Pauline C. Morton

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Pauline C. Morton, 91, of 401 Hall St., Franklin, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, in Southampton Memorial Hospital.

She was known to many as &uot;Mama Morton,&uot; &uot;Granny,&uot; &uot;Aunt Pauline,&uot; &uot;The Queen,&uot; and &uot;Buddy.&uot;

A native of Dunsville, she was the widow of Samuel Percell Morton, and a daughter of the late Etta Emily Cauthorne and Robert Cauthorne Sr.


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Mrs. Morton had retired as area supervisor of Home Economics for the State of Virginia after 30 years. She also had retired as a home economics teacher at Hayden High School, Franklin.

She had earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Virginia State College, and a master’s degree in education from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, 318 Hall St., Franklin, where she had been a past chairman of the Deacons’ Ministries; advisor to the pastor; former member of The Family Choir; past chairman of the Outreach Ministry; and a former Sunday School teacher.

Other memberships: lifetime member and past regional director of AKA (Alpha Kappa Alpha) Sorority Inc.; lifetime member of The Links Inc.; past president of Cosmonetts Inc.; former school board chairman of the Franklin City Public Schools; former chairman of the board of Paul D. Camp Community College; former chairman of the Franklin Democratic Party; chief officer of elections for the City of Franklin; member of the senior services organization SEVAMP; past worthy matron of Eastern Star; former Girl Scout troop leader; past member of the 4-H Club; life member of the NAACP; member of the board for Young Black Achievers; member of the Virginia State University Human Ecology Alumni Board; member of the National Council of Negro Women Inc.; member of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society; and a member of numerous committees and boards throughout the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area.

Special honors: Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Award; resolution of Franklin City Council for Outstanding Service; New Farmers and New Homemakers of America; achievement from The History Makers, Washington, D.C.; Distinguished Service Award from the Franklin City Council; resolution for Dedicated Service from Paul D. Camp Community College; an Outstanding Service Award from the Virginia Community College System; Outstanding Service Award from the Local Advisory Board of Paul D. Camp Community College; tribute for serving 15 years as president of the Virginia State University, Human Ecology Alumni Chapter; recognition of Duties and Service to the Southampton Chapter of the Eastern Star; award for 72 years of loyal service to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Lambda Psi Omega Chapter; recognition of 30 years of Excellent Service on the Board of Director of the Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia; resolution from the Franklin City Council for serving on over 23 various committees for the community of Franklin; and dedicated service to education from The Franklin Sportsman Association.

Survivors include two daughters, E. Jean Minor (Daniel) of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Audrey M. Smith (William) of Silver Spring, Md.; a sister, Izetta Boylton of Los Angeles; three grandchildren, Paula F. Galloway and Katania Kay Boone, both of Franklin; and Kraig Morton Boone (Adiya) of Virginia Beach; four great-grandchildren, Jeannine R. Galloway of Atlanta, Ga.; Jeanise L. Galloway of New Orleans, La.; Alexander Cauthorne Boone of Franklin; and Jasmyne Sa’mone Boone of Virginia Beach; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church, Franklin, by the Rev. Dr. Paige Chargois. Burial will be in Southview Memorial Park, Franklin.

Viewing will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Harris Funeral Home, 685 Carolina Road, Suffolk, and resume from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Elvin Vaughan Funeral Home, 1717 South Street, Franklin.

The wake will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in First Baptist Church, Franklin. The family will convene at noon Saturday at the home of Mrs. Pauline Cauthorne Morton, 401 Hall St., Franklin.

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Donations may be made to The Pauline Cauthorne Morton Scholarship. Checks can be made to Mrs. Pauline C. Morton Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1325 Franklin, VA 23851.

Flowers are welcomed and will be accepted at Harris Funeral Home Inc. and the Elvin Vaughan Funeral Home. Please send all live flowers on Friday, Feb. 13.