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Raeshon Demond Wade, Jr.

MESIC - Raeshon Demond Wade Jr., 11, of 8216 N.C. Hwy 304, Mesic, died Monday, August 4, 2008.   He was a rising fifth-grader at Fred Anderson Elementary School.   Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 9, 2008, at Piney Grove Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ Church, Arapahoe, with the Rev. Farries Slade officiating. Burial will be in Piney Grove Church cemetery.   He is survived by his parents, Katherine Johnson of the home and Raeshon D. Wade Sr. of New Bern; two brothers, Robert Johnson and Jordan Wade of the home; one sister, Roeshonda Lee of the home; maternal grandmother, Marie Johnson of Arapahoe, paternal grandparents, Frank B. Wade and Jeanette Wade of New Bern; and paternal great-grandmother, Mamie Wade, of Wilmington.   The family will receive friends at the residence. Viewing will be at Oscar's Mortuary from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and at the church Saturday one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements by Oscar's Mortuary, Inc.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Thursday, August 7, 2008)

Hal Duffy Walker, Sr.

ALLIANCE - Hal Duffy Walker Sr., 58, of Alliance, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at Britthaven of New Bern. A native of Vandemere, he served his country during the Vietnam War as a member of the U.S. Army and worked as a commercial fisherman.  A private memorial service will be held at a later time.  He is survived by two sons, Hal "Duffy" Walker Jr. and Christopher Walker, both of Bayboro; daughter, Deonna Walker of Chesapeake, Va.; brother, Jessie R. Walker of Edward; three sisters, Katie M. Stilley of Edward, Darnella Barber of Olympia and Brenda Turnage of Oriental; and one grandchild.  Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary Inc.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – June 2, 2010)

 Jesse Richard Walker

EDWARD - Jesse Richard "Dickie" Walker died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, at his residence. He was a shrimp boat captain for more than 20 years.  He is survived by his wife, Sue Walker of Edward; one son, Richard Brian Walker of Camp Jo Jane; four daughters, Gerri Lynn Ping of Edward, Tammy Walker of Blount's Creek, Mary Candice Bond of Edward and Amy Abbott of Covington, Ga.; three sisters, Katie Stilly of Edward, Nellie Barber of Edward, and Brenda Turnage of Pamlico County; 18 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.  Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Edward Christian Church in Edward with the Rev. David Linton officiating.  Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Tuesday, November 2, 2010)

Larry Walker

ORIENTAL - Larry Walker, 59, of Oriental died Dec. 2, 2010, in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.  He is survived by two daughters, Alicia W. Flynn and Christina W. Eavis; and four brothers, Bill Walker and Kenneth Walker, both of New Jersey and Richard and Daniel Walker, both of Texas.  A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Oriental. Following the memorial service at 2 p.m. there will be a gathering of friends and family at Windmill Pointe Community Center on Wind Lake Road in Oriental.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Thursday, December 30. 2010)

Robert Dalton Walker

AURORA - Robert Dalton Walker, 81, died Tuesday, October 21, 2008, at Craven Regional Medical Center in New Bern.  He is preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Rufus H. Walker and Edna Walker, and one brother, R.H. Walker Jr.  He is survived by his wife, Robena Midgett Walker, whom he married on January 24, 1948; three daughters, Yvonne Swain and husband, John, of Chesapeake, Va., and Avonne Quinn and husband, Robert, and Patty Davis and husband, Skip, of Aurora; four grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Thomas Walker and Webster Walker, both of Aurora.  He was a member and elder of Mary's Chapel Christian Church, active member of the Gideons and was a retired PCS timberland supervisor.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 23, at Bryant Funeral Home of Alliance.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Mary's Chapel Christian Church with the Rev. Mike Oliver and grandson, the Rev. Jeff Swain, officiating.  Burial will follow at Walls-Rowe Cemetery on Walls Mill Road.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral and Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – October 25, 2008)

Gertrude Cuthrell Wallace

Gertrude Cuthrell Wallace, 82, of the 1200 block of Riverside Ave., died Sept. 3, 1990, in her home.  Mrs. Wallace, a native of Pamlico County, was the widow of James F. Wallace Sr. She was a distributor of the News and Observer for 20 years. She was a member of Blackwell Memorial Baptist Church, Pocahontas Matoaca Council 10, Elizabeth City Garden Club and Museum of the Albemarle.  Survivors include two daughters, Mattie W. Andrews of Chesapeake and Grace W. Knapp of Richmond; a son, James F. Wallace Jr. of Elizabeth City; two sisters, Laney Jenkins of Raleigh and Agnes Tucker of Salton City, Calif.; two brothers, Emmett Cuthrell and Leland Cuthrell, both of Chesapeake; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.  The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Twiford's Memorial Chapel.  Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - September 4, 1990; pg. D2)

Joyce G. Wallace

Mrs. Joyce G. Wallace of 1011 Trade St., Washington, died Thursday, April 2, 2009 at Beaufort County Medical Center. A funeral will be conducted Monday at Redemption Tabernacle. Burial will follow in Gurganus Family Cemetery in Oriental. Visitation is from 1 to 6 p.m. today at Leon Randolph Memorial Chapel.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] – Monday, April 6, 2009)

Viola Mann Wallace

ORIENTAL - Viola Mann Wallace, 89, died Thursday, July 3, 2008, at Two Rivers Healthcare-Neuse Campus.  She was a former Sunday school teacher, president of the youth and senior choirs, deaconess and class leader at Holt's Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church. As a member of the North Carolina Conference, she served as a missionary officer of the Beaufort District for 23 years. She was coordinator of the Pamlico County Senior Citizens Gardening, Sewing, and Craft classes during the coastal progress years.  The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Holt's Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, with the Rev. J. L. Walton officiating.  Burial will be in St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.  She is survived by two daughters, Pecolia H. Girardeau of Oriental and Marion Robinson; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.  The family will receive friends at her daughter's residence, 1202 Janiero Road, Oriental.  A viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Oscar's Mortuary.  Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Saturday, July 5, 2008)

Joseph Lee Ward

MESIC - Joseph Lee Ward, 45, of 99 Second Lane died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, in an automobile accident.  He was a native of Pitt County and was employed with Best S & G Company.  His funeral will be held at noon Friday at Deliverance Temple Church, Bayboro, with the Rev. Franklin Brown and the Rev. Valencia Brown officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.  He is survived by his wife, Linda Gibbs Ward of the home; one son, Jermaine C. Gibbs of Reelsboro; three daughters, Marqueda Gibbs of Bridgeton and Shaniekea Gibbs and LaSheka Gibbs, both of Mesic; four brothers, Eddie Ward, Andrew Ward, Charlie Ward and Elijah Ward, all of Greenville; five sisters, Carrie Harris and Hattie Speight, both of Greenville, Laura Harrell of New Haven, Conn., Ann Sharpe of Belvoir, and Patricia Ward of Albany, N.Y.; and five grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at the residence.  Viewing will be from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, at Oscar's Mortuary and at the church one hour prior to the service.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Wednesday, October 1, 2008)

Bessie Broome Warren

AURORA - Bessie Broome Warren, 89, of Aurora died Wednesday, March 24 at Britthaven of Pamlico. A funeral service was held Saturday, March 27, 11 am, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Glenn Waters officiating. Burial was in the Rowe Cemetery.  She was a member of Aurora United Methodist Church.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home of Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - March 2004)

Coy E. Warren

BAYBORO - Coy E. Warren, 63, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.  He worked at Pamlico County Sheriff's Department for 17 years. He was a charter member of P.C. Rescue Squad and was past fire chief of Triangle V.F.D.  He is survived by his wife, Theresa Warren; two sons, Richard Dail of Walterboro, S.C. and Coy A. Warren of Bayboro; daughter, Beth Warren of New Bern; his mother, Marie Warren of New Bern; one brother, Doug Warren of Vanceboro; two sisters, Iris Edwards of New Bern and Jan Warren of Mississippi; and two grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held 6 p.m., Thursday, March 1, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lee Toler officiating.  The family will receive friends and relatives following the service at the funeral home.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Tuesday, February 28, 2012)

Dorothy Lillian Hancock Warren

KERNERSVILLE - Dorothy Lillian Hancock Warren, 60, of McNeil Road, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at Duke University Medical Center.  A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at Union Cross Baptist Church by the Dr. Chuck Towery. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Gardens of Memory.  She was born March 8, 1944, in Pamlico County, a daughter of the late Louis Daniel and Dorothy Lilly Hancock. She was a member of Union Cross Baptist Church. Mrs. Warren was owner operator of Atlas Travel Agency in High Point.  Surviving are her husband, Aubrey Warren of the home; a daughter, Janie Thwaites (Murray) of High Point; two sons, Robert Lee (Debbie) of Kernersville and Damon Warren of High Point; adopted son, Jeffrey Collis of Greensboro; a brother, Bill Hancock of Fort Myers, Fla.; a sister, Flo Lennox of New Bern; five grandchildren, Starr Lee, John Lee, Amber Quinn, Cole Quinn, and Miranda Quinn.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hayworth-Miller-Cain Funeral Home in Kernersville.  The family request that memorials be directed to Union Cross Baptist Church, 4350 High Point Road, Kernersville, NC 27284 or COPD Support Inc, PMB 127, 24123 Peach Land Blvd. C-4, Port Charlotte, FL 33954.  (Greensboro News & Record [Greensboro, NC] - November 13, 2004; pg. B5)

