“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
~Psalm 23: 4
On Wednesday, September 9, 1931, life was bestowed upon Gwendolyn Maze Garner High, in Garysburg, (Northampton County) North Carolina, as she was born to the parentage of the late Jesse Clanton Garner and Iris Dean Squire Garner.
Gwendolyn was educated in the Northampton County Public School System. Early in life, she professed her faith in Christ; accepted Him as her Lord and Savior and united in Christian Fellowship with the Cool Spring Missionary Baptist Church. She remained faithful until her health declined.
No stranger to hard work, Gwendolyn was employed for many years with J. P Stevens Textiles Mill. She was also the co-owner of High’s Grocery. She truly loved her customers and never hesitated to help those in need.
In 1950, Gwendolyn united in Holy Matrimony to William High. This union was blessed with the birth of eleven children. “Who can find a virtuous woman? She is worth far more than rubies” (Proverbs 31:10). Gwendolyn’s qualities of hard work, fear of God, respect she had for her husband, love for her children, foresight, encouragement, care for others, concern for the poor and love for her family, all led her to a life of enjoyment, honor and worth. As a devoted and loving mother, who sacrificed her own needs for those of her family, Gwendolyn was the embodiment of “A Virtuous Woman”. A true matriarch in her own right, she instilled standards and doctrine that will forever leave permanent impressions in all of our hearts.
Spending quality time with family brought Gwendolyn much joy - especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling, cooking and gardening. She possessed a bubbly personality and an amusing sense of humor.
“After the clouds, the sunshine; after the winter, the spring; After the shower, the rainbow; for life is a changeable thing. After the night, the morning, bidding all darkness cease, After life’s cares and sorrows, the comfort and sweetness of peace.” On Friday, December 4, 2020; while in the care of Vidant North Hospital - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; God in His infinite wisdom, lifted our dear loved one from this world of sin, sorrow and pain, to a place of eternal rest. Don’t worry family, for she is not alone. In addition to her parents and beloved husband, Gwendolyn now reunites with a host of relatives and friends who have preceded him in death. Among them: grandsons, Eric High and Antwan Turner; siblings, Mattie Scott and Herbert Garner; sons-in-law, Williams Squire, Sr., Edward Miles and Christopher Hill; sisters and brothers-in-law, Annie Garner, James Holt, Junior Miles, Curtis High, Viola Robinson (John), Geraldine Hill (Leander), Camalee Webb (Paul), Gladys Moss (Bobie), Janie Scott (Dennis), Susie H. Jones (Willie), Jasper High (Emma Lou) and Thomas High (Agnes).
Our family is a circle of strength and love; with every birth and every union, the circle of love grows - every trial faced together makes the circle grow stronger. We who remain struck by the bitter pain of death, but are assured by the promise of God; that He would wipe all tears from our eyes: eleven children, Elsie Hockaday (John) of Gaston, North Carolina, Iris High of Garysburg, North Carolina, Linda Squire of Pleasant Hill, North Carolina, Angela High and Cynthia High (Raymond) of Garysburg, North Carolina, Margaret Nicholson of Gaston, North Carolina, Erma Brinkley (Ernest) of Garysburg, North Carolina, Titus High of Gaston, North Carolina, Judy Worley (Rick) and Jacqueline High both of Garysburg, North Carolina and Glenda Wiley (Shannon) of Lakeland, Tennessee; sixteen grandchildren; twenty seven great, grandchildren; seven great, great-grandchildren; two sisters, Notis Holt and Drucilla Miles both of Garysburg, North Carolina; caregivers, Makaijah High and Lakecia Turner; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
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