Linwood “Buddy” Rudolph Letchworth, Jr.

February 12, 1955 - January 4, 2023

02/12/1955 - 01/04/2023

Past Services

Saturday January 07, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Noe-Brooks Funeral Home and Crematory
201 Professional Circle
Morehead City, NC 28557
Funeral Service
Sunday January 08, 2023
3:00 pm
Davis Free Will Baptist Church
279 Community Road
Davis, NC 28524

Please keep Buddy’s family in your prayers.  He will be missed.


Linwood “Buddy” Rudolph Letchworth Jr., 67, of Newport, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern.

Buddy was born to Linwood Rudolph Letchworth Sr. and Lois Styron Letchworth on February 12th, 1955.

He enjoyed childhood days of wandering shores with his sisters and friends, driving hot rodded speedsters, and keeping a steady beat on the drums. The early death of his parents led Buddy to pursue a life in the Mortuary Sciences, obtaining a degree from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Services and faithfully serving Eastern North Carolina for over four decades providing warmth and comfort to thousands of families and friends in their most trying of times.  Always there with a joke, life advice, grill tongs, car tips, a bass heavy sound system, a helping hand, or a hug.

Buddy attended Life Point Church of Newport, he was a Shriner and member of Ocean Lodge of Morehead City.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday at Davis Free Will Baptist Church with Pastor Jimmy Mercer and Pastor Ray Connor officiating. Burial will follow at Styron Cemetery in Davis. The family will receive friends from 6:00 –8:00 PM on Saturday at Noe-Brooks Funeral Home of Morehead City.

He is survived by his fiancée, Debbie Tomlinson of Newport; three sons, Linwood “Trey” Rudolph Letchworth, III and wife, Holly of New Bern; Davis Letchworth and fiancée, Christina of Southern Pines; Hunter Lee Letchworth of Fayetteville; two grandchildren, Gauge and Landon Letchworth; two sisters, Lois Lynn Letchworth of Davis; Velvet Goodwin and husband, Sherman of Cedar Island; many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lynn and Lois Letchworth.

Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to: Shriners Children Hospital.

Condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Noe-Brooks Funeral Home, Morehead City, NC.

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Connie Cotten
1 year ago

I was saddened to hear about Buddy, he was a very kind man, he was always smiling and funny, he was a great help for those who needed him. I pray for his family and friends.

Kent Dorsey
1 year ago

While Buddy was in Scotland Neck, the area and people were very special to him. I filmed a a funeral directors continuing education documentary “Traveling The NC Funeral Backroads” and Buddy was selected as one of the four funeral directors to be interviewed. He was required to do a short history segment on his area and he choose to do his part on the parking in Scotland Neck.
I have been around many funeral directors in 41 years, and it was obvious to me that Buddy was truly dedicated the people in that area. I have a special place in my heart for that area just because of Buddy’s opinion of people and wanting to serve them well.
Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Home, Bostic, NC

Mike Daughtrey
1 year ago

I worked for Buddy when he owned the funeral home in Scotland Neck. He was one of my best friends and great guy to work for. My heart aches for the family. I will miss him so much.

Roland W Edwards
1 year ago

I’m saddened to see this news. Buddy was a very kind man who was very helpful to many. May his family find peace in the knowledge of the promise of the coming age. Rest in Peace.

Ken Branch past Secretary
1 year ago

On behalf of the brothers of Scotland Neck Lodge 447, we express our sincere condolences to Buddy’s family.. Rest in peace Brother.