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Week of July 16, 2014

 

Donald James Jamie Franklin Jr., 38, of New Bern passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014. He was an avid hunter and loved playing poker. He adored his children and was a loving father, husband, son, brother and friend. He is survived by his wife, Stacy Franklin; daughter, Brooklyn Franklin of the home; son, Landon Franklin of the home; parents, Don & Faye Franklin of Aurora; step-children, Hayden Jordan and Blaine Allen, both of Texas; sisters, Lisa Franklin Jackson of Merritt and Lorrie Franklin of Aurora; nephew, Tayler Jackson of Merritt; niece, Jordyn Jackson of Merritt; and numerous aunts and uncles locally as well as in Alabama and Tennessee. His funeral was held Saturday, July 12 at White Hill Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Wesley Taylor officiating. Interment followed immediately in Sandy Grove Cemetery. The family received friends following the services from in the fellowship hall at White Hill Free Will Baptist Church.

 

Lester Bryon Sadler, 86, of Grantsboro passed away July 11, 2014 at home. He was a member of Hobucken United Methodist Church and Charitable Brotherhood. He was formerly a P.C. School Board member and a Boy Scout Master.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Sadler; daughters, Emma Lupton of Oriental, Mona Sadler of Reelsboro and Becky Spain of Alliance; stepson, Wesley Flowers of Arapahoe; brother, Jack Sadler of Hobucken; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, July 21, 2014 at Hobucken Community Center. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Pamlico, 11146 NC Hwy 55, Grantsboro, NC 28529. Online condolences to the family may be made at

bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

 

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.


 

Week of July 9, 2014

Wilbur Gary Farlow of Merritt passed away on June 13, 2014 at the Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport, NC. Gary was born in Sanford, N.C. to Golda and Roscoe Farlow. Gary graduated from Sanford Central High School and earned an Architectural degree from N.C State University. Gary was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Germany and Vietnam. After returning from Vietnam, Gary became an Architect with the U.S. Navy Dept. in Norfolk, Va.  After retiring from Navy Dept. he returned to N.C. Gary was a very active sailing enthusiast and talented wood worker. He is survived by his brother, Tom (Carolyn) Farlow of Denton, TX, a step -sister Sherry (Bill) Daughty of Raleigh, N.C.  Inurnment will be held in the Buffelo Cemetary in Sanford, N.C. at a later date.

Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.

 

 

 

 

Ralph Lionel Mott, age 76, of Greensboro, passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014 at Brighton Gardens Dementia Facility, Greensboro, NC. He was born in Tooele, Utah on November 14, 1937 to Volndeau and Vida Pearl Henson Mott.  He grew up living in Orem, Utah where he attended Spencer Elementary and Lincoln High School where he was Student Body President.  He received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from University of Utah and his PhD from Cornell University. He set up and was Director of the Biotechnology/Tissue Culture Laboratory at N.C. State University.  He married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Jean Bounous, on November 28, 1958.  They had two sons, Jeff Lionel Mott and Russell John Mott (deceased 4-1-75). He was preceded in death by both his parents, his son, Russell and his sister, Melba (Wesley) Graff.  He is survived by his wife, Beverly; son, Jeff and wife Cynthia Ivey Mott; three grandchildren, Jennifer Lynn Mott, Kimberly Ann Mott and Alex Jeffrey Mott; one brother, LaVerl Mott and three sisters, Donna Green, Marilyn Crawford and Beverly (Dan) Rafiner.   The family will receive friends at Forbis & Dick Funeral Home, 5926 W. Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, on Thursday, June 19, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047.  Forbis & Dick, Guilford Chapel is assisting the Mott family.  Please offer online condolences at www.forbisanddick.com


 

 

 

Mr. Joseph Slade Roberson, age 89, (Nov. 5, 1924- June 12, 2014) a former resident of, 1845 Tunstall Swamp Road, Edward, N.C. , died Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern. Funeral services were held Monday, June 16, 2014 at Smyrna Free will Baptist Church, Blounts Creek, conducted by Dr. Robert Cayton. Burial followed in the Fulcher Family Cemetery, Edward. The following served as pallbearers: Terry Casey Sr., Calvin Roberson, Larry Smith, Benny Grubbs, Carl Cayton and Ed Austin. Mr. Roberson was born in Beaufort County on Nov. 5, 1924. He was the son of the late Joseph Slade Roberson Sr. and Rowena Fulcher Roberson. Mr. Roberson was a farmer and well driller. On June 10, 1942 he married the late Mrs. Nancy Dorcas Warren. They are survived by two sons, Delano Warren Roberson and wife, Barbara of Edward, Joseph Slade Roberson II of Cary, N.C.; two grandchildren, Calvin George Roberson and Lee-Anna Nicole Roberson both of Edward; one great grandchild, Isabella Nancy Alexander of Edward. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Roberson was preceded in death by several sisters, brothers and a step- father, Mr. Johnny Williams. The family received friends from Sunday, June 15, 2014 at Paul Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington. Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the Smyrna Free Will Baptist Church, 154 Flat Swamp Road, Blounts Creek, N.C. 27814. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visitingwww.paulfuneralhome.com

Paul Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington is honored to serve the Roberson family.


