A homegoing service for Annie Lou Bladen, 61, was held Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas. Rev. Winston Spencer officiated the service. Interment followed in the Ward Cemetery, south of Centerville.
Annie Lou Bladen was born on December 23, 1955 in Leona, Texas to Albert Lee and Maggie L. (Green) Proctor. She was a graduate of Centerville High School and was baptized in the Cairo Baptist Church in the Egypt Community of Leon County. Annie held jobs in several local restaurants before becoming an aide for Madisonville CISD. During the eighteen years she spent there, Annie worked mostly with students in the special education department. She loved her job and the students she helped. Annie had a green thumb and loved growing flowers in her garden. She could grow just about anything she wanted. She also enjoyed traveling and cooking with her husband. Annie was a faithful member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church where she was a Youth Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Secretary and Announcing Clerk. Most of all, Annie cherished her family. She loved spending time with them as much as she was able. When Annie became ill, she never once complained during her sickness. She was a light to others—always encouraging them during their dark moments. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Annie passed away on November 3, 2017 in Bryan, Texas.
Preceded in death by her father, Albert Lee Proctor and uncle, Harvey Proctor.
Surviving family members are mother, Maggie Proctor of Centerville; husband of twenty-eight years, Gary Bladen, Sr. of Centerville; daughter, Jeanette Ford and husband, Jason, of Centerville; son, Gary Bladen, Jr. of Centerville; brothers, Arthur Proctor and wife, Helen, of Leona and Albert Proctor, Jr. and wife, Lela, of Virginia Beach, VA; sister, Ruby Mosely and husband, Ira, of Bedias; mother-in-law, Bobbie Bowens of Dallas and sister-in-law, Andrea Bowens of Dallas. Annie is also survived by grandchildren, Andree’ Bartley, Joshua Proctor, Diamonique Williams, Cameron Williams and Gavin Michael Ford and a special niece she raised, Lakeitha Proctor, as well as numerous other nieces, nephews and extended family.
Pallbearers were Anthony Johnson, Carl Johnson, Bobby Smith, Algie Craig, Donald Craig and Marvin Craig.
Honorary pallbearers: Andree’ Bartley, Joshua Proctor, Cameron Williams, Gavin Micheal Ford, Arthur Roy “Brill” Proctor and Ethridge Brooks.
Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas was entrusted with all arrangements. Please visit Annie’s online memorial tribute page at www.waltersfuneralhome.com.