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Alligood, Ethel Asby* - Washington  
WASHINGTON | Mrs. Ethel "Tippie" Asby Alligood, age 72, a resident of 6930 U.S. Hwy 264 East, Washington, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2015 at her home. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 10, 2014 from the Chapel of Paul Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington, conducted by Tony Krantz. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery in Washington. The following will serve as active pallbearers: Brent Bennett, Johnny Buck, Robert Hedgepeth, Jr., Steele Cox, Carl Gene Woolard, and David Ipock. Jimmy Hedgepeth will serve as an honorary pallbearer. Mrs. Alligood was born in Beaufort County on October 29, 1942. She was the daughter of the late Charlie Tom Asby and Mary Magdalene "Maggie" Tetterton Asby. Mrs. Alligood was a homemaker and member of Beaver Dam Church of Christ. She was a member of the Coastal Plains Chapter Car Club. In her spare time, Mrs. Alligood loved to travel. On March 26, 1970, she married Lane Alligood, who survives. Surviving with her husband, Lane Alligood of the home; son, Eric Hill, Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Vanceboro; step-son, Paris Alligood and his wife, Linda of Washington; two grandchildren, Amber Hill of Vanceboro, Gregory Hill, U.S. Marine Corps, stationed in Florida; three sisters, Louise Ipock and her husband, Herbert of Bridgeton, Harriett Hedgepeth of Washington, Edna Buck and her husband, Lloyd of Vanceboro; and special friend and nurse, Charlotte Harris of Bryson City. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Alligood was preceded in death by a sister, Kathleen Alligood and three brothers, George H. Asby, Charlie Asby, Jr. and James Thomas Asby. The family will receive friends from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Paul Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington and other times at her home. Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com Paul Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington is honored to serve the Alligood family.
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Published in Sun Journal from June 8 to July 7, 2015
Alston, Rufus Curtis - NEW BERN  
NEW BERN | Rufus Curtis Alston, 82, of 311 Forest Oaks Drive, New Bern, died Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at his residence. He is a native of Warrenton, a retiree of the U.S. Air Force and Merrill Lynch. He formerly served as Preacher Steward, Usher and Senior Choir member at Clinton Chapel AMEZ Church. His funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday, June 22, 2015, at Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church, 1015 Church St., with military honors. Burial will follow at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Alston of the home; one daughter, Lisa Gaunt; and three sisters, Geraldine Kearney and Mary Alston of Warrenton and Leomia Alston of Roanoke Rapids. The family will receive friends at the residence. Viewing hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Oscar's Mortuary and at the church Monday an hour prior to the service. Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary, Inc.
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Published in Sun Journal from June 19 to July 18, 2015
Bennert, Ethna Christine* - New Bern  
NEW BERN | Ethna Christine Bennert, 86, passed away peacefully at her home on May 31, 2015. Ethna was the daughter of Herbert and Sara Wilkinson of Kearny, New Jersey. She was an alumna of St. Cecilia's High School in Kearny and the Latin American Institute of America in New York, New York. Her professional career began as a translator for the United Nations. She then worked for IBM in Manhattan as an executive secretary and met her future husband Art while at the shore in Sea Girt, New Jersey. They moved to Ohio in 1965 where she continued to work as a bilingual administrative assistant for Champion Papers International and as a mother raising and caring for her family. She loved her family, vacations at her beach house on Fripp Island and cross stitching. On almost any given day, she could be found sitting on her porch with her husband, Art, enjoying a perfect Rob Roy on the rocks with a twist and listening to Broadway musicals or Pavarotti with the volume turned up! She also never missed an opportunity to make a donation to CarolinaEast Foundation, Cincinnati Children's Hospital or St. Judes's Children's Hospital. Her husband, Art, preceded her in death on January 8, 2014, and she is survived by their three children, the Honorable Ethna Bennert Cooper and her husband, Todd Laurence Cooper of Cincinnati, Ohio and their three sons Todd, Jr., Wilkie, and Peter; Arthur J. Bennert, Jr. and his wife Virginia Riehl Bennert of San Antonio, Texas and their children Kate and Chris; and Keith W. Bennert, M.D. and his wife Elizabeth A. Benson, M.D. of New Bern, North Carolina and their children Kevin and Ryan Elizabeth. A private funeral service for the family will be held June 8, 2015 at St. Paul Catholic Church. Memorials in Ethna's name may be made to CarolinaEast Foundation Hospice Fund, PO Box 1576, New Bern, NC 28563, www.crmcfoundation.com or to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.stjude.org. or Cincinnati Children's Hospital, 3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 9002, Cincinnati, OH 45229, www.cincinnatichildrens.org/giving. Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations has arrangements.
