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Bertha Bailey Davis
GOLDSBORO — Bertha Bailey Davis, 79, of 1501 Holly Street, Wilson, died Friday at Wayne Memorial Hospital. 
Funeral will be today at Shingleton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Earl Glenn officiating. 
Interment will be in Marsh Swamp Church Cemetery. 
She is survived by her widower, Roney Leonard Davis; two sons, Wiley J. Davis of Elm City and Roney Leonard Davis II of New Bern; two daughters, Donna D. Kennedy of Goldsboro and LuAnne D. Scott of Mt. Olive; and nine grandchildren. 
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
[Published Apr. 10, 2001]

Austin Burgess Cramer
MIDLOTHIAN, Va. — Austin Burgess Cramer, 80, died April 9, 2001 in Midlothian, Va. He was a former resident of Head-of-the-Harbor, Long Island, New York and New Bern, N.C. 
He retired as an agent with Equitable Life Assurance Society and was an independent general broker. He attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. Where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and Phi Mu Alpha Music Society. He served in the Army in WWII. As a 32nd Degree Mason, he was a member of the Sudan Temple Shriners in New Bern, N.C. 
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Anne Cramer of Midlothian, Va. and one daughter, Elizabeth and two grandchildren, Britt and Karl Tonnessen, all of Manitou Springs, CO., one brother, Robert of Beach Haven, NJ and numerous nieces and nephews. 
A memorial service will be conducted by Rev. Reggie Tuck of The Brandermill Church at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2001 at Brandermill Woods Retirement Community. The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605 or to a charity of your choice. Inurnment will be private. 
[Published Apr. 18, 2001]

Mr. Garland Curtis Gaskins
Mr. Garland Curtis Gaskins, age 56, a resident of 5720 U.S. Hwy 17 N. Vanceboro, NC died Monday April 16, 2001 at Craven Regional Medical Center of New Bern after a battle of cancer for 4 months. 
A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday April 18, 2001 at the Chapel of Paul Funeral Home in Washington, NC officiated by Roy Savage. Burial will follow in the Kitt Swamp Christian Church Cemetery in the Askin Community of Ernul, NC. 
Richard Gladson, Snodie Moore, Edgar Gaskins, Charles Wells, Joseph Wells, Allen Ray Wells, Scott Gaskins, and Carlton Clark will serve as pallbearers. 
Mr. Gaskins was born in Beaufort County on July 28, 1944 son of the late Garland Benjamin Gaskins and Elsie Clark Gaskins who survives. He was a 1962 graduate of Chocowinity High School. On June 29, 1963, he married the former Jeanette Wells who survives and was a loving husband to her for 38 years. Mr. Gaskins was owner of Gaskins Pine Straw and a member of Kitt Swamp Christian Church. 
In addition to his wife, and mother, other survivors include his daughter, Ginger Holland and son-in-law, Cliff Holland whom he loved very much; 6 grandchildren, he loved dearly; Brent, Chad, Ashley and Amber Taylor, Courtney and Curtis Alexander Holland; 1 sister: Sandra Daniels and her husband, Jeffrey of Aurora; and 1 brother: Thad Timothy Gaskins and his wife, Joyce of Vanceboro. His father, Garland B. Gaskins preceded him in death on February 8, 2001. 
The family will receive friends 7:00-8:30 PM Tuesday at Paul Funeral Home of Washington and at other times at the home. 
Paul Funeral Home of Washington is serving the Gaskins family. 
[Published Apr. 18, 2001]

