Annie Bell Martin, 86, of Roanoke, departed her life on earth Monday, April 8, 2013, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Bell, as she was affectionately known by family and friends, was a native of Roanoke, born on February 28, 1928. She was the youngest daughter of the late Roar J. and Nannie Flippen Manns. Bell was raised and educated in the Roanoke City Public School System, a 1945 graduate of Lucy Addison High School. She professed hope in Christ at an early age, and joined Sweet Union Baptist Church under the Pastorate of the late Rev. Gilbert. She was a faithful member until her health started to fail. She was united in Holy Matrimony to her high school sweetheart, Mr. Willie N. Martin, who preceded her in death. Bell was also preceded in death by her brothers, James, William, Warren J., Spencer and Fred Manns; sisters, Bessie Manns Rhodes and Gracie Evelena Wade.
The Guest Book is expired.
She is survived by her loving and dedicated nieces, Marilyn Nellum, Rita Manns and Delores Manns; dedicated nephews, Warren (Josephine) Manns, Charles (Jackie) Manns, Dennis (Patricia) Wade, James O. (Barbara) Wade, Eric (Jeanette) Wade, Fred (Stephanie) Wade, and Adrian (Rosalind) Wade; devoted great-nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
Special thanks to Pheasant Ridge Rehabilitation Staff.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Sweet Union Baptist Church with the Rev. M. Sylvia Ball officiating, and the Rev. Dr. Edward T. Burton, eulogist. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in Williams Memorial Park. Friends may call on Friday afternoon for viewing at Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to www.Hamlar-Curtis.com.
Published in Roanoke Times from Apr. 11 to Apr. 12, 2013