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Terry Paul Beacham, Sr.

BAYBORO - Terry Paul Beacham, Sr., 74, of Bayboro died Friday, April 17, 2009, at Craven Regional Medical Center.  He is survived by his son, Terry Beacham Jr. of Wilson; daughter, Kathy Carter of Wilson; two brothers, Murray Beacham and Frankie Beacham,both of Virginia Beach, Va.; and three grandchildren.  A memorial gathering for friends and family will be held today from 2 to 5 p.m. at his home, 219-2 Cowell Road., Bayboro, NC 28515.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Tuesday, April 21, 2009)

Lena Lewis Beachum
(submitted by Shirley Gabbert)
(Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Tuesday, April 14, 2009)

David Maurice Bean

NEW BERN - David M. Bean, 49, died Sunday, February 5 at Craven Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at a later date.  He had worked as a painter and attended Oriental Free Will Baptist Church.  He is survived by his mother, Grace Bean of Oriental; two sons, Jamie Bean and Charlie Bean, both of Milford, CT; two brothers, Ed Bean of Surf City, NC and Charles Bean of Darien, CT; and one sister, Grace Bean of Ft. Collins, CO.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - February 5, 2006)

Emma Monk Beasley

BAYBORO - Emma Monk Beasley, 73, of 3781 NC 304, died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at her residence.   She was a native of Pamlico County and a lifetime member of St. Peter MB Church where she served on the Mother's and Usher Boards, choir member, the County-Wide Mission Circle and as a Sunday school teacher.  She is survived by one son, William Beasley III of Vanceboro; four daughters, Shonna Isaacs, Lisa Smith, Karisha Beasley, all of New Bern and Anita Beasley of Winterville; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, William Earl Monk of Vandemere.  Viewing will be held on Sunday at the church one hour prior to the service. Her funeral will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at St. Peter MB Church with the Rev. F.L. Hyman Sr., pastor, officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in the Beasley Family Cemetery.  The family will be receiving their friends and guest at the residence.  Arrangements are by Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - December 10, 2012)

Geraldine Odessa Jarmon Beasley

MARIBEL - Geraldine Odessa Jarmon Beasley, 65, of 364 Lynch’s Beach Loop Road, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, at her residence.  A native of Pamlico County, she attended the Pamlico County School System and was assistant manager and secretary of Beasley’s Bail Bonding Company.  A private graveside service will be held.  She is survived by her husband, Wilbert Joe Beasley of the home; two sons, Reginal Beasley and Ronald Beasley of Greenville; two daughters, Grace Matthews of Sayreville, N.J., and LaShonda Grant of Alabama; one brother, Calvin Jarmon of Bayboro; one sister, Hilda Jarmon of Bayboro; and eight grandchildren.  Viewing will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at Oscar’s Mortuary, New Bern.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - December 19, 2006)

Margaret Becker

Margaret Becker, 79, wife of loving husband, Philip Becker, of Arapahoe, North Carolina passed away on April 19th, 2005.  Margaret was a graduate of Farmingdale University, New York. Her degree in Horticulture allowed her to do extensive work in greenhouse management. She was an active conservationist, and a lover of nature in all forms. In addition to being an ongoing advocate for other worthy causes like the underprivileged and the protection of the environment, Margaret was active in the Girl Scouts for many years as a leader.  She is survived by her husband Philip, son Philip of Bellingham, WA, daughter Kate of Sayville, NY, daughter Jane of Ouogue, NY and daughter Margaret of Nashville, TN. She also leaves behind two loving grandchildren, Whitney and Colleen.  We celebrate her and her extraordinary spirit.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - April 2005)

John Quintus Beckwith

On Friday, June 1, 1979, John Quintus Beckwith, of Oriental, N.C., beloved husband of Margaret Dudley Cantwell Beckwith; father of Rev. John Quintus Beckwith III, of Darlington, S.C., Mrs. George R. Feldman, Fayetteville, N.C., Miss Ann Dunbar of Clinton, S.C.; brother of Rev. James. O. Beckwith, Raleigh, N.C.; sister of Miss Evelina Gilbert Beckwith, Lumberton, N.C. Also survived by five grandchildren. Services will be held at the Virginia Theological Chapel, north of Alexandria, Va., on Monday, June 4, at 2 p.m. Interment Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Va. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Oriental, N.C.  (The Washington Post [Washington, DC] – June 5, 1979; pg. C4)

John Rockefeller Beeman, Sr.

