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Obituaries


Week of November 9, 2016

Charles Linwood Scott, Sr., 84, of New Bern, passed away, Tuesday, November 1, 2015 at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Ann Swaringen Scott. He is survived by one son, Charles “Chuck” Scott, Jr of Pollocksville; two stepsons Anthony Lynn Raynor of Reelsboro, Timmy Raynor of Grantsboro; one stepdaughter, Sheree Raynor Wainwright of New Bern; one brother, Benny Scott of Grantsboro; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, November 5, at New Bethlehem FWB Church Cemetery with the Rev. Ashley Trogdon officiating. Interment will follow with military honors.The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Pastor David Lee Harris, 63, of New Bern passed away, Friday, November 4, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was the minister at Good News Outreach IPH Church in New Bern. He was also a Vietnam Veteran serving in the Air Force for six years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren & Violet Harris. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife, Glenda O. Harris; three sons, Michael David Harris of New Bern, Donald John Harris of Grantsboro and Randy Harris of New Bern; brother, Terry Wayne Harris of Grantsboro; sisters, Joanne H. Green and Alissa H. Duval, both of Grantsboro; and four grandchildren, Anna L., Morrigan L., Kendall D. and Kendra S. Harris. His funeral service was held 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 7th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop Danny Nelson, and Evangelist Harold Marlowe officiating. Interment to follow immediately in Paul Cemetery, Silverhill. The family received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. at Bryant Funeral Home, Sunday evening.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Don Deeter Martin, 99, of Reelsboro passed away Saturday, November 5, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He served in the US Coast Guard during WWII serving in the Pacific and European Theater and was a member of D.A.V. Post 2514. For over 50 years he worked for Cuardian Inc. in Long Island, NY as a Welder/Fabricator. A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he is survived by his wife, Mary Martin; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His memorial service was held at 11 am Wednesday, November 9th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain J.T White officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Maryhaven Adult Service Center, 445 County Rd. 101 A, Yaphank, NY 11980.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of November 2, 2016

Kayla Mardell Stembridge, 27, of Reelsboro passed away, Friday, October 28, 2016. Kayla loved life and always had a smile on her face. She was a proud loving mother and spouse. She is survived by her fiance’, Jeramy Lewis of the home; daughter, Cassidy Lewis of the home; parents, Larry & Debbie Stembridge of Reelsboro; brother, Josh Stembridge of Reelsboro; sisters, Ashley Elder of Raleigh and Danielle Green of Grantsboro; in-laws, Curly & Martha Lewis of Reelsboro; pater-nal grandmother, Charlotte Stembridge of Grantsboro; maternal grandparents, Bruce & Alvina Scott of Grantsboro; and maternal grandfather, Joe Anderson, Sr.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Her memorial service was held on Tuesday, November 1st at New Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church with Dr. Ashley Trogdon officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church and immediately following the service.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Clyde Edward Welch, 81, of New Bern died Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was a member of Faith Free Will Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his son, Terry Welch. He is survived by his wife, Clara Welch; sons, Clyde Welch Jr. and Roger Welch; step-sons, Dwayne Boyd and Donald Boyd; sister, Alice Wilson; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral service to be held 11 a.m., Friday, October 28th at Faith Free Will Baptist Church with Pastor Dwayne Boyd officiating. Interment with military honors fol-lowed in Greenleaf Memorial Park.The family received friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Bryant Funeral Home on Thursday evening.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Ralph Scharr, 83, of Oriental passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at Carolina East Medical Center. He was a member of Oriental First Baptist Church and loved signing in the choir. Ralph was an avid sailor and a dedicated fireman. A beloved hus-band and father, he is survived by his wife of 43 years, Harriet Scharr; his children, Katherine Caruso and husband, Paul, Randy Scharr and Marian Scharr; step-son, Wayne Bleier; grandchildren, Alison, Cara, Rachel and Andrea; and loving canine companion, Torquay. Services to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Oriental First Baptist Church, PO Box 313, Oriental, NC 28571 or Southeast Pamlico Fire Department, Oriental, NC 28571.Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Vic Lamar Midgette, formerly of Vandemere North Carolina, born September 15, 1956 to the late Reverend Pardee and Annie Driggers Midgette; departed his earthly life on October 18, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital in Patterson New Jersey. The public is invited to his Memorial Service on Saturday November 5, 2016 @ 3:00 P.M. at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church Vandemere, NC. Evangelist Dewitt King Jr will be officiating.

Janet Lee Harris, 75, of Grantsboro passed away Saturday, October 29, 2016, at home. She is survived by her son, Mark Harris of Grantsboro; and three cousins, Lynn, Bruce, and Steve Vanderzanden, all of Oregon. Graveside services will be held 2:00 pm, Wednesday, November 2nd at Warren Cemetery in Blounts Creek. The family will receive friends and relatives immediately following the service.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of October 26, 2016

Gertrude “Trudy” West left this earthly life to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 where a glorious celebra-tion awaited her. Trudy was born on March 23, 1928 in Devil’s Fork, West Virginia, yet lived the majority of her life in Pamlico County. She was the sixth child of Bessie and John Long and the sole survivor of the Long family. Trudy was preceded in death by her husband, Robert West, of 59 years. Her children are Jean Davenport of Cove City who lovingly cared for her during her time of need, Robert and Tina West of Cove City, Mary Cayton of New Bern, Woody and Tina West of New Bern, and Joyce and Garth Swimm of Bayboro. She leaves behind eight grandchildren who were a light in her life. Eleven great-grandchildren also carry on her legacy. She loved her fam-ily deeply.Retiring from Hatteras Yachts in ’92 just gave her more time to devote to her cosmetology business and her love for gardening and flowers where her yard was usually a showplace. She did some volunteer work during these years and had time to enjoy her family.Services were held at Reelsboro Pentecostal Holiness Church on Friday, October 21, 2016 with Pastor Steve Willis opening the Celebration of Life Ceremony. Pastor Mary Cayton and Pastor Joyce Swimm also officiated. Burial was at Paul’s Cemetery in Silver Hill following the service.Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Robert “Bob” Ray Sanders, 67, of Merritt passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, was a member of Bayboro Lodge #331 and Past President of the Pamlico County Shrine Club. Bob was a former County Commissioner and owned and operated Charlie’s Restaurant and the F/V Carly Ann. He retired from Weyherhaeuser after 35 years of service. Bob loved his fam-ily dearly and loved the outdoors. He is survived by three sons, Jeffrey D. Sanders (Alexis Ireland) of Hobucken, Jordan Sanders (Brittany Harris) of Florence, and Stacy Sanders of Macon, Ga; daughter, Jennifer Spain (Fred Williford) of Florence; three sisters, Dot Baker of Vanceboro, Nettie Greggory of Florence and Debbie Wayne of Reelsboro; five grandchildren, Alyson Sanders, Justin Sanders, Kendall Spain, Kara Spain, and Kailyn Sanders; and four step-grandchildren, Sidney Williford, Shelby Williford, Cassidy Ireland and Addilyn Haines. His funeral was held Saturday, October 15th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Grady Burroughs officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Concord Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family sug-gested memorial contributions be made to P.C. Shrine Club, PO Box 201, Grantsboro, NC 28529.Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of October 19, 2016

Robert “Bob” Ray Sanders, 67, of Merritt passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, was a member of Bayboro Lodge #331 and Past President of the Pamlico County Shrine Club.  Bob was a former County Commissioner and owned and operated Charlie’s Restaurant and the F/V Carly Ann.  He retired from Weyherhaeuser after 35 years of service.  Bob loved his family dearly and loved the outdoors. He is survived by three sons, Jeffrey D. Sanders (Alexis Ireland) of Hobucken, Jordan Sanders (Brittany Harris) of Florence, and Stacy Sanders of Macon, Ga; daughter, Jennifer Spain (Fred Williford) of Florence; three sisters, Dot Baker of Vanceboro, Nettie Greggory of Florence and Debbie Wayne of Reelsboro; five grandchildren, Alyson Sanders, Justin Sanders, Kendall Spain, Kara Spain, and Kailyn Sanders; and four step-grandchildren, Sidney Williford, Shelby Williford, Cassidy Ireland and Addilyn Haines. His funeral will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 15th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Grady Burroughs officiating.  Interment will follow immediately in Concord Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday night at the funeral home and at other times at the home, 565 Sanders Rd. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to P.C. Shrine Club, PO Box 201, Grantsboro, NC  28529.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of October 12, 2016

Carroll Elsworth Voliva, 67, of Vandemere passed away October 6, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Cheryl; his children, Greg, Dawn, Dan, and Amanda and their spouses; and 10 grandchildren. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m., Friday, October 7th at Celestial Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Dale Belvin officiating.Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Inez E Riley, 98, beloved mother, grand-mother and great-grandmother, passed away May 20, 2016, in Rancho Mirage, CA. She was born December 1, 1918, to Charles and Malinda Emory in Oriental, North Carolina. Inez was one of 13 chil-dren (8 girls and 5 boys). Inez was mar-ried to Robert R. Riley, Jr., now deceased, of Oberlin, Kansas. As a wife of a Naval Officer, she travelled the world, living aboard and relocating within the US from East coast to West coast and back again. Throughout their travels, Inez continued to make a comfortable home for her family, even under sometimes dif-ficult circumstances. Two tours of duty in Panama, living in extreme heat, humidity and days of torrential rain, without the luxury of air-conditioning. Not to mention the mornings having to eliminate the scorpions and centipedes that she would find in the kitchen sink and the constant influx of roaches. One solu-tion to keeping the roaches off the beds was to fill a jar lid with water and place under the legs of all the beds. But, she loved the people and adapted to their lifestyle. Then there were the years of living in downtown Tokyo, in a Japanese style house with tatami on the floors, rice paper walls, Japanese wooden tub for bathing and having to boil water for everything from drinking to brushing your teeth. It was a time of still raw feel-ings over the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But, Inez and her family had many Japanese friends, and she loved learning to cook Japanese food and learning the art of Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, which she displayed for many years. Inez started her adult life as a dancer and a dancing teacher, which she continued throughout her life even dancing at her assisted living facility at age 90. Her love was to teach young children to tap dance, often using their living room as her studio. She is survived by one sister, Annette Emory Earp of Clarksburg, WV, her daughter, Jacquelon Riley Manion and son-in-law Jim Manion of Rancho Mirage, CA. Her son Robert R. Riley, III and daughter-in-law Linda Riley of Lusby, MD. Inez also leaves six grandchildren, Joel Manion of Washington, DC, Jared Manion of Rancho Mirage, CA, Juliana Manion-Copley of Rancho Mirage, CA, Ross Riley, Heather Riley Castle, and Holly Riley Netterville of Houston, TX and nine great-grand-children. Inez Riley “lived and traveled the world but remained a southern lady”. Her ashes will be buried next to her husband at the Oberlin-Decatur County Cemetery, Oberlin. Kansas. Pastor Gordon Pettibone of the Oberlin United Methodist Church will perform a gravesite service at 11:00 AM on September 29.

Robert P. Erickson, age 91, passed away September 8, 2016 at his home in Oriental, NC. He was born on April 2, 1925 in Mt. Pleasant, MI to Enoch and Philomela Erickson. Bob spent WWII in the Army Air Corp Aviation Cadet Program, defend-ing the coast of CA as a P-38 fighter pilot. After marrying Bettie Wilson in 1947, he enrolled in the Engineering Department of the University of Michigan, where he completed a year of pre-doctorate study before joining the Defense Division of Chrysler. Bob was a pioneer in space and, for the next 35 years, he played a principal role in technological “firsts” in US ballistic mis-siles, satellites, nuclear space tests, man-in-space programs and reentry vehicle development. During the 70’s, Bob was head of engineering for the development of the M1 Abrams tank, which was used in Desert Storm. A lifelong boater, he taught courses for the United States Power Squadron for over 25 years and was Commander of the USPS in 1974-75. Bob is survived by his wife, Bettie, and his two daughters, Cholena and Cady, but was predeceased by his son, Randy. As a son, a husband and a father, Bob was a kind and loving man who always had a smile on his face and a helping hand extended to others. He was dearly loved and will forever be missed. Funeral services will be privately held.

