The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Friday, May 31, 2013 at Magnolia Baptist Church, 415 Hosie Waters Street, Montezuma, Georgia. Interment will follow in Champ Waters Cemetery, 191 Twin Church Road, Montezuma, Georgia.
Mrs. Emmie Brooks Baldwin was born on November 22, 1924 to the parents of the late Georgia Bogan Brooks and McKinley Brooks in Dooly County, Georgia. Her husband, Sterling Baldwin, her brother, William Brooks, and adopted son, Lawrence Johnson, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Baldwin was formally educated in the public school system of Dooly County. She furthered her education and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia; a Master of Science Degree in Mathematics from Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Florida; and completed additional studies at Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Mrs. Baldwin dedicated herself in employment with the Dooly County Board of Education, Vienna, Georgia, Wilcox County Board of Education, Queensland, Georgia, Macon County Board of Education at both Marshallville and Montezuma, Georgia serving as a Teacher, Administrator and Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Macon County Board of Education, Oglethorpe, Georgia. Mrs. Baldwin also extended her services to the Upward Bound Program, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia.
Mrs. Emmie Baldwin was a devoted member of Magnolia Baptist Church, Montezuma, Georgia. While at Magnolia, she was an active member of the Mother’s Board and served as Mother of the Church, Treasurer of the Sunday School, Treasurer of Waters-Johnson- Baldwin Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee, a member of the Missionary Society and the Youth Director.
She was an active leader in community affairs as a former member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), D. F. Douglass High School Hornet Booster Club Movement, a former member of the National Education Association (NEA) and Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) the Retired Teacher’s Association, and a member of the Macon County Chapter of the Fort Valley State University Alumni Association and the Florida A&M Alumni Chapter of Tallahassee, Florida.
Mrs. Baldwin’s awards and honors include Macon County Woman of the Year, D. F. Douglass High School Teacher of the Year, selection as a delegate to the White House Conference on Mathematics for the Upward Bound Program of Fort Valley State University in Washington, D.C. and numerous others.
Her favorite songs were “If I Can Help Somebody” and “Only What You Do For Christ Will Last.”
She was united in holy matrimony to Sterling Baldwin on March 21, 1946. To this union, they were blessed with one daughter, Reva Dale Baldwin.
Survivors are her beloved daughter, Dr. Reva B. Baldwin Myers, Tallahassee, Florida; one sister, Mrs. Georgia Brooks Shaw of Miami, Florida; three sisters-in-law, Mildred Carter, Montezuma, Georgia, Mary Johnson, Macon, Georgia, and Amy Brooks, Rochester New York; two devoted nieces, Mattie Hannor, Montezuma, Georgia, Shawanda Ross, Washington, D.C., and Katreena King, Jacksonville, Florida; three adopted children, LTC (Retired) Andrew Reese & Family of Arlington, Virginia, Luther White, Tallahassee, Florida, and Georgia Ijoma-Brown, Tallahassee, Florida; a host of beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives, including devoted Haugabook Families (various locations); a host of loyal and supportive former students and friends, including two devoted caregivers, Betty Cofield and Ruthie Flowers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are sent to the Waters-Johnson-Baldwin Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Magnolia Baptist Church, P.O. Box 504, Montezuma, Georgia 31063.
- Dr. Joe W. Rice(Friday, May 31 13 11:55 am EDT)
Mrs. Baldwin was my guiding light and inspiration while I was a teacher at the D.F. Douglass High School. She was compassionate, sincere, and consistent. I loved that woman! To the family, I am sympathetic and profoundly saddened by the loss of your mother, aunt, sister, cousin, friend. I shall never forget her!
- leonard Felton(Friday, May 31 13 07:57 am EDT)
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ms. Baldwin was a very special lady and our family loved her dearly.
- Kenneth Marvin Ward(Friday, May 31 13 04:34 am EDT)
No other single person who ever graced the soil of Macon County Georgia did more to strengthen the lives of so many. Through her, scores found belief in themselves, hope for their future, pride in their community and meaning to a life that too often seemed limited by color. She was ahead of her time. Blessed with extraordinary care for people that God seemed to give to a select few. Surely, she is now an Angel continuing her watch from above.
- Jimmie & Earlene Felton(Thursday, May 30 13 04:55 pm EDT)
I would like to send my deepest sympathy,love and prayers.
- Mary W. Jordan(Wednesday, May 29 13 09:18 pm EDT)
Reva: You have my sympathy, support, love and prayers. I will send a donation to the Memorial Scholarship Fund. Much Love,
Mary W. Jordan
- SARA CLEMONS(Wednesday, May 29 13 07:20 pm EDT)
IN TEARS THE FAMILY SAW YOU SINKING.THEY WATCHED YOU FADE AWAY.THEIR HEARTS WERE ALMOST BROKEN,YOU FOUGHT SO HARD TO STAY.BUT WHEN THEY SAW YOU SLEEPING,SO PEACEFULLY FREE FROM PAIN,THEY COULD NOT WISH YOU BACK TO SUFFER THAT AGAIN.
WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT BUT JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING.[PSALM 30:5] YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
- Mattie Perkins Sturdivant(Wednesday, May 29 13 03:26 pm EDT)
To Reva and Family..The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of confusion or despair, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing--not healing-not curing--that is a friend indeed. What we have once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us. May loving memories ease the pain of your heart. I will always love you.....
- Evelyn and Etta White(Wednesday, May 29 13 02:10 pm EDT)
My prayers are with you Sister/Dr. Reva and to you my brother Luther. We know that Mom Baldwin is resting in the arms of our Father. She was ready to go for a while so we must honor and release her to be at peace. She would want it no other way but to cherish the memories and live to the fullest this blessed life now and forevermore. Your sisters in Christ. Evelyn and Etta.
- Linda Harris(Wednesday, May 29 13 01:13 pm EDT)
My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless
- Barbara Phillips Williams(Wednesday, May 29 13 10:38 am EDT)
Reva, my sister and friend. Your mother ran her race, fought a good fight, and finished her course. Now she is with our Lord. May these words comfort you in the coming days. You were a devoted and dedicated daughter. I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. A tough loss I know. We are here for you. Love you.
- GLORIA SIMMS(Wednesday, May 29 13 10:11 am EDT)
REVA, WE WILL BE THERE TO HELP YOU GET THROUGH THIS. GOD IS GOOD AND HE HOLDS OUR FUTURE. CONTINUE TO PRAY AND ASK HIM FOR STRENGTH, IT WILL GET BETTER, I HATE YOU HAD TO GO THROUGH THIS!!
- Lillian Mullino(Wednesday, May 29 13 09:38 am EDT)
Dale, so very sorry about the loss of "our" mother. She was a fighter but our Heavenly Father knew that it was time for her to come and be with him...Truly, she's in a better place than we are.. All is well with her soul.. Love, one of the sisters you have endured since Boggs...Mullino
- Glenda Murray Farrell(Tuesday, May 28 13 10:57 pm EDT)
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that the many wonderful and exciting things that your mother did in her life will live on in you...giving new life to those who lack such great inspiration. Know that I am thinking of you at this time and hope that our messages will bring you comfort and peace...God Bless you and your family.