MRS. SABINA BURTON ALSTON GOULD was the seventh of nine children of the late Rev. Henry H. Alston and Mrs. Pat Lou Solomon Alston. She was born in the Tabron Community in Littleton, North Carolina on June 15, 1917, and transitioned from this earthly life and entered into the heavenly realm on Monday, February 26, 2018 at her home in Littleton, North Carolina, at the age of 100 years.
As a youth, she joined Pine Chapel Baptist Church and remained a faithful member until death. Her grandfather, Deacon John Alston, was a founding member of Pine Chapel, and her father served as pastor for several years. She served as a Sunday school teacher for many years.
In 1936, she met the Love of her Life, William J. Gould, and married him on May 3, 1941.
Mrs. Gould attended and graduated from John R. Hawkins High School in Warrenton, North Carolina. After graduating from high school, she entered and graduated from A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics. At A&T, she met her future husband, William J. Gould, an outstanding football player from Portsmouth, Virginia. In the Spring of 1938, at A&T, Mrs. Gould became a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Chapter. After graduating, she taught in Rockingham, North Carolina, South Boston, Virginia, Powhatan, Virginia, and Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. During this time, she received her Master of Science Degree in Home Economics from Columbia University in New York. After a fruitful teaching career, she became a Home Extension Agent in Bertie County, North Carolina. In 1966, she was appointed by the Halifax County School Board as the “First” Director of School Food Services. As the Director, she established and implemented the first cafeterias for the school district that served hot meals to students and to staff, created a gateway for the free and reduced price breakfast/lunch program, and coordiated the instructional nutrition program. She affectionately considered the cafeteria staff and the food service truck drivers as her own family. Additionally, she encouraged them and assisted them in attending National Food Service Conventions by arranging bus trips for workers not only in Halifax County Schools but in Weldon, Roanoke Rapids, and Northampton County School Systems as well. After an illustrious career with the school system, Mrs. Gould retired in 1982.
As a pillar in the community, Mrs. Gould served valiantly and in a plethora of ways for over 60 years. Her legacy of achievements and community service are as follows:
* President, McIver High School PTA
* First African-American Chair, Littletons Precinct #1 for the Democratic Party
* First African-American Female, Littletons Town Board (16 years)
* First African-American Woman, Chair, Halifax Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, Roanoke Rapids, now Halifax Regional Medical Center. (Her portrait is now displayed at HRMC.)
* Charter Member, Board of Directors, Lake Gaston Medical Clinic in Littleton, NC
* Board Member, Jamestown Home for Boys, Jamestown, NC
* Board Member, Regional L Council of Governments serving Tri-Counties
(Halifax, Northampton & Nash)
* Board Member, Area L, Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), Rocky Mount, NC
* Board Member, Twin County Rural Health Center (Halifax & Northampton counties)
* Appointed to the United States Department of Agriculture Advisory Council on Child Nutrition
* Halifax County Coalition for Progress
* Past Worthy Matron of The Order of The Eastern Star #607
* Halifax/Northampton Alumni Chapter of NC A&T
* “Sabina Gould Walking Trail,” and commissioned by the Littleton Town Board because of her passion for “walking.”
* June 15, 2017 declared “Sabina A. Gould Day”-commissioned by the Littleton Town Board
* A “Diamond” member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a 79 year member
In addition to her parents and husband, William J. Gould, she was preceded in transition by her siblings.
Those remaining to forever cherish her faith, excellence, strength, and the precious memory of her life and love are three devoted daughters, Johnetta of Hyattsville, Maryland, Evanna of Washington, D.C., and Ophelia of the home; her nephews for whom she was a “Mother”, Henry Turner (Jamie) and Maltwonza Veals (Esther); her six grandchildren, Crystal Sylvester (Jim), Sabina Powell, William George, Melanie George (Tyesha), Lori Mercer (Justin, Sr.), and Shari Faison (Gerard Julius); her eight great-grandchildren, Carlos Underwood, Maesa George, Jaedan George, Hailey George, Justin Mercer, Jr., Kellan Mercer, Sarah Mercer, and Hagen Mercer; her three great-nieces, Queen Alston, Martha Carroll, and Sabina Meeks; her special family friends, Clara Alston, Phyllis Davis, and Yvonne Hockaday.
A public and family visitation will be held on Saturday , March 3rd, from 5pm-8pm in the Robinson Funeral Home Chapel in Littleton. Beginning at 6pm, Rev. Dr. Charles E. McCollum, Sr. will preside, and the family will receive guest. At 6:30pm, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ceremony will be led by the Kappa Iota Omega Chapter.
The final viewing and Legacy Service will be held on Sunday, March 4th at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, 37571 NC-561, Hollister, NC. The viewing will be from 1:30pm- 2pm, and the Legacy Service at 2pm. The Rev. Robert Hedgepeth, pastor, will bring words of comfort.
In lieu of flowers,please make monetary contributions payable to: Pine Chapel Baptist Church or N.C. A&T State University and in memo section, “Sabina A. Gould.” Mail contributions to Ms. Ophelia Gould-Faison, P.O. Box 1056, Littleton, NC 27850.