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Deaths in New Bern, NC and Surrounding Towns

Charles Adams Boatwright, 86, New Bern, NC

Lt. Col. Charles Adams Boatwright was born on September 20,1935 in Nashville, Georgia to the late Troy Veryl and Lucille Adams Boatwright.  Working at his father’s business as a boy, his love of aviation began by watching the planes from Moody Air Force Base flying overhead, causing him to say: “That’s what I’m going to do someday.” He ran away from home and began flight training at the Air Force Cadet program in Kinston, North Carolina.

Charles flew F-84 Thunderstreaks and F-100 Super Sabers with Chuck Yeager during the Cold War, then later the F-5 Freedom Fighter as a test pilot. Assigned to the 4th Air Commando Squadron in Vietnam, he flew an AC-47 gunship – “Spooky” – and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his outstanding close air support to Special Forces units. Charles Boatwright was awarded the Purple Heart after he was shot down immediately after taking off from Bien Hoa in March,1967. Although he was severely injured during the crash-landing, his aircrew was unharmed. His story was later featured on the front cover story of Aviation History magazine as the only AC47 Spooky pilot to be shot down over Vietnam-and survive.

After almost 30 years on Active Duty, Charles Boatwright served as a regional dispatcher for Roadway Trucking Company, but nothing ever compared to the honor of serving his country. By the time he passed away, he had lived in France, Germany, Vietnam, Thailand, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico and California. He moved to New Bern, North Carolina, in 2015 to be near his daughter.

His wife of 56 years, Carmen Etteinne Davis Boatwright, died in 2013. He is survived by his only child, Etteinne “ET” Boatwright Mitchell (Champ); his grandson, Morgan Benjamin Andreiev; his brother John Boatwright, and his nephew LCDR Robert Boatwright, USN.

Charles Boatwright loved airplanes, trucks, and automobiles, gun collecting, country music and playing cards with pretty ladies. He was known to frequent parties here and there, although he had been sober 35 years when he died. He had a merry heart. Two of his happiest days were when his daughter, Etteinne, was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1981, and when his beloved only grandson, Morgan, was born in 1992. Morgan learned to read on his grandfather’s aviation magazines, and his Pops taught him to drive and shoot long before he should have. Charles cherished his friendships, and no one ever forgot him.

Charles Boatwright passed away in New Bern on Sunday, 10 January 2021 with his daughter at his side. As his grandson Morgan observed, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky when he died. It was a perfect day for his beloved grandfather to set his last altitude record.
A celebration of Charles’ life will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Christ Episcopal Church with The Rev. Paul Canady officiating. Burial, with US Air Force Honors, will follow at New Bern Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Air Force Aid Society, www.afas.org/, or 4 FSS / FSFR 1200 Wright Brothers Ave #3602  Seymour Johnson AFB, NC 27531.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist this veteran’s family.

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

 

Charles Wesley Vandiford, Sr., 71, Vanceboro, NC

Mr. Charles Wesley Vandiford, Sr., 71, passed away Friday, April 2, 2021. A native of Craven County, Wesley was a proud veteran of the US Navy, having completed two tours in Vietnam, aboard the USS America, where he was a “Shell Back”. He was a faithful supporter of the DAV, VFW Post 1117, in Vanceboro, and was a member of the Doric Lodge, and was a Shriner. Wesley loved his boys, and enjoyed being with his grandchildren. He could often be found heading to his favorite fishing hole, or the ocean to cast a line.

The family will receive friends 6-8:00 PM, Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Pollock-Best Funeral Home. Those wishing to offer words of hope and condolences may visit www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Wesley’s name, may be made to DAV-New Bern, 1025 Harbour Pointe Dr, New Bern, NC 28560 or  www.dav.org/.

Wesley is survived by his two sons, Charles Wesley “J.B.” Vandiford, Jr. and Israel Shane Vandiford; his grandchildren, Jackson and Jayse; and his five sisters, Ruby, Linda, Shirley, Doris, and Sharon.

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

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

 

Ramona Game Kearney, New Bern, NC

Dr. Ramona Game Kearney, passed to be with our Lord Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at her home in New Bern. She lived well and loved her family dearly. Among many great qualities she was a wife, mother, homemaker, musician, educator, and author. Flower gardening was a lifelong passion, earning accolades from neighbors and local media.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m. Friday, April 2, 2021, at Pollock-Best Funeral Home. A celebration of Ramona’s life will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the Lakeside Chapel in Greenleaf Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made at pollockbest.com.

Ramona is survived by her husband, Dr. Ervin Douglas Kearney Jr., of New Bern; her children Clifton Ray Game, and wife Ann; Timothy Richard Game, and wife Sonja; grandchildren, Stacey, Clifton Jr., Angie, Mandy, Will, Maddie, Rebekah, Abbie, and Josh; her sisters Lora Murphy, and husband Frank; Betty Faye Reese, and husband Jerry; Beverly Garris, and husband Gene; and her brother Lanny Griffin, and wife Cinda.

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

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

 

Kenneth M. Cameron, 89, New Bern, NC

Kenneth M. Cameron passed away in New Bern, NC, at the age of 89 years.  He is survived by his life partner of more than forty years, Patti P. Gillespie; son Christian G.  Cameron, daughter-in-law Sarah J. Watt, and granddaughter Beatrice Elizabeth Cameron. His wife, Marilyn Hurley Cameron predeceased him.

Kenneth was raised in Rochester NY by his parents, Gordon K. Cameron and Hazel Horton Cameron. He attended West High School, the University of Rochester (graduating with honors), and Carnegie Melon University (Master of Fine Arts degree). He was an intelligence officer in the United States Navy, serving with distinction overseas, including two years in Naples, Italy. He worked briefly for Standard Oil in Pittsburgh, PA, before returning to university, where he soon won a prestigious prize for poetry.  His plays were produced off-Broadway and in various regional theatres, and he directed plays both on and off campus.  He wrote more than forty books, including scholarly books (notably Africa on Film, which in 1994 was awarded the MLA prize for independent scholars); historical novels (Our Jo); mystery novels, most recently the Denton series (The Oxford Fellow, Hachette, 2013), eight spy novels with his son, and several textbooks on theatre.  He taught English and theatre at the University of Rochester, the University of Iowa, Dartmouth College and elsewhere throughout the sixties and seventies, but left academia to write full time in the 1980s.

Kenneth enjoyed fly-fishing and camping and was passionate about writing and photographing the wilderness and the world of fishing, especially antique rods and early tackle.  On these subjects he published articles in most major sporting magazines and in Antiques Magazine. He helped create the collections and displays at both the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, VT, and the Adirondack Museum (now known as the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake). He enjoyed the Adirondack mountains of upstate NY and lived there three seasons a year since 1989 in an off-grid cabin with his life partner. From there he roamed the whole of the park from Saranac to Speculator, fishing forgotten streams and ponds and camping in remote wilderness, before returning to the cabin and the peace and isolation deep in the woods that he loved.

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

 

Deanne Calisto

Deanne Marie Calisto, 56, Greenville, NC

Deanne Marie Calisto, 56, passed away March 13, 2021 at her home in Greenville. She was a Registered Nurse at Vidant Medical Center and loved taking care of people and her furry friends. She was always smiling and a joy to be with. Deanne had an expansive nursing career, most recently at Vidant in Greenville. She is also well known for her passion for animals, be they on land or swimming in our oceans.

Deanne is survived by her parents Judith Ann Bell, and husband William, of New Bern; Tom Calisto, and wife, Linda of Ernul; her brothers Col. Joseph Calisto(Ret), and wife Dawn, of Wilmington; and Tom Calisto, and wife Amy of Apex. She also leaves behind her nieces and nephew, Nicole and Todd Haley, Morgan, Rachel, Sami, Brooke, and Alex Calisto and her grandfather, John Pina of New Bern.

A celebration of De De’s life will be held Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Pollock-Best Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. followed by a service from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Deanne’s memory to the Colonial Capital Humane Society PO Box 326, New Bern NC 28563 (colonialcapital.wixsite.com/cchs).

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

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

 

Fran Breza

Frances Zuaboni “Fran” Breza, 71, New Bern, NC

Mrs. Frances Zuaboni “Fran” Breza, 71, joined her spirit journey Friday, March 12, 2021 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Fran was a native of Somerset, PA and was a retired dental hygienist. She loved the outdoors and would spend hours doing photography of her longtime home, in the mountains of Asheville. Fran was never one to sit still and enjoyed a second career  as a polarity therapist & Hospice volunteer. She also provided counseling and support to autistic and developmentally disabled children and their families. She was a member of the Center for Spiritual Living, in Asheville, and was always willing to lend a hand.

As per Fran’s wishes, there will be a celebration of her life at a later date. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Fran’s name, may be made to Center for Spiritual Living, 2 Science of Mind Way Asheville, NC 28806, or www.cslasheville.org.

Fran is survived by her husband of 45 years, Jack J. Breza, of New Bern; her sister, Barbara Z. Stewart, and husband Rick, of Wilmington; her brother, John Zuaboni, and wife Pam, of Wilmington, and several nieces and nephews.

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

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

 

Pat Lewis

Patricia V. Lewis, 72, New Bern, NC

Our mother, Patricia V. Lewis, 72, passed away Friday, March 5, 2021 and was granted her angel wings. Pat was born Patricia Maher on May 17, 1948 to the parents of Helen and Joseph Maher in Warwick, RI. Pat met the love of her life James H. Lewis at the age of 12. She was married to her loving and devoted husband for 55 years and is survived by their four children; Regina and Melissa, Shawna and Troy, Jimmy, Nicki and Omari. Additionally, she leaves behind 7 beautiful and dynamic grandchildren who filled her life: Aleecia, Alexis, James, Michael, Erin, Isaac, Isaiah; and 2 great grandchildren, Andrea and Brice.

Pat and James moved to New Bern, NC in the summer of 1992 and became active members of  Beech Grove Methodist Church. Pat was well loved by her small community, and devoted her to life to her family and faith. She cared deeply for her husband, family, and neighbors. She did this not out of obligation, but because of who she was. She was always the first to offer help. She was the heart and soul of the family, a giver, and always ensured that every person who crossed her threshold was safe, healthy, and happy. She was blessed with a life full of family, love, and friendship. She will be forever missed.

Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Family and friends wishing to honor Pat’s life may attend an intimate service at Beech Grove Methodist Church on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 4:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Beech Grove UMC 1037 Washington Post Rd. New Bern, NC 28562.

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

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

 

John Carlyle Parker, 70, New Bern, NC

John Carlyle Parker (December 22, 1950 – February 15, 2021), passed away peacefully following a short illness. Carlyle was a retired machinist who was gifted with being able to create, repair and rebuild just about anything mechanical. He was also an avid sports and UNC Tarheels fan. He was a starter on his high school wrestling team. He particularly enjoyed watching the Little League Baseball World Series.

Carlyle was the one his parents and siblings called whenever something electrical or mechanical stopped working. His mother often commented that “I just don’t know what we would do without Carlyle being around to fix things.” He could be found in his shop working on a lawnmower or machining a replacement part for a go cart. He did not usually charge for any work he did and usually had a needed old spare part somewhere in his shop that would put the item back in service. Being able to solve a mechanical problem gave him enjoyment.

Carlyle is preceded in death by his parents Charles N Parker, Sr. and Janice Epperson Parker. He is survived by three brothers, Charles N Parker, Jr. and spouse Sherry, Stephen Gregory Parker and spouse Kathy, James C Parker and spouse Marianne and sister, Janis P McDaniel and spouse James, all of New Bern, NC. He has several nieces and nephews including Stephanie Parker of Garner, Beverly P. Daugharty and spouse Lance of Newport News, VA, Matthew Parker and spouse Carie of Waldorf, MD, Megan Parker of Raleigh, Steve McDaniel and spouse Jennifer of New Bern, and David McDaniel of Manteo.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

A private graveside service conducted by Rev. Bryan Huffman is planned for the family on Friday, February 19, 2021.

Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com

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

 

Tim Walsh

Timothy Marion “Tim” Walsh, 60, New Bern, NC

Mr. Timothy Marion “Tim” Walsh, 60, passed away Monday, February 8, 2021. A native of Fayetteville, NC, Tim was a long-time employee of Clegg’s, loved wood-working, and enjoyed being with his family. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his parents, Kathleen Grimes Walsh and Joseph A. Walsh; and his sister, Rosemary Walsh.

A private service for Tim will be at Greenleaf Memorial Park with Dr. Sharon H. Bender officiating. Online condolences may be made at pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Tim’s name, may be made to Craven County Animal Shelter 1639 Old Airport Rd. New Bern, NC 28562 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl. Memphis, TN 38105, stjude.org.

Tim is survived by his brother, Brian J. Walsh, and wife Joanie, of Pollocksville; his sisters, Sheila W. Humphrey, of Havelock; and Maureen Walsh Murphy, and husband Donald, of Pollocksville. He also leaves behind his nine nieces and nephews, 10 great nieces and nephews, and one great great niece.

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

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

 

Marie Openshaw

Marie N. Openshaw, 83, New Bern, NC

On Saturday, January 30, 2021, Marie N. Openshaw, loving mother of four children, passed away peacefully at her house at the age of 83. Marie was born February 17, 1937 in Sulfur, LA to Michael and Lillian Nassar. She married Albert R. Openshaw and raised four sons, Alan, Wynn, Albert, and James. She had five grandchildren, Lisa, Heather, Joey, Casey, and Tyler, and six great grandchildren.

Marie loved to bake cakes, sew, and crochet. Her passion was making wedding cakes and sewing dresses. She loved her church and being involved in the ‘Alter and Rosary’.

Marie was the last of the Nassar children and was preceded by her siblings, Betty, Kaylynn, George and Michael. Sadly, she was also preceded in death by her husband Albert and her son Albert. She is survived by three sons, Alan, Wynn, James; her grandchildren; great grandchildren, and her nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass, with Fr. Bill Upah officiating, will be 10 a.m., Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Annunciation Catholic Parish in Havelock, NC. She will be buried next to her husband Albert in Maine in the Spring. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.  In lieu of flowers donations may be mailed to Annunciation Catholic Parish 246 E. Main St. Havelock, NC 28532, or annunciationparish.org.
Arrangements with Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations.

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

 

Trudy Boles Garland, 77, New Bern, NC

Mrs. Trudy Boles Garland, 77, left her earthly home on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. A native of Clay County, TN. Trudy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother as well as a faithful and hard working member of Broad Street Christian Church. In her early career, Trudy was a beautician by trade, and then later worked for Piece Goods Shop and Branch’s Office Supply. However, her most rewarding position by far was her role as Nana. When she wasn’t working or spoiling her grandchildren, she enjoyed spending time at the beach, crocheting , watching UNC Tarheel basketball and serving as an active member of BSCC’s CWF. Trudy was a kind, gentle, welcoming soul who always had love in her heart, open arms and room at her table. She loved with her whole heart and gave herself fully to everything she did, especially her family, her friends and her church.

Trudy is survived by her husband of 52 years, Terry W. Garland; her daughter, Terri G. Pennington and husband, Troy; Marc W. Garland and wife, Adele, all of New Bern. She also leaves behind her brother, Walter “Buddy” Boles, and wife Susie, of Indianapolis, IN; her sisters, Linda B. Haustrup and husband Paul, of Cookeville, TN, and Betty B. Clinton, of Cookeville, TN; along with her dear grandchildren, Eric, Hannah, Jamie, Anna, and Reed; and Trudy’s great granddaughter Lilith.

A memorial service for Trudy will be Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lakeside Chapel at Greenleaf Memorial Park, with Rev. Mary Ann Koffenberger officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the SECU Family House, or Broad Street Christian Church.

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

 

Charles (Chuck) Macon Toler, 82, New Bern, NC

Charles (Chuck) Macon Toler passed away on Saturday, January 16th, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon Macon and Gracie Mae Toler, wife, Mary (Penny) Toler, and brother, Bruce Toler. He is survived by his son, Baron Toler, brother, Alan Toler, stepdaughters, Rose Cook and Paula Adams, and grandchildren, Bladz and Chloe Toler and Aaron and Rachel Cook.

Charles graduated from New Bern High School and served in the Army Reserve. He was President of First Federal Savings and Loan Bank and retired from East Carolina Internal Medicine as Administrator. His wife Penny would always tell her kids in a very strong southern accent, “When it comes to business, don’t mess with Charles Toler,” and they would giggle.

Charles made many people laugh over the years and always lightened the mood with his (sometimes inappropriate) jokes and his contagious laughter. He loved his family, friends, and pets and had an amazing imagination that allowed him to tell many tales. One humorous tale was when Charles was a teenager and missed his ride to the beach and decided to ride a scooter there. He knew it would be a long ride when a dog chased and passed him on his journey. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it to the beach until dusk! Charles also had a love for vintage cars and working on his computers. He made a mean Hungarian Goulash and was known for his beer boiled shrimp.

Charles and Penny went to high school together and reunited many years later. They had an amazing life together and no one ever knew what shenanigans they were up to. They laughed, traveled, bickered, and loved their lives together to the fullest.

A graveside service will be held at Cedar Grove Extension on Friday, January 29th at 1 pm. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

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

 

William Edward Jones

William Edward Jones, Sr., 79, New Bern, NC

Mr. William Edward Jones, Sr., 79, passed away Friday, January 22, 2021. A native of Craven County, Mr. William was the son of Theresa and Elza Jones and was a member of the New Bern Church of God. He was a hardworking man who owned and operated Neuse Blvd. Service Center for over 27 years. Mr. William was a Christian thru and thru, giving of his time, money, and talents. He was a faithful member of New Bern Church of God and will be missed by his church family. Mr. William was also a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Brenda J Long, grandson Willie Long, a special granddaughter, Prissy Price, and his four brothers and four sisters. He believed a truly rich man was one surrounded by family and friends. He will be missed by all who knew him.

The family will receive friends 1-3:00 PM, Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Pollock-Best Funeral Home. A private celebration of Mr. William’s home-going will follow at the Lakeside Chapel Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

William is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margie Morris Jones; his daughter, Carol L. Edwards, and husband Larry; and his sons, William E. “Billy” Jones, Jr., and wife Paula; Danny R. Jones, Sr.; and Richard Lee Jones, and wife Lacrisha, all of New Bern and Vanceboro. He also leaves behind his 20 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and several great great grandchildren. With a special mention to his brother-in-law, that has always been there whenever needed, Dan Morris of Columbia, SC.

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

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

 

Ed Tarr

Mr. Edward “Ed” Robert Tarr, 58, New Bern, NC

Mr. Edward “Ed” Robert Tarr, 58, died Thursday, January 14, 2021. Ed was born in Indianapolis, IN on January 27, 1962. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Kane Tarr.

The family will have a private committal service at New Bern Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Ed is survived by his parents, Don and Roberta Pollock; his daughter Emily (Bobby) Stevenson; and his beloved grandson Ivan, all of New Bern. Also mourning his death is his deaf dog, and faithful companion, who Ed taught sign language.

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

 

Eric “Adam” Jackson, 30, Vanceboro, NC

Eric “Adam” Jackson, 30, died Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

He is survived by his wife, Bridgette Mozingo Jackson; parents, Jeffery Woodrow and Crystal Hufman Jackson; sister, Ellen Pauline Jackson; and brother, Jeffery Woodrow Jackson II.

Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday at New Bern Memorial Cemetery.

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

 

Charles Philip Bodensieck Jr., 84, New Bern, NC

On the morning of January 7, 2021, my father, Charles Philip Bodensieck Jr, was unexpectedly taken from us to rest with the good Lord.

I wanted to share some of my knowledge of his life.

He was born June 10, 1935 in Port Jervis, NY, to Charles Bodensieck Sr. and Ella Coleman Bodensieck. He was the baby of a blended family, with an older brother John, and two sisters Marian, and Annamae. He lived in the small town of Sparrowbush most of his childhood. He graduated from Port Jervis High School, in 1952, where he played baseball, and played in the band. Two months after graduation, at the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Air Force, where he studied electronics and became a Ground Electronics Countermeasure Specialist, and served honorably until August 1956.

In January 1956, he married Rosemary Kehr, from the Bronx. Together they had six children.

We will remember him for our many camping excursions, his hunting with the boys in Lew Beach, and as a father who encouraged us to always continue learning.

