This page was create to remember those members who are deceased.
Mrs. Barbara Ann Baxley Britt
Rev. Nash Andrew Odom
Jimmy D. Howell
Ava Nell Lee Stephens
Henry A. McKinnon, Jr.
Dr. Janie B. Silver
Mrs. Nancy Starnes
Mrs. Annie McKee
Barbara Ann Baxley Britt
Mrs. Barbara Ann Baxley Britt, of 1304 Redwood Circle in Lumberton, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Southeastern Regional Medical Center.
Barbara was born in Robeson County, Jan. 27, 1945, the daughter of the late Thomas and Dorothy Baxley.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Jacob Vernon Britt II; a son, Jacob Vernon Britt III and his wife, Amy, of Lumberton; and a daughter, Sherri Britt Williams and her husband, Cornelius, of Raleigh. Barbara also had six grandchildren, Jonathan Britt and Chelsea Nicole Prevatte, Ava Corynn and Aubrey Anne Williams of Raleigh, and Jacob Vernon Britt IV and Abigail Savannah Britt of Lumberton. She is also survived by five sisters, Jean West, Mary Dawson, Nancy Hickman, Patricia Romine and Vickie Abbott; and a brother, Tommy Wayne Baxley. Barbara retired from the Public Schools of Robeson County after 30 years and then became the District 16 B Court custody mediator for Robeson County. She most recently served with her husband at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, where he is the pastor.
Rev. Nash Andrew Odom
Robeson County lost a well-esteemed citizen, and RCGS lost a valued charter member, this past Monday upon the sudden and untimely passing of Nash Odom.
Nash was a much-loved pastor, a fine family man, and an outstanding local historian and genealogist whose research and published works have been, and will continue to be, of inestimable value to family historians everywhere who have roots in this county and its environs.
His deep knowledge of all things Robsonian will be impossible to duplicate, so we in the Society will strive to see that his research is preserved and shared as he wanted it to be.
Our deepest sympathy is with his wife Helen, their children, and extended family members.
The Rev. Nash Andrew Odom, 78, passed away on Oct. 3, 2011, at his home in Lumberton.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Lumberton, Dr. David Elks and the Rev. Alden Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Cemetery in Lumberton.
He was born on April 16, 1933, in Robeson County. He was the son of the late Bernice M. Odom and Emma W. Johnson Odom of Lumberton.
He was educated in the Lumberton city schools. He graduated from Campbell University, Wake Forest University, East Carolina University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He served as pastor of West Lumberton Baptist Church, Back Swamp Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Dublin, First Baptist Church of Proctorville, and First Baptist Church of Lake Park, Fla., retiring from Director of Missions Petersburg Baptist Association in Petersburg, Va. He led mission trips to the mission field of the Southern Baptist Convention. He was active in civic and community affairs. He was a member of the General Board of N.C. Baptist Convention and the Florida Baptist Historical Committee.
After retirement, he served as interim pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Emporia, Va., Crowder Memorial Baptist Church in Petersburg, Va., Tar Heel Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Clarkton, and First Baptist Church of Rockingham.
He had a love of history and shared that love with many friends and family. His research will be shared with local libraries and the colleges he attended. He was active in the Robeson County Museum and Historical Societies.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ewin Odom and Alex Odom; and three sisters, Virginia Odom, Clara Odom Elliott and Ernestine Hartzman.
Rev. Odom is survived by his wife of 51 years, Helen Allen Odom of the home; children, Penny Holland and husband Jeffery, both of Burlington, Andrea Lewis and husband Joseph, both of Cary, Christy Hamm and husband Dr. Phillip Hamm, both of Ellenton, Fla.; a sister, Nola Horne of Gastonia; seven lovely grandchildren, Eva Holland, Clayton Holland, Nathan Lewis, Emily Lewis, Abby Hamm, Jonathan Hamm and Ethan Hamm; and a special aunt and uncle, Milton and Alice Kinlaw.
The visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Floyd Mortuary & Crematory, 809 E. Fifth St., Lumberton and other times at the home.
If you wish, memorials may be made to the Nash A. and Helen A. Odom Educational Fund at Campbell University, P.O. Drawer 4050, Buies Creek, N.C., 27506.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.floydmortuary.net.
Jimmy D. Howell
Jimmy D. Howell, formerly of Lumberton and a long time member of the Robeson County Genealogical Society, died on September 04, 2011, at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife, Becky Howell of Sunset Beach, NC, two sons, Duke Howell of Wilmington, NC, Michael Howell of Atlanta, Georgia and one daughter, Michelle Howell of Lumberton.
Jimmy spent many enjoyable hours researching his family tree and exploring old graveyards to document ancestral information. He was especially proud of the two volume history of the Howell family that he completed in 2005. His family and friends will remember him for the interesting and humorous stories he told of his many quests to gather information for his genealogy projects.
Submitted by Janet Howell
Ava Nell Lee Stephens
January 19, 2011
Ava Nell Lee Stephens, 78, of Cape Carteret died Wednesday January 19, 2011 at her home.
Mrs. Stephens was a member of Hocutt Memorial Baptist Church in Burlington, NC she was also active in the American Academy of Dance in Burlington, NC and the Alamance County Museum of Art in Graham, NC.
A Funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday at First Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Wilkinson officiating. Burial will follow at Seaside Memorial Park.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years John A. Stephens of Cape Carteret; two brothers, Norman A. Lee of Cypress Springs, TX; Larry Lee of Cranberry, TX.
From Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville, NC
We would like to offer our condolences to the family of Mr. Henry "Sandy" McKinnon. We have all enjoyed his sharing of the past with us. He was a great historian and we appreciate his contributions. He will be missed, but his historical articles will live on.
The Robesonian Jan. 12, 2011
McKinnon, ex-judge, historian, dies at 88
by Bob Shiles, Staff Writer The Robesonian
LUMBERTON; Former N.C. Superior Court Judge Henry A. "Sandy" McKinnon Jr. of Lumberton, an avid Robeson County historian, died Monday. He was 88.
As of late Monday, arrangements with Revels Funeral Home in Lumberton were still incomplete.
McKinnon, a graduate of Duke University Law School, served as a Superior Court judge for the state's 16th Judicial District from 1950 to 1980. Retiring after being elected to the bench five times without opposition, he continued to serve as an emergency judge until 1992.
"Sandy was a student of history and a student of the law," said Lumberton attorney John Wishart Campbell, a lifelong friend of the judge. "He was a level headed, honest public servant. He loved his wife, he loved the law, and he loved Robeson County."
After serving as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II, McKinnon was admitted to the bar in 1947. He then practiced law with his father in the Lumberton firm of McKinnon and Seawell and later in the firm of McKinnon and McKinnon until accepting the Superior Court judgeship in 1950.
McKinnon, born in Maxton, was the first of three sons of Henry A. and Margaret Borden McKinnon. His father, a former mayor of Maxton, Robeson County attorney and state senator, moved his family to Lumberton in 1934.
While Sandy McKinnon went on to practice law, his brother Arnold B. McKinnon who died last May pursued a railroad career which eventually led to him becoming CEO of Norfolk Southern Corp. and the railroad's second chairman. The third brother, John B. McKinnon, also became a prominent businessman and today resides in Winston-Salem.
McKinnon is survived by his wife, Martha Bowman McKinnon. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in November.
During his years as a judge, McKinnon became known statewide for his fairness and skills at administering the law. He presided over more than 25 capital murder cases during his term on the bench, 15 of those trials being at a time when the death penalty was the automatic sentence for those convicted of first degree murder.
"He was called in on some difficult cases across the state because of his fairness, wisdom and even handedness," John B. McKinnon said.
Horace Stacy, a longtime Lumberton attorney, said that McKinnon had all the skills, including temperament, to be an "outstanding judge."
Stacy said there are many in the legal community who would say that McKinnon was the top Superior Court judge in the state during his time on the bench.
"He was such a great fellow and liked by everyone," Stacy said. "We are really going to miss him. He was one of the great ones."
Helen Sharpe, a neighbor of McKinnon for many years, said that one of the things she most admired about the judge was that he treated all people equally.
"It didn't matter what their race," Sharpe said. "They were all treated the same."
Sharpe described being a neighbor of McKinnon as a "real blessing."
John B. McKinnon on Monday described his older brother as someone who loved his county, the law, history and nature.
"He loved Robeson County, the people in the county, and writing about the county. He loved history," McKinnon said. "He always said that his loves were hunting, fishing and local historical research."
Sharpe, who has written extensively about McKinnon and his career, credits the judge with having a vast knowledge of Robeson County, its history and people.
"He knew more about the early history of this county than anyone," she said.
In recent years, McKinnon would occasionally call The Robesonian newspaper to share historical information that might be related to a current event. The newspaper often used him as a resource.
