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David Thomas Leary, 52, passed Wednesday, October 10th, 2018, sur-rounded by loved ones at his home in Camp Jo Jane.He is reunited with his late father, TG Leary; survived by wife, Helen; mother, Janet; brother, Mark (with wife, Susan, and their children, Emma, Nathan & Grant); brother, Keith; stepchildren, Karla and Pete; grand-children, Grace, Meg, Annie, Mitchell, Ben, Luke, Madison, and Ella; and devoted dog, Dozer. David was a loyal friend, always finding a solution to the problem, offering help, without asking for anything in return. He was a reliable worker of 24 years at Martin Marietta in New Bern, NC, retiring as plant foreman and was a lifelong resident of Pamlico County.
A visitation for friends and family will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 12th at Bryant Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, October 13th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Farmer officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Sandhill 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 & Crematory, Alliance.

Gary Bruce Toler also lovingly known as “The Bruce”, Uncle Bruce, Brucie, and “Ombre” passed away on October 4, 2018. He was born and raised in New Bern, NC, son of Gracie Mae Tilghman Toler & Leon Macon Toler. Once upon a time, Bruce spotted a young girl and he was spotted by the same young girl. It was love at first sight. They finally spoke two years later in 1978. Bruce asked Alyce to marry him numerous times, but she always replied with no. Alyce moved to Texas to get away from him and Bruce soon followed her there. They were together for eight years in Texas & Louisiana. They moved back to NC in 1988 and married in 1989 to make their mothers proud. They would have been married 30 years this October 28th. Bruce worked in the nuclear industry for 25 years as a crane operator. Prior to that, he worked in industrial construction with plants in NC. His co-workers from the nuclear plants were his family while his time was shared between them and Alyce. Bruce was preceded in death by his father and mother.
He is survived by his wife, Alyce Nell Radcliff-Toler and his sweet girl, Chessie Blanche; broth-ers, Allen & Charles Toler; 12 nieces & nephews; and 17 great nieces & nephews.Visitation and a time to share memories will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, October 7th at Bryant Funeral Home. Alyce will have a private memorial service at a later date.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Journey of Hope, CCHC Foundation, 1010 Medical Park Ave. New Bern, NC 28562.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

David Herrin Batchelor, Jr, 77, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 13 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Wilson, north Carolina, to the late david Herrin Batchelor, Sr and Virginia Smith Batchelor. David graduated from Atlantic Christian College, where he met Ann Brinson, daughter of the late Alton and Rosa Blanche Brinson, and they were happily married for 54-years. After graduation, they settled in Cary, NC where he began his long career as a research chemist at Chemstrand (now Monsanto).It was the neuse River where he first took an interest in sailing. In the late 1960’s david bought his first sailboat, which was a Sunfish and he was officially hooked. In due time, he joined the Carolina Sailing Club and developed a deep love for racing Flying Scots. Sailing in Oriental was one of his great joys and he was active in planning and racing in the “Oriental Sailing Social” and promoting one-design sailing there. In retirement, david continued sailing and devoted his time and knowledge of sailing with others. He not only contributed his vast knowl-edge and endless enthusiasm of sailing to the Carolina Sailing Club, he also wrote articles for sailing publications and created videos on sailing tactics. He was affectionately known as Sailor dave to his sailing friends. In every circumstance, there were some small or large moments for teaching, coaching, mentor-ship or encouragement that he offered. Sailing was a great joy in his life and he cherished those friendships he found along the way.
A Celebration of Life service is at Cary Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 30th at 2:00 pm, with a reception following in the fellowship hall. The family burial will take place later this fall at Amity Christian Church cemetery, in his beloved Pamlico County. David is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ann Brinson Batchelor, daughters Katherine Ann Wofford (Will) & Tricia Batchelor Stagner (Jubal), both of Raleigh; grandchildren Carleigh Ann Wofford, Sarah Grimes Stagner & John Charles Stagner; sisters Anne Batchelor Mercer (Henry) of Wilson & Brenda Batchelor Stocks (Stuart) of Winterville; sister-in-law Jean Brinson Finch (dan) of Oxford and several nieces and nephews. david was preceded in death by his nephew, Jason Stocks.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers and in keeping with his lifetime devotion to the sport of sailing, contributions be made in dave’s memory to Carolina Sailing Foundation, 6004 Bunchberry Ct., Raleigh, nC 27616.
Mrs. Norma Spruill Smith, age 94, of Oriental, NC died Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at Springbrook nursing and Rehab in Clayton, NC after a long and arduous battle against Alzheimer’s. In addition to her parents, Mr. Preston Carroll Spruill and Mrs. Mattie Hardison Spruill, she was predeceased by a brother, Mr. Alston Spruill, Sr., a sister, Mrs. Helen Spruill Benton, husband, Mr. Hubert H. Smith and infant son, Hubert Hearn Smith Jr. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. dorothy Tingle, of Oriental, a son, James A. Smith of Clayton, NC, and 4 nieces and 3 nephews and their families. Miss Norma, as she was affectionately called by those who knew her, was a member of the Oriental Women’s Club for 50 years, as well as a member of Oriental United Methodist Church for most of her life. Miss Norma is often remembered as a teacher of first grade, for 17 years all told, at Alliance and Oriental Elementary Schools. She was an avid bridge player, enjoyed golfing at Minnesott Beach as well as fishing in the neuse River aboard the neuse Queen, captained by Mrs. Betsy Thompson and mate, Helen Eubanks. The funeral will be held at the First Baptist Church in Oriental at 2:00 PM Saturday afternoon with visitation at 1:00 PM prior to the service. Interment will be in Oriental Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a charity, church, or medical research group of your choice.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Eloise Dixon Martin, 90, of Grantsboro passed away saturday, september 15, 2018, at Grantsbrook nursing & Rehab Center.she was dr. stockton’s nurse for 60 years before retiring. She enjoyed travelling and camping and was a member of new Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Frank & Georgia Scott Dixon and sister, Mildred Dixon Bratcher. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Philip W. Martin Sr.; sons, Philip W. Martin Jr. and Thomas Craig Martin & wife, Melissa; daughters, Angela Sanchez & husband, Daniel, and Vickie Rowe & husband, Randy; six grandchildren, Timothy Rowe, Christopher Rowe, Curtis Martin, Kyle Martin, Chelsea Martin & Shannon Kindle; and one great-grandchild, Willow June Martin.
Her funeral will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, september 26th at new Bethlehem FWB Church with the Rev. Ashley Trogdon officiating. Interment will follow immediately in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the church.
Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may 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.
Helen I. Broughton February 9, 1930 - September 15, 2018
On Feb. 9, 1930 there was an angel born to Roscoe and Mae Ireland, who left the memories to Julian Broughton, husband, of 70 years; Becton (neta), Gene (Jean), shirley Best (Mark) and Barbara Carawan (doug), her children; Ruth Blandford, sister; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins and un-numbered friends.
Her services will be held 11:00 a.m., saturday, september 29, 2018 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Hardison & Rev. Ray Lewis officiating. Interment will be in Broughton Cemetery.
The family will receive friends and relatives beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers donations are requested to be made to Pamlico Co. Rescue squad, PO Box 302, Bayboro, nC 28515.The family of Helen wishes to thank everyone for their prayers, visits, phone calls and food during her sickness.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Philip Whitman White, 84, of Grantsboro passed away sunday, September 23, 2018, at home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert W. & Frances White; wife, Frances Gayle White; son, Thomas Hardin; and grandson, Josh Hines.
He is survived by children, Pamela Gardner (Barry) of Raleigh, James Hardin (Tammy) of Greenville, nC, Roberta Caton (Tracy) of Grantsboro, Lisa dilts of durham and Frannie Cott (dusty) of durham; brother, donald White (Phyllis) of Moorestown, Tn; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at a later date.In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of Pamlico, PO Box 6, Bayboro, nC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Mr. Daniel S. “ Buddha” Rios, 35, died Thursday, August 30, 2018 in new Bern, nC. Visitation is 7-9:00 PM, Thursday, september 6, 2018 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Friday, september 7, 2018 at Pollock~Best Chapel. Burial will follow at the Cowell Cemetery in Bayboro.
Arrangements with Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations.
Janice Alcoke Sanders, 75, of Pollocksville, formerly of Bayboro, passed away saturday, september 1, 2018, at home.she was preceded in death by her daughter, Teresa Cloninger.she is survived by her daughter, delores Tanner & husband, Johnny; son, William Jenkins Jr.; five grandchildren, Jason simpson, Kari Wilson, Travis Jenkins, Kansas Polatty and Jessica Melson; and 14 great-grandchildren.Her graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, september 5th at the Lakeside Chapel at Greenleaf Memorial Park with Rev. Jason Bell officiating.In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico Co. Rescue, PO Box 302, Bayboro, nC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Rita Lieselotte Laughinghouse, 75, of Reelsboro passed away Thursday, August 30, 2018, at home.she is survived by her son, Robert scott Tabor and wife, sherry; daughter, sebrina Ogelsby and husband, Paul; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., sunday, september 2nd at Celestial Memorial Gardens, Vanceboro with Pastor John Watford officiating.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Edward "Ted" Mays died at his home in Eatonton, Georgia on August 26th. Ted and his wife, Virginia were residents of Oriental for 15 years. Ted had a sock business at the new Bern Farmers Market for many of those years. He is survived by his wife, 4 daughters, a step daughter and step son and 10 grandchildren. A memorial will be held in Boston this Fall.

W. Wayne Whorton was born in New Bern, to Ray and Edna Whorton on April 21, 1954. He passed away August 4, 2018, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He is survived by his mother, Edna Whorton of Oriental; sister and brother-in-law; Jeneal and Mark Bunn; as well as nephew, Jackson Bunn and his wife, Bailey, all of Wilmington. Wayne retired in 2016 from the North Carolina Department of Transportation as assistant district engineer and happily moved to his retirement home in Bayboro. He enjoyed his all-too-brief life of leisure and kept busy growing his vegetable garden and tending his yard. He also crafted wood-work projects and created seasonal wreaths and floral decorations. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8th at Bryant Funeral Home. Burial followed at Oriental Cemetery on Silverbrook Rd., Oriental. Those wishing to contribute memorial gifts are encouraged to give to the Oriental Woman’s Club Cemetery Fund, c/o Linda Caroon, 609 North St., Oriental, NC 28571.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance, NC.
  Roy Henry Hoffman, 81, of Oriental, NC and formerly of West Hurley, NY, passed
away suddenly but peacefully on August 1, 2018. He is predeceased by his wife, Jean,
in 2006; and is survived by his two daughters, Terry Visconti of Accord, NY and Barbra
Hoffman of Ivor, VA; his son-in-law, John Visconti; two grandchildren, Jacob and
Ashley; and his great-grandchildren, Kevin and Matthew.
Roy was the owner of Pamlico Generations, a successful generator sales and service
business which he started at the age when most people retire. He worked nearly every
day of his life and had just returned from service calls when he was taken to the
hospital. His creative side was well known and his creations in wood, painting, sculpture, cooking, and
construction of everything and anything unusual including his home were always top notch. He loved to
tell stories and had a deep sense of integrity and morality. During his life he was a devoted husband and
father and was very proud of both his accomplishments as well as those of his children. Roy had a zest
for life and lived life on his own terms. He will be dearly missed. Services will be held at the Oriental
Methodist Church on Saturday August 18, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. with a light reception to follow.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

  Robert Steven Johnson “Bob” and “Grandbob” was born April 19, 1950, in Roanoke, Virginia, and entered the most beautiful garden in Heaven on August 9, 2018. Bob attained his BS and MS from Virginia Tech. He was the retired Director of the Department of Social Services in Pamlico County. He made serving and taking care of others his whole career, as well as his lifestyle. He saved many children and adult victims from abuse during his long career. Most recently, he was blessed to serve as Deacon in his church at Albertson Missionary Baptist Church, where he also sang in the choir, was Sunday School director, Sunday School teacher, and worked with the Youth as he could. He also served as a Gideon in Lenoir County. He touched many minds and hearts and led by example. He taught
love by showing love. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Gertrude Johnson, brother,
Pittman Johnson, and his best friend (and Godfather to his children) Karl Fuller. He is survived by five
siblings Leonard Johnson and wife Sandy, Kenny Johnson and wife Mary Lynn, Carol Kaye Johnson,
Minerva Johnson Brenner, and Susan Johnson Cloeter and husband John, also, numerous nieces and
nephews. He leaves behind his loving wife and eternal singing partner of 44 years, Anne Humphreys
Johnson, and three grateful & blessed children: April Suzanne Johnson Howard and husband, Paul
of Pink Hill, Carol Kaye Johnson Taylor and Brian Jenkins of Deep Run, and Robert Steven Johnson
II (Robb) and fiancée Chelsea DePoole of Bloomfield Hills, MI. Grandbob’s babies were his grandchildren
who will miss him daily: Kaitlyn Suzanne Howard (Katie) and Brandon Potter, Bodie Knox
Taylor, Anna Caroline Howard, Luke Whitford Taylor, Blaire Colby Howard, and Elena Drew Howard.
Bob found peace in yard work, his greenhouse and taking care of his chickens, but always found joy in
being husband, Daddy and Grandbob. Bob’s Memorial Service was held Sunday, August 12, 2018 at
Howard-Carter Funeral Home in Kinston, NC at 3:00 PM with visitation following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Youth Fund at Albertson Missionary Baptist
Church, PO Box 37, Albertson, NC 28508.

Mildred Buck Ludvigsen, 96, of Grantsboro passed away Thursday, August 9, 2018, at home.
She was a member of Apostolic Christian Church in Milwaukee, WI. She enjoyed gardening and spending
time with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy R. Ludvigsen Sr.; son,
Robin Ludvigsen; and great-grandson, Kevin Hanafee. She is survived by two sons, Roy R. Ludvigsen,
Jr. (Phyllis) and Christian T. Ludvigsen (Janet); daughter, Suzanne L. Lacy (Jim); daughter-in-law,
Linda Ludvigsen; brother, Hubert Buck; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 16th at the Lakeside Chapel in Greenleaf
Memorial Park with the Rev. Kenneth Dixon officiating.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Hans Emil Bussink, 90, of Merritt passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at The Gardens of Pamlico.
A Celebration of Life was held Friday, August 10th at 11:30 a.m. at Stonewall United Methodist Church.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.