 

Lilian Audrey Caswell Mercer, 80, of Cape Carteret went home to be with her Lord and Savior June 15, 2014.

A memorial service will be Thursday at 11 am at Emerald Isle Chapel by the Sea with Pastor Clay Olsen and Pastor Robert Kornegay Officiating.

Audrey was born in Toronto, Canada to Gordon and Eva Caswell. She was on a trip south when she met Rookie State Trooper Bert Mercer who was stationed in Jacksonville. After a correspondence of several months Audrey took out the paperwork required to obtain a visa and came to North Carolina. She stayed with the Jones family (Tim and Bess) while she planned her wedding and put her new home in order. Bert advanced in his career moving to different areas around the state. They had four sons and she was challenged trying to keep everything on an even keel. Audrey stayed at home with the boys until Bobby their youngest was in first grade and she entered the work force to help supplement the income. Her field was accounting, all phases of it and worked until Bobby graduated from high school. They were a camping family and camped at Salter Path for years when Bert could get an occasional week-end. They found a lot at Emerald Isle and decided to build a home for their retirement. Bert was his own contractor and Audrey his gopher. It took approx. ten years to complete which was done on weekend and vacations. Audrey moved in 1984 and Bert retired in 1986, Audrey was very active in her Church serving and chaired most of the committees over a period of years. She taught Sunday School, was instrumental in getting the Cook Book printed for a fund raising project. She was faithful in her Nursing Home ministry which she and others were committed to going every week for over twenty years. She was a charter member of the NCSHPA and held several offices in that organization. She loved to travel and hosted tours for the Retirees of the Highway Patrol, taking them on bus tour to Nova Scotia and then a cruise to Alaska and another cruise to Nova Scotia. She worked in crafts and made baskets, ceramics and flower arrangements, but her passion was her family and her extended family. She was on call always for whatever was needed. 

Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Eva Caswell of Victoria Harbor, Ontario, a sister Joan Strudwick of British Columbia. She is survived by her husband Bert of 60 years, four sons; Johnnie of New Bern, Danny and wife Ellen of Aurora, Tommy of Bogue and Bobby of Morehead City. Three grandchildren; Gena Lashley and Brian of Chester, VA, Kellie Mercer of Greenville, Clint Mercer of Washington State and step granddaughter Lindsay Goodman of New Zealand, two great-grandchildren, Ben and Lilian Lashley of Chester, VA. There are also four sister-in-laws; Love Whitfield, Ila Whitfield of New Bern, Blanchie Smith of Panama City Beach, FL Sylvia Ross of Lowland and many nieces and nephews, and her little sweetheart Gracie.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 till 8 pm at Jones Funeral Home, Swansboro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Crystal Coast Hospice House, 100 Big Rock Weigh, Newport, NC 28570

Electronic condolences may be sent to jonesfh.org


 

Robert Austin Paul, 83, of Grantsboro passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was a member of Silver Hill Christian Church where he served as an elder. He formerly served as a Pamlico County Commissioner, a member of P.C. Rescue Squad, and a Grantsboro Town Commissioner. He was a lifelong farmer and co-owned and operated Paul Farms in Grantsboro. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth Adam Paul. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sadie Paul; daughter, Evelyn Paul of Grantsboro; son, Clifton Paul and wife, Wynne, of Grantsboro; brother, Hoyt Paul and wife, Pat, of Grantsboro; grandchildren, Cody Paul and wife, Jo Lynn, and Taylor Paul of Alliance. His funeral was held Monday, June 16, at Silver Hill Christian Church with the Rev. Rex Horne officiating. Interment was in Paul Cemetery, Silver Hill. The family received friends Sunday, June 15 at Bryant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Silver Hill Christian Church or Paul Cemetery, 1903 Hwy 306 N., Grantsboro, NC 28529. Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.



