Annie Jenkins-Bey

Annie Jenkins-Bey, 90, passed away on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at John Randolph Medical Center, Hopewell.

Sister Annie Jenkins-Bey was born Aug. 15, 1922, near Natchitoches Parrish in Louisiana to Albert Smith Sr. and Georgiana Mitchell Smith.

Her parents passed when she was about 5 years old. She and her three siblings were taken to Flint, Mich., where she lived with several aunts and uncles. Sister Annie as she is affectionately remembered attended Roosevelt Elementary School and Lowell High School. She later went on to work at Hurley Hospital for several years. Sister Annie while living in Flint was introduced to the Moorish Science Temple of America Inc. and became a member at a very young age. She proudly proclaimed her nationality of Moorish American and her faith in Islamism.

On Feb. 20, 1949, she married Andrew Jenkins-Bey of Chicago. The couple raised 10 children on the Moorish Home in Prince George, Va. Although Sister Annie had a large family of her own, she was generous and charitable to all. She not only cared for her family, but extended her kindness to others by making sure children were fed, cooking and cleaning for the elderly, and writing and reading letters. She was a true servant for humanity.

Sister Annie loved fishing, playing cards, dancing and listening to juke joint music. However, within the last several years, she was not as active. Although she had been confined to a wheel chair, her spirits were never dampened by her ailments. She stayed strong until the end when she was called home at 3:03 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2013.

She is survived by her devoted children, daughters, Alice (Hannibal) Frazier-Bey of Prince George, Va., Nadine (James) Johnson-Bey of Hope, Ind., Muriel Jenkins-Bey of Petersburg, Va., and sons, Leon Jenkins-Bey and Elijah Jenkins-Bey of Prince George, Va., Ravanna (Amira) Jenkins-Bey of Colonial Heights, Va., Roosevelt (LaTonia Bacote) Jenkins-Bey, of Hopewell, Va., and William Jenkins-Bey, of Hopewell, Va.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Lorrisa (Dennis) Frazier-Bey, Hannibal Frazier-Bey Jr., Lamaas Simmons-El, Indira Simmons-El, Kamil Simmons-El, Elliott Johnson-Bey, Kalvyn Johnson-Bey, Anne Johnson-Bey, Jeremy Johnson-Bey, Bena Jenkins-Bey, Aquila Jenkins-Bey, Zakima (Markel) Williams, Anthony Bates Jr., Raida Smith-Bey, Leon Smith-Bey, David Smith-Bey, Adia Smith-Bey, Ravanna Boyd, Sharon Blanding, LaShawnda Blanding-Bey, LeMar Blanding, Tony Bean, Jordan Hayes, Cherese Branford, Marnice Marshall, Lashaun Roland, Marcus Marshall and Eugene Wright. She had 25 great-grandchildren and a niece, Mattie Brown, nephew, Clifton (Bernadette) Bey, along with other great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parent, grandparents, David and Alice Mitchell, an only sister, Adeline Stewart-Bey, brothers, Clifton Smith-Bey and Albert Smith-Bey Jr., son, John Roland and Helmar Simmons-El.

A funeral service will be held today at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at The Moorish Science Temple of America, Prince George. Brother James Johnson-Bey, will officiate. Interment will follow at Moorish National Home No. 1 Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of Turner-Bland Funeral Home, Hopewell, the Rev. William N. Bland Jr. and Mr. James I. Gay, funeral directors. For more information or to leave an online condolence, visit us at www.blandenterprisesinc.com.

Published in The Progress-Index from Jan. 23 to Jan. 27, 2013