Marvell Hilton, age 86, died Tuesday, November 03, 2009. Hilton was a native of Granville County, NC. She was born May 31, 1923, to the late Claudia Kinton Currin and John David Currin of Northern Granville County. She is survived by a beloved daughter, Martha Hilton-Willett and cherished granddaughter Claudia McCullough Willett. Hilton was preceded in death by her devotional husband for 66 years, Ernest McCullough Hilton and also a beloved daughter, Claudette Hilton.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, November 5, 2009 from Hester Baptist Church by the Dr. Lavelle Waters and Dr. Randy Bridges. Burial will follow at church cemetery.
Survivors include a brother, Chandler T. Currin and wife Mae Love Currin of Oxford, and one sister Candace Slaughter of Roxboro, NC. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Selma Lee Currin, Ella Mae Knott, Jewell Williams, Helen Elliott Elliott, and Joe Be Stanfield, all of Oxford, NC; a brother, John Lou Currin of Elon College.
Marvell, known to her beloved nieces and nephews, as “Aunt Bell,” was a faithful and active member of Hester Baptist Church. She was a faithful member of the choir for 57 years and the Hester Trio, as well as, a Sunday school teacher during those years. She graduated from Oak Hill High School, in Northern Granville.
Hilton was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, friend and neighbor to all that knew her. She was known in Granville County for her cooking, sharing recipes, singing and playing the piano, assisting in the community with functions and volunteering. She took pride in her yard and flowers. She took the time to share her kindness and to make others path in life easier in which she always spread her sunshine wherever she went with love, generosity and a smile. She will be missed by all that knew her. All of her family and friends will always remember the memories and joy that she brought to each one.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until 10:45 A.M. prior to the service in the fellowship hall of the church and at other times they will be at the home.
Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Hester Baptist Church, Hwy. 96, Oxford, NC 27565. Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home is in charge of assisting the Hilton family. For online condolences go to www.gnvfh.com, select obituaries.