The Valdosta Daily Times
Eloise Bell Birdsong Pride of Valdosta passed away at South Georgia Medical Center on Sept. 21, 2013, after a brief illness. She was born on Jan. 17, 1921, reared and educated in Washington County. Mrs. Pride had been a citizen of Lowndes County since 1943. Mrs. Pride was employed at Pineview General Hospital for many years as a salad and pastry maker. An active member of St. Paul AME Church for over 60 years, Mrs. Pride proudly served as B.S. Hannah Missionary Circle President, an AME regional delegate, and on the Stewardess, Missionary, and Usher boards for most of those years. She continued to serve on the Usher Board into her golden years until her health prevented her from doing so.
A diligent citizen, Mrs. Pride worked to obtain a street sewage system and a local Head Start program and numerous other neighborhood support. In 2011, she received a proclamation from the City of Valdosta for recognition of her service to the community.
Mrs. Pride had always been committed to the church, her family, her friends, and the community. She will be remembered for her enduring strength and devotion to improving the life of others. Her life was a testament of her service to the Lord.
She is survived by her husband, Sammie Lee Pride Sr.; 13 children, Jerome Bell, Jennie Murdock, Ugertha Hodges (Melvin), Doris Strobridge, Earnestine Buttone, Annie Birdsong, Elaine Barnett (James), Sam Pride Jr. (Geneva), Leon Pride (Grace), Betty Pride, Jackie Pride, Renee Graham (Mack), and Marionette Marks (Michael); 32 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, 2 sisters-in-law, and a host of many other relatives.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 419 S. Ashley St. The Rev. Johnnie L. Cook, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Sunset Hill Cemetery. Public viewing will be held on today from 2 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to funeral service. — Stevens Funeral Home