Visitation at Funeral Home
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, November 7, 2020
Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc.
301 Absecon Boulevard
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Obituary of Evelyn Louise Braithwaite
I lift up my eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord who made heaven and earth. Psalms 121 1:2 Evelyn Louise Goldsborough Braithwaite was called home peacefully on having lived a full and engaging life. Born March 17, 1927 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Evelyn was the third of three children born to Clarence Ringgold Goldsborough (1902-1991) and Wilhelmina Holiday Herbert Goldsborough (1903-1978). Her siblings, Clarence "Junior" (1924-1942) and William (1925-1975) preceded her in passing. The Goldsboroughs were a loving and close family and it was in this nurturing environment that Evelyn's Christian values were formed. Evelyn was a product of the Atlantic City public school system. She attended Indiana Avenue School and graduated from AtlanticCity High School in 1945. Soon after graduating, Evelyn married the love of her life , Oswald Adalbert "Dalbert" Braithwaite (1925-1976). The couple's marriage lasted until Dalbert's death and was blessed with three children, Gloria, Brenda and Lewis. Evelyn"s Christian faith was foremost in her life. She was baptized at Asbury United Methodist Church and it remained her church home. She was a constant fixture at church activities include being a member of the Senior Ushers and feeding the hungry. When Evelyn's health deteriorated to the point she could no longer stand for long periods, delved into servicing the hungry by sitting at the end of the buffet table passing out bread as other church members fed the hungry. Evelyn held several employment positions. She worked for a while at Kligerman's Ice Cream Island (current location of Greenidge Funeral Home). The kids loved this job since mom brought home ice cream most nights. Tabby's Lunch Counter (located in front of the well-known " Chicken Bone Beach") was perceived by her children as another great job since the could have hot dogs and soda for lunch while she worked. Another job was working at Taber's Toyland on Atlantic Avenue. Her daughters got their first walking Black toy dolls for Christmas there. You will note, many of Evelyn's jobs benefited the family in more than one way. Shranks Factory that produced women's nightgowns, and A&P/Super Fresh Markets were additional places of employment. She was hired by A&P/Super Fresh as a butcher worker and, in being so, was the first Black person to work in the meat room in Atlantic City. This not only gave her a meaningful wage, but also the benefits accrued from union membership. In later years she traveled to other A&P/Super Fresh stores in South Jersey. This was not the first desegregation achievement for the family. Evelyn's father was the first Black milkman working for Kligerman's Dairy. Evelyn retired from A&P/Super Fresh at the age of 65. She soon cruised the Caribbean, an adventure she thoroughly enjoyed. Family was very important to Evelyn especially the grandchildren. Her eldest grandchild, Jonnee, became a true lover of the beach her grandmother took her there every weekend when she would visit in the summer. It was a special ritual Jonnee , and Jonnee's friend, Pam,would have with her grandmother. The other grandchildren lived in Clinton, Maryland and Evelyn would eagerly look forward to traveling there and seeing Kareem, "Lew 2", and Joaquina, called "Mumsy". The grandchildren along with so many others were the recipients of Evelyn's crocheted handiwork. She made beautiful afghans, so for each new birth there was a handmade afghan. For those chilly nights, it was very comforting to be wrapped in one of Evelyn's crocheted pieces. She had some cooking specialties too. Some of the most frequent requests were for chicken and dumplings, New York style cheesecake with chorused nuts in graham cracker crust, apple cake, and "bug juice" served in a forest green plastic pitcher. While these wonderful sounding dishes were liked by family and friends, Evelyn's weakness was white chocolate. Every holiday and birthday usually included some chocolates for her and Evelyn enjoyed every morsel. Evelyn appreciated the importance of the extended family. She attended the first maternal family reunion in1993. The descendants of Julia Whiteley Branch held the reunion that year in Charlottesville, Virginia. Evelyn did not want to go at first, but she arrived and met her large family, she loved it and attended all subsequent reunions for as long as she could. The importance of family stayed with her all her life. Evelyn's health began to take a significant toll on her in 2015, and as a result, she entered Egg Harbor Care Center for Rehabilitation and Residential Care. While there, she took delight in filling glass jars with winnings she earned playing Bingo and other games. She also enjoyed time spent with residents and some staff members. Evelyn leaves to cherish many precious memories her children, Gloria Louise Braithwaite Pemberton, Brenda Evelyn Braithwaite, and Lewis Anthony Braithwaite, I; grandchildren Jonnee Michelle Pemberton Savior (Leonard), Kareem Hari Braithwaite, Lewis Anthony Braithwaite, II, and Joaquina Mauleg Braithwaite; great-grandchildren Christian Leonard Savior, Summer Lauryn- Taylor Savior, Le'lah Michelle Wilson, King Lewis Anthony Braithwaite, and Raven Amara Mecca Braithwaite; a loving daughter-in-law Dorita; great nephews Kyle Alexander Harvey, Kevin William Harvey, and Tyler Goldsborough; great niece Danielle Goldsborough; cousins Earle Uriah Robinson, Jr., MD and Bruce Robinson (Donna); special friends Norma Brathwaite, Cammie Davison Singer, and Sarah Darlene Moore Jones as well as many more relatives and friends. A visitation will be will be 9AM to 11AM Saturday, November 7, 2020, at Greenidge Funeral Home, 301 Absecon Boulevard, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Funeral Services will private due to the COVID19 pandemic and limited seating. Arrangements are entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., Atlantic City, New Jersey, where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com