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Johnnie Mae Lowe Carney
December 31, 1907 ~ August 29, 1998


Johnnie Mae Lowe Carney, a resident of Pitt County, passed quietly from her life on Saturday morning, August 29, 1998, at the home of her daughter, Pauline. She was born on December 31, 1907 in Cataula, Georgia, one of twelve children born to the late Lonnie and Lula Lowe.

     Johnnie Mae's early years were spent in Columbus, Georgia. She later moved with her family to Bethel, North Carolina. In February 1926, she married the late Richard Carney. Together they established a home in Greenville, North Carolina, and blessed the earth with six children: Russell, Rosa, and Pauline, whom she leaves behind; and Jerry, Joe Nathan, and Richard Jr., who preceded her in death.

     She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother and an inspiration to all who knew her. Johnnie Mae was a homemaker and assisted her husband on the farm. She was a wonderful cook and her specialty was those delicious cakes.

     As a dedicated member of the Medley Chapel C.M.E. Church, Johnnie Mae willingly gave to her church family. To meet her was to experience part of the life and legacy of her church. She served at various times as President of the Stewardess Board, President of the Usher Board, Church Treasurer, Member of the Missionary Society, and Class Leader #1. She was also a Member of the United Order of Tent Pride of Bethel #542.

     Johnnie Mae leaves to cherish her memory; two daughters, Pauline C. Brown, and Rosa C. McNair, both of Greenville, NC; one son, Russell Carney of Mt. Rainier, MD; two sons-in-law; four daughters-in-law; two sisters, Lurlene Lowe Williams and Minnie Lowe Chance, both of Bethel, NC; one brother-in-law; two sisters-in-law, Adell Carney Andrews of Robersonville, NC, and Marigold Carney of Winterville, NC; a goddaughter, Helen Ruth Randolph of Bethel, NC; fifteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren, two great-great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

We watched you slowly fade away,
We tried so hard to make you stay,
But God was watching from above
And took you home to share his love.

God saw the road was getting rough,
The hills were hard to climb;
He gently closed his eyes,
And whispered, " peace be thine."

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