Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church
Pisgah National Forest, 214 Pg Baptist Church Road, Marion, NC 28752
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017
TWO SERVICES: Davis Chapel at Wake Forest University Campus
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Friday, Apr 21, 2017
Nov 16, 1927 - Mar 12, 2017
Mabel Augusta Morgan Brandon, age 89 of Winston-Salem died Sunday March 12, 2017 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home after a brief battle with cancer. She was born in McDowell County, NC to the late Marion Calloway Morgan and the late Mary Ada Glenn Morgan. She was recently preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, James D. Brandon of Yadkinville, brothers, Marion Donald Morgan and Alton Glenn Morgan. Survivors include a sister Winifred Inez Morgan Owens of Jackson, Ga., niece Angela Owens of Locust Grove, Ga., nephew Thomas "Tony" James Owens, Jr. (Tina) of Covington, Ga., niece Teresa Owens Moore (Larry) of Hampton, Ga., sister-in-law Rhetta Gardner Morgan (Donald) of Buena Vista, Co., nephew Joel Donald Morgan (Rahime) of Buena Vista, Co., niece Deborah Morgan Mears (Gene) of Fredericksburg, Va., sister-in-law Louise Thornburg Morgan (Glenn) of Hickory, NC., nephew Alton Glenn Morgan, Jr. of Granite Falls, NC., niece Pamela Morgan Watson (David) of Atlanta, Ga., sister-in-law Sue Smith Morgan (Glenn) of Hickory, NC., and Great nieces/nephews.
She graduated from Pleasant Gardens High School (Marion, NC) as Valedictorian in 1944. Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC (Cum Laude)with Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Certification Grades 4-8, in 1948, and Appalachian State University, Boone, NC in 1953, where she received her Master of Arts Degree in Education, concentration in social studies and school administration.
Her teaching positions were at McDowell County Schools (1948-1952), grades 7 and 8, Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools (1952-1967), grades 4-6 at South Park, Fairview, Whitaker, Wiley Elementary, and Forsyth Country Day School (1970-1983). Her positions held at Forsyth Country Day School included; Teacher, Director (Principal) of the Lower School, Grades K-6, Director of Admissions for the Lower School and Associate Director of Development. From 1967-1970 she was an Account Executive for Mutual Funds and Life Insurance.
Mabel was a member of the Wake Forest Baptist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma, and was a former member to many other organizations. She loved educational events and attended many concerts, theatrical shows, and art events. Her interests were International Travel, Music, Drama; and for many years she enjoyed playing Bridge. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed hosting dinners.
She received many honors which includes; I Dare You Award, President College Chapter of Association for Childhood Education, Who's Who Among Students in Universities and Colleges, President Winston-Salem Classroom Teachers Association and was the first recipient of the Forsyth Country Day School Lowery Award.
A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Mabel Brandon will be on April 21st in Winston-Salem at the Davis Chapel (on Wake Forest University's Reynolda Campus) at 3:00 and on April 22nd in Marion, NC at the Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church at 2:00.
In lieu of flowers please consider sending a donation in the name of Mabel Morgan Brandon to either the Winston-Salem Symphony (wssymphony.org or 201 Broad St S #200, Winston-Salem, NC 27101), Old Salem, Inc (600 S Main St., Winston-Salem 27101), or Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church (214 PG Baptist Church Rd., Marion, NC 28752).
Online Condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.
Dear Inez, Theresa, Larry, Tina and Tony,
Aunt Mabel was special in so many ways. She touched many lives and made them better. She was full of life, interested in so many aspects of life. There were days when I thought that just about everyone in Winston knew her and cared about her. We loved her, were so sorry to see her suffer and are glad that that part of her life is over. She will be missed and well remembered and glad that we knew her.
Mary Louise Joyce Shaffer
My childhood was filled with memories of bridge nights with Mabel and Jim and my parents, and all their friends. I grew up knowing her simply as "Mabel," and as one of my mother's dearest friends in better days. Our thoughts are with you at this time. The Shaffers
Linda G. Davis
Mrs. Brandon was my 5th grade teacher and I've always remembered her for the love of learning and free spirit she embodied. She was influential in the lives of so many students.
Among all the teachers in my life who influenced and inspired me, two especially stand out in awakening imagination -- Mrs. Brandon, my fifth-grade and sixth-grade teacher, and Mr. Hayes, my eighth-grade and ninth-grade teacher. I could never thank them both enough. God bless....
As my sister Mary Louise has already stated, we both grew up knowing Mabel and Jim from the monthly bridge club meetings with our parents and the rest of their club. I remember getting to sometimes sit-in on the games. If Mabel and Jim had taken a recent trip, we were all treated with a slideshow and detailed description of their trip experiences. I remember their Alaska Trip show most vividly. My mother would often invite Mabel and Jim to Thanksgiving dinner and so my children also grew up knowing them.
Our thoughts are with your family.
The Joyce Family
Mrs. Brandon was my fifth grade teacher. She was energetic, enthhusiastic, and encouraging, and she clearly loved teaching. She inspired me, and I have never forgotten her. Please accept my sympathy for your loss.