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Obituaries


Week of February 3, 2016

Myron Montague Banks, Jr., 72, of New Bern passed away Thursday, January 28, 2016, at home. When he wasn’t at work as an electrician at Weyerhaeuser, he enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family and making them laugh. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Pamela “Pam” Fore Banks; daughter, Dianna Wheeler and husband, Craig; son, Brian Banks and wife, Emily; sister, Jeannette Hudson and husband, Richard “Dick”; sister, Rosalie Peacock and husband, George; and grandchildren, Kristen Wheeler, Kaitlyn Wheeler, Maya Banks, Leo Banks, and Cora Banks. In celebration of Myron’s life, a memorial service was held at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, January 31st with the Rev. Stephen Prescott officiating. The family received friends and relatives prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to 3HC Home Health and Hospice Care, 214 Main St., Pollocksville, NC  28573.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Adam Hugh Harris, Jr., 85, of New Bern, passed away on January 24, 2016 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. 

He was born in Oriental, NC, on October 9, 1930 at his grandmother’s home with two doctors attending.  He is survived by his wife, Larue Holton Harris of New Bern; his son, David Holton Harris of Winterville; and granddaughters, Rachel Alyssa Harris and Anna Marie Harris. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ethel Brothers Harris and Adam Hugh Harris Sr., his brother, William "Bill" Harris and son, Adam Hugh Harris, III. 

Hugh grew up in Oriental and spent much time in nearby Kershaw, NC on the family farm, where his extended family lived.  Hugh went to grade school at Oriental School and high school at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, VA. From there he was off to North Carolina State College, where he graduated in 1954 with a degree in Engineering. 

On June 14th of that same year he married Larue Holton. It was a marriage that lasted with much love for 63 years. 45 of those years were lived on the river in Oriental and the last 16 on the lake in New Bern. 1954 was an eventful year for Hugh. That year he also joined the US Army Corps of Engineers as a Lieutenant. Within months he was deployed to Korea during the Korean War. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, with two Bronze Campaign Stars, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

In 1974 Hugh was certified as a Professional Engineer (PE) and as a Professional Land Surveyor in 1976. He was also a member of Mensa. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity “SAE” at North Carolina State College. During his career he worked as an Engineer and Land Surveyor, mostly in Oriental and New Bern, but also included early stints in Jacksonville, FL and Wilson, NC. Early in his career he worked for various businesses. He expanded and ran with his Father, a grain business in Grantsboro, NC, for many years. He retired in 1996 from Harris Engineering, Inc., an Engineering and Land Surveying business he founded in the seventies.

The following are a few of his other business ventures. He was a farmer for few years and developed some creative practices. He and Larue were active and successful in real estate investments and development. Many people learned to play golf on a 9-hole course, he designed and built in Oriental, which was the first in Pamlico County. 

Hugh was a man who valued integrity and honesty. Many people enjoyed his kindness and sense of humor. 

The funeral was held at Centenary United Methodist Church in New Bern Sunday, January 31 in the sanctuary, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall at the Church. A visitation in the Chapel preceded the service. For those who wish, donations in his name to Centenary United Methodist Church, PO Box 1388, New Bern, NC 28563 or Oriental United Methodist Church, P.O Box 70, Oriental, NC 28571 are appreciated. (Paid obituary)

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Linda Woodard Whorton, 75, of Greenville, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016, at Vidant Medical Center. She was a member and volunteer of Pitt County VFW and also volunteered with Pitt Co. Senior Center. She is survived by two sons, Chris Stovenour of Brentwood, TN and Jules Jason Whorton of Greenville; two daughters, Terri Banks of Jacksonville and Kim Garcia of San Antonio, TX; brother, Jules Woodard of Grantsboro; sisters, Vicki Jones of Beaufort and Suzette Nesbit of Aurora; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, February 3rd at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Taylor officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to The American Cancer Society, 2202 Wrightsville Ave. Suite 111, Wilmington, NC  28403.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of January 27, 2016

Brunhilde “Hilde” Paulus Elzie, 64, of Reelsboro passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at home. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Danny Elzie; step-father, Glenn Green of Alliance; two daughters, Christine Wayne of New Bern and Carrie Elzie of Norfolk, Va.; and two grandchildren. The family received friends Friday, January 22nd at Bryant Funeral Home. Private services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

