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Juanita Pearce Musselwhite

1929 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Juanita Pearce Musselwhite Obituary
FAYETTEVILLE - Mary Juanita Pearce Musselwhite, known to many as Juanita, passed away on Saturday June 9, 2018 in Fayetteville, North Carolina at the Whispering Pines Nursing Home. To celebrate her 89 years of life, a funeral service will be held at the Jernigan Warren Funeral Home, Fayetteville, North Carolina at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2018, led by Reverend Scott Foster of St. Andrews Methodist Church in Fayetteville. Interment will follow at nearby Lafayette Memorial Park. She will be interred beside her husband of 56 years, James Curtis Musselwhite who passed away March 19, 2004. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service at the Funeral Home. Ms. Musselwhite, born January 10, 1929 in Robeson County, North Carolina, was predeceased by her parents, Lonnie Ervin Pearce and Mary Jane Regan Pearce of St. Pauls, North Carolina. Ms. Musselwhite was the fifth of ten siblings, four of whom survive her: Eunice Ireland, her husband LA deceased, of Charlotte, North Carolina; Doris Pearce of Charleston, South Carolina; Buddy Pearce, his wife Helen deceased, of St. Pauls, North Carolina; and Benny Pearce and his wife Joanne of Eastover, North Carolina. Predeceased were her siblings Norman Pearce and Mildred Pearce of St. Pauls, North Carolina; Clara Pearce Edge and her husband Henry of Gastonia, North Carolina; and Alma Pearce and Lucy Pearce as children, Robeson County, North Carolina. Ms. Musselwhite is survived by her three sons: Jim Musselwhite and his fiancee Bua Simmala of Silver Spring, Maryland; Mike Musselwhite and his wife Rosemarie Williams of Greensboro, North Carolina; and Joe Musselwhite of Fayetteville, North Carolina. In addition Ms. Musselwhite is survived by eight grandchildren and their spouses and ten great grandchildren: Janice Abruzzo and her husband Joe and their daughter Olivia of New York, New York; Paul Musselwhite and his husband Craig Molyneux of London, England; Laura Musselwhite and her husband Priyesh Patel and their daughter Zara of Durham, North Carolina; Elizabeth Musselwhite and her fiance David Almarines of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Katherine Fernandes and her husband Andre, and their daughters Lily and Bella of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Jeremy Musselwhite and his wife Celestina and their two daughters Mia and Genesis and son Micah of Houston, Texas; Amanda Musselwhite and her son Alex of Fountain, Colorado; and Angela Zellars and her husband Matthew and their two daughters Rebekah and Abigail of Houston, Texas. Ms. Musselwhite grew up in Robeson County, North Carolina, and graduated from St. Pauls High School where she was salutatorian and on the girls' basketball team. She also was a member of the St. Pauls United Methodist Church. She had a lifelong love of basketball which until the end of her life was most consistently shown in her devotion to the Duke University Blue Devil basketball teams, a loyalty that she learned from her father and passed on to her sons, and to some, but not all of her grandchildren, some of whom went to the other school. Ms. Musselwhite met her future husband, Curt Musselwhite in St. Pauls, North Carolina, after World War II when he returned home from the Marine Corps and combat in the South Pacific. They dated at semi-pro baseball games where he pitched and managed while she kept score in the elaborate notations of the baseball score card not widely known today such as the backward k indicating a strikeout not swinging. They were married on February 25, 1948. Ms. Musselwhite was a long time resident of Fayetteville, North Carolina. She began working outside the home when her youngest son started school, working in small business offices and taking night courses to improve her skills. She became a civilian employee of the US Army at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina where she worked on budget matters for more than 20 years and retired in April 1990. She was a long time member of St. Andrews Methodist Church where she enjoyed for many years singing in the church choir and the fellowship of the community in the church. She also sang with others from the church at nursing homes and other venues to bring cheer to those in need of comfort. She was a very independent person who lived her life the way she talked it and encouraged others to do the same. Her legacy is her grandchildren and her great grandchildren.
Published in Fayetteville Observer on June 11, 2018
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