Deaths in New Bern, NC and Surrounding Towns

George W. Rockwell, IV, 94, River Bend, NC

George W. Rockwell, IV, 94, passed away at his home Sunday, July 18, 2021 with his family by his side. George was a retired analyst with IBM, before moving to the New Bern area. He was a veteran of WWII, having enlisted in the Army Air Corp. George was an avid model builder, and belonged to the Beaufort Ship Model Club for many years. He was also a lifetime member (72 years) of the PBOE, most recently Lodge # 764, and the New Bern Alpenverein’s.

The family will receive friends 3 – 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home. His memorial service and burial will be at a later date in Monticello, NY. Online condolences may be made at

George is survived by his wife, Barbara S. Rockwell, of River Bend; his son, George W. Rockwell, V., and wife Nadine, of Fort Lauderdale, FL; his daughters, Patricia Ann Rockwell, and husband Jeffrey Smith, of Little Falls, NY, and Kathryn Elaine Henry, of Saratoga Springs, NY. He also leaves behind his four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and Barbara’s extended family.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Rockwell Family.

Submitted by Bob Burns, Funeral Director


Dr. William Hollister, Jr.

Dr. William Hollister, Jr., New Bern, NC

‘I cannot rest from travel: I will drink life to the lees.’ That immortal line of poetry by Tennyson was one of our father’s favorites, and it served as his life’s motto.

A life-long seeker of adventure and travel, William Hollister, 92, embarked on his final and most epic voyage on Father’s Day, June 20, 2021. Born to medical missionaries in Mokpo, Korea, Bill was nick-named “Billy Go Hollister”  by his mother, who noted at an early age his passion for discovering and exploring new horizons both near and far.

A graduate of The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Bill graduated from Davidson College in 1951, promptly married his hometown sweetheart, Jacqueline Bryan Wade, then attended the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore, Md. He completed a year of internship at the Medical College of Virginia before crossing the Mediterranean Sea with the Navy aboard the USS Rockbridge, serving as the ship’s doctor. After serving in the Navy for two years, Bill completed four years of surgical residency at the Medical College of Virginia.

Bill moved to Fredericksburg in 1962 to join the surgical practice of his friend and partner, Dr. Richmond Low. He would be a general surgeon at Mary Washington Hospital for the next 33 years, making house calls and providing devoted care for his patients despite their means, all the while traveling extensively with his wife, family members and friends. He traveled with People to People China to perform surgery with a team of doctors and nurses, and went on safari in Africa as the expedition’s physician. He was a long-time member of the Presbyterian Church in Fredericksburg, serving as a Sunday school teacher, a Deacon, and an Elder for many years.

He will be remembered for his devotion to his family and friends, his clever wit, his love of poetry and literature, and his boundless curiosity. We cherish memories of his writing clues for his family members to find their hidden birthday gifts, family skiing trips, the Maryland Terps football games, the entertaining car rides to New Bern and Atlantic Beach, and the ability to make us all laugh at any given moment — even during his final days. He was also a sentimental man, who had a soft spot for stray animals.

Bill leaves behind his wife, Jackie, and his four children: Jackie, Chi (John), Bill and Sarah, along with his grandchildren Buck Decatur, Wade Gustafson, Greta Hobbs, Stephen (Annie) Potts, Emily and Will Potts, and two great-grandchildren, Connor and Madelyn Hobbs. He also leaves behind a brother, Robert M. Hollister, and a sister, Emily Hollister Vecella, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Emily Hollister, and his brother, Gordon Hollister.

A family graveside service will be held 3 p.m., Monday, June 28, 2021 in the Hollister family plot in Cedar Grove Cemetery Extension, in Bill’s hometown of New Bern, NC. Online condolences may be made at

The family would like to extend a special thank you to his many caregivers, especially Denise Ott and Stella Adeniji, and to his supportive hospice team.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church, 810 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401; Mary Washington Hospice, 2300 Fall Hill Ave #401 b, Fredericksburg, VA 22401; or the Fredericksburg SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Hollister Family.

