Annette Gray Hargett



Surrounded by her loving family, Annette Gray Hargett, who loved life and lived it to the fullest, entered into the Kingdom of Heaven on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Onslow Memorial Park
Annette was born January 13, 1945 in Jacksonville, NC and was preceded in death by her parents Clara Scott and D.C. Gray. She is survived by her husband of fifty-three years, Cecil S. Hargett, Jr. of Bear Creek in Onslow County; three children, Cecilia Pfaff (Chuck) of Morehead City, Caroline Rochelle (Eddie) of Emerald Isle, and Cecil S. Hargett, III (Amy) of Richlands; five grandchildren, Sydney Pfaff of Raleigh, Sloane Pfaff of Winston-Salem, Hargett Rochelle of Emerald Isle, Cody Lewis of Wilmington, and Madelyn Lewis of Richlands; brother Charles Gray (Lynn) of Four Oaks, sister, Anne Wilcox of Jacksonville, brother-in-law, Hugh Hargett (Mary Jo) of Jacksonville, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Annette was beloved by those who knew her due to her wit, her engaging smile, and her willingness to help those in need, regardless of their station in life. She was continuously involved in volunteer efforts to raise money for worthy causes, most recently the Museum of the Marine where she served as a member of their Board.
An outdoors person, seemingly born with a green thumb. Annette loved her yard, her garden, and her beautiful flowers. Next to loving and caring for her family, nothing gave her more pleasure than working in her yard.
Annette graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1963 and attended East Carolina University. Her college career was interrupted in February when she and Cecil moved to Raleigh to begin their married life. During her 15+ years in Raleigh, Annette gave birth to their three children, worked in state government, and supported the family while Cecil attended and graduated from NCSU.
In 1980, Annette and her family moved back to Onslow County and settled in Richlands. She immediately became involved in the betterment of her new hometown, and in 1981 she was elected to the Richlands Board of Aldermen. In 1986, Annette was elected Mayor of Richlands, becoming the first woman to ever be elected as Mayor of any municipality in Onslow County. In this capacity, she worked closely with other elected officials to bring progress and improvements to the town of Richlands.
In 1993, Annette was appointed Director of the Eastern Office of the Governor located in New Bern by Governor Jim Hunt. In this capacity, she was responsible for forty-two counties in southeastern North Carolina. She continued to serve in this position for twelve years serving under two Governors. She retired from state government in 2005. In 2017, she was honored for her service when awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Roy Cooper.
Annette was a huge supporter of the law enforcement community. She hosted a pig-picking for her law enforcement friends in her home for the past thirty years.
Of all her many accomplishments, her greatest was her love for her husband, her children and grandchildren, and her love for her Lord.
Her death will leave a huge void in the lives of her loving family and a multitude of friends.
The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 5 – 7 PM at Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her honor to: Carteret Health Care Foundation, In Honor of Dr. Luis Cuervo for the RAAB Cancer Clinic, 3500 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 OR Carolina Museum of the Marine, Post Office Box 1046, Jacksonville, NC 28541.