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Donna Crouell Strayhorn, 48, of 200 Wakefield Drive, New Bern died Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Carolina East Medical Center.

Family and friends may express condolences at the residence.  Viewing hours are 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM Monday at Oscar's Mortuary.

Her funeral service is 1:00 PM, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at UPHC-James City 801 Hwy. 70 East, New Bern.   The interment will be held at Free Will Chapel Church Cemetery, Pollocksville.

She is survived by her husband, Reverend Linster Strayhorn III, New Bern; her father, John Crouell, Jr., Cove City, NC; one daughter, Courtney Crouell, New Bern; two sons, Joshua Strayhorn, Durham, NC and Jonathan Strayhorn, New Bern;  one brother, John Glenn Crouell, Cove City, NC; one sister, Karen German, Cove City; two grandchildren.

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Oscars Mortuary
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    I would like to take this opportunity to extend Words of Comfort to this Awesome Family. We celebrate the life of a True Worshipper who sung Songs of Inspiration to soothes the very soul of Man. Her gentle Spirit and Great smile will be sorely missed. However the God of all Comfort and Strength be with you all during this Time of Bereavement. Know that we are continuously praying for you.
    ~ Apostle Keith Cannon   New Bern, NC
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    There are no words to express the way you are feeling. We will continue to keep you and your family in pray. Cheryl Jenkins and Edna L.Hill
    ~ Cheryl Jenkins   Pollocksville, NC
  • Friday, April 19, 2019
    I am sorry to read about your loss. May God’s words in the Bible at Ps 34:18 provide you comfort. The scriptures tells us “HE” is near to those broken at heart, and those crushed in spirit HE saves.
    ~ P Land   Owings Mills, MD
  • Friday, April 19, 2019
    My heart and prayers go out to the family, during this very difficult time. I knew Ms. Donna personally, she was a beautiful person inside and out. She was an inspiration to those she came across, she will be greatly missed. My condolences to the family.
    ~ Ashley Worthington   New Bern
  • Sunday, April 21, 2019
    God Bless the family.We Love you all.
    ~ Angela & Barry Wright & family   New Bern, NC
  • Friday, April 19, 2019
    I am sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I hope the family will find some comfort and strength in Jesus promise of the earthly resurrection(Acts 24:15)and the renewed Paradise earth, where death will be no more and no family will mourn the death of a loved one.-Revelation 21:3,4;John 5:28,29;Luke 23:43. may GOD(Psalms 83:18)grant you peace and comfort now, during this grievous time.-Matthew 5:4.
    ~ M Jones   New Bern, NC
  • Monday, April 22, 2019
    Apostle, I'm in shock trying to process the news about the loss of your wife. You are like a brother to me, and your dear wife...like a Sister. I don't even know the words to say that would be adequate at this moment, I do know that you are standing on God's word. My family takes comfort in knowing that your bride was a daughter of Zion and she's not just in a "better place"she's in the BEST place! Since 1999 I've marveled as you and Donna led so many people and encouraged them to be strong in the Lord...and now it's our turn to be there for you and your family. Love you man! C. L. King
    ~ C. L. King   Jacksonville, NC
  • Sunday, April 21, 2019
    May the Comforter continue to visit your family in this time and forever. We love you always.
    ~ Pastors Jimmie Tharesa Lee   New Bern, NC
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    My prayers are with the Strayhorn and Crouell family. Believing His comfort will continue to be be with you during the coming days.
    ~ Hope Mitchell   Tulsa, OK
  • Friday, April 19, 2019
    Rev.Strayhorn and Family,Sorry for your lost,Praying for your family at this time and there of.Octavia Lawson and family.
    ~ Octavia j Lawson   Newbern, NC
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    I had the pleasure of meeting Donna years ago and worked with her at Craven County DSS. She was an exceptional woman of God and such an inspiration to others. The loss is great and my memories of Donna will always be in my heart. Praying for comfort for her family.
    ~ Ursula N. Martin   New Bern, NC
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    I can hear you singing "He's Able" by Darwin Hobbs. XOXO
    ~ Sharice Garrard   New Bern, NC
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    May God continue to strengthen you and the family in a time like this. Sending our love and prayers.
    ~ Lee & Mable Morris & Family   Pollocksville, NC
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    May God continue to strengthen you and the family in a time like this. Sending our love and prayers.
    ~ Lee & Mable Morris & Family   Pollocksville, NC
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    May God continue to strengthen you and the family in a time like this. Sending our love and prayers.
    ~ Lee & Mable Morris & Family   Pollocksville, NC
  • Sunday, April 21, 2019
    Praying for you and the family during this most difficult time. May God give you comfort and a measure of peace. Although the loss is great, The Almighty has welcomed Donna into his everlasting care. Be encouraged.
    ~ Nancy M Chadwick   POLLOCKSVILLE, NC
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    To the family I'm really sorry for loss of your love one. Praying for peace for the family. Ms. Strayhorn was a beautiful person inside and out. May God continue to give you peace.
    ~ Janis Hamilton   New Bern, NC
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    To the family I'm really sorry for loss of your love one. Praying for peace for the family. Ms. Strayhorn was a beautiful person inside and out. May God continue to give you peace.
    ~ Janis Hamilton   New Bern, NC
  • Monday, April 22, 2019
    My deepest condolences to the Strayhorn and Crouell family and friends. The death of a love one is never easy, it’s one of the most trying time you will endure. Almighty God Jehovah by means of His Son Jesus Christ offer hope and comfort with the Bible, scriptures like John 17:3; john5:28,29 Revelation 21:3-5 And Acts 24:15 and my favorite John11:23-27 where Jesus resurrected Lazarus the brother of Martha and Mary. The resurrection is a sure hope from Almighty God Jehovah who cannot lie. All his promises will come true. May these scriptures comfort and strengthen you. Again my condolences.
    ~ Katie Lester   Latta, SC
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    To the family I'm really sorry for loss of your love one. Praying for peace for the family. Ms. Strayhorn was a beautiful person inside and out. May God continue to give you peace.
    ~ Janis Hamilton   New Bern, NC
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    To the family I'm really sorry for loss of your love one. Praying for peace for the family. Ms. Strayhorn was a beautiful person inside and out. May God continue to give you peace.
    ~ Janis Hamilton   New Bern, NC
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    To the family I'm really sorry for loss of your love one. Praying for peace for the family. Ms. Strayhorn was a beautiful person inside and out. May God continue to give you peace.
    ~ Janis Hamilton   New Bern, NC
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    To the family I'm really sorry for loss of your love one. Praying for peace for the family. Ms. Strayhorn was a beautiful person inside and out. May God continue to give you peace.
    ~ Janis Hamilton   New Bern, NC
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    To the family I'm really sorry for loss of your love one. Praying for peace for the family. Ms. Strayhorn was a beautiful person inside and out. May God continue to give you peace.
    ~ Janis Hamilton   New Bern, NC
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    I’m so sorry for your loss and condolences to the family. I worked with Donna in daycare at DSS and she was a wonderful Christian lady. She will be missed and we were blessed to have known her. Sending prayers.
    ~ Sandy Gillikin   Columbus, GA
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019
    I was so heartbroken to here the news of Mrs. Strayhorn's passing. Linster, I'm praying for you and the boys. May God be with you during this difficult time.
    ~ Augustus Hill   New Bern, NC
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    I pray the God of all comfort be with you and the days to come. Pastor you and Donna are indeed a treasure in the body of Christ. She was a real a psalmist. God gave you heavens best. I am at a lost of words but when My heart is overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Rest In Peace my friend. Until we meet on the other side (tears)
    ~ Fitz Bryan   Atlanta, GA
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    Our hearts go out to the Strayhorn and Crouell families at this time in rememberance of Donna Strayhorn
    ~ Gary and Teresa Salt   Greenville, NC
  • Monday, April 22, 2019
    In this sorrowful time, I would like to extend to you my heartfelt condolences. May our Lord comfort you and your loved ones.
    ~ Michele Maben Staten   Pollocksville, NC
  • Monday, April 22, 2019
    So sorry for your loss. Donna was a great social worker and will be truly missed. Pamlico County CPS Unit
    ~ Annie Donaldson   bayboro, NC
  • Monday, April 22, 2019
    So Sorry for your loss. Donna was a great social worker and will be truly misssed.
    ~ Annie Donaldson   bayboro, NC
  • Friday, April 26, 2019
    My condolences to the family. May JEHOVAH GOD (Psalms 83:18) the "God of all comfort" (2nd Corinthians 1:3 and 4), give you the comfort you need now and afterwards.
    ~ CECollins   BEAUFORT, NC
  • Monday, April 22, 2019
    Praying for you Linster "Tripp" Strayhorn much love to you & your family always! Veronica Jones Murrell& Family
    ~ Veronica Jones Murrell   Trenton, NC
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    Praying that God's comfort is upon you. I'm so very sorry and send my condolences.
    ~ Regina Jones   New, NC
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    TRIPP I am sending our deepest sympathy to you and the crouell family, Keep god first as I know you do, and pray pray pray Joy will come keep her memories alive. I am sorry Love cousin Janice
    ~ Janice/Chris Jarman   Trenton, NC
  • Monday, April 22, 2019
    Donna was such a beautiful person. She was so full of life and loved her family. I am praying for you all. This was so heartbreaking to hear.
    ~ Vesta (Mullins) Blanks   Little Rock, AR
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    Cousin Munster words can't express how you are feeling right now but just no that I care and so many others and emphasize with you in this time of sorrow my prayer and my husband prayer go out to you and your family.
    ~ Janie Wagner   New Bern, NC
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    Cousin Linster words can't express how you are feeling right now but just no that I care and so many others care to in this time of sorrow my prayer and my husband prayer go out to you and your family.God is there and will be with you always.
    ~ Janie Wagner   New Bern, NC
  • Monday, April 22, 2019
    Donna was such a beautiful person. She was so full of life and loved her family. I am praying for you all. This was so heartbreaking to hear.
    ~ Vesta (Mullins) Blanks   Little Rock, AR
  • Monday, April 22, 2019
    Words fail to express our sorrow for your loss. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God continue to be your strength.
    ~ ALTON & GLORIA GRADY   NEW BERN, NC
  • Monday, May 6, 2019
    We're so sorry to hear you are suffering the loss of your dear loved one. May you find strength and some comfort in the words found in Psalms 9:9, which reads: “Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress.” Our loving God cares about us and is ready to bring us comfort if we allow him (1John 5:14). He also has made the provision of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored into a beautiful paradise (Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55:11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your dear loved one? Find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez