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Lewis Shelton Gore

Mr. Lewis Shelton Gore, 75, of Greenville, N.C., died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at Vidant Inpatient Hospice.  


Funeral services for Mr. Gore will be Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 2 p.m. at First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Greenville with the Rev. Paul N. Brafford officiating. The family will receive friends at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Greenville from 6 to 8 p.m.  Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

A native of Wilmington, N.C., Mr. Gore was the son of the late Lewis Olen and Edna White Gore.  He was a 1955 graduate of New Hanover High School and actively participated in the class’ many reunions. Mr. Gore had fond memories of being in the ROTC and attending Wildcat sporting events at Brogden Hall and Legion Stadium. After high school Mr. Gore attended Wilmington College earning an associate’s degree.  In 1957 Mr. Gore joined the United States Air Force and was sent to Yale University’s School of Far Eastern Languages where he learned to speak Mandarin Chinese.  He was later stationed in Taiwan.  Mr. Gore never lost his interest in or his ability to speak Chinese.  During his 27-year teaching career, Mr. Gore enjoyed integrating Chinese into his teaching.  

In 1961, Mr. Gore moved to Greenville and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Geography at East Carolina College.  He was voted the Most Outstanding Geography Student during his senior year.  It was during this time that he attended St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church and met his spouse, Betty Jean Hoell.  

Mr. Gore began his teaching career in 1963 in the public schools of Halifax County.  He taught Geography and World History at both Halifax County High School and Halifax County Junior High.  Mr. Gore retired from teaching in 1991.  Many students remember his love for Geography and History as well as his stories and Chinese language instruction.

During the 1974-75 school year, Mr. Gore and his family served as missionaries of the Gospel in Hong Kong.  The Gores lived and worked at Wing Kwong College, a church school of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.  Mr. Gore founded the Wing Kwong Church’s Sunday school.  

During the 40 years that Mr. Gore was a resident of South Boston, he served for more than 25 years as a deacon and secretary-treasurer at the Ingram Memorial Pentecostal Holiness Church.  Mr. Gore also attended Main Street United Methodist Church.  In 2004, Mr. Gore and his wife moved back to eastern North Carolina to be close to family.  For the last eight years he was a member of the First Pentecostal Holiness Church of Greenville.

Mr. Gore was an avid bird-watcher, gardener and weather watcher.  Many of his friends in South Boston relied on his “yes or no” snow forecasts.  He was a long time supporter of the HCJH Lions and the HCHS Comets often taking his sons to long distance away games.  Mr. Gore also loved to read maps and knew the road maps of North Carolina and Virginia virtually by heart.

Mr. Gore is survived by his wife of 48 years, Betty Jean Hoell Gore; two sons, William Lewis Gore of Greenville, N.C. and David Willis Gore of Schererville, Ind.; a daughter-in-law, Jessica Couling Gore of Greenville; one granddaughter, Lydia Gail Gore, also of Greenville; two sisters, Ethel Arnette of Hampstead, N.C. and Juanita Russell of Fayetteville, N.C.; a loving nephew, Joseph L. Russell III of Fayetteville; a great-niece, Phyllis McManus of Hampstead; and a cousin, Lucille Gore Fowler Peak of Wilmington, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 204 Brinkley Rd., Greenville, NC 27858.   

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