Ella Mae Smith Alphin, 81, of Kinston passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Born in Wayne County on January 20, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Wade Smith and Mary Lou Caudell Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Marvin Stroud; second husband, Ira Smith; and daughters, Margie Dean Thompson and Wilda Grey Turner. Mrs. Alphin was the "Biscuit Maker" with Jimmy D's Restaurant. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who truly enjoyed sharing her love with family and friends. She never went to visit "empty-handed", always sharing her famous cakes, pies, and other baked goods or a meal if needed. Survivors include her husband, Gene Frederick Alphin of the home; daughter, Mary Ann Byrd and husband Ted of Pink Hill; sons-in-law, Glenn Thompson of Grifton and Jim Turner of Pink Hill; step-daughters, Pat Hill Mullinix and husband Bill of North Myrtle Beach, Dean Potter of Kinston, and Jeannie Pittman and husband Danny of Pink Hill; step-sons, Tim Cole and wife Ellene of Cedar Point and Wayne Cole and wife Kathy of Leland; twenty grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; and all her many friends from Jimmy D's. The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2013 at Howard-Carter Funeral Home and other times at the home. Funeral services will be held at the Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, 2013 with Pastor Tim Daniel officiating. Burial will follow at Oakridge Memorial Park. Howard-Carter funeral home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to howardandcarter.com.
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Howard-Carter Funeral Home - Kinston
1608 W Vernon. St.
Kinston, NC 28504
Published in Free Press from June 10 to June 13, 2013