Mrs. Cleo McGeeJuly 31, 1926 - March 19, 2012
Rocky Mount, NC
Mrs. Cleo McGee, 85, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
On July 31, 1926 and in Nash County, North Carolina, the Lord blessed Reverend Walter and Sarah Cobb-Evans with a beautiful baby girl. Her name would be known to the world as Cleo, but to her family she was “Aunt Mutt”. She was the youngest surviving child out of a large family of siblings. She grew up in a Baptist household where at an early age she abided by her parents teachings and established her spiritual and family principles. She resided in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and the majority of her life, she lived at her beloved home at 525 Dexter Street where she was always willing to greet you with a delicious plate of food and a smile.
After entering the world as a young woman, she transitioned into her God given role and became a mother. She gave birth to her first child, Archie Evans. She was later blessed with two additional bundles of joy, Robert Evans and Levonia Rhinehart. In addition to excelling at being a mother, she also excelled in her job. She turned her passion for cooking into a career. In the late sixties, she worked in several restaurants including the Carlton House, where she worked alongside another great chef, her older brother, the late Walter Evans. Later she worked for Parkview Hospital, which became Nash General Hospital for many years moving from line cook to head cook. In 1984, she retired from Nash General Hospital only to return shortly thereafter to work part-time.
After finally retiring, Cleo embraced another passion, traveling. It was common for Amtrak to see her board their trains as she traveled to Philadelphia, Maryland and Florida to see her family. After her retirement, Cleo embraced another passion; she loved cats. At one point, she had so many, she became known as the “cat lady”. She loved her pets dearly and established bonds with them as well. She was an avid reader, but her favorite book of choice was the Holy Bible. She loved to recite, write and study scriptures. It was no mystery that Cleo Evans McGee loved the Lord and the Holy Spirit. Lastly, she loved her family and would do anything for her family without hesitation. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild were her world.
After serving her God and family for eighty-five years, Cleo was given her wings and gained entry into the heavens on March 19, 2012, leaving a rich legacy that will remain with us all forever.
Cleo is survived by her three children: Archie Evans and wife, Linda, Robert Evans and wife, Marilyn, and daughter: Levonia Rhinehart, all of Rocky Mount, NC; five grandchildren: Felita Evans of Rocky Mount, NC, Shamieka L. Rhinehart of Durham, NC, Anise R. Evans of Maulden, MA, Tarus L. Rhinehart and Deidre C. Evans, both of Rocky Mount, NC; one great-grandchild: Joshua Thompson of Maulden, MA; five sister-nieces: Edna Anderson, Betty Haywood, Gwendolyn Howell and Geraldine Carlton, all of Philadelphia, PA and Sarah Wilson of Florida; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A Visitation for Mrs. McGee will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with the Funeral Service beginning at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 24, 2012, in the Rocky Mount Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home. Rev. Richard Joyner will be officiating.
These professional services have been entrusted to H.D. Pope Funeral Home, located at 325 Nash Street in Rocky Mount, NC.
H.D. Pope Funeral Home extends its sincere appreciation to Rev. Richard Joyner.
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