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Beatrice Edwards Whitehurst

December 22, 1941 January 14, 2019
Beatrice Edwards Whitehurst
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Beatrice Edwards Whitehurst, 77, passed away peacefully Monday morning at her home.

Bea was born in Johnston County on December 22, 1941 to the late Leon and Flossie Woodall Edwards. She was a member of the Kenly Methodist Church. Bea had a wonderful career working with Governor Jim Martin in the communications department of the Governor’s office. She received the highest honor of the State of North Carolina by being awarded the Order of The Long Leaf Pine. Bea will be remembered for her calmness and having a way of handling anything that was sent her way. Family was very important to her, and she enjoyed time spent with them all.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Kenly Funeral Service. A service to remember her life will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Kenly Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul Dunham officiating. Burial will follow the service in the Kenly Cemetery.

Bea is survived by her husband of twenty years, Gerald Whitehurst, sons, Chris Jones and wife Amy of Four Oaks and Paul Whitehurst and wife Diana of Kenly; daughter Paula Woodard and husband Tommy of Kenly; brother, Leon Edwards of Annapolis MD; sisters, Louise Forehand of Chesapeake, VA; Nancy Baker and husband Bud of Wilson; Bernice Sullivan and husband Vernon of Ferrum, VA, and Carolyn Jewel and husband Bob of Beaverdam, VA; grandchildren, Deanna Whitehurst and Cameron Woodard; and her special friend Francy Legg.

Although flowers are welcome, memorials may be made in her honor to the Kenly United Methodist Church, 201 E. Second Street, Kenly NC 27542.

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6:00 PM 1/16/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/16/2019 8:00:00 PM
Kenly Funeral & Cremation Service

103 E Second St
Kenly, NC 27542

Kenly Funeral & Cremation Service
103 E Second St Kenly 27542 NC
United States





11:00 AM 1/17/2019 11:00:00 AM - 11:45 AM 1/17/2019 11:45:00 AM
Kenly Methodist Church

201 E. Second Street
Kenly, NC 27542

Kenly Methodist Church
201 E. Second Street Kenly 27542 NC
United States

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