Carolyn Marie Eggleston, 73, was born on January 18, 1948, in Leavenworth, KS, to Bailus Melvin Tate Sr. of Plattsburg, MO, and Velma Marie Twyman of Salisbury, MO. She was the fourth child and youngest daughter of five children. She was preceded in death by Bailus M. Tate Sr., father; Charles A. Terry, stepfather; Harry R. Tate, brother; Bailus M. Tate Jr., brother and Ernest I. Eggleston Jr., husband.
Until the age of 6, as a result of her father’s Army career, Carolyn lived in several places including Fort Leavenworth, KS; Giessen Army Depot, Giessen, Germany (closed in 2008); Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Fort Carson, Colorado. After the death of her father, the family moved to the Kansas City area.
Carolyn started her education at D.A. Holmes Elementary School, and graduated from Central High School in 1965. She worked for Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceutical Corporation in Kansas City, where she would later receive a promotion that relocated her to New Jersey. It was there she met her husband Ernest Ivin Eggleston Jr., better known as Corky. From their union, two children, Kimberly and Eric, were born. The family moved to Maryland where Carolyn and Corky would start their own successful cleaning business servicing the DC, Maryland and Virginia area. Years later Carolyn relocated back to Kansas City, to be closer to her family. While in Kansas City she had a successful career at Robbie Manufacturing, and then later on with JC Penney where she developed many long lasting friendships with coworkers. Once retired Carolyn took her love for people and children to the YMCA, where she worked in the before-and-after school program.
Carolyn accepted Christ at an early age and actively served in ministries in every church she joined. She served on the hospitality ministry at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, while living in Maryland. In Kansas City, she was a member of United Believers Community Church, where she wore many hats. She was Head of the Usher Board, and served on the Prayer Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Special Events Volunteer, and New Members Assimilation. Most of all, she loved the Lord, and was a lover of all people. Every Sunday, Carolyn would write a commentary on her Facebook page, based on the scriptures used in Pastor Edward’s sermons, and the words and thoughts God had given her. Many members and friends looked forward to her comments and will surely miss them.
Carolyn had a wonderful way of sharing and expressing God’s word and the love she had for Him.
Carolyn enjoyed traveling to Maryland where she would spend time with her children and grandchildren. She had a love for puzzles, Sudoku, Candy Crush, and any song by Justin Timberlake or Bruno Mars. Her love for people was unlike anything you have ever experienced. She didn’t know a stranger and would make anyone feel welcomed just from her smile alone.
Carolyn leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Kimberly Brown-Collado (Miguel); son Eric Eggleston (Jennifer); mother Velma Terry; sisters Sheila Nix of Kansas City, MO and Vivian Tate of San Antonio, TX; sister in law Sandra Eggleston of Herndon VA; 6 grandchildren, Aryonna Eggleston, Anthony Eggleston, Miguel Brown-Collado Jr., Layla Brown-Collado, Karter Eggleston, Ethin Eggleston; a host of nephews and nieces and other loving relatives and friends. Carolyn was truly an amazing person. Her absence will forever leave a huge void in the family and she will be loved and missed by all.
Funeral services will be held the following Saturday, May 22, 2021, 11:00am, at United Believers Church. Interment Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10am-11am at the church. Service conducted by Watkins Heritage Chapel. Condolences may be shared on our website. Due COVID-19, social distancing and face coverings are required indoors. Temperature check for all guest(s).
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