Audrey Green Washington

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Audrey Green Washington, 64, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at her residence.  She was a homemaker and a 1965 graduate of Pamlico High School.  Her funeral will be 3 p.m. Sunday, June, 5, 2011, at Woodworth Tri Ave. in Brooklyn with the Rev. Bobby Cooper officiating. Burial will be in New Jersey.  She is survived by her husband, James Washington of the home; her daughter, Ebony Washington; her mother, Mary Green of Oriental; her brothers, James Green Jr. of Havelock, David Green of Dayton, Ohio, and Larry Green of Oriental; and her sister, Eva Anderson of Brooklyn, N.Y.  The family will receive friends at the residence.  Viewing will be one hour prior to the service.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – June 6, 2011)

Agnes Tyson Watche

ORIENTAL - Agnes Tyson Watche, 91, died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at home.  She is survived by one daughter, Susan Servia of Oriental; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Thursday, March 24, 2011)

Stanley Joseph Watche

Stanley “Stan” Joseph Watche, 90, of Oriental died, Saturday, May 15, 2010 at home. He served during WWII in the U.S. Navy as a machinist mate 1st class. He was a supervisor of the machine shop at both Bendix Radio in Talson, Maryland and SKF Industries in Hanover, Pennsylvania and was a commercial fisherman in Oriental. He is survived by his wife, Agnes Watche; his daughter, Susan Servia and husband, John of Oriental; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] – May 19, 2010)  Submitted by Shirley Gabbert

Mary Louise Watrous

Mary Louise Watrous, 50, died suddenly on Tuesday, July 14, 2010. She is survived by three children, Patrick, Rachel and Rebecca, and their father, David Watrous. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Megan Watrous. A memorial service was held July 17 at Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church. Her family would like to thank the church for their compassion.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance(The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] – July 21, 2010)  Submitted by Shirley Gabbert

Anthony Maurice Watson

BAYBORO - Anthony "Spunk" Maurice Watson, 35, 4934 NC Highway 304 in Bayboro died Monday, January 16 at Craven Regional Medical Center. A funeral service was held Saturday, January 21, 2 pm, at Antioch United Church of Christ in the community of Maribel with the Rev. James Heath, pastor, officiating.  He was a member of Antioch United Church of Christ, a Pamlico County High School graduate and was honorably discharged from the US Army.  He is survived by his son, Anterio Best of Bayboro; his mother, Mildred Watson Jarvis of Bayboro; his father, Billy Gibbs of Bayboro; stepfather, Curtis Jarvis of Bayboro; one brother, Adrian Green of Bayboro; maternal grandmother, Inez Watson and paternal grandmother, Rosetta Gibbs, both of the Maribel community.  Arrangements by Oscar's Mortuary, New Bern.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - January 2006)

 Danny P. Watson

Danny P. Watson, 64, of 1312 Peace Road, New Bern formerly of Lowland, died Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.  He was a member of Ruth’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in New Bern.  He is survived by his wife, Linda Watson; two daughters, Mable Yaeger and Crystal Abbott; one brother, the Rev. Nick Watson; and one grandchild.  A funeral service was held Monday, January 04 at Ruth’s Chapel Church with the Rev. Ral Alsbrook officiating.  Burial was in Lowland Community Cemetery.  The family received friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Bryant Funeral Home.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] – no date)  Submitted by Shirley Gabbert

Frances Virginia Hooker Watson

BAYBORO - Frances Virginia Hooker Watson, 83, of Bayboro, NC went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 17, 2012, following a long and courageous battle with Leukemia.  Born in Pamlico County, NC on November 30, 1928, she was the only child of the late Daniel Benjamin Hooker and Frances McCotter Hooker.  Mrs. Watson worked in the Pamlico County School System as a teacher's aide for many years as well as alongside her husband in the Red & White grocery store and Watson's Mini Storage family businesses. She joined the Bayboro United Methodist Church at the age of 13 and had been a faithful and active member ever since. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  Virginia married the love of her life, Randolph Earl Watson, (R.E.) on Aug. 27, 1950. They were married for 61 years, until R.E.'s recent passing in June, 2011.  She is survived by their two children, Randy Watson and his companion, Rebecca Roush, of Bayboro and Fran Englert and her husband, Larry, of Matthews, N.C.; and grandchildren, Daniel Watson, Jenna, Josh and Peter Englert.  A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Monday, Feb.20, at Bryant Funeral Home in Alliance, with the Rev. Richard Baldwin officiating. Interment will follow in New Bern Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. John Cho and the dedicated staff of Craven Cancer Care of New Bern as well as to the nurses at Carolina East Outpatient Services for the excellent care and special attention to their mother. Additionally, they would like to thank Ms. Debbie Edwards in particular for her outstanding commitment and support during Mrs. Watson's final days.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Sunday, February 19, 2012)

Gary Watson

LOWLAND - The Rev. Gary "Nick" Watson, 63, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.  He is the pastor of Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church in Ernul and has pastored for more than 40 years.  His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at Macedonia F.W.B. Church with the Rev. David Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Wardens Grove F.W.B. Church cemetery in Lowland.  He is survived by his wife, Faith Watson; one son, Gary Watson Jr. of Greenville; one daughter, Polly Watson of New Hampshire; and two grandchildren.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday, one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home and Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Friday, August 20, 2010)

Hilda Sadler Watson

HOBUCKEN - Hilda Sadler Watson died March 22, 2011, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  Born July 3, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Denard and Joella Sadler and sister to the late Elizabeth Potter of Reelsboro.  She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Roy Watson of Hobucken. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a niece, Betty Rogers (Ernest 'deceased') of Anderson, S.C.; two nephews, Benjamin Potter (Pat) and Denard Potter (Helen) of Reelsboro; and their families.  Mrs. Watson was a faithful member of the Lowland Church of Christ. She was a graduate of Hobucken High, and was active in community activities, projects, and clubs, including the Eastern Star. She showed interest in others and their welfare - ready if possible to attend someone's shower, graduation, homecoming or funeral. She partnered with Roy in their R.E. Mayo Seafood Co., and was his helpmate during his 27 years of blindness. She drove him everywhere he needed to go without complaining. Hilda was devoted to every member of Roy's family, and treated each of their children as if they were her own.  Special thanks to Jolene Lupton, a faithful caregiver for the last years of her life.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 25, at Lowland Church of Christ with the Rev. Norman Miller and the Rev. Merritt Watson officiating. Interment will follow in Watson Family Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday night, at Bryant Funeral Home, Alliance.   Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Thursday, March 24, 2011)

Hope Rowe Watson
[February 20, 1918 - January 2, 2014]

Hope Rowe Watson, 95, of Lowland died Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center.  She was a member of Lowland Church of Christ.  She is survived by one daughter, Evelyn “Hope” Watson Barker of Morehead; three sons, A.E. Watson, Jr. of Lowland, Bruce Watson of Washington and Rodney Watson of Reelsboro; twelve grandchildren; and several great and great-great grandchildren.  Her funeral will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 5 at Lowland Church of Christ with H. Norman Miller officiating. Interment will be in Watson Cemetery, Lowland.  The family will receive friends following the service at the church.  (Bryant Funeral Home)

Jessie Sybil Hodges Watson

RALEIGH - Mrs. Jessie Sybil Hodges Watson, 86, of Raleigh, died Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at Rex Healthcare Hospice Unit. A native of Pamlico County and born December 7, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Johnny Hodges and Annie Bateman Hodges. Mrs. Watson and her late husband, Ebern T. Watson, Sr. owned and operated Watson's Seafood and Poultry Company from 1946 to 1987. She was instrumental in helping to establish Brooks Avenue Church of Christ, where she was a very active member for many years and a former Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Watson was a kind, gracious and caring person and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 5, 2003 at Brooks Avenue Church of Christ. Interment will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.  She was predeceased by her husband, Ebern T. Watson, Sr. in 1996 and by a daughter, June Watson Brannock in January 2003.  (The News & Observer [Raleigh, NC] - October 4, 2003; pg. B8)

Lillie Ireland Watson

LOWLAND - Lillie Ireland Watson, 88, died Friday, March 25, 2005, at the home of her son in New Bern.  She was a member of Warden's Grove Free Will Baptist Church.  Funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at Warden's Grove Free Will Baptist Church with Revs. Nick Watson and John Carawan officiating.  Burial will be in the Lowland Community Cemetery.  She is survived by three sons, Larry Thomas Watson of Sumter, S.C.; Danny Watson of New Bern and Nick Watson of Ernul; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at Bryant Funeral Home, Alliance, from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday and other times at the home of Danny and Linda Watson, 1312 Peace Road, New Bern.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - March 26, 2005)

Mary Jane Ireland Watson
[Sept. 11, 1915 - Apr. 10, 2002]
[From the private collection of William Odell Spain held by Janet Orndorff]
(Unknown newspaper - Apr. 2002)

Olen Leo Watson, Sr.

