Jonathan Franklin Havens, Jr.

February 22, 2011 

Jonathan Franklin Havens, Jr. “Stumpy” died after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Sun. Feb. 20, 2011.

He was born in Tarboro Dec. 4, 1943 to Jonathan Franklin and Emily Ward Havens.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church. Private interment will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Tarboro.

After attending Tarboro City Schools, Frank graduated from Campbell University and served in the Army Reserves. He retired from Carolina Telephone Company after working more than 25 years in Tarboro and Greenville. He was an avid ECU Pirate supporter, served on the Pirate Club Board, and could be seen at all football, basketball, and baseball games.

Frank was a member of Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church and once served in the Administrative Board. He enjoyed warm weather island travels and spending time at his family’s cottage in Atlantic Beach. He was well-known for his love of beach and soul music and shared this enthusiasm with his friends. Frank loved the Lord and his family dearly and had many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Mimi Edmondson and Cookie Carstarphen.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Elizabeth Mahler Havens; sons, Jonathan Franklin Havens, III and wife, Leah, of Weaverville and Clark Powell Havens and wife, Jennifer and children, Porter and Avery, of Wilmington; daughter, Cynthia Havens Beaudoin and husband, Jason and son, Benjamin, of Greenville; sister, Bonner Wilder and husband, Billy, of Tarboro; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church, 510 S. Washington St., Greenville, NC 27834.

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