Annie Mae Clemons Couch, was born in a small mining town called Glen White, West Virginia. She was the ninth and last child born to William Howard and Roxie Anna Clemons. She is the daughter of a coal miner.
Annie Mae received her education in the Raleigh County public school system of West Virginia. While in high school Annie Mae was in the Stratton Dance Group, and she was a member of the Stratton Marching Band as a majorette. She graduated from Stratton High School in 1950.
Being the granddaughter of a Baptist Minister, Reverend Claudius W. Clemons, she learned at an early age to love the church. She confessed that Jesus Christ was Lord at the age of fifteen, and was baptized by the late Reverend C. H. Edwards at the Shady Grove Baptist Church. Annie Mae had a beautiful alto voice and sang on the Youth Gospel Choir, and was active in the church and community doing what she could to encourage her neighbors and their children.
She met and courted Samuel Edward Couch. The first time she saw Samuel she was up in the garden picking vegetables. She turned to her girlfriend and told her, "That's going to be my husband!" On October 15th, 1950, during a small ceremony in her parents home, Annie and Samuel were united in Holy Matrimony, by the late Reverend C. H. Edwards. To their union three children were born, Brenda Joyce, Marvin Lee, and Samuel Edward, Jr.
In 1965 she joined the Mt. Sinai Tabernacle Baptist Church. One Sunday as she sat in the pew the late Reverend Lester C. Smith, from the pulpit, appointed her a Trustee. She served as a trustee for twenty-eight years. Then Annie became Church Clerk, and served in that capacity from 1979 until August, 1993.
In August, 1993 Pastor Fuller decided to start his own church. Annie and her family were there on that Saturday when the New Joy Missionary Baptist Church was born. On that Saturday, Pastor Joseph Fuller, Jr. appointed Annie as the first Church Clerk. To date Annie has served as Church Clerk for twenty three years.
She often remarks, "I trust in God, I know He has brought me this far." Her favorite scripture is Isaiah 40:31, "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall walk, and not faint."
Annie says, "I feel that what little I have accomplished in life is due to my upbringing. We were always taught the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." I have a strong faith in God believing and trusting that, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."
She leaves to Cherish Her Memory: Her loving daughter Brenda Joyce; three granddaughters; Dawn Carter (Leigh), Andrea, Alainna; two great-granddaughters Ariona and Phoenix; one sister-in-law Elizabeth Patterson of New York; a host of cousins, nieces and nephews: and three special "adopted" children Aaron Stewart, Gale Williams, and Deacon Andre' Andrews. Sorrowfully Submitted
The Family "To all things there is a season ..."
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
New Joy Missionary Baptist Church
2314 W. Allegheny Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19132