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Richard Lee Leary, Sr., 84, of 900 Clarks Road, New Bern died Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.

The family will receive friends at the residence.  The Masonic Ritualistic Service will be conducted, 6:00 PM Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Oscar's Memorial Chapel followed by visitation of friends.Viewing hours begin at  10:00 AM Tuesday.

His homegoing service is Noon, Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Virgin Hill Missionary Baptist Church 1235 Tuscarora-Rhems Rd., New Bern.  The interment with military honors will follow at the Leary Family Cemetery.

He was a graduate of Newbold High School and served in the U. S. Army in Viet Nam retiring as U. S. Army Sergeant First Class.  He also retired from NADEP as an Electrical Engineer.  He was a dutiful member and Trustee at Virgin Hill MB Church. 

His  Masonic organizations included African Lodge #459, Massachusetts, King Solomon Lodge #1, New Bern, he was past Worthy Patron of Queen Esther Chapter #7 OES, Member of New Bern Consistory #30, Past Commander and Chief and Grand Inspector General; member of Arabian Temple No. 42 Shiners and served as Honorary Past Potentate.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia White Leary of the home; three sons, Anthony Leary, Charlotte, NC, Timothy Leary, Raleigh, NC and Richard L. Leary, Jr., Killeen, TX; two daughters, Dollie Leary, New Bern, Ethel L. Wolford, Havelock, NC; one brother, Solomon Levy Leary, New York, NY; two sisters, Verlinda Monroe, NY, NY; Marjorie L. Stewart, NY, NY; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren.

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  • Saturday, November 30, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Oscars Mortuary
  • Sunday, December 1, 2019
    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during your time of grief.
    ~ Light House Church of Copperas Cove   Copperas Cove, TX
  • Monday, December 2, 2019
    The Walkers’ wish to extend our deepest condolences on the passing of a great warrior. You’ve fought the battle of this life and the victory is secured. Rest from your labors now.
    ~ Bishop Melvin Walker   New Bern, NC
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019
    I was so surprised to hear the news of uncle's passing. Myself, Tyrone, Charmaine, Candice, Christopher and the rest of the family send our condolences, prayers, and love.
    ~ Lorraine Jones   Brooklyn, NY