He served as past President of the Goshen Youth League, and coached youth and local baseball teams. Formerly, he belonged to the American Legion Post #488 in Monroe, the Goshen Knights of Columbus, and the Forty and Eight, and was President of several bowling leagues in Orange County. He was an avid baseball and Jeopardy fan.

Throughout his life he actively participated in charities for the disabled, poor and disadvantaged.

He worked for General Telephone, and NYNEX (Verizon), from where he retired in 1995. He retired to New Bern, NC with his companion Patricia, where he enjoyed the south and golfing for many years. He was a member of the Tidewater Couples Golf Club and several others.  While living in Craven County, he started a charity to collect bicycles for disadvantaged youth, who worked hard to have good grades, similar to his own childhood.

He leaves behind his companion, Patricia Cimillo, his adult children Charles III and wife Kathy of Middletown, NY, Chris, of Avon, MA, Ray and his wife Karen of Glenville, NY, Barbara and her companion Walter, of Clearwater, FL, Susan of Middletown, NY and Eric and his wife Juliana, of Schuylerville, NY. Fifteen grandchildren, Kristen Milliken, Michelle Bodensieck, Charles Bodensieck IV, Christopher Bodensieck Jr., Elisabeth Bodensieck, Alex Bodensieck, Stephanie Bodensieck, Kaella Ryan, Glenn Ryan Jr., Melissa Morrone, Ed Morrone Jr., Dominick Morrone, William Bodensieck, Xavier Bodensieck and Lillian Bodensieck, his companion’s sons John Eisele and Tom Eisele.  He is also survived by seven great grandchildren, his brother John Sheehan, his sister Annamae Hallock, his former wife Rosemary Bodensieck as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, his sister Barbara, and his sister Marion Hockenberry.

A funeral mass will be held in New Bern, NC on Thursday January 14th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:30 p.m. until service time. A celebration of his life will be coordinated by his children at a later date, to be held in Orange County, NY.

Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com.

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

 

Herbert E. Rawls, 84, New Bern, NC

Mr. Herbert E. Rawls, 84, passed away suddenly Tuesday, January 5, 2021. A native of Tarboro, he lived most of his life in Craven County. Herb was the son of Zeb Vance and Florence Williams Rawls. He had a career in the US Air Force in AirCraft maintenance and retired after 24 years at Travis Air Force Base, California. After retiring from the AF, he earned his Masters Degree in English and graduated from Sacramento State University. He became a teacher at Solano Community College and also taught classes in San Francisco. Upon returning to his hometown, New Bern, Herb was the manager of Carolina Connections and helped many people in his free time to set up their computers and the internet. Herb loved music. He played the guitar and the piano. He sang with a “Pickin & Grinnin” group for fun for many years and sang with family and friends at Britthaven Nursing Home every Tuesday without fail to bring joy to the residents there. Mostly Herb was a beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather.  He was always quick with a smile, had a gleam in his eye and was always ready to help someone. He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him. He was a faithful member of Croatan Free Will Baptist Church. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Jane Elizabeth Rawls Miller and his brother David.

Herb is survived by his wife, Alma D. Rawls (Sally), his daughter, Jennifer Lee Rawls, his son, Robert Earl Rawls, and his two grandchildren, Breeze and Drayton and their father, Daniel.   He also leaves behind his sister, Dorothy Lee Andrews, and his brother, Howard Douglas Rawls.

A celebration of Herb’s life, with military honors, will be at 1:30 PM, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Croatan FWB Church, with Pastor Harry Bryan officiating. For the safety and health of everyone attending from the Corona Virus, social distancing and wearing masks are requested. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to serve the Rawls Family.

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

 

Joan Pugh Singleton

Joan Pugh Singleton, New Bern, NC

Mrs. Joan Pugh Singleton was called home by our heavenly Father on January 4, 2021, with her family by her side. Joan was a loving wife, wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother who spent her life dedicated to her Lord, her family, and her puppy dogs. She was retired from Bosch Power Tools as Senior Buyer in their purchasing department after many years of service. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her husband James E. Singleton in 2010.

The family will welcome friends from 1 pm Saturday, January 9th prior to the service at 2 p.m. at Pollock-Best Funeral Home, with Pastor Scott Coghill officiating. Burial will follow at New Bern Memorial Cemetery. Those wishing to offer words of hope and condolences may visit www.pollockbest.com. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Joan is survived by her children, Jimmy Singleton and wife Laura; Scott Singleton; Windee Singleton Price and husband Scott; and Skip E. Singleton, all of New Bern. She also leaves behind her three grandchildren, Andrew Singleton (Courtney), Heather Daigle (Gerry), Sara Singleton, and 6 great grandchildren Bryson, Kaylen, Graison, Hannah, Jaxson, and Karson, along with her two sisters and three brothers. She will truly be missed.

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

 

Tom Barnett

Thomas Ray Barnett, 78, Cove City, NC

Thomas Ray Barnett of Cove City, age 78, husband of Melissa Dean McCoy Barnett, passed away Friday, January 1, 2021 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. His family was by his side as his battle with long term illness ended. Born and raised in Kinston, NC, his parents were Baswell Bee Barnett and Glennie Whaley Barnett.

Thomas and Melissa had four children; Thomas Dean Barnett (deceased), Thomas Scott Barnett (deceased), Jane Michelle Barnett Tripp, Daniel Stephen Barnett (spouse Stacie Pate Barnett) and grandchildren, Taylor Dawn Barnett and Mallory Jane Tripp. He is survived by sisters, Esther Barnett Burkett and Jackie Barnett Hill (spouse Gary Hill).

Thomas served in the United States Air Force, last stationed at Beale AFB in Maryville, CA as SSGT. He married wife Melissa in 1967, and they returned to Kinston, NC in 1970. There, he established, and became co-owner of Thomas Service Center. He furthered his education at LCC and ECU, graduating in 1979. Following graduation, he began his career teaching in Wayne, Lenoir and Craven Public School Systems.

Visitation will be held from 10 -12 p.m. at Pollock-Best Funeral Home in New Bern, NC. Interment will follow at Cove City Cemetery with a private graveside service for family. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Thomas was respected and loved by his family and he will be deeply missed.

I Corinthians 13:13 KJV

“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity”

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist the Barnett Family.

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

 

Lonnie Pridgen

Lonnie Edward Pridgen, Jr., 87, New Bern, NC

Lonnie Edward Pridgen, Jr., an outstanding community leader, passed away peacefully at his home on December 26, 2020. He was born In New Bern on March 8, 1933, to parents Lonnie and Bettie Pridgen. He married his childhood sweetheart, Shirley Taylor, February 28, 1953, and together, they raised four children. He attended East Carolina University before moving to Greensboro to work for Commercial Credit.

Lonnie and Shirley returned to New Bern in 1960 and, in partnership with lifelong friend Tommy Karam, they established Tryon Developers and Tryon Realty. Over the years they developed numerous office and commercial properties in Eastern NC including McCarthy Square. Residential sub-divisions include: Southgate, Stately Pines, Pinedale, Bryan’s, and Old Towne.

As a visionary, his strong interest and concern for his fellow man and the betterment of Craven County led to a lifetime of leadership and community service. Lonnie was a charter member of the Craven County Economic Development Commission and Committee of 100. During his tenure as Chairman, to attract manufacturing companies and jobs to the area he was instrumental in the acquisition and development of the Craven County Industrial Park at Clarks which is now home to 16 major employers, including BSH Home Appliance, Craven Wood Energy, and Moen.

He retired as Captain after 20 years of service in the NC Army-National Guard, and in the post WWII years, he spent two years in Germany, when under the Truman Doctrine, the Army National Guard was activated to provide military assistance to a war-torn Europe.
During his 12 years as a Commissioner on the Craven County Board of Commissioners, he served on many governmental committees and entities affiliated with Craven County and served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of Carolina East Health System.

When downtown was at its lowest point in the late 1970’s and early 80’s, as risk takers, Lonnie and his partner were enthusiastic supporters of the downtown revitalization effort. They bought and rehabilitated the deteriorated Clark’s Building, the four-story Dunn Building, and with three other partners, purchased and completed the major rehab of the vacant Belk’s building, now known as O. Marks. He was a long-term member of the Swiss Bear Board of Directors, served as Chairman for five years, and also served on the U.S. Highway 17 Committee, and the Craven, Pamlico, Carteret, and Jones County Transportation Committee that led to the construction of the new Neuse River Bridge.

A lifelong Democrat, he chaired many Democratic Campaigns and was the champion behind past Governor Beverly Perdue’s entrance into the political arena.

A devoted member of Christ Episcopal Church, Lonnie served on the Vestry several times and was actively involved in the management of The Bishop Home. He was a generous man who was quick to support projects that would enhance the community. Most recently, to preserve the beauty of the Olde Towne subdivision, he deeded property he owned to the homeowner’s association. Lonnie Pridgen was a man for all seasons. His legacy is that of a man who was committed to his community, his family, and friends. He was a caring soul. He will be missed.

Lonnie is survived by his wife, Shirley; his daughter, Ginnie Pridgen Tetreault; son, W. Michael Pridgen; grandchildren, James Michael Pridgen, Nicholas Alexander Pridgen, and Kristen Sullivan; great-grandson, Evan Taylor Pridgen, and many nieces and nephews.
Sadly, he was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Bettie Pridgen; his daughter, Terri Pridgen Lacy, his son, Lonnie Stephen Pridgen; brother, Charles Thomas Pridgen; sisters Sue Catherine Pridgen, Minnie Louise Pridgen Harper, Bettie Gene Pridgen and his granddaughter, Chloe Tetreault.

A private family service will be held on January 5, 2020 at 1 pm at Christ Episcopal Church. The family will receive friends at 2 pm in the Parish House. Please follow COVID mandates, with masks and social distancing, unless your health prevents it. Online condolences may be made at pollockbest.com.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Christ Church Sacred Sound and Space Fund, christchurchnewbern.com , PO Box 1246 New Bern, NC 28563, or to the non-profit or charity of choice.
Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Pridgen Family.

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

 

Audrey B. Rolison, 92, New Bern, NC

Mrs. Audrey B. Rolison, 92, quietly passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2020 with family by her side. A native of New York, Audrey spent most of her life in Pamlico County. She was a special needs teacher by profession but loved being a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother most of all. She was a devout Catholic and lifelong member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. An avid gardener, she was fond of tending the flower beds of her church in her later years. She was a volunteer Gray Lady at Carolina East Medical Center for many years and will be remembered for her kindness and generosity.

Sadly, Audrey was preceded in death by her husband George of over fifty years, and her sons Dennis and Michael.

Audrey is survived by her three sons, Barry Rolison, and wife Ann, of Raleigh; Jerry Rolison, and wife Cathy, of Clayton; and Kevin Rolison, and wife Cecelia, of New Bern. She also leaves behind her nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and one great great grandson; her half-brother, Gary Harrison, and her half-sister, Sandra Duca, both of Alliance.

The family will receive friends 6:00 PM, Sunday, January 3, 2021 with a Rosary to follow at 7 p.m., at Pollock~Best Funeral Home. Her Funeral Mass will be 1 p.m., Monday, at St. Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Tom Tully officiating. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made at pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Audrey’s name, may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic Church, spccnb.org/, or 3005 Country Club Rd. New Bern, NC 28562.

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

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

 

Linda Loyd

Linda Strickland Loyd, 82, New Bern, NC

Mrs. Linda Strickland Loyd, 82, passed away Friday, December 11, 2020. A native of Johnston County, NC, Linda was a medical transcriptionist for many years, and was a loving wife and mother. Her greatest joy was being a grandmother. She was a faithful member of Temple Baptist Church. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her husband Edward in 2016.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at the Lakeside Chapel in Greenleaf Memorial Park with Rev. Darrell Radford officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Linda is survived by her daughter, Lydia Lea Tart, and husband Tim, of New Bern;  her son Edward C. Loyd, of New Bern; along with her grandchildren, Savannah Lea Tart, Benjamin O. Loyd, and several nieces and nephews.

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

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

 

Matthew Charles Rettew, 81, New Bern, NC

Matthew Charles Rettew, 81, longtime resident of New Bern, NC, passed away peacefully at home on December 7, 2020.

Mr. Rettew is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Eleanor; daughters Joanna Britt (Jim), Karin Deering (Randy), Linda O’Neal (Chris), and Cheryl Montgomery. Also left to cherish his memory are 13 adoring grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sons, Gerald and Patrick (Yolanda) Rettew, and his brother, John E. Rettew.

Born on February 10, 1939 in Washington, DC to the late Matthew A. Rettew and Eleanor C. Zielie, “Chuck” proudly served on the Washington, DC police force for 13 years, where he rose to the rank of Sergeant. After switching careers, Chuck worked in the computer field for the United States Government for 17 years, becoming a GS-14 Program Chief for the Department of the Army. During that time, he enjoyed spending countless hours supporting his daughters as they excelled in gymnastics, ballet, singing, and cheerleading. His children frequently sought out his advice, inherited his notable work ethic, and could always count on one of his infamous “Chuckisms” to bring a smile or a groan.

Chuck and his wife retired to New Bern in the late 1990’s, where they made many wonderful friends, hosted parties and spent several days a week golfing for many years. Chuck also served for a time as the President of the Pinehurst Place Garden Club and was a member of the Emerald Golf Club. Chuck took great joy and pride in watching his childrens’ families grow over the years, and enjoyed spending time with his children and their families. His children fondly remember the times during their childhood where their father would play beautiful classical arrangements on the piano and sing and play his guitar. He loved sports, especially motor sports, football, and golf. A lifelong Washington Redskins football fan, he was sure to pass his love of the team on to his children. Additionally, he cheered on the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Texas A&M Aggies in support of his children and grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at a later date in January at First Baptist Church of New Bern, where he and his wife have been members for many years. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Rettew family.

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

 

Eunice Parker

Mrs. Eunice Bray Parker, 96, New Bern, NC

Mrs. Eunice Bray Parker, 96, of 390 Beaman Road, New Bern, NC, died Tuesday evening, December 08, 2020, at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services for the immediate family will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 12, 2020, at Beech Grove United Methodist Church in New Bern, NC with the internment occurring at 2:30 p.m. in the church cemetery for friends and family. Viewing will be held Friday, December 11, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Pollock-Best Funeral Home and Saturday, December 12, 2020, at Beech Grove United Methodist Church from 12 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. The service will be officiated by the Rev. Connie Stutts, and the Rev. Michael Roach with messages of hope and faith.

Mrs. Parker was born in Craven County, on August 14, 1924, the daughter of the late George and Sally Bray. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Lucille Pittman, Ward Bray and Dick Bray. Mrs. Parker is survived by her sons Joseph Christopher Parker and wife Lynne of Shelby, NC; George Randolph Parker and wife Lou Ann of Henderson, NC, eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Parker was a partner with her husband in marriage for sixty-seven years. During those years, she helped raise their two sons, taught Sunday School classes for children, sang in church choirs, worked in multiple ladies’ groups, and further supported her husband in all areas of the ministry, serving Methodist churches in eastern North Carolina.

Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Eunice B. Parker may be made to the Joseph C. and Eunice B. Parker Scholarship at Lenoir Community College Foundation, PO Box 188, Kinston, NC 28502.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entusted with the Parker Family.

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

 

Marjorie V. Bottone, 84, New Bern, NC

Marjorie V. Bottone, 84, died Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at Brookdale Assisted Living Center.

She was born February 4, 1936, daughter of the late Willie Allison and Stella Lee Sellers Varnam.

She was a fun and creative mom and wife, who had a great sense of humor, loved to read (some say she was a walking encyclopedia), and loved to cook, especially sweets and her upside down pineapple cake was a family favorite. She also volunteered for Craven County Hospice.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, A. Joseph Bottone and a grandson, D. Joseph McGraw, her brother, Eunice Varnam.

She is survived by her daughters, Angela Spruill, and husband Danny, of New Bern, Julia Bottone of New Bern and Diana Bottone of New Bern; her brother, Bennie Varnam, and wife Judy, of Louisiana;  her three grandchildren, Steven McGraw of New Bern, Patrick Dundr of Ohio; and Alexandra DiBella and husband Andrew, of New Bern; and her great-grandchildren, William and Ethan McGraw, Ashlie McGraw, Ava DiBella, and Thea Dundr.

The family will have a private memorial service. Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in her memory to Craven County Hospice, PO Drawer 12610, New Bern, NC 28561, www.cravencountyhospice.com or Holiday Fund c/o Brookdale Assisted Living, 1336 S. Glenburnie Rd, New Bern, NC  28562.

Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Battone Family.

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

 

John J Dowling Jr

John J Dowling Jr., New Bern, NC

MSgt. John J Dowling Jr, USMC (Retired) passed away on November 17 at his home surrounded by family. He was born on March 14, 1938 in Ford City, Pennsylvania to the late John J Dowling Sr and Clara Pearl Dowling.

John is survived by his wife of 56 years Brenda Pekar Dowling, daughter Kimberly Hoveland and husband Chris, granddaughters Lydia Hoveland Hymel and Mary Holland Hoveland, sister and brother in law Edythe and Donald Phelps, numerous nieces, nephews and special friends.

A memorial service with USMC honor guard will be held at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in the spring. Online condolences may be made at pollockbest.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of John to the Bike Box Project-Pedaling for Parkinson’s 405 Harbor Dr. New Bern, NC 28560, bikeboxproject.org/, or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Grand Central Station PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777, https://www.michaeljfox.org/.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist the Dowling Family.

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

 

David Linaberry

David James Linaberry, 79, New Bern, NC

David James Linaberry, 79, formerly of McCormick, SC and Longswamp Township, PA passed away at home surrounded by loved ones. He was the husband of Wendy (Loomis).  They would have been married 41 years this month.  David was born in Bethlehem to David W. Linaberry and Dorothy (Neith). He graduated from Liberty High School, Moravian College and received his Masters in Education from Lehigh University. He served his country in the US Army Medical Corps stationed at Ft. Sam Houston, TX.

He taught 5th and 6th grade at Fogelsville Elementary School for 30 years. He loved teaching so much, he never felt he had a “job”. He loved going to school everyday and felt each student was special. David was also an accomplished artist and wood carver having studied with wildlife artist Fred Wetzel and carver Tom Ahern.

Upon retiring from teaching, David worked for Dorney Park as an independent contractor restoring and painting the park’s carousel. David discovered his love of Rugby, playing for the Allentown Blues from 1968 to 1980, followed by motorcycle enduro riding with the L.V. Dirt Riders. Skiing and bicycling were also a huge part of his life. He skied all over the US, Canada, and Europe. Bicycling, he rode countless century rides, the 5 Burroughs Ride of New York many times and his most recent long ride was from St. Augustine, FL, down A1A to Ft. Pearce, across Lake Okeechobee on to Punta Gorda, with his wife and brother-in-law, Gregory Loomis. He was an avid hunter and passed this love onto his son and was a hunting mentor for several years to at-risk youth at the John DeLaHowe school in McCormick, SC.

He is survived by his wife Wendy, of New Bern, NC and their son David W. of Allentown, PA. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. A “third half” celebration of his life will be at a later date.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is assisting the Lanaberry Family.

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

 

Jeramy D. Szymanski, Havelock, NC SSgt Jeramy D. Szymanski, USMC Ret. died Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at his home. A native of Polk County, AR, Jeramy loved the Marine Corps and retired after honorably serving his country. Jeramy was a highly decorated Marine receiving the following awards; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, NATO Medal ISAF Afghanistan, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Certificate of Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Meritorious Mast, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation-Navy, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corp Recruiting Ribbon, and Recruiter of the Quarter RS Oklahoma City, among many others. He was the son of Daniel J. and Barbara L. Szymanski. In Arkansas, he was a member and Master Mason of Belle Point Masonic Lodge and a member of the Amrita Grotto. In his spare time, Jeramy enjoyed playing his guitar, going to the gym, spending time outside and building things. His greatest joy was his little girl Ava, who is affectionately known as his "Mini-me". Sadly, he was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Joseph Szymanski, and many of his fellow Marines. A celebration of Jeramy's life will be held at a later date in Cove, AR. Memorials, in his name may be made to Military Veteran Project PO Box 3926 Topeka, KS 66604, https://www.militaryveteranproject.org/22aday-movement.html . Online condolences for this hero may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Jeramy is survived by his wife Jessica W. Szymanski, and their daughter Ava, of Havelock; his mother, Barbara L. Szymanski, of Cove, AR; his brother, Joey Szymanski, of Fayetteville, AR; his sisters, Vicki Szymanski and husband Thomas, of Mena, AR, and Sally Sims, and husband Russell, of Waldron, AR; his stepson Paul Gonzales, and wife Jolene, of Fort Smith, AR; along with a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist the Szymanski Family. Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111. Helen Shepherd Friend, New Bern, NC Helen Shepherd Friend died peacefully at 102 years old on November 10, 2020 at Pruitt Trent in New Bern, NC. Helen was born on April 17, 1918 in Jersey City, NJ to Richard Kemp Shepherd and Ellen Meiklejohn. Helen is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Friend of Jensen Beach, Fl; and sons, Richard Friend of New Bern, NC and Paul Friend MD. of Bedford, NH; four grandchildren, Amanda, Spencer, Kevin and Paul; and four great-grandchildren. Helen’s appreciation of education led her to return to college in 1966 receiving her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Rhode Island. She later became the Chief Clinical Dietician for Roger Williams General Hospital in Providence. Helen encouraged her children’s education and was very proud of all of the degrees earned by her children and grandchildren. Helen’s fearless nature led her on many adventures. During the WWII she ran an Inn in New Milford CT, then joined the Red Cross Overseas Assn. and ran an orphanage in Busan, Korea, where she met her future husband Paul. While raising their three children Helen and Paul lived in Italy, Germany, and England, returning to reside in East Greenwich, RI in 1960. After her husband died in 1999, Helen, at age 81, traveled to China, journeyed up the Yangtzee River, and visited Tibet. Helen later continued her adventures with trips to Europe and the Caribbean with her children and grandchildren. Helen enjoyed exercise, participating in Zumba through her 90’s, and was also an avid gardener. Helen moved to New Bern in 2016 to live near her son and daughter-in-law (Richard and Jean). Due to Covid-19 restrictions the family is delaying any Celebration of Life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Helen's name to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of New Bern, 308 Meadows Street, New Bern, NC; https://www.uufnb.org/ or the New Bern Parks and Recreation Dept. Senior Exercise Program. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Arrangements are by Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremations. Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

Jeramy D. Szymanski, Havelock, NC

SSgt Jeramy D. Szymanski, USMC Ret. died Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at his home. A native of Polk County, AR, Jeramy loved the Marine Corps and retired after honorably serving his country. Jeramy was a highly decorated Marine receiving the following awards; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, NATO Medal ISAF Afghanistan, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Certificate of Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Meritorious Mast, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation-Navy, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corp Recruiting Ribbon, and Recruiter of the Quarter RS Oklahoma City, among many others. He was the son of Daniel J. and Barbara L. Szymanski. In Arkansas, he was a member and Master Mason of Belle Point Masonic Lodge and a member of the Amrita Grotto. In his spare time, Jeramy enjoyed playing his guitar, going to the gym, spending time outside and building things. His greatest joy was his little girl Ava, who is affectionately known as his “Mini-me”. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Joseph Szymanski, and many of his fellow Marines.

A celebration of Jeramy’s life will be held at a later date in Cove, AR. Memorials, in his name may be made to Military Veteran Project PO Box 3926 Topeka, KS 66604, https://www.militaryveteranproject.org/22aday-movement.html . Online condolences for this hero may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Jeramy is survived by his wife Jessica W. Szymanski, and their daughter Ava, of Havelock; his mother, Barbara L. Szymanski, of Cove, AR; his brother, Joey Szymanski, of Fayetteville, AR; his sisters, Vicki Szymanski and husband Thomas, of Mena, AR, and Sally Sims, and husband Russell, of Waldron, AR; his stepson Paul Gonzales, and wife Jolene, of Fort Smith, AR; along with a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist the Szymanski Family.

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

 

Helen Friend

Helen Shepherd Friend, New Bern, NC

Helen Shepherd Friend died peacefully at 102 years old on November 10, 2020 at Pruitt Trent in New Bern, NC. Helen was born on April 17, 1918 in Jersey City, NJ to Richard Kemp Shepherd and Ellen Meiklejohn.

Helen is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Friend of Jensen Beach, Fl; and sons, Richard Friend of New Bern, NC and Paul Friend MD. of Bedford, NH; four grandchildren, Amanda, Spencer, Kevin and Paul; and four great-grandchildren.

Helen’s appreciation of education led her to return to college in 1966 receiving her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Rhode Island. She later became the Chief Clinical Dietician for Roger Williams General Hospital in Providence. Helen encouraged her children’s education and was very proud of all of the degrees earned by her children and grandchildren.

Helen’s fearless nature led her on many adventures. During the WWII she ran an Inn in New Milford CT, then joined the Red Cross Overseas Assn. and ran an orphanage in Busan, Korea, where she met her future husband Paul.

While raising their three children Helen and Paul lived in Italy, Germany, and England, returning to reside in East Greenwich, RI in 1960. After her husband died in 1999, Helen, at age 81, traveled to China, journeyed up the Yangtzee River, and visited Tibet. Helen later continued her adventures with trips to Europe and the Caribbean with her children and grandchildren. Helen enjoyed exercise, participating in Zumba through her 90’s, and was also an avid gardener.

Helen moved to New Bern in 2016 to live near her son and daughter-in-law (Richard and Jean).

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the family is delaying any Celebration of Life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s name to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of New Bern, 308 Meadows Street, New Bern, NC; https://www.uufnb.org/ or the New Bern Parks and Recreation Dept. Senior Exercise Program. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Arrangements are by Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremations.

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

 

Gary Holman

Gary Edward Holman, 82, New Bern, NC

Gary Edward Holman, 82, passed on November 6, 2020, at Carolina East Medical Center, New Bern, NC. Born in Port Angeles, WA, son of Gordon and Violet Holman.

He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 and retired as Senior Chief Petty Officer (ADCS) serving three combat sea deployments to the Vietnam Theater, once aboard the USS Coral Sea and twice aboard USS Midway. He earned both the Vietnam Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Vietnam Service Medal. After retirement, he continued working in civil service at NADEP Cherry Point, NC.

Most of all, he cherished his wife Glenda of 52 years, loved his family, and had deep passions that included cars (nothing he couldn’t fix), planes (he knew them all) and family trips (don’t make me pull this car over!) Nieces and nephews recall Uncle Gary fondly as the trendsetter for thousands of future America’s Funniest Home Video clips of “put the rubber band around the sink squirter” so Grandma will get sprayed when she turns on the water, followed by secretly untying her apron strings and waiting for apron to fall off. Younger siblings remember fun times with him going on picnics at the Dungeness River, Olympic Hot Springs, Hurricane Ridge, Hood Canal, and Jamestown. But most of all, it was his day to day presence as an anchor for his family, providing love and stability. Everyone loved Gary, he was quiet but fun loving and full of surprises. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, friend, and decorated Veteran. A true hero to so many and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife Glenda Holman, sons Tim Gladding, David Gladding, Jason Holman, Matthew Holman, and daughter Kimberly Finney. Grandchildren Janet Souza-Gladding, Eric Gladding, Adam Holman, Zachary Holman, Chelsea Helkowski, Nicholas Gladding, Isaiah Finney and Oliver Finney; and four great grandchildren Stella Souza, Wyatt Holman, little Gary Holman and Ariana Helkowski; brother Michael Holman and sister Patricia Bourm; as well as several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite military charity in his honor.

Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com

Submitted by: Larry Jernigan. Funeral director, Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Joe Merriman

Paul Joseph “Joe” Merriman, 72, New Bern, NC
Paul Joseph “Joe” Merriman, 72, passed suddenly of a heart attack on November 4, 2020 in New Bern, his beloved community in retirement of more than 15 years. A voracious reader, lifelong learner and community supporter, he never met a stranger. He loved nature, sunsets by the water, a good game of pool and glass of pinot noir. He led a full and family-centered life, hosting/attending events and celebrations large and small, while also cultivating many close and sustained friendships that lasted his lifetime.

He was born on April 29, 1948 in Syracuse, NY to parents Paul Francis and Mary Ellen Merriman (Aungier), grew up in The Valley and attended Our Lady of Lourdes parish. A graduate of Christian Brothers Academy (66’) he attended SUNY Morrisville as a Regents Scholar.
Paul spent his professional career in the insurance industry, first at General Accident where he met his wife of 49 years Cheryl, and then for 35 years at Nationwide Insurance. He helped open new field offices and led several different business units through his career, earning both his CAM and CPCU designations, the highest achievements in that industry. His career brought he and his family to many different cities including Memphis, TN, Gainesville, FL, Raleigh, NC, San Juan, PR and Columbus, OH.

Paul was an active member of several organizations, including the New Bern Historical Society, Carteret County Wildlife Club (Past President), Newcomers Club of New Bern, Fairfield Harbour Community Watch (Treasurer), and the Fairfield Harbour Fishing Club.
Paul is survived by his wife Cheryl (Nelson) of New Bern; daughter, Sara of Philadelphia, PA; son Chris (Jacqueline) of Raleigh; brother James (Beth) of Seattle, WA; sister Julie Young (Tracy) of Charlotte, brother-in-law James Capo of Manhattan, NY; his grandchildren, Evan, Ava, Wesley and Spencer, as well as aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, November 11th from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ryan Funeral Home, 44 E. Main St., Marcellus, NY. Please know that masks are required and social distancing will be observed. A private Funeral Mass and burial will both be in Otisco, NY.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the New Bern Historical Society, 511 Broad St., New Bern, NC 28560, or www.newbernhistorical.org. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Arrangements with Pollock-Best and Ryan Funeral Homes.

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

 

Edith Evonne Crafton Carver, 71, New Bern, NC

Edith Evonne Crafton Carver, 71, of New Bern went to be with the Lord Sunday, November 1, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was born on August 29, 1949, in Williamson County, TN. She is preceded in death by her parents, Andrew Blythe and Katherine Elise Stevens Crafton; and brother James Herbert Crafton. Evonne was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who gave of her heart and time and is survived by her husband of 54 years Robert Lee “Bobby” Carver; her dear children Karen Carver Bennion, and husband Vic Warner, of Zebulon; Christopher Lee Carver, and wife Kristin, of Cary; and Kellie Carver Anderson, and husband Rick, of New Bern. She also leaves behind her six grandchildren, Calvin, Rilie, Jude, Carson, Henley, and Sterling; along with her two sisters, Betty Andrews, of Smyrna, TN, and Benita Kyle, and husband Stephen, of Germantown, TN.

Evonne was an avid reader who loved American and local history. Her pursuit and passion for the Holy Bible gave her the Spirit of God, knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Her insight allowed her to share and lead numerous Bible studies where she connected with life long friends. Evonne and Bobby raised their family in Jacksonville. Upon retiring from Onslow County Finance Department, after twenty years of service, they relocated to New Bern.

A celebration of Evonne’s life will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 7, 2020, at Temple Church with Reverend Jim Pennington officiating. The family will receive friends following the services at the church. Flowers are welcome, but donations are encouraged and may be made to Craven County Hospice, PO Drawer 12610 New Bern, NC 28561 or www.cravencountyhospice.com.  A private burial will be at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.

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

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

 

Rose Roper

Rosemarie Newton Roper, 74, New Bern, NC

Rosemarie Newton Roper (“Rose”), 74, died peacefully on October 26, 2000, at Brookdale Assisted Living after a period of declining health.

Rose was born to Elizabeth Wiss on July 15, 1946, in Wiesbaden, Germany. Several years later, Rose and her mother immigrated to the United States and settled in Burke County, North Carolina. Rose was a 1964 graduate of Morganton High School and went on to pursue a legal studies degree from Blanton’s Jr. College in Asheville, North Carolina. Following graduation, Rose went to work as a paralegal at the law firm of Patton, Craven, and Ervin, PA, in Morganton, North Carolina where she had the pleasure of working with future federal appellate judges, J. Braxton Craven, Jr. and Samuel J. Ervin, III, along with her mentor Thomas M. Starnes.

In the late 1960s, Rose met the love of her love, Harold Edward Roper. Rose and Harold were married in 1970 and soon relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina. After a few years, Rose and Harold relocated to New Bern where they stayed to raise their family. During her early life in New Bern, Rose was often found at numerous ballfields in the area watching her son, Jason, play sports, volunteering in the New Bern Schools, or engaging in activities at West New Bern Presbyterian Church.  In later life, Rose was active in assisting refugees relocate to New Bern to have a better life, the Pilot Club, Crop Walk, and spending time with her numerous friends. Throughout her life, Rose was an animal lover who was known to adopt any animal that needed a home even if it meant a getting a laughable remark from her husband “another one?”

Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Harold. Rose is survived by her son, Jason and his wife Teresa of Lexington, Kentucky. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Hannah and Ella, who she absolutely adored and loved more than anything. Rose is also survived by two brothers, John Newton of Rutherfordton, North Carolina and Manfred Wiss of Wiesbaden, Germany.  Rose is also survived by her brother in law, Richard Roper and his wife Barbara along with their daughter, Robin.

The family would like to thank Web Slaughter, Naomi Morris, Trudy Nelson, Pauline Blair, and Norma Kelly who were great friends to Rose during the final years of her life. Finally, the family would like to thank the staff at Brookdale Assisted Living who provided the best care to her during the past year.

On Thursday, October 29, 2020, a visitation will be held at Pollock-Best Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a celebration of life event will be held at a later date, in lieu of a funeral. In lieu of flowers or any other memorials, the family asks that memorials be made to the Colonial Capital Humane Society .

Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com.

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

 

Sina Zubia

Sina Lockey Zubia, 59, New Bern, NC

Sina Lockey Zubia, 59, passed away Friday October 23, 2020 at her family home with her daughter by her side. Sina was a longtime resident of Pamlico County, where she was a 1979 graduate of Pamlico County High School. After graduation, Sina moved to Dallas,TX, where she graduated from Nursing School and received the Nightingale Award. Sina had three sons and a daughter and they were her everything. She was happily married for 33 amazing years to her husband, Paul. Sina was loved by many, had a big heart, and would alway open her home to anyone. Her greatest joys in life were her grandchildren; to them she was “Nanny”. She will be greatly missed. Sadly, Sina was preceded in death by her three sons, John Paul Zubia, Daniel S. “Buddha” Rios, Santiago “CJ” Rios, Jr.; her father,Virgil Usher Lockey and her mother, Virginia Rae Lockey.

Sina is survived by her husband, Rosario (Paul) Zubia; daughter, Christina “Cha-Cha” Zubia (Hector Olguin); her brother, Virgil Lockey (Wendy Lockey); and her sister Frankie Resendiz, She is also survived by her grandchildren, Makayla Rae Rios, Yazmin-Rae Guadalupe Olguin, Leland Ray Rios, Yianelli Rae Olguin, Marcos Luis Garcia Jr., Michael Noah Garcia, Collin Cash Cuthrell-Zubia, Selena, Jayla, Erick, Aliana, Analise, Chris, Alina, JR, Malanies, Claren, JD, CJ, Leviah, and Kolby; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Pollock-Best Funeral Home from 6 – 8 p.m. Saturday, October 31, 2020, and other times at the family home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, October 31, 2020 at Pollock-Best Chapel. Burial will follow at the Cowell Cemetery in Alliance. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Sina’s name, may be made to Pollock~Best Funeral Home.

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

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

 

Maxine Keel Tingle Tyndall

Maxine Keel Tingle Tyndall, 83, New Bern

Maxine Keel Tingle Tyndall, 83, of New Bern died Monday, October 19, 2020 in Raleigh following a long illness. A native of Pamlico County, Maxine lived in Trent Woods from 1973 until 2017. Her career as a Social Worker spanned 40 years having worked in Durham, Onslow and Craven counties with the Department of Social Services. After retirement, she worked at Craven Regional Medical Center as a discharge planner and was a hospice worker for many years.  Maxine had a passion for sewing, doing needlepoint and cross-stitch. She was known for her willingness to accept responsibility, her tenacity and her commitment to helping others. Maxine was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she enjoyed volunteering and serving as a wedding planner.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10AM at Pollock-Best Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bryan Huffman officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.  A private burial will take place at a later date in New Bern Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. COVID mandates will be enforced.

Maxine is survived by her brother, Ralph M. Keel Jr (Nancy) of Virginia Beach VA, two sons, James Russell Tingle (Randy) of North Raleigh; John Mark Tingle (Melanie) of New Bern; one grandson, John Mark Tingle II (Izzy) of Magnolia, DE, and one great-granddaughter, Emerson Tingle; nephews Dave Keel and Matthew Keel of Virginia Beach, VA.

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

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

 

David Wallace

River Bend resident David Wallace, loving husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa, died October 19th, 2020 at age 91 in New Bern, NC. Per request, the family will have a private service at Greenleaf Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

David is preceded in death by his loving wife of 70 years, Marilee who passed away last month; he is survived by daughters Susan Wallace and partner William Clemons of Stafford, VA and Brenda Fasone and husband Jim of Bowie, MD; three grandchildren James Fasone, Joseph Fasone, and Rachel RisCassi; and six beautiful great-grandchildren Ava, Jack, Louise, Jake, Matthew and Frankie whom he frequently bragged about to friends.

David Franklin Wallace IV was born August 29, 1929 in Memphis, TN. He saved his own money for flight lessons and at age 17 obtained his FAA pilot license.  He joined the Air Force at age 18 and enjoyed being an aircraft mechanic at Perrin Air Force Base in TX. Next was graduation from Bliss Electrical Institute in Takoma Park, MD and marriage to his high school sweetheart Marilee in Wilmington, NC.  A career in telecommunication led him from Tidewater Power Company in North Carolina, to Western Electric in New York, and finally to AT&T in Colorado and Maryland. One of David’s initial tasks involved radio site determination for the nation’s first computer-controlled air defense system called SAGE. In 1965, David was in charge of reviewing researcher Paul Baran’s early proposal for what would go on to become the ARPANET and finally the Internet as we know it. On assignment in the South Pacific, David was a transmission engineer on a secure communications system called “Talk Quick” for field grade officers during the Vietnam War. By 1975, David was working at the White House Office of Telecommunication Policy. In 1984, after 33 years of service, David retired from the D.C. Metro area and bee-lined with Marilee for the fishing, boating and relaxation of River Bend.

What began as a hobby of repairing and selling old bikes and a challenge to himself to ride 100 miles every month, became the joy of riding over 100,000 miles in his lifetime which he liked to point out was 4 times around the earth. He continued cycling 10-15 miles each week at age 91. Many of those miles were with his friends in the New Bern Century Cyclists. He won 32 medals cycling the Senior Olympics at local, state and national levels and only quit when there was no longer competition in his age group. If he couldn’t be on his bike, he was on his computer and was one of the founders of the New Bern Computer Users Group.  Although he never learned to read music, he played the fiddle, mandolin, banjolin and harmonica by ear. Every Friday night Dad was smiling and tapping his foot playing with his friends at Pickin’ and Grinnin’.  He was an inspiration to many and loved by all.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist the Wallace Family.

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

 

Jacque Boyd

Jacque Ellen Baucom Boyd, 73, New Bern

Jacque Ellen Baucom Boyd, 73, died Monday, October 12, 2020 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.

She was born June 13, 1947 in Raleigh, daughter of the late Roger E. Baucom and Mavis Elizabeth Bisette Baucom. Mrs. Boyd was a member of Cornerstone Assembly of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Boyd; her son, David Byrum; and her stepdaughter, Susan Boyd.

She is survived by her son Thomas Goodrich of Cove City; two daughters, Natalie Goodrich and Elizabeth Goodrich (John Adams) of New Bern; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Cornerstone Assembly of God on Saturday, October 24 at 1:00 p.m., with Pastor John Watford officiating. Facemasks and social distancing would be appreciated.

Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com

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

 

Ann Woodruff

Ann Korp Woodruff, 92, Golden, CO

Ann Korp Woodruff, 92, passed away in her sleep on October 4, 2020 of metastatic melanoma in the home of her daughter, Leslie, in Golden, CO. Ann was born on April 22, 1928 at home in Phillipsburg, NJ to Matthew Dennis Korp and Kathleen McKinley Korp. She graduated from Phillipsburg High School, NJ; attended Rider College, and graduated from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). Ann was married for 67 years to her husband, Ralph Edmund Woodruff, who predeceased her in 2015. Ann taught elementary school for 28 years in Franklin Twp. and Clinton Town Public Schools (Hunterdon County, NJ). After retirement she and Ralph moved to New Bern, NC, where they were faithful members of St. Paul Catholic Church.  Ann and Ralph were avid world travelers culminating in a round-the-world cruise in 2010.  After his passing, Ann spent summers in Colorado and winters in Arizona. Ann never stopped reading; she loved the written word.

