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Community to gather for Annie Maggie Fears

By Valerie Baldowski

vbaldowski@henryherald.com

Those who knew Annie Maggie Fears, and were familiar with the contributions she made to her community, will say a final good-bye to her on Saturday.

Fears, a longtime McDonough resident, died on Oct. 4, at age 103.

Fears' homegoing service is scheduled for noon Saturday. The service will be held at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in McDonough. The interment will be at McDonough Cemetery.

Callye Chatman, Fears' daughter, recalled memories of her mother. "She was a wonderful person, and she cared for others," said Chatman. "She did things for other people."

According to Chatman, when she was young, her mother did not work outside the home. Because of that, Fears had time to devote to other activities, including caring for family members as needed during times of illness.

Fears also enjoyed gardening, said Chatman, and planted vegetables and flowers.

"She would grow okra, collard greens, tomatoes and peppers behind the house," Chatman added. "She enjoyed that quite a bit."

Fears' favorite flowers, said Chatman, were zinnias and petunias. She said her mother also enjoyed traveling, and once visited Washington D.C., in her 70s. The family would also take a trip to Seattle, Wash., every year, during the holiday season, to visit Fears' granddaughter, Faye Capers.

"We would spend Christmas with her and her family," continued Chatman.

During her lifetime, Fears was an active member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, said Chatman, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, church secretary, choir member, and a member of the United Methodist Women (UMW). She also served on the church hospitality and communion committees.

A graduate of Henry County Training High School, Fears excelled in her studies, including her Hebrew classes. After high school, said Chatman, Fears attended night school, and earned a certificate of excellence.

In 1925, she married the late Curtis Fears, and they later had Chatman, their only child. Fears' community work included volunteering for the American Cancer Society, and she received an award from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for outstanding community service.

Chatman said her mother was an individual, who put family first. "Her best qualities were making sure her family was loved and cared for," she added.

What Fears can best be remembered for, said Chatman, was the advice she offered the younger generation. "She encouraged them to go forth and be the best they could be," said Chatman.

In addition to Chatman, Fears is survived by grandchildren, Faye Capers and Edward Chatman, III; great-grandchildren, Kiana Capers and Kori Capers; great-great-grandchildren, Anthoni Capers and Eric Moore, and a number of nieces and nephews.