Myrtle Horne Marapese

July 7, 1929March 26, 2014
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Wednesday, we lost a loving wife, mother, grandmother and true friend. Myrtle Horne Marapese, 84, of Jacksonville went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 surrounded by her family. We find comfort in knowing our beloved Mimi will suffer no more, and that now she has a better understanding of our Lord. We hurt from our loss, but rejoice because she is now fulfilled with joy and peace. We are grateful for the time we shared together, and celebrate all of the wonderful memories. One day we will find happiness knowing that a part of our hearts are going with her to heaven. We understand it will be hard, but we take with us her smile, her gentle kindness, and her unconditional love. May her spirit travel gracefully to paradise. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Jacksonville. Mrs. Myrtle was also a member of a Bunko Club and was in the Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Club. She was also Valedictorian of her class of 1947 at Richlands High School.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Mary Civil Craft Horne and Hosie Ellis Horne; brother: Norman Horne; sister: Adell Henderson and husband Burriss Henderson; great grandchild: Ashley Marapese; brother-in-law: Jack Batts; nephew: William Batts.

A Funeral Service will be Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Jacksonville with Reverend Jason Brinker officiating. Burial will follow at Onslow Memorial Park.

She is survived by her loving husband: Thomas Marapese; son: Michael Thomas Marapese and friend Nancy Lynn Burns and her son Hobie Tanner Burns; daughter: Debbie Marapese Pressley and husband James Michael Pressley of Wilmington; brother: Hosea Horne, Jr. and wife Helen Horne of Richlands; sisters: Elma Batts of Jacksonville, Martha Rivenbark and husband Jim Rivenbark of Greensboro; sister-in-law: Rovean Horne of Richlands, Sylvia Falba of West Pittsburg, Pa.; grandchildren: Katherine Drew Marapese of Wilmington, Caroline Thomas Marapese of Wilmington, Sloan Marapese of Beulaville, Bryan Overman of Wilmington, Julia Nicole Overman of Wilmington, Natalie Maria Pressley of Wilmington; great grandchildren: Christipher Marapese, Joey Marapese; nieces: Iris Horne and husband Wade Horne of Richlands, Janice Barbee, Allison Vail; nephews: Steve Horne, Gary Horne, Freddie Horne, Jimmy Rivenbark, Lawrence Rivenbark.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home, Jacksonville on Monday, March 31, 2014.

The family would like thank Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter for their extraordinary care and support.

Condolences may be made at .

Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home, Jacksonville.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Jana Albritton

April 3, 2014

Mike and I send our deepest condolences to you, Deborah and all your loved ones. You and your mom were especially good neighbors to us transplanted midwesterners. We thank you for that and the continued relationship through the years.

Diane Racey

April 3, 2014

My condolences on the loss of Mrs. Marapese. I "knew" her many years through the insurance agency, and she was always a dear and a pleasure to deal with. I know it is a big loss to you and your family, even as we know she is at peace with her Lord. In sympathy, Diane Racey (Trisure)

Jeffrey Falba

April 1, 2014

Though your heart holds deep sadness at the loss of the one you loved, may it also hold the blessings of the life you shared and the love that will always be a part of you...
Praying that god will comfort your heart, uplift your spirit, and carry you through this time of sadness to a place of peace.
Keeping You Close in Caring Thoughts and Prayers...
With Deepest Sympathy...


Sylvia Falba

March 31, 2014

Tommy, Debbie, Mike, and Family. You all are in my thoughts today, and will be in my prayers tonight.

March 31, 2014

Dear Tom, Mike, Debbie and family,
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mimi. We only knew her for a few years but we liked her immediately and always enjoyed being in her company. She was such a kind and loving person and always made us feel so welcome. We are sorry we cannot be there for the funeral but our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you.
With Love, Roy and Carol VanWhy

March 29, 2014

Please know that we are thinking of you. Mrs. Marapese was a fine lady. Keep your memories close to your heart.
Zander and Sabrina Guy

Pat Jackson

March 29, 2014

It is so difficult to lose a mom no matter what your age.I know that her spirit remains in your heart to draw strength from at this painful time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this painful time.

bill leek

March 28, 2014

Dear Bryan and family,
My wife and I will be thinking about you all during this difficult time. May the memories you have bring you comfort.
Bill and Susan Leek


March 28, 2014

Dear Uncle Tommie, Our deepest sympathy and love to you in this most difficult of times. May your love for her and your many wonderful memories comfort you at this time. We love you, Betsy, Johnnie and Jill Mora.