Nathaniel Sylvester, passed away at his home on Monday, April 20, 2015.
Nat was born in Richlands, NC on October 26, 1941 to the late Leon Ward Sylvester Sr and Mary Hardy Murrill Sylvester. He earned his high school diploma from the Blue Ridge School for Boys and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. Nat married Jane Moore in 1966 and moved to Aurora, NC where he opened his first Piggly Wiggly grocery store. In 1978, Nat moved his family to Cape Carteret, opened a second Piggly Wiggly and raised his three children, Stephanie, Nathaniel Jr and Nancy.
Throughout his 37 years in Cape Carteret, he was an exceptional steward to the surrounding community through his business, his membership in the Swansboro Rotary Club and the Swansboro United Methodist Church. Nat was a people person who forged strong and special bonds with his customers, friends and employees.
Nat is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jane Moore Sylvester of Cape Carteret; his children, Stephanie and Steve Whitehead and their children, Forrest and Mary Hardy of Emerald Isle; Emily and Nathaniel Sylvester Jr and their children, Betsy and Nathaniel III of Cedar Point; Nancy and Merritt Wagoner and their children, Merritt Jr, Sly and Jane Gray of Wilmington. He is also survived by his brother, Leon Ward Sylvester Jr of Emerald Isle; nephew, Leon Ward Sylvester III of Richlands; niece, Mary Beth Hargett of Greenville and many nieces and nephews.
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A visitation is planned for Wednesday evening from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at Jones Funeral Home in Swansboro. His funeral will be Thursday, 11:00am at Swansboro United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Ed Gunter and the Rev. Susan Pate Greenwood officiating. Interment at the Sylvester Family Cemetery in Richlands will be held at 1:00pm following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Swansboro United Methodist Church Building Fund, 665 W. Corbett Ave., Swansboro, NC 28584 or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Internet condolences may be left at www.jonesfh.org