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

Ralph M. Harper

July 13, 1944 - June 18, 2014

Mr. Ralph Morris harper, 69, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014. A full obituary will be coming soon.
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Frank A. Rago, Jr.

May 17, 1931 - June 17, 2014

NEW BERN, NC "Paco, we had a great ride ! " Mr. Frank Alfred Rago, Jr., 83, passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Arrangements are pending, please check back for updated information
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James W. Burton

July 12, 1931 - June 16, 2014

New Bern - James W. Burton, 83, died Monday, June 16, 2014 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was born July 12, 1931 in Rhode Island, son of the late William Edward and Agnes M. Lawton Burton. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean conflict and later became an aircraft shop foreman. He is survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Hope Burton of New Bern; two...
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Addie Kirkman Lewandowski

December 18, 1922 - June 14, 2014

HAVELOCK, NC Mrs. Addie Kirkman Lewandowski, 91, passed away Saturday evening at the home of her son in Fremont, NC. A native of Craven County, Addie was the daughter of Lovey Kite Kirkman and George W. Kirkman. She was the widow of MSgt Stanley J. Lewandowski, USMC, a faithful member of Havelock United Methodist Church and was retired from Civil Service. Funeral services are 1:00 PM...
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Elizabeth Gray Welsh

October 14, 1930 - June 10, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Mrs. Elizabeth Gray Welsh, 83, passed away Tuesday morning after a brief illness. Elizabeth was a native of Maine, the daughter of Maud Howell Gray and Morrell D. Gray, Sr. She was preceded in death by her husband, Preston F. Welsh, Jr.; her sons, Kenneth and David; and her brother Morrell D. "Pete" Gray, Jr. Elizabeth was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church...
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Albert Ula Hardison

September 11, 1931 - June 9, 2014

New Bern - Albert Ula Hardison, age 82, passed away Monday, June 9, at Crystal Bluffs Rehab and Health Care Center in Morehead City. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy Jones Hardison, his three children Terry Hardison and his wife Jan Hardison, April Hardee and her husband Gary Hardee, Jennifer Hardison and her wife Anna Silva; four grandchildren, Lauren McHugh, Patrick Hardison,...
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William H. Vaughan, Jr.

October 22, 1926 - June 8, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Mr. William H. Vaughan, Jr., 87, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014. A native of Brooklyn, NY, William was a US Navy Veteran of WWII, a graduate of Long Island University CW Post College and retired from NY Telephone as an electrical engineer. After retiring, William and his wife Ann, relocated to New Bern where they enjoyed living in their new home in Carolina Colours and making...
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David John James

April 11, 1936 - June 7, 2014

David John James, known by many as "Sarge" passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the age of 78. Born in Michigan on April 11, 1936, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served with honor and distinction for more than 22 years, including several tours of duty during the Vietnam War before his retirement as a Master Sergeant in 1978. Following his service to our country, he enjoyed a second...
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Allan Hans Johnson

November 25, 1946 - June 6, 2014

Allan Hans Johnson, 67, of Carolina Pines, passed away on Friday, June 6, 2014 at his home. Born in Jacksonville, Florida on November 25, 1946, "Al" joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1965 and served with honor and distinction for 20 years. Following his retirement from the Marine Corps, he also worked for many years with Rose Brothers Furniture in Havelock. He was a member of the Fraternity of Free...
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Ada Sawyer Cuthrell

March 12, 1951 - June 6, 2014

Ada Sawyer Cuthrell 63, of Vanceboro died peacefully surrounded by family June 6, 2014 at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Elsie Sawyer of Maribel and brother, Sammy Sawyer of New Bern. She is survived by her husband, Micheal Frank Cuthrell of the home; and three brothers, Al Sawyer, Bobby Sawyer and Jimmy Sawyer all of Lexington,...
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Joseph C. "J.C." Jenkins, Jr.