John Rockefeller Beeman, Sr., 89, of Arapahoe, went to his eternal home Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. A member of Bethany Christian Church, he served as a deacon, elder, and greeter. He served his nation in the United States Marine Corps during World War II as a deep-sea diver and an expert rifleman. He retired as a master carpenter and beekeeper. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Evelyn Ensley Beeman; two sons, John Beeman, Jr. and wife, Christine, of Arapahoe and Randy Beeman of Hope Mills; one daughter, Stephanie McGaha and husband, Bill, of Franklin; sister, Emma Hahn, of Mt. Savage, MD; brother, Calvin Beeman, of Warren, Ohio; two grandsons, Jeremy and Andy McGaha; one granddaughter, Meredith Beeman; and one great-granddaughter Avery Lynn McGaha. Also surviving are Guyan Ensley, brother-in-law, and wife, Jill, and Clara Jean “Jeanne” Ensley, sister-in-law. Services were held Friday, June 25 at Bethany Christian Church in Arapahoe with the Rev. Merritt Watson officiating, interment at Greenleaf Memorial Park, New Bern. The family received friends Thursday, June 24 at Bryant Funeral Home in Alliance. Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] – June 30, 2010)  Submitted by Shirley Gabbert

Albert Ray Belangia

ARAPAHOE - Albert Ray Belangia, 82, of Arapahoe, died Nov. 5, 2013, at the Crystal Coast Hospice House of Newport.  He was a member of the Arapahoe F.W.B. Church and was an ordained Baptist minister. He served in the Navy during the Korean War.  He is survived by his wife, Betty Scott Belangia of the home; five sons, Michael Belangia of Arapahoe, Rodney Tripp of Oklahoma, Ken Belangia of Oriental, Steve Belangia of Elon, and Tim Belangia of Oriental; three daughters, Lynda Keller of New Bern, Bebee Pollet of Grantsboro, Kim Bell of Arapahoe; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  His funeral will be held at noon Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at the Arapahoe FWB Church with the Rev. Gary Bryan officiating. Interment to follow at the Rawls Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – November 7, 2013)

Brenda Dugger Bell

Mrs. Brenda Dugger Bell, 48, a resident of 8865 N.C. Highway 99 North, the Pike Road community of Pantego, died Sunday August 5, 2007 at her home.  A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday August 7, 2007 at Union Grove Church of Christ officiated by Scott Askew. Burial will follow in the Davis Cemetery. Edwin “Booger” Harris, Kevin O’Dell, Vernon Bell, Jay Bell, Curtis Campbell and Junior Hart will serve as pallbearers. Bryan Lee, Brandon Lee, Jeffery Allen, Mark Allen, Joseph Dugger and Christian Dugger will serve as honorary pallbearers. Mrs. Bell was born in Elizabethton, TN on April 26, 1959, daughter of the late William T. Dugger and Shirley Wagner Dugger, who survives. She was a 1977 graduate of Plymouth High School and married Jurden Braxton “J.B.” Bell, Jr., who survives, on August 5, 1997. Mrs. Bell was a homemaker who helped in day-to-day operations on the family farm and was a member of Union Grove Church of Christ. She loved going offshore fishing with her husband.  Mrs. Bell is survived by her husband, J.B., of the home; her mother, Shirley W. Dugger of Mountain City, TN; two daughters: Teresa Bell O’Dell of Fuquay-Varina and Sheila Bell of Pantego; two stepsons: Jay Bell, III and his wife Pammy and Vernon Bell and his wife Jennifer, all of Pantego; a sister, Sharon Lee of Durham; three brothers: Michael Dugger of Boone, Johnny Dugger of Mountain City, TN and Jimmy Dugger of Pantego; a maternal grandmother: Ruby Wagner of Butler, TN; three grandchildren: Tyler O’Dell, Kyle O’Dell and Kassidy O’Dell; four stepgrandchildren: Eric Bell, Casey Bell, Jessica Hubers and Jenna Williams and one great-grandchild.  The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday August 6, 2007 at Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven and at other times at the home.  Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven is serving the Bell family.   (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] - Monday, August 6, 2007)

Evelyn Joan Bell

GRANTSBORO - Evelyn Joan Bell, 67, 290 Keel Rd., died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Grantsbrook of Pamlico.  She was a native of Bayboro and was formerly employed in the seafood industry.  Her funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at St. Mark AMEZ Church with the Rev. Irvin Hickman officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mark Church Cemetery.  She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Moore of New Bern; four brothers, Joe Bell, John Haywood Bell, Jackie Bell and Larry Bell, all of Bayboro; three sisters, Audrey Davis of Augusta, Ga., Irene Bell and Alice Coley, both of Bayboro; and one grandchild.  Viewing will be from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Oscar's Mortuary.  Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary, Inc.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Friday, January 11, 2013)

Golda Stapleford Bell

ORIENTAL - Golda Stapleford Bell, 89, died Monday, Aug. 9, 2010.  She was a member of the Oriental Free Will Baptist Church.  She is survived by one son, Lewis (Buddy) Bell of Oriental; two daughters, Beverly Eckloff of Oriental and Glenda Golanda and husband, Gene Golanda, of New Bern; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.  A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oriental Cemetery in Oriental with the Rev. Paul Grubb officiating.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bryant Funeral Home.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Thursday, August 12, 2010)

Pearl Credle Bell

PEARLAND, Texas - Pearl Credle Bell, 79, of 4502 Linden Place, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Houston Hospital.  A native of Bayboro, she was a graduate of Pamlico County Training School and retired as a nurse from the VA Hospital in Queens, N.Y. While living in New York, she was a member of St. Albans Congregational Church.  Her funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday, at West Branch MB Church with the Rev. Tony Credle officiating. Burial will follow in the Garfield Credle Family Cemetery.  She is survived by one son, Robert L. Bell Jr. of Pearland, Texas; one daughter, Xyna Bell of Houston, Texas; one sister, Ophelia C. Hammock of Queens, N.Y.; and two grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Saturday at West Branch Church.  Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary, Inc.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – September 26, 2013)

Robert Lee Bell, Sr.

PEARLAND, Texas - Robert "Bob" Lee Bell Sr., 83, 4502 Linden Place, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at Park Plaza Speciality Hospital, Houston, Texas.  He was a graduate of Pamlico Training School and North Carolina College at Durham with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He was the regional director of New York State Health Department.  His funeral will be held noon, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at St. Mark AME Zion Church, 511 N. Water St., Bayboro with the Rev. James Cannon officiating and the Rev. Tony Credle, eulogizing. The interment will follow in the Credle Family Cemetery.  He is survived by his wife, Pearl Credle Bell of the home; one son, Robert L. Bell Jr. of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Xyna Bell of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren; and one sister, Celia Bell Hickman of Goldsboro.  Viewing hours are from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, at Oscar's Mortuary.  Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary, Inc.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Sept. 12, 2012)

Nancy C. Bengston

Nancy C. Bengtson, 76, of Oriental, died Thursday, May 21, 2009, at home.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She is survived by her husband, Roy Bengtson; one son, Steven Bengtson of Coral Gables, Fla.; two daughters, Cyndy Winslow of Wykoff, Minn., and Debra Buente of Evansville, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at Bryant Funeral Home.   Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Sunday, May 24, 2009)

Essie Lenore Benjamin

YORK - Essie Lenore Benjamin, 82, departed this world Wednesday, August 2, 2006. She was the wife of David Benjamin. She was born in Bayboro, N.C., in the year of our Lord, December 21, 1923. She was the daughter of the late Samuel and Senia Lewis. At the age of three she was brought to New York along with her sisters and brothers, The family resided in the Bronx where she was raised and acquired most of her education, which included her graduation from Senior College. As a young woman, she met and later married David. Out of this union, four children were born, Ronald, David, Dianne, and Charles Benjamin. Always one to be involved in the God's work, she attended several churches and joined them in order to make sure her children came up in life knowing God's word. She became the secretary of the Church of the Peacemaker under the auspices of Pastor Augustus Smith, PhD, from whom she learned a lot, including studying for the ministry. After moving to York in 1973, she became an active member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. She leaves behind one son, Charles Benjamin; 25 beautiful grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, and friends who loved her dearly and will surely miss her. Viewings will be held Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Boulding Mortuary, Inc., 50 W. Boundary Ave., York, and Saturday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 367 Simpson St., York. The service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church with Thaddeus Godwin, pastor Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery.  (York Daily Record [York, PA] - August 4, 2006; pg. 2)

 Donna Georgia Fritz Bennett

Donna Georgia Fritz Bennett, 58, of Alliance, died Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was a member of Wardens Grove Free Will Baptist Church. She is survived by her daughter, Michele Gibbs of New Bern; one brother, Dennis Spoon of Maryland; two sisters, Sharlene Leary of Lowland and Carolyn Willis of Maryland; and two grandchildren. No services have been scheduled at this time.  The family was assisted by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] – May 19, 2010)  Submitted by Shirley Gabbert

Horace Cowell Bennett, Sr.

Horace Cowell Bennett, Sr., 89, of Grantsboro died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at home. He was a member of Rock of Zion Original Free Will Baptist Church. He served in the Army Air Force in the South Pacific during WWII building airstrips in the 1881st Engineer Unit. He retired from Tideland, EMC after 30 years of service as a lineman. He was a live member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8094. He enjoyed Army Air Force Reunions. He volunteered at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center and The Gardens of Pamlico. He put up a brave fight with cancer since 2004. He is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Sallie D. Bennett; two sons, Horace C. Bennett, Jr. of Clayton and Billy Bennett of Raleigh; four grandchildren; and one great-grand-daughter. A memorial service was held Saturday, May 4 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ray Lewis officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] – May 8, 2013)

Madoline Lupton Bennett

Madoline Lupton Bennett, 83, of 18985 N.C. Highway 55, Merritt, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at home.  Memorial services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, at Bryant Funeral Home with the Rev. Blaney Rowe officiating.  She is survived by one son, Edward Earl "Bud" Bennett of Washington, N.C.; three daughters, Lena Rice and Elsie Flowers, both of Lowland, and Janet Foster of Belhaven; two sisters, Mildred Carawan and Marlene Baker, both of Lowland; 18 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Bryant Funeral Home.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Cremations, Alliance.   (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Thursday, April 17, 2008)

Margaret Lucille Bennett

Margaret “Margie” Lucille Bennett, 79, of New Bern, died April 16 at home. She attended Faith Free Will Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Burke H. Bennett; three sons, James F. Mickel, Connie Lee Mickel and Stephen J. Bennett; one daughter, Adella M. Givens; one sister, Virginia Mercer; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 20, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dwayne Boyd officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Sandhill cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday night at the funeral home.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - April 18, 2012)

Thelma Willis Bennett

Thelma Willis Bennett, 81, died Tuesday morning at her home. She was born on October 2, 1917, the daughter of Herbert and Mamie Willis. She graduated with a nursing degree in 1938 and worked at Craven Co. Hospital until her retirement in 1980. She quietly cared for the sick and terminally ill and was known to be there just to listen.  Probably better known as the Fossil Lady of Pamlico County, she was an active member of the Fossil Club of North Carolina. She shared her love and knowledge of fossils with school children, senior citizens and civic organizations.  She co-authored the book, "The Cross Roads," which deals with the history of Arapahoe. She wrote an unpublished family history for her three sons.  She was a member of Bethany Christian Church in Arapahoe, where she served as an elder and taught Sunday School.  Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Bethany Christian Church, with Rev. Merritt Watson officiating. Burial will follow in the Banks Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Bryant Funeral Home Wednesday from 7-8 p.m., and other times at the home of her son, Timothy Bennett, 3811 Mitchell Circle, New Bern.  She is survived by her three sons, Benjamin F. Bennett III and his wife, Joyce, of Austin, Texas, Richard Willis Bennett of Raleigh, and Timothy Bennett and his wife, Robin of New Bern; three brothers, Herbert Willis of Arapahoe, Robert Willis of Jacksonville and Hewitt Willis of Ft. Meyers, FL; two sisters, Dorothy Harrison of Arapahoe and Verta Many of New Bern; three grandchildren.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethany Christian Church in Arapahoe.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home, Alliance.  (The News & Observer [Raleigh, NC] - November 4, 1998; pg. B10)

