Obits: Eleanor Neely Faulkner

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 11, 2014

Eleanor Neely Faulkner

Eleanor Neely Faulkner, 78, of Advance, died on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. 

Born in Rowan County on Feb. 21, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Cozelle Neely and Betty Belle White Neely. She graduated from Davie County Public Schools and was employed by Drexel Heritage Furniture Co. for some 25 years before devoting the remainder of her life to being a full-time homemaker for her family. She was raised a Baptist, but joined with her husband, Eugene Faulkner, and became an active member of Piney Grove United Methodist Church in Advance where she served as president of the Usher Board. 

Survivors: her husband of 58 years, Eugene; a son, Kenneth E. Faulkner and wife Darnell of Advance; 2 daughters, Debbie Jackson of Advance and Linda Hogan of Winston-Salem; 6 grandchildren, Derick Faulkner of Houston, Texas, Takeila Faulkner and Keneesha Jackson, both of Atlanta, Ga., Kenya Faulkner of Columbus, Ohio, Quinton Faulkner of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Trevon Faulkner of Charlotte; 3 great-grandchildren, Amatai, Akirah and Egypt Faulkner, all of Atlanta; 2 brothers: Carlee Neely and Thomas Neely, both of Mocksville; special nieces, Shelby Neely, Bertha Mayfield and Alberta Arnold; and nephew, Ricky Neely.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, William Paul Neely, and 3 sisters, Mary Alice Neely, Delores Neely and Janie Fortune.

A celebration of life service was held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Piney Grove United Methodist Church with the pastor, the Rev. Ashley White and the Rev. Harrison Carlton officiating. The family received friends at the church from 1 p.m. until the hour of service. Burial followed in the church cemetery. 

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