RALEIGH - Olen Leo Watson, Sr. was born December 13, 1920 in Lowland, NC. He departed this life March 1, 2001.  He was a graduate of Hobucken High School in Pamlico County. He worked as a commercial fisherman plant manager at Watson's Seafood and Poultry Company and State of North Carolina Department of Transportation. He also founded and served as President/CEO of Watson's Apartments.  Olen was a member of the Brooks Avenue Church of Christ.  Olen is survived by his wife, Nancy Lamm Watson; six daughters, Ann Fair, Betsy Rose, Rose Marie Black, Ada Sorrell, Gail Johnson, and Mae Cruz; one son, Olen Watson, Jr. three brothers, Merritt Watson, Roy Watson, Kelly Watson, Jr.; four sisters, Nellie Cahoon, Ruby Allsbrook, Marjorie Eggleston, Bertie Dougherty; 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Roy Lynn Watson; daughter, Baby Watson; brother, Ebern Watson, Sr.; and sister, Gladys Irene.  The family will receive friends on Saturday evening from 6-8 p.m. The funeral will be Sunday at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Montlawn Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Montlawn Memorial Park.  Services entrusted to Montlawn Funeral Home.  (The News & Observer [Raleigh, NC] - March 3, 2001; pg. B6)

Randolph Earl Watson

BAYBORO - Randolph Earl Watson (R.E.), of Bayboro, affectionately known as "Pee Wee," went to be with the Lord on June 11, 2011. He was born November 12, 1927 in Lowland, N.C.  Mr. Watson is survived by his wife of 61 years, Virginia Hooker Watson of the home and two children; Randy Watson of Bayboro and his companion, Rebecca Roush and Fran Englert of Matthews and her husband, Larry; and grandchildren, Daniel Watson, Jenna, Josh and Peter Englert.  He was preceded in death by his father, Randolph Edward Watson; mother, LuDora Williamson Watson; brother, Garland Watson; and sisters, Vera Keiser and Evelyn Charbeneau.  Mr. Watson served in the Merchant Marines as a young man. In the 60s he owned and operated the Red & White Grocery Store in Alliance. In the 1970s he opened Pamlico County's first catalog Sears store and most recently Watson's Mini Storage.  A lifelong resident of Pamlico County, Mr. Watson served as a volunteer fireman during his younger days and Bayboro town commissioner in his latter. He was an active member of Bayboro United Methodist Church where he grew in his faith, sang in the choir and participated in the functions of the Methodist Men's Fellowship. His family and grandchildren were an important part of his life and he was greatly loved by them. He enjoyed being outdoors and always had a "building or fix-it" project underway at his river place. He farmed, grew hay and spent many happy hours on the seat of his "beloved" tractor.  The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. John Cho and the dedicated staff of Craven Cancer Care in New Bern for the care and support rendered throughout Mr. Watson's courageous battle with cancer. Also, a special thanks to Hospice House of Greenville, NC and to Ms. Debbie Edwards in particular for her wonderful care and support of Mr. Watson and his family during his final days.  A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, at Bryant Funeral Home in Alliance with the Rev. Richard Baldwin officiating. Interment will follow in New Bern Memorial Cemetery.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Crematory, Alliance.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Wednesday, June 15, 2011)

Sarah Veleria Spain Watson

Sarah Veleria Spain Watson, 95, departed this life on December 15, 2010 to be with her Lord and family who preceded her in death.  She married Wilbur Watson of Lowland, in March of 1936 who predeceased her in 1992.  She was a lifelong resident of Goose Creek Island, NC, first with her parents in Hobucken then after marriage moved with her husband to Lowland. In 2005, she moved to the home place in New Bern, in 2009, she moved to Autumn Care Nursing Home in Nashville, NC.  She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Watson Phillips and husband, Roger, of Nashville, NC and Sara Watson of Cedar Point, NC. She is also survived by two grandsons, Michael Phillips with wife, Angela Phillips of Nashville and Jeffery Phillips of Raleigh; and three great-grandchildren, Ryan, Bradley and Sarah Phillips, all of Nashville. She has three surviving siblings, Odell Spain of Arapahoe, Jane Parks and Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Brinson, both of New Bern.  She was predeceased by five siblings, Esther Lupton of Lowland, Willa Dean Gaskill of New Bern, Eunice Machinshok, and Charles Spain, both of Hobucken, and Thomas Spain of Reelsboro.  Her service will be held on Saturday, December 18 at 11 a.m. by Norman Miller, pastor of Lowland Church of Christ, at Bryant Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - December 20, 2010)

Don A. Wayne

ARAPAHOE - Don A. Wayne, 61, of Arapahoe, died Friday, July 11, 2008 at Duke University Medical Center.  He was a member of Rainbow Masonic Lodge #479 as well as a member of the Pamlico County Shrine Club and Sudan Temple. He retired from PCS Phosphate with 40 years of service. His grandchildren affectionately knew him as "Papa Don." He was an avid golfer as well as a Harley-Davidson enthusiast.  He is survived by his wife, Linda Sadler Wayne; daughter, Julie Wayne Tanner of Olympia; brother, Glen Wayne and wife, Dot, of Olympia; three grandchildren, Mehgan, Taylor Wayne and Kaylin Tanner; and mother-in-law, Louise McCotter Sadler.  A funeral service will be held at 11a.m. Monday, July 14th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer officiating. A private burial will be in held in Hollywood cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Bryant Funeral Home.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Wednesday, July 16, 2008)

Amanda Miller Weatherington

Amanda Miller Weatherington, 86, a resident of Winston Park Rest Home, died Friday, March 29, 1996 in Bertie Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Pamlico County, a member of the Lawrence Baptist Church and a retired caregiver for the elderly.  Mrs. Weatherington was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Martin Weatherington; a daughter, Joyce W. Smithwick; two sons, Wade M. Weatherington and Sonny M. Weatherington. She is survived by seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A graveside funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Edgewood Cemetery by the Rev. J.N. Baggett. Memorial gifts may be made to the Bertie County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary or to Winston Park Rest Home. Walker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - March 31, 1996; pg. B7)

Mary L. Weatherington

Mary L. Wetherington, 75, of the 1000 block of Washington Drive, died Nov. 27, 1996, in a local hospital.  Mrs. Wetherington was born in Lowland, N.C., and was the daughter of the late Nathaniel G. and Salina Leary Leary. She was the treasurer of Pleasant Grove Community Church in Chesapeake, where her husband serves as pastor, and was a life member of the Auxiliary Chapter No. 26, Disabled American Veterans.  Survivors include her husband, the Rev. James W. Wetherington Sr.; three daughters, Louise Kosmicki of Virginia Beach, Shelby Noble of Elizabeth City, N.C., and Peggy Sumrall of Chesapeake; her son, James W. Wetherington Jr. of Chesapeake; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in Pleasant Grove Community Church, Chesapeake, by the Rev. George Pierce. Burial will follow in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends in Oman Funeral Home, Great Bridge, today from 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Grove Community Church, 818 Waters Road, Chesapeake, Va. 23320.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] -   December 1, 1996; pg. B6)

Paul Wesley Weatherington

HAMPTON - Paul Wesley Wetherington, 71, died Friday, Jan. 5, 1996. A native of Bayboro (Pamlico County), N.C., he had been a Peninsula resident for 50 years. He was retired.  He was a member of Parkview United Methodist Church.   Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Opal E. Wetherington; son, James Wesley Wetherington; daughter, Joyce G. Banks; brothers, George Wetherington and Walter R. Wetherington; sister, Celia Johnson; grandchildren, Stacie, Jimmy, Terry, Angie, Benny and Jerry; step-grandchildren, Kris, Jeremy, Alicia and Amanda; great-grandchildren, Zachary, Sheri, Wade, DaNae, Christopher, Cody, Brittney and Alexis; and step-great-grandchildren, Keith, Megan and Jamie.  A funeral service will be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence B. Wood Funeral Home Chapel. Officiant is the Rev. F. W. Giessler. Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.   Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or Riverside Hospice Care.  (Daily Press [Newport News, VA] - January 7, 1996; pg. B4)

Myra Brite Weber

Myra B. Weber, 84, of Bellefonte PA went to be with our Heavenly Father on November 17, 2011. Born on November 30, 1926 in Merritt, NC to the late Ernest Brite and Ivey Nobles Brite. She was preceded in death by brothers William Brite, John Manning, and sister, Martha Dunn. Surviving brothers, Ernest Brite (Thelma) of New Bern, NC and James Manning (Debbie) of Fayetteville, NC. In 1942 she married the late Melvin W. Cahoon. She is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline C Wolfe (Bob), and son, Perry M. Cahoon (Tammie). In 1977 she married John W. Weber. Myra retired from Mt. Nittany Medical Center with 34 years of service, followed by retirement from J. C. Penney with 10 years of service. After her retirements, she volunteered at The Faith Center in Bellefonte for 4 years. Myra took pleasure in keeping an immaculate home, crocheting, tailoring, and gardening. She preferred to remain busy at all times.  (Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - Wednesday, November 30, 2011)

BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Myra B. Weber, 84, of Bellefonte, Pa. died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.  Myra retired from Mt. Nitany Medical Center and J.C. Penney. She volunteered at The Faith center in Bellefonte.  She is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline C. Wolfe of Bellefonte; a son, Perry M. Cahoon of Pleasant Gap; stepchildren, John W. Weber III, Bethel Babcock, and Anna Shuey; one grandchild; two great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Ernest Brite of New Bern and James Manning of Fayetteville.  Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at Faith United Methodist Church in Bellefonte, Pa. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Andy Morgan officiating.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Wednesday, November 30, 2011)

Patricia Ireland Almond Webster
[Mar. 17, 1945 - Feb. 1, 2001]
[From the private collection of William Odell Spain held by Janet Orndorff]
(Unknown newspaper - Feb. 2001)

Thelma McCoy Wetherington

Thelma McCoy Wetherington, 75, of Grantsboro, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010.  Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Pollock-Best Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Dixon officiating.  She is survived by three sons, Thomas Wetherington of Grantsboro, Ray Wetherington of Vanceboro and L.D. Clark of New Bern; two daughters, Linda Kay Cox of New Bern and Faye Wetherington of Vanceboro; one brother, Randolph McCoy of Dover; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends just prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010)

George Robert Weeks

MERRITT - George Robert Weeks, 75, of Merritt, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.  He was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. He served in the U.S. Army. He was also a member of Florence/Whortsonville Fire Department, Caring Carpenters, Woodmen of the World and African Drummers of Oriental. He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity helping build houses.  He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Weeks; three daughters, Virginia Harper, Hope King and Georgine Sarda all of Merritt; and four grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 13 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church with the Rev. Jeremiah Day officiating.  The family will receive friends at 7 p.m. Friday night, at the Florence/Whortonsville VFD.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Wednesday, February 10, 2010)

Samuel James Welborn

Samuel James Welborn, 50, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.  He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Phyllis Welborn.  He is survived by his son, Brandon Welborn of the home; and one sister, Terri Lewis and husband, the Rev. Ray Lewis, of Grantsboro.  Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ray Lewis officiating.  Interment will follow immediately in Sandhill Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Saturday, August 27, 2011)

Margaret Elizabeth Ralston Welch

MINNESOTT BEACH - Margaret Elizabeth Ralston Welch, 98, fondly known as “Maggie,” ended her earthly journey on Monday, November 13, 2006. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 24, at Pamlico Presbyterian Church, 1085 Kershaw Road, Oriental.  Born July 15, 1908 in Richmond, Va., Maggie was the daughter of the late William Guy and Pearl Ralston. Maggie resided in High Point for most of her life. She worked as secretary to the president of a furniture manufacturer’s credit agency, parish secretary at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and executive secretary for the American Cancer Society. Her community work included PTO president, precinct chair for the Board of Elections, and Meals on Wheels volunteer. She was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.  In 1991, Maggie moved to Minnesott Beach. She was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Oriental and more recently became a member of Pamlico Presbyterian Church. She spent her final days being lovingly cared for by the staff of Britthaven of Pamlico.  Maggie will be remembered by her family and friends as a grand and beautiful lady, strong and independent, a giving person full of intelligent conversation, with a twinkle in her eye as she laughed and joked. Maggie was artistic, a collector of many interesting things, and a lover of flowers. She enjoyed music, and her favorite hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “In the Garden.”  Maggie is survived by her son, Kenneth Welch and his wife, Christine, of Beverly Hills, Michigan; her daughter-in-law, Betty Welch of Minnesott Beach; four grandchildren, Linda Sanderson and husband Norman of Minnesott Beach, Sandy Barber and husband Grosvenor of Oriental, Guy Welch and wife Shellie of Atlanta, and Claire Ramstad and husband Trond of Oslo, Norway; four great-grandchildren, Jennifer Alcock and husband Frankie of New Bern, Lee Sanderson and wife Stephanie of Wilkesboro, Becky Barber of Oriental, and Elle Ramstad of Oslo, Norway; and two great-great grandchildren, Caleb and Joel Alcock of New Bern.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Osmon Fletcher Welch, and her son, Ralston Fletcher Welch.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - November 22, 2006)

Robert Douglas West, Jr.

STONEWALL - Robert "Buck" Douglas West Jr., 66, of Stonewall, formerly of Morehead City, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at Carolina East Medical Center.  He was a loving husband, father and friend to all. He was a member of Stonewall United Methodist Church. He took great joy in cooking and fellowshipping with the Stonewall UMC Men's Breakfast. He was employed for 51 years in the construction trade with the last 20 plus years with Joyce & Associates of Newport as a construction superintendent until his retirement. He enjoyed raising, training and showing Labrador Retrievers in field trials and hunt test up and down the East Coast.  He is survived by his wife, Carol H. West of Stonewall; two daughters, Mandy West of New-port and Holly West of Wilmington; step-daughter, Angela Heath of Wilmington; one sister, Douglass Ann Swanson of Beaufort, N.C.; four loving Labradors, Rock, Stone, G.R.I.T.S. & Gator; and a Boston Terrier, "Grant Girl."  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 at Stonewall United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Baldwin and the Rev. Polly Taylor officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Stonewall United Methodist Church in Stonewall and an additional visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 24, at Munden Funeral Home in Morehead City.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance, and Munden Funeral Home & crematory, Morehead City.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Wednesday, January 27, 2010)

Robert O. West

REELSBORO - Robert O. West, Sr., 85, died Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at Craven Regional Medical Center. A funeral service was held Friday, December 30, 2 pm, at Reelsboro Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Steve Willis officiating. Burial was in the Paul Cemetery in Silverhill.  He is survived by his wife, Trudy West; two sons, Robert O. West, Jr. of Cove city and Woodrow West of New Bern; three daughters, Jean Davenport of Webster, NC, Mary Cayton of New Bern and Joyce Swimm of Alliance; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - December 29, 2005)

Margaret Stallings Westbrooke

Margaret Stallings Westbrooke, 87, of the 100 block of Great Bridge Blvd., died March 3, 1997.  A native of Pamlico County, N.C., she was the widow of Earle Westbrooke and a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, Norfolk.  Survivors include daughter, Shirley Wrenn of Chesapeake; granddaughter, Janet Moore, and a great-grandson, James E. Moore, both of Virginia Beach.  A graveside funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday in Riverside Memorial Park by the Rev. Tom Mercer. The family will receive friends in Graham Funeral Home, South Norfolk Chapel, from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] -  March 4, 1997; pg. B8)

Willie J. Wharton

Willie J. Wharton, 94, died Wednesday, March 22, 2006.  Willie was born March 20, 1912, in Pamlico County and was a resident of Buncombe County for most of his life. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed the outdoors. Willie was a member of Riverside Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Talitha Wharton.  Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Banks Wharton; daughter, Betty Ann Tweed of Candler; son, Bob Wharton and wife, Penny, of Weaverville; and grandchildren, Mark Wharton, Paul Wharton, Marion Thomas and Scott Tweed; great-grandchildren, Kara, Kristin, Randi, Samantha and Amanda; and great-great-grandchild, Courtney.  The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville, with the Rev. John Honeycutt officiating.  Burial will be in Ashelawn Gardens of Memory.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service.  Flowers are acceptable and appreciated. Those desiring to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to consider Riverside Baptist Church Building Fund, 871 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC 28801.  (Asheville Citizen-Times [Asheville, NC] - March 23, 2006; pg. C4)

Alton Royce Whealton

ALLIANCE - Alton "Al" Royce Whealton, 49, died Saturday, March 27, 2010, in Cape May, N.J.  He was a member of Alliance United Methodist Church. He was an avid Nascar fan as well as a Harley Davidson enthusiast.  He is survived by his stepfather and mother, George and Luray Jones of Alliance; his significant other, Charlene "Charlie" Miller; two sons, Jaron Whealton and wife, Anna, and their son, Royce, of Alliance, and Japeth Whealton of the home; one daughter, Gabriel "Brie" Dudley-Whealton of Bridgeton; two brothers, Dale Keith Wilkinson and Dean Jones and daughter, Skylar, of Alliance; and one sister, Beth Bynum and her children, Allen, Bryce and Caylee, all of Alliance.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 2, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Roach officiating.  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] – Friday, April 2, 2010)

Lula Cahoon Whealton

Lula Cahoon Whealton, 97, formerly of Mesic, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 in Virginia Beach, Va.  She was a member of Bay Creek Christian Church.  She is survived by three daughters, Linda Edgerton of Clinton, Judy Moret and Janice DeYoung, both of Chesapeake, Va.; one sister, Lila Brinson of New Bern; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Bay Creek Christian Church cemetery, Mesic, with the Rev. Samuel Loy officiating.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Friday, September 19, 2008)

Charles F. Whitcomb

ORIENTAL - Charles F. "Charlie" Whitcomb, 76, of Oriental died Tuesday, March 18 at Craven Regional Medical Center. He was a US Navy veteran of WWII, Mason and a captain in the Merchant Marines.  He is survived by two sons, Seth Whitcomb of Cordova, TN and Grant Whitcomb of Jensen Beach, FL; and one sister, Leslie Eyman of Louisiana.  Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - March 2003)