Submitted by Bob Burns, Funeral Director


Dora Winters Taylor

Dora Winters Taylor, 96, Trent Woods, NC

Dora Winters Taylor, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, 96 of Trent Woods, NC, died peacefully on Friday, June 11, 2021 at her home surrounded by her three sons. Dora was born in Raleigh in 1924 and had fond memories of spending her childhood in the capital city where she attended lower school and was a member of The Church of the Good Shepherd. She moved with her family to Washington, D.C. in 1937 and attended upper school. Dora spent her first two years of college at Saint Mary’s College in Raleigh, was dedicated in supporting the school as their Alumnae Secretary after graduation, and in numerous ways throughout her life. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in French in 1945. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Dora was also a patriotic member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. In 1952, she married Jack Taylor at Christ Church in Raleigh, NC and embarked on an adventurous honeymoon to the Canadian and Alaskan wilderness to hunt big game. They soon moved to Trent Woods where she and Jack established their family home, raised three sons, and had a lifetime of continued adventure and happiness. Her love of spending family time outdoors continued, with visits to Atlantic Beach and playing tennis. She was devoted to her husband, family, friends, community, and country, and lived each day as a Christian, where God was the center of her life. Bible studies were very important as she was involved with multiple groups and hosted many studies in her home. She traveled the world to visit significant biblical sites. Christian service and charity work were a constant focus in her life. Her greatest desire was for everyone to know God’s word.

Dora was preceded in death by her husband, John Taylor, Jr; her father, Dr. Rhett Winters; her mother, Elizabeth Knox Winters; her sister, Elsa Winters March; her brother, Rhett Winters, Jr; and her stepson, Zachary Taylor.

She is survived by her three sons, Lloyd Taylor (Robin), Edmund Taylor (Katie), and Rhett Taylor (Jill); grandchildren, Caroline, Erin, and Jack Taylor; great-grandchildren, Holly and Reade Jackson, step daughter-in-law, Judy Taylor; step grandchildren, Brian Taylor (Missy), John Taylor (Joan), and Emmanuel Sessignon; step great-grandchildren, Zack Taylor (Christin), Josh Taylor (Campbell), Max Taylor, Jake Taylor, and Mimi Roberson (Tyler); and step great-great-granddaughter, Kate Wilmoth.

A celebration of Dora’s life will be held on Tuesday, June 22 at 3 PM at Garber United Methodist Church in Trent Woods. A reception will immediately follow at the New Bern Golf and Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Garber United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.  Online condolences may be made at

Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremations has been entrusted with the Taylor family.

Submitted by Alea Armstrong, Funeral Director


Sonny Lowery Jr.

Sonny Lowery Jr., 72, left this world to join his wife, Debbie Lowery, and son, Sonny James Lowery Jr. on June 10, 2021.

He loved all his family. He worked hard all his life and was there any time someone needed help. He taught so many and spoke wisdom. Sonny was a proud Lumbee, from Robeson County, NC. He will be dearly missed by anyone who ever got to know him.

Sonny will also be met in his eternal life by his mother, Ethel Lowery; father, Ander B. Lowery; and brothers, James Duey Lowery (JD), James Autis Lowery, Jessie James Lowery (Joe), Tracy Lowery, and Thurman Lee Lowery.

He leaves behind his daughter, Debra Lynn Lowery (Slade); grandchildren, Brittney Lowery, Donna Hunt, and Earl Hunt; great grandchildren, Cameron Mack Northan, Sonny Jaxon Garvick, and Enzo Joel Lowery; brother, William A. Lowery; sister, Ruth Dixon; and he has too many “second children”, nephews, and nieces to name them all. He will be greatly missed. He loved you all! We will miss your stories and so much more.

Online condolences may be made at Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremation is entrusted with the Lowery family.

