Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and aunt died Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the home of her daughter, Peggy Sullivan in Wendell, NC.
Born and raised in Smoaks, SC she moved to Durham in 1943 and worked in various retail positions, retiring from Central Carolina Bank in 1989.
She was a caring mother who loved and enjoyed spending time with her family. Sue had a strong faith in God and Jesus Christ and a strong belief in her church’s mission to serve others. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Durham for more than 70 years and held many positions there throughout her life. She was a member of the Joy Sunday School Class; Senior Adult of the Year in 1997; and Church Treasurer for 20 years. She also served on the Kitchen Committee for over 40 years, planning, preparing and serving food for meals, receptions and other events. She enjoyed the fellowship of her church friends and gave encouragement to many through those relationships. She was also loved and admired by many friends whom she met through business, community, and local activities. Sue will be dearly missed but her legacy will live on through the lives she touched daily.
She is survived by daughters, Peggy Sullivan of Wendell; Beth Rickman of Durham and Dorothy Smith of Alexandria, VA; granddaughters, Tai Oakley Mercer (Mark) of Cornelius, NC, Rae Oakley Robinson (Chad) of Zebulon, and Alex Oakley Thompson (Michael) of Clayton; great-grandchildren, Erin and Emory Mercer and Maddox Thompson. She is also survived by sisters, Eva Beach and Helen Cooper; brothers, Herbert Thomas, Ray Thomas, Jake Thomas, and Frankie Thomas all of South Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit with the family on Monday Sept. 9 from 5:00 – 7:00pm at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham
The funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 10 at First Baptist Church in Durham, NC
Those wishing to honor her memory may contribute to the Smith Ladies Trust Fund, First Baptist Church, 414 Cleveland St. Durham, NC 27701or the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, 5121 Kingdom Way, Suite 305, Raleigh, NC 27607.
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