Due to the pandemic, services will be held at a later date. At that time Ann will be buried with Ralph in New Bern, NC. Memorial contributions may be made to Cat Care Society 5787 W. 6th Ave. Lakewood, CO 80214 www.catcaresociety.org, as Ann’s cat, Magic, brought her much happiness. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Ann is survived by their children, Ralph E. Woodruff of Woodbine, NJ; Kathleen Wickham of Oxford, MS; Elizabeth Kidd (Craig) of Erie, PA and Leslie Woodruff (Robert Campbell) of Golden, CO, 4 grandsons, 3 step-grandsons, 12 great-grandchildren, and her former son-in-law Peter Wickham. Sadly, she is predeceased by her parents and brothers Edward M Korp, Thomas A Korp, and Dennis M Korp.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is assisting the Woodruff Family.

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

 

Hazel Mills Heath, 83, Pollocksville, NC

Mrs. Hazel Mills Heath, 83, passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2020. A lifelong resident of Jones County, Ms. Hazel was a retired secretary with Craven Community College. She was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and loved being with her family. She was a great cook who spoiled her family, especially her grandchildren, with her baked treats. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her husband, Asa B. Heath, Jr., her brother, Clifton “Sug” Mills, her son-in-law, William DeVane, and her great granddaughter, Brookelynn James Oliver.

Funeral services for Ms. Hazel will be 11 a.m., Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the Lakeside Chapel in Greenleaf Memorial Park with Bishop Michael F. Howard officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Hazel is survived by her daughters, Kathy H. DeVane, of Trent Woods; Shari H. Fitzgerald (Dennis), of Vanceboro; and Crystal H. Sutton (Nathan), of Pollocksville. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Asa Oliver (Emily), Miranda Oliver Hawkins (Edwin), Kellie DeVane Murphy (Justin), Stephanie DeVane, Ali DeVane, Jacob Sutton and Caleb Sutton; her great grandchildren, Joshua, Olivia, Ashlyn, and Ava.

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

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

 

Michael George “Mitchell” Ragan, 98, New Bern, NC

Mr. Michael George “Mitchell” Ragan, 98, passed away Sunday, September 27, 2020. A native of Allegany County, PA, Mitchell, as he was affectionately known, met and married the love of his life and settled in New Bern. Mitchell was a proud US Marine, and a devoted member of American Legion Post 24 for over 70 years. The Annex to the Post was named in his honor. He was the Post, District, and State Vice Commander. Mitchell was also an active member of St. Paul Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree. Mitchell, along with his wife, Grace Powers Ragan, opened and operated the first Dairy Queen in Eastern North Carolina. They managed to open a second store in Havelock. They won many State and National Awards for his outstanding service. Grace and Mitchell also established the “Michael & Grace Powers Ragan/Dairy Queen Nursing Scholarship Endowment” at Craven Community College with the hope of giving back to the community that gave so much to them. Sadly, Mitchell was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Marie Powers Ragan in 2014, along with his brothers John and Martin Ragan.

Graveside services for Mitchell, with Fr. Tom Tully officiating, will be 10:00 AM, Thursday, October 1, 2020 at the Lakeside Chapel in Greenleaf Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Mitchel is survived by his devoted nieces and nephews; Harvey W. Heath, of Raleigh; Betty Powers Wetherington, of Jasper; Linda Heath Bassetti, of Thomasville; Bill Powers, of New Bern; Patricia Powers Williams, of Tucson, AZ; and Richard Powers, of New Bern. He also leaves behind a host of great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist the Ragan Family.

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

 

Pat Debar

Patricia Hawkins Debar, 78, New Bern, NC

Mrs. Patricia Hawkins Debar, 78, passed away Friday, September 18, 2020. A native of Marion County, WV, Pat was a manager with MWR-Cherry Point, prior to her retirement. She loved to travel and was active in the Craven County Art Council. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and following her grandsons in their various sporting events. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her husband, and love of her life, Gerald M. “Mickey” Debar in 2011.

A celebration of Pat’s life, with Dr. Richard Seagle officiating, will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Lakeside Chapel in Greenleaf Memorial Park. Those wishing to offer words of hope and comfort may visit www.pollockbest.com.

Pat is survived by her daughter, Andrea DuPre, of New Bern; her son, Mike Debar, and wife Betsy, of Virginia Beach, VA; along with her brother, Jimmy Hawkins, of San Diego, CA; her sister Wanda Valentine, of Charlotte; and her three grandsons, Chris Debar, Ryan Debar, and Zack DuPre, and wife Alyson.

The family would like to give their heartfelt appreciation to all the staff at Bayview Nursing & Rehab for their outstanding care to their mother.

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

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

 

Joyce Rachid

Joyce Hancock Rachid, 86, New Bern, NC

Mrs. Joyce Hancock Rachid, 86, of Emerald Isle, passed away Friday, September 18, 2020 at the home of her daughter surrounded by her loving family. Joyce was born on March 15, 1934 in Bridgeton, NC to Albert James Hancock and Dollie Springle Hancock. She was a kind, gentle woman who deeply loved her family, church, and time spent at the beach.

Joyce graduated Valedictorian from her class at Bridgeton High School in 1952. She then met the love of her life, Joe, to whom she was married for 51 years until his death in 2005. Joyce started her career at Montgomery Ward in downtown New Bern and worked her way up to billing supervisor. She then began working at Phillips Plating Company in Bridgeton where she was the business administrator and corporate secretary for 35 years until her retirement in 2005.

Joyce and Joe were dedicated members of St. Paul Catholic Church. They chaired the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for 20 years and gave countless hours of their time to other projects. Joyce was proud to be a charter member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Monsignor Michael A. Irwin #1704 for over 52 years. She held various roles during this time, such as the Office of the Regent for four consecutive terms. On the State level, she served as State Treasurer, First and Second State Vice Regent, and then State Regent from 2002 thru 2005.

What brought her the most joy was crafting her well known flower and Christmas arrangements for the annual CDA Christmas boutique, which she Chaired for many years. Joyce loved Christmas and crafting was her favorite pastime.

Sadly, Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joseph M. Rachid, her brothers, Walter and Jimmy Hancock; and her sisters, Sadie Weaver,  Lois Pugh and Opal Gibble.

The family will receive friends 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 22, 2020, with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m., at Pollock-Best Funeral Home and other times at the homes of her daughters. A Mass of Resurrection for Joyce will be 11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 23, 2020, with Rev. Thomas S. Tully presiding, at St. Paul Catholic Church followed by her burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Joyce’s name, may be made to St. Paul Catholic Church, 3005 Country Club Rd. New Bern, NC 28562, www.osvonlinegiving.com/1779.

Joyce is survived by her daughters, Teresa R. Kruske, and husband Freddy; and Joanna R. French, and husband Jimmy, of New Bern. She also leaves behind her sister, Geraldine H. James, of New Bern and her brother Jack Hancock, of Merritt; along with a host of nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to give their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Michael Reardon and his staff, along with the caring team with Craven County Hospice.

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

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

 

Clifford Griswold

Clifford Russell Griswold, 82, New Bern, NC

Clifford Russell Griswold, 82 of the River Bend community of New Bern, NC, formerly of New Jersey passed away peacefully at home into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior on Labor Day, September 7, 2020 surrounded by his wife and loving family.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a celebration of Cliff’s life at his dear Pollocksville Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 2 PM. Inurnment will be held at Monmouth Memorial Park in Tinton Falls, NJ at a later date.

Born in Trenton, NJ, Cliff raised his family in East Brunswick before moving to Monroe, and retired to New Bern in 2004. He worked as a forklift operator for Coca-Cola in New Brunswick for 40 years, belonging to the Teamsters Local # 812 in New York City, and Local #125 in Wayne, NJ. He also cherished time spent helping his wife, Eileen with her restaurant in Jamesburg.

Cliff always enjoyed the little things in life, and was sure to stop and smell the roses every day. His family and friends will always remember the happy tunes he whistled while preparing meals. In Cliff’s home, Fridays meant leftovers night, and his family much anticipated his latest delicious creation. Cliff very much loved tending to his robust garden with Eileen. Time spent bird watching and soaking up the warm sun made Cliff happy as could be.  A Jersey boy at heart, Cliff loved Jersey tomatoes, especially paired with Hellman’s mayonnaise! Other favorites were Jersey corn and Taylor ham, which he looked forward to family and friends bringing him on their visits. A world traveler, Cliff loved to try new things, after just a small bit of convincing!

A man of deep faith, Cliff was known for his sweet, affable disposition and for his generous spirit. Friendly as could be, he enjoyed striking up conversations with strangers who became friends wherever he went. An active member of the Pollocksville Presbyterian Church, Cliff served as a deacon there, and was instrumental in starting the Filling Station, a local food pantry that helps families in need.

The son of the late Richard and Hannah (nee Bickel) Griswold, Cliff was the beloved husband and ‘diamond in the rough’ of 56 years to Eileen E. (nee Fisher) Griswold; loving dad of Brenda Galante and her husband Frank, and the late Russell Todd Griswold; treasured Poppy of Frank R. Galante and Rachel Galante, dear brother-in-law of Pfr. Brent W. Fisher and Margaret Srack and her husband, the late John. He is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews, and by many loyal friends. Cliff was predeceased by his many cherished pets.

Though Cliff may be gone from the world, his legacy is in those that he has left behind. In his honor, please practice random acts of kindness, and remember to pay it forward! In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory also may be made to the Filling Station to help area families in need.  Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com.

Well done thy good and faithful servant. You will be missed! Until we meet again…

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

 

Hugh Bryan Mills, Jr. 82, Trent Woods, NC

Hugh Bryan Mills, Jr. 82, passed away at his home Friday, September 4, 2020. A lifelong resident of New Bern, Hugh was the son of Hugh Bryan Mills, Sr. and Martha Kirven Mills. He was a US Army National Guard veteran and retired from Weyerhaeuser. He was a lifelong member of the NRA, Craven County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, and National Wild Turkey Federation. He loved the outdoors and hunting. Hugh was a talented woodworker and craftsman: making canoes, small wooden boats, furniture, and was known for his hand-made custom knives and guns.

A celebration of Hugh’s life will be 3 p.m., Sunday, September 6, 2020 at Pollock~Best Chapel with Pastor Scott Coghill officiating. Online condolences may be made at pollockbest.com. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to New Bern Christian Academy newbernchristianacademy.com, or 2911 Old Cherry Point Rd., New Bern, NC 28560.

Hugh is survived by his wife, Sandra Stallings Mills, of Trent Woods; his son, Hugh “Bryan” Mills, III, of New Bern; his daughter, Marti Mills Bryant, of Greenville; his brother, C. Kirven Mills, and wife Kathy, of Odessa, FL; and his three granddaughters, Hannah, Jessica, and Savannah.

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

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

 

Richard D. “Dick” Ringuette, 69, New Bern, NC

Richard D. “Dick” Ringuette, 69, of the Fairfield Harbour Community, passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at his home. A native of Attleboro, MA, Dick spent most of his married life in the Virginia area. One of his favorite accomplishments was winning a film editing Emmy at a local Washington, DC TV station. Dick enjoyed writing books, working in his yard, and playing cards with the neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Annette and Raymond Ringuette; along with his brother Kenny and sister Elaine Melynk. Dick is survived by his wife of 46 years, Janell Fuller Ringuette; his son, Jon Ringuette, of Vancouver, BC; and his brother, Paul Ringuette, and wife Laurie, of Palm Harbor, FL.

A celebration of Dick’s life will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the services. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. In lieu of flowers all donations will be forwarded to the New Bern Food Bank 205 S. Glenburnie Rd. New Bern, NC 28560, www.foodbankcenc.org/about-us/locations-contact-info/new-bern.

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

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

 

Duke Barron

Duke McKellar Barron, 74, New Bern, NC

Mr. Duke McKellar Barron, 74, passed from this life Saturday, August 29, 2020. He was born February 6, 1946 in Lewisburg, TN, to Flones McKellar Barron and Bennie Louise Mangrum Barron. Duke worked as a contract telecommunications cable splicer and continued his craft until retirement, after which he opened a business at home powder coating. Sadly, Duke was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Duke McKellar Barron, Jr.

Surviving are his wife, Audrey Dunn Barron, of New Bern; his daughters, Patricia Barron and Meredith Faulkner Moore; and his son, Wayne Barron, as well as grandchildren, Christa, Michael, Carr, Ashley, Amber and Austin, and his great grandchildren, Mina, October, Iris and Aubrey. He is also survived by his Tennessee cousins, W.C. Barron, Dawn Barron, Ida Barron Tindell and Amy Barron and their families.

The family will receive friends 6-8:00 PM, Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home and other times at the family home. Graveside  services will be 11:00 AM, Friday, September 4, 2020 at  New Bern Memorial Cemetery, with Pastor Kenny Vinston officiating. Flowers are welcome, or donations may be made to the charity of your choice. The family requests masks be worn.
Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Barron Family.

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

 

George F. Geraghty, Jr.

George F. Geraghty, Jr., 94, New Bern, NC 

George F. Geraghty, Jr. 94, passed away at his home Wednesday, August 19, 2020. A native of Nassau County, NY, George was a proud US Navy Veteran of WWII and the Korean War, and retired from Alexander & Alexander as a Fire Protection Engineer. After a brief retirement to Vermont, George and Lucie moved to warmer climates in 1995 and settled in the Greenbrier Community of New Bern. George was an avid golfer and was a member of the Emerald Golf Club. He was also an active member of the Fairways West HOA, serving as President.

Soon after moving to New Bern, George and Lucie joined the Alpenverein of New Bern, a local club dedicated to those interested in the Alpine Region of Europe.  George and Lucie were both active members and participated in the annual Oktoberfest for 14 years.  George also served as Vice-President for eight straight years.

Early in his membership George developed a friendship with two other members, George Rockwell and George Spang, which lasted for almost 25 years.  They were all proud World War II veterans and were known by friends in New Bern as “The 3 Georges.”

Sadly, George was preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn A. Fry and his twin brother, Burt Geraghty.

George is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lucie Wild Geraghty; his step-son, Joey Delisa of Rochester, NH; his sister-in-law, Babs Geraghty of West Rupert, VT; and several nieces and nephews, Jeanine Gravelle, and husband Richard, of New Bern, Matthew Fry and wife, Lisa of Senioa, GA, Michael Geraghty and wife, Judy of Lake Elsinore, CA, Susan Geraghty of West Rupert, VT, Thomas Geraghty and wife, Kate of Hebron, NY, Steve Geraghty and wife, Janet of Salem, NY, and James Geraghty of West Rupert, VT..

The family will receive friends at Pollock-Best Funeral Home 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 29 followed by a celebration of George’s life.  Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. He will be laid to rest at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, in Schuylerville, NY.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist the Geraghty Family

Submitted by: Larry Jernigan, Funeral Director, Pollock-Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111

 

Jen Rouse

Jennifer “Jen” Stallings Rouse, 36, New Bern

Jennifer “Jen” Stallings Rouse, 36, passed away much too soon on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. A longtime resident of Craven County, Jen worked at Carolina Home Medical, and loved being with family and friends. Jen and Jason enjoyed their time at the beach, and she spoiled her dog Reece every chance she had. Jen was a kind soul, giving of her time and talents, and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

The family will receive friends 5:00 p.m. Sunday, followed by a celebration of Jen’s life at 6:00 p.m. in the Pollock-Best Chapel with Wes Thomas officiating. Online condolences may be made at pollockbest.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials, in Jen’s name, may be made to the Foundation of Shackleford Horses Inc., 306 Golden Farm Road, Beaufort, NC  28516.

Jen is survived by her husband, Jason W. Rouse, of New Bern; her parents, David and Carol Stallings of Ernul; her brothers, David H. Stallings, Jr. (Donna) of LaGrange; Brandon Stallings; and Jeffrey Stallings, of Ernul. Jen also leaves behind her nephew Ethan and niece Mariah; and her in-laws, John and Debbi Rouse, of Hubert and Kathy and Dan New, of Dover; along with a host of family, friends and co-workers.

Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Rouse Family

Submitted by: Larry Jernigan, Funeral Director, Pollock-Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111

 

Harriet May

Harriet Lane Guion May, 95

Harriet Lane Guion May, October 17, 1924 – August 3, 2020), died peacefully in her home on August 3. Known to her friends as Hattie Lane, she was born in New Bern, youngest of the three children of Bess and Haywood Guion. After graduating from New Bern High School she attended Women’s College, now UNC Greensboro. As a young teenager, she had developed a crush on Cecil May, a friend of her older sister.  As a college student, she was delighted when he began to reciprocate her interest. They were married on May 17, 1944, while he was on leave from the Army Air Forces. She then returned to Women’s College and graduated in 1945, while he returned to duty as a B-25 bomber pilot. He remained in the Air Force after WWII, and they moved around the country for a few years before he left military service. They came back to North Carolina in 1948, and she worked as a laboratory technician in Durham while he went to Duke University Law School.  When he graduated in 1952, they returned to New Bern.

Hattie Lane enjoyed raising three children in New Bern, teaching them to love the water as much as she did: swimming, skiing and boating. She was also a Cub Scout, Brownie and Girl Scout leader, and chaperoned school field trips and summer beach trips. In the early sixties, when her children were older, she went back to work in a medical office, where she remained for eight years. Always energetic, in her late 40’s she learned to ride horses. Not long after that she took up golf and even scored a hole-in-one. Hattie Lane always had time, though, for her parents, her children, her friends and especially for her beloved Cecil. She saw the best in everyone she knew, and she brought out the best in all of us.

An active member of First Presbyterian Church, she was made a Lifetime Member of the Presbyterian Women in 2006. She was also a member of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina.

Hattie Lane and Cecil were married for 68 years, until his death in 2013.  She is survived by her children, Cecelia Collins May Scott and husband Peter; Haywood Guion May; and Harriet Lane May and husband Paul Nowicki; as well as two step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and their children. She was predeceased by her brother, Tom Guion, her sister, Pattie Guion Patterson, and her daughter-in-law, Vicky Vendrell May.

Tiffany Holt, Esther Cooper, Regina Monroe, Carolyn Boggan and Barbara Saunders were her trusted, constant and caring companions in her last years.

A private service will be planned at a later time. Online condolences may be made at pollockbest.com. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of New Bern, PO Box 1069 New Bern, NC 28563-1069, or the charity of one’s choice.

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

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

 

Frances McCraw Walker, 99, New Bern, NC

Mrs. Frances McCraw Walker, 99 years young, passed away Monday, July 20, 2020. A longtime resident of Craven County, Frances was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of New Bern, where she was known for her volunteer work. She was a member of the New Bern Women’s Club, and the National Association of Social Workers. Frances was an independent woman from the get-go, joining the US Army Air Corp following high school. She followed that up with her college education, earning her Masters Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her husband, Garnett Harold Walker, and her sons, Donald J. and John David Walker.

A celebration of Frances’ life will be 9:00 AM, Friday, July 24, 2020, at the Lakeside Chapel in Greenleaf Memorial Park with Dr. Richard D. Seagle officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Frances is survived by her daughter-in-law Cindy Pettus Walker, of Atlanta, GA; her grandchildren, Drew Walker, and wife Tracie, of Carrboro; Jason Walker, and wife Michelle, of Carrboro; and Blake Walker, of Atlanta, GA. She also leaves behind her great grandchildren, Emma, Neal, and Charlie; along with her nieces and nephews, Nan Busby, of Charleston, SC; Lou McCraw, of Charlotte; and Jay, Mike, and Bruce McCraw, of Charleston, SC.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with this Veteran and her family.

