Emma Beard Blalock
Emma Ree Beard Blalock, 79, received the call to enter her eternal rest on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at White Oak Manor and Hospice in Kings Mountain, NC. Emma was born June 16, 1938 in York, SC to the late Samuel and late Reverend Evelyn Beard. She was married for 49 years to the late John Lewis Blalock and from this union, 2 sons.
At the age of 13, Emma started her interest in piano and played and taught music. For a number of years, she was pianist for Philbert Zion and later Vestibule AME Zion Church. She worked with the music department and served as deaconess at Bynum Chapel AME Zion Church, Kings Mountain. In 1961, she graduated valedictorian from Compact High School. She continued her education at Winston Salem Teachers College. After
graduating college, she taught school for over 32 years. She taught for a number of years at South Cleveland Elementary, and she taught special education at Cleveland High School. Later she taught in Kings Mountain School system K-3 until retirement. Emma and her husband were entrepreneurs, operating an Herb store in Kings Mountain. Her hobbies/passion were shopping at flea markets and fishing. She also had the skills to sew beautiful clothes.
She leaves to cherish her fondest memories: her sons, Bernard “Butch” Blalock (Yolanda) of Gastonia, NC and Jamal Mustafa (Robin) of Sacramento, CA; 3 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; 4 sisters, Loretta Wallace (Jeff) of Shelby, NC, Reverend Georgia Guest of Shelby, NC, Florence Floyd (George), Kings Mountain, NC and Yvonne Beard of Shelby, NC and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Vestibule AME Zion Church, starting at
1:30. Visitation of Friends And Family will be held at Vestibule from 1 to 1:30. Burial will take place
at Vestibule Cemetery.