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"The Queen of Morven"

Carolyn Juanita Gatewood Solomon was the first born of six children to the late John W. Gatewood Sr. and Ethel Mae Brantley Gatewood.  Born on July 30, 1956 in Morristown, NJ.  Carolyn graduated from Morristown High School in 1975.  She furthered her education at the County College of Morris where she received her LPN and RN Licenses.  Carolyn chose the nursing field because of her love and compassion to help others.

In June of 1980, Carolyn married Alvin D. Solomon.  From this union of 40 years they had two children; Calvin Elliott Solomon and Tanisha Burtie Solomon Maness.  She also raised her nephew, David Wakefield, and niece, Amerlee Wakefield.  Carolyn loved her children; they were her pride and joy. Recently she was blessed with her first grandchild, Amiyah Gizelle Maness. God blessed her to experience six months of her life, spending everyday with her.

At an early age, Carolyn gave her life to God. She was an active member at Church of God in Christ in Morristown, NJ. She served on several committees.  She was a youth leader, led multiple Sunday school classes, and directed many church plays.  That love for God continued as Carolyn moved to Morven, NC. God led her ministry to Holy Temple Church of God in Christ in Wadesboro, NC. She served under her father, and the late Pastor Williams as a missionary.  Later, God led Carolyn to Church of God of Prophecy in Morven, NC. She served on numerous committees, from Pastoral Aide to Community Faith-Based Nurse for the church.  During Carolyn’s spiritual walk, God led her to Fisher Hill Community Baptist Church in Cheraw, SC where she furthered her education in becoming an ordained minister.  In her final days, she became a member of White Oak Baptist Church in Morven, NC. She was a Sunday school teacher as well as the faith-based nurse.  Carolyn had a great love and a strong relationship with God, she used this love to help churches in Morven with grants.

Carolyn loved the city of Morven so much that she joined the town council in 2004. She was motivated to uplift and rebuild the city, so in 2008 she ran for Mayor of Morven.  Winning the election, she became the first African American female mayor of the city. During her time as Mayor, she accomplished many great things for Morven.  She helped open the Holla and Lemuel Centers, received three years of COP grants for the town, and brought Family Dollar to Morven in an effort to help boost the economy. Carolyn was able to get new police cars and a 3.26 million dollar grant for new state-of-the-art pump stations.  84 homes in the White Oak area received new water and sewer lines along with 30 new fire hydrants.  Carolyn made her love for Morven known wherever she went.  Never ashamed and never afraid to speak for the betterment of the community.

Carolyn is proceeded in death by her father, John W. Gatewood Sr. and sister-in-law, Kimberly Gatewood. She leaves to cherish her loving memories: her mother, Ethel Mae Gatewood, her husband, Alvin D. Solomon, her two children: Calvin Solomon and Tanisha Maness (Antonio), nephew, David Wakefield (Daija), niece, Amerlee Wakefield, and one grandchild, Amiyah Maness, as well as her five siblings: John Gatewood Jr. (Rhonda), Darryl Gatewood (Roxann), Daniel Gatewood (Sandra), Rosa Gatewood Ashley, and James Gatewood.  Six sisters-in-law, four brothers-in-law, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


The Services to Honor the Life and Legacy of Mrs. Solomon were held on Saturday, March 21, 2020, 11:00am, Smith's Memorial Chapel, 604 Salisbury Street, Wadesboro, North Carolina.  Interment was in the family plot of the Gatewood Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Morven, North Carolina.

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  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith's FH
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020
    To the Family, To lose a loved one in death is the most tragic event you can experience. The grief and sorrow can be overwhelming. You have my deepest sympathy. " May you have undeserved kindness and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." - 1 Cor. 1:3
    ~ H. Gatewood   Charlotte, NC
  • Thursday, April 2, 2020
    ~ Mark & Janet
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020
    We are sending our condolences to the Solomon family, and she will be greatly missed by everyone. May God send comfort to the family and we will keep you in prayer.
    ~ Louis & Dr. Mary Ruth Burns   Peachland
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020
    So sorry to hear about my childhood playmate Carolyn Gatewood. My deepest sympathy to her Mom, her brothers, sisters, her husband, children, and the whole family. Looking forward to the time when God will wipe out our enemy death forever. Revelations 21:3,4.
    ~ Brenda Newsam   Surprise, AZ
  • Sunday, March 15, 2020
    we extend our deepest Sympathy to the Gatewood family for the loss of your loved one. TILLMAN AND BROADAWAY FAMILY
    ~ Ruby Broadaway   Clarksville, TN
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020
    Sincere condolences to the family during this difficult time. Praying that God’s love will provide comfort and strength.
    ~ Pastor & Mrs. John Brown, Jr.   Maxton, NC
  • Friday, March 20, 2020
    We are continuing to keep you all lifted up in our prayers. We love you all.
    ~ Pastor Theodore H and Gloria Horne   NC
  • Friday, March 20, 2020
    My deepest Condolences to the Solomon and Gatewood family I love you all you’re in my prayers
    ~ Pauline “Pearl” Royal-Sturdivant   Greensboro, NC
  • Friday, March 20, 2020
    My deepest Condolences to the Solomon and Gatewood family I love you all you’re in my prayers
    ~ Pauline “Pearl” Royal-Sturdivant   Greensboro, NC
  • Friday, March 20, 2020
    My deepest Condolences to the Solomon and Gatewood family I love you all you’re in my prayers
    ~ Pauline “Pearl” Royal-Sturdivant   Greensboro, NC