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Edward Stepnoski

Aug 08, 1932 - Dec 05, 2023

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New Bern, NC

Edward Raymond Stepnoski, age 91, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2023. He was born on August 8, 1932, in Southampton, N. Y. , to the late Bruno and Sophie Stepnoski. He was predeceased by his eldest son Edward William Stepnoski and grandson Kevin Boone Stepnoski of Fuquay-Varina. Ed graduated from the Academy of Aeronautics, NY, in 1953 and was employed by Wright Aeronautical in experimental jet engine assembly. In 1954 he was drafted into the Army. After his tour of duty, he was employ...Read More

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Milton "Dewitt" Sheffield

May 13, 1941 - Feb 29, 2024

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New Bern, NC

Milton "Dewitt" Sheffield, age 82, of New Bern, North Carolina passed away on Thursday, February 29, 2024.

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Philip Ira Sax

Jun 01, 1948 - Feb 26, 2024

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New Bern, NC

Philip Ira Sax, 75, completed his final voyage on Monday, February 26th in New Bern, North Carolina. Born in 1948 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Harriet and Mickey Sax. Philip is survived by his sister, Aly Stratton and husband Mark Stratton, and nephew Marty Becker and wife Jessica Jansen-Becker. Philip, a decorated Vietnam Veteran, saw his first combat in 1966 at the age of 18. After he served, Philip spent a decade solo sailing, and working on tugboats, commercial freighters, and oil rig tenders. He put his sailing career on hold and bought 10 wooded acres on the remote Coyle Peninsula in Washington State where he milled his own lumber, and built his cabin and a brick, wood-fired oven where he baked bagels for the local food banks. Here he spent 15 years enjoying both his time alone and with others as he held community gatherings baking delicious breads and pizzas and joining his neighbors making music on his drum that would last well into the night. The seas called to Philip yet again and along came Ness, a 44-foot double-ended, steel-hull ketch. In addition to the thousands of nautical miles he had previously sailed, Ness gave him the best years of his life accounting for another 70,000 nautical miles. With Ness, he sailed from the Pacific Northwest to French Polynesia, around the Cape of Good Hope in Patagonia to Nova Scotia, Canada eventually settling in Oriental, North Carolina. This made him both a local and global legend: an ocean solo sailor, a master of celestial navigation, and a circumnavigator. Prior to Ness on one of his solo sails, without any electronics on board and heading from Sitka, Alaska to the Big Island of Hawaii, he assured his family he would arrive in about 45 days. On the 43rd day as the fog lifted, he called his Mom to tell her that he had safely anchored in Hilo Bay. Philip will be remembered for his curiosity and thirst for knowledge that led him to be a voracious reader. Every available space in his cabin on Ness was covered in books. He will be remembered for his generosity and kindness, and for his ability to connect with folks wherever he roamed. He made a lasting impression on every person he met on land and sea throughout the world. Fair winds and following seas, Philip. An informal gathering will be held at Whittaker Creek Marina in Oriental, North Carolina on Saturday, March 2nd at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to World Central Kitchen or American Cancer Society. Cotten Funeral Home is honored to serve the family and friends of Philip Ira Sax.

