ROCKY MOUNT - Jean Carter Sullivan Proctor died Sunday, April 21, 2013. She was 87 years old. Born March 5, 1924, in Rocky Mount, Jean was the daughter of the late David Earl Sullivan and Ethel Carter Sullivan. She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Russell Leon "Snookie" Proctor, Jr. Jean grew up in Rocky Mount and was a graduate of Saint Mary's Junior College in 1945 and Salem College in 1947. She lived and worked in Rocky Mount as owner of Jean's Beauty Shop and later with her husband in his business, R. L. Proctor Electric Company. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she served as a Deacon, Elder, and President of the Women of the Church. She served on the Board of Directors of Covenant Homes. Jean had many friends with whom she enjoyed playing cards, books, and investment clubs. She loved to spend weeks near the ocean at Atlantic Beach. Jean was a loving mother, wife, grandmother and friend to many. Her family and friends always knew that they could count on Jean during sickness or tragedy. She was always one of the first to volunteer. Her nature was that of a true caregiver.
Jean is survived by her children, Alice Proctor Witten of Havelock; Russell Leon Proctor, III and his wife Nancy of Rocky Mount; four loving grandchildren, Hank Witten and his wife Elizabeth of New Bern; Carter Witten and his wife Joy of Havelock; Amanda Proctor Mullen and her husband Kai of Raleigh; and Lee Proctor of Rocky Mount; and two great grandchildren, Taylor Witten and Zachary Bishop, as well as several cousins.
A burial will be held at 10 a.m. at Pineview Cemetery followed by a celebration of Jean's life at 11a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mount. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Courtyard. At all other times, the family will receive at the home of Nancy and Russell Proctor at 2148 Joelene Drive in Rocky Mount.
The family would like to thank Dr. Dan Crocker for his loving care during Jean's brief illness.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church memorial fund, 153 North Church Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27801, East Carolina Council Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Box 1698, Kinston, NC 28503, or Nash Community College Foundation, 522 North Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.
Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting www.wheelerwoodlief.com.
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