Dora Butts Newbern

Published 12:46 pm Wednesday, April 10, 2024

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Dora Butts Newbern, 84, of Powells Point, NC passed away peacefully at home on April 4, 2024. Dora was born in Halifax County on November 30, 1939 to the late Marvin A. Butts Sr. and Irene Arrington Butts. She was a member of Hebron Methodist Church in Jarvisburg, NC.

Dora met her husband of 58 years, William Norman Newbern Jr. at Louisburg College in 1959. She retired after 30 years of service, acting as the Powells Point Postmaster where she greeted everyone with a smile and piece of gum. After retirement, she spent her days in the garden and refilling all the many bird feeders throughout her yard.

Dora was preceded in death by her husband, William Norman Newbern, Jr.; son, William Norman Newbern III; grandson, Bryan Norman Newbern; and brother, Marvin A. Butts Jr.

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She leaves behind her son, Jeffrey Newbern Sr. (Jill), of Harbinger; sister, Ann B. Goodwin of Knightdale; grandchildren, Jeffrey Newbern Jr. (Alice) of Harbinger, Robyn Patterson (Shane) of Kitty Hawk, Danielle Guthrie (Lee) of Harbinger, Ryan Newbern (Meggan) of Powells Point, Ashley Credle (Johnny) of Jarvisburg, Haley Newbern (Josh) of Harbinger, and Jacob Newbern (Helen) of Kitty Hawk. Dora is also survived by 12 great grandchildren: Camden, Gabriella, Holly, Addison, Chandler, Noah, Ainsley, Tarren, Olivia, Summer, Kyler, and Lynlee.

Mrs. Newbern’s viewing was held at Hebron United Methodist Church in Jarvisburg Monday, April 8, 2024 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The graveside funeral and committal was held Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at 1 p.m. at Newbern Family Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Ken “Rob” Robinson will officiate.

Arrangements were entrusted to Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online registry at