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Marion Elaine Scott

Mar 01, 1940 - Feb 16, 2024

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New Bern, NC

Marion Elaine (Ditman) Scott, 83, formerly from Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away peacefully at her home in New Bern, North Carolina surrounded by her beloved family on Friday, February 16, 2024. Marion was born on March 1, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland to William Franklin Ditman, Sr. (Winnie) and Emily Crowly Ditman. Marion’s life exemplified extraordinary love for the Lord, her husband, whom she adored for 65 years, her two daughters, her grandchildren, her siblings, nieces and nephews, and her church family. Marion touched the lives, in innumerable ways, of everyone who had the blessing of knowing her. She was a genuine, selfless, loving, and virtuous woman. Marion’s greatest joy came from taking care of her family and others in need. Marion worked with her beloved husband over many years and several churches ministering and teaching young married couples’ groups, Sunday School groups, financial counseling, and benevolent work with those in financial crisis. She loved participating with her husband in the Precept Bible Study Group for many years, gaining a more intimate knowledge of God’s Word. Left to cherish her memory are: her husband of 65 years, Donald Scott (Scotty); her eldest daughter Donna Scott Gates, husband Ben, and children Christopher Lewis and Kelli Lewis Sutherland; her youngest daughter Brenda Scott Hall, husband Jon Hall, and son Benjamin Cochran; her eldest brother William Franklin Ditman, Jr.; her sister Eileen Ditman Hastings and husband, Dick Hastings. Marion is predeceased by her younger brother, Paul Stanley Ditman, and her parents, William and Emily Ditman. The family wishes to thank Gentiva Hospice of New Bern, North Carolina for their outstanding and compassionate care provided to Marion and family during her illness. A Celebration of Life honoring Marion Scott will be held on March 16, 2024, from 2 until 4 PM at the Chattanooga Funeral Home - East Chapel, located at 404 S Moore Road, East Ridge, TN 37412. Online condolences can be made to www.cottenfuneralhome.com or www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com. Following the service, there will be another opportunity to cherish Marion’s life and visit with family at the Golden Corral, 760 Battlefield Pkwy #2A, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742, at 5 PM in a private room. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, in memoriam to Marion Scott, https://www.alz.org.

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Billy Gene Woolard

Oct 06, 1948 - Feb 28, 2024

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New Bern, NC

Billy Gene Woolard, age 75, of New Bern, North Carolina passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.

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Cruz Trevino Schleupner

May 03, 1946 - Feb 18, 2024

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New Bern, NC

Cruz Trevino Schleupner, known affectionately as Cruz to all who knew her, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2024, in New Bern, NC, due to heart failure. Born on May 3, 1946, in Laredo, TX.A celebration of life will be on Saturday, February 24th at 11:00 a.m. at Noe-Brooks Funeral Home in Morehead City, NC.Her heart, however, belonged foremost to her family. Cruz was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, David Hanna, and her devoted spouse, Andrew Schleupner. Despite these profound losses, Cruz's love never wavered, and she continued to be a source of strength to her surviving daughter, Judy Andersen, son-in-law Mark Andersen, and grandsons, Brenten and Colby Andersen.Cruz Trevino Schleupner's life was a tapestry of love, care, and creativity—a life that was as extraordinary as the woman herself. She will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her and will be remembered for the light she brought into the lives of others.Condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at www.noebrooks.net.Arrangements by Noe-Brooks Funeral Home, Morehead City, NC.

