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Carolyn Arlene Lea

November 24, 1948 ~ August 24, 2019 (age 70)

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Carolyn Arlene Lea, 70, of Morehead City, NC passed away August 24, 2019 at Crystal Coast Hospice House of Newport, NC.

Born in Morehead City, Carolyn was the daughter of Albert Olando Lea and Mary Yopp Lea who were the owners of Lea’s Fish House on the Morehead City waterfront.

Carolyn attended West Carteret High School, in Morehead City, and was voted “Best Looking” in her 1967 high school yearbook. She was also recognized as the first female student bus driver.

Carolyn was named “Miss Blue Marlin” in the 1967 Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament, earning a spot on the cover of Coaster, a tourist guide in the Carteret County News-Times titled “Girl-Watching”.  

She attended Vardell College for Girls and the University of North Carolina Wilmington but went on to graduate from Mount Olive College with a degree in Associates in Applied Science.  She attended Carteret Technical Community College where she graduated from the nursing program and became a licensed practical nurse serving in Carteret County until she retired in 2005.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, August 30, 2019  at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Morehead City, with Rev. Karl Zorowski officiating.  A private burial service will take place at a later date.

She is survived by her daughter, Caroline “CJ” Henninger and husband, Keith of Gloucester; son, Chandler Fulcher and wife, Christina of Morehead City; daughter, Amber Wade of Atlanta, GA; son, Corban Lea of Morehead City; five grandchildren, Madison Lea and Dalton Henninger both of Gloucester; Cydney, Charli, and Caroline Fulcher of Morehead City; two brothers, Albert Lea Jr. of Morehead City and John Lea of Atlantic Beach.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Mary Lea; and her paternal grandparents, Hamp and Julia Pearl Lea.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent made to:  Crystal Coast Hospice House, PO Box 640, Newport, NC 28570 or St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 111 Hodges St. Morehead City, NC  28557.

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Arrangements by Noe Funeral Service, Inc. of Beaufort, NC.

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Celebration of Life
August 30, 2019

6:00 PM
St. Peter’s United Methodist Church
111 Hodges St
Morehead City, NC 28557

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