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Obituaries

April 28, 2021

William Thomas Gainey, Sr. passed away on April 21, 2021 by his beloved Neuse River in Pamlico County. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Ione Gainey.

Tommy attended Garner Schools and graduated from Edwards Military Academy and Hardbargers Business College. On August 29, 1965, he and Lois Humphries were married at Garner United Methodist Church. Tommy was employed at Watson Seafood and Poultry, Durham Life Insurance, and by the Wake County Purchasing Department. His lifetime dream had been to own and operate a restaurant which came to fruition in 1992. He and Lois purchased the Village Restaurant in Oriental, NC and ran it for the next 12 years. After retirement he enjoyed boating and fishing.

Tommy was a member of Garner United Methodist Church, past president of Garner Optimist Club, Cub Scout Leader, and spent many years on Garner Schools’ Advisory Board. He was especially proud to be a Mason and a Shriner.

Tommy is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lois Gainey; son, Will Gainey of Arapahoe; daughter, Dawn Gainey Wicker (Jade) of Garner; grandchildren: Cory Gainey, Jack Gainey, and Katie Wicker; sister, Linda Gainey Poole; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Philip and Margaret Humphries; special cousin, Betsy Gainey; and five nieces and nephews. He is also leaving behind his beloved special companions Pork Chop and Moses.

A graveside service will be held at Montlawn Memorial Park on April 26, 2021 at 3pm. A riverside memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Garner United Methodist Church - Men’s Bible Class College Fund at 201 Methodist Dr., Garner, NC 27529 or Hospice of Pamlico County at PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Cecelia Ann Yelverton Stroup, 78, of Pamlico County passed away Monday, April 19th, 2021 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse & Eunice Yelverton, husband, Jacob Spencer Stroup Jr. and sister, Rebecca Sue Chase. She is survived by daughter, Rebecca Stroup Hawkins (Buddy Bell); son, David Spencer Stroup (Mary); grandson, Joshua Spencer Hawkins; nephew, Frank Joseph Chase Jr. (Goldie); nieces Rebecca Dawn Chase (Juan Cruz) and Christina Grey Chase (Lucio Bustamante); beloved grand-nephews and nieces; and daughter of the heart, Melanie Wall Hayes (Richard).

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 1st at Apex Cemetery located at the corner of Upchurch Street and West Moore Street in Apex, NC 27502. Reverend Scott Fitzgerald will be officiating.The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Riverpoint Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for giving “Cece” such loving and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association Eastern NC Chapter, 5171 Glenwood Ave. Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27612.

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

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April 14, 2021

Raymond William Stewart, “Butchie,” age 82, born December 28, 1938, peacefully passed away in his home March 7, 2021 in Oriental, North Carolina. Ray had been a resident of Oriental since March of 2005 after spending most of his adult life in Moorestown, New Jersey. Ray was a coach and active in the town’s athletic programs. He was a tremendous athlete and respected sports competitions. Among his other great devotions were his family, spending time being in and around water, tending to his extensive garden and traveling. Ray also had a love of nature and wildlife.
Raymond was preceded in death by his mother Agnes [nee Atkinson (Achagunas)] Lundy, his father Horace “Ray” Stewart, sister Aggie and brother Ronald. He is survived by his two children; Eric Raymond and Tami Renee Stewart, granddaughter Saige, niece Michelle and nephews; Ronald, John and Brian Stewart.
Ray was married in 1969 to Irene, “Renie” Mazetis now Brooksieker, with whom he maintained an amicable relationship, even after their divorce in 1987.
Ray studied one year of college at Rutgers before enlisting in the marines on 2/28/58. There he won multiple awards for his marksmanship and received an Honorable Discharge. Ray graduated from Rutgers University in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree. He then went from being a mortgage banker into a career as a real-estate appraiser and worked as a real estate consultant and appraiser. After years of extensive additional studies, Ray achieved the prestigious designation of MAI appraiser. Ray apportioned his skills with various companies including the US Postal Service where he performed work regarding the sale and preservation of historic post offices and appraisals of sites for new post offices.
Raymond endured many health and personal challenges throughout his years. However, he loved the ‘simple life’ and reminded us often of the words told by the fox to the the Little Prince, “One sees rightly only with the heart, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Ray will be cherished by those who loved him and will remain forever in our hearts.

Burial & Grave Site Service will be held April 19, 2021
Family & Friends can meet: 12:00 PM
Lakeview Memorial Park Office
1300 RT-130N, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077

Memorial Donations can be made in Raymond Stewart’s name to:

The American Heart Association

Nami: National Alliance on Mental Illness

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Christopher Louis Hancock “Chris”, 41, of Wilmington, NC passed away on April 5, 2021.
Chris is survived by his wife Morgan and daughter Reagan; father, Jimmy Hancock and his wife Elizabeth; sister, Catie Ludwick (Steven Asby); brother, Craig Hancock (Lindi Hancock); mother, Gayle Ludwick and her husband Terry; in-laws, Mike and Susie Harrell and Scott and Becky White.
He is also survived by a large community of family and dear friends. Chris was preceded in death by many loved ones.
Chris was born and raised in Pamlico County, NC where he spent much of his younger years fishing with his “Nanny and Papa” and playing baseball. Upon moving to Wilmington in 2004, his passion for surfing began and love for playing baseball continued.
Chris was a devoted husband and father; an incredibly hard worker and provider for his family. He was a loyal family man and friend. In his prime, Chris was a skater, surfer and baseball player. He loved the outdoors, being by the water and working in his yard with his beloved leaf blower. He enjoyed spending time with his girls doing fun adventures and traveling together as a family.
There will be a celebration of Chris’ life on Friday April 16th at 11:00 am at Port City Community Church 250 Vision Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Reagan’s future c/o Morgan Hancock and sent to Signature Plumbing 7664 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28411 or electronically at www.paypal.me/Harrell-Hancock.

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March 31, 2021

Clarence Spencer Holton, (C. S.) age 90, died on Sunday, March 21 at Pigeon Forge, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Gladys Holton  and a son, Toby Holton. He is survived by his wife Audrey, four children, sister Jean Ross, brothers Jack and Mike Holton, three grandchildren, one step grandchild, and two great, great, grandson's. He served in the United States Army. He lived with his grandparents , Wilford and Kate Holton of Olympia, NC where he was born and later his parents moved to Norfolk, VA, which was his home while growing up. He and his first wife, Judy, lived in his great-grandfather's house in Olympia where he raised his family. While there he became active in the Broad Creek Christian Church as a deacon, choir member, and a fix-it finished carpenter. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, anything to do with the outdoors. He was a finish man at Barbour Boat works and a Supervisor at Stanley Tools in New Bern, NC before moving to Asheville, NC. He and Audrey enjoyed traveling around the country in their camper before they settled down in Pigeon Forge, TN.

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March 24, 2021

Jerald Dean Hughes, 89, of South Creek, Aurora, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2021, at home.
He is an U.S. Navy veteran and served in the Korean War. He retired from the Merchant Marines.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha L. Hughes.
He is survived by his children, Carlos Dean (Deborah) Hughes, Debra Hughes (James, Jr.) Potter, Kenneth Allen (Sandra) Hughes and Kathy Hughes (Sandy) Winfrey; six grandchildren, William Joseph Hughes, Rebecca Lynn Hughes, Martha Jo Potter, Jamee Carol Potter, Danielle Stilley and Derek Bennett; and seven great grandchildren.
His graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 24th, at South Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Greg Richards officiating.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Richard Stanley Henries, Sr. “Sammy”, 76, of Grantsboro, passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.
His is preceded in death by his wife, Velma Leary Henries; and parents, Ozzie and Mary Henries.
He is survived by two sons, Richard Jr. (Tina) and Michael (Stephanie); sisters, Rita Gray, Sheila Martin (Frankie), and Donna Cahoon (Johnny); and five grandchildren who called him Papa, Serenity, Felix, Eric, Asher, Cooper, and Piper.
Sammy was born in Lowland, NC. He served in the US Coast Guard for four years and was issued the National Defense Service Medal. After discharge, he continued his education for marine mechanics, graduating at the top of his class. He continued for many years as a mechanic, eventually retiring from the Pamlico County School System. Many people called him when they needed something. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix.
Sammy was blessed with much musical talent. He was part of different groups throughout his life, The Prescott Family, The Goose Creek Islanders, and The Jubliee. He was a loyal member of New Vision PH Church where he played guitar and keyboard for the congregation and sang with his sisters.
He had a love for many things; Elvis, convertibles, music to name a few. But his greatest love was for his family and the Lord.
His funeral will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 20th at New Vision Pentecostal Holiness Church in Hobucken with the Rev. Wanda Atkinson and Rev. Ray Bonner officiating. Interment will be in Barnett Cemetery.
The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Pamlico County Rescue Squad, PO Box 302, Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Betty McGowan Lee, formerly of Greenville, passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at Service League Inpatient Hospice Center.
A graveside memorial service will be held on Sunday at 3 PM in Greenwood Cemetery officiated by Rev. Torri Osgood of Bethany Christian Church and Rev. Merritt Watson, former minister of Bethany Christian Church and long-time friend.
Betty graduated from Greenville High School and attended St. Mary’s College in Raleigh and East Carolina University. Betty and Kent have lived in Kennels Beach in Pamlico County on the river since his retirement. They have enjoyed their life in their small family-oriented community on the Neuse River. She has been active in community events including Sunday school in the summer season.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Lila McGowan.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Kent Lee; daughter, Linda and husband Peter Wilson; son, Kent Lee, Jr. and wife Belinda Lee; 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Christian Church, P.O.Box 156, Arapahoe, NC, 28510; or to Hospice of Pamlico County, 602 Main Street, Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory.
Online condolences at www.WilkersonFuneralHome.com

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Margaret Simpson Henries, 72, of New Bern, passed away on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021. 

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, William Bryan Simpson, Jr. and Laura Cowell Simpson. 

She is survived by her daughter, Cathy Bolton & husband Donald of Newport; son, Herman Henries, Jr. of New Bern; companion of 40 years, Jimmie Allen; grandchildren, Erica Hancock, Clayton Hancock, Jeffrey Moore, Jr. & wife Kaselun, Jessica Henries, Herman Henries, III & wife Kaylee; and Jimmy Henries; great grandchildren, Gracelynn, Maggie Jae, Layla, Dacoda, Alaina, and Jaxon; sisters, Daisy Duncan, Jackie Houston & husband Robert, Laura Love Simpson, and Dorothy Armstrong & husband Dicky; brothers, William Bryan "Billy" Simpson, III and Wayne Simpson; nieces, Sherri, Nell, Tracy, & Miranda; nephews, Dallas, Mark, Lee, Chris, & Craig; thirteen great nieces and nephews; and eight great great nieces and nephews. 

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 20th at Cotten Funeral Home. 

Arrangements are in the care of Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory. 

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Thomas “Tommy” Woodrow Boyd, died at home Friday, March 19. He was 82.
Tommy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and a great friend to many. He was a gentleman, and his easy-going charm always put people at ease. He knew what was important in life, and he never did sweat the small stuff.
Above all, Tommy loved and cared for his family. Tommy’s wanderlust took him to all 50 states on his bike or in his “bus”, but his favorite route was the one he and Betty frequently took to Delaware to see his granddaughters.
Tommy was a faithful member of the Masons since 1969. He was twice Master of the Arapahoe Rainbow Lodge #479 in 1984 and 1988. After becoming a Shriner, he joined the Sudan Patrol where he served as Captain. He was elected to the Board of Trustees and then to the Divan. He served as Director of the Royal Order of Jesters, New Bern Court #145 in 2004. Ultimately, he held the honor of serving as Potentate of the Sudan Temple in 2005. As a Shriner, Tommy supported Shriners Hospitals for Children, made life-long friends, and always had fun along the way.
Tommy began his career with Nationwide Insurance in Bayboro, NC, in 1970. He was well known for his calm and cool demeanor, which helped make him a respected, trusted, and successful insurance agent in Pamlico County for 41 years until his retirement.
He served as an assistant on the Pamlico County Rescue Squad, and later on their Board of Directors. He also served as president and treasurer of the Minnesott Beach Golf & Country Club.
He is preceded in death by his father, Woodrow E. Boyd; his mother, Helen B. Boyd; his brothers, Jacky and Robert “Bobby” Boyd; and his infant daughter, Jacqueline Dawn Boyd.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty; his son and daughter-in-law, Woody and Robin Boyd of Delaware; his granddaughters, Marina and Cassidy Boyd; and his sister, Mary Helen Whorton of Arapahoe.
Services will be held at Greenleaf Memorial Park Lakeside Chapel, 900 River Road, New Bern, NC, on Saturday, March 27th at 1 p.m. The family requests that attendees of the service wear face masks and practice social distancing to ensure the safety of all.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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March 17, 2021

Vernon Dalheart Baker, 88, of Grantsboro passed away Monday, March 8, 2021, at home.
He is survived by his son, Vernon Baker, Jr.; daughter, Sharon Baker; brother, Harry Baker; five grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
His graveside service was held Friday, March 12, 2021, at Paul Cemetery, Silver Hill.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Sarah Jane Brinson, 37, of Grantsboro, NC, passed away on Friday, March 12, at Vidant Medical Center after a month-long fight against COVID-19 double pneumonia.
Sarah is survived by her parents, Doug and Annette Brinson of Arapahoe, NC; her brother, Jack Brinson of Columbia, MD; her sister, Mary Kate Brinson Parrish (Jacob) of Greenville, NC; her nephew, Jackson Parrish; her niece, Emma Kate Parrish; and her dog Sadie.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Jack and Elizabeth Brinson; and her maternal grandparents, David and Lena Bell.
Sarah graduated from Pamlico County High School in 2002. She then earned in 2006 a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies. In 2009 Sarah graduated from North Carolina Central University with a Juris Doctor degree.
She owned and operated Brinson Law in Clinton, NC, until she returned home in 2020 to be closer to her family. She then taught American Government at Pamlico Community College.
Sarah’s love of her family, many friends, her ECU girls, and of Bethany Christian Church was boundless. Sarah was always positive in her attitudes toward people and life. She could always find the good in life’s situations, and she was always ready to help others, always loyal to her friends. She loved to travel to different countries and share in their cultures. She was known as “the documenter” among her family and friends as she captured in photos life’s important events, both big and small. Decorating for holidays and planning events were among her greatest pleasures.
Sarah loved music from which she found many truths about life. She was passionate in her following of the Avett Brothers. Throughout her home are found quotes from many of their songs. “Always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.”
There will be a graveside service for Sarah at Amity Christian Church on Monday, March 15, at 2:00 PM that will be officiated by Reverend Torrie Osgood and Reverend Roger Bennett. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Bethany Christian Church for funding of the musical service she so enjoyed, PO Box 156, Arapahoe, NC 28510.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Vidant Medical Center, Dr. Darla Liles, and the ECU Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine team, especially Dr. Doug Schiller and Dr. Jennifer Stahl for the exceptional care she received.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Richard W Hudson, Jr., 61, of Bayboro, NC, passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Karen Hudson Stanley; his grandmother, Lily Lee Banks; and his father-in-law, Grady Burroughs Sr.

Richard worked in sales the majority of his life. He excelled in small business and ran several companies. Richard then added real estate to his career and was involved in growing the communities of Taberna and River Dunes. He then started with Nutrien in 2014 and also managed Watson’s Real Estate.

Richard was a founding board member of Pamlico Christian Academy and served as board president for several years. He did love the school, the teachers, and its mission. Richard also served as chairman of the local Ducks Unlimited Chapter for several years. He loved anything outdoors and enjoyed watching his sons and nephews carry on the Hudson love for all fishing and hunting.

He was a people person with a heart of gold, a smile that would light up a room, and hugs that could make everything better, and a love for Jesus that he wanted everyone to experience. Richard loved his family dearly and was a true example of a son, husband, father, brother, and uncle. His children were blessed to have a father who put Christ first, which in return led him to be a faithful and loving husband and a father who gave of his time freely and without hesitation.

Richard had a couple of favorite sayings that he shared with us daily that could be encouragement for many. “To be a leader” and “I am great but getting better”. He is finally better and will be greatly missed.

He survived by his wife, Christie Burroughs Hudson; children, Richard W. Hudson, III “Trey”, Christian Hudson, and Lillie Grace Hudson; his father and mother, Richard “Papa Doc” and Jeanette B. Hudson; mother-in-law, Mabel Burroughs; sister, Terry Vaughn, brother-in-law, Grady Burroughs and wife Ashley, sister-in-law, Linda Arquitt and fiancé, Tom Mapp; nephews, Luke Vaughn, Hudson Vaughn and wife, Gracie, Ben Stanley, Lee Burroughs, and Logan Arquitt; nieces, Jordan Lupton, Morgan Arquitt, and Allie Burroughs.

Following social distancing guidelines, there was an outdoor celebration of his life Sunday, March 14 at Broad Creek Christian Church. Visitation will follow the service where masks are suggested.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico Christian Academy Building Fund, PO Box 68, Grantsboro, NC 28529 or Carolina East Foundation c/o Journey of Hope Fund, 2007 B Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 28560.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Patricia “Pat” Ann Homes Lee, 72, of Grantsboro passed away Sunday, March 14, 2021, at home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin and Harriett Holmes; sister, Della Holmes; and her daughter, Lucille Lee Dail.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Richard Lee; daughters, Rachel Powers and Mary Lee; sisters, Barbara Curry and Sandra Miller; and three grandchildren, Allayna Dail, Jared Dail and Angelica Lee.
Visitation for Pat will be held at 10:00AM at Broad Creek Christian Church on Saturday, March 20, 2021. A Memorial Service will be held immediately following the visitation at 11:00AM.
In lieu of flowers the family requested memorial contributions be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509.
Arrangements are with Bryant Funeral Home in Alliance.

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Glen Schwendy passed at home Tuesday, March 9. Born, July 3,’48, he was the son of Ted and Evelyn Schwendy and brother to Claire S. Flanigan, all who have pre-deceased him. He is survived by his wife of 47 years Rolayne (Harvey) and daughters Erika and Lisl, son-in-law Matthew, and granddaughter Pepper. After graduating from Carthage CS, he received an Associates Degree in Construction Technology from Delhi and then completed a Bachelors at Oswego State in Technology Education. For 31 years he taught school in Richfield Springs and Whitesboro, his favorite courses being wood working and Computer Aided Design. He built many pieces of furniture, cabinetry, three boats, a canoe, and rebuilt our Rocket Class day-sailor. He enjoyed Fine Wood Working and Wooden Boat magazines, olde sailing novelists like Patrick O’Brian & Alex Kent, Star Trek, and Bible studies. Glen joyfully retired to Oriental, NC leaving snow shoveling behind and began planting a vineyard. From 2011-2015, he made ‘The Best Juice on the Neuse’ in his Neuse River Winery enterprise. Remembrances may be made locally in Oriental, NC 28571 to PAWS PO Box 888, Fishes and Loaves PO Box 771, or Teen Challenge (Christian based addiction rehab) @ 33 Teen Challenge Rd., Rehrersburg, PA, 19550 or to Wooden Boat School Scholarships, Brooklin, ME. Arrangements may be near his birthdate in Oriental.
Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory

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Audrey Lewis Price Seigh, 92, of Grantsboro, NC, passed away on Friday, March 12, at Grantsbrook Nursing Home and Rehab Center.
She is survived by her children: James Michael (Deb) Seigh and Kimberly S. (David) Stewart; two grandchildren: Crystal Carawan and Rebekah Turner; two great-grandchildren: Damarcus Greene and Benjamin Turner.
Audrey was preceded in death by her parents: Ollin S. and Melissa M. Price and her husband, James William Seigh.
There will be a graveside service for Audrey at Oriental Cemetery on Friday, March 19, at 11:00 AM that will be officiated by Reverend Rex Horne. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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March 10, 2021

Susan Funk Williams passed away at her daughter’s home in Columbus, NC the morning of February 27, one month short of her 79th birthday. A 25-year resident of Oriental, NC, Sue had recently relocated to Columbus after an extended illness. Proud, feisty, and independent, Sue resisted leaving the home she loved until it was no longer feasible for her to live on her own.
Born in Coshocton, OH to Dr. John A. Funk and Ruth Cunningham Funk in 1942, Sue grew up in Tiffin, OH the oldest of three daughters. She attended Wittenberg University, where she was an Education major and member of the Delta Gamma sorority. Upon graduation from Wittenberg, she taught elementary school before marrying a fellow Tiffin Columbian HS classmate and Navy officer, Lt. Gary Williams. They began a peripatetic life together (and sometimes apart) as a Navy family, first when Gary debarked for a tour in Vietnam, and later as he was assigned to duty stations in Hawaii, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Japan.
Along the way, they raised their three children: Greg, Geoff, and Suzanne. Ever adaptable and resilient, Sue managed to embrace these difficult transitions to far-flung locations with grace and humor (imagine moving to a small house in a Japanese fishing village with three children under age 9 while your husband is away at sea...), setting an example that her children have tried to emulate themselves in their lives. Sue also had a daughter, Krista Olson, whom she gave up for adoption before marrying Gary. Sue and Krista reconnected many years later – a reunion that, by mutual acknowledgement, continues to enrich the lives of her children and grandchildren.
In retirement, Gary and Sue moved to Oriental NC, a small town on the intracoastal waterway, where they designed and built a home, embraced a community of good friends and neighbors, and pursued their love of boating and the outdoors surrounded by the beauty of coastal Carolina. Susan was an accomplished and confident gardener and cook, who passed these skills on to all of her children. She volunteered for the Pamlico County Library and Hospice thrift store, was active in the Neuse River Sailing club and Rotary Ladies group, and served as a board member and congregant at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
Susan was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Gary. She is missed dearly by her beloved dog, Panda; son Greg Williams, his wife Mary and children Miller and Avery; son Geoff Williams, wife Nellie Williams and children Nicholas Williams-Shupp and Emma and Ella DaBolt; daughter Suzanne Feagan, husband Mark Feagan and children Jake and Allister Russell; daughter Krista Olson and children Eleanor and James Patrick; and sisters Nancy Mitchell and Anne Boncimino and their spouses and children.
Burial and memorial services for Susan are being arranged for a later date; McFarland Funeral Chapel in Tryon, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Hospice care organization of your choice.

McFarland Funeral Chapel
Tryon, North Carolina

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Brenda Edwards Townley, 77, of Morehead City, entered God’s heavenly home on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Carteret Health Care.
Funeral services are private at this time.
Brenda “Penny” was born on December 2, 1943, in Wilmington, New Hanover County and grew up in Pamlico County.  She was the daughter of the late Isham “Blannie” Blanford and Essie Pearl Faulkner Edwards of Reelsboro. 
Brenda loved God, her family, sewing, reading, birds, and wildflowers. One of her greatest memories was being a Girl Scout Leader to both her girls.
Surviving are her children, Deborah Marie Armstrong Cobb and husband David of Johnston County and Andrea Leigh Armstrong Maxwell and husband Richard of Albemarle County, Virginia; sister, Mavis Jeanette Cahoon Holton of Craven County; grandchildren, Brenda Michelle Cobb Woodel and husband Brad, Andrew David Cobb and fiancé Lauren, Nicholas Stuart Cobb, Jack Ferguson Maxwell, Evelyn Armstrong Maxwell and Lucille Denyse Maxwell; greatgrandchildren, Connor Gage Woodel and Aubrey Nicole Woodel; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Isham “Jack” Hamet and Lula Ethel Dunn Edwards of Franklin County; maternal grandparents, Green and Lillian Annie Belle Faulkner of Vance County; brothers, Larry McKay Edwards and Jerry Wayne Edwards; and her first husband, Euclid Duval Armstrong, Jr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Reelsboro United Methodist Church, 51 Holland Drive, New Bern, NC 28560.
Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net
Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory in Morehead City, NC.

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March 3, 2021

George Lee Styron, 78, of Oriental passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Wilma Styron; son, Anthony Badger; one brother, two sisters; two granddaughters; two great-granddaughters; one great-grandson; three sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
His memorial service will be held at St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church on Janiero Rd. at a later date.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Yukiko “Katy” Hoashi Hewitt, 88, of Merritt, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at her home.
She was a talented seamstress, making numerous garments for her family throughout the years. She also loved being outside and working in her yard.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Chester Hewitt.
She is survived by her four daughters, Linda Hewitt, Diana (Ronnie) Ireland, Sheila (Brian) McOmber and Lisa Swaney; six grandchildren, Kenny Ireland, Krista Ireland Lavelle, Zach Swaney, Emily Swaney, Matthew McOmber and Ian McOmber; and one great grandchild, Michael Seward.
Her visitation will be held Sunday, February 28th at Bryant Funeral Home from 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Interment will be in Coastal Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery, Jacksonville, NC.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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February 24, 2021

Darrell Belmont Hardison, 79, died peacefully Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at his sister’s home in Buxton, NC. Born March 29, 1941, he was the son of the late Durwood Hardison and Alvania Quidley Hardison. Darrell was a cheerful individual who liked to sing and play his guitar and was known by the locals as the singing cowboy. Later in life, he enjoyed riding his bike as well as working on bikes. Darrell was later known as the bike man by people who did not know him personally. He was also a great carpenter who enjoyed woodworking. He was well-known and liked by his community and will be greatly missed. In addition to his parents, Darrell was preceded in death by his infant brother, Durwood Hardison, Jr. and Gary Wayne Hardison. He is survived by one brother, Samuel Hardison and wife Faye of Greenville, NC; sisters, Carolyn Peele and husband Bill of Buxton, NC, Patricia Hill and husband Tommy of Riverton, WY, and Cheryl Hooper of Edenton, NC; and his many nieces and nephews. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no service at this time.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Aileen Nuth, age 90, of White Hall, Maryland, passed away on February 16, 2021 at her home. Born in Pamlico, North Carolina, she was the daughter of Julian and Ida (Woodard) Gregory and wife of the late Raymond Nuth. At the age of eighteen, she left the small fishing town to join the army, later becoming a mother and homemaker. A proud southerner, she enjoyed sharing stories of her childhood and was a self-proclaimed “Yellow-Dog Democrat.” She fed the birds religiously and tossed the dogs table food when she thought no one was looking. She was a tender-hearted person that loved her husband and family more than anything; she especially loved helping her grandchildren.
Aileen is survived by her daughter, Deborah L. Bell (John); brother, Russell Gregory (Nettie); and grandchildren, Christina R. Bell, Ryan C. Bell, and Valerie M. Bell.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Eugene E. Secord Jr.; sister, Martha J. Gregory; brother, Louis Gregory; and her beloved dog, Riley.
A small service will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at McComas Funeral Home in Jarrettsville, MD, followed by burial at 2:00 p.m. at Jarrettsville Cemetery.
Condolences may be left on the guestbook at mccomasfuneralhome.com.

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Jean Audrey Batson Ormond, 83, of New Bern, formerly of Pamlico Co., passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at her daughter’s home in New Bern.
She was a very active and involved member of Reelsboro Pentecostal Holiness Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd Rayfield Ormond; two brothers; two sisters; and granddaughter, Alison Massie-Andrews.
She is survived by three daughters, Dyann (Roger) Massie, Karen (Gary) Garris and Lisa (Michael) Jones; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
A private graveside service will be held in Sandhill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Falcon Children’s Home, c/o Reelsboro Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1212 Neuse Rd., New Bern, NC 28560.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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February 17. 2021

Minnesott Beach - Sue Riddick Slaymaker, aka Granny Sue, 81 of Minnesott Beach passed away suddenly on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

Mom was preceded in death by her late husband, George Stern Slaymaker and her parents, Richard Henry Riddick and Mary Lydia Riddick of Alliance, along with her daughter, Mary Evelyn Avery, and a grandson, Garrett Hayes Avery. Mom is survived by her son, Mark Avery and wife, Carol Avery, of New Orleans along with her loving grandchildren, Harris, Travis, and Maddie Avery. Mom is also survived by her son, Mack Avery and wife, Susan Avery, of Oriental along with her loving granddaughter, Nicole Avery. Mom is also survived by one brother, Richard Henry Riddick, II and his wife, Sadie Murphy Riddick, of Merritt, NC and one sister, Lillie Riddick Reilly and her husband, Joe Reilly, of Morehead City, NC. Additionally, mom is survived by her four stepdaughters, Hollie Slaymaker Madamba and husband, Dave, of Linwood, NJ, Linda Slaymaker of Linwood, NJ, Sandy Jenkins of Old Fort, NC, and Valerie Ireland and husband, Ken, of Absecon, NJ. Mom is survived by 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Granny Sue was born in New Bern, NC. She graduated from college with a Social Workers degree from Troy State in Alabama. She was very active throughout her life. She moved around with her parent’s and eventually in 1948 the Riddick family moved in with her grandfather, Malachi Watson Hooker, aka Daddy Mack in Alliance. As a teenager Granny showed calves at the State Fair in Raleigh. During her late teens she liked to go out to the “Minnesott Beach Pavilion” (that is no longer there). On Wednesday nights at the Pavilion, they bowled and on Saturday nights you could find them there doing the “Carolina Shag.” Some weekends you would find her at the Dawson’s Creek sandbar (that is no longer there) where she did some crabbing, water skiing, boating and watched people jump off the bridge. Granny went to Pamlico County High School, where she became a standout All-State guard in basketball. After her success as a High School basketball player Granny was invited to play basketball with the All-American Red Heads professional basketball team. Her father remarked; “You are not going to Raleigh and you are not going to color your hair red. You are going to college.” In her young and adult life Granny attended many Riddick Reunions held throughout NC where she would see her aunts, uncles, and cousins. Granny liked to cook, dance, bowl, play board and card games and put puzzles together with the grand kids. As an avid golfer she enjoyed playing golf with all her friends at the Minnesott Beach Country Club and with friends in Myrtle Beach. Granny loved to sit on her back deck and wave to the golfers she knew as they walked by. That back deck has told and heard a lot of stories. She enjoyed her Happy Hour wine with friends on that back deck. She enjoyed going to Cancun, traveling on cruise ships, going to the Blue Ridge Mountains, going to Mardi Gras and St. Patrick Day parades in New Orleans, going to New Jersey and going to the farm in Mississippi. Granny loved oyster roasts, pig pickings, and cookouts with relatives and friends. Granny was a member of the Pamlico County Shrine Club Shrinettes. She was actively employed with Mariner Realty as a real estate agent up to the time of her death.

Mom enjoyed her life to the fullest. She was the glue that held the family together, the Matriarch. She was full of energy and her laughing is something we will all miss. She loved us all, but she really loved those grand kids! Over the past few years, she would always tell me “remember the good times and the memories.” As if she was preparing me. I know she would tell all of us “move on, enjoy your life and have fun!”
Mark 11:22 “Have faith in God.”

Mom’s memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 20th, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel in Alliance with the Rev. Rex Horne officiating. Visitation prior to the service will begin at 10:00 a.m.

There will be a graveside service immediately after the memorial service to commence at the Greenleaf Memorial Park in Trent Woods. The family will receive relatives and friends immediately following the graveside service at a reception at the Pamlico County Shrine Club.

The family suggested making memorial contributions to the Sudan Shrine Temple in care of the Shrinettes, P.O. Box 12829, New Bern, NC 28561.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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William “Bill” H. Carawan, Jr., 85, of Lillington, NC, formerly of Grantsboro, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at Universal Healthcare in Lillington.
He is a member of Rock of Zion OFWB Church. Bill retired from the U.S. Airforce and MCAS-Cherry Point Civil Service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Sr. & Mary Carawan and his son, Timmy Carawan.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Della P. Carawan; son, Derek Carawan & wife, Ellen, of Raleigh; daughters, Kim Ferguson and husband, Joe, of Middleburg, FL, and Dodie Boyles and husband, Joe, of Fuquay-Varina; brother, Bobby Carawan and wife, Judy, of Grantsboro; 11 grandchildren, Brandon, Brittany, Derald, Jessi, Parker, Christina, Patrick, Alec, Cooper, Noah, and Marlo; and five great grandchildren.
A private graveside service with military honors will be held at a later date at Celestial Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Rock of Zion OFWB Church, PO Box 381, Grantsboro, NC 28529.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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February 10, 2021

Obituary – Richard Quinn (Dick) Boyles, 93, of Oriental, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia died Sunday, January 31, 2021, at Provident Village, Canton, Georgia.
He was preceded in death in 2014 by his wife of 62 years, Rosemond Campbell Boyles. Dick was a veteran of the Navy and served during WWII. After the war, he graduated from Georgia Tech and was an aeronautical engineer with Lockheed Martin in Los Angeles, CA and Marietta, GA. When he retired, he and Rosemond settled in Oriental, NC in 1988 and were very active in the community. Dick suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and moved to a retirement home in Canton, Georgia in 2020 to be closer to his children.
He is survived by his two sons, Alan Boyles (Andrea) of Roswell, Georgia, Bruce Boyles (Robin) of Jacksonville, Florida, his daughter, Carol Hall (Mike) of Jasper, Georgia, his niece and adopted daughter, Robin Layton (Dave) of Sonoma, California, eight grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at http://www.alzfdn.org.
Online condolences to the family may be offered by opening Dick’s obituary on the In Their Honor of Jasper Funeral and Cremation’s website www.intheirhonorofjasper.com which is handling the arrangements.

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Roy Hughes Buck, Jr., 65, of Grantsboro passed away Sunday, February 7, 2021, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.
He is a member of Reelsboro Pentecostal Holiness Church. He retired from PCS Phosphate after 42 years of service. Roy Jr. combined his love of food with his love of travel and would center their family trips around places to eat. Foremost in his heart was his family.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Teresa Arthur.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Wanda B. Buck; son, Roy “Hugh” Buck III and wife, Nichole; parents, Roy and Jackie Buck; granddaughter, Taylor Buck; brother, Ronnie Buck and wife, Cindy; sisters, Ruthie Lee and husband, Ronnie, and Lisa Smith and husband, Todd; and brother-in-law, J.R. Barker and wife, Kathy.
His funeral service will be held 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 10th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Alan Woodard officiating. Entombment will be in Greenleaf Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends and relatives following social distancing guidelines and while wearing masks, from 5 to 6 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Reelsboro Pentecostal Holiness Church, 221 Neuse Rd., New Bern, NC 28560.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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February 3, 2021

Larry Earl Smith, 69, of Aurora, passed away Monday, January 25, 2021, at Carolina East Medical Center.
A man of Godly character, he was a member of Meeting Place Church where he served as a senior council member. He retired from PCS Phosphate after 38 years of service. He more recently owned and operated Larry Smith Stump Grinding, many called him “Santa”. A man of few words, he loved God above all, but loved all.
He was preceded in death by his father, Murray Smith.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Evlynn “Bootsie” H. Smith; mother, Lucille Smith; sons, Aaron (Helene) Smith and Steven (Pearl) Smith; brother, Danny (Marie) Smith; sisters, Sandra (Marvin) Sartin, Teresa Swain and Brenda (Mitchell) Roberson; and five grandchildren, Dylan, Grace, Anna, Lily and Julia Smith.
His graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 28th at White Hill FWB Church Cemetery with the Rev. Phillip Lewis officiating.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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George J. Pawlikowski of Minnesott Beach, NC passed away peacefully on Tuesday January 26, 2021 at age 84. He survived by his wife of 58 years, Regina; two loving daughters, Regina Phillips and Teresa Romano; a son David Pawlikowski; two son-in-laws, Erik Phillips and Joe Romano; and his five precious grandchildren, David Phillips, Caroline Phillips, Christopher Romano, Olivia Romano, and Alex Romano. He is survived, as well, by many nieces, nephews and cousins whom he loved deeply.
George was born on September 8, 1936 in Bloomfield, NJ. He graduated from Bloomfield High School and then went on to Allegheny College, Meadville, PA where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. He then graduated from Boston College,
Boston, MA with a Masters of Mathematics. He furthered his studies at the University of Louisiana and UCLA for Computer Science. He then resided in Hopewell, NJ. He was a teacher at Bloomfield High School and then went on to become a professor at The College of NJ (formally known as Trenton State College), where he worked for 30 years. During his summers, he worked as a lifeguard and beach manager on the beaches of New Jersey, where his love of water originated. George was also very handy in carpentry and building; skills he acquired from his father while growing up. Sailing and the beautiful waters brought him to retire in North Carolina. He took pride in building his retirement house. He loved being outdoors and working on and
around the house. His love of sailing, swimming, rowing, gardening, golfing, woodworking, and carving kept him very busy in his retirement. George was a devote Catholic and attended mass weekly at St. Egberts Church, Morehead City, NC and St. Peter the Fishman in Oriental, NC. Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no public memorial service. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to donate in honor of George, please do so to St. Egberts Catholic Church, Morehead City, NC (https://www.crystalcoastcatholic.org/) and/or St. Peter the Fisherman, Oriental, NC. (https://dioceseofraleigh.org/parish/saint-peterfisherman-oriental)

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Brenda Sue Barnette Van Winkle, 74, of New Bern passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at home.
She is a member of Spring Hope FWB Church. She loved being outside and working with her flowers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vance and Phoebe Barnette and brothers, Jack and Roy Barnette.
She is survived by her husband, Marshall Van Winkle; sister, Clara (Richard) Grady; and sister-in-law, Annis Barrington.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, 2020 Wrightsville Ave Suite 111, Wilmington, NC 28403.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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January 27, 2021

Annie Eleanor Thompson Girton, 93, of Grantsboro passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab.
She was preceded in death by husbands, Edgar E. Phillips Jr. and Kenneth Allen Girton; parents, James and Annie Thompson; sons, Patrick, William “Bill” H. and Reuben N. Phillips; brothers, James H. Thompson Jr. and William H. Thompson; daughter-in-law, Margie Phillips Fritze; and constant companion, “Molly”.
She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Jane Phillips; granddaughter, Lisa (Keith) Rice; and two great grandchildren, Sarah and Joshua Rice.
Her graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 29th at Montlawn Cemetery, Raleigh.
Flowers are appreciated or donations may be made to P.A.W.S. PO Box 888, Oriental, NC 28571 or Colonial Capital Humane Society PO Box 326, New Bern, NC 28563.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Richard A. Pakkala of Arapahoe, NC passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at age 80. Known affectionately as “Dick” to his friends, “Coach” to his students, and “Papa Dickie” to his grandchildren – he passed after a 17 year battle with inclusion body myositis.
Born June 18, 1940, Dick was preceded in death by his parents Betty Lou Van Kirk Pakkala and Elmer Pakkala, both of Newfield, NY and by his eldest daughter, Diane Pakkala Dibble.
A 1958 graduate of Newfield High School, he excelled at Baseball, Football, Track and Basketball, and went on to graduate from Ithaca College in 1963. Dick married E. Georgette Pulos, of Bath, NY on March 24, 1962. He began a teaching and coaching career in Watkins Glen, NY, and traveled to Cicero, NY before settling in Van Etten, NY where he and Georgette had three children.
Dick’s teaching and football coaching career spanned close to 30 years. He led the 1st combined Spencer-Van Etten Panthers to an IAC Championship in 1967, in football. He continued to coach at S-VE until 1977 when he moved on to Cornell University where he coached the backs and Special Teams for the Lightweight Football program. After he retired from teaching, Dick continued his coaching career with a position with Dick Richter Summer Bowling Camps through 2003. Dick truly loved coaching and mentoring young students and athletes. He was inducted into the S-VE Hall of Fame in 2015.
Dick and Georgette moved to Minnesott Beach, NC in 1995.
Dick is survived by his wife of 58 years, Georgette, and their 2 children Kimberly Trabucco (Tom) of Franklin TN, and Jason Pakkala (Sara) of Tucson, AZ. One son-in-law, Daryl Dibble of Van Etten, NY. Six grandchildren - Justin Riker (Wilmington, NC), Maggie Trabucco (New York, NY), Joseph Trabucco (Dothan, AL), Cassie Trabucco, (Franklin, TN), Dalton Pakkala (San Francisco, CA), and Hailey Pakkala (Tucson, AZ).
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family will not have a public memorial service at this time. They look forward to celebrating his life in June 2021, at his gravesite in North Van Etten, NY (restrictions permitting – additional information forthcoming). In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the D2 Pakkala-Dibble Scholarship Fund, which assists students from Spencer-Van Etten in furthering their education.
For more information on the services planned or to receive contact information, please email margarettrabucco@gmail.com.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Ramona Ireland Willis, 88, of Grantsboro passed away Friday, January 15, 2021, at home.
She was a member of Wardens Grove FWB Church and attended Amity Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, George P. Willis; her parents, Freeman & Catherine Iola Ireland; sister, Iola Ireland Leary; and brothers, Bennie Ireland and Hoyle Ireland.
She is survived by two brothers, Dolan West Ireland and Zool Ireland; and special nephew, James Banks, Sr.
Her graveside service was held 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 18th at Amity Christian Church Cemetery with the Rev. Ken Connor officiating.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Keith Martens, 1964-2021


Keith Martens, 56, left this earthly shore for more peaceful and plentiful waters on January 22, 2021.
Born in New Haven, CT, to Maryellen Quinlan Martens and Harry Charles Martens, Keith graduated from Lee Summit High School, Lee Summit, MO, where he was a member of the wrestling team. He attended Holy Cross College as well as culinary school in St. Louis, MO, where he received a degree in culinary arts.
Upon graduation, Keith worked as a chef at the five-star Seventh Inn Restaurant in St Louis. He then moved to North Carolina to work for his father's company, New Midwest. After a stint with New Midwest, Keith found his way back to the culinary world as a chef at the Seabrook Island Club in Seabrook, SC.
After leaving Seabrook, Keith traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to help open a restaurant. He fell in love with the area and would no doubt have returned there given the chance. After leaving Mexico, Keith moved to Oriental, NC, to work as a chef at the Rivers Dunes Resort.
Keith was an avid fisherman and there were many occasions when family and friends were treated to the bounty of local waters that had been transformed into memorable meals by his culinary talents. If you found Keith at your doorstep with a bag full of freshly caught shrimp or crabs, ready to fire up the grill or stovetop, you knew it was your lucky day.
Keith loved to share his talents with others; his heart was large and open, and his spirit generous. Well before there was a Google, there was Keith -- he had a head full of facts and obscure references that he would happily recall when the conversation called for it.
Keith had a love for all animals, but especially his dogs. Throughout his life, he rescued a number of dogs and gave them all a loving, safe home. Later in life, Keith found solace in walking the beaches of North Carolina with his beloved pack of forever friends.
Above all, he had a great love for his family. He was a protective big brother to his 4 siblings, a loving uncle to his nieces and nephews, and a beloved son.
Keith was preceded in death by his mother, Maryellen Quinlan Martens. He is survived by his father, Harry Martens of Oriental, NC,; stepmother Margaret Martens of Mooresville, NC; sister Kathy Martens of Bishop, CA, and nieces Sierra Schultz of Mammoth Lakes, CA, Lydia Schultz of San Diego, CA, and Kira Schultz of Santa Barbara, CA, as well as nephew Ethan Schultz of Santa Barbara, CA; sister Alex Martens of Atlanta, GA; sister Lynden Martens of Austin, TX; brother Chris Martens (Jamie) and nephews Cole and Henry Martens, as well as niece Sadie Martens of Louisville, KY; aunt Nancy Van Sciver (Rod) of Rye, NH; and cousins Jed Van Sciver of Broomfield, CO, and Lisa Van Sciver of Jackson Hole, WY.
The family will receive visitors following current COVID protocol at Bryant Funeral Home, Alliance, NC, on Thursday, January 28, 2021, from 2-3 p.m.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Laron Norris Johnson, 79, of Merritt passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at home.
He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran; and retired from U.S. Civil Service Cherry Point after 30+ years.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Chester Johnson of Louisville, KY and Len “Inky” Johnson of Morgantown, KY.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carol Daniels Johnson; daughters, Cynthia J. Mallol and husband, Vincent, of Winterville and Catherine J. Stewart of Florence; brothers, Benjamin Johnson of Louisville, KY, Keen Johnson, Dwight Johnson and Harry Johnson, all of Morgantown, KY; sisters, Mary Ann Johnson and Barbara J. Coleman, both of Morgantown, KY; and two grandchildren, Drew Johnson and Steven Stewart.
His graveside service with military honors was held Friday, January 22nd at Concord Memorial Gardens with Dr. Robert Cayton officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family requested memorial contributions be made to Lung Cancer Research Foundation, 155 East 55th St. Suite 6H, New York, NY 10022.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Edward Lee Cowell, 65, of Stonewall, died Sunday, January 17, 2021, at home.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Lupton Cowell; stepson, Tommy Rice; brothers, Nathan Cowell and Dewitt Cowell; sisters, Nora Willis and Callaree Hoffman; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Charles Douglas Haley, Jr. (Chuck) of Pamlico County, died on Wednesday, January 20th at Carolina East Medical Center after a brief illness.
Chuck was born September 19, 1943 in Durham, NC to the late, Charles Douglas and Lucille Burnette Haley. He was also predeceased by his sister, Judy.
Chuck was educated at Riverside Academy, Duke and NC State. His vocations included professional landscaping and commercial fishing.
Chuck married Jane Limbocker in 2000, and they have resided in Pamlico County for the past 20 years. He loved horses and dogs and was devoted to his family and friends. He will be remembered for his compassion and caring of others, his strength in the face of adversity and his wry sense of humor. Chucks’ perfect day was any day on the water, preferably fishing.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Jane, and several cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of his life will be held later this year.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Pamlico Animal Welfare Society, PO Box 88, Oriental, NC 28571 or Colonial Capital Humane Society of New Bern, PO Box 326, New Bern, NC 28563.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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January 20, 2021

David William Rea, 64, of Arapahoe, moved to heaven peacefully at home surrounded by family on January 14, 2021.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Angela Brinson Rea, two loving daughters, Laura Rea Doxey and Rebecca Rea Myers, and two sons-in-law, Ryan Doxey and Taylor Myers, loved by David as sons. His precious grandchildren are Lila Doxey, Luke Doxey, Paige Myers, and Nolan Myers. He is also survived by two sisters, Reita Rea, Dr. Mary B. Rea-Poteat and husband Phil, and two brothers, Kyle Rea, and Phil Rea and wife Kerry. He is survived as well by many nieces, nephews, and cousins whom he loved dearly.
He was born on August 31, 1956. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, James and Dorothy Rea.
David attended Oriental United Methodist Church during his childhood and was then a faithful member of Amity Christian Church for over 41 years. He served as an elder of the church and taught the children’s preschool and primary Sunday School classes for many years. He also taught the adult Sunday School class on a rotating basis for several years. He loved his church and loved being a servant of the Lord.
David graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Prior to that, he graduated from Louisburg College in 1976 with an Associate of Arts Degree and from Pamlico County High School in 1974. Upon graduating from college, David served as Director of the Pamlico County Recreation Department and later as a banker with Wachovia Bank. In 1982, he began his 30-year career as an insurance agent with North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance in both Pamlico County and Carteret County. He thoroughly enjoyed all of his years of work and the people with whom he worked. He treasured the lasting friendships that developed over the years, whether they began on softball fields, in offices, or in the homes of his Farm Bureau clients.
Throughout his life, David loved participating in sports or, as he would say, “playing ball.” He has always been remembered as a great Little League pitcher and while he continued to play organized sports during his school years, he especially loved the pick-up football games and basketball games with friends that moved from yard to yard or gym to gym on Sunday afternoons and in the evenings. Some of his friends called him “Pistol Pete” on the basketball court, a nickname he never felt he deserved, but enjoyed all the same! He played a little tennis in high school and played on the Louisburg College tennis team during his sophomore year. He became very interested in golf during his college years and that became his lifelong sport. He introduced some of his childhood friends to golf, hoping they would love it as he did, so they could continue to “play ball” together and that is exactly what happened. Even when he was no longer able to play, he loved hearing about their games -- shot by shot, hole by hole -- and was always so happy for them when everything came together for them during a round of golf.
David’s greatest joy came from loving, providing for, and spending time with his family. He instinctively knew how to be an attentive husband and father because he found it easy to take the time to totally focus on and enjoy even the simplest things with his girls, never rushing to move on to something else, and always putting their needs above his own. He found quiet little ways to make their lives comfortable and happy, faithfully took on daily parenting tasks, and somehow turned everything into fun. He packed school lunches every morning year after year, coached his girls’ basketball and softball teams, went on field trips, and spent time every day simply playing with them, talking to them, and involving them in whatever he was doing.
Friends and family all know David as full of fun, steady, patient, calm, and faithful. The joy and love that he brought into our lives will forever be with us.
A private burial was held at 2 PM on Sunday, January 17 at Amity Christian Church Cemetery. There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date, either online or when we can gather safely in person.
Donations may be made to: Hospice of Pamlico PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515; Heartworks PO Box 365, Bayboro NC 28515; Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center Duke University Medical Center DUMC Box 3624, Durham, NC 27710; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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January 13, 2021

Born in Los Angeles, CA, January 14, 1944 to Tudor and Kathleen Wall. Steve passed away at UNC REX, Raleigh on December 30, 2020 after a sudden short illness. Steve was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Piedmont, CA. He spent summers at his grandparents (maternal and paternal) homes in Newport Beach, CA. This is where his love of the water and boating began. He started with a rowboat at the age of 5 exploring the harbor of Newport Beach and became a master rower. This love led to sailing and in 1967 he crewed on the wooden 50 ft. cutter “Rowena” in the Transpac (SF to Honolulu Race). He also crewed on the return trip to SF. He owned several sailboats and built one. He also built several rowboats including 2 Cosine Wherries.Beside his love of the water and boats (especially wood) was his love of woodworking. His father taught him woodworking at an early age.His career was varied. His father was part owner of NorCal Metal Fabricating in Oakland, CA and Steve worked for him. His father later started Fiberglass Structures in Richmond, CA building fiberglass tanks for Dow Chemical, Kodak and others. Steve ran the shop and occasionally had to become involved in the building of the tanks.Steve had his own businesses one of which was Concrete Shot Blasting in Walnut Creek, CA. His last business was Affordable Home Maintenance in Alameda, CA doing maintenance for homeowners and chain stores.He met his wife, Debbie in 2001 in Alameda. In September 2003, they decided to retire and came to Pamlico County to check it out. Immediately they decided this was the place they wanted to be. They returned to CA, sold everything and returned in October 2003. Steve was a 4th generation Californian who thought he had died and gone to heaven when he moved to Pamlico County.He leaves his wife, Debbie, his mother Kathleen (103 years), sisters Kelly(Bill) Claussen and Phoebe(Larry) Wilson.

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January 6, 2021

Martha Jeanette Gregory Miske, 87, of Pamlico passed away Dec. 21, 2020 at Carolina East Medical Center. She was born Oct. 28, 1933. Jeanette was preceded in death by her mother, Ida Woodard Gregory; father, Julian Gregory; brother, Louis Gregory; and nephew, Eugene Secord. She is survived by her sister, Aileen Gregory Nuth; brother, Russel Gregory (Nettie); nieces, Debbie
Nuth (Steve), Sharon Moots (Tom); nephew, Chad Gregory; great-nieces, Christina Bell, Valerie Bell, Amanda Ward (Timmy); great-nephews, Ryan Bell, Joshua Moots, Lucas Gregory; great-great-nephew, Rowan Ward; and “Happy” her beloved cat.
Jeanette was proud and thankful to be a breast cancer survivor. She worked as a telephone operator for 20 years and was a devoted daughter who retired early from AT&T to come back to Pamlico to care for her mother. Jeanette was a member of
the Pamlico United Methodist Church and attended faithfully till her health declined. She never had any children of her own but doted on all her nieces and nephews. The family would like to express appreciation to her cousin, Bootsie Venters, who was like a sister to Jeanette and called her every day, visited, and sent care packages. Also, many thanks to her friend Julia Spencer for her assistance and daily phone calls. The calls meant the world to Jeanette and she looked forwarded to them every day.
In keeping with Jeanette's wishes, no funeral or memorial services will be held. In her honor, please consider making a donation
to Pamlico United Methodist Church c/o Tillie Roberts, 9985 NC Hwy 306 S, Arapahoe, NC 28510. Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Richard “Dick” Dale Lilley, formerly of Hartville and Randolph, Ohio, passed away at his home in Oriental, NC Tuesday, December 22, 2020.Dick was the beloved husband of Beatrice Joan Vlasak Lilley and father of Thomas Eli Lilley and Andrea Jean Lilley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis Ethel Meurman, Dale Eli Lilley, sister, Mary Jean Lilley Martin, and brother-in-law, Everet Wells Martin.
Sailing activities brought the Lilley’s to Oriental, NC where they joined the Oriental United Methodist Church and served on the Missions Committee, became active at the Pamlico County Fishes and Loaves Outreach and assisted with construction of the three Pamlico County Habitat for Humanity houses.
Previous to his retirement, Dick worked as a mechanical engineer for thirty years at Goodyear Aerospace in Akron, Ohio. The Lilleys lived in Randolph and Hartiville, Ohio where they were members of the Randolph Christian Church for 25 years and St. Jacob’s Community Church in Cairo, Ohio for ten years. Dick enjoyed being a member of the Randolph Lion’s Club, volunteering at the Randolph Township Food Pantry and Portage County Habitat for Humanity. Sailing at Berlin Reservoir and being a member of the Berlin Yacht Club along with interests in raising Hereford beef cows, farming, woodworking, building blue bird houses, helping those in need, and most of all being a family man brought him much joy.
Donations may be made to Pamlico Habitat for Humanity, Pamlico Fishes and Loaves Outreach, or Pamlico County Hospice in lieu of flowers.
When the Covid-19 situation improves or the weather is such where we can gather safely outside to celebrate the life and legacy of Dick, the Lilley family will announce a memorial gathering later in the spring or summer but at this time there will be no gathering.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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December 23, 2020

Lacy Meredith Henry, 82, of Atlantic Beach, died Saturday, December 12th at Carteret Health Care in
Morehead City. A burial will be announced at a later date.

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JERRY THEODORE BROTHERS, SR.
February 1, 1940 – December 19, 2020
Aurora, NC


Jerry Theodore (Tommy) Brothers was born February 1, 1940, in Aurora, NC, to Sarah Edna Mayo and Harvey Atlee Brothers, Sr.
Jerry/Tommy joined the United States Air Force (USAF) immediately after graduating from Aurora High School. He earned his pilot’s license at age 15 and later taught flying for years; he was employed by DuPont for 32 years. He was an avid boater and fisherman and loved nothing more than sharing the experience with others. He was a member of Dublin Grove OFWB Church in Aurora and attended Immanuel Baptist Church in Greenville.
Jerry/Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, three nephews and his brother, Walter Hubert Brothers and wife, Thora Brothers.
Surviving Jerry/Tommy are his wife of almost 25 years, [married 2/3/1996] Evelyn Lewis Spangler Brothers; his son, USCG Commander Jerry Theodore (Ted) Brothers, Jr., and wife, Melissa; his daughters, Amy Brothers Wood and husband, Harold, and Dr. Paula Brothers; eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren; two step grandchildren; one step great-granddaughter; his brother, Harvey Atlee Brothers, Jr. and wife, Mildred; and nephews and nieces.
His graveside service will be conducted, 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 23rd at White Hill OFWB Church Cemetery, 9204 Old Sandhill Rd., Aurora, NC 27806 with the Rev. Earl Sadler Jr. and Rev. Raymond Lagcher officiating.
Memorials may be made to Dublin Grove OFWB Church, c/o Fay Peele, 282 Peele Rd. Aurora, NC 27806, Vidant Health, Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice, c/o PCMH Foundation, PO Box 8489, Greenville, NC 27835-8489 or Hospice Foundation of America at www.hospicefoundation.org.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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December 16, 2020

Betty Ann Williamson Welch


Betty Ann Williamson Welch, 89 of Minnesott Beach went peacefully to her heavenly home the evening of November 29th, 2020. She was born in Lumberton, NC, November 26, 1931, to Arthur W. Williamson, Sr. and Elizabeth Peal Williamson of Cerro Gordo, NC, both deceased.
She was affectionately known as “Miss Bett”, “Miss Betty” or “Nana” to the many children and adults to whom she taught piano in Pamlico County. For 47 years she shared her love for Jesus and her gift of music with students, churches and schools through plays, recitals, special choirs, weddings, Bible schools, Christmas specials, celebrations, accompaniments and many other occasions. Betty attended St. Mary’s Girls School in Raleigh and was married to the late Ralston F. Welch from High Point for 48 years. They retired to Oriental, NC in 1975. Mrs. Welch was a member of the NC Music Association District Area Music Festival and judged annually at ECU in Greenville.
She is survived by her daughters Linda Sanderson (Senator Norman) of Minnesott Beach, and Sandy Barber (Grosvenor) of Oriental; 3 grandchildren-Jennifer Sanderson Alcock (Frankie) of New Bern, Lee Sanderson (Stephanie) of North Wilkesboro and Becky Barber of Greenville; 3 great-grandsons- Caleb, Joel, and Addison Alcock of New Bern. Sisters- Margaret Peal Godwin (Benny deceased), and Jean Arthur Hammond (Sonny) of Cerro Gordo, NC, Sarah Purvis (Bryan) of Mint Hill, NC, and Arthur W. Williamson, Jr. (Melissa) of Newland, NC.
The family would like to thank the precious personal care givers who assisted her over the last 5 years and Hospice of Pamlico and their wonderful, and loving expert care in her home during her last days. Mrs. Welch, her dear friend, Sally Mauney, and her daughter, Linda Sanderson, were the first trained Hospice Volunteers in Pamlico County under the instruction of Dr. Fran Deaton, sponsored by the Oriental United Methodist Church.
Private interment will be at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Columbarium, date to be determined. Online condolences, Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Pamlico, 602 Main St., Bayboro, NC 28515 and Pamlico Christian Academy, PO Box 68, Grantsboro, NC 28529.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Stacey Ward Sinclair “Lucy” age 38, of Pamlico County passed away Saturday, December 5, 2020. She was a graduate of Pamlico County High School in 2000. Stacey was a self-employed drywall and painting contractor and was well-known for her excellent
workmanship. Stacey was passionate about her Lord and Savior, her family, hunting and the thrill of speed. She will forever be remembered by her loved ones as a kind and gentle soul that loved deeply. We all feel deep sadness and forever hold her memory in our hearts until eternity. Stacey was an organ donor and we pray that someone was blessed by what she had to give. She is
preceded in death by her father Earl Wayne Ward and survived by her loving husband of 22 years John Charles Sinclair her three beautiful children Alex 22, Aubree Ann 13, Alyssia 10 of Maribel NC; her mother Sarah Hunt and stepfather Larry Hunt
of Merritt, NC; her siblings Tracie Ward, brother Corey Ward and wife Lindsey Ward, her two step brothers Rodney hunt and Dilly Hunt and wife Shelia, two step sisters Carol Hunt and husband Jimmy, Cherie McNeil and husband Justin; her Godmother, Patricia Kennedy, mother-in-law Dora Evans and sister-in-law Jodi Sinclair and many nieces,nephews aunts and uncles who loved her dearly. She will go on being remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt. A celebration of Stacey’s life will be at
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November 12, 1932 – December 5, 2020


James Earl Cavanaugh, 88, formerly of Hobucken, NC, passed away on Saturday, December 5, 2020, at Grantsbrook Nursing Home after contracting COVID-19 in November. He was preceded in death by his mother, Effie Sadler, and his brother, Lennis Cavanaugh. He is survived by his brother, William (Wateman) Sadler of New Bern; his nephew, Gene Lee Cavanaugh of Marathon, Florida; and his nephew, Robert Sadler of New Bern.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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December 9, 2020

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Letha Wells Forrest formerly of Vandemere, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2020 at Carolina East Medical Center. Letha was born in Wallace, NC, and lived much of her adult life in New Bern. Letha earned her RN Nursing Degree from Rex Hospital School of Nursing in Raleigh, where she met John Watts. They later married and settled in New Bern and raised four children. Letha loved playing bridge, gardening and spending the day with her kids in the Trent River or with her good friends, Dr. Graham and Mary Barden at Cape Lookout. Letha was a wonderful seamstress and could sew costumes, mend uniforms and complete other sewing projects at a friend’s request. Letha was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Forrest; son, John Watts Jr.; parents, Ranford and Margie Wells; and one sister, Lillian Posey. She is survived by her children, Elizabeth Evans of Jacksonville, NC, James (Tammy) Watts of New Bern, NC, Mark (Jenn) Watts of Murrells Inlet, SC; two sisters, Ruby Norris and Lila Cashwell, both of Wallace, NC; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Letha’s memory to the charity of your choosing.
Bryant Funeral Home in Alliance is in charge of arrangements.

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Dorothy Nell Mayo Lee born to Jesse and Agnes Mayo on April 14, 1941, in Hobucken, NC, passed away on November 30, 2020, in the comfort of her home alongside her family.
She was a lifelong resident of Goose Creek Island, Hobucken, NC. She married Nelson Ireland Lee Sr. on October 3, 1959; they were married for 61 years. She was the manager and accountant for N.I. Lee Inc. She attended school in Hobucken and graduated from Pamlico Co. High in 1959, obtained her nursing certificate from Pamlico Community College, and attended Hobucken United Methodist Church for many years.
She was a dedicated wife and mother to five children.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Alisa Debra Lee in 1990; grandson, Christopher Nelson Lee in 2018 and her son, Nelson Lee Jr. in August 2020.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Nelson Lee Sr.; children, Gregory Lee of Arapahoe, Kristia Lee Anderson of Grantsboro and Andrea Lee Withrow of New Bern; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Her graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 4th at Barnett Cemetery in Hobucken.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Pamlico, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515.

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William Wallace Gaskins Jr., 82, of Stonewall, passed away Monday, November 30, 2020, at his son’s home in Arapahoe.
He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1976 after 21 years of service, serving from 1969-1970 in Vietnam on a River Patrol Boat. He then worked and retired from TexasGulf from 1976-1995.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Daniels Gaskins; daughter, Linda Gaskins Harvill; and brother, Billy Gaskins.
He is survived by two sons, David Gaskins and Michael (Lisa) Gaskins; sisters, Sue (Jackie) Ireland and Lucille Morgan; six grandchildren, Amanda (Cory) Collins, David Gaskins, Jr., Tyler (Becky) Gaskins, Caitlin (Andrew) West, Cheyenne Harville (Dwight) Bass, Michael Gaskins Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Jaiden Gaskins and Hendrix Gaskins.
His funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 7th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, with military honors, will follow immediately in Sandhill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested making memorial contributions to Pamlico Co. Primary School, 323 Neals Creek Rd., Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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December 2, 2020

Billie Gilgo Anderson
October 12, 1939 – November 28, 2020


La Grange- Billie Gilgo Anderson died on Saturday, November 28, 2020. She was the daughter of Tom and Lucy Gilgo of Oriental.
In her youth, Billie was a member of the North Carolina All-Star basketball team. A graveside service to remember Billie’s life will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Rouse Funeral Home from 11:00 until 1:00 prior to the service. Billie is survived by her husband Jimmie of the home, son Tom and wife Crystal and granddaughter Mason of Wilson, and son Steve and fiancée Kay Bailey of La Grange, brothers Paul of Walkertown, George and wife Evelyn of Wilmington, Jack and wife Betty of Oriental, and sister Blanche of Newport, and many nieces and nephews including a very special
niece, Kayla Cox of Newport, NC. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Nina and husband James of Cove City, Sylvia
of Oriental, Jane of Orlando and Peggy and husband Philip of Greensboro, and brother Jimmy of Morehead City.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
may be made to Friends of Portsmouth Island at www.friendsofportsmouthisland.org.
Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home.

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Lawrence Alan Rowe, 65, of Bayboro passed away Saturday, November 28, 2020, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.
He is a member of Mt. Zion OFWB Church. Lawrence loved photographing wildlife and nature. Besides his beautiful nature picture postings, he was also known for his corny jokes. He was an avid Carolina Tarheel fan. Lawrence retired from Hardison Tire after 25+ years of service. He was preceded in death by his father, H.L. Rowe and sister, Barbara Walker. He is survived by his mother, Selma Rowe; sister, Lori Tyndall and husband, Donald; nieces, DeOnna Walker (Ricardo) and Erica Altman (Andy); nephews, Duffy Walker and Christopher Walker; great nephew, Ricky; and great nieces, Hannah and Emma.
A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 2nd at Celestial Memorial Gardens, Cash Corner, with the Rev. Owen Peele officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico Co. Rescue, PO Box 302, Bayboro, NC 28515 or Mt. Zion OFWB Church, PO Box 964, Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance, NC.

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Patricia C. Avery, age 80, resident of Olympia, died peacefully on November 27, 2020 at Carolina East Medical Center.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at Bryant Funeral Home.
Patricia Cahoon was born on August 6, 1940 in Arapahoe, NC to Erbol and Era Ensley Cahoon. She attended Pamlico High School and graduated with the Class of 1958. Following her graduation from high school, she attended college and was trained as a Medical Assistant. She married Ronnie Eugene Avery on July 4, 1958. To this union three children were born: Ronnie, Steven and Dawn.
Patricia is survived by her children: Ronnie (Rebecca) Avery of Morehead City, NC; Steven Avery of Olympia, NC; Dawn Avery Bates of Maysville, NC; five grandchildren: Justin Avery, Chris Avery, Sean Avery, Tori Bates, and Lucas Bates; and four great-grandchildren: Julia Avery, Nick Avery, Luke Avery, and Hannah Avery.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings: Garland (Naomi) Cahoon and Wesley (Becky) Cahoon.
In Lieu of Flowers, memorials are preferred to: Bethany Christian, Church 8126 NC-306, Arapahoe, NC 28510.
Arrangements are with Bryant Funeral Home in Alliance.

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November 25, 2020

Margie Dixon Fritze, 73, of Reelsboro, passed away Friday, November 20, 2020, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.
She is a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Parish in Oriental.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Zeb and Ruby Dixon; first husband, William “Billy” H. Phillips, brother, Cecil Dixon; stepchildren, John and Betty Ann Fritze; and step-granddaughter, Heather Brink.
She is survived by her husband, Herbert Fritze; daughter, Lisa Rice and husband, Keith; and two grandchildren, Sarah and Joshua Rice.
Her graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 25th at Cayton Cemetery.
Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern NC Chapter, 5171 Glenwood Ave Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27612.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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November 18, 2020

William Murray Ethridge, 90, passed away peacefully the morning of November 7, 2020, at his home in New Bern, NC, surrounded by family. Born in Collinsville, Mississippi, on November 19, 1929, he was the son of William and Sally Ethridge and the brother to ten brothers and sisters.

He spent the first part of his life working at his family’s farm in Mississippi. In June 1948, he joined the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in May 1950. On February 18, 1954, he married Marie Parker. In October 1967, he re-joined the United States Navy as a Chaplain and served his country for over 27 years. During his time in the U.S. Navy, he traveled all over the world. He was also part of commissioning the U.S.S. Shenandoah AD 44 as an officer. Additionally, he awarded the National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. He retired on November 30th, 1991, at Cherry Point Marine Corps Base as a Commander in the U.S. Navy.

After his retirement, he was called to work as a pastor at his beloved church, Oriental First Baptist Church in Oriental, NC. He spent over 13 years serving as a pastor and loving on his congregation, before retiring as Pastor Emeritus and spending his time to care for wife, Marie Ethridge, and his family. Even after retiring, he would frequently make Sunday trips to visit Oriental First Baptist Church and continue to serve his congregation.

Above all, he cherished his family and loved to spend as much time with them. His family would describe him as one of the best men they’ve ever known who loved his family and friends well, loved to fish, loved to read, and loved to have a good time. His daughter-in-law Jeanine would describe him being the best father-in-law a daughter could ask for. His granddaughters, Hannah and Rebekah, recall him taking them on fishing trips, driving them to Burger King for breakfast cinnamon rolls and a drive through Lawson’s Creek Park before taking them to school, giving them Diet Cokes after taking them on the riding lawn mower with him, asking them to pick him up the biggest chocolate milkshakes, singing any song they would play in the car with him, always wanting to play John Smith to Rebekah’s Pocahontas, always telling the best jokes, and bragging on their cooking and baking skills by eating any and everything they made as they got older.

Most of all, Murray was known as the anchor in the family—he was the one who said the blessing before every meal that was had together as a family and who continued to do all he could to provide for his family even into his later years. He was quiet and reserved but loved to have as much fun and as many laughs as possible, and could always tell the best stories and the best jokes. He was a greatly beloved father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, and friend and will be so greatly missed.

He survived by his son David and wife Jeanine Ethridge, granddaughters Hannah and Rebekah Ethridge. He also survived by his son Mark and wife Pat Ethridge, and grandchildren Stephanie and Michael Ethridge.
Services are planned for Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Oriental First Baptist Church in Oriental, NC, with a visitation at 1:00 p.m., before the service.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, as those who know him well know that Alzheimer’s disease had greatly impacted his life, Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern NC Chapter, 5171 Glenwood Ave Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27612 or to Oriental First Baptist Church, PO Box 313, Oriental, NC 28571 in his honor.