 

Betty Williams Toler, 88, of Alliance died Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at

CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was a member of Alliance Pentecostal Holiness Church. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Rev. Lee Toler; two sons, Lee Toler, Jr. of Orlando, Fla. and Charles Toler of New Bern; three

daughters, Brenda Nobles of Alliance, Judy Stephenson of Alliance and

Trish Heatherly of Dallas, TX; special son, Hubert Collins of Arapahoe; 11

grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

 Her funeral was held Saturday, June 14, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phillip Lewis and the Rev. Don Zimmerman officiating. Interment was in Grantsboro Cemetery. The family will received friends Friday night at the funeral home and at other times at the home. Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

 

Week of June 11, 2014

 

Gary L. Griffin, 60, of Aurora died Friday, June 6, 2014, at CarolinaEast

Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, of nearly 37 years, Lois Ireland Griffin; his mother, Irene Griffin of Bayboro; his daughter, Trudy Griffin Willis of

Blounts Creek; his son, Anthony Griffin of Willow Springs; brother, Stanley Dean Griffin of Troy; and four grandchildren. His memorial service was held Tuesday, June 10, at Dublin Grove Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Earl Sadler, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends anytime at the home. In lieu of flowers the family asked that memorial contributions be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509. Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

 

June 4, 2014


Lennie B. Isenhart, 92, of Stonewall passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Isenhart; son, Dannie Isenhart; and daughter-in-law, Barbara Tinney. She is survived by four sons, Buster Tinney of Homosassa, FL, Porter Isenhart and wife, Julia, of Grantsboro, Earl Isenhart and wife, Donna, of Stonewall, and Randy Isenhart of Cape May, NJ; three daughters, Millie Rice and husband, Melbie L., of Alliance, Sue Walker of Homosassa, FL. and Libby Powers of Alliance; daughter-in-law, Gayle Isenhart of Stonewall; three brothers, Okey Browning and Freddie Browning, both of Dille, WV and Ray Browning of Burch River, WV; two sisters, Hettie Bowers of Dille, WV and Icie Hicks of Burch River, WV; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 5, at Grantsboro Cemetery with the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bryant Funeral Home and at other times at the home of Libby Powers, 303 Forrest Park Circle, Alliance. Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.


Naomi Broughton Cahoon, 83, of Arapahoe passed away Friday, May 30, 2014 at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville. She was a member of Bethany Christian Church where she was a deaconess and the church organist for over 50 years, she also taught piano for over 20 years.  She was a shrinette. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Garland Cahoon; one son, Doug Cahoon and wife, Janci, of Arapahoe; one daughter, Cynthia Jackson and husband, Kos, of Hertford, NC; four grandchildren, Steven Cahoon and wife, Gabrielle, of Whitefish, MT, Cathy Cahoon of Seattle, WA, Amber Dancy and husband, Obie, of China Grove, and Kos Jackson III of Elizabeth City. Her funeral was held Monday, June 2 at Bethany Christian Church with the Rev. Merritt Watson officiating.  Interment followed in Don Lee Cemetery. The family received friends and relatives prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Bethany Christian Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 156, Arapahoe, NC 28510. Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

 

 

May 21, 2014


William Joseph Foster, 76, of Merritt, passed away on May 18th, in the company of his family. Bill was born in New York City in 1937 to the late James and Florence Foster.  He graduated from Stepinac High School and joined the Army.  Bill met his love in 6th grade and married Ann Quigley in 1958 and they lived together in New York and retired to North Carolina.  Bill served in the New York State Air National Guard retiring as the Chief of Fabrication for the 105th Airlift Wing.  He served with distinction for over 36 years leaving his post as a Master Sargent.  His passion for his craftsmanship was demonstrated not only through his work in the Air Force and as a gunsmith but also through the hundreds of people he trained and mentored over his career. Bill was an active member and former Chairman of the Parish Council of Saint Peter the Fisherman’s Church in Oriental, NC.  He was instrumental, along with many members of this community of faith, in creating the vision and building the Church in 2000. Bill is survived by three children and their spouses, James Foster and Matthew Cunningham from Illinois, William and Liliana Foster of Pennsylvania and Peter and Dru Foster from New York.  He is also loved by six grandchildren, Ryan, Melissa, Michael, Caitlin, Emily and Casey Foster and one great-grandchild, Audrey. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Saint Peter the Fisherman’s Cemetery Fund, 1149 White Farm Rd., Oriental, NC  28571. A viewing will be held at Bryant Funeral Home, Alliance, NC on Wednesday, May 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The Mass celebrating Bill’s life will be held at St. Peter the Fisherman on Friday, May 23 at 11:00 am with military honors. Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com (Paid Obituary)

 

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.