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Rev. Jerry Roger Wimer

May 13, 1948 - Feb 24, 2024

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New Bern, NC

Rev. Jerry Roger Wimer, age 75, of New Bern, NC, went to meet his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern.Born May 13, 1948 in Highland County, Jerry was a son of the late Johnny Lee and Lydia Ann (Propst) Wimer. He graduated from Highland High School with the Class of 1967, and married Rachel Ann Simmons on the 4th of July in 1971. For 47 years, Jerry and Rachel would devote their lives to one another, as well as promoting their church and Lord until her passing on March 31, 2020.He served as a pastor with The Church of God in several churches throughout North Carolina, and was passionate in his calling. A very talented musician, Jerry enjoyed sharing his love for the Lord through singing and playing the piano and guitar while in church. He also was passionate in charitable acts of kindness, raising financial resources for World Mission through his selling of handmade crafts, crocheted quilts and blankets, and homemade candies of his own making.Outside of the pulpit, Jerry enjoyed time spent fishing, visiting with friends and church members, and simply sharing his life with Rachel. Many will also remember Jerry for his selfless nature, good humor, and the fondness he had for his pet cats. Additionally, he always held a special place in his heart for his home in Highland County. And, although his health prevented his return, Jerry never stopped talking of his desire to return to the mountains of his youth.In addition to his late parents and wife, he was predeceased by his siblings that he loved so dearly. They include his brothers, Troy, Elbert, Dennis, and Rev. Donald Wimer; and sisters, Rev. Ethel Mae Reamey and Turetha Hiner; as well as nieces, "Cookie" Wimer and Sharon Billingsley.Jerry is survived by his nephews, William, Ray Sr., and Troy LeRoy Wimer, as well as Jerry Wimer and David and Gideon Hiner; nieces, Faye Creasey, Jenise Dixon, Lori Russel, Juanita Fellow, Alice Turk, Frances Hiner, and Vera Auble; sister-in-law, Rebecca Bibb Mawyer of Ruckersville; as well as his brothers and sisters in Christ.The funeral service for Rev. Jerry Wimer will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2024 at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, VA with Pastor Mark Lamm officiating and assisted by Pastors Melvin McGriff and Vernon Morris. A committal service will follow, where he will be laid to rest next to his wife in Blue Grass Cemetery.The staff of Obaugh Funeral Home will receive friends and family wishing to pay their respects on Thursday, February 29th, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions may be made to: The Church of God, 422 Pine St., New Bern, NC 28560.

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Col (ret) Terry Dayne Murphy (Murph) USAF

Oct 16, 1938 - Feb 26, 2024

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New Bern, NC

Col (ret) Terry Dayne Murphy (Murph) USAF age 85 made his final flight from New Bern (EWN) on February 26th. “Murph” was the beloved husband of Kathryn Lupton Murphy for 40 wonderful, adventurous years. Born in 1938 in Bushnell, Illinois he was the son of the late Floy (Shaver) and Basil Murphy and brother of the late Max Burton Murphy. Murph is survived by his two daughters, Tiffany (Denver, Co) and Tara Saprony (Tom) Evanston, Wyoming and step-sons, Sean Lupton (Emily) Mt. Juliet, Tenn and Brian Lupton (Teri Jo) of Creswell, Oregon. The three grandchildren that knew him as “Gramps” are Lauren and Sydney Lupton and Joshua Setter. Surviving in Bushnell, sister-in law Rosalie Murphy. Edward Winslow, brother-in law, (Anne) Stuart, Fl. He will be missed by his Murphy Klan scattered throughout the country, plus long-standing Air Force friends. A man of principle and character, the true gentleman, the Colonel served almost thirty and a half years in the Strategic Air Command, accumulating over 3,000 flying hours. Considered as a “pilot’s pilot” he felt that it was an honor to serve his country and often said that given the opportunity he would do it all over again. As a decorated career veteran, he was commended for his outstanding leadership and compassion towards his men. He was awarded numerous medals and honors including the following: Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service, Meritorius Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Vietnam Service with three bronze service stars. A University of Illinois graduate, Murph joined the Air Force as a cadet, flying the C-7 Caribou in Vietnam and later the KC 135 series and KC-10. During the 70’s and 80’ he climbed the staff promotion ladder and achieved one of his proudest service positions being named the 22nd March AFB Riverside, CA Wing Commander in 1983. A unique final assignment was as the Silk Purse Chief, RAF Mildenhall, England U Comm which concluded a story-book star career. Retired in 1989 to Alexandria, Virginia and later moved to New Bern’s Olde Towne community in 1991.He gave back to his neighborhood, not only with his handyman skills, but serving once again on their HOA board as Treasurer and Maintenance Chair constantly exhibiting his modest, humble and kind nature for over thirty years. Called to duty to join the NB Civitan membership during the mid 90 ‘s he was honored with awards and man of the year achievements. His motto acknowledged “work hard, play hard,” was evident throughout his entire life. He always introduced himself as “just” a farm-boy from Illinois to strangers. A thoughtful honest evaluation and quiet demeanor while puffing on his pipe was often witnessed during family traditional slide shows, sipping his beverage of choice, flying or travel stories or opinion input when asked, secretly wanting to be a real cowboy. He was a New Bern Golf and Country Club member often seen “on the course” though his patience challenged, he enjoyed years of companionship. Lastly, his 1955 teal convertible Thunderbird always evoked a smile of pride as a CTCI member and officer of the Coastal Carolina T-Bird club. He crossed the highest bar of life, enjoying a good joke. So raise a glass in his honor to a faithful soul. Visitation will be on Friday, March 15th from 1pm to 2pm at Cotten Funeral Home. Followed by service with military honors and a celebration of life reception at New Bern Golf and Country Club. There will be a private family burial at Greenleaf Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Craven County Hospice.

