Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
~ Revelations 14: 12 - 13
Annie Dolia Taylor, daughter of the late John and Ethel Williams was born on Thursday, January 3, 1924 in Greensville County, Virginia.
Annie was educated in the Greensville County Public School System. Growing up on the farm, she learned very early on the value of hard work. At an early age, she accepted Christ as her Lord and Saviour, was baptized and she joined the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.
Annie united in Holy Matrimony to the late Johnny Baker. Together they relocated to New York City, but later settled in Baltimore, Maryland. While there, she worked tirelessly to ensure her children received their education. As life progressed, she was united in Holy Matrimony to James Taylor. Together, they united in Christian Fellowship with New Cornerstone Baptist Church. Annie made sure her children attended Sunday School, so they could learn about the goodness of the Lord.
Annie’s first job was with a dry cleaner’s. She loved to sew and worked as a seamstress for many years. She later became co-owner of Lillie Anne’s Gown & Dress Shop. She was also the owner and operator of a confectionary store for many years.
As a member of New Cornerstone and later New Rehoboth Church, Annie was very active and held several positions in the church. She was President of the Flower Circle, for 11 years; President of the Children’s Choir, for 9 years; Assistant Superintendent of the Sunday School, for 2 years; member of the Logan Gospel Choir, for 11 years and Mother of Girl Scouts, for 8 years.
Upon return to her home in Virginia, Annie rekindled her membership with Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, where Reverend Richard Webb, served as the Pastor. She was an active member of the Mass Choir, Willing Workers Ministry and Missionary Ministry. She, along with her sisters, cared for their dear mother, until her demise. Annie loved her mother dearly.
Not only was Annie busy within her family and her church, but she was active within her community as well. She was a vital part of the Senior Citizens Group of Emporia. She loved her family and friends dearly, especially their times together. She often visited the sick and helped the elderly whenever she could. She was a woman of faith and thanked God daily for his many blessings.
On Monday, April 4, 2023, while in the serenity of her home, with her loving and devoted family by her side, Annie peacefully entered into eternal rest. In addition to her parents, Annie was preceded in death by: one daughter, Dianne; two grandchildren, Darryl and Robert and two great-grandchildren, Charles and Robert III.
As a loving, nurturing, and supportive mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, Annie will be greatly missed. Cherished memories will forever remain in the hearts of those she touched. Her legacy will live on and be carried on by: three son, Freddie Lee Williams (Irene) of Norfolk, Virginia, Johnnie Alphonso Baker (Nancy) and Larry Lee Baker (Darlene) of Baltimore, Maryland; three daughters, Shirley Ann Ledbetter of Randallstown, Maryland, Ethel Magnolia Tucker of Baltimore, Maryland and Linda Baker Allen (James) of Emporia, Virginia; twenty-two grandchildren; thirty-nine great-grandchildren; forty-five great, great-grandchildren; seven sisters, Clarine Thomas, Ollie Harges, Elnora Uzzelle, Magaline Cofield, Raddie Jennette, Mildred Wright and Lottie Woolfolk; one brother, Edward Williams; one sister-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
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