Well Done Thou Good and Faithful Servant!
ALICE PRESTON COBB was born October 22, 1919 in Winchester, TN to Mote and Hattie Cunningham. She was raised on the family owned farm, and she loved telling stories of life on the farm. She often spoke of her grandfather Lee, and all that he taught her from farming to life. According to Alice, she would always find somewhere to hide while her siblings did the daily work. She would seek out some shade and read. She loved to read any and everything even in her adult life. Eventually, her parents found a job for Alice with a family, cooking and cleaning, among other things.
In 1940, she met and married Lawrence Gray. They were blessed with a son. Lawrence passed away in November 1968. She continued working at one of the few motels in Winchester. She eventually got a job at the hospital as a service worker.
In 1970, Alice began making yearly trips to San Diego, CA to visit family. From there, she and her family would travel to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Reno, and Disneyland, just to name a few. In 1980, Alice met and married Reverend Milton Cobb and moved to South Pittsburg, TN. Reverend Cobb passed away after a long illness during the mid-1980s. Shortly afterwards, Alice moved back to Winchester.
Alice professed her belief in Christ as her Savior at an early age. She attended First Missionary Baptist Church and was a very active member. She was proudly known as Mother Cobb and loved by many. She loved her church and its members. After her health began to deteriorate, she relocated to San Diego to be with her loving family.
This year, in October Alice turned 100 years old. It was her big day and she knew it. If you knew Alice, you’d know she was a very feisty lady. She was in her element that day. She talked non-stop. She had a cake with her picture on it. She enjoyed her birthday. The First Missionary Baptist Church in Winchester, TN sent her a beautiful plaque for her service of 60 years. She was happy and touched to receive it.
She couldn’t get enough of her children, grandchildren and friends. She would tell anyone who would listen how much she loved her “grands”. She was never alone as they would visit her every day. They would draw pictures for her or just sit and talk with her for hours. She enjoyed playing with all of her grands. Alice spent her last days looking outside her windows at God’s beautiful nature and gazing at the moon on a clear night. She was comforted with regular calls from her sisters, brothers and church members.
On Monday, November 25, 2019, Alice Preston Cobb transitioned from earthly labor to eternal rest while surrounded by loved ones. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Morton and James; sisters: Geneva, Gladys and Ruby; great-granddaughter, Dar’neshia Oliver and great-great granddaughter, Rosalee Oliver.
Alice leaves to celebrate her life her devoted son Bakir Madyun (Shahidah)’ grandchildren: Muhsinah McFarlin (Darryl), Baseemah Madyun, Zakiyyah Madyun, Bakir Madyun II (Michelle), Aaliyah Madyun, Rasheda Madyun (Fred); brothers, Gene Cunningham and George Cunningham; sisters, Eloise Curuth and Bettye Hill; 25 great grandchildren: 22 great-great grandchildren, including 2 great-great grandchildren to yet be born and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends including her First Missionary Baptist Church family.
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