Margaret Dale Malpass

October 23, 1924 - April 30, 2022
Margaret Dale Malpass


Margaret Elizabeth Dale Malpass 97, of the Delco Community passed away peacefully, Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Premier Living of Lake Waccamaw, NC with her family by her side.

She was born on October 23, 1924 in Freeman, NC, the daughter of the late Mamie Mintz Dale and Madison (Matt) Dale. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Ashford Malpass; son, Gene Malpass, six brothers, Edison Dale, Warren Dale, Charlie Dale, Theodore Dale, Robert Dale and Johnnie Dale; and three sisters, Grace Benson, Dora Benson, and Virginia Malpass.

Margaret earned her Diploma from Delco High School in 1940. She and her husband Ashford owned several businesses throughout the years, including Malpass Logging for over 50 years and she served as the secretary for the length of the business. They employed many people in the community throughout the years of the business. She was a very accomplished business woman and owned several properties in the community. She served on the Board of International Paper Co. for 2 years and was a active member of Woodman of the World where she held several titles, and earned several awards.

Margaret loved her church, Piney Grove Advent Christian Church of which she was a member all of her life. She played the piano for many years there and served as a Sunday School Teacher. She was involved in almost every event and function at the church until her health caused her to be unable to serve. She loved her Church and her Church Family very much.

Margaret had a very strong work ethic and she instilled that in her children and others. She was someone who would help anyone who was down and out, and if she knew you were hungry, she could cook up a 21 course meal in 15 minutes. She was always there to anyone in need. All of her accomplishments are worth merit, but the family is most grateful for her many acts of kindness and her investments into the lives of others. She was also an excellent and successful home gardener and cook.

She was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, and Friend.

Left to honor her life, is her son, Shelton Malpass (Sharon) of Wrightsboro; daughter Annette Malpass (Darin Jackson) of Council, and daughter in-law Pattie Malpass of Delco; nine grandchildren, Ashton Malpass (Hope), Candie Lawson (Chris), Sloan Barber (Shane), Amy Smith (Jeff), Anthony Malpass (Leslie), Betsy Crowder (Joe), Grant Hinson, Brian Robinson, and April Martin; 20 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren; one brother Ezra Dale of Leland, and many nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to everyone who came to visit, call, text and every act of kindness shown to the family during this time and a special thanks to nieces Rachel Wilkins and Sylvia Ward for the special care given to Margaret.

Visitation for family and friends will be 6-8 pm Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at Piney Grove Advent Christian Church, 37 Piney Grove Road-Delco, NC 28436.

Funeral services will be 11 am Wednesday, May 4. 2022 at Piney Grove United Advent Christian Church led by Rev. Durwood Jackson, Rev. Calvin Malpass, and assisted by Anthony Malpass. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to gather in the Church Fellowship Hall following the committal services.

Her pallbearers will be Madison Crowder, Andrew Malpass, Brian Robinson, Larry Dale, Aaron Ward, and Joe Crowder. Honorary pallbearers will be Emerson Dale, Charlie Dale, Jr., Larry Dale, Keith Wilkins, and Bobbie Dale

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  • May 02, 2022
    Jeanie Benson Danner says:
    Aunt Margaret was sister to my Grandma Grace, but she always treated me like she was my own mother. Anytime I’d showed up in Delco, she’d offered me a meal (it was delicious) and inquirer if I needed a place to sleep. Never needed to call or have appointment, she’d just scoop you up, and tuck you under her wing. God sure gave her some awesome abilities - she’d get more accomplished by noon, than most of us would, all week long. She will live on, in all our hearts.

  • May 02, 2022
    Patricia Duncan says:
    Margret was a sweet lady and full of life. She will be missed

  • May 02, 2022
    Dawn Dale says:
    I loved Aunt Margaret I loved listening to her stories. She has always been such a hard worker and full of life. Someone who you look up to. Loved God and just such a beautiful soul. Love and prayers.

  • May 03, 2022
    Janice Lewis Parker says:
    To the Family , Ms. Margaret was a special lady. She was thoughtful & kind But she did let you know what was on her mind. I think everyone loved her & respected her. I would se her at Woodmen meetings , always smiling having a great time. She will be greatly missed by all. One of a kind! Friends , Janice Lewis Parker Charles B. Smith & Carolyn Little Baker ( Bolton )

  • May 03, 2022
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