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Royal Lee Nelson

NEW BERN - Royal Lee Nelson, 77, of 2008 Charles St., Pembroke community of New Bern, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at Two Rivers Health Care-Neuse Campus.  He was a native of Pamlico County and a retiree of Camp Lejeune Marine Base. He was a dedicated member of St. Paul Church of Christ Disciples of Christ Church, having served as a deacon, trustee and many other capacities.  The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul Church of Christ Disciples of Christ Church, with Emmitt Godette, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.  He is survived by his sons, Royal L. Nelson Jr. of New Bern, Edgar Gibbs Nelson and Samuel Jones, both of Bayboro, and Ivory Johnson of Burlington; daughters, Annie N. Green, Mary Swain and Shirley Williams, all of New Bern; one sister, Annie Banks of Greensboro; 20 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at the residence. Viewing will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at Oscar's Mortuary.  Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary Inc.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Wednesday, February 10, 2010)

Dorothea Johanna Neuerberg

GRANTSBORO - Dorothea Johanna Neuerberg, 92, died Sunday, March 23 at the Gardens of Pamlico. A memorial service will be held Friday, April 4, 2 pm, at the Oriental United Methodist Church with the Rev. Stan Brown officiating.  She is survived by three daughters, Helga Gliss of Dreieich, Germany, Nora Heinrici of Frankfurt, Germany and Dr. Ina Keller of Rome, Italy; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home in Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - March 2003)

Herlinda Escutia Newcombe

Herlinda Escutia Newcombe, 35, of Grantsboro, died April 10, 2007, at home.  A memorial mass will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2007, at St. Paul Catholic Church with Father Ernest Ruede officiating.  She is survived by her husband Robert J. Newcombe, Jr.; children, Kevin Joseph Newcombe and daughter Lindy Ann Newcombe of the home and Iassac and Chantel Montoya of Bakersfield, Calif.   Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Friday, April 13, 2007)

Lerue Blango Newsome

PHILADELPHIA, PA. — Lerue Blango “Sister” Newsome, 67, of Philadelphia, Pa., died Sunday, March 25 at Albert Einstein Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa. She was a native of Arapahoe, N.C., and resided in Philadelphia for over 40 years where she was employed with Akron Marketing Co.  Funeral services were held Saturday at Westcott Funeral Home.  She is survived by three sons, Richard Newsome Jr., Dwight Newsome and Jamie Newsome, all of Philadelphia, Pa.; four daughters, Shelia Newsome, Juanita Newsome and Lathasa Newsome, all of Philadelphia, Pa., and Cheryl Newsome Anderson of New Haven, Conn.; four brothers, Donnie Blango Jr., Long Side, N.J.; Primrose Blango, and Jonathan Blango, both of Philadelphia, Pa., and Aria Blango of Capital Heights, Md.; one sister, Ruthie Styron of Oriental, N.C.; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Arrangements by Westcott Funeral Home, 1701-03 W. Hunting Park Ave., Philadelphia, Pa.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Saturday, March  31, 2007)

Frederick Earl Nobles

GRANTSBORO - Frederick "Teddy Bear" Earl Nobles, 70, of 1209 Old Bay River Road, Grantsboro, died on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at the Grantsbrook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.  He is survived by his wife, Terry Cuthrell Nobles of the home; two sons, E.J. Nobles and Teddy Bear Nobles and one daughter, Symantha Lowery, all of Grantsboro; and five grandchildren.  Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in the Goose Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church with Pastor Kenneth Dixon officiating. Interment will be held at a later date.  Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at the church one hour prior to the service. The family will be receiving their friends and guest at the residence.  Arrangements are by Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Thursday, January 12, 2012)

