Sister Christine Berry Washington was 86, and departed this life on Tuesday May 19, 2020 at her home in Marion, SC. She was the mother of Ricarldo Washington, James Washington III, John Washington and Paul Washington. You may visit the family at 205 Huggins St. Marion, SC.
Funeral services are scheduled to be held at the Jackson & McGill Memorial Chapel on Friday May 22, 2020 at 11:00 am. She will be laid to rest at the Devotion Gardens Cemetery, Mullins. Services will be live stream on the Jackson & McGill Facebook Page.
Christine Berry Washington
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed” 1 Corinthians 15:51
Mrs. Christine Berry Washington, daughter of the late John H. and Mable General Berry transitioned to her just reward on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at her home in Marion, South Carolina.
Christine was a graduate of Marion County Training School class of 1951. She went on to further her education at Claflin University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.
She did further studies at South Carolina State University, University of South Carolina, and New York University.
After graduating from Claflin, Christine taught at Britton’s Neck High School. She then relocated to New York where she worked as a Social Worker for the city of New York. Christine returned back to her roots in South Carolina where she resumed her teaching career touching the lives of students at Gordon Elementary School, Dillon, SC, McCormick Elementary School, Mullins, SC and Marion Elementary School, Marion, SC. She retired from the public-school system in 1993.
At a young age, Christine gave her life to Christ and became a member of Saint Phillips United Methodist Church. She would later be united in holy matrimony to Rev. James Washington, Jr. Being the wife of an AME minister led Christine to become affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church, at which time she joined Saint John AME Church, Marion SC. While at St. John AME, she served as Secretary of the Senior Board of Stewards, President of Stewardess Board #3, President of the Women’s Missionary Society, Class Leader and Deaconess. In her capacity, Christine served as “First Lady” at Williams Chapel AME Church, Nichols, SC, Mt. Pisgah AME Church, Bayboro, SC, Beulah AME Church, Sumter, SC, Ebenezer AME Church, Mayesville, SC, and Weston Chapel AME Church, Latta, SC.
During her God given time on earth, Christine became affiliated with numerous church and civic organizations: Life Member of the Women’s Missionary Society of the AME Church, she served on several committees on the Connectional level of the Women’s Missionary Society, First Vice President and Secretary of the Northeast Conference Women’s Missionary Society, and Treasurer of the Minister’s Spouses Widows and Widowers Organization (MSWAWO). She was a beloved and devoted member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she served as Past President of the Florence Alumnae Chapter and she was the first President and a charter member of Dillon-Marion Alumnae Chapter. She was also Past Worthy Matron and Secretary of Mt. Moriah Chapter #11 Order of the Eastern Star.
She leaves with fond and cherished memories: four devoted sons, James III (Joycelyn) Washington of Marion, SC, Ricarldo (Dafney) Washington of Myrtle Beach, SC, Paul Washington of Charlotte, NC, and John C. (Michele) Washington of Marion, SC; one special nephew, Darryl Berry of Marion, SC; one sister-in-law, Catherine Berry of Raleigh, NC; eight grandchildren, Lakeisha (Michael) Govan, Jalicia Dickerson, James Quintin Washington, Jalisa Washington, Jasmine Washington, Sharia Washington, Destiny Washington, and Jaric Washington; eight great-grandchildren, Whitney Govan, Courtney Govan, Destiny Govan, Meliney Govan, and Tiffiny Govan, Janasia Evans, Landon Dreher, and Tristin Lewis. 5 Special Caregivers: Oceanie Kirton, Bernice Kirton, Laura Bell Jones (cousin), Clara Garmon, and Margaret Paige; along with a host of other relatives and friends.
The family of Sister Christine Berry Washington 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 Washingtonfamily 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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