MARTHA EARLE BOWMAN MCKINNON
1921 NC – 2015 NC
Photo from her obituary
Lumberton, Robeson Co., NC—22 January 2015
LUMBERTON—Martha Bowman McKinnon, 93, died peacefully at her
Wesley Pines home in Lumberton, North Carolina, on Tuesday, January 20, 2015,
after a brief period of declining health.
Born April 4th, 1921 in McDonald, North
Carolina, to Dr. Earle Ledbetter Bowman and Bernice Smith Bowman. Martha
graduated from Lumberton High School and later, in 1942, from Salem College.
After college and working briefly in Richmond, Virginia, she returned to
Lumberton and soon married her beloved “Sandy” on November 13, 1948.
She was a contributing member of the community
and an active, lifelong member of the Chestnut Street United Methodist Church.
Martha’s greatness, however, lay with her genuine love for all whom she met.
She knew no strangers, and her indelible smile, genuine warmth, and
graciousness were the gifts she shared with all who knew her.
Martha was preceded in death by her husband,
Judge Henry Alexander “Sandy” McKinnon, Jr., one brother, William Murphy
Bowman, and a sister, Mary Kime Harris.
Martha is survived by Mr. and Mrs. John Borden
McKinnon of Winston-Salem, NC, brother-in-law and sister-in-law; Oriana
McKinnon of Norfolk, Virginia, sister-in-law; twelve nieces and nephews: Colin
McKinnon and wife Patt, Borden McKinnon and wife Lisa, Henry McKinnon, Alex
McKinnon and wife Deirdre, Margaret McKinnon Gardner and husband David, Grace
McKinnon Andringa and husband Mark , Betty Bowman Gray and husband Dial, Ann
Bowman Fitzsimmons and husband Jean, Earle Bowman, Carey Bowman O’Reilly and
husband Chris, Deborah Harris Baugh and husband Joe, and Martha Kime Harris
Shatto; her very dear friends, Melissa and Bill Howell of Lumberton, plus
numerous great-nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m.
Saturday at Chestnut Street United Methodist Church, the Revs. Steve Little and
Jimmy R. Tatum officiating. Private interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery
in Maxton. Floyd Mortuary & Crematory of Lumberton will handle the
arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcome at
Chestnut Street United Methodist Church, 200 E. Eight St., Lumberton, N.C.,
28359; Wesley Pines Retirement Community, 1000 Wesley Pines Road, Lumberton,
N.C., 28358; and Salem College, 601 S. Church St., Winston-Salem, N.C., 27101.
The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring
of love, prayers, and support in many forms from too many people to name individually,
but including the Southeastern Hospice staff and very special caregivers
Josephine Fowler, Ashley Carroll, Jennifer Taylor, Amanda Herring, and Betsy
NOTES: SSDI records do not yet list her death.
Martha is descended from Charles Thompson and
Charity Alford of NC.
Her Alford lineage, from her 4th
great-grandmother: Charity 1776 NC7, Jacob 1738 VA8,
Lodwick 1710 VA9, James 1687 VA10, John 1645 VA11.