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May 18, 1931-Oct. 16, 2012

Retired Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Harold Ivie, Goldsboro, was born in East Prairie, Mo. May, 18, 1931.

Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away Oct. 16, 2012, peacefully in his home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Ivie served in both the United States Army and United States Air Force, retiring from the Air Force after 24 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and served tours in Thailand and the United Kingdom.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 52 years, Carole Ivie; three daughters, Vicki Farmer and husband, John, of Durham, Dawn Carr of Rosewood, Kelly Besecker and husband, Brandon, of Wilmington; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Ivie of Michigan; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four brothers, Ray Ivie, Jimmy Ivie of East Prairie, Mo., Roy Ivie of Cape Missouri and Russell Ivie of Florida.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth Barry Ivie; three sisters, Geneva, Martha and Lila; and grandson, Jaime Ivie.

A special thank you to 3HC staff, Mr. Ivie's nurse, Marie, nursing assistant, Lupez, Chaplain Sandra Coley and social worker, Debbie.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro.

The family will receive friends beginning at 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, Eastern North Carolina Chapter, 3739 National Drive, Suite 110, Raleigh, N.C., 27612-4817, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Eastern North Carolina Chapter, 401 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Suite 200, Cary, N.C., 27513.

Light a candle at www.howellfuneral.com.


Published in Obituaries on October 18, 2012 1:51 PM