Duplin County

County History: 
Quick Facts
People and Biographies
Notable individuals from nursing history.
  • Rosetta Jessup (1949- ): Jessup woked at Vidant Duplin Hospital for over four decades as a charge nurse in labor and delivery, newborn nursery and women's services. She's also a mentor and preceptor for newly hired nurses. A member of NAACP and served as chairperson for the Mother-of-the-Year Program, a college scholarship program. She was honored as one of the Great 100 Nurses in 2013.
  • Rebecca H. Judge ( ): Recipient of the "Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award" and inducted into the "Duplin County Hall of Fame" in 2018 for exemplary service in her health care career, Judge is a nurse and advocate for mental health awareness in Duplin County, NC. Judge was instrumental in establishing the first mental health center in Duplin County; she participated in the planning and development of the first psychiatric unit at Duplin General Hospital, and received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Clinical Service- Easter Region, NC Division.  She has a large number of civic services she participates in including; member of Eastpointe Mental Health Board of Directors – Chairman two terms, Member of Eastern Carolina Human Services Agency Board of Directors- Finance Committee, member of Duplin County Partnership for Career Planning- chairman two terms, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc – Chi Iota Omega Chapter.
  • Gloria Taylor Cheek King (1946- ): King is a Duplin County nurse who grew up during the Civil Rights era. An excerpt about her experiences, taken from Evelyn Wicker's "Voices," can be found attached in the Resources section below.
Additional resources for further research.
Compiled by: 
Phoebe Pollitt