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Anna Gola Robinson Merritt “Nana” 99, died Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Baptist Health. She was a retired owner of a daycare, the oldest member of Forest Baptist Church, and member of the Petersburg-Newburg Cemetery Committee. She was instrumental in petitioning for the Newburg Free Public Library, and an advocate for children. She was preceded in death by her parents Ella Bartlett Robinson and James Robinson, only daughter, Carolyn K. Johnson. Survivors her grandchildren, Phillip D. Johnson (Marcia), Kimberly K. Foster, Montina DeBardeleben (Arthur), Paul E. Johnson (Linda), Hope N. Sheppard (Darian), 17 great grandchildren, 19 great great grandchildren; stepdaughter, Rosetta Sweeney; and a host of extended family and friends. Visitation 10 am-11 am Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Forest Bapist Church 4500 Petersburg Road. Funeral to follow at 11 am. Burial Petersburg-Newburg Cemetery. W.T. Shumake & Daughters Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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  • Saturday, April 6, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ W.T. Shumake & Daughters FH
  • Saturday, April 6, 2019
    Words cannot express the blessing my Nana has been to my life. I will always cherish our relationship as a gift from God. Until He comes...
    ~ Montina DeBardeleben   Clarkston, GA
  • Saturday, April 6, 2019
    Words cannot express the blessing my Nana has been to my life. I will always cherish you as a gift from God. Until He comes...
    ~ Montina DeBardeleben   Clarkston, GA
  • Monday, April 8, 2019
    What a blessing to have knew Ms. Ann Merritt... She was our Neighbor for many years... MS Ann Merritt came into our lives, left footprints on our hearts and we are never the same.
    ~ Linda & George Simpson   Louisvillw, KY
  • Saturday, April 6, 2019
    A beautiful long life of 99 years and 1 month, heard the whisper of her name and felt the tug of the angels bidding her to come. My late Mommy’s last surviving sibling and family Matriarch-(Aunt Annie) Anna Merritt, heard the voice of Jesus say, come on to me and rest. Lay down thy weary, weary one lay down. Lay thy head upon my breast. March 3, 2019 she was quietly ushered from this earthen vessel where she put on her glorified body and transitioned into the Heavenly realm, receiving her crown. With a heavy heart, but with joy in soul I release you Aunt Annie into the hands of almighty God. Thank you for being my rock of Gibraltar and steadying my spiraling out of control life. Like you said about my Mommy when she passed, I’ll see you again. God be with you till we meet again. With love, your favorite Nephew Kenny.
    ~ Elder Kenneth E. McKissack   Memphis, TN
  • Sunday, April 7, 2019
    Aunt Anne lived a wonderful life caring for her family, church, and community of Petersburg/Newburg. The Munford/Buggs and Dees family are in prayer with our beloved family.
    ~ Andriel Dees   Burnsville, MN
  • Sunday, April 7, 2019
    Aunt Anne lived a wonderful life caring for her family, church, and community of Petersburg/Newburg. The Munford/Buggs and Dees family are in prayer with our beloved family.
    ~ Andriel Dees   Burnsville, MN
  • Friday, May 10, 2019
    We're so sorry to hear you are suffering the loss of your dear loved one. May you find strength and some comfort in the words found in Psalms 9:9, which reads: “Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress.” Our loving God cares about us and is ready to bring us comfort if we allow him (1John 5:14). He also has made the provision of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored into a beautiful paradise (Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55:11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your dear loved one? Find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez