Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremations

Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremations is conveniently located in New Bern, North Carolina. Since 1880, Pollock-Best has paid tribute to the time-honored traditions of our friends in Craven, Jones and Pamlico Counties. We feel that serving families is a privilege, and understand that the loss of a loved one is a very personal experience. Members of our staff pride themselves in providing a wide variety of choices to families of all faiths, including personalized memorial services, cremation options and traditional funerals. Someone is available to answer your questions 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. It is the goal of our staff to support you through every step of your arrangements and to help you honor your loved ones. Our beautiful 12,000-square-foot funeral home offers three visitation rooms, two comfortable arrangement rooms and a lovely chapel with seating for up to 200 people. At Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremations, we believe that every life is unique, and every funeral should be too. We celebrate life. For those who wish to plan their arrangements in advance, Pollock-Best offers The Simplicity Plan® prearrangement program, an easy way to handle an important family responsibility.

Our Obituaries

Alice Harrison Lyttle

August 20, 1923 - April 15, 2014

Alice Harrison Lyttle, 90, of New Bern, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 and she is now in Heaven with her Savior whom she faithfully served. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church and had worked at Pic & Pay Shoe Store and the Pixie Shoe Store. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter and caregiver, Lisa Gibson. Memorial service will be 5 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014 at Pollock...
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Edith Smith Myers

September 11, 1923 - April 15, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Mrs. Edith Smith Myers, 90, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's. A faithful member of Crossroads Baptist Church, Ms. Edith was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and enjoyed being with her family, picking on her sons-in-law, and always awaited Christmas Season like a child. Ms. Edith was the last child of Eva Adams Smith and Albert J....
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Jason A. Morris, Sr.

May 19, 1937 - April 14, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Mr. Jason A. Morris, Sr. 76, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014. A native of Stella, NC, Jason was a partner in the Morris Brothers Blueberry Farm in Bridgeton, NC. He was an active member of Centenary United Methodist Church and loved being with his grandchildren. A memorial service will be 3:00 PM, Friday, April 18, 2014 at Centenary United Methodist Church with Rev. Susan...
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Robert L. Ward

August 26, 1921 - April 12, 2014

New Bern – Dr. Robert Lynn Ward, age 92, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. A resident of New Bern, North Carolina, he was born in Chicago, IL August 26, 1921. He was the son of the late Richard Bruce Ward, Sr. and Janie Lynn Ward of Charlotte, NC and Hendersonville, NC. Dr. Ward was educated in the Charlotte, NC public school system, attended NC State University...
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Robert E. Moore

July 2, 1929 - April 11, 2014

Robert Earl Moore, 84, went into the loving arms of God Friday, April 11, 2014 surrounded by his devoted family. Bob was born in Eli Whitney, North Carolina, July 2, 1929, to the late Blanche Cheek Moore and Lacy Earl Moore. He is survived by the love of his life, Geraldine (Jerri) Liebig Moore, to whom he was married for 63 years. Bob was a true role model and a loving, strong and gentle...
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Sammie Durell Pearson

February 28, 1936 - April 9, 2014

Sam Pearson, 78, of New Bern, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Mr. Pearson was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served four tours of duty in Vietnam. During his service, he was the recipient of two Purple Hearts and earned the National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Presidential Unit...
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Lynne Scott Edmundson

June 12, 1957 - April 6, 2014

Mrs. Lynne Scott Edmundson, 56, went to be with her Lord Sunday, April 6, 2014. She was the daughter of Edna Page Scott and Charles L. Scott, Sr. and was preceded in death by her mother; her son, Phillip; brothers, Donald Jr. and Gerald P. Daniels. She was a longtime resident of the Bridgeton area, and enjoyed being with her family. A celebration of Lynne's life will be 9:00 AM, Saturday,...
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Lauretta Vaughan Barnes

November 25, 1925 - April 4, 2014

Lauretta Blanche Vaughan Barnes, 88, of Havelock, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014. She was a lifetime member of Annunciation Catholic Church in Havelock and was also a member of the F.R.A. Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Catherine Vaughan as well as her husband, Charles Emmons Barnes. Memorial service will be 11:00 AM, Monday, April 14, 2014 at...
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Lisa Harrison Gibson

August 28, 1966 - April 3, 2014

Lisa Harrison Gibson, 47, of New Bern, went home to be with her Savior on April 3, 2014. Lisa had a great love for her family and friends but also for people in general. Through the years, she opened up her heart and her home, becoming a friend, confidant, and "Mom" to many. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church where she loved to serve in the kitchen and with preschoolers. Funeral...
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Doris Bricker Shadle

November 11, 1915 - April 3, 2014

Havelock, NC Mrs. Doris Bricker Shadle, 98, of Maryland, previously of Havelock, died Thursday, April 3, 2014. A native of Richmond, VA, Doris was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Havelock, and retired as a clerk with Sears Co. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Fulton Shadle. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Pollock~Best Chapel...
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Margaret Tatem Barnes

August 13, 1924 - April 3, 2014

New Bern – Margaret Tatem Barnes, 89, died Thursday, April 3, 2014 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was born August 13, 1924, daughter of the late James and Viola Isler Tatem. Mrs. Barnes was a member of Riverside United Methodist Church and part of the Hannah Brown Circle. She is survived by one son, Gary Barnes of New Bern; one daughter, Sandra B. Davis of New Bern; five...
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Regina Duncan Apperson

April 12, 1973 - March 29, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Mrs. Regina Jeanette Duncan Apperson, 40, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014. A native of New Bern, Regina was a member of Temple Baptist Church, and enjoyed the beach, gardens and blooming flowers. She is now in God's Garden. She was a Brownie and a Girl Scout in her younger years and graduated from New Bern High School, where she was a member of the New Bern Marching Band....
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Jeanne Rhodes Douglass

October 3, 1926 - March 28, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Jeanne Rhodes Douglass, 87, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 28, 2014. She was born on October 3, 1926 to the late Honorable Hughes Jennings and Ethel Hotchkiss Rhodes in Burlington, NC. Jeanne graduated from Needham Broughton High School in 1944 and Peace College in 1947, and then married Harry Wooten Douglass on June 5, 1948. Jeanne worked for the New Bern City Schools, in...
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Martha "Dollie" Humphrey

July 11, 1927 - March 28, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Mrs. Martha "Dollie" Humphrey, 86, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014. A native of New Bern, Dollie traveled the world with her husband, Hal F. Humphrey, Sr. while he served in the US Army. They returned to New Bern, and Dollie became active in her many endeavors, first of which was the New Bern Historical Society. She was instrumental in getting the Ghent Community its Historic...
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Joyce Mae Babcock

August 21, 1936 - March 26, 2014

New Bern – Joyce Mae Babcock, 77, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Bayview Nursing & Rehab Center. She was born August 21, 1936 in Mt. Carroll, IL, daughter of the late Harold and Eileen Bashaw Christensen. Mrs. Babcock was a member of First Presbyterian Church of New Bern and was an avid bridge player. She is survived by L. D. Babcock, her husband of 58 years;  four sons, Greg Babcock...
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Charles W. del Pizzo, Jr.

August 18, 1943 - March 23, 2014

Captain Charles W. del Pizzo, Jr., USNR-Ret, aka The Pizza-man, slipped the surly bonds of earth for the final time on Sunday, March 23, 2014. Charley was born August 18, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating from Spring Hill College he was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in February of 1966. He was designated a Naval Aviator in October of 1967 and served one tour in...
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Bobbie Lee Best, Jr.

October 5, 1950 - March 19, 2014

Bobbie Lee Best, Jr., 63, of Havelock, died on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at his residence. He served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps for 25 years. Memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014 at Pollock-Best Funeral Chapel with military honors. The family will receive friends just prior to the service from 2:00 until service time. He is survived by his son, Bryan Best of...
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Bruce L. Mallard

December 4, 1955 - March 17, 2014

Mr. Bruce Lee Mallard, 58, passed away suddenly Monday, March 17, 2014 at his residence. A lifetime resident of Craven County, Bruce owned his own business, Dockside Marine Service, where he painted and repaired boats. He was a member of Clarks United Methodist Church. He loved auto racing, especially NASCAR and drag racing. He enjoyed being with his sons whenever he could. Bruce was...
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Carroll G. Clifton

May 10, 1922 - March 16, 2014

Carroll G. Clifton, formerly of Spokane, WA, passed away March 16, 2014 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. He had resided in New Bern, NC since March, 2012. Born May 10, 1922 in Tacoma, WA, to Nellie and Fred Clifton, he was predeceased by his beloved wife of 63 years, Lydia Preysler Clifton. He served in WW II in the US Army in the European Theater where he met his future wife. He...
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Johnnie D. Burtscher USMC Ret.

August 6, 1928 - March 12, 2014

Havelock – Johnnie D. Burtscher, 85, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014. He served in the US Marine Corps for 30 years during Vietnam and Korean eras, retiring as Major. He was a member and past master of Cherry Point Masonic Lodge and Newport Masonic Lodge and 33rd degree Mason and a member of Scottish Rite, York Rite, Shrine, Jesters and had served as Worthy Patron of Order of Eastern Star....
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Rosellen Margaret Senner

October 23, 1918 - March 10, 2014

Mrs. Rosellen Senner, 95, died Monday, March 10, 2014 at home. A full obituary will appear later.
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Cindy Groenendaal

October 13, 1977 - March 9, 2014

NEW BERN, NC 1. Mrs. Cindy Groenendaal, 36, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014, after a brave fight with cancer. She was the daughter of Gisele and Mark Cancel, and the widow of SSgt Eric Groenendaal, who passed in 2010. A longtime resident of San Diego, CA, Cindy was quick with a smile, and enjoyed being with family and friends. She landed in New Bern, when Eric was stationed at USMC-Cherry...
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Suzanne Elizabeth McNally Flockhart

July 21, 1960 - March 8, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Suzanne Elizabeth McNally Flockhart, 53, went home to be with our Heavenly Father on March 8, 2014. Suzanne was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. and was a graduate of the University of Delaware, class of 1982, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She later attended the University of Maryland receiving a Master of Science in 1998. Suzanne practiced as a Nurse Practitioner at...
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Gerald Joseph Zachewicz

December 9, 1942 - March 6, 2014

NEW BERN — Gerald Joseph Zachewicz, 71, died Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport. He was a member of Neuse Forest Presbyterian Church, and had served in the US Navy and Coast Guard during the Vietnam era. He was also a member of New Bern VFW Post No. 2514, Craven Co. Extension and Community Association, New Bern Farmers Market, MS150 Committee, Nokomis Beach...
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Michael Smith Crary

