“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.: (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
A life well lived came to a close Monday, July 15, 2019 at Memorial Satilla Health, Waycross, Georgia.
Annette Marie Brickle McGauley was born to the union of the late Deacon Aaron Brickle and Frances Chance Brickle in Tampa, Florida on July 16, 1942. She was the youngest of two children. After the passing of her mother when she was six months old, her father married Frances Ruth Brickle of Millwood, Georgia, who raised Annette as her own.
In 1957, she met the love of her life, James Donell McGauley, at the Paradise Café on Oak Street in Waycross, Georgia. The song that was playing the moment they met is the song that became their anthem. The name of that song is ‘Darling, You Send Me’ by Sam Cooke. On March 13, 1964, she married James and to this union, four children were born, James, Jr., Renae, Steven, and Delano.
She received her education from the Waycross School System and graduated from Center High School in 1962. She became a Christian at an early age and joined Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church. She served in the Junior and Senior Choir and was a faithful member of Carter’s Interdenominational Mass Choir which was founded by Rev. Roosevelt Carter. She later joined Piney Freewill Baptist Church where she served as Deaconess. She also served on the senior usher board, senior mission, and as president of the kitchen committee. She served as founding president of the McGauley Family Choir which was established in 1996. She was a member of the Ida Mae Chapter 229, Order of the Easter Star, Prince Hall Jurisdiction of Georgia where served as Worthy Matron and treasurer.
She played basketball on the Center High Girls Basketball team and was a majorette in the Center High Tiger marching band. She later joined the Blackshear Recreation Softball League where she played for Blackshear Apparel Softball.
She was employed at King Edward Cigar Factory for twenty plus years where she remained until retirement. She loved to travel and support her children and grandchildren in various school activities. She was a faithful supporter of the Pierce County Sound of Marching Band. She loved watching westerns. Her favorite television show was Walker Texas Rangers.
On the morning of July 15, 2019, God, who is infinite in wisdom and mercy, received Annette home.
She leaves to cherish fond memories, her husband of fifty-five years, Deacon James Donell McGauley, Sr.
Children: James Donell (Pamela) McGauley, Jr., Waycross, GA and Elder Steven Terrell (Evangelist Sophia) McGauley, Pastor Cecelia Renae (Pastor Samuel) Sellers and Delano Tayana (Willie) Mobley, Blackshear, GA
Sibling: James Chance, New York, New York
Brother and Sister In-laws: Marion (Terrie) McGauley, Jimmy (Lisa) McGauley, Belinda (Cecil) Jones and Edmund T. McGauley, all of Blackshear, Ms. Bobbie Jean Pope of Goulds, Florida and Mrs. Debra (Leonard) Gallashaw, of Waycross, GA.
Fourteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and sorrowing friends.
The funeral will be held at Church of Christ Written in Heaven, 617 Blackwell Street, Waycross, Georgia.