Our Obituaries

Margaret Sutton French

February 10, 1929 - July 19, 2017

Margaret E. Sutton French, 88, of Jasper, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017. She was born in 1929 to the late Stephen Alfred Sutton and Millie Hawkins Sutton, growing up on the family farm in the Asbury community. In 1946, she married the love of her life, Sidney French and together they raised their family on the French farm in Jasper. She was a member of Bethany...
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Phyllis June Naragon

July 19, 1925 - July 18, 2017

NEW BERN - Phyllis June Smith Naragon, 91, of New Bern, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at her home.Service will be noon Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Cotten Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at New Bern Memorial.Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory.
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Carloyn C.G Smith

October 4, 1929 - July 18, 2017

CMSgt. Carloyn G. Smith. USAF Retired CMSgt Carloyn G. Smith died peacefully in his Trent Woods home July 18, 2017 at the age of 87. He was born on October 4, 1929 in Walstonburg, NC to Benjamin Thomas Smith and Juel Garner Smith.In 1946, he joined the United States Air Force and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. While serving his country he received several commendations, which...
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Helen Louise Nepil

January 4, 1922 - July 16, 2017

Helen Fehrs Nepil, 95, of New Bern, passed away on Saturday, July 15th, 2017 at her home. She is survived by her daughter, Loretta N. Carter; son, Garret J. Nepil (Lauri); sister, Marie F. Sweigart; grandchildren, Robert N. Jarman, III (Kelli), Joshua M. Sullivan (Gina), Denise M. Niner (Andrew), and Anna N. Castine (Tim); three great grandchildren, Taylar E. Jarman, Morgan K. Jarman, and Kyle...
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Bobby Gean Campbell

May 28, 1947 - July 15, 2017

Bobby Gean Campbell, 70, of Pantego, passed away on Saturday, July 15th, 2017. Born in Beaufort County in the spring of 1947, Bobby was the son of the late Minnie B. Campbell Midyette and Roland O. Midyette, Sr. He is survived by two sisters, Arlene M. Brown (Greg) of New York and Marie Midyette Lupton of New Bern; three brothers, Danny Midyette of Greensboro, Terry Midyette of New Bern, and...
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Dylan Todd Parker

July 14, 1991 - July 15, 2017

Dylan Todd Parker, 26,passed away Saturday, July 15,2017 at Crystal Coast Hospice. He was a HVAC tech and an electrician. Family will receive friends Friday, July 21, 2017 at Cotten Funeral Home from 9:00am to 10:00am. A Celebration of Life service will follow at New Bern Memorial Cemetery at 10:00am. Dylan is survived by his parents, Dennis Todd And Tammie Lee Heath Parker,...
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Reba Arelene Brannen

June 20, 1930 - July 14, 2017

Reba Hurst Brannen, 87, of New Bern, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 14th, 2017.She is survived by her three sons, Lloyd Austin Brannen, III of New Bern, Michael Alan Brannen of Havelock, and William Gary Brannen of Cary; one sister, Marjorie Adams of Savannah, Ga.; five grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her brother, W.L. Hurst, Jr....
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Susie Barbour Zapffel

September 24, 1920 - July 13, 2017

Susie Amanda Barbour Zapffel, 96, of Craven County, NC, passed away with family by her side at the CarolinaEast Medical Center on Thursday, July 13, 2017. She was born Friday, September 24, 1920 in Bridgeton, NC, one of four children of the late Clem and Ludie Paul Barbour, a shopkeeper and a dressmaker. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 41 years, George Leon Zapffel.She was a...
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Alice A. Purifoy

March 7, 1940 - July 12, 2017

Alice A. Purifoy, 77, of New Bern, passed away on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 at her home. She was retired from Carolina Telephone & Telegraph with 25 years of service and was a shareholder at New Bern Antiques, where she enjoyed interaction with customers and her fellow employees. In her spare time she liked to play Mahjong with her friends. She attended Unity Christian Church, where she sang...
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Helen Reynolds Rodger

June 21, 1925 - July 12, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Rebekah Christian Chittick

December 23, 1984 - July 12, 2017

Rebekah Christian Chittick passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. She is survived by her daughter Amelia; her parents; and two sisters.The family will hold a memorial service to celebrate her life on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 2:00pm at the West New Bern Presbyterian Church.In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in her honor to Noah's Arc Pre-School Scholarship Fund; 1701...
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Colleen Anne Connolly

June 2, 1933 - July 11, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Dorothy Hardison Seals

