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Obituaries


Ray Wheeler Bennett, 80, of Reelsboro, North Carolina joined The Lord on Saturday, July 7, 2018 lovingly surrounded by his family.Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Milford Rex Bennett, Sr. and Isla L. Bennett, brother, Milford Rex Bennett, Jr. and sister, Margaret B. Toler. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carolyn Piner Bennett; two daughters, Sandra Gillespie (David) of Rockledge, Florida, and Sharon Koprowski (Jaye) of New Bern; son, Ray Bennett Jr. (Lisa) of Reelsboro; six grand-children; two great-grandchildren; brother, Ken M. Bennett; sister, Mildred B. Green along with his brother and sister in-laws, nieces, and nephews.Ray led a truly fulfilling life and was at his happiest when spending time with his family. He was a life-long active member of New Hope Christian Church and a devout follower of Christ. He was an avid card player, hunter, and fisherman. He enjoyed traveling cross country in his motorhome with his wife, Carolyn. Always ready to see the humor in almost anything, Ray brought joy and laughter to all who knew him.Outside the home, Ray found success running his plumbing business, Bennett Plumbing, for 30 years. His second career brought him closer to one of the things he loved most, Ice Cream! For 10 years Ray worked as a Regional Territory and Franchise Development Manager for Dairy Queen and Maola Milk and Ice Cream Company. All who were fortunate enough to call Ray family or friend now hold on to cherished memories.His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 11th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Roach offici-ating. Interment will follow immediately in Sandhill Cemetery.The family will receive friends and relatives beginning at 1 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Flowers are appreciated or donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern NC Chapter, 3739 National Drive Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27612.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Dr. Edward M. Lieberman, PhD, 80, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018. A native of Lowell, MA, Edward was a retired professor from ECU and enjoyed sailing and fishing. He also got into restoring cars in his later years.Sadly, he was preceded in death by his wife, Harriett in 2016 and his daughter Dana in 2017.A celebration of Ed’s life will be Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 4-7:00 p.m. at M&M’s Cafe in Oriental. Those wishing to offer condolences may visit www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Ed’s name, may be made to any Democratic Party member running for office.Ed is survived by his son, Kurt M. Lieberman, and wife Ivy, of Wake Forest, NC; his daughter, Lynn Lieberman Lowery, M.D., and husband Andrew Beard, of La Plata, MD. He also leaves behind his dear grandchildren Ben and Gabe Lieberman and Ari and Zoe Amowitz.Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Lieberman family.
Elizabeth Ashlee O’Neal, 30, of New Bern passed away on June 23, 2018.She is survived by her father, David O’Neal of Pamlico County, mother, Jennifer O’Neal of New Bern; sister, Victoria O’Neal of Arapahoe; Maternal Grandparents, George and Catherine O’Neal of Messic; Uncle, Mark O’Neal of Lowland; Aunt, Dr. Joy Fridey of CA; Step-Mother, Socorro Silveira of Brazil and Step-Sister, Jessica Williams of Pamlico Co.; Step-Brothers, Kevin DeOliveira & Eric DeOliveira.A memorial service was held Saturday, June 30th, 2018 at the First Baptist Church, in New Bern. Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory. Online condolences may be made to the O’Neal Family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com
Teresa Lupton Morris, January 13, 1959 – July 1, 2018
Teresa Gail Lupton was born January 13, 1959 in Morehead City, NC. Raised in Arapahoe, NC, she attended Pamlico County High School where she met the love of her life in 1974 and graduated in 1977. In 1981 she was second runner-up in the Miss Wilson Pageant, an official preliminary pageant to Miss North Carolina and Miss America. Teresa went back to school as a single mom in her thirties to earn her degree in Environmental Science. With her degree in hand she went to work for the North Carolina Division of Water Quality on the Neuse River Rapid Response Team. She loved her career and she loved working on the waters of Eastern North Carolina. In 2008 she reconnected with her high school sweetheart, and in 2010 she finally became Teresa Morris.Teresa was a kind and generous person, always seeing the best in others and encouraging those around her to reach for the best within themselves. She loved to sing and will be remembered for her beautiful voice. Teresa was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Teresa is survived by the love of her life, her husband Stephen Morris, her daughter Victoria Hardison, her parents Annie Wiggins Flowers (and husband, Doug Flowers) and Graydon Lupton (and wife, Pat Lupton), her sister Linda Williams Morning (and husband, Curt Morning), her nephews Steven Lupton, RJ Lupton, Troy Swindell, Jr. and niece, Amber Taylor. She is predeceased by her brothers, Grady Lupton and Robert Lupton.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Thursday, July 5th, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church, 7970 NC Hwy. 306, Arapahoe, NC.
Arrangements made by Bryant Funeral Home, Alliance, NC.
On June 29, 2018, with loving family by his side, Nicholas John Santoro succumbed to cancer after a valiant three-year effort to overcome it. Nick was born in Manhattan, NY on February 15, 1942 to Annarosa and Nicholas Paul Santoro. Shortly thereafter his family moved to Tenafly, NJ where he was raised. Nick graduated from American University in 1965 with a degree in eastern religion and philosophy. After applying his inter-ests in psychology and economics to a short career as a stockbroker during the flagging market of the early 1970s, he felt compelled to find a more secure way to support his wife and daughter (one word: plastics). Rather than reside in the city where his job was located, Nick and Jeannette chose to live where they could sail, garden, and otherwise enjoy the outdoors while raising their only child. For twenty years they lived in a log cabin in the woods of northern New Jersey on Greenwood Lake – near the last stop on the New Jersey Transit Bus line. Nick’s commute was grueling, an hour and a half ride that could take more than twice that in the snow or traffic. In 1982 he survived a PATH train fire under the Hudson River that would change his fate. The Tuesday March 16 headline in the NY Post read. “HUNDREDS FELLED BY PATH BLAZE”. The harrowing experience strengthened his resolve to find an alternative path forward. With a vision of making a living based on their love of sailing, Nick and Jeannette traded their home in the northeast for a plot of land on the “inner banks” of coastal North Carolina. Over the course of several years they built their dream of owning and running a small sailboat marina in Whortonsville, a rural community (sometimes referred to as more of a state of mind than a fixed geographical location) near the Intracoastal Waterway and the town of Oriental known as “The Sailing Capital of NC”. Shortly after moving to Whortonsville, Nick and Jeannette established the Whortonsville Yacht and Tractor Club – a loose organization designed to accommodate everyone regardless of yacht or tractor ownership. From 1990 until 2009 the Santoros hosted the locally renowned WYTC Summer Solstice Sailebration, an annual pursuit race employing an elaborately-crafted handicapping system to ensure that boats of any class or size would have the same odds of winning. Prizes included the perpetual Whortonsville Cup (a coffee cup-shaped cookie jar filled with homemade cookies) and loaves of Miss Reba’s freshly baked bread. The last-place boat was awarded an overgrown zucchini. Fun was had by all. In 2016 Nick published a book named for the Whortonsville Yacht and Tractor Club contain-ing a slightly fictionalized account of his transformation from harried New York City commuter to proprietor of Ensign Harbor and the commodore of the WYTC. Copies are available at the Inland Waterway Provision Company in Oriental, with all proceeds going to benefit local causes. Not many have the good fortune to realize their dreams. Nick, in partnership with his beloved wife of nearly 50 years (Sadly Jeannette was taken by the same disease in September of 2017), most certainly did. He often remarked that he and Jeannette had found a small slice of heaven on earth in Whortonsville and on the Pamlico Sound. Nick served on the Pamlico County Planning Board for 23 years. He enjoyed playing tennis with a local group of friends. He will be remembered for his gregarious nature, his wit, his love of music, and his generous spirit. He will be missed by the many friends and family who knew and loved him, most of all by his daughter who rarely beat him at chess but who occasionally beat him in Sunfish match racing. Nick is survived by his beloved daughter Alyce Santoro and husband Julian Mock; sister Mary Pitts and brother-in-law Dr. Lawrence Pitts; niece Jennifer Pitts and husband Sankar Muthu and their children Lucia and Nicholas; nephew John Pitts; brother-in-law Ralph Larsen and sister-in-law Josephine Larsen; nephew Myles Larsen and wife Heather and their children Grant and Masten; nephew Paul Larsen; niece Caroline Larsen Simpson and her husband Jesse and their children Alyssa, Owen, Juliana, and Theadora; and many much-loved friends and neighbors.A celebration of Nick’s life will take place at Ensign Harbor in Whortonsville from 3 to 5pm on Sunday July 8. Light refreshments will be served. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Nick’s name to Heartworks (heart-worksnc.org), a nonprofit agency that provides guidance and services to local families and children in need. 

Edward M. Lieberman, 80, of Merritt, died Saturday, June 23, 2018.
Arrangements by Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations
Mattie Edmundson Spencer, 91, of Merritt, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018, at home.She was preceded in death by her parents, William Claud & Emma McCleese Edmundson; brothers, Andrew and Jack; sister, Fonnie; and husband, Sam “S.J.” Spencer Jr.She is survived by sons, William E. Spencer and wife, Connie, of Milton, Fl., Sam J. Spencer III and wife, Angela, of Merritt and Claud J. Spencer and wife, Cathy, of Alliance; daughter, Carolyn S. Jones and husband, Bruce, of New Bern; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchil-dren.Her graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 26th at Concord Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Riley Green and Dr. Robert Cayton officiating.The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday evening at Bryant Funeral Home.In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contri-butions be made to Concord Christian Church c/o Diane Lupton, 4394 Florence Rd., Merritt, NC 28556.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

David “Dave” Walter Trott, 75, of New Bern passed away Monday, June 11, 2018, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. Dave graduated from Duke University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Princeton University with his Masters in Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Textile Technology with a Masters in Textile Engineering. Dave was a loyal employee of Celanese Corporation for 34 years. In Dave’s retirement, he loved to travel and volunteer as an algebra tutor at Southside High School for 10 years. Dave loved golf and his other passions were model railroading and Duke Basketball. Dave handled his health challenges with strength and grace. He will be greatly missed. David Walter Trott was a loving husband, father and grandfather (Dah) to his wife, Margaret Trott of New Bern; son, Gary Trott and wife, Joclyn of Greensboro, GA; daughter, Debby Hollowell and husband, Steven, of Bayboro; sister-in-law, Margaret “Meg” Trott of Seven Fountains, Virginia; cousin, Anne Daly of Moneta, Virginia; and seven grandchildren, Allison, Ashley, Garrett, Ben, Kai, Jayden and Lauren.His memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, June 16th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives immediately following the service at The Chelsea Restaurant, New Bern.In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to The American Cancer Society, 2202 Wrightsville Ave. Suite 111, Wilmington, NC 28403.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Virginia “Cricket” Hoffman Draughon, 101, of Oriental, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was a charter member of the Pamlico Presbyterian Church and a member of the Eastern Star. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lisker Draughon. She is survived by one son, Charles L. Draughon, Sr of Oriental; one sister, Edna Whorton of Oriental; two grandchildren, Amanda and Charles Draughon, Jr and 2 great grandchildren. Her funeral service was held at 3:00 PM Saturday, June 16 at the Pamlico Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Adam Christiansan officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church and at other times at 338 Green Bay Rd., Oriental.Flowers are appreciated but memorials made be made to the Pamlico Presbyterian Church, 1085 Kershaw Rd., Oriental, NC 28571.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance, NC.
Lillie Fair Ireland Swindell, 79, of New Bern, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Crystal Coast Hospice House. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Swindell Sr.; daughter, Patty Ann Sadler; and great-grandchild, John Michael Jr.She is survived by one son, Vernon Swindell Jr.; brother, Tillman Ireland and wife, Karen; sister, Nancy Rhoden; grandchild, John Michael Gaylord; and great-grandchildren, Jalyn and Addisyn. Her memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 22nd at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wanda Atkinson officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family requested memorial donations be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Wesley Johnson Robinson, 86, of Alliance passed away Friday, June 1, 2018, at home. He was a member of WOW, American Legion, D.A.V., V.F.W. and worked with Meals on Wheels. He is survived by his son, Charles A. Robinson; daughter, Helen M. Price; brothers, Leslie Robinson and Daniel Robinson; five grandchildren, Michael Brown, Wesley Brown, Kyle Brown, Joseph “Joey” Robinson and Douglas Robinson. Graveside services with military honors were held on Thursday, June 7th at the Lakeside Chapel at Greenleaf Memorial Park with the Rev. Scott Fitzgerald officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Pamlico, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Carl Major Baxley Jr., 83, of Oriental passed away Monday, June 4, 2018, at home. He was a proud veteran of the Korean Conflict and was an active member of Oriental United Methodist Church. After retiring from an Aero Space Company in Maryland as Director of Management Information Systems, Carl sailed “Moon Shadow”, his 37 ft. Irwin, from the Chesapeake Bay to the Sailing Capital of North Carolina. Since relocating to Oriental 22 years ago, Carl became active in the community serving as President of both Station 19 Fire and Rescue and the Old Theater. Volunteered at HOPE Clinic and Meals On Wheels. He was an avid sailor and served as Commodore of the Sailing Club of Oriental. He was also a member of the Ham Radio Club (PARS), the Lower Neuse Anglers (LNA) fishing club and Thursday night Poker guys. His life story was full of genuine, robust accomplishments and ambitious adventures. He was preceded in death by his sister, Audrey and grandson, Tyler. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Catherine Baxley; sons, Mark Baxley (Tracey) and Carl Andrew Baxley (Susan); daughters, Peggy Zublick (Michael) and Carol Roese; step-son, Steven Hale; brother, Bill Baxley; seven grandchildren, Zoe Lynn, Kyle, Jessica, Shaun, Danny, Michelle and Christopher; step-grandsons, Logan and Justin; and one great-granddaughter, Kayleigh. His memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., June 14th at Oriental United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Weaver officiating.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 Oriental United Methodist Church, PO Box 70, Oriental, NC 28571 or Hospice of Pamlico, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
William Howard Ward, Jr. 85, of Lecanto, FL went home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on June 2, 2018 at 10:45 AM at Hospice of Citrus County. He is survived by his beloved wife, Evelyn of 64 years of marriage, and two sons, William S. of Merritt, NC and Steven H. of Lecanto, an infant daughter Kristin Lynn preceded him in death in 1965. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, Chad R. Ward, Cassandra Ward-Hott, and Clinton J. Ward, all of NC and Ashley Coleman of Decatur, TN and Steven J. Ward of Crystal River, FL and Kelsey Rhodes of Charlotte, NC, as well as, 6 great grand-children. Howard was born April 24, 1933 in Cleveland, OH to William Howard Ward, Sr. and Dorothy Lister Ward. He came to Henry Co. as a ward of the Lutheran Children’s Aid Society to the foster homes of Adolph and Esther Teitje, and Paul and Betty Schlotterbeck, where he was introduced to farming and carpentry. He attended elementary school in West Hope and graduated from Deshler High School in 1953, where he played basketball, a member of FFA and school chorus and played trumpet in the high school marching band.In September, 1953, he married his school sweetheart and entered the army and served as Border Patrol in Germany 1953-1955. After his mili-tary duty he returned to farming. He was caretaker of Dorchester Farms Estate in Kirtland, OH and became an apprentice carpenter with A&A Home Improvement Co. and later began his own company with his two sons called Howard Ward & Sons Construction Co. Howard and his wife Evelyn served as short-term missionaries with Missions Outreach, Inc. building churches, orphanages, and sharing the gospel. They lead youth/teen & adult teams to India, Papua New Guinea, West Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Costa Rica, and Brazil from 1985-1990.In 2009, Howard moved to Lecanto, FL to retire, though he continued in the home improvement business. His hobby was carpentry and he put-tered in his shop making wood toys, small furniture, and novelty items. He was actively busy through 2017.He attended Hernando Church of the Nazarene and was a member of the choir. There will be a celebration of life service on Monday, June 18th at 2:00 PM at New Life Praise & Worship Ministries in Grantsboro, NC. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of Citrus County or to Samaritans Purse.
Mrs. Cora Lee Manning Harris aka “Granny”, 96, of the Reelsboro community, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Tommie Frank Harris and her son-in-law, Raymond Lewis.The family will receive friends 6-8 PM, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Reelsboro Christian Church and her funeral will be 11:00 AM, Wednesday at the church with Rev.Bob Cayton and her grandson, Rev. Ray Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Sand Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Pamlico County PO Box 6 Bayboro, NC 28515, or www.hospiceofpamlico.org; or meals on Wheels (otherwise known to Granny as “Wheels on Meals” 800 Main St. Alliance, NC 28509.Granny’s legacy includes her daughter, Annette Lewis; son, Alton (Debra) Harris, of the Reelsboro community; and her daughter Sandra (Don) Griffin, of Nags Head, NC. She was blessed with six grand-children, Ray (Terri) Lewis, of Grantsboro; Sherry (Mike) Thompson, of New Bern; Tina (Mike) Mills, of Summerville, SC; Debi (Brian) Edwards, of New Bern; Dana (Larry) Monk, of New Bern; and Crystal (Dan) Osada, of Philadelphia, PA. She also leaves behind her eight wonderful great grandchildren, Nick (Christie) Lewis, Michael (Kaitlyn Thomas) Thompson, Steven Thompson, Kayla andKendall Mills, Zach Edwards, Athena and Taylor Rose; as well as two great great grandkids, Ava Grace and Carter.
Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Harris Family.

Dorothy L. “Dottie” Singleton Mills, 78, died Thursday, May 24, 2018 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was born in Kinston on October 11, 1939, daughter of the late Walter Dawson and Rena Lanier Singleton. Dottie and her husband Fred owned Mills Radio & TV for many years. She was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Free Will Baptist Church where she did alot of volunteer work with children and was a member of Circle 7. Her yard was her showplace as flower were her passion. One of her favorite pastimes was fishin and crabbing at Beard’s Creek in Arapahoe.She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Fred Mills, Jr.; one son, Greg Mills and wife Cynthia of Greenville; two daughters, Lynn Dixon and husband Jerry of New Bern and Patsy Heatley of Charlotte; two brothers, Durwood Singleton and wife Cathy, and Linwood Singleton and wife Lynda; one sister, Sarah S. Strickland and husband Lee; three grandchildren, Melissa Smith andhusband Adam, Jeff Dixon and wife Meghan and Josh Mills; two great-grandchildren, Riley Dixon and Samantha Smith; and many beloved nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Leslie George Singleton and Walter “Buddy” Singleton.The family received friends at Pollock-Best Funeral Home on Sunday, May 27 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. officiate by her son Rev. Greg Mills and her nephew Rev. Steve Singleton. Burial followed at Greenleaf Memorial Park. Those wishing to offer condolences or send the family a note may visitwww.pollockbest.com
Jean Taylor Gribok, 70, died May 9, 2018. Born in Portsmouth to the late Lloyd E. Taylor and Jean Taylor Hamaker, she resided in Kill Devil Hills in the 80s working in property management and banking. In 1989 she moved to Oriental, NC, where she developed a business plan, established, owned and managed a favorite local restaurant, “Scoot’s Pizza.”An avid reader, her Kindle was her best friend. A self-professed luddite, she had a masterful vocabulary and prided herself as a grammarian. Jeanie returned to Portsmouth in 1995 and worked as a loan office until she retired. She enjoyed herb gardening, cooking, sketching, swimming, entertaining and visiting with family and friends. She loved playing Bridge weekly from age sixteen with her group of best friends. Passionate to her causes, Jeanie fought cancer three times, beating it twice. Her unexpected passing has left a void in our family indescribable by words. In addition to her parents, Jean was predeceased by her brother, Lloyd Eric Taylor. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Denis Gribok; her sister, Janie Taylor Head; her children, Frank Elwood Halstead (Maria), Laura Medlin White (Nick), and Paul Gribok; her sister-in-law, Brenda Jobst (Dan); her niece, Erica Taylor Ewoldt; grandchildren Frank Halstead, Jr. (Linda), Audrey Chapman (Sam), Kathryn Halstead, Eleni White, Yianni White; and great-grandchildren, Ofelia Halstead, Olivia Halstead, and James “Sammy” Chapman, III.A memorial service was held at 12 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Baker-Foster Funeral Home, 5685 Lee Farm Ln., Suffolk with Father Tony Morris presiding. A celebratory reception immediately followed at Denis and Jean’s home. Burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Her Foundation, PO Box 2187, Portsmouth, VA 23702. Condolences and happy stories may be shared at BWFosterFuneralHome.com.
Kathleen Gardner Murphy was born in Lynn, MA on September 27, 1936. She passed from this earthly plane on May 28, 2018, surrounded by her adoring family in Oriental, NC. Kathleen leaves behind Francis, her devoted husband of 60 years; 6 children: Brian (m) Marian, Laura (m) Braxton Baldridge, Stephanie (m) Johnny Murray, Cindy (m) Steven Mendel, Christopher (m) Jenelyn, and Gardner (m) Rebecca; 5 grandchildren: Brendon (m) Carolyn, Kye (m) Andrea, Caylin, Devyn and Jenna; 5 great grandchildren: Aidan, Annalise, Sean, Phineas and Nora Frances. Kathleen was raised in Lynn, MA and is predeceased by 5 siblings.Kathleen graduated from Lynn Hospital School of Nursing in the class of 1957, and completed post-graduate studies at Boston University. She was an obstetrical nurse at Lynn Hospital, and later an RN Nurse Counselor for Hospice of Pamlico County in Bayboro, NC. Kathleen also participated in the Harvard Nurses’ Study, beginning in 1976, which examined risk factors for major chronic diseases in women over a 40-year period.Kathleen was known for her immense talents and eclectic interests. In addition to being a published poet, she enjoyed sailing, camping, birdwatching, singing, and laughter. She was also an avid antique collector, dealer, and shop owner.Kathleen was a shining beacon of love and joy for all who knew her. She planted seeds of music and magic everywhere she walked---seeds that have flourishe into a legacy that is forever carried forward by her lovingfamily.Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, 1149 White Farm Rd., Oriental, NC, on Thursday, May 31st. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Pamlico County (Bayboro) and the Community Homecare and Hospice of Newbern.Like a dream she comes in the nighttime, And like a rose she blooms in the day, Like the moon she rises above me, And like the sun she lights my way, She lights my way…Song written by Brian and Gardner Murphy

Gordon Albert Schwarzer, 84, of Oriental passed away Friday, May 4, 2018, at home.He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Schwarzer and wife, Nancy; daughter, Pam Socks and husband, Tim; brother, Donald Schwarzer and wife, Elsi; and three grandchildren, Nicholas Schwarzer, Scott Schwarzer and Kasey Socks.Mr. Schwarzer will be inurned in Arlington Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Pamlico, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Lucy “Peggy” Gilgo Hutson, 73, of Greensboro, NC passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018, at Beacon Place Hospice Facility in Greensboro, NC. A Celebration of Life was held at Greensboro Arboretum in Greensboro, NC.Peggy is survived by her husband of 48 years, Philip Hutson, her daughter(s) and son-in-law(s); Jenny and Jeff Price of Marshville, NC and Lucy Nan and David Frankena of Greensboro, NC., four grandchildren; Crystal and Jesse Price, Jack and Nicole Richmond, and great-grandson Levi Carpenter, plus many other family members and friends.Peggy loved seafood, enjoyed entertaining her friends and family, relaxing on the lake, and helping friends, family and flowers grow. The Family celebrated Peggy’s life from 2:00-4:00pm on Tuesday, May 8th at the Greensboro Arboretum, Tanger Family Wedding Gazebo, 401Ashland Drive, Greensboro, NC 27403.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Shiners Hospitals for Children by visiting www.donate.lovetotherescue.org.

Michael Alan Golder, 10/20/54-4/21/18, of Arapahoe, NC was born in Queens, NY to Walter and Joan Olsen Golder, attended school in Queens graduating high school in 1973. He attended Farmingdale State College then attended Cornell University, graduating in 1979 with a Bachelor’s in food science. He worked for Coca-Cola in Maspeth and Rochester, NY for many years before moving to North Carolina in 2001 to escape winter. He then worked for The City of New Bern Wastewater Facility until his passing.He leaves behind his loving wife, Christine; sisters, Jan (James) Hokenburg of Alburg, Vermont and Katherine Golder of Oyster Bay, NY; stepchildren, Logan and Ryan Multer White; two step-grandchildren; and in-laws, Robert & Nancy Multer. He was known for his love of gambling, sense of humor and love of animals, especially cats. An informal wake will be held at his residence on May 3rd from 2 to 5 p.m. for friends and family.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.
James Thomas Curtis, 81, of New Bern passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport.He is survived by his son, James L. Curtis; and grandson, John “Jack” N. Curtis.His funeral was held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 28th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rick Brooks officiating. Interment followed in Oriental Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Anne Hughes Stevenson Smith, long-time resident of Oriental, NC, passed away at the age of 94 on April 27, 2018 at the Life Transitions Hospice Home of Raleigh, NC.Anne was born in Oriental, NC in 1923; grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Pamlico County, NC. She attended Women’s College of Greensboro (now UNCG) and Wagner School of Nursing in New York, receiving her Register Nurse credentials in 1946. During her career, she worked at Craven County Hospital in New Bern as an operating nurse and late as a Craven County Health Department nurse. She traveled extensively as an army wife with her first husband, Major Joseph Graham Stevenson; serving in Germany, Thailand and Korea before his death in 1962. Anne married Thomas W. Smith of Oriental in 1969 and for 48 years lived happily on the waterfront of the Neuse. She was active in the community, helped wit the family business W J Smith and Sons, faithfully attending oriental First Baptist Church, where she loved sending cards and baking for the sick and homebound.She is predeceased by her husbands and her sister Georgie Hughes of Fuquay Varina, NC. She is survived by and will be greatly missed by her three daughters and sons-in-law, Grace and Mike Beagle of Durant, Oklahoma, Joanne and Eddie Medlin of Apex, NC Mary and Bill Mills of Cary, NC; daughter-in-law Joanne Smith of Arapahoe, NC, a loving caregiver; four grand-children Chris Sanders, Chad Hunning, Jason Hunning and Katie Almaguer; and five great grandchildren, Avery, Luke, Layla, Carter and Grant, who lovingly called her “ol ma”.A private family graveside service will be held. The family suggest memorial contributions be made to Oriental First Baptist Church or Transitions Life Care of Wake County.
Online condolences may be made to www.wakefuneral.com.

Mattie Pearl Wilkinson-Williamson, 95, of Arapahoe, NC, formerly from Raleigh, NC went to heaven on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.Mattie Pearl was born in Silver Hill, NC to Mattie and Smith Paul on April 15, 1923.Miss Mattie retired from the US Department of Health and Welfare working with the U.S. Bureau of Census as a Supervisory Field Representative in 1988 after 33 years of service. In May of 1987 Miss Mattie received the Bronze Medal Award for Superior Federal Service.Miss Mattie was a past member of The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century and Daughters of The American Revolution.Miss Mattie was a member of Bayboro Missionary Baptist Church in Bayboro, NC.She loved her church family, her friends, her many nieces and nephews, and most of all she loved her immediate family. “Grandmur” as she was called, always had a beautiful smile and a quick hug to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Miss Mattie, Aunt Mattie Pearl, Grandmur, and Mother will be missed by all.She was preceded in death by her parents, Mattie and Smith Paul; three brothers; five sisters; two hus-bands, Johnie A. Wilkinson Sr. (33 years) and Cullen Williamson (11 years); son, Johnie A. Wilkinson Jr.; three step-sons, Don Wilkinson, Eddie Williamson and Louis Williamson.She is survived by son, LaVon Wilkinson; daughter, Sue Wilkinson Thompson and husband, Kurt Sr.; step-daughter, Cullene Williamson Schneider and husband, Jeff; eight grandchildren, Johnie A. Wilkinson III(wife, Kerry, and 5 children), Chris Wilkinson, Ryan Wilkinson(2 children), Kelli Wilkinson, Kurt Thompson Jr. (wife, Alexandra, and 3 children), Jeff Thompson (wife, Gwyn, and 2 children), Brad Wilkinson(wife, Amy, and 1 child), Wendy Wilkinson Falkowski (husband, Rob); and many nieces and nephews.Visitation with family will be held at 1:00 p.m. and funeral services at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21st at Bayboro Missionary Baptist Church. Close friend and pastor of Bayboro Missionary Baptist Church, Scott Fitzgerald, will officiate the service. Flowers or memorial contributions may be made to Bayboro Missionary Baptist Church, 101 Main St., PO Box 276, Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
In Memory of Phyllis Marie Parsons Walker of Aurora (1934-2018)Phyllis Marie Parsons Walker was born in Iowa, Louisiana on May 11, 1934, daughter of Dorothy Storer Parsons and Roy Parsons of Kansas. Her father and his brother went to Louisiana to work in the oil fields near Iowa. Her brother, Larry Milton Parsons, was bon when Phyllis was one and a half years old. Her father, Roy, died leaving her mother with two very young children. Dorothy took Larry with her to Ft. Stockton, Texas where she found work and lived with her maternal grandmother. Phyllis was left with Dorothy’s parents in Iowa, Louisiana and was reared as part of their family. Eventually Dorothy Married D.C. Lykins and returned to Louisiana. Phyllis was reunited with her mother, brother, and stepfather. Her half brother Dennis Lykins was born in 1947. Phyllis graduated from Iowa High School and in March 1952 married a young airman from Aurora, NC, Tech Sergeant R.H. Walter, Jr. When R.H. was discharged from the Air Force, they moved to Aurora, NC where he worked on the family farm. In 1957 they returned to Iowa, Louisiana where R.H. worked for Cities Service Oil Company, Agri-Electric and Kronos Chemicals from which he retired in the late 1990’s. They built a home in Iowa in the early sixties and were an active part of the Methodist Church and community. In 1966 they adopted a young son, Daniel H. Walker. Phyllis’s life during these years was centered around R.H., Dan, and the amilies of her many aunts, uncles and cousins.During the 1980’s Phyllis suffered the loss of her mother, brother and stepfather. On December 31, 2003, R.H. passed away after a long battle with cancer. In 2004, Phyllis moved back to Aurora, NC to be near her son Dan, daughter-in-law, Grace, and her only grandchild, Austin Walker. She is survived by her brother, Dennis Lykins and wife, Shirley of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, an aunt, Juanita Smith of Gonzales, Louisiana, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition, she is survived by R.H.’s family, Robena Walker (husband Dalton, deceased), Thomas Walker (wife Joan, deceased), and Webster Walker and wife, Bonnie, and many Walker nieces and nephews. While in Aurora, Phyllis enjoyed her many friends and was a member of the Senior Club of Aurora and the Edward Christian Church Senior Group. She attended Mary’s Chapel Christian Church until her death on February 19, 2018. A graveside service for Phyllis was held on February 22, 2018 by her pastor Rick Watford at the Joshua Rowe Cemetery on the Walker Road near her home.
George Micheal “Mike” Toler, 58, of Caton, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018.He was born in Craven County, son of James Luther and the late, Edna Rowe Toler. He grew up on the family farm in the Caton community and worked at the Weyerhaeuser Saw Mill for 40 years.He was a simple man, not needing a lot from anyone or this world to be happy-he was just happy to be in it. He overcame so much in his life to be the sweet, loving man he was. He could have been such a different person but chose love, forgiveness, grace and kindness for his life.He enjoyed hunting, fishing and relaxing in his shop.He is survived by his father, James Luther Toler of Caton; wife, Deborah “Debbie” Toler of Grantsboro; children, Lisa Lynn Buttita of Raleigh, Melanie Asby (Michael, Jr.) of Blounts Creek, Michael Toler of Caton, Maria Norris of Jacksonville, Jessica Phillips of Grantsboro, Crystal P. Simeon (Brad) of Vandemere, Brandon Phillips (Kiyomi) of Maryland and Nathan Phillips of Tennessee; brothers, Wayne (Cathy), William Shady “Pee-Wee” (Wanda), all of Caton, and James “Jimmy” Henry (Pamela), of Greenville; 18 grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Edna Rowe Toler; beloved step-mother, Mary Toler; paternal grandparents, Bill & Nan Toler; mater-nal grandparents, Shady & Martha Rowe; brother, Raymond McLean Toler and daughter, Sherri Norris.His funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 25th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Nancy Wallace officiating. The family received friends and relatives from 6 to 8 pm. on Tuesday evening at Bryant Funeral Home.In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research, Lustgarten Foundation, 415 Crossways Park Dr. Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Mr. Timothy James Egan, age 59, died Saturday, April 21, 2018. Memorial Service at 10:30 am Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church. The family will receive guests prior to the service in the chapel.
Arrangements by Congleton Funeral Home and Cremations, 3205 E. 10th Street, Greenville, NC.

Joseph Keys “Buddy” Long, Jr., 66 of Nashville, GA, formerly of Pamlico County, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2018 at South Georgia Medical Center.He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Keys Long and mother, Clara Long Voliva, and one brother, Jimmy Jay Banks; a special brother- in0law, Mark Domroe and nephew, Michael Griffin.He is survived by one son, Joseph K. Long, III; one daughter Christina Long Russell (Steven); three grandchildren, Sherry, Joseph K, IV, and Samantha Jean Long; three sisters Linda Long Brownlee, Nancy Domroe, and Cathy Gillespie (Mike); one broth-er, John Calvin Long (Barbara); and a special aunt, Nancy Cayton Ireland; his ex-wife, Shirley Ireland Long and numerous nieces and nephews, Julia Brownlee, Renee Reel, Ringo Long, John C,. Long, Jr., Don Griffin, Jr., Miichaela G. Hurley, Nicholas Keyes Gillespie, Jimmy J. Banks, Jr. and Crystal Banks.
At his request he will be cremated and no funeral services will be held.
Stone Wall - Rhoda Lipkins, 81, of Pamlico died April 14,2018, at Chatham Commons Assisted Living, Cary North Carolina.
Arrangements will be announced by Gibbs Funeral Home, New Bern.

Tamara Alane Potter, 24, of Orange Park, Florida passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018, at home. Tamara, also known as Tammy, was full of love, life and energy. Her sense of adventure was one of her closest friends. Either with or without others, Tamara would travel to amazing places enjoying the scenery, the people, not to mention the occasional shopping trips. While living with her mother and step-father, who served in U.S. Coast Guard, Tamara lived in Guam, Alaska, Mississippi and finally Tennessee, where she graduated from high school. Tamara was awarded a cheerleading scholarship and became a collegiate athlete at Memphis State. Shortly after college, Tamara was blessed with a little boy named Dawson Blaize Potter on September 13, 2012. At first sight Dawson became the man of her dreams. She lived to cuddle, love and be the greatest mother to her handsome boy and they traveled many places making beautiful memories and capturing tons and tons of photographs. Tamara and Dawson spent vacations in Pamlico County enjoying quality time with her father and family, and family members. They even lived in France for a few months and enjoyed every second of God’s beauty, but they soon came back to Tennessee and Tamara studied to become a Surgical Technician. Wanting to be closer to family, Tamara sold her home and moved to Orange Park, Florida and lived closely to her mother. Tamara spent most of her career in the emergency rooms, helping save the lives of others. Some of Tammy’s favorite past-times were spending time in a tree stand with her dad, riding four-wheelers, and literally flying off into the sunset on her jet ski always trying to see if she could create more speed. Watching her ride the Jet Ski, from the tiniest of age until this past summer, it was like watching a stunt woman, capturing the waves and side to sides in a racing movie. Though all who watched knew she would be safe, her Birdie, the forever lifeguard, was yelling, “Slow Down”! Tammy always smiled and would gracefully glide up the dock. And, history has it, Tammy was always ready to out-fish her Granddaddy Kenny.
She is survived by her father, Clyde Potter of Bayboro; mother and step-father, Wendy Harvey and Patrick of Orange Park, Florida; son, Dawson Blaize Potter of Orange Park, Florida; paternal grandparents, Carol & Birdie Potter of Bayboro; maternal grandparents, Kenneth & Linda Hill of Oriental; sister, Tara Hill Hunter and husband, Jake, of Memphis, TN; niece and nephew, Jackson and McKinley Hunter of Memphis, TN; aunt, Jane Whitley and husband, Stephen; uncles, Mike Potter and Ken Hill; and many beloved great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins and friends.Funeral services for Tamara will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 12th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Blaney Rowe officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Lowland Community Cemetery.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bryant Funeral Home.In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico Christian Academy, PO Box 68, Grantsboro, NC 28529.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Edward Souther Mead, 90, of Oriental passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018, a thome.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Mr. Thomas J. Jacobellis, Jr. 71, of Merritt, NC died Sunday, April 8, 2018.
Arrangements with Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations.

David Ridgway, 72, of Grantsboro passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at home.He is survived by his wife, Arlene Ridgway; mother, Myrtle Booye of NJ; son, David Christopher Ridgway (Aimee) of Raleigh; daughter, Cynthia Pierce (William) of Grantsboro; stepchildren, Kimberly Press (Mitchell) of NJ and William Carroll (Tina) of FL; four sisters, Judith Steffa of New Bern, Katherine Edwards of Lexington, Muriel Baker of Hamstead and Faith White of NJ; grand-children, Matthew Pierce, Aaron Pierce, Naomi Pierce, Abby Ridgway, Emily Ridgway and William Carroll; and great-grandchild, Ryley Carroll.His graveside service, with military honors, was held at noon on Saturday, March 31st at Cahoon-Dixon Cemetery, Grantsboro with Pastor Dwayne Boyd officiating.The family received friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday morning at Bryant Funeral Home.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Lt. Gen. John I. Hudson (USMC Ret.)-Oriental, NC John I. Hudson was born on October 12, 1932 to Irvin and Elizabeth Hudson. He died peacefully on March 29, 2018, with his loving wife, Casey, at his side.John was born in Louisville, Kentucky, raised in Fern Creek Kentucky, and attended Murray State University where he met his first wife of 60 years, Zetta Hudson. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July 23, 1952. After completing basic training and technical school, he was accepted into the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in 1953. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and Designated Naval Aviator on June 11, 1954.John had a distinguished career as a Fighter Pilot with the Marine Corps. As a Marine pilot he com-manded Squadrons and Marine Air Group 10 at MCAS Yuma. Following assignments included the Assistant Wing Commander of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Commanding General of the 4th Marine Amphibious Brigade, Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, with his final assignment as Deputy Commandant for Manpower at Marine Corps Headquarter in Washington DC. He proudly served 37 years with the Navy and Marine Corps and was always humbled to work with the greatest men and women in our Nation. During his service he received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with Combat V (valor), and 24 Air Medals. At the time of his retirement he was the Marine Corps Silver Hawk (1988-1989) having the longest tenure as an Aviator and was a proud member of the Golden Eagles. Following his retirement John remained active with state and local boards while residing in Yuma, Arizona. He enjoyed time in the Mountains with his horse and members of the White Mountains Range Riders-serving as president of the organization in 2017.In 2016, John and Casey moved to Oriental, NC a small town that sits along the beautiful Neuse River. John enjoyed many fine days on the water in his boat-fishing, crabbing and just eyeing the beauty. He was extremely happy here making new friends and reacquainting with old ones.He is survived by his wife, Casey; his older sister, Pat Wells; his children, Reid (Terri) Hudson, Lori (Herb) Greenbeck, Yates (Michelle) Hudson, and Clark (Debbie) Hudson; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.A memorial service will be held for John at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4th at Pamlico United Methodist Church, 4288 Orchard Creek Rd. Oriental, NC. His final resting place will be in Arlington National Cemetery.In lieu of flowers John asked that donations be made to Hospice of Pamlico who were so kind to him in his final weeks, or Pamlico United Methodist Church where he found great comfort in worshiping his God.
Terry Elizabeth Cuthrell Nobles, 71, born 2-13-1947 to the late Marvin and Swannie Cuthrell was called to Heaven Easter morning Sunday April 1, 2018. Terry married her late husband Fredrick Nobles and raised her family in Grantsboro NC. She was the best cook and grandmama in the world. Terry was a loving mama to E.J. (Serina) Nobles, Symantha (L.B.) Lowery, and youngest son Teddy Bear Nobles who met her in Heaven. Three grandkids Lexi Burke, Johnny Lowery, and Savannah Nobles. Along with three great grandkids Baylee Lewis, Nolan and Chace Cooper. Sister to three brothers Barry(Mary), Mike(Linda), and Bruce(Caroleen) Cuthrell. She was also loved and will be missed by many more family and friends. Visitation will be held at 3pm immediately followed by services with Ed Terry officiating on Sunday April 8, 2018 at Goose Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church (Arapahoe )NC. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family.

