Mother Marie Colston Gaither, formerly of Olin, North Carolina transitioned from time into eternity peaceably on Monday, February 3, 2020. Mother Gaither was born on July 15, 1920 to the Reverend Edward Colston, Sr. and Mother Ethel Pearl Colston in Mount Hope, West Virginia. She was educated in the Fayette, County Public School System and retired from Davis Regional Medical Center of Statesville after 25 years of service. Born into a family of strong “Apostolic” roots; she was saved at an early age and was baptized in Jesus’ name at The Glorious Church of God in Christ in Mount Hope, West Virginia under the leadership of the late Bishop Allen Wilson. Mother Gaither received the baptism of the “Holy Ghost” speaking in other tongues as the spirit gave utterance in a revival conducted at the Glorious Church of God in Christ by the Late Bishop Quander Wilson and the Late Bishop Stokes. Mother loved the church and had no problem telling you, “I’m saved Glorious”.
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In a pursuit of more opportunities, Mother Gaither moved from the hills of West Virginia to Brooklyn, New York. There she served the Glorious Church of God in Christ as a Missionary, under the leadership of the Late Bishop Perry Lindsey, Sr. After living there, she met and married her husband the Late Charles Arnold Gaither. They then decided to move down south to his hometown in Olin, North Carolina in the winter of 1966. After making her home in North Carolina, she was in search of a church and was invited to Mt. Carmel Holiness Church by the Late Mother Ethel Carson. She felt the leading of God and joined to Mt. Carmel Holiness Church in 1967 under the leadership of the Late Overseer Jessie R. Leach. She served faithfully in kitchen, trustee, home mission and motherboard to name a few for 40 years until she relocated New Jersey.
After moving to New Jersey, she attended the Glorious Church of God in Christ under the leadership of her nephew, General Bishop Azel C. Colston, Jr. and the House of God Church under the leadership of her nephew, Pastor Charles McKenney. She was preceded in death by one sister, Mother Juanita Mckenney three brothers, Edward Colston, Jr., Clyde Colston and Bishop Azel C. Colston, Sr. One Daugher, Carolyn Toney and two grandsons, Larry Dwight Toney and William Quanda Toney, Sr.
She leaves to cherish her legacy, two great grandsons, Bishop Cameron Dwight Gresham (Lady Shamisha) of Wilkesboro, North Carolina and William Quanda Toney, Jr. of Maryland. One great grand daughter, Carolyn Ponce ( --- ) of Brooklyn, New York. One daughter Althea Roder (John), Two sisters in law, Mother Dorothy E. Colston of Cleveland, Ohio and Ms. Annie Bell Redmond of Harmony, North Carolina. Two Brothers in Laws, Jack Gaither of Statesville and Grady Gaither (Dot) of Harmony. One special niece who gave her the very best of care, Ms. Evelyn Ruth McKenney and one special friend Mother Mary Lois Parker. Ten great great grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and church family.
Celebration of Life Services for Mother Gaither will be conducted Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Carmel Holiness Church in Hamptonville, NC. Mother Gaither will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home until taken to the church to lie in state at 9:30 a.m. Members of the family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Overseer Jerome Temoney will officiate with the Homily given by Bishop Azel C. Colston, Jr., General Bishop, Glorious Churches of God in Christ , Newark, New Jersey.
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Luke 23;43 " And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise."