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Keith Arlo Wolfenbarger

MINNESOTT BEACH - Keith Arlo Wolfenbarger, M.D., September 2, 1927 October 12, 2013, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family.  He was preceded in death by his wife Judy H. Wolfenbarger, his parents Hoyt and Laura Salyor Wolfenbarger, his sister Carolie W. Hoffman, and his son-in-law Thomas G. Dugan.  He is survived by his three daughters, Bellvia H. W. "Missy" Baskervill and husband, Robert D., of Arapahoe, NC, Laura Saylor Wolfenbarger Dugan of Oriental, NC, and Jane W. Emmart and husband, Mark, of Wilmington, NC; two granddaughters, Saylor and Kathryn Emmart, of Wilmington, NC; one nephew, Kevin McKeeman of Abilene, KS; and three step-children, Susan Brunell, Bert Brunell and Anne Bitter.  Dr. Wolfenbarger knew he wanted to be a medical doctor at the early age of 13 and graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1958. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity during his college years and was later inducted as a member of The Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, (Prof. Honorary), and Phi Chi Fraternity, (Prof. Honorary). During work on his PHD, in entomology, he performed research for the US Navy in acarology where he discovered several new species of Trombiculidae.  "Wolfie" practiced medicine until he was 75-years old but maintained a very active life in addition to his medical practice. He owned and operated a ranch in Northern New Mexico, built and operated a 150 slip marina in Eastern, NC, and enjoyed flying his private planes around North and South America, as well as sailing his boats along the southeastern Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico.  Coming from a long line of farmers, he himself was a farmer at heart. He loved the soil and the land, a love that undoubtedly stemmed from his Native American Heritage. He greatly respected and loved animals and had a special place in his heart for the most innocent and helpless of God's Creatures.  "Wolfie" was a survivor. This characteristic was most evident after a brush with death in 1980 when he was lost at sea for 14 days on a life raft with no food and little water. He fought for his life so that he would be here to care for his family and others.  He is greatly loved by his family and will be sorely missed by those who knew him.  The Wolfenbarger family would like to give special thanks to Cynthia Gregg, Karen Dixon, and Eudora Rose, for the loving care they provided to Dr. Keith, in his home, during the last months of his life.  A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, October 21st, at Arapahoe United Methodist Church with the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer officiating.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - October 19, 2013)

Loretta McDonnell Wood

GRANTSBORO - Loretta McDonnell Wood, 69, of Pamlico County died Wednesday, March 29 at Britthaven of Pamlico. A funeral service was held Monday, April 3 at Cotten Chapel.  She is survived by one brother, Leonard McConnell of Middlesex, New Jersey.  Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - March 2006)

Floyd E. Woodard

SAN JOSE, CA - Floyd E. "Gene" Woodard, 53, formerly of Reelsboro died Saturday, March 15 at Stanford Hospital. A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 22 at 2 pm at Reelsboro Pentecostal Holiness Church with burial in the Sandhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Bryant Funeral Home from 7 pm to 8:30 pm on Friday, March 21 and at other times at the home of his parents in Reelsboro.  He is survived by his parents, Rev. and Mrs. H.P. Woodard of Reelsboro; two sons, Matthew Woodard and Martin Woodard of San Jose; one brother, Alan Woodard of Bayboro; and one sister, Angie Bell of Pollocksville.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home, Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - March 2003)

