Smithfield: Community

People Notes

Club crowns king, queen

The Smithfield Chapter of the National Association of University Women has crowned its 2014 king and queen.

The king is Latarian N. Lassiter, the 5-year-old son of Ariana L. Braswell. He attends South Smithfield Elementary School.

The queen is Jade E. Howell, the 7-year-old daughter of Ebony White. She attends South Smithfield Elementary School and St. Peter’s Church of Christ.

Members of the queen’s court were:

•  First runner-up Lazaria D. McFarland, the 11-year-old great-granddaughter of Janice McFarland. She attends Selma Middle School.



•  Second runner-up Lanora M. Brown, the 11-year-old daughter of Tamiko Washington. She attends Wilson Mill’s Elementary School.



A deputy commissioner

Sumit Gupta has been named a deputy commissioner of the N.C. Industrial Commission. In that role, he functions as a trial-level judge, holding hearings in workers’ compensation cases, state tort claims and other matters.

Before joining the Industrial Commission, Gupta was a partner in the Smithfield law firm of Stewart, Schmidlin, Bullock & Gupta, where he practiced criminal law and general civil litigation. From 2008 to 2012, Gupta was an assistant district attorney in Johnston, Harnett, and Lee counties.

Gupta grew up in Smithfield and is a graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and earned his law degree from Wake Forest University, where he also earned a master’s degree in business administration.

Leadership training

Tina Corbett, director of the Johnston County Department of Social Services, has completed the “Leading for Results” course at the School of Government at UNC Chapel Hill.

Funding from the Local Government Federal Credit Union allowed Corbett to attend the course at no charge.

“LGFCU is proud to be a partner in this initiative that provides local government employees with the tools and skills that will enable them to be change agents in the communities where they live and work,” said Maurice Smith, LGFCU president. “What began as a shared vision between Local Government Federal Credit Union and the University of North Carolina School of Government became a partnership to demonstrate a commitment to strengthening local communities.”

Bank advisory board

Four Oaks Bank has welcomed Charlie Young to its Smithfield Advisory Board.

Young is manager of Farm Bureau Insurance in Smithfield, where he has been an agent for 22 years.

A graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School, Young attended N.C. State University and Johnston Community College, where he received his degree in business administration.

Young is a deacon, trustee and Sunday School teacher at Micro Free Will Baptist Church. Also, he is a member of the National Association of Financial & Insurance Advisors.

“We are fortunate to have Charlie Young join our Smithfield Advisory Board,” said Mike Wooten, senior vice president and Smithfield city executive for Four Oaks Bank. “His business expertise and reputation in our community will certainly bring value and insight to our distinguished local board of advisers.”

Air Force trains South Johnston grad

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Davon Draughon has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

His mother and stepfather are Michelle and Lyle Irwin of Four Oaks. He is the grandson of Darlene and Keith Parker, also of Four Oaks.

The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, the Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Draughon a 2012 graduate of South Johnston High School.

Air Force trains Clayton High grad

Air Force Airman Lauren V. Fermin has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. She is the daughter of Fernando and Xiomara Orozco of Clayton.

The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, the Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Fermin is a 2012 graduate of Clayton High School.

Glover completes basic training

Army Pvt. Candyce A. Glover has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

She is the daughter of Tracy McLamb of Benson and the granddaughter of Evelyn McLamb of Four Oaks and Jim Langley of Knightdale.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values. She received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, bayonet use, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice, basic first aid, foot marches and field exercises.

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