Alice Pearl Kornegay White

Alice Pearl “A.P.” Kornegay White, 87, of 811 Cedar St., New Bern, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, at Craven Regional Medical Center.  “She was a native of Oriental and lived in New Bern for more than 60 years. She was a homemaker and caregiver, and was formerly a member of Guildfield Missionary Baptist Church.  Funeral will be noon Tuesday at West Street Christian Church with the Revs. R.E. Midgette and Faye Clark officiating.  Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery.  She is survived by one son, Linwood White of Brooklyn, N.Y.; one daughter, Millie W. Lancaster of the home; one stepdaughter, Leatrice Davis of Oriental; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at the residence.  Viewing will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at Oscar’s Mortuary, New Bern, and one hour before the service at the church.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - August 7, 2006)

 Charles W. White

Charles "Charlie" W. White, 78, died Saturday at 106 Sunny Drive, Havelock.  He owned and operated White Brothers Construction Company for 30 years.  He is survived by two sons, L.W. White of Reelsboro and Mike White of Havelock; daughter, Lynnis W. Habashi of New York; brother, Delma White of Grantsboro; and sister, Martha W. Southard of Reelsboro; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Amity Christian Church, with the Rev. Lynn Maxwell officiating. The burial will be in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. at Bryant Funeral Home on Monday.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations in Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Wednesday, March 17, 2010)

Elsie Marie White

NEW BERN - Elsie Marie White, 88, of 2600 Old Cherry Point Road, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Riverpointe Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  She was a native of Pamlico County and a homemaker.  Her funeral will be 1 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2012, at St. Mark FWB Church, Whortonsville Road, Florence, with the Rev. Kelly A. Miller, pastor, officiating and the Rev. Dorothy Dixon, eulogist. The interment will follow in St. Mark Church Cemetery.  She is survived by her daughter, Reverta Gibbs of Vanceboro; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild.  The family will receive friends at the residence of Henry and Reverta Gibbs, 327 Bear Hole Rd., Vanceboro.  Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary, Inc.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - July 16, 2012)

Josephine Godfrey White

BAYBORO - Josephine Godfrey White died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at her daughter's home in Charlotte.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Haywood Edwin White Sr.  She was a member of Bayboro United Methodist Church for over 50 years.  She is survived by one son, Haywood E. White Jr; one daughter, Bunny W. Simoneau; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, at Bayboro United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Baldwin officiating. Burial will be in Oriental Cemetery followed by a reception at Bayboro United Methodist Church.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Thursday, January 28, 2010)

Linwood William White

REELSBORO - Linwood William White, 58, died Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at home.  He was a member of Reelsboro Pentecostal Holiness Church and was employed by White Brothers, Inc.  He was preceded in death by his father, C.W. White.  He is survived by his wife, Regina White; his mother, Viola White; one brother, Mike White of Havelock; one sister, Lynnis Habashi of New York; uncle, Delma White and wife, Hilda, of Grantsboro; aunt, Mary Tingle and husband, William, of New Bern; one brother-in-law, Larry Wilkes and wife, Darlene, of St. Pauls, N.C.; three sisters-in-law, Susan Fick of New Bern, Vicky Gray and Kay Marler, both of Hope Mills; and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 23, at Reelsboro Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Steve Willis and the Rev. Alan Woodard officiating. Interment will follow in Sandhill cemetery.  The family will received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday night at Bryant Funeral Home and will receive at other times at the home, 120 Lee Landing Road, Reelsboro.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Wednesday, November 24, 2010)

Diana Banks Whitfield

GRANTSBORO - Diana Banks Whitfield, 53, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, at her home.  Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Cayton Cemetery in the Goose Creek community with the Rev. Richard Roberts officiating.  She is survived by her husband, Tony Whitfield; one son, Anthony Ryan Whitfield of the home; two brothers, Charles Banks of Stonewall and Wayne Banks of Grantsboro; and one sister, Faye Dixon of Grantsboro.  The family will receive friends at the home following the service.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Thursday, September 27, 2007)

Fenner George Whitfield
[Aug. 8, 1919 - Nov. 4, 1988]
[From the private collection of William Odell Spain held by Janet Orndorff]
(Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1988; pg. 17)


[E-mail from Darlene Whitfield states: The obit for Fenner Whitfield is not correct.  After son, Douglas Whitfield, is listed it appears that Gerald is Fenner's son.  It should be "two brothers, Cecil T. and Gerald Whitfield, both of New Bern; two sisters, Norine Lewis and Verdie Ireland, both of Lowland."]

Brenda Spain Whitford
[Jan. 4, 1946 - Mar. 7, 2001]
[From the private collection of William Odell Spain held by Janet Orndorff]
(Unknown newspaper - Mar. 2001)

Malcolm Thomas Whitford

GRANTSBORO - Mr. Malcolm Thomas Whitford, 92, of Grantsboro died Saturday, September 17 at Britthaven of Pamlico. A funeral service has been planned for Tuesday, September 20, 11:00 am, at New Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church in Grantsboro with the Revs. Buddy Sasser and Graham Lane officiating with burial in the Church Cemetery.  Mr. Whitford was a member and Trustee of New Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church. He was on the Bay River Soil and Water District, past Pamlico County Commissioner, member of the Pamlico County Draft Board, board member of the Pamlico County Farm Bureau, and member of the Good Sam Running Bears Club. He also owned and operated Whitford Farms.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Kittie Scott Whitford, and one son, Carlton Whitford.  He is survived by his two sons, Scott Whitford and wife Sue of Grantsboro and Dalton Whitford and wife Celia of Grantsboro; one sister, Rosa Blanche Brinson of Grantsboro; two nephews and six nieces; two step grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren.  The family received friends Monday night, September 19 at Bryant Funeral Home from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm and other times at the home in Grantsboro.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Cremations in Alliance, NC.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - September 19, 2005)

Marie Dunn Whitley

Marie Dunn Whitley, "Ree," "Miss Marie," 96, passed peacefully into eternal life on Feb. 14, 2012. She was born Dec. 9, 1915 in the Olympia community in Pamlico Co., the eldest of five children born to E. MacDonald and Mary Tunstall Holton Dunn.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Whitley, Jr., her sisters, Jean Dunn Scott and Lois D. Donaldson; and her brothers, Elwood M. Dunn and Raymond E. Dunn.  She is survived by her daughter, Sue Whitley, of Raleigh with whom she made her home for the past 4 years; her nieces, Ziji Scott, Patricia Dunn, Katherine Moore and nephews, Ray Dunn, Jr., Donald Dunn and Stephen Dunn. She is also survived by her "other children", Lee, Fran, and Richard Haislip, Katherine and Taylor Waitley.  Marie graduated from Alliance High School in 1933. As a member of the Greatest Generation and at the height of the Great Depression, she left the farm and began working in New Bern... It was there she met, fell in love and married the love of her life, Robert C. Whitley, Jr.  Marie and Robert, who had a 4-day pass from Ft. Jackson, S.C., married on Dec. 25, 1940 and had a 3-day honeymoon. He went back to the base and she went back to work. In early 1943 she drove to Ft. Sill, Okla. to join Robert and his artillery company. While there she worked on the base driving a forklift, also known as a mule. After Army life in Tenn. and SC, Robert was sent to Europe to follow the D-Day landings. After WWII, she and Robert, and with daughter Sue, bought a house in New Bern and settled into building a life as a family.  Marie taught and also played the piano at Miss Pearl's Kindergarten, worked at Emmie's Flower Shop and then began working at Sears for over 20 years. She was a member of Broad St. Christian Church for 71 years and was the oldest member at the time of her death. She sang in the choir for 55 years, played the piano for Sunday School for 65 years, subbed as organist on occasion, was an active member of the Christian Women's Fellowship and began the Young At Heart group in the 80's for all those who had retired from working but not from living. In her spare time she was a Grey Lady at the hospital for 21 years and loved her "Tuesday afternoon ladies." She also volunteered at the Red Cross Bloodmobile, was a member of the Olympia Volunteer FD Ladies Auxiliary, organized the first Relay for Life team in Pamlico County, and canvassed her cousins and neighbors tirelessly for the American Cancer Society. Marie was an enthusiastic participant in the local and State Senior Games for over 10 years, winning many medals and new friends but retired at 90. She was also known to play cards until the wee hours on Friday nights with the "cuz'ins."  Her passion was working in her yard. Her joy was in going - anywhere! Her pride was in getting her driver's license renewed at age 90. Her wish was to share what talents she had with others and to do good while on this earth.  She loved her family, her church, her friends, her truck, her hat and her puppy dogs and kitty cats, feeding the birds, the first blooms of Spring - and going. Most of all she just loved people. She never met a stranger.  Miss Marie's tough little body contained a vibrant spark for the simple pleasures, joys and beauty that are ours to enjoy everyday.  Her most precious gift to us may be to remind us to welcome them into our souls each day. She gave us all a wonderful example of how one should go through life in this world. She will be missed but there is a joyous reunion going on in heaven right now.  The Celebration of Life to be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Cedar Grove Cemetery.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Sunday, February 19, 2012)

William Preston Whitney, Jr.