Frank J. Woodard

Frank J. Woodard, 77, a retired assistant circulation manager of The Washington Post and a past president of the Silver Spring Lions Club, died Aug. 8 at Montgomery General Hospital. He had myelofibrosis, a disease of the bone marrow.  A resident of Leisure World in Silver Spring and of Siesta Key, Fla., Mr. Woodard was born in Bayboro, N.C.  Mr. Woodard attended Emory University, George Washington University and the National University Law School, which is now part of GWU.  He moved to the Washington area in 1938, and he went to work at The Post in 1940.  He was assistant circulation manager when he retired in 1978. He moved to Siesta Key in 1980 but spent summers at his residence in Leisure World.  Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Hope Elizabeth Woodard of Silver Spring; four children, Stephen Woodard of Olney, Barry Woodard of St. Simons Island, Ga., and Donald and Cynthia Woodard, both of North Potomac; a sister, Doris Prescott of New Bern, N.C.; four brothers, Victor and Vernon Woodard, both of New Bern, Thomas Woodard of Richmond and Paul Woodard of Stuart, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.  (The Washington Post [Washington, DC] - August 12, 1993; pg. B6)

Robert Hanes Woodard

FORT MILL, S.C. - Robert Hanes Woodard, 71, of Fort Mill, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2012. Born in Pamlico, NC, Robert was the son of the late Vance and Neva Woodard. Robert retired from the U.S. Coast Guard and was the former owner of Harborside Grocery in Oriental, NC where he was a member of the First Baptist Church. After moving to Charlotte, NC in 1996, he drove a truck for G&P and FedEx Ground. Robert was a member of Harrison United Methodist Church and the Discussion Sunday School class there. Robert loved sharing his life with family and friends.  Robert is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Linda Broughton Woodard; son, Robert Hanes Woodard Jr. and wife Angel of Weddington, NC; daughter, Julie Bladel and husband Tom of Pineville, NC; three grandchildren, Jacob, Joel and Kayla Woodard; three step-grandchildren, Cassandra, Kim and Mary Beth Bladel; and brother, Vance Woodard Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.  A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, February 4, 2012, immediately followed by a reception at Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville, NC 28134.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Wednesday, February 1, 2012)

Sudie Margaret Paul Woodard

GRANTSBORO - Sudie Margaret Paul Woodard, 91, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, at Craven Regional Medical Center. She had retired from Seashore Bus Company after 34 years.  Mrs. Woodard was a member of Edward Christian Church and Pamlico County Women of the Moose.  The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Greenleaf Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, just prior to the ser-vice, and other times at the home of her daughter, Suzette Nesbit, 409 Bergin Road, Aurora.  She is survived by one son, Jules Hugo Woodard and wife, Lorraine, of Grantsboro; three daughters, Linda K. Whorton of Greenville, Vicki Jones and husband, Carl, of Aurora and Suzette Nesbit and husband, Harry, of Aurora; two sisters, Mattie Pearl Williamson and Dorothy Hardison, both of Arapahoe; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Victor H. Woodard, and a great-great-grandson.  Mrs. Woodard lived long, laughed often and loved a lot.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Wednesday, January 2, 2008)

Ola Tingle Woodruff

NEWPORT NEWS - Ola Tingle Woodruff, 85, died Saturday, May 27, in Riverside Regional Medical Center.  Mrs. Woodruff was born in Alliance, N.C., and had been a Peninsula resident for 16 years.  She was a member of First Baptist Church, the Swingin' Singers and the church choir. Mrs. Woodruff was also a member and past matron of the Emera Chapter No. 31 Order of Eastern Star and a member of the AARP.  Survivors include one son, James W. Woodruff of Richmond; one sister, Bernie Woodsen of Tulsa, Okla.; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  A funeral will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Newport News, by Dr. James E. White and the Rev. James Tingle III. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in Alliance United Methodist Church Cemetery, Alliance, N.C.  A Eastern Star service will be held at 7 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. The family will receive friends after the service until 8:30 p.m.  The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Swingin' Singers, First Baptist Church, Newport News.  (Daily Press [Newport News, VA] - May 28, 1989; pg. D6)