Dr. Truett Vann Bennett

Dr. Truett Vann Bennett, beloved father, husband, grandfather, step-grandfather, church elder, music director, physician, a kind and gentle soul, passed into the next life August 19, 2005 at 5:25 pm at Craven Regional Medical Center.  He was born March 19, 1922 in Cramerton in Gaston County, North Carolina. The youngest of the five sons of Reverend Preston and Florence Parker Bennett, he was raised in Asheville, North Carolina.  He was an accomplished musician with a lifelong passion for the oboe. In 1934 at the age of 15 he played in the first North Carolina Symphony. He also performed with many groups including the Honolulu Civic Orchestra (national doctor's orchestra), Craven Community Band, Pamlico County Band and an instrumental trio with Chris Mele and Lou Marini of Oriental.  Truett left Asheville at the age of 14 to live with his brother, David, in Chapel Hill. He graduated from Chapel Hill High School where he played oboe in the band his brother directed. He completed pre-medical education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was captain of the track team and led the SEC as a pole vaulter. He received his MD degree from Washington University in 1945 at the age of 23. He completed specialty training as an ear, nose and throat surgeon at the University of Virginia. He was certified by both the Board of Otolaryngology and the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and was elected to the American Triological Society. He has, until recently, been a member of the American Medical Association and the North Carolina Medical Association.  He proudly served in the Army from 1946-1948, completing Flight Surgeon's and Parachute School. He was also Captain in the Air Rescue Service.  He practiced as an ear, nose and throat surgeon in Atlanta, Georgia from 1953-1962 and in Honolulu and Kona, Hawaii from 1962-1990. Rather than enjoying a well earned retirement, he retrained in family medicine and established a general medical practice in Oriental, NC from 1990-1998.  Dr. Bennett was a devout Christian who lived according to his principles and generously contributed his many talents to the community. He made 12 trips overseas as a volunteer physician. The first four trips were to Viet Nam where he performed surgery under combat conditions. He subsequently went to Taiwan, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Egypt and Belize. He also volunteered at Merci Clinic in New Bern and HOPE Clinic in Bayboro. He is an Elder in the Pamlico Presbyterian Church. He founded the church music program, organized a bell choir and has served as music director since 1990. He also has performed on the oboe and piano at numerous services.  A man who lived out his Christian values, Dr. Bennett will be missed by both family and friends. He has been a valued community member, truly dedicated to helping others.   He was preceded in death by his brothers, David, Ed, Carlyle and Charles, and Patricia Henritzy, his first wife. He is survived by their sons, Dr. G. Vann Bennett and wife Dr. Bernadette Pelissier of Hillsborough, James E. Bennett and wife Eva Bennett of St. Mary's Alaska; five grandchildren, Patricia, Lisa, Davis, Patrick and Vann; and his loving wife, Dr. Fran Deaton Bennett.  Truett was much beloved by the Deaton family of six children, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  A memorial service was held at Pamlico Presbyterian Church, 1630 Kershaw Road in Oriental on Sunday, August 21 at 3 pm.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance, NC.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - August 21, 2005)

Charles William Benton, Sr.

Mr. Charles William "Bill" Benton, Sr., 67, passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 21, 2012. To his family and most who knew him, he was known simply as "Pop." He was born and raised in Pamlico County but spent most of his adult life in Craven County. He was co-owner, with his son, of Coastal Dragline Services, Inc. and could often be found behind the controls of his Cat Excavator. He was a generous man who was always willing to help out anyone in need. He was also a loving husband and father who enjoyed spending time with his family and playing with his beloved Sugar Bear.  Graveside services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the Lakeside Chapel at Greenleaf Memorial Park, with the Rev. Mike Register officiating. The family will receive friends at the home of Billy Benton, Jr. after the services.  Bill is survived by his wife, Letha Johnson Benton; son, Charles William "Billy" Benton, Jr., and wife Tara, of New Bern; his brother, Maurice Benton, of Stonewall; and his pride and joy, grandsons, Lane Ross Benton and Charles Landon Benton. Bill is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He will be missed by all who knew him.  Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations has the honor of serving The Benton Family.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Wednesday, December 26, 2012)

James Douglas Benton

REELSBORO - James Douglas Benton, 56, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, at Craven Regional Medical Center.  He was a long-distance truck driver and was a member of Reelsboro United Methodist Church. He enjoyed bluegrass music and was a member of the Bluegrass Association.  Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel, Alliance, with the Rev. Mike Roach officiating.  He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth N. Benton; two daughters, Debra Morton and Leslie Broughton of Reelsboro; two brothers, Maurice Wayne Benton of Stonewall and Charles William Benton of New Bern; and four grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at the residence.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - February 8, 2006)

Sandra Jeanne Whalen Bergers

Sandra Jeanne Whalen Bergers, 54, of Oriental died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at home. She devoted a lot of her time to the Hope Clinic and Hospice Thrift Shop in Bayboro as well as an art gallery in Oriental. She was previously employed with The Village Club. She is survived by her parents, Lawrence and Carol Whalen of Oriental; and one brother, Mark L. Whalen of Fenton, Michigan. A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 9, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Brian Miles officiating.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - Wednesday, July 10, 2013)

Alice Gibbs Berry
[From the private collection of William Odell Spain held by Janet Orndorff]
(The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - Thursday, April 1, 1982; pg. 10)

