Oscar’s Mortuary, Inc. was founded January 16, 1960 by Oscar Roosevelt Dove and wife, Grace Becton Dove. They founded and operated the business to provide quality service in the field of funeral service to the families served. In the early 60’s Oscar’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement resulted in the Mortuary being targeted by the Klu Klux Klan; crosses were burned and the building was bombed.

His death in 1975 and Grace’s death in 2010 will not stop their work for it lives on in their children and grandchildren who have followed in their footsteps. The staff has been active in Civil Rights, Voting Drives, Mental Health Association, Senior Citizens Programs, Craven County Hospice, Craven County Planning and Zoning Board, Craven County Outreach Organization, YMCA Board, Chamber of Commerce, Cancer Fundraising Drives, MS Bike Tour and Planning Committee, Habitat for Humanity Board, Meals on Wheels, RCS Board, and hold memberships in the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Neuse-Pamlico Sound Women’s Coalition, Inc., the Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of North Carolina, Inc. and North Carolina Funeral Directors Association, NAACP, Knights of Columbus, Jazz Preservation Society of New Bern, George B. Willis Masonic Lodge, and Zeno Temple Elks Lodge.

The firm has licensed funeral directors, embalmers, pre-need specialist, licensed insurance agents and notary publics to assist their clients in various needs.

The firm has continued to be active in the area of funeral service being the FIRST to:

  • Integrate the predominately White City Owned New Bern Cemeteries
  • Have a funeral procession cross the Cherry Branch-Ferry
  • To educate the general public by Newspaper Advertising concerning the changes in funeral service.

Our goal is to continue to serve our communities in a professional manner; and we strive to make our communities a better place to live.


Dorothy N. Dove

Licensed Funeral Director

J. Eileen Dove

Licensed Funeral Director

Tiffany D. Dove

Licensed Funeral Director

Victor J. Dove

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Juleon H. Dove

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

David Green

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalming


Terry “Pete” Clayton
Eloise Teel Dove
Michelle Rice Dove
Taylah J. Dove
Charles C. Collins
Reverend Kenneth Smith
Reverend R. E. Midgette, Sr.
Harry W. Johnson, Jr.
Janie Gibbs Parker
Monroe Hassell

Tawan Towe
Benny Norwood
Turion White
Reverend Jackie Davis
Andra Davis
Helen Bryant Barrett
James Coleman
Vinis Parham
Julius Parham
Andre Evans