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Laura Annell Overholt

Jan 16, 1939 - Feb 25, 2024

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New Bern, NC

Laura (Ann) Annell Overholt, 85, of New Bern, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on February 25, 2024, at home. She was born on January 16, 1939, in Blakely, Georgia, to the late Inza Nell and Kennie Millard Arnold. Laura, affectionately known as Ann and Gamzy to her grand and great-grandchildren, married Hugh R Overholt on May 6, 1961, and they enjoyed a loving and faithful marriage for over six decades. Major General Hugh R. Overholt, former Judge Advocate General of the US Army, survives her along with their children; Sharon Overholt Maxey (Jason) of New Bern and H Scott Overholt (Ruthy) of Wrightsville Beach, N.C. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Ashton Overholt Baker (Michael) and Grayson Overholt (Significant other Sarah) of Wrightsville Beach, three step grandchildren Jillian Maxey, Julia Maxey, Jackson Maxey and two great-grandsons, Sebastian Baker, and Sawyer Baker. She is further survived by her sister, Betty Arnold Wolfrom (Tom) of Stone Mountain, Ga. Ann grew up in Blakely, Ga., with her brother Roy Arnold (Celester) and two sisters, Mary Eleanor Arnold Adams (Roy) and Betty Arnold Wolfrom (Tom). She excelled in sports during her time at Blakely High School, lettering in both basketball and cheerleading. Ann was crowned the Early County Peanut Queen in 1958-59, representing her community at various events. While attending the University of Alabama, Ann met Captain Hugh R. Overholt of the U.S. Army in 1960. The couple was stationed in Germany for a few years, where their daughter, Sharon Lea Overholt, was born. Upon their return to the U.S., their son, H. Scott Overholt, was born. Ann and Hugh spent many years on various Army Posts, with a significant portion of their time in the Washington, D.C. area. Ann was a gracious host, organizing numerous special occasions for dignitaries. After her husband's retirement, Ann and Hugh retired to New Bern, NC, where she enjoyed her passion for golf. Ann saw the world with her love, taking in sunrises in Korea and Taipei, the majestic Alps, the rolling hills of Ireland, and their most favorite place, Aruba. These adventures created cherished memories that illuminated her life. Ann will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who cherished her family and friends, leaving a legacy of love and warmth that will be greatly missed by all who knew her. The family is forever grateful for all the wonderful care providers who have been by her side Stacy, Natalie, Daphne, Anita, Evelyn, Memory, Davina, Jill, Ethel, Paticia, Michele, MaryAnn, David, Lynda, Cat, April, Mary, and Craven County Hospice. A celebration of life will be held at New Bern Golf & Country Club March 6th at 3PM. Burial at Arlington National Cemetery will be scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to a charity of your choice in memory of Laura (Ann) Overholt.

