Our Obituaries

Danny Kaye Ormond

December 1, 1946 - January 28, 2018

Danny Kaye Ormond, 71, of New Bern, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 28, 2018.He was a member of the New Bern Church of God, Doric Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite Temple and the Sudan Shriners. He was an avid bowler and loved to fish. Some of his happiest times were spent on the water. He was a loving and caring man who gave freely of himself to others. He will be greatly missed...
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Tony Curtis Hill

November 30, 1964 - January 27, 2018


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Margaret Wiedmann

February 28, 1922 - January 27, 2018


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Charles Douglas Phillips

August 30, 1928 - January 24, 2018

On January 24, 2018 Charles D. Phillips went through Heaven's Gates and was adorned with his Crown. We can just picture God himself handing you your golden harmonica and placing your name on the roster to play in that Heavenly Angel Band. Born August 30, 1928 in the town of New Bern, Charles worked hard all his life. At the age of 16 he joined the US Army, fighting in both WWll and The Korean...
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Mervin R. Brame

January 24, 1944 - January 23, 2018

Mervin Brame, 73, of New Bern, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. A deeply religious man, he endeavored to follow God's will throughout his life. He held several degrees and served as a Pastor of several churches as well as counseled members of A.A. as a Chaplain. Mervin was a gentle, friendly man who will be missed by family and friends. He is preceded in death by his...
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Juanita I. Smith

December 19, 1931 - January 23, 2018

Juanita Ipock Smith, 86, of Trent Woods, passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.Juanita was born on December 19, 1931 to Roland and Bettie Heath Ipock in Ernul, NC. Juanita graduated from Farm Life High School in Vanceboro. She earned her B.S. in Eduation from Meredith College. While earning her Master's at ECU, Juanita met her future husband, John L. Smith. They were married on June 9, 1956 in...
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A. James Beyer

June 3, 1967 - January 22, 2018

Dr. A. James "Jay" Beyer, III, of Trent Woods, died on Monday, January 22, 2018, at his home. Jay attended high school at Choate Rosemary Hall. He graduated cum laude from Duke University before attending the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completing residency training at the University of Kansas. He then moved back to North Carolina for an additional year of fellowship...
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Martin Ingianni

October 3, 1945 - January 22, 2018

Martin "Marty" Ingianni, 72, passed away peacefully on Monday January 22, 2018 surrounded by his family and close friends. For 21 months, as he bravely fought brain cancer, Marty continued to live his life to the fullest; sheetrocking and painting, restoring furniture, selling fig trees, making fig jam, deep-sea fishing, traveling to Maine and New York, visiting with family and friends, attending...
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Carolyn Ruth Demarest

February 3, 1952 - January 22, 2018


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Carol Mayo

September 10, 1925 - January 22, 2018

Mr. Carol Mayo, 92, of New Bern, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018 at home, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his loving wife, Giva D. Mayo; sons, Doug Mayo (wife Pat) and Mitch Mayo; Daughters, Fran Hollowell (husband Tuffy), Faye Fitzgerald (husband Stanton), and Jean Jolly (husband Robert); six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. The family will celebrate Carol's...
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Andrew Charles Anderson

December 10, 1926 - January 22, 2018


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Maryorie R. Lamanna

June 25, 1929 - January 22, 2018


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Kenneth Paul Watson

September 13, 1948 - January 22, 2018

Kenneth Paul Watson, 69, died after a short illness at his home in New Bern, NC on Monday, January 22, 2018. Paul was born September 13, 1948, grew up in Lowland, North Carolina and graduated from Pamlico County High School.Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Cola and Nelia Watson, his brother, Clevis Watson (Helen) and his sister, Lois Ballance (George). He is survived by his loving...
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Lois Ann Cloar

May 31, 1930 - January 19, 2018


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Amy O'Connor

August 30, 1970 - January 17, 2018

Amy Elizabeth O'Connor 47, of New Bern died Wednesday, January 17, 2018.Amy graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, VA and was a Paralegal for numerous law firms in the New Bern area. She is predeceased by her father, George Butler Anderson.Surviving is her mother, Janet L. Anderson of New Bern; children, David William O'Connor, Jayden Anderson Wright and Emily Elizabeth Wright...
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Evelyn Cook Howard