Leonard Edward Nobles

ALLIANCE, N.C. - Mr. Leonard Edward “Footsie” Nobles, 74, died Saturday, July 21, 2007, at his home.  The funeral service will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel at Vanceboro. Burial will be in Chapman’s United Methodist Church Cemetery.  Mr. Nobles, a native of Vanceboro, had resided in Pamlico County for the past 12 years. He served his country for eight years as a member of the U. S. Army. Over the years he had been employed as a tractor mechanic with Warren Brothers Equipment Company in Vanceboro, as a jailer with the Craven County Sheriff’s Department, and as an auto mechanic with Nobles Garage. He was a member and former chief of the Vanceboro Volunteer Fire Department and was a past member of the Vanceboro Rescue Squad.  He was preceded in death by his birth mother, Lizzie Mae Nobles, who died when he was a young child; his parents, Vernon and Lula Nobles; and a brother, William Clay Nobles.  He is survived by a daughter, Debra Banks and husband, Don, of Vanceboro; sons, Carl Nobles and wife, Lana, of New Bern, and Roy Lee Nobles and wife, Christie, and Troy Nobles and wife, Sandra, all of Vanceboro; eight grandchildren, Spc. David Nobles of the U. S. Army, Joshua Nobles, Robbie Nobles, Donald Banks, Blake Nobles, Logan Nobles, Dillon Banks and Hunter Nobles; four step-grandchildren, Johnathan Toler, Amy Toler, Jonathan Fulcher and Joseph Sawyer; two great-step-grandchildren, Emily Foreman and Caleb Toler; and two brothers, Bobby Nobles and wife, Lucille, and Larry Nobles and wife, Denise, all of Virginia.  The family will receive friends at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Vanceboro Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and other times at the home of Roy and Christie Nobles, 1185 State Camp Road, Vanceboro.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Sunday, July 22, 2007)

Alton Lee Norman

REELSBORO - Alton Lee Norman, 67, of Reelsboro, died May 18, 2011 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. Suvivors include sons, Jesse Norman and James Norman both of Greenville, N.C.; daughters, Brenda Watson of Mt. Vernon Ohio, Karen Martin of Greenville, N.C., Esther Cramer of Vanceboro; one brother, Robert Norman of Bayboro; three sisters, Lois Beddard of Alliance, Mary Sumrell of Reelsboro, Dolly Lewis of Nauvoo, Ala.; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  No funeral services are scheduled at this time.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Monday, May 23, 2011)

Nellie Banks Norman

ORIENTAL - Nellie Banks Norman, 95, died Friday, June 22, 2012, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. She was a member of Oriental Free Will Baptist Church. She is survived by three sons, Bruce Edward Norman of Salter Path, Brantley Norman of Oriental and Gary Norman of New Bern; two daughters, Elsie Lupton of Oriental and Sara Jane Hardy of Oriental; 16 grandchildren; numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.  Her funeral will be held 11 a.m. Monday, June 25, at Oriental FWB Church with the Rev. Grady Simpson officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Sandhill Cemetery.  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] - Monday, June 25, 2012)

John B. Norris, Jr.

John B. Norris, Jr., 78, of Oriental, died Tuesday, February 20, 2007, at Craven Regional Medical Center.Mr. Norris was a member of Oriental United Methodist Church and Oriental Mt. Vernon Masonic Lodge No. 359.  He is survived by his wife, Nancy M. Norris; two daughters, Susan Tosi and husband Joc of Powers Lake, Wis., and Kay Anstoetter of Clayton; one brother, George Norris and wife Nancy of W. Jefferson, N.C.; one sister, Nancy Moore and husband Bill of Virginia Beach, Va.; and four grandsons, Steven Anstoetter, Eric Anstoetter, Alex Tosi and Wyatt Tosi.  Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Oriental United Methodist Church with the Rev. Walter Graves officiating and Masonic rites conducted by Mt. Vernon Masonic Lodge No. 359.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dottie Gray Ambulance Fund.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Wednesday, February 21, 2007)

Mack Arthur Northan

VANDEMERE - Mack Arthur Northan, 63, of 694 Pennsylvania Ave., Vandemere, died Oct. 11, 2007, at Craven Regional Medical Center.  He was a member of the St. James A.M.E. Zion Church in Vandemere, where he served on the usher board until his health declined. He worked as a commercial fisherman with Pamlico Packing Co. until injuries from an accident prevented him from doing so.  The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. James A.M.E. Zion Church with the Rev. Curtis Oden Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Hudnell Cemetery.  He is survived by his wife, Diane Northan of the home; three sons, Christopher Northan of Florida, LaVar Northan of Greenville and Aaron Northan of the home; one daughter, Caryn Northan of Florida; two brothers, Frank Northan of Garner and Johnny Northan of Manhattan, N.Y.; two sisters, Mary Stilley of New Bern and Lola Jennette of South Carolina; and six grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at the residence. The viewing will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home and one hour prior to the church service Wednesday.  Arrangements by Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, New Bern.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Monday, October 15, 2007)

