Annie McFadden

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Mrs. Annie Jean Wilson McFadden of Raleigh, North Carolina, was born January 24, 1943, in Raleigh, North Carolina to William G. Wilson and Annie Ruth Young Wilson, the 10th of 11 children. (Three male siblings predeceased her during their childhood). She departed this earthly life on Monday, August 6, 2018, at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.

She attended Lucille Hunter Elementary School and J.W. Ligon Junior and Senior High Schools where she was a member of the National Honor Society and Treasurer of the Student Government Association and graduated with honors in 1961. During her sophomore year in 1962, Annie became a member of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. In 1965, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she majored in Biology.

Annie accepted her first teaching position at Dubois High School in Wake Forest, North Carolina, which later merged with Wake Forest-Rolesville Senior High School, where she was the Junior Class advisor. She coordinated a seven-day Caribbean cruise fundraiser, and 19 students and parents traveled with her. She later transferred to Enloe High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, to be closer to home. She taught biology and had high expectations of her students and instilled “excellence beyond measure.” Even former Superintendent Michael Ward excelled beyond measure because of her high expectations of him. She retired from the Wake County Public School System after more than 30 years of service.

During her lifetime, Annie was a member of Wake Association of Classroom Teachers and the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE).

As a teenager, Annie joined the First Church of God in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she was a faithful member until her health declined. Annie’s spiritual journey began at age 8 under the leadership of Dr. William DeLaine and Rev. Dr. Nancy A. Ford. During that time, Annie, along with her “sistas” Rosetta Jackson and Claudia Davis canvassed her neighborhood, witnessing to the parents to encourage them to send their child to Sunday School. Later, Rev. Dr. James W. Lewis added to the foundation laid by the aforementioned pastors. The current pastor, Rev. Henry Caldwell, was the last pastor who faithfully ministered to Annie at Duke University Hospital.

Many people will recall that Annie enjoyed driving her blue Mustang, and she drove it until it would drive no more. Annie was a strong, devoted, intelligent, talented, lovable and committed woman who would do anything to help people. Annie was an exceptional biology teacher with sharp mathematical skills and was a top negotiator. She believed God would supply all her needs and that education was the key to success.

She was preceded in death by her father, William G. Wilson; mother, Annie Ruth Young Wilson; brothers, Atlas Leroy Wilson, David Wilson, Johnny Floyd Wilson, and Rudolph Clarence Wilson; and sister, Josephine Smith.

Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the C.A. Haywood Sr. Memorial Chapel, 2415 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC at 12:00 PM with visitation preceding the service at 11:00 AM. Interment takes place at Carolina Biblical Gardens, Garner, NC.

Public viewing will take place on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Haywood Funeral Home from 2-8 PM.