Juanita Vereen Frink of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was born on August 6, 1946, in Whiteville, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. Melvin Vereen and Mrs. Alberta Bryant Vereen; brothers Johnnie, Hubert, and James Vereen; sisters, Hattie Lewis, and Katherine James.
Juanita graduated from Westside High School in Chadbourn, North Carolina. She earned a BS Degree in English/Speech from Elizabeth City State University, and she completed graduate studies in Linguistics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Juanita’s professional career included adult education English/ESL, and business/industry/military teaching in North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina. During her career, she received the National Right to Read Award, Partners in Education Award, Education/Business/Industry Award, and the AARP Community Service Coordinator Award. In 2017, she was privileged to receive the National Federation of the Blind South Carolina Associate Member of the Year Award.
Juanita accepted Christ at an early age, and at passing, she was a dedicated member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. She worked with the Willing Workers, Women's Day program, and the Educator’s Appreciation program. As a part of her Christian service, she helped the elderly with medical appointments, and the blind with transportation and other needs. Juanita was active in the community. Some of the civic, business, and educational organizations to which she offered her services were: Charter Member of Jack and Jill of America, Conway chapter; South Carolina Foster Care Review Board 15-C; school volunteer; literacy volunteer; AARP Community Service Volunteer; National Federation of the Blind, Conway chapter, the National Education Association (NEA); and the South Carolina Education Association (SCEA).
She was an avid reader and traveled to many places around the world. She was kind and she loved people. Her legacy holds steadfast with the great love of helping people, especially economically and underserved children and adults, as well as the blind. Her last remaining sibling, Melinda Lacewell, and family shared these sentiments, “I knew it would come a day that you would leave us, but we know that you are at home with the Lord. We love you and are going to miss you.”
Juanita leaves to cherish fond memories, her husband of 50 years, Samuel H. Frink; sons, Ivan (Joy) and Chaun (Tony) Frink; grandchildren, Ahmadd Frink, Elishia Simmons, Jerron and Jayla Bell, Ashley Clark, and Emanuel Frink; sister, Melinda Lacewell of North Carolina; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law; aunt; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, the family would like to ask that tax deductible gifts be made to the Coastal Education Foundation in Juanita’s name. These funds will be used to set up a scholarship for deserving, underserved students, who will become teachers in the community, after attending Coastal Carolina University. Your tax-deductible gift should be mailed to the:Coastal Education Foundation, Attention CEF, Coastal Carolina University, PO Box 261954, Conway, SC 29528. CCU Scholarship Foundation https://www.coastal.edu/alumni/memorial/frink/
A memorial service in celebration of Juanita’s life will be held Aug. 20, 2022, 5:00 p.m. at Wheelwright Auditorium on the Campus of Coastal Carolina Univ. 108 Spadoni Park Circle Conway, SC 29527.
Coastal Education Foundation ATT: CEF.
Coastal Carolina University, PO Box 261954, Conway, SC 29528