The earthly life of Hilda Lee began on May 22, 1937, in Halifax County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of the late John Henry Lee and Myra Johnson Lee, whose union was also blessed with two other daughters, Elizabeth Lee Wills and the late Mattie Ree Lee. Hilda passed away on Friday, August 28, 2015, at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, NC, with her dedicated sister, Elizabeth Wills, by her side.
Hilda’s formal education was received at the former John Armstrong Chaloner High School in Roanoke Rapids, NC, and she graduated from the former John R. Hawkins High School in Warren County, NC. Her early working years were spent on her father’s farm and other surrounding farms.
Hilda accepted Christ during her youth, was baptized, and became a devoted member of the Lebanon Baptist Church in the Darlington Community of Halifax County under the leadership of Rev. W.E. Battle. She later changed her membership to the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Littleton, NC. Until her mother’s health began to fail, and then later, her own, she was a faithful member who enjoyed good preaching and singing. She also loved the comradery of her Order of Eastern Star sisters and Masonic brothers.
Throughout her life, Hilda held a variety of jobs. After leaving home, she joined her sisters in New York, where she found gainful employment as a housekeeper. She later relocated to Washington, DC, and worked several years as an elevator operator at Garfinckel’s Department Store. Upon returning home, she became employed as a factory worker and security guard at the former J.P. Stevens and Company in Roanoke Rapids, NC. She later became a proud employee with the Halifax County School System in the Child Nutrition Program at Northwest Halifax High School. The students and staff fondly remember her as a woman who “Didn’t play no games” when it came to keeping her lunch line moving, but they also regarded her as a “Sweet lady” who “Had a heart of gold”. Hilda retired in 2004 after twenty years of loyal service to the school system.
In addition to her parents and sister, Hilda was also preceded in death by her daughter, Dyann Lee, and her nephew, Jeremiah Wills, Jr.
Those remaining to forever treasure the precious memories of her life and love are her grandson, Hilton “DyJohn” Faulcon (Pam) of Manassas, Virginia; her sister, Elizabeth Wills (Jeremiah) of Littleton, NC; two nieces who were like her daughters, Gerri Talbert (Marvin) of Beaverton, Oregon, and Alicia Wills (Sheron) of the home; three cousins who always came to check on her, Claudine Evans, Earline Hardy, and Sandra Hardy; another niece, Nikki Wills; nine great-nieces and nephews, Robbie, Margaret, Nidafa, Lorenza, Esther, Victoria, Anya, Summer, and Austin; and other loving, caring relatives and friends too numerous to list by name.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Littleton, NC. Rev. Will C. Tabron will deliver the eulogy, and the Pastor, Rev. Cornelius Young, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Williams/Johnson Cemetery in Enfield, NC. The body will repose at the funeral home until 8:30 P.M. on Wednesday, September 2, 2015.