We learned of the death today of Ollie “Estelle” Oakley Holton, 91, of Grantsboro. We extend our prayers and condolences to her family. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M., January 10, at the Lakeside Chapel in Greenleaf Memorial Park, the Rev. Kenneth Dixon officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 P.M. January 9, at Saint’s Delight Free Will Baptist Church and at other times at the home of Roy E. Holton, 2315 Center Ave, New Bern.
We learned of the death January 6 of Allan Ogle Vaughn, 83, or Oriental. We extend our prayers and condolences to his family. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 10, at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville, with military honors by Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Friday morning at Bryant Funeral Home.
Merritt Watson told the general board last night that he will retire in May, 2014, ending almost 22 years as Bethany’s minister, most recently for the past six-and-one-half years, a year-and-a-half of which he was a co-interim minister. When he began his second term as full-time minister five years ago, he told the board that his intention was to serve for five years, and to retire at the end of that period.
Watson served as co-interim minister with Roger Bennett from January, 2008, to July, 2009, and then began as the full-time minister. Prior to that, he served as Bethany’s minister from June, 1985, to August, 2000.
Rev. Watson and his wife, Linda, say they will continue to be a part of Bethany’s church family in retirement.
During the five-month period before Watson’s retirement is effective, the general board will begin a pastor-search effort.
We learned of the death January 2 of Hope Rowe Watson, 95, of Lowland. We extend our prayers and condolences to her family. She was a member of Lowland Church of Christ. A funeral will be held at 2:00 P.M. January 5 at Lowland Church of Christ, H. Norman Miller officiating. Interment will be in Watson Cemetery, Lowland. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
We learned of the death January 1 of Larry Tillman Smith, 51, of Bayboro. We extend our prayers and condolences to his family. He attended Pamlico United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Pamlico United Methodist Church, c/o Tillie Roberts, 9985 NC Hwy 306 S, Arapahoe, NC 28510 or Hospice of Pamlico, 11146 NC Hwy 55, Grantsboro, NC 28529.