Eddie Lane Fitzgerald died on February 10, 2021 at Kinston Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Eddie was born in Kinston on (January 23, 1959) to parents Hawthorne and Mildred Fitzgerald. He completed his studies at East Carolina University in Communication and Journalism. Eddie was employed by the Kinston Free Press, New Bern Sun Journal, Wilson Times, Elizabeth City Daily Advance and Goldsboro New-Argus Newspapers. He received two State Associated Press awards in spot news and investigative journalism. He also received top honors from the North Carolina Press Association and was recognized by Governor James Martin.