John W. Krauss, 85, of Reelsboro passed away January 18, 2016, at home. John was born in Jacksonville, Florida into a family of five brothers and two sisters.  His parents were Alfred and Caroline Krauss. He was preceded in death by both parents, three brothers, Alfred and Jesse Krauss and James Lang and two sisters, Pauline Dorman and Louise Flourney, as well as two Marine “brothers”, Al Dishon and Joe Bergman. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Doris Krauss, two beloved sons, Michael Dale Krauss and wife, Kathy, and James R. Krauss and wife, Michelle; sister-in-law, Bertha Krauss; his three beloved grandchildren, Michael James Krauss, Kimberly Caitlyn Krauss and Trey Willis and wife, Gretchen; one great-granddaughter, Maggie; several nieces and nephews; and his card playing buddies. John organized the first Reelsboro Fire Department, obtained the first fire truck and was the chief for many years.  He was also a Boy Scout leader, a member of Reelsboro Methodist Church and a veteran of his beloved Marine Corps.  He was a survivor of the Chosin Reservoir in Korea and a member of the Chosin Few, VFW, DAV, Pamlico Veteran’s Council and the Doric Lodge #568.  He also organized the Pamlico County Honor Guard and he was extremely proud of that unit.  He was also a retired rural mail carrier for the postal service. His funeral was held Thursday, January 21st at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Roach officiating.  Interment followed immediately in Sandhill Cemetery with military honors. The family received friends and relatives prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico County Honor Guard c/o Ray Barnes, 6081 NC Hwy 55 E., New Bern, NC  28560. (Paid obituary)

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Stephanie Ann Fraley Mosier, 61, of Oriental passed away Thursday, January 21, 2016, at home. She is survived by her step-father, Richard F. Cozad of Springfield, OH; her daughter, Hillary Pamer and husband, Tom, of Springfield, OH; brothers, Daniel Cozad of Indian Lake, OH and David Cozad of O’Fallon, IL; sister, Diane Cozad of Springfield, OH; and grandson, Joshua Pamer. Private services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to The American Cancer Society, 2202 Wrightsville Ave. Suite 111, Wilmington, NC  28403 or P.A.W.S. PO Box 888, Oriental, NC  28571.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Elmo Earl Pegram, 81, of Arapahoe passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. Elmo loved boating and everything about the water. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy S. Pegram; four children, Beth Hardison and husband, Steve, Harvey Pegram and wife, Vanessa, Gary Pegram and wife, Martha, and Vicky Spencer and husband, Tommy; and six grandchildren, Steve Hardison II, Christopher Hardison, Elizabeth Pegram, Donna Pegram, Summer Mitchell and Micheal Spencer. Graveside services with military honors were held Sunday, January 24th at Celestial Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Cindy Midyette officiating.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

New Bern – Edna Roberts Dixon Radford, 86, died Thursday, January 21, 2016
at Riverpoint Crest Nursing & Rehab Center.  She was born February 12, 1929
in Pamlico County, daughter of the late Wallace C. and Ada Holton Roberts.
Ms. Edna was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
She was a member of the 49’rs Class of 1949 of Pamlico County.   She
retired from working at J. C. Penny.  After her working career she was a
homemaker.  She was the life of the party, always laughing , and kept
something going on all the time.  She was loved and will be missed by those
who knew her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Roy
B. Dixon of the Goose Creek community, and Henry C. Radford of New Bern;
and three brothers, Paul, Thad and James Roberts.
She is survived by her two daughters, Judy Dixon Jernigan and Martha Ann
Dixon Harper and husband Clem, all of the Goose Creek community; two
sisters-in-law, Delta B. Roberts of New Bern, and June M. Roberts of
Sumter, SC; and grandchildren, Chris Bailey and wife, Frances, Eric Harper
and wife, Emily, Will Harper and wife, Amber and Reid Harper; and
great-grandchildren, Sarah and Rebecca Bailey and Casey and Diana Harper.
There will be a gathering of friends and family from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 24.  The daughters will be receiving  friends  at 148
Will’s Lane in the Goose Creek community. Burial will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Riverpoint Crest resident personal care
fund (Mama loved having her hair styled) or Craven Humane Society (she
loved her furry babies) would be appreciated.
Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com Arrangements by Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations

Week of January 20, 2016

“Come Unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28

Mother Martha Rosetta Jones, daughter of George Marshall and Addie Midgette Marshall, was born on April 10, 1931 in Vandemere, North Carolina. On Tuesday, January 5, 2016, she departed this life at home.

