Rex Willliam Furgason

Master Sgt. Rex William Furgason, U.S. Army (Ret) passed away on March 5, 2014. His family, and hopefully a grateful nation will cherish his memory.

He served our country in the U.S. Army for 28 years and he was dedicated to the DAV, American Legion and he served as past commander of the VFW Post No. 2514 in New Bern. Rex also dedicated his life to God, family and country. As a member of the 82nd Airborne and the 1st Special Forces group, he was a combat medic. He had the belief of “stand for something or you will fall for anything.” He instilled in his family and friends it is not what you can do, it is how you do it. He is preceded in death by his wife Rose Marie Furgason and a daughter, Debra Sue Sutter.

Rex is survived by his children, Doug Furgason and wife Bettye of New Bern; Sandra Mallard and husband Charles of Pollocksville; Jeff Furgason and wife Anna of Wilson; Patrick Furgason and wife Dena of Indiana; his grandchildren, Shannon, Jennifer, Christie, Jamie, Laura, Josh and wife Emily, Toni and husband Chris, Jackie and husband Jeff, Chuck and wife LeeAnn, Kyle, Tracey, Skyelynn and Patrick, Jr. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Shawn, Caroline, Tyler, Farryn, Tyler, Julia Rose, Nathan, Christopher, Corey, Rebecca, CJ, Nixon, Braxton, Christopher, Jacob and Dylan.

His family will surely miss him and the nation has lost a true warrior. Rest in peace Master Sgt., Dad, Pappa and go be with the Lord and Mom.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Cotten Funeral Home and at other times at the home of Doug Furgason, 4108 Edwards Way, New Bern, NC. Services will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Lakeside Chapel, Greenleaf Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project P. O. box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675 or

Online condolences may be made to the Furgason family at


  • Funeral Service Sunday, March 9, 2014
  • Visitation Saturday, March 8, 2014

Rex Willliam Furgason

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Steve Tyson

March 9, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during difficult time.

Helen C.

March 8, 2014

Thank-you for your service.

Jenny Galloway

March 8, 2014

Doug, Sandra, Jeff, and Patrick: Saddened to hear about your dad. Mr. Furgason and I had a few visits together at the hospital while he was a patient and outpatient in the past year. I've always been in awe of what he must have gone through in the military and admired him for his convictions. Surviving all of this, he was very sweet to me and had a good sense of humor. Will surely miss him and his laugh.

March 7, 2014

Doug and Sandra- Thank you so much for bringing your dad into my life. I can see him now coming down the hall and waving back at me. He was a true joy that brought a smile to my face every day. I have also enjoyed getting to know the both of you and your families. Dont be strangers- you always have a family at The Courtyards. Love, Ashley Banks

N. A. "Marty" Maertins

March 7, 2014

Rex was a fine gentleman and a true comrade, while serving as commander and service officer of VFW Post 2514. It was my honor to serve with him, as QM,during his active years. My condolences to his family.

Chip Dickinson

March 7, 2014

So sorry for your loss.

March 7, 2014