CHARLOTTE -- Margaret Lenora Black Todd passed away Sunday, March 16, 2008, at the Charlotte Health Center on Toddville Road, Charlotte, N.C. She was the youngest of 10 children of the late James "Elbridge" and late Mary Lenora "Nolie" Hipp Black born June 20, 1913, in the Lucia Community of Gaston County, N.C. She was named for her great aunt, Margaret Lenora Hipp Hoover. She graduated from Mount Holly (NC) High School, attended Queens College and graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in Charlotte in 1939 as a Registered Nurse. While nursing at Mercy Hospital, she met Harold Harvey Todd of the Paw Creek Community of Mecklenburg County, an embalmer and ambulance driver with Douglas and Sing Mortuary. They were married on Dec. 19, 1942, at the Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.
After returning from World War II, Harold rejoined Douglas and Sing Mortuary for a period of time before moving Margaret and their two sons to Rock Hill, S.C., and open Todd Funeral Home. They returned to Charlotte in June of 1954 and Margaret once again nursed at Mercy Hospital and Harold once again joined Douglas and Sing Mortuary as a partner. Later Harold joined The Harry and Bryant Company and remained there until his death in June 1979.
Margaret lived longer than her parents and her siblings. In addition to her husband and parents she is preceded in death by her brothers, Dr. George William Black and Dr. Albert Reid Black of Charlotte, Franklin Leroy Black of Mount Holly, Dr. Vance Arthur Black of Charlotte and Ernest Samuel Black of the Lucia Community; her sisters, Lula Belle Black McIntosh of the Lucia Community, Lona Eugenia Black McIntosh of Charlotte, Edna Lee Black of the Lucia Community and Dr. Nettie Marie Black Lawson of Gadsden, Ala. She was also preceded in death by a number of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Margaret is survived by her sons, James Harold "Hal" Todd and his wife, Kathy Causby Todd of Rock Hill and George "Allan" Todd and his wife, Sherry Hinson Todd of Surfside Beach, S.C.; her daughter-in-law, Helen Massey Todd of Indian Trail, N.C.; and her granddaughter, Shannon Todd Golightly and her husband, Mark Ian Golightly and their son, Aiken Todd Golightly of Rock Hill. Another granddaughter, Kelly Todd Hall and her husband, Robbie Clinton Hall of Rock Hill and grandson, David Allan Todd and his wife, Bridget Gray Todd of Wilmington, N.C. survive her. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Eula McGee Todd (Mrs. G. E. Todd Sr.) and Judy Willmann Black (Mrs. A.R. Black) of Charlotte and Thelma Helms Black Crump (Mrs. V.A. Black) of Lexington, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews, most of who live in the Charlotte area.
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Mrs. Todd was a member of The Paw Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. As a young person, she was a member of The Snow Hill United Methodist Church, now known as The Covenant United Methodist Church, where her parents and other ancestors are buried in the church cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are being made by Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly. A graveside service will be held at the Todd family plot at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 4601 Freedom Drive, Charlotte at 11 a.m. today, March 18, 2008, with visitation to follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The New Covenant United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 14514 Lucia-Riverbend Highway, Mount Holly, NC 28120-9703 or to The Paw Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, 7400 Mount Holly Road, Charlotte, NC 28130-0064.