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Published in Sun Journal from June 7 to July 4, 2015
Butts Jr.     , George Lendward*  
NEW BERN | George Lendward Butts Jr., 73 of New Bern, passed away at his residence on June 12, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents George L. Butts Sr. and Mary C. Butts. George is survived by his wife, Sandra Finch Butts, one son, Robert Gerald Butts of New Bern, two daughters; Ginny B.  McKinney and husband Jackie of New Bern, and Heather L. O'Connor and husband David of New Bern, two brothers; Lester Butts and wife Joyce of New Bern, and William "Bill" Butts and wife Betty of New Bern, one sister, Bonnie Minks and husband Peter of Morehead City, five grandchildren; Amber McKinney and Jeremy, Corey McKinney and wife Holly, Austin Butts, Sarah O'Connor, and Erin Rose O'Connor, and two great grandchildren; Cooper and Brinnin Bloomberg. As a young man, George alongside his brother owned and operated Williams Texaco and Oil Company for 23 ½ years. George went on to build Thurman Service Center, an automotive shop that he operated for 14 years. After semi-retiring he operated George's Landscaping. Drag racing was also a passion of George's; he owned a '74 Plymouth Duster in which he won quite a few races with. George was a member of Riverdale United Methodist Church, where he was extremely close to his church family. Also a member of Rockwell Farm Hunting Club, George had a great love for hunting and riding the "back roads" in the Croatan Forest. George also enjoyed fishing, growing a garden and sharing the vegetables with all his neighbors. He enjoyed watching his great grandchildren's baseball games and practices and he thoroughly enjoyed spending time with all his grandchildren and family. Funeral service will be 11:00 am Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at Cotten Funeral Home. Family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Monday, June 15, 2015 at Cotten Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in George's memory to: Riverdale United Methodist Church, 5195 Hwy 70 East New Bern, NC 28562. Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.      
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Published in Sun Journal from June 14 to July 13, 2015
Fore, Billie bLEN* - New Bern  
NEW BERN | Billie Glen Fore died peacefully at home on his 91st birthday, June 30, 2015. He leaves his wife of 52 years, Doreen Fore, his daughter, Janice, E. Fore of Bradenton, FL, his daughter-in-law, Katherine H. Fore of Jefferson, NC, and his dear friends and "adopted" sons, Scott Cooper of Washington, DC, and Eric James of New Bern, NC. He was preceded in death by his son, Ronald E. "Gus" Fore. Bill was born in Elkhart, IN, son of Kenneth and Thaetta (Overholser) Fore. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in VMF-422, an F-4U Corsair squadron, in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Reentering service in the U.S. Air Force in 1947, he retired from the Air Force on April 1, 1964. He served throughout USAF as a Flight Engineer for several generals, including Brigadier General William L. Lee, the father of the Philippine Air Force. His assignment to the 47th Bombardment Wing at RAF Sculthorpe, England, resulted in his meeting future wife, Doreen. They made homes together in Washington, DC, Sarasota, FL, West Jefferson, NC, and since 1998, New Bern, NC. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family wishes to extend their appreciation for the wonderful care and support of the hospice nurses who served Bill – Amber, Laurie, Laura, Carol, Clara, Maria – and dedicated hospice volunteers Deserea and Sara. Memorials may be made to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund or PruittHealth Hospice.
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Published in Sun Journal on July 1, 2015
Guion Jr., Solomon - NEW BERN  
NEW BERN | Solomon Guion Jr., 85, of 1125 Walt Bellamy Drive, died Tuesday, June 16, 2015. He was a graduate of West Street High School, a veteran of the U.S. Army and was formerly employed at Britthaven Nursing Center. His funeral is 11 a.m. Monday, June 22, 2015, at St. John M.B. Church, 1130 Walt Bellamy Drive. Burial with military honors will follow at the Farrow Cemetery, Reelsboro. He is survived by his wife, Theodora P. Guion; four sons, William Guion, Vernon "Gus" Guion, both of New Bern, Ronald Guion of Fuquay-Varina and Terry Hill of Camden, N.J.; one daughter, Brenda White of New Bern; two sisters, Marjorie Foye of New Bern and Norvis Fonville of Havelock; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the residence of Marjorie Foye, 1902 Charles St., New Bern. Viewing Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oscar's Mortuary. Arrangements are by Oscar's Mortuary, Inc.
