Edna Merle Eakins DeBose



Edna Merle Eakins DeBose, 80, of Atkinson passed gently from her earthly life surrounded by loving family on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the home of her daughter.

She was born August 15, 1937 in Pender County, the daughter of the late James Clifton and Mildred Estelle Eakins. Edna was also preceded in death by her husband, James Linwood DeBose; sons, Len and Craig DeBose; and brother, Walter Pate Eakins.

Edna is survived by her daughter, Faye Lee (Charles); sons, Cliff DeBose (Linda) and Doug DeBose; grandchildren, Amanda Mitchell (Chris), Christopher DeBose (Aimee), Kayla Fitzgerald (Scott), Jason DeBose (Gerri), Laura Beth Jones (Steven), Justin DeBose (Brittney), Crystal Cashwell (Aaron), and Chelley Herring (Cory); seventeen great grandchildren; sister, Carlene Mundt; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

She was a faithful and active member of Shiloh Baptist Church where she shared her cooking skills over the years with bereaved families as well as during Bible school for the children.

Edna, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and most of all, God’s faithful servant was blessed with a long and fruitful life. In addition to caring for her family, Edna enjoyed trips to the mountains. Her journey on this earth was a life well lived, loved and remembered. Edna’s gentle spirit, generosity and caring nature touched all who knew and loved her.

The family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Shiloh Baptist Church with funeral service beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Philip Eakins, The Rev. Bobby Mowery and The Rev. Gardner Eakins will conduct the service.

Burial will follow in Eakins Family Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff of Lower Cape Fear Hospice for the excellent and compassionate care given to Edna and to Edna’s family.

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Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home, Burgaw.