Obituary of Joseph Benjamin Rawls ~ 2011

Transcribed by Joan S Dunn

Source: New Bern Sun Journal Feb 5 2011

NEW BERN - Joseph Benjamin Rawls, 86, of Sterling House, formerly of Bogue 
Drive, Oriental, N.C., died Jan. 24.  
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at Oriental 
United Methodist Church.
Mr. Rawls was born March 13, 1924, in Forsyth County to Eben Turner Rawls 
and Lillian Hawkins Rawls. 
He graduated from Reynolds High School and attended The Citadel in 1942. 
He served three years in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII as a control 
tower operator. In 1949, he graduated from N.C. State University with a 
degree in engineering. He worked briefly in the family business, Rawls
Delicious Foods, in Winston-Salem, and then for Western Electric Company 
for 32 years.
In 1986, Mr. Rawls moved to Pamlico County. He served on the Board of 
Health for nine years and was chairman for two years. He was a past member 
of the Oriental Rotary Club and a member of the Oriental United Methodist 
He is survived by one sister, five children, two stepchildren, 15 
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home, Alliance.

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