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July 7, 1952-May 15, 2013

Bernice "Bernie" Francis Chavis, 60, went to sleep peacefully surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.

A celebration of his life will be held Friday at 7 p.m. from the chapel of Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro. Pastor Kelvin Gurley will officiate.

The family will receive friends following the service.

Bernie, as he was better known, was born in Hamlet, N.C., to the late Bernice Harmon and Helen Marie Chavis.

He served as a paramedic for Wayne County for 20 years.

Bernie had a love for people and enjoyed spending time with his family. He enjoyed playing the drums, playing ball, fishing and spending time in his garden.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ann Chavis; his daughter, April Eubanks and "son"-in-law, Jerry; his son, Bryan Thomas Chavis and fiancée, Deborah Brown; a sister, Shelle Pope; six grandchildren, Allen, Matthew, Kevin, Justin, Daniel and Emmalee; and a great-grandchild, Brayden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Southeastern Medical Oncology, Cures for the Colors, 203 Cox Blvd., Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

Light a candle at www.howellfuneral.com.


Published in Obituaries on May 17, 2013 1:49 PM