Mary Elizabeth Berry

ORIENTAL - Mary Elizabeth Berry, 74, died Friday, November 2, 2012. Known as Mary Beth to friends and family, she was predeceased by her father, Thomas Vaughan Heath and stepmother, Beverly June Heath.  Mary Beth is survived by her husband, James N. Berry of Oriental; sister, Judith Skrbina of Collbran, Colorado; daughters, Allison Berry of Greensboro and Kathleen (Berry) Prokesch and husband William of Sayville, New York; as well as her grandchildren Emma and William also of Sayville.  Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Mary Beth graduated from Webster Groves High School and earned an Associates Degree from the University of Missouri. She began her career as secretary to the District Director of Johns Manville in Clayton, Missouri. After her marriage, she worked as the Secretary to the Executive Officer of the Seabee Center in Port Hueneme, California. After raising her children, she returned to the workforce as a teacher's aide in Smithtown, N.Y. Subsequently, she served as secretary to the Undercover Narcotics Bureau of the Suffolk County Police Department and retired from the District Attorney's Office of Suffolk County.  Mary Beth's greatest joy in life was her family which was enriched by an incredible circle of friends. She served as pledge treasurer, choir member and altar guild directress at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Oriental. She also served on the vestry and altar guild at St. James Episcopal Church, St. James, N.Y. She was a member of the Pamlico Chorale and Volunteer at Hope Clinic of Pamlico County.  In place of a visitation or wake, a vigil is planned for family and friends on Friday, November 9th at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Parish Hall. The funeral and interment of ashes will take place Saturday, November 10th at 3 p.m.  We will miss our wife, mother, friend and confidant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mary Beth's memorial fund at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 461, Oriental, NC 28571.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - November 6, 2012)

Henry R. Bess

Henry R. Bess of the 2700 block of Hollister Ave., a retired crane operator, died May 12, 1993, in his home.  Mr. Bess was born in Bayboro, N.C. He was retired from the Navy Public Works Center after 40 years of service and was a member of New Calvary Baptist Church, Norfolk.  Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Bess; two daughters, Tammy Holloway and Deborah Branch, both of Norfolk; three stepdaughters, Gail Walker of Miami, Joy Montague of Petersburg and Michelle Gray of Norfolk; one stepson, Eric Montague of Miami; one sister, Hettie Lockett of Norfolk; four brothers, Ernest and William Bess, both of Norfolk, Howard Bess of Oakland, Calif., and George Bess of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m Monday in New Calvary Baptist Church, Norfolk, by the Rev. G.G. Campbell Jr. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. The family will be at the residence. The body will be taken to the church at 11 a.m. Monday. Hale Funeral Home is handling arrangements.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - May 15, 1993; pg. D2)

Naomi Wanda Bess

GRANTSBORO - Naomi Wanda Bess, 69, of Grantsboro died Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, at her residence.  She had worked as a waitress and was a member of Bridgeton Pentecostal Holiness Church.  The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Dixon officiating. Burial will be in Grantsboro Cemetery.  She is survived by one son, John Christian Hansen of Katy, Texas; three daughters, Wanda Jo Berry of Jacksonville, Vicky Rinehart of Waxahax, Texas, and Paula Mathis of Hitchcock, Texas; one brother, Phillip Keel of Georgia.; three sisters, Iris Dixon of Grantsboro, Frances Wilkinson of Hubert and June Teal of Bayboro; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Bryant Funeral Home.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home and Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Saturday, October 20, 2007)

William Oliver Bess

William Oliver Bess departed this life March 13, 2004, at Bayside Hospital. He was born in Bayboro, N.C. to the late Annie and Charles Bess. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and attended Norfolk State. Later he served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion Post 5 and The Up Town Boys. Also, a member of New Calvary Baptist Church. He also was a U.S. Postal Carrier.  Survivors include a sister, Hettie B. Lockett of Norfolk; three brothers, Howard Bess of Houston, Texas, George Bess of Baltimore, Md. and Earnest Bess of Norfolk; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  The funeral will be held at New Calvary Baptist Church Friday at 11 a.m. by Dr. Gilbert G. Campbell Jr. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may join the family at 949 Tifton St., Norfolk, Chesapeake Gardens. Graves Funeral Home in charge.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - March 17, 2004; pg. B8)

Ione N. Best

MINNESOTT BEACH - Ione N. Best, 89, of Minnesott Beach, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at home.  Ms. Ione was a member of Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church where she was a member of the women's auxiliary. She helped with the Girl Scouts and was a den mother with the Cub Scouts. She was a dedicated Carolina Tarheels fan.  She was an exceptional mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to her family as well as many others that thought of her as a mother or grandmother. Her family will forever cherish her memories and always remember the many good meals she prepared for them.  She is preceded in death by her husband, James Rollins Best and a son, Gene Rollins Best.  She is survived by five sons, Bryant Norman and wife, Bonnie, of Bedford, Va., Jay Clark of Raleigh, James Howard Best and wife, Mary, of Alliance, Dwight "Buddy" Best and wife, Linda, of Arapahoe and John "Roger" Best of Arapahoe; brother, Bert Norman of Arapahoe; sister, Janice "Belle" Gaskill and husband, Wayne, of Ashville; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.  Her funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, November 2nd at Arapahoe FWB Church with the Rev. Gary Bryan officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Greenleaf Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday night at Bryant Funeral Home.   Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - November 3, 2013)

