Captain Jerry L. Scantlin served with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office for 20 years. Captain Jerry Scantling died as the result of a heart attack and stroke suffered during a mandatory annual physical fitness exam, August 22, 2008. He was loved and respected by all he served with, and was a leader among men.
Lancer Since 2000 Prior Service US Army
Deputy Robert Porter of the Onslow County Sheriff's Office died April 1, 2015, at his residence. Many remember him as "The Gentle Giant" with his deep voice, and generous spirit. He truly was a "GIANT" among men in character. He never called attention to himself, often choosing to focus on the needs and efforts of others. Deputy Porter loved his duty, and his community. He was dedicated to his family, and believed in building a future for his children. He served honorably in the United States Navy, and believed it right to honor those who served. In 2012 Mr. Porter was inducted into the Lancers after being sponsored by Lancer Jack Martin. Mr Porter often made himself available to advise young Military in need of guidance, and had a natural tact for motivating them to achieve their fullest potential.
Porter is being lovingly remembered by the students and staff he served as a School Resource Officer at Southwest and Dixon High Schools.
Lancer Since 2012 Prior Service USN
Deputy Steve Boehm and a local firefighter were struck and killed by a tractor trailer while directing traffic on US 17. The two, along with a deputy who was injured, were assisting at the scene of a controlled burn at Camp Lejeune, June 14th, 2008 . Steve served as SRO at White Oak High School and demonstrated a selfless spirit of service.
Lancer Since 2002 Prior Service USMC
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Christopher W. Thompson, 25, of N. Wilkesboro, N.C., was killed in action on Oct. 21, 2005, from an IED explosion while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq.
Lancer Since 2003 Prior Service USN
Hospital Corpsman First Class Darrel L. Enos, 36, of Colorado Springs, CO, died August 17, 2012, while supporting combat operations in Farah Province, Afghanistan. According to KKTV in Colorado Springs, he was murdered by an Afghan police recruit his unit was training. Darrell loved children... and volunteered often in times of need. He is sorely missed by all who knew him.
Lancer Since 2002 Prior Service USN FOUNDING MEMBER "OPERATION DEPLOYED SANTA"
Chaplain Steve Smith went to be with the Lord April 13, 2014. Steve was the Chaplain of the Lancers from the year 2001 to the year of his death. He understood the meaning of responsible compassion, and dedicated himself to the betterment of live for those who served their nation. Steve gave selflessly to the homeless, the wounded, and to those who just needed a friend. When Steve passed away in 2014, his funeral was one of the largest in the history of Onslow County.
Lancer Since 2000 Prior Service USMC FOUNDING MEMBER "ONSLOW COUNTY VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY FUN DAY"
Robert Neil Lathrop, USN (Ret) was one of my heroes in life. Small in stature, he was huge in spirit. He was part of the Lancers from the beginning and served until just a few days prior to his death after suffering a brief illness, November 16th, 2014. He set the example for others to follow. He was wounded twice in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions. He joined the ranks of the Military Order of the Purple Heart in October of 2004. He helped me start my business, and always was there when I needed advise. He was one of the founders of "Operation Deployed Santa" with myself and Chaplain Steve Smith. He was one of the seven founders and the council of 12 with the Military Order of the Lancers. He volunteered to be the Finance Officer for the Corpsmens Memorial Fund. But most of all he was my friend, and friend that I will miss deeply, and a friend that I very much enjoyed the conversations we shared, the wisdom he provided, the courage he showed even when told he had a limited time to live.
I can honestly say that there are very few people in my life that have effected me as much as Chief Robert Neil Lathrop. He reminded me many a time that a Corpsman's duty doesn't end at the termination of one's enlistment. He proved that time and time again as he helped Marines, Sailors, and Veterans in this area never asking for anything in return.
Lancer Since 1997 Prior Service USN FOUNDING MEMBER "ALL FUNCTIONS"
This page is dedicated solely in tribute of those who served as Lancers and made a difference while serving as a Lancer in the Community where they resided without asking recognition in return. We choose to honor them and to remember their character.
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Michael Floyd Gray, 65, of Swansboro, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. His service was at Freedom Way Free Will Baptist Church in Hubert. He was interred at Seaside Memorial Park in Swansboro.
Mike served on the recovery teams of at least 12 separate Hurricanes over the years. On September 11th, he rode the winds of Grace home to be with the Lord. His funeral was held after the storm had cleared and time had been allowed for some recovery in the area. It’s the way Mike would have wanted it. He didn’t believe in being a burden.