Lee Allyson Wayne Rice, 49, of 1989 S. Goose Creek Rd., Grantsboro, died on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Vidant In-Patient Hospice Facility in Greenville. She is survived by her husband, Odis Keith Rice of the home; two sons; Cole Eugene Brown and Noah Keith Rice both of the home; three daughters; Darby Sadler of Gastonia, Brittney Rice of Arapahoe and Kally Sue Ann Rice of the home; five grandchildren; her mother, Brenda Wayne of Gastonia; one brother; Jamie Wayne and two step-sisters; Christy Green and Melanie Morris. Visitation and viewing were on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the Goose Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church. Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m. in the Goose Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Cindy Midyette, Pastor, Officiating. Interment was immediately following the service in the Simpson Family Cemetery. Arrangements are by Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc., New Bern.

 

Published in Sun Journal on May 18, 2014


Geneva Tompkins Buck, 77, of Alliance passed away Friday, May 16, 2014 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She attended Bridgeton Pentecostal Holiness Church. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jimmy Buck; several nieces and nephews; and Angel Ireland and her children, Sierra Campen and Harley Buckner. Her funeral was held Monday, May 19 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Dixon officiating.  Entombment was in Greenleaf Memorial Park. The family received friends at the funeral home immediately following the service. Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.


Beulah Emory Rowe Duke, 87, of Bayboro died Monday, May 19, 2014, at Crystal Coast Hospice House, Newport. She was a loving mother to her children, grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren and to many others she thought of as her own. She is survived by her two sons, James Rowe of Alliance and Michael Wayne Rowe of Bayboro; her four daughters, Carolyn Rice of Alliance, Gail Isenhart of Stonewall, Shirley Brothers of Lowland and Patricia Henries of Arapahoe; and 86 grand, great and great-great grandchildren. Her funeral will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer officiating.  Interment will follow immediately in Sandhill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Crystal Coast Hospice House, 100 Big Rock Weigh, PO Box 640, Newport, NC  28570. Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.


Week of May 14, 2014

 

Memorial services for Mrs. Marie Dawson Brace will be held Monday, June 30, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Alliance United Methodist Church, in Alliance, North Carolina, with Reverend Penny Dollar Farmer officiating. Burial will be at Alliance United Methodist Church Cemetery in Alliance, North Carolina, with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home and Bryant Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Marie Dawson Brace, 95, of Meridian, Mississippi passed away on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Bedford Care Center, Marion, Mississippi.

Mrs. Marie Brace was a graduate of East Carolina Teachers College, with a degree in Home Economics and Science. She was a Home Agent for the University of North Carolina and a retired elementary school teacher, of twenty-three years, from Central Road School in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Mrs. Brace retired with her husband, Fred Brace, Sr., to Arapahoe, North Carolina, where they volunteered with Christian Aid Center of Alliance, were faithful members of Alliance UMC, and enjoyed an active life on the Neuse River with many friends and family. In 2003, Mrs. Brace moved to Meridian, Mississippi to live with her daughter, Ann Brace.

Survivors include her four children, Fred Brace, Jr. (Betty) of Portland, Oregon, Richard Brace (Judy) of Glendale, California, Ann Brace of Meridian, Mississippi and David Brace of Glendale, California; grandchildren, Brenda Marks (Michael) of Silverton, Oregon, Nancy Traynor (Phillip) of Santa Clarita, California and Eric Brace (Sally) of Sydney Australia, Dawn Gray (Scott) of Meridian, Mississippi, Lee Bernhard, III of Mountain View, California; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Aiden Traynor, Liam Brace, Scott, Taylor and Madelyn Gray and Leroy Alejandro Bernhard.

She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-one years, Fred Brace, Sr.; her parents, Frank and Lola Dawson; her sister, Frances Taylor, her brothers, Jack, Glenn, Frank, Ray and Patt Dawson and granddaughter, Holly Ann Bernhard.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Alliance United Methodist Church in Alliance, North Carolina (c/o Earl Spencer, 999 Campen Road, Bayboro, NC 28515.

Family and friends may sign the online guest book at robertbarhamffh.com.

 


 

Joseph Earl Phillips, age 66, of Wilson, went to be with the Lord Saturday May 10, 2014. Joseph was preceded in death by his father James Luther Phillips Sr. He is survived by his mother, Helen Williamson Phillips Sommerkamp Inman of Chocowinity; brother, James Luther Phillips Jr. of Hurdle Mills; sister, Marie Phillips Smith and husband Danny R. of Aurora, NC; nephews, Michael D. Deans of Aurora, NC, Steven P. Deans and wife Ashley of Birmingham, AL.; niece, Helen Alicia Deans of Aurora, NC. 

Joseph Earl Phillips was a very active member in New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and will be missed by all of his church family. Joseph served his country as a medic in the US Army; he served in Vietnam where he was wounded in action.