Week of October 5, 2016

Mrs. Janice Bertagnolli Glenn, 75, of Oriental NC died Monday, October 3, 2016. Arrangements are pending at Pollock~Best Funerals Cremations.

Week of September 28, 2016

Mrs. Wilma Goodwin Boyd, age 92, a resident of 400 E. 15th St., Washington, died Friday September 23, 2016 at River Trace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Washington. Graveside services were held 11:00 am Monday September 26, 2016 at Oakdale Cemetery and were conducted by Rev. Carol Steffa and Rev. Jacob W. Kines, Jr. Rob Downs, Jeffrey Boyd, Bill Mac Alligood and Wayne Leggett served as pallbearers. Mrs. Boyd was born in Pamlico County on April 9, 1924 to the late William and Mary Dixon Goodwin. She was a 1942 graduate of Alliance High School and on May 14, 1949 she married Jesse Reginald Boyd who survives. She was a member of First Christian Church where she served in many roles throughout the years. Survivors include her husband Jesse Reginald Boyd of the home, two sons, Gary Boyd of Washington, Doug Boyd and wife Mary of Washington; two grandsons, Jeffrey Boyd and Rob Downs and wife, Cali and two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Margaret G. Smith of Morehead City and Jean G. Rowe of Paoli, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her brother, William Goodwin. The family received friends from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm Sunday September 25, 2016 at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington. Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 307 E. 3rd St., Washington, NC 27889. You may address condolences and view the memorial video tribute by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com. Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Boyd family.

Marjorie May Lupton Whitfield, 95, of Fairfield Harbour, passed away Monday, September 26, 2016, at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Whitfield, her parents, Fred and Sarah Lupton, her sister, Carrie, her twin sister, Myra, and one grandson, Eddie Lee Whitfield. She is survived by her three children, Edward Whitfield and wife, Carol, Glenda Buck and husband, Charles, and James Whitfield and wife, Gloria; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. A private family service will be held at a later date.Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Clara Ann Swaringen Scott, 83, of Grantsboro passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was a member of New Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church. She is survived by two sons, Anthony Lynn Raynor of Reelsboro and Timothy Wynn Raynor of Grantsboro; daughter, Rhonda “Sheree” Wainwright of New Bern; brothers, Durwood Swaringen of Pollocksville and Ray Swaringen of New Bern; sisters, Juanita Howard of New Bern and Geneva Rhine of Mississippi; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Her grave-side service will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 24th at New Bethlehem FWB Church Cemetery with the Rev. Ashley Trogdon officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service in the church fel-lowship hall. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to New Bethlehem FWB Church, c/o Scotty Whitford, 1903 Scott Store Rd. Grantsboro, NC 28529.Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Margaret Gauniel Laughinghouse, 73, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, September 24, 2016, at home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Primrose Laughinghouse Sr.; sons, Roger Primrose Laughinghouse Jr. and James Richard Laughinghouse II; three brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by two daughters, Karen Lynn Day of Grimesland and Sherry Ann Arthur of Reelsboro; sisters, Alice Smith of Grantsboro and Shirley Pavlakos of Aurora; 11 grand-children; and 19 great-grandchildren. Her memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1st at her home, 323 Smithwick Lane, Aurora with Dr. Robert Cayton and the Rev. Owen Lupton officiating.Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of September 21, 2016

Idell Broughton Robinson, 82, of Oriental passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cephus & Gertrude Broughton; five brothers, William, Randolph, Ralph, James “Skeeter” and Walter Hugh Broughton; two sisters, Della May Broughton and Bernice Murray. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Daniel Spruill Robinson, Sr.; sons, Daniel S. Robinson, Jr. of Kinston and Alvin Dean “Buddy” Robinson of Pace, Florida; daughter, Glenda Jean “GJ” Carawan of Bayboro; brother, Louis Broughton of Reelsboro; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A private graveside service was held at Friday, September 16th at Greenleaf Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Pamlico, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC  28515, or charity of one’s choice. The family would like to give a special “Thank You” to RN Patty Mills, RN Judy Styron, LPN Tonya Jordan, LCSW Catherine Cooper, RN Linda Pence and CNA Hilda Carmady of Hospice of Pamlico County for their care, assistance and love during Idell’s Illness.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Genevieve J. Kelly, 99, Oriental, NC, passed peacefully at home, surrounded by her immediate family, September 8, 2016. Genevieve was born March 16, 1917 in Jessup, Pennsylvania. She was the second oldest of 5 children. She was predeceased by 3 of her 4 siblings, and is survived by her sister, Ann Dougher, of Wilkes Barre, PA.   Jean was married in 1941 to Ted Gaj, who predeceased her in 1969, then married to Nevin Kelly in 1972, who predeceased her in 2004. 

She had 2 sons; Theodore Gaj, who predeceased her in 2015, and Ray Gaj. and his wife, Elizabeth Dickinson, with whom she was living at the time of her death.  She is also survived by her step-daughter, Nancy Kelly. Genevieve had 5 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Genevieve was young in spirit, loving and committed to her family and her faith. Originally from North Wilkes Barre, PA, she lived in Lansdale, PA for most of her life until she moved to Oriental in 2013. She attended St. Peter the Fisherman Roman Catholic Church in Oriental and was grateful to all of the people who drove her to services every Sunday. Funeral services and mass were conducted Saturday, September 17 at Saint Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at a later date in Oriental. In lieu of floral tributes, the family would be honored if prospective donors consider a contribution to the Hospice of Pamlico County, Inc. PO Box 6 Bayboro, NC  28515

Week of September 14, 2016

Kenneth “Kenny” Everett Hardy, 50, of Mattapiosett, Massachusetts, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2016. He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon E. Hardy. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Barbara and Carl Powers of Grantsboro; very special friend, Debra Santana of Massachusetts; sister, Stephanie Portell and husband, Brian, of Louisville, KY; step-brothers, Mark Powers of Vanceboro and Michael Powers; step-sisters, Kelli Spencer of Oriental and Michelle Altman of Wilson; and his loving cat, Wiggitt. His memorial service was held Tuesday, September 13th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenny Connor officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to the NC Fisheries Association, 2807 Neuse Blvd. Suite 111, New Bern, NC  28562.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Martin George Marquardt, Jr., 43, of New Bern passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at home. He was preceded in death by his father, Martin G. Marquardt, Sr. He is survived by his mother, Sue Hill Frawley of New Bern; brother, Michael Trushinsky of New Bern; half-sisters, Robin Bartholomew of New Bern, Sherry Rodriguez of Arizona and Karen Marquardt Zielke and husband, Joel, of Wisconsin. His graveside service was held Saturday, September 10th at Bethel FWB Church Cemetery with military honors.  Rev. Ricky Miller will officiate the service.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of September 7, 2016

Rev. Austin Graham Lane, 95, of Ernul, passed away Friday, September 2, 2016, at home. He served in the U.S. Army, receiving the Purple Heart.  He was a farmer and ordained Free Will Baptist Minister for over 65 years.  He served numerous churches and held numerous offices in the Free Will Baptist Convention and local conference.  He was also an Ethic Coordinator for Home Missions serving the LAO Evangelical Church and Hispanic Community. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Retha Lane; son, Samuel Graham Lane of Ernul; daughters, Barbara Lane Boyd of Chapel Hill, Carolyn Davis and Valerie Lane Powers, both of Greenville; sister, Mrs. Essie Mae Whitford of Ernul; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His funeral will be held 11am on   Wednesday, September 7th at Trent Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. David Hansley officiating.  Interment will follow immediately in Pinetree Cemetery, Cayton. The family received friends and relatives Tuesday evening at Bryant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to one’s favorite charity or cause.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Luther “Pete” Clayton Wiggins, Jr., 80, of Arapahoe passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was preceded in death by sons, Larry C. Wiggins and Joseph M. Wiggins; and step-son, Ronald James Thompson. He is survived by his living partner of 36 years, Herta Thompson of the home; son, Thomas Allen Wiggins and wife, Laura, of Winterville; daughters, Jeanette Ward and husband, Tony, of Tuscarora and Cynthia Perell and husband, Dave, of Florida; stepsons, David William Thompson and wife, Carolyn, of Arapahoe and Thomas Michael Thompson of Maryland; step-daughter, Patricia Agnes Simmons and husband, Mark, of Virginia Beach, VA; brother, Kenneth R. Wiggins and wife, Janice, of New Bern; sister, Annie Flowers and husband, Doug, of Arapahoe; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. His funeral service was held Sunday, September 4th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment followed immediately in Rawls Cemetery, Arapahoe. The family received friends prior to the service at the funeral home. Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, 2202 Wrightsville Ave. Suite 111, Wilmington, NC  28403.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of August 31, 2016

Elga Dixon Anderton, 89, of Alliance passed away Friday, August 19, 2016, at The Gardens of Pamlico. She was a member of Rock of Zion Free Will Baptist Church, life and charter auxiliary member of VFW Post 8094, and a member of the Garden Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Anderton, Jr. and her sisters, Verdie Lynch and Vernie Block. She is survived by her son, George “Tommy” Anderton III and wife, Dorothy, of Cross Junction, Va.; her daughter, Elaine A. Taiariol and husband, Danny, of Warren, Michigan; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 3rd at Rock of Zion OFWB Church with the Rev. Ray Lewis officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the house at 1720 Old Bay River Rd. from 2 to 7pm. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico Rescue, PO Box 302, Bayboro, NC  28515.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Lydie Gray Norman Boyd, 84, of Bridgeton passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church and attended Latitude and Temple Baptist Church as well. She is survived by her husband, Marvin David Boyd, Sr.; son, Marvin D. Boyd, Jr. of New Bern; daughter, Lois Boyd Cornwell & husband, Gordon, of New Bern; brother, Clifton Norman of New Bern; two sisters, Katie Avery of Grantsboro and Janice Heath of New Bern; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Her funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, August 26, 2016 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dwight Williams and the Rev. Bill Wingard officiating.  Interment will be in New Bern Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC  28509.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Elva Lee Easom Hill, 86, of Oriental passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Hill. She is survived by two sons, Dwight Hill (Janet) of Reelsboro and Johnny Hill (Theresa) of Arapahoe; daughters, Audrey Harrison (Steven) of Merritt, Phyllis Hardison (Gray) of Bayboro and Penny Williams (Jeff) of New Bern; brothers, Robert Easom of Wade, NC and Martin Easom of Hope Mills, NC; sister, Dolly Connor of Stedman, NC; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her memorial service was held Friday, August 26th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Roach 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 one’s favorite charity or church. The family would like to thank Grantsbrook Nursing and Rehab Center for their attentive care and kindness to their Mother.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Mary Mehaffey Maimone, 82, of Minnesott Beach passed away Monday, August 22, 2016 at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. She was a member of Arapahoe United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Charles Maimone; daughter, Tracie Atkinson of Nashville, TN; and two grandchildren, Kelsie & Ryan Atkinson. A prayer service was held Friday, August 26th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer officiating.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Ian Samone McClenny, 28, of Grantsboro passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She graduated from Pamlico County High School in 2006.  She was very artistic and enjoyed music.  She loved baking with her children and spending time with them. She is survived by her mother, Kim Northcraft of Havelock; father, Ricky Sawyer of Grantsboro; step-mother, Taina Sawyer; fiancé, Tony Alvizo; daughter, Taylee; sons, Tristan and Toby; sisters, Hannah, Olivia, Tiffany & Katie; brother, Derek; maternal grandparents, Elaine & Bob Lhor of Pollocksville; paternal grandmothers, Mary Ellen Sawyer of Grantsboro and Beverly McClenny of Eufaula, Al. Her funeral was held Sunday, August 28th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment followed in Wetherington Family Cemetery, Ernul. The family received friends and relatives prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Sandra Kay Pipkin McCotter, 62, of New Bern passed away Monday, August 22, 2016, at home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carol Pipkin and Bobby and Joy McCotter. She was survived by her son, Ronny McCotter of New Bern; and step-brother, Robby McCotter of Vandemere. Her memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 11th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Henry Roscoe Rice, Sr., 100, of Lowland passed away Monday, August 22, 2016 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was a member and deacon of Wardens Grove Free Will Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Viola Potter Rice. He is survived by his son, Henry R. Rice, Jr. and wife, Ruth, of Bayboro; his daughter, Myrna Fulford of Bayboro; three grandchildren, Denny Aultman, Henry Rice, III and Gregory Rice; and eight great-grandchildren. His funeral was held 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 26th at Wardens Grove FWB Church with the Rev. John Carawan & the Rev. Earl Sadler Jr. officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday night at Bryant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Wardens Grove FWB Church, c/o Nancy Leary, 3940 Lowland Rd., Lowland, NC  28552.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Nicholas “Nick” Woodman Spencer, 37, of Grantsboro passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016. He is survived by his parents, Kirby and Rhonda Spencer of the home; one brother, Adam Spencer and wife, Jennifer, of Grantsboro; niece, Abigal Spencer and nephew, Patrick Spencer, both of Grantsboro. His funeral service was held at Monday, August 29, 2016 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Cal Langford officiating.  Interment followed at Grantsboro Cemetery. The family received friends prior to the service at the funeral home and at other times at the home, 1488 Hwy 306S, Grantsboro, NC.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Crematory, Allaince, NC

