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Mrs Sophronia Marshall "Zoe" James Moses
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Birth: Mar. 18, 1912
Holmes County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Jul. 23, 1996
Holmes County
Mississippi, USA

Sophronia Quinzola James Marshall Moses, the eighth child of nine children was born in Holmes County, Lexington, Mississippi, to the parentage of the late Mr. Berry and Mrs. Olive Randall James in the Mount Olive Community. Her serviceable life came to an end on July 23, 1996, at the Methodist Hospital of Middle Mississippi in Lexington.

Early in life, Mrs. Moses confessed her faith in Jesus Christ, accepted him as her Lord and Savior and joined the Mount Olive Baptist Church, under the pastorate of the late Reverend Henderson (H. L.) Young.

She received her elementary education at Mount Olive Public School (1928) and from there she entered Natchez College and earned her high school diploma (1932). Seeing the need for further preparation, Mrs. Moses entered Jackson State College and earned her Bachelors (1936) and Masters (1977) of Science degrees. She matriculated further at Ohio State University.

Mrs. Moses enjoyed a long and productive career as an educator at Saints Industrial Literary School (1944), at Ambrose Vocational High School (1945-1958) and at Lexington Attendance Center (1958-1978). She possessed a natural teaching ability of the liberal arts and served a total of 33 years as an English instructor and senior class sponsor. In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Moses was a piano instructor. She will long be remember for her presentation of dramatic and stunning piano recitals. Mrs. Moses loved to recite poetry by African American poets. Langston Hughes' "Mother to Son" and "A Tight Fight with a Short Piece of Stick" were two of her favorite poems.

On December 23, 1935, she was united in marriage to the late Reverend James Abram Marshall (1937) and their union was blessed with one daughter, Naomi J. On July 31, 1950, she united in marriage to Mr. Archie L. Moses, who preceded her in death in 1992.

In 1936, Mrs. Moses began a long journey of faithful and devoted service to Asia Baptist Church. As church musician, Mrs. Moses instructed and played for the sanctuary choir as they beautifully sang the "hymns of the church". She also taught the choir to sing spiritual anthems and praise songs and "lite gospel" songs from sheet music. On her honor, Mrs. Moses vigilantly guarded the piano bench because she believed deeply in the dignity and beauty of church worship services. In the Sunday School Department, Mrs. Moses served as Superintendent of the Young People's Department. Additionally, she served as General Secretary of the Sunday School and Educational Secretary of the Lebanon District Baptist Training Union Congress. During the holiday seasons, Mrs. Moses gathered the youth of the church and instructed them in the presentation of beautiful Easter and Christmas pageants and plays.

Under the tutalege of her late husband, Reverend J. A. Marshall, Mrs. Moses learned the importance of reaching and teaching the "whole" child. Remembering his teaching, Mrs. Moses was motivated to seek out supplemental educational materials to instruct the youth of the church in Daily Vacation Bible School. Using her own finances, she consulted with a member of the all-white Presbyterian church to assist her in obtaining DVBS educational materials, until she could establish a rapport with the company and receive the materials through the mail on her own volition. Working congruently with Reverend Sam G. Carey, Mr. Otha Smith and her sister, Mrs. Seleda James, all longtime General Superintendents of the Sunday School, Mrs. Moses successfully directed Daily Vacation Bible School for several generations of youths whose were inspired and encouraged to walk upright and live for Christ.

Mrs. Moses was a multi-talented, multi-faceted women of God and with her passing away, the end of a dynasty deeply rooted in dignity and culture cames to a close. Her rededicated life presented a quiet majesty and courage in many situations. Yet, she was a humble person with a deep abiding faith. She believed in effectual, fervent prayer and constantly nurtured her prayer life for personal growth in the Lord. Having given her life to the service of the Lord and mankind, her mind and her heart to the God who made her, she now lives in the memories of many as a source of strength, wisdom, quietness, dignity and love.

The vividness of a well-spent life will always remain in the memories of her daughter, Naomi J. Carter; her grandchildren, Kimberly and DeWayne Carter; her great-granddaughter, Patrice Louise Carter, all of Calumet City, IL; her brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Willie James, Chicago, IL; her brother-in-law, F. G. Moses, Oakland, CA; numerous nieces and nephews, a devoted protegee, Ora Reed, Jackson, MS; a truly dedicated friend, Mac Arthur O'Neal, Lexington, MS and a legion of cousins and friends.

Words of wisdom often shared with those close to her were, "God is good, He is kind, He understands and He is plenteous in mercy." These words stood as a constant reminder to her of the faithfulness of God to those who trust Him and obey his will.

On Saturday, July 27, 1996, at 11:00 A.M., from the sanctuary of historic Asia Baptist Church, funeral services were held for Sophronia James Marshall Moses. Services were conducted by her pastor, Reverend Ceasar Felton, who was assisted by former pastor Reverend C. D. Wilson.

As she lay in repose before the altar of the church that she loved eternally, a piano prelude of Mrs. Moses' favorite hymns was played by her dear friend and confidant, Ora Reed. The processional included the pastor, officiating minister, flower bearers, active and honorary pallbearers, and the family, as Ora Reed played "Goin' Home" from Anton Dvorak's Largo of the New World Symphony. Following the processional, the funeral directors closed and sealed the bier.

The infamous hymn, "Amazing Grace" by John Newton was sung by the congregation, followed by the Prayer of Consolation delivered by Pastor Ceasar Felton. The New Testament Scripture was read by Mr. John C. Johnson, followed by Hewitt/Wilson' hymn of inspiration, "When We all Get to Heaven". A student and neighbor of Mrs. Moses, Reverend Willie Reeves read the New Testament scripture. Her nephew, Mr. I. H. Montgomery, Jr. gave family tributes, followed by Scriven/Converse's "What a Friend we have in Jesus". As a longtime co-worker in church activities, Reverend C. L. Clark gave ministerial tributes honoring the life works of Mrs. Moses. Isaac Tyrone Sly-Lindsey offered acknowledgments from the family, followed by a rendition of Caldwell/Bond's "I've Done My Work", by Ora Reed, a testimony to Mrs. Moses' life works. The eulogy was preached by Reverend C. D. Wilson, followed by the prayer of comfort by Reverend Lee J. Johnson, a former student. Beautiful piano chords echoing the words of Dvorak's "Goin' Home" were played by Ora Reed as Mrs. Moses was ushered from Asia to her final resting place in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Serving as active pallbearers were Charles E. Brown, Willie B. Davis, Benny Montgomery, Manfred Reeves, Robert J. Seals, and Vernon Smith. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Asia Baptist Church, and retired teachers of Holmes County served as flower bearers.

Greenlawn Cemetery
Holmes County
Mississippi, USA
Plot: Moses/James Plots
Created by: Mac O'Neal
Record added: Sep 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76051696
Mrs Sophronia Marshall Zoe <i>James</i> Moses
Added by: Mac O'Neal
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