Melba Kennedy Horne

  • Born: April 25, 1937
  • Died: March 21, 2019
  • Location: Ellenboro, North Carolina

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1251 US Highway 221A
Forest City, NC 28043
Tel. (828) 657-6383

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Loved Her Family Dearly

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Melba Kennedy Horne, age 81, of Ellenboro, NC, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, March 21, 2019 at her residence.
Melba was born April 25, 1937 in Rutherford County to the late Paul Major Kennedy and Ollie Grant Kennedy. She was a graduate of Ellenboro High School, class of 1955 and a longtime member of Caroleen Baptist Church. Melba enjoyed teaching Sunday School, helping during Vacation Bible School and serving on the Kitchen Committee at the church. She worked at Burlington Industries-Caroleen Plant and later worked at Ellenboro Elementary in the cafeteria. Melba loved gardening, reading and sewing, but her greatest joy came from being with her family and spending time with her grandchildren. She loved her family dearly.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of forty years, James Horne; sister, Juanalda Francis; brother, Robert Kennedy and a grandchild, Jamie Elizabeth Vambaketes.
Those left to cherish her memory include four loving daughters, Libby Carlisle (Mike) of Shelby, Kathy Upton (Kent) of Ellenboro, Deborah Smith (Mark) of Winston-Salem and Wendy Moore (David) of Raleigh; and a sister, Nancy Walker of Ellenboro. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Tommie Thomas (Neel), Sarah Upton, Samuel Upton, Megan Smith, Hannah Smith, Morgan Rollinson (Kevin), Haley Moore and two great-grandchildren, Ellison Thomas and Grant Thomas.
The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Lanny J. Funchess officiating. Interment will follow in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior the service at the funeral home.
Memorial donations are requested to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.


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So sorry to hear Melba passed away. I have fond recollections of her being like a second mother to me. Hope your family is well. Eric

Posted by Eric Sandell - melbourne, FL - Friend   October 05, 2019

I have so many precious memories. She was such a fun spunky lady. Many prayers and much love. She will be greatly missed. ♥

Posted by Connie Taylor - Caroleen, NC   March 24, 2019

My heart is crushed. Melba and her family are loved beyond words. I have been blessed to have Wendy as my Sister in law for 33 years. She blessed us with the most precious, twins and was the most loving Mother j
twins and was the most loving Mother, just like Melba taught her to be..Melba was the most loving, strong, and cherished Mother,any of us could ever hope to be. My prayers and love are with all the family.

Posted by Debra McGee - Concord, NC   March 24, 2019

Your precious family are in my thoughts and prayers. She will be missed dearly, but rest assured she is in heaven rejoicing where she no longer is suffering. Praying for peace and comfort.

Posted by Jennifer Parker - Polkville, NC - Friend   March 23, 2019

Your family is precious to ours... Love and Concern is sent to each one of you.

Posted by Karen Moore - Forest City, NC - Friend   March 22, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Melba as they grieve and adjust to family life without her. Melba was a dear, sweet lady and always had a smile. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Posted by Janice Wilkie - Forest City, NC - Friend   March 22, 2019

My heart is broken. I loved Melba and my thoughts and prayers are with her beautiful family.

Posted by DiAnne Guffey - Forest City, NC - Friend   March 22, 2019

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