Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

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Emily Lucas Revels

December 23, 1951June 30, 2020

COLUMBIA - Our Lord has welcomed Emily into His Kingdom.

Emily Lucas Revels arrived in Rocky Mount, NC two days before Christmas in 1951. Her parents Joseph Wade Lucas and Keeter (Barnes) Lucas liked her so much that they decided to have two more children. Her sister Susan (Lucas) Furmage and her brother Joseph David Lucas had their hands full with an older sister that was incapable of making a mistake and was more than willing to tell them what to do. As a child, Emily developed a love for plants and gardening and giving directions. She graduated from Terry Sanford High School (yes mom, I know you still call it Fayetteville Senior High) in Fayetteville, NC and moved to Raleigh to attend North Carolina State University. It was at NC State that Emily would meet a tall dark-haired young man from Charlotte. She would go on to marry Daniel Frazier Revels and complete her Bachelors of Science in Horticulture: in that order.

The following year, Dan and Emily would welcome their first son, Daniel Kevin Revels. Turned out that he refused to sleep, so Dan and Emily decided to have a second son three years later so that Kevin could talk to someone else at night instead of keeping them awake. Michael Joseph Revels completed their family as Emily quickly realized that living with three Revels boys was enough. Emily’s extended family however continued to grow. Danny’s older brother Wayne and her sister-in-law Pris provided her with four nephews: Ashley, Jeff, Brandon, and Justin. Emily was finally able to welcome girls to the family when her sister Susan and brother-in-law Robert introduced Hannah, Audrey and Rebecca to the world, only to follow that up with another boy, Bobby.

Emily loved her family, whether they called her by her name or just Em, or Auntie Em, or K Katherine, or mom. But she found the greatest joy of her life in being called MeMe because that is what her grandchildren called her. MeMe’s unconditional love of Catherine Hart Revels, Cooper Joseph Revels, Finley Renee Revels, Waverly Rachel Revels, Daniel George Creed Revels, and Walker Frazier Revels was evident to anyone that knew her. She was especially appreciative of her daughters-in-law, Robin Revels and Jennifer Revels, for their love and friendship, but mainly for giving her some other women to talk to when she was fed up with her husband and sons.

Emily earned a Master’s of Education from NC State and was happily retired from her career as an agent for the University’s Cooperative Extension Service where she focused on consumer horticulture and spreading her love of making things grow. She was a Wolfpack fan through and through, having been at one time or another a season ticket holder for NC State football, basketball, and baseball. Emily became an adept motorhome pilot often arriving days ahead of time for State football games, not just because she loved her school but because it meant she was going to see her family.

She was caring and loving and willing to help with anything, even if you didn't want help. Emily was unique and one-of-a-kind, she was stubborn and strong and determined. Emily never feared a challenge but the Lord called her home on Tuesday June 30th, 2020 after battles with cancer and Covid-19. Upon arrival, she was greeted by her parents Joe and Keeter, her brother David, and her nephews Ashley and Bobby.

She is survived by her husband of nearly half a century, Daniel Revels of Columbia, SC; her sons, Kevin Revels of Mocksville, NC and Michael Revels of Columbia, SC; her sister, Susan Furmage of Kernersville, NC; and her six adorable grandbabies, Cate, Cooper, Finley, Waverly, Creed, and Walker. She also had great love for her nieces and nephews and the fifteen grand-nieces and grand-nephews that they gave her.

Emily will be dearly missed by her extended family and many friends. Arrangements are being handled by Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, Columbia. The family will have a private graveside service at the Old Bluff Presbyterian Church in Godwin, NC on Friday July 3.

Flowers will be accepted at Dunbar Funeral Home and those who would prefer to make a donation in lieu of flowers are asked to give to the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.


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Amy-Lynn Albertson

July 6, 2020

I worked with Emily when she was an agent in Cumberland and Mecklenburg Counties. She was talented vivacious and someone I looked up to. What I remember most about her was she was always fabulously dressed and never afraid to speak her mind. She made me feel welcome in the world of Cooperative Extension. I hope I can continue the legacy she left as a strong leader for women at NC Cooperative Extension. She will be missed.

Dick Bir

July 6, 2020

Emily was one of our best horticulture agents. Our paths crossed irregularly but it was always a positive experience for me. Her smile and concern for giving gardeners the right answer were both contagious.

Leah Chester-Davis

July 6, 2020

My deepest condolences to Emily's family. I am so sad to hear this news. Emily spoke of you often and it was readily apparent you were the lights of her life. I worked with Emily while at N.C. State University and N.C. Cooperative Extension. We worked closely together on Extension's Successful Gardener program. She worked hard and also enjoyed a good laugh. That sparkle in her eye and pretty smile are captured perfectly in the photo you shared of her. May you surround one another in love and support during this sad time and know that others are holding you in prayer.

Tonya Banbury

July 5, 2020

I was in Emily's first master gardener class of '99 when she became Mecklenburg county's consumer horticulture agent. Twenty years later I consider that the beginning of a great love affair with plants! Emily's enthusiasm and take charge attitude led us into many opportunities for community interaction and education. What a gal; and that's a terrific picture of her! I know her passing has left a huge hole in your family but hope that the many wonderful memories you created will sustain and nurture you through.
Yours in sympathy,
Tonya Banbury

Phyllis Ferguson

July 5, 2020

Dear family,
I am one of the Master Gardeners who had the privilege of learning from and working with Emily when she was in Charlotte NC. I will always remember her smile and the fun we had over the years. May the love you shared and the memories you hold in your heart bring you peace.
Phyllis Ferguson

Claire Wilson

July 3, 2020

Emily was my suite-mate at NC State. She was the only non-family member in my wedding, and I was in her wedding. Back then we were great friends. When we moved back to Charlotte in 1994 she brought lunch to us one day while we were painting our house. Her smile was electric and her enthusiasm for life was contagious.

Danny, Steve and I cannot imagine what your life will be like without her. May our Lord comfort you and sustain you. May you dwell on the wonderful memories of the love that you shared.

With sympathy and love,
Claire and Steve Wilson


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