SHELBY - Mabel Frances Hicks Hunt, 90, of 1600 Eaves Road, was called to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at her residence. She was born on Dec. 9, 1922, in Cleveland County, the fifth oldest child of the late Ed and Florence Blanton Hicks.
Mrs. Hunt was a graduate of Douglas High School in Lawndale. She received Christ at an early age while attending services with her family at Eskridge Grove Baptist Church and remained a lifelong and faithful member there. As a member she served over the years as a spiritual choir member, usher, Sunday school secretary and teacher and member and past president of the Nancy Barrow Missionary Circle. She attended faithfully until her health started declining.
Mrs. Hunt was employed with PPG Industries in Shelby for 20 years and was the first black woman hired there. Prior to working at PPG, she was employed with Joy Crème Doughnut Company until they closed. In addition, she was a licensed beautician for many years and was employed with Hoyle Beauty Shop. Her pastimes included being a member and past president of the Martha London Garden Club where she helped plan an annual Myrtle Beach trip. She loved her community, young people and the Lord and never met a stranger.
Mrs. Hunt was a member of Saint Mearon Court # 6 in Shelby, where she served as Matron for several years. She also served as the Grand Most Ancient Matron for the State of NC Heroines for many years as well as the Grand Amarante Royal Matron. She was a member of the Love Chapter #9 Order of Eastern Stars in Shelby, Elon Court Daughters Isis and a Crusaders member. She attended every function faithfully until her health declined and loved her lodge sisters and brothers.
Mrs. Hunt married the late Thomas J. Hunt in 1940 and remained married to him for 57 years until his death. From their union they raised six children, Gwendolyn, Thomas Green, Florence, Frances, Jocephus and Deborah.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Gwendolyn London; five sisters; and three brothers.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Thomas Green Hunt of Shelby, Florence Hunt of Shelby, Frances K. Hunt Fryistan of Riverside, R.I., Jocephus Hunt of Ohio and Debra Ross of Shelby; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-nine great-grandchildren; thirty-eight great-great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Annie Bell Hunt and Wanda Hunt, both of Shelby; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation: The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service, and at other times at the residence.
Funeral service: 2 p.m. Saturday at Eskridge Grove Baptist Church
Officiated by: The Rev. Strickland Maddox
Burial: Will take place at the church cemetery.
Funeral home: Enloe Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences: www.enloes.net