Week of August 24, 2016

Helen Wilson Muse Hudgins, 93, of Alliance passed away Monday, August 15, 2016, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. She was born November 9, 1922 to Clinton & Ethel Muse.  Helen was a very active life-long member of Pamlico United Methodist Church and that community.  Due to declining health she moved to Alliance with her daughter 8 years ago where she enjoyed visits from her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Clinton Muse Jr.; sister, Louise Muse; and husband, Talmadge O. Hudgins, Sr. She is survived by her son, Talmadge O. “Oz” Hudgins, Jr. and wife, Judy; daughter, Julia H. Spencer and husband, Jimmy; brother, Carlton M. Muse; four grandchildren, Cathie H. Hopkins, Talmadge “Tal” O. Hudgins, III, Helen Rose Whealton and Scott Spencer; nine great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Her memorial service was held Saturday, August 20th at Pamlico United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Roach and the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer officiating. The family received friends prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico United Methodist Church, c/o Tillie Roberts, 9985 NC Hwy 306 S, Arapahoe, NC 28510. The family would like to thank her special friends Jeanette Miski for her visits and Jean Rowe for her phone calls.  Also, thanks to Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center staff for their care.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Mr. Isaac James "Jim" Hudson, Jr., 75, of New Bern, passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2016. A longtime resident of Pamlico County, Jim was a local building contractor. He was the son of Ruth Woodard Hudson and Isaac James Hudson, Sr. He was a US Army veteran and in his spare time he enjoyed watching baseball. As per his wishes, there will be no services, but he will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorials in Jim's name may be made to Pollock~Best Funeral Home, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 28560. Those wishing to offer words of hope and condolences may visit www.pollockbest.com. Jim is survived by his daughters, Nancy Woodard Hudson, of Asheville, NC and Jessica Hudson Wenzel, and husband Florian, of New Bern, NC. He also leaves behind his brothers, Dr. Richard "Dick" Hudson, and wife Jeannette, of Bayboro, NC; K. Hop Hudson, of Mesic, NC; and his adorable grandson, Benjamin Lockhart Wenzel.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Hudson family.

Week of August 17, 2016

John McKee Poole Jr., 85, of Oriental passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2016. He was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Fulton. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Juliana Poole; two sons, John McKee Poole III and wife, Barbara, of Raleigh and Ralph L. Poole and fiancee’, Cindy, of Wilmington; daughter, Donna P. Kessler and husband, Brian, of Reelsboro; stepson, Joel Kirschner and wife, Tina, of Clarksville, Ga.; step-daughter, Jennifer Kirschner of Asheville; sister, Shirley Jordan and husband, Leon, of Raleigh; fourteen grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. John owned and operated Poole’s Pie Shop in Raleigh for 20 years before moving to Oriental. Then with a partner he founded Oriental’s School of Sailing.  He went on to ownership and operation of the school for 21 years.  John was a kind, loving, gentle soul.  He had a great passion for sailing, a passion he shared with students through the years.  He was an inspiration that helped others obtain their dream and to believe in themselves. A memorial service was held Saturday, August 13th in the meeting room at Brantley’s Village Restaurant.  A celebration of life was held immediately following the service at Brantley’s. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the Bill Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Pamlico Hurricanes Booster Club, Inc., 507 Anderson Dr., Bayboro, NC  28515. (Paid Obituary)

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of August 3, 2016

Daisye P. Ireland, age 85, of LaBelle, FL, passed away July 27, 2016 in Lehigh Acres. She was born Jan. 14, 1931 in Alliance, NC, to the late John Albert and the late Rena (West) Paul. Daisye was a member of the Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church. She was a faithful Christian, wife, mother, grandmother and friend who will be greatly missed. She is survived by her daughters: Paula Burton (Jeff) and Rena I. DiPofi (Kevin), sisters: Mary Newton (Paul) and Helene Cheek, grandchildren, Joe, Rachel, Rhonda, Alton, Ronnie; great grandchild, Weston; sister-in-law, Gladys Lee (Jack) and sister-in-law, Oma Riggs, sister-in-law, Ann Paul and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Alton Ray Ireland, brothers: Willie Albert Paul and Joseph West Paul, sister-in-law Glenda Mayo (Hallett), brother-in-laws: Ralph Lee, Clifton Ireland (Louise) and Guy Ireland. Funeral services were held Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11:00 am at Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church, LaBelle with David Mullins officiating. Visitation was Saturday one hour prior to service at Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church, LaBelle, FL.  Interment was in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle.

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Susan Craven Keith Whatley

November 25, 1935 – July 24, 2016

“A strong marked personality can influence descendants for generations.”  - Beatrix Potter

Never was this aphorism truer than for the family of Susan Craven Keith Whatley, who died peacefully in Houston, Texas on July 24, 2016, at age 80.  Generations of her family have been, and will continue to be, inspired by the manner in which Susan lived her life.  God has called home one of his most beautiful angels. 

Susan’s adventurous spirit, quest for knowledge, work ethic, creative talent, positive outlook, and deep love for, and commitment to, family will be remembered forever by all who knew her.  She was a woman of great heart, strength, and character.  Whether it was earning her college degrees in her 40s, living on a boat and sailing the Caribbean in her 50s, taking container ships across the Pacific in her 60s, crisscrossing the country as a master quilt judge and rafting the Grand Canyon in her 70s, or getting a second tattoo and jumping out of an airplane to celebrate her 80th birthday, Susan embodied the philosophy instilled by her beloved great-grandmother Glosson: “You can do anything you really want to do, at any age.”  

Susan was the second eldest of the ten children of Clyde and Ruby Craven, and had many responsibilities from a young age.  She grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and was just seventeen when she married her first husband, Troy Keith.  Together they had two beautiful daughters, Debbie and Denise.  Raising their family in Oak Ridge, life revolved around frequent large family gatherings of aunts and uncles and cousins, outdoor life on the TVA lakes, playing and coaching sports, and watching Oak Ridge High School and University of Tennessee football.  Susan lost Troy to cancer in 1969, and though Debbie and Denise felt the loss of their father keenly, they never had a moment’s worry or concern because their Mom made sure their world was whole – an incredible, selfless act of strength that was not fully understood by her girls until after they were grown.

After Troy’s death, Susan went back to school, first at night, and then part time during the day, so that she could better provide for her daughters.  Shortly thereafter, Susan met and married Marvin Whatley, and together they created a blended family of seven children.  The family gradually coalesced, growing to love and appreciate each other.  Although there were challenging times, Susan was the glue that held the extended family together over these many years. One of the greatest gifts bestowed upon the children was the experience of Susan and Marvin’s unconditional love and support.

Susan eventually earned both Bachelor’s (1976) and Master’s (1979) Degrees in Engineering Science and Mechanics from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, attending college at the same time as five of her children!  Susan was a member of the Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies, and received the 1976 H. L. Weisberg Award given to the top engineering student in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics.  In 1983 she was awarded the Distinguished New Engineer Award from the Society of Women Engineers, as well as the Women of Achievement Award from the University of Tennessee.  

Susan worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its various affiliates for 28 years, starting in 1954 as a stenographer, and retiring in 1988 as Program Manager of the Transportation Operations Program Support Office of the DOE’s Office of Civilian and Radioactive Waste Management.  As one of the early generations of women engineers, Susan fought for equal pay and responsibility, and to create an interesting and challenging career for herself.  During the late 70s and early 80s, Susan also held many positions with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), including vice president for two years, and president from 1985 – 1986.  During her tenure Susan tackled many of SWE’s institutional issues, stabilized SWE’s finances, and restructured the organization, helping it to become the success it is today.  More important to Susan, however, were the bonds and lifelong friendships she formed with her SWE colleagues, and the opportunities to recruit and encourage future generations of women engineers.

Marvin and Susan retired in 1988, sold their home, and purchased a sailboat – SV “Susan” (a Valiant 40) – on which they lived for five years while exploring the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and the southeastern coast of the United States.  When age chased them ashore, they moved to Oriental, North Carolina, on the Neuse River, where they lived until 2011.  Susan was active in the community there, working at the library, volunteering for the local health clinic, playing bridge, spending time with family, and pursuing her passion for crafts.

Susan was a talented craftsperson - a creative and accomplished quilter, basket-weaver, and knitter.  In 2005 she attained her long-time goal of becoming a National Quilting Association (NQA) Judge, and in 2008 qualified to judge Masterpiece Quilts.  One of her favorite activities was judging local and national quilt shows.  Susan was active in her local quilt guilds wherever she lived, often donating her skills and time for charity work. She recently was collaborating with members of her church to make quilts for teen-aged children living under the auspices of the South Texas Children’s Home Ministries.

Susan was preceded in death by her grandmother, Emelar Glosson; her parents, Clyde and Ruby Craven; her first husband, Troy Keith, and second husband, Marvin Whatley; her siblings, Jack Craven, Tim Craven, and Christine Craven Schultz.  She is survived by six siblings, Pete Craven (Wanda), Patsy Boggess, Nancy Jane Fears, David Craven (Cynthia), Judy Wrasman (Gene), Ayana Craven (Tammy); seven children, Gail Whatley, Mark Whatley (Danusia), Debbie Boothe (Greg), Walter Whatley (Barbara), Patricia Snoyer-Black (Paul), Denise Keith, and Diana Whatley; nine grandchildren, Rachel Newell (Brandon), Brian, Kevin and David Whatley, Conor and Alina Whatley, Michael Boothe (Missy), Lisa Boothe, and David Boothe (Nicole); and eight great-grandchildren, Faith and Kaylee Newell, Destiny and Hope Boothe, Christian and Mason Campbell, and Peyton and Tyler Boothe; and many nieces and nephews and other extended family too large to name but no less cherished.  

A private graveside service will be followed by a celebration of Susan’s life at noon on Saturday, August 27, 2016, Combs Hall, Central Baptist Church, 130 Providence Road, Oak Ridge, TN.  All are invited to the celebration.  Please RSVP to susanwhatley00@gmail.com. 

Susan established a student scholarship fund for re-entering and non-traditional women engineers.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Society of Women Engineers, memo line: Susan and Marvin Whatley Scholarship; mailed to Society of Women Engineers, 203 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1675, Chicago, IL 60601. 

Families, like quilts, are stitched together one piece at a time, and although our master quilter is no longer with us, we are a family stitched together with a love that will never unravel.

Week of July 13, 2016

Marie Abbott Metts, 70, of Reelsboro, peacefully passed away on Tuesday July 5, 2016 at Carolina East Medical Center surrounded by her family.  She was a member of Reelsboro United Methodist Church and loved her family dearly.  A devoted wife, mother and nana she loved celebrating life with her family.  She was an immaculate homemaker and devoted much of her time to caring for children.   Marie enjoyed shopping, traveling, visiting friends and home cooked meals with her family. Funeral service was held Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Cotten Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim Nichols officiating. Following the service, she was laid to rest at Sand Hill Cemetery in Reelsboro. She is survived by her husband, Joe Metts; three children, Frederick Leroy Hardison, Jr. (Donna), David Hardison (Paula), and Tina Metts (Shelly); two stepchildren, Joey Metts and Cindy Saulter (Dennis); one brother, John Abbott (Jean); three sisters, Betty Ireland, Goldie Temple and Daisy Galland; six grandchildren, Christen Lee (Justin), Courtney Finch (Cody), Jessica Hardison (Brandy), Felecia West, Crystal Homer (Skyler) and Kimberly Saulter; great grandchildren, Alyssa Hardison, Cameron Lee, Colbey Lee, Brylea Hardison, Hallie Finch, Matthew West, Hunter West, Adyson West, Noah Todd, Hailey Dickerson, Logan Homer, Lyndsie Somers and Mackennah Pope.The family received friends Friday evening at the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.

 

George Elbert Vendrick, 64, of Oriental passed away Friday, July 8, 2016, at home. He was a member of Bethany Christian Church and The Moose Lodge.  He retired from Cherry Point after 31 years of service. He was preceded in death by his father, Elbert Vendrick. He is survived by his mother, Rachel Vendrick of Oriental; sister, Rosie Ward and husband, Johnny, of Oriental; nephews R. J. Ward (Kris), Brandon Ward (Saraye) and Dewey Ward (Kimmy) and their families. His memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 17th at Bethany Christian Church with the Rev. Torrie Osgood and the Rev. Merritt Watson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Pamlico, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC  28515.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of July 6, 2016

Robert (Bob) W. Brown, Jr. passed away on June 29, 2016 at the age of 68 at his home in Oriental, NC.  He is survived by his wife, Betty, his two sons, Robert 33 and Chris 31, two grandchildren, Bo 5 and Cole 3, and a cat he knew would spitefully outlive him.  Bob was a beloved member of the Oriental community and will be dearly missed by his many friends and family.

A Thank You from Bob Brown's Family

Betty and her family would like to sincerely thank all friends, family and neighbors for all of their acts of kindness during the recent passing of Bob Brown.  We appreciate all of the visits, phone calls, cards and food that were extended to us.  Thank you.

Mary Frances Grimes, 88, of Grantsboro passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. She was originally a member of Lowland Pentecostal Holiness Church before becoming a member of Wardens Grove Free Will Baptist Church.  She enjoyed quilting, sewing plastic canvas and cooking for her beloved family.  She was a very loving mother, grandmother and friend to all and will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her husbands, J.C. Potter, Meade Williamson & James Grimes; two brothers; two sisters; and a grandson, James Golden. She is survived by two daughters, Kathrine Golden and husband, Bennie, of Arapahoe and Barbara Cayton and husband, Baloney, of Grantsboro; sister-in-law, Libby West of Selma; brother-in-law, Claude Potter, Jr. of Raleigh; niece, Pam Wetherington of Clayton; five grandchildren, George Golden, Billy Jack Golden, Renea Gill, Dawn Jones, and Denise Woodard; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Her funeral will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 6th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Dixon officiating.  Interment will follow immediately in Lowland 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 Gardens of Pamlico, 22 Magnolia Way, Grantsboro, NC  28529.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Reba Clark Harris, 82, of Grantsboro passed away, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was a member of Rock of Zion Free Will Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Franklin Harris, Sr. She is survived by her four sons, Gregory Harris and wife, Teresa, of Grantsboro; Frankie Harris and wife, Sandy, of Grantsboro; Don Harris and wife, Angelia, of Bayboro and Steven Harris and wife, Mary, of Grantsboro; 11 grandchildren, Rebekah Harris, Travis Harris, Justin Harris, Jarrod Harris, Megan Lee, Josh Lee, Jason Harris, Brittany Harris, Sarah Mills and husband, Steven, Heather Harris and Stephanie Harris; and two great-grandchildren, Kailyn Sanders & Emily Mills. Her funeral service was held Thursday, June 30th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ray Lewis officiating.  Interment followed in Grantsboro Cemetery. 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 Rescue, PO Box 302, Bayboro, NC  28515 or Rock of Zion FWB Church, PO Box 381, Grantsboro, NC  28529.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Lila Brinson Hunnings, 91, of Grantsboro went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, July 2, 2016. As long as her health allowed she attended Bridgeton Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Hunnings; daughters, Cheryl Phillips and Janet Rahamut; and son, Ronald Hunnings. She is survived by her son, Larry Hunnings and wife, Sandy, of Grantsboro; daughters, Sandra Lewis and Karen Hunnings, both of Ernul; sisters, Wilma Bennett of California and Elaine Charles of Ashville; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Her funeral will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 7th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Dixon officiating.  Interment will be in Greenleaf Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Mint Hill, NC - “Barbara Ann” C. Smith, 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 26, 2016. Born in Oriental, NC to the late Carl & Carrie Curtis, Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Dale A. Smith of Oak Harbor, OH. After attending business school, she successfully juggled a career as an office manager and substitute teacher with being a faithful wife, loving mother, and devoted grandmother.  A beautiful person with the soul of an artist, Barbara painted numerous oil paintings, including many scenes of coastal NC.  She was a dedicated genealogist who compiled extensive records and catalogued photographs of her family’s history dating back over many generations. Barbara is survived by her brother James T. Curtis of New Bern; children Debbi Smith of Gold Hill, Steven Smith & wife Machelle of Midland, Lisa A. Smith of Mint Hill, and Mike Smith & wife Lisa M. of Clayton;  and grandchildren ‘Amr Gaafar, Tariq Smith, Kymberly Geiser & son Waylon Petrea, Emily Smith-Peacock, Haley Smith, Hannah Smith and Sarah Smith. After cremation, a private memorial service will be held.

Week of June 29, 2016

Joane Newsome Meekins, 81 of Grantsboro, passed away on Wednesday June 22, 2016. A Celebration of Joane's Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Kahlert Funerals & Cremations in Maysville. 

Week of June 15, 2016

Helen Hooker Dixon Barbee, 83, of New Bern passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016, at home. She was a member of Tree of Life Ministry of New Bern. She is survived by her three daughters, Nancy Dixon of New Bern, Debra Dixon Bennett and Judy Lynn Dixon, both of Pollocksville; brother, Richard Hooker of Universal City, TX; and sister, Mary Broadway of New Bern. Her graveside service was held Tuesday, June 14th at Sandhill Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Lancaster officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Tree of Life Ministry of New Bern, PO Box 12862, New Bern, NC  28561.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Edwin Ozell Cahoon, 87, of Grantsboro passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016, at home. He was a member of Silverhill Christian Church.  He was also a charter member and volunteer for over 27 years with both Pamlico County Rescue and Grantsboro-Silverhill V.F.D.  He owned and operated Cahoon’s Bulldozer Service. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Holton Cahoon. He is survived by two sons, Dennis & Ashley Cahoon, both of Grantsboro; daughter, Clara Cahoon of Grantsboro; sister, Alene Fornes of Mobile, Ala.; brother, Jennings Cahoon of Grantsboro; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. His funeral service was held Sunday, June 12th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rex Horne and the Rev. Charles Hardison officiating.  Interment followed in Cahoon-Dixon Cemetery, Grantsboro. The family will receive friends prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico Rescue, PO Box 302, Bayboro, NC  28515 or Grantsboro-Silverhill V.F.D., PO Box 5, Grantsboro, NC  28529.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

 

Dora “Agnes” Hargett Eubanks, 84, of New Bern died Friday, June 10, 2016, at Crystal Coast Hospice House. She attended Tabernacle Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim & Bessie Hargett; husband, Allen C. Eubanks, and sisters, Irene Chance, Elizabeth Featherstun & Dorothy Jupin. She is survived by her son, Stephen A. Eubanks of Jacksonville, FL; sister, Sue Mays of Fairfield Harbor; two grandchildren, Stephen A. Eubanks Jr. of Jacksonville, FL and Michael Scott Eubanks of Belleville, Ill; and one great-grandchild, Sophia Eubanks.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of June 8, 2016

Emily Mae Gooding, 68, of Reelsboro, passed away at home Wednesday, June 1, 2016. She attended the Faith Christian Assembly of God. She is predeceased by her parents, Earl Lemwood and Louise Potter Gooding. She is survived by two sisters, Virginia Woodhouse of Brussels, Belgium and Florence Bray of Bayboro and their families. Her funeral service was held Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Nancy Wallace and Rev. Walter Graves  officiating. Interment followed at Sandhill Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday evening at Bryant Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Reelsboro United Methodist Church, 51 Holland Dr., New Bern, NC  28560 or Faith Christian Assembly of God, 506 NC 306 Hwy 306, Grantsboro, NC  28529.

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

Ms. Betty Lou Morris, 70, of Arapahoe, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. A native of Pamlico County, Betty loved to write and sing gospel hymns. Betty also loved nothing more than to spend time with her family. She was a longtime employee of Stanley Tools/Bosch. Outside of work and family, Betty could be found working in her flowerbeds. Sadly, Betty was preceded in death by her mother and father, Albert and Virginia Dunn Morris; and her siblings, David, George, Jeannie, Otis Ray, and Ed.

The family will receive visitors from 7-9pm Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11am, Thursday June 9, 2016 at Pollock~Best Chapel. Burial will follow in the family cemetery on Cool Springs Road. Those wishing to offer condolences may visit www.pollockbest.com.

Betty is survived by her children Jackie Tripp and Tommy Vargo of Arapahoe, NC; Joel Sondys Jr. of Toledo, OH; Kenny Sondys, and wife Janice, of Clayton, NC; and Michael L. "Mike" Sondys, and wife Billie Jo, of Arapahoe, NC. She also leaves behind her sisters Margie Jones, and husband William, of New Bern, NC; Evelyn Stevens of Washington State; Sadie Morris, and husband Preston, of Blounts Creek, NC; her brothers Carroll Morris of Oklahoma; Dan Morris, and wife Yadira, of Columbia, SC; and Mark Morris of Bridgeton, NC. Her eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren will miss her dearly.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Morris family.

Week of June 1, 2016

Dolores Hixson Briggs, 77, of Bayboro passed away Sunday, May 29, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was a member of Bayboro Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Peggy Tompkins and Brenda Frazier. She is survived by one son, David Hixson; three daughters, Wanda Binz, Lisa Holmes and Anita Hixson; five sisters, Anne Witt, Elaine Harper, Pat Burke, Joan Gray and Diane Williams; 13 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Her memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, June 2, 2016, at Bayboro Baptist Church with the Rev. Scott Fitzgerald officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Bayboro Baptist Church, PO Box 276, Bayboro, NC  28515.