June 12, 1950 - January 15, 2018

Evelyn Cook Howard, 67, passed away January 15, 2018. She was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, roles which made her life complete. She made her home in Bridgeton where she lived with her grandchildren, Chris and Kim, making her final days special. She is survived by her family which includes: husband, Gary Howard; mother, Shirley Pease; daughters, Tammy...
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Aaron Leroy Heath

December 29, 1938 - January 15, 2018

TRENT WOODS - Aaron Leroy Heath, 79, of Trent Woods, went home to be with the Lord on January 15, 2018, at CarolinaEast Medical Center with his family by his side. He loved his family and enjoyed fellowshipping with his brothers and sisters in Christ at Tabernacle Baptist Church. Aaron proudly served in the North Carolina Army National Guard from 1956 - 1968 and retired from Texas Gulf Sulphur...
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George Harry Parsons

September 28, 1932 - January 13, 2018

George Harry Parsons, 85, of New Bern, passed away on January 13, 2018. Born in Lewiston, Maine in the fall of 1932, George made his home in Maine for most of his life until moving to North Carolina in 2010 to be close to his family. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had worked with the special needs community as an supervisor with the State of Maine until his retirement. In New Bern, George...
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Raymond Thomas White

December 28, 1938 - January 13, 2018

Raymond Thomas White, 79, of Perfection (Cove City), entered into the Church Triumphant on Saturday, January, 13, 2018. Ray was born December 27, 1938 in Craven County. He graduated from Jasper School in 1957. He married his high school sweetheart, Janie McDaniel, in 1958. He started working at DuPont in 1959 and was later drafted in March 1962. He served two years with the U.S. Army stationed in...
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Peter James Champlin

June 5, 1946 - January 13, 2018


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Nancy Arnold Mehne

August 3, 1933 - January 10, 2018

New Bern, North CarolinaNancy Arnold Mehne, 84, of New Bern, North Carolina died January 10, 2018. Nancy died peacefully with her loving family by her side.She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Douglas Quentin Mehne; Son, Douglas Eugene Mehne, his wife Cara of Winchester, MA. ; Daughter, Elizabeth Anne Connell, her husband Patrick of New Bern; and their grandchildren; Cory Connell, Leah...
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Doris Miller

July 8, 1929 - January 8, 2018

Doris "Dot" Stephenson Miller, 88, of New Bern, passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018 at the Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport.She is survived by her children, Andrew R. Miller III, Thomas G. Miller (wife Deborah), Kenneth S. Miller (wife Mary), and Joyce M. Bader (fiancÚ Ron); grandchildren, Danielle Willis, Robert Willis, Andrea Miller, Nathan Miller (wife Amy), Gretchen Bader, and...
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Elizabeth Wallace

January 7, 2018

Elizabeth Cudmore Wallace, a wonderful wife, mother and homemaker, passed away on the morning of Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the age of 90 years. As the wife of a military pilot, Elizabeth traveled around the world and was especially fond of her time in Vietnam, where she volunteered orphanages and helped care for children. She enjoyed painting and writing as well as taking in and caring for stray...
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Laura Lee Wills

December 10, 1983 - January 7, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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James Aubrey Hill

May 31, 1929 - January 7, 2018

James Aubrey Hill, Sr., 88, of New Bern, went to be with his Lord on January, 7, 2018.He was born on May 31, 1929 in Lenoir County. James spent 35 years with Minges Bottling Group, Pepsi-Cola. Following his retirement with Pepsi, James worked with Walmart of New Bern for 12 years. He was a beloved husband to his wife, Rachel Darden Hill, and a devoted father to his children.He is survived by two...
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Rita Yvonne Raymond

October 8, 1953 - January 7, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Charles A. Spruill

September 8, 1936 - January 4, 2018

Charles "Chuck" Spruill, 81, of New Bern, passed away on January 4, 2018, at Carolina East Medical Center. He was predeceased by his parents Jack Spruill of Vanceboro, and Mary Alice Sirmons of New Bern, and his sister Joyce Bridges, of New Bern. He is survived by his children Captain Joe Spruill, U.S. Navy (Ret.) of Washington, DC, and Mary Spruill Chason, of New Bern, his brother Richard...
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Marjorie Barnes Ford

