Fernie Lee Royal

    Birth Date: 07/12/1937
    Deceased Date: 07/16/2023

    CMSgt Fernie Lee Royal, an honorable man of unwavering dedication, passed away peacefully at the age of 86, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, July 16, 2023 at his home. Funeral Services will be held 11:00AM, Wednesday, January 31, 2024 in the Old Post Chapel in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC. Burial will follow in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC with full Military Honors.

    Born on July 12, 1937 in Sampson County, NC, Fernie was the cherished son of James Luby Royal and Pherby Gertrude Wood Royal. He was also preceded in death by a brother, James Earl Royal and a sister, Doris Royal Frix.

    Fernie’s life was marked by numerous achievements and a commitment to serving his country and his family. After graduating from Meadow High School in 1955, he served eight months in the Army National Guard and then enlisted in the US Air Force in 1956, embarking on a 30-year career that culminated in the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. His dedication to his military duties earned him several prestigious awards and accolades, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, among others. Fernie’s passion for excellence extended beyond the military, as he later retired from the NC Highway Patrol as an Electronics Communications Specialist after 19 years of honorable service.

    Throughout his life, Fernie Lee Royal remained committed to learning and growth. He pursued his education diligently, earning a Master’s Degree in Economics with a history minor from University of Nebraska Omaha in 1977. His thirst for knowledge and dedication to self-improvement left an indelible mark on those around him.

    On a personal level, Fernie’s heart belonged to his beloved wife, Shelby Jean McLamb Royal, whom he married in 1957 in Dillon, SC. Their marriage was a source of strength and love for over six decades. Together they raised four children, Jason Lee Royal (April), Victor Ray Royal (Beth), Frederick Dale Royal, and Sharon Jean Royal Samia (Mark), instilling in them the same values of kindness, integrity, and perseverance that defined Fernie’s character.

    One of the joys of Fernie’s life came from his role as a grandfather to Rachel, Rebecca, Arthur, Justin, Richard, Sarah, James, Samuel, Victoria, Hannah, and Victor, who brought immeasurable happiness to his heart. He was equally delighted to welcome eight great-grandchildren into the family, a testament to the lasting love he cultivated among generations.

    Fernie Lee Royal’s spiritual journey was an essential aspect of his life. Deeply rooted in faith, he embraced Christianity and devoted his life to following Jesus. On August 6, 2017 he made the life-changing decision to give his heart to Christ, and on August 20, 2022 he publicly proclaimed his faith through believer’s baptism.

    Fernie’s work ethic, strong character, wisdom, and kindness endeared him to countless friends and family members, including his youngest brother, Jerry Bruce Royal, aged 79 of Durham, NC and many beloved nieces and nephews. His legacy of selflessness and kindness will continue to resonate within their hearts.

    As we mourn the loss of Fernie Lee Royal, we celebrate a life lived with purpose, honor, and love. His memory will forever be etched in our hearts, and his influence will guide us through life’s journey. Let us find comfort in the knowledge that Fernie now rests in the loving arms of the Lord, reunited with those who have gone before him.

    The family will receive friends immediately following the service on Saturday, July 22, 2023 at Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson, NC.

    The family appreciates your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Fernie’s honor.

    Arrangements by Rose and Graham Funeral Home in Benson, NC.

    “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

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