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January 15, 2020

William Anthony Blair, Sr, age 93, of Camp Jo Jane in Oriental, NC, died Wednesday, January 8, 2020, in New Bern. 
Bill grew up in Bayshore, NY, where his love of fishing and clamming developed. He graduated high school in 1946 and met his love, Joan G. Worzel, on a blind date. They married on November 11, 1951, and lived in Holbrook, NY, and Oakdale, NY, before moving to Oriental, NC. Bill and Joan had four children, William Jr., Marc, Vivian, and Eleanor. Bill worked for many years at the Long Island Lighting Company as a meter reader, in customer service, and in revenue protection. Bill loved to sing and dance and was a member of the Sayville Musical Workshop, Pamlico Chorale, and the Achy Breaky Dancers, a line dance group he and Joan started at the 50+ Club. Bill and Joan started a line dance class in Oriental that still meets with Vivian teaching. Bill and Joan volunteered for many community and political causes, helping friends, family, and candidates near and far. Being mechanically inclined and willing to put in some study, Bill could repair cars, boat engines, plumbing, boardwalks, roofs and more. He kept his Lincolns and Mercurys going and going, as he kept himself going. He kept very busy until he was 85 and suffered some paralysis. Bill kept a positive attitude though good times and tough times and was generally known for being gentle, grateful, practical, active, involved, supportive, funny, health-conscious, and happy. Bill loved to travel, read, and surf-cast. Bill also had great dogs his whole life and at least two neighbor’s dogs and a cat even adopted him.
Memorial donations can be made to Pamlico Animal Welfare Society, Box 888, Oriental, NC 28571, or the Pamlico Chorale.
Bill Blair is survived by his son William Blair Jr. of New Bern, and his daughters Vivian Blair of Oriental, NC, and Eleanor Brosius (Thomas) of Centreville, VA.
He was predeceased by his son, Marc Blair, in 2018, and by his wife of 63 years, Joan Blair, in 2014, with whom his ashes will be buried at Union Cemetery on Long Island.  
A remembrance event is planned for Saturday, January 18, from 1-3 pm, at the Pamlico County Senior Center, 800 Main St, Alliance, NC. For more information, call his daughters at (252) 249-1735.
Following Bill and Joan’s example, the family extends thank you’s to all of the friends, neighbors, caregivers, groups, and organizations that have cared for and about us.  


Richard “Ricky” Warner Dixon Jr., 57, of Maysville passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020, at Crystal Coast Hospice House.
He is survived by sons, Jason Dixon and Sean Dixon; step-son, Jeremy Parker; sisters, Denise Dixon Mullins and Deborah Dixon Quidley; step-mother, Jennie Dixon; step-sisters, Stacey Long and Lisa Wayne; grandson, Jaycob Dixon; aunt, Julia (Jasper) Voliva; cousins, Donna Tyndall, Anna Simeon, Crystal Paul, Felicia Lewis, and Wayne Almond; nieces, Margaret Quidley, Tia Dixon and Amanda Mullins; and nephews, Eric Dixon and Gregory Watson.
His memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 17th at Mt. Zion OFWB Church with the Rev. Michael Wheeler officiating.
The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the church.
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 & Cremations, Alliance.


Diane Yates Fink, 58, of Grantsboro passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She attended New Bethlehem FWB Church. Diane was a very caring, loving person who never met a stranger and always had her door open to anyone. She was a great cook and loved her family dearly. She also enjoyed raising chickens and tending her plants. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard L. Yates, Sr. and Alice R. Yates. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Dave Fink Sr.; daughters, Karen Fink, Kristen Tribby (Christopher Joyner), Nichole Buck (Hugh) and Michelle Barber; son, David Fink Jr.; brothers, Richard Yates Jr. (Robin), Kevin Yates (Sherry), and Donald Yates; sisters, Karen Winkelvoss (Ralph), Rhonda DeMark (Jim), Melissa Southard (Jason); brothers-in-law, Jeffrey Fink (Denise) and Kerry Fink (Diana); and 12 grandchildren, Austin, Andrew, Alana, Dallas, Savannah, Kyndell, Kaylie, Larry II, MeKenna, Brayleigh, Bryleigh, and Taylor. Her funeral service will be held 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 16th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ashley Trogdon officiating.  The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.


Grace Ellen Chidester Godfrey Oldham, 87, of Merritt passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020, at home. She is a member of Oriental United Methodist Church and was involved with the Oriental Women’s Club. Grace was always pleasant, never complaining, and always so giving. She volunteered with the Hope Clinic. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Godfrey and sons, Les and Russ Godfrey. She is survived by her son, Lance (Barrie) Godfrey; daughter, Sue (Steve) Colasurdo; sister, Joanne Hurley; grandchildren, Samantha, Russell, Brittanie, Callie and Dean; great-grandchildren, Julian, Jace and Nyla; and loyal best friend, Hawkeye. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Community Home Care & Hospice, 1423 S. Glenburnie Rd. Suite A, New Bern, NC 28562.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.


