Sula Macklin Whitted Hedgspeth was born to the late Frank Sr. and Berlie Whitted on July 25, 1943 in Orange County and departed her life on August 6, 2019. Sula attended Orange County Schools and graduated from Central High School in 1960. She further pursued her education at Durham Business College and received her degree in Secretary Science with additional education a North Carolina Central University.
Sula was married to Stanley Hedgspeth, for 51 yrs. To this union came 3 children. Sula was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.
Sula was employed by Burlington Industries, Duke, and Durham Housing Authority where she retired after 36 yrs.
St. Sula Hedgspeth’s parents put her name on the United House of Prayer roll at an early age, were she has been faithful and dedicated for 76 yrs. She was a member of the Bailey Adult Ushers and this year we celebrated our 48th Anniversary. She remained a faithful and dedicated member for the entire 48 yrs. She served as President, Vice President, and Recording Secretary. St. Sula Hedgspeth also served as a Recording and Financial Secretary of the Business meetings in previous years. She was a member of the office staff, where her duties included keeping records of all individuals for the hard work for the National Church Building fund. With this National Program, over the years she received numerous awards from our leader of this organization. Years back, St. Sula Hedgspeth organized the Pastor’s Aide Committee and she worked faithful and was dedicated to this project until the end. St. Sula Hedgspeth baked cakes and pies during convocation and for our leader for several years.
Sula enjoyed baking and was well known for her famous Cakes and Pies, especially her ‘Strawberry Cake’. After retiring, she pursued her baking hobby and baked for restaurants, church, and several stores. She even baked throughout the year for individuals, especially holidays. It never bothered her to bake a cake or pie for you. This was a passion she loved. Sula would do anything for anybody. That was the type of person she was. She was known for her kindness and generosity.
Sula was preceded in death by her daughter, Tonya L. Vickers; one grandaughter, Madison Vickers; three brothers, Frank Whitted Jr., Eddie T. Whitted (Wanda), Harold G. Whitted; and one sister, Carolyn D. Barrow.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband, Stanley E. Hedgspeth; son, Alonzo L. Hedspeth (Terry) of Hillsborough, NC and daughter, Keisha Bishop (Ruben) of Rougemont, NC; eight grandchildren: Alonzo Hedgspeth, Jr. (Durham, NC), Katlyn Vickers (Durham, NC), Lauryen Vickers (Durham, NC), Ruben Bishop III (Mya) (Wendell, NC), Takyi Carmon (Durham, NC), April Bishop (Rougemont, NC), Kaylee Bishop (Rougemont, NC) and Ruben S. Bishop (Rougemont, NC); three great-grandchildren, Ruben Bishop, IV (Wendell, NC), Takyi Carmon, Jr. (Durham, NC), and Azen Carmon (Durham, NC); one brother, Bob Whitted (Durham, NC); two sisters, Avon Whitted (Durham, NC) and Vivian Pendergraph (Hillsborough, NC); three brothers-in-law and 5 sisters-in-law: Linwood Hedgspeth (Ann) , William Hester (Janise), Michael Barrow (Hillsborough, NC), Mary Outlaw (Roxboro, NC), Odessa Hedgspeth (Rougemont, NC), and Arlene Hedgspeth (Rougemont, NC); one aunt: Mable Richardson (Detroit, Michigan); family member, JoAnn Hedgspeth (Durham, NC); a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and special friends.