Rose was born in Falcon, NC on July 31, 1926 to the late Magdlene Robinson Messick and John D. Messick. When Rose came to Raleigh she joined Edenton Street United Methodist Choir and sang in it for 30 years. Rose became the first and only elementary art teacher for 13 schools in Raleigh, NC, she later became head all arts programs for Wake County Schools.
Surviving Rose are her daughter, Lynn Lancaster, and husband Larry of Raleigh; her son, Bill Melvin and his children, Alexandria, Alyssa and Haley of Atlanta,Ga.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 6-8pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh.
The funeral service will be held at 11am on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, Raleigh. Entombment will be held at Raleigh Memorial Park
Memorial contributions may be made to The Music Department, Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27603.
Condolences may be made through www.brownwynne.com.