Submitted by Alea Armstrong, Funeral Director


Rachel Stowe

Rachel Mayo Stowe, 102, New Bern, NC

Mrs. Rachel Mayo Stowe, 102 1/2 passed away Sunday, June 6, 2021. A native of Beaufort County, Ms. Rachel was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her parents, Rosella Dunn Mayo and Tillman Mayo; her husband, Rhenel B. Stowe; her daughter, Patsy Rose Stowe; and her siblings, N. Merle Mayo, David T. Mayo, Jesse Mayo, Mittie R. Mayo, Tiny Mayo, and Lizzie Mayo.

The family will receive friends 12 – 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 9, 2021 followed by her funeral at 1:00 PM at Pollock~Best Funeral Home. Burial will be at New Bern Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Ms. Rachel is survived by her four sons, Gerald B. Stowe of New Bern; Guy Wayne Stowe of Chocowinity; Rhenel Elmo Stowe of Oriental; and Terry Wesley Stowe of Chocowinity. She also leaves behind her six grandchildren, Joshua, Melissa, Kaitlyn, Joseph, Amy, and Aaron; along with her great grandchildren, Avery, Ryleigh, Gabriel, Alexander, Codie, Jordan, Zack, Hannah, Brandon, Adam, and Megan.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Stowe Family.

Submitted by Bob Burns, Funeral Director


Philip Wrenn Treadway, 81, New Bern, NC

Philip Wrenn Treadway was born March 2, 1940, to James W. and Mattie Estelle Treadaway in Iredell County, North Carolina. Philip joined his parents in their heavenly home on June 3, 2021. (Due to the Military dropping the “a” from his last name, he felt it was easier to change his name to Treadway.)

Philip grew up in Mount Mourne, NC, after graduating high school Philip joined the US Air Force in June of 1958 where he was an Aircraft Hydraulic System Specialist stationed at Beale AFB/Travis AFB in California. Upon honorable discharge from the military in 1962, Phil started his 37-year career with the United States Government as a Pneudraulic Systems Mechanic at McClellan AFB, Sacramento, CA, in 1977 he accepted a job as an Equipment Specialist at the Federal Center, in Battle Creek, MI.  in August of 1979, he transferred to a position at the Naval Rework Facility at Cherry Point as an Aerospace Engineering Technician where he provided support for the Tomahawk Cruise Missile.  In 1979 he was promoted to Logistics Management Specialist where he continued to provide support for the Tomahawk Cruise Missile as well as the A-4 aircraft program.  Philip retired from the Naval Aviation Depot on the 31st of May 1996 with many awards and commendations.

As an active member of the NARFE where he represented his chapter as a delegate to many conventions, Phil decided to give Tax Preparation a go and in 1998 he received his certificate in Tax preparation, as he planned just to help the senior citizens and others in need in New Bern. In 2000 Phil accepted a position as a tax preparer with H&R Block, where he managed the Bayboro, NC office.

Philip was a member of Trinity Methodist Church, in New Bern and enjoyed the Methodist Men’s Ministry as well as the Men’s Huddle. In his lifetime he gave over 15 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross. He received his Associates Degree in the Arts from American River College in 1974.

Philip was preceded in death by his brothers, Tommy and Steve and his sister, Margaret Riley. Philip is survived by his Son, Brian Treadway of Washington state and Daughter Diana Hart of Oregon, 6 Grandchildren and 4 Great-grandkids; his Sister-in-laws, Wanda Treadaway and Debra Treadaway; Cousin, Randy Winecoff; Neighbor, John Morris, 2 nephews and 5 nieces; 5 Stepchildren, Jackie Jackson (dec.), Linda Mourning, Stanley Wagner, Vicky Pittman, and Michael Thornton; giving him an additional 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren

Philips’ family will receive friends and family at Trinity United Methodist Church on Monday, June 7th at 6 p.m. followed by a celebration of life service and reception at 7 p.m. A private burial will be in Mount Mourne, NC.

In lieu of flowers, Philip has requested a donation to the American Heart Association or the Children’s Ministry at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Pollock~Best Funerals and Cremations is entrusted with the Treadway Family.


