Essie B. Hales
Essie B. Hales
  • September 1, 1936 - June 26, 2017
  • North Carolina

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Essie Boyd Hales, 80, of New Bern, went to her Heavenly home on June 26, 2017. Born September 1, 1936 in Chocowinity, she is predeceased by her parents, Casey and Rosa Lee Boyd of Chocowinity, her brother, Billy Ray Boyd of Chocowinity and her much beloved husband of 47 years, Gerald H. Hales. She was a member of Beech Grove Methodist Church.
Essie had several jobs while raising a family and living in New Bern. The jobs she most enjoyed were working at the Lollipop Tree and hosting at Annabelle's Restaurant. She so enjoyed interacting with customers and many went on to become some of her dearest friends.
Survivors include her daughter, Debbie Southerland and husband, Ralph of New Bern, grandson, Allan Southerland (Ashley McGee) of Winston Salem, NC, grandson Adam Southerland and wife, Lia of Portland, Oregon, sister-in-law, Janice Mann of New Bern, many nieces and nephews and special friends, Bob and Kay Harton of New Bern.
A grave side service will be held at New Bern Memorial Cemetery on Thursday, June 29th at 11:00 am. Cotton Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Bayview Nursing Home for their compassion and care during her final days.
Online condolences may be made to the hales family at
Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory