Brenda W. Elks, age 75, a resident of Wilmar, NC, passed away with her loving family by her bedside, at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern, NC on Tuesday, December 27, 2022.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, December 31, 2022 at the Celestial Memorial Gardens in Vanceboro, NC officiated by Pastor D.J. Maxey. The family will receive friends at Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service on Friday, December 30, 2022 from 6:00-8:00pm.
Brenda was a meticulous and enthusiastic homemaker, ever busy with her hands; whether sewing, cooking, baking, even making designer wedding cakes – she was a gifted artist, easily able to draw what she saw before her. She loved gospel, folk and country music and spending time with her family.
As a devoted, loving mother and grandmother, she was the model of strength and perseverance. She made the best of life, always bringing along her great sense of humor. She loved without conditions. She taught her children and grandchildren to be strong, to be true, and to fear The Lord. She was a dedicated Christian her whole life, affiliated with the Church of Christ.
As a wife, she was loving and giving, she was patient and steadfast, and she was very generous, forgiving, and above all, full of grace. Life threw her a lot of obstacles, yet she faced them bravely, leaving a legacy of love and the model of a servant’s heart.
She is survived by 2 sons; Ray McLawhorn and his wife Kristi of Wilmar and Mark Elks and wife Melanie of Washington, 3 daughters; Vickie M. Powers and husband Jesse of Wilmar, Wendy E. Godley and husband Carlton of Washington and daughter; Donna L. Elks of Raleigh, 3 granddaughters; Alyssa McLawhorn, Haley Hutchins, and Desoray Elks, 6 grandsons; Jesse Powers IV, Galen Powers, Stephen McLawhorn, Alarie Elks and wife Jessica, Trey Elks and wife Emily, and C.J. Elks, and her 3 great-grandchildren; Ezra Elks, Zeke Elks, and Tristan Elks.
Brenda is preceded in death by her parents Henry Day and Ora Mae Williams, her first and second husbands; Amos Ray McLawhorn and Freddie Lee Elks, 3 sisters; Anita Edwards, Freda Whichard, and Edna Anderson, and her brother Willis Williams.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the Shriners and can be made by CLICKING HERE
Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service is honored to assist the Elks family.
Celestial Memorial Gardens - Directions
4500 US Hwy 264 E. Washington NC 27889
- Friday, December 30, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM