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Annie “Ann Rattler” O’Neal was born in Thomasville, Georgia, as the youngest child of the late Benjamin H. and Rosa Johnson O’Neal and entered into Heaven to rest on February 27, 2019.

 The funeral will be 12 PM, EDT, Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with burial at Greenwood Cemetery.

She is preceded in eternal rest by two brothers and four sisters:  Johnson Herbert O’Neal, Willie Cecil O’Neal, Clarice O’Neal Walden, Essie O’Neal Jones, Inez O’Neal Washington, and Bernice O’Neal Sutton.

After her family relocated to Tallahassee, Florida, Ann, along with her family, was united with Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Later in life, she sang in the Steele-Lightsey choir and participated in other church ministries.  Ann attended and graduated from the old Lincoln High School before continuing her education at Florida A&M University and receiving both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees while being a full-time employee.  She retired from FAMU after over 47 years of service. 

 Throughout her affiliation with the university, Ann gave generously of her time, talents, tears, and financial support as she cemented friendships, loyally and deeply keeping her Rattler family within her spirit.  Over the decades, she was an avid sports enthusiast, especially of the Rattlers’ football team.  She attended both home and away games and proudly and lovingly embraced her title as the #1 Rattler fan.

 Ann leaves to mourn her passing and cherish precious memories niece Mardric Quarles (her primary caregiver), Tampa, Florida, and a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  Her Village includes honorary daughter Rebecca (Sherwood) Brown, honorary sons Tola Thompson, Michael Smith, and Anthony Jackson, and honorary nieces Reneé Hill-Dupree, Tobbi Gillum, and Teresa Rittman.

 The family is asking that donations be made to the FAMU Boosters Foundation (Rattler Booster/Ann O’Neal Memorial Fund) or Big Bend Hospice House Ann O’Neal Memorial.

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  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Strong and Jones FH
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019
    Rest in peace Ms. Ann, you will be truly missed.
    ~ Dr. Anthony & Liz Spivey   Tallahassee, FL
  • Friday, March 8, 2019
    May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times spent together as you celebrate a life well lived. PSALMS 62:8. "GOD is a refuge for us pour out your hearts at all times".
    ~ ALENE   PA
  • Saturday, March 9, 2019
    When our loved ones fall asleep in death it can be very devasting. When we think about how certain species of trees can live over 100 + years. We may wonder why we as humans only have only an expectant life span of 70 or perhaps 80 years. Romans 5:12 explains why this is so. Isaiah 25:8 tells us that in his due time, Almighty God will swallow up death forever. He will restore life to many who have fallen asleep in death. Psalms 90:10 John 5:28,29 Psalms 37:29
    ~ Annette   Toledo, OH
  • Saturday, March 30, 2019
    We're so sorry to hear you are mourning the recent loss of your loved one. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Psalms 46:1 which reads: "God is our refuge and strength, A help that is readily found in times of distress." Our loving God is there for us if we ask for his help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection. Also, you are invited to the memorial of Jesus death that will be celebrated this year on April 19th after sundown. You can find out the time and place in your area at
    ~ R&R Lopez