"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." II Timothy 4:7
Deaconess Mother Annette Fay Stephens Fryar, affectionately known as 'Net' to some, was the 11th of 12 children born to the late Calip and Mary Goff Stephens on June 25, 1924 in Ruffin, SC. She entered into eternal rest shortly past midnight on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Colleton Medical Center, Walterboro, SC. At age 95, Mom was the eldest living of the Daniel Stephens' grandchildren.
Mother Annette attended school in Ruffin but completed her studies in Walterboro at the top of her class. She worked for numerous people, but her most important job was being a virtuous woman and a homemaker for her family. Momma was an excellent cook and even though we had chores after school, it was a joy coming home to Momma's kitchen. In her younger days, she enjoyed quilting. Momma enjoyed gospel music and one of her favorite singers was Lee Williams. She did whatever she could for as many as she could for as long as she could with a cheerful spirit and loving heart. She was always quick to share whatever she had with others.
Mother Annette was a life-long member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she was a Deaconess and a member of the Missionary Society for many years. Momma loved The Lord, her church and church family and attended faithfully until her decline. She was the Church Mother of Mt. Zion.
Mother Annette was joined in holy matrimony to Henry Lee Fryar, Jr. who preceded her in death. At the time of his death, they had been married for 74.5 years. To this union, six lovable children were born.
Mother Annette's fond memories will be cherished by her children (in numerical order): Mary A. White (Isaiah), Ruffin; Rev. Johnnie L. Fryar (Marilyn), Walterboro; Deacon Tony R. Fryar, Ruffin; Virginia R. Manigo (Rudolph), New Carrollton, MD; Debbie L. Fryar, Ruffin; Cheryl D. Fryar, Lanham, MD; brother-in-law Deacon Harvey E. Fryar (Ozene), Ruffin and sister-in-law Ruth Stevens, Queens, NY; eight grandchildren (in numerical order): Tanya, Keith, Kisha, Angela, Tamika, Megan, Maurice, and Dwayne (who was raised in the home); twenty great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
In addition to Daddy and her parents, she was preceded in death by all of her siblings: Dorsey, Hesser, Luree, Daniel, Eddie, Floyd, Sula, Cinda, Resalene, Klein, and unnamed baby boy; two nephews who were raised in the home: Palmer Lee 'Shorty' Davis and Robert 'Bobby' Byng.
As Lee Williams would sing, 'Talking about a Good Time'; A Daniel Stephens' Family Reunion in Heaven!
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Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whether I go ye know, and the way ye know. John 14 1-4
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