ORIENTAL - William Preston Whitney Jr., 56, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at his residence.  A native of Oriental, he was a graduate of Pamlico County High School. He retired from the U.S. Army.  His funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at Mt. Zion Church, 316 Allen Lewis Dr., Cary. Burial will follow at Wake Memorial Park.  He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Whitney of Raleigh; his father, William Preston Whitney Sr. of Cary; children, Monique Green and Adrian Jones, both of Oriental, Ronisha Dyer of Bridgeport, Conn., and LeAndre Jackson of Raleigh; sisters, Sephie Taylor and Portia Perry, both of Raleigh; six grandchildren. Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary, Inc.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Wednesday, January 26, 2011)

William Preston Whitney, Sr.

William Preston Whitney, Sr., 87, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.  He was a native of Oriental and served as a deacon and treasurer of Pilgrim Chapel M.B. Church. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II and was a member of the American Legion.  His funeral will be 11 a.m., Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Pilgrim Chapel M.B. Church, 1413 Silverbrook Road, Oriental, with the Rev. Larry Faison officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the Odd Fellow Cemetery.   He is survived by his two daughters, Sephie Taylor and Portia Perry, both of Raleigh; one brother, Odell Whitney of Raleigh; three sisters, Elsie Fulcher and Betty Bromwell, both of Brooklyn, N.Y. and June Moore of Red Bank, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at the residence. Viewing will be from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, at Oscar's Mortuary.  Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary, Inc.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Wednesday, July 13, 2011)

Ann Murphy Whorton

MERRITT - Ann Murphy Whorton, 71, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at Craven Regional Medical Center.  She was a member of Concord Christian Church, Christian Women’s Fellowship, acting treasurer of the Sunday School and a former Sunday School teacher.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert E. Whorton; parents, Leslie and Lida Murphy; and a brother, Jackie Bryant Murphy.  The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Concord Christian Church with Dr. Robert Cayton officiating. Burial will follow in Concord Memorial Gardens.  She is survived by her daughter, Angela Spencer and husband, Sammy, of Merritt; one brother, Leslie “L.B.” Murphy of Four Oaks; one sister, Sadie Riddick and husband, Richard, of Merritt; and one granddaughter, Kelly Lynn Spencer.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight and other times at the home of her sister, Sadie Riddick, 984 Murphy Farm Road.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Tuesday, September 11, 2007)

Ethel White Whorton

ORIENTAL - Ethel White Whorton, 82, died Tuesday, April 5 at Craven Regional Medical Center. A funeral service was held Thursday, April 7 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Owen Peele and the Rev. Richard Baldwin officiating. Burial was in Bethel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.  She is survived by one son, Adrian Whorton of Whortonsville; two daughters, Amy Spruill of Oriental and Judy Rutherford of New Bern; one sister, Dora Rolison of New Bern; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - April 2005)

Frank Augustus Whorton

(Unknown newspaper - Friday, February 24, 1955) - Obituary part of the Anson H. Brite Collection submitted by Janice Silverthorne Urban

Gary Wayne Whorton

Gary Wayne Whorton, 69, of Bayboro passed away Monday, January 14, 2013, at home. He was self-employed in farming construction. He previously served as superintendent for the Stonewall United Methodist Church and served 16 years on the Pamlico County Board of Education. He spent countless hours, month after month, with great dedication and love on the construction of the Jeff Cowell Memorial football field. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Annette Faye Whorton. He is survived by his wife, Helen Whorton; his mother, Wilma S. Whorton of Florence; three sons, Kenny Whorton of Bayboro, Todd Whorton of Merritt and Mark Whorton of Merritt; granddaughter, Hallie Whorton of Bayboro; two brothers, Larry Whorton of Merritt and Kevin Whorton of Florence; four additional grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 16, at Stonewall United Methodist Church with the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer and the Rev. Richard Baldwin officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Concord Memorial Gardens, Florence. The family received friends Tuesday evening at Bryant Funeral Home.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - January 16, 2013)

 Ira Lee Whorton

BAYBORO - Ira "Lee" Whorton, 84, of Bayboro and formerly of Florence, died Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at The Courtyards at Berne Village.  He was a World War II veteran, then a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 36 years as the Pamlico County Agriculture, Soil and Conservation agent. He was also mayor of the Town of Bayboro from 1970-1991. He coached Little League baseball and football and was an announcer for the Pamlico County High School football games for 20 years. He was a member of Concord Christian Church.  He is survived by two sons, Paul Whorton and wife, Belinda D., of New Bern, and Robert L. and wife, Kelly Marie, of Seattle, Wash.; and two grandchildren, John Slade Whorton and Shannon Cara Whorton.  A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Mike Roach officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in Concord Memorial Gardens.  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] - Monday, March 15, 2010)

Lucille Lane Whorton

Lucille Lane Whorton, 96, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.  She was a member of Silver Hill Christian Church in Grantsboro and the Eastern Star.  She is survived by one son, Bruce L. Willard of Klamath Falls, Ore.; stepson Elmer Claude Willard of Jamestown; daughter Cheryl Salter of New Bern; stepdaughter Mildred B. Spivey of Washington; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.  Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pollock-Best Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Amos Sykes officiating.  Arrangements are by Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremations.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Wednesday, January 26, 2011)

Cora Henries Wiggins
[Jan. 24, 1926 - Apr. 14, 2002]
[From the private collection of William Odell Spain held by Janet Orndorff]
(Unknown newspaper - Apr. 2002)

Melba Fulcher Wiggins

Mrs. Melba Fulcher Wiggins, 80, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, July 22, 2005.  A graveside funeral service will be conducted Monday at 11:30 a.m. in Homestead Memorial Gardens by the Revs. Charlie Asby and Charles Thompson.  Mrs. Wiggins, a native of Pamlico County, lived her early childhood in Newport News, Va. In 1947, she moved to Craven County and for the past 16 years had made her home in the Hudson's Crossroads community of Pitt County.  For a number of years, Mrs. Wiggins taught Sunday school in the New Bern Church of God and was recently a member of the Greenville Church of God. Mrs. Wiggins loved craft work and flowers and was a very dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and Christian.  Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Kenneth Paul Wiggins; sons, Kenneth Ray Wiggins and wife, Rowena, of Richland and Robert Arthur Wiggins and wife, Margaret, of Swansboro; daughter, Linda Roach and husband, Bobby, of Greenville; brother, William Fulcher and wife, Lucy, of Tarboro; 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The family will receive friends at Wilkerson Funeral Home from 7—9 tonight.  (The Daily Reflector [Greenville, NC] - July 24, 2005)

Johnie Armstead Wilkinson, Jr.

GRANTSBORO - Johnie Armstead Wilkinson Jr. went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 at the age of 71.  Born in New Bern, Johnie was the son of Mattie Pearl and the late Johnie Armstead Wilkinson Sr. of Pamlico County. After graduating from Broughton High School of Raleigh, he went on to study at the Naval Academy at Annapolis.  Johnie was a highly decorated Vietnam War hero and an outstanding officer and pilot. Nicknamed "The Hawk," he was awarded 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, The Bronze Star and Purple Hearts for his exemplary bravery. He was awarded 27 Air Medals, 2 with Valor for his heroism during his 2 tours of duty in Vietnam, along with many other medals.  As a National Cribbage Open Champion, he will be fondly remembered by his passion for golf, his love of a good joke and the kindness in his heart.  He is survived by his mother, Mattie Pearl Williamson; his siblings, Don Wilkinson, Sue Wilkinson Thompson, LaVon Wilkinson; his children, Johnie Armstead Wilkinson III and wife Kerry, Christopher Paul Wilkinson and wife Kimberly, Ryan David Wilkinson, Kelli Diane Wilkinson and the mother of his children Patricia Ann Wilkinson. His grandchildren, Ryan Xiomar, Tucker Dean, Josephene Mae, Lila Jolene, Cullen Gabriel, Emmelene Jade and Gunnar Rhene; and by his cousins, nieces and nephews that loved their Uncle Buddy.  A visitation will be held at Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, in Alliance, on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 at 1 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.    (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Thursday, September 29, 2011)

Suzanne Koogler Willi

ORIENTAL - Suzanne Koogler Willi, 77, died Friday, September 23, 2005, at Craven Regional Medical Center. She was born in Dayton, Ohio, and was a graduate of Julienne High School.  She was preceded in death by her husband, George D. Willi, and a son, George D. Willi Jr.  She is survived by a son, Dr. Marc Willi and wife, Becky of Oriental; goddaughter, Tammy Abbott of England; sister, Martha Jane Fackler of Dayton, Ohio; extended family, Joan, Clyde and Bill Abbott of Canada; and her faithful companion, "Corkie".  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - September 27, 2005)

Archie Clayton Williams, Jr.

