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Sandra Stephens

Apr 20, 1960 - Nov 25, 2023

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New Bern, NC

Sandra "Sandy" Jean Stephens, 63, of New Bern, North Carolina passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2023. She was born April 20, 1960, to the late Harold and Ruby Stephens.She is survived by her brother-in-law, Richard Maher; nephew, Brad (Crystal); nieces, Bridgett and Melissa; great-nephews, Ruben and Jacob; great-nieces, Mary, Julia, and Penelope; and many loving family members.Along with her parents, Sandy is preceded in death by her sister, Ambra Maher.A graveside service will be held...Read More

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Karla Trott Holcombe

Nov 01, 1956 - Feb 20, 2024

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New Bern, NC

Karla Trott Holcombe, age 67, of New Bern, North Carolina passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. She attended Grants Creek Baptist Church and Croatan FWB Church. Karla graduated from White Oak High School and Appalachian State University. She was a teacher at Graham A. Barden Elementary School for 24 years. In retirement she enjoyed going out with her "crabby" friends, learning spanish, learning to shoot, and going on cruises. Karla is survived by her son Jake Holcombe, one daughter, Katy Fedchenko (Jeff), two brothers, Mike Trott (Brownie), Luther Trott (Bonnie), two aunts Brenda "Boogie" Smith and Gloria Collins, mother-in-law, Nellie Holcombe and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is also survived by her beloved dog George, and her granddogs. Karla is preceded in death by her husband Allen Holcombe as well as her parents Aaron and Marie Trott. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, February 25, 2024 at Maysville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Cotten Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National MS Society. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.cottenfuneralhome.com

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Frederick Lamar Bender

Nov 21, 1941 - Feb 20, 2024

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New Bern, NC

Frederick Lamar Bender, aka “DERF” age 82, beloved husband and father, passed away after a long and courageous fight with a multitude of medical conditions. Upon his death, his canine companion “Hootie,” met him at the rainbow bridge. Fred was a humble, kind, and unassuming man who embodied service and family. He was born on November 21, 1941 in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He was one of three sons of the late Lionel and Anna Bender. Upon graduation from high school in 1959, Fred joined the US Navy and served proudly for 24 years culminating as a NC-121K Flight Engineer. Upon his retirement as a Senior Chief in August 1982, Fred continued his career for over 21 years supporting the Department of Defense in varying positions in support of the CH-53 helicopter. Fred was known for his superb knowledge of the CH-53‘s Avionics Systems and his straightforward, no-nonsense approach to problem solving. Fred met his beloved wife, Mary, while they were both serving in the US Navy. They settled in New Bern, NC for their retirement years. They were one of the first couples to move into Taberna, a golfing community. Fred enjoyed golfing with the Taberna Men’s Golf Association for many years. He also cherished his time riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle with the “old Geezers.” He was a member of the Harley Owners Group and participated in many Harley Davidson of New Bern sponsored events. Fred was also a valued member of many Masonic and Shrine associations for over 40 years. He was a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, the Past Master of Pensacola Lodge 42, and a member the Hadji Temple in Pensacola. He later transferred to the Sudan Temple in New Bern, NC. One of his most proud accomplishments was becoming a founding member of the Sudan Shriners Cooligans parade unit in 2008. He participated in many parades even when his health was declining. Left to cherish Fred’s memory is his wife, two sons, Michael (Carridy) and Brett, and two grandchildren, Teagan and Boss, who all brought joy to his life. He is also survived by two brothers, Tom (Robin), and Tim (Linda), and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Fred’s wonderful doctors: Dr. Maybee, Dr. Fujimagari, Dr. Gorman, Dr. Terry, and Dr. Perruquet; the doctors, nurses, and staff at CarolinaEast Regional Medical Center; and the 4th floor Oncology Unit and Palliative Care Wing for all their support, care, and compassion during Fred’s declining years. A very special thank you is also extended to Fred’s “Wing Angel,” Nurse Donna. In lieu of Flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Sudan Shriners Children’s Hospital Fund, P.O. Drawer 12828, New Bern, NC 28561. All are welcome to attend a visitation on February 28, 2024 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm with a service from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, both at Cotten Funeral Home, 2201 Neuse Boulevard. To follow, there will be a celebration of life at the New Bern Shrine Club, 2102 South Glenburnie Road. Online condolences may be directed to www.cottenfuneralhome.com Cotten

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Barbara Jo Connour

Jul 04, 1969 - Feb 18, 2024

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New Bern, NC

Barbara Jo Connour, age 54, of New Bern, North Carolina passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024. A celebration of life for Barbara will be held Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

