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Mary Golden Burroughs

November 2, 1931 ~ July 2, 2019 (age 87)

Mrs. Mary Golden Burroughs of 1607 Prosperity Dr. Sanford, NC passed on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Central Carolina Hospital.


“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help,  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” | Isaiah 41:10

MRS. MARY GOLDEN SUMPTER BURROUGHS, the daughter of the late John and Carrie Moore Sumpter, was born in Georgetown, SC on November 2, 1931. “Golden,” as she was affectionately known, was the ninth of ten children.


“Golden” was educated in the Georgetown Public School System.

In her early 20s, “Golden” was united in Holy Matrimony to Ulysses Grant Burroughs of Bucksport, SC. Their beautiful union was blessed with one daughter. As a military wife, she truly supported her husband as traveled the world serving in many tours with the United States Armed Forces (the Army, the Navy, and the Marine Corps). In February 1968, he passed away during the Vietnam War Conflict. Determined to persevere as she faced life’s uncertainties without her husband by her side, “Golden” moved her family to Sanford NC to be closer to her family. She, then, united with the Church of God, Broadway NC. She remained a faithful supporter of the church until her health failed.

“Aunt Golden,” as everyone called her, loved people and never met a stranger. Her home was welcoming and full of love. She is fondly remembered for speaking her mind. Her conversations were full of wisdom, advice, laughter, and soul-searching. Her conversations included her favorite sayings: “hold ‘em in the road;” “let not your heart be troubled;” and “if you are playing checkers, it is your time to move.” She was our living illustration of Proverbs 31.

“Golden” was preceded in death by her husband, Ulysses G. Burroughs; her parents, John and Carrie Moore Sumpter and eight of her siblings.

In the stillness of Tuesday afternoon, July 2, 2019, “Golden” quietly transitioned from her earthly life as her heavenly Father whispered to her: “well done, good and faithful servant.”

The precious memories of our “Golden” will forever be etched in the hearts and souls of her daughter: Reva M. Graham; her grandchildren: Henry Graham (Vonda), Monica Graham, and Epstine Graham, all of Sanford NC; ten great-grandchildren; seven great, great-grandchildren; her brother: Listen Sumpter of Broadway NC; her sister-in-law: Zettie Sumpter of Sanford NC; generations of nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends.

Arrangements By: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford 

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