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Ms. Cora Lee Atkins, formerly of Carthage, was born on June 14, 1937 to the
late Allen Eugene Atkins and Millie Fox Atkins in Haw Branch, North
Carolina. She departed this journey on Friday March 27, 2020 at Novant
Health University, Charlotte, NC.

Our Beloved attended Pickney High School graduating with the Class of 1955.
During school she played basketball and continued the passion throughout
her life, not playing but attending games and watching on television.
Ironically Kobe Bryant was her heart among just a few others. She went on
to attend Business College in Bennettsville, South Carolina. Upon
completion she headed to the Big City of New York (Freeport, Long Island)
meeting up with her brothers Clarence and Marshall, Aunt Postoria (Aunt
Posie) and other family members that had left the south.

Our Beloved attended Pickney High School graduating with the Class of 1955.
During school she played basketball and continued the passion throughout
her life, not playing but attending games and watching on television.
Ironically Kobe Bryant was her heart among just a few others. She went on
to attend Business College in Bennettsville, South Carolina. Upon
completion she headed to the Big City of New York (Freeport, Long Island)
meeting up with her brothers Clarence and Marshall, Aunt Postoria (Aunt
Posie) and other family members that had left the south.

Our Beloved's first job in New York was at Winthrop Hospital working in the
nursery. She later began working at Abraham and Strauss (A&S) Department
store which she remained employed for 25 years. There she met lifelong
friends, Edith Massie, John Simpson, Georgia Southerland, Joanne Phillips,
Jeannette Burwell, just to name a few. Keeping A&S as a part time job, she
began a career with Nassau County Recreation and Parks, later transferring
to Nassau County Police Department until her retirement in 1988.

In 1997 our Beloved returned home to North Carolina residing in
Fayetteville. Having the passion to live her best life she traveled
through the United States to include Hawaii and The Caribbean. (She was
her daughter's best client). Her favorite pastime was to head down to
Little River and hop on The Big "M" Casino Boat. Her nephew John Jr would
accompany her on The Big "M" when he could.

She was an active member of The Blue Street Senior Center (which she made
sure she was there to play Bingo on Thursdays) Spring Lake Senior Center,
Area "A" Club and Passport to Health to name a few.

Our Beloved leaves to cherish precious memories her daughter Carlette
Elaine Benton, special daughter Khadijah Lee Fuller; grandchildren-Tifanni,
Terrell and Tiara (Carlette) DeJairah and Prince (Khadijha); 5 great
grandchildren-Damonte, Dionte, Nadiyah, Bryson and Reign. Three
Nieces-Sheryl, Deborah and Valarie; Six nephews-Clarence (CJ), John Jr,
Kenneth, Michael, Jeffery and Stevie. Extended sister in laws, brother in
law, nieces and nephews of the Benton Family. Goddaughter Tasha Foxx.

Special Caretaker-Sheron Ross White; Special Friend- Sharon Smith and
Loving Cousin Isabelle Chalmers Quick.

Our beloved has now joined her parents and four brothers Marshall,
Clarence, John and Eugene in their heavenly home.

Due to the COVID-19 mandates put in place by our state, the family will
have a private service. Ms. Cora Lee Atkins will lie in state at Fry &
Prickett Funeral Home on Friday from 1:00 - 5:00 PM for anyone who would
like to stop in and sign the register.

For those who cannot attend there is an online register available for you
to share your condolences at PinesFunerals.com.

Services are entrusted to Fry & Prickett Funeral Home