 Eva Northern

Eva Northern, 82, of the Cash Corner community in Bayboro, died Friday, April 4, 2008, at Craven Regional Medical Center in New Bern.  A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church, Vandemere, with the Rev. F.L. Hyman officiating.  Burial will follow the service in Hudnell Cemetery, Maribel.  She was a member of St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church where she was a former choir member. She was employed as a seafood processor.  She is survived by one brother, Walter Northern, of Manhattan, N.Y.; and one sister, Amanda Miller, of Bayboro.  The family will receive friends at the residence at 6713 Hollyville Lane.  Arrangements are by Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home Inc., New Bern.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Tuesday, April 8, 2008)

Lois Virginia Oberlin

Lois Virginia Oberlin, 88, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 21, 1998) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, St. Petersburg. Born in Oriental, N.C., she came here in 1960 from Louisville, Ky., where she retired as an audiographer for Louisville Audiophone, a hearing aid company. Survivors include a nephew, Donald E. Comer, Pompano Beach. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.  (St. Petersburg Times [St. Petersburg, FL] - December 23, 1998; pg. B7)

Robert Lee Ogle, Jr.

MERRITT - Robert Lee Ogle Jr., 50, died Sept. 19, 2011, at home.  He is survived by his wife, Ingrid; four daughters, Heather Owen of Alliance, Crystal Owen, Rosa Marie Owen and Tara Michelle Ogle, all of the home; one brother, Keith; six sisters, Sally, Karen, Nancy, Sharon, Linda and Kathy and eight grandchildren.  A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Cotten Funeral Home.  Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Friday, September 23, 2011)

Bonnie Hatch Ollison

BAYBORO - Bonnie Hatch Ollison, 50, of 105 Farnell St., died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.  She was a 1981 graduate of Pamlico County High School and formerly employed with Granstbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She served as a BT Youth Leader and Young Adult Choir member at Mt. Olive M. B. Church.  Her funeral will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at the New Bern Eastern MB Association Headquarters, 885 NC 306 North in Grantsboro, with the Rev. David Burley officiating and the Rev. Melvin W. Ollison, eulogist. Burial will follow in the Murphy Cemetery.  She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Melvin W. Ollison of the home; daughter, Sarah Ashley of Durham; her father and stepmother, the Rev. George and Sadie Hatch of Alliance; brother, George Hatch Jr. of Raleigh; sister, Erma Jones of Bayboro; stepsons, Jeffery Ollison of the home, Melvin Ollison Jr. of Belhaven and Joshua Ollison of Grifton; stepdaughters, Jessica Ollison and Justine Ollison, both of the home, Leslie Ollison of Bayboro and Tracey Ollison of Texas; two grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at the residence. Viewing hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at Oscar's Mortuary.  Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary, Inc.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Monday, February 18, 2013)

Ida Bell Ollison

Ida Bell Ollison, 84, of 310 Water St., died Saturday, July 30, 2011, at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, VA. A native of Pamlico County, she retired after 30 years as an elementary school teacher and served as a commissioner, Board of Education member and three terms as the first African-American female mayor of Bayboro.  Her funeral will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at New Bern Eastern M.B. Association Headquarters, 885 N.C. 306 North, Grantsboro. Burial will follow in the Bell Family Cemetery.  She is survived by her son, Josephus Ollison Jr. of Annandale, Va.; brother, the Rev. Kenneth M. Bell Sr. of Bayboro; and sister, Della Bell Wilson of Dorchester, Mass.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at the residence. Viewing will be at the mortuary from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday.  Ritualistic services will be conducted 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at Green Hill M.B. Church by Bay Star Chapter No. 48.  Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary, Inc.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Sunday, August 7, 2011)

