Robert David Mustian

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Oct. 4, 1939 — June 1, 2019

R. David Mustian, PhD, passed away on June 1, 2019, at the age of 79 after an extended illness. He was born in Vance County on Oct. 4, 1939, to Edward Louis Mustian Sr. and Ila Blanche Hedgepeth Mustian.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Nell Worsley and Ann Edwards, and brother, Louis Mustian.

He leaves his wife, Norma Mustian of Wilson. He is also survived by his daughters, Deanne Mustian Dilley and husband David of Raleigh, Amy Mustian Stroud and husband Murry of Winterville and daughter (by marriage) Tia Marie Gribble and husband Todd of Concord; son (by marriage), Jamie Nance and wife Angie of Wilson; grandchildren, Anna Cecil, Dawson Dilley, Maggie, Abby and Henry Gribble and Brendan and Gavin Nance; sister, Elizabeth Hood of Virginia; and his loyal canine companion, Misty.  Dr. Mustian was also loved and adored by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dr. Mustian was an alumni distinguished professor at North Carolina State University, with a career spanning over 44 years where he enjoyed traveling the world. Before retirement, Dr. Mustian was a faculty member of the N.C. Agricultural Extension Service — adult education division at N.C. State University. He had many roles throughout the years such as an ordained minister, women’s basketball coach and Sunday school teacher that brought him much joy.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson. The family will receive guests prior to the memorial service from 10 to 10:45 a.m. A 3 p.m. graveside devotion will follow in the Union Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, 6535 Raleigh Road, Kittrell.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the SECU Hospice House of Smithfield, P.O. Box 1376, Smithfield, N.C. 27577 or a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home at www.joyners.net.