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Peggy Stanton

  Peggy  Stanton

Peggy Stanton

Date of Service: Saturday, October 19, 2019

Time of Service: 11:00 AM

Miss Peggy Jane Stanton, 88, a resident of 1972 S. Lake Lodge Road, died Tuesday October 8, 2019 at her home. Born July 12, 1931 in Vance County, she was the daughter of the late Henry Washington Stanton and Maude Hobgood Stanton. She was a graduate of Zeb Vance High School as valedictorian: she received her bachelor’s degree from Greensboro College with a major in English and a minor in religious education, graduating Magna Cum Laude and serving as editor-in-chief on their yearbook staff; and she received her Master of Arts in English and a minor in secondary education from Duke University. She also studied English and journalism at the University of Tennessee on a fellowship granted by the Wall Street Journal. Miss Stanton continued her love of learning participating in the Governor’s School Teacher Training Institute in Winston Salem, a follow-up institute at UNC Charlotte, and various professional development courses from East Carolina University and correspondence courses at the University of Chicago. A dedicated high school English teacher for over 40 years, Miss Stanton began her career in Hoke County High School in Raeford and after two years taught at Charles L. Coon High School in Wilson. Some of her duties at those schools were sponsor of the dramatics club, sponsor of the booster club and sponsor of the junior class. She finally moved home to Henderson High School where she was the advisor for the school newspaper, The Bulldog. Once the high school moved to Vance Senior High, she became one of the sponsors for the National Honor Society and spent some time advising, The Viking. One of her hobbies was traveling; therefore, she planned school trips to New York and England. She also helped with numerous school productions. In 1979, Miss Stanton received the Teacher of the Year Award. She was also a member and involved in many professional organizations: North Carolina Association of Educators- served as secretary for Vance County, NC Teachers of English Association, past president of the English teachers in the east central district of NCAE, Delta Kappa Gamma an international honor society for women educators- appointed as professional affairs chairman and served as vice president. When she wasn’t spending her summers at these meetings or professional development, she performed or worked behind the scenes in many of the Henderson Rec Players performances, including Mame, Carousel, Fiddler On The Roof, The Sound of Music, just to name a few. She considered some of her highest honors, along with Teacher of the Year to be inducted into the International Thespian Society and selected as secretary of the NC Symphony Orchestra. Her love of music continued as a choir member at her church, since birth, Union Chapel United Methodist Church in Kittrell. Miss Stanton also served her church in various ways as well. Funeral services will be held Saturday October 19, 2019 at 11am at Union Chapel United Methodist Church by the Rev. Shane Benjamin. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family has asked for friends and family to join them for a reception immediately following in the church fellowship hall. A beloved aunt, she is survived by one sister, Carolyn S. Parham of the home; Ms. Parham’s children, Donna Diemer of Henderson; Bobby Parham, Jr. of Henderson: Beverly Colmant of Gainesville, FL; Angela Hartwell of Wellington, FL; a sister-in- law, Frances Stanton of Kittrell; her children, Danny Stanton of Henderson and Billy Stanton of Kittrell; another sister-in-law, Gayle Stanton of Henderson; her children, Ellen Stanton Griswold of Jefferson, GA and David Stanton of Franklinton; a brother- in-law, George Overton of Fayetteville and his son Keith Overton of Orlando, FL; a first cousin, Willie Stanton; 11 great nieces and nephews, and 6 great great nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Bernice S. Overton and two brothers, Bracey Stanton and Bernard Stanton. Also was her companion of many years, Randolph Edwards. The family will receive friends and family Friday October 18, 2019 from 6 until 7:30pm at J. M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home. Serving as active pallbearers will be Danny Stanton, Billy Stanton, Bobby Parham, Jr., David Stanton, Willie Stanton, Willie Stanton, Jr., Wil Stanton and Stanton Parham. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Union Chapel United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Mildred Ross, 908 Avis Lane, Henderson, NC, 27536. The family would like to recognize and thank her main care givers Jenny Smith and Yvette Williams. The family regrets overlooking anyone, as there were many wonderful people that assisted Miss Peggy on a daily basis.

Date of Death: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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