Napoleon Ernest Ollison

Napoleon Ernest Ollison, 75, formerly of Mesic, died on Saturday, Nov. 12, at his residence.  He was a member of the United States military and employed with the North Carolina Department of Transportation as a Road Crew worker. He was also previously employed with Hatteras Yachts and in New York as an elevator technician.  His funeral will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, the Memorial Chapel of Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc., with the Rev. Clyde Felton officiating. Interment with military honors will immediately follow the service in the Mesic Memorial Cemetery.  He is survived by his wife, Ida Ollison; four sons, Richard Ollison of Mesic, Jorome Ollison, Marvin Ollison and Napoleon Ollison Jr., all of Greensboro; four daughters, Erica Dixon of New Bern, Angie Reives and Tanyetta Ollison, both of Greensboro and Antoinette Ollison of Mesic; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three brothers, James Ollison Jr. and Alphonsia Ollison, both of Mesic and Herbert Ollison of New Bern; three sisters, Sadie McGlone of Reelsboro, Annie Fulcher of Oriental and Viola Hudson of Arapahoe. Viewing will be held on Saturday, one hour prior to the service, at Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc., 701 West St., New Bern.  Arrangements are by Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Friday, November 18, 2011)

Richard Modie Ollison

BAYBORO - Richard Modie Ollison, Jr., 81, of 116 Tingle Ave. Bayboro, died on Friday, August 5, 2011 at the CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern.  He retired from Civil Service at USMC Cherry Point after 36˝ years as a supply clerk. He was also employed for many years with Cowell Cleaners.  He is survived by his wife, Mary Murphy Olllison of the home; one son, Romalus Ollison of New Castle, Del.; six daughters, Shanita Ollison of Cary, Del Gibbs of Fayetteville, Ellen Deborah Hawkins and Juanita Powell both of New Bern, Karen Gibbs and Lisa Guion both of Raleigh; two stepchildren, William Murphy and Ernestine Williams both of New Bern; 14 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Julius Ollison and Joe "JW" Ollison, both of Mesic; three sisters, Mary Smith and Charity Jones, both of Mesic, and Lula Belle Garris of Pasadina, Md.  Viewing will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at the church one hour prior to the service.  Funeral will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 11 a.m. in the Greenhill Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Bell, Pastor, officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in the church cemetery.  Arrangements are by Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc., New Bern.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Thursday, August 11, 2011)

Arthur Lee O'Neal

Arthur Lee O'Neal, 71, of 4455 West Rd., Aurora died Friday, August 8, 2014 at his residence.  He was born in Pamlico County, graduated from S. W. Snowden High School and formerly employed at  Texas Gulf and Trader Construction Company until retirement.  His funeral service is 1:00 PM Thursday, August 14, 2014 at New Growth Unlimited Ministries 1020 Peed Town Road, Aurora with the Reverend Stewart N. Ham, Sr., officiating. The interment will follow in the Rich Family Cemetery, Bayboro.  He is survived by his wife, Eula Speights O'Neal of the home; two daughters, Felicia Mapp of Virginia Beach, VA and Scheron O'Neal of  Philadelphia, PA; one step son, Antonio Cardell, III of Brooklyn, NY; one brother, Raydell O'Neal of Washington State, one sister, Sarah O'Neal Brown of Brooklyn, NY; eleven grandchildren and one step-grandchild.  The family will receive friends at the residence.  Viewing hours Wednesday at Oscar's Mortuary are 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM;   Final Viewing at the church  Thursday from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM.  (Oscar's Mortuary)

Benjamin Wallace O'Neal

(Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - November 17, 1978; pg. A2 - Digital image taken by David A. French from microfilm)

Marie Leary O'Neal

NEW BERN - Marie Leary O’Neal, 82, formerly of Lowland, died Sunday, April 20 at Bayview Nursing Home.  A funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 11 am, at Warden’s Grove Free Will Baptist Church with Pastor Dwight Williams officiating with burial in Lowland Community Cemetery.  She is survived by two daughters, Erlean Hott of Arapahoe and Mina Bryan of New Bern; one sister, Espie L. Wrenn of Columbus, GA; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home in Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - April 2003)

Otway Burns O'Neal

OTWAY BURNS O'NEAL PASSES AT ORIENTAL AFTER LONG ILLNESS - Otway Burnes [sic] O'Neal, 83, died at his home in Oriental at 6 o'clock yesterday morning after an illness of two years.  He was well known in the community and surrounding territory having been a resident of Oriental for a number of years.  Funeral services will be held from the home at 2 o'clock this afternoon by Rev. C.E. Hix [next two or three words unreadable], and burial will be in the family plot of Oriental cemetery.  Mr. O'Neal is survived by a son, B.W. O'Neal of Durham; two daughters, Mrs. L.F. Moore and Miss Pearl O'Neal of Oriental; two grandchildren, Miss Susie Pearl Moore of Oriental and Mrs. R.F. Collingwood of this city; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  (The New Bern Tribune [New Bern, NC] - February 12, 1938; pg. 1)

Ralph O'Neal, Sr.

MESIC - Ralph O'Neal Sr., 76, of 399 Park Ave., died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at his residence.  He was a native of Mesic and was employed at the Marine Corps Exchange of Cherry Point, North Carolina, for 43 years. He served on the Trustee Board of Mount Olive M.B. Church and was a member of the Laymen's Choir.  The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mt. Olive M.B. Church, with the Rev. C. L. Felton, pastor, and the Rev. Melvin Walker, eulogist. The interment will be in the Credle Family Cemetery.  He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joyce Marie Credle O'Neal of the home; two sons, Daniel O'Neal of Raleigh and Ralph O'Neal Jr. of New Bern; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at the residence. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Oscar's Mortuary and at the church Friday one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - January 16, 2010)

Shirley Mae O'Neal

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Shirley Mae O'Neal, 65, formerly of Pamlico County, died on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, N.Y.  She was educated in the Pamlico County School System and studied psychology at New York City Technical College. She was employed with Bell Atlantic, the City Marshall's office and the Department of Sanitation where she retired after 20 years of dedicated service. She was a member of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the Pastor's Aide Committee and a member of Glorious Pentecostal Church.  A service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at 2 p.m. in Mt. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. William E. Sinclair officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in Keyestown Cemetery, Grantsboro.  She is survived by one son, Michael Gatlin; three daughters, Felicia Mapp, Scheron O'Neal and Tasha O'Neal; 11 grandchildren; her siblings, Bobby Squires, Jimmy Latham, Mary Catherine Parker and Helen Squires.   Viewing will be held on Wednesday at the church one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements are by Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Thursday, November 4, 2010)

Jacquelyn Ann Opgrand

ORIENTAL - Jacquelyn Ann Opgrand, 71, died Thursday, December 1, 2005 at Craven Regional Medical Center.  She and her husband, David, retired to Oriental in 1996 after an 18 year tenure with the Lutheran Church Headquarters in Chicago, IL. Most recently, she served as a volunteer at HOPE Clinic and was an active member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Oriental. Jackie enjoyed singing in the Pamlico Chorale and was active in the music ministry at St. Thomas. Having traveled to over 40 countries, she loved exploring new places, learning about different cultures and visiting with family and friends, both old and new.  She graduated in 1956 from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.  She is survived by her husband of 49 years; daughter, Cynthia, of Richmond, VA; son, Paul, and his wife, Laura, their children, Christopher, Edward and Melinda, all of Chesapeake, VA; sister, Sally Damrau, of Waupaca, WI; aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Clayton Werner, of Downing, WI.  A memorial service was held at 2:00 pm on December 5, 2005 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Cremations, Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - December 3, 2005)

Curtis Randolph Ormond, Sr.