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

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November 11, 2020

Harrison Robert Lee, 25, of Florida, formerly of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2020, in Florida.
He is a member of Anchor Church in Lake Worth, FL.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, William Montgomery and paternal grandparents, Robert and Dora Lee.
He is survived by his parents, Robert “Bobby” and Michelle Lee; maternal grandmother, Ann Montgomery; sister, Kaitlyn L. Watson and husband, Aaron; aunts, Deborah Lee and Leigh M. Coudriet and husband, Chris; and two cousins, Montgomery and Silas Coudriet.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 9th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David McCants officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Joshua Rowe Cemetery, Aurora.
The family will receive friends and relatives, following social distancing guidelines, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to The Palms Recovery, 3444 South Congress Ave., Palm Springs, FL 33461. Donations will be used to scholarship and sponsor someone in recovery in honor of Harrison.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Marjorie C. Williams, longtime resident of Arapahoe, died peacefully on November 4, 2020 at her home.
Marjorie Louise Cannon was born in Richmond Hill, NY to Charles William Alexander Cannon and Marjorie Kelton (Greene) Cannon. She attended school and following her high school graduation, she attended Secretarial School. She married Archie Clayton Williams Jr. on October 6, 1950. To this union two children were born, Missy and Archie “Chip” Williams III.
Marjorie was a lifelong member of the First Church of Christ Scientist. She was also an active member of the New Bern Farmers Market and had served as a member of their board. Marjorie and her husband, Archie owned and operated Williams Paint Store. She also enjoyed needlework, especially knitting and sewing, and was known for her comfy knitted socks.
Marjorie is survived by her daughter, Missy Faist; grandchildren: Ryan Alexander (Danielle) Faist, Ashley Faist (Craig) Eastwood, Shelby Faist (Michael) Moen, Travis Clayton (Brandy) Williams; Great Grandchildren: Alex Eastwood, Bryce Eastwood, Lucas Moen, Angel Williams, Madison Williams, Matthew Williams and Carrie Williams.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Archie Clayton Williams Jr., son, Archie “Chip” Clayton Williams III and son-in-law, Gene William Faist.
A local Memorial Service will be held at a later date. A private Graveside Service and Interment will take place at West Minster Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, PA.
In Lieu of Flowers, memorials are preferred to: First Church of Christ Scientist, PO Box 476, New Bern, NC 28563 or Camp Don Lee Campership, 315 Camp Don Lee Rd. Arapahoe, NC 28510.
Arrangements are with Bryant Funeral Home in Alliance.

November 4, 2020

William “Bill” Howard Jones, resident of Southern Shores N.C. passed away peacefully in his home with his family by his side on October 31, 2020. Bill was 60 years old. He had battled cancer courageously since his diagnosis a year ago.

Bill is survived by his wife of 35 years, Tamara Godwin Jones, his mother, Rosalie Doxey Jones of Aydlett, N.C., his sister, Debbie Stallings (husband Ken) of Shiloh, N.C., his brother, Keith Jones (wife Donna) of Semora, N.C., his nephews, Will Jones and Brendan Godwin of Raleigh N.C. and Tyler Godwin of Vero Beach, Florida his nieces, Pamela Laakso (husband Tommy) and Andrea White (husband Zack) both of Cary, N.C. Bill also had several great-nieces and nephews and many cousins. He is predeceased by his father, Howard Carson Jones.

Bill, a native of Aydlett, N.C. was the son of Howard and Rosalie Jones born on July 13, 1960. He graduated from Currituck High School in 1978. He went on to receive his degree in Livestock Management and General Agriculture from N.C. State University in 1980. He was a volunteer fireman for the Kitty Hawk Fire Department for many years. He was the caretaker of the Currituck Shooting Club followed by working as a foreman for Hampton Marine Construction. He started his own business in April of 1985, Northeastern Marine Construction which he operated until August of this year.

Bill was a devoted husband, son, son-in-law, brother, and friend. He had an infectious smile and an incredible sense of humor. He loved life and will always be remembered for his generosity and compassion for others. He took enormous pride in his work and responsibilities as a businessman. He was humble and always treated his employees and clients with respect. He loved playing golf with his friends. He was quick to compliment and uplift others while on the course and in life in general. Bill also enjoyed spending many weekends and holidays at his vacation home in Oriental, N.C. where he was well-known for his fried turkeys and lively parties. Bill had a passion for Beach Music and loved to dance with his wife and friends. He lived life to the absolute fullest. Bill was a spiritual man who lived his life according to the golden rule.

Due to the Coronavirus, a private service will be held for Bill’s family at Duck United Methodist Church on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. There will be a graveside service at the Hampton/Doxey Family Cemetery on O’Neal Lane in Aydlett, N.C. at 1:00 pm 0n Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Family and friends are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to Dare Hospice, Duke Cancer Center, or The V Foundation.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

October 28, 2020

Dustin Spruill Harrison, loving son, husband, and father, 26, of Reelsboro passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at home.
He is a member of Bayboro United Methodist Church. His passion from an early age was hunting and being on the water. He worked as a commercial fisherman.
Dustin was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Cecil & Elva Hill.
He is survived by his parents, Steven & Audrey Harrison; wife, Lora Ashley Harrison; daughter, Callie Ann Harrison; paternal grandparents, Gary Spruill & Mary Ann Harrison; aunts and uncles, Dwight & Janet Hill, Johnny & Theresa Hill, Gray & Phyllis Hardison, Jeff & Penny Williams and Gary Wayne Harrison; and numerous cousins and friends.
His funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 25th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Farmer officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Oriental Cemetery.
The family will receive friends and relatives beginning at 1:00 p.m. prior to the service.
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 & Cremations, Alliance, NC.

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Jesse Frederick Hill, 80, of Alliance passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center.
He was a loving husband, father, brother and friend and loved by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Angelene Hill; son, Charles Steven Hill of Alliance and sister, Janice Fruchey of Bridgeton.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance, NC.

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October 21, 2020

Joseph Sawyer, 90, resident of Bayboro, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2020, at his home.
Joseph Jewell Sawyer was born in Ba
yboro, NC, on May 15, 1930. He was one of two children born to John and Sally (Jewell) Sawyer. He attended school and graduated from Stonewall High School with the Class of 1948. Following his graduation from high school, he enlisted with the United States Air Force. Following his discharge, he returned to New Bern to work for the local John Deere dealer. He continued to work on John Deere tractors and other agricultural implements until his retirement from McCotter Farms.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Sally Sawyer.
He is survived by his brother, Charles C. Sawyer and wife, Konradine of Bayboro; nephews: David Sawyer of Alliance, Dennis Sawyer and wife, Polly of New Bern and Joseph C. Sawyer of Bayboro; and three great nephews: Jordan Taylor Sawyer, Bradley Sawyer and Dylan Sawyer.
His graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 21st at Greenleaf Memorial Park Lakeside Chapel with the Rev. Scott Fitzgerald officiating.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Mildred Gaskins Jordan, 97, of Aurora, passed away Monday, October 12, 2020, at Vidant Beaufort Hospital.
She is a member of White Hill OFWB Church. She owned and operated Nance Joran Nursery for 50+ years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
She was preceded in death by a son, Paul Jordan; daughter-in-law, Patricia Jordan; two brothers; and two sisters.
She is survived by her son, Garry Jordan; two grandchildren, Derek Jordan and wife, Janie, and Karen Gammon and husband, Ashley; and five great grandchildren, Michael Jordan, Morgan Whitehurst, Claire Jordan, Jordan Singer and Scott Gammon.
Her graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 18th at White Hill OFWB Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to White Hill OFWB Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 519, Aurora, NC 27806.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Ottis Wade Williamson, 79, of Hobucken passed away Monday, October 12, 2020, at home.
He is a member of Hobucken United Methodist Church. He was a lifetime commercial fisherman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Meade and Mary Williamson; wife, Lily Faye Williamson; brother, Phil Williamson; and sister, Shirley Williamson Ireland.
He is survived by sons, Johnny Wade Williamson & husband, Garrett, and Kevin Williamson; sister, Sammie Carawan and husband, Douglas; sister-in-law, Vicki Williamson; and two grandchildren, Andrew Williamson and Corey Williamson.
His funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, October 16th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow immediately in Oriental Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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October 7, 2020

Wesley Albert “Bert” Burnette, 94, of Charlotte, NC was promoted and relocated to heaven on September 29, 2020.  Bert had many successes and achievements in life, but his greatest accomplishment was accepting the gift of salvation from his heavenly Father.  He simply loved God and he loved others.  Bert was born in Waycross, GA on December 8, 1925 to Clyde Aubry and Eula Brewer Burnette.  His sisters, Evelyn Burnette Aiken and Sue Burnette McManus preceded him in death.  His survivors include his four children, Sharon Burnette Hagle and husband, Marc of Winter Park, FL, Deborah Burnette Withrow and husband, Dennis of Cross Lanes, WV, Barbara Burnette of Burlington, WA, Wes Burnette and wife, Kim of Rock Hill, SC; grandchildren, Tisza (Scott) Swain of Lorton, VA, Clint (Angie) Withrow of Scott Depot, WV, Jason Withrow of Fairfax, VA, Travis Withrow of South Charleston, WV, Eric Burnette of Rock Hill, SC, and Emily Burnette of Syracuse, NY; greatgrandchildren, Jax Swain of Lorton, VA, Isaac Withrow of Seattle, WA, Aaron and Rachael Withrow of Lexington, KY, and Azalea and Asher Withrow of Charlotte, NC. A private celebration of life military service will be held at a later date at Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, NC. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Charlotte Hospice and Palliative Care or to Gideons International.
Friends and family may view and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

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Gloria Rice Preston, 74, of New Bern passed away Saturday, October 3, 2020, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Elmo and Lucinda Davenport Rice; brothers, Whitford Armore Rice and William Frederick Rice; and sister, Shirley Rice Gaskill.
She is survived by brothers, Melbie L. (Millie) Rice and Jake (Lisa) Rice; sister-in-law, Carolyn Rice; brother-in-law, Robert Gaskill; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 6th at Hollywood Cemetery, Olympia.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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September 30, 2020

Patricia Lee Timmons Fuller, 80, of Oriental passed away Friday, September 25, 2020, at home.
She is a member of Oriental United Methodist Church. She was the Chief of Laboratory Services at Malden Hospital for several years, then manager of Laboratory Information Systems at CarolinaEast Medical Center for 25 years.
She was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Clarrisa H. and Roland P. Wilder, M.D.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Woody Fuller; stepchildren, Gary (Annette) Fuller, Lori F. (John) Rauseo, and Susanne F. Venning; brother, Roland P. (Carolyn) Wilder Jr.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Her memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 30th at Oriental United Methodist Church with Dr. Anne Sims officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Oriental United Methodist Church, PO Box 70, Oriental, NC 28571 or a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Acknowledgement

The family of Tiny Gibbs Mattocks wishes to thank each of you for all the love, kindness, and compassion shown during the illness and home going of our loved one. We have been blessed with prayers, phone calls, cards, emails, visits, flowers, an abundance of food and other gestures of thoughtfulness. Words can never express how much you mean to us. We would also like to extend a special thank you the medical professionals who provided excellent care and to the Broad Creek United Church of Christ and Bethel M.B. Church families.

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September 23, 2020

On September 18, 2020, Richard Burt Taber USMC Colonel (retired), age  90, passed away peacefully at home near Pittsboro, North Carolina after  a brief illness. Richard was born in Oneonta,New York on September  30,1929, son of Ralph S.Taber and Carroll Burt Taber. He grew up in  Davenport, NY where he spent many long days working in his father’s  general store. He graduated from Colgate University in 1950 with a  Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Science.He later obtained a Master’s Degree
from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington  University. He married his best friend and high school sweetheart,  Virginia (Ginny) MacCracken in October 1950.

Richard left small town life in upstate New York to join the Marine  Corps during the Korean Conflict. He was commissioned as an officer and  served with distinction for 30 years. He served in Korea; Vietnam; Rome;  Ismir,Turkey; Iwakuni, Japan; and served stateside in Texas, California,  Rhode Island, North Carolina, Alabama, and Washington, D.C. During his  long career he served in a variety of billets. He was a Communications  Officer with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Korea. After returning to  the States, he attended Flight School in Pensacola, Florida and became a  Naval Aviator. He was squadron commander of VMA-311, The Tomcats, a  fighter and attack squadron,during the Vietnam War from 1967-1968. He  was an instructor at the Naval War College and later the Air War  College. He was Chief of Staff of the 1stMarine Aircraft Wing at Iwakuni  and later Chief of Staff of the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry  Point. His decorations and medals include the Distinguished Flying Cross  for heroic actions in Vietnam, the Legion of Merit with Combat V, Air  Medal(14thAward), Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, Presidential  Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal  with 1 Star, Korean Service Medal with 2 stars, Vietnam Service Medal
with 3 Stars, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit  Citation,and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

After retirement he and Ginny made Pamlico County, North Carolina, their  home and joined First Presbyterian of New Bern where they worshiped  together until Ginny’s passing in 1997. She and Richard had been married  for 47 years. Richard enjoyed being near the coast, hunting and fishing  until Hurricane Florence persuaded him to make the move inland to be  near his youngest surviving son, Jeffrey Taber and his wife Kayley  Hattler Taber of Pittsboro. The Twin Rivers Senior Living family made  the “Colonel” feel at home and he especially enjoyed the friendship of  the staff.

He is survived by his sons Richard B. Taber, Jr., and wife Susan; and  Jeffrey Scott Taber and wife Kayley Hattler Taber; granddaughters,  Danielle Taber Culham and Caitlin Taber Surber; and three great  grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his middle son, David Salton  Taber (father of his two grandchildren) and his loving wife, Virginia  (Ginny) Taber.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local VFW in honor  of those who have served our country in conflicts overseas.

The family will hold a visitation at Donaldson Funeral Home in Pittsboro  on September 20, 2020 between 4pm and 6pm. Covid-19 precautions will be  observed. A graveside service for family and close friends will be held  at Greenleaf Memorial Park in New Bern, North Carolina on September 21,  2020 at 2pm.

Full military honors will be provided with the assistance of MCAS Cherry  Point

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William "Bill" Allen Dickerson, 75, of New Bern died suddenly Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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William "Bill" Allen Dickerson, 75, of New Bern died suddenly Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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William Neale Pedersen, age 78 of Oriental, North Carolina, passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sept. 15, 2020. Born Nov. 5, 1941 to George and Mary (Roberts) Pedersen in Chicago, Illinois, Bill grew up in the midwest before moving to Rye, NY for his high school years. He is a graduate of Lafayette College and served in the Army as a pilot with a tour of duty in Vietnam.
Bill married Lynne Braisted in 1965. He was a pilot with Eastern Airlines for 17 years and enjoyed a second career in sales with a circuit board design company. He and Lynne raised their children in Amherst, New Hampshire, then moved to Carlisle and Concord, Massachusetts before retiring to Oriental, North Carolina. As a family they cherished boating activities with Bill at the helm, sailing boats of all sizes.
He was an avid ham radio operator ever since the age of 12 and enjoyed making long distance contacts. Bill was best known for his sense of humor, jokester pranks, creative ideas and inventions, and an adventurous spirit.
Bill is survived by wife, Lynne; son Robert Pedersen and wife Jenny Hawk; daughter Heather Pedersen Peck and husband Chris Peck; grandchildren Justin Peck and Anna Peck; brother Sada Pedersen and wife Jill Newman Pedersen; sister Jo Pedersen; and niece Elizabeth Pedersen.
A private family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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September 16, 2020

Clifton Wade Sawyer, “Pie”, 72, of Oriental passed away Thursday, September 10, 2020, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cindy O’Neal Sawyer; parents, Emory & Louise Sawyer; and brothers, Odell & Charlie Sawyer. He is survived by his two sons, Cliff Sawyer and wife, Ashley, and Matt Sawyer and wife, Missy; brothers, Freddie Sawyer and Bill Sawyer Sr. and wife, Betty; sisters, Geraldine Sadler and Mary Smith and husband, Bruce; sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen Sawyer and Carressa Sawyer, granddaughters, Morgan and Macey; and father- and mother-in-law, Levy and Ban
O’Neal. Following social distancing guidelines and the wearing of masks, his graveside service with military honors was held Sunday, September 13th at Oriental Cemetery with the Rev. Earl Sadler Jr. officiating.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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September 9, 2020

Russell Edwin Spalti, age 71, resident of Aurora, NC , passed away on September 2, 2020 at his residence. He was born to
Norman and Beverly (Fullington) Spalti in Buffalo, NY on October 22, 1948. He was one of four children. Following his graduation
from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy and following his Honorable Discharge from the Navy, he reenlisted with the United States Marines, obtained the rank of Gunnery Sergeant, and retired in 1994. Following his retirement, he was active with the
Marine Corps League and the Disabled American Veterans. He is survived by his loving wife, Janet (Barthel) Hopkins-Spalti; children: Joseph Scott Spalti, Lynette Morris and Michael Spalti; seven grandchildren and two brothers. Russell was preceded in death by his parents: Norman and Beverly Spalti; children: Matthew Spalti, Shawn Hopkins, Erick Spalti and one sister.
His service will be held 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 11th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Aillsa Harl, LT, USN
officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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August 26, 2020

Chester Garland Boyd, 91, of Grantsboro passed away Sunday, August 23, 2020 at home.
He is a member of New Bethlehem OFWB Church where he served as a deacon. He retired from U.S. Civil Service – Cherry Point after 35 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Albert and Bernice Boyd; brother, Jesse Reginald Boyd; and sisters, Audrey B. Humphrey and Pauline B. Hines.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Bell Boyd; son, John Boyd and wife, Deborah; daughter, Lisa Boyd Holley and husband, Michael Allen Boyd; brother, Albert Brown Boyd and wife, Joy; sister, Sandra Boyd Hardison; and four grandchildren, Ashley Marie Armstrong, Mary Catherine Boyd, Amanda Paige Boyd and Lincoln Boyd Brown.
His graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 26th at New Bethlehem OFWB Church Cemetery with the Rev. Ashley Trogdon and Pastor Dwayne Boyd officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to New Bethlehem OFWB Church, c/o Scotty Whitford, 1903 Scott Store Rd., Grantsboro, NC 28529 or Hospice of Pamlico, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Elliott O. Marrett, 77, passed away at his home on Sunday, August 23, 2020.
He was born in La Grange, Georgia, on February 15, 1943.
Elliott was preceded in death by his brother, Roger.
He is survived by Hanna, his wife of 36 years, and by his constant companion, his dog Bucky. He is also survived by his sister, Rebecca Marrett, and his sons, Eric (Shelia) and Michael (Rose). He has three grandchildren, Ali, Kevin, and Grace; and one great-granddaughter, Josie.
There will be a final gathering for family and friends at a later date, as weather and the pandemic permit.
…Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference. ~Robert Frost
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Howard Alfred Lupton, age 85, of Bay City Road, Aurora, NC passed away on August 19, 2020 at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC.

