Jacksonville- Lela Ann Whitehurst Popelka, 82, passed away Wednesday, October 6,2021 at her home with her family by her side. She was born September 12,1939 in New Bern, NC a daughter to the late, Earl Dixon and Beadie Pearl Adams Whitehurst.
A funeral service will be held Monday, October 11,2021 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home-Jacksonville with chaplain Rick Brooks officiating. Burial will follow at Onslow Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Lela was a loving soul always looking out for and treating others better than herself. She loved to spend time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Dennis Popelka of the home; sons, Curtis Ramsey (Gloria) of Beulaville and Dennis Keith Popelka of the home; grandson, Curtis Lee Ramsey; great grandchildren, Lorie and Avery; sisters, Lois Hobbs of Cove City, Claire Varenadore of Jacksonville, and Joan Huffman of Richlands; brothers, Clifton, Rex, and Kenneth Whitehurst all of Jacksonville.
He was preceded in death by brother, Dalton Earl “8 Ball” Whitehurst and sister, Jackie Pearl Whitehurst.
Flowers are welcomed or memorial contributions may be made to the cH3 Hospice, 150 Techcon Way, Pollocksville, NC 28573.