Arrangements provided by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Shadrick (Shady) Ray Willis, 82, of Ernul, received his reward in Heaven from his Savior Jesus Christ on May 28.  He won the battle over the strokes that had disabled him for the past 12 years. A funeral service was conducted Tuesday at Macedonia FWB Church in Ernul.  Burial followed in the Willis Cemetery in Willis Neck. He is survived by his vitreous wife of 62 years, Kathleen Worley Willis.  They have two daughters, Phyllis Godley (Elwood) and Debbie Taylor (Wayne).  Shady always wanted a son and God blessed him with three grandsons, Wesley Taylor (Courtney), Jonathan Taylor (Meredith), and Thomas Godley.  He also has a granddaughter, “his baby girl” Melissa Godley, and one great granddaughter, Kalynn Raye Godley. The family received friends at the Macedonia FWB Church Monday.


Arrangements are by Wilkerson Funeral Home, Vanceboro.  Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.

Week of May 25, 2016

Betty Barnes Purser, 76, of Bayboro, died peacefully surrounded by her family at her daughter’s home on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. She was born on January 29, 1940 in Cash Corner and was the daughter of William Andrew Barnes and Vera Potter Barnes Jones. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Donald B. Purser; brothers, William A. “Bill” Barnes, Jr. and wife, Elizabeth K. “Libby” Barnes; Lendon E. Barnes; Frankie Barnes and wife, Barbara. She is survived by her daughter, Kathy S. Jones and husband, Doug, of Florence; her son, Andrew D. Scott and wife, Elaine, of Ernul; step-son, Donald G. Purser and wife, Bernie, of Bella Vista, Arkansas; step-daughters, Gwen Taylor and husband, Bobby, of Mt. Olive, Susie Gathercole of Greenville, NC; sisters-in-law, Priscilla Barnes of Grantsboro and Betty Barnes of Florida; 5 grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 18 step-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Scott Fitzgerald and Dr. Robert Cayton officiating. Burial followed in the Sandhill Cemetery in Reelsboro. 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Pamlico County, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC  28515 or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Hally Bruce Tyson Sr., 90, (October 18, 1925 – May 16, 2016) of Grantsboro, passed away on May 16, 2016, at Gardens of Pamlico.  He was born in Wilson, NC, in 1925 and was married to Jeanette Norton Tyson for more than 60 years.  During his working career he was employed by Export Leaf Tobacco Co./Brown & Williamson of Wilson.  He was a World War II veteran serving in the Merchant Marine/Coast Guard.  He was a noble of the Sudan Temple in New Bern, and the Mt. Vernon Masonic Lodge #359, Oriental, NC, where he served as Master of the Lodge in 2001 and 2004 and was awarded his 50 year pin in 2007.  He was also a member of the Pamlico County Shrine Club and Oriental First Baptist Church.

Mr. Tyson is survived by two sons, Hally Bruce Tyson, Jr. and wife, Barbara and William Dennis Tyson and wife, Andrea; two grandsons, William Dennis Tyson Jr. and Aaron Worden Tyson, and two great-grandsons, William Dennis Tyson III and Landen Jack Tyson.  He is also survived by two sisters, Margaret Poole of Richmond, Va. and Rita Lewis of Whiteville, NC. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette, his father, Larry Onen Tyson and mother Susan Etta Wooten Tyson, three brothers, Marland, William, and Leslie Tyson, and a sister, Agnes Watche.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 23, at Oriental First Baptist Church, Oriental, NC.  The family received friends prior to the service.  Burial followed in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Wilson, NC.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Mr. Tyson to Mt. Vernon Masonic

Lodge #359, c/o Tom Robinson, Secretary, 303 Phillips Drive, Arapahoe, NC 28510, or Oxford Children’s Home, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565. (Paid obituary)

Condolences may be directed to www.joyners.net.

Week of May 18, 2016

Johan Cornelis de Nijs, 92, of New Bern died Friday, May 6. A service to celebrate his life was held Sunday, May 15 at the home of his daughter. Online condolences may be made to the de Nijs family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.

Shirley Melton Daniels, 83, of Oriental passed away, Thursday, May 12, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was married to the love of her life, the late C.W. Daniels for 52 years.  

She is survived by two sons, Charlie Daniels and wife, Wanda, of Smithfield, VA, and David Daniels and wife, Darlene, of Oriental; one daughter, Robin Goforth and husband, John, of Patrick Springs, VA; seven grandchildren, Robert Wink Jr., Tiffany Daniels, Clifton Daniels, Jamie Wink, Jodi Goforth, Jennifer Taylor and Meagan Brantley; and six great-grandchildren, Ava Wink, Colton Wink, Doyle Taylor, Preston Taylor, Beckham and Brantley Brown.

Shirley had a 35 year distinguished career as a teacher and principal in the public and private school systems.  She continued to tutor out of her home after her retirement.

At 72 years old she got a new lease on life through her involvement with Orphan Helpers.  She worked tirelessly, energetically, fearlessly, and dedicated her life to creating libraries for the forgotten children of Central America in orphanages and juvenile detention centers.  

Her legacy of love will live on through those libraries for many years through the impact of the books on the children that she loved so much. 

Her funeral was held Monday, May 16th at Trent Free Will Baptist Church.  Interment followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends and relatives prior to the service at the church.

A memorial service will also be held Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 1pm at First United Methodist Church, 10246 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, Virginia 23601.

In lieu of flowers the family has suggested memorial contributions be made to the Pamlico County Historical Society, 10642 NC Hwy 55, Grantsboro, NC  28529 or Orphan Helpers Library Fund, 813 Forrest Dr. Suite A., Newport News, VA 23606. (Paid Obituary)

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

 

Week of May 11, 2016

Kevin Milan Tyndall, 56, of Vandemere passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016. Kevin was co-owner/operator of Pamlico Home Builders where he was the Manager of Contract Services.  He loved hunting, boating, riding his Harley and just being outdoors.  He was a member of Bayboro Masonic Lodge No. 331.  He was a detailed and talented carpenter and wood-worker who had a big and generous heart.  He loved his family and friends deeply and will be greatly missed by them. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius & Hazel Tyndall; brother, Julius Tyndall Jr. and sister, Renee T. Radclilff. Kevin is survived by his wife, Donna Voliva Tyndall; daughter, Keri T. Midgette and husband, Brent, of Bayboro; sons, Jason Milan Tyndall and wife, Toni, of Alliance, Derek & Daniel Beute, both of the home; brother, Keith Tyndall and wife, Betty, of Reelsboro; sisters, Sheila T. Parrott and husband, Lane, of Alliance and Sharon T. Davis and husband, Jim, of Alliance; brother-in-law, Clen Radcliff and wife, Cindy, of Stonewall; grandchildren, Kelsi Midgette, Haley Tyndall, Autumn Tyndall, Avery Tyndall and soon-to-arrive, Kali Renee Midgette; his loving companion, Zoe; and many nieces and nephews. His funeral was held Monday, May 9, 2016 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dale Belvin officiating.  Interment followed in Hollywood Cemetery with Masonic Rites by Bayboro Lodge No. 331. The family received friends and relatives Sunday, May 8th at Bryant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to any local Pamlico County Charity.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

Week of May 4, 2016

Brenda Jo Johnson Avery, 62, of Reelsboro, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her father, Henry Mack Johnson Jr. and brother, Henry “Mack” Johnson III. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Stephen Avery; mother, Martha Scott Heffelfinger and husband, Terry, of Rock Falls, Ill.; sons, Jamie Johnson and wife, Christina, of Gloucester, Va. and Michael Avery of Mississippi; sisters, Vicky Ward of Grantsboro and Donna Vasquez and husband, John, of Sterling, Ill.; brothers, Gary Johnson of Grantsboro and Dahn Heflebower of Austin, TX; grandchildren, Damon Johnson, Dana Avery, Hannah Hope Avery, Carrie Bunn, Amanda Dawn Daniels, Abigail, Braxton and Dustin Thomas; and great-grandchildren, Landon Daniels and Abigail Bunn. Her graveside service was held Sunday, May 1st at Scott Cemetery with the Rev. Earl Sadler Jr. officiating. The family will be receiving friends anytime at her sister’s home, Vicky Ward, 1013 Scott Town Rd., Grantsboro. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to P.A.W.S., PO Box 888, Oriental, NC  28571.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Terry Christopher Eubanks, 33, of New Bern passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hardy & Brenda Langley Eubanks. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Eubanks; sons, Steven and James; daughter, Annalee; sister, Tammy Quidley and husband, Steven Craig; paternal grandfather, Floyd Eubanks; and maternal grandmother, Reba Langley. His funeral will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 6th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Simpson officiating.  Interment will follow immediately in Grantsboro Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Robert Duval Philpott, 87, of Arapahoe passed away Monday, April 25, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He retired after 21 years of service in the U.S. Navy and was a 32nd Degree Master Mason with Rainbow Lodge No. 479. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters; and his loving wife, Gloria Faye “Bootsie” Philpott. He is survived by his son, Steven Philpott and wife, Jackie, of Arapahoe; three grandchildren, Michael Philpott (Bobbie Jo) of Arapahoe, Eric Philpott of Virginia and Etha Nicole Johnson (Ches) of El Paso, Texas; and two great-grandchildren, Darryl Hendrix Philpott and Hayden Johnson. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565.

Arrangements provided by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

William “Bill” Felton Tyson, 72, of Grantsboro passed away Monday, April 25, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He retired from the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his father, Jasper Tyson and mother, Virginia Lupton Potter.  He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Pam Tyson; sons, Cody Tyson of the home and Bill Tyson Jr. of Pennsylvania; daughters, Kim of Nevada, Tina and Brenda, both of Rhode Island; sister, Janet T. Watson of Washington; and several grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements provided by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of April 27, 2016

Harry Nelson Fromm, 89, of Oriental passed away April 23, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was born in Haddonfield, New Jersey, lived in Voorhees and Ship Bottom, NJ before moving to Oriental.  He proudly served in the U.S. Army in WWII stationed in the Philippines.  Harry had a lifelong love of fishing and hunting but his greatest passion was for his family.  He enjoyed all time spent with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by two brothers, George and Winfield. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Joan Fromm; children, Steve (Maryann), Rick (Connie), Tom (Jennifer), Susan, Linda (Jack), Karen (Jeffrey) and Neil (Trina); 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; six step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements provided by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Julie Davis Jefferson, 50, of New Bern passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Edward Jefferson; father, Garland Wesley Davis, Sr.; and brother, Garland Wesley Davis, Jr. She is survived by her mother, Mary M. Davis of Washington; daughters, Sarah Brandon Stephens and husband, Michael, of Newport and Leah Jefferson of New Bern; sons, Tyler Stocks and Michael Stocks, both of New Bern; and sisters, Lynn Cuthrell and husband, Stephen, of New Bern and Gale Scott and husband, Michael, of Reelsboro. Her memorial service will be held for friends and family at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 1st at Maranatha Baptist Church with Pastor Jack Wolk officiating.  

Arrangements provided by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of April 20, 2016

Elsie Ruth Bates passed away on April 10, 2016 at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Bates; her brother, Harold, while engaged in the Battle of the Bulge; her sisters, Doris Rybak and Betty Britcher; and grandson, Joseph Zielinski. Surviving are her sisters, Ellen Rupolo and Marge Yando; daughter, Barbara Jewett; sons, Ronald and Joseph Zielinski; and step-children, Raymond Bates, Maris Colburn, and David Bates.  She leaves 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Elsie loved the outdoors.  Gardening and planting flowers were her passion.  She enjoyed hiking the New York Adirondacks and Catskill Mountains to fish secluded lakes and streams while RVing with her husband. Elsie’s wish was for no fuss and fanfare but would appreciate a warm thoughtful prayer.

