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Mrs. Annette Releford Raines was born October 28, 1944, to the late Mrs. Cleola Harden Releford and the late Mr. Isaiah Releford in Yatesville, Upson County, Georgia. She received her early education in Cunningham School in Yatesville, GA, and attended Drake High School in Thomaston,GA.

At an early age, she joined Pine Grove Baptist Church, where she remained a faithful member as long as her health allowed. She enjoyed going to church and singing. She was a faithful member of the Senior Choir, and during her early years, she served as the director of the Junior Choir and Senior Choir. She served as the church news reporter for Pine Grove, making sure all activities of the church were on the radio. She was a faithful member to her church and pastor.

During her leisure time, she enjoyed going to church, signing, visiting other churches, traveling, working outdoors, planting flowers, cooking, especially her collard greens, and watching her soap operas. She was the matriarch of the Releford family. She served president of all family events.

She was preceded in death by nine sisters and brothers, Johnnie Mae Campbell, Florence Lyons, Geneva Taylor, Jeanette Releford, Isiah Releford,Jr., Gladys Moore, Cennie Mae Wade, Johnny Frank Releford and Carolyn Smith. On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, the Lord called her home from labor to reward, saying  “Well done, my good and faithful  servant.” Her spirit took flight, and she went home to rest. She will be greatly missed by her family, church family and friends.


She leaves to cherish her memory, two children, Mrs. Branette (Lockett) Young of Hampton, GA, and Mrs. Trina (James) Andrews of Jonesboro, GA; three grandchildren, Jazmine Young of Hampton, GA, Kwayvius Lyons of Thomaston, GA, and Jamall Andrews of Atlanta, GA; one great-granddaughter, Itali Lyons of Thomaston, GA; two sisters, Mrs. Doris Cox of Yatesville, GA, and Ms. Katherine Smith of Thomaston, GA: two brothers, Pastor Robert (Patricia) Releford of Yatesville, GA, and Mr. Johnny Lee Releford of Macon, GA; two aunts,  Mrs. Essie High of Culloden, GA, and Mrs. Lucille Phillips of Jersey City, NJ; A devoted friend, Mr. Horace Hughley of Culloden, GA;  and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many other relatives and friends.


Funeral Services were held

June 18, 2018

Pine Grove Baptist Church

Interment Pine Grove Cemetery

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