Jaymes M. Wood, 31, New Bern, NC

Jaymes M. Wood, 31, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 29, 2021. A long time resident of Craven County, James worked in Toledo, OH, before returning home. Jaymes was a loving son, brother, and father. He was involved in construction for most of his life, and enjoyed fishing and playing his guitar.

A celebration of his life will be Sunday, June 6, 2021, at First Baptist Church of Maysville, with Rev. Bryan Ipock officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Online condolences may be made at

Jaymes is survived by his mother, Melissa F. Wood; his sons, Keioni and Jeremiah; sisters, Hanna and Danielle; his brothers, Lukas, and Jonathan; and his step-father Donald Greene.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Wood Family.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111


Hazel Magee

Hazel Belangia Magee, 80, New Bern, NC

Hazel Belangia Magee blessed this world with 80 years of fierce beauty and love. She peacefully made the journey to paradise in the home she built with her husband and raised her family in, surrounded by the people she loved, on the morning of Tuesday, June 1st, 2021. Her passing followed a long and bravely won battle with breast cancer; the extra few years she spent laughing, adventuring, and sassing with her loved ones certainly felt like a win to her and everyone who she held dear.

She came into this world on October 12, 1940, and from then on, nothing was ever the same.

Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her was touched by her unyielding generosity, quick wit, and sassy sense of humor. She grew up in New Bern, North Carolina as the loving daughter of Ray and Emma Belangia and the big sister to William “Bill” Ray, Shirley Louise, and Paul Ervin.

She attended Croatan Freewill Baptist Church for all of her life, where she met Dale Wayne “Mike” Magee, who married her in the very place they first locked eyes. The two were soon blessed with their children, Mary Elizabeth and Jeffery Ray, completing their beautiful little family. In July of 1998, she and Mike became grandparents to Sean and Claire Magee, who Hazel made sure to ”special order” from Heaven. She swore they were perfect from the moment they were born.

Always a force to be reckoned with, Hazel was the most hard-working person in the room. Never one to take injustice or disrespect, she advocated for herself and other women in the workplace. Hazel worked her way up from secretary to CEO at Neuse Builders, discovering her passion for building the home families would begin and grow old in. She adored the work she did and always commented on the flooring of any new building she walked into. Hazel spent her final days doing what she loved best: she surrounded herself with family, watched “Monk,” and ate her fill on gummy bears and ice cream. At this very moment, she is most likely ice skating or flying, the two things she said she was most looking forward to doing when she got to Heaven. Hazel spent all of her life caring for those who needed a little extra love and will forever be remembered as one of the kindest souls to come out of New Bern, North Carolina.

Hazel is survived by her children, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Magee Quinn, and Jeffery Ray Magee; “her darlins’”, Claire Magee Quinn and Sean Magee Quinn and their father, Vincent Quinn; her siblings, Shirley Belangia Powell, William Ray “Bill” Belangia, and Paul Ervin Belangia; her sister-in-law, Marilyn Brantley; her handy man and bonus son, Ricky Eugene Dickerson, her bonus grandson, Rami Zein; her apple fritter supplier and “best friend”, Richard Shipman; her dear friends Reva and Chuck Clever and Ruth Anne and Ed Coblentz; and her little dog Earl Magee.

She returns to the loving arms of her beloved husband of 54 years, Dale Wayne “Mike” Magee, and is welcomed home by her parents, Ray Laroque Belangia and Emma Caton Belangia.

She had only one request for those she loved so dearly: be happy. And we will as we celebrate all that was Hazel Magee.

Loved ones are invited to celebrate her life at the visitation on Friday, June 4, 2021, from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Pollock- Best Funeral Home. Her celebration of life ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021, at Croatan Free Will Baptist Church, with Rev. Harry Bryan and Rev. Jesse Caton officiating. Entombment will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park. Those wishing to offer sweet anecdotes and love may visit In lieu of flowers, please honor Hazel through donations to the Croatan Free Will Baptist Building Fund at 7154 Hwy 70 E, New Bern, NC 28560.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock-Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111

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