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Jean E. Ham

Posted on January 11, 2021


Jean E. Ham

Jean E. Ham

April 23, 1935 — Jan. 8, 2021

SNOW HILL — Jean Harvey Edwards Ham, 85, passed away Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at Lenoir UNC Hospital.

Born April 23, 1935, she was the daughter of John Harvey and Catherine Sugg Edwards. Following graduation from Hookerton High School, she attended East Carolina University before marriage to her late husband, James Hiram Ham.

Jean worked with E.I. DuPont and many years with Wachovia Bank before settling into distributing Beauticontrol cosmetics and teaching piano lessons. Attending since childhood, she was a member of Rainbow United Methodist Church where she had been a member of the choir and served as its director for more than 40 years in addition to having been the church organist. Blessed with an outgoing manner and personality, Jean exemplified a positive and upbeat attitude even though she had bravely battled cancer for many years.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Dr. Harvey Ham and wife, Gail, of Wilson and Melody Ham Ormond and husband, Ricky, of Hookerton; grandchildren, Brandon Ham and wife, Marlo, of Wilson, Aleah Ham Darnell and husband, Justin, of Garner, Kyle McLawhorn of Snow Hill and Bailey Ormond of Charlotte; and her great-grandchildren, Bentley Ham, Lylah Ham, Kettner Ham, Bryden Darnell, Kaysen Darnell, and soon to be born baby girl, Keltie Darnell. Additionally, Jean is survived by special cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

Funeral services was held graveside 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at Rainbow Cemetery with the Rev. Tyler Moore officiating. The family greeted friends and extended family immediately following the service. Masks and social distancing were respected due to COVID.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Debra Fell, FNP, and the staff of Heritage Family Health for the compassion and care they rendered to Jean.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to Rainbow UMC, c/o Ray Pridgen, 704 Greenridge Road, Snow Hill, NC 28580.

Arrangements are entrusted to Taylor-Tyson Funeral Home, Snow Hill. Online condolences at

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