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Christine A. Merriweather

April 17, 1935 April 16, 2016
Christine A. Merriweather
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Christine Ann Epps was born on April 17, 1935 to the late Harry Z. and Annie R. Epps in Blackstone, Virginia.  After a brief illness, she entered into eternal rest late Saturday evening, April 16, 2016 at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital just minutes before her 81st birthday.
Christine attended Spainville Elementary School and Nottoway Training High School in her birthplace.  She relocated to New York circa 1960 where she settled in Queens.  On November 25, 1972, Christine married Bennie L. Merriweather.  That union was dissolved.
Christine joined the Treasury Department in 1962 as a Tax Auditor for the Internal Revenue Service where she worked for 30 years until her retirement in 1992.  She wanted to devote more time to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (V.F.W.) Ladies Auxiliary.  Her initial involvement with the organization began in 1987 when she became a member under the honorable discharge of her father.
She steadily and diligently worked her way up through the chairs in Ladies Auxiliary Post 1896 from Guard to Auxiliary President.  She served as president for two consecutive terms from 1992 - 1994.  Understanding that leaders need to train and continually work to improve, she attended Officers Training School annually.  She became Queens County Council President for 1996/1997.  On the state level, she servied as Hospital and Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (V.A.V.S.) Chairman 1997/1998 and was awarded the "Catch the Spirit" plate at the National Convention.
Christine was the first black New York State President where she served from 2005/2006.  In her capacity as President, she traveled the world.
She also volunteered at the St. Albans Veterans Administration Hospital where she worked with the sick and disabled patients for many years.  Her motto was "Honor the dead by serving the living".  She was a V.A.V.S. Deputy.
Christine was a faithful servant for the Lord.  Before joining Calvary Baptist Church, she served as Financial Secretary at the New Covenant Church of Christ where her parents were active.  At Calvary, she continued to do the Lord's work.  She served on the Usher Board and was nominated and confirmed to work on the Trustee Board where she served until her passing.
Christine was an avid reader.  The Bible, devotional and health books were her favorites.  One of the highlights of her life was being baptized at Yardenit, the baptism site on the Jordan River in 2008.
She was spry and health conscious.  Most of her days would start with devotional reading, coffee and jumping jacks and/or long walks.  She was a member of multiple bowling leagues including Calvary's.  She loved shopping for clothes and shoes.  Her home is also filled with American Flags and doves.  Her symbols of freedom!
Christine is survived by her nephew, Lewis S. Jones, Sr., her nieces, Wilhemina A. Pauin, Maritza Gist and Royal S. Jones; her grand nephews, Otis Jones II, Collin A. Jones, Michael A. Jones, Lyron K. Paulin, Kidone Fish and their families; cousin, Priscilla E. Moore; dear friends, Joyce Threadgill, Angela Gail Bennett, Trustee Donald Davis, Trustee Craig Southerland and their families, the Trustee Board and members of Calvary Baptist Church, her V.F.W. and V.A. Hospital families, her bowling league members neighbors and a host of other relatives and friends.
Graveside services were held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Poplar Lawn Baptist Church, Blackstone.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of local arrangements.
 

Graveside services were held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Poplar Lawn Baptist Church, Blackstone.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of local arrangements.

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