A "Real Daughter of the Confederacy" has departed. Mrs. Mattie Clyburn Rice, 91, of Archdale, NC leaves behind an astonishing story and historical legacy. She was born in Marshville, North Carolina on September 15, 1922 and passed on Monday, September 1, 2014.
She resided in Orange, NJ for many years before returning back home to North Carolina in 2004. After her retirement, she spent years in search of her family ancestry. She proved the great military achievements of her late father, proud Confederate soldier, Mr. Weary Clyburn. She was an active member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Order of the Confederate Rose, the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, as well as an honorary member of numerous organizations, including a lifetime member of The History Club.
Mattie was preceded in death by her husband, Theotus Rice and her daughter, Barbara Mackey.
She is survived by her five other children, Mary Hooks of New Jersey, Ruth Young of New Jersey, William Hall (Bill) of California, Valeria Hall Frazier (Valerie) of North Carolina and Countee Hall of North Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to:
Hospice House of the Piedmont
Mattie requested that her final resting place be at her beloved father's gravesite. We will have an additional memorial in Monroe, North Carolina. The interment will be on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. We encourage all to make the journey with her family and friends.
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."
"Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee"
Mortals join the mighty chorus
Which the morning stars began
Father love is reigning o'er us
Brother love binds man to man
Ever singing, march we onward
Victors in the midst we strife
Joyful music leads us sunward
In the triumph song of life
In the triumph song of life
You are invited to the "Mattie Clyburn Rice Memorial Service" on October 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm to celebrate her life at her final resting place at the foot of her father's grave, Confederate Veteran Weary Clyburn, as she had requested in Monroe, North Carolina.
We are now collecting donations for a grave marker for Miss Mattie as a gift to the family to be unveiled at this service as well as programs, ribbons and other items needed for this service. If you would like to contribute to this tribute to Miss Mattie, please send check payable to Lt. F.C. Frazier Camp 668, note Mattie Clyburn Rice Memorial on check and mail to Ron Perdue, PO Box 5641, High Point, NC 27262.
More details to follow as the details are worked out with the decision made just yesterday while visiting with the family. We agree with the family, Miss Mattie would love this because she loved attending services with the smell of musket black powder, the ground shaking from cannon fire and the sound of bagpipes. Our keynote speaker will be Ms. Teresa Roane, Archivist for the United Daughters of the Confederacy at their Headquarters in Richmond, Virginia. Ms. Roane calls North Carolina her second home and received the Rebecca Jones Alford Bonnie Blue Award from the North Carolina Division at our 2014 Reunion.
Today we share a photo which was another special memory with Miss Mattie on December 8th, 2012 after the unveiling of the Union County Confederate Pensioners of Color Monument at the Confederate Monument on the grounds of the old Courthouse in Monroe, North Carolina. Miss Mattie was thrilled about this day and we can still see that beautiful smile and glow she had on this memorable day.
God Bless Miss Mattie and her family and we thank God we were blessed that she was a part of our lives...
Ronald Lee Perdue
Lt. F.C. Frazier Camp 668
Sons of Confederate Veterans
High Point, North Carolina