Mrs. Annie Teresa Bethea Collins was born May 11, 1931 in Bennettsville, SC. “Ann-Tee”, as she was affectionately known by those who knew her best, was the second oldest child of eight children of John “Bubba” Bethea, Sr. and Lottie Peguese Bethea. She transitioned peacefully from this earthly life into her eternal heavenly rest on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at the Hospice Home of High Point, NC surrounded by her loving family.
Annie was educated in the Marlboro County, South Carolina school system and Guilford Technical Institute, Jamestown, NC. According to her mom, she was always smart, head strong, confident, joyful and a go getter.
Annie met Peter Travis Collins, Sr. in 1945 and they were married June 20, 1948 and resided in Brightsville, South Carolina where four of their six children were born: Kasper (died at the age of two from pneumonia), Dorothy, Peter Travis, Jr. and Carl. After relocating the family to High Point, North Carolina in 1952, twins Sylvia and Christopher were born several years later.
Upon settling in High Point, Annie became a member of Temple Memorial Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Leonard L. Macon where she served on Missionary Board #1, as a member of The Daughters of Temple and sang in the Gospel Choir.
Annie initially worked in the manufacturing and hosiery industries for many years until her health declined and she became a stay at home mom. She was an immaculate housekeeper and decorator and a great cook. Many of her family members and friends would brag about her cooking and her famous biscuits, especially her brother-in-law, Bishop Floyd Collins, Sr.
Annie assisted in establishing the daycare program at Temple Memorial Baptist Church and worked at the daycare until she suffered a stroke on a Sunday morning in 1979 while singing in the Gospel Choir. In 1997 she joined Word of Truth Christian Church in support of her son Chris, Sr. and in 2000, joined The Church of God of Prophecy.
In addition to her loving parents, preceding Annie into their eternal rest were her husband, Pete, Sr.; her sons Kasper and Carl; her brother, John “June” Bethea, Jr. and her sister, Gloria Bethea Manns.
Left to honor and cherish her memory are: her children, Dorothy and Peter Travis Collins, Jr. of High Point, NC; Sylvia Collins of Thomasville, NC and Christopher (Cerise) Collins, of Greensboro, NC; grandchildren, Chimere and Caleb Collins of Greensboro, NC; Christopher (Kiara) Collins, II of Mapleton, GA and Corban Collins of Cantu, Italy; great-grandson, Connor Zachary Collins of Greensboro, NC; siblings, Mary Willis of Newark, NJ, Geraldine (Kaizer) Rauff and Thomas (Vivian) Bethea of Brooklyn, NY; Willie Lee and Ella Bethea both of High Point, NC. Survivors also include her goddaughter, Barbara (George) Abrams and Patrina Hardison; devoted friends, Carol and Herbert Wiley, Barbara Blount Williams, Gloria Poteat Coleman, Barbara Ewings, Bonnie Crawford and Linda Glover; lifelong friend and prayer partner, Mrs. Ida Covington and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, other loving family members and loving friends.
Homegoing service will be held Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at The Church of God of Prophecy, 1100 Stanton Place, High Point, NC where Bishop Floyd D. Collins will be the eulogist. Family visitation is 12:00 p.m. with the service at 12:30 p.m. The family is receiving guests at 2305 Waynick Street, High Point, NC. 27265
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