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Laurent Joseph Hostyn

Jan 16, 1933 - Feb 22, 2024

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New Bern, NC

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Laurent “Larry” Joseph Hostyn at the age of 91. Larry was born in Edmonton, Alberta Canada and raised in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta in a family of ten children. Larry was predeceased by his parents, Aurelia (nee Tremblay) and William Hostyn; and siblings, Albert, Eva, Louis, Bernice, Bob, and Bill. Larry was an incredibly loving husband, father, grandfather “Papa” and great-grandfather. He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Shirley Ann (nee Conner), his adoring children William Patrick Hostyn and wife Sunga, Rose Marie Miller and husband Mike, and Juanita Aurelia Huryn and husband Andrij; grandchildren Patricia Ann and husband Joseph, Kyle Suhrie and partner Lylybell, M.J. Miller and partner Elise, Anna Aurelia and fiancé Gabe, Henri Bohdan and Isa Andrej; great grandchildren Luka Joseph and Lyla Rae; siblings Lorraine McIsaac, Diane Honkoop, Raymond Hostyn and families, as well as many loving nieces, nephews, extended family and lifelong friends. Larry was a world traveler, with his early beginnings in the Northwest territories of Canada followed by service in the Royal Canadian Air Force on the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line across the Arctic. His extensive career took him to Tehran, Iran where he met the love of his life; across the Canadian provinces including Alberta, Ontario and Labrador/Newfoundland and back to the Middle East in Saudi Arabia. He retired with his family in New Bern N.C. Larry had an unparalleled love of life, love of family and an infectious wit that put everyone he met at ease. He was an incredible story teller who also had a passion for philosophy and recorded his thoughts and a memoir to be cherished by his family for generations to come. Larry’s legacy and influence will live on forever in the hearts and minds of all he touched. Our family would like to thank everyone for all the beautiful thoughts and prayers with a special heartfelt thank you to Dr. Robert Whitmore, Dr. Michael Fujimagari, Dr. Ryan Holland and Joy Holloway, RN for their compassionate and healing care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Human Rights Campaign (Memorial Gift - Human Rights Campaign) and The Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) (https://www.irsss.ca/donate).

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Timothy Wayne Powell

Oct 19, 1967 - Feb 26, 2024

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New Bern, NC

Timothy Wayne Powell, age 56, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 26, 2024 at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, February 29, 2024 at First Church of Christ in Washington and will be officiated by Ray West. Timmy was born in Portsmouth, VA on October 19, 1967 to the late James Emmett Powell, Sr. and Bonnie Sue Creech Powell. On October 7, 2023 he married his wife, Tina Bass. He was a member of First Church of Christ in Washington. Timmy's career began in Norfolk, VA in 1986 as a technician with AT&T. His next adventure would bring him to NC where he worked on the family farm. A salesman at heart, Timmy excelled as a Realtor, salesman with Precision Pallet, and most recently as an insurance agent with Globe Life. A friend to many, Timmy was encouraging to everyone who crossed his path. His daily text of scripture touched many hearts and affected more people than he would ever know. He was someone who truly never met a stranger and loved to share stories with those he encountered. Timmy loved to laugh and enjoyed helping others however he could. Timmy's love of the outdoors was cultivated from a young age by hunting and fishing with his dad and many family camping trips. Throughout his life he enjoyed hunting, sailing, planting flowers and the rewarding feeling of a finely manicured yard. He also loved playing tennis, good conversations, and appreciating God's creation painted with a beautiful sunset. Timmy’s greatest love was his family. Always a smile on his face and beaming with pride when he spoke of his daughters, Casey and Mollie, and their husbands, Trey and Kynon, who he loved like sons. His grandson, Jack, stole his heart and “Pop Pop” immediately became Timmy's favorite title. Timmy and his wife, Tina, were building a life together that they both loved. They supported each other through the best and hardest of times. Timmy is survived by his wife, Tina, two daughters, Casey Sadler and husband Trey of Beaufort, and Mollie Walker and husband Kynon of Beaufort, a grandchild Jack Sadler, and step grandchildren Sabrea, Cameron and Gunner. He was also eagerly awaiting the birth of his newest grandchild, Luke Timothy Sadler. He is also survived by his mother, Bonnie, and siblings: Jimmy Powell and wife Becky of Greenville, Kenny Powell and wife Joy of Belhaven, and Kim Fletcher of Washington, along with many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Emmett Powell. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Powell family. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .

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