Gerald Furman

February 19, 1947 - September 22, 2023
Gerald  Furman

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Gerald Furman, also affectionately known as “Papa Smurf”, avid fisherman, hunter, and NASCAR fan passed away on September 22, 2023, in Kinston, NC, at the age of 76. He was born in Beaufort County on February 19, 1947.

Gerald was preceded in death by his father and mother, John Harvey and Annie Bell Furman, his brother, John Harlie Furman, his wife, Marsha Arrington Furman, and his daughter, Regina Leigh Furman. He was also preceded in death by his special dog, Bentley.

He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Pennypacker (Jonathan) and Beverly McMillen (Todd), as well as his sister, Grace Hall. Gerald also leaves behind his grandchildren: Jessica Ham (Kendall), Zachary Langley (Jessica), Nathan Pennypacker (Kat), Serge McMillen (Maria), and Kelsey Kirkland (Kenny) and seven great-grandchildren, Lane, Kaden, Kandace, Karter, Patton, Arthur, and Michael. He is also survived by his cat, affectionately known as Blackie.

Gerald was an avid fisherman and hunter who found solace in the great outdoors. Whether casting his line into the waters or navigating through the wilderness, he found joy in the simplicity of nature. His love for these activities was only surpassed by his enthusiasm for NASCAR. Gerald could often be found cheering on his favorite drivers, immersing himself in the excitement and thrill of the race.

Gerald served in the US Army in Vietnam. He was a welder by trade and worked his entire life as a welder, crane operator, and heavy equipment operator. He took pride in his work and dearly loved his work family. He cherished his friends, family, and work family more than anything else in the world – except maybe a cold beer, his ladies, and his smokes. He will always be remembered as a hard working and fun loving man.

Services for Gerald will be held privately, with a Celebration of Life to be organized at a later date. The arrangements are being handled by Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service of Washington, NC, who is honored to serve the Furman family during this difficult time.

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  • September 29, 2023
    Bonnie Jones says:
    To all the family, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • September 28, 2023
    Norma Jean Hensley says:
    Lisa I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. Love you

  • September 27, 2023
    William Sawyer says:
    I really enjoyed the time he worked for me, he was a really good man!

  • September 26, 2023
    SherryBrameHolland says:
    I remember Gerald from Chocowinity School, by being a Classmate of mine! I am so sorry to hear of his passing! Prayers for the family !