John "JB" Bryant Venters, Jr

  • Born: July 7, 1958
  • Died: October 22, 2020
  • Location: Vanceboro, North Carolina

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service

4500 US Hwy 264 East
Washington, NC 27889
Tel. 252.945.4500

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Message From The Family

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John "JB" Bryant Venters, Jr, a resident of Vanceboro, NC passed away Thursday, October 22, 2020.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 7:00 PM Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Washington Assembly of God officiated by Pastor Daniel Haskett and Pastor Tommi Bridgeman.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 6:00 PM until the service hour.

John Bryant Venters, Jr. born in Pitt County on July 7, 1958 the son of the late John Bryant Venters, Sr and Agnes Christine Smith.
He loved the river more than any other place in the world. The most important people in his life were granddaughters, who called him Fat Cat. He affectionately named them Fat Cat's Angels. JB worked hard to build a business and worked hard every day even until his final day. He meets a number of family members in heaven and his family that is left behind takes comfort in knowing he's surrounded once again by loved ones in his final home.

JB is survived by his daughter: Linsey R. Prewitt (significant other Payne) of Washington, NC; three sons: Donald E. Whitehurst ll (wife Stephanie) of Washington, NC; John B. Venters, III (wife Leigh) of Vanceboro, NC; John A. Venters (significant other Makayla) of Vanceboro, NC; his former wife and the mother of his children: Barbara M. Venters. sisters: Faye O. Cassidy (husband Lewis), Delores O. Moore (husband Sidney), Jackie V. Petway (husband Earl), Mary V. Phillips (husband Gene), Wanda V. Strickland (husband Donnie); a brother: George M. Venters, grandchildren: Sumerlin Grace, Makenzie Nicole, Isabella Leigh and Aspen Reese. He was preceded in death by a sister: Ruby O. Grizzard, a son: Baby Jon and daughter: Sarah who both died at birth.

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Condolence & Memory Journal


I love you brother.

Posted by Wanda Strickland - Winterville, NC - sister   October 28, 2020

Although we only knew you for a short period of time, you always brought excitement to every interaction and kept us laughing with your humor. You will be missed throughout our community.

Posted by Charles & Andrea Draughon- Green Bay Marina - Oriental, NC - Neighbor   October 27, 2020

"We are so sorry for the loss of JB, our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends. He always carried a BIG SMILE and kind words. He will be truly missed by our Team at Orkin."

Robert Martin, BM
Orkin, LLC
New Bern, NC

Posted by Robert Martin - New Bern, NC - Acquaintance   October 26, 2020

Sorry for your loss Chris and John use to work together many years ago. Praying for your family, RIP John Venters
Chris and Mary Edwards of Grimesland

Posted by mary edwards - grimesland, NC   October 26, 2020

So sorry for your loss, JB was a wonderful person, he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Posted by Greg & Heather Evans - Vanceboro, NC - Friend   October 26, 2020

JB you will always be in my thoughts. A wonderful person, sweet friend.

Posted by Phyllis Brown - Friend   October 26, 2020

May you rest in peace John, my condolences go out to your family

Posted by Missi Langley - Washington, NC - Family Friend   October 25, 2020

I am so sorry to see of John's passing! May I express my sincere condolences to his family.

Posted by Patrice Galloway - Grimesland - Acquaintance   October 25, 2020

So sorry to hear about the passing of John prayers for you all

Posted by Joyce Tetterton - washington, NC - Friend   October 25, 2020

My prayers go out to JB's children and family. He was a great friend that I always could count on. I can't even get my arms around the thought that his joking laughter will only be in my memories. JB you will never be forgotten. Your friend always
Sid metts

Posted by Sidney Metts - NEW BERN, NC - Friend   October 24, 2020


So sorry to hear the passing of John, will keep all his sisters and family in prayer, Love and hugs to all. Kay & Skinner Phillips

Posted by Kay Phillips - Greenville, NC - Friend   October 24, 2020


JB was a Great friend and amazing contractor.

Posted by William slaughter - New Bern, NC   October 24, 2020

We were very sorry to hear of JBs passing. He and his son have done some great work on our home. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by William and Linda Slaughter - New Bern, NC - Acquaintance   October 24, 2020

JB was a wonderful friend and contractor for our home. Too hard to even think about not seeing JB's smile and infectious humour. He will be deeply missed. Sandy and Tom Riggs

Posted by THOMAS RIGGS - New Bern, NC - Friend   October 23, 2020

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