August 13, 1927 - July 8, 2017

Dorothy Hardison Seals 89, of New Bern died July 8, 2017 at her home.Dorothy was a member of Croatan Presbyterian Church, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution serving at the national and state level, Colonial Dames of the 17th century, Eastern Star and White Shrine.Surviving are her sons, Allan A. Seals Jr (Aurelia) of CT., Clifford C. Seals of New Bern; daughters, Loretta S....
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Mary Helen Shields

January 17, 1941 - July 8, 2017

Mary Helen Mills Shields, 76, passed away Saturday, July 8,2017 at Wilson Medical Center.Arrangements will be announced at a later date.Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Dorothy Hardison Seals

August 13, 1927 - July 8, 2017

Dorothy was a member of Croatan Presbyterian Church, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution serving at the national and state level, Colonial Dames of the 17th century, Eastern Star and White Shrine.Surviving are her sons, Allan A. Seals Jr (Aurelia) of CT., Clifford C. Seals of New Bern; daughters, Loretta S. Potts (James) of Cape She is predeceased by her husband, Allan...
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Thomas Andrew Krynicki

April 3, 1968 - July 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Richard Lee Puster

April 29, 1940 - July 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Sandra Jarvis Graham

January 28, 1958 - July 6, 2017

Sandra Jarvis Graham, 59, of Rossville,Ga. passed away on Thursday, July 6, 2017. Sandra was born in New Bern, NC on January 28, 1958 to the late James and Mary Jarvis. She has lived in the Chattanooga, TN area since 1991. She received her Bachelor's degree from UTC in 2002. She began her career at Pinnix Drug Store in New Bern and went on to work at several hospitals including Emory University...
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Larry Martin Ackerman

January 6, 1937 - July 5, 2017

Larry Martin Ackerman,80, of Havelock,NC passed away Wednesday, July 5,2017 at Crystal Coast Hospice.Larry served his country in the United States Marines, Enjoyed hunting and fishing, and gardening when he retired.Celebration of Life Service will be held Tuesday, July 11,2017 at 2:00pm at Cotten Chapel. Visitation will be between 1:00pm and 2:00pm on Tuesday at Cotten Funeral Home. Burial will...
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Ashby Reynolds Tippett

October 19, 1918 - July 4, 2017

Ashby Reynolds Tippett, 98, of Cove City, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. A veteran of World War II, he served honorably in the U.S. Navy as a Chief Petty Officer. For more than 50 years he was a member of Ionic Lodge No. 583 A.F. & A.M., York Rite, and Scottish Rite. He was a faithful member of Asbury U.M. Church where he taught...
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Mary Ann Krueger

July 4, 1926 - July 3, 2017

On Monday, July 3rd, Mary Ann Schneider Krueger, of River Bend, passed away at the age of 90 years, just one day shy of her 91st birthday. Daughter of the late John and Mary Schwartz Schneider, Mary Ann was born on Independence Day 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. In Evanston, IL, she met and married the love of her life, Ralph Krueger, and together they enjoyed many adventures together, including...
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Kristen Nichole Lee

July 13, 1989 - July 2, 2017

Kristen Nichole Lee, 27, of New Bern passed away July 2, in Ohio where she recently moved to for a new adventure.She was born in New Bern, NC, July 13, 1989, a daughter of Lisa Foley Lee and Elwood Lee.In addition to her parents, she is survived by the LOVES of her life Jensen James (7) and Callista Marie (5), her "Papa" Steve Foley and her "Granny" Sharon Foley, both of which...
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John Hoerner Wollerton

July 8, 1936 - July 2, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Nina Elliott Armstrong

May 18, 1980 - July 1, 2017

Nina Elliott Armstrong, 37, went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 30th, 2017. Nina blessed many lives during her passing by being an organ donor.She was preceded in death by her father, Michael Elliott, Sr. and her grandmother, Pat Elliott.She was a loving, caring, devoted mother to Jeffrey Michael, Brittany, Andrea, and Shanna Armstrong, all of Reelsboro.She is also survived by her mother,...
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Rita Lee Davis

September 15, 1953 - July 1, 2017

Rita Lee Davis was born September 15th, 1953 to Melba D. Lee and Margie Caraway Lee. She left this world to join her Heavenly Father after a brief illness, on Saturday, July 1st, 2017. She was preceded in death by her son, Craig Sutton; father, Melba D. Lee, and sister, Gloria Lee Weickgenant. She is survived by her mother, Margie Caraway Lee; brother, Michael Bruce Lee; and several nieces and...
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Linda Gail Swindell Hall

