Deaths in New Bern, NC and Surrounding Towns

Marsha Reel

Marsha P. Reel, 77, New Bern, NC

Marsha P. Reel, of North Myrtle Beach, SC passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2020. She left this world with her family by her side.

Marsha was born on December 11, 1942 in New Bern at the Old St. Luke’s Hospital to Edward W. Paul, Jr. and Norma J. Paul. She graduated from New Bern Senior High School and attended East Carolina University. In 1962, she married her college sweetheart, Thomas E. Green, III and had 2 children, They were married for 27 years before unforseen things in life lead them down different paths. She then married her childhood sweetheart, Robert E. Reel on August 10, 1990 and became step-mother to his 2 youngest daughters and 2 older sons. Sadly, she was pre-deceased by her parents, Edward W. Paul, Jr. and Norma J. Paul and her brother Edward W. Paul, III of Elizabeth City, NC.

Marsha was a much loved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and friend to so many. She retired from BB&T and after the loss of her beloved parents and brother, chose to move to South Carolina for a fresh start and to enjoy her retirement.

She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Reel of N. Myrtle Beach,South Carolina; her daughter and son-in-law, Johanna L. and Michael L. Hicks and grandsons, Trevor J. Green of Minnesott Beach NC, Bradley E. Southard and Nicholas G. Perkins of Missouri and great-grandson, Aiden M. Rice of Missouri; her son Thomas E. Green, IV of N. Myrtle Beach,South Carolina, her ex-daughter-in-law, Tammy Green of Selma, NC, and grandson Thomas E. P. Green of Cary, NC, step-daughter Tara J. Lefebvre of Florida and granddaughter Brielle M. Lefebvre of Florida, step-daughter, Dawn D. Reel of New Bern, NC and granddaughters, Alaina, Sylvia, Amanda, Chelsea, Brianna, Amelia and grandson, Ben, her step-sons, Robert and Scott Reel and their families, her sister-in-law Tina Paul of Elizabeth City, NC, along with her furbaby, Finlay.

A memorial service, officiated by Rev.Rex Horne, will be held at Pollock-Best Funeral Home in New Bern, NC on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 1:00PM with visitation to follow. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

We welcome anyone who would like to share a story or memory of Marsha and encourage casual dress.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

 

Phillip Bennett Obituary

Phillip M. Bennett, 73, New Bern, NC

Mr. Phillip M. Bennett, passed away just 2 days short of his 74th birthday. A lifelong resident of New Bern, Phil was an Engineering Tech at Cherry Point and enjoyed spending time with his family. Phil was very active with BSA, both as a child and while his sons were Scouts. He ran the chains at West Craven Football games for over 25 years, and volunteered with the Board of Elections. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis Jane Bennett, his father Leland Bennett, and his mother and step-father Virginia M. Frank and Delbert Frank.

The family will receive friends 6-8:00 PM, Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home, and other times at the family home. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Friday, February 28, 2020 at Pollock~Best Chapel with Pastor David McAnelly officiating. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Phil is survived by his wife of 47 years, Donna Aldridge Bennett; his sons, Michael Bennett, and wife Suzanne; and Delbert Ashley Bennett, and wife Bridget, of New Bern. He also leaves behind his brother, Errol Thomas Bennett, and wife Brenda, of Bridgeton; and his wonderful grandchildren, Ashlynn, Emma, and Angelo Bennett.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is assisting the Bennett Family.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Lucille Quinn Stewart, 88, New Bern, NC

Lucille Quinn Stewart, 88, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2020 at her home with her family by her side. A lifelong resident of Craven County, Lucille was a member of New Life Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Billy S. Stewart in 2008.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at New Life Church with Pastor Scott Coghill officiating. Burial will follow at Greenleaf memorial park. Online condolences may be made at PollockBest.com. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to New Bern Christian Academy 2911 Old Cherry Point Rd,. New Bern, NC 28560, NewBernChristianAcademy.com; or Craven County Hospice  PO Drawer 12610 New Bern, NC 28561.

Lucille is survived by her daughter, Amelia Stewart, of New Bern; her son, Stedman Stewart, and wife Mary Ann, of Trent Woods; and her five grandchildren, Spencer, Fletcher and Nelson Stewart, and Mary Scott Davis and Michael Davis.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Stewart family.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Samuel E. Weatherly, Sr., 84, New Bern, NC
Samuel E. Weatherly, Sr., 84, passed away Monday, February 17, 2020 with his family by his side. A native of Richmond County, Sam was a retired US Air Force veteran and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Sam was also a retired air traffic controller and enjoyed being with his grandchildren. Sam was a devout christian and enjoyed bible reading and attending Sunday school and church services when he was able. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his wife Marion in 2017

