Minnie Elizabeth Brown Richmond was born on June 14, 1943 to the late George Lester and Lucille Enoch Brown. She was raised in Caswell County where she attended Sweet Gum Elementary and Caswell County High School. She was then a student at Carolina Central College in Durham, North Carolina.
She was a substitute teacher at Sweet Gum Elementary and Jordan Sellers School, in Burlington before becoming a telephone operator. Minnie worked at Southern Belle and AT&T in that role until retirement. She then started a second, full time career at LabCorp, in Burlington, where she worked for 10 years before retiring again.
In Caswell County, where Minnie lived, she attended Sweet Gum Grove Missionary Baptist Church from childhood until she moved to Florida, in 2012. At Sweet Gum, Minnie was a Sunday school member and sang in the church choir, as well as with the Gospel Aires, alongside her sister. After moving to Florida, Minnie became a member of Seminole Heights Baptist Church, in Tampa, and became an honorary member of Sweet Gum Grove. Until recently, Minnie volunteered at the Melech Hospice House as a greeter and all-around pick-me-up for the families, often being asked to pray.
Minnie is survived by daughter Annette Richmond O’Malley (Ryan) of Tampa, Florida; son, Fred Jonathan Richmond, of Mebane, North Carolina; and grandsons Tyrel Jonathan Richmond, of Burlington, North Carolina. Carlos, Eli, and Marcos O’Malley of Tampa, Florida. She also leaves behind of her 10 siblings, a brother, Rovester Brown (Frances), of Mebane, North Carolina; as well as niece, Sylvia Brown, of Durham, North Carolina, who was raised with Minnie.
Finally, Minnie bids farewell to a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends residing in various parts of the United States. In lieu of flowers or other items, the family asks that donations be made in honor of Minnie B. Richmond to Melech House, www.lifepathhospice.chaptershealth.org (select Melech House) or Pace Center for Girls, www.pacecenter.org/support/donate (select Hillsborough)
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