Rev. Steve G. Ipock & Diane Coward IpockJanuary 27, 2014
Rev. Steve G. Ipock, 66, and his wife, Diane Coward Ipock, 63, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, January 27, 2014.
A joint funeral service will be conducted on Saturday at 11 am in the West Vanceboro Church of God by the Reverends Robert Worthington and Chris Elks. Burial will follow in Celestial Memorial Gardens.
Stevie was a lifelong resident of the Vanceboro community of Craven County. He was employed as an electrician at Texas Gulf for a number of years and later at Weyerhaeuser and NADEP at Cherry Point until retiring due to disability in 1997. He accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and soon after started a prayer group that became Maul Swamp Reunion Chapel, which is now Covenant of God Church. Stevie was still serving as the church’s senior pastor.
Diane also a lifelong resident of the Vanceboro community, and was employed at Bosch in New Bern for more than 30 years, retiring in 2001 as purchasing agent. After her retirement she helped care for her grandchildren and supported her husband in his ministry through Covenant of God Church.
Stevie and Diane were preceded in death by Stevie’s parents, Raleigh and Evelyn Adams Ipock and Diane’s mother, Ida Lee Wetherington Coward.
They are survived by their daughter, Kim Tyree and husband, Jay, of Ernul; grandchildren, Taylor and Logan; Stevie’s sister, Sondra Ipock Riggs and husband, Dennis, of Pollocksville; Diane’s father, Allen Coward; her brother, John Allen Coward and wife, Nancy; and her sister, Sandra C. Elks and her husband, Chris, all of Vanceboro; their nieces and nephews, Chris Elks, Jr., Tracy Coward, Randle Elks, Rodney and Randy Riggs; and many special cousins and friends.
The family will receive friends Friday at West Vanceboro Church of God from 6 to 8 pm and at other times at their home on River Rd.
Memorial contributions may be made to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23453.