William Benjamin Newbern Jr., 91, of Elizabeth City, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at home surrounded by family and loved ones. He was born Oct. 8, 1922, the son of the late William B. Newbern Sr., and Dora Grice Newbern.
Will graduated from Elizabeth City High School and served in the U.S. Navy
during World War II
. Following the war, he worked for MetLife and then Peoples Bank (formerly Industrial Bank) from which he retired. He enjoyed his family, gardening, the river, and helping people. He was a founding member of the Old Timers. He was a lifelong member and former vestry member of Christ Episcopal Church.
Will was predeceased by his beloved wife, the late Nell Williams Newbern; and a sister, Virginia Newbern Chapin Britt. He is survived by a son, William B. Newbern III (wife, Jane Whalen Newbern) of Morehead; a daughter, Lynn Newbern Nash (husband, Thomas P. Nash IV) of Elizabeth City; four grandchildren, Benjamin Thomas Palmer Nash, Savannah Gray Nash, Molly Elizabeth Newbern, and William B. Newbern IV; and a sister, Frances Newbern Harris.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 1, at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Edward Mullins, presiding. The family will receive friends at Mr. Newbern's residence following the service. Memorial donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 200 South McMorrine Street, 27909 or a
. Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, is serving the Newbern family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com