March 24, 1953 - June 6, 2014

New Bern – Joseph Clarence "J. C." Jenkins, Jr., 61, died Friday, June 6, 2014 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was born March 24, 1953 in Oriental, son of the late Joseph C. Jenkins, Sr. and Myrtle Lee Broughton Jenkins. He is survived by his sisters, Susan Glover of Bayboro, Judy Lewis of New Bern, Cathy Toler of Ernul, Wanda Meadows of New Bern, Barbara Morris of New Bern and Geneva...
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Helen Johnson Tuttle Rackley

January 29, 1927 - June 5, 2014

New Bern – Helen Tuttle Rackley, 87, went home to be with The Lord on Thursday, June 5, 2014. She was born in Greensboro, NC on January 29, 1927, the daughter of the late Buford Shelton (Dick) and Janet Caufield Johnson of New Bern. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Earl Tuttle of Sisterville, WV and the late Horace P. Rackley of New Bern. In addition she is also preceded...
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Mary Jeanell Ward

September 29, 1964 - June 4, 2014

Mary Jeanell Ward, 49, of New Bern, died on Monday, June 2, 2014 at her residence. Memorial service will be 5 p.m. Monday, June 9, 2014 at Winds of Change Ministries, 207 Front Street, Bath, NC 27808. She is survived by her daughter, Sheena Owens of S.C.; two brothers, Byron Thigpen of Korea and Charles Harris of Fla.; aunt, Lois Pond of Norfolk, Va.; and cousin, Tina Jones of Belhaven. ...
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Robert Wayne Emory, Sr.

September 7, 1940 - June 3, 2014

Robert Wayne Emory, Sr., 73, of New Bern, passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. He loved the Lord, never met a stranger, and always had a kind word for everyone he met. In his spare time, he loved to fish. He was preceded in death by his parents, Randolph and Mildred Emory; infant daughter, Kimberly Michelle Emory; grandsons, Shawn Hall and Justin Lovel;...
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Brenda Delores Banks Henry

March 23, 1948 - May 29, 2014

New Bern – Brenda Delores Banks Henry, 66, died Thursday, May 29, 2014 at her residence. She was born March 23, 1948, daughter of the late Lewis and Mattie Cuthrell Banks. She retired from Moen after several years. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Diane Giachetti of Wrightsville Beach; one brother, Lewis Banks and wife Marjorie of New Bern; two sisters, Billie Powell and Blanche Simms...
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Reva Taylor Vernelson

May 3, 1930 - May 28, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Reva Taylor Vernelson, passed away on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 surrounded by her loving family and friends. Reva was born in New Bern on May 3, 1930 to Walter Bernice Taylor and Kathleen Ball Taylor. On June 10, 1951 she married the love of her life, Alex Douglas Vernelson, Jr. She cherished her role as wife and mother, and her true sense of style, strength, and grace will be...
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Jacqueline "Jackie" Rominski

November 11, 1944 - May 27, 2014

Ms. Jacqueline C. "Jackie" Rominski, 69, of the Fairfield Harbour community passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Arrangements are pending at this time.
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William Taylor Long, Jr.

September 18, 1935 - May 27, 2014

William "Bill" Taylor Long, Jr., 78, of New Bern, passed away on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Born in Danville, Virginia on September 18, 1935 to parents, William Taylor Long, Sr. and Mabel Stevenson Long, Bill grew up in Caswell County, NC. In his early years, he worked as an independent truck driver prior to joining the Greensboro Fire Department where he served for 36 years. During this time, he and...
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Betty S. Weaver

June 28, 1924 - May 27, 2014

Helen Betty Spiegel Born, June 28, 1924 Cincinnati, Ohio Educated at the Villa Madonna Academy, Villa Hills, Kentucky until the 8th grade in 1938, graduating in 1942 from Hughes High School, Cincinnati, Ohio. Worked as Secretary for Edwards Manufacturing Co., The Cincinnati Kiwanis Club and the Stockton West Burkhart Advertising Agency, Cincinnati, Ohio. A memorial graveside service will...
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David M. Rowe

