Annie was born January 7, 1920, in Ida, Louisiana to the late Jimmie and Nancy Johnson. She was fondly known to everyone in the community as "Mommie".
Annie graduated from Humphrey High School in 1938. After graduation, she went on to attend one year of college at Pines Vocational. She then stepped out into the world of work and was able to be skilled at many things. She worked as a laborer at the Pine Bluff Arsenal, a presser for Wallow Cleaners, and a cook at England Nursing Home. During the course of her labors, she met and married the late Robert Vanderbilt, Sr. The Lord was always a key factor in her eyes, and the love she showed for Jesus was evident through her life-long membership at Mason Temple Church of God in Christ under the leadership of many holy Ghostfilled men: Elder W. M. Pullen, Elder Alexander, Elder O'Neal, Elder Karl Barnes, and finally, until age wouldn't allow her to attend, Elder Louie Robinson, Jr.
Annie was a member of the Eastern Star, President of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 401, and member of the· Altheimer Community Mass Choir. She enjoyed watching the news, The View, Judge Judy, Deal or No Deal, Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune, and on Saturday evenings, the Gaithers Gospel Show.
Annie is preceded in death by her husband-Robert Vanderbilt, Sr.; parents-Jimmie and Nancy Johnson; daughter-Baby Joyce Lee Vanderbilt; brothers-Jimmie, Alphus, Willie, Cornelius, Shelley, and Amos; and great-grandchildren-Jaylon and Baby Clark.
Annie's lifelong memories will be forever cherished by her children: Charles V. Smith of Bluegrass, Iowa, Presephene (Alonzo) Hayes of Tucker, Arkansas, McConico Creggett, and Jewel Vanderbilt both of Altheimer, Arkansas; sisters-Nancy Mae Charles and Truly (Theo) White both of Chicago, Illinois; 15 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; friend-Lucy Bailey; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Annie traded her earthly crown in for her new and improved heavenly crown on October 5, 2020, when she heard God can· her name saying,
"Annie Lee, your assignment here on earth has been completed. Job well done.
Now it's time for you, My child, to spread your wings.
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