Howard was born in Washington, NC to Herbert Alfred Lupton and Zilphia Slade Lupton.
He graduated from Washington High School in 1955. Howard served in the Army as a military policeman from April 1957 to April 1959. He retired from Lever Brothers Company in Baltimore MD and relocated to Lowland, NC to pursue his dream of commercial fishing. Howard loved being out on the water and he loved seafood. He also enjoyed remodeling old homes and was known throughout Pamlico County as a great craftsmen and painter. Howard spent his last 20 years in Aurora, where he enjoyed working in his yard, gardening, canning, and sharing his abundance of homegrown tomatoes, collards, and grapes with his family and friends.

Howard is survived by his three daughters, Brenda Lupton Davis and her children with Ted Davis of Washington, NC; Mary Lupton Godley, spouse Willie Godley, and children of Washington, NC; and Dianna Lupton Anderson, spouse Eddie Anderson and children of Myrtle Beach, SC. He is survived by his step-children Foster Vernon “Babe” Watts, Roxanne Watts, and predeceased by Wesley Watts and Troy Watts; twelve grandchildren, Katie, Will, Mitch, Megan and Hunter Godley, Abby Davis, Sophie Davis, Andrea Davis, and Wendy Davis Woolard, Erica Anderson Laney, Blake Anderson, and predeceased by Troy Paul of Bayboro, NC; five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Wilmer Lupton.

The family will hold a private service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Financial Management Branch NSC Building, Room 3280 6001 Executive Blvd, MSC 9531, North Bethesda, MD 20852-9531.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com

Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Lupton family.

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Nelson Ireland Lee Jr., 60, passed away on August 21, 2020, at home in Hobucken, NC.
He attended Pamlico County Schools. He was a lifelong commercial fisherman. One of his favorite pastimes was to ride his motorbike. He also enjoyed the NFL, where his number one team was the Green Bay Packers, along with NASCAR, where he pulled for the #43 Richard Petty car. He grew up to Classic Rock and liked the Lynyrd Skynyrd Band. The song “Simple Man” was one of his favorites. He was a loving father and loving son.
He is survived by his parents, Nelson and Dorothy Lee of Hobucken; one brother, Gregory Lee of Arapahoe; two sisters, Kristia Anderson of Goose Creek and Andrea Withrow of New Bern; two daughters, Dana Lee of Bayboro and Sommer Lee of Havelock; and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Alisa Debra Lee in 1990. Also, his son, Christopher Nelson Lee in 2018, a very tragic even in his life which he was still struggling very, very hard with. He will be missed by his family, that loved him so very much.
His graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 24th at Barnett Cemetery in Hobucken.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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August 19, 2020

Joe I. Hancock Jr., 73, of Forest Hill, Md., formerly of Newport, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, after a brave battle with leukemia. 
A memorial will be held at a later date.
Born in Goose Creek, Joe was the son of the late Joseph and Mattie Price Hancock.
Joe proudly served his country during the Vietnam War and for years after in the U.S. Army, then the National Guard from 1965 to 1980. His favorite hobbies were airplanes, computers, playing the guitar and watching his alma mater - the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tarheels - play basketball. But Joe's greatest pride and joy were his children and grandchildren. 
To know Joe was to know God, and though he will be missed desperately, the family knows he was at peace and ready to meet his heavenly father. 
Joe is survived by his wife of 45 years, JoAnn Freeman Hancock of Maryland; his children, Maria and Mike Hourigan of New York and Matthew and Emily Hancock and Mark Hancock, all of of Maryland; his four grandchildren; and his brother, Roy Hancock of North Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Bobby Hancock; and sister, Janice Hancock Garver.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Joe's name to the United Service Organizations in support of our troops online at uso.org or to the Senator Bob Hooper Hospice House, where Joe received the most amazing care in his final days, onlie at bobhooperhouse.org.
Arrangement are by Highview Funeral and Cremation Services. Online condolences may be made to highviewfuneralservice.com.

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Ella Caho Toler, 86, of Alliance went home to be with our Lord on Saturday, August 15, 2020, at the home of her daughter, Jennifer Franklin.
She was a member of South Creek Missionary Baptist Church where she served as secretary for many years. She retired from Pamlico County Schools where she was cafeteria manager of Fred A. Anderson for several years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Olivia Caho; her husband, John Toler, of 63 years; her twin sister, Jean Keel; and infant son, John Toler, Jr.
She is survived by one son, Johnnie Toler (Kim) of Alliance; two daughters, Darlene Ensley (Ralph) of Alliance, and Jennifer Franklin (Del) of Caton; seven grandchildren, Johnathan Toler, Amy Casey, Josh Toler, Carrie Golden, Amanda Ensley, Rebecca Franklin, and Richard Franklin; and ten great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Monday, August 17th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Bryant Funeral Home where her funeral service will immediately follow at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Paul Jackson and Pastor Jonathan Ipock officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Grantsboro Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Pamlico, 602 Main Street, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515.
Special thanks to the staff of Hospice of Pamlico, Sandra, Linda, Jabria, and Denise; as well as her caregiver, Sarah, for their special love and care during mom’s last weeks.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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August 12, 2020

Jonathan Franklin Webster passed away on August 7, 2020 at Carolina East Hospital at the age of 56. He was born on March 29, 1964 in Durham NC to Robert E. Webster and the late Beverlee S. Webster.

He is survived by his Father, Robert E. Webster and Stepmother Gay H. Webster; Brothers Malcolm Webster (wife Paula) and Alexander Webster (wife Amber) and nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved plot hound, the Baroness Olive von Oyle.

Jon attended Durham public schools except for the year 1978/79 when he attended the Theodor-Heuss Gymnasium in Goettingen, Germany. In 1986 he graduated from Amherst College with a BA in philosophy and spent the next three years studying philosophy at the University of Goettingen in Germany. Upon returning to the States, Jon worked in Information Technology for a number of companies until he was forced to retire because of ill health.

Jon continued to study philosophy throughout the remainder of his life and was able to integrate what he learned to maintain a positive outlook and love of life throughout his battles with health issues. Jon had what can only be described as the most amazing group of friends who flew under the moniker ‘RGM.’ This closest of friends network included childhood friends Andrew Wallace, Bill O’Shea, Bo Harrison, Charles Jones, and John Ward who have shared his love of skateboarding, music, cars and motorcycles for the almost 50-year span of their friendship. Jon was always up for cruising with friends on his motorcycles that he named Guzzilla and the Webster Boogie, attending car shows, and going to as many concerts as possible. Jon was a great and loving son, brother, friend, uncle, and mentor to any life that he touched. He is and will continue to be greatly missed by all.

Due to the Corona virus, we plan to hold a celebration of Jon’s life at a future date to be determined. Any memorial contributions one may wish to make can be to the SPVFD and EMS, 6389 Straight Rd., Oriental NC 28571.

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Sidney Joel Scott, 72, of Oriental, North Carolina died on Saturday, August 1 peacefully at Carolina East Medical Center with Terrell by his side.??Sid was born in Hartford, Connecticut on June 16, 1948 to the late Archie Joel Scott and Inez -Marie Williams Scott. As a younger man, he spent ten years in Chicago, Il but the rest of his life in the Carolinas.??He graduated from Lower-Richland High School in Columbia, SC. He attended Wake Tech where he earned a degree in Network Administration. Over his lifetime, he reinvented himself into several careers ranging from selling real estate in Charleston, SC, personal property management, to running computer networks as a network engineer for a large corporation. He was a man that could do anything and if he did not know how to he taught himself.???He was drawn to Oriental, NC to learn to sail where he easily surrounded himself with old salts.  He enthusiastically participated with the sailing community in local regattas. When not here, Sid enjoyed the cooler temperatures at his NC mountain home.  He was an adventurous man who loved traveling.  He and Terrell most recently travelled to Italy in 2019 with close friends Nadine Gomez and Jim Morgan. He also loved following his friend, MLB catcher, Nick Ciuffo.  For many years of his life, Sid?dedicated his love serving as a foster parent to many children. He was an active member of Oriental United Methodist Church where he volunteered his time and talent serving on the Mission Team and calling Bingo at The Gardens Assisted Living in Grantsboro.??He is preceded in death by his parents, Archie Joel Scott and Inez -Marie Williams Scott. Siblings Ellen Marie Scott and Elizabeth Ann Mizell.??He is survived by his loving wife Terrell Tate Scott, and his like-minded, adventurous daughter Sara Caroline Scott, and Holden Willard (Elizabeth). His sister, April Scott Hancock (Eric), nephew Josh Hancock, and nieces Maggie Tate (Gabe), Katie Newman (Greg), Kate Shaver (Jordan), Carrie Swartzbaugh (Ted), his beloved dog Freckles and many close friends.??Sid had a strong Faith. It is comforting for us to know that he is in Eternal Peace. Sid was considered the rock of his family.??In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Oriental United Methodist Church for Missions, 404 Freemason Street, Oriental, North Carolina 28571 or PAWS (Pamlico Animal Welfare Society, PO Box 888, Oriental. North Carolina 28571.??Arrangements were provided by Bryant Funeral Home in Alliance, NC.??Due to Covid19, a celebration of his life will take place at a later time.

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Helen Jean Dunlap Purser, 82, of Grantsboro, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2020, at home.
She is a member of Bethany Christian Church. She loved reading, gardening and golfing.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Lois Dunlap and two brothers, Ronald “Ronnie” Edward Dunlap and James “Jimmy” Warren Dunlap.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Herb Purser; children, Edie (Robert Spencer) Ireland, Miles “Mickey” Herbert Purser Jr. and Lora “Chicken” (John) Stroud; nine grandchildren, Evan, Aimee, Tara, John, Jared, Gavin, Lindsey, Mason and Jack; and five great-grandchildren.
Her memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 10th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Torrie Osgood 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 Hospice of Pamlico, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515 or HOPE Clinic, PO Box 728, Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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August 5, 2020

Marvin Edward Jennings, Jr., husband of the late Mildred Lange Jennings, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020, at the age of 93. He was born in East St. Louis, IL on Saturday, July 23rd, 1927, to the late Marvin Edward Jennings, Sr. and Alice Muir Jennings. Marvin worked as a Finance Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, retiring after over 30 years of service. He enjoyed watching baseball, playing softball and was an avid golfer for his entire life. He also was an accomplished bowler and was very active as a volunteer within his churches and communities in Vienna, VA, Oriental, NC, and Clarksville, VA.

Marvin is survived by his daughters, Joann Wallenburn (David) and Joyce Woodfin (William); granddaughter, Rachel Jennings and great grandson, Ryson Adams, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and an extended family of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also predeceased by his sister, Pearl Marie Jennings; and his brother, Charles Theodore "Ted" Jennings, Sr. and Ted's wife, Dorothy.

Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, July 29 with visitation in the Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home Chapel. The family held a Graveside Service on Thursday, July 30 in National Memorial Park in 7482 Lee Hwy. West, Falls Church, VA 22042.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jamieson Memorial United Methodist Church at 219 5th St., Clarksville, VA 23927. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wclfh.com.

The family is under the care of Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home, Clarksville, VA.

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Larry Randall Whorton passed away at home on Monday, July 27, 2020 after a hard-fought battle with Carcinoid Cancer. He was 73.
Above all, Larry was a devoted, supportive father and grandfather. His most consistent advice was simply to “do your best and let the good times roll.” He was happiest when gathered for a meal on his porch with his whole family.
He was a proud father, and early on dubbed himself “SuperPop”, a title that was good-naturedly boastful. He later amended it to “SuperGrandPop” to cover his four granddaughters, each of whom he adored. SGP was always quick to say yes, to offer a slice of watermelon or a pre-bedtime ice cream sandwich.
Larry enjoyed an accomplished 37-year career at Naval Aviation Depot, Cherry Point, NC, working his way up from an apprentice in the instrument shop to Deputy Director of the Quality Division. Known as “Pete” Whorton at work, he was a serious, fair, and respected manager. He retired in 2002. He was twice Past Master of the Arapahoe Rainbow Lodge #479 and a member of the Pamlico County Education Foundation. He was elected to the Minnesott Beach Town Council in 2007 and served three terms. He retired from public service in 2013 and did not seek reelection.
He was preceded in death by his father, S.G. Whorton, and his brothers, Gary and Kevin Whorton. He leaves behind his loving wife and high school sweetheart, Mary Helen “Duck” Whorton, who he deeply loved and whose steadfast friendship he treasured over 52 years of marriage; his daughter Kim Whorton Tripp of Raleigh; his son and daughter-in-law Randall and Lilly Whorton of Raleigh; his mother Wilma Whorton of Florence; and four granddaughters, Jenna and Brooke Tripp, and Lindsey and Lucy Whorton.
He will be deeply missed.
Graveside service with Masonic rites by Rainbow Lodge #479 were held Thursday, July 30 at Greenleaf Memorial Park, 900 River Road, New Bern, NC 28562.
The family requested that attendees of the service wear face masks and practice social distancing to ensure the safety of all.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565 or to Hospice of Pamlico County, at PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515 or https://www.hospiceofpamlico.org/get-help.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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July 29, 2020

Joan Slade Ford, 77, of Pamlico, passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at her home.
She is a member of Bethel Free Will Baptist Church. Never meeting a stranger, she always had a smile and warm heart for everyone. She is rejoicing with her Lord & Savoir.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Ford; parents, Mahugh and Pearl Slade; sister, Joyce Ann Slade Cummings; brother, Hugh Donald Slade; and granddaughter, Amanda Elizabeth.
She is survived by her three daughters, Penny May Ford, Elizabeth Ford (James) Cuthrell and Pearl Ford (Steven) Smith; four grandchildren, Dylan Smith, Bryan Cuthrell, Grace Smith and Mattie Cuthrell; and two great-grandchildren, Jaxon and Able Cuthrell.
Her funeral will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 28th at Bethel FWB Church with the Rev. Jesse Caton and Rev. Betty Jo Rodgers 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.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Bethel FWB Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Elizabeth Cuthrell, 272 Wildwood Dr., Oriental, NC 28571.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance, NC.

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July 22, 2020

Harvey Paul Austin, 80, of Campbells Creek, NC, passed away Monday, March 23, 2020, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.
He is a member of Campbells Creek United Methodist Church and attended Pamlico United Methodist Church. He was an honorary member of Campbells Creek Hunting Club and a U.S. Air Force veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Harvey and Hattie Paul Austin.
He is survived by his wife, Sydney Anderson Austin; son, James “Jim” Austin and wife, Ann; daughters, Karen Austin Cayton and husband, Sid, and Paula Austin Gilgo and husband, Murray; grandchildren, Natalie (Justin) Sepulveda, Ashlea Austin (Bud) Robertson, Kara Cayton (Jordan) Egan, Madison Gilgo, and Andrew Gilgo; and two great grandchildren, Evy and Parker Sepulveda.
A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 26th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Roach officiating. 
Following social distancing guidelines, the family will be receiving friends and family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Face coverings are required.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico UMC, c/o Tillie Roberts, 9985 NC Hwy 306 S, Arapahoe, NC 28510 or Campbells Creek UMC, 30323 NC Hwy 33 E, Aurora, NC 27806.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Michael Montgomery Manning “Papa Mike”, 77, of Grantsboro, NC died July 13, 2020. A native of Beckley, WV, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after high school graduation on July 3, 1961. After 26 years of military service, he retired as a chief Master Sergeant. His life was filled with his love of golf and special time with his family, children, and grandchildren. He was always generous to causes near and dear to his heart including but not limited to The Special Olympics and local chapters of the Boys Scouts of America. He attended Bethany Christian Church in Arapahoe after relocating from Goldsboro.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Geraldine Manning and his brother, Roger Manning.

Michael leaves behind his wife of 22 years, Suellen P. Manning; children: Michelle Sutton, Michael Manning and fiancé Donna, Scott Manning and wife Dawn, Suzette Manning Bryd and husband Stephen; Step-children: Tracy Collier, Robert Tyson and wife Tara.

He was also survived by grandchildren Tyson Collier, Jonathan Sutton, Christopher Sutton, Blake Sutton, Holly Sutton, Macy Tyson, Marcus Tyson, Peyton Manning and Garrett Byrd; great-grandchild M.J. Sutton; along with brothers, Pat and wife, Jeanie; Russell and wife, Julia; and Nathan and wife Sara; and sister, Eleanor and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews.

