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Ms. Pauline McKnuckles, 83, went home to her final resting place early Sunday
morning, January 30, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska. She was born on December 12,
1938, in Hookerton, North Carolina to the late Paul and Mary Dawson. She was
one of 11 siblings with 8 sisters: Essie Freeman; Almeta Barnhart; Lauretha
Holly; Laura Lewis; Hattie Owusu (Lawrence) of Brooklyn, NY; Sally Pittman;
Nellie Pridgen and Cora Lee; and 2 brothers: Robert Dawson and A.B. Dawson.
She has several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was loved.
She graduated from Winston Salem Teacher’s College in Winston Salem, North
Carolina, later received her two master’s degrees while attending the local
university in Anchorage, Alaska. She taught in the following elementary schools
in North Carolina: Old West Greene Elementary 1962-1966; New West Greene
Elementary 1966-1968; Maury Elementary 1968-1971 before coming to Anchorage,
Alaska where she taught at Mountain View Elementary 1972 – 1984 and Tudor
Elementary 1984 – 1996 where she retired after 33 years of service on June 9,
1996 with 9 years in North Carolina and 24 years in Alaska.
She married the late Henry E. McKnuckles on June 1, 1969, and divorced in 2002
after 32 years of marriage. Together they had one daughter, Sabrina A.
Pauline was a faithful and devoted child of God and was a member of the Star of Zion
A.M.E. Zion Church in Hookerton, North Carolina. After moving to Anchorage,
Alaska, she joined Leake Temple A.M.E. Zion Church where she started the Buds
of Promise. She also served as a Stewardess and sang in the choir before
transitioning to her current church of First C.M.E. She was active with the
following auxiliaries and activities: Stewardess Board, Missionary Society,
Membership and Evangelism, Seasoned Saints, Vacation Bible School teacher, and choir. She supported other churches to include Christ Seekers in Anchorage,
AK, Mt. Vernon in Washington, D.C and First AME Zion Methodist Church in
Brooklyn, NY. She was also a member of the National Education Association
(NEA) - Alaska, Central Alaska Retired Teachers Association (CARTA), and Zeta
Phi Beta Sorority. She received several awards and recognitions for her
dedication, participation, and support.
After retirement, she attended the Adult Day Center, Day Break for several years.
She attended weekly Bible Study, loved reading her Bible and speaking about her
love of the Lord. She enjoyed cooking, going to the movies, traveling including
watching and traveling to tennis tournaments, and cruising.
The family would like to thank all her physicians, nurses, and medical techs who
took care of her during her 3 weeks stay at Providence Hospital in Anchorage,
Alaska. A special thank you to the Palliative Care Team at Providence Hospital.
The family would like to thank all our friends, family members, church family for
your phone calls, text messages, letters, prayers, and support during this difficult
time. She was loved. Thank you to the funeral home staff both in Anchorage
Alaska, and in Snow Hill, North Carolina.
North Carolina Funeral information:
Facebook: S Connor Memorial Funeral Home for live streaming service scheduled
for Saturday, February 26, 2022.
Viewing and Home Going Service to be held at Star of Zion A.M.E. Zion Church in
Hookerton, North Carolina on 2/26/22 at 12 noon. followed by the graveside
service and burial at Snow Hill Cemetery in Snow Hill, North Carolina.
All donations should go to Star of Zion A.M.E. Zion Church noted in honor of Ms.
Floral arrangements and condolences may be sent from our website to the McKnuckles family. Would you please keep the McKnuckles Family in your thoughts and prayers?
Service of comfort by S. Connor Memorial Funeral Home in Snow Hill.