LOUISBURG - James Bert Egerton, 86, child of God, loving husband, father, and grandfather, peacefully succumbed on Monday, March 25, 2019 after a brief illness. A celebration of life service will be held at noon on Saturday, March 30, 2019 with family hour beginning at 11:00 am at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, 100 Leonard Farm Road, Louisburg, NC 27459.
Bert (as he was fondly known) was born in Louisburg, NC on January 7, 1933 to the late Walter Eugene Egerton, Sr. and Nena Ellis Egerton. He was the seventh of eight children. Educated in Franklin County and a graduate of Riverside High School in 1952, Bert reported for induction in the United States Army on June 9, 1953. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant First Class E-7 Army. His international tours of duty included Germany, Greenland, France and Korea. His stateside military duties included Fort Hamilton, NY; Fort Dix, NJ; Fort Meade, MD; and Fort Jackson, SC.
After his honorable discharge in 1974, Bert returned to Louisburg. Always one who valued education, Bert earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree from King's Business College in Raleigh, NC. A year later, he was united in holy matrimony to Bernice Davis of Louisburg. To this union was born three children.
As a community servant, Bert became an extension agent at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and served in this capacity for 17 years. In this role, he managed the Franklin County Farmers Market and continued to do so during several years of his retirement.
Baptized at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church in 1944, Bert was an active member there. For the past 45 years, he served in the following church leadership roles: Baptist Training Union President; Assistant Sunday School teacher; media representative (newspaper and radio); member of the Senior Choir and Male Chorus; and musician for the Senior Choir and Male Chorus. At the time of his transition, he had been serving as Chairman of the Deacon Board since 1978.
Preceding him in death are his parents; his sisters: Addie Lee E. Harris, Camilla E. Bazemore, and Beatrice E. Edgerton; and his brothers: Josephus D. Edgerton, Horace P. Edgerton, Rev. Walter E. Egerton, Jr., and Douglas P. Egerton.
Surviving him are his wife, Bernice D. Egerton; his sons: Brandon Antonio Egerton (Delicia) of Oviedo, FL and Brian LaShaun Egerton (MiGuana) of Winston-Salem, NC; one daughter, Adrienne Benita Egerton of Kernersville, NC; six grandchildren: Brandon James (BJ), Kayla Destiny, Myles Jordan, Bryan Khalil, Nelson Christopher; and Khory LaShaun; mother-in-law, Alberta F. Davis of Louisburg; five sisters-in-law: Florine Edgerton, Betty Mae Egerton, and Sandra Davis of Louisburg, NC, Carolyn Davis of Charlotte, NC, and Sheila Davis of Knightdale, NC; one brother-in-law: Timothy Leon Davis (Elaine); a host of loving nieces and nephews; his Nelson Chapel Baptist family; an extended church family at Walnut Grove Baptist Church in Louisburg, NC; and many friends.