Edward Patrick Rotchford Jr., 62, of Swansboro, passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Okinawa, Japan.

His service is at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Funeral Home in Swansboro with Pastor George Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.

He was born May 2, 1956, in Oceanside, Calif., a son of the late Edward Patrick Rotchford and Ila Bennett Rotchford. Ed faithfully served his country in the U.S. Navy, became a certified public accountant, received a master’s in Biblical studies and then began his career as a comptroller in civil service.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Baldwin Rotchford; daughters, Melanie Thurmond of Georgia and Jennifer Rotchford of North Carolina; son, Joshua Rotchford of Lousiana; grandchildren, Ellie Brown, Sophia Brown, Ila Brown, Savannah Thurmond, Bella Thurmond, Ethan Thurmond, Elijah Rotchford and Ethan Rotchford; sisters, Mary Rotchford, Ruth Rotchford and Ann Rotchford, all of North Carolina; and brothers, Clifford Rotchford, Joseph Rotchford and Paul Rotchford, all of North Carolina.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The American Legion Post 364 in Virginia will host a memorial service Saturday, Jan. 19.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sandy Run Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 999, Jacksonville NC 2854.

 Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home of Swansboro. Online condolences may be made to the family at jonesfh.org.

(Paid obituary)

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