With the current health concerns and our desire to insure the safety of our friends and family, a memorial will be held at a future date.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Camp Caroline. Checks payable to CCNC with Camp Caroline in the memo line: 3398 Janiero Rd, Arapahoe, NC 28510

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July 8, 2020

George “Adam” Slade of Grantsboro, NC, tragically died on June 13th, 2020.
Adam is survived by his mother, Gail Harper Stephenson; step-father, Stanley Stephenson; sister, Natalie Slade Woempner; brother in-law, J. Scott Woempner; two nieces, Emily and Carly Stokes; and Peanut (his furry canine companion). He is preceded in death by his father, George Grady Slade; and grandparents, Joseph Albert and Opal Harper and Francis and Silvia Slade.
Adam was born September 18th 1974, graduated from Pamlico County High School, attended Mount Olive University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, but was not a fan of schooling. Adam loved music having an exceptional voice and a great ear. Even though he went to Mount Olive on a golf and chorus scholarship, he preferred to sing and play whatever he wanted on the guitar and text songs for his friends and sister to check out. He earned his degree many times from the school of hard knocks and was still in transition to adult hood, though that was not his favorite pursuit either. In his younger days, Adam enjoyed golfing and winning bets at the golf course with his partners in crime. He loved to fish and all things water……except baths…as a kid, those were also not his favorite unless absolutely necessary.
Adam was not a materialistic person. He kept and had few possessions, a guitar and a Bible. He would say Peanut was not a possession but a comrade. If he did have something, like a pack of nabs, cheeseburger and Mountain Dew, and he saw a hungry person, child, stray cat, dog, or even a…..squirrel, he would feed it rather than let any creature suffer. He would give some of his own money to help someone else rather than pay his own debts or obtain items he himself needed. Adam was a good listener. He was kind hearted and compassionate. He was humble and didn’t much care to be the center of attention. He was a friend to many and his loss will be felt deeply and painfully yet he never felt worthy of the love and praise he deserved. He had a smile and a way about him that made you know, there is a good soul in there. Adam was much loved by his family and friends. Their hearts are broken. A scar that won’t be mended.
While Adam continues his journey, he would not want us to be troubled or worry. He is resting peacefully and has somehow managed to avoid suffering through the rest of these troubled times we are experiencing on this earth. Being patriotic and despising politics, he would want us to unify as a country. “Go Rest High,” “Traveling Light” among the “Wildflowers” baby bro.
In lieu of flowers, Adam’s family would appreciate any donations to be made to the Hope Clinic in Bayboro, NC where he received excellent healthcare or Miracle Hill Ministries in Greenville, SC.
https://www.hopeclinic.net/
https://miraclehill.org/how-we-help/addiction-recovery/
Graveside services will be held, Saturday, July 11th at 11:00 a.m. at Paul Cemetery in Arapahoe, NC.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

Katherine Mills Dunn, 81, of Reelsboro died Monday, July 6, 2020, at home.
She is survived by daughters, Theresa Dail and Jennifer Kinnion; sisters, Alice Johnson and Sandra Elks; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A private service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance, NC.

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Ronnie Michael Watson, 71, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2020, at his home in New Bern, NC.
Ronnie was born August 4, 1948 in Lowland, NC. He graduated from Wallace-Rose Hill high school in 1966 and attended Louisburg College through 1968. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1969 and became a Nuclear Training Instructor and then a Primary Systems Petty Officer on board Nuclear Submarine, USS Von Steuben for three deployments. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1975, and after receiving several commendations for special skills, he proceeded with his college education at the University of NC at Wilmington where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology.
After years of working around the NC waters and making his living in the seafood processing industry, he developed a fish farm (Island Fisheries) on family land in the rural community where his roots began. Ronnie remained in the aquaculture industry for 22 years. Upon selling the farm and retiring in 2015, he and his wife, Anne, moved to New Bern, where he continued his involvement in the lives of their two children and families. Prior to the move to New Bern, he was an active member of Bayboro United Methodist Church where he served on several lay committees and was videographer for the church’s prison ministry. His favorite hobbies included fishing, yard work and tinkering on small projects around the house.
Ronnie is survived by his wife of 49 years, Anne Forlaw Watson; his daughter, Susan Watson (Mark) Leary; his son, Marshall Glenn (Stefanie) Watson, both of New Bern. In addition, he is survived by two granddaughters, Emma Leary and Clara Watson; and four grandsons, Nathan Leary, Grant Leary, Haines Watson and Caleb Watson; two sisters, Gladys Irene (Dale) Hopkins and Jane Carolyn Brown; and one brother, Merritt Omer (Linda) Watson, Jr.; mother-in-law, Maude Forlaw; sister-in-law, Amelia Forlaw (John) Surratt; and brother-in-law, John William Forlaw. He was predeceased by both parents, Merritt Omer and Mary Jane Ireland Watson and father-in-law, William Haines Forlaw.
His memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 5th at Centenary United Methodist Church with the Rev. Barrett Payne officiating. Social distancing will be observed, and masks are recommended.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Craven Co. Hospice, PO Drawer 12610, New Bern, NC 28561 or Hospice of Pamlico, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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July 1, 2020

Susie Dixon Roberts, 86, of Grantsboro passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020, at home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Nettie Dixon; husband, Richard Roberts Sr.; two grandsons, Joshua and Johnny Roberts; and sister-in-law, Betty Baldree.
She is survived by her son, Ricky Roberts and wife, Mary, daughters, Debbie Rowe and Patricia Toler; sister-in-law, Peggy Lee and husband, Mike; grandchildren, Matthew (Jen), Jennifer, Jenny, Jared (Cameron), Sarah, Laura, Kamen, Genia and Morgan; and great-grandchildren, Carly, Ledarius, Ryleigh, Brayden, Sonny, Trae, Gage, and Sylus.
A private memorial service has been held.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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June 24, 2020

William Hampton Spruill, 101, died on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at his home in Kinston, NC. with his family by his side. He was the son of Hampton Spruill and Daisy Berry Spruill of Oriental, NC who predeceased him along with his 5 brothers and sisters. Bill is also predeceased by his beloved wife, Mildred.
Bill studied mechanical engineering at NC State. He served his country in the US Navy 1944-1946. He was on the team to open the Kinston Dupont plant in 1953, working there for 30 years. Bill’s great loves were his wife, Mildred, his daughters and their families, and all things mechanical.
Bill is survived by daughters, Ann Whitley of Garner NC, Billie Best (Phil) of Crozet, VA, and Gay Jordan (Miller) of Charlotte, NC. Grandchildren are Susan Whitley Burns, Mike Whitley, Karen Whitley Butler, Mark Best, Will Best, and Andrew Jordan. Great-grandchildren are Charlie Beth Burns, Chase Burns, Kaci Butler, Greylyn Jordan, and Elliot Best.
The family would like to thank his caregivers, especially Eula Dixon and Charmaine Dixon.
Due to the Coronavirus, a private graveside service is planned for immediate family only. The family asks that people please maintain their distance and not actively visit the family home. Condolences are appreciated and may be posted on the funeral home website.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, a local Food Bank, or the donor’s favorite charity.
Arrangements by Edwards Funeral Home & Cremations. Online condolences may be expressed at www.edwardsfhc.com.

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June 10, 2020

Kenneth Weeks Tiller, 93 of Whortonsville, NC , peacefully passed away in his home surrounded by those who love him on May 31st, 2020. Weeks was born in Durham, NC to the late Effie and Leo Rutledge Tiller on October 23rd, 1926. He is survived by
his devoted and loving wife of 62 years, Reba Matthews Tiller, whom he married at Lakewood Methodist Church on November 2nd, 1957. He also leaves behind two sons, Kenneth Weeks Tiller Jr. of Durham, his wife Rhea Knight and their son Jacob as well as Russell Matthew Tiller of Pittsboro, NC, his wife Jeanna Marie and their sons Harry and Noah. Weeks served in and retired from the United States Navy. After returning to Durham, Weeks worked for and retired from the American Tobacco Company after 35 years. Following his retirement he and Reba moved to beautiful Whortonsville, NC in 1986. The family would like to thank Hospice of Pamlico County for their many kindnesses to Weeks and Reba during this time. A celebration of life will be held later this summer at
his home.

Lenwood Lee Banks, 78, of Reelsboro passed away Friday, June 5, 2020, at Vidant Inpatient Hospice, Greenville.
He was also known as “Silver Fox” to his friends and “Big Daddy” to his great-grandchildren.
He is a member of Rock of Zion OFWB Church. He retired from PCS Phosphate as a planner and estimator after 36 years of service. He was a member of Bayboro Masonic Lodge #311 since 1984; Sudan Shriner since 2005; Sudan Trucker Unit since 2005; Shrine Bowl Board of Governors for 3 years; Board of Directors for Pamlico Co. Shrine Club for 5 years; member of Pamlico Co. Shrine Club since 2005; New Bern Shrine Club since 2005; and Royal Order of the Jesters #145 since 2006.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carroll and Glennie Banks; son, Jessie Carroll Banks; and stepson, Carl Duane Pitt.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Banks; son, Lenwood Lee Banks Jr.; daughter, Marianne Rice; brother, Al Banks; grandchildren, Carly Price, Melissa Sadler and Treasure Banks; great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Price and Tatum Price; and niece, Candice Jones.
His funeral service was held Monday, June 8th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ray Lewis officiating. Interment followed in Whortonsville Cemetery with Masonic Rites by Bayboro Lodge #331.
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 Sudan Shrines for the Children’s Hospital, 1425 S. Glenburnie Rd. Suite 4, New Bern, NC 28562.
A special thank you and acknowledgement to Phyllis Banks and Marty Lewis for their help in taking care of Mr. Lenwood during his illness.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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June 3, 2020

June Mason Tingle, 87, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2020, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. June was a lifelong resident of Oriental, NC whose fondest memories were of growing up there and enjoying family, friends, and the Neuse River.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Thelma Mason and husband, Forrest Warren Tingle.
She is survived by her sister, Gay Copley (John) of Fredericksburg, VA; daughter, Shirley Tingle (William Grubb) of Minnesott Beach, NC; son, William Tingle (Jo) of Oriental, NC; granddaughters, Amy Chapin (Benjamin) of Oriental, NC and Anita Tingle of Savannah, GA; and nieces, Kelly Copley of Fredericksburg, VA and Heather Blackmon (Jesse) of Garner, NC.
In lieu of funeral services and to honor June’s wishes, the family asks that all who wish to, may make memorial contributions to the Pamlico County Rescue Squad, PO Box 302, Bayboro, NC 28515.
The family deeply appreciates all the acts of kindness shown to their family during their loss.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

Terry Wayne Harris, Sr., 64, of Grantsboro passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at home.
He is a member of Silver Hill Christian Church. He retired after 38 years as a heavy equipment operator at PCS Phosphate. He had been working for Mackilwean Turf before becoming ill. He was a past Fire Chief of the Goose Creek Island Fire Dept, is a member of Grantsboro-Silver Hill Fire Department, and a member of Pamlico Rescue. “Pa” enjoyed riding his children and grandchildren on the 4-wheeler.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Violet Harris; brother, David Lee Harris; sister, Alisa Rae Harris DuVal; and son, Christopher Harris.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 21 years, Donna Harris; sons, T.W. (Andrea) Harris and Michael (Brandy) Arthur; daughters, Angel (Chris) Dixon and Erin (Erik) Daniels; sister, Joanne Green; eight grandchildren, LCpl James Andrew “Drew” Hill, Sydney Paige Dixon, Chandler Michael Arthur, Jackson Thomas Daniels, Kylie Grace Dixon, Alexandria Brooke Daniels, Madison Faith Harris and Emily Michelle Harris; special friends, James and Jamie Parish; and their children, Mathew and Emma Parish.
His funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 30th at Silver Hill Christian Church with the Rev. Rex Horne and Rev. Holden Tyner officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Paul Cemetery, Silver Hill.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday at Bryant Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico County Rescue Squad, PO Box 302, Bayboro, NC 28515 or A.L.S. Association, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037-0022.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

May 27, 2020

Harvey Randolph Mitchell, 84, of Reelsboro passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020, at home. He worked for Tideland Electric for 24 years and co-owned a trucking business, H & E Mitchell Trucking, for 15 years. He was a member and vice president of Reelsboro Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Rowe; mother, Goldie Mitchell; stepfather,
Daniel Sawyer, Sr.; and brothers, Johnny Mitchell and William Sawyer. He is survived by his wife, Della Elizabeth Hodges Mitchell; daughter, Brenda M. (Dwayne) Croom; brothers, Thomas (Betty) Sawyer, Dewitt (Annabelle) Sawyer and Jackie Sawyer;
sisters, Goldie Wells and Patricia Dail; grandchildren, Randy Lee (Chasity) Croom, Nicole Lee Croom and Robin Lee Croom (Nick Sinicrope); great grandchildren, Polly Croom, Willow Marie Sinicrope and Kinsley Renae Sinicrope. His funeral will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 27th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Scott Fitzgerald officiating. Interment will be held immediately following the chapel service at Sandhill Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Rackley officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home while adhering to mandatory guidelines placed by NC Governor’s executive order. 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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May 20, 2020

Randy Francis Johnson, infant, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020, at home. He was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Randy Heath Sr. He is survived by his parents, Chris & Shannon Johnson; sisters, Sophia, Sabrina and Carol; maternal grandmother, Christi Heath; paternal grandmother, Elizabeth “Liz” Johnson; paternal grandfather, David Hollister; uncles, Randy Heath Jr., Donald Heath and Blake Hollister; and aunt, Grace Heath.
His graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 14th at Paul Cemetery, Silver Hill.
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.

Walter Glenwood Popperwill, III, of Lowland passed away Monday, May 11, 2020 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was a commercial fisherman. He was preceded in death by his father, Walter “Nook Jr.” Popperwill. He is survived by his mother, Linda O’Brien; paternal grandmother, Audrey Lupton; sisters, Pam Popperwill Ireland and Misol Alfonso; brother, Juvenal Alfonso; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. A memorial service may be held at a later date. 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.

Jeffrey John Tomczak, 65 of Oriental passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020, at his stepdaughter’s home. He owned and operated The Oriental Steamer. He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Tomczak and sisters, Colleen Tomczak and Anna Lee Geno.
He is survived by his father, Daniel Tomczak; daughter, Jordane Tomczak; stepdaughter, Tiffany Davidson; brothers, Daniel and James Tomczak; sister, Rebecca Tomczak; and three grandchildren, Taysia George, Kendall Davidson and Keira Mattocks.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico Presbyterian Church, 1085 Kershaw Rd., Oriental, NC 28571.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

Marlene Kuhn Miller, age 73, of Oriental, NC passed away on May 13, 2020 at home.  Marlene was a caring person who loved life and lived it to the fullest. She was born in Butler, Pennsylvania and earned BS and MS degrees in Exceptional Education. Her long career was dedicated to education programs focused on children and adults with disabilities. She retired in 2002 as Disabilities Coordinator for Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin. After 29 years in Wisconsin Marlene and husband, Bob, moved to Oriental. Marlene served as a volunteer Guardian ad Litum for Pamlico County, member of the Oriental Theater Board, SCOO, and President of Oriental Woman’s Club. In retirement Marlene became an accomplished acrylic artist with a focus on local marshes, shorebirds and other wildlife. She was a founding member of Oriental’s Village Gallery. Marlene loved her family, art, music, dancing, and playing her dulcimer and ukulele. She also loved to sail, kayak, fish, garden, and being outdoors.
Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, William and Pauline Kuhn. She is survived by husband, Robert; son, Casey; daughter-in-law, Jessica; grandson, Jack; and granddaughter, Riley.
There will be a memorial celebrating her life when it is safe for groups to gather.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Cremations, Alliance, NC.

New Bern- Emily Carol Buck Scoppe (Granny), passed away on Friday, May 8th at Nash UNC General Hospital.  Her daughter, Vicki Hacker, grand-daughter, Cindy Hill, and friend, Ed Meinking, were by her side, which followed complications after an injury.
She was the daughter of the late Eugene Buck and Mildred Hines Reel Buck. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard Scoppe; her son, Douglas Woolard; a brother, Eugene Buck, Jr. and a step-grandchild, Mary Henderson. Emily was born August 20, 1940, in New Bern. She was a highly active member of the Pamlico County and Craven County Democratic Party, with a long history in Pamlico thanks to her mother, Mildred Reel Buck. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi in Havelock.??She retired after many years working at Cherry Point. She was a member of the Reelsboro United Methodist Church.??She is survived by her sister, Linda Buck Walker and brother-in-law, James Howard Walker, of Vancouver, Washington; daughter, Vicki Hacker and Ed Meinking; step-daughter, Lisa Scoppe Lewis and husband, Willie, of Cove City; step-son, Richard Joseph Scoppe, Jr. of Jacksonville; step-daughter, Shannon Potter and husband, John, of New Bern; three grandchildren, Cynthia Woolard Hill, Daniel Hacker, and Ashley Woolard, six step-grandchildren, Charles Doyle, Thomas Doyle, Morgan Potter, Willie Lewis, and Jonathan Lewis; three great-grandchildren, Ayden Hill, Naomi Hill and Tinley Synclare Hacker; nine step-great grandchildren, Brantley Lewis, Sarah Lewis, Mallorie  Lewis, Violet Lewis, Willie Lewis V, Charles Doyle II, Richard Doyle, Samuel Doyle and Willow Henderson; and many special nieces and nephews.??The greatest of her legacies was her tremendous love of her family and friends. She was a dear friend to many and never saw a stranger. She would make you feel valued and took the time to get to know everyone. She was the definition of southern hospitality and class and will be deeply missed by everyone that knew her. A true Southern Belle.??A private graveside service at Sandhill Cemetery in Reelsboro is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 11:00 am with Rev. Michael Roach officiating. The family will host a Celebration of Life for Emily when the COVID-19 gathering ban is lifted so that everyone can attend and fellowship to remember the amazing lady she was.??Emily’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Celiac Disease Foundation at this link: https://celiac.org/donate/.?
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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May 13, 2020

Mrs. Candace Elizabeth Batten Holliday, age 68, a resident of 87 Water Street, Aurora, died Monday, May 4, 2020 at her home.
A Celebration of her Life will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, May 9, 2020 at her home, which is probably 2 miles past the ferry in the Aurora Beach community.
Mrs. Holliday was born in Wilson County on October 21, 1951. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Elmon Batten and Elizabeth Gower Batten. Mrs. Holliday was the retired director of the Aurora Fossil Museum. She was a member of the Aurora United Methodist Church. Mrs. Holliday loved being outdoors, especially when fishing or fossiling. She was a lifetime member of Aurora EMS and participated in almost every Fire or EMS function they sponsored. Mrs. Holliday had the ability to make or create almost anything she set her mind to. She also had tremendous faith in the Lord.
Mrs. Holliday was married to J. Garland Holliday, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by five children, Joseph R. Wilder (Lisa), Bridgett W. Bonner (Kevin), David B. Wilder (Shannon), Christopher B. Holliday (Melissa), Kimberly H. Turner (Chris); 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Aurora EMS, P.O. Box 277, Aurora, N.C. 27806 and/or Aurora VFD, P.O. Box 667, Aurora, N.C. 27806
Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com
Paul Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington is honored to serve the Holliday family.

Frederick B. Davenport Jr., 70, of Merritt, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020, at home. He retired from the U.S. Civil Service MCAS-Cherry Point after 35 years. He was a member of Mt. Vernon Masonic Lodge #359. He enjoyed astronomy. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marjorie Davenport; daughters, Jennifer (Dail) Stephenson and Angela (Freddy) Nieves; sister, Jorja Davenport; and two grandchildren, Ryan Nieves and Zoey Stephenson. In honor of his wishes, there will be no services conducted.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested making memorial contributions to Mt. Vernon Masonic Lodge #359, PO Box 204, Oriental, NC 28571.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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May 6, 2020

Chandler Wray Hartwig, 19, of Arapahoe passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at home. He is an active member of Arapahoe FWB Church and active in his community. He is a 2018 Pamlico County High School Graduate where he was a member of the ROTC for four years. He was preceded in death by his father, David Hartwig. He is survived by his mother, Cynthia Hartwig; brothers, Austin and Kennith Hartwig; sisters, Klirissa Ormond and Kristyana Hartwig; nephew, Ryan Ormond; paternal grandmother, Bennie Sue Hartwig; maternal grandfather, William Veith; and maternal grandmother, Gabriele Veith. A public memorial service 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.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

Charles Frank Maimone, 88, of Minnesott Beach passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center. He was a member of Arapahoe United Methodist Church, a past master of Collingswood-Cloud Masonic Lodge # 101 and past president of Minnesott Golf & Country Club. He is survived by his daughter, Tracie Maimone Atkinson; sister, June Larsen; and grandchildren, Kelsie Rubin and Ryan Atkinson.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

Thora Hopkins Brothers, 85, of Aurora passed away Saturday, April 18, 2020, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center.
She was a member of Dublin Grove FWB Church. Thora was the daughter of Wiley and Amy Hopkins. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Hubert Brothers and three sons, Gary, William and David. She is survived by her brother, Bud (Taffy) Hopkins; and four sisters, Jackie Lawder; Stella (Steve) Ross, Sylvia Buck and Trula Tunstall. A graveside service was held Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at White Hill FWB Church Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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April 8, 2020

Cassandra Ward Hott, 39, of Merritt, passed away Sunday, April 5, 2020. She is survived by her father, William Ward; mother, Lucretia Ward; daughter, Jade McDaniels; brothers, Chad Ward and Clinton (Erica) Ward; niece, Naomi Ward; and nephew,
Nathan Ward.

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

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April 1, 2020

Harvey Paul Austin, 80, of Campbells Creek, NC, passed away Monday, March 23, 2020, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.
He is a member of Campbells Creek United Methodist Church and attended Pamlico United Methodist Church. He
was an honorary member of Campbells Creek Hunting Club and a U.S. Air Force veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Harvey and Hattie Paul Austin. He is survived by his wife, Sydney Anderson Austin; son, James “Jim” Austin and wife, Ann; daughters, Karen Austin Cayton and husband, Sid, and Paula Austin Gilgo and husband, Murray; grandchildren, Natalie (Justin) Sepulveda, Ashlea Austin (Bud) Robertson, Kara Cayton (Jordan) Egan, Madison Gilgo, and Andrew Gilgo; and two great grandchildren, Evy and Parker Sepulveda.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico UMC, c/o Tillie Roberts, 9985 NC Hwy 306 S, Arapahoe, NC 28510 or Campbells Creek UMC, 30323 NC Hwy 33 E, Aurora, NC 27806.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance

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March 11, 2020

Doris Bennett Krauss, 87, of Reelsboro passed away Friday, March 6, 2020, at home.
A lifetime resident of Reelsboro, she is a member of Reelsboro Methodist Church where she formerly served as the treasurer. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, the Pamlico Democratic Women and the VFW Women’s Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Claudie and Sydney Bennett; her sister, Mary Catherine Harper Holland; and her husband, John Krauss.
She is survived by sons, Michael (Kathryn) Krauss and James (Michelle) Krauss; grandchildren, Kimberly Caitlyn Krauss (Japeth) Whealton, Michael James Krauss and Trey (Gretchen) Willis; sister-in-law, Bert Krauss; nieces, Meredith (Jerry) Lee and Cynthia Yancey; nephew, Clem (Martha) Harper Jr. and sons, Eric, Will and Reid.
Her funeral will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 10th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Roach officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Sandhill Cemetery.
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 Reelsboro Methodist Church, 51 Holland Dr., New Bern, NC 28560.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Dora Owens Lee, age 83, of Aurora, NC, passed away on March 4, 2020.
Dora, also known as Dean, was born January 23, 1937, in Columbia, North Carolina to Roy and Maudie Owens. After graduating high school, she moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where she met her husband of 43 years, Robert Lee Sr. of Grantsboro, NC. The two moved to Aurora, NC where they operated the Aurora Texaco station. Later, they owned and operated Robert L. Lee Trucking, hauling seafood along the eastern seaboard for the next 25 years. As a young couple, they enjoyed boating and traveling together.
Dora has always been an avid crafter; including painting, knitting, and beading. After her husband’s passing in 2003, she thoroughly enjoyed spending time at the Pamlico County Senior Center.
She is survived by her daughter, Deborah O. Lee of Starkville, Mississippi, and her son, Robert Lee Jr. and his wife, Michelle, of Aurora, NC. Dora was also the proud Mema to two grandchildren, granddaughter, Kaitlyn Lee Watson and her husband, Aaron, of New Bern, NC and grandson, Harrison, of Lake Worth, Florida.
Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 7th at Joshua Rowe Cemetery at the corner of Walker Rd. & Walls Mill Rd., Aurora, NC.
The family will receive friends and relatives immediately following the service at the home and any other times prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico County Senior Center, PO Box 184, Alliance, NC 28509.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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Gregory “Greg” Paul Smith, 67, of Bayboro passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Crystal Coast Hospice House.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Glennie Smith and his granddaughter, Laurin Elizabeth Richardson.
He is survived by his wife, Gayle Smith; daughter, Kelly Lorraine (Keith) Richardson; brothers, Jerry Smith and Mike (Cherrie) Smith; sister, Pat Smith; grandson, Kason; and mother-in-law, Lillian “Cat” Zimmerman.
His memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 6th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to NCNG Education Foundation, 7410 Chapel Hill Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.


March 4, 2020

Karalee Koch Quick, 81, of Oriental passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.
She was a member of the Red Hat Society and the Tryon Treasures Dog Club of New Bern.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Quick.
She is survived by her son, Eric Quick; daughter, Debbie Ozel; brother, Chris Koch; and three grandchildren.
Her memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 7th at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.


February 26, 2020

George Hughes Beckwith was born May 14, 1942 in Charlottesville, Virginia to Julian Ruffin Beckwith and Lois Hughes Beckwith. Dr. Beckwith is survived by his sons George Hughes Beckwith Jr. (Anna) and Henry Dodge Beckwith, Psy.D.; his two sisters, Polly Hawkes (David) from Charlottesville, VA and Lois Johnson (Gary) from Bangor, ME and his brother Julian Beckwith (Joyce) from Watkinsville, GA.
After World War II, Julian and Lois and the Beckwith family moved to Clifton Forge, Virginia where they purchased property on the banks of the Cowpasture River, “The Farm”. This is where a young George Beckwith found his love for fishing and the outdoors and where he would return through the years, sharing the happiest times of his life with family and friends.
In 1953 his father accepted a teaching position at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The family returned to Charlottesville where George graduated Lane High School in 1960. He later attended Hampton Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia, becoming a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Married to Kathy Dodge in August of 1965, he was greeted by the birth of their first son, George Hughes Beckwith Jr. in July of 1970.
George was accepted into the University of Virginia School of Medicine and with great pride of his father, graduated in 1971. George and Kathy moved to Kentucky where George interned at the University of Kentucky. In 1972 his second son, Henry Dodge Beckwith was born. George completed his Residency in Internal Medicine/Fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Virginia from 1972-1976.
In 1976 George traded the clear waters of the Cowpasture River for the tannic waters of the Trent River and New Bern, North Carolina, exploring with his boys all that coastal North Carolina has to offer. George was very involved in the development of The Carolina East Cardiac Rehabilitation Program that has become extremely meaningful to people recovering from cardiac events in Eastern North Carolina. George was also very active with the American Heart Association, retiring from medicine after nearly 40 years.
George was thankful for his team of colleagues and nurses through the years and the many patients who adored him. The people of Eastern North Carolina and his family’s love for the coast kept him in New Bern, but any few days of leisure found him back on the clear waters of his childhood, working in his garden and sitting with friends on the porch of the log cabin that he always wanted.
We cannot count the times when we have been with dad, stopped by the family of his patients who thanked him for taking care of their loved ones. We would like to pass along our deepest and most heartfelt gratitude to all of his nurses and caregivers for their dedication, compassion and the dignity that they have given our father.
The family is overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and kindness that has been showered upon us by his colleagues, friends and patients. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to:
American Heart Association or
Craven County Hospice c/o Craven County Health Department Foundation PO Drawer 12610 New Bern, NC 28561
A memorial service is scheduled at Christ Episcopal Church in New Bern, North Carolina at 1:00 pm on March 14.

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E. Garland Cahoon, 92, of Arapahoe passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center.
He is a member of Bethany Christian Church where he served as a deacon, elder and trustee. Mr. Cahoon was a member of the Rainbow Masonic Lodge #479 in Arapahoe as well as a Shriner, was a charter member of Arapahoe Fire Dept., past president of Pamlico Co. Farm Bureau and was a soil & water conservation supervisor.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi Broughton Cahoon; and brother, John Wesley Cahoon.
He is survived by his son, Doug (Janci) Cahoon; daughter, Cynthia (Kos) Jackson; sister, Pat (Ronnie) Avery; four grandchildren, Steven (Gabrielle) Cahoon, Cathy Cahoon, Amber (Obie) Dancy and Kos Jackson III; and two great-grandchildren, Naomi Cahoon and Tesla Dancy.
His memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 29th at Bethany Christian Church with the Rev. Torrie Osgood and Rev. Merritt Watson officiating.
The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Christian Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 156, Arapahoe, NC 28510.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance, NC.

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Ray Lee 71, of Arapahoe passed away on February 15, 2020. He was many things to many people. A husband, a father, a grandfather and a friend. He also never met a stranger and had a special place in his heart for children. Ray served in the military and is an Army Veteran. He was also a baseball and umpire coach in his younger days. He loved Duke basketball. Hunting and hearing his dogs run were two of his passions. He was better known by his hunting buddies as "The Legend" and "Blue Devil". Ray loved to be outdoors and working with his hands. Ray has left his mark on the world and he will be forever missed and loved.
He was preceded in death by parents, Jesse and Albert Lee; daughter, Bridgit Corrine; late-wife, Susan Mayo Lee; sister, Mertie Bonner, and brother, Billy Lee.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Gibson-Lee; daughter, Polly (Paul) Allegra; step-daughters, Christina Scoggins and Dawn (Mike Burkett) Allan; grandchildren, Jacob and Paige Allegra; family by love, Rodney, Jen and Zoey Lynn; two brothers; and one sister.
Ray's service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 21st, at Bryant Funeral Home in Alliance with military honors. Pastor Rex Horne and Pastor Scott Fitzgerald will be officiating.
The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, North Carolina 28509.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

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February 17, 2020 - William Carl McCleney a resident of Oriental NC in Pamlico County passed away peacefully surrounded by family after a long illness. Bill was a veteran of the US Navy. He is preceded in death by his father Homer L. McCleney of Sanford, NC, mother Winifred Bond Leicester of Merry Hill, NC, sisters Patricia A. McCleney of Mans Harbor, NC. Holly M. Nixon of Warrenton, NC, Stephanie M. Keel of Greenville, NC, Uncle John W. Bond of Oriental, NC, and nieces, Gwendolyn E. Hodges of
Merritt, NC, and Marianne E. Padrick of Chinquapin, NC. Bill is survived by sisters Terry M. Edwards of Oriental, NC, Mary L. Padrick of Chinquapin, NC, aunt, Fay Bond of Oriental, NC, as well as several nieces, nephews, and multiple cousins. Bill chose to donate his body to the Brody School of Medicine in an act of unselfish kindness. There will be a private family service at Trent FWB Church , at171" Florence Rd. Merritt, NC on February 29,2020 at 2 PM.

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Jean Hall Turnage Phillips, 83, of Bayboro passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport.
She was a member of Temple Church in New Bern, NC. She worked at the Governor Tryon Hotel, Sagner’s Pants Factory, Texfi, was a Tupperware manager and retired from the US Postal Service after 22 years of service. She was a loving, hardworking wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and most recently, great-great grandmother. She was lovingly called Road Runner, Mama Jean and Granny Jean!
She was preceded in death by her baby daughter, Sharon Annette Turnage, parents, Andrew Franklin and Lanie Hill Hall, her brother, Elwood Hall and her husband, Amos Phillips.
She is survived by her sons, Herman (Paula) Turnage, Jr., Dwight Turnage, and her daughter, Vickie Turnage (Vince) Sevenski; sisters, Helen H. (Leland) Potter, Adaline H. Gray, Alice H. (Bruce) Sloan, and Kay H. (Carl) Hinz, grandchildren, Tamara S. (Shawn) Carawan, Duane (Luann) Turnage, Christa S. (Devon) Midgette, Ashley T. (James) Kube, Brandon (Jennifer) Sevenski, Dustin (Kelsey) Turnage, and Courtney T. (Drew) Sadler; 17 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild, many loved nieces and nephews, and a special best friend, Rachel Barnes.
Her funeral will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Temple Church in New Bern, NC. The family will receive friends and relatives beginning an hour prior to the service at the church and at other times at her residence at 2385 NC Hwy 304, Bayboro, NC.
In lieu of flower, donations may be made to Temple Church, 1500 Kingdom Way, New Bern, NC 28560 or the SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House, 100 Big Rock Way, Newport, NC 28570.


February 19, 2020

John Orde Rousseau 77, of Oriental passed away February 11, 2020.
John worked for Duke University as Director of the Computation Center and Measurement Incorporated. After he retired he enjoyed sailing at Kerr Lake and the Neuse, wood working in his shop, playing guitar and going to his vacation home in West Jefferson, NC.
He is survived by his wife, Lynne A. Rousseau; daughter, Christina Wilkinson of San Carlos, CA; step son, Brian McCain of Raleigh; son, Anthony Rousseau of Camarillo, CA;
A memorial service will be held 5:30pm Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Cotten Funeral Home. A reception will follow.
Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory. Online Condolences may be made to the Rousseau family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.

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Lottie Campen Caroon, 80, of Lowland passed away Monday, February 17, 2020, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.
She was a lifelong member of Warden’s Grove Free Will Baptist Church, a member of the Gideon Auxiliary, the 55+ Club and a member of the Bayboro Chapter of Eastern Star #189. She co-owned and operated Caroon Brothers Seafood, Inc. for 40+ years. She was active in her community, serving on the board of Goose Creek Community Development. She cherished her role as wife, mother and especially Granny.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert S. & Mollie Campen; husband, L. Reginald Caroon; daughter, Angel Caroon Woodard; brother, Eric A. Campen; and brother-in-law, Bob Johnson.
She is survived by three sons, Randy (Susan) Caroon, Dwight (Kim) Caroon and Tracy (Amy) Caroon; daughter, Teresa (Paul) Grubbs; son-in-law, Robbie Woodard; brothers, Floyd (Martha) Campen and Albert L. Campen; sister, Edith C. Johnson; sister-in-law, Elizabeth L. Campen; 10 grandsons; seven great-grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.
Her funeral will be held 6:00 p.m., Thursday, February 20th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends and relatives immediately following the service at the funeral home.
Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 22nd at Greenleaf Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Gideons International, PO Box 37, Bayboro, NC 28515, L. Reginald & Lottie C. Caroon Endowment at Mount Olive College, 634 Henderson St. Mount Olive, NC 28365, White Stone Assisted Living Home for Eastern Star, 700 S. Holden Rd., Greensboro, NC 27407 or Warden’s Grove FWB Church, c/o Nancy Leary, 3940 Lowland Rd., Lowland, NC 28552.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.


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.