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.
Jones Funeral Home - Jacksonville
Tuesday April 10th, 2018
5:00pm - 7:00pm
303 Chaney Avenue
Jacksonville , NC 28540
Trinity United Methodist Church
Wednesday April 11th, 2018
301 Marine Blvd
Jacksonville, NC 28540
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We are so sorry for your loss, our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of your family. Jerry & Cathy Ballard
Submitted by Cathy Ballard on Apr 16 2018 11:14:22 AM
Cecil and family,
Annette will always be with us. She has left an incredible legacy of community service, love, fun and sharing. We are thinking about you and lifting prayers for peace. We aren't OK, but we know she is in a great place, probably organizing something special for all the angels. Even Jerome will listen to her encouragement for FUN!
Submitted by Phyllis Venters, Brooks Venters, Edward Venters on Apr 16 2018 10:57:34 AM
Just learned about Mrs. Hargett. My sincere condolences to family and friends
Submitted by Margaret E. Brown on Apr 11 2018 08:17:53 PM
Annette never met a stranger, lovingly cared about her family, friends, neighbors and her entire community. Smart, funny and so passionate about the projects she believed in for her whole life. She was a compliment to our community and she will be with us in thought, word and deed for as long as we can remember. So many enjoyed knowing and working with her spirit of caring and love. My thoughts are with her, her family and I do appreciate her dedication to so many.
Submitted by Jean Cole on Apr 11 2018 01:21:41 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with Annette's family. She was a remarkable lady and will be missed by family and friends. I will always have fond memories being with Annette and the many good times shared together.
J.E. Cameron DDS
Submitted by Dr. Everett Cameron on Apr 11 2018 10:05:09 AM
Pamela Wilkins lit a candle for Annette Gray Hargett
Pamela Wilkins lit a candle on Apr 10 2018 07:54:50 PM
My deepest sympathies and special prayers to the family.
Submitted by Pamela Wilkins on Apr 10 2018 07:53:52 PM
Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire family. We love you all so much. Annette meant the world to us and she will forever be missed. Love Elizabeth, Eddie and Charles Sexton
Submitted by elizabeth sexton on Apr 10 2018 07:46:24 PM
Bonnie and Roy Melton lit a candle for Annette Gray Hargett
Bonnie and Roy Melton lit a candle on Apr 10 2018 06:01:48 PM
Our hearts go out to such an amazing family whom we love so so much. Annette will always be in our ♥️ She was truly a remarkable lady. She touched everyone she came in contact with. Her love and her devotion for people was so obvious. You knew right off when you met her you had a friend for life. She treated everyone the same and with respect. Rest In Peace friend.
Submitted by Bonnie and Roy Melton on Apr 10 2018 05:59:45 PM
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