Louise (Bim) Belton Qualls, 95, was born May 22, 1926 to the late Fannie Belton Coard and David Belton. On October 20, 2021, God spoke to her and she peacefully journeyed home.
As a child, along with her siblings, she found a love for horses. There were two she spoke of often, Maude and Stockings (because he had a white area around his foot). Maude was gentle; Stockings, on the other hand, wasn’t as friendly. She would share vivid stories of how she and her siblings would climb onto Maude, riding him all at once. She loved the togetherness of family. On one occasion, Maude decided he needed a drink of water while she was riding him. Being so small, she slid down his neck as he was drinking and wasn’t able to get back on. She had to walk him all the way back home. However, that didn’t change her love for Maude; he was still her favorite. That was her approach to life. Everyone she loved, she kept close and was always willing to walk alongside them.
She was educated through the Fairfield County school system where she enjoyed learning. She was a walking testimony that it is never too late to set and achieve goals, as she later chose to expand her schooling through adult education classes where she received certificates for her dedication and completion.
In 1942, she married Wesley Qualls and to this union eight children were born. As a young wife and mother, until her early 90s, she would get up early each day, 6am was too late, to make a fire and cook breakfast for any and everyone who may stop by. There was never a time when you entered her house and weren’t offered a bite to eat. Somehow, she always found a way to take little and make much. She loved cooking, singing, fashion, sewing (without a pattern), people, and letting you know exactly what was on her mind. She was a true servant leader and her life’s work ensured that her family and those around her were always taken care of. She made her house a home where many of the neighborhood children would gather under the “tree”. One of her favorite sayings was that she wanted to live a life where she wore out, not rusted out…and that she did.
At an early age she was baptized and joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church where she was faithful member and served in many roles including Deacon’s wife, President of the Junior Usher Board, Senior Choir, the Missionary Board and others. She was also a longstanding member of the Order of the Eastern Star Longtown Lodge #190.
She is survived by six sons, James (Esther), Sammie (Henrietta), Elliott (Clair), Willie (Linda), Floyd, and Lloyd (Joann Shannon); two daughters, Dorothy (Floyd) Johnson and Drusilla Wright; 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, one brother-in-law Joseph (Bessie) Qualls; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Wesley; one grandson, Elliott (Shane); three brothers, Robert, Abram and Sampson Belton; three sisters, Etta Woodard, Dorothy Benson, and David Simpson; one son-in-law, Roger Wright; one daughter-in-law, Mattie Qualls; and one granddaughter-in-law, Sharona Qualls.
Graveside service will 1 pm Monday October 25, 2021 @ Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 pm to 5 pm Sunday October 24, 2021 @ Russell-McCutchen Funeral Home, 324 S. Vanderhorst St. Winnsboro SC 29180.
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