Online condolences may be made at bryantfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

Marvin Earl Rouse, 62, of Oriental passed away Monday, April 18, 2016, at home. He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Rouse and sister, Peggy R. Cannon. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Rouse; mother, Georgia Rouse Mills; sons, Jimmie Darrell Rouse of Ayden and Christopher Bryan Rouse and wife, Sherri Riggs, of Grifton; daughters, Jessica Nicole Rouse of Wilmington, Peggy Ann Rouse and Ashley Lauren Rouse, both of Reelsboro; step-daughter, Kimberly Dawn Adams of Alliance; brothers, Eugene and Robert Rouse of Ayden and Steve Rouse of Greenville; sisters, Louise O’Neal of Ayden and Tracy Harrell of Greenville; and 15 grandchildren. His memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 21st at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Rouse officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Philip Meade Williamson, 65, of Lowland passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016, at home while surrounded by his loving family. He was a dedicated servant of the Lord at Warden’s Grove OFWB Church where he served as Chair of the Deacon Board, a Sunday School Superintendent, and Assistant Sunday School Teacher. He was also Captain of the Goose Creek Island Fire Department. 

Phil loved the outdoors.  When he wasn’t hunting or fishing he just enjoyed taking walks in the woods.  He was a loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Meade & Mary H. Williamson and his sister, Shirley W. Ireland. Phil is survived by his best friend and wife of 40 years, Vicki Williamson; son, Jarod Williamson and wife, Kimberly, of Apex; daughter, London W. Schmidt and husband, Scott, of Oak Island; brother, Wade Williamson of Hobucken; sister, Sammie Carawan and husband, Douglas, of Aransas Pass, Texas; and one grandson, Tobin Clay Williamson.

His funeral will be held 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 20th at Warden’s Grove OFWB Church with the Rev. John Carawan and the Rev. Earl Sadler, Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow immediately in the church cemetery.  Anyone wishing to speak with the family may do so immediately following the interment in the church fellowship hall.

Flowers are welcomed or memorials may be made to Warden’s Grove OFWB Church Building Fund, c/o Nancy Leary, 3940 Lowland Rd., Lowland, NC 28552 or Hospice of Pamlico, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC  28515. (Paid obituary)

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of April 13, 2016

Nancy Ray Sumrell Caraway, 94, of Grantsboro passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. She was a member of the Concord Christian Church, a Sunday School teacher at Rock of Zion Baptist Church, president of the Residence Association at Grantsbrook and won awards in the Senior Olympics arts and crafts. She is preceded in death by her husband, Cleveland Caraway; one son, Jerry Caraway; and one daughter Joyce Spivey. She is survived by one son, Larry Caraway of Alliance; three daughters, Rachel Buck of Stonewall, Ruth Smith of Alliance, and Janice Ipock of Reelsboro; 16 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & crematory, Alliance, NC.

Percy Alton Dunn, 74, of New Bern died Saturday, April 9, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Dunn. The family will hold a private service at a later date.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

William Warren Murphy, 72, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016, at his home at 257 Florence Street, Reelsboro, NC.

Born on May 28, 1943, in Wilson, NC, to Heber Allen Murphy, Sr. and Ruby Viola Cawthorne Murphy, both deceased. He studies for the Lutheran ministry attending Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. He received his Bachelor of Arts at American University, Washington, DC. During Viet Nam, he served as an Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Commander with BN ¼, Company D, USMC, 1967-1970.

He was currently employed with Pamlico County DSS as a Process Assistant IV.

During a 35-year career in IT, he worked for National Geographic Society, US Geological Survey, Texfi Industries, IBM, Southern Life and Northrup Group. 

A lifelong progressive he served on the NC Board of Common Cause and has been a member of other government organizations as the League of Women Voters, AARP, Public Citizen and ACLU. He had recently joined and been active with the NAACP to fight the endemic racism of this community. He served as Assistant Secretary for the NAACP of Pamlico County, Branch 5429, NC Democratic Party, active member in Craven and Pamlico Counties, Disabled American Veterans Association (DAV), American Legion, Service Officer for VFW Post 2514, member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, New Bern, NC, Board Member of Humanists and Freethinkers of New Bern, Member of Democracy NC, ENC Chapter of Americans United, Chairman of the Veterans Council of Pamlico County and Ex-Oficio member Democratic Women of Craven County. A passionate activist, he participated in the Moral Monday march and the Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Dixon Hogan Murphy. He is survived by his step-daughter Sandra Hogan Small, her husband Joseph Small, Jr., grandchildren Jennifer McCotter, Joseph Small, III, Tristyn Small, Taryn Small and great-grandson Jonathan Gaskill. 

A memorial service will be held in honor of Warren on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 6pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 308 Meadow Street, New Bern, NC.

Arrangements by Fonville & Dove Mortuary

Michael Dewain Stalnaker, 54, of Grantsboro returned to his heavenly Father on Saturday, April 9, 2016, while at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville. He was employed with PCS Phosphate and just reached 20 years of service. He is survived by his wife, of 35 years, Mary Ellen; daughter, Natasha; son, Chad and wife, Michela; mother, Donna; brothers, Bill, Keith, Frankie and Happy and their wives and families; sisters, Debra, Dottie and Becky and their husbands and families; and granddaughter, Emma. His graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 14th at the Lakeside Chapel at Greenleaf Memorial Park with the Elder Dyion Skipper officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 to 8 Wednesday evening at Bryant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX  75231.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of April 6, 2016

Dewitt William Rice, 65, of Alliance passed away, Monday, April 3, 2016 at home. He was a member of Alliance United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lister & Amanda Rice and a brother, Charles Rice. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Eubanks Rice; son, Tommy Rice of Alliance; step-daughters, Jennifer Speciale of Alliance and Sandra Hartwig of New Bern; step-son, William Rowe of Lowland; brother, Danny Rice and wife, Lulu, of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Donna Rice of Greenville; sisters, Kathy Moore and husband, Bill, of Wilson and Ann Bryce and husband, Steve, of Delaware; and grandchildren, Madison Caroline Rice, Chris, Charles and Aaron Rowe, Clarissa Hartwig, and Megan, Michelle & Bryan Speciale; and one great-grandchild, Ryan Ormond. His funeral will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, April 7th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer officiating.  Interment will follow immediately in Grantsboro Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at Bryant Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

James “Jim” Richard Laughinghouse II, 44, of Aurora died Friday, April 1, 2016, at home. He is survived by his wife, Theresa Laughinghouse; daughter, Camren Laughinghouse; mother, Margaret G. Laughinghouse; step-daughter, Samantha Creel of James City; and two sisters, Karen Day of Grimesland and Sherry Auther of Reelsboro.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

Robert Taylor Andrews, 82, of Oriental passed away Monday, March 28, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.

He was an active member of Oriental First Baptist Church, the Oriental Tree Board and Oriental Rotary.  He loved living in the Oriental community and was involved in many of the town’s activities.  He was a craftsman, building boats as a hobby.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Andrews and son, Robert T. Andrews, Jr.

He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Schadie and husband, Stephen, of Rising Sun, Maryland; and two grandchildren, Stephanie Humphries and Kimberly Osborne.

The family received friends and relatives Wednesday, March 30th at Bryant Funeral Home.

His memorial service was held Thursday, March 31st at Oriental First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Harper officiating.  Interment was at Holly Hill Memorial Park in Baltimore, MD.

In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made in his memory to Oriental First Baptist Church, PO Box 313, Oriental, NC  28571.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Sara Tripp Sawyer Gaskins, 78, of Grantsboro passed away peacefully, Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Grantsbrook Nursing and Rehab Center.

She was a member of New Bethlehem FWB Church and the Women’s Auxillary, she sold Avon for 40 years, she was a care giver, a member of the American Legion in New Bern, Chaplain and Vice President of the WPO Club and member of the Aurora Chapter of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by two sons, Frank sawyer, III (Diana) of Grantsboro, Ronald Sawyer (Anita) of New Bern; one daughter, Deborah Jost (Lee) of New Bern; stepdaughter, Mary Waters (Charles) of New Bern; two grandchildren, Crystal Ludvigson (Daniel), Jessica Foster (James); two great grandchildren, Nathan Ludvigson, Kimberly Raford and two step-grandchildren, Sherry Hodges and Charles Waters, Jr.

Her funeral service was held Saturday, April 2, 2016 at New Bethlehem FWB Church with the Rev. Mike Roach, Rev. Ashley Trogdon and Rev. Jesse Crisp officiating.

Interment followed at the Oriental Cemetery.

The family received friends Friday evening April 1, at Bryant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to New Bethlehem FWB Church Auxillary, c/o Scotty Whitford, 1903 Scott Store Rd., Grantsboro, NC  28529

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance, NC  

Mildred “Millie” Medeiros Hunnings, 85, of Grantsboro, NC, formerly of Perth Amboy, NJ, went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport, surrounded by her loving family.

She loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart and they in return were extremely blessed to have her as their mother, grandmother, mentor and friend, and share that great love.

Before retirement, Millie was a medical transcriptionist. She enjoyed sewing, her flower gardens, the beach, and especially spending time with her family. 

She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Mary Leitner Medeiros; her husband, James Ray Hunnings; a sister, Delores Cooper; and a brother, Joseph Medeiros.

Millie is survived by her four children, Kathryn Owens of Grantsboro, Cindy Belangia (Robert) of New Bern, David Hunnings (Cindy Rector) of Grantsboro, and Lori Barlow (Robbie King) of New Bern; her loving grandchildren, Jeremy Alan Mills of Richmond, VA and Amelia Kathryn Owens (Mikey Belcher) of New Bern; a sister, Lillian Medeiros of New Bern; a brother, Richard Medeiros of Arizona; many nieces and nephews; special extended family and friends.

The family received friends at the home from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, April 2.  As per Millie’s wishes, her cremains will be honored in a private family memorial at the beach at a later time.

The family gratefully appreciates the loving care provided by Hospice of Pamlico County and SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House and Home Instead Senior Care.

Memorial donations may be made to: Hospice of Pamlico County, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515 or SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House, 100 Big Rock Weigh, Newport, NC 28570.

Week of March 30, 2016

Troy Potter, Jr., 60, of Mesic, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. He was born on Easter Sunday, April 10, 1955. He spent his life in Pamlico County operating the family farm.  His passions in life were music, whether playing or producing sound for other events and riding his Harley. He is survived by his two sons, Eric and AJ Potter, one granddaughter, Chloe Potter; two sisters, Cheryl Potter and Brenda Wilkinson as well as many friends and a special brotherhood of musicians who meant the world to him.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Troy and Bertha Potter and his daughter, Jessica.  A graveside service was held Saturday, March 26, at the Jones Family Cemetery on Lumber Landing Road in Mesic with the Rev. Joyce Swimm officiating. A reception to celebrate his life followed the service at Bay Creek Christian Church Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Firehouse Church, 7759 E., New Bern, NC  28560 to be used for the Glory of God as determined by the pastors and congregation whom have meant so much to him.

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

Week of March 23, 2016

Joseph F. Bernatitus, 86, of Aurora, NC passed away Monday March 14, 2016 at his daughter’s home in Newport. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the church where he was a member, White Hill Free Will Baptist Church of Aurora. He is survived by his six children, Joanne Bernatitus of Newport; Matt Bernatitus of Baltimore, MD; Micki Bernatitus of Newport; Pat Bernatitus of Duluth, GA; John Bernatitus of Baltimore, MD; Kate Bernatitus of Newport News, VA; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Leo Dunham of Raleigh, NC; Robert Dunham of Baltimore, MD; Richard Dunham of Bel Air, MD; sister, Jane Boeshc of Joppa, MD.  Preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Guy Dunham; wife, Dorothy Bernatitus; sister, Ann Pilkerton. Condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at www.noefs.org

Christopher H. Noe Funeral Service Licensee, Inc. of Beaufort, NC.