Edna S. Jones
VANCEBORO — Edna S. Jones, 81, died Monday, April 16, 2001. 
A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Celestial Memorial Gardens. 
Jones was a native of the Shelmerdine community of Pitt County. She lived most of her adult life in the Vanceboro area and was a member of the Vanceboro United Methodist Church. 
Surviving are her sons, Johnnie Ray Matthews of Augusta, GA and Stanley Earl Matthews of Vanceboro; daughters, Iris Locklair of Vanceboro and Susan Barbatoe of Mansfield, TX; brothers, Vernon Stocks of Havelock and Raymond Stocks of Roanoke, VA; sisters, Alberta Garris of Ayden, Lottie Marie May of Hookerton, Christine Tripp of Carolina Beach, Hilda Graye of Charleston, SC and Faye Graye of Kinston, 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends today from 7-9 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home, Vanceboro.
[Published Apr. 18, 2001]

Daisy Bryant Williams
Daisy Bryant Williams, 93, of 816 Miller St., died Thursday at Craven Regional Medical Center. 
Funeral will be at noon, April 18 at Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Dexter Taylor officiating. 
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. 
She is survived by five daughters, Lena Ward, Allie Brimmage, Alice Swansey, Patricia Levingston, and Arlene Grimes all of New Bern; and four sons, Augustus Hill of Brooklyn, N.Y., Melvin, Ronald, and Dallas Hill all of New Bern. 
The family will receive friends at 816 Miller St., New Bern. 
Viewing will be from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. today at Walston Funeral Service Memorial Chapel. 
Arrangements by Walston Funeral Service. 
[Published Apr. 18, 2001]

Robert "Bob" Ray Millard
AURORA- Robert "Bob" Ray Millard, 81, of 1938 Walker Road, died Saturday at New Bern Health Care.
He was a retired maintenance supervisor from PCS in Aurora. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. He was a member of the White Hill Free Will Baptist Church. 
A graveside funeral with military rites will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at White Hill Free Will Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Ray Webb officiating.
He is survived by his widow, Janie Bolton Millard; four sons, Christopher "Chris" Millard of Aurora, Ray Jefferson "Jeff" Millard of Siler City, Robert Ray Millard Jr., of York, Pa. and Lisle Millard of Newnan, Ga.; two daughters, Martha Worsley of Cary and Debbie Lyon of Mt. Airy; eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
The family will join friends today from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at Hillside Funeral Service, 4500 Highway 264 East, Washington, N.C., and other times at the home.
[Published Oct. 16, 2001]

Evelyn Lilly Gaillard
Evelyn Lilly Gaillard, 76, of 1020A Kingsway, died Saturday at Craven Regional Medical Center.
She was a member of Mt. Olive First Baptist Church.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cotten Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randy Ratliff officiating.
Burial will be in Maple Wood Cemetery in Mt. Olive. 
She is survived by her widower, James D. Gaillard; one son, Earl Jeffery McDaniel; one daughter, Zilda Smith of Whitelake; two brothers, Gene Lilly of Fayetteville and George Graddy Lilly; two sisters, Franes White of Vanceboro and Opal Cayton of New Bern; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends at Cotten Funeral Home today from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethany Christian Church, 3475 Highway 55 W., Jasper, NC 28562.
[Published Oct. 16, 2001]

Peggy Ann Smyer
Peggy Ann Smyer was born on March 23, 1948, in Scotland Neck, N.C., to Max and Betty Smyer. The family moved to New Bern, N.C., where Peggy attended school and graduated from New Bern High School in 1966. She married prior to graduation and had two children, Deborah and Ronnie.
Though she lived in several southern states, Peggy made her home in Jacksonville, Fla., for many years. She later settled in Temple, Ga., near her children and grandchildren. She passed away quietly in her home surrounded by family and friends.
She is survived by her mother, Betty Smyer; her sisters and brothers, Maxine Anderson and her husband, Andy, of Anacortes, Wash., Raymond Smyer and his wife, Joan, of Vanceboro, N.C., Carol Johnson and her husband, Bruce, of New Bern, N.C., and David Smyer of Orange Park, Fla.; her children, Deborah Colson, Ronnie Roebuck and his fiancee, Sue Leese, of Ellijay, Ga.; her grandchildren, Marie Puckett and her husband, Brad, of Bremen, Ga., Adam, Daniel and Michelle Godwin of Ellijay, Ga., Billy Roebuck of Ellijay, Ga.; her great-grandchild, Haili Puckett of Bremen, Ga.; ten nieces and nephews; six great-nieces and nephews; and her good friend, Kenneth Reeve.
Though she is loved and will be missed, her family and friends take great comfort in the assurance that she is now safe at home with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Arrangements by Cremation Society of the South, Smyrna, Ga.
[Published Jan. 24, 2002]

