Mrs. Virginia Pugh Degraffenreaidt, age 88 of Siler City, NC transitioned into eternal rest on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC.
Mrs. Virginia Pugh Degraffenreaidt the daughter of the late Odell Pugh and Beatrice Smith Pugh was born April 27, 1932, in Chatham County, North Carolina. During her childhood years, she acquired the nickname Jink. After several briefs and long-termed illnesses at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she was called to her Heavenly Home on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. She was preceded in death by sisters Hilda Alston, Ethel Baldwin, and Mabel Marsh, and brothers Percy Pugh, William Pugh, Buck Pugh, and Halo her loving great-granddaughter.
In 1952, at the age of 20, Virginia married Lonnie Sammy Degraffenreaidt and they had three children, Deborah, Samuel, and Robert. After a long-termed illness, Lonnie died in 1965 and was buried at the New Hill First Baptist Church, New Hill, North Carolina. As a single parent, she took good care of her children and purchased a home in 1969 but more importantly she raised her three children to be GOD-fearing children that are currently very active in the church today.
Starting very early in her life, Virginia faithfully attended Union Grove A. M. E. Zion Church in Bear Creek, North Carolina and remained a member throughout her life with her many family members and friends. Her education included attending Fyfes in the Hickory Mountain Community and Horton High School in Pittsboro both of North Carolina. For many years she worked in the egg industry in Apex, North Carolina, Mid-State Poultry Plant, and Townsend Poultry Plant both in Siler City, North Carolina, and retired from working from the latter plant in 1997.
Virginia was a very hard worker and a very loving, caring, and giving person. She took care of many family members and friends when they were sick which included, Lonnie her late husband, Beatrice Smith Pugh her late mother, and Lewis Marsh her late friend, and many other family members and friends. She provided babysitting care for the apples of her eye, her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and they reciprocated their love and affection for her with their admiration and appreciation for her. She was a huge cheerful giver to anyone in need even if it was a sacrifice to herself because she was an excellent money manager. She kept an immaculate home and she loved gardening out in her yard. In her retirement years, she also loved taking long walks because she just enjoyed walking, and the simple things in life like watching soap operas on television and taking long drives to admire the landscape and scenery of the countryside and cites. Moreover, she was an excellent cook and she made the best sweet potato pies for her family and friends during the holiday seasons that included Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Her loving and precious life will be remembered, honored, and cherished by her loving children, Deborah Seymore (Leon), Robert Degraffenreaidt (Sylvia) both of Siler City North Carolina, and Samuel Degraffenreaidt of Pittsboro, North Carolina. Her life will also be remembered and treasured by her grandchildren Angela Jordan, Shvaughn J. Ross, Cemondra Degraffenreaidt, Keisha Degraffenreaidt, LeTerence Degraffenreaidt, and Paul Seymore; great-grandchildren Amber-ReNae’ Ross, Saqqara Degraffenreaidt, E’Mani Currie, Kwame McIver; Autumn and Rico Seymore.
Additionally, she will be treasured and remembered by her loving brother Earnest Pugh (Laura Jean), devoted and helpful friend Tim Askew, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, a host of cousins, other family members, relatives, and friends.
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