ROCKY MOUNT — Catherine Hannon Speight, age 82, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. Born in Vance County, North Carolina on Nov. 4, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Lacy Bragg Hannon and Mary Catherine Oakley Hannon.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, James A. Speight Sr.

After graduating Henderson High School, Catherine attended Campbell College and then East Carolina University, where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree. Later in life, she worked alongside her husband Jimmy, who was a pharmacist at Almand’s Drug Store, managing the gifts and accessories side of the business. Additionally both she and her husband enjoyed playing clarinet in the community band together. A loving mother, grandmother, sister, and dear friend to many, Catherine will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

Catherine is survived by her sons, James “Jim” Speight Jr. and his wife, Jeanie, of Durham, and Kevin Speight of Goldsboro; her daughters, Mary B. Wright and her husband, John, of Raeford, and Alison Knox and her husband, John, of Cocoa Beach, Florida; her grandchildren, Ian, Patrick, Joe, Rebecca, Noah, Sam, Lacy and Michael; her sister, Mary Lacy Finch of Asheboro; and her brother, Samuel B. Hannon of Clayton

A memorial service to celebrate Catherine’s life will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. at Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1130 N. Winstead Ave., Rocky Mount, NC 27804, with her grandson, the Rev. Patrick Speight, officiating. The family will receive friends just prior to the services from 10 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. at Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home. A private family graveside service will be held at a later time at Pineview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Catherine’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern NC, 5171 Glenwood Ave., Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27612.

Arrangements are entrusted to Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting