Flora Pearl Bumbrey, was born to Lola Mae Copeland and James Breelove, March 3, 1948, in Bainbridge, Georgia. At the age of 70 she departed this life on December 4, 2018, surrounded by her family at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware.
She moved to Delaware as a toddler, and at the age of 5, she went to live with her aunt and uncle, Laura and Charles “Bud” Davis, who loved and raised her as their own little girl.
Shorty (or Ms. Shorty) as she was affectionately called by family and friends, received her early education in the Wilmington public school system and graduated from P.S. Dupont High School. She worked for the State of Delaware for many years performing hearing tests on children, and then moved to the Northeast State Service Center where she retired due to health reasons.
As a child she went to Mt. Enon Baptist Church and was baptized by the Rev. Dr. D. D. Seabrook and she also sang on the choir. She later joined the Mother Church of God in Christ under Pastor Ross B. Rainey, where she was known as a Mary Dee singer and traveled up and down the East Coast singing with the Mary Dees.
Her favorite daily activity was shopping at any thrift store, like, Catholic Charities, Goodwill, Salvation Army, just to name a few. She loved meeting people there and showing them the best deals. She truly knew how to find a bargain and she shared them with everyone she knew. Her car was always loaded and still is today with a gift for someone in the family or a friend and she would say, “if you can’t use it then give it to someone who can.” She gave gifts all year long. To Shorty Christmas was every day.
Shorty had a stunning, unique style of dress. She dressed like she had millions, wearing furs, but was always classy. She instilled in her son a love for clothes and to take pride in his everyday dress. She would smile to see him following in her footsteps being known as a sharp dresser.
Shorty liked to plant flowers in her yard or you could find her painting something around the house on 27th Street, sidewalks, steps, shutters, walls. Her house as well as Shorty made 27th Street come alive. Everyone hung out in the basement of 924. She also really loved watching Westerns; her favorite TV station was on Xfinity160.
Shorty over the years opened her doors to many in their time of need. She also helped raise her granddaughter, Jasmine "Jas" Patton, as a daughter. She enjoyed seeing all her grandchildren and great-grands who affectionately called her “Nana.” She would check them out on facebook to see what they were up to. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her fathers, James Breelove and Charles “Uncle Bud” Davis, and a sister, Marion Copeland.
Shorty leaves to cherish her memory: one daughter, Dana D. Badson; one son, Damon D. Copeland; a son-in-law, Tyrone L. Badson, Sr.; a daughter-in-law, Terrell Copeland; mothers; Lola Mae Copeland and Laura L. Davis; siblings; Eleanor “Jent” Flemming, Ralph “Train” Copeland, Sherry “Nisey” Murphy, William “Bill” Copeland, Paulette “Paul” Copeland, Jonathon “Johnny” Copeland, Joan Starling (Dana), Judy Ross, Teria Beasley (Sam), Walter “Wayne” Davis, Wanell Davis, and Jabar Davis; grandchildren, Deneene C. Copeland, Tyrone L. Copeland (Shellea), Jasmine "Jazz" Patton, Troy D. Copeland, Damon Saunders, Stephan Saunders, Davont'e Saunders, Tereka Wise, Terae’jah Fleming, Aayreiona Wise and Shynesha “Shy” Dale; 6 great-grandchildren; Jhamya, Tyrone Jr., Aiden, Jayceon, Logan and A’zai; a devoted niece, Janel Flemming; close friends, Beverly Smith and Paulos Springfield, and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Her funeral service will be 6:00pm, Friday, December 14, 2018 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2200 North Claymont Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19802; viewing 4:00 - 5:45pm only.
Her Burial will be Private.