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Rebecca Charlene Warren Hinnant

Rebecca Charlene Warren Hinnant, 90, left this world to be with her Lord and Savior on March 4 at The Davis Community, Wilmington, N.C. Born Nov. 14, 1932 in Tazewell, Va., she was the daughter of the late John Clarence “JC” Warren and Nell Yost Warren.

Mrs. Hinnant grew up in Welch, W.V., where her family operated furniture stores, a nearby farm and a private bookkeeping service. She was a lifelong student of English and music and was raised on the piano keyboard at the right arm of her mother, who played for their church.

Mrs. Hinnant received her bachelor’s degree from Queens College (now Queens University of Charlotte). She did post-graduate studies and teaching certifications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Charlene Hinnant

She taught for a year at a Piedmont high school before accepting a position to teach seventh grade at Whiteville United Methodist Church. She also served as an instructor at Central Middle School and later, at Whiteville High School.

Mrs. Hinnant married Paul Worley Hinnant of Whiteville in 1960. She was active in her church, serving as a volunteer, Bible studies circle leader and as a member of the Session. A member of the Camellia Club, she was an avid landscaping and ornamental gardener.

Mrs. Hinnant was a tireless volunteer for and founding member of the Columbus County Literacy Council. Her greatest joy was caring for her family, especially her six grandchildren.

Survivors include her former husband Paul Hinnant, of Lake Waccamaw; a son, Lee Warren Hinnant of Oak Island; a daughter, Rebecca H. Brown (husband Macky), of Wilmington; granddaughter Chelsea H. Andrews (husband Steven), of Wilmington; grandson Tyler L. Hinnant, of Wilmington; granddaughter Kelly M. Hinnant, of Hallsboro; grandson Christopher Nance of Tucson, Az.; grandson Benjamin Nance of Bayview, Id.; granddaughter Sydney Brown of Wilmington, and two great-grandchildren.

A brief Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, March 25 at 3 p.m. at Whiteville First Presbyterian Church, 511 N. Thompson St., Whiteville, NC. The family will be available to greet visitors immediately prior to the service from 2-3 p.m. There will be no graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, family friends are asked to make donations to Columbus County Literacy Council, Lower Cape Fear Life Care, or First Presbyterian Church, Whiteville.

A service of Andrews Mortuary, Wilmington.

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