EDGEFIELD, S.C. – Funeral services will be held at 11 am Monday April 29, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Edgefield for Emmie Dozier Mitchell Bland. Father Donald Abott will officiate and pall bearers will be Frank Stanford Bland V, Charlie Bland, Dale Fulcher, Daniel Phail, Mitchell Bland, Bland Phail, and Harry Bland.
On April 26th the time had come for Mrs. Bland, who had lived a good life to enter upon a more complete phase of life. Born April 13, 1920 in Edgefield, SC she was the daughter of the late Dr. Hugh Carl Mitchell and Mrs. Emily Burt Tompkins Mitchell, and was the foster daughter of Miss Marjorie Ann “Polly” Tompkins. She was married to the late Frank Stanford Bland III. She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.
Emmie graduated Winthrop College in 1942. She was a first grade teacher at Trenton Elementary School and the girls basketball coach at Trenton High School. Later she was the supervisor of children and family services at Edgefield County DSS. Mrs. Bland was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception in Edgefield and was born in the same ancestral home place that she spent her last 4 years of her life. She was one of the most compassionate women and was greatly loved by all who knew her.
Mrs. Bland was predeceased by two beloved sisters Miss. Marjorie Tompkins Mitchell and Mrs. Frances Glover Mitchell Holmes.
She is survived by her children Frank Stanford Bland IV, Hugh Mitchell Bland Sr., Emily Bland Phail, and Marjorie Bland Fulcher. She is also survived by her 12 grandchildren Mary Lynn Bland Robles, Frank Stanford Bland IV, Stephanie Bland Shmid, Charles Frederick Bland, Emmie Yendle Bland, Harry Tompkins Bland, Robert Dale Fulcher, Katelyn Marie Fulcher, Daniel Marshall Phail, Frank Bland Phail, Frances Caroline Bland and Hugh Mitchell Bland Jr.
Emmie is also survived by ten great grandchildren Patrick, Charlie and Cesar Robles, Christian Haskins, Paisley and Cru Fulcher, Eliana and Kaela Schmid, Madison Phail, and Kaylei Phail.
The family will have visitation at Edgefield Mercantile Funeral Home from 5-7 pm Sunday April 28,2013.
In lieu of flowers donations and memorials can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Proverbs 31:26-31 “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many woman do noble things, but you surpass them all.”