NEW BERN - Curtis Randolph Ormond Sr., also known as "Dit," passed peacefully on Tuesday evening, January 11, 2011, surrounded by his family. Born in Pamlico County on November 16, 1930, he lived most of his life in New Bern. Randolph worked in the trucking business with his father, brothers, and son before retirement. He was a builder, a gardener, and a beekeeper. He was a member of Beech Grove United Methodist Church. He will be remembered for his integrity, determination, and subtle sense of humor.  Randolph was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Melba Ormond; his brothers, William (Billy) and Rayfield Ormond; and sister, Katie Pearl.  Randolph is survived by his beloved wife, the former Louise Atkinson. Randolph and Louise celebrated 59 years of marriage on Christmas Day; his son, Randy and wife, Julie; his daughter Debbie Zang and husband, Ross; his three grandchildren, Matthew and Alisha Zang, and Meghan Ormond; and one great-granddaughter, Cloey Sanders, all of New Bern. To cherish his memory, he is also survived by a special brother-in-law, Frank Atkinson; sister-in-laws, Katy Atkinson, Hazel Atkinson, Peggy Ormond and Audrey Ormond; also, many dear nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  The family will receive friends at the home of Louise Ormond, 1330 N.C. 55 West, New Bern.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at Beech Grove United Methodist Church, 1037 Washington Post Road, New Bern.  Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory. 

Judy Phillips Owens

GRANTSBORO - Judy Phillips Owens, 52, of Grantsboro, died Saturday, April 28, 2007, at her home.  Funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bryant F.H. Chapel with the Rev. Neil Cox officiating.  Burial will be in Sandhill Cemetery.  She is survived by her husband, James Owens; one son, Billy E. Lee Jr., of the home; and one stepson, James “JJ” Owens Jr. of New Bern; one daughter, Rebecca L. Ireland of Lowland; and three stepdaughters, Patricia Parson and Renee Nelson, both of New Bern, and Gina Carlson of Pennsylvania; three brothers, Jimmy Phillips of Grantsboro, Eddie Phillips of New Bern, and Dennis Ray Phillips of Kinston; three sisters, Belva Phillips, Libby White and Marie Overby, all of Dover; her mother, Mildred Sawyer Phillips of Dover; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Bryant Funeral Home, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Monday, April 30, 2007)

Phoebe Barnes Owens

GREENVILLE - Phoebe Barnes Owens, 90, died Jan. 31, 2003.  Mrs. Owens, daughter of the late Herbert C. and Ella Sawyer Barnes, was born June 30, 1912, in Pamlico County. She received her A.B. and M.A. degrees in education from East Carolina University. She was employed with the public schools for 19 years, teaching English and French at Gatesville High School, Chowan High School and Sladesville High School and as director of the Albemarle Regional Library in Winton, N.C., serving the counties of Bertie, Gates and Hertford. For 17 years, she was employed at East Carolina University, retiring in 1977 as an assistant professor in Academic Library Services.  She was initiated in Delta Kappa Gamma, the Pi Chapter, in 1957. Her membership was transferred to Beta Alpha when she moved to Greenville. In 1978, she participated in the organization of The Friends of the East Carolina University Library. She held a life membership in the Association of Retired Faculty at ECU.  A member of Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church since 1960, she had served on the Administrative Board, as chairman of the Commission on Religion and Race and on the Library Committee. She was a member of the Lydia Wooten Sunday School Class, the United Methodist Women Group 9, and the Patient Circle of the King's Daughters and Sons.  Her husband, Prescott Franklin Owens, preceded her in death Dec. 15, 1955.  Surviving are a son, Frank H. Owens of Greenville; and granddaughter, Caroline Elizabeth Owens of Greenville.  A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in the chapel of Jarvis Memorial United Church. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Jarvis Memorial United Church, 510 S. Washington St., Greenville, NC 27834. Arrangements are by Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - February 3, 2003; pg. B7)

Helen Willis Oxendine

ARAPAHOE - Mrs. Helen Willis Oxendine, 51, of Arapahoe, formerly of Robeson County, died Tuesday in Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville.  Mrs. Oxendine was a teacher at Pamlico County Junior High School for 17 years. She was a member of Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church.  The funeral was conducted at 3 p.m. Friday in Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church by the Rev. Jerry English. Burial was in Paul Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Bryant Funeral Home of Alliance.  Mrs. Oxendine is survived by her husband, Donald R. Oxendine of Oriental; two daughters, Donna O. Molina and Cathy L. Oxendine, both of Oriental; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Willis Sr. of Bayboro; two brothers, Norman Willis and Lloyd Willis Jr., both of Bayboro; and a granddaughter.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pamlico County Rescue Squad.  (The Fayetteville Observer [Fayetteville, NC] - September 22, 2001)

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