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Delva Rawls Molan

COLUMBIA - Service for Delva Rawls "Dee" Molan, 86, will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Kathwood Baptist Church with entombment in Bush River Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kathwood Baptist Church. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.  Dee Molan, wife of the late John Molan, died Monday, August 29, 2005. Born in Araphoe, N.C., she was the last of 13 children born to William and Elvira Rawls.  Mrs. Molan was a member of Kathwood Baptist Church and enjoyed golfing, gardening and flowers.  A loving mother and grandmother, she is survived by son and daughter-in-law, William David and Dorothy Casey of Largo, Fla.; daughters, Joyce A. Johnson of Gaston, and Betty Jean Godwin and her husband, Jim, of Virginia Beach, Va.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  (The State [Columbia, SC] - August 31, 2005; pg. B6)

Michael Lynn Moody

REELSBORO - Michael Lynn Moody, 47, a longtime resident of Pamlico County, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2012 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Known to many as "Moody," he grew up in Vandemere and later moved to Reelsboro where he spent all of his adult life.  He graduated from Pamlico Community College with an Associate's degree in Automobile Engineering Technology. He spent many years working as a mechanic at Bennett's Auto Repair. When he wasn't working on cars he could be found working on a commercial fishing boat with his family or friends. He was currently employed with B&J Seafood of New Bern as a mechanic and commercial fisherman.  His true passion and hobby was buying and fixing cars. He loved the sound of an engine cranking. When he started a project, he wasn't satisfied until he received the end result that he had in his mind. He was so talented … a talent that he was also teaching his nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father, John Moody, his stepfather, Ray Armstrong, a sister, Lisa Dawn Moody and his grandparents, Mack and Marie Jones.  He is survived by his daughter, Shelby Moody of Reelsboro; mother, Katie Armstrong of Reelsboro; brothers, Jamie Armstrong (Brenda) of Grantsboro, Jeffrey Armstrong (Odessa) of Havelock and Charlie Jones of Olympia; one sister, Beverly Armstrong Titus of Alliance; one grandson, Gavin Michael Moody "HOTROD" also from Reelsboro; nieces, Katelyn, Brittany, Gabrielle, Krystyn, Shanna, Andrea, Karma and Starla; Nephews, Jeffrey, Michael, Noah and Jordyn; one great niece, Presley; his extended family whom he met later in life, two sisters, Jonette Wiggins of Bridgeton and Diana Wiggins of Delaware.  He is also survived by two very special uncles, Dewey Jones of Reelsboro and Malcolm Jones of Olympia who mentored him, were "fathers" to him; one very special aunt, Margaret Jones who always provided guidance with love and compassion; four aunts, Nova Maxine Jones of Mexico, Janet Smith (Hugh) of Sparta, Annette Armstrong (Oscar) of Oriental and Pat Armstrong of Alliance; three very special friends, Sonny Lowery of Goose Creek, Wesley Broughton of Reelsboro and Frankie Manning of Reelsboro; his lifelong friends, Lloyd Bennett, Buddy Mitchell (Becky) and Donald Hopkins. He loved his family and friends dearly and enjoyed spending time with them.  He loved and adored his daughter, Shelby with all of his being. She gave him the most precious and cherished gift of his life, a grandson. Pop loved his Lil Man, his HOTROD whose smile just made his heart melt.  A memorial service honoring the life of "Moody" will be held Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at Reelsboro Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Steve Willis officiating. He was a son, brother, daddy, granddaddy, uncle and friend who will be missed very much. To know him was to love him … blue eyes, red hair, a smile that lasted forever and a laugh that will never be forgotten.  Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations has the honor of serving The Moody Family.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - June 7, 2012)

Arnetha Gardner Moore

AURORA - Arnetha Gardner Moore, 66, of 1799 Bay City Road, died Monday, May 30, 2011, at Beaufort County Medical Center.  A native of Pamlico County, she was a member of St. Peter's Baptist Church Ministries, Inc. and served as a Sunday school teacher. She was also a minister at St. Cindy M.B. Church in Blounts Creek.  Her funeral will be held noon Friday, at St. Peter's Baptist Church Ministries, Inc. Royal Community, Aurora with the Rev. Barry Squires officiating. Burial will be in the Idalia Cemetery.  She is survived by her husband, Cleveland A. Moore of the home; one son, Cleveland A. Moore, Jr. of Aurora; two daughters, Toni Moore and Subrenia, both of Aurora; three brothers, Alfred Gardner Jr. of Grantsboro, David Gardner of New Bern and Hubert Gardner of Fort Worth, Texas; nine sisters, Janie G. Glasper of Grantsboro, Agnes Kornegay, Shirleen Squires, Rachel Austin-Clyburn and Ella Gardner, all of Greensboro, Linda Yancey of McLeansville, Lillie Lyons of Wilmington, Marilyn Gardner of Grifton and Novella Green of Norriston, Pa.  The family will receive friends at the residence. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary, Inc.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - June 5, 2011)

