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Mae Fannie Carter Coles / December 05, 2017

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017  at home in Painter, Mae Fannie Carter Coles, known to many as Mom Mae or Mrs. "T",  was called home to be with the lord. She was born on Nov. 20, 1927 in Skipwith,  number 13 of 18 children born to the late Edna Robertson Carter and Timothy Carter. She was educated in the  Mecklenburg County Public Schools. At the age of 15 she enrolled in St. Paul's Polytechnical Institute and at the age of 20 she had her own classroom at the Chase City Graded School. She worked in the Mecklenburg County Public School System until she left the area. She continued with her schooling earning several more degrees including becoming a licensed minister.

She joined the Rocky Mount Baptist Church at a very early age and remained active in a church until at age 82 her health began to fail. She really cherished her love of the Lord and would always take time to talk about the Bible and the Lord with all they were willing to listen.  She not only studied the Bible she truly practice what she preached.

She was a mother to her birth children and many more.

She leaves to cherish her memories:  her children; Napoleon C. Coles of Painter, Imelda Y. Lawson ( Arthur ) Painter, Debbie J. Shepperson ( Linwood) of Richmond, Brian Wilcox of Nashville, Tenn., Bruce Wilcox (Cindy) Wingdale, N.Y., Dale Norwood of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.,  Steven Thompson of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and  a host of other children she called her own.  She had great affection for her grandchildren; Zhan and Benjamin Shepperson and a host of others. She also leaves two brothers Richard Carter of Roanoke and Willie L. Carter  (Lucy) of Chase City, and a sister Geneva Wilson of Chase City, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and many siblings she was preceded in death by two husband's Leon R. Coles and Jessie H. Thompson.

A funeral will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. at Rocky Mount Baptist Church Skipwith.

Carter’s Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

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