Christine Dulin Moten

Published 11:34 am Monday, October 5, 2015

Christine Dulin Moten of Manhattan, N.Y. died in New York City on Sept. 27, 2015 after a battle with colon cancer.

She was born on Sept. 16, 1939 in Mocksville to the late Henry Pink Dulin and Bertha Mae Lawrence Dulin. Her father preceded her in death on Oct. 9, 1986, and her mother on June 6, 2007.

She was educated in the Davie County School System.  She married the late Mr.  Gouvenor Vance Moten, known as “Amos” on Sept. 15, 1956 and they had four gospel-acapella singing children. He preceded her in death in May 1971. She accepted Jesus the Christ as the only begotten son of the living God and was baptized on Aug. 10, 1955 at the Belmont Church of Christ in Statesville, Nunder the teachings of her husband, Vance, and the late gospel preacher, Brother Quincy Carter.  She remained an active and giving member of the church, lastly at the Harlem Church of Christ for more than 55 years. She loved her original congregations of the Redland and Belmont Churches of Christ.  She migrated to New York City in the summer of 1960 searching for better opportunities and to rejoin her older sister, Sadie Dulin Chambers. She was employed with the US Postal Service for 30 years as a mail handler. She retired  July 1,  1997, where  she enjoyed  cooking, watching  television, keeping up with her sister Sadie,  loving her  children and listening to them sing, as well as  loving her  grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a supporter of local lectureships, gospel meetings and soul-saving events in the Tri-state area.  Soul salvation and sharing the gospel were her priority. Her big stick was the Word of God. She became known as “Little Mama” to many and she was a lover of new and fast cars. Her husband referred to her as “Mustang Sally,”  and was known to have a heavy foot and could put the pedal to the metal.” She raised her children in the “…nurture and admonition of the Lord”.  A quiet woman, one of little words, she believed in raising children with love, directions and discipline. She believed “…kids should always be within slapping distance.”

She cared for one of her sons, Gerald Trent Moten until his death in March 1999. She took off without hesitation to return to North Carolina in November 2013 to take care of her eldest child, Merle after he developed health issues. She was there until she fell ill and returned home to NYC for health care and nurturing by her baby, Reva, with whom she lived with in the nostalgic Morningside Heights section of Harlem,.     

Survivors: her children, Merle Vance Moten of Winston-Salem;  Beverly Bradley of Houston, Texas;  Avis Miranda Moten of  Irvington, N.J.; and  Reva Grenel Moten of Harlem; 4 sisters, Sadie Dulin Chambers of Harlem, Juanita Dulin Fisher of  Woodleaf, Ovella Dulin Fortson (Edward Earl Sr.)  of Portsmouth, Va., and Melissa Dulin of Winston Salem.; her grandson, Christopher (Angela) Moten, and her great-grandchildren, J’Den, Lena Renae, Christopher Bryan and Joshua, all of Houston, Texas, her granddaughter, Avery Christine Moten-Black of Irvington; adopted children, Evelyn Melinda Harrison  of West New York, N.J., Stacey Wells Young of Wellington, Fla., Brian Dickerson of Queens, N.Y. and Ray Sloan of Harlem; good friend/sister-in-Christ, Clarice Bryant of  Englewood, N.J.;  a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and relatives in North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, DC; and church families at Harlem; Newark; Redland (Advance) and the Highland Acres, (formerly the Belmont CoC of Statesville); and  her US Postal Service friends.

Her funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. at Redland Church of Christ in Advance. Brother Larry Glenn officiated and burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends at the repass at the church after the burial.