Archie Clayton Williams Jr., 89, of Minnesott Beach, died Thursday, July 26, 2012, at home. He attended First Church of Christ Scientist. He was a member of the American Legion, Tin Can Sellers and was the owner/operator of Williams Paint Store. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie C. Williams; son, Archie C. Williams, III of Arapahoe; daughter, Missy Faist of Arapahoe; brother, Charles Williams of Naples, Fla.; sister, Carlie Young of Ft. Myers, Fla.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 2, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with Russell Whittaker speaking.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - August 1, 2012)

Ernest Dan Williams

Ernest Dan Williams, 83, of Hamilton, Ohio, and Alliance, entered into his heavenly home on Thursday, September 9, 2010.  He was born in Riverdale, North Carolina, on August 21, 1927, the son of Emmett and Marjorie Williams.  Ernest was a truck driver for over 45 years. He began driving a truck when he was 16 years old, hauling logs in Eastern North Carolina. He later delivered steel and building supplies throughout the U.S., contributing to the prosperity and growth of our great nation.  He was preceded in death by his parents; stepbrother, Glenwood Dixon; brother, Emmett Jr.; sisters, Marion Holbrook and Helen Brinson; and stepson, David C. Dooley.  He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Wilma; his stepdaughter and her husband, Linda and Charles Holbrook of Longmont, Colo.; grandson, David Isaac Dooley, of Daleville, Alabama; granddaughter, Elisa Beeson and her husband Shane, and great granddaughter, Eisley of Longmont, Colo.; his sister, Betty and her husband, Rev. Lee Toler, of Alliance, and numerous nieces and nephews and loving friends, especially Sam Meals and Roy Buck.  The family sincerely appreciates the kindness and devoted, respectful care provided by his Hospice family: Judy Styron, Tonya Jordan, Catherine Cooper, and Linda Pence.  A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Sandhill Cemetery, Reelsboro, with the Rev. Lee Toler officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the cemetery.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - September 12, 2010)

Ernestine Murphy Williams

NEW BERN - Ernestine Murphy Williams, 43, of 103 Brookshire Drive, New Bern, died Friday, Sept. 23 at the CarolinaEast Medical Center.  A Pamlico County native and 1986 graduate of Pamlico County High School, she was a retired Marine Corps minister and a member and secretarial aide of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, New Bern.  She is survived by: her husband, Pierre Williams of the home; one son, Dequan Williams of New Bern; two daughters, Nykira and Zakiya Williams both of New Bern; her mother, Mary Murphy Ollison of Bayboro; one brother; and one sister.  Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church with the Reverends John H. Pierce and Joseph C. George officiating. Burial with military honors will immediately follow the service.  The family will be receiving friends and guests at the residence.  Arrangements are by Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc., New Bern.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Tuesday, September 27, 2011)

Hazel Hardison Williams

NEW BERN - Mrs. Hazel Hardison Williams, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at the age of 91 years. She was born on December 2, 1921, in Pamlico County to the late Thaddeus "Clem" Hardison and Effie S. Hardison. She was an active member of Saint Mary's Free Will Baptist Church for more than 60 years.  Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Pollock-Best Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Craig Simmons officiating. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett L. Williams, Jr.; her son, Eugene T. Williams; her granddaughter, Jennifer K. Williams; three sisters and one brother.  Surviving her are her children, Shirley W. Bowers and husband Doug of Charlotte, Diane W. Marsh and husband Tom of New Bern, Emmett L. Williams III and wife Laura of Merritt, and Kathy W. Rowe and husband Dan of Kings Mountain; brothers, Dalton C. Hardison of New Bern and F. Leroy Hardison of Alliance; sister, Annette H. House and husband Jim of Nashville; grandchildren, Karen B. Cotchett and husband Jim, Julie B. Murphy and husband Tom, Claire B. Jordan and husband Grant, James D. Bowers and wife Elizabeth, Thomas B. Marsh IV and wife Stacey, Stephen B. Marsh, Lesley M. Bridgers and husband Timothy, Eleanor Rose Williams, Kevin N. Rowe, and Jason B. Rowe and wife Dawn; 17 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends just prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Arrangements are by Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - April 29, 2013)

James E. Williams, Sr.

James E. ''Eddie'' Williams Sr., 73, of the 900 block of Basie Crescent, died Dec. 13, 1997, in Autumn Care of Portsmouth.  Born in Oriental, N.C., he had retired as a mechanic with Norfolk Naval Air Station after 34 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran.  Survivors include his wife, Doris L. Williams; a daughter, Virginia White of Toano, Va.; a son, James E. Williams Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Esther Knight of Norfolk; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; an aunt; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Zoraty and Irvin Williams; and a son, Herman A. Williams.  A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Corprew Funeral Home Chapel, Portsmouth, by Bishop John R. Savage. Burial with military honors will be in Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery, Chesapeake. Viewing at the funeral home will begin at noon today.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - December 16, 1997; pg. B8)

Walton Oswald Williams
[Aug. 10, 1946 - Oct. 19, 2001]
[From the private collection of William Odell Spain held by Janet Orndorff]
(Unknown newspaper - Oct. 24, 2001)

Eunice Lupton Williamson

SUFFOLK - Eunice Lupton Williamson, 81, of the 100 block of Withers St., passed away June 14, 2003.  Born in Lowland, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Henry and Minerva Watson Lupton and was the widow of George David Williamson Jr. She was predeceased by her brother, Chester Lupton.  She will be sadly missed by her loving daughters, Roxana W. Lewis and husband, Juston of Suffolk and Cecelia M. Williamson of Williamsburg; her son, George D. Williamson, III and wife, Brenda of Suffolk; five grandchildren, Ronald Asby, Jason Lewis, Regina A. Bass, Faron Lewis and Brandon Williamson; and two great-grandchildren, Candyce and Blaine Asby.  A funeral will be held in the Sidney F. Harrell Chapel of Harrell and Hill Funeral Home Monday at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Ray Hampton. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. Friends may join the family at the funeral home today from 4 to 5 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the National ALS/Lou Gehrigs Disease Association, 615 Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877.  (The Virginian-Pilot [ (Norfolk, VA] - June 15, 2003; pg. B7)

George David Williamson, Jr.

George David Williamson, Jr., 71, a retired tugboat captain and mate, died July 12, 1992, in a Norfolk hospital.  Mr. Williamson was born in Lowland, N.C., where he was a member of Lowland Church of Christ. He had retired from Curtis Bay Towing.  Survivors include his wife, Eunice Lupton Williamson; two daughters, Roxana W. Lewis of Suffolk and and Cecilia M. Williamson of Williamsburg; a son, George D. Williamson, III of Suffolk; two sisters, Hazel Tyndall of New Bern, N.C., and Lola Boyer of Eckley, Colo.; and five grandchildren.  The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Graham Funeral Home, South Norfolk Chapel, Chesapeake, by the Rev. Henry V. Napier. Burial will be in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens, Suffolk. Friends may join the family from 7 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home and other times at 121 Withers St., Suffolk. Memorial donations may be made to the ALS Association, 21021 Ventura Blvd., Suite 321, Woodland Hills, Calif. 91364.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - July 14, 1992; pg. D2)

Lily Faye Williamson
[May 5, 1942 - Dec. 4, 2004]
[From the private collection of William Odell Spain held by Janet Orndorff]
(Unknown newspaper - Dec. 2004)

Amelia Grant Willis
(January 11, 1933 - March 26, 2014)

Amelia Grant Willis, 81, of Bayboro passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at home.  She was a member of Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church. She co-owned and operated Willis Clover Farm for 35 years and also co-owned Willis Dozer Service.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Willis and daughter, Helen Oxendine.  She is survived by two sons, Lloyd Willis Jr. of the home and Norman Willis of Bayboro; one brother, James Grant of Virginia; six sisters, Carolyn Chandler of South Boston, Va, Isabelle Brennen of Virginia, Annie Willis of Arapahoe, Wilma Harlan of California, Nina Grant of Arapahoe and Marguerite Casper of Wisconsin; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  Her funeral will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry English officiating. Interment will be in Paul Cemetery, Arapahoe.  The family will receive friends and relatives immediately following the service at the funeral home.  (Bryant Funeral Home)

Bruce Lavon Willis

GRANTSBORO - Bruce Lavon "Slow Poke" Willis, 72, of Grantsboro died Thursday, May 5, 2011 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.  He was a member of Goose Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church and retired from Potter Trucking.  He is survived by his wife, Anita Willis; two sons, Robert Willis of Goldsboro and Brian Willis of Silverhill; one daughter, Stacy Willis of Oriental; one brother, Thomas Willis of New Bern; three sisters, Ann Davis of Arapahoe; Pat Willis and Barbara Willis, both of Oriental; and seven grandchildren.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Monday, May 9, at Goose Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Cindy Midyette officiating. Interment will follow in Cayton Cemetery.  The family received friends Sunday at the church.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Thursday, May 12, 2011)

 Herbert Guion Willis, Jr.

Herbert Guion Willis Jr., born July 31, 1919, of Minnesott Beach peacefully departed this life to be with our Lord and his beloved Mary on July 25, 2010.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Mary Ireland Willis; his parents, Herbert G. and Annie Banks Willis of Arapahoe; brothers, Russell and Guion Willis; sisters, Helen Belangia and Maxine Angel.  He is survived by his son, Dennis S. and wife, Helen Willis, of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Nancy Willis, Christine (William) Witt, and Dennis Jr. (Molly), all of Knoxville, and Susan (Steve) Fenn of Raleigh; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  As a result of a childhood accident at age 4, Herbert lost his left arm at the shoulder. He then proceeded to enjoy a full, long and wonderful life as one of the least handicapped persons the world has ever known.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 29, at Bethany Christian Church, Arapahoe, with the Rev. Merritt Watson officiating. Interment will follow in the Banks Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday night, at Bryant Funeral Home.  The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff of Britthaven of Pamlico, for their love and care.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Friday, July 30, 2010)

Lionel Elbert Willis, Jr.

