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Deaconess Annette V. Hightower Butler was born on October 16, 1932, to Rosa and Cora Bell Hightower. Annette was educated in Blakely, Early County, Georgia, graduating from Washington High School.
Annette was baptized as an infant at Pleasant Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church, but later moved her membership to Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the Usher Board for over 68 years.
Deaconess Annette V. Hightower Butler had been an active member of Mt. Olive under several leaderships, holding a variety of positions from Church Secretary, Sitting Mother, Church Janitor, but most notably Head of the Usher Board. She had a permanent presence at Sunday School, Bible Study and Worship Service every second and fourth Sunday. In addition, she faithfully served on the Chattahoochee River Missionary Baptist Association Congress of Christian Education and faithfully served as Assistant Secretary of the Southside Ministers and Deacons Union Mission Department and member of Mt. Olive Willing Workers Club and Prayer Band. Annette was also voted Woman of the Year of the Chattahoochee River M. B. Association Congress of Christian Education. If at anytime she was absent, her absence was notable and cause for alarm.
Annette was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Jesse James Butler. From this union GOD blessed them with seven beautiful children; four of whom preceded her in death: Dianne Butler, Jessie Ruth Hutchins, Cyrus Edward Butler Sr., and Fay Ann Butler. Two brothers, James Hightower and Cora B. Hightower Jr., also preceded her in death.
Annette’s memory will be cherished by her living children Marvin Clarence Butler (Denise), Jeffery James Butler (Jarnetta) and Shelia Theresa Butler-Teal (Darrell). Basking in those cherished memories are also her three sisters Katie Davis, Carolyn Collins, and Sarah Alexander (L. C.). Twenty-seven grandchildren, innumerable great and great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews will truly miss her. Annette will also be missed by her very special friends.