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Obituaries

February 12, 2020

Donna Preston Mannion, age 80, of Oriental, NC died peacefully at home on February 5, 2020. She is survived by Richard Mannion, her loving husband of 38 years.
Her celebration of life service will be held at Oriental United Methodist Church, Oriental, NC on March 7th, time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Oriental Untied Methodist Church, 404 Freemason St., Oriental, NC 28571.
Donna was born on October 8, 1939, in Grafton, West Virginia. She graduated from Mount Vernon Academy in Mount Vernon, Ohio. She worked for the Gillette Company for 35 year as a systems analyst in both Washington, DC and Boston, MA. It was through her love of sailing that she met her husband, Dick, as members of the Pelagic Sailing Club in Boston where Donna served a term of Commodore. Donna and Dick spent 20 years sailing the beautiful waters of New England. Their sense of adventure led them to leave their beloved New England port in 1998 and set sail for the Bahamas where they cruised together for two years aboard Donna’s favorite boat, Wind Melody, a 39-foot Corbin. Upon returning from the Bahamas, Donna and Dick sailed to Oriental, NC, and within days rented a cottage for the summer. They never left. Donna was very active in the Sailing Club of Oriental.
Donna was an active volunteer in the community for 22 years. She was a member of the Sara Veal Circle at Oriental United Methodist Church and the “Bookies” Book Club. She shared her avid interest in plants and gardening with friends, providing consultation on planning and executing their gardens. More recently Donna coordinated the planning and installation of the Prayer Gardens at the Community Labyrinth, near the river shore in Oriental. In addition to overseeing the garden’s design and layout, she chose all plants for the gardens around the labyrinth and developed a maintenance schedule for the ongoing care and beautification of the labyrinth gardens.
Donna and Dick did not limit their traveling to sailing adventures. They visited South America, New Zealand, and Europe, to name but a few. In 2013, they embarked on their dream vacation – a 47-day cruise around the world with stops in 17 countries.
Donna is survived by husband, Richard; step-children, Richard, Jr. of Springvale, Maine, Jane McKinley (husband, Dave) of Bluffton, SC, and Susan Campbell of Bluffton, SC; nieces, Debra and Jan Jennings of Grafton, WV; nephew, Stan Jennings of Chandler, NC; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Katherine Tunnell Martin, 95, of Merritt, passed away Wednesday, February 5th at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab. She is a member of Bethel FWB Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Martin and daughter, Gail Martin Dail. She is survived by her son, Alvin Martin and brother, John Tunnell.
Her funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 8th at Bethel FWB Church with the Rev. Owen Peele officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Whortonsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, 2202 Wrightsville Ave. Suite 111, Wilmington, NC 28403.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Robert Mitchell Pegram Jr., 44, of Bayboro passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.
He graduated from Pamlico Co. High School with the Class of 1993. He loved commercial fishing and also worked with Craven Precast.He is survived by his father, Robert Mitchell Pegram Sr.; mother, Barbara Barnes Pegram; daughter, Ava; sister, Ann Pegram; and nephew, Kody.
His funeral will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 14th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Blaney Rowe officiating. Interment will follow in Celestial Memorial Gardens.The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.


February 5, 2020

Carlie Sawyer Ireland, 87, of Alliance passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sammy Ireland, Jr. She is survived by sons, Bill (Kipsey) Ireland, Ronnie (Diana) Ireland, and Donald (Paris) Ireland; and four grandchildren. A private service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Dreama Hicks Brinson, 63, of Grantsboro passed away January 31, 2020, at home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Delores Hicks. Dreama loved her family and would do anything in the world for them. She is survived by her husband, Tony Watson Brinson; daughters, Destiny Ross, Pamela Lee and Brittany Lee; brother, Michael (Dallene) Perry; sister, Fay (Ted) Clemens; and grandchildren, Tanner, Tyler, Logan, Alyssa, Skylar, Madison, Will, Conner and Reid. Her funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 2nd at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Blaney Rowe officiating. Interment will be in Grantsboro Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Deloris Piriczky Lockey
?August 22, 1950 to February 2, 2020


?Deloris Piriczky Lockey “Lorsie”, 69, passed away Sunday, February 2, 2020 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. 
?She is reunited with her late parents, Edward and Helen Piriczky; survived by her loving companion of 23 years Ellis Cowell Jr (his mother, Betty Cowell, sister, Michelle ONeal with her children, Danny and Jacob), brother, Edward (with daughters, Sonya, Lisa, and Lydia), sister, D-Anna (with husband, Earl and their children, Mike and Dawn), sister, Helen (with her children, Karla and Pete, late husband, David, and daughter, Kristy), and many nephews and nieces.  ?Deloris dedicated over 30 years of her life to Camp Seafarer.  It was there she found joy in making others happy.  Lorsie loved to decorate for every holiday which made the campers and staff feel at home.  Lorsie also boasted the green thumb of the family, always tending to her garden and plants.  She was passionate about all nature. Pamlico County, Camp Seafarer, Dawson’s Creek, family and friends will always have a special place in their heart for Deloris.  As one of her best friends quoted, “even the squirrels are going to miss her”. Funeral services will be held at 6pm, Wednesday, February 5th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel.  Visitation will be held immediately following the service until 8pm.
?In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society 2202 Wrightsville Ave., Suite 111, Wilmington NC 28403.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.


January 29, 2020

William Andrew Clanton entered into eternal rest and reunion with loved ones January 20, 2020.

Funeral services will be held at Hardin County Funeral Services in Rosiclare, Illinois at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 25, 2020. A visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. that day and last until the service time.

Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is serving the Clanton family.

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Warren Bruce, 89, of Oriental passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at home.

Warren was born in St. Louis, Missouri on April 26, 1930, the son of Emma Kurz Bruce and Warren Cobine Bruce.
?He graduated from John Burroughs High School followed by Princeton University where he earned a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering.
?In 1953 he completed Officer Candidate School and flew as a Navy Flight Officer, including on the aircraft carrier, Intrepid. He retired as a Navy Captain, serving in the US Naval Reserve from 1953-1980. Following service as a Flight Officer in the US Navy, he completed a PHD in Physical Chemistry at the University of New Mexico Albuquerque. He taught chemistry at the University of New Mexico and worked on advanced concept nuclear reactors at Los Alamos scientific laboratory.
In 1962 Warren joined the E.I. DuPont Company in synthetic fiber research in Kinston, N.C. While with DuPont his positions included Technical Superintendent Orlon,Venture Manager Nandel, Venture Manager Kevlar, Manager Nylon R&D and Manager Dacron R&D.?He retired from DuPont in 1992 and worked as a senior consultant for Chemtex International in China, India, and Eastern Europe for two years. In 1999 he volunteered for the International Executive Service Corps in promoting Free Enterprise and Democracy in Egypt.?Warren was an avid sailor, retiring to Oriental, N.C. and participated in regattas and sailing clubs.
Warren served his community as Pamlico County Commissioner and was on the board of the Craven County Regional Airport. The July 4, 2007 Pamlico News announced “Fifty-eight years ago (in 1949) Warren Bruce first soloed over St. Louis in a Piper J3” and reported that he was awarded The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for over 50 years of safe flight operations in addition to his Master Pilot award from the FAA. His last contribution was as a certified Command Pilot with the Coast Guard Auxiliary Aviation Program, attached to D5SR Sector NC out of Air Station Elizabeth City.
His lifetime memberships include Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, US Naval Institute, C of C, the International Executive Service Corps., New Bern VFW, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Naval Institute, Coast Guard Auxiliary, VAH-(heavy attack squadron 7) Civil Air Control (Los Alamos, N.M.), and the Tailhook Association, Rotary,Civitans, Princeton Terrace Club, SCOO (Sailing Club of Oriental), UFO (Unite Flying Octogenarians), Los Alamos Parachute Club.??He is proceeded in death by his first wife in 1980, Karel Punch Bruce.  He is survived by his wife, Kathy Marie Bruce of 38 years. They met at a clam bake on July 4th in Coupeville, WA. at the home of Warren’s brother-in-law and wife, Tom and Janice Punch.
He is also survived by children: Warren Bruce IV (Sherie), Cindy Bruce Hughes (Tim), Tommy Anthony Bruce (Bella), David Cobine Bruce, Lisa Marie Blinn (Clay) Michelle Churchill Long (Jeff).??Grandchildren: Elizabeth Karel McCreary, Rachiel Lavina Musumarra, Sarah Joy Bruce, Audrie-Emma Bruce, Thomas Keenan Hughes, Colleen May Hughes, Jacqueline Terese Fugatt, John-David Constantine Bruce, Grayson Cobine Bruce, Lucy Auden Bruce, Clayton Stephen Blinn, Claire Elisabeth Blinn, Lacey Michelle Blinn, Andrew Paul Long, Ethan Charles Long, Bailey Marie Long and four great grandchildren.??A celebration of Warrens’ life will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 11:00 am at Oriental United Methodist Church, 404 Freemason Street, Oriental, N.C.??In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oriental United Methodist Church P.O. Box 70 Oriental, N.C. 28571 or PCAC (The Pamlico Parkinsons Network) P.O. Box 846 Oriental, N.C. 28571.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.


January 22, 2020

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart” -Winnie the Pooh.

Our sweet warrior has fought bravely, and has completed his final battle into Heaven. Odin Mattis Dearing was born June 24, 2017, and passed away from a 16 month long battle with cancer on December 26, 2019 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.
He was the strongest boy who loved nothing more than to run, play with his big brother, and eat all day. Those he will meet in Heaven include his paternal grandparents, paternal great-grandparents, and maternal great Mimi.
He is survived in this world by his parents, Mark and Laura Dearing; big brother, Gunnar;?maternal grandparents, Scott and Annie Benda; maternal uncles, Anthony and Aaron Benda; paternal aunt and uncle, Jay and Shannon Dearing; and cousins Eli and Kendall Dearing.
Odin’s legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone that was blessed to know him, as well as those who followed along in his beautiful journey.
The family would like to invite the community to join them in celebrating Odin’s life on January 25, 2020 at Temple Baptist Church in New Bern, NC. The wake will be held from 10am-2pm, where the family welcomes you to see Odin’s special moments, as well as an opportunity to give condolences to the family. The Celebration of Life service will begin at 2pm, where stories will be told about his wonderful?life, as well as a time of worship.
In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting donations to be sent to either the Ronald McDonald House of?Greenville, NC, or to Riley’s Army located in Greenville, NC.

Odin’s family was assisted by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Kathleen Lynn Messina “MiMi”, 64, of Grantsboro, NC went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
Kathy was best known by her family and close friends as “MiMi”. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Jean Vought.
She leaves behind her husband of 44 years, James Messina, Sr.; sons, James Messina, Jr. (Bobbie) and Shawn Messina; daughter, Nicole DeGiosio (Damian); grandchildren, Marissa, Bryce, Cameron and Jace; chosen sister and lifelong friend, Vicky Ward; sister, Cindy Brzezinski (Don); brother, Jeffrey Vought; as well as many nieces and nephews.
MiMi devoted her life to caring for her family and caring for children. She owned and operated an in-home daycare and took great pride in all the children she had a hand in raising and loving. MiMi enjoyed cooking and loved spending time outdoors with her family. Her gentle spirit, sense of humor and kind heart will be forever missed by all who knew and loved her.
Her memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 19th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Elizabeth Tompkins Barker, 81, of Bridgeton passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at Croatan Village.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Barker and sisters, Violet Smith, Shirley Garner and Sandy Edwards.
She is survived by son, James R. Barker Jr. and wife, Kathy; daughter, Wanda Buck and husband, Roy; brothers, Billy Tompkins, Raymond Tompkins, Jr., and Frankie Tompkins; and sisters, Virginia Dixon and Hannah Hoopengarner; grandchildren, Tyler Barker (Carla) and Roy H. Buck III (Nichole); and one great grandchild, Taylor Buck.
Her funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 18th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Willis officiating. Interment will be in Greenleaf Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.


Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Glenn C. Woodard, Jr.
February 23, 1936 - January 14, 2020


Glenn C. Woodard, Jr. passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the age of 83. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, cousin, nephew, uncle, friend and colleague to so many, and will be greatly missed.

Glenn was born February 23, 1936 in Oriental, North Carolina to proud parents, Lottie Mason and Glenn Woodard Sr. Glenn was a big, well-liked fish in a small town pond. He had great adventures there with friends, boats, motorcycles (broken leg!) and baseballs. One of his most cherished memories was playing baseball with his father, Hot Ziggety Woodard, for the local Oriental Hardcrabs team. Glenn drove the town school bus and worked in his father's grocery store but his favorite thing growing up was to be on his grandfather’s shrimp boat with him.

In 1954, Glenn moved to the big city of Greenville, North Carolina to attend East Carolina College (now East Carolina University) and graduated with a degree in geography in 1958. He moved to Atlanta to attend graduate school in City Planning at Georgia Tech in 1958. Glenn was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and continued to attend the annual reunions in Greenville.

Glenn began his career as a Community Planner in Atlanta, Georgia followed by Rome, Georgia. He became Director of Local Planning with the Georgia State Planning Bureau. He moved to the federal government as an Urban Planner with HUD, was promoted to Regional Director of the Federal Insurance Administration, followed by multiple Director positions within FEMA, Region IV. Those few lines do not do justice to the incredibly successful career he had helping people in communities in times of crisis. His colleagues and bosses all loved and respected Glenn's professional and friendly way. His Georgia Tech classmate from 1958, Stan Kidwell, explained Glenn's successful professional trajectory as "you instinctively know who's got the most talent." Glenn retired from full-time work in 2001 and continued to work for FEMA as a reservist with coveted experience, though he turned down more offers to work than they would have liked.

Glenn was a two-time recipient of “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine” from governors of North Carolina. He was a member of the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the Georgia Planning Association, of which he was a past president.

In retirement, Glenn served 20 years on East Carolina University’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Advancement Council. He has been a part of the Chancellor’s Circle at ECU since 2005 and an active supporter of ECU’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and Voyages of Discovery Series.

Glenn's hometown never left him and he returned to Oriental multiple times per year for his entire life. He felt most at peace there, with his childhood friends and relatives. He was the major driver for the annual Caho Woodard Family Reunion, escorting it to its 50th year celebration in 2019. The attendance of 60 friends and relatives brought the happiest of smiles to his face as did the fried shrimp and collard greens. He loved that town and all that it is.

Glenn is survived by his wife, Renae, his daughter Cara Hurst (Jeff) and son Ryan Woodard (Hilary); his grandchildren Holden and Erin (Cara) and Sophie and Charlie (Ryan); and his former wife and mother of his children, Bette. He is preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service for Glenn will take place in Oriental, North Carolina at the Oriental Free Will Baptist Church on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM and the service at 2:00 PM. All are welcome.

Glenn was diagnosed with ALS in early 2018. The disease took a toll on his body and frustrated him. Yet he handled it with the most elegance, grace and humor that one could. He was truly impressive until the end. In his memory, Glenn would want to support the ALS Association of Georgia. Memorial contributions may be made at https://tinyurl.com/r3l9fhz .


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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 www.pollockbest.com. 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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.