Mike served the county up until a few days before his death. Most did not know how seriously ill he was, or the pain he endured. Mike’s heart was worn out. He had survived five rounds of cancer, heart attacks, and always came back. This time... he took the journey home.
The Military Order of the Lancers will deeply miss Mike’s faithful service to others, and his dedication to the community in which he lived. But we will always remember his smile, and his rich soothing voice as he took time to encourage others to live a life of honor and enjoy the blessings of life.
Rest in Peace our friend.
Lancer since 2001 LEO
George M. Barrows Sr., 87, of Jacksonville, NC passed away at his home on January 13, 2016 surrounded by his family.
He was born April 30, 1929 to the parents of Phillip F. Barrows and Leila J. Barrows in Binghamton, NY.
On April 30, 1945 at the age of 17, he quit high school to join the USMC. His military assignment covered the bases of Camp Lejeune (luh-jern), Camp Pendleton, Quantico, Paris Island, MCAS Cherry Point, and Santa Ana, California.
Barrows was a recruiter in Portsmouth, Ohio, and was the voice of the Marine Barracks at 8th & I Street, Washington DC where he performed the Battle Colors narration during the Friday night parades at the barracks and special occasions away from the Barracks during 1959-1962.
A 3 time War Veteran serving in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, he retired as a SSGT on April 30, 1967. After retiring from the USMC, he became a life- long member of various military organizations which include the Military Order of the Devil Dogs, Marine Corps League, VFW, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, 2nd MarDiv Retirees Association, AmVets, Vietnam Veterans of America, Base Retiree Council, Onslow County Council of Veterans. He was a past member of the NC Governor's Advisory Board for the Division of Veteran Affairs, Commandant of the North Carolina Marine Corps League, Past Chairman of the Onslow County Veterans Council, the Viet Nam Vet Memorial Commission.
In 1988 he was elected as the National Marine of the Year through the New York Marine Corps League and then again as National Marine of the Year through the North Carolina Marine Corps League. In 1989 he was awarded by NC Governor James Martin "The Order of the Long Pine." In 1993 NC Governor James B. Hunt awarded him a Certificate of Appreciation. Both awards were for his work in helping veterans. Other awards received were The Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Membership, the NCOA Super Saxon Merit Award, Onslow County Veteran of the Year, and numerous "Outstanding Veteran" awards.
George served as Judge Advocate of the Military Order of the Lancers for more than a decade. He is sorely missed.
Lancer since 2001 USMC Veteran Founding Member
Rev. Mack Whitney III, 67 of Jacksonville, died on Sunday, September 25, 2016 in Chapel Hill, NC. He was born on February 7, 1949 to Mack Whitney II & Rosalee Spicer in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina. Mack served on the Board of Directors of Jones Onslow Electric and helped to set up the Emergency Power Assistance for Veterans program. He also served as a Deputy on the Onslow County Sheriff's Office including as Colonel for many years. He was respected by most who had ever met him. He was known for strong leadership skills, a motivating personality, and as a man who could see beyond barriers. Respected for his compassion and honesty he is deeply missed by all.
Lancer since 2001 US Army Veteran Founding Member
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Terrence Leo Moore, 80, of Hubert, died Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at his home. He was born April 23, 1938, in Mosinee, Wis., a son of the late Don and Vi Moore. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1955 and retired in 1987.
Moore enlisted in the military in 1955 because he wanted to escape the city life of Detroit, joining the Marine Corps right after high school. After assignment to Okinawa, Japan, Moore volunteered with the 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company. As a recon Marine, he was sent to Lebanon, the Dominican Republic, and Cambodia among other undisclosed locations.
He deployed to Vietnam for several tours - spending three years there on and off completing inland reconnaissance. As a gunnery sergeant, Moore led an elite team called War Cloud Mission Impossible. While in combat, he was one of only 63 who received a battlefield commission to the rank of lieutenant.
Moore made the decision to retire from the military instead of taking an assignment in Washington, D.C., which would have forced his kids to change schools.
At age 77 he was inducted into the Commando Hall of Honor. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Terrence Leo Moore was a quiet professional, reserved in sharing stories of his service because of the secretive nature of many of the missions he served on. He was one of nine special operators recognized in the USSOCOM ceremony - the event inducts warriors whose bravery, skill, knowledge and patriotism set them apart from others. The inductees’ service spanned 70 years from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom.
Member since 1991 USMC Founding Member