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Howard Mial - July 15, 2009

Gunnery Sergeant Howard Mial, Sr., 84, of New Bern, enterd into eternal rest on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at the CarolinaEast Medical Center, New Bern.

Howard was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church and the Ten- Twenty Associates, a military-retirement organization. Retiring after 23 years of dedicated service in the United States Marine Corp, he was one of the first black enlisted Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune. He earned a variety of honors at home and abroad. Howard was one of the Montford Point Marines interviewed in a study made possible through the Office of Naval Research.

He was preceded in death by: his WIFE, Doris Delores Leavy and PARENTS, Reverend and Mrs. Eddie Wyatt Mial.

Howard will be forever cherished by: 2 SONS, Howard Mial, Jr. (Deborah) of Bakersfield, California and Darrell Mial of Washington, DC; 2 BROTHERS, Rev. S. Walter Mial of Philadelphia and Roosevelt Perry (Dorothy) of Ewing, New Jersey; 1 SISTER, Ruth Watkins (James) of Rockingham; and a host of NEPHEWS, NIECES, COUSINS, other relatives and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: First Missionary Baptist Church, 819 Cypress Street, New Bern, North Carolina 28560.

Viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 from 1PM-5PM at Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc., 701 West Street, New Bern and on Wednesday from 9AM-9:45AM at the funeral home.

Homegoing Service will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 10:00 AM in the Memorial Chapel of Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc., with the Rev. Dr. Jimmie L. Cooper, Officiating. Interment with military honors will follow the service in the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville.

His remains are resting peacefully in the care and comfort of: Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc., New Bern, North Carolina (252)637-5141.

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