Graveside services, with USAF Honors, will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Greenleaf Memorial Park with Pastor Dwight Williams officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Sam is survived by his sons, Sam Jr., and wife Penny, of Greenville; Ron, and wife Julia, of Oklahoma; and John, and wife Shawna, of Louisburg. He also leaves behind his brothers, Robert, and wife Vickie, of Hamlet; Larry, and wife Michelle, of Rockingham; his sister, Mildred E. Jones, of Dayton, OH; and his wonderful grandchildren, Samuel III, Brent, Bradley, Matthew, Rebecca, Jianna, Nathan, and Mia

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist the Weatherly Family.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Pauline Elkins Harrell, 94, Trent Woods, NC

Mrs. Pauline Elkins Harrell, 94, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2020. A native of Alamance County, Pauline was the daughter of Viola Mae and Graham Elkins and grew up in Halifax County. After her marriage to John Whitehead Harrell, they settled in the Trent Woods area where she worked as an Installment Operator at First Citizens Bank for many years. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her husband John in 1978, and her two sisters, Norma Elkins Wayland and Ann Elkins Parks.

The family will receive friends 6 – 8 p.m., Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home. They will also receive friends Sunday, February 2, 2020 from 1-1:45 PM, at Sykes-Letchworth Funeral Home in Scotland Neck, followed by her graveside service in Sunnyside Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to www.pollockbest.com.

Pauline is survived by her two sons, Steven G. Harrell, of Morehead City; and John W. Harrell, Jr., and wife Vicki, of Myrtle Beach, SC. She also leaves behind her granddaughters, Sheila Harrell, and Heather Harrell Mikulak; their mother, Linda Harrell, of New Bern; her two great grandchildren, Bryce and Hadley Mikulak; along with her nieces, Lesley Faithful(Ron), Lisa Avery(Bob) and nephew Tony Parks(Amy).

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Harrell Family.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Timothy P. Dailey

Mr. Timothy P. Dailey, 84, New Bern, NC

Mr. Timothy P. Dailey, 84, of the Carolina Pines community, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2020. A native of Monroe County, IA, Tim was a US Navy veteran who served his country honorably for over 20 years. He followed that up with retirement from Civil Service at MCAS-Cherry Point. Tim was a faithful member of Annunciation Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council #6648, in Havelock. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley, his son Michael, and his brother Jack.

A Rosary led by KofC Council #6648 will be 12:00 PM, Saturday, February 1, 2020 followed by Mass with Fr. Bill Upah officiating at Annunciation Catholic Church. The family will receive friends following the Mass. Burial, with full honors, will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Tim is survived by his children, Sheryle J. Yates, of Havelock; and Tim Dailey of Hope Mills; along with his five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist the Dailey Family.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

 

Wanda H. McLaurin

Mrs. Wanda H. McLaurin, 85, New Bern, NC

Mrs. Wanda H. McLaurin, 85, went to her heavenly Father Thursday, January 23, 2020. She was born in Durham, NC to Earl and Pearl Henry and graduated from Durham High School. Following that, she attended Campbell College and New Orleans Baptist Seminary. While raising her family with her husband Horace, she attended night school at NC Central University and UNC-Greensboro where she earned her Masters in Education.

Wanda became an elementary school teacher with a career spanning over 25 years in the NC School system, including Durham, Alamance, Carteret, Hertford, Aberdeen, and Craven districts. After retiring, she continued to teach at Craven Community College helping adult students obtain their GED. As a minister’s wife, she touched many lives with her music, teaching, serving as a cub scout den leader, church choir member and Sunday School teacher.

Funeral services will be 3:00 PM, Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Rev. Bryan Huffman officiating. The family will gather for a reception following the services. Burial will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens in Raleigh. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Wanda’s name, may be made to Trinity UMC, PO Box 12867 New Bern NC 28561.

Wanda is survived by her two sons, Tim McLaurin, and wife Emily, of Morehead City; Thad McLaurin, and wife Mitzi, of Greensboro; her six grandchildren, Brianna Swann, and husband Kevin, of Durham; Duncan McLaurin, and wife Sarah, of Whitsett; April McLaurin of Durham; Rayna McLaurin of Durham; Ellery McLaurin of Greensboro; and Logan McLaurin of Morehead City; and her one great grandson, Lachlan McLaurin of Whitsett. Mac Mac, you were a wonderful mom and grandmom… you will be missed…

Arrangements with Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Capt. Alfred Fowler

Alfred Noel Fowler, 93, New Bern, NC

Alfred Noel Fowler, Captain, USN, passed away on January 14, 2020. He was a resident of New Bern, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn. Alfred, known as “Punk” to family and friends, was born on August 29, 1926, in Waterloo, Iowa. He married his high school sweetheart, Kathryn (Katie) Shadle, on September 8, 1945. The profound love they shared as teenagers would last 70 years. He loved to tell tales of their lives together, of his boyhood with his brother Bob, and of their family connections, instilling a vision of perseverance and adventure that took the couple from their Iowa roots to a career in the military that included 16 moves before they finally settled in a Washington, D.C., suburb after his Navy retirement in 1974.

Captain Fowler graduated from Parks Air College (now Parks College of St. Louis University) in 1948 with a degree in Aviation Operations. He was commissioned an Ensign, USN, and after completing Navy flight training was designated Naval Aviator in 1949. With Katie’s loving support, his career as a naval aviator evolved for the next 26 years. His memoir, Hurricanes to Antarctica – Tales of a Naval Aviator, highlights their journey and the wonderful yet challenging life of a military family. His companion book, Poems From Punk ­– The Complete Collection, tells the story of young love and dreams for the future during an uncertain time for our country.

Captain Fowler served as a pilot, navigator, and after attending the Naval Postgraduate School, a flight meteorologist in the Navy Hurricane Hunter squadrons based in Miami and Jacksonville from 1950-1957. He and his crew accomplished many low-level penetrations of the Atlantic area hurricanes. At that time, there was no other way to determine the location, size, and intensity of these dangerous storms. His shore assignments included a tour as NROTC instructor at Tulane University and attendance at both the Naval War College and the Air War College, where he earned a master’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. He served as Executive Officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge including a deployment to the South China Sea during the Vietnam War. He then completed a Joint Chiefs of Staff tour at the Alternate Military Command Center in Fort Ritchie, Maryland.

In 1972 he became the Commander U.S. Naval Support Force Antarctica and Commander Task Force 43. He was the first captain in that job following a series of seven admirals starting with Adm. Richard Byrd. The military task force command included ship, aircraft, station and logistics operations, as well as the assignment as Senior U.S. Representative in Antarctica. He spent two six-month summer operating seasons “on the ice” and oversaw the completion of building a new station at the geographic South Pole. While serving as a LTJG in the Navy, his son, Tom, was able to travel to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, for a visit. On February 13, 1973, father and son flew in a C-130 to the South Pole and became the first ever father and son to be at the South Pole together.

After Captain Fowler retired from active naval service he took the position of Deputy Division Director of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation. During his 14 years at NSF, he returned to Antarctica several times to oversee management, logistics, and science support operations, as the responsibility and funding for the national program had been shifted from the Defense Department to the NSF. He retired from civilian government service in 1988.

For the next 11 years, Captain Fowler was employed at the American Geophysical Union in Washington, D.C., where he established the office and served as the first Executive Secretary for the International Council of Managers, National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP). He was directly involved in national and international Antarctic affairs for 25 years. He is the author of COMNAP – The National Managers in Antarctica, a memoir about a special group of people from various nations who were involved with the governance and stewardship of the continent of Antarctica. He has been honored by the naming of the Fowler Peninsula, a 100- by 200-mile geographic feature of the ice-covered coastline of West Antarctica on the west shore of the Ronne Ice Shelf south of the Weddell Sea. Captain Fowler’s military honors include the Legion of Merit Medal, Navy Commendation, and Antarctica Service Medal. He was a longtime member of the American Meteorological Society, the U.S. Naval Institute, and The Antarctican Society.  Al was a member of the West New Bern Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder. Previously, Al and Katie belonged to the Fairfax Presbyterian Church where he was proud to serve as a deacon. They lived in the Mantua neighborhood in Fairfax, Virginia, for 38 years.

Here are his two most important lessons for life. First, “When flying a big multi-engine airplane very low over the ocean in a hurricane, keep your wings level.” And second, “Never forget that when it comes to having a wonderful life, the more you give, the more you get.” He often said, “The secret to a happy marriage is choosing the right spouse.”

Captain Fowler is survived by a son and three daughters: Alfred’s son, Tom (Marilyn) Fowler and their daughters, Beth (Matt) Maxwell, their children Will and Kate; and Carol (Evan) Renneker and their daughters Madeline and Evy; and son, Rob Fowler; and Alfred’s three daughters: Becky Fowler; Susan Fowler, her daughters, Natalie (Curt) Douglas and their children, Ethan, Isabella, and Tyler; and Lindsay (Joe) Scardino, and their daughter, Rosalie; and son Justin (Pamela) Brown and their children Tyler (Cindy), their son, Leon; Chandler, Brynn, Gabriella, and Nathan; and Alfred’s daughter Janine (Ken) Sellers, and their son, Kurtis Hunt. In addition, he leaves behind a host of loving extended family members.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, January 25, at West New Bern Presbyterian Church at 3 pm with Pastor David Fuentes officiating. A reception will follow immediately at the family residence. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. The family wishes to thank Carteret Health Care Home Health & Hospice for providing exemplary care. Arrangements by Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremations, www.pollockbest.com.  In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO) to support our service men and women and their families.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Robert Hakkila

Robert Stanley Hakkila, 80, Morehead City, NC

Robert Stanley Hakkila, 80, died Monday, January 13, 2020 at Croatan Village. He was born March 5, 1939 in Quincy, MA, son of the late Aarne and Louise Fiekers Hakkila.

