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Tarboro, North Carolina
Emily “Emmy” Gordon Waddell Havard died peacefully on November 18, 2021 at the age of 102.
Born October 3, 1919 in Cape Charles, Virginia, she was the daughter of Emily McDowell Neal Waddell and James Gordon Waddell.
After graduating from Hollins College and marriage, she moved to Gulfport, Mississippi, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church, Gulfport Garden Club, Junior Women’s Club and the Merry Maskers Society. She later moved to Scotland Neck, North Carolina, where she was a deacon at the First Baptist Church and taught Sunday School. She served as the high school librarian and was also a member of the Clarksville Club.
In 1998 she moved to the Fountains at the Albemarle in Tarboro. There she became a member of Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church and an active member of the Presbyterian Women’s Association.
She is survived by a son McDowell “Mac” Havard and his wife Diane Bourne Havard of Gulfport, Mississippi and their son Dr. Drew Havard and his wife Dr. Megan Robl Havard of San Antonio, Texas, and a daughter Emily “Bitsy” Havard Smith and her husband Garnett Smith of Naples, Florida, and their son Harrison Smith, his wife Meghan Quinn Smith and great- grandchildren Kitt and Drew Smith of Atlanta, Georgia. She was a devoted grandmother to Harrison and Drew, and delighted in being a great-grandmother.
A family service will be held in January at Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church, 303 St. James Street, Tarboro, 27886 or the charity of your choice.