Maybelle Atwater Obituary

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March 3, 1935 – April 8, 2016

On Friday, April 8, 2016 Maybelle Atwater’s Father called her home.

Born March 3, 1935, Maybelle was born to the late Banks Davis and the late Sarah Peters-Davis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Atwater, Jr; her parents, Banks and Sarah Davis; four sisters, Nellie, Anna Lora, Mattie Pearl and Matilda; and two brothers Jessie and Cecil.

Maybelle joined Calvary Baptist Church and grew up and was educated in Morgan County, becoming part of the very first class at Pearl High. Later she landed a job with Afro-American Life Insurance Company as an insurance salesperson.

On April 23, 1952 Maybelle was joined in holy matrimony to the late Fred Atwater, Jr. and to this union they were blessed with four children. One preceded her in death.

Maybelle was a community leader. She was instrumental in organizing the Pearl Burney Alumni Association where she served as the assistant treasurer. She was also a life member of the Pearl Burney Alumni Association. Maybelle was a member of the NAACP where she served on the executive committee. She worked membership drives and worked on a discrimination case alongside the late Curtis Butler, Jr. that they successfully won. Maybelle, her husband Fred and a group of other parents started a little league baseball team. Maybelle was also a Cub Scout den mother and was a member of the Eastern Star. Maybelle leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her three children; Michael B. Atwater (Hattie) of Greensboro, Johnny D. Atwater of Atlanta, Phyllis Atwater-Taylor of Athens; seven grandchildren, Emily Atwater-Benford (Brince) of Rutledge, Andrea Atwater of Madison, Yolonda M. Atwater-Nixon (Anthony) of Douglasville, Nikisha Taylor-Williams (Roger) of Bostwick,  Maquita L. Taylor of Centerpoint, Ala., Keith Atwater of Hiram, and Mikayla Atwater of Greensboro; 20 great grandchildren; two brothers, George Davis of Chattanooga, Tenn. and Henry Davis of New Brunswick, NJ.; one sister, Mary M. Davis-Armstrong of Miami, Fla; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of dear friends.

Funeral service was held Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Madison Pastor Brince Benford Sr. was the Eulogist. Interment was at Fairview City Cemetery in Madison.

Jones and Turner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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