Retired U.S. Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer William “Bill” Vance Fulford, Jr., 71, of Beaufort, died Saturday, July 13, 2019, at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern.

His service is at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Free Will Baptist Church in Beaufort, with Pastor Richard Patterson officiating. Burial will follow at Oceanview Cemetery in Beaufort.

Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. of Morehead City. Access online obituary and internet condolences through

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