Joan Dees Hansen, age 88, of Kent City, MI passed away peacefullyon March 25, 2018 with her family at her side. She was born September 22, 1929 in Greensboro, NC, daughter of Juliusand Vivian Dees of Bayboro, NC. She was preceded in death by her parents, also-Frank McCotter, Gene Brown, and Victor Hansen; siblings Julius Dees (Ellen) of Greensboro, NC, Benjamin Dees (Theresa) of New Bern, NC; Eula Mae Walker(Richard) of Oriental, NC. She will be lovingly missed by her children DougMcCotter (Natalie Carlson) of Sparta, MI; Mary McCotter Fritzler (Brandon) ofBayboro, NC; grandchildren Daniel McCotter (Tonia Steketee) and Maria Fritzler;brothers Frank Dees (Sharon) of Huntington Beach, CA; Charles Dees (Glenda) ofBayboro, NC; special nieces Ann Rolison (Barry) and Mary Linden (Otto); as wellas many other nieces, nephews, and friends. Joan was a devoted mother, wife, teacher, and friend. She taught primary grades for 28 years inWilmington, NC and the East Grand Rapids School system. After retirement, she spent two winters in Walnut Creek, CA as a caregiver to five special needs girls. Joan enjoyed cooking, gardening, science, and traveling to her home in North Carolina. She enjoyed monthly teachers luncheons with the Breton Downs ElementaryRetirees, feeding her animal friends from her back door. The family would like to thank her in-home caregivers Christine Seeley, Kerry DeKubber, Tonia Steketee and Faith Hospiceof Grand Rapids, MI for their loving care. Cremation will take place with a private gathering at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributionsmay be made to the Vivian Dees Scholarship Fund or the Richard Wells Walker Foundation of Pamlico County Schools in North Carolina, or Faith Hospice of Grand Rapids, MI at www.faithhospice.org.
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George Earl Taylor, 78, of Stonewall passed away Saturday, March 24, 2018, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his son, George E. “Buddy” Taylor Jr. He is survived by two sons, Robert C. Taylor and Thomas W. Taylor; daughter, Hollie Kaye Taylor; brother, William “Jig” Taylor; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Linwood “Papa Pete” Anderson Jr., Nov. 4, 1949 – March 21, 2018, New Bern, NCA homecoming for a true friend and believer in Christ took place Wednesday, March 21, 2018, as “Papa Pete” entered heaven’s gates with a smile on his face and joy in his heart.He passed at CarolinaEast Medical Center under the care of the most compassionate and caring staff possible. A cherished and caring father to Kristy, Karla and Pete, he will be remembered for his love of Christ, family and friends. At the age of 68, Pete Jr will be lovingly memorialized and celebrated by his children (Karla and Pete), mother of his children and life-long friend (Helen Leary), seven grandchildren (Grace, Meg, Annie, Mitchell, Luke, Madison and Ella), grand-dog (Ricky Puppy), sisters (Irene Hardison and Gertie Caraway), and numerous friends made throughout the years from his outgoing personality and genuine care to others. His contagious smile will be missed here on Earth, but a joyous reuniting is taking place with his daughter (Kristy), daughter-in-law (Vanessa), parents (Pete Sr. and Jurene), along with family and loved ones who have passed before him. A visitation honoring his legacy will take place Sunday, March 25, from 5 to 7:00 p.m., at Bryant Funeral Home, 52 Bryant St., Alliance. A funeral service celebrating the life and newfound eternal joy of Papa Pete was held on Monday, March 26th, at 10:00 a.m., at Two River’s Church, 3321 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC 28560, with a grave side service taking place at Greenleaf Memorial Park Lakeside Chapel immediately following.Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of ‘Papa Pete’ to Two Rivers Church of New Bern, 3321 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC 28560, in continuing their mission to Love God, Love Others and Love the World, something he did with every opportunity here on Earth.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Roger Wormell, 90, passed away peacefully on the morning of Thursday, March 15, 2018 at home with his wife. Roger, raised in Queens Village, New York, resided in Oriental, North Carolina for over 28 years with his wife of 65 years, Priscilla. Roger and Priscilla lived in Poughkeepsie, NY, Fredericksburg, VA, Northport, NY, Sylvania, OH, Cincinnati, OH, Medfield, MA and Greensboro, NC. Roger graduated from New York University with a B.S in Industrial Engineering and retired as a regional manufacturing manager for Union Camp Corporation. A World War II veteran, a deacon in the Presbyterian Church, and an avid adventurer, Roger enjoyed woodworking, photography, flying and sailing. He and Priscilla sailed up and down the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland to Venezuela, and also navigated the America’s Great Loop through the Great Lakes and south to the Gulf of Mexico. Roger is predeceased by his parents Annette and Edgar Wormell, and his grandson, Daniel Mussen. He is survived by his wife Priscilla, his children and their spouses, Christine (Kevin McAvoy), Lynda (Alan Mussen), and Dean (Valerie Wormell), five grandchildren (Andrew McAvoy, Erin Postlethwaite (Steve), Allison Arnold (Nick), Meredith Wormell and Matthew Wormell) and a great grandson (Montgomery Postlethwaite). Priscilla and her family are also truly grateful for the support provided over the years from Roger’s caregivers (Jean, Laura, Amanda, Bobbi, and Penny), her niece Gail & husband Tom McWhorter, her church family and friends in Oriental, NC. A memorial service will be held at Oriental United Methodist Church (404 Freemason Street, Oriental, NC 28571https://maps.google.com/?q=404+Freemason+Street,+Oriental,+NC+28571&entry=gmail&source=g) on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 3:00 PM with Pastor Jimmy Weaver presiding. Following the service, there will be a reception in the church’s fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances of Roger may be made to the charity of your choice or the Oriental United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Pollock-Best Funeral Home

Grady Lee Burroughs Sr. (70) met his King on March 8th 2018 at the Durham VA Medical Center. He was born and raised in New Bern NC son of Donald and Bobbie Burroughs. He joined the USAF in 1965 and while on leave one weekend met his forever love, Mable. While serving in Vietnam he asked her to be his bride. They were married January 3rd 1969. The would have celebrated their 50th anniversary this coming January. He worked as an electrician the majority of his life with Brown & Root and Texasgulf until the Lord called him into ministry. He accepted his first role as pastor at Cherry Branch Community Church in November 2003 where he served for 6 years. He did love ministering to his military families. His next church was Bridgeton Christian Church where he served from January 2012 until last year. He would invite everyone but would always say it was a small church, you couldn’t hide and you Would be hugged. He was also a chaplain at Carolina East. He often said when he would leave the hos-pital the patients had blessed him more than he had blessed them. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America where he also served as chaplain. He loved his fellow veterans like brothers and enjoyed his time with them. Grady was a blessing to his three children and a wonderful Poppy to his grandchildren. He did love his bride and was not shy about expressing that love. He loved his Lord first and strived to share the love of Jesus Christ with any and every one. Grady is now with his mother, father and his sister, Linda. He leaves behind his wife, Mabel Blanche of 49 years; his three children, Christina and husband, Richard Hudson Jr., Linda, and Grady Lee aka “Golden Child”; his eight grandchildren Jordan, Richard “Trey”, Christian, Morgan, Logan, Grady III “Lee”, Allie, Lillie “His Sissy Pie”. He also leaves behind his brother Donald “Buster” Burroughs and wife, Elke; his sister, Hazel Whitford and husband, Joe; and his 6’8” little brother, Richard “Dickie” Burroughs. His memorial service was held on Sunday, March 11th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Allan Stabley officiating.The family received friends and relatives at the funeral home and other times at the home.In lieu of flowers please make donations to your local Veterans service or Bridgeton Christian Church, 306 New St., Bridgeton, NC 28519.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Raymond Earl Griffin, 74, of Grantsboro, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at home.He was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Adam Griffin; broth-ers, Bennie, Bobby, Lonnie & Charlie and sisters, Anne Finelli and Eleanor Trull.He is survived by his wife, Linda Griffin; sons, Timmy Griffin and wife, Linette, and Raymond Jefferson Griffin; brothers, Milton, Harold and Don Griffin; grandchildren, Rachel, Sarah and Emily; and his buddy, Ozzy.His funeral was held on Monday, March 12th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Sandhill Cemetery with military honors.The family received friends and relatives one hour prior to the ser-vice 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 & Crematory, Alliance.

Raymond Dewitt Slade, 68, of New Bern passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.He retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after 32 years of service.He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Delores Slade; and three sons, Anthony Slade and wife, Cary, of California, Zachary Slade and wife, Jodie, of Texas and Francis Eric Slade and wife, Heather, of New Bern; and five grandchildren.His funeral will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 4th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Taylor officiating and with military honors.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 Colonial Capital Humane Society, PO Box 326, New Bern, NC 28563.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Shade Morris Barnes, 77, of Bayboro passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was born in Cash Corner, NC on July 19, 1940 and graduated from PC High School in 1958. Shade began working for the Civil Service at Cherry Point in 1961 and retired in 1993 as a Planner & Estimator. In 1975/76 he was assigned to a unit that went to the South Pole to retrieve several a/c’s from Ice Pack. He was made a member of “The Society of the South Pole”. Also during his time with the Civil Service he was Vice President and President of NAAE Local 2-National Aircraft Examiners-and later became National President of Local’s 1 thru Local 6 in June of 1989 at the National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida. later worked with contractors reworking a/c’s at Cherry Point.He was preceded in death by his brothers, Ray & William Barnes, sister, Hattie Smith, and step-daughter, Lynn H.

Gretta Sue Alison, nee Hodgson, 86, after a long fight with demen-tia, Gretta Sue Alison departed this world Saturday morning 2/24/2018 at the age of 86. She was born in Canada, raised in Highland Park,(Detroit) Michigan. She married young and travelled and worked in Europe. Returned and became estab-lished in New York City. She divorced and then married John Alison in 1961. They lived and worked in the New York area and then moved to Merritt, NC for retirement. She is survived by two sisters, Phyllis and Sally and one brother John and a large family. A service will be held Saturday March 10th at 10:30 am at St. Thomas Episcopal in Oriental, NC. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Thomas or your own charity.Liam Michael McGovern, 76, of Grantsboro died Friday, February 23, 2018, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab.He is survived by his wife, Denyse McGovern.His memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 6th at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Oriental.In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to P.A.W.S., PO Box 888, Oriental, NC 28571.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Victor B King “Capt. Vic”, 89, from Kinston went to the eternal fishing hole, February 11, 2018. Capt. Vic was recovering from surgery at Grantsbrook Rehabilitation in Grantsboro and was looking forward to returning home. Victor was one of the original owners of King’s BBQ on Hwy 70, Kinston, NC and helped feed many folks from all over the country. If he had time, he would surely try to meet you, he never met a stranger. He was an avid fisherman, with a love of our local waters, boating and love for life. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nina King; daughter, Vickie Ann; parents, William F. King, Sr. and Maude Miller King; brothers, Rodolph King, Wilbur King, William D. King, William F. King, Jr., Lawrence King, Joel “Edmond” King, Clarence King; sisters, Shirley Griffin and Frances Justice. Surviving family are daughters, Sue King Morgan and husband Richard, Deborah King Ward and husband Carl; grandchildren, Hunter Morgan and wife, Amy, Leighann Morgan, Cain Ward and wife, Jessie, Cole Ward and friend, Sarah, Mason Ward and wife Katy; great-children, Trey Morgan, Kaleb Morgan, Harrison Morgan, Finley Ward; sister-in-law, Lois King; special friend, Mary Tole; also several nieces and nephews.Visitation was held on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Howard-Carter Funeral Home, Kinston, NC. Funeral Service was held on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Howard-Carter Funeral Home. Burial followed the service at Westview Cemetery, Kinston, NC with full Masonic rites. Memorials may be made to
The Shriners Hospital for Children
2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607
or
The Masonic Home for Children
600 College St, Oxford, NC 27565
Howard-Carter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
On-line condolences may be sent to www.howardandcarter.com

Ronald “Ronny” Warren McCotter, 29, of Vandemere passed away Thursday, February 1, 2018.He was preceded in death by his mother, Sandra Kay McCotter and grandparents, Bobby & Joy McCotter.Ronny was a spark that lit so many lives, although he could drive people crazy, his heart was always in the right place. He had an incredible sense of humor that could brighten anyone’s day. Ronny was adaptable, adventurous, ambitious, exuberant, frank, generous, passionate, persistent, witty, and a talented piano and guitar player.He is survived by two aunts, Bea Riggs and Shirley Traister; step-uncle, Robby McCotter (Debbie); and various cousins.His memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, February 17th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jason Smith officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers the family requested memorial contributions be made the Latitude Church (Pamlico), 1732 Racetrack Rd., New Bern, NC 28562.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Carol Jenette Zongker Brock, 74, of Aurora passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018, at home.She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon & Ruby Zongker; brother, Duane Zongker; sister, Sandy Whittman; and companion, DJ Johnson.She is survived by her sisters, Nita Peele and husband, Jimmy, of Grantsboro, and Verna Smith of Aurora; and brother, David Zongker of Texas.Her memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 13th at Word Fellowship with the Rev. Owen Lupton officiating.The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Mrs. Frances Hudnell Mayo, age 94, a resident of Dublin Run Road, Aurora, died Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Vidant Beaufort Hospital in Washington.Graveside services held Monday, February 5, at Cuthrell Cemetery, White Hill Community of Aurora, conducted by Rev. Raymond Lagcher.Mrs. Mayo was born in Beaufort county on December 24, 1923. She was the daughter of the late Ralph B. Hudnell, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Bennett Hudnell. Mrs. Mayo was a homemaker. She was a member of Dublin Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church and the Dublin Grove Ladies Auxiliary.
Mrs. Mayo was married to Jesse Rudolph Mayo, who preceded her in death in 1985.She is survived by two daughters, Mary Ellen Galloway of Aurora, Susan Williamson and husband, Steve of Aurora; one son, Steve Mayo of Aurora; two grandchildren, Steven Mayo of Raleigh, Donnie Williamson of Greenville.In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. Mayo was preceded in death by a son, Rudy Mayo and a brother, Ralph Bonner Hudnell, Jr.Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the Aurora Fire Department, P.O. Box 667, Aurora, N.C. 27806 or the Dublin Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church, 614 Bay City Road, Aurora, N.C. 27806. The family will receive friends following the service at the cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com
Paul Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington is honored to serve the Mayo family.
Danny Craig Perry, 64, of Hobucken, passed away very peace-fully at Grantsbrook nursing and rehab facility on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 after a long battle with COPD. He leaves behind a daughter, Dorothy Sadler, two grandchildren Sara Fugate and Noah Sadler. He also leaves two sisters, Ellen Jones and Tammy Stowe, and one brother, Fred Simpson. The Services will be held Saturday 10th at 1 PM @ Reelsboro Pentecostal Holiness Church, 221 Neuse Road, New Bern, NC. In lieu of flowers please donate to a hospice facil-ity

Janet Marie Barenscher Graves, 79, of Oriental, passed away at Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport, on Saturday, January 20, 2018, after a lengthy, brave battle with Alzheimer’s disease.Jan was born to Otta and Hazel Barenscher on July 25, 1938, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS degree in Medical Technology. Jan relocated to Colorado where she was a member of the Genesee Volunteer Fire Department and a Paramedic with the Highland Rescue Squad. In 1994, Jan moved to Oriental with her fiance’ William D. Graves III and joined the Oriental Woman’s Club and Ladies of the Neuse.Left to remember her love and to honor Jan are her beloved hus-band of 34 years, William D. Graves III; two children, Krista Watts and Bill Zillmann; from her first marriage to Richard D. Zillmann; four grandchildren, Garrett Watts, Zachery Zillmann, Morgan Zillmann, Madison Zillmann; and her three Boston Terriers.Jan loved the outdoors as well as working out at Village Health and Fitness. She was an accomplished runner and equestrian, and enjoyed sailing, birdwatching, skiing and camping, almost anything that nature had to offer. Jan was an avid reader, naturalist and enjoyed pencil sketching in Ocracoke, NC. She truly loved life and being part of it.Family, friends and others whose lives Jan touched were invited to a visitation at Bryant Funeral Home, 52 Bryant St., Alliance, between 3:00 – 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 27th. Her extended family will be celebrating her life with an ash scattering ceremony on Ocracoke in June where they spent many yearly vacations together. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to P.A.W.S., P.O. Box 888, Oriental, NC 28571 or the Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern NC Chapter, 3739 National Dr., Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27612.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Crematory, Alliance, NC
Mary Magdalene Black Paul, 88, of Oriental, passed away Monday, January 22, 2018, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center.She was preceded in death by her husband, Roderick Paul Sr.; daughter, Vicky Paul Arnold; brothers and sisters.She is survived by four sons, Rod Paul Jr. of Charlotte, Jeff Paul of Pamlico, John Paul of Oriental, and Jamie Paul of Pamlico; brother, Rodney Black of Fort Pierce, Florida; and numerous grandchildren & great-grandchildren.Her memorial service was held on Sunday, January 28th at Pamlico United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Roach officiating.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Robert “Tom” Ice – OrientalTom Ice, 81, born in Niles MI passed away in Oriental on January 25, 2018.He is survived by his wife Anna Ice; daughters, Kim Money, Tori Russ, Karen Wiechman, Gina Woody, and Ruth Ice; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.Tom was a PGA golf professional. Visitation was held from 5:30-7 p.m. on Saturday Jan 27th at Bryant Funeral Home in Alliance.In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Camp Seafarer scholarships, 2744 Seafarer Rd, Arapahoe, NC 28510.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Virginia Rolison Jordan, 91, of New Bern, formerly of Oriental passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.She was a member of Ruth’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Known as “Ms. Ginny”, she enjoyed caring for the children of Oriental. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.She was preceded in death by her husband, Coley Wesley Jordan Sr. and sons, Ellis Watson Jordan and Ricky Lane Jordan Sr.She is survived by her son, Coley Jordan Jr. and wife, Laura, of Aurora; daughter, Linda Holton of New Bern; seven grandchildren, Sabra Smith (Bryan), Kelsey Hill, Lisa Gaskins (Michael) ,Susan McFarland (Eric), Cyndi Jordan, Sandra Jordan and Ricky Lane Jordan, Jr. (Rachel); and twelve great-grandchildren.Her funeral will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, February 1st at Ruth’s Chapel Church with the Rev. Ral Alsbrook officiating. Interment will be in Oriental Cemetery.The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Ruth’s Chapel FWB Church, 2709 Oaks Rd., New Bern, NC 28560.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Verona Spain Swindell, 91, formerly of Reelsboro, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Gardens of Pamlico.She attended the Reelsboro Pentecostal Holiness Church.She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Swindell, daugh-ter Diane S. Barber and granddaughter, April Lynn Swindell.She is survived by one son, Johnny Swindell and wife, Lisa of Reelsboro; one daughter, Betty Cowell of Alliance; four grandchil-dren; seven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.Her funeral service was held at 11:00 AM, Saturday January 20 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Roach officiating. The family received friends following the service at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Crematory, Alliance, NC.
Belinda P. Mason died on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at her home in Lowland. Belinda will always be remembered for her great big smile and love of the outdoors. She spent countless hours on the water crabbing, shrimping, and fishing. Belinda was dearly loved by her sons, Randy Mason, Jr. (Ericka) and Oliver “Lee” Mason (Beth); grandsons, Shane, Gabriel, Morgan, and Alex; sisters, Debbie Roberson (Kent) and Kathy Powell (David); mother, Nina P. Holloman; friend, Charlie; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.Belinda P. Mason was born in March 1956 in Pamlico County. She graduated from Pamlico County High School in 1974 and later attended Pamlico County Community College for construction. She married Randy Mason, Sr. in 1974 and they loved and cherished their two sons, Randy and Lee. Belinda was an avid gardener, baker, and lover of everything outdoors. Over the years, many dogs were fortunate enough to have her love and devotion. Belinda’s smile and laugh were two of her greatest attributes. She lived her life simply, but with an abounding strength and love for her family and friends. Belinda leaves a legacy of strength, courage, and determination to those of us who were fortunate enough to call her mom, grandma, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, cousin, and friend.A service celebrating the life of Belinda Popperwill Mason will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Lowland Church of Christ, 3:15 in the afternoon. Visitation will be held immediately prior to the service at 2:00 and other times at the home of Audrey Lupton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pamlico Animal Welfare Society, Lowland Church of Christ, or the Goose Creek Island Fire Department.

