Cora Lugenia Harrison Edmonds began her earthly life on February 12, 1938, the daughter of her proud parents, the late George Harrison and Mary Price Wilcox Harrison, of the Thelma Community in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. After a lengthy illness, she was called to her heavenly home to be with the Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 21, 2019, while resting peacefully in Greenville, North Carolina.
Cora was affectionately called by her nickname, DOBUG or DOOLY! There is a story behind this name. As a child, she, along with her sister, Leola, and her cousin, Della, would go in the yard and play in the sand. They watched a little bug make a hole in the sand and then back out of the hole. They would play the game saying, “DOODLEBUG, come out the ground, come out the ground now, DOODLEBUG! Cora was scared of the Doodlebug, and that gave Leola and Della all the more reason to keep playing the game. They started calling her by that nickname which stayed with her for a lifetime. She never complained about it and willingly answered to it since she was a child.
During her early life, Cora began attending church and joined the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina. While in Sunday school, she was taught how to pray and call upon the Lord at an early age. In her elder years, she rededicated her life to JESUS and asked Him to come into her heart and to forgive her for all sins. She knew the Lord, trusted in Him, and believed the written Word in the Bible.
Cora attended the former Print Elementary School in the Summit Community of Littleton, North Carolina, until she met and married Richard Edmonds, who preceded her in death. After marrying, they relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, where they started their family. She was a great mother to her four children and made sure that they received an education. Once her children grew older, she decided to pursue a career in the workforce and found employment in Pikesville, Maryland, at the “WE FIT” Lingerie Boutique. She was responsible for maintenance duties and stocking merchandise to be sold to the customers. After a few years there and being consistently proficient in her duties, her boss trained her to fit customers for different types of lingerie. She retired after many years of loyal, dedicated service and returned home to Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
Cora loved going to the beach, having cook outs, hosting family gatherings on special holidays, and having more than enough for everyone to enjoy themselves. She would always say, “Come on, BABE, help yourself, it’s plenty here to eat.” She could make a cake from a box of cake mix, and it would taste like it was made from scratch when she added her own special variety of ingredients. It would make your mouth water and want to eat more and more. Besides cooking and baking, Cora also had a passion for fishing and going HERRING dipping in the spring. Hundreds of fresh herrings would be netted up, brought back home, and cleaned. She had this old wooden barrel where she would salt them down, keep them until winter came, and then give them to family, friends, and neighbors. She and her cousin Della would also go to Huber’s Farm to pick vegetables and fruits to can, freeze, or just give to the neighbors.
Cora loved people, and if anyone called her for a favor, she would never deny them and was always willing to assist anyone who needed help in any way she could. However, her greatest passion in life was for her family. She adored her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all of her immediate family.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her son, Frank Roderick Edmonds; her daughter, Leola Vonzella Edmonds, and her sister, Leola Harrison.
Those now left to forever treasure the precious memories of her life and love are her two sons, George Norman Edmonds (Mary) of Littleton, NC, and Delancy Edmonds of Roanoke Rapids, NC; six grandsons, Dante Edmonds of Baltimore, MD, Frank Roderick Lynch (Jennifer) of Gaston, NC, Shaun Edmonds of Charlotte, NC, Damien Edmonds (Brittney) of Virginia Beach, VA, George Edmonds, Jr. (Anitra) and Delancy “Duncan” Edmonds all of Littleton, NC; many great-grandchildren; her niece, Lisa Jones (Timmy), her great-niece, Makinize Jones, and her great-nephews, Lemar, Aaron, and Christopher Jones all of Knightdale, NC; a special cousin, Rosa Jarrel Martin of Roanoke Rapids, NC; her other close cousins, Della, Edith, Tonya, Cornelia, and Leon whom she dearly loved and was very fond of all of their children; and a host of other family members and friends.
Cora will be greatly missed, but God, in His infinite wisdom, saw fit to call her home to suffer no more. She fought a good fight, kept the faith, and has finished the race! She was a blessed mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, cousin, friend, and neighbor. She was a gift from GOD, and there will never be another DOBUG or DOOLY. Rejoice and Celebrate her life! She has been taken to THE KING! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 28, 2019, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home, 215 US Highway 158, Littleton, NC. Evangelist Della Wilcox Romey will deliver the eulogy, and burial will follow in the Wilcox Family Cemetery, 6041 Thelma Road, Roanoke Rapids, NC. The body will repose at the funeral home on Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 12:00 Noon – 8:30 P.M., and the family will receive friends for one hour prior to the funeral time.