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Published in Sun Journal from June 19 to July 17, 2015
Harris, Shirley Dean (Scott)* - Raleigh  
Shirley Dean Scott Harris, 74, of Raleigh, NC, died on June 22, 2015 at Rex Hospital, Raleigh, NC. Shirley was born June 14, 1941, the eldest daughter of the late Leo L. Scott and Mary Theola Rhem Scott of New Bern, NC. She grew up in the Jasper Community of Craven County and was a member of Bethany Christian Church. Shirley graduated from New Bern High School in 1959. She attended NC State University, Elon College, and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Science Education from East Carolina University in 1963. She continued her education by completing graduate work in Biology at North Carolina State University and ECU. Shirley taught science in several high schools throughout North Carolina, but she always had a passion for chemistry. She obtained her national status as a Certified Chemist and for several years worked as a Research Chemist at Northrup Services. Later, she worked in the Quality Control Lab at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, then at the Environmental Protection Agency in their Center for Air Pollution and Regulation. All were located in the Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, NC. Shirley was bright of mind, kind of heart, and always had a ready smile with words of encouragement. Even though her life had its ups and downs, she was the eternal optimist, always choosing to look on the bright side. At her recent 74th birthday party, she announced to her family that she wanted to learn how to play the mandolin, guitar, and brush-up on her piano. She had been working on her "memoirs", stating she had just rewritten a chapter to add some "juicy" parts that she had left out. Shirley felt that life was an adventure, to be lived to the fullest. She is survived by Leon Spence Harris Jr of Raleigh, NC, her loving husband of 24 years; brother, Leo Rhem Scott and his wife, Marilyn of St. George, Utah; brother, Ira Andrew Scott of New Bern, NC; and sister Sandra Scott Girton and her husband, Bob of New Bern, NC. Memorial service to be held at a later time.
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Published in Sun Journal on July 1, 2015
Hebenstreit, James R.* - New Bern  
NEW BERN | Lt. James R. "Jim" Hebenstreit, SCPD Ret., 85, answered his last call Sunday, June 28, 2015. A native of Ridgewood, NY, Jim was a US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, and retired from the Suffolk County Police Department after 28 honorable years of service. He was a "jack of all trades", fixing just about anything he touched. He enjoyed playing practical jokes, photography, and being with his family. Jim had a couple favorite quotes that he shared often: "It's only broke, I'll set it myself" and "I'm not going". He will be missed for his smile and his wit. Sadly, Jim was preceded in death by his son, Robert. A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 2 PM, Friday, July 3, 2015 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends after the service and other times at the family home. Those wishing to offer words of hope and condolences may visit www.pollockbest.com. Memorials in Jim's name may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Pl. Memphis, TN, 38105, www.stjude.org. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Barbara Hebenstreit; children, Laura Hebenstreit of Middle Island, NY; Barbara Cooper and husband Eric of Gales Ferry, CT; Kathleen Kohler and husband James of New Bern, NC; Roberta Hebenstreit of Smithtown, NY; and Keith Hebenstreit of Smithtown, NY. He also leaves behind his sister, Regina H. Hartmann, of Massapequa, NY; and his dear grandchildren, Amanda Cooper, J.P. Kohler, Caitriona Kohler, and Magnus Kohler. Pollock~Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Hebenstreit family.
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Published in Sun Journal on July 1, 2015
Johnson, Walter - NEW BERN  
NEW BERN | Walter Johnson, 54, of New Bern, died on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at the Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport. He was previously employed as a laborer. He is survived by his mother, Rachel Johnson Bryant, and one sister, Marian Johnson Morris, both of New Bern. Viewing will be held on Monday, June 8, 2015, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 1 p.m. in the Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc. Memorial Chapel, 701 West St., New Bern. Interment will immediately follow the service in Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements are by Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc., New Bern.
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Published in Sun Journal from June 8 to July 7, 2015
Lanier, B.J. - NEW BERN  
NEW BERN | B.J. Lanier, 36, of New Bern, died Wednesday, June 17, 2015. He is survived by his father, Bernie Alfred of New Bern; son, Blade Lanier of New Bern; daughter, Ivy Lanier of New Bern; brother, Kenneth Hacker II of New Bern; stepbrother, Nathan Alfred of Jackson, Miss.; sisters, Amy Pollock of Maysville and Brittany Davis of James City; and grandmother, Elise H. Lanier. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at Cotten Funeral Home Chapel. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow the service at New Bern Memorial. Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory.
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Published in Sun Journal from June 19 to July 17, 2015
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