September 17, 1960 - June 29, 2017

Linda Swindell Hall, 56, of Pollocksville, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017 at home.Linda was employed at Grille Buddies in Pollocksville. She is survived by her husband Mat Hall; son Micheal Cisco; granddaughters Chelsa Cisco and Harmony Minor; her siblings Donald L. Swindell, Donna Whitehurst, Mary Collins and Fay Jarman; and numerous nieces and nephews.Her funeral will be held at 2 pm...
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Robert G. Ross

July 12, 1936 - June 27, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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David Earl Lewis

October 1, 1944 - June 26, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Essie B. Hales

September 1, 1936 - June 26, 2017

Essie Boyd Hales, 80, of New Bern, went to her Heavenly home on June 26, 2017. Born September 1, 1936 in Chocowinity, she is predeceased by her parents, Casey and Rosa Lee Boyd of Chocowinity, her brother, Billy Ray Boyd of Chocowinity and her much beloved husband of 47 years, Gerald H. Hales. She was a member of Beech Grove Methodist Church. Essie had several jobs while raising a family and...
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Gwendolyn Thigpen Huffman

July 30, 1928 - June 25, 2017

Gwendolyn Thigpen Huffman, 88, of New Bern died Sunday, June 25, 2017.Born July 30, 1928, Gwen was raised on a farm near Beulaville, NC. She married Norman Glenn Huffman of Richlands in 1951. Together they were instrumental in the founding of Battleground Park Baptist Church (now Neuse River BC) on Old Cherry Point Road.Gwen was a devout Christian who loved the Lord. She read and studied the...
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Diane Mae Hazen Degnan

May 28, 1930 - June 25, 2017

Diane Mae Degnan, nee Hazen, passed away peacefully, Sunday, June 25th surrounded by her family. Born in the Bronx, New York in 1930 to Frank and Gertrude (Spannegal) Hazen, she was a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School, and earned an associate degree in Business Administration from Excelsior College.She served her country in the United States Air Force, graduating from OCS in 1955 as...
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Kenneth Riley Caulfield

January 7, 1984 - June 24, 2017

Kenneth Riley Caulfield. Kenneth "Riley" Caulfield, 33 of New Bern, NC (originally from High Point, NC), passed away on June 24, 2017.Riley was born on January 7, 1984 in High Point, NC, the son of Brian and Rayma Caulfield. He graduated from High Point Central High School. On October 1, 2010 he married Lauren Diane Freeman and was employed with FedEx.Surviving are his wife, Lauren of the home,...
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Tammie Lee Wetherington

November 13, 1957 - June 24, 2017

Tammie Lee Wetherington, 59, of Cove City, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 24th with her daughter by her side.Tammie passionately served the Lord with all of her heart and her faith and commitment to Him was an inspiration to so many. She loved her family dearly and was especially devoted to her grandchildren. For more than 30 years, she was employed by Hatteras Yachts.She leaves...
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Edward H. English

June 24, 1932 - June 24, 2017

Edward Howell English, formerly of Virginia Beach and Suffolk Va, and most recently of NewBern NC, passed from this world Saturday June 24, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Isle of White County Va June 24, 1932 and in true "Ed English" style departed thislife on the same day he came in, on his 85th birthday.He is survived by the love of his life, Barbara English, with whom he...
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Norma Cahoon Cannon

September 16, 1945 - June 24, 2017

Norma Cahoon CannonHeaven gained the best angel He could ask for on June 24, 2017. Our loving mother who was the best Mom! She didn't know a stranger. If you called her, she was there. She loved everyone and they loved her. She spread sunshine wherever she went. She will be missed greatly and by many.She loved bowling, which she did for many years every Tuesday night since I can remember. ...
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Glenda Bright Kornegay

May 20, 1957 - June 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Bryan Michael Spain

August 12, 1997 - June 23, 2017

Bryan Michael Spain, 19, left this world on June 23, 2017. He was born on August 12, 1997 at Chowan Hospital in Edenton, North Carolina to proudly awaiting parents and grandparents, and a very impatient big brother. He crept into the world as quiet as a mouse and remained a very sweet silent tiny little boy until just over 3 years old. There was no need for words because his big brother spoke for...
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Betty Jean Stephens

