Ella Mae Gilchrist Melvin Gallop was taken from her earthly home on Monday, November 26, 2018, by her angel, to her home that God has prepared for her.
She was born on March 20, 1920 to the late Thomas Gilchrist, Sr. and Marion Sheppard Gilchrist, she was the third child of fourteen children. She attended the public school in the New Light section of Princess Anne County, now known as Virginia Beach and later studied at the Learning Adult Center in Virginia Beach. In 1933, she was born again to the family of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was baptized by Pastor E. Smith and joined the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church “Fellowship”. She was taught the way of Christ, by her late mother and father, even before she was born again. She grew in the wisdom and knowledge of Christ, participated in many activities at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and was committed to all she tried to do by the leading of the Holy Spirit. God used her by being a Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Secretary, Sunday School Superintendent, Secretary of the Baptist Training Union, Church Clerk, President of the Senior Choir, Financial Secretary of the Beautification Ministry and member of the Pastor’s Aid Committee.
After 72 years of worshiping at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor E. Smith, A. Reid, Leon Freeman and the late Pastor William D. Scott, God led her to join New Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Clyde L. Doxey, Jr.
Ella Mae was a member and President of the Joy Senior Citizen Club for eighteen years. She loved her Pastor, church family, relatives and friends. She was first married to the late Raymond Melvin, after his death, she married the late William Gallop and remained a widow until her victory. She leaves to cherish her memory, one daughter, Christine Powell of Norfolk, VA; two sons, Raymond Melvin (Lucille) and Michael Melvin (Deborah) both of Virginia Beach, VA; three granddaughters, Cynthia Doxey (Clyde), Terri Powell and Waukesha Melvin; eight grandsons, Frank Powell, Jr. (Denene), Devin Melvin, Michael Melvin, Jr. (Winter), Craig Melvin, Gregory Melvin, Maurice Melvin, Imani Melvin, and Franklin Melvin, Jr.; seventeen great-grandchildren; eleven great-great grandchildren; one brother Walter Gilchrist, Sr.; four sisters, Naomi Gills, Vernice Sanderson, Rosa Mae Jones (Lorenzo) and Marion Vaughn (Ervin); a special sister-in-law, Martha Gilchrist and a host of relatives and friends.
She is pre-deceased by two daughters, Goldie and Rosella; two sons, Franklin, Sr. and Larry Melvin; seven brothers, Robert, William, James, John, Sr., Alphonso, Reuben, and Thomas Lee, Sr.; one sister, Annie and one great-grandson, Allen Powell.
Ella Mae loved to sing her favorite songs “Jesus Paid It All”, “He’ll Understand and Say Well Done” and “God Will Wipe All Tears Away”. Her favorite scripture can be found in Psalm 27 & 94 also “Now behold my witness is in heaven and my record on high”, Job 16:19.