GRANTSBORO - Lionel Elbert Willis, Jr., 53, of 7110 Neuse Road, Grantsboro, died Sunday, June 22, 2008 at Craven Regional Medical Center.  He is survived by his father, Lionel Willis Sr. of Grantsboro; a son, Trey Willis of Charlotte; two brothers, Seth Willis and Shannon Willis, both of Grantsboro; and two sisters, Janice Willis and Paula Banks, both of Grantsboro.  Graveside services will be held at Amity Christian Church cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Bobby White officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremation, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Tuesday, June 24, 2008)

Lloyd Hardison Willis

Lloyd Hardison Willis, 79, of 420 Main St., Bayboro, died Wednesday, August 13, 2008, at Craven Regional Medical Center.  He owned and operated Willis Clover Farm for 35 years. He was a member of Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church.  He is survived by his wife, Amelia; two sons, Norman and Lloyd Jr., both of Bayboro; one brother, Morris Willis of Arapahoe; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 16, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Bulla and the Rev. Jerry English officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Paul Cemetery, Arapahoe. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home and other times at the home.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Cremations.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Monday, August 18, 2008)

 Mary Ireland Willis

MINNESOTT BEACH - Mary Ireland Willis, 91, peacefully departed this life to be with our Lord, May 3, 2010, at Britthaven of Pamlico.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph W. and Minnie Ireland of Mill Pond Road, Al-liance; brother, Cecil Ireland; and sister, Lucille Peele.  She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Herbert G. Willis Jr.; son, Dennis S. and wife, Helen Willis, of Knoxville, Tenn.; sisters, Doris Paul of Grantsboro, Ellen Dees of Greensboro and Lois and husband, Michael Calderaro, of Minnesott Beach; grandchildren, Nancy Willis, Christine (William) Witt, Dennis Jr. (Molly) Willis, all of Knoxville, Susan (Steve) Fenn of Raleigh; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  Mary had a long and wonderful life enjoying the simpler, best times of living in Miami and Co-coa Beach, Fla., and Pamlico County.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 8, at Bethany Christian Church, Arapa-hoe, with the Rev. Merritt Watson officiating. Interment will follow in Banks Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday night, at Bryant Funeral Home.  The family would like to express their thanks to the staff of Britthaven of Pamlico, for their love and care.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – May 5, 2010)

Morris Philemon Willis

Morris Philemon Willis, 80, of Oriental passed away peacefully at home Sunday, April 27, 2014.  Mr. Willis was a member of Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army.   He owned and operated the Clover Farm in Oriental as well as D.C. Crab Co., Aurora.  Morris was a devoted family man.  He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Annie Grant Willis; two daughters, Deborah Willis Fulcher and husband, Chris, of Oriental and Angela Willis Mumper and husband, Dan, of Oriental; three grandchildren, Christina Fulcher Cahoon and husband, Ryan, Chaz Fulcher and D.J. Mumper, all of Oriental; and two great-grandchildren, Chasity Fulcher and Braxton Cahoon.  He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lockwood Willis and Lloyd Willis and two sisters, Bonnie Humphrey and Sina Mayo, all of Pamlico County.  His funeral will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 30 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Bryan officiating.  Interment will be in Greenleaf Memorial Park, New Bern.  The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  (Bryant Funeral Home)

Robert Allen Willis

NEW BERN - Robert "Bob" Allen Willis, 72, formerly of Arapahoe, died Tuesday, May 31 at Craven Regional Medical Center. A funeral service was held Friday, June 3, 11 am, at Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Blaney Rowe and the Rev. Freeman Edwards officiating. Burial was in Paul Cemetery.  He had served as Registrar and Director of Evening Programs at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville and was a member of Saint's Delight Free Will Baptist Church. He was a US Air Force veteran.  He is survived by his wife, Jean Potter Willis; one son, David Willis of Jacksonville; one daughter, Kim Morton of Jacksonville; two stepsons, Tim Potter of New Bern and Lee Potter of Greenville; one stepdaughter, Debra Liehs-Powell; two brothers, Hewitt Willis of Ft. Myers, FL and Herbert Willis of Arapahoe; one sister, Dorothy Harrison of Arapahoe; six grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - June 2005)

Sallie Hopkins Willis
[Jan. 20, 1913 - June 4, 1998]
[From the private collection of William Odell Spain held by Janet Orndorff]
(Unknown newspaper - June 1998)

Thomas Lee Willis

ARAPAHOE - Thomas Lee (Tom) Willis, died at his home in Arapahoe on Wednesday, January 3, following a courageous battle with cancer.  "Tommy" Willis was born in New Bern, on February 8, 1923. He attended New Bern public schools joining the Navy following his high school graduation. After completion of military service, he attended N.C. State University, where he graduated in 1950.  Tom returned to New Bern and began a successful career with what is now known as UniSource Paper Company. He and his family were transferred to Raleigh in 1963 for 2 years, to Savannah, GA for 3 years, and back to Raleigh until his retirement in 1980 when they moved to Pamlico County.  Tom received numerous awards during his employment with UniSource and received the title of Unijax Master in 1977.  He was an avid Wolfpack fan and also a member of the East Carolina Hunt Club and the Craven-Pamlico Hunt Club. Tom attended Bethany Christian Church in Arapahoe where he served as a deacon until his health began to fail.  He is survived by his wife, Jane Ellis Willis of the home; one daughter, Lee Willis Johnson, and her husband, Charles of Raleigh; one brother, James Ray Willis and his wife, Shirley Parker Willis of Durham; one niece, Kimberly Willis Hayden and her family of Raleigh and one nephew, James Ray Willis, Jr., also of Raleigh. His mother-in-law, Margaret B. Ellis and his brother-in-law, Paul B. Ellis, Jr., both of New Bern.  A celebration of life service will be held at Bethany Christian Church in Arapahoe on Friday, January 5, at 11 a.m.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service.  Memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Home of N.C., P.O. Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450 or Hospice of Pamlico County, P.O. Box 959, Bayboro, NC 28515.   Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home.  (The News & Observer [Raleigh, NC] - January 4, 2001; pg. B6)

Winifred Taylor Willis

ALLIANCE - Winifred Taylor Willis, 93, died Thursday, June 30, 2005, at her home.  She was a member of Bayboro Missionary Baptist Church and a teacher in the Pamlico County Schools for 31 years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Millard Willis.  She is survived by three sons, Donald Willis and wife Barbara of Georgia, Frank Willis and wife Mary of Alliance and Johnny Willis and wife Lena of Alliance; one daughter, Judy Mitchell and husband Tommy of Alliance; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at Bryant Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday and other times at her home. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2005, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Scott Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will be in Dixon Cemetery in Alliance.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - June 30, 2005)

Betty Willisson

Betty Willison, 76, of Oriental died March 24 at UNC Hospital. She is survived by three sons, Benjamin, Dave and Desmond Doss; three daughters, Linda Doss, Joann Willis and Patti Petkosek; one brother, Jules Carvalho; one sister, Flora Subica; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A memorial service was held March 29 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer officiating.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] – March 31, 2010)  Submitted by Shirley Gabbert

Sharon Ann Toler Wilson

BAYBORO - Sharon Ann Toler Wilson, 54, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, at Craven Regional Medical Center.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008, at Lakeside Chapel, Greenleaf Memorial Park, with Leon Thomas officiating.  She is survived by her husband, Mickey Wilson of Bayboro; her mother, Mary S. Woodcock of New Bern; one brother, Timothy Woodcock of New Bern; and one sister, Bonnie Stocks of New Bern.  The family will receive friends at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service at Cotten Funeral Home.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Wednesday, October 1, 2008)

Willie Lee Wilson

REELSBORO - Willie Lee Wilson, 75, of 2316 Lee Landing Road, died Sunday, May 15, 2005, at Craven Regional Medical Center.  He was a native of Greenville and was a member of West Branch M.B. Church, serving as an usher.  Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at West Branch M.B. Church with the Revs. Tony Credle and Charlie Wilson Jr. officiating.  Burial will be in Farrow Family Cemetery.  He is survived by two brothers, Charlie Wilson Jr. and Roland Wilson of New Bern, and one sister, Ollie Wilson Farrow of the home.  The family will receive friends at the residence.  Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Oscar's Mortuary and an hour prior to the service at the church.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - May 19, 2005)

Oscar Smallwood Winfield

Oscar Smallwood Winfield, 86, of the 900 block of Burksdale Road, died Aug. 23, 1999, in a local hospital.  Mr. Winfield was born in Oriental, N.C. A painter, he had retired from civil service. He was a member of the 60 Plus Club of Norfolk. Survivors include his wife, Josephine Winfield; a sister, Ella Napier, and a brother, William Winfield, both of Virginia Beach; and several nieces and nephews.  A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Joyce Kramer of Tidewater Unity Church. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, is in charge.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - August 24, 1999; pg. B8)

William M. Wise

ORIENTAL - William “Bill” M. Wise, 86, of 1724 Kershaw Road died Thursday, June 26 at New Bern Healthcare. A graveside service was held Monday, June 30, 2 pm, in the Oriental Cemetery with the Rev. Lee Toler officiating.  He is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Cremations of Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - June 2003)

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