The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Friday, February 6, 2015 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Oglethorpe, Georgia, where Rev. Norris Harris is pastor. The Rev. David Thomas, Pastor of Shady Grove, will officiate. Interment will follow at the Oglethorpe City Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Annie Maude Searcy Jones, the daughter of the late Jim Searcy and Essie Mae Collins, was born February 28, 1926 in Charing, GA.
She lived in Georgia until moving to Florida in the mid 1960s. There she became a member of the Baker Street Church of God in Christ in Leesburg, Florida where she was filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues. She moved back to Georgia in the early 70s and later moved to Oglethorpe, Georgia to take care of her ailing mother. After the passing of her mother, she remained in Oglethorpe and served faithfully on the Mother’s Board of Shady Grove Baptist Church. She was known for her love of God, love of flowers, and for her great cooking.
She leaves to mourn her passing four children: daughter, Arber Marshall, Ashburn, GA; son, Thomas Searcy, Oglethorpe, GA; daughter, Sandra (Rev. Marcus) Burke, Thomasville, GA; and daughter, Janie S. Banks, Lithonia, GA; daughter-in-law, Barbara Grooms; fourteen (14) grandchildren; twenty (20) great grandchildren; six (6) siblings, Virgin Jenkins, Chicago, IL, Ocie Troutman, Atlanta, GA, Reba Riley, Atlanta, GA, Mary Webb, Atlanta, GA, Ozzie Jenkins, Atlanta, GA, and Johnny Jenkins, Oglethorpe, GA.
She was preceded in death by brothers, one son, Jerry Grooms, and one granddaughter, Brianna Searcy.
Further cherishing her memory are a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends who will miss her dearly.