The Owner/Broker of CENTURY 21 Sail/Loft Realty is a native of Eastern North Carolina. I actually went to school in New Bern, but spent much of my childhood in Oriental. My Grandparents and my mother’s brother and sister and their families lived in Pamlico County and we visited them almost every weekend. After college, I moved to the mountains of North Carolina and lived there until 1985, when I sold my successful vending business and relocated to my favorite place in the world, Oriental. My wife and I live on the river and enjoy the many different boats we watch traveling the waterway. I have sailed most of my life, but when I’m not out exploring with potential real estate purchasers I now find the fishing in Pamlico County to be what appeals to me most. Come on Down!
Suzanne, an Eastern North Carolina native, has a lifetime fondness for Pamlico County and the relaxed lifestyle that it offers. As a child, Suzanne and her family were frequent visitors of Kennels Beach where they enjoyed fishing and boating on the majestic Neuse River.
A graduate of East Carolina University , Suzanne earned a BA in Psychology an EDS degree in Counselor Education. When she moved to New Bern , NC in 1975, Suzanne worked for the judicial system in Carteret, Craven and Pamlico Counties. She was a School Counselor for Pamlico County Schools for six years. After 30 years of employment with the state government, Suzanne retired in 2005 to join the team of CENTURY 21 Sail/Loft Realty as an Associate Broker. Suzanne will use her “listening” experience as a counselor to help you find the property you desire.
Suzanne is a member of the Oriental Women’s Club. She has also served on the Hodges Education Foundation, the Camp Seagull/Seafarer Outreach Committee, the Board of Directors for the Pamlico County Partnership for Children, the Pamlico County Criminal Justice Partnership, the Pamlico County Juvenile Prevention Council and the adjunct faculty of Wesleyan College.
Suzanne has always loved Pamlico County because it reminds her of the rural community where she grew up. Making a dream reality, Suzanne moved to Oriental, NC in 1991 and married Larry Gwaltney. Suzanne enjoys living on the Neuse River in Oriental, NC. Her favorite pastime is watching the boating activity and beautiful sunsets on the Neuse River. She and Larry also enjoy boating and exploring the river and creeks at their back door.
Janice Joyner Cox
Janice grew up in Rocky Mount, N.C., but spent her childhood summers fishing and crabbing with family at her grandparents’ cottage on the Pamlico Sound in Beaufort County. She earned a BA Degree in English and a Masters of Education from North Carolina State University. Following college graduation, she began a 25-year local government career with the City of Rocky Mount, N.C., serving more than twenty years as Human Resources Director. She served as Director of Human Resources with the Georgetown County School District in coastal South Carolina from 2004 – 2010.
Janice had the good fortune of relocating to Pamlico County in 2010 while her late husband, Cleve, was affiliated with Pamlico Community College. Her older son, Henry, now lives in Oriental; he is a graduate of Tri-County Technical College in Central, S.C. and works as a heating & air-conditioning technician in New Bern. Younger son, Jesse, lives in Raleigh where he is a student at N.C. State University; he also serves with the Army National Guard.
As an active member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Oriental, Janice serves on the church Vestry, as a Sunday Greeter, and as Chair of the Outreach Committee. When at home, she relishes time on her screened porch, where she is blessed with tranquil views of Dawson Creek and an abundance of marsh wildlife.
Janice is excited about her “new” career as an Associate Broker with Century 21 Sail/Loft Realty in Oriental, N.C. With a track record of customer focus and quality service, she enjoys providing professional real estate services that exceed client expectations. She takes great pleasure in meeting & developing relationships with potential Buyers & Sellers and in sharing her enthusiasm for the beauty and unique lifestyle found in eastern North Carolina. Contact Janice for assistance so that you, too, can “come home” to Pamlico County.
Cell Phone: 252-515-6364
Office Phone: 252-249-1787
Born in eastern North Carolina, Jill Harris moved to Ohio, Tennessee, and back home again in 2005. You could say Jill learned very early about relocating and she has a passion for helping people who are moving around the country to make their move less stressful. Her family’s logistics business acquainted Jill early on with domestic and international shipping. Earning TSA Indirect Air Carrier Certification and working with air freight forwarders and airlines created the foundation for her real estate career. Jill’s background in logistics and shipping serves her customers well as they seek coordination of services to make a move into our community.
Working alongside her husband, Shane, a general contractor in Pamlico County, Jill is knowledgeable about all aspects of the home building process from the foundation up. She has a passion for helping clients to identify their lifestyle needs and to identify a home that will best serve those needs and dreams while keeping within a budget.
Jill resides in Merrit, NC with husband, Shane, and their son, Nicholas, and dogs, Murphy and Dobby. She and her family are active members of Oriental First Baptist Church, where Jill sings in the choir. She enjoys accompanying husband Shane in public performances that include Old Theater and Old Front Porch Music Festival. She also enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Jill looks forward to sharing her knowledge of the area and helping you to make your dream a reality.
Cell phone: 252-571-5853
Office Phone: 252-249-1787
Karen and her husband came to Oriental for a weekend getaway visit in 2017. It only took one day, and she fell in love with the town and the river.
Karen is an outdoors kind of girl. She has fished and caught tarpon in the Florida Keys using crab for bait. During a fishing trip in St Thomas, she hooked a 128” marlin and finally, during her third trip to South Dakota, she took an antelope.
Prior to moving to Oriental, Karen lived and raised her family in the Triangle area of Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. She joined a family owned rental car business and as Sales and Operation manager, Karen helped to grow the company to 34 locations and to 400 employees. The company was acquired by Enterprise, so she took a well-earned early retirement to determine her next adventure and where the road would take her.
Karen has always loved to help others and began volunteering at a local food and clothing store that served those having a difficult time and she became an advocate working with the elderly in retirement facilities insuring their rights and needs were being met.
Please contact Karen today for a cup of coffee or tea at the “Bean” and a talk about how she can find your new home or vacation home in Oriental. And she might share some of her “secret fishing spots” …
Office Phone: 252-249-1787
Although no longer active in the business, we honor “Miss Anne”, as she is affectionately known to her co-workers and friends, as a co-founder of our company. Anne moved to Pamlico County with her husband, Joe, in the early 1970’s. Anne’s parents had retired to Oriental years earlier and several of her relatives, including her oldest sister, Helen, still lived there. Just prior to relocating, Anne and Joe sold their 2200-acre waterfront development near New Bern. This property is now known as the Fairfield Harbor Community.
Although the Gwaltneys had planned for an early retirement, it just wasn’t in the cards. Anne and Joe purchased a beautiful wooded 60-acre waterfront tract near Oriental, which is now the Sail/Loft subdivision. It wasn’t long before the Gwaltneys founded Sail/Loft Realty, Inc., the area’s oldest and most respected real estate company. Anne and Joe operated Sail/Loft Realty until 1985, when it was sold to their children. In 1992 “Miss Anne” came out of retirement to sell real estate when her son, Larry, purchased the family business from his siblings.
“Miss Anne” is no longer with us, but her lovely spirit lives on at Sail/Loft Realty, Inc. Her son, Larry, is the Broker-in-Charge. Anne was very active in her church and community. She was an avid bridge player and known by many for her generosity and gracious hospitality. (Lovingly written by her son Larry)