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Karen Turnage Pilson

August 8, 1955 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 68) 68 Years Old

Karen Pilson Obituary

Karen Turnage Pilson of Greenville, NC passed away on February 3, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Karen was born to James and Joy Turnage on August 8, 1955.

Karen is survived by spouse; Richard Pilson; mother, Joy Turnage; son; Clayton Turner (Billie); stepson Eric Pilson (Holly); brothers Mike Turnage (Susan) and Charles Butler (Patricia); sisters Sherry Broadhurst (Frank) and Valerie Dunn (Billy); grandchildren, Levi Turner, Anna Pilson, and Eric Jones. Karen was preceded in death by her father, James Turnage.

Karen most enjoyed being with her family, whether that be annual family vacations or just preparing a meal and spending time together. Karen was a remarkable person that embodied the best of qualities, unconditional love and support, a caring spirit, a radiant smile, and the strength of a warrior.

A special thank you goes to her providers of care; UNC Health, Dr. Jacob Stein, and the care team for all of the years of supportive care. The family would like to thank 3HC Home Health and Hospice and the care that was provided by Amber Harper, RN and team.

A visitation will be held at Howard and Carter funeral home, on Friday, February 9, 2024, from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. with a service to follow starting at 3 p.m.   

Flowers are welcome. Donations to the National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation would be greatly appreciated. To donate, visit

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February 9, 2024

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Howard-Carter Funeral Home
1608 W. Vernon Ave
Kinston, NC 28504

Memorial Service
February 9, 2024

3:00 PM
Howard-Carter Funeral Home
1608 W. Vernon Ave
Kinston, NC 28504


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