He retired from WCVB television  in Boston as engineer and audio man.  He served in the US Navy, and was a member of Croatan Free Will Baptist Church, where he played the harmonica for several years.  He loved bluegrass music and played the banjo and harmonica at many local venues, both in Newport and Hubert where he was known as “Banjo Bob.”  He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed his garden and his hummingbirds.

Surviving is his wife, Mary McClellan Hakkila; two sons, Timothy Kenneth Hakkila and Jeffrey Aarne Hakkila, both of Plymouth, MA; two daughters, Michele Boyd (Steve) of Virginia and Melissa Elaine Lowe (Jeff) of Louisville, KY; two sisters, Nancy Damon of MA and Carol Allen (Jim) of TN; eight grandchildren, Finley Lowe, Ainsley Lowe, Samantha Hakkila, Lillian Hakkila, Timothy Aarne Hakkila, Mary Elizabeth Hakkila, Cassandra Marie Hakkila (Danien Lawson), and Shane Joseph Hakkila; and two great-granddaughters, Kiristen and Keira.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Lillian; two sons, Robert Stanley Hakkila, Jr. and Scott Louis Hakkila; and his siblings, Dottie, Virginia, Donald and Kenneth.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2020  at Croatan Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Harry Bryan officiating.

Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Rev. Lonnie Grady Tucker, 88, Trent Woods, NC

Rev. Lonnie Grady Tucker, 88, passed away Friday January 10, 2020 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was born in Greensboro, NC, November 23, 1931, one of ten children, to Lonnie Curtis Tucker and Della Barns Tucker.

Grady served his country in the United States Air Force and retired after 20 years of service as a Master Sergeant, in 1971. He later became an Original Free Will Baptist Minister and received his doctorate in Theology.  His most cherished and proud moments were those spent with his family.

Grady is survived by his wife Barbara Tucker, his children Gary Tucker (Dawn), Pam Sullivan of Raleigh, NC, Michele Cleland (Troy), and Portia Hartzell (Paul) Of Culpeper, VA, his grandchildren Tosha Tucker, Quinn Tucker, Hannah Tucker, Lauren Cleland, and Shelby Pratt, and his great grandchildren Mia, Kaleb, Lexi, Mylee, and Braden. He is also survived by his brother Floyd Tucker and his sister Elaine Sellaro.

The family will receive friends at Pollock-Best Funeral Home 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 12 and other times at the home. The funeral will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 13 at St. Mary’s Free Will Baptist Church, with burial following at Greenleaf Memorial Park, with full military honors.

Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Free Will Baptist Church of New Bern, NC, or Wounded Warrior Project, Donor Care Center, PO Box 758541, Topeka, KS 66675-8541.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Tucker Family.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Mrs. Ilene Phillips Disosway, 96, New Bern, NC

Mrs. Ilene Phillips Disosway, 96, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at her home. A native of Floyd County, VA, she was the daughter of Nora and Ezra Phillips; lived most her life in Fancy Gap, VA and graduated from Hillsville High School. She moved to the Burlington, NC area where she attended Elon College and met her husband, D.J. Disosway. They moved to the New Bern area, and raised their family. Ilene was a faithful member of Christ Episcopal Church for over 75 years. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Donald, and her brother Dallas Phillips.

Graveside services for Ilene will be 10:00 AM, Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Greenleaf Memorial Park, followed by her memorial service at 11:00 AM at Christ Episcopal Church with Rev. Paul Canady officiating. The family will gather for a reception after the services in the church. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Ilene’s name, may be made to Christ Church PO Box 1246, New Bern, NC 28563, or www.christchurchnewbern.com.

Ilene is survived by her son Jimmy Disosway, and wife, Elaine Carrier Disosway, of Liberty; her daughter, Ann D. Cowper, and husband Bill, of Windsor; and her dear grandson, Matthew J. Cowper, of Windsor. She also leaves behind her special niece, Shelby Hinson, of Mount Airy; and her special friend Marie Ruel, of New Bern.

The family would like to give their heartfelt appreciation to Ilene’s caregivers for their unending care and dedication; Thank you Marie, Janet, Donna, Edita, Shirley, Lucy, and the Craven County Hospice Team of Bob, Joy, Jessica, Kimberly, and Leilani.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Disosway Family.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

George William Olsen, 96, Havelock, NC

LCDR George William Olsen, US Navy Ret., 96, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at his home. George retired from the Navy in 1968, having served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII as well as during the Korean War. He was a proud American who served his Country well. After his separation from the Navy in 1968 he continued to serve his country working as an electronics engineer at NARF/NADEP on board Cherry Point MCAS. George was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and the VFW Post 7315. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cornelia Rose Thomas Olsen and his brother, Paul Olsen of Minnesota.

A celebration of George’s life will be 1:00 PM, Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Trinity Presbyterian Church with Rev. Juli Gicker-Anderson officiating. The family will receive friends following services in the church. George will be laid to rest beside his wife in Winchester, KY. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials in George’s name may be made to VFW Post 7315, 120 Lynnwayne Cir., Havelock, NC 28532.