November 24, 1940 - June 23, 2017

Betty J. Stephens, 76, of Havelock, went home to be with the Lord on the morning of Friday, June 23, 2017.She is survived by her three children, Michelle Miller (Mike) of Havelock, Charles Stephens (Victoria) of Brunswick, GA, and Robert Stephens (Jennifer) of Sierra Vista, AZ; seven grandchildren, Douglas, Michael, Ashley, Christopher, Anna, Kaitlin, and Makayla; brother, Jimmy Flanagan; and...
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Andre Herscovici

May 23, 1933 - June 23, 2017

Andre Herscovici, 84, of New Bern, passed away on Friday, June 23, 2017 at home.He was a business owner of Oriental rugs, a world class ski instructor and an avid sailing captain. He was a Holocaust survivor where his mother and two sisters died in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp during WWII. He is survived by his wife Jean Herscovici; children Gerard Herscovici, Michele Tsihlas, Melissa...
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Harold R. Vala

September 24, 1951 - June 22, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Jackie Heath McCoy

November 9, 1931 - June 22, 2017

Jackie Heath McCoy departed this life June 22, 2017 after an extended battle with dementia. She was born in Cove City November 9, 1931. Between these two dates in time, she had a full and blessed life. She enjoyed many good times with her family and friends. An exceptional mother, homemaker, and gardener. She modeled for her family a deep faith in her Lord and Savior.She was a faithful...
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Sarah Katherine Sibley

May 31, 1926 - June 22, 2017

Sarah Carter Sibley, 91, of New Bern, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Brookdale Assisted Living. She was a member of the Richard Dobbs Speight Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and attended First Presbyterian Church. For more than 20 years she was employed by Turner Tolson Furniture Store in New Bern. She is preceded in death by her husband Major (Retired) Warren ...
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Charles H. Schuettler

February 15, 1921 - June 21, 2017

Charles H. SchuettlerFebruary 15, 1921 - June 21, 2017Charles H. Schuettler, 96, of New Bern, passed away at CarolinaEast Medical Center, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.Charles was born in Elberfeld, Germany and came to the United States when he was 5 years old.Charles was a Tech Sales Rep and Sales Manager for Scholler, Inc. in Philadelphia, PA for 36 years at the time of his retirement. He was a...
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Robert Lee Willis

June 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Frances Long Brazell

November 11, 1933 - June 19, 2017

Frances Long Brazell, 83, of Newport, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 at Pruitt Health Trent Campus. She is survived by her son Keith Brazell; daughter Patrice Suggs; brothers Moses Long, James Long, Paul Long and Percy Long; and sister Thelma Long.Burial service will be at 11: 00 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at New Bern National Cemetery. Funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm Wednesday, June...
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Janet R. Raper

September 11, 1959 - June 19, 2017

September 11, 1959 - June 19, 2017Janet left her earthly home Monday, June 19, 2017 after a courageous 30 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Janet never complained about her situation. She always had a smile on her face and she loved to laugh. Janet was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Rev. Richard Earl and Nilla Reece; her maternal grandparents, Carl and Grace Jones; her...
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John Rudolph Brittle

March 22, 1929 - June 19, 2017

John Rudolph Brittle, 88, of New Bern, passed away on Monday, June 19, 2017 at Crystal Coast Hospice.John was an active member of Tabernacle Baptist Church and sang in the Joy Choir. He was a retired physical therapist. He was also a member of the North Carolina BeeKeepers Society. He is predeceased by his wife Love Marie R. Brittle; brother Boykin Brittle., Jr. and sister Lily Hepler.He is...
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Richard Norfleet Bayliss

March 2, 1940 - June 16, 2017

Richard Norfleet Bayliss Jr, 77 of Morehead City, passed away peacefully Friday, June 16 at the Crystal Coast Hospice House.A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20 at Greenleaf Memorial Park in New Bern. Richard was born in Newport News, Virginia to the late Richard N. Bayliss, Sr. and Mabelle T. Bayliss on March 2, 1940. Richard married his high school sweetheart Patricia...
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James Francis Quirk

July 16, 1934 - June 16, 2017

NEW BERN - James Francis Quirk, a resident of 206 8th St., passed away on June 16, 2017, at the Kitty Askins Hospice Center at the age of 82. Born in 1934 in The Bronx, New York, to Irish parents Michael and Elizabeth Quirk, Jim received a Catholic education, graduating with a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Iona College in 1957. He worked as a Senior Design Engineer for Westinghouse Electric...
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James Joseph Brickett

June 27, 1928 - June 16, 2017

James Joseph Brickett, 88, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017 at his home. James was a retired foreman with EDO Corporation of College Point, NY and also served in the USMC during World War II in the occupation forces of Peiping, China.Celebration of Life Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Cotten Funeral Home with Father Thomas Tully officiating. Inurnment will follow at Greenleaf...
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Jean Ann Kraft

August 27, 1930 - June 16, 2017

RIVER BEND - Jean Ann Kraft, 86, of River Bend, went home to be with the Lord and to be reunited with her beloved husband, Jack; her daughter, Donna; and her parents, William and Ruth Breads, on June 16, 2017.Jean was born on August 27, 1930 in Rome, New York. She and Jack married in June 1950 and lived in the Northern Virginia area until retiring to New Bern in 1983. Jean worked for the...
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Clifton Ray Goodwin

October 31, 1929 - June 14, 2017

Clifton Ray Goodwin, Colonel (Retired) US Army, 87, died peacefully Wednesday, June 14, in New Bern, NC. He leaves his wife of 60 years, Allison (Nicolson) Goodwin; his son David (Joanne Richards) Goodwin; three daughters, Carolyn (Jim) Andrukonis, Andrea (Bill) Wheatley, Kathryn (Chris) Tone and 14 grandchildren. Colonel Goodwin was predeceased by his mother and father, Don and Eula Goodwin,...
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Diane Vance

December 2, 1934 - June 13, 2017

Diane Christopher Vance, 82, of Trent Woods, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at her home.She was an avid gardener with a love for Azalea's. She was very involved with the American Kennel Club and America Collie Club. She bred and raised champion Collie's. She worked in banking in North Virginia. In her retirement, she enjoyed boating. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends...
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Ida Belle Hartley

February 25, 1925 - June 13, 2017

Ida Belle Hartley, 92, of New Bern, went home to be with the Lord on the morning of Tuesday, June 13, 2017. She was a faithful member of the New Bern Church of God for many years and was the oldest living member of the VFW Post 2514 Ladies Auxiliary, where she had served as the President and was a lifetime member. She was also a member of the Military Order of the Cooties.She is survived by her...
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Ellice Geiderman DeBolt

November 8, 1957 - June 11, 2017

Ellice Geiderman DeBolt, 59, passed away on June 11, at her home in New Bern, NC, surrounded by her family. Ellice was born in Chicago, IL on November 8, 1957 to Sylvan Geiderman and Jeanette (Mallin) Geiderman Lewis. She was a sister to Howard and Marcia Geiderman. Ellice married her soul mate Vernon Lyle DeBolt III in Kansas City, MO in 1980. Ellice moved to Overland Park, KS at age 15 where...
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Thelma Louise Lima

July 2, 1921 - June 10, 2017

Thelma (Coskery) Lima, 95, of New Bern, died peacefully at home on June 10, 2017. She was the wife for 57 years of the late Albert F. Lima and the daughter of the late Samuel J. and Irene (Hatch) Coskery. Thelma was born in Haverill, Massachusetts on July 2, 1921. She graduated from Amesbury High School in 1939.In addition to her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her daughter Irene...
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Mary Bullock

December 10, 1924 - June 9, 2017

Mrs. Mary Baxley Coxe Bullock of 120 Trent Shores Drive, Trent Woods, NC, died June 9, 2017, in her home. She was 92.Mary was born December 10, 1924, to the late Lena Baxley and Earl Robert Coxe, Sr. She grew up in Scotland County, NC. After graduating from High School, Mary attended Elon College where she earned her degree in Business and met her husband George Pleasant Bullock.Soon after...
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Stanley Edward Teffeteller

June 2, 1953 - June 6, 2017

Stanley "Stan" E. Teffeteller, 64, of Aurora, passed away June 5, 2017.He was a big Dale Earnhart fan and loved his Nascar.He is survived by his wife Jean Smith Teffeteller, three daughters, Shannon Chandler of Bogart, GA, Candace Smith Overstreet (Billy) of Ayden, Keisha Grace (Hayes) of Old Hickory, TN, and seven grandchildren, Amberly, Mattie, Will, Faith, Cody, Morgan and Trent.Services will...
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Patricia Dowe

February 2, 1960 - June 6, 2017

Patricia Ann Dowe, 57, of Havelock, died June 6, 2017 at Crystal Coast Hospice.She is survived by her father, John Dowe of Havelock, her sisters, Jane Harper and Diana Dowe of Havelock, Dotty Joyner of Newport, and her nieces and nephew, Katherine Harper of Farmville, Rebecca Harper of Havelock and David Joyner of Tennessee. No services have been scheduled.
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Viictor Manuel Hernandez

