Mary Jane Mewborn Exum

May 6, 2013 

Mary Jane Mewborn Exum died in Kinston on May 3, 2013. She was born in Snow Hill, NC on January 18, 1923. She is the daughter of the late Roy Alexander Mewborn and Johnnye Patrick Mewborn.

Mary Jane is a graduate of Snow Hill High School and attended Greensboro College for two years. She left college in 1942 to marry Woodrow Wilson “Wick” Exum, who was in the Army Air Corps. He is the son of Josiah Caull Exum, Sr., and Josie Darden Herring Exum. Mary Jane and "Wick" were married for 67 years.

After WWII, they returned to Snow Hill. Mary Jane was a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Women of the Church and was active in the Snow Hill Garden Club. She was instrumental in helping the club acquire and install the antique streetlights on each end of the Contentnea Creek bridge on North Greene Street. She was a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century and a life member of the Jamestown Society. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of several clubs. Her greatest love was her family. She adored her sons, their wives, and her grandchildren.

Mary Jane and “Wick” moved to Kinston in 1997 and became active members of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

In addition to her parents, Mary Jane is predeceased by her husband Woodrow Wilson Exum and her brother “R. A.” Mewborn, Jr. She is survived by her two sons and their spouses: Hon. John Patrick Exum and Emily Nelson Exum of Kinston and Josiah Caull Exum, II, and Laura Warren Exum of Snow Hill.

Her grandchildren are Jean Exum Sauban and her husband, Robert Louis Sauban, Aaron Caull Exum, John Patrick Exum, Jr., Hannah Exum Elmore and her husband, John Dewey “Jack” Elmore, Emma Caroline Exum and Alexander Warren Exum. She is also survived by Thomas Harvey Riley and his wife, Wendy Conway Riley and their children, Ben and Emily; and Richard William Riley and his wife, Christy Ingram Riley and their children, Sarah and Meredith.

The grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The Reverend A. Michael Singer and the Reverend Thomas P. H. Warren will conduct the memorial service at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Kinston on Wednesday, May 8, at 2:00 pm. Following the service, the family will greet visitors in Moseley Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 800 Rountree Street, Kinston, NC 28501 or Snow Hill Presbyterian Church, in care of Bobby Glossip, 201 Hines Street, Snow Hill, NC 28580.

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Funeral arrangements are by Taylor-Tyson Funeral Home, Snow Hill, NC.

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