May 9, 1953 - May 27, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Mr. David M. Rowe, 61, passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a kind loving man, who enjoyed the beach and traveling. David earned his BS in Interior Design from the Atlanta Art Institute, and enjoyed a long career in the Washington, DC area, before moving to be close to his daughters. Sadly, David was preceded in death by his parents,...
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Patricia "Pat" Musgrove

April 23, 1940 - May 24, 2014

On Saturday, May 24, 2014, Heaven gained a faithful warrior as Patricia Joyce Musgrove was received into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Born on April 23, 1940 in Dublin, Georgia to her parents, the late Vandy and Ruby Musgrove, she was affectionately known to her family as "Trisha" and was the second oldest in a family of seven children … three girls and four boys. ...
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Muriel E. Steinberg

February 9, 1922 - May 24, 2014

Atlanta – Muriel E. Steinberg, 92, formerly of New Bern, died Saturday, May 24, 2014 at her residence. She and her late husband, Louis Steinberg, owned and operated L & M News Company and Central Book & News for many years. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Sheldon and her brother, Irving E. Ertis She is survived by her children, Judy and Fred Gilman...
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Robert N. "Rob" Wilkinson, Jr.

November 3, 1969 - May 23, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Mr. Robert Newton "Rob" Wilkinson, Jr., 44, passed away Friday, May 23, 2014. A gathering of friends will be 9>00 PM, Thursday, May29, 2014 at 306 Avenue D. Please bring a candle to light and a memory to share.
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Edith Gatlin Powers

September 23, 1923 - May 22, 2014

Edith Gatlin Powers, loving mother and grandmother, of New Bern, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at the age of 90 years. She is survived by her three children, Charles B. Powers of New Bern, Patricia P. Partin of New Bern, and Debbie P. Mattox and husband, William of Clubfoot Creek; four grandchildren, W. Creighton Mattox and fiancée, Chelsie Allison, Charles T. Partin, Jr., Ashley A....
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Dorothy Banks Armstrong

March 17, 1920 - May 20, 2014

Dorothy Glenn Banks Armstrong, 94, of Trenton, died on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. She was a 1941 graduate of Women's College of Greensboro (presently UNCG) and worked as a teacher in the Craven and Jones County school systems for more than 30 years. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Trenton United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Edward C. "Buck"...
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Stephen D. Fulgham

May 29, 1962 - May 18, 2014

New Bern - Mr. Stephen D. Fulgham, 51, died Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Crystal House Hospice House in Newport.. He was born May 29, 1962 in Cascade, Montana, son of Leon and Eileen. He is survived by his mother and a brother. He had worked at Presicion Moulding & Woodworks.
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Sylvia Tew McLamb

September 12, 1937 - May 18, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Mrs. Sylvia Tew McLamb, 76, passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014 at her home. Sylvia was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of New Bern, and retired from R.W. Moore Construction in 2003. Funeral services will be 3:00 PM, Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at First Baptist Church of New Bern with Dr. Sharon Bender and Rev. Stephen Burrow officiating. The family will receive friends...
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Ethlyn Jane Richardson

December 14, 1933 - May 14, 2014

New Bern – Ethlyn Jane Koon Richardson, 80 of the Bellair community died Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center in Alliance. She was born in Leesville, SC on December 14, 1933 to the late Azilee Rikard and James C. Koon, Sr. Ethlyn was a loving, gracious and caring wife, mother, sister and aunt. She was a faithful member of Beeach Grove United Methodist Church...
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Arthur Ray Whitehurst

May 7, 1930 - May 11, 2014

Mr. Arthur Ray Whitehurst, 84, of New Bern, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at his home. He served the Lord faithfully for many years and was a member and deacon at Bridgeton Pentecostal Holiness Church and was also a member of the Gideons International. To know Arthur was to know that he was a wonderful, kind and caring man who loved others, especially his family. He was loved...
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Kathleen "Kam" Giffin