Gerry Leon Wooten

GRANTSBORO - Gerry Leon Wooten passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at Craven Regional Medical Center, on his 50th birthday.  Mr. Wooten was a crane operator for Ritchie Brothers Crane Inc. and also worked for LBM Inc. at Cherry Point. He was a native of Pamlico County and the son of William and Dartha Pipkin Wooten of Grantsboro.  He is survived by his wife, Deborah V. Wooten of Grantsboro; a daughter, Christina W. Taylor, and her husband, Reginald, of New Bern; two stepsons, Nathan Phillips of Ripley, Tenn., and E-3 Brandon Phillips of NAS, Oceana, Va.; two stepdaughters, Crystal Phillips of Minnesott Beach and Jessica Ann Phillips of the home.  In addition, he is survived by two brothers, William Wooten and James Wooten, both of Alliance, and two sisters, Pamela Crawford of Bridgeton and Vicky West of New Bern. He is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Annie Pipkin of Alliance, and two grandchildren, Tierra Taylor and Reginald L. Taylor II.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Cotten Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 17, 2008, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Wooten family.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] Tuesday, June 17, 2008)

William Carl Wooten, Jr.

GRANTSBORO - William Carl Wooten, Jr., 55, of Grantsboro, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at his residence.  William was a member of Broad Creek Christian Church.  He is survived by his mother, Dartha P. Wooten of Grantsboro; one brother, James Robert Wooten of Kentucky; two sisters, Pamela Wooten Crawford of Bridgeton and Vicky D. West of Grantsboro; and grandmother Reffell Annie Pipkin.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Greenleaf Memorial Park Lakeside Chapel with the Rev. Scott Fitzgerald officiating. The family will receive friends following the memorial service.  Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] Sunday, November 14, 2010)

Ellis S. Worthington

Ellis S. Worthington, 62, of Creston, W. Va., died Dec. 2 unexpectedly near his home.  He was born in Pamlico County, N.C., and was a self-employed contractor.  He is survived by sons, Charles S. Worthington of Havelock, N.C., Ellis Dean Worthington and William Ray Worthington, both of Akron; daughter, Miss Debbie Sue Worthington of Naples, Fla.; brother, Brian Worthington of South Carolina; sister, Mrs. Ava Lewis of Virginia; four grandchildren.  Memorial services will be held Thursday, 10:30 a.m., at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville, W. Va., with Rev. Edgar Cooper officiating. There will be no visitation.  (Akron Beacon Journal [Akron,OH)] - December 4, 1991; pg. D7)

James W. Worthington

James W. Worthington, 62, of Indian Rocks Beach, died Monday (Sept. 4, 1989) at University General Hospital, Seminole. He was born in Mesic, N.C., and came here in 1969 from Dayton, Ohio. He owned the Liberty Motel, Indian Rocks Beach. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; two sons, Edward, Clearwater, and Fred, Port St. Lucie; two brothers, Ellis, Creston, W.Va., and Brian, Columbia, S.C.; a sister, Ava Lewis, Seaford, Va.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Syl van Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater.   (St. Petersburg Times [St. Petersburg, FL] - September 6, 1989; pg. 11)

Carrie Lee Wray

Carrie Lee Wray of the 2000 block of Coral Ave., the wife of the late Eugene ''Bob'' Wray, died Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, in Harbour Pointe Medical and Rehabilitation Center.  Mrs. Wray was born in Bayboro, N.C., and had retired as a nurse's assistant from Holmes Convalescent Home, Virginia Beach. She was a member of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, Norfolk. She was predeceased by her daughter, Marion Terry.  She is survived by her daughter, Odessa Wray of Chesapeake and son-in-law, George ''Tony'' Rushing; two brothers, Wilford Green of Norfolk and Curtis Green of New Bern, N.C.; and four grandchildren, Coretha Rushing Smith of Atlanta, Andre Rushing of San Diego, Calif., Karen Gorum of Virginia Beach and Sharon Brown of Chesapeake.  A funeral will be conducted at noon Thursday at Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church by Monsignor Walter Barrett. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. Viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Street, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. The family will assemble for the processional at 2012 Coral Ave., Chesapeake, at 11 a.m. Thursday.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - September 13, 1999; pg. B8)

