UNION GROVE, N.C. – Edward C. “Chris” Preble Jr., 69, husband of Marianne R. Preble, died June 26, 2006, at Davis Regional Medical Center in Statesville, N.C. He was born April 17, 1937, in Dover-Foxcroft, the son of Edward and Louise Preble. Chris served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He worked in construction and was a truck driver in Maine and New Hampshire before retiring to North Carolina. He is survived by his loving wife, Marianne of Union Grove, N.C.; a son, Christopher E. of Union Grove, N.C.; two daughters, Vicki L. Carey of Dublin, Ga. and Laura L. Preble of Raleigh, N.C.; three grandchildren, Nicole and Shaun Carey of Dublin, Ga. and Cheyanne M. Preble of Canaan, N.H.; a sister, Priscilla and her husband, James Bolduc, of Augusta; a brother-in-law, Reginald Boobar of Union Grove, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Joanne R. Hill of Charlestown, N.H.; several nieces and nephews; and a very dear family friend, Jon G. Fifield. His parents and a sister, Elizabeth predeceased him. Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. July 8, at the family lot in Gray Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft.