And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying,
neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Wilma M. Powell Cumbo, daughter of the late Edgar G. Powell and Mina Virginia Boone Powell, was born on April 27th 1932 in Conway, NC. She departed her life on January 24th 2021.
Wilma was baptized at a young age and served many roles in the church to include: the junior choir member, Sunday school delegate and member of the Usher’s ministry. She started Ushering as a teenager and fulfilled the role until her health declined. She also served as an Eastern Star in Chapter 567 of Woodland, NC and held the office of Treasurer.
Wilma attended Holy Grove Elementary School and graduated from W.S. Creecy High School.
Wilma was raised on a farm and was her fathers oldest helper. She knew how to use all the farm equipment and would often say that she was her father’s “tomboy”. Wilma met her husband John, the apple of her eye, when she was a teenager. He was driving farm trucks and used to frequent her father’s farm, to pick up baskets. Wilma would run to the edge of the property line, sit on the gate and watch John. It wasn’t long after that they began dating and eventually married on November 14, 1954. To this union five children were born: Jeffrey, Natalie, Frances, Annette and Karl. She was a hard worker and the ultimate provider for her family. Wilma and John would have hog killings every year and would provide a feast for the entire week for all the neighborhood family/friends that came over to help. She was very good cook and there is no way to possibly count the amount of people that sat at her table for dinner. As long as she had food, so did everyone else, no one ever went hungry around her.
Wilma loved going to church and never missed a Sunday. Whenever the church had any type of event, she would always provide food and cake. When she lost her arm in a farming accident, you would have thought it would have slowed her down, but instead she sped up and became an even hard worker. When her husband became ill, she would drive three times a week for ten years to take him to the dialysis center in Elizabeth City, NC. Once she returned home she would go straight to her garden or rake up magnolia leaves, because she didn’t believe in sitting down when there was work to be done. When she worked, her children and grandchildren worked as well, whether it was in the garden, around the yard or chopping weeds in the field.
Wilma’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her heart, pride and joy. She loved everyone and loved to talk, even to strangers - to her they were neighbors and friends. Her heart was pure and like gold She would speak to you, regardless if you spoke back or not. To some, Wilma was known as ‘Hen, Henny Penny, Momma, Grandma, Granny and Aunt Wilma’, even to those who weren’t her niece or nephew.
Her hobbies were working in her garden AKA the farm, her flowers, fishing and going out to eat with her friends at the Golden Corral. She loved nothing more than being outside, even after long hours in her garden, she would sit under her tree in the swing and watch all the grandchildren play. Wilma M. Powell Cumbo will truly be missed by each and everyone. We Love You!
Cherished memories will forever remain in the hearts of: five children, Jeffrey Cumbo (Joyce), Natalie Cumbo (special friend, Ed Johnson), Frances (Ronald) Deloatch, Annette (Jimmy) Edwards and Karl Cumbo all of Conway, NC; grandchildren, Kimberly Deloatch of Conway, NC, Benita Deloatch of Elizabeth City, NC, Erik (Nikki) Edwards of Summerville, SC, Jessica Cumbo (special friend, Marcus Mitchell) of Conway, NC, Carlos Cumbo (Tonikiya Gills) of Knightdale, NC, Micheal Cumbo and Charles Cumbo (Lakiesha Speller) both Conway, NC; great-grandchildren,Desiree, Derek Jr. ‘,DJ’, Bryce, Zamari, Zaiden, Tashyla, Ashton, Karmen, Tashanti and Karolina, grandchildren-at-heart, Kiana, Shamyra, Stuart Jr. and Chloe; sisters, Clara Deloatch and Clorine (Melvin) Spruill; a host nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Wilma is now reunited with her parents; beloved husband, John Cumbo Jr.; daughter-in-law, Shawana; grandson, Anthony Cumbo; and sisters, Mary Lassiter and Mable Lee Joyner, all who preceded her in death.
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