May 27, 1983 - June 5, 2017

Victor Manuel Hernandez Jr. , 34, of New Bern, NC was given his angel wings June 5, 2017 at Carolina East Medical Center. His final days were spent full of love and surrounded by family and friends that he had touched throughout his life.Victor was born in West Islip, New York on May 27, 1983. He graduated high school from New Bern High. Victor never met a stranger and was known around New Bern...
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Stephan Richard Keroack

April 11, 1959 - June 5, 2017

NEW BERN - Stephan Richard Keroack, 58, of New Bern, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017 at his home.He is predeceased by his father Benard Keroack.He is survived by his wife Paige Kellum Keroack; mother Arlene Keroack; stepson Tommy King, III of New Bern; brothers Scott Keroack and wife Sheila and Gary Keroack and wife Lynn all of Swansboro; sister Catherine Conner of Lady Lakes, FL; nieces...
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Eldridge Lee Bristol

August 31, 1938 - June 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Betty Ramona Amerson Davis

August 26, 1928 - June 4, 2017

Betty Ramona Amerson Davis, 88, of New Bern, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at her daughters home.She was retired from Sagner Sewing Company.She is preceded in death by her mother and father Mamie and Lonnie Amerson; husband Durwood S. Davis; brother Jesse (Jay) Amerson; son Larry (L. D.) Daniels; and granddaughter Christal Travis; She is survived by her daughter Deborah Travis; brothers...
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Marie Price Warren

February 19, 1926 - June 2, 2017

Marie Price Warren,91 passed away Friday, June 2,2017.A Celebration of Life Service will be held Monday, June 5,2017 at 2pm at Cotten Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at New Bern Memorial Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the Cotton Funeral Home 1 hour prior to service.Marie was a loving Mother, who widowed at a young age, raised her children to be loving parents and responsible...
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Carol Lou Hunsinger

August 22, 1941 - June 2, 2017

Carol Lou Hamrick Hunsinger died peacefully on Friday, June 2, 2017, with her family by her side.Born in Boiling Springs, Carol was the daughter of the late Clifford Elijah Hamrick Sr. and Louise Whitaker Hamrick. She grew up the youngest sister of Bud Hamrick and the late Ann Hamrick Elliott. Carol's greatest pride were her two sons, Drew Charles Hunsinger Jr. and Clifford Blye Hunsinger....
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Patricia Jeanette Chandler

February 23, 1950 - June 1, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Sarah Josephine Bell

May 17, 1956 - June 1, 2017

Sarah Josephine Bell, of New Bern, passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017, much too soon at the age of 61. Known for her bright smile and giving heart, "Jo Jo" loved helping others and served many people through the years at the Sandpiper seafood restaurant and Hardee's. She enjoyed fishing with her grandsons, gardening, making crafts, playing cards and camping. Most recently, she...
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Joshua Allen Toler

July 30, 1941 - June 1, 2017

Joshua Allen Toler, a resident of New Bern, passed away at home and went to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday evening June 1, 2017, at the age of 75 years old. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. He grew up in the Cayton community where he resided until 1981 when he married his wife Mayona and moved to New Bern. He loved to hunt and was a lifelong...
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Donald Snider

November 21, 1938 - June 1, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Nick Duffy Koonce

December 31, 1938 - June 1, 2017

Nick Duffy Koonce,78,of Cove City, passed away Thursday June 1,2017 at his home.A Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday, June 7,2017 at Cotten Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Wells_Koonce Cemetery in Cove City, NC. Family will Receive Friends at Cotten Funeral Home 1 hour prior to the service.Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Stephen Salle Smith

May 28, 1937 - May 31, 2017

Stephen "Pete" Smith, 80, of Vanceboro, went home to be with the Lord on the morning of Wednesday, May 31, 2017. He served the Lord faithfully and was a lifelong member of Calvary Baptist Church but attended Juniper Chapel F.W.B. Church in more recent years. He is survived by his wife, Helen R. Smith of the home; his son, Stephen Smith (Tammy) of New Bern; his daughter, Brenda Gatlin ...
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Helen Curtis

February 10, 1945 - May 28, 2017

Helen M. Curtis passed away peacefully at home in New Bern, NC, on May 28th with her husband of 52 years by her side.Born in Denver, Colorado, in 1945, Helen had an affinity for animals and loved living the country life, beginning early as a child while spending many hours on her grandparents' farm. As part of a family of educators, she pursued a teaching career, obtained a Master's Degree in...
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Kristy Melvin

