Legacy of Life
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” II Timothy 4:7 - 8
Deaconess Annie Mae Wiggins Ferguson was born May 10, 1953, in Martin, South Carolina to the late Deacon Marion Wiggins and Mother Lucille Wiggins. When Annie was two years old, the family moved to Savannah, Georgia. Annie matriculated through the Chatham County School system and is a proud graduate of Alfred Eli Beach High School, class of 1971. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Savannah State College in 1975 and continued her education at the graduate level, successfully earning a master ’s degree in Education from Armstrong University.
Annie put her educational achievements to good use by becoming one of the greatest and most beloved school teachers in the Chatham County School System. Her career as an educator spanned well over 30 years. She not only nurtured the minds of the many children that she taught, but she also nurtured their souls and spirits as well. She was known for consistently speaking affirming words over her students and praying for her students all while maintaining strong discipline and a well -managed classroom environment. Although Annie taught at many schools in Chatham County, her longest tenure was at Hodge Elementary School, Room #7, home of the Hodge Bears.
Annie ’s love for God and commitment to the church was evident to all who knew her. Having accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior at a young age she lived a life of service and love for others. She was a beloved member of True Light Pentecostal Church from the time she was a little girl and has served the church with excellence and distinction in many capacities, to include Sunday school teacher, new member coordinator, teacher for the adult Tuesday night class, choir director, worship, and devotional leader and so much more. Her entire life was centered on and devoted to the church. God invested many gifts in Annie, her beautiful singing voice was like none other. She also wrote poetry and would often share her inspired writings with her church family.
God called Annie to educate the masses not only in her professional life but also in her everyday life and interactions with others. Anytime she had the opportunity, she would teach others to love and to forgive, not only through her words but by her example.
Annie was preceded in death by her parents, Deacon Marion Wiggins and Mother Lucille Wiggins and her sister, Georgia Mae Wiggins.
On Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Southern Regional Medical Center, Annie Mae entered eternal rest.
She leaves to cherish her memory and continue her legacy four precious children, two daughters, Shantina (Quentin) Waldburg of Savannah, Georgia and Chenoa (Deyon) Coachman of Pembroke Pines, Florida; two sons, Marion (LaPorcha) Ferguson and Brian (Ashia) Ferguson, both of Jonesboro, Geogia; God -Daughter, Denisia (Mikael) Jones, of Hinesville, Georgia; Fourteen beloved grandchildren; special cousin, John Brisbon (Mae Frances); special cousin, Willie Williams (Hattie Mae); special cousin, Shirley Robinson; special cousin, Carrie Payne Scott; life -long friends, Phyllis Graham, William Shepherd, Sherrie Simmons, Carolyn Thomas, and Patrice White; a host of cousins, friends, colleagues, former students and her True Light Pentecostal Church family.
Public viewing will be held 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 14, 2022 in the Chapel of Campbell & Sons Funeral Home, 124 West Park Avenue, Savannah, GA. 31401. Funeral services will be held 12:30 p.m., Saturday, January 15, 2022 at True Light Pentecostal Church, 1010 East Duffy Street, Savannah, GA. 31401. Interment ~ Greenwich Cemetery, 330 Bonaventure Road, Savannah, GA. 31404.
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