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Central Presbyterian Church
Saturday June 19th, 2021

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Daphne Gibson McCord

BRISTOL, Va./Tenn.

Daphne Gibson McCord, age 92, died Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, Tenn.

She was born September 12, 1928 in Bristol, Tenn. To the late Claude Gibson and Louise Helms Gibson. Daphne was married to the late Dr. James L. McCord for 62 years. She graduated from North Wilkesboro, N.C. High School at the age of 15. She then graduated from the Sullins College in Bristol, Va. And the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Va. Daphne was a faithful and long-time member of Central Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Va. She served as a Deacon, Elder, Director of Christian Education, founder of the Adult Respite Care Program, and active singer in the Sanctuary Choir for nearly 70 years. She also directed Children’s Choirs and many musicals. Daphne was a talented banner maker which still contributes to worship in the Central sanctuary. She was very active in the Presbyterian Women and Meals on Wheels Ministry. She was a former Moderator of Abingdon Presbytery and mentored and led many youth groups. She and Jim were Foster Parents to many children. Daphne was a founding member of the Bristol Concert Choir and also sang with the Voices of the Mountains Choir. She sang with the Madrigal Singers in the 1960’s and enjoyed music her entire life; often sharing her beautiful solo contralto voice. She and Jim welcomed many King College students into their home and became family to many of them. Daphne celebrated life with her many gifts of hospitality. Living in her historic Maplehurst home, she and Jim entertained on the porch with many parties, gatherings and events. In the last years, it was a respite place for her as she enjoyed the yard, flowers, and all the birds that visited her everday, especially the cardinals.

Daphne is survived by her children, James Mark McCord of Bluff City, Tenn., Benjamin Thomas McCord and wife, Melissa Farmer McCord of Bristol, Va., Corrinne McCord Bloom and husband, James Laird Bloom of Mukileto, Wash.; grandchildren, James Collin McCord, Savannah Anne McCord, James Spencer Bloom and Kristen Nicole Gray; great-grandchildren, Jordan Thompson and Carter Miles McCord; and many cousins.

The family would especially like to thank all of Daphne’s caregivers who provided her with much devotion and love. There is great appreciation for the members of Central Presbyterian Church for all the love and support given to Mother through this journey.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 2p.m. at the Central Presbyterian Church, 301 Euclid Avenue, Bristol, Va.24201, with Reverend Ann Aichinger officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Central Presbyterian Church, 301 Euclid Avenue, Bristol, Va. 24201 or to Healing Hands Health Center, 245 Midway Medical Park, Bristol, Tenn. 37620.

To share memories of Daphne Gibson McCord, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Daphne’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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God Bless her and her family.

Sandee Tibbs Jun 13 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Daphne McCord

Sandee Tibbs Jun 13 2021 12:00 AM

I loved Daphne very much, her keen and unwavering humor, hospitality, resolve, faith, joy of life, and true kindness always impressed me. Daphne was my first cousin, once removed, as she was my mother Grace Helms Hagedorn's first cousin. I always say another big tree has fallen when someone of consequence in my life passes but I feel her tree continues to live through her family and faith. When I think of Daphne I smile. My mother and I spoke with Mark and Daphne the evening after Christmas. Mark answered the phone and told us it had been a tiring day for Daphne, wondering if we could call back the next day in the early afternoon. Luckily and wisely, he changed his mind and we had a short but lovely conversation with Daphne. We will always treasure our last conversation with her. Thank you Mark for being there for her over the years as she declined, we both say a good son is a great man. Love to you, Ben, Corrine, and the many grandchildren and greatgrandchilden.

Martha Hagedorn-Krass Jan 9 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Daphne McCord

Martha Hagedorn-Krass Jan 9 2021 12:00 AM

Mark, Ben, Corrie, and family, We are sure each of you know how Daphne has tenderly touched the lives of so many in her lifetime. She always generously shared Gods love with all who were blessed enough to cross her path. We were blessed to share many treasured moments with her as youth advisors, singing together in the choir, and sharing meals or even just sitting together on the porch or in her kitchen. Those memories span almost fifty years and we will always feel blessed to have shared in some of her unbounded love. Please know how our hearts ache for each of you in this loss, but may your hearts be filled with Gods comforting grace. With our condolences and love, Cindy and Charles Looney

Cindy and Charles Looney Jan 7 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.

Penny Bishop Jan 3 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Daphne McCord

Penny Bishop Jan 3 2021 12:00 AM

The years have flown by since I was privileged to spend time around the McCord's for a few days twice a year during the time around each of the NASCAR races held in the Fall and Spring back in the mid to late 1990's. I always enjoyed that time and found that Jim and Daphne and their family members were wonderful hosts, always cordial, friendly and helpful to anyone around. I'll always remember with fondness that time in my life and how lucky I was to run into such outstanding people. My deepest sympathies to the family members on their loss. York W. Porter

York W. Porter Jan 2 2021 12:00 AM

Daphne was such a special lady..We met through the 1900 Literary Club and she added so much to my every day..She and Musser Warren called me "the kid" because I was a little younger and drove them to lunch and our club meetings, often..It was a joy to visit her and spend time on her back terrace...I will cherish her memory... Jack and I send heartfelt sympathy to her family. Sandee Woolley

Jack and Sandee Woolley Jan 2 2021 12:00 AM

Mark, I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I know how much she meant to you. I wish you peace, comfort and lots of good memories as you work through your grief.

Mary Kaylor Jan 2 2021 12:00 AM

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