Visitation was held Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, NC. A Funeral Service will be Wednesday May 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 5142 NC Hwy 58, Wilson, NC with the Rev. Steve Stevenson officiating; burial will be following the service in Evergreen Memorial Park. Online condolences can be made at www.thomasyelverton.com 

 

Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, 2704 Nash Street N., Wilson, NC 27896. 

 

 

 

Lucille Rose Williams Randall Tribbett, 95, of Arapahoe died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Two Rivers Health Care-Neuse Campus, New Bern. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Braly of Arapahoe, Anita Kimball of Beaufort and Rae Randall of Port St. Lucie, FL; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Online condolences may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 

 

Delores Ann Williams

March 13, 1938-April 28, 2014

Our Heavenly father took our beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Delores Ann Williams. Delores was a long time Antelope Valley resident, was a one time member of the Red Hat Society and managed the Lancaster Waldenbooks for many years, prior to that she had worked at Gemco. She was much loved everywhere she went. Delores is survived by her husband, Oliver (Lin) Williams; her daughter, Debbie Bloom; her sons, Don Richeson and Jeremy Williams; her sister, Kay Beal; her brother, Vern Belknap; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She is greatly missed by all. Joshua Memorial Park, Lancaster.


 

May 7th

 

Lois Sadler Voliva Berry, 89, of Grantsboro, formerly of Hyde County, died Tuesday evening, April 29, 2014, at her residence. Born in Fairfield, NC, on December 31, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Lizzie Gibbs Sadler. She was married first to Albert Elmo Voliva and following his death she was married to Nathan Berry who also preceded her in death. She was a former member of Watson’s Chapel United Methodist Church at Nebraska Community and later became a member of Grantsboro Church of God after moving to Pamlico County. She spent many years in the Extension Homemakers Club in the Nebraska Community. Funeral services were held Saturday in Watson’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Raffael Farrow, Jr. will officiate. Burial will follow at Soule Cemetery near Swan Quarter. A memorial service was held at Grantsboro Church of God on Sunday. Surviving are a daughter, Barbara V. Boaz of Chattanooga, TN; a step-son, Bobby Berry of Aurora; two step-daughters, Sandra Kay Pickell of Grantsboro and Belinda Lupton of Aurora; six grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; five step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; ten step-great-great-grandchildren; and one special niece, Elizabeth Gurganus. The family received friends at the church prior to the funeral on Saturday. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter where online sympathy message may be directed to www.bryanfs.com.  

 

James Eborn Pilley, Jr., son of James and Geneva Pilley and husband of Joyce Pilley, passed peacefully from this world on April 30, 2014. Born on August 28, 1924, he grew up in Tarboro, NC, and joined the U.S. Army on February 5, 1943, serving with distinction during WWII in Patton’s Spearheaders, the 737 Tank Battalion.  After the war, he moved to Norfolk, VA, in 1948 and then to Princess Anne County (later Virginia Beach) in 1951. He was a kitchen planner and estimator for Sears Roebuck from 1959 to 1983.  After retiring from Sears, he started General Jim’s Catering and served the finest North Carolina barbecue in a 100-mile radius. He was a charter member of Thalia United Methodist Church and actively served as usher, greeter and church officer. In 2000 he and Joyce finally retired to Minnesott Beach, NC to be by her son, Warren and his wife, Lila. An active member of the American Legion, over the years he was post commander of Post 113 several times, State Commander for Virginia twice and Counselor and Chief Counselor of American Legion Boy’s State of Virginia for 35 years.  Always proud of his service to his country, he regularly attended 737 Tank Battalion reunions. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce, his daughter, Sue, his son, Doug, his stepson, Warren and grandchildren, Timothy, John, Sharon, Katelyn and Casey. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Arapahoe United Methodist Church in Minnesott Beach. Jim brought light and much laughter to everyone he knew.  The family asks that you remember him fondly with a smile, because he always wanted to leave us laughing.

 

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

 

 

 

April 30th 

Former Pamlico News Editor,

Dies at 44

 

Randall "Randy" Gregg

 

• Born in Greensboro, NC, Randall "Randy" Gregg was a rare sort of person, an entrepreneur at heart, a lawyer by schooling, a supporter of those who needed help, an accomplished photographer and a dedicated journalist. He founded eight news publications over the last 15 years, including The Raleigh Telegram, The Sun of Guilford County, The Triangle TechJournal, The Raleigh Downtowner and RTP-TV, to name a few. Randall was an avid boatman and a relentless adventurer who wasn't afraid of doing things his own way. He volunteered as an embedded journalist accompanying the Air Force in Haiti right after the earthquake, covered Hurricane Irene in Pamlico as it happened and wrote thousand of articles in his pursuit to tell the untold story. He was proud to have met four American Presidents, was interviewed on CNN and other national news shows numerous times and published four photography books of his travels and adventures. Randall's kindness was only surpassed by his sense of humor and his effortless way of making everyone around him smile.