April 18, 1918 - March 6, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Mr. Michael Smith "Mike" Crary, 95, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 6, 2014. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mabel hardison Crary and his step-daughter, Lori Anne Cartwright. He was a loving friend, father, and grandfather, who was a faithful member of Doric Lodge # 568 AF&AM Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. Mike was a proud US Navy veteran of...
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Ruth Ann Gober

April 4, 1947 - February 28, 2014

New Bern – Ruth Ann Gober passed away February 28, 2014 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was born in Rahway, NJ on April 4, 1947 and was a graduate of Middletown Township, NJ High School. She moved to New Bern from Red Bank, NJ in 1990. She was predeceased by her parents, Hershel M. and Helen Gober. Survivors include her sister, Margaret Marshall and husband, Harold of New Bern; her...
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Elizabeth Lorraine "Loli" Oates

June 11, 1966 - February 26, 2014

Elizabeth Lorraine (Loli) Oates joined the choir in heaven on Thursday February 27, 2014. She was born in Daytona Beach Florida on June 11, 1966, the daughter of Donna K. Zaytoun and the late B. H. Oates Jr. She is remembered by her mother and stepfather and George Zaytoun, her sister Maria Oates, and brother B. H. Oates III (Trey) and niece Arrianna. She was preceded in death by her...
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Sarah Caroline Wilde

February 26, 2014 - February 26, 2014

New Bern – Sarah Caroline Wilde was born sleeping in the arms of The Lord on 26 February 2014. She was the daughter of Russell and Nicole Wilde; sister of Michele Wilde, Rusty Wilde and William Wilde; granddaughter of Tim and Cindy Weatherington and Tammy and Robert Maxwell; great-granddaughter of Sarah and Lindy Gaskins, Gail Noe. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Russell and...
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Pearl Yates White

September 12, 1925 - February 24, 2014

New Bern – Pearl Yates White, 88, formerly of Pollocksville, died Monday, February 24, 2014 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She served as Postmaster in Pollocksville for over 30 years before retiring. She loved playing bingo and eating dessert first. Her favorite vacation spot was at White Lake. She adored her dog, Belle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherwood H. White. ...
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Mary Miller Robey

November 15, 1924 - February 20, 2014

New Bern – Mary Miller Robey, 89, died Thursday, February 20, 2014 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was born in Wake Co. on November 15, 1924, daughter of the late James Thomas and Alma Bryson Miller. Mrs. Robey retired from Belk's Department Store after 25 years, and was a member of Sherwood Forrest Free Will Baptist Church.  She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was preceded...
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Mary McCoy Mohn

July 28, 1928 - February 18, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Mrs. Mary McCoy Mohn, 85, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2014. A lifetime resident of New Bern, Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, librarian for New Bern city schools, and a faithful and active member of First Baptist Church of New Bern. Later in life she was an longtime volunteer with Helping Hands Boutique. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lena Parsons...
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Kermit Turner

July 16, 1935 - February 17, 2014

New Bern – Kermit Turner, 78, died Monday, February 17, 2014 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was born July 16, 1935 in Lenoir County, son of the late Herbert and Junnie Byrd Turner. He worked at Cherry Point for 37 years.  He was a charter member of Tri Community Fire Department, was an avid bowler and pier fisherman, and a Carolina basketball fan.  He enjoyed being with his family,...
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Lewis G. Mayo

January 2, 1922 - February 16, 2014

Lewis Graham Mayo, Sr., 92, of Bridgeton, NC, entered into Heaven on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Vidant Hospice House of Pitt County. After serving in WWII as a gunner on a B-17 bomber, Lewis worked at Cherry Point until retiring with many years of service. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Kathleen. They shared sixty-seven wonderful years together. He was also preceded in death...
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Deborah Marlene Barrington

January 23, 1952 - February 9, 2014

New Bern, NC Deborah Marlene Barrington, 62, died Sunday, February 9, 2014 at her residence. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Shaw and husband, Curt of Charlotte; her mother, Alice French Barrington and significant other, Joe Bach of New Bern; her brother, Leonard Barrington, Jr. and wife, Vickie of Morehead City; her sister, Penny Barrington and special friend, Tommie Womble of New Bern;...
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Wayne Edward Oliver, Sr.

January 4, 1944 - February 4, 2014

Wayne Edward Oliver Sr., 70, died at home in the Riverside Community after a lengthy illness. Wayne was born on January 4, 1944 in Pollocksville, NC, to the late Wayne Erasmus Oliver and Bertha Mae Pate Oliver. He attended schools in New Bern and Wilmington, NC, and graduated from Edwards Military Institute in Salemburg, NC, as the top military cadet (Lt Colonel). He volunteered and served in...
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James F. "Red" Conneely

November 21, 1924 - February 4, 2014

New Bern - Mr. James F. Conneely, Sr., 89, of Brooklyn, New York, died Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Stella Maris in Timonium, MD. Mr. Conneely served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II and was a graduate of Fordham University. After a 35-year banking career in New York City, he retired to New Bern, North Carolina, in 1986. He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and the...
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Margaret Stilley Toler

October 29, 1928 - January 31, 2014

Mrs. Margaret Stilley Toler, 85, of the Cayton community, died on Friday, January 31, 2014. Graveside funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday, February 3, 2014 at High Bridge Cemetery. She is preceded in death by her husband, Thurston Toler, Sr.; her sons, Thurston Toler, Jr. and Phillip Toler; and her granddaughter, Crystal Watson. She is survived by her son, Tommy Toler and wife,...
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Cyril Edwards, Jr.

February 13, 1930 - January 31, 2014

Charles Cyril Edwards, Jr., 83, of New Bern, passed away on Friday, January 31, 2014. He was born on February 13, 1930 to the late Ruth Hardison Edwards and Charles Cyril Edwards, Sr. in New Bern. He was a member of First Baptist Church and was the past secretary and a charter member of Berne Masonic Lodge No. 724, a member of the New Bern York Rite Bodies and the Sudan Temple. He was also a...
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Jewel Burton Monette

October 1, 1948 - January 23, 2014

.VANCEBORO, NC Mr. Jewel Burton Monette, 65, passed away Thursday, January 23, 2014. A native of Jones County, Jewel was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, and was a proud supporter of our Country and the military. He was always at the Memorial Day ceremonies at the New Bern National Cemetery. Jewel enjoyed working with his hands, and he was a carpenter, sawmill operator, and wood...
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Herman Wooten Stroud

October 1, 1924 - January 21, 2014

New Bern - Herman Wooten Stroud, 89, formerly of Kinston, died Tuesday, January 21, 2104. He was born October 1, 1924 in Lenoir County, son of the late Levi and Eva Howard Stroud. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II on the USS Essex and retired as a salesman with Pepperidge Farms. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Kinston, and loved to fish. He is survived by his...
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Bette Meyers Germain

April 17, 1936 - January 21, 2014

Bette Anne Meyers Germain, devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, daughter and friend passed to eternal life on Tuesday January 21, 2014, at age 77. Bette was born at the Jamaica Hospital in Queens, NY to Robert and Dorothy Meyers on April 17, 1936. She grew up in Syosset, NY, as well as Brookville, NY, and later moved back to Syosset to raise her family. Bette was a member of the...
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E.M. "Bud" Scott

September 8, 1933 - January 17, 2014

Ernul – E. M. "Bud". Scott, 80, died Friday, January 17, 2014 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was born in Jones County September 8, 1933, son of the late Clarence Lee and Novella Elma Chadwick Scott. He retired from the NC Department of Transportation after 32 years as bridge maintenance supervisor and served in the U.S. Army. He attended Saints Delight Free Will Baptist Church. He is...
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Janie Alice Wetherington

July 20, 1955 - January 9, 2014

New Bern – Janie Alice Wetherington, 58, died Thursday, January 9, 2014 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was born July 20, 1955, daughter of the late William and Frances Wetherington. Janie attended Neuse Free Will Baptist Church, and worked at the Parkway as a cook and dishwasher for 30 years. She is survived by one brother, Jim Henry Wetherington of New Bern; two sisters, Martha Ann...
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Arthur James Bennert

June 3, 1926 - January 8, 2014

Arthur James "Art" Bennert, 87, passed away peacefully at his home on January 8, 2014. Art was the youngest of four sons born to Lillian and William Bennert in Maplewood, New Jersey. Upon graduation from Columbia High School, he served in the US Army from 1944 until 1946 in the European theater and then served in the Essex Troop of the New Jersey National Guard for 10 years. He graduated...
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George Edward King, Sr.

May 6, 1928 - January 8, 2014

George Edward King, Sr., 85, of New Bern, died on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of the V.F.W. He owned Statewide Auction & Flea Market and attended Clarks United Methodist Church. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Clarks United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Register...
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Mona Johnson

December 18, 1962 - January 6, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Ms. Mona Johnson, 51, passed away Monday, January 6, 2014. A native of New York, Mona earned her BA from Park University and was a Tech Data Manager with NAVAIR at USMC Air Station Cherry Point. She enjoyed being with family and cherished her time with her grandchildren. Funeral services will be 8:00 PM, Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Pollock~Best Chapel with Rev. Dr. Theodore...
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Margaret A. Jennings

February 4, 1920 - January 6, 2014

New Bern – Margaret A. Jennings, 93, died Monday January 6, 2014 at Two Rivers Nursing Center. She was born in Elizabeth, NJ and moved to NC in 1994. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother, and a long time volunteer parishioner of St. Paul Catholic Church. She is survived by her children, Peter Jennings and wife, Thelma of Clover, SC, Jerome Jennings and wife, Arlene of Howell...
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David Lawrence Swain, Sr.

June 25, 1934 - January 5, 2014

David Lawrence Swain, Sr., 79 years old, of Ernul, N.C., was tapped on the shoulder by his Master on Sunday, January 5, 2014. On that date he was called to become a member of the Heavenly Choir after many years of preparation as an a cappella song leader at numerous Primitive Baptist Churches. Born in Columbia, N.C., his family moved to Aurora, where he was known as Lawrence by his family and...
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Richard C. "Dick" Bailie

July 4, 1928 - January 4, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Richard C. "Dick" Bailie, 85, of the Fairfield Harbour Community since 1993, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the Courtyards at Berne Village. A longtime resident of Morgantown, WV, Dick was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Born in Chicago, Ill on July 4, 1928 the son of George and Helen (Anderson) Bailie, he was preceded in death by his parents; brother, George,...
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Milan A. DeBone

March 25, 1929 - January 4, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Mr. Milan A. DeBone, 84, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2014. A longtime resident of Michigan City, IN, Milan was Supervisor for Bethlehem Steel Corp/Burns Harbor. He was active with BSA Troop 802, President of the Optimist Club; Moose Lodge; and a 37th degree Mason. Before his retirement in 1991, he was also active as a volunteer Probation Officer for the youth in Michigan City...
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Arline Ann Perkins

October 31, 1933 - January 3, 2014

RIVER BEND, NC Mrs. Arline Ann Perkins, 80, died, Friday, January 3, 2014. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, and was a longtime resident of New Jersey, where she worked as a bookkeeper until her retirement. Memorial services will be 6:00 PM, Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Pollock~Best Chapel, with Rev. Kristie Miles officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Burial will...
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Sandra Garner Arthur

January 6, 1943 - January 2, 2014

NEWPORT, NC Sandra Garner Arthur, 70, of Newport, formerly of New Bern, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014, just short of her 71st birthday.. Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church in Morehead City with Reverend Jerry Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Gethsemane Memorial Park. The family will receive...
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Jane Marshall Jenkins

June 15, 1920 - January 1, 2014

Jane Marshall Jenkins, 93, of New Bern, passed away on January 1, 2014. Miss Jenkins was a faithful member of First Baptist Church since 1934. She served as a Sunday school teacher for 70 years. Her other contributions to the life of the church included Deacon, Trustee, Church Clerk and participation in other ministries. Miss Jenkins was passionate about the Woman's Missionary Union, having...
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Glen F. Snader

September 13, 1954 - January 1, 2014

POLLOCKSVILLE, NC Glen F. Snader, 59, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 1, 2014. Very active within his community, Glen was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, where he served as a teacher and head of Men's Ministry. He was the co-founder of Philippians 4:13 Ministry where he was able to provide love, food and labor for his community. A native 'Washingtonian' Glen grew...
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Jane J. Shumway

March 25, 1936 - December 27, 2013

River Bend – Jane Jerrett Shumway, 77, died Friday, December 27, 2013 at her residence. Mrs. Shumway was a member of West New Bern Presbyterian Church, Order of the Eastern Star and Quaker Neck Golf and Country Club. She had worked as a registered nurse and was a master gardener. She is survived by two sons, Andrew Shumway and wife, Darcy of Worcester, MA, and Peter Shumway and wife,...
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Allen R. Creel

November 24, 1956 - December 26, 2013

Allen R. Creel, 57, of Havelock, died Thursday, December 26, 2013 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was born November 24, 1956 in Halifax County, son of the late Rudolph and Sarah Corinne Turner Creel. He attended Brices Creek Bible Church, and was employed at Pamlico Correctional Institution. Allen loved ECU football, NASCAR and was a history buff. He is survived by his wife of 25 years...
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Alfred Bryan "Al" Jones, Sr.

December 15, 1943 - December 24, 2013

Alfred Bryan "Al" Jones, Sr., 70, of Bethel, died on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at his home. He worked as an upholsterer for 52 years and owned and operated Al's Auto Upholstery. He also served honorably in the N.C. National Guard. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Vernon Jones and Annie Bell Phillips Jones, and his brother, Joseph Earl Jones. Funeral Service will be 1:00 p.m....
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Candace Victoria Cetnar

December 19, 1952 - December 17, 2013

New Bern – Candace Cetnar, 60, died Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at her residence. She was born December 19, 1952 in Amherst, NY, daughter of the late John Frank Cetnar and Teresa Mary Bednarz Cetnar She is survived by her son, Scott Peryea of Eagle River, AK; her daughter, Jocelyn Cetnar of New Bern; two brothers, John Cetnar and Rick Cetnar, both of Amsterdam, NY; her sister, Andrea Van...
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Rose S. Tockstein

August 1, 1916 - December 16, 2013

Rose Skowronek Tockstein, a former resident of New Bern, passed away on December 16, 2013 in Hackettstown, NJ at her residence in Heath Village. She was born August 1, 1916 in Chicago, IL and lived in the Chicago area for much of her early life. She lived many years in Golden's Bridge, New York before moving to New Bern. During her years in New Bern she was active in the River Bend community...
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Thomas J. Ossman

December 29, 1939 - December 14, 2013

NEW BERN, NC Mr. Thomas Joseph Ossman, 73, passed away Saturday, December 14, 2013. A native of Rockland County, NY, Tommy was the son of Lillian Walsh and Joseph Frederick Ossman. He was preceded in death by his brother, Colin Ossman. Tommy was an Inspector for the NY Department of Transportation, where he retired in 1995, and was also the past Chief of Winona Lake Volunteer Fire Department. ...
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Richard S. "Dick" Gandy

March 6, 1925 - December 14, 2013

HAVELOCK, NC MgySgt Richard Sheldon Gandy, Sr., USMC Ret., 88, passed away Saturday 14 Dec 2013, surrounded by his family at home. A native of Lancaster, PA, Dick was a proud American who faithfully served his country as a member of the US Marine Corps, having retired after 30 + years in July, 1977. Dick was a loving husband, and father who enjoyed being with family and friends. Funeral...
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David Stewart Bland

January 19, 1967 - December 6, 2013

New Bern –Memorial service for David S. Bland, 46, will be Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of God of Prophecy on Oaks Road, officiated by Rev. Lutrell Spell. He is survived by his father, Coy Bland; and two sisters, Regina Stowe of New Bern, Lavonia Bland of New Bern. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:00 p.m. ~ 2:00 p.m. just prior to the memorial...
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William N. Gent, Jr.

April 16, 1920 - December 6, 2013

William N. Gent, Jr., 93, of New Bern, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2013. He was born in Cumberland County, PA on April 16, 1920. He served in the US Marine Corps and retired as produce manager for A & P Food Stores. He was a devoted member of Temple Baptist Church in New Bern. He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Garnetta "Pat" Oglesby Gent on April 13, 2013. Surviving...
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Minor Rex Potter, Sr.

May 6, 1921 - December 6, 2013

Reelsboro - Minor Rex Potter, Sr., 92, died went home to be with our Lord Friday, December 6, 2013. He was born May 6, 1921 to Thurman Potter and Emma Mercer of Lowland. Rex had four brothers and one sister. One brother, Orien, survives. He is survived by his wife, Catherine; two sons, Rex Potter, Jr. and wife, June and Dan Potter; two daughters, Francis Nethercutt and husband Gerald...
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Jerry Stephen Rouse

January 29, 1944 - December 6, 2013

Kinston – Jerry Stephen Rouse, 69, formerly of New Bern, died Friday, December 06, 2013 at Willow Creek Nursing & Rehab Center in Goldsboro. He had attended Bridgeton Pentecostal Holiness Church and had worked at McDonalds. Jerry enjoyed writing and singing gospel songs. He loved playing his guitar. He is survived by five brothers, John H. Rouse and wife, Shirley of Kinston, Preston E....
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William H. Vogelsang

August 30, 1922 - December 5, 2013

Trent Woods – William H. Vogelsang, died on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at his residence. He was 91 years old. He attended Christ Episcopal Church and was the retired Senior Vice President of Froehling and Robertson, Inc. headquartered in Richmond, VA. Mr. Vogelsang was a registered engineering geologist and was a graduate of the University of North Carolina. He was a wounded Marine Corp...
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Lin E. Hill

June 8, 1946 - December 1, 2013

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness. . . " After a long illness, Lin Hill, 67, entered into his heavenly home Sunday, December 1, 2013. There he was met by his parents, Melvin and Ida Mae Hill and his daughter, Melinda Hill. A celebration of his homecoming will be held at The Lakeside...
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Daniel "Dean" Stevens

March 3, 1935 - November 30, 2013

NEW BERN, NC Mr. Daniel David Dean Stevens, 78, went home to be with the Lord, surrounded by his family, Saturday, November 30, 2013. A native of Bakers Mountain in the foothills of North Carolina, Dan was enlisted in the US Marine Corp and retired after 20 honorable years serving the country he loved. After traveling all over the world with the Marine Corps Dan earned 3 Bronze Stars, Cross...
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Miriam Hill Caviness

March 30, 1925 - November 29, 2013

GREENSBORO, NC Mrs. Miriam Hill Caviness died Friday, November 29, 2013 at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem from a cerebral hemorrhage. She recently moved to Arbor Acres Retirement Center and was getting acquainted with the residents and outstanding staff. She was born in New Bern, NC March 30, 1925 to Horace Milton Hill and Hazel Richardson Hill. After graduating from high school, she worked...
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Sallie Ipock Kornegay

June 13, 1921 - November 28, 2013

NEW BERN, NC Sallie Ipock Kornegay passed away peacefully Thursday, November 28, 2013. Sallie was born on June 13, 1921 in Craven County. Her parents, George Luther and Cora Kilpatrick Ipock, raised their daughter along with three brothers and one sister in Asbury. She was a graduate of Jasper High School and worked many years as a dental assistant with Dr. Harvey Civils and Dr. Roy Taylor. ...
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Elizabeth Chargaris

October 10, 1919 - November 23, 2013

NEW BERN, NC Mrs. Elizabeth Gaskins Chagaris, 94, passed away peacefully at her home Saturday, November 23, 2013 with her son David, and his family, by her side. Affectionately known be her friends as "Lib", she was born October 10, 1919 in New Bern, NC in the house on the old Trent River Bridge, where her father was the bridge-tender for many years. She was the youngest of three children born...
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Frances Harris Pittman

September 25, 1927 - November 23, 2013

NEW BERN, NC Mrs. Frances Harris Pittman, 86, passed away Saturday, November 23, 2013. Born in Emporia, VA, Frances was the daughter of Benjamin B. Harris and Pattie Baker Harris. After moving to New Bern with her husband Will B. Pittman, Sr., she was a medical technologist and a faithful member of Christ Episcopal Church where she served on the Altar Guild. She was a loving wife, mother and...
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George A. Pfeiffer

August 19, 1931 - November 21, 2013

River Bend – George A. Pfeiffer, 82 went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He had served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Mr. Pfeiffer was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Havelock, and VFW Post 2514. At the time of his passing he was serving on the River Bend Planning and Zoning Board. He loved woodworking and had...
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Edith Smith Stowers

February 4, 1923 - November 20, 2013

New Bern – Edith Smith Stowers,90, died Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was born February 4, 1923 in Portland, IN, daughter of the late Homer and Gertrude Metz Smith. She was a member of Cherry Point Church of Christ. She is survived by her two sons, Stanley Kent Stowers of Tiverton, RI and Bruce Douglas Stowers of Providence, RI; one daughter, Suellen Hall...
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Grace Hall Pearson Dupree

