September 18, 2020

Annie Arista House of South Fulton was sent from God on Sept. 23, 1932, and was ushered to The Celestial Shore on Aug. 29, 2020, in her home peacefully as she slept.

Annie Arista was born to the late Cecil L. House, Sr. and Annie B. (Garrett) House-Wright, and the late George H. Wright was her step-father.

This Christian Solider, Annie Arista, was reared in St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Sunday School/Church.

A 5th generation AME, she loved her church and labored relentlessly as pianist and in other capacities. Because she was a faithful servant to God, she earned her angelic wings.

A gentle and kind spirit, Annie Arista attended South Fulton East Rosenwald School, and she graduated from Miles High in Union City. She was a secondary education major at Wilberforce University in Xenia, Ohio, and earned her Master’s Degree plus 30 hours in Counseling from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She taught private music lessons and music in Obion County Schools. She retired from St. Louis Public Schools as an instructor of history and social studies. From her idea of home-town homecoming and school reunions of Milton and Rosenwald Schools, the Ken-Tenn Homecoming and School Reunion Association, Inc. evolved. As a committee member of The Honor Scholarships, Annie Arista served as a trustee and the secretary. The siblings of Annie Arista were Melvin Sr., Elvin, Henry, Cecil Jr., Willard Adolphus, and Anita. To rejoice in her being ushered to The Celestial Shore and to cherish her memory is Susan House niece/daughter whom she nurtured, Sherry Kaye Atkins niece/daughter/caretaker, Pastor Rev. Annie Garvin, Wannetta Keels/Family, George (Gwendolyn) Chambers/Family, Phillip (Vanessa) Bright/Family, Alberta (the late Rev. W.T.) Atkins, Myra (Rodney) Bass, Robbie(James) Johnson/Family, Mary Louise Joy/Family, Sharon Faye (Robert) Taylor/Family, Pamela Atkins, Chantelle (Rob) Barbour/Family, Ann Jones/Family, Ruby Thomas/Family, Beatrice Wilcox/Family, Andrew “Pap” Patton, David Ware/Family, Peggy Tribble, Theresa (Brandon) Amos, Felicia (Thomas) Lightner, Keith (late Beaulah) Brown, Sharon Patton, La Quita Slayton, Ralph (Margaret) Jackson/Debra, Deidre Newbern, Bernadette House, and Melvin House, Jr., and Dale Brown.

Her childhood playmate (beginning at age 4) and “sister” Trulla Delores Atkins preceded her in death in 2019.
Her Pastor beloved, Rev. Annie Garvin, was the officiant for the memorial service with the St. Paul AME Church Family via teleconference. Interment was at Fairview Cemetary, Fulton, Ky. In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Honor Scholarships c/o Sherry Atkins 415 Taylor Street, South Fulton, Tenn. 38257. Cards can be sent to Susan E. House, 2799 Nottinghill Row, Unit E, Florissant, Mo.. 63033-2414.