Beulah Beatrice Bullock was born in Norlina, North Carolina in Warrenton County on February 3, 1913. She was the
fourth among fourteen siblings born to the late Norvel Russell and Lucy Bullock Russell.
Beulah, at 105 years of age, slipped peacefully into God’s loving arms on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 6:10 p.m. in the
CenterLight Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, where she resided for the last five years.
Beulah gave her life to Christ as a young child at Burchette Chapel Church in North Carolina. Before Beulah’s health
began to decline, she had already purchased her ticket to heaven as a faithful member at the Convent Avenue Baptist
Church under the pastorate of the late Reverend Dr. Clarence P. Grant and Reverend Dr. Jesse T. Williams. One of
Beulah’s favorite scriptures was “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also
reap.” (Galatians 6:7)
Beulah received her formal education in the Warrenton County Schools in North Carolina. God gifted Beulah with
the ability to design garments without using patterns. She brought that gift to Harlem New York where she resided for
over 50 years. Beulah was an independent fashion designer. She designed clothes for men and women of all shapes
and sizes during the Harlem Renaissance period. With Beulah size was no object! Beulah’s fantastic fusion of fabrics
and fashions for all, highlighted her love of mixing fabric and colors. Her aesthetic, energetic and positive qualities
were seen in her work as a designer. Beulah was nicknamed “Madame Bullock” because of her well- known style for
fashion. Beulah used her gift of fashion to help build a person’s self-esteem.
Madame Bullock in designing for herself had her own signature look. She was always coordinated from head to toe,
everything matching, high heels and her signature Turban! You knew that was Madame Bullock as she glided
through the streets of Harlem.
Throughout Beulah’s long and legendary career as a philanthropist, she devoted herself to supporting the Boys and
Girls Club of Harlem. She was an ardent believer in children developing their minds. Her famous word was THINK!!!
Beulah’s annual fashion show was a fund-raiser which raised monies for the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem. Her
fashion shows were a highlight to all, because her gift of creating a garment right before your eyes with just a piece of
material and straight pins was phenomenal. She worked day and night with her models pinning, stitching, cutting, and
tapering. Before there were reality designer shows there was Madame Bullock of Harlem.
God blessed Beulah to be the oldest centurion, over a hundred, in the Nursing facilities in Brooklyn. During her life-
time Beulah saw many changes in the world. When she was born, her birth certificate read Negro then over the years
the ethnic descriptions changed from Negro to Black to African American. She saw and participated in history, voting
in 2008 for President Barack Hussein Obama the first Black President of The United States.
The Bullock family will be forever grateful to the devotion and loving care that Marisol Paveras, Home Health Aide,
provided “Ms. B” (her special name for Beulah) for over 14 years. To her devoted nephew John Hargrove who drove
his Aunt Beulah to all the family reunions and who faithfully visited her at the nursing facility, keeping her up-to-date
with the happenings in the Bullock family; her devoted niece Rose Glasford from Bermuda locally called “Bermy.” To
her niece Phyllis of Denver, Colorado who thought of her constantly sending thoughtful cards. To all the family who
took the time to stop by and see her when they visited New York. A special thanks to Mrs. Lillian Lawrence a member
of Bethany Baptist Church who consistently visited and brought “Get-Well” and “Thinking of You,” cards and to all
the members of Bethany Baptist Church who took the time to visit.
A special “thank you” to Ms. Bay, Daytime Nursing Supervisor, Ms. Donna James, Nurses’ Aide and the entire staff at
CenterLight Nursing Home and Rehabilitation, Patio Gardens, 2nd Floor East. We are forever grateful for the wonder-
ful care and professionalism you showed to Beulah.
Beulah has now joined the great clouds of witnesses united with her siblings that preceded her in death, Elizabeth Rus-
sell, Queen Jefferson, Doc Russell, Julia Marie, Lucy Mae, Isabella, Wilbur, Jesse Pearl, Sherman Lee, James Alexan-
der, Ella Belle, Eula Hines.
Beulah leaves to mourn her passing two children Oscar D. Bullock and Lucy C. Bullock-MacDonald (Clarence Mac-
Donald); three granddaughters Lisa Bullock, Annette L. Whitehurst (Reverend Dr. Wilbur A. Whitehurst, Jr.); Denise
Williams (Gary Williams); her sister Minnie White, Durham, NC age 96; great- grandchildren, great-great grandchil-
dren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, two godsons, Billy-William Smith, NY and William Keith Marshall, NY and
extended family and friends throughout the United States.
Lovingly Submitted by the Family
Arrangements entrusted to R. H. Greene Funeral Home of Warrenton, NC.
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