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A Celebration of Life was held in honor of Mother Annie Bell Character on Friday, January 26, 2018.


Annie Bell Phelps was born December 30, 1921 in Roberta, Georgia to the late William Mack Phelps and Mattie E. Lockhart Phelps.  She complete her earthy assignment Friday, January 19, 2018, when her Lord looked down and saw that she had completed her assignment and was growing weary.  He positioned his angels to bring his child home to rest from all her labor. 

Annie Bell was affectionately known to many as “Little Sister”.  She was raised in Taylor County with her six brothers, William Mack, Willie Joe, John, Daniel James, Elijah Lewis, and Allen Roy and two sisters, Zelpha Mae and Effie Mae who have all preceded her in death.

She had very little schooling but a lot of God’s wisdom.  She loved the farm life and enjoyed sharing stories of her work in the fields while plying a mule.  Mother Annie Bell took pride in everything she did.

She joined in holy matrimony on December of 1942 to Richard “Duck” Character, to this union 5 children were born.  1958, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia in search for a better way living for she and her children.  Her first job in Atlanta was a Joe’s Cotton.  Her sister Effie, was with her and together they worked alongside each other. Mother Annie Bell worked as a cook most of her time at several restaurants.  She began to earn the reputation of being great a cook and a wonderful person around the Atlanta area.  She was best known for her baking skills.  She was requested to bake cakes for all occasions.  During Christmas, she would receive orders for 10 more cakes. 

Mother loved the Lord with all her heart and soul.  She talked to her children and grandchildren often about the goodness of the Lord and his grace and mercy.  Tuesday evenings were known for prayer meeting time in her home.  She made sure there were songs of praise, scripture readings, and testimonies of the goodness of God every Tuesday evening.  She became a member of the Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church in 1958 under the leadership of Elder Isaiah Phelps.  She was a faithful member until her health began to fail and she could no longer maintain her duties. 

God did bless her to attend church services during Mother’s Day and the union meetings.  Mother Annie Bell looked forward to Deacon Elijah Phelps and his wife’s monthly visit to worship the Lord.

To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.  She was also preceded in death by one son, Richard Character and one great grandson, Joseph Rogerick Woods.  Mother Annie’s precious memories will be forever cherished by her five daughters, Betty Baler, Katherine(Pat) Newberry, Annie Nell(Allen) Myles of Butler, Georgia, Mattie Williams and Yvonne Barham both of Atlanta, Georgia; one son, Melvin Sneed, Mauk, Georgia; one sister, Jossie Mae Jones, Atlanta, Georgia; two sister in-laws, Virginia Phelps, Atlanta, Georgia, Viola Jackson, Columbus, Georgia; One brother in-law, John Character, Albany, Georgia; twenty-three grandchildren,  forty-eight great grandchildren, thirty three great great grandchildren                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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