It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Mattie J. Murrell.

Mattie was born Mattie Lee Edwards in Apalachicola in 1937 to Corine Cummings and Collie Mack Edwards. She attended Wallace Quinn High School where she excelled in her studies. Upon graduation she enrolled at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. She subsequently moved to Harlem, New York to be with her husband, Herbert Joseph, Sr. Mattie and Herbert had two children: Marcya Antoinette Joseph and Herbert Lee Joseph, Jr.

Mattie made her home in the Bronx, New York and retired from the US Postal Service where she began her career as a clerk. She quickly rose through the ranks to become the first black female station manager in New York City, at a time when very few women or people of color held such supervisory positions.

She was an active member of Community Protestant Church in New York and St. Paul’s AME in Apalachicola.

Mattie is preceded in death by her loving mother, Corine and her father, Collie Mack, Sr.; her best friend and brother, Collie Mack, Jr.; and her sister, Caroline and her brother, Albert.

She leaves behind a host of relatives including daughter, Marcya; son, Herbert Jr.; grandchildren, Kinara Joseph Bolling, Jordan Malique Joseph, Jessica Joseph and Jenna Joseph; beloved niece, Monica Edwards, nephews Michael Edwards and Maurice Edwards; her great-nephew, Michael Edwards, Jr.; her youngest brother, Ronnie Jones; her stepdaughter, Denise Murrell; her stepson, William Murrell; her cousins, Vernice Watson and William Tolliver; and a host of relatives just too numerous to name.

We miss and love her dearly and are comforted knowing that she is in God’s care.

Rest in Peace