She received her education from the “Old Schoolhouse.”

Martha married Earl Dubois Jones and this union was blessed with three children, Ronell, Pam and Tyrone. Tyrone, Dubois and Ronell preceded her in death as well as her parents and brothers George and Bodine.

Mother Jones, known as “Soe”, Aunt Rosetta, “cousin Rosetta” was passionately loved by all who met her. Rosetta had a quiet sense of humor that would have you laughing in the shortest conversations. She was a hard working woman, who worked various jobs until her daughter became ill and she became her caregiver for 26 years.

Mother Jones was a devoted and loyal member of St. Galilee M.B. Church. She was an usher, choir member, Mother of the Church for numerous years and a cherished member of “The Marshall Family Gospel Singers” for 22 years. She was a dutiful member until her health failed.

Surviving to cherish their memories are her loving daughter, Pamela Jones of Maribel; sister, Daisy Miller; brother, Thurman (Frances) Marshall, sisters and brother-in-law; Hazel Marshall, Flossie Gibbs, Columbus (Matilda) Jones; nieces and nephews, cousins. Special memories will be cherished by her caregiver, Janet Midgette and niece Velma Hamilton who transported her to appointments and other places.

Florence Hancock Lennop, 67, of Burlington, formerly of Reelsboro, was called home by God on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at Cedar Ridge Independent Living, Burlington. Mrs. Lennop was born on September 30, 1948, in Pamlico County, to the late Louis Daniel Hancock and Dorothy Lilly Hancock. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Walter Lennop Jr; brother, William (Bill) Hancock; sisters, Dorothy Lillian Hancock and Jane Hancock. She is survived by sons, Elwood E. Banks Jr. and wife, Lisa, of Greensboro, Thomas L. Banks and wife, Mechelle, of New Bern and Brian A. Banks of Reelsboro; grandchildren, Brandon Banks, Clint Banks and wife, Christina, Brooke Banks, Britney Banks, Joshua Banks and Jacob Turner. Her funeral was held Monday, January 18th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Cayton Cemetery. The family received family and friends prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4200 Morganton Rd. Suite 300, Fayetteville, NC 28314 or Pamlico County Hospice, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of January 13, 2016

Aaron Everett, 86, of Oriental passed away Friday, January 8, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was born in Oriental and worked as a commercial fisherman all of his life.  He enjoyed baseball and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is survived by his son, Aaron C. Everett of Oriental; daughter, Teresa E. Price & husband, Brad, of Grantsboro; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held Monday, January 11 at Oriental Cemetery.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Rowena Willis Miller, 88, of Bayboro passed away Saturday, January 9, 2016, at Crystal Coast Hospice House, Newport. She was a member of Bayboro Baptist Church and the Order of Eastern Star.  She was co-owner and operator of Austin’s Variety Store and retired from Craven County Health Department. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Austin Miller, a daughter, Carolyn Ruth Miller and sister, Lena Ruth Hardison. She is survived by two sons, Retired P. C. Sheriff, Danny Miller and wife, Becky, of Merritt and Jerry Miller and wife, Cathy, of Raleigh; brother, Lee Willis Jr. and wife, Caroline, of Raleigh; five grandchildren, Sherry Riggs and husband, Will, Jennifer Lovitt, Bryan Miller and wife, Jennifer, Jonathan Miller, and Neal Miller; six great-grandchildren; and special friends, Foster & Debra Watts. Her funeral will be held 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Earl Sadler Jr. officiating.  Interment in Cowell Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Crystal Coast Hospice House, 100 Big Rock Weigh, Newport, NC 28570.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Mr. Edward E. "Eddie" Rolen, Jr., 67, of Merritt, died Monday, January 11, 2016.

