ROANOKE RAPIDS — Lucy Mae Jarrell Sledge Powell, 61, of 107 Luke St., Roanoke Rapids, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids.
Lucy was the daughter of the late Richard and Leah Harrison, and was born Dec 20, 1947, in Halifax County.
She was the forerunner of the J.P. Stevens Lawsuit for Discrimination many years ago. Lucy also was the owner and operator of the Neighborhood Mini Mart and was lastly employed with Food Lion on Bolling Road, Roanoke Rapids. Lucy was a faithful member of Community Church of Christ #2. She was a advocate for Breast Cancer Awareness.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories, two daughters, Stephanie and Melody Sledge both of Roanoke Rapids; two adopted sons, Lindale Burgess and William Harris (Aakein); one granddaughter, Tonomii Evans; four grandsons, Semaj Sledge, Chauncey and Nicholas Burgess and Joseph Harris; one great-grandson, Marsay Edwards of Roanoke Rapids; seven sisters, Dr. Helen J. Rosser (Melvin) of Roanoke Rapids, Laura Jarrell of Brooklyn, N.Y., Marcella J. Perry (Carlton) of Lanham, Md., Patricia J. Lee of Roanoke Rapids, Mamie J. Wade (Marcel) of Norfolk, Va., Marie J. Squire (William) of LaPlata, Md. and Dr. Carrie J. Tuning of Woodbridge, Va.; two aunts, Lula Garner of Roanoke Rapids and Dona Y. Sparks of Ft. Washington, Md.; great aunts; special friends that she referred to as her son and daughters, Edward Bailey, Daphne Robinson, Juanita Peebles and Janice Newell all of Roanoke Rapids; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many special friends.
A viewing will be held from 1 to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, at Coleman Funeral Home in Garysburg, which is handling the arrangements.
Eulogistic services will be held at noon, Saturday, Dec. 5, at Community Church of Christ #2, Highway 48 in Roanoke Rapids with Elder Tyrone Squire, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Crestview Memorial Cemetery in Roanoke Rapids. The remains will lie in state one hour prior to the funeral.