Naomi Ruth Rice Honea

March 24, 1934February 8, 2013
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Naomi Honea died peacefully Friday night at Carolina East Medical Center with her husband Aubrey Ray Honea and granddaughter Andrea Brianna Honea by her side. Naomi Rice was born March 12, 1934, the third child of Jim and Duffie Lee Rice. She was predeceased by brothers, JC Rice and LD Rice and sister Imogene.

Also mourning Naomi's death are her daughters, Audrey Kay Wilson and Brenda Renay Karaska; grandchildren Christopher McMurray, Melissa Walker, Terrena Miller, Justine Kelso and Mallory Karaska and great-grandson Taylor Walker.

Naomi and Aubrey met as childhood sweethearts at Godley High School (Godley, TX). Three years her senior, Aubrey noticed the pretty girl on the basketball team, and he was hooked. They married July 18, 1950 in Cleburne, Texas. Naomi was a loving mother, wife and grandmother. In addition to 40 years in New Bern, Naomi and Aubrey lived abroad in Panama and Germany. Naomi enjoyed learning about the places she lived, and sharing her knowledge with her husband and daughters.

Many in New Bern came to know Naomi during her years working as a seamstress at The Fashion Center, a women's clothing store on Middle St. A craftswoman, Naomi crocheted and sewed her family's clothing. With an artistic touch, Naomi also created handmade Christmas ornaments. An voracious reader, a truth-seeker and a woman of great faith, Naomi would read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Always welcoming with a ready smile, Naomi was kind to everyone, and she was loved by all who knew her.

Viewings will be held Sunday from 6-8 p.m. and Monday at noon with the funeral, officiated by the Rev. Bill Hawkins, following at 1 p.m. at the Cotton Funeral Home Chapel (2201 Neuse Blvd.)


  • Visitation Sunday, February 10, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 11, 2013

Naomi Ruth Rice Honea

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Brianna Honea

March 12, 2013

Today would have been my grandma's 79th birthday. I miss her so much. She was an amazing person.

Susan Deering

February 21, 2013

Ms. Noami, You were always so gentle,kind and lovely. I enjoyed working with you. R.I.P.

Christine Riesbeck

February 17, 2013

Brianna, I still have the angel ornament you gave me and said your grandmother made as your teacher. I think of you and her each year I take it out to put on my tree. My sympathies are with you and your family.

February 12, 2013

So sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Honea. Remembering the sweet memories in our old neighborhood (Elmwood St.)of her and Mr. Honea. Praying for the family. Sincerely Billie (Crawford) Woolard
and Billy Woolard

Linwood Breinley

February 12, 2013

I was very saddened to hear of the passing on Mrs Honea, She wa such a wonderful lady. My sincere condolesces to Mr Honea an Brianna.

Bobby McLawhorn

February 11, 2013

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. My condolesces to Mr Honea an Brianna.

Nancy & Wayne Orr

February 11, 2013

We are sad to hear that Naomi has left us. Our condolesces to Aubrey and Brianna and the rest of the family. We are unable to be present at this time but our thoughts and prayers will be with you.


February 11, 2013

Naomi was a sweet lady with a beautiful smile. May she rest in peace.

Karen and Jim Britton

The Harrisons

February 10, 2013

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Honea. She was a wonderful woman and will surely be missed. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.