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August 2, 1927 ~ October 8, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Vernell Milligan Pounsel, born on August 2, 1927, in Branchville, South Carolina, passed away on Sunday, October 8th, 2023, at the remarkable age of 96. She has now joined her beloved parents, Virginia (Sue) Wilson Milligan and Benjamin
Milligan; and husband, Earnest Pounsel, in the eternal embrace of the Lord.
Throughout her life, Vernell was a loving sister to one brother, Clarence Wilson (deceased); five sisters, Mabel Koger (deceased), Louise Coulter (deceased), Annie
Milligan, Alice Butler and Inez Milligan.
Vernell’s family flourished through the love she shared with her 12 children; Marian, Alberta, Dora, Rosalind, Marie, Larry (wife Dana), Michael, Melvin (wife Barbara), Vincent (wife Yvonne), Thaddeus (wife Emma), Cynthia (husband Ian); and infant daughter, Cathy Loraine. Her dedication to them was unwavering, and
her memory will continue to inspire their lives.
Vernell's family tree blossomed with 54 cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several “adopted” children and a host of nieces and nephews, each a
testament to her nurturing spirit and enduring love.
A woman of unwavering faith, Vernell joined church (Canaan Baptist Church) at an early age in Branchville, South Carolina, a devotion that remained a
cornerstone of her life. In 1966, she relocated to Somerville, New Jersey, where she became an active member of St. Paul Baptist Church. There, she dedicated her time to serving in the food ministry, showing her boundless love and care for the community. Receiving the Stewardship Award in 1993 for her many years of
service at St Paul’s Baptist Church.
One of Vernell's greatest joys in life was her passion for cooking. Her culinary talents brought joy and sustenance to her family and friends throughout the years.
Her dishes were a labor of love that created countless cherished memories.
Vernell's journey through life witnessed the evolution of centuries, a testament to her strength and resilience. She leaves behind a legacy that will be remembered for
generations to come.
While we mourn her passing, we also celebrate a life well-lived, filled with love, faith, and generosity. Vernell's memory will live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing her. She will be dearly missed, but her legacy will forever illuminate our lives.