OBITUARY

Celestia Babington

February 19, 1922June 28, 2020
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Celestia (West) Babington, was born in Gainesville Florida on February 19, 1922. She was the youngest of six children, to Reverend John Cotton and Celestia West. She had four sisters and one brother, with countless nieces and nephews. Celestia was the last surviving West sibling, passing away on June 28, 2020.

On May 15, 1942, she married Tom Babington, and they had four sons: Tom (1944), Kenneth (1946), Robert (1957), and Harvey (1959). Celestia is survived by 2 sons, Kenneth (Sylvia) and Robert (Ann), daughter-in-law Tempa, 9 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Prior to her wedding, she worked as a telephone operator, where she met Tom Babington, six weeks before their marriage. For a short time after having her first two children, she worked as a bookkeeper in a bank, but from about 1954 onward, she was a housewife and Matriarch to her legacy.

Celestia always had her smile, and her arms were wide open. She always served bacon and eggs with toast, and her fried chicken remains unrivaled to this day. She leaves behind multi-faceted memories. She was the example of love and faith. Her patience was unending. She was always the encourager, and she showed everyone, by her life, what it looks like to be a Christian.

Celestia Babington was a treasure to everyone who knew her, and a role model for anyone who wants to live for years.

Her work in this life is over, and her legacy will last for generations to come.

Proverbs 31:10-31 is truly her testimony!

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  • Private Memorial Service

    Saturday, July 11, 2020

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Sandy Jeffrey

July 11, 2020

Thinking of Celestia, everyone at Church knew her as Granny, today. Granny was a loving, sweet, beautiful lady.I remember the letter she wrote to my sister when her daughter passed away, my sister keeps it in her purse and still reads that letter today. Granny will always be in my heart. Love & Peace to the Family.

Mary McClemens

July 11, 2020

Aunt Celestia, who was married to my Uncle Tom, my mother's Anne's brother, was always a wonderful, loving presence in my life. My family (from Atlanta) and the Babington family (from various cities in Florida) visited frequently. I was first cousin Tommy's age, and my sister Catherine was Kenneth's age. Along with Robert and Harvey, who came later, they were our closest relatives, and we loved them very much (and always will).
Years later, after Aunt Celestia and Uncle Tom had retired to Franklin, NC, living on a mountain, on a road that led up to the Appalachian Trail, our Uncle Tom passed over to his greater glory. But Aunt Celestia was determined to remain in Franklin for several years afterward, because their home there was so beloved by both of them.
During those years, I was lucky enough to be the one to get to call her every morning to check on her well-being, as her neighbors were not always in residence - many were "summer folk."
During those calls, I learned so much from her, about faith and how to live lovingly in the world. I treasure the memories of those phone calls, and thank the Lord for the opportunity to talk with her every day. One particular poignant memory is from a call when she told me she was really tired, and she wished she could go to heaven, curl up in Jesus' lap and go to sleep. I believe that she has now done just that on several occasions, as well as rejoicing in reuniting with Uncle Tom. Thank you, Aunt Celestia for all you have given me.
Mary Anne McClemens, Wilmington, Delaware

Mary Louise Howard

July 10, 2020

Mary Louise Howard

July 10, 2020

My best friend is now in heaven with Jesus. I am missing our nightly phone calls when we would just say “How are you?” and “I love you” - because that was about all we could hear!

But, we are going to be together again and share in our girl talks and Bible study time. And maybe there will be a Chick-Fil-A in heaven and I can slip away early in the morning and get us a sausage biscuit!

I am looking forward to the time we will ALL be together - so, until then, my dear Celestia, I am missing you terribly.

Love,
Mary Louise

Nick West

July 10, 2020

Aunt Tessie was the most loving lady I have ever known. When you went to visit her, she always made you feel like the most important person in the World. Let the emptiness in your hearts be filled with joy today because If ever there has been a person who is absolutely guaranteed a suite in Heaven, it is her. She will be waiting for us there with open arms and a smile. Thank you God, for blessing us with her in our lives.

Nick West

July 10, 2020

Nick West

July 10, 2020

Amy Dickenson

July 10, 2020

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:25-26
This is my Granny. An amazing woman of strength and faith, yet full of laughter and fun. A mighty prayer warrior who had such a calm and quiet kindness. It was such a blessing to have her cheering for me and loving me my entire life. She loved others so well.
I remember as a child enjoying her treats. She always had Oreos and the best cereal. It wasn’t a visit unless she made her famous fried chicken and all the fixings. Her bed was always made perfectly with stuffed animals on it. I was always welcomed jump up on the bed and play with them. She found such joy in little ones. As I grew up and had babies of my own it was her true delight to meet each one and snuggle them. She dearly loved those baby feet and hands.
Oh, how I enjoyed hearing about what she was studying in God’s Word. She always had a friend she was praying for and a scripture to share what the Lord was teaching her. Even at 98 she continued to search God’s word for truth and draw close to him. One of our last conversations this spring was about reading the Bible. I know she’s sitting at the Lord’s feet in heaven just like she did here on Earth. My heart aches for missing her but also rejoices that she is truly home.

Terry & Pat Meeks

July 9, 2020

Terry and Pat send their love and prayers to your family. You were blessed with a Mother and Grandmother who loved each of you and left a beautiful legacy of her faith. May God bless each of you.

Eric Babington

July 9, 2020

My very first memory is of this sweet, dear woman. I remember sitting on her lap at DisneyWorld in the Dumbo ride. There are many more memories of her that followed; orange parties, playground trips, fried chicken, Christmases, birthdays, meals, trips, and just sitting and talking. He love for Jesus and her neighbor was infectious and genuine. She is truly home now, in the arms of the Savior, and I am excited to see her again one day.

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