He was a 44-year-old kid at heart when he passed on April 25, 2014, enjoying one of his favorite pastimes of riding motorcycles. He is survived by his mother and father, Grace and Stewart Gregg of the Greensboro area, and brothers Crash and Eric of Raleigh. He leaves behind a legacy of journalistic and philanthropic accomplishments and a large group of friends and family around the globe who will miss him dearly.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 3rd at 11:00am at First Baptist Church of Summerfield, located at 2300 Scalesville Rd, Summerfield, NC 27358. In lieu of flowers, a contributing fund has been set up in Randall's name at www.crowdrise.com/randallgregg

 

Published in The News & Observer on Apr. 27, 2014

 

Jackie Darrell Centers Sr., 66, of Ernul died Thursday, April 24, 2014 at home. He was a member of the VFW and retired from U.S.M.C. Air Station, Cherry Point as an aviation mechanic. He is survived by his son, Jackie Centers, Jr. of Ernul; his daughter, Tammy Toler of Ernul; three sisters, Caroleen Cuthrell of Grantsboro, Rosella Nelson of Pollocksville, and Patricia Whittaker of Maysville; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren. His funeral was held Saturday, April 26 at the Lakeside Chapel in Greenleaf Memorial Park with the Rev. Wesley Taylor officiating. The family received friends and relatives Friday, April 25 at Bryant Funeral Home. Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

 

Debra Kay Comer Pipkin, 58, of Reelsboro died Friday, April 25, 2014 at home. She was a member of Rock of Zion Free Will Baptist Church and was an In-Home Care provider. She is survived by her husband, Steve Pipkin; two sons, Jason Edward Stallings and Justin Wayne Stallings, both of Havelock; step-son, Stephen Pipkin IV of Reelsboro; step-daughter, Stephanie Pipkin Boyd of Bridgeton; two brothers, Charles Michael Comer of New Bern and Charles Robert Holt of Nashville, TN; one sister, Robyn Renea Augenstein of Cincinnati, OH; 6 step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren. Her funeral was held Sunday, April 27 at Rock of Zion Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Ray Lewis officiating.  Interment followed immediately in Pipkin Cemetery, Reelsboro. The family received friends and relatives prior to the service in the church fellowship hall and at the home. Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.


Morris Philemon Willis, 80, of Oriental passed away peacefully at home Sunday, April 27, 2014. Mr. Willis was a member of Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army.   He owned and operated the Clover Farm in Oriental as well as D.C. Crab Co., Aurora.  Morris was a devoted family man. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Annie Grant Willis; two daughters, Deborah Willis Fulcher and husband, Chris, of Oriental and Angela Willis Mumper and husband, Dan, of Oriental; three grandchildren, Christina Fulcher Cahoon and husband, Ryan, Chaz Fulcher and D.J. Mumper, all of Oriental; and two great-grandchildren, Chasity Fulcher and Braxton Cahoon. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lockwood Willis and Lloyd Willis and two sisters, Bonnie Humphrey and Sina Mayo, all of Pamlico County. His funeral will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 30 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Bryan officiating.  Interment will be in Greenleaf Memorial Park, New Bern. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

 

Shirley Faye Hill Cahoon, 70, of Reelsboro died Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. Mrs. Cahoon attended Faith Free Will Baptist Church.  She was a very lively, loving and passionate wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her husband, Haggie Cahoon; two sons, Eddie Jarman Jr. of Kinston and Channing Jarman of Asheville; one daughter, Teresa Forrest of Kinston; two step-daughters, Carol Buck of Stonewall and Deborah Bavle of Bridgeton; one brother, Ray Hill of Kinston; three sisters, Linda Murphy of Dunn, Ruth Turner of Pink Hill and Ella Quinn of Kinston; and six grandchildren, Ashley Stallings, Chad King, Victoria King, Charity Jarman, Jenna Meekins, Heather Forrest; and the future, William Channing Jarman. Her funeral was held Friday, April 25 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dwayne Boyd officiating.  Interment followed immediately in Sandhill Cemetery. The family received friends prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

 


April 23, 2014

Mary Emma Williams Caraway, 86, of Florence passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at home.  She was born January 11, 1928, daughter of the late Noah & Lela Williams. Mrs. Caraway was a member of Concord Christian Church. She was a loving and giving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She is survived by two sons, Richard Caraway and wife, Teresa, and Sherwood Caraway and wife, Delphia; two daughters, Patricia Johnson and Hilda Caraway; eight grandchildren, Sherry Johnson, Don Johnson, Jr., Carrie Johnson, Richard Caraway, Jr., Matthew Caraway, Jeromy Hudgins, Amber Caraway Spain, and Lisa Caraway; 11 great-grandchildren, Adam Sanders, Joshua Sanders, Sarah Sanders, Britany Morgan, Lindsey Johnson, Daniel Johnson, Jaidyn Johnson, Devon Stewart, Olivia Caraway, Emma Spain and step-great-grandchild, Morgan Spain ; seven great-great grandchildren, Tristen Sanders, Natalie Sanders, Tegan Sanders, Hayden Morgan, Kyndall Morgan, Caleb Ward, and Carter Johnson. Her funeral was held Tuesday, April 22 at Concord Christian Church with Dr. Robert Cayton officiating.  Interment followed immediately in Concord Memorial Gardens. The family received friends and relatives Monday night at Bryant Funeral Home. Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.


April 16, 2014

Richard Claybourne Baldwin, Sr. 68, of Oriental passed away on Saturday April 12, 2014 doing what he loved most, serving his fellow man and riding his motorcycle. 

Richard was born in Wilmington, North Carolina on March 20, 1946 to the late Ethna and Nanette Baldwin of Castle Hayne. Richard graduated from New Hanover High School and received a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history from UNCW. He completed a five-year course of study in lay divinity at Duke University. He worked in the nuclear energy field for over 30 years as a Quality Assurance Manager and Emergency Preparedness Manager for GE, NUS, and CP&L. He served as the Executive Director for the Pamlico Partnership for Children. He also served on the Board of Hospice of Pamlico County, Hope Clinic Volunteer (former), Pamlico County Caring Carpenters, and Carolina East Hospital Pastoral Care Chaplain. He served as the first chaplain of the Christian Motorcycle Association of Pamlico County “Seed Sowers”, Chaplain of the Christian Motorcycle Association of Washington and as a Spiritual Leader for the Cape Fear, Pamlico and Piedmont Emmaus Communities. He received the Doris Kraus Award for Humanitarian Service and other numerous awards for his service and dedication to his community. 


Known by all as the “Reverend Richard Baldwin”, he was a beloved husband, father, friend and member of his community, pastor and preacher to his congregations. He served as a full-time minister in the Methodist churches in Whiteville, Holly Springs United Methodist, Chocowinity, Stonewall and Bayboro (retired) and most recently as the pastor at Amity Christian Church. He always had a smile, word of encouragement and the “biggest” hugs for everyone. If you were in his life, even for a moment, you were part of his community and his ministry. He believed in helping people and ministering to their needs with whatever he had to give. 

Richard is survived by his wife Denise of the home, daughter Beth Baldwin Cox (Brian) of Greensboro, son Richard C. Baldwin, Jr. of High Point, granddaughter Ashley Cox and fiancé Terrelle Galloway of Orlando, sister Linda Moore (Brent) of Wilmington, nephews Jim Moore (Erin) and Brad Moore (Audra). Sister-in-law Janice Jones Markel (Dave) of Williamston, nieces Haley Markel and Dylan (son), and Kristin Markel. Sister-in-law Teresa Spruill (Stuart) of Williamston, nephews Scott and Austin Spruill.  Brother-in-law William Dixon Jones (Virginia) of Tracey City TN. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members as well as beloved friends. His daughter, Mary Suzanne Baldwin and stepson, Jamie Manning, preceded Richard in death.

Richard leaves behind a legacy of love and service to his family and community. The family requests that memorials in lieu of flowers be given to Amity Christian Church, 1831 Goose Creek Road, Grantsboro, NC 28529, Journey of Hope c/o New Bern Cancer Center, 1010 Medical Park Avenue, New Bern 28562 or to Hospice of Pamlico County, 11146 N Carolina 55, Grantsboro, NC 28529.


A celebration of “Reverend Richard’s” life will be held on Thursday April 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Broad Creek Christian Church, 45 Olympia Road, New Bern NC 28560 officiated by the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer, the Rev. Ray Lewis, and the Rev. Grady Burroughs. Visitation with the family will be at 2:00 p.m. 


Harold Milton Alexander, 94, of Stonewall passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Thursday, April 10, 2014. He was a member of Stonewall United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school for over 40 years.  He formerly served as mayor of the Town of Stonewall and was a past Board of Director at P.C. Social Services. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Alexander.

