Singleton ~ Beatrice Green Singleton was born September 7, 1920 in Barnwell County, South Carolina, to the late Moses Green and Sadie Walters. She received her primary education in a one room schoolhouse with a potbelly stove in Barnwell County. Being a tomboy, Beatrice would sometimes ride to school and perform other errands on her mule "Rat"!!!; in those days, they attended class between October and January. The warmer months were spent working in the field with her father. She graduated from Bettis Academy, a boarding school in Trenton, South Carolina in 1940. When money was short, her father would sometimes pay her tuition and board with crops from his vegetable garden. Beatrice accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized by her grandfather, Reverend Scott, at Union Branch Church in Barnwell County. She located to Jacksonville, Florida in 1940 and joined First Baptist Church of Oakland under the pastorate of the late Reverend J. C. Sams. She was united in holy matrimony to Henry W. Singleton, October 4, 1941, and this union was blessed with five children. Beatrice was a loving, devoted wife for fifty-two years.
She worked as a school crossing guard for many years and sold Avon over thirty years before turning her business over to her daughter, Veronica in 1997. Beatrice loved her family very much and enjoyed spending time with her children. She loved going to church and bible study; she attended until her health declined. Beatrice also enjoyed volunteering at the Louis Dinah Senior Center.
On September 1, 2021, the Lord called Beatrice home for a much-deserved REST!!!!!!! She was predeceased by her husband, Henry Sr.; parents, Moses “Good” Green, and Sadie Walters; sons, Henry Jr, and Vincent Moses; daughter, Stephanie Karen; brother, Jonathan; sisters, Josephine and Ernestine “Tut”. Beatrice leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life, daughter, Veronica; son, Kevin; grandsons, Vincent Jr., Anthony Jr., Ernest; granddaughters, Serena, Veronique, Catrina; great grandson, Juliano Jr.; great granddaughters, Nalonee, Ava; sister, Edna Green; nephews Efrem, Ronnie, Russell, Roger, Walter, Robert, Keith, Jason; nieces, Shirzone, Sherzone, Frieda, Lisa, Jennifer, Donna; sister-in-law, Doris Singleton Hendrickson; daughters-in-law, Paulette & Shirley; many cousins and friends.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Beatrice Green Singleton, 11 AM Friday, September 10, 2021, at The Church of Oakland, 1025 Jessie Street, Reverend Christopher McKee, Jr., Senior Pastor. Visitation Thursday from 5 – 7 PM at The Soutel Chapel. Because of the love of her family, arrangements entrusted to J. E. Fralin & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services, 5065 Soutel Dr, 904.924.9400.
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