The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Zion Road, Ellaville, Georgia. Bro. Bill McDonald, of Americus, Georgia Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses will officiate
Please be mindful that we will adhere to all government recommendations and mandates to limit the number of attendees at all services at this time. We are limiting the number of attendees to no more than 10 at the funeral home chapel services and graveside services. We thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.
Sis. Annie Bell Perry Howard was born on December 7, 1938, in Ellaville, Schley County, GA to Albert Perry, Sr., and Willie O. Shelton Perry.
She was a graduate of the historic John Lewis High School in Ellaville. While she did not further her education, she encouraged all of her children to pursue academically what was necessary for them to be independent.
In 1959, Annie was united in holy matrimony to Glossie Howard, Jr. To this union, seven children were born.
In 1991, Annie symbolized her dedication to the only true God and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She faithfully attended meetings at the local Kingdom Hall and at larger assemblies and conventions.
After 20 years of dedicated service as an Assembly Line Technician, Annie retired from Davison Textron. She set a fine example in work ethics.
Annie was very compassionate and meek. She enjoyed spending time with her siblings, children, grandchildren, and in-laws. She enjoyed gardening, cooking southern foods, dancing, listening to music, and doing hair. She fostered a love of generosity that followed her to the end.
Annie’s greatest love came from her devotion and service to Jehovah. She experienced many blessings in the door to door ministering which included assisting others to come to have an intimate relationship with Jehovah Accepting Jesus Christ as her example to follow, Annie demonstrated unwavering faith. She was humble and eager to help anyone she could without expecting anything in return. She loved to see her children support one another in love and be forgiving toward one another. Annie’s favorite scripture was Titus 1:2, “God is a God that cannot lie", and those words gave her unbending faith that whatever he said will come true. She had complete trust in him and his words.
Throughout the last nine months of agony, she faithfully called on Jehovah to “please help her endure.” This determination to rely completely upon him during her last trial was so inspiring to her dear children. She will be truly missed because she was a great mother, grandmother, friend and spiritual sister. Those who loved her long to see her in Jehovah’s new world where she will be in perfect health.
On Monday, May 11, 2020, Annie passed away at her home in Americus, GA. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; three sisters, Arbella Perry, Minnie Lee Perry-Glass, Victoria Minter-Howard; and three brothers, Albert Perry Jr., Simmie H. Perry, and Arthur W. Perry. Annie is survived by four sons, Glossie Alvin Howard, Frederick Earl Howard, and Kevin Dwayne (Wanda) Howard), and Gregory Terrell Howard; three daughters, Vanessa Elaine Howard, Felecia Laverne Howard, and Cynthia Ann (Charles) Shingles; three brothers, Phillip (Mary) Perry, Freddie B. (Gretha) Perry, and Daniel (Marcia) Minter; four sisters, Gwendolyn Perry-Morgan, Odessa Minter, Elsie Minter, Elizabeth A. Minter; 17 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; in-laws, Ethel L. Howard-Moore., Peter Clayton, Sarah Mae Howard Harris, Alice Ruth Howard Westbrook, Samuel Thomas Howard, and Barbell Howard Stewart; and a host of dearly beloved nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.