Kenneth Wayne Pledger, Dec. 27

By on January 9, 2019

Kenneth Wayne Pledger of Troy, PA, died suddenly on Thursday morning Dec. 27, 2018 at the age of 70.

He was born on April 25, 1948, the fifth child out of six to Floyd Pledger and Edna Ruth Gaskins Pledger in a Norfolk, VA hospital. His father was in the Navy and his mother was a homemaker and hairdresser.

After the family moved to New Bern, NC, Kenneth graduated from New Bern High and attended Craven Community. Kenneth received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Education and a Master of Arts in Education from East Carolina University. He grew up in the Ocean View/Norfolk, VA area and moved to Manteo, NC and then to New Bern, NC. He still has lots of friends and family in the OBX and Rocky Mount area as well as SC.

Kenneth loved music and was an incredible musician and often shared his music in venues, churches, nursing homes, and with friends. He enjoyed talking and playing games with friends and family.

Kenneth worked as an investigator for the Internal Revenue Service in Rocky Mount, NC. He later taught high school in Tarboro, NC and worked as a field officer for FEMA. He had retired and was living in Pennsylvania at the time of his passing. He was a devoted husband and father as well as a band booster for the Northern Nash High School.

He was preceded in death by his parents (Edna and Floyd), brother (Brian “Doogie”), and beloved Shih-Tzu Muffy.

He is survived by his daughters Robin Modlin (Lee) and Julie Carter (Jon). He also leaves behind six grandchildren (Geoffry and wife Becca, Colby, Christopher, Caroline, Jamie, Chase), one great-grandson Marcus, and his beloved Shih-Tzu Oreo. Also survived by sister Virginia Ligon and brothers Richard Pledger, Sammy Pledger, and Fred Pledger and many cousins, nieces, and nephews still living in the OBX area.

Ken’s giving spirit continues as he was an organ donor and his body will be donated for the advancement of science and medicine. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers or condolences and in honor of Ken, please take time today to reach out to someone and offer a helping hand or a listening ear.

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