GRANVILLE COUNTY – Katherine Mason Blalock, 88, a resident of Granville County, North Carolina passed away on July 7, 2019 at Duke Regional Hospital.
Born Katherine Elizabeth Mason to her parents, Windal White Mason and Beulah Agnes Grooms Mason on Feb. 7, 1931 in Pineview, in Harnett County. Katherine had two sisters Mary Winifred Mason Jones and E. Shirley Mason. She attended and graduated from the Oxford Orphanage in 1949 and met Wallace Allen Blalock, Jr and married him on March 12, 1950.
Katherine was mother to Elizabeth Gail Moore (Graham Tingley Moore, Jr), Debra Blalock (Russell Frehling), Charles Windal Blalock (Wanda Newcomb Blalock), Suzanne Fox (deceased) and Lee Mason Blalock (Barbara Boulter); a grandmother to Katherine Landis Surles (Brandon Surles), Graham Tingley Moore III (Katherine T. Moore), Jesse Blalock Frehling; a great grandmother to Evelyn Landis Surles and an aunt to numerous nieces and nephews; all of whom she adored.
Katherine enjoyed singing in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church choir, going dancing with her husband, volunteering as a Sunday School teacher and tending to her numerous large flower gardens. She will be remembered for her endless drive to get the job done… whether working in the fields or preparing and storing the produce from the large family garden. She was well known for preparing huge meals for the family, including all the field help during the summer harvest and whomever might appear at the door at mealtime. She was generous and seemingly tireless. Even with all the farm chores and cooking for a big family, she also found time to make many of her children’s clothes and to crochet heartfelt gifts.
Katherine’s work ethic was an example to all around her. Her children are indebted to her for a legacy of perseverance and proficiency. She was a determined individual with a will that few would or could challenge. She will be greatly missed.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 10-11 a.m. at Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. in the chapel and to be officiated by Rev. Tim Atkinson. A private burial at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery will take place later.
Flowers are greatly appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made in her honor to a charity of your choice.
The Blalock family is proudly being served by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home, 503 College Street, Oxford.