They attended St. Mary's Grove Free Will Baptist Church until they decided to leave the farm and purchase a home on Bakers Street in Four Oaks in 1956. They began attending Four Oaks First Baptist Church at that time and they were active members for many years. They added a small room to their house where Geraldine operated "Jerry's Beauty Shop" until retirement. She had many interests including sewing, quilting, and traveling. The family spent many weekends at Surf City enjoying the ocean and fishing. She never missed a basketball game while Kay was in high school and on the basketball team. She also loved to watch college basketball games on television and pulled for North Carolina State. She loved to entertain her friends and family. Geraldine was well loved and cared for by family and friends, and lived at this residence until her death on July 31, 2020.
I should have posted tributes to each member in the week that they passed in 2020 but, for one reason or another, I did not. Maybe I put it off because it made me sad, and there were so many sad things going on; maybe it felt like everything, even loss, had been suspended for a later time. Some families had to postpone services. Some had to limit guests. I could not attend some services because I was quarantined. For others, the church was closed to large events. When I finally sat down this week with their pictures, and looked at the familiar faces and the many memories that crowd up around each one; it still felt a little surreal. Forgive me for delaying this last salute.
The Lord will give His people strength. The Lord will give His people peace. Psalm 29:11.
Othal Minshew(Feb. 28, 2020)
Jenny Temple (April 9, 2020)
Jerri McLamb (April 29, 2020)
Jerry Moore (May 31, 2020)
Geraldine Barbour (July 31, 2020)
Michael Mobley (October 19, 2020)
Thurman Whittington (November 10,2020)
Lessie Mae Vinson (November 6, 2020)
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