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Obituaries


Week of September 2, 2015

Leonard Walter Anderson, 84, of Beaufort, died Monday, August 24, 2015 at his home. A service was held at Brooks Funeral Home on Thursday, August 27 with Rev. John Carlisto officiating.  Burial was private in Oriental. In keeping with Len’s request, informal dress is appropriate for his service.   

Born in Chicago, Illinois on August 25, 1930 to Elmer Clarence and Martha Hansen Anderson, and raised in nearby Lake Bluff, his formative years -- during the Great Depression -- forged in him self-reliance and resourcefulness put well to use over the course of his years.  Gifted with great natural ability and a unique sense of focus and determination, he welcomed competitive challenge.  As a young man, he excelled as multi-sport athlete; in particular, as quarterback for three years with the undefeated Lake Forest High School football team.  Offered a tryout -- as pitcher -- with the Chicago Cubs, he declined, opting instead to pursue a college education on football scholarship at Yale University.

Midway through his junior year, Len withdrew, and enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps, became an officer and served in the Korean conflict. Len always considered his time with the Corps as the defining years of his life.  

Upon his return from the Marine Corps, Len married Marilyn Goodman, a native of Wilmington, NC, re-enrolled at Yale and completed his studies there, followed by graduate work at the Harvard Business School. Later, he became a leading executive with Carolina By-Products in Greensboro, NC, guiding that company through development of its Chemol subsidiary, and several other operations.  

An accomplished bluegrass banjo player, Len enjoyed many good times and harmony among musician friends on his sailing vessels, most notably his boat, Banjo. In “retirement”, he became a charter captain of Banjo, and with first mate, Susan Sanders, built a series of coastal retail stores, Harbor Specialties.  As an aside, he was a gifted craftsman, and co-founded two non-profit organizations.

He is survived by his long standing first mate, Susan Sanders, of Beaufort; three sons, Leonard Walter Anderson, Jr., Karl Goodman Anderson, and his wife, Christine, all of Greensboro, and William Berndt Anderson of Pawley’s Island, SC; his wife, friend, and mother of his sons, Marilyn Goodman Anderson, and seven grandchildren, Sparks Anderson, Sidney Anderson, Grace Anderson, Caroline Anderson, Cecelia Anderson, Berndt Anderson and Ellen Marilyn Anderson. 

In addition to his parents, Len was preceded in death by his brother, Ray Anderson and sister, Delores Clark.

The family received friends at Brooks Funeral Home, Thursday, August 27. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Len’s name to: The Harbor Historical Association of Georgetown, P.O. Box 2288, Georgetown, SC  29442, or the North Carolina Boat Building Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 566, Beaufort, NC  28516, or to the charity of one’s choice. (Paid Obituary)

Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. of Morehead City. Access online obituary and Internet condolences through www.brooksfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

 

 

Viola Bright Hill, 80, of New Bern passed away Monday, August 31. 2015, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She grew up in Reelsboro then later in life moved to New Bern.  She

attended Reelsboro Pentecostal Holiness Church before she became too ill to attend church but never wavered in her love for the Lord.  She was a very kind and giving person. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Hill and son, Linwood White. She is survived by her son, Michael White of Havelock; sister, Mary B. Tingle of New Bern; and niece, Mary Tingle Warner. Her funeral will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 3rd at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Willis officiating.  Interment will follow immediately in Sandhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral

home. The family would like to thank all the staff at Riverpoint Crest Nursing & Rehab as well as the doctors and nurses at CarolinaEast Medical Center for all their kindness and help with Mrs. Viola. 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 Riverpoint Crest Nursing & Rehab, 2600 Old Cherry Point Rd., New Bern, NC  28560.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

 

Robert Glenn Johnston Jr., 87, of Bayboro passed away Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and Merchant Marines for 22 years serving in WWII, Vietnam and Korean wars.  He then worked with the U.S. Civil Service at Cherry Point. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Mitchell Johnston. He is survived by his son, Reggie Johnston of Bayboro; three daughters, Sherrie Taylor of Columbia, S.C., Sonia Johnston and Robbie Johnston York, both of Bayboro; and two grandchildren, Steven Wayne Miles and Robert

Andrew Miles, both of Bayboro.

His memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 2nd at Greenleaf Memorial Park Lakeside Chapel with the Rev. Scott Fitzgerald officiating and military honors by P.C. Veterans Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to D.A.V. (Disabled American Veterans) PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

William R. (Bill) Waters of New Bern died on August 27, 2015. He was 89. Bill was born in Jones County, NC and was raised in Oriental. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
He served in the US Navy prior to beginning his 40+ year career as a civil servant at MCAS Cherry Point. He retired in 1983 as the Director of Data Processing, the senior most civilian on the base. He received the
Distinguished Civilian Service Award for his service to his country. Upon retirement he went to work as a Technical Director for Honeywell Federal Systems.
Known as "B-Dad" to his grandchildren and many others, Bill is survived by Ruth Atkinson Waters, his loving wife of 65 years; daughters Ruth Ann Pinkman (John) and Beth Foley (Mike); six grandchildren: Ryan (Alli),
Matthew (Laura), Shannon, Jeff (Brandi), Pat (Laura), and Michael (Angela); eight great grandchildren; and 7 nieces and nephews.
The family will receive visitors at 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 30 in the Chapel at Centenary United Methodist Church in New Bern, and at other times at the home. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, also at Centenary, followed by a graveside service with Military Honors and Masonic Rites by Doric Lodge #568 at Greenleaf Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL  33607, Music Ministry at Centenary United Methodist Church, PO Box 1388, New Bern, NC  28563, or the charity of one's choice.
Online condolences to the family may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com. Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.