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William Côté, 68 years old; Saturday service | Obituary

William “Bill” Peter Cote, 68, of Newport, died Tuesday evening, June 8, 2021, at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side.

His memorial service is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Franklin Memorial United Methodist Church in Morehead City. A reception will take place after the service.

Bill was born on February 26, 1953 in Gardner, Mass. At the age of 6, he was playing the accordion and continued to play several instruments. It has found its place in the tuning and repair of pianos. He has performed at many venues in the area including Snug Harbor for many years. Bill liked to play standards, blues, show tunes and jazz.

Bill loved the Lord and his word, and he had a passion for learning the scriptures and teaching Bible studies. He loved his church family at Franklin Memorial United Methodist Church and was their pianist for many years.

Survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Bette Bothun Cote of Newport; their precious daughter, Celeste and their fiancé Taylor Bradley of Wilmington; her aunts, Kathy Currier of Washington, North Carolina, and Shirley Ryan of Yorktown, Virginia; niece, Amy Young of Florida; sisters-in-law, Corrine and her husband Roger Tobolt, Eunice and her husband Roger Digre, Mavis and her husband Ken Bolin and Janet Nelson, all of Minnesota, and Donna and her husband Dan Boren of Goldsboro; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Dorothy Cote; his sister, Martha Florence; brother, David Côté; nephew, Scott Frenette; and brother-in-law, Tom Nelson.

The family thank Dr. Alonzo Davis and his staff for their care over the years and the nurses who cared for Bill at the end of his life at Carteret Health Care.

Arrangements are being made by Noe-Brooks Funeral Home in Morehead City. Condolences and respects of life can be sent to the family at

(paid obituary)