William Newbern

William Newbern

William Benjamin Newbern, Jr., 91, of Elizabeth City, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at home surrounded by family and loved ones. He was born October 8, 1922, the son of the late William B. Newbern, Sr., and Dora Grice Newbern.

Will graduated from Elizabeth City High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following the war, he worked for MetLife and then Peoples Bank (formerly Industrial Bank) from which he retired. He enjoyed his family, gardening, the river, and helping people. He was a founding member of the Old Timers. He was a lifelong member and former vestry member of Christ Episcopal Church.

Will was predeceased by his beloved wife, the late Nell Williams Newbern, and a sister, Virginia Newbern Chapin Britt. He is survived by a son, William B. Newbern III (wife Jane Whalen Newbern) of Morehead, a daughter, Lynn Newbern Nash (husband Thomas P. Nash IV) of Elizabeth City, four grandchildren, Benjamin Thomas Palmer Nash, Savannah Gray Nash, Molly Elizabeth Newbern, and William B. Newbern IV, and a sister, Frances Newbern Harris.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 1, at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Edward Mullins, presiding. The family will receive friends at Mr. Newbern’s residence following the service. Memorial donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 200 South McMorrine Street, 27909 or a charity of one’s choice. Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, is serving the Newbern family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.

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  1. Carl Overman

    Lynn and Bill,

    We are so sorry for your lose.
    We know that he is with Nell now and is again pain free.
    Our condolences to the family.

    Diane and Carl

  2. Charlie Sawyer

    Bill and Lynn

    Your dad was a good friend and neighbor for many years and I am so sorry for your lose. He provided me my 1st lawn mowing job and helped me grow up. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

    Charlie Sawyer

  3. Charlie Hobbs, Jr.

    I worked with Will at Peoples Bank for several years. He was a real help to me as a young banker and a very good friend of mine. My deepest sympathy to the family.

  4. Mary Thompson

    Lynn and Bill
    I am truly sorry for your loss,My deepest sympathy to your family. I will always remember the great times we had when the family’s would get together for the summer.

  5. Gary Cartwright and Family

    Bill and Lynn,
    Very sorry to hear of your loss. So many wonderful memories of the wisdom and kindness that always flowed from many conversations with your dad and mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Tony and Nancy King

    Lynn and Bill, There is one less giant in the world. We are very sad for your loss. I know Mrs. Nell can now rest with Mr. Will by her side again. Buckets of love to you and your family.

  7. Tom and Janelle Chapin

    Lynn and Bill,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy upon the passing of your father. We will miss his kindness , wisdom and willingness to help others. Our
    thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family.
    Love ,
    Tom& Janelle

  8. Ana

    I am so sorry for your loss. Although, I do not know your family personally, I would like to share some encouraging thoughts from the Bible. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death. May these words give you a new hope.

  9. Linda Algood

    Lynn & Bill,
    I worked for several years with your dad @ Peoples Bank. What a wonderful and caring person. I know that he was a perfect husband to Nell and a great dad to both of you. He will be missed.

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