Miona Kearse (McMillian) Fonvielle: Tabor City

1929 – 2020

    Miona Kearse Fonvielle of Tabor City died Thursday, Oct. 22, in her home. She was 19.

     Born March 28, 1929 in Bamburg, she was the daughter of the late George McMillian and Annie Mae Kearse McMillian and the widow of Harold Lindsay Fonvielle, Sr.

     She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Joanne Fonvielle of Lumberton; three grandsons, Blake Fonvielle of Ipswich, Massachusetts, Wesley Fonvielle of Lumberton, and Cameron Fonvielle of Tabor City; nieces Pamela Frost of Spartanburg and Olivia Padgett of Edisto Beach; and her extended family.

     In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three sons, Rodney Fonvielle, Dean Fonvielle and Lindy Fonvielle.

     She was a public school teacher for many years and was awarded the NC Teacher of the Year.

     Ms. Fonvielle served on the City Council for Tabor City from 1983 until 1990.  In July of 1990 she was appointed mayor, elected in 1991 and served until 1993.

     In August 2006 Ms. Fonvielle was appointed to council, elected in 2007 and served until 2015.

     She was a member of Tabor City Baptist Church.

     Family would like to thank her caretakers, Donnis Graham, Delores Bellamy, Sarah Williams, and Javonna Long; and special friend Kendall Cartrette.

     A graveside service was planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in Forest Lawn Cemetery, with Rev. Earl Spivey officiating.

     A guest register is available here.