PROSPECT HILL - Annie Laurie Bradley Morris Wilkinson passed peacefully from her earthly life at her home in Prospect Hill, N.C., on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012.
Annie Laurie was born in Chalybeate Springs, N.C., in 1914, the fifth child of Willie Bradley and Ernie Carpenter. She spent her early life in Chalybeate Springs but moved to Durham in 1927 and her family later built a home on Long Street. When her parents died one day apart in 1932, Annie Laurie, then only 18 years old, became responsible for her younger brothers, Odell and Jerald, who were still living at home. She worked at a variety of jobs for several years and eventually married Ector Morris in 1943. This marriage produced daughter Susan Carpenter Morris and William Morris. Several years after Ector's death in 1964, Annie Laurie was introduced by a mutual friend to James Clair Wilkinson of Prospect Hill, N.C., and they married in November 1971. She lived the remainder of her life in Prospect Hill. Before retiring in 1980, she was employed for 17 years by Duke University Medical Center in Durham. She and James Clair spent many enjoyable days fishing and relaxing on Oak Island during the 1970s and '80s. James Clair passed away in 2010.
Annie Laurie outlived all of her siblings: brothers Leo, Howard, Dewey, Odell, Jerald, Graham, and Conroy and infant sister Ruby. Annie Laurie also outlived her daughter, Susan. She is survived by her son, William Morris of Durham; stepson, James Wilkinson Jr. (Sheila) of Prospect Hill; stepdaughter, Anne Bassett of Durham; grandsons, Billy Wilkinson and Andrew Wilkinson (Holly) of Mebane; grandson, Richard Solomon (Savanna) of Newport News, Va.; granddaughter, Suzanne Allen (Brian) of Mebane; great-granddaughters Isabel and Caroline Allen; nephews, Thomas Bradley of Durham and Brock Bradley and family of Butner; cousins, Shirley Bradley and family of Raleigh, Kenneth Bradley, Richard Bradley, and Leo (Mike) Bradley of Raleigh and Rebecca Bradley of Dillard, Ga.
Annie Laurie's Christian faith was an important part of her entire life. She was an active member of Griers Presbyterian Church in Prospect Hill for more than 40 years and an active member of Northgate Presbyterian Church in Durham for many years before that. Until recently, she was active with Esther's Water Walkers at the Triangle SportsPlex in Hillsborough and thoroughly enjoyed the company of her fellow water walkers. Annie Laurie had a lifelong love of plants, flowers, and shrubs and always enjoyed working in the yard and having a summer garden. She was a skilled dress maker, seamstress, artist, horsewoman, craftsperson, and Girl Scout Leader during various periods of her life. Annie Laurie was also an enthusiastic traveler. One of her most memorable trips was driving cross-country to California with her daughter Susan in 1968 and driving to Key West with her good friend Etta Lee Terrell. She also visited New England and Nova Scotia, Mexico, Bermuda, England, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Israel. Annie Laurie was an inspiration to her family and all who knew her. Her strength of faith and spirit were exceptional.
The family wishes to express its grateful appreciation to all of Annie Laurie's home health care providers: Doris Gwynn, Doris Butts, Margaret Crouch, Sylvia Jeffries, Lee Ann Kelly, and Crystal Mise for their tireless efforts and the loving care they gave Annie Laurie; they are all dear to the entire family. The family is also grateful to the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance Caswell for their help to the family and for making Annie Laurie's last days comfortable. The family is being assisted by Hall-Wynne Funeral Service of Durham.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 W. Main St., Durham. A second visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Griers Presbyterian Church, 569 Griers Church Road, Leasburg, N.C. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at Griers. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. in Maplewood Cemetery, Section 4, 1621 Duke University Road, Durham.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
at P.O. Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077, or Griers Presbyterian Church at 569 Griers Church Road, Leasburg, NC 27291.
The Wilkinson family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online memorials may be sent at www.hallwynne.com
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