Annette attended Childress High School in Nashville, Ark., where she ran track and played basketball. She was a hard worker. She pulled cotton, picked peaches, beans and strawberries. She did whatever was needed to help the family. She went to Ohio to pick tomatoes. She worked hard and bought her family their first television. After returning from Ohio, she moved to Oklahoma to live with her sister Alliece. There God worked everything out for her good. She accepted and received the Lord into her life in April 1959. She was filled with the Holy Ghost and met Lathon Archie in May 1959. They were wed on June 15 of that same year. This marriage was instituted and blessed of God. They were blessed to raise four beautiful children, Chiffon Ann, Alice Vanessa, Lathon Jr. and Eddie Bernard. She later loved and influenced her adopted daughter, Harriett Williams and her children.
Annette was a successful entrepreneur, owning and operating Archie’s Daycare Center and Little Angels Daycare Center. She served God for over 50 years. She was an Evangelist-Missionary, Preacher, soul winner, Pastor’s wife, president and teacher of YPWW, YWCC, Sunday School, and Bible Band. She also served the Lord as Minister of Music and piano player. She worked with the financial department and was of great assistance to her pastor. She served Oklahoma Northwest Jurisdiction as 3rd Administrative Assistant to State Supervisor Mother Huffman and President of Aspiring Missionaries. She compiled a teacher’s manual for Evangelist Missionaries and was an international delegate to the COGIC National Convention in Memphis, Tenn., for several years.
After the death of Supt. Lathon Archie Sr. in March 1998, she married Deacon Sam Houston Rhodes on Aug. 6, 2004. Deacon Rhodes asked her if he would drive to Memphis, Tenn. from Oklahoma would she go to dinner with him. She said yes, not expecting him to actually do it. He drove over 600 miles and used binoculars to locate her at the International Convention. They traveled, enjoyed and took care of one another until her home-going.
On Jan. 11, 2011, Missionary Annette Rhodes left this earth realm and elevated to her heavenly home. She leaves to celebrate her life and legacy Deacon Sam Rhodes of the home; her daughters, Chiffon Ingram (Joseph) of Altus, Alice Vanessa Fisher of Muskogee; her sons, Apostle Lathon Archie Jr. (Marnita) of Muskogee, Eddie Archie (Kimberly) of Altus; her step sons, Charles Lee Rhodes of California, Sam Rhodes Jr. (Patricia) and Dana Rhodes (Felicia) of Lawton; her Goddaughter, Harriett Williams of Lithonia, Ga.; her grandchildren, Jazmine, Erika, Kendric, Starlette, Tiana, Lathon III, Lacy, Natoya, Carmen, Shea, Malik, Tacarus, Prentice J. Shannon Birdine, and children, Blake and Taylor, and numerous great-grandchildren.
She also leaves to celebrate her memories her siblings, Virginia Burns of Nashville, Ark., Mae Francis McElroy of Locksburg, Ark., Christell Draper of Kansas City, Mo., Nathaniel Hill of Dayton, Ohio, Charlene Hogan of Stafford, Va., Pauline Gentry of Wichita, Kan., Maxcine Thomas of Oklahoma City, Leola Wilkerson (sister/cousin) of Chicago, Ill., and Jimmie White (sister/cousin) of Nashville, Ark.
Preceding her in death are Supt. Lathon Archie Sr., Amber Tachelle Archie (granddaughter), Victor Archie (grandson), her parents Willie and Alice Hill, two sisters, Leola McGee and Alliece Burns, and two brothers, Lee Artis Hill and Willie Hill Jr.; nieces Barbara Lain, LeLear McGhee, Madonna Adkins, Alice Wilkerson, Naomi Roff, Leticia Washington-Brown, and Jabarious Birdine.
The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held aat 1 p.m. Saturday at Lowell-Tims Chapel. Interment will follow at the Altus City Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
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