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

 

Paul R. Dorf

Paul R. Dorf, 80, New Bern, NC

Mr. Paul R. Dorf, 80, of the Taberna Community, passed away suddenly Wednesday, July 15, 2020, after suffering a stroke. A longtime resident of Upper Saddle River, NJ, Paul and Pam retired to warmer climates in 2019. He was the owner of Compensation Resources Inc. Paul grew up in Hewlett Harbor, NY, and graduated from Hofstra University, joined the US Marine Corps, and received his Masters from the University of Bridgeport. He loved life, never met a stranger, and was always smiling. He will be missed by all those that knew him for his jokes and good conversation. In his spare time, he enjoyed painting watercolors and acrylics, and walking Jameson and Angel. In a short time, his thoughtful, caring nature and joy of life, gave him friends of neighbors and fellow dog park walkers.

Per Paul’s wishes, there will be no services. He requested you thank a Veteran, or make a donation to your local Food Bank. Online condolences and memories may be shared at pollockbest.com.

Paul is survived by his wife of 35 years, Pamela Swiney Dorf; his children, Col. Aaron L. Dorf, US Army, and wife Michaela, of Portland OR; Alanna M. Dorf, of Plainfield, VT; and Alexander M. Dorf, and wife Erin, of Atlanta, GA. He also leaves behind his dear grandchildren, Saskia, Hayden, Nihyah, Avery, and Ronan Paul.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist the Dorf Family.

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

 

Beth Spencer

Elizabeth A. “Beth” Spencer, 30, New Bern, NC

Ms. Elizabeth A. “Beth” Spencer, 30, was taken too soon on July 10, 2020. A longtime resident of Rhode Island, Beth moved to New Bern to be close to her family. Beth was a loving mother, daughter and sister and was quick with a smile and a laugh. Beth was one to put others’ needs ahead of herself. She loved life and her girls. She will be missed by all who knew her. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Gordon and Frances “Melba” Spencer, Charles R. Matson, and Robert Rieske.

A celebration of Beth’s life will be 6-8:00 PM, Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at pollockbest.com. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to The Doe Network 420 Airport Rd. Livingston, TN 38570, or doenetwork.org.

Beth is survived by her daughters, Jordyn Skye Boulden, of Providence, RI and Vaida Maria Gonzalez of New Bern; her mother Mary R. Spencer, of Woonsocket, RI; her father, Peter E. Spencer (Amy Spencer), of New Bern, NC; her brother William M. Spencer (Jillian Donner), of Germantown, MD; her half-sisters, Hannah DeLomba, of New Bern, NC and Jocelyn Buzby (Andrew Buzby), of Beaufort, SC; and her half-brother, Andrew Spencer, of Woonsocket, RI. She also leaves behind her step-sisters, Amanda Matson (Paul Blazic), of New Bern, NC; Rya Laroche (Nome Phommachanh), of Raleigh, NC; Elizabeth Laroche, of New Bern, NC; her grandparents, Margie Rieske, of Seekonk, MA; Paula Matson (Steven Gehrke), of Pawtucket, RI; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family wishes to thank all the law enforcement for their tireless efforts in bringing Beth back as well as the kindness, generosity and love shown by the community.

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

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

 

Maura Kathleen Freemon, 59, New Bern, NC

Maura Kathleen Freemon, 59, passed away suddenly Tuesday, July 7, 2020. A longtime resident of New Bern, Kathleen was a loving mother and fun-loving sister. She loved all things horses, and enjoyed making jewelry in her spare time. Kathleen was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and never met a stranger. She will be missed for her infectious smile and honest heart.

Memorial services for Kathleen will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Christ Episcopal Church outside Chapel with Rev. Paul Canady officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Retirement Home for Horses, Inc. PO Box 2100, Alachua, FL  32616-2100, or www.millcreekfarm.org.

Kathleen is survived by her dear sons, Jeffrey Honig, and wife Madison, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; Robert Honig, of Anacortes, WA; her sisters, Carson Freemon Meimen, and husband Ed, of Ft. Worth, TX; Leslie Freemon Bazemore, of Greenville; along with her brothers Joseph Mark Freemon, III, and wife, Helen McLean, of New Zealand; Stuart Upton, and wife Patti, of Pikesville; and several nieces and nephews.

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

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

 

Mildred Glaudel

Mildred Winkler Glaudel, 92, New Bern, NC

Mrs. Mildred Winkler Glaudel, 92, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2020 with her loving daughter by her side. A native of Philadelphia, PA, Mildred lived for many years in Hackettstown, NJ before moving to New Bern in 2007 with her husband Joe. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great, and great-great grandmother who cherished her time with her family. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her husband Joe, her brother Fred Winkler, her sister Ruth Bach, and her son-in-law, Louis Zarrello.

There will be no formal services. Online condolences may be made at pollockbest.com. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Colonial Capital Humane Society PO Box 326, New Bern, NC 28563, or colonialcapital.wixsite.com/cchs.

Mildred is survived by her daughter, Gail Glaudel Zarrello, of New Bern; her grandchildren, Joanne Lee (Joseph), of Wilmington; and Joseph Zarrello (Barbara), of  Wilmington. She also leaves behind her three great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

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

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

 

Jim Ebron

James Lee “Jim” Ebron, 81, New Bern, NC

Mr. James Lee “Jim” Ebron, 81, of the Croatan Community, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020 with his devoted wife by his side. A life-long resident of Craven County, Jim was a small engine repairman for many years, lastly with his own business, Jim’s Small Engine Repair. He was a US Army Veteran, serving 2 years in Germany. Jim was also a faithful member of Grace Baptist Church in Newport. He was a kind and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and a new great grandfather to his “sweetpea”. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh Clyde and Etta Rowe Eborn, and his brother Hugh Jr.

The family will receive friends Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Grace Baptist Church from 1-2:00 PM, followed by his funeral service at 2:00 PM. Burial will be in the Croatan Community Cemetery. The service will be live streamed at www.grace4newport.com. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Jim’s name, may be made to Fundamental Broadcasting Network (FBN), 520 Roberts Rd. Newport, NC 28570, or www.fbnradio.com.

Jim is survived by his wife of almost 54 years, Ann; his children, Dwayne Ebron (Beckie), of Newport; Lorri E. Burke (John), of New Bern; and Timothy, of New Bern. He also leaves behind his siblings, Pastor Clyde I. Eborn, of Newport; Lillian Ortley, of Benson; Sadie Wooten, of New Bern; Laura Lockwood, of Morehead City; Alice Asby, of Morehead City; Roy Eborn, of New Bern; and Linda Penny, of Benson. He leaves a Godly heritage for his grandchildren, Jeffrey Ebron (Heather), Stephanie Fritz (Tim), John Burke, Jr.; and Andrew Burke, and his great granddaughter, Noelle “Sweetpea” Fritz.

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

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

Louis Shields

Louis A. Shields, 86, New Bern, NC

Louis A. Shields, 86, passed away on Monday, June 22, 2020 accompanied by his wife Nancy, children Mary Anna and Sonny, grandson John and sister Mary Catherine Wadsworth.

Louis retired after a 41-year career in the Army National Guard and traveled for 10 years with his wife visiting all 50 states. Louis was a kind man always willing to help and he will be missed.

A Rosary reading at Saint Paul Catholic Church will begin at 10 AM on Friday, June 26, 2020 followed immediately by a graveside service. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

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

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

Rev. John William Steen, Jr., 76, New Bern, NC

Rev. John William Steen, Jr., 76, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2020. A native of Marlboro County, SC, John was the son of John, Sr. and Elizabeth Stubbs Steen. He was a US Air Force veteran and a Minister for all his life. John loved the Lord and shared the good word where ever he went. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his daughter Debra Lynn Steen Griffin, and his wife Brenda Ann Grimesley Steen.

The family will receive friends 1:00 PM, Friday, June 19, 2020, followed by his funeral at 2:00 PM in the Pollock~Best Funeral Home Chapel. John will be laid to rest next to his wife at New Bern Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

John is survived by his daughter, Pamela Jo Walton, and husband George; his brothers, Frank and Mitchell Steen, all of New Bern, and his grandchildren, Thomas and Timothy Walton, Lianna Cockburn, and Jessica Griffin.

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

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

 

Gray Swindell

Clyde “Gray” Swindell Jr, 55, New Bern, NC

Clyde “Gray” Swindell Jr, 55, lost his fight to cancer Saturday, June 13, 2020 at his home with friends and family by his side. He was born May 13, 1965 in New Bern, NC to Clyde Gray Swindell Sr and Kathryn Edwards Swindell. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Anne Hobbs-Swindell; his children, Caroline Taylor Swindell, Alyson Rose Swindell, Carson Hollis Garrish and PeeDee Swindell; along with his parents, Clyde Gray Swindell Sr. & Kathryn Edwards Swindell. He was the oldest of three and survived by siblings William Todd Swindell and Kathryn Lynn Morgan and husband Christopher Paul Morgan; and his nieces & nephews; Dillon Kyle Chappell, Sarah Renee Hobbs Blair, Rebecca Ann Hobbs, Avery Kathryn Morgan, & Garrett Christopher Morgan.

Gray served in the US Navy for four years out of high school. He went on to become an incredibly successful salesman, sales manager and general manager of automotive dealerships in New Bern, NC. Gray’s impact in his industry as well as in his community is widespread. He has been a member of Temple Baptist Church for many years and volunteered at the local animal shelter. While Gray loved every animal he met (and tried to take them all home), he had a special connection and affection for pit bulls. His smile was contagious, and laughter filled every room. Gray carried with him an infectious spirit of love and faith. Gray was the true definition of generosity; the habit of giving freely with expecting nothing in return. He was an amazing mentor and beacon of light to many. The past four years Gray has had an intensely difficult battle of colorectal cancer but his optimism and vulnerability during the battle was an inspiration to all he encountered. His legacy will live on forever.

Gray was an amazingly passionate soul. His life was a reflection of his love for God, family, country, and friends. He was a gifted writer and debater with a strong online presence. He was published in three national magazines during his cancer journey. Gray had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge & even pursued online classes at Liberty University shortly after his initial diagnosis. Gray was a talented athlete with an intense fervor of football & basketball. He was a diehard Washington Redskins & Carolina Tarheel fan.

The family will be receiving visitors Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm at Pollock-Best Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Temple Church with Darryl Radford, Aaron Golden, and Dave McCant officiating. A private burial service will be held at the Hobbs Family farm in Corapeake, NC the weekend of June 20-21, 2020, weather to determine exact date later in the week. There will be a reception following the graveside at 113 Desert Rd, Corapeake, NC 27926. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

A celebration of life ceremony will be planned for a weekend in the fall, pending release from Covid-19 restrictions.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Journey of Hope Cancer Foundation, Isaac’s promise, and/or Colonial Capitol Humane Society. Forever a Tarheel, to know him was to love him.

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

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

 

Jeannie Carroll

Jeannie L. Carroll, 67, New Bern, NC

Mrs. Jeannie L. Carroll, 67, of the Greenbrier Community, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2020. A native of Bergen County NJ, Jeannie was a graphic designer, and a professional photographer. She loved to work in her flower beds, cook, sew, and do some interior design work. She and her husband Bob moved to New Bern in 2013 from Honesdale, PA. Jeannie was a kind soul, a loving wife and mother, and could brighten up any room. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Dorothy Walsh England.

A celebration of Jeannie’s life will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Pollock~Best Chapel with Chaplain Angel Lorton officiating. The family will receive friends following the services. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Jeannie’s name, may be made to the American Cancer Society PO Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or www.cancer.org.

Jeannie is survived by her husband, Robert J. Carroll, III, of New Bern; her daughters, Erika L. Duffy, and husband Brian, of Honesdale, PA; Michele Lee Canty, of Suffren, NY; and her son, Bob Carroll, of San Diego, CA. She also leaves behind her adorable grandchildren, Nicholas, Tyler, Nolan, Thomas, and Isabella, and her fur baby, Marley.

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

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

 

Mildred Rose Jackson Edwards, 93, New Bern, NC

Mrs. Mildred Rose Jackson Edwards, 93, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at her home with her family by her side. She was born on February 4, 1927 to the late Agnes Rose Jackson and Marvin Lenwood Jackson in Nash County, NC. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who taught her grandchildren what it meant to be a beautiful person on the inside and out. Mildred was an active member of First Baptist Church of New Bern. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Cyril Edwards, Jr., and sister, Margaret Ann Jackson Purkerson.

A memorial service will be held Friday, June 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Pollock~Best Funeral Home with Dr. Sharon H. Bender officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1-2:00 PM and other times at the home of Bill and Sheila Austin. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Mildred’s name, may be made to Craven County Hospice PO Drawer 12610 New Bern, NC 28561, www.cravencountync.gov/1709/Hospice.

She is survived by her daughter, Sheila Anne Edwards Austin, and husband Bill, of New Bern; sons, Charles Lenwood “Len” Edwards, of Knoxville, TN; and Charles Cyril Edwards, III, and wife Lisa, of New Bern. She also leaves behind her seven grandchildren, Christopher David Edwards, and wife Jamie, of New Bern; Melissa Edwards Alcorn, and husband Matthew, of Clinton, TN; Keri Elizabeth Edwards, of Petersburg, VA; Samuel Barrett Edwards, of New Bern; Charles Cyril “Chuck” Edwards, IV, and wife Allison, of New Bern; Anne Caroline Austin, of Raleigh; and Catherine Rose Austin, of Chapel Hill; along with six great grandchildren.

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

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

 

John Scurlock

John A. Scurlock, 88, New Bern, NC

Mr. John A. Scurlock, 88, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020. A lifetime resident of Craven County, John was a faithful member of Riverdale United Methodist Church and a US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was retired from Cherry Point and enjoyed being on the water. He loved woodworking and especially carving. John was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his first wife Betty Ann in 1997.

A celebration of John’s life will be 3:00 PM Sunday, June 14, 2020 at Riverdale United Methodist Church with Rev. Rusty Willis officiating. The family will receive friends from 2-3:00 PM, prior to the service services. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

John is survived by his wife, Clara Scurlock, of New Bern; his three sons, John M. Scurlock, and wife Kathy, of Pollocksville; Timothy L. Scurlock, of Kinston; and Thomas A. Scurlock, of Harrisburg, PA. He also leaves behind his sister, Corrine S. McCain, of New Bern; four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

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

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

 

Edward King

Edward Charles King, 43, New Bern, NC

Edward Charles King (Jan. 22, 1977 ~ Jun. 3, 2020); friend, brother, son, uncle, and Chef, left too soon, but not before bringing joy to everyone who knew him. An avid golfer, he played on the golf team at Johnston & Wales University while studying Culinary Arts, where he graduated in 1998. He completed his internship at Kiawah Island & Resorts in South Carolina. While at Kiawah, he worked in the banquet kitchen, preparing meals for professional tennis tournaments, World Cup of Golf, and various celebrity charity events. Most notably, he had the honor of preparing meals for President Bill Clinton and his Secret Service team. Upon completion of his culinary studies, Ed worked in various restaurants and private clubs throughout the state of North Carolina. His most memorable position was that of Executive Chef for 11 years at the Dunes Club in Atlantic Beach, NC. Most recently, he helped open and serve as Chef at Cypress Hall, in historic downtown New Bern, NC.

Ed was loved and cherished by many friends, family, and strangers whenever they met him. He will be remembered as a docile, peace and fun-loving individual that treated everyone he encountered with respect and love. He is survived by his parents, Robert “R.C. and Helen Romanus King; his brother Rob; niece, Sophia King; his girlfriend, Kim Hall; and numerous extended family members on both sides.

A memorial Mass for Ed will be 10:00 AM, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at St. Paul Catholic Church. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to ASPCA, or the American Heart Association.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the King Family.
Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111

 

Myra Thomas

Myra C. Thomas, 90, Rocky Mount, NC

Myra C. Thomas, formerly of New Bern, died Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Myra grew up one of 10 children in the highlands of the Allegheny mountains. She was well known and greatly admired throughout New Bern and surrounding areas, working tirelessly in the Men’s department at JC Penney for decades, retiring in the early 1990s. However, for a hardworking woman made out of mountain steel and raised during the Great Depression, retirement was not in her vocabulary. Therefore, she “retired” to her next career and took her beautiful smile and excellent customer service skills to over 20 years at the cash register of Pak-a-Sak (Piggly Wiggly).

When Myra finally did retire in her mid-80s, you could find her every day at Chick-Fil-A, giving out hugs and smiles, as she enjoyed her black coffee and chicken sandwich, in the same seating area, which became affectionately known as “Grandma’s Booth.”

Thinking of Myra brings visions of her early life in Pocahontas County, WV. Her demeanor reflected the natural beauty of the mountains in autumn when they burst with red, gold, and orange as if aflame with praise for their Creator. Yet there is the stillness, quietness, and simplicity of life found in tiny Greenbank,WV,  that also matched her inner spirit. She remains the epitome of a Mountain Beauty – what a treasure.

Although Myra led a life full of more than her share of difficult challenges, she never allowed them to break her spirit. The internal beauty, kindness, and joy that overflowed from her were untouched and unmarred. Her family has been the main beneficiaries of her character and fortitude – we carry her legacy. She was always most proud of her family and was fiercely loyal to us.

We brought her much joy – Four Children: Theodore Kowaleski (Debbie), Kathryn Turner (Randy), Rory Kowaleski (Jean), and Raymond Thomas, Jr (Leslie); 10 Grandchildren: April Collier, Matt Kowaleski (Merie), Ashley Kowaleski, Gina Cole (Jeff), Lisa Moore (preceded in death), Lory Kowaleski, Katie Kowaleski-Black (Jacob), David Kowaleski, James Thomas, and Lindsay Thomas; and Nine Great-grandchildren: Hunter Collier, Brody Woodard, Carli Kowaleski, Mia Kowaleski, Hunter Cole (Alexis), Preston Cole, Kennedy Black, Jordyn Black, and Rachel Thomas

We love and miss you, looking forward by God’s grace to a joyous reunion in the Kingdom of Heaven.

The family will receive friends 10 a.m. at Pollock-Best Funeral Home with the funeral service starting at 11:00 a.m. with Craven Co. Chaplain Angel Lorton officiating.

Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com

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

 

Betty Bowen

Betty Rouse Bowen, 83, Trent Woods, NC

Betty Rouse Bowen, 83, formerly of Bridgeton, peacefully passed away Friday, June 5, 2020 at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon R. “Sam” Bowen, Sr. and her son, Vernon R. “Sam” Bowen, Jr.

She is survived by her children, Agnes Quinn (Jeff), Susan Valder (Jeff) and John Bowen; daughter-in-law, Judy Bowen; five grandchildren, Jeffrey Quinn (Lauren), Erik Quinn (Natalie), Caroline Wuestman (James), Samantha Sheets (Nick) and Haley Bowen (Rusty Tripp); fourteen great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Silver; sister-in-law, Betty Bowen Arthur; and brother-in-law, Harry Bowen (Mary).

Mrs. Bowen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  She enjoyed fellowshipping with her church family, Faith Free Will Baptist Church, and enjoyed working in her flower garden and really loved family get-togethers.  She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family will have visitation Tuesday, June 9 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at Pollock-Best Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at The Lakeside Chapel at Greenleaf Memorial Park at 2:00 p.m.

Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com

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

 

Louise Davis Wisnewski, 94, New Bern, NC   

Mrs. Louise Davis Wisnewski, 94, of the Carolina Pines community, passed away Monday, May 25, 2020. A native of Edwardsville, PA, she was the last surviving child of Samuel and Grace Hill Davis. She was a longtime resident of Levittown, PA, where she drove a school bus for special needs children and raised her family with her husband Joe. As she raised her family she was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown, and enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her husband Joe.

As per her wishes, there will be no services for Louise.The family will have a family remembrance to celebrate her life. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Her heart belonged to her home church, Bethesda Congregational Church of Edwardsville, PA. In lieu of flowers we are asking that donations be sent to Bethesda Congregational Church at 37 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville, PA 18704.

Louise is survived by her five children, Sammy Wisnewski, and wife Judi, of Waretown, NJ; Joanne Dworsky, and husband John, of Lehighton, PA; LouAnne Valleri, and fiance’; John Landt, of Myrtle Beach, SC; Jay Wisnewski, and wife Sandy, of Lehighton, PA; and Kathi Ridgway, and husband Jim, of New Bern, NC. She also leaves behind her nine grandchildren; Bryan, Cortney, Dryw, Carmen Jr., Kate, Christopher, Josh, Ryan, and P.J. Also had six great grandchildren; Connor, Violet, Hale, Breanna, Ella and Karsyn.

