Alice Leigh Blow Hargrove Hussey, 95, enjoyed trying new foods with her family

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Alice Leigh Blow Hargrove Hussey
Alice Leigh Blow Hargrove Hussey

Mrs. Alice Leigh Blow Hargrove Hussey, 95, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at Davis Health Care Center in Wilmington.

A memorial service will be held at The Davis Center Chapel on Porter’s Neck Road, Wilmington, on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. All friends are welcome.

The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Andrews Market Street Chapel.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 18, in Tarboro, N.C., at Greenwood Cemetery on Howard Avenue. Following the graveside service, there will be a reception at the home of Joe and Bernice Pitt. All friends of the family are welcome.

Mrs. Hussey, daughter of the late Alexander Lillington Blow Jr. of Greenville, N.C., and Miss Mabel Griffin of Selma, N.C., was born June 28, 1921, in Greenville, N.C., She was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter Clark “Bro” Hargrove, Jr. of Tarboro, N.C., and her second husband, Dr. Howard S. Hussey Jr., also of Tarboro, N.C.

After graduating from Greenville High School in 1938, Alice Leigh attended Salem College for two years and then graduated from East Carolina University in 1942.

During WWII, she and her first husband, Walter C. “Bro” Hargrove Jr., a Navy Officer, lived in the San Francisco. After his tour of duty in the Pacific Theater, and an honorary discharge, they moved back to Tarboro, N.C., where Alice Leigh became an active member of The Garden Club, The Calvary Episcopal Church Alter Guild, and various local organizations.

She loved flowers and was often asked to help with flower arrangements for special occasions. An outstanding cook, she never hesitated to encourage her family to always try new foods and dishes, with the exception of brains and eggs, brussel sprouts, and especially chittterlings. As a result of her encouragement, all of her sons are excellent cooks.

Following the death of Bro Hargrove in 1968, Alice Leigh and Dr. Howard S. Hussey Jr. married in 1972. After Howard retired from the Tarboro clinic, they moved to Wilmington, N.C., where they became members of St. Andrews’s On-the-Sound Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Hussey is survived by her sons: Dr. Walter Clark Hargrove III of Haverford, Penn.; Alex Blow Hargrove and wife Nora of Wilmington; David Brian Hargrove and husband David Hyde Pierce of New York , N.Y.; stepdaughter Jean Hussey Adams and husband Jim of Bonlee,N.C.; stepsons: Howard S. Hussey III and wife Peggy of Greenville; James “Jim” Hussey and wife Gail of Tarboro; William J. “Bill” Hussey and wife Trish of Durham; grandchildren, Nelson Hargrove, Nicholas Hargrove, Saskia Hargrove, Alice Hargrove, Alex Hargrove; stepgrand children Mary-Margaret Hussey Finch, Ryan Hussey, Gwen Hussey, Jim Hussey, Cali Hussey, Ben Hussey, Megan Adams Trogdon, Ashley Adams Whitley, Jayme Adams, Jean Adams, Great grandchildren, Ethan Finch, Reid Finch, Annastyn Trogdon, Emmalin Whitley, Parker Hussey.

We give special thanks to all at the Davis Health Care Center. They have become almost like family to us. The care givers from Home Instead provided never ending attention and exceptional comfort to Alice Leigh during her last three to four years: particularly, Donna Martin, Kim Laney, Ida Harris, Janice Kruger, Bettielou Weddle, Josie Rogers, Rene Brown, Fonterler Johnson, LaShonda McCallister, Angelina Bowden, and Shanequa Lowery as well as a host of others. We will always be grateful to you for the love and care you’ve given our mother over the years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Calvary Calvary Episcopal Church in Tarboro, NC, St. Andrews On-the-Sound Episcopal Church, or Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center, Wilmington, NC.