Annie J Leverett

September 19, 1940 ~ December 5, 2021 (age 81)





Annie Jo Leverett was born in Ocala, Florida, on September 19,1940, to Howard, Sr., and Freddie Mae Taylor.  She was the youngest of 5 children in the Taylor household.  Annie Jo graduated in the top 5 percent of her class from Howard HighSchool in Ocala, Florida.  After graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Richard Leverett and continued her new life in Ocala with her husband and eventually four children.

In 1972, The Leverett family relocated to Bradenton where she continued as the CEO of the Leverett household and First Lady to her husband Rev. Richard Leverett, Sr. She worked tirelessly in the A.M.E. Church, chairing many programs and functions within every church they were appointed over Richard’s 46 years in the ministry.  During this time, she also developed her skills as an interior decorator as a big-ticket furniture salesperson for Sears for 9 years.

Annie showcased her many talents as a gifted seamstress and provided tailored services to many clients as she started her business, Memories by Annie which displayed her artistry in decorating, and clever home crafts and tailored clothing, all while running the household seamlessly. 

She had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening and could make anything grow.  She always had beautiful plants and flowers growing and displayed throughout her home and fruits and vegetables in the yard.

Annie Jo is predeceased by her mother, Freddie Mae Williams; father, Howard Taylor Sr; stepmother, Minnie Taylor; her siblings Harriett, Howard Jr. (Annie Rae), and Adelle (Lindell)

She leaves behind a loving sister, Delores Whetstone (Moses-Deceased)

She will continue to be lovingly remembered by her devoted sons, Richard Jr (Katrina Pendleton) and Adren; two loving daughters, Francheska Dixon (Johnny) and Pamela Leverett Love (Broheem)

Cherishing her memories are her Grandchildren, Ryan (Yuka), Steven (Ashley), Andre (Jamie), Tyrail (Sharon), Dallas and Raven Phillips, Taylor and Kennedi Dixon, Danielle Dixon, Jabari Olave (Latoya), Krista Patterson (Brandon), Michael (Maisha), Meekayle (Karani), Maisha (Jess); Daughters-in-law, Eva, Gail, and Glenda. In addition, she leaves 17 great grandchildren and many caring nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who will all continue to share her life stories.



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December 17, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Westside Funeral Home
204 7th St W.
Palmetto, FL 34221

Funeral Service
December 18, 2021

11:00 AM
St Stephens AME Church
629 Martin Luther King Ave E
Bradenton, FL 34208

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