GOLDSBORO – On April 30, 2021 Jean Fillingame Ackiss joyously entered Heaven’s gates.
A graveside service was conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the Juniper Chapel Free Will Baptist Church cemetery, Vanceboro, NC, by her pastor, Rev. Al Warrick. The family received friends at the cemetery following the service.
Mrs. Ackiss was born, Nov. 8, 1941, to the late Dave and Julia S. Fillingame. She left her home in Vanceboro in 1965 to begin her life’s mission of working at Mount Olive College. Starting out as the secretary to then president, Dr. W. Burkette Raper, she was later made the director of church support where she nurtured so many relationships with friends in the Free Will Baptist denomination. She also had a deep love for her church family at Spring Hill Original Free Will Baptist Church in Goldsboro.
In an article written about her retirement in 2015, she was asked how she would like to be remembered. Her words were, “I would like to be remembered as one who loved deeply and encouraged others, wherever and whenever that encouragement was needed.”
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Ackiss was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband of 45 years, Bobby Warren Ackiss. She also was preceded in death by a brother, David Lee Fillingame, and five sisters, Marie Fillingame Whitford, Sybil Fillingame Hardee, Loyce Fillingame Lancaster, Irene Fillingame Morris, and Joyce Fillingame Gaskins.
She is survived by her step-children, Christine Ackiss Watson (Tim), Warren Ackiss (Sharon), and Teresa Ackiss Mims (Kevin); grandchildren, David Herring, Jonathan Herring, Jason Ackiss (Julie), Melanie Ackiss Caroon (Josh), and several step-grandchildren Jamie Watson (Lisa), Tara Watson Fones (Bobby), Danielle Rose and Brandon Jones (Michelle) and 12 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews that loved her dearly, as well as Hope McPherson Fields, with whom she shared a special bond.
The family would like to send special heartfelt thanks to Sue Daniels, Brenda Edwards, Dianne Riley-Gray, and Wanda Swaney, friends who willingly and cheerfully gave their time to care for Jean at home. Also, 3HC and the wonderful nurses and aids that became great friends in her time of need.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jean F. and Bobby W. Ackiss Endowment or the Julia S. Fillingame Endowed Scholarship Fund at the University of Mount Olive, PO Box 90, Mount Olive, NC 28365.
Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory.
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