OBITUARY

Lillian Anne Bullock

April 7, 1940May 27, 2019
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Lillian Anne Bullock (formerly Bigelow) was born in Yanceyville, NC on April 7, 1940. She was the youngest of 6 siblings born to Ulysses G. Bigelow Jr. and Mallie E. Poole Bigelow, all raised on the farm in Yanceyville, NC. Shortly after graduating high school, Lillian moved to Mount Vernon, NY where she lived until her retirement in 2000. Lillian moved back down south to Stone Mountain, GA upon retirement, where she lived until she departed this life to be with the Lord.

Lillian gave her life to Christ while she was in middle school. She was an active member of the Graves Chapel Baptist Church in Yanceyville, NC where she served as a choir member and youth leader. Upon moving north to Mt. Vernon, NY, Lillian joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she was the first female trustee Chairperson on the executive team. In addition to using her God given gift of song in the church choir, Lillian was also an active leader in church affairs, assisting with the building fund, fundraisers, outreach and evangelism efforts.

Never one to sit on the sideline, Lillian represented her community as a civil and social leader. Specifically, she was the President and a charter member of the “Just Us” civic organization in Mt. Vernon, NY, where the mission was to give back to the community through mentorship and training for at risk youth. During the holiday season, the organization donated Christmas gifts to hospital bound children. Additionally, as a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, she always lent her time, money and resources to community events such as charitable fundraisers (they still talk about her legendary potato salad), marathons, clothing drives, back to school efforts, cotillions, evangelism and so much more.

Lillian worked diligently for 27 years, and despite the challenges, she carved a lane in the United States Postal Service by breaking the glass ceiling for African Americans and women. She began her management career as the Tour Supervisor in Mt. Vernon, NY. She continued to matriculate through management, and went to Elmsford, NY as the Postal Plant Manager. By focusing on the customer experience and valuing employees, Lillian continued to climb the management ladder when she was promoted to Acting Postmaster in Hartsdale, NY. Lillian concluded her career as the Section Center Manager in Harrison, NY, presiding over several counties and states; She was the first African American to rise to that level. During her time with the Post Office, Lillian was the recipient of several performance and productivity awards and was selected for the prestigious NY Metro Area Leadership Development Program.

Not one to sit around and age, Lillian made the most of her post retirement life. Her civic duty and dedication to Christ’s teachings never waned. Lillian was a regular volunteer with My Sister’s House, where she donated her skills as a volunteer cosmetologist. She was happy to be doing something she loved for the underserved homeless community by styling and cutting hair for women and children. Additionally, Lillian was an avid quilt maker, often spending time at the Lou Walker Senior Center, learning and perfecting the practice. Eventually, she assisted other retirees with the art form. She was also the charter member and “mother” of the Community Christian Church in Decatur, GA. She loved her pastor and always enjoyed the fellowship. Hailing back to her farming roots she learned in Yanceyville, NC, Lillian loved to work in her garden where she grew seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs year-round. Lillian also loved spending time with her great grandchildren, often making new quilts and ensuring they had the freshest tomatoes, green peppers and peaches. Lillian enjoyed local and international travel and made several trips to the Caribbean, Europe and the Mediterranean. She also loved rooting for (and criticizing) her favorite teams, the New York Yankees and the New York Knicks. She later adopted the Atlanta Falcons as the home team.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories and to carry on her legacy: her children Elaine E. Press of Stone Mountain, GA, Henri V. Bullock IV of Thiells, NY, and daughter-in-love Sandra Bullock of Thiells, NY; One sister-in-love, Mattie Bigelow (Graves); Her three grandchildren, Jason Press of Atlanta, GA, Jessica M. Bullock and Henri V. Bullock V both of Thiells, NY; Great grandmother to Caleb M. Press, Crista Mallie Press and Cason M. Press, all of Atlanta, GA.; 6 siblings preceded her in death, Charlie S. Blackwell, Sr., James Edward Bigelow, Troy Lee Bigelow, Ruby Elizabeth Love, Arthur Junior Bigelow, and Claude Douglas Bigelow. She is beloved by all her nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, June 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 1, 2019
  • Burial Monday, June 3, 2019

Memories

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Rosalind and David Dennis

June 18, 2019

Elaine,
We will continue to keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers as your great loss begins to soften and you begin to reflect on the sweet, sweet memories of your beloved mom. Your mother was a special lady who impacted the lives of many people from many walks.