December 12, 1926 - January 4, 2018

Marjorie Elizabeth Barnes Ford, 91, passed away on January 4, 2018.She is predeased by her parents Thomas and Pannie Barnes and a brother T.L. Barnes. Marjorie was a resident of Nashville, NC.Surviving are daughters, Beth Ford of Reidsville, Debbie White ( William) of Cape Carteret, Sue Wall (Dan) of Raleigh and Jenny Strange (Danny) of New Bern; sisters, Alice Woodruff of Tarboro and Betty...
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Jean Collins Schoppaul

December 24, 1931 - January 3, 2018

Jean Collins Schoppaul, 86 of Havelock died Wednesday, January 3, 2018.She was a member of Cherry Point Baptist Church and The order of the Eastern Star. Jean is predeceased by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Collins; and a brother, Leonard Herman Collins, Jr.Surviving are sons, Michael Schoppaul of Stafford , VA. and Richard Schoppaul of Chocowinity; daughter, Deborah Schoppaul of Dublin, OH.;...
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Peter Mack

October 12, 1926 - January 3, 2018

Peter Mack Sr., 91, of New Bern, passed on January 3, 2018 surrounded by his loving daughter and granddaughter.Born in Danville, New York to Avis Kelly Mack and Peter Paul Mack on October 12, 1926.He is survived by five children, Peter Mack Jr., Patricia Ann Webb, Sarah Elizabeth Mack, Gwendolyn Waddell, and John Eric Mack; seven grandchildren, Nicole Dare Webb, Candace Lee Plisko, Gina Mack...
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Mattie Lue Bell

February 28, 1928 - January 2, 2018

Mrs. Mattie Bell of New Bern, went home to be with Jesus on January 2nd, 2018. She loved her family and greeted everyone with a hug. She shined her light for Jesus and loved to be with her church family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Bell, Sr. and grandson, Daniel Bell. She is survived by a son, Gordon Bell, Jr. and wife Anita of El Paso, TX; daughter, Ida Wood and husband...
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Ella Mae Smithwick

September 25, 1922 - January 2, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Kelly Lynn Tillman

October 23, 1978 - December 31, 2017

Paid Obituary New BernKelly Lynn Tillman, 39 of New Bern died December 31, 2017.She is predeceased by her parents Roney and Phyllis Tillman.Surviving is a son, Tyler Tillman of the home; brother, Mickey Tillman of New Bern.A memorial service is scheduled 7:00pm Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Cotten Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the memorial service at the funeral home...
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Paul R. Tourigny

November 23, 1957 - December 31, 2017

Paul R. Tourigny M.D., 60, of Trent Woods, NC, died Sunday, December 31, 2017 at his residence.He has been practicing medicine in New Bern with ECIM/Carolina East Internal Medicine since 1994. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1976, graduated medical school from Hahnemann University in 1980. He served his country in the United States Navy for 7 years. He completed his fellowship in...
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Lawrence Edwin Orth

March 10, 1946 - December 30, 2017

On the morning of Saturday, December 30th, beloved husband, father, and friend, Larry E. Orth, Jr., passed from this life into the next. A man of generosity and kindness, Larry loved his family greatly and was very devoted to them. In his younger years, he proudly served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. A custom home builder by trade, Larry was a true professional who was detail-oriented...
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Dalton Matthew Anderson

February 15, 1966 - December 29, 2017

Dalton Matthew Anderson, Jr., 51, of the Spring Garden community, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017. He was the manager of Wildwood Farms and enjoyed racing with his son.He is survived by his wife, Michele Tyndall Anderson; his son, Brad Anderson; his mother, Aggie Jackson; his father, Dalton Anderson; his sister, Beth Anderson; and niece, Taylor Jones.Graveside service will be 11 a.m....
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Donald Eugene Cox

June 19, 1938 - December 28, 2017

Donald Eugene Cox of Havelock, NC passed away December 28, 2017. Don was a United States Marine Corp veteran with 20 years of service. He was posted in the military police and criminal investigative divisions. He was a member of Grey Ghost VMFA-531 squadron. He was a member of the local FRA in Havelock. After retirement he continued his work on the base at Cherry Point as a civil servant. Don was...
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Geraldine Farrow Nelson

