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Reverend Annie Mai Couch

 

   

Lie-in-State:
12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Scales & Sons Funeral Chapel, 314 E. State Street, Murfreesboro, TN

Visitation With The Family:
11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Mullin Chapel Church, 601 Ledbetter Rd, Shelbyville, TN

Celebration of Life:
12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Mullin Chapel Church, 601 Ledbetter Rd, Shelbyville, TN

The Service of Committal & Interment:
Following the service on Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Erwin Stokes Cemetery, Shebyville, TN

Obituary:
Reverend Annie Mai Flack Couch
An absolute prayer warrior, a strong woman of faith with a heart of gold, and an undying love for family and church, Annie Mai Couch was born July 20, 1927 in Shelbyville (Bedford County) Tennessee. She entered into eternal rest on August 21, 2019 surrounded by family. She was the oldest of twelve children born to the late John Thomas Sr. and Lueddith Smith Flack.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Joseph and Josephine (twins), John Thomas Jr. (Buck), Floyd Wiley, Hart and Jerry Michael Flack; brothers-ill-law, Norman F. Dashiell Sr. and Willie Leslie; son-in-law, Elder Henry Billingslea Sr.; grandson, Nicholas Davis; and great-grandson, Chase Johnson.

Annie Mai was educated in the public schools of the Mullin Chapel and Shelbyville Communities. She prided herself in having her aunt, Annie Lee Laird (one for whom she was named) as her first teacher. In order for her to attend high school in Shelbyville, Annie had to move in with her aunt, Willie Mai (her other name provider).

After graduating high school (Bedford Co. Training School), she married a school mate, Reuben L. Maupin. They became proud parents of three daughters, Mary, Rosa and Carol. She would often refer to them as her "three little kittens"

She learned real life lessons not only in the classroom but mostly from her parents. Because she was the oldest, she learned to clean, wash and cook in order to assist her parents with the younger ones. Her culinary skills began to blossom at around the age of four when her parents had her standing on a wooden box in front of the stove to teach her how to cook. Her Uncle Charlie often marveled at hearing her tiny voice from the kitchen, announcing "dinner is ready". She became a master seamstress, from making costumes for school plays, school clothes for her girls, to making prom and wedding gowns.

Annie learned early about working in her church and helping those in need. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at the age of 14 under the pastorate of Reverend A. H. Harris. With the guidance of her mother at the age of eight, she did secretarial duties of the Sunday School. Annie Mai developed the desire to help others. She had compassion for those who were hurting or in need, not realizing then that this would birth the foundation of her mission work. Neighbors would receive Christmas bags made by her mother and delivered by Annie and her siblings.

She continued her work at Mullin Chapel, working with the Young People Department and Lay Organizations. She was a member of the choir, Youth Sunday School Teacher, Class Leader, Stewardess and Trustee.

In 1981, Annie married Robert L. Couch and moved her membership to Ebenezer AME Church in Nashville, Tennessee. While under the pastorate of the Reverend c.c. Alexander, she assisted in organizing the YPD at Ebenezer. She served as president of the Women's Missionary Society and teacher of the Adult Sunday School Class. Later, she became a stewardess after one of the older stewardesses could no longer perform her duties.

On October 2,1989, Mrs. Couch was consecrated Deaconess and licensed to preach on March 17, 1993. She was ordained Local Deacon October 30, J 994 and Local Elder on November 11, 1995, all while under the presiding prelate, the Rt. Reverend Vernon R. Byrd. Reverend Couch received Life Membership in the Connectional WMS in June 2005.

Reverend Couch was a member of the Tennessee Conference and 13th District choirs. This experience not only enhanced her love for hymns but allowed opportunities to travel across the country.

Reverend Couch leaves to forever cherish her precious memories her daughters, Mary Maupin, Murfreesboro, TN, Rosa Billingslea, Detroit, MI and Carol (Robert) Williams, Belfast, TN; grandchildren, Nancy (Michael) Davis, Jillian (Seth) Silaphanh and Jeran (Chill) Williams, Murfreesboro, TN, Jonathan Billingslea, Phoenix, AZ, Bryon Williams, Belfast, TN, Henry, Cathy, Edith Billingslea and Yevrah Johnson, Detroit, MI; great-grandchildren, Haidyn, Dorian and Sophia Davis, Amare Johnson, Jimmy Cooper, Colin and Ava Williams; sisters, Alie Dashiell, Nancy Leslie and Jeanette (Ernest) Kennerly, Shelbyville, TN, Margaret (James) Brown, Wesley Chapel, FL; brother, O'Neal Flack, Shelbyville, TN; nieces and nephews; children in love, Kennedy Maupin, Mary Helen Maupin and Nancy Walsh; two sisters-ill-law, Gladys Flack and Callie Maupin; sister friends, Martha Brown, Dr. Sylvia Talbot and Sara Akins; son-in-love, William Howard Smith; and her Mullin Chapel and Ebenezer families.

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