George is survived by his daughter, Carla O. Simpson, of Havelock; his son, George W. Olsen, of Kinston; his dear companion for many years, Betty Gurganus, of Havelock; and many brothers and sisters in the Armed Forces.

His family would like to thank Craven County Hospice for their service during his final weeks.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist the Olsen Family.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Santiago “C.J.” Rios Jr.

Santiago “C.J.” Rios Jr. 37, New Bern, NC

Santiago “C.J.” Rios Jr. 37, passed away Sunday November 24, 2019 in Greenville after a very long battle. He was a longtime resident of Pamlico County where he was a 2000 graduate of Pamlico County High School and football player. After graduation, CJ was a cook and a father of two and an amazing son, brother, and uncle and friend with a kind heart. CJ also was a 9-Ball champion of NC. Sadly, CJ was preceded in death by his brother, John Paul Zubia; Daniel S. “Buddha” Rios, his maternal grandparents, Virgil and Virginia Rae Lockey; and his paternal grandfathers Cesario Zubia and Norberto Rios.

The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Pollock-Best Funeral Home and other times at his mother’s home, 503 W. Grantham Road, New Bern. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Pollock-Best Chapel. Burial will follow at the Cowell Cemetery in Alliance. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in CJ’s name, may be made to Pollock~Best Funeral Home.

CJ is survived by his mother, Sina L. Zubia and his daddy Rosario (Paul) Zubia; his grandmother, Zenaida Zubia Gonzalez; daughter, Makayla Rae Rios; son, Leland Santiago Rey Rios; his sister Christina “Cha-Cha” Zubia (Hector Olguin); aunt Frankie; his father, Santiago Rios, Sr.; maternal grandmother, Candelaria Soriano Guzman; brothers, Santiago Miguel Rios, Roberto Rios, and Elijio Rios; his sisters, Cande Rios, Janie Rios, and Hermelinda Rios. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncle, cousins, nieces, and nephews, and many dear friends.

Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Rios Family.
Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

Robert "Bob" Milner

Mr. Robert W. “Bob” Milner, 65, New Bern, NC

Mr. Robert W. “Bob” Milner, 65, passed away at home Friday, November 15, 2019,  with his wife, Joanne Friedman nearby. A native of Orange County, NY, Bob was the son of Josephine and Robert H. Milner, a US Army veteran, and retired from Ulster County, NY as a welfare fraud investigator.  He was a faithful friend of Bill W. for over 35 years, and enjoyed music, fishing, boating, grilling and photography.

A gathering of family and friends will be 3-5:00 PM, Saturday, November 16, 2019 at his home. A memorial service will be held in New Bern in the next few weeks. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Andrea Rizzo Foundation, 10 East Beach Road #2 Charlestown, RI, 02813, or, www.dreasdream.org. to benefit children who have cancer. Those wishing to offer condolences and words of hope may visit www.pollockbest.com.

Bob is survived by his wife, Joanne W. Friedman; his daughter, Lindsay  Cook, of Woodstock, NY; his step-son, Michael Patrick, of New Haven, CT; and his step-daughter, Lisa Patrick, and husband Joe Norden, of Astoria, NY. He also leaves behind his beautiful granddaughter, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Norden. Also his sister, Barbara Affuso, and husband Dominick, of Marlboro, NY with his nieces and nephews and their families.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Milner Family.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

William T. “Bill” Forrest, 65, New Bern, NC

Mr. William T. “Bill” Forrest, 65, passed away Friday, November 8, 2019. A native of Craven County, Bill was the son of Merle and Lonnie Forrest, and was a mechanic and HVAC technician. He loved hunting, fishing, and being with his dogs. His favorite hobby was fishing at Harkers Island. He was a loving and devoted father and a friend to all who knew him.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be 12:00 PM, Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at the home of Barbara Stallings. Please come and share a memory and some fellowship. Memorials, in Bill’s memory may be made to Take a Kid Fishing, PO Box 1191, Morehead City, NC 28557, or www.takf.com

Bill is survived by his son, Cannon W. Forrest, of Raleigh; and many dear friends.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Forrest Family.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Donald Glenn Sanders II

Donald Glenn Sanders II, 53, New Bern, NC

Mr. Donald Glenn Sanders II, 53, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019 at UNC Hospitals-Chapel Hill after a courageous battle with cancer. Glenn was the son of Clorie Phillips Sanders and Donald G. Sanders, Sr. He was an active member of Temple Baptist Church where he played the drums. Glenn also played the drums for New Song and The Edge, and enjoyed playing with any electronic device, be it musically, drones, or computers. He loved riding his motorcycle and was a Black Belt in taekwondo. Nothing pleased him more than being with his daughters and spoiling his grandchildren. Glenn never met a stranger, whether at church or painting houses. He will be missed by all who knew him.

A celebration of Glenn’s life will be 4:00 PM, Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at New Song United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Franklin officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in Glenn’s name, may be made to National Pediatric Cancer Foundation 5550 West Executive Dr. Suite #200 Tampa, FL 33609, www.nationalpcf.org.

Glenn is survived by his daughters, Virginia “Ginna” Hudson, and husband LCpl Andrew Hudson; Sky Sanders; and Winter Marie Sanders, and fiancee, Graylyn Serafy; and their mother Michelle T. Sanders, all of Jacksonville. He also leaves behind his sister, Robin Sanders, of New Bern; nephews, Robert, C.J., and J.D.; and his wonderful grandchildren, Sade, Olive, Atlas, and Jupiter (on the way).

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Sanders Family.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Jimmie Banks Hicks, Sr.

Jimmie Banks Hicks, Sr., 79, Trent Woods, NC

Mr. Jimmie Banks Hicks, Sr., 79, passed away Friday morning, November 1, 2019, at his home after a brief illness. Jimmie was the son of Annie Marie Harris Hicks and Banks Young Hicks, Jr., who predeceased him. He was a longtime salesman/owner-operator of Anne Marie’s and was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Everyone who knew Jimmie, knew of his pranks and jokes; they may also know of his generous heart and compassion. He was actively involved in Masonry, as a member of St. John’s Lodge #3 and the Sudan Shriners (Past Captain – Patrol) for over 50 years; Royal Order of Jesters #1415 (Past Director), Scottish Rite, York Rite,  Eastern Star, and was a member of The Board of Trustees of the Sudan Temple Widow Fund. He was also a faithful member of the Pollock~Best Funeral Home staff for over 60 years. He touched many lives during his heartfelt service to others.

Funeral services for Jimmie will be 12:00 p.m., Monday, November 4, 2019 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Rev. Bryan Huffman officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., prior to the services. Burial, with Masonic Rites, will follow at the Lakeside Chapel in Greenleaf Memorial Park. Those wishing to offer words of hope and comfort may visit PollockBest.com. Memorials, in Jimmie’s name, may be made to Sudan Transportation Fund, PO Box 12829 New Bern, NC 28561, SudanShriners.com, or Trinity UMC PO Box 12867 New Bern, NC 28561.

Jimmie is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 60+ years, Glenda Games Hicks, of Trent Woods; his son, Jimmie B. “Jim” Hicks, Jr., of London, U.K.; daughter, Denise H. Hardeman, and husband Mark, of New Bern; and his brother, Jerry Hicks, of North Fort Myers, FL. He also leaves behind his dear grandchildren, Matt Hardeman, and wife Samantha; Ross Hardeman, and fiancee Meredith Medlin; Jacob Hicks, and Bailey Hicks; also, his dear friend and caregiver, Veronica McKeel; and his Brothers in Masonry and Nobles in Shrinedom.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to serve the Hicks Family

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Robert W. “Doc” Smith, Sr., 72, New Bern, NC

HMCS Robert W. “Doc” Smith, Sr., USN Ret. passed away Friday, October 25, 2019 at his home with his wife by his side. A native of Craven County, Rob loved his country and retired from the US Navy after 20+ years. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and was a member of The Military Order of the Purple Heart. Rob was a member of Broad Street Christian Church and enjoyed his family, fishing, and traveling. Sadly, he was predeceased by his father and mother Warren Ellis Smith and Lois Taylor Smith.

A celebration of Rob’s life will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 1, 2019 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the services. Those wishing to offer words of hope and condolences may visit pollockbest.com. Memorials in Rob’s name may be made to Broad Street Christian Church, 802 Broad St. New Bern, NC 28560.

Rob is survived by his loving wife, Wanda Banks Smith; daughter, Kelley Marie Baker, and husband Pat, of Fairfax, VA; son, Robert W. Smith, Jr., and wife Kathy of Vienna, VA; and his two step-sons, Chris Slade, of Pinehurst and Eric Slade, of Charlotte. He also leaves behind his five grandchildren, Patrick, Emma, Ryan, Lui, and Lily.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is honored to assist the Smith Family.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Thomas Richard Evans, 86, New Bern, NC

Thomas Richard Evans, 86, died Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Bayview Nursing & Rehab Center.

He was born October 16, 1933 in Brooklyn, son of the late Gordon and Gloria Campbell Evans. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict and retired after 45 years as a pressman for the NY Daily News.  Mr. Evans was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion and the Elks.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marguerite A. Evans; sons, Tommy Evans (Katarzyna) of Miami Beach, FL, David Evans (Maria) of Antioch, CA and Jon Evans (Sonya) of New York City; two daughters, Catherine Evans (Clifford Dunn) of New Bern and Marguerite Moran (Robert) of Hampton, NJ; one brother, David Evans of Sarasota, FL; one sister, Carol Smith (Thomas) of Sarasota, FL: twelve grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 30 at Pollock-Best Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. There will be a graveside service, with military honors at St. Joseph Cemetery 4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 31 with Fr. Rob Schmid officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to VFW Post 2514, 3850 Butler Road, New Bern, NC 28560 or the Elks 1175 Pinetree Rd., New Bern, NC 28560.

Online condolences may be directed here on the Pollock-Best website.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Terrie Pridgen Lacy

Terrie Pridgen Lacy, age 63, New Bern, NC

Terrie Pridgen Lacy, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 after a brief illness. Terrie was born on February 16, 1956 in New Bern, NC. Upon graduation from The Danes School, she attended Western Carolina University and then worked as a paralegal in New Bern for many years.

Terrie is survived by her parents, Lonnie and Shirley Pridgen; her sister, Ginnie Pridgen Tetreault and her brother, W. Michael Pridgen; her only daughter, Kristin McCormack Sullivan and friend, Shawn Peretik; her precious grandchildren, Ian and Nadia Sullivan; and her nephews, James Michael Pridgen, and wife Elizabeth, and Nicholas Alexander Pridgen. She is also survived by several aunts and uncles, Marshall (Sonny) Taylor, and wife, Jacqueline; Madie Taylor Moore, Dorothy Taylor Autry, and husband, Jerry.  She also leaves behind her cousins, Shane Taylor Kelly, and husband, Alex; Rick Taylor and wife, Julia; Lexanne Vernelson Huffman and husband, George; Danny Autry and wife, Sharon; Joseph Moore, Jr. and wife, Kathryn; Claude Brantley, Kay Francis Garner, Billy Harper, Tommy Harper, Chris Pridgen, Jani (Sissy) Pridgen, Rocky Pridgen, Steve Pridgen, Pam Pridgen, Alex Huffman and fianceé, Holli Faulkner; Grant Huffman, Noah Moore, Kate Moore; great nephew Evan Taylor Pridgen, and special friends, Mary Martha Pridgen Rose and her husband, Dennis.

Sadly, she is preceded in death by her grandparents, Walter and Kathleen Taylor and Lonnie and Bettie Pridgen; her brothers, Walter Nicholas Pridgen and Lonnie Steven Pridgen, her uncles, Walter B. Taylor, Joseph R. Moore, Alex Douglas Vernelson, Jr., Charlie Pridgen, and Bill Harper; her aunts, Reva Taylor Vernelson, Teresa Ann Taylor, Betty Jean Pridgen, Sue Pridgen, and Minnie Harper; her cousins, Joey Harper and Chuck Pridgen, and her niece, Chloe Leigh Tetreault.

A celebration of Terrie’s life will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church. Burial will follow, and the family will receive friends at a reception in the Parish Hall. Those wishing to offer condolences may visit www.pollockbest.com.

Arrangements by Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremations

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Mary Elizabeth Fentress (Betty), age 64, River Bend, NC

Mary Elizabeth Fentress

Mary Elizabeth Fentress (Betty), age 64, of River Bend, NC, passed away Thursday September 26, 2019 at her home.

Betty graduated from Pamlico County High School in 1973 and from East Carolina University in 1977 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks, Recreation and Conservation. She was a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional and completed the Municipal Administration Course and the University of Maryland’s Leisure and Aging Management Course. Betty served as a parks and recreation director for 25 of her 30 years of public service. She worked for Pamlico and Carteret Counties, the Town of Wrightsville Beach, City of Suffolk (Va.) and the Town of Huntersville. Betty was the first director ever hired to manage parks and recreation services for the Town of Huntersville.

Betty received the following tributes. In 1987, the ECU Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation named her the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. In 1991, the Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce named her Pamlico County Citizen of the Year. Betty was also honored four times by the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club which presented her with its Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and 2004; the Kiwanian of the Year Award in 2005; and the Kiwanis Key Person of the Year in 2006.

Additionally, Betty served on an executive level with the following organizations: Carteret County Kiwanis Club; the North Carolina Seafood Festival Board of Directors; Carteret County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council; Region P COG Senior Games; Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce; Pamlico County Citizens Involvement Committee; Pamlico County Nursing Home Advisory Committee; 4-H and Cooperative Extension Advisory Committees in Pamlico County and the City of Suffolk, Va.; the Carteret County Area Transportation System; and on the East Carolina University Parks, Recreation and Conservation Alumni Society Board of Directors.

Finally, Betty was an active member in the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association.  She served NCRPA in the following leadership capacities:  2nd Vice-president, Secretary (twice), Region VII Chair, County Division Chair, Municipal Division Vice-Chair, Co-Editor of Publications, Program Chair for the 2001 General Conference Planning Committee, member of the By-Laws Committee and served on the Historic and Public Awareness Committees.  Additionally, Betty was the Chair and Secretary for the NC Recreators’ Foundation.

Betty Fentress was a true parks and recreation professional. Her impact was felt throughout the state and into Virginia. Betty worked tirelessly to provide the best quality parks and recreation opportunities to the citizens wherever she worked.