Jean Brinson Gibbs, 85, formerly of Bayboro, passed away peacefully after years of fighting Alzheimers. She was a lifelong member of the Bayboro Baptist Church and was a loving mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Furman Gibbs; parents, Oswell and Gladys Brinson; and four siblings. She is survived by three daughters, Gladys Coatney of Allen, TX, Susan Gibbs and Pamela Millis, both of New Bern; four grandchildren, Mac McGreger, Tim McGreger, Elizabeth Pegram, and Donna Pegram; and four great-grandchildren.Her funeral service was held on Sunday, January 7th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Scott Fitzgerald officiating. The family received friends following the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to:
Alzheimers Association, Eastern NC
Chapter, 3739
National Dr. Suite 110
Raleigh, NC 27612
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home, Alliance, NC
Charlie Griffin, 84, of Bayboro passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.He was preceded in death by his wife, Nina Griffin; son, Michael Griffin; two sisters; and three brothers.He is survived by two daughters, Stella Griffin and Debra Edwards; and four brothers, Don Sr., Raymond, Harold and Milton Griffin.His funeral will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 10th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phillip Lewis officiating. Interment will be in Sandhill Cemetery.The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Helen Sheetz Cayton, 93, of Oriental passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.She is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and graduated college with a Master’s degree.She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Cayton.She is survived by two sons, Steven Cayton & wife, Kathy and Mike Cayton and wife, Patricia; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.Mrs. Cayton will be inurned beside her husband at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery without services.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Brian Keith Holton, 61, of New Bern passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Wesley and Ollie Estelle Holton.He is survived by his daughter, Hope Holton; granddaughter, Sophya Craven; brothers, Paul & Roy Holton; and sisters, Tina Ipock and Penny Welch.A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Earl S. Sadler Sr., 78, of Lowland passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017.He was a member of both Dublin Grove and Wardens Grove FWB Church’s and previously served with the Gideons. He was a well-known and respected community leader and entrepreneur in the commercial fishing industry. He mostly enjoyed spending time with his family and adored children. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Sadler.He is survived by sons, Earl Sadler Jr. and wife, Merry, and Richard Manker; daughter, Joy Carrere and husband, John Jr.; five grandchildren, Earl Sadler III “Trey”, Madison Sadler, John Carrere III (Amy), Brandon Carrere (Becky) and Camron Carrere (Emily); three great-grandchildren, Emma Grace Carrere, Connor Michael Carrere and Hunter Cole Ireland; and his pet companion, Tiny. His memorial service was held 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 27th at Dublin Grove FWB Church with the Rev. John Carawan and Rev. Timmy Webber officiating.The family received friends one hour prior to the service in the church fellowship hall.In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Gideons International, c/o Roger Stewart, PO Box 924, Bayboro, NC 28515 or Pamlico Co. Rescue Squad, PO Box 302, Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Ponce DeLeon Ham Sr., 76, of Oriental, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017, at home.He was a member of Pamlico United Methodist Church. He worked as a commercial fisherman all of his life.He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Mary Ellen Ham; son, Ponce Ham Jr. and wife, Karin; daughter, Kim Sanders; five grandchildren, Lacy Whorton, Travis Whorton, Ponce Ham III and wife, Avery, Frank Leary III and Hunter Leary (Daniel Hacker); one great-grandchild, Kayden Hancock; sister, Lola Fornes and husband, Dennis; and nephew, Jonathan Fornes.He was preceded in death by his cousin, Vernon Mason and niece, Rebecca Fornes. His funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Pamlico United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Roach officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Celestial Memorial Gardens. The family received friends and relatives from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 2nd at Bryant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico United Methodist Church c/o Tillie Roberts, 9985 NC Hwy 306 S, Arapahoe, NC 28510 or Hospice of Pamlico, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Wesley Jay Van Hook, Jr., 31, of Bayboro passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Mr. VanHook was an avid hunter and fisherman. Survivors include his parents Teresa Lynn Rowe Rawls and Lewis I. Rawls of Bayboro, his girlfriend Angie Spruill; his brother Cody Ryan VanHook and his wife Lauren, his neph-ew Levi Ryan VanHook, his maternal grandparents Michael “Mickey” and Phyllis C. Rowe, his aunts: Ginger VanHook McLawhorn, Patricia VanHook Wood, Tammy Rowe, Tracey Rowe Green, and Tina Rowe Hardison; his uncle Michael Rowe, Jr. and numerous cousins and extended family members. Mr. VanHook was preceded in death by his father Wesley Jay VanHook, Sr.A Celebration of Mr. VanHook’s life was held at the Styrontown Beach Wildlife Access at on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Friends may send online condolences by visiting www.jimmysawyerfdl.com.
Sawyer Funeral Home of Williamston is serving the VanHook family.
Deborah Oliver Jones, 65, of Arapahoe passed away Monday, November 27, 2017, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.She was a member of Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church. She loved working in her yard, cooking and fishing. She will be remember for doing for others before doing for herself.She was preceded in death by her mother, Alma Oliver; step-mother, Ann Oliver; and brother, Daniel B. Oliver Jr.She is survived by her husband of 46 years, James Jones; her father, Daniel Oliver; son, James Jones Jr. and wife, Dana; and granddaughter, Kaylee.Her funeral was held on Friday, December 1st at Arapahoe FWB Church with the Rev. Drake Harper officiating. Interment followed immediately in Greenleaf Memorial Park.The family received friends and relatives prior to the service at the church.Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to Arapahoe FWB Church, PO Box 117, Arapahoe, NC 28510.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Elva Maylene Hill, 80, of Oriental passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.She was preceded in death by her hus-band, Bobby Hill and daughter, Laura Ann Edwards.She is survived by two daughters, Diane Hawkins Duke of Portsmouth, VA, Jeannie Connolly of Durham; one sister, Betty Boone of Albertson, NC; five grandchildren, eleven great grand-children and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.Her memorial service was held at 2:00 PM Saturday, December 2, at the Pamlico County Senior Services building in Alliance with the Rev. Jerry Harper officiating.The family will welcome friends anytime at the home, 3108 Trent Rd., Oriental, NC.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Crematory, Alliance, NC.
Ronald “Ronnie” Edward Dunlap, 61, of Grantsboro passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.He is survived by his sister, Helen Purser and husband, Herb, of Grantsboro; and six beloved nieces & nephews.His graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, December 9th at Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, NC with the Rev. Torrie Osgood officiating.In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Bethany Christian Church, PO Box 156, Arapahoe, NC 28510 or Hospice of Pamlico, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Joseph Lawrence “Jay” Fohner, Jr., 88, husband of Gayle Turbeville Fohner, passed away Friday, December 1, 2017 at Covenant Place in Sumter.Born in Beaumont, TX, to the late Joseph Lawrence and Julia Ruth Moore Fohner, Jay was a gradu-ate of the University of Maryland and retired from the USAF after 20 years of active service as a naviga-tor and meteorologist. Following his time in the military, Jay went on to enjoy a career in civil engineering and land surveying. He loved being on the water and outdoors. Of all the boats he had, his prize was a sailboat named Fantasea on which he and Gayle lived and sailed for five years. They went everywhere from Annapolis to Granada. Jay made wonderful drawings of the people and places he visited. He was always kind and giving of himself. A strong Christian soldier, he was always thinking of other’s needs. A husband, father, and friend of many, those who knew him will have many happy memories.Surviving are his wife of 41 years; two sons, Joseph L. “Joe” Fohner, III and wife Ellen of Camden, Thomas A. “Tom” Fohner and wife Mary of Omaha, NE; and a daughter, Deborah S. Vallez of Chesapeake, VA; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Addie B. Fohner; and two sisters, Anna May Bunker and Ellen Ballsmith.
Memorial services will be 1:00 P.M. Wednesday at The Church of the Holy Comforter with the Reverend John Sosnowski and the Reverend Canon D. Joseph Rhodes officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, in the church Parish Hall. Burial will follow the visitation in Sumter Cemetery, with full military honors. The family is at the home.If you would like to make a memorial, please consider The Church of the Holy Comforter, 213 N. Main Street, Sumter, SC 29150, or to The American Cancer Society, 128 Stone Mark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210.On-line condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com.
Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.
Robert “Bob” Lynn Rice, 61, of Olympia passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.He was a member of New Hope Christian Church and retired from the U.S. Civil Service.He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Rice.He is survived by his mother, Joyce R. Rice and his brother, Ken Rice.His funeral service was held on Tuesday, December 5th at New Hope Christian Church with the Rev. Mike Roach, Rev. Seth Jones, Rev. Riley Green & Rev. Eddie Phoenix officiating. Interment was held in Sandhill Cemetery.The family received friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family suggested making memorial contributions to one’s favorite charity.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Dalton Clement Hardison, Sr. 84, formerly of Alliance, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Crystal Coast Hospice House.He was a member of Rock of Zion Original FWB Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Lena Willis Hardison. He is survived by one son, Dalton C. Hardison, Jr and wife, Tina; one daughter, Sharon Hardison Brinson and hus-band, Gary; one sister, Annette Daniels and husband, Michael; four grandchildren, Kimberly Potter and husband, Derek, Megan Daniels and husband, Eric, Brandon Hardison, Ryan Hardison; four great grandchildren, Hunter Potter, Dylan Potter, Bryce Gooding and Khloe Daniels.His funeral service was held on Saturday, November 25, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ray Lewis officiating. Interment followed at Greenleaf Memorial Park Lakeside Chapel.The family received friends prior to the service at the funeral home and at other times at the home of Sharon Brinson, 137 Quail Woods Dr., New Bern, NC. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Rock of Zion FWB Church, 401 Hwy. 306S, Grantsboro, NC 28529.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance, NC.
Mr. Rudolf Hans Scheller, 83, passed away Friday, November 24, 2017.A memorial service was held on Monday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church officiated by his pastor, the Rev. Daniel R. Burris in Greenville. The family will received friends at the church following the service. Rudolf was born in Hickory, NC and later moved to Greenville where he was a graduate of Greenville High School. Following service in the US Army, he worked with his parents at the Greenville Full Fashioned Hosiery Mill and then at Scheller’s, a service station located on the corner of Charles and Greenville Boulevard. After selling out in the early 1970’s, he sold Woodmen Life Insurance and then started a specialty advertising company, Scheller Associates, which he operated until retirement. He later enjoyed living at his summer home on the Neuse River in Pamlico County. He loved spending time with his family on the weekends and fishing. He will be greatly missed by his family and all that knew him.He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Lois Tucker Scheller and his parents, Rudolf Johannes Scheller and Clara Reinicke Scheller.He is survived by his: daughters, Patricia “Pat” S. Bowen and husband, Geary, of Winterville, and Helen Scheller of Arapahoe; son, Hans Gregory “Greg” Scheller and wife, Debbie K., of Greenville; grandchildren, Crystal C. Wade and husband, Collin, Brett A. Bowen and fiancée, Haley, and Brittany Insley and husband, Nick ; great-grandchild, Draven Insley; and sister, Marie Anne Daniels and husband, Gene, of Charlotte.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1801 S. Elm St., Greenville, NC 27858 or Hospice of Pamlico County 11146 Hwy 55 E, Grantsboro, NC 28529.
Online condolences at www.wilkerson-funeralhome.com
Cleo Matthew Vandiford, 62, of Edward, NC passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in Vidant-Beaufort Hospital in Washington. Mr. Vandiford was born on June 18, 1955 in Fremont, OH to Hettie Elizabeth Jones and William Odell Vandiford. Survivors include his sister Monica Elizabeth Vandiford Cayton and her husband Jimmy of Edward and several extended family members. Mr. Vandiford was preceded in death by his sister Glenda Faye Harper and his brother William Odell Vandiford, Jr. A Celebration of Mr. Vandiford’s life was held on Saturday, November 25, 2017 in Edward Christian Church with Pastor David Linton officiating. The family received friends at the church. Friends may send online condolences by visiting www.jimmysawyerfdl.com
Sawyer Funeral Home of Williamston is serving the Vandiford family.
Elsie Bateman Willis, 94, of Warrenton, formerly of Pamlico County, died Saturday, November 25, 2017. Graveside services were held 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 28th at Paul Cemetery in Arapahoe.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Mavis Reeder O’Neal, 82, of Bayboro, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at home. She was preceeded in death by husbands, Lt. John Reeder, Jr and Curtis O’Neal and sister, Alma Clark.She is survived by four daughters, Nancy Johnson (Thomas) of Raleigh, Kimberly Sadler (Ervin) of Alliance, Christy O’Neal of Bayboro, Tammy O’Neal of Ayden; one sister, Diane Harris of Wilmington; grandchildren, Molly Alexander, Hope Messer, Ervin Sadler, III, and Curtis Everett; grandchildren, Olivia, Elijah, Josiah, Azriah, Mariah and Willow.Her graveside service was held on Saturday, November 18 at the Watson Cemetery in Lowland with the Rev. Blaney Rowe officiating.In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to your favorite charity.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance, NC.
Our dad, Robert J. Mclean, who was born July 18th in Harlem, NY, passed away at his home in Grantsboro, NC on November 8, 2017. He was 95. He lost Thelma, his wife of 55+ years in January, 2004. He is survived by his son, Robert, of Washington, DC and his daughter, Claudia and her husband Harry, of Merritt, NC. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He was a WW2 Army veteran, a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Parish in Oriental and he loved his Brooklyn Dodgers.Private service will be in NY. Any remembrances to Pamlico County Hospice.
Darrell “DJ” Wayne Rogers, Jr., 31, of Alliance, born June 5, 1986, passed away on November 17, 2017. DJ was known by many for his wit and smile and his ability to bring out a smile or laugh from those around him. He had a huge heart and was passionate about the needs of others. He was always free with his warm hugs that would just melt right into your soul. He was very artistic and creative with the ability to vision and bring out the beauty in simple things. He was a very good cook. He loved being outdoors fishing and throwing his cast net for shrimp.Sadly, a few bad choices in life kept him from reaching his full potential, but he was our Dj and we loved our Dj. He will always be loved and missed.He was preceded in death by his cousin Heather Woolard; paternal grandfather, Walter Rogers; maternal grandmother, Donna Spain.He is survived by his mother, Yvette McNeil Rogers of Alliance; his father, Darrell “Buddy” Rogers of Alliance; sisters, Amy Rogers Burton of Aurora and Brandy Rogers of Alliance; grandmother, Jean Alfred Rogers of Bayboro; nephews, Nicholas, Jacob and Ben Burton, Jerrick Johnson and John Paul Newton, Jr.There will be no services but the family appreciates and treasures the sharing of pictures or memories of Dj.
Because of his love for the outdoors in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Sound Rivers http://soundrivers.org/donate-now/ or the Hope Clinic https://www.facebook.com/hopeclinicnc/ or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Our area lost a ‘real character’ on Nov. 14 when Bill Sternberg, 77, passed away at CarolinaEast Medical Center. “If I had to describe Bill in five words,” said Geraldine, his wife of 19 years, “it would be: ‘He did it his way!’”Born in Bronx, New York, Sternberg lived for many years in Plantation, Fla. where he developed his skills as a Master Marine Mechanic. Bill and Geraldine moved to Oriental in 2001 – pre-sumably to retire – but those plans were put on the backburner when folks in the boating community learned of Bill’s outstanding skill set, and more than affordable rates! Bill taught his craft at Pamlico Community College and Carteret Community College. He was also an avid fisherman. The photo with this announcement – of Bill holding a massive flounder – originally ran on the front cover of Carolina Sportsman Magazine.
His beloved dogs, Frick & Frack, were a pair of ‘Labs-plus’ – they accompanied Bill wherever he went. The canine duo was often seen on the front porch of The Bean Coffee Shop. And, they always occupied the front seat of Bill’s work truck, an olive green 1978 Ford Ranger, with over 500,000 miles on the odometer. Bill Sternberg will forever live in the hearts and minds of his family: Geraldine; son Eric and his wife Andrea; son Scott and his wife Daniela; stepdaughter Kathleen Marino of Havelock, and three grandsons Ethan, Christopher, and Nicholas. In the spring of 2018, on a sunny and warm day, the Sternberg family plans to bid a fond farewell to Bill, as they spread his ashes near a quiet fishing hole of the Neuse River.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

James Damron “J.D.” Gaskill, 37, of Oriental passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017, at home. He will be remembered as a well-known, good hearted person with a lot of friends and a loving family.He was preceded in death by his brother, Brent Gaskill.He is survived by his mother, Marjorie Gaskill; father, Markie Gaskill; maternal grandmother, Margie Peed; daughter, Autumn Gaskill; son, Lucas Gaskill; and brother, Andrew Gaskill.There will be no services held for J.D. but those wishing to speak with the family may do so anytime at his mother’s home.In lieu of flowers the family suggested making memorial contribu-tions to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509 for the benefit of his children.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Peggy Love Spruill Jackson, 81, died Monday, November 6, 2017 in Savannah, GA. She was born in Bayboro to the late Harold and Nettie Spruill. Peggy was a member of The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Charlotte where she was active on committees and organizations of the church. She retired as a Middle School Assistant Principal, and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She is survived by her daughter, Terri Wease, her son, Dr. Alan Jackson, Jr., two grandchildren, Jennifer Lindley, and Jamie Lindley, and her best friend of 52 years, Helen Jones. A Memorial Service will be held December 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Billy Raeford Rogers, 77, of Reelsboro, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He retired from PCS Phosphate with 30 years of service, he was a member of Arapahoe Masonic Lodge #479 AF & AM, Scottish Rite and Sudan Temple Shriners. He is survived by his wife, Carol Rogers of the home; one sister, Virginia R. Melvin; sister-in-law, Jean Rogers; and several nieces and nephews. His funeral service was held on Saturday, November 4th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with Millie Rice officiating. Interment followed immediately in New Bethlehem FWB Church Cemetery with Masonic Rites. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance, NC.
William “Red” Bryan Jones, 67, of Mesic went home to be with his Lord & Savior Friday, November 3, 2017.He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Charlotte Jones; daughter, Rachel Albert (John); son, Joseph Jones (Joy); brother, Paul Jones (Donna); sister, Sheron Styron (Stanley); two grandchildren, Harper & Lochlan; and pet-grandchild, Lola.His memorial service was held on Monday, November 6th at Vandemere Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Arthur officiating.The family received friends and relatives one hour prior to the ser-vice at the church.In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance

Janice Marie Kush Gates, 67, of Oriental passed away Sunday, October 22, 2017, in her home. She was a member of Oriental First Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Bill; sons, William & Michael; daughter, Denise; sisters, Frances and Maryann; and three grandchildren, Brandon, Jaden and Annabelle. Her memorial service will be held at 11:00 am., Saturday, November 4th at Oriental First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Harper officiating. Visitation is at 10:00 am in the Church Rectory. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Pamlico, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Alisa Lynne Burke Miller, 40, of New Bern passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.She is survived by her father, Dennis Lawrence Burke; mother, Esther Mason Jones; two sons, Steven Craig Burke and Bryan James Cuthrell; three daughters, Ariel Nicole Lynne Barnes, Terry Alexis Starr Burke and Destyne Ray Barnes; six brothers, Donald Glenn Titus, Rudy Mattias Avila, Christopher Ryan Faulk, Derrick Randall Grey Faulk, Daniel Dean Hardin and Nathaniel James Faulk; two sisters, Edwina Denise Miller and Jessica Cahoon Royal; and nine grandchildren.Her memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 21 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joyce Swimm officiating.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance, NC.
June Carpenter passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017, at the age of 93. She was born in Washington, DC and is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph A. Carpenter.June is survived by her children, Judith Carpenter Johnston of Austin, TX, Stephen and his wife, Cynthia of Greenville, NC and Joyce Carpenter of Oriental; four grandchildren, David and Brett Carpenter, Kyle Hendrickson and Jessie Gonia; and five great grandchildren.June was active in the arts community for many years and was a founding mem-ber of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. She was also very involved in the Oriental Childrens Theatre for more than a decade.Her memorial service and celebration of life will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Thursday, October 26th at 1:00 p.m. Reception and interment following the service.In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contribu-tions be made to Oriental Childrens Theatre, St. Thomas Episcopal Church or Pamlico County Hospice.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Archie “Chip” Clayton Williams III, 64, of Arapahoe died Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at home. He was a U.S. Air Force Vietnam War veteran and a volunteer firefighter. He was a loving and caring man. He was preceded in death by his father, Archie Williams Jr.; and brother-in-law, Gene Faist. He is survived by his mother, Marjorie Williams; son, Travis Williams (Brandy); sister, Missy Faist; and four grandchildren, Carrie Gent, Madison Williams, Angel Williams, and Matthew Williams. A memorial service will be held Saturday October 21st at 11 a.m. at the Caraway Cove Subdivison in Arapahoe. It will be held at the Caraway Cove Commons Area off of Caraway Court.The family will receive friends anytime at the home of his son, 353 Longleaf Dr., Reelsboro.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Mrs. Myra Whorton Wingate, age 95, a resident of Bath, and more recently Autumnfield of Belhaven, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Friday, September 22, 2017, at the Bath Christian Church and will be offici-ated by Rev. Jim Cullen and Rev. Curtis White. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery. Starley Stell, Gaylon Ambrose, Billy Hill, Marshall Myers, Tony Day and Billy Wingate will serve as pallbearers. Mrs. Wingate was born on December 27, 1921, in Pamlico County to Myrtle Jones Whorton and Guy Leon Whorton. On October 27, 1944, she married Halston Gray Wingate, the love of her life. He preceded her in death in 1962.Mrs. Wingate earned a degree in education from Atlantic Christian College. From there she moved to Bath to begin her lengthy career as a middle school and junior high school teacher at Bath High School and Pinetown School for 34 years. It was during her teaching career that she touched the lives of hundreds of students. Many of those students have kept in touch with Mrs. Wingate over the years with frequent visits, cards and letters. To the members of the Bath Christian Church, where she was a member for her entire adult life, she was “Mother Myra.” Whether behind the piano, leading a Bible study, or counseling other church members, she was a dutiful and faithful Christian. Mrs. Wingate was also an active volunteer in her community, her quilting group, the Historic Bath Garden Club, Beaufort County Mental Health Organization, and Bath High School Preservation. Mrs. Wingate enjoyed visiting with passersby while tending her flower gardens. She took great pride in her yard and plants. When not in her yard, you could find her playing her piano where she was most at peace. She is survived by her son and daughter in law, Leon and Alice Wingate, and her daughter, Claudia Alligood. She also leaves behind to mourn her loss, her grandchildren Lynn Wingate Davis and husband Dale and Chad Alligood and wife Melonie; great grandchildren Gray Wingate Lewis, Caleb Michael Alligood, Clair Elizabeth Alligood, Luke David Alligood, and Chelsey Parker Davis; in-laws Edna Whorton, Inda Wingate, and Merle Wiebers; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Wingate was predeceased by an infant son, Halston Gray Wingate, Jr., her brother Ray Whorton, and a son-in-law Larry Alligood. A visitation was held at Bath Christian Church Fellowship Hall from 6:00 until 8:00 on Thursday, September 21, 2017. And, at other times, the family received friends at the home of Claudia Alligood, 1255 Hawkins Beach Road, Bath. Flowers are appreciated, but in lieu of flowers memorials in her memory may be made to Bath Christian Church or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com
Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Wingate family.

Howard Osmond Troop , 87, of Reelsboro passed away, September 1, 2017, at home. His graveside service with military honors was held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 23rd at New Bern Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Thomas William Smith, 93, One of Oriental’s most popular senior citizens, Thomas W. Smith, passed away Friday, September 22, 2017 at the age of 93. Those 93 years were very well spent. He was an active member of the Oriental First Baptist Church from the age of 10, a lifelong member like his parents and grandparents before him. He was an Oriental volunteer fireman for 27 years and a valued member of the Masonic Lodge for 70 years, master of the lodge numerous times. For four years, he served in the Navy as an electrician and volunteer movie operator. He took part in every major invasion in Europe. Tom was well known as a business owner at W.J. Smith and Sons in downtown Oriental and kept TVs and appliances working for Pamlico County residents for years. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Olive Smith; brother, Hubert Smith; son, Thomas W. Smith, Jr.; and grandson, T.W. Smith, III. Tom was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Anne, with whom he enjoyed net fishing on the Neuse river and cross country motor-homing; his daughters, Grace (Mike) Beagle, Joanne (Eddie) Medlin, Mary (Bill) Mills; daughter-in-law, Joanne Smith; his grandchildren, Chad (Laura) Hunning, Jason Hunning, Katie (Aaron) Almaguer, and Chris Sanders; and great- grandchildren, Avery, Layla, Carter, Grant and Luke who will remember him with love and for the life that he taught including crabbing, fishing and the joy of Oriental’s Croaker Festival.Graveside services with military honors and masonic rites by Mt. Vernon Lodge #359 were held 11 a.m. Monday, September 25th at Oriental Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Harper officiating. The family received friends and relatives beginning at 10 a.m. prior to the service Monday at Oriental First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Oriental First Baptist Church, PO Box 313, Oriental, NC 28571. Over the years, Tom touched the lives of many and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Franklin M. Keller, 87, of Oriental, went to his Lord and Savior, Tuesday, September 19, 2017.He was born November 28, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama. He served four years in the Navy, during his service he married, Elsie Boykin on August 3, 1951. He graduated from Auburn University in 1957 with an Aeronautical Engineering Degree. He worked for McDonnel Douglas, working on the Thor and Delta programs and also the Space Station. He retired after 35 years with MDC in California and moved to Oriental in 1996. He attended Pamlico United Methodist Church. He liked boating, fishing and riding his motorcycle with his wife or just to the beach to bodysurf.He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elsie Keller; son, Franklin Keller Jr.; daughter, Pak Ingram and her husband, Robert; son, James C. Keller; son, Gordon Keller and wife, Loana; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.His memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, October 7th at Pamlico United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico United Methodist Church, 4288 Orchard Creek Rd., Oriental, NC 28571 or Hospice of Pamlico, 602 Main St., Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Jerome Parker, 87, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2017 in Pamlico County, NC. He was born on July 30, 1930, in Erwin, NC, to Grace Jerome Parker and Dr. Paul Gray Parker. He is survived by his wife Anne, brother, Paul and sister, Marian, son, Bob and his wife, Linda, daughter, Jamie and her husband, Paul, and son, Paul and his wife Andrea, and grandchildren, Devin and Mike Connelly, Emma, Claire, and Lily Parker. He is also survived by “step-grands” whom he loved dearly, Brian and Bradley and their families, along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and his first wife Barbara. His parents and sister, Betty Gray Creech, predeceased him. His was a life well-lived: In the tradition of the Jerome family, whom his father called the “Go-Roams,” Jerome was always game to travel and try all kinds of food and hobbies. As a teen, he and his older brother Paul navigated the inland waterway in a small skiff using an Esso road map, not knowing on which side of the markers to travel. Jerome got out and pushed a lot. He was a career engineer, always interested in finding a better way. He won Burlington Western Electric’s “Engineer of the Year” award for creating better packaging for submarine-towed microphones. (Think “Hunt for Red October.”) But as much as he loved work, he loved Oriental and the riverside life more. After taking early retirement, he built his dream workshop, then converted a 4 room cabin into a 4 bedroom home, doing much of the work himself. The workshop was, of course, first. He built boats, model airplanes,fixed anything, and helped everyone. He loved to laugh, loved his friends, family--and of course his dogs-- all of whom will miss him. In recent years, Jerome suffered from dementia. During the early stages, caregivers Juliana, Mary, Amanda, Laura, and Gail made sure he was always engaged, challenged, and enjoying life. In his last few weeks, the staff at Grantsbrook, along with caregivers from Accommodating Home Care, made sure he was loved and cared for at all hours. The family is especially grateful to Abigail, Barbara, Sharon, and Tonya who loved and cared for him during his final few days. We are glad he finally has the peace he so deserves. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial donation to Hope Clinic, www.hopeclinicnc.org. There will be a family burial service in Raleigh in November, and a celebration of his life will be held in Oriental in mid-April.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Bettie Pegram Lee, 68, of Arapahoe went home to be with the Lord on September 18, 2017. She was a God serving, family woman and a member of New Life Praise and Worship Ministries. She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Lee. She is survived by her daugh-ters, Anita Pipkin (Phillip), Estelle “Sissy” Lee (Alvie) and Velma Lee (Buddy); brothers, Derwood Pegram (Renae), Robert Pegram (Barbara) and Jerry Pegram (Carol); and numerous grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Her funeral was held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 23rd at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Blaney Rowe and Pastor Keith Baker officiating. Interment followed immediately in Paul Cemetery, Silver Hill. The family received friends and relatives beginning at 10 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorials be made to New Life Praise and Worship Ministries Building Fund, In loving memory of Douglas and Bettie Lee, PO Box 163, Grantsboro, NC 28529.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Etles Allen Henries Sr., 88, of Aurora passed away Monday, September 11, 2017, at CarolinaEast Medical Center surrounded by his wife and children. Mr. Henries was a hard working entre-preneur who spent his entire life on the water. He was active in politics and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was also a charter member of Lowland Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Alvin Henries. He is survived by his wife, Jean Henries; children, Etles Henries, Jr., Linda Henries Norfleet, Iris Henries Martin, Debra “Debbie” Henries Flowers, Angela “Angie” Henries, Michael “Mike” Henries, and Mary Henries Peele; sister, Gladys Henries Shelton; brother, Albin Henries; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. His funeral was held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 14, 2017, at Lowland Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Phillip Lewis officiat-ing. Interment was private at South Creek Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors. The family received friends and relatives from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bryant Funeral Home, Alliance.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Alma Edgerton Register, 84, of New Bern passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at Bayview Nursing & Rehab. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles N. Register; parents, Robert “Pal” and Grace Dowdy Edgerton; and infant sis-ter, Claudette Edgerton. She is survived by sons, Charles Register of Raleigh and Neal Register of Cove City; daughter, Claudette Wetherington of Vanceboro; brothers, Robert Edgerton of Milton, Delaware, Jack Edgerton of Clinton, NC, and Reggie Edgerton of Los Angeles, California; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.Her memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 23rd at Clarks United Methodist Church, New Bern. Visitation will follow immediately at the church.In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to either, Community Home Care & Hospice, 1423 S. Glenburnie Rd., New Bern NC 28562 or Clarks United Methodist Church, 105 Clarks Rd., New Bern, NC 28562.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Julia Boyd Peterson, 88, of Arapahoe, passed away on Friday, September 15, 2017.She was preceded in death by her parents, Sutton and Bertie Boyd; her husband, James (Sobbie) Peterson; a brother, Robert Boyd; and her daughter, Donna Thomson.Surviving are her daugh-ters, Cyndy Sprinkle of Virginia and Vanessa King of Wilmington; her sisters, Sylvia Norman and Becky Tingin; brother, Jeff Boyd; son-in-law, Don Thomson; grandchildren, Angela Mosley (James), Trevor Sprinkle (Sarah), Amanda Slaughter (Matthew), Allen King, Jim Thomson (Dawn), Bruce Thomson, and Rob Thomson; great-grandchildren, Kayla, Lane, Emma, Cole, J.R., Peter and Trace; and special friends, Pat and Gene Stilley.“Miss Julia” was born on January 28, 1929, and lived most of her life in Arapahoe. She worked for many years at Belangia’s Grocery where she became a fixture in the community she loved so much. She was an extremely active member of Bethany Christian Church where she served as Elder, attended Bible study, and held numerous offices in the Christian Women’s Fellowship. She was an active member of the Arapahoe Area Retirement Club and the Pamlico Heritage Center. “Miss Julia” loved to travel with her girls and was always ready for an adventure.A memorial service will be held at Bethany Christian Church in Arapahoe on Saturday, September 23rd at 2 p.m. A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Bethany Christian Church, PO Box 156, Arapahoe, NC 28510, or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Letha Marie Paul, age 80, of Alliance passed away, Monday, August 28, 2017 in Holly Springs surrounded by family at the home of her son, David Paul.Letha was born in Texas, where she met and married Lawrence Paul. Together they raised 4 children and moved where ever the Air Force sent them until they eventually settled in Pamlico County. Letha loved her church and was a long time member of Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary for many years. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years, Lawrence Paul. She will forever be remembered by her two daugh-ters, Susan P. Kelemen (Tom) of Hendersonville and Belinda P. Stowe (Woody) of Alliance and two sons David L. Paul (Lois) of Holly Springs and Christopher L. Paul of Alliance. Letha adored her 7 grandchildren, Adam, Zack, Rebecca, Rachel, Melissa, Hannah and Matthew. The family received friends and relatives at Bryant Funeral Home from 5:00pm-6:30pm Friday, September 1. Her funeral was held at 2:00pm on Saturday, September 2 at Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church. Interment followed in Paul Cemetery, Arapahoe.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church, PO Box 117, Arapahoe, NC 28510.

Nellie Spain Hopkins, 88, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017, at home. She will always be remember for the kindness, dedication and love she gave to her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron Doye Hopkins; son, Douglas Hopkins; and grandson, Jason Bibb. She is survived by her son, Keith Hopkins of Marathon, Florida; two daugh-ters, Sheila Hopkins of Aurora and Marlyn Antrobus (James) of Grantsboro; brother, Ernest Spain of Chesapeake, Va.; and one grandchild, James Bibb Jr. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, August 31st at Sandhill Cemetery, Reelsboro with the Rev. Dennis Goodwin officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Hobucken United Methodist Church, PO Box 123, Hobucken, NC 28537.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Rebecca Sue Yelverton Chase, 71, of Alliance passed away Friday, August 25, 2017, at home. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse & Eunice Yelverton and husband, Frank Joseph Chase Sr.She is survived by one son, Frank Joseph Chase Jr. (Goldie); two daughters, Rebecca Dawn Chase (Juan Cruz) and Christina Grey Chase (Lucio Bustamante); sister, Cecilia Ann Stroup; niece, Rebecca Ann Stroup Hawkins; 11 grandchildren, Juan Bautista (Satoria), Martha Bautista, Pedro Bautista, Joseph Chase, Kristen Chase Aleman (Zamir), Jessica Bustamante, Jenna Bustamante, Antonio Bustamante, Joshua Hawkins, Feliciano Cruz and Eddie Cruz; and two great-grandchildren, Nyarrah Bautista and Juan Bautista III.Her funeral will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 2nd at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chuck Holton and the Rev. Earl Sadler Jr. officiating. Interment will be in Celestial Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Bryant Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011 or The American Cancer Society, 2202 Wrightsville Ave. Suite 111, Wilmington, NC 28403.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Alton Wayne Caton Sr., 78, of Bayboro, passed away on August 14, 2017 at Riverview Assisted Living in New Bern.
Arrangements by Kahlert Funerals & Cremations in Maysville.
Pauline (Abbie) Armstrong, 38, passed away at Carolina East Medical Center on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. She is survived by her mother, Teresa Kerrick and her brothers, Anthony and Ian Paterson and sisters, Heather Kerrick and Amanda Abrams. A loving mother, she is also survived by her five children: Matthew and Kaylea Armstrong, Ashton Spencer, and Taylor Cobb, and Devin Cobb. A memorial service for Pauline was held at 10:30 at Alliance United Methodist Church on Saturday, August 19, 2017.
Betty Gray Bennett, 81, of Reelsboro passed away Monday, August 21, 2017, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.She was a member of New Hope Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milford Rex Bennett, Jr.; parents, Retho & Emma Gray; and her sister, Geneva Riggs. She is survived by her sons, Michael Bennett and wife, Veronica, of New Bern and Ricky Bennett and wife, Valerie, of Reelsboro; daugh-ter, Victoria Bennett of Reelsboro; and three grandchildren, Brandon, Bradley and Ashton Bennett. Her funeral will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 23rd 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.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Mamie Slade Banks – 81, of Ayden, passed away at Lenoir Memorial Hospital on Monday, August 7, 2017. Mamie was a devoted wife and Loving mother. She was also a long time member of Ruths Chapel FWB Church in New Bern. Mamie was preceded in death by her loving husband Leroy E. Banks Sr. She is survived by her son, Eddie Banks of New Bern, daughter, Vickie Porter (Larry) of Ayden, brother, H. W. Slade (Susan) of Reelsboro, grandsons; Tony Banks (Danielle) of Cove City, Bradley Banks (Allison) of New Bern, and great granddaughter, Avery Banks. Visitation for Mamie was held at Pollock-Best Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from the hours of 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral services were held at 1:00 pm Thursday, August, 10, 2017 at Pollock-Best Funeral Home. Burial followed at Greenleaf Memorial Park.
Arrangements entrusted to Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremations.

