Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC


Steven Lee Predaris

February 17, 1954June 27, 2020

Steve was born in Lakehurst, NJ to Spike and Mary Predaris in 1954. His family also lived in North Carolina and California while his father served in the Marine Corps. They returned to the New Bern area in 1964 where Spike eventually retired.

Steve graduated from NBHS and Craven Community College before attending East Carolina University. He graduated with a BSBA in 1978. He had a 20+ year management career prior to returning to school to earn a degree in Radiography, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He enjoyed working as a Radiographer and Medical Assistant prior to retirement.

Steve was a bona fide beach bum, loved the ocean, boogie boarding and boating on the river. He spent the majority of his free time there during the warm months. In the off season, he was an avid Carolina Basketball and ECU Football fan. He also loved working outdoors, turning every yard he touched into a showplace. He spent months after every storm, but especially after Hurricane Florence taking the disaster the river caused in our yard and returning it into the beautiful view he had spent years creating. He truly had a green thumb and especially loved cacti and succulents. He could take a plant that was almost dead and bring it back to life. He did this for his mother many times!

Steve enjoyed music of all kinds, loved history, sci fi movies and old shows. He was willing to watch even the corniest of movies with me. He had a great sense of humor and kept me laughing our whole life together. Even with hair past his shoulders when we met in the early 70s, he won my Marine father and my mom over with his silly jokes.

Steve loved animals and enjoyed all of the dogs he had from his early life to our Huskies in more recent years. He looks forward to seeing them again in Heaven. He was a truly nice person who put others before himself. He quietly helped many friends and co-workers in need without expecting anything back. He spent a considerable amount of time with his mother and mine in the last few years of their lives trying to make their time more pleasant and they both loved him for it.

He was preceded by his parents, Spike and Mary Predaris, his brother Jerry, his in-laws Chuck and Sue Dorffeld, his sister-in-law Joyce Dorffeld, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is survived by wife, Ann, sister Kathy Daniels (Tommy) and their son Chris, brothers and sisters in law who loved as much as immediate family, Bob (Jules) Dorffeld, Ruth (Gray) Stout, John (Stephanie) Dorffeld, Mary (David) Lewellyn and their children and his favorite Aunt Lois. He is also survivied by special friends Gary Sparrow, Skipper Priester, Brian Cahoon and Jerry Tenney.

Funeral service will be at First Baptist Church, Middle Street, New Bern at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 7-1. Casual clothing preferred.

We would like to thank Dr. Sarah Carroll, her nurse Denise, and her MA Megan of the SECU Cancer Center and the people at Craven County Hospice for making Steve's journey through cancer easier with their empathy. We truly appreciate all they have done.

If you would like to remember Steve, please do not send flowers, but plant a tree or bush somewhere to make the landscape prettier. An alternative if you would like is to make donations to: Craven County Hospice, P.O. Drawer 12610, New Bern, NC 28561. Make checks payable to: Craven County Health Department Foundation.

Arrangements are held by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory.


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George Predaris

June 30, 2020

It was always a pleasure to be hosted in New Bern by my first cousins Steve and Kathy , as we were going and coming from Florida.
My father Angelo and there father Spike were brothers. My heart and love out to the entire Predaris and Daniels family.
With sincere best wishes to carry own.
Your cousin,

Chrissy Masker

June 29, 2020

This is beautiful Ann you captured the essence of Steve perfectly. Sami & I loved him so much. He was family to us. He made me love coming to work because I knew no matter what he & I were going to talk news & he was going to have some corny joke to make me laugh, especially on the days I didn’t want to. Sami will forever love the strawberry candies for the sole fact that Mr. Steve made sure to put every single one of them aside for her & nothing made her happier than the trips we took to the beach with you guys. I wish so much I could be down there for this. My heart is with you. I love you both.

John Dominy

June 28, 2020

I am deeply sorry for the loss of my friend for many years.