Selma E. O’Pharrow

Published 12:54 am Friday, September 26, 2008

By Staff
Mrs. Selma E. O’Pharrow of 582 Price Road, Chocowinity died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, at the home of her daughter, Deanna O. Anderson of Durham.
A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday in Spring Garden Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. E.R. McNair officiating. Burial will follow in Pamlico Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. O’Pharrow was born May 28, 1930, the daughter of William H. and Idora Swinson Edwards. She graduated from Greene County Training School and Elizabeth City State University. She taught school at Snow Hill Elementary, Washington Elementary and Eastern Elementary schools. She was married to Louis O’Pharrow, who preceded her in death Dec. 10, 2001. She was a member of the NAACP and the Cancer Society. She was a member of Spring Garden Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a member of the senior choir, Circle Y Club, kitchen committee and floral committee.
Survivors include one son, Louis O’Pharrow Jr. of Charlotte; two daughters, Deanna O. Anderson of Durham and Jean Rodgers of Williamston; two surrogate children, Wanda Keyes of Silver Spring, Md., and William A. Keyes III of McLean, Va.; three sisters, Gaynell Poteat of Goldsboro, Glennie Sims of Marysville, Calif., and Ruby Scott of Rochester, N.Y.; two brothers, Leon Edwards of Clinton, Md., and Leslie Edwards of Edison, N.J., and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy McCowan and two brothers, Glaston H. Edwards and Linwood Edwards.
The family will receive friends today from 6-7 p.m. at Leon Randolph Funeral Home, 208 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Washington.