May 5, 1963 - May 25, 2017

Kristy Melvin, 54, of New Bern, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at her home. She is predeceased by her father Edwin Gibson and daughter Lyndsie Gibson Melvin.She is survived by her husband David Melvin; mother Mary Gibson of Laurinburg; daughter Kristen Melvin; brothers Paul Gibson of McColl, SC and Michael Gibson of Laurinburg; sister Kathy Locklear (Richard) of Laurinburg; four legged...
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Charles Franklin Walker

December 25, 1937 - May 25, 2017

Charles F. Walker, 79, of Tarboro, formally of Trenton, died May 25, 2017 at Vidant Medical Center.A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm at the Griffin Family Cemetery in Comfort, NC.Charles is survived by his daughter, Janelle Walker.Arrangements are by Co+en Funeral Home & Crematory.
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Charles R. White

August 23, 1933 - May 25, 2017

Charles Rodney White, 83, of New Bern, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He is survived by his wife Edith Hinson White; sons Tim White (Sherry) and Keith White (Erica); sister Linda White Hinson (Rick); and three grandchildren Sarah, Brian and Haylen.The funeral service will be at 2:00 pm, Monday, May 29th at Cotten Funeral Home. The family will receive friends...
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Norwood James Houston

April 14, 1935 - May 24, 2017

Norwood James Houston, 82, passed away on May 24, 2017 at his home in Washington, NC, to be with his heavenly father, whom he worshiped throughout his life and death.His strong devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.Norwood James was born to the late Alfred Houston and Nannie Houston in Duplin County on April 14, 1935. He was...
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Susan DeMarco

February 18, 1961 - May 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Donald Ray Johnson

May 27, 1928 - May 22, 2017

Donald Ray Johnson, 88, of Trenton, died May 22, 2017. He is survived by his wife Sharon Lee Johnson.A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Trenton United Methodist Church.Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory
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Marilyn Baughman

September 23, 1926 - May 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Dorothy C. Bruno

March 7, 1926 - May 19, 2017

Dorothy C. Bruno, 91, of Havelock, died on Friday, May 19, 2017. Affectionately known as "Dottie," she was a kind, loveable, and easy going person who loved life and living it to its fullest. She gave of herself unselfishly, giving to others, expecting nothing in return. She was the embodiment of life itself. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her...
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Thomas Clyde Williams

April 15, 1929 - May 18, 2017

On May 18, 2017, Thomas C. Williams, Sr, took his last breath here on earth, and his first in Heaven. After seeing his Savior face to face, we are confident that he has been reacquainted with his mother, Lillie Bell Williams, his father, William Leeford Williams, his sister, Sue W. Ferguson, his brothers, Bill, Glenn, and David, his son-in-law, Joseph E. Lewis, and many other family and friends,...
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Janie House

March 9, 1935 - May 16, 2017

Janie Ruth Peaden House, 82, of New Bern, went to be with the Lord on May 16, 2017.She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Herbert H. House, and a beloved son, Charles "Fred" Hardee, and her son in-law, John O. Wiley.She is survived by her daughter, Wonda Hardee Wiley, three sons, William Judson Hardee, Jamie Clifton Hardee, and Timmy Ray Hardee, 13 grandchildren and 18 great...
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Kathryn Grace McVeigh

June 7, 1936 - May 15, 2017

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Dorothy M. Gregory

May 19, 1929 - May 15, 2017

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Mary Margaret Hawes

February 4, 1934 - May 15, 2017

Mary Margaret Ward Hawes, 83, of New Bern, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 15, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.The matriarch of her family, Mary was a no-nonsense lady who loved taking care of others, whether it be cooking a meal and feeding family or hosting friends for get togethers. She was always on the move and enjoyed planting flowers, working in her yard and dancing. She...
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Rand Lee VanDePolder

July 13, 1960 - May 15, 2017

Rand Lee VanDePolder, known as "Randy" to most, passed away at his home on Monday, May 15, 2017.He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Sandra VanDePolder; mother, Judy Hoover; brother, Bret VanDePolder; sister, Jody Hall; and grandchildren, Cameron, Cassidy, and Hollie. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Emily VanDePolder Carr.In lieu of flowers, the family...
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John Dewey Willis

May 14, 1936 - May 14, 2017

John Dewey Willis passed away May 14, 2017, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina. He died on his birthday that he shares with his wife. A native of Craven County, he was born May 14, 1936, to the late Errell Dewey and Lena Ipock Willis. After attending Bridgeton School and New Bern High School in 1954, he served in the Army and returned to work at Ives Oil Company for 30 years...
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Ralph Edmund Bushong

