Mavis Harrison Askew

June 9, 1936 - December 13, 2023

06/09/1936 - 12/13/2023

Past Services

Monday December 18, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Funeral Service
Monday December 18, 2023
12:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Additional Information:

There will be a private burial.

AHOSKIE, NC – Mavis Harrison Askew, 87, of Hertford County, North Carolina, passed away on December 13, 2023. She was born on June 9, 1936, in Bertie County, North Carolina to the late Denny Harrison and Nellie Lassiter Harrison.

Mavis dedicated her life to being a loving homemaker, always ensuring that her family was well cared for. Her interests included gardening and tending to yard flowers, which brought her great joy. Mavis also enjoyed playing bingo, savoring a refreshing Coca-Cola, and chewing gum. She loved her dogs deeply, Wendy, and Missy. May Mavis rest in eternal peace, and may her memories bring solace to all those who knew and loved her.

Mavis is preceded in death by her son, Rex Jones, as well as her siblings Dorothy Blanton, Odell Jenkins, Annie Barmer, Sadie Mulder, Russell, Earl, and Elton Harrison, all of whom she cherished deeply. Alongside her parents, their memory will forever be etched in her heart.

She leaves behind a legacy that will be carried on by her beloved daughter, Sheila Cotton, and her husband Walter, of Jacksonville, NC, along with their children Cierra, Natalie, and Jessica Cotton. Additionally, Mavis is survived by her grandsons, Travis and Brian Jones, sister Betty Davis, special friend, Evelyn Byrd; numerous nieces and nephews, extended family members, and the caring staff at Ahoskie House.

A visitation will be held on Monday, December 18, 2023, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel, located in Ahoskie, NC. A celebration of life funeral service celebrating Mavis’ life will follow the visitation, beginning at 12:00 pm. Chaplain Rick Lowery will officiate the service and provide words of comfort and reflection.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you and great appreciation for the love and compassionate care shown to Mavis during her illness by the staff at the Ahoskie House and Gentiva Hospice.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that memorial contributions be made to the Ahoskie House, 407 Loftin Lane S., Ahoskie, NC 27910 in memory of Mavis Askew or donate online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is honored to be assisting the Askew family during this time, and online condolences can be sent to the family at

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Elaine Byrd Vaughan
2 months ago

Ms. Askew was my grandmother’s roommate for many years. I enjoyed visiting with her. Our family was so sad to hear of her passing. If Ms. Sheila or Cierra happen to see this message, please have Cierra check her work messages. I sent her one. Continued prayers.

Sheila Cotton
3 months ago

I’m going to miss you so much momma but I know that I will see you again. You are at peace and you are well. Rest in the arms of Jesus. I will hold on to the good times. I Love you so much, Sheila

Cierra Cotton
3 months ago

Grandma, fly high angel. You’re at peace. Will will miss you here, earthside, but I’m so grateful for all of our memories. Until we are reunited. I love you. Cierra