Martha Ann Singletary Gibbs, daughter of the late Isaac Singletary and the late Martha Lewis Singletary, was born in Lake City, South Carolina on July 14, 1941. Martha Ann, also affectionately known as “Sadie” or “Sweet Sadie,” attended Cameron Town Elementary School and Carver High School in Lake City, South Carolina.
Martha Ann accepted Christ into her life as her personal savior at a young age while attending Saint James Baptist church, under the tutelage of her father the late Reverend Isaac Singletary. Upon being grounded in her faith, as well as receiving the blessings of her parents, Martha Ann married Joseph Gibbs and relocated to Buffalo, New York in the early sixties. In Buffalo, she birthed and raised her four children from that married union.
Most of her life, Martha Ann was a Homemaker. In earlier years, she did some cleaning for one of the local broadcasting stations, worked with children at Westminster Community Center and also worked for a book plant where she was responsible for assembling books prior to shipping. It was there where she found a love for reading. On any given day, at any given hour, you could find Martha Ann with a book in her hands. She could probably tell you what page any word you needed could be found in the Webster Dictionary -- and the Bible was her absolute favorite. One of the quickest ways to get her excited was to give her some candy, a coconut cake, what she called three D ice cream (Neapolitan), a puzzle book or listen to her tell you about a man called Jim (fictional). Martha Ann was a member of God’s Holy Temple Holiness Church; she received her Missionary License and was referred to as Missionary Gibbs, she enjoyed serving under the leadership of her pastor Bishop Abdullah. Martha Ann later joined New Macedonia Church. Martha Ann loved her LMN movies and Tyler Perry Madea tapes. She was so full of life, love, and laughter. She greeted everyone she came in contact with, with love. The way she lived was the way she transitioned – Happy!
Martha Ann was preceded in death by both her parents, Reverend Isaac Singletary, Martha Lewis Singletary, two brothers (Jerry and Simon), one sister (Julia Ann Cooper).
Martha Ann leaves to cherish her four children: Margaret (Charles) Harris, Joe (Tonya) Gibbs, Serissa (Gregory – preceded) Washington and Marvin (JoAnn) Gibbs. Martha Ann was blessed to have 15 Grandkids, 31 Great Grandkids and 4 Great, Great Grandkids. 7 Sisters and 7 Brothers, along with many people she adopted in her heart that referenced her as their other mother or granny. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
You can only have one mother patient, kind and true. No other friend in all the world would be the same to you. As we look upon your picture’s sweet memories, we recall a face so full of sunshine and a smile for all. Sweet Jesus, take this message to our dear mother up above, and tell her how we miss her and give her all of our love. Gone but not forgotten. (Daughter - Margaret Harris)
Mom (Sadie, My Big Girl)
The depths of your embrace, nourishing and accepting love shall continue to leave footprints from all of the invaluable lessons learned. When I say, I Love you more. I Love You even more than that, until I see you again, forever My Big Girl. You did well! (Daughter –Serissa Washington)
My Mother, the most- warmest person I’ve ever known -- and always put others before herself
ALWAYS! told me to respect others and always Pray. You will truly be missed, and God has an
angel coming home. I Love you always. REST IN PEACE MAMA. (Son - Joe Gibbs “D.D.”)
Sweet Sadie, I’m so glad you decided to talk to me twice on the day you transitioned. Even
during that moment unknown, you found an opportunity to show love and make me laugh –I’m
going to have that Hungry Man dinner, you told me you bet I wanted because of my belly
(lol) – I love you so much, and I thank God, He gave me you while here on earth!
I can’t wait for us to make each other smile again – but for now sweet Sadie, enjoy Heaven, I Love You!
(Son - Marvin Gibbs)
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2022, 1:30 PM, at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home of Huntersville. The family will receive friends from 12:00 - 1:30 PM prior to the service. Interment will follow the services at Beatties Ford Memorial Gardens. Immediately following the interment, the family will host a Repast at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be Livestreamed and can be viewed here beginning on June 23rd at 1:20PM.