ELBERTA ZOLLICOFFER SNOW, the youngest daughter of the late Rev. Maryland N. Zollicoffer and Mariah Faulcon Zollicoffer, was born on October 12, 1921, in Halifax County, North Carolina. She departed this earthly life on Monday, November 11, 2019, at Signature Health Care of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at the age of eight and became a faithful member of the Fidelity Baptist Church in the Summit Community of Littleton, North Carolina. She was appointed or elected to serve in many leadership roles of the church including President of the Senior Choir, Vice President of the Home Mission Circle, Chairperson of the Mother and Deacon Board, President of the Cemetery Committee, and was also active as a Junior Usher, Church Clerk, and Adult Sunday School teacher. She enjoyed singing in the Fidelity Senior Choir, the J R Rooks Mass Choir, and the Memorial Choir. It was evident that she loved her church dearly, was an avid supporter of the renovation project, and well into her nineties, she continued to drive herself to church. She would often say, “All that I am, and all that I hope to be, I owe to God, Fidelity Baptist Church, and the community I serve.”
Elberta’s formal education was received in the Halifax County Public School System, She graduated from the former John Armstrong Chaloner High School in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and was the only surviving member of the class of 1939. She furthered her studies at Elizabeth City State College in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Elberta was joined in Holy Matrimony to Swept Snow, Sr. who preceded her in death. She was a loyal and devoted wife during their fifty-six years of marriage. God blessed this union with six children, three of which predeceased her, Brenda “Gwen”, Swept, Jr. “SK”, and Michael. After the death of her oldest daughter, Gwen, she became a surrogate mother to Gwen’s three girls, ensuring that they completed high school and received college degrees.
Elberta took great pleasure in serving her community. She was employed with the Halifax County School System as a Home, School, and Family Attendance Counselor, a position she cherished with a passion because she believed that having compassion for others was her calling and her Christian duty. Although her job description required her to turn truant children in to the court system, she instead focused on the needs of the underprivileged students and sought to endure that they had food, clothes, and any other basic necessities for school attendance. What started as a request to a couple of co-workers to bring in clothes and shoes that their children no longer needed, it ended as a dedicated space at the former McIver Elementary School for the entire community to donate. Seeing that the red tape from the state assistance programs often delayed families from having proper sustenance, she solicited businesses for donations so that these families that she served could have adequate meals. In addition to her love for the young, she also loved the elderly as evidenced by her service with the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Post 425, Littleton, North Carolina, and the Littleton Senior Citizens Happy Club.
Elberta was a gifted seamstress who could take a picture from a magazine, make her own pattern and recreate almost any outfit. Quilting was also a great enjoyment to her. She loved Negro dialect poetry and would often be called upon to recite Paul Lawrence Dunbar’s poetry during Black History Month programs at churches in the area. She also wrote her own poems that would be used to reinforce a rule or a philosophy.
In addition to her parents, husband, and three of her children, Elberta was also preceded in death by her two brothers, Rev. Thomas and Rev. McCray Zollicoffer; three sisters, Sylvester Z. Peters, Minerva Z. Rainey, and Willie Mae Z. Johnson; three sons-in-law, Reese Green, Gordon Hester, and John Jackson; and one daughter-in-law, Jo Jean Snow.
To know her was to love her. Those now left to forever treasure the precious memory of her life and to share the legacy of her love and wisdom are her three children, Linda Sauls (Billy) of Bowie, MD, Larry Snow of Atlanta, GA, and Shelia Hester of Upper Marlboro, MD; eleven grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the Fidelity Baptist Church, 627 Summit Road, Littleton, NC. The Pastor, Rev. John Rooks, will preside, and Rev. Joseph L. Battle will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will repose at the funeral home from 12:00 Noon – 8:30 P.M. on Friday, November 15, 2019, with the family receiving friends from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. The body may also be viewed at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time.