Erline Little Menefee was born on August 23, 1929 to the union of the late Robert and Millie Little in Irwin County, Georgia. She accepted Christ at a very early age. She was baptized as a child at Third Baptist Church in Ocilla, Georgia. She later moved to Jacksonville, Florida. It was there that she would meet her husband Blanch Homer Menefee. It was not long after that that she joined Second Missionary Baptist Church. After joining Second Missionary Baptist Church she immediately assumed several remarkable leadership roles. She was a member of District 22 and District 12. In fact, she served as President of District 22 at one time. Her positions and roles included Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher. She was a part of the Baptist Training Union (BTU) was founder of the Women's Prayer Ministry. Additionally, she was the President of the Women’s Prayer Ministry for the National Baptist Convention for 30 plus years. At Second Missionary Baptist Church she was the founder of the Prayer Ministry. She believed that prayer was the key to change all things. Her favorite scripture was the 23rd Psalms. She was a member of the Senior Choir for many years. She served as the President of the Women's Prayer Ministry for the National Baptist Convention. She was the founder and the President of the Prayer Ministry.
She truly was a lifetime dedicated servant. She also started the churches component of the Angel Tree Foundation. It is an organization for children of incarcerated parents. It was a complete joy for her to see the excitement of the children when they received their gifts. She was very passionate about the Angel Tree that even just before her death she was still inquiring about ways to accomplish the Angel Tree project Christmas 2020. She felt that the end of all knowledge should be service to others, and believed that everyone can be great, because everyone can serve. She loved her God, family, and her church. She was a faithful member of Second Baptist for nearly 60 years. She was an educational assistant for Duval County public schools. She also worked as Public Relations Chairperson for Operation Inmate as an Officer. It was a program that helped with the transition from prison back to society. Another job that she was most proud of was being a devoted wife and mother. She spent her life bringing her family together. She loved cooking and baking, she made prize winning delicacies like sweet potato pie lemon meringue pie and her specialty was coconut pound cake. She was incredibly creative with her cooking and her arts and crafts. She was by far the best press and curler in the South.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Blanch Homer Menefee; son, Kermit Little, and great grandson, Sheldon Wells. She leaves to cherish her memory, Millie Joyce, Brenda Jewel, Lisc Denese, Vanessa Selene (Micah), Bobbie Paulette (Willie), Derry Baxter (Joyce), Concetta Ann (Tony) and Carla Monique (Janssen); a special daughter, Alice Harmon (Ira); a very special son, Jerry West (Doris); a special friends, Annette Ward and Saphonia Rainey (Joel). She had 20 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren and 14 great great grandchildren. She had a tremendously special relationship with her cousin, Sollie Mitchell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and life time friends. Her service to all was nothing short of amazing, she served until her last breath.
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