The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 110 South McDuffie Street, Buena Vista, Georgia. Reverend Gregg Porter, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in the Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church Cemetery, Oliver Street, Buena Vista, Georgia.
Hattie was born to the late Mr. Robert Roy Minter and the late Allie Bess Majors Minter on the 19th of February, 1928 in the city of Buena Vista, Marion County, Georgia. She acquired her education in the public school system of Marion County and received her high school diploma in 1945. Early in life, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and joined the band of Christian believers at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she became a very dedicated member in all facets of the church she loved so very well. She served in various ministries and organizations which include the following: pianist, choir director, Missionary Board Ministry, Mother’s Board, Mother of the Church, Youth Director, Deaconess Board, and Sunday School Teacher. On the level of education she was an organizer for the local and state Baptist Association.
Her community involvement included Yuletide Chapter No. 383 Order Of Eastern Star, where she became a Golden Card Holder and Life Time Member. She was an official member of the Top Twenty Organization.
She was a graduate of the former Fort Valley State College of Ft. Valley, Georgia where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education 1951. She taught in the rural school system of Marion County and later in Buena Vista High School, Buena Vista, Georgia, and in her later years she taught at Marion County High School. After 32 years, she retired in 1978. She was the first black teacher who taught in the combined segregated school located on College Street (what is now known as Roger Street).
Hattie’s life was filled with love and affection by her parents, siblings, husband, daughter and the students she touched along her life: parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Roy Minter and Allie Bess Majors Minter; her siblings, the late Georgia H. McBride, Robert Minter, William H. Minter, and Katie Purnel. She was also preceded in death in 1991 by her beloved husband who she married in 1945, Mr.Lonzo Jones, and her precious beloved daughter, Deborah Jones Rhine, who passed away August 12, 2015.
Survivors are sister-in-law, Susie Minter, Columbus, Georgia; nephews and nieces, Alfonzo (Deloris) Minter, Clayton, North Carolina, Patricia (Norwood) Crosby, Morrisville, North Carolina, Sharon Minter, Woodbridge, Virginia, Leslie Minter, Columbus, Georgia, a special niece who cared and nurtured her, Barbara (George) Tullis, Buena Vista, Georgia, Bobby (Carolyn) Wright, Forston, Georgia, Wanda (Charlie) Jones, Buena Vista, Georgia, Sherol (Charles) Harvey, and Freddie Carter, all of Buena Vista, Georgia; a host of beloved great nieces and great nephews; other relatives, including Catherine Fudge; and a host of beloved friends including a very devoted friend, Mrs. Helen McMurray and Mt. Zion Baptist Church Family.