Nancy Pierce Brown Van Wie
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Nancy Pierce Brown Van Wie, 89, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (formerly of Lexington, N.C.) passed away on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, after a long and gracious life.
She was born on Sept. 24, 1922, in Hallsboro, N.C. She was the daughter of Wade Hampton Pierce and Halena Maultsby Pierce, both deceased. She is survived by her husband, William H. ("W.H.") Van Wie, of Myrtle Beach. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. E. Lawson Brown, of Lexington, N.C.
Survivors other than her husband are daughter, Mary Ann Singer and her husband, Richard G. Singer, Deceased, of Raleigh, E. Lawson Brown Jr. and wife, Lou Ann, of Burlington, John Bennett Brown and wife, Deonna, of Lexington, and Holly Brown Curry and husband, Scott, of Lexington. She is also survived by the following grandchildren: Laura Singer (Trip) Park, of Charlotte, Anna Singer, of Raleigh, Lila Pierce Brown, of Snow Camp, Kevin (Diana) Brown, of Garner, Taylor Brown, Andrew Curry and William Curry, of Lexington; and several great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by the children of W.H. Van Wie: Roger Van Wie, of Sarasota, Fla., Camille (Spike) Metts, of Charleston, S.C., Jeff (Annette) Van Wie and Deborah V. (Ray) Floyd, of Myrtle Beach.
Nancy was a gracious and lovely woman with a gentle and caring nature. She and her first husband, Lawson, shared a wonderful home rearing four children in Nebo, Kings Mountain and then Lexington.
They shared many years together, spending their vacations with family and friends, often in Myrtle Beach. After Lawson's death in 1985, Nancy spent more time at Myrtle Beach, where she eventually met W. H. Van Wie, whom she married on June 8, 1996.
An accomplished artist, Nancy taught tole painting in Lexington for a number of years. Her paintings, especially her oriental fire screens, are treasured by her children. She was also a member of the Dunes Golf and Beach Club, where she continued her social activities, especially bridge.
At the time of her death, she was a loyal member of First Presbyterian Church in Myrtle Beach.
After her marriage to W.H., she enjoyed traveling and a loving companionship, which enriched their lives. In addition to their love, W.H. and Nancy shared their talents for painting, especially accent furniture pieces, true treasures for the families.
The families wish to express a special thanks to Dr. Goldberg and Dr. Reynolds and their staffs for their compassionate care and attention to Nancy during her last years. The family would like to add a special thank you to Terrie Chriscoe for her devoted care and service during Nancy's last weeks.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, in the Chapel of McMillan-Small Funeral Home in Myrtle Beach with visitation after the service.
There will also be a memorial service in Lexington at Davidson Funeral Home on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at 2 p.m. with visitation after the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Dr. E. Lawson Brown Scholarship Fund at Davidson County Community College at P.O. Box 1287, Lexington, NC 27293 or the Building Fund at the First Presbyterian Church, 1300 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
To view or sign the family's online guest book please go to McMillan-Small Funeral Home's website at www.msfh.net and click on obituaries.
McMillan-Small Funeral Home of Myrtle Beach (843-449-3396) is in charge of arrangements.
Published in TheTimesNews.com Burlington, NC from December 24 to December 25, 2011
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