Eric Anthony Pontiff, Jr.

November 18, 1935February 15, 2013

Eric A. Pontiff, Jr., 77, of New Bern, died February 15, 2013 at Two Rivers Health Care.

A native of Louisiana, he was a retired veteran of U.S. Air Force and he was a member of Riverbend Baptist Church. Eric was formerly employed at Wal-Mart.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marlene, a step-son, James McKnight and wife Anita, and step-daughters, Laura McKnight, of New Bern; Pam Yarborough of South Carolina; two brothers, Melvin Pontiff and wife Shelby, of New Bern; Gary Pontiff and wife Alice and family, of Louisiana; his sister, Sheila Shinn and husband Tom of Mississippi; two step-granddaughters, Selena McKnight of West Virginia; Rebecca Hendrick and husband Greg of South Carolina; nephews, Joey, Ronald and Donald Pontiff and their families, of New Bern, two adored cats, Jasmine and Topaz and two step-dogs, Capone and Jojie.

Upon his request, no services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Eric’s honor may be made to: Disabled American Veterans P. O. Box 14031 Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Online condolences may be made to the Pontiff family at


  • No services at this time (as per Eric's whishes)

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Jo Dixon

February 22, 2013

Marlene & Family, So sorry to learn of Eric's Passing...Know that you are in my thoughts & prayers!

sharon/Tom London

February 21, 2013

We were so sad to read about Eric's passing. He was such a great neighbor,always thought of him as a gentle giant,so sweet and always ready to help.We spent many afternoons talking over the fence,and many evenings sharing dinners.It was so awful when Geri died but we were so happy for him when he met Marlene.We will always have fond memories of him.

Karen Hacker

February 20, 2013

Marlene and Family; The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Craven County Chapter 40, New Bern, NC wanted to take this time to thank your family for your husband/Father/Step-Father service to the U.S. Air Force. Being a Vietnam Veteran was hard on our Veterans returning to the U.S.
The longer we live the more we learn yet all our experience doesn't really seem to help when it comes to the loss of someone we care about Thank you for Eric's service and for donations to the Disabled American Veterans, as listed in the Sun Journal paper.
Karen Hacker
Adj DAV Chapter 40