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Beatrice Edwards Whitehurst

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Dec. 22, 1941 — Jan. 14, 2019

KENLY — Beatrice Edwards Whitehurst, 77, passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 at her home.

Bea was born in Johnston County on Dec. 22, 1941 to the late Leon and Flossie Woodall Edwards. She was a member of Kenly United Methodist Church. Bea had a wonderful career working with Gov. 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 received friends Wednesday at Kenly Funeral Service. A service to remember her life was held Thursday at Kenly United Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul Dunham officiating. Burial in the Kenly Cemetery followed the service.

Bea is survived by her husband of 20 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, Maryland; sisters, Louise Forehand of Chesapeake, Virginia; Nancy Baker, and husband, Bud, of Wilson, Bernice Sullivan, and husband, Vernon, of Ferrum, Virginia and Carolyn Jewel, and husband, Bob, of Beaverdam, Virginia; grandchildren, Deanna Whitehurst and Cameron Woodard; and her special friend, Francy Legg.

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

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