Charlotte Lee Moore

Charlotte Lee Moore, former resident of Bayboro, NC, departed this life peacefully with her loved ones at her side on Tuesday, June 28, 2005, at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, MD.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Lovie and John Lee, her husband, Lenwood R. Moore, and her son, Lenwood J. Moore.  Charlotte Aenjoyed a wonderful 40-year career as an educator in North Carolina (Pamlico County) public school systems. She was recognized as being one of the first African-American teachers who taught during the initial desegregation of the Pamlico County School system.  Until recently, she had been an active member of the North Carolina Association of Educators/NCAE (NC Retired School Personnel/NCRSP) organization. She retired in 1976, but never stopped teaching or caring for others.  She was a faithful member of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Stonewall, NC where she was a Mother of the church and involved in many church activities and clubs. In 1999, when her health began to fail, she relocated to Bowie, MD to live with and be cared for by her daughter and grandchildren. She will truly be missed.  She is survived by her loving family: daughter and son-in-law, Joyce Patricia and Larry McCormick of Bowie, MD; grandchildren, Charlotte Denise Moore of Bowie, MD, Charles Ronald Trotman Jr. of Bowie, MD and Lenwood J. Moore, Jr. of New Bern, N.C.; great-granddaughter, Jazmine Trotman of Bowie, MD; beloved nephews and niece that she regarded as her own children, Robert Long of Piscataway, NJ, Emma Smith of Brooklyn, NY, and the Rev. Lenwood Long of Wake Forest, NC; and a multitude of other relatives and friends.  The viewing and funeral services took place on Tuesday, July 5, 2005 at New Southern Rock Baptist Church, 750 Buchanan St., NW, Washington, DC. The Rev. Dr. Rudolph White was the officiating pastor. Interment and burial followed at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Washington, DC.  Funeral services and arrangements were entrusted to the J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home, Landover, MD.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - June 30, 2005)

Elliott Moore

Elliott Moore, who headed the Appellate Court Branch of the National Labor Relations Board for 13 years, died at his home in Oriental, N.C., on Oct. 19, 2005. He was 78.Better known as Tad, he was born in Sarasota, Fla., the only child of Elliott L. Moore and Arlene Kuck Moore.  During the Korean War, he served in the United States Air Force for four years, in California and in Japan, leaving service as a technical sergeant.  He received an AB degree from Duke University and an LLB from the University of Florida. After three years of private practice in Atlanta, he joined the NLRB there, later transferring to the Appellate Court Branch in Washington, as a briefing attorney. The Branch represented the Board in all 12 U.S. Courts of Appeals, and he was admitted in all of them. During his tenure as Chief, the Branch reached its peak in personnel and in briefs filed. He obtained two amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, one of which substantially altered the Board's practice to this day. As a lawyer for the Board, he argued hundreds of cases, including a successful defense of the Board's certification in its largest representation election.  He was survived by his wife, Suzanne Stocking; his three sons, Cason Moore and his wife, Sondra Renee Elmore; his children, Gregory, Caitlin and Cassidy, all of Ocala, Fla., Cary Moore and his wife, Sarah, and their sons, Charlie and Peter of Arlington, Va., and Jonathan (Jay) Moore and his wife, Ellen, and their daughter, Kira Ann of Arlington, Va.  Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2005. A morning service will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Oriental, N.C., at 9:30. A graveside service will be held in the Quaker tradition at the Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, N.C., at 14:30.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - October 21, 2005)

Fannie Daniels Moore

RALEIGH - Mrs. Fannie Daniels Moore, age 88, formerly of Benson, died Sunday at Carolina Nursing & Rehab Center, Raleigh. Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Roselawn Cemetery, Benson. Officiating will be Rev. Glenn McCullen.  Mrs. Moore was born November 10, 1913 in Pamlico County to the late A.E. and Sadie Briggs Daniels, Sr. She was preceded in death by her husband, Julius William Moore, Jr.; and a son, Darrell Daniels Moore. Mrs. Moore was a homemaker.  Survivors include: daughters and son-in-law, Sylvia "Sissy" and William C. "Mann" Johnson and Sharon M. Lee, all of Raleigh; grandchildren, Julie Reaves and Pam Brown; great grandchildren, Kelly Outwater, Abbie Reaves, Charlotte Reaves, and Jessica Brown; and great-great-grandson, Noah Outwater and Michael Brown.  The family will receive friends at Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.  (The News & Observer [Raleigh, NC] - February 18, 2002; pg. B4)

