Shirley Ann Yount, known affectionately by all as Ann, was called home to be with the Lord on October 30, 2023. Born on January 10, 1953, in the small town of Grand Ridge, Florida, Ann was a beacon of faith, kindness, and love. Her journey on this earth ended in Marianna, Florida, but her spirit lives on in the hearts of those she touched.
Ann was the beloved daughter of the late Ralph Yount and is survived by her mother Eunice Yount McAlpin. She was the cherished sister of Karen Clark, Darryl Yount (Sandy), Tillman Yount (Irene), William Hatcher (Karen), sister-in-law, Beverly Yount and the late George Yount. She was the proud mother of Clifford Yount, Martha Ann Yount-Thurman (Steven), the late Gregory Yount and the late Cheryl Lynn Yount. Ann was a doting grandmother to Tiara Yount, Steven Thurman Jr., Jazmine Thurman, Ebonae Thurman, Clifford Yount Jr., and Nevaeh Yount, and a great-grandmother to Laniya Hagen, Syren Simon, Tyrand Simon, and Zaiden Chandler. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and a church family who will miss her dearly.
Ann’s work ethic was as strong as her faith. She dedicated 25 years of her life to the Renaissance Hotel at Newark Airport, where she served as the Coordinator Supervisor of Transport for the Hotel. She retired in 2005, leaving behind a legacy of dedication and service.
In 1971, Ann moved to New Jersey, where she lived and worked for many years before returning to her beloved Florida in 2007. She was a devoted member of the Sneads Pentecostal Holiness Church, where she served the Lord with joy and humility. She raised her children in Church and took them to church three days a week. Ann had a green thumb and found great pleasure in tending to her vegetable garden and her roses. She was also a loving caregiver to her mother, embodying the biblical command to “Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12).
Ann was a woman of deep faith, kindness, and love. She was a living testament to the words of Mother Teresa, who said, “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Ann’s life was a testament to this quote, as she spread love and joy to everyone she met.
In the words of the Apostle Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Ann lived these words every day, fighting the good fight, finishing her race, and keeping her faith. Her life was a testament to the power of love, the strength of faith, and the beauty of kindness.
As we mourn the loss of our beloved Ann, let us remember her not with sorrow, but with joy. Let us celebrate her life, her love, and her faith. Let us remember her as she was – a woman of God, a loving mother, a devoted daughter, a caring sister, and a faithful friend. Let us remember her as she is now – at peace in the arms of our Lord, rejoicing in His presence, and watching over us from above.
In the words of the Psalmist, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15). Ann was indeed precious in the sight of the Lord, and she is now at rest in His loving arms. We will miss her, but we take comfort in knowing that she is at peace, and that we will see her again in the glory of Heaven. Until then, we will keep her memory alive in our hearts, and strive to live as she did – with faith, with kindness, and with love.
Ann will be laid to rest in Pope Cemetery and services will be private.
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