Missionary Annie Elaine (Topp) WardAugust 12, 1949 ~ December 24, 2018 (age 69)
TUPELO- Missionary Annie Elaine Topp-Ward, 69, passed away on Monday,December 24, 2018 at Oxford Health & Rehab. She was born on August 12, 1949 in Pontotoc County to the late Audie Topp, Jr., and Geneva Reed.
Annie spent her adolescent years in the countryside of Pontotoc County. She attended and graduated from Pontotoc Attendance Center in 1970 with classmates who would remain lifelong friends. Annie has always been a direct person with a big, loving heart. She had a natural sense of humor. When people got to know her, they could not help but to love her. Exel Ward certainly was captivated by her and the two were joined in matrimony on December 25, 1974.
Annie gave her life to Christ around 1977 and became a member of Faith Revival Center. Shortly afterwards, Exel and Annie branched out into God’s ministry and started Faith Deliverance Temple Apostolic Church. Annie served as the Founding First Lady and Head Missionary of Faith Deliverance faithly. She worked with the Ushers on the Usher board. For a few years, she was also employed by the Pontotoc City School System. She truly was a woman of many hats.
Services will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 2p.m. at Faith Deliverence Temple Apostolic Church on 100 Vaughn Road in Belden, MS 38826 with Elder Willie Gardner-Pastor and Bishop Herbert Mitchell delivering the eulogy. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories three sons: Levensky Ward of Tupelo, MS, Jimmy Lewis Huddleston of Saracus, New York and Allen Brown of Tupelo, MS. Two daughters: Sheena (Samuel) Catledge of Randolph, MS and Lessie Watson of Tupelo, MS. Two brothers: Willie Topp of Tupelo, MS and Larry James Topp of Pontotoc, MS. One sister: Cornelia (Willie) Gates of Tupelo, MS. Eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Bishop Exel Ward, daughter: Ulonda Ward, father: Andy Topp, Jr., and mother: Geneva Topp.
Visitation will be on Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 12 Noon until time of services at the church.