Margaret Elizabeth Burgwyn

June 8, 1947 - June 2, 2021

06/08/1947 - 06/02/2021

Past Services

Saturday June 12, 2021
11:00 am
Burgwyn Family Cemetery
Woodland, NC

WOODLAND, NC – Margaret Elizabeth Burgwyn, age 73, of Sycamore Street, passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at her sister’s home.

Miss Burgwyn was born on June 8, 1947, to W H S Burgwyn, Jr. and Lucille Poole Burgwyn in Rocky Mount, NC. Margaret attended Woodland-Onley School Through the 10th grade. She then attended and graduated from Saint Mary’s Junior College. She obtained her BA from UNC in Chapel Hill and went on to get her Master’s from Appalachian State University.

She started working at NC Archives in Raleigh. She went on to work at Paul D. Camp Community College, Roanoke-Chowan Community College, Halifax Community College and as an elementary school counselor in Northampton County Schools.

When she moved back to Woodland, she became very active in the community. She served as a town commissioner and later as mayor. She served on several boards including the Roanoke-Chowan Mental Health board for many years. She was a member of the North Caroliniana Society and Friends of Hope.

Along with her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her stepmother, Emerald Dahl Burgwyn, and stepbrother, Tyrus Dahl, Jr.

Margaret is survived by two sisters, Anna Burgwyn of Woodland, and Molly Burgwyn of Wilmington; two nieces, Katherine Dahl Evans and husband Sandy of South Carolina, and Elizabeth Dahl Kelly and husband Ryan of Los Angeles, California; cherished friend, Charles “Hawk” Edwards of Woodland, and lifelong buddy, Maylon Langford of Woodland.

The family will receive friends at the home of her sister, Anna Burgwyn.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 11:00 am at the Burgwyn Family Cemetery, Woodland, NC, with Rev. Carol Taylor officiating.

We would like to thank all of her many friends and family for reaching out to her in the last few months. Also special thanks to those who devoted their care to her without whom we would have been lost. (Dorothy Walden, Shakita Dickerson, Sonya Johnson, Emma Bryant, Emma Beale, Marion Jordan, Rosa Battle, Lydia Blue Johnson, Selma Johnson, Margaret Olds, Genevieve Evans, and Sherita Woodley) We would also like to thank the staff of Pruitt Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Woodland United Methodist Church, PO Box 276, Woodland, NC 27897 or online by clicking here, or The Woodland Fire Department, PO Box 502, Woodland, NC 27897 or online by clicking here, or Historic Hope Plantation, 132 Hope House Road, Windsor, NC 27983 or online by clicking here or Hospice House of Greenville, 920 Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834 or online by clicking here .

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

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Neal and Karen Vaughan
2 years ago

Remembering Margaret’s beautiful smile and sweet personality….my sister and I reminisced about her leading us in Girl Scouts….Anna and Molly, Neal and I are keeping you in our prayers……

Anne Chisman Abraham
2 years ago

Anna and Molly: My heart breaks with yours at Margaret’s death. Though it’s been years, your family and mine are connected, heart and soul, because of our fathers What a friendship between two wonderful, loving, powerful men. I will always cherish memories of our Woodland trips to cut pine and holly and lunch at Edna’s. Sending love and prayers. Anne Chisman Abraham

Laura Eason Grant
2 years ago

Margaret was one of the sweetest and kindest people I’ve met. She will forever be remembered.

Debbie Justice Owens
2 years ago

Anna and Molly,
I am sorry for your loss. I will always remember Margaret’s laught. I enjoyed my conversations and visits both in Woodland and at the beach. I enjoyed chatting about the North Caroliniana Society and Friends of Hope.She was dedicated to making a difference. We often discussed the programs at the William C. Friday Teacher Retreats and Carolina K-12. I shared this information with districts across NC.Her work will continue to live on in the many people she touched. May these words offer you both peace. When you believe beyond what your eyes can see, signs from Heavenshow up to remind you LOVE never dies.Cardinals appear when loved ones are near. With Deepest Sympathy Debbie Justice Owens

Bob Brantley, Greenville, SC
2 years ago

Have most wonderful memories of Margaret from our college days in Raleigh. She had a smile and personality that could light up a room. She’ll be surely missed by everyone who knew her. Heaven has gained a wonderful angel ! My deepest sympathies and prayers for her Family.

Richard Vaughan
2 years ago

Margaret was always such a friendly person and always had a smile on her face. My thoughts go out to the family.

Debbie Colson Robbins
2 years ago

Molly, I just heard of your sister’s passing, I am so sorry. Take care.

Janice Daughtry Stryker
2 years ago

Anna and Molly, I am sad to learn of Margaret’s passing. I was one of the Woodland crew from grades one through ten. What a loss you must feel! My last communication was her reply to a letter I wrote after rereading the collection of stories MUSINGS that your father wrote and Margaret helped edit. I am so sorry for your loss. She was a good school days friend.

Cathy & Red Goodwin
2 years ago

So sorry for your loss.

Kim and Charlie Burgwyn
2 years ago

Sending lots of love to Anna and Molly. Sisters are truly special.