Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC


Robert Paul Bullard

February 20, 1937March 22, 2020

Robert “Paul” Bullard, 83, passed away at his home in Fort Barnwell on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Due to the current health guidelines in NC, the family will hold a Celebration of Life at a later date. A private family burial will be held on Friday in Evergreen, NC.

Paul was born February 20, 1937 in Evergreen, North Carolina. He was a graduate of Evergreen High School and North Carolina State University and also served in the Army National Guard. Upon graduating from NCSU in 1962 with a degree in Forestry, he proudly worked 30 years for the U.S. Forest Service. During that time he worked and resided in California, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia before returning home to North Carolina as District Ranger of the Croatan National Forest from 1982 to 1992. After retiring in 1992 he started his own forestry consulting business, Buzzard Corner Forestry, LLC, and worked up until his passing.

He was a devoted member of First Baptist Church in New Bern where he served as deacon, trustee, watchman, usher, participated in several mission trips and served with the NC Baptist Men and Women Disaster Relief Ministry. He enjoyed the pick-up and delivery of wood for the Teddy Bear Chair Workshop.

He very much enjoyed his time as a Noble in the Road Runners Unit of Sudan Shriners where he participated in 250 trips, which covered over 200,000 miles to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville, South Carolina, Cincinnati, Ohio and Charlotte, North Carolina. He was also a member and Past Master of Ionic Lodge 583 in Cove City, the Lenoir County Shrine Club and the York Rite of New Bern.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie “Belle” Kinlaw Bullard and daughter Wanda Kay Bullard, his parents, and son Larry Arthur.

He is survived by his wife Alice Heath Arthur Bullard, three daughters, Jennifer Bullard Stuber (Joey) of Pinehurst and Susan Bullard Bautsch (Brian) of New Bern and Allison Arthur Cullipher (Mike) of Mebane. He was Papa to his grandchildren Olivia Cullipher, Briar Bautsch, Aaron Stuber and Emilie Bautsch. Additional survivors include brother-in-law, Donald Heath (Vicki), Carlton Davis, sister-in-law, Hallie Heath and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Garden Maintenance Fund, c/o First Baptist Church, PO Box 1463, New Bern, NC 28563, Sudan Shriners Hospitals for Children, PO Box 12829, New Bern, NC 28561 or Craven County Hospice, Craven County Health Department Foundation, PO Drawer 12610, New Bern, NC 28561.

Arrangements by Cotton Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be made to Paul’s family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.


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Lynn King

March 27, 2020

So sorry to hear about Paul. He’s been such a special part of my life for so long. He was a great friend to my parents and I will always treasure all the great memories of years past. Alice, Jennifer, and Susan....I will keep you and all your family in my prayers during the difficult days ahead. I love you all and will always miss Paul.

Eddie and Nora Avery

March 27, 2020

Alice, we're sorry to learn of Paul's passing. We will be asking our Lord to send you the peace only He can give in the coming weeks.

Robert and Maxine Maners

March 26, 2020

Alice, We are so sorry for the loss of Paul. We will pray that you will feel comforted at this difficult time. love, Robert & Maxine