Margaret Elizabeth Davis Souther
On a cold morning, March 6, 2019, Margaret Elizabeth Davis Souther heard the call from her Savior and Lord Jesus to come on to her eternal home across the River Jordan, where she was greeted by her Lord, along with her husband Ulysses Grant Souther, who preceded her in death on September 1997, and her parents and multiple family members and friends.
Margaret was born on January 30, 1927, to Schuyler Colfax and Della Mae Souther Davis in Wilkes County, N.C. She was one of nine siblings born into this family and seven of them have gone onto meet the Lord -- Isaac, William "Bill," Lucille, Rex, Ray, Schuyler "S.C." and Baby Davis. Two grandchildren, Michelle Renee Martin and Benjamin Grant Martin, also preceded her in death as well as one great-grand child, Laura Ann Martin. Margaret was also preceded in death by four half-brothers and two half-sisters.
Margaret and Ulysses Grant Souther were married on December 24, 1947, at her home in Wilkes County. They were happily married for 49 years - three months short of celebrating their 50th anniversary -- when Ulysses "Dood" passed away in September of 1997.
She is survived by three children who were born into this union, Shirley Jean S. Martin and husband David Thomas Martin of Statesville, N.C., Joel Grant Souther and wife Karen Cheek Souther of Millers Creek, N.C., and Denise Elizabeth S. Martin and husband Larry Samuel Martin of Hiddenite, N.C.
Margaret was a lifelong member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. She was a good sister, homemaker, mother and grandmother, as well as an employee who worked outside the home at J.C. Penney Warehouse for 22 years at the time of her retirement.
She is also survived by five grandchildren, Christina (Christi) M. Thomas, Carisa S. Meade and husband Bradley, Samuel (Sammy) Davis Martin and wife Deree, Luke Stephen Martin and wife Jessica, and Todd Mathis and wife Lisa. Also surviving are 10 great-grandchildren – Alex, Colin, Catherine, Audrey, Nathan, Slater, Alarie, Abigail, Lucian, and Amber. She is further survived by a special brother, Gurney Davis of North Wilkesboro, N.C. Numerous nieces and nephews are left to cherish many memories of Aunt Margaret and the delicious apple pies that she made for her family, many birthday celebrations, and family reunions
The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nicholson Funeral Home. A graveside celebration of her home going will be held Sunday, March 10, 2019, at 4 p.m. at the cemetery of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Highway 115 North, North Wilkesboro, NC. The Rev. Allen Lunsford is the officiating minister. Active pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews of Margaret Davis Souther.
The family sends a special thank you to Mrs. Margaret's caregivers Helen Davis, Renea Dellinger, Stacey Shook, and the Hospice staff. Thank you so very much to each of you.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the Gideons, Statesville North Camp, P.O. Box 1321, Statesville, NC 28677 or Hospice of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.