“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
Annette Marie Brickle McGauley’s life well lived came to a close Monday, July 15, 2019 at Memorial Satilla Health, Waycross.
On that morning, God, Who is infinite in wisdom and mercy, received her home.
She was born to the union of the late Deacon Aaron Brickle and Frances Chance Brickle in Tampa, FL July 16, 1942. She was the youngest of two children. After the passing of her mother when she was six months old, her father married Mae Frances Ruth of Millwood, who raised Annette as her own.
In 1957, she met the love of her life, James Donell McGauley, at the Paradise Café on Oak Street in Waycross. The song playing on jukebox the moment they met is the song that became their anthem. The name of that song was ‘Darling, You Send Me’ by Sam Cooke. She married James March 13, 1964 and to this union, four children were born: James Jr., Renae, Steven and Delano.
She received her education from the Waycross School System and graduated from Center High School in 1962. She played basketball on the Center High School Girls Basketball team and was a majorette in the Center High Tiger Marching Band.
She became a Christian at an early age and joined Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Waycross. She served in the Junior and Senior Choir and was a faithful member of Carter’s Interdenominational Mass Choir which was founded by the Rev. Roosevelt Carter. She later joined Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Blackshear, where she served as Deaconess. She also served on the senior usher board, the senior mission, and as president of the kitchen committee. She served as president of the McGauley Family Choir which was established in 1996. She was a member of the Ida Mae Chapter 229, Order of the Easter Star, Prince Hall Jurisdiction of Georgia, where she served as and treasurer.
She was employed at King Edward Cigar Factory for 20 plus years where she remained until retirement. She loved to travel and support her children and grandchildren in various school activities. She was a faithful supporter of the Pierce County High School Sound of Silver Marching Band. She loved to play softball and was a member of the Blackshear Recreation Softball League where she played for Blackshear Apparel. She loved watching westerns and her favorite television show was Walker, Texas Ranger.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She leaves to cherish fond memories, her husband of 55 years, Deacon James Donell McGauley Sr.; children, James Donell (Pamela) McGauley Jr., Waycross and Elder Steven Terrell (Evangelist Sophia) McGauley, Pastor Cecelia Renae (Pastor Samuel) Sellers and Delano Tayana (Willie) Mobley, Blackshear; siblings, James Chance, New York, NY and special brother, Billy Ruth, Augusta; brothers and sisters-in-law, Marion (Terrie) McGauley Sr., Jimmy (Lisa) McGauley Sr., Belinda (Cecil) Jones and Edmund T. McGauley Sr., all of Blackshear, Bobbie Jean Pope, Goulds, FL and Debra (Leonard) Gallashaw, Waycross; 15 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and sorrowing family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the funeral home, 505 Ware Street, Blackshear.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, from the Church of Christ Written in Heaven, 617 Blackwell Street, Waycross where Bishop John A Moss is the pastor. Dr. Cecelia Renae Sellers, Pastor of the Upper Room Ministries, Waycross, will bring words of comfort.
Interment will follow in Blackshear City Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed online was www.raingememorialchapelinc.com.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.