NEW BERN - J. Roy Fogle, a longtime New Bern resident, died Friday, January 4, 2013, at his home.
Roy attended high school in Salem, Illinois, where he was voted the honors hop football king by the student body his senior year. He was inducted into his school's "Sports Hall of Fame" on June 1, 2002, for his stellar high school and collegiate athletic accomplishments.
Roy attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on a football scholarship where he was a star football player and a state and national wrestling champion. In 1998, the University recognized Roy as a Distinguished Alumnus and the first scholarship athlete to be recognized in 1988.
Roy spent two winters with the United States Marine Corps in Korea in 1952, landing there in early January and leaving in December. He received the Korean Service Medal with two bronze battle stars along with six other medals.
He achieved many accomplishments in his life. Roy served as the first executive director of the Neuse River Council of Governments (COG) from 1968 to 1994, building it into an award-winning organization. The NADO Board of Directors created the J. Roy Fogle Leadership Award in recognition of his untiring efforts and outstanding leadership Roy's other major leadership honors included, but are not limited to: serving as President of Arkansas State University Alumni Association in 1960-1961, being one of the 9 delegates sent from North Carolina at the White House Conference on Balanced National Growth and Economic Development in 1978, being recognized in 1988 as the outstanding COG Executive Director in the U.S., recognized as the Outstanding Economic Developer in North Carolina for his industrial recruiting accomplishments in Jones County in 2000, and serving on the River Bend Town Council in 1995 and serving 3 two-year terms.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; his son, Mike; his daughters, Diane D. Ratchford, Linda Creech and Melissa Schroeder, all of New Bern, Lynn Morton of Oshkosh, Wis., and Deidra Heaney of Bulverde, Texas; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cotten Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made to the Fogle family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are Cotten Funeral Home.