Emma Virginia Haskins Howerton, of Pinehurst, died Monday, April 15, 2019.
Emma Virginia Haskins was born to Esther Martha Davis Haskins and Edward Brodnax Haskins in her beloved McKenney, Va., on Election Day, Nov. 7, 1928. She spent her early childhood in McKenney until 1941, when her father suddenly died of a heart attack after saving two girls from drowning in the community lake. Mr. Haskins was awarded the Carnegie Medal of Honor for Bravery for this act.
Emma spent the rest of her early life in Richmond, Va., where she graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and Johnston Willis Hospital School of Nursing, where she received the degree of Registered Nurse. On Dec. 21, 1949, Emma married William Bruce (Bill) Howerton at her mother’s home on Franklin Street in Richmond, Va.
After raising their three children, Emma and Bill retired to Pinehurst in 1992, and Emma enjoyed countless days playing golf as a member of Pinehurst Country Club. As a true testament of her talents and love of the game, Emma won many awards, most recently low net in the June 2018 Silver Foils Gertrude Williams Tournament, shooting her age with a score of 89. Emma was loved by anyone who was lucky enough to have played golf with her; she was the best example in sportsmanship: enjoying the game and the people you play with. Emma was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She is survived by her husband and her children, Myra Douglas Howerton Dunn and her husband, Robert Carter Dunn; William Bruce Howerton, Jr. and his wife Laura Jansen Howerton; Douglas Haskins Howerton and his wife, Melissa Frietsch Howerton, as well as five grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.