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Maxine Warren House

May 8, 1929 - April 8, 2019

HOBGOOD – Maxine Warren House, affectionately known as “Mama” and “Grandmama”, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, April 8, 2019 at Fountains at the Albemarle in Tarboro.  She fought a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.

She was born Elvis Maxine Warren in 1929 to the late Harvey and Lillian Warren of Speed.  She had a wonderful childhood and graduated from Tarboro High School and attended East Carolina Teacher’s College.  Maxine served for 38 years as Postmaster for the US Postal Service, mostly in Hobgood.  She dearly loved the job as she could keep her finger on the pulse of the community.

Maxine has left all who knew her with a legacy of love.  She created a home where memories will be cherished forever.  Maxine found joy in serving her family, church, and community.  She grew to love her many compassionate caregivers during the course of her illness.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband of 16 years, Charlie Vernon Cross, Jr. of Gates and her second husband of 39 years, Lynn Harrell House, Sr. of Hobgood.

She is survived by her current husband of 10 years, Frank T. Smith of Morehead City; her children, Beckie Cross Sykes and husband Phillip, Charles Warren Cross, Susan Cross Winslow, and Lynn Harrell House, Jr. and wife Beth; her grandchildren, Lauren Sykes Hales, Lillian Sykes Ashley and husband Dwight, Warren Cross and wife Elizabeth, Olivia Grace House, Lynn Harrell “Tripp” House, III, and Joshua Pylant and wife Jordan; and her great-grandchildren, Caroline Alexis Cross, Makayla Hope Cross, and Emma Grace Ashley.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Hobgood United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Ron Elkins presiding.  Burial will follow at Hobgood Cemetery.  The family will greet friends immediately following the service at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made directly to Hobgood United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 67, Hobgood, NC 27843 or online by clicking here.

The family would like to thank the staff at Fountains at the Albemarle and Kindred Hospice for their compassionate care during their mother’s illness.

Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Service is handling the arrangements for the House family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Time: 11:00 am


Hobgood United Methodist Church

208 West 5th Street
Hobgood, NC 27843

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019


Hobgood Cemetery

Highway 125
Hobgood, NC 27843

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