He is survived by his son, Charles (Lois) Alexander; daughters, Barbara (Lester) Carey and Ann (Charles) Holton; grandchildren, Donna Holton (Charles, deceased) Rice, Chuck (Joanna) Holton, Sheryl Holton (Gene) Galin, Karen Alexander (Chip Dombrowsky), Shannon Alexander (Brian) Ellenberg, Stephen (Penny) Carey, Douglas (Amanda) Carey and Amy Carey (Steven) Smith; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Jessica Rice, Zackary, Isabella, and Cecilia Holton, Michael, Alexandria, and Nicholas Galin, Stephanie Carey (Ryan) Hardison, Roy (Hope Lilly, friend) Carey, Donna Connell (Michael) Gordon, Stephen Carey, Jr., Carey, Aiden and Bailey Smith, Savannah, Beau, deceased, and Tyler Ellenberg and Hunter Dombrowsky; great-great grandchildren, Reid Carey and Abigail Hardison; and special family children, Steven, David and Jaclyn Lilly.

His funeral was held Sunday, April 13, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Gainey and the Rev. Richard Baldwin officiating.  Interment followed immediately in Greenleaf Memorial Park.

The family received friends prior to the service at the funeral home. Flowers are appreciated or the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Pamlico, 11146 NC Hwy 55, Grantsboro, NC 28529 or to the Harold & Elsie Alexander Scholarship Fund, c/o Patricia Wood, PO Box 14, Stonewall, NC  28583. Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com (Paid obituary)

 

Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.


April 9, 2014

Memorial Service

ORIENTAL - Jesse Hoyt Arnold III, 62, of 304 B Main St. died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at his residence. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at St. Thomas Episcopal church in Otiental. He is survived by a son, Jesse Hoyt Arnold IV of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; sister, Dina A. Holton and brother in law, Charles Holton of Oriental.

Fonnie Edmundson Higgs, 92, of Oriental, finished this life’s journey on April 4, 2014 at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Alliance. She was born in Oriental on February 14, 1922, the eldest child of Claud and Emma McClees Edmundson.  Fonnie graduated from Oriental High School, class of 1939 and briefly attended Louisburg College.  She moved from Oriental during the early 1940’s and lived in the Norfolk, VA area where she met her future husband, Jack.  They were wed on Christmas Eve 1946 at the courthouse in New Bern, NC and lived their early married life in the Washington, D.C. area where each of their three children were born.  Jack, Fonnie and their daughter returned to live in Oriental in June, 1969. Fonnie was predeceased by her devoted husband, of 51 years, Jack Clarke Higgs in 1998; and both sons, Robert Warren Higgs (Bobby) in 1959 and William Clarke Higgs (Bill) in 2008. She is survived by a daughter, Fran Smith and husband, Philip, of Statesville, NC; two granddaughters, Cindi Ayala and husband, Sam, of Orlando, FL and Jenni Higgs, of Whiting, IN.  She is further survived by her sister, Mattie Spencer of Florence, NC; a niece and five nephews.  Also, longtime family friend and ‘adopted’ family member, Ricky Miller of Oriental. A visitation was held Sunday evening, April 6 at Bryant Funeral Home. A private burial is planned. Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

 

Lawrence Paul, 80, of Alliance died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville. He was an active member of Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church and active with the Gideons.  He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 21 years of service and from U.S. Civil Service, Cherry Point after 20+ years.  He passionately loved his wife, children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, of 60 years, Letha S. Paul; two sons, David Paul of Raleigh and Christopher Paul of Goldsboro; two daughters, Susan P. Kelemen of St. Louis and Belinda P. Stowe of Alliance; and eight grandchildren. His funeral will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, April 10 at Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Bryan officiating.  Interment will follow in Paul Cemetery, Arapahoe. The family will receive friends and relatives from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday night at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church, PO Box 117, Arapahoe, NC 28510. Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Thea Lambertz McLean, 83, of Bayboro passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was a member of Bayboro United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell McLean. She is survived by her son, Edward McLean of West Palm Beach, Florida; two daughters, Linda McLean of Bayboro and Christine Shewbridge of Westminster, California; six grandchildren, Harrison McLean, Nicole Shewbridge, Danielle Shewbridge, Russell McLean, Heather McLean and Samantha McLean; and one great-grandchild, Ahri McLean. Her memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., April 4 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Johnny Gainey officiating. The family will receive friends a half-hour before the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico County Meals on Wheels, PO Box 184, Alliance, NC  28509 or Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern NC Chapter, 3737 Glenwood Ave., Suite 100, Raleigh, NC  27612. Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.