Charlotte, NC – Meres El Bey, also known as Mary Ellen Lightner passed away Monday, July 2, 2018 at Carolinas Medical Center – Main in Charlotte, NC.

Ms. El Bey was born in Rock Hill, SC and was the daughter of the late John Albert Lightner and the late Ellen Louise Jones Lightner.  She was a member of Restoring Christian Life Center where she served as a Sunday school teacher, director of Youth Ministries, and a Deaconess. Ms. El Bey was dedicated to community service, was a foster parent to so many children, and loved to cook.  She had the gift of giving, serving and loving all.

A visitation to celebrate her life will be held from 1:00 until 2:30 pm, Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill.

Ms. El Bey is survived by her son, Akili Lightner and wife, Coreen Nicole of Charlotte; her daughter, Angela Lightner-Johnson and husband, Julius of Huntersville, NC; her brothers, Johnny Lightner of Charlotte, NC, and Jimmy Lightner and wife, Sandra of Columbia, SC; her adoptive brother, Sheps El of Huntersville, NC her sisters, Martha Abercrombie and her husband, Woodrow of Rock Hill, SC, Veola Bradley of Charlotte, NC, Helen Root and husband, John of Rock Hill, SC,  and Vanessa Watkins and her husband, Floyd of North Las Vegas, NV; her four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, seven nieces and six nephews and extended family and friends.

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