Annie Belle Green was born into the union of Willie and Sadie Williams on July 11, 1925 in Augusta, Georgia (Home of James Brown). She was raised and educated in Augusta with her four siblings, Randall Williams, Edward Williams, Neaily Williams, and Rebena Tyler, who preceded her in death.
On August 10, 1945, she married her childhood sweetheart and the love of her life, Roger Green, near their childhood home. Shortly after, the two of them moved to the South Side of Chicago where they shared 63 loving years in marriage, before he passed away in 2008. This union blessed them with two daughters, Renee Johnson, and Michelle Green.
Annie Belle was a servant of God, this was her calling. She accepted Christ at an early age and her service to the Lord and the Body of Christ has held true in her every interaction. From her warm motherly smiles, to songs of praise on her lips that could be heard in passing, her light shined brighter than any other. In 1955, she became a founding member of St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church, located on the west side of Chicago. Affectionately known as Sister Green, she remained a faithful member for over 60 years until she was called home to be with the Lord. Sister Green arrived early and was one of the last to leave. During service she could be found sitting in the back row with her fellow Usher Board members enjoying the sights and sounds of service. She loved to people watch. Even from the back row, you could spot her keen eye for fashion, to which she would respond to compliments with a chuckle and phrasing: “I can’t help it!” In addition to serving on the Usher Board, she taught Sunday School, instilling the Word of God into the hearts of many young adults. During many after church programs, she could be found in an apron and a smile serving hot meals with her church buddies. But don’t let that smile fool you, if any child was found doing something out of order, she would give them that “look” and they would immediately straighten up.
Annie Belle was a selfless and warmhearted caregiver. She often visited elder members of family and church to assist with errands, meal prepping, or just a simple check in to see how they were doing. She enjoyed being around family and celebrating special occasions, hosting several Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations at her home with an open door policy for those she knew and loved dearly. Her signature dishes included her famous sweet potato pies and 7-Up Lemon Pound Cake.
She lived her everyday to the fullest and loved to spend time with her family and friends. Those who knew her knew her laugh was infectious and could be heard a mile away. She enjoyed speaking to her family and friends down South, especially calls from her brother, whom she called Sonny Boy and her dear friend Gail Barbee, talking, laughing, and reminiscing about the “good ole days” reminding her of “what she used to do!” She enjoyed listening to music, especially the Blues and even at the age of 96 she stayed on beat to every tune.
Annie Belle was affectionately loved by all her family, neighborhood friends and church family.
She leaves a great legacy to cherish her memory; two daughters, Renee Johnson and Michelle Green; one special son-in-law, Rev. Timothy Johnson; three grandchildren, Destinee Johnson, Joshua Johnson and Antonio Johnson; a very very dear friend, Galena Barbee (Montgomery, Alabama); sister-in-law, Jacqueline Williams; nieces, Sandra Flowers, Belinda Jordan (Elijah), Rhonda Simien (Anthony); nephews, Rodney Houston (Geneva), Wil Williams (Patricia), Lester Williams, Larry Williams, Alfred Williams, David Williams; and a host of great nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends.
Interesting Facts about Annie Belle Green
1. JamesBrown was a childhood friend
2. Was married 18 years before having children
3. Ate sweet potatoes everyday
4. Loved to travel
5. Never gave anyone the recipe to her famous 7up pound cake
6. Loved to dance
7. Favorite music genre -- The Blues
8. Flashy dresser