Melba Tingle Dixon, 98, of 2777 Straight Rd., Oriental, died July 27, 2017, at CarolinaEast Health System. Funeral services were held 2 p.m., Sunday, July 30 at the Grantsboro Cemetery with Mike Roach officiating. The family received friends after the service and other times at the home. She was a member of New Hope Christian Church in Reelsboro. Melba was also a member of The General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Northeast Colony of NC; National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Richard Dobbs Spaight Chapter of NC; National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, John Lawson Chapter of NC; National Society United States Daughters of 1812, Snap Dragon Chapter of NC. Melba was born May 3, 1919, daughter of the late Matthew L. Tingle and Clara Wise Tingle of Pamlico, NC. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Eldridge L. Dixon, her brothers, Graham Tingle, Kenneth Tingle, Matthew Tingle, Jr, Frances Tingle and Forrest “Dink” Tingle, and her sister, Shirley Tingle Edwards. She is survived by her sons, Eldridge L. Dixon, Jr. (Susan) of Chicago, Kenneth Tingle Dixon of Oriental; daughter, Jean Dixon of Oriental. She is also survived by her brother, Raymond A. Tingle of Oriental; granddaughter, Bernadette D. Hurd (Dan) of Madison, WI; great-granddaughter, Sarah Hurd of Madison, WI; and her nieces and nephews. Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Gretchen Rice Bennett, 82, of Stonewall, NC died July 11. A memorial service was be held at 2 p.m. on July 15, at the Grantsboro Church of God on Hwy 306 N in Grantsboro. The Family received Family and Friends prior to service. Memorials may be made to Kahlert Funeral & Cremations, 308 Main St. Maysville, NC 28555.
Arrangements by Kahlert Funerals & Cremations in Maysville.
Kenneth “Hop” Hudson, 72, of Pamlico County passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Born to Isaac James Hudson and Ruth Woodard Hudson in 1944 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He grew up in Vandemere, North Carolina, where he loved waterskiing, boat racing and football. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill he returned to the only place he could call home, Pamlico County. Hop enjoyed a successful career in medi-cal equipment sales and eventually started his own company. He was an avid, passionate fisherman and hunter. Hop adored his family and friends and was an active member of Bayboro United Methodist Church, Pamlico County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited and the community of Pamlico County. Hop is survived by daughter, Kristen Hudson Fuller and hus-band, Mike; grandson, Luca; brother, Dr. Richard Hudson and wife, Jeannette; brother, Jimmy (deceased) and family, Nancy and Jessica; niece, Terry and family, Luke and Hudson; nephew, Richard Hudson and wife, Christie, and family, Richard “Trey”, Christian and Lillie Grace; niece, Karen Hudson Stanley (deceased) and family, Ben. Additional family members include Ann Walker Hudson, David Traub and Jennifer Morgan. His memorial service was held at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, July 25th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel. The family received friends and relatives prior to the service from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to one’s favorite charity or Bayboro United Methodist Church, PO Box 64, Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Faye Spencer Ireland, 70, of New Bern passed away Monday, July 3, 2017, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She co-owned and operated Buster’s Exxon and worked for New Bern Family Practice for 13 years. She was a member of Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church. She is sur-vived by her husband, Buster Ireland; sons, Jeffrey Ireland of Olympia, Chris Ireland and wife, Elizabeth, of Arapahoe and Michael Ireland and wife, Doris, of Reelsboro; sisters, Marie Cassidy and husband, Warren, of Concord and Gail Erskine and husband, Mike, of Portland, Oregon; brothers, Rick Spencer of Palm Springs, California, Terry Spencer of Portland, Oregon and Wayne Spencer and wife, Karen, of Reelsboro; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Her visitation was held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 5th at Bryant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Susan G. Komen Foundation, Dept. 41831, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Larry C. Caraway, 72, of Alliance passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017, at home. He is survived by his wife, Sonok Caraway.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Charles Leroy Richardson, Jr., 53, of New Bern passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at home. He was a member of the Port City Community Church. He is survived by his wife, Mary Richardson; two sons, Charles Leroy Richardson III, Daniel Levi Richardson; two daughters, Mary Katherine Richardson, Sarah Amanda Richardson; three sisters, Jean Elizabeth Hadder, Lynn Marie Jansen, Charlene Lee Goodwin and several nieces and nephews. His memorial service was held at 2:00 PM Saturday July 8, at Faith FWB Church with the Rev. Ray Earl Gaskins officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Crematory, Alliance, NC
Kathleen “Winkie” Silverthorn Slade, 99, of Whortonsville passed away at home Thursday, July 6, 2017. She was born on October 4, 1917 in Whortonsville and due to the loving kindness of church friends and family she was able to live out her life at home. She was a member of Bethel Free Will Baptist Church where she held every posi-tion with the exception of pastor and deacon. She loved music and was the church pianist for over 75 years. She co-owned and operated Slade’s Grocery in Whortonsville for over 50 years. Through her life experiences she shared her wisdom and counsel with many others. She is survived by many nieces and nephews including a nephew she thought of as a son, Roy Barnhill and his wife, Linda and their family, Julie & Ogden Wiggins, Joseph and Jacob and Kathy & Jim Satterthwaite, Amber, Anna and Peri. Her funeral was held 11 a.m., Saturday, July 8th at Bethel FWB Church with the church pastor, Rev. Jesse Caton and Rev. Owen Peele officiating. Interment followed immediately in Whortonsville Cemetery. The family received friends and family one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Bethel FWB Church, c/o Debbie Whorton, 43 Old Lupton Rd., Merritt, NC, 28556 or Hospice of Pamlico, PO Box 6, Bayboro, NC 28515.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
The family of Siddie Cooper Greene expresses gratitude for all acts of love and kindness including your prayers, cards, expressions of sympathy, food, donations and presence at her service which was comforting during our bereavement. The outpouring of love from the community churches and community members will be forever treasured most importantly the Florence-Whortonsville Community for all your support.A special recognition is extended to those who provided excellent loving and compassionate care during her illness: Pamlico County Rescue Squad, CarolinaEast Medical Center, Pamlico Hospice, Accommodating Home Care Service, Pamlico County private nurses, Evangelist Cassandra Respers and all other healthcare providers. Rufus Greene, Shona Greene and Family.In the early morning hours of Saturday, July 8, 2017, surrounded by family, Glenda Bland Whealton departed this earth to be with the Lord and loved ones who had gone before her. Glenda’s time on this earth was spent working hard to provide for her family, singing, cooking, gardening, spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and above all, witnessing for the Lord.She was survived by four daughters, Rhonda Breed-Dexter (Tad) of Reelsboro, Pat Voliva (Jesse) of Mesic, Tammy Lowery (Buck) of Arapahoe, and Lavonia Bland (Clint) of New Bern; ten grandchildren, Tommy Williams II (Kala) of the home, Emily Breed, Tina Voliva (Richard), Little Jesse Voliva, Haleigh Murray, Amber Lowery, Patrick Shaw, Justin Fisher, Travis Fisher (Jessica), and Preston Shaffield; five great-grandchildren, Aiden and Gabe Williams, Eric Brantley, Atlas Lowery, and Riley Fisher; one sister, Verna Quidley of New Bern; one brother, Coy Bland Jr. of Bridgeton, and her puppy, Angel. She was preceded in death by parents, Coy and Maggie Bland of Oriental, and husbands, Russell Breed, Buddy Starling, and her last love, Gerald Whealton. She was a member of the Wave of Hope Church of God of Prophecy, New Bern. She hoped for all her loved ones to be ready to meet her in heaven one day.Visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, July 14, at Bryant Funeral Home and Crematory in Alliance, NC. The memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday at the same location.Flowers are welcomed, or please make donations on her behalf to the following: The American Lung Association, The American Diabetes Association, Hospice of Pamlico, or a charity of personal choice.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Arnoldus Engel, 85, of Oriental passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was a member of the Drumming Dragons and loved drumming during the dragon boat races in Oriental. He also loved to fish.He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; son, Daniel Engel of Maine; and daughter, Joyce Engel of Oriental. An End of Life Celebration will be held at the home at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 16th.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Rebecca Collins Fornes, 44, of Grantsboro passed away Friday, June 30, 2017, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She is survived by her parents, Dennis & Lola Fornes; sons, Jacob, Lucas and Jaylen Fornes; brother, Jonathan Fornes and wife, Katie; nieces, Ashley and Allison Fornes; and nephew, Jackson Fornes. Her funeral was held 11 a.m., Monday, July 3rd at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Roach and Rev. Grady Burroughs officiating. Interment followed immediately in Goose Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery. The family received friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Flowers are welcomed or memorial contributions may be made to either Pamlico Rescue or Sheriff’s Department or a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Captain James J. Cutshall USMC-Retired, 85, of Stonewall passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at home. He is survived by his wife, Emmi Cuthsall; son, J. Bartley Cutshall; daughter, Patricia Dao; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. A private inurnment service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Jesse James Williams, 81, of Grantsboro passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. Jesse was a devout Christian who loved the Lord. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 11 years and retired from PCS Phosphate. He enjoyed the water and fishing. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Williams; young-est daughter, Annette Williams; brother, Robert Williams; and sister, Mildred Carey. He is survived by sons, Jesse Williams of Grantsboro and Thomas Williams of Oriental; daughter, Patricia Williams of Grantsboro; brothers, Curtis and Alton Williams; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services was held 11:30 a.m., Monday, June 26th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Dixon officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Sandhill Cemetery with military honors. The family received friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Bryan Michael Spain, 19, left this world on June 23, 2017. He was born on August 12,1997 at Chowan Hospital in Edenton, NC to proudly awaiting parents and grandparents, and a very impatient big brother. He crept into the world as quiet as a mouse and remained a very sweet silent tiny little boy until just over 3 years old. There was no need for words because his big brother spoke for him. “Michael would like to have a cookie please mommy...but really, can he have two?” Then, as quickly as those around him became accus-tomed to his big brother speaking for him, Michael found his voice, and oh what a wonderful voice it was. Michael’s friends have described him as “always unapologetically himself”. He possessed the confidence of a hundred great men and while not a tall young man, he had the attitude and self-assurance of someone 6-foot-tall and bulletproof and his spirit and presence was larg-er than life. He met every question, every challenge, every battle and every race effortlessly, straight forward and to the point. His self-esteem and assurance in his abilities was unwavering. He was not perfect, but he lived his life full on and never wasted a single second. He knew what he wanted and he set his mind to achieving it. He was intelligent...sometimes a little too intelligent for his own good. He wasted nothing, especially his words. If you asked for his opinion or advice, he gave you an intelligent factual answer, whether you wanted to hear it or not. His heart was pure and he loved his family, and was especially close with his big brother. He dedicated himself to a core group of friends.He excelled in his school work, graduating from Pamlico County High School in 2015, having completed 48 transferrable college credits from Pamlico Community College. He was accepted into his father’s alma mater and the only university he ever wanted to attend, Appalachian State University in Boone. He excelled as a high school athlete. He chose sports that relied on his own self-will and determination. He ran Cross County. He ran long distance on the track team and pole vaulted. He wrestled and was a force on the mat and enjoyed playing on the high school Golf Team. He loved and thrived on the camaraderie of his teammates and coaches and he hated to lose. However, when he did lose, he held his head high and he put the work in to do a better job next time. He followed in his father’s footsteps studying Criminal Justice at Appalachian State University.He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, H. Frank Spain of Stonewall and his maternal grandfather, Edward Earl “Red Riggs” of New Bern. He is survived by his father, F. Bryan Spain and his mother, Tammy Riggs Spain of Stonewall; his brother, John Edward Price of the home; his paternal grandmother, Joyce Cutler and Papa, Larry Cutler of Stonewall; his maternal grandmother, Louise Riggs of New Bern; his uncles, Eddie Riggs (Wendy) of New Bern and John Riggs (Andrea) of New Bern; cousins, Katie Wood (Tyler), Caroline McCoy (Chris), Rachel Riggs, John Riggs Jr., Madison Wood, Jenni Wood, Alyssa McCoy; as well as numerous great uncles, great aunts and distant cous-ins. He is also survived by his SQUAD or CREW and whatever else they call themselves...a group of friends that love one another, support one another and stick to one another through all of life’s ups and downs. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 28th at Cotten Funeral Home and other times at the home. A service to celebrate Michael’s life will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 29th at Cotten Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Scott Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park. Memorial contributions can be made to the Michael Spain Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Stonewall United Methodist Church, PO Box 183, Stonewall, NC 28583. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the online guest book at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.

Dorothy “Dot” Lucille Harrison, 89, entered into Heavens gates on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Dot was a lifelong resident of Arapahoe, NC where she faithfully attended and loved FWB Church. She was preceded in death by her son, Chuckie Harrison. Dot left behind her husband of 70 happy years, Bruce Carlton Harrison Jr., her two daughters, Joan Rowe (Blainey) and Carol Bruce Lee (Elbert), her five grandchildren, and her eleven great-grandchildren. A graveside service, celebrating her beautiful life, was held on Monday, June 5, 2017 with her family and friends in attendance.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Jo Ann Moore Stowe, 77, of Grantsboro passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017, at home.She was a member of Silver Hill Christian Church.She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Stowe and a great-grandchild.She is survived by two sons, Woody Stowe and wife, Belinda, and Brent Stowe; brother, Jimmy Moore; 3 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.Her memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, June 15th at Silver Hill Christian Church with the Rev. Rex Horne officiating. Inurnment in Paul Cemetery, Silver Hill.The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.Flowers are appreciated or donations may be made to Silver Hill Christian Church, 1903 Hwy 306 N, Grantsboro, NC 28529.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

MGSgt Richard “Dick” Joseph Scoppe, 82, USMC (Ret.) passed away May 21, 2017, at UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill, with his wife and daughter, Lisa, at his side. Dick was born in Medford, Massachusetts to Victor and Mary Scoppe on April 20, 1935. He had a kind and generous heart and loved his beloved wife, Emily Buck Scoppe, and their families dearly. He was dearly loved and was a dear friend to many. Dick retired from the United States Marine Corps as a Master Gunnery Sergeant; he was also a Quality Director in civil service; and after retirement he had a home improvement business. In addition to his beloved wife, Dick is survived by sister, Barbara Petti of Medford, MA; daughter, Lisa Lewis and husband, Willie, of Cove City; son, Richard Joseph Scoppe, Jr. of Jacksonville; daughter, Shannon Potter and husband, John, of New Bern; his stepdaughter, Vicki Hacker and Ed Meinking; stepson, Douglas Woolard and wife, Lynn. Dick also leaves his precious grandchildren, Charles Doyle, Thomas Doyle, Mary Henderson, Morgan Potter, Willie Lewis, Jonathan Lewis; step grandchildren, Cindy Hill, Daniel Hacker, and Ashley Woolard; great grandchildren, Brantley Lewis, Sara Lewis, Mallory Lewis, Willie Lewis V, Charles Joseph Doyle II, Willow Henderson, and Violet Lewis; step great-grandchildren, Ayden Hill and Naomi Hill. Services were held on Saturday, May 27 at the Reelsboro United Methodist Church with Reverends Randy Field and Walter Graves presiding. Graveside services with military honors will follow at the Sandhill Cemetery in Reelsboro. Visitation and reception for family and friends followed at the church immediately after the graveside services. Dick’s family requests in lieu of flowers, that memorial donations be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Ricky Odell Sawyer, 56, of Grantsboro, passed away, Monday, May 15, 2017.He was a member of the Pamlico County Rescue Squad and the Arapahoe Volunteer Fire Department. He was preceded in death by his father, Emory Odell Sawyer, Jr and daughter, Ian McClenny. He is survived by his mother, Mary Sawyer of Grantsboro; three daughters, Hannah Sawyer, Oliva Sawyer and Tiffany Sawyer all of Grantsboro; one sister, Patricia Jones of Bridgeton and four grandchildren, Taylee McClenny, Toby Alvizo, Tristan Alvizo and Isabella Wisecup. A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at the Arapahoe Fire Department with the Rev. Blaney Rowe officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Pamlico Rescue Dept., P.O. Box 302, Bayboro, NC 28515 or the Arapahoe VF Department, P.O. Box 3, Arapahoe, NC 28510.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance, NC.
Richard “Dick” Joseph Scoppe, 82, of New Bern died Sunday, May 21, 2017,at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Shawn Lee Hopkins, August 24, 1981-May 18, 2017, 35, of Hwy 33, Aurora. Shawn has gone to fly with the eagles, to watch over his family and keep them safe. He was a caring, loving father and son. He would do anything to help anyone in need.
He was a hard worker and enjoyed driving so much he became a truck driver, although he himself didn’t like fish, he knew how to keep them alive and get them where they were going. It broke his heart when he could no longer drive a truck. Everyone always saw the big, tough guy but his family saw a loving, giving man that would give you his last dollar and go without himself.
He is survived by his daughter, Samantha Hopkins; his son, Justin Watkins; and their mother, Sherri Hopkins; his mother, Janet Hopkins-Spalti; stepfather, Russell Spalti; and brothers, Joseph Spalti (Heather), Matthew Spalti, Erick Spalti (Leeann); and Michael Spalti (Bridget); and his maternal grandmother, Eleanor Barthel.He was preceded in death by his father, Kenney Hopkins; maternal grandfather, George Barthel; paternal grandfather, Earnest Hopkins Sr.; paternal grandmother, Sarah Potter; and her husband, Earl Potter.A memorial bonfire will be held at a future date, watch Facebook for date and time. In lieu of flowers the family suggested either making a donation to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509 or his mother, Janet Hopkins-Spalti, 22489 Hwy 33 E, Aurora, NC 27806.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Ernest Albert Alligood, 85, of Aurora passed away April 30, 2017 at his home. He was born in Washington, NC on December 5, 1931, the son of Jatha and Ella Alligood. Ernest joined the United States Army in 1951 and was a Korean War veteran. He spent most of his life in Aurora, NC. In addition to his parents, he was pre-ceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Barbara (Bobbie) Cox Alligood and siblings Viola, Hilton, Odell, Eula, Lena, Delma, and Gene. He is survived by his sister Naomi Taylor of Snow Camp, NC; daughter Sherri Valerio & partner Sean McCracken of Vanceboro, NC; daughter Lucy Holman & husband Matt of New Bern, NC; grandchildren Robert III, Richard, Ruben, Ryan, Rachel, Brandon, Courtney, Aubree, and Connor; 13 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Smokey. A memorial service will be held at a later date.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Community Home and Hospice 1423A South Glenburnie Drive, New Bern, NC 28562.
Norma “Lucille” Ireland Sadler, 77, of Hobucken passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center.She was a member of Hobucken Methodist Church and formerly worked at the Hobucken post office. She was first mate with husband, Jack, on his commercial fishing boat “Shirley”. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Cresie Ireland and sisters, Betty Lou Flowers and Julia Elizabeth Harris. She is survived by her husband, Jack Sadler of Hobucken; sons, Andrew J. Sadler Jr. (Jennifer) of Grantsboro and Ervin L. Sadler (Kim) of Alliance; brothers, William R. Ireland (Marsha) of Lowland and Allen Ireland of New Port Richey, Florida; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Hope Sadler Messer (John), Ervin L. Sadler (Leah), Jessica L. Sadler Padilla (Kelly) and Andrew “Drew” Sadler (Cortney); and three great-grandchildren, Willow Rayne Sadler, Jackson Sadler and Scarlett Sadler. Her memorial service was held 4:00 p.m., Saturday, May 13th at the Hobucken Community Center with Brother Leland Tetterton officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Continuum Home Care & Hospice, 1505 S. Glenburnie Rd. Market Place Suite M, New Bern, NC 28562.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Paul Poncet Meyer, 80 of Oriental died Monday, May 15, 2017, at Carolina East Medical Center.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Jack B. Weiner, a longtime Oriental resident and beloved husband of Sandy Lewis, and adored father of Rebecca Weiner Tompkins, Amy W. Miller, and Andy Weiner, passed away peacefully at home in his sleep from complications of lung disease at the age of 88.
Weiner was born in Brooklyn, NY, on April 1, 1929 to Minnie and Louis Weiner. He graduated from the renowned James Madison High School. During the 1950s he served in the U.S. Army. Subsequently, he and his younger brother Charlie were automotive union organizers in Cleveland, Ohio. He made his living as a writer, beginning in his early years with magazines such as Printers’ Ink and then Dun’s Review, and continuing as a speechwriter for prestigious corporations, like Litton and Fluor. Always being an accomplished musician, he also wrote songs, the most notable being “Forty-Nine Broken Hearts,” recorded by Barry Sadler on his 1966 album, The A Team. Most significant were his books, which have reached, and profoundly influenced, a large audience over more than four decades. His 1973 novel The Morning After, published by Dell/Delacorte, depicted the protagonist’s struggle with alcoholism, and in 1974 it was made into a widely reviewed and acclaimed ABC TV Movie of the Week starring Dick Van Dyke, nominated for an Emmy for his performance. W.W. Norton was the publisher of Weiner’s 1976 non-fiction book Drinking, In 1989, he was hired to write A Day at a Time; written anonymously it became one of the seminal books of the 12-step recovery movement, and has sold many millions of copies in various formats and languages. It remains in print and provides comfort, hope, and inspiration for innumerable people worldwide.
Weiner and his wife Sandy co-authored-- under the pseudonyms Anonymous and J.S. Dorian-- numer-ous recovery books featuring daily spiritual and uplifting meditations, including A New Day, At My Best, Tranquility, A Time to Be Free, and Above and Beyond. All have been widely translated enabling those all over the globe to benefit from their messages. This August 16, 2017 would have marked the 47th anniversary of Weiner’s own sobriety. Although Weiner and Lewis have reached many people through these vol-umes, Weiner maintained the anonymity of the recovery movement throughout his life.Besides his inspiring books, wherever Weiner lived-- whether Los Angeles, his home from 1967, or Oriental where he moved in 1997 because of his love of fishing and nature-- he provided kindhearted support and humble guidance in the fellowship community. He was known for the warmth and empathy he showed to those who needed it most.In addition to his wife, and his three children he is survived by his brother Peter Weiner; three grand-children: Emery Dobyns, Mara Rose Lieber, and Emma D. Miller; a great grandson Louis Dobyns; and a cousin David Gordon. May he rest in peace in the realm of the spirit.
There will be a memorial at a later date. Donations in his name may be made to the Dottie Gray Ambulance Fund.

