Ida Mae Carswell

Ida Mae Carswell

Mrs. Ida Mae Carswell age 93 of Slocomb, AL (St. Peter Community) passed away Sunday February 24, 2019 at the Southeast Health Medical Center in Dothan, AL.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday March 2nd 2019 at Anitoch Missionary Baptist Church located 2325 Singletary Road Slocomb, AL   (Anitoch Community) with the Reverends Pastor Danny Coachman and Eddie Walter Thomas officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Phillip Cemetery Slocomb, AL with Mckinnie Funeral Home of Campbellton, FL. directing.

Wake services will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday March 1st 2019 at Mckinnie Funeral Home Chapel located 5304 Bowden Hill Road Campbellton, FL.  

Ida Mae Carswell, affectionately known as “Mama, Mama Ida, Granny, Granny Granny, and Aunt Ida”, was born November 6, 1925, to her late parents Bonnie and Lalar Madison. 

At an early age, Ida accepted Christ and was baptized at the family’s home church, St. Peter Baptist Church. She was a faithful member and enjoyed teaching Sunday school, serving on the Usher Board, and organizing Easter and Christmas Programs.  Later in her life, Ida moved her membership to Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. 

Ida attended elementary school at the Madrid Township School. During this time farm life and helping the family was a priority.  However, Ida recognized the value of having an education and encouraged her entire family to attend school and graduate.

On November 3, 1943, Ida married John Carswell to this union five “wonderful” daughters were born.  John and Ida was a hardworking couple and managed to own their farm located on Sonny Mixon Road.  They taught their daughters many fine qualities:

Ida worked for E. D. Mitchell of Mitchell Funeral Homes in Graceville, Florida.  She was allowed to travel to several resorts while under the employment of the Mitchells.  She also worked for Mrs. Janie in Dothan, Alabama.  Upon retirement, she enjoyed flowering, fishing, gardening, cooking, and sewing.  Ida was very talented and enjoyed baking her famous Sweet Potato Pies and Sweet Bread.  YUM! YUM!! YUM!!! The community, family, and friends enjoyed eating many good meals at MaMa Ida’s table.

She was also preceded in death by her loving husband, John Carswell, and her sisters, Zillie Boone, Mary McKinnie, Ethel Jackson, and brothers, Sam Madison, Celo Madison, Mose Madison, and Ezekiel Madison.  

She leaves a stellar legacy to carry on the Carswell Family Honor in her five daughters – Vera Carswell, Emma Adams, Ruby Smith, Lillie (Earnest) Jett, Alice (Leland) Scott; one adopted daughter, Belinda Brown; and one step daughter, Johnnie Mae Carswell Smith; four siblings:  Warren Madison, Major Madison, Frances Alston, and William Robinson; many loving grands and great grands – Tony Davis, Hope Kistner, Demetria (Zack) Clemons, Nerissa Adams, Roslyn J. Richardson, Earnest Jett, Jr., Alissa Adams, Rhonda Riley, Renee Cannon, Rylicia Cannon,  Rylincia Cannon, Freddie Robert Carswell, David Ramon Carswell, Berthania Inez Carswell, Madeline Carswell Hughes, Delaney Carswell Brown, Trina Cohen Harris, LuLuna Knight, Shaquitta L. Hughes, Roberta Knight, Rose Pryor Aippah, Fredrick Charles Carswell, Oksana Kenon, Renard Mitchell, Donavan Mitchell, Antonio Davis, Rhya Riley, Jahlon Riley, and Grace Quigley and a host of other relatives and friends.