Ms. Cora Lee Atkins was born on June 14, 1937 to the late Allen Eugene Atkins and Millie Fox Atkins in Haw Branch, North Carolina.  She departed this journey on Friday March 27, 2020 at Novant Health University, Charlotte, NC. 

Cora accepted Christ at an early age at Alston Chapel Church under the leadership of Rev Foust.  She made sure that every year she reunited with her brother John, her cousins, Sis, Ida, Della, Becky, Dannie Mae, the Chalmers family (Gussie Mae), “her” Uncle Roy and the Fox family, the entire Haw Branch Family that had left and retuned HOME for the 4th Sunday in August for Homecoming.

Cora attended Pickney High School graduating with the Class of 1955, where she played basketball. Cora continued the passion throughout her life, not playing but attending games and watching on television. Ironically Kobe Bryant was her heart among just a few others. She went on to attend Bennett College, Greensboro, North Carolina. Upon completion she headed to the Big City of New York (Freeport, Long Island) meeting up with her brothers Clarence and Marshall, Aunt Postoria (Aunt Posie) and other family members that had left the south.

After moving to New York her first job was at Winthrop Hospital working in the nursery.  She later began working at Abraham and Strauss (A&S) Department store which she remained employed for 25 years.  There she met lifelong friends, Edith Massie, John Simpson, Georgia Southerland, Joanne Phillips, Jeannette Burwell, just to name a few. Cora was a part of The Bowling League with team members from A&S Department Store which she thoroughly enjoyed. Keeping A&S as a part time job, she began a career with Nassau County Recreation and Parks, later transferring to Nassau County Police Department until her retirement in 1988.

In 1997 Cora returned home to North Carolina residing in Fayetteville.  Having the passion to Live Her Best Life she traveled through the United States to include Hawaii and The Caribbean.  (She was her daughter’s best client). Her favorite past time was to head down to Little River and hop on The Big “M” Casino Boat.  Her nephew John Jr would accompany her on The Big “M” when he could.

Cora was an active member of The Blue Street Senior Center (which she made sure she was there to play Bingo on Thursdays) Spring Lake Senior Center, Area “A” Club and Passport to Health to name a few.  

Cora leaves to cherish precious memories her daughter Carlette Elaine Benton, special daughter Khadijah Lee Fuller; grandchildren-Tifanni, Terrell  and Tiara(Carlette) DeJairah and Prince (Khadijha); 5 great grandchildren-Damonte, Dionte, Nadiyah, Bryson and Reign. Three Nieces-Sheryl, Deborah and Valarie; Six nephews-Clarence (CJ), John Jr, Kenneth, Michael, Jeffery and Stevie.  Extended sister in laws, brother in law, nieces and nephews of the Benton Family. Goddaughter Tasha Foxx.

Special Caretaker-Sheron Ross White; Special Friend- Sharon Smith and Loving Cousin Isabelle Chalmers Quick

Our beloved has now joined her parents and four brothers

Marshall, Clarence, John and Eugene in their heavenly home.

Due to the COVID-19 mandates put in place by our state, the family will have a private service. Ms. Cora Lee Atkins will lie in state at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home on Friday from 1:00 – 5:00 PM for anyone who would like to stop in and sign the register.  

For those who cannot attend there is an online register available for you to share your condolences at

Services are entrusted to Fry & Prickett Funeral Home.

Memories Timeline


  1. Mommy it is surreal to see your name here. You raised me to be strong a survivor…But this there is no lesson for…I am at peace that your suffering has now ended…no more pain. You fought a good fight these last two years…take the rest you deserve…Love then, now and always…Dementia you didn’t win!

  2. Grandma,
    Words can’t describe how blessed we all are to have known you and to have been apart of your life. The imprint you made with your family, friends, and colleagues was like no other. The boys, Tyrek and I will miss you more than you can imagine!! No need to worry “Sista” I’ve got everybody now!
    You rest.
    With Love,
    Tifanni, Tyrek & The Twins

  3. God saw you getting tired, and a cure was not to be, so he wrapped his arms around you and whispered: come to me. Rest In Peace dear cousin. We love you, and we will miss you.

    Ronnie (Randy), Daisy and Family

  4. Carlette,
    I am praying for you all.I know how your heart feels but know,your mommy will forever be with you.May GOD give you peace and strength in the days to come.I love you.
    🌹Rest In Peace Aunt Cora.I will miss your laughter and wisdom.
    Sharon,Shomari & Shamir

  5. May you rest now. You will be missed, just as you are loved. Every 4th Sunday in August I would always look forward to seeing you and Carlette. That was always one of the high lights of my summer. As I think of you now, I see you with your wings. Love you always, Your little cuz. Marilyn Dowdy Cox (gaye)

  6. Carlette and Family, I share your heavy hearts of the passing of Cora Lee.I know you’ll miss her love,pretty smile,hugs and even some of her weary days.However; remember, to look to the hills from whence cometh our help knowing ALL of our help cometh from the Lord!! Much Love and Prayer

  7. With love and deep sympathy to my loving and wonderful goddaughter and all of the family, my heart is with you. Love Godmother

  8. Death takes the Body, God takes the Soul. Our Mind holds the Memories, Our Heart keeps the Love.
    You are in Heaven, but You live on in our Hearts. We will Miss You.
    Rest in Paradise Aunt Cora
    With Prayers & Love Always
    Valerie (Marshall)


  10. Dear Mommy

    I want to say Thank You for everything
    The Life you gave me
    The Lessons you taught me
    The Love that you showed me
    I have thank god for you each and every day of my life.
    Cora Lee you will forever be in my heart. I love you and will miss you dearly.

    Love Always
    Your Special Daughter
    Khadijha Lee (Dee)

  11. My Sincere Condolence & Prayers To Family. May You fine comfort in this hour of loss of your love one, Cora will be missed I have fond memories of our good times together in the Area A Club & Traveling Together for many yrs. She is resting now on that Beautiful Shore Call Heaven.

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