GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - Lucille W. Gorham made a significant impact on Eastern North Carolina.
She was the first African American woman to serve on the Pitt County Board of Education.
As a longtime educator, she worked at Saint Gabriel's School in Greenville.
Gorham was loved by many, and on Friday the local community will pay its final respects to her.
Gorham passed away on Sunday.
On Friday, a visitation will be held from 9:30 A.M. to 10 A.M. at Saint Gabriel's Catholic Church in Greenville.
A rosary at 10 A.M. and a mass at 10:30 A.M. will follow.
Thursday evening, a visitation was also held at the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center in Greenville.
A large crowd funneled through the center to say their last goodbyes.
Its director reflected on the influence Gorham had on the people she crossed paths with.
"Mrs. Gorham was a pillar in this community," said Deborah Moody. "She loved children. She loved this community. Her thing was to learn, to advance and to obey. That's what she taught our children in this community."
Moody says now that Mrs. Gorham is gone, the center will continue her work."
"She brought so much joy when she came here," said Moody. "The children lit up when she came. We want to keep that legacy going. We're grateful we had her for a time."