Mitchell “Mitch” Wayne Nipper, 74, of Grantsboro went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 30, 2017. He was a former member of West Vanceboro Church of God and attended Soldier Ministries and Word Fellowship when his health would allow. Mitchell was a native of Florida but lived most of his life in Vanceboro before mov-ing to Grantsboro eight years ago. He worked most of his life as an auto parts salesman having worked at Paul Auto, Buckman Auto and Norfolk Paint Co. He is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Barbara Owens Nipper; daughter, Debra N. Woodall; son, Mitchell B. Nipper; brother, Kenneth T. Nipper; sister, Shirley Nipper Tripp; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His service was held 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 5th at West Vanceboro Church of God with the Rev. Robert Worthington and Rev. Owen Lupton officiating. Graveside services will be held privately. The family received friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bryant Funeral Home. Flowers are appreciated or memorial con-tributions may be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Teresa Muse Cooney, 63, of Bayboro, died May 2, 2017 at her home. One of three children born to Carlton and Shirley Muse, she is preceded in death by her mother and brother, Carlton Jr. Growing up, Teresa lived in Key West, Florida and in Bayboro, North Carolina. She attended UNC-CH where she met her husband, John, and earned a BA in Sociology/Psychology. Teresa later attended ECU where she studied Counselor Education and received a MS in School Counseling. Teresa and John enjoyed a lifelong adventure pursuing Carolina Bliss. She was an avid Tar Heel fan and enjoyed following local athletics. Through her work as a Guidance Counselor in the public school system, she fulfilled her dream of helping others. She was highly regarded and respected by her coworkers and the students she served in several high schools in both Pamlico and Craven coun-ties. Heartwarming are the testimonials from students, or her kids as she called them, who expressed invaluable help in providing life lessons and support for them through their journey in high school and beyond. Teresa is fondly remembered for her love of her dogs, her humor and wit, and love for reading. She loved her family and considered her role as “mom” her most important and pleasurable one. She is survived by her father, Carlton Muse, husband, John, sons, John III and Bryant, grandson, Miles, sister, Sue, sister-in-law, Debbie McCotter and nieces Carly and Chelsey. Funeral arrangements are through Bryant Funeral Home. A celebration of life service was held at Bayboro United Methodist Church on May 8th at 2pm. The family received friends at the Bayboro United Methodist Church on Sunday May 7th from 5-6:30pm. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to a scholarship fund or educational charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Beth Elaine Harrington was born waving to everyone with her left arm and continued to entertain us throughout her life. Her alternate personality “Stuffy”, a beloved petite teddy bear, brought smiles to us all. So we don’t have Beth with us now but every time we think of her, she is right here in our hearts. Beth Elaine Harrington was born in Greenville, NC on June 9, 1951 and joined our mother on April 23, 2017, Blanche Hardee Harrington (Dec.) and James Alton Harrington (Dec.), she has one remaining Aunt Lillie Pearl Joyner, age 97. Beth was the “baby” of the family and is survived by four siblings. A sister, Arlene Harrington Cobb, brother-in-law Lawrence Cobb (Dec.), two neph-ews Stephen Cobb and his wife Melanie and their son, Garrett, Mike Cobb and his children, Taylor, Devin, Mikie and Carson, residing in Texas, a brother, James Spencer Harrington and sister-in-law Donna, three nieces, Lisa and her children, Autym, Owen and Paxton, Amber and her daughter, Mackenzie, and Amberle, a nephew Scott Harrington and his wife Tina and children, Spencer and Ashley, who reside in Kansas, a brother, Doug Harrington and sister-in-law Jane and children, a niece Kelly Lake and her husband Brian and children, Courtney and Hunter, a nephew, Jeff Harrington and his children, Chloe and Hanna residing in Florida, a sister, Myra Harrington Blue and brother-in-law, Herb Blue, and children Kim Taylor and her husband, Robert Taylor and children, Jake and Dana, residing in Pamlico County, Gary Blue and his wife Tracy and children, Nicole, Leah, Shane and Blake residing in Seven Spring, N. C. There are numerous cousins and their families throughout the country. Beth graduated from Pitt Community College as an LPN and worked many years at Pitt Memorial Hospital and Greenville Villa. She loved tak-ing care of us and you, if she had the chance. She was very good at playing sports and actually caught a hard ball in her stomach, ouch. There are so many wonderful, funny stories that will be shared at her “Celebration of life” to be announced at a later date via newspaper and social media. If you have anything to add to her special celebration such as funny times, photographs and want to help, please contact me at mhblue@embarqmail.com.
Mary H. Ferris, 84, of Oriental passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017, at home. She was born in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York on August 18, 1933. She is survived by her loving husband, Ned; daughter, Stacey E. Ferris of Bolivia, NC; son, Edwin W. Ferris III of Phoenix, Arizona; grandson, Edwin W. Ferris IV of North East, Maryland; and granddaughter, Holly Ferris of Frederick, Maryland. Her memorial service was held 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 2nd at Pamlico United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Roach officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Pamlico United Methodist Church, Benevolence Fund, c/o Tillie Roberts, 9985 NC Hwy 306 S, Arapahoe, NC 28510.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Yvonne June Stevenson, 85, of Oriental passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Gardens of Pamlico. She was a member of Oriental Methodist Church. She enjoyed sailing around the country with her husband Russ. She is survived by her husband, Russell Stevenson; sons, Grant Stevenson of South Africa and Vaughan Stevenson of Iowa; daughters, Cheryl Worth of South Africa and Peta Lewis of Cape Carteret; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, May 4th at Oriental United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Moseley officiating.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Jasper Ray Hannah, 75, of Bayboro passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Crystal Coast Hospice. He loved the Lord and studying the Bible. He also enjoyed farming and fishing and just talking with people. Known as “Papa” to his family, he is survived by his wife of 48 years, Shirley Hannah; children, Terry Hannah (Pam), Karen Hannah, Tracy Hannah (Ellen) and Jason Hannah (Julie); brothers, “Jar” and “Boy”; sisters, “Big Baby”, “Yunk” and “Sis”; seven grandchildren, Alexis, Justin, Cody, Allison, Anna, Jonathan, and Sasha; and four great-grandchildren with one on the way. His memorial service was held 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 20th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Earl Sadler Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 to 6:30 prior to the service and the funeral home.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

On April 16th, Easter Sunday 2017, Edward D. Lupton of Oriental, North Carolina answered a call. A call that he could not refuse, a call that he had been looking forward to for quite some time. Ninety-one years ago on February 8th, 1926, Eddie, as he is referred to by close friends and family, was born to Andrew Lupton and his wife, Grace Lupton. Eddie had the joy of growing up with three sisters, Nellie, Lela and Pansy and a brother, JD, all of which have preceded him in death. As happy as they were, tragedy would soon strike as Eddie’s father, a decorated WW1 Veteran, would finally succumb to the damages received as a result of a mustard gas attack while bravely fighting in the Ardennes forest years earlier. At the time of his father’s death Eddie was still young and being the oldest of five he would start down a path of sacrifice and commitment to others that would define his life. In many ways Eddie helped raise his siblings, eventually seeing them off to live lives scattered across the country from New York to California. During this time, Eddie himself left his beloved home of Oriental , for a brief time, for the port city of Baltimore where he helped the WW2 effort by managing the construction of specially made cargo boxes that would float if their ships torpedoed by German U-Boats while crossing the Atlantic. As time passed the need would arise for Eddie’s siblings to lean on him for support and guidance. A role that he would always greet with open arms. This led to him helping raise several of his nieces and nephews many of which, through his influence, became successful in their own right. Three nieces survive Eddie, Gerri Parker, Becky Daniels and Lydia Consentino. While working as a Manager in Cherry Point’s Facility Department, Eddie befriended Mrs. Eddie Clare Griffin, an elderly neighbor that had recently lost her husband. Over time she became a close friend and mentor. As she grew closer to her death she informed Eddie of her wishes to create a non-profit foundation to help the children of Pamlico County gain an education. Once again Eddie accepted this request with open arms. Through his hard work and dedication for over 40 years dozens of children from Pamlico County that would not have been able to attend college due to financial restraints were now able to with Eddie’s help. This foundation, The Perry-Griffin Foundation remains a staple of Oriental’s economy and continues to provide scholarships to children every year. In early 1982 Judy Berry, the daughter of Eddie’s best friend and her husband, Johnny Berry, came to him with yet another request. At that time Judy was pregnant with their 2nd child and the doctors gave Judy a very slim chance to survive the delivery. She asked Eddie to be that child’s Godfather and in the event she did not survive help her husband raise him. Once again Eddie accepted the request with open arms and on February 17th 1982, John Edward Berry, rightfully named after his Godfather was born. The mother survived delivery but Eddie, always following true to his commitments still helped raise John Edward as if he was his own. They forged a bond as strong as any in history and one that still last to this day. John Edward survives Eddie along with his wife, Jodie, and children, Conner Lewis Berry and Holden Andrew Berry, named after Eddie’s father. Not only did Eddie outsmart the Germans in WW2, help raise his nieces and nephews, grow a foundation from a dream into a reality, and create an unbreakable bond with his Godson, he was also an outstanding member of the Oriental United Methodist Church. Valiantly leading their choir for over 20 years. Eddie put the needs of all these things first, before the needs of his own. And he took each of these commitments with the utmost of seriousness, never faulting and always dependable. Eddie was a man of honor, always true to his word and steadfast with his commitments. He will be missed by many. Services for Edward Lupton were held in the Oriental United Methodist Church at 2:00pm Saturday April 22nd.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Clifton Paul Lupton, Sr., 91, of Hobucken, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was a commercial fisherman most of his life. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Lupton, son Jerry Wayne Lupton, brothers, Earl Lupton and Forrest Lupton and sisters, Lucy Guthrie and Beulah Bruce. He is survived by one son, Paul Lupton (Cathy); one daughter Pat Armstrong; one brother, Jasper Lupton; two sisters, Elizabeth Campen and Helene Glazebrook; five grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. His funeral service was held at 11:00 AM Friday, April 21, 2017 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phillip Lewis officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Allliance, NC


Dr. Ross William Kingsley, age 89, died on April 3, 2017 at his home in Durham, NC. He was born on October 26, 1927 in Erie, PA to the late William F. and Florence J. Kingsley. He was married to MaryAnne Rawa on December 26, 1955. Ross attended Erie Technical High School in Erie, PA. He served in both the Army and the Navy in World War II and the Korean War. He earned a degree in Commerce and Finance from Penn State University. He then attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 1960. After completing an internship at Memorial Hospital in Sandusky, OH he estab-lished a general practice in Vermilion, OH where he practiced for 37 years. After retiring, he moved to Oriental, NC where he continued to enjoy his love of sailing and being on the water. He later moved to Durham, NC. He was an active member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Oriental and then became a member of St. Benedict’s Anglican Catholic Church in Durham. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, MaryAnne, his daughter Carla Kingsley, D.O. and husband John Ribic, D.O. of Helena, MT, his son Kurt and wife Evangelia of New York, NY. and daughter, Kimberly Kingsley and husband Andrey Tsigler of Hillsborough, NC, and his sister Kirsten French of Tucson, AZ. In addition to his parents, Dr. Kingsley was preceded in death by his sister, Janet Matts.
Funeral Services were held, 2:00 PM, Thursday, April 6, 2017 at St. Benedict’s Anglican Catholic Church, Durham, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Benedicts Anglican Catholic Church in Chapel Hill or St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Oriental.
Online condolences may be sent to the Kingsley family by visiting www.walkersfuneralservice.com.
Lela Hopkins Jarvis, 100, passed away in Norfolk on Tuesday. Lela was born in Hobucken, NC to the late James and Eliza Hopkins. She is also predeceased by her husband, Armistead Jarvis, nine sisters and three brothers. Lela made her fam-ily her priority in life and in her spare time she loved gardening and plant-ing flowers. She was a member of Norview Pentecostal Church, Eastern Star Norview Chapter 131, Ladies Shrine and a member of the Scottish Rites. She is survived by her son, Charles; grandchildren, Charles A. Jarvis, II and wife, Natalia, Christopher L. Jarvis, Sr. and wife, Jessica, Jason A. Jarvis, Sr. and wife, Kayla and Kimberly Faye Jarvis Evil Sizer and husband, David; great grandchildren, Aidan, Jacob , Hailey, Jason,II, Elizabeth, Charles A., III, Christopher, II, Savannah, James, Madelyn, Brandon, Ariel, David and Alana. A visitation will be from 6-8pm, Friday at Smith and Williams Norfolk Funeral Home. There will be a funeral service conducted at 11am, Saturday at the funeral home with burial to follow at Rosewood Memorial Park.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.smithandwil-liamsnorfolk.com.
Joseph Alexander Brinson, 79, of Alexandria, Va., passed away Monday, April 3, 2017, in Alexandria. He was a member of the Hudson Club and loved baseball and collecting antique cars. He was preceded in death by his son, Joey Brinson. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara Ann Brinson; three sons, Jack, Jeffrey and James Brinson; daughter, Brenda Lee Brinson; sisters, Ramona Gray, Lillian Robinson and Cora Reagan; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Saturday, April 8th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dwayne Boyd officiating. Interment followed immediately in Harper Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Susan Todorow Rohrman, EdD, of Oriental, NC, passed away peace-fully on April 7, 2017 after a brief illness. She was 61. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Gregory Rohrman, her sons Justin Rohrman (Maxine), Patrick Rohrman (Ashlie), her daughter, Sarah Rohrman, and her granddaughter Ruby Rohrman. Additionally, she is survived by her mother, Susan Marie Todorow, brothers Walter Todorow (Sally), Thomas Todorow (Kristen), Christopher, and Matthew Todorow (Linda). She is also survived by her sisters Patty Pelequin (Dennis), and Mary Ellen Rodgers (Ronald). She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Todorow, and her nephew Ryan Pelequin. She was the loving Aunt of many nieces and nephews. Susan was proudest of being a wife and mother. She loved her children unconditionally, and was immensely proud of each of them. She took great joy, and pride, in their independence, their creativity, their love for family, and their dedication to service for others. Susan devoted her life to teach-ing and learning. During her nearly forty years as an educator she taught at Middle Township High School (NJ), was an administrator in the Wildwood School District (NJ), criss-crossed the country training and teaching for the American Reading Company (PA), and finally returned to her true love, the classroom, as a teacher at the Arapahoe Charter School (NC). In 1998 she was selected as the Teacher of the Year for Cape May County. She held degrees from West Chester State College (BA), Glassboro State College (MA), Rowan University (MS), and Wilmington University (EdD). She also held several teaching and administrative certificates. In addition to her beloved family, she leaves behind thousands of children whose lives she improved and inspired, and hundreds of teachers and school administrators who learned from her, and respected her.A Mass of Resurrection will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 402 Freemason St, Oriental, NC 28571 on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with The Reverend Jeremiah Day officiating. There will be a visitation vigil the evening before, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Interment will be private.In lieu of flowers, friends are urged to make a donation to “Dr. Susan’s Classroom Closet” at the Arapahoe Charter School (a fund established to provide teachers supplemental materials and supplies for teaching) 9500 NC Hwy 306 S, Arapahoe, NC 28519; The Hospice of Pamlico County, 602 Main St, Bayboro, NC 28515; or St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 402 Freemason St, Oriental, NC 28571.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Mark Daniel Hancock, 32, of Grantsboro passed away Monday, March 20, 2017, in Cape May, New Jersey. He attended Latitude Church and was a commercial fisherman which he loved. Mark was a fun loving person who was always smiling. He loved life, his family and friends and was an avid UNC Tarhell fan. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Peggy Deberry; paternal grandfather, William Hancock; and uncle, Donald Hancock. He is survived by his mother, Susie Hancock; father, Jimmy Hancock; daughter, Chasity Fulcher; brothers, Craig Hancock and Chris Hancock; maternal grandparents, Freddie & Brigitte Spence; niece, Kayden Hancock; aunts, Tina Spence Tillman (Glenn), Jane Hancock Smith and Mae Bond; and uncle, Bill Hancock (Katherine). The family will have a private memorial service at a later date.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Barbara (Bobbie) Cox Alligood (83) died March 22, 2017 at Carolina East Medical Center. She was born in Aurora on June 19, 1933, the daughter of the late Willie and Bessie Cox. Bobbie graduated from Aurora High School in 1951 as valedictorian of her class. In addition to her parents, she was preceeded in death by siblings Irma, Lonie, William, Flora, Alton, Earl, and Malcom. She is survived by her husband of 65 years Ernest Alligood; brother E.B. Cox; daughter Sherri Valerio and partner Sean McCracken; Lucy Holman and husband Matt; grandchildren Robert III, Richard, Ruben, Ryan, Rachel, Brandon, Courtney, Aubree, and Connor; 13 great-grandchildren and numerous neices and nephews. Typical of her giving nature, she chose to donate her body to science. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Dublin Grove FWB Church or the Capital Humane Society.
Fran Kirskey Deaton Bennett passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 21, 2017. Fran was born Mary Frances Kirskey on February 9, 1926 in Fitzsimmons, Colorado to her parents Iola Susan and Oscar Thweatt Kirskey. She attended high school in San Antonio, and then the University of Texas in Austin (go Longhorns)-graduating with her BA in Pshycology in 1946. She married W. Ralph Deaton, Jr. M.D. in 1948, and they proceeded to have six children. As Fran’s youngest child neared the end of high school, Fran went back to school to earn her Masters and PhD in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She became a practicing Psychologist and worked at the Mental Health Center for 7 years in Greensboro. When Ralph retired, they moved to the coast of North Carolina(Oriental) to be with family, and to pursue their love of sailing(a tradition started at High Rock Lake). Fran became the school Psychologist for the Pamlico County Schools. Fran absolutely loved chil-dren and was delighted to have a career where she could help them through learning challenges and other issues. While in Oriental, Fran helped establish Hospice of Pamlico County, and the PEACE preschool at Oriental United Methodist Church. In 1998, after 49 years of marriage, Fran was preceeded in death by her husband Ralph. In 2000, Fran married Truett V. Bennett M.D. and after 5 years together, Fran was pre-ceeded in death by Truett. In 2006, Fran lost her precious son, Bob Deaton.In 2013, Fran moved back to Greensboro to Friends Home West. Everywhere Fran went you could count on her for three things-a life long thirst for learing, a community orientation, and competitiveness. In reuniting with her old friends, and making new friends at FHW, Fran threw herself into volunteering, going to the theatre and musical events, traveling with friends and family, and of course table tennis. After donating a ping pong table to FHW she started a table tennis league and relished her daily games with friends. At the age of 90 in October 2016, Fran won the North Carolina Senior Games in Table Tennis for her age group. You should have seen her smile after that win. Fran also very much enjoyed the fellow-ship of her friends from church-she attended Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro. She was also a member of Oriental United Methodist Church and a contingent member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church.Fran is survived by her son Bill and his wife Claudia Deaton of Greensboro, her daughter Elizabeth and her husband Ron Scullin of Warrenton, Virginia, her daughter Susan Deaton of Greensboro, her daughter Ann Deaton of Houston, Texas, and her son John and his wife Karen Deaton of Oriental, North Carolina. Fran is also survived by many wonderful grandchildren-Laura, Matt, Xander, Stephen, Hayley, Brooke, Jake, Robert, Alyson, William, Katelyn, Adrienne, Abbey, Richard, and four great grandchildren-Jake, Madyson, Pearl, and Luke.The memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 31st at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 607 North Greene Street, Greensboro. Following the service the family would like to invite all to a reception-details to be announced at the service. At a later date to be announced there will be a memorial service for Fran on the waterfront in Oriental. The family would like to thank Kay Pearman, Regina (Gigi) Dodson, and Hospice for their loving care of our sweet Fran. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made in Fran’s name to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, Juliet’s House Animal Rescue (1111 Monticello Street, Greensboro, 27410) or to any other charity of your choice.

