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When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be. R. H. Greene Funeral Home is offering comfort and compassion to the loved ones of Mrs. Mable Richardson, age 91 of 1025 Embro-Vaughan Road, Macon, North Carolina. Mrs. Richardson transitioned on Sunday, November 5, 2023 in the comfort of her home.
A Celebration of Life will be conducted on Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Greater Ashley Chapel Baptist Church in Vaughan, North Carolina. The Reverend Milton Jones, Pastor will officiate and interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Daughter of the late James Henry and Nettie Lue (Carter) Kearney, she was born on October 8, 1932, in Warren County, North Carolina.
Mable was the eldest daughter of 16 children. She attended Gold Mine and the old Vaughan School where she was known to be a quiet protector of younger children. She accepted Christ as her personal savior early in life, becoming a member of Vaughan Chapel Baptist Church.
Mable was united in marriage to the late Branch Otis Richardson on February 18,1949. Of that union, eight children were born. She joined the Greater Ashley Chapel Missionary Baptist Church where she served as a deaconess, treasurer of the missionary circle, custodian, and member of the kitchen committee. Her commitment to her church home earned her “Mother of Year” numerous times through the decades. Mable supported numerous community organizations as well. She was a leader of Northern Vaughan 4-H Club, a member of the Rural Development Club and the treasurer of the Student Aide Club.
Besides dedicating her life to Christ, Mable was also dedicated to her family. She was a housewife and stay at home mom. Those who grew up in her house can recall many memories of meals cooked, Bible readings, disciplines dealt, and care given. Mable loved her gospel music on WARR radio too. Songs that one would hear her sing were “So Glad I’m Here” “I Need Thee Every Hour” “Without God I Could Do Nothing” and “Nobody but You Lord.”
Mable would always be at her home with an open door to greet you…unless it was Tuesday. Tuesdays was her day at the Warren County Senior Center. Even doctor appointments could not be scheduled during those times. Mable enjoyed bible study there as well as other social activities. She ate at the cafeteria, played bingo and dominoes, and earned more than a few medals in horseshoes.
Mable was a woman of presence, whose physical stature was only eclipsed by the height of her morals. She did not struggle to make herself heard. Her labor was always visible, be it a pile of wood chopped at her shed, a fridge of her own chickens’ eggs, or food she placed in front of you. Mable was a stewardess of the land and a caretaker of all who dwelled with her. Glory was not something man could give her, and her joy was something the world could not take away.
Dementia challenged Mable in the latter years of life. However, even when she didn’t remember the names of the people around her, she always knew the one, Jesus. She thanked the Lord for each day she was given. Her words were “Lord, I thank you for another day. You didn’t have to do it, but you did it anyway, and I just want to thank you for it!” Mable retired from service to reward, having proven herself a steadfast servant and cultivator of the talents she was blessed with. The greatest gift she bestows upon her descendants is the righteous model in which she lived.
Mable was preceded in death by her siblings: Willie Andrew, Bermer Lee, Jessie Otis (as well as three infant older brothers Frank, Leroy, and Unknown), Margaret Carolyn Murray, and Mary E. Jackson; Children: Barbara Jean Richardson, Charles Bernard Richardson, and Jeraldine R. Bennett. Grandchildren; Kimberly Henderson, and Branch Richardson, IV, and a step- grandchild, Aric Crippen
She leaves to cherish her memory her two sons Branch Richardson, (Denise), and Kennedy Richardson (Felicia) both of Macon, NC; three daughters Mabel Dixon of Littleton, NC, Edith Taylor, and Mary Cosom (Eddie) both of Macon, NC; the grandson she raised like her own, Anthony Richardson (Aisha) of Laurel, Maryland; daughter-in-law Lizzie Richardson of Toms River, NJ; son-in law Arthur Lee Bennett Sr. of Roanoke Rapids, NC; four brothers James Kearney of Lakewood, NJ, Ben Kearney of South Toms River, NJ; Thurman Kearney (Barbara) of Cheraw, SC; John Kearney (Annabelle) of Littleton, NC; three sisters, Barbara Donaldson of Dover, Delaware, Nettie G. Macon of Freehold, NJ, and Emily F. Santiago (Orlando) of Tampa, FL; sister-in-law Doris Wilburn; two brother in laws Clecie Richardson and Earl Jackson all of Lakewood, NJ; fourteen other grandchildren, thirteen step-grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great-great grands, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mrs. Richardson will lie in repose on Friday, November 10, 2023 from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. in the chapel of R. H. Greene Funeral Home.
The family will receive visitors and friends at the home, located 1025 Embro-Vaughan Road, Macon, North Carolina.
Services entrusted to R. H. Greene Funeral Home.