored; he was perfectly content upon a tractor, combine or harvester. His love of tractors also extended into tractor pulls where Johnnie built tractors and competed.

Very community minded, he was a charter member and helped organize the Bullhead Fire Department and remained a member until his retirement. Johnnie was a Christian and member of Faro PFWB Church where he sang in the choir.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Aileen Owens West; brother, Clarence “Bud” West, Jr.; and sister, Eleanor West Odom.

Surviving are his wife, Hilda Wade Edmundson of the home; daughter, Debbie West Gay and husband, Mike of Walstonburg; son, Clark West and wife, Donna of Stantonsburg; step-daughter, Nancy Edmundson Adams and husband, Jerry of Stantonsburg; grandchildren, Mitch Gay and wife, Elise of Morehead City, Matt Gay and wife, Lindsay of Walstonburg, and Mary Lindsay West of Raleigh; and great-grandchildren, Webb Gay, Adelaide Gay, and Owens Gay.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM Thursday, April 26, at the chapel of Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service with Pastor Don Sauls officiating. Interment will follow at the Stantonsburg Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6 – 8 PM at Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service and other times at the residence. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bullhead Fire Department, PO Box 495, Stantonsburg, NC 27883. Online condolences at