Betty is preceded in death by her father Carroll Edward Fentress, mother Lois Mayo Fentress Jones and stepfather Alfred Dewey Jones. She is survived by her brother, Bill Fentress, wife Susan and niece Sarah Fentress, of New Bern and by numerous cousins in the Mayo, Fentress and Jones/Shewmaker families. Betty was a beloved sister, sister- in -law, aunt and cousin. She was a true friend, loyal, and caring. She loved her niece, her family, friends and all of God’s creatures, especially cats and dogs. All will remember her big heart and infectious laugh.

There will be a celebration of Betty’s life at the family farm / renovated country store in Pamlico County in November. Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Carteret County Humane Society; PO Box 357; Newport NC 28570.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Fentress family.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Robert Glenn Tyndall, 87, September 19, 2019 in Newport, NC

Robert Glenn Tyndall, 87, died Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport.

He was born August 16, 1932 in Lenoir County, son of the late Oscar Tyndall, Sr. and Lossi Baker Brinson.

He worked with A & P Grocery stores for many years. He was a Korean War Veteran, with the US Navy, serving aboard the USS Fulton. Mr. Tyndall enjoyed cooking, and loved the outdoors, especially working in his yard. He loved animals and was a very kind and gentle man.

He is survived by his sister, Margaret “Peggy” Metzger of New Bern; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Lakeside Chapel at Greenleaf Memorial Park in New Bern with Pastor Jonathan Foster officiating. Those wishing to offer words of hope and condolences may visit www.pollockbest.com.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Tyndall Family.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

John P. “Johnny” Fletcher, 54, September 16, 2019 in Havelock, NC

John P. “Johnny” Fletcher, 54, passed away Monday, September 16, 2019 after suffering from Sarcomatoid carcinoma, a rare form of lung cancer. Johnny was a loving son, husband, brother and step-father and loved being with his family. He was a rabid Carolina Panthers fan, as well as NASCAR. His favorite drivers were #3 and #8. When he was younger, he enjoyed hunting with his granddaddy. Johnny was employed with Super Tire for over 20 years, and was a friend to all who knew him.

The family will receive friends from 1 – 2 p.m., Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations with the funeral to follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ray Penwell officiating, in the Pollock~Best Chapel. Burial will be 4 p.m. at Gethsemane Memorial Park in Newport. Those wishing to offer condolences and words of hope may visit www.pollockbest.com. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the family to help offset expenses at 2015 Neuse Blvd. New Bern, NC 28560. The family would like to thank all the staff at Carolina East Medical Center for all their attention, care and love during Johnny’s stay.

Johnny is survived by his wife, Wendy Jane Fletcher, of Havelock; his mother, Terry Fletcher Walker, of New Bern; step-sons, Jesse Jones of Faribault, MN; Jonathan Hurley, of Havelock; and his step-daughter, Kari Hurley, of Elizabeth City. He also leaves behind his sister, Leigh Anne Fletcher, of New Bern; his brother, David B. Randall, of New Bern; step-brother, Michael C. Walker, of New Bern; step-sisters, Sharon Walker-Gulledge (Glen), of Saucier, MS; Kelly Ann Walker, of Gulfport, MS; and Terri Lee Walker, of Eastpointe, MI; along with his aunt Donna Gordon (Lee), of Newport; and 1 niece, 2 nephews and many cousins.

Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Fletcher Family.

Submitted by: Bob Burns, Funeral Director, Manager, Pollock~Best, 2015 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 252-637-5111.

 

Edward “Eddie” Kaplan, 37 – September 7, 2019 in New Bern, NC

Edward "Eddie" Kaplan

Edward “Eddie” Kaplan (37) passed away on September 7, 2019 at his home in New Bern.

Born in Illinois, raised in New Jersey, lived in California, Eddie made New Bern his home in 2009 remaining a life-long Cubs fan.

The beloved son of Lynne and Marc Kaplan, of Oriental NC, devoted brother to Zachary Kaplan and Elissa Vaage, both of New Jersey, adoring uncle to Vanessa, Justin and Mazzy, and loving grandson of Blossom Seigel, Chicago.

Eddie was a devoted friend to many. He had many passions, most recently pursuing excellence in wheel-thrown pottery, passing along acquired skills to his students at the New Bern Arts & Wellness Center. His latest works were most often auctioned to raise funds for his favorite charities, with a goal of “20 by 2020”.

He struggled valiantly in a battle with substance abuse, engaging with NA, earning certifications as a Recovery Coach and Peer Support Specialist helping countless others in their quest to overcome this scourge.

While he suffered from heart disease everyone knew him to have an enormously good heart. He will always be remembered for his phrase, adopted by NewBernLive as its program closing, “Love Dogs, Care for People”.

A memorial service, celebrating Eddie’s too brief but remarkable life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 15 at Temple B’nai Sholem, 505 Middle Street in New Bern, NC.

In lieu of flowers contributions welcome to: Religious Community Services (RCS), Reviving Lives Ministries (RLM), Realize U252, or Colonial Capital Humane Society, all of New Bern.

By Marc Kaplan