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Arista House

South Fulton, Tennessee

Sep 23, 1932 – Aug 30, 2020 (Age 87)


September 23, 1932
August 30, 2020
South Fulton, Tennessee


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Rawls Funeral Home - South Fulton Obituary

Annie Arista House was sent from God on September 23, 1932, and was ushered to The Celestial Shore on August 29, 2020, in her home peacefully as she slept. She was a native of South Fulton, Tennessee. A namesake to her mother Annie Blanche, her great-grand mother Annie Elizabeth (Waddell) Pierce, and great-aunt Arista (White) Laffone, Annie Arista was born to the late Cecil L. House, Sr. and Annie B. (Garrett) House-Wright, and was a step-daughter to the late George H. Wright.

This Christian Solider was reared in St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Sunday School and Church. She labored relentlessly as the pianist. A 5th generation AME, she served her loved church in various capacities including serving as a Steward. She was a faithful servant to God. Thus, she earned her angelic, cherubic wings.

A gentle and kind spirit, Annie Arista attended South Fulton East Rosenwald School, and she graduated from Miles High in Union City, Tennessee. She was a secondary education major with an emphasis in history/social studies and a minor in music at Wilberforce University in Xenia, Ohio, and earned her Master’s Degree plus 30 hours in Counseling from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She taught private music lessons and music in Obion County Schools. She retired from St. Louis Public School as an instructor of history and social studies. From her idea of home-town homecoming and school reunions of Milton and Rosenwald Schools. the Ken-Tenn Homecoming and School Reunion Association, Inc. evolved. As a committee member of The Honor Scholarships, Annie Arista served as a trustee and the secretary.
The siblings of Annie Arista were Melvin Sr., Elvin, Henry, Cecil Jr., Willard Adolphus, and Anita.

To rejoice in her being ushered to The Celestial Shore and to cherish her memory is Susan House niece/daughter whom she nurtured, Sherry Kaye Atkins niece/daughter/caretaker, Pastor Rev. Annie Garvin, cousin Phillip (Vanessa) Bright, “sisters” Alberta (the late Rev. W.T.) Atkins, Robbie (James) Johnson, Mary Louise Joy, Ann Jones, Ruby Thomas/Family, Beatrice Wilcox, Peggy Tribble, “brothers” George (Gwendolyn) Chambers, Ralph (Margaret) Jackson, “nieces” Myra (Rodney) Bass, Wannetta Keels/Family, Sharon Faye (Robert) Taylor/Family, Cozette Jones/Family, Rebecca Burrell/Family, Chantelle (Rob) Barbour, Pamela Atkins, Theresa (Brandon) Amos, Felicia (Thomas) Lightner, Sharon Patton, LaQuita Slayton, Deidre Newbern , Debra Jackson, and Bernadette House, “nephews” Jonathan “Bobo” Gentry, Andrew “Pap” Patton, David (Oma) Ware, Keith (late Beaulah) Brown, and Melvin House, Jr., Her childhood playmate (beginning at age 4) and “sister” Trulla Delores Atkins preceded her in death in 2019.

Her Pastor beloved, Rev. Annie Garvin, was the officiant for the beautifully pleasing memorial service with the St. Paul AME Church Family via teleconference. Interment was at Fairview Cemetary, Fulton, Ky. In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Honor Scholarships c/o Sherry Atkins 415 Taylor Street, South Fulton, Tn. 38257. Cards can be sent to Susan E. House, 2799 Nottinghill Row, Unit E, Florissant, MO. 63033-2414.

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We never got to meet, but family is family. I love God and family. May you rest in peace.

RIP Ms. Arista prayers for your family and friends. Enjoyed checking on you periodically when I was a city police officer. Once I left I missed checking on you. Thanks for your loving ❤ support and friendship. So until we meet again RIP.