STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Ruth Martin Powell Cartee entered her Heavenly home early Monday morning, March 10, 2014, under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice. She was born in 1926 to the late Pafford and Ruth Martin. She grew up in Stilson, Georgia, where she worked on the family farm. Annie Ruth attended Georgia Teachers College, then married Rabun Powell and moved to Tattnall County. After Rabun's death, she married George Cartee and they returned to Bulloch County to make their home.
Mrs. Cartee was employed by JC Penney for nearly 30 years and later served as a "pink lady" with the EGRMC Auxiliary. She was active in the Portal Heritage Society, where she and George were known for selling turpentine. She is remembered by most as a member of the Friendship Baptist Church Choir, where she proudly sang alto for many years. She was even known to play the piano there at times! Her grandchildren remember her as a phenomenal cook because of her apple tarts, pecan pies and chewy cake. She was affectionately called "Big Mama" by many people.
Mrs. Cartee was preceded in death by her two husbands, Rabun and George; and a daughter-in-law, Lisa Cartee.
She is survived by her daughter, Ina Ruth Smith of Statesboro; a son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Powell of Collins; her granddaughter and her husband, Michelle and Bubba Fields; and great-granddaughters, Madison Leigh and Makinley Fields, all of Statesboro. When she married George, she gained another special family, which now includes children Dannie, Linda, Rickey and Stephanie; grandchildren, Romaine, Royce, Seneca, Alicia, Rusty, Tiffany and Katie; and great-grandchildren, Trace and Layton. "Big Mama" was also adopted by several special families who helped care for her and who loved her as if she was their own grandmother. Those include: the Deals, the Johnsons, the Leaches, the Osbornes, the Owens and the Princes. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
Annie Ruth was adamant about having no funeral or crying over her passing. Therefore, her life will be celebrated with much singing and happiness. Please join us for a Celebration of Life Service in the chapel of Joiner-Anderson on Wednesday, March 12, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Tom Osborne officiating.
A graveside service and burial will be held in the Cedar Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Tattnall County at 3 p.m.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice to honor those who faithfully cared for Big Mama, at P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30459; to the Portal Heritage Society in memory of their Big Mama and Granddaddy, P.O. Box 539, Portal, Ga. 30450; or Cedar Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Wendell Lynn, 2130 Cedar Creek Church Road, Collins, Ga. 30421.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.
Statesboro Herald, March 11, 2014
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