Grace Yvonne Cameron was born on December 7, 1952 at Harlem Hospital in New York City to Grace and Charlie Culberson. She was raised in Hogansville, Georgia and was the third of six children. She attended Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Mountville, Georgia and then Hogansville High School where she graduated in 1970.
Some of her fondest memories of High School was playing clarinet for the marching band, twirling a fire baton as a majorette, and winning Mrs. Hogansville High. Fifteen-year-old Grace was introduced to her future husband Gary Cameron at a football game. The High School sweethearts had three children and remained married until he passed away
September 13, 2002.
Shortly after graduating High School, Grace moved to Washington DC where she worked as a clerk for the FBI. In 1972 she moved to New York City and gave birth to her first child Demetrice. In 1980 she began working at Calvary Hospital where she served for 35 years as a Cancer Care Technician for terminally ill patients. Those who knew her recall how she enjoyed singing spirituals, praying, and holding hands with those who were transitioning. She considered the spiritual part of this work as important as the physical care she offered patients. As a result of this desire to attend to the spiritual needs of patients Grace took Clinical Pastoral Care Classes at Calvary in hopes of becoming a Chaplain. She completed the requirements to become a certified Chaplain shortly before retiring from Calvary Hospital in 2015. She also attended Hugee Theological Institute where she earned a master’s degree in Theology.
Grace was baptized at Hills Chapel Methodist Church in Hogansville, Georgia at the age of 10. She was a member of Saint Mathew’s Baptist Church in Harlem NY and sang for the Gospel Choir while there. Later she joined Bethel Gospel Assembly where she also sang on the choir. At Bethel she was a part of the “Be the Gift Ministry” where she helped to distribute clothing, food, and other items to battered women and children. She also served on the ministry of feeding the homeless. Grace enjoyed working with children and young adults. She often made herself available to give an encouraging word; mentoring and guiding them as if they were her own. She is affectionately known as “Mama Grace” or “God mom” to many of her “adopted” children.
She spent her life in service to others and has touched many lives. She believed in a life of Charity. What she did for others came from her heart but was also a part of her ministry, a part of her worship, a part of her understanding of why we were put on this earth. She tried not to judge people and was so easy to talk to because she met you where you were and loved you for who you were. She will be missed for her ability to lighten up a room with her humor, warmth, and genuine love for people. Well done “Mama Grace.” forever in our hearts.
She is survived by her siblings Shirley James (Alfred), Gloria Jennings (Hardrick), Kenneth Culberson (Janice), Charlie Culberson, and Cynthia Phillips (Edward). Her children Demetrice, Latasha, and Chad. Four grandchildren Justin Jiles, Moustapha
Magassouba Jr., Ahmed Magassouba, and Cynthia Finkley. Five God Children Addie Brown, Shamar Shinaul, Shatesha Johnson, Sade Williams, Lamar Collins. In addition, she leaves to rejoice a host of extended family and friends.