Essie Armstrong Rath

Published 1:24 pm Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Aug. 18, 1950 – Oct. 1, 2018

ROPER —Essie Armstrong Rath, 68, of Roper went to be with her Lord on Monday, October 1, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Born August 18, 1950 in Tyrrell County she was the daughter of the late Phillip Avery Armstrong, Sr. and Elsie Patrick Armstrong and was preceded in death by her sister, Linda A. Sawyer and son-in-law, Jeffrey Jones. Essie was a homemaker, a Sunday School Teacher and active member of Zion’s Chapel Church of Christ.

Her family includes her husband, David Orlo Rath of Roper; daughter, Lori Rath Jones and husband Dean of Farmville; son Travis David Rath and wife Diana of Greenville; sister, Audrey A. Midgette of Belhaven; brothers, Phillip A. Armstrong, Jr. and wife Vicki of Creswell, Davie Royce Armstrong and Larry James Armstrong of Chesapeake, Va.; grandchildren, Ashley Grace Jones, Paul David Jones, Liam Travis Rath and Sadie Grace Rath.

Funeral service was held Thursday, October 4 at 2 p.m. at Zion’s Chapel Church of Christ, Roper with Mark Wilmoth officiating. Burial will follow in Hillside Memorial Gardens. Family received friends on Wednesday, October 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Zion’s Chapel Church of Christ and other times at the residence.

Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to Zion’s Chapel Church of Christ.

Arrangements are by Maitland Funeral Home, Plymouth.

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