Erselle Pittard Tingen a resident of Windsor Point in Fuquay-Varina, NC died on Monday, December 8, 2014. Funeral services will be held at Fuquay-Varina Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014. The family will receive friends and loved ones from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Fuquay-Varina.
Erselle was born on November 24, 1918 in Granville County, NC and was a long time resident of Fuquay-Varina.
She was the daughter of the late Arthur Taylor Pittard and Annie Wright Pittard. Erselle was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Clyde Brogden Tingen; and sister, France Pittard Smith.
She is survived by her daughters, Peggy Tingen Benton (W.L.) of Birmingham, AL and Mary Tingen Rhodes (Leonard) of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Kenneth Benton (Lisa) of Alabaster, AL, Scott Ragan (Tammy) of Clayton, NC, Shelia Ragan Pollard (James) of Fuquay-Varina, NC; great-grandchildren, Bradley and Brittany Ragan, Kodie and Harley Whitley all of Clayton, NC, Matthew and Ashley Pollard both of Fuquay-Varina, and Jon Berry of Alabaster, AL; and sister, Ione Tingen of Fuquay-Varina, NC.
Erselle graduated from Fuquay-Varina High School. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a faithful member of Fuquay-Varina Baptist Church for over 80 years, serving as W.M.U. president, Sunday School teacher and choir member for over 60 years. Erselle was named "woman of the year" by the Fuquay-Varina Garden Club.
She was a charter member of the Order of the Easter Star, Chapter #170 in Fuquay-Varina. Later in life Erselle joined the Garner Chapter #321 and was presented her 50 years of service jewel.
The family would like to express special thanks to the staff of Windsor Point, home health care providers Ada Echvarria and Margaret Judd, and Hospice of Wake County.
Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at www.thomasfuneral.com.