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Missionary Angela Vanessia Leake of 3812 Central Heights Road passed from labor to reward Friday in Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.
Born Aug. 30, 1957, she was the daughter of the Late Bishop John L. Hart Sr. and Bishop Eloise Smith Hart Sessoms.
Angela “Nett” grew up in Wilson. She completed her studies within the Wilson County Schools system graduating from Fike High School in 1975. She went on to further her education at Barton College graduating magna cum laude with a BS in secretarial science. In 1992, she received her BS in food and nutrition graduating summa cum laude from East Carolina University. She worked as a registered dietitian at the N.C. Special Care Center in Wilson for many years. She then became a food and nutrition teacher at Hunt High School in Wilson, where she remained until retired.
She is survived by her husband, Elder Rudolph Leake Sr., of Goldsboro, children, Rudolph Eatmon, Rudolph Leake Jr. (Katrina) of Goldsboro, Marcel Leake (Autumn) of California and “bonus daughter” Lakiter Branson (Quinton) of Wilson; godmother Doris Locus and godchildren Pamela Boykin, Tasha Batts, Brenda Batts and Carolyn Spell, all of Wilson; nine grandchildren, Erika and Ahmani Applewhite, Nijel and Neerja Eatmon (mother Mary Hines-Bland), Ethan and Jamel McNeil (mother Miche Cromartie), Alexander and Bentley Blount and Arnez McDade; her mother, Bishop Eloise Sessoms of Wilson; four sisters, Evangelia Hart of Wilson, Veronica Morgan (who also served as her caregiver) of Raleigh, Mable Spells (Kenneth) of Wilson and Tempie Hart of Georgia; seven brothers, John Hart Jr. (Shirley), Bruce Hart, Preston Hart Sr. (Marilyn), Garland Sessoms (Carolyn), Douglas Sessoms (Roberta), Jerome Sessoms (Angela), all of Wilson, and Casey Sessoms of Rutherfordton; three brothers-in-law, Johnnie Leake (Crystal), Ronnie Leake (Virginia) and Cleveland Leake, all of Wilson; a special sister-in-law, Charlotte Lucas of Goldsboro and Delois Joyner (James) of Wilson; a special aunt, Pauline Sanders of Smithfield; a special niece, Shamecca Roberts; and special friends, Mary Bunch, Christopher Batts and Elder Roberts as well as a host of nieces, nephews relatives and friends.
Angela was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. She will be remembered as the family “peacemaker.” Chosen by God, she was a humble yet anointed preacher/songbird. She always carried a spirit of gratitude, and her smile and friendly personality would light up the room. Angela will be greatly missed.
The triumphant home-going service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Goldsboro Raleigh Assembly, 214 Hooks River Road, Goldsboro, with her mother, Bishop Eloise Sessoms as the eulogist. Missionary Leake will lie in state Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the St. John Apostolic Holiness Church, 5449 Central Road, Black Creek, with the family present to receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m.
The arrangements are entrusted to the Haskins Funeral Home. www.haskinsfh.com.