Annie L. Blackburn

Published 11:53 am Sunday, August 21, 2016

Annie L. Blackburn of Hamptonville died on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 after a courageous battle with multiple chronic illnesses.

She was the daughter of the late Madge Blackburn and John Lindsey, both of Hamptonville. She graduated from Lincoln Heights High School in Wilkesboro, and Winston Salem State University. Her journey in the educational arena began in 1945, serving as a school teacher in the Yadkin and Iredell County schools. She continued her graduate studies at A&T State University and N.C. Central University. During the summer months she worked with children and adults at the Banneker Recreation Center in Washington, DC for several years. After retiring, because of her math skills, she tutored some of her former students. She attributed her success to patience, determination, and her love for children. All the children in the family wanted to visit Cousin Ann’s house because they knew they would get a can of soda and a sweet treat. She enjoyed a full and family centered-life with cousins, Celeste Blackburn, Harold Smith, Duane and Lisa Smith, Duane Smith Jr., Bradley Smith, and Marcellene B. Lindsey. Her life was one of unwavering devotion and dedication. She was a faithful member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church until she became disabled. She loved her church and always wanted to know what was happening there.  Her smile was infectious, her love was contagious.

A funeral service to celebrate her life will be conducted Monday, Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Tyrone Redmon and Minister Reggie Redmon officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1-2 the church prior to the service