Your neighbors,
Rosalind and David

Hugh McAuley

June 3, 2019

Words alone cannot fully express the joy, and positive impact that Lillian made on my life, and on the lives of thousands of other Postal employees. I met Lillian in 1983, and it was the start of a friendship that would last forever. She was one of the fairest, most dedicated, professional, and mentoring individuals I have had the privilege to work with. She taught me how to manage, not boss employees. She also taught me the saying " A pat on the back is a few centimeters from a kick in the butt". Knowing which was needed was the key to success. Assign goals, provide the training, and hold people accountable.

Lillian was also responsible for implementing a program with three simple letters "DPS" which revolutionized mail delivery forever. It was a huge step that she, along with her assigned managers, and employees made look easy. Lillian nominated me for my first Supervisor job, and that eventually led to managing postal facilities of my own.

I will continue to keep Lillian in my thoughts for the rest of my years. Boss, friend, and mentor. A gift from God to all those who have had her in our lives. May she rest in eternal peace, looking down at us each day to remind us to love and cherish every person & moment.

May God continue to Bless her family, and assuage their pain in their loss.

Hugh McAuley

Betsy Poteat(Blackwell)

June 1, 2019

Elaine, my heartfelt sympathies to you and the family. Your mother always let us know we were family, and you continued to do the same. Troy, Bay, and James Edward were around us more, but Daddy would be excited to come to Bigelow town for your Mom's visits. I can only imagine that reunion they are having up in heaven!

Brenda Anderson

June 1, 2019

Sending Prayers of comfort to Miss Press and family during this challenging time.

With Sympathy

Yul and Brenda Anderson

Taren Taylor

May 31, 2019

Dear Elaine,
Sending my Condolences to you and your entire family on the Loss of your Mother who you Loved so much. I did get the pleasure of meeting your Beautiful mother. Cherish all the Great Memories and all her Accomplishments! She rocked!!! I see where you get it from. Prayers going up! Lillian Anne Bullock is now in God's hands! Fly High Amazing Angel! Well Done!!!

Taren Taylor and Brandon Taylor

Taren Taylor

May 31, 2019

Dear Elaine,
Sending my Condolences to you and your entire family on the Loss of your Mother who you Loved so much. I did get the pleasure of meeting your Beautiful mother. Cherish all the Great Memories and all her Accomplishments! She rocked!!! I see where you get it from. Prayers going up! Lillian Anne Bullock is now in God's hands! Fly High Amazing Angel! Well Done!!!

Taren Taylor and Brandon Taylor

Gloria Parrish

May 31, 2019

May loving memories ease your loss, and bring your family comfort. I know saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking...may the Lord who knows your sorrow bring peace, comfort, and healing to your soul. Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow felt by the loss of Lillian, but the Lord promised never to leave us or forsake us.

Janice M. Love

May 30, 2019

"I Will See You Again" --Richard Smallwood
Seems like only yesterday that your laughter filled the air and whatever I was going through you we always there.
How you gave all your love and time to those who were in need. In my heart you will always be apart of me,

Though sometimes it's hard to deal with you not being here, I rejoice that you have reached that place of peace, where there's no fear. Heaven has become a little sweeter just because you are there, and we will meet again, in that place so bright and fair.

I will see you again, where the sun is always shining. I will see you again where sorrows are no more. Where we will join hands together, and we will sing around the throne. Can't hardly wait till the day I will see you again. Till we meet a Jesus' feet. God be with you till we meet again.

Your loving niece,
Janice Marie Love



































































































































Shirley Grier

May 30, 2019

Elaine, I only met you once and you were a delightful person. I have always been told fruit does not fall far the tree, your mother was beautiful and so are you. Look to the Hills. Shirley Grier602

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