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Hiawatha Sylvester

April 15, 1936 ~ August 21, 2021 (age 85)


Hiawatha Sylvester (85) of Elizabeth City, NC departed from this earthly on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at his residence.

A funeral service will be held at Mt. Lebanon AME Zion Church on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Viewing will take place at the funeral home on Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Hiawatha was a long time member of Union Chapel Missionary Baptist  Church in Weeksville and continued his Christian service as a member of Mount Lebanon AME Zion Church in Elizabeth City where he faithfully served until his passing. He would continue to serve the community during retirement as a taxi driver and a distributor.He had the best watermelons and cantaloupes in North Carolina.
Hiawatha was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander Sylvester and Sarah F. Lumsden Sylvester; brother, Robert Sylvester; sisters, Katherine Sharpe and Virginia Johnson.
Hiawatha leaves to cherish his memories two sons, Lamar Sylvester (Tammy) of Fuquay Varina, NC and their children, Brandon and Lauren; and Larry Sylvester (Tomikia) of Columbia, SC. and children, Princess Sarah, Larry Jr.,  Jennifer, Jeremy, Timothy; sister, Ruth Glasper of Elizabeth City, NC; a dearly devoted friend and companion, Dorothy Combs of Elizabeth City, NC. Dorothy’s children and grandson lovingly adopted Nookie as their own “Papa.” He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends including lifelong friends Willie “Chill Will” Gorham and Joe Felton.

Stallings Funeral Home will be assisting the Sylvester  family with excellence and care during their time of bereavement.

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August 26, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Stallings Funeral Home
401 S. Dyer St
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Funeral Service
August 27, 2021

1:00 PM
Mount Lebanon AME Zion Church
320 Culpepper St.
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

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