Sampson County

County History: 
Quick Facts
People and Biographies
Notable individuals from nursing history.
  • Kristina Edwards ( ): Kristina Edwards earned her Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Sampson Community College in 2008.  While there she was active in Phi Theta Kappa (an honor society0 and the Sampson Community College Association of Student Nurses.  She is earning her Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree from East Carolina University.  She  has served as President of District 15 of the NC Nurse Association and won a "Rookie of the Year" Award from the NC Nurse Association in 2010.
  • Mary A. Herring (1877-1968): U.S. Army World War I nurse from Sampson County.
  • Cleone E. Hobbs of Clinton, NC (u.d.-1940): Hobbs was a charter member of the NC State Nurses Association and President of that organization from 1914-1916. Graduated from St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, PA in 1897. Worked as a private duty nurse, instructor at UNC-G in science classes and Superintendent of Wilson Sanitarium and Asst Superintendent of Twin Cities Hospital in Winston Salem. She spent over a decade as a state school nurse.
  • Ruth Holleman (1924-2011): Nurse anesthetist at Rex Hospital and Dorothea Dix Hospital. (Memorial for Ruth Holleman can be found on Dignity Memorial.)
  • Anne Eliza Lamb (1896-1980): Anne Lamb was born in 1897, in Sampson County, North Carolina. She graduated from the Cumberland General Hospital School of Nursing in 1923. She worked briefly in hospital before working in public health clinics under the supervision of Dr. George M. Cooper. The State Board of Health employed her to create a program regulating midwifery throughout North Carolina. She worked as the single nurse in the islands of Dare County, NC for a year and then worked for a decade in Granville County. She received a certificate in Maternity Nursing at the Margaret Hague Institute in New Jersey. She became a nursing supervisor in Robeson County and then returned to work for the State Board as a consultant specializing in planned parenthood. She died in 1980. (Interview with Anne Lamb, conducted by Jane Abernathy Plyler, available on
  • Doris O. Melvin (1918- ): Melvin was a career nurse, serving in the Army Nurse Corps from 1953-1975. (Oral history of Doris Melvin available through UNC Greensboro Digital Collections.)
  • Susanne C. Small (1888-1965): U.S. Army nurse who served in France during World War I.
Compiled by: 
Phoebe Pollitt