Frances "Nancy" J. Graff
Frances "Nancy" J. Graff, 78, of New Bern, N.C., died Monday, January 21, 2002 at Craven Regional Medical Center.
She was a member of the St. Paul Catholic Church and part of the Catholic Daughters. She also assisted with the Fairfield Harbour Satellite Group (Hospital and Auxiliary) and was a past president of the Fairfield Garden Club.
Memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Catholic Church with Father Ernest Ruede officiating.
She is survived by one daughter, Susan Contos and husband, Steven Contos of Wayne, N.J.; and one granddaughter, Kaitlyn Contos of Wayne, N.J.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday night with a Rosary at 8 p.m. at Cotten Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Lupus Foundation, Cedar Grove, N.J.
Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home.
[Published Jan. 24, 2002]

Frank A. Burton
NEW BERN - Frank A. Burton, of 1405 Helen Avenue died at Craven Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at the age of 79.
Mr. Burton, a U.S. Army veteran, retired after 30 years of Civil Service at Cherry Point and was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 24, 2002 at Greenleaf Memorial Park with Dr. Steve Cobb officiating.
Mr. Burton is survived by his wife, Doris E. Burton of the home; daughter, Dianne Ezell and her husband, Dave of New Bern, NC; sister, Nell Bullard of Holden Beach, NC; grandson, Brian Ezell and his wife, Susan of Garner, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Temple Baptist Church Building Fund, 2201 Henderson Avenue, New Bern, NC 28560.
Arrangements by Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations.
[Published Jan. 24, 2002]

Coy R. Dixon
ORIENTAL - Coy R. Dixon, 70, of 5868 Kershaw Road, died Monday at Craven Regional Medical Center.
He was a member of the North Carolina Law Enforcement Association, Gold Wing Road Riders Association and Rainbow Masonic Lodge No. 479 in Arapahoe.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bryant Funeral Home with the Rev. David Brown and the Rev. Diane Watson officiating.
Burial will be in Lee Cemetery in Arapahoe with Masonic rites by Rainbow Lodge No. 479.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Lee Dixon; his children, Dolores Dixon Adams of Raleigh, Donnie Dixon and his wife, Terry of Reelsboro, N.C. and Dalton Dixon and his wife, Janet of Batesburg, S.C.; his stepchildren, Joseph Lee and his wife, Joanne of Wilmington, N.C., and Susie Lee Boyd and husband, Gene of Arapahoe, N.C.; his brother, J. P. Dixon and his wife, Bobbie of Reelsboro; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Parson and Rebecca Dixon and a brother, Alvis Dixon.
The family received friends Tuesday at Bryant Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to a favorite charity.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home, Alliance.
[Published Jan. 24, 2002]

Clara Bell Hicks Green
ORIENTAL - Clara Bell Hicks Green, 71, of 403 Styron Beach Road died Thursday at Craven Regional Medical Center.
She was a nurse assistant at Britthaven of Pamlico and a member of Holt's Chapel Usher Board.
Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Holt's Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church with the Rev. Ervin Hickman officiating.
Burial will be in the Dozier Family Cemetery.
She is survived by two brothers, Wilbert Hicks and John Hicks of New Haven, Conn.; two sisters, Mariah Hicks and Hannah Gaskins of Oriental.
The family will receive friends at the residence of her sister, Hannah Gaskins, 1431 Silverbrook Rd., Oriental.
Viewing will be from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday at Oscar's Mortuary.
Arrangements by Oscar's Mortuary, Inc.
[Published Jan. 24, 2002]

Junior "Skip" Dexter Carpenter
ARAPAHOE - Junior "Skip" Dexter Carpenter, 64, died Monday at Craven Regional Medical Center after an extended illness.
He was a member of Alliance Pentecostal Holiness Church, VFW, Navy Fleet Reserve, a town commissioner of Arapahoe, past chief of Arapahoe VFD. He worked for 20 years with civil service at Cherry Point. He retired from the U.S. Navy.
His first duty station with the U.S. Navy was in 1955 in Key West, FL, where he worked the flight line. From 1956-58 he was stationed on the USS Forrestall where he served as director of the flight deck. From 1959-61 he served at NAS Norfolk in the Overhaul and Repair Department. He served on the USS Kitty Hawk from 1962-65 on the flight deck. In 1966 he was stationed at Milton, FL at Whiting Field, a training field for cadets. From 1970-73 he served in Norfolk, VA as special shipboard fire fighting instructor. In September 1973 he went to fleet reserve from active duty at NAS Bermuda. In 2001 he was the recipient of a medal for his duty in the Battle of Taiwan Straits.
He was preceded in death by his son, Dwayne Carpenter, in 1979, and his parents, Hanse D. and Ada Goff Carpenter.
He is survived by his wife, Martha L. Carpenter; one son, Stuart Carpenter and his wife, Mindy, of Arapahoe; one daughter, Sandi Prescott and her husband, Mark, of Grantsboro; one brother, Delbert Carpenter of Painesville, OH; one sister, Joy Carpenter of Painesville, OH; one grandson, Luke Carpenter Prescott; cousins, Charlie and Cathy Goff and son, C. J.; and two nieces, Carolina Seal and Joy Louise Carpenter.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lee Toler officiating.
Burial will be in the Flowers Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, just prior to the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Arapahoe VFD, P.O. Box 3, Arapahoe, NC 28510.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home, Alliance.
[Published Jan. 24, 2002]

Dave Taylor Ballance
LOWLAND - Dave Taylor Ballance, 81, of 5404 Lowland Road died Monday at Craven Regional Medical Center.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lowland Community Cemetery with Jessie Foreman officiating.
He is survived by one son, Calvin Ballance of Chesapeake, Va.; three daughters, Janice Ireland of Aurora, Gloria Nanney of Chesapeake, Va., and Patsy Leary of Chesapeake, Va.; one brother, Foy Ballance of Everglades, Fla.; two sisters, Helen Fields of Portsmouth, Va., and Mamie Twiford of Lowland; 16 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the David Ballance Fund, c/o Bryant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 99, NC 28509.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home, Alliance.
[Published Jan. 24, 2002]

James Frederick McCoy
James Frederick McCoy, 84, of New Bern died Monday at his residence.
He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Tuscaloosa in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean. He also served on the USS Nicholson in the Pacific. Mr. McCoy was decorated with four Bronze Stars for participation in the European, African and Middle Eastern area as well as the Asiatic Pacific area and the Phillipine Sea Campaign. He was a member of the American Legion and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the New Bern National Cemetery with military honors.
He is survived by one son, James F. McCoy Jr. of Winchester, Mass.; one daughter, Elaine Roversi of Charleston, S.C.; two sisters, Mary Mohn of New Bern, N.C., and Margaret Hargett of Emerald Isle, N.C.; and five grandchildren, Adam Parrish Rovers, Dabney Parrish Hegg, James M. McCoy, Robert McCoy and Jodi McCoy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Craven County Home Health Hospice, P.O. Drawer 12610, New Bern, NC 28561 or the American Cancer Society Craven County Unit Memorial, P.O. Box 12805, New Bern, NC 28561.
Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home.
[Published Jan. 24, 2002]

