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Sue Gates Council
Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. Sue Gates Council age 86 of Paducah heard the voice of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ call her to her Heavenly home on October 22, 2013 at 3:20 P.M.
Mrs. Council was a native of Ballard County Kentucky. She along with her late husband Dr. Harold Council, were founders of the Southland Baptist Temple where they ministered together for over 60 years. Sue was very active in the ministry, she was the operator, of the Southland Day Care Center, worked in the Nursing Home Ministry and Church Nursery, and enjoyed very much the Never Grow Old Ministry at the church. She leaves behind her three children, Sherri Jeffords and husband David of Paducah, Topper Council and wife Glorious of Reidland and Nat Council and wife Patti of Arizona. One sister, Robbie Griffin and husband Bill of Benton, KY. Six grandchildren, Thad Council (Amy ) of Paducah, Missy Council of Nashville, TN., MaSherra Athenas (Martin ) of Boaz, KY. Brea Freeman ( Dr. Bryan ) of West Paducah, Jarrod Council ( Jennifer ) of Arizona and Kayla Downs of Arizona. Five great grandchildren, Chelsey Council of Paducah, Brennan Freeman, Brady Freeman, and Braxton Freeman all of West Paducah and MaKinna Athenas of Boaz, Ky, Isaac Council and Conner Council both of Arizona. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Jewell Gates and Mary Lelia Ressor Gates, two brothers, Rev. Sammy Gates and Bobby Gates and a sister, Nonnie Thompson.
Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday October 26, 2013 at the Southland Baptist Temple with the Rev. Topper Council, Rev. Jimmy Franks, and Rev. Wes Conner officiating. Burial will be private. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. till funeral hour at the church. The family request memorials be given to the Memorial Chapel Fund c/o Southland Baptist Temple 927 Yarbo Lane Paducah, KY. 42003.
I am so sorry for your loss of your precious mother, but to know she has joined her husband, and God in Heaven is comforting. I know how it feels to lose loved ones so close together. Topper you were there for my family when we lost my dad(Ken Herrington) and grandmother. You had wonderful parents who were loved in so many ways. They will be truly missed by all. God Bless you
Vicki Herrington Boren Oct 30 2013 12:00 AM
Sue,was beautiful. I remember her talking about Brother Harold would take them out on a date like Nashville or some other place out of Paducah on a whim. What a beautiful love story they had together. It is really going to be rough first Christmas without them but you all just have to stay the close knit family that you are. I was so blessed to be raised in a christan home and where my brother and sisters and all of our children are close. Love all of you! Shirley
Shirley Cook Oct 26 2013 12:00 AM
There are NO words that can be said that can make this time easier for you ALL, but know that our thoughts and PRAYERS are with you at this time and in the days ahead. May GOD give you the STRENGTH and show you His ABIDING LOVE thru this time of loss just remember we WILL MEET AGAIN!!! Your MOMMA was FULL of LOVE and WILL ALWAYS be with you and us in our HEARTS!!! LOVE TO ALL!!!!!!
Margaret Baker Ferguson Oct 26 2013 12:00 AM
Thoughts & prayers going to the family of Sue Council. May God comfort you & bring you peace.
Diane Oct 25 2013 12:00 AM
Every week since we began going to Southland Baptist Temple, Ms Sue would smile at us, talk with us, and genuinely be concerned. She was really special to our Granddaughter Kay and would always have a hug for her. We will truly miss her but are happy to know that someday, we will meet again! Sue was a blessing to all she came in contact with and we loved her very much. Our prayers to those she left behind, we love you all too!
Richard and Jenny Obermark Oct 24 2013 12:00 AM
I'm so sorry. Sue was an awesome woman. What a rough month for all of you..Remember right now there is only one set of footprints in the sand because God is carrying you through all of this...Love, Shirley
Shirley Cook Oct 24 2013 12:00 AM
Mrs. Sue, You were also part of our lives! I would come to the Day Care to pick up Christy and you would have her in your lap rocking her and another child on your knee with several sitting around you. Thank you for caring so much. You would have on a pretty suit and have spit up from someones baby on your shoulder but you were hands on in that Day Care. You always spoke or waved when you would see us out! Can't fathom you being gone! Now you and Bro. Harold can rejoice together!
Gloria McManus Oct 24 2013 12:00 AM
God Bless you Sue - just couldn't stand not being with Harold huh? Wonderful Christian woman, wife and mother. God Bless your children Topper, Sheri and Nate and all your grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
Joe & Malessa Taylor Oct 24 2013 12:00 AM
Our sympathy on the loss of Mrs.Council. Prayers and thoughts sent your way,Topper and family.
Ronnie Hunter Oct 24 2013 12:00 AM
Topper, I remember you so well from many years ago. I was a nurse and Glorious was my patient. Losing both parents in such a short time must be heartbreaking. my sincere sympathy goes out to you and your entire family at this time, Paducah will never be the same without them. God bless you Topper Arlie
Arlie Conner Oct 24 2013 12:00 AM