Mamie Wigfall Mincy was born on June 9, 1927, to Mr. & Mrs. Thomas and Josephine Wigfall in Bulloch County, Georgia. Mamie peacefully went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on October 17, 2020. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, the thirteenth child of fourteen children.
Mamie was raised in a Christian home and confessed her hope in Jesus Christ at an early age. She was a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Register, Georgia. Mamie later became a member at Pilgrim Baptist Church in South Bend, Indiana under the leadership of Rev. Charles G. Rowlett from 1955 to 1989, and Rev. H. Gregory Haygood from 1990 until she went home to be with the Lord.
Mamie’s church involvement with ministry included Pastor’s Aide, Mass Choir, Missionary Society, and Senior Citizen Group. Aside from the Church, she was involved in the community as a member of the King Center Women’s Club, Charles Black- Women’s Club, and Senior Women’s Club.
Mamie profoundly impacted the lives of people with her Christian faith. In her own words, she said in her final days with family, “I love Jesus, and I know Jesus loves me. I love all of my children. I love my husband, praising God, and my love for my church family and friends. God bless all.” The family was deeply moved in spirit by her words, and believe she is now with the Lord.
Mamie was joined in holy matrimony to her longtime friend and love of 70 years, Sewonie Mincy Sr. in June 1950. Mamie and Sewonie grew up together in the tiny town of Register, Ga., attending the same school and church, playing ball together as kids. “I always loved his smile,” said Mamie. “I would say to my friend, “Watch him grin when he catches the ball.” Mamie said about their marriage, “Our relationship is much like everybody else, but with prayer, trust, and with hard work, we have been able to persevere. It helps that we have so much in common.”
Mamie loved all of her children and grandchildren with all of her heart. She maintained a firm belief in the scripture, Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Mamie demonstrated her love by speaking the truth in love, and with random acts of kindness, active listening, discipline, and enjoying time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed watching and attending football games (especially the Chicago Bears) with her children, and the once in a lifetime trip with her son to Israel, the Holy Land in 1996, where she was baptized along with her son in the Jordan River.
Mamie graduated from Statesboro High School in 1946 where she participated in track and basketball. She graduated from Georgia Baptist College in 1949 with a major in Education. While there, she also played college basketball. Mamie also attended Savannah State in the fall of 1949 where she took courses in Elementary Education.
She obtained employment with the Candler County School System (Metter, Georgia) as an Elementary School Teacher for 4 years. Later, in 1965, she took courses at Ivy Tech Community College, Prep Courses for Nursing. After completing her studies, she gained employment at St. Joe Regional Medical Center where she was a loyal employee for 40 years. She was a Nursing Assistant (Pediatric Care) for 17 years and Surgery Instrument Technician for 23 years. Mamie received several awards and prestige’s honors for her work.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Frank, Sylvester, Estella, Dewitt, Eurina, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Kenneth, Carrie, Chester, Roy Lee, Elizabeth, and Detroit.
Mamie leaves to cherish her fond memories, her husband, Sewonie Mincy Sr., South Bend, Indiana; 6 sons, Sewonie Jr., Perry (Cora); Michael, South Bend, Indiana; Gregory, Indianapolis, Indiana; Alan, Carmel, Indiana; Dewayne, Covington, Georgia; daughter, Bettye Nunnally, Decatur, Georgia; 6 grandchildren Syrena Gathright, Asyria, Larenda, Michael and Darrius, South Bend, Indiana; Ayunna Nunnally, Decatur, Georgia; 12 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters-in-law, Mary Wigfall, Winston Salem, North Carolina; Effie Parrish Wigfall, Register, Georgia; Ida Wigfall and Ruth Mincy, South Bend, Indiana; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
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