Cora L. Newbern

Published 10:12 am Monday, July 25, 2016

COLERAIN – Cora Leigh Waters Newbern, 83, of Meadow Road, Colerain, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in Chowan River Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Edenton.

Mrs. Newbern was born in Powellsville, Bertie County, on September 23, 1932, and was the daughter of the late Henry and Addie Wynn Waters. A farmer’s wife, she had also owned and operated Kenco Florist in Ahoskie for over 20 years. Raised in the fellowship of Powellsville Baptist Church, she was a member of Elm Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Newbern; her son, Mickey Newbern; her sisters, Helen Rae Waters and Merelynn Baker; and by her brother, James Edmund Waters.

Surviving are her sister-in-law, Shirley Waters of Powellsville; four nieces, Donna Waters Farless and husband Roland of Edenton, Mary Lou Baker Sullivan and husband Maurice, Gloria Baker, and Deborah Baker Palmer, all of Harrellsville; three nephews, Merrill Waters and wife Cecille, and Gerald Waters and wife Rhetta, all of Powellsville, and Clark Waters and wife Pegi of Orlando, FL; and several great-nieces, great-nephews, and extended family members.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. in Highland Memorial Gardens, and will be officiated by The Rev. Tommy Tripp.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Perrytown Volunteer Fire Dept., in care of Bud Lee, 245 Bethany Church Road, Colerain, NC 27924, or to any chapter of the American Cancer Society (

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