Alice Mae Coley was born on May 26, 1919, in Halifax County, North Carolina, the third child born to Jim Coley and Nannie Powell Coley. She made her transition from this earthly life on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.
As a young adult, Alice joined many relatives and friends in making the migration north. In New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Montreal, she established friendships while maintaining close ties to friends and family in her hometown of Littleton, North Carolina. She was also unwavering in her support of Zion Hill Baptist Church, the family’s long time place of worship.
Known lovingly as “Miss Alice” to some, and “Jesse” or “The Boss” to others, Alice Mae Coley was the consummate caregiver throughout her life. She always saw the best in people and gave quietly and unconditionally of her heart, her presence, her all. To family and friends, she was joyous company, witty, well-read, blunt, and often a sassy lady who owned all of herself, while still embracing the truly important things in life. She was an excellent cook and successful gardener who was recognized up and down the east coast for her delicious pear preserves and “medicinal” lye soap.
In addition to her parents, Alice was preceded in death by her daughter, Annette; her grandson, Kevin; her brother, Bill; and her sisters, Nannie, Mabel and Sallie. Her formidable and caring spirit will long live in the hearts of her nieces, Njambi Wynn (Earl) and Cheryl McQueen; her nephew, Heaman McQueen; and a host of loving cousins, extended family, and loyal friends.
A viewing will be held from 11:30 A.M.– 12:30 P.M. on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at Robinson Funeral Home, 215 US Highway 158, Littleton, NC. A graveside service will follow at 1:00 P.M. at the Coley Family Cemetery, Zion Hill Cemetery Road, Littleton, NC. Rev. Dr. Vernon Bryant will officiate.