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Annie M. Howse



1st Lie-in-State Location:
1:00PM - 6:00PM on February 20, 2018
Scales & Sons Funeral Chapel, 314 E. State Street, Murfreesboro, TN

Visitation With The Family:
6:00PM - 7:30PM on February 20, 2018
Scales & Sons Funeral Chapel, 314 E. State Street, Murfreesboro, TN

2nd Lie-in-State Location:
11:00AM -12:00PM on February 21, 2018
First Baptist Church, 738 E. Castle Street, Murfreesboro, TN

Visitation With The Family:
12:00PM - 1:00PM on February 21, 2018
First Baptist Church, 738 E. Castle Street, Murfreesboro, TN

Celebration of Life Service:
1:00PM on February 21, 2018
First Baptist Church, 738 E. Castle Street, Murfreesboro, TN

Henry and America Mosby Minter became the proud parents of Annie Mae Minter on April 2, 1929. Little did they know of the indelible impact she would have on her family, friends and all who would come to know her. Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Annie Mae Minter Howse and give thanks for her warmth, her generosity and her love.

Born and reared in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Annie Mae was educated in the schools of Rutherford County but, her greatest education would come from her life in the church. She accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age and united with the Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church. Later in life, she moved her membership to the Progressive Primitive Baptist Church, under the pastorate of Elder Johnny Taylor, where she served faithfully until her health prohibited her attendance. Affectionately known for her many "church lady" hats, she was a proud member of the Mother's Board, and she lavished her culinary skills on the membership. Annie Mae loved Christian music, a well-known fact among friends and family, and she rarely missed a concert or church program. Her favorite artist was Lee Williams.

Dock Howse entered her life around 1947 and a special courtship began. She fell in love and said yes to his marriage proposal, and they became one on February 26, 1949. Her love for Dock was only surpassed by her love for the three children blessed by their marriage: Lillie, Donnie and Nugie (and the three additional grandchildren: Chay, David and Bernard who she would
tell you that she reared!) Annie Mae and Dock lived happily as husband and wife, parents and grandparents until his death separated them on April 22, 1990.

Annie began her work career at Reeves-Rogers Elementary School where she used her culinary skills to the delight of the children and parents of the school. However, Annie Mae took advantage of the integration of the workforce at General Electric Corporation and worked there diligently until her retirement in 1991. Never one to be idle, she soon began her encore career at Bradley Nursery School as the Head Chef where she was lovingly accused of making several of the students "fat!" She retired in 2014, but continued to work as a caretaker for elderly friends in their homes and at Adam's Place.

Annie Mae had a servant's heart! She was always helping others through her love for them; her visitations and phone calls - and especially through sharing. She was a sacrificial giver who seldom turned down a chance to help someone if it was within her power to do so. Long before there was internet recipes, there was Miss Annie Mae! She was known for cooking over the phone with her children, grandchildren, family and friends as she patiently walked them through the preparation of her recipes. Her most requested dishes were banana pudding, rolls, German Chocolate cake and peach cobbler. Those who ate from her table were hooked for life! And long before there was GPS, there she was again: Annie Mae never drove a day in her life, but she could always tell the driver exactly how to get wherever she was going - and she loved to go!

As we reflect on her life, we think of her in many ways: as independent, classy, proud, a protector, cheerful giver, positive thinker, way maker and loving. She made a practice of drawing her circle of friends wider to take others in. She was truly a Proverbs:31

Though preceded in death by many loved ones and friends, including her husband, Dock Howse, her precious memories will be cherished by her children, Lillie C. James, Donnie (Sherry) Howse and Lenora (Dave) Simpkins; brother, Meredith (Rose) Minter; grandchildren, Carolyn C. Howse, David C. (Charisse) Howse, Bernard (Ashley) James, Demetrius and Betheny Howse and Davin (Shardae) Simpkins; great grandchildren, Kennedy and Channing Howse, Zoe and Meghan Simpkins; sister-in-law, Lillian Howse; godson, William Tyler Black; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her beloved Progressive Church family. Whether you knew her as - Mama, Momma, Grandmama, Grannie-Mae, Aunt Annie Mae, Miss Annie Mae, sister, or friend - all of our hearts are saddened. As we celebrate her life, may we
find comfort in knowing that she lived a full, rich life surrounded by those who adored and cherished her. Though she will be missed, the sweet memories of her time here on earth will forever be impressed upon our hearts.

The Service of Committal & Interment
Following the Service
Evergreen Cemetery
Murfreesboro, TN

Scales and Sons Funeral Home

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