Jacqualyn Dowty Wright

CHESAPEAKE - Jacqualyn Dowty Wright, 81, passed away Jan. 18, 2010 in Ridgeland, Miss. Born Jan. 7, 1929 in Norfolk, she was the daughter of the late Alexander Smith Dowty and Eula Francis Scott Howell. Jacqualyn was predeceased by her husband, Russell Raymond Wright, in 2006.  Jacqualyn graduated from Calvin Coolidge High School in Northwest Washington, D.C. in June 1947. She attended Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., as a young girl. As a young adult, she and her husband Russell, attended Corcoran United Methodist Church in Temple Hills, Md. She worked for the Internal Revenue Service and CIA between 1949 and 1954, raised her family and then worked as a real estate agent in northern Virginia until retiring in 1991.  She had an insatiable appetite and love of research for her family's genealogy and enjoyed landscaping.  Jacqualyn is survived by her daughter, Debra W. Ferguson and her husband Harry of Chesapeake; daughter, Patricia W. Shoemaker and her husband Jimmy of Flora, Miss., and son Richard S. Wright and his wife Susan of Virginia Beach; grandson, Andrew Gattsek and his wife Alesha of Chesapeake; granddaughter, Lauren Robison and her husband Douglas of Twin Falls, Ind. [should be Idaho]; grandson, Ashley Cerino of Virginia Beach; and granddaughter, Megan Cerino of Virginia Beach; great- grandchildren, Andrew Blake Gattsek, Hayden Gattsek and Riley Gattsek of Chesapeake, and Matthew Robison and Bailey Robison of Twin Falls, Ind.  Viewing is at 11 a.m. with services at noon at the Cedar Hill Funeral Home, 4111 Pennsylvania Ave., Suitland, MD 20746 on Thursday, Jan. 21. Interment is at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, Md.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - January 20, 2010)  [NOTE from Ron Dailey - Jacqualyn Scott Dowty's family was from the Scott's Store community in Pamlico County.  She had five brothers (all born in Grantsboro) & one sister - Palma Foy Dowty (b. 1914; d. 1935 in Norfolk, VA), Linwood Rayfield Dowty (b. 1916; d. 1972),   Rodney Earl Dowty (b. 1917; d. 1919 in Grantsboro), Cecil S. Dowty (b. 1917; d. 1917 in Grantsboro), Alison Smith Dowty (b. 1921), and Eula Marie Dowty (b. 1924 Norfolk, Va.; d. 1997 in MD).  Jackie was the baby.  She has many cousins still living in Pamlico County & often attended the Dowty Family Reunion in Grantsboro.]

Kendrea Nichelle Wright

Kendrea Nichelle Wright, 1 month, of 99 Marsh Lane, Oriental, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville.  A graveside service will be at noon Friday at Broad Creek United Church of Christ cemetery in Oriental with the Rev. Elizabeth Green officiating.  She is survived by her mother, Ronnell Thompson of Oriental, and father, Kenny Wright, of Aurora; one brother, Keandre Thompson of Oriental; three sisters, LaToya Baldwin of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Tequya Shockley and Kadjia Shockley of Pollocksville; maternal grandparents, Bernice and James Thompson of Oriental; paternal grandparents, Barbara and Guy Moore of Aurora; paternal great-grandfather, Walter Hayes of Atlantic City, N.J.; and paternal great-grandmother, Sudie Mozell of Oriental.  Arrangements by Oscar's Mortuary.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Friday, February 22, 2008)

Wade Wayne Wyman

Wade Wayne Wyman, 27, of Pamlico County died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, after a long battle with juvenile diabetes. He attended East Carteret High School and graduated from Pamlico Community College.  He is survived by his parents, Wayne and Nancy Wyman; two brothers, Joey and Mike Wyman; and grandparents, Max and Mary Sullens.  A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Pollock-Best Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Monday, February 15, 2010)

Unless otherwise noted, these obituaries were contributed by Kay Midgett Sheppard. No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes. However, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research.