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Janet MacLaren

May 25, 1942 - Feb 15, 2024

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New Bern, NC

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Janet MacLaren, aged 81, on Thursday, February 15, 2024. Janet passed away peacefully in New Bern, surrounded by her loving children, Fiona and Andy, and daughter-in-law, Maryjo. Born on May 25, 1942, in Stockton-on-Tees, England, to Joan and John Redfern, Janet's early life was marked by a deep appreciation for family and community. In 1964, she married her soulmate, Ian MacLaren, at St John the Baptist Anglican Church in Egglescliffe, England. Their partnership was a testament to love, adventure, and shared dreams. In 1979, Janet and Ian embarked on a new chapter by moving to the United States, eventually making their home in southwest Pennsylvania with their children. Their retirement years were joyously spent in Fairfield Harbor, New Bern, from 2007 onwards. Janet embraced retirement with the spirit of an explorer, traveling to over 20 countries across six continents, immersing herself in the cultures, histories, and cuisines of the world. Janet’s passion for life extended to her community in New Bern, where she was an active member of the choir at Christ Church. Her hobbies included computer games, which brought her great joy and amusement. Above all, Janet was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, whose love and pride for her family knew no bounds. Janet leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories with her children, Fiona Adamsky and Andrew MacLaren, daughter-in-law Maryjo, grandchildren Samantha and husband Zach Hypes, Rozwell MacLaren, Abigail Kirchhofer, Julia MacLaren, Aaron Kirchhofer, and great-grandchildren Leo and Odin Hypes. A service to celebrate Janet’s remarkable life will be held at Christ Church, New Bern, NC, on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 1pm. We invite friends and family to join us in honoring her memory and the incredible impact she had on all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sacred Sound and Space, a fund established to acquire a new church organ which was close to Janet’s heart. Janet’s spirit of adventure, love for her family, and kindness to all will be deeply missed and forever remembered. Cotten Funeral Home is honored to serve the family and friends of Janet MacLaren.

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Alfred Vincent (Al) Scillitani

Jan 14, 1967 - Feb 16, 2024

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New Bern, NC

Alfred Vincent (Al) Scillitani will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, and friend. Al was born January 14, 1967, to John Joseph and Geraldine Lechesi Scillitani in Brooklyn, New York. His family moved to Port Washington, Long Island where Al attended Paul D. Schreiber High School. He joined the US Air Force in 1988 after attending Alfred State College. Al was proud to have served his country as an Air Traffic Controller at Castle AFB in Merced, California. This is where he met his wife Crystal and their great adventure began. Al will be remembered as a kind-hearted, funny, and generous man. He quietly supported many local civic organizations and funded the wishes of several children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina. Al was a man of great integrity and character. He was incredibly generous with his time, knowledge, and resources. He embraced life with vigor and a sense of adventure. Al is survived by his wife of 29 years, Crystal along with their son, Matthew (Casey) Scillitani of Cary, North Carolina. He is also survived by his brothers John Scillitani, Burbank, California; Gerard (Allyson) Scillitani, Hillsborough, New Jersey, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Al's memorial service will be on Saturday, February 24 at Cotten Funeral Home in New Bern. Visitation will be held at 3:00 PM, and the service will begin at 4:00 PM. A reception for family and friends will follow immediately at Bear Town Market 402 Front St. New, Bern.

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Fabian Ronald Gardner

Oct 21, 1945 - Feb 07, 2024

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New Bern, NC

Fabian Ronald Gardner was beloved & cherished by his wife Josephine Bleil-Gardner & his child Zephyr Willow (previously Jasmine Gardner). He was the son of Josephine & Floyd Gardner and was the youngest boy of 11 children. Fabian was born and raised in the Southfield area of Michigan. As a young man he entered the Franciscan Brothers where he served for 18 years. Upon leaving the Franciscans he dabbled in computer work. After which he turned his interest to truck driving; Fabian worked as a trucker for 35 years. When he retired he moved with his wife Jo from Spokane, WA all the way to New Bern, NC. It was there that he renewed his love of playing golf. Throughout his life he was loyal to his Michigan sports teams, especially the Detroit Red Wings NHL team as well as Michigan college football. He above all, loved spending time with his family & his friends. The funeral mass for him will be celebrated on Friday, February 23rd 11:00 am at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church located at 3005 Country Club Rd. in New Bern, NC. His burial will immediately follow the mass. Memorial donations may be made to The American Kidney Fund (AKF) through their website: https://www.kidneyfund.org/give Online condolences may be made to Gardner family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the Gardner family.

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Mary Elizabeth Green

Apr 06, 1923 - Feb 10, 2024

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New Bern, NC

1923 - 2024 Mary Elizabeth “Lib” Green, 100, of New Bern, NC passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 10, 2024. Lib was born April 6, 1923, to the late John David Monette and Nancy Elizabeth Conway Monette in Jones County, NC. Lib was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother/great-grandmother to her family and good friend to many. A lifelong Christian, she was a long-time member of Tabernacle Baptist Church. New Bern was home most of Lib’s life; however, as the wife of a Marine who served 30 years in the United State Marine Corps (USMC), she traveled and lived in Southern California, Puerto Rico, and Eastern Virginia. Lib is survived by her daughters, Mitzi Gaskins of Ernul, NC and Bonnie Barrett of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren Denise Lillis (Daren), Michelle Gaskins (Clayton), Hunter Green (Tammy), Jason Green, Megan Barrett-Loeb (Mike), and Mallory Barrett; great-grandchildren Matthew Lillis, Nathan Green (Jessica), Sarah Bullock (Jared), Madison Gaskins and Levi Loeb; great-great-granddaughters Hailee and Hannah Green; sister-in-law, Bertha Green Wood; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Harlice Green; son, Richard Green; son-in-law, Danny Gaskins; and former son-in-law Tom Barrett. Our family is grateful for the additional care provided most recently by Craven County Hospice (Mary, Erica, and Jody). We also recognize the home care for Mom through Independent Living Home Care Agency (Donna) and Home Instead (Linda) the past couple of years. We thank CCHC Coastal Primary Care and Taylor Retina Center for many years of medical care. Lib has been truly blessed with close family and friends who have eased this journey through prayers and personal visits, giving comfort, support, and love. The family will receive friends Sunday, February 18, 2024, 1 p.m. at Cotten Funeral Home, 2201 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC, followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. in the Cotten Funeral Home Chapel. The family will have a private entombment at Greenleaf Memorial Park Cemetery, 900 River Road, New Bern, NC following the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Craven County Hospice (www.cravencountyhospice.com/donations), the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC (foodbankcenc.org), or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of Cotten Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.

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John Richard (Rich) Meyer

Jan 03, 1947 - Feb 06, 2024

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New Bern, NC

John Richard (Rich) Meyer passed peacefully from this life to be with God on February 6, 2024. He had been diagnosed with dementia and Parkinson’s disease. He was tenderly cared for by his wife, Juliet. Richard was born January 3, 1947, to Louis W. and Rita Riedmueller Meyer in Fort Smith, Arkansas. His family moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 1954, and he attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary School and West End High School. Richard joined the US Marine Corps when he turned 18 and attended boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam. During his 20-year career as a Marine he was stationed at locations in the United States, serving as a flight engineer. He retired and settled in the New Bern area. After retiring from the Marines, he started a second career as an aircraft mechanic at the Naval Air Station. Richard had been an avid fisherman all his life and enjoyed participating in tournaments and fishing on the Neuse and Trent rivers. Richard met Juliet through Shag Dancing and they enjoyed many years of dancing with a large group of friends. Richard was an avid Alabama Crimson Tide fan and attended many games with his family. Richard is survived by his wife of 28 years, Juliet along with his two sons, Steve Meyer, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Kenneth Meyer, Brookwood, Alabama; and grandson Matthew Meyer of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is also survived by his siblings Lou (Sandy) Meyer, Birmingham, Alabama; Karen Moore, Dothan, Alabama; Chris (Nancy) Meyer, Dothan, Alabama; and Greg (Vicki) Meyer, Austin, Texas, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Richard’s Memorial Mass will be on February 17 at St. Paul Catholic Church in New Bern. Visitation begins at 12:30 PM, and the Mass will begin at 1:00 PM. The inurnment ceremony will immediately follow Mass at Greenleaf Memorial Park. Please join the family for a reception at St. Paul Church following the inurnment.

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Ethel Virginia Dover Richardson

Feb 16, 1938 - Feb 08, 2024

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New Bern, NC

Ethel Virginia Dover Richardson, Loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother of New Bern, North Carolina passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2024. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and Great grandmother. She is predeceased by her son, Robert Everett Richardson Jr. She is survived by her husband, Robert Everett Richardson; sons, Mark Allen Richardson (Carrie) and Ronald Nelson Richardson (Heather); daughters, Cynthia Leann Jacobs (Eugene) and Amy Lynette Amett (Billy); grandchildren, Bryan, Kevin, Tyler, Taylor, Austin, Amber, Holly, Keith, Heath, Melissa; great grandchildren, Ari, Ezra, Devin and Ben. No services are planned.

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Peter Lloyd Bradeson

Apr 21, 1947 - Feb 07, 2024

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New Bern, NC

Peter Lloyd Bradeson, age 76, of New Bern, North Carolina passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. He was a US Marine Corps Veteran of Vietnam and retired after 22 years of service. After his retirement he worked as a civilian at Cherry point for 20 years. Peter was a volunteer Firefighter with Township Six Fire Department for 35 years. Surviving is his wife Margaret Bradeson; sons, David Bradeson (Devan) and John Bradeson (Millie); brother, John Bradeson (Nancy); sisters, Doris Alrick (Dick) and Donna Thew; grandchildren, Ethan, Connor, Mackenzie and Jackson. A memorial service will be held 11:00 am Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Township Six Fire Department in Carolina Pines.

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