Jane Culbreth Lomax

1960 - 2024

Jane Culbreth Lomax, 63, a beloved wife and mother, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Forsyth Medical Center.

She was born on December 6, 1960, the daughter of the late Walter Clifton Culbreth and Norma Simmons Culbreth in Cumberland County, NC. Jane studied at UNC Wilmington and UNC Pembroke, graduating in 1983 with a BS in Special Education. She received her Master of School Administration from UNC Pembroke in 2012. Jane began her career in Education in 1983 as an exceptional children’s teacher in Hoke County, NC, and later in Bladen County, NC. Her inspiration for this career path was born from the love of her first cousin, Craig Simmons. Craig was a happy and loving Down Syndrome child. Jane completed part of her student teaching in Craig’s classroom just before his passing at the age of 13. After 22 years in the classroom as an EC teacher, she spent five years as an EC Compliance Specialist, followed by six years as Director of Exceptional Children’s Programs for Bladen County Schools. Jane retired after 33 years of service in Bladen County Public Schools. Upon retiring from NC Public Schools, she continued serving EC students in NC charter schools and the SC public school system. Jane was a dedicated advocate for EC students throughout her career. She was respected by her peers as well as the students’ parents. Special Education was her passion from the time she was a child playing with her cousin, and it will live on as her legacy.

Jane was a loving mother to her two sons, Matthew and Andrew. She actively encouraged and supported them in all their endeavors. She was involved in every aspect of their lives, from volunteering as a Cub Scout leader to traveling around the state to cheer them on at science fairs and baseball games. Jane loved animals, great and small, and loved her many “fur babies,” most recently Jake, Pepper, and Onyx. She had a penchant for crafting and decorating. She enjoyed spending her free time making beautiful wreaths, crocheting cozy blankets, and arranging vibrant flower centerpieces. Her favorite time of the year was when it was finally time to bring out the Christmas tree and her many Santa figurines. Her talents brought joy to those around her and left a lasting impression on all who knew her.

Later in life, Jane developed a love for the mountains of NC. After 35 years in Bladen County, NC, she and her husband Allan moved to West Jefferson, NC. She loved her time there. Mornings spent in bed watching the birds in the trees, afternoons in the kitchen cooking delicious meals with the Blue Ridge peeking through the windows, evenings spent on the front porch watching the colors of the sunset behind Three Top Mountain, with fireflies all around.

Jane is survived by her husband of 38 years, Allan E. Lomax; two sons, Matthew Lomax (Tilson); Andrew Lomax; brothers, Scott Culbreth (Sherrie); David Culbreth; and several cousins, nephews and nieces.

The service will be private. A celebration of life will be held for family and friends in the spring on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial donation be sent to North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance at https://www.ncdsalliance.org.


8 tributes for Jane Culbreth Lomax

  1. Julie

    Uncle Allan, Matthew and Andrew, I love y’all and I know this is an incredibly tough time, Aunt Jane will be missed by so many,
    she was one a a kind and a tough lady!
    Please don’t hesitate to let me know anything I can do!

  2. Polly Hancock

    Jane has left her mark on so many of us! Her dedication to her sons and her students is something I will never forget! Prayers for all of you!

  3. Rhonda Hall

    Matt, I am so sorry sweetheart! I want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers. You look so much like your beautiful mom and I know she is very proud of you. God Bless you and your family and may he hold you in the palm of his hand. I love you! We are here for you if you need anything

  4. Susan R Richardson

    I was very sad when I found out Jane had passed away. She was my cousin, friend, and roommate at UNC-Pembroke. I loved her so much as did many people. She was a great wife, mother, and teacher. Allan, Matthew, and Andrew you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Angie and Scott McIntosh

    Allan, we were so saddened to hear of Jane’s passing. This is a beautiful tribute to her life. Jane has many who loved her in life who no doubt were there to welcome her home. Sending prayers from our family.

  6. Carolyn Hill

    Allan, Matthew, and Andrew I am so sorry to hear of Jane’s passing. Jane was beautiful and a true advocate for Special Needs children. She expected no less from her EC staff. I had the utmost respect for her. Love, hugs, and prayers.

  7. Brooke McMichael

    I have so many good memories with her! Prayers for you all!

  8. Julia Godwin

    I am Jane’s first cousin in Fayetteville. Just heard about Jane’s death. So sorry and I will keep your family in my prayers. Please let me know about the further service so I can attend.


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