Mrs. Esther Lupton Kane
Mrs. Esther Lupton Kane, affectionately known as "Tiny," died Monday at Craven Regional Medical Center at the age of 69.
A registered nurse for many years, she was a graduate of Norfolk General School of Nursing and East Carolina University. She served as a nurse for the New Bern City School System and later retired from the Craven County Health Department. Mrs. Kane was also a member of Saint Paul Catholic Church.
A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Saint Paul Catholic Church with Monsignor James R. Jones officiating.
Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park.
She is survived by her husband, Robert F. Kane of New Bern; her daughter, Anne Kane Pontiff of New Bern; her mother, Esther Spain Lupton of Lowland; one sister, Annie Coughlin of Marshfield, MA; two brothers, George A. Lupton Jr. of Arapahoe, and John R. Lupton of Wilmington; and one granddaughter, Kelsey Anne Pontiff of New Bern.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations.
[Published Feb. 13, 2002]

Elward Jenette
BAYBORO - Elward Jenette, 84, of 9135 N.C. 304 N., Mesic community, died Monday at Craven Regional Medical Center.
He was the first mayor of Mesic, a former dispatcher for Pamlico County Sheriff's Department, and a member of E.R. Dudley Masonic Lodge No. 78. He was former chairman of the Trustee Board, a musician for the Senior choir and a member of his church.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church with the Revs. W.C. Horton and Billy Smith officiating.
Burial will be in the Mesic Community Cemetery.
He is survived by one son, Langston W. Jenette of Dorchester, Mass.; one daughter, Gladys Jenette of the Mesic community of Bayboro; one brother, John Oliver Smith of the Mesic community, Bayboro; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
Viewing will be from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.
Arrangements by Oscar's Mortuary, Inc.
[Published Feb. 13, 2002]

John S. Ball
PALM BEACH, Fla. - John S. Ball, 77, died Saturday.
He was a former resident of New Bern.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at Greenleaf Memorial Park with the Rev. Bill Sherman officiating.
Burial will be in Greenleaf Memorial Park.
He is survived by his widow, Margaret O'Neal Ball of Palm Beach, Fla.; one son, Steve Ball of Virginia; one sister, Mary Prather of Indianapolis, Ind.; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Local arrangements by Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremations.
[Published Feb. 13, 2002]

Isabelle Pollock Boomer
ARAPAHOE - Isabelle Pollock Boomer, 92, of 1600 Don Lee Road, died Sunday at Craven Regional Medical Center.
She was a member of Piney Grove Disciples Church and served as an usher and a member of the Mother's Board.
Funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Piney Grove Disciples Church with the Rev. Farris Slade officiating.
Burial will be in Piney Grove Church Cemetery, Arapahoe.
She is survived by two sons, Arthur Boomer of Kinston and Ernest Boomer of the home; eight daughters, Emma Holder, Sarah Hackney, Mavis Nelson, Atlie Mae Richardson, Shirley Boomer, Isabelle Blango, and Gladys Boomer, all of Arapahoe, and Letha Johnson of Oriental; 35 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
Viewing will be from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday at Oscar's Mortuary, Inc.
Arrangements by Oscar's Mortuary, Inc.
[Published Feb. 13, 2002]

William Thompson "Tommy" Belyeu
WASHINGTON, N.C. -William Thompson "Tommy" Belyeu of 106 Landon Drive, Runyon Hills died Monday at his home.
Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Paul Funeral Home, Washington, N.C. with John Ledford officiating.
He is survived by his widow, Patricia Peele Belyeu of the home; two daughters, Valda Belyeu of Cassadaga, Fla., and Tracey Toler of New Bern; two sisters, Sara Anderson of Waxhaw and Yvonne McLean of College Grove, Tenn.; and two grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Thursday at Paul Funeral Home and other times at the home, 106 Landon Drive, Runyon Hills, Washington, N.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bunyan Ruritan Club, 103 Dogwood Dr., Washington, N.C. 27889.
Arrangements by Paul Funeral Home.
[Published Feb. 13, 2002]


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