Nellie M. Christopher

Nellie Mae Christopher, 94, of Green Cove Springs, was born May 4, 1924, to William Zeigler and Lena Curtis Zeigler.

She was educated in the Hamilton County School District. Mrs. Nellie's work history included agricultural laborer, and she would then go on to become the first black cook to get a job in downtown Green Cove Spring during segregation. In 1941, she would cook for Loyal Order of the Moose Haven, where she retired after 36 years. Mrs. Nellie was a dear mother and wife that took pride in being a seamstress and making clothes by hand for her children. Mrs. Nellie's religious history: She helped start Dr. Quarters movement under Essie Thompson, and that church would later be rename Sunshine Holiness Church. This woman of God loved Exodus 20, Psalms 23, John 3:16 and St. Johns 14.

Mrs. Nellie's final days of her life was spent with St. James COGIC, where she served as an usher and mother of St. James COGIC. Mother Nellie Christopher was called from this earthly vessel and entered the presence of the Lord on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at 4:38 p.m.

She was preceded in eternal rest by her parents, William and Lena Zeigler; sons, James W. Christopher and John Christopher Jr.; brothers, Billy and Benny; and sisters, Elnora, Queen, Kate, Cora, Lena, May and Cora. 

She leaves to cherish her memories her daughters, Blondie (Willie) Pressley, Patricia Christopher, Marian (Larry) Christopher and Cynthia Shakir; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; daughters-in-law: Lavern Christopher and Nettie Martin Christopher; sisters, Mattie Watson and Viola Barton; spiritual daughter, Patricia Virginia Colson; goddaughter, Sharell Lockett; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and sorrowing community.

The viewing will be 5-6 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2018, at St. James COGIC, Elder James Harris, pastor. The homegoing celebration will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Robert Wright, pastor. Burial will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Green Cove Springs. Family and friends may sign the register book at

Arrangements are in the caring hands of Coleman’s Mortuary Family.