Etta C. Cuthrell
July 23, 1929 – April 10, 2017
Etta Mae Cahoon Cuthrell, 87, of the Kilkenny Community, died, April 10, 2017 at Cross Creek Health Care Center, Swan Quarter.
Born in Tyrrell County, July 23, 1929, she was the daughter of the late William Thomas and Martha Cartwright Cahoon.
She was wife to William A. Cuthrell for 64.5 years. She is mother to six children; grandmother to nine grandchildren; great-grandmother to twenty great grandchildren and great great-grandmother to two and one half great-greatgrandchildren. She is Aunt Etta Mae to many, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Her love shines from deep within and there has always been plenty for all. Over the years, she has quietly offered guidance and wisdom when called upon. As a Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Friend and Neighbor her worth cannot be measured.
Along with rearing six children in a small house, on a small farm, she also shared her home with daddy’s mother and father. As they approached their golden years and couldn’t do things for themselves, mama cared for them until their death. By the 1970s her parents were getting older and grandma wasn’t physically able to prepare their meals. Mama began cooking extra food every day so she could make sure that grandmamma and granddaddy had a hot meal at lunchtime and enough left for supper. She would deliver their meal first, and then she and daddy would eat. Even though these loved ones are gone, she still finds joy in sharing food with anyone who stops by to visit her. She has always taken care of someone.
When we were small, we had seven first cousins, about the same age as we were who lived across the road from our house. Their father (daddy’s brother) died at a young age and their Mother (mama’s sister) was hospitalized from time-to-time. During those times when our aunt was in the hospital, Mama took her children into our home, and we became one larger but happy family. It was important to her that the children felt secure and didn’t have the worry about where they were going to stay. Mama made sure we all had a hot breakfast each morning and that our homework was done and we were dressed up ready to go to school. She also insisted that we be on our best behavior at school. If someone bothered one of us, we just needed to report it back to her and she would take care of the situation. Unfortunately, our aunt was diagnosed with cancer and sick for an extended period of time before she died at the age of 54. Mama stepped right into the role of going across the road every day and taking care of her sister. Today we share our mama with our cousins and say that we are a family of 13 children. More recently, she cared for her husband until he passed away in May 2009.
For many years, Mother was known from Manteo to Virginia Beach because she milked two cows by hand every morning and every night. People would come from all around to get a pint of cream. Over the years many friendships were made and are still on-going. People would come to get milk and cream but stayed to visit and share a meal.
One year before Christmas, a group of young people came to sing Christmas Carols for mama. She knew they were coming so she had a basket of large navel oranges all ready to pass out after the singing. As she was passing out the oranges, one little fellow in the back of the group ask, “Aunt Etta Mae, do you have any biscuits?” Mother can’t hear so an older child asked a little louder, “Aunt Etta Mae, Pac Man wants to know if you have any biscuits?” Mom stated she did have biscuits and went into the kitchen and brought out a plate of biscuits. The children all left with a biscuit and a navel orange.
Several times each week, the school bus stops at her house and a great granddaughter and a great grandson get off the bus to stay with her until their mother comes home from work. These two special little people know that “granny” will have a snack ready for them.
Etta Mae Cuthrell has lived her life with a positive attitude, full of faith, grace and dignity. Her motto has always been to look on the bright side with a cup that is half-full. This is a lady who has worked very hard all of her life. She has served as a caregiver for the elderly, Sunday school teacher for the young, and coach for the grandchildren, and a good neighbor for all.
Surviving are two sons; Ronald L. Cuthrell and wife Frances, Ernie Cuthrell both of Fairfield; four daughters, Willene C. Brinn and husband Burl of Belhaven, Helen C. Martin of Greenville, Rita C. Marshall and husband Phillip of Nashville and Delia C. Mooney and husband Glenn of Fairfield; nine grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; two and one half great great-grandchildren; two brothers, Delmo E. Cahoon and wife Sharon of Edenton and Ted Cahoon and wife Chris of Fairfield.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday at the family plot in Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Steve Bryan will officiate.
She was preceded in death by four brothers and five sisters.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church, P.O. Box 159, Engelhard, NC 27824
The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service, Columbia on Wednesday evening between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
BRYAN FUNERAL SERVICE, COLUMBIA CHAPEL
Wednesday April 12th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
162 L A KEISER DR.
COLUMBIA, NC 27925
Special Instructions: In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church, P.O. Box 159, Engelhard, NC 27824Text me the address
Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery
Thursday April 13th, 2017
North Lake Road
Fairfield , NC 27826
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So sorry for your loss. She was a super great lady in my book. I sure will miss our 1:00 Friday afternoon visits. No doubt she loved and was proud of her family, she spoke of it often. Prayers for peace and comfort.
Submitted by Stephanie Marshall on Apr 15 2017 07:54:17 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. She was a sweet lady.
Submitted by Marla Gibbs on Apr 14 2017 01:56:54 PM
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Nancy and Ronnie Lewis lit a candle on Apr 13 2017 05:14:22 PM
Praise for the life of this "good and faithful servant". I celebrate with you on her homecoming. You have so many cherished memories that you can remember and keep her legacy alive. I pray for peace and comfort for you and your family
Submitted by Dick and Sandra Tunnell on Apr 13 2017 12:55:26 PM
Prayers to the family! Gardner & Kim Smith
Submitted by Gardner & Kim Smith on Apr 13 2017 10:05:36 AM
I am sorry. I pray your faith brings peace to you and your family.
Submitted by Fara Zimmerman on Apr 13 2017 06:47:49 AM
Such a beautiful, kind and sweet Lady. Take your rest in our father's arms sweet Mrs. Etta.
In tender sympathy,
Olian and Barbara Spencer
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Kay Lockley Ambrose lit a candle on Apr 12 2017 10:47:42 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mrs. Etta Mae was a great friend to all those she met in her life. She will be greatly missed.
Pam & Wayne Simmons
Submitted by Pam Simmons on Apr 12 2017 10:22:36 AM
Where do I start. Aunt Etta Mae has always been so good to me. I loved her so much. She gave great advice and cooked the best pig picken cake. My children loved her to pieces. They always wanted her biscuits and at family reunions. We all made sure we got one. Each everyone of y'all are in my prayers. We love ❤️ all.
Submitted by Angela Cahoon on Apr 11 2017 11:44:05 PM
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