Arrangements are incomplete at Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations

Emory Odell Sawyer Jr., 76, of Arapahoe passed away Thursday, January 7, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was a member of Bridgeton Pentecostal Holiness Church.  He loved and enjoyed spending time with his grand and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of over 55 years, Mary Stephenson Sawyer; son, Ricky Sawyer of Arapahoe; daughter, Patricia Jones of New Bern; brothers, Bill Sawyer of Hobucken, Freddie Sawyer of Reelsboro, and Clifton Sawyer of Oriental; sisters, Geraldine Sadler of Fayetteville and Mary Smith of Olympia; six grandchildren, Jessica White, Ian McClenny, Hannah Sawyer, Michael Jones, Olivia Sawyer and Tiffany Sawyer; and six great-grandchildren, Jaaron Bloomberg, Taylee McClenny, Toby Avizo, Tristen Avizo, Jerrod Jones and Isabella Wiseup. His funeral was held Sunday, January 10th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Dixon officiating.  Interment in Oriental Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico County Rescue Squad, PO Box 302, Bayboro, NC  28515.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of January 6, 2016

Marilyn Krieger Ryen, 81, of Oriental passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, December 23, 2015. She graduated high school at age 16, worked until age 26, and began combining work and school attaining a Bachelors degree in nursing, a Masters degree in Environmental Health and Safety and a Ph.D in the same field. She was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and the church Womens Association, she volunteered at the Hope Clinic for nine years, was an active boater, traveled extensively to more than 80 countries and all 7 continents. She is survived by her husband, George D. Link of 15 years of the home and one sister, Margaret Fauci of Punta Gorda, FL. A memorial service was held Tuesday, December 29, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church with the Rev. Jeremiah Day officiating. The family received friends Monday evening, December 28 at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 461, Oriental, NC  28571 or Hope Clinic, P.O. Box 728, Bayboro, NC  28515.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Crematory, Alliance, NC.

 

Mary Clyde Dunn, 62, of Oriental, passed away Friday, January 1, 2016 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was a native of Oriental, daughter of the late Lucille and Billy Truitt.  She was a graduate of ECU with a degree in music and voice.  Mary Clyde worked as a real estate broker and GRI.  She was an active member of Oriental United Methodist Church, where she played piano and organ.  She was also very active in theater. She leaves her loving family, husband, Dr. Ernest C. Dunn, Jr.; two sons, Ethan Wiley Dunn of Cary, and Jason Truitt Dunn of Greenville; two daughters, Summer Lee Dunn and Holly Jo Russell (Byron) both, of Oriental; one sister, Sally Truitt Belangia (Ken) of Oriental; two grandchildren,

Jalyn Tru Dunn and Matthew Antonio Widales; and nieces and nephews, Amber Belangia, Clint Belangia, Carey Chapin, Kaitlyn and Mollie Lu. A memorial service was held Monday at Oriental United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Oriental United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 70, Oriental, NC  28571

Arrangements by Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations

 

Rowene Mary Helmke, 87, of Angola, Indiana, and formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2015, at her daughter’s home in Oriental, N.C. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Walter P. Helmke; two children, Paul (Deborah) Helmke of Fort Wayne and Bloomington, and Marsha Shirk of Oriental, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Andrea Bruce, Laura (Sean) Helmke-Long, Rebecca Bruce, Addison (Andrew “Ocean” Eiler) Helmke, Kathryn Helmke, Brighton “Buck” (Christina Leslie-Helmke) Helmke, and Claire Helmke; six great-grandchildren, Tobey and Haley Rice, Nina and Nicholas Long, Stone Helmke-Eiler, and Thompson Helmke; and one sister, Barbara (James) Hatcher. She was preceded in death by her son Mark Helmke; parents Erben and Nina Brighton Crabill; and siblings Arthur Crabill, Nondas Green, Beverly Corpron, Donna Krueger, and Ronald Crabill. Services were held January 3, 2016 at Oriental United Methodist Church In Oriental, N.C. Memorials should be directed to Peace Lutheran Church, 355 E State Road 120, Fremont, IN 46737-9743 .

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

 

Angel Caroon Woodard, 44 of Matthews, NC passed away on Saturday December 26th, 2015. Born in New Bern, NC, Angel was the daughter of Lottie Campen Caroon and the late L. Reginald Caroon of Lowland, NC. Angel was a graduate of Pamlico County High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. Angel worked for Novant Health at Presbyterian Hospital in the lab as a Medical Technologist in Charlotte, NC. Angel loved sharing life with God, family and friends. Angel is survived by her husband of 22 yrs. Robert Hanes Woodard Jr. and two sons Jacob Hanes Woodard and Joel Graham Woodard. Angel is also survived by her grandmother Mollie B. Campen, a sister Teresa Grubbs (Paul) and three brothers Randy Caroon (Susan), Dwight Caroon (Kim), Tracy Caroon (Claudia). Angel was the daughter-in-law of Linda Woodard and the late Robert Woodard of Fort Mill, SC. and the sister-in-law of Julie Bladel and her daughter Kayla Woodard. A memorial service was held Saturday January 2, 2016 at Harrison UMC in Pineville, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Angel to the Youth and College Ministries at Harrison UMC and/or The Gideon’s International P.O. Box 37 Bayboro, NC 28515. Online condolences to the family may be offered at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com

Edward Stephen Zamonski, 90, passed away in Oriental, NC on December 22, 2015.  Ed was born on March 20, 1925 to Lillian and Stephen Zamonski, in Trenton, NJ.

Ed was a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle. During World War II, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Navy and served onboard the Battleship New Jersey as a First Class Electrician’s Mate. He was a brother to his sisters, a Trenton High School Graduate, a Navy man, a World War II veteran, a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduate, an engineer, a teacher, a mayor and committee man of Ewing Township, NJ, a Parks and Recreation Director, a sailor, a dancer, a swimmer, a walker, a bike rider, a bridge player, a pinochle player, a chess player, a reader and a chocolate ice cream lover.

He is preceded in death by his sisters Evelyn and Thomas Cunningham, Elaine and Edward Allison and their son and nephew Edward S. Allison and his second wife Karin Weingartner.
He is survived by his daughters Mary Ellen Dondero of Norwood, MA, Jeanne and Robert Black of Doylestown, PA and their daughters, Alexandra and Sarah; one son Stephen Zamonski of Lakewood, NJ; his first wife Anne Zamonski of West Trenton, NJ; close friend Tove Arnfast of Oriental, NC; niece Barbara Sproull of Georgetown, TX and nephew Thomas Allison of Chandler, AZ.

A private family service will take place in the spring.  Special thanks to The Gardens of Pamlico, Grantsboro, NC, Carolina East Hospital, New Bern, NC, and Vidant Medical Center, Greenville NC.

Memorials can be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation http://www.pdf.org/en/fund_memdon or to a favorite charity of your own.

Week of December 23, 2015

On December 19th, Barry Richard Snyder, 66, of Grantsboro (June 13, 1949 - December 19, 2015) passed away surrounded by his family and friends, after a yearlong battle with pulmonary fibrosis.  He had a love for the outdoors-hunting and fishing, woodworking, and there wasn’t anything he could not fix. But what he loved the most was the time spent with his grandchildren.  He will be remembered for his quick wit and for his ability to know a little about everything.  He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary Lou, his three daughters Kellie (Allen), Ashleigh, Melissa (Mike), his mother, Dorothy Kennedy Snyder, his sister, Bonnie Lawson, his brother, Brian Snyder, and his six beloved grandchildren, Payton, Ava, Mason, Griffin, Cooper, and Beckham. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Garber United Methodist Church with Military Honors.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org.

Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.