May 9, 1922 - May 13, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Owen Kennon Arthur

June 13, 1941 - May 13, 2017

Rev. Owen K. Arthur Jr. 75, died Saturday, May 13, 2017.He was ordained as a Free Will Baptist minister April 30, 1964 and has been active in the ministry ever since. He was retired from Bosch.He is survived by his wife, Pat Smith Arthur; son, Michael Owen Arthur (Tracy) of LaGrange; daughter, Cristy Pat Lancaster (Donald) of LaGrange; sister, Pauline Cumbo of New Bern; grandchildren, Randy...
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Richard Emerson Donnelly

November 8, 1935 - May 11, 2017

Richard "Dick" Donnelly, 81, of New Bern, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.Dick married Diane "Dee" Gysel in 1958 and after graduation from the University of Maryland, they settled in Laurel, Maryland to start their family. There he began his 34-year career in US Intelligence, which often took him travelling around the globe. He and Dee moved to New Bern and...
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David Thomas Miller

May 4, 1945 - May 10, 2017

David Thomas Miller, Sr., 72, of the Caton community, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 with his family by his side.Graveside funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Stilley Family Cemetery in Caton with the Rev. Wesley Taylor officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.He was preceded in death by his parents, Woodrow and Verona Miller; son, David...
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Gene Ray Yarger

September 26, 1932 - May 9, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Kenneth Leonard Preston

March 23, 1947 - May 9, 2017

Kenneth Leonard Preston, 70, of New Bern, passed away on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017.The family will hold a funeral service on Monday, May 15th, 2017 at 3:00pm at Cotten Funeral Home. They will receive friends from 1:00-3:00pm at Cotten Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made in his name to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home,...
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Thomas St. Clair Sterling

September 6, 1950 - May 9, 2017

Thomas St. Clair Sterling, beloved husband and father, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and later in civil service at the comptroller office Naval Aviation Depot, Cherry Point. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, golfing and serving his church family at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church as an active member and deacon. He is...
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Mary Grace Campbell

November 5, 1928 - May 9, 2017

Mary Grace Campbell, 88, entered into eternal peace on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 2:30am, at Cherry Point Bay Rehabilitation Center, encircled with her three living children by her side.Mary was born on November 5, 1928, a daughter of the late Sadie Grace Scurlock Williams and Leon Franklin Williams Sr. She retired from Barbour Boat Works, Inc after 47 years of service as Secretary/Treasurer. She...
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Melvin Ray McDonald

July 1, 1955 - May 8, 2017

Melvin Ray McDonald, 61, of Trenton, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army and worked for Hatteras Yachts for about 14 years before retiring. In his spare time, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He is survived by his children, Crystal McDonald, Quentin McDonald, Shawn McDonald, Michael McDonald, Christopher McDonald, and Doris Kipp;...
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Carl Joseph Anderson

September 20, 1959 - May 5, 2017

Carl Joseph Anderson, Sr., 57, of New Bern, passed away on Friday, May 5th at his home. He was preceded in death by his father, James William Anderson, Sr.; his sister, Lori Anderson Taylor; and his brother, Thomas Edward Anderson.He is survived by his son, Carl Joseph Anderson, Jr.; his mother, Mary Price Anderson; his brother, James William Anderson, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.The...
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Hazel Collins Deruise

November 30, 1942 - May 4, 2017

Hazel Collins Deruise, 74, of New Bern, died May 4, 2017.A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am Monday, June 12, 2017 at St. Paul Catholic Church.
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Lexanne Phifer Meyer

September 26, 1953 - May 4, 2017

Remembering LexanneBorn to Reuben and Margaret Phifer at Saint Luke's hospital in New Bern on the 26th of September, 1953 was what was to become a whirlwind of love, Lexanne made her debut. Throughout her life she became a collector of an unusual kind. She collected friends and loved ones and was a loyal and fierce defender of them all. Quick with a phone call or a quick visit, in good times...
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Susan Maria Purifoy-McNeely

September 16, 1975 - May 1, 2017

Susan Purifoy-McNeely, 41, of Dover, passed away on May 1, 2017. She was very outgoing, had a bubbly personality, and was extremely generous, caring, perceptive, humble and kind. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her husband, Willie McNeely; her mother, Ellen Dunn Purifoy; her father, David Lee Purifoy, Jr.; her grandmother, Ethel "Mammie" Dunn...
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