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A Gift that Enriches All

We are deeply moved by yet another story of the profound giving that is enabling the George Henry White Memorial Health and Education Center to be built.

In memory of the life of Gloria Spaulding Berkley, her family has donated $1,000 for the purchase of chairs and tables for the Assembly Hall. Originally intending to donate the price of 60 chairs and two 8-foot tables, when the total came to a bit under $800, the family generously decided to roundup the donation to $1,000.

With the extra funds, additional chairs and tables were purchased for outfitting a training room for seminars and small community meetings.

Then, when the purchase was taking place, at Lowe's of Whiteville, manager Zach Haines outdid himself, giving us yet another discount (over and above the $2,500 worth of building materials already contributed for the restored front porch!)

Gloria S. Berkley (Nonnie) passed on Tuesday, November 25, 2020 after a brief illness. Born October 24, 1951, to the late Richard and Frances Spaulding, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Richard, Howard, and Steward Spaulding.

She leaves behind her husband of fifty years, Richard L. Berkley, daughter Charlena Banks (Anthony), son Richard Berkley Jr., and foster daughter Amy Mitchell, Brothers Michael (Kathy) and Vincent (Rosalind) Spaulding, and two sisters Cynthia and Maria Spaulding; nine grandchildren: Terrance Mitchell, Tiana Berkley, RaShonda Berkley, Richard Berkley III, Anthony Banks Jr., Natassja Murphy, Briana Mitchell, Autumn Banks and Sy”Naisha Bruce; seventeen great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. She also leaves Shirley Reynolds, her devoted friend of forty years.

Gloria graduated from Evander Childs High School, earned her Bachelor's in Business from Averett University. She worked for GLTC from 1977 until her retirement in January 2018, rising from payroll clerk to Director of Human Resources as well as running their on-site Credit Union for many years. She served on many boards including the GLTC, Johnson Health Center and the Black Church Week of Prayer. Appointed by then-Governor L. Douglas Wilder to the VA Transportation Safety Board, Gloria also served with dedication on the Boards of the Benjamin and Edith Spaulding Descendants Association and Foundation. In 2004, she joined CHAP (Coalition of HIV and AIDS Prevention) and served as its president until her passing.

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