"You know, sometimes it's hard to find something good to say about a person," said Campbell, who as well as being McKinnon's friend since school days tried cases before the judge. "But in the case of Sandy McKinnon, it's hard to find anything bad to say ... . He was just a plain old boy loved by a lot of people, including me."
Dr. Janie Malloy Britt Silver
Dr. Silver was a person that I admired. I remember her sense of humor and how she made each person feel equally important. I remember working with her on the Robeson County Historical Book, a project she enjoyed. She was so excited when we got our copies of the book.
Dr. Janie Malloy Britt Silver, 94, of 102 Elmhurst Drive, Lumberton, passed away on Aug. 12, 2010, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.
She will be interred in the Britt family plot following a graveside service in Meadowbrook Cemetery in Lumberton Saturday at 11 a.m. with Dr. David Elks and the Rev. Tim Little conducting.
Her husband was Samuel A. Silver, who predeceased her in 2000. She was the daughter of the late Evander Malloy Britt and Dorothy Geneva Bowman Britt of Lumberton.
Janie was an admirer of the legal profession because her beloved father had been the founder of the Britt & Britt law firm of Lumberton and served as its first judge of the Recorder Court in 1913. However, she followed her first love, education and teaching. After graduation from Lumberton High School, she attended Mars Hill College, the University of North Carolina, University of Georgia, and the University of Mississippi and received her B.A., masters, and doctorate degrees. She was the first woman to receive a doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi, in 1956.
Dr. Silver applied her training as a teacher in North Carolina public schools, the District of Columbia, and she and her husband spent 25 years as college professors in Arizona, Tennessee, Texas, and North Carolina. She was the first woman to hold the rank of full professor at Pembroke State University, where she headed the Education Department. Following her retirement she has remained professor emeritus of Pembroke State University. She will be long remembered by hundreds of former students whose lives she touched.
In 1983, Dr. Silver was the first woman appointed to the Robeson Community College board of trustees. Her service there brought her an appointment by Gov. Hunt to serve on the N.C. Study Commission for the future of the community college. Active in her political party she served as a member of the State Executive Committee for the N.C. Democratic Party. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Lumberton.
She is survived by a sister, Evelyn Britt Ekern of Fargo, N.D., and family Judge Samuel E. Britt and family of Lumberton, and the family of deceased sister, Dorothy Britt Landis, and the family of deceased brother, Evander M. Britt Jr. of Lumberton.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Biggs Funeral Home in Lumberton.
Memorials may be made to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Robeson Community College, or First Baptist Church.
Read more: The Robesonian - Dr Janie Silver
Nancy Lynn Herring Starnes, the daughter of Joseph and Fannie Mae Herring, passed away June 30, 2009 in Fayetteville, NC. She and husband Mikey (Mike) Starnes were charter members of the Robeson County Genealogical Society and have had continuous membership since the beginning.
Nancy joined the staff at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 1988, working in Accounts Payable, then moved to Student Affairs and Financial Aid before completing work on her Master’s in English Education in 1999 and teaching composition and basic literature in the English and Theatre Department. She completed her undergraduate degree at UNCP in 1992. She taught Freshman Composition 104 and 105.
Nancy was a founding member of the Staff Council and was elected chair twice. As a member, she helped launch the endowed Staff Book Scholarship.
Cooking was her passion for many years. In 2008, after retiring, she published her favorite recipes in a new cookbook, “Nancy’s Recipes: Everyday and Holiday Favorites.” News of the book was carried in a feature story in the Robesonian on Sunday, November 16. The recipes were mostly “Southern Style” with a story for each of them. She loved to read. She loved to do our families’ genealogy. She has worked on it for over 30 years.
Ms. Annie McKee
Ms. Annie McKee was a member of the Robeson County Genealogical Society for a number of years. She added much to our society.
Publish Date: September 9, 2009
Clarkton Annie Byrd McKee, 76, of Clarkton, died Sept. 6, 2009, at Columbus Regional Medical Center.
The funeral will be 3 p.m. Friday at Clarkton Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Stuart Link officiating. Burial will follow in Bladen Memorial Gardens. Surviving are two daughters, Frances Overby of Raleigh and Gail Marsh of Clarkton; two brothers, Charles Byrd of Tar Heel and Truman Byrd of Clarkton; a sister, Hilda Melvin of Elizabethtown; and five grandchildren.
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