Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas Jilcott Stephenson, age 88 died at the Roanoke Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, NC on Monday, June 28, 2010. She was a native of Bertie County and a member of the Sandy Run Baptist Church in Roxobel, NC. Mrs. Stephenson was married to Garland Early and to that marriage was born two daughters. They lived in Norfolk, VA for some time until she and the girls moved back to the home place in Roxobel in the early 1950’s. Mrs. Stephenson was married to the late Robert ‘Poodlum’ Stephenson in 1956 and to this marriage was born another daughter. She enjoyed her flowers, hats and simply lived life to the fullest. She and her daughter Theresa owned and operated the Hit and Miss Shop in Roxobel where she taught ceramics. She also loved working with stained glass. In her later years at the age of eighty she developed a love of painting. She accomplished over one hundred paintings enjoying this hobby right up to becoming ill on Sunday.
Preceding her in death are her husband, Robert ‘Poodlum’ Stephenson, her mother and father, Effie Jenkins Jilcott and Rupert Wadsworth Jilcott, Sr. and her two brothers; Hal and Rupert ‘Shorty’ Jilcott, Jr.
Survivors include three daughters; Effie Early Vick of Kelford, NC, Theresa Early Parker and her husband Thomas of Roxobel, NC and Tena Kay Stephenson and her husband Bill Dillon of Tobaccoville, NC. Also surviving are four grandchildren; Sharon Rose, Ray Parker, Lisa Evans and Renee’ Baker and eight great grandchildren; Jacob, Matthew and Samuel Rose, Wayne Ray Parker, Amelia and Leah Evans and Luke and Gracie Baker.