Funeral Services: S. E. Thomas Funeral & Cremation Services
110 Highland Avenue, Thomasville, NC 27360
Time: Saturday, September 12, 2015 12:00 PM
Visitation: Saturday, September 12, 2015 11:30 AM
Reflections On the Life of. . .
Mrs. Elizabeth Mamie Black Mashburn who was born on April 29, 1922 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to the late John William and Mamie Graham Black. At an early age she moved with her family to Thomasville, North Carolina. She departed this earthly life on Saturday, May 30, 2015 in Mountain Valley Hospice in Gloversville, New York.
Elizabeth, affectionately called “Bet” or “Bettie”, was a graduate of Church Street High School in Thomasville, Lincoln Academy in Kings Mountain, North Carolina and the Poro School of Cosmetology in New York City.
For many years she operated her own beauty shop in Gloversville, New York and also worked as Cosmetologist and Counselor at the New York State Tryon School for Girls in Johnstown, New York.
Elizabeth will be remembered for her gift of hospitality, her warm and friendly personality, charming wit and humor and her unwavering devotion to her family, for her many years of service as elections Inspector for Fulton County in Upstate New York where she received several awards.
Elizabeth’s favorite pastimes were baking, gardening and reading. She enjoyed sharing her delicious cakes and cookies with family and neighbors, and often baked cakes for sale to raise funds for projects at her church, Peoples A. M. E. Church in Gloversville. She tended her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens with pride and dedication and enjoyed sharing her vegetables with neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her husband James Mashburn; sisters Ada Purnell, Gladys Martin and Reynolda Motley; and brothers Hermon, Clinton, Woodrow and Roscoe Black.
Surviving are sister Hilda Black David of Columbia, South Carolina and brother Floyd Edward Black of Bronx, New York; nephews Marc C. David (Yvette), Lawrence K. David, Donald J. Motley, Sr., Donald J. Motley, Jr. (Stephanie), Jerry Black (Vivian), Johnny Black (Lena), Kenneth Henry, Ravenel Henry (Li); nieces Peggie Henry, La Donna M. David, Lark C. Chalmers, Esterity Carolina, Joletha Strong, Adell Morris (George), and a host of other relatives and friends.