Jean Linden Porter Jerome, 103, widow of Robert Leroy Jerome, died February 17, 2015. She was born in Franklin, North Carolina, a daughter of the late Thomas W. Porter, Sr. and Leona Bryson Porter.
Mrs. Jerome served with her husband, Robert Jerome, in the churches he served as pastor in the North Carolina Methodist Conference. She served the youth in the local churches, as well as in the N.C. Conference area. She served in the Women’s Society of Christian Service in her local circles, the conference, and the Southeastern jurisdiction. While living in the Smithfield, NC, area, she sang in the Centenary Methodist Choir and the Johnston County Chorus. She also volunteered in the United Way Campaign and on the board of the Salvation Army. She was an honorary member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She received a Paul Hariss Award, and was involved with Johnston County Forum.
After moving to the United Methodist Manor of the Pee Dee, she sang in the Methodist Manor Choir. She also taught a bible study class during her early years there. She cared for flowers, and was known as the “Flower Lady” at the Methodist Manor.
She was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Florence, where she taught Sunday school classes occasionally, and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She also belonged to the Thomas Lynch and Samuel Bacote Chapters of the DAR.
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She was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas W. Porter, II, and James Bryson Porter.
Survivors include a daughter, Jean J. (Frank) Avent; a son, Robert Lyle (Pat) Jerome; five grandchildren, Celeste (Peter) Lindeman, Angela Avent Lynch, Mary Avent (Jonathan) Holland, Thomas Jerome, and Andrew Jerome; nine great-grandchildren, McGahan Lynch, Catherine Lynch, Jack Lynch, Claire Lindeman, Bryson Lindeman, Jacob Jerome, Henry Holland, Frank Lindeman and William Holland; a sister, Lane Porter (Browning) Goldsmith; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Mary Alice Ingram Chapel of the Methodist Manor in Florence, followed by a brief reception. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 22, 2015, in Sunset Memorial Park, Smithfield, North Carolina, directed by Waters-Powell Funeral Home of Florence.
Memorials may be made to the Methodist Manor of the Pee Dee; Central United Methodist Church of Florence; Duke Theological Seminary Fund, in memory of Robert L. Jerome; or to the churches of the N.C. Conference where Robert Jerome was pastor.