Sunday, October 18, 2009

Descendent of Former Slaves has passed

A direct descendent of Former Slaves, George Washington & Cecilia Ann White Petteway has passed.

"Margie L. Koonce, 41, of Jacksonville died Oct. 16, 2009, at
Onslow Memorial Hospital. Arrangements will be announce by
Saunders Funeral Home in Jacksonville."
{Jacksonville, NC-Daily Newspaper}

She was raised in Onslow County, North Carolina and was loved by all. She will be missed.

Aaron Neville - Amazing Grace

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YouToldHarpoTaBeatMe said...

I have lived in Jacksonville for close to 14 yrs and had NO idea about its history. I just read up on Ms. Koonce a few days ago. All these years, Onslow county was just overshadowed by the
Marine Corps. Me, being a Vet as well, never really concerned myself with any of it. I was even present when the Elders talked about the OLD Georgetown Cemetary...who know? Maybe because it was cold, I wasn't paying attention. Guess I really missed out.

Jack Robinson said...

Thank you for such meaningful words. Ever since I stopped my involvement with the "old Georgetown Cemetery," I have committed myself to research, preserve and promote Onslow County's "little known" histories.

The "unofficial" segregated baseball team from Richlands that, as the oral histories go, beat a National segregated baseball team from Florida, is a favorite one that I enjoy. Another is the commercial jet

that crash landed, with no injuries, in a crop field in Richlands, because it could not find the airport; after a three hour fly over of the area.

Here is what I am doing now to promote the protection of endangered cemeteries within Onslow County:

Again, thank you for your comments. Thank you, also, for your service to our Nation.