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Annette Ingram Oliver, daughter of the late Virgil Ingram and Emma “Lou” Wilson
Ingram was born on May 18, 1943. At the early age of 10, she accepted the Lord as her Savior and joined the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church where she remained faithful until the Lord called her home.
Annette received her formal education at the Caswell County Training School in Yanceyville, N.C., where she graduated at the top of her class in 1962. She also attended Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. On January 4, 1963, she was united in holy matrimony to the late Deacon Willie Pete Oliver. To this union, they were blessed with two children.
A devout Christian and servant of the Lord, Annette faithfully served at her church and in her community in many capacities. She loved helping others and made sure that all under her watchful eye were taken care of. At her church, she sang in the choir, served as the President of the Gospel Chorus, served as a Missionary Circle leader and member, Sunday school teacher, Director of Christian Education, Assistant Culinary leader, and helped out wherever she was needed. In the community, she worked with many organizations to bring about change and to make sure those who were less fortunate had the same opportunities as others. She served faithfully as a volunteer leader at the Caswell County Outreach Ministries. She also served as a voter registrar, worked at the voting polls, and was involved with the local branch of the NAACP, as well as other community organizations.
Annette enjoyed working and took every role she had seriously. She retired from Belk in Danville, Va. in 2015. Prior to that, she was an entrepreneur and owned her own retail clothing store, “Giovanne’s”, which was located in Piedmont Mall, Danville Va. and in Yanceyville, N.C.. In her earlier career, she worked in the office at Hanover Mills in Yanceyville, N.C. and Hillsborough, N.C.
Annette had a spirit of excellence and it showed in everything she did. She was known for her gift of making every space a place of beauty. She took pride in making sure everything was in order and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Her love was shown in all that she did, including her love for her family and friends. She loved her family and friends with all of her heart. She always gave selflessly and never turned away anyone if she could help.
She leaves to cherish her beautiful memories, her daughter, Dr. Paulette O. Stephens of Durham, N.C.; son, Kerry P. Oliver (Bridget) of Yanceyville, N.C.; granddaughter (her heart) Adrienne C. Stephens of Raleigh, N.C.; sister in-law/niece, Shinette Graves, Yanceyville, N.C.;
brother in-law, Fred Williamson, Jr. of Yanceyville, N.C.; one aunt, Hattie Belle Wilson of Danville, Va.; “adopted” family, the Mayo family of Raleigh, N.C.; and a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.