Mrs. Macie Woodell of 172 Louie Drive Pembroke, left her home on Friday, July 28, 2023 surrounded by her family and close friends making her journey 81 full years. Macie was born on February 17, 1942, in a rural community near Pembroke and was the daughter of tenant farmers Mr. Louie and Mrs. Stella Locklear. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.
Mrs. Macie grew up near Pembroke attending local schools and graduating valedictorian of Pembroke High School in 1960 and graduating from Pembroke State College with a degree in education. In her elementary years, she met her future husband: Mr. Kenneth and later they married on October 16, 1964. To this union were born three sons: Mr. Brian Trent, Mr. Bruce Troy and Mr. Cedric Ross. The young couple raised their family in the Mt. Airy Community teaching them the values of hard work and love for family and Jesus Christ by their example. Years later, their family was blessed with three daughters-in-law: Mrs. Robin, Mrs. Wanda and Mrs. Karen, and later grandchildren: Lyndsay, Juliana, Zoey, Peyton and Owen.
Mrs. Macie was an educator with the Public Schools of Robeson County for over 37 years. She was awarded various awards including teacher of the year. Macie was a mentor to many students throughout her career, and was able to shape and mold many lives.
Mrs. Macie was a lifelong member of Mt. Airy Baptist Church. Macie accepted Christ at a very young age. Throughout Macie’s life, she served in many capacities including Sunday School teacher, WMU director, and director of many church plays.
She generously shared her love for cooking with the church alongside her husband the late Mr. Kenneth Woodell. During summer time you could find Macie and her family in the garden gathering her vegetables to share with the Mt. Airy community. She was the perfect example of the scripture, Proverbs 31:10 “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies”. She was loved and respected by her church family and former students and graciously extended love and kindness to them all.
After retirement, Macie’s time was occupied by her grandchildren. She spent her evenings making sure their homework was done and ensuring the pantry was full of their favorite snacks. She enjoyed spending her time at Frans Place, Hardee’s and the beauty shop talking, laughing, and enjoying the fellowship with her friends. Due to her late husband and sons, Macie never pumped gas in a vehicle.
Mrs. Macie was preceded in death by her late husband of 58 years: Mr. Kenneth Woodell and one brother: Mr. Melvin Locklear. Macie enjoyed close relationships with her sister: Mrs. Rosalyn Sampson (Larry) and brother: Mr. Craig Locklear. Macie also cherished time spent with extended family and friends. Macie Woodell was a servant of God who loved Jesus Christ, her family and her community. While her physical presence will be missed by many, we are thankful that she is at rest in her eternal home.
The funeral will be 4 p.m. Sunday, July 30, 2023 at Mt. Airy Baptist Church with Revs: Kelvin Locklear, Steve Strickland and Adrian Hammonds officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Morrison Manor of Scotland County, (Ms. Angel, Ms. Karen, Ms. Lillian, Ms. Cecilia, Mr. Jeff, Mr. Alan, Ms. Tina and Ms. Sylvia).
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 30,2023 at Mt. Airy Baptist Church