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Eria Mae Belcher

February 2, 1925 - April 16, 2012

    Eria Mae Lindsey was born Feb. 2, 1925 to the late Tillman and Nettie Ruth Lindsey in Coffee County, Alabama. She accepted Christ at an early age and united with the Rocky Head Missionary Baptist Church where Rev. A.R. Williams is her Pastor and nephew. Eria remained a loyal and faithful member until she wens to be with the Lord.

    Eria was married to the late Deacon Grover Belcher on September 12, 1943 and to this union was born 9 children. One son, Grover Jerald Belcher preceded her in death. In addition to her son, she is preceded in death by her twin sister, Vera Mae Lindsey Williams and sister Lucille Lindsey Rideaux.

    For many years she served as Deaconess, Adult Class Sunday School teacher; member of the Matrons and Missionary Department, pianist for the Rocky Head Missionary Baptist Church. Secretary of the Mulberry District Association, secretary for the Ministers' Deacons' and Laymen's Union and secretary for the Women's Convention.

    Eria was a writer for the hometown newspaper the Elba Clipper and wrote a weekly informative article titled, "Round and About With Eria." She ensured adequate reporting of church news, current events and upcoming happenings in the African American community and surrounding areas. Her column began with the Word of God and ended with "Today is a good day, be grateful."

    Eria enjoyed sharing her culinary gifts and baked delicacies of sweet potato pies, egg custards and many cakes Her hot pepper sauce, fig preserves, grape jelly and peach preserves sit on the shelves of many cabinets of family and friends. Family favorites included chicken and dumplings, dressing, cabbage, banana puddin', peas and okra, chicken and rice and chocolate pound cake.

    Eria's hobbies included playing the piano, singing, poetry writing, cooking, reading, and fishing. She was always a willing vessel to worship and often played the piano for local churches. She enjoyed seven-shaped songs. Some of her favorites musical selections were "Handwriting on the Wall," "Thank You Jesus" and "Judgment's Coming."

    Eria attended the Elba Elementary Colored School. She and her twin sister, Vera attended Alabama State Tullibody High School, now, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL. She taught piano lessons in her home for many years and was teacher and musical mentor to her nephew, Rev. Roderick Rideaux.

    Eria served as a foster parent with the Department of Pensions and Security in Elba, AL. She believed in serving God by serving God's people through the labor of love in giving and helping others. A kind word is what she always spoke about everyone.

    Eria was a true Titus 2 woman. Her life's constant theme was "He Keeps on Blessing Me." She knew she was blessed to be a blessing to others.

    Fondly known to many "Mama Eria" leaves to cherish her memory: four daughters: Earnestine "Sue" Belcher Kelley, Elba, AL; Rev. Joyce Belcher Johnson (Otis), Tuscumbia, AL; Juanita "Nete" Belcher Brooks (Wiley), Enterprise, AL; Evelyn "Flip" Belcher Manning (Michael) Elba, AL; four sons: Milt Belcher (Bettye), Montgomery, Al; Ernest Paul Belcher, Rota, Spain; Alan Belcher, Sanford, NC; Warren "Pete" Belcher, Montgomery, AL; and one special godson, Minister Robert Edwards, Opp, AL; 37 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter. Sisters-in- law: Inez Long, Gussie Nell Hart, Mary L Stephens, Estella Williams, and Evelyn Belcher. Brothers-in-law: Jackie Belcher, Henry Hart, J. L. Williams; and many relatives. friends and love ones.

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