William Silas Harlan

May 14, 1942November 7, 2013
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New Bern, NC

William “Bill” Harlan, USMC (Ret) 71, of New Bern, died November 7, 2013 at home.

He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and he was a member of the Korean Baptist Church. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

He is survived by his wife, Yong Harlan, one son, Ronald Harlan of Minnesota; two step-sons, Michael Lockhart of Wilmington and George Lockhart of Georgia; one daughter, Roxanna Brown of Anderson, SC; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be held 7:00 pm Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Cotten Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be held 2:00 pm Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Vision To Hear Ministries c/o 2046 Khyber Pass, Snellville, GA 30039. Online condolences may be made to the Harlan family at


  • Visitation Saturday, November 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 9, 2013
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, November 12, 2013

William Silas Harlan

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November 14, 2013

Roxanna you and your family are in my prayers and I am so sorry for your loss

Frank & Julia Eskew

November 13, 2013

Please know that our prayers are with you and your family.

Kathryn Smith

November 11, 2013

Blessings and Bright Lights to Guide and Comfort you during this Time
Of Transition

Tony and Song Jones

November 10, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Had we known we would have joined your family at this time of sorrow. God bless Bill and his family and may God comfort all of you at this time. Semper Fi Bill.

Denise Love

November 9, 2013

You are in our prayers. Markie sends her love.

Rusty Houston

November 8, 2013

My condolences for your loss and gratitude for your loved one's service to our country. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

Flora Landscapes

November 8, 2013

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.