Jessie Elizabeth Hunter Moore

GRANTSBORO - Jessie Elizabeth Hunter Moore, 92, of 290 Keel Road, died Monday, March 21, 2011, at Grantsbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  She was a lifetime resident of Pamlico County and a member of Bethel M.B. Church.  Her funeral will be noon, Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the New Bern Eastern M.B. Association Headquarters, N.C. 306 North, Grantsboro, with the Rev. Victor Smith as eulogist and the Rev. Tony Credle officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel M.B. Church Cemetery, Merritt.  She is survived by her seven sons, Abner Lee Moore Jr. of New Bern, Mack Moore and Wallace Moore, both of Oriental, Charles Moore of Brockton, Mass., Alvin Moore of Cape May, N.J., Clifton Moore of Brockton, Mass., and Terry Moore of Decatur, Ga.; eight daughters, Flora Jones of Bayboro, Dorothy Mearidy of New Bern, Pamela Jones and Patricia Moore, both of Dover, Del., Linda Foreman of New Bern, Judieth Brite of Raleigh, Kathey Moore and Valerie Credle, both of New Bern; one brother, James Hunter of Hastings, Fla.; 69 grandchildren; 129 great-grandchildren; and 51 great-great-grandchildren.  Viewing will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday, with the family receiving friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at Oscar's Mortuary and other times at the residence of Flora and Fountain Jones, 155 Ireland Road, Bayboro.  Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary, Inc(Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Thursday, March 24, 2011)

Mahue Tarnaz Moore

ORIENTAL - Mahue "Ed Mac" Tarnaz Moore, 29, of 1344 Pamlico Road, died Thursday, May 15, 2008 at Wilson Medical Center in Wilson.  Mahue was a 1997 graduate of Pamlico County High School and a member of St. Galilee United Church of Christ. He was a former choir member.  He is survived by his mother, Sharon Elaine Moore Gibbs of Oriental; father, Calvin Parker of Savannah, Ga.; two sons, Jalyn Dunn of Oriental and Mahue Moore Jr. of Raleigh; daughter, De'Yana Thomas of Reelsboro; two brothers, Calvin Parker Jr. of Savannah, Ga. and Dante Gibbs of Bayboro; four sisters, Tyquanna Butts of Raleigh, Quinnesian Joyner and Destinee Parker of Savannah, Ga. and Quatesha Clarke of Raleigh; two grandmothers; and one great-grandmother.  The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at New Bern Eastern Missionary Baptist Headquarters in Grantsboro, with the Rev. Leroy Duke officiating. Burial will be in Hall Cemetery in Oriental.  The family will receive friends at the home of Renee Moore, 3057 Trent Road, Oriental. A viewing will be from noon to 3 p.m. today at Oscar's Mortuary and one hour prior to the service at the headquarters.  Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary Inc.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Tuesday, May 20, 2008)

Nettie O'Neil [O'Neal] Moore

(Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - January 29, 1951; pg. 5) - Digital image taken by David A. French from microfilm)

Bobby Earl Morgan

NEW BERN - Bobby Earl Morgan, 71, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.  A native of Pamlico County, he was in the Army National Guard and was an automobile mechanic and welder.  Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at the Stilley Family Cemetery on Saints Delight Church Road with the Rev. Kenneth Dixon officiating. The family will receive friends following the services.  He is survived by his wife, Cathlene Whitehurst Morgan; brother, Thurman Morgan of Trenton; and sister, Rachel Morgan of Harkers Island.   Arrangements are by Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Saturday, January 5, 2013)

Denise Moore Morgan

Denise Moore Morgan, 47, of 3693 Otterbein Ave., Dayton, Ohio, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2008, at her residence. She was a native of Pamlico County and a 1980 graduate of Pamlico County High School. Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at House of Wheat Funeral Home, Dayton, Ohio, with the Rev. Scott officiating. She is survived by her husband, Jack Morgan of the home; one brother, James Stokes of Durham; and three sisters, Gail Moore Headen of New Bern, Lisa Moore of Bayboro and Tina Gibbs Nobles of New Bern.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Monday, January 12, 2009)

Gray Bennett Morgan

Gray Bennett Morgan, 76, of 320 Lane Drive, Elizabeth City, NC died Thursday, September 13, 2007, at the Albemarle Hospital. Mrs. Morgan, a native of Pamlico County, NC, was the daughter of the late John Carl Bennett and Charity Kathleen Lupton Bennett and the wife of Ernest Idell Morgan. She was a member of City Road United Methodist Church, the Collier Sunday School Class for 46 years, and the Sunshine Circle of the church.  Besides her husband she is survived by two daughters, Paula Morgan Ewell and husband Roger, Sandi Morgan Herron and husband Clay all of Elizabeth City, NC; a son, Mark Fentress Morgan of Arlington, VA; six grandchildren, Tracy Ewell, Brandon Herron, Ryan Ewell, Ashley Cartwright, Seth Herron, and Morgan Burrows; four great grandchildren, Mallory Ewell, Zackery Moore, Dane Ewell, and Abby Ewell; an aunt, Lillian Haddock of New Bern, NC, and special friends, Iva and Herbert Lange of Elizabeth City, NC. Besides her parents, Mrs. Morgan is preceded in death by a sister, Bibbie Thompkins and a brother, Jimmy Bennett.  A funeral service will be Monday, September 17, 2007 at 11:00 AM at City Road UMC with the Rev. Charles McKenzie officiating. Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Edwards Hall of the church and at other times at the residence.  Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC, is in charge of arrangements.  (Twiford's Funeral Homes obituary posted Saturday, September 14, 2007)

Roslyn H. Morgan

Roslyn H. Morgan, 86, died March 29, 1999, in Norfolk.  Born in Pamlico County, N.C., she was a retired bookkeeper. Mrs. Morgan was a member of Oriental Methodist Church and Elizabeth Chapter No. 45, Order of the Eastern Star.  The widow of W.A. Morgan, she is survived by a sister, Sadie Marie Wade of Norfolk; two grandchildren; one niece; and one nephew.  A graveside service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Oriental Cemetery in Oriental, N.C. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, is handling arrangements.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - March 31, 1999; pg. B8)

John Anthony Moritz

ALLIANCE – John Anthony Moritz, 68, died Sunday, July 2, 2006, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  He was a retired truck driver.  Graveside service will be 4 p.m. Monday at Paul Cemetery in Arapahoe.  He is survived by his widow, Dora Banks Moritz, formerly of Arapahoe: one son, John A. Moritz, Jr., of Washington; two daughters, Cindy Rhodes and Carol Murphy, both of Rose Hill; and three grandchildren.  The family will receive friends between 2 and 3:30 p.m. Monday at Bryant Funeral Home.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - July 3, 2006)

Betty Lou Morris

Lou Morris, 70, of Arapahoe, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. A native of Pamlico County, Betty loved to write and sing gospel hymns. Betty also loved nothing more than to spend time with her family. She was a longtime employee of Stanley Tools/Bosch. Outside of work and family, Betty could be found working in her flowerbeds. Sadly, Betty was preceded in death by her mother and father, Albert and Virginia Dunn Morris; and her siblings, David, George, Jeannie, Otis Ray, and Ed.  The family will receive visitors from 7-9pm Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11am, Thursday June 9, 2016 at Pollock~Best Chapel. Burial will follow in the family cemetery on Cool Springs Road.  Betty is survived by her children Jackie Tripp and Tommy Vargo of Arapahoe, NC; Joel Sondys Jr. of Toledo, OH; Kenny Sondys, and wife Janice, of Clayton, NC; and Michael L. "Mike" Sondys, and wife Billie Jo, of Arapahoe, NC. She also leaves behind her sisters Margie Jones, and husband William, of New Bern, NC; Evelyn Stevens of Washington State; Sadie Morris, and husband Preston, of Blounts Creek, NC; her brothers Carroll Morris of Oklahoma; Dan Morris, and wife Yadira, of Columbia, SC; and Mark Morris of Bridgeton, NC. Her eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren will miss her dearly.  Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Morris family.  (Pamlico News - June 8, 2016)

Charles Hughes Morris

LOWLAND - Charles Hughes Morris, 92, died September 24, 2011, from natural causes with his family at his side.  Mr. Morris was born Dec. 4, 1918, in Pamlico County to Leona R. and Charles A. Morris. Mr. Morris spent over 70 years as a commercial fisherman.  Mr. Morris was preceded in death by his brother, Hugh Morris formerly of Havelock, and sisters, Ruth Harris of Lowland, and Helen Witty of California.  He is survived by his son, Jerry A. Morris and spouse, Bettie, of Louisburg; two granddaughters, Neisha Holley and Kirsten Biddix; three step-granddaughters, Robyn Hines, Nicole Stinnett, and Kimberly Creech; four great grandchildren, and five step-great grandchildren; two special nieces and a nephew and their spouses, Alice and Art Keeney of Englehart and Sarah Mae and Jake Kilpatrick of Washington state, and Hugh Jr., and Susan Morris of Ashville; and dear to him, Ms. Sandra Morris of Durham.  A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Carawan officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Sandhill Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Tuesday, September 27, 2011)

Hugh Alvin Morris, Sr.

