Ernestine Vinson Northcott

January 19, 1923 - August 23, 2020

01/19/1923 - 08/23/2020

Past Services

Monday August 24, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Tuesday August 25, 2020
Following the service at Highland Memorial Gardens
US 13 South
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Tuesday August 25, 2020
11:00 am

MENOLA, NC – Ernestine Vinson Northcott, age 97, of Menola community, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at her home.

Mrs. Northcott was born on January 19, 1923 to William Harvey Vinson and Vernie Stephenson Vinson in Menola, NC. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Ernestine graduated from Woodland-Olney High School and then from East Carolina Teacher’s College and went on to retire from teaching for Hertford County Public Schools. She was a devoted member of Menola Baptist Church serving in many capacities, Deaconess, Sunday school teacher, WMU Director, and GA leader. She was a member of The Menola Community Club, and a former member of the Ahoskie Women’s Club. She enjoyed playing bridge as long as her vision would allow her. Ernestine was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all that knew her.


Along with her parents, Ernestine was preceded in death by her loving husband, Gilbert Blowe Northcott, her brothers, William Harvey Vinson, Jr., and Lee Stephenson Vinson, and a sister-in-law, Linda Pell Vinson.

Ernestine is survived by her daughter, Gwen Northcott of Menola; son, Jon Northcott, and wife Judi of Murfreesboro; and granddaughter, Stephanie Northcott of Raleigh, NC.

The family will receive friends Monday evening, August 24, 2020, 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC, and other times at the home.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 11:00 am at the Menola Baptist Church, Menola, NC, with Rev. Willie McLawhorn officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens, Ahoskie, NC.

The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Charles Sawyer, Amedisys Hospice, Janice Askew, Diane Bazemore, Regina Sessoms, Sherry Felton, Crystal Jenkins, Gail Pridgen, and Ruth Felton for the love and care shown to Mrs. Northcott during her decline in health.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Menola Baptist Church, 1012 Menola-St-John Rd., Woodland NC, 27897 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Northcott family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Billie Askew (Heath)
3 years ago

I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was an awesome person! My prayers are with you.

Sue Fairless
3 years ago

So sorry to hear of your mother’s death. She was such a good friend and mentor to me when I began teaching in Ahoskie. She was such a gracious and loving person. Keeping your family in my prayers.

3 years ago

Gwen and Jon, I was so saddened to hear that your Mom passed away. She was such a sweet lady. Y’all have been so blessed to have her as a mother.

Susan Lewis
3 years ago

My prayers are with Mrs. Ernie’s family. She will be missed by the Menola family.

Mary Lyn (Scott) Kelley
3 years ago

Gwen and Jon, I have such fond memories of your beautiful mother. When we would all hang out at your house as teens, she was always so kind, caring, and smiling. May your sweet memories sustain you until you meet again.

Gloria Vinson Lassiter
3 years ago

So sorry to her of your mom’s passing. Knew her thru bus trips with her dear friend, Mabel Jordan from Winton. We had some good times. She was a very sweet lady!

Janice Askew
3 years ago

I give my sincerest condolences on the passing of Mrs. Notthcott. She was a very sweet lady and I’m sure gonna miss her.

Lisa Odom
3 years ago

I am just reading this on facebook. So very sorry for the loss of your mother. You certainly lived a long life and know you and Jon will have many memories to share.
Sending you love and prayers. Lisa

Patti (Northcott) Henning
3 years ago

Gwen, Jon, Judi and Stephanie, I am so very sorry to learn of your loss. Prayers for God’s comfort, may he bring you peace. May sweet and precious memories fill the emptiness in your hearts.

Kay B. Edwards
3 years ago

Gwen, Jon and Family, my deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your dear mother. She was a special lady and will be missed by many. May God grant you peace, comfort and rest in the coming days. Keep all those special memories close in your heart. God bless.