Annie Harris Fletcher fell asleep in death peacefully, surrounded by family on October 7, 2021 at the remarkable age of 100 years. She came to rest in the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Greensboro, NC. Annie was born August 15, 1921, in Blythewood, SC, the youngest of seven children to Maggie and Adam Harris, all of whom predeceased her. Her father owned a farm and grew a variety of crops he sold at the market to support his large family. Her mother was a homemaker and also worked the farmland.
At the ripe young age of 8, Annie was tasked with preparing the family meals. She would prepare meals for her parents and six siblings who worked the farm. The food was genuinely farm-totable, with fresh vegetables grown directly on their land. The farm also included cows, hogs, chickens, and a lake with fish. It was her maintaining this healthy way of eating her entire life that attributed to her longevity. She also maintained her love of cooking and was an instructor at the YWCA. Her passion for cooking and hosting led many to sit at her table for a hearty meal. Everyone loved her collard greens, fried chicken, and the most indescribable sweet potato pies that could have put Pattie out of business.
As a young teen, Annie worked at Dixie Laundry in Columbia, SC, until she met her husband, George Johnson, and moved to New York in 1945. It was there she raised her daughter Maggie and son John. She was employed as a housekeeper at the Holiday Inn hotel in NYC. Her hard work and dedication moved her into a management position with the hotel until her retirement after 30 years. She was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on August 4, 1974. She served Jehovah faithfully for 47 years and remained steadfast in his service up until her final days of life. She reached out to individuals up to a week before her death encouraging them to serve Jehovah.
Annie was gifted with remarkable recall. She never forgot a person’s name, her interactions with them, or even their phone number. No need for a phone book or rolodex, just ask and she can give you detailed information on a person immediately. Annie was also very generous to everyone, especially family and friends. If you knew Annie, you were never without a home or meal as she freely shared what she had. She loved to have a good time and how she loved to dance. She did not hesitate to hit the dancefloor; and when her legs could not carry her anymore that didn’t stop her from moving and shaking to a good beat.
Annie was blessed abundantly with the warmth and kindness from her two children, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren, all of whom she adored and loved. She is preceded in death by her first husband, George Johnson, second husband, Booker Fletcher; grandsons Kevin Horton and Kenneth Horton; and daughter-in-law Bessie Johnson.
Surviving to cherish her memory are daughter Maggie (husband Otis) Horton and son John Johnson; grandchildren Terilynn Horton, Keith Horton, Karl (wife Rachel) Horton, Kaleem (wife Savonna) Horton, John (wife Tiffany) Johnson; great-grandchildren Tieshia (husband Jose) Horton DuRant, Eric Valentine, Christian (wife Shanelle) Valentine, Pamela (mother Renee) Horton, Karl Horton Jr., Kendall Horton, Lily Williamson, Dashaun Johnson, Jazmyah Berry, Giany Brown, Darrian Teams; great-great grandchildren Sophia DuRant, Zeborah Valentine, Zaniah Valentine, Zennith Valentine, Zenora Valentine, Jonas McGregor, Maci Teams-Aryeh; nephew Dennis (wife Connie) Robbins; nieces Cynthia (husband Jackie) Robbins, Sandra Robbins; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Acknowledgments The family of Annie Fletcher would like to thank everyone for their condolences, cards, flowers, and presence at this memorial. We thank ARO Community Services for providing excellent home care professionals. We also thank the nurses of AuthoraCare Hospice, and Dr. S. Wolters of Eagle Physicians. Finally, we express our warmest gratitude to Terilynn Horton and Arnita Hill. Their many years of hard work and dedication to our mother ensured she was loved and comfortable down to her last day.
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