Myrtice Edwards Coley
January 29, 1928 – April 1, 2021
Myrtice Edwards Coley, age 93 of Benson, formerly of Dunn died Thursday, April 1, 2021 at home surrounded by her family.
Myrtice was born on January 29, 1928 in Sampson County the daughter of the late Luther Franklin Edwards and Jennie Cobb Edwards and is preceded in death by her husband, John Charles Coley. She is also preceded in death by a sister, Edith E. Beasley.
Mrs. Coley began singing at an early age and started formal study of piano and voice at the age of 10. She continued her training at East Carolina School of Music, and has sung extensively throughout North Carolina and Virginia. She has given several concerts in churches in Fayetteville and Dunn and has been a soprano soloist in performances of The Messiah, The Crucifixion, and Hymn of Praise. She was a member of Hood Memorial Christian Church in Dunn where she was active in the choir and church ministry.
Myrtice was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, her family and music were a big part of her life. She enjoyed her courtyard, maintaining her pond and flower gardens. Her passion in life was buying and remodeling homes, her and John enjoyed this and Myrtice continued to do this after his death in 2015. She and John enjoyed traveling in their retirement years. She loved and enjoyed her two black cats, Sweet Pea and Blackie.
A Graveside Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. Jason Williams and Rev. Joanie Williams officiating.
She is survived by: a Daughter: Cherry Hawley Stanley & (husband) Eddie of Benson, NC.
Sons: Steven B. Hawley and (wife) Elaine of Lincolnton, NC; Ronald F. Hawley & (wife) Angela of Goldsboro, NC; Lee Edwards Hawley & (wife) Christine of Greenville, NC.
Grandchildren: Tasha, Cindy, Jessica, Christina, Ana, Jenny, Kendall, Ciara, Catherine, Joshua, Daniel and Matthew as well as 11 Great Grandchildren.
A sister: Edna Tart Fann of Dunn, NC.
A Service of Cromartie Miller Funeral Home of Dunn NC
- Luther Franklin Edwards, Father (deceased)
- Jennie Cobb Edwards, Mother (deceased)
- John Charles Coley, Husband (deceased)
- Edith E. Beasley, Sister (deceased)
- Cherry Hawley Stanley & (husband) Eddie, Daughter
- Steven B. Hawley & (wife) Elaine, Son
- Ronald F. Hawley & (wife) Angela, Son
- Lee Edwards Hawley & (wife) Christine, Son
- Tasha, Cindy, Jessica, Christina, Ana, Jenny, Kendall, Ciara, Catherine, Joshua, Daniel and Matthew, Grandchildren
- Edna Tart Fann, Sister
- Mrs. Coley also leaves 11 Great Grandchildren to cherish her memory.
Graveside Memorial Service
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Myrtice Edwards Coley
April 3, 2021
I have many fond memories of my friendship with Myrtice. I was in my 20’s when I met her and we have remained friends for around 50 years. She convinced me to participate in the choir at Snyder Church and I don’t know if I could carry a tune! Lol I admired her musical talent and we often sang and she played the piano. She sang at my sweet Mamas funeral service. God’s Blessings!