Kirksey Funeral Home

406 Lenoir Road, Morganton, NC


Frances Avery

August 5, 1946May 6, 2020

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; shall mount up with wings of Eagles, they shall run and not be weary. Isaiah: 40:31

Our loving and all wise heavenly Father came for another of his children for eternal rest, Frances Reed Avery. Frances R. Avery of Morganton, NC passed away at Grace Heights Nursing Home, where she peacefully answered the call of the Lord on May 6, 2020.

Frances was born on August 5, 1946 in Columbia, South Carolina, to the late Earnest Reed and Frances Laury Reed. She attended Richland County Schools and graduated from Hopkins High School (SC) in 1965.

Frances was a member of Shiloh A.M.E Church, where she served as a past member of the Stewardess Board #1, Ladies Aide, and the Missionary Society. Frances loved helping her husband with church functions and assist with fundraising for church functions. Frances worked in various institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and here in Morganton, NC. Frances worked for J. Iverson Riddle, Henredon, and Leviton in Morganton, NC.

Frances loved children and her favorite thing to do was to babysit and care for members of the community and church. The delight of her life was daughter Nicole and godson Zabian, niece Brittany, and her goddaughter Koffie

Along with her parents Frances was preceded in death by her siblings Robert Earl Laury, Hazel Lee Reed, Rosa E. Williams, and Easter Mae Richardson.

Frances leaves to mourn her precious memory to: her husband of 55 years Herman Douglas Avery, daughter Nicole Winsley, Godson, Zabian Jakes, niece; Brittany Avery, God-daughter; Coffie McKinney of Indiana, Sister-in-laws, Katie Ervin and Mildred Rankin, a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, extended family and friends that loved her dearly, and special friends specifically that have been a tremendous support to her during her illness: Joan Ward, Jacqueline Kanipe, Evelyn Lingo, and Nina Ervin.



  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020


  • Interment


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Natalie Ross

May 11, 2020

Thank you Aunt Frances,
for your love, your help and your warmth over the years. We have been blessed to call you Aunt, to have shared your life and legacy. We will miss your presence in or lives but never forget the gifts you shared so freely. I love you!
Natalie (niece)

Tashia Wright

May 10, 2020

Aunt Frances, I love you and will always remember how you, Uncle Herman and Nicole helped me with my daughter Briana, Rest in Paradise

Tonya Garris

May 10, 2020

Aunt Francis you will forever be missed. I so enjoyed seeing the excitement when we would come visit. Rest easy my love 💓

Olivia Avery

May 10, 2020

I love you and wish I told you that more. I’m thankful for the help that you gave my mom when it came to keeping or letting Nadia and I come over. Thank you for being My Aunt ♥️

Fawn Avery

May 8, 2020

Aunt Frances, we have loved you from the start of our being. We won’t ever forget the love, laughter and care that you gave to all of us. Rest in heavenly peace sweet Aunty, until we meet again, your moves and nephews💕

Fawn Avery

May 8, 2020

Aunt Frances, we love you and we will always cherish your memory, I won’t forget how you helped me with my girls also. Rest well Sweet Aunty, you have earned your wings🙏💕🙏

Jacqueline C Kanipe

May 8, 2020

The time has come that God has called one of his angels home, Frances R. Avery. I thank God for allowing us to meet and share the friendship that we did. "Who can find a virtuous woman for her value exceeds silver and gold? My sincere sympathy to the family and pray for your comfort as you go through the earthly loss of a loved one...a virtuous woman.....:has served her purpose driven life.

Oscar and Diann Tate

May 8, 2020

We want to express our sincere sympathy to Herman, their children, grandchildren and entire family.
May God bless each of you during this most difficult time.

Teresa Fulton

May 8, 2020

Auntie Shorty, I am dreading saying goodbye to the flesh but I will find solace in the fact that your spirit will forever live on in my heart. You were a mother figure after Mom passed and I thank you for the love and support you gave me. I will remember the times we spent together and accept that God has called you home to reap your just reward in Heaven. Love you Auntie!


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