Annie Mae Edney, a resident of Holly Springs Senior Citizens Home, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.
She was preceded in death by her parents Bailus Edgar and Lizzie Adalae Beatty Edney, niece Karen Edney and nephew Ricky Edney, all whom she loved dearly.
A lifetime resident of Rutherford County, NC, Annie Mae, born June 15, 1936, grew up on a family farm, without the conveniences of electricity, running water or telephones, on Camp Creek road in Union Mills. She had to walk a quarter mile and cross the creek using a foot log, in all types of weather conditions, to reach the bus stop. A high school graduate, she received the highly esteemed R.E. Price Citizenship award.
One day, after hitching a ride with a neighbor to the grocery store, she was in a horrible automobile accident when it collided with a train. From that accident, she endured severe head trauma and lost her sense of smell and taste, but she never lost her passion for cooking. She recovered from that accident, worked hard, saved her money, and bought a house to relocate herself and her parents to Spindale, where she spent her adult life. She learned to drive, bought her own vehicles, became financially independent and provided for herself. She worked at Spindale Mills in the spinning room department, from 1964 until she retired. During her 30+ years tenure, she had perfect attendance, with the exception of one single day missed for her mother’s funeral.
Annie Mae was a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church in Union Mills, and later transferred her membership to Adaville Baptist Church, in Spindale. She enjoyed the many outings with her Sunday School class sisters. She loved to share the food she cooked with family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Her signature items were her pound cakes, freshly grated coconut, and Cool Whip! She loved to share recipes and had an astounding collection of recipe books and clocks. She enjoyed gardening, sweet potatoes, daily visits to Hardee’s, weekly visits to the hair salon, occasional shopping trips to Hamrick’s, ordering Avon, talking on the phone and would often politely respond with “same to you”. She had a little dog named Brownie. She was not a pushover though, and could stubbornly stand her ground, and sometimes be quite demanding. Annie Mae lived a pure, disciplined, Christian life, prayed for us all, and loved everyone, including her longtime neighbors Earl and Shirley Campbell. She was a good role model by adhering to her simplistic definition of right from wrong.
She is survived, and will be lovingly missed, by her dear brother Willie and wife Barbara Edney, nephew Danny and wife Donna Edney, niece Lora and husband Keith Bailey, great nieces Jessica Bailey, Brandi Nanney, Breanna Byers, great nephews Joshua Bailey and Bryson Edney, great-great nephews Amos and Asher Bailey and Channing Nanney, and great-great nieces Alexis and Alyssa Nanney.
The family will receive friends at Padgett & King Mortuary on Friday, March 10, 2023, from 2-3 pm. The funeral service will be held in the chapel at 3 pm with the Reverend Jeff Pate officiating. Interment will follow at Adaville Baptist cemetery.
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