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Donald Lelon Stotesberry, 82, of Pantego, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at ECU Health Chowan Hospital in Edenton, surrounded by his loving family.
Born February 9, 1941 in Beaufort County he was the son of the late Isaac Lelon Stotesberry and Louise Pinkham Stotesberry. Donald started Donald's Flying Service in 1966, and with his sons, Don Jr. and Rex have built a full service aviation business. Together they have operated Donald's Airpark, Inc. and Stotesberry Farms. He recently received the Wright Brother's Master Pilot Award for fifty years of safe flying. He was a member of the North Carolina Agricultural Aviation Association, Aircraft and Pilots Association, Pungo River Fire Department, and Long Acre Chapel Christian Church.
His family includes his loving wife, Janice Askew Stotesberry of Pantego, NC; sons, Donald L. Stotesberry, Jr. and wife Inga of Roper, NC and Rex D. Stotesberry and wife Sandy of Plymouth, NC; sister, Gloria Sulc of Washington, NC; grandchildren, Katlynn Cobb and husband Hank, Megan Stotesberry, Morgan Stotesberry and Donald L. Stotesberry, III; step-grandchildren, Scotty Moore and Mitch Moore and wife Kaitlyn.
Funeral service will be held Friday, August 11, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Long Acre Chapel Christian Church with Rupert Wallace officiating. Burial will follow at the Davis Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Friday from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. prior to the service at the church and other times at the residence.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Long Acre Chapel Christian Church at 21861 NC Highway 32 N, Plymouth, NC 27962.
Arrangements are by Maitland Funeral Home, Plymouth.
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