Grace Clements Brown Boone, age 93, died at Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh, NC on Friday, January 28, 2022. She was preceded in death by her father, Bynum Henry Brown; her mother, Grace Pearce Brown; her husband, Dr. John Woodie Boone, Jr.; her sister, Jane Vaughn Pritchard; her sister-in-law, Shirley Graham Brown; and her brother, Bynum Rhodes Brown. Grace is survived by her daughter, Laura Leigh Bromhal and spouse Donald Walston; her son, John Woodie Boone, III and spouse Vivian Hardison Boone; and her grandchildren, Emily Pearce Stott Quinn and spouse Townsend Quinn of Buies Creek, William Randell Stott of Raleigh, and Grace Page Boone Whitlock and spouse Charles Jason Whitlock of Mechanicsville, VA. She was blessed with four great-grandchildren who were the light of her life, Sallie Grace and Charlotte Quinn and Emmy and Brice Whitlock. Grace is also survived by her nieces, Catherine Pritchard Mooneyham and spouse Scott of Fayetteville, Martha Pritchard Branch and spouse Christopher of Richmond, VA, and Grace Graham Brown of Palm Beach, FL.
Grace was born in Murfreesboro, NC and educated at Meredith College and Wake Forest College. She met her husband, John Woodie Boone, Jr. at Wake Forest College and they were married in Murfreesboro on June 26, 1948 at the Baptist Church. They moved to Roanoke Rapids in 1952 where they raised a family and lived for many happy years.
Grace was active in numerous organizations. She was President of the Roanoke Rapids Junior Woman’s Club, President of the Halifax-Northampton Medical Auxiliary, and served for two years as the publicity chairman for the State Medical Auxiliary. She was President of the Roanoke Rapids Reviewer’s Book Club as well as the Weldon Book Club. Grace served as President of the Roanoke Rapids Parent Teachers Association for five years and was appointed by NC Governor James Martin as a member of the Historic Murfreesboro Commission. She served as publicity chairman of the Roanoke Rapids chapter of the North Carolina Symphony for 35 years.
Grace was a longtime member of the Isabelle Coleman Circle at the Rosemary Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids. She had her own radio show titled “A Woman’s World” on WCBT radio. She was a professional model and signed a contract with Coronet Modeling Agency in 1952. She modeled in Miami, FL, Norfolk, VA, and Seattle, WA, as well as many towns in NC. Grace appeared often on TV as a model while giving out modeling tips for the TV audience. Her last TV appearance occurred at age 73 on Raleigh’s Channel 5 doing a commercial for a cosmetics company.
Grace directed and helped produce the Miss Roanoke Rapids Scholarship Pageant from 1959 until 1991. Her efforts helped name one Miss North Carolina as well as one runner-up to Miss North Carolina. She judged many pageants in NC and Virginia and continued to model into her 70s.
Grace was very interested in discovering her heritage and learned that she was a descendant of Robert Bolling I. His first wife was the granddaughter of Pocahontas and her father was Chief Powhatan. She died in childbirth and then he married Grace’s descendant, Anne Steith, and had seven children. The Bollings settled in Petersburg, VA where they were influential in its development.
Grace was a member of the Elizabeth Montford Ashe chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, First Families of North Carolina, Virginia Jamestown Society Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, The Bolling Family Society, Magna Charter Dames, the Plantagenet Kings of England, Colonial Order of the Crown, the Hereditary Order of the Families of the Presidents and First Ladies of America thru her ancestor Elizabeth Bolling who is also the ancestor of Presidents George Herbert Walker Bush and George Walker Bush. She was also a member of the Order of the Merovingian Dynasty who were the Kings of Gaul in the 5th century.
A private celebration of life graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Murfreesboro, with Rev. John Porter officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be made directly to Rosemary Baptist Church, 936 Jackson Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC 327870 or online by clicking here.
.Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Boone family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.