Annie J. Brown-Ammons was born in Pheba, Mississippi on February 23, 1940, to parents Ella Mae Brown and Ervin Thomas Brown.
Annie departed this life on February 28, 2018.
She was preceded in death by, Jessica, Willie, Sr. Willie, Jr. and Latonia.
She attended Cleveland Elementary School, Mound Bayou and East Side Colored High School, where she ran Track for three years, played the Snare Drum in the Marching Band and sang Alto in the High School choir. Years later after moving to Kansas City, Missouri, she attended Carver Bible College for two years, Western Bible College, the “National Congress for Christian Education” and the “Kaw Valley District Classed held locally in Kansas City, Kansas for many years.
After graduating in 1958, Annie moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where she met Willie Shelton Ammons, Sr. They were married on February 21, 1959 and had five children, Jessica, Willie, Jr. Darryl, Terry, and Latonia.
Annie confessed her life to Christ at Bright star Baptist Church and later joined St. Matthews Baptist Church both in Cleveland Mississippi. Upon her arrival to Kansas City in 1959, she joined the Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church with her mother, Ella Mae Brown where she sang with her sister and mother calling themselves, “The Mother and Daughter Trio”. Further, she was also involved with a singing group known as the “Sacred Tone Singers” for many years. In 1973, she moved her membership to the Rising Star Baptist Church. Sister Ammons sang in the Senior Choir and organized the Junior Choir as well as the J. R. Williamson Inspirational Singers. She also became Director of the Senior Choir and Male Chorus years after the passing of her mom. Her stint at Rising Star Baptist Church as a Musician and Choir Director lasted well over forty years.
Annie organized the Youth Department and Vacation Bible School along with Sister Chandler (now deceased). The “Back to School Carnival” was organized to provide supplies and clothing for school children as well as inviting them and new members to Rising Star Baptist Church on Sundays. Sister Ammons and sister White started the “Christmas Day Feed the Hungry”, program at Rising Star Baptist Church which provided clothing, socks, gloves, and food for those who were homeless or needed a hand up during the winter season. She served on the staff on the Children’s Church. Lastly, she worked tirelessly over forty years feeding the bereaved families and friends.
Sister Ammons dedicated her life to Rising Star Baptist Church in many capacities too, numerous, as well as the many other churches which she supported throughout the years. Further, her support to Darryl and Terry in whatever capacity, sewing, cooking, and supporting concerts and performances as a parent, was relentless through high school, college, and their teaching careers. She was truly a dedicated soldier! God had blessed her for seventy-eight years and counting for allowing us to share this time on earth with us.
On November 13, 2016, Annie was recognized by the Rising Star Baptist Church saying, “Thank You”, for all the: years, meals, songs, programs, rehearsals, words of encouragement, support, prayers, gifts, financial contributions, auxiliaries, committees, and the three vehicles destroyed by hauling numerous supplies for her beloved Church. She is now wearing, “Her Crown”. She will be greatly missed by all who ever shared the path called “Life with her”! Now there is no more suffering. You can “Rest in Peace”!
Funeral Service for Annie J. Brown-Ammons will be held Saturday, March 10, 11:00 a.m. at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 2310 E. Linwood Blvd.
Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Church.
Interment, Forest Hill Cemetery.