J. Roy Fogle

February 15, 1930January 4, 2013
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J. Roy Fogle, a long time New Bern resident, died Friday, January 4, 2013 at his home.

Roy attended high school in Salem, Illinois, where he was voted the honors hop football king by the student body his senior year. He was inducted into his school’s “Sports Hall of Fame” on June 1, 2002 for his stellar high school and collegiate athletic accomplishments.

Roy attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on a football scholarship where he was a star football player and a state and national wrestling champion. In 1998 the University recognized Roy as a Distinguished Alumnus and the first scholarship athlete to be recognized in 1988.

Roy spent two winters with the United States Marine corps in Korea in 1952. Landing there in early January and leaving in December. He received the Korean Service Medal with two bronze battle stars along with six other medals.

He achieved many accomplishments in his life. Roy served as the first executive director of the Neuse River Council of Governments (COG) from 1968 to 1994, building it into an award winning organization. The NADO Board of Directors created the J. Roy Fogle Leadership Award in recognition of his untiring efforts and outstanding leadership. Roy’s other major leadership honors included, but are not limited to; serving as President of Arkansas State University Alumni Association in 1960-1961, being one of the 9 delegates sent from North Carolina at the White House Conference on Balanced National Growth and Economic Development in 1978, being recognized in 1988 as the outstanding COG Executive Director in the U.S., recognized as the Outstanding Economic Developer in North Carolina for his industrial recruiting accomplishments in Jones County in 2000, and serving on the River Bend Town Council in 1995 and serving 3 two year terms.

Survivors include his wife Bonnie; his son Mike; his daughters Diane D. Ratchford, Linda Creech and Melissa Schroeder, all of New Bern, Lynn Morton of Oshkosh, WI, and Deidra Heaney of Bulverde, TX; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Cotten Funeral Home.

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January 14, 2013

Bonnie and family; 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. The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 40 New Bern, NC want you to know your Husband and Father was a Veteran and we care about all Veterans. May he rest in peace. The Band of Brothers have lost a good man.
K. Hacker,
Adj DAV Chap 40

Allen, Sandy, Taylor & Aj Morton

January 9, 2013

We send our sincerest sympathy, Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family..

January 8, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about Roy. Please know that Ken and I send good thoughts to you and your family. Roy was a very special man.
Elizabeth & Ken Brinson

Freda Kinsey

January 8, 2013

Bonnie and family I pray the comfort of the Lord Jesus Christ in your lives today and every day.

Dave Wallace

January 8, 2013

I first met Roy when he knocked on my door in the '90s and asked me to vote for him for Council Member in River Bend. I voted for him and he won, after which I got to know him well by helping him with his computer. I am a year older than Roy and was surprised to hear of his passing. We'll miss him. Nice guy.

Todd Tucker

January 8, 2013

I want to express my deepest sympathy for Roys family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I can only think of how many times I would come and visit Roy in Jones County, he did so much with so little there. He was truly one of NCs most interesting and entertaining people. He always had an opinion and thought about something, I would drive from Raliegh just to talk to him about some of these things, mostly related to economic development. For me, he was fun to be around and learn from. I still have his First Draft of Job Success Facts of Life 101! He will be missed.

Todd Tucker, CEcD
President Surry County Economic Development Partnership.

Mary L. Sander

January 8, 2013

We send our deepest sympathy to your family.

Class of 1949, Salem, IL

Monica Minus

January 7, 2013

My sincerest condolences to Sean and his family on the passing of his grandfather. May you find comfort in the fond memories during the days ahead.

Jamie Fogle

January 7, 2013

Papa, I love you and will always miss you, You inspired me to be tough and have lots of pride for myself as a person. I will always remember coming to visit you and grandma as a young man. I will always cherish those moments forever. Best grandfather any grandson could ever ask for. I Salute you Papa....Rest in Peace....

missy schroeder

January 7, 2013

This is the most difficult time in our lives we are very close. Our father who became this fiqure of taking care of us has gone to be with the lord. We were always expecting you to leave us one day, but i don't think you are ever prepared for this great time of sadness and the tugging you feel in your heart and thinking what just happen here.My father taught his children and grandchildren to always be the best at all areas of life and didn't judge you if you didn't succeed, but encourage you to keep trying.My father will be missed very much and only time will heal his family, but not completely, because their will always be this empty hole in our hearts and now we lay you down to sleep and rest, but remember we will all be together again one day and your beautiful wife will be taken care of. miss you and love you more , your kids Mike, DeeDee, Linda, Missy