Services Planned For Retired Pitt County Sheriff's Lieutenant

A woman who dedicated more than three decades of her life to law enforcement in Eastern Carolina has died at the age of 53.

Karen Kilpatrick died Wednesday.

She had retired as a lieutenant from the Pitt County Sheriff's Office after more than 30 years there.

Her obituary did not mention the cause of her death, but said Kilpatrick was an adjunct faculty member at Pitt Community College and was active in the Fraternal Order of Police and helped kids through Toys for Tots.

Visitation is Saturday from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Farmer Funeral Home in Ayden, followed by a service at that location and burial in Winterville Cemetery.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2011 at 11:35 AM
    Yes, there were many deputies that wanted to attend and pay their respects, yet they were assigned to the parade as well. There was not much to the Honor Guard either. No Flag folding,no gun salute, no taps, pitiful and shameful for a retired veteran. RIP Karen.
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      by LEO on Dec 12, 2011 at 12:19 PM in reply to
      Yes, I totally agree. I was very dissapointed in the lack of full police honorings for her service. As a 30 year veteran and a woman of her caliber and all she gave to the community I expected, and she deserved a whole lot more. RIP Karen You will be dearly missed...
  • by WoW Location: winterville on Dec 10, 2011 at 08:15 PM
    I can not believe the Sheriff would not attend the funeral of a 30 year veteran of the dept., instead he chose to be in a parade??
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      by WOW on Dec 11, 2011 at 11:15 AM in reply to WoW
      Does that really surprise you?
  • by msf Location: Greenville on Dec 10, 2011 at 03:36 AM
    Karen was a special person and a great detective. Our family met her over 7 years ago during the hardest time in our lives. She was lead detective in the case involving our son- a crime victim. Karen showed the utmost professionalism. Her compassion for our family was there every step of the way. When the trial was over Karen still called to check on our son and family from time to time. She was great at what she did but most important she was a wonderful person with the heart of gold. You will be missed.
  • by waller Location: washington on Dec 9, 2011 at 04:08 AM
    You were a dear friend of our familys and will be dearly missed. After the death of my aunt she was the main detective on the case at the time she helpped to put the guy that did it behind bars! After that she became very close to our family for the last couple of years. R.I.P Karen Kilpatrick you were an awesome person!
  • by Frances Location: Finch on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:57 PM
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom with all of the PCC BLET students. Your efforts never went unnoticed. You were a kind woman and I am glad that I had the opportunity to know you.
  • by Anonymous Location: Pitt Sheriff on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    Karo, I will miss you and your heart of gold. You gave so much more than so many knew about. You were loved by so many, much, much more than you will ever know. R.I.P. Lt. Kilpatrick.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:20 PM
    Excuse my ignorance, but what did Lt. Kilpatrick pass from? 53 is very young and the article doesn't mention the cause of her death.
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      by Anonymouns on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:36 PM in reply to
      Appears to have been a heart attack, but not sure.
  • by Thank You! Location: ENC on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    Thank you, Karen for being one of the "good guys". Those of who knew you and respected you are deeply saddened by your early departure from this earth. However, as one of your close friends stated, "RIP...we will take it from here..."
  • by Greg Location: Chocowinity on Dec 8, 2011 at 05:52 PM
    Karo, Im gonna miss you, you did Pitt County a outstanding job, blessings on the family through these tough times.
  • by pittleo on Dec 8, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    Thanks for your service and your wisdom you shared with all of us. You will be missed
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