November 10, 1921 - December 27, 2017

Geraldine Farrow Moore Nelson, 96 of Bridgeton, passed away December 27, 2017 at Pruitt Health Care. She was a member of Bridgeton United Methodist Church. She loved flowers and cooking for her family. She is preceded in death by her husband Cephus Nelson , bother Bill Moore; grandson, David Nelson.She is survived by two sons, James Nelson (Sarah), Cephus Nelson (Ethel) of New Bern, four...
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Fay Vance Morrison

February 10, 1916 - December 27, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Doris Anderson White

September 4, 1951 - December 26, 2017

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David Lee Hollingsworth

July 10, 1992 - December 24, 2017

David Lee Hollingsworth, Jr., 25, of New Bern, passed away on Sunday, December 24th at his home. He graduated from New Bern High School in 2010 and had worked with Greenleaf Memorial Park. He was gifted with computers and enjoyed gaming in his spare time. He was also an avid skate boarder who loved music, playing his guitar, and collecting model cars, especially Camaros and Muscle Cars. He is...
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Alejandria Nichols

July 17, 1952 - December 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Alex Nichols

July 17, 1952 - December 23, 2017

Alex "Annie" Nichols, beloved wife, mother, and friend, passed away on Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at home surrounded by her family. A longtime resident of New Bern, Annie worked at BSH Home Appliances for almost 20 years.She is survived by her husband, Christopher Nichols; son, Gage Nichols; goddaughter, Angel Aye; brother, Efren Razonable Pacpaco (Arlene); sister, Lourdus Pacpaco; nieces,...
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Lillian Frances Carlton

March 4, 1924 - December 23, 2017

Lillian Frances Carlton, 94, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017.Arrangements are entrusted to Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.
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Jack Edward Mason

September 12, 1956 - December 23, 2017

Jack Edward "Eddie" Mason, 61, of Vanceboro, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017. Mr. Mason is survived by his loving wife, Janie Lilley Mason; Daughters, Hope Beck (Husband Sonny) of Ernul, Temple Mason Bullock (Husband Will) of New Bern, and Samantha Waters (Husband Chris) of Pinetown; Mother Jean Lankford Brown and Step-Father, Sam Brown of Archdale; Brothers, Dennis Coe (Wife Patricia...
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Cecelia Baldauf

June 19, 1922 - December 23, 2017

Cecelia Mary Baldauf, 95, of New Bern, formerly of Amityville NY, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017, surrounded by her loving children.Cecelia is survived by her four children: Steven Baldauf (wife Judy) of Garland, TX, Cathy Montague (husband Kerry) of New Bern, NC, Celia Delsandro (husband Paul) of Northport, NY and Brian Baldauf (wife Sally) of Northport, NY; her sister Joan Doherty...
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Sheron Faye Riggs

May 22, 1951 - December 21, 2017

Sheron Faye Jarman Riggs, 66, of Pollocksville, passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at home with her family by her side. Sheron is survived by her loving husband, Russell J. Riggs; Daughters, Sheron Lynn Riggs Driver (husband Jeff) of Pollocksville, Tina Marie Riggs Swanson (husband Matthew) of Maysville, and Regina Mae Riggs Meadows (Husband Glenn) of Maysville; Brother, Tommy Jarman of...
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Rosella Centers Nelson

November 1, 1951 - December 21, 2017

Rosella Centers Nelson, 66, of Pollocksville, passed away at home on Thursday, December 21, 2017.She is survived by her loving husband, Barry Nelson; sons, Paul Anthoney Centers, Stevie Darryl Centers, and David Nelson; daughter, Ashley Knox; Sisters, Pat Whitaker and Caroleen Cuthrell; grandchildren, Steffanie Centers, and Jessica Centers; and great grandchild, Shyanne Rose Lewis "Shy Bug"...
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Dorothy Hamilton Humphrey

December 6, 1923 - December 21, 2017

NEW BERN - Dorothy Hamilton Humphrey, 94, of New Bern, passed away December 21, 2017.She is survived by two sons, David Humphrey of Manitou Springs, CO, and William Humphrey of Boulder, CO, and two daughters, Nancy McAndrew and Allee Humphrey, both of New Bern.No services are planned.Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.
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Lisa Ann Toler Fields

