Lila Mae Weaver Rose, 90, of 403 E. Powell Street, passed away January 13, 2014, at her home after a period of declining health.
Lila was born August 16, 1923, in Wayne County to the late John Right Weaver and Beulah Flowers Weaver. She was a graduate of Four Oaks High School and Kings Business College in Raleigh. She accepted an office position working for Mr. Henry Weil of Weil’s Department Store in Goldsboro and then at Seymour Johnson (Field) Air Force Base during World War II. After the war, Lila married the love of her life, James Edward Rose on August 31, 1946. They settled in Clinton, NC, where they became the parents of two daughters, Linda and Sandra. Lila’s focus was on being a loving wife and raising her children until they both reached school age when she began juggling those responsibilities with duties outside the home. She accepted a position as administrative secretary to the Superintendent of Sampson County Schools from 1960-1988 until her retirement. Her relationships with her treasured family, children, and grandchildren always brought her much joy. She had been a member of First United Methodist Church in Clinton since 1946, where she enjoyed her church family and attending circle meetings as long as her health permitted. Lila remained a member of the NC Association of Educational Office Professionals and the NC Retired Governmental Employees’ Association until her death.
Lila was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-eight years, James E. Rose in January, 2005; her sister, Mary Alice Weaver Price; her half-sister, Lillie Pearl Weaver Pate, and her half-brother, John Right Weaver, Jr.
She is survived by daughters, Linda Rose Winslow of Cary and Sandra Rose Jones and husband Dan of Smithfield. She is also survived by brothers, Huey P. Weaver and wife Dorothy of Garner, Marvin D. (Jim) Weaver and wife Peggy of Raleigh; sister, Judy Weaver Britt and husband Milton of Raleigh; half-sister, Norma Lee Weaver Lee of Bentonville, NC; sisters-in-law, Lucile C. Rose of Fuquay Varina, Evelyn H. Rose of Goldsboro, and Alice S. Rose of Clinton. Lila is also survived by granddaughters, Emily C. Winslow of Oakland, CA, Ginger M. Jones of Durham, Lauren W. Ravine and husband Dan of New York, NY, and great-grandson, Oliver W. Ravine of New York, NY. In addition, she is survived by ten nieces and seventeen nephews.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., the hour prior to the service, on Friday, January 17th, at First United Methodist Church, 208 Sampson St., Clinton. A celebration of Lila’s life will be held at First United Methodist Church, 208 Sampson St., Clinton, on January 17th, at 2 pm with the Reverend Robert Redmond officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Newton Grove, NC.
The family would like to thank Dr. John B. Smith and his staff for their kindness and empathy during many years of excellent medical care. A special thanks also goes to the faithful team of caregivers who allowed Lila to remain at home for the last four years: Valentina Rice, Lulean Williamson, Jean Ballis Croom, Imogene Whitted, and Fran Faison.
Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 208 Sampson St., Clinton, NC 28328 or to Liberty Home Care and Hospice, 208 Beaman St., Clinton, NC 28328. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.crumpler-honeycutt.com
Arrangements are by Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home, 118 Fayetteville St., Clinton, NC 28328.