Molly Eubank’s life filled with public service

Published 9:53 am Thursday, August 4, 2011

The two communities Molly Eubank dedicated her life to are now joined in grief over her loss.

Eubank, who was serving as Mayor Pro-Tem on the Murfreesboro Town Council and Como Town Clerk, passed away Saturday at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 66-years-old.

Eubank worked for the Town of Murfreesboro for approximately 23 years in the positions of Town Administrator and Town Clerk. She also served as Clerk for the Town of Como for approximately 20 years.  Additionally, she was a long time volunteer with the Como Rescue Squad and the Como Volunteer Fire Department.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 5, 1945, Eubank was trained as an art teacher and received a Bachelor of Arts from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. She taught art for several years and then, while maintaining her personal interest in art, she turned her professional interests to local government and public service.

In the town of Como, papers typically handled by Eubank are quickly piling up.

On Wednesday, Como Mayor Irvin Stephens said he was trying to sort through those documents and complete those administrative tasks that were second nature for Eubank.

“It’s going to be hard for us,” he said. “She was my town administrator, town clerk…she kept us above water.”

Stephens has known Eubank and her husband, Doug, since they moved outside the Como city limits approximately 25-30 years ago.

“She was a country girl, she loved the country,” Stephens said. “She was one of the sweetest women in the world.”

Stephens considered Eubank a personal friend and noted she was very much a people person who was devoted to Como and its Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

“She was dedicated to the town and she spent a lot of personal time (working on town matters),” he said. “I was just a figurehead; she deserves all of the credit.”

Despite all of her community work, Stephens said at the center of Eubank’s life was her family.

“Her family came first,” he said. “She was a very devoted wife and a very devoted mother and grandmother.”

Stephens concluded by saying Eubank was loved by Como.

“She was a wonderful woman, words can’t describe her,” he said. “This world won’t have another like her.”

In nearby Murfreesboro, Eubank’s loss is also being deeply felt.

Eubank and her family moved to the town soon after she retired as Murfreesboro Town Administrator in 2007. She filed to run for Murfreesboro Town Council the same year and captured one of the five seats. She was nearing the end of her second term on the board at the time of her death.

Murfreesboro Mayor John Hinton, who has known the Eubanks since 1997, said Molly’s caring personality and sense of community paired with a sharp knowledge of local government will be missed.

“Molly has been the conscience of Murfreesboro,” he said. “Her primary concern has always been the welfare of our people.”

He added nothing exemplified this more than her attendance at Council meetings which was as faithful as her health allowed.

Hinton said Eubank also had a way of handling government business with both a compassionate and a directing hand.

“Molly was as kind as anyone I have ever met, but she knew how to be tough when she had to,” he said.

Hinton referred to Eubank’s involvement in many charitable events and organizations in the community.

Those who knew Eubank knew of her love of animals, which was demonstrated through her volunteer work at PAWS of Hertford County, a haven for unwanted and homeless pets.

“I think it was just her nature,” Hinton said. “She loved PAWS and animals.”

Eubank is survived by her husband, Douglas E. Eubank of Murfreesboro; her son, Lance T. (Eubank) Crowe of Murfreesboro; Lance’s children and her grandchildren, Owen and Madison; her son, Tadd W. Eubank and his wife, Kelli F. Eubank, of Boykins, Virginia; her brother, Jeffrey Goggin and his wife, Barbara, of Orlando, Florida; her brother-in-law, David Eubank and his wife, Lenny, of Dayton, Ohio, and her nephew, Mitchell Eubank and his wife, Dawn, also of Dayton, Ohio.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, in the auditorium of the Columns Building at Chowan University in Murfreesboro.

In lieu of flowers, the Eubank family asks that donations and contributions may be made to PAWS of Hertford County, Inc., P.O. Box 153, Murfreesboro, N.C. 27855 or Town of Como Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 117, Como, N.C. 27818.