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

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

 

Dr Daniel Garner

Dr. Daniel D. Garner, 72, New Bern, NC

Dr. Daniel D. Garner, 72, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2020 at his home, with his family by his side. A native of Scioto County, Ohio, Dan was the son of Merwin and Lola McGlone Garner. Dan earned his BA in Chemistry from David Lipscomb College, and his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from the Univ. of Tenn. He was the Chief of the Forensic Science Lab of the ATF from 1973-1987, followed by President of Cellmark Diagnostics in Germantown, MD from 1987-1998. Never one to slow down, Dan returned to Washington, DC as Chief of the Forensic Services Section-Criminal Div. for the DOJ, from 1999-2012, and then to Pres. and CEO of Houston Forensic Science Center, in Houston, TX. He was a world renowned Forensic Scientist, holding many significant positions, and will be remembered for his knowledge and insight. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his sister, Christiene Hickerson.

The family will receive friends 3 – 7 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, May 31, 2020 at the family home with Craig Hearne officiating. Burial will follow at New Bern Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Dan is survived by his wife of 51 years and 11 months, Jeanne Dray Garner; his daughter Kelly Garner Kilroy, and husband Donald; son Matthew Dray Garner, and wife Patricia; along with his brothers Richard and Donald; and his sister Wilma Garner Phillips. He also leaves behind his five wonderful grandchildren, Nathan, Jacob, Jack, Mattie, and Faith.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist the Garner Family

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

 

William G. (Bill) Lewis, 82, New Bern, NC

William G. (Bill) Lewis, 82, of New Bern, NC died at his home in Carolina Pines on May 24th, 2020 after a brief illness. He was the devoted husband of Anne Lewis, they shared 27 years of marriage together. Born in Ossining, New York, Bill lived a life of service and kindness, serving his country in the U.S. Navy, his community as a police officer for over 30 years, and his family, friends and faith. He will be remembered by family, friends and colleagues as a humble, honest, fair man who you could always count on. A veteran officer of the Briarcliff Manor, NY Police Department, he served with distinction for more than 30 years, receiving the village’s highest honor, the Medal of Valor, for going above and beyond the call of duty. Bill was a Cub Scout leader and also a long-time coach for youth soccer in Ossining, and always made each player feel special and part of the team.

Bill was a parishioner of Annunciation Parish in Havelock, NC, and lived his life with strong, quiet faith. He loved playing golf, something he was able to do a lot since he retired to the Carolina Pines community. He enjoyed playing cards with his friends, sometimes winning, sometimes losing, always having fun, and it was truly a marvel to behold the gentle giant carry on with his friends like they were 10-year olds. He is survived by his beloved wife, Anne, sons Scott of New York City, and Patrick (Kristen) of Middlebury, CT, stepson Mark (Jane), stepdaughter Vicki (Marc), and beloved grandchildren Andrew, James and Caitlyn who meant the world to him, and brother Robert, of Cortland Manor, New York, along with countless friends, colleagues and neighbors.

A celebration of Bill’s life was held at Annunciation Catholic Church on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations, in his name, may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl. Memphis, TN 38105, or www.stjude.org.

Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com.

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

 

 

Teri Campbell

Teri Dawson Campbell, 66, New Bern, NC

Lifelong New Bern resident, Teri Dawson Campbell, passed away peacefully at her home on May 17, 2020. Teri was born to the late Haywood Sim Dawson and Virginia Pelham Dawson.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Buddy Dawson.  She is survived by her husband Walter Edward Campbell, Jr., her daughter Kimberly Campbell Huddle (Carl), her sister Lola Furr, grandchildren Campbell Huddle Taylor (Josh), and Jack Clinkscales Huddle.  All of whom would like the community to know how thoughtful, generous, and loving Teri was…

Teri attended school in Craven County graduating from New Bern High School, then East Carolina University receiving an undergraduate degree in Nursing.  She became a registered Nurse, obtained a license in real estate, and eventually made her career choice in education working in the Craven County School system for 20 years. Teri excelled in her many duties & responsibilities, but especially enjoyed working as a guidance counselor to special needs students often remarking how rewarding it was to help students with personal challenges.

While working and helping others, she lovingly took care of her family, and was a faithful and active member of Christ Episcopal Church teaching Sunday school.  She advised the Episcopal Youth and served on many commissions.  She was actively involved in the community volunteering her time and efforts with the many civic & charitable organizations.

Teri enjoyed cooking, playing bridge, and planning travel outings with family & friends.  She especially liked taking photographs of those same family & friends during those outings and other special occasions.  We will forever cherish the memories captured through her thoughtful pictures.

Above all though, Teri was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  She proudly nurtured her daughter, Kim, into becoming a caring, beautiful person.  She enjoyed watching her grandchildren, Campbell & Jack grow up, closely encouraging them and instilling her kind ways while remaining faithfully in love with her husband, Ed.

Teri’s natural affection for other’s welfare resulted in many lucky individuals being treated as if they were her own children always putting them before herself.  Her grandchildren will always remember “Nana” as being a loving, reliable grandmother, mother, and friend. She was so loving throughout Campbell and Jack’s childhood, their high school and college friends felt as though Teri was one of their grandparents, too.  As Teri checked in on them with protective support, kind texts, pictures, and Facebook posts.

Teri was truly the finest, kindest of people and will be genuinely missed by her friends, family, and community.

Her celebration service will be held at 11:00 AM, on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at Christ Episcopal Church outdoor chapel and surrounding lawn. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, Post Office Box 1246, New Bern, NC 28563.

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

 

William Benjamin Brinkley, 89, Greenville, NC

William Benjamin Brinkley, 89, formerly of New Bern, died peacefully at home on Saturday, May 9, of natural causes.

Mr. Brinkley was born in New Bern to the late Addie Bell Brinkley nee Bunch and Edmond Eunice Brinkley. He was one of six children and the youngest of three boys. For most of his life, Mr. Brinkley went by the name “Buck” – a nickname bestowed by his father and older brothers, who frequently took Mr. Brinkley deer hunting. Mr. Brinkley later confided that he didn’t enjoy the pastime and eventually declined hunting trips to stay home with his mother, who he overhead wishing for at least one of her sons to keep her company.

Mr. Brinkley enlisted in the U.S. Army and trained at Ft. Knox as a tanker before shipping out to serve in the Korean War. Upon his arrival in Korea, however, he was surprised to see there were no tanks, and instead fought with an infantry unit.

Mr. Brinkley worked as a chemical engineer for DuPont in Kinston until his retirement. As a retiree, Mr. Brinkley enjoyed antiquing trips up and down the Eastern seaboard with his wife Anne, and selling their finds at antique shows, as well as spending time with his family.

He was known for his humor, which ranged from the merely silly to the flamboyant. While courting Anne, with whom he worked at DuPont, Mr. Brinkley once affixed a large banner to the side of the building. When Anne arrived to work later that day, the message “I love you Anne” greeted her and the rest of the oncoming shift, setting the plant abuzz.

To his children and grandchildren, it seemed Mr. Brinkley had an endless supply of stories. A favorite was the tale of his first job working at Pinnix Drug Store on Hancock Street in New Bern, where an 11-year-old Mr. Brinkley stood on a crate to operate the cash register. He started working the candy counter and was promoted to ice cream, working his way up to filling prescriptions, all while attending elementary school. He recalled frequently hightailing it to the back of the store to hide, lest his underage status be discovered by the authorities!

Mr. Brinkley is survived by his wife, Anne Elizabeth Brinkley nee Cheek; four children from his first wife the late Doris Christine Brinkley nee Register – Robbin Figgins, Bettina Brinkley, Billie Hearn and Ben Brinkley; two step-children – Janet McKee and David Sutton; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Terry Stewart nee Brinkley of New Bern.

Mr. Brinkley will be cremated, in accordance with his wishes. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at his residence, 104 Lamont Road, Greenville, NC 27858.

Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com

Submitted by: Larry Jernigan, Funeral Director, Pollock-Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111

 

Charles Allen Hargett

Charles Allen Hargett, 83, New Bern, NC

Mr. Charles Allen Hargett, 83, passed away at his home with his family by his side. He was born in Jones County to Daniel and Dila Dixon Hargett on March 1, 1937 and graduated from New Bern High School. After graduation, Charles enlisted in the US Air Force, and was stationed in the Strategic Air Command at Westover Air Base in Chicopee, MA. After his honorable service, Charles started his career in the Eveready Battery Company, first, as a machine operator and working his way up to Supervisor of Quality Control and Analytical trouble-shooter. During this time, his desire to help people led him to attain his EMT certification, so he could assist the plant nurse.

Charles was dedicated to volunteer work as a member of the Greenville Jaycees, fundraiser for the Jaycees Burn Center, assisting with the Greenville Christmas parades, Fourth of July Celebrations, and serving as an usher for Rudy Alexander at ECU. As a proud member of the Jaycees, Charles earned the Spoke and Spark Plug Awards, served as State Director, and was named Jaycee State Ambassador for Life in recognition for his tireless efforts. He was also recognized by the American Red Cross for giving over 120 pints of blood during his lifetime.

Sadly, Charles was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, two brothers, and three nephews.

A celebration of Charles’ life will be held later this year. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Charles’ name, may be made Rhems UMC Food Fund, c/o Brenda Simmons, 5730 US Hwy 17 S. New Bern, NC 28562.

Charles is survived by his childhood sweetheart, and wife of 60+ years, Melba-Jean Davis Hargett; his daughter, Kimberly Dow (Lonnie); his granddaughters, Corey Anne Barnett (Brandon), and Logan Elizabeth Dow. He also leaves behind his sister, Carol Hargett Mills; four nephews, seven nieces, and a host of church and Jaycee friends. Some of his happiest times were spent at the cottage on Chocowinity Bay, playing with his dogs; playing Santa Claus for the Moose Lodge and church groups; traveling to the beach; and vacations with his wife and daughter.

The family wishes to express their heart-felt appreciation to the Community Home Care & Hospice team that worked so carefully with Charles and his family. Our gratitude goes to Cathy, Penny, Treva, and especially Ashley. They came when we called, made wonderful suggestions, and provided everything our family would need to make us, and Charles, more comfortable.

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

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

 

Thad Russell Lawrence

Thad Russell Lawrence, Sr., 93, New Bern, NC

Thad Russell Lawrence, Sr., 93, went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 13, 2020 at the home of his daughter Gail Banks, surrounded by family. He was born on July 23, 1926 in Pamlico County, NC. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Ruby Pittman Lawrence, father Thaddeus Raefield Lawrence, mother, Nellie Lawrence, son Thad Russell Lawrence Jr. and siblings Watson Lawrence and Arwhnia Lawrence Best.

Russell owned and operated the CORNER GRILL in downtown New Bern for over 35 years. He was known for his hot hamburger plates, chicken and pastry, cakes, pies and numerous other dishes. He enjoyed sharing his culinary skills with friends, family and many others. While in the restaurant business, he also fed many who were in need, never asking for anything in return. He served in WWII in the Navy prior to returning to the New Bern area to raise his family. He served his country with pride and loved to tell stories about his time during the war. He was a faithful servant of God, who served as a deacon of Sherwood Forest FWB church where he was a founding member. He was a member of the Gideons and helped to start a jailhouse ministry.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 -12:00 PM Saturday, May 16, 2020, and other times at the home of his daughter, Gail Banks. Funeral services will be 12:00 PM in the Pollock~Best Chapel. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Russell’s name, may be made to American Heart Association 7272 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75231, www.heart.org.

He is survived by two brothers; Addison Lawrence, wife Judy, James Foye Lawrence, wife Barbara. Four daughters; Gail Banks husband Dennis, Stephanie Scott husband Myers, Deborah Leomann husband Jean, Amy Arthur husband Tom. Grandchildren: Melanie Rhodes, husband Mark, Deneen Banks, Paula Banks, Ben Cahoon, Jon Cahoon, Rusty Lawrence wife Brandi, Ashley Holliday husband Brandon, Rebecca Pridgen, Meagan Arthur, Katie Ferguson husband Josh, Mattie Lanier. Great-Grandchildren; Ashton Kucmierz husband Al, Sydney Pitts husband Eric, Olivia Rhodes, Andrew Cooper wife Lindsey, Zachary Cooper, Garrett Cooper, Gavin Banks, Hunter Cahoon, Taylor Cahoon, Owen Cahoon, Aiden Pridgen, Briley Pridgen, Noah Lawrence, Jordan Lawrence,  Lani Holliday, Jessie Wayne Lanier, Lola Lanier, and J’ael Lanier, Jaxson Ferguson.Great-Great Grandchildren; Joseph Kucmierz, Kenly Pitts, Mattocks Pitts.Many special nieces, nephews and friends, especially his Bojangles buddies.

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

 

Tarlton Roberts “Bob” Thompson, Jr. 81, Trent Woods, NC

Tarlton Roberts “Bob” Thompson, Jr. 81, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Services 2:00 PM Friday, May 15, 2020 at the Lakeside Chapel in Greenleaf Memorial Park.

Arrangements with Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations.

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

 

Vivian Cayton Grega, 73, Ernul, NC

Mrs. Vivian Cayton Grega, 73, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at her home after a long illness. A lifelong resident of Craven County, Vivian was a member of New Haven Free Will Baptist Church and enjoyed working in her flower beds. She enjoyed playing the piano for her family and friends and loved her Lord. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Verrina Gaskins Cayton; her brother, Buddy Cayton; sisters, Elizabeth Arguello and Ruth Beasock; and her grandson, Jeffrey Grega.

Graveside services for Vivian will be 2:00 PM, Friday, April 24, 2020 at High Bridge Cemetery with Rev. Jonathon Ipock officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Vivian is survived by her husband, Barry A. Grega; son Jeffrey A. Grega, and wife Gwyn, of the Caton Community; daughter, Lisa E. Labra, and husband Fernando, of Bridgeton; her sister-in-law, Sybil Cayton, of the Caton Community; and her brother-in-law Ken Beasock, of AZ.. She also leaves behind her sister, Daffodil Ipock, of New Bern; her five grandchildren, Jonathon (Priscilla), Antonio, Nano, Beth, Josie; and many great grandchildren.

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

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

 

 

Margaret Rose Nicholson. 66, New Bern, NC

Margaret Rose Nicholson, 66, of the Carolina Pines Community, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2020. A native of Latrobe, PA, Margaret and her husband Bill Tussey moved to the New Bern area from Pine Grove Mills, PA in 2015. She received her BA from Slippery Rock State College and earned her Master’s in Business from Saint Francis University. Margaret was a business manager for a radio and communications company for most of her career. She volunteered whenever she could, lastly with the Craven Literacy Council in New Bern. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her parents, Edna Stout Nicholson and Leroy Nicholson, along with her sister, Janet Claar.

A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held this summer in Pennsylvania. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Margaret is survived by her husband, William D. “Bill” Tussey, of New Bern; her daughter, Sara Tussey and husband Mike Shaughnessy, of Arlington, VA; her brothers, Leroy Nicholson (Becky), of Knoxville, TN; Robert Nicholson (Lynn), of Jacksonville, FL; Kenneth Nicholson, of Greensburg, PA; Herb Nicholson (Charlene), of Latrobe, PA; her sisters, Edna Lee Kimball (John), of Logan, UT; Phyllis Guehrer (Bill), of Baraboo, WI; and Nora Colflesh (Ray), of Latrobe, PA.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Nicholson-Tussey Family.

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

 

Denise Killoran

Denise A. Killoran, 70, River Bend, NC

Denise A. Killoran, MSW, LSW, CSW, 70, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2020. A native of Queens, NY, and a longtime resident of E. Setauket, Long Island, NY, Denise was the daughter of Elizabeth and Donald Killoran. She earned her Masters from Stoney Brook University, and was a beacon of hope to those she counseled. Denise was a faithful friend of Bill W. for over 40 years, enjoyed working in her garden, and loved her dogs. Denise was a kind and giving soul who loved life and was a friend and confidant to many. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother-in-law, Charlie Fitzgerald.

A celebration of Denise’s life will be held at a later date at St. Paul Catholic Church. Online condolences and words of hope may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Denise’s name, may be made to Colonial Capital Humane Society PO Box 326 New Bern, NC 28563, or www.colonialcapital.wixsite.com/cchs.

Denise is survived by her husband, retired NYPD-Brooklyn, Combat Veteran 4th & 25th Infantry Divisions, US Army, Chris “C.J.” Dowdell, of River Bend, NC; her sons; Christopher (Christine), Dowdell of Boca Raton, FL; John (Faith) Dowdell, of Zama, Japan; and Peter (Jessica) Dowdell, of Toms River, NJ and Boo. She also leaves behind her sisters, Noreen Fitzgerald, of River Bend, NC; Susan (Joel) Scott, of River Bend, NC; Cathryn Rozier, of Fayetteville, NC; her eight grandchildren, Casey, Leah, Ryan, Mila, John, Sullivan, Ginana, and Brooklyn; along with her nieces and nephews; Kristen Rozier, Daniel Rozier, Alicia DaVanso, Liam Vianale; great-nieces and nephew; Andrew, Jessica, and Emma; and her sister-in-law, Alicia Mary Gordon and husband Dr. Barry Gordon, of Rumsfeld, NJ.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Killoran-Dowdell Family.

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

 

Baby Jax Jakub Hagerty, Havelock

Baby Jax Jakub Hagerty left his mother’s arms for Heaven Tuesday, April 14, 2020. He will be missed dearly by his parents Maria Haynes Hagerty and Zachary T. Hagerty of Havelock, NC; along with his maternal grandparents, Tammy Lindblad and Russell Haynes, of Canfield, OH; his paternal grandparents, Christine Harper (Todd), of North Jackson, OH and Patrick Hagerty (Dalene), of Girard, OH. Also missing Jax will be his great grandparents Deborah Gray (Ronald) of North Jackson, OH; Rebecca Haynes, of Canfield, OH; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family will gather to receive friends Saturday, April 19, 2020 from 12-1:00 PM, at Pollock~Best Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at pollockbest.com.

Memorials, in Jax’s name, may be made to The PPROM Foundation  PO Box 179 Conifer, CO 80433, aapprom.org.

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

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

 

Margaret Ipock Brinson

Margaret Ipock Brinson, 69, Bridgeton

Margaret Ipock Brinson, 69, entered her eternal rose garden Saturday, April 11, 2020. A native of Beaufort County, Margaret was a longtime resident of Bridgeton where she ran the front office at the family business of Ipock’s Body Shop. She was a loyal friend and a great daughter, sister and aunt.  She enjoyed working in her flower garden and playing the lottery. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her parents, Louise Asby Ipock and Herbert Ipock, her husband Herman M. “Buddy” Brinson, and her sisters, Linda Ipock Nassef and Brenda Kay Ipock.
Services will be 2:00 PM, Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at the Lakeside Chapel in Greenleaf Memorial Park with Rev. Dwayne Boyd officiating. Online condolences may be made at pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Margaret’s name, may be made to American Cancer Society 930 A Wellness Dr. Greenville, NC 27834, or cancer.org/treatment/support-programs-and-services/patient-lodging/hope-lodge.
Margaret is survived by her sister, Lois I. Sutton, and husband Terry, of New Bern; her brother David W. Ipock, and wife Melanie, of New Bern; and several nieces and nephews.
Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Ipock/Brinson Family.

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

 

Rebecca Bryan Renfro, 76, New Bern

Rebecca Bryan Renfro, 76, passed away April 6,2020 at CarolinaEast Medical Center, New Bern, following a lengthy decline in health. Rebecca was born January 27, 1944. She was preceded in death by her parents, Byron Bryan and Doris H. Bryan of Mt Olive. She is survived by three brothers, Eugene Bryan and wife Peggy of Miller,MO, Bill Bryan and wife Scottie of Mt. Olive, NC and Charles Bryan and wife Julia of Baltimore, MD. She had nieces and nephews and a large extended family.

Rebecca graduated from Marymount College in Virginia. She enjoyed a professional career in real estate as she resided in Atlantic Beach, Kitty Hawk and currently in New Bern, NC.

Rebecca was an avid supporter and advocate for the humane society of New Bern and took great joy in nurturing her family cats. She has been a skilled equestrian and also had acquired her pilots license. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed being involved in politics.

No service is planned currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Any donations to a Humane Society may be directed to the center of your choice.

Memorial tributes may be directed to pollockbest.com.

