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Rochelle B. Harlee

April 8, 1937 January 8, 2019
Rochelle B. Harlee
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Obituary for Rochelle B. Harlee

.Rochelle Burnett Harlee, the seventh daughter and eleventh child of the late Melvin and Josephine Burnett, was born on April 8, 1937 in Orrum, North Carolina.

Rochelle graduated from Orrum High School in 1954 and moved to Raleigh to work as a House Mother at the Governor Morehead School for the Deaf and Blind. It was at the Governor Morehead School where she met and married Wendell Harlee, Sr. of Rowland, NC. They celebrated 54 years of marriage until his death in 2012.

Rochelle later attended Hardbarger Jr. College where she earned a Secretarial degree which she used to secure a position as a Unit Secretary at Wake Medical Center and then Duke Raleigh Hospital; where she worked for over 20 years until she retired.

At an early age, Rochelle joined First Baptist Church in Orrum and later became an active and faithful member of the Temple of Pentecost Church in Raleigh for more than 30 years. She was a surrogate mother to her god-children, the children of the late Edward and Shirley Lockhart and Patricia Elston all from Lumberton, NC. She was also a surrogate grandmother to her grand-nieces and nephews: Kendra, Timothy, Kanesha, Kiana, and Ashley Burnett.

Rochelle leaves to cherish her memory one son, Wendell Harlee, Jr., twin daughters, Cynthia Harlee LoMonaco and Sandra Harlee Amagwula; one grandson, Anthony Ellis of Raleigh, NC; three sisters, Catherine Braddy, Daisy Richardson, and Bernice LaPompe of Lumberton, NC and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

And just at the moment when someone at our side says: “There, she is gone!” Gone Where? Gone from my sight. There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!”

In Remembrance
The siblings who were watching and waiting for Rochelle to arrive are her sisters: Sarah Lynch, Hattie Moody, Beatrice Worley, and Flossie Mae Campbell; brothers: James Frank Burnett, Hollis Burnett, William McDowell, and Ernest Beau Burnett; foster brothers (nephews):
Marshall, James and John Lynch.


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Carlton L. Gray Funeral & Cremation Service
2810 Kidd Road Raleigh 27610 NC
United States
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