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September 15, 1913 May 26, 2008
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Ophelia Mincey Goldwire was born, September 15, 1913, in Savannah, Georgia, and passed this life on May 26, 2008 in Spring Hill, Florida. She was the last of 8 children born to Samuel and Minnie Gill Mincey. They all preceded her in death.
Mother Goldwire was educated in the Savannah public Schools.
She was a quiet and very caring person who served the Lord all her life. She was baptized in the Friendship Baptist Church, which was the family church. As a young woman, after migrating to New York City, she embraced the Three Angels Message and was baptized in the Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church, where her older sister, Cora was a member.
Having a love for music she was one of the first members to join the “New Believers Chorus” directed by the late Sister Rosa Lee Jones. She was a faithful member until she moved to Freeport, New York and transferred her membership to the Hempstead Church, which is now Ebenezer Church.
As she grew away from her shyness, Ophelia realized her leadership abilities. As head deaconess her motto was “ a leader ought to lead” and she lead by her faithful example. She sang in the choir and taught in the Primary Division of Sabbath School.
Ophelia was married to the late Frank M. Goldwire and to this union was born three children, Gladys, Minnie and Frank, Jr.
After having worked in the factory and doing domestic work, she took the Home Health Aide Course at the Manhattan Center of Seventh-day Adventist, where she could pursue her love of caring for the sick. She did that until she retired at age 62.
Mother Goldwire was greatly loved by her children, grandchildren, family and friends. Because of this love they decided to have a big celebration for her 65th birthday and God blessed her with many more.
She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Gladys DeGuzman (Simon) of Spring Hill, FL, Minnie Goldwire of Spring Hill, FL and Frank Goldwire of New York; grandchildren, Sabrina Goldwire of New York, Ophelia Goldwire of Georgia, Frank Goldwire, III of New York, Diedra Goldwire-Biersay (Horace) of New York, Celestine Walker (Eric) of Michigan, Thomas Edmond White (Rubie) of Michigan, Gina DeGuzman of Florida, Simon DeGuzman (Lisa) of Florida, Cynthia Sparks of New Jersey, Lester Sparks and Delores Sparks of New York, 27 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, 5 nieces, 2 nephews, 4 grandnieces, 1 grandnephew, 3 great-grandnieces, 5 great-grandnephews and a host of cousins , other relatives and friends. Her cousin Annie Rose Boyd-Jackson was like a little sister to her and very dear to her heart.
Ophelia Goldwire will be greatly missed and we look forward to seeing her again.
~ The Family
Viewing: Sunday, June 1, 2008 ~ Spring Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church ~ 2300 Osowaw Blvd ~ Spring Hill, FL ~  3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Services: Sunday, June 1, 2008 ~ 4:00 p.m. ~ Spring Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church ~ 2300 Osowaw Blvd ~ Spring Hill, FL ~ Elder John Sabo, Pastor ~ Elder Harold Brewer, Eulogist
Interment: Monday, June 2, 2008 ~ 11:00 am ~ Brooksville Cemetery ~ Brooksville, FL
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