Bert Thomas Norman, 83, of Arapahoe, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2015, at Bayview Nursing & Rehab Center. He was a member of Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tollie and Joella Sadler Norman; brothers, Gerald and Mahew Norman; and sisters, Ione Best, Joyce Barnes and Ada Holton. He is survived by one sister, Janice “Bell” Gaskins and husband, Wayne, of Florida; brother, James Bryant Norman and wife, Bonnie, of Bedford, VA; and nephews, Buddy Best and wife as well as Mr. Bert’s caregiver, Linda, J. Roger Best, and J. Howard Best & wife, Mary. His funeral will be held 11 a.m., Monday, December 28 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Bryan officiating.  Interment will follow immediately in Barnett Cemetery, Hobucken. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church, PO Box 117, Arapahoe, NC 28510.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Edna Hopkins Johnston, 82, of Oriental passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at Granstbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. She was a United Methodist, was a member of AARP and the Ladies Veteran’s Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Johnston. She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Altman of Lexington, SC, Sharon Meadows and husband, Bob, and Judy Robinson and husband, Tom, all of Minnesott Beach; her son, David Johnston Sr. and wife, Pamela, of Bridgeton; seven grandchildren, Gil Altman, Mark Willis, Lindsey Willis, Michelle Robinson, Chris Robinson, David Johnston Jr. and Bradley Johnston; and 11 great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held Sunday, December 20th at Johnston Cemetery in Oriental with the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer officiating. The family received friends Saturday evening at Bryant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Continuum Home Care & Hospice, 1505 S. Glenburnie Rd. Suite M, New Bern, NC  28562, Arapahoe United Methodist Church, PO Box 25, Arapahoe, NC  28510 or one’s favorite charity.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Florence Elizabeth (Betty) Rush was born August 25, 1911 in Pittsburg, PA and passed away on Monday, November 30, 2015 in Grantsboro.  She was among the ladies ahead of their time as she graduated from Florida State College for Women and taught Junior High math, science, and English in Deland, FL.  She coached the women’s basketball team and played first base for the Deland newspaper’s baseball team.  She played tennis until she was 83 years old.  She attributes her long healthy life to always being active. Betty was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ormond Beach, Florida.  She taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. Betty is survived by her son, Charles Keirn Rush of New Bern; daughter, Wilma Elizabeth Kruger of Daytona Beach, FL; three grandchildren, Jennifer S. Lucas, Jeanne R. Karver, and Charles M. Goodnow; and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Hugh Curtis Foreman, 65, of Reelsboro passed away Thursday, December 17, 2015, at home. He retired from PCS Phosphate after 40 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Susan Foreman; two daughters, Heather Henson of Alliance and Tina Foreman Beacham of Newport; step-son, Jeremy Rose of New York; step-daughter, Michelle Christian of New York; and five grandchildren, Curtis Henson, Kelby Henson, Allison Beacham, Terrence Christian and Braydon Rose. His funeral was held 11 Monday, December 21st at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer officiating.  Interment followed in Alliance United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family received friends Sunday, December 20th at Bryant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Reelsboro Community Watch, 633 Halls Creek Rd., New Bern, NC  28560.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

James Edward Newton, 83, of Vandemere passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was a member of Mt. Zion Original Free Will Baptist Church.  Loving the water, he worked all his life as a commercial fisherman. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Katie S. Newton; daughters, Cathy Miller and husband, Jerry, of Raleigh and Janie Newton, of the home; brothers, Odos Newton and wife, Geraldine, of Colonial Heights, VA and Jesse Newton of New Bern; sister, Margaret Rose of Vandemere; two grandchildren, Jonathan Miller and Jennifer Lovitt; and two great-grandchildren, Jack and Paisley Lovitt. Graveside services were held Saturday, December 19th at Celestial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to CCHC Foundation, Journey of Hope, 1010 Medical Park Ave., New Bern, NC  28562.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Lt. Jerry Mitchell, U.S. Navy (Ret), 66, of Florida passed away Monday, December 7, 2015, in Daytona, Florida. He retired after 28 years of service in the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Pierce Mitchell. He is survived by his father, Michael Richard Mitchell & wife, Alma, of Havelock; sons, Jerry Matthew Mitchell and Jonathan Reid Mitchell, both of Grantsboro and Ryan M. Mitchell of New Castle, PA; daughter, Erica J. Knoop of Conover, Ohio; brothers, Michael Thomas “Tommy” Mitchell of Alliance, James “Jimmy” Mitchell of Jacksonville, FL and Chris and David Mitchell, both of Livingston, Texas; sister, Barbara Stancil of Emerald Isle; and five grandchildren. His memorial service was held Saturday, December 19th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer officiating.  Inurnment was in Alliance United Methodist Church Cemetery with military honors.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Richard Harold Laughinghouse, 77, of Reelsboro, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2015, at Crystal Coast Hospice House. He attended Saint’s Delight Free Will Baptist Church, was a member of Newport Moose Lodge No. 2194 for over 50 years, a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph Jason and Lula Bell Laughinghouse; his wife, Mary Moody Laughinghouse; children, Tammy Kay Laughinghouse and Daniel Jason Laughinghouse; and brothers, Carlos, Lester, Edward, Robert Earl, William “Billy” Jason, and Rudolph Thomas Laughinghouse. He is survived by his son, Richard Laughinghouse and wife, Judith, of Alexandria, Nebraska; siblings, Peggy Anderson of Ernul, Betty Littlewood of New Bern, Donald Laughinghouse of Aiken, SC, Ethel Ann Gillikin, Nancy Hack, and Judy Laughinghouse, all of New Bern, Joe Laughinghouse of Thomaston, Georgia and Johnny Laughinghouse of Rocky Mount, NC; six grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; special friend, Ruby Gottschalk; and numerous nieces and nephews. His graveside service with military honors will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 23rd at Greenleaf Memorial Park Lakeside Chapel. The family received friends and relatives Tuesday at Bryant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Crystal Coast Hospice, 100 Big Rock Weigh, PO Box 640, Newport, NC  28570.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

