Funeral Announced For Retired Lenoir County Lawman

Funeral arrangements have been finalized for a Lenoir County retired lawman and magistrate.

The obituary says Lester Gosnell died Sunday at the age of 57 of natural causes. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Garner Funeral Home. He will be buried with full military honors in Tennessee on Monday.

Gosnell rose through the ranks of the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office to become a major and served as a magistrate.


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A retired high-ranking law enforcement official from Lenoir County has passed away.

Major Lester Gosnell is retired from the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office says Gosnell passed away Sunday.

He is survived by two daughters. During his career, Gosnell worked as a law enforcement officer, magistrate and instructor.

It is not clear how Gosnell died.


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  • by anonymous Location: winterville,nc on Oct 19, 2011 at 01:41 PM
    To WHY, this is on the news because Mr. Gosnell was a well-known person who worked in Law Enforcement. If you're not interested, fine, but others are. You should respect his family and their time of mourning.
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      by still not news on Oct 19, 2011 at 03:25 PM in reply to anonymous
      He worked in Law Enforcement so he is special. OK I get it now. LEO
  • by Why on Oct 19, 2011 at 07:56 AM
    Why is this even on the news? Thats why we have a obituary in the papper.
  • by Kevin Location: Kinston on Oct 17, 2011 at 03:57 PM
    I worked with Lester for the past 2 years and he was a very smart and entertaining person. He will be missed! God Bless You Goose!
  • by MICHELLE Location: KINSTON on Oct 17, 2011 at 02:21 PM
    LESTER WAS A GREAT PERSON. HE WILL TRULY BE MISSED . PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. IT WAS NICE WORKING WITH YOU FRIEND. YOUR WORK ON EARTH IS DONE, GO REST HIGH ON THAT MOUNTAIN MY FRIEND.
  • by Mellonie Location: Farmville on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:44 AM
    Karen, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your brother. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
  • by barbara Location: tarboro on Oct 17, 2011 at 08:20 AM
    to the family of mr. gosnell know that he will be missed.He was a very special person and always had a kind word to say to you.Prayers are going out to the family and friends
  • by Sharon Location: Kinston on Oct 17, 2011 at 06:33 AM
    Lester was truly a great man. He will be missed.
  • by Cindy Location: K-town on Oct 17, 2011 at 06:33 AM
    My thoughts and Prayers go out to Family & Friends.I hope your Memories bring you peace & comfort.
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