Eunice Neal (Neal) Harrelson

Born: Tue., May 8, 1021
Died: Sun., Jun. 19, 2011


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Eunice Neal Harrelson

Eunice Neal Harrelson was born May 8, 1921 in Providence, N.C.  in Caswell County. She was the second child born to Walter Luther Neal and Sarah Lizzie Ware Neal. Eunice spent her childhood in Providence where she attended grade school in a one room school house. She later attended, and graduated from Cobb Memorial High School, where she met the love of her life, JC Harrelson. They eloped on February 12, 1937 and were married in Leaksville, N.C. Eunice and JC were employed by the American Tobacco Company for many years in Reidsville, N.C.
She went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 19, 2010 at Riverside Health Care and Rehab in Danville, were she resided since January, 2011.

Eunice was a faithful member of her church, Providence Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years and was a Bible teacher and storyteller in Vacation Bible School. She enjoyed storytelling and writing stories. Though out her life, Eunice had a strong interest in learning, especially in history and writing provided her children and grand children with many opportunities to learn through example, reading, and road trips to educational and historic sites. She loved to write especially about her childhood life in Caswell County. She shared stories with her family and others. She served for a time as a columnist for the Caswell Messenger in Yanceyville and for other publications.
After retirement she again followed her quest for learning through traveling to many distant  places and with her husband, and often in the company of their close friends, Catherine and the late Rev. Charles Jenkins of Richmond. She traveled to many locations, included New Mexico, Bermuda and Canada. After her husband’s death, she continued to travel with friends and family to such places as the Missouri Ozarks and New England.
    Eunice was preceded in death by her parents and husband; a sister and two brothers, Ophelia Neal Yarbrough Haymore, Henry Thomas Neal and  Luther Allen Neal. She is survived by her daughters Janice H. Poteat and Judith H. Lawson, of Providence, NC: her son Mark Harrelson, of Danville, Va; in-laws whom she loved as her own children, son-in-law Charlie Poteat and daughter-in-law Shelly Harrelson. She is also survived by six grandchildren; Kenneth Lawson and wife Darla; Joseph Lawson and wife Connie; Donald Lawson and wife Jerald; Stacy Poteat Clayton and husband Danny; Jennifer S. Harrelson; Benjamin S. Harrelson and wife Sherri. Surviving are also five great-grandchildren; Joshua Lawson, Taylor Lawson, Lillian Lawson, JC Lawson and Benjamin J. Harrelson; four step great-grandchildren; Leah Clayton, Joshua Clayton, Savana Rain Harrelson and Mary Kate Welch; and one step great-great grandson Konner Durham. Surviving also are many dearly loved friends, nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends at Providence Baptist Church, at other times , they will be at the home of Judy Lawson in Providence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Providence Baptist Church.
Harrelson Funeral Home in Yanceyville is assisting the family with arrangements.


“His Lord said unto him, Well done thou good and faithful servant…. Enter thou into the joy of the Lord”     Mathew 25; 21  KJV    

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