Barbara Earhardt Bischoff

Barbara Earhardt Bischoff, 96, of New Bern, died, Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.  She is survived by two sons, Wolfgang Bischoff and John Bischoff, both of Oriental; eight grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. A memorial service was held November 2 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with Father Paul Mizener officiating.  Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] – no date)  Submitted by Shirley Gabbert

Maureen Davis Bivona

ORIENTAL - Maureen Davis Bivona, 71, died on February 10, at her home surrounded in love by her daughters and close friends. Her granddaughter Kelly said it best when she nominated her Grammy for a postage stamp in a school essay. "My Grandma is a true hero. She taught her children independence, the value of hard work, and the acceptance of all people. My Grandma always said, Be ever mindful of those in greater need."  Throughout her battle with ovarian cancer, Maureen had the love and support of her daughters and their husbands; Jeanine McGee, Maureen Mountcastle, Denise and Neil "Buck" Buchanan, Colleen and Stephen Baybutt; her cousin, Regina Davis Titus; and countless loving and kind friends. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, Nicholas and Marley Mountcastle, Justin, Kelly and Ryan Baybutt, Colleen and Pearson "Mac" Buchanan, and Grace Lister, as well as her siblings and their spouses, Janeen and Paul Boneker and Dick and Diane Davis. Maureen's parents, Grace and George T. Davis, her son, Robert McGee, and her brother, Kevin Davis, predeceased her. Maureen was born in Bronx, NY, but spent the last 25 years in Oriental NC after raising her five children on the shores of New Jersey.  Maureen was most recently honored when North Carolina Governor Bev Purdue appointed her to serve on the Board for the NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. Maureen lived very passionately and loved very deeply. The town of Oriental turned out to be the true love of her life. Sailing, traveling, sunshine, good food and the company of good friends were the pleasures of her life.  Services will be held at St Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, (1149 White Farm Road Oriental, NC, 28571) on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 1 p.m., with the Reverend Paul Mizener. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church hall.  Her daughters would like to sincerely thank the supportive people in Oriental and at the Hospice of Pamlico County. God Bless you all. You are forever in our hearts.  Most of all, we want to thank God for the gift of our Mother in our life. We believe that we will celebrate the treasure of her love again, when we are in God's presence forever. May this truth sustain us in the days to come.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Friday, February 18, 2011)

Archie Lawrence Blackmon

Archie "Larry" Lawrence Blackmon, 63, died Sunday, Dec. 25, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.  He is survived by his wife, Connie Baker Blackmon of the home; one son, Brandon W. Blackmon and wife, Mary of Yulee, Fla.; one daughter, Ashley B. Leaming and husband, Jason of Aurora; and two grandchildren, Max Blackmon and Mackenzie Leaming.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Grady Burroughs 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] - Wednesday, December 28, 2011)

Connie Baker Blackmon
(October 11, 1955 - November 1, 2012)

Connie Baker Blackmon, 57, of Stonewall passed away Thursday, November 1, 2012, at Vidant Inpatient Hospice, Greenville.  She was a member of Stonewall United Methodist Church.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Blackmon; her father, Alvin Baker, Sr.; and her sister, Nora Wooten.  She is survived by her daughter, Ashley B. Leaming and husband, Jason, of Aurora; her mother, Pauline Baker of Farmville; step-son, Brandon Blackmon and wife, Mary, of Yulee, Fla.; brothers, Alvin Baker of Winterville and Darryl Baker of Farmville; and two grandchildren, Mackenzie Leaming and Max Blackmon.  A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 4, 2012, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Grady Burroughs officiating.  The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  (Bryant Funeral Home)

Ramonia M. Blackmon

ORIENTAL - Ramonia M. Blackmon, 57, of 1435 Broad St. Ext., died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at her residence.  She was a member of Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church. She also participated in Yokefellow at the Pamlico Correctional Institute.  Funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the New Bern Eastern Missionary Baptist Association Headquarters Building, N.C. 306 North, Grantsboro, with the Rev. Eugene Mason officiating. Burial will follow at Perkins Cemetery in Oriental.  She is survived by her mother, Edna Jones of Oriental; her husband, Jesse Blackmon of Port Charlotte, Fla.; daughter, Rebecca Blackmon of New Bern; son, Sidney Blackmon of Meriden, Conn.; three sisters, Carnell Barrow of Oriental, Velman Lyons of New Haven, Conn., and Gloria Sampson of New Haven, Conn.; three brothers, Howard Jones of Oriental, Darnell Jones of Alliance and Clarence Jones Jr. of Huntsville, Ala.  Viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. tonight at Clark Memorial Chapel, and Friday at the church one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements are by Clark Funeral Directors.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] - Thursday, January 21, 2010)

