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          Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Duff Neely Thompson was born January 9, 1923 in Gaston County, North Carolina and enter into eternal rest Thursday, May 24, 2018 at her home, 120 Ann Neely Road, Gastonia, North Carolina.  She was the daughter of the late Nathaniel and Lucinda Hill Duff.

At an early age, “Lit” as she was called, was called to accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Zion Church in Gastonia, North Carolina where she served on the Golden Voices Gospel Choir along with other activities at the church.  She later became a member of New Birth Christian Church where she served faithfully as the mother of the church.  “Lit” also helped financially establish the New Birth Christian Center. 

Mary Elizabeth completed her education at Reid High School in Belmont, North Carolina.  She was joined in holy matrimony to John C. Neely and to that union seven children were born.  She was a dedicated mother and a virtuous woman.  After her children were grown, she met and married a wonderful man name John Thompson.  They spent many wonderful and loving years together.  

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, John C. Neely and John Thompson; baby girl Neely; sons, John Neely, Jr. and Lash “Larry” Neely; one daughter-in-law, Lizzie Meeks Neely; sister, Teratha Arrington; a granddaughter and four great grandsons. 

Mary Elizabeth leaves to cherish precious memories her children, Eunice Neely of Gastonia, N.C., Reverend Ronnie Neely (Mary) of Lake Wylie, S.C., Terry Neely of Gastonia, N.C. and Catherine Roberts (Andre) of Baltimore, MD; sister, Lois Evelyn Duff Moore of Charlotte, N.C.; brother, James Nathaniel Duff of Gastonia, N.C.; grandchildren, Jane N. Brown, James A. Neely, George O’Kelly Taylor, Trina N. Earle, Wanda McGill, Tim Neely, Eric Neely, Ronnie Neely, II, Michael Neely, Alicee E. Williams, Vanessa W. Palusko, Bobby Williams, De’jela Meeks, Chasity Meeks, Terry Neely, Lasha Neely, Terroll Neely, Leslie N. Walker and Tony N. Walker; fifty-one great grandchildren and sixteen great great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends

Funeral Arrangement

New Birth Christian Center
5921 Oakridge Road
Clover, South Carolina  29710 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 1:00 P.M.

The family will receive friends at the church for thirty minutes prior to funeral.
(12:30 until 1:00 P.M.)

Church Cemetery

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  • Friday, May 25, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Costner Funeral Home
  • Sunday, May 27, 2018
    I'm so very sorry for your loss. I know how difficult death can be to have to deal with Losing someone in death. Revelation 21:4 says that God will wipe every tear from our eyes and death and pain will be no more.
    ~ Lisa L   Gastonia, NC
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of loss. May He bring you comfort in the coming days.
    ~ DeYarda Darby   Gastonia, NC
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    My condolences to the family
    ~ Valette Darby   Gastonia, NC
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    My condolences to the family
    ~ Valette Darby   Gastonia, NC
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    My condolences to the family
    ~ Valette Darby   Gastonia, NC