Vanceboro Mayor Pro Tem passes away

Richard Bowers (Town of Vanceboro photo)

VANCEBORO, Craven County - Vanceboro Mayor Pro Tem Richard Wayne Bowers, who has been in the position since 2000, died on Saturday.

Bowers was an alderman since 1982 and was part of the town's search for a mayor in 2007 during the illness of the former mayor. He served Vanceboro for 48 years in different roles.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Vanceboro. The funeral is Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Holly Hill Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.