 

Week of December 16, 2015

Peggy Leary Edwards, 71, of Oriental passed away Thursday, December 10, 2015, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. She is survived by her companion, Ray Gaskill of the home; sons, Michael Edwards and Kenneth Edwards, both of New Bern; and two grandchildren, Michael and Lauren Edwards. Her memorial service was held Saturday, December 12th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Harper officiating.  Inurnment was in Sandhill Cemetery. The family received friends prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of December 9, 2015

Nita Joyce Hardy Mills, 85, of Aurora, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, December 4, 2015. She is predeceased in death by one son, Ronnie Mills and parents, Jesse and Naomi Hardy. She is survived by her husband, Jesse B. Mills of the home and one daughter, Vicki Mills of Raleigh. A memorial service was held Monday, December 7, 2015 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Robert Cayton officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Aurora United Methodist Church, c/o Lynn Edwards, 68 Four Paws Rd., Aurora, NC  27806

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance, NC

Week of December 2, 2015

Martha Lynn Hall, 69, of New Bern died Thursday, November 26, 2015. She had been a reporter for the New Bern Sun-Journal, Rocky Mount Telegram, and the Pamlico News. She is survived by her husband, Charlie Hall; her mother, Martha Blue Hooks of Laurinburg; one son, James Reedy of Morehead City; one daughter, Jean Fortune of Morehead City; two brothers, David Hooks of Virginia and Jimmy Hooks of Laurinburg ; sister, Ruth; and grandchildren, Hannah Fortune, Aaron Fortune, Niles Reedy and Holden Hinson. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com

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Harold Earl Hicks of Aurora, NC died November 22, 2015 at the age of 85. Harry will be deeply missed by many who had the pleasure of crossing paths with him, including his son, Carl S. Ray and wife, Julie, of Santa Cruz, Calif., his stepchildren who all claim to never have felt like stepchildren, Stephen R. Adolphson and wife, Cathey of Aurora, Susan Adolphson Rose and husband, Jim, of Rio Vista, Calif., and Andrew J. Adolphson and wife, Noreen, of Poulsbo, Wash.; brother, William “Bill” Hicks and wife, Lorraine, of Iron Mountain, Mich.; grandchildren, Christopher Adolphson, Justin Adolphson and wife, Ashley, Clayton Ray, Mason Ray and Darylanna Keegan; great-grandchildren, Laura Adolphson and Sophia Adolphson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. His funeral services were held Wednesday, November 25th at Campbell’s Creek Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Stutts officiating.  Interment followed in Friendship Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requested memorial contributions be made to Habitat for Humanity of Pamlico, PO Box 3, Grantsboro, NC  28529.

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John Edward Huber Sr., 70, of Reelsboro passed away Thursday, November 19, 2015, at home. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of New Hope Christian Church.  He enjoyed singing and playing music and had a real talent for restoring old cars and carving wood into beautiful works of art.  He dearly loved his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Matthies “Matt” and Verna Maelzer Huber and siblings, Lawrence “Larry” Huber, Michael “Mick” Huber and Helen McKensey. He is survived by his son, John Huber Jr. and wife, Angela of Bloomington, Indiana; sisters, Laura Hardison of Reelsboro, Suzanne Baker of Tonganoxie, Kansas, and Irene Spring of Independence, Missouri; two grandsons, Zane Alexander Huber and Jackson Mace Huber; best friends, Danny Bennett and Mr. Don; and many loving nieces and nephews. His memorial service was held Friday, November 27th at New Hope Christian Church with the Rev. Eddie Phoenix officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Disabled American Veterans, c/o Sid Weiner, PO Box 13563, New Bern, NC  28561-3563.

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Ramona Kipp King, 63, of Mesic, formerly of Bristol, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at home. Affectionately known as Memaw by her grandchildren, she dearly loved spending time with them and the rest of her children and family. She is survived by her husband, Harold King of Mesic; parents, Ernest & Helen Mink of Bristol, Virginia; daughter, Dawn Skurry and husband, Roger, of Mesic; sons, Bradley Bruce Crussell and fiancee’, Danielle Conklin, of Bayboro and Bobby Warren of Abingdon, Va.; brothers, Joey Mink of Brunswick, Ga. and Ernie Mink of Bristol, Va.; and three grandchildren, Tommy Varney, Shawn Skurry and Tristan Skurry. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to The American Cancer Society or the Disabled Veterans.

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Gloria Rice Lupton, 75, of Arapahoe, cherished wife, mother, “Ma” and friend to all she knew, joined her heavenly family in front of the Father’s throne on Monday, November 23, 2015.  She was born June 22, 1940, to Carlton and Doris Belangia Rice. She was a fervent member of Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church where she served as a pianist, beginning in her teens, for most of her life, and an active member of the Women’s Fellowship.  She found joy in being with her family, and spending time with her “Curves Girls”, frequently. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Carla Lupton Cowell, son-in-law, Mark R. Cowell; and great-granddaughter, Hannah-Blake Jones. She is survived by her husband, George Alfred Lupton Jr.; one daughter, Deborah Lupton Lee and husband, Timothy A. Lee, of Arapahoe; one son, George Alfred Lupton III and wife, Kristin A. Lupton, of Marietta, GA; three brothers-in-law, William Coughlin of Boston, MA, Robert F. Cane of New Bern, and Johnny R. Lupton and wife, Margaret, of Wilmington, NC; six grandchildren, Sabrina Lee, Jaclyn (Bryan) Jones, Katlyn Cowell, Kayla Damron, Noah and AnaBarron Lupton; and four great-grandsons, Jaden Lee and Hudson Holton, and Britton and Beckham Jones. The family received friends and relatives on Friday, November 27th at Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church.   The funeral followed with the Rev. David Cauley officiating.  Interment followed immediately in Greenleaf Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church, PO Box 117, Arapahoe, NC 28510. Online condolence to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com. (Paid obituary)

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Christina Beth Leary Suarez, 43, of Reelsboro passed away Thursday, November 26, 2015, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. She attended Word Fellowship Church.  She had a passion for cooking and was an amazing artist. She is survived by her parents, Garnett and Joan Leary of Reelsboro; sister, Tiffany Leary of Reelsboro; brother, Garnett Leary Jr. and wife, Mao, of New Bern; sisters, Alicia Dixon and husband, Shane, of Grantsboro; nieces and nephews, Camren Laughinghouse, Jacob Fleming, Preston Dixon and Kaitlyn Dixon; and her best canine friend, Rollo. Her memorial service was held Sunday, November 29th at Word Fellowship Church, 532 Hale Rd., Reelsboro, with the Rev. Owen Lupton officiating.  Inurnment was in Word Fellowship Church Cemetery. The family will received friends at the church.

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Week of November 25, 2015

Margaret Laverne Long Clary, 76, of Stonewall, affectionately known as “Nanny”, passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Ray Clary and a daughter, Tina Roberts. She is survived by three daughters, Edna Crouch of Enfield, Ann Kelly of Grantsboro and Jackie Stanley of Roanoke Rapids; one son, T.J. Clary of LeClaire, Iowa; two sisters, Bobbie Brown of Siler City and Rita Carlisle of Texas; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and three special friends, Marvin Slade, Hilda Lott and Linda Sanders. Her memorial service was held Saturday, November 21st at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel. The family received friends prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105, or Rainbow Rescue, PO Box 972, Roanoke Rapids, NC  27870.

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Kathleen Miller Robinson of Bayboro, NC, died Thursday, November 12, 2015, at Riverpoint Crest Nursing in New Bern. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Robinson, her mother and father, Cyndia and Luther Miller, three brothers, Luther (LB) Miller Jr., Ferny Miller, and James (Jimmy) Miller, three sisters, Elizabeth (Lib) Miller Brown, Clara Miller DeHoog and Katie Miller Ireland. She is survived by two brothers, Robert Miller, (Evelyn) of Bayboro and Ellis Miller (Martha) of New Bern.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews including Randy Miller who was her principal care giver during her long illness. Graveside service will be held at the New Bern National Cemetery on November 25th at 11 am with the Rev. Robert Miller officiating. Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Pamlico, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC  28515 or Trent FWB Church, PO Box 104, Merritt NC 28556.

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