MEBANE - Evelyn B. Brigman passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 at the Presbyterian Home of Hawfields in Mebane, N.C.
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Evelyn was born Dec 1, 1909 in Fork, S.C. to Marvin W. Brigman and Helon Gaddy Brigman. She spent the early part of her childhood in St. Louis and St. Charles, Missouri before returning to South Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Robert E. Brigman, of Dillon, S.C.; two children Archie Brigman of Falcon, N.C. and Alexander Brigman of Pace, Fla.; and a grandson, Robert Randall Brigman of Falcon, N.C.
She leaves behind her daughter Dorothy Brigman Sutton of Mebane N.C., two daughters-in-law, Virginia Brigman of Falcon, N.C. and Joann Brigman of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Linda Argentieri of Fayetteville, N.C., Sue Brigman of Falcon, N.C., Cheryl Stalvey of Mullins, S.C., Tina Schmidt of Pace, Fla., Alexander Brigman of Fayetteville, N.C., Bill Sutton of Wood Acre, Calif., Bob Sutton of Herald, Calif., Betsy Vaughn of Burlington, N.C., Ann Ferri of Wake Forest, N.C., and Alexander Brigman of Fayetteville, N.C.; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews around the country.
Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. at Kannaday's Funeral Home in Dillon, S.C.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, October 20 at 2 p.m. at Kannaday's as well.
Evelyn was a farm wife and quilter. She was a leading member of the Homemakers Extension group in Dillon, S.C. and a quilting square that she designed and made was selected to represent the state of South Carolina in a display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It now hangs in the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md. She was a member of Little Rock Baptist Church in Little Rock, S.C. and later the oldest member of the First Baptist Church of Dillon, S.C., where she greatly enjoyed participating in her Sunday School class each week.
For many years she was the matriarch of her extended clan, providing a place for everyone to gather at her home in Dillon, S.C. Gatherings there during the holidays and other occasions were times of sharing and great fun. Laughter would inevitably ring out as story after story was remembered from the tenant farming years from the 1920s to 1950s.
Mrs. Brigman's early adult life was spent in maintaining the family household for her husband's extended family on the farm. After moving into town, she was instrumental in helping to raise her grandchildren, nieces and nephews. According to family, her biggest role in life was providing a foundation for the children. Her grandchildren count time spent during holidays and their "summer week with Mema" as some of the most important learning and loving experiences of their lives.
Information provided locally by McClure Funeral Service.
Published in TheTimesNews.com from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18, 2012