Eloise Perry Coltrain

February 6, 2009


Eloise Perry Coltrain, 93, died peacefully on Friday, February 6, 2009 after several years of declining health.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 9, 2009 at the Enfield Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Enfield. The Reverend Marc Sanders and the Reverend Dallas Prestwood will be presiding.

Prior to the service, the family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the church.

A native of Martin County, Eloise was born in Hamilton on January 16, 1916 to the late Dick Perry and Fannie Roberson Perry.

She is pre-deceased by her husband of 67 years, Albert Coltrain, Sr., who died in 2006. She is also pre-deceased by three siblings, Clyde Davis of Jamesville, Francis Allen of Jamesville, and James Elbert Perry of Robersonville; and by her son-in-law, John Viverette of Wilson.

She is survived by her sisters, Irma Reynolds of Williamston and Bernice Burkhart of Tulsa, OK; and her brother, William Herbert Perry of Smithfield. She is also survived by her daughters, Lela Faye Rich and her husband Bill Rich of Morehead City and Dianne Viverette of Wilson; son, Al Coltrain and his wife Nina of Enfield; grandchildren, David Rich and his wife Sue of Burlington, Peter Rich and his wife Elizabeth Ricker of Durham, Jason Rich and his wife Jorji Knickrehm of Seattle, WA, Emily Viverette and her husband Mike Wildman of Greensboro, Rebecca Viverette and her husband Bill Taylor of Durham, Mary Paul Viverette of Carrboro, Kathryn Viverette of Wilson, and Charles Jenkins of Enfield; and great-grandchildren, Chessa, Zivia, Imogen, Isabel, Jack, and Elijah.

Eloise will be remembered as a loving mother, proud grandmother, faithful sister, good friend, and the best maker of pound cakes in NC. When her husband Albert was alive, Eloise would make the cakes and Albert would distribute them to the homebound in the community.

The Coltrain family wants to thank friends and family who continued to visit and send cards to our mother during the last six years. We are grateful to have grown up in Enfield, a special small community. We want to say a final word of thanks to Mariah Lynch for her loving care of both our parents, particularly for the care of Mother these last three years.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Eloise’s name to Enfield Baptist Church, 200 West Burnette Avenue, Enfield, NC 27823.

Arrangements are being handled by Letchworth Funeral Home in Scotland Neck.

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