Smithfield: Obituaries

Vennie Blackmon Hinnant

A Kind, Caring, Strong And Independent Woman

Mrs. Vennie Blackmon Hinnant, 92, of Halifax, NC died Saturday, August 9, 2014 at her residence.

Mrs. Hinnant, was born October 28, 1921, in Johnston County, NC, the daughter of the late Lester and Pauline Blackmon. She started school in 1926 at the age of five, in a three-room country school. She transferred to Four Oaks School in the 4th Grade and graduated in 1937 from Four Oaks High School at the age of fifteen, second in her class.

In 1939, she went to Aurora College in Aurora, Illinois on a scholarship. In 1941 she transferred to East Carolina Teachers College, in Greenville, NC, where she graduated in 1943, with a B.A. degree in Home Economics and Social Studies.

She began teaching in Johnston County, NC, in September of 1943 and on June 2, 1945 married Arthur Lacy Hinnant. They moved to Panama City, FL, for six months, until Arthur was discharged from the Air Force. They moved back to Johnston County, NC, where she began teaching again for five years, stopping to start a family. Danny Lee Hinnant was born 1953. In 1957, Arthur was transferred to Tarboro Department of Corrections and Vennie became a “stay at home” mom. Judy Lynn Hinnant was born 1958.

In 1963, Arthur again was transferred, this time to the Halifax Department of Corrections, as Superintendent of that unit. Vennie became the first Nutritionist for the Halifax County Health Department and served in that capacity for twenty years.

Arthur passed away on December 2, 1983. Vennie retired from the Health Department in 1984 and after three years of retirement, was rehired by the Health Department, as a Nutrition Teacher for the Supplementary Food Program. After four years of service, she retired again.

She was an active member of Halifax Baptist Church serving as Deaconess, Sunday School Teacher, Sunbeam Leader and Mission Leader. Her other activities included: Board Member of Adult Day Care Center, Resource Council for Caledonia Prison and Fountain Center, Halifax Historical Association, Halifax Restoration Association, Darlington ECA Club, Halifax Garden Club and The Joy Club.

Her other interest included crafts, sewing, gardening, reading, cooking, and food preservation.

She was well known for her chicken pastry, pickles and numerous jams and jellies. There was no fruit or vegetable that could not be transformed into something else.

Surviving are: a son, Danny L. Hinnant, and his wife, Theresa, of Halifax, NC; a daughter, Judy Barbee and her husband, Robert, of Roanoke Rapids, NC;

three sisters: Hilda Worsham of Smithfield, NC, Grace McLamb of Four Oaks, NC and Marveline Lee and her husband James of Four Oaks, NC; a brother Tom Blackmon and his wife, Sadie, of Bonita, CA. Four Grandchildren: Chris Hinnant of Halifax, NC, Jensey Carr and her husband Derrick of Thomasville, NC, Rob Barbee and his wife, Cindy, of Winterville, NC, and Daniel Barbee and his wife, Sarah, of New Bern, NC. Three Great Grandchildren: Eli Carr of Thomasville, NC, Lawson and Langston Barbee of Winterville, NC.

A brother Roby Blackmon, two sisters, Margie and Norma Grey Blackmon, in addition to her parents and husband, preceded Mrs. Hinnant, in death.

The family will receive at Wrenn Clarke & Hagan Funeral and Cremation Services, 1015 West 5th Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC, Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and other times at the residence.

Funeral services will be held at Halifax Baptist Church, 131 West Prussia Street, Halifax, NC

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 2:00 PM, with Rev. Tim Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Crestview Memorial Cemetery, Roanoke Rapids, NC.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations may be made to: Halifax Baptist Church, P. O. Box 465, Halifax NC 27839