March 20, 1925 - November 18, 2013

NEW BERN, NC Mrs. Grace Hall Pearson Dupree, 88, passed away Monday, November 18, 2013. A longtime resident of Norfolk, VA, Grace and her husband Fred moved to New Bern recently to be close to family. Grace was a retired Registered Nurse for most of her life, giving of herself. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Floyd Pearson; her sons, David and Stephen Pearson; her brother Jack...
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N. P. "Steve" Stephenson

November 3, 1915 - November 15, 2013

New Bern – N. P. "Steve" Stephenson, 98, died Friday, November 15, 2013 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was born November 3, 1915 in Johnston County, son of the late Willie H. and Mattie Temple Stephenson. He was a member of Riverdale United Methodist Church. He had served in the U. S. Army during World War II, where he received a Bronze Star. He retired as a sales representative for...
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Homer Fults

October 3, 1923 - November 13, 2013

New Bern - Homer Fults, 90, died Wednesday, November 13, 2013. He was born October 3, 1923, son of the late George and Millicent Trevarthen Fults. He attended Centenary United Methodist Church and was a Mason and Shriner in MD and PA. He was an avid golfer and handball player. Mr. Fults had served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years, retiring as Commander and worked an accountant as a civilian for...
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Sidney Lee Bateman

August 17, 1936 - November 9, 2013

Sidney Lee Bateman, 77, of New Bern, passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He served in the U.S. Navy for twenty years prior to working in civil service at NADEP Cherry Point for twenty-two years. Following his retirement, he enjoyed playing bluegrass gospel as a member of several bands. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Synthia Moore and a sister,...
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Robert John Crowning , Jr.

June 17, 1936 - November 8, 2013

Robert John Crowning, loving husband, father, and grandfather, of Pollocksville, passed away on Friday, November 8, 2013 at his home at the age of 77. He served eight years in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. Following his military service, he spent his career as a commercial painter for more than 34 years. He later retired and moved to North Carolina where he enjoyed fishing...
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Lenora Wayne Gibson

November 5, 2013

Lenora Wayne Gibson, 83, of Havelock, passed away into eternity on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. Strong in her faith, she was raised in the Church of God in her younger years and during her adult life she became a member of the Church of the Nazarene. She loved spending time with her family and friends....
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Robert N. "Bobby" Smith

March 15, 1956 - November 5, 2013

NEW BERN, NC Mr. Robert Neal "Bobby" Smith, 57, passed away at his home Monday, November 4, 2013 surrounded by his family. A native of Craven County, Bobby was a retired US Army Special Forces soldier, who loved his country. He was a man of faith who attended Havelock Korean Baptist Church, and Temple Baptist Church. Bobby loved to tinker with engines and could fix just about anything. He...
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Virginia Rappold Spain

March 16, 1935 - November 4, 2013

Virginia Rappold Spain, 78, of New Bern, died on Monday, November 4, 2013 at Carebridge Assisted Living. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2013 at Greenleaf Memorial Park Lakeside Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Rackley officiating. She is survived by her son, Marty Spain of New Bern; two brothers, Howard Rappold of Pensacola, Fla. and Francis Rappold of Baltimore, Md.; one...
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William H. Walker

June 4, 1923 - November 3, 2013

William H. Walker, 90, of New Bern, died on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. A native of New Jersey, he worked as a sales manager in the trucking industry for many years prior to retiring to New Bern in 1990. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II. A memorial service will be held at a later date. He is survived by his wife, Gloria P. Walker of New...
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Joseph Stanley Garzik, Jr.

December 11, 1942 - November 3, 2013

Mr. Joseph Stanley Garzik, Jr., passed away Sunday, November 3, 2013. He was a husband, father, Marine, motorcyclist, IT professional and rascal. Joe was born in Pensacola, FL to Pauline and Joe Garzik, Sr., and raised in Southern Pines, NC. In high school, Joe was an outstanding athlete and scholar. Although offered the honor of attending the US Air Force Academy, he chose Purdue. Attending...
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Jennett I. Goodwin

September 24, 1920 - November 1, 2013

ARAPAHOE, NC Mrs. Jennett Ireland Goodwin, 93, formerly of New Bern, passed away Friday, November 1, 2013 at her home. She was originally from Florence, NC and moved to New Bern where she met her late husband Lawrence Goodwin. Jennett was a faithful member of St. Mary's Free Will Baptist church where she was in the Ladies Auxiliary, the Star Group, and helped keep the nursery for many years....
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Richard A. Hill

September 19, 1926 - November 1, 2013

NEW BERN, NC Mr. Richard Allen Hill, 87, passed away Friday, November 1, 2013. A native of Cook and longtime resident of New Bern, NC, Richard was a US Marine Corps veteran of WWII. He retired as a maintenance mechanic with Weyerhaeuser Paper Mill. He loved boating, fishing, bowling, dogs, cats, birds but his greatest passion was gardening. He was always outside picking up pine cones, mowing...
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Richard Kenneth Walter

