Albertha Void was born Albertha Prezzy on Christmas Day, December 25, 1932 in Holly Hill, SC to the late Reuben Prezzy, Sr. and the late Maggie Gaines Prezzy. Albertha departed her life on February 27, 2020.
Albertha has 3 brothers: Reuben “Red Buster” Prezzy, Jr., married to Celestine (both deceased); Timothy Prezzy, Sr., married to Dorothy (Timothy is deceased); and Nathaniel Prezzy, Sr., married to Clara, of Holly Hill. She has 3 sisters: Ivradella Sweat, married to Eason Allen (both deceased); Paria Lee Asbury, married to James (both deceased); and Virginia Trotman, married to Willis, of Brooklyn, NY. Albertha has one surviving aunt, Mildred “Mary Lee” Joyner.
Albertha, better known to her family as “Mudda”, grew up in Holly Hill, attended the Holly Hill Public Schools, helped out on the family farm, and spent a lot of time cooking for her family and working in the fields. During her early teenage years “Mudda” accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and savior, was converted, and became a faithful member of the Rock Hill A.M.E. Church in Vance. During those years she also met, fell in love, and at age 19 married a short, handsome, young man with a warm smile by the name of Clay Void. To their union were born 4 children: Clay Void, Jr., married to Renola, of Greensboro, NC; Patricia Ann Void Sistrunk, married to Jerome, of Garland, TX; Donnell Void, married to Betty, of Gaston, SC; and Michael Daniel Void, married to Sheila, of Goose Creek. Albertha leaves to cherish her memories 9 grandchildren: Bacari, Rico, Terrell, Krystle, Kandi, Jeticia, Moneka, Crystal, and Shaniel. Also, to cherish her memories are 9 great grandchildren: Shalay, Kavion, Bacari, Jr., Kenion, Nyila, Jiraiya, Cecilia, Krysten, and Morgan. Through the kindness of Albertha and Clay, a cousin, Anthony “Bally” White, spent lots of time with the family and was treated like one of their own children after Anthony’s mother passed away.
During the early years of her married life, Albertha made the decision to work in the church as an usher and began to serve on the Usher Board. Being a doorkeeper in the house of the lord was but one function of her new service to the church. She also escorted individuals to their seats, comforted the bereaved at funerals, helped to lead a youth choir, and helped to make sure everyone was made comfortable at various church gatherings. She worked diligently in that capacity until her health began to decline.
While the children were growing up and Clay spending a lot of time on the road as an 18-wheeler truck driver, Albertha attended virtually every school function and church activity in which the children participated. One year she won the title of “Ms. PTO” and represented that organization in our country’s bicentennial celebration parade in 1976 in Holly Hill. After the children grew older, Albertha decided to go to work outside of her home and neighborhood so she went to work first at the Tastee-Freez in Holly Hill and later as a study hall monitor at Roberts High School in Holly Hill under the leadership of the late Principal Benjamin F. Spells. During the time spent at Roberts, Albertha gained many wonderful friends and acquaintances. Whenever possible Clay would join Albertha in cheering on the children in their education and preparations for life, but it was Albertha who was always there through automotive school, college degrees, and all other accomplishments the children had. After Clay passed on, Albertha spent her time still helping people in her neighborhood, traveling periodically to visit her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren in South Carolina, North Carolina, and sometimes Texas.
We know this Albertha “Mudda” Void seems like an incredible person. Of course, we think so.
You see, this is the celebration of her wonderful life and she is our grandmother.
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