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.


William "Sonny" Dove

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

J. Eileen Dove

Licensed Funeral Director

Victor J. Dove

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Dorothy N. Dove

Licensed Funeral Director

Tiffany D. Dove

Licensed Funeral Director

Juleon H. Dove

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Support Staff

Terry Clayton

Deborah Murphy

Vinis Parham

Julius Parham

Andre Evans

Eloise Teel Dove

Charles C. Collins

Tawan Towe

Rev. R.E. Midgette, Sr.

Janie Gibbs Parker

Andra Davis

James Coleman

Michelle Rice Dove

Benny Norwood

Taylah D. Dove

Turion White

Kenneth Smith

Harry W. Johnson, Jr.

1700 Oscar Drive New Bern, NC 28562 | Phone: 252-633-1156 | Fax: 252-633-2410
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