Fannie Rowe Tingle, 90, of Wilson, formerly of Merritt passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Longleaf Neuromedical Treatment Facility. She is survived by her son, Jimmy Tingle of Merritt. Her graveside service was held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, March 17th at Greenleaf Memorial Park Lakeside Chapel with the Rev. Charles Hardison officiating.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Mr. Russell Everette Zurface, age 64, a resident of Aurora, NC passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern after a brave battle with cancer. A memorial service was held Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 3:00pm at Dublin Grove Free Will Baptist Church of Aurora, Rev. Karen Rice Kelly officiating. The family received friends Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 6-8pm at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington. Russell was born in Greenville, NC on July 19, 1952 son of the late Russell E. Zurface and the late Mary Louise Harrell Zurface. He was a 1970 graduate of Aurora High School and earned his associate degree at Craven Community College. On October 18, 1970 he married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, June Rice who still resides in Aurora, NC. Russell was a member of the apprentice program at NADEP Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point in Havelock. He retired from the United States Government following thirty-two years of loyal service. His retirement was due to his battle with cancer. Previously, he was a member of the Holly Hill Original Free Will Baptist Church in Belvoir but attended Dublin Grove Free Will Baptist Church. Russell enjoyed the simple things in life such as, fishing, skiing, playing ball, and relaxing on a beach, but most of all he loved being surrounded by his family. Russell enjoyed throwing large parties. He loved to gather family and friends so he could cook a feast for them. His parties ended with a slew of fireworks for everyone to enjoy. Being in the presence of Russell brought joy to any and all as he con-tinuously laughed a contagious laugh and cracked every joke in his book. Russell’s life was enveloped with the love of his wife June and daughter Micki Zurface Warren, her husband Brian of Blounts Creek, their three children; Keith Russell Warren, Gracie Michelle Warren and Leah Beth Warren as well as his brother, Rossell Eugene Zurface and his girlfriend Stephanie Harrington of Raleigh, NC. The abundance of love continues with Russell’s extended family; Sister-in-law: Annette Kelly and her husband Jim Kelly of Virginia Beach; Brother-in-law Robert Rice and his wife Joyce Rice of Mount Olive; Brother-in-law Jimmy Rice and his wife Annette Rice of Newport News, VA; Sister-in-law Paulette Rice of Washington. Russell’s beloved nieces and nephews include: Kathy Davis and her husband Mike Davis of Chesapeake, VA; Karen Kelly and her husband Gary Johnson of Blounts Creek; Roberta Guimond and her husband Scott Guimond of Virginia Beach; Robbie Rice and his wife Elizabeth Rice of Grimesland; Jonathan Rice of Hampton, VA; Leigh Barefoot and Johnny Barefoot of Poquoson VA; Kristi Pease of Chesapeake, VA ; Jennifer Rice and Scott Maready of Grifton; Tim Rice and his wife Samantha Rice of Washington and very special friends Barbara and Ladd Jones of Aurora.Russell was predeceased by his sister Judy Zurface Moore who also lost her battle with cancer. Russell Zurface was a jolly soul who lived a life full of love, adventure and good times and will be remembered forever in the hearts of those who loved him. All who knew Russell would relate to this: “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, our hearts are bro-ken and we’ll miss you Russ.” Memorial gifts may be given to Dublin Grove Free Will Baptist Church, 282 Peele Road, Aurora, NC 27806. There will be a private family distribution of ashes at a later date.
Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com.
Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve Russell’s family.

Betty Jo Roberts Baldree, 76, of Arapahoe passed away Friday, March 10, 2017, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was preceded in death by a son, John Baldree Jr. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, John R. Baldree; son, Michael Baldree (Tammy) of Oriental; daughter, Sherry Rice (Brad) of Minnesott Beach; brother, Richard Roberts (Susie) of Goose Creek; sister, Peggy Lee (Mike) of Arapahoe; and four grandchildren, Thomas, Tim & Laura Pollock and Jenna Baldree. Her funeral was held 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 14th at Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. William Drake Harper officiating. Interment was in Greenleaf Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Janet “Jan” C. Stobie, of Dacula, Georgia, January 3, 1926 - February 20, 2017. Janet was born January 3, 1926 to J. Fredrick Cook and Julia Helman Cook in Newark, NJ. She was preceded in death in 2013 by the love of her life and part-ner in an extraordinary journey thru the years, James H. Stobie, and her former husband Robert W. Emeigh who gave her three children who were the joy of her life. Janet is survived by her loving and devoted children, Robert W Emeigh (Judith) of Dacula, GA, Diane Emeigh Packard (Lloyd) of Dacula, GA and David Emeigh ( Christine) of Roanoke, VA who comforted and cared for her in her final days in Home Hospice so she could be surrounded by her beloved animals, bird sanctuary, and flower garden. She is also cherished by stepdaughter Catherine Stobie of California and stepsons Michael Stobie of Denver, CO., and Timothy Stobie of Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Additionally, she is survived by grandchildren Cheryl Ritzel (Barry) of Dacula, Jenn Cornell of Atlanta, Beth Rouse (Maj. Dean) of Spotsylvania, VA, Lauren Tye (Capt. Brian) of St. Petersburgh, FL, and Laryssa Emeigh of Nashville, TN; great grandchildren, Ashton Ritzel, Amy Rouse, Carson Rouse, Braedyn Tye, Jim Stobie, Lilly Stobie, Jarred Stobie, Luke Stobie, Noah Stobie, and Kyle Stobie.After years raising her children, successful at many jobs Janet, the beautiful amateur actress/dancer/musician met charming and hand-some Jim Stobie, the sometimes-professional movie and TV actor, Pharmaceutical Sales Manager and Registered Pharmacist while both were performing at the well-known Barn Dinner Theater. The rest as they say “is history”. One of their many adventures included, touring with a Federal Park Service Play Honoring our country’s Bicentennial performing in nearly every National Park over a 2-year period, including Dinner at the home of former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson while in Texas. While still in their 50’s Janet and Jim sold, or rented their homes, put their careers on hold and purchased a 38 ft., two-masted sailboat they named “Banjo” and sailed the Caribbean for over two years visiting nearly every island large or small. When returning from that adventure, cruising the Inland Waterway they stopped in the charm-ing outer-banks fishing village, Oriental, NC, where they immediately purchased a lot and ultimately built their retirement home which they enjoyed for 25 years before moving to Dacula, GA to be near their children and grandchildren.The family invites friends and acquaintances to share a time of life celebration and remembrance with them on March 26, 2017. At 1453 Mulberry Creek Ct, Dacula, GA (Hamilton Mill) from 2 to 4 PM.

Addie Peru Vaughan Durham, age 93, passed away on February 27, 2017. She was born in Greensburg, Kentucky, October 31, 1923. She was predeceased by her parents, Addie and Clayton Vaughan and her sister, Olivia Vaughan Harvey. Addie was a graduate of Bowling Green Business University. She was an active member of Arapahoe United Methodist Church where she held positions as President of the Faith Circle of the United Methodist Women, head of the Lay Shepherd Program, a member of the bereavement committee and served as Chairwoman of the Administration Council. Addie was predeceased in death by her husband Major James O. Durham, Jr. (retired). Addie traveled all over the United States and overseas with her husband and children. She is survived by her 3 children; daughter Marsha Carol Coope and husband Peter Coope of New Milford, CT; Sons James O. Durham,III and wife Sharon Durham of Walkersville, MD and Robert V. Durham and wife Kathy Durham of Lexington, KY; 6 grandchildren; Michael V. Coope, Alison Coope Bailey, Samantha J. Bekken, Scott O. Durham, Alexander V. Durham and Benjamin E. Durham; 1 great-grandson Griffin M. Bailey.A Memorial Service will be held on March 11, 2017 at 11:00 at Arapahoe United Methodist Church. (A Burial Service will be held at a later date in Campbellsville, KY) In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in her name to Arapahoe United Methodist Church, the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.stauffer-funeralhome.com.
Mollie Ballance Campen, 103, of Lowland passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center.She was a member of Wardens Grove OFWB Church and the Order of Eastern Star.She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Albert S. Campen; son, Eric A. Campen; son-in-law, Reginald Caroon; and granddaughter, Angel C. Woodard.She is survived by two daughters, Edith C. Jonson (Bob) of Maribel and Lottie C. Caroon of Lowland; two sons, Floyd E. Campen (Martha) of Minnesott Beach and Albert L. Campen of Havelock; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth L. Campen of Cape Carteret; 14 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great grandchildren.Her funeral will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 8th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. John Carawan, Earl Sadler Jr., and Wesley Taylor officiating. Interment will follow immediately at the Lakeside Chapel at Greenleaf Memorial Park.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 Gideons, PO Box 37, Bayboro, NC 28515, FWB Children’s Home, PO Box 249, Middlesex, NC 27557, or University of Mount Olive, 634 Henderson St., Mount Olive, NC 28365.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Philip Lewis Heckhaus III died Thursday, January 26, 2017.He leaves his lovely wife Evelyn; He also leaves a son Philip Heckhaus IV of New Bern and a daughter Maryanne and partner Eric of Peekskill, NY and their children, Mychal, Brice and Trevor; two stepsons Kyle Harrison and wife Dayne of Mebane, NC and their children, Haley (Levin), Benners and Nathaniel, and Edward Harrison of New Bern; stepdaughter Corinne Shostack and husband Keith of Cary, NC and their children, David and Richard; his brother Donald Heckhaus and wife Karen of Phoenix, AZ; and sister-in-law Ginny Heckhaus of Annapolis, MD.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Alicia Heckhaus and his brother Richard Heckhaus.
P. L. Heckhaus was born in New York City May 20, 1930 to Philip, Jr. and Mary Heckhaus. He grew up and was educated in N.Y. and graduated in 1948 from Brooklyn Technical High School. In 1962 he received a Bachelor of Science degree, and in 1966 a Master of Science degree, from The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, now the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.
While attending college at night, he worked as a form designer for reinforced concrete construction, then the New York Telephone Co. As a member of the United States Naval Reserve he was called to active duty in the Korean War and served aboard a wooden hulled minesweeper as their electronics technician. When released from service, he returned to New York Telephone and spent the majority of time in Marketing and Market Research, investigating various industries to determine how they could better use communications. His major effort was the airlines, where he completed a study of their air cargo operation, which identified major telecom-munications changes. He was transferred to the American Telephone and Telegraph Co. to become their inter-face with the Airline Industry. He returned to N.Y. Tel. and served in many managerial positions in Marketing and Sales. He was on loan to The New York City Partnership Inc. to study the operations of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and made recommendations on how to achieve improved performance in their operations. He retired in 1985.
While studying for his degree he was an officer of Polytechnic’s Evening Student Organization and was elect-ed President of The International Association of Evening Student Councils, where he presented information to the U.S. Congress that resulted in increased tuition compensation and “tax relief” for students that served in the Military. He continued being involved with his college, for two years was President of The Polytechnic Institute of New York Alumni Association, and in 1975 he was awarded their “Distinguished Alumni Award”, and he was also Commander of the N.Y. American Legion Post #422.
He retired to Oriental, NC and assisted in forming the USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 2003, and served as Vice Flotilla Commander. He served as Commodore of the Sailing Club of Oriental, President of the Craven County American Association of Retired People. For several years he was a member of the Pamlico County Board of Elections. While a member of the Oriental Rotary Club he was awarded the “Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship Award”. Many years he golfed at the Minnesott Golf and Country Club, served the local Literacy Counsel and many capacities with Oriental’s Music and Theater groups. He was also a member of New Bern’s American Legion Post #739, Riverside United Methodist Church, the local AARP and the Arc.
A memorial service was heldon February 1 at Riverside United Methodist Church with Rev. Doug Harr offi-ciating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Riverside United Methodist Church, 405 Avenue A, New Bern, NC 28560. Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com.
Nancy Pickles, 67, of Bayboro passed away Friday, February 17, 2017, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was a member of Bayboro United Methodist Church. Nancy worked with the P.C. school system as the librar-ian for many years then retired from Pamlico County Correctional Facility. She was an avid baseball fan and loved the Orioles. She enjoyed playing the piano, all things hummingbirds and her dogs. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ellis & Velma Pickles. She is survived by her son, Ellis Pickles and fiancée, Alyssa Chase of New Bern; grandchild, Evelyn Chase; and cousins, Trudy Pickles Cleere of Bayboro and Claudia Meeks of Goldsboro. Her memorial service will be held, 6 p.m., Thursday, February 23rd at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Cauley officiating.Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Thomas Francis McCue Jr., 78, of Merritt formerly of Babylon, Long Island, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2017. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and member of the American Legion, Bronx, NY. He also coached little league football for 30 years. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas McCue, Sr.; mother, Mary McGee; brothers, Donald, Michael and Shawn McCue and Steven McGee; and sister, Joann Lee. He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 55 years, Helga Mc-Cue; sons, Thomas F. McCue III and wife, Liz, and Timothy McCue and wife, Cassandra; sister, Mau-reen Natalie and husband, Louie; brother-in-law, Lud Wenderoth and wife, Barbara; and sister-in-law, Sue Bloodnick and husband, Marty; and many nieces and nephews. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Mark Alan Wetherington, 51 of Dover, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday Febru-ary 11, 2017. He is predeceased by his father, Jimmy Wetherington. He is survived by his son, Kyle Wetherington and fiancé Leslie ofGrantsboro, NC; mother, Hilda Faye Sutton and husband Ricky of Cove City, NC; sister, Tammy Freeman and husband Eddie of Pikeville, NC; brother, Tim Wetherington and wife Annette of Clayton, NC; and fiancéAndrea Laws of Dover, NC. A Memorial Service was held at 11 am on Wednesday February 15, 2017 at Wintergreen Free Will Baptist Church in Cove City with Dr. Neal Cox officiating.
Arrangements by Kahlert Funerals & Cremations in Maysville.

Grace Jane Lamberson, 73, of Oriental passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance, NC
Kimberly Dawn Meekins, 22, of Bayboro passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017.She attended Goose Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church. Kimberly was a loving person, she always had a smile for everyone and never a complaint. She attended the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh. She is survived by her parents, James “Jimmy” & Tina Meekins; brother, Landen Meekins; maternal grandparents, Kelly & Cathy Day; grandfather, Dennis Price; aunts and uncles, Michael & Cindy Day, Barbara & Jerry Price and Brenda & Tommy Bennett; and numerous cousins. Her graveside service was held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 2nd at Paul Cemetery, Silver Hill with the Rev. Cindy Midyette offici-ating. The family received friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday evening at Bryant Funeral Home and at other times at her parent’s home, 152 Paul Farm Rd., Grantsboro. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Michael “Mike” Allen McDaniels Sr., 61, of Florence passed away Monday, January 30, 2017, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He worked as a commercial fisherman all his life and was a lov-ing husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Cathy McDaniels; son, Michael McDaniels Jr. of Florence; daughter, Casie McDaniels Bennett of Bayboro; niece, Jolina Houston of Alliance; brother, Buddy; sisters, Nina and Marsha, all of Florida; and five grandchildren, Brittany, Jade, Payton, Jaxon and Josephene. The family received friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 2nd at Bryant Funeral Home.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Jeffrey Wayne Padrick, 54, of Grantsboro passed away Friday, January 27, 2017, at Vidant Medical Center. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church. He was also a member and Vice President of the New Bern Chapter of Pure Platinum Motorcycle Club where he was known as “Cowboy”. He was preceded in death by his father, Shellie Padrick and a sister, Beverly. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Dixon Padrick; mother, Sarah Jane McDermott; step-mother, Cookie Padrick; sons, Jeff Padrick Jr. (Bethany) of New Bern, Samuel K. Stejskal (Sherri) of Corpus Christi, TX and Steven M. Nyberg of Grantsboro; daughters, Brittany M. Nyberg of the home and Charmon Sadler of Grantsboro; sisters, Amy Tomei of Georgia, Patsy Creighton (Alex) of Chapel Hill and Kristine Cochran of New Bern; and three grandchildren. His memorial service, with military honors, will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 1st at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Pennington officiating.The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home and other times at the home, 107 Old Bay River Rd. Grantsboro. In lieu of flowers the family requested contributionsbe made to either of Jeff’s favorite charities, American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839 or Kennedy Home c/o Baptist Children’s Home, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27360 or any other charity of choice.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.
Malcom Ross Selden, of Oriental, North Carolina, died on Sunday, January 15, 2017, surrounded by his loved ones. He is survived by his fiancé Sandy Bell, his brother and siste-in-law Stephen and Jane, his-brother-in law Robert Webster, his nephews Jonathan, Malcolm, Alec, David and Andrew, and several grand-nephews and grand-nieces. His sister Beverlee, predeceased him. Known as “Uncle Mal” to his family and many friends, he was the son of the late Irving Selden and Irene Nesbitt Selden of West Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated from West Hartford Hall High School and entered the U. S. Navy in 1958, serving on the aircraft carrier USS Wasp. He joined his father’s electrical contracting business, becoming a life-long licensed master electrician. In the mid 1980’s he moved to North Carolina to be near his family and became a construction project manager at UNC Chapel Hill. He retired to Oriental in 2000 where he constructed his home on the banks of the Neuse River and enjoyed the commanding views of Pamlico Sound.

Sammie Lee Daughety Jr., 62 of Bayboro, passed away on Tuesday January 17, 2017.
Arrangements by Kahlert Funerals & Cremations in Maysville.
Brantley “Drake” Whichard, 2 ½ month old son of Chase and Stephanie Whichard, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017 at Vidant Medical Center. A funeral service was held Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Chapel of Paul Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington conducted by Pastor Ron Bousquet. Ab urial followed in Belhaven Community Cemetery. Aaron Gaskins and Dom Totten will served as pallbearers. “Drake” was born in New Hanover County on November 1, 2016. He is survived by his parents, Brandon “Chase” Whichard and Stephanie EileenMarie Poppell Whichard of the home; paternal grandparents, Mark and Tammy Sadler Osnoe of New Bern, Jeffrey and Karla Whichard of Miami, FL; maternal grandparents, Britt and Lynda Poppell of New Bern; paternal great grandparent, William H. “Billy” Whichard of Chocowinity; maternal great grandparents, Louanna Rozier of Hinesville, GA, Sammy Poppell of Darien, GA, Jeanie Oliver of Bristol, TN and several aunts, uncles and extended fam-ily members. The family received friends Wednesday, January 18, at the funeral home and other times at the home of his paternal great grandfather, Billy Whichard, 3068 Whichards Beach Road, Chocowinity. Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the Brantley “Drake” Whichard Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1465, Washington, N.C. 27889. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com
Paul Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington is honored to serve the Whichard family.