Mother Alberteen Foxworth Moody was 87, and departed this life Monday October 5, 2020 in Marion County. She was the wife of David Moody, the mother of Joyce Durant, Arnetha Davis, Violet Wade, Gail Johnson, Jerome Moody, David Moody, Donald Moody, Kenneth Moody, Cynthia Moody, Jada Davis, Wendy Nichols and Tamara Gunter.
Funeral services are scheduled to be held at the Henry L. Jackson Memorial Park, Friday October 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm. She will be laid to rest at the Devotion Gardens Cemetery, Mullins.
~ Mother Alberteen Foxworth Moody~
Proverbs 31: 10-31 “Who can find a virtuous woman for her price far exceeds rubies…Her own works praise her in the gates.”
Mother Alberteen Foxworth Moody entered this life on Sunday, February 5, 1933 and departed this life on Monday, October 5, 2020. She represents for all of us a beautiful life well-lived--not on “flower beds of ease,” but always enduring hardness as a good soldier—the epitome of a steel magnolia.
Mother Alberteen was born and raised in Marion County, SC.--the seventh child of a seventh child, which is widely considered to represent someone who is doubly blessed, who has healing abilities and an affinity for nature. For anyone in her family, I believe the correct response to these points is, “FACTS!”
Her parents, Lonnie and Virginia Johnson Foxworth preceded her in death along with all but the youngest of her 10 siblings, Betty Lougenia Foxworth.
Mother Alberteen attended school in Marion County graduating from Marion County Training School. She was joined in holy matrimony to her loving, devoted, faithful husband David Moody on July 19th, 1952. When asked about when they initially met, Mother Moody would always smile and say, “When that man saw me, he thought, ‘That’s such a fine brown frame. I wonder what could be her name’?”
The couple were pioneer members of the Greater Highway Church of Christ in Marion, SC and attended services faithfully for over 65 years, bringing their children up in the fear and admonition of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Although Mother Alberteen worked in a factory for a while, she found her greatest joy in being a godly wife and mother taking care of her family on The Moody Farm.
Mother Moody leaves behind to cherish her memory and carry on her legacy, her loving husband Deacon David Moody. To their blessed union, twelve children were born. When asked why they had so many children, her simple and cheeky response was, “they’re cheaper by the dozen.” She is survived by all of her children: Joyce Ann (Nathaniel) Durant of Effingham, SC; Arnetha (Johnnie) Davis of Marion, SC; Violet Moody-Wade of Marion, SC; Gail (Hoover) Johnson of Aiken, SC; Jerome (Andrea) Moody of Atlanta, GA; David (Sandra) Moody of Riverdale, GA; Donald (Elma) Moody of Stone Mountain, GA; Kenneth Moody of Atlanta, GA; Cynthia Moody of Charleston, SC; Jada (Connie) Davis of Florence, SC; Wendy (Levern) Nichols of Marion, SC and, Tamara (Keith) Gunter of Simpsonville, SC.
Mother Alberteen, affectionately known as “Grandma Teen,” was preceded in death by one special grandson Derrick Antonio Moody; but, she also leaves behind 28 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives who all loved her dearly and absolutely cherished their special times basking in her no-nonsense wisdom.
Mother Moody had certain sayings that anyone near and dear to her could recite at the drop of a dime—like, “If you got it, flaunt it. And if you don’t got it, try to get it.” She’d also say, “Coulda killed a bird ain’t made no stew.” That meant stop thinking about getting something done, and just do it! She’d also remind us from time to time that “cryin’ don’t solve no problems. You gotta work ‘em out!” Each of these pearls of wisdom were easily understood.
Mama raised us all to understand the value of hard work and getting the job done. She was the epitome of the Virtuous Woman that most have read about, or at least heard of, in the Bible in Proverbs 31 verses 10-31. To paraphrase, Mother Alberteen rose early to provide food for her household, the heart of her husband trusted safely in her, she fed and clothed the poor. Strength and honor were her clothing. She opened her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue was the law of kindness. Her children indeed, rise up and call her blessed. Many daughters have done virtuously, but Alberteen excellest them all. “Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman who fears the Lord shall be praised. Her own works praise her in the gates.”
Thank You, Jesus, for giving all of us this mighty and majestic woman of God! She has earned and is no doubt, wearing her Crown of Righteousness!
The family of Mother Alberteen Foxworth Moody, in consideration of the current health crisis facing our world, nation, state and local community, has decided to hold a private 50 people or less, family only, funeral service for their loved one with private interment immediately following. While the Moody family would love to be surrounded by your presence, they acknowledge the health risks to family, church members, friends, and particularly to those who are most vulnerable to this disease, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions. What the family needs most at this time are your prayers and understanding. Thank you for your concern and cooperation.
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