I once passed a cornfield that had a single sunflower growing in the middle. The sunflower stood taller that the corn and was looking out over the entire field. The sunflower was much like Mary Lee (Cherry) Tedder. Mary was always the mother hen that gathered the little chicks under her wings and kept them close and safe, including those that didn't belong to her.
Mary Lee Cherry Tedder lived in Middlesex, North Carolina next door to her son Danny Tedder, his wife Donna and watched some seven grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren grow to adulthood. Mary's daughter Judy L. Green gave Mary one granddaughter, Mikana. Mary Ann Cason, was the stepdaughter that Mary raised as her own and Mary Ann had three children , Steve, Teresa, and Brian. Brian died when he was 14. Steve had 3 children and Teresa had 3 children. Another death preceded Mary when her 18 year old great granddaughter Amy died in a traffic accident. Mary's very own son, Bobby Norman Tedder, preceded her in death.
All of Mary's friends and family mourns for Mary. Never has this writer ever seen someone so caring and kind. Mary had many struggles during her life but she always made the best of situations and always made them better in the end.
Mary Lee Tedder (89) born June 5, 1928 died on October 4, 2017. Now she has traveled her final road to once again see her father William Jesse Cherry and mother Ola Elizabeth Booth Cherry as well as her brother and all of her sisters. A family chapter has finally come to an end, but never will Mary Tedder be forgotten. A small piece of Mary exist in every child, grandchild, and great grandchild.
Mary was a very devout Christian woman and she is now enjoying the reward promised her. She would not want those left behind to cry for her. She has left the choir of Watkins Chapel Baptist Church and is now singing in God's choir.
A story was told me by Mary's son Danny. As a child he remembered walking barefoot along a country dirt road to the country store to have chocolate ice cream. He loved chocolate ice cream but this day had decided to choose strawberry so that he could choose for himself. He quickly learned that he didn't like strawberry and tossed the cone into the stream when his mother, Mary, wasn't looking. Something tells me that Mary Tedder has seen more than people thought. And on a similar note, Mary Ann shared this memory: When she was about 4 years old she had gone to live with her father and Mary. On one particular day she and Mary were walking along a muddy dirt road and Mary Ann had become intrigued by the high banks of the road and wanted run up the banks. Mary had warned her to not run up the banks or she'd get a spanking. Mary Ann didn't understand what a spanking was and ran up the banks anyways. After they arrived home Mary pulled a switch and taught Mary Ann what a spanking was. She says that it was a good thing because she had never had to be disciplined before.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at Pauline Baptist Church, 12950 Valdosta Hwy., Quitman, Ga.
Mary Tedder you will be missed.
Published on November 2, 2017