We celebrate the life of Mona Faye Caines Black, of Wilmington. She died on July 19, 2015, in Columbia, South Carolina, at Palmetto Health Richlands Hospital, at the age of 84.
Mona was born on June 18, 1931, in Chadbourn, to Samuel Kinchen Caines Sr. and Florence Collins Caines. She attended Meredith College and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, previously known as Wilmington College, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education.
Early in her career she worked at Southern Bell as a switchboard operator. She taught in the 1950s at Acme Delco High School and Sunset Park Junior High School. In 1962 she married the love of her life, Paul Adrian Lawrence Black, M.D. They worked side by side until his death on Aug. 4, 2001.
She became a very successful businesswoman. She taught real estate in the late 1970s and held a real estate license from 1976 to 2015. Mona was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Eastern Star, the N.C. Real Estate Commission and the Cape Fear Country Club.
She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Mona Black Jones (M. Shane Jones); grandson, Adrian Jones; stepdaughters, Dr. Patricia Mutch (Dr. William Mutch) and Marilyn Fjarli (Dr. Delmer Fjarli); sisters, Bernice Caines Merrill and Tootsie Caines Register; and brothers, Irvin Caines and Samuel K. Caines, Jr. (Arrie Caines). She also had many nieces and nephews.
Her siblings who preceded her in death were Hazel Caines, Andrew Caines, Burris Caines, Helen Caines White, Margaret Caines Ellis and Leona Caines Burns.
She owned many rental properties and over the years all the tenants have become her friends. She is also survived by her work family, Randall Simon, Billy Powell, Sheri Jolly and Karen Robinson and her assistant for 45 years, Peggy Powell. She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Andrews Mortuary, Market Street Chapel. A funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, July 24, 2015, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington. Entombment to follow at Oleander Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.
In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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