August 16, 1970 - December 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Rebecca Ann Tippett

December 27, 1953 - December 19, 2017

COVE CITY --- Rebecca "Becky" Bass Tippett, 63, of the Asbury community, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. A loving wife, mother, and Mimi, Becky was devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She loved to travel, especially to the mountains and enjoyed quiet time on her back porch in Asbury. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church where she...
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Anneliese Agnes McCain

August 10, 1929 - December 19, 2017

Anneliese Agnes McCain, 88, of New Bern, passed away December 19, 2017 at home, surrounded by her husband, daughter, and granddaughter. Agnes, as she was known to most, was born in Stuttgart-Feuerbach Germany, the first child of Karl and Anna Deitenbeck. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth D. McCain, son Dr. Wilfred C. McCain and wife Sandra of Maryland, daughter Marilyn West of New Bern, ...
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Dorothy Pearson Wright

July 25, 1917 - December 19, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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David Farrington Britt

November 1, 1927 - December 18, 2017

David Farrington Britt, 90, of New Bern, passed away at home on Monday, December 18, 2017.David is survived by his three daughters, Sharon Britt Lewis of Emerald Isle, NC, Carol Britt Bryant of Centenial, CO, and Janet Britt Sweeney of Beaufort, NC; six grandchildren, Tracey, Todd, Owen, Megan, Cassie, and Lauren; and eight great-grandchildren, Brad, Victoria, Brooklynn, Hayden, Sydney, Brooklyn,...
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Dorothy Helen Whaley

September 16, 1942 - December 18, 2017

Dorothy H. Whaley, 75, of Bridgeton, passed away on December 18, 2017 at her home. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, December 22, 2017 at Cotten Funeral Chapel. Burial will be private at the Sand Hill Cemetery in Reelsboro. She is survived by her three children, Michael Whaley, Jamie Whaley, and Beth Arnold (Mark); two grandchildren, Kathrine Arnold and Jonathan Arnold; and one great...
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Norman Raymond Czuchra

January 30, 1946 - December 17, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Sherril G. Miller

December 16, 2017

Sherril G. Miller, 82, of River Bend, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, December 16, 2017.She was born on July 20, 1935 in Baltimore, MD. She attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA where she met her husband, Jim Miller. In 1995, the two migrated to New Bern.Sherril was passionate about NC's waters and served as a Chief Riverkeeper with the Neuse River Foundation. Sherril and Jim joined...
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Susan Leslie Gagnon

February 23, 1946 - December 15, 2017

Susan Leslie (Schneider) Gagnon, 71, of Fairfield Harbour, New Bern, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017 at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hannah and Samuel Schneider, and by her brother, Mark.Sue is survived by Edward W. Gagnon, her loving husband of 44 years.Born in Brookline, Massachusetts on February 23, 1946, Sue was a graduate of Brookline...
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William Dale O'Dell

December 26, 1938 - December 14, 2017

William Dale O'Dell (Digger), 78, of New Bern, passed away on Thursday December 14, 2017. He was born and raised in Richwood West Virginia. He worked at St. Charles MFG in Illinois for 35 years and retired in 1996. He was an avid runner and participated in many marathons. In 1999 he moved to New Bern NC and became very active in Courts Plus. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years,...
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Melody Ferne Spotts

June 7, 1945 - December 13, 2017

Melody F. Spotts (Mhyre) left this Earth on Dec. 13, 2017. She was 72. Melody was raised in Spokane, WA, served in the U.S. Army, and worked for some time at the U.S. Pentagon and the F.B.I. She retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons to New Bern, NC where she studied many forms of art. Melody was a basket weaver, a painter, a quilter, a knitter, stained-glass maker and an avid fan of...
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Clark L. White

November 4, 1927 - December 13, 2017

Clark Lindy White, 90, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. Born in Norwalk, CT on November 4, 1927, Clark was the fourth child of Grace Dutcher White and Carl White.Clark loved music, boating, gardening, football, especially the Carolina Panthers, and his beloved dog, Casper. He was a member of First Baptist Church, and sang in the sanctuary choir. Clark retired from the city...
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Catherine Mary Gallagher

August 13, 1958 - December 13, 2017

Catherine Mary Gallagher, 59, of New Bern, passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.No memorial services are planned at this time.
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James Edward Drake

December 12, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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James Edward Drake

December 15, 1951 - December 12, 2017

December 15, 1951 - December 12, 2017Eddy Drake, 65, of New Bern, NC, passed away on December 12, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. He left this world surrounded by family. He is preceded in death by his father, James Edward Drake (Sambo). He is survived by his wife Bonnie Drake of New Bern, NC, son, Jed Drake, wife Renee, and grandson, Weston of Rolesville, NC, daughter, Carrie...
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Elizabeth Wrenn Kopliner

February 10, 1933 - December 11, 2017

Elizabeth Jones Wrenn Kopliner, Age 84, of New Bern, NC, passed away on December 11, 2017 at her home in New Bern, NC.She is survived by her children James H. Wrenn III, Karen Wrenn Clevenger, and Laurie Wrenn Shoulars; grandchildren Amanda Diaz, Jennifer Taveras, Laura Bain, Brittany Clevenger, Wrenn Brotzman, Rebecca Shoulars, and Hadley Wrenn; 7 great grandchildren, and 8 nieces and nephews. ...
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Marilyn Fussell Norris

January 24, 1931 - December 9, 2017

Marilyn Fussell Norris, formerly of Morehead City, died peacefully at her home in New Bern with her family at her side on Saturday, December 9th, 2017. She lived a full life with countless memories of her kindness and friendship that will live on in her four children; Rebecca (Steve), Jeffery (Angela), Patrick (Stacey) and Anthony (Lisa), ten grandchildren, and many friends. Marilyn's life...
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William J. Miller

April 17, 1933 - December 9, 2017

William James "Bill" Miller, 84 of New Bern, passed away at home on December 9, 2017.He was born in Dayton, Ohio to Glen O. and Blanche A. Miller (Schroer). Bill married Virginia H. "Ginny" Schulze on February 19, 1955 in Osgood, Ohio. They were married for 54 years. He was preceded in death by his wife Ginny Miller, a son Jim Miller and a brother Dick Miller.Bill graduated in 1951 from...
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Sara Taylor Webber

March 20, 1976 - December 7, 2017

Sara Beth Taylor Webber, 41, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loved ones on December 7, 2017. She fought a valiant battle with Kidney Cancer for over a year. Sara was a beautiful hardworking, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and grandmother who had a smile that was warm and welcome. Her favorite affirmations were about love and family and her mission statement was...
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William Earl Roberts

June 5, 1930 - December 7, 2017

Rev. William Earl Roberts, 87, of New Bern died peacefully December 7, 2017 surrounded by his children.Rev. Roberts was a minister for 52 years, pasturing nine churches. He was a man of great courage and faith as he moved ahead in life by affirming the world as a loving, beautiful, safe place with God as his beloved companion.He is predeceased by his parents Earl Roberts and Lola Roberts Price;...
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Angelo B. Benigno

September 23, 1943 - December 5, 2017

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Cindy Louise Coombs

October 18, 1921 - December 3, 2017

Cindy Louise Coombs, 96, of Vanceboro, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Cindy is preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Frances Williams; and sons, Willie Ray Williams and Robert Earl Williams. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Gladson (William "Tommy" Gladson) and Patricia Louise Henson; 24 grandchildren; and many, many great and great-great grandchildren.A graveside service will...
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Doris Taylor Williams

February 11, 1931 - December 2, 2017

Doris "Nana" Taylor Williams, 86, of Littleton, passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017. The daughter of the late Isaac and Minnie Ingram, Doris was born and raised in Northampton County, later enjoying retirement at her beloved Lake Gaston, and in the last few months with family in New Bern. A lifetime member of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Gaston, Doris took great joy serving as the...
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Cicero William Gaskins

November 25, 1940 - December 1, 2017

Cicero William "Billy" Gaskins, Jr., 77, of New Bern, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 1, 2017 and is now singing with the Angels. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 30 years and worked at PCS Phosphate (Texas Gulf) for 27 years. He loved his community and served as caretaker of the Sand Hill Road and on the Board of Directors at First Craven Sanitary District for 10 years. He...
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Barbara M. Banach

July 10, 1931 - November 28, 2017

Barbara Banach, 86, passed away on Tuesday November 28th surrounded by her loving family. She was born in the Bronx, NY, raised her family on Long Island NY and retired to New Bern NC. She was the wife of the late Stanley Banach.Barbara spent many happy years in New Bern where she formed deep and lasting friendships. She moved in with her daughter in Connecticut this past spring and enjoyed...
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Charles Bell

February 7, 1961 - November 28, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Jessie Lee Mikanowicz

August 21, 1950 - November 26, 2017

Jessie Lee Mikanowicz, 67, of New Bern, passed away at her home on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Jessie was born in Englewood, NJ. A proud veteran of the US Air Force, she served her nation during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. A loving mother, wife, and grandmother, she was happiest when surrounded by her family. She was devoted to her dogs, Duncan, Moose, and Katie Lynn and watching her humming...
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Gerald P. Brown

May 7, 1940 - November 26, 2017

Gerald "Jerry" Patrick Brown, Sr., 77, of New Bern, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.Jerry was born May 7, 1940 in Clinton, Iowa to Helen and Allen Brown. He graduated from Charlestown High School in Indiana. Following graduation, Jerry joined the Marine Corp as a jet mechanic. He moved to New Bern in 1973 and worked as a successful carpenter for over 30...
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Doris Louise Ballenger

October 8, 1928 - November 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Doris Simpkins Ballanger

October 8, 1928 - November 23, 2017

Doris Simpkins Ballenger, 89, of New Bern, passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at home surrounded by her family. She is survived by her son, William Michael Ballenger and wife Mary of Midlothian, VA; and daughter, Deborah H. Bowden and husband Graham, of Jacksonville, NC; two grandsons, Christopher Ballenger and wife Sarah of MS, and Scott Houston of Bayboro, NC; grand-daughter, Jennifer...
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Elizabeth Marie Pinon Vazquez

March 9, 1990 - November 22, 2017

A private service will be held.
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Ronald Eugene Dickerson

January 3, 1943 - November 19, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Mina Lee France

May 28, 1927 - November 18, 2017

Mina Lee France, 90, of New Bern, formerly of Latham, NY, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, John K. France, Jr.; her daughter, Denise Hulek (Wayne); her son, Kevin France (Joanne); and three grandchildren, Ashley Hulek, Brian France, and Dereck France. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Cotten Funeral...
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Loyd Thomas Weeks

October 6, 1936 - November 14, 2017

Loyd Thomas Weeks, 81, of New Bern, died Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Homeplace of New Bern. Born October 6, 1936, in Sampson County N.C., Tom realized the value of hard work at a young age, and carried this principle throughout his life. In 1955, Tom embarked upon a 30-year adventure with the United States Marine Corps. He began his military career as an enlisted aviation ordnance technician,...
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Tina Gayle West

April 29, 1957 - November 13, 2017

Tina left this earthly life to be with her Heavenly Father on November 13, 2017 following an extended illness. She was born on April 29, 1957 and was the first child of the late James and Janet Hunter of West Virginia. She was later followed in the family by three siblings whom she adored. Tina was born in Warren, Ohio and later moved to West Virginia with her parents where she lived until...
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William Joseph Wilfong

September 6, 1935 - November 13, 2017

William Joseph Wilfong (Bill), 82, of New Bern, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017.Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth Ann (Liz) Wilfong. Bill was born in Pendleton County, West Virginia. He joined the U.S. Army from high school and served in the Army Security Agency in the U.S. and in Germany. He then joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture and later the U.S....
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Doris Peat Smith

July 14, 1935 - November 12, 2017

Doris Peat Smith, 82, of New Bern, passed away Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Carolina East Medical Center. Originally from Carluke, Scotland, Doris crossed the Atlantic by ocean liner in 1960, expecting to stay in America for six months. Instead, she found love, and made first Stamford, CT, and later New Bern, NC, her home. As wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend and neighbor, Doris graciously...
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Andrew Gabriel Ramos