Hugh Alvin Morris, Sr., 85, Georgetown Drive, Casselberry, died Wednesday, July 9.  Mr. Morris was a retired personnel manager for the federal government. Born in Pamlico County, N.C., he moved to Central Florida in 1978. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Oviedo, and Civilian Conservation Corps, Hyde County, N.C. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors: wife, Ruth F.; sons, Hugh A. Jr., Oviedo, John C., Newport, N.C.; daughter, Alice L. Keeney, Engelhard, N.C.; brother, Charles H., Lowland, N.C.; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild.  Baldwin-Fairchild Goldenrod-Winter Park Chapel.  (The Orlando Sentinel [Orlando, FL] - July 11, 1997; pg. D4)

James Ward Morris

James Ward Morris, 81, of Oriental, NC, formerly of Newtown, CT, died on October 8, 2015. He is survived by Jo Ann Morris, his beloved wife of 58 years; son, Jeffrey Morris of Mt. Bethel, PA; son Steven Morris (Jennifer) of New Milford, CT; and greatly beloved grandsons, Jason, Jared, and Dylan Morris.  Born in Milwaukee, WI, James graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in 1952 and from Lawrence University in 1956 with a B.A. degree. He worked in the packaging industry for 38 years, finishing his career as National Accounts Manager for American National Can Company. Jim and Jo also lived in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Troy, MI.  Jim loved his Lord, his family, his church, and the Pamlico County community and devoted his retirement years to volunteer work in the county, particularly trying to advance literacy and music appreciation for children. He was proud to say he spent 12 years in first grade--reading to them. It was one of his most loved activities. He mentored high school students in the LIFT program. He started the Rotary Dictionary Project in 2002, which has distributed more than 2,500 free dictionaries to 3rd grade students in the county. The week before he died he spent a day distributing dictionaries to 3rd graders. He also was involved with Rotary programs to purchase violins and guitars for elementary school students. He was named Rotarian the Year in 2003 and was awarded the North Carolina Governor's Award for Excellence in Volunteerism in 2004. He volunteered as a Hospice Companion, delivered Meals-on-Wheels to the elderly for 16 years, and served as vice president of the Pamlico Musical Society for nine years, where he was a member of the first Musical Society Board. He also served on the Ambulance Fund Board of Directors for seven years. He served on the Board of Directors of the Oriental Rotary Club several times and on the Board of Directors of the Pamlico County Fishes and Loaves Outreach. He was a member of Pamlico UMC, where he served as Lay Leader and Pastor-Parish Relations Chair. He was thankful for his church family.  A memorial service will be held on Monday October 12 at 1:00 at Pamlico UMC with Rev. Michael Roach officiating.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (Bryant Funeral Home)

Jerry Morris

BAYBORO - Jerry Morris, 77, died peacefully at home, Thursday, November 15, 2012.  Jerry was born in Vandemere on July 2, 1935, to Joseph and Ivy Woodard Morris. He graduated from Pamlico County High School. Following this, he played baseball with the New York Giants Farm League. He then returned and graduated from East Carolina University. He taught and coached at Hammond High School in northern Virginia until he returned home to Pamlico County where he was the PCHS athletic director, football and baseball coach. He then worked as a sporting goods manufacturer's representative for Sondey Associates, eventually co-owning and retiring from this company.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Berry Jean Lynch and his sister, Josephine Driscoll.  He is survived by two daughters, Pam Barker and her husband, Mark, of Nashville, Tenn. and Donna Anderson and her husband, Chuck, of New Bern; three grandchildren, Townley Cheek of Clinton, S.C., Jordan Best of Chapel Hill and Brian Best of Raleigh; and his companion, Doris Southerland.  Jerry was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and golfing. He was an active member of Vandemere United Methodist Church and was very involved with fundraising for Relay for Life.  A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, November 18, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Roach and the Rev. Dave Brosnan officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Celestial Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends and family from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday evening at the funeral home.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - November 16, 2012)