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

 

Sandra Lynn Antwine Strickland, 50, New Bern

Sandra Lynn Antwine Strickland, 50, died Wednesday, April 1, 2020.  She was born September 5, 1969, daughter of the late Forest and Iris Hardy Antwine.

She was a loving mother and had worked as a tax preparer.

Surviving are her children, Timothy Strickland, Jr. (T.J.), Kristen Strickland and Tiffany Strickland; and the father of her children, Timothy Strickland, Sr.; and two grandsons, Creed Sutton and Maddox Sutton.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Pollock-Best Funeral Home to help with expenses.

Online condolences may be directed to pollockbest.com

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

 

Lawrence Meekins

William Lawrence Meekins, 92, Grantsboro, NC

Grantsboro – William Lawrence Meekins, 92, formerly of New Bern, died Sunday, April 5, 2020 at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center.

He served in the US Army for 4 years during World War II and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a loving and caring father and grandfather.

Mr. Meekins was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth “Libby” Meekins; parents, William Albert Meekins and Annie I. Tucker Meekins; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Tooker.

Surviving are his children, Lawrence Meekins, Jr. and wife, Jeri of New Bern; Peggy Meekins Rouse of Oriental, and Betty Jean Tooker and husband, Jimmy of Ernul; sister, Ellen Meekins of Rocky Mount; five grandchildren, Kimberly Eyler, Lisa Gaskins, Ricky Jordan, Lainey Meekins and Savanna Meekins; and eight great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at New Bern Memorial Cemetery.

Online condolences may be directed to pollockbest.com

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

 

Mr. John A. Scurlock, 88, New Bern, NC

Mr. John A. Scurlock, 88, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020. A lifetime resident of Craven County, John was a faithful member of Riverdale United Methodist Church and a US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was retired from Cherry Point and enjoyed being on the water. He loved woodworking and especially carving. John was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his first wife Betty Ann in 1997.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date at Riverdale United Methodist Church with Rev. Rusty Willis officiating. The family will have a reception following the services. Online condolences may be made at pollockbest.com.

John is survived by his wife, Clara Scurlock, of New Bern; his three sons, John M. Scurlock, and wife Kathy, of Pollocksville; Timothy L. Scurlock, of Kinston; and Thomas A. Scurlock, of Harrisburg, PA. He also leaves behind his sister, Corrine S. McCain, of New Bern; four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

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

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

 

Marsha Reel

Marsha P. Reel, 77, New Bern, NC

Marsha P. Reel, of North Myrtle Beach, SC passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2020. She left this world with her family by her side.

Marsha was born on December 11, 1942 in New Bern at the Old St. Luke’s Hospital to Edward W. Paul, Jr. and Norma J. Paul. She graduated from New Bern Senior High School and attended East Carolina University. In 1962, she married her college sweetheart, Thomas E. Green, III and had 2 children, They were married for 27 years before unforseen things in life lead them down different paths. She then married her childhood sweetheart, Robert E. Reel on August 10, 1990 and became step-mother to his 2 youngest daughters and 2 older sons. Sadly, she was pre-deceased by her parents, Edward W. Paul, Jr. and Norma J. Paul and her brother Edward W. Paul, III of Elizabeth City, NC.

Marsha was a much loved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and friend to so many. She retired from BB&T and after the loss of her beloved parents and brother, chose to move to South Carolina for a fresh start and to enjoy her retirement.

She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Reel of N. Myrtle Beach,South Carolina; her daughter and son-in-law, Johanna L. and Michael L. Hicks and grandsons, Trevor J. Green of Minnesott Beach NC, Bradley E. Southard and Nicholas G. Perkins of Missouri and great-grandson, Aiden M. Rice of Missouri; her son Thomas E. Green, IV of N. Myrtle Beach,South Carolina, her ex-daughter-in-law, Tammy Green of Selma, NC, and grandson Thomas E. P. Green of Cary, NC, step-daughter Tara J. Lefebvre of Florida and granddaughter Brielle M. Lefebvre of Florida, step-daughter, Dawn D. Reel of New Bern, NC and granddaughters, Alaina, Sylvia, Amanda, Chelsea, Brianna, Amelia and grandson, Ben, her step-sons, Robert and Scott Reel and their families, her sister-in-law Tina Paul of Elizabeth City, NC, along with her furbaby, Finlay.

A memorial service, officiated by Rev.Rex Horne, will be held at Pollock-Best Funeral Home in New Bern, NC on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 1:00PM with visitation to follow. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

We welcome anyone who would like to share a story or memory of Marsha and encourage casual dress.

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

 

 

Phillip Bennett Obituary

Phillip M. Bennett, 73, New Bern, NC

Mr. Phillip M. Bennett, passed away just 2 days short of his 74th birthday. A lifelong resident of New Bern, Phil was an Engineering Tech at Cherry Point and enjoyed spending time with his family. Phil was very active with BSA, both as a child and while his sons were Scouts. He ran the chains at West Craven Football games for over 25 years, and volunteered with the Board of Elections. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis Jane Bennett, his father Leland Bennett, and his mother and step-father Virginia M. Frank and Delbert Frank.

The family will receive friends 6-8:00 PM, Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home, and other times at the family home. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Friday, February 28, 2020 at Pollock~Best Chapel with Pastor David McAnelly officiating. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Phil is survived by his wife of 47 years, Donna Aldridge Bennett; his sons, Michael Bennett, and wife Suzanne; and Delbert Ashley Bennett, and wife Bridget, of New Bern. He also leaves behind his brother, Errol Thomas Bennett, and wife Brenda, of Bridgeton; and his wonderful grandchildren, Ashlynn, Emma, and Angelo Bennett.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is assisting the Bennett Family.

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

 

Lucille Quinn Stewart, 88, New Bern, NC

Lucille Quinn Stewart, 88, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2020 at her home with her family by her side. A lifelong resident of Craven County, Lucille was a member of New Life Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Billy S. Stewart in 2008.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at New Life Church with Pastor Scott Coghill officiating. Burial will follow at Greenleaf memorial park. Online condolences may be made at PollockBest.com. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to New Bern Christian Academy 2911 Old Cherry Point Rd,. New Bern, NC 28560, NewBernChristianAcademy.com; or Craven County Hospice  PO Drawer 12610 New Bern, NC 28561.

Lucille is survived by her daughter, Amelia Stewart, of New Bern; her son, Stedman Stewart, and wife Mary Ann, of Trent Woods; and her five grandchildren, Spencer, Fletcher and Nelson Stewart, and Mary Scott Davis and Michael Davis.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Stewart family.

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

 

Samuel E. Weatherly, Sr., 84, New Bern, NC
Samuel E. Weatherly, Sr., 84, passed away Monday, February 17, 2020 with his family by his side. A native of Richmond County, Sam was a retired US Air Force veteran and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Sam was also a retired air traffic controller and enjoyed being with his grandchildren. Sam was a devout christian and enjoyed bible reading and attending Sunday school and church services when he was able. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his wife Marion in 2017

Graveside services, with USAF Honors, will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Greenleaf Memorial Park with Pastor Dwight Williams officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Sam is survived by his sons, Sam Jr., and wife Penny, of Greenville; Ron, and wife Julia, of Oklahoma; and John, and wife Shawna, of Louisburg. He also leaves behind his brothers, Robert, and wife Vickie, of Hamlet; Larry, and wife Michelle, of Rockingham; his sister, Mildred E. Jones, of Dayton, OH; and his wonderful grandchildren, Samuel III, Brent, Bradley, Matthew, Rebecca, Jianna, Nathan, and Mia

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist the Weatherly Family.

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

 

Pauline Elkins Harrell, 94, Trent Woods, NC

Mrs. Pauline Elkins Harrell, 94, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2020. A native of Alamance County, Pauline was the daughter of Viola Mae and Graham Elkins and grew up in Halifax County. After her marriage to John Whitehead Harrell, they settled in the Trent Woods area where she worked as an Installment Operator at First Citizens Bank for many years. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her husband John in 1978, and her two sisters, Norma Elkins Wayland and Ann Elkins Parks.

The family will receive friends 6 – 8 p.m., Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home. They will also receive friends Sunday, February 2, 2020 from 1-1:45 PM, at Sykes-Letchworth Funeral Home in Scotland Neck, followed by her graveside service in Sunnyside Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to www.pollockbest.com.

Pauline is survived by her two sons, Steven G. Harrell, of Morehead City; and John W. Harrell, Jr., and wife Vicki, of Myrtle Beach, SC. She also leaves behind her granddaughters, Sheila Harrell, and Heather Harrell Mikulak; their mother, Linda Harrell, of New Bern; her two great grandchildren, Bryce and Hadley Mikulak; along with her nieces, Lesley Faithful(Ron), Lisa Avery(Bob) and nephew Tony Parks(Amy).

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

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

 

Timothy P. Dailey

Mr. Timothy P. Dailey, 84, New Bern, NC

Mr. Timothy P. Dailey, 84, of the Carolina Pines community, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2020. A native of Monroe County, IA, Tim was a US Navy veteran who served his country honorably for over 20 years. He followed that up with retirement from Civil Service at MCAS-Cherry Point. Tim was a faithful member of Annunciation Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council #6648, in Havelock. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley, his son Michael, and his brother Jack.

A Rosary led by KofC Council #6648 will be 12:00 PM, Saturday, February 1, 2020 followed by Mass with Fr. Bill Upah officiating at Annunciation Catholic Church. The family will receive friends following the Mass. Burial, with full honors, will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Tim is survived by his children, Sheryle J. Yates, of Havelock; and Tim Dailey of Hope Mills; along with his five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist the Dailey Family.

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

 

 

Wanda H. McLaurin

Mrs. Wanda H. McLaurin, 85, New Bern, NC

Mrs. Wanda H. McLaurin, 85, went to her heavenly Father Thursday, January 23, 2020. She was born in Durham, NC to Earl and Pearl Henry and graduated from Durham High School. Following that, she attended Campbell College and New Orleans Baptist Seminary. While raising her family with her husband Horace, she attended night school at NC Central University and UNC-Greensboro where she earned her Masters in Education.

Wanda became an elementary school teacher with a career spanning over 25 years in the NC School system, including Durham, Alamance, Carteret, Hertford, Aberdeen, and Craven districts. After retiring, she continued to teach at Craven Community College helping adult students obtain their GED. As a minister’s wife, she touched many lives with her music, teaching, serving as a cub scout den leader, church choir member and Sunday School teacher.

Funeral services will be 3:00 PM, Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Rev. Bryan Huffman officiating. The family will gather for a reception following the services. Burial will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens in Raleigh. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Wanda’s name, may be made to Trinity UMC, PO Box 12867 New Bern NC 28561.

Wanda is survived by her two sons, Tim McLaurin, and wife Emily, of Morehead City; Thad McLaurin, and wife Mitzi, of Greensboro; her six grandchildren, Brianna Swann, and husband Kevin, of Durham; Duncan McLaurin, and wife Sarah, of Whitsett; April McLaurin of Durham; Rayna McLaurin of Durham; Ellery McLaurin of Greensboro; and Logan McLaurin of Morehead City; and her one great grandson, Lachlan McLaurin of Whitsett. Mac Mac, you were a wonderful mom and grandmom… you will be missed…

Arrangements with Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations.

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

 

Capt. Alfred Fowler

Alfred Noel Fowler, 93, New Bern, NC

Alfred Noel Fowler, Captain, USN, passed away on January 14, 2020. He was a resident of New Bern, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn. Alfred, known as “Punk” to family and friends, was born on August 29, 1926, in Waterloo, Iowa. He married his high school sweetheart, Kathryn (Katie) Shadle, on September 8, 1945. The profound love they shared as teenagers would last 70 years. He loved to tell tales of their lives together, of his boyhood with his brother Bob, and of their family connections, instilling a vision of perseverance and adventure that took the couple from their Iowa roots to a career in the military that included 16 moves before they finally settled in a Washington, D.C., suburb after his Navy retirement in 1974.

Captain Fowler graduated from Parks Air College (now Parks College of St. Louis University) in 1948 with a degree in Aviation Operations. He was commissioned an Ensign, USN, and after completing Navy flight training was designated Naval Aviator in 1949. With Katie’s loving support, his career as a naval aviator evolved for the next 26 years. His memoir, Hurricanes to Antarctica – Tales of a Naval Aviator, highlights their journey and the wonderful yet challenging life of a military family. His companion book, Poems From Punk ­– The Complete Collection, tells the story of young love and dreams for the future during an uncertain time for our country.

Captain Fowler served as a pilot, navigator, and after attending the Naval Postgraduate School, a flight meteorologist in the Navy Hurricane Hunter squadrons based in Miami and Jacksonville from 1950-1957. He and his crew accomplished many low-level penetrations of the Atlantic area hurricanes. At that time, there was no other way to determine the location, size, and intensity of these dangerous storms. His shore assignments included a tour as NROTC instructor at Tulane University and attendance at both the Naval War College and the Air War College, where he earned a master’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. He served as Executive Officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge including a deployment to the South China Sea during the Vietnam War. He then completed a Joint Chiefs of Staff tour at the Alternate Military Command Center in Fort Ritchie, Maryland.

In 1972 he became the Commander U.S. Naval Support Force Antarctica and Commander Task Force 43. He was the first captain in that job following a series of seven admirals starting with Adm. Richard Byrd. The military task force command included ship, aircraft, station and logistics operations, as well as the assignment as Senior U.S. Representative in Antarctica. He spent two six-month summer operating seasons “on the ice” and oversaw the completion of building a new station at the geographic South Pole. While serving as a LTJG in the Navy, his son, Tom, was able to travel to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, for a visit. On February 13, 1973, father and son flew in a C-130 to the South Pole and became the first ever father and son to be at the South Pole together.

After Captain Fowler retired from active naval service he took the position of Deputy Division Director of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation. During his 14 years at NSF, he returned to Antarctica several times to oversee management, logistics, and science support operations, as the responsibility and funding for the national program had been shifted from the Defense Department to the NSF. He retired from civilian government service in 1988.

For the next 11 years, Captain Fowler was employed at the American Geophysical Union in Washington, D.C., where he established the office and served as the first Executive Secretary for the International Council of Managers, National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP). He was directly involved in national and international Antarctic affairs for 25 years. He is the author of COMNAP – The National Managers in Antarctica, a memoir about a special group of people from various nations who were involved with the governance and stewardship of the continent of Antarctica. He has been honored by the naming of the Fowler Peninsula, a 100- by 200-mile geographic feature of the ice-covered coastline of West Antarctica on the west shore of the Ronne Ice Shelf south of the Weddell Sea. Captain Fowler’s military honors include the Legion of Merit Medal, Navy Commendation, and Antarctica Service Medal. He was a longtime member of the American Meteorological Society, the U.S. Naval Institute, and The Antarctican Society.  Al was a member of the West New Bern Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder. Previously, Al and Katie belonged to the Fairfax Presbyterian Church where he was proud to serve as a deacon. They lived in the Mantua neighborhood in Fairfax, Virginia, for 38 years.

Here are his two most important lessons for life. First, “When flying a big multi-engine airplane very low over the ocean in a hurricane, keep your wings level.” And second, “Never forget that when it comes to having a wonderful life, the more you give, the more you get.” He often said, “The secret to a happy marriage is choosing the right spouse.”

Captain Fowler is survived by a son and three daughters: Alfred’s son, Tom (Marilyn) Fowler and their daughters, Beth (Matt) Maxwell, their children Will and Kate; and Carol (Evan) Renneker and their daughters Madeline and Evy; and son, Rob Fowler; and Alfred’s three daughters: Becky Fowler; Susan Fowler, her daughters, Natalie (Curt) Douglas and their children, Ethan, Isabella, and Tyler; and Lindsay (Joe) Scardino, and their daughter, Rosalie; and son Justin (Pamela) Brown and their children Tyler (Cindy), their son, Leon; Chandler, Brynn, Gabriella, and Nathan; and Alfred’s daughter Janine (Ken) Sellers, and their son, Kurtis Hunt. In addition, he leaves behind a host of loving extended family members.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, January 25, at West New Bern Presbyterian Church at 3 pm with Pastor David Fuentes officiating. A reception will follow immediately at the family residence. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. The family wishes to thank Carteret Health Care Home Health & Hospice for providing exemplary care. Arrangements by Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremations, www.pollockbest.com.  In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO) to support our service men and women and their families.

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

 

Robert Hakkila

Robert Stanley Hakkila, 80, Morehead City, NC

Robert Stanley Hakkila, 80, died Monday, January 13, 2020 at Croatan Village. He was born March 5, 1939 in Quincy, MA, son of the late Aarne and Louise Fiekers Hakkila.

He retired from WCVB television  in Boston as engineer and audio man.  He served in the US Navy, and was a member of Croatan Free Will Baptist Church, where he played the harmonica for several years.  He loved bluegrass music and played the banjo and harmonica at many local venues, both in Newport and Hubert where he was known as “Banjo Bob.”  He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed his garden and his hummingbirds.

Surviving is his wife, Mary McClellan Hakkila; two sons, Timothy Kenneth Hakkila and Jeffrey Aarne Hakkila, both of Plymouth, MA; two daughters, Michele Boyd (Steve) of Virginia and Melissa Elaine Lowe (Jeff) of Louisville, KY; two sisters, Nancy Damon of MA and Carol Allen (Jim) of TN; eight grandchildren, Finley Lowe, Ainsley Lowe, Samantha Hakkila, Lillian Hakkila, Timothy Aarne Hakkila, Mary Elizabeth Hakkila, Cassandra Marie Hakkila (Danien Lawson), and Shane Joseph Hakkila; and two great-granddaughters, Kiristen and Keira.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Lillian; two sons, Robert Stanley Hakkila, Jr. and Scott Louis Hakkila; and his siblings, Dottie, Virginia, Donald and Kenneth.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2020  at Croatan Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Harry Bryan officiating.

Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com

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

 

Rev. Lonnie Grady Tucker, 88, Trent Woods, NC

Rev. Lonnie Grady Tucker, 88, passed away Friday January 10, 2020 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was born in Greensboro, NC, November 23, 1931, one of ten children, to Lonnie Curtis Tucker and Della Barns Tucker.

Grady served his country in the United States Air Force and retired after 20 years of service as a Master Sergeant, in 1971. He later became an Original Free Will Baptist Minister and received his doctorate in Theology.  His most cherished and proud moments were those spent with his family.

Grady is survived by his wife Barbara Tucker, his children Gary Tucker (Dawn), Pam Sullivan of Raleigh, NC, Michele Cleland (Troy), and Portia Hartzell (Paul) Of Culpeper, VA, his grandchildren Tosha Tucker, Quinn Tucker, Hannah Tucker, Lauren Cleland, and Shelby Pratt, and his great grandchildren Mia, Kaleb, Lexi, Mylee, and Braden. He is also survived by his brother Floyd Tucker and his sister Elaine Sellaro.

The family will receive friends at Pollock-Best Funeral Home 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 12 and other times at the home. The funeral will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 13 at St. Mary’s Free Will Baptist Church, with burial following at Greenleaf Memorial Park, with full military honors.

Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Free Will Baptist Church of New Bern, NC, or Wounded Warrior Project, Donor Care Center, PO Box 758541, Topeka, KS 66675-8541.

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

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

 

Mrs. Ilene Phillips Disosway, 96, New Bern, NC

Mrs. Ilene Phillips Disosway, 96, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at her home. A native of Floyd County, VA, she was the daughter of Nora and Ezra Phillips; lived most her life in Fancy Gap, VA and graduated from Hillsville High School. She moved to the Burlington, NC area where she attended Elon College and met her husband, D.J. Disosway. They moved to the New Bern area, and raised their family. Ilene was a faithful member of Christ Episcopal Church for over 75 years. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Donald, and her brother Dallas Phillips.

Graveside services for Ilene will be 10:00 AM, Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Greenleaf Memorial Park, followed by her memorial service at 11:00 AM at Christ Episcopal Church with Rev. Paul Canady officiating. The family will gather for a reception after the services in the church. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Ilene’s name, may be made to Christ Church PO Box 1246, New Bern, NC 28563, or www.christchurchnewbern.com.

Ilene is survived by her son Jimmy Disosway, and wife, Elaine Carrier Disosway, of Liberty; her daughter, Ann D. Cowper, and husband Bill, of Windsor; and her dear grandson, Matthew J. Cowper, of Windsor. She also leaves behind her special niece, Shelby Hinson, of Mount Airy; and her special friend Marie Ruel, of New Bern.

The family would like to give their heartfelt appreciation to Ilene’s caregivers for their unending care and dedication; Thank you Marie, Janet, Donna, Edita, Shirley, Lucy, and the Craven County Hospice Team of Bob, Joy, Jessica, Kimberly, and Leilani.

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

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

 

George William Olsen, 96, Havelock, NC

LCDR George William Olsen, US Navy Ret., 96, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at his home. George retired from the Navy in 1968, having served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII as well as during the Korean War. He was a proud American who served his Country well. After his separation from the Navy in 1968 he continued to serve his country working as an electronics engineer at NARF/NADEP on board Cherry Point MCAS. George was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and the VFW Post 7315. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cornelia Rose Thomas Olsen and his brother, Paul Olsen of Minnesota.

A celebration of George’s life will be 1:00 PM, Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Trinity Presbyterian Church with Rev. Juli Gicker-Anderson officiating. The family will receive friends following services in the church. George will be laid to rest beside his wife in Winchester, KY. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials in George’s name may be made to VFW Post 7315, 120 Lynnwayne Cir., Havelock, NC 28532.

George is survived by his daughter, Carla O. Simpson, of Havelock; his son, George W. Olsen, of Kinston; his dear companion for many years, Betty Gurganus, of Havelock; and many brothers and sisters in the Armed Forces.

His family would like to thank Craven County Hospice for their service during his final weeks.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist the Olsen Family.

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

 

Santiago “C.J.” Rios Jr.

Santiago “C.J.” Rios Jr. 37, New Bern, NC

Santiago “C.J.” Rios Jr. 37, passed away Sunday November 24, 2019 in Greenville after a very long battle. He was a longtime resident of Pamlico County where he was a 2000 graduate of Pamlico County High School and football player. After graduation, CJ was a cook and a father of two and an amazing son, brother, and uncle and friend with a kind heart. CJ also was a 9-Ball champion of NC. Sadly, CJ was preceded in death by his brother, John Paul Zubia; Daniel S. “Buddha” Rios, his maternal grandparents, Virgil and Virginia Rae Lockey; and his paternal grandfathers Cesario Zubia and Norberto Rios.

The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Pollock-Best Funeral Home and other times at his mother’s home, 503 W. Grantham Road, New Bern. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Pollock-Best Chapel. Burial will follow at the Cowell Cemetery in Alliance. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in CJ’s name, may be made to Pollock~Best Funeral Home.

CJ is survived by his mother, Sina L. Zubia and his daddy Rosario (Paul) Zubia; his grandmother, Zenaida Zubia Gonzalez; daughter, Makayla Rae Rios; son, Leland Santiago Rey Rios; his sister Christina “Cha-Cha” Zubia (Hector Olguin); aunt Frankie; his father, Santiago Rios, Sr.; maternal grandmother, Candelaria Soriano Guzman; brothers, Santiago Miguel Rios, Roberto Rios, and Elijio Rios; his sisters, Cande Rios, Janie Rios, and Hermelinda Rios. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncle, cousins, nieces, and nephews, and many dear friends.

Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Rios Family.
Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

Robert "Bob" Milner

Mr. Robert W. “Bob” Milner, 65, New Bern, NC

Mr. Robert W. “Bob” Milner, 65, passed away at home Friday, November 15, 2019,  with his wife, Joanne Friedman nearby. A native of Orange County, NY, Bob was the son of Josephine and Robert H. Milner, a US Army veteran, and retired from Ulster County, NY as a welfare fraud investigator.  He was a faithful friend of Bill W. for over 35 years, and enjoyed music, fishing, boating, grilling and photography.

A gathering of family and friends will be 3-5:00 PM, Saturday, November 16, 2019 at his home. A memorial service will be held in New Bern in the next few weeks. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Andrea Rizzo Foundation, 10 East Beach Road #2 Charlestown, RI, 02813, or, www.dreasdream.org. to benefit children who have cancer. Those wishing to offer condolences and words of hope may visit www.pollockbest.com.

Bob is survived by his wife, Joanne W. Friedman; his daughter, Lindsay  Cook, of Woodstock, NY; his step-son, Michael Patrick, of New Haven, CT; and his step-daughter, Lisa Patrick, and husband Joe Norden, of Astoria, NY. He also leaves behind his beautiful granddaughter, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Norden. Also his sister, Barbara Affuso, and husband Dominick, of Marlboro, NY with his nieces and nephews and their families.

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

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

 

William T. “Bill” Forrest, 65, New Bern, NC

Mr. William T. “Bill” Forrest, 65, passed away Friday, November 8, 2019. A native of Craven County, Bill was the son of Merle and Lonnie Forrest, and was a mechanic and HVAC technician. He loved hunting, fishing, and being with his dogs. His favorite hobby was fishing at Harkers Island. He was a loving and devoted father and a friend to all who knew him.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be 12:00 PM, Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at the home of Barbara Stallings. Please come and share a memory and some fellowship. Memorials, in Bill’s memory may be made to Take a Kid Fishing, PO Box 1191, Morehead City, NC 28557, or www.takf.com

Bill is survived by his son, Cannon W. Forrest, of Raleigh; and many dear friends.

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

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

 

Donald Glenn Sanders II

Donald Glenn Sanders II, 53, New Bern, NC

Mr. Donald Glenn Sanders II, 53, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019 at UNC Hospitals-Chapel Hill after a courageous battle with cancer. Glenn was the son of Clorie Phillips Sanders and Donald G. Sanders, Sr. He was an active member of Temple Baptist Church where he played the drums. Glenn also played the drums for New Song and The Edge, and enjoyed playing with any electronic device, be it musically, drones, or computers. He loved riding his motorcycle and was a Black Belt in taekwondo. Nothing pleased him more than being with his daughters and spoiling his grandchildren. Glenn never met a stranger, whether at church or painting houses. He will be missed by all who knew him.

A celebration of Glenn’s life will be 4:00 PM, Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at New Song United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Franklin officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Glenn’s name, may be made to National Pediatric Cancer Foundation 5550 West Executive Dr. Suite #200 Tampa, FL 33609, www.nationalpcf.org.

Glenn is survived by his daughters, Virginia “Ginna” Hudson, and husband LCpl Andrew Hudson; Sky Sanders; and Winter Marie Sanders, and fiancee, Graylyn Serafy; and their mother Michelle T. Sanders, all of Jacksonville. He also leaves behind his sister, Robin Sanders, of New Bern; nephews, Robert, C.J., and J.D.; and his wonderful grandchildren, Sade, Olive, Atlas, and Jupiter (on the way).

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

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

 

Jimmie Banks Hicks, Sr.

Jimmie Banks Hicks, Sr., 79, Trent Woods, NC

Mr. Jimmie Banks Hicks, Sr., 79, passed away Friday morning, November 1, 2019, at his home after a brief illness. Jimmie was the son of Annie Marie Harris Hicks and Banks Young Hicks, Jr., who predeceased him. He was a longtime salesman/owner-operator of Anne Marie’s and was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Everyone who knew Jimmie, knew of his pranks and jokes; they may also know of his generous heart and compassion. He was actively involved in Masonry, as a member of St. John’s Lodge #3 and the Sudan Shriners (Past Captain – Patrol) for over 50 years; Royal Order of Jesters #1415 (Past Director), Scottish Rite, York Rite,  Eastern Star, and was a member of The Board of Trustees of the Sudan Temple Widow Fund. He was also a faithful member of the Pollock~Best Funeral Home staff for over 60 years. He touched many lives during his heartfelt service to others.

Funeral services for Jimmie will be 12:00 p.m., Monday, November 4, 2019 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Rev. Bryan Huffman officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., prior to the services. Burial, with Masonic Rites, will follow at the Lakeside Chapel in Greenleaf Memorial Park. Those wishing to offer words of hope and comfort may visit PollockBest.com. Memorials, in Jimmie’s name, may be made to Sudan Transportation Fund, PO Box 12829 New Bern, NC 28561, SudanShriners.com, or Trinity UMC PO Box 12867 New Bern, NC 28561.

Jimmie is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 60+ years, Glenda Games Hicks, of Trent Woods; his son, Jimmie B. “Jim” Hicks, Jr., of London, U.K.; daughter, Denise H. Hardeman, and husband Mark, of New Bern; and his brother, Jerry Hicks, of North Fort Myers, FL. He also leaves behind his dear grandchildren, Matt Hardeman, and wife Samantha; Ross Hardeman, and fiancee Meredith Medlin; Jacob Hicks, and Bailey Hicks; also, his dear friend and caregiver, Veronica McKeel; and his Brothers in Masonry and Nobles in Shrinedom.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to serve the Hicks Family

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

 

Robert W. “Doc” Smith, Sr., 72, New Bern, NC

HMCS Robert W. “Doc” Smith, Sr., USN Ret. passed away Friday, October 25, 2019 at his home with his wife by his side. A native of Craven County, Rob loved his country and retired from the US Navy after 20+ years. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and was a member of The Military Order of the Purple Heart. Rob was a member of Broad Street Christian Church and enjoyed his family, fishing, and traveling. Sadly, he was predeceased by his father and mother Warren Ellis Smith and Lois Taylor Smith.

A celebration of Rob’s life will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 1, 2019 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the services. Those wishing to offer words of hope and condolences may visit pollockbest.com. Memorials in Rob’s name may be made to Broad Street Christian Church, 802 Broad St. New Bern, NC 28560.

Rob is survived by his loving wife, Wanda Banks Smith; daughter, Kelley Marie Baker, and husband Pat, of Fairfax, VA; son, Robert W. Smith, Jr., and wife Kathy of Vienna, VA; and his two step-sons, Chris Slade, of Pinehurst and Eric Slade, of Charlotte. He also leaves behind his five grandchildren, Patrick, Emma, Ryan, Lui, and Lily.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist the Smith Family.

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

 

Thomas Richard Evans, 86, New Bern, NC

Thomas Richard Evans, 86, died Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Bayview Nursing & Rehab Center.

He was born October 16, 1933 in Brooklyn, son of the late Gordon and Gloria Campbell Evans. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict and retired after 45 years as a pressman for the NY Daily News.  Mr. Evans was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion and the Elks.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marguerite A. Evans; sons, Tommy Evans (Katarzyna) of Miami Beach, FL, David Evans (Maria) of Antioch, CA and Jon Evans (Sonya) of New York City; two daughters, Catherine Evans (Clifford Dunn) of New Bern and Marguerite Moran (Robert) of Hampton, NJ; one brother, David Evans of Sarasota, FL; one sister, Carol Smith (Thomas) of Sarasota, FL: twelve grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 30 at Pollock-Best Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. There will be a graveside service, with military honors at St. Joseph Cemetery 4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 31 with Fr. Rob Schmid officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to VFW Post 2514, 3850 Butler Road, New Bern, NC 28560 or the Elks 1175 Pinetree Rd., New Bern, NC 28560.

Online condolences may be directed here on the Pollock-Best website.

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

 

Terrie Pridgen Lacy

Terrie Pridgen Lacy, age 63, New Bern, NC

Terrie Pridgen Lacy, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 after a brief illness. Terrie was born on February 16, 1956 in New Bern, NC. Upon graduation from The Danes School, she attended Western Carolina University and then worked as a paralegal in New Bern for many years.

Terrie is survived by her parents, Lonnie and Shirley Pridgen; her sister, Ginnie Pridgen Tetreault and her brother, W. Michael Pridgen; her only daughter, Kristin McCormack Sullivan and friend, Shawn Peretik; her precious grandchildren, Ian and Nadia Sullivan; and her nephews, James Michael Pridgen, and wife Elizabeth, and Nicholas Alexander Pridgen. She is also survived by several aunts and uncles, Marshall (Sonny) Taylor, and wife, Jacqueline; Madie Taylor Moore, Dorothy Taylor Autry, and husband, Jerry.  She also leaves behind her cousins, Shane Taylor Kelly, and husband, Alex; Rick Taylor and wife, Julia; Lexanne Vernelson Huffman and husband, George; Danny Autry and wife, Sharon; Joseph Moore, Jr. and wife, Kathryn; Claude Brantley, Kay Francis Garner, Billy Harper, Tommy Harper, Chris Pridgen, Jani (Sissy) Pridgen, Rocky Pridgen, Steve Pridgen, Pam Pridgen, Alex Huffman and fianceé, Holli Faulkner; Grant Huffman, Noah Moore, Kate Moore; great nephew Evan Taylor Pridgen, and special friends, Mary Martha Pridgen Rose and her husband, Dennis.

Sadly, she is preceded in death by her grandparents, Walter and Kathleen Taylor and Lonnie and Bettie Pridgen; her brothers, Walter Nicholas Pridgen and Lonnie Steven Pridgen, her uncles, Walter B. Taylor, Joseph R. Moore, Alex Douglas Vernelson, Jr., Charlie Pridgen, and Bill Harper; her aunts, Reva Taylor Vernelson, Teresa Ann Taylor, Betty Jean Pridgen, Sue Pridgen, and Minnie Harper; her cousins, Joey Harper and Chuck Pridgen, and her niece, Chloe Leigh Tetreault.

A celebration of Terrie’s life will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church. Burial will follow, and the family will receive friends at a reception in the Parish Hall. Those wishing to offer condolences may visit www.pollockbest.com.

Arrangements by Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremations

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

 

Mary Elizabeth Fentress (Betty), age 64, River Bend, NC

Mary Elizabeth Fentress

Mary Elizabeth Fentress (Betty), age 64, of River Bend, NC, passed away Thursday September 26, 2019 at her home.

Betty graduated from Pamlico County High School in 1973 and from East Carolina University in 1977 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks, Recreation and Conservation. She was a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional and completed the Municipal Administration Course and the University of Maryland’s Leisure and Aging Management Course. Betty served as a parks and recreation director for 25 of her 30 years of public service. She worked for Pamlico and Carteret Counties, the Town of Wrightsville Beach, City of Suffolk (Va.) and the Town of Huntersville. Betty was the first director ever hired to manage parks and recreation services for the Town of Huntersville.

Betty received the following tributes. In 1987, the ECU Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation named her the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. In 1991, the Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce named her Pamlico County Citizen of the Year. Betty was also honored four times by the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club which presented her with its Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and 2004; the Kiwanian of the Year Award in 2005; and the Kiwanis Key Person of the Year in 2006.

Additionally, Betty served on an executive level with the following organizations: Carteret County Kiwanis Club; the North Carolina Seafood Festival Board of Directors; Carteret County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council; Region P COG Senior Games; Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce; Pamlico County Citizens Involvement Committee; Pamlico County Nursing Home Advisory Committee; 4-H and Cooperative Extension Advisory Committees in Pamlico County and the City of Suffolk, Va.; the Carteret County Area Transportation System; and on the East Carolina University Parks, Recreation and Conservation Alumni Society Board of Directors.

Finally, Betty was an active member in the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association.  She served NCRPA in the following leadership capacities:  2nd Vice-president, Secretary (twice), Region VII Chair, County Division Chair, Municipal Division Vice-Chair, Co-Editor of Publications, Program Chair for the 2001 General Conference Planning Committee, member of the By-Laws Committee and served on the Historic and Public Awareness Committees.  Additionally, Betty was the Chair and Secretary for the NC Recreators’ Foundation.

Betty Fentress was a true parks and recreation professional. Her impact was felt throughout the state and into Virginia. Betty worked tirelessly to provide the best quality parks and recreation opportunities to the citizens wherever she worked.

Betty is preceded in death by her father Carroll Edward Fentress, mother Lois Mayo Fentress Jones and stepfather Alfred Dewey Jones. She is survived by her brother, Bill Fentress, wife Susan and niece Sarah Fentress, of New Bern and by numerous cousins in the Mayo, Fentress and Jones/Shewmaker families. Betty was a beloved sister, sister- in -law, aunt and cousin. She was a true friend, loyal, and caring. She loved her niece, her family, friends and all of God’s creatures, especially cats and dogs. All will remember her big heart and infectious laugh.

There will be a celebration of Betty’s life at the family farm / renovated country store in Pamlico County in November. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Carteret County Humane Society; PO Box 357; Newport NC 28570.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Fentress family.

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

 

Robert Glenn Tyndall, 87, September 19, 2019 in Newport, NC

Robert Glenn Tyndall, 87, died Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport.

He was born August 16, 1932 in Lenoir County, son of the late Oscar Tyndall, Sr. and Lossi Baker Brinson.

He worked with A & P Grocery stores for many years. He was a Korean War Veteran, with the US Navy, serving aboard the USS Fulton. Mr. Tyndall enjoyed cooking, and loved the outdoors, especially working in his yard. He loved animals and was a very kind and gentle man.

He is survived by his sister, Margaret “Peggy” Metzger of New Bern; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Lakeside Chapel at Greenleaf Memorial Park in New Bern with Pastor Jonathan Foster officiating. Those wishing to offer words of hope and condolences may visit www.pollockbest.com.

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

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

 

John P. “Johnny” Fletcher, 54, September 16, 2019 in Havelock, NC

John P. “Johnny” Fletcher, 54, passed away Monday, September 16, 2019 after suffering from Sarcomatoid carcinoma, a rare form of lung cancer. Johnny was a loving son, husband, brother and step-father and loved being with his family. He was a rabid Carolina Panthers fan, as well as NASCAR. His favorite drivers were #3 and #8. When he was younger, he enjoyed hunting with his granddaddy. Johnny was employed with Super Tire for over 20 years, and was a friend to all who knew him.

The family will receive friends from 1 – 2 p.m., Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations with the funeral to follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ray Penwell officiating, in the Pollock~Best Chapel. Burial will be 4 p.m. at Gethsemane Memorial Park in Newport. Those wishing to offer condolences and words of hope may visit www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the family to help offset expenses at 2015 Neuse Blvd. New Bern, NC 28560. The family would like to thank all the staff at Carolina East Medical Center for all their attention, care and love during Johnny’s stay.

Johnny is survived by his wife, Wendy Jane Fletcher, of Havelock; his mother, Terry Fletcher Walker, of New Bern; step-sons, Jesse Jones of Faribault, MN; Jonathan Hurley, of Havelock; and his step-daughter, Kari Hurley, of Elizabeth City. He also leaves behind his sister, Leigh Anne Fletcher, of New Bern; his brother, David B. Randall, of New Bern; step-brother, Michael C. Walker, of New Bern; step-sisters, Sharon Walker-Gulledge (Glen), of Saucier, MS; Kelly Ann Walker, of Gulfport, MS; and Terri Lee Walker, of Eastpointe, MI; along with his aunt Donna Gordon (Lee), of Newport; and 1 niece, 2 nephews and many cousins.

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

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

 

Edward “Eddie” Kaplan, 37 – September 7, 2019 in New Bern, NC

Edward "Eddie" Kaplan

Edward “Eddie” Kaplan (37) passed away on September 7, 2019 at his home in New Bern.

Born in Illinois, raised in New Jersey, lived in California, Eddie made New Bern his home in 2009 remaining a life-long Cubs fan.

The beloved son of Lynne and Marc Kaplan, of Oriental NC, devoted brother to Zachary Kaplan and Elissa Vaage, both of New Jersey, adoring uncle to Vanessa, Justin and Mazzy, and loving grandson of Blossom Seigel, Chicago.

Eddie was a devoted friend to many. He had many passions, most recently pursuing excellence in wheel-thrown pottery, passing along acquired skills to his students at the New Bern Arts & Wellness Center. His latest works were most often auctioned to raise funds for his favorite charities, with a goal of “20 by 2020”.

He struggled valiantly in a battle with substance abuse, engaging with NA, earning certifications as a Recovery Coach and Peer Support Specialist helping countless others in their quest to overcome this scourge.

While he suffered from heart disease everyone knew him to have an enormously good heart. He will always be remembered for his phrase, adopted by NewBernLive as its program closing, “Love Dogs, Care for People”.

A memorial service, celebrating Eddie’s too brief but remarkable life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 15 at Temple B’nai Sholem, 505 Middle Street in New Bern, NC.

In lieu of flowers contributions welcome to: Religious Community Services (RCS), Reviving Lives Ministries (RLM), Realize U252, or Colonial Capital Humane Society, all of New Bern.

By Marc Kaplan