GREENSBORO Mrs. Nannie Elizabeth Dillard Brookshire, affectionately known by family and friends as "Aunt Sis" and or "Lib" passed on September 24, 2010 after a long battle with cancer.
Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at the church. Funeral service for Mrs. Brookshire will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at St. Matthews United Methodist Church, with final disposition in Maplewood Cemetery.
She was the first female and one of nine children born to the late James Willie and Katie Dillard. Mrs. Brookshire was born in Reidsville on April 8, 1921. The family moved to Greensboro when Elizabeth was a very young girl. She attended the public schools in Greensboro, and was a graduate of Immanuel Lutheran College, High School Division.
Elizabeth was one of the first black salespersons to be hired to work in downtown Greensboro as a result of the Civil Rights protests and sit-ins. She was employed as salesperson at Prago Guyes and Ellis Stone (Thalhimers), and became a buyer for the children's department.
Elizabeth was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran College Alumni Association, and her name is inscribed on the ILC Monument located on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University. Elizabeth was married to the late John T. Brookshire for 53 years. She was a faithful member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church, and a member of Group I of United Methodist Women.
Elizabeth was the matriarch of the family and she lavished love and affection on her many nieces and nephews. Survivors include, sister, Ruth Dillard Glenn of Camden, NJ; devoted nephews, Dr. Claude Barnes, Jr., and Anthony Dillard; loving niece, Jamesena Watkins, of Greensboro; many other nieces and nephews, a special "angel caretaker", Carolyn Taylor; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, condolences should be made to St. Matthews United Methodist Church.
Hinnant Funeral Service is assisting the Brookshire family. Offer condolences at www.news-record.com/nr/obits.