Archie Douglas Amerson
May 19, 1925 – November 14, 2020
Archie Douglas (Doug) Amerson, Sr. died in New Bern, NC on November 14, 2020. Amerson was born on May 19, 1925 in Wilson County, NC. He was the eldest of five children born to Mamie Webb and Lonnie Alex Amerson. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Jesse Robert Amerson and sister Ramona Amerson Davis. He is survived by his sister Reba Amerson Adams and brother Charles Amerson.
Amerson was married to Patricia Cooksey Amerson in 1955. They were married until her death in 2012. Amerson is survived by their children: A. Douglas Amerson, Jr. and wife (Kathryn) of New Bern, Randall James Amerson and wife (Amy) of New Bern, and Gwendolyn Wainright of Indiana. His son, Lt. Commander Brad Amerson (wife Delores), predeceased him. Amerson leaves behind nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Amerson graduated from Jasper High School in 1944 and was drafted into the United States Army immediately afterward. He served his country faithfully in WWII during the occupation of Germany. While recuperating from an injury, he was assigned temporarily to mail clerk duty in London. On a London staircase, he ran into his brother Jesse whom he had not seen since he left for boot camp two years earlier. Two brothers from Eastern North Carolina found each other in London during the war! After WWII, Amerson majored in Business at East Carolina Teachers College (now East Carolina University) on the GI bill. He graduated in 1950 with the first Air Force ROTC class and was commissioned into the Air Force. He served in Korea for two years during that conflict.
While in the Air Force, 1st Lt. Amerson met and married his first wife, Lois, in California. Brad was their only child. He moved back to Eastern NC and met his wife of 57 years, Patricia. They lived in Fayetteville, Beaufort, and Greenville before settling near his family in 1960. The Amersons lived in New Bern the rest of their lives. Amerson worked as a field tax auditor for the NC Employment Security Commission and retired in 1985 after 30 years of service. Amerson enjoyed playing tennis and golf. He was a charter member of the Twin Rivers Lions Club where he served as Club President for several terms, and was named Lion of the Year multiple times. The Amersons joined First Baptist Church, New Bern in 1960 and were devoted members.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the services that were originally scheduled for Saturday, November 21st, have been postponed. Please continue to check this website for updates.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lions Club or First Baptist Church, New Bern.
The family would like to thank the staff at The Courtyards of Berne Village Memory Care unit for loving our “Papa” during the pandemic when we could not.