Carol Uzzell Heath, Sr.

Published 12:54 pm Sunday, June 9, 2019

Carol Uzzell Heath, Sr., 77, went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Mr. Heath died surrounded by his family.

Mr. Heath was born in New Bern on March 11, 1942, and graduated from Farm Life High School Vanceboro, Class of 1960. He served his country in the United States Air Force. Carol grew up loving the great lawmen of the Old West and knew he wanted to be a lawman. Mr. Heath served as a North Carolina State Highway patrol trooper while earning his degree in Law Enforcement from Martin Technical Institute.  Later, he moved to the central part of North Carolina served as a correctional officer at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Butner. Carol’s love for law led him to attend the United States Marshal Academy, and he was a federal marshal where he served on many high-profiled federal cases. He later became a special agent for the United States Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General. Mr. Heath retired with 30 years of loyal service to the federal government. After retiring from the federal government, Carol continued to work in law enforcement with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, specializing in the Department of Agriculture. Carol continued his education to be a law enforcement trainer and taught classes of criminal law prior to his retirement. Mr. Heath retired to Washington in 2008.

Mr. Heath is preceded in death by his parents, Elisha and Kathleen Heath; son, Stephen Heath; brother, Dennis Heath; and in-laws William and Thelma Coward.

Carol Heath is survived by his wife of 44 years, Vonnie Coward Heath; two sons, Carol Heath, Jr., of Vanceboro, Michael Heath (Kathryn), of Grifton; stepson, William Earl Mills, Jr. (Carla), of Washington; stepdaughter, Kitty Hedgepath (Eddie), of Washington; two grandsons, Steven Heath, of Grifton, and Ross Mills (Amber), of Washington; four granddaughters, Amanda Mickle, of Grifton, Kathleen Shepard (Scott), of Washington; Brandy Cleaton, of Greenville; Jamie Foster (McKinley), of Washington; seven great-grandchildren, Addison, Anna Lee, McKenzie, Presley, Sophia, Sadie and Wyatt; brother, Ray Heath, of Grifton; sister, Judy Kay Heath, of Raleigh; four sisters-in-law, Pattie Kent (George), of Yorktown, Virginia; Cindy Coward, of Greenville; SueAnn Taylor (Dean), of Washington, Jeanette Beakes, of Washington; three brothers-in-law, Danny Coward (Brenda), of Chocowinity, Kenneth Coward (Vicky), of Washington, Timothy Coward, of Washington, and Tex Coward (Lynette), of Chocowinity. Mr. Heath is survived by many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2019. The celebration of Carol’s life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Paul Funeral Home, Washington. Mr. Heath will be laid to rest at the Oakdale Cemetery in Washington. Kevin Heath, Ross Mills, Scott Shepard, Calvin Thompson, Tim Anderson and Dean Taylor will serve as pallbearers.

Flowers are welcome. Donations may be made in memory of Carol U. Heath, Sr., of Washington, to the American Lung Association.

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