Jane Spain Parks, 86, of Trent Woods, passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at Crystal Coast Hospice House. She is survived by sons, Michael Gray Parks of Trent Woods and William C. Parks of Holly Springs; brother, Odell Spain of Grantsboro; sister, Elizabeth Brinson of New Bern; and two grandsons, Grayson Michael Parks and Samuel Michael Parks. Her memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 13th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rusty Willis officiating. Inurnment will be in Barnett Cemetery, Hobucken. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.


On Friday, January 10, 2020, Larue Holton Harris passed away at the age of 87. ?She was born in New Bern, NC, at Saint Luke’s Hospital on 5/24/1932. She was preceded in death by her husband, Adam Hugh Harris, Jr., her son, Adam Hugh Harris III, her brother, Fred Holton, and her parents, George M Holton and Wilma McCotter Holton. She is survived by her son, David Holton Harris of Atlantic Beach, NC; her brother, George Holton, Jr.; and two granddaughters, Rachel Alyssa Harris and Anna Maria Harris.
?In 1952 she married Adam Hugh Harris, Jr. They were married for 63 wonderful years. Forty-four of those years were lived on the river in Oriental and the last 15 years on the lake in New Bern. She attended Woman’s College (now UNCG) for two years. She graduated from The Barmore School in New York City. Larue founded, with Hugh, Harris Crafts, gift shop, wholesale and mail order company. She was very creative and artistic. For example, she designed and crafted many of the items for Harris Crafts. She sold real estate and also started a real estate brokerage. Larue was adept at managing business affairs (the CFO) for the families businesses, including Harris Engineering, and real estate ventures. Larue volunteered at Craven Regional Hospital and the Hospice Thrift Shop for several decades each. She also volunteered at Centenary United Methodist Church for many years. She was active over the years in many organizations, church circles and bridge and women clubs. Larue was a person with great integrity and kindness. She taught school for years and was loved by her students. She was an inspiration to many people. The funeral will be at Centenary United Methodist Church at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 15th. Visitation one hour prior and a reception will follow the service. There will be no graveside service.  Memorials in her name to any Hospice Organization in lieu of flowers are appreciated.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

January 8, 2020

Debra Ellen Loar Lowery, 66, passed away at her home Sunday, December 29, 2019 with her family by her side. She was a longtime resident of Pamlico County and was a member of Goose Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her parents, Ellen and Robert Loar; her brother John Loar, and her son, Sonny James Lowery, Jr. Ms. Debra was a loving and hard working woman who helped anyone in need. The last few months of her life, showed her true fighting spirit, pushing through her pain, letting all her family know she loved them dearly. Her pain and suffering her on earth has ended and she's with her son again, after 30 years. Her family holds dear the happy memories of a full life. A visitation celebrating Ms. Debra's life will be Thursday, January 2, 2020 from 6-8:00 PM, at Pollock~Best Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at Ms. Debra is survived by her one true love, Sonny J. Lowery, Sr.; her daughter Debra Lynn Lowery Slade; her three grandchildren, Brittney Lowery, Donna Hunt and Earl Hunt; and her three great grandchildren, Cameron Northan, Sonny Garvick, and Enzo Lowery. She also leaves behind her brother, Robert Loar; sister, Mary Davis; her sister-in-law, Ruth Dixon; brother-in-law, William Lowery; and many nieces and nephews.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Loar-Lowery Family.


Anthony Maurice Scozzafava, 1935-2019

Anthony Maurice Scozzafava passed away on December 28, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and active member of Saint Peter the Fisherman Catholic church. He was a talented butcher, passionate sailor and enjoyed talking about and preparing food. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Peter the Fisherman, Oriental, on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 2:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Anthony Scozzafava Angel Fund in care of St. Peter the Fisherman Church, St. Peter the Fisherman, 1149 White Farm Rd. Oriental, NC 28571.
Anthony was born in Jersey City, NJ, to Morris and Frances (Torchio) Scozzafava. He was introduced to the family business early, working after school at the family butcher shop. Growing up, he spent his summers on the Jersey shore. He graduated from St. Peter Prep in 1953 and received his BA in Business from St. Peter’s College in 1968 with four of his six children bearing witness to this accomplishment.
As if foreshadowing a lifelong love of sailing, he met Evelyn, the love of his life, during a boat ride to Rye Beach New York on a high school outing. Anthony and Evelyn married in 1958, raising their six children in Leonia, New Jersey. He owned several butcher shops in Jersey City, NJ, where he specialized in crafting authentic Italian sausages and smoked meats.
His foray into sailing began in the 1970’s with his family of eight on a Venture 24, appropriately named “Crowded”. His family has some not-so-fond memories of drifting on the Hudson River, NY between the high walls of the Palisades waiting for the winds to rise, while avoiding harbor barges. His love of sailing became a major part of his rest of his life, leading to larger, swifter boats and longer trips to Long Island Sound, Cape Cod and farther shores.
After selling his butcher shops in 1994, Anthony retired to Oriental, NC, drawn to the area for its beautiful water views and amazing sailing community. He quickly became part of the Oriental community, making lifelong friends through groups such as Just for Fun and the Sailing Club of Oriental (SCOO). He traveled with a group of SCOO members down the Intracoastal Waterway to the Caribbean Islands, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
Anthony immediately became an active member of the Catholic parish in Oriental. Along with a dedicated group of parishioners, he helped to build St. Peter the Fishermen Catholic Church. He supported the church in many ways. A popular event was the Feast of San Gennaro, where Anthony’s homemade sausage was a best seller.
In 2004, Anthony traded in his sailboat for an RV. He spent the next decade exploring dry land. Anthony enjoyed seeing new places and meeting new people. Over the years he traveled to Alaska, China, and Israel; took a river cruise on the Rhine, a boat tour of the Mediterranean Sea, and sailed through the Panama Canal. A highlight of his travels was a trip to Poland led by a native Polish priest who exposed him to authentic Polish cuisine.
Anthony is survived by Evelyn, his wife of 62 years, his children Mary Rose, Evey, Lori, Anthony, Beth and Matthew, his sister Gloria and brother James, and his grandchildren Sharon, Daniel, Maya, Andrew, Becky, Adam, Leah, Anthony III, Brielle, Jimmy, Emily, Julia and Dominick. Love of family was a guiding force throughout his life. His children fondly remember his many words of wisdom and in particular “For every privilege, there is a responsibility”.
Funeral arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory


George Riley “G.R.” Harper III, 58, of Reelsboro passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2019. He was preceded in death by his father, George R. Harper Jr.; brother, David Harper; and sister, Annette Harper Hall. He is survived by his mother, Mildred Harper Hall; son, Jess Harper; daughter, Breeze Harper; brother, Gerry Wayne Harper; sister, Terry Harper Cannan; grandchild, Paul Aiden Riley Harper; special aunt, Marie Story; and lots of nieces and nephews. His memorial service will be held 3 p.m., Sunday, January 5th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Cindy Midyette officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to 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 & Cremations, Alliance.


Nancy Kuhlthau Huff, 84, of New Bern passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She is survived by her husband, Willard “Will” Huff; children, Thomas (Sophie) Huff, Daniel (Marty Robertson) Huff, Cheryl Ann (Michael Morgan) Huff, and Kevin (Sara Dexter) Huff; and six grandchildren. Her memorial service will be held Saturday, January 11th at Trinity Methodist Church. The family will receive friends and relatives immediately following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to either Oriental United Methodist Church or Trinity Methodist Church, c/o Mission Committees, Hope Clinic or Pamlico County Hospice.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.


James “Jim” Robert Taylor, known to many as Saucy of Grantsboro, NC went to be with his Lord on January 4, 2020. He was 81 years old and was surrounded by his family in his home when he passed.
You could always find Jim around the New Bern Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays, selling his award-winning barbeques sauce, Taylor’s Southern Pride”. He took pride in his sauce and it was his passion. He loved the market and all the people there. Jim was a family man and valued his time with them. Growing up, his children recall yearly family vacations and countless weeknight and Sunday dinners. Jim loved to tell a good joke and always had one. His family was important, and everyone knew it. From picking up his kids at school to picking up grandkids and watching them throughout the years. He was so proud of all of them. His great-grandchildren were even more special to him. He would see them, and his eyes would light up and he would smile. Bragging about his family was something you would find him doing often. More important than his family though, was God’s word. You could always find him sitting daily reading his Bible, until he was unable to do so.
Jim was born in Hannibal, MO in 1938 and moved to Homestead, FL during his childhood and that is where he met his wife of 52 years, Janice Mayo Taylor. They moved to her hometown at the beginning of their marriage and started their family. He was preceded in death by his parents “Zip” and Ruth Taylor.
He is survived by his wife and their three children, Teresa Taylor, Tammy (John) Staten, and Ginger (Chip Dickinson); grandchildren, Tiffany (Blake Dunbar), Amanda (Braxton) Bettis, Brandon (Michaela) Broughton, and Dale Dickinson; great-grandchildren, Drake and Harper Dunbar, and Adaley and Lyam Bettis.
Visitation will be held prior to the funeral on January 8th at 10:00 a.m., at Rock of Zion Free Will Baptist Church in Grantsboro, NC. The funeral will be officiated by Rev. Ray Lewis at 11:00 a.m., also at Rock of Zion, with graveside service following at Paul’s Cemetery in Arapahoe, NC.
In lieu of flowers, prayerfully consider donating to Rock of Zion Free Will Baptist Church, PO Box 381, Grantsboro, NC 28529.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

January 1, 2020

Kenneth “Buster” Wayne Ireland, 72, of Reelsboro passed away Friday, December 27, 2019, at home. He owned and operated Buster’s Exxon and Ireland’s Auto Sales. He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Spencer Ireland. He is survived by three sons, Jeffrey Ireland, Chris Ireland and wife, Elizabeth, and Michael Ireland and wife, Doris; sister, Judy Carawan and husband, Roy; three
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, December 30th at Bryant Funeral
Home. 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 & Cremations, Alliance.