Evangelist Annetta Yvonne Avery was born on August 5, 1937 in Sedalia, Missouri. She was raised by her loving parents Forest Ulysses Morehead and Rev. Ethel Viola Morehead and was the third of five children. Annetta departed this life on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at the age of 83 years old, surrounded by family members.
Annetta graduated from C.C. Hubbard High School and married U.S. Air Force airman Robert Earl Avery in 1955. The two initially moved to Cleveland, Ohio and were married for five years. Out of that union they had two children Rea Ann Avery and Allen Christopher Avery, Sr.
Annetta eventually settled in Columbus, Ohio and was blessed with two more children,
Darla Evon Avery, and Chauncey Lavern Avery. In 1969 Annetta Yvonne Avery was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and was filled with the precious gift of the Holy Ghost under the pastorate of Bishop Ray M. Trout at Apostolic Holiness Church.
Shortly after being saved, Annetta made The Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith (C.C.A.F) her church home under the pastorate of Elder Ernest Hardy and was a faithful member for 51 years where she served as an evangelist, missionary worker, adult Sunday School teacher, and faithful alter worker to which she won many souls for the Kingdom. She was especially proud of a missionary trip she took to Haiti, in the mid-80s. It was in 2005 that she officially became a licensed evangelist by the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. (P.A.W.).
Professionally, Annetta worked for 22 years as a machinist for General Motors Corporation at the Fisher Body Division and she retired in 1999. She loved reading books in general and most especially her Bible where she put in a tremendous amount of time studying the word of God. Annetta also loved to watch old Westerns, Turner Classic Movies, political TV shows such as CNN and MSNBC, completing cross word puzzles, coloring, playing digital games on her iPad, and writing short poems, and inspirational messages.
Annetta operated in two spiritual gifts, the word of knowledge and the word of wisdom. In the natural she was gifted in interior decorating with a penchant for detail and she had a long memory. She also enjoyed planting flowers in her home garden, and bird watching from her backyard; red birds were her favorite. Annetta was also known for making amazing sweet potato pies but most of all she is revered as an amazing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved spending time with her family and would cook traditional Sunday dinners so everyone in the family could gather together.
Annetta was preceded in death by her parents, Forest Ulysses Morehead and Rev. Ethel Viola Morehead, her brother Christopher C. Morehead, Sr., her sister Jewell Dean Kirksey (Freeman), her brother Joseph M. Morehead, Jr. her son Allen Christopher Avery, Sr., grandson, Justin David Avery, and granddaughter, Jada Avery.
She leaves to cherish her memory; daughters Evangelist Rea A. Jackson of Blacklick, Ohio,
Darla E. Hawkins (Robert), of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, son Chauncey L. Avery, of Lewis Center, Ohio; 6 grandchildren, Allen C. Avery, Jr., Dr. Tanisha M. Jackson, Dayahn C. Avery, Jordan H. Forbes, Kennedy E. Hawkins, Kiah S. Hawkins, and adopted granddaughter Myah I. Elder; 6 great grandchildren, Jacai, Ellison, Jayahn, Gavin, Ka’Vari, and Miela; her sister Evangelist Lois Ellis (John), and a host of nephews and nieces, relatives, and friends.