Smithfield: Obituaries

Ross Lee Fogleman, Jr., M.D.

Ross Lee Fogleman, Jr., M.D., passed away while surrounded by his family at his home on Bogue Sound, near Cape Carteret, North Carolina, on August 13, 2015. Ross Fogleman, Jr., was born in July, 1927 in Greensboro, North Carolina to Ross and Virginia Fogleman. After serving in the Navy briefly in World War II, he attended Duke University. While attending Duke, he sang with the Duke Men's Glee Club, which made appearances with Perry Como on his radio Christmas show and in concert in Carnegie Hall. A gifted singer, he was a soloist for the Duke Chapel Choir and met his future wife, fellow Duke student Jean Nowell, while singing in the choir. Upon graduation from Duke, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor by attending Duke Medical School, graduating in 1953. After marriage to Jean and an internship in Flint, Michigan, where their first child was born, Dr. Fogleman and his family moved to Kinston, North Carolina, where he set up his solo practice of family medicine. Dr. Fogleman devoted his 50+ year medical career to serving the people of Kinston, Lenoir County and surronding communities with caring, compassionate and skilled family medical care. He loved delivering babies for years, made countless house calls and was there to provide his assistance whenever and wherever his patients needed him. He was a long-time member of the medical staff of Lenoir Memorial Hospital and served on its Board of Directors, was among the first physicians to become board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and was honored as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Fogleman enthusiatically enjoyed family, music, church and sports. He was an avid golfer, boater, fisherman and runner, and immersed himself in the sports activities of his children, as a fan, coach and as team physician. He was an ardent supporter of Duke University sports teams, especially the men's basketball team, and a member of the Iron Dukes organization for many years. He attended and sang in the choir at first Westminster United Methodist Church and then Queen Street United Methodist Church. Music was a focus of his life, and he shared that love by singing publicly on many occasions whenever requested. He supported the arts and education, and provided assistance to many who could not afford tuition. Dr. Fogleman is preceeded in death by his beloved wife of forty-nine years, Jean Nowell Fogleman. He is survived by his children, Ross Lee Fogleman, III (Claudia) of Sarasota, Florida, Eric Wayne Fogleman (Sharon) of Four Oaks, N.C., Lesley Lane Fogleman Moxley of Jacksonville, N.C., John Nowell Fogleman (Cheryl) of Wake Forest, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Kevin Fogleman, Keith Fogleman (Jennifer), Eric Fogleman, Jr. (Carly), Brian Fogleman, Andrew Moxley, Alexander Fogleman and Clay Fogleman; and three great-grandchildren, Emilia, Nolan and Kailey. The family would like to extend a heartfelt gratitude to his dedicated office staff; the congregation of Queen Street United Methodist Church for the many years of fellowship: and to the staff and community of Magnolia Glen in Raleigh for the love, care, and friendship they have shown Dr. Fogleman, as well as the wonderful caregivers from Crystal Coast Hospice (3HC). After a private burial in Westview Cemetery in Kinston, a memorial service was held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, August 18, at Queen Street United Methodist Church in Kinston. The family received friends in the Church Fellowship Hall following the memorial service. Visitation was held at Edwards Funeral Home in Kinston on Monday, August 17, beginning at 4pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Queen Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 508, Kinston, NC 28502 or to Crystal Coast Hospice House, 3HC, 2402 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534.