Jo-Marie Collins, 68, of New Bern passed away Monday, March 21, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her son, Maxwell Ray Sargent, Jr. She is survived by daughters, Della Sargent Gomez and Betsy Jo Sargent Bell and husband, Gene; son, Aaron Lynch and wife, Jessica, all of Leland, NC; grandchildren, Jada Elaine Sargent, Joshua Sargent & wife, Katie, Sara Sargent Whitcomb & husband, Jason, Marcos Carrillo, Esequil Carrillo, Julio Quintanar, Luis Quintanar, James Stalls, Caleb Stalls, Jessica Bell, Kyle Bass and Justin Lynch; great-grandchildren, Jordan Whitcomb, Tristan Whitcomb, Santiago Carrillo, Marcos Carrillo Jr., Bryan Martinez and Elizabeth Carrillo; brother, Ponce Ham and wife, Mary Ellen of Oriental; and sister, Lola Fornes and husband, Dennis, of Grantsboro. Her memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, March 26th at Bay Creek Christian Church with the Rev. Blaney Rowe officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives thirty minutes prior to the memorial service at the church and at other times at the home of Lola and Dennis at 1266 Roberts Rd. Grantsboro. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC  28509.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Tiffany Renee Rochelle, 29, of Hobucken passed away Monday, March 14, 2016. She is survived by her father, Ruben Rochelle of Hobucken; her mother, Kathy Toler of New Bern; paternal grandmother, Abby Leary of Hobucken; sons, Austin & Allen Long and Alexander Rochelle; brothers, Jason Rochelle of Bridgeton, Jeremy Rochelle of Grantsboro and Shawn McNelly of Greenville; and sister, Brittany Rochelle of New Bern. Her memorial service was held Saturday, March 19th at Firehouse Church in Reelsboro. In lieu of flowers the family requested memorial contributions be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Edna Williams Swain, 67, of New Bern passed away Saturday, March 19, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, Heber Williams & Lossie Bell Manning Williams; son, Ray Wood Jr.; and three brothers, David, Horace & Sammie Williams. She is survived by two loving daughters, Donna Wood New (Jeffrey) and Wendy Wood Walker; her husband of 14 years, James A. Swain Jr.; sister Joyce Williams Moore (Bill); two stepchildren; grandchildren, Consuela Agayoff, Kimberly Whitfield (Ryan), Amanda McVey, Rebecca Simpson, Elizabeth Wood, Samantha New and Will Walker; five great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and step-great-grandchild; and many nieces nephews. She was a kind and loving soul that would help anyone.  She will be deeply missed by all that knew her. Her memorial service will be held 7 p.m., Thursday, March 24th at New Bethlehem FWB Church. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC  28509.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Donna Peterson Thomson, 64, of Acworth, GA, passed away March 5, 2016 at Emory University Hospital. She was preceded by her father, James (Sobbie) Peterson. Formerly from Arapahoe, NC, she is survived by her husband, Don Thomson, sons Jim (Dawn), Bruce and Rob; mother, Julia Peterson; sisters Cynthia Sprinkle and Vanessa King.  Bethany Christian Church, Arapahoe, NC was her home church. A memorial service was held March 12, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church, Marietta, GA.

Anna Marie Yee, 85, of Merritt, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016 at Carolina East Medical Center. She is survived by four daughters, Eileen DeSantis of New York, Lucille Bogle of VA, Kathleen Thayer of RI, Ingrid Ogle of Merritt; four sisters, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Her memorial service was held Friday, March 18 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of March 16, 2016

Ms. Helen Jane Owenby, 82, of Oriental, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2016. A native of Macon County, NC, Jane, her personally preferred  name, was the daughter of Thomas Lafayette “Fate” Owenby and Ora Fay Duvall Owenby who both predeceased her. She spent most of her life taking care of others, whether it be her younger siblings, her children, and later in life as an in-home caregiver. In her spare time she loved to read, sew, knit, go crabbing in the Neuse River in her beloved Oriental, and had become active at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church.  A voracious reader, Jane could usually be found with a book in her hand. Sadly, Jane was preceded in death by her five brothers, Jack, Clint, Don, Ralph Morris, and Joe.

Jane is survived by her children, Tommy Wright, of Old Fort, NC; Randy

(Lori) Arpea, of West Chester, PA; and Tish (Darian) Silman of Prattville,

AL; her sisters, Betty (Ray) James, of Clyde, NC, Barbara (Tom) Gaffney, of

Naples, FL; and her eight dear grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her former husband and forever friend, George

Chalmers, of Hampstead, NC, as well as her five sisters-in-law.  Her

passing is mourned by her seventeen nieces and nephews and their families,

along with many cousins and friends.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted by Jane’s family with the

final arrangements.  A celebration of her life will be 2pm, Saturday,

March 19, 2015 at Pollock~Best Chapel with Fr. Bill Upah officiating. The

family will receive friends following the service. Those wishing to offer words of hope and condolences may visit www.pollockbest.com. Memorials in Helen Jane's name may be made to American Heart Association 3131 RDU Center Dr. Suite 100, Morrisville, NC 27560, www.heart.org. or Susan G. Komen 600 Airport Blvd. Suite 100, Morrisville, NC 27560, or www.komennctc.org. (Paid obituary)

 

Adora Dawn Potter Scott, 64, of New Bern passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016. She was a member of Saints Delight FWB Church.  An avid supporter of Colonial Capital Humane Society, she loved and cared for cats. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Dennis Scott; two sons, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) Robert Scott Jr. and Brad Scott, both of New Bern; brother, Ralph Potter of Cove City; nieces, Linda Taylor of New Bern and Jackie Randall of Cove City; as well as other nieces and nephews. Her graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, March 10th at New Bern Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Chuck Holton officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Colonial Capital Humane Society, PO Box 326, New Bern, NC  28563.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Robert Allen Ward, 61, of Reelsboro, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2016. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Teddy and Ross Ward. He is survived by his mother, Norine Richter; his wife of 31 years, Sherri DeLoach; son, Robert Cole Ward and wife Megan of Grantsboro; son, Dylan Ward and his mother, Angela Barber, of Aurora; three brothers, Roland Johnny Ward, Jr. of Oriental, Gerry Ward and Billy Ward, both of Arapahoe; two sisters, Jackie Ward of Arapahoe and Shannon Rupert of New Bern; and expected granddaughter, Aubree Ward. His funeral will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 16th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Earl Sadler officiating.  Interment will follow immediately in Scott Family Cemetery. The family received friends Tuesday evening at Bryant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to The American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX  75231.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of March 9, 2016

Frances Little Grubb, 91, of Minnesott Beach continued her journey on February 29, 2016 by natural causes while at the N.C. Veterans Home in Kinston.  She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Stewart Grubb; son, John Southerland Grubb; and sister, Betty L. Francis. She is survived by her son, William Stewart Grubb; daughter-in-law, Shirley L. Tingle of Minnesott Beach; and grandson, Edward Stewart Grubb (son of, John S. Grubb) of Arapahoe. Frances served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the capacity of lab technician and continued her career as a lab technician at Alexandria Va. Hospital, Circle Terrace Hospital and retired from Craven County Hospital.  During her life she was actively involved with the Fairfax Virginia Garden Club, Oriental Women’s Club, N.C. Basket Association, and Tryon Palace Volunteer. Fran was a loving mother.  She loved people and leaves behind many friends. There will be no local service.  The family received friends at Fran’s home on Sunday, March 6th. Memorials can be made to Pamlico County Rescue Squad, PO Box 302, Bayboro, NC  28515 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, stjude.org, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN  38150. The family deeply appreciates all the acts of kindness shown to their family during their loss.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

 

Lieutenant Commander David Opgrand, USN (Ret), 81 of Oriental, was surrounded by his loved ones as he passed away at home on Thursday, March 3, 2016. He was born October 1, 1934 in Halstad, Minnesota.  He is survived by his son, Paul Opgrand and his wife Laura of Chesapeake, VA, his daughter Cynthia Opgrand of Kalaheo, HI, grandsons, Christopher Opgrand of Colorado Springs, CO and Edward Opgrand of New York City, NY, granddaughter Melinda Hernandez and her husband Jullan of Lancaster, PA., two great-grandchildren, three sisters, nephews and nieces and longtime friend of 48 years, Marguerite Juerling. He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 49 years Jacquelyn, a brother and sister.  A vigil will be held at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Oriental at 7pm on March 11, 2016. A memorial service will be held on Saturday March 12, 2016 at 1pm, also at Saint Thomas. Suggested memorials in lieu of flowers are the North Carolina Community Foundation - Dottie Gray Ambulance Fund, Hospice of Pamlico County or Saint Thomas Episcopal Church.      

Week of March 2, 2016

Virginia Billings Lupton, 79, of Pamlico passed away Sunday, February 28, 2016, at Crystal Coast Hospice House. She is survived by her son, Everette L. Lupton, Jr. of New Bern; her daughter, Dawn Michelle Lupton of Pamlico; and three grandchildren, Emory Henderson, Shayanne Henderson and Mary Estes. Memorial services will be held 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 2nd at Pamlico United Methodist Church with the Rev. Phillip Rawls and the Rev. Mike Roach officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to any Hospice facility.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

 

Alice Louise O’Shaughnessy, age 93, formerly of Oriental, passed away on February 28, 2016, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Alice was a long time member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church in New Bern, North Carolina, where she was very active in the youth ministry program.  She was a Special Education teacher for 40 years in Sandusky, Ohio.  Out of the numerous volunteer organizations that she was involved in, she especially enjoyed helping adult students in completing their GDPs.  She and her husband were quite active in starting the Oriental Theater Group.   She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, John O’Shaughnessy; and sisters, Ibby, Ruth, and Martha.   Alice is survived by her sons, Dr. Charles and Dr. Gary O’Shaughnessy; 8 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held at a later date in New Bern.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.  Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the O’Shaughnessy family. clickfh.com

Week of February 24, 2016

Anna Murray Robinson, 80, of Alliance passed away peacefully at home on Friday, February 19, 2016. She was a member of the Trent FWB Church, the Woodmen of the World, VFW Auxiliary, the Pamlico County Moose Lodge and Meals on Wheels She is survived by her husband, Wesley J. Robinson of the home; one son, Charles A. Robinson of Bayboro; one daughter, Helen M. Price of New Bern; one brother, Marvin Murray of Merritt; two sisters, Betty Arnold of Stonewall, Verdie Lee of New Bern and five grandchildren. Her funeral service will be held at 11am, Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Scott Fitzgerald officiating. The family received friends Tuesday evening at Bryant Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park.

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

Levy Wallace Broughton, 65, of Oriental passed away at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on Saturday, February 20, 2016. He was Maintenance Director for the Pamlico County Schools for 24 years and a member of the New Bern Church of God. He is survived by his wife, Jeri Broughton of the home; one son, Jeff Broughton and wife, Ferdenita of Havelock; one daughter, Stacy Sykes and husband, Jimmy of New Bern; six grandchildren, Jon and Jason Broughton, Brooke and Brittany Sykes and Patrick and Patricia Mckenna. His funeral service will be held at 3pm Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the New Bern Church of God with Dr. David Salmons and the Rev. Doug Case officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow at the Shine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Pamlico County Honor Guard,, c/o Russell Spalti, 22489 NC Hwy 33E., Aurora, NC  27806.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance, NC

NEW BERN | A memorial service for Martha Lynn Hall of New Bern will be held Feb. 27, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Masonic Theater, 514 Hancock St., New Bern. Martha, 69, died on Thanksgiving morning 2015, after a lengthy illness. The Masonic was the last theater in which she sang and performed, capping 40 years in community theaters in Carteret, Nash and Craven counties. She was a newspaper writer in Craven and Pamlico counties for more than a decade. 

The Feb. 27th celebration of her life will feature a number of her musical and theatrical friends offering songs and music in her memory. Her husband, Charlie Hall and all of her family, invite everyone who knew her to attend.

She was a lifestyle writer for the New Bern Sun Journal and later the editor of the New Bern Herald. She worked the final years of her career writing features and covering local government for the Pamlico News. She had earlier been a lifestyle writer for the Rocky Mount Telegram. In the

1980s and 1990s, she worked in the medical field as a transcriptionist and later as head of the medical assisting program at Carteret Community College.

Her community theater career spanned four decades, including Best Actress in 1977 and 1978 at Carteret Community Theater. She was best known in New Bern for her portrayal of Mother Superior in the RiverTowne Players

“Nunsense” trilogy and as Sheree in the Paul White production of “The Dixie Swim Club.” She was also a church soloist in Morehead City and a longtime vocalist for the Carteret Chorale.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to the American Cancer Society or other cancer research groups in the name of her late daughter, Lynn Reedy Hinson. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. A private interment at the family cemetery in Mason’s Cross, N.C., will be held at a later date.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Hall Family.

Vernon Leland (Lee) Bounds, former commissioner of the North Carolina Department of Correction and a longtime educator and public servant of the state, died at age 97 on Feb. 10 in his Chapel Hill, North Carolina home.

During his distinguished career, Bounds led and instituted substantial reforms within the correction system while working for North Carolina governors on both sides of the political aisle, including Daniel K. Moore, Robert W. Scott, James Holshouser Jr., and James G. Martin. Bounds, a Democrat, was a staunch advocate for the rehabilitation of criminals, and after putting down a riot that lasted more than 13 hours at Central Prison in Raleigh on April 17, 1968, he proposed new correctional programs to help prevent future insurrections.

Born Oct. 13, 1918 in Salisbury, Maryland, Bounds was the son of the late Floyd Solon and Lula F. German. His mother died of pneumonia and influenza when Bounds was 17 days old during a flu epidemic that raged in the latter part of World War I. Bounds later was cared for by his grandmother Olevia Culver Bounds and in his teenage years worked delivering newspapers and running films at the Elkton movie theater.

Bounds joined the Navy in 1936 and was stationed in San Diego, California; Bremerton, Washington and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where he was a member of the wrestling squad on the battleship Oklahoma. He married Barbara Namais in 1938 on New Year’s Eve and had two children, Barbara Lee and Michael Frederick. Bounds enlistment ended in 1941, but he remained in the Navy Reserve and returned to service after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

After leaving the Navy, Bounds studied law and received a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Virginia in 1949 and performed graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Chicago. 

Bounds moved to Chapel Hill with his family to become assistant director of the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a professor of public law and government at the Institute from 1952 to 1965 and helped draft many of the criminal correction laws enacted by the state legislature in the 1950s.

Bounds was appointed commissioner of the North Carolina Department of Correction in 1965 and held this role until 1973. Afterward, he served as the William Rand Kenan Jr. professor of public law and administration at UNC-Chapel Hill until 1986 when he retired. A Margaret and Paul A. Johnston distinguished professorship was named for V. Lee Bounds in the disciplines of Physics and Astronomy at UNC’s College of Arts & Sciences. 

Upon retiring, Bounds split his time between Chapel Hill and Oriental, North Carolina where his family gathered for sailing and other recreation. However, in 1992, Bounds briefly left retirement after receiving a call from Governor Martin to join his cabinet and assume the position of Secretary of the North Carolina State Department of Correction. Bounds held the post until Governor James B. Hunt Jr. assumed office in 1993.

Bounds is preceded in death by his former wives Barbara Namais and Marjorie Sorrel, his siblings Vivian Loraine and Floyd Solon and grandchildren Michael Wayne Wilson and Deborah Christine Wilson.

He is survived by his children Barbara (Bobbi) Bounds Embree and Dr. Michael F. Bounds, granddaughter Gwendolyn M. Bounds, great-grandchildren Mary Elizabeth (Emme) Wilson and Michael W. Wilson Jr., and his longtime love and companion, Edith Hubbard.

Upon his death, Bounds asked that his body be donated to the UNC School of Medicine to support education and research at the public institution he loved and served throughout much of his adult life.

Week of February 17, 2016

Garnett Hunter Leary, Sr., 71, of Reelsboro passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016, at home. He was a member of Word Fellowship Church and retired from Express Marine as a Tug Boat Captain. Garnett was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.  The joy of the Lord was his strength and he shared life stories in a humorous way.   He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffery Leary and daughter, Christina Leary Suarez. He is survived by his wife of nearly 52 years, Joan Spain Leary; children, Tiffany Leary of Reelsboro, Garnett Leary Jr. and wife, Mao, of New Bern, and Alicia Dixon and husband, Shane, of Grantsboro; sister, Sina Sawyer of Aurora; and five grandchildren, Camren Laughinghouse, Jacob Fleming, Preston & Kaitlyn Dixon and Jazmin Leary. His funeral will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 17th at Word Fellowship Church with the Rev. Owen Lupton officiating.  Interment will follow immediately in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Flowers are welcomed or memorial contributions may be made to Word Fellowship Church in Garnett’s memory at PO Box 240, Grantsboro, NC  28529.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Thelma “Joy” McCotter, 80, of Vandemere, died Friday, February 12, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was a member of Vandemere United Methodist Church. Her funeral was held Tuesday, February 16th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Roach officiating.  Interment followed immediately in Celestial Memorial Gardens, Cash Corner. The family received friends prior to the service at the funeral home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby McCotter and son, Ronnie Pipkin. She is survived by one daughter, Sandy McCotter of New Bern; one stepson, Robby McCotter of Vandemere; one sister, Shirely Traister of Arizona; and two grandchildren, Ronny McCotter of New Bern and Chelesy McCotter of Vandemere. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory at Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC  28509.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Week of February 10, 2016

John C. Artley, age 81, of Aurora, NC, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016.  Born in Bradford, PA, he was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Jane Artley and also his son, John Artley. John graduated from Bradford High School in 1952 and attended Penn State University. After college, he enlisted in the Air Force Aviation Cadet Program where he was commissioned as an officer and received his wings as an Air Force pilot. John was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned numerous medals, including the Air Medal. He retired after 20 years of military service to his country and then went to work as a FAA Air Traffic Controller for 10 years. Upon retiring, he moved to Aurora, NC where he was involved with various classic car organizations and frequented area military air shows. John, and his wife Heidi, dedicated themselves to the rescue of homeless cats. 

He is survived by his wife Heidi of Aurora, NC, four sons; Jeffery Artley, James Artley, Gregory Artley, Michael Artley, and a daughter, Anne Artley, all of whom reside in the Seattle/Tacoma, WA area. He also leaves a brother, Dike Artley of Cary, NC and two grandchildren.

John was known for his warmhearted and caring personality – “he never met a stranger.”

A ‘Celebration of Life’ gathering is being planned for April.

Virginia Dare Williams Buck, 85, of Grantsboro passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. She was a member of Reelsboro Pentecostal Holiness Church. She is survived by her son, Robert Buck and wife, Jean, of Grantsboro; grandson, Craig Stephen Buck and wife, Tiffany; great-grandchildren, Meghan & Kody Buck; and step-great-grandchildren, Hevin & Dusty Willis. Her graveside service was held Friday, February 5th at Simpson Family Cemetery, South Goose Creek Rd. with Pastor Steve Willis officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 3739 National Drive Suite 110, Raleigh, NC  27612.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Ewell, 91, of Greenville, daughter of the late Horace Bryan and Emma Rice Ives, died Monday, February 1, 2016. The funeral service was conducted Saturday, February 6 at St. James United Methodist Church.  Burial followed in New Bern Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Ewell, a native of Pamlico County, was a graduate of Stonewall High School, where she was an active basketball player.  An avid Carolina Tar Heel fan and bird watcher, Betsy enjoyed reading.  She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church, where she served as past president of the United Methodist Women. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Gray Ewell; and a brother, Horace Bryan Ives, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Elizabeth Arny and husband, Michael, of Greenville; grandson, Christopher Michael Arny and wife, Jenny, of Raleigh; and a granddaughter, Emma Elizabeth Arny, of Greenville. Memorials may be made to the Children's Home Society of NC, P.O. Box 14608 Greensboro, NC.  27415 or to St. James United Methodist Church, Music Fund, 2000 E. 6th St., Greenville, NC 27858. 

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Irene Delores Sawyer Hooker, 75 of Grantsboro, passed away on Friday February 5, 2016.  She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Carmel Lawson. A Celebration of Irene's Life will be held at 3pm on Thursday February 11, 2016 at Goose Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church in Grantsboro. 

Arrangements by Kahlert Funerals & Cremations in Maysville.

Jean Caho Keel, 82, of Kingsport, TN went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 5, 2016, after battling cancer for the past seven years.  She was born on November 23, 1933, at Spring Creek Road, North Carolina to the late Joseph Shelton Caho and Olivia Challie Caho. She was a housewife, and worked for seven years at Craven Log in Bridgeton and at North Electric in Kingsport, TN for five years.  Jean loved to crochet, knit, do crafts, work puzzles and play Canasta card game.  She was loved and will be missed by those who knew her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Phillip Keel, Sr.; son, Ernest Phillip Keel, Jr.; and great-grandson, Robert Justin Chapman.

She is survived by two daughters, Olivia Mae Stevens and husband, James, and Barbara Jean Ballard; son, Bruce Earl Keel, all of Kingsport, TN; twin sister, Ella Caho Toler of Alliance; four grandchildren, James Phillip Stevens, Wanda Jean Chapman, Heather Brooke Steffan, and Kristi Nicole Potter; three great-grandchildren, Jessica Leann Chapman, James Payton Steffan, and Hadley Reagan Steffan; and two great-great-grandchildren, Paisley Jane Starke and Harper Grace Rogers.

The family would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses that took such good care of her during her battle with cancer.  She was very blessed and cared for by the best.  A special thanks to Kathy Hall and Shelley Allgood who made her last days at home possible.  Also, to all the family and friends who called and sent cards.  She loved to read them and was glad to hear from all.

The family received friends from Sunday, February 7th at Bryant Funeral Home, Alliance. Her funeral service was held Monday, February 8th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jack Bowen officiating.  Interment followed in Sandhill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to 2016 Kingsport Area Annual Fund Drive, National Breast Cancer Research Center, P.O. Box 96676, Washington, DC  20090-6676. (Paid obituary)

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Carolyn Virginia Byrd Williams, 75, of Grantsboro passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. A devout servant of the Lord, she attended Bridgeton Pentecostal Holiness Church.  She was a loving wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Annette Williams. She is survived by her husband, Jesse J. Williams; sons, Jesse Williams of Grantsboro and Tommy Williams of Oriental; daughter, Patricia Williams of Grantsboro; brothers, Lonnie Byrd Jr. of Aulander, and Edward Byrd of Windsor; sisters, Barbara Tadlock of Windsor, Erma Ford of Roanoke Rapids and Jean Ward of Vanceboro; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her funeral was held Friday, February 5th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Dixon officiating.  Interment followed in Sandhill Cemetery. The family received friends and relatives prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

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

Arrangements by Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations

 

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.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.


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.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

 

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.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

 

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)

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.


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.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.


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.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.


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.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.