April 23, 1946 - October 31, 2013

New Bern, NC – Mr. Richard, K. Walter, 67, died Thursday, October 31, 2013. He was born April 23, 1946 in Syosset, NY, son of the late William and Clara Tremain Walter. He was a retired ticket agent Long Island Railroad and was a member of Broad Creek Christian Church. Richard volunteered at CarolinaEast Medical Center, Cropmasters/RCS and he loved gardening and golfing. He is survived by...
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Bernice E. "Bob" Adams

January 1, 1920 - October 29, 2013

NEW BERN, NC Bernice Earl "Bob" Adams, 93, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at his home. He was a US Army veteran of WWII and was employed for over 35 years at the Carriage House Cleaners on Pollock St. He was also a member of New Bern Church of God. Memorial services will be 2:00p.m. Friday, November 1, 2013 at New Bern Church of God, with Dr. David C. Salmons, Sr. and Rev....
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Bryce C. Putman

January 27, 1926 - October 28, 2013

Mr. Bryce C. Putman, 90, passed away Monday, October 28, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Please check back
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Evelyn Higginbotham

September 20, 1920 - October 25, 2013

New Bern – Evelyn Higginbotham, 93, died Friday, October 25, 2013 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was a member of River Bend Baptist Church. She volunteered at the hospital for over 2000 hours and volunteered at the soup kitchen. She was a member of the Golden Age Club and did water aerobics at the Y until she was in her 90's. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd...
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William T. Gibson

March 31, 1937 - October 25, 2013

New Bern ~ William Tolerton Gibson passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with cancer on Friday, October 25, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Gretchen Manternach Gibson; sons John Gibson and wife, Cathy, and Bill Gibson and wife, Marti; daughter Liz Richey and husband, Charles, Jr.; and grandchildren, Patrick, Bryan, David, Hannah, Alex,...
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Harold K. "Harry" Farren

October 26, 1930 - October 23, 2013

New Bern ~ Mr. Harold Kirby Farren, 82, passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2013. A native of Paterson, NJ, Harry was a US Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, and a Self- Employed Trucker. He was a faithful member of Sherwood Forest Free Will Baptist Church where he sang in the choir. Harry was a compassionate person who was always willing to lend a hand. He is preceded in death by his sisters,...
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James M. "Dink" Tripp

February 11, 1932 - October 22, 2013

NEW BERN, NC Mr. James Makon "Dink" Tripp, 81, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013. A lifelong resident of Craven County, James was the last of 11 children of Farrow Lancaster Tripp and Make Tripp. He was a US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and spent most of his life on the family tobacco farm. He was a quiet man who loved the Lord and his family. He was preceded in death by his parents...
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L. Durwood Thomas

October 9, 1942 - October 20, 2013

POLLOCKSVILLE, NC Mr. Leon Durwood Thomas, 71, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013. A native of Jones County, Durwood was a US Navy veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, having served aboard the USS Enterprise, the worlds first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. He continued his career in civil service, having retired from NARF at MCAS-Cherry Point as an Electronic integrated systems mechanic. He...
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Darrell F. Toler

November 20, 1940 - October 17, 2013

Darrell F. Toler of New Bern went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, October 17, 2013. He was born and raised in the Ernul community of Craven County and was a graduate of Vanceboro Farm Life. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy Seabees during the Vietnam War. He retired from civil service at Cherry Point and from Advantage Sales & Marketing. He faithfully attended Tree of Life Ministries and...
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Sharon Harrison Rouse

September 15, 1953 - October 16, 2013

TRENTON, NC Mrs. Sharon Harrison Rouse, 60, passed away suddenly Wednesday, October 16, 2013. A lifelong resident of Jones County, Sharon was the daughter of Maxine Pollock Harrison, and Robert Ray Harrison. After high school, she went to ECU and earned her BA in Education, followed up by her Masters in Counseling and a Masters in Administration. Sharon retired from the Jones County School...
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Leah Lloyd Rigsbee Nash

October 4, 1929 - October 13, 2013

Leah Lloyd Rigsbee Nash, 84, of River Bend and Naples, FL, died Sunday, October 13, 2013 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was born in Durham, NC and graduated from Goldsboro High School. She attended St. Mary's College in Raleigh and later earned both a BA and MA in education from University of Virginia. Leah had a special combination of curiosity, creativity, intellect and...
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Sarah Martin Potter

July 5, 1936 - October 12, 2013

Mrs. Sara Martin Potter, 77, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2013. A native of Pamlico County, Sarah was a longtime member of Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall, and was a cook at Britthaven of New Bern/Riverpoint Crest Nursing & Rehab Center. Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Bridgeton Cemetery on Half Moon Road. Those wishing to offer words of hope and...
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Edward C. Wrisley

January 4, 1940 - October 11, 2013

TRENT WOODS, NC Mr. Edward C. Wrisley, 73, passed away Friday, October 11, 2013 surrounded by his family. A US Navy veteran, Eddie was an electrician with Texas Gulf/PCS Phosphate until his retirement in 1999. He loved his family and enjoyed fishing and golfing in his spare time. The family will receive friends 2:30-4:00 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home. A celebration of Eddies life will be 4...
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Dale W. "Mike" Magee

May 3, 1937 - October 10, 2013

NEW BERN, NC Surrounded by people who loved him, Dale Wayne "Mike" Magee passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013 after a week in the loving hands of the angels at Coastal Carolina Hospice House in Newport. For those who knew him, these words will not be enough; for those who were not so lucky, no words will ever be enough to capture his full and rich life and those he affected along the way. Born...
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