MOTHER ANNIE PEARL DENARD
Annie Denard was the third child born to the late Deacon Barney and Fronie McClain Smith. She confessed and accepted Christ as her personal Savior in a Wednesday Night Service in 1943.
Later in her life she met and married Henry Denard, her lifetime partner, and to this union five children were born.
Annie, affectionately known as Pearl, loved the Lord and in 1955 joined Fountainhead Missionary Baptist Church, Oviedo, FL. She was an active participant in Sunday School, Bible Study, Prayer Meeting, and other activities as long as her health allowed. She was faithful to the Lord and to her Church. Annie dearly loved the Fountainhead Church (now known as The Fountain Worship Center), and wherever she could be of service she was willing.
Faithful, caring, giving dependable are just a few words that describe Annie; and is why she not only attended the Church’s weekly activities, she worked diligently participating on several ministries to include the Mission Society, Usher’s and Pastor Aide Ministries where she served as President, Nurses Guild, Culinary, and Prayer Band. Not only that, Annie served with Moderator James Lynn, Mt. Bethel Missionary & Education Association Women’s Convention of Florida as Secretary; Corresponding Secretary to Parent Body; and Assistant Recording Secretary to Congress of Christian Education. Mrs. Idella Pauldo was right there with her making sure she was current on all dates and events so correspondence could go out accurate and timely.
Annie was compassionate and had a servant’s heart; and in her golden years was bestowed the title “Mother of the Church.” With that said, because she lived a life of service Mother Denard also served as a transporter for many and when called upon she would taxi them to doctor appointments, to the grocery store, and if there was time she even stopped by their favorite eatery so they could grab a bite to eat. That’s a servant showing love.
Mother Denard loved her family and often offered words of encouragement; likewise rendered chastisement when necessary. She was very active and hands on with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Although Mother Denard was preceded in death by her husband Henry (Bebub); sons, Henry and Charles; daughter, Shirley; granddaughters, Valerie and Briana she still loved life and occasionally reminded us “that death is certain and the Lord giveth and taketh when he gets ready. Just know and let it rest with you that God is too wise to make a mistake and too just to do any wrong. Yes, live your life, but live in a way that pleases the Lord so that you can see me again.”
Our beloved Mom will be deeply missed but never ever forgotten. The Lord whispered to her on Sunday, May 2nd that her mansion was ready; and she flew away leaving to cherish precious memories: daughter Bettie (Jimmy) Barber; son, Reshard (Desiree) Denard; daughters in law, Kathy Denard and Carmen Denard; two grandsons, Rev. Dr. A. D. Denard, raised as a son (Keisha), Charles Denard Jr (Janine), Corey Moore, Oriane Denard; granddaughters, Jamiece Barber, Sharena (Brian) Gainer, Christa Denard, Jamila Browdy; 11 great grands and 6 great-great grands; sisters, Rena Gatlin, Jessie Baker, Murlene Eutsey, Melissa and Mae Olivia Smith; brother, Andrew Smith; sister in law, Mary Palmer; brother in law James Rodgers; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.