Selma Daniels Morris

ORIENTAL - Selma Daniels Morris, 98, died Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at the Gar-dens of Pamlico in Grantsboro.  She was a member of Oriental United Methodist Church and had worked as a florist.  Funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Oriental United Methodist Church the Revs. Stan Brown and Walter Graves officiating.  Burial will be in Oriental Cemetery.  She is survived by one son, Grant Morris Jr., of Bellevue, Wash.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral at the church.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Monday, July 2, 2007)

Thora Ross Morris

Thora Ross Morris, of 20 Meadowlark Lane, Hilton Head Is, SC died on February 23, at her daughter’s home on Spring Island, SC. A longtime native of Jacksonville, NC, Thora Morris was born on March 20, 1923 in Lowland, NC, the daughter of Sina Rice Ross and Ellis X. Ross. She grew up in Belhaven, NC and graduated from John A. Wilkinson High School in 1939. She graduated from The Woman’s College of The University of North Carolina in 1943 with a B.S. in Secretarial Administration. She married her husband of 59 years, Sam J. Morris, Jr. of Raleigh, NC in August 1943 in El Paso, TX where Mr. Morris was stationed at flight school with the U.S. Army Air Corps.  Retiring in 1985, she worked for over 20 years with the North Carolina Employment Security Commission and was awarded the State Employee Award of Honor, for her outstanding performance and dedication. As Manager of the Jacksonville, NC Employment Security Commission, she won praise from businesses and local citizens alike for locating hundreds of workers throughout Onslow County, NC.  She was an avid gardener and member of the Gardenerettes Garden Club in Jacksonville, NC. Her home and garden were recently featured on the Cypress Tour of Homes. She and Sam Morris were longtime members of the Jacksonville Country Club and founding members of the Onslow Cotillion. During their later years together she and her husband enjoyed traveling to Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa, and Asia.  Known as Mamatoo to her grandchildren and their friends, she is remembered by her family and friends most of all for her extraordinary graciousness, warmth, and loving kindness.  She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Betsy Morris Chaffin and James J Chaffin, Jr. of Spring Island, SC, and Snowmass Village, CO; a son, Samuel J Morris III, of Washington DC; two grandchildren, Anna Chaffin Lambiotte of Truckee, CA, and James Christopher Chaffin of Waynesville, NC; and three great-grandchildren, James Hutson Chaffin and Celia Frances Chaffin of Waynesville, NC, and Scout Ross Lambiotte of Truckee, CA.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 28 at 4 p.m. at The Cypress Club on Hilton Head Island, SC.  The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] – Thursday, February 26, 2009)

Evelyn Sawyer Morse

Evelyn Sawyer Morse, age 91, of Havelock, died Monday March 13, 2006, at Craven Regional Medical Center. Evelyn was born December 24, 1914, in the vicinity of Oriental, N.C. Her parents were the late Jesse Sawyer and Cora Spruill Sawyer. She graduated from Oriental High School and attended East Carolina Teachers College, and retired from Civil Service at MCAS Cherry Point in March 1973 after 30 years of service.  She was predeceased by her husband, Darrell W. Morse, in 1977; and her three sisters, Anne Sawyer of New Bern, Virginia Mason of Oriental and Jessie O’Neal of Raleigh.  She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Jo Ann and Kenneth Simpson of Milton Fla., George Mason and Charlotte of Oriental, N.C., Janet O’Neal of Santa Fe, N.M., David O’Neal of Raleigh, Debbie and Ray Sheffield of Panama City, Fla., Haley and Parker Sheffield of Panama City, Fla., Keith Simpson of Foley Ala., and his daughter, Chloe Simpson, of Pensacola, Fla.  Evelyn belonged to the First United Methodist Church in Havelock where she was treasurer for over 34 years, and was a volunteer as a Gray Lady at Craven Regional Medical Center for over 20 years. She was a member of the Lions Club since 1977.  Her major pastime was making items for the annual church bazaar and visiting her family and friends. When you think of her birth and death, the thing that mattered most was the dash between those years.  A celebration and visitation will be held Thursday, March 16, 2006, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2006, at Pollock Best Funeral Chapel with the Rev. William Sherman and the Rev. Eric Lindblade officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park.  The family is being served by Pollock Best Funerals and Cremations.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - March 15, 2006)

Amanda Louise Jones Moseley

ORIENTAL - Amanda Louise Jones Moseley, 82, of 2903 Trent Road, died Friday, March 18, 2005, at Two Rivers Healthcare Center.  She was a native of the Maribel community of Pamlico County and was a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. She resided in the Broad Creek community of Pamlico County for more than 50 years.  Funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Antioch M.B. Church with the Rev. James E. Heath officiating.  Burial will be in Broad Creek Church Cemetery.  She is survived by two sons, Samuel Moseley of Greensboro and Abbas Shamsid-Deen of Baltimore, Md.; one daughter, Vickie Moseley-Jones of Oriental; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at the residence of Vickie and Gregory Jones, 3521 Trent Road in Oriental and from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Oscar's Mortuary.  Arrangements by Oscar's Mortuary, Inc.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - March 21, 2005)

Dr. Marion S. Marny Muir

January 27, 1947-December 22, 2004.  Dr. Marion S. Marny Muir, marriage and family therapist and community activist, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, December 22, 2004, in Oriental, NC. Her husband, Dr. Richard deCharms IV, and son, Dr. Richard Christopher deCharms, were in attendance. She was 57 and died of ovarian cancer. Born in January 1947 in Cincinnati, Marny attended Glendale elementary and graduated from Hillsdale School (now Seven Hills) in 1965. She graduated from American University in 1969, and received her PhD in educational psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. At Washington University, Marny served as director of residential life, director of The Learning Center, assistant to the provost, and instructor. She published many research articles and was on staff at Lutheran Family Services. In Pamlico County, NC, Marny was instrumental in founding and served as chair of the Board of Hope Clinic, providing free medial care. She also served as senior warden of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Hope Clinic, P.O. Box 728, Bayboro NC 28515. A service will be held at St. Thomas Church in Oriental on Sunday, January 2 at 2 P.M., and later at Christ Church Glendale. Funeral arrangements are being made by Bryant Funeral Home at 252-745-4966.  (The Cincinnati Enquirer [Cincinnati, OH] - December 30, 2004 and also St. Louis Post-Dispatch [St. Louis, MO] - January 1, 2005)

Marilyn Yvonne Lewis Murphy

Marilyn Yvonne Lewis Murphy, 77, of Grantsboro died Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at home. She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Moore and Lawana Sampson, both of Grantsboro; brother Michael Lewis of Lowland; two sisters, Mae Belle Carawan of Aurora and Vickie Paul of Alliance; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held Saturday, October 6, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phillip Lewis officiating. The family received friends prior to the service at the funeral home and at other times at the home.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - October 10, 2012)

Sarah Ann Dixon Murphy

Sarah Ann Dixon Murphy, 80, of Arapahoe died Monday, October 22, 2012, at home. She was a member of Aversboro Road Baptist Church, Garner, NC. She is survived by her husband, William Warren Murphy; son, Bill Hogan of Aberdeen; daughter, Sandra H. Small of Grantsboro; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 26, at Greenleaf Memorial Park Lakeside Chapel with the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer officiating. The family will receive friends and family at the home, 406 Phillips Dr., Arapahoe.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - October 24, 2012)

Selma L. Murphy

ORIENTAL - Selma L. Murphy, 80, formerly of Davis in Carteret County, died Sunday, June 10, 2007, at Craven Regional Medical Center.  She had worked in central sterile supply at Craven Regional Medical Center and was a member of Davis First Baptist Church.  Funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Davis First Baptist Church.  Burial will be in the Oscar Davis Cemetery, Davis.  She is survived by one son, Johnnie Murphy of Davis; three daughters, Jeannine Willis of Sea Level, Bonnie Broome of Alliance and Martha Lewis of Reelsboro; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bryant Funeral Home, Alliance, and from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Davis First Baptist Church.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Tuesday, June 12, 2007)

Clinton Rawls Murray

ARAPAHOE - Clinton Rawls Murray, 80, of Arapahoe passed away Sunday, September 13, 2015, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.  He was an active member of Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church, the church choir and the Bethlehem Walk. He graduated from Pamlico County High School and E.C.U. He then taught Industrial Arts in Virginia and North Carolina schools. He enjoyed hunting and sharing time with family.  Clinton had dreams to fulfill, but handled what life gave him with dignity.  He is survived by his brother, Tommy Murray and wife, Judy, of Arapahoe; sister, Linda Murray Ford, of New Bern; and many beloved nieces and nephews.  His funeral will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, September 16th at Arapahoe FWB Church with the Rev. Tommy Bulla officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Greenleaf Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Sept. 15, 2015)

Shelia Marie Jarvis Murray

Shelia Marie Jarvis Murray, 45, of Bayboro died Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at Craven Regional Medical Center.  The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Antioch United Church of Christ with the Rev. James Heath officiating. Burial will be in the Hudnell Cemetery, Maribel.  She is survived by one son, Nijee Murray of the home; one sister, Barbara James of Belden, Texas; and three brothers, Edward Jarvis of Maribel, Allen Jarvis of San Diego and George Jarvis Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va.  Arrangements by Whitfield and Whitley Funeral Home, Washington.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Wednesday, April 9, 2008)

Joseph Rodney Muse

NEW BERN - Joseph Rodney Muse, 58 of New Bern died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at his home with his family by his side. Mr. Muse was past Chief of Number 7 Township Fire and Rescue, a past member of Bridgeton EMS and a member of Grantham Masonic Lodge no. 725. He was predeceased in death by his father Larry B. Muse. He is survived by his mother, Irene Muse of Pamlico; one son, Ryan Muse and wife Katherine of New Bern; one daughter, Brittany Nicole Marcy of New Bern; one brother, Larry Muse of New Bern; two sisters, Laurie Freeman of Pamlico and Catherine ""Cathy"" Bunn and husband David of Wilson; two grandchildren, Kendall Muse and Dylan Muse; nieces, Kaylan Logan, Heather Brown and husband Luke; nephews, Evan Muse, Brandon Stultz, Garrett Bunn, Jeremy Freeman and wife Dorothy. A funeral service will be held at 11a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at Cotten Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Sandhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at Cotten Funeral Home.  Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – September 8. 2014)

Louise Muse

Louise Muse, age 79, of the Pamlico community, died at her home on August 25, 2005.She was raised in the Pamlico community and graduated from Oriental School. Afterwards she attended Louisburg College. Upon her graduation at age seventeen, she began work at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. When she returned to Pamlico County, she began her career at Tideland Electric Membership Corporation. At the time of her retirement from Tideland, she was the Director of Member Services.  Ms. Muse was extremely active in the Pamlico County community, serving as an elected official, as an appointed member, and as a volunteer. She was elected for three terms as a Pamlico County Commissioner and served for a period of time as the chairperson. She also served on the State County Commissioner Board. Ms. Muse was an active participant on the Salvation Army Board; the Pamlico Partnership for Children; the N.C. State Board of Transportation; the Pamlico County Foundation for the Aged and various other Aging Committees; the Senior Tar Heel Legislative Committee; the Guardian ad Litem Program and as a school volunteer; the Neuse River Council of Government; and the Neuse Mental Health Board. Ms. Muse was very active in the state and local Democratic Party and served as chairperson of the Pamlico County Women's Democratic Party. She was quite proud to be known as a "Yellow Dog" democrat. At the time of her death, she was the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees at Pamlico Community College. She served on the Board of Trustees through the terms of three Pamlico Community College presidents. Ms. Muse was a life long member of Pamlico United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher, the superintendent, and treasurer.  Ms. Muse's wish to donate her earthly remains for research to the Duke University Autonomy Program has been fulfilled. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held at Pamlico United Methodist Church on Saturday, August 27, 2005, at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends at the church one hour to the service and at other times at the Muse family home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pamlico United Methodist Church Building Fund and sent to 345 Bell Point Road, Merritt, N.C. 28556, in care of Eloise Sos.  Her sister, Helen Hudgins, and her brother, Carlton Muse, both of the Pamlico community, survive Ms. Muse. She is also survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews: Julia Spencer and husband, Jimmy; Osborne Hudgins and wife, Judy; Teresa Cooney and husband, John; and Suellen Muse; her great nieces and nephews: Helen Whealton and husband, Al; Cathie Hopkins; Talmadge Hudgins III and wife, Beth; John III and Bryant Cooney and Carly Ann Muse; her great-great nieces: Caroline Hughes; Darrow and Jordan Hopkins; Kali, Kari, and Morgan Hudgins and faithful friend and neighbor, Jeanette Miske. Her nephew, Carlton Muse Jr., preceded her in death.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - August 27, 2005)

Shirley Simpson Muse

Shirley Simpson Muse passed away at her home in the community of Pamlico on February 10, 2004.  She is a native of Pamlico County where she and her husband were owners of C. M. Muse Seafood. She grew up in the community of Silverhill and also lived many years in Bayboro and Pamlico. She loved gardening and cooking but her greatest love was her family.  She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Carlton Muse; daughters, Teresa Cooney, and her husband, John, of Bayboro, and Suellen Muse of Raleigh; one sister, Dora Brady, and her husband, Paul, of Pamlico; former daughter-in-law, Debbie McCotter of Vandemere; and three grandchildren, John Russell Cooney, Bryant Cooney and Carly Muse. She was preceded in death by her son, Carlton M. Muse, Jr.  A memorial service was held at Pamlico United Methodist Church on Friday, February 13 at 2:00 pm. The family received friends at the church one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Cremations in Alliance, NC.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - February 2004)

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