Mattie Thelma McPherson

Mattie Thelma McPherson

March 31, 2022, 88, Goldsboro –

Mattie Thelma McPherson, age 88, passed away Friday in High Point, North Carolina. Formerly of Dudley, NC, she was the daughter of the late Blanie and Maggie Copper Williams and sister of the late Agnes C. McCray, Annie L. Collins and Curtis T. Williams. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Larry G. Lincoln III and a cousin, Lula “Sis” Cutler. She graduated from Fredrick Douglas High School in Elm City, NC, class of 1953, and went on to receive her nursing degree from Edgecombe Technical College in Rocky Mount, NC. Following her graduation, she worked as a Registered Nurse at the Veteran Affairs (VA) hospitals in Richmond, VA and Durham, NC and at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro, NC until her retirement. Ms. McPherson received the Supervisor Appreciation Award in 1983 for her understanding and dedication to both her personnel and the patients. She was a member of the Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church where she sang in the choir and attended Korean American Presbyterian Church of Greensboro. Mattie Thelma was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Lady Love Chapter 6.

Thelma was an avid traveler, visiting many places throughout the United States and abroad. She made special trips to visit wherever her children, Wesley and Sharon, were stationed such as Germany, Hawaii, Korea, and the Philippines. Education was very important to her, she attended as many family graduations and school events as she could and would send her support when she could not be there in person. Mattie T. was also a wonderful cook and demonstrated her talents often, especially on New Year’s Day. Gardening was another one of Mattie’s hobbies, you could always find her outside on a beautiful spring day. Affectionately called “Moot” or “Nana” by her loved ones, she was one of the family historians, remembering names, birthdays, and odd facts about everyone. In addition, she collected pictures of every family member and displayed them lovingly in her home. 

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 11:00am at Wayne Memorial Park with Rev Wonford Galmon. Mattie Thelma will lie in state at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 from 9:00am until 4:00pm with the family being present from 1:00 until 2:00pm.

Mattie Thelma is survived by her son, A. Wesley McPherson and his wife, Sun, her daughter, Sharon H. Lincoln and her husband, Larry G. Lincoln, Jr.; her brothers, H. Ray Williams (Glenda), Luther O. Williams (Connie), Willie R. Williams (Venzella), Jake D. Williams, and Larry D. Williams (Erma); her sisters, Mary L. Pointer (James), Linda F. Williams, and Shirley T. Gardner; her grandchildren, Lionel G. Lincoln, Larraine G. Dunwoody (Pierce), Annie J. McPherson, Jonathan W. McPherson, S. Nikki Rimel (Chris), Ho Young

Lee (Hye Lim), and Ho Lim Lee (Mi Hee); her great grandchildren, Larry G. Lincoln IV (Sherry, mother), Isaiah G. Anderson, Grace H. Lee, Ryan J. Lee, Caleb M. Lee and many loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the McPherson family and online condolences may be directed to