Missionary Annie Bell (Ann) Abson Booker was born April 12, 1949 in Strong, Arkansas to the late Mr. L.V. Abson and Mrs. Mandy Baker Abson.
On September 17, 2018, loved ones watched Ann fold up her tent and move to her new home.
In her early years, she attended Gardner School in Strong, AR. She married Ardis L. Thompson Sr., and they moved to Saginaw, MI. To this union, five children were born: Catrica, Terri, Lamar, Sabrina, and Kathy. While raising a family, she continued her education and graduated from St. Joseph High School. After graduation, she was employed by the Buena Vista School District.
While living in Saginaw, she attended Greater Williams Temple C.O.G.I.C where she became a missionary and a licensed evangelist under the leadership of Jurisdictional Bishop Hebert J. Williams. One Sunday while attending church, the Lord challenged her to minister to others. She accepted the challenge. Along with her then husband, Pastor Thompson, they cofounded Faith Charity Pentecostal Gospel Church.
She was a member of Queen Deborah Chapter #110 Order of Eastern Star, Saginaw, Michigan. Her hobbies were shopping and sewing were she acquired many suits with hats and shoes to match. She shared these items with the needy and with anyone who asked for them. Her sewing enabled her to share handcrafted gifts with those she loved. Ann loved writing poems and one was published in The National Library of Poetry. She had a special voice, and she did not mind singing for the joy of others.
Ann moved back to Strong, AR were she became a member of Sunlight C.O.G.I.C. in El Dorado, AR. As a member she continued her missionary work. Later on, she was joined in holy matrimony to Superintendent Leester Charles Booker where she assumed the role of First Lady of the church.
She was preceded in death by her father, and two grandsons: Marquavis Neal and Elijah Harris.
To cherish Missionary Annie B Abson Booker memories are her husband, Leester Charles Booker of Warren, AR, four daughters: Catrica Neal of Fairburn, GA; Terri Thompson of Bloomington, IL; Sabrina Robinson of Strong, AR and Kathy Thompson of Duluth, GA; one son: Ardis Lamar (Takia) Thompson Jr. of Bloomington, IL; mother, Mandy Abson of Strong, AR; one sister, Ida Carter of Monroe, LA; one brother, Willie (Alice) Abson of Mabelvale, AR; three step-daughters: Karen (Clark) Broughton of Syracuse, NY; Sharon Booker and Latrice (Patrick) Nixon both of Little Rock, AR; one sister-in-law: LaVern Booker of Little Rock, AR; two brothers-in-law: Jerry (Charlesetta) Booker of Little Rock, AR and James (Sandra) Booker of Portland, OR; one aunt Ethel Kemp of Strong, AR; one special daughter Evelyn Jackson of El Dorado, AR; one special sister Juanita (Eddie) Rogers of Strong, AR and one special brother Herbert (Essie) Baker of Spearsville, LA; her best friend Diane Foreman of Strong, AR, her caregivers, Shirley Belin and Anna Noble both of Warren, AR; 18 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and a host of godchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held Friday, September 28, 2018 at the chapel of Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service in Crossett, AR from 12:30 pm until 7:00 pm.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday, September 29, 2019 at Springhill Baptist Church in Oakland, LA at 12:00 pm.
Interment will follow funeral service at Springhill Baptist Church Cemetery in Oakland, LA under direction of Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service of Crossett, AR.