January 12, 1938 – March 25, 2020
Mrs. Minnie Lee Reddick Cabbagestalk was born January 12, 1938 in Bishopville, South Carolina to the late Ervin Reddick Sr and the late Rosa Lee Cooley Reddick. She was educated in Lee County and Kershaw County public schools in South Carolina. She graduated from Madam C.J. Walker School of Cosmetology in Washington DC. Because of her love of education and continual learning, she completed an Introduction to Computer course and took piano lessons as a senior citizen. She also continued to complete several Lay Servant Ministry training classes.
Mrs. Cabbagestalk was brought up in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Bishopville SC to believe in God and all her life she did not depart from her spiritual upbringing. She was baptized at Tenth Street Baptist in Washington DC and later returned to her home church in Bishopville SC. There she served in many ministry roles including Certified Lay Servant, Lay Leader, Sunday School Teacher for children and adults, Evangelism, Witness, Trustee, Mother of the Church, Advocate, Prayer Coordinator, Finance, Nominations, Staff/Pastor Parish Relations, Church Council, and United Methodist Women. She instituted Annual All-Night Prayer Vigils and Fishing for Disciples in the Turkey Creek area. As a Certified Lay Servant, she was often called upon by her pastors to serve as worship leader and messenger for Sunday Morning Services as well as for area Lay Servant programs. Her love of and faith in Jesus Christ was the foundation for her life. She loved reading, hearing, sharing and talking with others about God’s Word. Her favorite scripture was 2 Chronicles 7:14. She loved showing God’s love through the way she lived her life. She was an exemplary servant leader, a church mother, and a champion for expanded children’s, evangelism and music ministries.
She married James Cabbagestalk, Jr. on October 8, 1955. She was a devoted wife of 64 years and the mother of 8 children. Mrs. Cabbagestalk loved baking, gardening, sewing, music and sports. She loved the New York Knicks and the Washington Redskins. As the matriarch of the family, she was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was very supportive and fiercely loyal to all her family. Her greatest desire was for all to accept Jesus Christ as their savior and to know and love God for themselves.
In addition to all of her church and family activities, Mrs. Cabbagestalk was a passionate community advocate. She advocated for fair school busing policies. She served with the local Democratic Party to encourage voter participation.
She is survived by daughters: Janice Cabbagestalk, Carrie Cabbagestalk, Deborah Cabbagestalk, Althea (Alvin) Belton; sons: Allan (Regina) Cabbagestalk, Anthony (Crystal) Cabbagestalk, Corey Cabbagestalk, Thomas Cabbagestalk; siblings: Andrew Reddick, Helen Wilson, John Reddick, Shirley Scott, Ervin Reddick Jr, Thomas (Jacqueline) Reddick, Richard (Marjorie) Reddick; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren; in-laws: John (Bertha) Cabbagestalk, Joseph Cabbagestalk, Gladys Cabbagestalk, as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by sisters: Ettie Belle Tate and Mary Bracey; brothers: Rochelle Reddick, Jerome Reddick, Jesse Reddick and Baby Boy Reddick; in-laws: Ethel Reddick, Mary Reddick, Roosevelt Scott, Harvey Lee Wilson, Betty Jean Missouri, Edward Cabbagestalk, Troy James Cabbagestalk, Henry Cabbagestalk, and Ernest Cabbagestalk.