Alice Long Blalock

Alice Long Blalock, 80, of Oriental died March 9, 2009, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law.  She was a native of Person County and for many years owned and operated Blalock's Department Store in Roxboro.  She is survived by her son, Bill Blalock of Aiken, S.C.; three daughters, June S. Blayney of Oriental, Suzanne G. Blalock of Roxboro and Bonnie B. Thompson of York, S.C.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  No funeral services have been planned.  Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Wednesday, March 11, 2009)

Joseph Isaiah Bland
(submitted by Shirley Gabbert)
(The Pamlico News [Oriental, NC] - Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008; pg. 15)

Earl Blango, Sr.

ARAPAHOE - Earl Blango, Sr., 73, of 1712 Don Lee Rd., Arapahoe, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at his residence.  He was a native of Pamlico County and was employed at Camp Seagull for 39 years and inducted into the Camp Sea Gull Hall of Fame in 1999. He was a member of Piney Grove Disciples of Christ Church.Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at Piney Grove Church of Christ Disciples of Christ Church with the Rev. Lester Mitchell, officiating. The burial will be in the Earl Blango Cemetery.  He is survived by his two sons, Earl Blango, Jr. of Aurora and Randolph Blango of the home; four daughters, Diane Thomas of Arapahoe, Laura Andrews of New Bern, Frances Wright of Arapahoe and Elizabeth Musgrove of Little Rock, Texas; eight brothers Roosevelt Johnson, Otto Johnson, Jr., Bubba Johnson, Winston Johnson, Edward Dixon of Oriental, James Dixon, Jr. of Raleigh and Stanley Dixon of Oriental and Vincent Dixon of Maribel; three sisters, Geneva Styron of Oriental, Alean Hodge of Arapahoe and Pauline Gardner of Reelsboro; and 10 grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at the residence. Viewing will be at Oscar's Mortuary Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and at the church one hour prior to the service.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Wednesday, September 8, 2010)

Gloria Jane Nelson Blango

Gloria Jane Nelson Blango, 56, of 50 Sheffield Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y., died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at Wartburg Lutheran Home.  She was a native of Arapahoe. She was employed as a mail clerk at J. P. Morgan Chase Bank.  The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Small Chapel Christian Church with the Rev. Roderick Kornegay officiating. Burial will be in the Crawford Cemetery.   She is survived by her daughter, Questella Nelson of Brooklyn, N.Y., and four grandchildren.  Viewing will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Oscar's Mortuary and there will be a viewing and visitation of friends on Saturday at the church one hour prior to the service.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Thursday, December 25, 2008)

James Allen Blango

ARAPAHOE - James "Buster" Allen Blango, Jr., 76, of Arapahoe, died Sunday, March 2, 2014, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.  He was a native of Arapahoe, educated through the Pamlico County School System, member of Piney Grove DOC Church and a retired farmer.  He is survived by his sister, Ruby Lee Blango of Bayboro.  His services will be private.  Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary. Inc.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – March 8, 2014)

Betty Tyndall Blount

ARAPAHOE - Betty Tyndall Blount, 79, of Arapahoe died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at home.  She was a member of Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church.  She is survived by three sons, Douglas W. Blount of New Bern, Alvin Neil Blount and Hampton Allen Blount, both of Arapahoe; one brother, Charles H. Tyndall of Charlotte; one sister, Jimmie Rae Wood of Albany, Ga.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.  A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Jim Marshburn officiating. Burial will follow in Paul Cemetery in Arapahoe.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home and at other times at the home, 88 Blount Road in Arapahoe.  Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.  (Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] – Monday, May 24, 2010)

Clarence William Blount

Mr. Clarence William Blount, 79, of Pollocksville and formerly of Aurora, died Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, at the Brook Stone Living Center. A funeral will be conducted at noon Thursday in St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church, Vandemere, with the Rev. F.L. Hyman officiating. Burial will follow in the Gibbs family cemetery, Bayboro. A viewing is set for noon to 6 p.m. today at Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, New Bern. The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Billy Respers, 2406 Brices Creek Road, New Bern. Arrangements are by Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, New Bern.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] - Wednesday, November 3, 2010)

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