March 25, 1924 - May 7, 2014

KATHLEEN A. (MATTSON) GIFFIN, 90, died May 7, 2014 at home in Fairfield Harbour.   Kathleen (Kam) and her twin sister Eileen were born March 25th, 1924 in Whitehall, Wisconsin. She attended schools there and was a band member and cheer leader in high school. During WW II she worked at the FBI in Washingto, DC where she met her future husband, George. After their marriage on June 15, 1946...
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Mary Cuthrell McDaniel

October 11, 1923 - May 7, 2014

Mary Thomas Cuthrell McDaniel "The Consummate Caregiver" Mary McDaniel, affectionately known as "Nana" by her family, died peacefully at her home in Trent Woods during the early morning hours of May 7, 2014. She was 90 years young. Her surgeon, Dr. John Mark Williams, of Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, called her his "miracle patient," when at age 89, she elected to have a double...
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Linda Day Tilghman

January 2, 1941 - May 6, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Mrs. Linda Day Tilghman, 73, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014. A native of Pamlico County, Linda was a faithful member of Highland Park Christian Church, had a great sense of humor, and loved to flea market. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Lee "Bud" Tilghman; son, Linwood; daughter Dena, and her grandson, David. Linda had a strong faith that carried her through her...
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Paula M. Long

January 4, 1954 - May 5, 2014

Concord – Paula M. Long, 60, formerly of New Bern, died Monday, May 5, 2014 at her home. She was born January 4, 1954 in Auburn, AL and moved to New Bern when she was 7. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill where she received her degree in 3 years, and received her Masters degree at Kansas City University, and a degree in Biblical research from Biblical Research College in New Knoxville, OH. ...
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Cooper Dave Kunkel III

August 18, 1926 - May 3, 2014

Dr. Cooper Dave Kunkel III died peacefully at his home in New Bern on Saturday morning, May 3, 2014. Born in Lynchburg, Va., Cooper grew up in the coal mining town of Norton, Va. where he graduated from Norton High School. As soon as he was of age, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, trained as a gunner in a B-29, and was shipped to Okinawa, Japan as part of the occupation force. Upon return, he used...
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Betty Rhodes

May 1, 2014

On May 1, 2014, Betty Rhodes, 73, went home to be with her Lord. Born Betty Louvenia Brown October 10, 1940 in Jacksonville, FLA, Betty was the oldest daughter of mother Allie Mae and father Walter Brown. She was educated in Duval County Public Schools and later received an additional certification as an LPN. She married Henry Green in 1959 and had four children. After several years in...
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Edgar E. Mallard

November 14, 1926 - April 30, 2014

New Bern – Edgar E. Mallard, 87, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was born in New Bern on November 4, 1926, son of the late Lonnie and Louise Gaskins Mallard. He served in the Merchant Marines and U.S. Air Force during World War II.  He retired from Delta Airlines after 43 years before returning to New Bern in 1992.  He was a devoted member at Centenary...
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Lois Paige Besanko

June 2, 1931 - April 30, 2014

NEW BERN, NC Mrs. Lois Paige Besanko, 82, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Croatan Village. A native of Ithaca, NY, Lois was a graduate of Cornell University and a retired Registered Patent Agent. After retirement, she and her late husband David retired to New Bern, where they became active members of Christ Episcopal Church. A celebration of Lois' life will be 11:00AM, Saturday,...
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Delores Burgess Mallard

April 29, 2014

Delores Jean Burgess Mallard, 89, of New Bern, died on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She served with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and worked at Stanley Tools and Bosch for more than twenty years prior to her retirement. She was a member of Clarks United Methodist Church. Memorial service will be 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Pollock-Best Funeral Chapel...
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Frances Bell Francis

May 13, 1921 - April 20, 2014

Trent Woods – Frances B. Francis, 92, died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Sterling House. She was a life long member of First Presbyterian Church. Surviving are three sons, Charles R. Frances and wife, Barbara D. of New Bern, David L. Francis and wife, Donna of Cary, and Randy H. Francis and wife, Jessie Mitchell of Mililani, Hawaii; three grandchildren, Charles Hancock Francis and wife,...
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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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