February 4, 1992 - November 9, 2017

Andrew Ramos, 25, of Durham, passed away on November 9, 2017 at his home.He is survived by his parents, Alex and Stacy Ramos; brother Michael Ramos; and two step-brothers, Nathaniel and Samuel Markey.The family will hold a memorial gathering to celebrate his life at Cotten Funeral Home on Friday, November 17th, 2017 at 6pm.Arrangements are entrusted to Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.
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Ronald Letellier

December 13, 1934 - November 9, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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Frank Lee Clarke

August 29, 1977 - November 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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James Harry Beasley

September 13, 1946 - November 4, 2017

HAVELOCK - James "Jim" H. Beasley, 71, a long time resident of Havelock, went to his eternal home on Nov. 4, 2017. He was born Sept. 13, 1946 to James R. Beasley and Charlotte Nicholson. Jim was a master carpenter, a Marine, and a licensed optician in the Havelock/Cherry Point area for 46 plus years.Jim is survived by his loving wife Susie Butler Beasley of 50 years; son Jimbo Beasley and his...
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Doris Ebron Hill

April 29, 1922 - November 4, 2017

Doris E. Hill, 95, of Vanceboro, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.She is survived by her son, Ellis Hill (Bertha); daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Hill; ten grandchildren; and twenty great grandchildren. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Hill and her son, Cecil Hill.The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Cotten Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 2 p...
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Harry G. Stewart

July 31, 1938 - November 3, 2017

Harry G. Stewart, Sr., 79, of Ernul, passed away on Friday, November 3rd, 2017. Harry was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1938, and lived most of his life in Eastern North Carolina, graduating from New Bern High School. While attending UNC-Chapel Hill, he made the decision to return home following the death of his father to take over the family business that would later become Stewart Equipment...
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Thomas William Wilson

September 18, 1950 - October 31, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, NC.
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George Richard Cook

July 29, 1930 - October 30, 2017

Richard Cook, 87, of New Bern, died Monday, October 30, 2017 at his home.He was a US Air Force Veteran of the Korean War, graduated from Scarsdale High School and New York University, was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and a stock broker for Kidder-Peabody in New York City.He is preceded in death by his parents Dr. William A. Cook and Estelle Canavan Cook and sister Patricia Stimpson. He is...
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Angel Ann Layel

September 26, 1940 - October 29, 2017

Angel Ann Layel, 77, of New Bern, passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at her home. She was born September 26, 1940 in Bunnlevel, NC. Raised in Sumter, SC by her parents Claude and Victoria McKinnon, she attended Trevekka Christian High School and Black Mountain High School where she graduated. She married in 1959 and raised her family in California where she lived until 1976. Moving back to...
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Sanford Colona Stallings

August 20, 1926 - October 29, 2017

Born on August, 20, 1926, Sanford Colona Stallings, died Sunday, October 29, at age 91, after a long illness. He leaves behind his loving wife, Mary (Winslow); daughter, Susan Stallings Crepeau; grandaughter, Cyndi (Bill) Funkhouser; great grands, Consuela (Danny) Agayoff, Nicholas, Brandon, and Andrew Crepeau, Brittany Waters, and Elijah Anderson; mothers and step-father of the grands, Renee and...
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Benjamin Larry Mercer

September 22, 1947 - October 29, 2017

Benjamin Larry Mercer, 70, of Trenton, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017.Larry is survived by his daughter, Lauren Mercer. Funeral service will be 8 p.m. Wednesday November 1 at Cotten Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Heath Family Cemetery in Trenton with Military Honors.Arrangements under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home, New...
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Katherine Smith Harrison

December 10, 1929 - October 27, 2017

Katherine Smith Harrison took her last breath on this earth on October 27, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband who finished his course in this life two months earlier on September the first. After sixty-six years together, the pain of losing him literally broke her heart.Katherine's mother, Ruby Edwards Smith gave birth to her in the country outside of New Bern at her Grandmother's...
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Beatrice A. Wilson

April 5, 1928 - October 27, 2017

On the morning of Friday, October 27th, 2017, Beatrice A. Wilson, went home to be with the Lord. A loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and servant of God, Bea was a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church where she enjoyed spending time with her church family and had lovingly ministered to those in the nursing home. Prior to moving to North Carolina, she was an active member and Sunday...
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