Margie Rhea Harrell Minton

June 26, 1923 - July 20, 2018

06/26/1923 - 07/20/2018

Past Services

Tuesday July 24, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Wednesday July 25, 2018
Highland Memorial Gardens
US 13 South, 109 Ward Road
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Wednesday July 25, 2018
11:00 am
First Baptist Church of Ahoskie
312 Main Street West
Ahoskie, NC 27910

TARBORO, NC – Margie Harrell Minton died at the age of 95 on Friday, July 20, 2018, in Tarboro, North Carolina, where she had lived at the Fountains at the Albemarle. She was formerly a resident of Ahoskie, NC.

She is survived by her children: Sara Minton Poag and son-in-law, M. Rees Poag; Arthur Harrell Minton and daughter-in-law, Doris Day Minton; Lil Minton Mercer; grandsons: Ryan Minton and granddaughter-in-law, Michiru Minton; Adam Minton and granddaughter-in-law, April Minton; and Ben Minton; nieces and nephews and their families: Brenda and Oscar Edwards, Annette Wood, Sue Fairless, John Mizell, Frances and Ronnie Daughtry, Dorothy Smith, Larry and Linda Mizell, and Martha and Brad Schaeffer.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Percy Wilson Minton; sister, Josie Harrell Fairless and brother-in-law, Seaton Poe Fairless, Sr.; and nephew Seaton Poe Fairless, Jr.

“Margie Rhea” was born on June 26, 1923 in Colerain, NC to parents Isaac and Lillie Holloman Harrell.

After graduating with a major in home economics from Women’s College in Greensboro, N.C., she went on to teach in the Hertford County School system for thirty years.

She was active in her community and church in Ahoskie, where she was a member of the Ahoskie Woman’s Club, the First Baptist Church, the Sarah Raynor Bible Class and other WMU groups. She maintained ties after moving to Tarboro and in 2007 was awarded Ahoskie Woman’s Club “Woman of the Year” Award.

She had an enormous love for her family and was devoted to keeping them close. She was loved by many and was often a voice of wisdom and inspiration, encouraging her caregivers to pursue careers in nursing.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Home, Ahoskie, NC.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at The First Baptist Church in Ahoskie, with Rev. Dr. Jesse Croom and Rev. Dr. Trey Gilliam officiating. Burial will follow  at Highland Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made directly to the Lil Boyette Teacher’s Scholarship Fund of the Ahoskie Women’s Club, c/o Ellen Askew, 251 Askewville Road, Windsor, NC, 27983; or you may donate online by clicking here.

The family wishes to extend their grateful appreciation to her devoted longtime companion, Beth Marlow Green. In addition, they thank Mary Whittaker, Betty Gaskins, Angela Scott, Cookie Cooper and Bonni Wilkerson for their thoughtful support in maintaining her independence and quality of life.

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

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5 years ago

Mrs. Minton was my Home Economics teacher when I was in middle school. She was an awesome person. Sad she is no longer here.

Clayton Burgess
5 years ago

I always liked Mrs. Minton, as i referred to her during my high school days. She always seemed so reserved and mild mannered. My condolences to Sarah and Lil and the rest of the family.

Ruth Battle
5 years ago

My prayers and condolences to the family. May God strenghten and Bless the family.

Ruth Battle
5 years ago

Known mrs.minton and worked as her cna for like 15 years, she enjoyed the moments i worked with her it was a big pleasure and i loved every moment that i was her aid and friend. She was very sweet and kind gonna miss her truly.RIP

Angela Scott & Family
5 years ago

I will miss my baby, the talks that we had, the jokes & calling my daughter’s name to come visit her which she always did. Until we meet again.

Dot & Bob Newsome
5 years ago

Our friendship with Margie Rhea and Percy dates back to 1948. We were part of a couples group that got together often and who shared each other’s special occasions. Besides us and the Mintons, this group included:
Peg & Norman Earl Godwin
Doris & Milton Flythe
Hazel & Joe Bryant
Gertrude & Wayne Myers
Iris & Henry Bazemore
Angela & Mervin Early
What wonderful times we had over the years. Margie Rhea and Percy enriched our lives and we’re grateful they’re now reunited in Heaven.

Dot & Bob Newsome

Denise Carson
5 years ago

I will always remember when she told me what scrapple is she did so much laughing at me the face i made i loved her so much . love the family too Denise Carson